ISSUE NO. 46
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A historical overview
Wall Street has an interesting history in its own right. The street was built on the location of a wall which was first built in the 1640s. In 1653 it was strengthened to a 12-foot-high wood stockade which was erected across lower Manhattan from river to river to protect Dutch settlers from attacks by the Indians and, at times, the British. So right from its very origins in the history of the European colonisation of the Americas it became a place of conflict, of battleground, of building defences and defending one's material life. It was on this street that the first stock exchange was set up on a small table under a buttonwood tree on 17th May, 1792. On that morning, twenty-four stock brokers outside 68 Wall Street signed what was called the Buttonwood Agreement giving birth to what is now known as the NYSE. No time was recorded for this meeting but suggestions vary from 07:57 am LMT right through until 11:00 am, although visual astrology considers the complete twenty-four hours on the day of birth and so need not be limited by this lack of exact time.
One way of considering this event is to
regard the NYSE as a "client" a trader who has been successful but
possibly with a history of ups-and-downs and a potential for being
over-indulgent. With such a client, then, you would be interested in your
client's Mercury and Venus, their aspects, their star parans and the
narratives in which they play their part in the sky.
Mercury in paran with Alphecca
However, in addition to considering the meaning of the Mercury Pluto square we can consider the fixed star mythology that is linked to your client's Mercury. Sitting underneath Mercury and in paran with it is the fixed star Alphecca. Brady, in Starlight, says of this combination :
successful merchant or trader, a person with successful ideas
Pluto in paran with Ras Alhague, Rukbat and Regulus
Additionally, we can considered the stars in paran to the natal Pluto to give more information about this client's Mercury-Pluto square. According to SPC  Pluto was for that time and place of birth, infused with the mythological issues of :
Ras Alhague: The head of the healer and in this context associated with the need for balance and harmony in the markets.
Rukbat: The foot of the archer, and in this chart indicates that the client's work influences many people.
Regulus: The heart of the Lion and in this chart suggests that your client will become a leader in his or her field. Indeed with this star and planet paran it is no wonder that Wall Street has become one of the most influential stock exchanges in the world.
The parans have given us more detail around the natal Mercury-Pluto of our client, that working the stock market will be hugely successful, and influence many people, but there is a price to pay and there is always the need for balance and harmony. So is your client's history reflective of this "out -of-balance, leading-to-crises-and-pain" motif described by the stars? In the first two centuries of trading there were several times when our client was forced to stop trading and regroup:
The events of the seventy-two years from 1857-1929 pushed your client to use his or her Mercury-Pluto to fight for their success and stability. This was followed by period of relative calm for the next seventy-two years until 11th September 2001, when transiting Uranus made a conjunction to natal Pluto and formed a square to your client's natal Mercury-Sun. On this day terrorists destroyed the World Trade Centre and the NYSE closed for four days.
So your client's history contains "ups and downs" and you begin to understand both the intensity of your client's Mercury Pluto but also the love of trading and the ability to pull back from the brink of disasters (Mercury with Ras Alhague) and keep head above water.
Venus in paran with Vindemiatrix
In turning to your client's unaspected Venus you would note that it was in paran with the fixed star Vindemiatrix. Brady in Starlight and in SPC says of this combination:
Interested in the culture and lives of other people
The visual astrology of The Great Bull and
the Great Bear
The terms of "Bull" and "Bear" markets are linked with financial systems. The origin of the terms is obscure but in London in the 1600s and 1700s bearskin sellers were called jobbers and they would at times sell their bear skins before they had acquired them, considered a risky adventure but allowing the jobber to take advantage of all available sales. However, by the time of the South Sea Bubble of 1721 (the collapse of a trading market in the South Sea which caused huge financial loss in England), the jobbers at this time were keenly anticipating falling prices for bear skins and so actively engaged in the short selling of skins. Their hope was that the price of skins would fall, enabling them to buy skins to fill their orders at a cheaper price. Thus being pessimistic about the future price of something became associated with the bear. The bull was an animal pitted against the bear in animal fights and thus became the opposite side of the situation - the optimistic attitude.
The stock traders would have been unaware, or unconcerned for the jobbers of London. They would also have been unaware of or had no regard for the position of the planets in the sky when they decided to have their meeting underneath that buttonwood tree on 17th May, 1792 . However, as it has turned out, every year around the middle of May, for that latitude, the Bull and the Bear will rise together with the Sun. By placing their meeting in this sky story the stock traders of 1792 effectively embedded the now-immortal dynamic between Bear and Bull into the flow of the the world's stock markets (see figure 1 below).
So visually, on the day the NYSE was born, as the Great Bull rose in the eastern sky, just as Ursa Major was walking upon the earth to meet the Great Bull head on, the world's most influential stock exchange was born. The power on that day seems to be with the Bull as he contains both Mercury and the Sun which sit in the shoulder of the Great Bull of Heaven close to the Pleiades. But this is not the only conflict or balancing act in the sky that day.
At the same time the Bull of Heaven is squaring off to the Great Bear, the Saturn-Moon conjunction in the zodiac sign of Aries (see natal chart above) is occupying the fishes, stressing that this time period is about the drawing of things together, holding them as one, the desire to keep a balance. Meanwhile Venus, who seems so gentle with her paran to Vindemiatrix, we can see now is located firmly in the Stare of Cetus (see figure 2).
The visual astrology of Venus caught in The Stare of Cetus
Visually Venus has just entered that part of the sky that sits in the Stare of Cetus. In the April 2008 Visual Astrology Newsletter Darrelyn defined this as independence or supremacy of an individual or a concept that comes at a price, for it is trapped in the stare of the sea monster and there will be hidden issues which sit beneath it. We can add further information to this as this part of the sky is bounded on the other side of the ecliptic by the Stare of Medusa (Algol) in the constellation Perseus. Algol contains immense female power and a strong consuming passion which can devour with anger, rage or violence. So this is a highly charged part of the sky and to have Venus, the planet with the ability to radiate and empower, passing between these two gates of passion means the client will have to deal with all the hidden collective neuroses associated with money and the power that money wields.
Now we can understand our client's tendency to move from times of stability to times of great drama and passion; now we can understand the constant struggle to balance; and now we can understand the battle between the bear and the bull and how these have been embodied around the world's markets.
Looking ahead - the predictive work for 2008-2010
Since early April 2008, transiting Neptune has been making a conjunction to Pluto and squaring Mercury. For the client, this is a year when all forms of communication and mercantile pursuits become vague and imprecise or they become lost in the virtual world. If this was your client, you would be counselling them to double check any contracts that he or she needs to sign, and above all to maintain their ethics and integrity, for there is not the same clarity of thinking as in previous years and they can be open to deception and disillusion. Indeed a better way for your client to use this transit would perhaps be to begin studying areas to do with the arts, metaphysics or healing. However, your client is determined to continue trading, so all you can do is look ahead and when you do, you see that this transit continues until the end of 2009. Not only that but in early 2010 transiting Neptune squares the Sun which we could delineate as the dissolving of the client’s sense of identity.
We have considered the NYSE as a "client" in order to approach the situation of the world financial sector through another lens. In this way taking into account the natal placement and then adding in the parans and the visual astrology, we gain a deeper, more three-dimensional sense of the issues at hand. Adding in the predictive work by transits gives us timing.
What do you tell your client? There is no "quick fix" to this problem. The bailout bill is a Band-Aid bill that does not heal the problem, but like the Panic of 1907 it may well lead to reforms to the market. In combination with the larger movement of Pluto moving into Capricorn, what is being undone or dissolved through the banking/trading systems with these Neptune transits must be remade in the ways of ethics and integrity and that is going to take time. However we do know that our client does have the ability to regain balance after great crises but for the time it would seem the Great Bear is going to get the upper hand over the charging Bull until we get to 2011.
2. SPC is the shorthand for, Brady, Star and Planet Combinations as given above.
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