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The Moon's influence surrounds and envelops us, sweeping us up with our emotions and sneaking up on us through unconscious memory. We're all aware of how the Moon influences the tides and cycles of life, but the Moon can also influence the outcome of sporting events in very dramatic ways. The power of the Moon's influence was very evident this past week as we witnessed two splendid championships, Tiger Woods' historic U.S. Open victory and the domination of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

The most basic definitions of the Moon in astrology usually involve feelings, family, feeding and the mother. It is the most fundamentally feminine sort of influence, and the Moon in a person's birth chart can tell us much about how that person was nurtured and cared for, as well as how he perceives his own mother. So what does this have to do with sports, typically a more masculine domain?

The Moon and the Masses

On a more social level, the Moon is associated with the public—as in public opinion or public image. It tends to be indicative of the common mindset of the people, what is considered normal or comfortable. It is changeable, easily influenced but fiercely defensive of its home turf when challenged. The Moon delights in memories of the past, the good old days and longs for things to stay the way they always were, or should have been. It carries with it a distant archetype, a memory of the perfect parent and role model. In other words, the Moon is something of a hero-worshipper.

Now we're getting a little closer to sports, aren't we? Between the champion on the field and the crowd in the stands, there exists an ancient, aching need. We need to see a larger-than-life Somebody save the day, so we can all feel more safe and capable. Competitive sports grew as an adjunct to military training, as a way to keep the home guard in fighting trim in the military off-season. If our hero on the field can't hold his own, this doesn't bode well for the safety of our town, does it?

Modern day league sports, with teams representing cities, grew out of ancient town-ball. In some localities, the menfolk of two villages met on the road between them, and if your home team couldn't hold the line, the "game" could end with the outsiders marauding through your streets. And they say football's too violent! Many of our modern sporting customs make a lot more sense when seen in this light.

The Home-Field Advantage

But what does this have to do with the Moon? Let me pose a basic question. Why on Earth would a group of individuals consistently perform better in one place than in any other? The answer is not geographic, it’s emotional. It's what we refer to as home-field advantage. All other things being equal, a team will consistently play better on its home field than anywhere else in the world. The main factor in home-field advantage is the home-town fans—the people, the crowd, the surging tide of emotion sweeping before it, the comfortable feeling of familiar surroundings—ahh, now we're talking about the Moon, aren't we?

The position of the Moon made all the difference between the Indiana Pacers' torrid 120-87 scorching of the Lakers in game five, and the Lakers' championship victory in game six. As for the Lakers winning the NBA championship, it was more a question of when than if, even though it seemed to take longer than it should have. Some commentators grew impatient with the Lakers' seeming nonchalance, including Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who tore into them on NBC when they were down at halftime in game six.

In all fairness, perhaps those judging the Lakers' commitment were being a bit disrepectful of Indiana. The Pacers are no patsies. They played a great series, worthy of their coach, and stuck it to L.A. from every angle. They also had a lot of help from the Moon.

Game Five: Sagittarius Moon

In a best four-of-seven-game series, with games every two days or so, the planetary positions don't change that much from game to game. But the Moon does. The Moon moves swiftly, about 13 degrees every day, and changes signs every two and a half days. In game five in Indiana, the Moon was in the late degrees of Sagittarius, exactly aspecting Head Coach Larry Bird's chart, and casting very supportive trine aspects in the direction of both Reggie Miller and Pacers center Rik Smits. It didn't influence Shaq or Phil Jackson much at all. With all that Sagittarian fire fanning the home crowd's flames, the Pacers stormed the court, torching the Lakers with their amazing three-point shooting. In the burning hot atmosphere of the Conseco Fieldhouse, the designated champions experienced a complete meltdown.

Game Six: Aquarius Moon

Game six in Los Angeles had a completely different atmosphere. The Moon had moved into the early degrees of Aquarius, where it was closing in on a conjunction with transiting Neptune. From this position, the Moon pointed its influence directly at Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, because both his natal Moon and Ascendant are in early Aquarius. This time, he had the home-court advantage, but it wasn't the fiery Sagittarian kind that the Pacers had enjoyed a few nights earlier. It had a cooler, Aquarian feel to it. In fact, the Pacers held the lead until the fourth quarter. The Lakers seemed too detached and laid back to close them out, but they eventually consolidated to dominate the fourth quarter. With the victory came all the Hollywood glamor you would expect from a Moon-Neptune conjunction, as celebrities and stars thronged the court.

The Capricorn Moon and Tiger Woods

In between game five and game six, the Moon passed through Capricorn, and another championship was unfolding at the U.S. Open. All eyes were on a young Capricorn, much older than his years, who captured the public's imagination, displaying perfect discipline while accomplishing the impossible.

As Tiger Woods stoically mastered the demanding Pebble Beach course, pulling further and further away from the rest of the field, the whole world seemed to tune in and follow along, swept up in his wake. The Moon in Capricorn drew them in, commanding their respect. As word of his feat spread, the crowds swelled and the media swarmed, but Tiger remained impervious to all distractions. His concentration was so rapt, his professionalism so complete, that he steadily stalked the record without so much as a sideways glance.

Do Capricorns really have ice water flowing through their veins? The cold steel of Capricorn was never honed to a finer point than this one man's will. In his lonely pursuit of accomplishment, his home crowd spanned the globe, cheering him on. This was Capricorn at its highest—ambition, excellence and triumph. It's not warm and familiar, it's awe-inspiring. Tiger belongs on the mountaintop.

Three different Moons, three different results. The Moon sets the mood, and very often, her light illuminates the winner. It is indicative of the public mindset, whether jubiliant, bored or nasty. At the end of the day, sports are a very emotional undertaking and all athletes, whether male or female, are driven by feelings. The course of the Moon allows us to see what kind of emotion will hold sway, and when, and that can be the key to victory.



Courtney Roberts, M.A.,is a writer, teacher, and consultant, originally from Miami, FL. Her work reflects a unique perspective: a real passion for the 'big picture' that combines cosmology, religious studies and history with a lifetime of observing the dynamic interaction of spirit and cosmos.

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