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Economic Uncertainty:
Crisis or Opportunity
By Russell Louie

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We live in interesting times is an understatement. The following is my holistic perspective of the current economic situation (October, 2008) based on my broad spiritual, astrological and eclectic world vision.

Being a Baby Boomer, my parents lived through the Great Depression. There were a few minority, whose fear level exceeded their threshold, that chose to exit. But the majority of people lived through it and prospered thereafter. The same will be true about this "Great Recession" that has presented itself. The current period is just another cycle in the natural course of our economic history. Over the last 50 years, there have been 15 bear markets and 15 bull markets. The bear markets have lasted an average of 10 months with an average decline of about 30%. The bull markets have lasted an average of 30 months with an average gain of about 112%.1 So, why are people only focused on how bad this market is today? It's just another financial cycle that will soon pass. Let's take a look at the big picture and an even bigger cycle.

The ancient Mayans studied an astrological cycle we call the Precession of the Equinoxes. This is approximately a 26,000 year cycle, in which Earth transits through each of the 12 signs of the zodiac for about 2152 years each. Each of these astrological ages, represents one month of the grand, Cosmic Year (much like our astrological year). Due to the precession of equinoxes, the spring equinox moves slowly backward through the constellations of the Zodiac, so that approximately every 2000 years the equinox begins taking place in an earlier constellation. Thus, the spring equinox has been occurring in Pisces for the past several thousand years and will now begin to occur in the constellation Aquarius. This is the background for calling the current times, the Age of Aquarius. What does this have to do with our current economy?

During the Piscean Age, people blindly trusted leaders, teachers, practitioners, etc. and gave their power to someone of a higher or more learned authority. These leaders ruled from the top-down. There was one authority, one book of knowledge and one set of rules governing all. But with the Age of Aquarius, things will change. People will be looking for multiple leaders, a coalition or a group for leadership rather than one ruler. More emphasis will be placed on what benefits the whole (i.e., group) rather than individual gain (i.e., greed). The principles of fear and greed will be replaced by more altruistic goals of win-win for everyone. Any company, institution or government that does not make this transformation will eventually cease to exist. This is the transition that we are experiencing, as we progress into the next evolutionary cycle (2152 years) of the Age of Aquarius.

I see evidence of this happening from the following trends. More totalitarian governments (i.e., dictatorships) have fallen in last 50 years than last 500. It is no longer possible for one party or political leader to dictate the rules. Bi-partisan efforts and coalitions are needed to get anything accomplished. Every industry has undergone (or is undergoing) a major business transformation (restructuring) in order to survive these transitional times. It is now politically correct to become a "green" company. Business priorities are being reordered from profits first, to the needs of the customers and even its employees first. We have already seen this occur in the savings and loan, accounting (e.g., Arthur Anderson), telecom (e.g., Adelphia Communications, WorldCom, Qwest with Joe Nacchio being taken down as an autocratic ruler), computer (IBM gave up its arrogant "Big Blue" attitude) or Information Technology (e.g., MiniScribe) and energy (e.g., Enron) industries. The dot.com industry got burned by its "first to market to beat the competition" strategy. The airlines industry saw Southwest Airlines with its "customer service first" attitude become a leader and United Airlines become an employee-owned company. Now it is the mortgage, investment banking and financial market industry taking their turn. Sure it is unsettling as this happens and yes, it may be painful to see one's investments (e.g., 401k, IRA, stock portfolio) lose 25% of its net value but its only on paper.

In order to prosper in these uncertain economic times, we must realize we are all connected and are all in this together. Sticking to the old patterns of fear and greed will only worsen things. As Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said, "Isolationism and protectionism will not offer a way out." Look how the U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), Federal Reserve System, Group of Seven (G-7) finance ministers, Group of 20 (G20) Nations,  International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union are all working together (Aquarian principle) to resolve this financial uncertainty. One cannot conduct business as usual but must discover, invent and create new ways to prosper (e.g., Internet). Those with the flexibility, creativity and willingness to change will prosper.

One can cower in fear, hunker down at home, hoard money in a mattress and be part of the problem OR choose a new way and be part of the solution. We personally have chosen to invest in something that we have total control over, that will continue to pay dividends (no matter how low the financial market goes) and that no one can take away from us: our education and our health. The government can't tax it, the banks can't lock it up and the returns will continue to accumulate as long as we continue to invest.

Here's to your holistic health and economic wellness.

1 (Source: Jimmy Oldham, Ameriprise Financial, www.TheDenverChannel.com, 10/11/2008)



Another Astrological Correlation

"Mercury retrogrades repeat every 79 years** with an exactness that defies our concepts of the chaos and confusion that we attribute to Mercury retrograde. The Mercury retrogrades of 2008 were also experienced in 1929. The Mercury retrograde that occurred October 1929 was in the sign of Libra and turned retrograde and direct at the same degrees we will experience in 2008, and at the same calendar days 1929. Throughout history reviewing 79 year cycles of Mercury retrograde, the retrogrades covered the same sign, the same degrees and approximately at the same calendar days. "
**Proprietary Discovery Made October 8, 2008 by Karyl Jackson
© Karyl Jackson, Alpha Life Trends

I have followed Alpha Life Trends and used Karyl's services on a number of occasions and can highly recommend her services.
—Russell Louie




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