Update: June 12th 2014. Rafael Nadal did indeed win the French Open 2014 making him the first man to win a major title 9 times and his tennis was awesome.
Novak Djokovic was unlucky and I suspect on the day of the final this showed astrologically with Mercury turning retrograde on his career planet Mars. He won the first set but then there was an about-turn, a change in fortune, so typical of Mercury retrograde and Mercury is the planet I associate most closely with tennis.
Mercury rules Gemini and two Geminis were contending the title in the final match. Plus Djokovic served a d0uble fault to gift Nadal the title which is a disappointing end of any tennis final. Again that seems symbolic of Mercury’s mischief.
My heart is no longer in my Grand Slam tennis predictions so for those of you who have been following me consistently since 2012, I shall put up a prediction for Wimbledon 2014 and then it will be ‘sayonara’.
It’s been a good run so far and I’ve really enjoyed looking at the top four players in particular and seeing how astrology can guide you in predicting top sports events. If the astrology fascinates me post-tournament, then I shall blog about it but otherwise Wimbledon 2014 will be my swan song.
I suspect also that the four who have dominated the Grand Slam tennis for the last ten years may begin to change from now on in and there will be some new kids on the block. Maybe there will also be a new astrologer to take on the predictions…
Having said that, here I am back with predictions for the French Open 2014 which begins on Sunday 25th May 2014. Some of the astrology is fascinating and some of the astrology is plain dull but that’s the way it goes. Here are my predictions for the top four plus the best of the rest, plus a quick comment on the charts of the start of the tournament and the final:
Roger Federer, b. August 8 1981, 8:40 am, Basel, Switzerland
Last year Roger Federer played in all four Grand Slam tennis events notching up his best result as a semi-finalist in the Australian Open 2013, a result which he repeated at the Australian Open 2014 earlier this year. He will be 33 in August 2014 and many people are debating whether he can win his 18th Grand Slam event.
If you’ve kept up with my tennis blogs then you’ll know that Roger has stunning astrology this year with two noteworthy progressions. Progressions are slow-moving symbolic timing measures which colour the year rather than the date they’re exact. The first of these was progressed Jupiter, the success planet, sextile Roger’s natal Mercury, his career planet, exact on March 31st 2014. The second is progressed Sun conjunct his natal Venus which is exact on October 29th 2014. His 1st house Venus rules the money sector of his chart and the Sun acts as an illuminator, lighting up the planet it connects with.
Last year having seen this astrology, I thought there was a real chance that Roger could extend his Grand Slam wins in 2014. The only fly in the ointment astrologically is Saturn in Scorpio going back and forth over his Moon, the emotional indicator in the chart. When this first happened earlier this year in January, it coincided with him playing a tennis match where he seemed to have lost his confidence. However, this was short-lived and he’s played well in 2014 so far beating some big names.
Saturn was again conjunct his Moon on May 1st 2014 and of course he had to pull out of the Madrid Masters as his wife gave birth on May 6th 2014. This is what’s really interesting astrologically because Mercury rules Roger’s Midheaven and the Jupiter/Mercury progression is majestic, awesome. His Gemini Midheaven shows his tennis prowess but it also symbolizes ‘twins’ as this is Gemini’s zodiac symbol. Part of his vocation is the fact that he and Mirka, his wife, now not only have 1 set of twins (their twin girls were born in 2009) but 2 sets of twins as Mirka gave birth to twin boys, Leo and Lenny.
In an interview he said ‘this was the best time of his life’ which fits the Jupiter/Mercury symbolism beautifully. He’s flying high with the birth of his second set of twins. If anything, this will make him a more popular superstar too and I’m sure that financially he will go from strength to strength in 2014 regardless of his results in tennis.
Will he win another Grand Slam in 2014? Yes, it’s possible with his stars and he does have success planet Jupiter conjunct his Leo Sun and Mercury, his career planet, in September 2014 but the timing doesn’t look quite right for him at this year’s French Open.
Novak Djokovic, b. May 22 1987, 11:25 pm, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Novak hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since the Australian Open 2013 although he came runner-up twice at Wimbledon and the US Open. He’s going to be ready to fight for his next title but are the stars in alignment? Jupiter, the success planet, was trine (easy aspect) his Midheaven and success point on April 25th 2014 but a little early for this tournament.
Jupiter is the planet that’s prominent in his chart this year and it’s closely connected to his natal Mercury in Gemini, which is the ‘tennis’ planet/sign combination. Again there’s a major progression, Mars progressed square his natal Jupiter, exact on December 9th 2014, plus Jupiter in the heavens is square his natal Jupiter on May 24th 2014. As Jupiter is also conjunct his Descendant in May 2014, again this is promising for love but hopefully his tennis playing too. The big news for Novak comes in 2015 when Uranus in Aries triggers his natal Jupiter promising success.
Novak’s natal chart interlinks with the charts of the tournament and his Jupiter at 18 Aries is close to the Midheaven, success point, of the chart that starts the French Open. The really tricky astrology is the day of the final when a retrograde Mercury is conjunct Novak’s Mars in Cancer, his career planet. Mercury retrograde is forgetful and can indicate communication breakdown in some form or other. If he gets to the final, let’s hope he’s not late!
Andy Murray, b. May 15 1987, 2:10 pm, Glasgow, UK
Andy Murray is officially a legend in Britain as the country finally broke it’s 77 year old duck and one of our boys won Wimbledon in 2013. Can it get any better for the plucky Scot? When he won Wimbledon, it was a less obvious astrological factor that showed his success: lucky Jupiter in the heavens was conjunct his progressed Midheaven, the success point of the chart.
This year he has another planet that’s progressed into the tennis sign, Gemini, Venus (exact Jan 14th 2014) plus he has Mars progressed sextile (easy aspect) his Ascendant and Mars is the fighting planet. He’ll need to find his competitive edge to move forward after last year’s success and he now has two Grand Slam titles under his belt.
Jupiter connects with his career planet, Mercury, early August 2014 which is a way off for boosting his chances in the French Open. Other than that he has a lot of lesser synastry with the chart for the start of the competition. It’s his Venus return often a happy time, the Sun is conjunct his career planet Mercury in Gemini, and Mercury is conjunct his natal Mars in Gemini. So the stars are picking him out, as a potential contender? We shall see.
Rafael Nadal, b. June 3 1986, 6:20 pm, Manacor, Spain
The French Open is Rafa’s victory ground notching up 8 titles in the past 9 years and he is the current holder. He’s always got to be a hot favourite at the French Open and this year he has some stunning astrology. The highlight comes in October when Jupiter, the success planet, conjuncts his Leo Midheaven, the success point of the chart.
This coincides with a major progression of the progressed Sun trine his natal Ascendant and as the Sun rules his career in his natal chart, this has got to be big news. It’s exact on October 4th 2014 and it’s already active in his chart as you feel major progressions six months before and six months after the event.
The rest of the astrology focuses on Venus, planet of love so I wonder whether there are also major developments in his love life in June. Venus does oppose his powerful Mars in Capricorn (the gladiator) in his chart however and as it’s Jupiter that’s making connections, again this looks promising for his career ambitions. His birthday is June 3rd so mid-way through the tournament and you have to think he’s going to be there or thereabouts knocking on the title trophy.
The Best of the Rest
There are quite a few of the up-and-coming players who have interesting astrology during the tournament and can’t be discounted. I haven’t checked whether they’re all fit and playing but here’s a selection:
Stanislas Wawrinka, b. March 28 1985, 11:05am, Lausanne, Switzerland
Won his first Grand Slam title earlier this year at the Australian Open. Uranus is moving ever closer to his Mercury/Venus conjunction in Aries although it’s not there quite yet but his confidence will be high.
Juan Martin del Potro, b. September 23 1988, time unknown, Tandil, Argentina
The North Node is conjunct his natal Mercury during the tournament, often a ‘moment of destiny’.
Bernie Tomic, b. October 21 1992, time unknown, Stuttgart, Germany
Jupiter is almost exactly conjunct his competitive Mars as the tournament begins which is very lucky. He does also have Saturn conjunct his natal Mercury, the ‘tennis’ planet, so together this feels a stop-start combination.
Richard Gasquet, b. June 18 1986, 9:00am, Serignan du Comte, France
As there’s a time of birth for Gasquet, this shows that Uranus, the planet of surprises, is moving ever closer to his Midheaven, success point, at 17 Aries. Plus he has lucky Jupiter conjunct his natal Mercury during the tournament. Both pick him out as a potential contender, although the Uranus will be exact in 2015 and Uranus is a planet that often plays out to the day.
David Ferrer, b. April 2 1982, time unknown, Javea, Spain
Lucky Jupiter is conjunct Ferrer’s North Node as the tournament begins. His natal Mars is 9 Libra, the degree at which Mars has just turned direct. He’s in tune with the Zeitgeist, so will this be his moment to win big?
Nicolas Almagro, b. August 21 1985, time unknown, Murcia, Spain
One to watch in 2014. He has Jupiter close to his natal Venus in Cancer on the day of the final plus he will have Jupiter conjunct his natal Mercury/Mars conjunction later this year.
Grigor Dimitrov, b. May 16 1991, time unknown, Haskovo, Bulgaria
Another young contender with key planets in Cancer and Leo. Jupiter is conjunct his Mars in Cancer on June 19th 2014 plus he has Jupiter Return mid-August 2014. Maybe not enough to win the title at Roland Garros but should be a positive year for him.
Start: May 25th 2014, 11:00am, Roland Garros, Paris, France
Final: June 8th 2014, 3:00pm, Roland Garros, Paris, France
The charts are intriguing for the tournament as the chart of the start has a Moon/Venus conjunction close to the Aries Midheaven. These are the female planets in the zodiac so why they should dominate, it’s hard to say. Aries is the sign of the ‘new’ so perhaps we’ll start to see some new contenders for the Grand Slam titles with a qualifier doing well.
The chart of the final has Mercury retrograde conjunct the Cancer Midheaven. Will there be a technological hiccup on the day of the final? Or does it suggest that this is a repeat of the past and Rafael Nadal has got it sewn up once again?
I’m not 100% confident but I know you like to have a prediction so I’m going for Rafa once again.