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27 November 2020

During my long years in practice I have observed that many notable figures pass away on or near full moons, and especially on lunar eclipses. It makes a certain sense in that full moons resonate with the theme of closure and completion. Their deaths need not come exactly on the day, but within a week or so. And of the many figures we lost in the past seven days, the illustrious footballer, Diego Maradona was one of the most distinguished.

Diego Maradona was, quite simply, a legend. Born in the slums of Buenos Aires, he rose to become one of the greatest footballers of all time. He was admired for his “great acceleration, unrivalled vision and a touch-and-ball control that he attributed to the abnormal rotational qualities of his ankles” *. He captained Argentina in two World Cup finals and acquired numerous honours, including Fifa Goal of the Century.

His greatest goal was scored in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England. “In a matter of 10.8 seconds, 44 strides and 12 touches, during which he dribbled past five England players, upended a goalkeeper, with a feint, and slipped the ball into the net.” *

Yet, as with so many gifted individuals from all walks of life, he was flawed – unpredictable, extreme and sometimes very badly behaved indeed. After his retirement in 1997, he became grossly overweight, and addicted to cocaine and alcohol. He underwent gastric by-pass surgery in 2006, and in 2008 became Argentina’s head-coach. His contract was not renewed, thereby beginning a series of controversial and lacklustre managing and coaching positions from Dubai to Mexico. He ended his career in 2019 managing the struggling Argentinian team, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

But Argentina loved him, as did swathes of people the world over. He was never a fallen hero; he was always one of the greatest footballers in the world. His death on the 25th November, brought the people of Argentina out onto the streets, celebrating his life and mourning his passing.

Diego Maradona chart

Born at 7:05 in the morning of the 30th October, 1960, Maradona had the Sun, Mercury, Neptune and the Ascendant in formidable Scorpio and his Moon in the sentimental, visionary, escapist sign of Pisces. His Mars in Cancer may not have been the most elevated planet – that role fell to controversial Uranus – but, having just culminated, and in the ninth house, it was in one of the favoured Gauquelin sectors for famous sportsmen.

A small point. Mars in Cancer should not surprise you. Cancer is a Cardinal sign and the Cardinals are movers and shakers. What gave Maradona extra power was the opposition between Mars and Saturn. Another small point. Mars-Saturn hard aspects have a dreadful reputation in astrology: they are seen as indicators of cruelty – even murder and violent death – and bode frustration and failure. Certainly, Mars-Saturn hard aspects never give anyone an easy ride, but it is a matter of character and destiny as to how you respond to such a difficult aspect. This combination also inspires tenacity, true grit and the ability to triumph over the odds. Which Maradona had and did in spades.

Dominating his chart is a Kite configuration: a Grand Trine – Sun and Neptune trine Mars trine Moon – with the Sun and Neptune and the Moon sextiling Saturn, which is directly opposed to Mars. Grand Trines often appear in the charts of those with a special gift, sometimes that gift never truly manifests, but when there is a planet at the opposite point to a member of the Grand Trine, as Saturn is to Mars in Maradona’s chart, it generates tension so that the struggles and limitations serve to release those special gifts. This is the super-power of the Kite over a Grand Trine.

The elevated Uranus supplies a reason for Maradona’s eccentricity and his inability to tow the line; and its square to Mercury and the Ascendant-Descendant axis reflects his unpredictable moves – both on and off the pitch – and his fiery temper.

As for Maradona’s indestructible belief in his God-given power and his problems with addiction, point the finger at his Sun-Neptune conjunction. That this conjunction is in Scorpio and in the twelfth house adds a layer of self-destruction and martyrdom to this other worldly conjunction.

Criticism has been levelled at the local ambulance service over its delay to reach Maradona who had suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the morning, but the presence of transiting Venus at the time of death, and the approaching lunar eclipse connecting with his natal Venus, suggest his time had come. Indeed, earlier in November, Maradona had undergone brain surgery for a subdural haematoma, which may well have placed an additional strain on his damaged heart.

Throughout November, Uranus was opposed to his Sun-Neptune conjunction and squaring his MC-IC axis – the IC, among many of its functions, representing the point of endings and beginnings. Uranus transits, especially to the Sun, can indicate sudden ruptures to aspects of one’s existence, of which a heart attack could be said to be one. Plus, Uranus rules the IC – the point of endings and beginnings. Transiting Mars, at 16 degrees of Aries, was at the midpoint of his Mars-Saturn opposition, placing further strain on the system. And last but not least, at 12 noon, when he left us, the Mid-heaven at 23 degrees of Scorpio, was conjunct his natal Mercury.

In death, as in life, he left with speed, but with Venus on his natal Sun-Neptune conjunction, it was sweet and even sensual passing. He died in love and greatly loved by his family and millions of fans all over the world.

* The Guardian Newspaper/Julie Welch – 25 Nov 2020

Link to the YouTube Lunar Eclipse video.