Despite my own jaundiced view of mainstream media and those who aspire to such “power” through fancy colleges and such, even so, I do admire just-fired-from-New-York-Times-Executive-Editor-position Jill Abramson‘s fearless decision to go ahead and give a pre-planned Commencement Speech.
And yet, and yet!
Hey Jill! You’re 60 years old. It’s your second Saturn Return. Time to set your sails in a new direction!
Each Saturn cycle has its own gifts and lessons, builds on the foundation of the cycle just past.
• First Saturn cycle birth-to-30: learning, and either obeying or rebelling against, the rules and regs of culture.
• Second Saturn cycle 30-60: given your understanding of the culture, you decide how you do or don’t fit into it. For some, real individuation in the Jungian sense somewhere between 38 and 42 (when Uranus opposes itself).
• Third Saturn cycle 30-90: no longer needing to prove yourself to anyone or anything, you are free now, to be exactly yourself. Living from the inside out, you share your own gifts and talents and skills with the world.
In contrast to — and yet, paradoxically, in the spirit of! — this astrological analysis of the developmental stages of the life cycle, here’s Jill, in her speech:
“Someone asked me, ‘Are you gonna get that New York Times tattoo off your back?’
“NOT A CHANCE!”
“We human beings are a lot more resilient than we realize.”
“What’s next for me? I don’t know! So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited.”
“My only reluctance in showing up today, was that the small media circus following me would detract attention from you. What total knock-outs you are!”
The New York Times, that “paper of record,” that handmaid-to-the-powerful bastion of old-fashioned MSM journalism, may be on its last legs. If so, then knocking a strong, heart-full woman like Jill Abramson from its helm may have been one of its final suicidal moves.