Friday March 22nd 2013

So now it’s naughty little Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, which is giving the eurozone the screaming abdabs. Aphrodite is the Greek Venus, of course. In astrology, Venus rules money, so maybe it’s not such a surprise that Cyprus was, until a week ago, a great place to get your dirty roubles washed into lovely clean euros.

The creation of the euro was supposed to support business in Europe. Well, it has helped business, all business, including organised crime, whether that’s the Italian mafia, the Greek government, or Eastern bloc kleptocrats.

I wrote a post  a year or so ago, which suggested that the euro ought to be dismantled or relaunched, because it has such a lousy chart. To read it, click here.

This hasn’t happened yet, but then nor are the the vicious transits to the currency’s Sun finished. The dark lord of transformation or death, Pluto, will conjunct the euro Sun on July 13 and November 26 this year, before finally moving on for good.

The lesson of a Pluto conjunction is simple: transform or die. Since this is in the fourth house of foundation and homeland, it suggests that the countries that are part of the eurozone may change. The map will be redrawn. The Sun is the very identity of the currency. That needs to change. This transit is essentially in effect all year.

While Pluto conjuncts the euro Sun, Uranus, the planet of surprise, will be squaring it repeatedly from the house of partnership. Next exact hit is on 26 April, then 15 Oct, and finally 16 Feb next year. This suggests that all may not be well with the currency’s partnerships. It’s hard to say exactly what this means since, of course, you don’t often see a natal chart for a currency. Seventh house could be relationships with other currencies – e.g. the dollar or the yen. I’m just speculating here.

There will be more shocks. The actual partners in the currency have delivered enough of those in the past few years. What is certain is that the currency is under vice-like pressure right into next year. Anything could happen.

Also watch out for the exact square between transiting Uranus and Pluto in May and November this year.

Meanwhile Jupiter, the planet of expansion is climbing to the top of the chart. Normally, Jupiter is considered a beneficial planet, but it is also simply expands or exaggerates. It will conjunct the euro Moon in changeable Gemini in June, and then the MC and then oppose the euro Sun.  In other circumstances, this might be a good thing, since it certainly suggests a raised profile. But it is very likely to increase the euro’s wobbles: Jupiter in Gemini is notoriously bi-polar. The currency may be in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Europe needs to get her house in order

At the same time, Saturn in Scorpio is transiting through the second house of wealth, at least until December 2014. The euro’s value could continue to contract. Saturn through this house is also about getting the books in order, so it is no bad thing in the current circumstances. The euro will only recover if all the partners play be the same rules. Until now, those rules have obviously been rather obscure to certain member states. Keeping clean books should have been a prerequisite for joining, not an afterthought.

Finally, I have included the asteroid Vesta in this chart, because I have a feeling that she is important here. Maybe, as the domestic goddess, she’s about good housekeeping, or the burghers of Europe, on whom this currency really depends. You can see that she’s in very tight conjunction to the North Node, so the euro needs to strive towards greater Vesta-ishness.

It’s going to be a very bumpy ride for the euro this year. If the currency survives, it may not be as we know it now.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I dont think you have it right. Too many issues have been avoided. The ordinary cypriots have had their money/wealth confiscated by the banks dipping into all those who have an account and money in the account. I suspect this is another test case for the banks and governments to see how far they can go. Like JP Morgan and MF Global who had the afformentioned take segregated money to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars out and to never see it again. We will be next.

    Is it right that banks and governments can do this to balance their books. Books which they messed up. More of a case of heads we win, tales you lose. You dont think that all civillised rules are being torn up, that if you have a debt you pay it your self or go under. Do you think its right that the people are denied welfare while their is corporate welfare in abundance?

    Do you think its right that no banker is prosecuted while those who would steal a loaf of bread will have the book thrown at them?

    So many issues glossed over.

    • Christina says:

      Specifically there is an article about the chart of the EU itself, which is very unpleasant and revealing.

    • Christina says:

      This article is not a discussion of the banks or of Cyrprus. That would take up much more space and require other charts.

      This is specifically about the astrology of the euro currency as per the chart.

      There are other posts on the site about Greece, Italy and the EU where some of your concerns are addressed. There’s a search box on the right, so have a look around.

  2. Gilly says:

    Hmmmm. The Euro’s Sun is conjunct my Saturn. Maybe that explains my instinctive, visceral mistrust and dislike of the single currency, since its inception. 🙂 Thank you for another fascinating post (as always0.

  3. mm says:

    “Keeping clean books should have been a prerequisite for joining, not an afterthought.” Absolutely. Thank you Christina. Let us hope the lessons of Saturn and Vesta prevail.

    I lived and worked in France for many years and was in their social security system so about half my pension income comes from France and is paid in Euros. I watch events unfold (and also the exchange rate!) and wait. The outer planets will have their way.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can you explain a little more about what a vesta conjunct north node entails? One needs to stick around the home more?

    • Christina says:

      Good question. Do you mean in this chart or in a natal chart? I have left it as something of an open question with this chart, since it was only an intuition that led me to include Vesta.

      I have done some work on Vesta in personal charts. If you do a search on Vesta in the search box several articles will come up. I was focusing on cooking and her connection to Capricorn though, and there is much more to her than that, as you can see from the Olympic torch post.

      However, I think Vesta can also be about practical, selfless public service. She is prominent in the charts of, for example, Pope Francis, Barack Obama, Mother Teresa. Marie Stopes, the Dalai Lama. In fact, the Dalai Lama and the Pope both have Vesta on an angle. I think this reflects their practical approach to their jobs. Marie Stopes, the birth control pioneer, has NN conjunct Vesta.

      In terms of this chart, what the euro has failed to do is be of practical, selfless service to the people of Europe. Since it was launched it has been of disservice to the common people, us, and very helpful to the usual suspects. If it is to go anywhere, it needs to be put at the service of the people, whereas at the moment the currency has become the master. I hope I’m not anthropomorphising a currency too much!! But you get what I mean.

      Although I disagree with Eric Francis’ understanding of sexuality, his other thoughts on Vesta are worth reading and reconfiguring for yourself.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sad to see Cyprus getting the crappy end of the stick, I know a lot of good people in Cyprus and unlike across the water in Greece, they actually pay their taxes.

    It wasn’t so long ago that the Cypriot pound (which pre-dated the Euro) was actually stronger than the British pound. Sadly, since the adoption of the Euro, their banks loaned billions to businesses in Greece without proper surety or collateral. Admittedly, their banking system was top heavy and poorly administered; the government also has to take a lot of responsibility for being lax and complacent over the “easy” money pouring into the country from Europe and Russia.

    So many small businesses have closed down and the ongoing restrictions on finances are a chain around people’s necks. I hope for all of their sakes that this hard lesson benefits Cyprus and it’s people in the long term and that some of the spending practices that seem to go with the Euro are curbed.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous ( 1 Aug. 2013 ),

    all you have to do, if you want to cut salaries, pensions,benefits to the disabled,close down businesses , increase unemployment to 25% and then tax everything out of existence, is to accuse people in different countries as ”tax evaders”- on very flimsy evidence, as in the case of Greece- or as ”money launderers” as in Cyprus – then the road is clear for enforcing the ”Austerity Dogma” made in Germany. Because DOGMA it is. And the results are dire. as is obvious by the chart of the Euro.

    -You’d better delve a little more into what is wrong in the Monetary Union rather than repeating exactly the Absolute Truth given to you by the Mass Media .