The Visual Astrology Face of Facebook - a look at the phenomenon that
has changed how we network socially with each other.
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on Venus and the Symplegades
Last month in early December we
noted that Venus
as a bright Morning Star from 'late December ... passes through the Symplegades - the gates of Libra - always linked to times of
sudden decisions. The week between Christmas and New Year will
contain a few unexpected events that need a fast decision.'
(December 2010 VAN).
global weather conditions in the UK, as well as parts of Europe and the
USA, caused havoc with air travel and postal services, causing disruption
to Christmas travel plans and most businesses.
Given that Venus empowers the
places through which she travels as well as any planets that are in her
vicinity when she is bright,
we think that the Symplegades are worth watching!
This is Orion Star Count
(for people in the UK)
31 January - 6 February 2011
The British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark
Skies is asking people in the UK to count the stars they can see in Orion on
any night between 31 January to 6 February 2011.
Once you have counted
the stars you can log onto their website and submit your star count.
They are then going to
compile a map of the light pollution within the UK in order to help campaign
for the protection of our night skies from light pollution.
You can visit their
website to learn how you can take part in this important project.
The constellation Orion,
seen without light pollution.
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The Visual Astrology Face of Facebook
By Darrelyn Gunzburg
half a billion people
and mapping the social relations
for creating a new system
of exchanging information
and for changing
how we live our lives,
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is
TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.’
In less than seven years, Mark Zuckerberg has woven the
fabric of humanity together rather like Star Trek’s The Borg. If you are one
of the ones who has resisted Facebook, be warned: you will be assimilated.
A twelfth of humanity connects into this single social entity that started
out as a prank and turned into a device that has changed the way human
beings across the world relate to one another.
already almost twice as large as the USA,
as the article in TIME online notes, if Facebook were a country it would be
the third largest, behind China and India.
established ‘lock-in’, the act or instance of becoming unalterable, and has
made Zuckerberg a billionaire six times over.
Here are some facts:
* One out of every dozen people on the planet has a Facebook account.
* They speak 75 languages.
* They collectively spend more than 700 billion minutes on Facebook every
* In December 2010 the site accounted for 1 out of 4 American page views.
* Its membership is currently growing at a rate of about 700,000 people a
In his natal horoscope Zuckerberg has his
Sun-Venus in Taurus opposite a Moon-Saturn-Mars conjunction in Scorpio and
trine to Jupiter in Capricorn.
One might look in apprehension at the Moon in detriment (in Scorpio)
conjunct Saturn and be concerned that there may have been a traumatic birth
(Moon in Scorpio) from which separation from mother and the embedding of
separation anxiety ensued (Moon-Saturn). Or we could look at this in a
medieval astrological manner and see a moon besieged between Saturn and
One would also look at the Mercury in Aries opposition Pluto and delineate
this as an obsessive mind, someone who worries a great deal over small
things (Mercury-Pluto) and someone who thinks independently (Mercury in
chart for Mark Zuckerberg. 14 May, 1984, White Plains, New York. Time
unknown. Planets calculated for noon and using whole sign houses.
Indeed we might surmise from these two
aspects in his horoscope that this is someone who thinks independently
(Mercury in Aries) and who has to contend with obsession and worry
(Mercury-Pluto). This is also someone who is sensitive to issues of
emotional trust and betrayal (Moon in Scorpio) as well as emotional
rejection (Moon-Saturn/ Venus-Saturn) and defends himself through hard work
(Mars-Saturn), commitment (Venus-Saturn) and the accumulation of material
goods (Sun-Venus in Taurus) and it is this that brings him joy and optimism
(Venus trine Jupiter).
Yet as TIME online notes, the Zuckerberg
household was a supportive one that produced confident children:
Mark Zuckerberg with the poster for The Social Network, a film
staring Jesse Eisenberg, which dramatises the rise of
and the controversial actions Zuckerberg took to get to the top.
'Zuckerberg isn't alienated, and he isn't
a loner. He's the opposite. He's spent his whole life in tight, supportive,
intensely connected social environments: first in the bosom of the
Zuckerberg family, then in the dorms at Harvard and now at Facebook, where
his best friends are his staff.'
Indeed one could suggest that Zuckerberg's construction of
'tight, supportive, intensely connected social environments' (Moon in
Scorpio conjunct Saturn opposition Venus in Taurus) is the way he handles
fear of rejection (Venus-Saturn) and separation anxiety (Moon-Saturn).
So let us look at the
story that emerges when we consider Zuckerberg’s skymap. Not surprisingly
his Venus is in the Stare of Cetus - the emergence into the collective
of a deep hidden issue (Cetus) which affects how he - and thus we - relates
to others (Venus); and Mercury sits close to the knot of The Fishes, the
ability to bring two opposing ideas together and, using his mind, create
something new (the knot of The Fishes). Zuckerberg says he created Facebook
because he wanted to map the way we relate. Where earlier entrepreneurs
looked at the Internet and saw a network of computers, Zuckerberg saw a
network of people.
According to his father young Mark was ‘strong-willed and
some kids, their questions could be answered with a simple yes or no,' he
says. 'For Mark, if he asked for something, yes by itself would work,
but no required much more. If you were going to say no to him, you
had better be prepared with a strong argument backed by facts, experiences,
logic, reasons. We envisioned him becoming a lawyer one day, with a near
100% success rate of convincing juries.'
Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
More information from Zuckerberg's parans
Mercury is in
paran with Procyon in Canis Major the Little Dog:
One who can adapt to changing situations. To have
varied interests in both
intellectual and/or financial areas and to show great adeptness.
Zuckerberg's independence of
thinking (Mercury in Aries in his natal horoscope) which can tie two
opposing ideas together (Mercury
close to the knot of The
Fishes in his skymap) is also highly adaptive. Zuckerberg has been quoted as
saying Facebook is not the end of his ideas but the beginning, thus with
Mercury in paran with Procyon he is able to adapt to the fluid nature of the
internet. Indeed one of the gifts of Procyon is the ability to diversify
Venus is in
paran with Zuben
Eschamali in the Scales of Libra:
To feel strongly about what is right, and what is
To have strong opinions about fashion, social customs
or acceptable behaviour within society
Here we gain an insight into Zuckerberg's difficult Venus
in the Stare of Cetus which carries so much collective angst about staying
connected with others in the world. Beyond Facebook Zuckerberg envisages a
web organised around our closest friends. These friends are what we will see
when we log on to the web. Zuckerberg believes it is their
reviews and comments - what they've bought through Amazon and why, what
they've viewed on YouTube, and so on - that will be most meaningful to us
because we know them as friends and we place value on their relationship to
us. Such comments therefore have value because they have a social context.
is also in paran with Alphard , the heart of the Serpent:
To be harshly judged or treated in matters of
money, relationships or social attitudes.
A desire for strong, intense passionate relationships
Zuckerberg freely admits that 'almost
any mistake you can make in running a company, I've probably made.'
The film about the rise of
Facebook, The Social Network, was focused around the 2004
lawsuit brought against Zuckerberg by
Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra. The lawsuit was
subsequently settled out of court on 25 June, 2008, when Facebook agreed to
transfer over 1.2 million common shares and pay $20 million in cash.
This is one expression of Venus in
paran with Alphard.
has a gift for inspiring
loyalty, another expression of
Venus in paran with Alphard.
As TIME online notes:
'Zuckerberg loves being around people. He didn't build Facebook so he could
have a social life like the rest of us. He built it because he wanted the
rest of us to have his.'
Continuing on with looking at Zuckerberg's skymap, we see
that Jupiter sits in the face of the Archer. Jupiter in visual astrology is
the Crown Prince, the one who prepares, the one who will take the crown one
day, and in Zuckerberg's skymap this translates as the pursuit of knowledge
(Jupiter) with clear-eyed focus and intensity (the face of the Archer). This
is someone without a half-way measure in such areas.
The Moon, Saturn and Mars cross through
the Symplegades, the pair of rocks at the
Bosphorus which in Greek mythology clashed together randomly.
This is a place where
Jason and his Argonauts had to cross
and once through, the
stopped clashing forever. So it is a place where
decisions that are disruptive, and which could be
life-threatening, are made. In visual astrology Saturn is the king and Mars
is the standing army that serves the king. This could be attributed to
Zuckerberg and his team at Facebook. It suggests that the decisions he takes
may not be life-threatening per se but they certainly cause social change.
Zuckerberg is part of the last
generation of human beings who will remember life before the Internet when
separation of space and distance for those we love meant you saw them
rarely. Facebook and Zuckerberg's plans for it
offers us the opportunity for constant contact. As
we see an increase in fear and
paranoia around terrorism, the economy, organised finances, and disrupted
weather patterns, so we are also seeing an increasing need to stay close to
those we love and trust. Perhaps one begets the other and maybe, just maybe,
the Facebook phenomenon could not have happened without the current slew of
economic and weather crises.
Nevertheless however it is
manifesting, the word 'Facebook' has entered our language permanently and
the way we relate to others will never be the same again. These skymaps and
these parans that belong to Mark Zuckerberg are reflective of the social
phenomenon that is Facebook.
- accessed 28 January 2011.
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Issue No. 73|
On related topics
Facies - a more detailed look at the bow of the Archer
and the nebula Facies.
The Knot of Heaven, the
place that joins the fishes of Pisces.
Symplegades - when the world changes.
Stare of Cetus
- more insights.
A look at the
social phenomenon known as Facebook through the visual
astrology of its creator, Mark Zuckerberg.
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Saturn still claims the early morning sky, rising to
culmination before the sun rises. If you are up early before
dawn look for Saturn near the bright star Spica in Virgo.
Jupiter is now moving lower in the sky and if you watch
this bright planet as each night it moves closer to the
horizon then recognise you are looking at the the 'steps' or
ladder that are used by the gods to enter the underworld.
is still under the beams of the Sun. While Mars is in
the 'other' world Mercury rushes to join him and Neptune on
the 22 Feb. We will not see this in the sky nor will we hear
about it on the news... all secret meetings held out of sight.
as the bright Morning Star visible. On 11 Feb, she joins Pluto
in the Bow of the Archer thereby radiating this difficult
planet and star combination. This could be a difficult day for
many of us.
The crescent of the New
will occur on the 2 - 3 Feb, and be in the great Urn of
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