My late father briefly met Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta where I was born. All I know is that it was at the State Capitol, and Dad was there on other business as a lobbyist. I've always been fascinated by MLK Jr.'s dignity in pictures and speeches -- what made him an enduring icon was his aura of being inspired by a higher calling. It gave him the ability to see with a rare detachment, the time and place in which he was born. A favorite quote: "Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force."
His birthday was January 15, 1929 -- here's the birth chart via astro-databank. The Sun is in Capricorn, with a Moon in Pisces (with a noon birth time). We see shades of the wise elder and climber of great peaks -- an old soul just 39 when he died who said I've Been to the Mountaintop. In the hauntingly prescient speech, made one day before he was assassinated, he said of the Promised Land -- "I might not get there with you."
The poetry and deep wisdom of his words (and actions) left a legacy that endures. The Pisces Moon awareness of the unseen comes through in quotes like this, "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." He was visionary ( Mercury in Aquarius), and shared what he saw as a final gift. He spoke the truth as he saw it, even when it jarred or angered. Here's another favorite: "Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows."
This article by Tom Jacobs is a deeper analysis of MLK Jr.'s chart. I especially like this from Jacobs, "Speaking the truth for him brought the wisdom of his soul to the surface. Each and every one of us can do the same thing! Don't worship King or anyone else as a hero but take the example of the choices he made and learn to see how you can make empowered choices. Use him as an example and align with your own truth, letting it lead you to divine truth." How can we align with our own truth today and everyday, and in doing so, honor the legacy of MLK Jr?Hulton Archive/Getty Images