Note: There is an article in today’s edition of The Australian by Julian Assange that is worth reading.
Julian Assange, the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, turned himself in at a London courthouse earlier today, based on an international extradition warrant. In a hearing today, he was denied bail because he is considered to be a flight risk, and is now in custody. Assange is accused by Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape. He denies the charges, which many have suggested are politically driven — they seem to involve actual events featuring sex without condoms.
Swedish investigators told AOL News that Assange was not wanted for rape per se, but for something else that they call “sex by surprise,” or what it described as a “condom malfunction.” [Note, I am developing this angle in the comments area, below.]
The Cablegate story, of which Wikileaks is at the center, involving the release of hundreds of cables circulated among United States diplomats, has rearranged not just the landscape of both journalism and government the past nine days. It is an event so huge that it’s difficult to see it for what it is.
On the scale of world events, it is the equivalent of tectonic movement, or of the planet itself shifting its alignment or orbit. The astrology and other factors suggest this will be an event with far-reaching implications and is a defining moment of the 21st century. In a sense, it is the first real answer to the cataclysm of the Sept. 11 attacks and their aftermath.
The Guardian reported this morning that “WikiLeaks have condemned the arrest as an attack on media freedom. Sources claim that the group currently has no plans to publish an insurance encryption code that will release the remaining, unpublished classified cables. In his online chat with the Guardian last Friday, Assange suggested the code would be released if ‘something happens to us’.”
Before reading the chart, let’s consider the context: what is being called Cablegate is the most significant thing to affect government and journalism for many decades — certainly, the most significant since the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate investigation. But I think it’s bigger than the two multiplied by one another. Assange has turned the ‘national security state’ that has towered above the world since Sept. 11 inside-out. He has revealed the lies that are perpetuating the wars that have killed hundreds of thousands of people. Then, the one-world government responds by accusing him of alleged crimes that occurred in his most private moments. This is a highly unusual legal proceeding, and I doubt if this type of international legal instrument has ever been used against a person for the allegations described. Indeed, remember that the United States military let even Osama bin Laden, supposedly the most wanted man in the world, go free at the battle of Tora Bora in late 2001.
The chart for Assange turning himself in is shown above. As you can see, it’s complex chart, with many planets clustered in the 12th house — the house of secret matters, right above the horizon. The Sun has just crossed a point called the Great Attractor, and is lurking just inside of the 12th house, suggesting that the size and scope of the matter at hand is enormous. Other factors (including the pending Mercury retrograde that begins Friday) suggest that this will be an extremely complex judicial proceeding, though Assange himself may be free, presumably on bail, in what seems like a stroke of fortune. [Note, as of 10:25 am, MSNBC is reporting that Assange was denied bail. “If anyone looks through the details of the case in Sweden, this should not have happened,” said John Pilger, renowned documentary filmmaker a supporter who is on-scene in London. “He has made some very powerful enemies.”]
Notice that the rising degree is 5+ Capricorn. Amidst the cluster of many planets and points, that is also the exact degree of Mercury and of the Moon. This is a triple conjunction of three fast-moving things that happens once only and lasts for about four minutes. It would be difficult to plan such a conjunction; it is a pure synchronicity. When three points occupy one degree, one thing we can do is see what the degree symbol is, in the Sabian symbol reference. It is a degree of crossing a transition and also of the need for completion — two factors that are prominent in the situation the chart is describing.
The symbol for the degree is, “Ten logs under an archway leading to darker woods.” Dane Rudhyar delineates the degree: “The need to complete any undertaking before seeking entrance to whatever is to be found beyond.” He explains, “Number 10 is a symbol of completion; it symbolizes even more the revelation of a new series of activities just ahead. Yet unless the concluded series is brought to some degree of fulfillment, nothing truly significant is likely to be accomplished by a restless reaching out toward the as-yet unknown.”
Note that just above that ascendant is Pluto, veiled from view (the 12th, while above the horizon, is the place where things and issues hide — one of those interesting paradoxes of astrology). So inside this is, as we might expect, something potent and hidden. It’s more than something merely personal or interpersonal, as Pluto represents the millions, the deepest issues and matters of soul.
The ruler of that Capricorn ascendant is Saturn. We find Saturn in the 9th house — the house of the higher courts, where the paperwork originated. Saturn is intercepted in Libra in the 9th house, meaning that Libra has no house cusps — as if it’s floating in the 9th without an anchor. There is a matter inside the matter.
While Assange is being extradited on a fast-tracked European arrest warrant, what’s the betting that an extradition warrant is currently being prepared by the US given that Eric Holder, the U.S, attorney general, is holding a grand jury into WikiLeaks?
The 9th house has Virgo on the cusp; its ruler is Mercury. That is interesting, because for one thing Mercury is so highlighted in this chart, and for another, because Mercury stations retrograde on Friday. This whole matter may fall apart like the bungle that it is, and certainly it’s due to change directions radically, on short notice.
The Guardian today noted that Internet guru Clay Shirky has an interesting post on WikiLeaks and how America’s pursuit of the site opens it up to the charge of hypocrisy: “The leaders of Myanmar and Belarus, or Thailand and Russia, can now rightly say to us: ‘You went after WikiLeaks’ domain name, their hosting provider, and even denied your citizens the ability to register protest through donations, all without a warrant and all targeting overseas entities, simply because you decided you don’t like the site. If that’s the way governments get to behave, we can live with that’.”
Novelist Umberto Eco wrote, “Let’s turn to the more profound significance of what has occurred. Formerly, back in the days of Orwell, every power could be conceived of as a Big Brother watching over its subjects’ every move. The Orwellian prophecy came completely true once the powers that be could monitor every phone call made by the citizen, every hotel he stayed in, every toll road he took and so on and so forth. The citizen became the total victim of the watchful eye of the state. But when it transpires, as it has now, that even the crypts of state secrets are not beyond the hacker’s grasp, the surveillance ceases to work only one-way and becomes circular. The state has its eye on every citizen, but every citizen, or at least every hacker – the citizens’ self-appointed avenger – can pry into the state’s every secret.”
I would add that pursuing Assange, a political figure, for sex crimes — which are said to involve sex that the ‘victims’ openly say started consensual and then somehow (on paper, anyway) ended up non-consensual — is a chilling revelation about how sex crimes statues can be abused. It’s also a reminder that in modern day ‘rules for radicals’, and the rules for people involved in any form of deep activism: know who you have sex with. Know their agenda and if possible their connections, and be assured that the encounter is coming from a place of goodwill. Employing seductresses as spies goes back to the days of the Old Testament and before.
While the international courts are busy prosecuting what they claim is rape, let’s see some warrants for warlords in Darfur.