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, leaks.org, 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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Like many American Idol fans out there, I’ve become completely smitten by Crystal Bowersox’s voice and talent, and I think it goes without saying that whether she wins the competition or not, Crystal has put herself into the international spotlight and a soon-to-be record deal is without a doubt surely hers for the making.

So with a passion for astrology, birth time rectification and the music of Crystal Bowersox, I’ve come up with what I think is a very strong possibility for Crystal’s birth time: 11:00 AM with 3 Libra 35’ on the Ascendant —corroborating her natural beauty, and rounded face and stature with the ruler Venus in Cancer, conjunct her Midheaven (4 Cancer 11’).

Here’s what I’ve discovered while researching information about Crystal’s life with significant measurements:

Crystal was born on August 4, 1985 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up on a farm in a small town called Elliston outside of Toledo.

Her parents divorced when she was a young child (age/date unknown).

Her first performance was at age 7 in 2nd grade as ‘Susie Snowflake.’ Solar Arc Moon (r. 10th) was opposed the Ascendant (December 1992).
She began singing and playing the guitar at age 10 when she discovered her mother’s guitar around Christmas 1995. Crystal says, “As soon as I touched a guitar, I knew that’s what I was born to do. That’s never changed since I was 10.”

SA Pluto square Jupiter (Dec ’95), opposed Sun (Feb ’96; regardless of birth time). Tr. Saturn conjunct Moon (March ’96), Tr. Saturn opposed Ascendant, square MC (first hit May ’96).

Age 13: received a 12-gauge, sawed-off shot gun for her 13th birthday (August 4, 1998). SA Uranus square Moon (July 29, 1998); tr. Uranus opposed Sun (rx hit, June ’98).

Age 18: sold that shot gun to move to Chicago in the beginning of 2004 to pursue music. Tr. Neptune opposed Sun (last hit January ’04).

Age 20: summer 2006, June 21-25: invited for her first time out of the US to perform in Birmingham, England at a Festival entitled “Experience Chicago.” SA Uranus (r. 5th) opposed MC (exact June 27, 2006).

Age 22, in 2008 (exact dates unknown) traveled and performed in Los Angeles, Mexico, Memphis and Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. Tr. Jupiter opposed MC.

Age 23, toward the end of 2008: moved back home from Chicago and decided to “do music full-time;” gave birth to her son, Anthony (born around December 2008 although exact birth date unknown). SA Uranus (r. 5th) semisquare Saturn (r. 4th) (exact December 2008). SA Saturn (r. 4th) conjunct Uranus (r. 5th) (exact January 2009). Tr. Node conjunct Jupiter in the 5th house (December 11, 2008).

Age 23: auditioned for American Idol in Chicago, June 22, 2009 and received a ticket to Hollywood. Tr. Uranus conjunct Moon (first hit June 19, 2009, rx hit July 13, 2009).

Age 24: January 2010: went to Hollywood, California where she made the Top 24 on American Idol. Tr. Saturn conjunct Ascendant (first hit December 2009). Tr. Pluto square Ascendant, and opposed the MC (January 2010; rx June/July 2010, last hit November 2010).

Age 24: hospitalized overnight March 2, 2010 for diabetes complications. Recovered and performed live on March 3rd on American Idol. Tr. Saturn conjunct Ascendant (rx hit exact February 17, 2010; last hit August 2010). Tr. Saturn square Venus (r. Asc; exact March 5, 2010). Tr. Uranus conjunct Moon (last hit March 16, 2010).

The finale of American Idol is scheduled to take place on Wednesday May 26, 2010 when the winner will be announced. A birth time at 11:00 AM places Crystal’s Draconic Ascendant at 19 Leo 51’. Transiting Pluto will be precisely sesquiquadrate her Draconic Ascendant for the retrograde hit on May 25, 2010 (and in her natal chart, transiting Pluto would be currently opposed her MC and square her Ascendant).

And finally, looking ahead to 2011 and Crystal’s first debut album: tr. Uranus opposed Ascendant, square MC!

Looking good, Crystal! Keep on knocking’em dead!

Proposed Rectified Birth Time: Crystal Bowersox’s Natal Chart

Rectified Birth Time: Crystal Bowersox’s Draconic Chart


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I recently stumbled upon comedian Kathy Griffin. You might be familiar with her Emmy award-winning show on Bravo, “My Life on the D-List.” I could not get enough of her standup videos and sense of humor. I was hooked! I had to take a look at her horoscope.

Kathy Griffin was born on November 4, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois. With an unknown time of birth, I took up the challenge of rectifying her birth time. One of the first things I noticed on the day she was born was that the Moon moved into the sign of Gemini after 5:45 PM. That seemed quite appropriate given Griffin’s sharp wit and petite stature. So that’s where I began to work. 

There were three possible Ascendant signs from 5:45 PM until Midnight: Gemini, Cancer and Leo. Based on several factors, I began the rectification at 10:00 PM with 2 Leo 51 on the Ascendant and 18 Aries 00 on the Midheaven. 

Researching major life events, I found basically zilch about her early childhood. What I did learn was that shortly after graduating High School (in 1978), Kathy moved to California with her parents who retired there. She had attended one semester of junior college in Illinois, so I assumed her relocation to be sometime in 1979 with transiting Pluto opposed the Midheaven. 

She began performing in the early 1980’s but it wasn’t until 1996 that she got her first big break on the TV sitcom “Suddenly Susan” with Brooke Shields. Two years later in 1998, her first one-hour solo special “Hot Cup of Talk” appeared on HBO. That’s when we see transiting Saturn working its way up to conjunct her Midheaven (mid-1997 through March ’98). Two Solar Arcs fall nicely into this scenario: SA Node opposed the MC around the start of 1996, and SA MC square Uranus in December 97 (“brings the power of selfhood forward; assertion is recognized”). 

Griffin married on February 18, 2001. She filed for divorce a little more than 4 years later in September 2005 (officially divorced on May 15, 2006).

Simultaneously in June 2005, she launched the debut of her solo reality-show, “My Life on the D-List.” Transiting Saturn was conjunct her Ascendant for a one-time hit in August 2005 coinciding with both personal and professional events. 

A slight 2-minute adjustment forward to 10:02 PM puts SA Pluto opposed the Midheaven exact on February 11, 2001 just 7 days before her wedding. As well, SA Venus opposed the Ascendant in December 2005 signally her reality show debut. 

Working with 10:02 PM (Asc 3 Leo 15; MC 18 Aries 32), Griffin won an Emmy Award on September 8, 2007 (first hit tr. Saturn square Moon) for the 2nd season of her reality show which began in June 2006 (SP Moon opposed Ascendant and SA Moon square MC, July/August ’06). 

While shooting the 3rd season of her show, her father died of heart failure on February 17, 2007 (age 92) coinciding with the first hit of tr. Pluto semisquare her Sun (regardless of birth time). 

In terms of health, Griffin is an outspoken opponent of Lasik eye surgery after she endured 5 botched operations on her eyesight that left her partially blind in one eye. That occurred in 2003 with tr. Neptune square the Sun (r. Ascendant) and tr. Pluto sesquiquadrate the Ascendant. SA MC was semisquare Mars in the 12th house of critical illness. 

A birth time around 10:00 to 10:02 PM seems like a strong possibility. With an 18th degree of Aries on the Midheaven, the Sabian Symbol is “An empty hammock” (18 Aries) and “Two men placed under arrest” (18 Libra). According to Blain Bovee’s awesome book, he writes “think of operating outside the laws and rules in innovative, slightly defiant ways.” This does seem to corroborate Griffin’s comic/career style! 

Proposed Rectified Birth Time: Kathy Griffin’s Natal Chart


I thought this was a good horoscope to share particularly with a dominant Neptune-Saturn square, which is often difficult to understand. It can register as confusing ambition or putting it to sleep; things can be doubted, pessimistic, threatening, insecure, or unknown.

The horoscope (Dec 12, 1963; 4:00 PM; Athens, Greece; Asc 03 Gem 36) shows a strong western hemisphere emphasis, with two dominant squares. The first square is Neptune (r. 11th)-Moon in Scorpio (r. 3rd) in the 6th square Saturn (r. 9th) elevated in the 10th near the MC: suggesting doubt about lovability and recognition probably linked to the father, carrying over onto the mindset; being idealistic, a perfectionist or escaping into a dream world. Neptune is quindecile the Ascendant, perhaps a protective veil over the persona.

The second square is Jupiter in Aries in the 11th (r. 7th, 8th) square Mercury (r. Asc, 2nd, 5th)-Mars (r. 12th) in Capricorn in the 8th house: suggesting anxiety about good things not lasting / doubt about the way things are going, linked to a lack of self-confidence about feeling special, valued or supported by others; as well we feel behavior over-compensating to make things happen and get things done strategically in his own way, in order to gain personal recognition. The Sagittarius Sun in the 7th quindecile the Ascendant echoes the drive for recognition, a “you will notice me” attitude.

The psychological theme in this man’s life IS all about doubting himself and being a perfectionist. No matter how successful he was with each of his endeavors, it was always “I could have done it better”, “If I had only done that or why didn’t I think of this.” Always beating himself up! Nothing he did was good enough. He is the biggest promoter of Grand Prix racing events and expositions in his country, and his most recent racing event last week was covered internationally by CNN, BBC, and many well-known sports networks. Wow, things couldn’t be better. He had just completed a two-year transit of Pluto conjunct his Sun in the 7th – talk about creating and arousing prominence! But his self-esteem was zero (and this man who is extremely attractive, kind, and sensitive).

When I asked him to tell me why his wife loves him, to tell me one positive quality about himself…he thought about it seriously and looked at me and said, “I really don’t know”. I said, “Oh come on my friend, I know you can tell me ONE thing you are proud of, one thing you like about yourself, one thing your friends admire about you?!” But honestly as hard as he tried he couldn’t come out with ONE thing! Boy, did we have self-worth issues to tackle here!

It all stemmed from his father. It wasn’t that his father wasn’t supportive of him, it was that his father never acknowledged his achievements, never gave him a pat on the back, never gave him any reinforcement of recognition. By never hearing his father comment on his grades in school or recognize any of his accomplishments, he interpreted his father’s silence as “he thinks I’m not good enough since he didn’t say anything…I should have done it better.” So as an adult, no matter what recognition he receives from the public, from his spouse, from his friends, he doesn’t believe the authenticity of their compliments (8th house tension) and his conditioned way of thinking is, “I should have done it better”!

Now here’s where Noel Tyl’s genius and guidance comes in (please read Noel’s article this month entitled “Filling in the Gaps”…wow, so powerful to use in consultation). I used Noel’s technique and cut out two circles from cardboard. I put one of the coaster’s on the desk and said, “Let’s see this circle as the ideal situation, the way you’d like to have things (the issue was about really feeling successful in his profession, without always doubting himself and needing to be perfect).” I gave him the other marker and said, “Now please put this in relation to the ideal marker, where you think you are with this issue right now.” He pointed to the far corner of the room and said, “Over there in the corner.” I said, “Okay, now please tell me, ‘what’s in between?” He said, “Doubt”.

So I said, “Let’s imagine the following…hypothetically what if…just what if, you didn’t doubt yourself anymore, you stopped trying to be perfect…how would things be different? How would your life change?” He thought about that and said, “you know, I’ve thought about that before, and when I allow myself to remove the doubt even if it’s only for 10 minutes, I feel so high as if I could take on anything, that I could tackle the world!!!” I said, “That’s exactly right, you could! Okay, we both know that the doubt is self-defeating…it’s disruptive, you know that and I know that. We know where it comes from…from the conditioning with your father. And you’ve just told me what you gain when you stop it…you said, ‘I feel as if I could take-on the world!’ Now please tell me, can you think of anything positive about the doubt? What purpose it serves in your life?” He responded, “No, none!” I said, “Bravo! That’s right, NONE! It doesn’t have any purpose whatsoever!” So he said, “Okay, now how can I stop the doubt when it starts to creep up into my mind?” And I said, “by being CONSCIOUS of it and taking back your power…every time you feel yourself slipping back into doubting yourself, you need to catch it right away and say, ‘No, I am not going there…this has no purpose in my life…this is self-defeating’, and each time you do that, you are taking control over the doubt, and the doubt is no longer taking control of you! And soon I guarantee you that you will start to see a difference…that over time you will no longer allow the doubt to have any power or control over you!”

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