Jim Boeheim’s Neptune Transit

Longtime Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim is a 25-degree Scorpio conjunct Mars. Right now, transiting Neptune and Chiron are squaring Boeheim’s dynamic duo.

Normally, I’d say Neptune leads to disappointment and not to get your hopes up if you’re an Orange fan about SU’s chances against Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament.

However, the square that Neptune and Chiron are making to Boeheim’s Sun/Mars conjunction has manifested in recognition for his philanthropic work. So maybe it won’t show up as a crushing defeat at the hands of Oklahoma.

Here’s Boeheim’s chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.

The New York Times has a profile on its home page right now about the involvement of Boeheim and his wife Juli in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. The headline is: “Boeheim the Coach Outdone by Boeheim the Fund-Raiser.” Kind of a back-handed compliment, the kind you expect when the Wounded Healer Chiron is in the picture.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on Boeheim Friday as Syracuse faces the Sooners and the coach goes for his 800th win of his career.

Astrologers will love this factoid: Boeheim, a Scorpio (rules death), is an undertaker’s son. He was born Nov. 17, 1944 in Lyons, N.Y. According to my calculations (no time of birth is known), his progressed Sun has just moved into Aquarius.

In the name of disclosure, I am an SU grad.

It’s a Tiger’s Life

This is going to be one of those posts that I put up now and embellish later. I just wanted to reiterate my belief that Tiger Woods has got the world by the tail. Yeah, I know you read that 10 years ago. But it’s worth saying again. With Jupiter and Pluto both in Capricorn, this is Tiger’s year.  Why? Because he’s a Cap. He was born Dec. 30, 1975 in Long Beach, Calif. at 10:50 p.m. Here’s the chart, courtesy of AstroDataBank:

http://www.astrodatabank.com/NM/WoodsTigerPRT.htm

The Masters golf tournament, which got under way today in Augusta, Ga., is just the start for Tiger. This year, he will set new records for titles and money and will profit from his real estate ventures. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he and his wife move to a new home and have another child. Jupiter brings about expansion of all kinds.

Jupiter is on my Capricorn Sun so I’m all about sports these days. Last night, I sat next to the men’s tennis coach at Rice University, Ron Smarr, on a plane from Houston to Ontario, Calif.  After a day of airport hell, it was a pleasure to pick Coach Smarr’s brain about the psychology of winning. 

In the process, I learned that his tennis team includes players from Germany, India, Brazil, and Serbia and that American high schools aren’t producing enough tennis players to fill the ranks of U.S. collegiate men’s and women’s teams. Here’s a picture of the Rice tennis team: http://riceowls.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/mtt/rice-m-tennis-mtt.html

I’ll talk more about Tiger later, but few people on the planet know more about winning than that Goat.

Jayhawk Nation

Congrats to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks, who got a nice assist from Jupiter in Capricorn to win the NCAA championship. I don’t see my Apr. 3 prediction (“Why Kansas Will Win the NCAA”) winning a lot of converts for astrology among either sports fans or residents of the Sunflower State, but it’s still nice to be vindicated. Next up: Tiger Woods, who is a Capricorn like Bill Self, and is going for a Grand Slam in golf when the Masters starts in Augusta, Ga. later this week. Based on the transits, I think 2008 is the year when Tiger finally gets the four majors (a Grand Slam) in a single year. He has previously won all four titles, but not in the same year.

All Eyes on the Jayhawks

If you read my Apr. 3 post, “Why Kansas Will Win the NCAA,” you may have noticed that I focused on last night’s hoops showdown between Bill Self of the University of Kansas and Roy Williams, the University of North Carolina coach who left Kansas in 2003. Based on the transits, I predicted that Self, a Capricorn, would triumph over Williams, a limelight-loving Leo.

Following last night’s victory over the Tar Heels, Self and the Jayhawks must still face John Calipari and Memphis before the Kansas coach can take home his first NCAA championship. This morning, I ran Calipari’s chart and I stand by my original forecast that the Jayhawks will be cutting down the net in San Antonio on Apr. 7.

Calipari, an Aquarius, was born Feb. 10, 1959 in Moon Township, Pa., according to the Wiki. He’s electric, but sometimes erratic, due to the opposition of Uranus in Leo to his Sun, which is also conjunct Mercury in Aquarius.

He’s got a nice aspect for distinguishing himself in athletics — Jupiter at 0 degrees of Sagittarius opposing Mars in Gemini, also at 0 degrees. Since Sag/Gemini rules education, this is particularly beneficial for the coach of a college basketball team.  The opposition also squares Pluto at 3 degrees of Virgo, making it a T-square.

You can see the chart, thanks to Astrodienst, here.

Unfortunately for Calipari and the Tigers, some important transits appear to favor Self.  Without a time of birth, I can’t say definitively that transiting Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn aren’t going to help Calipari. He may well have a Capricorn Ascendant or Midheaven, but I can’t calculate it without an accurate time of birth. But Jupiter and Pluto are certainly going to benefit Self, who is a Capricorn. (My Apr. 3 post has lots of detail on Self’s chart.)

Another downside for Calipari: Transiting Saturn in Virgo, which is getting ready to go direct on May 2, is basically making a station on his Pluto, squaring his Mars and Jupiter. That spells a major case of frustration. I love basketball, but I’m not a sports expert by any means. Still, I’ll wager that the Jayhawks will keep the Tigers hemmed in Monday night.  

Why Kansas Will Win the NCAA

Some readers may have noticed that I have steered clear of the one question that everyone wants answered: Who will win the U.S. Presidential election? There’s a lot of speculation and plenty of good analysis out there on the astrology Web sites. Frankly, I’m not ready to weigh in yet. I think there’s a wild card in the wings. The Saturn/Uranus opposition, which is exact on Election Day, promises unexpected events.

Just because I’m avoiding politics doesn’t mean I won’t go out on a limb and predict the winner of another important contest. Yes, folks, you read it here first: The University of Kansas Jayhawks will beat the University of North Carolina Tar Heels on Apr. 5 in San Antonio. 

Well, then there’s the problem of beating the winner of the UCLA-Memphis game to clinch the championship. I don’t know who Kansas will end up playing. But whatever happens, I think Capricorn Bill Self, who coaches the Jayhawks and isn’t getting nearly the press that Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, a Leo, is, will ultimately be victorious because Jupiter and Pluto are both transiting Capricorn.

The press is picking up on the drama (there’s a Leo word for you) of Williams facing the team he used to coach and all the bad vibes against him in Kansas, where they believed him when he said he’d never leave. Williams left Kansas in 2003, after the Jayhawks lost the NCAA National Championship to Syracuse.

There’s no question that Apr. 5, 2008 will be a high-profile night for Williams, with Venus hanging around his North Node and transiting Mars on his Venus.  Williams and the Tar Heels will be looking good, but Jupiter is going to be at the midpoint of Williams’ Mars/Neptune conjunction in Libra. I think it spells disappointment for him, big time.

I don’t have a birth time for Williams, who was born in Spruce Pine, N.C., according to ESPN’s Web site. I’ve seen another birthplace on the Web — Marion, N.C. — but it doesn’t really matter because we don’t have the time of birth. I’ve set the chart for noon:

http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598&lang=e&gm=a1&nhor=197&nho2=6&btyp=2&mth=gw&sday=3&smon=4&syr=2008&hsy=-1&zod=&orbp=&rs=0&ast=

I’ve been reading the scouting reports for Kansas and they barely mention Self, who was born on Dec. 27, 1962 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. That may be because Goats aren’t always comfortable in the spotlight. In addition to the Sun and most likely the Moon in Capricorn, Self has Mercury at 22 degrees of Capricorn, sextile Venus at 22 degrees of Scorpio. Transiting Jupiter is approaching his natal Mercury, and I think it will give his team the staying power to win.

The chart for Self is also set for noon:

http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?rs=0&lang=e&zod=&ast=&orbp=&gm=a1&sday=3&btyp=2&syr=2008&mth=gw&cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598&hsy=-1&smon=4&nhor=198&go.x=20&go.y=9

Self has a Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo opposing Jupiter in Pisces conjunct Chiron. Even though he’s a hoops coach, that Chiron placement could indicate some self-confidence issues. I think Saturn in Virgo transiting his Uranus/Pluto conjunction will allow Self to break through and win the NCAA National Championship, something he has never done before. Williams took North Carolina all the way to the national title in 2005.

We’ll see if the stars can shed any light on the basketball court.

Joe Torre’s Opening Day in LA

I’ve never been a New York Yankees fan, having spent many years in Queens cheering on the Mets and being rewarded in 1986, when they won the World Series. I have a working-class soul, and the Yankees have always struck me as arrogant, a team of guys who wear pin stripes being cheered on by fans in pin-striped suits.  

But my feelings for the Bronx Bombers notwithstanding, I love Joe Torre. He’s a class act. I don’t know what happens in the locker room or behind closed doors elsewhere, but Torre comes across as an even-tempered mensch in public, especially compared to the hysterical Steinbrenners.

Torre is a sensitive, home-loving Cancer. He was born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn. It’s worth noting that George Steinbrenner was born on the Fourth of July, making him a fellow Cancer. But he hasn’t learned to tame his emotions the way that Torre has.

Here’s my take on Torre: The glory days aren’t over for the big guy, though he’s no longer with the Yankees. He’s going to do well managing the Los Angeles Dodgers this year because Jupiter in Capricorn is opposing his Cancer Sun. Do I think LA is going to win the World Series? I can’t answer that because I haven’t done all the number-crunching. But a couple of things are worth pointing out.

Joe Torre is actually back “home” with the Dodgers. He’s a Brooklyn boy and the Dodgers were the home team when he was a kid. This is the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. How appropriate that Torre is taking over for this golden anniversary.

The recent move of his progressed Sun into Libra gives me the impression that LA will be good for his marriage and that he will be feeling more partnership-oriented these days.  

Here’s Torre’s chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.

As I have with other charts on this blog, I’ve given Torre a hypothetical time of birth other than noon, which is traditionally used when you don’t know the time. No, this isn’t textbook rectification, but it makes the analysis more fun. I’ve given Torre a Sagittarius rising because that puts his powerful Taurus stellium of Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus in the fifth house of games and entertainment.

This stellium squares another lineup of three planets in Leo — Mercury, Pluto, and Mars — that falls in the eighth house with the Sag rising. Translation? There’s a lot going on underneath the surface with Torre. Never underestimate him because you’ll regret it. The Cancer Sun tightly sextiles Uranus in Taurus, so Torre will surprise you.

My other reasons for the Sag rising? It makes Jupiter the ruler of the chart. In his youth, Torre was advised to become a catcher because he was heavy and he still makes jokes about his weight. This is not inconsistent with a Sag rising.

Also, Torre’s tenure with the Yankees began at the end of 1995, and basically continued for the time that Pluto was transiting Sagittarius. The 12-year period with the Yankees, which included four World Series championships, also mirrors a Jupiter cycle through the 12 signs.

More Sag/Jupiter energy: In addition to baseball, Torre loves the ponies and has owned some winning horses.

Even if I’m wrong about the Sag rising, it doesn’t change the powerful Taurus/Leo stelliums in his chart. This is a powerful guy who has learned how to control his energy. The Mars/Pluto aspect is quite common in the charts of athletes but it can have a dark side. As a child, Torre witnessed a lot of abuse in his home before his parents split up. To give kids and spouses a place to run, the Cancer native and wife Ali founded the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation: http://www.joetorre.org/en/pages/default.aspx

Torre has a sister who’s a nun, but do I think he’s a saint? No. My Sag rising chart puts a fickle Venus in Gemini in the seventh house of relationships, and he’s on his third marriage. Anybody who has ever read Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” knows what goes on after the game. Groupies are part of the landscape in professional sports. I’m sure Torre had lots of fun in his day.

But unlike Eliot Spitzer, he didn’t pursue a career as a prosecutor and a defender of public morals. Joe Torre’s job is to win baseball games, and he’s very good at it. When Torre isn’t winning, he doesn’t throw a temper tantrum. He merely gets that stoic look on his face. Evidently, that countenance doesn’t come naturally.

Asked who was cooler, him or Derek Jeter, Torre recently told Time magazine: “Oh, Derek Jeter without a doubt. He doesn’t show emotion. I don’t want to say he’s emotionless, but he harnessed it as good as anybody. It took me a long time to get this poker face.”

Today is opening day for Joe Torre and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They play the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Good luck, Joe!