The Saturn-Neptune opposition now forming will color the mood of we earthlings for the coming two years and it now appears from the downward slide of the dollar against other currencies impact the USA’s monetary system over the coming decade.
Saturn is the influence of construction and systems. Neptune’s influence tends to erode constructions and bring down systems that are no longer functional. Neptune is often symbolized as water and air, especially foggy or stormy air and the eroding effects of moving water.
When Saturn-Neptune oppositions form, it does not necessarily mean that any or every money system will suddenly be blown away and replaced, but if a money system has become dysfunctional and vulnerable, it will very likely be eroded under this opposition.
For example, during the Saturn-Neptune opposition of 1720, two speculative bubbles were dramatically pricked, the South Sea Bubble in London and John Law’s Mississippi Company bubble in Paris. Mercantile banks controlled the money of both countries. Much money had been invested in both companies and for a few years shares skyrocketed on rosy expectations. The South Sea Company was to deliver products and African slaves to the Americas; the Mississippi Company was to interest Frenchmen in colonizing the large landmass known as the Louisiana Territory, including what is now New Orleans. This territory comprised a large portion of the continental USA, having been purchased by the Jefferson Administration almost 100 years after the meltdowns of 1720. The money systems of both Britain and France were thrown into chaos. (1)
Records indicate that stocks in the Mississippi venture topped and turned down in March 1720, and the London venture followed in August.
On the accompanying biwheel comparing the recorded times of these bubble bursts, notice that Saturn is in water sign Scorpio opposite Neptune in earth sign Taurus. The Mississippi Company bubble scuttled the French money system in late March and the South Sea Company did much the same to English money in late August.
At the times of both crashes, Saturn formed a 120-degree trine aspect to Pluto in earth sign Virgo, adding to the transformative impact. Mars and/or the Moon often trigger such events as financial crashes. Mars was the trigger for the Mississippi crash and the Moon for the South Sea crash.
Saturn-Neptune oppositions are the “Full Moon” phase of their cycle, when these two planets have moved from conjunction to 180-degree opposition, so that Earth is between them. This cycle takes about 45 years from one opposition to the next. Looking back in American history, and without going into great detail, important turning points in the American monetary system have occurred during and following these previous Saturn-Neptune oppositions:
1971-1972: President Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard. This preceded a spike in the price of Neptune-ruled oil and long lines at gas pumps, creating what was then called “stagflation.” The price of gold also soared and the Federal Reserve, in an attempt to control inflation, jacked up interest rates, stagnating production. Some wealthy families lost more money, adjusted for inflation, during the comparatively flat stock market of this time than during the dramatic drop of the 1930s.
1936-1937: President Franklin Roosevelt temporarily delinked the dollar from gold and outlawed trading gold during the great depression of the 1930s, following the stock market crash of 1929-1930. The Dow eventually lost around 90 percent. Unemployment rose over 20 percent. Many people lost their life savings when banks failed, and many became homeless when they could not pay rents or mortgages.
1899-1900: The “Gilded Age” came to an end in a series of stock market crashes, leading to a series of reforms instituted during the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt. This led to the creation of the Federal Reserve by Congress in 1913, an attempt to bring monetary order out of chaos. This effectively handed control of the nation’s money system to a group of private bankers. By naming it the Federal Reserve, Congress fooled the American people into believing the government still controlled American money.
1862-1864: The Civil War years when the Federal Government, rather than borrow money from banks and pass the resulting compounding-interest debt on to taxpayers, made and distributed money in the form of “Greenbacks.” The Confederacy borrowed from banks and by the war’s end its currency had become worthless.
In each of those Saturn-Neptune-opposition instances, it was the money system that was impacted, as it had been in England and France in 1720. Neptune’s effects may erode other Saturnian structures of a nation’s life during this opposition, depending on which are vulnerable. Since money is the lifeblood of a society’s economy, when a monetary system is disrupted it impacts everyone in that society.
The upcoming Saturn-Neptune opposition will be within orb of effectiveness from the summer of 2006 through 2007. It will make three exact “hits,” beginning with August 31, 2006. This opposition will be roughly concurrent with a 76.6-year cycle, discovered centuries ago by Mayan astrologers, which last bottomed during the great depression of the 1930s. Add 76.6 years to 1932 and you get the summer of 2008, when a Saturn-Uranus opposition is due to form and we can expect more dramatic events to impact our money system.
How resilient is our monetary system? It’s widely understood by financiers and economists that our dollar-based system no longer does what any functioning monetary system must do: Spread prosperity throughout all sectors of society. Since the dollar is the currency of choice for international trade, much of the world is dependent on the US monetary system, and the disparity between Haves and Have-nots worldwide has never be
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Robert Gover's book Time and Money: the Economy and the Planets came out in late May, 2005. Euromoney Magazine reviewed it in late 2005. Robert has partnered with a fund manager in Florida, Mike Mansfield, to do a financial newsletter. Robert was the featured speaker at a conference of investors from around the world in Denver on September 24, 2005, He has a BA in economics and has studied astrology since 1965. By the mid-1970s, he had become interested in stock market astrology, and by the mid-1980s, with the advent of astrological software, his interest had expanded to the whole economy. Time and Money may be purchased from www.hopepubs.com, or amazon, B&N and other online vendors, as well as book stores.
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