Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon: The High Tech Hitman (“First they came for the public key cryptographers . . .”)

January 29th, 2015 No comments

Combine an Aquarius Sun’s passion for both technology and truth-seeking with a Gemini Moon’s instincts for communicative arts and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing that’s innovative, intelligent, and incredibly advanced when it comes to use of the written or spoken word. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson calls Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon the Sun/Moon pairing of “the Journalist” while Bil Tierney says this is a liberal minded, freedom loving pairing that doesn’t do well in “societies that heavily censor information . . . or environments that suppress free speech”. (Source) To illustrate: journalist Michael Hastings is an Aquarius/Gemini renown for his efforts at exposing heavily censored information. (Chart) A number of his investigative pieces caused profound consternation for high-ranking members of society who wish to suppress free speech, most notably his June 2010 piece in Rolling Stone magazine that led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal. Hastings had been working on an expose of CIA director John Brennan when his brand new Mercedes sedan mysteriously exploded at a Los Angeles intersection in June 2013. (Source)

According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, a metaphoric image for the Aquarius/Gemini pairing is “A child in balloon drifts over the city reporting back by portable phone on all below”. (Source) That’s an uncannily accurate approximation of Michael Hastings. He obviously wasn’t a child but at the relatively young age of 33 Hastings had managed to drift over the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and report back on all that he saw. He also routinely reported back on two other “wars”, those being the U.S. government’s wars on both privacy and journalism.

Unfortunately, the Harvey’s image is an equally uncannily accurate metaphor of another Aquarius/Gemini albeit one that is to Michael Hastings what one of Darth Vader’s TIE Fighters is to Han Solo. Using its first flight as its date of birth, the MQ-9 “Reaper” Drone is also an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. (Chart) MQ-9 drones aren’t children drifting over cities in balloons but they are tasked with patrolling geopolitical hot spots and using radically advanced (Aquarius) communication (Gemini) capabilities to report back on everything below. Aquarius/Geminis are often fascinated by other cultures and, indeed, the majority of MQ-9s deployed around the world do spend most of their waking hours reporting on people of other cultures. Sometimes they’re even tasked with more than just “reporting”:

Astrologer Stella Hyde says Aquarians who turn to the dark side of this cerebral sign make for great “stalkers, snipers, and spies” while dark side Geminis do well in professions that require no moral perceptions such as gun running and drug smuggling. (Source) The MQ-9 is essentially an airborne stalker/sniper whose capacity for remote, video-game style killing requires little in the way of moral perception. This video of an MQ-9 firing on soldiers in Iraq captures the morally troublesome aftermath of a MQ-9 sniping/stalking mission with a great deal of accuracy:

Of course proponents of technologies like the MQ-9 Reaper will argue that they’re an incredibly valuable tool when it comes to stalking/spying/surveilling (Aquarius) bad guys such as international gun runners and drug smugglers (Gemini). If that’s really the case then one can’t help but wonder why a squadron of “Reapers” aren’t busy surveilling the “lawless border region” that is the headquarters of HSBC, the Wall Street bank recently caught laundering billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels. (Source)

Charts with the same Sun/Moon pairing will often express in eerie similar fashions even if one chart belongs to something life-and-death serious like a piece of military hardware and the other belongs to someone or something associated with fun and games. To illustrate: using its initial launch date as its date of birth, the way-ahead-of-its-time 1962 video game Space War! is also an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. (Chart) According to recent Yahoo Games article, Space War ushered in the era of video games as we now understand them. (Source) In true Aquarius/Gemini fashion, the game involved star-ships (Aquarius) piloted by two (Gemini) players orbiting a star in the center of the screen.

Space War is an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. Photo: Joi Ito, Wikipedia

Space War is an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. Photo: Joi Ito, Wikipedia

Strangely enough, MQ-9 Reapers are controlled by soldiers sitting in front of video game style computer systems that are the technological progeny of the IBM mainframe computers on which Space War was played back in the 1960s.

As you have probably ascertained by now, in addition to being a quick-witted communicator and something of a shock jock, the textbook Aquarius/Gemini is often involved in the propagation of futuristic technologies. This is true whether the Aquarius/Gemini in question is an airborne killing machine in the age of networked warfare like the MQ-9 or a computer scientist working in the age of post-Constitutional America like Aquarius/Gemini Phil Zimmerman. (Chart) If you haven’t heard of Zimmerman before he’s the peace activist who in 1991 invented “Pretty Good Privacy” (PGP), a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. (Source) In short, PGP is one of the few tools regular citizens can use to keep their communications free from the prying eyes of “high tech hitmen” on the payroll of Big Brother agencies like the NSA. Zimmerman’s invention worked so well that the U.S. government initially classified it as a “military technology” and subjected him to a three year long criminal investigation for allegedly violating the Arms Export Control. (Source)

As far as how exactly PGP works, the University of Pittsburgh has published an in-depth primer for those who might be curious. If, however, you’re the sort who prefers an astrological explanation over a technical one then take a look at what Linda Goodman says about this pairing’s capacity for highly experimental (Aquarius) forms of data transfer (Gemini):

. . . both signs are masters of the twisted phrase, mind blowers. With their upside down cakes of phraseology and crisscross alliteration, Aquarius and Gemini would make a great team writing verses for Chinese fortune cookies . . .

. . . they can be a delightful pair, an exasperating puzzle to everyone else, but an open book to each other . . . It’s impossible to predict with these two. They’re both too complex with the average Earthling.

. . . both are able to substitute one word for another, as they do with all polarities, completely comprehending what many people do not: that one thing always contains particles of its opposite. (Source)

Curiously enough, the mechanics of Zimmerman’s PGP technology bear a strong resemblance to Mrs. Goodman’s description of the Aquarius/Gemini pairing. So far as this writer’s non-technical mind can discern, PGP makes encrypted emails as difficult for prying eyes to understand as a “twisted, mind blowing upside down cake” of computer algorithms more complex than “Chinese fortune cookie verses written in crisscross alliteration with one word substituted for another” while each PGP key (literally) “contains the inverse particles of its opposite” key. The resulting electronic transmission is “an exasperating puzzle” to anybody except the intended recipient for whom it’s as delightfully easy to read as “an open book”. PGP is still so “complex for average Earthlings” to decode that Digital Trends magazine recently compared cracking it to “building a national park on the Moon”. (Source)

As far as the circumstances surrounding Michael Hastings’ death are concerned, they’re still as shrouded in complexity as PGP encrypted email. One thing, however, is absolutely certain: the computer systems embedded in modern day cars like the one Hastings was driving the night of his death are disturbingly easy for computer hackers to get into. Here, for instance, is a DARPA program manager explaining how easy it is to perform a “high tech hit job” on the typical late model vehicle:

What’s even more disturbing is that the story Hastings was working on is rumored to have had him on the trail of a consortium of shadowy cyber-security firms staffed by high tech hitmen capable of sabotaging a car’s computer systems as easily as you or I can send an email. According to an article in L.A. Weekly magazine, Hastings had begged to borrow a friend’s car a few hours before his death as he feared his has been tampered with. In other words, it’s entirely plausible the future (Aquarius) was communicating (Gemini) with him right up until the day he died.

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Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon: The Ambassadors of Disruption

January 24th, 2015 1 comment

Combine the highly independent nature of an Aquarius Sun with the competitive instincts of Aries Moon and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing that will be as electrically charged as a dozen live wires all sparking at once. Forward looking, fast moving, and fixin’ to go head-to-head with the biggest of the big boyz, this is the Sun/Moon pairing most likely to live life by the motto of “Move bitch get out the way”, to quote philosopher-scholar Ludicras. To illustrate: Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey – the trash talking professional cage fighter considered the heir apparent to Gina Carano as “the face of women’s mixed martial arts”, is an Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) Rousey is the blonde seen ramming her head into her opponent in the below video. “Move bitch, get out the way” for sure:

When Ludacris raps “I’m doing 100 on the highway so if you’re going the speed limit get the f–k out my way” he’s nicely approximated the modus operandi of this pairing — something that the above image makes quite clear. Given the disruptive nature the Aquarius/Aries pairing it’s likely no coincidence that Rousey has won all of her fights in less than a minute. Using the comic book’s first publication date (2/12/1940) as the character’s birth date, Superman himself is also an Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon. (Source) Rousey’s not Superman but she has enough confidence in her fighting abilities that she’s been known to challenge her opponents’ boyfriends to fights.

Whether in business or sports the textbook Aquarius/Aries individual excels at asymmetric warfare – the type of combat that small, quick moving special forces teams or tech start ups specialize in. To illustrate: upstart athletic-tech company Under Armour is also an Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon. (See Chart) Founded (born) January 26, 1996 in Baltimore, the company’s original “We must protect this house!” commercial captures nicely the emotional tone of the ass-kicking, odds-beating dynamic duo of disruption that is Aquarius Sun with Aries Moon:

Astrologer Jefferson Anderson refers to the Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon individual as “the visionary and the innovator, the pacemaker who is always ten steps ahead of everyone else physically and intellectually.” (Source) Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey emphasis this combination’s fighting instincts and penchant for rebellion:

You tackle problems with great gusto . . . but you are not easy to live up, and few people want the glaring truth and a sparring partner all of the time. A friendly egomaniac, you want the best for everyone and are prepared to fight for it . . . (Source)

“Tackling problems”? “Sparring partners”? “Prepared to fight?” “Unafraid of challenge”? Those are pretty accurate descriptions of both Ronda Rousey’s mentality and Under Armour’s corporate culture. According to a recent ESPN article on the company, CEO Kevin Plank and COO Wayne Merino hash out business matters not within the comfy confines of corporate offices but during gruelling 6:00 am workouts supervised by a former Navy Seal.

Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon natives don’t function well unless they have some type over overwhelming challenge to pit themselves against. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, who founded the company as a 23 year old University of Maryland football player, won’t explicitly say so but it’s clear that the company’s overwhelming challenge is to usurp sports apparel colossus Nike:

The Harveys’ tell us that one of two metaphoric images for Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon is “Robin Hood and his band of merry men outwit the evil King John once again.” (Source) Replace Robin Hood with Kevin Plank and evil King John with Nike founder Phil Knight and the Harveys’ image is an excellent approximation of the company’s 15 years in business: “Kevin Plank and his band of merry, micro-fiber clad men outwit the evil Phil Knight once again”. It’s also a good approximation of Ronda Rousey and her band of trainers as she appears on the verge of usurping the entire world of mixed martial arts.

You might have noticed that Under Armour, Superman, and Ronda Rousey are each known for showing up to their jobs in underwear. From an astrological perspective I’m not sure if there is a reason for this but it is an interesting coincidence to note.

Dr. William Shockley, the inventor of the transistor and primary catalyst for Silicon Valley’s transformation into the world capital of disruptive technology was also an Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon. (Source) That a legendary innovator would be an astro-twin of Under Armour makes sense when you peep some of the freakishly innovative technologies that the company has pioneered:

While not as unstoppable as the man of steel or as fashion conscious as Under Armour, Shockley did have the type of “out there” hobbies you’d expect from a person with their Sun in Aquarius (the sign of eccentricity) and Moon in Aries (the sign of potency). According to Wikipedia:

Shockley donated sperm to the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank founded by Robert Klark Graham in hopes of spreading humanity’s best genes. The bank, called by the media the “Nobel Prize sperm bank,” claimed to have three Nobel Prize-winning donors, though Shockley was the only one to publicly acknowledge his donation to the sperm bank. (Source)

In his book Sun Signs Moon Signs astrologer Jefferson Anderson writes of this pairing, “A pioneering technologist always tuned to the future . . . the Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon individual can usually be found in the front ranks of their chosen field.” (Source)

The bit about the Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon native being “a pioneering technologist” applies even when the person has little or no modern technology at their disposal. Actor Richard Dean Anderson, best known for portraying Richard McGyver, a character who could generate shock and awe with little more than paper clips and sticky paper, is also an Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart)

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