Day 3 of the tournament dawns; and the games begin with a contest between Australia and Italy, two teams which, according to the pundits, are very closely matched in form and ability.
At the time of writing, the bookmakers are offering slightly better odds on Australia, who are therefore signified by Mercury, ruler of the 1st and 10th houses, with Jupiter (Lord of the 7th and 4th houses) signifying their opponents, Italy.
The Moon, as indicator of events, first aspects Mercury by sextile - an indication of an early goal for the favourites. She next trines the antiscion of Jupiter; a corresponding boon for their opponents. With such well-balanced testimonies, this has game has potential to be a closely-matched, and hard-fought, and will test the mettle of both teams to the limit. The result is likely to be decided by the Moon's final aspect (over the allotted 5 degree orb) to conjunct the cusp of the 1st House, bringing victory to the favourites. Since the Moon also represents the public, the support of the fans or some kind of public decision or scrutiny may also prove crucial to the final result.
Brazil are the favourites to win their inaugural match, although they would be unwise to underestimate their opponents, Jamaica.
According to John Frawley's "Sports Astrology"; Lord 7 (in this case, Mars for Jamaica) in the 10th house favours the favourite". This would indicate a victory for Brazil. However, the Moon as significator of events, applies to square the antiscion of Mars (at 14 Gemini 18) and then proceeds to a sextile aspect with Mars himself (at 15 cancer 42); both testimonies in favour of Jamaica. These equally balanced testimonies should result in an entertaining game in which a spirited performance from Jamaica will keep Brazil on their toes and establish them as a force to be reckoned with.
For their debut match of the tournament, England's Lionesses are pitted against Scotland, one of the toughest rivals in their group.
Although England are tipped as the favourites, Scotland's record is worthy of respect and the game's result is far from a foregone conclusion.
The Moon first sextiles the antiscion of the Sun (Lord 10) at 11 Cancer 28, an indicator of victory for the favourites. The Moon's next (and final) aspect within the 5 degree orb allotted for football matches is a sextile to Mars (Lord 1) at 15 Cancer 48, which also favours the favourites. The judgement for this game rests on whether our (English) bookmakers are correct in their estimation that injury-troubled England's form is good enough to make them favourites. If this is the case, these testimonies should be sufficient to award them victory.
Sports Astrology by John Frawley
Christian Astrology by William Lilly
Charts calculated with Astrogold for Mobile
Astrological analysis by www.louiseofarabia.com
Image of the goddesses Athena and Nike by Robert Auer