Master of Emotions – Roy Masters


The birth time for this natal horoscope was given by Mr. Masters himself in the 1980s. Masters is a radio talk-show host and ex-hypnotist who believes everyone is already hypnotized and needs to wake up and have their lives transformed by a simple method of meditation that leads a person away from anger and resentment to a peaceful inner connection with God. This is accomplished through remembering, as he states in his meditation exercise, to “Overlook and make allowances and be outspoken with firmness, kindness and patience,” whenever one is confronted with stressful and challenging situations. The main thing is not to react with anger when provoked. That is the meaning of “turning the other cheek” as stated in the Christian bible. Anger is actually the true nature of an animal’s response to a threat. Humans on the other hand are meant to transform their responses to a higher mindedness and refrain from emotional upsets, reactions and retaliations.

Roy claims to have never been overtaken by the emotion of anger, and believes that anger is the father of all human difficulties and suffering. RoyMasters Masters teaches that man needs to find God and correct the woman in his life to stop tempting him to fall from Love to need her. Masters believes that a woman tempts a man to need her through offering sex in exchange for personal ego worship and attention. In this way she stands in the place of God and blocks man from a connection with Higher Reality if this syndrome is not corrected. Masters admonishes men to correct women and tell them to “put the apple down!” and stop tempting them away from themselves.

Masters has authored numerous books, one of which is The Adam and Eve Syndrome, which explores the negative interaction between men and women and reveals the substance of the trade-off involved; women giving their bodies in exchange for “love.”  This particular book, among others, offers a real solution to readers with an understanding that all human beings need to be fulfilled from within, by a connection with the Creator, and not to be satisfied by a use of each other that is never a replacement for true understanding and purposeful living. To learn more about Masters and his mission, visit The Foundation of Human Understanding online:

The tri-wheel here shows that at age 88 Masters will be having a once-in-a-lifetime Pluto Transit exactly Opposite his Natal Pluto, and it will do a Station Direct at 14 Capricorn 56 on September 27, 2016. This is 26 days after the Solar Eclipse at 9 Virgo 21 that will be within the 5 degree orb allowance of a Conjunction with Masters’ Natal Moon in Virgo at 11 Virgo 27. Neptune is Transiting Opposite the Natal Moon, and will Station to go Direct at 9 Pisces 14 on November 20, 2016. Transit Saturn is also approaching its third Saturn Return in Masters’ chart, due the 13th of December 2016. One day later Mars will return to its exact Natal position as well.


These aspects described are all strong indications that point to an equally strong physical counterpart. The message has gone out, thanks to Masters’ dedicated teachings. The messenger has done well, playing his part in the lives of all who know him and follow his inspired advice. The Sabian Symbol for Masters’ Venus in oriental appearance and indicator of career approach is 19 Pisces, A master instructing his pupil, and is literally what the man has done for the better part of his life. The symbol mimics his own surname and is uncanny, and an interesting fact is that it was shortened and translated from Obermeister; meaning above the master. Truly, Master is the foundation of understanding and teaches followers to find the same in themselves.

PISCES 19 A master instructing his pupil This is a symbol of the unlimited potentiality of existence in any larger dimen­sion, and of the demand of human intelligence for the self-refinement and self-orientation by which a greater under­standing is possible. Life entreats the individual to employ its privileges and enjoy its bounty, and gives every encourage­ment to that initiative of spirit by which he may be led to do so. He finds that personality comes into its own as it is able to direct its own destiny. The keyword is ELUCIDATION. When positive, the degree is high executive ability through patient investigation and genuine psychological insight, and when negative, a desire to live by rule and a conceit of empty knowledge.

Master’s Sun degree at 13 Aries is An unsuccessful bomb explosion. This symbol shows his destiny and Purpose (keyword for the Sun) is to defuse the anger of humankind. He encourages this through the dialogue in his meditation recordings. His Jupiter degree is Brownies dancing in the setting sun. This is one of the few “elfin” degrees revealing an otherworldliness of character that he shows to those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear.” These special degrees of brownies, fairies and other elfin creatures, reveal a life where the native cannot live for himself alone, but must exist as a special incarnation of some social ideal. Natal Jupiter and natal Sun are Conjunct. Jupiter is the guru, leader, teacher and protector, working alongside the solar-self’s Purpose to transform otherwise volatile situations into peaceful resolutions.

Masters’ Temperament Type is a SPLAY which is the most evolved of the seven possible Types. Saturn is the Reins planet in High Focus. Saturn’s process of meditation brings self-awareness, self-control and wisdom to the practitioner, and it delivers these better attributes through Masters’ lens of traditional, religious perspective. You’ll hear Masters mention Christianity here and there in his message, which the practitioner can either accept or reject, depending on their own personal beliefs. Regardless, the message has a secret ingredient that benefits society in general, far beyond what one would expect and can imagine, and that is centered in Masters’ meditative mantra, with the instruction to “overlook on the spot and be outspoken with firmness, kindness and patience.”




Meaning of the Outer Planets; Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Usually a discussion of the outer planets, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will incite caution and sometimes fear in the minds of those who are about to have aspects with these bearers of new dimensions in consciousness. Often Saturn is associated with disappointments, delays, and all manner of frustrations designed to put an end to the dreams, hopes and wishes of the native. These are generally emotional reactions to requirements of the “hidden” intelligence seeking to make adjustments to our routine and patterns of behavior so that we can explore the worlds beyond what we normally experience.

Obliquity of the Nine Planets

The planets are in one way symbolic representatives of a hierarchy of intelligence designed to assist the evolution of humankind. How do they do this? They do this by confronting us with challenges to our present mental and emotional states which have become a buildup of ego crystallization. These new and formidable experiences come at the time of Transits and Progressions to create change and growth in our consciousness. The ego’s resistance to these challenges to our “normal” routine and self-importance is the actual cause of our pain and suffering. If we surrender to the correction where these lessons lead us, we will then arrive at levels of consciousness hitherto unrecognized by our limited and ordinary state of awareness.

To achieve a greater understanding of the purpose of Transits and Progressions a self-contemplation and realization through proper meditation is required. Periodic and regular sessions of meditation separate us from our outmoded patterns of behavior that support our “rebellion” from the reality of who and what we have become and presently are that needs correction and development.

When we face the truth of ourselves through internal reflection and observation, the first thing we may automatically do is deny and resist seeing these painful truths. That is because the ego is adamant in its estimate of our value as we are, and not yet open to the need for further development and personal fine-tuning.

”Ego surrender is the key, and is the best approach toward the Light of the new era the planets usher in through major Transits and Progressions.“

Transits and Progressions act as guide posts for learning, and are harbingers of coming new knowledge and experience. We need to accept their guidance by following our developing understanding. The first steps however, may reveal to us that we are not quite ready to drop our defenses. The Transits of outer planets take long periods of time to complete their instructions, because they move forward, then Station to Retrograde and then back again over a Natal planet or oppose planets as well. This lengthy period of personal growth can, with some of the planets, last for years; allowing us to gradually accept the opportunity these planet markers offer. Perseverance, surrender and patience are important attributes to develop in order to pass through the challenging period successfully. The stress is in connection with observing outmoded thought-cycles that are bonded to disturbing emotional states that cause painful feelings. Recognizing the underlying cause of discomfort is half the battle won. When we see within ourselves thoughts and emotional patterns that need to be transformed, we are on the road to recovery and also the road to fulfilling the potentials that astrological configurations chart in the Natal horoscope. Horoscopes are like charts of the night sky to navigators on the seas – they point us in the right direction. We are navigators of our lives as we moment to moment, aspect by aspect, glean the meaning of the lessons taught by of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – each one pointing to a specific level of higher awareness and broadened consciousness.

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Then They Came for Assange

assangeImageJulian Assange hacked into Pentagon files when he was 15 years old. His curiosity about the mind of America is seen in the comparison of the birth chart of Assange with the US Natal Chart.

It is best to ignore the connections of planets to the Houses, Moon, Midheaven and Nadir, because the time of the US Natal chart is disputed, and the time of birth for Assange is questionable as well. But there is every reason to take note of the exact Conjunction of Mercuries between their charts, in fact this is the prime reason for the connection. Mercury in the US chart is Retrograde, showing a desire to keep sensitive material secret and for doing things in a subversive manner is shown by the US Pluto’s Retrograde movement Opposite its own natal Mercury. Pluto is synonymous with power and intrigue, but is also Probity. Mercury in Assange’s chart is Direct and his brand of truth is straight-forward and invasive, which challenges a country that prefers to do things in clandestine fashion.

In 1986, Assange was 15 years old and Transit Saturn was opposing his natal Saturn. **Every seven years Saturn makes the Square and Opposition aspects with itself in a person’s horoscope. But as well as being part of a Saturn cycle, transit Pluto was coming close to making a conjunction to Assange’s Moon position. The desire to probe, and the ability to do so, was intense because of the Pluto factor. The red lines in the chart below point out the transit Saturn opposition to its natal placement and its conjunction with natal Neptune.


The three blue circles show the segments that create a SPLAY Temperament Type; the pyramiding development of personality with a great potential for inner stability. Mars is by itself in one of the three segments, and that designates it as the High Focus Reins planet, which turns what would usually be capacity for Initiative into an INDOMITABLE source of direction. This gives the native a tenacious hold on anything that inspires and excites – he will never give up. Mars is in the sign of Loyalty, and anyone who is a friend, is a friend for life – any goal, is a goal for life.

The ephemeris graph for July 1971 shows that Assange’s progressed Sun on the 18th conjuncts not only his own Mercury degree at age 15, but it activates his connection with the US Mentality and its body of confidential information. Progressed, Secondary planet positions are calculated by counting each day after birth to correspond with each year after birth. Day 15 after birth corresponds to year 15 when the Sun is in 25 degrees Cancer.

The Sabian Symbol for the degree is, “A dark shadow or mantle thrown suddenly over the right shoulder. The Keyword is DESTINY. When positive, the degree is some dramatic manifestation of genius vital to the general welfare of man, and when negative, a tendency to unwarranted presumption if not outright megalomania.”

The Sabian degree encourages a motivation to make a mark on the world around him through any means he can. To read the complete and very revealing degree, see The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones, page 264.


It is helpful to note that the green line pointing from Jupiter in 24 degrees Scorpio to Saturn in 2 degrees Gemini shows that there is a Sharp Destiny that Assange must recognize as part of his life organization. When the planetary pair of Jupiter and Saturn are in Square or Opposition the life develops with limitations that compel the native to follow a narrow and designated path. When the pair are in Conjunction, Sextile or Trine, the life is considered a Loose Destiny, and there is more freedom to enjoy a path according to one’s own dictates.

From The Essentials, page 124: Jupiter and Saturn in an Opposition aspect indicate an ordering of life’s fundamental motives through which the native usually is compelled to dramatize himself continually in the presence of his fellows, at least if he wishes to participate with them in any course of everyday experience. This necessity often tends to throw a given lifetime into two entirely separate periods, with the latter revealing a greater depth and continuity of realization as a perhaps unsuspected consequence of the mirroring it has given itself through some more superficial role-playing in the former. There may be either prodigal expenditure of the self’s resources, with their ultimate recapture in a refinement of soul, or a moral vacillation that accentuates every weakness of character and so encourages a surrender to a final and hopeless ineptitude.

The question now is, what were the astrological aspects when Assange was arrested Dec 7, 2010? The ephemeris graph of August 1971 shows progressed Mercury stationary turning retrograde and progressed Neptune stationary turningSnap8 direct to correspond with age 39. Most likely the arrest at age 41 was a result of developments from involvements corresponding to the Stations two years prior. A cloud seems to hover over the rape allegations thanks to the often obscured facts when Neptune takes part in the configurations. Mercury turning retrograde shows an inclination to retreat into oneself, harboring feelings of isolation. No doubt these feelings are real since being granted asylum and confined at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

As of August 22, 2016, in one month, Assange’s Progressed Moon will conjunct the US Sun degree at 13 Cancer 07.  A progressed Moon aspect is a two month period consisting of the entering, exact and leaving dates, and may indicate further involvement and interaction between Assange and the United States.

Update: Added March 15, 2018:

The Assange Moon progression, conjunct the US natal Sun mentioned above, corresponds to the Wikileaks “dumping” of damaging emails just prior to the US Presidential elections that allegedly cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. Wikipedia puts the date at July 22, 2016, just two months prior to the exact Conjunction of Assange’s Progressed Moon on the US natal Sun. This is close enough to show real planetary activity, however it shows that the Assange natal Moon position can be off at least one degree as a result of a miscalculated birth time. This may be a perfect indicator to take into account for a chart rectification.

The 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak is a collection of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails stolen by Russian intelligence agency hackers and subsequently published (leaked) by DCLeaks in June and July 2016 and by WikiLeaks on July 22, 2016. This collection included 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the DNC, the governing body of the United States’ Democratic Party. The leak includes emails from seven key DNC staff members, and date from January 2015 to May 2016. The leaked contents, which suggested the party’s leadership had worked to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, prompted the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz before the Democratic National Convention

Further interesting Progressions come in 2020. On March 31, 2020 there will be a Progressed Lunation at 28 degrees Leo, shown circled in red. Progressed Lunations are an aspect that lasts approximately 3 years. One feels the aspect about a year and a half before, and the effect lasts about a year and a half after. This is an ending of a 30 year cycle and the beginning of a major change and seeds planted for a new direction in the life. It is not an easy aspect to experience, because of the letting go of the past that is associated with it. But in Assange’s case letting go of the time spent in confinement at the Ecuadorian Embassy could be a relief, if the Aspect outlines a positive experience. There may be a rewarding change as two months before the Progressed Lunation the Moon makes a Conjunction with Progressed Venus. Venus brings things to conclusion and Venus is in the Sabian Symbol degree of A rainbow. 


LEO 26 A rainbow This is a symbol of the over-all realization which comes to man for his guidance whenever he strives to reach his goals of a more enduring sort. Here is assurance of divine participation in the most unpromising of human relationships. The individual learns that there is a consistent ordering throughout the world in which he finds himself, and that nature will co-operate effectively with every vision he chooses to keep alive on his own account. The keyword is SIGNIFICANCE. When positive, the degree is a sense of very real spiritual power and presence in all personal effort and desire, and when negative, an uncritical acceptance of every passing hope or dream as something on which to depend.

Venus often is the harbinger of the finalization of issues. This may turn to a negative as easily as it could represent a positive indication. More research into the charts dynamic is required to give any form of prediction.

**Saturn phases: Transit Saturn at age 7 corresponds with the primary teeth coming out to be replaced by permanent teeth. The consciousness as well undergoes development. Age 14-15 is puberty. Age 21 is adulthood, and age 29 and a half is the Saturn Return, and full maturity in self-reflection and adjustments of character by self-analysis.






Meaning of the North and South Moon Nodes

From an online forum dialogue in 1998, between a Uranian (Midpoint) astrologer and Sarah Kalvin

Question: Has anyone worked out a simple method of differentiating between the North and South Nodes?

SARAH: Just considering the Moon’s Node: When you think of the fact that in traditional astrology the Moon refers to contact and connection with the outside world through emotional outreach, (including to family, blood ties – Moon rules Cancer), it is not difficult to see that there is little difference between the traditional and symmetrical (Midpoint Astrology) approaches concerning the nodes. One difference between the two systems is that different words are used to describe the same astrological points – the Nodes. Also, it is a case of keywords not having the capacity to explain everything. Different groups of people cling to various keywords, however, it is best to consider that the Moon’s nodes are the points in space where spirit and matter meet (their junctions). They track the orbit of the Moon (soul) in relation to the orbit of the Earth (matter) and mark off this unique interrelationship. The journey of the soul on its earthly path balances between moving forward in the exploration of experience, and drawing on the support from its past, to define personal evolution. The nodes represent the combined symbolic relationship of the Moon and the Earth, each affecting the other to give definition to ourselves and others in the development of our spiritual journey in a material world.

MoonNodes_smMark wrote: Then anything aspecting or in any way arousing the one node, would automatically be aspecting and releasing the other node. So how does one arrive at seemingly opposite meanings for each node?

SARAH: There are unique meanings assigned to the North and South Nodes (NN, SN) because they are defined by an axis with a positive and negative pole, indicating one’s Karma and Dharma. The NN is defined by the Moon as its orbit crosses the plane of the Earth’s ecliptic on its way north. The path upward represents Dharma – the experience one is required to explore. It points to the expansion of conscious living as opposed to the SN’s connection with the personal, subconscious elements of the soul. The SN outlines one’s Karmic past through programmed, autonomic behavior. The polarity of the nodal points represents the crossroads of the two worlds of matter and soul, of conscious and unconscious experience.

That which is new and in need of experience is North and future, and that which comprises accumulated conditioned experience is South and past. Therefore they do not express the same meaning. When the NN is aspected by any planet in progression or transit, the function of the native is to assimilate new factors into consciousness. If the SN is directly aspected, conscious awareness is required to monitor the involuntary reservoir of programmed responses to allow for an adjustment in consciousness.

All astrological indicators have their supportive opposites. Polarity is a universal principle and there is a difference between the positive and negative poles of life and death, light and dark, hot and cold, although they are on the same axis. This is why the nodes have different meanings in human experience and understanding, yet their purpose is to work in unison.

Hope this helps. Sarah


The Men on the Moon – Armstrong and Aldrin and the Sabian Symbols

Neil_Armstrong_poseNeil Armstrong, an American astronaut and hero, took us to the Moon and back safely to Earth, following the aspirational ambitions of John F. Kennedy as one of his goals of the decade.

Armstrong’s T-cross, formed by a natal Moon opposite Mars, points its focus at Venus to bring appreciation for the hard work and effort the astronaut accomplished for the American public, as well as the entire world.

Venus’ Sabian Symbol degree literally states that there is, “some measure of immortal contribution to history” that can manifest through his astrological potentials. The symbol’s keyword is RESPECT, and that is what Armstrong received from all who knew him well and all who were touched by his bravery, skill, and determination. He will always be remembered for the concise but profound words he uttered when stepping onto the surface of the Moon; “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

VIRGO 25  A flag at half-mast.  This is a symbol of the inevitable judgment which life must pronounce on itself, and of the sure rewards that stand ready for whatever proves of worth in the course of effort. The highest of everyday values for the common man are created in a public service which has its first compensation in the individual’s self-fulfillment, and its ultimate justification in some measure of immortal contribution to history. Reputation is the subtle coin by which personality creates an enduring wealth for everyone, to be preserved no less in death than life. The keyword is RESPECT. When positive, the degree is achievement in a full transcendence of selfhood, and when negative, superficial self-dramatization.

It is important to point out the planetary features in the dynamic chart that mirror the significance of the Moon landing and being the first person to do so. Astrologically the factors of significance are the two planetary stations in Armstrong’s progressions occurring a few years before the Armstrong_ephemerisactual lunar mission, pointing to the developmental years of preparation for this monumental event.

Mercury turning stationary-retrograde shows that in spite of being worthy of celebrity, Armstrong chose to turn inward and retreat to the countryside for a more private family life after the Moon landing and the receiving of public acclaim. He was, however, a workaholic and didn’t stay on the farm for long. The chart shows his work ethic through a sense of serious responsibility that he had toward the public with a natal Moon conjunct Saturn. The Natal Moon Sabian Symbol degree is A flag-bearer. Both his Moon and Venus symbols refer to a flag, and this was literally manifested when he and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the surface of the Moon.

SAGITTARIUS 26 A flag-bearer This is a symbol of the enduring significance which tends to overshadow the more immediate interests or wholly selfish concerns of man, and the emphasis is on the natural supremacy of common ideals over mere individual ambitions. Implicit in the symbolism is the call for a high self-sacrifice, and for the development of such new dimensions of experience as will permit the self to realize its transcendental aspirations. Every resource of normal life is commandeered for the greater potentiality. The keyword is NOBILITY. When positive, the degree is spiritual exaltation through some dramatic or vital service to all, and when negative, a resort to empty show or a demand for false credit.

The three Sabian Symbols that are circled in the chart wheel that reveal a profound potential are the Moon, Venus and the Sun. The Sun is in the sign of Leo with the keyword ASSURANCE. It is in a degree of An old sea captain rocking. Here it is apparent that he would enjoy the accomplishments of his daring youth and passion for adventure through reminiscing. He was the captain and commander of Apollo 11. It is shown in his Sun degree which always reveals the Purpose of one’s life.

LEO 13 An old sea captain rocking This is a symbol of man’s great love for reliving his experiences in memory, and of his gift for achieving a mastery in advance of whatever new situations he may face by bringing all the ramifying relationships to a focus in a personal and competent grasp of their more pertinent potentialities. He fights the battles of the world in his imagination, over and over again. He knows that events repeat themselves, and so may be brought in leash. The keyword is RETROSPECT. When positive, the degree in each person’s unlimited capacity for calling up afresh the powers he has gained in his struggle toward self-fulfillment, and when negative, insensibility to present reality in a full surrender to the past.

The Point Focus Venus Sabian Symbol is A flag at half-mast.

VIRGO 25 A flag at half-mast This is a symbol of the inevitable judgment which life must pronounce on itself, and of the sure rewards that stand ready for whatever proves of worth in the course of effort. The highest of everyday values for the common man are created in a public service which has its first compensation in the individual’s self-fulfillment, and its ultimate justification in some measure of immortal contribution to history. Reputation is the subtle coin by which personality creates an enduring wealth for everyone, to be preserved no less in death than life. The keyword is RESPECT. When positive, the degree is achievement in a full transcendence of selfhood, and when negative, superficial self-dramatization.

Another indication of his extremely significant contribution is shown with Transit Pluto (outer wheel) 1 degree and 38 minutes shy of exact Conjunction with the all-important Point Focus Natal Venus in Virgo. Pluto rules all things profound and transcendental. Indeed his accomplishment must have given him tremendous gratification, far beyond what the man showed to the outside world. A love affair of a cosmic order, he fecundated the Moon with his walk on its surface. No longer would the Moon be the virgin for which Virgo stands. The fifth house reveals self-expression without restraint or limit, and astrological why the man had the “Right Stuff.”



Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was the astronaut who accompanied Armstrong and was the second person in history to walk on the Moon. Here is Aldrin’s horoscope with his Progressions for the year of the Moon Landing. It is telling of the immense influence this event had on his life. Nine months before the launch, Aldrin had an auspicious Progressed Lunation, revealing that there was a definitive leaving of the past behind, to go forward into a new cycle of Vitality (Sun/Moon pair). He was a member of the crew of BuzzChartApollo 11 and took part in an unprecedented human achievement.

Above is the famous photo of Aldrin with Armstrong and the Eagle Lander reflected in the helmet’s visor. What is interesting is that the Sabian Symbol for Aldrin’s Progressed Mars/Mercury Conjunction at 18 degrees Aquarius, is A man unmasked. The reference to headgear is close enough to prove that the symbols are unique and revealing as to when cosmic potentials meet one-on-one with every day, yet extraordinary, human experience.

AQUARIUS 18 A man unmasked This is a symbol of the human mind’s illimitable power for penetrating into the deeper stirrings and underlying motivations of human nature, and of a very modern determination to gain a scientific mastery of every psychological process. Here is a repudiation of all individualism as other than the common divisions of labor in a social reality, and a demand that each person make a public accounting of himself whenever the general welfare requires it. Life becomes a laboratory for an immortal curiosity. The keyword is ANALYSIS. When positive, the degree is a considered self-dedication to greater or more wonderful reasons for being, and when negative, self-betrayal through exceptional ineptitude.

The symbol goes on to say: “Life becomes a laboratory for an immortal curiosity.” The keyword is ANALYSIS. When positive, the degree is “a considered self-dedication to greater or more wonderful reasons for being.” Certainly, this sums up his awe-inspiring contribution to science and exploration.

An even more exciting testimony to the realistic interpretation of symbols shows up in Aldrin’s Progressed Lunation. At 10 degrees Pisces, Aldrin’s potentials are reflected (no pun intended) in the degree of An aviator in the clouds. In the original symbols it states; “As a tiny fleck of dust in the sky the aviator sails across the horizon in absolute mastery of these higher realms.”

Pisces 10 An aviator in the clouds This is a symbol of man’s transcendental powers of comprehension, emphasized here in his exploratory genius and his gift for creating the endless hypotheses he needs for solving the problems of a modern world. He is able to take a perspective superior to any involvement or pattern of limitation, and to examine any special complex of human affairs with a consistent thoroughness of over-view. The inner and outer realms of reality are brought to a point of effective revelation of each other. The keyword is OBSERVATION. When positive, the degree is special competence in whole judgment and long-range planning, and when negative, insensate otherworldliness or irresponsible isolationism.

Edward Snowden’s Saturn Return – “David” Taking on Goliath

It was in 2011 and 2012 during his Saturn Return, that Edward Snowden’s conscience directed him to right a wrong he witnessed as a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA). Normally it is our responsibility to right the wrongs we ourselves commit. That’s one of Saturn’s jobs; it gives us conscience, a knowing that what we do has its consequences. Gathering information and betraying the American public, doing surveillance on innocent, unknowing and average citizens, who are minding their own lives, was not what Snowden believed to be necessary to keep our country safe from terrorism. And to top it off, “seeing the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress.” as Snowden pointed out in 2014, was the breaking point. That’s the way Saturn functions in human consciousness; it tells you when you are doing something wrong, and it also allows you to judge others for the right and wrong they do. Observing an infringement on the rights and privacy of the American public just didn’t sit well with Snowden, to say the least, and there was an impulse to right the wrong by an act of exposing, or whistle blowing. Consequences are not a consideration when you feel it is your duty to act, to protect, and enlighten. It’s simply a sacrifice of your life for the welfare of others.

Because of the ubiquitous presence of the personal computer and especially the cell phone that Steve Jobs and others gave to the world, the US government has been able to track the time and location of all calls made from a private cell phone. The US government imposed mandates on large corporations to supply them with detailed private data. There were files, and there was access to them for Snowden as well. He was respected in the NSA for his exceptional brilliance and therefore was trusted. That gave him the open door to gather information and expose it to the world to set things right according to his perspective.

Snowden believes that one should be concerned about what your government is doing, even if you have nothing to hide. It’s a matter of principle. And the principle is that your privacy is not a matter that is your concern alone, but the entire population must at some point be the monitor of the nation wherein it abides. There has been a lot of controversy over this issue and in the US the conversation has been whether Snowden is a hero or a traitor. “That is beside the point,” the genius and self-proclaimed watchdog pointed out. The point is that you are being spied on without your knowledge or permission, and that is an act against your freedom, privacy and rights as stated in the US Constitution.

Although the Transit Saturn Return had already passed its natal position in his chart, Snowden was still within the orb of its tense and sensitive influence. Snowden spent a day at the Hong Kong airport seeking to escape being noticed by authorities. His search for asylum elsewhere was excruciatingly intense for him and his adviser, protector and WikiLeaks researcher, Sarah Harrison. But as luck or fate would have it, the US government had not yet canceled Snowden’s passport, so he and Harrison were able to board a flight to Moscow, where to this day Snowden is in exile. Saturn rewards as well as corrects, if living in exile in a foreign country could be considered a reward.

Saturn Return’s are known to bring the father of an individual into one’s immediate circumstances. And so it was that Lonnie Snowden was approached by the US government asking if he would assist them in the initial contact with his son in Russia. Of course the senior Snowden was willing, however, the son saw it as a trap. He believed that the US government officials were going to lure him onto a airplane and lock the door behind him. And so that scenario did not take place.

Ed Snowden has Natal Pluto Conjunct his Natal Saturn and this greatly amplifies his ability to sense and be aware of things beyond the normal scope of actuality. And this Conjunction transforms a normal Saturn Return into something of much greater significance. Great depth of wisdom is manifested through this type of planetary pairing. Pluto represents all manner of complexity and profundity, and brings an otherwise personal experience into the realm of penetrating the greater community’s psyche. In some ways it is difficult to understand the demands of a Pluto aspect, but coupled with Saturn it points to the seriously deep political and moral issues that have been raised by Snowden’s covert gathering of information that was ultimately revealed to the masses through the vehicle of traditional journalistic media.

The Sabian Symbol for Natal Saturn at 28 degrees Libra is A man in the midst of brightening influences. No matter what anyone thinks of this young man, he did take it upon himself to act in defense of those unaware of the intrusions into their privacy that lurked within their personal computers and cell phones – all in the name of national security. It was Saturn’s consciousness, enhanced by Pluto’s obsession with Truth that motivated Snowden to expose wrongdoing.

The complete symbol 28 Libra:

LIBRA 28 A man in the midst of brightening influences This is a symbol of the enduring rewards of life whenever it is taken seriously in its own fundamental terms or accepted with a realization of the underlying friendliness of the world at large. Implicit in the intangible symbolization is an encouragement on which any individual may count, knowing that his unflaging courage in pressing forward on his pilgrimage from darkness to light is the best of all guarantees of his achievement. Circumstances here are seen as they dramatize his mood and confirm his potentiality. The keyword is RESPONSIVENESS. When positive, the degree is a complete spiritual fellowship with human kind, and when negative, self-stultification through wishful thinking.

The chart has an Opposition in Mutable signs giving Snowden a *Mutable Natural Disposition, and therefore people-oriented. It was with thought of the welfare of others that he exposed the US government’s covert activities. Snowden’s Sun is also in a Mutable sign bringing real depth to his commitment to his fellows. It is necessary to point out that the Natal Uranus Opposite Natal Mercury indicates the brilliance that comes to those with this combination of the planet of mind with the planet of ingenuity and genius. It also gives the native the potential to act apart from society’s usual restrictions.

The Declaration of Independence states:

That its people are: . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights . . . That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Snowden and other so called whistle-blowers have not come out and said they are exposing truths and hidden agendas for the purpose of abolishing the government, but to create change for the better within the rights a citizen holds. They are committed to protecting privicy and freedom in the only way they can, and that is by revealing what they have discovered to an population unawares their rights are being threatened. They are not accusing, but exposing evidence, and leaving it up to the public to decide the fate of an otherwise duped populace. Whistle-blowers reveal information they have access to that pose an infringement on the unalienable rights of people and society as a whole. They are guardians of justice, although their tactics border on unlawfulness, they are brave, they take risks, and lay down their lives for their “friends.” And in whose hands is it to judge who is acting on behalf of the principles of moral integrity and a compulsionsnowden38graph to improve the status quo? Are we to rely on “officials” at every turn of events? Can we not practice our right to free-speech, even when it involves laying the situation bare in the name of probity?

In the future, Snowden will have Progressed Jupiter turn Stationary Direct. That is in 2021 when Snowden is 38 years old. Progressed Stations mark off great transitions in life. The ephemeris graph shows the Station Direct of Jupiter circled in purple at 2 degrees Sagittarius: The ocean covered with whitecaps.

*A Mutable Opposition in a chart shows an interest in the welfare of people – the humanitarian type. If the Opposition is in Cardinal signs the native is politically minded and interested in self-development, and is immediate and restless. The Fixed Opposition indicates an interest in ideas and the meaning behind things – the philosopher.