In baseball the object is to be safe at home… This certainly sounds like Cancer.
And football? Well, the object in football is to reach the goal… and this sounds like Capricorn.
Cancer is all about never losing sight of home. And Capricorn, the sign opposite Cancer, is all about never losing sight of the goal.
Cancer and Baseball
Cancer is about emotional connections, having a home base where like a child you’re always welcomed and feel safe. This is where your roots are…and like baseball, the sign Cancer seems almost as American as apple pie. The Suns entrance into Cancer marks the beginning of Summer.
Baseball blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. ~ A. Bartlett Giamatti, “The Green Fields of the Mind,” Yale Alumni Magazine, November 1977
Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people. ~Steve Busby, in Washington Post, 8 July 1974
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. ~Roy Campanella
Football and Capricorn
The sign Capricorn is about setting goals and working hard to achieve them. While Cancer is our connection to home, Capricorn is our connection to realities of being an adult. The tough, productive, and strong bread winning parent who is totally committed and demands respect. Capricorn is conditioned to be tough, endure and survive, while putting up a lethal defense… always in service to its goal. The Suns entrance into Capricorn marks the beginning of winter.
individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ~ Vince Lombardi
I wouldn’t ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was, you know, important -like a league game or something. ~ Dick Butkus.
I don’t like to lose, and that isn’t so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective. I don’t want a football player who doesn’t take defeat to heart, who laughs it off with the thought, ‘Oh, well, there’s another Saturday.’ The trouble in American life today, in business as well as in sports, is that too many people are afraid of competition. The result is that in some circles people have come to sneer at success if it costs hard work and training and sacrifice. ~ Knute Kenneth Rockne
Observational Comedy and Experiential Astrology
George Carlin, known for his dark humor, as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, and religion, was a master at observational comedy. (Carlin passed away on June 22, 2008)
In the video at the top Carlin talks about what is different about the games of baseball and football. His monologue is an almost perfect experiential metaphor for the astrological signs of Cancer and Capricorn.
For those of you who may not know, experiential astrology shifts the focus from an intellectual understanding of the various signs of the zodiac to the feeling expression of their important energies. This is accomplished by acting the energy out, and Carlin, unintentionally I’m sure, does this very well.
Notice how Carlin changes the pitch of his voice and his body language to represent the energy of each…sport? sign? Carlin’s voice becomes lighter and almost childlike when he’s speaking of baseball (Cancer) and much lower, determined and adult like as he talks about football (Capricorn). Also, listen to the words he uses when he defines the objective of each game.
Of course this is not about the Sun signs, Cancer and Capricorn, it’s the about the archetypes. We all have Cancer and Capricorn somewhere in our horoscopes…so after watching this video, ask yourself where in your life do feel the greatest commitment, work the hardest and never lose sight of the goal? And, where in your life do you feel the need to nurture and be nurtured, or to run to when you want to feel safe and at home?