Boom time for Bob?
He has been transmogrified from Bob of Boomtown Rats
via Sir Bob of Band Aid to Bob the Businessman.
So where will Bob Geldof's trajectory take him now?
As an airy Libran (October 5 1951, 2pm20, Dublin) Geldof gets
a buzz from ideas, always moving the goalposts in the light of
his latest notion. The Libran Scales weigh the pros and cons, and
if he is like most Librans, he'll usually have some BIG SCHEME or
other pending. His life is probably one (in)decision after
another, which could be rather wearing to live with. He says of
himself that "everything I do is because I'm frightened of being
bored", and his restless energy shows in the lack of fixity in
his horoscope. It is all cardinal and mutable signs, forever
moving and doing but lacking the patient ability to see things
through over the long term.
Popular astrology often gets Libra wrong and and confuses its
balancing act with acquiescence, but Geldof is no more a sit-on-
the-fence dreamer than fellow Librans Thatcher, Genghis Khan and
John Lennon. Once this air sign gets the wind in its sails it can
become a gale. Geldof's angry power blazes away, like all Librans
when in their eyes the playing field isn't level or an injustice
is being done. Way back in 1985, Geldof used this marvellous
force to galvanise the music industry into Live Aid, and this is
where the great Libran gift of persuasion came fully into play,
persuading musicians to work as a team and persuading the public
to cough up.
But don't be fooled into thinking Libra persuasion has to be
gentle - its logic can be so demanding that if you don't agree
with them, they show complete disdain. Librans come under the
planet Venus, and with both Venus and Mars in the critical sign
of Virgo, Geldof does not tolerate fools gladly: "You can take
people apart, but you're not too hot at putting them together
again. They sense that you're rating them on a scale of one to
ten in a dozen different categories. Learn to describe a thing
without the windy criticism." (Debbi Kempton-Smith)
It is not a very 'personal' horoscope, nor is it
introspective, yet like all Librans Geldof's life is defined in
terms of his relationships. His high-profile marriage to Paula
Yates, and the tragic ending for Paula and her lover Michael
Hutchens, is shown by poignant symbolism in Geldof's horoscope as
the melancholy weight of Saturn progressed onto his Libra Sun.
As well as a marriage partner, Librans need business partners,
too. It is an astrological truism that they should never do
anything alone because they need someone earthy and practical who
can make ideas work in the real world of bricks and cash and
mortar. In recent years, Geldof's business partners - Waheed Alli
and Charlie Parsons at Planet 24, James Page at Eidos - have
proved fruitful and his contribution to the success of these
ventures has been through his initiative and his ability to play
the charismatic front man.
Currently, 10 Alps Broadcasting, he is still wearing his
businessman's hat, but what happened to the music? With the
personal tragedies behind him, selling deckchairs.com is Geldof's
way of starting to clear the decks. It is a signal that he is
about to move into a new horizon. We can only speculate on what
this might be, but with Mars progressing into Libra this June,
and his partner point coming to Mars in August, a significant new
business relationship could be forged. Since Mars was prominent,
too, at the time of Live Aid, more good things are still to come
from Geldof's Martian anger and Libran outrage.