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The Winter Solstice - 2008 *
December 21, 2008 - 7:04 a.m. EST Washington, D.C.
by Kaye Shinker

* December 21, 2008 12:04 UT (Universal Time) is the Winter Solstice. 
The Sun at it's most southerly declination, marks this as the shortest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere.

In the Southern Hemisphere it is just the opposite. This marks the longest day (and shortest night!) of the year.

Winter Solstice occurs December 21,2008 at 7:04 a.m. EST, Washington D.C.
The predictions derived from the Solstice apply to the next three months until the Spring Equinox.

We will look at this Winter Solstice from the point of view of the general economy.   My analysis is set for Washington D.C.   If you live in another country, set the coordinates for your capital city.  

The Mundane Astrology Lesson in The Textbook for Financial Astrology, Book 4 is designed to help you look at the charts set for your city.

The overall outlook is there will be a lot of very bright, highly skilled people out of work, and as unfortunate as that may be, they can honestly use the time off.  They are tired.

Before the Spring Equinox they will start putting their ideas, resumes and energy to work and find exciting new ventures that promise to keep them busy through 2009.  Nothing will be the same as the new economy begins to take hold, therefore, they need to think out of the box.

The Solstice chart

Horoscope chart of the Winter Solstice, December 2008
Winter Solstice December 21, 2008 Horoscope - Chart created using Solar Fire Gold astrology software*

The Winter Solstice chart is very similar to the Summer Solstice chart. That chart indicated that people were feeling very powerful and in charge of their lives. The Winter Solstice shows everyone feeling full of energy, thinking logically and very annoyed that whatever they touch breaks. Throughout the Winter the prevailing attitude will be "Fix it".

Mars, Sun, Pluto and Mercury are in the first house. The public is very sure that it is in charge, and expects corporate America to meet its demands. Another indication is that tastes will change dramatically throughout the winter season.

Jupiter Venus and Neptune are in the second house of earned income. The public has plenty of cash, but refuses to spend it unless they perceive a valuable asset will result from the purchase. The issue continues to be credit and interest rates and the public insists on fair value.

Uranus is in the 3rd and folks are only interested in buying communications equipment that is extremely unusual or at least Pink or Aquamarine. The same is true with vehicles. Also demographics do not support a surge in vehicle purchases. The baby boomlet is 12-18 years old, and not in the market for a new car. However, used cars might have an up tick in sales as Spring approaches.

Saturn in the ninth indicates on going legal issues and no one wants to solve them. Judges and lawyers need to watch their health. Saturn in ninth indicates problems in the shipping industry. Pirates, a proliferation of oil tankers and winter weather are enough to keep all shippers on the alert. The Saturn opposition Uranus is three/nine indicating the the automotive industry will probably have to settle their problems in a court of law.

Moon in the 10th shows changes in management. Of course in the USA we expected a change in Government since Bush had a term limit. The Moon is in Libra, therefore, it should be an easy and fair transition and Obama will enjoy popular approval. The Moon in the 10th also indicates further management changes for corporations. The employees of these companies will also like the regime change. Stocks in these companies will probably increase in value. Read your financial newspapers and keep up with management changes. They usually indicate an upward movement in price.

Sometimes it is fun to apply the Textbook for Financial Astrology's aphorisms to the political scene:

Obama will be sworn into office with Mercury retrograde (so far his nominations are retreads from Clinton's administration).

When you start a job with Mercury Rx that means the job description will change to the point that you usually quit, resign, or find a better opportunity.  

On January 20, 2009 the Moon will be void of course until about 12:30 pm which means nothing will happen. Therefore, I guess the folks who live in the USA will be on their own.

Planetary Events

Mars conjunct Pluto on December 28, 2008 - Planetary events that set the mood for the next three months are very dynamic. Mars is conjunct Pluto on December 28.  You will have plenty of personal energy to get things done. Use it.

Everyone is worried about the general economy, however this is a good time to just enjoy what you have and learn to use your new gifts. Use the energy to double check all of your stuff that plugs into the wall or runs on batteries, if it doesn't work take it back, now.  The energy will spill over to the week ahead and give the markets their year end push.

Saturn turns retrograde on December 31.  CFO's go back to their offices and pour over their books. Saturn Rx in a business that relies on the ingenuity of the employees is desirable in a business chart.   Since you will be in a thrifty mood, use this week to make a budget for yourself and your business.

Jupiter changes signs from Capricorn to Aquarius on January 5 and that means the emphasis on sectors will change.   About 80% of the time this upsets the markets, and they go down during the week before and the week after the sign change.  Read the article Jupiter in Aquarius for additional information.

Jupiter in Aquarius means the surplus will be in electronics, and entertainment. The shortages will be in garbage (fertilizer) and food. The financial mess will continue with a small supply of survivors among the financial institutions. Jupiter in Aquarius will help everyone learn how to operate their gadgets, and some will excel in learning how to fix them. It gives everyone the spirit of the entrepreneurial work ethic and the creative spirit to evolve new networks of friends and colleagues. See Jupiter in Aquarius article

On January 11th Mercury turns retrograde and Direct on February 2nd. The next three weeks will find everyone trying to fix everything and nothing works. Avoid buying stuff that sells for more than $10. Do not start a new business, start a new job or start a new project. There are no bargains out there that won't be available February 2nd for a lower price. Rent a car if you need one to get to work. Traders are encouraged to take a vacation. Investors are encouraged to research their ideas, take notes, and keep their money in their pockets.

The second of a series of five aspects, Saturn opposes Uranus on February 5, 2008. Structure and innovation are at odds.  Remember September and October -- Rerun, new characters, same script, same plot.

Traders and Investors are saying get over it. These old businesses have no new ideas, let them go.

If people telecommute, they drive less, they need fewer cars, they have fewer accidents, they need fewer emergency rooms, less office space, etc., etc.,etc.  Investors might find some interesting innovations popping after the aspect is finished.

The second week of February is a good time to take the initial steps to starting a business. See article Short review Lesson 13 the Saturn Uranus opposition.

Venus turns retrograde on March 8 for 40 days. This means you have no taste. This also limits your day to day income. It also means keep to your budget and avoid purchasing luxury items. It would be a good time to put more cash in your emergency fund. Venus Rx has a quieting effect on the markets and indicates a good time to review your portfolio. If something is not performing as you had hoped, think about the timing to get rid of it. Venus turns direct April 16. This will be one of those years when the end of April is a good time to return to cash.

Kaye Shinker


References: Mundane Astrology, by Manik Chand Jain, published by Sagar Publications, New Delhi, India 1978

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