Euro 2020 Day 21: 11th July 2021

European Championship Final: Italy vs England

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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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Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro 2020 Day 20: 7th July 2021

England vs Denmark 

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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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Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro Day 2020: 6th July 2021

Semi-Final Italy vs Spain

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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

Euro 2020 Day 19: 3rd July 2021

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The heavens support the underdogs in today’s Quarter Finals, and the favourites in both matches will need to work much harder to make it through to the next round. 

As favourites, Denmark are signified by Saturn (Lord 1).  The Moon, ruler of the opposing 7th house is already busy as significator of events and so her dispositor, Venus, steps in as substitute to represent the Czech Republic.   

The Moon applies closely to conjunct the 4th house cusp (victory for the underdogs):  This is a powerful testimony for the Czech republic, as if the universe is cheering for their team.  The next aspect of the Moon again favours the Czech Republic, a square to Venus (who is not only the main significator for the Czech republic but also Lord 4, victory for the underdogs).   

Making a balancing case for Denmark, there are two favourable testimonies from the Moon, a square to retrograde Saturn (Lord 1) and a square to Mars, (Lord 10, victory for the favourites).  However, the Moon must travel a considerable distance (12-13 degrees) to perfect these aspects:  This is much further than the 5-6 degrees of influence usually effective for a 90 minute football match:  The best chances for Denmark will occur the longer the match continues into extra time, but they will still have to work hard to overcome a formidable challenge from the Czech Republic.  

On to Rome, where England are odds-on favourites at win against Ukraine and advance to the semi-finals.  But do the heavens agree?   

As favourites, England are described by Saturn, Lord 1.  The Moon rules the cusp of the 7th house but her role as significator of events takes precedence, so her dispositor Venus is again called from the substitute’s bench to represent Ukraine.   

The Part of Fortune conjunct the cusp of the 10th house (victory for the favourites) is an encouraging sign for England, but the wide orb of this aspect (4 degrees, when an orb of 1-2 degrees would be preferred) makes this testimony inconclusive. 

Those who watched Ukraine’s last game against Sweden will know they are not a team to underestimate, especially when they have the support of the Moon.  She applies to square Venus, a doubly fortunate testimony for Ukraine as Venus is not only their main significator but also as Lord 4, represents victory for the underdogs. 

The squares from the Moon to Saturn (Lord 1) and Mars (Lord 10, victory for the favourites), may even the score for England.  But as the Moon has comparatively far to travel to perfect these aspects, England’s best chances will occur in extra time. Fortunately for England, there is likely to be a lot of it. Less happily, this game may be decided on penalties.   

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Astrology by LouiseOfArabia

Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro 2020 Day 18: 2nd July 2021

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There is very little happening in the heavens for either of today’s Quarter Finals, and we can only hope that the matches themselves will prove more eventful.   

As odds-on favourites, Spain are awarded the 1st house and its ruler Jupiter.  However, the only testimony of significance, an immediate sextile from the Moon to Mercury (Lord of the opposing 7th house) favours an early lead for Switzerland, an advantage they could consolidate into a surprise victory.  

Far fewer surprises are likely in this evening’s clash between two tournament favourites, Belgium and Italy.  With the exception of a square to retrograde Pluto (slightly detrimental to the favourites) the Moon makes no significant aspects within orb either in her current sign or the early degrees of the next. This is a likely sign that the status quo will be maintained:  Despite the minor testimony of the lunar square to Pluto which may impact slightly on their performance, the team considered the strongest at the start of the game will be the likely winners at the finish.  On the strength of this chart, favourites Italy can look forward to a place in the semi-finals.   

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Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro 2020 Day 17: 29th June 2021

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Tonight at Wembley the Moon casts two compelling votes for the favourites: An applying square aspect to Mercury (Lord 10, victory for the favourites) and a trine to the Part of Fortune.  The Moon will need to travel 9 degrees to perfect the trine with the Part of Fortune, which far exceeds the 5-6 degrees usually considered effective for a 90-minute football match, but in matches between these two teams extra time is almost a certainty.   

A win for the favourites is on the cards (and in the heavens). At the time and place of writing (the U.K.) England are predictably the favoured team.  If the odds at the bookies are accurate and not skewed by home team bias, a win for England is likely.

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro 2020 Day 16: 28th June 2021

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France, who finished first in their group are favourites for this evening’s match at Romania’s National Arena.  Their opponents Switzerland, who qualified as one of the best third-placed teams will need to work hard to deliver an upset:  Will help be forthcoming from the heavens?

As favourites, France are represented by Saturn, Lord of the 1st house.  Their opponents Switzerland are described by the opposing 7th house.  With Cancer the sign on the cusp of the 7th house, and the Moon already occupied as significator of events during the match, the Moon’s dispositor Jupiter is called from the substitute’s bench to play for Switzerland.   

In his book “Sports Astrology”, John Frawley notes that Pluto often appears to have a grudge against the favourites.  Here, Pluto is placed very close to the 1st house cusp, a warning that all might not be smooth sailing for favourites France.  But as Pluto is placed in the 1st house, rather than directly on or above the house cusp, his malevolence is contained and lessened, and his placement may only reflect the injury-related issues with which France currently contend.   

Charts where the sign of Cancer either rises or sets are never the clearest to judge (John Frawley notes that the duel role of the Moon can cause confusion), but the Moon’s impeding conjunction to Jupiter (substitute Lord 7) makes a strong argument for Switzerland doing better than expected.  Could a draw be on the cards?  Or an even more surprising result?   

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Euro 2020 Day 15: 27th June 2021

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At the time of writing Belgium, who finished the first round at the top of their group, are the bookies favourites – but only just.  Defending European champions Portugal will prove formidable opponents and either team are more than capable of winning.  Can the stars provide any clues to the outcome? 

As favourites, Belgium have Jupiter (Lord 1) as their main significator.  Mercury, ruler of the opposing 7th house, is star player for Portugal.   

In Belgium’s favour, there is the application of Venus (Lord 10, victory for the favourites) to conjunct the Part of Fortune.  But this is only a minor testimony and Venus will need to travel 6 degrees to perfect the aspect, which is a little to far for to be reliable.   

In contrast, the Moon’s immediate application to a trine with Mercury (Lord 7) is a strong vote of confidence for Portugal. 

Provided the pundits have correctly named Belgium as the favourites, it will be their opponents Portugal who are likely to gain the advantage of the Moon’s aspect to Mercury and win the match. 

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly