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No economist who values his well-being would break the ancient taboo and investigate astrology, for it could cost his career, marriage, house, car, etc. The taboo against astrology established by the early Roman Catholic Church is still firmly in place.

"To suppose that the planets up there in the sky have anything to do with economic affairs down here on Earth is utter lunacy," an academic friend told me with the confidence of a pope discussing the Immaculate Conception.

Such detractors of astrology decline to examine the evidence. The evidence has been taboo in Western Culture since the rise of the Roman Catholic Church coinciding with the fall of the Roman Empire during a Neptune-Pluto conjunction around 411.

Moreover, astrology is not a quick study. Traditionalists used to say it takes a student one transit of Saturn, about 30 years, to become proficient. Among today's proficient astrologers is Robert Hand, who graduated from Brandeis University with honors in History and did postgraduate work at Princeton in the History of Science.

"It is not politically safe in the sciences," said Hand, "to mention any kind of correlation between terrestrial and celestial phenomena unless it can be quickly explained in terms of known gravitational or other force-field effects. Anyone who does so has to move quickly to avoid being branded as a charlatan, while making all kinds of disclaimers that what he or she is doing is not astrology. Often even that is not enough to save an investigator’s reputation." (1)

No economist who values his well-being would break the ancient taboo and investigate astrology, for it could cost his career, marriage, house, car, etc. The taboo against astrology established by the early Roman Catholic Church is still firmly in place.

Astrology is a vast field, at once pre-scientific, scientific, unscientific and trans-scientific, depending on which aspect of astrology one is dealing with. It is definitely not superstition. Superstition is based on ignorance; it is ignorance of astrology that gets it branded as superstition. But can any aspect of astrology ever be truly scientific?

Hand continues: "We can do scientific-type investigations of astrology. The Gauquelins (2) did. We can find things that are truly astounding. But I do not think that we can incorporate astrology into the theoretical and philosophical structure of the sciences without abandoning most of what constitutes astrology. I believe that science will discover more and more that there are correlations between planetary movements and terrestrial phenomena, but...they will declare that this is not astrology, or that (theirs) is the 'real' astrology, and that what we do is bogus."

Another contemporary astrologer, Bruce Scofield, sums it up this way: "As a subject in itself, astrology is both old and new. The old astrology, the astrology of the founders of modern science, was squeezed out of the materialistic world view that developed during the 16th and 17th centuries. A newer, more psychologically sophisticated astrology is emerging as this materialistic view becomes bankrupt. A broader view shows us that astrology persists, it adapts to the times, and it weathers the ups and downs of intellectual fashion." (3)

One way astrology has adapted is by incorporating modern astronomy to more precisely chart the positions and orbital paths of the planets. We can now look back thousands of years to find correlations between planetary patterns and economic ups and downs.

Yet the popular impression of astrology is derived from those blurbs in newspapers that read like fortune cookies. Those who have studied astrology understand that such Sun sign entertainments are to astrology what a demonstration of boiling water is to quantum physics.

Newspaper Sun sign astrology supposes you were born at dawn's first light, with no other planets in the heavens at the time. Thus, if you were born on November 2 and you read what today's blurb says about Scorpios, the blurb is interpreting a horoscope for dawn of October 24 when the Sun enters the constellation Scorpio each year, with no specific location calculated and no other planets found in the sky at the time. Given this popular misconception, it's no wonder university professors chance losing tenure by becoming curious about astrology.

If you consult an astrologer who has been studying this subject for two or more decades, you'll get an entirely different impression of astrology. Now that computers do the trigonometry and other calculations required to erect a chart, 10 or 15 years and/or passing a qualifying exam is sufficient—not the 30-year cycle of Saturn previously required.

The study of astrology is not for everyone; it requires that you simultaneously think symbolically and literally. You must be deeply familiar with the areas of consciousness "ruled" by the various planets, named for the ancient pantheistic gods. (The Roman Mercury is the Native American Coyote is the Polynesian Maui, and so forth around the world.) The signs or constellations designating "neighborhoods" in the universe beyond are also rooted in "pagan" mythology. But you must simultaneously assess the various planetary angles and cycles in a chart. Not every concrete thinker can simultaneously think symbolically in order to both find pertinent angles and describe combinations of influences. Astrological interpretations are at once mathematically precise, symbolic, synchronistic and attuned to an individual.

Astrology is mainly about the timing of upcoming challenges or opportunities. An heiress and an orphan born at the same time and place are both going to be impacted by harsh transits at the same time, but are not going to react the same because of their different situations in life, their different genealogical make-ups, educations and beliefs. A competent astrologer can tell both when a climactic opportunity will arrive, but not how it will manifest for each, nor how each will deal with it.

Most Ph. D. economists are experts in econometrics, the mathematics involved in measuring "inside the box"—inside the existing economic model. Few look back in time more than a decade or two. Most economists are linear thinkers, who believe the present bears little or no relationship to the past.

Astrologers, by contrast, deal with cyclical time, looking for similarities between then and now.

Endnotes:

1. What Makes Astrology Tick? by Robert Hand, or search Robert Hand's website.

2. Michael and Francois Gauquelin, French psychologists, did a statistical study of the influence of the planets. Rob Hand also cites studies done by others, such as the late John Nelson of RCA, who developed a method for forecasting solar flares, Sunspots and geomagnetic disturbances, using the heliocentric positions of the planets. A similar system was also developed by Theodor Landscheidt, a former judge in the German court system.


3. Were They Astrologers?—Big League Scientists and Astrology, The Mountain Astrologer magazine. Scofield's article examines the astrology of such scientific geniuses as Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Jung. It can be read at The Mountain Astrologer's online article archive.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Gover's book Time and Money: the Economy and the Planets came out in late May, 2005. Euromoney Magazine reviewed it in late 2005. Robert has partnered with a fund manager in Florida, Mike Mansfield, to do a financial newsletter. Robert was the featured speaker at a conference of investors from around the world in Denver on September 24, 2005, He has a BA in economics and has studied astrology since 1965. By the mid-1970s, he had become interested in stock market astrology, and by the mid-1980s, with the advent of astrological software, his interest had expanded to the whole economy. Time and Money may be purchased from www.hopepubs.com, or amazon, B&N and other online vendors, as well as book stores. Robert is a memmber of the International Society of Astrological Research, the International Society of Business Astrologers, and the American Federation of Astrologers. He is also a novelist, and the latest edition of his most famous book One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding can be purchased at most online bookstores. His other novels may be obtained from used or rare book dealers. He has written one other nonfiction book: Voodoo Contra, about the conradictory meanings of that ominous word.

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Other StarIQ articles by Robert Gover:

  • Pluto and the Fed   12/7/2007
  • The Real Estate Cycle   5/14/2007
  • Saturn-Neptune and the U.S. Monetary System   6/9/2006
  • Global Corporations & Territorial Imperative   3/24/2006
  • Neptune and the New Fed Chairman   2/24/2006
  • Saturn-Neptune Avian Flu   1/16/2006
  • Saturn & Neptune: Money and Oil   11/4/2005
  • Money: Dollar & Yuan   7/29/2005
  • Wal-Mart's Dilemma   5/20/2005
  • Social Security and Murphy's Law   1/28/2005
  • Mercury, Pluto and the Vote Count   11/12/2004
  • Vietnam, Iraq, Saturn & Pluto   10/8/2004
  • Planetary Aspects & Belief   7/16/2004
  • Zhu Di to G. Bush   5/28/2004
  • The 72-Year Cycle   4/16/2004
  • Class War   1/9/2004
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 5   10/6/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 4   9/29/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 3   9/22/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 2   9/9/2003
  • Mayan Time and Money   6/26/2003
  • Dollar, Euro and War   4/24/2003
  • Stock Market Alert   12/12/2002
  • War Fever   10/3/2002
  • Long-Range Economic Forecast   8/29/2002
  • Pep Rallies & Scouting Reports   8/15/2002
  • The Virtuous Circle   8/2/2000
  • Neptune, Pluto and Boundaries   5/24/2000
  • Volatile Stock Markets and Pluto   4/19/2000
  • Neptune and Inflation   3/29/2000
  • Financial Panics Past and Future   3/8/2000
  • The Bubble and Gap of the 1990s   3/1/2000
  • Saturn and Great Depressions Part 2   2/2/2000
  • Saturn and Great Depressions Part 1   1/12/2000

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