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As we prepare to celebrate our newest national holiday, Americans will be remembering Dr. Martin Luther King and his life’s work within a society that has come a very long way from the world he knew and transformed. A man of such vision and influence must have had an equally inspiring astrological chart. Let’s take a look at some of the astrological forces within Dr. King’s personality to further celebrate this inspired leader and his moral legacy.

Astrology Horoscope: Martin Luther KingDr. King was a Capricorn, born on January 15, 1929, around noon in Atlanta. That earthy and ambitious Capricorn nature was evident in his highly developed leadership and organizational skills. He had a quick and disciplined climb to the mountaintop. After graduating from Morehouse College at the tender age of nineteen, he earned his bachelor of divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary three years later. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in theology at Boston University in 1955.

All You Need Is Love

It was during his seminary days at Crozer that he became interested in the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King found a ready parallel between Gandhi’s philosophies of passive, nonviolent resistance and the teachings of Christ. Like Dr. King, Jesus had also lived under a repressive regime, surrounded by revolutionaries who were quick to resort to violence in their futile efforts to drive the all-powerful Roman army from Israel. Dr. King realized early on that both Gandhi and Christ had succeeded specifically because they transcended the violent means of the English and the Romans, offering up the infinitely more powerful forces of peace, love and forgiveness. Without ever drawing a sword or firing a shot, Gandhi had liberated India from the English, and Christ had ultimately conquered Rome.

While serving as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. King was elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association in 1955. This organization had recently been formed to coordinate policies and strategies for the impending bus boycott. Only 26 years old, the young Capricorn’s gift for leadership was already apparent. Facing a crisis of historic proportions, Dr. King enunciated the principles that would guide his life’s work: “We will not resort to violence. We will not degrade ourselves with hatred. Love will be returned for hate.” He never wavered from this, even in the face of death.

Quest for Truth and Freedom

This does sound awfully idealistic for a Capricorn, a social-climbing earth sign ruled by the no-nonsense planet Saturn. However, Dr. King’s natal Saturn was in Sagittarius, the sign of philosophy and religion, and the quest for truth and freedom. The planet Saturn in a natal chart reveals a person’s most serious side, where he finds his discipline and self-control. A symbol of authority and order, Saturn can also represent the father principle.

As a Capricorn, Dr. King’s Saturn placement is especially noteworthy. The son and grandson of Baptist ministers, in a certain sense, King inherited his religious profession, and eventually, even his position as pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. With his Saturn in truth-seeking Sagittarius, Dr. King demanded practical results from his faith. He wanted a truth that he could live and manifest, one that went far beyond mere thoughts and words, a truth that would prove itself in contention with the world.

Dr. King’s natal Saturn is opposed by the macho planet Mars in the communicative sign of Gemini, lending force to his voice and his dreams. To say that he was an inspired orator is putting it mildly. His words still echo throughout our national consciousness. The Saturn-Mars opposition is often found in the charts of military leaders and athletes. These are disciplined and hard-working people who are born for conflict and who consistently hone their winning edge. Dr. King led the civil rights battle from the front lines, a peoples’ general in the fight for peace.

Spiritual Warrior

The t-square (a tense configuration formed by one planet at a right angle to two opposing planets) between that Saturn-Mars opposition and his Moon in Pisces, the spiritual water sign where we also find his Venus, mirrors his unique, loving style of conflict resolution. Within the structure of this planetary alignment, the persistent Saturn-Mars antagonisms are doused with the healing waters from Pisces’ reflective depths. It is from this ultimate and all-encompassing twelfth and final sign that King summoned up the great love and forgiveness that finally transformed a nation. The Piscean  ideal of justice transcends the tit-for-tat equality of Libra and seeks the ultimate absolution, that complete cleansing of the soul that brings liberation and loving reunion. 

Venus rules, or is associated with Taurus, the sign on King’s Ascendant. Because Venus is linked to his Ascendant, Dr. King’s natal Venus in Pisces also serves as his chart ruler, exercising extra influence within his personality. Named for the goddess of love, the planet Venus is considered the exalted ruler of the sign Pisces, because here she can demonstrate her most universal and redemptive qualities of self-sacrificing love. In the end, Dr. King made the ultimate Piscean sacrifice, laying down his life for a truth that would never die. His Piscean dream of perfect equality and social justice awakened America from its nightmare of segregation, and is now more of a reality than ever before. But it was his great love for humanity that made it all possible.



Courtney Roberts, M.A.,is a writer, teacher, and consultant, originally from Miami, FL. Her work reflects a unique perspective: a real passion for the 'big picture' that combines cosmology, religious studies and history with a lifetime of observing the dynamic interaction of spirit and cosmos.

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