What Happened at Cardiff? The Ashes, first test, July 2009
15 July 2009
It isn’t over till it’s over!
Just when everyone was expecting England to wilt on the last day of the First Test, and Australia push for a convincing victory, having outplayed England for most of the first four days, the momentum in favour of Australia began to meet with some resistance.
With their backs to the wall, and facing the prospect of an innings defeat, the English team rallied with some fighting words. It’s hardly surprising to see resistance in the dying stages of any sporting contest. It was very interesting to see the parallels being played out symbolically in the movement of the planets at the same time.
Not that I didn’t hope for Australia to complete the task for which they had worked so hard for four days.
Test Cricket is an interesting sport to follow because much of it unfolds slowly. It is played over five days (unless a result is achieved earlier), thereby giving a range of playing conditions (weather-wise) and a range of astrological ‘influences’ over its duration. While the fall of a wicket happens in an instant, the accumulation of runs takes time, bringing the influence of time into play.
So, what was notable about this Test was that the fifth day was so different. On day 4, the body language of the English team while Australia batted to make 674 for 6 (declared) in their first innings suggested they had run out of ideas. Then, when sent back in to bat, England lost 2 quick wickets in 7 overs before rain stopped play over two hours early on day 4.
Astrologically, what changed from day 4 to day 5 was that Mars, the planet associated with assertion, competition, aggression, moved from Taurus into Gemini. The mood of the English team shifted from that of plodding along without challenging the status quo, befitting a Taurus-style approach, to one of mental energy, and fighting words coming into the equation. Suddenly there was some spark again, as if their minds were now in gear and some ideas had emerged.
While all the TV commentators expected more of the same Australian dominance, I was wondering how the coming change would play out. Would England ‘grab’ the Mars energy, or would Australia? I wouldn’t have bet against Australia winning, but I did think there was a strong chance that the contest on day 5 would end up more evenly poised than all were expecting.
So why would Mars in the sign of Gemini make a difference? Well, in the sign of Taurus Mars is rather comfortable to plod along slowly and watch things develop gradually. It is a time to enjoy the here and now, to not stress out too much, but to keep things moving. The Australian team certainly kept working hard, putting in the physical labour to hopefully arrive at their target.
In Gemini, Mars enlivens the principle of mental energy, the mind, ideas and the engagement with the other – in other words, competition. It is not the most competitive sign by any means, but it does bring energy to the competition. It enjoys the to and fro of dialogue, the exchange of ideas, banter, argument, debate, dare we say ‘sledging’? So, suddenly we have ideas where there were none before. We have a mental vitality, helping bring an alertness to the game that sustained a fightback from a position of near-defeat.
And that is what day 5 delivered, resulting in a draw, where most expected a certain victory to Australia.
Did Mars moving into Gemini ‘cause’ this shift? I don’t know. But the synchronous symbolism certainly helps us explain and describe what happened, which is where the language of astrology can give us another lens through which to understand our world.
© Rainer Rollfink, AstroInsight 2009