Dario Franchitti Crashes at Houston Grand Pri


George Dario Marino Franchitti (born 19 May 1973 in Bathgate, Scotland) is a Scottish racing driver who was involved in a dramatic car crash in Sunday’s Grand Pri (October 6, 2013).  Franchitti survived the accident but suffered two broken vertebrae, a fractured right ankle and a concussion.  He required surgery and may need another operation.  Could this have been foreseen in his natal chart?

Unfortunately, I was unable to find a time of birth, so I used a sunrise chart for his birthplace with Placidus houses at sunrise:

Dario Franchitti, time unknown, sunrise birth chart.

Dario Franchitti, time unknown, sunrise birth chart.

I have repeatedly found that with unknown birth times, the sunrise chart and its solar and lunar returns are useful in forecasting events in the native’s life.  Here is Franchitti’s sunrise solar return superimposed on his natal chart at his birthplace:

Solar return for 2013 placed around natal sunrise chart at birthplace.

Solar return for 2013 placed around natal sunrise chart at birthplace.

The most striking feature of this chart is the solar return ASC falling exactly opposite the natal sunrise ASC.  In my 2008 book on Solar Returns I summarized Volguine’s research on this placement as follows:

Because the Ascendant symbolizes the body, Volguine found that when the annual Ascendant opposed the natal Ascendant, the individual often suffered illness, injury, accidents, operations, or health problems.”

Volguine’s work was based on the observation of numerous solar returns over a period of many years, so it is strongly supported by empirical evidence.  Franchitti’s accident is further confirmation of his findings.

Franchitti’s lunar return for the period during which he suffered the accident is also striking:

Franchitti, Lunar Return of natal sunrise chart in effect during the Houston Grand Pri.

Franchitti, Lunar Return of natal sunrise chart in effect during the Houston Grand Pri.

The striking feature of this lunar return is that it places transiting Pluto exactly on the ASC.  Natally, Pluto is a 6th house planet in the sunrise chart.  In addition, the majority of planets in the lunar return for this period fall in the natal sunrise 6th house of bodily affliction.

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About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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