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Entrepreneurial Aries corporate trainer and consultant Richard Hatch—dubbed by critics as "The Man We Most Loved To Hate" and the least liked in the TV-audience polls—won the $1 million prize Wednesday night (August 23), on CBS’s thirteen-week, smash hit reality TV show, Survivor.

Hatch’s chart shows he’s a restless overachiever, loaded with ambition, who’s driven to forcefully push obstacles aside and focus solely on accomplishing his goals. On day one of the show—as one of sixteen castaways on a tiny tropical island near Borneo—Rich predicted: "I've got the million-dollar check written in my name." That kind of bold, cocky confidence is typical of the spirited bravado of headstrong, determined Aries.

Beside his Sun, his Venus is in Aries, implying that he’s a self-interested individualist who possesses an autonomous disposition. Aries also excels in quick thinking when self-preservation is at stake. Rich’s more controlling, ruthless side—enabling him to resist emotionally bonding with the other players—is better explained by his Moon and Saturn in Capricorn. This side of Richard carefully thinks things through and can be quite a no-nonsense strategist with excellent organizational ability. Capricorn also provides the endurance and a dose of shrewdness that Aries lacks.

This combination of go-getter Aries and power-testing Capricorn makes for very competitive people who can be effectively single-minded while pursuing their desires. Capricorn may appear cold and calculating, while Aries seems full of itself. Yet, together, they welcome worthy challenges. In addition, Rich’s Mercury in Pisces, helping him to use intuitive feelings and persuasive power to subtly manipulate key players behind the scenes, has an uncanny awareness of human vulnerability (although Hatch is probably more sensitive and sympathetic to others in real life, when he's not on a cutthroat game-show where the stakes are high).

It's often the case that an assertive exterior masks a vulnerable interior. There's little need to act tough on the outside unless one is tender on the inside. Mars in sensitive Cancer, as Richard has, often reflects a defensive side whose aggression is about self-protection, rather than conquest. His Mercury in another water sign, Pisces, can be interpreted as a mind that is rather subtle and nuanced, able to shift its communication patterns to create whatever image is most useful in the moment. These planets' placements correspond well with the perception of Richard, by some, as a whiner.

In any astrological chart, the position of the Moon's North Node is one of the most reliable guides to a path of personal growth and development. Richard's North Node is in calculating Virgo, in a close conjunction with the planet Pluto. Pluto's critical placement shows that Rich's road to fulfillment passes through the life-and-death extremes that are so familiar to this planet. Pluto, the mythological Lord of the Underworld, is meant to take us to the depths, to meet our demons and transform ourselves for the rebirth to follow. Power, manipulation, secrecy and ultimately survival are what it's all about.

Richard Hatch has played the game perfectly, not just for millions of television viewers, but for his own process of growth and change. Undoubtedly, the metamorphosis has just begun for the new millionaire who has moved into the public spotlight and will likely meet even greater challenges to come.



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:

  • Two Goats Rockin'   5/3/2014
  • Anne Robinson: What's Her Weakest Link?   5/1/2001
  • 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
  • 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

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