Michael Sam: Ready or Not, I am Coming Out

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By Elizabeth Michaud

Michael Sam, an all-American defensive end expected to be a top draft choice in the NFL, revealed that he is gay during an ESPN interview on Sunday. While the gay rights movement has gained ground throughout the United States, this revelation marks a first for professional football — a challenge to its stereotypical machismo and homophobia.

Michael Sam is set to be the first openly gay American football player.

Michael Sam is set to be the first openly gay American football player.

This disclosure came days after Mercury stationed retrograde in Pisces, aspecting several planets in Sam’s chart.

The most prominent of these aspects is a trine between Mercury and Sam’s natal Jupiter in Cancer — granting emotional sensitivity, depth and an almost clairvoyant quality. Jupiter has a flair for optimism, and this trine with the planet of communication (Mercury) facilitated an easy flow for the young, self-confident athlete.

During the interview Sam discussed the reaction of his University of Missouri teammates when he came out to them last August: “They rallied around me, they supported me and I knew in that moment, that this can happen anywhere, if my team could support me, any team could support me.”

As Eric wrote last month, “The truth comes out when Mercury stations either retrograde or direct.” In Michael Sam’s case, his truth may help transform the social stigma of being gay in professional sports. If drafted, he will be the first openly gay man playing in any of the four major leagues: football, basketball, baseball and hockey.

Sam’s faith in a positive outcome is a testament to his true grit and fortitude. He has seven siblings, including a sister who died at two years old and a brother who was shot and killed at 15. Two of his brothers are in jail, and one has been missing since 1998. He admits his family was notorious in their hometown of Hitchcock, Texas, but somehow Sam managed to convert these hardships into a triumph: he devoted himself to the sport he loved, and eventually became the first person in his family to be accepted into college.

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5 Responses to Michael Sam: Ready or Not, I am Coming Out

  1. Elizabeth Michaud Elizabeth Michaud says:

    Thanks Chad and Len, very much appreciated.

    I think that the most amazing quality about Michael Sam is his magnanimous hope. He sincerely believes that NFL teams will accept him (or at least that’s what he has said in public, and seems to exude through his actions and words). I’m not usually that comfortable with “the power of positive thinking”, but there are times when someone visualizes something and believes it whole-heartedly– and that sheer charisma affects everything. Michael Sam’s chart has such a strong combination of Scorpio and Capricorn, two signs that have the balls to force this issue out to the public. But there’s something so optimistic about him, maybe his Sagittarius Mars or Aquarius North Node, that believes this change is in hand. I’m hoping people can’t help but admire him, regardless of their past prejudices.

  2. Kosmic Mind Kosmic Mind says:

    Great article, Elizabeth! Very interesting that transiting Mercury retrograde trined his Jupiter after his Jupiter return. I’m also drawn to transiting Jupiter conjunct his natal Chiron in Cancer, and then transiting Chiron square his natal Mars in Sag; I came out myself when Chiron made an opposition to my own Mars. Definitely a profound time of healing for him, and healing/redefining masculinity in the collective consciousness. Way to go, Uranus/Pluto square! Let’s keep it up; the world is indeed changing rather quickly! Let’s just hope he doesn’t suffer any concussions in the NFL ;)

  3. bkoehler says:

    This might also be a good example of the January 30th New Moon in Aquarius (different) sextile Uranus (unexpected) in Aries (individual) which formed two quincunxes (adjustment to) with Pallas (not a girly girl, living in a man’s world) creating a yod (a need to act); a subject Len wrote about in Open ended-Aquarius New Moon (1/28/14).
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  4. Eric Francis Eric Francis says:

    There remains the question what teams will draft him — but all eyes will be on this draft, and there will be teams who want to be on the right side of history.

  5. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for presenting another side to an exceptional person living through an exceptional moment. You have shown us how both the person and his moment connect with the sky, and hence with everybody and everything.

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