Recently there has been much speculation in the press that the US dollar is in decline and will soon be abandoned as the world’s reserve currency. When that happens, the United States will be plunged into a state of economic decline in which the standard of living will sink to a low reminiscent of the Great Depression. Some of the typical headlines have been:
- The Dollar Crisis and the Coming Collapse of US Global Hegemony
- Why the Dollar’s Reign is near an End
- Australia to Abandon the US Dollar
- US Dollar Losing Ground as the World’s Reserve Currency
- Is the Dollar Dying? Why the US Currency is in Danger
Recently, someone on Facebook posted a question about when the decline of the dollar would likely occur according to astrology. About five years ago in my book on solar returns I commented that the United States became a world superpower toward the end of World War II when the US July 4th 1776 Sun closely conjoined the fixed star Sirius. Fixed stars appear to move about one degree every 72 years, so we could expect the USA to begin to fade as a superpower when the US natal Sun and Sirius move a degree apart, that is, about 72 years after World War II.
The answer to the question of timing of the decline of the USA depends on which chart you use for the birth of the nation. A popular chart is the Sibly chart set for about 5:10 pm on July 4, 1776. Of the commonly used July 4th charts, the Sibly version has the US natal Sun at a later degree than the others:
Sure enough, at the end of World War II the fixed star Sirius was exactly on the USA natal Sun at 13 Cancer 19′. Sirius is one of the famous fixed stars in astrology. According to Ptolemy it is of the nature of Jupiter and Mars and it confers honor, renown, wealth, ardor, faithfulness, devotion, passion and resentment, and makes its natives custodians, curators and guardians. It also gives danger of dog bites. Robson says that Sirius in conjunction with the Sun means success in business, occupations connected with metals or other martial affairs, domestic harmony.
I allow an orb of one degree for fixed stars, so that when the USA Sun and Sirius separate from their exact conjunction (which occurred in 1945) and become more than a degree apart, I would expect the USA to decline in matters related to “business, occupations connected with metals or other martial affairs, domestic harmony” (Robson’s delineations). It turns out that in the summer of 2018, the star Sirius will be at 14 Cancer 19′, exactly one degree away from the USA natal Sun in the Sibly chart.
My conclusion is that the summer of 2018 will be a turning point in the global hegemony of the US dollar because it marks the one-degree separation of Sirius from the US natal Sun and thus the beginning of the end of the United States as a superpower. The US dollar will lose or will have lost its status as the world’s currency by 2018 and the US economy will be in a sad state. It won’t be a sudden event and there will be plenty of warning as country after country abandons the US currency as Australia has recently done.
The summer of 2018 is a watershed moment because after that time there is no going back. The United States standard of living will markedly decline. Unfortunately, the poor will suffer greatly as the dollar loses its status. The wealthy will be able to diversify their investments in a way that is not dependent on the value of the US dollar as it becomes worth less and less over the next five years.
Based on the Sibly chart and the apparent movement of the star Sirius, the summer of 2018 will host “day the dollar died.”
Addendum (July 17th): Based on some questions I received about this post, let me add the following information.
Before 1944, the world reserve currency was the Pound Sterling. This system changed precisely as the U.S. natal Sun conjoined Sirius in 1945. Under the new system the U.S. dollar became the anchor of the system, with the U.S. government guaranteeing other central banks that they could sell their U.S. dollar reserves at a fixed rate for gold. The viability of the U.S. economy is largely dependent of the dollar being the world’s reserve currency. Over the next several years the world will abandon the U.S. dollar as its reserve currency. As that happens, the United States will undergo the same type of economic decline that faced Great Britain when the Pound Sterling lost its role in the world economy. If history is any guide, we can expect a 30% reduction of the value of the U.S. dollar in the years following the removal of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
Addendum 2 (July 19th): In an interesting coincidence a large US city declared bankruptcy just a couple days after I wrote this post. The city of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. Wealthy capitalists are cheering the news because they will grow richer as the average citizen suffers.