Beware the Mercurial trickster
Like all young-spirited comics, Chris Morris may think he will
always have another trick up his sleeve but he is about to
embark on his astrological mid-life crisis
Morris fulfils perfectly the archetypal Gemini function of
splitting, dividing and creating arguments. Does his satire have
" a real sense of social purpose?" (Michael Jackson). Or is it,
as child protection minister Beverley Hughes would have it, "
unspeakably sick"? Gemini revels in such either-or splits. The
sign is ruled by unpinnable, duplex Mercury, and if we know
anything about this amoral trickster god, it is that coming down
on either side misses the point:
"To be, or not to be - that is the question. (Shakespeare,
To be, or not to be - that is the answer. (Mercury)"
- [Pam Tyler, 'Mercury'].
The Chris Morris brand of Gemini humour is, in an important
sense, pointless. There is no other reason for it than the game
itself, pulling tricks on authority, and all the more fun when
that authority is pompous and hypocritical. The most famous story
of Mercury-Hermes shows him stealing cattle, reversing the
direction of the hoof prints so as to baffle those in pursuit.
So Hermes can always steal a laugh but his tricks bring a calling
to account. Saturn opposed Pluto on August 5, and will do so
again in November, threatening abysmal consequences for various
aspects of media. The Brass Eye paedophile spoof came right on
cue as uptight Saturn passed over Chris Morris' Mercury, close to
this big planetary configuration. This connection suggests that
Brass Eye will be a catalyst for covert attempts at censorship in
the current climate. With his own Saturn strong, Morris has a
canny instinct of where the boundary lies and the programme
stopped just short of the abyss, allowing him to successfully he
blow the lid off the journalistic hypocrisy around this taboo
Taboos and sexual secrets bring us in to Scorpio territory, and
with his Scorpio Moon, this communicative Gemini can't help but
break taboos. The Scorpio Moon always creates a bit of a stink,
and it helped to sink the political ambitions of another Gemini-
Sun, Scorpio-Moon combination, Michael Portillo. Unlike Portillo,
however, Chris Morris has played this combination to the hilt.
Peeling the top layer off Chris Morris' horoscope reveals another
planetary pattern, a brutal and cruel Mars in Taurus, opposite
Neptune, planet of dupe and hype. The textbooks go to town on
this one. According to astrologer Charles Carter, "there may be a
vindictive, bullying, unscrupulous disposition, and cunning
methods of business." All those poor celebrities, conned into
Brass Eye's drugs and cake, sex and nonce-sense.
In addition, Carter suggests that a person with these planets,
" though himself honourable and clean-living, may be brought into
contact with the objectionable sides of life - indeed, it is
certain that this will be the case. For example, unscrupulous
money-lenders, cheats, share-pushers, persons addicted to sexual
irregularities, drug-takers or vendors, coarse-minded and foul-
mouthed persons, bullies, dishonest bankrupts, courtesans,
drunkards and so forth. He should avoid such elements most
strictly or he may learn that one does not touch pitch without
Like all young-spirited, Mercurial funny-men, Morris may think he
will always have another trick up his sleeve, but he is about to
embark on his astrological mid-life crisis. His most eventful
year in the near future is 2003 when argumentative Mars pushes
his luck and dangerously provokes thunderbolts from Jupiter.
That's when this trickster will need all his Mercurial magic
because Jupiter, symbol of the law itself, is the one god that
you just don't mess with.