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Another way to understand astrology is to imagine the Solar System as a single molecule and the planets, including our Earth, as atoms composing that molecule. From this perspective, we humans are comparable to subatomic particles zooming around in our own dimension, oblivious to the larger context we exist within. There are some ancient sayings that capture this: "As above, so below." "The universe can be found in a grain of sand."

Most people, including the highly educated, are unable to distinguish between the astro-babble of know-nothing airheads and the discussions of those who have deeply studied astrology. But widespread ignorance is no reason to denigrate astrology, or perpetuate ignorance of it.

I might have remained ignorant of astrology had it not been for a concordance of good fortune: I wrote a novel (4) that became a surprise bestseller and was widely translated, giving me some spare time. And I found myself in the right place to explore astrology: California.

I began studying it in 1965, took instruction from a variety of mentors, attended lectures, read source material. By the mid-1970s I was focused on stock market astrology, which led in turn to economic-astrological cyclical correlations, for which there were no mentors or even books to consult. Not back then.

With the advent of computers, research that had taken days or weeks could suddenly be done in seconds or minutes. Then, in the mid-1990s, I discovered others around the planet had been doing much the same, pursuing the uncanny connections between economic and celestial cycles.

It wasn't until the past decade that I began to publish some of my findings on the StarIQ.com website in the US, the International Society of Business Astrology website in London, and in a magazine published by the International Society of Astrological Research. These articles are read and responded to by people who have overcome the prejudice against astrology—not yet a large number, but an open-minded and questing group.

Many readers of these sites are in India; a couple of years ago, the Indian government decreed that public universities must offer courses in astrology. It's part of India's recovery from colonialism. Indian astrology, known as the Vedic tradition, is based on millennia of observing planetary influences that is enhanced by modern astronomy.

One reason Western prejudice has lasted so long is that back in the Dark Ages, before the advent of telescopes, mapping our Solar System was haphazard. Ptolemy's tables of planetary positions were found to be inaccurate during the Renaissance, and Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler and others worked to rectify this.

The Roman Catholic Church, during the Dark Ages, decreed that the Earth was the center of the universe, and Western history still teaches that before modern science, "everybody thought the Earth was the center of the universe." Not so. Egyptians and Maya, Hindus, Babylonians and others all knew that the Sun was the center of our Solar System. But a thousand years of Inquisition created a corpus of misinformation in Europe and the Americas.

We were emerging from the Dark Ages by the time of the Salem Witch Trials in the 1690s, but we had not yet shed some of the taboos acquired during the thousand years of Inquisition. And, although there appears to be an obvious cause-effect relationship between the 28-day phases of our Moon and ocean tides, the cause-effect relationship of Pluto's 248-year cycles are not so obvious.

Even less obvious is the 494-year cycle of Neptune-Pluto conjunctions. The 26,000-year Precession of the Equinoxes is ignored by most, including most astrologers, although the Maya paid close attention to it. It is due to make an interesting marker at the winter solstice 2012, at the same time as the Mayan 13 baktun cycle, lasting 5,126 Gregorian Calendar years, and students of Mayan astrology are keenly aware of 2012 as the crux of a major transition. (6)

A modern way of stating the premise of astrology is that the Earth, and thus we Earthlings, are part of a much larger environment. Most of us think of "environment" as confined to the Earth, but if you could look down on our Solar System from light-years above the North Pole, you'd see it as a community of planets moving counter-clockwise around a Sun. You'd see that their paths are surprisingly flat, and egg-shaped rather than circular. From that perspective, it would be obvious that Earth is part of this celestial community dance called the Solar System. And our Solar System is a tiny spec in the surrounding universe containing countless other solar systems.

There are now schemata that depict this perspective, as well as colorful depictions of the universe beyond sent back by the Hubble Telescope. Powerful as our modern telescopes are, they cannot begin to find all the other solar systems out there in the vastness of space. Thus, the study of astrology is about our own little solar system neighborhood in the universe and how events in it coincide with events here on Earth.

Another way to understand astrology is to imagine the Solar System as a single molecule and the planets, including our Earth, as atoms composing that molecule. From this perspective, we humans are comparable to subatomic particles zooming around in our own dimension, oblivious to the larger context we exist within. There are some ancient sayings that capture this: "As above, so below." "The universe can be found in a grain of sand."

Astrology is also another concept of Time. There is Earthly clock time, calculated by the way our planet rocks and rolls around our Sun, creating cycles of days and nights, minutes and seconds, and the four seasons we experience as our planet performs its wobbling orbital dance. And there is Solar System time, sometimes grandiosely called "cosmic time," measured by the cycles made by the bodies of our Solar System.

Although planetary cycles are fairly regular according to our Earth-clock measurement of time, the overall context within which they occur is ever changing, never the same twice. Every 28 days when we see a Full Moon, the other bodies of the Solar System are arranged differently. The Solar System clock is far more complex than our Earthly clock. Many have noticed that "history repeats but does not duplicate." From an astrological perspective, this is because planetary cycles repeat but within an ever-changing celestial context.

What we experience each year as winter is due to the Earth's rocking motion as it rolls around the Sun. Every winter brings cold north of the Equator, but no two winters are the same. We can predict next winter's arrival by the Earth's wobble, but we cannot predict what kind of winter it will be—colder than usual or warmer than usual.

Similar correlations exist between Solar System time and economic winters. They arrive as regularly as our seasonal winters, and some economic winters are far worse than others.

In part 3, we'll look at some interesting planetary-economic correlations that enable us to predict upcoming economic winters, and even make educated guesses as to how severe each is likely to be.

Part 3 of this 5-part series appears on Monday, September 22.

Endnotes:

4. My novel One Hundred Dollar MiSunderstanding was first published in Paris, in French translation; the subject, miscegenation, was taboo in the USA then. The first American edition appeared in 1962 via Grove Press.

5. Economists have noted that great depressions have occurred in cycles of 30 and/or 60 year intervals. If the 30-year cycle brings no great depression, the following 60-year period has brought a more virulent one. But when Saturn arrived in Capricorn for the 1990s, it was accompanied by Uranus  and Neptune, with all forming a "beneficent" aspect to Pluto in Scorpio. No grand cross to Uncle Sam's Sun/Saturn square formed; no great depression occurred. See the library at my two-part article: Saturn and Great Depressions.

6. Carl Johan Calleman's analysis of the Maya long cycle can be found at mayanmajix.com. Essentially, the Maya calculated that at the crack of dawn on the winter solstice 2012, our Sun will be conjunct a dark rift in the Milky Way, symbolized as the Mother of the Universe's vagina, from whence will be born, or reborn, the Lord of our World. Some believe this god corresponds to the pantheistic Sun god or Christian Christ, god of enlightenment.


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 1   9/8/2003
  • 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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