Who is Malala?
Horoscope of A World Famous Teenager
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
She was born into a poor family, on July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Khyber, a tiny village in Northwest Pakistan’s remote Swat Valley (at dawn as the last star blinked out, reads her autobiography, an auspicious sign among the Pashtuns). Malala Yousafzai seems to be an unlikely candidate to become the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize or to be dubbed the worlds most famous teenager by the German media in Deutsche Welle. Malala is an advocate for education and girls’ rights. Her courageous and well spoken interviews, including The John Stewart Show and 20/20, have drawn admiration from all around the world.
Malala began her mission in early 2009, when she was just eleven years old, by writing a blog, using a pseudonym, for the BBC about life under the rule of the Taliban. Her accounts of the repression and abuse drew so much attention that the next summer the New York Times filmed a documentary about the region. Malala became so prominent through the interviews she gave that she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize, by Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s well known political activist.
On October 9, 2012, at age fifteen, she was shot in the face at point blank range by the Taliban while riding home on a school bus. The gunman boarded the bus while asking the now notorious question, “Who is Malala?”
Her famous reply,” I am Malala” has been echoed by supporters around the world. It is also the title of her best selling autobiography, I Am Malala, published in 2013 by Little Brown and Company. On her sixteenth birthday, July 12, 2013, Malala addressed the United Nations. She has also met with President Obama and the First Family as well as Queen Elizabeth. Upon being invited to meet with the President, who is a Noble Peace Prize laureate, the young Peace Prize nominee surprised everyone in the room by quietly and eloquently asking him to stop killing innocent people in her country with drones.
Malala is a double Cancer, with the Sun rising and conjunct her ascendant at 19 -20 degrees. The bright white binary fixed star Castor, located at about 20 degrees Cancer, profoundly impacts her birth chart. Castor, according to Ptolemy, has a Mercurial nature. It has been called the sign of a ruler yet to come, and brings a sharp intellect, opportunities for travel, sudden fame and honor, but also ushers in a mischievous personality. When conjunct the Sun, Castor especially indicates government or political work. Rising at birth, this star traditionally points to banishment, eye trouble, injuries to the face, even decapitation.
Malala’s life is a sketch of all of these natal potentials. She writes of being near the top in her class in school, she has traveled far from her childhood home and certainly rose to sudden fame. She was the subject of a television special with Diane Sawyer, which aired on October 13, 2013. Diane Sawyer asked Malala whether it was wise for her to have been the only female student riding on the bus with her face uncovered on that fateful afternoon. Despite still suffering some nerve damage from the attack, Malala betrayed just a trace of glee at the thought of defiantly stirring up controversy, in her reply.
Her natal Sun, on the cusp of the first and twelfth houses, suggests a strong awareness of the self and personal destiny, as well satisfaction in serving others. The twelfth house Sun position has long been linked to the phrase serve or suffer. Malala’s urge to serve others in promoting educational opportunities has surely alleviated some of her own suffering. In her book she writes fondly of the treatment she received at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, a twelfth house environment. She praised the Muslim chaplain, doctors and the cleanliness. She woke from a coma there on October 16, 1992, days after the attack, unaware of where she was or what had happened to her. Her eyesight and face required months of rehabilitative therapy prior to her recovery. It is interesting to note that she was probably saved because she was flown to England on a jet fully outfitted for emergency medical care provided by an unlikely rescuer; a member of Saudi Arabia’s Royal Family. At the time of the shooting, Jupiter was transiting her 11th house of helpful associates.
In typical Cancerian fashion, Malala reveals a deep attachment to her heritage and family. She writes proudly of her fathers dream of starting his own school from nothing, while they lived in a tiny and shabby home with a dirt floor. She writes of how he broke with tradition by celebrating her birth, as the first of his three children, as jubilantly as joyfully as he might have welcomed a son. Her father, Ziauddin, Malala writes, is different from most Pakistani men, in that he added her name to the family tree when she was born, saying that he looked into her eyes and knew that she was a special child. Also she takes pride in noting that her parents marriage was a love match and unlike many among the Sunni Muslims, that her father does not beat his wife.
She tells of the history of her name, Malala. It means grief stricken and has a legendary tie to a shepherd girl who is sometimes called the Pakistani Joan of Ark, Malalai of Maiwand who once led troops into battle. Malala mentions how her maternal Grandfather was also progressive in encouraging education for his daughters. The ongoing theme of educators among her relatives through the generations is described by Chiron’s placement in the fourth house. Despite the anguish of life in a Taliban strong hold Malala, is nostalgic about her childhood home in the beautiful Swat valley. She keeps up with her friends by Skype and expresses regrets at not being able to return home, perhaps not ever, for fear of reprisals by the Taliban. She has both Neptune and Uranus in her natal 7th house, the sector of open enemies. This shows the potential for sudden and unexpected confrontations throughout her life.
Malala’s Moon, which always describes mother figures in the natal horoscope, is in Libra in the 4th house. She describes her beloved mother, Tor Pekai, with Libran qualities such as being beautiful, with light skin, green eyes and fine features as well as hospitable, always welcoming many visitors into their home. As a double Cancer, the Moon rules Malala’s horoscope. Placed in Libra, the sign of both war and peace, it is very descriptive of what her young life has come to symbolize. Her Moon is conjunct Mars in Libra, this shows competitive qualities. Malala mentions an interest in sports as well as struggling with disappointment when other students surpassed her in scholarship. The whole birth chart has many cardinal sign placements. There is a (wide orb) Cardinal Cross involving the Cancer and Libra placements with natal Saturn in Aries and Neptune in Capricorn. This shows constant activity and a tendency to take the initiative. Getting things done and living fully in the present is characteristic of a heavy natal emphasis on cardinal signs.
Malala has Saturn at 19 degrees Aries, accidentally exalted in the tenth house and exactly square her Sun. This shows great ambition as well as problems with authority figures. The Saturn in Aries also describes the injury to her face and, with the wide Mars-Saturn opposition, being a victim of gun violence. Writing poetry as well as elegant prose and public speaking ability are gifts this unusual young person has shown. Malala has Venus and Mercury in a wide applying conjunction in Leo. This conjunction shows talent for expressive and beautiful communication ability. Mercury is trine Pluto in Sagittarius, revealing a bright and probing mind. She is fluent in three languages. Sagittarius relates to both religion and to foreign lands. Malala often indicates how important religion is to her, stating firmly that Islam as a faith of peace. She emphasizes the beauty of the spiritual teachings of the Koran and how the beliefs of the Taliban are not supported anywhere in the sacred writings. She writes of how luxurious and comfortable her family’s life is in England, compared to the primitive living conditions in Pakistan.
Malala’s second house of finances is blessed by the presence of Venus. Venus is trine Saturn. This configuration often brings great wealth. Malala has raised significant amounts of money, benefiting both her immediate family and the humanitarian causes she cherishes.
Her natal Uranus and Jupiter in Aquarius further emphasize progressive values and a desire to enhance the future for others. Uranus is trine the Moon and Mars in Libra, suggesting an affinity for technology, for seeing the viewpoints of others and her ability to think and act quickly. Malala graciously tweeted the winners when she was passed over for the Noble Peace prize in favor a group which has tried to ban weapons of mass destruction. Natal Jupiter is quincunx the Sun and ascendant, showing that the fated situations are instrumental in expanding her world and influence.
A look at the October 12, 2012 event chart for the time of the Taliban’s attack, shows that the Moon was void of course in Cancer. This indicated that the success of the attack would be thwarted. The transiting Moon was also separating from aspecting the natal quincunx between Malala’s Cancer placements and her Jupiter in Aquarius, showing a survival and recovery that was called miraculous by doctors, after being shot at point blank range in the face. In the event chart for the attack Jupiter was in the 4th house, showing healing and a favorable outcome to the horror.
In January, 2013 the German publication Deutsche Welle first dubbed her the most famous teenager in the world.. At that time transit Mars in Aquarius was favorably aspecting her air sign placements, including her Libra Moon, Mars, Chiron and her Uranus and Jupiter in Aquarius. The outstanding transiting aspect, which was descriptive of the world events in 2013 was Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn. The Uranus – Pluto square aspected Malala’s natal Moon and Mars in Libra by opposition and square, respectively. The Taliban’s threats to her well being and that of her family were widely publicized and drew international attention. Throughout the Muslim world these threats were condemned. Wide support for Malala’s mission to promote educational opportunities for girls strengthened.
The April 29, 2013 issue of TIME magazine listed Malala among the 100 most influential people in the world. At that time transiting Mercury and Uranus in Aries were in her 10th house widely conjunct her natal Saturn. The summer and autumn of 2013 brought the publication of Malala’s book and a variety of media opportunities which resulted in her story drawing world wide attention. At that time transit Jupiter in Cancer, its sign of exaltation, was conjunct her natal Sun and Ascendant. This transit is considered especially benevolent, promising growth and expansion on many levels. Jupiter remains in Cancer until July 16, 2014, just after Malala’s 17th birthday. This shows that the first half of 2014 can bring new and expansive chapters to her remarkable story.
Malala herself has indicated that her long term goal is to become a doctor. However her natal chart shows a majority of placements on the right hand or Western side of the chart, showing that external circumstances could intervene with her personal plans. The overall tone of her natal chart suggests instead that her destiny might lie in continuing to be an advocate and activist. A political future seems far more likely than a medical career. In 2013 United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, the former UK prime minister Gordon Brown began a petition in Malalas name. Brown selected the slogan I am Malala . The petition seeks world wide schooling for all of the worlds children by the end of 2015. This has inspired Pakistan’s first Right To Education Bill.
In any event, Malala’s birth chart is a powerful and intriguing one. Her potentials are just beginning to be fully realized, despite all she has already done to make an impact. Her horoscope suggests that if one person can indeed change the world it could be Malala.
Data Tables – Tropical Placidus Houses
Born on Saturday, July 12, 1997 at 5:15 AM USZ4 -5 hours
In Mingora, Pakistan
Sun 19 Cancer 42 – 12th house
Moon 9 Libra 50 – 4th house
Mercury 6 Leo 57 – 1st house
Venus 16 Leo 03 – 2nd house
Mars 10 Libra 55 – 4th house
Jupiter 20 Aquarius 22 (retrograde) – 8th house
Saturn 19 Aries 59 – 10th house
Uranus 7 Aquarius 23 (retrograde) – 7th house
Neptune 28 Capricorn 49 (retrograde) – 7th house
Pluto 3 Sagittarius 06 (retrograde) – 5th house
Chiron 25 Libra 59 – 4th house
N. Moon Node (true node) – 21 Virgo 41
Ascendant (rising sign) is 20 Cancer 31
The Attack by The Taliban – Malala was shot in the face
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at approx. 3:00 pm – when the school bus was stopped by the Taliban – after school was out for the day.
Mingora, Pakistan 34N45: 72E21
Sun 16 Libra 20 – 8th house
Moon 29 Cancer 00 – 6th house
Mercury 5 Scorpio 48 – 8th house
Venus 7 Virgo 09 – 7th house
Mars 1 Sagittarius 36 – 9th house
Jupiter 16 Gemini 20 (retrograde) – 4th house
Saturn 00 Scorpio 25 – 8th house
Uranus 6 Aries 08 (retrograde) – 7th house
Neptune 00 Pisces 38 (retrograde) – 1st house
Pluto 7 Capricorn 04 – 11th house
Chiron 5 Pisces 36 (retrograde) – 1st house
N. Moon Node (true node) – 26 Scorpio 50
Ascendant (rising sign) is 17 Aquarius 03