Is Chris Smith out of his element?
He is creative and likeable, but the subtleties of culture,
media and the arts may elude him when regulating UK media.
Despite his bland public persona Chris Smith is a fiery Leo
(July 24 1951) with Mercury, planet of communication, also in
this creative sign, giving him such personally warm and likeable
qualities that, it is said, "nobody has it in for him".
Astrologer Alan Leo gives an upbeat analysis of the Leo lion:
"A determined, governing, organising and controlling mind, with
power to take large and extensive views, coupled with a somewhat
dogmatic tendency: there is much positive assurance, and a high
degree of faith and conviction in noble ideals. It denotes a
confident, ambitious, persistent and at the same time intuitive
The most striking feature in his horoscope is the opposition
of expansive Jupiter and Neptune, with the Moon also part of this
configuration. The remaining planets fall on one side of this
opposition, which therefore cuts the chart in half to create a
one-sided pattern known as a 'bowl'. Negatively Neptune and the
Moon give a potential threat of scandal, but there is no obvious
indication of this breaking in the next few years. More
positively, Jupiter and Neptune suggest a religious attitude,
tinged with socialism and a care for the underdog. Brought up as
an Anglican, Chris Smith continues as a practising Christian
whose beliefs inform his politics. Mars, the action planet,
connects with these religious leanings and pushes them into
worldly expression, and he has the potential to be more radical
than his current job allows.
Leo is a byword for loyalty, and his personal commitment to
Tony Blair should safely ensconce him in the next Labour cabinet.
With Cancer-Virgo influences, he would be competent in his former
shadow posts in health or environment, but the same Jupiter which
represents his religious belief also signifies travel and foreign
affairs. Foreign Secretary appears to be out of his reach but he
could do surprisingly well in a Euro post, and a beefed-up role
as Minister for Europe is worth a flutter. Apart from hiccups in
March next year, the coming period looks smooth enough. His boats
won't rock until early 2008 when Jupiter hits a square of Uranus,
and if he is weary of politics by then, a new calling could await