Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was born on May 19th, 1925, making him a Taurus. The Bull is the symbol for this astrological sign, and thus representing strength, stubbornness, and an ever-plodding nature. True to the sign, Pot was known to be ambitious, resilient, and relentlessly determined.
Pol Pot was born in Cambodia to an upper-middle-class family. From an early age, Pot had a strongly idealistic notion of his environment; influenced by his involvement in the Khmer Scouts, he sought to rid Cambodia from French colonial rule. Fortuitously, he traveled to Paris in 1949 and read Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto, critically engaging in the fundamental concepts of rebelling against oppressive regimes. QuiteMathieu Ricard in ‘The Monk and the Philosopher’ aptlys remarked how the “comfort of his domestic background combined with the passionate idealism of a hard student life abandoned in Paris” shaped Pot’s tenacious nature and ambition.
With a newly acquired devotion to Communism, Pot returned to Cambodia and began advocating and organizing a rebellion against French control, by leading the Pro-National Revolutionary movement. Years of hard work and meetings culminated in the signing of the Geneva Agreements, granting the Republic of Cambodia its autonomy. This major victory marked a significant achievement for Pol Pot and the Pro-National Revolutionary movement – indeed, it symbolized the power of hard work and tenacity, two characteristics befitting a Taurus.
These characteristics also led Pot to form the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) in 1968. This movement, backed by the Mao’s ‘Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution’, sought to overthrow the Cambodian government and forced the country to adapt a Marxist-Leninist regime. The ideals mainly involved reducing social boundaries in favor of a classless, agrarian society. This hard-lined style with which Pol Pot belief in the mission of the CPK signified the stubborn nature of a Taurus.
Although he held to his lofty ideals, Pol Pot’s radical initiatives led to catastrophic effects. His regime was noted for its ruthless campaign of genocide, through which nearly a third of the Cambodian population was slaughtered in the effort of purging the country of foreign influences. Consequently, Pot faced charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, becoming the first Chief of State to be charged. Although he was found guilty, the sentences were never served as Pol Pot died in a prison under mysterious circumstances.
To summarize, Pol Pot was born on May 19th, 1925, making him a Taurus. Taurus is a sign known for its strength, stubbornness and ambition, all of which perfectly applied to Pot’s character. Coming from an upper middle class family and studying in France, he traveled back home to push for the independence of Cambodia. This victory solidified his idea for establishing a Marxist-Leninist regime in the country, for which he was ultimately found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. While some may attribute some of his mistakes to his bull-headedness, it can also be said that it is this same stubborn determination which allowed him to become the leader of one of the most powerful political movements in the history of Cambodia.