“I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.

…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character.”

Martin Luther King

Yesterday Americans celebrated 50 years since the “I Have a Dream Speech” by Martin Luther King, which was actually spoken on 28th August 1963.

Oratory is shown in Martin Luther King’s natal chart by Ascendant in Gemini, Mercury its ruler on the Midheaven, and Mars (warriorship) in Gemini (through oratory).

North Node close to the Ascendant often indicates one who is a leader, bringing a group of people into incarnation for a specific work.  His karmic leadership role is also emphasized by a trine of the Sun to his North Node.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks may have been one of his Soul group, as she played a crucial role in the history of the civil rights movement.  In 1955 she helped spark the movement which would become his cause, by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person.  Rosa’s act is symbolized in her chart by Mercury (bus) exactly conjunct Uranus (unusual action) in Aquarius (the sign of the Rebel).  On the day she changed history, Pluto was exactly sextile her natal Pluto, encouraging her to exercise her personal power.

I Had a Dream Chart

In the chart of the speech, Mercury is exactly trine Pluto, showing a speech which is fundamentally deep in its expression and impact.  This trine is bisected by the North Node, also lending karmic impact.  The Sun conjuncts Mercury in Virgo, indicating clarity of thought. There is also a grand trine in this chart between North Node, Jupiter and Chiron, showing the potential for karmic healing in this speech  Venus square Pluto contains the pain of acknowledging what is not right, having the power to move hearts.

It is tempting to think that the foundation of his vision on a dream is symbolized in Martin Luther King’s own chart by Neptune at the foot of his chart, on the cusp of the 3rd and 4th House. The truth and absolute faith of his vision (as well as his deeply religious conviction) is shown in his natal chart by an exact trine between Jupiter and Neptune: astrologically there is no denying he was a man of truth.

Transits to Martin Luther King’s Chart

That the power and genius of his oratory on the day is unleashed is shown by transitting Uranus exactly sextile his natal Mercury.  There is a tide in men’s affairs, and that too is shown by the Nodal Axis (karma) squaring his natal Mercury (his verbal skill).  At the same time, his ability to move and win over hearts is given a helping hand by the transitting North Node exactly trine his natal Venus.

Nobel Peace Prize

On 14th October 1964 Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize, for upholding non-violent means in his struggle on behalf of racial equality.  At that time, Jupiter was exactly trine his Sun (plaudits), and Neptune was exactly trine his Pluto (profound psycho-spiritual achievement).


Natally, Martin Luther King had the Sun in 8th House, which in traditional astrology textbooks indicates honour in death.  He had at that time classic assassination transits: Pluto square his Mars and opposing his Sun exactly, highlighting the inflammatory natal Moon-Mars square.

Yesterday’s Rally

The Rally yesterday to commemorate 50 years since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, prompted a review of “how far we have come”.  It was observed that the U.S. now has a black president, but the Observer reports this morning that “Marian Williams, 75, brought up in Georgia, said the lack of white participants was disappointing. ‘There were a lot of white folks who were standing in solidarity with us in the 60s.  You don’t have that now.’ “


There’s an aspect for every day this week, so you will have a lot to work with and won’t be twiddling your thumbs.

Mercury is opposing Neptune today, so you might be asking “what is going on?”.  An aura of mystery may surround the day.  All may be revealed by the middle of the week.

Tomorrow there are twists in relationships, and strange feelings may be stirred up, with Venus opposing Uranus.

A third opposition occurs on Tuesday (27th), in the shape of Sun opposite Neptune, so the early part of the week may have a theme of balancing opposing viewpoints, and possibly having to agree to differ.  Sun opposite Neptune compounds the mystery and strangeness, so the plot thickens rather than thins.

The murkiness is slightly relieved later in the day by a no-nonsense sextile between Mercury and Saturn, when some facts can be established, and some initiatory groundwork achieved…

Then the moral compass goes wonky again with Venus square Jupiter.  If you are recruiting staff and wondering exactly who you might be taking on, why not hire an Astrologer to check out the potential recruits?  This could be very useful to you, and the Astrologers could do with the work.

This aspect was operating on the day Martin Luther King made his speech, so it carries the idea that something is not quite right in society.

On Wednesday (28th) Mars enters Leo, and the show must begin.  The curtain will go up and reveal who is claiming the limelight and wearing the sequins.

Around lunchtime (in the U.K.) Mercury trines Pluto, and the truth is revealed and expressed.  This aspect was also exact in the “I Have a Dream” speech and promotes the utter unveiling of the truth.  Not all may be ready to hear it, and some may hear portions of it.

On Thursday (29th) Mercury then goes on to oppose Chiron, so in mulling over the truth some may react to the truth with a healing crisis, but ultimately the truth heals and sets free.

Friday (30th) brings a stabilizing sextile between the Sun and Saturn, and you may be able to make a creative endeavour out of the week’s complex lessons.

We are on the up, because on Saturday (31st) we finish the week with another sextile, an upbeat interaction between Mercury and Jupiter.  Good news may be forthcoming, at last, reward for your efforts, and brisk sales if you are trying to get a business off the ground.  Travel is also well-starred for the weekend.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – foggy thinking
  • Tomorrow – strange interactions
  • Tuesday – more confusion, leading to some clarity, then  social issues highlighted
  • Wednesday – someone shows their hand, and truth is revealed
  • Thursday – trying to get your head round the facts
  • Friday – stability
  • Saturday – the green light