I am new to the story of Oscar Pistorius, but when an astrology student evaluated his horoscope as part of their lesson work, I looked him up and found him tragically fascinating. In short, almost from birth he had both legs amputated below the knee, but went on to compete in the olympics (not just the paralympics). However his incredible success was smashed to dust by murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s day.
Here is his chart, calculated by my method:
Here is the output of the calculations of which planets are the most prominent and important in the chart:
So, the Moon is the most prominent planet in the chart, with Saturn a close second and Venus a close third – and these three planets must be analyzed, in that order, to ascertain the main theme at the backbone of Oscar Pistorius’ birth chart.
We begin by considering the symbolism of the Moon in Leo. Here are my notes:
☽ in ♌︎ Leo
masculine ♌︎ vs feminine ☽
reduction of femininity
loss of fertility
stable ♌︎ vs unstable ☽
less inclined to form relationships
confident & strong ♌︎ vs. undecided & shy ☽
mind (☽) + the self (♌︎),
self-absorbed / in touch w/ self
power ♌︎ + mother ☽
loyal to mother
power ♌︎ + emotions ☽
Comparing this to the rising sign, Aquarius, we find a clash between self (Leo) and group (Aquarius). Clashes produce negative effects, so the sense of being confident, self-assured, and authoritative that comes from the Leo Moon will produce negative effects, because he is unable to be humble and cooperative (as the Aquarius Ascendant requires).
It is somewhat out of order, but here I immediately notice Mars in Aquarius in the first house. This Mars has a lot in common with Moon in Leo – so this makes it more sure and strong that Pistorius is very manly, not very gentle, likes competition and battle, and is very independent.
His Moon is in the 7th house… This causes “co-dependence” (where one needs another person’s approval and attention or else one feels no sense of worth or satisfaction). It also makes one business-minded.
“Business-minded” is an interesting new theme we could explore if desired, but co-dependence has more immediate urgency and interest to me as the interpreter, because it has so much in common with the dichotomy we just interpreted. Co-dependence clashes with the independence of his Leo Moon and rising Mars. On a very similar note, the co-dependence of a 7th house Moon clashes with the independence of a 1st house Mars, and this is very similar to the clash between Aquarius rising and Leo Moon. The result is a very loud and sure interpretation of a clash between needing the attention and approval of others to get a sense of self-worth, yet being macho and independent. This creates a very precarious psychological balance that is very difficult to maintain.
The 6th lord in the 7th house also plays into this overwhelming clash in Pistorius’ chart: it signifies problems with partnerships and marriage. It has a new theme as well, that challenges can be overcome, which has a lot in common with Aquarius rising. This new theme is a positive one, because it arises from a harmony.
His Moon is in Kemadruma Yoga (being all alone, without neighbors). This is a very significant yoga, and the moon is the most significant planet in this chart, so it would be a big mistake to overlook this yoga at the earliest stages of interpreting the chart. The effect of the yoga is (a) emotional disconnection from the world, and (b) a significant loss of achievements or opportunities. Indeed, Pistorius overcame amazing odds and challenges to achieve a great deal of success as a competitive athlete, but all of that went down the drain due to his terrible relationship problems.
Our analysis of his main planet, the moon, shows Oscar Pistorius to be extremely complicated – hating relationships, but needing them. Wanting freedom and independence, but tied to the need for validation and acceptance from others.
As for the other two important planets, Saturn and Venus…
Saturn is in the 11th house. On its own this signifies a great degree of self-discipline and lack of frivolity. In combination with our analysis of his Moon, it shows even less presence of feminine qualities, and more focus on being strong and in control. On the one hand it gives the incredible self-discipline to accomplish what he accomplished (in combination with Moon as 6th lord in the 7th). But on the other hand it compounds the problematic relationships, making him overly serious and ambition-driven and not very gentle or sensitive.
Saturn in Sagittarius also has new themes that could be explored, such as being pragmatic.
Saturn as the 1st lord in the 11th house is interesting, as it is a symbol of success (going well with the Moon as 6th lord in the 7th), but it clashes with the sense of being self disciplined, because the 1st lord in the 11th house symbolizes the ability to enjoy life. This clash produces a bad result: “Too serious to enjoy life. Life becomes stressful, even with pleasures and wealth.”
That Saturn is also the 12th lord in the 11th substantiates this negative interpretation.
Venus, the 3rd most prominent planet, has the lowest overall dignity of any planet in the chart. This supports the previous interpretation that relationships are very conflicted and cause problems.
Venus in Scorpio completely supports this verdict, because it represents a clash between defiant emotion (♏︎ Scorpio) and cooperative emotion (♀) – indicating bad relationships as a result of being uncooperative, too dominant, having too much selfish passion, and therefore being possessive and jealous.
Venus in the 10th house gives other themes not related to this main theme, but supportive of the chart’s sense that he might overcome challenges and be successful, attractive, and talented.
Venus as the 4th and 9th lord in the 10th is the yogakara, and forms many raja yoga in the 10th house. Here finally is the indication that really supports Moon as the 6th lord in the 7th house, resulting in the interpretation that he would become something great as a result of overcoming challenges. This is a very powerful raja-yoga because (1) it is formed with the yogakara, (2) it forms between (3) Venus and Mercury, (4) Venus and the Sun, (5) Sun and Mercury. The yoga between Venus and the Sun (6) remains even from candra lagna (where the moon defines the ascendant). So it is a very significant raja-yoga because (a) it has multiple (six) recurrances and (b) it involves a very prominent planet (Venus).
We may wonder what indicates the amputation of his legs? Saturn has a nearly perfect aspect on the ascendant (98%), in cooperation with the 6th lord, Moon (92% aspect to the ascendat) and a conjunction from Mars. Since Saturn and the Moon are so prominent in the chart, we should also pay special attention to the key points they aspect, and since they both aspect the ascendant so strongly we receive a clue that the person has some significant physical health issue (Saturn’s aspect as 12th lord with Moon’s aspect as 6th lord), or injury (Mars’ conjunction).
Interestingly his life events fit neatly into the standard Viṁśottarī daśā system. His amputation is a result of birth and happened before his first year, and he was born into the later part of his Saturn daśā. Then he achieved success during the Mercury daśā (Mercury is in the Raja Yoga, and joined with Venus), then had the miserable failure in coincidence with the beginning of his Ketu daśā.