On Monday we discussed the chart of the National Security Agency which, using its establishment date as its date of birth, is a Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon. (Source) It turns out Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked information about the NSA’s “PRISM” surveillance program, is a Gemini Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey write of the Gemini/Scorpio pairing, “Your life seems to be a breeze until you start noticing the monsters from the deep coming up for air”. (Source) Snowden’s life certainly seems to have been a breeze until very recently. Back in March of this year he was living with his pole-dancing girlfriend on the island of Hawaii earning $200,000/year working for NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton despite having little formal education beyond a GED. (Source) Then he decides to take on the NSA, the ultimate “monster from the deep”, and is now a high profile enemy of the state.
Snowden is a sympathetic figure and his story a compelling one but given the paradoxical, changeable, and multi-faceted nature of his Sun/Moon combination it may turn out that he is as much a “prism” as the “PRISM” surveillance program the NSA’s been running. As explained in a previous post, both Gemini and Scorpio “are associated with spy-craft, smuggling, and special operations albeit in very different ways”. Gemini is the information broker who traffics in flash drives, Scorpio is the power broker who traffics in secrets. Gemini is the system-admin op who knows where the phone lines are buried, Scorpio is the deep cover cop who knows where the bodies are buried. The Gemini/Scorpio pairing thus makes for a great investigative reporter who uses their mental dexterity to unravel high level criminality, a cunning double agent who plays multiple sides of a complex conflict, or a fiction writer whose spell-binding stories leave you thoroughly mind (Gemini) fucked (Scorpio) but loving every minute of it.
If, as per James Bamford’s books on the history of the NSA, the Scorpio/Gemini pairing can be likened to a “Puzzle Palace” or a “Shadow Factory” then the Gemini/Scorpio pairing can be likened to “a riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma” to quote Winston Churchill. Gemini is duality while Scorpio is secrecy so anytime you see these two signs paired together there is a high likelihood that multiple (Gemini) layers of concealment (Scorpio) are afoot. This is because each sign’s ruling planet excels at disguising itself. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the fast moving planet of mixed messages and multiple personalities. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the deep digging Lord of Hades whose cap of invisibility allows him to operate undetected. At its best the combination of duplicity (Gemini Sun) and depth perception (Scorpio Moon) makes for a person who can get to the bottom of mind-dizzying complex situations. At its worst it makes for somebody who wanders into traps that are one part never-ending house of mirrors (Gemini) and one part bottomless pit (Scorpio), like something out of one of those old Choose Your Own Adventure children’s books except with decidedly more malevolent plot-lines.
Strange coincidence: Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison is also a Gemini/Scorpio. (Chart) Gemini/Scorpios are often fabulous story tellers and Ellison is one of the greatest story tellers of our time. Like many Gemini/Scorpios, Ellison is also known for possessing a “testy” disposition.
Given the nature of his current predicament, Mr. Snowden would likely find Ellison’s 1967 short story “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” to have a great deal of resonance. According to Wikipedia, the story is “an allegory of Hell, where humans are tormented by an all-knowing computer”. (Source) Strangely enough the NSA is currently building an artificial intelligence powered computer center of such enormous power that for all intents and purposes it too will be “all-knowing”. (Source) Snowden has acknowledged that if the NSA gets its way he will likely spend the rest of his life being tormented in a computer monitored prison cell.
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