Cato Zahl Pedersen
person gives witness to an incredible story. Cato Zahl Pedersen is the
winner of 11 Olympic Gold Medals for Norway in the Olympics for
Disabled in 1980, 1984 and 1988. In 1983 he received the Ekeberg Prize
of Honour, the highest award that may be received by any Norwegian
Until the age of
14, Cato was just like any other average Norwegian boy. He'd get up to
the usual antics and loved playing with his friends in the woods not
far from home. Then on the evening of May 5.1973 an event struck which
changed Cato's life in a way no one would have believed in forehand.
Cato and his friends were out in the woods making a hut out of the
branches from a pine tree. Then Cato decided to climb part-way
up a mast carrying high voltage cables to get a better view of the
area. He made sure to keep well away form the cables. However, it was
wet and somehow the electric current of 17.000 volt struck down and
through the body of the fourteen year old. His friends though he was
dead. He lost his whole left arm and half of the right. The right arm
was equipped with a claw which Cato makes good use of. After the fatal
accident of May 5. 1973, Cato fought back and became one of Norways
most respected personalities and one of the most cherished
personalities of Norwegian sports.
Cato is 14 1/2
years old at the time of the fatal accident. His Age Point is directed
to 26 Taurus, conjunct the fixed star Algol. Algol is the most fearful
and violent star of the celestial hemisphere. The Age Point is
directed to the sign of detriment Mars (cuts and burns!) and the Age
Point is disposed by Venus who is in high voltage Aquarius in the 6th
house of health. Mars and Venus are contra-parallel. The danger of
loosing limbs is shown by the Moon in Pisces.
Rulership Book says that Uranus and Pluto are the significators of
electrocution. Uranus and Pluto contain the Ascendant of the natal
chart. When the accident occurred, transit Moon was in Gemini, ruling
the hands and arms. There is a lunar eclipse on July 15. at 22degrees
51 Capricorn. This is but one degree from Cato's natal Sun.
makes his way into Norwegian history as The Age Point passed through
Aries, with Mars culminating in the 10th house. In October 1980 Cato
ran the New York Marathon and finished no. 709 of 14500 participants!!
The next day he married his 13 year older Martha at the United Nations
Chapel in New York City. Cato was 21 1/2 year old - his Age Point was
23 Pisces and transiting Jupiter had opposite the Age Point in the end
of September. This would give him cause for long journeys out into the
world and the urge to build bridges through establishing relationships.
Chiron is on the cusp of Cato's 7th house. Martha had herself been
disabled once, but recovered from an attack of polio when she was
seven years old. When they met she was specializing in the treatment
of disabled people.
On Nov. 4. 1994
he conquered the South Pole on skies. While the Norwegian explorer
achieved this feat single handed, Cato's pun at the time was
that he accomplished the same feat unarmed. At the time, the Age Point
is in icy Capricorn with Saturn on the winter solstice in conjunction
with Mercury, lord of the fortunate 11th house.