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Lightning Bolt

I don’t follow track and I watched very little of the Olympics, but the first time I tuned in, I saw Usain Bolt dancing on the track after he had won the 100 meter gold.

I’d never heard of him before, but he is a very famous (and wealthy) athlete. (1) His full name is Usain St. Leo Bolt, and he is nicknamed “Lightning Bolt.”

Here’s a sunrise chart for him, born on August 21, 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica; the Sun is in Leo and the Moon was in Pisces all day. (2)

Usain Bolt, natal, sunrise

There is an abundance of planets in their signs of rulership: Sun in Leo, Jupiter in Pisces, Venus in Libra, and the generational marker Pluto in Scorpio. Mars is exalted in Capricorn.

On the 45° dial, Mars is very closely on the Uranus/Pluto midpoint — fitting for the “fastest man in the world.” (Another way of saying this is that the Uranus/Pluto midpoint is semi-square (45°) to Mars.)

Mars is also way out-of-bounds, at 28°S10’. (The nodes are in Aries/Libra and planets go to the most extreme out-of-bounds when the nodal axis is in those signs.)

Mars is also in a sesquiquadrate (135°) aspect to the Sun and ruler of the north node in Aries.

He is very tall (6 ft 5 in), which adds to his large, dominating presence.

The TV commentator during the race I saw said that Bolt “responds to pressure and the spotlight better than anyone in history.”

Some have noted his arrogance: “I’m now a legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live.“ (3) But what can one do with a Leo Sun, Mars exalted, and a very strong Jupiter?

I remember a modern astrologer pointing to a potential problem with planets in exaltation: they think they’re better than everybody else, i.e., they are above the rest. And as for Capricorn, well, I have a beloved person in my life with Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter in that sign. She once confided to me: “You know, Capricorn really does secretly believe they are better than everyone else.” (I hope my humor is coming through here. Why is it hard to sound playful about Capricorn?)

“The 25-year-old is arguably as spectacular a showman as he is a sprinting legend…..Bolt is known for hamming it up in front of the cameras in the warm-up area prior to a race. While others try to get into the zone, Bolt is offering hand gestures, dances, and plenty of smiles.” (4)

On a personal level, Bolt is known as a lover of music. “Bolt expresses a love for dancing and his character is frequently described as laid-back and relaxed…… In 2010, he also revealed his fondness of music, when he played a reggae DJ set to a crowd in Paris.” (All of this sounds to me like natal Moon in Pisces with Jupiter.) (5)

With no time of birth, we can look at the prenatal solar eclipse set for the place of birth to see some underlying themes in the life, i.e., the collective story the individual was born into. For Bolt, that is the solar eclipse on April 9, 1986, set for Trelawny.

Bolt, PNSE

The Sun and Moon are at 19°06’ Aries, the degree of the Sun’s exaltation. (6) Mars, dispositor of the lunation, is conjunct Neptune in the 1st house, and Scorpio, also ruled by the exalted Mars, is on the Midheaven.

Here’s to Mars and his part in showing us the world’s fastest man.


(1) Bolt earned $20 million in 2011.

(2) Wikipedia

(3) The Independent

(4) CTV Olympics

(5) Wikipedia

(6) The Origin of Planetary Exaltations


  1. I just think he must have Aries rising; he’s no shrinking violet personality wise as you noted.

  2. Well there’s no shortage of pompous asses out there, but if I was going to criticize anyone it would be the bankers who seem to all want to stay out of sight. People like Usain Bolt get used all too often by those more cunning and often suffer a fall from grace at some point in their life.

    I know someone with Mars in Capricorn (angular on the 7th cusp) just a degree earlier, and is only 5′ 6″, but has bench pressed 605 lbs without the use of steroids. With Cancer rising (fixed star Argo on Asc) he also has Moon in Pisces in trine to Jupiter in Scorpio. He was a navy man, but personality wise he is the opposite of Usain Bolt and far wiser…

    • Thanks for responding Curtis..ah yes, the bankers, in an earlier blog, where I tried to be funny, I suggested that maybe they will all fall into the Higgs boson:

      “But, who knows: with Uranus pressing into Pluto’s tyrannical tendencies, maybe the evil-doing bankers will fall gracefully into (or get stuck in?) the Higgs boson (“the most sought after particle in modern physics”) and never be heard from again. (My understanding of the science is rudimentary, but Higgs boson has something to do with dark matter and, like all astrologers, I do have an imagination.)”

      Be well..

  3. Interesting post, Mary. I had not heard that about people with planets in exaltation. Thanks.

    • Thanks can be an interesting view to consider when delineating someone’s chart.

      I have had a few examples in my personal life over the years that really got me thinking about it..


  4. I can’t fail to notice the Capricorn reference dear..glad you gave no names. It can also be lonely at the top…

    Thanks for putting me on your email list. I am very impressed with your ability to link to paypal to order the new moon readings. VERY IMPRESSED

    •’re a good sport Kate

  5. Great piece, I agree with possible Aries rising. Also I think a contributing factor to the arrogance is that his Sun is conjunct the fixed star Regulus reinforcing and exaggerating the ‘I must be adored’ quality of the Leo. Of interest that this aspect may bring notoriety and wealth but does not necessarily bring happiness. Ill be interested to see what happens when transiting Pluto/Uranus hits the Mars.

    • Yes, Helen….Regulus with the Sun is striking..


  6. One more thing about Mars: stationary direct (extraordinarily potent) nine days earlier, and still within a half-degree of the station.

    • Hi Peter,

      I hadn’t seen that, but yes, station direct is another factor..I had wanted to look at the Mars Sun synodic cycles in his life (well documented on Wikipedia) but didn’t have time..back to looking at mere mortals charts..;-)

      thanks for commenting..

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