Looking from, toward 'a highly unstable year'
by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Economists were invented to make astrologers look good.

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On Thursday the Sun in stately Capricorn (meets) with Pluto to deliver the message that problems facing people around the world are reaching a breaking point ... this is the time to lay the groundwork for permanent solutions rather than quick fixes. On Saturday the year ends on the same note as it began: this is a time of personal and global challenge ... it is comforting to know that the battle is being fought in upbeat signs (Aries and Capricorn) that encourage constructive solutions. This emphasis on positive change could be a key to the problems the world faces today. The Capricorn Sun is also a reminder to honor the past, while the Aries Moon offers the courage to face the future.

Llewellyn's 2011 Daily Planetary Guide, week of Dec. 26

Throughout 2011, trying to figure out what was going on, I read economic analysis and watched economists on television. During the debt ceiling crisis, I saw former Objectivist and former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan on NBC's "Meet the Press," looking like a deer in the headlights as he attempted to be reassuring about the debt ceiling issue. "The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default," he said.

Inflation as a solution. Thanks, Alan.

Moving to the Left on the same issue: I saw Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul "unabashed defender of the welfare state" Krugman on ABC's "This Week," his eyes flicking madly from side to side, insisting that there's really no problem with trillion-dollar deficits and "we shouldn't even be talking about spending cuts at all right now."

So moving right along to astrology...

I don't think that planets influence anything; they aren't even located anymore where they were when the zodiac was created 4,000 years ago. But, as someone who perfectly fits the profile of an Aquarian with Moon in Leo, Libra Rising (balanced between love of freedom and love of drama), I sometimes wonder if perhaps the Creator finds it convenient to allow the universe to set patterns so He doesn't have to micro-manage everything.

I just happen to have Llewellyn's 2011 Daily Planetary Guide, bought at Salem's Pyramid Bookstore. Trying to get a sense of what's occurring at the New Year, I copy its last week of 2011 for my introduction here, and to check it out, I flip back to the front of the 2011 book, to the overview predictions that didn't really click with me until the year's events became obvious in hindsight.

"This will be quite a year. With a series of major changes and upheavals ahead, both personal and global changes are indicated ... huge financial and social change, a big shift ... major (worldwide) showdowns between the old establishment and a new world order."

Dismissing the New Age conversations about the last year of the Mayan calendar, astrologer Pam Ciampi writes "the world will still exist after 2012, but it will be a different world."

My new 2012 Planetary Guide predicts that this will be "a highly unstable year," though this is not viewed as necessarily negative, moving us from "obeying the rules and regulations to a no-limits, take-no-prisoners kind of energy ... breaking down social/mental boundaries."

As an Aquarian, I find nothing threatening in learning that when Mars passes into Aquarius next December, there will be "new applications in the fields of medicine" and technology in general. Llewellyn concludes that "this could be a time that will bring the intense transformations we have been through ... to a safe and holy ending."

No matter what you think about astrology, I'll bet the above descriptions of the past year and predictions for 2012 don't seem at odds with your own experience and expectations. If astrologers were predicting a quiet, uneventful year, you'd be right to scoff. The world has become a revolutionary place, in all arenas economic, political, technological, social, cultural and we all know that something is going on that we haven't experienced before in our lifetimes.

We have various choices on how to face this. The most traditional is to turn to our religious faiths and pray. The least helpful is to escape into whatever distracts from scary change, like drugs and television reality shows. I have my own moments with chocolate, hammock time and television dramas (best escape this year was Spielberg-produced "Terra Nova," which takes us back to the time of the dinosaurs and gives humanity a chance to do it all over and better).

But eventually I return to facing reality and getting involved in events that might affect the coming change, like the November election. As we deal with 2012, it might help to think or at least pretend that the universe may allow a safe and holy ending, if we all do our part to create it.

Q:  Why did God create economists?

A:  In order to make weather forecasters look good.

Q:  Why did the economist cross the road?

A:  It was the chicken's day off.

The comments made and opinions expressed in her columns are those of Barbara Anderson
and do not necessarily reflect those of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Her column appears weekly in the Salem News and other Eagle Tribune newspapers; bi-weekly in the Tinytown Gazette.

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