Sean Hannity Begins Colmes-less Show, “Hannity”
Earth and sky. Peanut butter and jelly. Hannity and Colmes. Cable TV news/debate shows will never have quite the same oomph without Alan Colmes. With the announcement of his impending retirment from the duo’s show on Fox News, there was a lot of talk about who might replace Colmes, but the answer turned out to be no one. Sean Hannity now has his own show.
Hannity’s new show, surprisingly titled “Hannity”, premiered on the Fox News Channel on January 12th, 2009 at 9 pm EST, broadcasting from New York City, New York. This is one day after Mercury, the planet of communication, controversy and debate, has stationed retrograde, and it seems appropriate that the show begins at this crucial phase of Mercury.
Instead of replacing Alan Colmes, the show will feature a rotating three-person panel named the “Great American Panel”, including a liberal, a conservative and an “X” factor. The first broadcast will feature Al Sharpton, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN), and Meatloaf, in those respective roles. It will also feature a “Hate Hannity Hotline” of angry calls Hannity receives on his radio show. It should get a lot of attention and feature quite a bit of Mercury’s finest retrograde commodity: a little chaos.
This seems to be a logical continuation of what happened during the previous Mercury superior conjunction., which occured on November 25th, 2008. Only a day earlier, on November 24th, 2008, Alan Colmes made his announcement that he would be leaving “Hannity & Colmes”. From his announcement it didn’t appear that he left because of any acrimony, but instead, according to Colmes
Recently I started thinking about new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network so in the next few weeks I will be stepping away from this desk.
He’s approaching his second Saturn return later this year, capping off this epoch of his career, and accordingly deciding to make some accomplishment of his own rather than being on the tail end of an ampersand.
It’s interesting how even without birthtimes something about their distinct personalities can be determined from the general planetary placements for the day that they were born.
Sean Hannity was born when the Sun was conjunct Mars in Capricorn.  The Sun in Capricorn is known to be more conservative in general, since it is ruled by the planet Saturn. Mars on the other hand is the planet of aggression, and influences his basic disposition as indicated by the Sun. Hannity is widely perceived to be a controversial, and often combative conservative political commentator.
Alan Colmes was born with the Sun in Libra, which often denotes people who are known to be somewhat fair-minded and accommodating, although often to their own detriment. Colmes was widely perceived to be, like the Scales, wishy-washy in his positions, and a little too conciliatory for someone who is supposed to provide the liberal counterpoint to Hannity’s more conservative approach.
They also have some explosive synastry, which is obviously necessary for two debate partners. In red, you can see Hannity’s Mars opposes Colmes’ Uranus. In blue, you can see Colme’s Mars is square Hannity’s Uranus.
Contrary to popular assumptions, Hannity and Colmes are actually friends off the set of the show. The show has run for 12 years, which is approximately one Jupiter cycle. One of the significations of Jupiter is great friendships and alliances, and certainly Hannity & Colmes has been one for cable news. Watch this touching exchange at the end of the clip from Colmes’ announcement.
Good luck to both of them!
- Sean Hannity, December 30th, 1961, unknown time, New York City, New York, Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0360458/
- Alan Colmes, September 24th, 1950, unknown time, New York City, NY, Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1002637/