dec 15


New York Times December 15, 1968.

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Omarr’s comment in the Times is a small side-bar where the Times notes that after highlighting Righter and Dixon, the big names in the horoscope world at the time, “a third, Sydney Omarr (of Philadelphia) comments the daily horoscope printed in newspapers, though never in the Times, were more for “entertainment than enlightenment.” (In case you missed it, scroll up and look to the right of Righter’s box.) A rather back-handed compliment.

Chances are that the Times ran the story as a holiday filler, something light and entertaining to fill in the pages as the news was probably at a lull during the Christmas season.  The Arabian part of fortune (pars Fortuna) supports that symbolically with a Saturday ” tea is served in a socialites’ parlor while a young lady reads tea leaves,” highlighting the light-hearted tone of the piece.

I chose 5:15 am as when the paper rolls off the presses and gets delivered for the 6 am bridge and tunnel crowd, as the boroughs and Jersey are colloquially called. That time gives the paper and thus each article, an ascendant of 28 Scorpio 07; Neptune, often associated with Santa Claus, right on the cusp.

The Sun  & Mercury is both in Sagittarius and the Sun is on the Second House cusp.    That makes sense as Mercury in Sagittarius shows how the Times was a resource for higher quality reading (the jovial planet rules higher education & high society) and purportedly written at a tenth-grade level geared to their college educated audience. Most New York dailies– the Daily News, Newsday and the Post–are published for a more general audience and a grammar school level. The print is also smaller in the midtown Times and the downtown the Wall Street Journal.

Neptune in the Twelfth House also supports that it was for “mature” audiences and on the cusp that it was “required” Sunday reading for most of the New York City metro area. The chart is a bucket with Saturn handle, suggesting an “older” or more “established” audience.

With Jupiter and Uranus conjunct in the Libran Tenth House, obviously the Times felt that this was a magnanimous gesture on their part. But Jupiter hamstrung in Capricorn’s home, and Uranus. stifles; Pluto in Virgo also nearby is the public clamoring for more. The older planets are both trine Venus (the Old Gray Lady — the Times nickname highlighted by the midheaven or the hopes and dreams of the edition, and a good proxy for the paper itself, a “fine handkerchief of linen and lace”).

With Jupiter and Uranus conjunct in the Libran Tenth House, obviously the Times felt that this was a magnanimous gesture on their part. But Jupiter hamstrung in Capricorn’s home, and Uranus. stifles; Pluto in Virgo also nearby is the public clamoring for more. The older planets are both trine Venus (the Old Gray Lady—the Times nickname highlighted by the midheaven or the hopes and dreams of the edition, and a good proxy for the paper itself, a “fine handkerchief of linen and lace”).

Thus permeating the edition is the idea the “times are a-changing,” as Bob Dylan, the bard of the Sixties, sang, for even Saturn in in Aries in the fifth house of entertainment. That was true, not just for the Times, but for the country as a whole.

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