On Sunday 7 August 2016 at an 11 AM press conference in NYC Alex Rodriguez announced his “retirement” from the NY Yankees. Rodriguez marred his reputation when he admitted to augmenting his natural talent at baseball with the use of performance-enhancing drugs. His birth time is unknown, so I did a sunrise chart and superimposed the chart for the start of the press conference outside.
At the time of the press conference two major outer planet transits were in effect in Alex’s natal sunrise chart. Transiting Uranus conjoins natal Jupiter in the sunrise Placidus 10th house, suggesting sudden significant changes in career, feeling liberated and setting off in a new direction. At the same time, transiting Uranus is square his natal Saturn in the sunrise Placidus 12th house of retirement.
In addition, transiting Saturn in the sunrise Placidus 5th house conjoins natal Neptune, indicating a depressing time of feeling cut off and having to deal with one’s failures. Ebertin defines Saturn/Neptune as a principle of suffering and renunciation. At the same time Saturn is square natal Venus in the Placidus sunrise 2nd house of income, suggesting a realistic reassessment of relationships and financial matters such as the contractual relationship between A-Rod and the Yankees.
It is always interesting to see how astrological symbolism plays out in significant events.