Bernie & Ruth Madoff: The Greediest Couple of the 21st Century
A Taurean Tutorial
By: Brad Kronen*
End of calendar year 2008 – A time period that was monumentally significant astrologically, sociologically, and most especially, economically.
On November 27th, 2008, the planet which rules over such intense things as Death, that which is Taboo or Hidden, along with the force of Transformative Change, better known as Pluto, had newly entered the sign associated with business regulation and administration, Capricorn, beginning a 15 year trek through the last of the Earth signs.
Less than two weeks later, on December 10 of that fated year, the FBI received a phone call from two brothers with the last name of Madoff informing the government agency their father had just announced to them his wealth management investment securities firm was “one big lie“.
These two events occurring less than two weeks from each other is far from coincidental.
The combined synchronicity of Pluto’s entrance into the sign which oversees the administration of business and all things “corporate”, Capricorn with the world finding out about the worst case of financial fraud in history was a warning from the Universe that Man’s obsessive greed and wanton materialism had to change if humanity wished to have an unfolding Future.
And the wrongful actions of a particularly greedy individual born beneath the sign of the Bull would be put on display as a reinforcing example for society at large to mark and remember.
Including fabricated gains, Bernie Madoff single handedly robbed investors and the U.S. economy of nearly $65 Billion (with a “B”, as in Bullish behavior at its unevolved worst) dollars when his Ponzi scheme imploded and financially collapsed at the end of 2008.
A straightforward and incredibly simple statement often said about the sign of Taurus and its attachment to the material plane goes something along the lines of “Taurus’ like their things.”
Every sign has good or bad, or said another way, evolved and unevolved leanings or tendencies. For those born beneath the sign of the Bull, it mostly comes down to how attached they are to the money they have and the possessions they own.
Given their sign rules over the 2nd House of Money and Material Assets, Taureans have a natural affinity to own nice things, along with those born beneath the sign of the Bull possess a specific knack of inherently knowing the material worth of any given “thing”. With that material awareness in mind, it should be no surprise the term “Bullish” is readily used whenever the financial markets are doing well.
Not only was the greatest rip off artist of all time born a Taurus, at the time of Madoff’s birth, four heavenly bodies in all were positioned in the sign of the Bovine – the Sun, Moon, Uranus, along with Taurus’ planetary ruler, Venus, being karmicly placed at the last possible, or 29th degree in the sign of the Bull as well.
Additionally, upon entering this plane of existence, Madoff’s natal and very karmic Venus was at the harshest astrological angle possible of a near exact square against The King of Planets, otherwise known as Jupiter. When a person is born with both their Sun and Moon in Taurus along with their Venus natally placed in the sign she naturally rules over at the last, or highly karmic 29th degree, along with that same karmicly positioned planetary ruler squaring the biggest planet in all the Solar System, Jupiter, it can be likened to an insatiable Black Hole of Greed.
In other maniacally materialistic words, the more millions Madoff acquired, the bigger his Black Hole of Greed expanded. Left unchecked, a point of no return was reached, where the Taurean’s unquenchable desire to acquire would never be satisfied, no matter the amount.
Taurus is the first of the Earth signs and the first Zodiacal representatives of each of the Four Elements are considered their element’s essence in its “purest” state. With Earth’s foundation being based in the tangible or material plane, the typical Taurean derives the most security from the things they own and the material assets they possess.
Unfortunately, Bernie Madoff wasn’t your typical Taurus nor was he the only person associated with History’s greatest financial catastrophe influenced by the sign of the Bull.
His wife of over 50 years, Ruth, was born beneath the sign of the Bovine as well.
“A Palm Beach socialite said Ruth Madoff played a crucial role in getting people to invest. She said: “They were a real pair at the country club.” Networking among very rich people there is about the best on earth. When there is a cocktail party, husbands always bring their wives and people would try to get to Bernie through Ruth.“
– Keith Dovkants, “How I was stung by the oh so charming Madoffs”, The Evening Standard
No criminal charges were brought against Ruth Madoff considering she adamantly denies having any knowledge about her husband’s unlawfully corrupt actions.
But there are those who find the previous statement nearly impossible to accept. In a Vanity Fair poll simply entitled, “Did Ruth know?“, 91% of those who partook voted Yes and a mere 9% voted No.
Aware or unaware, the two Taureans freely partook in their financial abundance and many pricey “things” together, as evidenced by the Madoffs’ penthouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, their multi-million dollar yacht, along with their homes in The Hamptons, Palm Beach, Florida, and the south of France.
Some speculate Ruth Madoff’s gender and generation played a large part in her alleged lack of knowledge regarding her husband’s criminal activity, since it’s been said wealthy wives never question their husbands when things are going well and the coffers are full.
Others think otherwise, such as one of Ruth’s childhood friends being quoted as saying, “All I will say on the subject is that it’s hard to imagine that she could live with the guy for 50 years and have no inkling.”
The question begs to be considered given shortly before her husband was turned in to authorities, Ruth Madoff has been accused of withdrawing $15 million from company-related funds.
But the Madoff debacle and the questionable acts made by the Taurean couple extend well beyond just the material plane. What makes this financial nightmare truly horrific is not only did Bernie Madoff’s lies financially ruin the lives of those who trusted him, his Black Hole of Greed destroyed lives as well, quite literally.
Rather than face the shame of bankruptcy, William Foxton, 65, shot himself on a park bench in Southampton, England after discovering he had lost his life’s savings with Madoff.
After learning the $ 2.1 billion he had invested with both his company’s funds and his life savings were irretrievably gone, René-Thierry Villehuchet took his life by stabbing himself repeatedly to death on December 22nd, 2008. After taking a massive number of pills, the ever loyal and organized employee performed the gruesome deed at his workplace with both legs propped on his desk and both arms suspended over two trash cans, so as to avoid blood from staining the office carpet.
In the blink of an eye, Bernie and Ruth’s vast collection of frightfully expensive things was now covered in blood.
At the time of his arrest, the effects from Madoff’s inhuman greed spread like a pox. The worst Ponzi scheme ever implemented not only destroyed entire corporations and the portfolios of the extremely wealthy, numerous charitable foundations were financially annihilated as well. In my 2 part series entitled “Elie Wiesel – Messenger to Humanity & Modern Day Zacharias“, I discuss how the great philosopher and humanitarian Elie Wiesel not only lost his entire life’s savings to Madoff, the funds for Wiesel’s charity foundation were thoroughly wiped clean as well.
Meeting Madoff only twice, the master manipulator explained to Wiesel that his finances were less than adequate to consider the Holocaust survivor as one of his clients, but, Bernie said, since they were both “philanthropic men”, he would make an exception for him.
Tragically, the repercussions of Madoff’s Black Hole of Greed also hit much closer to home. Two years to the day after his father’s arrest, on December 11, 2010, Bernie and Ruth Madoff’s eldest son, Mark, hung himself with a dog leash in his Manhattan apartment with his 2 year old son asleep in the next room. He was 46 years old. It’s widely believed Mark Madoff’s suicide was in reaction to the constant death threats both he and his family received in response from others to his father’s duplicitous actions.
In 2014, the Madoffs’ only surviving child, Andrew died of lymphoma at the age of 48.
Many believe the term esoterically known as “Judgement Day” involves our souls facing whatever actions we took during our time here on Earth and how those actions affected others. It’s also assumed when this Day of Judgement occurs, our otherworldly selves will have already come to the realization that anything related to the material plane is temporary and ephemeral.
What’s so mind boggling about the Madoffs is how two Taureans allowed their need for mere “things” to completely destroy their lives and cause such immense suffering in the lives of so many others.
Throughout the course of the Madoff trial, the presiding judge never received any mitigating letters from friends or family testifying to the Talented Mr. Madoff’s good deeds. “The absence of such support is telling.” he said.
Bernie Madoff apparently had quite the obsession with Taurus’ animal symbol. Given his date of release from prison isn’t until November of 2139, your Author thought two of Bernie’s more costly toys which recently were up for auction would best serve as exemplary warnings for every person born beneath the sign of the Bull to never allow their natural love of “things” ever get the better of them:
A yacht valued at $8 million and a Rybovich fishing boat valued at $2.2 million.
Both luxury items bequeathed with the name “Bull”.
Each sign not only is represented by an astrological symbol, every resident of the Zodiac has a key phrase as well. Taurus has two key phrases, “I HAVE” & “I BUILD”.
Let us hope a material world will be re-built where the “things” each of us have will be based on far more than just the tangible once construction begins over the residue ashes left by Bernie Madoff and his Black Hole of Greed.
*Brad Kronen’s latest book, “Love In The Stars” published by Llewelyn Worldwide, Inc. is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com.