Gemini Sun, Leo Moon: The Spin Doctas’ and the Public Relations Experts, the Talk Show Hosts and the Tag Team Specialists (“Rockin’ and rollin’, struttin’ and strollin’, slammin’ and jammin’)

Symbolized as a pair of twins who look the same but are actually quite different, Gemini is the sign most likely to find its way into telecommunications, sales, or the media. This is the sign of improvisation and insubordination, manic subversion and mercurial mad hat tactics, fast moving fiber optics and high flying manichaeans. Sitting 60 degrees from Gemini is Leo. Symbolized as a regal Lion with a mane to die for, Leo is always on the A-List whether lounging around on the sun drenched savannas of Africa or strutting down the brightly lit red carpets of Hollywood. So what happens when you pair the physical and mental agility of a Gemini Sun with the instinctual stage presence of a Leo Moon you ask? You get a Sun/Moon pairing that is eternally youthful and always colorful, a creative thinker and a confident performer, a natural salesperson and a first-rate storyteller. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson calls Gemini/Leo “the Ham” whose life is “a nonstop soap opera with few station breaks . . . people can’t wait for the next episode.” (Source) Linda Goodman says this pairing will stay busy changing the scenery (Gemini) and hogging the encores (Leo Moon) while describing both signs in distinctly theatrical terms:

From childhood, Geminis have been acutely aware that illusion is the most dependable of all riches. No Broadway stage is as packed with drama and color as the “theater of the mind.” And so, the Twins cast themselves in all roles, from character actors to the ingenues, from the stars to the lowliest bit players, sometimes slipping into the part of the stagehands or musicians. Why not? They’ve also decided they’re the producers and directors, so they can be whatever they choose to be.

. . . when playing the boards with the Big Cats, the Twins best be cautious about grabbing off the plum titles of Star, Director, or Producer. If there’s any kind of show going on, anywhere, at any time, actual or make-believe, you can be your greasainte and footlights are going to insist on directing it and producing it — and most definitely will star in it. No one successfully outshines a Lion or a Lioness for very long, let alone upstages a King or Queen. (Source)

To illustrate: using their debut date as the team’s date of birth, the 1980s professional wrestling tag team “The Rockers” are a Gemini with their Moon in Leo. (Chart) Comprised of Cancerian Shawn Michaels and Aquarian Marty Jannetty, the Rockers were a pair of acrobatic (Gemini) all-stars (Leo Moon), a high flying duo (Gemini) with highly teased hair (Leo Moon) whose live wire (Gemini) dramatizations (Leo Moon), hit-and-run style (Gemini) theatrics (Leo Moon), and up-tempo (Gemini) opening acts (Leo Moon) took the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) by absolute storm in the late 1980s. Their matches were nonstop action with no station breaks while many people who were kids at the time will remember barely being able to wait for the next episode of Saturday morning wrestling to see if they’d be on. Once their distinctive rock music blasted across the arena loudspeakers, audiences knew they were in for a Broadway style show packed with drama and color, one that that would not be out-shined or upstaged. It’s been almost thirty years since the team originally debuted but their combination of highly original in-ring maneuvers (Gemini) and bold, scene stealing moves (Leo Moon) seems as entertaining as ever:

True to the team’s Gemini/Leo pedigree, the Rockers were more colorful then most of their WWF contemporaries of that era while their well-choreographed arsenal of high flying (Gemini), crowd-pleasing (Leo Moon) moves enabled them to tell first rate stories via their matches in the ring. Most often they were cast as the young upstarts facing members of the old guard or as agile Davids taking on brutal Goliaths, fitting roles for a Sun/Moon pairing as lively and youthful as Gemini/Leo.

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Gemini/Leo is not a natural revolutionary per-se but it does like to keep things fresh. According to the The Secret Language of Relationships this pairing is inclined to suspect “established conventions may simply be excuses for bad habits” and is capable of making “a good joke at the expense of more traditional associates.” (Source) Suzi and Charles Harvey observe that it is often “a talented weaver of magical images” with a God-given gift for “timing and exaggeration.” (Source) When the Rockers entered the WWF in 1987 the company was dominated by big name performers such as Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, mammoth sized wrestlers who were charismatic and able to connect with crowds but who sported all the athleticism and mobility of school buses. Popular tag teams of the day like the Powers of Pain and the Colossal Connection moved with the brute force of Soviet era tanks, the Rockers moved like a pair of high performance Tesla roadsters. Built more like modern day cross-fitters than old school carnival strongmen, the duo utilized their talent, timing, speed, and synchronization to weave sequences of moves that seemed darn near magical compared to the more pedestrian fare offered by their contemporaries. A few samples:

The Rockers certainly weren’t trying to intentionally upstage the rest of the WWF roster at the time with their dexterous (Gemini) theatrics (Leo Moon). However, in defying the established conventions of that era the Rockers did end up making their more traditional associates look a bit like slow moving jokes.

Pairing Gemini’s mercurial aptitudes with a Leo Moon’s instincts for entertainment means this pairing is often great at recruiting campaigns. According to astrologer Jason Fleming, this pairing “. . . can have far-reaching implications for playing in the big leagues when it comes to putting passion and promotion behind ideas and concepts designed to further the growth of humanity at large.” (Source) The WWF is considered the “big leagues” of the sports entertainment world and the success of the Rockers, with their attainable physiques and revolutionary style, had far-reaching implications for the profession. It was their popularity with fans that helped usher in an era where normal sized performers would have a chance at the big time. They weren’t a literal outreach team for the WWF but their matches did serve as de-facto recruitment campaigns for the next generation of wrestlers. A documentary about the team was produced a few years ago and, not coincidentally, a number of current superstars such as Chris Jericho cited the Rockers as their favorite team growing up:

This is probably one of the top Sun/Moon pairings for loving to have fun. The Rockers’ original run in the WWF lasted less than two weeks as they were fired for “partying too much.” By all accounts the culture of the WWF during the 1980s was such a Dionysian free-for-all that it would have given the likes of Rick James or Charlie Sheen a run for their money. So for a pair of performers to get fired for “partying too much” under those circumstances is really quite an accomplishment — one that as a fun-loving Gemini/Leo team the Rockers were likely quite proud of.

Gemini/Leos are often a natural at sales, marketing, or merchandising. The Rockers were so popular with young fans that their merchandise flew off the shelves — in no small part due to their highly animated promo interviews (Gemini) and fabulously cultivated mullets that only a Leo Moon could love:

As with all Gemini pairings, this one is subject to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde style splits between the good twin and the evil twin. For the Rockers, splitsville came in January 1992 with Shawn Michaels assuming the role of the evil twin (Mr. Hyde) and Marty Jannetty that of the the good twin (Dr. Jekyll). The split took place on a talk show (Gemini) that doubled as a hair salon (Leo Moon), hosted by Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, a performer known for his hair cutting shears and shear fitting tights. Tag teams routinely broke up at that time but the Rockers’ split was staged to be a shockingly violent one, something that really stood out at a time when the WWF’s plot lines were more sugary bubble gum than iron-shoe coffee in their disposition. Most fans had assumed our favorite tag team specialists would patch up their differences and, in true Gemini/Leo fashion, keep on “rockin’ and rollin’, struttin and strollin’, slammin’ and jammin'” but that was not to be the case. The action is staged but the sense of shock among the fans was real:

Gemini/Leos are naturals at anything involving mass media and the Rocker v. Rocker feud promised to be absolutely epic in terms of TV ratings and pay per view buys. It even tapped into archetypal myths, a pair of Davids who had taken on Goliaths now caught in a blood feud along the lines of Cain vs. Abel or Olivia de Havilland vs. Joan Fontaine — one that would be resolved in the ring at Wrestlemania. Unfortunately, legal issues and drug problems sidelined Marty Jannetty shortly after the team’s split and the feud never really had a chance to live up to its full potential. However, the pair did manage to have a few sporadic but spectacularly well choreographed Rocker v. Rocker confrontations.

After their split, Michaels and Jannetty went their separate ways with Michaels going to be a headliner for the WWF and Jannety a mid-card performer for a variety of promotions. The team did enjoy a brief “Rockers Reunion” tour almost 20 years later. (The tour got off to a rollickingly mercurial start, with Jannetty saving Michaels from a 5-on-1 attack by the “Spirit Squad”, a team of evil male cheerleaders.) Both men, now well into middle age, might have lost a step or two courtesy of father time and inevitable injuries but once paired together they were still able to execute their tandem (Gemini) theatrics (Leo Moon) with as much quicksilver exuberance as they had a generation earlier:

Using its incorporation date as its date of birth, the global public relations firm Ketchum Inc. is also a Gemini/Leo. (Chart) Within the big money advertising world, Ketchum is known for being mad hat (Gemini) hawt shots (Leo Moon), the Madison Avenue equivalent of multimedia (Gemini) hair stylists (Leo Moon) responsible for total corporate brand image makeovers. For instance, they recently helped Mattel transform their Barbie doll brand from that of a shallow glamour girl obsessed with fashion to a super smart “chic-geek” girl in love with science. The “computer geek Barbie” was part of a viral internet campaign designed by Ketchum that got picked up by the NY Times and others, exactly the sort of thing media savvy Gemini/Leos are naturals at.

Since this is a Gemini agency we’re talking about here there is, of course, two sides to the Barbie campaign. On the one hand putting Barbie over as a “chic-geek” computer engineer is certainly a positive thing as doing so might encourage young girls to more enthusiastically pursue their math and science studies. On the other hand, playing with Barbie dolls has been linked to eating disorders so it’s difficult to justify anything that encourages developing children to idealize her. (Source)

But Barbie dolls, be they cast as smart geek or fashion chic, are small potatoes compared to some of Ketchum’s other clients. In 2014 it came to light that they had received massive spin doctoring contracts to work on behalf of oil conglomerate Gazprom and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent who many now suspect of having directed Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Source)

Geminis excel at using improvisation to tell stories while Leo Moons need their stories to be seen by an adoring public in order to feel emotionally nourished. The Rockers took their capacity for superbly choreographed, catch-as-catch can (Gemini) forms of street theater (Leo Moon) to the traveling media circus that is the World Wrestling Federation. Ketchum has taken a slightly different route. Whereas the Rockers plied their trade in front of millions of wrestling fans, Ketchum has gone to work for the world’s most notorious pharmaceutical and biotech companies including Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow Chemical — multi-billion dollar organizations as fueled by choreographed hallucinations as the world of professional wrestling. The Rockers got over with fans by way of Saturday morning wrestling programs and monthly pay per view sports entertainment bonanzas. Ketchum has gotten their clients over with the public by manipulating levers of the “Mighty Wurlitzer” that is the mainstream media. According to SourceWatch’s entry for Ketchum:

Ketchum is one of the largest public relations agencies employing over 1100 people across 21 offices and with 35 affiliates around the world. Like all of these large public relations firms, while servicing wealthy corporations and industries — often over a national or international territory — they often walk the borderline of illegality, and almost always overstep the boundaries of immorality. Deception is their stock-in-trade, and conspiracy is often intrinsic in client discussions. (Source)

Stella Hyde says Geminis make for great “Gawker Content Managers” and “Spies” but that they do particularly well in “Public Relations” jobs where they’ll have the opportunity to “green wash oil spills off the Venezuelan coast.” (Source) Ketchum is officially a public relations firm with a reputation for engaging in mercurial practices that seem awful similar to actual spycraft or internet gossip mongering (Gemini), all while on the payroll of corporate royalty (Leo Moon). For instance, according to Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber’s book, Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies, and the Public Relations Industry Ketchum was responsible for mounting a campaign to disrupt author David Steinman’s tour for his book Diet for a Poisoned Planet, which documents how U.S. foods are rife with pesticides and carcinogens. Rampton and Stauber’s other book, Trust Us We’re Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future , documents how Ketchum had contingency psy-ops ready to go on behalf of the Clorox corporation.

Similarly, a 2010 lawsuit by GreenPeace accuses the firm of subcontracting with private investigators to spy on anti-GMO activist groups in order to further the interests of modern day biotechnology monarchists at the Monsanto corporation. (Source) In addition working with former investigators (Gemini), Ketchum is also responsible for producing pro-industry website “GMO Answers” on behalf of a group funded by BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta. (Source) According to the NY Times, Ketchum spin doctors even ghostwrote pro-GMO articles on behalf of college professors masquerading as independent experts. (Source) They haven’t helped green-wash any oil spills in Venezuelan but they have counted British Petroleum as a client, the company responsible for the massive 2010 oil spill in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Geminis are natural pranksters. When paired with a Leo Moon, their Geminian mad-hat pranks are likely to be quite colorful. For instance, in 2011 Ketchum (in)famously pranked a group of high profile food and mommy bloggers. Working on a contract for agriculture giant ConAgra, Ketchum invited the bloggers to a (fake) Italian restaurant so they could ostensibly provide reviews of high end meals cooked by celebrity chef George Duran. What they didn’t tell the bloggers was that the meals they were being served were actually frozen line of ConAgra products and that their reactions were being secretly recorded. Conagra originally planned on using the footage on YouTube and in its promotional videos but the bloggers did not respond according to the pre-planned script Ketchum had hoped they would follow. The incident was as staged as any of the Rockers’ matches but totally botched and arguably unethical. However, food and mommy bloggers do have a reputation for pretentiousness so it’s also difficult not to laugh at how well Ketchum (almost) managed to clown them. It’s not harmless catch-as-catch can (Gemini) street theatrics (Leo Moon) ala the Rockers but it certainly had the makings of a well played switcheroo. From the NY Times coverage of the incident:

“Our entire meal was a SHAM!” wrote Suzanne Chan, founder of Mom Confessionals, in a blog post after the event. “We were unwilling participants in a bait-and-switch for Marie Callender’s new frozen three cheese lasagna and there were cameras watching our reactions.” (Source)

Speaking of bait-and-switch tactics, Ketchum recently begun pitching its services to the organic food market. That’s as Geminian a swerve as they come since Ketchum’s been at the forefront of running interference on behalf of chemical based agriculture companies for years now. (Source)

Gemini Sun, Leo Moon: Telling Stories at Center Stage

The great thing about astrology is that pretty much everything has a chart, whether a bank, a tag team, a company, and even cities. For instance, the city of Geneva, Switzerland is a Gemini with a Leo Moon based on its original charter date. (Chart) The city is best known for the Geneva Conventions, a series of treaties signed following World War II that established legal protections for prisoners and civilians during times of war. It’s also home to a wide range of groups involved in peace, international affairs and sustainable development. Unlike many international cities, Geneva does not have a “sister city”. According to its Wikipedia entry, “Geneva declares itself related to the entire world” — a very Gemini/Leo thing to proclaim as Gemini loves variety in matters of the heart and Leo Moons feel in their heart of hearts that all the world is their stage.

Like all Geminis, Geneva also has a bit of a split personality. Officially, it stays neutral during times of war. Unofficially, its banks have often served as safe havens for war profiteers and arms dealers. On the one hand, the city considers itself a leader in the world of environmental sustainability. On the other hand, it’s also home to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, a massively powerful piece of technology that some fear could rip holes in the fabric of space time. Only a Gemini town could declare itself neutral during times of war while simultaneously handling the money of weapons makers or call itself the “home of sustainable finance” while simultaneously being home to an atom smasher that might destroy the entire planet.

Gemini/Leo is fundamentally about telling stories (Gemini) at center stage (Leo Moon). This is true whether we’re talking about the World Wrestling Federation back in 1987 or Fortune 500 companies here in the year 2017. With the Age of Aquarius rapidly approaching, it could also be true should all of humanity ever find itself in the position of selecting a city to represent our stories to citizens of other worlds. In such a scenario it’s doubtful we’d want to go with imperial capitals like Moscow (home to Russian oligarchs), Washington D.C (home to American kleptocrats), or Beijing (home to Chinese despots). Geneva is far from perfect but humanity could certainly do worse than selecting as our public representative a city whose name is synonymous with respect and dignity for all persons, regardless of their origins or circumstances.

About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney (State Bar #228957), voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached for questions, comments, or astrological consults at his contact page.

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Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon: The Coffin-Makers and the Code-Breakers, the Black Widows and the Men in Black (Astrological Analysis of the National Security Agency)

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Editor’s Note: The following is an 1,500 word excerpt from “Watching the Watchers: Astrology of the National Security Agency (NSA)”, a 7,500 word article that is one of four features in our premier issue. Elements of it were originally published on this site in 2013. -Matt

The Coffin Makers and the Code-Breakers, the Black Widows and the Men-In-Black

The Sun symbolizes the conscious identity, and the Moon symbolizes deeper, more unconscious emotional needs. These are the two sources of light (energy) in a chart, and together they comprise the basic architecture of a person, project, or agency’s psychology. The NSA has its Sun in Scorpio (secrets) and its Moon in Gemini (communication). Both signs are associated with spy-craft, smuggling, and special operations, albeit in very different ways. Scorpio is the covert operative who slips through the shadows, Gemini is the double agent who plays both sides. Scorpio is the power broker, Gemini is the information broker. Scorpio probes beneath the surface, Gemini reads between the lines. Scorpio knows where the bodies are buried, Gemini knows where the phone lines are buried. Combine the secretive nature of a Scorpio Sun with a Gemini Moon’s need to constantly communicate, and you get a Sun–Moon pairing that will insist on knowing everybody’s secrets while giving up none of their own.

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Scorpio likes to wear black, and Gemini always comes in pairs, so if there was ever a combination of the real-life “Men in Black,” it’s Scorpio–Gemini. Interestingly enough, the forerunner to the NSA was a 1920s government agency known as “The Black Chamber,” whose agents once persuaded Western Union officials to illegally provide them with copies of Americans’ telegrams. (Source)

Intense Scorpio and flippant Gemini are so antithetical that they may as well be from two different planets, if not different dimensions altogether. They do, however, have one thing in common: Both signs possess excellent situational awareness. Scorpio’s situational awareness comes from its prowess at navigating the hidden undercurrents of any interaction. Gemini’s situational awareness comes from its ultra flexible, ultra high-speed mental pathways. When combined together, the result is a Sun–Moon pairing that excels at “quickly sizing up a person or situation,” to quote astrologer Bil Tierney. (Source) A Scorpio–Gemini human being might have to rely on things like body language or voice tonality to quickly size up a person or situation. The NSA need not resort to such primitive methods, though, since vastly more advanced ones are at their fingertips. For instance, as of March 2013, Barack Obama plans to give the agency full access to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) database, a massive repository of information on Americans’ financial transactions akin to the surveillance world’s version of the Rosetta Stone. (Source) It was information in the FinCEN database, for example, which revealed that Eliot Spitzer had been availing himself of the services of the “Emperor’s Club” VIP call-girl operation. (Source)

Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey refer to the Scorpio–Gemini pairing as “the village gossip” who “takes their secrets to the grave.” (Source) Linda Goodman warns her readers: “It’s impossible to retain one’s personal privacy around either sign.” (Source) If there’s anything recent events have made clear, it is that the NSA is now the equivalent of a multibillion-dollar “village gossip,” with graveyards full of secrets and the capacity to make personal privacy impossible to retain.

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“Watching the Watchers” article in the Hexagon prototype issue

Like graveyards in the physical world, the NSA’s digital graveyards are patrolled by various creatures of the night. The latest one is known as “the Black Widow”, the agency’s codename for its state of the art, parallel processing super-computer that can perform trillions of calculations per second across multiple languages. (Source) Perhaps it was “the Black Widow,” or one of her cohorts, who reached out through the catacombs (Scorpio) of the internet (Gemini) to interfere with UK Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s efforts at reporting on information leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. According to Harding, he began experiencing mysterious technological glitches shortly after being assigned to cover the story:

I wrote that Snowden’s revelations had damaged U.S. tech companies and their bottom line. Something odd happened. The paragraph I had just written began to self-delete. The cursor moved rapidly from the left, gobbling text. I watched my words vanish. When I tried to close my OpenOffice file the keyboard began flashing and bleeping. Over the next few weeks these incidents of remote deletion happened several times. (Source)

Even if there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for the technical glitches experienced by Mr. Harding, there seems to be little doubt that the agency extensively spies (Scorpio) on writers (Gemini). In 2002 the agency began a journalist surveillance program codenamed “First Fruits” which monitored “whole groups of reporters.” (Source)

Scorpio/Gemini is probably the Sun/Moon pairing most likely to bring up sex on the first date. This is true even when the Scorpio/Gemini in question is a massive intelligence agency like the NSA. For instance, one Silicon Valley computer programmer who applied to the agency shortly after 9/11 was asked during his interview if he and his wife ever engaged in “spouse swinging.” (Source) That is a bizarre question to be asked during a job interview but it certainly fits with this pairing’s modus operandi, as Scorpio is the sign most associated with sex while Gemini is the sign most likely to display surprising levels of curiosity. According to a September 27, 2013 article in New York magazine, the internal culture at NSA is so sexually (Scorpio) curious (Gemini) that a number of NSA employees used “the agency’s phone-listening and e-mail-reading capabilities to spy on their significant others.” (Source) One NSA employee got so sexually curious that he or she even accessed the personal email account of former President Bill Clinton. (Source)

Scorpio is the sign of death while Gemini Moons often excel at work involving their hands, the body-part ruled by Gemini in medical astrology. A few centuries ago, this wouldn’t have been a bad Sun/Moon combination for an artisan coffin maker. Nobody at the NSA is likely in the literal business of handcrafting coffins but, according to a recent article by investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald, information in the NSA’s classified (Scorpio) databases (Gemini) is used “as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes—an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.” (Source)

"Watching the Watchers" article in the Hexagon prototype issue
“Watching the Watchers” article in the Hexagon prototype issue

The NSA is legally prohibited from spying (Scorpio) on the communications (Gemini) of U.S. citizens, but according to a former NSA intelligence analyst turned whistleblower by the name of Russ Tice, that is exactly what they have been doing. In an interview on June 19, 2013 with Sibel Edmonds’ “Boiling Frogs” podcast, Tice explained that the Edward Snowden leaks are just the tip of the iceberg. Tice then specified which prominent residents of the U.S. “village” had been targets of NSA surveillance during his time at the agency:

. . . they went after high-ranking military officers, members of Congress, heaps of lawyers and law firms, State Department officials, judges [including] one now sitting on the Supreme Court, two former FISA court judges, antiwar groups, U.S. companies that do international business around the world, U.S. banking firms and financial firms that do international business. (Source)

Tice also said the NSA even spied on current village chief Barack Obama and his staff in 2004, when Obama was an Illinois Senator, and that his sources inside NSA tell him the agency has spied on all the judges on the Supreme Court, which opens up the possibility of blackmail. In an interview with the Russia Times a month later, Tice said the NSA also spied on Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, and General David Petraeus. (Source) The agency will not be taking the secrets of these Beltway villagers or anybody else “to the grave,” but as of fall 2013, they will be storing them at a massive new data center in Bluffdale, Utah, equipped with “near bottomless databases,” according to a Wired Magazine cover article entitled “Watch What You Say.”

This all seems pretty scary, but the good news is “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”

The bad news is everybody has something to hide.

Since people often identify with their Sun/Moon combinations, it is important to emphasize that few Scorpio/Geminis will express in a manner as problematic as the NSA has. To illustrate: Levi Coffin, a nineteenth-century businessman whose Ohio home was considered the “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad, is also a Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon. Like the NSA, Coffin ran a covert (Scorpio) communications network (Gemini) and was willing to take his secrets to the grave. Unlike the NSA, there were no questions as to the nobility of his intentions. It is estimated that he and his wife Catherine assisted 2,000 fugitive slaves over the course of 30 years, often employing incredibly innovative messaging systems that were to the nineteenth century what the NSA’s intercept technologies are to the twenty-first century. Given Coffin’s fashion sense (dark suits) and modus operandi (in the shadows), you could say he and his associates were the original “Men in Black”.

Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon: Levi Coffin
Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon: Levi Coffin

In an interview he gave near the end of his life, Coffin explained that taking a secretive (Scorpio) approach to communication (Gemini) was crucial when smuggling slaves to freedom: “I would invite them to come in and they would follow me into the darkened house without a word, for we knew not who might be watching and listening.” Were Coffin and his wife plying their trade in the modern day we now know exactly who would be watching and listening.

About the Author: Matt is a California licensed attorney, voluntarily inactive as of 2013. (State Bar #228957) He can be reached for questions, comments, or astrological consults via email: editor (at sign) hexagonastrology.com

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Saturn in Leo Square Uranus In Scorpio: Astrology of the Punk Movement

Editor’s Note: this originally appeared in the Summer 2016 print edition issue of Hexagon. -Matt

The exact date of birth for the punk movement can be debated, but amongst those in the know, there is no doubt about the year punk was officially unleashed on the planet: it was 1977.

There is also no doubt about the location of punk’s birthplace: New York City.

New York City in 1977.

The collective psyche of the United States of America was in tatters at the time in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

The United States – and much of the world – was left reeling after two decades of mass graves, napalmed children, and American flag-draped serviceman caskets floating in nightmare images across their television screens.

The war waged by the United States against the Vietnamese officially ended in 1975 after two full decades of warfare. Somewhere between 800,000 and three million Vietnamese had been slaughtered, along with hundreds of thousands of Cambodians and Laotians and more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers.

The average age of a U.S. soldier killed in Vietnam was 23 years old.

By 1977, the peace-and-love hippie movement had reached a peak and was dissipating.

The anti-war activists and counter-culturalists were exhausted, strung out.

Disco was on the airwaves, attempting to block disturbing reality with catchy beats, funky dance moves, and shiny costumes.

The time was ripe for a big social reaction.

And we got that big social reaction with the giant middle finger that was raised to the whole kit and caboodle by the burgeoning New York punk scene.

The first major punk band to hit (or create) the scene was the New York Dolls. Other early mainstays were the Velvet Underground and lead singer Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Richard Hell, the MC5, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, the Ramones, and the Sex Pistols, among others. These bands shaped the scene, influencing later punk bands like the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Bad Religion, Green Day, and the Offspring.

In 1977, transiting Saturn (establishment, structure, rules) was in Leo (art, music, celebrity), rubbing up against a square to Uranus (radical, rebellious, revolutionary) in Scorpio (death, destruction, power).

Saturn square Uranus is a frictional aspect indicating clashes between the establishment (Saturn) and the change agents (Uranus). Under a square of this sort, the way things are being done (Saturn) is coming into contact with the overwhelming need to make a break from the standard ways (Uranus).

With the punk movement, we saw a group of people that held no respect or reverence for the establishment whatsoever. In fact, it wanted to tear the establishment apart at the seams. It wanted to scream in the face of the state, which justified mass murder, torture, injury, poisonings, and any number of deadly and inhumane acts against the people, animals, and plants of this planet.

The punks knew that the mainstream way of doing things and the placid acceptance by the general public were very, very messed up. They just couldn’t hide that fact, the way most did.

Punk music was certainly not your father’s (Saturn) music (Leo). It was Uranian, unlike anything that had come before. It was a Scorpionic catharsis, bringing forth a sound, an ethic, and a style that expressed the suppressed emotion and rage of the lied to, manipulated, and traumatized collective.

The punk scene began with a group of about 100 people playing and seeing shows in New York City in the late 1970s. Punk showed us that the counter-culture does not need to be big in numbers in order to be blazingly powerful and influential for decades to come.

One of the primary characteristics of the punk movement, born under the Saturn in Leo-Uranus in Scorpio square, was the radical break it took from establishment ways, including the music establishment.

Punk channeled the radical independence and self-sovereignty associated with Uranus, and, in Scorpio, it took those things to extremes.

Punk made up its own rules after coming into contact with the failings and creatively-stultifying nature of the rules as they were.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) is a foundation stone of the punk ethic. You didn’t need years of expensive music lessons or university training to play punk music. You didn’t need the most expensive instruments or equipment.

You just needed the rage. You needed the “eff you” attitude. You needed to see beneath the glossy portrayed images of mainstream life, choosing to express suppressed emotion, rage, and disgust as a reaction to the whole thing.

To be a punk rocker, you just needed the drive to get up there and do it, to get up there and say it, to get up there and snarl it into a microphone.

True punk ethic broke down the elitism of the music industry (Saturn in Leo square Uranus in Scorpio). It hit the fast-forward button, propelling singers and musicians onto the stage often before they even really knew how to play their instruments.

Punk music was raw. It was fast. It was socio-political, angry, rough around the edges. It was aggressive and in-your-face, spitting in the face of a hypocritical establishment.

Punk was a Uranus in Scorpio “fuck you” to a music establishment (Saturn in Leo) that churned out socially-acceptable hits and industry-molded artists, never getting too close to reality for the music-consuming public that just wanted things to be happy and “back to normal.”

The punks knew there was no “back to normal.” There was never a normal to begin with. Normal was a government that napalmed babies and sacrificed its own teenage boys, calling its actions righteous and for the greater good.

In 1977, as the punk movement was firing on all cylinders, the North Node of the Moon was in justice-seeking Libra. As the North Node formed a conjunction to Pluto in Libra (October 31, 1977), the limitations and failings of the 1960s peace movement became evident.

Peace and love were not all that were necessary to battle the establishment’s deadly and violent stranglehold on power.

Righteous rage and hate – toward the state’s actions, deceit, and hypocrisy – were also needed in that mix.

And punk was a vehicle for those balancing, battling elements to come more fully into play.

As stated, transformational Pluto was in style and beauty-related Libra at the time that punk was born.

Pluto transited Libra, in part, to transform beauty standards and standards of style.

The punks did that by completely annihilating (Pluto) the usual standards for style and beauty (Libra).

Punk wasn’t about being pretty or cute or freshly scrubbed.

It was about expressing the rebellion on one’s body and face. It was about declaring one’s disgust for hypocritical social mores and standards with a socially-shocking appearance, going very obviously against the grain. It was about declaring the radical break from the socially acceptable in a very visual way, in an immediate way, in a way that startled the senses.

The punk movement channeled the transiting Aries South Node, producing a very recognizable and immediately identifiable look.

The most visible element of the punk scene is the style. Almost anyone, whether able to name a punk band or not, can pick out punk style: the heavy black eyeliner (on males and females), the all-black clothing (often ripped), the colorful mohawk hairdos, the chains, the boots, the safety pin earrings, the piercings.

Just as punk rejected establishment values, rules, and social standards that it saw as dishonest, hypocritical, and stultifying, it rejected social mores around style and physical appearance, too.

The punk identity was aggressive and in-your-face (Aries), channeled through the artistic avenues of the Libra North Node, which softened everything a little by turning it into art.

The early New York City punk music scene was truly Uranian – it was quick and dirty, erratic, a blazing flash of brilliance that lit up the collective scene for a short time only. Its powerful and visceral reaction to a hypocritical establishment set the stage for a punk and anarchist movement that is sustained to this day. Its do-it-yourself, take-matters-into-your-own-hands ethic has inspired many to get out there and just do it, whether it’s making music, making waves with socio-political activism, or making a better world in whatever simple ways we can.

Reference material: Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

About the Author: Willow is a self-taught astrologer of the DIY, spiritual anarchist tradition and a strong critic of New Age. Her whole life is a protest; her whole life is a prayer. She can be reached via her blog.

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