Bringing Back the Glory Days of the Indy 500?

The same day that Olympic champion skater and recent Dancing With the Stars winner Kristi Yamaguchi waves the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, the planetoid Chiron turns retrograde. Mercury and Neptune go retrograde the next day, when the victory celebration actually takes place.

Neptune, the North Node, and Chiron (the wounded healer) are traveling together in Aquarius these days, as they were during the Kentucky Derby, when tragedy struck and the filly Eight Belles had to be euthanized after placing second. With the help of Beth at,  who commented on my post “Stars Rise Over Indiana,” I learned that the asteroid Indiana is conjunct the Aquarius stellium this weekend.

A conjunction of Neptune and the North Node can produce mass suffering or intoxication. I’ve never been to the Indy 500, so I’m hoping it’s the latter that’s going to take place at the 92nd running of the race this Memorial Day weekend.

With the Mercury “station,” a powerful time when a planet changes direction, there’s talk of the Indy 500 returning to its glory days. Some of this enthusiasm is due to the February merger between the IndyCar Series and Champ Car. From what I’ve read in the sports press, this gives racing fans more confidence that the best racers will be present in Indianapolis.

When Mercury is retrograde or about to go retro, there’s often a psychological return to the past or a physical trip to a place where you used to live. Anything that has the prefix “re” is favored. Here’s a link to a Fox News story about the pride being back at Indy:,-the-pride-is-back-for-IndyCar?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=166

Denis of Cork Came through for Me at the Derby

Clearly, I have a lot to learn about picking winners of horse races. Of my box trifecta forecast for the Kentucky Derby, only one of the horses delivered — Denis of Cork came in third.

Long shot Denis of Cork was ridden by Calvin Borel, who won last year’s Kentucky Derby with Street Sense. As you’ll see from my post “Astrology and the Kentucky Derby” (May 2), I like Borel’s transits over the next few days. He’s got the New Moon in Taurus conjuncting his natal North Node. Even if he didn’t win the Derby this year, he’s on the right track. Maybe he’s finally marrying girlfriend Lisa Funk.

My predictions of glory seemed to coincide more with post positions than with actual finishes in the race. (I did my analysis before reading about post positions.) Cool Coal Man wasn’t the winner of the race, but he was in the No. 1 post. Likewise, Tale of Ekati was No. 2.

One of the things I found troublesome about the transits to the charts of the jockeys, including Kent Desormeaux, who led favorite Big Brown to victory from the outside, was yesterday’s Neptune/Node in Aquarius conjunction. To me, that spelled disappointment.

Well, disappointment did occur for everyone who participated and watched the Derby as the filly Eight Belles had to be instantly euthanized when she collapsed after placing second. Spectactors who saw Desormeaux after the race said he didn’t look like someone who had just won the Derby. Wire service reports said he looked “solemn.”

There was a mixture of joy and sorrow in the air following the Derby yesterday, as word spread through the crowd about the fate of Eight Belles. The folks watching TV knew immediately what had happened, but there was no announcement in the stands at Churchill Downs. Here’s what the AP had to say:

Here’s the chart for the 2008 Kentucky Derby, courtesy of Astrodienst:

You can see the Chiron, Neptune, and North Node in Aquarius in the fifth house, which rules horse racing. Neptune can be suffering, the Node involves the public, and Chiron is the wounded healer. The stellium is being squared by the Sun in Taurus in the eighth house of death and other peoples’ money. There was definitely a lot of money at stake yesterday.

This was a collective event that saw a horse breaking her ankles to win a race and then having to be put down. I think the chart reflects that.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20 vision, but as a student of the stars, I’m looking for symbolism, not 100% results. Of course, it’s nice to be right. It’s too bad I didn’t put $10 on Denis of Cork to show. That bet would have yielded $116.00.

I hear the revelers at Gastriques’ annual Kentucky Derby party were consulting my astro tip sheet. Glad to know I was there in spirit!