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“In Jersey, anything's legal as long as you don't get caught.” – The Traveling Wilburys (Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynn, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison), “Tweeter and the Monkey Man,” 1988.
Last week, it was the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act that troubled USA equity markets. This week, it was the increasing clouds of investigations into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russian election interference, versus the Trump campaign’s claim that the Obama administration illegally spied on Trump and his advisers with wiretaps in order to keep track of his campaign’s movements. There are so many leaks, but everything remains mostly anonymous and hidden. Welcome to the second passage of the Jupiter/Pluto waning square (March 30), where the deeper you dig, the greater and darker the mysteries become. With Pluto, there is no bottom to the pit. It’s like a black hole in time and space, a void that seems to go on without end. The further you probe, the more that is revealed, but it is still a bottomless pit of more secrets, espionage, and dead ends. Along the way, there may be dead bodies too, or ruined reputations, but secrets will remain buried, just as they were in late 2007 and 2008 when the conjunction began this cycle between these two planets - and still to this date, no one has been found guilty or imprisoned for illegal acts that led to the greatest financial and housing crisis since the Great Depression. Its only legal if you don’t get caught…
Venus is also still retrograde (March 4-April 15), so equity markets continue to behave rather strangely. In alignment with the benevolence and good fortune usually associated with Jupiter, several stock markets were very bullish last week, such as the Australian ASX and German DAX, which soared to their highest levels since April 2015. However, it was more Plutonian in Japan and the USA, where stock markets fell to their lowest levels in over a month.
That was nothing, however, compared to the Plutonian experiences taking place in Venezuela, Brazil, and South Korea. In Venezuela, inflation is now above 400% and the president has stripped Congress of its powers. In Brazil, “… the former House Speaker who orchestrated the impeachment of former President Dilma Rouseff last year, was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on corruption charges” (Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2017). And in South Korea, former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and confined to prison on accusations of bribery.
With Jupiter in square aspect to Pluto, it was certainly a week of reports of corruptions, espionage, and allegations of wrong doing akin to high treason. With Venus retrograde, one wonders if these conditions will stick or be reversed. In the meantime, don’t take anything as being finally determined, for under Venus retrograde, the narrative can change. Take the health care repeal initiative for instance. A week ago, it was considered dead. This week, it is being resurrected – a perfect combination related to Venus retrograde and Jupiter square Pluto. In the end, however, universal medical coverage may carry the day, for Neptune is in Pisces (until 2026). Despite the recent trend towards nationalism and conservatism, themes of socialism are probably stronger until Saturn and Neptune cross over into Aries together in February 2026. Then it swings back again.
SHORT-TERM GEOCOSMICS AND LONGER-TERM THOUGHTS