Update: Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open as predicted. Once again, there’s been speculation about his birth time and I would love to have definitive proof. (Novak, if you’re reading this, please be in touch 🙂 ).
I do favour the Capricorn Ascendant which does mean that he has fascinating astrology this year. On the day of the final, transiting Mars was exactly conjunct his Scorpio Midheaven and transiting Pluto exactly conjunct his Capricorn Ascendant – slam dunk!
You would expect the Pluto transit to be challenging as it’s associated with loss and transformation on a deep level, but I wonder whether this is going to be more about his popularity in the year ahead. When you get someone who dominates the game, they inevitably arouse strong reactions and Novak has to work hard to win people over.
Personally he’s won me over – bravo Novak – here’s to an amazing 2016.
The Grand Slam tennis predictions begin for another year and once again I venture into the world of sports prediction with a mixture of trepidation and excitement.
Since my last prediction for the US Open 2015, I have read more than one article stating that the era of the Big Four is over and we should now be talking about the Big One, Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic won 11 trophies last year, he won 3 of the Grand Slams and was in the final of the 4th, and he’s gunning for a record 6th Australian Open title. Is he unstoppable? Quite possibly.
Looking at the top seeds going into the tournament, I will still focus on the Big Four with the addition of Stan Wawrinka, especially as I have birth times for all five men, Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nadal & Wawrinka, even if there is heated debate over a couple of the birth times. I shall take a quick glance at the Best of the Rest to see if anyone’s astrology stands out, although this is more hit-and-miss as I don’t have birth times for many of the players.
The tournament chart is as usual my starter for prediction. For those of you who are familiar with astrology, I have posted the chart for you to peruse. As a firm believer in astrology as divination, I use the chart for the start of the tournament as a symbolic moment in time. I don’t view astrology as a science. In my opinion, it is a sophisticated tool of timing based on scientific principles, the movement of the planets.
Tournament Chart – January 18th 2016, 11:00am, Melbourne, Australia
The chart for the start of the tournament has Pisces on the Ascendant so the traditional ruler of the chart is Jupiter in Virgo. This is an interesting Jupiter because at 23 Virgo it is conjunct the north node at 24 Virgo. This feels a lucky combination as Jupiter brings benefit and good fortune whilst the north node is linked to growth and fated opportunity. In the chart they sit together on the Descendant, the relationship point.
In addition, Jupiter rules the Sagittarius Midheaven, the success point in astrology, where we find Venus in Sagittarius very close to the peak of the chart. Venus rules women, love, money, art, beauty and at 22 Sagittarius is square to Jupiter at 23 Virgo. The benefics of the heavens clashing but powerful on angles. Boy, does this feel abundant.
Personally I think this picks out the favourite, but I wonder whether it’s to do with prize money or a destiny moment, Djokovic breaking a new record perhaps? [Update: This was written before allegations of match fixing hit the tennis world. I did wonder where this ‘abundance’ of money might come from indicated by the Venus/Jupiter square but this fits the symbolism beautifully! If someone’s benefited financially, it looks like we might know about it soon].
The other planetary body to consider is the Moon strong in Taurus, her sign of exaltation. The Moon has a run of positive aspects trine to Pluto, Mercury, Jupiter and finally the Sun, all of which are in earth signs, Virgo and Capricorn. Again this is a positive showing for the favourite.
Finally, like last year’s French Open, this tournament begins whilst Mercury (communication) is retrograde. Things don’t always go according to plan so look out for mistakes, most likely with the organisational side of things, and delays. I have heard the weather is going to be exceptionally hot as the tournament begins. Mercury turns direct on January 25th and the final is on January 31st.
Novak Djokovic – b. May 22 1987, 11:25 pm, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Sun Gemini)
Novak Djokovic is on an incredible high as he goes into a new year of tennis. 2015 was arguably his most successful year yet and he achieved that with Saturn opposing the Sun (traditionally a time of low energy – go figure!). Yet Pluto was also sextile the Midheaven (career) throughout the year, a helpful planetary aspect and Pluto sits close to his Scorpio Midheaven and is its co-ruler. At its best Pluto never ever gives up, it’s relentless power. Plus when you are Saturn-ruled (see next paragraph), you can theoretically make friends with the tough planet Saturn.
Even though we have often debated the different birth times for Novak, I’m sticking with the Capricorn Ascendant, as the birth time has been confirmed from the birth certificate (see astro.com). This makes his ruling planet Saturn, the planet of longevity, and unless something drastic happens, he’s here to stay. Plus this puts Scorpio on his Midheaven and with a powerful Mars-Pluto trine aspect dominating his career, I believe this is the testimony for his continued dominance in the game.
Which means he is in for a fascinating tournament. In the chart above, Mars is at 7 Scorpio almost exactly conjunct his natal Pluto up at the top of his chart. On the day of the final, Mars will be at 14 Scorpio almost exactly conjunct the Midheaven, the success point, the peak of the tournament chart. In other words, he means business.
Even more remarkable is the transit of Pluto which starts the tournament at 15 Capricorn 38 and on the day of the final is at 16 Capricorn 04, i.e. the day of the final is the exact date of his first Pluto transit to his natal Ascendant, the point in the chart which represents the self.
Traditionally Pluto is difficult. It represents the dark as opposed to the light, it takes you down to the depths and is known as the wipe-out planet. When it goes over the Ascendant, it can be a time of self-transformation but not always in an easy way. In the mix is communication planet Mercury which turns direct conjunct Novak’s Ascendant and on January 31st, the day of the final, Mercury is exactly conjunct Pluto.
This is extraordinary astrology, quite hard to predict, but it certainly suggests extremes, an all-or-nothing situation. Will he be victorious (Pluto is co-ruler of his career point) or will fate intervene and he’s out? I’m not going to speculate further but it’s important astrology to note.
Andy Murray – b. May 15 1987, 2:10 pm, Glasgow, UK (Sun Taurus)
Andy Murray’s defining moment in 2015 was helping Great Britain win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. An awesome achievement and as a Brit I felt immensely proud. He’s now well on the way to another achievement because mid-February 2016 his wife Kim is due to give birth to their first child. He’s already said he will leave the tournament if Kim goes into labour.
Fittingly Mercury is retrograde, i.e. on go slow, in his 5th house ruling children and Mercury is his career planet, because it rules his Gemini Midheaven. Yet Mercury sneaks out of his 5th house and into his 4th house where it turns direct and only returns to his 5th house on February 1st, the day after the final. Hopefully this means Kim can hang on so he can complete the tournament.
Not a lot leaps out astrologically for the tournament although it is interesting to note that Andy’s Moon at 21 Sagittarius is conjunct the Venus/Midheaven point of the tournament chart. The Moon rules the mother and Venus rules women so maybe Andy’s thoughts will be elsewhere.
Roger Federer – b. August 8 1981, 8:40 am, Basel, Switzerland (Sun Leo)
Roger Federer reached the final of two Grand Slams last year, Wimbledon and the US Open, and both times he was defeated by Novak Djokovic, who also beat him in the final of the ATP World Tour at the O2 in London. He is turning into Roger’s nemesis. The bad news for Roger is that he can’t reach the final without taking on Novak if he is still playing.
The good news is that Roger has some steady astrology with Saturn trine his natal Mercury (career planet) during the tournament, exact on January 24th. Like Andy, he has Mercury retrograde in his 5th house (hope the two set of twins behave!) and more intriguingly Roger’s natal Neptune is at 22 Sagittarius so almost exactly conjunct the Venus/Midheaven combination of the tournament chart. Will he be idealised with Neptune here as Neptune rules glamour and seduction? Will there be some scandal or deception revealed during the tournament as Neptune is linked to the media? Hope not – I’ll go with idealisation.
Stan Wawrinka – b. March 28 1985, 11:05 am, Lausanne, Switzerland (Sun Aries)
Stan the Man was the only person who could deny Novak Djokovic the full shebang of four Grand Slams last year as he defeated Novak in the final of the French Open. Maybe Stan is turning into Novak’s nemesis? – if he’s on top form, he knows he can defeat Novak.
Both Stan’s Grand Slam wins of the last two years were shown astrologically by Uranus transits and he has another set of Uranus transits coming up. However, Uranus, planet of surprises, is one planet that tends to play out exactly to the date and it’s not until late February that Uranus is back in action. Otherwise the Moon at 10 Taurus in the tournament chart highlights Stan’s Mars at 9 Taurus but nothing else leaps out.
Rafael Nadal – b. June 3 1986, 7:10 pm, Manacor, Spain (Sun Gemini)
Rafael Nadal has said that he’s starting to enjoy playing tennis again after a testing couple of years. His Saturn Return is now behind him and with a 1st house Saturn, i.e. with the focus on self/physical body, it must have been tough not winning consistently.
Rafael’s Uranus is at 20 Sagittarius so close to the Venus/Midheaven duo of the tournament chart. Uranus is unpredictable but it often represents a surprise result in tennis. Rafael’s natal Moon is in Taurus, the same as the tournament, but otherwise not a lot leaps out with regards to his career.
More importantly perhaps, Pluto will be exactly opposite his natal Venus on January 20th and Venus rules love. There may be challenges behind the scenes or on a personal level with this astrological challenge.
The Best of the Rest:
Tomas Berdych – b. September 17 1985, time unknown, Czechoslovakia (Sun Virgo)
We don’t know what the Sun rules in Berdych’ chart and whether it’s linked to his career but with his Sun at 24 Virgo, the Jupiter/north node combination is lighting up his chart. A lucky combination.
Marin Cilic – b. September 28 1988, 5:00am, Croatia (Sun Libra)
As we have a time of birth, we know that his Ascendant is 24 Virgo so like Berdych, he has the lucky Jupiter/north node duo highlighting his personal life. Not notable for his career perhaps but nonetheless a positive combination.
Jack Sock – b. September 24 1992, time unknown, USA (Sun Libra)
Another key Jupiter/north node transit taking place imminently. As Sock is now 24, he is experiencing his second Jupiter Return, when the planet of opportunity and growth, returns to the place it was when you were born. This event happens once every 12 years. Sock’s Jupiter is 26 Virgo and sits next to his Sun at 1 Libra. With no time of birth, is this about career? Either way, it looks like being a positive year or two for Jack Sock.
Who Will Win?
I’d be mad not to go for Novak Djokovic to break records and win this Grand Slam. The tournament chart highlights the favourite and Novak’s astrology is focused and intense, as long as Pluto behaves itself and signifies power rather than a personal challenge or injury (and the birth time is correct of course. Maybe this Grand Slam will help to confirm it).
I’ll be watching the results intently (the time difference may mean I don’t watch many matches live!). I look forward to hearing your comments and thoughts on the astrology and the tennis. A lot of you have been in touch already asking when the prediction will be live. Please play nicely in the comments. No shouting (capital letters), no gloating. I will delete any comments that I don’t feel add anything to the lovely community we have here. Bring on the tennis!