Category: Sports

Dribbling with Naismith

James Naismith, born November 6, 1861, Almonte, Ontario, Canada we gave him a rising of Virgo 02, [HS] Children gathering fruit, rather apropos for a man who first used peach baskets for hoops. His proposed chart with Uranus in the 10th 15 Gemini 31 Rx shows how the individual came up with something that would develop the skills of the group. With a grand trine in earth dominating his chart, Dr. Naismith is a splash temperament type, using all his personal experience and knowledge for the public good (all the socially relevant planets are in the south).

As a Presbyterian minister, Naismith was recruited by International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School, in 1891. Once on board, Luther Halsey Gulick, Jr., head of the Physical Education Department told him to invent winter non-contact sport that would replace the boring calisthenics used at the school during the winter, As a former athlete, Naismith relished the challenge though during the long incubation period questioned whether it was possible.

Eventually Naismith selected felt that field hockey, and cricket, sports without body contact were the foundation, but without a scoring mechanism he saw that the idea was doomed. His original team was 9 men for each side and it was via someone throwing something into a wastebasket that gave him the mechanism of shooting into baskets. Indeed, the first games employed half-bushel peach baskets as targets, after hatboxes did not prove sturdy enough, and they needed a stepladder to retrieve the ball after the infrequent goals.

His original prohibitions of walking or running with the ball in one’s arms like football are still the basis of a game that spread throughout the world. A few years later, his wife asked him to modify the setup for women.

As the Y could not fully remunerate him for his work, or even promote it, in 1898 Naismith went to the Gross Medical College, Denver, Colorado, now the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Here he worked on refining the sport, toying with knee pads and getting a medical degree to understand human physiology. For the next 40 years he was chairman of the physical education department at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he also coached basketball until 1908. Besides basketball, they credit him with inventing the protective helmet for football players.

He died November 28th 1939, in Lawrence Kansas.


  1. Rains, Rob, Naismith: the Man who Invented Basketball, Philadelphia, PA, Temple University, c. 2009

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Pointing out Isiah Thomas III

Isiah Thomas never appears in Hoop Dreams but he fills the picture like a spirit hovering overhead as two boys, Arthur Agree and William Gates use basketball to create their American Dream.

The official time of Isiah is 10 PM Chicago time but that symbol (HS 7 Sagittarius) — stacks of books in a library — is so crazy, we could not even consider it. Once again like President Trump we thought of DST and sure enough Isiah was born the very day DST occurred. It seem natural enough just to jump an hour to 11 PM and get 19 Sagittarius and “the face of love accepted.”

Sag 19 is apropos because of Isiah’s own comments about the love of his family, mother Mary Thomas (his father abandoned the family early on) and his beloved wife, Lynn, in his life. We agree it is an important part of his life, and Venus in 12 Aries 45 Rx, shows his mother’s devotion & his wife’s loyalty have meant a lot to him. A look above at his Midheaven 11 Libra 57 directly opposite supports how that support has kept him en pointe.

Isiah in action

The Thomas Connextion

  • Asteroids that make Isiah’s chart come alive are:
    • Edolsen (Marshall Field’s curator) at 28 Capricorn 04 conjunct Saturn — a black man from Chicago West Side.
      1. This is opposition Mars at 27 Cancer 30 conjunct Asteroid Lord at 28 Cancer 41. Lord is his middle name.
      2. Asteroid Sugiyashi is at 25 Cancer 33 conjunct Mars 27 Cancer also. Sugiyashi is a Japanese ball player.
    • Asteroid St. Joseph for Isiah’s high school is at 12 Gemini 5.– i.e. Isiah “bought” intellectually into the St. Joseph’s curricula of how to be successful.
      • It is opposite his Ascendant at 19 Sagittarius showing he believed that the coaches and teachers at St. Joe knew how to make him his best. This was integral to his success –he could surrender his own ego and accept theirs.
    • Asteroid Bal at 13 Aries 14 for Ball. His love of basketball took on an almost totemic significance in his life.
    • Asteroid Ball 16 Scorpio 49 for the Mayan invention of ball-playing. It is conjunct the Moon and via a translation of light Neptune all in Scorpio. For Isiah, basketball playing was the only way “out — it filled his dreams and fantasies.
      • This is probably because his Moon at 13.37 was average and his Mercury is equal to the Sun. Isiah was not a stellar student and knew that his grades alone would not get him into any college basketball program; he had to excel as a ball player — there was no fallback position.
    • Isiah is a see-saw temperament type with his chart split at the mid heaven between growing up poor in Chicago’s ghetto’s and his dreams getting away from it vs. the Western side his chart and his phenomenal skill: he is a 12-time NBA All-Star and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts a recommended trip for any Basketball aficionado.
    • Isiah is President of Isiah Thomas International.

As for the boys, we hate to be spoilers, instead we recommend watching the film & finding out for yourself how their Hoop Dreams turned out.

Medal of Freedom winner Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont Woods, is better known as Tiger Woods, and was born December 30 1975 at 10:50 PM in Long Beach California — though some sites say Cypress California — to an ex-marine and a immigrant Thai mother, hence the middle name Tont — meaning “excellent” in Thai. Tiger was raised in his mother’s native Buddhist faith.

The chart above is based on his birth certificate but rectified by a few minutes to 24 Virgo (HS) “memory chips” or total openness to his true presence in the world reflecting others image of what he could be, but yet to be activated and become so. The keyword is Latency. His Lilith is at 15.16 Scorpio.

Herculean Labors of Tiger

He beat par for first time in major golf history with his Master’s win. He is now 3 behind the golden bear, Jack Nicklaus. Tiger won his first major in 11 years and was at his worst ranked 1199th.

Tiger’s chart with a 24 Virgo ascendant has a cardinal cross with Saturn just out of quadrature at 01.07 Leo — it should be to fulfill its promise about 29-30 Cancer. Nonetheless, it depicts a major problem in Tiger’s life : an inability to harness his appetites and thus a lack of self discipline particularly in the 10th-11th house of career promise and fan appreciation. It was this latency, this dormant ability that finally came to life when he against the odds, he won at the Masters Tournament and awarded the Medal of Freedom on May 6th 2019 by President Donald J. Trump.

The medal was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, either by their endeavours in world peace, or cultural and other significant work. For Tiger he is second all-time in both professional victories with 81 and major championships with 15, including 5 Masters, 3 U.S. Opens, 3 Open Championships, and 4 PGA Championships. He has a a record-setting performance in 1997, became the youngest person and first African American to win the Masters at that time, and in 2019, he became the tournament’s second oldest champion with a spectactular comeback win.

Notice that the transiting No. Node was conjunct his asteroid Herakles on his comeback at the Masters.

Off the course, Tiger established the TGR Foundation, which has empowered students to classroom and career success for more than 20 years.  The medal was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, either by their endeavours in world peace, or cultural and other significant work. …And the fan came out in record numbers and went wild.

Running with Steve “Pre” Prefontaine


Steve Roland “Pre” Prefontaine was born on January 25, 1951 in Coos Bay, Oregon. His father Raymond, was a welder and his mother Elfriede,  a seamstress, both Mars ruled careers  He was 5 feet 8 inches tall & about  140 pounds.

Pre hit the running world  with his bronde hair flying in the wind behind him like winged Pegasus when he broke the 2-mile high school record with 8:41 seconds.  Not to be undaunted, he continued breaking records in his freshman year at the University of Oregon at Eugene and was the first athlete to win the track title four years running.

                                                                        Boasting Speed

An arrogant personality (Mars near the Ascendant) Pre  usually lived up to his boasts. He disdained the runners who lurked in the back waiting for a  sprint, and so set  very fast paces, trying to burn off the sprinters.   At the same time, in the horse racing world Secretariat the Derby winner, was doing the same at the race track, and the two became immortalized as “speed runners.”

Before the 1972 Olympic 5K, he claimed he would ” go out at world record pace, and then pick it up with a mile to go”. This did not happen, but instead sat on a slow pace for 2 miles and then began a sustained pace increase that forced the field to run the final 1,600 metres at 4-minute pace, but in the final straight he lost.

His full record is over here at the Sport-Reference site.

By the time he reposed, Pre was American record holder at every distance from 2,000 metres to 10K. He is memorialized by the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene. Two movies have been made of his life, and a short biography was written by Tom Jordan, simply entitled Pre. It’s available on Alibris for under $7.00.

                                                       Charting Pre

We have rectified Pre’s chart to 06 Aquarius, HS “Superior Creatures from another world.” Pre’s chart has Mars conjunct his Venus that is partile his first house cusp (remembering we using the Morins’s house system and so the ascendant and first house are not united), depicting his mother’s strong support of her only son, but also shows his strong independence  and love of freedom — that is picked up and redoubled elsewhere in his chart — as his mode of expression.

He has one opposition in his chart from Uranus at 07 Cancer to Mercury at 12 Capricorn that is Cardinal Negative because it is separating.  While it does depict his  his efficient ruling style, it also shows his brusque manner of dealing with people and how his arrogance was often offputting.

Uranus in the fifth, gave him a creative electricality that was almost a  halo around him and many chanted and wore t-shirts saying just “Pre.”  Uranus is  trine Mars in the first house at 04 Pisces  showing his “iron horse” durability and manual adroitness and dexterity.  This also bestows an exceptional tactile memory.

Pre also has a Cardinal grand trine in chart, showing running was his way of breaking away,  and while not elementally based does hint that challenging the running world at large was all part of his great thrill of experience.

Pre is like most runners we have reviewed is “air based” with little fire: the wind against his skin, his long hair flying helped with his “runner’s high.” In the Sabian Symbols his ascendant at 05 Aquarius is opposite that of Leo 6  warning  of “rock formations at the edge of a precipice.”

Unfortunately that was true as Pre died all too young at 24 drunk behind the wheel after having hit a curb on a hill and rolled over in his MG.  As would be the case with Neptune in the eighth house, it was shock to all, but his chart suggests, not to Pre.

We constantly vet our essays for completeness and factualness.  This was revised on February 27 2019.

Calvin Maduro flies with the Orioles

Calvin Maduro was born Septmber 5, 1974 in the Dutch Antilles, the island of Aruba, is not by anything we could find, related to the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolas Madura — admittedly, it was a long shot but we felt an interesting one.

Calvin is six feet tall, bats right, throws right and was a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. His legal residence is in Glen Burnie, Maryland, though since retirement how much time he is there is questionable, as he is now a scout for the team. As a pitcher his stats are unimpressive — 10 wins and 19 loses: his ERA (earned run average) was an abysmal 5.78.

The ERA is an important statistic for pitchers all the runs accountable to the pitcher. Any runner(s) who tags his base and reaches home plate is scored against the pitcher as an earned run(s). An error OTOH made by the pitcher is counted the same as an error by any other player. (Please see the Official Rules of Major League Baseball here for a full accounting — at 188 pages it is detailed enough to answer any questions on baseball scoring.)

Mapping Maduro

We have rectified him to Cancer 10 and think that his chart would have made him a better catcher than pitcher but his Grand Trine in Fire (Moon to Venus to the North Node) was what propelled him onto the mound. The problem is the North Node in the sixth (Neptune is just oo far away), that shows his fire and youthful vigour, but misses the Moon in the 11th house that he was basically rather shy and had problems with the star attention (his Moon is also conjunct the Asteroid Oriola at 07 Taurus).

It shows nonetheless, how the famed Orioles farm system made a mistake based more on attendance than aptitude, but then the Orioles have not been living up to their former Earl Weaver glory in a long time, see this FoxSports graphic where their chances of getting into the Fall Classic is rated at a paltry 22:1 shot because of their poor record.

Maduro with a 10 Cancer ascendant (HS Ripe cherries on a tree) like so many players eager to make the Big Show, would not have registered too many complaints also as his symbol says, this was the “fruition” of all his dreams.

In the end, it worked out well for him. His Splash Temperament type makes him good with people,his own bad experience gives him a good understanding of how the business of baseball works, and his new career unleashes his voice (Neptune in the sixth) in his scouting reports. We wish him all the best.

We constantly review and vet our essays for accuracy and typographical, grammatical errors (which we are sad to say are numerous). This one was re-examined on October 12, 2019.

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#18 William Livingston Alden, canoeist

William Livingston Alden was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on October 9, 1837, time unrecorded but we have rectified it to 10:50 am giving him a 10 Sagittarius rising.   Alden was a see-saw temperament showing the two parts of his life, his outward career of journalism and a writer of science fiction and his Neptunian career canoeing in appropriately enough, the water-bearer Aquarius’s sign.  There is a problem with that date, as

Alden attended Lafayette College and transferred to Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri,  after his father, Joseph Alden, was its elected president.

After graduating from college in 1858, and read law in New York City with William M. Evarts, joining the bar in 1860. He practiced law until 1866 and then became a journalist, writing for the Scribner’s Monthly, James Russell Lowell’s  The Atlantic, New York World and Daily Graphic. He later worked on the editorial staff of The New York Times and produced a weekly column called “Minor Topics”.

While in New York City he became an early member of the Theosophical Society,  founded by Helena Blavatsky in 1875.   He married Agnes Margaret McClure and had one child.


Alden is credited with bringing the sport of canoeing to the United States, founding the  New York Canoe Club in 1871, that was the first canoeing organization in America. He was also a founding member of the American Canoe Association and served as its first Commodore.

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President Grover Cleveland appointed him Consul General to Rome in 1885, a position he held until 1890, after which he lived in Paris, writing for the New York Herald. He died in 1908 in Buffalo, New York.

Gian Carlo aka Mike Stanton

Gian Carlo Cruz Michael Stanton was born in Los Angeles on November 9. 1989, the eldest of three children. He attended Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, California, for two years and then transferred to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, where he was a three-sport athlete playing baseball, wide receiver and cornerback for the gridiron football team, and basketball. With Saturn in Capricorn, he made the shrewd decision to go into baseball: it pays the best.

The Player formerly known as Mike Stanton, where he played for the Miami Marlins, wned by Bruce Sherman and former New York Yankee, Derek Jeter, but has been traded to the New York Yankees; he was not particularly happy about that.

                                       The rectification of Gian Carlo


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We rectified Mr. Stanton’s  Ascendant to 09 Gemini getting the Hyperion symbol of “a gray storm over a fen” also putting Mars opposite his Moon that tends to shower its victims with a proverbial bad temper — something to which we attribute his reversion back to his baptismal name: he is dissing his Marlin past and rewriting his future with Yankee pinstripes.  Mars and Pluto are also lords of Scorpio and are found conjunct there, though just barely within the 12.30 orb,giving him dynamic power.

This Hyperion symbol is representative of a “phenomenon”, and “all that can be” conjured by the universe into possibility, happens, demonstrated by their keen “eye” ,  and physical prowess and not acumen.  With 59 Homers under his belt last season, we would have to agree with that epiphet for baseball hitting great, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, said that it was “seeing the spin of the ball” that made hitting it so easy — of course and a lot of practice.   There can be no doubt  though, that Stanton plans to make another run for magic 60 in the following season.

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Gian Carlo Stanton at his first Yankee conference.

Stanton’s chart is  bucket temperament type with a Jupiterian Handle.  This is shows up in singer-actor Glen Campbell’s chart as well, click here.  It is often seen in people who are larger than life, have a great ability to just strike it rich, are generous to their siblings and are often a victim of their own success.

Another striking thing in Stanton’s chart is the Yod between Venus to Mars to his Ascendant in the First House (remember we use Morinus so our Ascendant is not tied to any particular house) giving him not only great charisma (Venus in Capricorn to Mars in its own Lord Scorpio) but also a strong need for others to acknowledge his individuality.

This Yod could be problematic in relationships, as Stanton saw between him and the Marlins, and while we tend to think that media-centric New York, will love him, we do feel that Stanton needs to develop his own value and self-worth outside of the sporting arena for his peace of mind.

As they say on Broadway, Gian Carlo,  break a leg