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by Matthew Swann, Astrostyle

Did the creators of Bitcoin know astrology? It certainly appears so…

The astrological horoscope being presented here for the first time features the birthdate of the USA, the U.S. Dollar, Bitcoin, and the People’s Republic of China and its renminbi (Yuan) currency.
  • 13° Sun Cancer: Founding of The United States of America (7/4/1776)
  • 13° Sun Aries: Creation of U.S. Dollar (4/2/1792)
  • 13° Sun Capricorn: Minting of Bitcoin’s genesis block (1/3/2009)
  • 13° Mercury, 14° Neptune, 7° Sun conjunction in Libra: Founding of The   People’s Republic of China &  Renminbi (Yuan) (10/1/1949)
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[Editors’ note: Astrostyle is pleased to introduce Matthew Swann, our longtime resident astrologer and cosmic collaborator whose stunning Black Swan economic crisis prediction appeared in our 2020 Horoscope Guide.]

As of this writing, the digital currency Bitcoin, whose creator is still unknown, is poised to disrupt the world’s fiat currencies. During the summer of 2020 and the writing of the Aquarian Techpocalypse, we discovered an astounding coincidence surrounding the birthdates of Bitcoin, The United States, The U.S. Dollar, China and its renminbi (Yuan) national currency: All five occupy the exact same degrees in their respective Sun signs forming precise angles of either opposition (180°) or square (90°) to each other, confirming an awareness of astrology and prompting us to consider the unthinkable: 

Whomever created Bitcoin in 2009 and the U.S. Dollar in 1792 possessed a working knowledge of astrology, pointing to deeper levels of mystery behind both the US Dollar’s and Bitcoin’s creation that would transform our understanding of the present-day geopolitical and financial worlds.

The birthdates of Bitcoin, USA, China and their respective currencies create a distinctive cross shape when placed upon an astrology chart. This rare configuration, shown in the attached horoscope, is known as a “grand cross” aspect. The grand cross is considered among the strongest of all astrological aspects, notable for its intense concentration of clashing energies, a harbinger of epic transformation announced with considerable dynamical effects. When joined by the four cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, this grand cross creates an even rarer, more impactful aspect known as the “Grand Cardinal Cross.” In our example of the USA and China, the grand cardinal cross aspect is a four-way intersection of colliding national sovereignty that is not easily resolved.

These four zodiac signs are denoted as “cardinal” signs since they mark the Sun’s all-important seasonal transitions throughout the calendar year: the vernal/spring equinox (Aries), the autumn equinox (Libra), and the summer (Cancer) and winter (Capricorn) solstices, the highest and lowest points in the Sun’s seasonal passage across the Earth’s tropical latitudes.

Even without an understanding of astrology, the grand cross aspect is visually notable for its angular symmetry between the two countries and their currencies, which congregate at, and around, the 13th degree of each cardinal sign, foreshadowing immense friction, if not outright conflict. 

In astrology the Sun represents the “solar ego”—the drive to define and preserve one’s identity, whether person or nation. This rare and intractable four-way solar cross contains inordinate power, profound in its implications. 

To help convey the gravity of this horoscope, we have named this grand cardinal aspect The Cross of Ixion, a reference to the infamous Greek myth of Ixion. An ignoble figure, Ixion was cast into oblivion, strapped to a burning wheel as punishment for his raging intemperance. The phrase “wheel of Ixion” is often employed when a dispute between two parties is unresolvable and a dangerous stalemate ensues. 

The cardinal Cross of Ixion horoscope is a powerful analog of the global state of crisis in the world today. The potentials of this cardinal cross aspect have also been described by the academic paper The Thucydides Trap—a conceptual term derived from ancient Greek military history created by the American political scientist Graham T. Allison to convey what occurs when a rising nation-state (e.g., China) threatens to displace an established or ruling nation-state power (e.g, the USA).

Given how eerily precise the above Cross of Ixion horoscope reflects the turbulent relationship between the USA, China and their respective currencies, we wish to advance the thesis that a breakaway intelligence group conversant in cryptography, economics, geo-politics and tropical astrology was more likely the creator of Bitcoin, rather than any single enigmatic individual named “Satoshi Nakamoto,” a position we’ve maintained for many years. 

To wit: the choice of January 3, 2009, for the debut of the Bitcoin genesis block was anything but random. To those that wish to dismiss what we have discovered, we offer the following: whether or not the creators of Bitcoin explicitly knew astrology or not, the astrological reality of the Cross of Ixion horoscope speaks for itself. 

The astrological signal embedded within Bitcoin’s founding date inspired our further research into the entire monetary history of the United States since its inception, which yielded even more staggering revelations. The totality of these findings and predictions will be made available through Astrostyle and Matthew Swann in a forthcoming expanded work on the Aquarian Technocalypse. In the meantime, we will share the following predictions with regard to the financial world and its relation to technology and the coming Aquarian Technocalypse.

The Aquarian Technocalypse: A financial revolution

“Technocalypse” is a portmanteau of the words “technology” and “apocalypse,” which we’ve used to signify the convergence of two central ideas: exponential growth in the power of our era’s high technology, and the overall disruptive—often catastrophic— effects of those technological breakthroughs upon every aspect of human civilization. As we’ve highlighted previously, the introduction of new technology is always disruptive, whether it’s the harnessing of fire in our ancestors’ deep history, the creation of the wheel or a new high-tech currency and its financial system today. 

In order to share the magnitude of the coming Aquarian Technocalypse that will come into view as the 2020 Black Swan economic crisis continues to spread globally (which Astrostyle’s Matthew Swann predicted in 2019, a full year before the arrival of the  pandemic), we will focus on the transcendent monetary technology of our era, Bitcoin, and its “peer-to-peer” distributed ledger blockchain technology, one that does not require a central authority like a bank or government to administer the transfer of monetary tokens. 

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AQUARIAN TECHNOCALYPSE PREDICTIONS: The Pluto Cycle

“Technocalypse” is a portmanteau of the words “technology” and “apocalypse,” which we’ve used to signify the convergence of two central ideas: exponential growth in the power of our era’s high technology, and the overall disruptive—often catastrophic— effects of those technological breakthroughs upon every aspect of human civilization. As we’ve highlighted previously, the introduction of new technology is always disruptive, whether it’s the harnessing of fire in our ancestors’ deep history, the creation of the wheel or a new high-tech currency and its financial system today. 

In order to share the magnitude of the coming Aquarian Technocalypse that will come into view as the 2020 Black Swan economic crisis continues to spread globally (which Astrostyle’s Matthew Swann predicted in 2019, a full year before the arrival of the  pandemic), we will focus on the transcendent monetary technology of our era, Bitcoin, and its “peer-to-peer” distributed ledger blockchain technology, one that does not require a central authority like a bank or government to administer the transfer of monetary tokens. 

PREDICTION #1: 
Bitcoin is the breakthrough, transcendent  monetary technology in the 5,000-year old evolution of money, poised to become the preeminent alternative global reserve asset.

Since the arrival of Bitcoin in 2009, we’ve maintained that this groundbreaking monetary technology could liberate those who feel disempowered by the present conditions of the debt-based, global financial edifice. At this writing, we predict that Bitcoin will stake its claim as the preeminent alternative global reserve asset for individuals, corporations and nation-states alike, a prediction which is supported by unambiguous astrological markers presented within the Cross of Ixion horoscope. 

As the quintessential new monetary technology of our time, Bitcoin reimagines the advantages of the Gutenberg printing press and the enduring power of precious metal into the next iteration of money via cryptography. Wholly technological, Bitcoin carries the promethean torch of “techne” (the root of technology) into the contemporary Aquarian epoch, providing the next stage in the evolution of money.

In order to share the magnitude of the coming Aquarian Technocalypse that will come into view as the 2020 Black Swan economic crisis continues to spread globally (which Astrostyle’s Matthew Swann predicted in 2019, a full year before the arrival of the  pandemic), we will focus on the transcendent monetary technology of our era, Bitcoin, and its “peer-to-peer” distributed ledger blockchain technology, one that does not require a central authority like a bank or government to administer the transfer of monetary tokens. 

PREDICTION #2:
The year 2022 will accelerate the eventual adoption of cryptocurrency into the core of the emerging financial system as social crisis erupts in both the USA and globally.

With global economies already embracing negative interest rates, a state of “neganomics” will begin to overtake the financial world—regardless whether a “debt jubilee” occurs or not as some have speculated for our heavily encumbered financial system. As interest rates continue to descend below the zero boundary, ushering in a morass of stagflation throughout our economy, the mathematical time-value of money will invert across many asset classes. This will create an economic state of entropy that will set the stage for the eventual new economy of crypto-digital assets, which will make generous use of negative values, ostensibly creating an abundance of “negative arbitrage” styled trading opportunities of these bundled crypto-assets.

Due to the superior speed and efficiency of cryptographic “peer-to-peer” tokens like Bitcoin over the present-day SWIFT messaging system used by banks and global financial institutions to transfer currency, we predict that the arriving crypto-economies and their attendant crypto-banks, which are themselves forms of technology, will eventually offer a multitude of new crypto-financial products as they rise with the coming era of the Aquarian Technocalypse. This new cryptographic paradigm will begin to announce itself between 2022 and 2024, starting when the planet of evolutionary change, Pluto, makes a historic “return” to its exact degree position in the horoscope of the United States of America’s founding July 4, 1776, in February 2022.

PREDICTION #3:
China will unveil the digital Yuan in February 2022 for global distribution.

This Pluto return for the USA at 27°33’ Capricorn will occur on February 21, 2022, coinciding with the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Tiger and the Beijing Winter Olympics, which both conclude, respectively, on February 16 and February 20, 2022. Because the planet Pluto is associated with systemic shifts, often heradling major changes to our culture, including our monetary systems, we predict that the global unveiling of the People’s Republic of China digital renminbi (Yuan) currency for worldwide distribution and adoption will occur precisely as Pluto makes an exact conjunction to its “home” degree in the USA’s horoscope during February 2022, a signal of cataclysmic change 246 years in the making.

PREDICTION #4:
We predict the next global revolution will be the attempt to separate and liberate money from the state.

With the arrival of neganomics and the rise in personal agency due to the liberating technology of cryptocurrencies and blockchains, we predict the next global political revolution will be the attempt to separate and liberate money from the state, a worldwide demand that will gain traction as Pluto exits Capricorn and enters Aquarius in 2023, unfolding well into the second half of this century. 

*Pluto’s last journey through Capricorn, the sign that rules governments and financial systems, occurred from 1763-1778 during the Colonial period of the USA when the British imposed the exorbitant Stamp Act, taxing the nascent American colonies. This sovereign mandate by Britain resulted in the 1775 issuance of the Continental fiat paper currency at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War period using state-of-the-art printing presses, a colonial descendant of Gutenberg’s original printing press, which began the Printing Revolution in Germany during the 15th century. (Like most fiat currencies in history, the Continental was debased by the forces of counterfeiting and excessive printing leading to its demise and the creation of the gold and silver-backed US Dollar.)

Pluto’s next revolution through Capricorn began in November 2008 —coinciding with the arrival of The Great Recession—and the “printing” of trillions in “Quantitative easing” (QE) stimulus money, a trend we see continuing through at least 2024, upholding the transformational nature of these Pluto cycles, each 246 years long, that coincided with massive financial upheaval. 

Aside from the polarizing moral subject of the Federal Reserve and “sound money,” the printing of currency, whether in the emancipatory colonial period of the USA or during the terminal Great Recession (2008-2016) confirms a rarely stated truth about currency and money: They are both forms of technology, subject to technological evolution and the inherent disruptions they foster, admittedly, often handmaidens of debasement, hyper-inflation and collapse. (As of this publication, The M1 money supply of the US economy has increased 41% in the last 12 months, a staggering figure by any measure.)

The transit of Pluto from Capricorn to Aquarius for the first time since the late 1700s allows us to make several more predictions:

PREDICTION #5:
A high-tech plutocracy will attempt to consolidate the new cryptocurrencies, clashing with those who want to liberate money from the state.

Bitcoin and other nascent cryptocurrencies are a preview of this peer-to-peer “blockchain of everything” monetary revolution, one not exclusively reliant on a centralized authority. That said, we contend that “blockchains” are neutral but could also allow the greatest concentration of centralized power in history, unleashing a form of unequalled totalitarianism if controlled by an interested nation-state behind a protected cryptographic veil. 

Because this emerging cryptographic financial environment will challenge existing power structures, most especially new sovereign offerings like China’s digital Yuan, this transition will unleash a powerful counterforce: a high-tech plutocracy and a new consolidation of monetary power that will be at odds with the simultaneous quest for the “liberation of money.”

As we await the arrival of Pluto’s return in February 2022, we remain hopeful for vaccines to push back against the sobering reality that COVID-19 will likely be a viral constant for the world proceeding into the foreseeable future, similar to how various strains of influenza return each winter period. With an effective vaccine technology comes the expectation that the U.S. economy will rebound into a healthy state for the coming Aquarian Technacalypse, a development we would welcome despite our dour predictions. 

What is clear is that many novel technological innovations are announcing themselves on a daily basis in every branch of science, in particular quantum computing, which increases our computer processing power by many orders of magnitude, doubtless initiating a computational “arms race” as each superpower attempts to lay claim to the title of global hegemon and, in doing so, turns the Cross of Ixion for yet-another epoch, the fast-approaching Age of Aquarius.

Astrology, like high-technology, is ruled by the 11th house of Aquarius. This zodiacal fact suggests that we anticipate that the technology of astrology, like any technology, will undergo change too, updating itself and emerging in the second decade of the 21st century through many novel discoveries, insights and predictions. 

“Religion is science and science is religion.”
—Ada Lovelace

For those who wish to understand the full revelations of the Aquarian Technocalypse, Astrostyle and astrologer Matthew Swann will be making available a special report, one that spans the USA’s entire monetary history, including the U.S. Colonial era, Civil War period, World War II, and our current revolutionary Aquarian Age. In that report, we will unpack the geo-political ideas expressed above as they relate to generational astrology, with an emphasis on the historic “Pluto return” of the United States on February 21, 2022.  

You can read a short preview of The Aquarian Technocalypse in The AstroTwins’ 2021 Horoscope.

Ben Franklin photo by Bermix Studio on Unsplash

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