With everything going on in the NFL right now, I've been commenting on the astrology of various charts involved for Roger Goodell, Ray Rice, Steve Bisciotti, Adrian Peterson (you can read the blog post HERE). The astrology of it all has piqued my interest (it's actually odd I haven't done this before given how much I love sports and astrology!), so I decided to go further and see if there is a "natal" chart for the NFL. Since the problems are plaguing the entire league, with players from various teams in trouble, this seems to be more than just a few guys with bad aspects. It feels like a total league thing. So I wanted to see about constructing an NFL natal chart.
Figuring out the data to use for the birth of the NFL was a little tricky. The NFL was originally created in 1920, and there was apparently a meeting for a meeting, with the group originally coming together August 20th to put something together, but things officially coming together on September 17th. The NFL holds September 17th as it's official birth date. I did think about instead using the first game played that counted in the standings (September 26th), but there's no time for when that game began. I also considered using the date for the first ever professional football game played (November 12th 1892), but that wasn't a direct descendant of the NFL, which was the American Professional Football Association, and that was officially created September 17th 1920. The time for that meeting, according to the Minutes of Meeting papers, was 8:15PM. This is the only date that has a time. The chart is below:
Once I evaluated this chart and started looking at aspects, returns, progressions, it became clear that this is the natal chart for the NFL. It shows so much of what's going on right now, it's scary!
First, looking at the aspects occurring to this chart right now, I immediately realized that transit Pluto is quincunx Neptune, which rules the 12th house in the chart. The 12th house rules hidden things, and is the house of self undoing. Quincunxes are erratic energy. This problem that the NFL has tried to hide is coming out erratically, and causing it's unraveling. With Neptune involved, it's having a hard time grasping things. Transit Pluto is also in the 9th house - legal problems!
Transit Neptune, which has been causing problems in Goodell's chart, is opposite Jupiter, which rules the 8th house in the chart and is in the 5th house. I think the term "violent love" with this coupling. The 5th house is the house of love, and the 8th house rules violence.
Transit Uranus is opposite Venus, which is a planet that comes up big right now. Venus is important in this chart because Taurus is on the 1st house, so Venus rules the 1st house of the self. Venus is also co-ruler of the 6th house of work. So this came out suddenly, unexpectedly, rocking their world. Transit Uranus is in the 12th house, suddenly taking those skeletons out of the closet.
The upcoming Mercury retrograde will occur entirely in the 6th house of the chart, signaling a big change of what they're thinking now. The beginning of the retrograde (October 4th) makes easy aspects, semisextile the Moon and Mercury, but the end of the retrograde (October 25th) is conjunct Venus. So perhaps they think things will be okay at the beginning of the month, but it gets crazy by the end.
The lunar eclipse is also important here. I've talked about the tie with this eclipse, Uranus being conjunct now stimulating it, and the end of the Mercury retrograde next month being opposite it adding in some wackiness, and that if you have anything between 13-17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, it's getting hit by all this action. Well, Venus in this chart is at that crisis point, sitting at 15 degrees Libra. It's being opposed by Uranus now, will be conjunct the end of the Mercury retrograde next month, and is opposed by the lunar eclipse next month. With Venus ruling the 1st house of the self, that's why it's rocking the NFL so hard. And the lunar eclipse will occur where? The 12th house. They can't hide this.
And the full moon on September 8th in Pisces - it helped stimulate Ray Rice reaping what he sowed, but it also hit the NFL natal chart by squaring Saturn. Saturn rules the 10th house in the chart, which rules public image. So of course that's taken a hit.
The NFL chart has a mutable t-square in it, with Jupiter in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces square Moon in Sagittarius. This is interesting because Roger Goodell has a mutable grand square falling right on it, with Pluto in Virgo opposite Mercury (and potentially Sun) in Pisces square Jupiter in Sagittarius opposite Mars in Gemini. His Mars in Gemini falls on the empty leg of the NFL chart. Transit Neptune is currently activating the NFL t-square and Goodell's grand square, opposite the NFL's Jupiter, conjunct Goodell's Mercury, and square his important Mars.
One of the first reasons why I thought this date made sense was because that would mean a solar return would be coming in a few days, and all of this action right now feels like something around a return to me. Here is the solar return chart:
Immediately, you can see that the AC/DC axis for this return is at 0 degrees Capricorn/Cancer, which is a critical degree - crisis energy! And with Capricorn on the 1st house of the self, concern about public image; with Cancer on the 7th house of relationships, regarding people's family relationships. That's even more focused with the Moon in Cancer in the 7th house, and the location of the Moon can show the emotional focus of the return. I also think the Moon in this chart is conjunct Goodell's natal Moon (depends on his time of birth).
The Sun is conjunct the 9th house cusp, and the AC is conjunct the natal 9th house cusp, showing legal problems. The ruler of the chart, Saturn, is conjunct the 11th house cusp, which could be showing the public backlash. It could indicate that they have a smaller audience over the next year (though that seems doubtful). Jupiter is on the 8th house cusp, which can show they still make money through it all. It can also show that the violence (8th house) is far from being an isolated incident, with Jupiter being the planet of expansion (the league-wide problem). With Vertex, a point of destiny, also on the 8th house cusp, this has a fated quality to it.
Mercury is on the MC, so messaging is important. Part of Fortune is conjunct both, which is good for success and image, so they can come back from this. Mercury in the natal chart is square the solar return AC/DC though, which is contributing to the messaging problem.
There's also a grand square in the solar return chart, with Mercury in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries square Moon in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn. In cardinal signs, there's a lot of energy, but it's hard to actually do anything with it because you want to do too much. This could show that the league ends up throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the problem over the next year to try and make things right, but nothing really sticks.
I also wanted to pull up the latest lunar return chart. Lunar returns occur every month, and can be instigators. The latest lunar return was September 1st. Chart below:
The Sun in the lunar return chart falls on the 9th house cusp, just like the Sun in the solar return chart does. The Moon is conjunct the 12th house cusp of hidden things, endings, self undoing. Mercury is at the anaretic degree, 29 degrees, in Virgo and the 9th house. The anaretic degree is a crisis point, and with Mercury, it explains the bad communications (with Virgo, missing the details too).
The AC in the lunar return chart is conjunct Ray Rice's Saturn, the planet of restrictions and limitations and paying for irresponsibility. Both the AC in the lunar return chart and Rice's Saturn were squared by the full moon on September 8th in Pisces. So it makes sense that this return coupled with the full moon brought the focus to him, and he got his career taken away from him (at least for now).
And this chart has another thing we've discussed - a mutable t-square! Sun and Venus in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces square Moon in Sagittarius, so just like the NFL natal chart, the empty leg is Gemini, which Goodell's mutable grand square fills with his Mars, getting hit by Neptune. Boom goes the dynamite?
A look at the progressed chart for the NFL also has some telling features. The chart below:
Quite a bit jumped out here! The first thing I noted was that the progressed Moon is currently conjunct the progressed Midheaven. Talk about complete focus on public image! They're all anyone can talk about, thank you progressed Moon on the MC (and in Aries, that's one of the signs ruling violence). That'll continue to be the case through October. The progressed Moon is at 28 degrees right now, and will be at 29 degrees for the month of October. When a progressed planet is at 29 degrees, the anaretic degree, it's big energy, change. I gotta say, I'll be surprised if Goodell keeps his job with everything I'm seeing. Big change coming for the NFL with this, the eclipse, the retrograde.
Add to that the Sun, which is also currently at 28 degrees. It goes to 29 degrees October 26th (will that be around when Goodell loses his job?), and will stay there for one year. This would show the NFL totally revamping itself over the next year. When your progressed Sun is at 29 degrees, you have to look at yourself, assess what you want to change, and start finishing one chapter and starting another. Add to that the Midheaven, which is also at 28 degrees, and will be at 29 degrees all of 2015. The MC rules your public image, which again goes to the NFL changing itself.
And the progressed Venus is currently right on the DC! Venus in the natal NFL chart is the one being hit like crazy now. With progressed Venus on the DC, the NFL has to work on improving its relationship with others - this can be through trying to work on helping players behave better (couple's counseling, anger management, or whatever they come up with), or through trying to improve their relationship with the public, especially women with Venus involved. How fitting?
Taking a quick look at upcoming lunar returns, another occurs September 28th with Saturn on the DC, showing more problems with the public, and more squeezing on the commissioner. Another occurs October 26th, right around the time things seem to be looking to burst, and in that chart, Neptune is on the DC - dissolving the relationship with the commissioner? Another option - Ray Rice's suspension is overturned, and it doesn't go over well with the league looking out of touch with reality.