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Economic Collapse in 2013
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History Repeats Itself:
Economic Collapse in 2013

There’s been a lot of talk and concern about the future economic condition of the USA. Since predicting the future is a central part of the astrologer’s profession, I often get asked my opinion on this matter. I have decided to throw my astrologer’s hat into the ring, and herewith humbly offer my own prognostications, based on the creative use of one of Vedic Astrology’s venerable techniques of prediction.

The Vimshottari Dasha, or Planetary Period System, is an ancient method of determining when specific karmas will be activated in one’s life. It is a formula constructed around a repeating 120 years-long cycle. As applied to humans, this system is assumed to be continuous from one lifetime to another. Not having a clear memory of one’s past life makes comparing present portions of the cycle to previous manifestations rather difficult. But what happens in the case of applying this system to predicting for an entity that has been around for more than 120 years? If indeed the cycle repeats, then one should be able to look back in the historical record and obtain some useful insights into what is happening presently and what to expect in the future. So I thought, ok, let’s turn back the clock 120 years, and see if the events of the 1880’s and 1890’s in USA history look anything like what is going on today.

Obviously, our 21st century world is not the world of the late 19th century. When considering the destiny of a nation what we are looking for are the big overall trends, the energy flows, the learning curve of group societal experiences. In my research I found some really surprising correlations between what was going on 120 years ago and what the nation is experiencing today.

In the 2nd half of the 19th century this country was primarily a nation of small farmers and resource extractors (mining and timber) with a growing manufacturing sector mostly located in the Eastern cities. During the 1870’s and 1880’s a primary engine of the economy was Railroad Construction. As the various geographical parts of a vast nation got linked up, permitting nation-wide commerce, there was overall growth. The Financial Needs of big projects fueled a growing US banking system as well as the influx of big money from outside sources, i.e. European Investors.

But the economies of scale that the capitalists and industrialists prefer are not favorable for the small producer, and along with some bad weather years hurting the farmers, and the simultaneous exploitation of the factory workers by the capitalists, the fortunes of the working class went into a downward spiral in the 1880’s. There were more and more foreclosures; the banks were unwilling to loan for mortgages on farmland that was loosing value. In the 120 year cycle of the Vimshottari Dasha, this corresponds to what has been happening in the domestic sphere during our last decade.

The working class nurtured a growing suspicion and hatred of the Eastern Bankers and Capitalists, and of the Foreign Influence. The two main political parties, then as now, were more on the side of the Big Money than the Little People.The farmers, later joined by the labor unions, formed their own “grass-roots” political movement, which became known as the Populist Party. They were strong enough to run their own candidate in the 1892 presidential election, getting a significant portion of the national vote. Parts of their platform included abolition of the national banks, a new national currency scheme, new tax structure, no more foreign ownership, and various anti-immigrant reforms and regulations. They saw themselves as the True Patriots, with Pioneer Ethics. Add 120 years and we get the birth of something similar: the Tea Party, and an interesting prospect for a 3-way race in 2012.

Overseas, Europe was having its own financial problems. As a result, the Euopean investors started withdrawing their money from this country, which in those days meant they took their money out in gold, which precipitated a currency crisis for the US government in the early 1890’s. Even so, due partly to better harvests, compromises with the unions, and increased willingness of the banks to loan to businesses and farmers, the overall picture for the USA seemed to be slowly improving in 1891-1892. (This corresponds to the coming years, 2011-2012). But there were still underlying problems brought on by a reduction in building construction after years of an over-expanded economy. Additionally, the US currency had been tinkered with to appease the needs of the working class as well as the bankers for easier money (i.e., putting more money into circulation, similar to what is going on now). Then there were the problems that came from dependence on trade with foreign economies with their own problems (flash-foward to 2010 and the current sovereign debt crisis in European nations, their economic contraction, and the likely loss of overseas markets for US goods).

Finally it all came to a head, causing a financial melt-down in the USA in 1893. There was a panic on Wall Street, and a run on the banks, in May of that year. What followed was the worst depression in USA history, until it got eclipsed by the Great Depression of the 1930’s. It took several years, until 1897-98, for any real recovery to take place. The new economy that took over in the closing years of the 19th century was focused more on manufacturing, taking advantage of new inventions and new technologies, which although they had been discovered earlier hadn’t been able to go into production until the depression ended. There were large scale demographic changes as well as a new influx of immigrants that further fueled expansion for the USA economy at the turn of the century.

Although a lot of the details are different from today’s situation, there are remarkable similarities between what happened in the 1880’s in the economy of the USA and what is going on today, 120 years later. The increasing power of the big banks is amazingly comparable. So too the federal government’s lack of adequate response to the plight of the working class, whose anger then as now, has given birth to a grass-roots movement which appears to be heading towards a 3-way race in the next election, same as in 1892. Today’s vulnerablity to the overseas situation due to our reliance on financial investment from foreign countries helping to prop up our economy is also eerily reminiscent of the 1880’s.

If the pattern holds true, 2011 and 2012 will show some slight improvement for the USA and give hope that things will be gradually getting better. But if the Panic of 1893 is any indicator, we should all be preparing for an economic reckoning set for 2013.

Ron Berger
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