When there are important moments in life there are at least 3 indications for change (the rule of three). There are (of course) a number of indications in the chart of Shaquille O'Neal for stopping, retiring and ending his career.
1. Transit Pholus square natal Sun (now) for a turning point in life and lifestyle.
2. Transit Saturn will be square Midheaven in August. That is for a career end and depressing condition.
3. Transit Pluto semi square Progressed MC (now and in December 2011): frustrating transformation process...frustrated/difficult come back. His condition (MC) doesn't allow him to go on.
4. Transit Uranus conjunct progressed Mercury is for shocking news (right now, sudden decisions)
5. Transit Saturn trine Progressed Venus right now is perhaps about relationships or the respect that he gets from his fans.
Those are not easy aspects and that is to be expected. There is even more (like transit Neptune square Saturn ruler 10 - he needs cortisone for injuries and his achilles' heel is damaged - and Transit Pholus inconjunct natal Mars for the phyrric victory and the turning point in energy level).
Shaquille O'Neal is the best basketball player of all times.
For more about the natal chart, the chart drawing and the Yod of Sun, Mars and Uranus (connected to Midheaven), continue...
NATAL CHART OF SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
Here you see the natal chart with transits and progressions for now (June 3, 2011).
With Jupiter rising before the Sun and elevated and with Uranus 'calling' (no major aspects), he is the prototype of the inventive person and the positive change in life, the international and ... the sometimes controversial. The Sun is sextile Mars, quintile Jupiter and inconjunct Uranus. That is a statement for sudden winning competitions, successful surgery and the drive to make live better. The inconjunction between Sun and Uranus is perhaps resonating the alienation between Shaquille O'Neal and his natural father.
The successful basketball player has Sun quindecile (165d) Pluto in the natal chart. There is also a quintile with Jupiter. The two minor aspects construct a combination of Sun, Jupiter and Pluto that is one of the keys to success in a chart.
When a Yod is connected to Midheaven, the job is connected to the pointing finger of the Yod.
Shaquille O'Neal has a Yod between Sun, Mars and Uranus (the apex), pointing at accelerated speed (short fuse, hit and run like in basketball) and the risk of accidents and injuries. Sun, Mars and Uranus are in aspect with the Midheaven so that performance (Sun), sport or the military (Mars) and techniques (Uranus) are linked to the career. Or should I say: being extraordinary fast is part of the reason why he did this job?
MARS URANUS PLUTO
Mars-Uranus accelerates speed and Mars-Pluto intensifies energy. With Mars inconjunct Uranus impatience and a short fuse might be on the other side of the medal: quick acceleration. The combination with the sesquisquare with Pluto could have led to acting on impulse and injuries. Mars-Uranus-Pluto is the combination of forcing changes and a special drive to win that is seen in revolutionary charts and related to injuries and surgery, too.
In Basketball it is a good thing to have a helicopter view (and be tall:) and to be able to quickly change position and go for it.
The fact that Uranus and Pluto are in the 6th house and Mars is in the first perhaps contributes to the physical problems caused by the intensity of professional sports.
Mercury (communications) is in aspect with Pluto (opposition), Mars (semi square) and Uranus (quindecile) and that makes me think about rap. It is quick, it is controversial and it is about rhythm and pattern. A prominent Venus contributes to style and entertainment. Venus doesn't make major aspects within 5 degrees and is angular, on the Ascendant. Venus is biquintile Neptune and that is part of the (incomplete) pattern of professional artistic talent. Shaquille O'Neal also is an actor, I read. But first of all he is the basketball man.
- Mars is in Taurus (martial arts).
- He divorced twice. Mars is in conflict with Uranus, Venus is in aspect with Neptune and the Moon is in a wider opposition with Saturn. Those positions, with Venus in Aries, are indications for divorce in the charts of men.
To the news about the retirement:http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=6615886
Also visit: Astromarkt.net about Mars-Uranus and about the aspect of the strong drive to win: Mars Pluto...
For more about the inconjunction on Astropost, click here...