The Super Bowl is coming up Sunday after next. I had hoped to be asking sports horary questions re: how the Packers would fare in each playoff game. No such luck!
Instead, when the time gets closer, I will have to cast a sports event chart based on kickoff time and who is favored to win (the Patriots). I've never liked the Patriots, so I will be rooting for the Giants.
A friend of mine had an excellent chance for a ticket to the Super Bowl, had the Packers won. Back on January 3rd this friend asked, “Will the Packers go to the Super Bowl?” (Jan 3, 2012, 8:17 a.m., Milwaukee, WI)
The essence of the question was, "Will the Packers keep winning games?" So I approached the chart just as I would a regular sports horary.
At first glance, Packers and opponents looked evenly matched. But we know that the Packers fell apart and the Giants won handily. Is there anything in the chart that shows this?
The querent is a Packers fan, so Packers get Lord Ascendant, Saturn. Saturn is exalted and placed in 9th, one of the neutral houses for sports horaries. Opponents are the Moon. Moon is also in exaltation, and in the 3rd, another neutral house--hence my thought that it was too close to call.
Reality proved otherwise. What did I miss?
Moon is in the house of its joy, the 3rd. This must have given Moon the edge. It's a good reminder to consider planetary joys when all other factors seem equal.
We could stop there, but let's look at a few other factors.
Saturn, representing the Packers, is near the end of its exaltation at 28 Libra. In retrospect, the short span of degrees left in exaltation was a clue that the Packers would not get to the Super Bowl. Moon, on the other hand, is early in its exaltation—in the first third of the sign. This must be telling us that the Moon will stay strong for a longer period of time.
Moon is also in a fixed sign. Perhaps fixed exaltation is stronger than cardinal exaltation? We’d need to examine more charts of this kind to see if this idea bears out or not.
Moon phase could also have been a factor. At the date/time of the question, Moon was waxing to full. It’s almost trine, one of the stronger places for the Moon to be relative to the Sun. This tells us that the Moon is strong now, but getting stronger still, giving them the edge.
Ah! I've just now noticed that Saturn is approaching station. At the time of the question Saturn was still moving at a good pace, for Saturn--four minutes a day. In a degree’s time, however, Saturn will begin to slow down. Perhaps ‘a degree’ here was the equivalent of ‘a week or two.’ Saturn getting weaker, Moon getting stronger, Moon wins.
One final comment: A glance at the ephemeris shows us that Saturn does not actually leave exaltation this time around. Before it reaches the end of Libra, it will turn retrograde and will stay for quite some time before it eventually leaves the sign. So: Don’t count the Packers out for next year!