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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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