Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon: The High Tech Hitman and the Upside Down Algorithm, the Starship Vole’ a Deux and the World’s Deadliest Drone ("First they came for the public key cryptographers . . .")

Combine an Aquarius Sun’s passion for both technology and truth-seeking with a Gemini Moon’s instincts for communicative arts and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing that’s innovative, intelligent, and incredibly advanced when it comes to use of the written or spoken word. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson calls Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon the Sun/Moon pairing of “the Journalist” while Bil Tierney says this is a liberal minded, freedom loving pairing that doesn’t do well in “societies that heavily censor information . . . or environments that suppress free speech”. (Source) To illustrate: journalist Michael Hastings is an Aquarius/Gemini renown for his efforts at exposing heavily censored information. (Chart) A number of his investigative pieces caused profound consternation for high-ranking members of society who wish to suppress free speech, most notably his June 2010 piece in Rolling Stone magazine that led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal. Hastings had been working on an expose of CIA director John Brennan when his brand new Mercedes sedan mysteriously exploded at a Los Angeles intersection in June 2013. (Source)

According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, a metaphoric image for the Aquarius/Gemini pairing is “A child in balloon drifts over the city reporting back by portable phone on all below”. (Source) That’s an uncannily accurate approximation of Michael Hastings. He obviously wasn’t a child but at the relatively young age of 33 Hastings had managed to drift over the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and report back on all that he saw. He also routinely reported back on two other “wars”, those being the U.S. government’s wars on both privacy and journalism.

Unfortunately, the Harvey’s image is an equally uncannily accurate metaphor of another Aquarius/Gemini albeit one that is to Michael Hastings what one of Darth Vader’s TIE Fighters is to Han Solo. Using its first flight as its date of birth, the MQ-9 “Reaper” Drone is also an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. (Chart) MQ-9 drones aren’t children drifting over cities in balloons but they are tasked with patrolling geopolitical hot spots and using radically advanced (Aquarius) communication (Gemini) capabilities to report back on everything below. Aquarius/Geminis are often fascinated by other cultures and, indeed, the majority of MQ-9s deployed around the world do spend most of their waking hours reporting on people of other cultures. Sometimes they’re even tasked with more than just “reporting”:

Astrologer Stella Hyde says Aquarians who turn to the dark side of this cerebral sign make for great “stalkers, snipers, and spies” while dark side Geminis do well in professions that require no moral perceptions such as gun running and drug smuggling. (Source) The MQ-9 is essentially an airborne stalker/sniper whose capacity for remote, video-game style killing requires little in the way of moral perception. This morale patch from an MQ-9 squadron captures the morally troublesome aspects of its sniping/stalking missions with a great deal of accuracy:

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Of course proponents of technologies like the MQ-9 Reaper will argue that they’re an incredibly valuable tool when it comes to stalking/spying/surveilling (Aquarius) bad guys such as international gun runners and drug smugglers (Gemini). If that’s really the case then one can’t help but wonder why a squadron of “Reapers” aren’t busy surveilling the “lawless border region” that is the headquarters of HSBC, the Wall Street bank recently caught laundering billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels. (Source)

Charts with the same Sun/Moon pairing will often express in eerie similar fashions even if one chart belongs to something life-and-death serious like a piece of military hardware and the other belongs to someone or something associated with fun and games. To illustrate: using its initial launch date as its date of birth, the way-ahead-of-its-time 1962 video game Space War! is also an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. (Chart) According to recent Yahoo Games article, Space War ushered in the era of video games as we now understand them. (Source) In true Aquarius/Gemini fashion, the game involved star-ships (Aquarius) piloted by two (Gemini) players orbiting a star in the center of the screen.

Space War is an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. Photo: Joi Ito, Wikipedia
Space War is an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon. Photo: Joi Ito, Wikipedia

Strangely enough, MQ-9 Reapers are controlled by soldiers sitting in front of video game style computer systems that are the technological progeny of the IBM mainframe computers on which Space War was played back in the 1960s.

As you have probably ascertained by now, in addition to being a quick-witted communicator and something of a shock jock, the textbook Aquarius/Gemini is often involved in the propagation of futuristic technologies. This is true whether the Aquarius/Gemini in question is an airborne killing machine in the age of networked warfare like the MQ-9 or a computer scientist working in the age of post-Constitutional America like Aquarius/Gemini Phil Zimmerman. (Chart) If you haven’t heard of Zimmerman before he’s the peace activist who in 1991 invented “Pretty Good Privacy” (PGP), a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. (Source) In short, PGP is one of the few tools regular citizens can use to keep their communications free from the prying eyes of “high tech hitmen” on the payroll of three letter agencies and their corporate allies. Zimmerman’s invention worked so well that the U.S. government initially classified it as a “military technology” and subjected him to a three year long criminal investigation for allegedly violating the Arms Export Control. (Source)

As far as how exactly PGP works, the University of Pittsburgh has published an in-depth primer for those who might be curious. If, however, you’re the sort who prefers an astrological explanation over a technical one then take a look at what Linda Goodman says about the Aquarius/Gemini capacity for highly experimental (Aquarius) forms of data transfer (Gemini):

. . . both signs are masters of the twisted phrase, mind blowers. With their upside down cakes of phraseology and crisscross alliteration, Aquarius and Gemini would make a great team writing verses for Chinese fortune cookies . . .

. . . they can be a delightful pair, an exasperating puzzle to everyone else, but an open book to each other . . . It’s impossible to predict with these two. They’re both too complex with the average Earthling.

. . . both are able to substitute one word for another, as they do with all polarities, completely comprehending what many people do not: that one thing always contains particles of its opposite. (Source)

Curiously enough, the mechanics of Zimmerman’s PGP technology bear a strong resemblance to Mrs. Goodman’s description of the Aquarius/Gemini pairing. PGP apparently works by making encrypted emails as difficult for prying eyes to understand as a “twisted, mind blowing upside down cake” of computer algorithms more complex than “Chinese fortune cookie verses written in crisscross alliteration with one word substituted for another” while each PGP key (literally) “contains the inverse particles of its opposite” key. The resulting electronic transmission is “an exasperating puzzle” to anybody except the intended recipient for whom it’s as delightfully easy to read as “an open book”. PGP is still so “complex for average Earthlings” to decode that Digital Trends magazine recently compared cracking it to “building a national park on the Moon”. (Source)

As far as the circumstances surrounding Michael Hastings’ death are concerned, they’re still as shrouded in complexity as PGP encrypted email. One thing, however, is absolutely certain: the computer systems embedded in modern day cars like the one Hastings was driving the night of his death are disturbingly easy for computer hackers to get into. Here, for instance, is a DARPA program manager explaining how easy it is to perform a “high tech hit job” on the typical late model vehicle:

What’s even more disturbing is that the story Hastings was working on is rumored to have had him on the trail of a consortium of shadowy cyber-security firms staffed by high tech hitmen capable of sabotaging a car’s computer systems as easily as you or I can send an email. According to an article in L.A. Weekly magazine, Hastings had begged to borrow a friend’s car a few hours before his death as he feared his has been tampered with. In other words, it’s entirely plausible the future (Aquarius) was communicating (Gemini) with him right up until the day he died.

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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Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Commando Carpe Noctem (Code Name “the Widow Maker”)

According to astrologer Austin Coppock, Sagittarius is the zodiac’s resident “Doom Super Soldier” while Scorpio is the sign most likely to harbor a “Death Wish”, literally or figuratively. (Source) Combine the conscious awareness (Sun) in the sign of crusades (Sagittarius) with the unconscious instincts (Moon) in the sign of the underworld (Scorpio) and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that’s fervent, intense, and who will live life infused with a spirit of terrifyingly high stakes adventure. A free-wheeling scholar (Sagittarius) of the shadows (Scorpio Moon) at its best or a fanatical archer (Sagittarius) of darkness (Scorpio Moon) at its worst, this pairing is more than willing to risk its life for some great cause, with some Sadge/Scorpios even willing to risk the life or livelihood of others as well. According to astrologer Wendell C Perry, for Sagittarius/Scorpio “it’s a matter of you against the world, and the world had better watch out”. (Source) To illustrate: Using its incorporation date as its date of birth, the insurance company American International Group (AIG) is a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon whose financial super-soldiering (Sagittarius) nearly doomed the world economy to a death wish (Scorpio Moon). (Chart)

Most people think of AIG as simply the large insurance company whose failed derivative schemes put the livelihood of the entire world economy at risk during the collapse of 2008. The reality is that the company’s back story is far more sinister than anything that can be represented on actuarial tables or argued on the floor of Congress. For starters, AIG has been heavily involved in covert military operations since its inception. A year 2000 Los Angeles Times article entitled “The Secret Agent (Insurance) Man” traced the company’s involvement with “shadow wars” all the way back to at least World War II:

Newly declassified U.S. intelligence files tell the remarkable story of the ultra-secret Insurance Intelligence Unit, a component of the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA, and its elite counterintelligence branch X-2.

. . . the unit mined standard insurance records for blueprints of bomb plants, timetables of tide changes and thousands of other details about targets . . . “They used insurance information as a weapon of war,” said Greg Bradsher, a historian and National Archives expert on the declassified records.

The men behind the insurance unit were OSS head William “Wild Bill” Donovan and California-born insurance magnate Cornelius V. Starr. Starr had started out selling insurance to Chinese in Shanghai in 1919 and, over the next 50 years, would build what is now American International Group . . . (Source)

As globalization has spread since World War II the connections between the insurance industry and overseas military expeditions have only deepened. AIG, for instance, has been the go-to insurer for the private mercenary companies that have flourished in Iraq since the U.S. led invasion in 2003. (Source)

That a seemingly boring insurance company like AIG would be so involved in covert operations and mercenary work is not as counter-intuitive as it seems when you remember that the symbols for both Sagittarius and Scorpio involve armaments. Sagittarius is symbolized by a Centaur Archer armed with a bow and quiver of flaming arrows ready to be fired at far-off targets. Scorpio is symbolized by three animals, each a deadly predator capable of surviving in extreme environments: the Scorpion armed with its stinger; the Snake armed with its venomous fangs; and the Eagle armed with its talons. With the glyphs for both signs so heavily armed, the Sagittarius/Scorpio combination is poised for a life ferocious confrontations, whether upon actual battlefields or legal and financial ones.

Astrologer Linda Goodman says the ruthlessness with which Robin Hood redistributed wealth from the rich to the poor leads her to believe he was a noble-minded Sagittarius/Scorpio. (Source) If there’s one thing the bailout of 2008 proved it’s that AIG is something of a modern day Robin Hood minus the noble intentions, one who steals from the poor and gives to the rich with every bit as much ruthlessness as the legendary archer did the reverse. AIG agents may not run around in tights or on horses like Robin Hood and his merry men but they are responsible for insuring the kevlar-clad military contractors who fly around the oil fields of the Middle East, the modern day equivalent of the forests of Nottingham:

According to a study by ProPublica, from 2003-2008 AIG made an underwriting gain of $500 million from insuring these “merry men”, all of which was picked up by the American taxpayers.

Using its initial publication date as its date of birth, the reality based comic book The Activity is also a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) According to a recent ABC News piece, The Activity is based on the Pentagon’s most secretive unit: the Intelligence Support Activity (“ISA”) aka “The Activity”, a U.S. Army unit vastly more secretive than the Navy Seals, Delta Force and other compartmentalized outfits that have garnered so much media attention in recent years. Informed observers seem to think ISA members are tasked with “snatch and grab” missions, sanitizing botched operations, and engaging in the most intensely ferocious of extrajudicial *eliminations*. (Source) The comic book, while technically fictional, is meticulously researched by its creators and reported to ring true among the few individuals familiar with the ISA’s “activities”. (Source) They may run around corners of world as dark as the forests of Nottingham but merry men (and women) they are not:

Pictured Above: The Activity (Copyright: Image Comics)
Pictured Above: ‘The Activity’ (Copyright: Image Comics)

Marital artist turned film star Bruce Lee is also a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Lee was neither an insurance agent working to defeat Hitler or a covert operative assigned to potentially lethal missions but his life was infused with the type intensity normally reserved for such endeavors. Lee left a widow at the young age of 32 following a death as shrouded in mystery as any AIG or ISA operation.

Sagittarius/Scorpios are also known to venture forth on intellectual and philosophical expeditions as all-consuming as military crusades. For instance, using its original publication date as its date of birth, the Encyclopedia Brittanica is a Sagittarius/Scorpio. (Chart) Lee too had an encyclopedic knowledge of martial arts and was as consumed with philosophy as he was with actually fighting. He may not have been a “merry man” but, unlike American International Group, he did pair a sense of ethics (Sagittarius) with passion (Scorpio).

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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Celebrity Chef Eli Anderson on Holiday Meal Planning and Prep by the Moon

This week I was joined by celebrity chef and Virgoan epicurean Eli Anderson of DishItUpLocal.com to discuss how to plan this years holiday meals based on the sign of the transiting Moon, considered the astrological indicator of food, nourishment, eating habits, and emotional atmosphere:

If you have questions or need assistance, Chef Eli can be reached via his website or his Facebook page. For more information on how the Moon signs respond to different types of food, check on astrologer Fern Feto Spring’s article “The Care and Feeding of Your Moon”.

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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Astrology News Roundup #6: Lunar Eclipse in Pisces Edition

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For the lunar eclipse in Pisces a big issue is the difference between verifiable reality (Virgo) and the world of make believe (Pisces). Example: Stars and Stripes magazine is reporting that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the U.S. taxpayers $5 trillion (and counting). (Source) That equates out to about $55,000 per taxpayer, more if you’re in a higher than average tax bracket, less if you’re in a lower one. For married couples with dual incomes that’s an average of almost $125,000 per household.

The wars were happening at a time when the country was being flooded with ideas via books like The Secret that convinced people their money challenges are entirely a product of a person’s bad thoughts. Excessive negative thinking certainly doesn’t help people mobilize whatever resources may be at their disposal. However, when $125,000 is diverted from each household’s bottom line for the purpose of destroying other countries it’s inevitable that more families are going to struggle. On top of that, getting guilt tripped by those sort of books that it’s all their own fault only adds salt to the psychic wounds that accompany people’s financial struggles. So make believe (Pisces) has been used to distract people from verifiable reality (Virgo), something that is now coming out at the eclipse.

Today’s news roundup:

Lunar Eclipse in Pisces (Dreams, Mysticism, Healing, Psycho-Pharmacology, Strange Stuff)

Pluto in Capricorn: Planet of Power and Purging in the Sign of Big Business, Big Government

Saturn in Sagittarius: Planet of Karma in Sign of Law, Truth, Travel, Publishing, International Relations

Venus/Jupiter in Libra: The Great Benefics in the Sign of Romance, Socializing

Humor/Funnies:

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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