Laura Trott and Jason Kenny
Our Golden couple at the Olympics
The Olympics didn’t completely pass me by, and among the snippets which managed to present themselves to me (while passing through the hubby’s television room) was the triumph of Laura Trott (medal tally 4 golds) and Jason Kenny (medal tally 6 golds).
Cycling as a sport is ruled by Mercury, and that planet is an important focus when looking at her chart, also because she suffered asthma as a child, and a collapsed lung when born prematurely (Mercury related health conditions). She has the Sun in the sign of endurance, Taurus, the Moon either in Capricorn or Aquarius (no birth time available) and Mercury is in Aries the sign of speed. There are no planets in Gemini (the sign ruled by Mercury and associated with cycling) but Gemini may be her Ascendant. Interestingly, Mercury is largely unaspected in her chart. This sometimes means a failure to integrate the principle represented by that planet, but can mean the freedom to express it in a very individualistic way. Mercury does trine Chiron (which is good for self-healing) and squares the Nodal Axis (which puts her in a leadership role with other cyclists).
She has 5 planets in Cardinal signs (leadership) and 5 planets in Earth signs (very grounded).
But the main outstanding feature of her chart is a Grand Trine in Earth between the Sun in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and the North Node in Capricorn. Luck and positivity are a major feature of her success, and when interviewed after gaining her medal in the Omnium on Tuesday evening she admitted she did not know how she did it!
She also has an important exact trine between Mars and Pluto (indicating superhuman energy and reserves!). Uranus conjuncts exactly her Neptune (high energy, complex, anarchic quality too).
Her fiance broke the records on the same evening, after a third attempt at the Kierin race (the first two races were aborted because of overlapping). He displayed great patience (he has Sun square Saturn exactly) and calmness throughout the crisis. When interviewed and asked what was going through his mind he said “Nothing really” – very chilled!
Jason has almost the exact same element and quadruplicity balance as Laura, so they are alike in some ways. Laura has 2 Fire planets, 5 Earth, 1 Air and 2 Water. Jason has 1 Fire planet, 6 Earth, 1 Air and 2 Water. Laura and Kenny both have 5 planets in Cardinal signs, 3 in Fixed and 2 in Mutable. In addition, both have Moons hardly aspected, which may make them equable in mood.
I wrote on the London Olympics in August 2012:
“I spotted that Gold medal winners Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Mo Farah (all different years) were all born on 23rd March.”
Jason’s brilliance is shown by Uranus conjunct his Sun. His Mercury (the bike) is well-aspected: it sextiles Neptune and trines Pluto, and he’s got a good head on his shoulders.
Like Laura, he is strong on leadership, with Mars sextile North Node. Jupiter trine exactly Saturn gives him great balance, in decision making as well as on the bike. He also has as part of his toolkit Jupiter trine Uranus (The Entrepreneur), so he knows how to take advantage of opportunities.
The compatibility between the two is phenomenal. Jason’s Sun exactly trines Laura’s natal Chiron (keys into her Mercury-Chiron Trine), his Venus trines exactly her Uranus. His Venus trines exactly her Neptune/Uranus, her exact conjunction. His Mars sextiles exactly her natal Mars – energies exactly in tandem!
But most importantly, his Jupiter/Uranus entrepreneurial trine keys right into her Grand Trine (with his Jupiter on her Sun and trine her Jupiter, his Jupiter exactly trine her natal North Node). His North Node in Capricorn conjuncts her North Node, so they enable each other and magnify each other’s abilities.
We’ll certainly watch their future with interest, as they reportedly take a break to focus on their wedding, which hopefully won’t be a Hello magazine job, as Laura says she likes a quiet life out of the limelight.
The aspects this week are a mixed bag. On Monday (22nd) Mercury will be conjunct Jupiter which is an upbeat start to the week. If you are travelling or on holiday, your horizons will be wide and your mind broadened. If you are at work, sales and business will be brisk and full of opportunities. Communication is greatly assisted by this conjunction, whether at home, away or in the office. This conjunction takes place at 26 degrees Virgo, so if there is any element of challenge it may come from the factor that the conjunction squares the Galactic Centre. But generally this is a “good news” aspect.
In the afternoon, the Sun enters Virgo, and you may be called to attend to a detail of work or autumn schedules, even if you are technically on holiday, unless you are away without your mobile phone or email contact on a desert island. But this could prove useful, and you may be glad later that you did respond to the summons. The Sun is the last planet of the three fellow travellers to enter Virgo, as Mercury and Venus are already there. So it may feel in some way that the holiday mood is slowly ebbing away. Live it up on Sunday, therefore! You can still be on holiday, but there may be an element of having to work at it, and not being as carefree as you would like. There may be overtones of duty, or guilt, or preoccupation, worry or health regimes to stick to. Make sure you fall on the positive side of these Virgo elements, and you’ll have a good time. Better still if you are fashionably geeky, an anorak, or collecting statistic such as train spotting data.
On Wednesday (24th) Mars conjuncts Saturn at 9 degrees Sagittarius, which is seen by some as a stuck energy, but can be a holding energy. Astrologer Alan Oken describes this aspect as trying to drive with the brakes on. It tempers the flow of your energy somewhat with self-control. As the conjunction takes place in Sagittarius, the exuberant side (Mars) of the equation may win out over the restrictive side (Saturn), but there will still be a need for some boundary. This conjunction takes place close to the star Antares, the alpha star in the constellation of Scorpio.
Some considerations from “Starlight Elixirs” by Michael Smulkis and Fred Smulkis may therefore be useful:
” Antares can bring to consciousness an inner awareness of pastlife connections to deep states of malaise…As this information becomes more available, this can enhance the ability to understand the shadow self, know it, and released certain components of it.”
“Antares influences the place just before choice and does so in a very beautiful way. If you attune to this in any way, asking with love in your heart for the higher path to be shown, so it will be. The opportunities for this may come forth in ways that were perhaps unexpected.”
Friday (26th) starts with a square between Mars and Neptune, confusing energies and actions. Dogs and cars may behave erratically or mysteriously. There may be ambiguity, unclear signals, physical sensitivity or spiritual messages which are difficult to interpret. Energies may be frittered, and water currents difficult to read.
But the week ends late on Saturday (27th) on a real high, one of the best aspects of the year: Venus conjunct Jupiter at 27 degrees Virgo. This is an ideal aspect for a party, soiree or celebration, a commemoration or social get together. Most folk will be well disposed, and there should be the good will for such an event. Romance may be on the cards for some. Bring on the buffet and the bubbly!
The week in bullet points:
- Monday – splendid
- Wednesday – a block
- Friday – confused energies
- Saturday – celebration