IMPORTANT: Do not buy or sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, precious metals, commodities, real estate, etc., based on astrological information in this article or any follow-up features. The cycles I am discussing are affecting nations, corporate structures, major organizations, and individuals. You have personal transits and progressions affecting your own birthchart, and should order a consultation to determine your investment plans for the future.
Updated July 12, 2012 but originally published: March 5, 2012 – After nearly 40 years as an astrologer and several decades of utilizing the tools of our trade to analyze the events that take place in the business and investment realm, I am sharing with you a few suggestions about how to educate yourself concerning the growing confusion about gold, silver and their future value in years ahead.
A Short History of How We Got Here…
Relative to gold and silver – the two key precious metals that have stood behind the value of American money since our birth as a nation in 1776 – a key early event was the Coinage and Mint Act of April 2, 1792 that established the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia whereby the ratio between gold and silver was recorded as 15 to 1 (or every 24.75 grains of gold being equivalent to 371.25 grains of silver).
Over the decades that followed, the failure of two national banks, and one of the earliest U.S. depressions (1836 - 1837), our economic system was in complete disarray. Following closely after the discovery of Neptune in September 1846, one of the most important moments in our national life occurred in January 1848 when gold was discovered in Northern California. Not only did this lead to a massive movement and redistribution of our population from the East and Midwest to the West Coast, but it also brought a wave of immigrants to the shores of our future “Golden State” – leading to the nomenclature of the 49ers who came to California in the pivotal year of 1849 (when the planet of shocks and revolution – Uranus – made its first ever progressed station in America’s birthchart). Just one year later – in September 1850 – California entered the Union during a very rare Uranus-Pluto union in Aries.
The Civil War created another crisis in our economic life – leading to Panics of 1873 and 1893, the historic Cross of Gold speech by William Jennings Bryan at the 1896 Democratic national convention, the Klondike Gold Rush (1896 – 1899), and the establishment of America on a gold standard by 1900.
On December 23, 1913, the Federal Reserve Banking system went into effect – a system that is currently headed by Ben Bernanke (born December 13, 1953 with Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Pisces), and which divides the nation into 12 banking sub-divisions.
After the Stock Market Crash of October 24 & 29, 1929 and the start of The Great Depression (coinciding with the discovery of Pluto – the planet ruling the underworld in mythology – in February 1930), Franklin D. Roosevelt (a Sun-sign Aquarius born with Uranus rising) became President in a landslide and, just a month after his inauguration, he issued a shocking Executive Order 6102 on April 5, 1933 (making it a criminal offense for U.S. citizens to own or trade gold anywhere in the world, with the exception of some jewelry and collector’s coins).
Less than a year later – on January 30, 1934 – the Gold Reserve Act was signed into law (requiring that all gold and gold certificates held by the Federal Reserve to be surrendered to the U.S. Treasury). Eventually, the gold went to the specially-designed vault at Fort Knox, Kentucky for safe-keeping, and this act also changed the price of gold from $20.67 per troy ounce to $35 – thereby deflating the value of paper dollars, but enhancing the wealth of the U.S. government in order to pass the sweeping legislation of the New Deal in the 1930s intended to end massive unemployment and get the nation moving again.
It was finally on a Sunday evening in summertime – August 15, 1971 – when the number one western show Bonanza was normally airing on NBC – that President Richard Nixon (like FDR 38 years earlier, via an executive order not authorized by Congress) interrupted our evening entertainment to formerly take America off the gold standard, freezing wages and prices simultaneously for 90-days, following a difficult time-period of national inflation due primarily to the spiraling cost of our fighting the Vietnam War.
One Quarter of a 164-year Neptune Cycle Since 1971
While there are all kinds of ways to evaluate why gold and silver are rising and falling, we can also look at the U.S. birthchart (July 4, 1776) and major historical turning points (like the August 15, 1971 decision by President Nixon taking the U.S. off the gold standard, thereby setting up the last 40+ years of the price of an ounce of gold floating without an anchor). It turns out that when President Nixon made his declaration, transiting Neptune had just entered Sagittarius. Neptune has an orbit of 164 years and 41 years have now passed in 2012 – bringing the current transit of Neptune to the beginning of Pisces. Thus, Neptune is presently making a sharp square of 90-degrees to its previous location in 1971, and this challenging aspect – which just became exact three weeks ago – will repeat with near exactitude when Americans vote for a new president in November 2012. Thus, without realizing it and behind the scenes in this next electoral ritual for our nation, the leader who becomes the chief executive of America for the next 4-year cycle might have to grapple with one of the most extreme economic cycles we have ever faced.
As the eminent astrologer Dane Rudhyar wrote in many of his books, the search for gold (especially in the 1848 – 1849 Gold Rush that drastically altered the shape of America) was a glamorized and dramatized search for God. After all, as every astrological student knows, the key planet of religion, spirituality and the longing for blissful union with the divine is Neptune. However, this is also the planet (when functioning in a negative manner) of deceptions, confusion, chaos, addictive behavior and, ultimately, fanaticism.
It was only three to four years ago – when Saturn opposed Uranus five times (starting exactly on the day Barack Obama defeated John McCain for the presidency) – that Neptune also began coming back (after 164 years and for the first time) to its own discovery placement in late Aquarius from September 1846. I wrote many articles about what this meant and tried to warn clients, the astrological community and people around the world reading my astro-economic research that our political and financial leaders needed to redesign the global currency system because one of Neptune’s functions is to act as a higher octave to Venus (ruli