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Christeen Skinner operates a business consulting practice in London. She is a former chair of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, was a council member of the faculty of Astrological Studies, and is a Trustee of the Urania Trust. She has appeared on CNN, the BBC, Sky Broadcasting, and numerous international television stations.
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Planning Your Investments Using Astrological Forecasting
By Christeen Skinner
The Alpha PressCopyright © 2004 Christeen Skinner
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The Changing Sky
The coming sixteen years promise to be both exciting and challenging. Advances and breakthroughs in technology and medicine will offer solutions to some of the world's greatest problems. Equally, disputes between nations bring the threat of unimaginable disaster to large areas of the world. Imagining our future can be as frightening as it is exhilarating. Forecasting our future may seem impossible – beyond our imagination. Yet, it is possible that we are equipped as never before to face a future that is less uncertain than at any time past. With information available literally at our finger-tips via the Internet, we can explore possibilities that free us from the limits of our personal imagination, and explore whole new worlds.
Prediction is neither an art nor a science. At its extremes it meets art through the interpretation of symbols, as in Tarot cards, and meets science in the world of actuaries, physicists and mathematicians. Developments in the fast-changing world of 21st century physics suggest that the range of these extremes may be much narrower than previously thought. There is already recognition that the observer can influence the outcome of an experiment. It would seem that both the time and place – and the individuals present – have an effect. It is even possible that an imagined outcome can be 'made to happen' through the application of thought waves. Today's new science acknowledges the effect that the experimenter has on the experiment itself. Quantifying these circumstances is likely to require analysis of the moment and place of an experiment coupled with analysis of those moments and places unique to the individuals involved. The truly detached scientist may need to be some distance from the experiment and to monitor events from afar.
The most important event in our own lives is our arrival on Earth. Our personal history begins on a particular day, at a particular time, and in a particular place – factors that differentiate us from other individuals and make us unique. For some, a family myth surrounds the moment itself. We might, possibly, know that we were born 'just before lunch' or 'in the middle of a thunderstorm'. The factual evidence that is our birth certificate records the date, place and, in many parts of the world, the local time. Photographs show who was present and convey something of our personal social history. Barring interviews with those around at the time, or graphic pictorial evidence, however, there may be no record of the local weather or the sights and sounds outside the actual room of our birth. We may eventually learn that we had a 'difficult start' or an 'easy birth', yet we know little of the collective thinking and pressures of the moment. Knowledge illuminates the time for us. A Birth Date newspaper sets us thinking about the ideas and hopes of the period, whilst relatives regale us with stories of what was happening for them at the time of our arrival.
Of course, the Earth did not actually stop turning while our birth took place. It continued its twenty-four hour axial rotation. Similarly, the Earth continued to move in its path around the Sun. But the Sun – indeed, the whole solar-system – moved too, sweeping through the sky at enormous speed. Within just one hour of our birth we traveled 66,600 miles. It is fascinating to learn whether these were 'bumpy' miles, the universe being a strange and arguably a dangerous place. If we arrive during a period of freak activity we may consider this the norm and therefore be ill at ease during times of calm. It is even possible that we are unable to access our many talents until similar stressful conditions recur.
It has been shown that every human breath contains at least 700,000,000 electrically charged particles. Our very first breath is charged according to the collision of cosmic rays, uranium and thorium emissions from the soil, and atmospheric conditions. The very air that we first breathe, itself affected by the local environment, begins the process of biological mutation that colours the rest of our lives. That air is not static. It too moves according to weather and atmospheric conditions. It is entirely possible that human behaviour is affected thereby – bringing out the worst and best in us at different times, with some people more affected than others. Just as terrestrial weather can yield clues as to patterns of behaviour, so too might solar or cosmic changes.
As children we learn that the Earth circumnavigates the Sun along with the other planets of the solar system. We learn too that our Sun is not particularly special. There are billions upon billions of similar stars in the sky. This apparent downgrading of the Sun seems unfortunate. It can still our thirst for more knowledge about this star which IS special to us. Without its energy, life on Earth could not be sustained. The ancients worshipped it. Such behaviour may be inappropriate for our apparently more enlightened age, but we could, perhaps, show a little more respect for the condition of the Sun and the system that it dominates.
We know that most of us 'feel good' on sunny days, and arguably this influences our attitudes and behaviour on those days. Knowing even more about the different ways in which the Sun can affect us and, indeed, predicting how it might affect us in the coming twenty years, could be extraordinarily helpful in planning our future. Nor should we stop there. The Sun is not alone in generating energy within our immediate universe. Comets, radio waves from other galaxies, and magnetic storms, generate other forms of energy that have their own effect too. Whilst our personal family myth might record that we were born during a violent storm when the rain lashed at the windows, it probably did not record the external and unseen violence at work beyond the Earth's stratosphere.
What we do know may be limited to the recordings of family photograph albums. History books too are replete with dates of specific events that may have relevance for us. Dates, pictures and photos are powerful mnemonics. Just the dates alone conjure pictures of the epoch, the time of year, and the social, economic and political environment. The local weather conditions on the day are rarely mentioned in text but may be seen in pictorial evidence. For over a century, photographic evidence has helped evoke a period. Earlier, mankind was reliant on the work of artists, who either gathered their information through eye-witness reports, or accepted folklore. These artistic impressions are particularly interesting since some portray events that would tend not to be recorded either by photos or in academic history books.
The Bayeaux Tapestry gives us pictorial evidence of a specific event. We are shown graphic illustration not only of the Battle of Hastings but also of the comet that appeared in the sky at around the same time. The extraterrestrial event adds a curious and powerful dimension to defining the moment. In the same way that the picture of a battle amid a tempestuous sea reminds us that those involved were coping with two quite different enemies, we might just wonder about cosmic applying forces.
Increased understanding of the path and cycles of eclipses and planets has allowed astronomers to conjecture the cosmological nature of the Star of Bethlehem – now thought to have been a conjunction of the three bright planets, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn, perhaps coupled with a comet. The three 'wise men' are thought to have been sky-watchers or astronomers, whose task included the forecasting of the effect of celestial activity on mankind. More recent sky watchers have offered cosmic events as explanations for the flood mentioned in the myths of ancient cultures. Disturbed planetary behaviour, perhaps caused by asteroid collisions, may have created freak weather conditions on Earth. Similar reasoning is put forward to explain the demise of the dinosaurs.
Occasionally we are reminded that a predictable cosmic event, e.g. a Full Moon, might have been an important factor in choosing a date. Black and white film of World War II frequently shows bombing raids timed to coincide with this lunar phase. For example, the raids now known as 'The Dambusters' were planned to take place over the period of the Full Moon. Like some extraordinary torch-beam, the natural light of the moon focused on a period of unique activity.
Then there is the choice of a moment within the day itself. In days of old, kings were crowned at the moment when the Sun itself crowned the sky – approximately midday local time. This was viewed as a moment of natural brilliance which, it was hoped, would reflect on the new King's reign.
These tantalising glimpses of thought-out choice suggest many links between cosmic or extra-terrestrial activity and the development or action of life on Earth. As the Hubble telescope relays fantastic data back to us and space physicists learn more about the state of our universe generally, the potential to forecast pending changes in cosmic condition increases. It may not be long before the general terrestrial weather forecast is augmented by analysis of the cosmic day ahead.
The Sun is inconstant. Given that we need its energy to survive, information about solar energy has dramatic implications. Those studying human cell growth and re-growth, disease, crops, earth studies and more may find this knowledge to be a critical factor in their work. Prediction of solar activity is a science still in its infancy, yet what we know already gives a fairly clear picture as to what to expect in the years ahead and could give us guidance as to when we might consider modifying our reactions, to take account of bizarre conditions.
Our Sun, a yellow dwarf star, lies in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way. It is not particularly special; it joins thousands and thousands of others to revolve around the Galactic Centre, taking 220 million years to complete the journey. It is similar in size and mass to around 10 per cent of the other stars in our galaxy. Like the Earth, it spins on its axis. Unlike the Earth, it does not spin uniformly. It spins faster in the middle than at its poles, with a variation of approximately two earth days between the equatorial and polar-regions. It is inherently unstable and warrants our vigilance on its changing state.
The Sun burns helium to generate both the light and heat needed to sustain life on Earth. However, it does not generate the same amount two days in a row. At times in our pre-history, the light and heat have been obliterated by dust caused by the dramatic impact of meteors or asteroids on the Earth. We know that such events are catastrophic for life. Too much or too little of either light or heat is dangerous for all living creatures. The so-called holes in the ozone layer have already necessitated a change in our attitudes towards certain products and their emissions. Now there is talk of using advanced technology both to detect possible collisions with cosmic rock and to deflect it from the Earth's path. Protecting ourselves from a major incident that might prevent the Sun's powerful rays from reaching us is being given increased attention. Some sort of cosmic defence shield may be necessary before long.
It is, of course, known already that the Earth is hit by cosmic debris of varying size on an almost daily basis. Mostly this debris is broken up within the Earth's atmosphere and, as a result, does minimal harm. Debris of this kind is easy for us to relate to. Less easy to identify are cosmic forces which cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Our local star is also the source of an inconstant stream of gases known as the solar winds. These have an effect on bodies outside the Earth's stratosphere. Satellites orbiting above the Earth are affected by this energy and the lives of these satellites can be shortened by exposure to the radiation carried on these waves. This same solar wind poses a threat to astronauts and causes damage to the Earth's magnetic field. It may be that it affects each and every one of us. Soon it may be shown that our ability to regenerate and to maintain optimum cell structure depends on the magnetic field operating within certain limits. It could be that the mutation of cells, causing cancerous growths, is the result of extreme variation in these fields. Some humans may be more susceptible to fluctuations than others. Magnetic therapy for this group may be just one of the advances made in the coming decade.
The Sun also generates tongues of fire known as solar flares. Typically, a solar flare will generate 1027 ergs per second – ten times greater than the energy released from a volcanic explosion. Flares occur when a build-up of magnetic energy in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released. This radiation works across the entire gamut of known wavelengths: from radio waves to gamma rays. The Earth experiences bombardments of these too. Again, we have little understanding of the effect of these but it seems reasonable to suggest that they may have some influence.
As yet, it appears that there is no rhythm to these flares. They are unpredictable. They can be seen though, and since we know how long it takes for sunlight to reach Earth, we can be given warning of the impending arrival of this extra energy. Such information could prove particularly helpful. It might go some way towards explaining why there are sudden outbursts of creativity or malevolence. Study of human activity on the days following a solar flare, and at the time that the extra boost of energy reaches Earth, is tantalising, suggesting as it does that we are affected by these surges. Foreknowledge of their arrival would give us the option of modifying our behaviour. It is not inconceivable that information about these flares could be given alongside information offered to those who suffer when there is increased pollen in the air.
Observations of the Sun over thousands of years have shown that spots appear on its surface. Some days there may be none, whilst at others times there may be as many as 200 or more. Sunspots are curious. They appear in latitudinal bands about 40 degrees either side of the solar equator. One series begins in the northern hemisphere and works down across the solar equator to a position about 40 degrees latitude, with the next series starting at this southernmost point and moving back up. Differentiating one sunspot or cluster of sunspots from another is not easy. As the Sun spins at different rates with some spots grouping together or merging, confusion arises. Each series takes a little over 11 Earth years. From one north-start series to the next is approximately 22 years. There is, as yet, no general consensus as to what causes sunspots to occur, but there is little doubt that the gravitational pull exerted on the Sun by the planets plays a part.
The presence of a large number of sunspots has several effects. Shortwave radio transmission can be disrupted for days at a time when the maximum point in the sunspot cycle is reached – a potentially serious difficulty for those travelling at latitude extremes or across the seas. Disturbances have also been noted in computer technology and in the performance of orbiting satellites. These disturbances in the sun also affect radio waves. Those travelling in aircraft at a time of peak sunspot activity are subjected to the equivalent of an X-ray during their journey. The Earth's electro-magnetic field too is affected by changes in sunspot number – a fact that may be of interest to those studying Earth movement, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
It is perfectly possible that sunspots affect all of us to a greater or lesser extent. An interesting piece of medical research showed that in 72 per cent of 237 cases, a major change in patients' condition occurred on days of high sunspot activity and when these sunspots were at minimum latitude. This latter comment is interesting in that it implies that the latitude of the sunspots within their cycle enhances any effect.
Further study – this time of the New York stock market – suggested that the fewer the sunspots, the greater people's optimism or lack of willingness to subject positive forecasts to intense scrutiny and common sense. Knowledge of where we are within the sunspot cycle looks to have special value for investors.
The actual sunspot activity on any given day varies widely. President George W. Bush was born on 6 July 1946 during a solar maximum period. The recorded sunspot activity for that day was 120. By contrast, Prime Minister Tony Blair was born on 6 May 1953 at the solar minimum. Only 8 sunspots were recorded that day. These facts alone might suggest that Blair is essentially an optimist. Bush, on the other hand, may be better attuned to defensive mechanisms. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown were both born on days of below average sunspot activity. They may find it difficult to cope with periods when the sun is 'busy'. Bear in mind that sunspots are due to cope with periods when the sun is 'busy'. Bear in mind that sunspots are due to increase in the next decade – a period which both leaders might find uncomfortable.
Excerpted from Financial Universe by Christeen Skinner. Copyright © 2004 Christeen Skinner. Excerpted by permission of The Alpha Press.
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Table of Contents
ContentsPreface to the First Edition,
Preface to the Second Edition,
1 The Changing Sky,
2 Stars and Sacred Places,
3 World Trade and Planet Cycles,
6 Collapse of the USA,
7 The World Bank,
8 The Credit Bubble and Currency Collapse,
9 Water Wars, 2010,
10 Illusions and Imagination,
11 Cutting Edge,
12 Wall Street and London Markets, 2009-2020,