A decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world is still debating the causes of the financial crisis—down to the meaning of money itself.
In buttoned-down Switzerland, that debate is taking the form of a nationwide referendum set for June 10. Voters are being asked to consider fundamental questions rooted in the crisis: what is money; who creates it; and how safe is it? And they’ll have a chance to blow up one of the foundational features of global finance: the ability of banks to create money with just a few keystrokes.
That’s right, if a bank gives you a loan, it can pretty much create the money on the spot. It’s something that banks do every day around the world. It means that all money isn’t created equally, and the cash that pops out of an ATM machine isn’t the same as the numbers on a bank statement.
But if the Swiss referendum passes, all money creation there would have to be done directly by the country’s central bank.
Taurus represents all that is solid in our world – tangible, earthbound, things that we can touch. Along those lines, it governs personal possessions and the accumulation of wealth and financial security. As Uranus travels through Taurus, these ideas are likely to be disrupted and paradigms shifted.
The global financial system is pretty much based on ideas and trust, and this of course leads to financial collapse from time to time. In my house, I rarely see actual money changing hands. Income is automatically deposited into […]
. Neptune turns retrograde today and will remain in retrograde motion until November 24th this year. Neptune (and the other two outer planets) are retrograde for half the year every year, so it’s not a huge deal as planetary cycles go. Still, for the next few weeks while Neptune is gradually picking up speed in its retrograde turn its influence will be stronger and if Neptune is already hitting a sensitive point in your chart you may find its influence more powerful. Neptune can enhance spirituality and imagination; it can also induce confusion and fantasy.
This could be exacerbated by retrograde Mars which can bring unsettled issues out into the open where they need to be dealt with. Under this combination of retrogrades, more attention to the inner workings of the psyche will be helpful so that we can maintain some clarity over the next few weeks.
Fortunately between the 18th and 20th we have two harmonious Mercury aspects which will help us to do just that as the mind becomes clear and better able to find focus. The 21st through the 23rd will be a bit more challenging, with potential for conflict especially on the 23rd.
Don’t be surprised right now if you feel overwhelmed by uncertainty. It’s simply a normal part of the ebb and flow of life – turn within to see where you can make adaptations to help facilitate greater clarity and all will be well.
The astrological Mars often gets a bad rap. Mars is associated with war, hostility, anger and rage; it fuels the primal “id” of need and desire – all things we consider “bad.” But Mars is also the factor that provides energy and motivation, fueling our desires so that we can accomplish our goals and dreams. We need Mars, and can’t live without it. But we need Mars to be healthy and clean of extraneous issues and ego needs.
That’s where the retrograde cycle of Mars comes in. Every two years or so Mars turns retrograde (meaning it appears to move backwards from our perspective here on Earth). Mars is an action planet and easily frustrated, so Mars is not very happy or comfortable during the retrograde periods which can make things more difficult for us individually since the force of Mars tends to be expressed more internally when Mars is retrograde. We are more likely to feel frustrated and angry if things don’t go our way, and less able to put our plans into motion.
Retrograde cycles are an important part of the unfolding story of our lives, and connecting ourselves with the rhythms of the planetary movements helps us to unlock the power of the planets to guide and help us shape our destiny. There is a time for action when planets are direct, and a time for rest and reflection when planets turn retrograde, and this is especially true for Mars. During this period we may find it more difficult to initiate new action – there is a tendency to feel like we’re going one step forward and two steps back. Retrograde periods of Mars can feel frustrating because our desires are often thwarted. If we listen […]
Nearly everyone now has heard of Mercury retrograde, thanks to the Internet. This is a good thing for those of us who follow the planets, because it’s easier to explain why we would rather wait until Mercury is out of retrograde to sign that contract. But because of the way we view the motion of the planets from Earth, all of the planets in our solar system and our astrological pantheon have retrograde cycles. In fact, the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are viewed in retrograde motion for approximately half the year.
So it’s not that shocking a situation that Neptune is turning retrograde on the 18th and will be retrograde until November 24th. This happens every year, and Neptune is at a virtual standstill now as it prepares for its change of direction so its influence is quite potent. Neptune is the planet that inspires us to explore our inner spirituality and our creative outlets. Any Neptune cycle can create some confusion in the outer world as we turn our attention away from practical matters, so preparing for this cycle by examining those pragmatic types of things now to be sure everything is in its proper place will be quite helpful.
The Neptune retrograde period is perfect for:
- Reassessing your spiritual practice from the inside out, or if you don’t have one, consult with your inner voice to see whether your spiritual connection might need a boost.
- Focus more on emotional inspiration to achieve your dreams rather than concrete goals while maintaining a smart approach to the day to day realities of life. Neptune makes this more difficult, but it still must be done!
- Use this Neptunian time to explore your creativity. If you are […]
Uranus is one of the three outer planets that represent transformational forces in the astrological pantheon. Unlike Venus, Mars, Jupiter etc. which all represent an aspect of the personality, the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) inspire us to go beyond the limitations of our personality as signified by the natal chart.
On a personal level, Uranus demands that we find our own path that is our exclusive authentic journey, breaking away from the shackles of the expectations that force us to live a life that is not true for the individual that we know ourselves to be. On a global level, as Uranus transits through the signs of the zodiac, it shatters paradigms and has the potential to create chaos as it dismantles the established order of things in order to create a new way. Uranus is the libertarian – the egalitarian, the seeker of freedom and brotherhood among humans. It’s synchronistic that the French revolution of 1789-1799 occurred just after the discovery of Uranus, with the call of “liberté, egalité, fraternité” – all symbols of the Uranian archetype.
Uranus has been in Aries for the past seven years and you can read more about that here. While in Aries, the sign of aggression, Uranus oversaw the splintering of governments into small bands of revolutionaries and the proliferation of gun violence around the world. Under Venus-ruled Taurus, the force of aggression we have seen over the past seven years is likely to calm down somewhat, but there will be a pulling in and contracting of spending and a corresponding recession. This is not a time for financial speculation or risk taking, at least until we see exactly what kinds of energies we are looking […]