If like me you get confused by how it all happened, visit this 5 minute Audio Slideshow: A guide to the credit crunch by Robert Peston of the BBC. I still don’t understand why it is so crucial for banks to lend money to each other, though I can see why they wouldn’t in the present climate.
Robert Peston, who has become a prominent economic commentator in the UK, is a Taurean. (He’s got a fantastic chart for his job: born on a New Moon in Taurus in a grand earth trine with Jupiter and Pluto.) Vince Cable, a leading liberal politician who has also recently become prominent as an economic commentator, is a Taurean. George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, is a Gemini, but with Sun conjunct Saturn in Taurus and a Mercury-Venus conjunction in Taurus.
So the people who seem to be most visible in commenting on the government’s handling of the economy are all strong in a sign that understands money: Taurus. Meanwhile the people who are actually handling the economy, Gordon Brown and his Chancellor Alistair Darling, have no planets in Taurus. One is a Pisces, the other a Sagittarius. These are both Jupiter-ruled signs that belong to the reckless age that we are now leaving.