Mercury in Leo: The Pioneering Philanthropist
Edmund Hillary, Mercury at 23 Leo. With Tensing Norge (Mars 14 Leo), first two to climb Mount Everest.
'If you only do what others have already done, you will only feel what others have already felt. However, if you choose to achieve something that no one has ever done, then you will have a satisfaction that no one else has ever had.'
Following his ascent of Everest he devoted himself to assisting the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he established in 1960 and led until his death in 2008. His efforts are credited with the construction of many schools and hospitals in this remote region of the Himalayas.
Alex Honnold, born August 17, 1985, Mercury at 13 Leo.
Best known for his free solo (no rope) ascents of big walls, in particular his free soloing of El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park in 2017, which has to be one of the greatest single sporting achievements ever.
"It’s about being a warrior. This is your path and you will pursue it with excellence. You face your fear because your goal demands it."
In 2012, Honnold began giving away one-third of his income to solar projects that increased energy access world-wide. Soon, this idea expanded to form the Honnold Foundation. The Honnold Foundation's mission is 'promoting solar energy for a more equitable world'.
Nims Purja is the holder of multiple mountaineering world records including climbing the 14 mountains over 8000m in just over 6 months.
He was born on July 25, 1983 in Nepal. His Mercury is at 17 Leo. Here are some of the things he has said:
'I didn't set foot on the mountains until 2012. That's when I realized how strong a climber I was.'
'I just fell in love with the physical and mental challenge. Physically I believe I have a natural gift.'
'I can climb with no sleep or rest at all. It doesn't matter how extreme the challenge is. I'm not going to give up.'
'I'm here to break boundaries: that's my job.'
In September, his challenge was held up while he waited for permission to climb the final mountain, Shishapangma, in the Tibetan autonomous region of China.
He raised awareness on Facebook, asking followers to email the Chinese government and request that be allowed to climb the mountain. Many people followed through with his request. Leo is all about heart. One fan even wrote on his page, 'You are a warrior with the heart of a LION'. (https://tinyurl.com/yzj3zubx)
His permit was granted on 15 October after the Nepali government approached the Chinese government on his behalf.
He phoned his mother from the top of Shishapangma and told her the mission was complete. She had once said about him, 'He has a Godly spirit'. She died a few months later.
Even though he said, 'The biggest strength I have is I have no fear. I wanted to show the world what a human can do', it's not about ego. One of the first things you notice about Alex and Nims is their humility. Edmund Hillary said, 'People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.'
Nims has stated many times that one of his biggest motivations for attempting this superhuman feat was to increase recognition for the unsung Sherpa guides that have helped so many people achieve their dreams of climbing high mountains.
Afterwards Nims said, "In life, you have to keep doing what you believe. You have to ask yourself, 'Do you really want this, from your heart? Is it for the self glory, or is it for something bigger?' Sometimes the idea that you come up with may seem impossible to the world, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to you. And if you can inspire one or two people in a good way, then you can inspire the world."