This is a recent photo of Bob Barker as most of us remember him from his TV show, the Price is Right.
Back when he was still hosting Truth or Consequences in 1971 and 1972, a new opportunity was developing for him that was to become the hallmark of his public persona and career as a game show host. Barker was always very well dressed, a perfect hair cut, charming, warm and able to put everyone at ease. For me, I always thought that anyone who wanted to be a public speaker or marketing spokes-person would do well to spend a month watching Barker perform on TV. We will look at his 1971 precession-corrected Solar Return located in Hollywood, CA.
First of all, we need to note the angles of this solar return, shown in the outer wheel area of the chart. The ASCendant is at 8 Pisces, located in the natal chart’s (inside wheel) 4th house. The MC is at 16 Sag, in the natal chart’s 2nd house—the S/R Sun & natal Sun is only 3 degrees away. This year will be one in which his public image will become “high-profile”. The eye cannot ignore Jupiter and Mercury clustered with the MC and Sun; happy news, an expanded audience are typical keywords that can be applied.
Squaring this cluster of MC-Jupiter-Sun-Mercury is t/Mars in the S/R first house. To understand the role of this transiting Mars we have to go back to Barker’s natal chart where Mars is on the Ascendant. Mars is, so says the textbooks, a symbol of aggression, anger, action, heat, blood, hurt and pain, etc. But, Mars also has a softer and more realistic side; it can be applied creativity, putting oneself forward not only as a leader but as a model for others, a willingness to be exposed, daring, in places that would be seen as uncomfortable for others, of being a presence to be reckoned with, setting a bar for others to reach. All of this was how Bob Barker portrayed his Mars.
With natal Mars on the natal Ascendant and transiting Mars in the first house of the S/R, we can expect Mars to be amplified this year. Amplified big time. Now, back to the S/R Ascendant which is opposite the n/N.Node (or conjoining the n/S.Node). Barker will be using already-in-place skills. His natural demeanor is his ticket to ride. Looking at his transiting Node we find t/N.Node in the 3rd house, square his n/Mars & Asc.–clearly pointing to his use of his personality for his new opportunities.
There is more to look at in this chart, as there is in almost any chart, but, what has been covered so far clearly paints a theme for the coming year. If we leave it at this point, then we have practiced simple astrology. Why makes things more complicated? Dave