I’m thrilled that today’s guest post is written by my friend and fellow astrologer, Joanna Watters. We met at the Company of Astrologers in London many years ago and Joanna now lives on the island of Lefkada in Greece. She’s the astrologer at Chat It’s Fate and Network She and leads astrology and tarot courses in Greece, which I can highly recommend. If you’re interested in receiving more information about Joanna’s courses, you can contact her directly by clicking here. Here’s Joanna’s prediction for the final of the BBC talent show “The Voice”, Saturday 2nd June 2012, 7:15pm BST.
Enthused by my success of predicting Ashleigh and Pudsey as the winners of Britain’s Got Talent – with the 70 pounds to prove it – I needed very little encouragement to put The Voice final to the astrological test. This time, however, I’m approaching the task with some nervousness. I made my BGT bet in secret, not even telling my sister, but on this occasion I’ve offered to publish my findings on Sally’s site. This really is a case of putting my astrological money where my mouth is.
Of course, if astrology always offered us clear and unambiguous answers, we would be winning our bets all the time and would’ve won the lottery several times over by now. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy! The chart for the final of The Voice is, in my view, full of contradictory factors and not made any easier by the fact that I really want Bo Bruce to win. The task then is to put all personal preferences aside and to apply the rules of astrological craft with as much objectivity as possible.
Firstly I was encouraged to see that the Ascendant of this chart is 22.49 Scorpio – conjunct my own Ascendant of 21.30 Scorpio – and the Moon is at 18 Scorpio, conjunct my own Jupiter, planet of luck. In traditional astrology any planet within 5 degrees of one of the four major angles of the chart is said to be conjunct that angle, and therefore particularly prominent and powerful. So the Moon conjunct the Ascendant immediately suggested to me that a female singer would win.
However, although the Moon is the universal ruler of all things feminine, she is in “fall” in the sign of Scorpio and is applying to lucky Jupiter by opposition – an inharmonious aspect. The chart ruler is Mars, universal ruler of men, and is powerful by position, being conjunct one of the other angles of the chart, the Midheaven, an angle associated with status and recognition. However, Mars’s next aspect is another inharmonious one, a square to Venus. So far, so not straightforward then!
I’m intrigued by the four planets in the 7th house and at first wondered if these might be the four finalists, or the four judges. On reflection I decided that they’re probably both, especially as three of these planets are in the double sign of Gemini, sign of the Twins. In terms of significators for the judges I like:
- Jupiter for Will – i – am (the planet that rules his Sun sign of Pisces)
- the Sun in Gemini for Tom Jones (who is a Sun sign Gemini and who is a “Sir”, fitting the symbolism of the Sun ruling nobility)
- Venus in Gemini for Jessie J (the only female judge, who is openly bisexual)
- Mercury in Gemini for Danny O’Donoghue (Mercury being the ruler of youth and Danny being the youngest man on the team)
So, which of these four planets is the most powerful – and will this single out the judge whose act is most likely to win?
- Jupiter loses some weight by being fractionally over 5 degrees away from the Descendant and will receive the difficult opposition from the Moon.
- Venus is weakened by the fact that she’s retrograde and heading for a dust up with Mars.
- Mercury is strong as he is in his own sign of Gemini and is therefore said to be “dignified” and is heading for a trine, a harmonious aspect, to serious Saturn who, in turn, is also strong by being in Libra, his sign of “exaltation”. Saturn also gets another big tick by being at 23 degrees of Libra, the position of a fortunate Fixed Star called Spica.
- The Sun poses an interesting scenario as, once Venus gets past the clash with Mars, Venus will then make an exact conjunction with the Sun. Astronomically this is big news, as this Venus transit of the Sun won’t be repeated until the year 2117.
Sticking with traditional astrology however, I’m drawn to the Sun – Venus conjunction for another reason. This aspect is a “cazimi” – the name for the conjunction (to within 17’ of arc) of any planet with the Sun. The planet is said to be in the heart of the Sun and therefore blazes with the same power.
The Sun – Venus conjunction falls at 15.45 of Gemini. Given that Tom Jones’ natal Sun is at 16.03 of Gemini, in his 5th house of children and creativity, I would judge that this aspect is a stunning piece of symbolism for a Team Tom and Ruth Brown roaring success. Mercury’s undeniable strength in the picture leads me to think that Danny will come second with Bo Bruce. I think Will-i-am will come third with Jaz Ellington and that Jessie J will come in last with Vince Kidd. And if that isn’t sticking my astrological neck out then I don’t know what is – am off to place my bet on Ruth!
[PS. Since Joanna’s post the BBC have moved the programme 5 mins later to 7:20pm, which makes the Ascendant 23 .40 Scorpio . This strengthens the Jupiter but Joanna is going to stick to her prediction of Team Tom!]
Additional note from Sally: May 28th 2012. If you watched the semi-finals of the Voice this weekend, you will have seen two of the hot favourites, Ruth Brown and Jaz Ellington, voted off the show. When Jo wrote this article, the final was scheduled for 7:15pm but the new time of 7:20pm moves the Moon away from the Ascendant (the female winner) and strengthens Jupiter on the Descendant. If you read Joanna’s excellent description of the four judges above, this makes Pisces Will-i-am the strong contender for winning coach, which suggests that his contestant Tyler is now favourite to win The Voice. What do you think? Please do leave your comment below.
Post-programme analysis: June 2nd 2012. In the end, Team Tom won as Joanna predicted, so the Sun/Venus was strong enough to hold off Jupiter edging towards the Descendant with the new TV final time, 5 minutes later. Venus retrograde showed too, “the wrong woman”. At the time, Jo plumped for Ruth Brown but it was the outsider Leanne Mitchell who won the coveted title for her mentor, Gemini Sir Tom Jones. Well done, Leanne, Tom and Joanna!
Well done Jo!
Your prediction was correct – Team Tom did win – although it was Leanne instead of Ruth… Apparently the Venus retrograde was the clue to Leanne coming through…
Also correct was the prediction that Jessie J and Vince came 4th.
Suspect that Bo did come second, although we may never know!
It was great to read the rationale for the reading and to see how it panned out.
Thank you both for providing the predictions…
Thanks for the comment, Lynne. Jo did really well with the astrology, just foxed by the Venus retrograde.
Joanna Watters says
Thanks for your comments Sal. Now I don’t know what to think! In my mailing this morning I made the point that I think I’ve underestimated the fact that Venus is retrograde – a real spanner in the works. The fact that she is retro in Gemini, sign of the Twins and all pairings, is classic astrology for picking the wrong girl. But does it mean that a woman can’t win the whole contest? Will the Sun-Venus come through for Tom Jones and will the public suddenly get behind Leanne who this time last week was considered to a be a rank outsider? Can’t wait for next week’s Final to put us out of our misery!
Ever since I heard her sing the first time, I’ve felt that Ruth will win! She is the only one that brings tears when she sings…
Having said that – I think all the other singers are fantastic too – with the four Jo has picked – Ruth, Bo, Jaz and Vince plus Leanne, being outstanding.
It’s great to have such talent in the UK!
Thanks, Lynne. Two hot favourites went this w/e, so the final four are Tyler, Bo, Vince and Leanne. It would be great to know their birthdates to see who’s in tune with the stars. Either way, it’s going to be a great final and I’m sure we will see more of Ruth Brown, an incredibly powerful & emotional singer.