and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is an enigmatic, gentle
and artistically-talented Pisces.
deceptively drab and dreary, Greenspan once attended The Julliard School of Music in New York City and
played with a swing band in the early 40s. Of course, this was before
deciding that a career in business held more promise. Now, for over
a decade, Greenspan has created the melody, orchestrated the music and
conducted the symphony to which the world’s economy dances.
chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in 1987, Alan Greenspan has orchestrated
the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. A substantial part of
his ability to do this is attributed to his flexibility, sensitivity
to the public’s mood, canniness and luck. Considered the second most
powerful man in the United States, Greenspan is a moderate Republican
who has built a good working relationship with the Democratic administration.
Already embarked on a fourth term, which should keep him in the job
until mid-2004, his greatest challenge appears to be just on the horizon.
to his Pisces Sun, it is said that Greenspan is off in his own world—that
society seems to flow past him and wash over him. He is there at the
party, but he is not. He’s engaged at the hearing, but he’s aloof. He’s
everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
life is centered around the sponge-like quality of Pisces. Sensitive
and impressionable, he soaks up the world. Sanctuary is important because
Pisces sensitivity must protect itself, and reportedly Greenspan does
most of his work in the seclusion of a long morning bath. Though this
may seem a strange sanctuary, the ritual, which began in the early 70s
to soothe an aching back, has provided Greenspan with a convenient way
to protect and indulge his Pisces sensitivities while sorting out and
orchestrating its endless impressions.
and the Law of Opposites: Pisces and Virgo
a master of the incremental move, it is Greenspan’s ability to balance
his impressionable Pisces center by embracing the Virgo polarity (Virgo
is the sign opposite Pisces) that enables this dreamer to create the
music to which the world’s economy will dance.
has an opposite—light and dark, male and female, me and you—and each
defines the other. Each astrological sign has an opposite. Signs in
opposition are complimentary and need each other to function at the
Pisces polarity is Virgo, the sign associated with sequencing and producing
order. Pisces without Virgo becomes lost in its oceanic world of impressions
and accomplishes nothing, while Virgo without Pisces occupies itself
with busywork and accomplishes nothing meaningful. But, when the Pisces
dreamer embraces the Virgo doer, it gives rise the music maker—a person
who can take random sounds and impressions, create a melody, orchestrate
the music and conduct the symphony—even if that symphony is the economic
health of the United States.
when asked how he was feeling, Geenspan replied, “I’m not allowed to
say.” This is humorous, but relevant, when you consider that two of
his words, “irrational exuberance,” inserted into an otherwise routine
speech given in December 1996, wielded enough power to trigger a global
stock sell-off. What Greenspan says profoundly affects the world.
gentle, thoughtful and quick to smile, Greenspan is a peculiar wizard
who seems to rattle on, but you can’t always be sure about what he is
saying. Most consider his language pattern puzzling, and believe he
employs a wordiness that leads to seemingly meaningless utterances.
However, astrologically it appears that Greenspan is really just a man
who marches to the beat of his own drum.
has Mercury, the planet of communication, thoughts and ideas, in the
initiatory sign of Aries, indicating a fast, original and independent
style of thinking and communicating. Uranus, the planet of quirky nonconformity,
is conjunct Mercury. These two planets working together tell of Greenspan’s
penchant for formulating new, inventive and sometimes very unexpected
ideas. They also reveal a peculiar way of understanding perceptions
as well as a way of thinking and a style of speaking that would seem
difficult to decipher.
Angel on His Shoulder
can’t find a better indicator of luck in a horoscope than the combination
of Jupiter and Venus. Greenspan has a Jupiter-Venus conjunction in the
social sign of Aquarius. In fact, it appears that Greenspan has led
a charmed life. An inveterate partygoer (Jupiter) who is at ease (Venus)
in social situations (Aquarius), he is well liked and his personal friendships
and love interests (Venus) have always proved to be beneficial (Jupiter).
combination—Venus (money) conjunct Jupiter (luck)—also bodes well for
financial success. However, the benefic duo’s placement in Aquarius
shifted Greenspan’s focus from personal financial success (Greenspan’s
government salary is considerably less than he could have earned in
the private sector) to the financial success of society as a whole.
(The sign Aquarius is concerned with humanity at large.) And many times
during the last decade it certainly seemed society was the benefactor
of Greenspan's luck.
Challenge of 2001
presently it may seem that whoever is elected to the presidency in November
would be unlikely to question Greenspan’s decisions, this may not be
the case. Transiting Pluto (power) squares (challenges) his Sun (integrity)
for the first time just after the new president takes office, indicating
that changes in the nation’s leadership, the economy and/or public opinion
are likely to present significant challenges to Greenspan’s strength,
character and integrity. Unflinching cooperation will be required if
he is to resolve situations that arise during the next two years. But
whatever transpires during the approaching challenge, it is likely to
mark the beginning of the end and Greenspan’s retirement from public
service. Greenspan will be 75 in 2001.