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“Today we got the incredible news that our unemployment rate has fallen to 4.2%,” Biden said. “And we’re looking at the sharpest one-year decline in unemployment ever.” Christina Wilkie, “Biden Glosses Over Weak November Job Gains to Highlight Low Unemployment Rate,” December 3, 2021, www.cnbc.com.

President Biden on Friday lauded a surprise decline in the nation’s unemployment rate last month, even though hiring severely undershot expectations with November marking the worst month for job creation this year. – Megan Henney, “Biden Touts Declining Unemployment Rate, Despite Huge Job Miss in November,” www.foxbusiness.com, December 3, 2021.

The above quotes illustrate the conscious disconnect between reality and reframed narratives of parallel reality that results in such low approval ratings for some world government leaders. Pluto is still in Capricorn. People want the truth, the entire story – or else they will reframe who and what you are, especially if it does not agree with their reimagined versions of the truth. And what is the truth? Unemployment is so low because people are quitting the workforce in droves, and not because hiring is on a tear. Continue reading…

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average – after briefly falling more than 1,000 points – ended the day down 905 points, or 2.5%, for its worst drop of the year in the shortened trading session on Friday (U.S. markets close at 1 p.m. ET due to the Thanksgiving holiday). The drop comes after health officials warned of a new variant found in South Africa that has a high number of mutations and has spread quickly among young people. – Megan Henney, “Dow Posts Biggest Single-Day Drop This Year as New COVID-19 Variant Triggers Market Sell-Off,” www.foxbusiness.com, November 26, 2021.

In a classic example of a Saturn/Uranus waning square “black swan” event, world stock indices cracked on Friday. COVID-19 reared its ugly head with yet another new variant from South Africa. This provides a stunning warning of what the Venus retrograde, conjunct Pluto, and the third and final exact waning square of Saturn/Uranus, December 19 and 24, is all about. Continue reading…

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President Joe Biden will briefly transfer power to Vice-President Kamala Harris on Friday when he undergoes a “routine colonoscopy” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the White House said. Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person to serve as president, and interest in his health has been high since he declared his candidacy for the White House in 2019. – Zeke Miller, “Biden to Transfer Power to VP Harris Amid Routine Medical Procedure,” The Associated Press, November 19, 2021. 

Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff… The exasperation runs both ways. Interviews with nearly three dozen former and current Harris aides, administration officials, Democratic operatives, donors and outside advisers reveal a complex reality inside the White House. Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined. And those around her remain wary of even hinting at future political ambitions, with Biden’s team highly attuned to signs of disloyalty, particularly from the vice president. – Edward-Isaac Dover and Jasmine Wright, “Exasperation and Dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ Frustrating Start as Vice President,” www.cnn.com, November 18, 2021.

It is interesting that Joe Biden went in for a colonoscopy on the day of the lunar eclipse, a full moon during the sun sign of Scorpio, which rules the colon. He was under anesthesia for a short time. And it was one day before his 79th birthday, so his solar return – a year ahead – could be like a colonoscopy and/or as if he is under anesthesia. Continue reading…

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Inflation in the U.S. hit a three-decade high in October, delivering widespread and sizable price increases to households due to persistent supply shortages and strong consumer demand. – Gwenn Guilford, “Inflation Rate of 6.2% Marks A 31-Year High,” Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2021.

Joe Biden’s next political nightmare is inflation, a force that can destroy family budgets and political careers and is being driven by domestic and global factors tough for a president to quickly fix. – Stephen Collinson, “Why Inflation Is A Political Nightmare For Biden,” www.cnn.com, November 11, 2021.

The higher inflation numbers weren’t so positive for stock prices last week, but they were very good for Gold and Silver prices. Continue reading…

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Broad-based strength in hiring in October signals the economy is shaking off the Covid-related slump of the third quarter and could grow faster than expected in the fourth quarter. Employment increased by 531,000 in the month. The unemployment rate fell to 4.6%. Revisions to prior months’ data also added a total of 235,000 more payrolls in August and September. – Patti Domm, “Strong Jobs Report Shows Economy Back on Track for Further Growth,” www.cnbc.com, November 5, 2021.

Stock markets were strong again last week, as several made new all-time highs into last week’s new Moon in Scorpio, opposite Uranus on November 4. These included the DJIA, S&P, and NASDAQ in the U.S., and DAX and AEX in Europe. Other markets enjoyed nice rallies, albeit not to new all-time highs. The exceptions were in China, Hong Kong, India, and Brazil, which all fell to new 4-week lows. With Uranus, you seldom get uniformity. Its nature is more non-conforming and can be followed by abrupt movements.

The abruptness of Uranus was most notable in precious metals, especially Gold, which fell to a three-week low on Wednesday, and by Friday was making a new two-month high. This is in alignment with Mars in Scorpio now, and points to higher prices as long as last week’s low holds. Ethereum was also highlighted last week as it soared to a new all-time high, but Bitcoin did not. With Uranus in the cosmic limelight, and in the money sign of Taurus, we can expect some fireworks here too as we approach December 24, when the last exact waning square aspect with Saturn takes place. It just happens to be within a week of Venus turning retrograde as well, in conjunction to Pluto. Venus and Pluto rule stable currencies, as does Taurus, and Uranus rules cryptos, another form of currency, which many are trying to make “stable currencies.” With Uranus in Taurus, that may not be likely for a while. Continue reading…

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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she was hopeful that the administration’s infrastructure package would be approved soon while saying she does not believe it will add to the inflation problems the U.S. has been experiencing. “It will boost the economy’s potential to grow, the economy’s supply potential, which tends to push inflation down, not up,” Yellen said. – Jesse Pound, Yun Lei, “Stocks Close at Record Highs, Market Notches Best Month of the Year Despite Big Tech Earnings Misses,” www.cnbc.com, October 29, 2021.

ECB President Christine Lagarde’s failure during a Thursday press conference to push back against market expectations of higher interest rates has brought out bears, with Danske Bank strategists expecting the euro to fall to $1.10 over the next 12 months. – “Dollar Climbs as Inflation Builds Case for Higher Rates,” Reuters, October 29, 2021.

Most world stock indices started strong last week, topping out by Tuesday, October 26, and then pulled back into Thursday-Friday. However, some indices rallied again and made new all-time highs on Friday, and  now we start a new highly charged geocosmc time band. Continue reading…

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The Dow got a boost Thursday as investors rotated out of tech stocks and into blue-chips.  Despite the blips in the tech sector, overall earnings season has been terrific so far, boosting the broader market back to an all-time high following a two-month lull.– Tanaya Macheel and Hannah Miao, “Dow Closes at a Record,” www.cnbc.com, October 22, 2021. 

The end of Mercury retrograde last Monday, October 18, didn’t end the global stock market rally that started from lows nearby to when Mercury turned retrograde on September 27 or its midpoint of October 7-8. It didn’t end with the three powerful Jupiter transits October 15-19 either. However, several of the world stock indices did pause their rallies on October 20-21, while a few others just kept rising right until the end of the week. Overall, the market behavior last week was very Jupiterian. That is, stock markets were bullish, with some even reaching new all-time highs. The behavior of stock indices was not even across the globe, or within any of the major regions either. Continue reading…

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is set to allow the first U.S. bitcoin futures exchange-traded funds to start trading next week, a landmark victory for a cryptocurrency industry that has long sought permissions from Wall Street’s top regulator. Bitcoin traded north of $60,000 on Friday, its highest level since April 17, in part on speculation the SEC would greenlight the ETFs. – Thomas Frank, “The SEC Is Poised to Allow the First Bitcoin Futures ETF To Begin Trading,” www.cnbc.com, October 15, 2021.

Rising vaccination rates and nearly $2.8 trillion in federal spending since December have produced a recovery like none in recent memory. Inflation has soared (and) the gains largely reflect disrupted supply chains and shortages associated with the reopening of the economy. – Nick Timiraos, “Fed Tapering Plan on Track, Clarida Says,” Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2021. 

Global equity indices soared last week following their lows that started when Mercury turned retrograde September 29, or near the midpoint of its retrograde cycle, which was October 7-8. But now we are in the midst of three prominent Jupiter transits, October 15-18, plus Mercury ends its retrograde motion on Monday, October 18, along with Jupiter doing the same. Continue reading…

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The U.S. economy created jobs at a much slower-than-expected pace in September, a pessimistic sign about the state of the economy… Nonfarm payrolls rose by just 194,000 in the month, compared with the Dow Jones estimate of 500,000, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 4.8%, better than the expectation for 5.1% and the lowest since February 2020. – Jeff Cox, “September’s Jobs Creation Comes Up Short With Gain Of Just 194,000,” www.cnbc.com, October 8, 2021.

September’s wage gains provided more fuel to the argument that the current pace of inflation could run longer than many economists anticipate. – Jeff Cox, “Strong Wage Gains Cast Doubt That Inflation Is Going Away Anytime Soon,” www.cnbc.com, October 8, 2021.

It is hard to say which had the stronger correspondence to the sharp price swings in global equity indices last week: the new Moon in Libra, the Sun conjunct Mars, or the midpoint of the Mercury retrograde cycle. Continue reading…

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Stocks of fast large growing companies had their worst month since the pandemic-fueled selloff of March 2020, and Treasury yields are around their highest since June. Strategists who had predicted another strong quarter of economic growth are cutting estimates because of supply chain bottlenecks  and the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19. – Akane Otani, “Stocks End Quarter in Turmoil, Worst Month Since March ’20,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2021.

“What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders,” Mr. Manchin said in a statement, “is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity.” Opinion Page, “The Manchin Intervention,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2021. 

World equity markets started out strong last week, rising nicely off their lows of September 20. But then Mercury the Trickster turned retrograde on Monday, September 27, and the decline that had started from all-time and multi-year highs in August and early September resumed until late this past week. Continue reading…