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From its innocent birth last August as an afternoon TV game show, The Weakest Link has taken England by storm, thanks to the refreshing chill of its often-caustic host, Anne Robinson. It has recently debuted in the U.S., where NBC hopes it will meet with similar success. Still, a few media analysts already fear that most American viewers—accustomed to the milder game show mannerisms of Bob Barker, Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek—will be less charmed by the punishing undertone of this unique British import.

During seven rounds, eight people engage in answering trivia questions delivered with rapid-fire intensity by a very no-nonsense looking Robinson, who constantly shifts her podium position to take deadly aim at each nervous contestant. Incorrect answers provoke the grim-faced Anne to make snide, even acerbic, remarks based on her critical evaluations of each player’s performance. No wonder nobody looks relaxed on this show.

The Lady in Black

The program’s main attraction, of course, is Robinson herself—a veteran TV and print journalist who has masterfully created the persona of a stern and somewhat mysterious inquisitor. Her severity is accentuated by her all-black attire and her calmly delivered verbal barbs.

Robinson dismisses the losers with her now-famous curt and contemptuous catchphrase, "You ARE the weakest link. G’bye." And it is delivered in a dismissive, deadpan manner that American viewers have never seen before in a TV host. It’s hard to believe that this acid-tongued woman has her Sun, symbolizing the self, in Libra, the sign of balance and all things “nice.”

What Her Chart Reveals

Astrology Horoscope: Anne RobinsonAn examination of Robinson’s chart reveals that she is not everything that she seems to be. Her Sun is definitely in the sociable, polite sign of Libra, but it is conjunct dreamy Neptune, which gives her a need to act out her active fantasy life. It also means her core nature (Sun) revolves around ideals (Neptune) that are typically unattainable, and this can be disillusioning. Robinson certainly seems to hold the show’s contestants up to impossibly high standards.

Since Neptune symbolizes substance abuse, it’s not too surprising to hear that Robinson did have a serious drinking problem, one that she finally resolved twenty years ago. Still, Neptunians often resort to using masquerade or camouflage in order to hide their emotional pain or sense of powerlessness. Robinson may turn out to be a real softie inside, a closet sentimentalist who has found survival easier when wearing a hard, thick shell.

Security and Control

That shell can be symbolized by her Moon, representing emotions and nurturing, in controlled Capricorn, suggesting that her formative years introduced her to a few of life’s harsh realities. This Moon sign is associated with an emotional self-control that can border on repression. Robinson’s Saturn, planet of structure and restrictions, is in Cancer, the Moon’s natural sign. Saturn is prone toward inhibition or strictness, which here reinforces the theme of a restricted feeling nature.

Her Moon-Saturn connection thus could be Robinson’s weakest link, since it could make her feel that she can only rely on herself for absolute security. She may respond by giving the rest of the world the cold-shoulder treatment. If taken too far, she could become a cynic. It also means her emotional energy feeds her ambitions. Security comes from an attainment of power and worldly success. Interestingly enough, the show’s U.S. producers were considering another Capricorn Moon personality who once showed TV viewers a ruthless temperament to host the show. It was Survivor I’s top-prize winner Richard Hatch—but apparently he didn’t look as convincing dressed as a dominatrix.

Focus on Imperfection

Robinson’s Mercury, the planet of thought and communication, is in fussy, analytical Virgo, which makes her a born critic with a keen eye for what’s wrong in the world. Its close contact to her Jupiter, planet of philosophy and expansion, suggests that she puts great faith in her ability to soberly and clearly assess reality. Her sharp and highly logical mind is intent on seeing things plainly, as they are. She can easily spot flaws.

This Mercury also makes a tense aspect to rebellious Uranus, meaning that she’s quick to say exactly what she thinks, and fearlessly so. Above-average brainpower is suggested, and also an ability to catch people off-guard with blunt, unsettling remarks. She can observe others in an almost clinical manner, since both Virgo and Uranus operate in emotionally detached ways.

Robinson currently has transiting Jupiter forming excellent aspects to many of her birth planets, indicating it is her time to expand and even become more internationally known. Transiting Saturn is also in good shape for her, which can add to her durability and the gaining of support from the higher-ups at NBC. Although she is an acquired taste, perhaps American viewers will warm up to her quirky style and help to make this show the huge success it is overseas. Time will tell.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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:

  • Survivor II Showdown   4/22/2001
  • 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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