Level at the bottom of Group D on one point each, both Croatia and Scotland need to win to stand a chance of progressing in the tournament. Croatia are the bookie’s favourites, but only by a slight margin. What can the heavens tell us about this crucial game?
But the Moon doesn’t just act as an ally to Croatia: Her first aspect is a trine to Mars (Lord 4, victory to Scotland).
The Moon next aspects the antiscion of Venus (Lord 10, victory to the favourites) at 05 Gemini 21. Although this aspect is an opposition, it is still favourable for Croatia.
The favourites will have a slight edge, but given the balance in testimonies, a draw is the most likely outcome.
Denmark are favourites to win in front of a home crowd at Copenhagen this Monday evening: As the favoured team, they are awarded the 1st house and ruler Jupiter.
Russia are given the opposing 7th house and its ruler Mercury.
Both Mercury and Jupiter are strongly placed in signs they rule, but otherwise have little influence over the result: The key testimony is the square from the Moon to Venus (Lady of the 10th house; victory for the favourites), which promises a win for Denmark.
An win for France is the most likely outcome to Saturday’s match in Budapest. So say the pundits, but do the heavens agree?
As favourites, France are signifiied by the 1st house and its ruler Venus. As the sign Cancer is on the midheaven, the ruler of the 10th house (victory for the favourites) is the Moon’s dispositor, again Venus. This is because the Moon’s role as significator of events takes precedence over any house rulerships in the chart.
Mars, ruler of the opposing 7th house represents home team Hungary. Saturns rulership of the 4th house (victory for the underdogs) is superceded by his role as dispositor of the Part of Fortune.
The Part of Fortune and dispositor Saturn apply to a conjunction (Saturn is retrograde, so an already close conjunction is getting closer still): This is a compelling testimony for favourites France.
This aspect alone would be powerful enough to win France the match, but the Moon also casts her vote for the favourites, applying to square Venus (in her dual roles as Lord 1, and substitute Lord 10). Note that the Moon first applies to trine Mercury retrograde, but as Mercury represents neither team in this contest chart, the first significant lunar aspect is to Venus.
In the absence of any corresponding testimonies for Hungary, France look the likely victors.
Slovakia won their last game against Poland by two goals to one. Admittedly this was helped by a Polish own goal, but the match was a convincing win, nonetheless.
Sweden only managed to hold Spain to a draw, but the pundits saw enough merit in their performance to tip them for victory in Friday afternoon’s game: Do the heavens agree?
As favourites, Sweden are represented by Venus, the ruler of the 1st house.
Rivals Slovakia are awarded the opposing 7th house and its ruler Mars.
Had the start of this match been timed for a short while earlier, the trine from the Moon to the Part of Fortune could have proved a winning hand for Sweden. But by the time this match kicks off, that aspect will be past, and the Moon will next sextile Mars (Lord 7); a powerful testimony for Slovakia.
Mars, main significator for Slovakia, applies to conjunct the angle of the midheaven (victory, status and success).
Saturn (Lord 4) in his own sign of Aquarius also applies retrograde to conjunct the cusp of the 4th house (victory for the underdogs).
The only testimony in favour of Sweden is a minor one, the application of the Moon to trine the antiscion of Venus at 10 Gemini 31, promising them.
Overall the majority of testimonies favour Slovakia.
With Christian Eriksen recovering in hospital, and his team still processing the events of last weekend, Denmark face an unusually challenging match against Belgium this Thursday. But what do the stars say about this crucial fixture?
Placed 1st in the FIFA World Rankings, Belgium are one of the teams most hotly tipped to win the tournament. It comes as no surprise that they are favourites to win this match and are therefore described by the 1st house and its ruler Mars.
Venus, ruler of the opposing 7th house, represents Denmark.
Had kickoff occurred just two hours earlier, the Moon’s application to a sextile with Venus could have won the game for Denmark. However, that aspect is now long past, and the Moon’s next aspect is a trine to the antiscion of Mars (at 26 Taurus 15), a minor testimony for Belgium. This aspect perfects slightly beyond the 5 degree orb usually considered effective for a 90-minute football match, but with extra time usual in tournament matches, some leeway can be allowed.
The antiscion of the Part of Fortune, at 10 Scorpio 46 is just close enough to the 1st house cusp to be influential, and is another minor positive testimony for Belgium.
However, by far the strongest testimony in the chart is the application of retrograde Saturn to the Part of Fortune (both in Aquarius): Aquarius being traditionally ruled by Saturn, the conjunction of the Part of Fortune with its own dispositor favours the favourites, and is the most compelling testimony of victory for Belgium.
A win for Belgium is the most likely outcome but expect some shake-ups along the way thanks to the placement of Uranus, the planet of all possibilities, on the 7th house cusp. In a previous match, Uranus (again on the 7th house cusp) salvaged a point for underdogs Wales, when a goal for Switzerland was disallowed by VAR (Uranus rules technological innovations): What surprises does he have in store for today’s match?
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.
Placed 2nd in the FIFA World rankings France are serious contenders for the tournament title. It would also be foolish to rule Germany (currently ranked 12th) out of the running. Their debut game in Munich will test the mettle of both teams: What do the stars say about this crucial fixture?
Favourites France are awarded the 1st house and its ruler Jupiter, strong in Pisces, the sign he traditionally rules. The opposing 7th house and its ruler Mercury represent Germany. Mercury is also placed in his own sign but is weakened by combustion (placed within 8 degrees of the Sun). This can be a serious debility in contest charts, as we witnessed in the opening game of the tournament: In that game the same combust Mercury represented Turkey; seemingly reflecting their struggle to maintain consistency and form against opponents Italy.
The Moon first applies to square the antiscion of Mars (Lord 4, victory for the underdogs) at 27 Scorpio 24. This is a minor testimony for Germany which promises them at least one goal.
Following this, the Moon will be void of course (making no aspect to any other planet in the sign where she is placed). However, as soon as she enters Virgo, she opposes Jupiter, Lord 1. This is a positive testimony for favourites France, if not entirely conclusive: The aspect is within the moiety of the two planets, as accords with the writings of Dariot, but the Moon is not placed in Cancer, Taurus, Sagittarius or Pisces, signs which William Lilly theorised would give her power to act even though void of course. Furthermore, the Moon has to travel further than the 5 degrees usually considered effective for a 90-minute football match.
This is a tricky game to predict: None of the testimonies are by any means conclusive, and a draw cannot be ruled out.
Expect a creditable showing from Germany, although they may struggle against the baleful effects of that combust Mercury.
If the imminent Moon/Jupiter opposition can make its influence felt, the best chances for France are likely to come within the latter stages of the game: The final result will be the test!
Ranked second in Group D, Czech Republic are favourites for their first fixture at Hampden Park. However, hosts Scotland are almost their equals in the FIFA World Rankings and promise a closer-fought game than their placement at the bottom of Group D might suggest.
As favourites, the Czech Republic are represented by Venus, ruler of the 1st house. Mars, ruler of the opposing 7th house will be star player for Scotland.
The Moon describes the flow of events. She first applies to oppose Saturn, a very positive testimony for Scotland, as Saturn is ruler of the 4th house (victory for the underdogs).
Her next aspect is a sextile to the antiscion of Venus (at 15 Gemini 23), a minor testimony which nevertheless promises at least one goal for the Czech Republic.
This aspect is followed by a square to the Part of Fortune which again favours Scotland. Both these aspects perfect outside the 5 degree orb usually considered effective for a 90-minute football match; a sign that the latter stages of the game (or extra time) will prove the most eventful.
So we have two testimonies for Scotland, and only one (minor) testimony for the Czech Republic: As these teams are so evenly matched, much depends on whether the favourite has been correctly chosen, but the home crowd should have cause to celebrate.
On to Day 3, and England vs Croatia: To avoid bias, we’re going to eschew the opinions of the English bookmakers and rely purely on table placement to decide the favourites.
Placed top of Group D, Croatia are favourites and are awarded the 1st house and its ruler Venus. England are represented by the ruler of the opposing 7th house, Mars. The Moon makes no further aspects in the sign where she is placed, and a void of course Moon usually maintains the status quo, awarding the game to the favourites.
William Lilly writes; “yet somewhat she (the Moon) performs if void of course and be either in Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces.” Here, the Moon is in her own sign of Cancer, so still has some agency.
On leaving Cancer she immediately applies to conjunct Mars, but that aspect is already within the moiety of the orbs of the Moon and Mars, which Dariot believed would cause the aspect to begin its influence even before the Moon left Cancer for Leo.
Should this be the case, the Moon’s applying conjunction to Mars forecasts a win for England: The result will be the test!