Photo: Trevor Paglen
Pair the Sun (conscious identity) in the sign of justice and fairness (Libra) with the Moon (unconscious instincts) in the sign of order and strategy (Capricorn) and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is strategic, organized, and diplomatic, with a very well developed sense of liberty, justice, and fairness for all. To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth, the hit 1980s show Knight Rider is a Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon. (Chart) In the show David Hasselhoff portrays a former police officer recruited by the “Foundation for Law and Government”, a well-heeled social justice (Libra) organization (Capricorn) with its own in-house technology directorate loosely akin to Lockheed’s “Skunkworks” division (makers of stealth spy planes):
The show’s writing and plot-lines are pretty much standard Reagan-era pablum but its mysterious theme song and cryptic voice-over sure do provide a lot of sizzle. As the narrator tells us the show depicts “A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist.” That’s actually a pretty fitting description for a chart with Pisces (mystery) Rising (appearance) and Neptune (illusion) on the Midheaven (status before the public).
Geographer-provocateur Trevor Paglen is a Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon whose taken more than a few real life “shadowy flights” into the “dangerous world” of black budget military projects that “do not exist”, at least not officially. (Chart) According to a recent profile published in the New Yorker, “Paglen takes photos of off-limits military installations such as Area 51, and of buildings, aircraft, and offices connected with the top-secret black world”. (Source) For his 2010 book Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Black World he even traveled to Afghanistan to take photos of an infamous CIA “black site” prison known as the “Salt Pit.” Doing so without getting killed, jailed, or dying from exposure required pairing the legal instincts of a lawyer (Libra) with the physical stamina and capacity for self-preservation of a goat-herder (Capricorn Moon). The same can likely be said for what it took to take this photo of the NSA’s headquarters, which Paglen captured in 2014 and released into the public domain:
Paglen doesn’t ride around in a high-tech talking car that speaks to him but he does make use of the latest in high-tech photo-telescopic equipment to produce art that speaks volumes. Here, for instance, is a photograph taken by Paglen of an NSA listening post that captures communications as they bounce off the Moon:
The voice over to the Knight Rider theme describes the Michael Knight character as “a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law.” Paglen isn’t exactly “a loner” but by his own admission the confounding yet provocative nature of his art makes him a very difficult man to employ. (Source) He may not be on a literal “crusade to champion the cause of the innocent” but as one review of his books put it his writing is “impassioned, rigorous, relentless, and delivers eye-opening details” about a world of shadow entities that do operate “above the law.”
Speaking of “criminals who operate above the law”, Colonel Oliver North is also a Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon albeit one who is to Mr. Paglen what G. Gordon Liddy is to Robert F. Kennedy. (Chart) Astrologer Jefferson Anderson warns the Libra/Capricorn pairing to keep its Machiavellian tendencies in check or it runs the risk of “becoming just another Iago.” For those whose knowledge of Shakespeare has yet to fully expressing itself, Iago is the career soldier caught conducting his own illegal military operations in Shakespeare’s play Othello. (Source) When Iago’s operations are finally uncovered he states, “Demand of me nothing. What you know, you know. From this time forth I never will speak a word.” That’s exactly what Oliver North pleaded when his Machiavellian role in Iran Contra was finally exposed:
A key point that Paglen makes in his books is that classified operations are now such a ubiquitous part of the American economy that pretty much everything and everybody from restaurants and post-offices to lawyers and doctors to auto mechanics and computer repair people has an evil twin counterpart working in the “black world”. That principle appears to apply even to Paglen himself. After all, his evil (astrological) twin Oliver North is as well-known for conducting black budget operations outside the rule of law as Trevor Paglen is for illuminating them via his art.
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.