Starfire by Mary O'Gara, Ph.D., D.D.

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“There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.”
- Brian Aldiss

Mary O'Gara

Mary O’Gara is a financial astrologer and certified life/creativity coach who work with writers, artists and small business owners. Location and relocation questions are an important part of her work with small businesses. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, and consults internationally by phone and teleconference.




Starfire - December 2016
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December 2016 - It’s the Not-So-Stupid Economy
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It’s the Not-So-Stupid Economy

Presidents come and go, each claiming (maybe assuming) he can change the direction of the economy. The economy, on the other hand, like the Mississippi River, just keeps rolling along.  The river rolls in a long wavering line; the economy rolls through long slightly lopsided cycles.

Louise McWhirter did extensive research into the cycle of the North Node of the Moon (a point where two lines intersect in space). Her research identified a clear pattern of stock market cycles peaking when the North Node is in Leo and bottoming out when the North Node is in Aquarius.  

The Nodes move very slowly, averaging only three minutes a day. The North Node will transit through Leo between May 2017 and November 2018. McWhirter identified factors that could affect the timing of the cycle.  Sometimes other cycles warp the timing, and sometimes other aspects change the timing.  

What does the cycle really show?

McWhirter acknowledged that there were times the stock market didn’t behave precisely as she predicted. And, of course, the high point of one cycle is not always higher than the one before it. The strength of the peak depends on other factors.

British astrologer Charles Harvey, co-author of “Money and the Markets,” believed the McWhirter’s method actually predicted the United States economic cycle. The stock market usually predicts and rises before the economic cycle–but there are rocks and bubbles and things that go loud in the night that sometimes throw the stock market off course.

Harvey also noticed that the nodal cycle has been predictive for the United States economy (but not other economies he studied) since 1776.

Political shifts and the economic cycle

Politics and presidential choices are important for many reasons, but economics may be one of the ways in which politicians and presidents are the least effective. Republicans talk more about the economy than Democrats do. In fact, the economic cycle has peaked in recent decades while a Democrat was president and declined while a President was in office. That, too, may be a matter of luck.  The economic cycle predates both of our current political parties.

President-elect Trump is getting a break George Bush didn’t receive: The cycle will peak in 2017 or 2018, during his first term of office. Trump will enjoy an economic cushion other Republican presidents didn’t have.  He and the new Congress will make any beginner’s mistakes against the backdrop of a still-growing economy.

What should you be watching as the cycle approaches its peak?

A financial astrologer will want to study your personal chart as well as the charts of the companies in which you invest before making specific suggestions. Some of you use more conventional trading methods; your investment advisers will be aware of 18.6 year or 19 year cycles, but they’ll give them different names and have different rationales.

By early May, it would be worthwhile to review your portfolio and get the best advice you can about how your individual investments would hold up in a declining market. High flying growth stocks obviously didn’t do well in the last cycle.

Watch interest rates over the next two years. Lenders will raise them as the market peaks if they can–meaning if they can raise them and still make the volume of loans their business model requires.

The last cycle peaked late–just at the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency, with the decline becoming clearly visible early in the George W. Bush presidency. This time, it may come earlier because of an important solar eclipse.

Eclipses aren’t on McWhirter’s list of factors that affect the economy. I’m putting it on my personal watch list this year because the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 is during the Nodal transit of Leo and directly affects almost the entire United States–from Oregon to the Carolinas.

Eclipses hide things that probably shouldn’t be hidden.  In the months following the eclipse, or as other eclipses occur in the same eclipse “family” or as planets transit the eclipse point, those hidden things come to light.  Both good and bad news coming to light affect the markets.  Eclipses have predicted major international events, including wars and cold wars, all of which impact national economies.

The most interesting and informative book on eclipses in my library is “The Predictive Power of Eclipse Paths” by Bill Meridian. It is extensively illustrated with charts and maps for eclipses from a number of historical periods. Meridian is one of our premier financial astrologers.

At the moment, I’m reminding myself of two important facts:

1.  No individual, regardless of power or status, should be allowed to take the full credit or blame for cyclical economic factors.

2.  It’s time to assess long-term business and financial plans and prepare for successful actions in a changing economic world.

Mary O’Gara, Ph.D., D.D.