world was rocked this week by the announcement of the merger of AOL
and Time Warner. Those who know Ted Turner, the Vice Chairman of Time
Warner who was also known as “Captain Outrageous” from his
yachting days, were not in the least surprised to see his hand in the
This deal is
truly the largest in which Ted has ever been involved. Yet, while he
was signing on the dotted line, his wife, Jane Fonda, had announced
earlier in the week that they would be living apart, “in an effort
to save our marriage.”
How could such
an unbelievable victory and such a personal failure happen to one man
in a week? Perhaps Ted’s chart will give us all some insight.
chart shows a man with great courage and ability to rebuild his life
from the ashes. His Sun, which is representative of his ego and drive,
makes a favorable aspect to Pluto, which rules, or is associated with,
the sign Scorpio. The placement shows a man who can pull off the
impossible and then live to talk about it.
life is the story of the phoenix rising from the ashes. His
family-owned advertising company was about to go under in the 60s when
his father committed suicide. Determined to rebuild his father’s
name, he took charge and brought the company back to great success.
Thinking and Money Making
Ted has the
planet Jupiter (money, luck) in the sign of Aquarius in the Second
House, or the section of his chart devoted to money and resources.
This means he makes money in innovative and unique ways.
The sign of
Aquarius is also related to television and other electronic media.
Turner began his meteoric rise by buying an old UHF television station
in Atlanta and turning it into a “superstation.” He created the
blueprint for 24-hour programming. Some time later he gave us CNN
News. Naysayers asked who would watch 24 hours worth of news, but it
was an almost immediate success. From there he built CNN Headline
News, TNT Superchannel, TBS Classic Movies, the Cartoon Network and
In the 90s,
Ted began making movies with his New Line Production Company and
Castle Rock Entertainment. Ultimately, these projects combined in
Turner Entertainment, which is what he later merged with Time Warner.
personal merger with the movies was his marriage to Jane Fonda. They
were active in philanthropic and environmental activities, and also
led Atlanta society and cheered his Atlanta Braves to several World
Running the Show Now
Pluto in Turner’s natal chart is very well aspected (it is placed in
a favorable relationship to other planets in the chart), which means
he’ll always get help from it when he needs it. In addition,
transiting Pluto (or Pluto’s current placement in the sky) is
sitting on his Ascendant, and moving back and forth over that point
for a year or more. The Ascendant describes one’s appearance,
self-image or persona. This transit is giving Turner much personal
power now. This is a rare and intense transit, and it will propel one
to the heights of success or the depths of disappointment.
At a time when
he is a party to the largest corporate merger in U.S. history, one
that is almost guaranteed to bring him great success and make him even
richer, he is also being compelled to make profound changes in his
relationships. As Pluto passes over Turner’s Ascendant, it opposes
his Descendant, or the gateway to the part of the chart that rules
partnership. This indicates great change in his marriage.
Challenges in Love
Turner is also
going through a transit known as Uranus square Uranus. The current
position of Uranus in the sky makes a challenging 90-degree angle to
the placement of Uranus in his natal chart.
sudden, unexpected changes, and since Turner’s natal Uranus is in
the house of love affairs, he is being bombarded with more changes in
this area of his life.
great deal of electricity in this particular transit and those
who’ve observed Turner and his wife, Jane Fonda, together, say
theirs is indeed an “electric” relationship. For whatever reason,
they have to make necessary changes in their lives now.
What Now for
Ted will be
third in command of the largest media company on the Internet. This
new media giant brings enormous content resources to AOL and its
subscribers and it will put Time Warner right smack dab in the middle
of the Internet—a move that would take years to accomplish on their
own. How he will choose to use that power remains to be seen.
As for Captain
Outrageous’ personal life, he is mum on the subject, as any
self-respecting Scorpio would be. Jane, on the other hand, spoke with
Sagittarian optimism when she said she hopes and thinks their marriage
can be saved.
anyone can be a major player in the merger that conquered the Internet
and save a marriage to a famous movie star in the same breath, it
would be Ted Turner. He has always done the impossible, which is how
he earned the name Captain Outrageous!