Iconoclast, eccentric, elusive, secretive, libertarian, thief, anarchist, cyberpunk – whatever you may name him – he is none but Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, today’s avatar of Rahu.
After reading various interviews and biographies of Assange, my perception turned into belief that his entire life revolve around the nucleus of dragon’s head. Rahu, the demon of ancient lore who is known for stealing the nectar of gods and rendering them embarrassing. So is Assange doing by stealing the secrets of governments, corporate sectors and organizations.
A son of touring theatre runner and performer, Julian Assange opened his eyes in a small town of Australia. Various sources, including Wikipedia, Time Magazine and Forbes Magazine tell that Julian Assange was born on July 3, 1971. Yet, astrotheme.com suggests June 13, 1971, through one of his interviews. But in any case, no definite time of birth is available; perhaps, there are serious doubts over the exactness and reliability of mentioned date of birth. The reason is Assange himself. He is so weird and secretive that he enjoys seeing others perplexed, surprising and shocked. A journalist of Times of Sunday (London) quotes “… a figure so elusive that he even refuses to confirm his age: “I prefer to keep the bastards guessing.” Isn’t the trait of Rahu? But it is impossible that Assange has no date or time of birth. Recently, Interpol (after issuing Red Notice against him) confirms his date of birth as July 3, 1971 (probably through his passport). Following figure depicts the Moon chart of Julian Assange.
As mentioned earlier, Assange born in a touring-theater family. In astrology, touring-theater itself falls in the jurisdiction of Rahu. His mother Christine, twice divorcee, has another son (foster brother of Julian Assange) from her second husband. Christine and foster father of Assange parted in 1981. She had to escape and remained hidden against the fear of litigation filed by his second husband. Consequently, Assange had a psychologically upset and difficult childhood, probably with a deep rooted hatred for father (Rahu/Saturn damn against pitru karaka Sun). This impulse might later turn into his karma of anti-imperial, anti-establishment and anti-government.
Assange also has unusual and breaking schooling. He changed as many as 37 schools and 6 universities in different cities. This is probably due to profession of parents that asked for keep changing places like nomads. Later, he himself lived a life rover (a typical attribute of Rahu sambandhi Mercury, generally in 4th house or Cancer, without benefic influence of Jupiter or Venus). It is often quoted that he can’t stay in one place for more than few days. He had an early interpersonal relationship with a girlfriend (in 1989) and had a son in 1990. But like his parents, Assange experienced short run association with his girlfriend (spouse) that ended in 1991. Later he was charged for and found accused of hacking and corrupting the university networking system. During entire 1990s he remained involve in writing software, creating hacking techniques and studying different disciplines.
His voyage of mundane success began in 2006, at the age of 36/37 (second return of transit Rahu over natal Rahu), when he founded the WikiLeaks.org. It is a website that virtually publishes unavailable and confidential documents through anonymous sources and leaks. Who knew until few months ago, that this endeavor of Assange would become nightmare for rulers and government officials. But in the absence of Assange’s correct birth details, discussing and foreseeing these matters are risky, perhaps highly misleading. Fortunately, the date and time of launching of WikiLeaks.org is available. In fact, it can be rechecked through host domain and other sources. WikiLeaks was first launched on October 4, 2006 at 5:54:19 am GMT (i.e. October 3, 2006 at 10:54:19 am, California, USA) with Gemini lagna and Aquarius Moon. However, in order to avoid legal consequences and threat of ban, it is now running from Sweden.
In earlier paragraphs, I did not discuss any astrological combination in Assange’s natal chart due uncertainty and unavailability of birth detail. Rather, my observations focused on various significations of Rahu that Assange holds.
But it would be interesting to analyze the horoscope of Assange’s virtual baby “WikiLeaks”. In the launching chart of WikiLeaks, Gemini rises in Scorpio amsa. For Gemini, Scorpio is the shashtamsa and unveils maligning and vindictive intention. Gemini is widely related to patrika (i.e. letters, messages, notes, books, blogs, information etc.). The trinal houses are powerfully domiciled by all natural benefic planets (Jupiter, Moon and well-associated Mercury) without any malefic association and aspect. This signature promises sudden acknowledgment due to wave of luck rather gradual efforts. Out of nine planets, 5 planets and lagna fall into dual signs, 3 planets are in moveable signs, while only Moon abodes in fixed sign. Assemblage of planets in non-fixed sign indicates continuously changing and a dynamic behaviour of WikiLeaks. In future too, the shift of subject, mood and behaviour, is quite inevitable.
But what makes this venture of Julian Assange as most quoted websites of today? The obvious answer is Rahu. The 10th house (the seat of boss and owner of organization) is occupied by chhaya graham Rahu. And more so in Pisces – the sign ruled by slept, concealed and hidden matters. Note also that WikiLeaks is a non-profit hub of confidential information and has hundreds of unidentified and invisible volunteers – again a clear manifestation of Rahu in Pisces. Interestingly, Rahu is at rashi sandhi. So should we assume it weak? Yes as well as No. Yes it is weak for longevity perspective. But it is not weak for enjoying widespread fame in an odd manner (as it is heavily sambandha with other grahas in Virgo). In mundane charts, retrograde planet or lunar nodes at the very first or very last degree reveal something that happened either first time or last time, something very odd, reverting, surprising and shocking. However, this position may also forebode short lived place, thing, organization or venture (if other factors also endorse limited longevity). The conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury, (lords of all kendras) in 5th from Gemini lagna and 9th from Aquarius Moon, makes the impact factor of WikiLeaks very huge. Jupiter and Mercury are dispositor of Rahu and Ketu. And who denies that Rahu/Ketu stands for all things mammoth, leviathan, and unlimited. WikiLeaks – having millions of secret official documents and confidential correspondence – makes it first ever venture of its own kind and impact. But (fortunately or unfortunately) it has brought forth unparallel damage to various governments (Sun is aspected by Saturn and Rahu). Because of this damage and mutual misunderstanding, governmental rules of diplomatic business may change in future. WikiLeak’s rasi (D1) is very strong, but navamsa (D9) is bit weak, as most of the planets fall in either enemy sign or undesirable houses with respect to Gemini – the lagan in Rasi (here I’m referring the C.S. Patel’s navamsa-rasi reading technique).
About planetary direction, I’m skeptic whether vimshottari dasa should use or not. The reason being the total age of any institution can not be fixed like human being. Parashar mentioned 120 years for humans on earth, and not for other matters. Instead, many modern authorities have successfully used vimshottari dasa for timing events. In fact, Dr. B.V. Raman many a times applied 120-years vimshottari for elongation of various international accords, wars and even countries. Keeping in view the authorities’ practice, I try to dig out the dasa trend. Interestingly, WikiLeaks has been going through Rahu mahadasa soon after its launching (from 17 December 2006). Look the wave of karma in the form of repeated Rahu’s influence and on-going period of Rahu. At this time of unparalleled fame, WikiLeaks is running through Rahu-Jup-Venus pratyantar dasa that will last on March 27, 2011. This is the zenith of WikiLeaks. This pratyantar dasa may also make its founder Julian Assange, ‘man of the year 2010’.
In transit, Saturn is in Virgo over cluster of four planets and opposite to Rahu. Transit Jupiter is in trine to radical Jupiter+Mercury and over natal Moon. I think, WikiLeaks or its founder Julian Assange will encounter a blow and forced attempt of ban, just after mid December 2011, when transit Jupiter will conjoin natal Rahu in Pisces rasi and Cancer navamsa. However, this attempt from any authority will augment the existing popularity of WikiLeaks. On the other hand, transit Jupiter in the very Pisces (2nd to radical Moon) will shift the focus of WikiLeaks revelations towards financial scams, corporate frauds and internal politics of different governments.
But in late March and April 2011 (when transit Sun will combust transit Jupiter in Pisces and opposite to transit Saturn in Virgo), the mover and shaker of WikiLeaks will face serious opposition perhaps legal confrontations with not only governments but also with international organizations. Reckoning from other angle, malefic transit in 4th from lagna and 8th from natal Moon is ominous. Keep in mind that WikiLeaks was launched in nakshatra sandhi on Tuesday. WikiLeak’s radical Mars is already combust in 4th house in enemy sign. Mars is in debilitated navamsa with Rahu. This is not good for persistency and durability in mundane charts.
I guess that confrontation will lead to death of present form of WikiLeaks. But the ideology will not die out. WikiLeaks will reborn with another name and with another form. Organizations or ventures with dual rising rasi in Scorpio amsa often reincarnate after sudden decline.