On January 31 this year, Ben Bernanke replaced Alan Greenspan, who had been chairman of the Federal Reserve System for the past 18 years. Bernanke takes over under a T-square formed by Mars, Jupiter and Neptune, and a conjunction in Aquarius of Sun, Mercury and Neptune, all three conjunct the US Moon (the American people). Neptune rules oil.
Some of the biggest spikes in American stock market history have occurred in years when a new Fed Chairman took over: 1934, 1948, 1951, 1970, 1978, 1979 and 1988. A new Fed chairman has coincided with an average 211-point rise in the Dow. Ironically, Alan Greenspan took over right before the worst stock market crash in history, October 1987, but thereafter the market rocketed and his 18-year tenure coincided with the most dramatic bull market in history.
The big fear the Fed is charged to deal with is inflation. And the prime astrological indicator of inflation has been Neptune . More specifically, it is when Neptune forms hard angles to Saturn and/or Uranus that spikes of inflation have occurred. The latest great spike of inflation happened in the mid-1970s (Saturn opposite Neptune) to the early 1980s (Saturn square Neptune ). This was blamed on an oil embargo imposed by OPEC. The previous spike was during and shortly after World War II. Saturn squared Neptune in 1943 to 1946, and the two were conjunct during the early 1950s.
One of the worst spikes of inflation occurred in 1720 after the bursting of the South Sea Bubble and John Law's Mississippi Swindle Bubble, when Saturn in Scorpio opposed Neptune in Taurus. Another instance was following the American Revolutionary War when Saturn and Uranus created a T-square with Neptune.
As Bernanke assumes the reins of the Fed, Saturn in Leo will be tightening an opposition to Neptune in Aquarius. Peak danger periods for inflationary spikes will climax when this opposition makes exact hits: August 31, 2006, February 26, 2007 and June 25, 2007. However, inflation is likely to become an issue when Saturn, now moving retrograde, turns direct April 6 this year, and then as its opposition to Neptune rises like an ocean wave to crest in August.
Lost in Neptunian uncertainty right now is a new currency exchange due to open March 20 in Tehran, Iran to facilitate trading oil for euros instead of dollars. We can only speculate as to why this information has been withheld from the American public. How will Bernanke handle it? (For a full account of this Iranian exchange, go to: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CLA410A.html)
In the second biwheel combining the date of this new Iranian Bourse opening and the USA's chart, notice that the Bourse date's Saturn (frustrations, restrictions) as it applies to an opposition to Neptune, is also opposite the US Pluto (birth, death, transformation). And Neptune (uncertainty, deception) is within a degree of an exact conjunction with the US Moon (American pubic). Jupiter's square to Neptune continues, expanding Neptune's uncertainty. This very accurately describes what global financial insiders expect will happen: the American public, as indicated by the Moon, will be suspended in Neptunian uncertainty.
Bernanke is nicknamed “Helicopter Ben” because of a speech he gave in 2002. He said he'd be willing to drop money from a helicopter to prevent deflation. During a spike of inflation in the 1970s, investors lost big money to a rapidly devaluing dollar. Bernanke's seeming determination to inflate could bring another period comparable to the late 1970s.
Feared as much, if not more than inflation is deflation. The most recent deflation occurred during the great depression of the 1930s; the good bankers of the Fed were unable to prevent it. Nor has the Fed been able to control inflation, for during its 72-year-history, $1 has devalued (and/or inflated) to about $100. Still, it is the best—the only—manager of the economy we have.
By some measures, there has been a slow but steady inflation happening since medieval times, with spikes after Columbus and co. brought back tons of gold to Spain from the Americas. During this slow rise of inflation over centuries, it has been the unexpected spikes which have caused the most pain and chaos. That is why the opening of the Iranian Bourse March 20 is such a red-letter day.
But the Iranian Bourse is not the only monetary predator lurking in the tall grass along the road ahead. Historically, what leads into inflationary spikes is Neptunian misperceptions or delusions, which are then impacted by Saturnian structural disciplines, as these two archetypal energies periodically combine to seemingly test and spar with each other's powers.
“(The USA ) is not the same nation...,” proclaims Bill Bonner (1) “or the same empire...we used to know. It owes more money to more people and is less able to pay...Neither Democrats nor Republicans, neither liberals nor conservatives will admit it. They've all been in on the swindle. Fed budgets and budget deficits are a bi-partisan flim-flam. Together, the two parties have connived to add more to...public debt in the two Bush administrations than in all the administrations and all the Congresses that came before them put together...Much of this debt can be traced to the never-ending war in Iraq. It has already gone on longer than America's participation in World War I. And now two professors, one from Harvard and the other from MIT, put the cost at...as much as $2 trillion, or about $20,000 per homeland family.” (Other calculations put the cost at $27,000 per family and rising rapidly.)
That $2 trillion could have bought a lot of schools, health care and Social Security payments. The money borrowed by the government from banks (via the Fed, which is really a gang of chummy bankers, not a government agency). The most common way governments and nations deal with overwhelming debt is by currency devaluation and/or inflation: the $1 borrowed is thus repaid by $1 worth 50 cents.
Bonner continues: “Debt levels have soared: public debt, private debt, student debt, credit card debt, mortgage debt, and business de
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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.
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