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Three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Aikman is hurting, and so is his team. There was a time, not so very long ago, when Aikman and the Dallas Cowboys dominated the NFL. Now the 33-year old quarterback can barely make it through a week of practice. Last week, at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Aikman’s back pain was too severe for even the Cowboys’ pharmaceutical arsenal, and he was forced out of the game early in the first quarter. His retirement seems imminent, and lamentable, for at an age when many other quarterbacks are still in their prime, there should be a lot more football left in this falling star. Perhaps astrology can help us to chart his trajectory.

Troy Aikman was born on November 21, 1966, at 10:05 am in West Covina, California. His birth chart is uniquely well-organized. The various planets and points are all woven together into interrelated patterns, each separate force integrated into the whole through a network of supportive aspects. The largest pattern consists of the Moon, Ascendant, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Moon’s North Node, all found between 16 and 23 degrees of the water and earth signs. The placements are all linked together through a web of angular aspects; trines, sextiles, oppositions—what affects one affects them all. This unites the disparate forces of the personality into a more functional whole.

At the conscious command of that tight-knit personality is the ego, symbolized by the Sun in the astrology chart. Troy Aikman’s Sun is in Scorpio, conjunct his Venus in Sagittarius, and trine (making a 120 degree angle to) his Jupiter in Leo. Having the Sun so closely involved with benefic (good) planets like Jupiter and Venus is just about as good as it gets. Aikman is handsome, rich, talented, famous, successful, well-educated and well-traveled. Not bad for a boy from Oklahoma. Venus and Jupiter have been very generous with their gifts.

Troy Aikman had won three Super Bowl championships by the time of his first Saturn return. The planet Saturn takes approximately 28 years to orbit the Sun, returning to the place it occupied at our birth sometime between the age of 27 and 30. This is a time when most of us mortal slackers are just getting our first taste of success and maturity. Aikman had already made it to the mountain top. There was only one way to go from there.

Reversal of Fortune

The Cowboys’ fortunes turned after their third Super Bowl victory in January of 1996. What changed? Aikman still has a brilliant chart, but why doesn’t it work for him like it used to? The answer may well lie in the transits, the current positions of the planets as they interact with Troy’s birth chart.

From Aikman’s first Super Bowl victory in January of 1993, through his third in January 1996, transiting Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were all making powerful contacts to the positions in his birth chart. We have already seen how Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are interrelated within Aikman’s chart, so when one is affected by a transit, they all are. In late January of 1993, when Aikman won his first Super Bowl and was voted the most valuable player of the game, transiting Uranus and Neptune were conjunct at 19 degrees Capricorn, aspecting Aikman’s natal network of planets in the earth and water signs.

The situation intensified in January of 1994 as the Cowboys won their second straight Super Bowl. By that time, transiting Pluto in Scorpio had closed in on the conjunction to Aikman’s Scorpio Sun. Pluto packs a punch, imparting power and depth, and is right at home in Scorpio’s dark waters. Aikman’s strength and leadership intensified dramatically during this transit, and he emerged as the most powerful quarterback in the league.

In the meantime, transiting Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, at 23 and 21 degrees respectively, were both making tight aspects to Aikman’s natal Mars, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The Cowboys were stopped one game short of the Super Bowl at the NFC Championship in January 1995, but returned again in January of 1996. At Aikman’s final Super Bowl victory, transiting Pluto was exactly conjunct his natal Venus at 2 degrees Sagittarius.

Since then, Pluto has moved on through Sagittarius, out of range of Aikman’s natal Sun and Venus. Neptune and Uranus have moved into airy Aquarius, no longer aspecting Aikman’s earth and water sign planets. The once dominant Cowboys have come undone, becoming more famous for their off-field legal problems than for their onfield performance. As Pluto moved over Aikman’s natal Sun and Venus, his team ruled the league. While Uranus and Neptune were in Capricorn, aspecting Aikman’s network of water and earth planets, he was right on time and on target. Now, bereft of the planetary assistance, he can barely make it to work.

It always hurts to see a hero go down, but don’t cry for Troy Aikman. He has given us so many great moments and memories, packing so much action into such a short span. Most would be grateful for even a fraction of his success. As the lone Cowboy rides off into the sunset, he’ll be making a stop at the Hall of Fame before heading off to greener pastures and a new frontier.




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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