Question time for Dimbleby
Behind the thoroughly decent David Dimbleby lurks a power-loving,
sexy Scorpion, which is great for a TV anchorman but is it
the stuff of BBC chairmanship?
In his horoscope (October 28 1938) Mercury, planet of
communication, lines up against unpredictable Uranus, and we
would expect Dimbleby to be more independent and provocative in
his style. Instead, this configuration comes through as his
capacity for coping with live, on-air, unexpected situations. The
fracas in Question Time following the New York attack, when some
of the audience expressed anti-American views, showed him at his
best, and he has emerged unscathed from the ensuing furore.
He is admired by colleagues for his impartiality and abilities as
a moderator, indicated by a strongly placed Jupiter, planet of
justice, in the tolerant, humane sign of Aquarius. This shows a
wise touch with group dynamics and a sense of perspective,
guaranteeing everyone a fair hearing. Astrologers Sakoian and
Acker say that people with this Jupiter in Aquarius " know no
class, racial or religious distinctions. They insist on social,
religious, and moral values that are universal, impartial, and
democratic in every respect. There is a desire spiritually to
share and experience with men and women from all walks of
life. ... they attract many friends and become involved in
organisational activities that are designed to uplift humanity
and bring about brotherhood among men. " (The Astrologer's
But behind the thoroughly decent Dimbleby lurks a power-loving,
secretive, sexy, deeply manipulative Scorpion. The ability to
manipulate others into a situation that suits it is a legendary
Scorpio quality. Therapists and healers are often under this
sign, and emotional manoeuvres are precisely what many situations
require, especially for Dimbleby when he is master-minding
debates and needs to pick up on nuances and sniff out where to
move next. This is great for a TV anchorman, but is it the stuff
of BBC chairmanship?
Comparing his horoscope to the Corporation's horoscope (January 1
1927), his Venus connection means he clearly loves the place and
supports its public service ethos. He has a good contact, too,
with the BBC television Scorpio horoscope (November 2 1936),
where his own Scorpio and charismatic Neptune can shine through.
But the Corporation itself is a Capricorn, and that requires a
different kind of political savvy. Despite his background in
broadcasting and publishing, Dimbleby's chances of becoming
chairman are thought to be reduced because he lacks the
experience of managing a big organisation. This is Capricorn
country, a land of political affinities and diplomatic deals, and
although he probably has a Capricorn Moon, depending on his exact
birth time, this influence is dutiful rather than commanding. His
reserved Scorpio nature has kept his political affiliations
hidden, but this impartiality may not wholly be an asset.
Instead, it puts a question mark over his aspirations for the
corporation, as if all that he stands for is a sense of tradition
and decency at a time when the twenty-first century BBC needs
something more dynamic and forward-looking.
The way his horoscope is moving now, there is little to suggest
he will succeed in becoming chairman, but like fellow applicant
Gavyn Davies (see Media Medium 10 September), this looks like a
job he doesn't really need.