Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius has gone suddenly from international renown as an athlete to being on trial for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (1) He has a remarkable life story and was the subject of an article with lots of biographical details in the New York Times last year. (2)

Pistorius was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 22, 1986. (I am using 10:30 a.m., rated A at Astrodatabank.) (3)

Oscar Pistorius natal

Everyone’s life is layered and multi-faceted; I am just looking at some of the astrological points that suggest the shocking events in this tragic story.

Oscar Pistorius’ natal Sun at 29º44’ Scorpio is exactly on the Uranus/Pluto midpoint (29º42’). (UR/PL=SU). Ebertin writes: “The urge for independence and freedom, untiring creative work, the tendency to make the highest demands on one’s physical energy, strong emotional tension. Over-excitement of the nerves, a breakdown, a catastrophe.” (4) (We might say that the current Uranus – Pluto square has torn his life asunder.)

In the natal horoscope, Pistorius also has Saturn at 10º45’ Sagittarius exactly on the midpoint of Sun and Uranus at 10º28’ Sagittarius (SU/UR = SA). About this connection, Ebertin writes: “Rebellion against limitation of freedom, inhibitions and difficulties are overcome through extraordinary efforts. Sudden separation, sudden loss, a separation from another person carried out in haste.” (5)

Transiting Saturn is at 11º Scorpio at the Midheaven of Pistorius’ natal chart as the eyes of the world are upon him.

Pistorius natal, transits for February 14, 2013

There is one more midpoint from the natal I’d like to mention: the Moon/Midheaven midpoint (21º13’ Virgo) is exactly on Uranus (21º13’ Sagittarius)(MO/MC = UR). Again, from Ebertin: “An unusual degree of emotional excitability, irritability, nervousness. Emotional crises, upsets through members of the female sex, an unusual emotional state.” (6)

Transiting Mars on the date of the shooting was at 9º Pisces; Pistorius’ solar arc directed Ascendant is 9º18’ Pisces.

Pistorius, solar arc to February 14

The directed Ascendant at 9º Pisces has exactly come to his natal Mars/Uranus midpoint at 24º21’ Capricorn (on the 45º dial) (MA/UR=ASC). Ebertin writes about this: “An excitable person with the inclination to commit acts of violence. An upsetting event, accident, physical injury, (arrest).”

Enough of this sad story for now.

Have a good week everyone.


(1) Wikipedia and

(2) New York Times

(3) Astrodatabank

(4) The Combination of Stellar Influences, by Reinhold Ebertin, Ebertin-Verlag, 1940; pg. 199.

(5) ibid, pg. 83.

(6) ibid, pg. 115.

(7) ibid, pg. 159.

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