Anyone who follows sports in the USA will be familiar with the case of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his imaginary girlfriend who allegedly died of leukemia last September (2012) within hours of the passing of his beloved grandmother. The football player appeared to be seriously grieving the loss of both persons at the time.
It’s hard to imagine how an intelligent young man could be so gullible as to fall deeply in love with someone he met and knew only in cyberspace. Clearly there have been no in-person sexual intimacy between them. The intensity of such a relationship with a fantasy character may be a testimony to the internet age in which today’s youth are raised.
The birth time Manti Te’o is not available online. I tried to ask his imaginary girlfriend but, having recently died of leukemia, she did not respond, so I used a sunrise chart for his birth place. What is striking about the birth chart is the very close conjunction of Mercury (thought) and Neptune (illusion) in the sunrise 12th house of scandal, hidden enemies, and self-undoing. In addition, his natal Jupiter Rx in Leo opposes his Aquarius sun, suggesting perhaps acting ability and a proneness to over-the-top exaggeration. Natal Venus, the goddess of love, is semi-square Uranus — an indication of sudden or unusual infatuations that end inharmoniously.
Interestingly, when the news story broke (Wednesday, January 16, 2013), transiting Pluto was in 9 degrees of Capricorn and crossing his sunrise 12th house Placidus cusp. Pluto rules the Scorpio Midheaven (career, reputation) of his sunrise chart and the 12th house symbolizes scandal, undoing, sedition and secret enemies. Manti Te’o insists he was the victim of a hoax and was in no way complicit with the amorous ruse that has swept the sports headlines. I’d be interested to hear what others think of this chart.