I couldn’t help but note that on the day American footballers staged a peaceful protest across the country, Neptune, the higher octave of Venus (planet of peace) and Mars, the planet of warriors, came into perfect opposition.
The athletes chose to kneel when The Star-Spangled Banner was played. The idea started last year when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, knelt during the national anthem, explaining that he did so to highlight racial and social injustice in his country.
Before today’s protests President Trump spent the weekend sneering at athletes choosing to do this.
I guess they just showed him.
The visuals are moving — and strange. Indeed they highlight what an odd spectacle an American football match. Heavily armoured men — who seem to be mainly African-American — clash on a field of green and stop every few minutes. Women — who seem to be mainly white — wearing the opposite of armour (i.e. not much) sort of pose around and then do gymnastics with pompoms. Indeed there seems to be a huge amount of razzamatazz and hardly any actual sport. (Give me baseball any day — or cricket, for that matter.)
Still, you’d expect a lot of glamour and some photo ops with Neptune involved. Mars meanwhile is being pursued by Venus (perhaps in the form of a cheerleader) through Virgo (a sign that we do associate with ritual and body consciousness!)
American football is stylised combat, obviously. Cheerleaders play the role of chorus. It’s a mixture of art and sport — both are the province of the 5th house in astrology, a place of pleasure and fun. Now, just for a bit of astrological fun, we could stretch this further. The only major celestial object to change signs today was Ceres, an asteroid which I suspect is associated with civilisation, citizenship and civitas (because of Ceres status in ancient Rome). She sailed into Leo, natural ruler of the 5th.
And how about “Take A Knee”, the phrase itself? Well, Saturn rules knees (and bones), of course, and he is in the sign of broadcasting, publishing, spreading the word. But Capricorn is also associated with knees, and, of course, Pluto is in that sign this decade. Pluto — in the white imagination at least — has been associated with a Black man. Pluto is stationing right now — and will turn direct on September 28. Maybe a line has been drawn in the sand… or on the football field. The next major aspect that Mars will make is a perfect earthy trine to Pluto.