the crack of the bat, the cheering mysteriously wanes. Then a fateful
splash echoes through Pacific Bell Park. The cheering restored, Barry
Bonds rounds the bases after plunking yet another baseball over the fence
into the bay. Bonds’ stock rises to new tidewater.
Held at Bay
Francisco slugger Barry Bonds (born July 24, 1964, in Riverside, California)
has done it again. Not only was he the first player to hit a ball out
of the new Pacific Bell Park into McCovey Cove, he followed by hitting
two more homers in one game over the right field wall. It’s only fitting
that this historic feat be accomplished by a Leo. Bonds, an archetypal
Leo personified by the diamond stud in his ear, blazing white teeth and
a textbook swing, tends to draw controversy. Talented and very well paid,
fans and critics expect him to walk on water.
At least he can reach the water. Undaunted by
criticism, he continues to show what he can do.
Taurus and Neptune in Scorpio oppose each other in Bonds’ birth chart.
This configuration represents talent (Jupiter) with ease and grace (Neptune),
and is often mistaken by others as laziness. Barry absorbs the wrath of
those assuming he’s not living up to his potential, and turns it into
energy. Neptune can project hero-like mythological qualities onto people.
Combine this blurred perception with the exaggerated personality promoted
by Jupiter, and impressions of the slugger quickly skew out of perspective.
People want a god.
Bonds’ chart, Jupiter lies in the sign of Taurus, which is apparently
unconcerned about speed (because when you hit homers you don’t have to
run hard). Jupiter recently returned to the place it occupied when Bonds
was born (which it does every twelve years), bringing with it good fortune.
“Just watch me,” Jupiter boasts. “I’m gonna give you a show.” Yes, indeed.
Homers over the fence into the bay—a feat unknown to other sluggers—will
do the trick. Bonds secured his place in All Star balloting by maintaining
the league lead in home runs (well ahead of those other guys, McGwire
and a slugging percentage of an astronomical .840 (at the time of this
could claim that Bonds’ success comes from the lucky placement of Jupiter,
but favorable aspects must still be supported by skill. And skill he has.
hand-eye coordination is enhanced by a Venus-Mars conjunction in Gemini,
a sign often associated with this ability. He’s sees the ball like it’s
huge, and then he swings. His swing is one of the sweetest in baseball:
fast, compact and powerful—an outrageous bat speed rivaling the velocity
of the best fastball thrown his way. His wrists turn perfectly, powerfully,
with all the raw energy that Mars can render. Then Venus enters. She takes
the pristine white ball into the crisp blue air for a trajectory that
awes mathematicians and fans alike.
Gemini points remain critical in Barry’s chart over the next few years.
Sure, he’s reaching age 36 this year, which is older by baseball standards.
Over the next few years, the enduring, quality-enhancing Saturn moves
through Gemini to touch these points. With Saturn’s help, combined with
Jupiter in Gemini this year and next, Bonds stands only to improve. Hopefully,
the front office of the Giants uses astrology. Then they’ll know they
should make the long-term investment in Bonds.
the twisted realignment of the National League Western Division occurs,
or if it doesn’t, Bonds remains a key player in the future of the Giants’
hopes in San Francisco. His charisma rising, his inspiration overflowing
and his ego doing—well, doing what egos do—Bonds secures the gold rush
for the San Francisco Giants.