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All across this great land, football fans are rejoicing at the opening of training camps as the giants of this peculiarly American game return to their respective battle stations. The satisfying, bone-rattling crunch of the scrimmage once again thrills the hearts of the football faithful. With the first NFL exhibition games scheduled for this weekend, and the regular season starting in September, let's take a look at some of the more important astrological alignments that are coming up during the season. Perhaps we can gain some extra insight into how our favorite teams will fare.

The big football news for fall from an astrological point of view is the Jupiter-Pluto opposition. You're going to be hearing a lot about this alignment over the coming months, so we might as well start now. These two planets will initially oppose each other from 10 degrees Gemini (Jupiter) to 10 degrees Sagittarius (Pluto) on September 4, coinciding not only with the start of the NFL regular season, but also with the Sydney Olympics. Obviously, September will be a big month for sports, with enthusiasms running high and an oversized emphasis on athletic competitions.

When it comes to sports, Jupiter is what I like to refer to as the MVP—the most valuable planet. Expansive and lucky, Jupiter rules travel, the freedom of the great outdoors and the exhilaration of physical exercise. Pluto in Sagittarius is a sports superpower, obsessively applying the latest knowledge and smashing records as it goes. Paired with Jupiter in Gemini, we should expect to witness new records in many events, especially the shorter, faster races. We should also expect to see the results of technical and medical advances that will drive the competition to heretofore unheard-of heights.

The Jupiter-Pluto opposition will set the tone for the entire NFL season, occurring not only at the start of the regular season in September, but lining up again on October 13. This second opposition, also at 10 degrees Gemini-Sagittarius, takes place because Jupiter goes retrograde on September 29. From our earthling perspective, Jupiter appears to slow down, stop, and then start moving backward. That’s not really what is happening, it's just our perspective. However, it does make a significant difference in Jupiter's earthly influences. This repeated emphasis on that 10th-11th degree of Gemini-Sagittarius puts a spotlight on coaches and players who feature those degrees prominently in their natal charts.

Of course, it's all very well and good to win in September and October, but most would prefer to stick it out for those January victories. By mid-December, Jupiter will have backed up to 4 degrees Gemini, where it will be in a harmonious trine aspect to Neptune in Aquarius. Then, in January, Jupiter will once again slow down and stop, this time turning direct and moving forward again. Jupiter will spend most of January stalled out and dawdling at 1 degree Gemini, again creating tremendous opportunities for those coaches and players whose natal charts feature that degree. So this information should narrow our search considerably!

We will be taking a look at various coaches and players over the coming weeks, comparing their natal charts to the upcoming alignments. While hardly a definitive analysis, these important transits can reveal a lot about the season. There's no substitute for hard work and talent, but in order for a team to go all the way, good transits can make all the difference. So enjoy the games, and may the best team win!



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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