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Although astronomers have downgraded Pluto from a planet to a moon, it has a very interesting astrological history. Since astrology studies the effects of planetary cycles and angles, it hardly matters whether Pluto is a planet or a moon. The Earth’s Moon has distinct effects on us here on Earth, and so does Pluto. The main difference is that the Moon is the nearest and swiftest moving celestial body studied by astrologers and Pluto the most distant and slowest moving. 

Right now Pluto is in the last few degrees of Sagittarius conjunct the Galactic Center of the Milky Way and within orb of an opposition to where it was when Congress created the Federal Reserve System in December 1913. Most Americans believe the government issues currency, cash and credit into our economy, but in 1913 Congress privatized this process by turning it over to private bankers, members of The Fed. Since then, currency has been issued as debt owned by taxpayers. In effect, the government borrows a few more billion dollars for, say, the war in Iraq and taxpayers get stuck with the bill owed the bankers of the Fed, at ever-compounding interest. This is known as the national or federal debt. The IRS is the Fed bankers’ collector.   

It has been found by astrologers that Pluto has to do with changes that are at first hidden, unknown, not yet manifested into our material reality. The conception of a child is a good example. We usually don't know for sure when conception takes place. We get the dramatic manifestation of that conception when the child is born. Pluto conjuncts the Galactic Center once about every 246 years, give or take about a decade before or after, due to Pluto's erratic orbit. When it arrives at this area of the heavens, what we know for sure is that we're entering a period of major change. Examples:

1514: The years after Columbus "discovered" America and Spanish priests and conquistadors spanned out through the Caribbean and beyond, bringing Christian salvation to the native population and shipping gold and silver back to Spain. What was unknown then but has since been discovered by archeological digs is that millions of Native Americans perished during this period from diseases imported from Europe to which they had no immunity.

1760-1761: This was a transition period from the end of the French and Indian War into the revolutionary fervor that eventually produced the American Revolution. “Taxation without representation” is what most history books emphasize about this period, but if you dig deeper, you’ll find that it was the lack of a currency that made life in the American colonies so difficult. The British rulers insisted the colonists use British money but it was in such short supply in the colonies, it greatly hampered the commerce necessary to function. Every time the colonists created their own form of money, the “Lords of Trade and Plantations” were dispatched from London to destroy it. By the mid-1700s, the British Government owed the Bank of England (prototype of the Fed’s debt-based system) 140,000,000 pounds. The King did not have enough taxpayers to service this national debt, so he looked across the Atlantic to the colonies for help. It was at this time that the colonies were experimenting with the issuance of their own debt-free money, and were not happy being saddled with the King’s war debts.  Ben Franklin was sent to London in 1757, as Pluto was within orb of a conjunction with the Galactic Center, and when called to speak to Parliament, said:

In the colonies, we issue our own paper money. It is called "Colonial Script." We issue it in proper proportion to make the goods pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and we have no interest to pay to no one.

Most Americans are taught that the Revolution began with the battles of Lexington and Concord. Monetary historian Alexander Del Mar says:

Lexington and Concord were trivial acts of resistance which chiefly concerned those who took part in them and which might have been forgiven; but the creation and circulation of bills of credit...were acts of a whole people and coming as they did on the heels of the strenuous efforts made by the Crown to suppress paper money in America they constituted acts of defiance so contemptuous and insulting to the Crown that forgiveness was thereafter impossible...there was but one course for the Crown to pursue and that was to suppress and punish those acts of rebellion...Thus the Bills of Credit of this era, which ignorance and prejudice have attempted to belittle into the mere instruments of a reckless financial policy, were really the standards of the Revolution. They were more than this: they were the Revolution itself.

In its Constitution, the new nation provided for a monetary system that was to be debt-free and controlled by Congress. This was viewed as an outrage by aristocracies around the world at the time, who believed the human race would disintegrate into helpless chaos without the guidance of those “divinely appointed to rule.” The Rothschilds, a banking family from Germany which showed genius in taking over the money systems of European countries around this time, determined to serve the world’s aristocracy by persuading the USA to create a central bank and issue currency as debt owned the wealth elite who owned this banking operation. Cried the London Times:

If that mischievous financial policy which had its origin in the North American Republic should become indurate down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without a debt. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.

Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln steadfastly resisted attempts to privatize US money by creating a central bank. Lincoln was assassinated and Jackson would have been had his would-be assassin kept his powder dry in the damp Capitol Building of those times. Astrologically, Jackson’s veto of the central bank bill in his day occurred under an opposition of Saturn and Pluto. Lincoln’s introduction of the Greenback occurred with Saturn and Jupiter conjunct in Virgo (putting both conjunct the US Neptune) opposite transiting Neptune, with Pluto in Taurus making no major aspect.

The Rothschilds and their increasingly large number of associates worked diligently through the 1800s to get a central bank established in the USA, for they would then reap a cornucopia of profits into perpetuity by lending money to government, to be repaid by future taxpayers at ever-compounding interest. They finally succeeded when, on December 23, 1913, Congress created the US Federal Reserve System. At this time, Pluto was opposite its conjunction with the Galactic Center, and also—tellingly enough—opposite the Sun. 

At this time, the years leading into and through World War I, anyone who suspected foul play by bankers was castigated as a conspiracy nut. President Woodrow Wilson, who’d signed this legislation, joined the nuts 10 years later when he said: 

I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial Nation is controlled by a system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the Nation, therefore, and all its activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be the worse ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world—no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote by the majority, but the government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.

The old saying is, “Whoever controls the money, controls the nation.” Amselm Rothschild put it this way: "Give me the power to issue a nation's money, then I do not care who makes the law." 

As I write this, the national debt—what politicians have borrowed from the bankers of the Fed, sticking future generations of taxpayers with the debt at ever-compounding interest—comes to around $9 trillion. This is on top of private debt owed by corporations and individuals for mortgages, cars, credit cards, etc. And the looming problem is that, with collective income trending down and collective debt zooming up, we are entering a time when we’ll have to do what third world nations have done to repay “foreign aid”: drastically cut back social services. The alternative is to change the monetary system back to the debt-free version the Founders—those who were aware of money systems—called for.  Unfortunately, most were unaware and so Section 8 of Article 1 was not precisely worded, opening the door for future chicanery. 

In January 2008, Pluto will inch into Capricorn and be exactly opposite where it was when the Fed was created in December 1913. Pluto is also famous among astrologers for foreshadowing major changes to come, and so it is no surprise that the dollar has been falling in relation to other world currencies, especially the euro. But don’t expect our monetary system to make headlines in the coming months and years, for the Fed bankers work hard to maintain secrecy. And since our politicians depend on money to mount elections and reelections, they aren’t likely to blow the whistle on our rapidly deteriorating monetary system either. Most politicians just want to know how to raise campaign money. Few understand how the system really works, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas being a rare exception.

Astrology enables us to know when times of difficulty and change will come, but not what we will decide to do about the difficulties or how we’ll decide to change. The less-than-half a percent of the human race which now reaps bonanzas from the debt-based world monetary system (with the dollar the world’s reserve currency, replacing gold) are not likely to relinquish their control. Which means that behind the headlines and “off camera,” a lot fur will fly as the powerful decide how to downsize the USA and restructure the national debt.  The alternative is a popular uprising to end the debt-based Fed-run system, but because so few people understand what it is and how it works, that isn’t likely. 

Unless Uranus has its characteristic surprises in store when it squares Pluto, from 2008 to 2018, simultaneously forming a grand cross with the USA’s natal Sun square Saturn.  Uranus brings the unpredictable, the key phrase for Uranus being “expect the unexpected.” The last time Uranus and Pluto formed a square and hit the US Sun-Saturn square, we went through the great depression of the 1930s, and some amazing changes emerged from those years, the enactment of Social Security being a prime example. What appears in the offing is “stagflation,” a combination of rampant inflation combined with economic stagnation. As during the 1930s, those in control will have a dozen or more explanations of what has happened to the economy, and the public will be blamed for various transgressions, such as signing questionable mortgages deals. Yet there is the Uranian possibility that a growing movement worldwide to change the debt-based system may surface into public awareness. Already in the USA and more so in Germany, local currencies are being tried, which keeps money in local communities. Global corporations and their political friends will work hard to put down that movement.

But who knows? Maybe a politician or two will rebel against being controlled by what President Van Buren called The Money Power, and lead us back to the debt-free monetary system envisioned by our nation’s most aware founders—Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine.  If that happens, it will transform the USA and world, raising billions of people out of grinding poverty. 


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, or amazon, B&N and other online vendors, as well as book stores. Robert is a memmber of the International Society of Astrological Research, the International Society of Business Astrologers, and the American Federation of Astrologers. He is also a novelist, and the latest edition of his most famous book One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding can be purchased at most online bookstores. His other novels may be obtained from used or rare book dealers. He has written one other nonfiction book: Voodoo Contra, about the conradictory meanings of that ominous word.

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Other StarIQ articles by Robert Gover:

  • The Real Estate Cycle   2/15/2014
  • Saturn-Neptune and the U.S. Monetary System   6/9/2006
  • Global Corporations & Territorial Imperative   3/24/2006
  • Neptune and the New Fed Chairman   2/24/2006
  • Saturn-Neptune Avian Flu   1/16/2006
  • Saturn & Neptune: Money and Oil   11/4/2005
  • Money: Dollar & Yuan   7/29/2005
  • Wal-Mart's Dilemma   5/20/2005
  • Social Security and Murphy's Law   1/28/2005
  • Mercury, Pluto and the Vote Count   11/12/2004
  • Vietnam, Iraq, Saturn & Pluto   10/8/2004
  • Planetary Aspects & Belief   7/16/2004
  • Zhu Di to G. Bush   5/28/2004
  • The 72-Year Cycle   4/16/2004
  • Class War   1/9/2004
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 5   10/6/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 4   9/29/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 3   9/22/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 2   9/9/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 1   9/8/2003
  • Mayan Time and Money   6/26/2003
  • Dollar, Euro and War   4/24/2003
  • Stock Market Alert   12/12/2002
  • War Fever   10/3/2002
  • Long-Range Economic Forecast   8/29/2002
  • Pep Rallies & Scouting Reports   8/15/2002
  • The Virtuous Circle   8/2/2000
  • Neptune, Pluto and Boundaries   5/24/2000
  • Volatile Stock Markets and Pluto   4/19/2000
  • Neptune and Inflation   3/29/2000
  • Financial Panics Past and Future   3/8/2000
  • The Bubble and Gap of the 1990s   3/1/2000
  • Saturn and Great Depressions Part 2   2/2/2000
  • Saturn and Great Depressions Part 1   1/12/2000

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