In June 2013
In June 2013, Jupiter will return to the place it occupies in the US natal chart. That will launch a new, 12-year cycle of economic growth and prosperity in the US.
Much of the new wealth will be spoken for. The cost of economic reconstruction will absorb a lot. Restoring the social safety net will absorb a lot.
New international trade agreements will require greater fairness toward global partners . . . and bring smaller short-term profits for the US. Attention to the environment and the rights of workers, at home and abroad, will also reduce short-term profits.
This new Jupiter cycle will not bring an era of fast and easy money. In brief, in 2013, we will begin another cycle of growth and prosperity. However, we will also have to pay the a large portion of the start-up costs for a more stable, secure and humane global economic system from the proceeds of this new Jupiter cycle.
Until June 2013
In the four years leading up to 2013, we will also need to keep economic expectations very realistic.
Between now and June 2013, Jupiter will transit the grass-roots area of the US chart. Wealth will arise from and flow to neighborhood and community projects. The home and family, recreation, friendship and creative activities and the workplace will benefit.
However, these benefits will be modest. They will be driven by the slowing, impaired momentum of the Jupiter cycle that began in July 2001.
Some Astrological Details
Jupiter is very strongly placed in the US chart. It is very near the US Sun in Cancer on the cusp of the 8th house.
Jupiter is exalted in Cancer. The 8th house is ruled by Pluto and, traditionally, Pluto/Jupiter energy yields great wealth. This Jupiter placement goes a long way to explaining why, historically, the US has proven such a reliable economic engine.
The Jupiter Return Chart
The composite chart for the US and the US Jupiter return contains a Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto T-square.
That is a very difficult and very powerful aspect. The planets involved are especially powerful and they all strongly and directly influence the economy.
The T-square is in cardinal signs and it is angular, increasing its power considerably. The Moon's nodes are nearby, further increasing its power.
The T-square also intensifies tensions that are constant but usually subdued in the US natal chart, making it all the more significant. In essence, the T-square will thrust underlying social and economic class tensions forcefully to the fore.
This T-square effectively dominates the Jupiter return chart. It is one of the most challenging and intense aspects one could imagine. And it hits the US economic system head on.
Fast Money vs. Genuine Wealth
In brief . . . During the next cycle of growth, the US must take the long view, as opposed to the short view to which it has become accustomed.
It must tend to the long-term needs of its own citizens. It must learn to respect the needs and aspirations of its global partners. And it must respect the global environment. All the while, keeping its economy growing. This will not be easy and will most likely not go down smoothly.
A lot of very important concerns that used to be neglected must now be actively factored into the economic equation. A lot of things we used to think of as idealistic abstractions, to which we paid only lip-service, will suddenly become immediate and concrete . . . and costly . . . concerns.
A Different Kind of Jupiter Cycle
The US Jupiter cycle beginning in June 2013 will be a different kind of US cycle. We will have a mandate, and an opportunity, to implement more sound economic principles at a fundamental level in our economic system.
This will increase our costs, and reduce our profits, in the short-term, but it will lay the foundation for greater long-term prosperity and greater economic stability and security for more people.
In other words, it will be the beginning of the end of boom and bust economics, "smash and grab," "beggar your neighbor" economics.
Wealthier nations like the United States are sure to resist. They will see it as an economic threat. But, in this case, none will be able to successfully resist the momentum of history.