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The Mythical Recession - Part 2
The Mythical Recession Explained
by Kaye Shinker
November, 2008

In an article I wrote in February of 2008, titled The Mythical Recession, I said:

"The whole recession scenario started with Jupiter conjunct Pluto on December 10th, 2007 then Jupiter moved into Capricorn on the same day as Saturn turned retrograde December 20th.

As explained in The Textbook for Financial Astrology, Jupiter changing signs is difficult for markets."

Saturn retrograde keeps the accounting department in their offices and Pluto insists on destroying then rebuilding everything ruled by the sign he occupies.

The Rule of Three is common to every aspect of our lives. Throughout the texts of ancient to modern astrology the rule of three is explained to the student. It says that for an astrological interpretation to be true, you must be able to see it expressed three ways in the chart.  In Lesson Six, Book One of the Textbook for Financial Astrology, I explain that the rule is very important.

Astrologers noted one fact in December of 2007. There were three planets in practical, thrifty earth signs, and Yankee Ingenuity took a holiday.

  1. Saturn entered Virgo in September 2, 2007
  2. Jupiter entered Capricorn in December 15, 2007
  3. Pluto entered Capricorn January 27, 2008.

Dec. 1, 2008 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. economy entered a recession a year ago this month, the panel that dates American business expansions said today.
The declaration was made by the cycle-dating committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, nonprofit group of economists based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The last time the U.S. was in a recession was from March through November 2001, according to NBER. "

In 2001, Jupiter was in Gemini opposed Pluto in Sagittarius.  In December 2008, Jupiter was in Sagittarius conjunct Pluto.  Oppositions often act like conjunctions in their destructive power however they are shorter lived but focused.

January 27, 2008 is the date when Pluto entered Capricorn, and I believe could be considered closer to an accurate time for the start of the recession.

Pluto's ingress into Capricorn began January 27, 2008.  Early in April, 2008 Pluto 'changed directions' , going retrograde, then, because of retrograde motion, slipped back into the sign of Sagittarius for the summer of 2008.  Pluto returned to Capricorn on November 27, 2008.

Capricorn and Virgo are both earth signs.   Currently Jupiter is in Capricorn and Saturn is in Virgo, however, Jupiter and Saturn will move into air signs in 2009. 

January 5, 2009 Jupiter begins his transit of Aquarius, an air sign.  Saturn begins his transit of Libra October 29, 2009.

Could the recession be a MYTH? Was the economy in a real recession? Was it a MYTH? Maybe it is something worse?

It seemed like a myth when you looked at the classic indicators!  A myth explains reality by telling a story in outrageous proportions where the action does not make sense until you know some of the supporting facts. Example: Jason must abide by the rule of three and complete each task in order to obtain the Golden Fleece. Jason, the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece can be interpreted a number of ways. Google the myth and then read it as if it were a story about Wall Street 2008. (factoid: A Golden Fleece is obtained by natives in the Ural Mountains by stretching a lamb skin across a stream.)

  1. The graphs that illustrated the GDP was not negative for two quarters in a row.
  2. The economic indicators did not follow the historic pattern. Usually whole sectors lose value. Financial stocks were being taken down one at a time instead of the whole sector. IPO's did not exist and entrepreneurs were not touting new inventions.
  3. Other indicators for a recession were not expressing true recessionary behavior. Maybe we were witnessing the precursors to a depression or a conspiracy or blatant stupidity?

Reporters, commentators and economists didn't consider the numerous parameters of the NBER.

The rule of three will apply again in November 2009 since Neptune is also in the air sign Aquarius.

Here are two examples of how you can apply the rule of three to the whole market. (This rule can also be applied to individual stocks).
Can the rule of three bring us out of the recession?

Thanksgiving week in the USA

  1. Pluto returned to Capricorn, there was a New Moon, and Uranus changed directions moving direct. Then the two benefics Jupiter and Venus made a smiley face headline with their conjunction to the moon. (click to see National Geographic's photo, "Venus, Jupiter, Moon Smile on Earth")
  2. The following week saw some gains in the market and the shoppers were out snapping up bargains. It appeared that retail was having a fire sale, eliminating old inventory and distressed merchandise at prices below cost.
  3. Consumers were shopping.  However, there were no hot items, no exciting technological breakthroughs, and no star power even in the stuffed toy department. Earth signs dominated retail. Even the arts and crafts folks were in a creative rut.

December 31, 2008 we have a repeat performance of the rule of three. Once again put in your stops!

  1. Mars moves into Capricorn making a conjunction with Pluto on the day of the New Moon, December 27, 2008. Mars will speed up the destructive behavior of Pluto in Capricorn.
  2. Saturn turns retrograde Dec. 31, 2008 and Jupiter changes signs on January 5, 2009. There could be a lot of positive energy and quite a few surprise endings, but this is a case of discretion is the better part of valor. Put in those Stops.
  3. Don't let your stops expire, Mercury turns retrograde on January 11 and direct on January 31.

I think the S&P and Dow are going to have to evaluate the mix of stocks in their averages. My suggestion to the mathematicians at the Wall Street Journal is March 1, 2009, when Jupiter enters Aquarius and has had time to establish his territory.

The New Economy isn't here yet. The preview will happen the first week in January 2009, but it will be Mardi Gras before any one really takes notice. (In and around New Orleans, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years are just practice holidays for the important one Mardi Gras)

GOLDILOCKS
Dear members, The newsletter for the Virgo New Moon left the story of Goldilocks with this: She had left Dick Whittington in London because she found his lifestyle as Mayor of London boring. She then returned to New York, and has sublet a townhouse in Manhattan.  The three bears should expect a guest appearance. Remember she likes everything 'just right'.

Goldilocks finally answered her cell phone and she was loquacious! I'll summarize.

Goldilocks found a notice of foreclosure on the Three Bears kitchen table when she visited their home on Wall Street for Thanksgiving Dinner. She decided to take action and called Dick Whittington in London.

He suggested several ways to help the Bears refinance their house. Goldilocks rode the train to Washington D.C. and found the perfect "refinance" deal. However, Papa Bear was totally broke because of the moratorium on short selling.  Goldilocks donated her braids to the cause, helped mama bear start a porridge business, and called the North Pole to ask Santa for a custom made chair for baby bear.

Santa thanked her for the order and explained that the recession was cramping his style.

He said, "I'll probably make it through Christmas with residuals from my Mercedes-Benz commercial and my guest appearance at the Macy's parade."

Goldilocks asked about Mrs. Claus. Santa said, "Don't ask me, ask the elves".

Santa sent several rather thin elves to pick up the broken chair. They ate six bowls of porridge and explained, "Mrs. Claus has burnt every batch of cookies since they returned to the North Pole."

The elves asked Goldilocks what she wanted Santa to bring her.

She said "braids".

They explained that recessions also affect magic; she would have to grow her own.


Kaye Shinker

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