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The prevailing belief of astrologers is that the planets influence but do not control us. We have free will, intelligence, historic memory, judgment. We don't freeze to death in winter because we're prepared. We can also prepare for economic winters and other turning-point periods when the cycles of the planets indicate, based on history, that another major change is due.

Change becomes inevitable during these times—how we handle change depends on what we believe.

A kind of dialogue occurs between one's beliefs and the planetary influences. We tend to interpret evidence according to our beliefs, and too often find what we believe rather than what the evidence indicates. I synthesize this human proclivity in the phrase, belief trumps evidence.

A capitalist and socialist viewing Third World poverty will prescribe different remedies based on their different beliefs. Jews and Arabs each believe Palestine is their holy land. Is there another creature under the Sun as peculiar about beliefs as we humans? Rationalists cite rational reasons for, say, the great depression of the 1930s; astrologers cite a confluence of planetary "afflictions." Blind men groping different ends of the elephant.

Astrology has been called God's newsletter. The "hottest" news it brings is that we humans do not rule the universe. The worst effects of harsh aspects are resolved when we put things back into balance.

In other words, what these cyclical planetary events seem to advertise is what the Navajo call "the corn pollen path" symbolizing balance and harmony. We must harmonize with God's will or suffer consequences.

But how can we know God's will? By reading God's newsletter. This is easier said than done, for astrology is a complex, demanding study, built on accumulated knowledge going back millennia and coming from diverse cultures.

What is different today is our ability to use computers to incorporate huge amounts data, and thereby weed the garden of knowledge, harvesting truths that endure.

Although humans have been stargazing for thousands of years, no one has discovered any tangible cause-effect mechanism for these concordances or synchronicities or correlations. Gravitational force-fields do not explain the Moon's obvious effects on moods, psychoses, body fluids, crowds, etc. This is the main reason astrology may never be welcomed in the halls of modern science, and that may be its salvation, enabling it to outlive modern science as it has outlived other belief systems from past millennia.

The study of economics—not a "hard" science, by any standard—is practically brand new. Of course humans have been studying the ups and downs of economic well-being for millennia, but the rise of modern economics began with the publication of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, written with Pluto in philosophical Sagittarius and published in 1776 with Pluto in Capricorn, coinciding with the rise of industrialism.

A good case can be made that economists are the real "superstitious soothsayers," not astrologers. A lead article in the June 15, 1958, issue of Forbes magazine helps make the point:

“If I were an anthropologist,” a highly successful but largely self-educated businessman recently remarked, “I would say that modern business, as much as any primitive African tribe, has its own witch doctors and medicine men. I'm referring to economists. We businessmen call them in to read the future, rationalize the past and justify the present to us. And, like tribal medicine men, the economists don't have to produce results—only explanations and a kind of business cosmology.”

Economics is famous, too, for being "the dismal science." Maybe what makes it dismal is that economists are continuously called upon to make predictions but have no reliable way to do this. Thus, most economic predictions are proven wrong, making their authors dismal. Economics is really less "scientific" than meteorology. Nevertheless, specialists in "econometrics" are favorite hires by governments and corporations. They toil diligently at their dismal task of crunching huge amounts of data in their attempt to scry the future.

There are also economists who specialize in history, and theirs is surely a more cogent contribution to the corpus of economic knowledge. But alas, they are not as glamorous as their econometric colleagues and are usually confined to the more cloistered life of universities. The monks of the Dark Ages, it seems, changed from robes to suits and ties without removing their taboos.

I reduce economics to its essence by defining it as how we go about providing food, shelter, clothing and the amenities of life. Redefined thus, astrology certainly fits within our collective effort to manage our economy and anticipate what is likely to challenge us in the future.

Econometrics has a variety of mathematical ways and means to scry the future; economic historians can point to such theories as the Kondratieff Wave and other cycles. The problem with economic cycles is that they are tied to earthly clock time only, and thus there is no explanation for why—to cite one example—there was no great depression in the 1990s, 60 years after the one in the 1930s. (5)

We must make a distinction between economic and financial activity. Finance, in our capitalistic time, refers to profiting from investments in economic activity.
Finance should not be confused with economics, although in our sound-bite culture it usually is.

Financiers seek to profit on an imbalance: cut labor costs to maximize profits (as long as you have consumers to profitably sell products to, that is). The overall economy is based on the well-being of all, not the profits of investors.

An economy functions best when in balance. The best US economy in the 20th Century was called the "virtuous circle" economy of the post-WWII years. It managed to strike a better balance between the interests of investors, managers and workers/consumers. Money flowed from investors through managers and workers/consumers back to investors to repeat the cycle.

As Dr. Ravi Batra, economics professor at Southern Methodist University, has pointed out that all great depressions have been preceded by new record disparities between the richest and poorest, and resulting speculative bubbles. It's this imbalance that is remedied by great depressions.

Right now, as we head toward 2012, the income disparity and resulting imbalance has never been greater. Launched by the "virtuous circle" economy of the post-WWII years, the success of the corporate mission has driven us to the greatest imbalance in history.

Astrologically, this was foretold by Saturn (difficulties, restructuring), during its last transit through Capricorn (ruled by Saturn), being accompanied by Uranus (technology, innovations) and Neptune (inspirations and deceptions). Of course we could have collectively dealt much differently with this confluence of energies, but greed overtook common sense. There were fortunes to be made in the ballooning stock market...and some of those fortunes were lost when the balloon collapsed after the 1990s.

But isn't "making money" what economic activity is all about? Not really, although making money has become the predominant ethos in recent decades. Money is a means, a medium of economic exchange. Making the accumulation of money the goal, not the means, is a colossal collective mistake.

The Maya believed that money, to perform its intended function, had to be made of physical material, not abstractions. At the beginning of this present 13 baktun (5,128 year) cycle, we humans were emerging from the Stone Age and entering the Bronze Age, when metal coins came into use as money. We "progressed" from metal coins to paper bills to numbers stored in bank computers, credit cards and cyberspace money.

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 my two-part article: Saturn and Great Depressions.


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 3   9/22/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 2   9/9/2003
  • 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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