Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog! This year we can expect stability, faithfulness and an unwavering commitment to be of service. People born in the Year of the Dog are very loyal (like the animal namesake) and tend to be honest, dedicated and hard working.
The Walt Disney Company has agreed to buy most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in a clever move by the Mouse House to fortify its magic kingdom of content.
The entertainment powerhouse will absorb the 20th Century Fox film studio, the Fox TV production company, the Fox cable channels, including Nat’l Geographic Channel, FX, et al. as well as the regional sports networks and stakes in Hulu and Sky in the UK. The deal does not include Fox Broadcasting, Fox News Channel or the storied movie lot of 20th Century Fox in Century City.
The prophetic Simpsons predicted the Disney acquisition of Fox back in an episode from 1998
For Disney, under the stewardship of Bob Iger, it’s a win-win. The mouse’s content cupboard is now bursting at the seams and Disney’s enhanced portfolio positions it as leader in content and distribution. Iger made an interesting point in his explanation of the deal. He said that it’s all about consumers having access to entertainment content at their fingertips, instant, on-demand access anywhere, any time, at home or on the go. It’s the future of the media. Immediate and instant access to a wide array of entertainment offerings. Combined, Disney and 20th Century Fox has commanded roughly 40% of the box office revenue this year. The deal will shrink the number of big movie studios from six to five. It’s a giant feather in the mouse’s eared cap.
The gorgeous full moon energy in loquacious Gemini comes at an interesting time this year. It just so happens to coincide with Mercury retrograde in Gemini’s opposite sign, Sagittarius.
Gemini urges us to articulate our thoughts and to put our feelings into words to arrive at the most logical conclusions.
Mercury retrograde can be tricky in that it can bring travel delays, lost articles, devices going haywire, power outages caused by heaving rains inclement weather, etc.
Forgetfulness is a hallmark of Mercury retrograde. On the day of the retrograde I completely forgot my folder someplace. Luckily I was able to retrace my steps and locate it but I was totally oblivious to the fact that I left it behind when I went to reach for it.
Always have a Plan B when dealing with Mercury retrograde. Take precautions and always consider what could happen that would make the journey more interesting — or arduous. Put safeguards in place and hope for the best. Mercury retrograde is a good time to deal with issues from the past as people we once knew tend to resurface, not surprising considering that we’re entering the busy holiday season. Sagittarius is all about jolly good times, the equality and brotherhood of man, woman, child, dog, cat, chicken, duck, everybody.
Sagittarius will encourage us to set aside out differences and work for the goodness of all. If not during the holidays, then when? Good question!
Saturn, the cosmic disciplinarian, moves from Sagittarius, where it has been camped out since late 2014, and will move into industrious Capricorn on December 19th. Saturn will stay in Capricorn until late in the year 2020. Saturn will form a tag team with transformation expert Pluto, which has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will remain in 2024. Pluto is transforming the banking industry with currency services, covert and overt, and Saturn will provide the structure to deal with Pluto’s force of transformation.
The media has become more efficient and streamlined under the influence of Saturn in Sagittarius, which has helped make everything more accessible and available at our fingertips. Think Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, etc. Old media had to adapt with new media and new media wanted a slice of old media content. Disney may soon buy 21st Century Fox’s film assets in what is a content grab towards growing Disney’s burgeoning streaming content service. To paraphrase media baron Sumner Redstone, “Content is king.”
It’s almost as if everyone has woken up and smelled the coffee. A 20 million candlepower spotlight has been cast on alleged sexual immorality and impropreity perpetrated by those in the highest rungs of entertainment, politics, media and film.
Pretty much everybody in the spotlight has come under scrutiny in a cleaning of house kind of sleeping away of the old baggage and skeletons hanging out in the closet. It started when actress Rose McGowan took to Twitter to out Harvey Weinstein as a philanderer and as a serial sexual abuser. It has since lead to a series of domino-like falls from grace for those who have been singled out to have hurt people in a sexual nature in the past. Actor Kevin Spacey was hung out to dry, as were a handful of others.
Jupiter, the planet of expansion and greatness, entered Scorpio, the sign that rules the genitals and has dominion over sex, very recently. In early October, to be exact. Since then, the wave of allegations of abuse has gained momentum. Make no mistake: Jupiter in Scorpio will unearth some things and demand that sex be treated with respect. It wasn’t that long ago when sex was seen as a romantic blending of souls in a dalliance of flesh. Now it’s been cheapened and trivialized. Sex is a sacred thing and Jupiter in Scorpio will remind us all of it.