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.