Category: Economy

Astrology Talk Investigates: Why Did Rupert Murdoch Choose His Successor?
  In our snappy new series of short takes on topics we find intriguing, mysterious or amusing, we look at the Murdoch clan, models for the hit TV show Succession. The Murdochs are, of course, the most famous media dynasty on the planet, with more fingers in more pies manipulating more [...]
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Where The Hell Are We? One Year On
I gave this talk this time last year (2021) for Aquarius Severn, putting our times in their historical context. This ia a broad overview of the current astrology, exploring the spirit of these times — a vision which sometimes gets lost as we leap from one lunation to the next. Context is [...]
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The Prime Minister is the Hand of Pluto
Just a quick note to show you the incredible way that astrology is playing out in the chart of UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who has managed to tank the pound, destroy the gilt market, cut taxes for the uber-rich and sink the UK into impossible debt — all in just three weeks. You have [...]
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The End of the Power Couple: Bill and Melinda Gates Divorce
On New Year’s Day 1994, fiery, clever Melinda French married billionaire super-nerd William Gates III in Lanai, Hawaii. It turned out to be one of the most globally influential partnerships of the last quarter of century. Cosmically speaking, it was a wonderful day for a wedding, blessed [...]
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Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
The gap between the rich and the poor — globally, nationally, within regions and cities — has been widening since the 1980s. It’s true that many people across the world have also been lifted out of poverty in that time, but simultaneously in the so-called developed world, [...]
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Carillion: Death of a Frankenstein
It’s hard to overstate the importance of a company called Carillion to the British government and the British economy. Well, it collapsed today. Like its cannibalised name, Carillion is a corporation made up of the caracasses of other corporations. It was stitched together in 1999 to take [...]
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The State We’re In
“Society suddenly finds itself put back into a state of momentary barbarism; it appears as if a famine, a universal war of devastation, had cut off the supply of every means of subsistence; industry and commerce seem to be destroyed; and why? Because there is too much civilisation, too [...]
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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 [...]
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Happy Birthday Wikipedia!
Wikipedia is officially 15 today. Hooray! I love it — even though the editors are mean about astrology. If you want to find out about just about anything from Alabama to Zoroastrianism, Wiki will get you started. The secret of the site’s success is, as founder Jimmy Wales writes, [...]
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Boxing The Euro
Keen readers of this blog will know I’ve been tracking the euro for years, as Uranus, Pluto and Saturn pummelled the currency from various angles. It’s been like watching a boxing match with all the razzmatazz, wordplay, and brutality, as well as cigar-wielding managers and backers [...]
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Playing Games With The Euro
“Rarely in modern times have we witnessed such a display of petulance and bad judgment by those supposed to be in charge of global financial stability, and by those who set the tone for the Western world. The spectacle is astonishing. The European Central Bank, the EMU bail-out fund, and [...]
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UK Election: Striking A Balance
This surreally dreary British election campaign is apparently the closest-run in a generation. The opinion polls bounce back and forth between Labour and Conservative. From the public discourse, you might not suspect that there are serious issues to be resolved.  There’s little talk [...]
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A Time of Transition
“We are in a time of great transition on whatever level you want to view it. … From January 2008 through March 16, 2015, the period known as “The Cardinal Climax” unfolded, in which Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto all moved into a hard aspect with one another, and mostly from within [...]
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Talking Euro
Since Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, seems to have borrowed Greek Fin Min Yanis Varoufakis’ leather jacket today, perhaps we can feel reassured that the talks about the future of the euro will go better than expected. Back in 2011, I wrote a short piece about the euro, the [...]
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Angela Merkel: The She-Chancellor
Angela Merkel, Germany’s Kanzlerin or she-chancelllor, is indisputably the most powerful woman in the world. And yet she seems so wildly unlike most politicians – where are the flashy smile, the clotheshorse spouse, the sharp suit, the soundbite? Yes, where are Silvio Berlusconi, Nicolas [...]
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The Lord of Wealth: Pluto in Capricorn
Three things are changing right now that will have an affect on every single citizen of this planet. They are the global economy, the climate and power. I’m writing this as the Lunar Eclipse in Libra completes, and Pluto, the planet of transformation appears to stand still in the sky. [...]
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Eurowobbles
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 [...]
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Punch Drunk Britain
(This is the second part of my piece on the UK. There is much more to say, but for now, this will suffice.) Sometimes it feels like Britain is a boxer still upright after 10 rounds but punch drunk: standing up because of a combination of will power and show business. One blow after another [...]
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Carry on Merchant Banking
It used to be like this… When we talk about the City of London, we are talking about both a place and an idea. The City is the square mile that was once a fortified town founded by the Romans, that developed into the heaving moiling medieval trading centre on the banks of the River […]
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Swindle Revealed
Those bankers are incorrigible: first they cheat, then they lie, then they try to cover it up, and then they shop each other. A charming bunch of people we have taking care of our money. It was revealed  today that traders at Barclay’s Bank have been fiddling the figures to make [...]
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