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Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder, CEO, and President of Facebook, was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York. (1)

I read an article in The New Yorker about him and just saw The Social Network, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. (2) The movie is based on a book (i.e., The Accidental Billionaires) that is, at least in part, fictionalized.

Since there is no known birth time as yet, I’ll look at Mark Zuckerberg’s sunrise chart.

Mark Zuckerberg, sunriseI’m just going to make a few observations about his business success from his solar horoscope, although the movie has a lot to say about his personal life (i.e., romantic and professional relationships). And with a strong Taurus/Scorpio dynamic in the natal, as well as six retrograde planets, there’s obviously a lot of material there to speculate upon.

A Taurus Sun, Zuckerberg was born on a Monday, the Moon’s day, and the transiting Moon was in Scorpio all that day. (3)

He has natal Uranus conjunct the South Node in Sagittarius and Chiron conjunct the North Node in Gemini. On his Facebook page, under Personal Interests, he writes: “openness, making things that help people connect and share what’s important to them, revolutions, information flow, minimalism.” (4) He has also said: “hacking isn’t about ‘breaking and entering,’ it’s about ‘being unafraid to break things in order to make them better.’ “ (5) I think these words suggest those aspects, which stand along with the complex and private themes in the chart signified by his four Scorpio planets.

Facebook started on February 4, 2004, with transiting Neptune at 13º Aquarius conjunct the Sun at 15º Aquarius (15º of the fixed signs are on the Aries Point).

FacebookThis certainly is a strong signature for capturing the zeitgeist or spirit of the time in a way that would have global implications. The Sun also gains prominence in its position at the bending, square the nodal axis at 16º Taurus/Scorpio.

The Moon, sensitive to the mood of the public, was in rulership in Cancer most of the day of the FB launch. At about 8 p.m., the Moon moved into Leo, picking up a different kind of prominence and strength as it approached the Full Moon at 17º Leo on February 6.

The Facebook launch occurred during a period of eclipse activity to Zuckerberg’s natal horoscope. His natal Venus is very strongly placed in Taurus and on the Aries Point. (On his birthday, Venus traveled between 14º43’ – 15º56’ Taurus.) Talk about an ability to attract wealth! (6) And, with natal Pluto, Saturn, Moon, and Mars in Scorpio, a penchant for attracting powerful opposition as well.

As mentioned above, the lunar nodes were in Taurus/Scorpio at the launch of Facebook. Zuckerberg’s natal Venus (and Mars) was triggered by the lunar eclipse at 16º15’ Taurus on November 9, 2003. (Natal Mars is retrograde at 19º Scorpio.)

The next eclipse season was in spring 2004. On April 19, a solar eclipse at 29º49’ Aries was conjunct his natal Mercury at 29º05’ Aries. (On his birthday, Mercury traveled from 29º05’ to 29º44’.) And, on May 4, 2004, a lunar eclipse at 14º39’ Taurus again fell on his natal Venus-Mars opposition.

There are several exact sextile aspects in the natal chart, suggesting a tremendously focused intent: Saturn (12º15’ Scorpio) is exactly sextile Jupiter (12º38’ Capricorn), and Pluto (0º06’ Scorpio) is exactly sextile Neptune (0º59’ Capricorn).

Mark Zuckerberg is a key player in a fascinating cultural phenomenon. Aaron Sorkin, the screenplay writer for The Social Network, said in an interview that this is “a classical story of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and jealousy.” (7) Sounds like a list of keywords for the Taurus/Scorpio axis, doesn’t it?

Footnotes:
(1) Birth date and all biographical material from Wikipedia

(2) The New Yorker

(3) The Moon traveled from 10º – 24º Scorpio on May 14.

(4) Facebook

(5) As quoted on Wikipedia, from an article, “Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists,” which appeared in Wired magazine in April 2010.

(6) His net worth in 2010 is listed as $6.9 billion.

(7) The New Yorker

Chart data:
Chart 1: Mark Zuckerberg, May 14, 1984, White Plains, New York, Sunrise chart

Chart 2: Facebook launch: February 4, 2004, Boston, MA, Sunrise chart

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  • Nice one, Mary. Yep, those eclipses can bring major power into the chart. And what a powerful Venus, to be activated, for sure. In that vein it is also interesting to me that he launched Facebook in the end of the last Venus/Scorpio synodic period (begun with an interior conjunction in Scorpio) which began Oct/Nov 2002 and lasted thru May 2004. Now as the Venus/Scorpio arm of her 5 pointed star is about to repeat, he has his billions and a movie out about him/it.

  • Perhaps Mark’s sun + dragon’s head is in the 11th house with Jupiter being in the 6th. Ascendant would be about 2 deg leo. He gets into Facebook because a love affair went bad. It looks like the opposition between the sun in 11th and moon in 5th.
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  • Mark was born a day before a lunar eclipse.

  • Zuckerberg looks like this generation’s wealth-amassing wunderkind (and Harvard dropout) to me – in the tradition of Bill Gates, a fellow Scorpio scion (Sun, Venus, Saturn) who turned his attention to philanthropy in his 40s. Zuckerberg seems to be taking a lesson from Gates’ playbook – precociously: In September he donated $100 million to Newark, NJ public schools.

    Two items caught my eye in Zuckerberg’s natal chart:

    Absence of Air – Yes, ironically the social element in astrology. An absence of planetary energy in an element suggests an individual emphasis on that element – in some way.

    N Pluto (unquestionably dynamic in Zuckerberg’s chart) opposes N Mercury (Air’s messenger) – Tremendous persuasion; communicating new perspectives.

    Thanks for the movie rec, profile, and chart data here, Mary. Very topical and interesting. I do hope an enterprising astrologer will pursue the time on Zuckerberg’s birth certificate for his many calculating ‘friends’ (us!).