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The Ravens rule! Fielding what could be the best defense ever, Baltimore also displayed offensive nerve in what proved to be a much more exciting game than was generally anticipated. Sunday's tournament was full of odd surprises. For instance, who could have predicted Britney Spears and Aerosmith going head-to-head in that offensive match-up? How about our hard-luck hero, Trent Dilfer, growing from chump to champ in one short season?

Congratulations to those who had the chutzpah to vote Ravens' middle linebacker Ray Lewis the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXV. Amidst the constant carping of the media chorus, would it be so politically incorrect to actually say something nice about the guy? Maybe something like, "He didn't do it, okay?" 

With transiting Saturn currently grinding to a standstill right on his natal Taurus Sun, it seems Lewis is coping with the pain and the blame by disciplining himself to dominate in his profession. All the negativity has actually been fueling his achievement. Apparently even the old task-master Saturn is more forgiving than certain sportswriters.

The Magic Moment

While there were a number of high points in the game, the most intriguing, from an astrological perspective, would have to be that third quarter lightning round, when the heretofore three-and-out punt-fest suddenly accelerated to warp speed. Three touchdowns and 21 points were scored in only 36 seconds on the game clock. Now that's weird, under any circumstances, but in the Super Bowl, it's record-setting. Surely there must have been some powerful and unique astrological factors at work, factors that distinguished that moment in time from the other, somewhat less eventful moments during the game.

Astrology Horoscopes: Super Bowl Real-Time ChartsThe most obvious astrological influence at that time, which actually spanned seven minutes from 8:52 to 8:59 pm EST, was the presence of the planet Pluto on the current I.C. The I.C. (from the Latin for Imum Coeli, or bottom of the sky) is one of the four angles, or pivot points, of an astrological chart. It corresponds roughly to where the Sun would be around midnight, (directly underfoot).

Every day as the Earth rotates on its axis, planets rise in the east (the Ascendant), pass the highest point in the sky in the south (the Midheaven, or M.C.), set in the west (the Descendant) and pass below the Earth in the north (the I.C.). These primary four directions mark critical points where planets' energies are emphasized and most likely to produce events.

In fact, wherever you are right now, there is an Ascendant, Midheaven, et al. If a transiting planet approaches one of the current angles in your environment, chances are you will experience some increased manifestation of that planet's influence at that time. You may not recognize it as such, but this continuous circulation of the planets throughout our environment is largely responsible for the ever-changing psychological weather of an average day.

Now, let's suppose it's not an average day at all, but a Super Day, with millions of people watching intently, all around the world. This focus of concentration magnifies the planetary influence. As the various transiting planets circulate through the sky in the course of the three and a half hour game, the ones that do "go angular" should have an especially dramatic influence.

The first touchdown of the game, a lightning strike from the Ravens' Trent Dilfer to the unlikely and unknown Brandon Stokely, occurred at 6:54 pm EST. At that moment, transiting Uranus in Aquarius was tightly conjunct the current Descendant (setting in the west). The next score, a field goal by Matt Stover, took place at 7:52 pm EST, with transiting Jupiter tightly conjunct the current M.C., and gave the Ravens a comfy 10–0 half-time lead.

Pluto Power

No one scored for another hour, until 8:52 pm EST, when the Ravens' Duane Starks intercepted a Kerry Collins pass and ran it back for a Baltimore defensive touchdown. Transiting Pluto in Sagittarius had arrived at the current I.C. and had begun to make its presence felt.

The planet Pluto works as an intensifier. It's a super power in its own right, a regular nuclear reactor of a planetoid, preferring the darkness of the underground to the light of day. Orbiting beyond the pale, Pluto rides the outskirts of the solar system like some lone desperado, controlling, but out of sight.

Pluto is rarely up-front, even in honest Sagittarius. Subversive, underhanded and ruthless, you never see it coming. Sagittarius is a true sporting sign, and Pluto is obsessively competitive there, intensifying the will to win and driving athletes further and harder than ever before.

The three touchdowns scored as Pluto passed over the Super Bowl I.C. serve as perfect examples of Pluto in action. They weren't normal offensive touchdowns. That's not Pluto's style. Instead, in the one interception and two spectacular kickoff returns, we saw a super-charged individual making a super-human effort, grabbing the ball and going against the grain. It makes for some great football, doesn't it?

Now don't get the idea that every time a planet comes to an angle, somebody is going to score. If only it were that simple! However, every time a transiting planet approaches a current angle within a specific environment, its influence will be manifest in some way. It is up to us to recognize and use it, the way Duane Starks, Ron Dixon and Jermaine Lewis took the ball and made the most of their opportunities.



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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