The news has been full of the controversy caused by the suspension of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty for his allegedly offensive comments about gays in a magazine interview. Robertson’s comments went as follows:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! … But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. … Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality.” — Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty
The idea that homosexual behavior inevitably leads to bestiality (sexual intercourse between a person and an animal) is patently false. Having worked over the years with young men who grew up on farms in remote areas, I can reliably state that the fascination with “a vagina — as a man —” not uncommonly leads to sexual activity by young men with farm animals. If you know a heterosexual man who grew up on a farm, just ask what happened in the barn when he was feeling lonely and no girls were around.
Apparently A&E was not happy with Robertson’s remarks and suspended him from the show, which caused an outpouring of rage from conservative commentators. A&E explained:
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
A&E did not mention that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
In any case, it would be interesting to look at Robertson’s chart and his transits at the time the story broke (around Dec. 18, 2013). Robertson was born on April 24, 1946 (time unknown) in Vivian, LA. Here is the Noon chart with the transits superimposed:
Mercury rules words and communication. Robertson is born with Mercury stressed by an opposition from Neptune (nebulous thinking). At the time the scandal broke and the suspension took effect, transiting Uranus was conjunct his natal Mercury, which was simultaneously being opposed by transiting Mars.
Natal Neptune is being conjoined by transiting Mars. Interestingly, Solar Fire delineates this transit as “the willingness to take action based on faith, the power of belief, ideological success, …” Robertson’s actions at the time were certainly based on his fundamentalist Christian faith.
Also notable is that on December 18, 2013, at the height of this “crisis” transiting Saturn was exactly trine his natal Saturn. The planet Saturn can represent hardship but the trine of Saturn to its natal position usually indicates professional success. In the long run this controversy may be the best thing that has happened to Mr. Roberston professionally this year. More people are probably watching Duck Dynasty than ever before. The powerful conservative lobby in the USA is solidly behind him (though they are ostensibly not interested in his behind). Saturn trine Saturn symbolizes the truth of the saying, “there is no such thing as bad publicity.”