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Global Investment Crisis: Part II

Global Investment Crisis: Part II | Top Stories Archives
by Mark Lerner

Dateline: September 15, 2011... This is the continuation of the article that I composed last month. We are about to have nearly simultaneous Pluto and Vesta stations on Friday Sept. 16 and Saturday Sept. 17. These will occur in the signs Capricorn and Aquarius, respectively, while the Moon transits the first earth sign of the zodiac -- Taurus -- the key sign of material assets, savings, banking and money. Get ready for another intense economic ride this weekend! See points 8 to 14 below..

(8)The Federal Reserve (born December 23, 1913) just experienced a once-in-248-years transit of Pluto opposite its natal Pluto, and Pluto united with its natal Sun in Capricorn. Pluto in this case signified the death-rebirth and transformation of the Federal Reserve Banking system as well as whether that privately-owned entity would become totalitarian and dictatorial in its behavior or fall apart completely via bankruptcy, corruption, and “cooking the books.” These two types of rare and potent Pluto transits occurred precisely three times each in 2008 and 2009. Do those years sound familiar? It was when the previous economic crash started, Congress passed the TARP funding (which eventually helped the largest banks, which had corrupted the entire financial system in the first place), the giant stimulus was enacted, and President Obama decided to re-nominate Republican Ben Bernanke to stay at the head of the Federal Reserve. While many people believe the Federal Reserve and Ben Bernanke helped to keep the national and global economy from a new Great Depression, it was also on Ben Bernanke’s watch in 2008 that the entire collapse of the world’s financial system nearly occurred.

Ben Bernanke is a Sun-sign Sagittarius and a Moon-sign Pisces – the exact mirror reflection of his predecessor Alan Greenspan (who is a Sun-sign Pisces and a Moon-sign Sagittarius, and born the day of a fear-controlling or fear-generating station of Saturn in icy Scorpio). It was under Alan Greenspan’s supposed watch that the housing industry became completely unregulated – allowing the massive corruption to occur with mortgage-repackaging, derivatives, CDOs, SIVs and other arcane, economic magic acts that are still festering away within the international banking system, preventing a clear accounting of the books of these monolithic, too-big-to-fail secretive institutions. This is a great part of the reason these giant banks are hoarding cash and not loaning to people because the entire accounting system is filled with fraud and corruption in the hundreds of trillions of dollars world-wide.

It is only because the stock, bond, commodity, precious-metal, currency and real-estate markets still look at the Federal Reserve Banking system and the Central European Banking system as being honest and responsible that this international game of financial Russian Roulette is continuing to be played. Once we see that the supposed almighty Wizard-of-Oz financial leaders are really manipulative, petty humans trying to defend their very parochial economic views, the massive fraud will be revealed and the monopoly money out there paper-wise will be worthless (a la the Weimar Republic in Germany, 1922-1924). This is another reason why the price of an ounce of gold is soaring across the globe. It has not even reached anywhere close to its true value (based on inflation) and gold would need to reach $2400 and beyond to actually catch up with its 1980 nominal value of $850 per ounce. (Another reason – too hard to describe in this blog – producing our current economic crisis is the combined influence of Presidents FDR and Nixon taking America off the gold standard in 1933-1934 and 1971, respectively. I have written about those issues within the online pages of Earth Aquarius News.)

(9)Neptune has much to do with universal currency movements (as the higher-octave planet to Venus, which rules personal finance-saving-banking-assets) and economic waves where Neptune periodically energizes one of the four elements (fire, earth, air and water) for a 14-year cycle. Thirty years ago, my colleague Barry Lynes pinpointed Neptune’s movements in the earth signs (Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo in the 1800s and 1900s) as equating with various recessions, depressions and crashes in the American economy – the last major one during 1929 to 1932, triggering The Great Depression world-wide. However, while Barry’s research concerning economics as well as politics was astounding and his work as an astro-historian was equally phenomenal, he – as well as no one else – knew that the rare and hardly-understood phenomenon of Pluto moving inside Neptune’s orbit (for a 20-year cycle every 248 years within the Pluto movement through the zodiac) would drastically change a prediction he made about Neptune’s movement in earthy Capricorn from 1984 to 1998.

What happened was that from January 1979 to January 1999, Neptune – not Pluto – became the outermost planet in our solar system. Pluto had been making this 20-year incursion within Neptune’s orbit every 248 years going back for millennia, but this was now the first time we could track its real influence because Neptune was only discovered in 1846 and Pluto was only discovered in 1930. Well, it turned out that when Neptune entered Capricorn and should have caused an economic crash for America in early 1985, it didn’t happen. Of course, 2+ years later – while Neptune was still in Capricorn and close to opposing America’s Jupiter in Cancer – the NYSE did crash on October 19, 1987, but there is no way that we could say that Neptune’s overall movement in Capricorn from 1984 to 1998 was depression-causing economically. The rise of the Internet and World Wide Web, and the high-tech revolution came in during the 1990s – when Uranus and Neptune converged three times in 1992-1993, another reason there wasn’t a 14-year economic depression from 1984 to 1998.

However, during the 1979 to 1999 Pluto shift inside Neptune’s orbit, a remarkable series of events took place on the Earth. The Iranian Islamic Revolution took place in early 1979 while the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan starting in December 1979. Religion-oriented Neptune and Government-oriented Pluto were switching roles and themes, and this would continue to develop over the two decades – seeing the rise of Al Qaeda, the power of Osama bin Laden, and the outbreak of Islamic terrorism first in small doses in the 1990s in New York City and around the world, and then in a far more concentrated form after Pluto and Neptune switched back to their usual orbital placement.

The upshot of all this is crucial right now because it is Pluto in Capricorn – opposing America’s natal Venus, Jupiter and the Sun in Cancer 13 times from 2009 to 2015 – that is substituting for Neptune’s presence in the same sign in the 1980s. Thus, Pluto has re-emerged from its cocoon in Neptune’s orbit and is not only a power-will-purpose driven planet, but it also has Neptunian global-financial-currency vibrations added to it. No one realized this might happen, but that is what is going on. And just as the DJIA fell nearly 90% in value from September 1929 to July 1932 (as pointed out by Harry S. Dent, Jr., in his paperback book The Great Depression Ahead), it is now – 2+ years after the financial collapse in the fall of 2008 – that Pluto in Capricorn is opposing the USA natal Jupiter in Cancer three times (with the last opposition due to occur on November 20, 2011). This year’s triple Pluto oppositions to our natal Jupiter mimic Neptune’s trio of 60-degree aspects to our natal Jupiter in 1931-1932 during the beginning phase of The Great Depression when the DJIA reached its low (what many people feel could happen now). This is also a time-period when Uranus is retrograding back to 0+ degrees of Aries, where it began at this year’s spring equinox, spreading the news of revolution, shocks to the system, and liberation throughout the teaming masses around the globe.

(10)A terrible and gigantic mistake occurred during 2009 – 2010 after the financial collapse and corruption events that manifested during much of 2008 and culminated that fall with TARP, giving hundreds of billions to megabanks, and the victory of Obama over McCain (future over past) on the exact day of the first of 5 Saturn-Uranus polarities in the sky. The terrible and gigantic mistake or lost opportunity – that I wrote about years before and during 2009 – 2010 in Earth Aquarius News – was that Neptune would make its first return ever to its discovery placement at 26 degrees of Aquarius. I gave out the precise dates many times – April 11, 2009, July 17, 2009 and February 7, 2010.

Neptune had been discovered on September 23, 1846 and it is the only time that an outer planet was discovered with another planet right with it by conjunction. That other planet was Saturn (ruling the material realm as opposed to Neptune’s main rulership of spiritual, religious and universal themes). Thus, at the discovery of Neptune, Saturn was there simultaneously – both planets at 26 degrees of Aquarius. Neptune has a cycle of approximately 164 years and it is usually considered the ruling planet of world-wide currencies and economic waves. Thus, at is first ever return to its discovery placement, there was a golden opportunity for the world’s financial and political leaders to dissolve (a key function of Neptune) the old international monetary foundations – going back to the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, establishing the American dollar as the global reserve currency – and create a far more equitable, fair and universally compassionate system of fiscal responsibility.

While it was uncanny for a while at the first two Neptune Returns (in April and July 2009) that the G-20 financial leaders were actually meeting to attempt to enact important global financial changes, they never succeeded, and by the final, third Neptune Return in February 2010, the die was cast as the financial and political leaders resumed their selfish and narrow-minded interests, and failed to do something historic and helpful for everyone. In other words, the hidden, corrupt, power-elites – that appear to control the world from behind the scenes, regardless of what names we give to these Pluto-like enclaves – held sway once again and the Neptune Returns have only managed to create massive confusion, chaos and nebulosity (in the minds of young people, the unemployed, the under-employed, and the increasing numbers of discontented on our planet who realize that our leaders are devoid of true, higher vision and a dynamic, futuristic creative imagination).

By the way, the other reason this series of three Neptune Returns has had such a debilitating effect on Americans and their spirits is that the Neptune Returns were precisely occurring on top of the USA natal Moon-Pallas placements at 26 to 27 degrees of Aquarius. The Moon stands for our homes, land values, families and neighborhoods (now decimated by the foreclosure crisis as well as the deterioration of home prices overall), and Pallas stands for our problem-solving and strategizing skills (which, so far, have gone for naught as Neptune created a wave of haziness and universal uncertainty on our home front instead of providing us with the creative, innovative and “imagineering” tools that would have favorably energized our mentally-brilliant Pallas qualities as a country and people).

(11)It is often forgotten that only 16 months after Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846 at 26 degrees of Aquarius, gold was discovered in Northern California on January 24, 1848. Neptune’s position on that day was 29+ degrees of Aquarius – exactly where Neptune has returned this year in March and where it will be during the first ten days of this September, as well as during the first ten days of January 2012. However, transiting Neptune is right now so close to its placement from the gold discovery date of January 24, 1848 that it appears the recent, enormous upsurge in the price of an ounce of gold in the last two weeks is definitely connected to this Neptunian resonance.

My main mentor in astrology – Dane Rudhyar – wrote about gold equating with god (from the Neptunian spiritual perspective) with the infusion of tens of thousands of prospectors leading to the Gold Rush of 1849 and the eventual formation of the State of California on September 9, 1850. Neptune has much to do with masses of people being transfixed by a vision – whether real or illusory – in which a person, religion, movement or, in this case, a precious metal has the capacity to appear larger than life, a savior to their most earnest needs and desires. Right now, with political leaders either squabbling or too self-centered and concerned about re-election, the long-standing tangible asset of gold appears as an answer, a measure of potential safety and security during a time of financial crisis.

(12)Ongoing Progressed Stations in the birthchart of America have also taken their toll on the economic stability of our nation. The stopping and retrograde shifts by our Progressed Mercury (1994) and Progressed Saturn (1997) led to the Republican surge against the Clinton presidency in 1994 and the Monica Lewinsky scandal early on in President Clinton’s second term in office (1998). America’s Progressed Uranus made a station and turned direct (1999) as the severe downturn in internet-related stocks led to disaster in the high-tech realms ruled over by this planet. For the first time ever in the history of our nation, Progressed Mars stopped and went into reverse (2006) as it became clear to many Americans that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were draining us of precious financial security. This led to a victory by the Democratic Party in that year’s mid-term elections in the House of Representatives, giving Nancy Pelosi a leadership position, and eventually spelling the death-knell for the future Republican nominees in 2008, John McCain and Sarah Palin. With that last Progressed Mars station still active in our national chart, and Saturn by transit crossing over that position this September-October, it is intriguing that the Defense Department and Pentagon (connected to Mars and warfare) may have to suffer large cuts in spending if a Congressional stalemate continues concerning the need to raise taxes.

(13)Speaking of Saturn, America is now experiencing its 8th Saturn Return in the sign of Libra since the birth of our country on July 4, 1776. This “Identity Crisis,” uprising of fear, and contraction of financial resources (part of the shadow side of Saturn) happens like clock-work every 29.5 years. The current cycle started in December 2010, came back in March 2011, and ends this month during the weekend of August 27 – 28. If you go back to the last Saturn Return for America in 1981, there were the Reagan Recession and tax hikes of that year. One Saturn cycle earlier in 1952 included the crisis of the executive branch of government seizing our steel mills and a tremendous conflict among management, workers and government – leading to the Supreme Court overturning an executive order by President Truman. This was also the year that Dwight Eisenhower – a Sun-sign Libra – was elected president almost exactly with Saturn crossing over his Sun.

The fact that the current global investment crisis is happening with all of the points in this long list – as well as during an American Saturn Return – should make all of us wince a little, especially when you have to add on the reality that modern-day Egypt and Japan (two nations caught up this year in tumultuous events that have put their leaders up for trial or rebuke) are also experiencing their own Saturn Returns in 2011.

(14)Something not discussed much in the astrology of the 21st century are Great Mutation cycles. These occur every 180 to 200 years (approximately) when the every-20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycles shift from one element to another. Since January 1842, Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions have been occurring in earth signs (except for the trio of aberrations in early Libra in 1980-1981). The originating birth point for this Great Mutation in earth signs is 9 degrees of Capricorn – where Jupiter and Saturn united in 1842. The rise of corporate and banking power, and the military-industrial complex, and our highly materialistic way of life are all connected intimately to these Jupiter-Saturn unions every 20 years in earth signs. The last Jupiter-Saturn conjunction happened at 23 degrees of Taurus in May 2000. The next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction happens at 0+ degrees of Aquarius in December 2020 – beginning a Great Mutation in air signs that will last into the 22nd century. This will make even more real the information-communication age that has been burgeoning ever since those odd Libra unions happened in 1980-1981. Simultaneously, this implies the end of the materialistic and economic-based era of the past nearly 170 years.

Therefore, with rioting now in London, questions about France’s AAA credit rating, the faltering of countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Italy, and concern over whether Germany – the key powerhouse in Europe – can keep the European Union together, it should not surprise you that there is a chart for European Civilization based on the Crowning of Charlemagne as the Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day, 800 A.D. in Rome at Noon.* This chart reveals the Sun at 9 degrees of Capricorn the same place where Jupiter-Saturn united in 1842 to kick off the Great Mutation in earth signs and where transiting Pluto arrives for an extended visit during 2012. This will be extremist Pluto’s first crisscrossing of this point in 248 years and all hell (the shadow side of Pluto) could break loose throughout the European continent. The United Kingdom main chart is actually a separate map calculated for Midnight on January 1, 1801 – with the Sun at 11 degrees of Capricorn, where Pluto will be in 2013. Currently, the riots in London – spreading to other main cities, like Birmingham and Manchester – are associated with transiting Mars, Uranus and Pluto during early August forming a T-Square triangle and influencing the Libra Rising Sign and natal Uranus for the UK. Modern France (born October 5, 1958 with its Fifth Republic) and reunified Germany (October 3, 1990) are both Sun-sign Libra nations – presently undergoing contraction and fears due to transiting Saturn being in Libra.

*The fact that America announced to the world – weeks ahead of time – that we had to resolve our Debt Ceiling Crisis by August 2, 2012 helped to sustain and exacerbate the entire economic whirlwind we are currently experiencing. Here’s why. On August 2, 2012, Mercury was going to stop moving direct, and make a station at 2 degrees of Virgo in order to begin a three-week retrograde cycle lasting until August 26. Mercury – in general – has much to do with communications, trade and commerce, information exchange, accounting, paperwork and things like credit ratings by alphabetical delineation. And when a celestial body is stationary – even more than when it is moving either direct or retrograde – that celestial body’s influence is amplified to an enormous degree.

Not only did the U.S. Congress push the Debt Ceiling resolution to the absolute end date with Mercury motionless in the sky, but the legislation was then half-heartedly signed by a beleaguered, Chiron-influenced President Obama during a void Moon. Three days later, on August 5, Standard and Poor’s credit-rating agency downgraded America’s formerly sterling AAA credit rating – sparking the current Global Investment Crisis exactly when the Sun opposed Vesta in the sky. To top it off, 2 degrees of Virgo – where Mercury was located as it stopped and went into reverse – is the Saturn placement (fear; contraction; authoritarian power) from the birth of European Civilization from December 25, 800 at the Crowning of Charlemagne as the Holy Roman Emperor. Even more precisely, that Saturn placement is in the 6th house of work-jobs-employment in that chart. And we have seen tumult in the streets of major cities in England, and new financial worries in France that their credit rating could be demoted, as well as lingering worries about the sovereign debt crises and rising rates of unemployment in a number of European nations. Thus, our ignorance of astrology and its fine art of tuning into the sacred principles of right timing – by the governments of the world in the 21st century – keeps coming back to haunt us, over and over again.

P.S.: Points 15 to 20 will appear in Part III -- coming up soon.

Copyright 2011 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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