Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, New York, birth time unknown. [Please note: at the time of this birth time rectification in January 2011, no official birth time for Zuckerberg has been published to the best of my knowledge].

His rapid ascendency into wealth and fame is beyond impressive. Zuckerberg entered Harvard in fall 2002, met his current girlfriend (Priscilla Chan) in the fall semester 2003, launched Facebook on February 4, 2004, moved to Palo Alto, California in the summer of 2004, quit Harvard, and finished the year with 1 million Facebook users.

The following year —- on May 26, 2005 —- Accel Partners, a venture capital firm, invested $12.7 million into Zuckerberg’s network. By the close of 2005, Facebook had more than 5.5 million users.

Two years later on May 5, 2007, Zuckerberg became the world’s youngest billionaire.

From an astrological standpoint, we should see some striking measurements between fall 2003 and spring 2007 corroborating a major life transformation, such as for example, Pluto transiting the Angles of Zuckerberg’s natal horoscope. Transiting Pluto was situated at 19 Sagittarius from February 2003 throughout September 2004. 

My proposed birth time rectification at 2:39 PM — Ascendant 21 Virgo 02; Midheaven 19 Gemini 35 — shows transiting Pluto precisely opposed the natal Midheaven for an extended transit, highlighting the life-significant perspective change, identity transformation, professional developments, geographic relocation and personal relationships that emerged in Zuckerberg’s life in 2003 and 2004.

Taking into account his dramatic ascent, it makes sense that transiting Saturn would be opposed the Ascendant in 1995 when this child prodigy made his debut to the outer world. He began programming in the 1990’s. At age 11, on October 7, 1995, software developer David Newman was hired as a private tutor [tr. Saturn opposed Ascendant, retrograde hit exact on October 8, 1995].

In 1996, with transiting Uranus opposed his Midheaven, Zuckerberg (age 11 or 12) wrote an intranet program called ZuckNet for his father’s dentistry practice. Solar Arc (SA) Midheaven was opposed Neptune in March 1996 (Neptune rules the 7th house. Using derivative houses, the 7th house is the Midheaven of the 10th house; i.e. his father’s career).

With transiting Saturn passing over the cusp of the 9th house in 2000, Zuckerberg transfers from public high school to Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire, where he becomes immersed in Latin and computer programming. He wrote a music player named Synapse. Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Zuckerberg, but he decided to attend Harvard University instead in fall 2002 with transiting Saturn conjunct his Midheaven.

In the spring of 2003 with transiting Pluto’s first direct opposition to the Midheaven, Zuckerberg worked as a code developer on a project named “StreetFax.” In September 2003, he developed CourseMatch and then Facemash, which was subsequently shut down by Harvard’s administration in late October 2003. Within the final months of 2003, he also met Priscilla his girlfriend with the second direct hit of tr. Pluto opposed his Midheaven (exact December 7th, 2003).

Zuckerberg registered the domain,, on January 1st, 2004 right around the time he visited Palo Alto for the first time during winter break. He launched Facebook on February 4, 2004. He moved to Palo Alto in July/August 2004 with the last retrograde hit of transiting Pluto opposed MC (exact August 17, 2004), and quit Harvard with the final direct hit (exact September 11th 2004).

Transiting Pluto was also square his Ascendant throughout 2004.

With transiting Saturn’s final direct entry into his 11th house in May 2005 [using Placidus house system], Accel Partners invests millions in Facebook. Upon transiting Saturn’s departure from the 11th house (mid-2007), Zuckerberg becomes the world’s youngest billionaire.

Between mid-2007 and August 2009, Saturn was transiting Zuckerberg’s 12th house — the house of hidden enemies, privacy concerns, and potential self-undoing. During this time in 2008, the 2004 lawsuit filed by Harvard students the Winklevoss brothers (that was dismissed in March 2007) is re-filed and the parties reach a confidential settlement agreement in February 2008. On June 25, 2008 the case settles and Facebook pays $20 million in cash.

Zuckerberg’s disappointments didn’t end there. On November 6, 2007 he launched Facebook Beacon allowing users to share information based on sites browsed on the internet. The program created a great deal of controversy over privacy concerns. On August 12, 2008 a class action lawsuit was filed against Facebook. On September 21, 2009, Facebook Beacon was shut down. Transiting Saturn had just made its final pass over Zuckerberg’s Ascendant.

Now, with Saturn’s transit below the horizon, a shift has taken place from responsibilities to the outer world, to responsibilities to the self. It is a time of making major new self-realizations about life, both personally and professionally. 

Life events occurring in the final four months of 2010 were extremely significant:

  • In early September 2010, Zuckerberg’s long-time girlfriend Priscilla moved into his home.
  • A few weeks later on September 22, Zuckerberg made a generous donation of 100 million dollars to the public schools of Newark, New Jersey.
  • The release of the film “Social Network” took place on October 1, 2010.
  • Zuckerberg and his girlfriend moved “right before Thanksgiving” from their rental house in Palo Alto to an undisclosed location. Perhaps they bought a home together, although only speculation. [Note the sensitivity to the MC/IC axis at 19 Gemini/Sagittarius, when a moving truck pulled up to his rented house right before Thanksgiving 2010: transiting Mars and transiting Mercury were both opposed the Midheaven on November 22nd and 23rd, respectively].
  • On December 15th, Zuckerberg is named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2010.

Using my proposed birth time of 2:39 PM, Solar Arc Sun would be conjunct the Midheaven (exact on November 21, 2010) corroborating the ego recognition, success and fulfillment through his social status and profession. Transiting Pluto was semisquare his natal Moon throughout 2010 (final hit, November 14th, 2010). 

And what about further corroboration for his natal Moon situated at 18 Scorpio 43’?

  • Transiting Saturn was square the Moon in 1993: likely when he began learning computer programming from his father.
  • Transiting Saturn was opposed the Moon in 2000: transfers from public high school to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Transiting Uranus was square the Moon throughout 2000 as well. 
  • Transiting Saturn was square the Moon for the first hit on September 7th, 2006: Facebook launched News Feed on September 5th, 2006. 
  • Transiting Saturn was square the Moon for the final hit on May 14th, 2007: Zuckerberg announced Facebook Platform on May 24th, 2007 for programmers to create social applications on Facebook. Today there are more than 800,000 developers world-wide building applications for Facebook Platform. On May 5th, 2007, Zuckerberg becomes the world’s youngest billionaire.

The Lunation Cycle —the Secondary Progressed Moon in hard aspect to the Secondary Progressed Sun—lasting approximately 28-to-30 years is another sensitive timer supporting a proposed birth time at 2:39 PM.

  • New Moon Phase —SP Moon conjunct SP Sun— begins in April 2000 (Phillips Exeter Academy). 
  • Crescent Moon Phase —SP Moon semisquare SP Sun— begins in November 2003 (meets Priscilla; launches Facebook). 
  • First Quarter Moon Phase —SP Moon square SP Sun— begins in April 2007 (becomes world’s youngest billionaire). 
  • Gibbous Moon Phase —SP Moon sesquiquadrate SP Sun— begins in September 2010 (moves home, donates $100 million to public schools, film release ‘Social Network,’ and TIME magazine Person of the Year).

 © copyright, Lauren Delsack, January 2011


I’ve put together a birth time rectification for Julian Assange that I feel has a great deal of merit and potential. Julian Assange was born on July 3, 1971 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia (birth time unknown).

We always begin the rectification process by finding a strong starting point with a sign on the Ascendant. After researching many articles and interviews with Assange, I felt two very strong possibilities for his Ascendant sign: Aquarius or Sagittarius.

Assange has been described as: tall and lanky, nomadic, cynical, weird, elusive, cautious, paranoid, highly intellectual, non-conformist, having altruistic motives, charming yet cagey, forgetful, and masking details about his life.

This description lends strong corroboration for Sagittarius rising, colored by its ruler Jupiter in Scorpio sitting in the 12th house, and receiving a tight conjunction from natal Neptune. Further, Assange’s Moon in Scorpio would also fall into the 12th house, a perfect placement for a man who works “behind-the-scenes.” The natal Sun would be situated in the 8th house reinforcing his elusive nature and hard-to-reach personality. That was enough to convince me of a strong starting point for the birth time rectification process.

Now I had to find unequivocal corroboration from Solar Arcs and outer planet transits to the Angles of the horoscope (or to the natal Sun or Moon) during major life events. Everything needs to fit throughout his life development. The horoscope needs to sing from birth throughout the present.

Assange was born into domestic upheaval. A childhood and lifestyle pretty much described as Tom Sawyer. No mention of his biological father. Within the first 6 months of his life in 1971, his bohemian single mother moved with Julian to Magnetic Island in Australia. As she described, “living in a bikini and going native with my baby and other mums on the island.”

Working with my proposed birth time of 3:01 PM (Ascendant 2 Sagittarius 16, Midheaven 20 Leo 13), transiting Neptune was conjunct the Ascendant and transiting Saturn was opposed the Ascendant in 1971, with Solar Arc (SA) Saturn opposed the Ascendant (exact February 1972).

Shortly after turning age one (roughly around August/September 1972; exact date unknown), his mother married with SA Midheaven opposed Mars (November 1972) and SA Neptune conjunct Ascendant (February 1973).

Four years later in 1976 (age 4 or 5), the family moved back to Magnetic Island with SA Jupiter conjunct Ascendant (September 1976).

In 1979 at age 8, his mother left her husband to start a tumultuous relationship with a musician. The Secondary Progressed (SP) Moon was opposed the Midheaven, and transiting Uranus was square the Midheaven in 1979.

This new relationship gave birth to a baby boy (born c. 1980 or 1981), however in 1982 when Julian was 11 years old, the relationship with the musician was over. Julian’s mother feared that the father would take her baby from her, so she told Julian, “Now we need to disappear.” They went into hiding in 1982 (moving back again to Magnetic Island) and lived on the run for the next 5 years.  In 1982, SA Midheaven was square Neptune, SA Mars was square the Ascendant, and transiting Uranus was conjunct the Ascendant.

In 1987, they stopped living on the run. After turning age 16 in 1987, Julian began his early professional life “hacking” computers with transiting Pluto conjunct his Scorpio Moon.

In 1989, at age 17, Julian fell in love with a sixteen-year old girlfriend, moved into a squatter’s union in Melbourne together, until they learned she was pregnant (April ’89). When Julian was 18 in 1989 they married in an unofficial ceremony, and gave birth to a son on January 26, 1990 in Melbourne. Transiting Neptune and transiting Saturn were opposed Julian’s natal Sun throughout 1989.

Problems hit on September 29, 1991 when Julian was arrested for hacking computers. Over the next few months in 1991, his wife took their son and left Julian. The following year in 1992, Julian pled guilty to charges and was fined. It is also reported that he had an emotional breakdown, fell into a depression, and was hospitalized in 1992. In 1991 and 1992, transiting Pluto was square the Midheaven for an extended transit. Transiting Uranus was opposed his natal Sun in 1991.

In 1993 and 1994, Julian was working as a computer programmer in Melbourne. The following year in 1995, Julian wrote “Strobe,” a free open-source port scanner. As well in December 1995, he was arrested and fined again. The Solar Arc Moon was conjunct Neptune in the 12th house (exact August 1995). Transiting Pluto was approaching conjunction with his Ascendant (first hit exact January 10, 1996).

Starting around 1997 (final hit, tr. Pluto conjunct Ascendant), Assange co-invented the Rubberhose deniable encryption system. He originally intended the system to be used “as a tool for human rights workers who needed to protect sensitive data in the field.” Transiting Uranus was square the Moon, and SA Moon was conjunct the Ascendant.

In 1999 (age 27/28), after a lengthy custody battle over the past seven years, Julian finally settled in court on a child custody agreement with his wife. It was also in 1999, that Julian registered the domain name,, although at that time he did not start anything with it. SA Mercury was conjunct the Midheaven. Transiting Saturn was opposed his Moon.

It was shortly after settling the custody court cases that his hair (which had been dark brown) started to lose its color and turned prematurely grey. Assange was burned out and motorcycled across Vietnam, holding various jobs to earn money as a computer consultant in order to support his son. In 2000, transiting Uranus were opposed his Midheaven, SP Moon was conjunct his Ascendant, and SA Uranus was conjunct his Moon.

From 2003 through 2006, Julian studied physics and mathematics at the University of Melbourne, although he never graduated.

It was in 2006 that he started to formulate his ideas for WikiLeaks, barricading himself in a house near the university to begin the work. WikiLeaks was launched in December 2006 posting its first document with the SP Moon opposed the Midheaven, and transiting Saturn conjunct the Midheaven.

In 2007, he left Australia permanently, and went to Kenya for several months. Assange claims to have swung the Kenyan presidential election in 2007 by exposing corruption at the highest levels. While in Kenya, staying inside a guarded compound in Nairobi, six men with guns entered the compound but fled when Assange started shouting alerting the security team. He was sure they were after him as he says, “there was not anyone else worth visiting in the compound.” Transiting Neptune was opposed his Midheaven throughout 2007.

In 2009, he received the Amnesty International UK Media Award for his work in Kenya. SA Sun opposed Node (October 2008), SA Uranus square Node (December 2009).

On March 30, 2010, he moved to Iceland where he rented a house to run his operation. In April 2010, his most explosive leak: a secret video shot by an American attack helicopter of Iraqi civilians being killed in cold blood. SA Midheaven was conjunct Pluto (exact March 2010).

In June 2010, pentagon officials were trying to find his whereabouts with SA Ascendant square Uranus (July 2010). In November 2010, Interpol placed Assange on its red notice list of wanted persons with the first hit of transiting Saturn square his Sun.


Further corroboration for a birth time around 3:01 PM:

Natal Mars conjunct North Node in Aquarius, angular opposed the Midheaven: “Assange preaches [Sagittarius Ascendant] a radical democracy that is taking online activism into a new and uncharted territory.”

Natal Saturn in Gemini opposed his Ascendant: his youthful face, his premature grey hair, his cautious nature, his sense of humor, his business of communications. His mother’s description of him as a child taken from the Herald Sun newspaper, “He was a lovely boy, very sensitive, good with animals, quiet and has a wicked sense of humor.”

Corroboration using Sabian Symbols, taken from Blain Bovee’s book,  The Sabian Symbols & Astrological Analysis:

Ascendant 3 Sagittarius: “The ocean covered with whitecaps:”

“Apply this degree-pair with a mind to an awareness of deeper issues lying below the surface appearance; the motives for apparent generosity; suspicions about being fooled. Watch disguises. Be alert for gifting anonymously; stealth under cover; organizations that wear the hat of charity. A knack for detecting undercurrents.”

Midheaven 21 Leo: “Chickens intoxicated:”

“Dispelling notions of being the chosen one; Think of the effects of poison: one drop induces a healing crisis; too much of the wrong poison really takes the life out of a dream, and sometimes literally takes a life. Be alert for youthful, naïve illusions; mature and sober perspectives; matters that turn sour; matters that soar beyond inhibitions.”

Moon 8 Scorpio: “The Moon shining across a lake:”

“Apply this degree-pair with a mind to the clever guile to slip around an issue; to retrieve a lost matter. Consider slippery stories; slippery slopes that can get one into deep water; mere reflections of the truth; being ahead of one’s time; ahead of the law; clever delays and diversions; quick wits; finding forgotten treasure; smoothing over frictions; a moonshine state of mind.”

Julian Assange describes himself as the kind of person who he says, “can hack into the most sophisticated computer system. But can forget to show up for an interview. Or cancel at the last minute.” Sounds to me like a Sagittarius Ascendant with Neptune conjunct the Ascendant ruler, Jupiter in Scorpio in the 12th house.

Life events fit the proposed birth time, and the horoscope starts to sing.

© copyright, Lauren Delsack, December 2010

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