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Dara Grace Torres - Astrological Profile of an Olympic Athlete

Dara Dara Grace Torres is an American swimmer who is the first American to compete in five Olympics. No small feat! But for those of us who check her astrological birthchart, it is not surprising. Dara was born on April 15, 1967 in Jupiter, Florida.

She has Sun in brilliant, strong and unstoppable Aries. The Sun is our basic personality which makes her robust, courageous and out to win. Her moon (how she expresses her emotions) is in sociable Gemini. She seeks comradeship and feels connected to the team. She is encouraging and a good friend and teammate. She can be very focused, as we see in her Mercury (how we think and communicate) just in Aries. And she can stir up team spirit with her Venus (how we express love) in flirtatious Gemini.

But she needs to be careful to maintain balance as her Mars (how we take action and how we fight) is in Libra (balance, harmony and diplomacy) but it is retrograde. When a planet is retrograde we could have too much of a good thing and either over exert or go awry. She must understand her innate tendency to do this and will find ways to make this part of her horoscope work for her in the competition.

And she works very hard - her Saturn (hard work, where we feel less confident and where we might have problems) is in rambuncious Aries that can sometimes set off  her Sun sign. (a "conjunct" aspect in her birth chart). I see this to mean that all through her life, she has been able to find ways to harness her energy and direct it to success. Aries is the sign of success and we wish her all the best in the Beijing Olympics!

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