Chiron, Capricorn and Corporate CorruptionRichard Giles, astrologer and feng shui consultant, has contributed this piece (written for the August edition of the Maple Street Coop newsletter) about the effects of the ingress of Chiron into Capricorn -- a key function of this stressful period of our lives. Business confidence has been shaken, financial giants are toppling -- and the warlords are on the move.
In July 2002, US media giant WorldCom hit the dirt, following on the
earlier collapse of energy and oil multinational Enron. It was a huge
shock, especially for smaller investors, shaking confidence in the
integrity of the markets. The repercussions are still being felt.
This year has seen revelations about finances and accounting in at least
seven major US corporations, many of which are now in commercial
shambles. At the time of writing, the multinational drug company Merck
announced it had falsified its sales records to make them look better
than they actually were, and the copying giant Xerox came clean on
concealing a multibillion-dollar loss from investors. I have no doubt
there are more shocks to come.
So what is happening? Can we find an explanation in astrology for all
this breakdown? The answer is certainly, yes. It's a trend that's
going to be with us for several years, and it's coming from our old
Chiron, the Wounded Healer
Chiron moved into the Earth sign of Capricorn in December 2001. It will
remain there until February 2005, returning briefly to Capricorn from
August until December 2005 before moving on to Aquarius. The Enron
corruption scandal broke on 2 December 2001. During the lead-up, Chiron
was at 29° Sagittarius, in the anaretic (the last and most critical) degree
of that sign, before moving into Capricorn on 12 December.
Capricorn is the sign of responsibility, management, authority,
superiors, officials, formal structures, systems and the capitalisation
of resources. Chiron is the maverick planet (thought to be a small
asteroid or spent comet) that introduces healing, learning, questing,
turning points, wholeness, synergy and wise teaching. From these key
words you get the message that, with Chiron in Capricorn (the master of
the capitalist system), something is going to give.
We live in a capitalist system that's based on the exploitation of
natural resources and products. When a source of natural energy,
resources or secondary products is available and, along with it, the
rights to mine or develop, exploitation inevitably follows. Natural
resources and even people become commodities. And those who maintain
the system and keep track of its accounts can also be bought and sold.
It's not surprising, then, that this is about underlying corruption.
Astrologically, greed is expressed in a combination of Jupiter (excess)
and Pluto (maximising resources). Since late 1995 when Pluto entered
Sagittarius (ruled by Jupiter), tension has been building up in issues
surrounding sport, religion, education and international relations. Intertwined
are the moral issues, beliefs and attitudes that we have learned in our lives.
The accounting/auditing firm Arthur Andersen conspired with Enron to
falsify their books. None of this is probably new, but what's different
now is that it's on the front page of every newspaper. Enron has been
followed in quick succession by corrupt company after corrupt company.
And both President Bush and Vice President Cheney are under pressure to
explain their past financial activities in the oil business.
A Higher Purpose
Chiron asks us to understand that there is a higher purpose in life for
all of us. Its action in a chart is to help us connect to our higher
selves, to our true, original purpose for being here. Capricorn rules
the system of money and business, and with Chiron passing through, it's
natural to expect that the system will be asked to examine its higher
purpose. Only through exposing corrupt practices in business can this
be sorted out. Today it's obvious that the system has totally lost its
way. It needs to find a way back, but first the corruption must be
When this Chironic period is finally over, we'll have seen many heads roll and a
new attitude to business and honesty come into place in the world.
- During January 2002, as Chiron passed in opposition to America's natal
Venus position (values, finances, money), the scandal deepened as Enron
insider Sherron Watkins came out and told the truth. By February, as
Chiron moved into opposition to America's Jupiter (faith, justice), the
full extent of the corruption and embezzlement became apparent. During
July, the opposition to Jupiter was repeated and more companies
collapsed, including WorldCom.
- From late August until early October, Chiron will again sit in
opposition to America's Venus. And the lunar eclipse on 25 June 2002,
at 3° Capricorn, was exactly on the US Venus position, putting a harsh
spotlight on the entire financial system for the next six months.
- Next February and then again from August to October 2003, Chiron will
sit in opposition to the US birth chart Sun in Cancer (4th July). Then
we'll see the full impact of these debilitating corporate collapses and
the exposure of internal corruption to the world. Soul-searching will
indeed be the order of the day.
- In late April 2002, Chiron went into retrograde phase (an apparent backwards
motion as seen from the Earth). As a planet goes retrograde, it asks us
to reflect on our inner selves, so in Capricorn it asks the system to
examine itself. It became apparent then that deeper corruption could
be found in many levels of US and world business corporations.
Thanks to the Maple Street CoopNewsletter. Richard Giles is a Feng Shui practitioner and astrologer and is available in Australia for consultations on your home and business. Click to contact Richard Giles.
Aries, the Ram
Taurus, the Bull
Gemini, the Twins
Cancer, the Crab
Leo, the Lion
Virgo, the Virgin
Libra, the Scales
Scorpio, the Scorpion
Sagittarius, the Archer
Capricorn, the Sea Goat
Aquarius, the Water Bearer
Pisces, the Fishes