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There will be no football predictions this weekend, and I will be switching off social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts) from 3pm on Friday 30th April until 11:59pm on Monday 3rd May 2021.
I urge all those who want a more responsible social media, which reflects our desire for a world free of racism, to support the boycott.
At Wembley this Saturday, Manchester City are favourites to win victory over rivals Chelsea and progress to a place in the FA Cup Final.
The Moon is void of course. In a horary chart, this is often interpreted as indicating that the matter enquired about will not come to fruition. However, in a contest chart there must be a result and in an FA Cup Semi Final a draw is not an option. What, then, can we infer from the void of course Moon? A likely interpretation is that the strongest team going into the match will remain the team in the strongest position when the final whistle blows: In short, the favourites will win.
The first aspect the Moon makes when she enters the next sign (her own sign of Cancer) is Venus, ruler of the 1st house. With the Moon about to enter the sign where she is strongest, and the aspect well within the orb of moiety, this counts as another testimony for the favourites.
Provided the pundits have correctly identified the strongest team, favourites Manchester City are headed to the Final.
On to Sunday, when Leicester City and Southampton do battle to win a place in the final opposite the winners of Saturday’s semi-final. This chart is clearer to interpret, as we do not have to deal with a void of course Moon. The Moon, strong in her own sign of Cancer, applies to conjunct the cusp of the 10th house. This powerful testimony of victory for the favourites, is further underlined by the sextile between the Part of Fortune and its dispositor.
The pundits favour Leicester City to win. If the odds are correct, they should be joining Manchester City in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on 15th May.
Arsenal are favourites to win against hosts Sheffield Utd this Sunday, but which team do the heavens support?
As the team most favoured to win, Arsenal are awarded the 1st house and its ruler Venus. At 26 Aries 15, Venus is in the sign of her detriment and is also combust (placed within 8 degrees of the Sun). In charts of this kind, debility by sign is not usually an obstacle to victory but combustion presents a more serious problem. In Arsenal’s favour, the Part of Fortune is placed near to the angle of the Ascendant, although at just under 4 degrees distant it is probably too far away to lend significant help.
Sheffield, their hosts and rivals, are described by the opposing 7th house and its ruler Mars (at 22 Gemini 53).
The Moon, who describes the progress of events throughout the match, applies first to the Sun (who, apart from his role in the combustion of Venus, is not a significant player in this chart). She next sextiles Mars, a positive testimony for Sheffield which holds promise of at least one goal for the underdogs.
The Moon later aspects Venus (for Arsenal), but has over 8 degrees to travel before she perfects their conjunction. For a 90 minute football match, the effective orb for the Moon’s aspects is usually around 5 degrees. Any aspect made beyond that orb usually denotes an opportunity which occurs in extra time.
Expect goals for both teams, and for Sheffield to perform better than the pundits predict. The best chances for favourites Arsenal are likely to appear in the latter stages of the game, with a possible goal in extra time.
In the Premiership League Table, the gulf dividing the two teams at St James’ Park this weekend is significant, with Tottenham in 6th place and Newcastle in 17th. The odds for both teams reflect this disparity, with Spurs as hot favourites. But do the heavens have a surprise in store?
The Sun, ruler of the 1st house, represents favourites Spurs. Their hosts Newcastle are awarded the opposing 7th house and its ruler Saturn.
Saturn, at 11 Aquarius 38 is placed on the cusp of the 7th. In his own sign and house, Saturn lends a boost of strength to the team he signifies in the chart; Newcastle.
The Sun, representing Spurs, is in the sign of his exaltation and applies to conjunct the Midheaven but is too far away from this angle for this to be significant. Furthermore, Venus intercedes: Placed closer to the Midheaven (which represents victory and success, particularly for the favourites) and ruling the 4th house (victory for the underdogs), Venus indicates that this match may not prove as easy a win for Spurs as the bookies suppose.
The Moon applies to square Venus, a testimony for Newcastle. The only other aspect of significance is also in their favour: A sextile from the Moon to the antiscion of Saturn at 18 Scorpio 22.
Expect at least one goal for Newcastle and a significantly better performance from the Magpies than the odds may suggest.