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Economists struggle to understand the ebb and flow of markets and attempt to find reasons why a market will expand and contract.  Astrologers have better tools.  They’re not perfect enough to depend on for day to day trading – there are too many variables.  One’s own planetary cycles, the peculiarities of each individual company, the global atmosphere and how each individual nation is affected by planetary cycles.  But what we can do is observe the larger planetary cycles to predict a general atmosphere of expansion and then contraction.

While Pluto was in Sagittarius the housing and financial markets expanded beyond recognition.  The size of an average home went from 1800 to 2600 square feet, with a price to match.  The stock markets in the US and elsewhere soared.  Although Alan Greenspan (and I) warned of “irrational exuberance” – Greenspan because of a conservative view of economics, me because of Pluto in Sag – there was a feeling, fueled by the optimism of Sagittarius, that the economies of the world could continue to expand indefinitely.  But the image shown here demonstrates the movement of markets according to the ebb and flow of optimism and pessimism, and this can be seen in observable astrological cycles.

Pluto moved into contracting Capricorn back in 2008 and we all know what happened next.  Everyone was shocked but astrologers – we were ready.  And we are sounding the warning again.  As I said back in January in my talk on the Astrology of 2019, expansive Jupiter has been in its own sign of Sagittarius all year which has kept consumer confidence, and the confidence of economists, artificially inflated.  Between May and July Saturn (restriction) and Pluto (destruction and regeneration) nearly collided, both in conservative Capricorn.  At that time, economists began ringing the alarm bells for a recession and even now three out of four economists predict a recession by 2021.  But the exact alignment of Saturn and Pluto won’t occur until January of 2020.

In early December, Jupiter will leave sunny Sagittarius and we will have three planets in Capricorn. By the end of December the Sun and Mercury will both be in Capricorn for a total of five planets in that sign.  The last major stellium of five planets in Capricorn occurred back in 1988-1990, initiating the recession of the early 1990s.  According to Wikipedia:

Throughout 1989 and 1990, the economy was weakening as a result of restrictive monetary policy enacted by the Federal Reserve. At the time, the stated policy of the Fed was to reduce inflation, a process which limited economic expansion. Another factor that may have contributed to the weakening of the economy, was the passing of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 which led to the end of the real estate boom of the early to mid-1980’s resulting in sinking property values, lowered investment incentives, and job loss. The immediate cause of the recession was a loss of consumer and business confidence. [Emphasis added to depict Capricornian influences.]

I am not particularly distressed about the upcoming contraction in the global economy, and neither should you be.  Contraction is part of the natural ebb and flow of the expansive process, and understanding the likely timing of a contraction can help us to plan.  I am not a financial consultant! But still, the next six months are not, in my opinion, conducive to the kind of risk taking that Jupiter enjoys in Sagittarius.  Four planets (Sun, Mercury. Saturn and Pluto) will align in Capricorn in mid-January, and we will have a better idea by late January of how all of this will affect financial markets.  For now, I am recommending to my clients that they take conservative measures with their finances to be prepared for a major contraction should that arrive.

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