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The hugely popular "game show" Survivor II is about to wind down on May 3, after starting off on January 28 with sixteen hopeful contestants vying for the $1 million grand prize. Doing their best to make it in the often-unforgiving Australian Outback, these "tribal members" tried to outsmart and outlast each other during many a challenging episode. Now, only a handful of underfed, worn-out players are left, including the two most competitive who stand the best chance of making it to the final showdown—Tina and Colby. But who knows? Maybe a few last-minute surprises are awaiting viewers (I’m writing this as of April 16, 2001).

Capricorn Tina

Astrology Horoscope: TinaBeing a no-nonsense Capricorn means that Tina Wesson was born able to endure hardships, when necessary, without falling apart at the seams. Although low-key and soft-spoken, Tina has an intuitive mind plus awesome endurance and determination. She also showed an ability to make gutsy, split-second decisions when she dove into the fast-moving waters to help retrieve a sealed canister of rice after a heavy rainstorm caused flash flooding that nearly washed their campsite away. To look at her, sedate Tina may not seem the type who'll take big risks, yet she will when winning is at stake. When in the pursuit of high achievement, Capricorn’s focused ambition can overcome formidable obstacles.

Tina’s Sun opposes her Mars, a most important planet to consider when one is operating in survivor mode. Mars symbolizes the fighter in us who refuses to give up or give in. Anyone who agrees to be on this physically demanding show will have his or her Mars potential sorely tested. Tina’s Sun-Mars opposition describes her as someone whose will and ego (Sun) are well fueled by a competitive drive to succeed in action (Mars), sometimes at the expense of others (opposition aspect). She's loaded with inner strength and can be a quiet but enduring adversary.

Folks with this pattern seem fearless in the face of difficulty or danger. Capricorn won’t reveal much of its game plan, but it's nonetheless a shrewd and plotting sign. Tina showed her ruthless, "all business" side when she calmly voted out Maralyn, an Aquarius who was sure that Tina was her soul sister. Yet cool-headed Tina gave "Mad Dog" a quick and unemotional "you are the weakest link, goodbye" send-off! Capricorn will not let sentiment get in the way of making it to the top. The previous winner, Aries Richard Hatch, showed how traits like this can help any contestant to become the top-prize survivor.

Aries Colby

Astrology Horoscope: ColbyColby Donaldson is the most athletically accomplished of all the contestants. He'll bravely face even the most grueling challenges without batting an eyelash, which is typical of the daring fire sign under which he was born. His Mars in Gemini means he’s highly adaptable, quick to size up situations and able to use his excellent eye-hand coordination to win many of the games required to receive the immunity necklace (which protects one from getting voted out by the tribe). Colby’s won immunity several times, due partly to the brightness and speed of his Gemini Mars and his Aries physical prowess.

His Mars also makes a tense aspect to his Mercury (the planet that stimulates thinking and speaking), which gives him a bit of a short fuse. His irritable side suddenly came out when, in frustration, he unloaded a bucket of water on Jerri, whom he indirectly blamed for not helping him to win a game. I guess Jerri won’t be voting in favor of him in the finals, especially since he also shunned her potentially romantic advances, to boot.

Aries, like Capricorn, is also a no-nonsense sign that will only play to win, not just to have a good time. It can be very intense once it's focused. Handsome Colby—with his charming smile—nonetheless transforms into a stern-faced warrior when he’s ready to compete. His Sun makes a tense aspect to his Pluto, an obsessive planet associated with ultimate survivor skills, ones that help us to endure arduous conditions at length in order to achieve our objectives.

Too Close to Call

What may work against Colby is that his Mercury in Pisces—a sign that can innocently attract betrayal—is undergoing a difficult transit from Pluto (associated with backstabbers). Perhaps he has said a few things while trying to work out secret strategies with other players that will come back to bite him. Maybe his winning streak has stirred hidden jealousies among those who were once his allies. In addition, transiting Saturn squared Colby’s Venus during most of the episodes, which can imply a lack of female support when most needed. That’s another strike against him, astrologically. However, transiting Jupiter favorably aspects his Sun, suggesting a potential for prosperity and positive social attention on some level. He could end up victorious—and rich—in May.

If Tina and Colby are the last two left, and if the votes are tied, the one tie-breaking vote that may make the difference could be Jerri’s, and she is apt to favor Tina. I personally think Colby deserves to win for his consistently strong performance throughout these episodes. Yet even if these two do not make it to the final showdown, at least astrology offers insights into what makes Tina and Colby the excellent Survivor players that they are.



Bil Tierney has been in professional practice for over 28 years. He is the author of Dynamics of Aspect Analysis (CRCS Publications, read in five languages), Twelve Faces of Saturn, Alive and Well With Neptune, Alive and Well with Uranus and Alive and Well with Pluto (Llewellyn Publications). His upcoming book, All Around The Zodiac: Exploring Astrology's Twelve Signs, will be released by Llewellyn in December 2001.

For more information about Bil Tierney, click here.

Other StarIQ articles by Bil Tierney:

  • Anne Robinson: What's Her Weakest Link?   5/1/2001
  • Susan Helms: Woman in Outer Space   4/8/2001
  • Will and Grace: A Sitcom With a Twist   2/26/2001
  • Faith Hill and Tim McGraw: Earth Signs in Love   2/20/2001
  • Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera: Sagittarians on Fire   2/15/2001
  • 'N Sync With Success   2/8/2001
  • Will Dr. Laura Conquer TV?   9/22/2000
  • Tina Turner's Farewell Song   8/26/2000
  • An Aries Wins Top Survivor Prize   8/24/2000
  • Bill Clinton Bares His Soul   8/11/2000
  • The Wizardry of J.K. Rowling   7/26/2000
  • Friends Strike It Rich!   7/14/2000
  • Russell Crowe: Aries on the Rise   6/3/2000
  • Steve Case: On Top of the World   2/16/2000
  • The Power of Celine   12/14/1999
  • Celine's Pluto Transit   12/14/1999
  • Uranus in Aquarius Rocks Garth's World   11/27/1999
  • Garth Brooks: Super Aquarius   11/27/1999
  • Two Goats Rockin'   11/1/1999

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