A Dream Deferred

Today would have been the 85th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is shocking, in a way, to think that a man whose assassination has been part of our history for so long might actually have lived to see this day - just a year past his Uranus return. Last year, Time magazine called Dr. King 'the architect of the 21st century' and one of the founding fathers of America.

I've never looked at the astrology of Dr. King, probably because his message, his intention, and his effect on the United States all seem so clear that no further analysis is needed. That he was assassinated - like progressives in the country from Lincoln to Kennedy to Kennedy (even John Lennon didn't survive here) - speaks volumes about the challenges the U.S. faces.

But I thought I would have a look, and it turns out to be pretty interesting. First, Dr. King's sun is just approaching a conjunction to the U.S. (Sibly chart) Pluto. More telling, I think, is that his Uranus, the planet of revolution and change, is in Aries conjunct the U.S. chart's IC (the base of the chart, signfying home, roots). And perhaps most telling, his Mars is in Gemini in exact (half a degree) conjunction to the U.S. Mars. He certainly that both role in the country - he was an seen as an enemy by many who wished to maintain the status quo.

As we approach the next Uranus-Pluto square in April, it is interesting to look at the chart of his assassination. The sun is tightly conjunct Saturn in Aries. The angles of the chart, the ascendant and midheaven, are at 11 and 12 degrees of cardinal signs. Today, Pluto is less than a degree from the IC of the chart for April 4, 1968, and Uranus is two degrees away from the descendant. Jupiter is resting one degree from the midheaven. Significantly, the U.S. sun was on the midheaven at the moment Dr. King was killed.These are virtually the same degrees as the upcoming Uranus-Pluto square.
Memphis 1968

What does that mean? I don't know that there are any direct messages for us. Eleven to 13 degrees of cardinal signs are sensitive degrees in the U.S. chart, as that is where the sun is. Dr. King's message and his fate are tied to the fate of the country. But we knew that.