“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 on a day when clearly the angels were with him. The astrological aspects were pleasant and he went out with a gentle wind. Neale Donald Walsh, author of CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, calls the day of our death our “Continuation Day”. I believe he is correct.
I wanted to look at Mandela’s chart to see how a man could endure so many years in prison and not become bitter. His Moon was in Scorpio (which wants to go to great depths) in the 12th house which rules prisons. So his emotional intensity could handle the darkness of the place, because he understood darkness at the most profound level. His beautiful Venus conjuct Jupiter was another reason for his lack of bitterness. Moreover, I am struck by another deeply talented human being who was totally missing an element. Nelson Mandela did not have any planets in earth. What this means is that he was either completely grounded, or completely from another realm, and very much able to detach. This would be a quality that would be useful to have in prison! So this amazing man that I have always admired, and who actually shared my birthday of July 18th, has left this plane. I hope that from wherever he is now, he will continue to help us here on earth with that idea he cherished, of harmony and equality.