The Los Angeles Lakers, currently on a fifteen-game winning
binge, slam-dunked on the rest of the league this week.
By a serendipitous coincidence, their most recent schedule
included matches against the NBA’s best, none of whom could
top Shaq and company. Beating Indiana and Miami, the two
best teams in the East, sent a strong message. More impressive
still was their victory over arch-rival and powerhouse,
Portland—in Portland—and all this after going unbeaten on
their most recent six-game road trip. That’s right, unbeaten
on the road! So how was your week?
Jackson: Virgo Coach
haven’t seen this kind of dominance in professional basketball
since that team from Chicago—and there is a common denominator
in Head Coach Phil Jackson. After winning six championships
with the Bulls, he took a sabbatical during the 1999 season,
which apparently he found quite refreshing. Since signing
with the Lakers, he has quickly reestablished himself as
the head coaching wizard of the NBA. Phil Jackson was born
on September 17, 1945 at 5:40 pm MWT in Deer Lodge, Montana
(Source: Przybylowski quotes BC). He has both the Sun and
Mercury in Virgo, with the Moon rising on his Aquarius Ascendant.
Coaches are Teachers, Critics and Strategists
surprising to note the number of Virgos filling the head
coaching ranks, for while Virgos tend to be skillful and
intelligent, they are not usually known for their leadership
or executive ability. Often shy and retiring, they may prefer
to focus on a more narrow specialty. The public perception
of a head coach tends to be some red-faced individual screaming
on the sidelines, or the quintessential smooth operator,
pulling fractious players into line in his grand wake. Fire
signs, like Leo or Sagittarius, might seem a more natural
fit, but if you break down the coaching job description,
it suits the Virgo personality well.
head coach is part teacher, part critic. Not only do they
pass on the finer points of the game, but they must be able
to assess and develop talent in their players. Virgos are
natural teachers and their mercurial minds delight in breaking
down complex concepts into simpler components. The Virgo
talent for criticism, so often annoying in personal relationships,
is perfect for isolating the weak points in any system and
recommending the necessary improvements.
good head coach is also a master strategist who can outsmart
his opponents with his game plan. This appeals to the analytical
Virgo nature, and this same love of tactics draws many of
them into the military. Phil Jackson’s Mercury in Virgo
gives him an extra intellectual advantage in these areas.
As the natural ruler of the sign Virgo, Mercury is quite
at home there and able to express its considerable mental
abilities more freely.
a tactician, Jackson is hard to beat. In the 1995-96 regular
season with the Chicago Bulls, prior to winning the NBA
championship, Jackson lost only 10 out of 82 games. He came
close to duplicating this remarkable feat the following
season, losing only 13 of 82 games on his way to another
championship. With the Lakers currently at 49-11, he’s on
course for a similar record in just his first season with
New Age Ascendant
The Ascendant, or rising sign, is often the first thing that
people notice about a person. With his Moon right on his Ascendant
in the progressive sign of Aquarius, Jackson enjoys a reputation
as a sort of new age guru among coaches. In his successful
seasons with the Bulls, he drew on some alternative sources
for inspiration, including Zen Buddhism and Native American
spirituality. Aquarians are the original “people people,”
and natural managers, often possessing a knack for getting
diverse groups of individuals to work together.
Aquarian detachment and tolerance helped him to blend such
naturally antagonistic personalities as Michael Jordan and
Dennis Rodman into a winning team, forging victory out of
potential chaos. Jackson’s low-key Aquarian personality
allows him to fit in and befriend his players while still
maintaining his distinct authority.
Lakers team is stacked with both young talent (Shaquille
O’Neal and Kobe Bryant) and wily vets (Ron Harper and Glen
Rice). We’ll be taking an in-depth astrological look at
these players and the team as the season progresses. Can
Phil Jackson win his seventh coaching championship ring?
I sure wouldn’t want to bet against him!