Matt Lauer: Saturn Returns With Invoice Marked Due

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, NBC fired veteran Today Show host, Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Viewed through an astrological lens, was his second Saturn return involved? Saturn returns every 28-29 years to its natal position and will demand an accounting of past actions before settling accounts and beginning the next cycle of life. Let’s investigate.

Lauer is 59 years old, soon to celebrate his 60th on December 30th of this year. Born in 1957 in New York City, Lauer’s birth time is unknown. Below, Lauer’s natal chart is set at 12N, which allows an astrologer to consider the planetary relationships…but not the ascendant, ruling planet of the chart or the spheres of life where the planetary energies play their parts.

Focus your gaze immediately on Lauer’s natal Sun in the sign of Capricorn, with Mercury in retrograde motion in Sagittarius followed by Saturn in the same natal sign. Natal Mercury retrograde speaks to an internal dialogue that exists before a person will speak the words of everyday life out loud. Paired with Saturn in a loose conjunction, there would be a cautious and skeptic tone added to Lauer’s speech that would extend to his belief systems as well.  Natal Saturn will also limit and discipline an unrestrained Sagittarian wit.

Lauer’s first Saturn return occurred in 1987 at the age of 29, with the planet transiting over natal Saturn three times: direct on Feb 10th, retrograde motion May 20th and completing the cycle in direct motion on Nov 8th. Whether processed internally, externally or most likely a combination of the two, Lauer experienced some sense of completion and adjusted life goals to complement the adult he had become. Note that his divorce from first wife Nancy Alspaugh was complete sometime in 1988.

Lauer’s second Saturn return occurred in December 2016, at the age of 58. This recent, one-time transit set in motion a scenario similar to that of a bill coming due. Public life was going well…Lauer weathered the criticism aimed at his election interviews with both Clinton and Trump while renewing his co-anchor contract thru 2018 with a yearly salary of a reported $20 million dollars.   What other life lessons was Saturn suggesting he learn?  And when?

It is now almost a year later with transiting Saturn and Mercury in Sagittarius having joined in conjunction with Lauer’s natal Mercury (see chart below). Fleet footed Mercury has delivered Saturn’s recurring message and it has illuminated both Lauer’s inner journey as well as conferred very public consequences based upon the many choices he made and lessons not learned over the last 29 years.  Mercury will turn retrograde December 3rd, suggesting that Lauer review the belief systems, gender and cultural mind sets that have lead to this destructive behavior.

Saturn in Capricorn will conjunct Lauer’s natal Sun through the year of 2018: direct motion March 27th, retrograde May 10th and direct on December 9th. Limitations along with taking responsibility for the consequences of past actions will test and challenge Lauer’s sense of self. No transiting planet operates alone and Lauer will experience Saturn’s boundaries and restrictions within the context of all the other energies of the chart.

If Lauer was a client and an accurate birth time was known, I would suggest looking towards the 8th house as well as where Pluto lies.  Precise and intense psychoanalytical examination, followed by elimination and hoped for transformation into a balanced, healthier psyche is certainly called for.

Matt Lauer’s journey continues and only time will tell what Saturn’s third return in 2046 will bring. Lauer will be 88 years old and will have grown not just older but perhaps wiser. Saturn would have it no other way.

Mercury Retrograde: One Day Late!

Pablo Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

In cosmic synchronicity, this post goes up one day into the Mercury retrograde cycle which began in Toronto on August 30th at 9:04 am in the critical 29th degree of Virgo. There must be important unfinished business for Mercury to almost leave Virgo and then decide to station retrograde. From our earthly perspective, fleet of foot Mercury will methodically appear to move backward (no planet in our solar system actually orbits backward) until it stations direct at 14 degrees of Virgo just before the Vernal Equinox, September 22nd at 1:31 am.

Consider then, in August what appeared to be finished. Was there a joint project at work that appeared to be all wrapped up, ready to see the light of day and suddenly now there is a glitch? Did you breakup with a summer sweetheart and today have second thoughts? Just gone off to college and regret leaving family, friends and the deep end of the pool? Take a moment, consider what you’ve experienced, achieved, gained and conquered in summer and do all the important ‘re’ words: reconsider, revisit, rethink, revise…etc.

This Mercury retrograde cycle wears the garb of the zodiacal sign Virgo, who is particularly good at logically harvesting the bumper crop of life and separating the wheat from the shaft. Yes, there may be technical issues with email, important contracts should be signed in late September and your usual double espresso in the afternoon may not clear the mental fog associated with Mercury retrograde.

Really, though – life doesn’t stop in a Mercury retrograde cycle, so be smart, like Virgo (aka Demeter in Greek myth, Ceres in old Rome) and gather your wits about you! Take a critical look at yourself, the downstairs closet that hasn’t been opened in months and perhaps your bank account and ponder “what should I keep, what should be recycled or composted?” When the Vernal Equinox does roll around on September 22nd, you’ll be ready to “fall” into autumn with the elegant balance that a Sun in Libra demands.