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by Gary Brand - written August 11, 2009,
published in the September 2009 edition of Echo* newspaper
Communist China's birth chart The birth chart of communist China based upon the time of the official proclamation of the "People's Republic of China" by Mao Tze-tung on October 1, 1949 at 2:54 PM (source: Adam Chan in AstroDatabank at Chinese Communist Party).

U.S. debt held by China and Japan This graph shows how many hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. debt has been financed by China and Japan over a 19 month period and how those amounts have changed over time.  Note that the trendline for China (the purple line) is now headed down and that Japan has now eclipsed China in the amount of U.S. debt held.  Although Japan continues to buy more U.S. debt over time, the percentage of the total amount of foreign held U.S. debt owned by Japan has been a constant 21% since October 2008!  The latest data shown are as of the end of December 2009.

U.S. birth chart compared with China's The U.S. birth chart compared with China's.  The U.S. chart is the inner wheel and the houses; the outer wheel is China's birth chart (see the entire chart at the top of the page).  Of particular concern are: China's Mars and Pluto conjunct the U.S. Midheaven; China's Saturn in the U.S. chart's 10th house, square U.S. Uranus and opposite U.S. Ceres; China's Uranus conjunct U.S. Venus and Jupiter; China's Sun, Mercury and Neptune conjunct U.S. Saturn; China's Sun square U.S. Venus, Jupiter and Sun; and China's Mercury, Neptune and Ceres square U.S. Sun.  In addition, there are significant contacts with the south node of the Moon in both charts: U.S. Saturn is conjunct China's south node of the Moon and China's Moon and Ascendant are conjunct U.S. south node.  These are negative, difficult, karmic aspects.  This is a large number of difficult aspects between the planets in these two country's charts, meaning a difficult relationship!

U.S. birth chart compared with China's Communist China's birth chart compared with the U.S. birth chart.  China's birth chart is the inner wheel and the houses; the outer wheel is the U.S. chart.  Note how all four of the U.S. Cancer planets are in China's 6th house of manufacturing!  Is it any wonder that the U.S. is dependent upon China's manufactured goods (6th house)?
The communist People’s Republic of China was born when Mao Tze-tung read a proclamation at 2:54 PM on October 1, 1949.  At that time, Chou En-lai was named Premier and Mao declared the new “People’s Republic” the “… sole legal Government of China” (NYT, October 2, 1949).  The chart of the birth of this nation has Sun, Mercury, Neptune and Ceres in Libra, which is a sign of harmony, partnerships, and strength (the latter because Libra is a cardinal sign).  Libra is also communicative and negotiating, so why is this government so afraid of freedom of speech and why are they so secretive?  It is because the Libra planets are in the 8th house (secretive), China’s Jupiter is in the 12th house (secretive), Mars (ruler of the 3rd house of the media and freedom of speech) is conjunct Pluto (secretive) and squares Venus in Scorpio (control, repression) conjunct the Midheaven (representing the government).  Ironically, China is a very independent country that insists on maintaining their national freedom (Sun square Uranus, Moon in Aquarius in the 1st house, and Mars conjunct Pluto).  Although the government of communist China may seem to us like a holdover from cold war days gone by, they are actually progressive and farsighted in some ways (e.g. technologically and economically), which is indicated by the Moon in Aquarius trine the Sun, Venus sextile Jupiter, Saturn (ruler of the Ascendant) sextile Venus on the Midheaven, and Sun square Uranus (although this aspect is problematic as well).

The signature of financial success in China’s chart is Jupiter (wealth, prosperity) sextile (the aspect of financial benefit) Venus, the other financial planet.  Though Jupiter is weak in the 12th house in Capricorn, it rules the signs on the 2nd house of wealth and the 11th house of good fortune.  Despite Venus’ weakness in Scorpio (where she is in her detriment) and the square from Mars and Pluto in the 7th house (which means that the Chinese are prone to manipulate markets and countries behind the scenes and that they produce cheap, poor quality products), Venus is strong by triplicity, term, elevation and house so the ascendance of China to economic superpower status is quite likely.  An interesting similarity between the birth charts of China and the U.S. is the predominance of planets in the 8th house, which represents other countries’ resources (raw materials and money).  This emphasis means that both of these nations and their economies are now utterly dependent upon a steady supply of investment capital, oil, and other natural resources from foreign countries.

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, China held $801,500,000,000 in U.S. debt securities at the end of May 2009 (the latest data available when this article was written), which amounted to more than 24% of our foreign-held debt, an increase of 58% since May 2008 and a 150% increase from the $321,000,000,000 they held in March 2006, just three years ago!  The other big U.S. debt financer is Japan, which accounted for another 21% of our foreign-held debt (as of August 2009).  The accompanying graph shows the increase over time in U.S. debt held by these two countries.  This may not seem like a big problem, since both China and Japan are heavily invested in the U.S. (in real estate and companies owned by their citizens or their government) so they are unlikely to quit refinancing our debt.  However, as the Chinese and Japanese economies are more deeply affected by the continuing economic crisis and, as investment in the U.S. debt becomes less appealing, they may both choose to decrease their financial support.  [By December 2009, China's financial support of U.S. debt had peaked and the trendline was headed down.  See the accompanying graph.]

Many Americans take pride in the slogan, “America is the greatest country in the world” but that is what the Romans said of their empire (“the greatest empire the world has seen”) and, more recently, what the British said of their empire.  The point is, that every great civilization, or economic power, or military might has, sooner or later, fallen from their pinnacle of power and dominance.  Is America sliding off of that pinnacle, eventually to be replaced by China?  Yes, unless we begin to reduce, instead of adding to, the huge mountain of debt we owe (just the foreign-held part of the U.S. debt was $3,293,100,000,000 in May 2009).  In 2007, the interest payments on our debt amounted to $246,000,000,000 or 9% of the total Federal budget!  If your household was paying 9% of your total monthly budget just making interest payments – NOT paying back ANY of what you OWE – and you continued to borrow from everyone you could convince to loan you more, you would soon slide into bankruptcy.  If you tried to pressure lenders to loan your more, using the argument that, if you go bankrupt, everyone in the community will suffer because you will quit buying, they wouldn’t be persuaded because your buying power is too small.  But this is how the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve pressure other countries into continuing to fund the U.S. debt, in addition to printing money to increase the money supply by about 5% each year - doubling it about every 14 years!

In the U.S. chart, China’s Mars and Pluto are conjunct the U.S. Midheaven and China’s Saturn is in the U.S. 10th house (see the accompanying chart).  These are ominous placements, because these planets pertain to control and power and the Midheaven/10th house represents the U.S. government.  This is a prime indicator of the leverage China has over our government, given the amount of our debt securities and real estate they own/control.  Another disturbing contact between the charts of these countries is China’s Uranus conjunct Venus and Jupiter in the U.S. chart.  Venus and Jupiter represent U.S. prosperity and wealth (and being in the 8th house, our wealth is dependent on the resources of others – now that we are a nation of consumers and debtors, not producers) so China’s Uranus is a disruptive, surprising, unpredictable influence on the future prosperity of the U.S.  Additionally, China’s Sun, Mercury, Neptune and Ceres all square U.S. Sun, Jupiter and Venus so their priorities and beliefs conflict with ours (although such contacts also mean they could force us to change our outrageous spending habits).  The destiny of the U.S. as the preeminent economic and military superpower in today’s world is inextricably linked to our ability to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and money.  If we can’t, the rise of the red dragon of communist China as the next economic and military superpower is inevitable – it’s in the astrological charts!

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.

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Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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