Saturday, 28 February 2009

Canada: 2009-2012

Canada seems to be unique from an art sense in that it has has a number of talented artists prepared to paint their home ground. This is a Lawren Stewart Harris’ painting Northern Island II. Unmistakeably Canadian in inspiration, yet original in interpretation.

But, despite my apparent enthusiam I won’t be moving there, as it is too damn cold. Like Iceland Canada has Neptune ascending – though in this case Saturn is quincunx rather than square the point: not quite as frozen then….Other notable configurations in the Canadian chart include a Saturn Pluto opposition, and a Uranus/Sun conjunction trine Jupiter and sextile Mars. The latter is a true pioneering configuration

Looking back to last year we would expect to see some of the same patterns as Australia, but not all. Australia has experienced a larger house price boom over recent years than Canada, and is perhaps even more dependent on hard rather than soft commodities.

The 1st August eclipse was trine the progressed Mars but because the Canadian Sun is at 8 degrees Cancer, the degree point was activated but no hard aspect was made as the eclipse tool place at 9 Leo. The 16th August eclipse was widely square the Sun Saturn progressed conjunction and MC. Indeed the separating Saturn Sun conjunction (square progressed Jupiter) itself is probably more significant than the eclipse, representing the end to some internal imbalances caused by the commodities boom in some territories. Canada also has an ongoing Saturn transit to the progressed Moon which starts in 2008 and continues until around 2020.

So while it cannot be said that Canada was unaffected by the events in the financial system in 2008, the impact was less dramatic in the short term.

Indeed the Uranus/Saturn opposition of November was sextile the nation’s Saturn, an indication of relative stability in an unstable environment.

The eclipses of February don’t have much to add to those of last summer. February also experienced the beginning of an ongoing Pluto trine to the progressed Ascendant potentially signifying long term changes and strength and lasting throughout the first half of 2009.

March is characterised by a sextile from Jupiter to progressed Venus and to Neptune, this probably relates to the increase in liquidity in the system; it is difficult to see how Canada would not be affected by the US stimulus. Saturn sextile Saturn again keeps things sensibly and responsibility in check though. April sees Saturn trine Pluto, the second planet in the natal configuration, continuing the repetition of the themes of the latter part of 2008.

Then of course comes May through to July, as Jupiter Neptune and Chiron combine at 26 degrees Aquarius. This does affect the Canadian chart. The hints of problems that might have been brushed aside in September October 2008, after the eclipse was widely square the progressed Sun Saturn conjunction, are much more likely to come to the fore now as the Neptune configuration is exactly square this point. However at the same time it trines the Moon, Uranus in Pisces also makes contradictory aspects: trining the Sun/Saturn and squaring the Moon.

As we are expecting this configuration to play out at a currency level, we can expect the impact to be mixed in Canada.

We should also be aware that it is the beginning of a trend that will not disappear until late 2012. Neptune will move in tandem with the progressed Sun for 4 years and lead to a sense of inertia as events will not indicate the best direction to take for some time. It may well be severely recessionary, particularly from time to time as it is further activated by Saturn. This will, as we shall see, have a downside, when there are development opportunities to be grasped.

While there is little new information from June to August, the Saturn Uranus mundane opposition repeats in September, by now widely sextile the country’s progressed Saturn. Again the country is saved from the worst of the instability, but is not untouched. In October Saturn sextiles the progressed Sun/Saturn conjunction and trines the progressed MC, but square the Moon. Probably not a nice time for the people as a whole but not a bad time for the government, and Canada’s reputation as a relatively safe country.

The Neptune conjunction repeats in late 2009/early 2010, but the exact conjunction is further away from the critical degrees in Canada’s chart and it can remain a little more detached than in May.

In January we see Pluto repeating its trine to the progressed Ascendant, repeating the pattern of gradual change, but Jupiter completes its square to progressed Saturn and Sun this time and then trines progressed Jupiter and the Moon. This suggests advancement from the picture in 2009 to a new situation. The country should beware of over-complacency at this time though as Neptune still lurks in the background and Pluto is moving forward to make some very dramatic and (if Pluto gets its way) not wholly pleasant conjunctions in the coming two years.

In February Neptune repeats its square to the progressed Sun, and Uranus opposes the progressed Moon. Uranus in opposition to the Moon tends to represent some sort of protest by people – in this case short lived. Possibly currency issues or confusion and deception by government might stimulate such action.

By March Jupiter conjoins the country’s natal Jupiter and squares the progressed Mars and Venus and trines the country’s original Uranus/Sun conjunction. It must be remembered though that, whilst this is a highly positive and exuberant aspect , Jupiter only takes 12 years to complete a cycle and makes positive aspects every couple of years; it is a time to seize that pioneering spirit a little more than average, but by itself not a major trend signifier.

In April the progressed Moon is sextile progressed Saturn, which only continues the stability indicated by Saturn in the previous months. Jupiter square Venus carries the positive mood of March through for another month or so. Pluto now reaches a trine with Mars (remember that natal Mars makes aspects to the Sun and Uranus as well as Jupiter, so this is the beginning of a much more interesting phase), possibly leading to a discovery of new invention or new reserves of something. Uranus trines Saturn and the progressed MC, also indicating positive surprises. Neptune is once again conjoining Jupiter and trine the Moon: there is still a lot of liquidity in the system, which is not really helping concrete decision making, it is easing some otherwise difficult situations.

By May Uranus again reaches a sextile with the progressed Sun and is square the Moon; once more a mixed bag where the government are favoured but the people are not. The progressed Moon sextiles the progressed Sun over this and the next months drawing out the issues for a longer period.

Of course this is only a run up to the cardinal cross of summer 2010. By June, Uranus and Jupiter trine progressed Mercury, another good sign for technical advances. Athough Jupiter makes a tricky quincunx to the progressed Ascendant in July, this is probably only again the impact of news about events elsewhere upsetting things a little.

The actual cross in August sees the progressed Moon most impacted. Uranus and Jupiter oppose the progressed Moon , and Pluto squares it. And we already know that we are encountering a long cycle of Saturn conjoining the progressed Moon. My interpretation of this is that Canadians will not be able to remain detached from events elsewhere at this time and will be caught up in economic and political events that create some radical changes in the country. The other planet affected, is progressed Mercury but much more favourably, so in terms of trade, information and communication the indicators are all positive for the country.

Whether as a result of events of July/August, or as a response to the broader trends of the preceding year, September sees Neptune square the country’s progressed Saturn. There is, thus, a repetition of some matters that were the focus in 2006, when Neptune was square the natal Saturn; house price issues and other recessionary matters have resurfaced. These themes continue for the remainder of the year.

In October the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction is retrograde and again trines the progressed Sun/Saturn. This extremely positive force for invention and change would, to some extent, offset any negativity created by the Neptune square. However, at the same time, Saturn will square the country’s Uranus/Sun conjunction. Here we see challenges. Jupiter and Uranus are encouraging dramatic and groundbreaking change in industry, but the natural Canadian pioneering spirit is being held too much in check by regulation and by a need to conform to broader expectations of a developed nation.

Not surprising then, that by November we get Neptune square Saturn accompanied by Saturn opposing Neptune: one of those double whammy’s that can indicate severe recession, and here is likely to reflect inertia as the impetus for change is crushed by less visionary forces as well as possibly currency restrictions.

December sees more of the same, a real conflict between change and restriction leading to nothing more than hording cash and not investing in the future.

One of the broader themes in the Canadian chart at this time is the progression of the Ascendant to a conjunction with the country’s Mars. Canada has a real chance to become a leader in change in the world at this time.

The Jupiter/Uranus change impetus continues into the early part of 2011. However Saturn now reaches a conjunction with the natal Descendant. Relations with partners such as the US are under duress, perhaps some channels are shut altogether (maybe US protectionism in play?). But Canada has unusual strength at this time: Pluto is not only in trine to the progressed Ascendant but also now to Mars as well. That is some power.

February sees Jupiter square the Uranus/Sun conjunction and this is probably stronger than any of the restrictive Saturn forces at play – invention/creation and change will come to the fore- perhaps with an impetus for change of leadership or at least new policies ( Uranus is still trine the progressed Sun). In March the progressed Moon reinforces this. Jupiter also is trine the Canadian progressed Mars by the end of the month, further ratcheting up the energy levels.

Neptune is now conjoining progressed Jupiter, more signs of inflationary liquidity, and still squaring the progressed Saturn/Sun conjunction (now joined by progressed Mercury). There is still a real problem with the issue of credit and asset values part of an ongoing recessionary background. But this almost seems like a distraction from what else seems to be happening.

Jupiter crosses the Canadian Ascendant in April representing a key turning point. Saturn stationed opposite Neptune trine Venus and sextile progressed Venus is still creating restrictions on investment preventing the development of new ideas, but accompanied by a sense of being in a comfort zone that is rather attractive at least in the short term.

By June there is a slight weaking in the inertia effects of Neptune ( though this is short lived still), and Uranus trines Mercury and Saturn sextiles the progressed Mars. Together a chance to harness plans for change. The repeated impetus of the Pluto trine is by June/July emphasised by Jupiter completing a grand trine from its position in Taurus. Whilst I can’t for one minute think that Canada will be at war, it is instructive to explain that no-one would really want to take on a country with this combination of strengths. It is an extremely powerful combination and can only be good for the country in question. In this case one assumes that it is economically positive.

Jupiter’s sextile to the Sun/Uranus conjunction in August is almost a postscript in comparison, nevertheless it is equally positive.

However we still haven’t got rid of the nuisance that is Neptune. In August it repeats its conjunction with Jupiter and corresponding square to the progressed Sun. Still lacking in any concrete substance, and with Saturn opposes Neptune again, keeping everyone in a state of inertia at best.

Finally in September/October, Saturn returns to the Descendant and in October it is joined there by the progressed Moon. While this does reinforce the restrictions created by partners, there is something to be said for it : now we can move forward with some degree of certainty.

Jupiter repeating its trine to Mars and the progressed Ascendant in November will probably see the country doing just that.

Of course we can’t escape so easily from the tentacles of Neptune’s mists. And it is still hanging around its square to the progressed Mercury/Sun/Saturn conjunction at the end of the year. Canada isn’t out of the woods yet, there are still some bears to be contended with.

Indeed Neptune continues to cast its fog over the direction and leadership of the country all year, as it is never far from being in square to the progressed Sun.

Yet we can expect some shifts in 2012. Saturn has finally moved on from its opposition to the Canadian Neptune, even if Neptune hasn’t completely left the country’s progressed Saturn. So at least we don’t have a double whammy any more.

Saturn is actually trine the progressed Jupiter at this time, it is also trine the Moon, suggesting again that certainty that we mentioned occurring in October. Not ground breaking but at least constructive.

However February brings further shifts that aren’t so positive. Pluto is moving on from its trine to Mars and is now on the country’s MC and opposing the Sun/Uranus conjunction. That is really quite an extraordinary configuration. I would expect a change of government and even a change of constitution of the country with that sort of planetary force at play. Either that or world domination. In March, Jupiter sextiles the Uranus Sun conjunction ramping up the force for change.

April sees more tricky conditions with Uranus quincunx the progressed Ascendant/Mars configuration, which will lead to disruptions. Coupled with Jupiter transiting Pluto at the same time there may be some power struggles. In June, Jupiter activates the T-square between the progressed Sun, Jupiter and Mars, suggesting that things are not quite so quickly resolved and that there are ongoing disputes.

By August Uranus is square the Sun/Uranus conjunction and MC. Remember that Pluto is already aspecting these points. Canada’s key configuration, like so many in the world, picks up the global Pluto Uranus square.

In September Jupiter conjoins Venus and opposes progressed Venus. This is a financially positive influence and given the significance of the other aspects in play probably will merely make the situation a little more palatable.

Saturn, still obviously in aspect to the progressed Moon, makes a trine with the Canadian progressed Jupiter in the last few months, which might continue some of the positive influence and allow changes to be integrated.

The year ends with the mundane trine between Pluto and Saturn picking up the Uranus Sun conjunction again. Since Canada was founded on a Pluto Saturn opposition, it is able to use this combination well, and it should be good for its commodities industries as well as for other business transformation.

We are also finally seeing the end of the Neptune aspects but have to wait to see whether this allows the country to move forward or whether it will become bogged down by other factors in 2013.

Chart Sources
1 July 1867, Ottawa, 0.00am Source N Campion, Book of world horoscopes

I do have a query over the time for this chart. But it is not the same query that other astrologers have. Legally the decree for the creation was determined in London and the date specified in London. No time appears to have been specified in the document. Surely from a UK legal point of view then the change occurred at midnight London time? But midnight London time is 5 hours ahead of Ottawa. Canada’s view seems to be that midnight Ottawa time was the time of the change. As Canadian astrologers seem to be happy with their local time, I have gone with that, but a doubt remains.

This chart really only represents the combining of a few states of Canada. There is an argument for using the chart for the final and current version of the confederation. But on that basis we could be choosing a chart for the US when Hawaii joined. Creation of the sense of a national identity may in some instances be as key as the delineation of the borders- the fact that later on others wish to join up to such an identity does not alter the moment of its creation.

As in Australia, the decree creating the Canadian nation also authorises power over the currency. Again I have taken the chart to be representative of both.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Australia: 2009-2012

The chosen art for my Australian posting is architectural, and needs no introduction, so we’ll go straight to the analysis.

The chart for Australia is characterised by three configurations: a Jupiter, Mercury conjunction opposite Neptune, a Uranus conjunction with Venus opposite Pluto and a Sun conjunct Saturn, Moon, Mars grand trine.

Looking back over 2008, we see that the summer eclipses picked up parts of these major configurations. The August 1 St eclipse was opposite the progressed Ascendant sextile Venus and quincunx Saturn/Sun. The 16th August eclipse conjoined progressed Mars and trined Jupiter and progressed Venus. The former probably represents the shift in commodity prices for the second half of the year and the latter the impact on the Australian dollar.

The Uranus Saturn opposition of November was square the Australian Pluto Uranus opposition further focusing on the commodities issue.

Similar themes continue throughout the next 4 years. The overall trends are not as bad as some countries we have looked at but nor are they are positive as some.

The January 2009 eclipses reflected that of August but with the added stimulus of progressed Moon conjoining progressed Venus.

The country however was closely in focus following the bush fires as a major conjunction involving the sun/Mars and Jupiter occurred on the progressed Ascendant.

Neptune is now opposing progressed Mars which suggests trade weakness at the best of times.

April sees Saturn activate the Uranus/Pluto opposition again, although the trine to progressed Saturn should afford some protection. It also sees Jupiter reactivate the Neptune opposition to progressed Mars, something further complicated by Uranus in quincunx.

May through to July sees the Neptune/Jupiter/Chiron conjunction picks up the Jupiter/Neptune Mercury configuration – unsurprisingly, given what we have seen elsewhere, it is likely to have impact on the currency. Uranus in square to those planets suggests shocks (external?), though the trine from Neptune suggests that monetary inflation absorbs the brunt of events.

By July, Saturn is making its final square to Pluto and Uranus and it may be possible that some of the commodity price falls of the last year are slightly mitigated and Australia is able to benefit a little from this in the medium term.

From August to October, Saturn squares the chart’s Neptune and Jupiter– and quincunxes the progressed Sun Venus conjunction. The upshot of that is much less monetary freedom and likely currency falls and recessionary conditions.

Little more happens until near the end of 2009/early 2010, although the progressed Moon in trine to Saturn moderates matters in the last months.

December 2009 and January 2010 are characterised by a return to the Jupiter/Neptune opposition to progressed Mars and more currency growth. Jupiter though then trines the progressed Sun and MC and sextiles Jupiter. This looks overwhelmingly positive for the economy and its leadership.

In February, Neptune sextiles the progressed Venus and Jupiter while Uranus creates a square to Jupiter. There is likely to be a slightly misplaced sense of economic comfort around this time – perhaps post Australian holidays everyone is just in a good mood? A minor progressed Moon aspect to the Moon in March is also basically positive.

By April Neptune is trine Neptune and this continues the excess currency inflation. The theme continues for a few months and is likely to be accompanied by some shocks, as indicated by the squares of Uranus to Uranus and Mercury and the repeated Saturn square Neptune recessionary indicator. Clearly, together this indicates a lot of uncertainly and little long term planning evolution in the economy.

However it is worth noting that although there may be a sense of being buffeted slightly, or a sense of inertia arising from not knowing how to respond to events elsewhere, the country appears to completely miss out of the excitement of July August 2010 and the peak of the cardinal cross. This can surely only be a good thing.

The country has no planets at or near zero degrees of the cardinal signs and other than a continuation of the themes of May to July, which run right through to Neptune trine Neptune in September, there is unlikely to be any radical action in August.

It is worth noting that using an alternative chart for Australia gives more or less the same result: well the country is far away and perhaps sheltered a little from events even in a global economy.
However, as we will see in 2011, the seeds are being sown at this time that will lead to the need for radical restructuring later.

In October and November the Uranus/Jupiter conjunction does square Jupiter and Neptune and this is likely to be the biggest challenge that the Australian dollar sees in terms of valuation changes vs. the rest of the world. Of course the downside of revaluations is the impact on the economy and the leadership- with Saturn now square the Sun Saturn conjunction and MC, chances are that there will be a lot of hardship for the country and budgetary challenges for the government.

By December the situation becomes more concrete as Saturn crosses the Ascendant. This suggests even tougher times and currency depreciation.

January 2011 sees Saturn station on the Ascendant and square to the progressed Saturn– so major focus on the difficulties of the country at this time – droughts are, incidentally, also likely.

Saturn is also trine Pluto and sextile Uranus suggesting some stabilisation of commodity activity and the change to plan for rebuilding some sectors that are in the doldrums.

March sees Jupiter square the MC and Sun/Saturn, normally this might indicate some exuberance, but in this case it is more likely to just reactivate the Saturn aspect and broaden its reach. There is a suggestion of some sort of turning point in April when Jupiter crosses the Descendant and also picks up the Uranus/Pluto opposition. Potentially this could be a time when new developments can take off.

Another interesting factor to note is that the Australian progressed Sun moves into Taurus now, after 30 years in Aries. This represents a long term change of emphasis from driven economic development to accumulation and security. There may be less immigration, too, from now on.

May sees Jupiter reach its conjunction with progressed Venus, which is also associated with accumulation and conservation of wealth. It is accompanied though by a Pluto conjunction with Saturn. The tentacles of this conjunction will have been felt for some while – but now it begins to perfect. It is the restructuring aspect par-excellence and there is no getting away from it. Whole industries will have to be re-evaluated, but the country still seems to be somewhat in denial as Jupiter and Venus does not suggest poverty and hardship on a large scale.

The fact is, that everything in the garden could look rosy in the next couple of months as Jupiter conjoins the progressed Sun /Venus conjunction. But this should probably be viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism. Pluto is not a force to go partying with. And anyway Saturn is again squaring the Sun and MC. Not great for government or country. There do seem to be conflicting factors at work here.

The summer is also rather misleading, with Jupiter trine the Saturn/Sun conjunction one would expect stability, and even when accompanied by Saturn square Jupiter we wouldn’t really have too much to worry about. But October sees another critical point where there is a change of direction. Jupiter squares the progressed Ascendant, and restrictive Saturn finally returns to the natal Ascendant, ushering in a time of real change.

By December, Saturn trines the Neptune Jupiter opposition, which probably brings currency stability at least, but not necessarily economy wellbeing. Jupiter briefly stations on the Australian progressed Sun this month which further suggests a positive situation albeit short term.

Unfortunately we still have Pluto creeping up again in the background, bringing the need for deep seated changes as it approaches its conjunction with the country’s Saturn.

Australia’s Saturn opposes progressed Venus by January and stations close to the progressed Sun, so that the first half of the year is characterised by the restriction that accompanies a Saturn opposition. The fact that Pluto is aspecting the country’s natal Saturn at the same time is likely to cause a knock on effect. The comfort and wealth associated with the Sun Venus progression is really now challenged and reassessed.

More seriously by March and April, Pluto reaches the IC and the Sun. This is the first time that Pluto has transited the Australian IC since the country’s legal formation. Issues relating to the whole foundation of the country and its economic sustainability are likely to manifest over the coming year or so.

However at the moment Jupiter in trine to the IC/Sun conjunction is creating a helping hand- there is deep reassessment but it is accompanied with opportunity for growth. The trine of Saturn to Neptune in March and sextile to Jupiter in April further suggest that this may be a period of transition but it is not an unequivocally dark one.

By July Uranus reaches its square to the Australian Saturn, which might lead to sudden changes in government policies, which given the mixed picture for August take a while to fully register their effects.

In September Jupiter conjoins the country’s Pluto and opposes Uranus. As we’ve mentioned, this is likely to have an impact on the country’s commodity industry. The combination of this together with the conjunction of Pluto and the Australian Saturn, which repeats in October, probably means major changes within this industry.

Stability in the currency seems to continue though. Saturn trines Neptune and sextiles Jupiter, and Neptune sextiles the progressed Sun. Together this implies not much change in either direction.

As mentioned Pluto conjoins the country’s Saturn in October. Saturn conjoins the country’s progressed MC and opposes the progressed Sun. This suggests that there are some real problems for the government and leadership. Probably because the changes needed ( as indicated by Pluto) are unpopular in some quarters.

The year ends, then, with the Pluto conjunction fully entrenched and the likelihood that the issues with continue int0 2013 as Uranus squares Pluto at a mundane level.

Australia Federation. Sydney 1 January 1901 midnight
There is an argument for using the First fleet chart but the fact that it could be claimed that it is only a NSW chart and uncertainty over whether to use a morning or evening time for that chart meant that I selected this one. It may well be the best chart to use for economic events anyway.

Australian Dollar
The authority to run its own currency was given to Australia at the same time as the Federation was created. I am therefore using the same chart for both.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Venezuela: 2009-2012

Maintaining my art theme as an introduction to each topic is proving harder than I anticipated. There is no shortage of great art, but great art that reflects a nation's scenery is another matter. Where it exists it is almost certainly not by a local artist; people just don’t seem to want to paint their back yard. This week was not exception, there were plenty of great local artists painting something else altogether; the picture of Angel falls is my compromise.

Why Venezuela?
Returning to the real matter in hand, astrology, I have noticed that my timing for choosing countries for analysis is even better than my astrological predictions.

Why this might be we will save for a more philosophical post next week. But, to maintain the trend, Venezuela, this week, has proved a topical choice. Not only has there been a bank run on the Stanford Bank in Caracas following the alleged latest international fraud by Texan Allen Stanford, and a drugs arrest of UK family, but it has been interesting politically. As the Uranus/Saturn opposition squared the progressed Moon which represents the people, Chavez won his bid to change the regulations that limited the length of time he could serve. He could thus, in theory remain in power not just for the duration of this forecast, but potentially until the 2020 of this blog’s title. While I won’t be going into the detail of what this means policy-wise, it is worth bearing in mind as we look at the country; Chavez does not plan to voluntarily relinquish control, so if we see a change of control in the charts we should assume that this will be a time of significant political disruption.

The Venezuelan chart is not as interesting, cycle –wise, as either Brazil or Mexico. Nevertheless there are some points worth noting. Libra rises, Venus rules Libra, the chart seems to suit the country’s name. The MC of the chart is 13 Cancer, the degree of the US Sun, and by virtue of its formation in 1777 it has Pluto at the same degree as the US. Perhaps this helps contribute to Chavez’s antipathy to America, though the signifier of the rhetoric of recent years is likely to be progressed Mercury opposite natal Mars.

My review of the Bolivar will be relatively brief, as, while Venezuela’s oil interests make it politically and economically interesting its currency is much less so. Nevertheless the Bolivar chart I am using doe shave a rather nice Jupiter Uranus conjunction which can’t fail to be activated in the next year or so as the two planets meet at 0 degrees Aries in the cardinal square.

The 2008 eclipses were obviously important for the country, given the impact on oil prices. The 1 August eclipse was square Venezuela’s progressed Sun, the 16th August eclipse was square the country’s progressed Mercury and Mars. The Saturn Uranus opposition picked up a number of planets, and in November the progressed Moon further activated progressed Venus and Mars and trined the Sun. This latter aspect has probably been positive for the leadership.

The eclipses also formed squares with the planets in the Bolivar chart, notably the 16th August eclipse square the Bolivar progressed MC – not a positive sign. Everything is also accentuated in the Bolivar chart at the moment as like other charts we have considered, it has a progressed Sun Mars conjunction

The recent eclipses, picked up the same planets as in August. The six months in between probably saw a trend which may now be starting to change.

March is not especially noteworthy in the country chart. Saturn repeats its aspects of November, and Uranus trines Mars, the latter might spice things up a bit, but not too much. In April Saturn conjoins the country’s Sun again, and will remain in orb until August, suggesting restrictions and difficulties for the government. The Bolivar looks more interesting, with Jupiter conjoining the currency’s Mars this week ( bank run right on schedule then!), and later the progressed Ascendant, suggesting more focus on the currency.

This takes us into the Neptune conjunction of May to July. This quincunxes the Venezuelan natal Neptune and squares the progressed Mercury. This is tricky, though not catastrophic. Uranus also opposes natal Neptune and sextile Pluto. This tends to confirm currency issues that we have identified elsewhere and possibly oil price movements too.

It is not surprising, then, to see that the conjunction makes some major aspects to the Bolivar chart. A square to the progressed Mars/Sun conjunction as well as to the progressed MC and Venus, and a sextile to Neptune. At the same time Uranus sextiles the Mars/Sun and MC as well as the chart’s Uranus/Jupiter conjunction. This suggests some very significant currency movements affecting the Bolivar.

Note, however, that the fact that Saturn trines the Venezuelan Venus/Mars progressed conjunction again by July suggests that Venezuela’s position will not be as bad as some others. The indications are that it is significant though since the progressed Moon squares the conjunction in July.

A relatively benign August and September follow: with Uranus and Saturn making comfortable aspects to the country’s progressed Mercury and its Mars. The Bolivar seems to stabilise as Saturn trines the currency’s Saturn and conjoins the progressed Moon in August, and as Jupiter returns to cross the progressed Ascendant again in September we may backtrack to repeat some of the themes of the period around March.

By October, though Saturn transits the Venezuelan Neptune, a sign of economic weakness and recession. Furthermore there is a notable double whammy: Saturn trines Pluto and Pluto sextiles Saturn. Now trines and sextiles are relatively mild aspects, yet when both Saturn and Pluto are involved there must necessarily be some heavy lifting, restructuring and perhaps more of the Chavez favourite, nationalisations are likely. The progressed Moon carries these aspects through to the end of the year, and the reappearance of the Neptune conjunction. Expect the prevailing themes in April to run right the way to early 2010.

The Bolivar chart looks quite calm from October to December. A Saturn sextile to the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction and trine to the Mars/Sun one keeps big movements in check for a while though the plethora of progressed Moon aspects suggest that currency issues are still under the spotlight.

That is not surprising as December into January sees the repeat of the Neptune conjunction across the world.

In the country chart, while January continues the trends of 2009, February sees Jupiter cross the chart progressed MC, a turning point which also picks up the progressed Mercury, highlighting, trade, exchange and information. Thus, March is characterised by lots of events, commercial, political and leadership-wise. However, these are not especially negative, merely a little frenetic and exuberant. Aspects to Mercury also predominate in the Bolivar chart.

May looks to be a generally positive period. Saturn, trining the Venezuelan progressed Mercury, Pluto and the Moon, imparts stability, while Jupiter and Uranus together encourage change. The only challenge is the Uranus to Uranus opposition, which although accompanied by positive aspects, is probably too much radical change in one go.

As a result June and July are characterised by the need to adjust as Jupiter and Uranus quincunx Saturn. More worrisome though is the Neptune square to the Moon, which suggests a lack of direction economically and much disinformation. There is still a lot of currency focus, with volatility in June, followed by restrictions in July, backing up the trends in the country chart.

The August cardinal cross in the early degrees of the cardinal signs is not highly activated in the Venezuelan chart. Aspects to Venus, the chart ruler, suggest the country is favourably placed though what ever happens at this time. September aspects to the Venezuelan Moon suggest the people are not unhappy with conditions. That could suggest that events point to a commodities issue rather than anything else, although Venezuela’s unique view of capitalism might contribute. The Bolivar chart is almost entirely untouched by the cardinal cross: this is not that surprising, we can expect most of the currency action to have taken place by this time, instead we will have real economic problems to contend with in many places.

September, however, does see quincunxes from Saturn to the progressed Venezuela MC and Sun, suggesting leadership difficulties, and this is accompanied by a notable triple conjunction of progressed Uranus, the progressed Ascendant and progressed Moon. This could be read as a revolutionary aspect- yet the events of the preceding year do not seem to suggest it. A physical event, floods, earthquakes etc might be the explanation. The Bolivar chart still shows relative stability with Saturn still transiting the progressed Moon ( part of a long term aspect).

In the Venezuela chart October though December continue the tricky leadership times, and Jupiter and Uranus again oppose Neptune, and Neptune quincunxes Neptune suggesting economic and currency instability again. In the Bolivar chart Jupiter/Uranus trines Jupiter/Uranus and sextiles the progressed Mars/Sun again- volatile in a good way.

November, however, sees Saturn reintroduce stability via a trine to the Ascendant Moon Uranus conjunction in the country chart and a conjunction with the Ascendant in the Bolivar chart.

In December Saturn crosses the country’s natal Ascendant, which suggests quite severe restrictions of some kind. Again this is reflected in the Bolivar chart with a Saturn square.

The two opposite indicators of instability and restriction look like running in parallel for the last months of the year.

Saturn, in the form of stability and even difficult restrictions, continues to hold sway, stationing on the Venezuelan Ascendant, retrograding back to its trine with the progressed Ascendant and finally retuning to the Ascendant in September of 2011. It was last at this point in 1981, but then it was accompanied by Pluto and Jupiter, so the events of that time will not be repeated in the same way. Still, it could be quite a tough few months. The Bolivar still looks to be subject to quiet heavy trade with Uranus continuing its aspects of late 2010.

Other than the impact of Saturn the early part of the year looks relatively clam, Uranus and Jupiter both make favourable aspects in February and a more mixed March is followed by an April where there are some big events. Jupiter crosses the Descendant and square the MC, throwing focus onto partners and any difficult relationships with them. But Jupiter is also trine Jupiter and sextile the progressed Ascendant Uranus configuration- anything is possible and great strides can be made in new areas and new relationships. As mentioned Saturn is continuing its stabilising influence and Neptune trine Saturn, although not a very constructive aspect will only serve to smooth the edges of any complications. The Uranus trine to Venus is economically and socially enhancing.

In May and June, Jupiter adds another dose of pleasantness in the country chart, sextiling the Moon, and Pluto imparts power through its sextile to the progressed MC. When Jupiter reinforces this in July, it is difficult to see how the country cannot be riding out any global storms very well indeed.

After Saturn returns to hover over the Venezuelan Ascendant and trine Uranus etc in September/October, it moves on to form some more difficult aspects. By December Saturn squares Pluto, suggesting restructuring of a difficult and loss making type. Uranus in square to the Moon together with Jupiter square Venus suggest upsets or protests. Jupiter opposing the country’s Saturn suggests a shake up of traditional values.

The Bolivar chart does not really mirror the country chart at all in 2011.

In February/March in the Bolivar chart Jupiter crosses the Descendant squares the Sun/Saturn/Mercury and opposes the progressed Moon, suggesting the need to re-evaluate the currency within the global marketplace, this is likely to reflect actions being taken elsewhere. In April through to July there is even more activity in the chart. Saturn retrogrades across the Bolivar ascendant and Jupiter squares the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction as it transit Neptune. These aspects look a little like a re-run of late 2010, but the external picture will be looking quite different by now so given that the country chart is looking positive we can assume that what is happening are adjustments to align the currency with that fact.

By September/October a more problematic theme starts to emerge in the currency chart. Saturn and the progressed Moon square Saturn and oppose the progressed Neptune. At the same time transiting Neptune squares the progressed Mars/Sun and MC. With Saturn opposing Neptune we have restraint over inflation but with Neptune square the other planets a tendency towards it. On balance the restriction looks more likely, with the Neptune square manifesting as a lack of trade. The Saturn square to Uranus/Jupiter in November and December further suggests this.

2011 started with a Saturn station on the Ascendant, this year starts with one close to Venezuela’s natal Saturn position. Now a Saturn return is not too big a deal for a country that is over 200 years old as it has one every 30 years or so. Nevertheless it is not something that will ever pass without creating some conditions of hardship or restriction.

Neptune continues to trine Saturn at the same time and together these might contribute to a recessionary phase. Certainly there will be no moving forward with projects or policies.

Pluto also stays close to its sextile with the progressed MC throughout the year, continuing to contribute a feeling of power.

February to April is characterised by a number of minor squares. May sees Jupiter transit the progressed Mars and progressed Venus .Mars would put people in an antagonistic mood but with Venus it is likely to result in something a bit more creative.

The first three months in the Bolivar chart are mixed and unremarkable from a long term perspective. In April Saturn repeats its opposition to Neptune, but this time the aspect is accompanied by Pluto conjoining the IC, the first time since the founding date. This latter aspect is further magnified by Jupiter transiting Pluto in May. The Bolivar has already had a number of incarnations without such an aspect so this could be the beginning of the end of the Bolivar as a separate currency. Perhaps the country will adopt another, although this is unlikely to happen until a few passes of Pluto have occurred.

Jupiter transiting the Mars/Sun conjunction sextile Jupiter/Uranus increases trading activity in the currency in June suggesting increased trade again. But given the Pluto transit mentioned above the most interesting facet of this is that the Mars/Sun conjunction will shortly change signs. This confirms the likelihood of moving to another currency regime within a year or two.

Little new happens in the Bolivar chart for the remainder of the year so developments on this theme are likely to be slow and other economic events will take precedence.

Returning to the country itself, June’s conjunction of Jupiter with the Venezuelan Mercury emphasises the power of communications; the country might want to talk on the global stage more than usual. Jupiter is square the progressed MC though in July suggesting speaking out of turn, an indication reinforced by a Uranus opposition to Mercury – Venezuela might speak but it can’t expect everyone to agree. The people support the attitude though as the progressed Moon transits the MC.

The Saturn return follows, look to 1983-4 for indication of the likely impact, it is square progressed Pluto so could be potentially extremely challenging. And in October Jupiter stations on that Uranus progressed Ascendant configuration, possibly leading to more certain revolutionary behaviour – it is a bit of an anarchistic conjunction to take us to the end of 2012.

Seems it could be all change in both currency and political terms. I don’t think Chavez expects that!

Chart sources

Venezuela: 8 September 1777, 12pm local time San ildefonso, Spain relocated to Caracas, Establishment of the Captaincy of Venezuela by Carlos III, The History of Venezuela, By H. Micheal Tarver, Hollis Micheal Tarver Denova, Julia C. Frederick, Google books
Although independence was not achieved until later, the territories that make up today’s Venezuela were first separately identified as a government region at this time.

Venezolano, 1 January 1872, midnight, Caracas.
The current Bolivar Fuerte is only a year or so old. It replaced the old Bolivar which in turn replaced the Venezolano in 1879. Since there is a direct line connecting all three it is logical to use the oldest. The Venezolano was actually approved on 11 May 1871, but did not become a functioning currency until 1 January 1872 when sufficient amounts were in existence. Since there is a time for 1872 but not 1871 I have chosen to use the 1872 chart.
Wikipedia/wiki/el venezolano

Brazil : 2009-2012

I’ve returned to cathedrals for my Brazilian themed artwork. This time the design of the Brazilia Cathedral, which is stunning. I’m sticking to my art theme as there are only so many pictures of currency notes and central banks that one can take.

The Brazilian chart is set for the year after Mexico’s. Hence the outer planets are in the same place. Only Jupiter has moved by one sign. So the longer term cycles for these countries will be broadly similar. However the medium term effects will be different with all the inner planets and angles individual to each nation.

There have been substantial shifts since Lula da Silva came to power, at a time corresponding to progressed Sun opposite natal sun in the chart. However any advances made since then are being severely challenged by the global situation.

The summer 2008 eclipses made limited aspects to Brazil. It was not one of the countries hit directly by the events of July – Oct. This proved true, Brazil’s high banking reserve requirements due to past crises saved it from the worst of the initial crisis up to the end of September .However it does pick up longer term aspects from Uranus ( to the Mars, Sun progressed conjunction which tend to raise leadership challenges) and a Pluto square.

And sure enough the Uranus Saturn opposition in November seems to have activated the Brazil chart as the impact on the BRIC economies began to be appreciated and the currency and markets fell.

The Real is an interesting curiousity, dating as it does from 1694, the year the Bank of England was founded. Neptune and Jupiter are prominent as in some many currency charts, though in this case Venus trines Saturn, giving the coins at least strength.

Until mid 2008 the Real had been relatively strong, but that all changed later in the year. The 1 st August eclipse conjoined the Mon and quincunx Saturn, not wholly important, but suggesting change was in the offing. The 16th August eclipse conjoined the progressed Moon sextiled the progressed MC and opposed progressed Jupiter, suggesting a turning point.

But as for the country it was Uranus and Saturn that really hit the Real. Uranus conjoined the Real’s progressed Neptune Ascendant conjunction – the bearer of the previous years’ strength.
Subsequently the opposition picked up the Real Sun and Mars, increasingly the trading levels as investors repositioned themselves.

The other noteworthy issue as we look forward is that both the country and the currency are experiencing Mars/Sun conjunctions by progressions. A distinct theme.

The January 26 2009 eclipse made easy trine aspects to the Brazilian Jupiter, the Moon and progressed MC. No problems from that then. The Feb 9th eclipse made almost no aspects except those mentioned from Uranus. There was more action in the Real chart. The 26th January eclipse opposed the Moon and the more recent February one again picked up Jupiter and the MC. Not surprising that the last few months have seen the decline of the Real based on the summer eclipse turning points

In March 2009, Pluto will conjoin Brazil’s Uranus sextile Mars. This is a somewhat revolutionary aspect, but not in a hard way- it suggests sudden change but without the unpleasant effects which often accompany such changes. Pluto also then conjoins Neptune, which merely speaks of the ongoing global events and how they impact the country indirectly.
There is a lot happening in the Real chart too. Uranus conjoins the Real Neptune ( note again the parallels with both the country and currency receiving aspects from the outer planets to Neptune), Neptune opposes progressed Jupiter, Pluto conjoins Saturn and Saturn once again activates the Real Sun and Mars. Looks like more activity in this currency is coming up in the next 2 months.

In April Jupiter will oppose the Brazilian Venus, Uranus will conjoin progressed Mars and Saturn conjoin the natal Sun. This again suggests that the government will face problems and in this case that there may be more active disputes. The Jupiter to Venus aspect suggests money issues. In the Real chart Uranus crosses the progressed Ascendant, sudden changes in value are likely which given the upcoming conjunction is not surprising.

The May- June Neptune conjunction transits the country’s progressed mercury- planet of communication and exchange. Pluto once again conjoins Neptune, suggesting issues of deception being brought to light and the destruction of illusions. The progressed Moon conjoins Pluto. The people are likely to experience some fear over the market situation and how this will affect them at the grass roots level during this period.

During the same period, Uranus picks up a sextile to Venus in the Real chart and also is within orb of a sextile to the progressed Sun, although there is also a square to the progressed MC which is worrying. This is accompanied, however, by the Neptune conjunction continuing to oppose progressed Jupiter and trine the progressed MC. Jupiter is also transiting the natal MC. The indication here is for more big currency movements in the Real, but the picture is mixed about the direction. So far the Neptune opposition has led to selling, but the strength of the conjunction might just reverse that in a big way. That is further indicated by a sextile from Saturn to the Real Jupiter and another between Pluto and the Real progressed Moon.Bet on volatility rather than one direction.

In August the progressed Moon briefly squares the Brazilian Uranus and Neptune in the chart reactivating some of the above. And in the Real chart Saturn opposes the Sun suggesting depreciation although not of such long duration.

In September Saturn reaches its opposition of the Brazilian progressed Sun and Mars: hard graft for the government and with Jupiter opposite Venus, perhaps problems with paying its public servants. October thus has a repeat of the Pluto square and Uranus again conjoining progressed Mars and the potential for disputes and strikes again. November sees a repeat of surprise challenges to the leadership.

In the Real chart, over the same period the Saturn/Uranus opposition is still at work. This time Uranus opposes Saturn and is on the progressed Ascendant/Neptune trine the progressed Venus. This indicates yet more volatility – perhaps it is hard to see where the country is going economically at this time and the Real is reflecting that uncertainty. By October Saturn is trine the progressed Mars/Sun in the Real chart, suggesting continued substantial trading but now in a more rational manner. Though Neptune opposite Jupiter at the same time does not imply any settling down to a long term value.

November and December also see the beginning of a more serious phase. The Pluto Saturn square picks up the Brazilian Pluto square Neptune/Uranus. Although with Saturn trine progressed Jupiter there is usually opportunity for consolidation rather than severe restructuring, the reality is likely to be more of the latter. Still with the progressed Moon sextile progressed MC at the year end, not everyone is unhappy.

In the Real chart, Uranus is still creating valuation surprises, as it transits Neptune, and Neptune in opposition to Jupiter suggests value is quite out of kilter at this time. The effect of the Pluto Saturn square can be felt in the currency too though, as it resonates to the quincunx in the Real natal chart. There may be currency trading restrictions and issues relating to Real debt at the end of the year.

The themes of December continue into the new year. Pluto again transits Brazil’s Uranus, although these are very long term transits and there is no reason to think the effects will be confined to this month alone.

February brings a change of scene as Jupiter crosses the Ascendant in the Brazil chart and Uranus crosses the Real ascendant. This is accompanied by more disputes ( Uranus conjoining the Brazil Mars) and more disinformation ( Neptune conjoining Brazil progressed Mercury). Jupiter however makes a sextile to the Neptune/Uranus conjunction and a trine to Mars, this suggests a liquidity hit. In the Real chart Jupiter sextiles Saturn and progressed Mercury – such liquidity could take the form of hard currency rather than computer bytes.

A brief progressed Venus Moon conjunction in the Brazil chart during March, coupled with a Jupiter sextile to progressed Uranus makes everyone rest on their laurels despite the ongoing restructuring from Saturn opposing Pluto. In the Real chart the impact of the mundane Pluto Saturn square means the picture continues mixed, though a Jupiter conjunction to the progressed Moon seems to mirror the country’s complacency.

Jupiter opposite Brazil’s progressed Sun in April suggests some rather reckless actions by the government, which are likely to escalate in May as Jupiter crosses the progressed Sun/Mars conjunction. In the Real chart Uranus us now trining the progressed Sun Mars too and Jupiter conjoins the Sun and then the Neptune progressed Ascendant conjunction: we are reaching a turning point in the currency valuation.

The months of June to September are characterised by the cardinal cross, that we have discussed many times. In Brazil’s chart, Pluto mainly aspects Uranus, and Jupiter/Uranus quincunx Mars. That suggests real on the streets demonstrations. There is a need for a lot of deep-seated change. However Saturn opposes the Brazilian Pluto but trine Jupiter and sextiles the MC. There is little growth but much positive change for the better with this, setting the country up for a better time later.

In the Real chart we see a conjunction between the progressed Moon and Sun, more indications that a new trend is starting. The Jupiter Uranus conjunction trines the Real’s Pluto, a very powerful force. Saturn trines the progressed Mars/Sun conjunction and Jupiter trines the progressed Pluto. This is a re-evaluation of the Real as big as that in 2009, but this time we are looking at fundamentals rather than fantasy.

In September 2010, Jupiter conjoins the Brazil Pluto, indicating issues regarding debt, but not necessarily bad ones. Yet Saturn squares the Neptune/Uranus conjunction suggesting inertia and lack of technological development.

In the Real chart the progressed Moon is picking up Neptune, reactivating some of the themes from the past 18 months, and the Jupiter Uranus conjunction is again activating the progressed Sun/Mars, the currency looks strong at this time and once again there is much trade.

In October Pluto is again transiting Brazil’s Neptune, while Neptune transits Mercury- more misinformation and uncertainty will ensure. However we do have a stabilising Saturn trine to the country’s Jupiter and the Moon. This won’t make things better but will stop the worst of challenges to policy etc.

In the Real chart Neptune sextiles the MC. Jupiter crosses the progressed Ascendant and makes a sextile to Venus and a square to the progressed MC, as well as a conjunction with the progressed Moon. Saturn sextiles the Moon but squares Saturn This is again a lot of major planetary activity and it does suggest that the speculative element of the Real trading is not dead yet.

November sees Pluto back with the Brazilian Uranus and Mars, a continuation of the theme all the way back to early 2009. Jupiter again transits the progressed Mars Sun conjunction, sending the government into overdrive. Expect rhetoric and takeovers. Jupiter conjoining the Real Neptune once again suggests a lot of speculation or inflationary activity However Pluto is now conjunct Saturn again suggesting more concrete fundamental government action regarding the currency.

Indeed Saturn opposite the Brazilian progressed Venus in December probably makes for a short period of financial hardship –perhaps confiscation or restrictions on withdrawals etc. It is certainly another key moment currency wise as the Uranus Jupiter conjunction transiting the progressed Ascendant is reinforced by the progressed Moon.

Jupiter and Uranus shake up progressed Mars again in January 2011. But Jupiter conjoins Pluto and trines the MC and sextiles progressed Jupiter again ( as in the middle of 2010), Financially that looks quite positive- perhaps debt levels will be a cause for celebration, despite the people chanting for change. In the Real chart Neptune continues to sextile Venus which also suggests things are looking up.

In February and March, Jupiter squares the Brazil Neptune suggesting mistaken speculation or over liquidity. March’s Pluto transit to Neptune again continues the background theme of breaking up the delusions. There is some positive news in Mars though as Jupiter makes a sextile to Brazil’s Jupiter Moon conjunction, bringing a sense of comfort

The Real is definitely showing its stronger side in February, with a repeat of the Jupiter sextile to the progressed Sun/Mars conjunction and a Pluto transit to progressed Mercury. In March Uranus also activates the progressed Sun/Mars again and the progressed Moon, Jupiter sextiles the chart’s Uranus and Saturn trines the progressed Venus. This looks very good and far less out of control than the previous months have been. Things might be settling down

Jupiter conjoins Brazil’s progressed Venus in April but Saturn again opposes it. It’s a mixed sign. A feeling of wealth coupled with a fearing of restriction. With Uranus transiting Pluto and square progressed Jupiter and MC, there are likely to be huge changes in place.

May’s aspects suggest that this is so . Neptune reaches the Brazilian ascendant. And it is on the progressed Descendant. This suggests that there will be an enormous turning point in Brazil’s position relating to partners, and the rest of the world in general. It’s whole image is changing and in the medium term is going to be quite unclear. With Neptune square Jupiter and the MC, we have a fantasy, speculative aspect. It’s a gamble. At the same time Uranus squares Neptune/Uranus and Pluto conjoins Neptune. The key aspects that determined the beginnings of Brazil as an independents state are all coming in to play. This is not just about Brazil this is about the relations between North and South America and Europe too.

The Real looks mixed for April like the country chart. In May the major aspect is a square from Uranus to Saturn which is decidedly upsetting. It might suggest new denomination. The progressed Mars and Sun are now opposite the Real natal Pluto suggesting a complete change,

Curiously, June 2011 shows Jupiter sextiling the Brazil country Ascendant, trining the progressed Ascendant and conjoining the progressed Moon. Later in the month Jupiter trines the Neptune/Uranus conjunction and opposes Mars. All this means that the themes of May continue to be activated but also that they are basically positive for Brazil. In the Real chart Saturn trines the Uranus, calming down the changes of April. There are a number of Jupiter squares in the month but this is likely to be related to practical issues of the currency rather than value.

July and August’s conjunctions between Jupiter and the Brazilian Saturn suggests consolidation in a positive way. September basically continues the theme, with the progressed Moon carrying the baton of the earlier aspects in both the country and Real charts. Although the corresponding Uranus square is extremely disruptive, in the light of the rest of the aspects it can’t be too bad. Other country policies create shocks but the country can withstand them. It is worth noting though, the repeat of the Saturn opposite progressed Venus, which you will recall might suggest monetary restrictions for a short while. The Real chart ( where the mundane Pluto Uranus square is picking up the natal Saturn) shows that people are having to adapt quite dramatically to changes and that there is caution as a result.

October basically continues the events of September but with Uranus square the Brazilian Neptune meaning a element of uncertainty about how changes will play out. It must be ok because in November Jupiter conjoins the progressed Moon trines Uranus and Neptune and the progressed Ascendant again. And in December it sextiles the Ascendant. Whilst there are some quincunxes, we have continued Uranus conjunct Pluto in trine to the MC and sextile progressed Jupiter. Generally a good ending to the year for Brazil as a result of international events.

During this last quarter of the year the Real chart is once again very active. It comes to a head by December when Jupiter Saturn and Uranus are all active. Uranus makes wholly favourable aspects to the progressed Mars/Sun conjunction and Pluto. Saturn makes a mixture with a stabilising sextile to the midheaven but a square with Venus again. Jupiter makes wholly squares to the planets Uranus transits. On balance then the surprises are good, though reactions might be overdone.

The late 2011 Real themes continue in January 2012. In the same month Pluto transits the Brazil progressed Neptune, which would be unsettling if it were not for the fact that it also trines progressed Saturn. Given the benefits from the end of 2011 this looks like continuing policy changes for the long term good.

Jupiter is again replaying some of its positive aspects of earlier months in February, and with Uranus and Pluto nearly in square we are seeing how the global mundane aspects continue their impacts on Brazil in its historical position as part of the greater global trade developments. Jupiter’s repeat conjunction with the Brazilian Saturn intensified by a progressed Moon aspect in March still confirms the stability of the impact in the country.

Jupiter is trine Saturn in the Real chart in February further suggesting stability, although this might be at the expense of value in March when Saturn opposes Venus again.

In March through to July, Neptune again crosses the Brazil Ascendant and squares progressed Jupiter. This just confirms the speculative activity mentioned for mid 2011. More Jupiter positive aspects to Uranus the progressed Moon and the Sun, followed by a sextile from Uranus to the moon Jupiter conjunction and then a sextile of Jupiter to the progressed Sun Mars, suggest that Brazil is still doing well, just no-one knows exactly what the true outcome will be.

There is a repeat of the Pluto conjunction with the Real progressed Saturn in April. But the difficulties associated with this are offset by the Jupiter transit to the Ascendant and its square to the MC. We are seeing more issues relating to the change in the currency which could be tricky, though the aspects in the currency chart do not suggest that is so. Indeed by May the rela chart is showing sextiles from Jupiter to the Sun. Mars and Neptune , which suggests a very positive situation. June is a bit more mixed but still characterised by a Jupiter trine to Venus and sextile to the progressed Ascendant and a Saturn sextile to progressed Jupiter. These should ensure that the Neptune sextile to Saturn is basically experiences as stability rather than weakness and should partially offset the mundane square of Pluto to the Real’s Mercury. Though the latter may create some difficulties on the street.

Neptune, by July, is sextile the Brazil natal Uranus/Neptune conjunction and trine Mars. Neptune/Mars aspects can suggest weakness but the sextile is the least complicated and in this case probably supports the other positive themes. The Real chart has more Jupiter sextiles to key points and so the currency will be well regarded at this time.

August does, however, suggest a shift of emphasis after almost a year of positive news in the country. In the Real chart we might see too much lightening of restrictions as Jupiter transits Uranus. Also Uranus is still making a positive sextile the Brazilian Moon Jupiter conjunction, the people are still happy and in a Brazilian party spirit. But Jupiter reaches the IC, a turning point and squares the Ascendant and progressed Ascendant as well as conjoining progressed Jupiter and sextiling Pluto. This is just too much of a good thing. It looks like Brazil’s finances might just be too good compared to elsewhere. It is a slight warning. Jupiter then trines the Sun and conjoins the progressed MC, more indication of a turning point, but all still with a happy populace that even another Pluto transit to Neptune can’t totally unravel.

September to December continue many of these themes. There are some slight adjustments though. In the Real chart Saturn again conjoins Venus in September, suggesting some restrictions or depression in value again. Saturn is trine the Brazil Ascendant from October and perhaps depressing some of the over inflated expectations – or maybe just bringing some hard headed realism into the picture. It is pointing out the need to watch debt with quincunxes to the country’s Pluto and Jupiter. In the Real chart Neptune and Saturn are in mundane aspect and Saturn squares the progressed Sun/mars and Ploto configuration. This is definitely tricky and the currency might suffer some negative sentiment during this part of the year.

In November Saturn conjoins the Brazil Mars, constraining activity a little but not too much as it is still sextile Uranus and the progressed Ascendant. This is mirrored by a Pluto conjunction to Neptune trine progressed Saturn. Potentially somewhat recessionary, but we can consider that a scaling back might be in order after the last 18 months. Still Jupiter is retrograding over the progressed MC in December, the new patterns won’t embed until 2013.

In the Real chart the end of the year is a bit mixed. Positive conjunctions between Jupiter and the Real Uranus and a Saturn sextile which is a very stable sign are offset by the ongoing effect of the mundane Pluto/Uranus square to the chart’s Saturn which is only really starting to get going. Although the year end’s ok the currency readjustments are taking time.

Chart Sources

Independence declared by ruler. 7 Sep 1922 Sao Paulo. 16.47 local time. Chart from N Campion’s Book of world horoscopes based on a time rectified by Brazilian astrologers.

The Real
Brazil Mint Foundation: 8 March 1694, Salvador Brazil. Based on law issued by Portugal. Chart set for 12pm Lisbon Portugal relocated to Brazil. See

Another fascination currency history here.
The law of 8 March 1694 answered this request, by determining that gold and silver in Brazil would devalue by 10% over and above the 20% devaluation decided in 1688 by Portugal. It also states that a mint should be opened in the city of Baía so that the provincial currency could be coined there and would only circulate Brazil.
See: WAR, TAXES AND GOLD:THE INHERITANCE OF THE REAL Jorge Braga de Macedo, Faculty of Economics, Nova University at Lisbon; NBER and CEPR Álvaro Ferreira da Silva Faculty of Economics, Nova University at Lisbon Rita Martins de Sousa Institute of Economics and Management, Technical University of Lisbon

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Mexico and the Peso: 2009-2012

There was never going to be much contest for my Mexican artwork, it was always going to be Riviera or Kahlo. In the end, this one, which I was not previously familiar with, seemed like an appropriate theme for an astrological site.

Background to the Mexican chart
The chart for Mexico from 1821 is worth a brief discussion because of the number of outer planet aspects involved. Neptune conjoins Uranus close to the MC, (there would not be another conjunction of these planets until 1993). The two planets also square Pluto. This configuration, and the birth of modern Mexico, therefore represented a critical point in the cycle of industrialisation that took off with the grand trine between the three planets in the late 1760s. It was an especially critical moment because Uranus is trine a Saturn/Jupiter conjunction, a significator of the medium term business cycle. 1821 was thus a key year in economic history and Mexico can be expected to resonate with many of the events that follow.

It should be noted that Mexico is going through a 20 year period ( 1996-2017) when the progressed Moon and Saturn will make many conjunctions, this is a sign of stability but not of growth and may create an overall climate of negativity. Although it is a much better aspect than the equivalent square, which would definitely create a very negative climate.

Other than a slight depreciation in 2002, the Mexican Peso has closely tracked the US$ since the late 1990s. However that changed in October 2008, when the Peso saw a sharp fall in response to the US economic conditions. Can we see this in the chart and can we forecast what the next few years will bring?

The eclipse of 16th August together with Neptune was close to the Peso Chart’s MC, as will be the eclipse of 9th February 2009, this is an especially weakening aspect. That Mexico, and the Peso that seem to have such close ties to economic development as a whole should pick up this eclipse is to be expected. The Peso is hardwired into international economics. However the aspect was coupled in the Peso chart by a transit of Saturn to the progressed Sun/Mercury conjunction with the Peso moon ( as well as its hard aspects to Venus and Mars). Both of these events would have had a dampening effect on value but together they were even more significant. Nevertheless a major currency weakening would normally be accompanied by significant Uranus Pluto transits as well as Neptune. In fact it is notable that the effect on the Peso of the dollar is much more than, for example, against the Euro. We have not seen a complete collapse of this currency- rather a knock on effect from the dollar.


Moving back to the events of the moment, news reports have already confirmed that remittances to Mexico from workers in the US have fallen and that jobs are increasingly difficult to obtain for Mexicans both at home and across the border. Unsurprisingly then we see that, Pluto has recently transited the Mexico Neptune and the eclipse of 26th January was square the Mexican chart’s Moon and progressed Jupiter – representing the people’s difficulties relating to funds.

The 9th February eclipse, involving Neptune, makes only one aspect in the country chart, to progressed Mars, suggesting discontent but not with any particular focus. And indeed there is not much worth mentioning in the chart throughout February and March suggesting little change in the situation during that time.

In the Peso chart the eclipse of 26 January was more dramatic than the summer ones. Conjoining Pluto, sextiling Neptune, trining Mercury and the Ascendant opposing Saturn and picking up quincunxes from Venus and the progressed Ascendant, it pulls in most of the Peso chart. These are not all negative aspects though, they are merely significant ones. As will be seen these points will pick up a stream of mundane aspects over the coming years, the eclipse just represents the starting point – an unsettling effect. This unsettled picture is further confirmed by the fact that the chart’s Uranus picks up the ongoing Saturn Uranus opposition- the currency sits on a knife edge at present – and indeed it has barely moved this last month.

Other than forming a conjunction with the Peso MC, the February eclipse makes no aspects to the currency chart. Some weakness continues whilst other factors become more significant. As we go into March, Pluto trines the progressed Venus Ascendant configuration and square Neptune again - this shouldn’t be too bad and no excitement is expected until April when Jupiter crosses the MC. At the same time Saturn conjoins progressed Mercury, restricting trade in the currency, which might be an interesting development.

By May, when Neptune and Jupiter conjoin, there are developments in the country chart. Retrograde Saturn sextiles the Mexico progressed MC, opposes progressed Mercury quincunxes the progressed Sun, and sextiles natal Mercury and the progressed Ascendant. This is rather a mixed bag and merely re-emphasises the themes of September-October 2008. Whilst there is hardship ( with Saturn opposing progressed Mercury, it still does not cut too deep). The Neptune Jupiter conjunction makes only a sextile to the Mexico Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in the chart- surprisingly this is not too bad; possibly currency movements or commodity prices favour Mexico at this time. The Peso is also relatively unaffected by this conjunction. The conjunction is widely opposite the currency’s Saturn and square the Sun, suggesting that it is tipping into instability, but not quite. Saved temporarily by the dollar it seems

The summer is trickier though – The progressed Moon and Saturn quincunx the Mexican Jupiter/Saturn conjunction from August to October, confirming employment difficulties. Pluto also returns to transit Neptune again, deepening further, the sense of powerlessness and perhaps bringing corruption in industry and government to the fore.

In August and September Jupiter again crosses the Peso MC, and in the latter month the progressed Moon picks up those unstable aspects to Uranus and Saturn again – suggesting more shaky ground but no clear direction. A Jupiter trine to the Peso progressed Mars in October is indicative of more trade in the currency, but it can’t be showing too much direction still as November sees a stabilising trine from Saturn to progressed Uranus and the Sun.

In the country chart, November sees the progressed Moon and Saturn opposing Pluto, potentially creating a quite hostile environment for a month or two. So, although Neptune and Jupiter repeat their positive sextile in December, the background themes are not so good; the first mundane Pluto Saturn square is within orb of a square to Neptune, and a Saturn conjunction with the Sun and progressed Moon, such a combination does not make the sextile to Mars (a possible sign of military action) look terribly promising.

It is therefore in December 2009 that we really see a pattern emerging for the Peso. At that point the Saturn Pluto square starts to pickup many of the points in the peso chart; including progressed Venus, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn. Despite some trines from Pluto, this looks to be depressing for the value of the currency, perhaps a reflection of what is happening politically.

January and February continue the themes of late 2009. However Jupiter moving into Pisces and sextiling Neptune, the MC, progressed Jupiter and trine the moon suggests that conditions improve probably through increased liquidity, at this time. March sees a repeat of the Neptune sextile to the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, and thus is again a relatively positive month. The Neptune sextile continues throughout the year, suggesting perhaps subsidies and other help to industry which will obviously have both positive and negative consequences.

In the Peso chart Jupiter conjoins Jupiter and picks up all the key points again. Because these are neither clear cut negative nor positive, we can expect the Jupiter transit to result primarily in volatility. This is further suggested by an opposition between Jupiter and the Peso chart Moon in March, and by the progressed Moon again picking up all the same planets as Pluto and Jupiter in the same month. It looks like large flows of funds are involved during this whole period and the trend for the Peso is down- but perhaps not against everything. Again this seems to confirm the general economic picture for the country.

The progressed Moon continues to transit the main points of the Peso chart until June, so we cannot expect things to settle down by themselves. Sure enough, April seems Jupiter oppose the progressed Peso Sun/Mercury conjunction and quincunx Mars, suggesting intervention by the state to stabilise matters ( Saturn is also trine the Peso Sun). In the country chart, by April, Pluto is fully conjoining the Mexico progressed Neptune and making a square to the Sun, although sextile the Moon; the people seem to have the power and the government is struggling

Meanwhile, Jupiter trine the Mexican Venus and Uranus and conjoining progressed Venus suggests unexpected wealth effects for a short time. This is difficult to explain at this point but must arise due to currency or other impacts on the global markets during the period. . Neptune opposes the Peso Saturn suggesting that there is excess liquidity being put into the system which will weaken the Peso but make the people happier.

The respite continues in May with Jupiter bringing good news through its conjunction with the progressed Mexico Mercury and trine to progressed MC. Whilst the short term impacts look positive ( Uranus sextiles the Peso Sun and Jupiter and Uranus sextile progressed Uranus suggesting pleasant surprises in May and June), the longer term outlook is less rosy.

The summer is tougher. July and August are the key months for the cardinal square, which we are expecting to have some major impact on international affairs. The cardinal cross first aspects Mexico’s Pluto, breaking up the established industries and sources of wealth and power, then it aspects Neptune, which as mentioned suggests a feeling of powerlessness and with the trine to Mars may signal significant inflation. There is certainly a sense that Mexico is a victim of events elsewhere at this time.

The square also picks up large sections of the Peso chart: However with planets at these early degrees of so many signs, there is no overwhelming negative or positive balance to the scales. The expectation is for liquidity which will bring relief to some and problems for others. In any case it is unlikely at this time that Mexico will be able to control the direction of its currency due to external factors, the fact that the cardinal cross picks up both the Peso natal Ascendant and progressed one further suggests that the emphasis is on the impact from other partners over that summer.

There is little change to these themes until after September. Then, Saturn moves forward squaring the Mexico MC and progressed Uranus, that suggests pent up feelings with no outlet. However November’s Saturn transit to the Mexico Descendant and its December opposition to the progressed Sun, suggest that relations with partners such as the US are at a low at this time.

September sees Uranus and Jupiter again sextiling the Peso Sun, but Saturn opposing Neptune (the most significant of a number of its aspects),; another mixed bag which suggests short term benefits may be offset by long term declines. The rest of the year continues to confirm the split personality of the currency with hard aspects to Jupiter from Saturn, but positive aspects from the progressed Moon to Jupiter and Mars.

January 2011 represents further developments in the themes of December, as Saturn moves to square the Mexico progressed MC and conjoin Mercury. Nothing especially new there.

In the Peso chart 2011 begins with a repeat of the square between Pluto and Jupiter/Uranus, but now without the repressing influence of Saturn. The aspects to Neptune and Jupiter do suggest the potential for more currency movement- but the problem is that the conflicting aspects make it difficult to see whether in the short run this will lead to increased value (against more significantly declining currencies) or increased volume in circulation ( leading to reduced value).

February sees the final transit of Jupiter and Uranus to the Mexico Pluto together with a repeat of the hard Pluto aspects to Mexico’s progressed Neptune and the Sun. All the problems of summer 2010 are likely to resurface, but there is the beginning of a shift to something new. Later in February Pluto crosses the Mexican MC for the first time since independence. In doing so it picks up the progressed Jupiter and Uranus trine as well. That suggests a big change of governance style for the country as well as an equally big change in economic power. Jupiter, picks up a number of aspects to all the Mexican planetary points from Neptune to the MC at this time, further confirming that this will be a time of tremendous change.

In March Jupiter crosses the Ascendant, which, given the above transits, could mean the beginning of a new regime. Saturn conjoining the progressed Moon again, this time opposing the Mexico progressed Sun tends to confirm this. April, has a different emphasis with Jupiter conjoining the progressed Sun but opposing the Moon (and picking up the progressed chart angles), the leadership look stronger then. Yet Pluto still continues for some months to transit the Mexico MC/Uranus, so the situation will not yet be stable. Interestingly this period also corresponds with the beginning of a Neptune sextile Neptune aspect; potentially pleasant but lacking direction.

In the Peso chart Neptune opposing Saturn and squaring the Sun in March is, overwhelmingly negative, but Uranus sextile the Sun at the same time looks encouraging. April is again mixed with Neptune making a quincunx to Uranus but Uranus trining the same point. Furthermore Jupiter conjoins progressed Jupiter and the natal Mars in the same month, suggesting much trade in the Peso again. However it must be short lived as Saturn opposes progressed Jupiter in May. It really does not look as if people have a handle on where this currency is going trend wise and are just trading the moment for the whole period. That would back up the sense that politically things are rather fluid during this year.

In May there is some sense of action in the Mexico chart, as Jupiter trines progressed Mars and then begins its every 12th year transit to the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction ( the last one was in early 2000). This is a brief transit, however, and by June Jupiter trines Neptune and with reinforce the ongoing Neptune/Neptune sextile. Maybe this represents too much complacency as Saturn stations close to the Descendant and the progressed Moon crosses the progressed Ascendant – the focus again is on difficult relationships.

For the Peso, June through August sees another mixed bag, including a nasty quincunx from Pluto to the Midheaven, suggesting debt problems, but coupled with an upbeat Uranus transit to Neptune and trine Saturn which makes everything seem fine. Pluto’s subsequent trine to the progressed Venus/Ascendant configuration even suggests some value in the Peso over this period – backing up that complacency that is felt politically and economically.

July and August seem to bring out the best from the recent changes. Although Pluto crosses the Mexico MC again, Jupiter is trine it and makes favourable aspects to progressed Jupiter and Uranus too, and later to Venus. All this suggests potentially positive economic effects and with Jupiter stationing they could continue until early 2012. However we must not overlook the continued hard aspects of Saturn, by October making a conjunction with the progressed Mexico Ascendant, and in November opposing its natal position.

It seems like there are two very strong but conflicting themes here, internal changes leading to optimism and possibly economic strength within the country and continuing difficult with relations outside the country. The pattern is one of the people vacillating between the positive and the negative.

In the Peso chart, August to October is dominated by an opposition from Neptune to Saturn, and square to the Peso Sun. In an economy this means recession, in a currency it can just mean printing money. However an opposition aspect from Saturn to Mars in September, when accompanying this probably suggests immediate weakness rather than just growth of supply. Nevertheless Pluto continues to square the Peso Neptune and Uranus to conjoin it, that is likely to represent a large unexpected change in the currency whatever else happens, before the end of the year. It really does not look too bad though as December is also characterised by a sextile from Jupiter to the progressed Moon. The Peso chart, like that of the country, seems to embody a dichotomy during the period.

Unsurprisingly then 2011 ends with Uranus squaring Neptune and trine Mars in the Mexico country chart, suggesting the need to adapt to another set of external circumstances.

Even less surprisingly, given the external challenges, Pluto continues to transit the Mexico MC and Uranus in January. Nevertheless the impact of the continuing Jupiter transits across the whole MC configuration and the Neptune sextile, seem to suggest that, until March at least, the changes are not too painful.

For the Peso, 2012 begins with the Neptune opposition to Saturn ongoing, but being replaced with a less forceful quincunx to Uranus. Jupiter is being decidedly bountiful to the peso too– sextile Jupiter and trine progressed Venus, and squaring the Pluto Saturn opposition in the chart, which in this case suggests positive transformation.

By March though the dominant aspect in the Mexico chart seems to be the Saturn opposition, which is reinforced by the progressed Moon. The aspect continues in play until September. Furthermore Uranus is now opposing the Mexico Sun and square progressed Neptune/MC. So just when it looked like everything would settle down there may be more changes in leadership. The mundane Pluto/Uranus square is pretty much across both the Mexican angles (MC and Ascendant) by this stage. It should not surprise that a country formed under such major mundane configurations should be so susceptible to major economic world events, nevertheless it does look as if the changes are going to be deep and long lasting. However there are only small signs of the inertia and stagnancy that some other countries show significantly over this period- whatever the outcome Mexico moves forward.

March is however still relatively benign for the Peso, with only Uranus transit to Neptune to worry about and a stabilising Saturn sextile to Saturn to settle things down. April is even more interesting. The progressed Moon transits Jupiter on the mid point of Neptune and Pluto and opposing Progressed Venus/Ascendant This looks to be a very positive point for the currency. That does not mean major appreciation though, merely that it will be seen to have strength. The aspect is follows by a trine from Jupiter to the progressed Sun and another transit of Neptune by Uranus this time sextile Pluto and trine Saturn- all suggesting overall strength. Maybe political changes are viewed well by the outside world and this reinforces the currency value.

In any case, May and June are characterised by sextiles from Jupiter and Uranus to the Peso Midheaven, and from Jupiter to the Sun and Ascendant, and then to Mercury and Neptune, yet more signs of a good image for the currency and a sense that things are settling down.

Yet throughout the summer the impact of the Pluto transit to the Mexico progressed Uranus continues to be felt- it is all change in industry and government still. However in the Peso chart, although Pluto continues to make a slightly tricky aspect to the MC in the summer, Jupiter continues to dominate, stationing with a conjunction with Venus and sextile to Mars, and although that is coupled with a square to the Peso’s progressed Sun, it also has the impact of the Uranus transit to support it.

By September, Saturn moves from its opposition to the Mexican country Saturn to oppose Jupiter, embedding the changes into the economy. By October Saturn is sextile the Mexico Neptune and square Mars, which does suggest a lack of progress at that time but given the magnitude of the recent changes that is probably a good thing.

In November there are more unexpected challenges for the government, perhaps related to corruption (as it is square to Neptune). But the year end of the themes of October with Saturn still sextile Neptune but also conjoining both the progressed and natal Moons of the country. The people may finally be seeing signs of long term stability by the end of the year.

In any case, by October, Pluto has reached a trine with the Peso progressed Ascendant too and that suggests a stable value for the Peso versus other currencies. Indeed December 2012 sees Uranus sextile Pluto and trine Saturn yet again, for an overall positive end to the year for the Mexican Peso which seems to mirror the political picture described above.

Chart Sources
28 Sept 1821 Mexico City. 18.00 local time. N Campion Book of World horoscopes.
There seem to be a number of dates for Mexican independence, and the most popular is 27th September. However this time is stated by Campion as being the one used by Mexican astrologers and reports suggest that the actual change of government occurred then. The only time I could find was 8pm (MEXICO A Land or Volcanoes FROM CORTES TO ALEMAN By Joseph H. Z. Scnlarman THE BRUCE PUBLISHING COMPANY) but suspect this is a misuse of the 24hr clock and that the 18.00 time is more accurate.

Founding of Mexican Mint :11 May 1535. Noon local time Madrid, relocated to Mexico city. From casa de moneda de Mexico . and other web and wikipedia enties

Arguably the chart for the Mexican Peso could be traced to Spanish Ordinance of Medina del Campo of 1497 as the Peso can trace a direct line from this. The Peso is certainly sensitive to this chart, and indeed there are a number of similarities between that and the one I use. However I have chosen to use the decree for the founding of the Mexican Mint as being specifically Mexican.

The problem with the earlier Peso charts is a lack of times. I have assumed a Spanish time of midday and relocated this to Mexico, which merely serves to switch the Sun from the MC to the Asc. We'll have to see if it works