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The Uranus in Sagittarius GenerationSnowden Image

I’ve done a lot of work with Generational Astrology but I usually concentrate on larger generational groups who share the sign position of the slowest moving planets, Neptune and Pluto. Uranus only stays in a sign about seven years so there aren’t enough people born in a single Uranus generation to have much influence on national or worldwide trends; at least not usually.


Last week Time Magazine ran an article on the “Leakers,” young men like Edward Snowden who risked everything by making public information that had previously been secret. Along with Snowden (born June 21, 1983,) who leaked information about spying on Americans by the NSA, the article named Aaron Swartz (born Nov. 8, 1986) and Bradley Manning (born Dec. 17, 1987.) All three of these young “leakers” were born with Uranus in Sagittarius.


Uranus is the planet of revolution while Sagittarius is the sign associated with the expansion of knowledge. The symbolism is pretty clear. We have a mini-generation, spread across the last of the Neptune in Sagittarius generation and the beginning of the Neptune in Capricorn generation who are rebelling against the accumulation of information about private citizens by government (and other) agencies on the one hand and restrictions placed on the free flow of information about government operations on the other.


Another interesting thing about these young men is the prevalence of Scorpio in their charts. Snowden and Manning have the Moon in Scorpio and Swartz had the Sun in Scorpio. The famous WikiLeaks culprit, Julian Assange, also has the Moon in Scorpio.


Privacy is always a big issue with Scorpio. Scorpio people, particularly people with the Moon in Scorpio, tend to guard their personal secrets with fierce tenacity. At the same time, no sign is more adept and learning other people’s secrets than Scorpio. People the Sun or Moon (but more so the Moon) always feel most comfortable and secure when they know more about you than you know about them.


Polls show a sharp difference of opinion about Edward Snowden. Some people feel that he should be treated as a threat to national security and prosecuted to the fullest extent. Others feel he should be praised for blowing the whistle on an egregious violation of our privacy. This controversy promises to be a major topic in the upcoming election cycle and could bring a major realignment of political parties.


I see this controversy as just more evidence of the divisive influence of the Uranus-Pluto square. Uranus wants the free flow of information. Pluto sees knowledge as power and wants to hold on to it. Over the next few years, as these two planets continue their 90 degree dance, the debate over these issues is only going to become more intense. This micro-generation with Uranus in Sagittarius could prove to be the generation that changed everything.


So, let’s do a little research. What’s your opinion about Edward Snowden’s actions? Do you see him as an irresponsible idealist or a brave warrior in the new information age? I’m particularly interested in the opinions of people born with Uranus in Sagittarius (between approx. Feb 1981 and Dec. 1988) but everyone is invited to comment.

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