Saturday, June 27, 2009

Capitalism is Dead - time for justice and fairness

Saturn is making its transition from Virgo into Libra at the end of October 2009. It retrogrades back into Virgo between April and July 2010 and at the end of July 2010 it is firmly placed in Libra until October 2012. What will this mean?

Much of this transition is connected with the balance of power between our leaders and the workers. The use of money has become so unfairly balanced in our society – the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. How can it be fair that CEO’s that have taken banks and corporations into bankruptcy, making thousands of workers redundant in the process when they are raking in millions in bonuses and pension payouts?

The CEO of Target earns $75000K per day while staff pay is $64 per day.
This is untenable and cannot continue. Saturn in Virgo is all about the workers who are diligently serving society. However, we have Uranus, the planet of change, in opposition to Saturn until August 2010. So you can expect to see much more upheavals and uprisings from the workers against governments and companies. Saturn represents Karma, integrity and fairness. Once it goes into Libra, where it is exalted, it is time for justice to reign in our society. Once Uranus goes into Aries in May 2010, watch out for more wars (Aries rules the military, weapons and war) and greater unrest globally.

How have we got into this situation and what has happened?
Money should be a token to facilitate the exchange of goods and services. What has been happening, however, is that instead of the economy serving the people, the people have been serving the economy. A complete reversal is needed.
Our economy needs to be of service to the people. This is going to take a massive change in thinking.

During these last months of the economic crisis, people were beginning to discover that they could actually survive without buying more stuff. (Pluto in Capricorn). That’s what we have to do environmentally anyway. So this was a good start. However, governments don’t want us to be self-sufficient, they want us to keep on spending. They want to keep us under their control. That’s why in many countries they are offering thousands of dollars for people to trade in their old cars and buy new ones with a subsidy from the government. We are living on borrowed money and it cannot continue. Our economic structures are collapsing and the governments are trying desperately to prop them up by pouring more and more taxpayers money into failed corporations. (Saturn opposite Uranus).

We need to see this very differently. The recession is the best thing that could happen. We need to reduce our emissions by 80% in the next 30 years and the recession is going to force us to do just that.

Capitalism has to change. Humankind has lived on its income for hundreds and thousands of years. We were dependent on what was available at the time. But in the last 25 years, we have been living beyond our means as we thought we could engineer our way to utopia through having more and more cars, planes, etc. Now it is technological advances that are drawing us more and more into debt. The idea has been that our technology will take us to utopia. This is accentuated by the Neptune/Jupiter conjunction which gives us hope and faith in a future that may just be an illusion.

Do you realise that 80% of technology goes into the military to make weapons for killing each other? What if that money was spent on health, education etc?

Historically, humanity has been dependent on the hierarchy of our leaders e.g. emperors, kings, cardinals, popes and now governments and recently we have been rebelling against that dependence. There has been a decline in the respect for leadership. (Uranus has caused many riots and demonstrations in France, US, UK, Iceland, Thailand, Iran etc…)

Our banks and financial institutions used to be pillars of our society. They were honorable and earned our respect. We used to have 80% respect for those institutions. Now less than 10% respect them and they are on a par with 2nd hand car salespeople and double-glazing salespeople.

This hierarchy needs to be replaced by self-responsibility. But when you take the authority away (even if it was benevolent or malevolent) – there was a certain order produced by the authority, so when you take it away – people are not used to being self-responsible. There is a breakdown of leadership and people are going crazy for a while. This is going to continue during the period of the opposition of Saturn and Uranus – at least until the end of 2010.

There is an urgent need for society to shift into proper responsibility.
If we took self-responsibility for our health – the health care budget would drop by 75%. Capitalism has failed and it’s time we admitted it. We have an economy that people are in service to. The money is the first consideration, not the people. The money has become the goal in itself. It’s a complete distortion of trade. With Saturn’s ingress into Libra, this is an opportunity for the creation of more balance and equity in our governing bodies and corporations.

Saturn opposite Uranus always signifies a huge awakening. It is time for us to take responsibility for ourselves and for our world.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Astrological Predictions

There are three significant astrological configurations that I have been discussing over the last several months.

Firstly, Pluto went into Capricorn in November 2008 and is there for the next 15-16 years. One of the effects of this has been that there have been many changes of government around the world. Capricorn rules structures, especially corporate ones – and we have certainly seen some crumbling structures over the last few months. This is set to continue. Expect to see many more banks coming unstuck, but the worry is that the FDIC in the USA and other governments around the world who have guaranteed bank deposits, will run out of money and will not be able to honour their commitments. Imagine this: you have put your money into a “reputable bank” thinking that in the worst case, your government will be able to cover your savings in case the bank goes bust. But what happens if the government goes bankrupt? Don’t expect to get a penny of your money back if that happens.

Another thing to remember is this: if you must keep some money in a bank, try not to be persuaded into a “high-interest” savings or bond account. There is always a reason why you are getting more interest: it means there is more risk involved. Given the volatility of our environment today, it is best to take the minimum risk in all your financial dealings. So my recommendation is that you have a simple checking account and maybe an online saver or similar savings account that doesn’t penalise you if you decide to take out your money immediately. Do not tie yourself into any longer term deals. Here are my reasons for this: number one, if the bank gets into trouble, you are not going to appear at the top of the list when it pays back any money it may still have in its possession. Number two: what looks like a great rate now i.e. 7% or 8% for 5 years – may look terrible in just a year or two’s time. What happens if interest rates go up to 15% and more? How are you going to feel if you are stuck with only 7%?? Be very careful and don’t be talked into anything you don’t understand.

I mentioned several months ago that with the ingress of Pluto into Capricorn we would start to see much more information and more openness concerning death, dying and aging. Well, I was heartened to see that Lord Faulkner in the House of Lords in the UK was submitting a Bill which would allow assisted suicide to be carried out legally in the UK. This is indeed a step forward for people who are in such terrible health and have no hope at all and who wish to die.

Also, I recently saw the most amazing video about an 11 year old boy in the USA who could remember his past life in incredible detail. He had been a fighter pilot in the USA and he had been shot down over Japan. If you are able to see this short video, you will be stunned at the accuracy of his knowledge of names and people he was with in his “past life.”

There is a growing awareness of reincarnation in the West and I think the Pluto in Capricorn influence will spread our interest and understanding of death and dying. I also expect to see some huge changes in the way we treat our old people and how we deal with the aging process. The conjunction of Uranus and Jupiter in the middle of next year could very well lead to a medical breakthrough which will give us a greater knowledge of how to renew and rejuvenate our physical bodies. Exciting stuff!!

The next aspect I am going to discuss is the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction which is extremely strong at the moment. Neptune rules infections and Jupiter spreads them widely and this relates to the Swine Flu which recently has become a pandemic. On a practical note, I have been saying for months and months that it is important to have some provisions in case we are unable to get normal supplies of food and water. Ideally, at least three months is great, and here we are with a possibly serious outbreak of Swine Flu and many people could be either quarantined, or there could be so many sick people that our services are unable to cope with demand. In this event, you will be very glad that you stocked up and prepared for the worst. How much better it is to be prepared rather than panicked and caught out.

The Jupiter/Neptune aspect also creates a lot of illusion, delusion and unreality around the world. And we have certainly been seeing that in large doses. The stock markets have largely been rallying, despite the dreadful unemployment figures, numbers of foreclosures, companies going bust, governments getting into more and more debt, increasing crime… the list goes on. So certainly, until the middle of July, we will be seeing more optimism, more talk of “green shoots of recovery” and “the housing market has turned a corner.” Expect more of this but don’t be fooled by it. This crisis is far from over and we have many years yet to learn how to survive and thrive in times to come. It has been very pleasing to see that some local communities have already started to come together. People have one another’s telephone numbers, they know who has what strength and ability, they are able to call on one another should the need arise. This is a very positive outcome of the crisis.

Finally, the opposition of Saturn and Uranus is causing much upheaval around the world. There is the threat of war, violence, unrest in so many areas. Last week Israel carried out its most extensive precautionary emergency drill ever. They are preparing for a possible outbreak of war with Iran. Obama sent another 17,000 troops over to Afghanistan. And this week, there have been riots and demonstrations in Iran. Words used in the media have been “revolution” and “toppling the government.” These are words I have used over the last several months describing the effects of this opposition. As more and more young people are unemployed, we are going to see a much stronger possibility of revolution and drastic change around the world. Indeed, make no mistake, the fact that there are now British National Party representatives in the European Parliament, is a step in this direction. Expect to see much more civil unrest, uprisings and revolutions. This is just the beginning.

Well, I hope I have made up for missing out on a blog last week as I was just so busy. To recap: be careful about tying your money up anywhere, especially with a bank – all banks are scary. Remember to keep on stocking up on provisions. Try to be considerate – if you are not feeling well, DON’T go out and give it to other people. Let’s try to contain any infections in our communities. Watch out for unreality in the markets, in the media, from our governments – don’t be sucked in. Start to think for yourself. If you are reading something about the housing market for example, check out who is writing that piece. If it is coming from the Real Estate Institute, then you can expect it to be optimistic. Make sure that you are aware of the possible bias of any author. In the end, the best thing to do is to think for yourself and make your own decisions. Don’t go along with the crowd – that’s a sure fire way of getting into trouble. Make your own choices and stand by them. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Financial Astrology Future Predictions

In Business Astrology, transiting Pluto, Neptune, or Uranus in hard aspect to one’s natal Venus or Jupiter is a classical bankruptcy aspect. It doesn’t mean you will go bankrupt, but if you spend or invest your money unwisely, you could suffer great loss, even to the point of bankruptcy. It is a time to be frugal and not take any financial risks where the outcome is unknown. In the chart of the United States (July 2, 1776, or even July 4, 1776), transiting Pluto and Uranus are entering into hard aspects to the natal Venus and Jupiter of the United States, 2008-2011. The extra $30bn of taxpayers money just given to GM is an example of taking financial risks where the outcome is unknown. In my view, this is an extremely risky investment and the downside potential is huge. GM could need more and more funds pumping into it and may never become solvent thus leaving the US taxpayer with yet another burden.

On June 5th, the transiting Sun in Gemini will start its translation of a T-square to both Saturn and Uranus, lasting until June 17th. This of course brings to the forefront the principles of the Saturn-Uranus opposition, which is the longer-term 45-year cycle that we associate with financial collapse and crisis, a condition that started in September 2008 and continues to worry investors even now. In fact, it is likely to worry investors well into 2010, when Jupiter and Mars will both translate the Saturn-Uranus opposition (July-August 2010).

There is another astrological configuration that will have a different effect: two days after Jupiter goes retrograde on June 15th, the Sun will transit in a trine to both Jupiter and Neptune, thus once again bringing to the forefront the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction principles. On July 1st and 6th respectively, first Venus and then Mars will square the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction, just a few days before their second passage on July 10. With so much Jupiter and Neptune in the picture, combined with the ongoing Saturn-Uranus opposition, perhaps financial astrologers can begin to understand why a case could be made for either a huge rise in stock and/or commodity prices in the next few weeks, or a huge collapse.

On a mundane level, these same aspects can correlate to extreme flooding conditions. On a political level, they can pertain to a great hoax, and the starting of false and sensational rumors that harm the reputation of others. It can be a time of alarmist announcements, perhaps as we have seen developing with North Korea this past week.

The euphoria and false optimism of the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction is playing out in the stock markets around the world. US stocks are at a seven month high, Gold is up over 10%, company results although down are not as bad as analysts predicted. So in general, there is a feeling that the worst is behind us and there is money to be made. Many investors are piling back into the stock markets. However, caution is a keyword with the backdrop of the Saturn Uranus opposition still with us for at least another year.