Part 4: Snowden Gathers A Network

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Now you see me, now you don’t.  When Edward Snowden vanished from his regular environments, he had travelled to Hong Kong, taking up residence in a hotel. The phase of collecting highly secret docu-ments had ended.  The phase of building a network to make those documents public had already been started.  Months earlier Snowden had started sending e-mails to Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who worked with the Guardian newspaper.  The Guardian in the UK was known for its release of sensational stories.  Survival in London’s crowded news market demanded sensational stories.  The Guardian also had a digital news media operation in New York City.

Greenwald and another writer, Laura Poitras, had been observed by Snowden relative to their investigations into the world of US and UK intelligence operations.  For years prior to 2013 they had reported on and conjectured on the bits and pieces of the intelligence pie that emerged from time to time.   Greenwald was contacted first, receiving an e-mail that told him that the (unnamed) sender had information to share.  That e-mail was ignored. Then, another e-mail asking if he used encryption and would he send a ‘key’ so that the sender could communicate with him?  Ignored.  Finally, a package arrived with two thumb drives containing a ‘do it yourself encryption kit.’  This was followed by e-mails asking if he had installed the encryption software.  Greenwald’s press of business had prompted him to not comply with the growing insistence of the e-mail demands.

On May 20, 2013, Snowden sent Greenwald, living and working in Brazil, a package of 20 documents.  Geenwald had been expecting this delivery as a co-worker had told him that an information packet was coming.  Due to Greenwald’s slowness in replying and complying with Snowden’s requests, Snowden had successfully established contact with another Guardian writer, Laura Poitras.  She was astounded by the nature of the information she had received and had contacted Greenwald.  Encouraged by his fellow writer, Greenwald took a look at his package.  The following chart is for May 19, 2013, a Moon-opposite-Sun Return.

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Notable is t/Venus-MC; something valuable affecting his public image and career.  t/Venus square t/Chiron-n/Sun from the 7th; his value-set will be adjusted along with his attitude by what he received.  Note also t/Neptune-Descendant; an unreal event caused by another.

Now you see me, now you don’t.  When Edward Snowden vanished from his regular environments, he had travelled to Hong Kong, taking up residence in a hotel. The phase of collecting highly secret documents had ended.  The phase of building a network to make those documents public had already been started.  Months earlier Snowden had started sending e-mails to Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who worked with the Guardian newspaper.  The Guardian in the UK was known for its release of sensational stories.  Survival in London’s crowded news market demanded sensational stories.  The Guardian also had a digital news media operation in New York City.

Greenwald and another writer, Laura Poitras, had been observed by Snowden relative to their investigations into the world of US and UK intelligence operations.  For years prior to 2013 they had reported on and conjectured on the bits and pieces of the intelligence pie that emerged from time to time.   Greenwald was contacted first, receiving an e-mail that told him that the (unnamed) sender had information to share.  That e-mail was ignored. Then, another e-mail asking if he used encryption and would he send a ‘key’ so that the sender could communicate with him?  Ignored.  Finally, a package arrived with two thumb drives containing a ‘do it yourself encryption kit.’  This was followed by e-mails asking if he had installed the encryption software.  Greenwald’s press of business had prompted him to not comply with the growing insistence of the e-mail demands.

On May 20, 2013, Snowden sent Greenwald, living and working in Brazil, a package of 20 documents.  Geenwald had been expecting this delivery.  Due to his slowness in replying and complying with Snowden’s requests, Snowden had successfully established contact with another Guardian writer, Laura Poitras.  She was astounded at the nature of the information she had received and had contacted Greenwald.  Encouraged by his fellow writer, Greenwald took a look at his package.  The following chart is for May 19, 2013, a Moon-opposite-Sun Return.

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t/Venus-MC; something valuable affecting his public image and career, is a pattern that will remain in force for the following two weeks because Venus’ motion is close to that of the diurnally-advancing MC angle.   t/Venus continues to square t/Chiron-n/Sun, maintaining the impact of that pattern.  Note also t/Neptune-Descendant; an unreal event caused by another.  This squares t/Mercury on the 9th house side of the MC; the news comes from a distance (unknown) place.  Further angular house activity involves t/Moon-n/Pluto-n/Uranus in the first; reacting to unique revelations is one simple interpretation.  Then we notice t/Part-of-Fortune (t/PoF) opposing t/Jupiter from the 4th; an awareness of large opportunities becomes apparent.   These few notations are all that are needed to evaluate this Return chart.

We have to consider t/Mars-opp-t/N.Node at the Solar Return position in the 9th house of distant affairs and knowledge.  n/PoF signifies Greenwald’s receptivity to taking chances or seeking change.  t/Mars is closer to the Solar Return point, signifying an impetus to take strong action.  So, we can say that this upcoming two week period will find him involved in a introduction to information which will shake his world, offering him an opportunity which he will strongly respond to.  Others will be affected by what he does.

As a separate issue, we have to note that Greenwald’s reluctance in earlier weeks to set up his computer for encrypted messaging had greatly frustrated Edward Snowden.  He had contacted Laura Poitras, who was working in Germany.  He had shared the fact that he would be able to supply to her President Obama’s October 2012 “Presidential Policy Directive 20,” a top secret eighteen page document defining a number of overseas targets for US cyber intelligence.  The NSA was tapping into fiber-optic cables, telephone conversations and doing bugging on a global scale.  Poitras did not want to discuss this via messaging, fearing interception by a government agency.  So, she suggested that they meet at the New York offices of the Guardian later in the month of May, 2013.

Finally Snowden and Greenwald were communicating.  What Greenwald held in his hands were documents showing that the NSA had lied to Congress about domestic spying.  NSA programs for accomplishing this spying were documented.

Greenwald immediately afterwards picked up the phone and called his editor at the Guardian in New York City.  He was asked to come New York where he would meet with Poitras and other Guardian staff members and editors.

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The prior Moon-Sun Return has been both relocated to New York city and Advanced to May 31, 2013 for this chart and for Greenwald’s visit to the New York offices of the Guardian.  Note that t/Neptune-Desc. and n/Neptune-IC dominate the angles.  We have to reassess our interpretation models for Neptune.  Clearly we might say that a great ‘deception’ about values (IC angle) was being discussed (Desc. angle).  By virtue of its place at the chart’s MC, t/PoF has to be added to the interpretive mix; the scope of the revealed deception (indicated by the documents) was causing a professional upheaval.  How would this situation be managed?  How would the government react to its disclosure?  The role of Mercury is revealed by t/Mercury-n/Asc in the 11th; how would the future days work out in finding out more information, how would the staff deal with that information?  This t/Mercury squares n/Saturn, the rules of journalism in dealing with these issues had to be carefully observed.  Note n/Mercury being contacted by the group of t/Neptune-t/Moon-t/Chiron.  The natal MC, given that this is a noon natal chart, has to be ignored.  The magnitude of what was involved contributed to the lack of clarity about how this story would be managed.

In following posts, Glenn Greeenwald, Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden’s charts will be covered to show the interplay between people and events.

We can clearly see how these Return and Advanced charts portray day-by-day activities of the subject involved.  The fact that I am using a ‘noon’ chart for Glenn Greenwald makes little difference to this process.  It has been demonstrated that a ‘noon’ chart, due to the ratio of the Moon’s daily motion to the Sun’s daily motion is such that the noon MC is likely to be within 7 degrees, on average, of its true position had the actual birth time been known.  This is close enough for practical applications in terms of constructing a Return chart.  The n/Asc. and n/MC are not used interpretively as a rule.

We have to consider t/Mars-opp-t/N.Node at the Solar Return position in the 9th house of distant affairs and knowledge.  n/PoF signifies Greenwald’s receptivity to taking chances or seeking change.  t/Mars is closer to the Solar Return point, signifying an impetus to take strong action.  So, we can say that this upcoming two week period will find him involved in a introduction to information which will shake his world, offering him an opportunity which he will strongly respond to.  Others will be affected by what he does.

As a separate issue, we have to note that Greenwald’s reluctance in earlier weeks to set up his computer for encrypted messaging had greatly frustrated Edward Snowden.  He had contacted Laura Poitras, who was working in Germany.  He had shared the fact that he would be able to supply to her President Obama’s October 2012 “Presidential Policy Directive 20,” a top secret eighteen page document defining a number of overseas targets for US cyber intelligence.  The NSA was tapping into fiber-optic cables, telephone conversations and doing bugging on a global scale.  Poitras did not want to discuss this via messaging, fearing interception by a government agency.  So, she suggested that they meet at the New York offices of the Guardian later in the month of May, 2013.

 

 

 

This is a very complex story considering the timing of events among the various parties.  Not all of the dates for important events are sourced, so some text will be without charts. Where dates are known, charts for the date and for the people involved will be given.  Dave

 

 

 

 

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Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at ninthhouse.wordpress.com A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at dadsnook@charter.net Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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