Astrological Musings

by Lynn Hayes

In Part I we examined the dark side of Tiger Woods – his fascination with sexuality and the danger presented to him by his own self-destructiveness.  But there is a lighter side to Woods as well.  His Moon, representing his emotional security needs and the way that he processes his emotions, is in the expansive sign of Sagittarius.  Woods has worked hard all of his life (Capricorn Sun), perfecting his craft (Virgo ascendant) and channeling the intensity of his nature (Pluto square Sun) primarily into his work (and now, we discover, into his sexual affairs).  But he also has a heart (the Moon) that longs to be free to follow his own dreams and to be free from the shackles of superstardom.  
But his Moon is at the very bottom of the chart, the point we call the “Nadir,” that has to do with our inner world: our family, our home, the part of ourselves that we are aware of when we’re alone.  The Moon is ruler of the Nadir, the cusp of the fourth house of home and ancestors, and is very powerful here.  The Moon in a man’s chart also represents his relationship to the women in his life.  Woods isn’t lying when he says that family is the most important thing – he really means it.  For him, the sexual affairs are likely his means of blowing off the steam from the pressure cooker that is his professional and public life.  
Woods’s Moon is opposed by Mars, the planet that governs our drives and desires.  Mars in Woods’s chart is in Gemini which is another echo of the need for experimentation and variety, particularly where sexuality (Mars represents the sexual drive along with other drives) is concerned.  Mars is in his ninth house of adventure, exacerbating his need for a more expansive life and the freedom to live the way he wants to.  
We all have competing aspects of our charts that are difficult to integrate, and this is the challenge that life presents to us.  How can be allow expression to all of the different pieces of ourselves and become whole and true to every part of ourselves?  Often we achieve it just as Woods has, by splintering our life into pieces and hoping that the pieces don’t collide.
As I wrote in my original post just after the accident, transiting Uranus (the planet of sudden change and revolutionary behavior) was in its final stage of a challenging square to Woods’s Moon, representing his emotional security and relationships with women.  At the same time Neptune, the planet that governs our spiritual connection, and Jupiter, planet of expansion and freedom, were in a nearly exact trine to the Midheaven of Woods’s chart:  the career point. This is a transit cycle that generally indicates the ability to bring more of one’s true self into the work environment.  This suggests that this debacle will ultimately have a lasting positive effect on Woods’s ability to achieve a better balance with his home life (Nadir) and his career (Midheaven).
To complicate matters, his progressed Moon was moving into an exact square with Mars in his chart, an alignment which can foster reckless behavior and an urge to be free from subterfuge. The planets are relatively quiet for Woods over the next couple of months as he lays low, but stressful cycles beginning in March will, I believe, create some very visible conflict has he engages in a bitter divorce and contract disputes of various kinds with transiting Jupiter, Chiron and Venus all  forming a square to Venus in his chart.
It is said that when a cheating spouse gets caught it’s because he wants to be caught.  Tiger Woods was becoming extremely reckless, texting his girlfriends in the presence of his wife; bringing them into the home he shared with his wife and children.  I suspect that the duality of his life became too great and he hungered to be free to be himself.  
Celebrity astrological profiles are useful tools to illustrate how astrology works in real life.  But we never really know what goes on behind closed doors, and we can only speculate about the outcome. 
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