The face and name of Edward Snowden burst across the TV’s and Newspapers of the U.S. and the world in early June, 2013. His public story spanned a few intense months before he went from a daily story to an occasional public story. Because of this, Snowden provides us with a very unique opportunity to better appreciate just what Moon-to-Sun Returns are — they are an enabler of “Day-by-Day Astrology.” We need to better define the uniqueness of this “Day by Day Astrology.” Astrology, as practiced by many (if not most) of the mainstream astrologers on the ‘western’ school, is largely based on the natal-progressed-transit charting model.
- The natal chart presents us with the character and nature of the subject, their potential in generic terms. I say ‘generic’ because each of us grows and takes on variable expressions of the planet-symbolism due to our environment and cultural experiences in life.
- The progressed chart or the directed chart provides the astrologer with a view of the subject’s developmental trends over time. Symbolic time is used, where in a short period of time (a day) is used to represent a longer period of time (a year). There are many technical variants of the ratio approach.
- The transiting planets are studied relative to the natal and the progressed charts to determine which influences are most likely to be expressed on a specific day.
This chart grouping, and the inclusion of other ‘refining’ chart views such as midpoints, eclipses, parts, asteroids, etc. is studied so as to provide insights and guidance to the person who comes to the astrologer. It takes time to construct and study the charts. And, the subject often reveals previously un-said questions and issues which may be outside of the astrologer’s preparations or not well-covered by the prepared charts.
On the other hand, readers of this blog site should know by now that t/Moon-to-n/Sun Returns and Advanced charts seem to be simple and quick to prepare, flexible, and very adaptable to whatever comes up. This quick and easy process, along with the inherent design of this charting method, provides an ability to follow a subject’s life on a “day by day” basis.
Let us start by looking at some charts for Edward Snowden, the man who would reveal many of the major workings of the United States, UK, Canadian, Australia and New Zealand governments — but primarily the U.S. and U.K. — in terms of their spying on the world’s Internet usage and phone messaging activities. Much of these activities are very much illegal, all were very clandestine and not publicly known.
Edward Snowden’s natal chart is shown at the left. We might first note Chiron-Ascendant opposed broadly to Jupiter and Uranus in the 7th house. Chiron indicate the need to make adjustments relative to things that bother or have hurt oneself. Jupiter-Uranus suggest an attraction to unique opportunities. We can follow this later. Sun in Cancer, 2nd house, suggests one who has personal values and standards relative to what expects of others (Sun conjunct N.Node). Link this with Moon in Scorpio in the 6th house. An attraction to the past, to the driving forces that underlie human actions and feelings and how they affect relationships and the application of one’s skills, is one possible interpretation.
When I view a natal chart, the likely patterns that will be activated by the angles in a Return chart are always of interest to me. Here, the oppositions of first house and seventh house planets are most likely to be associated with events defined in Return charts. With the planets on the western side of the chart being contained within a sextile aspect (26 Libra to 27 Sag.) and the eastern planets all bunched together in a 30 degree arc except for Venus, we can expect conjunctions and oppositions of the natal planets to appear from time to time in Return chart’s angles. These are stress aspects. The transiting planets will have to provide other patterns to consider.
How will Mars conjunct N.Node be expressed in any natal chart? Will one fight with one’s friends, aggressively seek out friends and associates, try to adapt to new skills and types of relationships? Does this fit well with Venus squaring the Moon? Will Snowden be an awkward lover, find difficulty in expressing and valuing the emotional needs of others, be frustrated by making hasty choices that result in his reactions not providing the values he is seeking? The Mars opposition to Neptune points to chasing ghosts, having a plan of attack but not having a clear target to shoot at. How will his actions be received? And what about that Part of Fortune? Other than a sextile to Venus, it seems to be devoid of an inherent support system for dealing with changes in one’s life.
Snowden’s story is explosive, many of the events occur within a short period of time. Yes, the story has dragged out for over three years by now, but we will be focusing on a series of events that involved Snowden, the Guardian newspaper of the UK and its US digital branch, the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Britain, a US Senator. This will be a major series that will show us how the flow of life can be viewed and tracked on a day-by-day basis.