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Heading into his first NBA final at the tender age of 21, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, already a fourth year NBA veteran, steps out of the long shadow of Shaquille O’Neal to stand in his own light. By any standard, this is an extraordinary young man, possessing talent, ambition and maturity far beyond his years. Surely astrology can give us some insight into the heart of this young champion!

A Sun-Saturn Maturity

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia. Incidentally, his parents named him after a steak they had seen on a restaurant menu before he was born! There are several unique factors in his birth chart, but perhaps the most important astronomical alignment at his birth was the very close proximity of the Sun and the planet Saturn. When two planets are placed near the same point in the zodiac, this is called a conjunction. The conjunction blends the energies of these two very different planets together. The Sun is youthful and vibrant, full of energy and ego, while Saturn is the old man of the solar system. Saturn is cold and limiting, imparting discipline, responsibility and ambition. People who are born with the Sun and Saturn so close together can seem old beyond their years, or are often especially serious and focused.

Both the Sun and Saturn also represent the masculine, or father principle in a birth chart. Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, was also an NBA player, so in some sense, Kobe inherited his profession. He had the advantage of being closely associated with professional athletes from the time he was born, so he learned early on about the sacrifice and commitment that success requires. Of course, a parent can’t give you a career, at least not a particularly successful one, and Kobe has earned his fame through his own efforts.

Virgo Sense of Perfection

His discipline and ambition manifested quickly in a standout high school career. As a senior, he was named the USA Today and Parade High School Player of the Year, after breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s record as the all-time high scorer in Pennsylvania high school basketball. He received a tremendous amount of press for his efforts, and won numerous other awards, including the Naismith Player of the Year, the Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year, and was named to the McDonald’s All-American team. However, he received considerably more press when he announced his plans to skip college and go straight to work in the NBA. The controversial decision was not always well received, but a closer look at his chart reveals that is was pure Kobe, through and through.

Referring once again to his natal Sun-Saturn conjunction, both planets are in the sign Virgo, a sign associated with work and practical affairs. Kobe is not the sort of person to waste time on the theoretical. He wants to apply everything he learns, working his way to perfection. The sign Virgo is not one for taking the long view. Virgos tend to want practical results and security, and while they are often highly educated, that education is more of a means to an end than an end in itself.

While the transition to the NBA from high school was an awfully big step up, Kobe has proved a capable student, consistently improving his game and his nerves, developing from an insecure teenager into the real deal and a major threat, in about the same time frame that his peers have spent playing college ball. While his inexperience on the court was at times a little too obvious, he has always handled himself as a professional off the court, which is possibly more difficult. His poise and confidence in the spotlight are remarkable, but also true to his Sun-Saturn nature.

A Rising Star

There is another hidden level of meaning to Kobe’s Sun-Saturn conjunction, rising from its placement at the beginning of the sign Virgo. That part of the zodiac is occupied by an important star in the constellation Leo. It is called Regulus, and marks the heart of the lion. It has been considered a royal star by astrologers for thousands of years. People whose charts feature the star Regulus prominently often have a sudden rise to fame, or exhibit great leadership. Kobe is no exception, as his Virgo commitment to excellence has made him a leader in his chosen field at a very young age. However, underneath it all beats the Heart of the Lion, the heart of a true champion, brimming with courage, pride and a noble sense of destiny. Now let’s sit back and watch the kid win his ring!




Courtney Roberts, M.A.,is a writer, teacher, and consultant, originally from Miami, FL. Her work reflects a unique perspective: a real passion for the 'big picture' that combines cosmology, religious studies and history with a lifetime of observing the dynamic interaction of spirit and cosmos.

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