Uranus in the 12th House: Ghosts in the Machine

July 14th, 2014 No comments

Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted and adapted from a magazine length article “Watching the Watchers: Inside the Astrology of the National Security Agency” that originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of the The Mountain Astrologer, available in its entirety here. -Matt

Uranus is the planet of radical change and rapid progress, advanced machinery and experimental methodologies, liberation from the status quo and sudden breaks with reality, Einstein like advancements and Frankenstein like horrors. The NSA’s Uranus is placed in the 12th House of the unconscious and the super-conscious, of mysticism and meditation, of spirits and séances. Astrologer Bill Tierney associates Uranus in the 12th House with “holographic realms” created by technology as well as “ghosts found wandering dark chambers.” (Source) In true Uranus/12th House fashion there are even rumors the NSA’s advanced super-computer networks have spawned holographic, ghost like avatars imbued with artificial intelligence that are the cyber-world’s version of sentient apparitions. (Source) These apparitions are alleged to live inside an array of Cray X1 or X1E supercomputers that are more advanced versions of “The Thinking Machine”, an early 1990s supercomputer that can be seen in this clip from a Discovery Channel documentary on the agency:

The idea of high-tech, holographic ghosts wandering the catacombs of National Security Agency headquarters sounds absolutely crazy — and it probably is. Yet access to highly intelligent, apparition-like phenomenon is the sort of experience found disproportionately among people with Uranus (radical advancements) in the 12th House (psychic phenomenon, ghost realms). If nothing else this placement indicates the agency likely has access to technology that the general population would perceive to be magic – some off the shelves of the Starship Enterprise, some off the pages of a Stephen King novel.

The NSA’s Uranus is in Cancer, the sign of the homebody, so if these “ghosts” do exist hopefully they aren’t allowed to leave the confines of the agency’s headquarters.

NSA Headquarters (Photo Credit: Trevor Paglen)

NSA Headquarters (Photo Credit: Trevor Paglen)

Astrologer Howard Sasportas associates Uranus in the 12th with access to the “mind’s storehouse of ancestral wisdom – experiences accrued in the past and inherited through previous generations” as well as interest in parapsychological enterprises like mind-reading. (Source) The NSA may not be interested in actual parapsychology but its capacity to store massive amounts of data does, in a manner of speaking, give it access to the collective experiences accrued by several generations of hundreds of millions if not billions of people around the world. According to James Bamford, the agency has plugged a good deal of this stored data into a computer system called “Aquaint” (Advanced Question Answering for Intelligence), an artificial intelligence powered black box agents can query to find out what person X thinks about subject Y. (Source) The system is, in effect, a mind reading machine — exactly the sort of thing we astrologers associate with Uranus (technology) in the 12th House (psychic matters).

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Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon: The Rabble Rouser and the Mischief Maker, the Roughneck Mahatma and Robin Hood Ringleader, the Freelance Firebrand and Freewheeling Sage, the Whistleblower at Large and the Woman Who Knew Too Much

July 9th, 2014 No comments

Sagittarius is the sign of the the Traveler and the Truth Seeker, the Scholar and the Sage, the Philosopher and the Prophet, the Professor of High Adventure and the Department Chair of Intellectual Beatdowns. Astrologer Austin Coppock refers to Sagittarius as the “Doom Super Soldier” of the Zodiac who while Stella Hyde says this is the sign most likely to find work in highly dangerous professions such as bounty hunting, car-jacking, or crocodile wrangling. (Source) Astrologer Sonya Magett says Sagittarius is the sign most likely to be found combining spirituality with gangsterism, whether that involves taking a broken champagne bottle to somebody’s neck at a party or solving a workplace dispute by leaving a bag of snakes on their boss’s desk. (Source) To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth, the 1988 film Mississippi Burning is a Sagittarius. (Chart) Based on a true story, the film stars Gene Hackman and William Dafoe as two FBI agents sent to investigate the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. There’s no broken champagne bottles or bounty hunting featured in the film but in one particularly Sagittarian scene Gene Hackman’s character does take a razor to the neck of one of the perpetrators. “Doom Super Soldier” tactics for sure:

Combine a Sagittarian’s propensity for spiritual gangsterism and doom super-soldiering with a Gemini Moon’s instinct for communication and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing that is highly spirited, intellectually adventuresome, and can enthusiastically (Sagittarius) converse (Gemini) on pretty much anything. Never afraid to speak out, this pairing is something of a Robin Hood type who can “play the devil’s advocates to the nth degree” and is “quite capable of making jokes at the vicar’s expense” according to Suzi and Charles Harvey. (Source) To illustrate: attorney Jesselyn Radack is a Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon. (Chart) While working for the Department of Justice back in the early 2000s she attempted to blow the whistle on serious ethical violations committed by the FBI. For her efforts she was branded a traitor and subjected to numerous criminal and civil investigations. These days she’s best known as the attorney speaking on behalf of NSA whistleblowers Thomas Drake, Edwin Snowden and others who find themselves targeted by shadowy “vicars” in the employ of the king and his national security court. Given how her clients have been portrayed by the government you could say she’s the ultimate “devil’s advocate”:

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of philosophy and truth seeking while Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and information transmission. The Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon pairing thus expresses much like a Mercury/Jupiter aspect which Adrian Ross Duncan describes as follows:

There is no aspect like this one to give a hunger for knowledge and understanding. The process of learning can continue for the whole of life. It is not limited to the traditional years of education. Being intelligent is one of the highest criteria for people with this combination . . .

[this pairing] is profoundly connected with a sense of injustice, particularly with regard to siblings or schooling. (Source)

In Radack’s case, her hunger for knowledge and understanding led her to Brown University where she was a triple major in American civilization, women’s studies, and political science prior to enrolling at Yale Law school where she graduated with honors. It was during her time in school that she begun to speak out about gross injustices. While at Brown she became a leading defender of the university’s “rape list” in which female students who had been sexually assaulted would scrawl the names of their perpetrators on bathroom walls as a way of warning other women. As a result she ended up on The Phil Donahue show, an appearance which is now archived on YouTube:

A book has already been written about Ms. Radack and it is probably just a matter of time before a film is made too. So whose got the astrological goods to bring a sense of authenticity to her portrayal? Since actors always do their best, most resonant work in roles that line up with the attributes of their Sun/Moon pairing, the best candidate to portray Ms. Radack is probably rofessional wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin as he too is a Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon just like Radack. (Chart) Obviously he’s a jean-shorts wearing roughneck out of West Texas and she’s a well dressed attorney out of Yale law school but they actually have more in common than you might think at first glance.


Austin photo credit: Gage Skidmore

As coincidence would have it, Radack is a good looking blonde who once posed in Playboy during her time at Yale while Austin once had a blonde head of hair good looking enough that he was part of a tag team called the “Hollywood Blondes”. More importantly than looks is that as a fellow Sagittarius/Gemini he’s got the astro-psychology to portray somebody who won’t be kept down or shut up like Ms. Radack. You see, by the late 1990s Austin had become arguably the most sought after entertainer in all of North America for portraying a persona that was to the imaginary world of professional wrestling what Jesselyn Radack is to the very real world of high level whistleblowers: an outspoken devil’s advocate who applied his intellectual (Sagittarius) dexterity (Gemini) to taking on an all powerful king and his court of vicar-flunkies. This circa 1997 video is pretty much a case study in the Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon pairing. From Mr. Austin’s brash, super soldier (Sagittarius) entrance to his tirade against the authorities to his cutting repartee and clever use of the announcer’s headset (Gemini) to the no holds pandemonium that breaks out at the end it’s as Sagittarius/Gemini as it gets. The fun starts at 2:30:

The world of professional wrestling is, of course, choreographed but one of the reasons Austin’s act got over so incredibly well is that it walked the tight rope between reality and fiction. A young, highly talented up-and-coming performer in the mid-1990s, Austin had been fired from Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promotion in 1995 while creaky, rapidly aging stars from the 1980s were still hogging the spotlight. He found work at a regional minor league promotion called Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) where his righteous sense of anger (Sagittarius) was provided unfettered access to the microphone (Gemini), something he had previously been denied. He begun giving interviews which accurately mocked major decision makers in the wrestling business, something few if any other performers would have been willing to do at that time. From there his trouble-making, rabble-rousing “Stone Cold” persona was born and the rest is history. As the arc of Austin’s career makes clear, Sagittarius/Geminis are at their best when they’re speaking their minds, telling their stories, and refusing to be silenced.

Of course speaking one’s mind can also get one in a lot of hot water. Of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings this is arguably the one most likely to get fired or even carted off to jail for speaking out against the system. Radack lost her job and almost went to jail in real life for refusing to go along with the system at the DOJ while the storyline that skyrocketed Austin to national prominence revolved around his alter-ego losing his job and being hauled off to jail for doing the same thing. The storyline was fictional but one that many Sagittarius/Geminis like Ms. Radack can likely vicariously relate to. Video starts at 3:45:

If you’re reading a website like this one then you’re more likely than not the sort of person who has nothing but respect for a whistleblower like Radack. Unfortunately that sentiment is not yet shared by the consensus in our culture. Consider, for instance, what one expert had to say in an article about Radack entitled “Anatomy of a Whistleblower”:

“Whistleblowers are not necessarily people I’d want to have a beer with,” says C. Fred Alford, a University of Maryland political scientist and the author of a fascinating book that applies psychological theory to whistleblowers’ experiences. “There is almost by definition something a little unsocialized about the true believer, as I like to call them.” Or even, in our go-along-to-get-along society, something a little scary. As one whistleblower told Alford, we’re all afraid of people who feel compelled to “commit the truth.” (Source)

It’s probably true that a person has to be somewhat “unsociable” to be a whistleblower. Sure, such individuals might make others uncomfortable but at a time where lies are en masse passed off as truths our society could sure use a few more unsociable Robin Hood types who refuse to go along with the evil deeds of the king and his high paid vicar flunkies. This is the case whether we’re talking about the garishly fictional universe of the World Wrestling Federation or the all too real garrison state now headquartered in Washington DC.

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