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The most prolific hitter in the history of baseball cannot ever step on a playing field. Nor can he ever be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Or will he be?

Before being banished from baseball, Pete Rose said, “I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball.” Maybe that’s a sure bet in the mind of aggressive Aries, “Charlie Hustle,” Pete Rose (born April 14, 1941, 5:45 am, in Cincinnati, Ohio). But you can also bet others do not remain so convinced. Lingering speculation prompted announcers at the All Star Game in 1999 to question allegations of his gambling.

Charlie Hustle

Pete Rose succumbed to a fate worse than death on August 23, 1987, when he was banned from baseball for life. On September 26, 1997, he applied for reinstatement to the game. Remarkably, nothing happened with the application until recently. With Jupiter, the benefactor and truth teller, crossing over Venus and the Sun in Rose’s chart, justice (a theme of Jupiter) surfaces. Venus correlates with social graces, appropriateness and polite responses. The Sun personifies basic identity. It’s a promising run.

A true-to-form Aries Sun, aggressive to a fault and motivated by his own statistics, Rose played his own game. He also knew it. He once said, “I’m just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and 4,000 hits.” With that quip he demonstrated his uniqueness-seeking Mars in Aquarius (at about the same place as Ken Griffey Jr.’s Mars), and set himself into the unreachable category of superiority that his Aries edge and strong Mars (associated with the sign Aries) unquenchably desired.

Pete Rose incarnated during a difficult generation. The Great Depression still cast a pall over the land. War and rationing seemed to be the fate of the country. Born with three major planets in Taurus: Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus, the institutions of money and providence taught him major lessons. A deeper examination of this trinity addresses the gambling issue with inconclusive results. Uranus, the risk-taker, joins with Jupiter, the justifying, I-make-the-rules planet. On the other side, the rule-abiding, cautious and careful Saturn pulls hard on tethers of responsibility. Rose’s Venus-Sun alignment could throw caution to the wind (look at the Rolls Royce he drove). And his happy-go-lucky Sagittarius  Moon in the deeply passionate Eighth House (associated with big bucks, sex and emotional intensity) demands the ultimate in a free-wheeling lifestyle.

Grand Trines and Grandstands

Pete Rose has a grand trine between the verbally-raucous Mercury in Aries, the emotionally-inflamed Moon in Sagittarius and the ego-driven Pluto in Leo, in the element of fire. Get me the biggest and best. My records will stand through eternity (4,256 hits will last until the cows come home). Maybe it was all too easy for Pete. The energy of a grand trine  moves with ease, effortless grace and that thing called talent. His trine, incidentally, also throws caution out the window. A gambling archetype, this pattern does not insist he gambled, at least not in the way they say he gambled with the game. It simply shows a tendency for his efforts to be smooth as silk. Somehow, with this much ease, one feels driven to add creative tension.

Not even a Hollywood script could have written it better. The most dramatic tension in his career occurred Rose’s son, serving as batboy, watching as Pete Rose claimed the all-time base hit record. The cheering lasted seven minutes. Pete Rose cried. You can safely wager good money that Rose has since shed more than a few tears over his fate in baseball.

Back in the Game

This year, Rose’s three planets in Taurus receive an important conference call as the Sun, Moon and the rest of the planets up through Saturn pass through Taurus. Will he be reinstated? How can it not happen? The American public has learned in the past decades to forgive many more critical transgressions by notable figures. Can we overlook gambling? You bet we can.

Can baseball forgive? It remains a Capricorn institution—big business. And baseball is big business. What’s good for baseball is good for the business of baseball— just sound financial reasoning. The truth be known, no one ever in the history of the game got as many hits as the player known as “Hollywood” (for his brashness, chesty walk, annoyingly excessive hustle and foul mouth). Such a milestone deserves the recognition of the Himalayan quality of the task accomplished. And so does his character.

Baseball’s history consists of a colorful lot of characters. From Cobb to Ruth to Rose, baseball players demonstrate a scrappy way of life. Rose offers baseball a lot of color, like it or not. Soon the Commissioner must pull the Rose thorn from his hand. Forgive and pardon unproven charges. Soon he will see through the color of his glasses that a Rose is still a Rose. And that Rose is the most prolific flower in the garden of baseball history.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Sedgwick began his study of astrology in 1969. He is the author of Astrology of Deep Space, Astrology of Transcendence, The Sun at the Center: A Primer of Heliocentric Astrology, The Galactic Ephemeris (a compilation of over 8,300 points in deep space).

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