The Future of the Euro

New Year’s Day may have been good once, but it is not so any more. In the current decade it is the political and economic hangovers that weigh heavy as the year begins… and will continue to do so for several years into the future. There may be a temptation to start something new on New Year’s Day, but it would be inadvisable to do it from 2012 to 2015, because the Uranus/Pluto cycle will consistently be square the sun which is always at 10 degrees Capricorn on January 1st. Pluto will reach this degree in February 2013 and Uranus squares this position in May in the same year… and a long time will elapse before these transits have passed. Furthermore a horoscope for New Year’s Eve will almost always have about 1 – 10 degrees Libra in the Ascendant and 1 – 10 degrees Capricorn on the IC for western countries in the northern hemisphere, which means that Uranus conjoins the Descendant and Pluto the IC for all these countries.

It is not so good to be the United Kingdom in this period, because the horoscope for the political union between Great Britain and Ireland took place on New Year’s Day in 1801 (Note 1). This is a horoscope which has always functioned well and reflected political events in England, and therefore a great deal of social and political disorder can be expected over the coming years. The Conservative government, with its tenuous coalition with the Liberal Democrat is unlikely to survive beyond 2013.

It is not good to be Europe either, because the great founders of Europe have often chosen New Year’s Day to start their major projects… like the Euro.

One reason that the prognosis for the coming years is rather grim is that the situation is already problematic and has been, at least economically, since Pluto entered Capricorn. Furthermore, when Uranus entered Aries on March 12th 2011, the world immediately got a taste of the kind of events that might be precipitated by the Uranus/Pluto square. As Uranus moved from 29.59 Pisces to 00.00 Aries the tsunami in Japan, which in itself killed about 20,000 people, swept over the Fukushima atomic power station in a catastrophe that has displaced over 100,000 people who will not be able to return to their homes for decades. What started in the ocean (Pisces) had ramifications on energy supply (Aries), and Uranus immediately connected with Pluto in the form of an atomic meltdown – a perfect if terrifying metaphor for this planetary combination. (Note 2)

If people have enough money, there are seldom great social troubles. But now indebted banks and governments – who are vulnerable to a combination of astrological influences which are extraordinarily similar to the 1930’s – are in crisis. Their reaction is to tighten up the economy Capricorn-style. Naturally bankers and politicians are not the ones to have their salaries cut, but it is always possible to reduce the money given to the unemployed, the poor, the single parents, schools, hospitals and pensions, is it not? The European Union is now demanding that banks retain greater liquid reserves, which means that small businesses in need have great difficulty borrowing money. In the USA and England the reaction has been to print more money (quantitative easing), but that is not what is done in Germany, a country which has strong memories of the hyperinflation from the 1920’s. And Germany is the country that decides the economic direction of Europe at this time.

Pluto in Capricorn evokes a draconian economic policy, whatever the cost, but this means that there is less spending and less money in the system, and this is turn creates a recession. Everybody knows this, but EU governments believe they can handle the social disruption, which will inevitably result. At least that has been past experience. But there is no experience of Uranus in Aries within living memory… and Uranus has not yet even made even one of its imminent seven squares to Pluto. 50% of young people in Spain are unemployed. 46% of young people in Greece are unemployed. In England the figure is 22%. In Germany, of course, 8%. (Note 3) Unsurprisingly there are already spontaneous demonstrations in many countries in Europe. In the coming years governments will fall one by one because of the coming social upheaval, like they have already done in Greece, Italy and Spain. And will do in 2012 in France, and in 2013 in Germany and England.

The big question today is whether the Euro will survive this process. And if it does not, what the global consequences will be.

The foundation for the EU was the Treaty of Rome which took place on January 1st 1958. (Note 4). The European Central Bank (ECB) was formed on January 1st 1999, which was also the date that the euro was introduced as Europe’s shared currency. The euro came on the street in the form of notes and coins on January 1st 2002. All these horoscopes therefore have the sun at 10 degrees Capricorn. The effect of Pluto is to transform something and to completely eliminate its weaknesses. It has a tendency to double or halve, and in the case of the euro it is likely only a few key lands in Northern Europe will be using the euro after 2015.

When a country embraces the euro currency it loses the option of devaluation, which many countries, like for example Great Britain in 1967 – have used as a last resort in an economic crisis. With devaluation it becomes much easier to export and much more expensive to import, and in this way the balance of payments is rapidly, if brutally, restored. Greece, for example, has lost the opportunity to do this, which means all of Europe must shoulder the problem of Greece’s debt. This is the great weakness of the euro. Pluto will solve it, but the process will not be pretty.

For Europe as a basic idea, the long period from 2008, when the first economic collapses began (for example with British bank Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers, and the discovery of the vast indebtedness of Greece) – as Pluto entered Capricorn – to 2015 is a nightmare, but when it is over, Europe will be stronger and equipped to handle the political developments of the 21st century. The horoscope that best reflects the spirit of Europe is the creation and renaming of The European Union on November 1st 1993.

European Union

The European Union: 1.november 1993 kl. 00.00 Brussels.

In an article in April 2001, referring to the fixed T-square in this horoscope, (Note 5) I wrote:

The shadow side of the EU is its dictatorial and secretive nature, which predisposes it to corruption. There will be a shattering example of this when Neptune conjoins the T-square in 2008 and 2009, which will precipitate another economic crisis. It is at this time that the progressed Sun conjoins the Mars/Pluto conjunction, and this will foreshadow major world political change on many other fronts too. This is a time of European upheaval.
The corruption was perhaps more far reaching that I imagined at the time, because it was endemic in the banking and financial system, which operated, and still operates, on a system of bonuses which has made short-term personal profit more important than the survival of even the financial systems of which traders are a part. Of course the corruption was also in certain governments too, where in Greece for example a huge deficit was concealed, and where in Ireland and Portugal there was extremely irresponsible governance, as there also was in the City of London. The trigger mechanism for the crash in Europe was the conjunction of EU’s progressive sun with the powerful and secretive Mars/Pluto in Scorpio, in opposition to the Moon in Taurus and square Saturn in Aquarius, which was simultaneously activated by transit Neptune. In addition, natal Mercury has progressed retrograde to dwell on the Sun in Scorpio, highlighting the weaknesses of a centrally controlled economical system.

However this EU horoscope is incredibly strong, and it shows that the EU has survival power. The European construction took place when Uranus and Neptune were in exact conjunction – something that only takes place every 171 years – and this suggests that the EU has longevity.

If however the horoscopes for the euro are studied – especially the one for 2002 when the euro began to be used as hard currency in shops – another story is told.

Euro launched – 1st January 2002 kl. 00.00 Frankfurt am Main AS 2.56 LI

This horoscope represents the moment when the euro in 17 of 27 EU countries became available for ordinary use. The ascendant ruler Venus is at 7 Capricorn, close to the sun at 10 degrees, and in 2012 the Uranus/Pluto square will be exact on June 24th at 8.24 and September 19th at 6.57 degrees Aries/Capricorn. The indications are that the crisis which Sarkozy and Merkel have been working so hard to avoid will arrive despite their best efforts. The euro horoscope has Mars in Pisces square Pluto, both sesquisquare the Moon, and if Mars as 7th house ruler represent enemies, then they must be venomous indeed. Speculators, scenting like well-trained hounds the weakness of the euro, will undermine it completely. The sun in Capricorn opposition Jupiter in Cancer is a strong combination, which shows how crucial expansion and growth are for Europe, but when faith in the project is lost it can come crashing to earth.

The key to the political, economic and social transformation process which will take place over the next three years lies with Germany, which along with France is driving force behind the Euro. If the horoscope for the German Empire is studied (Note 6), it can be seen that it was formed on January 1st in 1871. The sun is at 10 Capricorn and Venus at 15, which indicates an economic crisis well into 2016. Another interesting horoscope for Germany is for the economic union of East and West Germany, which took place on 1st July 1990… which places the sun at 8.51 Cancer where it will certainly get the attention of the first Uranus/Pluto square in June 2012 at 8.24 degrees. However the decisive horoscope for Germany is probably the chart for the political union of East and West (Note 7):

Union of East with West Germany 3.10.1990 kl. 00 Berlin (AS 4.26 LE)

This horoscope shows the Uranus/Neptune conjunction from this period, which heralded the dissolution of communism on the one hand and start of the so-called New World Order on the other. It is a strong horoscope with a Leo Ascendant with Ascendant ruler the sun sextile Jupiter in the first house. The sun in Libra shows a far more diplomatic attitude than earlier horoscopes for Germany. But transiting Pluto will soon conjoin Germany’s Neptune (and square the sun), and this will probably reflect the elimination of some basic political illusions. Moreover Uranus will be transiting Germany’s Midheaven in 2013, which will evoke a radical reassessment of the current goals of the country, and perhaps even a fragmentation of the euro zone. If this goes to the extreme, then industrious Germany – tired of supporting those lazy countries in the south – will go its own way and drop the euro. Extreme groups will play a decisive role in removing Merkel from power at this time.

If one is bold enough to predict what lies in store for Europe, then the following possibilities arise:

- We will come close to the most negative scenarios presently imagined. Things are already bad, and this is before the seven Uranus/Pluto squares activating all those January 1st horoscopes.
- Greece, Spain, Portugal will return to their original currency and devalue. Holidays will be cheaper again. (For north Europeans.)
- Of the original 17 Euro countries: Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia… only a small core will retain the euro… and it is not sure that Italy will be among them.
- There will be economic chaos, which will have a roll-on effect in the USA from 2014-2015.
- Banks will continue to tighten up credit, money will be harder to borrow, and house sales will continue to stagnate.
- Draconian government control and austerity measures will lead to social disorder. Dictatorial methods and omnipresent surveillance will widen the chasm between people and rulers and ultimately lead to new government forms by the end of the decade.
- Socialist policies will flower, and socialist governments will be elected in England, Germany and France.

Seen in a wider perspective, we are witnesses to a political transition, which will lead to the end of a whole political system. It is not sufficient to compare this transition to earlier historical periods, because things have changed exponentially in the world. The internet has made information available to all. Smart phones knit us all together in an enormous network which has little to do with normal political power structures. Things have changed. Bosses must listen to employees. Companies must listen to customers… if they ignore the wishes of customers for just a few days, they will hear their death knoll on Twitter and Facebook. The same will be true of banks who make unreasonable charges and politicians who do not listen. It’s all on film and you can view it on YouTube. This is the dictatorship of the proletariat. For good and ill the people will take power and old political and economic dinosaurs will be found in the graveyard of history.

Adrian Ross Duncan 20.12.2011

1. United Kingdom 1.1.1801 00.00 London (Book of World Horoscopes – Nick Campion 1995)
2. Tsunami Fukishama: 11.03.2011 14.46.23 Sendai, Japan (AS 17.58 Leo)
3. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/12/why-is-unemployment-in-spain-so-unbelievably-high/249300/
4. The Treaty of Rome: 1.01.1958 kl. 00.00 Rom (AS 6.11 Vægt). (BOWH) For more information on EU and the euro read: http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/1999/1099lead.pdf
5. Read: http://www.world-of-wisdom.com/04_articles/2001/04_eu.htm
6. The German Empire: 1.01.1871 kl. 00.00 Berlin (BOWH)

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23 Responses to The Future of the Euro

  1. Good stuff Adrian. It all seems fairly logical without even looking at astrological indicators. There’s a whole western world that worships money and material values – things unrelated to health and happiness. The great majority of the baby boomers believe that their material devotion will pay off over the next 5 to 10 years when they retire, collect their superannuation and live off the fat. Unfortunately the money won’t be there – its been siphoned off into the hand s of a few, so retirees will be forced to look elsewhere for nirvana – a difficult thing to do after 40 odd years of material worship which has left the western world opinionated, unhappy, unhealthy and ignorant. Pluto only changes that which needs be changed.

  2. werkwords says:

    Adrian, I have always found your analysis of the horoscopes of mundane matters very accurate and exceptional. I find this one particulariiy disheartening but extremely interesting. Thanks again for your work and words..

  3. Lara says:

    Great article, Adrian. I agree with your prognosis. The Euro won’t die a complete death but several countries will opt out and in the long run this will be much better for all concerned. In terms of political structures, yes, clearly democracy has to go to a new level and become more meaningfully democratic. But the struggle will at times be messy, violent, and shocking. A generation of jobless young people with nothing to lose (or so they feel) will be inclined to throw themselves into conflict with authority. It may even go so far as a kind of civil war in countries that we would not think of such a thing occurring in. I am not as sanguine as you about the reestablishment of socialism in the UK as Labour lacks good leadership and lost so much goodwill under Blair and Brown. What makes you think this will happen? I could see a kind of Danish style leftish coalition maybe, given enough problems to force parties to cooperate together. UK politics needs to mature in that direction I think.

    • adrian6969 says:

      Thanks :-) I figured that the Conservative government would crash because of Pluto conjoining UK Sun. I suppose it could also affect the queen.

      • Lara says:

        Yes, it may well involve the Queen, but political life will be affected. The deep, fundamental change symbolised by Pluto on the Sun is less likely to mean a return to socialism than a reworking of the political system, which is why I am thinking of a strengthening of the coalition model. The old dualistic style of the two party system in the UK could well die out under this transit. It’s already what is happening in a beginning kind of way, and people are getting used to it. Also, there’s the issue of Scottish independence or devo-max.

  4. Corrina says:

    Dear Adrian,
    Thank you so much for your writings. I just discovered this site and am so excited as I saw you speak in Denver at the last UAC and very much enjoyed your presentation there. This post about the Euro is great as you explain it so clearly. I have found all your posts entertaining and educational, the post about 2012 was so witty! This site is a real gem. Thank you!

  5. Sara says:

    Very sobering and insightful. I live in the US (currently), but everything is global now. What affects Europe affects the world. I’m glad to read that the growing pains will eventually make countries stronger and better.

  6. Petar Nikolov says:

    I have to say I am deeply impressed by your astrological expertise, Mr. Duncan. It is a rare case, unfortunately, in this area that somebody does make sense and looks from the correct perspective, for which I congratulate you! I have been making a living for a few years now trading the Euro based on planetary relationships and the sea of inadequate information and methods of application is ever expanding. One thing I would like to mention is a question on whether you have looked at the Euro based on the ECU (Euro’s predecessor) natal chart. I have to admit this is the only chart I am basing my trading analysis on, as I have found it the only satisfactory (very) one to help with my trading. The natal date and location I am using is 28 December 1978, 00:00 Local Time at Frankfurt, Germany.

    Keep up the great work, many thanks!

    Petar

  7. In 1999 Martin Shaw, Professor of International Relations & Politics at the University of Sussex, concluded in his Conference paper that: ‘At the beginning of the twenty-first century, therefore, social democracy does indeed face a challenge of ‘global’ renewal, but this is far more profound than its most enlightened thinkers have yet imagined. It is true, in a sense, that as was previously said of neo-liberalism, ‘there is no alternative’. A global society, based on increasing awareness of commonality as well as the realities of global markets and communications, is rapidly developing. Unbridled markets pose so many dangers of instability that even former neo-liberals now recognise the inevitability of global forms of regulation. After the disastrous experience of the Russian transition, the needs for both regulation and social protection are increasingly understood. At the same time, Marxism is still discredited, and the Marxist critics of new social democracy, trapped in the ideology of Cold War anti-imperialism, have little to offer. The spirit of the times is favourable to a renewal of social democracy: and yet there are only small beginnings for the kind of radical reconstruction which would make it truly a global politics for the century now beginning.’

    This where we must head!

    • Don Dong says:

      As an American, I recognize that the formation of the European Union, as well as the use of a common currency is the first step in creating a “Global Government”. How’s that working out for you, btw? Unfortunately, my country is also suffering from the effects of socialism with the present presidential administration. Like you, our economy has never been worse. Didn’t your country enjoy more prosperity before your leaders abandoned capitalism? I won’t even get into personal freedoms. Socialism and communism give every advantage to The State, and none to the citizens. It takes away incentive while taking the lion’s share of the wealth. When Europe traded capitalism for socialism, it traded DOWN. Thanks for the glaring example to America of what not to do.

      • adrian6969 says:

        Gosh… I wasn’t proposing USA as an ideal example. People love the benefits they get in Europe like free hospital care.

      • We must chose between freedom and security. Freedom means acceptance of bankruptcy as precondition of capitalism, security means farewell to democracy.
        Citizens of Europe and of America have not yet realized these are the options.

  8. Though New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1, the astronomical new year begins with the winter solstice on about December 22, when the Sun enters Capricorn and the light of the world returns to the northern hemisphere. I would be inclined to give that point in time more importance
    than January 1 and would be grateful for your comment.

    • adrian6969 says:

      Hi Wolfgang. The solstices and equinoxes are important. The reason I was looking at January 1st was because so many countries and institutions are formed on that date.

  9. site says:

    Have you considered adding some social bookmarking links to these blogs. At least for myspace.

  10. Hi Adrian,
    as a German very concerned with what the Euro makes us do (give up democracy and fiscal stability and forming a monster bank called ESM) I am enraged at the way German people are pushed to follow into what I call right now the EUdSSR. The ESM will be able to directly confiscate all taxpayers money, blackmail Euro countries, is immune even to murdering opponents it seems… envy socialism is back (big tax for everyone working) and the south is blacmailing us…what I miss in your great analysis is how our money system is the real problem, with interest only serving the rich unemployed, while taxing the working (not the poor unemployed) … so I would love somne light on Germanies future, because I wonder if I join a political movement fighting for freedoms and prosperity for Europe or give in to the Financial’s Aristocracy’s wishes and just leave the Europe I do not wnat, one of eco-socilaism and a centralised, non-accountable and voted for Government… I want a Europe of peace and prosperity, but it seems that all the old plays of last century are (still) at play…
    I understnad that one strong country cannot live in peace among poor neighbors, as it seems to have been the case too often in history… but the Europe I see coming is not the bright future I had hoped for…it seems more like coming aristocracy (Aristiteles said that after democracy always comes aristocracy, and it seems Europe proves him right ones again)
    So, I would love some predictions for happy free and prosperous living in Germany in a happy, free and propserous Europe…or not!

    Also: are there good books for this political and finacial Astrology? I’d love to learn this…

    Thank you so much

    Dan

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