With so much controversy and drama over the immediate fate of Edward Snowden, I managed to obtain his birth details and have a look at his Vedic horoscope. Edward was born on the 21st of June, 1983 at 4:42 AM in Elizabeth City, NC.
His ascendant is Taurus with Venus, lord of the ascendant, in the 3rd house of communications, writing and creativity. Mercury, the planet ruling communications of all kinds, is in the ascendant, ruling the 2nd house of earning, speech and family affairs, as well as the 5th house of intelligence, significance, educational capabilities, artistic development and more. The great benefic Jupiter is in the 7th house aspecting the ascendant. The first thing this chart shows is that he is sincere, forthright and not only extremely intelligent and creative, but the man believes in what he is doing.
Edward is not a man who lives for money, nor name and fame. He truly desires to be on the side of what is right or just, and not for any economic benefit whatsoever. As a matter of fact having Sun, Mars and Rahu in the 2nd house will alternate his financial life from feast to famine at regular intervals, depending on the periods he is in, of course, but it is not the chart of someone who acquires great financial wealth.
The Saturn/Moon conjunction in the 6th house indicates feeling distressed by so much impropriety by world leaders, and that they are in Libra indicates a man who is fair, balanced and thoughtful. With Saturn now in Libra (Edward’s Saturn return) and swiftly moving towards his natal Moon’s position (also putting him smack in the middle of his sade-sati!), a change of venue is imminent for him. But my feeling is that he will overcome the obstacles that lie in his path and find a way to get to the country he chooses to accept an asylum offer from.
Now also in the final third of his Saturn dasha, it was when the Rahu antardasha began in May of this year that he began to let loose with the information he had garnered about the NSA’s activities. The rest of this Rahu sub-period will be a bit crazy for him, and he will likely stay out of sight (and therefore harm’s way) as much as he possibly can. With Jupiter transiting Gemini presently he should be protected from those that wish to destroy him.
It seems highly unlikely to me that he will be arrested and extradited to the US, as he begins a really good period for 17 years ruled by Mercury in 2018. Were the authorities here to get a hold of him he would surely never see the light of day again, so I cannot see that happening.
The varshaphaal for 2013-14 indicates a lot of communications from him to the public, likely meaning many more revelations of dastardly “official” actions performed in the name of fighting terrorism. Although the Moon and the solar return chart’s muntha are in the 12th house, I do not see this as indicating incarceration. Looking at his 2014 solar return chart, as well, wherever he goes in this year is not likely to be his final stop.
So, what about Edward Snowden? Unknowingly, he was an important factor in what will bring about investigations, public outcries and much dissent, not just in the US, but all over the world. Expect this case to continue to bring new twists and turns, besides many new revelations, to add to the extremely turbulent second half of 2013.
Howard Beckman, International Vedic Astrologer
July 22, 2013