Egypt, Israel, and Money

By Robert Gover, USA

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Robert Gover (born November 2, 1929)
grew up in an endowed orphanage (Girard College in Philadelphia), attended the University of Pittsburgh on athletic scholarship (swimming the butterfly), received a degree in economics, worked as a journalist, became a bestselling novelist by age 30, lived most of his life in California where he began his study of astrology, and now resides in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. His latest novel is Two Brothers. He describes it as an “economic novel.” One brother becomes a millionaire, the other a skid row bum. A third character was an economics professor till he studied astrology—he was subsequently confined in an insane asylum. Robert’s first novel, One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding, is a satire on racism and remains a cult classic. He has published 10 novels and 2 works of nonfiction, including Time and Money: the Economy and the Planets. He can be reached at gocycles@aol.com.

srael’s natal planets are under challenging hits during this period of upheaval in Egypt and the rest of the Arab world. A T square is formed by transiting Pluto and Venus square Israel’s Uranus and Jupiter in late Pisces and early Aries, which in turn are square and opposite Israel’s Venus and Uranus. T Mercury is opposing Israel’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and Chiron and Neptune are opposing Israel’s Mars. Israel’s Neptune is opposed by T Jupiter with Uranus soon to join Jupiter. As indicated by these aspects, Israelis are on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome of the Egyptian revolution. With the Mubarak regime running things in Egypt, Israelis felt confident that their border was safe, despite the fury in Gaza and the underground network of tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt. The network of tunnels is credited with saving the people of Gaza from the worst of the Israeli Government embargo. The Mubarak regime cooperated with the Israeli crackdown on the Palestinian people but that is likely to change soon, as the people of Egypt are sympathetic to Palestinians. Germany’s Der Spiegel quoted from an Israeli newspaper to highlight the pressure in Israel: “In an op-ed piece in Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's largest daily newspaper, Dov Weissglas, the chief advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, does not criticize the Mubarak regime for having its

security forces fire at the protesters, but rather the Americans for their disloyalty. ‘The slap in the face Mubarak has had to suffer in this time of crisis reminds us, once again, of the less attractive face of the United States, which unhesitatingly turns its back on friendly regents in times of crisis,’ Weissglas wrote.”

Certainly the USA’s relationship with both Egypt and Israel will be changed, especially if a new Egyptian regime reflects the will of the Egyptian people. US aid circulated money through the Mubarak regime back to US defense contractors and food corporations, with the people of Egypt stuck with the bill. (What’s called aid is given in the form of loans, not grants. These loans are repaid by taxing the people.) So here’s the dilemma: The only democracy in the Middle East is fearful of democracy in neighboring nations. During Mubarak’s reign, the largest Arab nation was no threat to Israel. While Israelis favor democracy for themselves, they are fearful of what democracy might bring from the “Arab street.” The antagonism toward Israel by Arab populations was held in check till the revolts in Tunisia and then the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt. A popular saying is, “As goes Egypt, so goes the Arab world.” How will the revolution in Egypt alter that nation’s relationship with the USA? If a new military dictator emerges to replace the Mubarak regime, that relationship will continue

much as it has been for the past 50 years. If a truly democratic regime emerges, that relationship is likely to change. What can the astrology involved tell us about this? It will probably take a couple of years for a new government in Egypt to get settled and become fully functional. By the Winter Solstice 2012, the USA’s natal Sun will be opposition T Pluto in Sagittarius and square T Uranus in Aries, forming a grand cross pattern with natal Saturn in Libra. The USA’s natal Uranus on the Ascendant will be caught between T Jupiter conjunct and Mercury-Sun in Sagittarius opposed. This indicates that America will be tremendously challenged economically by this time, and thus also militarily.

Ironically, both Egypt and Israel have been supplied with military hardware by the USA. Although Israel also possesses nuclear bombs, it’s hard to imagine the Israelis using these in such a crowded neighborhood as the Middle East, especially when Iran may also have nukes. Yet the essence of the enmity between Israelis and Arabs is symbolized by Neptune’s opposition to Israel’s Mars, which forms a T square with Israel’s Chiron opposite Israel’s Sun and North Node. The US Government is under pressure from corporations and big banks that profit from foreign aid to the Middle East, and other corporations that profit from making war. (Search “corporate profits from wars.”) In the 1930s under a similar affliction from the outermost planets, but a different international situation, the big banks loosened their credit constrictions and invested whole hog in the Second World War, ending the Great

Depression—but at the cost of millions of lives and great destruction of cities and landscapes. Will this aspect of history repeat? Let’s hope not. Economically stressed people are far more likely to go to war, and America’s domestic economy continues to suffer under credit constrictions, causing a widening gap between the people and Wall Street financiers. Here is an item that was freely circulating on the internet in February 2011 describing the situation in small-town USA: “It is a slow day in the small North Dakota town of Pumphandle and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit. A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op. The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her services on credit. The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner. The motel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves. No one produced anything. No one earned anything... However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.” There is nothing wrong with the economy of Pumphandle that money won’t fix in a jiffy. The trouble is not a lack of willing workers and material, it’s a lack of money. This lack is based on a monetary system that dates back to medieval times, and constricts credit to the Have-nots during economic down cycles. Although the people of Pumphandle are short cash, the big international bankers of Wall Street have trillions of dollars. Where did they get these trillions? Well, for one thing, the usual international retail chains were doing business in Pumphandle—Walmart, Home Depot, McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, etc.—and the profits from these stores wound up legally owned by the Wall Street bankers, who were too smart to reinvest in Pumphandle when there were much bigger profits to be made by investing elsewhere. In the USA, money is created and distributed by the Federal Reserve. The Fed is called an “independent central bank,” meaning it is privately owned, not part of the US Federal Government. China, India and other hitherto “third world” countries now have state-owned central banks, which mean their banking profits are reinvested where needed in their domestic economies. If the USA’s Fed were government-owned and operated, money would flow to the Pumphandles of the nation. The problem with the USA’s Fed (and also the European Union’s privately owned central bank) is that bankers are duty-bound to care more for profits than for people. Bankers are legally obligated to take money made from thousands of Pumphandles and invest it where profits are maximized. Today, it’s derivatives markets that pay the biggest profits. Derivatives do not produce goods and services. What they produce is spectacular profits.

Money has two primary functions: As medium of exchange facilitating commerce, and as a storehouse of value. If you have a million dollars, chances are your million is “stored” in investments through Wall Street brokers (who nowadays are international and not confined to Wall Street). This invested money is your savings, your “nest egg,” and you certainly want it invested in endeavors that will increase it. You don’t want to put your million dollars under your mattress where even 2% inflation per year will reduce its value, its purchasing power. So you are happy to get the results of your Wall Street broker’s services— investing your money where it increases the most. That is what shortchanges the Pumphandles of the world economy—you can’t maximize profits by sending money back to where it came from. Before the US Congress created the Federal Reserve in 1913, small towns and farms had the money they needed to build the wealthiest economy on planet Earth. Small town banks made credit money readily available to the people of the Pumphandles, who got busy producing tangible things of real wealth. This monetary system freed the new immigrants who populated the USA from a wealthy aristocracy who controlled the money issued by the privately-owned central banks in Europe. The American Revelatory War was fought to free American colonists from the burden of debt created by the Bank of England lending money to the British Government, which in turn stuck its citizens with the debt for this borrowed money, at ever-compounding interest. American colonists objected and cried, “No taxation without representation.” This led to economic democracy. Not all had the vote in early America, but all but most partook of the expansive spread of money. This experiment in economic democracy ended with the creation of the Fed when the USA reverted to the kind of economy it had rebelled against. We are now reaping the long-range consequences of this reversion, which can be read in the horoscope of the Fed’s creation. The biwheel chart on the next page has the USA’s natal chart on the inner wheel and the Fed’s “birth” on the outer wheel. The Fed’s Sun-Pluto opposition afflicts the USA’s natal Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Sun, square the USA’s Saturn in Libra. The Fed’s Saturn opposite Venus and Mercury afflicts the USA’s innovative Uranus. The Fed’s Neptune-Jupiter opposition afflicts the USA’s Mercury-Pluto opposition. After nearly a hundred years of the Fed’s control of money, it’s becoming clear that the American people were tricked and swindled by the perpetrators of this monetary system—as were people in other areas of the world whose economies were eventually controlled by this system, leading to such popular uprisings as Egypt’s. If popular revolts in Arab countries are to succeed, the newly established governments—if they are truly democratic—will have to break with this monetary system. For it is “foreign aid” (loans by the Fed’s spawn, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund) that has sucked the prosperity out of such countries as Egypt the same way it laid waste to Pumphandle. The elites who have benefited from this system now constitute the backbone of international high finance.

As the old saying goes, “He who has the money, controls the government.” If the people of Egypt establish the same kind of democracy the people of Pumphandle now have, they will get to vote for candidates approved by the super-wealth, and Fed-fattened financiers will continue to suck up their money. That will not solve the core problem. Most dictators of the 20th Century were enriched by this medieval monetary system renewed in America by the Fed. International bankers need somebody in Egypt to handle the foreign aid loans. Mubarak and his friends did a fine job for the banks and were rewarded with billions of dollars. The Mubarak regime did not create this system, they were part of the system’s process. True democracy means the system gets changed. Otherwise, only the actors change, and the same old drama continues. The rising tide of democracy has become a powerful force aligned against this medieval monetary system run mainly by the privatized central banks of the USA and Europe. The system’s existence depends on the ignorance of the people it plunders. Corporate control of information in the USA keeps Americans in the dark. Clean elections will not be enough if political candidates are obligated to the banks and big corporations. Can a new regime in Egypt change how this debt-creating money system works? Yes, they can, if they establish a state-owned and operated central bank. If they take the bank profits out of war with Israel, it will greatly reduce the likelihood of such a war. If war is avoided, this would be as beneficial for the people of Israel as it would be for their Arab neighbors

and the rest of humanity. People who are busy building prosperity don’t want to quit work and make war. Looking ahead, what will the stellar influences be on Israel by the 2012 Winter Solstice? A T square is formed from T Mercury opposite Israel’s Mercury simultaneously conjunct T Jupiter, with those planets square T Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. And a grand cross is formed by T Pluto and Sun opposite Israel’s Venus in Cancer, with those planets square Israel’s Neptune opposite T Uranus. With the Uranus-Pluto square afflicting Israel’s money planets Jupiter and Venus, we can expect Israel’s prosperity to be stressed. The modern Republic of Egypt was established June 18, 1953. On February 12, 2011 when the uprising forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down, the Sun and Mars opposed the Republic of Egypt’s natal Pluto, and T Pluto opposed natal Mars. Saturn had returned to its natal position in Libra, conjunct natal Saturn and Neptune. Using the 2012 Winter Solstice again—not only for end-of-the-world fears associated with that date but for astrological reasons—and the date of Mubarak’s overthrow: The Egyptian revolt’s Venus and Pluto square Jupiter and Uranus is hit by the tightening Uranus-Pluto square. A second phase of this revolution appears likely. Maybe the most indicative chart combination is a biwheel with Israel on the inner wheel and the Egyptian revolution on the outer wheel, which shows a nasty grand cross: The Egyptian Revolution’s Sun, Mars and Mercury opposite Israel’s Mars, Saturn and Pluto in Leo, square Israel’s Sun in Taurus opposite Chiron in Scorpio. Can another American President (Barak Obama this time) bring the parties together and help them through this volatile time, averting another Arab-Israeli war? Or will economic and social upheaval in the USA distract Americans as they cope with their own challenges? The new element in this ancient enmity between Israelis and Arabs is the Internet, especially social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Governments and their corporate allies have restricted access now and then, but social networkers find ways around such restrictions. So whatever the Egyptian Revolution brings to the rest of the Arab world and to Israel will be communicated to the whole world instantaneously. The resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is now the whole world’s business, with people from all over the planet injecting their opinions, hopes and fears. Add Wikileaks to the mix, and the days when national leaders can act in secret are fast fading from our new reality.