I am not comparing these men to one another I am comparing birth charts***
I watched the movie Snowden last night I confess I really didn’t know much about him. I am not sure how I felt after the movie….let me retract that I know exactly how I felt: I think if you take a job working for the CIA you take all the shady shit that comes with it. The Government is dirty business and to think otherwise I suppose either made him naive or just very idealistic. Naturally I ran his natal chart along side with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning who happened to pop up (we do not have a birth time for Manning Assange Birth time is questionable) on an astrological article on whistle blowers. I thought it was interesting that they all have Natal Moon in Scorpio; planets in Scorpio are known for secrecy and hidden agendas, they never reveal all or show their hand. They are known for their investigative practices and natural inclination to distrust others.
Donna Cunningham writes in her book “The Moon in Your Life” about the Scorpio Moon individual “the world is out to get you -never let yourself be weak, never lose your cool, always be on top of any situation”
Scorpio moon loves holding all the cards and having all the information. I was raised by a Scorpio Moon the mantra was never let them see you cry and never write anything down you wouldn’t want anyone else to read.
But what struck me the most was that both Snowden and Assange have the ruler of the 1st in the 12th house (if the birth time on these charts are indeed correct) Rulerships are often overlooked in astrology and yet they are very important.
A house is never empty in astrology, you always have a sign on the cusp so while I have no planets in my first house Aquarius is rising this means Uranus is the ruler of my 1st house this is also known as my chart ruler. Uranus is placed in my 8th house so I embody a Pluto/Scorpio like energy since the 8th house governs; sex, death and taxes. I always feel like parts of me are dying and I am continuously being reborn. This house also governs “occult” and here I am –no explanation needed
Sometimes we have many chart rulers I for instance have Pisces intercepted so Neptune is also my chart ruler as is Jupiter (traditional ruler of Pisces) and Saturn since Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius
So all in all I have 4 chart rulers
My Astrologer said this adds to a more complicated personality, I certainly cannot disagree though personally I mostly identify with Uranus in the 8th and Neptune in the 10th
You can do this with all of the houses for instance Cancer rules my 6th house. The 6th house governs work, your day to day activities with Cancer as the ruler you can assume I work nights (the moon) I work with the public (moon rules the public) It is hard for me to establish a routine (Moon fluctuates daily) to look further into this we can see where the ruler of Cancer (the moon); is placed. The moon is placed in my 2nd house; the 2nd house rules the money you earn. I assure you I only work for the money. I have no attachment to my job other than that. I do not derive any sense of identify from my job like other people do it is simply a means to an end.
Here are some cheat sheets for houses and rulerships
I wrote about Paris Jackson here who is 12th house heavy ( as another variation of 12th house Neptunian energy)
Paris Jackson Natal Chart
And I wrote about the heavy Neptunian influenced now deceased Google Exec Forrest Hayes Here
Kiss of Death & Google Exec
I tend to concentrate on the shadow aspects that come with 12th house/Pisces/Neptune energy they govern addictions, fantasy, illusion and what you don’t see clearly
Venus in the 12th, -secret affairs
Moon in the 12th-Mother with addiction or it could be a mother that died young
Sun in the 12th house can be an unknown father or men may be the cause of your own undoing
Anything Neptunian/Pisces/ 12th house I always caution the person about self undoing behaviors, about addiction, about mental illness because these are the shadow sides of planets placed here but I also know a Psychiatrist with planets in the 12th house that works in a prison. Astrology isn’t one stop shopping so the influence of the placement may vary-
Also please do remember you have your entire life to live out the natal chart! You may not be an addict today but can you say you will never be one? You may not have an affair now but you never know where you will be 15 years from now
Edward Snowden and Julian Assange
The first thing I noticed when looking at Edward Snowden and Julian Assange chart was that they both have the ruler of the 1st (the chart ruler) placed in the 12th house.
Snowden’s chart ruler is Mercury and Assange is Jupiter and they are both placed in the 12th house the 12th house is naturally ruled by Pisces. The 12th house governs Psychiatric facilities, self undoing, prisons, the afterlife, solitude, secret societies and what you don’t see.
When the ruler of the 1st is placed in the 12th you can work in secret. Assage and Snowden also have Neptune in hard aspect to personal planets as did Forrest Hayes (see article above) when you are not an addict, when you are not a musician or an artist, a psychiatrist, an inmate, you very well can work in secret and behind the scenes. The 12th house also rules secret organizations, things that are done in private, things done behind the scenes, underground movements etc
With Mercury being Snowdens ruling planet in the 12th and Mercury being the messenger (his Mercury is also in sign of rulership Gemini) Snowdens leaks were Mercurial in nature; secret communications, text messages, emails, phone calls etc
Where as Julian Assange ruling planet is Jupiter that placed in the 12th house Jupiter governs publishing and clearly he has Wikileaks where he publishes (Jupiter) private or secret (12th house) information. Assange according to Wikipedia worked with a secret hacking group or began one.
The 12th house also governs self sacrifice I will say that with the ruler of the 1st being placed in the 12th you may be willing to sacrifice yourself for a greater cause.
My astrology instructor once told me “Aquarius will fight for the cause but Pisces will die for the cause”
I have to believe that Snowden and Assange must have felt called to do what they have done on a higher level, perhaps on a soul level. That’s Pisces/Neptune/12th house too