Is Tarrant's time up?
He may have found his first Millionaire this week, but adventurous Aries
will soon be urging the show's host, Chris Tarrant, to seek pastures new.
Judith Keppel's million pound win on November 20 times to
Saturn's transit by square of the horoscope's Venus in regal Leo,
a classy, well-connected lady, but there is a darker symbolic
undercurrent at work. ITV bosses are said to be furious at
accusations that the questions were slanted to allow the show to
deliver a knock-out blow against the much-trailed final episode
of BBC1's One Foot In The Grave, and it's not surprising to find
such suggestions, given the movement of shady Pluto square to the
show's Sun last week. Pluto is lord of the underworld, ruler of
the dead, signifier of the unconscious and the hidden, and the
striking Sun-Pluto symbolism now is an Ariadne thread, drawing
together apparently unrelated elements. What does it reveal?
The show was recorded the night before, on SUNday, and the
story conveniently leaked to The Sun. This ensured maximum impact
for its 9pm slot against One Foot In The Grave (Pluto), showing
Victor Meldrew's demise (Pluto). Now look at the million-pound
question: "which king was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine?" As an
earl's grand-daughter herself, and a relative of Camilla Parker-
Bowles, it was somewhat fortuitous that she should be asked a
question about the consort of an English king (Sun). Judith
Keppel revealed that, by chance, she had visited Eleanor's tomb
(Pluto) this summer, so the image of the grave lay at the heart
of the final question.
It is also the million-pound moment which the show's
presenter, Chris Tarrant, has been waiting for. With all the
charm of a benign, attentive Libran, Tarrant was born on a Full
Moon in pioneering Aries, with a dose of ironic Scorpio and pukka
Saturnian timing (7pm20, October 10 1946, Reading). His horoscope
shows that this is the benchmark moment he needs to allow him to
move on, and it looks as if his time on the programme is up.
Whatever millions ITV might offer to keep him, Neptune crossing
his career point at the start of next year heralds a longing to
escape, and by March, if contracts allow, his impatient and
adventurous Aries will be urging him to move on. The show could
then enter a Plutonic half-life, a karmic kick-back for seeing
off One Foot In The Grave.