Facebook is ubiquitous, and Mark Zuckerberg is its founder and prime propagator. The internet is a matrix of opportunities for young entrepreneurs to become leaders within the social media phenomena.
As Zuckerberg proceeded to develop the software for what he first called thefacebook.com, controversy ensued, and he was threatened with expulsion from Harvard because of the alleged breach of privacy and other disconcerting mischiefs. Zuckerberg’s facemash.com preceded thefacebook.com with its primary use for entertainment. It suggested that users compare students’ appearances for whether they were Hot or Not. The entrepreneur’s motivation was driven by his judgment that most student photos in the university-owned platform were unattractive. A comparison of one-verses-the-other is a dynamic characterized by the native’s See-Saw Temperament Type (1) formed by its numerous polarizing oppositions.
Young Zuckerberg was a computer and software programmer, thanks to his father’s foresight and financial investment in his son’s education. He had private tutoring sessions at a very early age in computer science and fencing and became fluent in several languages.
THE NATAL CHART – NATURAL DISPOSITION AND TEMPERAMENT TYPE
The planetary configurations at the moment of Zuckerberg’s birth suggest a potential for the native to excel in the field of communications. The planets around the wheel create the See-Saw pattern because the planets form two distinct groups that oppose one another. At its best, this one of the seven Temperament Types epitomizes direct communication, compromise, cooperation, and the sharing of ideas across a divide, or at its worst, create conflicts of interest, polarization, and noncooperation by resistance.
The See-Saw patterning depends upon the opposition aspect’s magnetic effects to act as a bridge between the two competing planetary segments. The opposing energies promote a mirroring effect of awareness, and in this case, the interest of the native is most alert to conceptual principles and abstract considerations, as suggested by his Natural Disposition in fixed signs (2). The Natural Disposition technique discloses the general interests of a person and how they are drawn out of themselves in pursuit of their life objectives. If the opposition aspect forms in cardinal signs, one’s focus of attention is in the immediate moment with a general self-serving lean toward opportunism. When the zodiacal signs of the opposition are mutable, there is an interest in the welfare of others and is an example of the humanitarian type.
The Temperament Type in this chart has a Skew in its See-Saw patterning, formed by the Delimiting Opposition (edge to diagonal edge of the two segments) from Mercury to Pluto. It reveals the extent to which the native can reject social norms and go beyond expected behaviors, especially in regards to the mental processes which are represented by the two planets. Unfortunately, the ability to depart from normal patterning can lead to blind alleys, creating a negative manifestation of the otherwise unique and positive potentials of the Skew. It reveals possible twists in the perception and unusual perspectives that can lead to a disservice to the self and others when not acting as an asset for the individual. The oppositions of Venus to Moon, Mars and Saturn are the Core dynamic showing courage and enduring inner strength.
The chart reveals a Loose Destiny (3) because of the presence of an exact, within 23 minute sextile between Jupiter and Saturn. The native has the freedom to associate with anyone and everyone without much regard for moral or political considerations or pressure, and this has been shown by Zuckerberg’s willingness to socialize with conservatives as well as liberals with whom he is more likely in agreement, and to put emphasis on free speech, while opposing the censoring of controversial Facebook posts on the appearance of political propaganda. In a speech to students at Georgetown University, Zuckerberg stated: I understand the concerns about how tech platforms have centralized power, but I actually believe the much bigger story is how much these platforms have decentralized power by putting it directly into people’s hands (4). Just as his See-Saw equilibrium should do, Zuckerberg supports both sides of an argument, and together with his fixed Natural Disposition, he promotes the principle of independent decision-making and free speech.
THE MODE OF SELF-INTEGRATION
Three of the four Planetary Pairs (5) are in major aspect, leaving the pair of Significance to play a major role in his psychological makeup and integration into society. Uranus and Neptune are the sole pair not in major aspect and emphasize the need to compensate for the lack of a normal form of integration. The technique analyses the four major pairs of the Sun and Moon as Vitality, Jupiter and Saturn the planets of Motivation, Efficiency is Venus and Mars, and Uranus and Neptune are Significance, and encourage a compulsion to accomplish great things. Uranus and Neptune prominent by “negative” appearance, present a scenario whereby the native must accomplish deeds of great import on the world stage. The success of Facebook is an obvious example.
The ideal is to have two of the four Planetary Pairs in major aspect and two pairs that are not, in order to define the Mode of Self-Integration (6). Zuckerberg’s chart is determined by weight, however, because there are three pairs in major aspect and one not. To determine the Mode of Self-Integration in these unusual cases, one must look for other factors, and in this chart, the planetary pairs of Vitality and Efficiency cross the divide between the two opposing segments and result in the identification of Objective Function as the way in which the native must integrate himself in his outer experience. Adding to the emphasis of these pairs in opposition aspect is that they are also in conjunction with each other’s Pair. Object Function obligates the native to take their cues from the environment for life direction, as opposed to Subjective Function where there is an inner dependence on the intuition for life direction. Circumstances in the life of Zuckerberg are more or less dictated by the needs and dictates of others and outside pressures and opportunities.
Opposition aspects cross over and connect the 2nd to 8th and 3rd to 9th houses and emphasize the sharing of resources and communication of ideas. The 2nd house contains information about the native’s resources and shares those with the resources and capacities of others through the 8th. Pure and basic communication of the 3rd house is carried over to the 9th house of broader knowledge and understanding and public dissemination. Facebook facilitates this exchange, and Zuckerberg’s Sun in the 9th reveals his purpose as a publisher.
In a speech to a graduating class at Harvard University in May 2017, Zuckerberg commented about meaning: “Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively,” said Zuckerberg. “Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.” (7)
The Sun in horoscopy reveals the Purpose of the incarnation at its base. Zuckerberg’s Sabian Symbol for his Sun degree is A large well-kept public park, and as parks suggest, they are the “playground” for interaction with others for the simple pleasure itself. The park for this native is the online platform he created that now connects anyone to everyone worldwide. The Sabian Symbol reflects the social joy of Facebook.
TAURUS 25 A large well-kept public park This is a symbol of the everyday integrity of society at large, and of the community divisions of labor through which each person gains the resources for well-being and self-enjoyment which obviously he could never create for himself through his own isolated efforts. There is here an emphasis on the common experience of mankind as the setting for an individual’s worth and achievement in their more characteristic lineaments, and for his consequent self-discovery and self-realization. The keyword is RECREATION. When positive, the degree is a high devotion to the practical welfare of all people collectively, and when negative, a complete surrender of personality to mass judgments and transient superficialities.
THE MOON OCCULTATION
There is a unique formation in the chart that is held in high regard by astronomers as well as astrologers. From the earth’s perspective, the Moon can temporarily block the appearance of any planet behind it, and when it is within 1 degree of orb, it can empower the planet so that its meaning is more pronounced, although there are astrologers who believe an occultation diminishes the planet’s powers. In Zuckerberg’s case, Mars, the initiator and provocateur, because of its hidden and therefore negative emphasis, is brought to the forefront of attention through other’s periodic attempts to block the native’s initiative, and at the same time, encourages the explorative impulses, that for example, gave birth to Facebook. The Moon as Feeling assists the Purpose of the Sun when in major aspect. The opposition of the Lights reveals a tendency to draw criticism and conflict, as well as serving as a means of the manifestation of personal goals.
DETERMINATION BY PERPONDERANCE
There are no planets in square aspect in the natal chart, but there is an abundance of oppositions and sextiles. This is beneficial for striking a balance when engaging with others because oppositions encourage interconnections and sextiles give support and assistance. The numerous oppositions polarize, yet tie the separate segments together, but they lack a release of tension that would be provided by a squaring planet perpendicular to the opposition. The three planets would then form the shape of the letter T, to become a T-Cross, Focal Determinator. (8). Unfortunately, with no squares in the chart, there is no possibility for antagonistic confrontations to be diverted toward an alternate release of tension. Zuckerberg must face head-on any challenges brought to his attention. An example of this are the times he was called to Congress to account for his acts and policies.
Multiple opposition aspects promote a virtual super-highway of conceptual thinking, either in cooperation or in confrontation with opposing parties. It reflects Facebook’s social networking as a platform for connecting friends, family, and local and global communities with each other. Oppositions are the ultimate vehicle for communication of feelings and ideas. Conveniently, that is the purpose of Facebook.
The preponderance of oppositions shows the chart’s symbolic propensity for real-life interaction and includes conflicts of interest. Discord and contention have followed Zuckerberg throughout his youth and at present, disputes are more magnified. The US government has been calling to account Facebook’s founder for harm done concerning the sharing of 87 million Facebook users’ profile data that ended up useful to *Cambridge Analytica. Pluto in the 2nd house of the native’s resources is in direct opposition to the resources of others represented by Mercury in the 8th.
On March 24, 2018, Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
This was a prelude to April 10, 2018, when Facebook’s creator appeared before the US Senate in a joint session of the Commerce and Judiciary committees. Corresponding at the time of the hearings was an emotionally charged square between the Progressed Moon and natal Venus. The very Venusian values the native lives by and promotes for others to enjoy were being scrutinized, as well as the mishandled 8th house resources Facebook had collected from its users. The yellow graph shows a progressed series of challenging aspects that continued into February 2019, with the aspects especially active during the confrontation in Congress, that lead to Facebook agreeing to pay a £500,000 fine, the highest possible, to the Information Commissioner’s Office over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. (9) This ended more than a year of litigation between the regulator and the giant social network, although reports have it that there is still much to be discovered concerning the scandal. (Updated October 2019.)
The Progressed Moon square natal Venus is something that without the experience of natal squares may seem quite foreign and difficult for the individual. Although progressed squares occur throughout life, it is the **dynamic squares in adulthood that draw the most attention, and an appearance before Congress and the public would indicate greater than normal stress. Events may coincide with the enter, exact and leave phases of the progression that points to a turning point in experience brought about by an intense, internal struggle. The progressed square indicates a challenge to personal values and the demands and adjustments necessary to align with the values system of the American people.
In a fashion that mirrors the chart’s See-Saw temperament, opposing perspectives came to bear on October 23, 2019, when Zuckerberg once again appeared on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Financial Services Committee regarding questions about Facebook’s Libra crypto project. The topic unexpectedly turned to a litany of other of Facebook’s issues giving Freshman Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the opportunity to drill the executive on the subject of political ads that propagate lies that ultimately affect voter results. The social media giant held his own when he explained after much bantering about; “In most cases, in a democracy, I believe that people should be able to see for themselves what politicians that they may or may not vote for are saying and judge their character for themselves.” (10) Here the private principles and values of his Natural Disposition were what the native fell back upon in answer to accusations that he is allowing content that should be censored by his company; a practice that would disregard a person’s right to evaluate the information for themselves. A free society’s opposing views, reflected in the multiple oppositions in the chart, once again reveal that the native is staying true to his basic natal potentials when it comes to balancing between his own and others’ opinions of right and wrong.
Unquestionably, there are dubious practices that have developed since the time of Facebook’s world debut, however, the advantages that individuals worldwide have been able to access, including and most importantly, self-promotion, far exceed the limitations that inevitably should be ironed out in time.
Progressed Mars, at the bottom left of the middle progression wheel, has traveled retrograde throughout Zuckerberg’s lifetime and is now, while this article is being written, within 1 degree and 30 minutes of conjunction with natal Saturn. To add to the strength and influence of the conjunction of the dynamic activator to natal Saturn is the unusual and imminent turnabout of its station-direct, shown circled in red on the June 1984 ephemeris graph.
June 20th on the graph is thirty-seven days after birth and refers to the native’s thirty-seventh year. The pressures and sensitivities of conscience become intensified under the influence of a station of any progressed planet, but when the station is conjunct or opposite a natal planet, the dynamic aspect is exacerbated. It is certain that circumstances will develop to correspond with considerable challenges. The station of Mars at 11 Scorpio 42 on May 5, 2020, occurs within 22 minutes of natal Saturn. Marc Edmund Jones refers to planetary stations as a time for, “A critical regrasp of experience.” One needs to prepare for these rare times in progressions, to let go of current circumstances, and allow new avenues of expression to take hold. The turnabout of planets correlates with an appointed turnabout in life direction. The gradual buildup of pressures over time, concerning Facebook’s questionable mode-of-operations, perfectly fits with the effective time period of the Mars progressed station at the zodiacal degree of natal Saturn.
The ephemeris graph shows a horizontal green line underlining the 34th day after Zuckerberg’s birth on May 14, 1984, which is equal to his present thirty-fourth year of life. The future anticipates a significant dynamic aspect of Progressed retrograde Pluto turning direct in its opposition potentials with natal Mercury. The opposition polarizes the two planets of “higher and lower” mentality. By age fifty-five, before Zuckerberg’s second Progressed Lunation and Saturn Return, progressed Pluto will be stationary-direct within ten minutes of natal Mercury. When the time arrives, Zuckerberg should have all his “ducks in a row” just as his natal Mercury suggests with its Sabian Symbol at 30 degrees Aries, A duck pond and its brood.
Progressed Pluto’s exact aspect is destined to occur. The progressions of Mars and Pluto tell the story of an ambitious man caught under the combined influence of Pluto’s urge for power and influence, as it is spurred on by the aspirations of the indomitable drive of Mars. The keyword for a prominent Pluto is Transcendence, which is necessary when there is no alternative release of energies available through the squaring of the third planet to an opposition that could form a T-cross. The native will have to ultimately rise to the occasion and accept that he will need to face conflicts head-on.
THE SABIAN SYMBOL – SATURN
The founder of Facebook has achieved a high degree of worldly success beyond all expectations, which is revealed in his Saturn Sabian Symbol degree.
SCORPIO 13 An inventor experimenting This is a symbol of the joy in effort put forth on the imaginative or intellectual side of life, and of the creative achievement by which the human individual is able to make a special niche for himself in some particular sphere of activity. Here is a complete dependence on the ingenuity and resources of self-hood and an emphasis on the fact that there is no area of reality in which it is not possible to expand man’s usefulness and to facilitate some unique contribution. The keyword is CLEVERNESS. When positive, the degree is a capacity for accomplishment beyond all normal expectations, and when negative, a superficial dawdling over things to be done and futile dreams of great genius.
The original symbol is revealing in an almost humorous way. “In a rattle trap old wooden barn an earnest man works in a maze of apparatus; invention at the point of success.”
Resources and References
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, are found in the Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Marc Edmund Jones, Sabian Publishing Society 1960:
(1) Temperament Type, Chapter 2, pgs 27
(2) Natural Disposition, Chapter 1, pgs 12
(3) Loose Destiny (and Sharp), Comparison of Horoscopes, pg 343
(5) Planetary Pairs, Chapter 3, Self-Ordering, pg 108
(6) Mode of Self-Integration, Chapter 3, pg 151
(8) T-Cross, Focal Determinator, Chapter 4, pg 193-203
*Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the guise of academic research and later shared the data with Cambridge Analytica.
** Progressions and Transits as they make aspects to the natal chart.