GREEK DEBT AND THE EURO CRISIS
(This article was originally published in the NCGR Memberletter of March/April 2012)
There has been much talk among astrologers lately, concerning the Greek debt and the Euro crisis. Let’s do some research and see how the planets reflect this situation, and how they could influence future developments!
The Euro contract chart
Below is the chart of the official signing of the Euro contract among the nations. The data was provided by Pat Geisler of USA who recorded the exact time of the signing of the document. As another financial astrologer, Elizabeth Gregory, suggested, this chart could be used as an “Euro incorporation chart”, to distinguish it from various other charts, related to the start of circulation and trading of the currency.
The chart seems very appropriate. The Moon is exactly conjunct he 2nd house cusp (of finance), and since it is in its “choleric” phase (in its second quarter and very close the full Moon) and in a very exact trine with Mars (only 1 minute orb!), it shows quick and dynamic developments related to the currency which was incorporated at this time. Venus, ascendant ruler, is spot on MC at 24 Cap, west of the Sun, just getting out of the Sun’s beams, and quick in motion, which makes her very strong by accidental dignity, and it is also in its own triplicity, therefore she also has some strength in essential dignity. Interestingly, Venus is also in a very tight (only 1 minute or, again) parallel of declination with Mercury, the Moon’s dispozitor. She is, unfortunately, in a square with her dispozitor Saturn which seems pretty malevolent due to its placement in Aries (fall) and in the unfortunate 12th house (of “hidden enemies”).
Total solar eclipse of August 11, 1999: the boiling pot
Personally, I’d suggest considering one other, more global chart for Euro, and this is the chart of the August 11, 1999 total solar eclipse, since the central path of this “dramatic” (very tense and dynamic) eclipse ran straight across central Europe, signaling (or, to put it another way, accompanying) the birth of a new currency. Below is the chart for that eclipse, set for Athens, Greece. You will notice that the ascendant/descendant axis is in a very tight square of the eclipse point, while the opposition of Mars and Saturn runs across the horizontal axis. This makes Greece very vulnerable to the effects of the eclipse.
The 2012 progressions of this eclipse chart show Mercury, the 8th house ruler (of public loan and debt), placed in the 9th, closing on a square of Mars and Saturn in November 2012! Red lights are on for November 2012 – the month of the total solar eclipse which will, as we’ll see a bit later, make another strong emphasis on the region and reinforce the existing problems.
Greek national chart
Let’s now take a look at the national chart of Greece, which was, according to Greek astrologer Thomas Gazis, founded on January 13, 1822, at about 10:00 AM local time. I have decided for the 9:50 AM LMT, so that the ascendant aligns with the degree of the preceding total solar eclipse which took place on March 4, 1821. This, I believe, is Greek true “co-natal eclipse” (this is my term for identifying the nearest eclipse to one’s birth – or the constitution of a nation, organization etc. – or the one which has closest links with the natal chart, although it doesn’t immediately precede or follow the birth) — especially since Uranus, the planet of independence, was exactly on MC for Athens at the time of exact conjunction of the Sun and the Moon. Uranus itself was in a tight conjunction with Neptune, so that both planets were on MC for Athens. This eclipse took place at 13°22’ Pisces, so I placed the ascendant for Greek national chart at this degree — which should therefore be especially relevant to the affairs of the state and its nation. (As a matter of interest, that total (annular) solar eclipse which immediately preceded the Greek constitution, took place on August 27, 1821, with MC at 21°21′ Scorpio – the degree of the November 2012 solar eclipse!)
This chart has Venus, the 8th house ruler (of loan and debt), in the 12th house in an applying opposition with retrograde Mars, suggesting troubles concerning national loan and debt. There is also a square between the Sun in Capricorn and the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aries. According to traditional rules of interpretation, the Sun and Saturn are in a mixed reception, giving a way out of the troubles which such a difficult aspect would seem to portend, but if we compare this chart with that of the Euro contract, the square gets reinforced and somehow worsened – see the recurrence of the 20-26 cardinals by the square of Venus and Saturn in the Euro chart! Venus in Capricorn can’t “exchange” with Saturn in Aries, the way the Sun – being exalted in Aries – can, so that the Greek chart gets somehow “stuck” by these combined energies. Synastry between the two charts suggests troubles also due to the exact square of the Euro contract Pluto with the Greek Venus – ruler of the 8th. That’s an alarming contact! As if that was not enough, we have Euro contract Mars in opposition to Greece’s Jupiter and Saturn, suggesting strife, while Mercury (in Saggitarius, its fall) of the Greek national chart is in opposition with the Euro Moon. Lots of trouble in store, indeed.
January 2010 solar eclipse: stirring up the winds of change…
Astrologically speaking, Euro/Greek problems seem to originate in the January 2010 solar annular eclipse which took place at 24 Capricorn in a partile conjunction with Venus – AND with the Euro contract MC and Venus, which is, as already said, squared by Saturn. Added to that we should consider the fact that, in the astrolocality chart, Mars of this eclipse was on the descendant for the Athens/Greece region – a warning signal!
The December 2011 total lunar eclipse and the Eurozone downgrade
The January 2010 solar eclipse was strongly reinforced by the total lunar eclipse of December 10, 2011, which took place at 18 degrees Gemini – the degree of the Moon in the Euro contract chart. (Confirming, BTW, that this chart is crucial for the currency).What followed as the consequence of this eclipse was the January 2012 downgrade of 9 Euro nations. The sensitive mutable degrees are going to be reactivated by Mars transits in late February and March 2012 (by retrograde motion) and in late May/1st half of June (by direct motion). This suggests that the Euro crisis is likely to increase, due to unfortunate developments in Greece.
Below is the chart of this eclipse, set for Athens, Greece. See the alignment of the ascendant/descendant axis with the eclipse point, and with Mars (in square), and compare it to the Euro contract chart to see how its Moon is exactly conjoined to this eclipse! What’s more, Mars (Greek’s national 2nd house ruler) in this eclipse is in a very exact opposition to Greek’s co-natal eclipse (at 13 Pisces), while the node squares that point! This is a formiddable reactivation of a country’s natal eclipse.
This eclipse at 18 Gemini, spot on the “Euro incorporation” Moon, has definitely made a blow to Euro. If we progress this chart by declination (my favorite method), we get the progressed Moon paralell to Uranus in the last quarter of 2012, starting in September, and this will be accompanied by the second direct transitting square of Saturn to Euro’s Venus in August 2012, and opposition to Saturn in September 2012, thereby activating the natal square.
That another crisis and change is imminent is confirmed by the fact that the nodes change to Scorpio/Taurus in September 2012. That’s the financial axis!
The November 2012 total solar eclipse and an imminent crisis
This brings us to the most important “financial” celestial phenomena of 2012: the November 14, 2012 total solar eclipse. Chart 5 shows the eclipse chart, set for Athens. You will see that it is on the IC for Athens, making the city (and the country of which it is the capital) very vulnerable to its effects! You will also note that it exactly squares the lunar node of the Euro contract chart and its ascendant, and that it roughly squares the degree of the total solar eclipse of August 1999! That is a crisis point, showing that “transitions are in the making”. Another strong indication of a serious obstruction is that Greece’s progressed Moon opposes Pluto in November 2012. Could Greece opt out of the Euro zone? I’d say that this is very possible.
What about Germany and the rest of Europe?
There have been rumors that Germany may opt out of Euro zone. Could that be true? The November 2012 eclipse chart has Saturn on the IC running through Germany and Switzerland! The reunification date for Germany (October 3, 1990) has Sun at 9 Libra 29 (ruling its 2nd house) which will be squared by Pluto in March and April 2012 and throughout 2013. Looks like 2012 and 2013 are going to see the continuation of Euro crisis, indeed, and that Germany won’t be happy with its currency! It would be, however, too bold to suggest that Germany would opt out.
A more probable next “victim” of the crisis is Italy. In the national chart for Italy (June 10, 1946, at 18:10 LT, source Nick Campion’s “The Book of World Horoscopes” Second Edition, pp. 211-213) Venus is placed at 21 Cancer and Saturn at 23,5 Cancer. This close conjunction of both planets forms a focal point of the T-square, formed by Venus/MC in square of Saturn and Mars in the Euro contract chart. The tension is somehow eased by the Euro’s Jupiter trine to Italy’s Venus (and Saturn), but since the November 2012 solar eclipse will conjunct the Italy’s ascendant, troubles will be hard to avoid.
All in all, 2012 and 2013 are obviously going to be very volatile for Europe and its currency. Consider also Pluto transit over Euro’s Sun at 9 Cap throughout 2013, with exact conjunctions taking place in January, end of July and November 2013!
Let’s just hope that the crisis will be solved in a peaceful way! Eclipses along the Taurus/Scorpio axis have never been easy; they call for a reorganization of currencies – and, in the present “revolutionary” era, maybe of the very notion of “money” itself!