The Life and Times of Muhammed Ali, Seen Through the Lens of Astrology

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We take a look at the life and times of Muhammed Ali, as well as a look at his horoscope.

His early life

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. was born January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, the eldest of two sons, to Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., who was a sign painter and an amateur actor who loved to sing and dance, and Odessa Grady Clay, who was a part-time cleaning lady.

At the age of twelve young Cassius had his bike stolen and told a police officer, Joe Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief. Martin was not only a cop but also trained young boys to box, and he told Ali "Well, you better learn how to fight before you start challenging people." Martin took the boy under his wing and began training him, He won his first amateur bout by a split decision and went on to win the 1956 Golden Gloves Championship and the Amateur Athletic Union national title for the light-heavyweight division. In 1960 he made the American Olympic Boxing team and competed in Rome. He won his first three matches before knocking out Zbigniew Pietrzkowski from Poland to gain the gold medal.

Turning Professional

Cassius Clay turned professional, backed by a group of wealthy Louisville sponors, after returning from Rome heralded as a hero by the American public. During the early 1960's he was unbeatable, and after he beat British heavyweight champion Henry Cooper in 1963 he knocked out Sonny Liston in 1964 to win the heavyweight championship of the world.

He had become a master of self-promotion by this time, when he coined the phrase "I am the greatest" to describe himself. He also declared that his boxing style was to "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

Becoming Muslim, changing his name and refusing the draft

In 1964, after the Cooper fight, he joined the Nation of Islam, and began to be mentored by Malcolm X, among others. He first changed his name to Cassius X, then shortly thereafter to Muhammed Ali.

In 1967 he refused induction into the American military, stating his religious beliefs prevented him from going to war, while adding "I ain't got nothin' against them Viet Cong." The American government denied him conscientious objector status and he was found guilty of refusing to be inducted into the army, but after a drawn-out court battle his name was eventually cleared. Nevertheless, the lords of boxing stripped him of his title and suspended him from boxing for three-and-a-half years.

Returning to the ring

Ali returned to the ring in 1970 to beat Jerry Quarry, then lost to Joe Frazier, who had succeeded him as champ when his title was stripped. Then Ali became the first man in heavyweight boxing history to win back the crown after losing it by beating George Foreman in Zaire, a match Ali described as the "Rumble in the Jungle."

Ali fought Frazier on two more occasions, the final match being staged in the Phillipines, which Ali dubbed the "Thrilla in Manilla.", a bout which boxing afficianados labeled the most brutal in history. He would win ten more consecutive bouts before losing to Leon Spinks, then he beat Spinks in a return match to become the only heavyweight boxer in history to win the crown three times. He fought his last fight in 1981 before retiring from the ring for good.

Activist and statesman

Quoting notablebiographies.com, "As Ali's boxing career ended, he became involved in social causes and politics. He campaigned for Jimmy Carter and other Democratic political candidates and took part in the promotion of a variety progressive causes addressing poverty and the needs of children. He even tried to win the release of four kidnapped Americans in Lebanon in 1985. As a result his image changed and he became respected as a statesman. At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, the world and his country honored Ali by choosing him to light the Olympic torch during the opening ceremonies.....After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Ali agreed to record sixty-second announcements for airing in Muslim countries to show that the United States remained friendly to those of the Muslim faith."

In his prime, and even after he gave up boxing, Ali was arguably the most famous man in the world, universally loved by black and white people everywhere, as well as within the entire Islamic world.

His horoscope

A good place to start our examination of Muhammed Ali's horoscope is to delineate his rising sign, which is Leo. People who have Leo on the ascendant are very sure of themselves and think of themselves as very special individuals. Perhaps only someone with Leo rising would go around repeatedly announcing to the world "I am the greatest."

Ali has Venus in Aquarius closely conjunct the seventh house cusp. The seventh house, of course, reveals the way we relate to others. With Venus here, he disarms and charms people with consummate ease, and coupled with the Moon also being placed in Aquarius, he is open and friendly (Aquarius) to everybody. Venus so closely contacting the descendant not only reveals his universal popularity, it also accounts for his good looks, as he often reminded us...."I'm so pretty."

Ali's prodigious skill as a boxer can be attributed to his Sun in the sixth house - the house of skill development - in the hard-working and industrious sign of Capricorn, along with the Moon and Mercury in the same house. The Moon in this house shows a strong psychological need to work assiduously, and Mercury's placement in the sixth house reveals his skills with his hands (ruled by Mercury). And placed in Aquarius, Mercury is a signature of high intelligence. Mars in an elevated position, near the tenth house cusp, is very often seen in the charts of great athletes (Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan).

With the Sun positioned in the achievement-oriented sign of Capricorn in the hard-working sixth house, while forming a grand trine to the Saturn-Uranus conjunction in the tenth house and Neptune in the second, Ali was destined to ascend to a place of great prominence in the world. The grand trine is, from a psychological perspective, to use astrologer Noel Tyl's description, "a closed circuit of self-sufficiency." In the earth element, a grand trine suggests effective and efficient application of skills for both practical and self-promotional purposes. The Capricorn Sun, coupled with Saturn in the tenth house, shows a rise to fame, and Neptune's inclusion in the configuration is the signature of his fame gaining mythic proportions.

Saturn in the tenth house is referred to as 'the Napoleonic Saturn, not only because Napoleon had it, but because people who possess it often climb to the mountain top, only to take a precipitous fall, necessitating an initiating of the process all over again. Ali climbed his way back to the top after having been stripped of his title and banned from his sport for over three years, and he won the title back again after losing it to Michael Spinks.

With the Sun, the ruling planet of his birth chart (the ruler of a chart is always the ruler of the rising sign), along with both the Moon and Mercury in the sixth house of health, all opposing Pluto in the twelfth house, Ali was unfortunately also destined to suffer serious health problems during the course of his life. Mercury's rulership of the nervous system accounts for the nature of the disease which afflicts him, Parkinson's. Despite his physical incapacity, Ali to this day maintains his self-esteem and his boundless charm.

Click on the video below which contains no boxing, but rather reveals Ali's larger-than-life personality and is a joy to watch.

Link: The Horoscope of David Beckham

Sports Illustrated photos from sportsillustrated.com
Ali with Malcolm X photo courtesy of time.com
All other photos courtesy of photobucket.com

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Buzz
9th Jun 2011 (#)

That packs a punch, Steve. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you, Buzz. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar WordWulf
9th Jun 2011 (#)

A very informative & revealing write & insight into a man from humble beginnings who cast a shadow larger than himself by believing himself to be so. Ali will be background conversation, a living & breathing representation of the days behind those of our time. I enjoyed the hell out of this article. I studied astrology & numerology for a few years in my youth but feel the poser, the apprentice, while appreciating your expertise. It is very good, my friend.
Best,
Tom

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes, Ali is special, a man I truly admire for adhering to his core principles in the face of the government's and boxing establishment's treatment of him in the sixties. Thanks for such a complimentary comment, Tom.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes, Ali is special, a man I truly admire for adhering to his core principles in the face of the government's and boxing establishment's treatment of him in the sixties. Thanks for such a complimentary comment, Tom.

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Great article Steve, and another Star Page added to the ever expanding collection! This taught me a lot more about the man Ali was, and not just the boxer he became. A great share as always my friend.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes Songbird - Ali is much more than just a boxer - very witty and intelligent, charming, a role model of personal integrity. Hope you watched the video. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar jak2010
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Wow, this is a piece of history. Great work.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you, jak2010. I appreciate your commenting.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Exceptional presentation on an extraordinary man. I once saw a similar comparison of John Lennon's life and his chart, and it too was quite eye-opening.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you James - two men who stood up for what they believed.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Great article, Steve. This really gives me the sense of what a good person he was. Not just a great boxer. xo

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Wonderful, in EVERYWAY, thanks Steve...:0)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)


thank you so much,
Delicia.

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author avatar J A Ridley
9th Jun 2011 (#)

That may be the clearest most insightful biography of the great man I have ever seen. Here is his galactic signature:


kin 59: Blue Resonant Storm
I Channel in order to Catalyse
Inspiring Energy
I seal the Matrix of Self-generation
With the Resonant tone of Attunement
I am guided by the power of Magic

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Sounds like it fits. Thank you, J A Ridley.

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author avatar kafsoa
9th Jun 2011 (#)

I really love and respect this man. It was a really great step to write about is life and horoscope. Thank you Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you, kafsoa.
i appreciate your comment.

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author avatar AnnH
19th Jun 2011 (#)

Nice post, very interesting.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you, Gemstar99

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author avatar saurik
20th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks for this well written biography.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for the nice comment, saurik.

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Apr 2012 (#)

I read this review pretty late, but it makes thrilling reading. One of the best posts Steve

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan. I appreciate that.

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