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Bobby Fischer -Jan 08
9 March 1943 2.39pm Chicago, Illinois, USA
Input: 18 Jan 2008 Bobby Fischer, the controversial American who brought chess to a worldwide audience, has just died. Described in the obituaries as 'paranoid and obsessive'; his behaviour 'often boorish and outrageously egotistical, bordering on lunacy' he was nonetheless the most brilliant chess player in the world. A Sun Pisces trine Jupiter in Cancer sounds like a sweet-natured, rather vague personality. What marks his chart out as extraordinary and very mental is the Air Grand Trine of Mars in Aquarius trine Uranus Saturn in Gemini trine Neptune in Libra. Very much up-in-his head he had the cold detachment needed for the battle of wits that the chess game demands. Saturn Uranus conjunctions often have great insight and with Neptune added into the mix, he'd have flashes of real genius. His Mercury in Aquarius also brings a sharp mind and squaring onto Uranus, it doubles up on the inspired insight. Pisces despite its dreamy reputation is often the sign of scientists and explorers so in certain charts is no drawback to deep thinking or strategy.
His talented Air Grand trine becomes a Kite with the opposition of Mars to Pluto on the Ascendant so his ruthless desire to maintain control was the driving force behind his thinking. In chess, he once said, 'the object is to crush the other man's mind' - which pretty much sums up Mars Pluto. The Mars Pluto opposition squares onto a 10th house Taurus Moon hinting at a tortured emotional life, fuelled by deep, black rage, which he focussed onto a public career (0th house Moon).
Mercury in Aquarius especially square Uranus can also be very highly strung and mentally perverse. Since Mercury opposes the Leo Moon's North Node it would put him at odds with public opinion, most notably when he spoke out in support of 9/11, since he said the US and Israelis had not done well by the Palestinians.
When he won the World Championship on 1 September 1972 against reigning world champion Boris Spassky breaking a 24 year domination of the game by the Russians, he had Pluto exactly conjunct his 3rd house Neptune (on one leg of the Air Grand Trine). This influence can be highly confusing where reality is concerned but it may in his case have narrowed his field of vision putting Pluto's power behind Neptune's almost psychic insight. He delayed the start in of the Chess Tournament in July by several days as transitting Mars moved round his fixed T square, no doubt building up his anger. Once it had passed he arrived to start the long series of games. He became the youngest US chess champion ever in 1958 as a 14 year old as Pluto just into Virgo squared his Uranus giving his Air Grand Trine a hefty nudge; Saturn was in his 5th house and Uranus in his 1st.
His latter years were spent as a US exile, drifting and often reclusive, giving his money to a Fundamentalist Church and eventually ending up as a resident in Iceland where he had won the World Championship. On his astro- cartography his Neptune/Ascendant line runs close to Iceland which can be vague but can also be intuitive and inspired. And in 1972 his Secondary Progressed Neptune ran directly through Iceland. Neptune is the planet in his chart which has most aspects to his midpoints - an extraordinary 10 in all - boosting all that Neptunian energy. The Sun and Uranus are next with 8 midpoint aspects and curiously Mercury, the thinker, has only two. So one could say his talents and powers were more visionary than intellectual.
He died as Pluto had moved on three complete signs since 1972 to be within two degrees to a square to the Neptune which had won him the World Chess Championship.
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