When Mandela’s father died, the Chief took him under his wing and made sure the young man had a good education.
There are several strong patterns in Mandela’s natal horoscope. The Sun in Cancer gives him a kind and practical nature, whilst the Moon in Scorpio brings a powerful magnetism and a confidence in one’s self to succeed.
The overall strengths of this combination, is one forceful and determined individual.Venus square the Moon’s Node across to Neptune gives a warm heart, high ideals and the love of humanity. It also gives us an indication as to why he has captured the hearts of a nation and now the whole world.
In my research I have found that if there is a contact to the Moon’s Node by planet or personal points, one usually has a public profile at some stage in their life.
Mars in Libra across to Uranus in Aquarius often means the individual will encounter a turbulent life but it also gives a fighting spirit, which Mandela certainly needed to overcome the difficulties that life put in front of him. With the Sun midpoint the Mars/Neptune he was also vulnerable to deception and his strong sense of moral discipline came from his Mercury midpoint Saturn/Moon in the fixed sector.
Nelson Mandela’s life has been anything but ordinary as the chart shows. He became interested in law at an early age and studied by correspondence. He hated the “apartheid” policy and became a fighter for freedom. He became such a powerful force that he aroused the antagonism of the authorities and they deliberately set out to capture him.
For several years he played a “cat and mouse” game with the South African authorities and was dubbed “The Black Pimpernel.” After running the gauntlet for many years, trouble finally caught up with him. In 1964 he was convicted of sabotage and related crimes against the state and sentenced to life imprisonment.
They say that people with Jupiter in Cancer are often lucky in life and Mandela with his natal Jupiter on one degree of Cancer, traded his prison life for freedom in February 1990, when the transiting Jupiter was conjunct this degree. After 26 years in jail he was released a free man.
One would have thought this greying 71-year-old “rebel with a cause” would have retired gracefully and write his memoirs – but not Mandela. There was much more for him to do. He was a man on a mission and that was to see his beloved South Africa free from apartheid.
Once a free man he embarked on a world tour meeting many influential people. In 1991 he was elected President of the African National Congress and in 1993 shared the Nobel Peace Prize with F. W. de Klerk.
History was made on Tuesday 3rd May, 1994 when Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa’s historic general election. “Free at last” said Mandela. These three simple words ended 350 years of white rule in South Africa. “This is indeed a joyous night for the human spirit” he continued. “It is a time to heal old wounds. Time to build a new South Africa.” The dream that made the man was finally a reality.
He served as President from 1994 to 1999. In an article about Mandela after his death, Patrick Carlyon, Herald Sun reporter had this to say: “He became the country’s first black President in an era of drastic change. His grace alone did not unpick the knot of issues faced by South Africa, but it cooled outbreaks of violence and revenge attacks and he preached forgiveness – for the nation’s greater good.”
Mandela spoke of climbing a “great hill” when freedom was won – only to discover that more hills needed climbing. This quote struck a chord with me, because as a young school girl I remember I was quite determined to climb a very steep hill near my house, which was situated in Otematata, a small Hydro town in the middle of the South Island in New Zealand, to see what was on the other side, only to discover when I got to the top, as far as the eye could see, there were just more hills to climb.
For many months Nelson Mandela was knocking on heaven’s door and finally it opened for him on 5th December, 2013. A chart calculated for this day shows the transiting Mars semi square to Saturn, which according to Ebertin’s book, The Combination of Stellar Influences, is often present in cases of death.
Mandela achieved much in his 95 years and on reflection he was made very much in the archetype of his Sun sign, the crab. He had a conservative outer shell but inside was warm and soft. He was tenacious, stuck to his beliefs forever and sacrificed his own interest for the sake of others.
There may be many more significant problems to overcome for his beloved South Africa, but he united the country like no other. His people will never forget the man who came, the man who saw and the man who conquered.
Nelson Rolihlahal Mandela – Rest in Peace.