08/01/2002 5:32 pm ET
A's for astrology
August forecasts for Lilly, Dye, Justice
By Andrea Mallis / Special to MLB.com
Andrea Mallis, an astrological consultant based in Berkeley, Calif., has written for several Major League club magazines, including
Athletics Magazine, and is a regular on Bay Area sports-talk radio. She has agreed to provide for OaklandAthletics.com periodical
looks into the way astrology might be affecting the A's.
Baseball shaman Billy Beane has added some new faces to the A's clubhouse. Another sharpshooter in an already impressive pitching
arsenal, Capricorn Ted Lilly joins the A's rotation, where Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito rule; the terrific trinity made the top five in
ERA for July.
Having had time to adjust to the culture shock of moving from the Yankees conservative clubhouse to the free-spirited A's, a newly
emancipated Ted should be poised for action upon returning from the DL.
I'll also prophesize on Aquarius Jermaine Dye and Aries David Justice, while welcoming firebrand Sagittarius Ray Durham. Awakening a
drowsy A's offense, Ray provides an adrenaline rush, delivering much-needed speed and optimistic energy. An All-Star who enjoys
stretching limits, it will be exhilarating to see how far his dash takes the A's.
Ted Lilly: Opportunity to bloom
In giving their son the name Theodore Roosevelt Lilly, Ted's parents sensed their offspring was destined for greatness. Disciplined and
ambitious, he's driven to prove himself. Persevering through hardship to reach goals, his recent stint on the disabled list is just another
obstacle on his path, as Capricorns are no strangers to setbacks that test their mettle. Like their mountain goat archetype, they slowly but
surely reach the top.
Still, critical events will arise, affecting Ted's status for a long time to come. His self-contained disposition will remain in control as he
embraces new responsibility. Highly conscientious and efficient, Capricorns are the old souls of the zodiac -- born serious, they get
younger as they age. Earnest and reserved, these pragmatic and hard-working souls intuitively know there's a time for everything. Surely
the timing of Pluto opposing his Mars was an uprooting surprise. Inordinately ambitious, with a tireless determination to reach goals, his
sense of mission is at a peak.
Liberated from the languish of the Yankees bullpen, Lilly's left-handed mojo dovetails nicely with the A's, creating a supernatural "AL Left."
Not one to hide his light under a bushel, this Lilly needs recognition to thrive. An idiosyncratic personality that hears a different drummer,
he'll fully flower with the unfettered A's.
Jermaine Dye: No way out but through
The good news is Aquarius Jermaine is getting stronger every day. The challenge is that for the entire season he's been laboring under
the ultimate wet blanket in terms of physical vitality -- the planet Neptune. Stoic Jermaine's been playing hurt on an uneven playing field.
With a deep belief in his ability to survive and emerge victorious, he pursues goals with singleness of purpose. Possessing tremendous
inner resources and strength, he dedicatedly plows on. Like Aesop's tortoise, he's patient and steadfast. Preferring a regular routine, he
couldn't wait to return after his debilitating leg injury.
Because of Neptune's slow movement, diminished energy and a longer healing process descended. Certainly, this has been a
bewildering experience for a career .283 hitter and Gold Glove outfielder accustomed to unlimited robust energy. Glimpses of the pre-injury
Jermaine are abounding; he's been a trouper navigating through this once-in-a-lifetime haze.
The good news: Relief arrives in August as Mars fortifies. Provided he doesn't overexert, he can tap into elusive energy. He's also gearing
up for his Saturn return, a cycle of new beginnings that occurs around the age of 29. While Mars provides a timely shot in the arm (or leg!),
Neptune's still in the cosmic mix, cautioning that full physical vitality is in short supply. But it's no mystery that the stronger Jermaine gets,
the stronger the A's get.
David Justice: Postseason good-luck charm?
Aries warrior David Justice thrives on challenge. He's impulsive, enthusiastic and assertive. Aries' self-image is invincible. Accepting
limitation is difficult for David; he, too, hated being placed on the disabled list.
Providing veteran leadership to the youthful A's clubhouse is an integral part of DJ's role. So is bringing championship experience; he has
appeared in 107 postseason games, a Major League record. Blessed with a victorious spirit and the will to win, he loves competition.
Courageous and bold, Aries is the stuff of heroes.
Nevertheless, with his best days behind him, this season likely will be his last. Born in the revolutionary mid-'60s, David finds his
astrological mid-life approaching, along with shifting priorities. Mingled with sluggish Saturn transits, many wonder if he's still the right
man for the job. Saturn is the cosmic cop and during this time of testing, shortcomings are brought to light. After posting miniscule
numbers for a clean-up hitter, things should ultimately heat up in August, as powerful Mars aspects grant him extra drive and confidence.
Look for him to accomplish and endure. Capable of sparking the team, going out in a blaze of glory would suit the A's and DJ just fine.
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