On a Mission
Laura Schlessinger’s new TV talk-show hit the airwaves on September 11,
2000. Already a dominant force on the talk-radio scene, she is best known,
loved and loathed for her outspoken and ultra-conservative opinions. She
is one tough Capricorn with a Scorpio Moon.
means a lot to Capricorns. Dr. Laura is big on the philosophy that people
must take full responsibility for the messes they put themselves in. She’s
no soothing, sympathethic handholder. Her no-nonsense, blunt, "in-your-face"
style has made her a lightning rod for controversy and dissent. Schlessinger’s
inflexible convictions irk a lot of people.
is famous for self-righteously scolding her radio callers in brusque terms
that nonetheless get to the crux of the matter. This insensitive, confrontational
style of dealing with her audience has, oddly enough, made her a phenomenal
success. Yet, some find her approach to be abusive, and even harmful to
feels it is her solemn, Capricorn duty to dish out her own orthodox brand
of morality. For her, one absolute standard of right and wrong exists,
and it comes from a Higher Authority. She thinks nothing of publicly
shaming or guilt-tripping others, since it’s ultimately for their own
and Scorpio are two heavy-handed signs whose serious assessments of life
are sometimes harsh and unforgiving. Feeling obligated to keep society
on the straight and narrow path, Capricorn follows the letter of the law
whenever possible and tries to stop people from wrongdoing, which is why
it’s called the sign of the judge. It especially feels obligated to impose
penalties on those who knowingly break society’s laws.
called the sign of the executioner, can be punishing or avenging in nature
when trying to right a wrong. It can be critical and judgmental of those
who lack self-control. When mismanaged, both signs can resort to bullying
tactics. In addition, they don’t readily trust others.
Schlessinger also has Mercury and Mars in this authorative sign (Capricorn),
implying that she’s an energetic go-getter, loaded with drive and ambition,
who’s bravely willing to stick her neck out to make her point or to achieve
an objective. She’s no chicken, but she’s also no diplomat. With her Mercury-Mars
conjunction, she can use words as weapons; her verbal style is very direct
but combative. She may view matters exclusively from her limited perspective.
conjunction is as macho as they come. Dr. Laura can play hardball with
the "powers that be" quite well; she is a warrior of sorts who has the right
stuff for engaging in battle. She’s very self-directed, and even has a
black belt in the martial arts. She probably relates better to men than
to women, but can be too impatient and aggressive with everyone.
side—involving her Moon and Jupiter—underscores her need to be in control
of her environment to feel safe. Hers is a well-guarded emotional nature.
She’s also drawn to crisis-management roles (a Scorpio’s talent). Jupiter—the
planet of morality and ethics—in Scorpio implies powerful belief systems
that are unyielding to change. Schlessinger feels passionately about her
faith (her religion plays a major role in her life outlook), yet she must
be careful not to resort to dogma or fanaticism (as obsessive Scorpio
is a sign of extremism).
her natal planetary aspects, Dr. Laura was born without major squares
or oppositions in her chart. This is very uncommon to find. Such "stress"
patterns normally help us to build our psychological muscles by challenging
us to break down our defenses, often the hard way. A lack of squares means
that Schlessinger is less prone to feel at odds with herself internally.
Yet, a lack of oppositions can mean that she has a tough time putting
herself in someone else’s shoes. Her objectivity may be weak.
does have more of than usual are planets forming conjunctions—often the
signature of a self-made personality who strictly follows his or her own
impulses and doesn’t allow others to butt in. Nobody had better mess with
Dr. Laura when she’s determined to do things her way! She’s too headstrong
to give in without a fight.
move to television is an outcome of the "once-every-twenty-years"
conjunction last May. It made a harmonious transit—a trine—to
her Capricorn Sun, which sounds perfect for reaping the rewards of a steady
focus on career. This is an opportune time for her, although with Saturn,
she wouldn’t have come this far if she had not worked hard all these years.
These planets, in Taurus, also favor conservative ideologies.
Neptune (an eroding influence) also makes an opposition to her Saturn
(a career planet), hinting that Dr. Laura may not present herself in the
best light. Softening her demeanor would help, since camera close-up shots
can accentuate facial tension and rigidity in unflattering ways. If she
comes across as too chilly or sounds too callous, people may discontinue
watching her show. Portraying a kinder, gentler Dr. Laura is the better
Capricorn and Scorpio seek purposeful involvement, great stamina and a
deep sense of commitment are indicated. Dr. Laura is powerfully determined
and single-minded enough to succeed in any endeavor she sets her sights
on, including conquering daytime TV.