The Panama Papers
“I want these crimes to be made public”,
leaker “John Doe” to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
It turns out that very rich people have been hiding their money in secret bank accounts abroad. Why do they feel the need to do this? Either a) because the money is stolen or b) because they are avoiding taxes.
Let’s deal with b, which may initially appear less heinous. Look at it this way: through your taxes you pay to keep the streets safe, the police on the beat, the garbage collected, the army ready to defend you, the sick well and the poor fed — guess what, now you know, you’re not just paying your own share, you’re also paying for all those very rich people who don’t contribute. You are also keeping their streets swept etc. It’s bad enough if your town or city happens to be half-occupied by non-doms (rich people who don’t pay tax here because they only live here part time), but what if the rich doms are also failing to pay tax?
And what if one of those people happens to be your very own prime minister?
Then we can return to a) because it’s stolen. What if it also happens that your very own prime minister is stealing your country’s assets and sticking the proceeds in a bank in the British Virgin Islands?
It’s kind of annoying, isn’t it? The people of Iceland think so, and the people of China are not being allowed near the Panama Papers: it might make them cross to find that eight members of the politburo are hiding money offshore.
The Panama Papers have laid bare the way money is hidden by powerful, wealthy people. The revelation that top politicians from every corner of the globe have been hiding their money in secret bank accounts comes as no surprise really — but now we have the written proof. Over 11 million documents that show who has been hiding money to avoid tax, and who has been hiding dirty money, were leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm.
It’s interesting that the clients of the law firm in question seem to be a mixture of politicians from around the globe, mega-wealthy individuals (such as sportsmen and Jackie Chan) and criminals, including the Brink’s-Mat robbers. It’s been said that politics and organised crime are simply two faces of the same coin.
The Panama Papers, first published by the Süddeutsche Zeitung on April 3 in Munich, Germany come as part of the trail of momentous events that have destroyed faith in the global financial system, since Pluto (the transformer) moved into Capricorn (the establishment) in 2008 and we had the collapse of the banks. More recently, of course, we’ve watched the euro staggers. Pluto has flipped over the stone of the Establishment (again) and shown us the parasites that lie under the rock.
When Uranus, the planet of awakening, moved into Aries, we saw the birth of Occupy. This was about the power of individuals joining together to create change, and focused on inequality. Uranus is always active in revolutions. It’s the planet of the people, associated with the humanitarian sign Aquarius. Occupy continues and its spirit breathed life into other political movements — Bernie Sanders bid for presidency in the United States and Podemos in Spain, for example. Uranus can be fiercely egalitarian — to the point of erasing individuality.
It does seem incredible that banking has still not be radically reformed. Instead politicians make do and mend — and the system carries on stitched together like Frankenstein. Starting in 2018 when Uranus moves into Taurus — a sign associated with money and banking — we may see genuine reforms.
Pluto and Uranus have been at a tough angle to each other for several years and they are still within a few degrees of square. But they are not the only outer planets involved with the Panama Papers. The opposition between Jupiter and Neptune is important too. We’d expect to see massive haemorrhages (of various kinds) with these two Piscean planets at odds — and now we have the biggest data leak in history. Virgo, the sign of details and information, currently hosts Jupiter the expander. Neptune helps to widen the hole from Pisces, the sign associated with gossip and slander.
The week before the leak was published Saturn made a hostile square to Jupiter. On that day, Saturn (boundaries) turned retrograde in Sagittarius (publishing): the embargo was lifted a few days later.
Let’s remember also that sifting through this data required the efforts of some 400 journalists across several continents — and — judging by the response from the politicians named so far — it seems as if they managed to keep it secret for the year it took to do the job. This kind of international co-operation is just what we need in the so-called information age.
The planet associated with journalism is Mercury, close to Uranus on the day of publication, and in that fiery sign Aries. Again it seems to be about individual actions adding up to make change happen in the collective. What I find especially interesting though is that the tightest aspect on the day is the opposition between Lilith and Mercury.
The Dark Moon Lilith is in Libra, the sign of justice. She is a wild one, a taboo breaker, the one who says what cannot be said, the crazy aunt at the wedding, the one who spills the beans. She is the creator of chaos, Kali… and she’s just lobbed a grenade… Above all, Lilith does not play by the rules. What the Panama Papers show is just how unfair the current global financial system is.
The shady dealings of Mossack Fonseca have been going on for decades. For example, Prime Minister David Cameron’s father Ian set up his financial management company, named in the Panama Papers, back in the early 1980s. So it’s not that anything’s worse — it’s just that now we have the irrefutable evidence.
David Cameron personally attempted to block EU attempts to make these “shell” companies more transparent. It’s been clear for some time — especially after the last budget — that he and his cronies are in government to protect their class — the .25%. You could look at it this way: Cameron’s elite schooling, which bought him the connections he has now, and set him on the road to becoming Prime Minister, was financed by his parents’ tax avoidance.
It’s worth noting that Mars — about to turn retrograde — will go back into Cameron’s second house of money. Cameron’s South Node (inheritance) is conjunct Neptune (smoke and mirrors) in this house. Although Mars won’t quite reach his natal Neptune, you can bet there will be more digging around in his financial affairs. How exactly did 12K turn into 31K in Daddy’s magic fund? That was quite an investment.
Being part of a country is a social contract. We agree to pay taxes in return for living in a reasonably civilised place, a country where the poor are cared for, the transport system works and nearly everyone can read and write. But, as the Prime Minister so memorably put it, “we’re all in this together”. What happens if the contract is broken?
We haven’t even dealt with a) the stolen money. Global corruption (unbridled Capricorn) is only possible when the tools, such as shell companies and weak laws, are available. The Chinese and Russian elites have learned from the British, who are after all masters of international finance.
Exposure to sunlight is one way of getting rid of parasites. Go Pluto.