I don’t usually do charts for sporting events, partly because I haven’t found a reliable astrological method and don’t want to make a fool of myself. By chance alone you have a 50/50 chance of either looking like a brilliant tarot reader or astrologer or else looking like a complete idiot because you got it wrong. It’s hard to take credit for a prediction when half the population can get it right by simply tossing a coin.
An exception is when someone asks a sincere question about an event that has emotional significance for them. In such a case the conditions for a legitimate horary question are met, and I will cast a chart and read it as a horary.
My son is an avid Patriots fan, and the odds makers favored the Patriots to win the Superbowl. On Monday, 30 January 2012, my son and I were talking about the Superbowl. At 8:05 PM EST he asked me to do a chart about the outcome. His motives were sincere and genuine. Basically, he wanted to quell his anxiety about the outcome. The Patriots are his favorite team, and he really wanted them to win. I cast the horary chart, fully expecting that it would show victory for the Patriots. Here is the chart:
I used Regiomontanus houses because Lilly used them, and he is my favorite horary author. It was a Moon day during a Moon hour, which seemed appropriate for a matter of such emotional importance to my son. The Moon conjoined the 9th cusp of prediction and forecasting, so the symbolism fit. The ASC ruler is Mercury, which lies in the 5th house of children. All in all the chart appeared “radical” and fit to be read.
I assumed that the 1st house would represent the Patriots because the game was theirs to lose, according to the odds makers. The opposing 7th house represented their opponents (open enemies), the Giants. Again the symbolism fit because the ruler of the 7th house is the giant planet Jupiter.
Mars occupies the 1st house (the Patriots) and is not in especially good condition. Mars in Virgo is peregrine (without essential dignity), so it is not particularly strong. In addition, Mars is retrograde, apparently moving backward in the zodiac. The state of Mars in the 1st suggested that the Patriots might not have what it takes to win. Peregrine retrograde Mars in the 1st opposes exalted Venus in the 7th; Venus is stronger and wins in this opposition.
The ruler of the 1st house is Mercury, which occupies the 5th house of games but is combust the Sun, being only 5 degrees away from it. In traditional horary combustion is a negative factor. Here it suggested that the Patriots would get “burnt” in the Superbowl. The Sun in Aquarius is in detriment (opposite Leo which it rules) so its malevolent side (parching and burning) is more manifest.
The 7th house (the Giants) is more favorable astrologically. Venus, the lesser benefic, conjoins the 7th cusp, and Venus is quite strong in the sign of her exaltation, which suggests that things will go the way of the Giants. Jupiter rules the 7th cusp, and Jupiter lies in Taurus in mutual reception with Venus, a favorable astrological indicator.
In short, the 7th house looked much more favorable than the 1st, suggesting that the Giants would win. In addition, the rulers of the 1st are both below the horizon and the rulers of the 7th are both above the horizon, another indicator of the supremacy of the 7th over the 1st.
I was surprised by the chart because, like my son, I was expecting the Patriots to win. After reviewing the chart, I told my son the “bad news” but reassured him that I was not very good at predicting sporting events, so we would have to wait and see. He said he hoped I was wrong about the chart, but I guess his horary question was quite sincere and so the chart gave an accurate response to his inquiry.
By the way, I also did a brief tarot reading about the outcome because I doubted that the horary was accurate and I was still expecting the Patriots to win. I pulled 3 cards for each team. All the cards looked reasonably favorable except the third card for the Patriots, which turned out to be the tarot Death trump. Drawing the Death card in the outcome position for the Patriots seemed to confirm the interpretation of the horary chart. As predicted the Giants came out on top (Jupiter elevated in the chart) and the Patriots went to their “Death” in the Superbowl.