From Ray Merriman’s Weekly Column

About 6 years ago, I worked as an assistant to a Financial Advisor. With Jupiter in Scorpio, I have a natural interest in following the money. It was during that time I found Ray Merriman’s website on financial/investing astrology – and have read it weekly ever since. The guy is Good!! Here is a copy of the section he calls Long Term Thoughts:

Long-Term Thoughts
Two weeks ago we had the Korean crisis and their test-launch of ballistic missiles, causing me to ask: “How much time do we have?” This past week we have the new Middle East crisis where Hezbollah is firing Iranian-made rockets at Israel, and the Israelis are bombing Lebanon in the heaviest fighting in several years, prompting some main-stream media pundits to ask: “How much time do we have?” One columnist, Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News, titled a column last week as, “World War III is underway, and the U.S. hasn’t a clue.”

On top of this, a CNN TV survey reported on Friday that the great majority of Americans are “disgusted” with the State of the Union (not that they just disapprove, but they are “disgusted”). The majority of those blame the President for this “disgusting” state of affairs (63%). But they blame Congress even more. What is going on here that American’s are so disgusted with their leaders – not just with the President, but all of Congress too?

Saturn in opposition to Neptune. This 36-year planetary cycle has been cited previously, but it is time to visit it again in lieu of what has occurred in the past two weeks, and also given the fact that it begins its ten-month transit next month. It is not unusual to see the influence of planetary cycles of this importance starting several months before the aspect actually enters into an exact orb. There is probably no single planetary pair combination that is so associated with “disgust” and general “discontent” than a hard aspect between Saturn and Neptune. Saturn is honor and integrity, and Neptune is idealization. It is a time that we wish to find leaders to put on a pedestal, a time we seek leaders who can inspire trust and hope. But instead it is oftentimes a period when our leaders disappoint and are even alleged to violate our trust. It is time when people are ethically challenged, and many events come to the surface of wrong doing and underhanded tactics. The last time this aspect occurred was in 1971-72, at the time of the Watergate burglaries, which two years later led to resignation of President Richard Nixon. Today (Friday, July 14) we hear of the law suit filed by ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame against Vice-President Dick Cheney and his assistant Scooter Libby, for their “leak” of Plame’s identity to the press, thus causing her (so the suit says) to lose her career. This is symbolic of Saturn in opposition to Neptune. So is the CNN survey depicting the majority of American’s “disgust” at the direction this country is headed, both at the Presidential level, but even more so at the Congressional level.

And there is a mid-term election coming up in November. One has to wonder how many incumbents have a chance to be re-elected. As stated before in this column, the chart of the Election Day indicates a sweeping change, a lot of upsets. And that is comparable to the changes due in the following election year too, 2008, when the Saturn-Uranus opposition is in effect, signaling broad and vast changes in governments throughout the world the following two years.
If life on earth sounds challenging for the next few years, it is. But also remember that in such challenging times are incredible long-term investment opportunities. You just have to know where to look, recognize it when you see it, and have the courage to invest in it. Think back to the mid to late 1960’s, the last time Saturn and Uranus made an opposition. Think back to all the changes in the world that period signified. And a key to understanding those opportunities lies in your recognition of what the youth are saying, doing, and buying.