“…[The ANC struggle] is a struggle of the African people, inspired by their own suffering and their own experience. It is a struggle for the right to live.
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
April 20 1964, Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial
Nelson Mandela died yesterday. As you can see from the chart, the angels, Jupiter and Venus, came to take him. I thought he might go this summer at his Jupiter Return, but in fact Jupiter is nearing his Sun now.
When he made that famous speech, a speech which was to change the course of history, put him in jail for 27 years, and truly start to form his image in the public imagination, Chiron the wounded healer was in Pisces as it is now, quincunx Mandela’s orator’s Mercury in Leo. (Quincunx = the results of the speech were not straightforward.) In fact, when Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962, Chiron was at 9° Pisces. Today, Chiron is at 9° Pisces.
Chiron, of course, is one of the mythical characters who chose death over immortality. In doing so, he actually ensured his own immortality: the gods turned him into a constellation in the night sky as a reward for his great teaching.
At the Rivonia Trial, Mandela offered to sacrifice his life for his country, but the gods had another longer story planned for him. He became a symbol for the struggle for justice, an example of bravery, stoicism, reason and intelligence in the face of bigotry and cowardice.
Mandela chose the route of reconciliation and healing, and he won. This is a lesson for everyone this Christmas.