Edward Snowden ~ Astrological Alter Ego or Something More?

I have been thinking about Edward Snowden and the HBO Documentary Citizenfour a lot lately. Did I mention a lot lately?

Since the Sun is in Gemini and the Moon is in Scorpio today, I thought it was high time I do a little piece on Mr. Snowden. Now I am not very political and rarely write about politics here, but I will venture a bit out there for the potential spiritual evolutionary merits at play. I once was more driven politically, especially in terms of societal issues, but my focus has shifted. I continue to be fascinated by those who do take the public stage, mostly for the astrological implications.

Snowden really caught my attention once I read the TMA article about him. I blogged on it here as an example of the Scorpio Gemini signature. Then I took a closer look at his chart:

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Our sun/moon positions are almost opposite. My MH, Ascendant, and Descendant are closely aspected by his Jupiter, Uranus, MH, and IC. His ASC/DESC axis squares my nodal axis and his nodal axis closely aspects my Moon Venus opposition. There are many more contacts, but you get the picture. So no wonder I was so intrigued and mildly attracted to him while viewing the documentary. Mind you, I was not going to even watch it, because I did not want to fill my head with negativity. But watch it, I did, and months later, I find its impact strong and a bit alarming.

For those who may not live in places where this story was repeatedly emphasized, Snowden is a former NSA employee who leaked federal documents to the press in order to expose widespread surveillance undermining the privacy of US citizens and countless others. I am a big believer in privacy, while realizing that this value has  increasingly eroded and is speeding towards irrelevance in this digital age. Having said that, I still was startled by both my personal reaction to the documentary, and how the establishment reacted to Snowden’s revelations.

I am very happy to report that the US Federal Appeals court just ruled that the NSA’s surveillance program is illegal. Here are Snowden’s reactions :

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/08/405252184/snowden-ruling-against-nsa-extraordinarily-encouraging

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/opinion/edward-snowden-the-world-says-no-to-surveillance.html?_r=0

My heart goes out to Mr. Snowden and his remarkable ability to do the right thing. I see this as the best expression of the Mercury Pluto archetype. I honestly don’t think I possess that level of bravery, but I have been embroiled in ethical dilemmas in the workplace that often came back to bite me whenever I chose to speak out.

While I cannot seriously compare myself to Mr. Snowden in terms of heroism or sacrifice, I understand how fervent curiosity paired with frenetic paranoia can take over and hijack one’s sense of peace and safety. Watching Citizenfour somehow led me on a path towards darkness and undoing. Shortly thereafter I was led to read Wingmaker’s material that led me further and further into despair. More and more information continued to hold me hostage and subsequent events led to a massive pile-on that helped orchestrate the trigger of my diverticulitis. The majority of blogs on this journey appear between here and  here. I am not ready to reach any conclusions about this dark night episode. It is still in process and I am slowly and gently opening myself up to receive guidance and take action towards clarity.

I am not blaming anyone or anything. I take full responsibility for what led to my current set of circumstances. My continual battle with paranoia and thoughts of oblivion is my battle. No one is at fault ultimately. When we find ” external ” events to justify “internal” programming, we are the ones bringing the events to us. Healing is always a choice and I am sensing that I am moving closer towards healing.

Regardless of one’s politics and belief systems, Snowden’s chart is fascinating and his story is very timely in the wake of potential planetary awakening. The upcoming Full Moon in Sagittarius strongly aspects Snowden’s chart so it will be interesting to see if any new actions are taken to rectify past injustices regarding rights of privacy. The clock is ticking as the deadline to prevent expiration of three provisions of the Patriot Act is tomorrow ( May 31st) at midnight. How’s that for Divine Timing, ( Sun Gem, Moon Scorpio, Mercury Retrograde in Gemini) and the debate on protection of civil liberties versus security? Spying, intelligence, terrorism, misinformation, transparency, surveillance ; these all comprise the Scorpio Gemini signature.  As a Scorpio Gemini, I want to be in the know regarding access to my “private” information. Edward Snowden may not be my Astro alter ego, but he surely has garnered my respect, admiration, gratitude, and awe.

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18 thoughts on “Edward Snowden ~ Astrological Alter Ego or Something More?

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  2. Hi Linda,

    I don’t watch much news these days, but caught a chance to watch Citizenfour a month or two ago. I was certainly impressed by Snowden’s courage and thoughtfulness. Perhaps knowing there’s some good guys out there can help turn the tide of whatever rabbit hole you went down. I was also impressed by Snowden’s ability to plan and move forward so discretely.

    Michael

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    1. Hi Michael,
      I agree that Snowden is a good guy whose behavior set an example others can emulate. I think that I became increasingly frustrated with my inability to crack the unknown code that I submerged myself in a very dark place. I am finding balance and learning to channel my curiosity in other ways. peace, Linda

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  3. Hi linda,
    cool that you did this.
    what does it mean to have a lot of your planets on one half of your chart? (i’ve got the same thing going on) I’ve also always struggled with the finer points of astro charts…trines, lines, etc where things criss cross and make the triangles and stuff. I get so confused. what does it all mean?
    Is there a good link you can drop in that will be me the basics? an astro charts for dummies kind of site.
    Thanks.
    a great post of yours as always, for its refreshing honesty.
    hugs,
    o and om.

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    1. Thanks Monika. I have not done an astro bio piece in awhile. Check out the link in the comments for a recent Snowden interview. It is really entertaining and funny. Maybe we ought to start a Snowden fan club 🙂

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  4. Thanks, Linda, for this fine piece. There are some inspiring comments/videos online of the Guardian reporter, Glenn Greenwald, and the documentary filmmaker, Laura Poitras (and the film won the Academy Award, too).

    It’s an amazing story, and I, too, have admiration and respect for Mssr. Snowden (and Mssr. Assange, et al) for being willing to step out like that on behalf of the many, knowing there would be, and have been, great personal costs. I’m sure many more knew the same information and weren’t able to make that sacrifice for the greater good.

    So, very lovely to see this nod in his direction. I noted that Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Libra, too.

    On another note, going down those dark bunnyholes, as you describe, also has an energetic and psychic (and ultimately physical) cost!

    Hope you’ll feel continually more and more well.

    Love,
    Jamie

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    1. Hi Jamie,
      I appreciate such a thoughtful comment. I will check out the resources you mentioned so I can learn more. Saturn Pluto conjunct is very powerful and can be very challenging as well, like so many potentially transformative combinations. I wanted for some time to help the readers understand how I ended up where I am today, but first I needed to discern thoroughly and then gather the strength necessary to create the article. I of course only know part of the story, but wanted to share what I know so it may be helpful in some way.

      Looking forward to out continued correspondence 🙂

      love, Linda

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