17th January 1942,18:35; Louisville, Kentucky
If you ever wanted to know why Grand Trines are so special, Muhammad Ali’s chart will explain. His Sun in Capricorn, the ruler of the chart, is in trine to Uranus and Saturn which in turn are trine Neptune creating this configuration of ease and harmony in earth signs. Ali was born with a great gift, which he did not allow to go to waste but took out into the world, and we are all the richer for that gift.
Not only did he become one of the greatest sportsmen who ever lived, but he was a man of principle, of courage, compassion and humanity with a superb turn of phrase and a knock-out sense of humour.
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
Born on the evening of the 17th January, 1942 proud, self-confident, theatrical Leo rises with the ruler of the chart, the Sun, placed in the sixth house of service. The Moon and Mercury in Aquarius also grace this house, which is why Ali had such a huge work ethic and why he persevered with whatever task lay in front of him. He applied the same discipline and sense of pride to his 32 year fight with Parkinson's disease, refusing to retire from public life almost to the very end.
The Grand Trine in earth signs gave him staying power, prestige and commitment. He could have been a world leader, and in a way he was. He was a passionate speaker for racial injustice and a proponent of African-American pride. He stood up for his beliefs and his Islamic faith: he condemned the Vietnam War and refused to serve in the armed forces for which he lost his boxing licence and acquired many, many critics.
Ali had the great good fortune to be born beautiful and strong. He was a natural athlete and could have excelled in many sports, however, he was not academic which ruled out a career as a professional footballer or basketball player.
He was only eighteen years old when he won the WBC and WBA heavyweight championships, taking the title away from the previously unassailable Sonny Liston. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated magazine.
Mars in Taurus is to be found in one of the key Gauquelin positions for famous sportsmen - in the 9th house, having just culminated. Mars is closely squared by Pluto revealing a killer spirit. Ali may have been a man of peace in his spiritual life but in the ring he packed the kind of punch that knocked the greatest down.
Ali's mother revealed that even as a baby he never sat still and was "always a talker" on one occasion suddenly stretching his arms and hitting her in the mouth thereby loosening her two front teeth.
Not surprisingly with Venus in the seventh house squaring the elevated Saturn-Uranus conjunction, his love life was complicated. Ali married four times and fathered seven daughters and two sons. Like all Capricorn men, especially those with a strong Leo factor, he believed in dynasties and certainly in leaving behind a legacy. His daughter, Laila Amaria, followed in his footsteps and remained undefeated in her professional boxing career.
Ali died just after 9:00 pm on 3rd June, his nine children close to his bedside; a final bell from his dialysis machine sounding seconds before he passed. Jupiter, the king of planets, was high in the sky conjunct his north node. Heaven must surely have been giving him a standing ovation.
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