Talk about armchair quarterbacking with a twist. Courtney Roberts has an M.A. in cultural astronomy, specializing in the history of astrology in ancient religion with more than 25 years of experience in consulting, teaching, publishing, research and organizational work. Courtney brings a refreshing and unique perspective to the whole idea of cosmic influences in our daily lives.
With football season ready to rumble, I sat down with Courtney to discuss the astrological impact on this year’s NFL lineup. Courtney shares not only predictions, but also looks into the personalities of the players and candidates. I’m not the only person to discuss football with Courtney, she was just on ESPN reporting about astrology and football. If you love the game or have a friend or family member who does, this is one interview not to miss!
Kala: Courtney, nice to chat with you again.. We’ve had you on The Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show as a guest discussing your book, The Star of the Magi and also again to discuss the impact of astrology on the president election in 2009. It’s wonderful to now have you here for my column on the Examiner.
Courtney: Thanks, Kala! It’s great to talk with you again!
Kala: Few people know that I’m a fan of football and have always loved the game. College, Pro, even a backyard game of flag football, I enjoy it all. ESPN recently had you on to discuss astrology and how it can demonstrate real astrological principles in action. Tell us about this, how did you first determine that you could use astrology to predict football and other sports?
Courtney: Kala, I’m excited to learn that you’re such a big football fan! I just love the game, and the people in it. I was first introduced to sports astrology back in 1994, and immediately became fascinated with the proposition that sports presents to astrology. Sports, in general, and football, in particular provide the perfect proving ground for astrology, and a great forum for observing astrological principles in action. It’s one area of human endeavor that is completely objective, verifiable, and timed right down to the very minute. After over a dozen years of observations, I’ve learned so many amazing things about astrology from football, and from watching how all the planetary possibilities play out. While astrology is certainly not the only factor in winning, I can say that it definitely is a factor.
Kala: All right, let’s get right into it. This season, what do you see. Can you give us an astrological rundown on how the season’s going to go?
Courtney: The season gets off to a rather surprising start, with some startling upsets, and grinds down to a grueling end, by January. All in all, a tough season with some difficult disappointments before the eventual champion emerges in February.
Kala: Brett Favre turns 40 in October, reports tell me he was born: October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi. What do you see in his astrological chart that may have caused him to retire from Green Bay in 2008, then come right back out of retirement moving on to the New York Jets in 2008 and now with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009? Why does he push on at his age, when most other quarterbacks have retired at this point in their career?
Courtney: I believe the biggest factor in Brett’s original decision to retire is his birth date – he’s getting on. That’s no surprise, but it’s no secret that Librans are notoriously indecisive. Relationships have so much bearing on anything he does. His relationships in Green Bay were obviously wearing thin, plus he’s worried about spending enough time on his family relationships. Still, once he gets down on the farm, he misses the game, and maybe that’s the most important relationship of all. The guy just loves to play.
Kala: Regarding Brett Favre, he is the only player to win the AP Most Valuable Player three consecutive times and he led the Packers to seven division championships, four NFC championships games and two Superbowls. He holds many NFL records including: most career passing yards, most pass completions, and most career touchdown passes. Like him, love him or despise him, the man has skills. What do you see in his chart that foretold of this and can parents look at charts of their children and see similar potential?
Courtney: Brett has a great chart – again, no surprise there. His combination of the Sun conjunct Jupiter in Libra, in a square aspect/angle to Mars in Capricorn, is just about as good as it gets. He’s gifted, fortunate, attractive, and highly competitive. He’s also been very fortunate in his relationships, beginning with his first coach, his father. There are a number of pro athletes born on or about the same day as Favre, including figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. For success in sports, a strong aspect between the Sun and Jupiter is a big help, and obviously, one would need a very macho, competitive Mars. One word of advice for parents: astrological potential always manifests in action. If your child loves sports, and loves to play, that’s always a good sign.
Kala: This year we celebrate the 50th season of the American Football League. Originally, there were eight charter teams which included the: Buffalo Bills, the Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs), Los Angeles Chargers (now San Diego Chargers), Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans), Boston Patriots (now New England Patriots), Denver Broncos, New York Titans (now New York Jets) and the Oakland Raiders. Any astrological thoughts as to what this particular birthday will bring for these teams? Interesting to me as well, that this season kicks off during a Mercury Retrograde, how will that affect the teams in September?
Courtney: Oh Kala, you are a fan! How exciting: 50 years of AFL football! It was a very Leo league from day one, full of competitive drama, big plays, high-flying offense, and larger than life heroes. I’ve been an AFL gal all my life. The original charter teams are all going through significant reorganizations, just like the rest of us, trying to keep up with the every-changing economic landscape, but make no mistake about it, they’re still going strong. Lamar Hunt and his original partners had the right idea at the right time, and the AFL charts serve as a model for good astrological business organization. You’re right, the season does kick off while the planet Mercury is Retrograde (appears to be moving backwards) but I’m more concerned about a much larger configuration: Saturn in Virgo in opposition (180 degrees from) to the planet Uranus in Pisces. That’s signaling significant upsets and big surprises in store, and it directly affects the birth planets of key figures like Mike Tomlin, the Head Coach of the league’s reigning champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, whatever happens in Sept./Oct. could be old news by January, when an entirely different planetary picture shapes up.
Kala: This season’s SuperBowl, Super Bowl XLIV will be held on February 7, 2010 in Miami, Florida at Dolphin Stadium.
1. What can you tell us astrologically about this date surrounding the SuperBowl…
Courtney: It features some very exact alignments between Jupiter in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn which strongly favor clayers/coaches who were born with Planets in the early degrees of Water signs like Pisces and Scorpio, and Earth Signs like Taurus and Virgo. It also features a very difficult square (90 degree angle) between Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, which puts a rather harsh spotlight on players/coaches with planets at 4 degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). These guys will be playing at the highest level of intensity, but will most likely be frustrated in the end and the championship will go to the guys with the good Jupiter aspects.
Kala: 2. Once the two teams are announced who will play in the Super Bowl, could you look at the date and predict which team would have a better advantage according to the date?
Courtney: I have to say that the Super Bowl tends to be pretty easy to predict, especially on the point spread. That’s mainly because it’s such a big game, with so much attention focused on it that the astrological indicators are quite large. I cast charts for the beginning, middle and end of the game, and analyze the performance of key players within that time frame. It’s a lot more technical than most folks realize, and a lot of math!
Kala: I’ve got to ask about my favorite team, the New Orleans Saints. Any good news for us this year?
Courtney: Oh Kala! You? A Saints fan? They are one team that has an historically documented lack of luck, so I admire your loyalty! They’ve got a good lineup this year, and while it will be far from their worst season, … I daresay their luck will once again run out in the end. Sorry, but, Someday!
Kala: I’m from Louisiana Court, got to love the Saints and LSU, Geaux Tigers! I’m gonna say it, this is the Year for the Saints!
Thanks so much for joining us Courtney for this chat. If your schedule permits, we’d love to bring you back early next year to discuss the two teams who will play in the Superbowl.
Courtney: That’s a great idea. At the beginning of the season, there are so many variables in play that it’s just too early to try to narrow the field down. Once we get to December/January the data becomes a lot more manageable and we can begin to get a lot more specific. So yes, I would love to come back, and I’m always happy to talk about pro Football, America’s game!
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. She is a graduate of the revolutionary Masters program in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University in England, where she developed her specialization in the role of astrology in religion, particularly Persian Zoroastrianism and western monotheism. An avid traveler and world citizen, her fascination with Celtic culture; the language, music, and history, has kept her overseas for years, living in Ireland and Great Britain, while her Buddhist studies led to extended residence in Asia. She maintains a busy schedule, writing, teaching, and lecturing to audiences of every persuasion, all around the world. More info here: www.thestarofthemagi.com
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