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The NFL has done a head-spinning 180 during the past season. It was only a few, short months ago that high-scoring, speedy offenses like the Rams and Vikings ruled the day. These polished point machines seemed unbeatable, even though both defenses were a bit suspect. The forces of football evolution must have hit fast-forward because suddenly we have seen the dawn of the ultimate defense, grounding the high-flying favorites with the kind of no-scoring trench warfare that has brought the Giants and the Ravens to the Super Bowl.

No offense to the Baltimore offense, but are they even necessary? The Ravens’ impenetrable defense, in the course of setting a new league record for the least points allowed in a season, generally outscores and outgains their offensive unit. The Giants, under quarterback Kerry Collins, have a somewhat more capable strike force, but that’s not how they shut out the Vikings and shut down the Eagles.

An Awesome Defense

There is a definite astrological correlation to this striking turn of events, and it centers on the planet Saturn. Currently in the stubborn, earthy sign of Taurus, Saturn is the planet of limits and restrictions. Saturn’s favorite word is “no”, and in Taurus, it flatly refuses to give ground.

Astrology Horoscope: The Ravens Saturn is currently at a standstill, or station, on a crucial point within the Ravens’ team chart. The Baltimore Ravens took the field for their first game on September 1, 1996, at 1:00 pm in Baltimore. At that time, the sign Scorpio was rising in the east, and Taurus was setting in the west, putting the team Ascendant, or rising sign, at 25 degrees Scorpio.

Directly opposite the Ascendant is the team’s Descendant, at 25 degrees Taurus. The Descendant is the part of the chart that marks the place where the Sun sets, or descends. It is the beginning of the Seventh House, and as such, is associated with relationships, partners, encounters and open enemies. It is that point where the individual comes into contact with significant others.

Currently, transiting Saturn, at 24 degrees Taurus, is slowing to a stop on the Raven’s Descendant. As Saturn slowly grinds its way across this point in space, the Ravens have displayed a mastery of the Saturnine arts of limitation and restraint, specifically in contention with their opponents and open enemies! Taurus is the primary earth sign, and the Baltimore defense has been particularly efficient in stopping the ground game. Nobody has been able to run on them all season, and they have faced the league’s best.

Linebacker Ray Lewis

Astrology Horoscope: Ray LewisThe undisputed leader of the Ravens’ D is the controversial middle linebacker, Ray Lewis. Lewis is a Taurus, born May 15, 1975 in Lakeland, Florida, and his natal Sun at 24 degrees Taurus is conjunct both the Ravens’ Descendant and the current position of Saturn. This Saturn transit has united Lewis and his teammates at this time into the leagues’ stingiest and most unforgiving defense ever.

Saturn has also united them through trials of a more serious nature. Saturnine circumstances in the aftermath of last year’s Super Bowl left Lewis bound and shackled with two charges of murder. He didn’t do it, and I never believed that he did, but the stigma, and the painful need for self-justification, remain.

Quarterback Trent Dilfer

With the proper discipline and effort, Saturn promises mastery, but not always success. Some of Saturn’s most painful, enduring, but ultimately, successful lessons come through abject failure. Failure can strip a man of everything, forcing him to start over from nothing. That’s how Ravens’ quarterback Trent Dilfer started the season. Stripped of his job, his pride and his starting position with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Dilfer had to start all over as a backup on the Ravens’ bench. When Tony Banks slid into a midseason swoon, they turned to Dilfer to get the job done.

Astrology Horoscope: Trent DilferDilfer is a Pisces, born March 13, 1972, at 3:06 pm PST in Santa Cruz, California. He may never be a “great” quarterback, but he is a great guy, and he has proven his basic decency time and time again in some tough situations.

Back in 1995, Saturn was in Pisces, and, like Ray Lewis now, Dilfer struggled with the transit of Saturn over his natal Sun. That’s when (then) Bucs coach Sam Wyche promoted the young quarterback to the starting position. In another Saturn-related event, Dilfer became a father, and the responsibilities were piling on. It was all too much at the time. He needed a few seasons on the bench to mature and develop, but instead, he was thrust into the fire. He struggled in Tampa for four disappointing seasons, finally losing his job to rookie Shaun King in 1999. Through it all, Dilfer was an affable and gracious leader in the community, never resorting to bitterness or blame.

Now, in one of the crowning ironies of the season, Trent Dilfer returns to his old stadium in Tampa, quarterbacking the Super Bowl favorites. With a little help from transiting Jupiter (currently conjunct his natal Saturn), he has found a team (and a team chart) that fits him and his limited style of play. Running more of a “prevent offense,” he doesn’t need to score a lot of points, as long as he avoids mistakes and turnovers.

What About the Big Game?

Astrology Horoscope: Super Bowl 2001In this defensive death match, where kickers can outshine quarterbacks, both teams may struggle for enough points to get a result. The truth is, chicks dig offense, but defense wins games. The big game is scheduled to kick off at 6:25 pm EST, shortly after the Aquarius Sun sets. Mars, the planet of competition and war, will be in passionate Scorpio, where it can get pretty intense, and it is also finishing a tense 90-degree angle to the wild card, Uranus in Aquarius. Since Uranus is the planet of surprises, this could portend some unusual goings on, especially as Uranus sets on the Descendant, probably during the latter part of the first quarter.

This square between Mars and Uranus could particularly affect the Ravens’ quarterback Trent Dilfer because his birth Mars at 21 degrees Taurus is at odds with both planets, and that’s a pretty volatile combination. Expect the unexpected with Uranus—odd turnovers or penalties are common with its transits—whereas a difficult Mars aspect can actually hurt, and could signify a potential injury.

The end of the game should come around 9:45 pm EST, just as both Venus (the things we love) and the Moon (emotions) in Pisces are setting on the Descendant. This should be a big, emotional finish, and one that probably hinges on the kicking game. Both teams’ kickers are locked into this end-of-game configuration, and they both have some odd aspects. However, I would have to give the edge to Brad Daluiso of the Giants. Even though the Ravens are favored to win, the Giants have a real opportunity here.

The Moon in Pisces at the end of the game happens to be occupying the same degree (29) as it did when our recent presidential election went into overtime. At the very end of the twelfth sign, the Moon must cross the invisible border into Aries before it begins to interact with the other planets again and form aspects. This condition is known as “void-of-course,” and it is traditionally considered to be inconclusive or confusing. The idea is that some time must pass, or something else must happen, before the result can be determined. Overtime is certainly a possibility here, and if that comes to pass, it again puts more emphasis on the kicking game.

In spite of the many complaints about a boring match up, I suggest you don’t miss this one, especially the finish. This looks like a tight match with a thrilling climax, and while the Ravens are the obvious favorites, they don’t have any kind of a lock on this thing. The Giants have a shot here. Will they make the most of their opportunity? Let’s watch the game!



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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