England and Japan have distinguished themselves in their group, where they currently hold first and second places respectively. Both teams are already guaranteed a place in the final 16 but this fact will do nothing to dull the competitive edge between them.
England are still favourites to win, but Japan will go all out to finish at the top of their group. As reflected in the bookmaker's odds, a draw is also a very real possibility.
Perhaps the event chart for tonight's match in Nice can offer some clarity: The Moon is void of course, a testimony which tends to preserve the status quo: In the context of this game, a void of course Moon could mean that the team at the top of the group will hold on to their title; a win for England.
However, the chart also contains some notable testimonies in favour of Japan. Both their significators, Mercury (Lord 7) and Mars (Lord 4) apply to conjunct the Part of Fortune. In the absence of any other testimonies, this would indicate a win for Japan.
But testimonies there are aplenty; in addition to the void of course Moon favouring England, the antiscion of Venus (Lady of the 10th) at 16 Cancer 56 is closely conjunct the North Node. We have already seen in earlier games how influential the Nodes can be, and this is a powerful advantage for England.
With the testimonies so equally balanced, this match is too close to call, with a draw a real possibility. England still have the edge, but would be wise not to let their guard down for a second, as Japan will put up a spirited fight right up until the final whistle.
Scotland's performance in this tournament has not been all they would have wished, whilst Argentina have exceeded expectations. Scotland are still favourites to win this evening's fixture in Paris. Jupiter (Lord 1) conjunct the 1st house cusp lends his strength to Scotland's cause, whilist the antiscion of Venus (Lady of the 10th) at 16 Cancer 56 provides another testimony for the favourites by dint of her conjunction with the Part of Fortune.
It would seem that the chart favours Scotland, but are Scotland truly the stronger team given their recent tournament form? And how do we interpret the void of course Moon? Usually a void of course Moon is an indication that the current order will be maintained, but does this refer to a win for the favourites or instead indicate that their rivals will maintain their position in the group table (where Argentina is currently placed above Scotland)? It will be interesting to see how these testimonies play out in what promises to be a closely fought game.
Sports Astrology by John Frawley
Christian Astrology by William Lilly
Charts calculated with Astrogold for Mobile
Astrological analysis by www.louiseofarabia.com
Image of goddesses Athena and Nike by Robert Auer