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Every Olympic athlete dreams of that “one moment in time,” but only a precious few actually arrive at that golden moment when their dreams come true. It takes a lot to beat the best in the world in any pursuit. Talent, training, perseverance and luck must all combine at just the right time. Surely, astrology plays a role in this, but what are the astrological ingredients of a gold medal moment?

To attempt to answer that question, let’s take a look at some high-profile winning moments from the Sydney Summer Games. Some events draw more attention than others, just as some athletes capture the public’s imagination more than others. It seems that when more public attention is focused on an event, the astrological indicators become much clearer. There is something about that mass concentration of consciousness that coincides with more obvious and exact planetary alignments.

The 100-Meter Sprints

Let’s look at a concrete example. The 100-meter sprints are very popular contests, with the winner claiming the title of “Fastest Man/Woman in the World.” The gold medal winner in the women’s race, Marion Jones, is one of the most high-profile athletes in Sydney. Our first chart is a biwheel, with the chart for the exact moment of the race in the inner wheel and on the angles, while the birth chart of Marion Jones is placed around it in the outer wheel.

To get to the Olympics, Jones, and any other athlete, had to sacrifice and train for years. But once they arrive, to perform at their best they need good transiting aspects. This means that the current positions of the planets need to form certain angular relationships to the planets of their birth charts. Astrologers measure the angular relationships between planetary positions, and they call these relationships “aspects.” Exact transiting aspects to an athlete’s natal planets set up a powerful exchange between the individual and the current environment.

Marion Jones was receiving a lot of planetary assistance when she won her first gold medal in the 100 meters. Transiting Jupiter at 11 degrees Gemini makes a harmonious trine (120 degree) aspect to her natal Mercury at 11 degrees Libra. The trine is considered the most fortunate or flowing aspect, linking planets in signs of the same element. Transiting Venus at 28 degrees Libra makes another exact trine aspect to her natal Mars at 28 degrees Gemini, while transiting Mars closes in on a conjunction to her natal Venus at 5 degrees Virgo. Even the transiting Moon’s North Node, angular at the event chart IC, makes an exact trine to Jones’ natal North Node at 22 degrees Scorpio.

An Extra Boost for Jones

But aspects, while vitally important, are only part of the picture. To really perform at his best, an athlete needs to be in a good, angular position within the current, or real-time, chart. In natal astrology, the angles, or pivot points, of a chart—the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant and IC—are considered to be especially sensitive or influential. Natal planets placed near an angle take on extra significance within a birth chart. But the angles in any chart are especially influential, including the chart for right here, right now. An athlete’s chances of performing at his best are greatly increased when the planetary positions in his birth chart occupy one or more of the current angles.

Even a quick glance at our first chart reveals that Marion Jones has a distinct astrological advantage in racing at that exact moment. She was born with a natal Sun-Jupiter opposition, from Libra to Aries, and that opposition spans the Ascendant-Descendant axis of the race chart (while also aspecting transiting Uranus in Aquarius.) This was her race, and she smoked the rest of the field.

The Thorpedo

The Australians enjoyed a high-profile victory when their "Thorpedo", Ian Thorpe, won his first gold medal on the first day of the swimming competition. Our next biwheel depicts his victory in the same real-time format, with the chart for the winning moment in the inner wheel and on the angles, and the birth chart of Thorpe displayed around it in the outer wheel.

Thorpe was born when Mercury was at the Midheaven in Libra, adding extra significance to that angle in his birth chart. Both his natal Mercury and Midheaven are angular at the current Descendant, and trine transiting Neptune in Aquarius. He has plenty of exact transiting aspects, too. In Libra, transiting Mercury is conjunct his natal Venus while transiting Venus is conjunct his natal Sun. Transiting Mars is conjunct his Leo Moon, while the transiting Moon in Aries exactly trines his natal Neptune at 24 degrees Sagittarius.

The athlete’s birthdates are available in their bios at Perhaps an understanding of the astrological forces involved can help you to plan more “golden moments” of your own!




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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