Well at least that’s over for another 4 years. No more waking up in the cold and dark only to find the straws that had been tentatively clutched the night before had been completely ripped to shreds. A promising 40 odd by the strangely named Dawid Malan always seemed to turn into a 6 wicket collapse with the much more solid sounding Steve Smith inevitably approaching another century.
Even the most optimistic England cricket fan would have anticipated an Ashes defeat once it became clear that Neptune’s square to Ben Stokes’ Sun would rob us of our only chance. But anyone equipped with an ephemeris and a rudimentary understanding of contest charts would have been spared suffering the feeling that its the hope that kills.
The first test in Brisbane is as clear as they come. The Moon’s next aspect is a square to Uranus ( the Ascendant ruler ) for Australia as the home side and as there is no aspect to the Sun ( 7th house ruler ) there is no chance for England.
Jupiter’s position at the Midheaven simply gives Australia overwhelming home advantage.
Australia won in comprehensive fashion by 10 wickets.
The 2nd test was widely considered to be England’s best chance as it was a day / nighter and the evening conditions were likely to be more suitable to English bowling.
The Moon separating from an opposition with Jupiter ( the Ascendant ruler ) could suggest that things were moving away from Australia. But there were no lunar aspects to Mercury for England. Mercury was also at the end of its sign conjunct Saturn which seem to be suggesting that the game was already up for the touring side.
The best one could hope for from this chart was a draw, and England definitely had their moments but Australia still won although the margin of 120 runs wasn’t nearly as emphatic as in the first test.
A defeat in the 3rd Test would have meant the Ashes would be lost, a scenario that most punters were expecting at this point, particularly as it was in Perth with its notoriously hard, bouncy pitches which suited the fast Aussie bowling. Most English fans were preparing for our boys to be bounced out and hoping to come away without any life threatening injuries.
The clearest astrology can come to predicting victory for the home team in any contest is the Moon applying to a conjunction of the Ascendant ruler of the chart. If there is no aspect that gets in the way first and equally no aspect of the Moon to the Descendant ruler, then the touring team should cut their losses and head for home.
In this chart the Moon applies to a conjunction with Jupiter and the only thing that gets in first is a nice favourable trine to the dignified Neptune, which just happens to be the co ruler for Australia.
And if any symbol suggests a team on their way home with the tail limply hanging between their legs better than Mercury ( for England ) being in detriment, combust and retrograde in Sagittarius ( the sign of long journeys ), I have yet to see it.
The Perth track did not prove to be the vicious trampoline that many were expecting, but Australia still hammered England by a massive innings and 41 runs.
The chart for the 4th Test is a bit peculiar in that it has a very late Ascendant and the Moon is Void of Course, right in the last half a degree of the last sign Pisces. Many astrologers would quite reasonably apply horary considerations before judgement to contest charts and certainly be put off giving any predictions on a chart that exhibited two of the most prominent warning signs.
However in Capricorn Research’s experience, a chart always describes the situation around a match and this one identified the state of play between the two teams.
A final degree Ascendant and Void of Course Moon very neatly symbolises a contest that was a dead rubber.
Any English fan who spent a small fortune travelling half way across the world for the Boxing Day test without consulting an astrologer only has themselves to blame. In more enlightened times, people wouldn’t travel to the next village without a chat with the local soothsayer.
But despite the sheer pointlessness of this match, it had to go ahead anyway. So what would the result be.
The Moon goes on to make a square aspect to both Saturn for Australia and the Sun for England, so a draw would be the most likely outcome. On an extremely flat pitch in Melbourne, the result was a draw. If it had been a timeless test like in the old days which continued until England had taken 20 wickets, it would no doubt still be going on now.
Interestingly the only player to come out of it with anything positive was Alistair Cook, the England batsman who carried his bat throughout with a record breaking innings of 244.
Cook’s previous scores in the series had been pathetic and many punters were openly calling for him to retire from Test cricket.
The Sun / Venus / Saturn conjunction at 0 – 4 degrees Capricorn picks up this image beautifully particularly when we consider that Cook’s natal Sun is in the 4th degree of that sign.
The last test of a series that has already been comprehensively won often has a rather flat feel to it. This would certainly be the case for England, struggling away as usual, but the Aussies were divinely inspired, as we might expect given that their co – ruler, Neptune dignified in Pisces is closely conjunct the Ascendant.
Jupiter, the other Aussie ruler is closely conjunct an extremely competitive Mars in Scorpio, showing which team were up for this one.
Australia hit a massive total of 649 for 7, with 3 centuries including 2 from brothers, the first time this had happened since the last Aussies to do it ( Steve and Mark Waugh ). They thrashed England by the biggest total of the series, an innings and 123 runs.
Needless to say the Moon applies by square to Jupiter for Australia which is easily enough to give it to them.
Capricorn Research has seldom seen a bunch of charts which so aptly describes a Test series.
Many readers may be saying if only this article had been published before it began they would have been much richer. Capricorn Research did place wagers on the Aussies to win the 1st, 3rd and 5th matches but the odds were so poor it was barely worth bothering.
Everyone including the bookies assumes we will lose, but can anything be done about this state of affairs. Are we always destined to lose in Australia ?
Most English fans have been debating this very question and coming up with answers in the affirmative unless we can come up with the fast bowlers and spinners needed to win in Australia rather than the swing variety that works well back home.
Social media has been full of observations that somehow English people lack the necessary ” cojones ” and desire to beat the Aussies. Without the slightest trace of irony, they put this down to the fact that they spend too little time outdoors playing cricket and far too much on social media.
Cricket is a sport where home advantage is critical.
When we consider the places where it is played at a high level, the weather and pitch conditions are very different. Whereas in most sports like football the impact of either on the flight of the ball is negligible, in cricket it is crucial.
Cloud cover can make a ball change its line of flight easily enough to fool a batsman to misjudge a shot and nick it to one of the slip fielders. In England, our bowlers are very experienced at swinging a ball and are perfectly placed to exploit this advantage.
Often a good understanding of the local pitch and weather can make the difference between winning and losing particularly if you win the toss to decide whether to bat first or second.
Naturally all countries try to produce pitches that favour their own side’s bowling. Australia go a little further. They choose to begin all their Test series in Brisbane, particularly when it comes to the Ashes.
In the last 60 years, England have only won the Ashes 3 times in Australia. On each of those occasions they have got a result in Brisbane, two draws and a win. Every other series Australia have won the first Brisbane test and gone on to win the series.
The tropical climate of Brisbane in an Australian summer is so different to what the English team is used to, that its hardly surprising we fail since we invariably get off to a bad start. By the time the English are acclimatised, they’re already behind and under pressure.
Oddly enough England don’t do the same in their home series. It would make sense to start the first test at cloudy Headingley or wet Old Trafford or freezing Durham, but England invariably rotate the tests so that they start elsewhere.
Another point that is far more relevant to this article and the subject at hand is that England start their Ashes at various different points in the summer whereas a series in Australia always starts at around the same time, sometime around the 20th November or late Scorpio / early Sagittarius.
The argument put forward for this starting date is that it allows the 4th Test which invariably is a series decider to fall during the holidays, traditionally starting on Boxing Day allowing many more people to watch it live or on TV. But given that the series is frequently all but decided before then, this does not seem to be the real reason.
After much contemplation of this problem, Capricorn Research has uncovered the real reason for this start date which points to a serious question of astrological match fixing by our antipodean friends.
Up until this season’s single experiment with the Adelaide day / nighter, Test matches always start at the same time, 10.00 am in Australia and 11.00 am in England.
A 10 o clock start in Brisbane will invariably produce an Aquarius Ascendant for Australia with Leo for England.
Traditional astrologers should look away now but this means that Australia have two ruling planets, Saturn and Uranus, while England only have the Sun.
Consequently the chances are greater that the Moon would be applying to one of the first two rather than the latter.
In England the test series usually starts sometime in Cancer or possibly late Gemini. An 11.00 am start would invariably give a Virgo Ascendant, meaning Mercury for England but also a Pisces descendant again giving Australia a choice of two significators, Jupiter and Neptune, with again a greater chance of winning.
Some readers may remain unconvinced that these start times for the test series are evidence of astrological match fixing and that no such thing would happen deliberately in any walk of life. But there are examples of it all around us if we just care to look.
A few years ago David Cameron’s incoming government decided to fix the date of future general elections, choosing the first Thursday in May. This falls slap bang in the middle of Taurus, that most conservative of all signs ( and the most fixed point in the whole Zodiac ). Thus simply giving the incumbent party the greatest advantage possible, particularly if it was a right of centre one.
Not only that but because the polls open at 7.00 am, Gemini would be rising. Mercury its ruler, representing the government is most likely to be in the 11th house of politics, frequently in the same sign Taurus or dignified in Gemini or assertively placed in Aries.
The Tauries may be the ” natural sign of government ” but why not cover all bases by giving yourselves a bit of astrological leverage and keep that place in perpetuity.
Maybe the ECB should follow the lead of Conservative Head Office and start the Test series in the first week in May at 7.00 in the morning, preferably in Durham or even John O’Groats.