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It’s not the Heat, it’s the humidity, or so they say in New York, now that Miami has wilted and washed out of the playoff race. No, we’re right back to where we left off last year, with the Knicks once again battling the Indiana Pacers for the Eastern Conference Championship. And once again, the most hated man in Madison Square Gardens returns to torment Knicks fans. Pacers guard Reggie Miller is back where he belongs, waging a war of attrition against the mighty, many-headed Knickerbockers. Not unlike the mythical Hydra, no matter how many Knicks he knocks off, (and let’s face it, the New York bench is starting to resemble a M.A.S.H. unit) another one springs up in his place to continue the fight.

The New York crowd is single-minded in their contempt. They love to hate Reggie Miller, and he loves their hate right back at ‘em. He feeds on it, and their passion inspires his legendary playoff heroics, dashing their dreams, driving daggers into their ever-loving hearts. But what is it about this man that attracts so much emotion, so much vitriol, so much good, old-fashioned, carpet-chewing outrage?

Perhaps his natal Mars in Scorpio placed in broad view, exactly on his Midheaven, for all the world to see? Reggie Miller was born on August 24, 1965, at 4:39 pm PDT, in Riverside, California. He is a Virgo (Sun) with Moon in Leo and Capricorn on the Ascendant, but the most outstanding feature of his birth chart is that intense Mars, powerful in its own sign of Scorpio, sitting exactly on the most public, prominent point of his chart. The Midheaven marks the point of the Sun’s culmination in the sky. It’s where you would see the Sun at noon, or midday. In a birth chart, the Midheaven influences a person’s career, status or public persona. It’s hard to hide anything at the Midheaven, for it is very much in the public domain.

With the macho planet Mars so well placed and so visible, Miller is not only fiercely competitive, but he serves as a sort of lightning rod for the public’s darker passions. People just naturally project their own anger, jealousy, intensity—all of their own Scorpio depths— onto him. And for that, perhaps we should all be grateful! He’s something of a Scorpio clearinghouse, and in that sense, could be singularly responsible for decreasing the rate of violent crime in New York City during the playoffs. Well, think about it.

Miller is not the type to begrudge the public their therapy. Reggie actually relishes his role. In fact, he entitled his autobiography I Love Being The Enemy. The challenge of all that negative attention is the secret of his success. Miller is the first to admit that the extra emotion his presence generates pushes him past his own limits. He has a very public Leo Moon, in the Seventh House of relationships, which helps to create a type of symbiotic feedback loop with the crowd. The more they oppose him, the better he plays, so he doesn’t hesitate to incite their ire. It’s fuel for his engine.

Does this make him a bad person? Of course not. Off the court, he’s a fairly normal guy—just intensely competitive. He comes from a successful and highly respected family. His brother Darrell was a professional baseball player and his sister, Cheryl Miller, is one of the most famous women in American basketball. She is currently Head Coach and General Manager of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and is also well-known as a broadcaster and Olympic gold medalist. Reggie won his own gold medal representing the U.S. in 1996. With his natal Moon in Leo in the very public Seventh House, we could safely assume that their mother was a positive, outgoing person who took a lot of pride in her family.

Miller enters the last years of his career still hungering for that NBA championship. In all likelihood, it’s not going to happen this year. As long as Shaquille O’Neal is in the league, Miller may remain the ultimate outsider, the bad guy in the black hat, the antihero blocking the path of the real champion. It’s a role he plays to Virgo perfection, and when he finally hangs up his sneakers at the end of the day, it will be all glory and no shame. He has played a major role in the development of the modern game and we should all be grateful for the adventures we have shared with this man that we so love to hate.



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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