Controlling the top banks in the US means having a hand in the fate of the US economy. To me, that means we should get to know the men that control the banks. The top three banks, in order, currently are:
- Bank of America – Brian Moynihan, CEO
- JP Morgan Chase – Jamie Dimon, CEO
- Citigroup – Vikram Pandit, CEO
First let’s take a look at one of the greatest financiers in US history, J. P. Morgan.
J. P. Morgan
Pictures of J. P. Morgan portray him as the essence of the choleric personality type of the ancient four temperaments – irascible and impatient with frequent indigestion.
With sun in Aries and moon in Virgo, I’m guessing Morgan was a nervous, edgy guy. Aries moves quickly and Virgo worries so the tug and pull of these incompatible signs probably twisted Morgan’s intestines into a Celtic knot.
Morgan’s moon in Virgo and Mercury in Taurus may have provided his interest in finance. Interest only, as I will explain. As with Trump’s chart, you must look below the manifestation (interest in money) to see the underlying motivation. For Trump, that motivation is ideas and socializing.
For Morgan, that motivation is competition. Pluto, Venus and sun are in Aries with Jupiter and Mars in Leo. Neptune opposing the planets in Leo suggests Morgan was trying to impress a group. I see him as trying to get into an exclusive club.
Moon in Virgo trines Saturn in Scorpio creating a Yod with Pluto and Venus in Aries. Now I’m eager to read Morgan’s bio because I’m getting the sense that others tried to obstruct him and he won by sheer force. Saturn in Scorpio suggests he didn’t see clearly others’ motivations. However, it appears not to have hampered his success.
I found two things in common between the charts of Moynihan (Bank of America), Dimon (JP Morgan Chase) and Pandit (Citigroup): Aries/Mars and Capricorn.
J. P. Morgan was an Aries, the sign ruled by Mars. Mars is the Roman god of war, not commerce. Success in finance meant competition and winning. The accumulation of money or the pleasure of dealing with money was secondary.
Here’s the breakdown of Aries/Mars and Capricorn energy amongst our modern bankers:
Moynihan: Mars in Libra conjunct sun in Libra with Saturn and moon in Capricorn.
Dimon: Moon in Aries with Mars in Capricorn.
Pandit: Sun in Capricorn with Mars in Aries.
Mars/Aries and Capricorn
The Mars/Aries energy suggests that these men, like Charlie Sheen, are focused on WINNING. It’s about getting there, not the path.
Capricorn is about structure and control. These men not only want to win, they want control.
Okay, so I’ve described every banker you know. But let’s continue. Aries and Capricorn are both cardinal signs which means that they are square, creating a 90 degree angle. Squares cause friction.
Alexander the Great was a conqueror. He did not walk into the same office every day, eat lunch at noon and go home at 5 to watch TV or attend public relations events. While I can’t speak for Alexander himself, I’m guessing he would have found that a bit boring. Conquering and controlling are different. Conquering is active, control is stationary.
The trademark, for me, of the Aries/Capricorn square is FRUSTRATION. Like J. P. Morgan, these men are high strung, irascible, type AAA+ personalities. They want it yesterday, always.
Funny that our current Heads of Banks, full of Aries and Capricorn energy, would be most affected by the current T-square of Pluto (in Capricorn), Uranus (in Aries) and Saturn (in Libra).
Not only are the banks in trouble, so are the bankers themselves. These men who thrive on success will not admit any kind of failure. Capricorn, especially, is involved in success and respect and failure for this sign equals death. You are a success or you don’t exist.
Aries can deal with failure more readily because it just means you have to conquer somewhere else, not here. Aries is satisfied with self, even if self’s achievements are not lasting. Aries appears to live in the present. Today’s successes are what matter, not yesterday’s failures.
The grand cross occurring is ultimately about relationships – me, you, us. Which is most important to me? Our bankers are dealing with these issues in their lives as well as in their banks.
The Ohio Astrology Top Banker Competition
For fun, I will pit our competitive banker friends against each other. Let’s pretend that there was a merger of Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup. Which of the three CEOs would win the Ohio Astrology competition to run it?
Moynihan has sun and Mars in Libra. While the Mars influence is there, Mars in Libra is in its detriment (an uncomfortable place to be). Mars is goal-oriented and Libra likes to weigh all the options, forever, before making a decision. Moon in Capricorn is tough, but squares the Libra energy. That’s a strong passive-aggressive individual who asks others to do the dirty work. After a meeting with Moynihan you might wonder what exactly it is you are supposed to do.
Dimon is a Pisces sun with moon in Aries and Mars in Capricorn. Pisces is a mutable water sign so Dimon works more from intuition than his two competitors. He can sense things before they happen and understands how the average person will feel about a change. Dimon is more emotionally tuned in to the surroundings. That may be nice in a husband, but in a CEO? Venus in Taurus suggests his interest in banking involves deeper values of what wealth represents.
Pandit has sun in Capricorn and moon in Gemini with Mars in Aries. This is a very shrewd and crafty thinker, constantly considering opportunities and possibilities. Only one planet in water (Neptune in Scorpio) means feelings rarely get in the way of business decisions. Capricorn is known to move slowly, but Gemini is extraordinarily quick on its feet and doesn’t form attachments.
While political maneuvering is a sport in itself, I would cast my vote for Pandit. He’s the most practical and calculating. While Dimon can sniff change in the air, Dimon runs the risk of getting emotionally involved whereas Pandit can stay removed. Moynihan is simply too indecisive and involved with the pleasurable aspects of success, like being seen in a good light and having nice dinners every night.
My pick, Pandit, currently resides in position number 3, which I’m guessing he hates. It wouldn’t surprise me if Pandit one day is in position number 1.
Great post OHA!
I guess the inference is: that it helps to have a lot of cardinal signs in your chart if you want to lead a major bank. Out of the three bankers you profiled, Moynihan is the only attorney. Maybe having two planets in Libra explains why he took the JD route rather than MBA path. I have to disagree with you on the ultimate uber-banker. My money is on Dimon. With a Sun in Pisces and a moon in Aries that enalbles him to think both long and short term. Even though Capricorns are more prudent and cautious by nature, Capricorns spend way too much time dwelling on the past.
You’re probably right on Jamie Dimon. For a banker, he’s charismatic. Plus his last name “Dimon” sounds a lot like “diamond.” What a winning name! Too bad we can’t all be born with auspicious names.
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Beware of the Ides of March
Mitt Romney March 12
Jamie Dimon March 13
Albert Einstein March 14
Pisces, to me, is powerful for its ability to tap into the emotional currents. I just don’t see it with Mitt Romney. I’m not feeling his energy the way. What do you think of him?
George Clooney has a new movie coming out this Friday called The Ides of March.
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