reads the tattoo on his arm. “The World Is Mine,” and all that
is in it. Finally playing up to his awesome potential, surrounded
by a stellar supporting cast and led by perhaps the greatest
NBA coach alive, Shaquille O’Neal has matured far beyond the
awkward braggadocio that marked both his bicep and his youth.
He is quieter, more controlled and the reigning king of the
NBA. Gone are the contrived movie roles and rap star doggerel.
Shaq Daddy is focused and all about basketball. His Lakers are
the undisputed favorites heading into the playoffs, and his
own numbers have pushed him past the mercurial Allen Iverson
for the league scoring title. Comparisons to Wilt
and Kareem are on the rise. He’s even making his free throws!
Who is this giant of a man who does everything in such a big
Rashaun O’Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey.
Astrologer Cynthia Withers quotes his mother, Lucille Harrison,
for a birthtime of “around 8:00 am.” This means that Shaq is
a Pisces with either late Aries or Taurus on the Ascendant.
The Ascendant is the sign rising on the eastern horizon at the
moment of birth, and it shows the physical appearance and personality.
Because Shaq has such a solid physique and ponderous personality,
I prefer the Taurus Ascendant, but that could be mere speculation
on my part. However, there is no doubt that Shaq is a Pisces.
astrology book will give you the goods on the typical Pisces.
They’re sensitive and mystical, downtrodden dreamers. Shy and
intuitive, they need shelter from the cruel world, seeking solace
in art or selfless service to others, like Jackie Joyner Kersee,
Julius Erving, Pete Rozelle, Charles Barkley...hey, wait a minute!
Charles Barkley is a Pisces? I have yet to find an astrology
book that describes Pisceans as great athletes, millionaires
and business tycoons, but if you check the facts, that is a
little closer to the truth. The Orlando Sentinel
quoted a survey done several years ago that found more millionaires
had Sun in Pisces than any other sign! So what gives? Will the
real Pisces please stand up, or remain harder to pin down than
quickly we forget that before the discovery of the planet Neptune,
Pisces was ruled by, or associated with, the planet Jupiter,
the same planet that rules Sagittarius. Jupiter, the largest
planet in the solar system, is athletic, expansive, given to
excess and great good fortune. Sagittarians born under Jupiter’s
rulership are expected to be the same. Neptune, the poetic,
long-suffering and other-worldly planet, was assigned to Pisces,
but apparently somebody forgot to tell the Pisceans. While many
do exhibit unmistakably Neptunian traits, ranging from inspired
artistry to drug addiction, many others are outrageously successful,
rich and athletic. Shaquille O’Neal, for instance.
duality of Pisces is a double mystery, wrapped in an enigma:
two fish, tied together, swimming round and round, fighting
over who gets to be on the bottom. If questions over the sign’s
rulership leave us feeling confused, the Pisceans would probably
prefer it that way. Every Pisces is different, and a close
check of their birth charts should reveal which ruler, Neptune
or Jupiter, is more influential. In the case of Shaquille O’Neal,
it’s definitely Jupiter.
about Shaq is larger than life, starting with his seven foot,
315-pound frame. If he does indeed have the sign Taurus rising,
then his Taurus Ascendant makes a very fortunate, flowing trine
angle (120 degrees) to his natal Jupiter in Capricorn. Jupiter
tends to expand whatever it touches, and this aspect to the
Ascendant links that expansion to his physical body. Jupiter
in Capricorn expresses the more materialistic, ambitious side
of Jupiter, the “TWISM,” as it were. Shaq, the Pisces, is no
philosopher. Even his forays into the more traditional Piscean
fields of acting, music and poetry were marked less by artistic
inspiration than by a drive to be rich and famous.
limits, the mutable Pisces swims aimlessly in search of the
unattainable. Shaq has been fortunate to find two Virgo partners,
Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant,
who provide the counterbalance to his Piscean susceptibilities,
helping him to narrow his sights and focus on more immediate
goals. He may never be a great actor or poet, but he can be
a great basketball player and the Lakers can win a championship.
Jackson may be just the antidote to Shaq’s perrenial championship
choke, the mentor and mortar that holds the bricks together!