“Beryl Markham was one of the most extraordinary of explorers. But she was also an emotionally deprived child and, as an adult, a serious outlaw of love. She died in 1986 at the age of 83; that year was the fiftieth anniversary of her historic solo flight across the Atlantic…Imperious, ravishingly beautiful and fluorescent with life, she charmed her way from one continent to another.
Though men baulked at her flagrant promiscuity, it didn’t stop them being drawn to her. Her lovers included some of the most famous artists, adventurers and scoundrels of her day. But then, she herself was a scoundrel. She never let a lie stand in the way of what she desired…”
“She often rescued pilots who had crashed. Thinking they were doomed, they would see a plane land brilliantly in the bad terrain, then a willowy figure climb out, dressed like a Vogue model in the white silk blouse that was her trademark, pale trousers, a silk scarf at the neck, her hair coiffed and her fingernails carefully painted, handing them a flask of brandy and grinning.”
She was a super-gusty hi-qi Sun in Scorpio with Venus, Mercury & North Node all in Libra, squared by Saturn & trined by Pluto in Gemini. Her Mars is early Virgo, sextiling her Sun and Neptune & squaring Lilith. It’s hard to know sans birthtime, but that Mars of hers must surely do something else quite full-on. Her Moon’s in Leo. Though Saturn-Pluto in hardcore natal aspect is amazingly motivating & regenerative…
Oh and she has a crater on Venus named after her.
“Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West With The Night? …She has written so well, and marvellously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But this girl, who is to my knowledge very unpleasant and we might even say a high-grade bitch, can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers … it really is a bloody wonderful book.” Ernest Hemingway