Oprah Winfrey recently , towards the end of her shows run and now into her own network venture, has been the advocate of many new age and metaphysical principles. She has been consulting and communicating many spiritual advisers , leaders , and authors and there is one rather large topic of discussion that she and a few of her spiritual mentors seem to have somewhat of an obsession with. That topic is the ego. Why is this? Well the answers can very well be narrowed down to astrology.
First we have to take a look at Oprah‘s own natal situation to understand this more.
Oprah speaks on ego issues a lot. About dissolving the ego, how ego damages others (possibly) and how ego(or at least the unevolved ego) is a cause for many of the ills of modern society. When we take a look at her natal chart though it is very easy to see why and how she could have a negative view or has trouble understanding the ego.
That is because her own Sun is placed in Aquarius which is the sign of it’s detriment. The sun functions poorly in Aquarius. The Sun’s home is in Leo which indicates a strong self identity, strong ego, a need for expressing self, a lively individual, a leader, a showman. With this comes self centeredness, arguments , ignoring others needs , narcissism, self importance( manifestations are predicated upon planetary aspects, house placement and other factors). These are all issues that an Aquarius may have trouble dealing with and expressing. Since Aquarius is “all of us”/ Uranus as opposed to the Sun /”me”/ “center of the universe”, Aquarians can have trouble having thoughts, creations of their own. They are eclectic so their “self” expression is largely a gumbo of others thoughts and expressions. So when asked for personal opinions and feelings there can be a cold objectivity that really doesn’t take personal views into account. After all it’s about humanity and there’s no room for my personal issues in humanity. . Thi
So when Oprah talks about the ego it’s essentially a place of misunderstanding in my opinion. Now let’s take a look at her chart. Her Sun is exactly conjunct Venus in Aquarius. So not only does she embody the Aquarian principles but she values and appreciates them. Then her Mercury is also placed in Aquarius. So there is a strong Aquarian influence there. Her Jupiter is placed in Gemini which is a sign of it’s detriment as well. Jupiter is a spiritual planet , placed in Gemini makes the spiritual mind logical .
Two of Oprah’s “new age” spiritual advisers, one of whom she speaks extensively of ego issues with are also Aquarians. “A new earth” author Eckhart Tolle is one of the ego specialists Oprah confides in and the other is Reverend Ed Bacon, who is an Episcopal priest in Pasadena, California. Both just so happen to be Aquarians and coincidentally born on the same date in the same year.
We see that they both have Aquarius Suns as well. And they have Mercury placed in Pisces which is also in it’s detriment. It indicates inspirational speakers, but the main point is it is another non egocentric position and Pisces is service oriented and spiritual in nature. This chart has markers for spiritual practicality I guess is what you could call it.
Healthy ego and self identity is important. The zodiac at the end of the day is about balances. So the Aquarian idea of Utopia and peaceful coexistence and understanding is a great idea and principle especially now that we’re in the Age of Aquarius. It is not really a possibility however because there will always be Aquarians opposite Leo, and there will also be Aries, and Scorpios, and Sagittarians around . There will always be ego centered people on the earth. So by understanding the nature of Aquarius we can understand the desires and vision that Oprah sees. But we must understand that it’s not natural for everyone to view life in this way so there could never completely be the ” New Earth” how the Aquarius envisions it.
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