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The Devil is in the Details: Jupiter in Virgo (Aug. 9, 2015 - Sept. 9, 2016)
As we march toward the presidential election year, the people of the U.S. will be confronted with having to siphon out what is real from what is delusional; which candidates are making “sweeping” accusations and promises from which candidates are precise in their descriptions of the “how and why” this nation is caught in a multitude of quagmires both domestically and internationally.
Jupiter, the gas giant, is a planet whose symbolism is grandiose, expanded, and ranges from “blowhard” to big optimistic ideas; from exaggerated claims to exciting possibilities. In short, Jupiter likes the big picture and is often prone to let others work out the “details”. He is not really comfortable in the sign of Virgo - the hard-working detail -oriented person who is critical at every turn; surveying the correct wording, the correct punctuation, the statistical correlations, spread sheets, accurate mileage, and has observed every “slip-up” that has ever been made.
Wall Street traditionally dislikes Jupiter in Virgo since its “investment” culture thrives on waves of optimism leading to speculation resulting in either “booms” or busts”. Virgo is forcing us to look at facts, which are usually dangerous to “booms” and more favorable to “busts”. In July, the Chinese stock market crashed, the U.S. Dow went down over 200 points and then rebounded as the “media” pronounced that it was not “that important” until it sank again. Many pundits on the “financial media” also pronounced that the Greek crisis was not important and Puerto Rico’s crashed bond market was “insignificant” as well. The mainstream media is not even mentioning that Canada’s currency has been seriously weakening, they have developed a huge real estate “bubble” and they have announced that they are in a recession. In addition, Australia’s currency is falling even faster, its economy is in significant trouble, not to speak of this nation’s scary climate issues.
Jupiter will oppose Neptune (fantasy) Sept. 9. Saturn will square Neptune late November. Jupiter’s optimism will really be hit hard by its square to Saturn (reality) in March 2016. This points to major difficulties for the global “cartel” of giant bankers and corporate heads to continue their “spin” that it is okay for all of us “little people” to turn over our lives to their giant profit-making machine at the expense of the planet. It will call our attention to the disappearance of decent jobs, the attempt to cut programs like Medicare and Social Security, and the general decline in the health of earth’s ecco-system - all Virgo themes and issues that can no longer be “spun” out of existence.
On the positive side, Jupiter will trine Pluto on Oct. 12th, March 11th, 2016 and June 28th, 2016. These contacts will symbolize some attempts to “shore up” the economy and will reflect notions presented by congressional and presidential candidates that propose solutions to healthcare issues and infrastructure problems. Positive areas in which to invest are connected with these areas; medical and pharmaceutical companies, infrastructure builders, highly specialized (especially spy-ware) software corporations, water conservation and purification (filtration) companies. These are all areas with Virgo themes and are likely to do well in this cycle. However, corporate governance is of great importance since you can be in a good sector, but a company could be poorly managed. Any investment needs a thorough background check as to what is going on within the corporate culture.
On September 13th, there is a Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees of Virgo, conjunct the U.S. Neptune. In October, Venus and Mars will join Jupiter in Virgo. The IMF will likely present a proposal of a “global currency”, effectively replacing the U.S. Dollar. China is reaching for “special drawing rights” (SDR) which is a basket of currencies to be included in this global currency structure. Instead of stabilizing the world’s economy, all of this will likely stir up a “storm” of unresolved problems and reveal issues (Virgo) that are troubling.
I will elaborate more about all this in future newsletters.
I have given a take on what the economy holds in the essay above. For August, there will be a fleeing into whatever is perceived as “secure” since Mars will trine Saturn the first week of August, along with Venus and Jupiter square Saturn. The problem will lie in what is thought to be “secure”. The Cartel has “crashed” gold and silver. Commodities in general have fallen and the powers-that-be do not want people “rushing” into gold. The manipulation of this market is an attempt to take gold off the table as a security move, and so far, they have succeeded.
China’s sell-off is also effecting European markets, further diminishing investor optimism. The bond markets, traditionally considered a safety net are in trouble throughout the world since so many nations cannot service their debt. Greece will likely fail, again, to pull themselves out of bankruptcy. Puerto Rico is headed in that direction. These are “canaries in the coal mine”.
Many times in the history of this newsletter, I have expressed my opinion about China and its series of stock and real estate “bubbles”. The media over here in the U.S. has exaggerated China’s financial capabilities and I have been bearish about this nation for a long time. They are a Communist dictatorship that has allowed capital investment. Their stock market has crashed. Brazil has also been a media darling for so long and, as a commodities economy that is controlled by an elite wealthy class, they are in major trouble.
Here in the U.S., the fundamentals of our economy have never really recovered since 2008 except for the 1%. It was recently reported that our home ownership is the lowest it has been since 1967! Our stock market is showing downward momentum. By November, the Saturn/Neptune conjunction is pessimistic, forcing us to face realities we have avoided for a long time.
The coming September Eclipse in Virgo activates No. Korea and their ongoing threats to the U.S. Japan’s chart is also activated and they are beginning to build a military force which has not happened since the end of WW II. This is due to competition with China in the South China Sea and dangerous flags being “raised” in No. Korea. Pres. Obama’s Mars in Virgo is being activated by this coming eclipse and later by transiting Jupiter. These placements will trine his Capricorn conjunction in his 12 House (behind- the- scenes negotiations). All this points to successful military partnerships, eventually putting a “lid” on these activities.
I mentioned in previous newsletters that both the U.S. and Turkey would be forced to become more active in the Syrian Civil War. Recently, they made an agreement with Pres. Obama that they would be more actively engaged with fighting ISIS with U.S. increased air support backing them.
The treaty with Iran will take more time to be discussed since August is vacation month for Congress and they are generally hostile to the agreement. With no agreement, the option to develop a nuclear weapon remains open to Iran. With the agreement, at least there will be periodic inspections to insure that will not happen. Israel is against it altogether and Mars transiting Leo this month through Oct. 25th would suggest they are even more militant and aggressive concerning their perceived enemies.
Climate Change and Natural Events:
In an article published July 27th in “Climate Progress” online, entitled “James Hansen Spells Out Climate Danger of the “Hyper-Anthropocene Age”, it was reported that James Hansen (a NASA scientist) and “ 16 leading climate experts have written a must-read discussion paper on what humanity risks if it can’t keep total global warming below 2 degrees C(3.6 degrees F). The greatest risk they identify is ‘that multi-meter sea level rise would become practically unavoidable.” They go on to warn: “Potential effects on climate in the 21st centuruy include the creation of drought-prone regions in North America and central Asia as part of a shifting of climatic zones, erosion of the West Antarctic ice sheet with a consequent worldwide rise in sea level, and opening of the fabled Northwest Passage.”
We are apparently now experiencing what Hanson predicted back in 1981 when he and a team of NASA scientists wrote an article in “Science” entitled, “Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide”. There is no longer any question of the consequences that are playing out now and into the future.
However, as an astrologer, I observe the coming planetary changes such as the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Dec. 2020 and Pluto transiting in Aquarius in 2024 through 2043, which will lead us into a dramatic new cycle. What occurred to me as I was contemplating this, is a possible shift in climate influences that have nothing to do with what humanity has done. One of the possibilities that came to mind was an extended Maunder Minimum, which is a dying down of sun storms for a long time, producing a global “cooling” effect on earth. This phenomenon occurred in the mid 1600s into the early 1700s and produced what is known as the “Mini Ice Age” effecting North America and Europe. An incident like this could give us a “reprieve” so we could possibly invent our way out of the crises.
Lo and behold, a friend of mine sent me an article published on “The Huffington Post” written for “Van Winkles” by Matt Berical, entitled “Winter is Coming: Scientists Says Sun Will Nod Off in 15 Years”. He reports: “Professor Vlentina Zharkova of Northumbira University presented the frigid findings at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, Wales. Modern technology has made us able to predict solar cycles with much greater accuracy, and Zharkova’s model predicts that solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 to 2040.” He also reports: “The Maunder Minimum is the title given to period of time when sunspots are rare. It last occurred between 1645 and 1715, when roughly 50 sunspots were recorded as opposed to the standard 40,000. That time was marked by brutal, river-freezing temperatures in Europe and North America.”
Aquarius is a time that usually ushers in vast scientific and technological progress. Recently, in the 1990s, Uranus transited Aquarius coinciding with the creation of the Internet.
We may actually have the time to develop sustainable energy, such as nuclear fusion, and other solutions to the potentially devastating climate situation created by humankind. It may also stimulate the kind of “evolutionary leap” in our collective consciousness that produces a “golden age” in human civilization during which we are able to eliminate war, destruction, ecological pollution, and all the evils that have emerged in the thousands of years of our presence on earth.
On a more immediate basis, there are tectonic changes around the 29th of this month, in September, and the end of November that would point to California and other unstable regions. Jupiter in Virgo is a “dry” placement pointing to a continuation of the mega drought in the Western U.S. And central Asia.
There is an old Biblical story of a woman who desperately complained that her house was inhabited by demons and she begged a holy man to “cleanse” her home. Her home was cleansed of the demons, only to have more demons rush into the house. I do not believe that ridding ourselves of our ancient destructive tendencies is the only answer to all our problems. We must, instead, replace the darkness with the light, replace hate with love, replace destruction with creation.
The demons will keep returning until we open the doors of our minds and hearts to the presence of the extraordinary; the impossible; the absolutely forgiving presence of the divine who has been waiting for us all along.
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