Archive for December 2010
Ask anyone who watches “The Apprentice“; Donald Trump’s boardroom decisions are often arbitrary and impractical. Although Ivanka and Donald Jr. sit at their father’s side nodding in approval, it must drive them crazy when he fires someone for not being as obnoxious as the other jerks at the table.
Donald Sr. is a Gemini, so it’s perfectly in character for him to be capricious. Ivanka is a cool-as-a-cucumber Scorpio, so even if she did oppose her father, she wouldn’t embarrass him on national TV. Donald Jr., on the other hand, is a Capricorn. He’s today’s birthday boy. His little brother, Eric, is also a Capricorn.
Sometime down the road I can see this being a problem. Capricorns are eminently practical. While Donald Sr.’s unpredictableness has probably served him well in a career where risks often yield rewards, his two eldest sons might have a different plan. Raised by a Pisces mother, they probably saw enough instability in their youth to last a lifetime. These are guys who are going to cling to tried-and-true methods to keep their family fortune from dwindling.
Does that mean that there are no more reality shows in the future for the Trump family? Well, there’s always Barron . . .
When a Capricorn man isn’t trying to market himself as a distinct, saleable entity, he’s probably in the habit of dressing rather conservatively. Take today’s birthday boy, for example. Matt Lauer isn’t the most fashionable guy in the world, but he’s always dressed appropriately for the occasion.
Of all the zodiac signs, three in particular thrive in environments where good manners and appropriate behavior are rewarded. Those signs are Capricorn, Cancer and Libra. I suppose that a Capricorn like Lauer would take more chances with his wardrobe if it was in his best interests to rock the boat, but it’s not. He sells himself as a paradigm of good taste and appropriate conduct, so in a way he has marketed himself as a distinct, saleable entity, whether or not that was his intention. It’s second nature for Capricorn individuals to know exactly whom they’re selling themselves to.
At the peak of her popularity, Mary Tyler Moore dressed just like a Capricorn native should dress. Today’s birthday girl was styled to look sleek, smart and sophisticated with just enough fashion thrown in to make her appear enviably fashionable.
Classic Capricorn style is most-evident in her body-conscious clothing choices and her ability to elevate a rather plain outfit to high-fashion status with a single, well-chosen accessory — the belt in the photo above, for instance. Great hair, great skin and great teeth anchor the look.
There’s something about Capricorn style that appears almost effortless, but don’t ever use that word to describe one. When they’ve put in the hours required to be gorgeous, the last thing they want to hear is how they make it look so easy.
A while ago, I mentioned that I’d like to write a blog entry about different “Star Trek” alien races and which zodiac signs I believe correspond with them. I know a lot about the show — or at least I think I do.
Strangely enough, I already knew that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy both have Aries sun signs, yet I was surprised to learn that today’s birthday girl, Nichelle Nichols, is a Capricorn. Why didn’t I know that? It was so obvious that there was a Capricorn sitting in the background, patiently going about her work while a couple of Aries jerks were hamming it up in the foreground, fighting for dominance over each other like Blanche and Baby Jane Hudson (whom, coincidentally, were also played by a couple of Aries actors).
I knew that Lt. Uhura was my favorite character, but I didn’t know why. Now I do. She reminds me of myself, making sure that the world keeps turning while the rest of you squabble like bratty kids in front of the cameras. She’s such a Capricorn!
December 27th’s birthday girl is Marlene Dietrich.
Since the sun moved into Capricorn, I’ve mentioned that Capricorn natives are adept at presenting a marketable image of themselves to the public. Often, those images go to extremes, but just as often they redirect the mainstream into more adventurous territory. Capricorns aren’t trendsetters as much as they are style icons who influence fashion for generations to come.
There was no one like Marlene Dietrich and there never will be. However, the performer is constantly used as a point of reference by actresses, singers, performers, fashion designers, etc. In her lifetime, she seemed to border on the controversial, but so much of what she accomplished has become cliché because of her influence on so many aspects of popular culture. Creating an image that can live on forever is the birthright of every Capricorn individual.
While I don’t believe that most Capricorns should adopt a “marketable” style, I do believe that Capricorn performers do well by marketing a very distinct image, even when that image is sort of “out there.”
Today’s birthday boy is Jared Leto. When I think of other Capricorn performers who have chosen a similar modus operandi, I think of Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson — just to name a few.
There’s something to be said for knowing exactly who you’re selling yourself to.
Danish supermodel Helena Christensen, today’s birthday girl, has a lot in common with me. We’re both Capricorns with Venus in Aquarius. We both have watery moons, an airy Mars and Jupiter, the same Neptune and Pluto signs, and enough going on in Libra to make it a focal point in our charts. I really wish I knew exactly what time she was born because it would explain a lot to me. We both worked at “Nylon,” after all, we’re both known for our charity work, and we’re both admitted cheese addicts — never mind the fact that we’re also freakishly good-looking for people in their forties.
I even see similarities in our personal style. Neither of us are very fussy, but we’re both quite picky, choosing items carefully that reflect a sense of style without appearing to be styled. I get the same vibe from our other signmate, Kate Moss. We know our bodies well, and we know just how far to push fashion without appearing as if the joke is on us.
I ought to try to find out what time she was born. Stay tuned . . .