In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we took a look at the heroic humanitarian’s chart. Here is what we found:
Dr. King’s Sun was in Capricorn and the 9th House
The Sun sign is one of the key factors that shapes our personalities and how we express ourselves in the world. Dr. King’s Capricorn Sun made him a rock-solid leader, effectively organizing both individuals and groups. Capricorn men have a strong paternal quality and King fathered not only his own children but a movement of non-violent activism. A traditional earth sign, he skillfully navigated establishments such as churches and government. He was beside President Lyndon B. Johnson for the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting.
MLK’s natal Sun was in the ninth house, which is the part of the zodiac wheel associated with cross-cultural communication, education, publishing and higher truths. This house position (which has traits of the sign Sagittarius) may be why King judged people, “not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” In addition to rallying activists across all racial lines—a groundbreaking accomplishment at the time—King was a stirring and prolific writer of speeches, sermons and books, which can be found here. In Dr. King’s words: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
His Moon and Venus were both in Pisces
The moon is the ruler of emotion and its placement in the chart reveals what drives us on a deep, internal level. Venus is the planet of love, peace and harmony. With both heavenly bodies in ethereal, boundless, compassionate Pisces, it’s little surprise Dr. King built a movement based on love—ultimately leading to him becoming the youngest person in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
MLK had Mercury in Aquarius
Mercury is the planet that governs communication and thought processes. In Dr. King’s natal chart, this planet was in visionary, humanitarian Aquarius—the sign that governs civil rights, teamwork and activism. Having Mercury in Aquarius no doubt helped to shape King’s popularity and accessibility as a leader people could relate to. In true Aquarian “power to the people” style, he didn’t simply preach from the pulpit. He was in the trenches, leading activist efforts like the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery March to support voter’s rights. With Mercury in this people-focused sign, it’s no surprise King once asked, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
His Mars was in Gemini
Inarguably one of history’s greatest orators, Dr. King was born with passionate, driven Mars in Gemini, the sign that rules language, speech, writing and all manner of communication. Mars is the warrior sign and he fought, not with violence, but with words that roused people to action and gently-but-firmly forced them to question their limiting beliefs. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” King reminded us.
Dr. King’s South Node was in Scorpio
The South Node is the karma (or past life) point in the chart based on the lunar nodes. It can show one’s wheelhouse or comfort zone. Having a South Node in mysterious, transformational Scorpio (the sign that governs death and rebirth) may have imbued Dr. King with a certain fearlessness around facing life-threatening situations. As the leader of a movement, he put himself in the line of fire many times and was ultimately assassinated in 1965.
This South Node gave Dr. King charisma and appeal, but the shadowy, conspiratorial nature of Scorpio also attracted many enemies including J. Edgar Hoover who was the head of the FBI and had King listed as a communist for his protests against the Vietnam War.
Scorpio is the sign of transformation: Like a spiritual phoenix rising from the ashes, King’s legacy lived on after his death—but his killing may be tied to the destructive Scorpionic aftermath of rioting and burning of cities around the USA.
And his North Node and Rising sign were both in Taurus
The North Node is the other half of the lunar node equation, and could be considered our “destiny point” or calling. A North Node in unwavering, stubborn Taurus blessed Dr. King with dogged determination to stick to the cause despite inconceivable obstacles (centuries of racism, fire hoses, legislation, closed minds). The brass tacks Taurean energy may have helped Dr. King cultivate simple-yet-effective means of protest such as the lunch counter sit-ins, bus boycotts and marches. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent,” said King.
Dr. King’s rising sign or ascendant was also in Taurus, which revealed his first instincts and outward motivations. Taurus governs the throat, lending to King’s oratorial talents and ability to move people with his voice. Taurus is also governed by the planet Venus, explaining King’s non-violent principles. Fittingly, King stated, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy at thekingcenter.org