Meanwhile it’s now 9.45am.. & here I am back downstairs again having just watched a short video news story of Bradley Manning, the US soldier at the centre of the WikiLeaks controversy having just been acquitted a US military judge of the most serious of a long list of charges against him.. ie. “A military judge finds Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge among many he faces for handing over documents to WikiLeaks”..

Manning Not Guilty
of Aiding Enemy
US military court martial on Tuesday found Bradley Manning not guilty on a lock-up-for-life charge of aiding the enemy by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
It was a significant legal win, but a pyrrhic victory in terms of Manning's fate.

Despite the lack of any evidence that he intended any harm to the US, Manning faces decades in prison.

Sitting in a high security court at a sprawling US military base, Judge Colonel Denise Lind, convicted the 25-year-old soldier on five charges of espionage, five of theft, one of computer fraud and a series of other military wrong-doings – verdicts on which he collectively faces up to 136 years in jail.

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While I also then naturally turn to note the symbols for the Ascendant at this time, beginning at *3degLib.. THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY REVEALS EVERYTHING CHANGED.. The ever present possibility of beginning again on a new foundation of values..

This symbol hardly needs interpreting, except for pointing out that the first three symbols beginning the second hemi-cycle of the cyclic process, at the beginning of the sign of Libra, should be seen as a basic "trinity." It can be related to the process of true initiation: 1/The experience of the undying Form of perfection; 2/The release of energy incorporated in the Form in order to reach "That which is beyond form & name"; 3/The reembodiment of energy in a new Creative Act..

This third stage symbol leads us to a vision of the fulfilled purpose of the first half of the Zodiac cycle. What emerged hesitantly from the Ocean of Infinite Potentiality, Aries 1, now faces a totally new world in a truly individualised form of existence. He or she is ready to act significantly in the sphere of Culture & Social togetherness, the sphere in which an individual, aware of ones archetypal essence & planetary function, can play his or her true role, or dharma. In a basic sense it is always a new role, for no cycle repeats itself as far as its contents are concerned. The person who plays this role is always potentially an INNOVATOR..

While also moving towards the next degree, at *4degLib.. AROUND A CAMPFIRE A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE SIT IN SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.. The necessity to unite with kindred Spirits as one enters unbeaten paths illuminated by the still insecure light of a dawning intuition of new values..

At this fourth stage we find as usual, a hint of technique. If a new Society is to be built, those who yearn for it, or perhaps have envisioned it outlines, should commune. But communion is useless unless a central “fire“ burns, IN-SPIRITING the group…..

While I also further note the symbols for the Midheaven or 10th house cusp at this time, beginning at *2degCan.. A MAN ON A MAGIC CARPET HOVERS OVER A LARGE AREA OF LAND.. The ability to expand ones Consciousness by stabilising one’s point of view at a higher level..

While also moving towards the next degree, at *3degCan.. A MAN BUNDLED IN FUR LEADS A SHAGGY DEER.. The need to overcome stagnation & cold during a trial of endurance..

While I also note the symbols for the transiting Moon at this time, beginning at *22degTau.. A WHITE DOVE FLYING OVER TROUBLED WATERS.. The Spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crises..

While also moving towards the next degree, at *23degTau.. A JEWELRY SHOP FILLED WITH VALUABLE GEMS.. The confirmation of natural excellence......

**All this with *the Libra Ascendant along with my *prog Mars in Libra.. conjunct my 6th house cusp.. both closely trine my natal Aquarian MC.. while all also closely square & inconjunct the midpoint of *the Cancer MC along with *Pallas in Cancer & my *Sol-Arc Vesta in Cancer.. in my 3rd house.. while all also closely square.. semi-sextile & opposing my *Sol-Arc Neptune in Capricorn.. in my 9th house.. while *the Cancer Part of Fortune along with *Mercury in Cancer.. in my 3rd house.. both closely aligned at the midpoint of my *Sol-Arc Sun-Jupiter in Cancer.. while all also closely trine the midpoint of my *prog Saturn® in Pisces along with my *prog Pisces MC.. in my 11th house.. while all also forming a ‘grand water trine‘ with my natal Neptune® in Scorpio.. in my 7th house.. while all also closely sextile & opposed by my natal Vesta in Taurus.. in my 1st house.. meanwhile *the Taurus Moon.. in my 1st house.. also remains closely sextile my *Sol-Arc Jupiter in Cancer.. in my 3rd house etc…..

And, so who is Bradley Manning? Well astrologically, he's a Sagittarian Sun, a fire sign.. Like Jim Morrison from The Doors, but he doesn't appear like that on the outside. So his Ascendant or Rising Sign, or the ordinary everyday face we show to the world must be slightly different, or normally more introverted..

Bradley Edward Manning, born December 17, 1987, is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks. He was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy.  He was convicted in July 2013 of 17 of the 22 charges, including several violations of the Espionage Act, but acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge.

Assigned to an army unit based near Baghdad, Manning had access to databases used by the United States government to transmit classified information. He was arrested after Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker, told the FBI that Manning had confided during online chats that he had downloaded material from these databases and passed it to WikiLeaks. The material included videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan; 250,000 United States diplomatic cables; and 500,000 army reports that came to be known as the Iraq War logs and Afghan War logs. It was the largest set of restricted documents ever leaked to the public. Much of it was published by WikiLeaks or its media partners between April and November 2010.

Starting in July 2010 Manning was held at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico, Virginia, under Prevention of Injury status, which entailed de facto solitary confinement and other restrictions that caused international concern. In April 2011 he was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, where he could interact with other detainees. He pleaded guilty in February 2013 to 10 of the 22 charges. The trial on the remaining charges began on June 3, 2013. He was found guilty on July 30 of 17 charges. The trial has now moved to the sentencing phase.

Reaction to Manning's arrest and disclosures was mixed. Denver Nicks, one of Manning's biographers, writes that the leaked material, particularly the diplomatic cables, was widely seen as a catalyst for the Arab Spring that began in December 2010, and that Manning was viewed as both a 21st-century Tiananmen Square Tank Man and an embittered traitor. Several commentators focused on why an apparently very unhappy Army private had access to classified material, and why security measures did not prevent his unauthorized downloading.

While here is his birth chart, using a midday or noon chart.. And, its a fairly "intense" chart to say the least, with the Scorpio Moon conjunct Mars-Pluto in Scorpio!!! Pluto is the modern ruler of the sign of Scorpio, & Mars is also the old or traditional ruler of the sign of the Scorpion. Yes, a seemingly 'mild mannered' appearance on the outside hides a deep Scorpionic nature.. ie. to penetrate to the bottom of all hidden things.. And, then with the Sagittarian Sun also closely aligned with Mercury, Saturn & Uranus in Sagittarius, ie. Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, Saturn, the Authority or the ancient Lord of Karma, & Uranus, the Individualiser or Promethean Spirit.. And, all closely opposed by or opposing Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in the sign of Gemini, the Twins.. Gemini being ruled by his natal Mercury in Sagittarius!!! And, the wound here in Gemini refers to the meaning of Gemini itself, one of the Twins is Divine, the other is human. And, the two are constantly needing to exchange places in order to keep the Earthy human world & the Divine worlds linked.. While I also note this same Mercury in Sagittarius, almost exactly aligned with Saturn, both also almost exactly aligned with the fixed star Ras Alhague, the star in the Head of Ophiuchus, the Healer, situated at 22-23 degrees Sagittarius, in the visual night sky between the constellations of Scorpio & Sagittarius.. While his natal Sagittarian Sun is also almost exactly aligned with the fixed Star Aceulus, in the Sting in the Tail of the Scorpion, relating to the principle of Constructive Criticism.. It relates to the concept of "inner strengthening in the forge of criticism"..

While here are also the symbols for his natal Sagittarian Sun, beginning at *25degSag.. A CHUBBY BOY ON A HOBBY HORSE.. The anticipatory enjoyment of powers one can only as yet dream of utilising..

The horse has always been a symbol of power &, in many instances, of "sexual" energy. Until very recently the horse gave mankind a greater possibility of conquering more space & what that space contained..

This is the last symbol of the fifty-third sequence. It ends in a mood of play, but it is a play filled with Cultural & emotional expectation, unconscious though this may be. We see here the FORESHADOWING of the mature experiences of adulthood..

While also moving towards the next degree, at *26degSag.. A FLAG BEARER IN BATTLE.. The nobly accepted subservience of the individual to Collective values & goals..

In an old fashioned type of battle, whoever carries the flag has to feel him or herself the representative of the integrity & unity of the group. In certain circumstances, every person can act as a Conscious & responsible agent for Mankind..

This first stage of the fifty-forth sequence presents a picture of what Social Consciousness can mean in its highest implications. The "Flag Bearer" is unarmed, defenseless; yet he or she can be the rallying point for the total effort of a large Collectivity. This is a symbol of CONSECRATION TO AN IDEAL....

While here are also some notes on Bradley's Chiron in Gemini from the book 'Chiron & the Healing Journey' by Melanie Reinhart.. Although here is a quote from the start of this book from the first chapter titled 'Shamanism, the Roots'..

Somewhere beyond the walls of our awareness.. the
wilderness side, the hunter side, the seeking side of
ourselves is waiting to return.

Laurens van der Post

Chiron in Gemini
or the 3rd House
Two Souls, alas! Within my bosom throne;
One from the other wildly longs to sever.

One, with a passionate love that never tires,
Cleaves as with clamps of steel to things of Earth,
The other upwards through Earths' mists aspires,
To kindred regions of a loftier worth.

Goethe, Faust.

In the 3rd house/Gemini we begin to communicate verbally, to explore the environment, relate to it, take it apart & attempt to understand it. Our ability to reflect & think begins here; we look at details & associate them with our own reactions in a personal & subjective way; we begin to differentiate outer from inner. This house is also associated with siblings, the Twins of Gemini, short journeys, with reading & writing, learning, speaking & problem solving.

With Chiron in Gemini or the 3rd house, we might feel our mind to be wounded, unreliable, in danger of disintegrating, or subject to storms of incomprehensible activity. We may indiscriminately absorb ideas from everywhere in the scramble to understand what is happening. We may often have difficulty believing in our own ideas; perhaps we worry about whether or not we are right, & so resort to parroting the ideas of others, which we even take as our own, or which we use like a safety net to hold together the fragments of our thought.

However, if there is enough basic personal security & maturity, the minds of those with Chiron in Gemini or the 3rd house may be very open to transpersonal sources in a creative & healing way, being prophetic & mediumistic in a positive sense.

Individuals with this placement often have great originality & brilliance, their ceaseless probing & questioning taking them into areas where others prefer not to look. Ken Kesey with Chiron in the 3rd house, introduced many people to LSD, either by giving it to them, or by writing of his experiences. Sigmund Freud, originator of the "talking cure" also has Chiron in the 3rd house, in Aquarius; Freud recovered from a Cancer which ate away his jaw & interfered with his speech, 3rd house, a poignant image of the link between the wound & the capacity to heal. Freud discovered & began to explore the "inner world" we call the unconscious, & this radically altered the Collective perceptions of reality.

And, here is what the Starlight visual astrology program has to say about who Bradley Manning is on the deep Spiritual & or Soul level..

Star Options: Absolute, Visible from Location
Orbs: 2.00 mins (00°30') parans 4.00 mins (01°00') angles
Day Start: Just before Sunrise (17 Dec 1987 07:37)
Planets: Traditional
¥ Sun, ¦ Moon, § Mercury, ¨ Venus, © Mars, ª Jupiter, « Saturn
Stars: Brady

Rigel - On Nadir orb 01 mins 02 secs -
Wanting to bring structure to groups, which can lead to a righteous and overbearing attitude

Ras Algethi - Culminating at the Mid-heaven orb 01 mins 08 secs -
The philosopher, a person who seeks the meaning of life

Capella - On Nadir orb 02 mins 53 secs -
A growing desire for an independent life

Antares - Rising 58 mins 17 secs before Sunrise -
To be driven by passion and obsession

Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion
This star is considered one of the Royal Stars or Persia. It is the watcher in the West. To the Persians this star was the god of the Dead, Yima, & cast as one of their Royal Stars, it is suggestive of great success, worldly or otherwise. However, it also indicates that one can be the cause of their own undoing. The natural theme of this star is to generate success by going through cleansing life or death experiences. It can suggest that one seeks intensity.. By its mythological symbolism it indicates extremes, whether by choice or not.

Algol - Setting 68 mins 09 secs before Sunrise -
Led by one's passions, to create or destroy

Algol, the Head of the Beast,
Or the Head of the Medusa.

Algol was called Ras al Ghul by the Arabs, the Head of the Demon, & they considered this demon to be the wife of the Devil. The Chinese called the star Tsieh She, meaning 'piled up corpses.' In Talmudic Law she is the first wife of Adam, Lilith, who left him because she refused to be submissive to his needs. Lilith then fled Paradise & became a demon of the wind. She was considered a curse, as she contained sexual pleasure & was the cause of all male wet dreams. Algol came to embody everything that men feared in the feminine. She is female kundalini energy. This star contains intense female passion & power, or the potential of Mother Nature, strong but not evil.

RISING - Stars of Your Youth (ie. the Ascendant, or that which is emerging above the horizon at dawn)
Zuben Eschamali as © Mars is Rising orb 00 mins 54 secs -
A disciplined, and ambitious, individual

Mirfak as § Mercury is Culminating orb 01 mins 07 secs -
To be verbally assertive, and a lover of mental challenges - Curtailed passage

Murzim as ª Jupiter is Culminating orb 01 mins 27 secs -
The desire to document or record events

CULMINATING - Stars of Your Prime (referring to the Midheaven, or 10th house cusp, at midday)
Aculeus as ¥ Sun is Culminating orb 00 mins 07 secs -
A person who grows in strength through attacks or difficulties. A battler - Arising and lying hidden

Castor as ª Jupiter is Setting orb 00 mins 09 secs -
A person with the soul of a romantic poet

Ras Alhague as « Saturn is Culminating orb 01 mins 10 secs -
The desire to leave a legacy of knowledge or wisdom

Algol as ¦ Moon is On Nadir orb 01 mins 53 secs -
Plagued by personal tragedies, one's own, or other people's

SETTING - Stars of Your Latter Years (ie. referring to the Descendant, or 7th house cusp)
Phact as © Mars is Rising orb 01 mins 08 secs -
Bold, daring and original, needing a challenge

Canopus as ª Jupiter is Setting orb 01 mins 18 secs -
The hero or the heroine

ON NADIR - Stars of Your Foundation (ie. the IC, or 4th house cusp. Who we are at the deepest level.)
El Nath as § Mercury is Culminating orb 00 mins 00 secs -
The satirist, the one who comments - Curtailed passage

Phact as ¥ Sun is Culminating orb 00 mins 10 secs -
Headstrong, someone who does not seek or take advice

Pollux as ¦ Moon is Setting orb 00 mins 22 secs -
To want to bring reform or change through knowledge

Altair as ¨ Venus is On Nadir orb 00 mins 23 secs -
The bold artisan, a person who is sexually and sensually orientated

Ras Alhague as « Saturn is On Nadir orb 00 mins 55 secs -
The desire to leave a legacy of knowledge or wisdom

Bellatrix as § Mercury is Culminating orb 01 mins 02 secs -
The craftsman and a person with alternative interests

Meanwhile is also a link to a previous blog I posted on Visual Astrology & the meaning of Your Heliacal Rising & Setting Stars.. at!/2013/03/your-heliacal-rising-setting-stars.html..

**NB: Sabian Symbols from Dane Rudhyar's book 'An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation & Its 360 Symbolic Phases'.... Wikipedia page on Bradley Manning, at And, for more on the Visual Astrology, go to

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