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In economics, as in football, most people ignore the scouting report and go to the pep rally. We want our side to win and bad news is a downer. Most investors were happily participating in the pep rally during the roaring bull market of the past 20 years. Few heeded the scouting reports. Thus most were caught by surprise when the bears came out to play. I realize nobody likes a Cassandra but I am of the opinion that if you can make love, dance and tell jokes, you won't be totally ostracized for delivering the scouting report, even when it warns of hard times ahead.

I applaud Raymond Merriman for exploring the 72-year cycle his research discovered. (1) It's due to "bottom" in 2004, having last done so in 1932, and before that in 1860, and in 1788. In 1932 we had the great depression of the 1930s; in 1860 we had the Civil War; and in the 1780s the US suffered its first great depression, said by some economic historians to have been as severe as the most recent, the 1930s. (I'm talking here of great depressions as defined differently from recessions or what are often loosely called depressions.)

In retrospect, the roaring bull of the 1980s and 1990s now looks like a gigantic pump-and-dump scheme to defraud investors and pensioners of their rightful earnings. It's also coming clear in retrospect that our esteemed and illustrious Congress men and women enabled this gigantic pump-and-dump scheme by abolishing some regulations and disabling the enforcement of others. Well, they needed campaign funds and guess who provided those. Just about everyone went to the pep rally and ignored the scouting report. This is nothing new in Wall Street history.

Fourteen days before the Wall Street crash of October 29, 1929, Yale Professor of Economics Irving Fisher led cheers by saying, "In a few months I expect to see the stock market much higher than today." Today, as I write this, you could run out of fingers and toes counting guests on financial news shows who predict another bull market a few months down the road.

Merriman's prognostication is much more complex. He sees an uptick before a long slide: "...a very impressive multi-month rally is ready to begin—either with the low forming now (July 29, 2002), or with one that will form between this October and next January." But after that: "I think the market will continue downward into this time band (the 72-year cyclical bottom between 2004 and 2016) before the real end of the big bear market is over."

One of the ways astrology amazes is that it continually shows us there are more ways than one to foresee the same future economic conditions. Merriman's cycle is one. Louise McWhirter's charting of the Moon's Nodes is another. (2) There are others.

My own system looks for correlations between historic economic turning points (such as great depressions and stock market panics) and planetary patterns. The most precise I've found is the grand cross anchored by Saturn in mid-Capricorn and square another "heavy" planet in mid-Aries with both opposite and square the US natal  Sun-Saturn square. That one has never failed to coincide with great depressions. (3) I've also isolated a pattern, shown by using biwheel or synastry charts, which has been extant when stock market crashes have happened, going back to 1857.

To show these historic events I use biwheels with the US natal chart on the inner wheel and the transiting planets for the event on the outer wheel. My biwheels show how Merriman's 72-year cycle impacts the US natal planets in Gemini and Cancer, the two most economically sensitive areas in the US chart. The following four charts illustrate this.

Chart #1 shows the Saturn-Uranus opposition precise in November of 2008, as per Merriman's 72-year cycle.

Chart #2 shows the November 2008 pattern on the outer wheel and the US natal planets on the inner wheel, revealing that the Saturn-Uranus opposition is conjunct and opposite the US Neptune, which in turn is square the US Mars in Gemini. Venus at 20 Sagittarius at this time opposite the US Mars square Neptune completes a grand cross pattern, which many astrologers consider the most difficult of aspects. This is practically certain to find the stock market decisively down.

Merriman tells us his cycles have an orb of about 1/6th of their medium length, "Thus the current 72-year cycle is due to bottom within 12 years of 2004." Chart #3 is for 2015 when Saturn in Sagittarius will come within orb of a beneficent 120 degree tine to Uranus in Aries. This trine will be in conflict with a double grand cross as shown. The first grand cross will be formed by Uranus opposite Mars and both afflicting the US's natal Saturn, and both square an opposition between transiting Pluto and the US Sun at 13 Cancer. The second grand cross is composed of Neptune and Chiron in Pisces opposite the US Neptune in Virgo and transiting Jupiter, with all those planets square the US Mars at 20 Gemini, and opposite that, the Sun at 23 Sagittarius.

So my scouting report suggests the present bear market will hit bottom around November 2008, for this is when the US Mars/Neptune square will be most heavily afflicted, mainly by the powerful Uranus. I believe the overall economy will be at its lowest in the mid-2000-teens when the grand cross formed by transiting Uranus square Pluto will afflict the US Sun/Saturn square. Since the economy (how we provide for our needs and wants) is the essence of culture, the 2000-teens is when we can expect Pluto's effects to bring us the most dramatic turning point in US history.

1. Market Week, July 29, 2002 by Raymond Merriman
2. Astrology and Stock Market Forecasting by Louis McWhirter, ASI Publishers, Inc., 1938.
3. Saturn and Great Depressions I and II


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, 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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