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Who could have predicted the stunning turnaround in the NFL standings? The 1999 regular season is shattering all expectations with the dramatic collapse of both reigning conference champions, the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons, and the surprising emergence of dark horse darlings like the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans. Certainly, injuries, retirement, trades and the draft all play a role in creating this renewed sense of parity, but there are powerful astrological factors at work as well. An understanding of the signs of the times can not only improve your ability to predict the seemingly unpredictable, but also deepen your appreciation of the game and its personalities.

Jupiter, the largest planet, has a very special relationship to football, exerting an unmistakable influence in the changing fortunes within the league. Jupiter is a beneficial planet, expanding all that it touches. Its larger-than-life influence includes good luck, winning, sports and outdoor activities. Its ever changing position can show which coaches and players are likely to win or to lose. While there is no substitute for hard work and discipline (symbolized by Saturn), winning, especially winning consistently, takes some luck and a positive attitude, and that is Jupiter's domain.

Jupiter's influence is a bit distorted right now due to an adversarial relationship with the planet Neptune, one that astrologers call a square aspect. (A square is a 90 degree angle that represents challenges.) Neptune is associated with the oppressed and helpless; or, in football terms, the underdogs or losers. Neptune clouds the issues and creates sympathy for hard-luck cases. Jupiter and Neptune are going through a crucial attitude adjustment that makes it hard to tell the Davids from the Goliaths, but it won't last forever. We've seen the worst of it already, and by the end of October, the new order will have settled in.

Most professional coaches and players have some type of helpful Jupiter influence in their birth charts, or they couldn't succeed in football. However, those whose birth charts are most influenced by Jupiter's and Neptune's positions now best reflect the prevailing trends of success born from defeat, or vice versa, as both the giants and the giant-killers redefine their respective positions.

Consider Dick Vermeil, head coach of the St. Louis Rams, a truly sad team until this September. The Rams seemed doomed before it even started, after losing newly acquired starting quarterback Trent Green to injury in the preseason. In desperation, he turned to unknown arena bowl quarterback, Kurt Warner; a choice that was rudely second-guessed at the time, but has since proven to be inspired. The once hapless Rams shocked the league with a dominant offense and a 6-1 start. Jupiter has been in a tight alignment with both the Sun and the Moon in Coach Vermiel's birth chart throughout this period.

Norv Turner of the Washington Redskins is another coach who has benefited from Jupiter's largess this season. Jupiter's current position puts it in close contact with important planets in Turner's birth chart. Under the gun from the team's aggressive new ownership, his job security has long been a subject for speculation. The Redskins have been on a scoring spree since starting former Viking quarterback, Brad Johnson, racking up more points than any other team in the league. Their potent offense has already garnered new respect for this formerly lack-luster team.

And what of poor Bobby Ross, head coach of the Detroit Lions, rudely stiffed by the "retirement" of running back Barry Sanders at the start of training camp? Jupiter has been lending its support to both the Sun and Moon in Ross's birth chart. Instead of the predicted collapse, Jupiter's influence has the Lions playing stronger than ever, seemingly turning a negative into a positive.

Jupiter will move on, and by the end of the season his favor will likely fall in a different direction as the new leadership of the NFL emerges. Meanwhile, the influence of the current Jupiter-Neptune stand-off has put a whole new face on the league, raising up the lowly and bringing the mighty to their knees.



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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