Media Medium
14 August 2001


Something fishy

Capital Radio's Richard Park has a typical Piscean's love of wine,
women and all forms of excuses. But this is the only common
ground he shares with his potential business partner Richard Desmond

Lucky for some? After thirteen years building up Capital Radio, Richard Park has left the board to become a consultant, and now there is talk of him throwing in his lot with Richard Desmond who has plans for radio expansion at Northern and Shell. Yet in years to come, Park may wonder why on earth this seemed like a good idea.

He was born on a New Moon in the boundless sign of Pisces (March 10 1948), giving him the ability to totally immerse himself in the task at hand. Pisceans often martyr themselves to a cause, and with a touch of the redeemer about them, they are always ready to right wrongs, wherever they find them. Never, of course, in themselves but always in others.

Men born under the sign of the Fishes are known for their love of wine and women, bigger and better, bragging and boasting, and there is little in Park's horoscope to suggest he will limit his excesses, but alongside Piscean tall stories, we find the visionary and sensitive aspect of the sign, which is able to soak up the popular mood. His innovative, eccentric and edgy Aquarian planets give him a unique ability to combine imagination and fantasy with sharp, rational thinking. It's an ideal mix for creativity in media and entertainment.

Watery Pisceans are often mistaken as soft and easy-going, but strange formations lurk in their oceanic depths, so even friends never really know what's going on. Park's shark-infested coral reef is a triplet of tough, tyrannical planets in the proud and domineering sign of Leo. Heavy-metal Mars and Saturn join with obsessive Pluto in a driven, volcanic mix that scorches and purges. When Park's do-anything-for-you Pisces side is out to lunch, his tyrannical Leo could kick in and scare the hell out of people. Ultimately, this is powered by a fear of failure and it brings him "periods of impotence and weakness alternating with periods of brutal or ruthless progress and advancement in life." (Ebertin, Combination of Stellar Influences).

With declining revenues, life at Capital Radio had been getting tough, and unpredictable and independent Uranus started to take the lid off things for Park as it triggered his Leo planets for opposition throughout 2000. He must have had one falling out after another. In mythology, Uranus is the god castrated by his son Cronus, so Park may have felt his initiatives were being lopped off, metaphorically speaking. Uranus was dominant in his horoscope when he stepped down from Capital's board this March and it will give him no peace until the end of January 2002.

With everything now up in the air, Park should give himself breathing space before he makes another total commitment. Shacking up with Desmond doesn't fit the bill. The astrological contacts between the two Richards are stormy ones, centred on a volatile and unholy Pluto-Mars mix which is particularly prominent this autumn and next spring. From Park's point of view, they are just not fortunate. He is right to get out of Capital, but it could be out of the frying pan and into the pyre. Piscean Park needs something to dedicate himself to. He should put his good where it does the most, and remember some lost causes are truly irredeemable.

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