In Assange’s case, he released 250,000 US diplomatic cables, with little thought for the damage that might do to fragile international relations, and the lives that might be endangered. Newspaper editors were shocked by how cold he could be on these issues.
Breivik is a right-wing ideologue, Assange is from the left wing – anti-authority, and convinced that if present governments can no longer function because their secrets are out, something better will replace them. This is delusional, though Assange expresses it coherently and intellectually. Breivik has also written a manifesto and, it goes without saying, he is delusional.
Astrologically, they have in common Sun in square to Uranus. This is a classic signature for someone who puts ideals before human feeling. Uranus is the ideals, and the square is the unbalanced, hard – but also dynamic - way in which they can be expressed.
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Breivik’s chart is considerably more extreme in this respect than Assange’s: he has a Sun-Mars-Mercury conjunction in Uranus-ruled Aquarius, and Moon in detached Virgo. Without knowing the person, you would say there is likely to be an issue around detachment and aggressively (Mars) putting ideals before human feeling.
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Assange is actually very watery, with Sun in Cancer trine Moon in Scorpio. Scorpio, however, can have its own kind of coldness, born of a hatred of self and others. As a child (Moon), Assange’s mother and partner were involved in a secretive cult, and there is an obvious connection here with his later desire to expose the secrets of authorities.
The trine from the Sun to the Moon can, paradoxically, be quite an unfavourable aspect. Such people often expect life to go their way, and lash out when it doesn't: there can be a lack of empathy.
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Is Breivik, however, insane? There is political pressure in Norway for Breivik not to be labelled insane, because he could be released after a relatively short number years. And people understandably need what they call justice. I’m old-fashioned, and I call it revenge. You see relatives of a murder victim unable to rest until the culprit has been found and put away for a long time. I repeat, it is understandable and I would feel the same. But I can’t see how it is different from revenge. What does it actually solve?
Uranus has its positive side: it can be associated with a strong desire to help humanity. Both Assange and Breivik were known as kids for helping children at school who were being bullied. So it would seem there is an idealism, but twisted.
People want him to be insane so they can distance themselves from his behaviour. And they want him to be sane so they can put him in a cage for a long, long time.
In the case of Breivik, if you look on the net there are plenty of conspiracy theories out there blaming e.g. the Israelis or the Freemasons, and some wondering if he is a closet Muslim.
But of course there are also people who genuinely want to understand why Breivik did what he did. I don’t think he is ‘insane’. I think he did what he did for reasons that can be understood. And as they say, “to understand all is to forgive all.” Conspiracy theorists are often fixated into blame, as are people (most of us) who are satisfied simply by finding a culprit and locking them up. It’s far harder to look at the people and societies surrounding the perpetrator and to understand the complex of conditions, because we are part of those conditions – it connects us to the pain of the events, gives us a responsibility. It’s much easier just to call Breivik insane.
But maybe also it is to do with stages in grieving. To start with, Breivik’s crimes were too difficult to deal with, so society in the form of the psychiatrists labelled him insane. 6 months after the deed, there is a bit of distance, and the country is starting to feel ready to take a peep at what happened, so there is a move to have their monster returned to sanity.
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Norway has a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Gemini. Gemini is the polarity between light and dark, and the need to balance both – if you like, to confront the shadow. This is part of the Gemini path. The presence of Pluto confirms this, suggesting that if it does not, dark events will occur to force the issue. The lack of aspects to Sun-Pluto, and it's interceptedness, also suggests a kind of autonomous shadow.
At the time of the shootings (July 22nd 2011) transiting Mars at 22 Gemini was conjunct natal Pluto, and by Progression there was a Moon-Pluto conjunction in Gemini in the 8th (Pluto’s) House, also conjunct tr Mars. So the astrology adds up quite remarkably to give a picture of a society that probably thinks it has it all sorted (light side of Gemini) to a bit of an extreme degree, calling forth an equally extreme response from the Underworld. The wider meaning for Norway of the shootings probably lies in this sort of area.