Can you use moon cycles to predict economic cycles and housing booms and busts? Apparently, you can…
In a book published almost 80 years ago, financial astrologer and author Louise McWhirter described her theory of business cycles and predicted the low point for the economy would be reached in the summer of 1933. She also predicted the next peak in economic activity would occur in November 1942.
Astrologer Grace Morris, Editor of the Astro Economics Stock Market Newsletter, says McWhirter tracked cyclical ups and downs in the economy for 100 years, beginning in 1850. Her prediction for recovery in 1942 coincided with the massive economic stimulus spending set in motion by the build-up for World War II.
Using McWhirter’s predictive methods, Morris determined the economy would be in its lowest economic period between January 2008 and August 2009, and would gradually improve from below normal levels to normal levels between August 2009 and August 2012.
The period between September 2012 and February 2014 was projected to be an above normal period for economic performance. And this upward trend is expected to continue before peaking during the period between May 2017 and November 2018.
“So contrary to the many gloom and doom forecasts calling for another recession we see the economy actually improving as McWhirter’s cyclical theory predicted it would,” Morris said.
While the Great Depression of the 1930s dragged on, a business astrologer described a method for predicting long-term economic trends that continues to produce spot-on results in the current era. In her book, Astrology and Stock Market Forecasting, McWhirter describes the correlation she discovered between economic activity and the 18.6-year lunar cycle defined by the moon’s transiting nodes. The nodes are sensitive points in space that are astronomically determined by the moon’s orbit around the earth and the earth’s apparent path around the sun – the ecliptic.
The north and south nodes are always 180 degrees apart in opposing astrological signs. In tandem, they travel backwards through the zodiac in counter-clockwise fashion. The ascending north node is always rising above the ecliptic and the south node descending below it.
McWhirter consistently found the north node in the sign of Aquarius during periods of low economic activity. At the halfway point in the 18.6-year cycle, the north node is moving into the sign of Leo, where economic high points have historically been recorded.
After this, the long-term trend moves lower as the north node slowly and systematically makes its way back to the sign of Aquarius, where the cycle begins anew.
Astrologer Alice Reichard describes a similar study that looked at highs and lows for the housing market. Her study tracked data dating to the Civil War and also found a correlation between the transiting lunar nodes and cyclical highs and lows in the housing market.
In August 2009, the north node moved into the sign of Capricorn, which is where Reichard predicted the low point for housing would be. This time, the north node’s movement into Capricorn coincided with falling home prices and foreclosures at levels not seen since the Great Depression.
Today the housing market is in recovery mode. It is not expected to peak until June 2020, when the moon’s north node will be arriving in Cancer, the astrological sign identified with real estate, home building and related matters.
“Knowledge of these recurring cycles gives home buyers and sellers an obvious advantage,” Morris advises.
Investors should watch the cycles as well, she believes. In her January 2008 stock market newsletter Morris used the McWhirter cycles to announce the economy was in a recession. This wasn’t officially acknowledged until banks began to fail in the months before the total economic collapse in September 2008.
It’s definitely food for thought.