By Matthew David Savinar

Along with being the most health conscious sign of the zodiac, Virgo also excels at writing, analysis, and forensic research due to its eye for detail, accuracy, and love of footnotes. In medical astrology, Virgo is associated with the intestines which through their power of analysis and discretion decide what stays with the body and what is discarded as waste. Virgo’s penchant for analysis and association with the intestines is also why you’ll find a disproportionate number of muckrakers born under this sign. Journalist Upton Sinclair, whose 1903 book The Jungle exposed the horrors of the early 20th century meatpacking industry, is a representative Virgo Sun. Combine the intellectual leanings of a Virgo Sun with a Leo Moon’s instincts for showmanship and the result is a Sun/Moon that is capable of doing muckraking journalism (Virgo) in a fashion that’s highly theatrical (Leo). To illustrate: using its on-air premier date as its date of birth, the 2003 ESPN television series Playmakers is a Virgo Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart)

Yes, Playmakers was about football but don’t let that dissuade you from giving it serious consideration. The series was absolutely riveting, receiving acclaim from critics (Virgo) and sky high ratings (Leo) from viewers; a well crafted, smartly written (Virgo) piece of theater (Leo) that was to professional football at the turn of 21st century what The Jungle was to the meatpacking industry at the turn of the 20th. The show was designed for male football aficionados yet brought in huge numbers of both women and non-sports fans because it depicted the most human of dramas: depression and drug addiction, unsettling power dynamics and deeply troubling family legacies. The plot lines were thought-provoking (Virgo) yet entertaining (Leo), featuring multi-faceted characters cast into complex ethical dilemmas with no easy solutions. The show’s story arcs were fictional but highly realistic and more than a bit prescient: a star quarterback keeping his painkiller habit from his doctor, a veteran head coach keeping his cancer diagnosis from his family, and a Catholic wide receiver keeping his homosexuality from everybody — all issues that the NFL has done its best to deny or dismiss over the last 15 years. The show was a hit because it depicted the players not as caricatures but as human beings, exactly what Upton Sinclair did with meatpackers in The Jungle a century earlier.

Unfortunately, despite sky high ratings and critical acclaim, the series only lasted for one season as it absolutely enraged the NFL who pressured ESPN to kill it. Amazingly, one team owner said he felt the NFL was as wholesome an institution as Disneyland but that Playmakers had depicted it as being akin to the Medellion drug cartel. That’s a strange analogy to make since the NFL is arguably responsible for more heads being bashed and lives being shortened than Pablo Escobar himself.

That a fictional show like Playmakers was able to engage in muckraking (Virgo) in regards to one of the biggest entertainment cartels (Leo) in America makes sense once you understand the psychological operandi of this pairing. Virgo is the sign analysis, discernment, and diagnosis, while Leo is the sign of the King himself. The Virgo/Leo pairing’s job to to diagnose (Virgo) the problems of the king (Leo). According to astrologer Raven Kaldera, this is the Sun/Moon of “The Bard” whose job is to speak truth (Virgo) to power (Leo):

The Bard is willing to go forth and speak in a sacred voice, telling even rulers how to rule and putting a check on tyranny.

The Bard was deemed too dangerous to less secure Kings, and he was taken out of the equation . . . a deed that became deadly in the end. When the Bard cannot act as a check and balance to the King, the situation is turned over to the Aquarius opposition, who will have the King down as fast as possible. Thus the Bard’s job is crucial to the King, even if the King dislikes it occasionally (or often). (Source)

In the case of Playmakers, the show was playing the role of the Bard and the NFL the role of tyrannical King. The King (the NFL) disliked the Bard (Playmakers) so much that he was deemed “too dangerous” and taken out of the equation of cable television. Almost 15 years later, the tyranny of the NFL has been turned over to an armada of Aquarian style opposition groups ranging from the players’ union to parental groups to non-profits to the PBS documentary series “Frontline” now ready to take the King down. Had the King listened to a Bard like Playmakers 15 years ago, maybe some serious, comprehensive reforms could have been implemented and the current uprising would not be necessary.

According to astrologer Stella Hyde, Virgos make for great homeopaths and life coaches while Leo Moons are nourished by highly theatrical jobs such media mogul, circus ringmaster, and WWE wrestler. YouTube health and fitness celebrity Brandon Carter is a Virgo Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart) Carter is, in effect, a life coach (Virgo Sun) with the stage presence of a WWE superstar (Leo Moon), a street smart homeopath (Virgo) whose the circus ringmaster of a budding YouTube media empire (Leo Moon). He’s best known for helping to popularize what’s called “street workouts”, an insurgent exercise movement that is one part old school calisthenics, one part freestyle break-dancing. Unlike expensive memberships at corporate owned globo-gyms or the over priced pretentiousness of many yoga studios, street workouts require nothing more than access to an outdoor park and a good attitude. The workouts are a highly efficient (Virgo sun) form of exercise that rewards stagecraft and creativity (Leo Moon), one whose adherents are to mainstream gym chains what “the 99%” are to the Federal Reserve.

Kaldera tells us that in addition to speaking truth to power, the Virgo/Leo Bard can often be found speaking, writing, or reading “eloquent and inspirational political writing and thinking deeply about how it moves them.” (Source) Carter, for instance, has a popular series of YouTube videos entitled “Books That Make You Stronger” which as of this writing is up to seven installments.

Prior to becoming a fitness (Virgo) celebrity (Leo), Carter had gained some traction in the independent music scene. Like the music of any good Bard, his lyrics were aimed at putting a check on the tyrannical rule of various out of control Kings. Consider, for instance, these excerpts from his 2010 single “Blood Money”:

That Holy war ain’t working Mosque and Churches get it straight

Because I know for certain the verses don’t advocate

You killing another person or hurting them for their faith

Al-Qaeda wont see the virgins, Bush wont see no pearly Gates

[large snip]

They tryin’ to enslave you, Obama works for Goldman Sachs, how he gonna save you?

Carter’s video for “Blood Money” was released to YouTube where it quickly racked up 200,000 views before YouTube removed it from their site, perhaps for reasons not all together different than those that led ESPN to remove Playmakers from their programming. If so it won’t be the first time a Bard’s words have been deemed too dangerous to be heard.

About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney, voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached via email at editor (at sign)