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Consider Norv Turner, the head coach of the Washington Redskins. In the wake of his team’s aggressive off-season acquisitions of pricey superstars and free agents, he finds himself in a uniquely difficult situation, the kind that only vast amounts of money can buy. To those who have had to live without it, money seems like the ultimate antidote, the quick answer to life’s problems. However, the steady application of cold, hard cash to any afflicted area—for instance, the Redskins’ defense—can potentially cause as many problems as it solves. Everything comes at a price.

There’s certainly no shortage of funds around the Redskins organization these days. Owner Daniel Snyder is one of the first of a rising breed of Gen X, NFL owners. A brash new member of an exclusive old club, he is committed to doing everything his way to buy back the team’s former glory. You can’t fault his energy and commitment. Oddsmakers like the revamped Redskins, and many are picking them to go all the way, but what if they don’t? What then for Norv Turner? What if, after all is said and done, you can build a great team, but you can’t buy one?

I have to ask these questions because, from a strictly astrological point of view, this might not be Turner’s best year. Norv Turner was born on May 17, 1952, at 1:38 am EST in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He not only has the Sun in Taurus, but Mercury, Jupiter and Venus as well. The pressure is certainly on, because Saturn, the cosmic taskmaster, has been lingering in Taurus for some time. In late November and early December 2000, transiting Saturn, moving retrograde, will back right over Turner’s natal Sun at 26 degrees Taurus. Transiting Saturn conjunct the natal Sun, while potentially a time of great achievement and responsibility, can also be pretty depressing.

Saturn typically gets the blame for a lot of problems, and let’s face it, he is hardly the “happy planet.” For that, you want Venus and Jupiter, astrology’s benefics. Saturn, and his cohort Mars, are traditionally considered the bad guys, or the “malefics.” Whereas Jupiter expands whatever it touches, Saturn, the ringed planet, contracts, limits and restricts. Jupiter grants opportunities, Saturn burdens with obligations and responsibilities. Jupiter is lucky, Saturn can be downright difficult. Those difficulties don’t arise just to grieve us, but are more often the natural consequences of our own immaturity. Saturn imposes necessary limits to instill strength, patience and discipline, to help us to be more realistic. Great success is often born from the lessons learned in dismal failure.

Saturn in Taurus has been bearing down on Turner during the last two NFL seasons, in the form of his wealthy, demanding new owner. There is no sign more concerned with the issues of wealth and ownership than Taurus, the original earth sign—except, perhaps its opposite sign, Scorpio. Between the two of them, they cover all the ground from personal finances to investment banking. Scorpio's specialty is joint resources, bringing other people's money together to increase buying power.

Norv Turner has Scorpio well represented in his birth chart too, with the planet Mars, Scorpio’s traditional ruler, in Scorpio in exact opposition to his natal Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus. This tends to create a perpetual link, as well as potential conflict (opposition), between his personal wealth (Taurus) and the investments or OPM that we associate with Scorpio. So while Saturn has been conjunct Turner’s natal Taurus planets and opposed his Scorpio one, it’s been tightening the screws. As head coach, Turner is personally responsible for Snyder’s investment, and Snyder wants immediate and ambitious results.

Can They Do It?

So are the Redskins that good? They were good last season, but so were the Rams and the Bucs. The Vikings, Giants and Bears have all improved, and even the Panthers and the lowly Eagles are going to make some noise this season. With Saturn crossing back over Turner’s Taurus Sun late in the season, we might expect to see some challenging conditions that affect his authority and control over the team. We can expect a professional like Turner to buckle down and do the hard work necessary to get the job done. He’ll be responsible and dedicated, but will he be lucky enough to satisfy Snyder? Has Snyder mortgaged the team’s future by saddling them with aging and expensive superstars, instead of building from the ground up and nurturing his young talent?

Norv Turner’s position in some ways reflects what all of us are undergoing with Saturn in Taurus. Each of us is experiencing increased responsibilities for the bounty of resources around us, relative to our own charts and our own lives. These Taurean benefits all come with strings attached. Saturn wants a good return on his investment, and he is holding us all personally responsible! I don’t doubt that Norv Turner can give Snyder a good return on his investment, but a trip to the Super Bowl? I think that lies a little further afield, somewhere within Jupiter’s domain.




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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