The Planetary Financial Agenda
Like many others, I have been watching economic events in the US with concern. So this month I thought I would take a look at the planetary influences that will affect the US economy in the next few years.
There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that the planets will be issuing serious economic challenges well into the early years of the next decade.
The good news is that the US chart holds up well to these challenges. There are, indeed, many indications of shocks to the economic system, but I still see no indication of an economic meltdown in the US.
The US will have enough time to recover significantly between shocks. Also, the US chart looks quite resilient. It absorbs these shocks gracefully, in my opinion. (It’s probably also worth noting that Jupiter recently started going through the first six houses of the US chart.)
The net result will, I think, be thoroughgoing reforms to the US economic system--ultimately.
There definitely will be problems. As I have said before, these problems will be serious enough to motivate widespread changes. To do that, they would have to have a significantly negative affect on many people. And I am sure that many will face economic hurdles and hardship.
However, to my eye, the effects of these aspects, serious as they are, will not add up to economic catastrophe.
And, oh yes, there are indications scattered through the charts that these events will have a powerful transformative effect on the collective US psyche.
December 2006 ~ Saturn Opposite US Natal Moon
The difficult economic aspects began, I think, with transiting Saturn's opposition to the US natal moon in late December 2006. This aspect struck through the deep and pervasive interconnections between community, home ownership and the financial markets in the US.
Solar arc Uranus precisely conjunct natal Pluto in Capricorn in the second house suggests that this opposition will ultimately have revolutionary effects. Also, in the composite chart for this event, composite Pluto is in the fourth house in Capricorn at the same degree as US natal Pluto.
The chart for the time of the opposition was pretty rough (t-squares, oppositions, & inconjuncts). But the combined chart for the day of the opposition and the US was considerably less worrisome. This, I think, illustrates a repeated pattern: the US chart holds up surprisingly well under pressure.
September 2007 ~ Saturn Enters Virgo
The next big planetary shock, by my reckoning, was Saturn's entrance into Virgo. The chart of the ingress is a nervous-making study in grand squares.
By contrast, the composite chart for the Saturn/Virgo ingress and the US showed no grand squares, but includes a grand trine! The same kind of thing could be said about all the charts I discuss below.
December 2008 ~ Saturn Conjoins US Neptune
In my opinion, the next economic challenge will come as transiting Saturn begins its conjunction with US natal Neptune in the last days of 2008. Saturn will put the US population through an intense and lengthy process of disillusionment. This disillusionment will be directly, closely and intimately related to the finances of home ownership (as Saturn is transiting that part of the US chart generally).
The end result will be a deepened, improved, more realistic understanding of home, family, home ownership and national economic policy.
Solar arc Chiron will be conjoining the US ascendant during this time. Hence, generally speaking, these economic challenges could be painful for the US.
A painful national tragedy is also possible. My own thought is that, aside from any specific, headline dominating event, we will all gain a heightened sense of our own individual and national vulnerabilities, of the need to put more money aside for a rainy day and to take better care of each other.
During the same period, solar arc Jupiter will be contacting the US moon, promising optimism, courage and fortitude during this time of trial. Americans will rise to the occasion.
July 2010 ~ US Saturn Return
Another set of economic challenges will come in July 2010, when the US Saturn return begins as Saturn enters Libra and the US 10th house. Saturn is well and strongly placed in the US chart. It throws off squares to the potent stellium in and around Cancer in the 8th house of large scale, upper-level financial institutions.
The Saturn return will probably reveal even more structural weaknesses in the US economy, the hard way. But I think it will also usher in a new era of government regulation of key private financial institutions. Saturn leaves Libra at the end of 2012.
My advice: Stick to your budget.