Columbus Day has become a neglected holiday.
That’s not entirely due to the fact that the first European to reach America was actually Lief Ericson, and not Christopher Columbus.
Columbus Day Isn’t Ericson Day
Maybe Ericson just needed a better press agent. But even with weak publicity Columbus Day gained wide acceptance and, at least in some cases, a unique status among American institutions.
But now Columbus Day is starting to fade. In some circles it’s seen as an insult to Native Americans, and Columbus himself is condemned for promoting racism, genocide, and the oppression of indigenous peoples.
The observance does, of course, provide an excuse for closing banks and government offices, and a three-day weekend is always a welcome event.
Columbus Day parades are still occasions for Italian-American pride, but attendance at those events isn’t quite what it used to be.
And then there are the Columbus Day Weekend sales. You’ll see them in some retail stores and at some online establishments as well, including my publishing company, Harmonic Research Associates, where you can save 50 percent on DVDs and DVD sets on astro-trading. (You can CLICK HERE to access the sale information – the discount requires Coupon Code COLUMBUS, which is valid through midnight on Tuesday.)
(While I’m at it, one other confession is in order here – I’ve personally succumbed to the “Columbus Day Sale” mentality and authorized a special gift for new Gold-Plus Elite subscribers at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com. That offer is good – you guessed it – through the end of the day on Columbus Day, October 12.)
You can find the details on the bonus gift – and a description of the benefits of Gold-Plus Elite membership – at https://cleostbc.leadpages.co/fcwbenefits1/.
Beyond Columbus Day Commercialism
But crass commercialism aside, Columbus Day is still worth our attention.
We have none other W. D. Gann setting the precedent.
Gann was a pioneer in astro-trading, and his writings deserve intense study by all who want to master the astro-trading advantage. Although he rarely discussed astrology in public, his writings make it abundantly clear that he was not only knowledgeable about astrology, but also specifically relied upon it as a tool in producing his amazingly accurate market forecasts.
In his book The Tunnel Thru The Air, which is a strange allegorical tale teaching the basics of astrological market analysis, Gann writes that his main character Robert Gordon “had proved by study and comparing past cycles that a time or a seaon referred to in the Bible meant 360 days, 360 years, or 360 degrees;– a measure known and used by the astrologers in olden times and still understood and used by modern astrologers for measuring time. He knew that half a time meant 180 degrees, 180 days or years, because Ezekial had said that the Lord had appointed a day for a year. He figured that America began with the discovery by Columbus in 1492” and used that date for cycle calculations of current events. [The Tunnel Thru The Air, pp. 370-371]
An Unconventional Birthday
Aside from the harmonic connections and W. D. Gann’s clarity about the importance of progressions and directions, what’s remarkable about this passage is his assertion that “America began with the discovery by Columbus in 1492.”
While the October 12, 1492 date for Columbus’ sighting of land after his sea voyage was certainly well-known and widely accepted, in Gann’s time (and even today) it wasn’t commonly used by astrologers as the birthday of America.
In fact, the most frequently-used horoscope for America appeared in Ebenezer Sibly’s 1817 book, The Science of Astrology, which gained a strong following in spite of the fact that Sibly was writing in Great Britain, and thus viewing events in America from a distinctly English perspective.
Even so, Sibly’s book was particularly noteworthy because it featured an engraving showing the archangel Gabriel coming down from Heaven to present George Washington with the divinely-ordained chart for July 4, 1776.
It’s truly a remarkable illustration, not just because of its historical context and its presentation by someone who was alive at the time of the American Revolution, but also because of the distinct biases that Sibly’s horoscope for America itself reveals.
Washington is shown waiting for the important horoscope to arrive from its heavenly source, but the chart is set for London time, and not for local time in America.
Not that Sibly’s horoscope for America has been universally accepted.
Astrologers love to quibble over timing minutia, and ever since the publication of Sibly’s book there have been endless arguments in the astrological community about the best rising sign for America’s birth chart, and even about the correct date to use for the Declaration of Independence.
But W. D. Gann was an independent and innovative thinker.
It wasn’t that he ignored the American Revolution and its associated horoscopes in his work. But he was quite clear about the importance of the horoscope for Columbus bumping into America on his way to India.
It became one of the keys to his market forecasts – and W. D. Gann’s precedent is certainly something for us to think about on Columbus Day.