While grocery shopping last week I noticed a tabloid which referred to Tiger Woods as a “sex addict.” It got me to wondering whether there was anything in Woods’ natal chart to suggest a more than average interest in sex. Here is his birth chart with Placidus houses and Chaldean decans:
The planets’ generally accepted symbolic ties to to sex include:
- Mars, the phallic war-god who loved conquest of all types, including sexual conquest.
- Jupiter, the sex-crazed king of the gods who sought to copulate with every mortal who tickled his fancy.
- Pluto, the sexually greedy god of the underworld who abducted and raped Persephone, much to her mother’s dismay.
- the Sun, the great and potent father symbol.
- Venus, the goddess of love and sexual delight.
Interestingly, Tiger’s natal Mars is the most elevated planet in his chart. His Mars occupies the 9th house and lies in the Mars decan of Gemini where it is approaching the MC in the Sun decan of dextrous, variety-loving Gemini. Mars falling in this part of the chart is common in the nativities of athletes and others known for their masculine prowess. Mars also happens to rule his Aries 8th cusp, which modern astrologer associate with raw sexuality. The 8th cusp sign Aries happens to contain lusty Jupiter, which expands the assertive, “me first’ attitude of “I want what I want when I want it” Aries.
His natal Venus, the goddess of love, happens to fall in Scorpio, which is ruled by Mars. Thus, Venus in this chart must do Mars’ bidding and please him sexually whenever he desires.
Natal Pluto, ever rapacious and willing to take what he wants without consent, falls in the 1st house of the chart and thus influences the personality. Jupiter in Aries in the 7th house of relationships opposes Pluto in Libra in the 1st and tends to fan the flames of carnal desire.
Finally the Ascendant in Virgo is ruled by Mercury and also falls in the Mercury decan of Virgo. The Ascendant has to do with one’s basic motivations in life. Here Ascendant-ruler Mercury occupies the 5th house of love, romance, games and sport. Mercury closely conjoins the 5th house cusp. In addition, Mercury resides in Capricorn, the sign of the horny Sea-goat or Mountain Goat, known in traditional astrology for his great delight in carnal pleasure.
Woods’ 12th house of scandal and self-undoing is ruled by the Sun, which is the decan ruler of his MC. Furthermore, the 12th house decan-ruler is Mars, the most public and prominent planet in his chart. It is no surprise then that he would appear in a tabloid headline described as a “sex addict.” Whether or not this appellation is valid is up to Tiger, his partners and his shrink to decide. Here we are only considering the symbolism of the natal chart.