Economic winters correlate primarily with the cycles of Saturn, which
takes an average of 29.5 Earth years to orbit the Sun. Since the USA became
a nation, great depressions (as compared to recessions and less severe
depressions) have coincided with Saturn's cycles in the 1780s, 1840s,
1870s and 1930s. The 1890s and other economic dips were called "great
depressions" in their time, but did not qualify in terms of depth
Each truly great-depression decade has coincided with
Saturn's 30-year transit through the constellation Capricorn. Every 30
years there have been economic adjustments of one kind or another but
great depressions occur only when Saturn in Capricorn is simultaneously
90 degrees from another of the "malefic" planets in Aries.
(Planets called "malefic" are the most distant—Pluto,
Neptune, Uranus—plus Saturn and Mars, because they have historically
brought difficulties when forming "hard" angles to each other
and simultaneously to the positions of planets in a nativity, i.e., the
USA's "birth," calculated for July 4, 1776 when the American
colonies separated from the "mother country.")
Even though planetary cycles are not mechanically precise,
they provide what is needed to more accurately forecast when the next
economic period of difficulty will arrive. If economists were students
of astro-economic cyclical correlations, the next great depression would
not sandbag us; we'd be able to anticipate it, prepare for it.
And because the Mayan 13 baktun cycle and the 26,000 year
Precession of the Equinoxes are due to "click" in 2012 (simultaneous
with a Uranus-Pluto square powerfully "afflicting" the USA's
natal San/Saturn square), we'd be ready to batten down the hatches as
we head into an economic storm—if economists studied astrology—and
we'd be ready to debate how best to restore economic balance, instead
of playing the blame game.
and Stock Market Forecasting, published in 1936, Louise
McWhirter said: “The way conditions exist today, man is the victim
of the business cycle. With detailed charts and graphs, he can tell you
when business began to pick up, and when a recession started, but he cannot
tell you these factors in advance, with all his statistical research,
because he has no time factor.”
Astrology provides that time factor, as McWhirter went
on to show in her book, connecting stock market ups and downs with the
18.6 year cycle of the Moon's Nodes. Her system has since been refined,
and it's been found that the real estate cycle also correlates with the
Saturn takes about 30 Earth years to complete one orbit
around the Sun, Uranus 84 years, Neptune 164 years and Pluto 248 years
(although Pluto's orbit is the most erratic). Those four are the primary
"astro-economic indicators." Add Mars because it often triggers
history to find what astronomical patterns formed during past great depressions,
wars and social upheavals, we can find repeating signature aspects.
The logical surmise is that when these same signatures will repeat, another such time will be due. We
can then do what's called a transit study to assess the impact
of such a time on a specific person, company, organization or nation.
the USA has gone through a great depression, the outermost slowest-moving
planets have formed an aspect astrologers call a grand cross
with the USA's natal Sun and Saturn—the positions Sun and Saturn
occupied when the USA was "born" in 1776. The grand cross "affliction"
is the most malefic, harsh and challenging of all aspects. When Saturn
transits through Capricorn without forming this grand cross pattern, no
great depression occurs.
grand cross, great depression;
1810s, no grand cross, no great depression;
1840s, grand cross, great depression;
1870s, grand cross, great depression;
1900s, no grand cross, no great depression;
1930s, grand cross, great depression;
1960s, no grand cross, no great depression;
1990s, no grand cross, no great depression.
Uranus has returned to its natal position in the US birth chart, America
has experienced its worst wars: the American Revolution, Civil War and
Second World War. Hard angles from Uranus have also marked other wars,
including the present war against those labeled terrorists, which slowly
but surely gathered momentum as Pluto moved opposite the US natal Uranus.
(Pluto is sometimes symbolized as a saboteur.)
Since Columbus, every 248-year transit of Pluto through
the area of the heavens it's now in has coincided with 15-20 year periods
of rapid, revolutionary and long-lasting change. In the early 1500s, Spanish
and other explorers were bringing Christianity, guns and small pox to
the Americas; the 1760s and 1770s, following the French and Indian War,
were years of discontent culminating in the American Revolution of 1776.
Now, as then, there is rapidly growing discontent between
the people and their rulers. Cartoons depicting President George Bush
as King George and other such commentaries indicate an intuiting of this
link between then and now. Pluto is famous for bringing an atmosphere
of bull-headedness, and that's glaringly evident in contemporary political
affairs. Pluto's revolutionary effects begin with a chaotic breakdown
of the established order—9/11, Enron, Afghanistan, Iraq, rampant
corruption in the military-industrial complex, a crumbling public education
system, a dysfunctional health care system, the list goes on and on. In
the Islamic world, the masses are also on a collision course with their
rulers. The old must give way for the new to arise. Protectors of the
status quo battle valiantly, but the only constant is change, and during
these 248-year cycles, change accelerates dramatically.
We will look back on this period between 2000 and 2020
as the most contentious and difficult in our history: that's the astrological
prediction based on past cycles of Pluto combined with upcoming malefic
aspects between Uranus and Pluto, in concert with the Mayan 13 baktun
or long cycle of 5,126 of our years.
Conjunctions, oppositions and square aspects formed by
Uranus and Pluto have impacted US history from the Jamestown colony (1607)
onward. Most recently, Uranus and Pluto came conjunct with both while
also conjunct the US natal Neptune in the mid-1960s; you may be old enough
to remember the uniqueness and tempestuousness of the Sixties.
squares that simultaneously formed harsh angles to key points in the USA's
horoscope have marked major turning points in American history:
African slaves introduced to Jamestown Colony
1670s: Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia Colony
1870s: Great Depression
1930s: Great Depression
Pluto will form their next square angle beginning in 2008 and lasting
a record long time till 2019. This aspect will be tightening its orb by
2012. It will be most exact in 2014 and 2015.
Oppositions formed by Saturn and Pluto have also proven
significant in US history. These oppositions form about every 33 years.
The most recent coincided with the attack of 9/11/2001, the one before
that with the Sixties, and the one before that with the Great Depression
of the 1930s.
recap is not intended to imply that we humans are rendered helpless by
harsh planetary angles. Just as we are prepared and equipped for the cold
of winters, we can be prepared to deal in positive ways with economic