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Monday, May 20, 2013

Astrology Baseball preview

It’s that time again … you guessed it .. time to be late on my MLB predictions, but it’s a 162 game season so I think I can be a little late. Were 1/4th of the way through the season so we should start seeing who the contenders are and who the pretenders are.
 First, quick recap from last year [see blog below ]I missed on the World Series champion
but I did get one of the teams to make it to the World Series correct and I got 3 of the 4 teams correct to make it to the LCS . I would have had all 4 correct had the Reds not completely collapsed against the Giants after winning the first 2 games of the series on the road. Still haven’t figured out what happened there [ Reds fans I’m sure you can relate ]. So had the Big Red machine not become the Big Dead machine I may have had both teams in the World Series correct. Not many people that I know had the Giants winning it all last year. Okay, whining ceased.
Again, I’ve been told I get into to too much technical Astrology stuff so I’m going to keep it to a few things here. The major aspects to look at with teams this year is that Jupiter will enter Cancer in late June and be there through the rest of the season and Saturn and the North Node are in Scorpio and Saturn is still in mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn. Saturn is planning and hard work and strategy. Pluto is power and obsession. With these 2 in mutual reception those signs and planets will be the winning combinations for this year.
Onto this year’s predictions to see if I can get all of the League Championship Series participants.
1. YANKEES- Played extremely well with a veteran team that’s had a ton of Injuries. They should definitely win the division as they get healthy and should be interesting in the playoffs. Can all these veterans play well the entire season?
2 ORIOLES- Hmmm, this is the toughy. They say the pitching is underrated but the O’s have a really nice chart. Also they have a good amount Scorpio’s which is the key sign I’m watching this year with Saturn and the North Node in that sign. I am intrigued with their chart , they are a definite sleeper and if they can win enough games in the middle of the season to get into the playoffs they will cause people fits.
3 RED SOX- much, much , much improved over last year… the locker room appears to be cancer free! I think they’re not quite as good as they started but they will be in the wildcard hunt u ntil the end.
4 RAYS- Nothing  major happening in their chart so you’ll get the usual. Good pitching , good defense inconsistent hitting , win a lot of games and scare a lot of teams on a small payroll in a city that doesn’t care , brush with the playoffs but not quite make it.
5 BLUE JAYS- Having similar problems to Angels lots of money on the IR not much money on the field. Will play better later but probably too late to save the season.

1 TIGERS- This is their division still and they have the ability to beat anyone when they turn it on. They will be similar to last season although they’re off to a little better start this year. Will be a tough out in playoffs.
2 INDIANS – vastly improved. Starting pitching has been great , free agent pickups Bourner anD Reynolds have been more than could be expected. Francona working his magic and they may just squeeze into playoffs.
3 ROYALS- getting a little better every year. They’re going to compete in the near future.
4 WHITE SOX- No idea really what direction this franchise is going. They will be competitive in stretches but seem directionless.
5 TWINS- Playing fairly well for what they’ve got on their payroll. Respectable.
1 Rangers- Apparently they’re a little smarter than we thought eh ?  Let go of the right guys, got more good young players coming up, not missing a beat. They will be a tough out in the playoffs.
2 A’s- Hitting a bit of an ouchy spot right now but you’ll have that when you keep turning your roster over with young players. Getting their money’s worth at least but may not quite make the playoffs.
3 ANGELS- Aren’t as bad as this but obviously overpaid for Pujols. On an Astrology note The Taurus and Gemini  will be down a bit from last year especially after we get into mid june. John Hamilton is a Taurus. They will regroup a bit in the second half but they’re in trouble this year too much money spend on guys that can’t stay on the field. You can’t buy championshoips!
4 MARINERS- got some nice talent here actually, just missing a few pieces.
5 ASTROS – Bad .
1 NATIONALS- started slow , been inconsistent , Strawsburg off to a bad start record wise but they’re still only a couple games behind Atlanta and Laroche is starting his usual summer warm up. Nartionals barely over the Braves.
2 BRAVES – good young players . Off to a great start but having some injury problems and all those hot young hitters cooled off after the other teams say them a couple times. I’m picking them as a sleeper and will be dangerous if they get in as their transits improve late in the season.
3 METS-  good young pitching but at least a few years away still.
4 PHILLIES- Phillies tail off after late June when Jupiter enters Cancer.
5 MARLINS- Dude, how this is owner still allowed to have a team.
1 CARDINALS- More great young pitchers, great defense, great managing.Matheny [ no relation]  gets the Cards another division title.. and you know what happens when they get in the playoffs.
2 REDS- If they all ever played good at the same time they’d be the greatest team in history. They just hang  around though and one of these years they’re all going to get hot at the end of the year and they’re going to be unstoppable.
3 PIRATES- This is it folks, I predicted they would come close last year but they’re starting pitching is improved and they actually came out ahead in the Hanrahan move. They’re going to win between 88-92 games this year and stop the longest losing season strike in pro sports history.
4 BREWERS-  Wow, lots and lots of great young hitters. If they get some consistent starting pitching in the next couple years they will be scary.
5 CUBS- better than people thought. They actually may have hit bottom and are starting to turn. A couple more bad contracts to get rid of and they can actually improve through free agency.

1 GIANTS- defending champs, getting very little out of their starting rotation but still hanging around first . Will win division and you better be ready to play if you meet them in the playoffs because they won’t go out easy once that Lincecum and Cain get going.
2 ROCKIES- Hmmm, intriguing. Decimated by Injuries last year. Hitting much improved this year, should be slightly better than Arizona but that will be the race for second place.
3 DIAMONDBACKS- of all the teams in the  4 major sports this is the one team chart that I can’t quite figure out how it works. They have great young pitching , hits the lights out sometimes, just can’t quite figure them out. I ‘ll say they win 87-89 games and just miss the playoffs.
4 DODGERS- Similar ordeal to the Jays and Angels. They’ve spent the money but you can’t bring a bunch of free agents together talent wise or mentally when you can’t get them all on the field. They won’t recover this season. The Red Sox are looking awfully smart right now.
5 PADRES-  some good young players but inconsistent and a lot of holes to fill.

[4] Baltimore over [5] Cleveland
Texas over Baltimore
Detroit over Yankees
Detroit over Texas
[4] Cincinnati over [5] Atlanta
St.Louis over Reds
Rangers over Cardinals.

Lather, Heat, Repeat Astrology and NBA playoffs

I meant to have this up earlier but most years there is very little suspense in the NBA playoffs until you get to the conference finals anyway.
I realize last seasons NBA Playoffs were a bit anti climactic with the Heat having an easier than expected time with the Thunder in the finals. I am not, however, going to let that stop me from doing a little boasting on my playoff predictions from last year. [see below ]
Given it was no big feat to pick the Heat to win it all [ however they did get blindsided the year before by the Mavericks ] but I did pick 13 of the 15 series in the playoffs correctly and had all 4  of the conference finalists picked right. I missed only the 4.5 series in the West in the first round and I missed the 76’ers upsetting the no.2 seed Bulls in the first round. I had the Bulls getting upset in the second round. Not to mention I also [with the help of 2 eclipses ] picked Kevin Garnett  [ boosting his ppg to over 20 and helping the Celtics come back to win a game 7 vs. the 76ers and to actually take a 3-2 lead over the Heat after trailing 2 games to none ]and Tony Parker  [ boosting his ppg to over 20 in the and hitting 33 % of his 3 attempts] to explode in the playoffs . Of course both teams fall down go boom after the eclipse but hey, nothing’s permanent.
I ‘ve been told I put too much technical Astrology stuff into these blogs and that nobody really wants to know the mechanics they just want to see the predictions. I will attempt to keep the technical stuff to a minimum.
One of the ruling planets of basketball is Neptune. Basketball is a very unstructured nebulous game. There are few called plays and there is lots of innovation and things tend to be fluid and can change in an instant which makes it interesting. However, Neptune also rules illness and injuries. If anything has dominated this playoffs it’s injuries.
The Pacers [ Grainger ], Celtics [ Rondo, Sullinger ], Thunder [ Westbrook] , Bulls [ Rose, Deng, Hinrich],Knicks [ Stoudamire ], Nuggets [ Galinari ] all have lost all star level players to injuries that limited them or kept them out of the playoffs completely. On top of that the Warriors Curry played through injury the last part of their series against the Spurs .This is the big reason that there were actually 2 upsets [ Bulls, Warriors, Grizzlies ] in the first round of the playoffs and 2 more in the second round [ Grizzlies, Pacers]. These players all had Neptune making a difficult aspect in their chart.
Here’s where we stand so far and my predictions for the conference finals and NBA finals.
[1] HEAT over [3] PACERS- The Pacers have played valiantly in the playoffs . Having gotten to the conference finals with their best player Danny  Granger having not played this entire season due to Injury. The Pacers will give the Heat a battle and almost every game should go down to the wire but the Heat should win in 6.
 [2] SPURS over [5] GRIZZLIES –  The Grizzlies knocked off 2 of the 3 division champions in the West already  [ Clippers and Thunder ] and are going for the third in the Spurs. The Spurs are wiley veterans though and won’t shake easily. The Grizzlies are playing great and should win at least 2 but the Spurs will win this series in 6 also.
HEAT over SPURS – The Spurs are looking more youthful but the Heat have transiting Saturn [ work, planning, attention to detail , focus ] sitting almost to the degree on their North Node [ future, destiny , fate] . Too much for the Spurs to overcome but it will be close. Heat won both regular season matchups by a total of 7 points.  Heat in 6.

Astrology and Stanley cup playoffs

 Welcome back, it’s been a year since last year’s shocking Stanley Cup results when for the first time ever a no. 8 seed hoists the cup. What did we learn from last years experience ? Well we learned that Pluto doesn’t always have to be a downer… that intensity can take a player that was up and down all year and focus them to an All –star level. Not to mention that if you are an underdog team you want that Uranus in Aries energy [see the Kings again ]. Also we learned that more so than in any other sport the Goalie is the most important position in any sport. More than a Quarterback or a pitcher, a hot Goalie can wipe out any mistake his team makes.
I may have picked the rest of the playoffs wrong last year [as did the entire Earth ] but I did pick the Kings in the Finals [ see last years blog below ].
Okay onto this years Stanley Cup playoffs where I try to redeem myself for last year’s poor performance. Let’s look at the matchups and who the hot Goalie’s may be this year.
Didn’t quite get this done before the second round started but remember…..this is for educational purposes not gambling [ kinda ].
A few interesting notes so far. 4 of the first 8 playoff series were upsets with the 6 and 7 seeds upsetting the 2 and 3 seeds in both conferences.

[1] PENGUINS over [7] SENATORS – Penguins have lots of firepower and been getting great goaltending … but not from their starter Fleury [ Sag. ] but from his backup Vokoun [ Cancer] . Ottawa’s Anderson [ Gemini ] is in a little over his head.
[4] BRUINS over [6] RANGERS – battle of Pisces goaltenders goes to the Bruins as Rangers still have trouble scoring.


[1] PENGUINS ] over [4] Bruins- matchup of water sign goalie’s again. In another interesting matchup Boston’s Rusk [ Pisces] has defeated 2 other Piscean goalie’s in the first 2 rounds. This time he takes on another water sign in Pitt’s Vokoun [ Cancer ] . Both goalie’s charts look great right now , both team charts look great right now. When all looks even chart wise … go with the most talent . Penguins in 7.

[1] BLACKHAWKS over [7] RED WINGS – An always bitter division rivalry [ there’s my obligatory cliché ] this should play out interestingly. Detroit’s Howard [ Aries ] Sun is square to Chicago’s Crawford [ Capricorn ] . Interestingly enough transiting Uranus is Aries and transiting Pluto is in Capricorn conjunct the  Sun’s of the respective goaltenders and not only that but there is an Exact Uranus Pluto square the day I am writing this. While the Redwings played great the last part of the regular season to squeeze into the playoffs by 1 point , we all know that the outer planet trumps the inner one. Blackhawks in a hard fought [ cliché no. 2 ] series that will go 6 or 7 games.
 [4] KINGS over [6] SHARKS – I know the Kings won the first 2 games of this series but I like the Sharks to keep this very interesting and take it to 7 games before bowing out to the defending champions.

[1] BLACKHAWKS  over [4] KINGS- defending champs play good but the BLACKHAWKS say “ king me “ . Crawford has Pluto conjunct his Sun with the Saturn in Scorpio mutual reception still happening. That’s double the focus. BLACKHAWKS.
Rematch of a couple seasons ago. Early in the season the Blackhawks clearly looked like the best team in the league but the Penguins made some trades and got a little healthy late in the season.
Penguins in a good series .