Astrological Musings

“Fed survey shows recession may be over”

And I’m as big an optimist as anyone so I’d like to believe it.  The Federal Reserve surveyed businesses around the US and “found economic activity stabilizing or improving in most regions.”  However, this growth is dependent upon consumer spending and people can’t spend money when they’re not working.

I have been saying for the past few months that until we see employment numbers rising, the economy will not have turned around.  People without jobs cannot spend money, and as long as the US economy is fueled by spending we will remain in the recession.  Much of the spending that fueled the boom in the Pluto in Sagittarius era (1995 through 2008) came from borrowed money, and that money had dissolved into thin air.

The Fed’s survey found a pickup in the demand for temporary workers, which could presage the hiring of permanent workers. Saturn will enter Libra at the end of October, leaving the sign of Virgo which is the sign that regulates work and the work environment, as well as health and other issues that have been under stress for the past couple of years.  However, Saturn will immediately form a square to Pluto which is rarely a happy combination.  Saturn gives us a reality check and Pluto forces confrontation in any area where things are not working well, so that could be a big wake-up call in areas of the economy that are fueled by speculation and optimism alone.

The Saturn/Pluto square will peak in November and then again in February, making this period a challenging economic one.  However, a sextile from Jupiter (good fortune) to Pluto (transformation) in February will soften the blow and encourage a sense of expansion.  However, February also marks the final exact conjunction of Chiron and Neptune which will urge us to operate from the level of soul, and not from the pocketbook.  This combination of planetary influences could be what’s needed to make permanent changes that will serve us in the long run.

It appears to me that March and April will be easier and offer some economic relief.  However, the old ways of doing things are over and they will never come back.  This is still a time for sensible money management (with Pluto in pragmatic Capricorn and Saturn retrograding back in sensible Virgo from April through July).  Building a solid foundation now will ensure that we are able to hold on when things get rocky in 2012-2013 with the square of Uranus to Pluto.

Our economy has become dependent on the spending habits of Americans, but these spending habits have resulted in bankruptcies and foreclosures.  Personal savings habits will delay the economic recovery, but will force a complete overhaul (Pluto) in the way that our economic systems operate (Capricorn) and that is not a bad thing in my opinion.

By | 2009-09-10T18:39:15+00:00 September 10th, 2009|Money and markets|Comments Off on “Fed survey shows recession may be over”

September 9, 2009: 09-09-09

Nine is my favorite number, so I confess I have been looking forward to this day.  Nine is the number of completion and fulfillment at its most filling until it spills over into ten and demands a new beginning.

Astrologically, nine corresponds to Sagittarius and the Ninth House.  There is a sense of expansion and a world where life has meaning and everything is interconnected.  Nine is the perfection of three when multiplied by itself.  There are nine planets, nine major gods in the ancient pantheons, and larger pantheons are often divisible by the number nine.

Numerologically, however, the date 09-09-2009 translates to the number eleven (9 + 9 + 2 + 9 = 29, or 2 +9), a “master number” and the number of angelic presence.  Eleven is associated with Aquarius and the “lightbringers.”  Eleven is the number of spiritual ascension and connection to multidimensional reality.

But will this day be different than any other?  That, my friends, is up to you alone.

By | 2009-09-08T17:37:55+00:00 September 8th, 2009|Miscellany|Comments Off on September 9, 2009: 09-09-09

Pluto in Capricorn: Betting on Death

So now the folks who brought us the securitization of the bloating of the American Dream under the relentless optimism of Pluto in Sagittarius have come up with a brilliant idea to take advantage of the focus on death and dying that is likely to arise with Pluto in Capricorn: the securitization of life insurance policies of the ill and elderly.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn who, prior to Pluto’s discovery, was the ruler of death.  Pluto, lord of the Underworld, now rules the actual process and experience of death and new beginnings, but Saturn in his role as Lord of Time is still boss of the aging process and the fact that life is limited.

According to the New York Times this weekend, Wall Street investment banks plan to buy “life settlements” of life insurance policies held by the elderly or seriously ill.  Then these policies will be packaged into bonds and sold to investors who will receive payouts when the policy holders die.  The sooner the policyholder dies, the bigger the return to the investor.

Hedge funds and investment banks started buying up life insurance policies back in the 1990s, including a company called Dignity Partners which is now defunct.  What would be different now is the bundling of the policies into securities which results in bigger fees to the companies that administer them.

Just proving, that we have a way to go before the lessons of Pluto in Capricorn are learned and the greed to profit from the misfortune of others is eradicated.

By | 2009-09-08T05:35:19+00:00 September 8th, 2009|Money and markets|Comments Off on Pluto in Capricorn: Betting on Death

The resignation of Van Jones: A casualty of the Saturn/Uranus opposition

With Saturn and Uranus preparing to oppose each other exactly next week, the middle of the night resignation of Van Jones as the “Green Jobs Czar” in the Obama administration may be a hint as to which of the planets is winning.  Saturn represents society and structure, and Uranus is rebellion and new ideas.  When the conservative media discovered that Van Jones had signed a petition asking then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to investigate possible government complicity in the September 11 tragedy, the resulting firestorm among conservative pundits exacerbated the already heated debate over the policies of the Obama administration.

President Obama was elected on November 4, the exact day of the first phase of the opposition from Saturn to Uranus.  He was elected because the majority of the people in the United States wanted change.  He ran on a platform of affordable health care, bringing jobs to Americans, withdrawing troops from Iraq, and changing the partisan ways of Washington.

Every attempt that he has made to fulfill these promises has been met with fierce opposition; not because of bad policy, but because conservatives want him to fail.  The downfall of Van Jones was orchestrated not by a debate over his usefulness, but because Glenn Beck the ignorant clown on Fox News who is even more absurd than Rush Limbaugh, began to ratchet up the pressure after a group that Jones was formerly involved with urged a boycott of Beck’s show.

Many of the left are upset with Obama for continuing to try to build alliances with conservatives in order to accomplish his agenda, but they are missing the point.  In a Saturn/Uranus time such as this, any big change cannot occur without support from both sides and that requires a putting aside of one’s need to be right.  Obama, with his Aquarius ascendant, understands this.  Unfortunately, it is the inability of the Democrats to rally behind him that could prove to unravel his presidency, not his inability to stand up to the Right.

By | 2009-09-07T09:34:05+00:00 September 7th, 2009|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on The resignation of Van Jones: A casualty of the Saturn/Uranus opposition

Everything is in opposition under Saturn and Uranus

Saturn and Uranus are now within two degrees oftheir exact opposition which culminates on September 15.  As you probably now, Saturn represents conservative thinking and conventional behavior, and Uranus represents that which is new and innovative.

Perhaps this wasn’t the best time to roll out healthcare reform in the United States, since oppositional defiance is occurring not only between the Democrats and Republicans, but in splinter groups within the parties as well.  The desire to be in opposition to SOMETHING is fostered by the opposition from Saturn to Uranus, and if this planetary combination is transiting something in our own chart that urge to rebel against oneself can be quite complicated.

The opposition of Saturn to Uranus has been tightly aspecting Mars in President Obama’s chart, with Saturn conjunct Mars and Uranus in opposition.  A transit of Saturn to Mars in our own chart is very like trying to drive with the brakes on.  However, Saturn has now moved off Obama’s Mars which should begin to make things a little easier for him.  When a planet in the sky is opposite a planet in our chart (a transit of opposition) we often meet the transiting planet in our outer world.

Jupiter is retrograding back over Obama’s Ascendant (the first hit was back in late March of this year) and transiting Saturn will form a harmonious sextile to Saturn in his natal chart, helping him to get things done and giving him the confidence to make it happen.  However, between October and December transiting Uranus will make the last opposition to Mars in Obama’s chart and it’s quite possible that we will see further amplification of the radical (Uranus) behavior surrounding everything he attempts to do (Mars).  This is already approaching the height of ridiculousness as conservatives complain about Obama’s plan to speak to students to inspire them to work hard and stay in school.

The divisiveness and politicization caused by the opposition from Saturn to Uranus (remember the first exact hit occurred on the US Election Day) has penetrated every aspect of American society.  I suppose that this really began back in 2000 with the election of George W Bush, but the “angry left” as Rush Limbaugh called it was nothing compared to the rage and potential for violence that we are seeing in the angry right.

Meanwhile members of the Democratic party  are engaging in bitter battles themselves over how much compromise is possible in the healthcare debate.  Democrats tend to be more Uranian in nature – they are progressive, embrace change and free thought.  Consequently, they are less likely to agree on anything.  Republicans on the other hand, being more conservative in nature and therefore more Saturnian, find it easier to follow a leader and adhere to the party line.

The shift from left to right and right to left has been evident in elections in other parts of the world as well.  Elections in Afghanistan and the attempt to bring in a new government (Uranus) with no ties to the old regime (Saturn) have resulted in widespread accusations of election fraud.  And in Japan, voters last week elected to overturn their current government (Saturn) in favor of a more liberal one (Uranus).

And finally, in Samoa the government has decreed that on September 7 its citizens will begin driving on the left inside of on the right as they have done before, resulting in a revolution among citizens who dislike this radical change (Uranus) and want things to remain the same (Saturn).

We are only in the third phase of this cycle – we will have two more over the next year.  There is no doubt that this is a time of evaluating what to take from the best as we move forward, and what to leave behind.

By | 2009-09-05T09:30:58+00:00 September 5th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Everything is in opposition under Saturn and Uranus