Astrological Musings

“Conviction Politicians” – George Bush, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher

Dharmaruci has a great post today on what he calls “conviction politicians,” those who “pursue a particular course of action regardless.”

Politicians frequently present themselves as “conviction politicians” in order to convince voters that they are principled, that they will not be swayed by the demands of political expediency and career aspirations. What it comes to mean when they are in a position of leadership is somewhat different and less favourable: it tends to mean that they are the sort of politician who will pursue a particular course of action regardless, that they have a certain ‘gut instinct’ as to what is right that they are determined to pursue.

‘Conviction’ is not an air quality, astrologically speaking. It is a ‘gut instinct’, and it is rigid. It is Scorpionic. I have always thought that to have such convictions about the right course of action – which can be an appealing quality to voters – you need the ability to ignore inconvenient facts. Not consciously ignore, but actually be opaque to them, so that to you it’s as if they don’t exist. So here we also have a Neptunian quality, the ability to delude oneself.

He has a few choice words for American politicians and those who elect him, but those words only hurt because they’re true. ::grin:: Dharma says this about President Bush:

Though he may or may not be able to understand a page of print in front of him (opinion seems to be divided here), he certainly does not base his decisions on reason. His believes in his gut instinct and that it will ultimately be proved right. It is a sort of magical thinking. That is why, for example, there was very little planning as to what to do […]

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By |2006-12-19T23:33:00-04:00December 19th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Conviction Politicians” – George Bush, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher

Harvard Business Review: Stocks are higher during new moons

The Harvard Business Review recently did a peer review on a study by University of Michigan researchers:

“We find strong lunar cycle effects in stock returns,” say University of Michigan Business School professors Ilia D. Dichev and Troy D. Janes in a research report.

“Specifically, returns in the 15 days around new moon dates are about double the returns in the 15 days around full moon dates. This pattern of returns is pervasive,” they report.

The scholars set out to examine the folk wisdom that moon cycles affect human behavior, especially abnormal behavior around full moons. They turned to stock markets to get a big enough sample, as millions of people make billions of trades on a regular basis.

They gathered data on major U.S. stock markets over the past 100 years, and on the markets of 24 other nations going back 30 years.

“Taken as a whole, this evidence is consistent with popular beliefs that lunar cycles affect human behavior,” the researchers concluded.

The Harvard Business Review, reporting the research in its current issue, says that while these findings “are a bit off the beaten path, they’re the product of rigorous research.”

It’s hard to predict the ups and downs of individual stocks because there’s so much variability in the fortunes of companies and there are greater cycles that would also have an effect, such as the Jupiter/Saturn cycle we just experienced and the passage of Jupiter through Scorpio (expanding stocks/other people’s money) and now Jupiter in Sagittarius (more irrational exuberance). This is a trend that can’t be used for investing: for example, the stock market fell today even though a new moon is around the corner. But it does prove a correlation between moon […]

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By |2006-12-19T00:25:00-04:00December 19th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Harvard Business Review: Stocks are higher during new moons

Current astrological fortunes of the US

Mundane astrology, the astrology of places and events, is not my specialty ( is my usual source for this area of expertise) but I confess it does fascinate me. Knowing that the commonly-used Sibley chart for the United States has Sagittarius rising I took a look to see how the Sagittarius stellium was affecting the US.

Transiting Uranus in Pisces has been making a square, or challenging aspect, to the descendant in the US chart since back in March of 2006, bringing a radical change (Uranus) in the way the US identifies itself relative to its allies. Uranus transits bring sudden change and revolutionary behavior, and the ascendant/descendant axis deals with how we balance our personal identity with our relationships. Before Uranus began this transit to the US chart back in March the GOP was considered by many to be a strong ally in the cause of United States policy; now they rank close to the bottom of public approval. Britain was a powerful ally before Uranus started kicking us around, but now with the demise of Tony Blair the ties between US and Britain have all but disintegrated.

Uranus also takes the ruling power out of the hands of the few and gives it to the many and we have seen this in the Bush administration: Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld were designing the destiny of the US and now there are many voices speaking up. But is anyone listening?

The first of the transits across the US ascendant occurred back in late November when Venus crossed that point, and Mercury crossed the ascendant a few days ago as President Bush was involved in his quest for help with the Iraq problems. […]

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By |2006-12-18T12:02:00-04:00December 18th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Current astrological fortunes of the US

New Moon Approaching! And other planetary news

The Sun is now conjunct Pluto (regeneration) and in a trine to Saturn (forms and structures), making it easier for us to release the old bonds that have been holding us back as Pluto transforms the structures in our life so that they can better accommodate our new vision. This process is completed by the sextile of Mercury (thoughts) to Neptune (transcendence) which is approaching now but exact on the 19th which aids in the integration of our experience (Mercury) and opens our creative channels (Neptune). Venus is sextile Uranus the same day, and we may find ourselves involved in surprising encounters (Uranus) with new people (Venus).

All of this sets the stage for the New Moon on December 20 at 9:01 am EST. The energy for the lunations (New and Full Moons) typically begins about three days before as the luminaries (Sun and Moon) begin to move into place. The New Moon is a time of new beginnings: the energy of the Sun and Moon are working together during this time and the conscious and unconscious aspects are fused and operate as one. Projects or plans that begin during the New Moon tend to be more successful, since there is a greater integration of spirit that coincides with the event.

This New Moon is in Sagittarius, the sign of adventure, experiences that expand us, bringing new possibilities and a new optimism. In Sagittarius we search for a truth that we can call our own, and break through barriers that have held us back. The Sun and Moon are both tightly conjunct Pluto for this event, adding an intensity and a transformative quality that can provide the fuel for us to propel into a new dimension of […]

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By |2006-12-18T11:35:00-04:00December 18th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Moon Approaching! And other planetary news
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