Filthy Lucre

As the conjunction opposed the USA’s Jupiter (increase) and Venus (money), the Fed announced a new scheme to buy up government debt that it has dubbed “Quantitative Easing”. It’s a trillion-dollar program that Ben Bernanke wants us to know is not what it looks like – i.e. printing money out of thin air. Jon Stewart had this to say: “Oh right, Ben. We’re not printing money; we’re imagineering money.”
It is not only the US that’s in trouble, of course. National borders mean nothing to Pluto, whose entry into Capricorn in 2008 inaugurated the financial crisis. The Uranus-Pluto square http://www.mothersky.com/lectures/#2012lectures, exact seven times between 2012 and 2016, is wreaking havoc everywhere on Earth, rooting out corrupt monetary systems and exposing Big Money’s smoke-and-mirror games wherever they are to be found.
The Eurozone’s currency crisis is spinning out of control. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/financialcrisis/8158298/Germany-fuels-EMU-debt-crisis-with-haircut-demands.html The bailout of Ireland, only so recently the proud Celtic Tiger, has deepened suspicion worldwide that the Euro is crumbling. The dollar is in deeper trouble. America’s Saturn Return (stringent challenges) in the tenth house (international credibility) is peaking through 2011, giving credence to the predictions that the dollar will lose its status as the global reserve currency.
The International Monetary Fund is fully aware that the USA is broke, but seems to be hoping nobody reads its reports. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/commentary/neil-reynolds/the-scary-actual-us-government-debt/article1773879/ . And since any mention of taxes is career death for politicians, and the mass media only reports the nonsense they do mention, most Americans seem to have no idea that keeping taxes at their current level rate is fiscal suicide.
The global scenario is one of self-destructive debt (Pluto), un-tethered speculation (Uranus) and increasingly unavoidable austerity (Saturn) – all of it increasingly associated with banks. As far as profits are concerned, the bankers are coming out on top, as they always have; but in the collective mind they are coming to be seen as the villains. Hollywood, always a good indicator of the public mood, is once again putting out movies with evil Gordon Gecko characters. The difference is that, in the ‘80s, the anti-mantra ascribed to Wall Street — “greed is good” – was presented as a shocking fictional conceit, an outrageous bit of dark humor. Since Pluto entered Capricorn, it has been borne out by real-life events; and no one’s laughing.
As Mars gets ready to join Mercury in its opposition to the US Jupiter (exact Dec 13th and 14th), an outpouring of public outrage has erupted over the linking of unemployment benefits to tax cuts for the rich. The Republicans may have overplayed their hand this time; not just because the proposal flies in the face of ethical logic (Jupiter), but because the theory has been shown not to work – the first and last criterion under a Saturn Return. Since the Bush cuts went into effect in 2001, all that predicted trickling has gone up, not down. On the other hand, it did work in terms of its plutocratic intent: the richest 1% of the country has already scored about a trillion dollars since the breaks began
And it is working in terms of its cosmic intent, too: ordinary people (Uranus) all over the world are smartening up about where the power lies (Pluto). These transits will continue to strip off the veils.

There’s an unsavory aroma in the air. As Mercury meets up with Pluto (decay), both opposing the USA’s Jupiter (increase) and Venus (wealth), money’s on the mass mind.

Our terminology around money says a lot about our ambivalent feelings about it. Money is associated in vernacular English with pollution and corruption: we speak of people being “dirt poor,” for example, and “filthy rich.” I thought of this last week when I read that researchers have found dangerously high levels of the carcinogenic chemical bisphenol-A on dollar bills.

In the USA, the potent charge attached to money is indicated by Pluto, the planet of taboos, in the second house of the national chart (see “America’s Money Karma” on the Lectures Page). All taboo subjects require euphemisms; for example, people who find “sexy” a naughty word may coyly substitute “sensual”.  Accordingly, a tortured new coinage entered the English language with the Mercury- Pluto conjunction  (propaganda) in early December. The Federal Reserve, whose use of numbers economist Laurence Kotlikoff has called “Enron accounting,” has announced a scheme to buy up government debt that they call “Quantitative Easing”. It’s a trillion-dollar program that Ben Bernanke wants us to know is not what it looks like – i.e. printing money out of thin air (Jon Stewart said: “Oh right, Ben. We’re not printing money; we’re imagineering money.”) As astrologer Jim Perilman has pointed out, Ben B.’s natal Jupiter is opposite his Sun: he’s a naturally inflationary guy.

It is not only the US that’s in money trouble, of course. National borders mean nothing to Pluto, whose entry into Capricorn in 2008 inaugurated the global financial meltdown. The Uranus-Pluto square, exact seven times between 2012 and 2016, is wreaking havoc everywhere on Earth, exposing Big Money’s smoke-and-mirror games wherever they are to be found.

The Eurozone’s currency crisis is spinning out of control. Last month’s bailout of Ireland — Celtic Tiger, we hardly knew ye! –has deepened suspicion worldwide that the Euro is crumbling. In London last week, Prince Charles’s limo got mobbed by rioters as he made his way to the theatre. They aren’t too happy about the austerity cuts over there.

The dollar is in deeper trouble. America’s Saturn Return (stringent challenges) in the tenth house (international credibility) is peaking through 2011, lending credence to predictions that the dollar will lose its status as the global reserve currency. The International Monetary Fund is fully aware that the USA is broke, but seems to be hoping nobody reads its reports. And since any mention of taxes is career death for politicians, and the mass media only reports the nonsense they do mention, most Americans seem to have no idea that keeping taxes at their current level rate is fiscal suicide.

The global scenario is one of self-destructive debt (Pluto), untethered speculation (Uranus) and unavoidable austerity (Saturn) – all of it increasingly associated with banks. As far as profits are concerned, the bankers are coming out on top, as they always have; but to the public they are coming off as villains. Hollywood, always a good indicator of the mass mood, is once again putting out movies with evil Gordon Gecko characters. But something has shifted since the mantra “greed is good” was first ascribed to Wall Street, in the 1980s. Back then, it was presented as a shocking bit of fictional dark humor; whereas now, since Pluto entered Capricorn, it has been borne out by real-life events. Now no one’s laughing.

As Mars gets ready to join Mercury in its opposition to the US Jupiter (exact Dec 13th and 14th), an outpouring of public outrage has erupted over the linking of unemployment benefits to tax cuts for millionaires. With Mars and Pluto involved, you know there will be intense power plays; and you suspect that whatever appears on the surface will be covering up layers of intrigue.

My hunch is that the threat to cut millions of jobless Americans’ benefits was craven  stagecraft. I don’t believe the GOP would have dared to actualize a policy so flagrantly anti-populist. It would have not only cost them their jobs, but risked triggering Washington’s worst nightmare: a mass uprising. Consider FDR, whom history lauds as a great hero of progressivism. He was all too aware that if he didn’t offer concessions to the working class, there’d be riots in the streets. Avoiding revolution is one point upon which both ruling parties of the American plutocracy fully agree.

The pundits, meanwhile, are using the issue to begin a timely discussion about ethics and decency (Jupiter). Moreover, it’s refreshing to hear them making the very pragmatic observation that since the Bush cuts went into effect in 2001 all the wealth has trickled up, not down. In other words, the tax-cut apologists’ central premise has been shown not to work.  And as everyone who’s gone through a Saturn Return knows, functionality is the first and last criterion for anything under this transit.

On the other hand, it did work in terms of its plutocratic intent: the richest 1% of the US population has already scored about a trillion dollars since the breaks began.

And it is working in terms of its cosmic intent, too: ordinary people (Uranus) all over the world are smartening up about where the power lies.

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janet
janet

Jessica, can you judge our survival, we the masses of ordinary people, as shown by the astrological apsects? Right now I am watching a video on chemtrails, the amount of aluminium and magnesium fallout which is causing water toxicity, loss of soil organisms and even increasing flammability of trees during wildfires. Tress in California and all around are dying. Do the astrological patterns over the next years show resolution?

janet
janet

Jessica, re the students demonstrating re the tripling of education fees, with media reduced crowd numbers importantly, held a very large transparent sign above the crowd, with "We are not your Slaves." IN Australia a school girl has placed nude photos of so called football heroes on her Facebook, and says she intends to post more of nude footballers pretending to have sex with each other. She considers her school, the AFL and journalists have blocked her getting any hearing or justice. She says she will not be stopped making material public despite court order etc.and Facebook taking her down. These men have always got away with abusive behaviour to women, rapes and assaults and in this case, teenage pregnancy. The internet, the voice of the masses, the people is under threat. Assange is suspected of being part of a bigger endgame to take peoplepower out of the net. Paypal visa and mastercard have stopped people spending their money how they want to spend it. Australian big retailers are blaming falling sales on online purchasing,and are lobbying to control this, to force people to buy(imported goods)from them. The bailout forced on Ireland by the ECB resulted from their initial bailout of banks, foreign owned banks. Banks and countries involved with those banks forced the bailout, taking the Irish Pension Fund and charging 7.28%. There is no way this little country of 4.5 million people can pay off the banks. Italy, Greece and Spain have all been set up the same way. I hear if Ireland had defaulted like Iceland, it would have caused a domino collapse of banking across the globe. All of this looks like the effects of the big picture Cardinal Cross working. I wonder the effects of the Solstice eclipse...

Patricia
Patricia

WOW, thank you, Jessica for your usual brilliance, and thank you also, Sistertongue, for your equally insightful postscript! More people need to get this message!

Sistertongue
Sistertongue

The obvious is getting more so. Just a small note of correction. What we are in now is Bernanke's second round of quantitative easing, known as QE2. The first round began with the Obama Administration - that's the $700 billion bailout we all know so well. People wonder how trillions were actually given to banks at that time, rather than just the $700B. Ah, sleight of hand. If one read the fine print, that bailout actually stipulated that only $700B could be given "at any one time." Which means that up to $700B could be given on one day and the very next day another $700B could be given. At the commoners expense. And, because Mr. Bernanke and his cohorts refuse to open the books, the citizenry has no idea exactly how much the bankers pocketed during QE1, as they are continuing to do during QE2. Here's the next part of the shell game. The bankers then deposited all that free money from the taxpayers in the Federal Reserve, which then pays those bankers 3.5% interest for "loaning" the Fed money to pay off the national debt the bankers created in the first place. Most americans do not know that the Fed is not a public institution. It is a private cartel made up of private bankers whose sole purpose is to enrich themselves at our expense. This has been so since 1913. The question the citizenry should ask itself is why it continues to pay taxes at all when to do so simply leads to the impoverishment of the people and the transfer of wealth to that minute 1% who call the financial shots.