When these teams last met on the field of battle (a month ago at Windsor Park) they fought to a goalless draw: This Saturday’s Group C World Cup European Qualifier looks set to be equally close.
Placed 2nd in the Group Table, with two wins to their credit, hosts Switzerland are the favourites and are awarded the 1st House and its ruler, Mercury.
Northern Ireland, whose impressive performance at Windsor Park held Switzerland to a draw, are just behind them in the Table at 3rd place. As rivals to the favourites, they are signified by the opposing 7th house and its ruler Jupiter.
Mercury, for Switzerland, is retrograde and combust (very close to the Sun). A retrograde planet is not usually hindered in contest charts, but combustion is a severe debility. Balanced against this, the benefic North Node applies retrograde to conjunct the 1st House cusp.
Northern Ireland must contend with the pernicious effects of the South Node applying to the 7th House cusp, but also receive a significant boost from the Moon’s placement just inside the 7th House. Sometimes, the Moon’s placement just inside a team’s house is enough to win them the match, but the impending Lunar Eclipse may diminish the power of this positive testimony.
So we have one positive and one negative testimony for each team: A closely fought match seems likely. Can the Moon’s aspects throw any light on a possible winner?
The Moon applies to a retrograde Saturn, ruler of the 10th House (victory for the favourites). This is very fortunate for hosts Switzerland.
Another close game is indicated, with a win for the home team the most likely outcome. The approaching Lunar Eclipse could throw in some unpredictability so expect the unexpected!
Chart cast with Astrogold for Mobile
Sports Astrology by John Frawley
Christian Astrology by William Lilly