11th September 2021: Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

Despite their being the visiting team, Tottenham are the favourites, and are expected to win decisively.  But do the heavens agree? 

The Moon (who often decides the winner in contest charts) seems to concur:  She applies first to conjunct the 1st house cusp which represents the favourites – a very fortunate sign for Spurs.   

The Moon’s next aspect, a trine to the Part of Fortune, again favours Spurs.   

In contrast, there is little in the chart to support Crystal Palace.  As the underdogs, they are firstly described by the opposing 7th house and its ruler Venus.   

The Moon makes no aspect to Venus, but she does apply to square Jupiter which, as Lord of the 4th house (victory for the underdogs), is a secondary significator for Palace. 

The Moon must travel almost 7 degrees to perfect her aspect with Jupiter.  Unlike the International game, where extra time is practically guaranteed (allowing for more leeway) this is beyond the 5 degrees usually considered effective for a Premiership football match. Nevertheless, Palace should look out for opportunities in the latter stages of the game.   These will give them the best chance of a goal, although it is unlikely the most probable result, a Spurs victory.   

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Astrology by LouiseOfArabia

Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

The Premiership is taking a short break…

Premiership football is taking a break this weekend (4th-5th September 2021) as the European national teams battle it out to qualify for the 2022 World Cup – and our Astrological Football Forecasts are following suit.

Forecasts will resume next weekend (11th-12th September 2021). In the meantime, I hope your favourite European team fares well in this weekend’s World Cup Qualifiers!

29th August 2021: Burnley vs Leeds

Although Leeds, currently placed in the table at 15th to Burnley’s 17th, are the bookies’ favourites, the chart for this match promises a closer game than the odds might suggest. 

As favourites, Leeds are awarded the 1st house and its ruler Mars.  Mars is conjunct the Midheaven:  As the 10th house represents victory in general, and success for the favourites in particular, this is a very strong testimony in favour of a win for Leeds. 

The Moon’s final (and only) aspect is a trine to Mercury.  As Mercury rules the 10th house of victory for the favourites, this is a further argument in favour of Leeds fans having something to celebrate. 

But the Moon’s placement hints at a different story.  Placed just inside the 7th house which represents the underdogs, this is like a big surge of energy and encouragement directed towards Burnley:  Perhaps the home crowd will boost their spirits and inspire them to give Leeds a run for their money.  Without this placement of the Moon, this chart would indicate a straightforward win for Leeds.  However, with the Moon’s assistance, Burnley are likely to prove much more of a challenge.   

The most likely outcome is a Leeds win, but a draw should not be ruled out.   

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Astrology by LouiseOfArabia 

Bibliography 

Sports Astrology by John Frawley 

Christian Astrology by William Lilly  

Shooting Stars: 22nd August 2021 Arsenal vs Chelsea

The Moon first applies to trine the antiscion of Jupiter (at 03 Scorpio 07):  Jupiter is Lord of the 1st house, so this signifies an advantage for the favourites.   

The Moon’s trine to the antiscion of the Part of Fortune (at 06 Cancer 31) is another positive testimony for the favourites and, together with the Moon’s previous trine to the antiscion of Jupiter augurs more than one goal.   

The Part of Fortune just inside the cusp of the 7th house may look like a positive testimony for the underdogs, but as this will be the same for all games which kick off during this Moon’s phase it is unlikely to signify.   

The Moon will eventually aspect Mercury (Lord 7) by opposition, but at 17 degrees distant, this aspect is too wide to be relevant to this match. 

Overall the chart inclines (weakly) to support the favourites.  The greatest challenge will be deciding who the favourites are.  Chelsea (the bookmakers’ choice) currently reside 2nd in the table while Arsenal, who lost to Premiership newcomers Brentford, are 17th.  But Arsenal were unbeaten in their last three Premiership games against Chelsea and are more than capable of giving them a run for their money.  Expect a more eventful game than this chart suggests.   

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Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

The Premiership is back! 15th August 2021 Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Still reeling from their shock defeat last weekend, when Leicester City dashed their hopes of Community Shield victory in the 89th minute, will Manchester City be able to rally to victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?  Or will their hosts be celebrating the start of the new season with a home win?   

Tottenham are the home team, but at the time of writing Manchester City are the bookie’s favourites.  Following John Frawley’s method of forecasting, the favourites are awarded the 1st house and its ruler:  Therefore, Manchester City are represented by Jupiter, ruler of the rising sign, Sagittarius.  Venus being ruler of the 10th house (which usually represents victory for the favourites), is their co-significator.   

Rivals Spurs are awarded the opposing 7th house and its ruler Mercury.  Their fortunes are also somewhat represented by the 4th house (victory for the underdogs) and its ruler Mars.   

The Part of Fortune just inside the 4th house augurs well for Spurs but would be better were it closer to the 4th house cusp.  At just over 3 degrees distant, the aspect is not strong enough to guarantee a win – even before the Moon’s aspects are considered.   

With an applying square to Jupiter (Lord 1) followed by a final sextile to Venus (Lord 10, victory for the favourites), the Moon casts her vote firmly in favour of Manchester City.   

Expect goals for both teams but, because the Moon’s final aspect often indicates the victor, a likely win for Manchester City. 

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro 2020 Day 21: 11th July 2021

European Championship Final: Italy vs England

(Chart cast for BST: GMT+1)

Delayed by a year, these long-anticipated European Championships have been worth the wait:  Every team in the competition has given their all, proving their right to a place in the tournament.  Supporters of every participating nation should be justifiably proud of their teams.  

Today at Wembley there is much at stake:  Will it be third time lucky for Italy after finishing runners-up to France in 2000 and again to Spain in 2012?  Or will England win their first major international competition since their famed World Cup victory of 1966? 

In this system of prediction, the 1st house is awarded to the favourites and the underdogs are represented by the opposing 7th house.  For this astrologer (writing from the U.K.) the biggest challenge is determining who the favourites truly are:  In this case, bookmakers are less help than usual, as home supporters always skew the betting in favour of a hoped-for win for England.   

Both teams finished at the top of their groups, with Italy on 9 points and England on 7:  Italy have won all their games, while England drew their match with Scotland.  Based on match results alone, Italy are favourites, if only by a small margin.   

If Italy are truly the favourites, as their win record suggests, they are represented by 1st house ruler Saturn, strong in his own sign of Aquarius.  Saturn is retrograde, which does not seem to be a hindrance in contest charts, especially here as it will hasten his opposition to the Moon, signifying at least one goal for Italy, (and potentially an early lead for the favourites).   

Cancer being the sign on the cusp of the 7th house, ruler the Moon should represent England.  But the Moon’s role as significator of events supersedes any house rulership, so her dispositor the Sun is called from the substitute’s bench to play for The Three Lions.   

After her opposition to Saturn, the Moon applies to sextile the antiscion of the Sun at 10 Gemini 19. Although less reliable than a bodily aspect to the Sun, this should signify a goal for England. 

For her next aspect (to Venus, Lord of the 4th house, victory for the underdogs) the Moon must travel beyond the 5-6 degrees usually considered the limits of her influence for a 90-minute football match.  But with extra time more probability than possibility, this augurs another goal for England.  John Frawley states that bodily conjunctions from the Moon can be strong enough to decide the match (Sports Astrology p86).  He also states that Pluto conjunct the Part of Fortune (as he is here), favours the underdog.  These are two very positive testimonies in favour of England. 

Note, however, the Moon’s next aspect:  Another powerful conjunction, this time to Mars (Lord of the 10th house, victory for the favourites). This should signify another goal for Italy and augurs a very close game:  Like their namesake lions, England will have to fiercely guard any advantage from a formidable Italy.  Extra time, especially the closing few minutes of the match, could prove especially perilous to England’s hopes.   

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro 2020 Day 20: 7th July 2021

England vs Denmark 

Chart is set for BST (GMT+1) 

The last time these teams met competitively, in the World Cup 2002 Round of 16, England were the victors by 3 goals to nil. 

But of the two, only Denmark can lay claim to winning the Euros, beating Germany 2-0 at Gothenburg in 1992.   

England have twice made it to the Euro semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but have yet to hold the European Cup aloft.  Will today’s match see them through to the Final, or will Denmark be the team travelling to Wembley on 11th July? 

In the U.K., the odds at the bookies are hopelessly skewed in favour of a home win.  National bias notwithstanding, the Lions finished top of Group D and have yet to lose a match, winning four and drawing one, the 0-0 stalemate against Scotland at Wembley.  Putting betting to one side and considering results alone, they have earned their place as favourites and are represented by Jupiter, Lord 1. 

This is unfortunate for England supporters, as Jupiter although currently well-placed in his own sign of Pisces (traditional rulership), will shortly lose strength by moving retrograde into Aquarius.  This can represent a loss of position or fall from grace, and although it did not seriously affect Italy’s performance in yesterday’s semi-final, it is a potentially negative testimony which cannot be ignored.   

After a nightmare debut against Finland, when concern for their fallen teammate Christian Eriksen clearly impacted their performance, followed by a loss against tournament high-flyers Belgium, Denmark have outlasted both teams to win their place in tonight’s semi-final. 

After their initial shaky start, they have gone from strength to strength.  At current form, England would be unwise to underestimate them.  They are described by Mercury, Lord of the opposing 7th house.  Mercury is strongly placed in his own sign and lends that strength to Denmark’s cause by applying directly to the 7th house cusp.   

The Moon ‘s aspects also favour Denmark:  She first applies to conjunct Mercury (Lord 7) and next conjuncts the 7th house cusp.  John Frawley in his book Sports Astrology (p86) notes that a bodily conjunction from the Moon to a team’s main significator is usually enough to settle the match in their favour, but the additional conjunction of the Moon to the 7th house cusp is the icing on the cake, representing a surge of energy for Denmark which will make them formidable opponents. 

The only testimony for England is the Moon’s final aspect in her current sign of Gemini, a trine to the antiscion of Jupiter (at 28 Libra 18).  The Moon’s final aspect often decides the match, but this aspect is inconclusive for several reasons:  Firstly, this is an aspect to the antiscion of Jupiter, rather than a stronger bodily aspect.  Secondly, to perfect this aspect, the Moon must travel a greater distance than the 5-6 degrees usually considered reliable for a 90-minute football match, even one where extra time is likely.  Last but by no means least, the Moon’s conjunction to Mercury (for Denmark) has the power to decide the match on its own. 

As an England supporter who would dearly love to see them in the final, I have looked long and hard at this chart for signs a certain win for the home team.  But most of the best cards seem to be held by Denmark. As with the Italy vs Spain semi-final, this looks to be a very closely fought contest where England will need all their skill and tenacity to win out against an equally determined opposition.  May the best team win! 

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro Day 2020: 6th July 2021

Semi-Final Italy vs Spain

Chart is set for BST (GMT+1)

After a slow start in the first half of their opening game against Turkey, Italy have lived up to expectations with a string of convincing wins and a level of team cohesion which truly exemplifies the Beautiful Game.   

Spain’s initial progress was less decisive, with draws against Sweden and Poland, before stepping up the pressure against Slovakia and Croatia, where they won 0-5 and 3-5 respectively.  Their quarter final match against Switzerland was settled in their favour after 30 grueling minutes of extra time and a penalty shootout:  In this most recent game, they displayed a tenacity and determination which it would be foolish to underestimate.   

Can the stars offer any clues to which team is destined for the much-anticipated Final? 

As might be expected with teams so closely matched in current form, the betting odds are very close.  Italy are still the favoured team, if only slightly:  They are described by the 1st house and its ruler Jupiter. Jupiter is strongly placed in Pisces, a sign he traditionally rules.  He is retrograde, not usually a serious debility in contest charts, but soon will move out of his own sign of Pisces into Aquarius, a sign where he has far less strength.  This often represents a fall from grace and warns that it may not be all blue skies for Italy.   

Mercury, ruler of the opposing 7th house, is star player for Spain. Not only is he strong in his own sign of Gemini, but he also ensures that Spain benefit from this strength by applying to conjunct the 7th house cusp:  A positive testimony indeed for “La Furia Roja”.   

The Moon’s aspects are often the most reliable indication of which team the match will favour.  Here, she applies first to trine the antiscion of the Part of Fortune (09 Aquarius 20) a testimony for Italy, then moves on to sextile Venus (Lord 7 victory for the underdogs) for Spain.  Very soon afterwards, the Moon makes another sextile to Mars.  Mars’ role as dispositor of the Part of Fortune takes precedence over his rulership of the 10th house (victory for the favourites), but this is still a minor, less reliable testimony for Italy.     

The Moon’s final aspect of relevance, a conjunction with Mercury (Lord 7), would guarantee the match for Spain.  However, the great distance the Moon must travel (just under 15 degrees) is far outside the usual 5-6 degrees (with a couple of degrees leeway) usually considered effective for a 90-minute football match:  Unless the game includes an excessive amount of extra time, this aspect is unlikely to have relevance.   

This balanced chart accords well with the balanced opinion of the pundits: Expect a closely fought contest.  Italy retain a slight advantage, provided Jupiter’s impending loss of strength does not impact on their performance.   

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Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly