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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Who is Donald Sterling? NBA owner team banned for life over racist remarks

Donald Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise of the NBA, and the longest tenured owner at this time.

A recorded conversation between he and his girlfriend recently took place in which he told her not to 'bring black people to his games, or be photographed with them." Following is part of the transcript published on TMZ Sports.

-- "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?" (3:30)

-- "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games." (5:15)

-- "I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people." (7:45)

-- "...Don't put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games." (9:13)

April 29, Sterling was fined 2.5 million dollars, banned from the NBA for life, and the team will be sold according to the NBA.

Donald Sterling was born April 26, 1934 in Chicago Illinois.

He is a 5 degree Taurus with a Mars at 2 degrees Taurus. Taurus is a fixed sign and this combination is indicative of someone who can be very determined and forceful in life. He lived his life as a force to be reckoned with.

According to the Encyclopedia of Psychological Astrology, racism or intolerance shows up as "Mercury afflicted by Uranus in the fixed signs, (Sterling's Mercury-Uranus is in Cardinal signs, not fixed) tends to make an intolerant, self-opinionated individual, and the same occurs when Mercury is similarly afflicted by Mars or Saturn although the very manifestation will vary with the nature of the aspecting planet. The fixed signs as a whole tend toward conservatism, and in weak specimens bigotry, and the Sun or Moon therein may tend to intolerant feelings and Saturn may be intolerant."

While Sterling's Mercury is not in fixed signs his Sun-Mars is fixed, along with his Saturn is Aquarius, and his Mercury T-square shows a issue with speech, or the way he communicates with and about others, that has likely been a lifelong issue.

Mercury rules our thinking and speech and Sterling's Mercury forms part of a T-square with Jupiter and Pluto. While T-squares are often found in the charts of  successful individuals they are a complex and difficult natal transit combining the energy of the three planets.

A T-square is a pattern shaped like a T, involving an opposition and two squares.  It symbolizes great difficulty but can spark action and drive a individual toward necessary resolutions.

Mercury lies at 18 degrees of Aries conjucnt Uranus and square Pluto in Cancer at 22 degrees. It opposes Jupiter at 16 Libra. 

Mercury square Pluto combinations are intense, determined and can manipulate others using the 'silent treatment.' These individuals can express themselves harshly and come across as insensitive which can arouse bitterness form others. Their behavior can be extreme-criticizing one moment and handling themselves with poise under fire the next moment. They can be verbally abusive if they haven't learned better and nothing escapes their attention. Mercury square Pluto can be, and generally is very opinionated.

Sterling's Mercury conjucnt Uranus at 27 Aries is indicative of someone who can have scattered thinking at times or blurt things out but these individuals are generally very intelligent and sometimes internet or technologically savvy.

Sterling is/was an attorney and real estate developer before buying the Clippers in 1981.

Mercury opposing Jupiter tends toward expansive and sometimes sloppy thinking. Opinions are often based on shabby evidence and may lack common sense or come across as a know it all.

Jupiter square Pluto transits are sometimes found in the charts of politicians. Jupiter rules values, and a square to Pluto can color one's opinions in a strong manner. This transit tends to cause one to rebel against existing codes of ethics. These individuals enjoy wheeling and dealing and are often connected with large scale enterprises.

Sterling has a Venus at 19 Pisces, showing a compassionate side, and to his credit has contributed to charitable causes for the disadvantaged, although some of them have been seriously questioned.

Sterling's Moon is in Virgo or Libra, depending on time of birth which has not been published.

He is no stranger to controversy and accusations of racism, however. According to Wikipedia in 2006 the Department of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. In February 2009, Sterling was sued by a former longtime Clippers executive for on the basis of age and race. The lawsuit alleges Sterling told the plaintiff that he wanted to fill his team with "poor black boys from the South and a white head coach".

At the time the tapes were released detailing the conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend, the Grand Cross fell-is currently falling on his Jupiter in his eighth house. Jupiter rules money and values, and Uranus will continue to oppose his eighth house planet throughout the summer and again next year.

As the eighth house rules lawsuits and joint finances Sterling's wife is actually suing Sterling's alleged girlfriend, Vanessa Stiviano, to whom Sterling gave real estate and personal property. Mrs. Sterling claims the property was marital property and not his to give.

Neptune will oppose his natal Neptune at over the next several years in Sterling's fifth house of children and love affairs. This shows a disintegration of his working arrangements and a downfall due to a love affair. Neptune transits are often connected with a fall from grace, and they have a disintegrating type of  influence on whatever house and planet it aspects. We do not have a time of birth, but using his Sun sign this transit will affect work, friends, children and his love life.

Pluto will square Jupiter in his seventh house over the next few years and this transit shows he will likely lose a great deal of money and likely divorce, and his values may change ultimately. There may also be other lawsuits.

I do not see a miraculous comeback, and given his age it seems unlikely. More likely than not, Sterling's opinionated viewpoints now public knowledge along with his convoluted personal life will and have caused his fall from grace and downfall.

Can anything positive come of this? Sadly, racism is still alive and well in 2014. By bringing it into the sunlight and reporting it for all to see we can only move forward as a society and as a nation toward a better future for all. On April 29, the NBA clearly made a statement this will not be tolerated.



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