One cycle, two stories: financial crisis and Bitcoin
If you’ve been following the news recently, and even if you haven’t, you may have heard rumblings of looming financial catastrophe. No corner of the world is being spared the pressures of inflation and supply-chain issues right now, but the epicentre of this catastrophe is Europe, ravaged by war on its margins and facing a winter starved of energy.
This week Russia cut gas supplies to Europe, demanding an end to the Western sanctions the former faces in response to its invasion of Ukraine. The pressure on energy companies is immense—so immense that commentators are suggesting we’re staring down the barrel of a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, in which governments were forced to bail out reckless banks at huge public expense:
Of course, to an astrologer, there’s nothing unusual about history repeating.
Over the past two weeks I’ve published two short World Astrology Report videos on the astrology of this looming financial crisis. While there are many astrological factors at play contributing to the mess, my inclination is to train my attention on the big picture, that described by planetary cycles.
What’s unmistakeable is how the current Saturn-Uranus cycle that began in 1988 perfectly times the major financial crises we’ve witnessed since then. Here are the hard aspects of that cycle, courtesy of the wonderful Astro-Seek.com:
This cycle is the subject of the first of these videos, which I published on the 31st of August, before news of a looming “Lehman Brothers event” appeared. In it I explain how the hard aspects of the Saturn-Uranus cycle—the conjunctions in 1988, the waxing squares in 1999 and 2000, the oppositions from 2008 to 2010 and the waning squares in 2021 and 2022—have coincided with the major financial meltdowns of the past 35 years.
Here’s investor Michael Burry—who famously predicted the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis—doing astrology without realising it:
Even more ominously, given where we are now in this Saturn-Uranus cycle, I note that waning squares of Saturn-Uranus cycles have coincided with the worst economic crises of the past century. The last waning squares came in the mid-1970s, the era of stagflation, and in 1930-1931, at the beginning of the Great Depression. Here’s the video:
Yesterday I published a follow-up, in which I note an intriguing corollary to these cyclical crises: the same Saturn-Uranus cycle that began in 1988 also speaks to the history of cryptocurrencies. In 1989, when the conjunction was in orb, a man named David Chaum founded the Digicash corporation, the first serious attempt at establishing a cryptocurrency. Crypto’s birth at that astrologically resonant moment indicates its key role in the unfolding of the cycle, which will last until 2032.
In 1998, when the waxing square was in orb, Digicash filed for bankruptcy. Squares, of the nature of Mars, signify challenge. Digicash failed the challenge.
But at the Saturn-Uranus opposition, something interesting happened. In January 2009, while the subprime mortgage crisis was unfolding, Bitcoin was born. Embedded within the text of the so-called “genesis block” was a reference to a headline in the London Times referencing that crisis: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.”
Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, was obviously well-attuned to the problems inherent in modern finance. And it seems to me that the Saturn-Uranus cycle suggests cryptocurrency is somehow tied into its story at a deeper level. The more the financial system becomes discredited, the more crypto grows. The big question is: what does today’s looming crisis mean for our financial system—and for Bitcoin. That’s what I explore in the new video:
As you’ll see, I avoid drawing firm conclusions about what’s coming. I’m an interpreter of symbolism making educated conjectures about the future, not a clairvoyant. But needless to say, I have my suspicions, and I lay them out in the episode. Let me know what you think in the comments either here or on YouTube. I’d love to get a conversation started.
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