The Demise of the U.S. Dollar and Collapse of the U.S. Economy

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:

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:

Sibly Chart for USA

Sibly Chart for USA

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.


About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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7 Responses to The Demise of the U.S. Dollar and Collapse of the U.S. Economy

  1. Hi Anthony, what a fascinating post! There is a description in Mundane Astrology by Baigent, Campion and Harvey of the Cyclical Index (CI), which if I remember rightly is a measure of how close the major cycles from Jupiter/Saturn to Neptune/Pluto are to conjunction. The idea being that the lower the CI, the closer we are to major mundane crisis points. I started mapping the CI for the 21st century and noticed that there is a major dip that starts in about 2017-2018 and doesn’t start to rise significantly until about 2026-2027. Quite eerie that it ties in so closely with the US Sun moving away from Sirius, as any major financial issues in the US will ultimately affect the whole of the developed world.

    • Vivien,

      Thanks for this information. It’s kind of scary for those of us who live in the United States to see the handwriting on the wall, so to speak.

      Based on the position of the Sun in the Sibly chart, the period of U.S. world dominance peaked in 1945 when the conjunction with Sirius became exact. This period had its roots 72 years earlier (around 1873) and comes to an end 72 years after the peak (around 2017-2018).


      • Hawkins Deb says:

        What is your thought on the Gold value? It’s declined quite a bit over the past 18 months. Will it continue to decline or go up because of the dollar. ? Great article Tony, we’ll be watching with a sharp eye I’m sure 🙂

      • I was looking at the decline of the USA as a world superpower. Much of the influence of the United States comes from the fact that in 1945 the US dollar became the world’s reserve currency, which means that transactions carried out in dollars had the United States as their backup in terms of the value of the currency used for business trading. Presumably the USA would back up its currency in gold. The problem is that the US debt is so large and increasing that there may not be enough gold in the world to back up the value of the dollar as the USA keeps printing more currency to cover its enormous and ever-increasing debt. I think that as more and more nations abandon the dollar as their reserve currency, the value of the dollar will continue to decline but that gold will hold its value. This is not an astrological opinion, but is based on my very limited understanding of the world of finance. Maybe someone more knowledgeable about economics than I can provide a better answer to your question.

      • Hawkins Deb says:

        Thanks, I think so too. But as we know, sometimes the opposite happens too. 🙂

  2. Dennis says:

    Thanks from France for this very original post. Gave me many ideas !

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