Is "all hell" about to break loose? One veteran letter thinks so -- and it predicted the Crash of 2008.
Unlike almost everyone else, Arch Crawford's Crawford Perspectives had a fabulous 2008. ( See Jan. 9, 2009, column.) And when I last checked in with it in early 2010, Crawford was predicting a mid-summer massacre ( See Jan. 14 column.)
Now, in its monthly issue published in early July, Crawford predicts "ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE" -- beginning, as a matter of fact, on Monday July 26, 2010.
Crawford means it. The letter has been 200% short since June 7, with stops at 11,466 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/comstock/10w!i:dji/delayed (DJIA 10,526, +100.89, +0.97%) and 11.84.56 on the S&P 500 /quotes/comstock/21z!i1:in\x (SPX 1,115, +12.35, +1.12%) .
Well, the problem is that Crawford is an astrology letter. This sends many readers (and some editors) into foaming fits. My impeccably scientific attitude: We should just look at its results.
But the opening of Crawford's July issue is definitely the sort of thing that upsets people: "NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE JULY! We mean, of course, the planetary pictures in the sky which are developing towards the tightest harmonic alignments in the most potent areas of the zodiacal circle ever recorded in Earth's written history. These portend increasing and maximizing intensity and rapidity of 'change' on every level of existence: mineral, vegetable, animal, human and spirit. Will Capitalism survive? Will Democracy survive? Will our markets survive? Will governments survive? Will humanity survive? Will Earth survive?
"We don't know, but we'll be SHORT for it!"
Crawford -- along with other astrologers, who however are merely worried about nuclear war, the end of the world etc. -- is impressed with an imminent unusual alignment that apparently involves five key planets.
He writes: "Astrologers call it the 'Cardinal Climax.' It is considered to be the most powerful and important planetary alignment of the modern era. Perhaps it heralds the beginning of the real 'Aquarian Age' or the end of the 'Mayan Calendar.' (After all, what's a few months in a 25,600-year cycle?) These energies actually maximize from July 30 through August 3. There have been 'shadows' preceding and will be echoes afterwards for quite some time."
Crawford adds: "This huge alignment will be followed by a Full Moon on the Fall Equinox and a Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice. We expect the depth and scope of dislocations during this period to exceed anything we have ever witnessed, both in otherwise civilized interaction among nations, and likely our fill in natural disasters."
"We continue to recommend extreme caution and proper emergency measures such as extra food, water, medicines and cash over the next 24 months in particular. Do NOT wait any longer!!"
Let the record, show, however, that Crawford's last issue also repeatedly allowed for what it described as "some attempts to correct an oversold market sometime in July."
What are Crawford's results? Over the year to date through June, the letter is down 0.4% by Hulbert Financial Digest count, definitely better than the negative 5.8% of the dividend-reinvested Wilshire 5000 Total Stock Market Index.
Crawford did underperform the market in 2009. ( See Dec. 24, 2009, column.) But even so, over the past three years the letter is up 9.42% annualized versus negative 9.36% annualized for the total return Wilshire 5000.
Over the many years that it has been followed by Hulbert, Crawford's record has been checkered but interspersed with occasional bursts of eerie prescience. Which is it this time?
Crawford Perspectives usually publishes on the first Monday of each month. But its next issue is delayed until August 9 -- possibly to save mailing costs if the world ends
Here is what one astrologer had to say about Cardinal ClimaxTo give you an idea of the magnitude of the planetary pyrotechnics in 2010, there will be more than 20 powerful planetary alignments concentrated in the late spring and summer, involving Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. This celestial phenomenon is called “The Cardinal Climax.” In a normal year, only a handful of powerful planetary alignments occur – and they are spread throughout the year rather than concentrated in a few-month span.
The most intense planetary activity of 2010 will begin on May 22, 2010, when Jupiter and Saturn oppose each other in the heavens, bringing to fruition changes initiated in the year 2000. This planetary alignment, which occurs every 20 years, brings significant changes to government, business, entrepreneurial projects, and relationships.
The celestial activity continues on May 27, 2010, when revolutionary Uranus enters fiery Aries and expansive Jupiter enters Aries on June 5, 2010. The two planets join together on June 8, 2010. Uranus was last in Aries from 1927 to 1935. The conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus speeds the evolution of ideologies and technologies and realigns social hierarchies, economic fortunes, and alliances.
The energy intensifies when Saturn opposes Uranus on July 26, 2010, and squares Pluto on August 21, 2010. These will cause dramatic social change.
Powerful Mars also opposes Uranus on July 30, 2010, conjoins Saturn on July 31, 2010, opposes Jupiter on August 3, 2010, and squares Pluto on August 3, 2010, bringing buried aggression to a crescendo. Jupiter also squares Pluto on August 3, 2010, which also will bring long-held discontent of the populace to the surface. Jupiter then opposes Saturn on August 16, 2010, and Uranus squares Pluto, intensifying the disorder – and the desire for order – in conventional, organized social structures.
To add to the volatile mix, a full moon lunar eclipse occurs on June 26, 2010, and a new moon solar eclipse occurs on July 11, 2010. Finally, Jupiter conjoins Uranus on September 18, 2010. (See below for list of planetary alignments)
This level of planetary activity will stir passions in each person and in nations. People will be willing to make great sacrifices for their ideas – for good or ill. It is very important for us to focus on the highest good for the greatest number rather than on narrow selfish interests. Fortunately, beneficial Jupiter will be in the soothing sign of Pisces from January 17, 2010, to January 22, 2011, bringing spiritual protection and peace to those who pray for it.
The planetary alignments also will rebalance out-of-balance power dynamics and will rectify inequality across the globe, redistributing resources from the “haves” to the “have-nots.” These planetary alignments, especially with the active involvement of Mars, will give those who have been out of power the energy and courage to confront those who are in power.
The year 2010 also will be filled with remarkable technological innovations and punctuated by a continual erosion of established conventions and cultural mores. Brilliant innovations will alternate with the weakening of governments, corporations, financial infrastructures, and an erosion of the health of Mother Nature with periodic and unusual cataclysms in nature.
New and better styles of life are waiting to emerge to take the place of unsupportive ways of living and thinking. For those concerned about finances, a new system of currency will naturally replace the faltering system in which we previously have placed so much faith, causing us to see that old habits are not necessarily good habits. Agricultural, healthcare, educational, service-oriented, technological, and planet-supporting endeavors, including those involving air and water purification and new sources of energy and food, will eventually displace heavy industry, the military machine, and a heavily-polluting manufacturing sector as top priorities.
The process of transforming the world as we know it will begin with a series of reversals of fortune for many across the globe, which will level the playing field by shifting resources from the haves to the have-nots. Global power will naturally flow from North to South, and from West to East. You will see China, India, Australia, Indonesia, South America, and even Africa, play an increasingly powerful role on the world stage. Simultaneously, the leadership role of the United States will diminish.
Women, young people, and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds will increasingly ascend to powerful positions in businesses, governments, and influential grassroots movements. Older, white men may continue to appear to be “in control.” Time will prove, however, that the true power will progressively lie with groups that have been historically disenfranchised and appear weak from our current perspective. Within these groups are the seeds of change.
Social networking groups on the Internet also will play a powerful role in defining a more inclusive and egalitarian future society. First, however, the powerful will fight to stay on top. Power struggles between the old and the new are bound to ensue. Governmental and financial chaos and disorder will escalate. As a last-gasp attempt to maintain order, governments may try to exert greater control, yet their attempts to manage the masses ultimately will prove unsuccessful. Freewheeling, and as yet unorganized, youth will prevail in their quest for autonomy and freedom as older structures begin to fade away.
In support of these necessary changes, a global financial contraction culminates the expansionary economic cycle that began in 1982. Some of the wealth created since that time will naturally flow in new ways, to new people in new places, to bring the cosmic scales back into balance. Economic conditions from 2009 to 2020 will parallel the economic cycle established from 1973 to 1982. This includes contraction and stagnation in real estate markets, followed by a period of inflation. This is part of a global cycle of correction. It will balance any excesses that occurred in the last several decades.
Rather than hold on tightly to what you have, or to fears about what is coming next, try to practice feeling relaxed and peaceful, by holding on loosely and with non-attachment to what is currently abundant in your life, and by feeling gratitude for the gifts you possess. Be willing to accept change and stay open to possibilities you had not contemplated.
As these planetary influences become stronger, you may question previously held assumptions or feel differently about something you always thought to be true. You may no longer want something you have always wanted. You may want something you’ve never wanted before. Or, you may suddenly stop doing something you have always done. Or, you may have thought you would never do something – only to find yourself doing it!
Your normal habits and routines, when they become too rigid, will be disrupted to help you see the greater purpose for which you are striving: a deeper connection to your soul. All that is lost will not truly be lost, but instead will be a gateway to receiving that which you truly need.
Practice doing, thinking, or feeling the opposite of what you have done, thought, or felt in the past. Stay open to exchanging goods, services, and ideas with people with whom you previously have not had contact. You will be surprised at how much you learn, and how much you gain from unexpected sources! Everyone will be taken care of, in new and more simplified ways, and from new sources of abundance.
Meditate and pray to be guided to the actions that will bring your highest good. Everything you deserve, desire, and need will come to you at the appropriate time for your growth and evolution. Think clearly about what you truly need. It might be quite different from what you have habitually assumed in the past. Again, be receptive to alternative solutions – there are many of them!
When you look back at this time in future years, you will see how positive these changes were for your sense of self, your confidence, and your faith in the universe. Even if you think you are letting go of many things, everything will return to you in a higher form. Strive to practice patience as you transition to a higher and more beneficial way of being! Despite our desire at times to return to the way things were, the cosmic plan is not meant to unfold that way.
It is a law of physics that the greatest chaos precedes the greatest order. From the disorder will come the opportunity to rearrange your life according to a higher truth, one that is closer to the vision of your soul.
So, try to find comfort in the changes, in the situations you are unable to attain or control, in the rearranging of those things you had depended upon, and in the things you appear to be “losing.” If you are unable to attain something during this period, it may be delayed for a more opportune time, or it may be in your highest good not to have. If you let go of something, know that something better is coming to take its place. Consider that what is leaving your life may not have been truly yours in the first place. Or, consider that it has outlived its useful purpose. Simply hold on to the love and peace in your heart as you patiently wait for the next chapter to unfold.
Here are dates to remember for the Cardinal Climax 2010:
· January 17, 2010 – Jupiter enters Pisces
· January 31, 2010 – Saturn in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn
· April 26, 2010 – Saturn in Virgo opposes Uranus in Pisces
· May 22, 2010 – Jupiter in Pisces opposes Saturn in Virgo
· May 27, 2010 – Uranus enters Aries for the first time since 1935; Uranus was last in Aries from 1927 to 1935.
· June 5, 2010 – Jupiter enters Aries for the first time since 2000; Jupiter was last in Aries from early 1999 to early 2000.
· June 8, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries conjoins Uranus in Aries
· June 26, 2010 – Lunar Eclipse * Sun in Cancer – Moon in Capricorn
· July 11, 2010 – Solar Eclipse * Sun and Moon in Cancer
· July 24, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn
· July 26, 2010 – Saturn in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries
· July 30, 2010 – Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries
· July 31, 2010 – Mars in Libra conjoins Saturn in Libra
· August 3, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn
· August 3, 2010 – Mars in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries
· August 3/4, 2010 – Mars in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn
· August 16, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries opposes Saturn in Libra
· August 21, 2010 – Saturn in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn
· September 18, 2010 – Jupiter in conjoins Uranus in Pisces
· December 21, 2010 – Lunar Eclipse * Sun in Sagittarius – Moon in Gemini
· January 4, 2011 – Total Solar Eclipse, Sun and Moon in Capricorn
· January 4, 2011 – Jupiter in Pisces conjoins Uranus in Pisces
· February 25, 2011 – Jupiter in Aries Square Pluto in Capricorn
· March 28, 2011 – Jupiter in Aries opposes Saturn in Libra
The heavens calm down in late 2011 and we prepare for a peaceful entrance into 2012. During that year, beneficial Jupiter in Taurus makes a positive angle to transformative Pluto in Capricorn on March 13, 2012, and beneficial Jupiter and spiritual Neptune align on June 25, 2012. On September 19, 2012, Uranus in Aries once again squares Pluto in Capricorn, bringing to a crescendo all of the changes initiated by the Cardinal Climax of 2010. Finally, a stabilizing alignment between karmic Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in the soothing sign of Pisces brings stability as 2012 comes to a close.
Written December 31, 2009
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