Happy Birthday Wikipedia!
Wikipedia is officially 15 today. Hooray! I love it — even though the editors are mean about astrology. If you want to find out about just about anything from Alabama to Zoroastrianism, Wiki will get you started.
The secret of the site’s success is, as founder Jimmy Wales writes, collaboration. It’s an example of the hive mind actually working. The Sun, it’s centre, is in Cardinal earthy Capricorn, the sign that connects practicality with spirit. But Mercury, the mind, Neptune (Big Mind) and Uranus (Inspired Mind) are all in Fixed airy Aquarius, the sign of collaboration and comradeship. These are the multitudinous contributors bringing nectar to the hive, fixing the honeycomb, making the wax, tending the grubs.
The honey is data. Jupiter in Gemini is all about gathering detailed information. This is the planet of expansion in the sign of journalism, information and storytelling. Jupiter sends a nice trine to that Neptune, but interestingly it’s retrograde. In fact, Jupiter was stationing on the day Wiki was born and would turn direct 10 days later. A station in a birth chart adds strength and focus to a planet.
Guess what, Saturn was stationing too, and would turn direct on the same day. Saturn in practical Taurus sends a nice to trine to the Sun. Wiki needs a good book-keeper to keep going even if it is not-for-profit.
Venus is exalted in Pisces: the collective is beautiful. The Moon is somewhere in Libra — although with no birth time, you can’t say where. This creates an airy Grand Trine of sorts between Jupiter in Gemini, Mercury, Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius and the Moon. Libra adds balance, and the balance comes from the “people”, who are represented by the Moon in mundane astrology.
Of course, we all know that it’s never perfect in Wiki, but Librans kind of like that. It means they can keep on trying. Certain topics are riddled with partisan editing, but on the whole it works. This airy Grand Trine speaks of Open Systems, which Wiki shows work better than closed ones.
People laughed at the idea that anyone could edit an encyclopaedia back in 2001; now we know it’s true. (I spent my pre-astrologer incarnation editing illustrated reference books and believe me, books are no more reliable than Wiki — indeed less so.) The beauty of Wiki is that you can follow the references on a decent article. The onus is always on the reader to be sceptical and check the sources. Wiki is never feels as if its claiming to be the ultimate answer to any question, just the best of what we know now.
It’s interesting that the Uranus-Pluto square — directly on Wiki North Node — seems to have been good for the site, strengthening it. Uranus and Pluto are natally in good aspect, a buzzy sextile, which is always the key.
I wonder what will happen when Neptune comes to the natal Venus and then Pluto comes to the natal Sun. There could be the danger of a corporate takeover.
Wikipedia’s independence has become a cornerstone of our culture in fifteen short years. It’s wonderful — and terrifying when you think about it too hard.