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When the future repeats itself | Marcel Strigberger

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 2:49 PM | By Marcel Strigberger

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Marcel Strigberger
Is this the end of the age of Aquarius? It might be for astrologist Madalyn Aslan, who until recently had a syndicated horoscope column in numerous newspapers including the Toronto Star. Unfortunately for Asian, a Star editorial person noticed that she was recycling some of her predictions using the same or similar ones over again on different days. For example, she predicted something like on a Virgo day what she had predicted on an Aries and another day, about today emphasizing the home which becomes “truly your castle.” 

The Star reported several of these reprise predictions to the syndication service, which allegedly after confronting Aslan, led to her resignation. I see a possible claim for wrongful dismissal here.

Firstly where is the just cause for challenging her? Maybe she was repeating her prognostications as she felt they were going to happen again, and they should therefore bear even more repetition. Take that castle comment. Maybe three predictions are the charm. I can readily envisage waking up one day and lo and behold, my two-story Thornhill house is surrounded by a moat. Had she said it again, I would have considered looking for some contractor who might know something about inspecting and maintaining a drawbridge. It’s always beneficial to get a heads up about important matter such as these. Shame on her employer.

Even the sage seer Nostradamus repeated his predictions of concern. He said around the year 1550, “You think this plague is something? I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, down the road, I see a big SOMETHING-19.” Nobody fired Nostradamus. Then again, I doubt he was affiliated with a syndicated newspaper outfit. Perhaps he just passed the info over to the local town crier. I don’t know.

By the way Nostradamus also predicted the world would end in the year 3797. Since the pandemic started, I haven’t driven my car or otherwise maintained it much this past year but given Nostradamus’s aforementioned forecast, looks like I have plenty of time to get that oil change.

I did say Aslan quit but in view of the pressures possibly put on her by her employer, she may very well have a good case for constructive dismissal. It would not surprise me if her boss said to her in no uncertain terms, “We are on the tail cusp of Pisces. If you don’t resign, I predict your job will sleep with the fishes.”

If she does sue, she will have to show that she made reasonable attempts to mitigate her loss, namely, to find another suitable job. Landing one could be a problem, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t think headhunters are on an indefatigable lookout for astrologists. And I haven’t checked it out on LinkedIn, but I doubt we would see a notice reading, “Wanted: two astrologists. Geminis welcome. Recycled predictions no problem. E-mail your resumés.”

And if she sues successfully, what might a court award her for damages? How would I know? Am I a soothsayer? Ask her! If I were Aslan I would however to ensure justice make every effort to have the trial take place between Sept. 23 and Oct. 22, being the Zodiac period of Libra.

This past year with COVID-19 the justice system has been topsy turvy; very little Libra.

The Toronto Star meanwhile has already hired a replacement astrologist called Francis Drake. Given the illustrious career his namesake had in Elizabethan times, as an explorer and as a soldier, fighting Spain, the name certainly instills confidence in this astrologist. I would certainly believe every word were he to post a horoscope column reading something like, “Today is March 26. If today is your birthday, enjoy the day. You’re a fearless leader. But today you can relax. At this time I do not see Canada being invaded by the Spanish Armada.”

He could say that again.

Marcel Strigberger retired from his Greater Toronto Area litigation practice and continues the more serious business of humorous author and speaker. Visit Follow him @MarcelsHumour.

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