As NFL teams
go, the Baltimore Ravens occupy their own unique category. In a controversial
move that’s still enough of a hot topic to incite barroom brawls in certain
parts of the American midwest, the former Cleveland Browns abandoned the
Dawg Pound in 1995, forsaking the fans and the city that loved and needed
them so. It’s hard enough to manage an expansion team, but how do you
get out of a karmic doghouse like that?
like the Baltimore fans aren’t familiar with that fear of abandonment.
It’s also not just a little ironic that they got the same treatment, once
upon a midnight weary in 1984, when their beloved Colts bolted and ran
away to Indianapolis. In a new twist on “what-comes-around-goes-around,”
Baltimore didn’t think twice about taking Cleveland’s team, but you know
somebody’s conscience had to be haunted by more than a twinge of guilt.
How else do you explain the goth moniker? Regardless of how proud the
town fathers feel about Poe’s place in the literary pantheon, how inspiring
is a football team named for some creepy crow in the corner, constantly
carping on your tragic loss?
made up my mind not to like them from the very first. It just seemed all
wrong. But that was then. This is now. Whoever he works for, there’s just
something very right about the Ravens’ head coach, Brian Billick. A Pisces,
born February 28, 1954, at 11:53 pm EST in Fairborn, Ohio, Billick is
widely regarded as both an offensive genius and a genuinely nice guy.
Billick was the brains behind the record-setting Minnesota
Vikings offense in 1998. So how did this points-meister wind up
heading a team feared for their suffocating defense, but whose offense
hasn’t scored a single touchdown in their last three games?
the Ravens, “Never Score!”
defense pitched three shutouts in the first six games. Admittedly, two
of them were against the Cincinnati Bungles and the Cleveland Clowns,
easily the two worst teams in the NFL, but an impressive feat, nonetheless.
Meanwhile, the offense, presumably Billick’s forte, started strong under
quarterback Tony Banks, but seems to have lately pulled a “Lenore.” Can
Coach Billick resurrect the dead in time to save this once promising season?
heard a lot in recent weeks about the current opposition between
Jupiter in Gemini and Pluto in Sagittarius. It has been a dominant astrological
influence lately, affecting everything in general, and Brian Billick in
particular. The Jupiter-Pluto opposition occurred at 10 degrees of Gemini
and Sagittarius. Because Coach Billick was born with his natal Mars at
10 degrees Sagittarius, and his natal Sun and Mercury at 10 degrees Pisces,
the Jupiter-Pluto opposition has had a particularly strong impact on him.
Gemini has formed a 90-degree square aspect to his Pisces Sun and Mercury,
while exactly opposing his natal Mars. Meanwhile, transiting Pluto has
been conjunct his natal Mars while also forming the 90-degree square aspect
to his Pisces Sun and Mercury. On the one hand, this configuration has
intensified both his focus and his energy (Mars). His team has “arrived,”
and he along with it. But it has also been very troublesome, as squares
is always difficult. If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right. However,
the Ravens’ offensive misfirings have been nothing less than embarrassing
in recent weeks. Tempers are flaring, accusations are flying. At this
new plateau in the team’s development, the life-or-death, regenerative
influence of Pluto seems to be driving them back to square one. They may
need to break it back down to build it back up.
a lot of fingers are pointing in the direction of quarterback Tony Banks.
An Aries, born April 5, 1973, at 10:48 pm PST in San Diego, California,
Banks has the dubious distinction of being the former quarterback of the
St. Louis Rams. The Rams parted ways with this Aries, and the rest is
history. There is no shortage of talent in Banks’ chart, but talent is
no substitute for execution and consistency on the field.
features a brilliant combination of fire and air. His Sun-Venus-Chiron
conjunction in Aries is forming both a harmonious trine, or 120 degree
angle, to his fiery Sagittarius Ascendant, and a sextile (60-degree angle)
to his Saturn in Gemini on his Descendant. These unusually close alignments
are an indication of an inspired and integrated personality. The tight
conjunction of Mars and Jupiter at 7 degrees of Aquarius is linked by
another helpful sextile, or 60-degree angle, to his Neptune at 7 degrees
Sagittarius. Sometimes helpful aspects like trines and sextiles make it
so easy to be good that it’s hard to be great. Will Banks ever be able
to fully implement all this dynamic potential?
most productive time may well be next season. He will get a tremendous
planetary boost when transiting Pluto in Sagittarius, now at 11 degrees,
finally arrives at his Ascendant (15 degrees Sagittarius) in December
2001. At the same time, transiting Neptune will be at 7 degrees Aquarius,
conjunct his Jupiter and Mars. If the Ravens continue to develop their
offense around him, they could be flying high in the playoffs next season. It takes time for a team to "jell"—for the individual parts to blend and complement each other—especially if there are outside distractions, such as bad football karma. The Ravens are just starting to spread their wings. If they continue to develop their offense around Tony Banks, they should be flying high in the playoffs next season.