Shooting Stars 11th April 2021

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.

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Shooting Stars 4th April 2021

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. 

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Shooting Stars 20th March 2021

Manchester City are odds-on favourites to win at Goodison Park this Saturday, but does this week’s FA Cup Quarter-Final fixture have a surprise in store?  

Mercury, ruler of the first house describes the favourites, Manchester City.  At 06 Pisces 40, Mercury is in the sign of his fall, but essential dignity seems less relevant in contest charts:  Accidental dignity; the placement of planets and the aspects to them, often proves more significant.  

Their hosts are signified by the opposing 7th house and its ruler, Jupiter.  At 20 Aquarius 56, Jupiter will be the first planet to be aspected by the Moon, (by trine) signifying at least one goal for Everton.  

The Moon only aspects Mercury (Man City’s significator) by antiscion (at 23 Libra 20).  Had this been an aspect to Mercury himself rather than his antiscion it would likely mean a win for Chelsea, this being the last aspect the Moon makes over the 5-degree orb usually considered effective for a 90-minute football match. An aspect by antiscion is less conclusive, but still holds the promise of goals for Manchester City.   

A stronger indication for Manchester City is the placement of the Moon in the 10th house (the house of victory, and more specifically, victory for the favourites).  In combination with the Moon’s aspect to Mercury’s antiscion, this could be enough to win them the match.  However, the Moon’s trine to Jupiter (for Everton) is also significant:  Both sides look set to score, and a draw cannot be ruled out.  Everton in particular look set to surprise the pundits with a more convincing performance than expected.   

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Shooting Stars 13th March 2021

This weekend Leeds play host to Chelsea, and although they may own the keys to Elland Road, the Part of Fortune holds the key to the result. 

Currently placed at fourth in the League and undefeated in their last eleven games, Chelsea are odds-on favourites and are represented by the 1st house:  With Cancer as the rising sign, and the Moon already spoken for as significator of the action, they are described by the Moon’s dispositor (Jupiter at 19 Aquarius 24).  Leeds are represented by the opposing 7th house and ruler Saturn at 09 Aquarius 44.  

The Part of Fortune in the 1st house at just over a degree from the ascendant is a powerful testimony for Chelsea, confirmed by the Moon’s immediate trine to the Part of Fortune (the Part of Fortune in harmonious aspect to its own dispositor favours the favourites).    

Pluto opposes the angle of the ascendant from the cusp of the 7th house, but this alone is unlikely to counteract the powerful testimonies of the Moon and Part of Fortune:  Chelsea’s run of victories seem destined to continue for another week. 

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

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Shooting Stars 6th March 2021

In this week’s chart, the heavens incline towards the favourites.  But which team might that be? 

Arsenal are odds on favourites to win this Saturday’s match against Burnley, but despite a convincing win against Leicester City last weekend, their recent form does not fully justify the bookie’s confidence.  Out of their last five Premier League games, they have only two wins to their credit. In contrast their hosts Burnley have only lost one out of their last five Premiership games and beat Arsenal in their most recent clash last December.   

The favourites are described by the first house and the sign on the cusp:  Cancer rises with ruler the Moon already spoken for marking the progress of events, her dispositor Jupiter is substituted as their main significator.  Saturn, strongly placed in his own sign of Aquarius represents their opponents.   

The only testimony of significance is the trine to the Part of Fortune, which favours the favourites.  But which team are they?  This highlights the only drawback in an otherwise reliable system of prediction: The dependence on the judgement of the bookmakers which, due to numerous factors, may not always be completely reliable.    

On recent form, Burnley have as good a claim to the title as Arsenal and at the time of writing, are just one place below them in the table.  With just one reliable testimony in the chart, a draw is unlikely, but it will be interesting to see if the pundits assessment of a win for Arsenal is correct.   

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Shooting Stars 28th February 2021

Both Sheffield Utd and Liverpool have struggled over the last few weeks.  Could this weekend’s game mark a return to form?  And how closely does the chart reflect their current situation? 

Sheffield have won just two games out of the last five, but that is still better than injury-hit Liverpool who have claimed victory in only one.  Nevertheless, at the time of writing Liverpool are placed considerably higher in the table than their hosts and are therefore attracting more favourable odds. 

The uninspiring performance of both teams is reflected in a lacklustre chart:  There is only one testimony of significance, the placement of the Moon just inside the cusp of the 1st house, which favours the favourites:  John Frawley notes that the Moon in a team’s house (on or just inside the cusp of the house) “is like a big surge of energy towards the team, almost as if the cosmos is cheering for it.”  Usually this a testimony would not be enough to guarantee victory on its own, but there is little else going on in the chart so the favourites (Liverpool if the pundits are correct) look likely to win.  

It is worthy of note that the Moon is void of course.  In horary astrology, this often gives rise to the interpretation that nothing will come of the question.  But this can never be the case in a contest chart. There must always be a result.  A goalless draw is a possibility, but it is more often the case that the status quo is maintained, and the stronger or better placed team at the kickoff remains so when the final whistle blows.  Therefore, the Moon’s void of course status further supports the favourites.  

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Christian Astrology by William Lilly 

Shooting Stars 20th February 2021

Who will the heavens favour in this week’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Chelsea?

As odds-on favourites Chelsea are represented by the 1st house but not by its ruler the Moon who is otherwise occupied in her role as significator of events during the match. Instead the Moon’s dispositor Mercury (retrograde at 11 Aquarius 02) is called from the substitute’s bench as significator for the favourites.

The ruler of the opposing 7th house Saturn represents hosts Southampton, strongly placed in his own sign at 07 Aquarius 32.

A retrograde Mercury is not usually a hindrance in contest charts. This is especially true here where he applies to trine the Moon, signalling a possible early lead for Chelsea. The Moon’s next two aspects; a trine to Jupiter (Lord 10, victory to the favourites) and a trine to the Part of Fortune also favour the favourites.

This week, the heavens cast their vote with the pundits: A victory for Chelsea is predicted.

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Shooting Stars 13th February 2021

All eyes will be on this Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur: Will favourites Manchester City win as the pundits predict, or can Spurs halt City’s seemingly unbreakable run of wins?

At first glance, the heavens appear to cast their vote in favour of City: The Sun who, as ruler of the 1st house represents the favourites is placed on the cusp of the 7th house, representing opponents Spurs. This depicts the fortunes of Spurs held hostage by City. Compounding the misery for Spurs, Mars (ruler of the 4th house; victory for the underdogs) is placed inside the cusp of the 10th house (victory for favourites City): This again shows Spurs in the power of their rivals.

But what of the Moon? She alone provides a dissenting voice, but it is a powerful one which we ignore at our peril: She first opposes the Part of Fortune and next applies to sextile Mars (Lord 4) both aspects in favour of Spurs.

In the case of equally balanced testimonies, a draw is always possible. Even if Manchester City dominate the play, it is less certain that their efforts will lead to victory. Experience teaches that the aspects of the Moon (and particularly her final aspect) often decide the outcome of the match: Whether it is a win or draw, Spurs will do much better than expected and have it in their power to put an end to City’s lucky streak.

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Shooting Stars Saturday 6th February 2021

This weekend’s featured Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal promises to be a closely-fought contest. The pundits favour Arsenal, but do the heavens agree?

Favourites Arsenal are represented by the 1st house and its ruler, Mercury (retrograde at 22 Aquarius 23). The North Node directly on the 1st house cusp is a positive testimony for Arsenal, just as the South Node on the opposing house cusp is detrimental to Aston Villa, who are signified by the 7th house and its ruler Jupiter (at 11 Aquarius 21).

Mercury’s retrograde motion is not in itself harmful to Arsenal’s cause. However, the fact that he is already combust, and travelling in the direction which takes him even closer to the Sun is a serious debility, especially as the Sun rules the 4th house (representing victory for the underdogs). The symbolism here is compelling: The hopes of Mercury (Arsenal) are burned up by the victory of their opponents.

However, the Sun (victory for the underdogs) is placed inside the 10th house (victory for the favourites). This is an equally strong testimony in favour of Arsenal, showing their potential to dominate the game and crush Aston Villa’s hopes of victory.

Jupiter’s placement on the 10th house cusp is a powerful counter-testimony for Aston Villa, showing their ability to influence the outcome of the match is equal to Arsenal’s.

With two testimonies for Arsenal, and two for Aston Villa it is clear that the match will be close. As is often the case, it is up to the Moon to decide the winner. Here, she applies first to a sextile with Jupiter and then a sextile to the Sun; both testimonies for Aston Villa. Her next application is to the 7th house cusp (again for Aston Villa). She has to travel quite some way outside the 5 degree orb usually effective for 90 minute football matches before she makes her only aspect in favour of Arsenal; a sextile to Mercury.

So the Moon decides the match in favour of the underdogs who, if the pundits are correct in their reckoning, are Aston Villa. Arsenal’s chances of turning the match in their favour will increase the longer the match continues, and are at their best in extra time.

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Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly