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  Week of November 18th - November 24th,  2011


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Follow the money

Follow the Money

        Over the last two weeks we've been looking at some US history. We have a celestial line up that is coming like a freight train barreling down the tracks, and the best way I know to better discern what it will be is to go back in history and see what was happening when this same alignment occurred before. Naturally, there will be differences, because not all the other planets are doing exactly the same thing at the same time, but...

        ...there should be similarities, too.

        The two planets were looking at are Uranus and Pluto. The aspect being formed is a transiting square, or ninety-degree alignment. The Sun and Moon form ninety-degree alignments at the first and third quarter moons. A square is a quarter of the whole circle (360 degrees), or ninety degrees. Of course the difference is the Sun and Moon make this alignment twice a month, while Uranus and Pluto have only made it three times since the birth of the nation. The outer planets move much slower.

Follow the money II

Follow the Money II

        We're coming into the fourth series of alignments between these two planets again next year.


        Two weeks ago, we examined the first major American economic crisis, the Panic of 1819. The first time Uranus & Pluto squared was 1820-1821. Last week we examined the next in the series, 1876-1877. What is now termed 'The Long Depression' ran from 1873 to 1879, and there's our square, right smack in the middle of it. They were set off by the Panics of 1819 and 1873 respectively.

        And that leads us to the final in our series, 1932-1934, an alignment that corresponds nicely with the trough of the Great Depression. After the Panic of 1929 in the first ten months of 1930, 744 banks failed. Before the 30s were over, 9000 would fail. From American Facts and Dates,

Follow the money III

Follow the money III

        "Poor demand for goods, uncertain manufacturing conditions, and a wobbly stock market combined to make this (1932) one of the most unfavorable business years in modern history."

        Various economic authors now point their fingers at the Federal Reserve, who severely contracted the money supply by one-third between 1929-1933. With significantly less money to go around, businessmen could not get new loans for their work. Neither could they get old loans renewed.

        By late 1930, a steady decline in the world economy had set it, one that did not reach bottom until 1933.

        Now let's just take a step back here and look at our outline here. In one, easy lesson we have the first major economic crisis, the longest, and the largest in United States history, all linked in time by a single celestial alignment. But in addition to the economic malaise which seems to accompany this aspect, there is also a secondary trend at work which may also be a part of the larger pattern.

The American Way

The Zen of the American Way

        These periods all point to times of serious corruption. The Panic of 1819 had wrecked havoc with the people's money. John C. Calhoun reported to President John Quincy Adams about "enormous multitudes in deep distress" who were disenchanted with the government.

        'Disenchanted,' huh? He was putting it politely. This was his boss. That's like saying someone who's already lost their house is 'disenchanted' with our government today.

        This ain't no fairy tale.

        During 1876-1877 we saw that there was the electoral scandal, wherein all 19 votes in question went to the Republican candidate, denying the Democrat the final vote he needed to seal the presidency.

        In 1932 the greatest blot on the nation's conscience was its fantastic crime wave. The citizens of Chicago alone shelled out some $145,000,000.00 to racketeers.

        What makes you think that the cup of this crime wave only spilled over into the Underworld?


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