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by Gary Brand - written August 16, 2005,
published in the September 2005 edition of Echo* newspaper, with some additions
Peter Jennings' birth chart.  He was born on July 29, 1938 at 5:00 PM EDT, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  His time of birth is from his memory (source: AstroDatabank at
Peter Jennings, anchor of ABC “World News Tonight” and someone with a face and name recognized by virtually every American, died August 7, 2005 but how many of us knew who this man really was?  He was drawn to broadcasting at the young age of ten on a children's radio show and quit school in favor of a career in Canadian radio.  In the early 1960s, he rose to the position of anchorman for Canadian TV and at the young age of 26, he was picked to host the ABC Evening News.  This occurred when Jupiter (good fortune and opportunity) was moving through his 10th house of career.  Not satisfied with the perception by his audience that he was too young and inexperienced for such a prestigious and venerable position, he quit (he wasn't demoted) after three years to work as a foreign anchor and correspondent.  What accounts for this meteoric rise to the top of his chosen profession at such a young age?

His birth chart (his birth info was given by him) has Saturn in the 10th house of career indicating an ambitious nature and, with Saturn in Aries and Aries ruling that house, a desire and aspiration to build a reputation of respect for his work.  Mars in his chart is conjunct the Sun in Leo in his 1st house so he was courageous, confident, and willing to take risks - he was not afraid to report from war zones in Lebanon and Bosnia.  This placement also indicates that he was a leader in his field, that he took pride (Leo) in his work (Mars ruling his 10th) and that his identity was strongly linked to his career and professional achievements (Mars conjunct Sun).

With four planets in Virgo in the 3rd house (especially Mercury), he was an exceptional communicator but he was also a meticulous editor.  He always personally edited his script before it was aired.  These planets (two of them trine Uranus) also symbolized his strong curiosity.  His Moon and Venus in the 3rd house sometimes manifested as a display of emotion in his voice, such as on September 11, 2001, and his empathy and compassion for suffering were evidence of Neptune in that house.  Jennings was an itinerant storyteller and had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and information (Mercury, the strongest planet in his chart, in its domicile and exaltation in Virgo opposite Jupiter in his domicile in Pisces).  Though he regretted never pursuing a college education, with this Mercury-Jupiter opposition he was truly a man of the world, educated by and in the world through communication, experience and travel (Jupiter, representing higher education, in universalistic Pisces).  He loved travel and adventure because Jupiter in his chart rules the 9th house of adventure and international travel.  His sense of humor also stemmed from this placement (as well as from Venus in his 3rd house trine Uranus).

His humanitarian and compassionate qualities were symbolized by Jupiter (justice/fairness) ruling the 9th house in Pisces (compassion) and by Uranus (altruism) in the 11th house trine Neptune (compassion).  Broadcasting is symbolized by Mercury/3rd house (communications), by Jupiter/9th house (reaching many people), and by Uranus (the airwaves).  Jennings was born and destined to be a broadcaster and naturally gravitated to this profession, even in childhood (Mercury conjunct the cusp of the 3rd in Virgo - communications, Jupiter near the 9th and ruling that house, and Venus and Neptune in the 3rd trine Uranus in the 11th).  Venus in the 3rd house trine Uranus in his 11th house gave him a friendly, disarming voice and demeanor and meant that he knew many people.

He knew how to connect with his audience and the way he phrased the stories he reported and was visibly moved at times (Moon, Venus and Neptune in his 3rd house) made him charismatic (Leo), popular (Moon), appreciated and even loved (Venus) by many viewers.  This also was the reason he was amiable and thoughtful in personal conversations.  I am not a fan of network news broadcasts because of their biases, shallowness and sensationalism but I sometimes watched Jennings because I liked him.  Despite these endearing qualities, he was not an easy-going boss.  With Pluto, Mars and Sun in the 1st house and Saturn in the 10th, he was in charge, in control, demanding, had a short temper, could sometimes be arrogant, and knew what he wanted (and wanted it right away).  His four planets in Virgo also made him very picky, a perfectionist, and never satisfied with mediocrity.

Saturn (Capricorn) ruled his 7th house of partnerships so his career was a source of distraction and even competition (it's in Aries) in his four marriages.  He was also very self-centered and self-absorbed with Pluto, Mars and Sun (the latter two in Leo) in the 1st house, not to mention controlling, so compromise and deferring to his partner were not his strong suits.  However, his saving graces in intimate relationships were his empathy, his ability to be very charming and romantic (Venus conjunct Neptune in the 3rd), and his ability to verbalize his feelings (Mercury conjunct Moon in the 3rd).  He was also very capable and was a good provider (Saturn in the 10th and Leo ruling the 2nd).

A time of birth exactly on the hour as he reported is very suspect because very few of us are born precisely on the hour.  But if he was born at 5:00 am or after, Jupiter was in his 8th house so he was also a good lover and he had many generous offers of help from others during his life.  Despite this, his career success was solely the result of his tireless personal energy and drive (Mars ruling his 10th conjunct his Sun) and his dedication and hard work (Saturn in the 10th).  Since he died of lung cancer from smoking years ago, where is this in his chart?  Pluto in the 1st house near or on the Ascendant is a strong significator of an addictive or at least compulsive personality but, with Sun in Leo conjunct Mars in the 1st house, he also was as strong as an ox. The 12th house represents self-sabotage and self-destructive behaviors that can affect our health (6th house).  Mercury pertains to the lungs and it rules his 12th house.  It is also conjunct the Moon, ruler of his 1st house of vitality so his self-destructive behavior (Mercury) of smoking (lungs) eventually affected his health and vitality (Moon) and was very hard to kick (Moon is habits).  He shall be missed!

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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