The acme of contest analysis would naturally be a system in which the prediction is based upon an exhaustive examination of the birth-charts of all the contestants involved. Suchaction, however, is well nigh improbable in most circumstances and Impossible in many, due tothe difficulties one would face in compiling the data, erecting and rectifying the charts, andmaking an assembly-line study of each by progression and transits, etc.If this could be done, though, the elements to watch in every chart would be the vitality,alertness and momentary temperament of the players individually and in the aggregate. Thereason for isolating these four factors should be obvious to even the layman, inasmuch as theyare the chief ingredients in the recipe for achievement through ardor. A point-value systemoffers the best procedure for evaluating these factors in a long series of charts. Vitality isrelegated to the Sun, Moon and Mars. Alertness is usually determined by Mercury and Uranus.The psychological index (whether optimistic or pessimistic, ebullient or depressive) is a powerful determinant in the outcome of a contest. This index of the immediate temperament of the contestants is estimated from Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.Certain types of competitions are in all probability immune to the indications of theordinary sort encountered in contest analysis, and must receive special consideration. We refer to contests often described as "battles of wits," where preparation rather than luck decides theoutcome. This would include information quizzes, certain card games, and chess games. Theoutcome of a chess contest is probably dependent upon individual nativities of the opponents,although the usual contest chart set for the commencement of the game would naturally beexamined in the light of the birth-charts involved.
The How and Why
A horary chart for the time and place of the occasion — be it a football, baseball, basketball or ice hockey game, boxing or tennis match — will usually suffice to reveal thewinner, independently of the personal fortunes of the players. The skeptic may well ask. "Why,and in what manner, does such a horoscope indicate the winner of an as-yet-unplayed game ?’'Let us answer that question.It is our firm conviction, based upon the combined principles of astrology and social psychology, that the outcomes of competitive sports events, publicly attended, are surely moreamenable to accurate prediction than are individual affairs. This is true because psychologicallyspeaking, the "collective mind" is far more susceptible to planetary influences (indeed, to allexternal stimuli in general) than the singular mind of an individual.This is true also because the student's mind is focussed on one affair and its specificoutcome. The affair is restricted to a known set of "variables" and proper allocation of planetaryand zodiacal "rulerships” is elementary. By comparison, it is difficult to make a specific prediction about the actual means through which a transit or aspect in an individual radix willwork itself out. A transit of Mars over natal Mercury may have a multitude of expressionsranging all the way from fire in one's wastepaper basket to nervous inflammation.