Jesse Owens (originally published on 5th August 2008)

James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was an American track and field athlete. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, which were played from 1st August to 16th August, where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4×100 meter relay team.

Ganesha looks into his chart to determine what planetary combination helped him win so many medals.

DOB – 12th September 1913

POB – Oakville, Lawrence County, Alabama, USA

TOB – Not Known (calculated Sun Chart)


Astro Analysis

Note that transiting Sun, the lord of his Sun Sign is in applying opposition to his natal Moon, the significator of speed and the lord of his Twelfth house of feet soles. Note that natal Moon is also placed in the sixth house of competition and competitors who receive this hard aspect too making it difficult for them to match the bursting energy Owens had.

Note that Secondary progressed Venus was in the Sun Chart ascendant. Venus is the lord of his tenth house of success as per his Sun Chart and falls in the Natal Ascendant with Natal Sun. Also Progressed Venus was applying square natal Saturn and opposite his transiting Saturn, thus it also received hard aspects, making him a tough nut to crack, increasing his abilities to stand and perform against and in competitive situations.

Observe that Saturn the lord of his seventh house of name and fame was strongly disposed in its transit in the seventh house itself and was square to its own natal position. Actually Saturn was retrograde and so it had its tenth aspect on natal Saturn, while natal Saturn itself had its direct motion and so it had its tenth aspect on transiting Saturn. What a wonderful planetary design. Additionally, both these Saturns had a hard aspect on natal Sun, making him more of a strong fighter and contender for success and name as well as fame.

Note that Mars, the lord of his 4th house and 9th house, becoming a Yogkaraka was on the Aries Point at the start of the games and was free from major aspects and thus free of any influence, giving its Yogkaraka energies full freedom and tons of concentrated energy.


Ganesha thus summarizes Jesse Owens’s Sun chart study to the following. Hard aspects necessary for situations of energy and physical competition, and that too of planets signifying energy and physical strength, Sun, Mars and Saturn, helped Jesse Owens in getting that winning streak and performing such a great feat in the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Wishing his soul Holy Peace.

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Rikhav Khimasia

The GaneshaSpeaks Team


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