Friday, October 22, 2010
The Rooneys, David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson
All this is Neptune’s realm, and being an outer planet, we are all subject to his influence on a collective level whether we like it or not. If you have a strong Neptune, then you can influence the collective, you can become a celebrity. Mr Obama has Sun square to Neptune in the 9th House (religious teacher) and Bill Clinton has Neptune Rising with Mars and Venus. So Bill Clinton’s fame had/has a strong romantic/sexual element (which fame often does anyway.) With Neptune Rising, he found it hard to be in control of himself,
Wayne Rooney was born 24 October 1985, birth time unknown. He has earned his celebrity, being a world-class striker.
His wife Coleen has also become a celebrity (unearned). Her Sun is widely square to Neptune, in this case describing how her fame (Neptune) comes through her husband (Sun in Aries, a good sign for a sporting hero.)
Astrologically, Wayne Rooney’s connection with fame is through the square from Neptune to his Mars, which is appropriate for a sportsman. He has been with Manchester United since he was 19, and he has been with his wife since he was 17 (they married 2 years ago.) You can see why he is kicking against both his marriage and his club. He is talented and ambitious and needs to find his independence as an adult. This is psychologically necessary for him, and it is often a messy process.
It was the same with his famous predecessor David Beckham (who like Rooney has natal Mars square Neptune.) Prior to leaving, both developed a difficult relationship with their legendary club manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson once threw a boot at Beckham in the dressing room, leaving a cut on his forehead that required stitches. Now Ferguson is saying about Rooney that he cannot understand why he should want to leave after all they have done for him. That, of course, is precisely the point when you are a young male looking for independence. This is what Ferguson doesn’t seem to get.
The 2 planets associated with father/authority are the Sun and Saturn. When Beckham left Manchester United in 2003, his Saturn Return was just starting, and Neptune was squaring his Sun. With Rooney, the bust-up is occurring earlier, and the astrology is not quite so obvious. But he does have natal Sun conjunct Pluto in Scorpio, as well as Pluto conjunct the South Node in Scorpio. So his personal power is all important to him. Either he claims it, or he will never become himself. This is true of everybody, but it is a particularly central theme for Rooney. Pluto is finishing a transiting sextile to his Sun-Pluto, and Neptune will soon start to trine it. So the transition isn’t as hard as it might be, despite the war of words in the press. As for his Saturn, Neptune is about to finish squaring it.
Both the Pluto and Neptune transits have been going on for a couple of years, so this move by Rooney (which hasn’t yet been officially announced) has been brewing for a while, it is the end of a process.
With natal Sun-Pluto in Scorpio, and its need for personal power and integrity, one can see why the breakaway process has been occurring at a younger age for Rooney than it did for Beckham. And in both cases we see major transits to both the Sun and Saturn, the planets of father and personal authority.
STOP PRESS: STRAIGHT AFTER I HAD WRITTEN THIS, ROONEY SHOCKED EVERYONE BY DOING A U-TURN AND SIGNING A 5 YEAR CONTRACT WITH MAN UTD. I THINK THIS MAY BE A DESPERATE MOVE ON HIS PART, COMMITTING HIMSELF TO TRY AND FORCE CLARITY ON A SITUATION WHICH IS NO LONGER CLEAR FOR HIM. LIKE STAYING IN HIS MARRIAGE. On the other hand, maybe he has now stood up to Ferguson enough to feel that he is his own man? I reckon, though, that this is not the end of the story.