Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon: The Time Traveler

(Photo: Back the Future film, available for purchase at Amazon)

Pair the waxing and waning of a Cancer Sun’s emotionality with the zappity zap zap of an Aquarius Moon’s instincts for the alchemical and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is off beat and exciting, more than a bit eccentric but never, ever boring. Few others can match this combination’s determination to explored the innovative and the imaginative, the experimental and the visionary. Cancer Sun loves the past and Aquarius Moon loves the future so this is probably the Sun/Moon pairing most likely to invent a time travel machine. To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth the film Back to the Future is a Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon. (Chart) From his good intentions to his oddball eccentricity, the Doc Brown character portrayed by actor Christopher Lloyd is as archetypal a Cancer/Aquarius as you’ll find:

Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey tell us that Cancer/Aquarius has a real talent for “reading signs and symbols”, particularly those that come to them in dreams. (Source) In Back to the Future the idea for the “Flux Capacitor”, the device which makes time travel possible, comes to Doc in a dream.

Cancers tend towards being timid but not this one. With its Moon in the sign of mad science and futuristic style this Crab channels its emotional shrewdness into exploring the most far out corners of the human experience. More than a few Cancer/Aquarians live their lives according to the motto of “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads”, to quote Doc Brown’s line from the end of the film.

Sitting 150 degrees away from each other, Cancer and Aquarius form what’s known as a “quincunx”, an inherently discordant aspect that requires two radically different signs to reconcile the irreconcilable. Consider some of their differences between to see just how discordant things can get when they meet up: Cancer is the sign of clannish attachment to family, Aquarius is the sign of cerebral attachment to ideals. Cancer hates change, Aquarius loves shaking things up. Cancer is the sign of social shyness, Aquarius the sign of the social network. Cancer’s idea of a great vacation is spending a week watching old movies at Grandma’s house, Aquarius would rather spend a week doing lord knows what at Burning Man. About the only thing they have in common is concern for the downtrodden as astrologer Bill Tierney explains in his book All Around the Zodiac:

Cancer is sympathetic toward the helpless or whatever is in need of special protection from harm. It’ll go on the defensive to shield the weak and the vulnerable from attack. Aquarius is famous for its humanitarian concern for the plight of the downtrodden, the socially alienated, and all misunderstood rebels and rejects of society. It seeks to socially validate the worth and uphold the freedoms of all such underdogs, protecting them from further abuse. Thus [this pairing] feels the urge to assist and support those in dire need . . . (Source)

There is one other thing they have in common: both moon beams (Cancer) and lightning strikes (Aquarius) have mystical, magical, marvelously enchanting qualities to them. The combination of moonbeams powered by lightning strikes results in a person or project that can be utterly ingenious to the point of seeming magical. When this pairing reaches out to help those in dire need it will deliver assistance of a charged, surprising, or visionary nature. In Back to the Future, for instance, Doc Brown renders assistance to Marty by jiggering up an ingenious way to harness the power of a lightning bolt, which provides the power necessary to send him zooming back (Cancer) to the future (Aquarius). The effect on the emotions of in-theater audiences was so magical that the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Back to the Future is, of course, a fictional film but there are more than a few real life instances of Cancer/Aquarians pulling off similar feats of ingenuity when helping people in dire need. To illustrate: using the day of its establishment as its date of birth, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) is a Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon. (Chart) The NESC’s official job is “to ensure the safety and mission success of NASA’s high risk projects” but when the need arises they lend their technological expertise to projects outside of NASA. For instance, it was the NESC that designed the capsule which rescued the 33 Chilean miners who found themselves trapped nearly 2,300 feet beneath the surface of the Earth back in August 2010:

The copper mine that “The 33” were trapped in was essentially a relic of extractive industries that go back (Cancer) to the 1800s while the NESC’s capsule was as futuristic (Aquarius) a piece of machinery as anything sent on missions to space. The miners were, in effect, trapped in the past (Cancer) while the NESC’s quick thinking got them back to the future (Aquarius). Doc Brown used the “flux capacitor” to get Marty Mcfly back to his family, the NESC used the “Fenix” capsule to get the Chilean miners back to theirs:

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While the NESC is a non-political division of NASA, the textbook Cancer/Aquarius will express considerable interest in political causes, particularly those which defend the rights of the helpless and the powerless. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson writes of this pairing:

With your scientific bent of mind and wild imagination, you may pursue a technical or scientific career, although your strong social consciousness could lead you into the political, legal, or humanistic endeavors. (Source)

Given their wild imaginations, some Cancer/Aquarians will manage to create a career for themselves in which they combine their “scientific bent of mind” with a career in the political or legal world. To illustrate: using the date of its establishment as its date of birth, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a Cancer/Aquarius. (Chart) If you’re not familiar with the EFF, they’re the San Francisco based legal non-profit which has taken on some of the most important technology related civil liberties cases of the last 25 years. (Source) A quick look at some of their promotional posters will bring you up to speed on the organization’s modus operandi:

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The EFF is a Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon

The EFF has never attempted time travel or to rescue miners trapped in primordial conditions but they have taken on the NSA’s attempts to turn the U.S. into a surveillance state, a dire situation as fraught with peril as taking on the forces of nature themselves.

Cancer/Aquarius men will often be attracted to groups like the EFF which endeavor to save the world while Cancer/Aquarius women will often express a desire to mother the world with every bit as much energy as they mother their own children. Noel Tyl says this is the pairing of “the humane aristocrat” who can be very innovative when it comes to social service. (Source) To illustrate: Princess Diana is a Cancer/Aquarius who is still loved to this day for being the ultimate example of a “humane aristocrat”. (Chart)

One of this pairing’s greatest strengths is its capacity to genuinely feel other people’s pain while remaining enough detachment to actually help them. Princess Diana is best known for her work to ban landmines, an insidious weapon of war that doubles as a deadly curious attraction for young children. According to Wikipedia, “It was during this campaign that she was accused of meddling in politics and declared a ‘loose cannon'”. (Source) Cancer/Aquarius does tend towards eccentricity but in a world where ever greater numbers of people find themselves in dire need of assistance we could use a few more emotionally sensitive (Cancer) eccentrics (Aquarius) like Princess Di.

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 consults at his contact page.

Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Shaman, the Snake, and the Witchdoctor

Image: Kurt Russel as “Snake Plissken” in Escape from New York, available via Amazon

Pair the protective nature of a Cancer Sun with the clandestine instincts of a Scorpio Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is private and instinctual, mysterious and intriguing, dramatic and passionate, extremely cunning and nearly impossible to read. Other Cancers stay close to the seashore, this one swims with the sharks. To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth, the 1981 cult classic film Escape from New York is a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Astrologer Jefferson Andersen refers to Cancer/Scorpio as the pairing of “The Cobra” who is “not the timid, insecure, and introverted Cancer one so often reads about”. (Source) Amazingly, the name of Kurt Russell’s anti-hero protagonist in Escape from New York is “Snake Plissken”. He even has a tattoo of a cobra on his stomach:

This pairing is profoundly tuned in to deeply hidden undercurrents and is thus rarely wrong about the true direction of any human endeavor, whether on the political stage or in one’s private life. Cancer/Scorpio may not be psychic but it’s certainly prescient. The plot for Escape from New York is a great, if disturbing example of just how well-calibrated Cancer/Scorpio prescience can be. Written by director John Carpenter nearly 30 years before the events of 9/11, the film’s opening scene depicts terrorists hijacking an airliner and then flying it into a New York City skyscraper. In the film’s 1996 sequel a right wing Christian fanatic seizes the U.S. presidency, launches a global war against Muslims, outlaws gay marriage, and turns the homeland into a police state. (Sound familiar?) Astrologer Jacqueline Bigar says this pairing often “knows what is coming before it does”. (Source) Yeah, I’d say so:

Escape

Cancer is the sign most attuned to family, klan, and country while Scorpio is the sign most attuned to sex, death, and the scary-scary. The combination is one of the few which is willing to probe those family (Cancer) secrets (Scorpio) that one simply does not talk about. In Escape, Mr. Plissken is tasked with retrieving the U.S. nuclear launch codes, which are the national version of unspeakable family secrets.

Astrologers Charles and Suzi Harvey describe the Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon pairing as resonating with souls trapped within “psychotic underworlds”. (Source) You’ll be hard pressed to find a better example of people trapped in a “psychotic underworld” than this scene from Escape from New York:

According to Kurt Russell’s commentary on a special edition DVD version of Escape from New York, that scene set the emotional tone for the entire film. I’d say it gives you an extreme but fundamentally accurate idea of the type of situations that a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon person tends to find themselves in.

This is arguably the Sun/Moon pairing par-excellence for emotional courage. According to the Harveys, its fearless pursuit of what lays in the shadows makes it an excellent psychologist, shaman, or (financial) witchdoctor:

You are brooding emotion incarnate . . .

You love suspense and mystery, and are drawn to understanding and grappling with the dark side of life . . . you have something of the detective and the psychoanalyst in you . . . You truly come alive when you have been given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind (or bank account.) (Source)

That’s a pretty good approximation of the Snake Plissken character. His disposition is certainly of the “brooding” persuasion and he definitely grapples with the dark side of life, both the dark side that is the police state government and the dark side that is life on the island of New York. He isn’t given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind but he does get marching orders to go inside the deeply troubled recesses of a society gone mad.

Being so tuned to the darker dimensions of life, Cancer/Scorpio often possesses a darkly wry if under-appreciated sense of humor:

Both signs are also masters at navigating (subtly manipulating?) the unspoken currents of human psychology. It’s thus fitting that we’re left in the dark over how Kurt Russell’s character lost his left eye. Allowing the viewer’s imagination to conjure up what the back story of that eye patch might be results in a malevolently heroic shadow around Russell’s character that no amount of special effects could have generated.

Speaking of “malevolently heroic” types . . . Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange is a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon whose real life biography bears an uncanny resemblance to the fictional biography of the Snake Plissken character. (Chart) Plissken’s mission in Escape entails the procurement of “leaked” state secrets not unlike what Assange’s job with Wikileaks entails. Assange’s icy disdain for the establishment is a close cousin of Plissken’s snarlingly contempt for it. Plissken is wanted for “moral crimes against the United States” while Assange may become one of the most wanted men in U.S. history should the Department of Justice get its way. Swap Plissken’s eye patch and gun-slinging prowess for Assange’s laptop and computer hacking skills and the two are near mirror images of each other.

Using its establishment date as its date of birth, the United States Secret Service is also a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Cancer is the homebody of the zodiac known for their attachment to home, family, klan, and country while Scorpio Moons are emotionally nourished by situations where the line between life and death is a thin one. The Secret Service is essentially an agency of highly protective homebodies (Cancer) tasked with going on secret operations (Scorpio). Like the Snake Plissken character we meet in the Escape films, two of their primary missions include protecting the president and securing the U.S. nuclear launch codes.

Secret Service agents just after the assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan
Secret Service agents just after the assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan

Unknown to most of the public, the Service is tasked with far more than just their protective duties. Originally organized under the Department of the Treasury, the bulk of the work the Service does involves the suppression of counterfeiting, money laundering, identity theft, and other financial crimes. (Source) Recall that the Harveys write of the Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon individual, “You truly come alive when you have been given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind (or bank account).” (Source) That’s about as good a one-sentence summary of the Service’s law enforcement duties as is reasonably possible. It’s also a good summary of Assange’s duties at Wikileaks as he didn’t “truly came alive” until he begun taking on the “troubled minds” running some of the world’s most powerful banks. Even the Snake Plissken character got his start in psychological underworld that is the banking industry as the opening scene in original, uncut version of Escape has him robbing the Atlanta branch of the Federal Reserve, an institution that is almost certainly run by some very “troubled minds”.

While they’re obviously on opposite sides of the law, Assange and the Secret Service both spend a lot of time navigating the darkest geographies of the human experience. Strangely enough, Assange’s first high-profile target at Wikileaks was the dark geography that is the Church of Scientology while the Secret Service’s first high profile target back in the 1860s was the dark geography of the Ku Klux Klan. (Source) Both organizations have been characterized by former members as psychotic underworlds loaded with unspeakable family secrets. Other Sun/Moon pairings may “go where no man has ever gone before” but, as the trailer for Escape from New York so aptly puts it, only Cancer/Scorpio has the emotional courage to “go in where nobody has ever gotten out.”

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 consults at his contact page.

Mars in Cancer Trine Jupiter in Scorpio: The Homefront Hitwoman and the High Finance Holy Roller

Editor’s Note: this is excerpted from “Astrology of the Central Intelligence Agency”, one of four features originally published in the Summer 2016 print edition of Hexagon. A Virgo (analysis) with its Moon in Scorpio (secrets), the Agency has a trine (supportive contact) between its Mars (fighting) in Cancer (the homefront) and Jupiter (expansion) in Scorpio (secrets). -Matt

The Agency has Mars (fighting, aggression) in Cancer, sign of home and family. According to astrologer Sue Tompkins, Mars in Cancer “may be prone to interfering inappropriately” in domestic matters. (Source) The Agency’s Mars (assertion) in Cancer (home) receives an expansive trine from Jupiter (religion, zealotry) in Scorpio (the underworld, the occult). The Agency’s mission statement prohibits it from operating domestically, but there are numerous reputable sources that indicate it has been fighting (Mars) on the home front (Cancer) and doing so in a very expansive (Jupiter) if totally undercover (Scorpio) fashion. For instance, in the 2007 documentary American Drug War: The Last White Hope, former LAPD narcotics investigator Michael C. Ruppert explains that, during his time as an officer, the Agency kept its eye on the domestic drug trade via operatives it had implanted deep within police departments throughout the country. These officers had access to what was then known as the “Narcotics Intelligence Network”, a computer system that kept track of pending drug busts. If a CIA-affiliated ring was about to get raided they would get a tip to clear out. “That’s the way the CIA protects its share of the drug trade,” Ruppert explains in the film.

According to astrologer Austin Coppock, when Mars is placed in the sign of the crab, one of the most primitive forms of life, it “taps directly into the primordial pool of blood and bathes in it.” (Source) Coppock associates Mars in Cancer with both Norman Bates and the archetype of the “Werewolf” who must guard against suppressed drives, eventually “damaging what one is sworn to defend.” (Source) In the case of the CIA, its suppressed (covert) drives to defeat Communism abroad have prompted it to engage in Werewolf-like forms of behavior at home, as described by Fletcher Prouty, Mike Ruppert, and others. The subsequent Norman Bates-style bloodbaths of addiction, violence, and economic devastation that erupted across the country as the crack epidemic took hold have proven extraordinarily damaging to communities throughout America—the very country the Agency has sworn to defend. Since the Agency is legally prohibited from operating on U.S. soil, this also means it has been “interfering inappropriately” in domestic matters, exactly what Sue Tompkins warns is one of the liabilities that attach to Mars when it’s placed in Cancer, sign of its fall.

Mars/Jupiter aspects like the one seen in the Agency’s chart are considered absolute powerhouse combinations as they combine the natural aggression of Mars (the warrior) with the religious fervor of Jupiter (the preacher). Tompkins considers Mars/Jupiter the combination of the “Holy Crusader” who can “often be found fighting for or on behalf of God.” (Source) The CIA’s extensive ties to religious organizations throughout the world have resulted in its being referred to derisively as “Christians In Action” by more ribald corners of the military-industrial complex. however, the true God(s) on whose behalf it crusades are the Lords of Big Business, most notably Fortune 500 members of the weapons and oil industries, both of which are dependent on war for their livelihoods. As part of this crusade the Agency has applied energy (Mars) to suppressing dissent on the domestic front (Cancer) via far-ranging (Jupiter) if totally secret (Scorpio) methods. For instance, as part of its 1967-73 “Operation Chaos”, the Agency “kept files on 7,200 Americans, and a computer index totaling 300,000 civilians and approximately 1,000 groups” as part of its crackdown on the anti-war movement. (Source) The Agency conducted similar operations on university campuses, codenamed “Operation Resistance” and “Operation Merrimac.” Given recent revelations regarding the surveillance state combined with the decades long hyper-ascendancy of Big Business, it’s by no means unreasonable to suspect similarly zealous, pro-business, home-front holy crusades (Mars/Jupiter) are still being carried out by the Agency.

Mars/Jupiter aspects are also associated with the mass mobilization of resources in the legal or judicial systems. The combination can be interpreted as warfare (Mars) involving the legal system (Jupiter). The Agency has a long history of conducting “lawfare” operations (Mars/Jupiter). For instance, in 1981 the Agency worked out an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in which it would be exempted from any formal requirements to report drug law violations on the part of its employees. The importance of that agreement in regards to what would soon be unleashed (Mars) upon the home front (Cancer) is difficult to overstate. According to Mike Ruppert’s analysis of the CIA’s agreement with the DOJ, “With the stroke of a pen the CIA had been absolved from turning in its employees, its contractors, and the employees of its proprietary companies who were soon to be found smuggling cocaine, hand over fist, and airplane over cargo ship.” (Source) That memorandum was, in effect, the legal justification for the crack epidemic—a multi-billion dollar business enterprise that would go on to generate enormous profits for scores of companies in the prison and judicial industries.

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 consults at his contact page.

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Gemini on the Ascendant, Sagittarius on the Descendant: The Communicators and the Commandos, the Double Agents and the Doom Super Soldiers

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Editor’s Note: this is excerpted from “Astrology of the Central Intelligence Agency”, one of four features originally published in the Winter 2016 print edition of Hexagon. A Virgo (analysis) with its Moon in Scorpio (secrets), the Agency has its Ascendant (the self) in Gemini (double agents) and its Descendant (partnerships) in Sagittarius (foreigners). -Matt

Gemini on the Ascendant: Data Mining Double Agents and Dead Drop Doppelgangers

The sign on the cusp of the Ascendant tells us what the person looks like physically, what we notice when he or she walks into a room, and how he or she moves through the world. The CIA’s Ascendant is at the final (most intense) degree of Gemini, sign of instigators and information brokers, sales reps and spin doctors, mixed messages and myriad disguises. Ruled by Mercury (planet of communication), Gemini is symbolized as a pair of chattering twins who appear identical but are actually radically different. Scorpio is renowned as the zodiac’s resident spy but Gemini’s propensity for multiple personalities makes it the sign most likely to find work as a double agent. Astrologer Joan Mcevers says the combination of a Gemini Ascendant with a Virgo Sun is the “classic combination of services rendered: in the clerical, technical, stenographic, and secretarial fields.” (Source) The movies often depict CIA agents as living terribly exciting lives but the reality of their daily work is usually more akin to that of a stenographer than what’s depicted in espionage thrillers. For instance, Valerie Plame is probably one of the most famous CIA double agents due to the fact that her cover was blown by journalist Robert Novak in 2003. At the time, she had been working as a technical analyst for an energy consulting firm “Brewster Jennings & Associates” — a CIA front company whose real purpose was to gather data (Gemini) on the status of energy supplies throughout the world. The Agency has scores of operatives quietly working under similar forms of cover throughout the petrochemical, financial, education, and news media industries. It also routinely conducts missions via front companies that, in effect, operate as the agency’s on-the-ground doppelgangers (Gemini).

It appears the Agency has also inserted data-gathering doppelgangers into state governments and federal bureaucracies here at home. According to Jesse Ventura, there was a CIA operative implanted at an upper-level management position in the Minnesota government during his time as the state’s governor. Population-wise, Minnesota is a comparatively small state; if the CIA has infiltrated its state government it stands to reason other state governments have also been infiltrated. (Source) According to Colonel Fletcher Prouty’s 1973 book The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World, the Agency has double agents inserted into bureaucracies all across the country, ranging from the Customs Service to the Federal Aviation Administration to the State Department. Prouty served as liaison between the Pentagon and the Agency during the Kennedy Administration so he was intimately familiar with these matters. The “Mr. X” character in Oliver Stone’s blockbuster film JFK, portrayed to great effect by actor Donald Sutherland, was based on Prouty:

The Agency has Uranus, planet of advanced machinery and experimental methodologies, conjunct its Ascendant (physical body) in Gemini (communications technology). People with Uranus (deviation) on the Ascendant are often eccentric, free thinkers who have something shocking about their physical appearance. Prior to 1947, the United States had never had a centralized intelligence service so the Agency’s very existence is both a deviation (Uranus) and a split (Gemini) from classical American ideas about the role of government. These days, people overseas are most likely to be aware that the Agency is physically present in their country by way of Predator drones buzzing above their heads. Drones are technologically-advanced (Uranus), airborne pieces of telecommunications equipment (Gemini), designed to shock the life out of people in their immediate environments (Ascendant).

Sagittarius on the Descendant: Partnerships with Mercenaries, Commandos, and Religious Figures

The sign on the cusp of the Descendant, opposite the Ascendant, describes a person’s partnerships, be they business or personal. With Gemini on the cusp of the Ascendant (the self), the CIA has Sagittarius on the cusp of its Descendant (partnerships). It is thus destined to partner with Sagittarian type people, organizations, or causes. Sagittarius is the sign most associated with foreign adventures and overseas crusades, be they for knowledge or for oil. At its best, Sagittarius is the sign of the truth seeker. At its worst, it is the sign of the religious fanatic. It’s symbolized as a centaur archer armed with a quiver of flaming arrows. Astrologer Austin Coppock describes Sagittarius as “Doom’s Super Soldier,” the “elite commando” of the zodiac whose life is all about non-stop action. (Source) Stella Hyde says Sagittarians make for great carjackers and bounty hunters. (Source) As “diehard danger-lovers,” they’re particularly well suited for work as “mercenaries employed on behalf of covert government agencies,” she tells us.

The CIA has a long history of partnerships (Descendant) with foreigners, religious groups, and elite commando organizations, including a number of infamous mercenary outfits (Sagittarius). For instance, according to a 1983 investigation by Mother Jones magazine, the CIA has long partnered with the Vatican, which it considered a veritable gold mine of wealth, power, and political influence. (Source) The Agency has treated radical factions of the Islamic religion as both partners and enemies, depending on circumstances. Today these factions are depicted as open enemies but many of these factions started out as CIA-funded allies. For instance, what is known today as “Al-Qaeda” evolved out of the Afghan Mujahedeen. During the 1980s, the CIA provided the Mujahedeen with shoulder-fired missile launchers in hopes that they would be able to oust the Soviet Union from Central Asia. In doing so, the Agency turned a ragtag group of foreign insurgents into literal “doom super soldiers,” armed with the modern equivalent of flaming arrows (shoulder-fired missiles). There weren’t many automobiles in Afghanistan for the Mujahedeen to carjack but, once armed with weapons from the CIA, the group did take down scores of Soviet attack helicopters — recently depicted in the Tom Hanks film Charlie Wilson’s War. Fifteen years later, the same network would be hijacking airplanes and turning them into giant flaming arrows aimed at the Twin Towers.

The CIA’s long-standing partnership with the government of Saudi Arabia is another example of its relations (Descendant) with foreigners and people on quests, be they quests for resources or on behalf of religion (Sagittarius). The Saudi government is a religious theocracy that controls vast expanses of wide open land. Within its borders there are a number of holy sites that people travel from around the world to visit. Muslims travel to Mecca and Medina, two sites considered holy in their faith. Similarly, private mercenaries employed in the service of petrochemical industries frequently travel to Saudi Arabia to visit its oil fields—locations that are de facto holy sites to those of us in car-dependent societies like the United States.

Since 9/11, the Agency has engaged in extensive partnerships with perhaps the most infamous, Sagittarian style mercenary outfit of them all: the Blackwater Worldwide corporation. (Source) Now known as “Acadami,” Blackwater is a north Carolina-based private military contractor that employs scores of former U.S. special forces soldiers as high paid guns-for-hire (Sagittarius). The company has been at the center of numerous scandals over the last 15 years, most notably the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians at Nisour Square in 2007. In recent years, its curriculum vitae reads like a cross between an espionage thriller like The Bourne Supremacy and a crime drama like Scarface, the Sagittarian tale of an immigrant dishwasher turned lawless cocaine commando. In 2009, CIA director Leon Panetta told legislators that the Agency had partnered with Blackwater to run its secret assassination unit. (Source) According to journalist Evan Wright, two former Blackwater commandos told him the unit had been busy “whacking people like crazy.” (Source) Articles published by Wired, Byliner, and The Atlantic allege that elements of the unit’s leadership may possess profoundly unsettling ties to the drug-fueled Miami underworld. A 2010 whistleblower lawsuit alleges the company billed the government for prostitutes, strippers, black market drugs, and cocaine-fueled frat parties. (Source) In 2007, the company’s project manager in Iraq allegedly went so far as to threaten the life of a State Department official dispatched to investigate the company’s foreign operations (Sagittarius). (Source) Blackwater was founded by former Navy Seal commando Erik Prince, heir to an auto parts fortune and a man suspected of holding fanatical religious views. (Source) Among people who follow national affairs, the company’s name is now essentially shorthand for “out-of-control cowboy” (Sagittarius).

Coppock associates the serial killer narrative with the most extreme shadow expression of the Sagittarius archetype. (Source) We don’t know if the Agency has ever partnered with actual serial killers but for almost 20 years it did collaborate extensively with the Shah of Iran, a notorious despot whose secret police SAVAK routinely tortured and executed his opposition. Almost all of SAVAK’s first generation officers were trained by the CIA. Similarly, during the Vietnam War, the Agency midwifed the infamous PHOENIX program through its partnerships with elite commando units from U.S. special operations forces and the Australian Army Training Team (Sagittarius). The program was designed to neutralize opposition to the U.S.-backed regime through a program of torture and mass murder. In true Sagittarian fashion, the operation got “totally out of control,” according to New Yorker columnist Seymour Hersh. (Source) By 1972, PHOENIX operatives had killed between 41,000 and 60,000 people, many of whom had never even attempted to oppose U.S. forces. (Source)

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 consults at his contact page.

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