April 11, 2007, Don Imus was fired from his
syndicated radio show for calling women on the
Rutgers University women's basketball team
"nappy-headed hos." Some see Imus as a sinner,
others a saint. While his radio program is full
of racist and misogynist remarks, he is also
noted for his charitable works, including
helping underprivileged minority children.
The remarks that
Imus was fired for were not out of line with the
nature of his broadcasts. So, why did these
remarks create such a stir? A look at Imus'
chart provides some answers. First, let's look
at his birth chart. Then we can look at his
astrological cycles for 2007.
gives Imus' birth data as July 23, 1940 at 1:33
PM in Riverside, CA. He has the Sun, Pluto,
and Mars in Leo, Mercury and Chiron in Cancer,
Venus in Gemini, the Moon in Pisces, Scorpio
Rising, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus in Taurus,
and Neptune and Ceres in Virgo.
His Cancer and Leo
planets all fall in the Ninth House, a perfect
placement for broadcasting. This helps to give
him a big picture world view. Leo represents
the star. Imus has a clear drive to be
important. Scorpio Rising and the Sun Conjunct
Pluto provide the drive to manically work toward
that goal. These planetary placements also give
him deep insight into human character and little
tolerance for what might be called "bs."
There's no stopping him when he wants something
or he believes he's right—regardless of what
others may think. With his Mercury in Cancer
Conjunct Chiron, the Sun, and Pluto, his words
can certainly wound—and at times I'm sure they
are meant to. Getting in a good dig can be
quite pleasurable for him. And his insight into
human nature shows him just where to strike.
At the same time,
Imus has the Moon in Pisces in a T-Square with
Venus in Gemini and Neptune and Ceres in Virgo.
This makes him kind and compassionate. He
possesses deep sympathy for the underdog or
those in need. And he's not always the best
judge of character when his sympathies are
aroused. This combination, along with his
compulsiveness, also point to his past drug and
So, here we have a
man who can be difficult, demanding, and caustic
who cares little what other people think. And
yet at this same man is kindhearted and
sympathetic. His willingness to go out of his
way to help others is evidenced by his
fundraising for the Center for the Intrepid in
Texas. Imus helped raise $6 million to treat
soldiers wounded in Iraq.
Astrology shows us
just how complex we human beings are. Rarely is
a person's character all good or all bad.
Over the years
Imus' sharp tongue has offended fellow
broadcasters, politicians, civil rights leaders,
and feminists. What was different this time
were the planetary placements triggering his
chart. Transiting Saturn came to a Station on
Imus' Midheaven (career) in December, 2006.
Saturn is the planet of duty and responsibility,
also authority. For some it conjures up the
image of the grim reaper. A person with
transiting Saturn at the Midheaven faces an
extreme of fates. It can be the height of one's
career, or a fall from grace.
transiting Pluto formed an exact opposition to
Imus' Venus in Gemini. Harsh aspects from Pluto
have to do with loss. Imus' last outburst
caused not only a loss of popularity, but a
considerable loss of income from his radio
This year Imus'
progressed Mars conjoins his Neptune connoting
"confused actions." This aspect will be exact
in June, but is certainly within orb now.
significantly, during April Imus' progressed
Moon in Leo conjoined his Midheaven, where
Saturn stationed in December. Personally, the
Moon represents one's feelings, but on a
societal level, the Moon represents the public.
And ultimately, it was the public outcry that
caused Imus' sponsors to withdraw sponsorship
for his show, which in turn caused MSNBC to
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