MALCOLM X:
A TAURUS IN A TEMPEST


Malcolm X was a pimp until he was incarcerated; in jail he became a devout Muslim and a inspired teacher. He followed a steady trajectory of power until his assassination. As he grew intellectually he matured politically, from a black racist agitator, to an beacon for equal justice for African Americans, to a fierce proponent of Pan-Africanism and all human rights.

Malcolm X is a determined double Taurus, with a brooding double Aries Moon-Mercury opposing Saturn in Libra, underlining his refusal to accept the systemic Jim Crow segregation of the time. That opposition is squared with his moon’s nodes to make an iron cross. Malcolm’s confrontation with the power structure was fulfilling his destiny.

His "by any means necessary" philosophy reflects the life-and-death struggle of his Mars-Pluto conjunction in Gemini. Gemini Mars trine Saturn and conjunct Pluto gave Malcolm tremendous energy and self-discipline. He traveled from city to city galvanizing a growing black audience. He ridiculed the servile “house Negro” and advocated that blacks return to Africa.

Malcolm’s Uranus Saturn connection foreshadowed his all-out Plutonian war with the racist status quo of his time. Malcolm’s appeal to the mind is also reflected in the Moon’s connection with Mercury. No one could beat Malcolm in an argument, he remains one of America’s greatest self-made intellectuals and grass-roots political leaders. He had a love for politics (Mars and Pluto in Gemini trine Saturn in Libra), and a genius for making news. Every speech he made had the duel effect of enraging the white power structure and strengthening the black community. Way before his time, with an Aries-Moon vision, Malcolm knew that African Americans had to get mad, like the proverbial bull in the china shop, to get real equality with whites.

Sometimes a lucky Trine can backfire, as in Jupiter’s aspect with Mars, Pluto and Uranus, in the chart (above) for the day of Malcolm’s murder. The Moon/Neptune opposition with Jupiter and Uranus’ opposition with Saturn made it easy to ignore the danger. It was a good day for the racists




Malcolm X rose to national prominence, from street pimp to power broker in less than 15 spectacular years. Nicknamed Red, Malcolm started out a lucky hustler with a natal Sun trine Jupiter; his criminal career flourished until at twenty, he was arrested and sentenced to ten years for burglary and gun possession. 

Prison was actually a lucky break, too, he later admitted, he read voraciously to feed his restless and retentive Aries brain. What he learned, he lived with all his heart, with a fearless Aries Moon. He took on the entire white racist Jim Crow system. He repudiated Christianity and became a Muslim. He dropped his ‘slave name” for an X and joined the Nation of Islam. “Months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then, I had never been so truly free in my life,” he later confided to Alex Haley.

When Malcolm was released from prison in 1952, he became the point man for the Black Muslims, and at 27 he had made a momentous decision for a double Taurus: to forsake wealth and its accumulation. Money and drugs no longer interested Malcolm. He saw a greater value in black people. He started “collecting” them as individual trophies of black empowerment—and his own makeover powers. His Uranus in Pisces gave him connection and compassion for the downtrodden.

In his autobiography he jokingly remembers “fishing” for men who were at the end of their rope—in order to give them lessons in black history. He created a uniformed militia—the Flower of Islam—with men he had rescued from drugs and self-destruction. He demanded economic and political equality from white politicians, but not with begging and non-violence. He advocated an eye-for-eye response to white lynch mobs. After years of frustration, many blacks agreed. His many followers included Muhammad Ali, and his X-brand of revolution caught on like wildfire. Malcolm meant black pride for blacks but race war to white bigots.

He was never late, hated delays (Mercury opposite Saturn); “didn’t trust anyone without a wristwatch.” His Gemini Mars made him a fierce opponent in debates. He turned the tables on white supremacists by asserting whites were inferior, and furthermore were biologically related to dogs, their “best friends.”

He built Elijah Mohammed’s crackpot cult into a vibrant organization with NOI mosques in every major American city. Malcolm thrived in a religious organization, with his Sun-Saturn leadership and made many friends with his Sun-Venus conviviality and love of socializing. His head butting Mercury in Aries helped him infuriate the black bourgeois, and most Christian preachers, both white and black, hated him. For the mostly white media, Malcolm’s charismatic Mars conjunct Pluto, with its resolute and passionate message was both frightening and confusing.

That militant Mars was expressed by Malcolm’s threats of black retaliation against white violence. Soon, Malcolm’s ideas began to eclipse Martin Luther King’s Gandhian principles of passive resistance, replacing it with a black uprising.

At the height of his power in the NOI, Malcolm (who had six daughters of his own) made a discovery that his mentor was having sex with underage girls. Like a raging bull, Malcolm publicly denounced Elijah Mohammed and the NOI, destroying it as a viable organization.

Furthermore, after having met “blue-eyed Muslims” during a mercury-retrograde trip to Mecca in 1964, Malcolm renounced his own racism and formed a new group, the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Malcolm met with Fidel Castro and called for an end to economic disparity and resistance to the war in Vietnam. Less than a year later he was fatally shot by NOI gunmen while giving a speech in uptown New York. We now know that the NYPD was ultimately responsible for Malcolm's murder, most likely with the help and under the direction of the FBI. (Read: The Day The Music Died; the assasination of Malcolm X)

Malcolm is wheeled out of the Audubon Ballroom on a stretcher, escorted by NYPD, on the fateful day, Feb. 21, 1965.

"Malcolm X was one of my heroes. He was the most honest mass leader that I have ever known or seen. He was a great orator and his speeches seemed like a conversation between himself and the audience.

His speeches were like music to my ears and have inspired me for the rest of my life in the fight for social justice. He was so human in his orations. I still remember him when he made the “Harlem Hate Gang Scare” speech at the Militant Labor Forum on May 29, 1964, and other speeches in which he chuckled a “heh heh” when he was about to make a special comment.

At that forum, he said: “It’s impossible for a chicken to produce a duck egg … The system of this country cannot produce freedom for an Afro-American. It is impossible for this system, this economic system, this political system, this social system, this system period. It is impossible for it, as it now stands, to produce freedom right now for the Black man in this country — it is impossible. And if ever a chicken did produce a duck egg (heh heh), I’m certain you would say it was a revolutionary chicken (heh heh).”

 

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