Should You Buy Bitcoin?

As the world’s current front runner in the Crypto Currency market, Bitcoin have been making some serious headlines, and some serious fluctuations in the last 6 months. Almost everyone has heard of them, and almost everyone has an opinion. Some can’t fathom the idea that a currency with any value can be created from nothing, whilst some love the idea that something without Government control can be traded as a valuable entity in its own right.

Where you sit on the “Should I Buy Bitcoin?” fence probably ultimately boils down to one question: Can I Make Money from Bitcoin?

Can You Make Money from Bitcoin?

In just the last 6 months, we have seen the price go from $20 a coin in February, up to $260 a coin in April, back down to $60 in March, and back up to $130 in May. The price has now settled to around $100 a Bitcoin, but what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Bitcoin’s future ultimately rests on two major variables: its adoption as a currency by a wide audience, and the absence of prohibitive Government intervention.

The Bitcoin community is growing rapidly, interest in the Crypto currency has spread dramatically online, and new services are accepting Bitcoin payments increasingly. Blogging giant, WordPress, accepts Bitcoin payments, and African based mobile application provider, Kipochi, have developed a Bitcoin wallet that will allow Bitcoin payments on mobile phones in developing nations.

We have already seen people make millions on the currency. We are seeing increasing numbers of people experimenting with living only on Bitcoin for months on end, whilst recording the experience for documentary viewing.

You can buy a takeaway in Boston, coffee in London, and even a few cars on Craigslist using Bitcoin. Searches for Bitcoin have rocketed in 2013, with April’s hike and subsequent fall in the Bitcoin price. Last week the first large acquisition of a Bitcoin company was made for SatoshiDice, an online gambling site, for 126,315 BTC (about $11.47 million), by an undisclosed buyer.

This rapid growth in awareness and uptake looks set to continue, if trust in the currency remains strong. Which leads to the second dependency. Government regulation.

Although specifically designed to work independently from Government control, Bitcoin will inevitably be affected by Governments in some way. This must be the case for two reasons.

Firstly, to achieve high levels of adoption, Bitcoin will have to be accessible to large numbers of people, and that means spreading beyond the realms of hidden transactions to normal everyday transactions for individuals and businesses. Secondly, these Bitcoin transactions could become a trackable part of people’s taxable wealth, to be declared and regulated alongside any other kind of wealth.

The European Union has already declared that Bitcoin is not classed as a Fiat currency, or as money, and as such, will not be regulated in its own right. In the US, the 50 state system and number of bureaucratic bodies involved has inevitably made decisions more difficult, with no consensus reached thus far. Bitcoin is not considered to be money as such, but it is considered to act like money.

A thriving Bitcoin market in the US has a more uncertain future for now, and any conclusive legislation in the US could either have a very positive, or a very negative effect on the future of Bitcoin.

Astrology Predictions for 2014-2015

As we can see, there have been huge world changes since then.

Let me outline just a few of them:

– The Central Banks have more power than ever before
– The Federal Reserve brought down interest rates to almost 0%
– Quantitative Easing or money-printing has become the new norm
– Disputes over taxes and tax reforms have escalated
– Movements to unseat leaders continue, including the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and the stepping down of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya
– Cyber-spying is rampant with the revelations that the NSA has been regularly unlawfully spying on its citizens
– We’ve seen earth changes escalate with earthquakes and tsunamis causing whole continents to shift

What does the future look like as we near the end of the Cardinal Climax?

I see two diametrically opposed scenarios playing out:
– Worldwide debt reaches its limit, the financial system panics and the stock market crashes
– Governments shut down and default on their debts
OR
– Leaders in business, banking and government start to behave with transparency instead of secrecy, working hard to restore peoples’ trust in them
– Political leaders make compromises to reduce debt levels
– Businesses are rewarded for hiring people and not penalized

It could go either way. There could be a turnaround from the oppressive economic activities of the last 6 years or an escalation of the same practices.
With 3 planets going retrograde one after the other from the beginning of 2014, (Venus retrograde during January, Mercury retrograde in February, and Mars retrograde from March until May), I am anticipating leaders will change their minds quickly, bankers will change their policies unexpectedly, markets will reverse because of greater uncertainty.

President Obama
As I predicted last year, with transiting Neptune square to his natal Moon, there is the possibility of scandal, deception and misleading behaviour and his trustworthiness could be put into question. There could be damage to his reputation and he needs to make sure that he does everything above board.

This aspect is a hard one because the Moon represents his public image. Not just Americans feel betrayed by him, but also Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, to name but a few, by his reversals and failure to communicate with them.

Transiting Jupiter will be conjunct his Sun in September 2014. This could be a high point in his career, but it could also mean that he goes to extremes. His reputation could be severely tarnished especially when Saturn is opposite his natal Moon and square to natal Pluto in 2015.

The main thing is that he needs to be honest. If he can do this, he will be able to salvage his reputation. If not, he will fall from grace and leave office with his reputation in tatters.

Stock Market
I predicted that the stock market would crash in 2013 and I was wrong. I had failed to understand the powerful impact of Pluto in Capricorn on Central Banking intervention in the financial markets. I didn’t realise it would distort the markets to such a degree. I had no idea how far and how deeply the powers that be could manipulate the markets. With the strong influence of Pluto in Capricorn in mutual reception to Saturn in Scorpio, this had led to the infinite printing of money out of thin air. This looks set to continue at least for the next year or so indicating that the stock markets are set to rise for the foreseeable future.

What to invest in and what to avoid:
Jupiter moves back and forth between Cancer and Leo in 2014. The sign Jupiter is in shows the stock sectors more likely to outperform the general market.

Jupiter in Cancer until July 16th, 2014 indicates the stock sectors that are likely to benefit are: housing, hotels, motels, restaurants, anything connected with families and homes, food, drink, caretaking.

Jupiter in Leo from July 17th 2014 until August 11th 2015 favours children’s games and toys, games, gaming companies, leisure, entertainment industry, gambling, anything connected to children, gold mining, romance, love and the dating industry.
The position of Saturn tends to show those sectors that will decline in price. With Saturn in Scorpio until almost the end of 2014, the sectors most likely to be affected by declines are: banks, insurance companies, investment companies, security companies, waste management, funeral services, oil and gas companies, medical and surgical suppliers.

As long as the Fed continues to intervene in financial markets, stock prices will increase. I doubt they will stop QE in the foreseeable future, so stocks are likely to continue rising. If the Dow Jones Index falls below 13000, this could mark a bearish shift in the market.

Gold and Silver
The Federal Reserve may taper its bond and securities purchases, thus pushing up interest rates and resulting in the falling of the price of gold.

If, however, we see increasing political upheaval and a greater social unrest, which I am anticipating, this would support a rise in the price of gold.

With Jupiter in Cancer and in Leo, which represent silver and gold respectively, and with Mars going into Scorpio from July 25th until September 13th, 2014, this could be a time of a strong rally for precious metals since Mars in Scorpio is a good predictor of a surge in the price of gold and silver.

In the long run, however, gold and silver prices will soar. As to exactly when, depends on how long the manipulators can control the markets. Once there is a breakdown in trust and a market panic, everyone will turn to gold. Right now it is a bargain. If you have any spare money, buy a small amount of both gold and silver. Keep buying more each time the price dips. At some point, I am still confident that gold will trade above $3000 USD an ounce and silver will be at $100 per ounce.

Weather Changes
I predicted last year that with so many planets in water signs that we would see flooding, heavy rains, tornadoes, and great destruction from water. We saw flooding in so many places around the world: in Colorado, throughout much of Europe, in Canada, the devastating floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, in Thailand, and more recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to name but a few.

With Jupiter in Cancer for almost 7 months of the year, Saturn still in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, I am anticipating more issues around water and flooding again this year.

With Jupiter in Leo from July 16th, especially with the square to Saturn in Scorpio, I think this could result in extreme heat, widespread fires, and heat in areas where it is least expected.

With Uranus playing such a central role in Aries triggering the Cardinal Cross, I anticipate extreme temperature changes, earthquakes, tsunamis, power outages and general weather and earth changes.

During Mars Retrograde from March 2nd until May 20th is not the best time to start something new e.g. a job, a house move.
It is not a good time to initiate a dispute as the person who is the aggressor usually loses.
Mars rules surgery so if you have any elective surgery, try to schedule it before or after the Mars retrograde.
This will be a wonderful time for people in the repair business, especially anything connected with mechanical or technical breakdowns. So many people’s systems will break down at this time and their services will be in great demand.

Summary of Predictions for 2014:

Economy and Government:
Continued economic stagnation
More riots and protests
Bailout after bailout continues
Higher unemployment
More failures of large insurance companies
Rising food and power costs
Gold and silver very volatile but going upwards by the end of the year
Mobile money will continue to grow
Adoption of more crypto-currencies like Bitcoin
Print publications continue to die off
More whistleblowers come forward like Edward Snowden
Attempted crackdown on Internet freedoms by various governments

Medical:
Improvements in stem cell therapy
Breakthroughs in cancer research and treatments
Great progress in genome sequencing
Mobile fitness device market growing
Growth of Health Apps e.g. Diabetes UK for blood glucose, Healthsome for blood pressure
People becoming more actively involved in their own healthcare

Housing and living:
Passive housing becoming a growing market
Sustainable cities becoming more prevalent
Growth in use and application of Green Technology
Cities getting smarter as sensors connect transportation, health care, lighting e.g. sensors to help you find a parting spot, safety, security, earthquake detection

Technology:
Wearable devices will proliferate
Google Glass to be launched into mainstream
Apple iWatch coming this year
Ipads and tablets growing use in education globally
Improvements in battery technology e.g. mobile phones which can be recharged from flat in just 10 minutes and will stay charged for at least a week
More space travel and exploration
Robots being used for daily activities
3D printing becoming mainstream
Smarter devices for tracking where we are, what we are doing and how they can help us
More time travel experiments
Space explorations increase with research into other universes
New technology and social media helping people to find work e.g. Backr, Networking for Work which trains jobseekers how to use social media to find work
Using technology so that we can all find meaningful work

Weather:
Extreme patterns worldwide
More earthquakes than usual
Greater extremes of hot and cold
Flooding and water problems
Discovery of new lands emerging from the sea
Power outages
Necessity of survival kits and backup for power, food and water
Breakthroughs in our understanding of the sea

Spiritual:
An awakening of consciousness becoming more and more widespread
People connecting with their ‘tribes’
Movements of large numbers of people to safer places where they can be more self-sufficient and connect with like-minded people

Conclusion
During these tumultuous times of the Cardinal Climax we have a unique opportunity to bring about personal and global changes that will change our world for the better.
These difficult aspects can help to bring about much-needed changes as we cannot continue to destroy our planet as we have been doing. The trine between Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn is still in play, giving us a window of opportunity to create the kind of world where love and peace prevail.

Happy New Year!

Barbara Goldsmith has been a professional astrologer for over 30 years.

She contributes monthly forecasts on YouTube and has a wide audience.

Author of: Astrology Made Easy

The Elements, Physical and Metaphysical Astrology

Handbook For Surviving The Global Financial Crisis

She hosted her own show on Canterbury Television, Money Talks.

The Best Cherokee NC Campgrounds

With the North Carolina entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park right there, and so many outdoor activities for the whole family, it is no wonders why so many visitors come to Cherokee, NC. For stunning vistas, the Blue Ridge Parkway starts here, going through North Carolina and into Virginia. There is the Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animal Park, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and so much more.

Because of its closeness to so many attractions, there are a number of Cherokee NC campgrounds to choose from. One is the Happy Holiday RV Village. This RV park and campground is right in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, on the Cherokee Indian reservation. There are more that 375 different sites, over forty acres, with a large lake right in the middle of the park. This lake is well stocked, and free to guests. If you are planning to fish in the mountain streams, a tribal permit is required, also available. In addition to full hook up sites, tent sites and pull throughs, this campground has much to offer. There are hot showers, laundry, a pool, playground and swimming pool. There is a full stocked store, wireless internet, and live entertainment, holidays, Saturday nights, and a Blue Grass Festival is held here twice a year. Casinos, whitewater rafting, and theme parks are within a short distance.

Another one of Cherokee NC campgrounds is the Adventure Trail Campground. This is much more than just your basic campground. In addition to having sites for tents, trailers and RVs, they have camping trailers and cabins available. There is cable television for an extra fee, but all other hookups are included in the price. You will find many of your favorite activities here, from swimming, shuffleboard, hiking, and even a heavily wooded trail. There is a large playground for younger kids, and many organized activities. For the adventurous, you can sign up for a whitewater rafting tour, or take a relaxing ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway. These are just some of the many outdoor adventures that await you.

Ela Campground is open year round and another of Cherokee NC campgrounds. This has both RV spots as well as tent camping, even cabins are available for rent. You have access to three rivers, and there are hot showers and restrooms. They offer a clean swimming pool, game room, and even a coin operated laundry. The camp store has everything you need, from ice and wood to gifts and maps of the area. There are fishing docks, tubing access, and much more. Area attractions are close by, including Deep Creek’s waterfalls, tubing and hiking. Cherokee and Bryson are just a few minutes away in either direction. Fontana Lake is just a short drive away, and these are just a few of the exciting things that are available.

Nestled in tall pine trees at a cool 2,300 feet, The Kirkland Creek Campground is another of the Cherokee NC campgrounds to choose from. As the name implies, it sits right beside Kirkland Creek, and has sparkling waters where you can relax and enjoy yourself. They have tent sites, full hook up sites, and even cabins to choose from. There is a fully stocked trout pond right on the premises, as well as showers, laundry, and a store with all the essentials. It has a large playground, swimming pool, and horseshoes, just to name a few. There are fire rings and picnic tables, and you have a choice of either wooded sites or ones right along the creek. There are a number of different activities in the area, tubing, whitewater rafting trips, mountain biking, hiking and even horseback riding, just to name a few.