the stock market is iffy. Nevertheless it is possible to make educated guesses
based on history. I'd like here to make an educated guess that markets will crash
and probably cause panic in the last two weeks of February 2003.
my surmise on a planetary pattern that has always coincided with crashes and/or
panics going back to 1857. I hasten to add that not every time this pattern has
formed have markets crashed, but every time markets have crashed this pattern
has been extant. So I view the pattern as a kind of economic hurricane warning.
The pattern I'm referring to is composed of conjunctions or oppositions to the United States' natal Mars-Neptune square. In a US natal chart for July
4, 1776—no matter what time of the day one chooses—Mars is found at
21 Gemini, square Neptune at 22 Virgo. Every time there has been a crash or panic,
this Mars-Neptune square has been afflicted by transiting planets opposite or
square in Sagittarius or Pisces, or conjunct the US Mars in Gemini or Neptune
There's now a new influence in the mix—Pluto slowly moving
through Sagittarius. It takes Pluto an average of 248 years to circumnavigate
the zodiac so it hasn't been where it will be in late February since before the
Industrial Revolution. Therefore, we are learning as we go through this period
what Pluto's effects are on modern stock markets.
So far, the evidence
suggests that by the time Pluto's opposition to the US Mars ends in 2008, financial
markets will have undergone the kind of major transformation Pluto is famous for.
Already there have been a rash of corporate scandals, which the Bush Administration
has managed to get downplayed in the news media by keeping public attention focused
on the more urgent business of war.
this nifty managing of information, the markets and the overall economy have gone
into decline. The question is, will that decline reverse, the economy recover
and stocks rally? Or does this decline foreshadow a protracted recession, depression,
or even great depression?
my book Time and Money I have predicted that stock markets and the
overall economy will go down gradually during this decade and hit bottom in 2015,
when a grand cross to the US Sun-Saturn square will be formed by transiting Pluto
and Uranus. My reading is that there will be some major crashes along the way
to this time of final reckoning, and I think the last two weeks in February will
be the next.
going into detail, or including any of the myriad of other aspects, it has been
these planets in the following signs that have afflicted the US Mars-square-Neptune
coinciding with past crashes and panics:
Neptune and Mars in Pisces|
1869: Saturn in Sagittarius
1873: Mars in Sagittarius,
Sun, Mercury, Jupiter in Virgo
1893: Neptune, Sun, Venus in Gemini, with help
from Pluto at 9 Gemini
1903: Pluto and Venus in Gemini, Uranus in Sagittarius,
Jupiter in Pisces
1907: Saturn in Pisces square Pluto in Gemini
Saturn in Virgo square Mars in Sagittarius
1929: Saturn in Sagittarius opposite
Jupiter in Gemini 1987: Saturn conjunct Uranus in Sagittarius
1997: Mars conjunct
Venus in Sagittarius square the Moon's Nodes in Pisces and Virgo
Mars and the Moon in Sagittarius square the Sun in Pisces
February 17, 2003, Pluto and Mars will be conjunct at 19 and 20 Sagittarius, and
Saturn will be opposite, stationary direct at 22 Gemini. The next day, the Moon
will add to this by moving into a conjunction with the US Neptune.
February 24, the Moon will be at 19 Sagittarius, becoming part of the Mars-Pluto
conjunction opposite Saturn, forming a t-square with the US Mars-square-Neptune.
Note that both Saturn and Mars have been the most frequent afflicters
during past market crashes. Pluto and Neptune have afflicted during three of the
worst: 1903, 1907 and 2001.
one reason I guesstimate that the last two weeks in February are going to be memorable.
Another reason is that both the economy and the stock markets are going through
a time when drastic, fundamental change is indicated, as witness the recent rash
of corporate scandals and the inability or unwillingness of the Bush Administration
to enact reforms. Instead, the Administration has worked hard to divert public
attention from the worsening economy. Meanwhile, "events conspire,"
as an old saying has it; the trend begun after 2000 continues.
that the US Mars is so heavily afflicted in late February, this is also a time
when the next war in Iraq may be dominating headlines, and the next major terrorist
attack inside the US may occur, as it was the previous Saturn-Pluto opposition
that coincided with 9/11/01.
two biwheel charts included here enable a comparison between the Saturn-Pluto
opposition of September 11, 2001 and the upcoming one on February 24,
2003. On September 11, 2001, Saturn and Pluto were at 14 and 12 degrees
respectively; on February 24, 2003 they will be on the leeward side of
the US Mars at 22 and 19 degrees respectively.
This will mark the last Saturn-Pluto opposition for about 33 years. In
the past, it has often been the final "hit" made by such aspects
that coincide with the most dramatic events.