Sunday, 25 January 2009

Argentina and the Peso: 2009-2012

I must admit to having a soft spot for Argentina, (as well as South America generally) both astrologically and otherwise. I won’t bore you with the otherwise, except to note that my choice of painting, EC2, although in the Buenos Aires Museum des belles Artes and by an Argentinian artist, Fernando Maza, does not represent anything particular Argentinian in itself, but I include it because I love it. The photographic representation does not however do justice to the perspective or the sheer energy and unadulterated happiness of the original.

My astrological soft spot, on the other hand, was engendered by the fact that Argentina and the Peso were the source of my first successful forecast. This I did in November 2000, and identified the likelihood of a crisis the following winter and even pinpointed to within a week the credit downgrade that happened in July 2001.

Enough of me, let’s get back to the economy. Although the Argentineans are Spanish speakers, the country has more in common with Italy business-wise. I am not surprised, therefore, that the country shares with Italy the astrological signature of Neptune on the IC. That in itself isn’t a particularly good aspect in the long run, but what matters is whether it is significantly in play now or not.

The situation in the early 2000 was very bad astrologically, but those who would still condemn Argentina by extrapolation should note that many of those configurations have move away or are in the process of reducing, notably the separating progressed Sun/Saturn conjunction. Indeed the Argentinean chart is notable at the moment for its lack of Pluto aspects.

The Peso chart we are dealing with dates from 1881. It is an especially noteworthy chart with a large conjunction involving Pluto, Saturn, and the moon as well as our 2009 trio Jupiter Neptune and Chiron ( although within much wider orbs than this year), and opposing the Sun and Mercury across the MC/IC axis. With such a chart one would expect dramatic effects and sure enough wikipedia reports that at the beginning of the 20th century, the Argentine peso was one of the most traded currencies in the world. Indeed it has occurred to me that the Peso, picking up this chart, although 10 years before the true Pluto Neptune conjunction of 1891/2, put Argentina and the Peso ahead of its time and that some of what it experiences will be experienced by the rest of the western consumer society later on. In Argentina this stuff was done and dusted almost a decade ago, now its the US’s turn.


Tomorrow’s eclipse makes few aspects to the Argentinean chart. But the February 9th lunar eclipse is more active, like the corresponding summer eclipse it lies on the Descendant axis, squaring progressed Jupiter and trining Venus. Uranus opposite Saturn conjoins the progressed Ascendant. The first aspect suggests precisely what one would expect, economic effects deriving from partners. The second is more mixed and suggests some instability within the country as a result.

The aspects for March are again mixed, Jupiter makes a lovely sextile to the progressed Sun/Saturn/Mercury conjunction, but Saturn squares it. Some of what the government is doing is favourable some of it is not. Rather, like the nationalisation of the pension funds in October, it rather depends on from whose perspective you are viewing things.

A Pluto trine to the Moon in the Argentian country chart is accelerated in the Peso, it is already in process now. In the background we also have a progressed Venus sextile Pluto aspect, generally positive. As in the country chart the 26th Jan eclipse has little effect but the 9th Feb full moon is square Jupiter, suggesting magnified currency effects, and of course these have been in place globally since August. The Saturn Uranus opposition is also trine Jupiter and Uranus on the progressed Sun. All of which confirm the themes of the country chart.

In March retrograde Saturn returns to conjoin the Pso Uranus, where it was in October, so expect some similar issues to arise unexpectedly then, the start of the path towards the May Neptune conjunction.

Obviously, then, comes April and May and the Neptune/Jupiter conjunction. Whilst the conjunction squares the Argentina Jupiter and trines Mercury, Uranus squares Mercury and sextiles Jupiter. That’s again rather a mixed bag. A little inflationary but broadly positive. On the other hand, at the same time Saturn makes its final opposition to Pluto but trines progressed Venus and Jupiter. There are issues around debt and money but they are coming to an end and the overall influence is definitely one of financial stability.

The conjunction does square the Peso Pluto, opposes the progressed MC and conjoins Mercury, whilst the corresponding Uranus aspects are a sextile to Pluto and a conjunction with progressed Venus. At a guess this relates to the value of the country’s debt in foreign currency such as dollars. The question is does it increase or decrease? The conflicting aspects between Uranus and Neptune sum up the problem; a depreciation of the dollar vs. the Peso is good for debt but bad for exports and vice versa.

In the country chart, there is a final Saturn square to the progressed Sun etc in July, accompanied by an opposition from the progressed moon, which suggests that there may be some obstacles for the government at that time. In August Saturn squares Venus, the progressed MC and opposes the Ascendant and when coupled with the expansive Jupiter on the Descendant, this suggests forced repositioning (due to external events) with a net change in policy.

In the Peso chart, June sees Saturn complete its conjunction with Uranus and move forward, starting to change the picture. There is a tricky aspect of the progressed Moon and Sun in July mirroring the country issues, but with Pluto trine the natal Moon it is unlikely to be significant. Saturn returns to its January aspect in August, but this does not seem to be a particularly difficult aspect.

And in the Argentine chart, by October and November, Uranus is again on the progressed Ascendant square Venus and the progressed Moon but sextile Jupiter. Another surprising step in terms of reorganising the economic position might be taken by the government then, but again the effect is broadly positive. There is a congressional election then so that might impact on policy. September and October also see more excitement with the Saturn/Uranus oppsition on the Peso progressed Mercury/MC axis, which is further picked up by the Moon and magnified by a Jupiter square.

Jupiter makes its final transit of the country Descendant in December squaring Jupiter, more external influences stir the pot and create some instability but this is not heavy depression or anything remotely similar. Finally, November /December sees the beginning of a two year long transit of Pluto in sextile to the Argentinean moon and a quincunx to the Sun. Now as this position is picked up by the 2010 cardinal cross it is most important. But a Pluto sextile is a relatively easy Pluto transit, suggesting growing power. The people are beginning to feel empowered by economic and political events in the country, probably for the first time in many years: maybe they see the impact of the last two years in other countries and are relieved to be where they are. The relations with the government are less comfortable, but there is a will to work towards some sort of mutual outcome in some way – just not too easily.

In the Peso chart thinsg also seem broadly positive at the end of the year, with Uranus again conjoining the progressed Sun and sextile Jupiter, and the Neptune square Jupiter of earlier in the year repeating. However we should note that the Pluto Saturn square that is developing then is in hard aspect to the currency’s progressed Mars; This Mars is at 4 degrees Cancer, conjoining the US Venus/Jupiter and sextile the US$ Ascendant – we should expect there to be some tricky effects between the two currencies at this time.

The configurations of November and December remain in place through January and February. But by February transiting Jupiter has moved into Pisces and makes a whole series of positive aspects in the country chart; a conjunction to the Moon, a square to the Sun, MC and Mars ( over zealous but generally good) and a trine to Jupiter. It really does appear that everything will feel good in Argentina by the end of their summer. In February there are again some dramatic changes as Uranus again opposes the Peso MC. But in the background we have an exact progressed Sun sextile Jupiter aspect. This on balance must strenthen the currency.

March has another positive Jupiter aspect in the country chart, this time to Pluto and the progressed Venus, this is a really good financial aspect- difficult to see how any economic problems could ensue from it; it is good but real- i.e. it doesn’t suffer from Neptunian bubble effects, just fundamental well being. In April Jupiter crosses the progressed Ascendant and although this is accompanied by a square to Venus and the progressed MC, it probably isn’t going to negate the overall effects of wellbeing- merely change the pace a bit. May is a bit strange though with Jupiter and Uranus and Saturn square the progressed Moon. But this is a temporary upset, and in June is calmed by the Neptune trine.

In the Peso chart, Neptune squares Pluto again in March and April, arepeating the effects of May 2009, Uranus sextiling Pluto and conjoining Venus offsets this, it is now trine the Peso Ascendant too. The impact of these aspects last through to July. However, the issues in the counrty chart are again mirrored here, with Saturn conjoining the progressed MC and opposing Venus in May, and there is a bit of a negative effect on the value of the currency.

Incredibly the only real major aspect in the Argentine country chart in July and August (when the rest of the world will be on tenterhooks) is the Pluto trine to the Moon. Maybe I will take a holiday in Argentina that August – shame it is their winter really. Even in the Peso chart, the only planet affected by the cardinal cross in July and August is the progressed Mars. As mentioned this picks up the US charts. Expect issues relating to the trade in the two currencies to accelerate over these months, but for the ground-level effects in Argentina to be minimal at this time.

As a result of the fact that in September the Uranus Jupiter conjunction is retrograde on Venus, sextile Pluto and trine the Ascendant it appears that the Peso is going to be looking pretty good by then. This aspect continues to be within orb for the rest of 2011 and even the possibility of some restrictions imposed in October November when Uranus opposes the progressed Mc and Saturn squares the progressed Ascendant don’t seem to offset the positive effects.

In the country chart, September sees yet another stream of positive aspects in the country chart, this time stabilising ones from Saturn, to Neptune, the Sun Mars and MC. October is a bit more mixed with Jupiter and Uranus back on the progressed Ascendant- something to do with those restrictions that are identified in the Peso chart no doubt, but lets not be too picky – indeed a bit of excitement would do them good – else all this positive stuff would get boring.

November is just another series of broadly pleasant aspects in the country chart; Saturn sextile Saturn, Jupiter Sextile Jupiter, Neptune sextile Mercury. It’s all broadly stable and growing steadily. And in December with a nice trine between the Moon and progressed Moon, the people are pretty happy. However, Saturn does makes a conjunction with Mars and a square to Venus and some quincunxes this month- obviously some pressures on budgets and pay but it’s not been a bad year.

The slight discontent is over by end of January when Saturn sextiles progressed Saturn and February and March are more nice months of Jupiterian sextiles and trines. In the Peso chart, Neptune is still in square to Pluto and Saturn stations on Venus in January suggesting more restrictions, but with Uranus continuing its aspects to the progressed MC and natal Ascendant, and then again to progressed Venus, and with the progressed Moon crossing the progressed Ascendant and opposing progressed Mars and trining Neptune in the coming month there is really no let up in the overall themes. Indeed when Jupiter forms a square to Mars and the progressed Moon in March things really come to a head.

For the country, April is yet another stable month, with Saturn stationing trine Mars, often a military aspect in this case it is more likely to be a serious drive to work hard and achieve rewards. It is not surprising that Uranus sextiles the Sun (leadership) in June, and Jupiter sextiles the Moon, there might be distrust of government but when all is going relatively well differences can be put aside.

For the peso, April to July 2011 sees a series of Jupiter aspects, opposing Venus in April, a sextile to Mercury in May, a conjunction with the Moon in June and sextile to progressed Mars in July. None of which is particularly negative. The Pluto Uranus square to progressed Mars repeats in the period but with Jupiter there it is close to resolution.

In August and September Jupiter conjoins the Peso Saturn, and the progressed Moon trines Jupiter, we are definitely coming to a point where things will settle down.

Pluto’s last aspect to the Peso progressed Mars is in October, accompanied by a Saturn transit to Venus. The value of the Peso is, not exactly fixed but determined with more confidence than in the past two years. A sextile of the progressed Moon and Sun in November with a Jupiter conjunction to the Moon and Uranus to prog. Venus are all positive signs despite the fact that the currency is a bit tied by the square of Saturn to the Ascendant in December.

As a result, in the Argentine chart, September sees a repeat of themes form earlier in the year, and October more stability in the administration. November sees another month of comfort, and financial balance. December is a bit more mixed with a Pluto quincunx to the MC and Mars, but it is not surprising that some resentment occurs when the positive effects slow down even though compared to other countries things aren’t too bad.

In the Argentine chart, a quiet summer is followed by some tricky moments in March. Similarly in the peso chart, January 2012 is all positive with Jupiter conjoining the Moon and a trine between the progressed Mc and Pluto. There is strength in the currency and a positive debt profile. February is characterised by the beginnings of a long Pluto trine to Saturn, a mixed blessing but probably in this case indicating a secure debt position. It seems to be a turning point in the relations with other currencies as the progressed Moon crosses the Descendant.

By April and May though there is a broadly pleasant environment in the country again. Uranus sextile the Sun and MC leads to some surprises re the leadership but Saturn trine Venus still keeps the economy balanced throughout the period to July. What follows for the Peso, in those months, are more gently positive aspects from Neptune and Jupiter, as Jupiter crosses the chart’s major stellium in Taurus for the first time since before 2001. This time rather than emphasising the flaws in the peg, it is likely to be highlighting the benefits that have come from the depreciation of the early 2000s and the revaluations of the recent couple of years.

Nothing is perfect and Saturn quincunxes in the Peso chart in July and August create some concern, and even discontent in September, but the overriding trines from the progressed Ascendant to Neptune and from Pluto to Saturn seem to suggest that we have a fair valuation now.

As a result things are a bit less straightforward in August and September politically and economically, based on the country chart. The Pluto Uranus square picks up the MC and Mars and Neptune – perhaps some older issues come back to haunt the country then. But not for long as Saturn in positive aspect to the Moon, and Uranus to the Sun in November suggest some resolution of any such matters by the end of the year.

Chart sources
. 25 May 1810, Buenos Aires. 12.15pm local time
Date of change of power following the revolution. The events took place in the morning and it is not clear exactly what time the new administration took power, N Campion therefore uses noon. I have attempted a rectification which puts the time at somewhere around 12.15pm. As always with rectifications, caveat emptor and preferably do your own.

Peso: moneda nacional. 5 November 1881, 0.00 local time. Source: Law 1130
The progressed Sun appears at 4 degrees Pisces in 1992, opposite the dollar Ascendant, when the dollar peg started so I am happy with this choice. An alternative chart is one for 1 Jan 1992, 0.00 local time for the new Peso currency. This also shows links to the dollar in its ascendant and Saturn positions.
Since both work and since there was a mathematical relationship between the various series of currencies since 1881 I have stuck with the older one

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

2009 - A summary of currency forecasts

Part 1 :Introduction

Having reviewed the outcomes for 2008 in my last post, I now move on to 2009. Obviously I have already made predictions for each of the main markets, but they were made more or less in isolation. More information might be revealed if we take all those pieces together and complete the jigsaw puzzle, giving us a better picture of the unfolding of events.

Let’s first just recap on the planetary configurations we will see in 2009.

We still have Saturn opposing Uranus until March, and this will be further activated by eclipses in late January and early February – the latter notably close to Neptune again.

Saturn retrograde will move away temporarily from March. In April to July we will experience the full impact of the triple Jupiter Neptune Chiron conjunction (in semi-sextile to Uranus), still at similar degrees to last summer’s lunar eclipse. This takes us up to the eclipses of July/August – which are at new degrees and will shift things on for the coming months.

Saturn returns to oppose Uranus in August through October but takes a back seat when compared to the Saturn Pluto Square of November December.

I did cover most of these broader astrological themes in my Background Part 1 post. However I touched only in outline on the Neptune/Jupiter/Chiron conjunction with the intention to return to it after more research.

So, before, I summarise how I think things may play out in 2009, I would like to analyse how this conjunction might manifest in more depth; financially or otherwise. Those not interested in the astrological logic, but only in the market outcome, are advised to skip to Part iii.

Part II: The players.

Unlimited growth or misplaced confidence? The faces of Jupiter/Neptune

Jupiter’s fundamental correspondences relate to heat, expansion and growth in all fields, and thus indirectly to optimism, searching and abundance.

Neptune is associated with multiple possibilities and anything that lacks substance and thus includes anything that is unstructured such as liquids, wave functions in general and both the unconscious and the supernatural as well as drug induced states.

When combined, we have heat plus liquids transforming into gas, other chemical and alchemical actions,( although the exact form of these will be indicated by other planets). Indeed anything that exists in an amorphous/en-mass state can be associated with Jupiter and Neptune together are also characteristic of the combination such as the spread of peoples and other species including viruses etc through migration. Because of the connection with liquids, floods and tsunamis are also indicated.

Financially, we have optimism plus multiple possibilities equalling speculation, we have optimism with lack of substance equalling irrational exuberance and bubbles and growth together with lack of structure giving inflation. Anything which has the potential to multiply infinitely is also represented by this combination so it also to some extent represents all types of derivatives.

And we have searching together with lack of substance giving belief systems such as those involving religion/gods - the ultimate irrationality. (I am not passing judgement on the validity of any particular belief system here, merely using the word irrationality in its literal sense- that which cannot objectively and logically be proved: indeed faith would cease to be faith without it). A related area is the potential to transcend boundaries by peace or union or the ability to transcend the material world. Examples of the conjunction corresponding with such events are, the formation of the Olympic committee, the Treaty of Versailles, the end of WW2 and formation of the UN, prominent events related to Ghandi, the development of Esperanto and the electronic Freedom of information acts and more literally the discovery of the transcendence of Pi.

Finally, then, it is clear that when we combine the financial manifestations of the Neptune/Jupiter partnership with the belief system ones, we have the faith based system known as money and in the wider sense the currency markets.

However, Jupiter and Neptune move in a approximately 13 year cycle, which means that not only do they reach conjunction every 13 years but they form a major aspect of some sort every 1-2 years. Clearly one cycle of these two planets, by itself, is not going to be responsible for major global shifts in anything.

Nevertheless, together, they are also part of a larger cycle. Neptune takes 14 years to transit every sign, so consecutive conjunctions with Jupiter move forward in the zodiac by one sign almost every time. The last Aquarius conjunction occurred in 1843. So we should expect to see recurring themes throughout such a cycle of conjunctions.

And, of course, Neptune and Jupiter do not exist in a vacuum. Each cycle is accompanied by transits to the other outer planets. It can be difficult to isolate the pure Neptune Jupiter influences from those of Pluto, Uranus and Saturn, as they interact in turn. Indeed in this case we must incorporate the impact of Uranus as it is in almost exact semi-sextile with the Neptune conjunction in May.

Uranus throws invention, technological advances, change of direction, and creative disruption into the mix. It makes species evolution more likely as well as human led discoveries.

We can expect this year to herald some major breakthroughs in such areas. However we won’t see the real returns from these breakthroughs until later on in some of these cycles ( perhaps, on a grander scale when Neptune is sextile Uranus in the mid 2020s, or to a lesser extent when Jupiter makes aspects to the planets.). From an economic perspective it is a chance to make long term investment decisions, although not necessarily the investments themselves, in terms of the technologies to be followed in areas such as biotech/nanotech etc. Look at what is being started now to see what will bear fruit at those later cycle points.

On the other hand developments or investments in such areas from previous cycles may be maturing now. Look at what was started for example in 1997 (when Jupiter Uranus and Neptune were all within orb of conjunction), breakthroughs are likely, drugs started then may go mass market in 2009 etc. This would be a whole study in itself for which we don’t have the resources just now, but it is an indicator about what to look out for.

Adding Chiron to the equation: The awaited saviour or the fundamental flaw?

So how, if at all, does Chiron impact on this conjunction? I am not on such solid ground with Chiron ( although Neptune isn’t exactly the poster kid for solid ground either). I haven’t studied its effects other than in one or two extreme cases, even in personal charts, and can find little worthwhile commentary on its activity in mundane/financial charts.

The consensus view on Chiron in personal astrology is that it represents the “wounded-healer”- whatever that may mean. Furthermore the majority of astrological views imply that, despite the wounding element, this body is all about a more elevated and thus elated level of consciousness; i.e it can only result in a happy spiritual outcome.

Now even assuming that the wounded healer theory is correct, how on earth would something to do with physical or psychological wounds have any bearing on economics other than, at a stretch, that relating to medicine? And, even if we buy into the spiritual fulfilment theory, how does this play out for the vast majority of people in the practical material sense that business and finance demands?

A variation of the healer view is that Chiron, with an orbit overlapping that of Saturn and Uranus, acts as a bridge between the material and spiritual. Actually I do buy this option and believe that Chiron represents our ability to play God by tinkering with genetics etc – a view which is further supported by the birth of the company Genetech, one of the pioneers in this area in the year of Chiron’s discovery. However in this I don’t really see Chiron acting alone, but with Uranus ( which it opposed from 1952 to 1989) and Saturn (which it opposed both in 1965-66 and from 1986-2006). So we might be able to deduce at an economic level something more about the biotech industry from Chiron, (e.g cloning may become more significant since the 1996/7 Neptune/ Jupiter/Uranus conjunction brought Dolly the sheep), but perhaps not much else.

Finally there is some evidence to suggest a connection between Chiron and the software industry too, perhaps because software can be considered the creation of an artificial intelligence. Though, again, I would be inclined to say that Chiron does not act alone here but in concert with other outer planets. So with Neptune Jupiter and Uranus in the mix we are more likely to encounter advancements in this area, unfortunately including some intelligent and widespread software viruses.

But the above aside, perhaps we should ignore Chiron altogether in financial astrology unless we are considering these few specific industries?

And yet…. and yet…. the triple conjunction of Chiron Neptune and Jupiter at such a critical time in economic history can’t be a co-incidence. It must merit further investigation.

Of the few astrological writers that I have read who have expressed an opinion on Chiron’s impact on the 2009 conjunction in a market or global political sense, almost all have been positive in their expectations.( See note 1)

As I write this, Obama has been inaugurated president in the US, and many recent commentaries have high expectations of his ability to unite and change that country, and even the world. Certainly he does represent a possible manifestation of these aspects, and their persistence throughout 2009 suggests that people will maintain their expectations of his almost divinity for the whole year.

However, economically, I think the optimism in the forecasts I read represents too much extrapolation (enough to get jobs as quants modelling new derivatives perhaps….?).

Fortunately from the point of view of this post (but unfortunately for me in a personal sense), I have Chiron conjoining my natal Jupiter, and in Pisces which, even if we discount modern rulerships in general, does have some affinity with Neptune. My experience of this is not positive- the combination can completely destroy optimism and faith in the future. No doubt if I were to employ a personal astrologer myself they would counsel me on how to rise above this “wound”. But we don’t need to worry about whether I could or would; we merely need to appreciate that nations and markets can’t rise above their wounds in the way that people might be able to.

My view is that in financial terms the wound may equal a flaw in the system. To understand how Chiron relates to this, imagine a parallel to evolution where a mutation or “flaw” is what determines the nature of the next generations; a wound to one’s makeup, depending on the environmental factors, may turn out to be a strength or a weakness.

So let’s recap. Neptune and Jupiter together symbolise currencies and inflation in general. With Chiron in the mix we have the failure of some of these currencies to adapt and with Uranus sextile the conjunction we have the potential for evolution to the next level. What we will see in 2009 is a conjunction that highlights the flaw in the financial system, and in this case in money/currencies and furthermore in how differential inflation creates imbalances.

Part III: 2009 a synopsis

So we return to my forecasts. I have reviewed the 2009 content of my posts last year, and actually don’t have too much more to add or change. I will leave the stock market forecasts as they are. Nevertheless it is worth summarising and consolidating the main expectations for the currencies.

As of next Tuesday, 26th January, we have the first of the 2009 eclipses, the corresponding lunar eclipse is on the 9th February, ( I’ve sometimes have referred to them as the February eclipses though the former is in late January). As I have stated elsewhere these eclipses are close to the degrees of the Neptune related August 2008 eclipses and, other things equal, would tend to bring to an end the cycle that started then. –In 2007 year the similar eclipse cycle saw Northern Rock run into trouble with the summer eclipses and then be nationalised 6 months later with the spring ones close to the same degree. We should not be surprised then to see the headlines of this week “another round of bank bailouts.” We should also note that while the effects of the eclipses are fading, the Neptune Jupiter conjunction is not that far from the same degrees. The bailouts might be coming to an end but the impact of them on currency and government bonds most definitely is not.

Given the events of the last week in the UK we should not be surprised that the eclipses make almost all negative aspects to the BOE and UK charts. The first eclipse is slap bang on the BOE Jupiter ( core to its main Pluto Sun Jupiter conjunction- its fundamental purpose). The full moon eclipse aspects progressed Jupiter, the progressed Ascendant and progressed Moon as the risk gets dumped on the tax-payer, not without a lot of rhetoric as it is accompanied by the challenge of a Mars square. The Pluto opposition to Venus in the chart does not exactly help the financial position either. The UK chart is not quite so rocked by the first eclipse- Again Jupiter is aspected with an opposition to the Sun ( government – oh what a pity!), but a trine to the Ascendant – because there is still a belief in many circles that something had to be done. The full moon eclipse, in opposition to Saturn however, damns sterling and house prices further. We are already seeing something of the impact on sterling. I expect more.

In the US both eclipses throw up a lot of quincunx aspects – adjustment but not so much action. Of course with the new president it will take longer for things to play out there. The first eclipse is actually trine the US Uranus – as everyone embraces the change of leader. But the full moon square the MC will begin to demand more concrete response rather than spoken commitments. Pluto makes a mix of aspects in the US chart, positive for the president but not exactly uplifting for the economy. The latter February eclipse also repeats some of the previous summer’s aspects in the dollar chart. With Neptune conjunct Pluto and opposing Uranus. In the summer the dollar turned up against the Euro, and soon after down against the Yen, we will, post 9th February either see a marked increase in those trends or a change of direction. And Pluto is once more square the chart’s progressed Ascendant, it is still challenged currency for some while yet. It is also worth noting that over the coming years Neptune will transit first the MC/IC axis then the Ascendant/descendant axis of the dollar chart. The last 4 times it did so were 1848-50 ( Gold rush), 1888-1891, 1929-1932ish- needs no explanation, and 1971-1973, Bretton Woods and the subsequent oil crisis. So, on the whole I wouldn’t be positive about the dollar in the medium term, but the Obama factor might just save it for the moment.

The Euro chart sees the new moon eclipse conjoining progressed Venus, and the full moon eclipse trining the moon and progressed Mars. Overall this is positive. But Pluto square the chart angles is threatening the structure that binds the currency. Still value looks to be preserved better than Sterling for the minute at least.

Turning to China and the Renminbi, things don’t look too bad. Again the eclipse is slap bang on important parts of the chart- in this case the new moon next week ( incidentally the start of Chinese New Year as well) conjoins the Ascendant and the Moon and sextiles the progressed Sun and trines the natal sun. All extremely positive- so the internal propaganda will be for a good year to come. The full moon is widely opposite progressed Saturn though –indicating the shadow of recession in the background. In the Renminbi chart things look mixed. A 26th January conjunction with the progressed Sun and sextile to the Sun & moon and IC confirms the positives of the China chart, but an opposition to the progressed MC suggests difficulty. However there is little impact from the 9th February eclipse, so it is tempting to conclude that there won’t be much change in this currency for another couple of months at least.

Looking at Japan, next week’s eclipse is trine the country’s Pluto Neptune conjunction. That is not bad: deep seated change but not with too much difficulty. The Full moon eclipse conjoins the Sun – a repeat of leadership uncertainties which occurred in August is likely (then it led to a resignation), but it is trine the progressed Sun Mars and Uranus – they may get change and more strength. Still not too bad at all for the country as a whole. Even Pluto makes some nice aspects to the progressed Ascendant and Jupiter suggesting there is an opportunity to consolidate the financial strength of the country despite the global recession. The 26th January eclipse makes only favourable aspects to the yen. We’ve already seen much of the impact of this in the months coming up to this. The Full moon also makes some favourable aspects, despite a wide square to the Sun. It is possible as I mentioned for the dollar that we see a turning point after this time. Pluto in the Yen chart conjoins Saturn and squares progressed Venus and the Sun. That is quite challenging and will become more important post during the lunations of the coming months.

Finally in Russia, we have some aspects that are comparable in difficulty to those of the UK. The new moon conjoins the moon and widely Venus– but opposes the Ascendant and squares Pluto. Obviously we have seen some of the effect of this in the gas pipeline problem – having an eclipse on your point of relationships with partners tends to get a bit tricky for the best of us. The full moon is more mixed though with squares to Venus and a quincunx to Jupiter being offset by trines to Uranus and progressed Jupiter- economic challenges, there may be, yet changes are not hampered. The Pluto aspect confirms that times are tough but not insurmountable.

Moving on then we look at April to June and the conjunction we have already explored the broader meaning of. We can expect that between now and then the trend will run from the above eclipse manifestations to those that follow:

In the UK the conjunction makes just one major aspect, to Saturn. Recovery of sterling and houses are not on the cars. In the Bank of England chart a square to Mars suggests a weakened position and weakened resistance to events. An opposition to the progressed Ascendant activated by the progressed Moon suggests challenges from the people and the rest of the world
The progressed Sun is well aspected though- so the blame isn’t on the BOE leadership.

In the US chart the conjunction almost sits on the US moon. The people. This suggests the continuation of the Obama factor for some time. The American dream, in the absence of economic substance, is being replaced by a focus on the American saviour. The opposition is also close to being on the progressed Descendant though, suggesting paralysis due to the economic forces though quincunxes to Mercury and Neptune.

In the dollar chart, though things are still not too bad. The conjunction is trine the US Neptune Jupiter conjunction and sextile its progressed Saturn and its progressed Mars, printing continues unabated but value does not look to be too much further damaged, yet. Uranus is trickily positioned though so things will still be rocky.

The Euro chart looks very similar to the dollar one. The conjunction sextiles Saturn and trines progressed Mars and sextiles the progressed Moon. It is a similar picture but without such radical inflation of money. Uranus conjoining Jupiter and sextiling Venus actually looks unexpectedly positive for the currency’s value. However Pluto is still square the Ascendant, which puts a lot of pressure on its image.

In China, the main conjunction aspects are to the midheaven of the chart. It is not all bad but expect more Tibet issues and similar. In the Renminbi there is only one planet significantly aspected; Uranus. It is a curved ball, and upsets the status quo, but the trine from the conjunction to Uranus suggests it is viewed in a positive light. I would be inclined to interpret this as a sudden loosening of the reins on the currency- if not a free float, certainly a much more widely moving one. There are some hard Pluto aspects to this chart developing however in the medium term and this is no doubt meant to mitigate some of the difficult trading issues.

In Japan
the conjunction makes a trine to the Moon, but a square to the MC. The country looks bad to the outside world but the people are ok with the economic developments – well let’s be honest they are used to economic difficulties after 2 decades. In the Yen chart the effect of the conjunction is mixed. There is a trine to the Jupiter Venus conjunction, and a continued sextile to natal Neptune. Uranus makes a trine to progressed Jupiter and the MC. There are some tricky aspects, e.g a Neptune square to the MC and Mercury, but the balance is still positive.

Finally we turn again to Russia. As in the case of the Renminbi, the conjunction trines Uranus, and makes quincunxes to Neptune and the Moon suggesting unexpected developments regarding the economic state of the people and currency. Uranus opposes the country’s Jupiter Neptune conjunction (yeah they keep cropping up don’t they- anyone would think these country’s set themselves up for economic disaster hundreds of years ago…. ), but trines the Moon. It is subject to radical shifts and is not cut and dried but it looks a little better than the last few months.

So it looks as if the current trends are set to continue through to the summer at least. It does not look to be as dramatic as I though when I wrote last spring, but that is because the eclipses have brought much of the action forward and essentially there is a currency crisis at the moment : all of them need to fall, the question on everyone’s lips is “against what?” My analysis here is only a relative comparison of those currencies, and soft commodities and other assets really need to be taken into account.

With that proviso, the Yen still looks strongest, although the speed of gains will be less dramatic. The Dollar/Euro is harder to read with the Obama factor seeming to lead to a marginal preference for the Dollar over the Euro, despite the former currency being multiplied at speeds that would make bird flu virus proud. The Renminbi won’t do much till April or so but then it might get a much longer leash. The Rouble is subject to shifts either way and is likely to improve for a while as the Obama effect on the US keeps commodity prices off their bottoms. Sterling remains a bad choice for all but the most masochistic investor.

I’ll keep an eye on whether this is being borne out and update accordingly. Otherwise the next global currency update will be in the summer for the second half of the year.

In the meantime I will be moving to South America. Analysis-wise, not physically.

Charts: As described in my individual posts on each currency.

Note 1 : A typical astrological view of the coming conjunction:

When Neptune and Chiron are in conjunction, we can expect any and all of a whole sea of possibilities, all swirling at the same time. We may hear profound mystical guidance that may resonate with the highest compassionate aims of the healer -- or may be wasted on the perpetual victim who can't see anything beyond his own need for attention. There may be inspired plays and dances that bring our communities together in celebrations of beauty, provided the players are not too stoned to remember their entrances, or too troubled by bad dreams to stay brave. We may feel more clearly than ever before the awakening of humanity toward the coming moment of our ascent into galactic consciousness, as we see at last that the same universal heart beats in each one of us. Or . . . the years ahead may be a field day for scam artists and quacks who pass for "channels" and "healers," and offer effortless remedies to those who still will not imagine the pivotal truth: all the medicine they really need is within the capacity of their love and intention to attract to themselves, and to the widening circle of the ones they love.

And the only practical economic example I could find:
We are getting a big lesson in the commons and the vital importance of the people as a whole. When the workers are left out of the economic equation, the true wealth leaves the society. We are relearning that wealth must be distributed to the lowest levels of society and allowed to waft up the economic chimney to those at the top [ rather than the reverse trickle down process]
Through Chiron and Neptune, we have painfully identified the flaw in the culture’s perception of the role of the worker and the economic model currently in favor. This is prompting a refocusing process that can result in an increased emphasis in the commons in our value and our regulatory system. October 2008 Forecast by Terry Lamb

Monday, 12 January 2009

2008: A review of my forecasts

I did review my forecasts to the end of August in early September so in general I won’t repeat that analysis, except where it is part of an ongoing trend. So we are looking at what I forecast for September to December 2008, which as we know was a very quiet and boring time in the world financial markets!!

General – In background part 1
My overall forecast was for interventions which would “keep the plates spinning” etc, which in effect they did. Though even I did not expect quite such a Herculanean task in order to do so.

My greatest fault here and in all my analyses was putting a positive spin on the impact of Jupiter and thus failing to see how bad the situation could get with Uranus opposing Saturn and the lunations on Neptune. I should have remembered from personal experience that Jupiter is not always a benefic, sometimes it just makes bad things even worse!

One of my best forecasts was Iceland, but I posted that after the events so can’t prove conclusively when I did the work.

Another of my greatest successes was also certainly my greatest single failure. I called the top at the time of the eclipses correctly but failed abysmally to identify the subsequent huge decline. A/E

In order that I might get out my country and currency forecasts one by one, I did not do currency pairs, but relied on the overall individual forecasts to get a feel for relative strength. It makes the review harder but overall it is possible to see where I was most negative or positive.

I certainly forecast activity from the August eclipse onwards. But I didn’t get the direction right against the Euro in particular, (and to a lesser extent the Renminbi) though I did vs Yen etc. Interestingly I did spot that the Fed would be quiet over the summer –though the US chart was not, though I did not manage to identify this would be because Paulson at the Treasury was doing all the work. I didn’t really write anything about September in the dollar chart, though I was right that the major rate cuts would not take place then, but later. Also the events did not affect any of the longer term trends so it would be easy to miss. I did spot that November was not too bad but that December might see further challenges to dollar values.

My forecast for the UK was generally bad – so that was pretty much correct. And I did emphasise September in this case.

Euro and Euro countries
I identified that the benign effects of recent years had ended and that it might be undermined in August and thereafter ( though again I failed to spot the dollar strength against the Euro), but overall did not expect much action until 2009.

I also looked at France and Ireland in the summer and correctly noticed that France would not be in crisis mode in 2008, and that Ireland would not have any notable changes in policy or public dissatisfaction until around December despite the property price falls.

Overall that is not bad for the Euro forecast. It has been somewhat mixed, with the real impact economic impacts on the Eurozone yet to be identified

Swiss Franc
I did not look at this until October so only a few months of forecast to look at. I did foresee the split between Swiss safehaven status and fears for its banking industry which led to the Franc stopping tracking the Euro so closely in mid October to mid December. I was uncertain about this chart when I did the forecast as I couldn’t see themes clearly but that does seem to be borne out by the mixed impact so far.

This was my greatest success. Not only did I spot the leadership issues in August, I correctly forecast that stimulus would not be effective but that the Yen would regain its strength of March from September/October on, yet its gains would be less in December.

I managed to identify that the patterns of the previous few years were changing and that there would be negative financial effects on the people and influence from the rest of the world, and even the inflationary measures. But I totally failed to identify how exactly this would all play out and the extent that it would dampen currency appreciation. I was not nearly negative enough on China as a whole for this period.

Hong Kong $
Given the peg my forecast for this in 2008 was merely introductory.

Although I did my forecasts for each market individually they show a lot of common themes, which were borne out, but in no case did I manage to identify the extent of the falls that were to come.

I spotted the importance of 15th September in this forecast but what I called merely volatility turned out to be a one way decline. I underestimated the impact of Saturn square the Dow Pluto. I also expected a boost in November , and though that was true in the sense that a bottom was reached in the month, I was talking as if this was from a higher level. Nevertheless I did head my analysis “bi-polar bear” so I must have been picking up the trends in some way.

I correctly forsaw the two markets continuing in tandem with the flurry of activity mid September and that some stability would ensue during November, but again the magnitude of events escaped me.

I wrote “Saturn on the Ascendant is never a sign of optimism” for September October- a bit of an understatement and again saw November as a bit of a turning point in terms of stability, which it was in the end.

This is actually funny to read. I correctly forecast that a recovery in the index in August would fail to get off the ground and that there would be continued nervousness to October and that maybe it was because the focus was events elsewhere. All reasonable predictions. But I wrote it off as potentially being a bit dull. Nothing could be further from the truth. So my forecast that things would be better in December seems a bit redundant even if correct.

Shanghai Composite
The Asian markets are a little different because the extent of the declines post August were not as great as those in the year preceding. Indeed looking at a chart of the index for calendar year 2008 the period September to December looks relatively flat! Indeed it does not track the Western markets. As a result I did quite well on this index. I correctly picked a short term bottom in August followed by rise in September . I then forecast a rally in October but it was later than I expected in early November ( though as I have said before these are long term forecasts and accuracy of that degree can’t be expected given the fact that I ignore inner planet movements for trends), I did suggest profit taking in December which would have worked just fine.

Hang Seng
The Hang Seng pretty much mirrored the Shanghai Comp during this period. Although I identified some difficult aspects, I expected no major change in direction, which proved wrong – the market fell in September/October. However I forecast a positive turning point 12 months on from the October 2007 peak which was pretty much spot on when the market turned up in late October 2008. I thus forecast rises to the end of the year but urged caution as the indicators were a little mixed. That proved fairly accurate too.

Overall I give myself a B+ for this one – getting a turning point within a couple of days when doing a long term forecast is very very satisfying.

Most of my other forecasts took place too late in the year to be worth reviewing. I was pleased with my Sensex assessment though. When I did it I couldn’t work out what would close the market – but close it did.

I am also interested in the Russian forecast as it shows Russia most severely impacted of the countries I surveyed. Currency wise so far that has been so. Now we need to see what happens in 2009. More of the same or a reversal?

On balance then I am both pleased and disappointed. I got the timings right better than I expected and on balance had more successes than failures. But I missed the almost universal market fall in September and the fall in the oil price – the latter is almost forgivable since I did call the top of the bubble, but the former is a completely unforgivable mistake- particularly since I picked up that the charts were shouting Mid September.

Overall then “B-. Some good work but must try harder to make connections between elements of the course-work!”

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Germany : 2009-2012

I’ve been delayed in positing this, and indeed in conducting my end of year review, due to catching one of the many cold/flu viruses that seem to be circulating. I shall be catching up over the next few weeks.

In keeping with my theme for the European countries in December, I am illustrating this post with an artwork. In this case a picture of a section from the window of Cologne Cathedral designed by Gerhard Richter.

Because for much of its history Germany was not a country but a selection of independent states, picking a first chart is not so easy. The chart used here for Germany is the chart for the formation of the empire as effective in 1871, and fulfilling the spirit of a nation, although it should be noted that legally it was still not a fully centralised state.

The chart is interestingly similar to that of the UK, with the same angles and the same position of the Sun. Germany is however more Capricornian with Saturn conjoining the Sun and IC and Venus also part of the stellium. Pluto is trine Venus in the chart, and thus indirectly the Saturn Sun conjunction, indicating the enormous strength that the nation can muster when the people are acting together as well as the well known strength in engineering and industry as a whole. The chart also contains a configuration between Uranus Jupiter and Neptune, something that will be activated in 2009 when these planets form a mundane aspect. In the German chart Neptune is square Uranus and sextile Jupiter, which confirm the potential for major inflation that was realised in the early 1920s, but also potential challenges in terms of integration and communication. The other key element of the chart is the square between Mars in early Libra, a Mars which conjoins the UK Uranus and the Mars of the Bank of England chart –linking the three. So how is this playing out in the current economic climate?

During 2008, the progressed Moon transited progressed Pluto in late summer, as the debt crisis came to a head across the globe. However Neptune is sextile progressed Neptune, which will generally lighten the effect of any difficult circumstances, although Germany and its banks have been affected along with everyone, the impact until now has not been as great as in some other countries.

We have also seen Uranus opposing the progressed Mars during the year, which implies opposition and even possibly violence and it should be noted that this theme will reoccur again over the next four years.

Now (20th December) as 2008 draws to a close Pluto squares Mars, indicating major “surgery” in the economy. At the same time Saturn conjoins progressed Mars and quincunxes Neptune but trines the progressed ascendant, suggesting that a lid is being kept on some of the economic problems and that the country is a least prepared to deal with them rather than practice denial. Furthermore Jupiter is trine the progressed Sun and sextile the progressed MC, suggesting that the government is well regarded at the moment. We will see whether this changes later.

In January 2009 Jupiter trines Mars briefly, as Saturn continues to conjoin the progressed Mars. There may be some policy actions taken to shift the impact of some of the global economic difficulties between sectors. In February when Uranus opposes progressed Mars and Pluto conjoins Saturn, it is possible that there may be internal opposition to the government although it is more likely that there will be disputes about policy with other countries. In March Saturn trines Pluto and squares Jupiter and Jupiter squares natal Pluto. This is by itself quite a positive aspect, suggesting slow transformation, but as it occurs when Pluto is conjoining Saturn, the effect becomes very depressing - it suggests much more deep seated transformation in the industrial sector. However there is some evidence that this will not all be bad. Neptune quincunxes Uranus, but Uranus is trine Uranus, there is a real opportunity here for the development of new and improved technology. The progressed Moon sextile Uranus in April further emphasises this. Given the upcoming mundane Pluto Uranus square post 2010, which highlights the need to have harnessed the right technological developments, the aspects in Germany suggest that appropriately targeted policies at this time will bear longer term fruit.

The Neptune/Jupiter/Chiron conjunction in May and through the summer is not highly activated in the German chart. The impact on Uranus has been mentioned and the Neptune conjunction is within 1 degree square the progressed Sun and picks up the progressed Moon too. So the government is likely to be affected and even the people albeit briefly. This tallies with the likely currency adjustments expected then. Germany itself, as part of the Euro, is indirectly affected by events but probably for much of the country life will continue as usual through any such adjustments.

The double effect of Saturn trine Pluto and Pluto conjoining Saturn repeats in July, and the aspects to Mars repeat in August. There is no let up in the underlying changes to the industrial sector, and it is also possible that there are other undercurrents of aggression from some elements of the population at this time which have to be quelled. September, when the progressed Moon also trines Mars represents a particularly sensitive time.

October and November are somewhat mixed. With evidence of renewed strength in the leadership in October implied by a trine between Saturn and the progressed Sun, and a square to progressed Jupiter. In November and December we see a return of the Neptune conjunction effect, which should again favour technological change and on balance probably benefits from any external changes in currency strength.


There are other background forces at work in the country . Germany is experiencing the effects of an approaching conjunction between progressed Uranus and the progressed Descendant, which may be interpreted both as the impact of new methods and immigrant populations within the country and the effect of external events in partner countries on the German economy. Just how this will play out depends on the other aspects at play in the coming 2 years.

January opens with a Jupiter aspect to the progressed Sun, natal Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, This is an interesting aspect which on balance suggests strength although accompanied with some adjustments. February is predominantly positive too, despite the background changes. Jupiter trine the progressed Venus and Uranus trine Uranus suggests increased comfort, certainly enough to relieve any challenges produced by the Saturn square which accompanies it.

April and May see the beginnings of the impact of the cardinal square. At this point Uranus and Jupiter are still in Pisces and square progressed Jupiter and trine the progressed Sun, On the other hand the somewhat explosive effect of those planets are dampened by the trine of Neptune to the Jupiter and Square to the Sun that happens at the same time. But the period will be one of transition and possibly seizing opportunities. By June, Jupiter and Uranus are in Aries and square Mars. This is definitely the sort of aspect that precipitates dramatic changes - some of them opposed. Neptune continues its May aspects and Saturn reinforces them with a trine to the progressed Sun so there is still an offset at work that may break up the sparks from the other aspect- It is still a dramatic time though. Essentially by the time the cardinal cross is at its peak in August many of the events will already be set in process.

In August itself the cross has Saturn conjoining Mars, Pluto conjoining Saturn and Uranus/Jupiter in aspect to both. Now the Saturn/Mars square is core to the German psyche so this square is likely to activate old tensions and the Uranus/Jupiter conjunction to demand a change of both political and economic style which is definitely likely to upset the traditions.

In September, Saturn moves forward to square progressed Venus and conjoin the Ascendant. It was last crossing this point in 1981 so is likely to reactivate issues occurring then. Uranus and Jupiter retrograde to reactivate the Sun and Jupiter aspects - a more positive effect, change through the proper channels rather than through protest and activism.

The latter months of 2010 are likely to be characterised by some problems with the leadership as Saturn reaches a square to the IC and squares both progressed Saturn, Venus and the Sun. On the other hand the Jupiter Uranus conjunction will again highlight positive changes and take any developments to the next level.

The background theme of 2011 is an approaching trine between the progressed Sun and natal Mars, a very strong and dynamic aspect. We would not expect this to be accompanied by passive behaviour. Germany will face any problems head on and with the ability to surmount them.

January 2011 shows little change from late 2010 and in February Jupiter’s position back at 2 degrees Aries reactivates the summer 2010 themes. But now Jupiter moves on and will cross the Descendant by the end of the month. This is likely to mark a turning point, especially with regard to German’s relations with the outer world – perhaps the EU or perhaps even broader than just Europe. Jupiter is also square progressed Venus at the same time, and with progressed Venus in Cancer opposite the natal Sun, we might see internal political divisions regarding such external relations where they are seen to reduce the national spirit. The aspects of Uranus and Neptune to the progressed Sun and Jupiter continue at this time further suggesting that there is continued dichotomy.

After March, when the progressed Moon conjoining natal Jupiter brings things further to a head, April sees a conjunction between Jupiter and Neptune sextile natal Jupiter. This is highly optimistic, it suggests faith to the point of possible irrationalism, and could be accompanied by overvaluations and overestimations of success. Neptune and Uranus will have moved into aspect with Mars. Neptune will, to some extent, dampen the fervour of Mars, but Uranus in opposition to it may lead to outright violence. Nevertheless the aspect can be very productive and lead to a consolidation of trade. It does look increasingly as if there are too moods in the country at this time, those that are happy to go along with the existing government policies and those that believe that a more radical approach is appropriate.

As a result, the period around May is mixed. Saturn square the Sun, implies that the government faces obstacles, Jupiter square Uranus implies continued instability, and Pluto square the Descendant and opposing progressed Venus, suggests growing deep seated threats to the external relationships that were the focus of the early months of 2011.

Although Neptune is square to the progressed Sun throughout the summer, continuing the theme of weakness or deception regarding the leadership, June through August are relatively easy times. Jupiter conjoins the country’s Moon and Pluto trines it, gently harnessing the power of the people but not accompanied by any action. Even September, though a little less comfortable, is not especially dramatic. Nevertheless the potential of this amount of power is enormous and needs watching else it hijacks the political or economic agenda for the wrong ends.

However, by this time, Uranus is square Saturn which tend to upset the status quo and, in October, Saturn reaches an opposition with Neptune- this is a recession/depression type aspect suggesting inertia for the last 3 month of the year. But with Uranus again opposing Mars and sextiling the progressed Sun, we have the antithesis of inertia. It looks increasingly as if there are two country’s- one which is unable to move forward due to economic difficulties and another which is forging ahead, although whether in a constructive or destructive manner is less clear.

The year 2012 starts with a trine between Neptune and Saturn forming a grand trine with Germany’s progressed Jupiter and Moon. This is a rather odd aspect, as Neptune Saturn in trine is not unpleasant but nor is it particularly constructive. In aspect to expansive Jupiter the two suggest that it may be difficult to get new initiatives off the ground due to a lack of momentum. The spirit is willing but the flesh weak, so to speak. The quincunx of Neptune to natal Mars further suggests this.

At the same time Pluto is again opposing progressed Venus and approaching Saturn and the Descendant, continuing the theme of gradually accumulating power.

By March/April Pluto ( once more trined by Jupiter) reaches the IC. With just Pluto alone we might assume that the country would undergo an extremely difficult time of transformation, but with the trine from Jupiter the overall balance is less negative and more constructive- suggesting the financing of new industry and growth. In late April, Jupiter has moved away but it is now conjoining natal Pluto and trining natal Venus, passing the baton, as it were, of these positive wealth effects. It is possible that the apparent dichotomy mentioned represents the areas which are benefiting from finance and development versus those which are suffering from global recession.

However, while Pluto continues to transit Saturn and the IC, by May Jupiter has moved on. Furthermore Uranus crosses the Descendant. If Jupiter crossing the Descendant was a small turning point in international relations, then this looks to be a much bigger one. Essentially by June of 2012 we have the Pluto Uranus mundane square across the angles of the German chart. (It will be recalled that these are also the UK chart angles too and that in its own way the UK is experiencing similar effects). With these two planets at play we can assume that it is Germany’s industrial economy that is most impacted and that only those areas which have adapted to changes in technology, but not to the extent that they are reliant on others, will come out of this well. It also implies that there may be levels of economic protectionism put into effect at this time.

The latter part of the summer and Autumn of 2012, sees, via Neptune square the progressed Sun and quincunx Mars again, a repeat of the themes of weakness in direction of the leadership and, for a while, a rather mixed economic outlook with no real clear direction. December, however sees a reactivation of the Pluto Uranus aspect, as the progressed Moon reaches the MC and transiting Saturn trines it. It is likely to see the birth of a whole new cycle in German political and economic trends.

Chart source:
Germany : 1 January 1871 0.00 local time Berlin. N Campion; B
ook of World Horoscopes