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.

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.