Dr. Craig, Neighborhood Astrologer: Predicting the Fate of Four L.A. 'Hoods
Angelenos are crazy about their astrology. We're dying to know what's in the stars for future loves, riches and life's whopping changes (positive or otherwise). But what about the city itself?
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LA Weekly sat down with local celebrity astrologer Dr. Craig to uncover L.A.'s star sign, and to grab a few predictions for a handful of Southland locales in terms of the economy, style and politics. Dr. Craig is long on experience with typical types of clients both locally and worldwide, but he also commands the capable chart-reading chops to look inside a city's complex urban soul - this being a very specialized level of understanding indeed.
4. Los Angeles
For Los Angeles city proper, we took the very old founding date of the original pueblo de Los Angeles on September 4, 1781. What Dr. Craig found in L.A.'s chart is the passionate Virgo heart of a vain, raspy-voiced starlet. We're picturing a gin-swilling Joan Crawford (above) in a jeweled turban.
Dr. Craig's take: "Los Angeles has to be the center of everything. L.A. is high maintenance, and thrives on relationships built by having powerful friends. Its moon is in Aries and that means a constant struggle with egos. There is a strong presence for glamorous, older women and their relationships -- and a strong presence of the maternal image. These two are likely connected and there will be an opportunity for a renaissance of independent, glamorous moms -- women who really can have it all."
The Prediction: "In 2013 Saturn moves into Scorpio and sex appeal will swing away from mature glamour and back to the hot young things -- the Brigitte Bardots, the Marilyn Monroes."
Lina Lecaro Men on a spiritual quest?
3. West Hollywood
For this raging Sagittarius, we took the city incorporation date of November 29,1984. Born during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, WeHo is pride central and an arts-patronizing powerhouse, but, according to Dr. Craig, has so much touchy-feely empathy that it gets itself all in a tizzy when it can't listen enough to its residents and their needs.
Dr. Craig's take: "West Hollywood's chart is very intense. West Hollywood is sensitive and emotional and carries a certain heaviness in its concern for everyone in the community. I'd expect this from Santa Monica, but with West Hollywood, that's interesting. West Hollywood works hard to create a specific social reputation. They have Mars in Aquarius and that suggests a collective of men involved in a spiritual quest. How amazing is that?"
The prediction: "Although cities everywhere are having a rough time in this economy, West Hollywood is going to have an even greater compassionate voice in the coming months -- they're going to try even harder to live up to their ideal in terms of providing services and taking care of residents."