Football is both a highly competitive sport and a recreation, it’s a game played for fun, for exercise, for fulfilment and for a living. Astrology is a sophisticated information system. The horoscope is an accurate representation of the cosmos relative to the plane of the ecliptic. It is a vast and complex subject, a science (the Supreme Court of India ruled in 2004 – ‘astrology is a trusted, 4000 year-old science’ and encouraged Universities to continue its development and understanding). Astrologers have gathered enough information from millennia of observation to attach meaning to the horoscope and their interpretations are relevant to modern football in the following ways:
- Astrology is perhaps the best way for a player to understand his/her feelings and behaviour – how s/he approaches the game and how s/he instinctively plays.
- As football is a team sport a player needs to fit in seamlessly with teammates. Effective partnerships are key to success in competitive football – astrology throws a light on which partnerships will be creative, which destructive, who will ‘gel’ together with whom and who will not.
- As astrology deals with time and space it has something relevant to say about when and where a player will play to their full potential and, conversely, underperform.
- In the competitive sphere football is a ‘results business’: astrology helps a coach understand the other team and, with that knowledge, map-out appropriate strategies.
But football is a team sport?
My research has shown that all high performance teams have a common factor – astrological cohesion where the key players forming the team nucleus are on the same wavelength. My books and this website are aimed at introducing aspiring and professional players and coaches to the cosmic keys to football success, for example how teams like Leicester City, and Nottingham Forest among others, have integrated so-called ‘has-beens and journeymen’ to produce footballing miracles and create legends in the process. Plus, can star-logic throw any light on such thorny soccer questions as why do good players lose form, are there ‘lucky and unlucky’ grounds, can the result of a match be predicted etc?
Winning teams don’t always have the best players – that is obvious otherwise Iceland wouldn’t have knocked England out of Euro 2016 and Leicester City wouldn’t have won the Premier League 2015/16. What they do have in common though is balance and cohesion. In conventional football terms that is a balance between defensive and creative players, between flair players and team players, between youth and experience etc. and cohesion usually refers to players with a good understanding, players who are able to anticipate what their team mates are going to do, players who are on the same wavelength i.e. a winning team has good partnerships and effective combinations – the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It is easy to see when a team lacks balance and cohesion but it is difficult to produce – successful managers do it instinctively others through trial and error arrive at a solution, and others can spend a career looking but never find it. Balance and cohesion are so elusive that top managers command kings’ ransoms to deliver. But how difficult is it really? In Astro-logical terms the principles are straightforward:
Balance essentially refers to a balance of character types. Astrological profiling helps coaches and players understand individual character – how a player approaches the game mentally/emotionally and how they play the game physically. Sometimes a player’s approach is different to the way they instinctively play and without the right coach such players don’t fulfil their potential. There are 2 basic character types with multiple variations (12 major divisions and 144 minor variations). A balanced team draws players from both basic types.
Cohesion? The effectiveness of any player and the collective performance of a team directly relates to the degree of cohesion a team exhibits. A talented player is unlikely to be successful if s/he is not playing with a combination of players on their wavelength. The most successful teams have the highest degree of cohesion. Research has shown that the astrological connections (Sun/Mars in particular) between players are key to success and we will see many examples later.
There are 144 player profiles/character types in football (soccer); these are based on the 12 zodiac signs and the 144 possible combinations of the Sun and Mars in the personal horoscope, for example : sun Aries mars Gemini, sun Libra mars Aquarius etc.. Why the Sun and Mars? The Sun is the symbol of the essential character and Mars is its physical expression – the assertive/combative aspect of the psyche. In ancient myth the energies of the Sun / Mars were likened to the King and his Commander-in-Chief: Mars is still regarded as somehow the embodiment of the archetypal warrior and indeed shows how a player plays. Here are just some of the player profiles to give you an example.
Having considered Astro-profiling (character types) in the context of building high-performance teams in the earlier sections we have necessarily mentioned the concepts of ‘balance’ and ‘cohesion’. Having understood the intrinsic footballing qualities within a group of players it is fairly straightforward to pick a balanced team. Not so with cohesion. A balanced team by definition will have diverse characters and players at different stages of development. Successful teams are structured so that players complement each other in seamless units to form a cohesive whole – where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
The most cohesive teams seem to be held together by an invisible thread. They act as one. Observers may comment that they have team spirit, shape, and collective vision, with each player seeming to know in advance what his/her teammate will do. Bobby Charlton, writing in 2012, described Manchester United of the 1950s in the following terms – United, perhaps more than any other team in the history of the game was filled, not only with talent, but with what seemed like a grace which came from some unchartable source, something beyond even the planning and the vision of the great Busby.
The ‘unchartable’ source Charlton refers to can be identified by the Sun and Mars positions in the key players. Note the pivotal player, linking the Air and Earth signs, was Duncan Edwards – literally the star at the heart of United:-
Byrne Sun Virgo, Blanchflower Mars Virgo, Pegg Sun Virgo, Viollet Sun Virgo, Colman Mars Virgo, Edwards Sun Libra Mars Virgo, Charlton Sun Libra, Scanlon Sun Libra.
Ipswich Town 1981
Former England manager Bobby Robson came to prominence at Ipswich. In 1981 he won their one and only European trophy: ‘my UEFA Cup winning team was the best side I ever managed; the players just gelled’ said Robson in his autobiography.
BURLEY (sun Gemini, mars Aquarius) MILLS (mars Aquarius) THIJSSEN (sun Aquarius)
MUHREN (sun Gemini) OSMAN (sun Aquarius, mars Gemini)
MARINER (sun Gemini) BRAZIL (sun Gemini)
Alex Ferguson first came to prominence at Aberdeen. Fielding a cohesive nucleus, he surprisingly won the European Cup Winners Cup beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the final. In 1986 Ferguson was appointed manager of Manchester United and went on to become one of the most successful club managers in the world.
McLEISH (sun Aquarius, mars Taurus) MILLER (sun Taurus)
STRACHAN (sun Aquarius, mars Taurus) SIMPSON (moon Aquarius, mars Sagittarius)
COOPER (sun Sagittarius) HEWITT (sun Aquarius) WEIR (mars Sagittarius)
Costa Rica 1990
Former Partizan Belgrade player, and Mexican-Serbian coach, Bora Milutinovic – nicknamed the Miracle Worker – is the first manager to take four different countries beyond the Group Stage at the World Cup Finals; in 1986 he took Mexico to the quarter-finals: in 1990 he led Costa Rica to surprise victories over Scotland and Sweden: in 1994 the USA won their first World Cup match since they beat England in 1950 and in 1998 he beat Spain and came top of his Group with Nigeria.
Costa Rica 1-0 Scotland: 1990 World Cup Finals Group stage.
Costa Rica nucleus:
CONEJO (moon Aquarius)
GOMEZ (sun Aquarius, mars Virgo) CHAVES (sun Virgo)
RAMIREZ (mars Virgo) CHAVARRIA (mars Aquarius)
FLORES (mars Cancer) CAYASSO (sun Cancer) JARA (mars Cancer)
Marcello Lippi led Juve to the European Champions League title.
PERUZZI (sun Aquarius)
TORRICELLI (sun Aquarius, moon LEO) FERRARA (sun Aquarius, mars Libra)
PESSOTTO (sun LEO) CONTE (sun LEO) SOUSA (mars LEO)
DESCHAMPS (sun Libra) RAVANELLI (mars Libra)
GATTUSO (mars LEO) MATERAZZI (sun LEO, mars Taurus) GROSSO (mars LEO)
PIRLO (sun Taurus) CANNAVARO (sun Virgo, mars Taurus)
TONI (moon Virgo) PERROTA (sun Virgo)
Vicente Del Bosque won the World Cup for the first time with a well-integrated Spanish team and then retained the European Championship in 2012:
Holland 0-1 Spain: World Cup final 2010
CAPDEVILA (sun Aquarius) PIQUE (sun Aquarius, mars Aries) PUYOL (sun Aries)
RAMOS (sun Aries) BUSQUETS (mars Aries)
XAVI (sun Aquarius, moon Taurus) INIESTA (sun Taurus) FABREGAS (sun Taurus)
Nevertheless, in the early stages, Spain were knocked out of their confident stride by a Dutch side that seemed content to clog their way to victory. Towards the end of extra-time, however, their intuitive passing and free flowing football began to take its toll on the opposition and in the 116th minute Fabregas combined with Iniesta to score the only goal and make Spanish history.