Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Elizabeth has a continual forward focus in all her discussions with her cabinet, ranging from guessing at Mary Stuart’s motivations to forcing them to agree that “we could do worse than her son on the throne,” if she provides no heir of her own to the succession. She sees clearly the threat Mary is to her, and warns her against any future insurrections when they meet. She admits that she was lost in a fantasy in her head about Mary, envious of her beauty, but once they meet, she sees that “those same gifts will be your undoing.” When offered choices, Elizabeth makes no decisions prematurely – she waffles in indecision and ponders on her own, often while attending in some way to her external environment (making paper flowers, enjoying a “beautiful day,” and attending a newborn colt in the stables). Though an emotional woman, Elizabeth makes purely practical and tactical decisions. She allows her cabinet to take them to war, since “either we will have civil war in Scotland or in England,” but “wants to hear none of it.” She signs her cousin’s death warrant despite her reservations because others have proven her guilt in an assassination attempt against her. She sends her lover, Robert Dudley, to Scotland to persuade Mary to marry him, knowing that it would be beneficial to marry her to someone “I can control.” But beneath these actions burn intense, deep emotions – she does not share them, nor much show them, but in quieter moments you see the envy, misery, and unhappiness on her face. Only when she sees the truth of Mary, how her aggression will eventually kill her, can she overcome her envy. The only inferior Se shows in her willingness to indulge Robert in private (despite the scandal it may cause, and her horror to learn Mary “knows the truth” about them) and the risk she undertakes to meet her cousin in secret. In the end, she admits she has “given myself entirely to my throne,” and become such a symbolic creature, she has no personal desires.

Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so

Others call her a “fretful” queen, nervous in her allies, but Elizabeth also manifests the positive qualities of a 6 – she is level-headed and sensible, not quick to act but weighs her decisions carefully, she approaches others with warmth and emotion, she is suspicious of motives, and keen not to make mistakes that could lead to her downfall. But her trust of her advisors lets them influence her decisions, although she later chastises them for their foolish mistakes. Her 5 wing brings a sense of inner-self and independence, but is also prone to fantasy.