Beijing Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies: An Astrological Report Card

Many astrologers, including myself and Claire Courts at AstroRevolution, analyzed the chart for 8:08 p.m. on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, the exact moment that the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics began. (See “All Eyes on the Beijing Olympics.”) Let’s see how we did.

Some astrologers looked at the opposition of Mars in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces and predicted the possibility of explosions and disruptions. There were plenty of explosions around the Olympics stadium dubbed the “Bird’s Nest,” but they weren’t bombs, they were fireworks.

Pisces rules the feet, and it was interesting that the Chinese got criticized for using computer-generated pyrotechnics to produce footprints in the sky during the fireworks that followed opening ceremonies. You can see them here on You Tube.

Even though it didn’t happen in China, the Olympics were indeed marred by conflict. According to astrologer Marjorie Orr, the Chinese are greatly annoyed that the Russians decided to initiate their offensive against Georgia during the Olympics. Can you blame them? Still, from a strategic point of view, it was shrewd timing on the Russians’ part, as the world’s media was focused on the Beijing Games.

The Olympics aren’t over, but the footprint fireworks aren’t the only example of alleged deception. Interesting to note that the Sun conjunct Mercury in Leo in the opening ceremonies chart opposes a stellium of Neptune/North Node/Chiron in Aquarius, sitting behind the scenes in the 12th house.

One story that won’t go away is that the Chinese women’s gymnasts are younger than the ages printed on their passports. It may not be true, but the allegations are in line with Mercury (the planet of communications, opposing Neptune, the planet of deception).

The deception story du jour is that Chinese pingpong players are competing under the flags of other countries. Given how many foreign athletes end up on U.S. teams — no doubt after becoming citizens — this is a story that I can’t get too excited about, but one still worth noting, given the Neptunian signature of the chart we’re analyzing.

Neptune oppose Mercury could also be interpreted as the problems with fog and pollution that plagued the beginning of the Games and prompted some U.S. cyclists to arrive in Beijing wearing masks, a move that didn’t win the U.S. any kudos from the Chinese.

Other manifestations of the Sun (the ruler)/Mercury (the messenger) in Leo opposing Neptune/Node/Chiron — images of a red-faced President Bush being supported by a team of Secret Service agents being transmitted around the world, a topic which I’ve already written about, as well as NBC’s emphasis on swimming.

Now, swimming is an important feature of any Summer Olympics, and it’s particularly newsworthy this year, when U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps was trying to break Mark Spitz’ record for seven gold medals during a single Olympics, a record which Phelps broke today with his eighth gold.

It’s not just Americans who are focused on the pool. Korea has gone mad for swimming at the Beijing Games. Park Tae Hwan won Korea’s first gold medal ever for swimming on Aug. 10, in the “Water Cube,” another interesting manifestation of Mars in Virgo (earth) opposing Uranus in Pisces (water).

Still, some TV viewers think other sports are being short-changed. Case in point: When I tried to buy a badminton set yesterday at the Wal-Mart in Bennington, Vt. (they were sold out), the salesman helping me said, “I’m a huge badminton fan and it’s a shame they’re not showing more of it on TV.”

My bottom line about analyzing charts such as the one for opening ceremonies? We students of astrology can’t be too literal in our intepretations. Explosive events can be fireworks, not bombs, and with any picture involving Neptune/Mercury, nothing is quite as it appears.

Mars Conjunct the North Node: Cannon Fire in the Backyard

I was born with Mars in Sagittarius square the North Node in Virgo. Medieval astrology says this aspect leads to “death by fire,” which may be why I’ve always gravitated toward aisle seats in movie theaters, auditoriums, and other crowded venues.

Today, Mars in Virgo is conjunct my North Node and it’s also squaring transiting Pluto in Sagittarius. Mars/Node contacts frequently bring contacts with large groups of men involved in martial activities. I grew up on army posts and forts and attended countless military parades, Boy Scout jamborees, and other Mars-oriented pageants. I’ve even completed a couple of marathons and attended a Winter Olympics opening ceremony (in Lake Placid, in 1980), which are constructive uses of my natal Mars/Node square, I believe.

Earlier this week, I was wondering what transiting Mars conjunct my North Node was going to bring. A military funeral perhaps? I attended a wake and a funeral this week, but the man wasn’t a veteran.

This morning, I got the answer to my question. My husband and I were awakened by the sounds of cannon fire. We’re staying in Vermont in a house that sits in the shadow of the Bennington Monument. Today, men dressed in Revolutionary War costumes are re-enacting the Battle of Bennington, which took place on August 16-17, 1777.

My natal Mars in Sagittarius rules horses, and my husband and I were talking about going to the racetrack in Saratoga Springs today. But it turns out that a martial spectacle came into my life without any planning on my part.

Unfortunately, many people in the world today have real war in their backyards, not just a colorful tribute to history.

As my nephew prepares to deploy to Iraq, I’m counting my blessings and praying for a time when mankind will beat swords into plowshares. Like John and Yoko sang: “War is over, if you want it.”

While We Watched

Who cares if some if the pyrotechnics at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were computer-generated? Everyone agrees the Chinese pulled out the stops.

But while the world was watching the Olympics in China, Russia and Georgia got into a nasty little war. It’s in one of those far-away places that most Americans won’t be able to find on a map, let alone pronounce — South Ossetia.

If you want to figure out what’s going on, Marjorie Orr has got the story. She’s done a number of posts over the weekend analyzing what’s at stake on the ground and what the triggering events were in the sky. This is where Marjorie’s background at the BBC comes in handy.

Since I’m still fixated on name asteroid, I looked up the asteroid Georgia to see where it is right now. It’s at 8 degrees of Gemini, squaring transiting Saturn in Virgo. Jude’s Threshold has got some interesting stuff about this sudden war if you want to learn more.