Muhammad Ali: Some Astrological Perspectives

Muhammad Ali - 1967
Muhammad Ali – 1967

Dear Friends and Clients,

Today was the funeral for Muhammad Ali and I thought I would do some research and share some observations with you.

I grew up knowing about Cassius Clay, who later became Muhammad Ali. He was kind of an outrageous character at a time when there were few outrageous characters in the U.S., of any race. To be so outspoken, so proud, so out-front arrogant was pretty amazing in those days.

He refused to go to Vietnam when I was only 15 in 1966. I was just beginning to become a hippy, just starting to feel the winds of protest. In 1966, refusing to go to Vietnam was still pretty radical.

I was never into boxing and I am not an African American, so his influence on me was more at a distance. As I became more and more radicalized myself, however, I came to admire Muhammad Ali, along with anyone with the courage to ‘buck the system.’

I have also noticed in the Astrology charts of those a fair bit older than me (I’m born in 1951), but nonetheless opened to the unconventional energies of the 60’s, that they often have really dynamic outer planet aspects in their charts. In my view, they needed that in order to break free from the conventional programming they grew up with, whereas through my own early life experiences I can say that I stopped believing in the ‘straight’ conventional world when I was quite young.

Muhammad Ali definitely had a lot of dynamic outer planet aspects, especially with Uranus and Pluto, about which Astrologer Alan Oken once said: “With Pluto it is: Change or die!, to which Uranus says: Yeah right!”

I am not going to write a really lengthy detailed analysis of Muhammad Ali’s chart, but I did want to share a few key Hilarion* insights that give some perspective into what made this man ‘tick.’

He was a Capricorn and you can definitely feel that he had that dedicated, self-reliant, material ambition of Capricorn. He told his friend when he was a young child that he knew he was going to be really successful and was going to buy himself and his momma a big house.

As an Astrologer, however, when one contemplated the character and behavior of Muhammad Ali you knew there had to be some Leo energy in there somewhere. Well sure enough, I have yet another name to add to my list of George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Prince Charles, Al Gore and, more recently, Donald Trump. They all have Leo Rising.

For those of you who don’t remember what Hilarion says about Leo Rising, which I shared last in the Donald Trump article, here it is again:

Leo When the sign Leo rises, there will be a tendency for the self-picture to be colored by the notions of elegance, specialness and superiority. A proudness will often be felt internally, even though it usually does not manifest. The reason for giving this Ascendant to an individual is to prompt him to think better of himself than he is in the habit of doing when in incarnation. The rulership by the Sun thus lends to the individual certain bolstering influences in terms of how he sees himself, which are intended to teach him not to underestimate his own worth and not to feel inferior to others. In view of this explanation, it will be understood that those with Leo rising will often find that they are torn between thinking little and thinking a lot of themselves. Through the experience of this inner battle, it is hoped that they will ultimately learn that each person is complete and worthy in his own right, and that none are either superior or inferior.

So often it seems that Leo Rising people are more Leo than Leo’s. That inner insecurity being compensated by Leonine arrogance and pride can really make them want to ‘come out fighting.’

Additionally, Ali had Mars in his 9th House square to his Sun in Capricorn, and square to Pluto in the 12th House. This is what Hilarion says about Mars in the 9th House:

Ninth House Mars in the ninth house lends an aura of strength to the moral righteousness of the individual. He is a crusader for “justice” — whether for people, animals, nature or whatever. There is little to be learned here, except to moderate the extremes of this tendency

And what Hilarion says about Pluto in the 12th House:

Twelfth House When Pluto is located in the house of the subconscious as affected by past-life experience, the meaning is basically that the most recent life was one which witnessed a number of radical changes in the soul. Its attitudes, habits and typical associations when incarnated likely went through a number of profound revisions. As a result, the present personality may be somewhat apprehensive and timid, having only recently adopted many of its present traits. Not having a long string of comparable earth personalities to back it up, the present personality will feel “out on a limb”, hesitant and uncertain. The analyst can help such an individual by explaining that many positive changes were made in the most recent life-experience, and that the present traits of the individual represent a definite step forward in the soul’s evolution.

Pluto being square to Mars indicates the likelihood of violence in that last lifetime.

The Sun in Capricorn in the 3rd corner of this tense ‘T-Square’ was in the 6th House of work, service, activity in the world.

I would say that it was this moral righteousness of Mars in the 9th, combined with the self-reliant, ambition of the Sun in Capricorn in the 6th, and the intense transformation in his last lifetime with Pluto in his 12th House, that made him really ‘fired up’ when he was a child and was refused a drink of water in a store in Louisville because he was black. It was also the desire to physically attack whoever had stolen his bicycle when he was 12 that led him to being told by a Louisville police officer and boxing coach that he better learn to box first.

Now Ali also had his Sun in Capricorn harmoniously trine to Uranus in the 10th House of ‘Role in the World.’ This made him comfortable playing an unconventional role. He also had Jupiter in the 10th House with only positive aspects, usually an indicator of ‘success in one’s career.’

The unconventional Uranus and ambitious Sun in Capricorn are also both harmoniously trined to Neptune. This became more evident as he became older, going deeper into his religion and the compassionate acts of service he was later noted for.

His role as a victim of Parkinson’s disease is perhaps relatable to the deep Plutonian undermining of his powerful Sun/Mars energies. Remember Alan Oken re: Pluto?: Change or die!

Having Parkinson’s pulled him out of the orbit of the Mars/Sun/Pluto intensity and allowed him to open more to the potential of the Neptunian compassionate service and healing.

So, that is the essence of what I wanted to share with you today.

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel