The most interesting thing about being an astrologer and tarotist is that you meet people from all walks of life. You consult with them regarding their romantic lives, career lives, financial matters, and sometimes their health. In many cases, you consult for people that live on the “fringes” of society and participate in activities that most of society considers unsavory.
When I lived in Los Angeles during the 1990’s, I had the opportunity to read for several “women of the night”, and some of them became long term clients. Meeting these women (in many cases) changed my perception of just what a prostitute is! In fact, many were more psychologically sound than my non-prostitute clients. I will not get into the details in this blog about whether or not this is an ethical profession or not, but needless to say I have learned not to judge every book by its “society labeled” cover.
One of my best Psychic Friends Theresa Reed (a self-confessed reality show junkie) told me about an upcoming show on Investigative Discovery (ID) called Hookers: Saved on the Strip. Watch this advertisement for the show:
We were both really excited about this show! The advertisement basically shows a former prostitute helping others get out of a destructive life as street prostitute. In the adult industry, there is a vast difference between an escort (someone who sells time), and a street prostitute (someone who sells sex). However, we were both vastly disappointed in the show, but I found the title to be misleading and in reality an infomercial for Hookers for Jesus – a right wing fundamental religious organization in Las Vegas.
The show centers around Annie Lobert, a former Las Vegas prostitute, escort, stripper, and drug addict, who has a “spiritual awakening” (and maybe she did – who can really say someone did not), which turns her away from her profession to religion. Lobert believes that she was sex trafficked for the financial benefit of others – yet states during the show that she lived a life of luxury, excess, clothes, money that afforded her the greatest things in life. Nowhere does Lobert ever say that she did not have a choice, yet her entire biography is one about choices – albeit bad ones. Making poor choices and decisions is not sex trafficking or human trafficking!
Now, being an astrologer I should have looked at the event chart (I will include my astrological analysis for those that are interested in astrology later in the article) of the show before watching – which paints a very clear story not only about the show – but the shows future. However, alas I did not.
I am rather disturbed by Discovery choosing to use the term sex trafficking as part of its sale of the show. I spoke with a hotline representative from Grace Haven House (A shelter for domestic sex trafficking), and was informed that Lobert’s story did NOT fall under the guidelines of sex trafficking. The representative stated clearly that not all “ADULT” entertainment services and products are contributing to sex trafficking – either in the United States or abroad – but she did state that some are. Based on this information, plus tons of research from both a legal and psychological perspective, Lobert’s “one size” fits all statement is either invalid or misinformed. Likewise, we must question why Discovery (who has lawyers to investigate the law – after all it is Investigative Discovery) would use this in their marketing. One can only assume that it is to boost the ratings of the show leading viewers to believe they will be viewing something rather than an infomercial for “Hookers for Jesus”.
Words are linguistic forms of expression that must be taken seriously. Although, I commend Lobert for her desire to assist women who no longer wish to be prostitutes to get off the streets, she must be responsible for her terminology. Exploring the destructive sides of prostitution would have been fitting for a reality show, as it exists. Furthermore, using blanket terms is rather destructive and leads the viewer to become further uneducated about a serious problem that exists within the world today. Make no mistake sex trafficking is horrendous, vile, and diabolical. It destroys the lives of the people that are trafficked to an extent that is not explained by the rational intellect. The psychological abuses take years (if ever) to recover from. It is one of the truest forms of human evil that exists today. Let’s just hope that this show will encourage people to learn more about this human evil – and focus less on Lobert pimpin’ for Jesus.
Hookers: Saved on the Strip
December 8, 2010
10:00 PM EST +5:00
New York, NY
Ascendant: 27 Leo
The chart for the show reveals much of what I already suspected after watching the first episode. The rising sign is at 27 degrees of Leo, which rules recreational sex and also rules the media. The rising sign in late degrees (there are 30 degrees of a sign) does not bode well for this show being renewed or extended. The ruler of the Leo, the Sun is located in the 4th house of endings and squares Jupiter in the 8th house of sex, death, and possibly prostitution. This square shows obstacles or obstructions in the future since the aspect is applying. To add insult to injury, the Moon in Capricorn is void of course in the 5th house of the media and gambling. Void of course Moon’s in an event chart is interpreted as “nothing will come of the matter”.
The 10th house of an event chart is the company – in this case Discover Networks. This will become the new 1st house of the company when reading the chart. 21 Taurus is on the turned 1st house cusp with Venus in detriment (meaning she does not have much standing) in Scorpio in the turned 6th house. This is considered the angle of distress in the chart, and does not bode well for the show doing well. Venus is in sextile to Mars in the turned 8th house of death, and rules the unfortunate 12th house. Could this be a ratings bomb? Discovery only scheduled 3 episodes of the show, which signifies they were really not sold on the success of it from the get go, which is only amplified by the astrology.
The real kicker in the astrological chart involves the viewer. The viewer is represented by the 7th house of the chart. Neptune (illusions) is conjoined with Chiron (the wounder) on the 7th house cusp. My concern with this aspect is that people will not fully understand the implications of the darker sides of prostitution. In the first episode, Lobert at length discusses that prostitutes are used to living in luxury, having the money to purchase whatever they desire, and my concern is that the 16 year old girl watching this might be enticed into the profession based on that matter alone. Further, Neptune being the planet of illusions and smoky mirrors shows that the viewers are not getting what they paid for.
Based on the astrology, I really do not see a path for this show to continue. I feel that there will be a vast disconnect with the viewers, and that its overly religious undertones will only turn viewers off. The sad thing is that this could have been a really good informative show, and Lobert is compelling and likable. However, in its quest for money (the Taurus midheaven) they dropped the ball.