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Calm waters and clear skies make sailing the oceans of time pleasant, but long-range success attends those who navigate stormy times. The worst storms for the US economy have hit when Saturn has moved through mid-Capricorn. Does this mean Saturn causes economic hardship?

"Planetary events are not causing events here on earth. Rather, both planetary and earthly events happen simultaneously and are mutually reflective. Neither is the cause of the other. Both are the product of the acted out in the heavens above, the other here on the earth below." (1)

There is no cause-effect relationship but there is simultaneity, coincidence, correlation. I think of Earth as part of the Solar System environment, and we earthlings as participants in our planet's adventures in that much larger realm. In turn, the Solar System exists in the seemingly infinite and ever-changing universe. The trick is to isolate planetary cycles that coincide with times of economic adversity. If we can predict economic storms, we can prepare for them.

Saturn in Mid-Capricorn

Even before the United States was born on July 4, 1776, Saturn's sojourn in mid-Capricorn has coincided with major events in American history. When the first English colonists sloshed ashore at Jamestown (in what is now Virginia) in 1607, Saturn was in mid-Capricorn, opposite Mars at 15 Cancer, conjunct where the US natal Sun was to be found 169 years and/or approximately one orbit of Neptune later. The struggles Jamestown colonists endured, climaxed by what is called "the starving time" in 1610, now provide romantic tours of the reconstructed colony.

Saturn next arrived in mid-Capricorn in 1636 to coincide with Holland's "Tulip Mania," mother of the speculative bubble. This stimulated Dutch migration to what is now New York.

War on Witches

The famous Salem Witch Trials of 1695 coincided with Saturn's next trip through mid-Capricorn. Rooting out practitioners of Wicca was done then with as much enthusiasm as the war on drugs would be 300 years later. The Salem trials brought the 1,200-year war on "witches" to a climax and denouement.

The French and Indian War began with Saturn's 1754 visit to the second decan (2) of Capricorn. The outcome of this, said to be the bloodiest conflict to that point in history, was to establish English language and culture in all of North America. Indians who had not died from imported diseases by the 1750s would soon be almost totally annihilated, then "celebrated" in circuses for the amusement of European immigrants.

First Great Depression

The first Great Depression coincided with Saturn's next arrival in mid-Capricorn in 1784, simultaneous with Mars in mid-Aries, Uranus opposite Saturn and conjunct the US Sun in Cancer. Neptune was conjunct the US Saturn in Libra and thus also square transiting Saturn. This formed a grand cross anchored by Saturn. It was a pattern which would coincide with every Great Depression thereafter in US history.

To visualize this grand cross, one must hold in mind the US natal chart's Sun-Saturn square, and then "see" the ringed planet Saturn hovering in mid-Capricorn and 90 degrees square another "heavy" in mid-Aries. When other outer planets are also part of this big X pattern, the resulting Great Depression is especially severe. With Saturn, Mars, Uranus and Neptune involved, some economic historians believe the 1780s was the worst in US history. Photography did not exist then so the Great Depression of the 1780s must be ascertained from what written records were preserved.

Washington Burned

When Saturn moved through Capricorn about 30 years after the 1780s, in 1810s, no heavies were in Aries square Saturn and no Great Depression occurred. The War of 1812 was underway, however. The newly formed American Navy defeated the British on Lake Erie and British troops burned down the new nation's Washington, DC capitol.

The Great Depression of the 1840s coincided with Saturn's next sojourn in Capricorn, and this time it was also simultaneously square transiting Uranus in mid-Aires, forming the grand cross with the US Sun-Saturn square. Making matters worse, Mars was conjunct the US Saturn during the depths of this one.

Economic Cycles

Great Depressions, as Dr. Ravi Batra and other economists have noted, have historically occurred in 30 and/or 60-year cycles.(3) One cycle of Saturn after the 1840s, the Great Depression of the 1870s arrived. At that time, Neptune was in mid-Aries to form the grand cross with the US Sun-Saturn square. It's notable, too, that Chiron was conjunct Neptune in Aries during this time. This era was marked by bank failures, bad harvests and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

Republican President William McKinley was re-elected in 1900 as Saturn next moved through mid-Capricorn. It was during his administration that the US arose as a world power. McKinley was assassinated and Vice President Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest President. TR took on big corporations and pushed through a variety of socially and environmentally friendly laws. No grand cross formed at this time and no great depression occurred. The stock market, however, went through some wicked gyrations, as the US natal Mars-Neptune square was adversely aspected by transiting Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Photographed and Filmed

Thirty years later we had "the big one," the Great Depression of the 1930s, now known simple as, "The Great Depression." It was the first to be photographed and filmed, creating a graphic record. At the point many consider its bottom Saturn was at 13 Capricorn, square Uranus at 11 Aries, and opposite Pluto in Cancer. So this grand cross to the US Sun-Saturn square was formed by Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. Since the 1930s, every time the stock market plunged, ghosts of the Crash of '29 were sighted, or imagined.

Follow the awful 1930s, Saturn arrived in mid-Capricorn in 1960, but at this time no other heavy was in Aries and no Great Depression occurred. Saturn was conjunct Mars in early 1960 as the Cuban Revolution ended US control of that island, and the Vietnam War was in the planning stage. The Vietnam War and anti-war movement kicked into high gear in 1965 when Mars and Saturn came conjunct again, this time in mid-Pisces where both were opposite a conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, afflicting the US Neptune, with all four transiting planets also square the US Mars in Gemini.

Inflated Panic

Many investors thought we were in for another Great Depression in October 1987 when stocks did a record dive. But this turned out to be strictly a financial affair. It barely caused a ripple in the overall economy. For financial panics I look for adverse aspects to the US Mars-Neptune square. And sure enough, Saturn and Uranus were both in Sagittarius opposite the US Mars, with the Moon conjunct Neptune and Chiron conjunct Mars. Jupiter opposite the US Saturn appears to have inflated this panic.

When Saturn next arrived in mid-Capricorn, America had not suffered a Great Depression since the 1930s and no small number of economic theorists believed another was inevitable. Foremost among those economists was Ravi Batra, whose book The Great Depression of 1990 became a runaway bestseller, coinciding with the arrival in mid-Capricorn of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus.

But surprise surprise! No grand cross, no great depression. Even though those three heavies—Saturn, Neptune and Uranus—were opposite the US Sun and thus square the US Saturn, no heavy occupied mid-Aries and Pluto showed its power at 14 Scorpio, trine the US Sun and sextile the Saturn-Neptune-Uranus trio in Capricorn.

It was at this time that I came to the realization that every time Saturn anchors a grand cross to the US Sun-Saturn square, America suffers a Great Depression. Every time Saturn arrives in mid-Capricorn without being square a heavy in mid-Aries, historic events occur but no Great Depression.

Roaring, Pawing, Snorting

This is not to say that the late 1980s and early 1990s were good times for all. The slogan that best captured the mood at this time was "Wall Street danced, Main Street wept." And what loomed ahead were the unprecedented (Uranus) and deceptive (Neptune) roaring, pawing, snorting bull market and ballooning speculative bubble of the 1990s.

This was to be followed by the deflating of history's largest speculative bubble as the new century got underway. Which in turn was to be followed by the current rash of exposés about corporate-government bribery, fraud, lies and executive thievery, as Pluto (the subtle but all-powerful) moved slowly opposite the US Mars-square-Neptune.

Looming Ahead

This segues to what looms in our not too distant future, the next grand cross to be formed by heavies in Capricorn and Aries. It will break the 30 or 60-year cycle because it will be anchored by Pluto in mid-Capricorn, not Saturn. As in the 1930s, it will again be Uranus in mid-Aries, where it arrives about every 84 years. This grand cross will begin to form in 2008 and will be most dangerously precise by 2014.

It will also coincide with a Maya astrological event called the 13 baktun, a cycle of 5,128 of our years, due to complete at the winter solstice of 2012. Some have interpreted this as "the end of the world." I believe a more accurate translation would be the end of our present way of perceiving the world.

Batten Down the Hatches

The last time Pluto moved through mid-Capricorn coincided with the years of social upheaval in the 13 original colonies that led to the American Revolution of 1776, and the birth of the United States as a separate nation. My guess is that, given the record long lasting nature of this upcoming Uranus-Pluto square (off and on from 2008 till 2019), we are in for what the Chinese I Ching calls "interesting times."

Put that together with the Maya forecast, the dire projections of environmentalists and currently growing corporate-government corruption, and it looks like today's scandals are the first freshets of an approaching hurricane. Prepare to wrap the main sail and batten down the hatches.

1. Astrology for Beginners by William W. Hewitt, Llewellyn Publications, 1996, page 4.
2. Decan is a term applied to a subdivision of signs into 10 degree arcs, referred to as the first, second and third decanates or decans.
3. Besides describing the 30 and 60-year cycles of great depressions, Ravi Batra offers these definitions on page 106 of The Great Depression of 1990. "A recession usually lasts for one to three years, during which the rate of unemployment, while rising, is generally below 12 percent. When a recession lasts for more than three years, and/or the rate of unemployment lies between 12 percent and 20 percent, the economy may be said to be suffering from a depression. When unemployment remains high and business stagnates for six or more years, the nation's plight may be called a great depression. Thus, depending on its severity in depth and length, the downswing of the business cycle may be defined as a recession, depression, or great depression."



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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