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Editor’s Note: The following profile of Washington D.C. based human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack appears in our premier issue. Radack represents NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake. She has also assisted CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou. She presents an interesting astrological case study for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that as the common denominator between multiple whistleblowers, she might be as high or higher on the government’s “list” as any of them. A copy of her natal chart can be found here. -Matt
Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon: The Roughneck Mahatma and the Robin Hood Ringleader
The Sun symbolizes a person’s conscious identity while the Moon symbolizes their deeper, unconscious emotional needs. These are the two sources of light (energy) in a chart, and together they comprise a person’s basic psychological architecture.
Radack’s Sun (identity) is in Sagittarius, the sign of the Traveler and the Truth Seeker, the Scholar and the Sage, the Philosopher and the Prophet, the Professor of High Adventure and the Department Chair of Intellectual Beatdowns. Astrologer Austin Coppock refers to Sagittarius as the “Doom Super Soldier” of the zodiac who “will stop at nothing once possessed by the spirit of a crusade.” (Source) Stella Hyde says this is the sign most likely to find work in highly dangerous professions such as bounty hunting, car-jacking, or crocodile wrangling. (Source) Radack is obviously not a literal bounty hunter, car-jacker, or crocodile wrangler. However, given that many of her clients are at the absolute top of the government’s hit list there is no doubt she is possessed by the spirit of a “Doom Super Soldier,” one willing to deliver intellectual beat-downs and brave extraordinarily dangerous situations in her crusade to defend clients, colleagues, and the Constitution itself.
Her Moon (emotional needs) is in Gemini, the sign of communication and cross-pollination, quick witted instigators and street smart information brokers. This is the zodiac’s resident Mercurial Mad-Hatter and the Multi-Lingual Multi-Tasker. For people with their Moons (emotions) in Gemini (communication), exchange of data rises to the level of a survival need. Radack, for instance, has an extraordinarily active Twitter feed with almost 21,000 followers. She’s also had to tap her instincts (Moon) for mental multi-tasking and mad-hat communication tactics (Gemini) in order to thwart the government’s efforts at surveilling her. According to a recent profile in Verge magazine, her professional survival now depends upon the use of highly dexterous, street smart communication tactics including the use of encrypted laptops, burner phones, and only paying in cash. (Source)
Combine a Sagittarian’s propensity for intellectual super-soldiering with a Gemini Moon’s instincts for dexterous communication and the result is a sun/moon pairing that is highly spirited, intellectually adventuresome, and can enthusiastically (Sagittarius) converse (Gemini) on pretty much anything. According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, this combination is something of a Robin Hood type who can “play the devil’s advocates to the nth degree” and is “quite capable of making jokes at the vicar’s expense.” (Source) While working for the Department of Justice back in the early 2000s Radack attempted to blow the whistle on serious ethical violations committed by the FBI. For her efforts she was subjected to numerous criminal and civil investigations at the hands of shadowy vicars working in the employ of an extraordinarily evil king and his corrupt national security court. Today she speaks on behalf of others who find themselves targeted by equally shadowy vicars in the employ of another, equally evil king. Given that her clients such as Ed Snowden and Thomas Drake have been portrayed by the U.S. government as practically being in league with Satan himself, one could say Radack is the ultimate “devil’s advocate,” one willing to go to the nth degree for those she defends.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of philosophy and truth seeking while Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and information transmission. The Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon pairing thus expresses much like a Mercury/Jupiter aspect which Adrian Ross Duncan describes as follows:
There is no aspect like this one to give a hunger for knowledge and understanding. The process of learning can continue for the whole of life. It is not limited to the traditional years of education. Being intelligent is one of the highest criteria for people with this combination . . .
[this pairing] is profoundly connected with a sense of injustice, particularly with regard to siblings or schooling. (Source)
In Radack’s case, her hunger for knowledge and understanding first led her to Brown University where she was a triple major in American civilization, women’s studies, and political science prior to enrolling at Yale Law school where she graduated with honors. It was during her time in college that she begun to speak out about gross injustices. While at Brown she became a leading defender of the university’s “rape list” in which female students who had been sexually assaulted would scrawl the names of their perpetrators on bathroom walls as a way of warning other women. As a result she ended up on The Phil Donahue show, an appearance which is now archived on YouTube. From the position of hindsight she was easily 20 years ahead of her time in regards to both civil rights and free speech issues.
Venus in Scorpio: Queen Inanna and Her Entourage of Professional Demon Spawn
Venus is the planet of love, style, self-worth, and values. Radack’s Venus is in Scorpio, the sign of Shaman and the Spy, the Special Agent and the Super Sleuth, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. Astrologer Raven Kaldera associates Venus in Scorpio with the myth of Inanna, a Sumerian goddess who must “go down to the bottom of the pit and back up again, over and over, until it is a familiar place and has no power over her.” (Source) When Inanna finally emerges from her trip to the bottom of the pit she is accompanied by “an entourage of chittering underworld demons” Kaldera tells us. In Radack’s case, her work on behalf of whistleblowers has forced her to go down and confront the pit that is the modern American police state so many times that she is now totally familiar with it and able to effectively counter its power. She is not surrounded by an entourage of actual chittering underworld demon spawn, but she is known to cavort with dissident journalists such as Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and James Spione—all individuals who have hounded the Bush/Cheney and Obama/Biden administrations as passionately and relentlessly as anything from Hades itself.
Radack’s Venus in Scorpio is conjunct (merged) with her Mars (how a person fights) and her Jupiter (planet of law, philosophy, and publishing). Mars/Jupiter conjunctions are considered absolute powerhouse combinations that confer enormous amounts of physical and intellectual stamina. Astrologers Frances Sakoian and Louis Acker associate this placement with “zeal, energy, and enthusiasm” when it comes to “defending the less fortunate.” (Source)
North Node in Aquarius: Point of Ultimate Fulfillment in the Sign of the Sh-t Disturber
Radack’s North Node—representative of her truest, highest, and most fulfilling path—is in Aquarius, the sign most likely to stir the pot or shake things up in service of democracy, freedom, teamwork, and humanity. Aquarius is the zodiac’s resident sh-t disturber and pretty much any reasonable person agrees there’s a whole lot of sh-t in this country’s socio-political power structures that really needs disturbing. Fortunately there are people like Jesselyn Radack who have fearlessly and ferociously jumped into the muck on behalf of us all—exactly what somebody with an Aquarian North Node has incarnated to do.
About the Author: Matthew David 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 via Twitter, his first YouTube channel, his second YouTube channel, SoundCloud, LibSyn or this site’s contact page.
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