Insights into current trends
The GFC may be making the headlines, but do you know the astrological correlations with this – and other – major world trends?
Astrology is the study of correlations between observed phenomena and the interpretation of the symbolism in the movements and patterns of the ‘planets’.
Thus, it is interesting that within a few days of Pluto’s transit into Capricorn – the sign associated with rules and regulations, with frugality and making do with less – the stockmarkets of the world took one of several significant dives.
Pluto is the ‘god’ of the Underworld. Its association is with a deep transformation of whatever it is in contact with. In its new transit through Capricorn – which lasts until November 2024 – we can expect to see a fundamental overhaul of the things of the domain of Capricorn. What are these things?
Capricorn is concerned with the structures that govern the world, that regulate our society. Structures are: rules, regulations, codes of ethics, laws, the legislation that we, as a society, put in place when we want people to be accountable for what they do. They are the rules that we establish to give everyone in society confidence that certain things in their life are going to be worthy of their trust. These things are fundamental to the operation and success of a modern economy.
One example of this is property law. A fundamental property law allows a person to claim ownership of what is rightfully theirs, and to buy or sell it, or use it as ‘security’ for a promise. Title deeds to land are controlled by many laws and regulations that give everyone, especially banks, certainty about the system. Without this, credit would be much more difficult to obtain. Difficulty in obtaining credit, as we have seen in the current financial climate, leads to a slowdown of all economic activity. Thus, the laws and regulations of a society, and society’s trust in their enforcement, are vital to an economy’s vitality.
With Pluto’s transit through Capricorn, we can expect to see this issue of society’s trust in its systems of government, its laws and regulations, come under close scrutiny. No longer will it be taken for granted that we are ‘safe’ from the way we are governed. Indeed, the ‘securitisation’ of unsecure loans has been the cause of the GFC. In the past, a mortgage was one of the safest forms of loan a bank could make, because the loan was secured by the fact that there was a real estate asset – a tangible, immovable asset of reliable value – that could be repossessed by the bank, and sold, if the borrower defaulted on their loan repayments. Now, with a flood of properties in the US for sale (due to borrowers being unable to keep up with repayments after their ‘honeymoon’ interest rate is over), those safe property values have dived, often by 30 per cent or more. This has caused massive losses to the banking system, and a rapid decline in available credit to the economy. In practical terms, this has created as much uncertainty as if some of the laws governing our societies were called into question.
When there is a question of trust, there is greater scrutiny. And now that many of us have suffered some financial losses in this GFC, of course we will all ask more questions about who we can trust to look after our investments, our superannuation, and what government regulations we can trust. Which companies can we safely invest in? Which boards of directors are honest and upfront with their information to the stockmarket? What investments are our super funds making? What are they telling us about, and what are they keeping us uninformed about?
The levels of scrutiny of society’s ‘structures’ will go much further than this by the end of 2024. Already we have had serious concerns about many other issues. Questions such as the long-term impact on our health of consuming Genetically-modified food. Questions about how to deal with global warming, and whether governments will take any action on this or not. In some countries the building regulations have come under scrutiny due to earthquake devastation that could have been significantly less with better building construction.
Questions about rules, regulations and responsibility have been woven through each country’s history, so, in a way, they are nothing new. What is new is the reassessment of what we have set in place to date, in the light of questions of trust – have we got the rules right? can we trust the outcomes of those rules? do they protect us as we thought they would?
Increasingly, in this globalised world, we will discover the domino effects of interdependent systems leading to one another’s failure or demise. We will need to adjust our laws and regulations in order to cope with unforeseen situations. As usual, in the history of humanity, the rich and powerful will seek to have more than their fair share of influence in order to preserve their positions. This is a ‘given’, for we are talking about the hidden workings of the god of the Underworld.
During these next 15 years we cannot promise that humanity will get all the answers to these questions ‘right’, or that its answers won’t ultimately be at least partly politically motivated. But we can be assured that many of these sorts of questions will be firmly on the agenda during this transit of Pluto through the sign of Capricorn.
© Rainer Rollfink, 2009