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Joan Bakewell – still chic and lively at 83

Joan Bakewell, now aged 83 and still sophisticated, has had a 50 year career in television (Late Night Line Up and on), a constant presence in newspapers, and is now in the House of Lords, giving a voice to the elderly. She’s been twice married and divorced and had a seven year clandestine affair with playwright Harold Pinter in the 1970s, the basis for his play Betrayal.

Born 16 April 1933 10.30pm, Stockport, Eng, she has a charming though freedom loving Aries Sun conjunct Venus Uranus in her 5th house of entertainment and romance; squaring onto a Pluto opposition Capricorn Moon – so a love life definitely destined to be out of the ordinary.

She’s also of that 1933 group with Jupiter Neptune Mars in Virgo – Joan Collins was born five weeks later with it even more strongly marked since it squared her Sun Venus in Gemini.  In Joan Bakewell’s case, Jupiter is conjunct her MC, ensuring success and a secure reputation as she grew older to become a pillar of the community.

Her relationship chart with Harold Pinter – 10 October 1930 2pm London – is passionate, adventurous, clearly great fun with a composite Venus opposition Mars Jupiter; but there’s also a hint of bleakness and insurmountable obstacles from a composite Saturn opposition Sun Pluto square Uranus. It would be quite a roller coaster ride, going through major upheavals along the way and never destined to make it over the Saturnine hurdle.

Her Capricorn Moon fell in his 1st and his Venus in Scorpio fell in her 1st so it would be an important relationship for both. His powerhouse Jupiter Pluto Mars in Cancer hooked into her Cardinal T Square, opposing her Moon and squaring her Sun Venus Uranus – so it would sizzle with energy though not always comfortably.

He then went on to marry writer Antonia Fraser.


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button_aries Aries  (21 March - 20 April)
Your birth stone is diamond, sometimes ruby or red jasper. Diamonds are the stone of purity, but are supposed to be of most benefit when worn with other stones, since it enhances their properties. Ruby increases energy levels, aids intuitive thinking and like red Jaspar helps with blood disorders. Your metal is iron.

Taurus (April 21 - May 20)
Your birth stone is emerald, brilliant green of nature. Sometimes, because of Venus, your ruler, also the blue sapphire or lapis lazuli. Emerald improves memory and the intellect, helps overcome depression and insomnia. Lapis lazuli helps eyesight. Sapphire has great healing properties, physical and emotional. Your metal is copper.

Gemini  (May 21 - June 21)
Your birth stone is citrine, sometimes yellow agate. Citrine helps you find a direction in life, benefits circulation and helps control emotions. Agate improves natural vitality, energy and confidence. Your metal is mercury.

Cancer  (June 22 - July 23)
Your birth stone is pearl or moonstone, lustrous white like the Moon which is your ruler. Pearl is helpful with all bronchial conditions, and protects from the dangers of the sea. Moonstone promotes long life and happiness, attracts friendship and loyalty. It can also help reduce excess fluid in the body. Your metal is silver.

Leo (July 24 - August 23)
Your birth stone is ruby or tiger's eye, the colours of fire and passion. Ruby aids intuitive thinking, increases energy levels, and helps with disorders of the blood or circulation. Tiger's Eye increases self-confidence, and combats psychosomatic ailments and hypochondria. Your metal is gold.

Virgo  (August 24 - September 23)
Your birth stone is peridot, sometimes green jasper. Peridot helps insomnia, and the digestion. Green jasper improves the sense of smell, brings stillness to the troubled mind. Your metal is mercury, sometimes nickel.

LibraLibra  (September 24 - October 22)
Your birth stone is sapphire, brilliant blue - the colour of Venus, your ruler. Sometimes aquamarine or jade. Sapphire is a great healer of both physical and emotional problems, bringing harmony and peace of mind. Aquamarine helps with eye problems, the liver, throat and stomach - a good luck charm if you are facing a test. Jade is especially recommended for kidney complaints, and as a good luck talisman. Your metal is copper.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 22)
Your birth stone is opal, the stone of hidden depths. Sometimes ruby or red jasper. Opal is a creative energy, helping you formulate plans and ideas. Ruby increases energy levels, helps your intuition, and with blood disorders. Red jasper likewise. Your metal is iron or steel.

Sagittarius  (November 23 - December 22)
Your birth stone is topaz, a fiery yellow. Topaz is supposed to help relieve high blood pressure, reduce varicose veins and prevent insomnia. Your metal is tin.

Capricorn  (December 23 - January 20)
Your birth stone is garnet, or amethyst, sometimes smokey quartz. Garnet can be a general tonic, but essentially improves self respect and self confidence. Amethyst is a spiritual stone, aids inspired thought and intuition, helps insomnia. Quartz attracts the powers of light and energy, relieves your mind from petty worries. Your metal is silver.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)
Your birth stone is amethyst. Sometimes aquamarine. Amethyst is a spiritual gem, helping those who wish to develop inner connections. It can be protective, aids intuitive dreams, and brings serenity. Aquamarine is helpful with problems around the eyes, liver, throat and stomach - and can be a good luck charm. Your metal is aluminium.

Pisces  (February 20 - March 20)
Your birth stone is aquamarine, blue-green like the sea. Sometimes moonstone or rose quartz. Aquamarine is useful in helping with problems around the eyes, liver, throat and stomach and can be a good luck charm. Moonstone is said to promote long life and happiness, to attract friendship and loyalty. It can also help reduce water retention. Rose quartz stimulates the imagination and the intellect, and helps with headaches.