Edward Snowden, Whistleblower

Edward Snowden has been much in the news lately.  He is the young man who exposed the U.S. government’s extensive program to spy on the entire American public despite protections that are articulated in the Bill of Rights.  The  the 4th Amendment states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Working as an NSA contractor, Snowden saw first-hand how the U.S. government was spying on all American citizens without judicial oversight.  Anything written on a computer with an internet connection, including this post, can be read in real time by someone at the NSA.  Big Brother truly is watching all of us.  Osama Bin Laden may be dead, but his wish to destroy American democracy  is alive and well and being acted out by the very government created to protect the rights of the people.  Under the rubric of protecting our rights, the U.S. government is systematically dismantling the American Bill of Rights.

The Guardian, which published a report on Snowden’s leak, said the following about Snowden’s motivation:

“For him, it is a matter of principle. ‘The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to,’ he said.

“His allegiance to internet freedom is reflected in the stickers on his laptop: ‘I support Online Rights: Electronic Frontier Foundation,’ reads one. Another hails the online organisation offering anonymity, the Tor Project.”

No government likes to be exposed violating the rights of its citizens and ignoring the Constitution that legitimizes its power.  No doubt the U.S. government will hunt Snowden down and make his life miserable.

News reports have mentioned Snowden’s date of birth (time unknown).  Here is his symbolic chart set for sunrise at this birth location:

Sunrise chart (time unknown) of Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Sunrise chart (time unknown) of Whistleblower Edward Snowden

His talent for computers and information technology is reflected in his three planets in Gemini (Mercury, Mars, Sun).  The Mars/Sun conjunction suggests an energetic person who loves adventure, is prone to taking risks, who has a  fighting spirit.  Mars was in Gemini when the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.  In fact, the ASC of the New Moon Solar Eclipse in August of 1776 at the site of the Continental Congress falls directly on Snowden’s natal Mars, so that this young man has a strong astrological tie to the American Bill of Rights.   With the Sun/Mars conjunction opposed by Neptune, he is likely to be idealistic and willing to fight for what he believes in.

On June 6, 2013, when the leak became public, Snowden’s secondary progressed Sun (at sunrise) was exactly square his progressed Saturn.  Natally, he has Saturn closely conjunct Pluto in Libra, the sign of justice and the rule of law.  Natal Saturn in Libra is exactly sextile natal Neptune in Sagittarius, further enhancing his commitment to freedom and social justice.  Natal Pluto sextile natal Neptune marks a generation dedicated to social change and the protection of human rights, and the close ties of Neptune, Pluto and Saturn to his natal Sun make these issues very personal for Mr. Snowden.

His solar return for June 2012 – June 2013 is striking:

Snowden's sunrise birth chart with 2012-2013 birthplace solar return superimposed

Snowden’s sunrise birth chart with 2012-2013 birthplace solar return superimposed

Because his angles repeat this year, his birthplace solar return  (for the sunrise chart) has the Sun almost exactly on the ASC, marking 2013 as a highly significant year in which he will live out the promise of his birth chart.  The Sun on the ASC rules the 3rd house of news media.   Mars in Virgo in the 4th of the solar return closely squares his natal Gemini Mars, stirring him to action.   The solar return Moon in Cancer in the 1st house is in partile opposition to Pluto in Capricorn in the 7th.  Most likely this Moon/Pluto opposition represents his strong emotional response and desire to take action (Moon in cardinal Cancer in the 1st) against the government’s abuses of power (Pluto in Capricorn in the 7th).

UPDATE (21 June 2013):

Eric Francis obtained a copy of Ed Snowden’s birth certificate which shows that he was born at 4:42 AM.  Here is the chart with a known and reliable birth time:

Ed Snowden natal chart for 4:42 AM from birth certificate

Ed Snowden natal chart for 4:42 AM from birth certificate

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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4 Responses to Edward Snowden, Whistleblower

  1. Lee Martin says:

    Hits the nail on the head. Nowhere in the media news; however, has anyone mentioned the Patriot Act.

  2. james says:

    ”’No government likes to be exposed violating”’
    same deal with regard to bradley manning actions and a long list of what the government terms ‘whistleblowers’… instead of acknowledging it’s own illegal actions it is go after those who expose the gov’ts illegal actions..

    not to throw sand on your analysis anthony, but saying it is a highly significant year due the sun being exactly in the ascendant hinges on an actual birth time close to sunrise… we don’t have that.. it could be something else and unless someone finds the time, your comments are subject to revision if and when that happens.. thanks for sharing your perspective.

    • James,

      I find the sunrise chart cast for the location where an person was born to be quite meaningful. The solar returns of the sunrise chart also appear significant. In the absence of an actual birth time, in my view the sunrise chart is the best alternative. Many astrologers assume that a chart for the recorded birth time is the most accurate, but this is merely a hypothesis. The history of astrology is replete with symbolic charts for events. Ingresses, lunations and eclipses are used this way all the time.


      • james says:

        hi tony,
        we have talked about this before as i recall. i agree a sunrise chart has some relevance. any number of charts can be symbolically significant in themselves..why is it relevant to this particular person at this particular moment? if the sunrise chart is relevant and a different verified time is located for snowden does the new time become more or less relevant, or will these different symbolic charts – sunrise still have some special symbolic significance? fwiw – if you do a noon chart for snowden – the solar return for 2012 will have the sun conjunction the midheaven as well.. if you do a sunset chart for him, the 2012 sr will have the sun on the descendant exact as well.. i fall to see the significance, or only in so far as whatever chart snowden actually does have will be replicated in the house position of the sun for 2012 solar return. if that is significant then it appears astrologers will find significance in many ways when no actual significance may in fact exist.

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