Still Lighting Our Way: The Astrology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Sun in Capricorn. It's no surprise that the sun was in the steely, strong sign of Capricorn on the day of Dr. King's birth. Natives come from the "School of Hard Knocks"they know that "life is tough" and that "nothing good comes easy." As a result, Capricorns are not afraid of hard work, not deterred when the odds are stacked against them, and not likely to back down in the face of adversity. They are probably the most responsible of all the zodiac signs, and their hard-earned confidence results in respect from others which allows them to lead.
  2. Mercury in Aquarius. Mercury, which governs how we think, in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius is also fitting for Dr. King. Aquarius is an intelligent, inspirational sign that's often said to be ahead of its time. Thus, Aquarius is associated with stars as well as hope. King's communications offered hope, inspiration and direction for a better world. He knew how important it was to inspire the masses, and had the wisdom to know that it's during our darkest times that we can most clearly see what we need. He once said, "Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
  3. Venus in Pisces. Venus, how we love, is "exalted" in Piscesit's love at its highest point. Unconditional love and universal love are tell-tales of this placement. Natives' views of love go beyond what most of us are capable. Pisces is about bringing all things together into one, which reminds me of the "Black and white together" lyric in the gospel/Civil Rights' anthem "We Shall Overcome." Pisces also rules dreamsthe actual dreams we have when we sleep as well as our ideals, recalling Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speechAs we remember Dr. King, let us never give up on our dreams; we must keep them front of mind to create the world as we would have it.
  4. Moon in Pisces. The Moon represents our instinctual reactions; in the sign of Pisces, the moon is extremely sensitive to others' paineven the pain of the world. Pisces moon people can often only bypass this pain and carry on with deep faith. It makes sense that one of Dr. King's favorite gospel songs was "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," as it would take nothing short of a stalwart faith and a higher power to endure the hardship he had, especially as an ultra-sensitive person, as this placement suggests. Further, Pisces is a sign of sacrifice, and King sacrificed much to give us a better worldultimately his life.
  5. Chiron in the Third House. I found this placement of Dr. King's most fascinating. Chiron has to do with a woundedness with which we come into this world. With Chiron in his Third House of Communication, it would appear that speaking wasn't a natural strength of King's, even with his Mars in Gemini, which gives one a passion for words. It's likely that he had to overcompensate to make speaking one of his greatest strengthsa strength that changed the world and still lights our way today.