The ancient Chaldeans made daily careful observation of the sky. As the planets wandered amongst the stars and comets made their passage through the Milky Way, Chaldean astrologers made forecasts of plague, pestilence and war. They may be seen as the first data collectors in the world. Through their study - and the work down by their Chinese counterparts - not only were they able to predict precise planetary formations and eclipses, but they could forecast how the peoples of the Earth would respond to these alignments.
Sky watching continues today and interpretation of cosmic activity is as enthralling now as it was thousands of years ago. But there is a difference. Data available through NASA enables the forecasting of planetary alignments several decades into the future. Interpretation becomes harder the further ahead we look. Even so, indication of developing trends is helpful to planners of all kinds. This monthly column looks not just at how specific areas of the world may be affected by present day configurations but looks ahead also to periods still long distant.
JULY 2001: AN EXTRACT
A powerful solar eclipse takes place on 21st June. This eclipse is accompanied by a lunar eclipse (Full Moon) two weeks later. The period between these eclipses (21st June 21st - 5th July) is special. We know that the Earth's magnetic field is disturbed during such periods. There is also good reason to suppose that the pull on the Earth creates conditions for earthquake. This particular eclipse could have impact on the fractured lines of California perhaps increasing the possibility of earthquake in that region during July.
Experience also shows that human behaviour undergoes a shift in eclipse periods. Decisions taken during this time are usually at odds with what has gone before. Emotions and logic suffer imbalance. This can have a negative effect on leaders of countries forced to take pressing decisions. In their haste to arrive at conclusions they may overlook vital facts. History shows that certain situations worsen whilst others experience unusual breakthrough. These periods are generally not good for conventions and conferences of political leaders. Differences of opinion are likely to be exaggerated with resulting deadlock.
Eclipses fall into groups or series and this eclipse can be traced back over 1000 years. The eclipses of the 20th century belonging to this group marked periods of commercial instability and change (1929 to name but one) and it seems feasible to suggest that this eclipse may be an omen for international commercial tension.
The volatility of the marketplace evident since the start of the year continues beyond the eclipse period and may be attributed to the developing aspect between Saturn and Pluto that becomes exact in early August. Difficult configurations from 20th July further indicate the potential for exaggerated instability. The Dow Jones index may well surpass its March falls on 27th July. This date should be seen as extremely difficult for world markets. Recovery is indicated for September and, for some, this last week of July may represent a buying opportunity.
It is said that the area of the world covered by an eclipse experiences profound change. This eclipse is visible in Harare, Zimbabwe. If such periods mark endings and new beginnings, then we should expect major change in that region to get underway during these weeks. Both Angola and Madagascar lie under this eclipse. The latter may be profoundly affected by what occurs in Zimbabwe. Economies of all three countries might best be described as fragile mid 2001 and all three are likely to witness speedy political change from 13th July.
THE MIDDLE EAST
The very tense relationship between Saturn and Pluto has been building for many months. July 15th - 17th could be a period of crisis with factions on both sides accusing others of double-dealing. An escalation of hostilities is probable and may be a contributory factor to depression affecting the global market place from July 20th...
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