Updated 12/2/10 with more chart details. As you may know, on Tuesday the Wikileaks website released hundreds of cablegrams from diplomats in a variety of countries around the world. The feedback against Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has of course been profound. In fact, Interpol has just issued a “wanted notice” for Assange for an investigation into his “sex crimes.” This makes a date of birth available for Assange, something we have been craving since he burst onto the scene.
Assange told Forbes that his next target is Big Business. In any case, Assange isvirtually single-handedly acting out the planetary drama of Pluto (destruction and revelation of secrets) in Capricorn (governments and Big Business) about to be set off by a square from Uranus (radical revolutionary behavior) in Aries (individual rights). In fact, right now Uranus is at a virtual standstill and is acting most powerfully, which has stimulated the revolutionary fervor of the Wikileaks action.
Julian Assange (born July 3, 1971 according to the Interpol documents, time unknown, Townsville Australia) has the Sun in Cancer, with a nearly exact square from the Sun to Uranus which explains his radical tendencies. People with the Sun in Cancer or with Cancer strong in their charts are extremely sensitive to the needs of others, and as a rule feel the pain in the world far more than the average person.
You can read a quasi-biography of him here in my earlier post; very little is known about his early life but he was used as a model for a work of fiction which reveals some clues.
Chiron is also square to Assange’s Sun, and opposite Uranus – a challenging T-square that necessitates the balancing of a wounded sense of Self (Chiron/Sun) with a tendency towards radical actions (Uranus/Sun). Mars is in Aquarius, the sign of social justice, and it is locked in a challenging square to Jupiter which suggests an aggrandized drive to instill fairness and equality, whatever the cost. The troublemaking planet Eris is also locked into this T-square, and while I am not yet using Eris in charts that much she certainly seems to be an important player here. Briefly, Eris is the new planet that was reclassified along with Pluto and Ceres, and in mythology she was the sister of Aries, god of war, and as goddess of strife and discord, the instigator of the Trojan War. I like to think of her as describing small events that lead to major cycles of transformation. (Read more about Eris here.)
This chart for Assange also has a Plutonian component with a Scorpio Moon (Scorpio is ruled by Pluto) and with Pluto is in a challenging square to Venus, challenging his relationships and creating difficulty for him in making alliances. A Plutonian chart tends to live more powerfully and with a greater tendency towards drama and intensity than another chart would.
That Venus is interesting, being in the dual sign of Gemini which makes the square to Pluto that much more problematic. In this planetary system (Venus/Pluto), Pluto demands that relationships be intense and drive us deep beneath the surface, yet Gemini fears the entrapment of this kind of depth, preferring to be more available to a wide variety of experiences. Assange has some classic characteristics of the commitment-phobe with a hunger for radically new and diverse experiences (Uranus/Gemini) and the dark and brooding intensity and demand for passion that Pluto and Scorpio engender.
Transiting Saturn has been setting off the T-square system in his chart involving his Sun, Uranus and Chiron over the past couple of months, coinciding with the threat of prosecution over two alleged rapes. (These charges are widely considered to be trumped-up as a means to get some kind of control over Assange: see this article for one viewpoint.) A transit of Uranus in opposition to Pluto in his chart is also stirring up the collective rage but also his own passion and transformative force. And as Chiron points out in the comments, his progressed Mars is conjunct his natal North Node this year, driving him closer to his ultimate destiny.
Wikileaks has been around for a few years but burst into the scene when Jupiter and Uranus entered the individualistic sign of Aries. For some Assange is a hero, because he is exposing the hypocrisy of governments and business. For some he is a terrorist, because he operates outside of the boundaries of society and law. No matter what you think of him, there’s no doubt that he is becoming a major player, and emblematic of the upcoming Uranus/Pluto square over the next few years.
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High five! Great catch.
I can only imagine how this story will be playing out next year…
I quite like Mr. Assange. Then again, many of the 1971 folks I know are either quiet subversives or just plain badass.
Andrew Sullivan has posted links and excerpts to two good interviews on Mr. A and Wikileaks: The Leak And The Coming Flood http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/11/the-leak-turns-to-a-flood.html
My fave one-liner of the week comes from Evgeny Morozov: “WikiLeaks is what happens when the entire US government is forced to go through a full-body scanner”
Hopefully Mr. A and Wikileaks will remain alive and breathing through the new year in time for the release of the corporate & banking leaks.
yes a hero! Nice post thank you!
I dont usually support radical actions, yet in Assange’s particular case, I believe he is very brave, to lay his own life down for the sake of truth, and exposing the hypocrisy of all nations. Lets pray nothing bad happens to him, because he is needed!
I agree – I think he is the most fascinating character of our time. It’s interesting that despite his need to expose the secrets of others, though, that he is so secretive himself. That’s the Scorpio Moon talking!
Would you care to rectify his birth time, unless you already mentioned somewhere?
Where I come from, a Vietnamese astrology forum, I rationalize his birth time to be between 3 to 5 AM, or the hour of the Tiger. You may note that an Oriental day has only 12, not 24 hours, having the same 12 “domestic” (mostly) animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Cat/Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. While a translation into English with rationales will be done soon (I am just an enthusiast, still have a day job), the current posting in Vietnamese is at this posting:
within this subject:
Thanks for your time and the use your Interpol jpg :)!
Here is an update in English for Julian Assange’s birthtime rectification:
To me, the fascinating thing is how his chart echoes the whole Saturn opp Uranus-Jupiter sq Pluto@NorthNode that has dominated the world’s politics, economics etc since the bank failure in 2008. His chart also has Saturn opp Jupiter sq Node, and now as the payload of this set of aspects is coming through with the eclipsed Solstice moon, we see that (as in his chart) Mars has moved into conjunction with the node and also, now, Pluto/Mercury and with the eclipsed Sun.
Watching this whole conflagration, which I cast aspects to as a whole by labeling it ClusterFvck, has once again reaffirmed by awe in the granularity of astrology. It’s been textbook.
Check the total solar eclipse on July, 11, 2010 to see the heart of that Cluster, and the Solstice chart on December 21, 2010 for this end of it.