The Astrology of Money: Bitcoin and The Aquarian Technocalypse

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by Matthew Swann, Astrostyle

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

The horoscope presented here courtesy Matthew Swann’s discovery 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)

[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 Technocalypse, a discovery was made surrounding the birthdates of Bitcoin, The United States, The U.S. Dollar, China and its renminbi (Yuan) national currency: All five occupy similar 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 uncommon configuration, shown in the attached horoscope, is known as a “grand cross,” considered among the most powerful of astrological aspects, notable for its intense concentration of clashing energies. When joined by the four cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, the grand cross creates an even rarer, more dynamic aspect known as the “Grand Cardinal Cross.” In our example of the USA and China, the grand cardinal cross aspect is a colliding intersection of national interests between two superpowers intent on global sovereignty. 

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 solar cross contains inordinate power reflecting the opposing economic self-interests of each nation.

To help convey the gravity of this horoscope, we are best served to recall the 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.

Ixion by Jules-Elie Delaunay

The grand cardinal cross 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 precise the horoscope reflects the turbulent relationship between the USA, China and their respective currencies, we wish to advance the thesis that a breakaway intelligence entity conversant in cryptography, economics, geopolitics and tropical astrology was the probable creator of Bitcoin, rather than an enigmatic individual named “Satoshi Nakamoto,” a position we’ve maintained for many years. 

The choice of January 3, 2009, for the debut of the Bitcoin genesis block was not random. The presence of astrology within the cryptographic revolution of money is also found in the moniker of Mark Zuckerberg’s “Libra” coin project (likely released 2021) as well as in the space-themed, astrological “Gemini” cryptocurrency trading site created by the Winklevoss twins, and in the decentralized public blockchain and cryptocurrency project Cardano, named in honor of the 16th century Italian polymath astrologer Gerolamo Cardano.

The astrological signal embedded within Bitcoin’s founding date inspired our research into the entire monetary history of the United States since its inception, yielding even more disturbing findings. The totality of these discoveries 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 facet of human civilization. As we’ve highlighted previous, 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 unfold, 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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The following predictions will all be driven by a once-every-246-years transit of Pluto on February 21, 2022, when it makes its first-ever “return” to 27°33′ Capricorn, the exact position it occupies in the chart of the USA. We refer to these total effects of Pluto on the global economy as “Plutonomics.”

Bitcoin is the breakthrough 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. We foresee Bitcoin joining the precious metals gold and silver as a means of preserving purchasing power, if not affording the potential to make handsome returns. At this writing, we predict that Bitcoin, which excels in both inflationary and deflationary environments, 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 Bitcoin grand cardinal cross 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—programmable money.

Black Swann predicts that Bitcoin will eventually hit ten million yuan in price (CNY 10,000,000.00).

The year 2022 will accelerate the arrival of Plutonomics and the eventual adoption of cryptocurrency into the core of the emerging financial system.

As the U.S. COVID-19 economy lumbers toward the upcoming economic reset in the face of historic deflationary forces, we expect a significant market correction and deleveraging of US stock market indexes to occur before the eventual transformation of America 2.0 can take place, a transition that will include exponential growth for renewable electric technologies and their storage (“The Electric Economy”), Industrial robotics, DNA sequencing (CRISPR), decentralized banking (DEFI) and crypto-digital assets by the end of the decade, an economy that our electric founding father, Benjamin Franklin, would doubtless approve.

Included among these new crypto-products will be a growing array of blockchain “smart contract” projects providing individuals the ability to build private, secure blockchain-based businesses that can transact across any border. 

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, themselves forms of technology, will accelerate the eventual transformation of both the banking system and the internet as a new global cryptographic paradigm is initiated by the inexorable Pluto cycle, beginning in February 2022 and extending through the 2030s. 

Expect the arrival of a digital US dollar to compete with China’s digital renminbi during the upcoming Pluto transit through Aquarius.

China will unveil the digital Yuan in February 2022 for global distribution.

The USA Pluto return will coincide 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 in astrology, Pluto is associated with systemic shifts that often herald major changes to our culture and monetary systems, we predict that the global unveiling of the People’s Republic of China digital renminbi (Yuan) for worldwide distribution and adoption will also occur during this Pluto cycle.

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

With the arrival of Plutonomics and the rise in personal agency due to the self-liberating technology of cryptocurrencies and blockchains, we predict the next global political revolution will be the attempt by individuals to separate and liberate money from the state, a worldwide demand that will gain traction as Pluto exits Capricorn and enters Aquarius in 2023, a vanguard growing well into the next decade and beyond.

At present, some forms of cryptographic money are “in the wild,” able to transact with complete privacy and anonymity. This expression of complete monetary freedom for individuals courtesy the cryptographic revolution naturally opposes government’s implicit demand to observe any individual, at any time (potentially violating their rights).

The result of this conflict will be the banning of “privacy coins” and the swift implementation of numerous digital currency capital controls by governments with which to regulate the growing economy of digital assets. Expect governments to also issue mandatory income tax disclosures for any digital asset income beginning in 2021, even as many cryptocurrencies will be traded outside legal frameworks due to “peer-to-peer” revolution, bypassing banks and intermediaries.

*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, supported by the brilliant American “storm god” of technology, Benjamin Franklin, and the colonial leaders at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War period. This was accomplished by using state-of-the-art printing presses, a colonial descendant of Gutenberg’s original printing press and Germany’s 15th century Printing Revolution, which technologist Ben Franklin made generous use of during his lifetime as America’s foremost printer of news publications, astrological farmer’s almanacs and currency. (Like most fiat currencies in history, the Continental was debased by the forces of counterfeiting and excessive printing leading to the creation of the US Dollar as the country’s standard unit of money in 1792 by act of Congress through the Mint Act.)

Franklin was a champion of the technology of money. On April 3, 1729, forty-seven years before the founding of the USA, Franklin (then only 24 years old) published a pamphlet titled A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency, excoriating the holders of gold and silver as greedy and self-serving because their currency couldn’t be circulated among the general population, creating a supply shock which had the effect of increasing the value of their holdings, preventing the average person from becoming financially self-sufficient.

Pluto’s next long 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 funds, a trend we see continuing under various relief guises and names extending through at least 2024. Highlighting the cyclical nature of Plutonomics, it is important to share that Bitcoin also arrived with the devastating Great Recession as Pluto entered Capricorn.

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 (2008-16) 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, handmaidens of debasement, hyper-inflation and collapse after their utility has been exhausted. (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:

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A high-tech plutocracy will attempt to consolidate and control the new cryptocurrencies, clashing with those who desire to liberate money from the state as questionable new forms of economic governance are introduced by nation-states.

Bitcoin and other nascent cryptocurrencies are a preview of this peer-to-peer “blockchain of everything” revolution, one not exclusively reliant on a centralized authority to manage their use. That said, we contend that “blockchains” are neutral, like most technology, but since every transaction can be observed on a distributed blockchain ledger, nation-states will immediately grasp the utility in this technology to create nontransparent, restricted blockchains —what are known as private blockchains —for the sovereign purpose of distributing digital national currencies to their populations through digital wallets, enabling a more direct means to manage and collect tax revenue, among many future governmental blockchain applications including census taking and voting.

During the tumult of Pluto through Aquarius, privacy rights of individuals will be obscured as governments and international financial institutions like the IMF, will begin building and implementing a new financial infrastructure to amass the greatest concentration of centralized power in history, secured through data made available by the convergence of blockchains and state treasuries, exceeded only by the addition of personal information collected through surveilled economic/social rating policies using artificial intelligence (AI) in many countries.

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

What is evident is that many novel technological innovations are announced daily 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 eleventh house and Aquarius. This zodiacal fact suggests that we anticipate the technology of astrology, like any technology, will undergo change too, updating itself and emerging in the third decade of the 21st century through many new discoveries, insights and predictions. 

Religion to me is science and science is religion.”
—Ada Lovelace

Thank you,
Matthew Swann and Astrostyle

If you’ve enjoyed the Aquarian predictions of Matthew Swann and wish to understand the full revelations of the Aquarian Technocalypse, Astrostyle 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 geopolitical 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.

Disclaimer: The above information should not be considered financial advice. We do not provide financial advice. The use of or reliance of information contained on this site or our mobil application is at your own risk. All writings on this site are purely based on the authors’ astrological opinions and are intended for entertainment purposes only. Please consult a certified professional financial advisor when considering any investment or financial decision.

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