Liz Smith: Christopher Hitchens’ “Naughty” Relationship with Margaret Thatcher

Recently departed journalist Christopher Hitchens

And more from our Gossip Girl: astrolger Shelley Ackerman’s predictions for 2012

“I NEVER think about the future. It comes soon enough,” said Albert Einstein.

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AS WE approach the end of 2011, I dined the other night at the great Veau d’Or bistro on 60th Street with Shelley Ackerman, the astrology expert I like most. Here’s what Shelley predicts in “The Astrological Skinny on 2012: We Are What We Worship:”

“With all the buzz and mystique about 2012, the alleged ‘end’ of the Mayan calendar, and a repeat of some of that tumultuous and revolutionary 1960’s planetary energy (courtesy of Uranus and Pluto, now manifesting as Occupy Wall Street), summing up the complex year ahead in a few choice sentences is next to impossible. Before the year is out, both Jupiter and Saturn will change signs (from Taurus to Gemini, and Libra to Scorpio, respectively); both Mars and Venus (in that order) will have retrograde cycles (in Virgo and Gemini, respectively), Neptune will leave Aquarius and move into Pisces, and, oh yes, there will be a presidential election in the U.S.

“Culturally, a different tone will begin to emerge: Since 1998, Neptune, the planet of dreams, fantasy, glamour, and escapism has been in the sign of Aquarius. Neptune has a cycle of 166 years and spends about 14 years in each of the 12 signs: We tend to worship and deify all that is “ruled” by the sign that Neptune is transiting at any given moment.

“In the 80’s (1984-98), Neptune was in Capricorn and films such as “Wall Street” and “Working Girl” depicted our collective love affair with personal ambition, big business, and making it to the top. But as it turned out, greed wasn’t THAT good after all, and for the past 14 years, during Neptune in Aquarius technology was the God we Adore: We have been transfixed by and addicted to our laptops, iPods, iPads, and smartphones. (How many of us will publicly admit to sleeping with our Blackberries and Androids for the past 14 years?) The masses have literally become hypnotized by and wedded to their “devices”!

“Now, as we enter 2012, Neptune enters its own sign, Pisces, and things will shift. We are already beginning to see and feel the effects: Films such as “The Artist” have captured our imagination (and reaffirmed our need for more quiet). And on Thanksgiving, Lady Gaga performed mostly standards and jazz for 90 minutes on network television. Who’d have thought that was even possible a couple of years ago?

“Yes, 2012 will see the return of soul, melodies, and a greater need for silence. We will be more emphatic about the preciousness of our oceans and the need to clean them up – or else!

“In August 2011, New York City felt the effects of the earthquake in Virginia, an unusual event for the Big Apple. New York City’s chart for 2012 and 2013 indicates that there may be a whole lot MORE shakin’ goin’ on — and it may be a good idea to prepare for that likelihood.

“As for the November election – the Dems will have the edge. (Did you really need an astrologer to tell you that?) But no matter who gets in (I do think it will be Barack Obama), don’t expect things to settle down or for any major improvements in the economy just yet. There are about another 12 years of Pluto in Capricorn to get through first!

“Those of us who thrive in times of drama and change and who are creative by nature will do just fine, thank you very much. When all is said and done, 2012 will be quite the ride. Let’s try to enjoy it.”

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THE death of Christopher Hitchens leaves controversy, alcohol consumption, attacks on the famous, and decisions about whether there is a God or not, hanging.

But there is a delicious anecdote from Mick Brown in The London Daily Telegraph. On Hitchens’ last days, dying from esophageal cancer, he was said to be “gossipy, indiscreet and scabrously funny about his enemies (step forward Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.)”

Hitchens reflected he’d supported Margaret Thatcher in the matter of the Falklands War and had written that he found her “surprisingly sexy.” At one meeting, the woman who would become Britain’s Prime Minister ordered the writer to bend over so she could spank him with a rolled up newspaper, afterwards mouthing the words “naughty boy!”

Too bad Hitchens died before the release of the new film “The Iron Lady.” He’d have had delicious things to say about this movie and its star, Meryl Streep. And, by the way, don’t miss it! Meryl is only great.

8 comments so far.

  1. avatar howard green says:

    So, “Meryl is only great.” What else is new?

  2. avatar Baby Snooks says:

    Our country is having its first and probably last Pluto return. And Pluto is sending us back to the beginning. Maybe we’ll get it right this time. Maybe not. Capricorn is the real “money box” and all about losing it.  If you have it, you may not be able to keep it. If you don’t have it, well, you won’t get it. When you’re bad, Pluto sends you to the Boom Boom Room. Where you usually implode. And go “boom boom.” Me, I think we should all write nice little notes to Queen Elizabeth. And maybe she will take us back. We would have been better off with the King George we had instead of the King George we ended up with. 

    Christopher Hitchens was one of those rare creatures who come along once. He will be missed. Along with so many others. You often hear this “What would Molly say?” and I suspect at some point you will often hear this “What would Christopher say?” Those who can weave the words and make us think are rare indeed.  And I don’t think he had enemies. But certainly some didn’t appreciate the words he wove about them. Words so many of us wanted to weave but couldn’t. Or in some cases, didn’t dare.  They know we think about what he wrote about them. They need to as well. The world might be a better place if they did.

    • avatar O E says:

      Well said about Christopher Hitchens, Baby. His honesty about his opinions of the high, the mighty, the self-delusional, et alia, were up front. It was many times what the rest of us suspected or believed, but kept to ourselves. And it wasn’t that Hitchens was taking the freedom of expression bestowed by terminal illness; it started way back, with the surge of reason that made him one of our era’s top essayists. He’ll be missed. His take on society and history will be missed and we’ll be denied his vision, his feistiness, his courage to force us to either agree with him, or debate him, because he made us stop and think. Oh, to be the proverbial fly on the wall and be privy to what’s going on now between Hitchens and whomever he’s met after leaving us.

  3. avatar Lila says:

    Ha, interesting reflections, but maybe there are logical explanations for some of them…

    – The Mayan calendar: It’s just time for a new disk to be carved! Happy New Long Count, Mayans!

    – Sleeping with Blackberries: I confess to placing my smartphone on the nightstand at night. Because it’s the same place as the house phone. Just like the house phone, if it rings during the night, it’s nice not to have to get out of bed and rummage around for it.

    – I certainly HOPE Ms. Ackerman is right about more quiet, more reflection, and more recognition of the need to clean up the environment… not real optimistic, though…

    – And in the end, I agree that the Dems will have the edge because the Repubs STILL have not managed to field any candidates who are not really, really scary in one way or another. We shall see, though… stranger things have happened in politics.

    • avatar Paul Smith says:

      Lila, Mitt Romney is not really, really scary. What sort of BS is that ?

    • avatar Frau Quink says:

      Greetings, Lila!
      The other day I read in International Spiegel that
      ‘the current crop of GOP candidates make our previous president look like Einstein’.
      Sure was my chuckle for the day…….

  4. avatar Lila says:

    Oh, my, who would have thought such of Ms. Thatcher. How fun. A whole new dimension to her!

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