The Federal Reserve Bank has been having a hell of a time since the beginning of 2008. This is reflected in its astrology chart. Pluto in the sky has come opposite its position in the Fed’s chart. This is something that few human beings get to experience in their lifetime but which the Fed gets to experience because it’s over a hundred years old.
Every entity that comes into existence has a chart and the Fed is no exception. I’m no expert in mundane astrology (that’s the branch devoted to world events, politics and the charts of leaders and nations) but the Fed fascinates me, so I thought I’d apply what I do know—which is the astrology of individual personality—to the Fed. So what happens when I read the chart of the Fed as if it were a person? It might go something like this:
Me: Hello, Fed, how ya doing?
Fed: Not so good in the last few years. In fact, I feel like I’m in meltdown.
Me: Yeah, I can understand why. You are experiencing an opposition of Pluto to your natal Pluto. And because your natal Pluto was already opposite your Sun, that means the transiting Pluto is conjuncting your Sun. See?
Fed: Not really, but go on. What does it mean?
Me: It’s a time for you to metamorphose into something better, from the core outward. During this time you’re likely to feel a sense of uncertainty about who you are and why you’re here. You’ll feel lost in the dark, out of control, a ship at sea without a compass. During a time like this, your secrets are likely to come to the surface and be seen by everyone. You’ll feel exposed and vulnerable. You’ll be forced to let go of things that seemed essential but really are not. It’s a time of death and rebirth, a time of shedding your skin. The caterpillar you were is becoming the butterfly you could be.
Fed: But what if I turn into something completely different?
Me: You’d best be open to that possibility. Your past ways of maintaining control are up for change and this is a time of testing for you. What can you let go of and how gracefully can you do it?
Fed: That sounds like a lot of work. I’m pretty complex and change is hard. What happens if I don’t want to change?
Me: If you’re not willing to let go of the old ways and trust what you are becoming, this could be a pretty painful process. Your natal Pluto is in Cancer, which is about emotional ties and the ways they can be used to control and manipulate. Pluto in the sky today is in Capricorn, and he has a message for you. He’s asking you to let go of inappropriate codependency and to instead embrace independence.
Fed: What does that mean?
Me: I’m saying that your dependence on the government to bail out the banks is not going to fly anymore. You’re getting the whole nation deeper in debt—to ourselves and other nations—with your monetary policies which were created in the first place by wealthy people who wanted to stay wealthy at the expense of the common man. It’s just not sustainable.
Fed: But it’s worked this long. And I resent your implication that I exist to prop up the rich! This is America and wealth is available to anyone who wants to work for it.
Me: Has it really worked? Are these boom-and-bust cycles symptomatic of a healthy monetary system? You keep overextending yourself in ways my financial advisor would tell me not to. The FDIC has propped you up, but how much longer can that continue?
Fed: But the nation’s economic structures depend on my health. I need those periodic infusions of money to keep going.
Me: Exactly my point. This Pluto thing you’re experiencing is showing you the ways you’ve become codependent and unable to stand on your own two feet. Many of your banks have failed this year. You need restructuring at least, perhaps even replacing.
Fed: But I don’t want to die!
Me: Maybe, if you’re willing to be flexible and start serving the actual needs of the people, instead of the comfort of a few, you can change instead of dying.
Fed: This is scary.
Me: Fortunately for you, your transition is mostly over. What’s happening this month is just a small aftershock of events associated with your Pluto transit, which happened from January through November of 2008.
Fed: Whew! So, no worries?
Me: Actually, yes-worries. Pluto will make one more pass conjunct your Sun. That will peak around November 10th or 11th this year. October and November will likely be very challenging for you. Sometimes illumination of a current transit comes when we look at the previous milestone in its larger cycle. The last time Pluto transited your Sun and Pluto was in 1971. You remember what happened then, don’t you?
Fed: Um, what?
Me: Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard. Without gold as an anchor, inflation went through the roof. You’ve been trying to keep your balance ever since, without an anchor.
Fed: What can I do?
Me: Learn from it. Actually change. From now through November is the chance to make it better, not worse. Are you up for that? Are you willing to see the truth of it if your monetary policies are just not standing the test of time? Are you willing to try what does work, instead of making adjustments to keep bad policies in place?
Fed: I honestly don’t know.
Me: I guess we’ll see, won’t we?
The Fed didn’t like this news very much. Somehow I get the idea that the Fed is not very personal-growth oriented. The good news is that when things get bad enough to grab attention, that’s when change can begin. The Fed is unwell—perhaps the events of 2008 and 2009 are exactly what is needed to bring this country back to financial health.
For interesting background on this, see:
Financial Reform to Address Systemic Risk
(speech by Ben Bernanke, March 2009)
Friedman Scandal Illustrates Need For Federal Reserve Reform
(article in NY Libertarian Examiner, May 2009)
Obama’s Regulatory Reform Removes The Punchbowl From The Fed
(financial astrology blogpost on wallstreetweather.com, June 2009)
August 15, 1971: Inflation Unleashed
(explanation of the woes of fiat currency on www.financialsense.com)
In yesterday’s post I talked about the significance of redoing Barack Obama’s oath of office and the new chart that came of it. Today I want to say a little more about the challenges in the noon chart and how the 7:30 pm chart overcomes them. The noon chart had two main problems, one involving Mercury and the other involving the Moon.
The Mercury Problem
Firstly, the inauguration occurred while Mercury was retrograde. Mercury retrograde is really not the best time for taking oaths, signing contracts, setting deadlines or making concrete agreements of any kind. Such deadlines are often not met and such agreements usually end up seeming unfinished or cannot be fulfilled on. But what can a nation do when a very important oath is scheduled during Mercury retrograde?
The solution to the don’t-sign-contracts rule lies in the nature of Mercury retrograde itself. A Mercury retrograde period is a retrospective period. It is a time when forward progress is more difficult but backward progress is facilitated. The very best thing to do during a Mercury retrograde period is to go back and fix or complete something old or to take a retrospective look at something previously unfinished. Since the first inauguration was an attempt to cement a new agreement, it’s a wonderful piece of luck and an astrological synchronicity that a mistake was made, a mistake large and clear enough to necessitate a do-over under constitutional law. The very act of having a do-over satisfied Mercury retrograde’s need to fix the old rather than initiate the new. The 7:30 PM chart IS a fix, merely by existing and replacing the noon chart.
I don’t believe that Mercury retrograde caused the mistake, but I do think that going ahead with the first chart would have been a bad idea and that doing it over not only enabled a better chart (one more suited to Obama’s vision for the United States) but also solved the issue of the presence of Mercury retrograde in the second chart. Because the second chart was a “do-over,” Mercury had his nod and wink, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Mercury’s retrograde status will not prevent the administration from living up to its agreements.
The Moon Problem
The second problem with the original inauguration chart, a glaring one to astrologers, was the void-of-course Moon. The Moon in a chart is called “void-of-course” when it occupies the end of a sign and will not make any more connections (“aspects”) to other planets before leaving that sign. The Moon represents feelings in any chart and its placement is always an important factor. To quote Jim Maynard’s Pocket Astrologer (a yearly planetary-motion publication every astrologer should have on them at all times), during a void-of-course Moon “it is wise to avoid making important decisions. Judgment at this time is probably faulty. New paths at this time are likely to be plagued with false starts, errors, and unexpected hassles. Contracts, promises or new laws tend to bring on difficulties. Delays and frustrations are common.”
The void-of-course Moon means that feelings are drifting, unable to connect to anything, kind of like free-floating anxiety. It yields a sensation of emotional instability during which judgment is faulty, tending to result in bad decisions. In an inauguration chart, the Moon represents the feelings or moods of the public and a void-of-course Moon suggests that under this administration the public mood would drift and be fickle, perhaps changing its mind and questioning its own judgment about having elected him. This could disconnect Obama from the public, making it hard for his administration to satisfy the people, gain their respect and hold their support for the next 4 years. A void-of-course Moon would have destabilized his administration, causing frustration for those in government and citizens alike–an administration from hell.
The second inauguration chart solves this problem entirely. By the day after January 20th, the Moon had passed into the next sign and was receiving several aspects from other planets. It was no longer void-of-course. With this chart in place, Obama’s administration will be emotionally grounded and able to connect to the public mood. The public will be satisfyable and he will be able to connect with them.
How did this happen?
How did Obama and the USA escape a chart/administration with such huge problems? In a previous article I described Obama’s current Jupiter transit to his Ascendant. With Jupiter moving through his first house, he is currently experiencing a period of fame and popularity. Anyone having Jupiter in their first will basically be lucky as long as they make use of Jupiter’s influence by acting like a Sagittarian. So the short answer to “how did this happen?” is: Obama put himself in the right place at the right time and got lucky.
At the beginning of yesterday’s post I said this analysis would not be exhaustive. I do not specialize in mundane (political) astrology and I have just picked out the pieces that are of interest to me. There is much more to say on the subject, but I’ll leave that to the experts.
Why Is An Inauguration Chart Worth Looking At?
Historically, when astrologers want to understand a monarch’s reign, they look at the chart of the coronation of that monarch. Similarly, when astrologers want to understand the administration of a president, they look at the chart that began that president’s administration—the inauguration chart. What follows is a brief, not exhaustive, look at why a change in schedule leading to a different inauguration chart could lead to a very different administration than we would have had.
Inauguration Charts Tend Towards Sameness
The United States government has developed a policy for when its inaugurations happen and how they are conducted. This has resulted in inaugurations happening on January 20th at noon since the inauguration that began Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second term in 1947. As a result, many of these inaugurations yield charts that have much in common. Barack Obama’s original inauguration was scheduled for the usual day and time and would have yielded a chart that had the usual characteristics. It also had some additional factors (linked to Mercury and to the Moon) that are unappealing in an administration and which no one would have chosen if they’d been given the opportunity. When a mistake occurred during the oath and it was decided that a fresh oath was necessary, a very different chart was made possible. Between January 20th at noon and January 21st at 7:30 PM there is a world of astrological difference.
Persistent Themes In The Usual Inauguration Charts
For sixty years, the inauguration charts have had Taurus rising, a Capricorn Midheaven and the Sun in Aquarius in the tenth house. All other factors have varied, but these have been stable.
A Taurus rising suggests a stoic, peaceful exterior and a resistance to change, at least on the surface. This resistance to change is contradicted by the Sun in Aquarius, which has as its very heart and center the desire for overthrow of the old and progress into the new that is so consummately American (arguably both our country’s greatest strength and greatest weakness). There is an intellectual stubbornness about this Aquarian Sun, a tendency to hold to ideals long past their usefulness, which can be mitigated by other chart influences that change from one administration to the next.
The placement of the Sun in the tenth house adds a different note: one of the acquisition and centralization of power. A person with the Sun in the tenth house tends to be ambitious and hard-working, avidly climbing the ladder of success. A country with this placement could be ruthless at times, merely driven at others. This trait is underscored by the fact of Capricorn being on the Midheaven, showing that power, prestige and status are this entity’s goal and that showing a strong leadership face to the world is valued. Basically, in the world theater, the USA wants to look good and garner respect.
What’s Different About the Do-Over Chart?
These themes change with Obama’s evening inauguration chart (not permanently, but for his first term only). The Do-Over Chart (as I’m calling it) has the Aquarian Sun in the sixth house, not the tenth, and Virgo is rising, with a Taurus Midheaven.
The usual inauguration chart’s tenth house emphasis on government and its leaders shifts in the new chart towards a sixth house emphasis on the working class and “getting our house in order.” This is accentuated and underscored by the 7:30 PM chart’s Virgo rising, which suggests an administration with an attitude of humbleness and service. This could spell a shift from an entrenched, stubborn leadership style to a more flexible, service-oriented leadership style and a lessened emphasis on looking good and gaining power with a greater emphasis on what actually works and is effective.
This chart’s Rising sign (aka Ascendant) is Virgo, ruled by Mercury, which in this chart is retrograde. This is a difficult thing to overcome and it needs to be overcome or else much of the value of the chart change could be lost. In Part 2 of this article (coming out tomorrow) I’ll talk about the Mercury retrograde problem. . . and solution.