Mars is about to station direct on Monday May 19th after a very long run in Libra. I often look to popular culture to see how transits are represented outwardly. Barbara Walters, the iconic pioneer female journalist retired from the public stage yesterday. This entire week was dedicated to her retirement on The View and other morning and late night programming. Last night the celebration culminated in a two-hour special on ABC entitled Barbara Walters, Her Story. With Jupiter conjunct moon in Gemini at home in the 9th house, it is not surprising that her life’s work has been devoted to telling stories!
One of her guests on the View was her close friend actor Michael Douglas. He and his wife Catherine Zeta – Jones share the same birthday as Barbara, September 25th. Michael Douglas told the story of how about 25 of his friends all share the same birthday and wanted to figure out the cause. I longed for a metaphysical explanation, but apparently he concluded that their respective parents were “busy” during the Christmas holidays. On a personal note, my brother-in-law and Aunt also share this birth date.
I initially saw Barbara’s retirement as being perfectly timed. She makes her exit before Mars moves direct. But there may be more to the story…
While examining her chart it becomes obvious that Libra plays a prominent role. She has Libra rising with Libra Sun on the ascendant. I see this placement as the sign of a trailblazer who makes her mark with diplomacy and grace. Considering that she has interviewed every sitting President and First Lady since Richard Nixon plus numerous foreign dignitaries and heads of state, Barbara Walters certainly was able to hold her own. She also has Mercury conjunct Mars in Libra in the 1st house, another indication of a strong communicator with a commanding wit and intelligence.
I really thought that this is it, and that she will now devote herself to other passions and interests away from the camera. Yet something seemed off to me. Many of the celebrities who spoke this week questioned if she would stick with her decision. She did indicate she would remain as executive producer of The View and come back on air when ” it was warranted.” What seemed to be missing was an outer planetary transit that would “seal the deal.”
I noticed that Saturn is transiting her 2nd house in Scorpio. Then I realized that she is closing in on her 3rd Saturn return( in the 3rd house) in a few years. Interestingly enough, her 3rd house of communication is ruled by Jupiter, which is conjunct her MC ruler the Moon. At the very least she ought to remain quite active until transiting Saturn hits the 3rd house cusp. Either way, I predict that Saturn will dictate when she actually disappears from the entertainment industry, her home for more than fifty years.
I am curious to see who takes over for her on The View and as premier female journalist. What type of astrological archetype will emerge? She joked with Hillary Clinton that she could take over her chair at The View. There has also been speculation that Monika Lewinsky may be a possible co host. With these two powerful conjunctions (Jupiter/Moon and Mars/Mercury) in addition to Sun opposing Uranus on the Ascendant/Descendant axis, Barbara Walters is a rare example of how one’s natal gifts can be channeled in such a groundbreaking, revolutionary way. Whoever emerges will certainly have their work cut out for them.
Now this moon in Gemini woman with Mercury trine Mars has a few questions:
Do you think that the Saturn Return would indicate the Third Act and that Barbara Walter’s retirement is only temporary?
Or is the Mars Station the defining point?
What about transiting Saturn on the 3rd house cusp?
Who will be the ” replacement ” for Barbara Walters on the public stage?
What are YOU ready to change come Monday May 19th?