About a month ago, my friend and fellow astrologer Linda over at Litebeing Chronicles wrote a post about “likes” on WordPress in which she stated: What I would give to get a look at WordPress’ chart! And so, being the curious astrologer, I searched for WP’s birth data. Using WP’s initial release date of May 27, 2003 in Houston, Texas and the assumed time of 9:00am, the start of the workday, Linda and I decided to each do a very brief analysis and study of WP’s chart. Here I am doing a Vedic Astrology reading, but pop on over to Linda’s to check out and compare her Western Astrology reading too.
The first thing I usually look at in a birth chart is the Ascendant and the first house. The Ascendant represents the physical self in this lifetime, in this case, the business entity and blogging platform that is WordPress. The Ascendant is in airy Gemini, ruled by Mercury, who loves technology, the internet, communication, and writing. In the first house with the Ascendant we also have Saturn, who is the wise, slow, patient teacher. This gives WP longevity. Saturn will also pace WP’s growth, or expansion, slowing things down at times so that it can work on glitches and so that it can grow and improve. However, Saturn here also indicates that WP has the patience to grow steadily and learn from mistakes.
The second house is the house of gains. WP’s second house is Cancer and is ruled by the Moon, which is in the eleventh house of friends, socializing, and also material gains and income from career. Though the Moon can indicate a waxing and waning of gains, I sense this is more about WP being a platform for people to connect and socialize, and to express themselves, their emotions, their insights, and their passions. This will add to WP’s own gains. In addition, in the second house we have Jupiter, the planet of good fortune. He is exalted (at his greatest strength), which is highly auspicious for great gains and success. Jupiter rules both the seventh house of relationships and the tenth house of career, reinforcing WP’s huge potential for growth and success both as a means for connecting people and building online relationships, and as a business entity.
The eleventh house itself is Aries, ruled by Mars, the fiery planet of action, passion, drive, and ambition. Like Jupiter, Mars is also exalted. WP and the millions who use it definitely have the energy to keep it working and make it successful. In the eleventh house, besides the Moon, are Mercury and Venus. Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, the Ascendant, so we have the born-to-be technology and communications entity’s ruler placed in the house of social connections and business income. Nice placement indeed! Interestingly, Mercury is conjoined Venus within one degree, indicating that most of the connections that are made and the gains (for both WP and its users) will be beautiful, sweet, and loving. Venus also shows that WP is a great place for artists – writers, photographers, musicians… – to display and market their work.
Another interesting thing to note is that WP’s Moon is in the Nakshatra Ashwini, which indicates WP is a place for healers and past life connections. It may be that through interactions on WP, many will find paths to healing, and some strong connections and friendships made through WP are likely souls from past lives reconnecting.
Though I am barely scratching the surface on a birth chart reading here, I will point out on more thing. WP’s Sun is in the twelfth house along with Rahu, the north node. The Sun represents the soul, but since this is not a sentient being, let’s say that it’s WP’s ability to shine. Rahu is the material drive and karmic lessons for this life. This shows that WP will shine full-force and be materially successful right to the very end. Since Rahu has the ability to eclipse the Sun when conjoined, WP will likely make the decision itself when it so chooses to cease to exist. It will be like the athlete who retires at the top of his game.
WordPress has a nice chart for a technology business entity. This was the first time I’ve looked at a non-living being’s chart, and it’s interesting because I can also intuitively read how it works for the people who use WP. It’s almost like doing a global reading. Of course I could go on for hours and hours with one chart, so I hope you enjoyed this snippet reading. This was a very fun astrological study adventure! Thank you Linda for this co-effort!