Joe Torre’s Revenge

I don’t know if anybody remembers that at the beginning of baseball season, I wrote about Joe Torre, who is in his first year managing the Los Angeles Dodgers after leading the New York Yankees to four World Series wins.

Torre was dissed by fellow Cancer George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees owner who wanted to cut Torre’s pay last fall after the team didn’t make it to the playoffs for the third year in a row. So Torre packed his bags for the West Coast. Well, Torre’s gotten the last laugh because the Bronx Bombers didn’t make it to the playoffs without him.

I predicted great things for Torre this year, mostly because he’s a late Cancer Sun with a Capricorn Moon. Both the lights are getting the benefit of the transit from Jupiter in Capricorn. His time of birth is unknown on July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn so I don’t know if he’s an early or late Capricorn Moon. Right in the middle would be good because that’s where Jupiter is right now.

Until today, I didn’t know the Dodgers were playing the Phillies in the National League Championship Series. I confess that I totally took my eye off the ball. Los Angeles is down two games, having lost to the Phillies in Philadelphia, and must win either Game Three on Sunday or Game Four on Monday to have a chance at playing in the World Series.

Well, as they say in sports, “It’s not over till the fat lady sings.” And the good news for Torre is that Games Three and Four are at home. That’s an important word for Cancers. They function much better on their own territory than when they have to go on the road.

On Sunday, Torre has Jupiter exactly square his North Node at the Midheaven. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Los Angeles stays in the game, even though Saturn is slightly past a square to Torre’s Part of Fortune at 15 Gemini.

Here’s Torre’s natal chart with transits of Sunday, courtesy of Astrodienst.

Before you go calling your bookie, some disclosure is in order. For the record, I picked the Kansas Jayhawks to win the NCAA Final Four and I was right. (When I made my selection the bracket was down to four teams.)

I thought this would be a great year on and off the course for Tiger Woods. He’s expanded his business empire but leg surgery has hampered his winning ways.

Before I bombed out in my picks for the Indy 500, I managed to get one of the three horses in the Kentucky Derby trifecta. I thought that Calvin Borel, last year’s winner, would repeat, riding Denis of Cork, but I was wrong. He came in third. As you can imagine, the bigger the field, the harder it is to pick the winner because of all the charts you have to look at.

The fact that Torre made it to the championships is due to Jupiter’s winning ways. It may be that this isn’t his year to win another World Series. But, looking at his chart, I think he has a very good chance. And that’s what I said back in March.

I also like the fact that the chart for the city of Los Angeles has Mars at 17 degrees of Capricorn, according to Carolyn R. Dodson’s Horoscopes of the U.S. Mars rules sports and Jupiter signifies expansion and glory. So the stars might be rightly aligned for the Dodgers to make it to the World Series.

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:

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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.