Go Phillies!

Baseball season is here and, as always, this household roots for the Philadelphia Phillies. On our sister site, StarBaby paid homage to the team mascot and mentioned that the 300 pound team representative entered the baseball scene on April 25, 1978.

I simply had to look at the chart.

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No wonder the Phillies Phanatic is such a popular fellow and a key member of the Mascot Hall of Fame. He was “born” with a planetary eclipse of the Sun and Chiron!

The asteroid Chiron has to do with spontaneity, impulsiveness, popularity and loyalty and what better planetary body to represent the heart and soul of a team mascot?

Not only does his chart have the Sun and Chiron conjunct, but the two are parallel in declination, so he is super popular with the public and charms everyone he meets!

That Sun/Chiron conjunction is square to Mars making him a super energetic fellow as well and a perfect fit for a baseball team since athletic sports are ruled by Mars.

Actually, the Sun/Chiron conjunction is at the center of a T-Square that involves not only Mars, but also Juno, the asteroid of fantasy. With Juno in the mix it’s no wonder no one knows exactly what the Phillie Phanatic really is—it is said he came from the Galapagos Islands but has anyone ever seen a giant green bird or two-legged animal like this one in real life?

He really gets along with humans and is quite the social animal, but that might be due to Venus and Mars both parallel in the declinations and both contraparallel Neptune accentuating his whimsical sense of fun.

This mascot has an irrepressible penchant for mischief and likes to climb in the stands with fans, takes daring rides across the ball field in his four-wheeler, dances on the dugout, and has tackled other mascots. That natal Sun square Mars brashness, however, has gotten him into trouble. Occasionally someone or something gets damaged by this 6 foot phenomenon. The Dodgers’ Tommy Lasorda lost his temper when mocked by the big green creature during a game in 1988 and assaulted the Phillie Phanatic during a nationally televised game. In May 2002 Bob Jarvis, professor of sports law at Nova Southeastern University, said that the Phanatic holds the “dubious record as the most-sued mascot in the majors.”

Apparently the Phanatic gets a bit too exuberant when mixing with the crowds and other teams. Gee, what else would you expect from a character born with a T-Square involving the Sun, Chiron and Mars and Juno?