The Peaks and Troughs of a Charmed Life
Will news presenter Fiona Bruce's realise her long-term ambition of
becoming the main anchor for BBC news? Her horoscope suggests not
in the near future.
As a Taurean (April 25 1964), Fiona has all the steady and
determined qualities of the Bull, a persistence which usually
gets its own way in the end. Her plans to be at the top of the
tree show that she is coming off her Terminator Taurus energy,
that indestructible force which just keeps going no matter what
you throw at it. Not that she has had to surmount too many
obstacles. Her horoscope is blessed with lucky, protective
Jupiter next to her Sun, giving her supreme self-confidence and
presenting her with a benevolent universe wherever she goes.
Astrologers wax eloquent about this combination. It is reckoned
to be " a potent, benefic influence, second to none" (Charles
Carter), and it shows a person to be " honourable, humane,
benevolent, sympathetic, kind, philanthropic, charitable,
generous, sincere, frank, candid, hopeful, social, genial,
popular, executive, reliable, honest and fond of sports.
Indicates influential friends and assistance or benefit through
them". (Llewellyn George).
So well done, Fiona! Isn't she the lucky one. Pluto, a planet of
depth and hidden potential, comes into this pattern and this has
been triggered over the last three years, bringing her to
prominence both as a news presenter and following Jill Dando on
Crimewatch. The books also tell us that " typically, Jupiter-
Pluto wants to do something very big ... it will often believe
that anything is possible, that whatever is wanted in life is
obtainable if only one can set one's mind to it". (Sue Tompkins).
Her frank attack on her rival female presenters at ITN shows
another side of the horoscope. This is the 'hungry woman' streak,
symbolised by the Moon's opposition to Mars, and it is where she
will always hit trouble. It is instinctively aggressive when it
doesn't need to be, an agitated, unpeaceful, are-you-looking-at-
me-mate quality, picking a fight. With her punchy Mars pitted
against a diplomatic Libran Moon, she can be sweetie-pie one
minute, tigress the next. This is the primitive, killer
combination behind her criticisms of her female peers, with Fiona
showing her claws when she doesn't need to.
Her current buoyant style still reflects optimistic Jupiter
energy, but career-wise this has peaked for now and her planets
are about to lie low. This suggests that Fiona's own intuitive
sense of timing, with her talk of a five-year game-plan, is spot-
on. Now five months pregnant, her horoscope shows a long period
of adjustment after the birth, and both the joy and challenges of
being a mother could be greater than she has imagined. The
downside of jolly, expansive Jupiter is several inches on the
hips, and as a body-conscious Taurus, Fiona could spend the next
few years terrified of ballooning gently at a tranquil pace. It's
not until mid 2004 that her horoscope gets perky and provocative
again, and if she wants to go for the plum job, she had better be
patient and plan for the spring of 2007 when femininist Venus
triggers her Sun. A lot of water is going to flow under the
bridge before then, but none of it is likely to wash away this
earthy, enduring Taurean.