When a death is at the right time, often Jupiter, the planet of benevolence and generosity arrives, ready to shepherd the soul on its journey. Mandela's Jupiter Return is on June 3Oth.
When Mandela was released from prison on 2 February 199O, transiting Jupiter was again precisely on the Return at 1° Cancer. Jupiter expanded his horizons that day. Uranus, the planet of liberation was at 7° Capricorn - just past an exact opposition to Mandela's natal Pluto-Jupiter conjunction.
When he was imprisoned on 12 June 1964, Uranus was exactly on his Midheaven at 6° Virgo.
Right now, Neptune, dissolver of boundaries, is stationing on Mandela's natal IC, the cusp of the house of endings. It's part of the summer's Grand Trine, which points directly at Mandela's Pluto, which holds the key to underworld.
At 5° Scorpio, transiting Saturn, traditionally cast as the Grim Reaper, is the other leg of the Grand Trine. Today, Venus, another angel, is on the point of that Grand Trine and conjuncting the natal Pluto in Cancer.
He may not go yet. Advances in modern medicine have altered the interpretation of some astrological signifiers. But he must be hearing the beating of angels wings.
As it turns retrograde, Neptune stations just one degree ahead of being quincunx Mandela's natal Neptune. And one of Mandela's qualities is stamina – Moon in Scorpio square Saturn in Leo. This could be a sign of a reprieve, but surely the time is soon.
There is nothing sad about the passing of a person who has lived a long, rich, active and profoundly influential life. By his words and his deeds and his example, Nelson Mandela has made the world a better, fairer place. But maybe even more importantly he has shown us that goodness triumphs.
One of the best things we could do collectively during this super Cancerian summer is recollect the work of this great statesman, and remind ourselves what real leadership is.