Who is Edward Snowden?

by Archie Dunlop on June 11, 2013

Edward Snowden horoscope

Edward Snowden is in the news. He is a 29 year old American, who worked for the CIA. He has leaked information about a US government spying operation, and it seems that he is now in Hong Kong, with the possibility that he might be extradited back home, to face criminal charges.

He is widely regarded as being a hero, and this is something that should be reflected in his horoscope.

As far as his birth details are concerned, he was apparently born on June 21 1983, in North Carolina. This means that without a time of birth we don’t know what his Sun sign is.

On this date, at 7.09 pm local time in North Carolina, the Summer Solstice took place, when the Sun moved from Gemini to Cancer. So if he was born at 7.09 pm or afterwards, he would be a Cancerian, any time before he would be a Gemini. Assuming an equal distribution of births throughout the day, we can therefore say, with eighty percent certainty, that he is a Gemini.

Actually, he’s a major Gemini regardless of where his Sun is, because he definitely has Mars, Mercury and the North Node in this sign. So adding to what we already know of him, he is someone who is versatile and resourceful, who is very good at adapting his brain to his environment. He also thrives on variety – after a short time in the military, he had jobs as a security guard, a computer operator and a security expert.

However unlike many Geminis, he has a strong sense of principle, and he really values his own and other people’s privacy. The reason for this is clear – he has the Moon in Scorpio. Traditionally the Moon in this sign is very secretive, and doesn’t like revealing its true feelings. It certainly doesn’t like being pushed around. It’s also worth noting that he has a conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus, in Sagittarius. It’s a conjunction that a lot of people born in 1983 have, but he seems to have picked up on its energy – which is about the importance of freedom, and perhaps the necessity of taking dramatic action to break free from other people’s shackles.

Another thing worth noting about his horoscope is that he has Mars conjunct the North Node, in Gemini.  The North Node is the way forward, the path we are supposed to be taking.  Mars is the planet of war and the planet of anger, and at its highest level, it fights for justice.  So by doing what he is doing, and taking on the might of the US government, he is arguably living out his destiny – even if the cost turns out to be enormous.

Yet I’m wondering to what extent Edward Snowden has thought through his recent actions.  Yes, he feels that the US Government has gone too far, and that it was up to him to take a stand.  But the Sun-Mars-Node conjunction in Gemini is opposition Neptune in Sagittarius.  Neptune can be a confusing influence, and it can encourage us to make the wrong decisions.  It often acts in a secretive way, that can be useful if we want to leak information.  I nonetheless feel that Snowden didn’t plan things properly, even though right now he’s a hero.

Further evidence for this is shown by his Vedic horoscope.   Here he has a conjunction between the the Moon and Saturn in Libra, and right now, in the Eastern Zodiac, Saturn is transiting Libra.  This means that he is not just experiencing his Saturn Return, when Saturn returns to the place it was at birth, but he is also having to deal with Sadhesati.

Sadhesati is when Saturn is in the sign of the natal Moon, or in the sign either side of the Moon.  It can be a dangerous time, that can be characterized by huge losses.  In my opinion Snowden has chosen a bad time to make his move, at least from his own selfish point of view. However he’s not an ordinary person, he’s a hero, and heroism isn’t for the squeamish.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

crystal June 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

Dear Archie –

2 things:

You said “This means that without a time of birth we don’t know what his Sun sign is.” Did you mean that without the time of birth we don’t know what is “Ascendant” is? Also,

I agree with you completely that he didn’t think things through on this. His NEP in Sag. opposing his planets in Gemini is bad enough but I wonder if the transiting NEP in Pisces square is also compounding the confusion in his mind? Specifically, I’m referring to the fact that he went to Hong Kong first from Hawaii. He should have gone straight to Iceland where extradition wouldn’t have been an issue. It’s my understanding that if the Chinese government decides they don’t want HK to get involved, Snowden will have to high-tail it out of there quickly.



Archie Dunlop June 11, 2013 at 9:50 am


I was going to mention that he possibly made a mistake by going to HK. Logically you would have thought HK would have been fine, because of the Chinese political influence, but apparently that’s not necessarily the case.

As for the Sun, I meant what I said. He was born on the day of the Summer Solstice, and because we don’t know his time of birth, we don’t know whether or not he’s a Gemini or a Cancer.

Vidya June 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

Are there no positive manifestations of Neptune at all, Archie? Does a retrograde Neptune, like it is now I think, imply a double whammy?


Archie Dunlop June 11, 2013 at 11:17 am


I suppose on the whole I regard Neptune as a malefic, although it depends how it is used. For example, if you have Neptune exactly on the Midheaven, this would be useful if you were a make-up artist, of even (with reservations!) a deep-sea diver. Lady Gaga has Neptune in Capricorn – as I don’t find her interesting, that’s all I need to know about her horoscope.

In the case of Snowden, the Neptune aspects must surely have helped him in terms of his work and his actions. However a Neptune opposition aspect is rarely going to be positive – William Lilly described squares as perfect enmity and oppositions as perfect hatred. The way he he expresses himself, Sun conjunct Mars conjunct the North Node, is potentially undermined by Neptune. Also he has Neptune close to the Sun-Mars midpoint, by opposition. I see this as using one’s energy in ways that are sometimes incorrect and misguided.

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