This article first published May 27, 2000 on StarIQ
Yet another Oprah Winfrey project was launched on April 17. Her magazine, O, reaches more people and supports more staff! A great deal of Oprah's life-work is finding and making jobs for others, as well as shining the light on those who she feels bring life-lessons to the masses. However she can do it, her work is about bringing ideas and ideals to the broadest demographic she can create.
Aquarian Sense of Justice
Oprah Winfrey has the Sun and Venus exactly conjunct in Aquarius. A Sun-Venus conjunction is the archetypal female image—an earthy, sensual, practical, loving, nurturing, heroic feminine soul. This archetype is focused through the sign Aquarius, which defines that image further. Within that feminine soul, Oprah has a cool, crisp, humanitarian relationship with the world at large, but a highly selective, private relationship with the people in it.
With the Sun and Venus in Aquarius, Oprah has built a broadcasting career on truth, justice and fairness to all. By broadcasting (Aquarius) her values (Venus) through her personality and ego (Sun), she has touched a personal and collective chord in the U.S. television audience. Her Sun-Venus conjunction is square natal Saturn. It is no secret that she has come out of a hard place, and continues to slog through personal and professional challenges. The Saturnian yoke of inadequacy has plagued Oprah since her birth—first through her family of origin and secondly during her life experiences. She has worked against all odds—gender, race and caste. Saturn in her chart demonstrates that hard work. Facing the shadow and fighting depression and helplessness can bring out the best in one's character. The ancient alchemist's work was to turn lead (Saturn) into gold (Sun), and this is exactly what Oprah Winfrey has done, both psychologically and financially.
Also, Oprah has the Moon in Sagittarius opposite Jupiter, retrograde (appearing to move backward as seen from the Earth) in Gemini. With Moon in the Fourth House (home) and Jupiter retrograde in the Tenth House (career), she has manipulated her work in a positive way to reflect her personal values and social/political ethics. This is a very idealistic, hopeful and optimistic opposition that motivates her life and work.
Jupiter is associated with ethnicity, tribalism and common values, beliefs and ethics, and with her powerful sense of purpose in life, Oprah has made her mark by bringing issues that undermine individuals in society to light. Those issues are all about Saturn—oppression, restriction, the status quo, political pressures, poverty, developmental/psychological blocks—and Jupiter—race, religion, justice and social acceptance. She's a black woman, so she has a perspective on working against the odds.
She brings her instinctive and social values, her feelings and gut-instincts, to bear on social and personal issues, and has become world-famous and fabulously wealthy while doing so (Tenth House Jupiter). Jupiter retrograde means that she is a “stranger in a strange land,” a citizen without a country, a person who is not local, but global. This is a difficult aspect for many people, because it means they have to find comfort in the world, not just at home.
A Force to Be Reckoned With
The Moon and the Sun being so intimately involved with Jupiter and Saturn really speaks of Oprah's life being a Titanic force. Jupiter overthrew the oppressive Saturn in the mythic War of the Titans, and Oprah does that by utilizing her private self and her public persona. Both are linked in unity of purpose—basically against social and ethical hypocrisy. She has abdicated a life of privacy and domestic anonymity, and placed herself in a medium where she becomes part of many a household's daily life. Granted, the harshness of Saturn's influence has driven her to do this, with all its anxiety and guilts, pressures and achievement complexes. However, to have employed those psychological complexes for the better is an admirable example of turning lead into gold.
Her own emotional pain and suffering has become a useful tool. Her awareness of the value of catharsis—the theatre of life—has made her a millionaire many times over. People watch Oprah to learn about life skills vicariously—to “watch” others who may share their own issues—and through this meta-therapeutical technique, Oprah has opened many psychological doors, and expressed humanitarianism in a truly contemporary way.
She has seen, felt and experienced the darkest aspects of the human psyche (Mercury opposite to Pluto), hence her ease with the “dark night of the soul.” She has been open about her sexual abuse, her hard realizations about race-hate and gender inequality and her own insecurity and body-image problems. Her Aquarian honesty has helped many people face realities that have been shameful secrets for far too long. During Uranus’ transit to her Sun-Venus, she chafed under the bit of her established program when it became too focused on the misery of life, and altered the content to bring something she calls "Finding your Spirit,” developing her book club list, which includes books primarily by women and always about overcoming major hardship, difficulty or tragedy.
Her goal under that Uranus transit has been successfully achieved. Now we shall see how the transit of Pluto will affect her work and life over the next eighteen months. Pluto will go over her Moon three times, bringing regeneration and profound changes to the root of her self and work. What new project could be afoot? Certainly her home, relationships and family considerations will be transformed. I am sure that it is something else we shall share with her, or rather, she shall share with us, as she always does.