Dear Souls, the UN Security Council in New York took a minute to honor Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at home in Johannesburg, South Africa at age 95. I personally feel quite sad. Others are able to dance and sing in the streets celebrating this great man.
Inspired by him, US President Barack Obama said Mr Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years. His fellow campaigner against apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, said he was “not only an amazing gift to humankind, he made South Africans and Africans feel good about being who we are. He made us walk tall. God be praised.” After leaving the presidency, one term in office, he became South Africa’s highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country’s right to host the 2010 football World Cup. This oh so brief acknowledgement of what he did doesn’t begin to cover his contribution. He was a worldwide model.
Nelson Mandela’s Birth Chart
Mandiba, Nelson Mandela’s clan name, was a Cancer Sun, Moon in Scorpio, Sagittarius Ascendant, Venus at his Descendant. He was revered as the ‘Father.’ Cancer is considered the sign of parents. Scorpio, a sign of great strength, can endure extreme suffering, which would be classic of his Moon in the 12th House, the house of imprisonment, sometimes of one’s own making. Sagittarius is Teacher, traveler, influence far and wide. Big smiles are their trademark. Venus is the planet of the PeaceMaker, offering Grace and kindness. It was in a harmony aspect with Uranus, the planet of millions, international.
Mr Mandela was born when Jupiter was with Pluto. Jupiter is lucky, has great confidence. Pluto is a planet of extremes and is known to handle huge sums of money. In his one presidential term, three million people were connected to telephone lines and safe drinking water, 1.5 million children were brought into the education system, 500 clinics were upgraded or built, two million people were connected to the electricity grid and 750,000 houses were built providing shelter for nearly three million people.
Mercury of thinking, had just passed Saturn of grit and they were sparked by Mars the rights fighter in Libra, battles for justice! He did his chart proud.
More about him astrologically: Nelson Mandela, The Long Walk to Freedom
Mandiba’s Death Chart
According to the New York Daily News, ‘The 95-year-old died peacefully surrounded by family at home in Johannesburg at 8:50 p.m. local time.’
Mandiba passed in Sagittarius, the sign of his Ascendant. Some believe the sign you pass in is the sign you come back in. Here are the closest aspects the outer planets were making to his birth chart planets:
- Pluto, the slowest moving planet, squared/challenged his Mars, planet of infections. He had suffered months of lung infections.
- Neptune, the planet of one’s Soul, was trine, in good standing with, his Jupiter, one’s spiritual mission.
- Uranus, planet of Freedom, being international, is just past the trine with his birth chart Neptune. He will be honored in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa for 12 days of national mourning.
- Saturn in Scorpio, sometimes endings – the Grim Reaper, other times the Builder, was nearing his birth chart Moon, being at home.
- Jupiter, the Long Journey, was in a 1 degree trine to his Moon, going Home. Jupiter was and had been in his 8th house, the place of death, rebirth, transformation.
The Chart of Mandiba’s passing is beautiful. As Venus is prominent in his birth chart, so is she now. The Moon just made the conjunction with Venus in Capricorn. I think of Venus in Capricorn as the Queen combination, in this case, the King. And the chart is strong with trines, the blue lines, that are considered the best planet link of all, and sextiles, the green lines.
Cancer, the Honorable Parent! His Sun Sign was Cancer. This chart has a Cancer Ascendant (one’s aspiration), and the Moon, Cancer’s planet, is at the Descendant – your relationship with your people. Transit Jupiter, Faith, now in Cancer, Mr Mandela’s sign, is harmonious with Transit Saturn, planet of Dharma, the work of the Soul! His death is just 7 days before this outer planet aspect is exact. The Cancer Ascendant is at 26 degrees. Though it is not in the sign of the Galactic Center, it is the degree of the Galactic Center, the Big House. In his way, he was perfectly tuned in.
The 14 Aries MidHeaven, one’s achievement, exactly trines the Sun at 14 Sagittarius! His role as teacher, leader, initiator, is accomplished with great Heart.
Mars is at 29 Virgo. Mars is the action you take; Virgo is at your Service. The 29th degree is the last degree of a sign. The Moon at 28 Capricorn was trining, in harmony with, Mars. The Moon is your Public as well as your family. Capricorn is the last of the EARTH signs, the reputation, the professional consummation of your Post. 28 is the second to last degree of a sign. To me, the trine with 29 degree Mars, and the MidHeaven trine the Sun, symbolically indicate his work is done and done well.
Rest in Peace, Dear Mandiba. Thank you.