The Astrology of WikiLeaks: Uranus the Whistleblower
Uranus, discovered at the height of the Enlightenment, has come to have an astrological nature oddly relevant to the revolutionary character and ideals of those times. In particular, its discovery coincided with the publication of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason during the American Revolution. Uranus champions the cause of the individual (warts and all), freedom (the benefits and drawbacks) and revolution (sometimes for its own sake) and calls us to aspire to a higher, rational, principled self so that external laws are not restrictive or arbitrary. Thus it is relevant for anarchist, libertarian or humanist philosophies, as well as the pursuit of science and technology. Nowhere have these different strands of Uranus come together so neatly in recent times than in the WikiLeaks saga, but the story actually begins a bit further back in time.
The Sun was conjunct Uranus in Aries when Daniel Ellsberg was born on April 7th 1931 in Chicago, Illinois (time unknown). Daniel Ellsberg was a top intelligence analyst at the Department of Defense with a high-level security clearance who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the public as Uranus was transiting in Libra, closing in on the opposition to this natal Sun-Uranus conjunction in Aries. The release of the papers in the New York Times on June 13th 1971 disclosed embarrassing and unseemly US actions and policies in Vietnam, putting a log in the fire of the already powerful anti-war movement of the time.The New York Times was sued by the United States government for publishing the articles and the case went to the Supreme Court. On June 30th 1971, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the New York Times, delivering a huge victory for the rights to free speech and press. 3 days later, Julian Assange was born. The leak caused Nixon to become even more paranoid by spying on his enemies which almost directly lead to the Watergate scandal which forced Nixon to resign. Ellsberg watched as he caused this chain of events while Uranus opposed Ellsberg’s Sun and Uranus.
Julian Assange was born at 2:05 pm on July 3rd 1971 in Townsville, Australia, when the Sun in Cancer was square Uranus in Libra. Like Ellsberg, he had Uranus in a hard aspect to his Sun, and seems to be infused with the qualities of the time he came from. True to the spirit of Uranus, Assange became notorious early in his life as an ethical computer hacker, starting his own hacker group called the International Subversives in late 1987, a time period in which Bradley Manning would be born. His first run-in with the law happened on September 29th, 1991, when not only was the Sun square Uranus like at his birth, but Uranus itself was opposed to his Sun, while the Sun approached his natal Uranus. He was arrested in his home when he was caught hacking into Nortel, a Canadian telecommunications company. He was released on bond for good conduct, and at his trial he plead guilty to all the charges and presented hacking as a victimless crime. Through the 90’s he developed various encryption systems for human rights groups to be able to pass information without interference from oppressive governments. He attended college where he studied physics, mathematics, philosophy and neuroscience. In 1999, Assange purchased the domain “leaks.org” but he didn’t do anything with it.
At 10:14 pm on October 3rd, 2006, in San Mateo, California, Assange bought the domain name “wikileaks.org”, bringing his ultimate project into existence. It would become an international non-profit organization where people by the good of their own conscience could anonymously leak information about the powerful institutions of the world in order to advance human rights. Assange has cited Daniel Ellsberg as an inspiration for the project. At the moment that he bought the domain, Uranus was culminating on the Midheaven, and the Sun was conjunct his natal Uranus. In fact, it was nearly exactly 15 years to the day since his arrest in 1991. 15 years is of course a Mars period, where Mars returns to the same position in the zodiac relative to the Sun, and he was about to embark on getting into a lot of trouble as a result of his “hacktivism”, again. WikiLeaks would prove to be a powerful force in regional and global politics. Even aside from the “Cablegate” dump of November 28th 2010, interestingly, it is also given credit for helping fuel the Arab Spring, a series of uprisings and revolutions that also seems to be timed out by Uranus, which we have detailed here.
Bradley Manning was born on December 17th, 1987 in Crescent, Oklahoma (unknown time) when the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Sagittarius, just like Ellsberg. Manning was an American soldier trained as an intelligence analyst. In that position he had access to the military’s secret network to transmit classified information. He had become disillusioned with the military when he was ordered to help the Iraqi police round up people who were investigating a trail of corruption in the Maliki government. On November 19th 2009, he downloaded hundreds of thousands of classified military documents onto his computer while listening and singing to Lady Gaga (born at a Uranus retrograde station). Days later, he contacted Wikileaks, and developed a connection with Julian Assange over an encrypted instant messaging service who he says “coached” him in the ways of being a “hacktivist”. Wikileaks began to gradually publish documents Manning had submitted on February 18th 2010, as Uranus began to square Manning’s own Sun-Uranus conjunction.
Something my friend Nick Dagan Best has often observed is that when a person has a certain transit in their chart, that they will interact with a person who has that transit as a natal aspect who in some sense acts as the agent of that transit. So Manning had Uranus square his Sun, and he met Mr. Assange who was born with the Sun square Uranus. After confiding in hacker Adrian Lamo that he had leaked the documents to WikiLeaks, Lamo turned around and tipped off the FBI who arrested him the next day on May 26th, 2010. On July 5th, he was charged guilty of numerous violations of military law and put in maximum security prison. In solitary confinement, Manning was only allowed one book to read. A true Uranian, his book of choice was Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. In an astounding display of history colliding into itself, think about this for a moment: Daniel Ellsberg, the original ‘Pentgaon Papers’ leaker, was arrested at a protest of Bradley Manning’s detention for his crime of leaking information to Assange’s website on March 21st 2011. On that day, the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Aries.
Astrologer Chris Brennan and I independently suspected from different astrological techniques that this was not the end for Julian Assange, and should he survive, it even looks like he will top himself. It is hard to imagine how he could do that unless he releases confidential files on UFO’s or runs for public office or something. Whatever it is, it appears that this will happen when Uranus reaches 9-10 Aries, from spring of 2013 to spring of 2014. Target dates to look for are when the Sun is either conjunct, opposite or square Uranus, and don’t forget the Uranus retrograde and direct stations either. So for Assange it looks like late March 2013 (Sun in Aries conjunct Uranus in Aries), early July 2013 (Sun in Cancer square Uranus in Aries), early October 2013 (Sun in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries), late December 2013/early January 2014 (Sun in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries), late March/early April 2014 (Sun in Aries conjunct Uranus in Aries). It will be his “Year of Uranus”, unless he manages to survive till his Uranus Return at 84. I’d also imagine all this to be fairly important to Daniel Ellsberg, if he lives till his Uranus return which would happen in 2014 shortly after Assange’s Uranus transit has mostly ended.
For now though, the reason I’m writing about WikiLeaks today is because I suspect we will be seeing Assange in the news again very shortly. The upcoming solar eclipse on July 1st 2011 at 9 Cancer is very close to Assange’s own Sun at 10 Cancer. Additionally, that eclipse is square to Uranus in Libra, and Assange was born with the Sun square Uranus. Even more telling perhaps is that the eclipse is also square Saturn which is also square Assange’s own Sun. Manning had transiting Saturn square his Sun when he was arrested, and Ellsberg had transiting Saturn opposite his Sun when he was arrested for protesting Manning’s detainment. Saturn being limits and restrictions, things probably won’t be looking too good for Julian Assange pretty soon. Assange’s appeal of his extradition to Sweden is on July 12th 2011.