Tina Weaver takes the helm at the Sunday Mirror at a time when her
horoscope is on a lucky Jupiter high. Nothing could indicate
more strikingly that she just happened to be in the right
place at the right time.
The good news is that she takes over at a time when her
horoscope (June 17 1965) is on a lucky Jupiter high, and nothing
could indicate more strikingly that she just happened to be in
the right place, at the right time. Weaver is a street-wise, net-
working Gemini, a sign perfectly at home in the fast, shifting
world of the press, a media Queen with a tabloid background. She
has all the smartness of the Gemini twins, coupled with the
toughness of aggressive Mars square to her Sun in the hard-
working sign of Virgo. This can make her highly strung and prone
to sudden, ratty arguments when she is stressed out. Astrologer
Isabelle Pagan says of this Gemini quality, " there is always a
strong desire to be 'in the running' - in the very centre of
things; and if these people find themselves in any way inferior
to those around them, and are consequently compelled to take a
back seat, they feel very sore and ill-used - and show it."
('From Pioneer to Poet').
Her big rival on the Sundays is Rebekah Wade at News Of The
World, and as the only women editors left amongst the nationals,
comparisons are inevitable. Since Wade is another magpie Gemini
(May 27 1968), we can expect fun and 'coincidences' as these two
second-guess each other's headline-grabbing moves. There is,
however, a huge difference between them.
Weaver's horoscope is not fully typical of Gemini because it
contains gallons of emotional water, giving her a strongly humane
touch and making her super-sensitive to other people's needs.
This compassion for the suffering of others is not common in
horoscopes connected to the tabloids - Wade has no water at all -
but it seems to motivate Tina Weaver more than outsiders might
imagine. Her watery Venus in Cancer gives her a populist, caring
instinct and tunes her in to the human interest side of any
story, with such scoops as the Blairs' Baby and Michael Jackson's
marriage. This fits well with the Sunday Mirror, a watery Pisces
with origins in The Sunday Pictorial (March 14 1915), but it does
mean that Weaver can go soft at the wrong moment. As she goes
with the flow it will be difficult for her to forge the distinct
identity which the paper needs now. She has no planets in fire,
so although she can pull off Gemini tricks, taking risks and
playing a dangerous game does not suit her and Wade beats her
hands down in the dare-devil department.
Enter Piers Morgan. Although he has a watery Pisces Moon, he
is a fiery, courageous Aries with a pioneering spirit that makes
up for Weaver's missing fire. The astrology suggests that she
will need support from his nerves of steel, especially when she
hits her first Saturn crisis this August, and when self-doubt and
panic over the ABCs affect her adversely and test her authority
in August 2002.
When the going gets tough, Geminis get going, usually as far
away as possible from the trouble. This is the Peter Pan sign
that wants to stay forever young and forever foolish, and often,
just at the point of achieving what they want, their innate
duality makes the Twins question whether they do want it after
all. For Tina Weaver, the either-or, hot-and-cold Gemini games
are over; the main astrological connection between her and the
Sunday Mirror puts weighty, heavy-duty Saturn onto her Sun. It's
the call of destiny, and the test is whether or not she has the
gravitas to carry it off.