Martin Luther King jr

In the annals of the still ongoing fight of people of colour against white dominance, the name of Martin Luther King Jr. will forever loom large. His life, his bgiography if you will, stands as a bright beacon of hope, strength and inspiration for all who would dedicate their lives to the cause of human dignity. It takes a special combination of courage, faith, commitment, and inded love, to turn against the tide, to face a powerful oppressor, and bring him to heel.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael King Jr., on the 15th of January 1929, at noon, in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, originally the Reverand Michael King Sr., changed both his own and his son’s names to Martin Luther King, no doubt inspired by his father career in the church. This in itself seems quite appropriately symbolic. Martin Luther, not unlike his later negro namesakes, was a radical reformer. A deeply principled rebel against what was at the time a titanic oppressive organization- the Roman Catholic Church- which had essentially usurped authority over the relationship between God and the individual soul.

No doubt his father was a powerful figure and a major influence in the junior King’s life path and career. His father in his own right fought against racial segregation and oppression, and must have helped thereby to instil in King Jr. a healthy dignity, and an awareness of his right to demand just treatment. It is recorded that his father was strict with him, and regularly beat his son in his youth. He allegedly told his son that, “he would make something of him even if he had to beat him to death“.

The young King excelled in his education, and was an keen and enthusiastic student. He skipped the 9th and 10th grades of high school and gained admittance to Morehouse College at the age of 15. His speaking ability was recognized from an early age; he was a member of his high school debating team, and “he won first prize in an oratorical contest sponsored by the Negro Elks Club in Dublin, Georgia“. –(Wikipedia)

Tropical/Placidus on left, Sidereal/Whole Houses on right

The Jyotish chart places in the Ascendant in Aries, with it’s lord, Mars, in the 2nd House of speech.

An Aries Ascendant is certainly indicative of courage, and as a cardinal sign, may indicate leadership. With Aries in particular, there is great initiative, and a measure of impatience.

Jupiter is located in Aries (a sign in which Jupiter is strong), in the 1st House, as lord of the 9th House. This points to a desire to teach, inspire, and embody truth and justice. Lord of the 9th House in the 1st House is very auspicious; it makes a person more noble, righteous and respectable. As both a natural benefic, and lord of the 9th House, Jupiter is particularly beneficial to the Aries Ascendant (Jupiter is far less certainly beneficial for the Libra Ascendant, for example).

Lord of the 1st House in the 2nd House in itself is a suggestion that a person will be learned, a good speaker, and may even earn a living, or gain recognition through education and speaking. King was a preacher who possessed a great talent for oratory. He spoke with incisive boldness, and challenged thereby the racial injustices of his day. Note that this Mars is acting as prominent Jupiter’s dispositor; it is in the service of justice, or ‘Guru‘.

The Sun also happens to be in a cardinal sign, in the 10th House, and close to the Midheaven. This greatly bolsters his ambition, and gives gim a powerful sense of dignity, honor, and authority. The Sun is lord of the 5th House, which in Jyotish is a very auspicious house, and having lord of the 5th in the 10th will do no harm to you career.

Jupiter in the 1st as lord of the 9th would in itself indicate the possibility of religion playing a powerful role in the person’s life, and here this potential is reinforced by the fact that Saturn, dispositor of both Luminaries, and lord of the 10th House, is located in Sagittarius and the 9th House.

This Saturn in the 9th in Sagittarius, as lord of the 10th House, seems to point to the fact that he would have a formal career in religion, or pursue his religious path within relatively traditional and conventional social structures. Saturn in the 9th House would also give him a rational mind, able to translate ideals into real world practical, social and political realities. A well dignified Saturn in the 9th House often gives an instinct for dealing with worldly power structures, and is rarely guilty of remaining lost in intangible abstractions. In fact, Saturn in the 9th House is associated with a tendency to be skeptical of religion.

King was skeptical of many of Christianity’s claims. At the age of 13, he denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus during Sunday school. From this point, he stated, “doubts began to spring forth unrelentingly”. However, he later concluded that the Bible has “many profound truths which one cannot escape” and decided to enter the seminary.


Note that both the 9th and 5th lords (both these being Dharma Houses) are located in the two most important and potent Angular Houses, the 1st and the 10th. Dharma gets a platform, so the speak. It is also in it’s own way an indication of ideals becoming actioned or materialized.

Mercury in the 10th House is again an indication of speaking ability, and specifically points to public speaking, and leading through erudition and eloquence. Note again that Saturn is the dispositor in Sagittarius and in the 9th House: he speaks about religion, ethics and politics. He was in Mercury Dasha throughout the most active phase of his public life, and it seems his social and political activism began with the onset of this major period of Mercury. Interestingly, considering Mercury’s close association with commuting (and being lord of the 3rd House for Aries Ascendant), his first notable effort in terms of his civil rights activism was his leading role in the Montgomery bus boycott.

His Moon is located in Aquarius, separating from a Conjunction with Venus, and both are located in the 11th House. To begin with, Moon in Aquarius points to being interested in humanity, and in particular it’s ideas and collectively held and shared knowledge. Aquarius puts you in touch with the flow of ideas and beliefs in society, it stimulates an interest in social values and social ideologies. There is in fact often a tendency to identify with the underdog or disenfranchised.

The combined influence of the caring Moon and Venus in Sidereal Aquarius, in the 11th House of ‘hopes and wishes‘, seems crystalized in ‘I have a dream….‘- a wish, a hope for the future, of a caring loving humanity.

Jupiter is karaka, or significator, for the 2nd, 5th, 9th, 10th and 11th Houses, and so Jupiter’s powerful placement in the 1st House (and in the sign of a friend), empowers these houses ‘indirectly‘. These houses are already strong and prominent in the chart as a whole for other reasons. Summed up, Jupiter in his 1st House plays a crucial role. It serves to reinforce and guide to a desireable and successful outcome, many of the promising features elsewhere in his chart. In particular the more elevated houses of the chart that contain the Sun and Moon and their shared shared dispositor, Saturn (in Sagittarius).

In this picture showing Martin Luther King examining a burnt cross lodged into his lawn, as a threat from white racists we see a manifestation of the T-Square of Mars, Saturn and the Moon in his chart. In extreme cases such a combination will indicate that the native would encounter violence and ruthlessness, but it can also describe the grit and resolve required to resist and transform it.

Martin Luther King was shot by James Earl Ray at 6:01pm in Memphis Tennessee, on the 4th of April 1968. He died at 7:05pm. There was a lot happening in his Transits for that time.

Transiting Pluto is Square Natal Mars, arguably the key longer term influences making it a dangerous year or two in which violence is more likely. Then Transiting Mars arrived at a Semi-Square and Sequiquadrate to Natal Mars and Transiting Pluto respectively.