The Astrology of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here’s a few details about his astrological chart to help us appreciate him even more.

  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. Capricorns come from the “School of Hard Knocks” — their early life experiences teach them that “life is tough” and “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 touted as 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 ahead of its time. With Mercury in Aquarius, 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 during our darkest times, 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 Pisces — it’s love in its highest form. Unconditional love, universal love are tell-tales of this placement. Natives view love in ways that go beyond the call of duty, often sacrificing beyond what most of us are capable. Pisces is about bringing all things together into one, reminiscent of the “Black and white together” lyric in the Civil Rights’ anthem “We Shall Overcome.” Pisces also rules dreams — the actual dreams we have when we sleep as well as our ideals, recalling Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

  4. Moon in Pisces. The Moon represents our instinctual reactions; in the sign of Pisces, the moon is extremely sensitive to others’ pain — even the pain of the world. Pisces moon people often endure great pain yet 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 was likely his connection to his higher power that empowered him to make such an impact. Pisces is also a sign of sacrifice, and King ultimately he sacrificed his life for the betterment of the world.

  5. Chiron in the Third House. Chiron pertains to the woundedness we come into the world with to help us achieve our purpose, and the Third House has to do with early education. It’s been said when his white friends were made to attend a different elementary school, their parents no longer allowed King to come over and play. This likely pained King, leaving an imprint on him that fueled his fight against segregation. Here, we see how a wound is where “the light can shine through” and inspire greatness and achievement.