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Woman On a Mission

Dr. 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.

Accountability 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.

Dr. Laura 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 impressionable listeners.

Still, she 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 good.

Heavy-Duty Duo

Capricorn 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.

Scorpio, 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.

Capricorn 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.

Her Sun-Mars 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.

Her Scorpio 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).

The Self-Made Type

Regarding 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.

What she 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.

Her Current Transits

Schlessinger’s move to television is an outcome of the "once-every-twenty-years" Jupiter-Saturn 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.

Yet, transiting 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 marketing strategy.

Still, as 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.

 

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:

  • 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
  • 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

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