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Nelson Mandela, a Cancer, quote

I choose to write about Nelson Mandela at this time for two potent astrological reasons.  He is a Cancer; he has Jupiter in Cancer.  Jupiter enters Cancer June 25, 2013 for approximately one year.  Mandela lived Jupiter in Cancer his whole life.  I also hope you will hold him in your heart.  He has been struggling for his life, recently, and may lose the battle around June 30 when Jupiter makes its 8th return to his chart.  He has lived a life of extreme danger, as an instrument of profound change.

Leadership  South African President Jacob Zuma told parliament that Mandela and other heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle had changed the lives of millions of South Africans.  Mandela was elected the country’s first black president in 1994, less than 20 years ago.  In one 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.  That sounds a lot like Jupiter in Cancer to me.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Strength  Mandela, also known as Madiba, endured 27 years in prison under the country’s former white-minority government.  Mandela contracted tuberculosis, leaving his lungs damaged. As a result, he has struggled with repeated lung infections in recent years.

Sacrifice  Mkhuseli Gqabantshi, 74, said residents of Mandela’s home village, Qunu, in the Eastern Cape province, viewed Mandela like Jesus, sacrificing himself for his people.

Reverence  “Madiba,” is the name of the Xhosa tribe to which Mandela belongs. It is considered an act of honor to refer to somebody by the name of his tribe.  In recent days, President Zuma said “We appreciate the messages of support from all over the world.  It is an honor for us as South Africans to share Madiba with the international community. We fully understand and appreciate the global interest in this world icon. We are so proud to call him our own.”

Future  Although Mandela has played no active role in public life for nearly a decade and had no influence on ruling-party decisions, he remains an enormously important symbol to South Africans, many of whom still find the idea of life without him unthinkable – what will happen when he is gone?   Millions of people in the country and around the world regard Madiba as their parent.  President Zuma says ‘South Africa…is a much better place to live in now than it was before 1994, even though we still have so much work to do.”

Astrological Chart

Madiba is like a double Scorpio!  His Cancer Sun is in the 8th House, Scorpio’s natural house, and his Moon is in Scorpio.  Powerful, charismatic, not afraid of dark places.  Scorpio is a fixed sign, one that remains as it is, on his 12th house cusp, the place of sacrifice and prisons, in his case 27 years worth.  His Sun and Moon are trined, the most favorable aspect, so though his Mercury (lungs) conjunction with Saturn (a point of weakness) brought tuberculosis, he survived.  Not only did he survive, he prevailed to become a charismatic (Scorpio) world leader.

His Ascendant, the Sunrise place of Light in his chart is in Sagittarius, the sign of the Great Teacher.  When he puts that great big Sagittarian smile on you the Light shines!  Jupiter, Sagittarius’s planet, leads one of his two stelliums from the 7th House of Equality.  Jupiter seeks justice, has an abiding faith.  It is considered exalted in the sign Cancer, is ever the scholar, wants what’s ‘right’ for its own people, tribe, family.  Jupiter is also fame, and in the conjunction with Pluto, Scorpio’s planet, will give its life for the principle.  Mars is right there in Libra, the sign of Equality, balance, fairness.  He is a leader, a champion ready to fight for the rights of the people, not just locally, but of the world (11th house).  His Neptune in Leo gives its whole heart to the spiritual vision!

Cancer is the sign of parents, unconditional love.  Mandela’s Mercury combination with Saturn of Fathers, in Leo the sign of Father Sun, Superman ( ! ), gives him an authority, an unbreakable Will to stand as an invincible hero for every single Soul.  These two in the 9th (education), Mandela’s teaching wasn’t just the principles of equality, freedom and democracy, but how to get it.

Freedom and change were bound to be part of his glory.  The Moon squares Uranus; the Sun inconjuncts Uranus closely; Venus trines (a blessing) Uranus, the planet of the powers of freedom and awakening in its own sign Aquarius.  Uranus in the 3rd house, freedom was/is ever on his mind.  There are four inconjuncts (shape shifting) in his chart, indicating making skilled adjustments, distractions, an ability to quickly dance out of danger to a more advantageous position.  He had the range of attention to keep peripheral events in mind, their juxtapositions noted as they shifted, and an uncanny psychic awareness.  He dodged bullets only to appear somewhere else!

His Venus in Gemini, would be the Velvet Glove – a sweet talker, clever trickster and you never knew it happened.  The Mercury conjunct Saturn would be the Iron Fist.  In time he would prove to be the winner.  It’s hard to out play a double Scorpio general who can lead from behind and within.  They know their spiritual martial arts.  They can be profound healers, and his time had come.

Nelson Mandela Astrology Chart - Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius

In his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” Mandela summarized a life of struggle:

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”  Indeed, as Jimmy Cliff says, many rivers to cross.  The film is currently set for limited release on November 29, 2013 in the United States.

He didn’t give up.  Now he is climbing his own last hill.  Perhaps you too will find this great man’s chart inspiring, and resolve to contribute more as you can.  See his facebook page.  Love and blessings, Dear Madiba, peace be with you.

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The sad news came in this evening, Feb 11, 2012, Whitney Houston, extraordinary woman, singer, has passed at 48. My heart is sad at her difficult times and now her passing.

Whitney Houston, August 9, 1963 Leo

For those of you interested in the Astro*Logical charts, we do have her birth time, so her birth chart is accurate. She was an Aug 9 Sun/Venus Leo with Moon/Jupiter in Aries, Pisces Ascendant. Sun/Venus is beauty and blessings, self esteem issues, indulgences. Moon/Jupiter Aries can go a long way from home, have fame for being the first, #1, a leader. Pisces is an artist, a musician.

Written in Wikipedia, one of her accomplishments was ‘In October 1994, Houston attended and performed at a state dinner in the White House honoring newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela. At the end of her world tour, Houston performed three concerts in South Africa to honor President Mandela, playing to over 200,000 people. This would make the singer the first major musician to visit the newly unified and apartheid free nation following Mandela’s winning election. The concert was broadcast live on HBO with funds of the concerts being donated to various charities in South Africa. The event was considered the nation’s “biggest media event since the inauguration of Nelson Mandela.” Please see her natal chart below.’

Whitney Houston, August 9, 1963, Newark NJ, 8:55 PM

Technical note: Whitney’s death was recorded as at 4 PM after 20 minutes of CPR. She was found unresponsive at 3:30 PM, having been in the bathroom for over an hour. Her death occurred sometime in that previous hour. In the chart below, I used the mid of that hour, 3 PM, for her death chart, to see the possibilities. No matter what time you use, from 2:30 to 3:30, the death chart is Cancer/Capricorn Ascendant/Descendant, with Sun in its’ 8th house. Sun 8 is commonly death at one’s own doing.

Whitney Houston's AstroLogical Birth and Death Charts

At this time of her passing, there are two exact to-the-degree major difficult aspects formed by outer Planets. Outer planet events have long-term meaning and effect. 1) Pluto, planet of Death, is squaring her natal Mars, life force, in Libra, in her Libra house. Choices could have been out of balance, an impetuous slip made, perhaps a loss of attention mattered. It was speculated she ODed after several days of intense partying. More will come to light in the following days.

2) In the second outer planet hard aspect, Chiron in Pisces is within 6 minutes, just a fraction of a degree from opposition her Uranus, and very close to her Ascendant from the 12th house of passing of the Spirit. In old mythology, Chiron is the wounded healer/teacher. Uranus is sudden change, in this case, in her health house, in the health sign Virgo. She may have been feeling a loss of friendships as well. And transiting Uranus was inconjunct her natal Uranus, the planet of friendships and community, but also supreme lonliness at times. In so many ways, Whitney was like rarified air – her race, her voice, her fame. There’s just not that many people to talk with at that level, and the ones you know, know you too well.

Dramatically, the Moon is 16 Libra, opposite Whitney’s natal Moon at 17 Aries, Jupiter 19 Aries. It was kind of like a ‘Full Moon’ of Moons. She could have felt her luck had run out, that the Self she most wanted to be was lost, unconnected. Sometimes Lunar disturbances make us lose our memory. Perhaps she didn’t think of her child or she thought her child would never love her the way she wanted to be loved by her child, or her child didn’t need her anymore and would be ok. And, there are times when chemical collisions and certain feelings are more than the rational mind can contain. We don’t think at all.

There are some very beautiful aspects.  Pluto in Capricorn, and Jupiter in Taurus, are making a Grand Earth Trine with her Uranus/Mercury/Pluto stellium in Virgo! Uranus, apparently is the key, being in both the difficult aspect, and tying to the favorable Grand Trine as well. Uranus/Mercury indicate her unique voice, exquisite singing. Pluto adds a control and perfection to the point of enchantment. Simply, she was extraordinary. These current aspects will probably make her more famous, her legacy strengthened, her estate will make money.

She was both a strong woman, regally surpassing expectations, and had the exquisite touch of a feather. May she rest lightly.

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