Mars in Capricorn Trine Jupiter in Taurus: Big Brother's Big Budget

November 21st, 2014 No comments

Editor’s Note: parts of this post are excerpted from my article “Watching the Watchers: The Astrology of the National Security Agency”, originally published in the October/November 2013 issue of The Mountain Astrologer. -Matt

Mars describes how an entity asserts itself. The NSA’s Mars is in Capricorn, the sign of power and patriarchy, strategy and status, determination and decision making. This is the sign of the President and the Prime Minister, the Authority Figure and the Administrator, the Establishment and the Executive, the Four Star General and the Fleet Admiral, the Master Planner and the Man-In-Charge. Mars in Capricorn is considered an exalted (highly effective) placement because the fiery “charge” of Mars is sustained by the work capacity of Capricorn. Astrologer Raven Kaldera associates Mars in Capricorn with the Afro-Caribbean myth of Ogoun, a highly demanding, highly organized deity whose “area of patronage includes the police and the military”. (Source)

NSA Headquarters (Photo Credit: Trevor Paglen)

NSA Headquarters (Photo Credit: Trevor Paglen)

Mars tells us what things a person is willing to fight for. People with Mars in Capricorn (status) are often found fighting for cash, money, or other status symbols of a Capricornian nature such as their VISA black card(s). According to a report in Der Spiegel (Germany’s version of the NY Times), the agency extensively monitors international banking transactions “the transactions of customers of large credit card companies like VISA”. (Source) A number of commentators have expressed concern the agency has used its Ogoun like capacities for financial warfare to go beyond simply monitoring bank accounts and into actively manipulating them. On December 19th, 2013 the popular financial website ZeroHedge.com reported:

Hidden in the report which the White House panel on NSA released today is a stunning implication: that the U.S. government has been using its massive offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts and otherwise manipulating financial systems. Specifically, the panel’s report states on page 221 that (1) Governments should not use surveillance to steal industry secrets to advantage their domestic industry; (2) Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial systems. (Source)

The NSA’s Capricorn Mars is in the 6th house of the workplace. Astrologers Sakoian and Acker associate Mars in the 6th house with workplaces which “involve machinery that consumes large amounts of power”. (Source) Given the NSA’s off-the-charts demand for large amounts of both electricity and computing power, it’s very fortunate to that its Mars in Capricorn receives a nearly perfect trine (supportive contact) from Jupiter (expansion) in Taurus (resource accumulation) in the 10th house of government. Jupiter describes where an entity experiences largesse. When placed in the 10th house of “Status Before the King,” the largesse will involve the King and his Court, or their modern-day equivalents: the President and Congress. Jupiter in the sign of Taurus suggests that the largesse will involve cattle and land, or their modern-day equivalents: cash and turf. The NSA’s budget is classified, so nobody knows for sure just how “fortunate” (Jupiter) the agency is when it comes to material resources (Taurus) provided by public officials (10th house); however, Steve Aftergood, director of the government secrecy program at the Federation of American Scientists, has estimated the agency budget to be approximately $10 billion annually. (Source)

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Venus in Scorpio: Planet of Love in the Sign of the Sorcerer and the Shadow, the Sex Demon and the She-Monster, the Warlock and the Witch-Doctor ("If you fail, we won’t even ask for your bodies back . . .")

November 12th, 2014 1 comment

Venus is the planet of love, style, self-worth, aesthetics and values. Scorpio is he sign of Shaman and the Spy, the Sorceress and the Spell-Caster, the Succubus and the Super-Villainess, the Special Agent and the Super Sleuth, the Vampire and the Vampire Slayer, the Samurai and the Assassin, the Hitwoman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop, the Countess-in-Chief of Mind Bending and Executrix-in-Charge of Occult Mysteries, the Professor Emeritus of Freak Nasty and Department Chair of Gettin’ Down and Dirty. This is the sign most associated with depth and darkness, sex and suspicion, intrigue and intensity, shadows and underworlds, covert operations and subterranean dealings. People with Venus (love) in Scorpio (sex, death, scary/scary) are often fascinated by horror stories, particularly ones with heavy duty psychological components to them. Agatha Chrisite is a Virgo with her Venus in Scorpio. (Chart) She’s best known for writing books with Venus in Scorpio themes such as The Secret of Chimneys, Appointment with Death, and Love from a Stranger. One of her more famous short stories, Witness for the Prosecution, features a labyrinth plot involving murder, money, and manipulation. In 1957 it was made into a major motion picture, one remembered most vividly for its series of stunning climaxes:

This is the Venus sign most likely to feel comfortable operating under a cover identity. Christie, for instance, wrote under the pen name “Mary Westmacott”.

Astrologer Raven Kaldera associates Venus in Scorpio with the myth of Inanna, a Sumerian goddess who must “go down to the bottom of the pit and back up again, over and over, until it is a familiar place and has no power over her”. (Source) When Inanna finally emerges from her trip to the underworld she is accompanied by “an entourage of chittering underworld she-demons”. Repeated trips to the underworld affords Venus in Scorpio the chance for “rebirth at a higher level of honesty . . . all who venture near had best hang on for the ride” Kaldera tells us. (Source) To illustrate: using the character’s first appearance on the show as his date of birth, Robert Vaughn’s portrayal of “Hunt Stockwell” in the 1980s television series “The A-Team” is a Libra with his Venus in Scorpio. (Chart) Stockwell, the audience is told, is the head of something called “Enhanced Intelligence Assets” (EIA), a highly classified outfit the show’s writers seem to have modeled after the “Intelligence Support Activity” (ISA), a real life organization whose astrology has been discussed on this site here. Like the goddess Inanna, Stockwell hails from the underworld (of U.S. covert operations) and is accompanied by an entourage of black suited he-demons armed with chittering sub-machine guns:

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Robert Vaughn in his Venus in Scorpio alter-ego Hunt Stockwell (Photo: NBC Universal)

Venus in Scorpio really does believe in “till death to us part”. Stockwell, for instance, makes contact with members of the “A-Team” on the eve of their scheduled execution for a crime they did not commit. He provides intelligence that enables them to fake their own executions, escape prison, and then disappear to one of his safe-houses amid the haunts of Langley, Virginia (home of the CIA). Once the A-Team is ensconced in his web, he blackmails them into going on a series of high-risk (ie “suicide”) missions, reminding them that as convicted murderers and escaped fugitives they are now totally, thoroughly, 100% expendable. “If you fail, we won’t even ask for your bodies back” he cooly informs them.

Should, however, they “hang on for the ride” through a Plutonic underworld of plausibly deniable foreign policy interventions, Stockwell’s promised to acquire for them full presidential pardons. In other words, Vaughn’s Venus in Scorpio alter-ego is going to take the A-Team to “the bottom of the pit and back up again” in exchange for the possibility of “rebirth” as free men and the opportunity to come out from the shadows in which they’ve been hiding since the end of the Vietnam War. “All I need”, he tells their leader, “is your commitment” — the importance of which can’t be underestimated for this Venus placement.

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Venus is style, Scorpio is shadows. (Photo: NBC Universal)

As far as television shows go, “The A-Team” was simplistic, highly-sanitized Reagan era pablum but Vaughn’s portrayal of the Scorpionic Stockwell did briefly bring an intensely serpentine authenticity to the series. Whenever he appeared on the screen it was as though a totally different, far spookier, far more honest show had momentarily come on in its place. From his fashion sense (dark sunglasses, black suit) to his modus operandi (in the shadows), the Stockwell character was a textbook Venus in Scorpio.

Washington D.C. based attorney Jesselyn Radack is a Sagittarius with her Venus in Scorpio. (Chart) She represents NSA whistle-blowers Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, and William Binney — three men truly committed to opposing the surveillance state that is cataloging the fact you’re currently reading an article about the surveillance state. You could say that she is to the band of dissidents like Snowden and company what the Hunt Stockwell character was to the A-Team except that, unlike Stockwell, there are no doubts as to the nobility of her intentions.

The Stockwell character was, of course, fictional but the shadowy “network” he ran was actually anything but unrealistic. Consider, for instance, the insurance company American International Group (AIG), which has Venus in Scorpio in its incorporation chart. (Chart) The public thinks of AIG as simply the large insurance company that was somehow involved in the 2008 financial crisis. The reality is that there is much more to what goes on behind the closed doors of that company than most people realize. For starters, it’s been heavily involved in covert operations since World War II, many of which are not all together different than those run by the fictional Mr. Stockwell. A year 2000 Los Angeles Times article entitled “The Secret Agent (Insurance) Man” explains:

Newly declassified U.S. intelligence files tell the remarkable story of the ultra-secret Insurance Intelligence Unit, a component of the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA, and its elite counterintelligence branch X-2.

. . . the unit mined standard insurance records for blueprints of bomb plants, timetables of tide changes and thousands of other details about targets . . . “They used insurance information as a weapon of war,” said Greg Bradsher, a historian and National Archives expert on the declassified records.

The men behind the insurance unit were OSS head William “Wild Bill” Donovan and California-born insurance magnate Cornelius V. Starr. Starr had started out selling insurance to Chinese in Shanghai in 1919 and, over the next 50 years, would build what is now American International Group . . . (Source)

Venus in Scorpio can be the placement of “the femme fatale who uses her sex appeal to gain power over people” according to astrologers Frances Sakoian and Louis Acker. (Source) AIG is a multinational corporation, not a “femme fatale”, but the information contained in their insurance files could certainly be leveraged to gain power over people since people only insure that which is important to them.

Astrologers Steven and Jodie Forest say Venus in Scorpio is associated with “trust that was damaged by intimate lies and deceptions experienced in a prior life”. (Source) Venus in Scorpio responds to these past life betrayals by demanding radical honesty in this life they tell us. This is where Venus in Scorpio gets its reputation for emotional catharsis from. Just how cathartic? This issue of Wonder Woman has both Mars and Venus in Scorpio in the chart of its release date. (Chart) It offers a vivid approximation of the volcanic emotional catharsis that intimate betrayal will evoke from Venus in Scorpio. Obviously the Cheetah Woman has been to hell and back:

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The image hints at another trait of this placement. The artists obviously drew the “Cheetah Woman” with the intent to make her appear sexually compelling but also frightening. Venus describes what makes us feel attractive but also our insecurities. A person with Venus in Scorpio might walk into a room and feel like they’re the most magnetic person there, which they very well may be. The next day they’ll walk into a different room and fear that they’re the most repulsive (frightening) person, which of course they’re not. This duality is to be expected when the planet of self-worth (Venus) is in the sign of extremes (Scorpio).

Venus in Virgo and Venus in Scorpio are the two Venus placements most likely to be attracted to healing work, with Venus in Virgo specializing in the application of herbal medicine and Venus in Scorpio specializing in the purging of poisons. The only problem is that if a person, relationship, or situation is anything less than totally committed to clearing themselves of poisons, they may not be able to withstand the purging associated with this placement. As one astrologer put it, Venus in Scorpio “will reformulate things from the guts out. But your relationship has to be strong enough to withstand that process first. If it isn’t, it will die . . .” (Source) To illustrate: the 1950s B-Movie The Astounding She-Monster! has both Venus and North Node in Scorpio in the chart of its premier. It’s about a female space alien whose radioactive touch kills whoever she comes in contact with. Since very few people in the intensely repressive, anti-female America of the 1950s were committed to the “higher levels of honesty” associated with Venus in Scorpio it actually makes perfect sense that interacting with her was depicted as having such deadly effects. The film may be the most B of all B-Movies but in this regard it’s actually far more honest than most higher shelf fare:

This is Venus in the sign of its detriment so if you’re looking for a stereotypical happy ending you’ll have to look elsewhere.

In the end the Astounding She-Monster is killed by those who fear her.

Hopefully, somebody back on her home world at least bothered to ask for her body back. After all, if her tribe is advanced enough to develop interplanetary travel without having first destroyed themselves maybe they’re also advanced enough to “hang on for the ride” associated with the planet of love in the sign of the scorpion.

If you enjoyed this article you might also enjoy:

Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon: The Coffin Makers and the Code Breakers (The NSA)

Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Praying Mantis and the Mission Impossible (The CIA)

Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon: Call Me Snake (The U.S. Secret Service)

Contact Matt Savinar for a Consultation

Copyright Matthew David Savinar 2014

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