Update: Correct prediction – Rafa Nadal won his 12th French Open title, the master on clay, beating Dominic Thiem. The chart for the tournament suggested there would be ‘nothing new happening’. In the event, it was the top 4 seeds who competed in the semi-finals and last year’s champion took the trophy. With Nadal, we saw how a Pluto transit doesn’t always have to mean disaster. With Thiem, we saw how a Neptune transit can ‘make dreams come true’ – well, almost. The Sun square Neptune on the day of the final coincided with a defeat. Thank you everyone for your comments – it wouldn’t be anywhere near as entertaining and informative without you. See you at Wimbledon in three weeks time.
We are back with the French Open tennis/astrology predictions for 2019 for all of you who love this forum.
Let me start by saying that I haven’t yet read a prediction anywhere that doesn’t state the no. 1 and no. 2 seeds will meet in the final. If no. 1 seed Djokovic wins, he would hold all four Grand Slam singles titles for the second time. If no. 2 seed Nadal wins, it will be his 12th title at Roland Garros. Yet, does the astrology agree?
What we do know is that this is Gemini season, when the Sun is in Gemini. Many great tennis players are born with the Sun here or they have a key planet/angle in Gemini.
Mercury rules Gemini, the fleet-footed, winged messenger of the Gods, speedy and agile. Gemini rules the hands in astrology and Geminis have great hand/eye coordination. And… Djokovic and Nadal are both Sun Gemini. So far, it’s looking likely that they’ll each have one hand on the trophy.
The first thing to note about the tournament chart (see above) is that the planet of the unexpected, Uranus, is not close to the Midheaven (success point), as it has been in the last few years. Uranus is notorious for making prediction tricky and it hasn’t always played out as the outsider/non-favourite doing well, which you would expect.
The next thing to say is that there’s not a lot happening. The ruler of the Leo Ascendant is the Sun in Gemini conjunct Mercury – the two Geminis? Yet, the Sun makes no other planetary aspects until the New Moon at 12 Gemini 34 on June 3rd and then it goes quiet again until the final.
Also, the planet which rules the Midheaven, Mars, is in Cancer and it’s a similar story to the Sun. Nothing happening, no new planetary aspects throughout the fortnight. Which you would have to predict means ‘nothing new to see at this tournament’, i.e. it will play out as expected.
Other factors to note: The Moon is in Pisces applying to Uranus in Taurus in the 10th, so Uranus features in a minor way. Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, often plays out well in these tournament predictions but is currently retrograde. So, it may not be as important this time around but always worth noting Jupiter transits for players.
I’ve posted the chart for the final at the bottom of the article. The chart ruler is Venus in Gemini (ruler of the Libra Ascendant) so the Gemini theme is strong. Once again, Venus makes no planetary aspects!
Note Mercury on the Midheaven – again, I feel this gives a nod to the Gemini players – Mercury being Gemini’s ruling planet
Novak Djokovic (1) b. May 22, 1987, 11:25 pm, Belgrade, Yugoslavia – Sun Gemini
Djokovic has been back on form since the progressed Sun was exactly conjunct his natal Mars and career planet last summer. That progression is now starting to fade.
The major transit for Djokovic during the tournament is Jupiter returning to conjunct his natal Saturn at 19 Sagittarius 07. It’s exact on June 13th. Djokovic has a Mercury-Saturn opposition in his horoscope, so it’s an important symbol for his consistency (Saturn) as a tennis player (Mercury in Gemini).
As you would expect during his birthday month, there are a lot of minor transits taking place. They are Mercury Return – May 29th, Mercury conjunct Mars – June 5th and Sun conjunct Mercury – June 9th (the day of the final). Also, Djokovic’ natal Mars at 1 degree Cancer is close to the Midheaven of the chart for the final.
The only tricky planetary aspect is Chiron (the wounded healer) conjunct his Moon Aries – exact June 8th. This may not relate to his career but be about family or a close relationship, perhaps something behind the scenes. It may be a factor in his performance, it may not.
Rafael Nadal (2) b. June 3, 1986, 7:10 pm, Manacor, Spain – Sun Gemini
Nadal also has a Jupiter transit during the tournament as it conjuncts his natal Uranus – exact on May 31st. Nadal has a Mercury-Uranus opposition in his horoscope and Nadal’s Mercury in Gemini is his career ruler (Virgo Midheaven).
Plus, like Djokovic, Nadal has some lovely minor transits. They are Mercury conjunct Sun – May 27th, Mercury Return – June 2nd and the New Moon at 12 Gemini 34 falls on his birthday – June 3rd. Finally, transiting Mars is conjunct Nadal’s natal Venus on the day of the final.
There is another major transit taking place for Nadal, which is Pluto conjunct his natal Mars at 22 Capricorn 56. The transit was exact on May 24th and Pluto is the planet of extremes. It’s all-or-nothing.
This will either turn him into a gladiator exterminator on the court or could flag up injury trouble. Mars is his ruling planet and is linked to the physical body. Nadal just won at Rome on May 21st in storming fashion, so I’m hoping its the former.
Roger Federer (3) b. August 8, 1981, 8:40 am, Basel, Switzerland – Sun Leo
Federer has admitted that he’s unlikely to win the French Open and clay is not his best surface. He won this tournament once back in 2009. In the Australian Open 2019, Sun Leo Federer was eclipsed (during an eclipse in Leo) by the younger Leo contender, Tsitsipas.
No eclipses this time around and to be fair not a lot going on for Federer from an astrological perspective. He has a Gemini Midheaven and the Sun lights up the success point of his horoscope on May 27th, the second day of the tournament. Plus, it’s his Mars Return on June 6th. Mars rules athleticism and your Mars Return occurs once every two years. It’s said that Federer enters this tournament fit and fighting.
Dominic Thiem (4) b. September 3, 1993, 1:26 am, Wiener Neustadt, Austria – Sun Virgo
Thiem is a Sun Virgo, the second sign of the zodiac ruled by Mercury. If his time of birth is correct (can anyone remember where this came from? – I can’t find it online), transiting Neptune at 18 Pisces is conjunct his Pisces Midheaven. As Neptune is co-ruler of his Midheaven, career point, this can pinpoint a time of success, when dreams come true.
Also, Thiem has competitive Mars at 15 Cancer conjunct his Ascendant on the day of the final. Both predictions depend on this being the right birth time!
Alexander Zverev (5) b. April 20, 1997, 3:00 am, Hamburg, Germany – Sun Aries
Zverev has been a bright young tennis player but he doesn’t seem to do well in the Grand Slams. If the time of birth is correct, Zverev’s career planet is Mars in Virgo which suggests a combination of athleticism and agility. However, Mars is virtually unaspected, i.e set apart from the rest of the chart, which isn’t helpful and may be the missing piece for his success.
Also, Zverev has transiting Saturn at 19 Capricorn very close to his Ascendant during the tournament. Saturn is currently in its sign of dignity but it can be a tough transit when it’s going over your Ascendant, ruling your physical body.
(n.b. there are two times of birth for Zverev, which changes his Sun sign from Aries to Taurus. As he wears an Aries zodiac symbol on a chain, I’m leaning towards the earlier birth time of 3:00 am.)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (6) b. August 12, 1998, 12:35 pm, Athens, Greece – Sun Leo
Another bright young contender. At the recent Madrid Open, Tsitsipas beat Nadal in the semi-final but was defeated by Djokovic in the final. Again, I’m unsure where the time of birth is from (let me know if you remember it from the comments in previous forums).
Tsitsipas is another Sun Leo, the same star sign as Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, so he’s in great company. If his time of birth is correct, he has Leo on the Midheaven, which makes the Sun his career planet. Lucky Jupiter is moving steadily back to make a Grand Trine with his Sun at 19 Leo and his Moon at 17 Aries. It almost perfects during the final. Nice astrology.
n.b Karen Khachanov (b. May 21 1996) & Fabio Fognini (b. May 24 1987) are both Sun Gemini. Will the Gemini theme boost their chances? Add to that list, Cristian Garin (b. May 30 1996).
I’ll look more closely at other players’ astrology as the tournament progresses and we find out who the main contenders are. I’ve had a quick look and no-one leaps out as having fantastic astrology.
Prediction: Can we just give the trophy to both Djokovic and Nadal? Even their transits mirror one another during the tournament and it’s hard to split them apart. I’m hoping that Pluto turbo-boosts Nadal to the win but it’s a close call. I look forward to hearing your comments, especially with regard to the astrology. Enjoy the tennis – play nicely in the comments 🙂