Phil Hughes was born and raised in the township of Macksville, 502 km north of Sydney, between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, on 30th November, 1988. He grew up on the family banana plantation.
He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a cricketer. He practised a lot and put in the hard yards. His mother would spend countless hours at the local hotel selling raffle tickets to raise money to fund her son’s passion.
So; how can a young man in the prime of his life, doing what he loved doing, be taken at such a young age? First let us look at the natal chart and see what type of a person he was and then we will investigate the planets at the time of death.
Hughes was born on a day when the Sun was in Sagittarius and the Moon in the sign of Leo. The combination of these two fire signs made him enthusiastic, highly competitive, extroverted and fun loving. He has been described by the press as full of charm with a wicked grin, optimistic and giving of his time.
Mars, planet of energy and drive was in the sign of Aries which made him a triple fire sign. He was passionate and his energy drive was directed in the pursuit of status and leadership, despite sometimes being on the back foot.
At the age of 17 the young lad moved to Sydney to play A Grade cricket and the next year made his first-class debut, playing for New South Wales.
In 2009 his dream of wearing the baggy green cap, came true when he was picked for the test team of South Africa. He became the youngest player ever to score a century in each innings of the test.
Success was not assured and he struggled at the highest level for some time. However, that strength and determination never gave up and he was back in the selector’s good books when his life was cut short on that fateful day. Unfulfilled potential – 63 not out.
It was a terrible tragedy but in hindsight it was the perfect storm. A young man living the dream, in the sport he loved, symbolising the Aussie battler, a humble man with a cheeky grin, a fighter. On that fateful day many stars aligned and now he is immortalised just like so many others in the media who died in the prime of their lives.
He was due to celebrate his birthday a few days after the injury and if we look at the quad dial, we can see by progression that the Sun has come to Saturn. This pattern often brings serious concerns for the individual and their families. It is considered to be a karmic pattern and can mean separation.
On the day that he was injured, Mercury, planet of the mind, was two degrees away from Saturn. Each degree represents one day and so it was within two days they pulled the plug on his life support and he passed from this world to the next.
Some people come into our lives and even though we do not know them personally, they leave a mark. Phil Hughes had a public profile in his natal chart.
In Cosmobiology we can tell a lot about a person from the planetary pictures. Hughes was never going to be ordinary. The Sun in Sagittarius made a very close aspect to Mercury and the Moon’s Node, which bought him fame, shared experiences and a relationship with the public.
We paused this week along with top level cricketers, thousands of Australians and overseas guests, to pay our respect and mourn his loss, in his home town of Macksville.
In the event of a sudden and unexpected death, according to James Van Praagh, in his book, “Reaching for Heaven,” the spirit can be forced out of the body so fast that it may not realise what has happened, so there is every chance that Phil maybe up there looking down at his own funeral and be comforted by the fact that he was truly loved.
For those still grieving the loss of such a great bloke, take solace in these words written by Rebekah, baby sitter for the Mikac family on the sudden death of Nanette, Alannah and Madeline after they were shot dead in Port Arthur, Tasmania in April 1996. From the book, “To have and To Hold,” by Walter Mikac.
Life is something we take for granted, something we assume,
But in truth it is fragile, a brief moment in the space of eternity.
Death doesn’t seem real, it is something that happens
when we’re old. But some aren’t so lucky.
Life is shattered before it has truly begun.
Treasure each moment, as though it’s your last,
Cherish those you love, forgive those you don’t,
And do things today in case there’s no tomorrow,
Rest in Peace Phillip Hughes and enter the doorway to everlasting life, and may we, in his memory, continue to let the spirit of sport unite us.