My son was recently watching American football on TV and remarked that Tim Tebow was an amazingly spirited, optimistic, inspiring, religious, and unconventional player. He has been nicknamed “God’s quarterback.” I commented that Tebow must have a lot of “Fire” in his chart, the ancient element that symbolizes energy, expansion, enthusiasm, charisma, and the life force itself. Fire is the element of faith and inspiration, and Tebow certainly seems able to light a fire under his teammates.
The fiery war-god Mars, the red planet, enjoys conquests of any type, whether they be in the bedroom, in the sports arena, or on the battle field. In a previous post we looked at the chart of Andrew Embiricos, who has a lot of fire in his chart, which he expressed through the excitement of illicit drugs and a hearty sexual appetite. As I looked over previous posts, I also noticed that Joran van der Sloot has a preponderance of Fire in his horoscope. Unlike Tebow, van der Sloot murders women who excite him whereas Tebow sublimates his Fire energy and slays the opposing team. What they have in common is the thrill of winning the battle and demolishing whoever opposes them. Interestingly, Tebow and van der Sloot were born only 8 days apart. Tebow lacks the close Mercury square Jupiter and Venus square Pluto aspects that are so problematic in van der Sloot’s chart. What a difference a week makes! Astrologer Bob Marks captures this divergence of expression of excess Fire when he writes:
“A majority of planets in Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) can make a person more self-centered. On the positive side, this is confidence, inspiration, self-assuredness. On the negative side, this can be a total lack of empathy, the inability to believe that other people are alive and have rights.” Van der Sloot shows the self-centered lack of empathy that can result from too much Fire in a chart.
Sure enough, after the game I put up his chart and saw Tebow’s remarkable 8 planets in fire signs. The football player was born in the Philippines on August 14, 1987, time not known. I cast a sunrise chart for Makati City, Philippines. The planets’ positions in this chart will be fairly accurate except for the Moon, which ranged from about 18 Aries to 01 Taurus, and Mercury, which ranged from 13 Leo 21 to 15 Leo 23.
This is what astrolibrary.org says about Fire signs: “The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Fire signs respond to energy very quickly. They favor action. They’re ready to go, take a risk, start a business, go on a trip, etc. They are confident, idealistic, intense, and approach life with zest and enthusiasm. Here is energy to conquer, lead, and travel physically and mentally. Aries must act, Leo must lead grandly, and Sagittarius explores unknown places and ideas.”
Here is Tebow’s sunrise chart:
With the abundance of harmonious trine aspects (120 degrees) between his Fire signs, the energy flows freely. Uranus at 22 Sagittarius 21 forms a grand trine with his Aries Moon and Leo Sun (and other planets in Leo), suggesting an easy unconventionality that works like a charm. If he were born at the end of the day, his Moon would be in Taurus, however. In the sunrise chart, the Moon in the religious 9th house is part of a grand trine with the Sun in Leo and Uranus in inspirational Sagittarius, justifying his fame as a quarterback for the deity.
Here is what the Janus Astrology Programs says about his Leo emphasis:
“Your primary motivation in life is to attain recognition and power. You make an immediate impact on others through displaying an authoritative and commanding personality. Self-confident, self-expressive and vital, you carry yourself well and with great dignity. You are often the centre of attention. A capable leader and organizer, people look to you for direction and respect your judgment. You tend to have a sensitive ego and a lot of pride. Arrogance and stubbornness can turn others against you.”
“You realize your primary objectives in life through your own efforts and actions. You are self-motivated and have the power and determination to accomplish your personal aims. Your physical health and vitality also affect your ability to achieve your goals.”
And about his close Sun Trine Uranus aspect:
“You are open to anything contemporary and progressive, including the possibilities offered by modern technology or science. Change rarely fazes you; in fact you tend to welcome it. You have leadership capabilities, because you are adaptable and ready to try new ways of doing things. Keenly intuitive, you seem to have an uncanny sense for the ‘next big thing’. You are an original personality, with insight and the power to reform and carry out innovations. Strong willed and individualistic, you’ll go to great lengths to achieve your personal goals and objectives. You are highly independent and freedom loving, and refuse to be bound by convention.”
On 26 Dec 2011, the day after Christmas, transiting Jupiter turned stationary direct almost exactly conjunct Tebow’s natal Jupiter. Planetary stations are powerful transits that have significant effects. The return of Jupiter to its natal position is a time of optimism, hope, opportunity, and general good fortune. This transiting Jupiter station is trine his natal Mars, indicating success in activities ruled by Mars such as sports and competitions. Here is what CafeAstrology.com says about this aspect:
“Jupiter transits trine natal Mars You feel more confident than usual, and you have a dynamic energy that should be harnessed and directed into something productive. This is a “lucky” time for you (all things equal), although the good energy you attract is most likely due to your own positive expectations. … Your competitive spirit is high, but it’s a non-grating kind that goes over well with others.”
Can anyone doubt that Tim Tebow is living evidence of the validity of astrological symbolism?