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Following a convincing win against Turkey, Italy are again favourites in their next Group A game against Switzerland. Will the home crowd in Rome be cheering another victory or do the heavens have other plans?
Favourites Italy are represented by Jupiter (Lord 1), while Mercury (Lord of the 7th house) describe their opponents Switzerland. Due to the late degree rising, if the kickoff time is even a few minutes late the sign on the cusp of the 1st house will change from Sagittarius to Capricorn, and Saturn will take over from Jupiter as main significator for Italy.
The sign Cancer will then rule the 7th house cusp, and Switzerland will be described by the Moon’s dispositor (the Moon herself always signifies the flow of events in contest charts, so never rules teams or houses). The Moon’s dispositor is Mercury, so the main significator for Switzerland will not change, no matter what time the match kicks off. As Mercury is combust, this is a hindrance for Switzerland.
Balanced against the debility of a combust Mercury, Moon’s application to oppose the Part of Fortune is a favourable testimony which promises a goal for Switzerland. As this is the only lunar aspect within the 5 degrees usually effective for a 90-minute football match this might also win them the match.
However, it is a rare tournament fixture where extra time does not come into play, allowing a little extra leeway involving aspects from the Moon. Given their current form, it would be unusual if Italy do not score at least one goal and the Moon’s sextile to Venus (Lord 10, victory for Italy) will give them their chance.
Almost immediately the Moon trines Mercury (Lord 7), representing another late opportunity for Switzerland.
Expect a closely-fought game, where all is likely to be decided in the latter stages. The last few minutes could prove particularly crucial.
Chart cast with Astrogold for Mobile
Sports Astrology by John Frawley
Christian Astrology by William Lilly