When I was a small boy growing up in an orphanage, we played a game at the dinner table called “Grabbies.” If you could use your fork to steal food from your neighbor’s plate without your neighbor foiling your attempt with his knife and without the grownup authorities catching you, you got to keep and eat it. Provided, that is, you could stuff it into your mouth before someone else stabbed it with his fork and took it away from you. When the game of Grabbies disintegrated into chaotic food fights, no one got enough to eat.
What I call the money game works very much like Grabbies. We all need money to survive in the modern world, but because a few are better at the game, a few wind up with most of the money. We all need money as much as we need food and water, so the losers of the money game must borrow from the winners to survive. Because the object of the game is to increase your wealth—measured in money—you charge as much interest for the loan of your money as you can get. If the winners win big enough, the losers are impoverished, usually due to usurious practices leading to inflation. Then the whole society disintegrates, bringing down winners and losers alike.
It seems to be human nature in conflict with common sense that creates this dilemma between sustained economic prosperity, and the self-defeating culture of money grabbies. And it’s by no means a new problem.
Back in 594 BC, Solon of Athens dealt with this dilemma when he got laws passed enabling borrowers to “shake off” debt they could not repay. This ended the practice of lenders selling defaulting borrowers into slavery in foreign lands. Most borrowers back then were farmers. When too many farmers were sold into slavery and shipped abroad, it caused food shortages in Athens. By instituting what we now call “bankruptcy,” Solon saved Athens.
Usury is usually defined very narrowly as “charging excessive interest,” but there is no agreement on what is excessive, and the USA’s entire monetary system is based on usury more broadly defined. The social disintegration caused by usury is a process, not a single event. The wealthiest in any society have more influence in shaping laws than the poor, and thus we have come to assume, over the centuries, that Rich v. Poor is a fact of life as immutable as gold. Thus, the money grabbies game has the charm of the sacred. We all want to be rich. We speak of the rich as being “up there,” closer to the gods.
Thus, while we may agree that society functions best and becomes most prosperous when money is spread horizontally rather than vertically —that is, when everyone, no matter how poor, has enough to live reasonably well—that commonsense wisdom is defeated by our primitive urge to become winners in the money game, “masters of the universe.” Even though we know, from history, that the money grabbies game is, in the long run, the great destroyer of societies.
Can we find an astrological signature that will help us know when the present money game will manifest its inevitable result?
I have found astrological signatures for great depressions and stock market crashes, but the astrology of monetary system collapses is harder to pin down. Usury is the mundane cause of monetary collapse and the effects of usury manifest more gradually, over longer spans of time than depressions and/or stock market collapses.
We can surmise from the time lengths that it is the outermost planets we should look to for repeating patterns pertaining to monetary catastrophes brought on by usury. Usury, although it happens more slowly, has destroyed more societies than invading armies.
It’s worth noting that Uranus and Pluto were in sextile aspect back in 594 BC (see Chart #1) when Solon got the first bankruptcy laws passed in Athens. Uranus was also opposite Jupiter and semi-sextile a conjunction of Saturn and Neptune.
For the collapse of the Roman monetary system in 411, Uranus was square a conjunction of Neptune and Pluto. For the crash of Tulip Mania in 1637, Uranus was conjunct Jupiter with both square Saturn. For the crash of the South Seas Bubble that scuttled British money in 1720, Uranus was conjunct Pluto.
So Uranus (innovation) and Pluto (secrecy, subterfuge) are leading candidates in a search for planetary cycles having the most to do with monetary system collapses. Pluto is symbolized as the god of Hades, that mystery from whence we emerge into this life and into which we disappear when we die. In modern Western astrology, a badly aspected Pluto indicates harmful conspiracy.
The financial structure of the USA today is founded on a form of usury defined in its broadest sense. The Federal Reserve System controls the USA’s monetary system. What makes the Fed usurious is that it’s essentially a group of private bankers who conjure money out of thin air, sell it to politicians, who then charge the debt to the public, taxpayers, at ever-compounding interest. I call the Fed “Pluto dominated” because most people believe it is a government agency, but it’s not. It’s a small company of very private bankers. Although these bankers were originally appointed by politicians, they now have the money power to control which politicians remain in power and which are replaced by candidates more friendly to the Fed’s mission. The Fed’s stated mission is to steady the economy, but the unstated mission is to aid the winners of the money game, even when this loads an impossible debt burden on the general population.
For money game winners who partake of the Fed’s control, this system is a magnificent bonanza. Wars make the most money for these winners, since the government will spend recklessly during wartime. Thus the present Iraq War, called “the $2 trillion war,” is leading the USA toward monetary collapse, as signified by the steady drop in the dollar’s value versus other currencies. In the late 1990s one dollar was equal to .85 euros. Now, one dollar is equal to around 1.60 euros.
When the Fed was “born” on Dec. 23, 1913, (see Chart #2) Pluto was opposite the Sun while Uranus was square the Moon. The bankers (Pluto) put one over on the government (Sun). With Uranus square the Moon, the few people who understood what was happening were frustrated in their attempts to rebel against it, and American society was the long-range loser. How this coup was planned and executed by the money game winners is detailed in The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin.
Neptune was also prominently involved in the subterfuge of 1913, for the ruler of seas and mists, inspirations and delusions, was opposite expansive Jupiter. It seemed for most of the 20th Century that the USA benefited tremendously from the creation of the Fed—but this, we are now learning, was a Neptunian delusion. What happened was the Fed created a “credit-card” economy. Americans lived on borrowed money, and when more money was needed to repay past debts, more credit was created, and thus more inflation, a Ponzi scheme that sank American society deeper and deeper into debt.
Now (See Chart #3) Pluto has orbited around to a point opposite where it was when the Fed was born, and the bill is coming due. Transiting Pluto is on the outer wheel of this biwheel chart, up around noon. The Fed’s Pluto is down around 6 o’clock. For the statistics of this present debt phenomenon, see “Grandfather Economic Reports” by Michael Hodges
To summarize, collective debt in the USA has grown to the point where it overwhelms the collective ability of Americans to repay it. Concurrently the dollar has devalued during the 20th Century so that what cost 1$ in 1900 cost $100 or even $150 by 2008. Americans have been sold so much debt, many doubt the Fed can print new money fast enough to prevent a massive default sometime in the not-too-distant future.
This, in turn, means the world’s monetary system is in danger, too, since the dollar arose during the Nixon Administration to replace gold as the world’s basic or “preferred” currency. This was a big score for the American money game winners, who rarely, if ever, consider long-range consequences. As the economist Maynard Keynes is famously quoted as saying, “In the long run, we’re all dead.” Keynes seems to have forgotten the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will, hopefully, be very much alive.
What is called the Iraq War really began when the Iraqi Oil Ministry decided to sell their oil for euros instead of dollars in November 2000. Before that time, Saddam Hussein was a “good guy” in the eyes of the USA’s corporate-controlled government. By invading Iraq, the US reestablished the selling of Iraqi oil for dollars, another victory for the money game winners. But now it’s Iran, Venezuela, Russia and others who are selling oil for euros and other currencies. This means Americans money game losers must pay a premium at the gas pump—the cost of exchanging devaluing dollars for euros. Worse, it means that most of humanity views the US government with hostility and increasing numbers of people will do whatever they can to bring down the USA’s military, the mightiest the world has ever known, and the prop upon which the monetary system depends. “He who controls the money, rules.”
Which brings us back to Uranus and Pluto, revolution and subterfuge. Uranus-Pluto cycles (conjunctions, oppositions and squares) have historically brought major social upheavals and changes. And when such cycles have occurred conjunct, opposite or square certain key planets in the USA’s nativity, the changes have been the most dramatic and long lasting. (see “Grand Cross and Great Depressions” by Robert Gover at .)
Beginning this year, 2008, we have entered what could become the most difficult period in the USA’s brief history. As this present Uranus-Pluto square develops, it will form a grand cross pattern with the USA’s natal Sun-Saturn square. This pattern formed by the outermost planets has coincided with all four great depressions in US history. Most Americans believe the great depression of the 1930s was the only one, mainly because there are photos and movies of that period. Other great depressions have dominated the decades of the 1780s, 1840s, and 1870s. All have coincided with the grand cross pattern formed by the outermost planets to the USA’s Sun-Saturn square.
Each great depression seems unique, when we focus on the economic statistics and events of each one’s time. In the causal realm of astrology, however, all great depressions in US history have a remarkable sameness. We might say that all great depressions have both Yin and Yang aspects. On the subtle Yin side, we have the same planetary pattern coinciding with each, while on the overt Yang side, there is on-going, never-ending debate by economists as to what caused this one, and what caused that one. For example, the great depression of the 1780s is generally believed to have been a byproduct of the Revolutionary War. The root cause of the 1930s is endlessly debated. Like individuals suffering severe depression, triggering causes of bad periods can be named and numbered, but without citing a common cause for all. The commonality of all great depressions can be found by examining the astrology involved.
Rationalists like to say that astrology is not scientific. Okay, but it is synchronistic. Although no repeatable cause-effect link has been found to explain astrology scientifically, every time the grand cross has been formed by the four outermost planets with the USA’s Sun-Saturn square, it has synchronized with a great depression in the USA. Never has this planetary pattern formed without coinciding with a great depression.
That is why we can look for the pits of the coming great depression to occur between 2014 and 2016 (see Chart #4). Although the great depression we are now moving into will impact all nations to some degree, it will impact the USA most severely. I say that based on the past history of Pluto in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries. And by impacting the US so severely, it will impact the economies of other nations—all now tied tightly together by the multi-national corporate “New World Order”. It’s said than when the USA sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.
Pluto takes about 248 years on average to circle the Zodiac. The last time it arrived in Capricorn, the American Colonies were rebelling against their British rulers, and establishing the USA as a separate nation. The new government took its money out of Bank of England control and put it under the control of Congress. (Unfortunately, in 1913, Congress gave control of the nation’s monetary system to a group of bankers now known as The Fed.)
Pluto’s previous entry into Capricorn was shortly after Columbus’ famous “discovery,” when Spanish explorers unknowingly brought a pandemic that wiped out whole Native American civilizations. Tons of gold and silver were exported from the Americans to Europe—another major victory for winners of the money game—resulting in rampant inflation in Europe. The tremendous number of Europeans who then migrated to the Americas is evidence that this huge influx of gold money did not benefit European societies.
Pluto’s cyclical arrival in late Sagittarius and early Capricorn (where it is simultaneously conjunct the Galactic Center of the Milky Way) are something like hurricanes in that they blow away whatever is ripe to be blown away. In the 1760s, the British Empire was blown out of the 13 colonies that became the USA. In the late 1490s and early 1500s, it was the ancient civilizations of the Western Hemisphere that were blown away by invading Europeans.
Upcoming, what will be blown away? It seems to me what is ripe to fall is the contemporary dollar-based world monetary system. The world’s money is no longer based on anything tangible. It has become paper decreed to be money by governments.
The ancient and enduring purpose of money is to facilitate trade by providing a measurement for value. But today, the distribution of money has become so vertical, the gap between the rich few and the impoverished many so impossibly huge, that money no longer serves its basic purpose. Moreover, winners of the money game make far more money by causing money to reproduce itself than by producing goods and services to enrich their societies. Before the advent of coined money about 3,000 years ago, domestic animals and grain seeds were used as money, and these forms of money did reproduce themselves. But Aristotle warned that two coins cannot copulate and produce a third coin, and that the true use of money is to facilitate trade. Now, cyber money and credit card money—based on paper fiat money—reproduce like rabbits on steroids.
The USA’s military-industrial complex makes money by the mega-ton while bleeding true wealth from American society. Weapons made for war are either destroyed or become obsolete.
Meanwhile, the money game winners are triumphant. Successful corporate executive money game winners in the US make 22,000 times what middle class workers make. The executive can afford to put $100 dollars of gasoline in the tank of his SUV and spend another $100 for lunch, while it’s becoming impossible for his employees to afford the gas to commute to work.
So we have again cycled back to the conundrum Solon dealt with in ancient Athens: the money game winners having won so much there is not enough left over for the people who support them. American workers who can’t pay their mortgages aren’t being sold into slavery in foreign lands, but homelessness in the USA is not much better. When the money game winners get done laughing at the predicament of the losers, they will notice that their money no longer buys the goods and services they need—because workers can no longer afford to make or provide these.
The question then will be whether to “restructure” the traditional money game and thereby perpetuate it, or declare one massive default or bankruptcy, and begin the game anew.