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They say persistence pays off. Ask 37-year-old Joe Strong, relief pitcher for the Marlins, who is now in his first year as a major leaguer, for his opinion. You’ll get a strong yes.

The Debut

On May 11 of this year, Florida Marlins relief pitcher Joe Strong (born September 9, 1962, in Fairfield, California) took the mound in his major league debut. Joe pitched a scoreless inning and a third against no less than the likes of the powerful Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Brave announcers deserve credit for their acknowledgment of and inspiration derived from this man’s presence on the mound. They sang his praises of persistence and dogged perseverance (as well they should have) during the televised game.

World Traveler

Joe Strong boasts as many teams in his game log as any player today. Bounced between minor league teams of many affiliations, he spent a good deal of time playing in Asia. He did what it took to play ball, and he played wherever they provided him with an opportunity. How in the world did he manage to wait it out?

A perfectionist Virgo, Joe Strong crafted his game throughout the years. Taking notes and studying the details of the game, he patiently learned and learned. With a Moon in Capricorn, Joe knew he could wait forever if he had to do so. No planetary placement can wait longer, more quietly and tenaciously than this position. At some inner level (the subconscious feelings reflect from the Moon) he must have known he would make it to the majors. This lunar placement refers to ultimate success, often later in life.

The Motivator

The Braves TV announcers commented that Strong should get a variety of commercials because of his career track. With all his travels, they suggested he do a Visa ad, since he really does know all the places it’s accepted. They went on to say he could also become a motivational speaker. Jupiter the motivator swims in the exotically sensitive Pisces (the sign of the ocean—you know, where Marlins live) in Joe’s chart, aligned with the healing influence of Chiron. Heal your hurt feelings and get back in the swim, this pairing dictates. These two bodies oppose the power planet Pluto, bringing the unrelenting determination to win at life at all costs.

He would be a good motivator. He’d be a good healer to the human spirit. He can help others find lost faith. Look at his face. If Joe Strong ever lost faith, you’d never know it. A sunny warmth and refreshing kindness exudes from his energy. It’s nice to see in these days of greedy players resentful of others.

Recently, the Marlins sent Joe Strong back to the minors. It’s okay, though. With the strength of the aspects in his chart, he's already back. Once again, Joe Strong will inspire us all to remember the dream.

An icon lives in the making. With Pluto in the neighborhood of the vital Sun in Strong’s chart (Pluto, in its current location in Sagittarius, is square, or 90 degrees from Strong’s Sun; a square is a stressful angle), we’ll see him gain confidence and position in the game. We should observe his ascent with interest. Joe has something special. He knows how to hold on to the dream (a Piscean quest, and he has optimistic, goal-oriented Jupiter in Pisces), keep tabs on himself and get where he wants to go (due to his methodical Virgo Sun and Capricorn Moon). Hats off to Joe Strong for reminding us of those simple details required to keep the faith.



Philip Sedgwick began his study of astrology in 1969. He is the author of Astrology of Deep Space, Astrology of Transcendence, The Sun at the Center: A Primer of Heliocentric Astrology, The Galactic Ephemeris (a compilation of over 8,300 points in deep space).

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