|Jupiter Entering the Cardinal Climax|
|Written by Raymond Merriman|
“Nothing could be stupider than to fall in love with Jupiter…”
Here comes expansion. It’s a new day and a new life as both Jupiter and Uranus leave the old zodiac (Pisces) and begin their journey through the new zodiac (Aries). By itself, this would be a wonderful omen of great things to come. And, it may be. But this expansion, a new day and a new life, is apt to sputter - or worse, it could be derailed altogether with their hard-aspect relationship to Saturn and Pluto.
Jupiter will enter Aries June 6, 2010, along with Uranus just a few days before (May 27). Therefore, like Uranus, Jupiter will be in opposition to Saturn and square Pluto. The giant planet will then start its 14-year conjunction cycle with Uranus. This is the signature (Jupiter touching off the Saturn-Uranus opposition) that Mundane Astrologer Andre Barbault identified as a harbinger of a Great Depression. He made this observation in 1991, and the Saturn-Uranus economic crisis did erupt in 2008 when the two planets first entered into opposition. Yet the presence of Jupiter added to this pattern does not officially begin until May 23, 2010. That’s when Jupiter forms its first opposition to Saturn. It will form two more oppositions through March 28, 2011, for it unfolds in a three-passage series due to the retrograde motion of Jupiter. The implication is that the full extent of the panic, or an economic depression, has not yet been realized. It is still coming. Moreover, it may hit like a tsunami between May 2010 and March 2011.
Or maybe not. In 90% of the historical cases studied from 1872 to the present, the U.S. stock market has rallied to form a peak after the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction ends.1 A de-trending graph of the U.S. stock market, tracking the transit of Jupiter through the signs since 1789, shows that a trough tends to form in early Aquarius, after which equity prices generally rise through Pisces and into middle Aries. This graph was provided by respected programmer Sergey Tarassov of Toronto, Ontario (www.alphee.com and www.timingsolutions.com). Jupiter will be in this bullish sector of the zodiac all year, even into 2011. Is it possible to have a rising stock market and another economic crisis? Anything is possible, and so we must consider how that could happen.
Composite of Jupiter transit through the zodiac and the average direction of US stock prices.
So which outcome will occur this time? Uranus in Aries is a correlate to strong stock market declines and economic crisis. A low point in each case has happened in the three previous instances in the history of the United States and England (1760’s, 1840’s, and 1930’s). Jupiter in Pisces through early Aries, on the other hand, is a correlate to strong bull markets. So is Jupiter conjunct Uranus in over 80% of historical cases studied. But Saturn in opposition to Uranus can be peaks followed by a collapse (or vice-versa). The most educated guesses would portend a rising stock market followed by another collapse. Or a series of strong rallies followed by sudden sharp declines, perhaps of 20% or more. But with the unexpected nature of Uranus involved, no one really knows for sure which way it will unfold. Uranus always surprises. About the only thing one can count on is that the stock markets – and the economy – will be volatile and subject to sudden reversals.
There may be a lot of hope and confidence with Jupiter conjunct Uranus in early Aries. Jupiter pertains to the attitude of hope. It is strong in the sign of Aries, and so is Uranus, for these are action planets in an action sign. The danger with Jupiter – always – is over-reaching, trying to do too much, and trying to get too much (greed). Given that these too planets are in opposition to Saturn, there will be a penalty to pay for over-reaching and going beyond reasonable limits. With Pluto also involved in a square to all three planets, the over-reaching will likely be in terms of incurring more debt, for which there will be another price to pay. The prevalent attitude seems to be, “We need this, want this, and we can do this, so by golly, let’s just do it. It is the right thing to do (Jupiter has this moral righteousness quality about it) and therefore it will work out well.” The reality is that no one considered the consequences of it not working out well, that these expenditures and new programs, which we all really want, just cannot be afforded. And now more debt and even bankruptcy loom as a result of this macho, over-confident attitude and over-reaching behavior. Even Jupiter in Pisces, which is in effect off and on throughout 2010, has a tendency to “believe in miracles,” but misread reality. And reality is Saturn, which opposes Jupiter in first Pisces, then Aries. With Saturn, there is a limit – a boundary - which one’s actions must take into account, lest the outcome be disappointment. In other words, Jupiter and Uranus may provide a multitude of good ideas and good intentions. But with Saturn opposing (and square) Pluto, a plan is needed that understands the limitations necessary to work within, in order to make these ideals a reality. It’s like getting a shiny new sports car as a gift – but the emergency brake won’t release until you pass a driving test and a pay a fee that you can’t yet afford.
Jupiter and Uranus entering Aries also symbolize the quest for freedom. Both the planets and the sign detest restrictions of any kind. But with Saturn in opposition, that is exactly what happens: the drive for freedom combines with the tyranny of repression to that expression. Think of the students in Iran demonstrating against the fraudulent elections of their leaders in 2009. Think of citizens in so many places in the world who want freedom and democracy, whose voices are being squashed by the force of repressive government leaders. As astrologer Daniel Gordon wrote in a personal email, “But what you and I know is that Jupiter and Uranus are going to gang up in Aries and imprison Pluto, because Plutonian corruption can screw up reforms. This is the story of freedom and democracy winning the future, I think, both against the past and against corruption.”2 To me, this is the hope for Pluto in Capricorn in the end. But for now, the bid for freedom of expression and democracy of governments is likely to clash with forces of tyranny in 2010, and maybe lasting into 2015, before the reforms really take hold – before the corruption really begins to be rooted out. But as Gordon states, this is the story of freedom and democracy winning out in the end. Unfortunately, there are many tears and heartaches along the way, as 2010 is apt to demonstrate.
Excessive government spending, without regard to one’s financial limitations, can lead to a multitude of economic problems. It can lead to devaluation of one’s currency. It can lead to bankruptcy. And it can lead to inflation. But we live in a bizarre economic period now where we have strong forces of inflation and deflation. With Pluto in the property sign of Capricorn, and with so many homes in negative equity leading to a record number of foreclosures, a case can be made that in absolute terms, we will be in a deflationary environment for some time, and maybe throughout the next decade. Saturn and Capricorn are deflationary by nature, as opposed to Jupiter and Neptune, and their ruling signs of Sagittarius and Pisces, which are inflationary. In a private email from legendary trader Ted Lee Fisher, he summed up the crosscurrents very well. “I have no trouble whatsoever seeing a strong deflationary force in absolute terms but I am beginning to suspect that many markets are going to soar in nominal terms as the devaluation of the U.S. Dollar accelerates on its way to default… because the current financial regime is so corrupt that they did not allow the purging of toxic assets last year and only transferred them to the government balance sheets creating the necessity of devaluation to default as the only way of resolving their problems.”3 Perhaps this is the way that Jupiter transiting Pisces and Aries, along with its conjunction to Uranus, coincides to sharply rising stock prices in 2010 and early 2011 as it has historically, while at the same time the economy suffers through yet another shock (or two), as suggested by the T-square of Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. If so, then Government (U.S.) Treasuries may be vulnerable to one of these shocks. That wouldn’t be so surprising after all to Financial Astrologers, for Saturn rules government, Uranus rules “shock,” and Pluto rules bonds and treasury notes (debt instruments).
In many ways, 2010 is very much like 2009. There remains great uncertainty about the direction the world and U.S. economy will take, because there are so many variables whose future is unknown, and so many contradictory trends in those that are known. Even the governors of the Federal Reserve Board cannot come to a consensus on what way the economy is going to go and what steps to take to insure its stability. Their crystal ball was woefully inadequate in forecasting the crisis even as it developed. And certainly the leaders of government are even more clueless, except that they understand that the fear of economic catastrophe remains heightened, and therefore it becomes a great tool to use in the campaign for votes against the other side. But solutions? They have none that they can state with confidence will work. They agree, however, that the other party’s plan won’t work. So in the midst of this unprecedented uncertainty, it is not surprising that the field of Financial Astrology attracts more attention.
With Jupiter moving from a conjunction to Neptune in 2009, to a conjunction with Uranus in 2010, there is reason to believe that economic growth will continue following the recession of December 2007 through mid-2009. Inflation will likely remain tame, and many businesses – especially the banks – will continue to show good earnings. This will probably translate in rising stock markets.
But Saturn will still be in opposition to Uranus (and Jupiter), and now forming a T-square with Pluto, and this means that there are still surprises lurking, and the recovery will not be steady and typical of past recoveries. For instance, as federal deficits increase through massive new government programs, so will taxes, and this will stifle the long-term growth in employment and wages. As homeowners continue to allow their homes to be foreclosed, prices of many goods (inflation) will also remain low. In fact, that is deflationary. And that condition is exasperated because banks will continue with very tight credit policies, not wanting to take the risk of losing on their loans. They will continue to hoard the money, thus stifling the extent of any growth in credit necessary to sustain an economic expansion. Yet that money has to go somewhere and possibly into raw materials and the stock market, where prices could really soar, and thus we could have a condition of soaring inflation in the financials and commodities, but deflation in goods available at the consumer level.
About the only thing Financial Astrology can forecast regarding the economy and geopolitical situation with a rather high degree of confidence is that there is likely to be another shock or two to the system. That is explained easily with Saturn in opposition to Uranus, and with Uranus moving into a cardinal sign (Aries) in 2010. With Pluto in a T-square to Saturn and Uranus, the economic shocks will be related to debt, and the geopolitical shocks will be related to threats of death and coups to unseat government leaders.
Yet none of these planets involved in the Cardinal Climax are in water signs. Cancer is the one sign missing from the celestial set up. That means that as these disruptions and shocks occur, the general public is somehow detached from it emotionally. Oh, there will be anger and cries for revenge, vis-à-vis Uranus in Aries, a rather impetuous combination. But this opposed by Saturn in Libra, where it is exalted, and thus there will also be a force of measured consideration before acting out.
In the end, it is as there are two parallel realties unfolding at once, depicted by two types of leaders in the world. On one hand, there is the Saturn in Libra leaders, who want to be loved and respected by their citizens, if not the entire world body. They tend to band together, and want to avoid or squash conflict and war. In fact, they work in concert for the expansion of democracy, fairness, and justice, wherein the common man is given a greater opportunity for freedom of expression and the pursuit of happiness. They are examples of noble men and women. Even Uranus in Aries supports this desire of freedom for the masses. On the other hand are those leaders who are the exact opposite. They exemplify the negative qualities of Uranus in Aries, especially as it squares Pluto. They want to increase their power. Their repressive actions over their population – and their neighbors - threaten the stability of the world body. They are tempted to escalate conflicts within their nations as well as towards other nations, even to the point of orchestrating surprise military attacks. This propensity towards conflict increases if they also come into possession of weapons of mass destruction, like nuclear arms. In a way, the opposition of Saturn in Libra to Uranus in Aries, and both square to Pluto, is like an epic drama between good and evil. But with the lack of planets in Cancer (or any water sign), the general public will be more of a detached spectator rather than a highly involved participant. It is more akin to watching a new video game with violent sequences, in which the characters are world leaders, representing good and evil intentions. The only problem is that the future of the word is at stake. It is not a game.
Thus 2010 could very well be the most important year of a lifetime. The outcome of the next 5-10 years will depend greatly on the events, responses to these events, and the new policies that will be set into motion this year. We are past the planning stage and entering into the stage of action. This is the heart of the Cardinal Climax. We are now living in the modern day version of “The Twilight Zone.”
1. Merriman, Raymond, The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 2: Geocosmic Correlations to Investment Cycles, West Bloomfield, MI, USA, Merriman Market Analyst, Inc, 1999.