Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 which means that she is a Child of Uranus. Uranus was discovered in 1781—at the midpoint of the American and French Revolutions. This is why Uranus is the planet of revolution in Astrology and its Children are often conduits for change. 1781 was the height of the Enlightenment. Also known as the Age of Reason, the Enlightenment paved the way for a “new age” based on religious tolerance, scientific inquiry, and the people’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In his essay “What is the Enlightenment?”, the philosopher Immanuel Kant said that the Enlightenment was “mankind’s final coming of age, the emancipation of the human consciousness from an immature state of ignorance and error.” Yet the Enlightenment had a dirty secret that belied its dream of equality-- slavery. Slavery was regarded as a done deal; a necessary evil. It was such an acceptable practice that Thomas Jefferson wouldn’t touch it in the Declaration of Independence. The chief disseminators of the Enlightenment were books and salons. Hosted by influential society women, salons were get-togethers for thinkers, writers, philosophers, and artists. Salons provided a forum for them to debate and discuss the pressing issues of the day. The chief aim of a salon was “either to please or to educate.”
Oprah Winfrey is the modern day version of the salon and on a mass scale. Her book club is credited with getting America reading again and has inspired people to create book clubs and discussions of their own. Her range of guests and topics span the gamut of American thought and culture and she is known for challenging the rigidity of religion, science, and social convention. By enlisting the aid of her Team Oprah experts-- Suze Orman, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Oz—Oprah Winfrey seeks to liberate her audience from the shackles of poverty, prejudice and negative thinking and to empower them so that they can take control of their own money, their own beliefs, and their own destinies. Her famous motto “live your best life ever” shows that the spirit of the Enlightenment is alive and well today and, thanks to her, that vision is accessible to everybody and not just the select few. Subscribe for more features. Only 1.99 a month!