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.