Saturn Station Slams World Affairs

A Saturn station sets limits.

This outer planet is the greater malefic in traditional astrology.

Because of that tradition, it often gets a bad rap.

Saturn is all about negative things and stressful circumstances.

So it rarely feels good when we experience its effects.

It gives us an endless stream of trials and tribulations.

That’s why it’s the great teacher in our lives. It’s here so we can learn our big life lessons, whether we like or not.

Saturn Rings - Saturn Station

Like a Saturn station, the planet’s rings define a sense of specific limits. This Hubble infrared photo from space shows their mysterious beauty.

Saturn is famous for its rings.

They symbolize cosmic limitations imposed by a harsh environment. Because of those limits, we need personal discipline and extra dedication.

Saturn is about contraction, concentration, and crystallization. It represents conventional or conservative attitudes.

Those attitudes can trigger exaggerated pessimism or a sustained sense of lack.

But Saturn is also about time, definition, and structure. It can thus help us anchor plans and activities.

When we pay attention to Saturn we can set specific goals. We can create schedules and make commitments.

These opportunities peak whenever we have a Saturn station.

A Retrograde Saturn Station

The latest Saturn station came yesterday. Saturn began its retrograde motion at 27°48′ Sagittarius.

It was a significant turning point in politics, commercial discourse, and international affairs.

North Korea used the Saturn station as an occasion to launch a test missile toward Japan. It was part of the country’s efforts to redefine itself as a prominent nuclear power.

The “nuclear option” was also in play in the United States Senate.

That’s because the Republican majority rewrote the legislative body’s rules for confirmation of Supreme Court justices.

The move increases the likelihood that future members of the Court will be political extremists. So they are less likely to be moderates with well-reasoned commitments to nonpartisan judicial deliberations.

There was also action in the US House of Representatives. The Saturn station saw Congressman Devin Nunez recuse himself from the Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian interference in US elections.

He retained his seat as committee chairman. But mounting ethical pressure obliged him to bow out of the investigation.

So he reversed course as Saturn went retrograde.

The Saturn station also brought big shifts in geopolitics.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Florida to meet with US President Donald Trump at his private Mar-a-Lago resort.

And as his dinner with Xi was about to start, Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria. The military action marked a major reversal in US posture in the Syrian conflict.

Impact on the Markets

Like any planetary turning point, this Saturn station could trigger short-term market reversals. But it’s also likely to bring changing conceptions of market conditions and economic trends.

Saturn Station 90-Degree

The 90-Degree Dial for the Current Saturn Station

As the 90° dial shows, the Saturn station is in an eighth-harmonic alignment with the transneptunian factor Poseidon. This signals a major break with previous ideological loyalties.

So we may feel the fallout in the markets.

Saturn also triggers the Aries/Chiron midpoint. This suggests big geopolitical challenges during coming months.

One More Thing

And there’s one more factor here.

As the Saturn station began, there were White House rumblings about possibly reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act or its equivalent.

If this happens, it would represent a major shakeup of global banking interests.

It could signal a big shift in key market forces as well.

Stay tuned.

Solar Explosion Disrupts Earth Activities

A huge solar explosion is in the news.

April had barely started when there was a massive solar explosion.

It was triggered amid increasing sunspot activity on the face of the Sun.

And it sent a big magnetic disruption hurtling toward Earth.

A Quiet Year So Far

This big event is big news.

All solar flares are in important, of course. And this solar explosion is particularly dramatic.

But it’s also a sharp contrast to what we’ve been seeing on the Sun so far this year.

The truth is, 2017 has been an unusual year for sunspot activity.

What’s been unusual, however, has been the general lack of sunspots overall.

Its been a very quiet year on the Sun so far. There haven’t been very many sunspots or major solar explosions.

Until now, that is.

A Solar Explosion With Little Warning

“Suddenly,” says NASA, “solar flare activity is high.  With little warning, sunspot AR2644 started exploding yesterday, producing an M4.4-class flare on April 1st followed by an even stronger M5-class flare on April 2nd.”

Solar Explosion CME April 1, 2017

In a huge solar explosion, there was a significant coronal mass ejection (CME) on April 1st.

The event took place against a backdrop of fresh sunspot activity. Solar storms are passing across the face of the Sun’s disc.

Sunspot activity

As seen through a telescope from this perspective, sunspots are interesting to observe.

But they look like minor blemishes compared with the overall size of the solar disc. That makes it easy to overlook their real importance.

The fact is, however, that sunspots are an indication of extremely powerful cosmic activity. It may seem to be relatively inconsequential from one perspective. But if you observe solar disturbances with different tools, you get a different picture altogether.

solar explosion UV emissions

Ultraviolet emissions from the solar explosion on April 1, 2017.

For example, you can go beyond the spectrum of visible light. The big solar explosion created ultraviolet shock waves. Their sheer intensity is one of the things that has caught the attention of earth-bound astronomers.

What Difference Does A Solar Explosion Make?

While it’s fascinating to observe all this action on the Sun, we obviously want to know about its impact on Earth.

The big solar flares on April 1 and 2 have already had an effect on earthly radio communications. That’s because they mess with the Earth’s ionosphere in a pretty big way.

Radio Blackout Zone from solar explosion

This map shows the intense zone of radio communications blackout over the Indian Ocean following the big solar explosion on April 2, 2017.

The April 1 event knocked out shortwave reception over most of the Pacific Ocean, including the coast of California. The solar explosion that followed shortly after that earlier today had a similar effect over the Indian Ocean.

Fundamentally, these disruptions have a potential ripple effect. They can impact communications and commerce. That in turn can create a noticeable effect in the markets.

That’s why they’re interesting to us as astro-traders.

And, as astro-traders, it’s instructive to look at the horoscope associated with this event.

solar explosion 90-degree dial

Heliocentric 90-Degree Dial for the Solar Explosion on April 1, 2017.

In this case, we’re using a heliocentric chart. After all, we’re interested in the action that’s taking place on the Sun.

When we look at the horoscope for the April 1 solar explosion on the 90-degree dial, we can see some of its broader potential implications. Our pointer on the dial is aimed at Earth’s position.

Inside The Midpoints

There are some powerful and intriguing activations here.

To start with, there’s an emphasis on the Neptune/Poseidon midpoint.

This literally indicates an unusual refraction of light. It’s thus appropriate for a solar flare event. But it also emphasizes potential misrepresentation, lying, and deception.

The Chiron/Vulcanus midpoint activation indicates the likelihood of sudden powerful disruptions. They can create problematic or inconvenient circumstances.

To a certain extent, we’ve already seen that happening with the big radio blackouts.

The Aries/Uranus midpoint alignment is pretty straightforward.

This event can have a sudden shocking impact on the entire planet.

And finally, the Hades/Zeus activation is fascinating.

It suggests idleness and vice. It’s a lack of purposeful activity.

And strangely enough, it’s associated with “a lack of coal.”

Wonder what that’s about?

For more on the solar explosion and its impacts, see the NASA Spaceweather website.

Dow Target A Near Miss

Okay. We’ve just finished the first quarter of the trading year, and our Dow target wasn’t hit precisely.

But we came pretty darn close!

What Dow Target?

What does all this mean? What target am I talking about, anyway?

It all started with a request I got in late November from Timer Digest newsletter.

They regularly track market timers, including the trading signals that we publish in FinancialCyclesWeekly.

And, as I noted in a blog post a few months ago, they wanted an overall forecast for 2017.

Their request was for a specific Dow target for the end of March, for the end of June, and for the end of the year on December 31st..

So here’s what I came up with.

I was looking for a bullish quarter for stocks.

That certainly has proven to be the case.

But I was trying to figure this out in late November, remember.

At that time (November 28) the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 19097.90.

So I did some back-testing.

I looked at cycles of the true lunar node.

I assessed upcoming astrological events.

I took a particular look at upcoming solar eclipse patterns.

Not Just Trump

While many of colleagues and fellow forecasters focused on the election of Donald Trump, I didn’t give it much attention.

Trump's New York Battle

Donald Trump’s billionaire status translated into Wall Street enthusiasm after the election.

At that time, of course, a Trump Rally was already underway.

The Dow had already climbed nearly 5 percent since the presidential election. And it was a pretty good bet it would continue into the new year.

At least until after the presidential inauguration on January 20.

But again, I wasn’t giving that factor much attention as I calculated my Dow target.

I was looking at the astrology instead – that’s mainly what astro-traders do!

So What Exactly Was The Dow Target?

As I’ve reported here before, my target for the end of March, 2017 was 20605.00.

Dow Target March 2017

Our Dow Target for the end of March 2017 was very close to the actual closing price on March 31.

And, as I noted shortly after the forecast made it into print in Timer Digest, I found myself “wondering if perhaps I didn’t stick my neck out a little too far with this forecast.”

As it turned out, though, my Dow target was a little too conservative.

My projection was for 20606.00. The Dow finished up at the end of March at 20663.22.

My Dow target was off by 0.28%.

We’ll see how things turn out for the rest of the year.

Kronos Helps Push Stocks Lower

Kronos did its bit this week.

We had been looking to this transneptunian planet to amplify the impact of the Spring Equinox.

The equinox, of course, as we’ve often pointed out, is a key event in W. D. Gann’s reckoning. Over the years, it has proven quite reliable in signaling market turns.

As we approached this key date, we alerted our members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com to be cautious.

An End To The Trump Rally

And, as we pointed out in a recent post, Gann was certainly proven right earlier this week. Stock prices plunged, right on schedule.

It brought an abrupt end to the Trump Rally. But the plunge in prices didn’t stop with the equinox effect.

Kronos made sure of that!

We highlighted the Kronos potential in this week’s newsletter. It was published prior to the equinox, by the way.

Kronos FCW 3-19-17

Kronos in the March 19 newsletter.

Here’s what we shared with our readers then:

As we move into the trading week just ahead, we not only have the key Gann signal of the equinox on March 20, but also a direct station by the transneptunian factor Kronos on March 23. This powerful outer planet phenomenon could reinforce the equinox impact, especially if we see a correction getting underway.

Kronos is associated with great heights, both literally and metaphorically. It’s the best of the best, the top of the skyscraper, and the person in charge. It’s also connected with trading tops. So when Kronos changes direction, we need to be alert for potential changes in market direction. too. While Kronos direct stations can often interrupt a rally with a brief period of declining prices or trading congestion, they don’t necessarily bring extreme bearishness.

In this case, however, the Kronos direct station may be especially disruptive. The station activates both the Aries/Mercury and Aries/Zeus midpoints. There are thus likely to be far-reaching communications that trigger wars or other hostilities, in spite of efforts by some leaders to mend fences and promote harmony and community (Jupiter/Cupido).

The Kronos trigger of the Chiron/Uranus midpoint is also significant. It suggests that while market disruption can be challenging, chaos can also offer potentially profitable opportunities to savvy astro-traders!

Kronos Effects In and Out of the Markets

The triggering of hostilities was evident, of course – not only in the streets of London, but also in the halls of Congress.

But for astro-traders, the Kronos station was even more interesting.

As this chart for the S&P 500 shows, stocks had been trying to push higher on Thursday. Following a mid-day sell-off, the index was still in positive territory for the day. A second price surge was underway, but trading was getting a little congested.

That’s when the Kronos station hit, about an hour and a half before the closing bell. It not only put an end to the renewed bullishness; it drove prices even lower. The index finished the day with a net loss, followed by another down day on Friday.

A Transneptunian Webinar

The timing of this planetary station couldn’t have been better.

Following Thursday’s market close, I had just enough time to grab a screen shot of the day’s trading action. I added it to my slides for a webinar that was starting an hour after the closing bell.

As it turned out, there were a total of 112 slides for this presentation. It was pretty massive!

The webinar provided detailed information about all eight transneptunian factors. It highlighted specific trading and market analysis strategies to enhance trading with transneptunian timing.

We also got great questions and comments from the webinar participants.

It all added up to an incredibly enriching advanced astro-trading training session.

We recorded the entire webinar session on “How You Can Win With Transneptunian Market Timing” – including the questions and answers at the end.

The video of the event is a full 110 minutes. It’s packed with detailed information, trading charts, and a whole lot more.

It also includes a give-away of a free 161-page trading publication (you get the download link along with the webinar recording).

If you’re interested in the power of the transneptunians in astro-trading – or even if you’re just looking for an extra edge in your market timing – I highly recommend that you check out this in-depth training.

 

Gann Gets The Equinox Right Again!

Gann got it right again.

As I’ve been reminding my students and our members here at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com, W. D. Gann identified the equinox as a particularly sensitive time for the markets.

We talked about it at length during our March 1 webinar for our Gold-Plus Elite members – they’re the group of astro-traders who get regular guidance about current trading strategies.

We meet for regular forecast webinars, and share a weekly conference call to discuss the specific stock picks and market timing for optimum trading results.

Staying Tuned In To Gann

I’ve been making sure that this group has been tuned in to the important Gann date.

Gann Equinox

W. D. Gann and the Equinox Featured in FinancialCyclesWeekly

We also ran a cover story in the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter on March 12. It focuses specifically on W. D. Gann and the importance of the upcoming equinox.

“Keep your powder dry!” we advised our readers.

“Our back-testing of the past 34 years of market history shows this equinox typically triggering a short-term pull-back or consolidation in the S&P, followed by an aggressive rally,” we noted. “This year, however, we may see a sharper decline in stock prices just after the equinox.”

The Equinox Results

The equinox was yesterday, on March 20.

And, just as we expected, the selling pressure in the market started then – right on schedule.

The sell-off accelerated today, just in case there was any question about the validity of Gann’s approach.

How much did it sell off?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 237.85 points, off 1.14% for the day.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 29.45, for a decline today of 1.24%.

It was clearly a big enough drop to command attention. It also called the Trump Rally into question.

And with a Kronos station coming up later this week, there may be even more selling ahead.

Once again, we’re all reminded of just how important Gann and his innovative insights are for us in our astro-trading today!

By the way, if you haven’t gotten the Gann Plan Trading Success 101 training course, now is a great time to do so! It’s available for a limited time at a 40% discount. CLICK HERE for details.

Transneptunian Zodiac Connections

Transneptunian zodiac connections don’t get a lot of attention.

We use the transneptunian planets in our market forecasting work.

We turn to them as we uncover active planetary price lines in trading charts.

But transneptunian factors are rarely understood.

Even some highly-experienced professional astrologers don’t give them much recognition.

And almost nobody understands their connection to the signs of the zodiac.

What’s A Transnepstunian Planet, Anyway?

The transneptunian planets were postulated before they were discovered.

They were first theorized by the German astrologer Alfred Witte. It was just after World War I.

Witte was a brilliant astrologer and mathematician.

He intimately understood connections between planetary cycles and real-world events.

But Witte saw  something missing.

Some events happened without obvious astrological correlations.

That seemed especially true in war.

Hence Witte’s flash of inspiration.

Alfred Witte’s Big Idea

He concluded that there must be more planets orbiting the Sun.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune had companions.

They just hadn’t been discovered yet.

But these hypothetical planets were making their influence felt. They were triggering real events.

Their effects were mainly evident in combination with other planetary influences.

So Witte went to work. He calculated their apparent orbits. He added them to his horoscopes.

And they worked.

The transneptunian factors that Witte and his students theorized really helped explain events.

They helped in individual horoscopes. But they were really powerful in mundane charts. Those are horoscopes associated with nations and global events.

Transneptunians are potent factors in financial astrology.

And since Witte’s day – about 100 years later – we found Kuiper Belt objects.

They’re in the zone where Witte predicted we’d find the transneptunians.

The Transneptunian Zodiac Connection

But their connection to signs of the zodiac is obscure.

That’s why I was intrigued when one of my students asked me about that connection.

She’s an astro-trader, refining her approach to the markets.

Our regular telephone sessions review her progress.

And she asked the question.

“How do transneptunians relate to the signs of the zodiac?”

I decided to record my answer.

It took me 45 minutes. But it’s the most direct and concise discussion you’ll find anywhere.

Hear It For Yourself

Transneptunian Zodiac

Transneptunian Zodiac Connections

That’s why I decided to make that recording available.

It’s been edited slightly. The audio quality has been cleaned up a little.

But in the audio, you’ll get the facts. You’ll hear details and nuances about transneptunian connects that aren’t available elsewhere.

And best of all, it’s available now as an instant MP3 download.

You’ll find details HERE.

Crude Oil Plunge Continues

Crude Oil prices continued their sharp decline today.

When I last checked, crude oil was trading at $48.43 a barrel. That’s a day-to-day decline of about 1.72% – on top of the sharp pullback the commodity has seen during the past couple of trading sessions.

Crude Oil Down

Crude Oil dropped by more than 9 percent on March 8 and 9 to close below $50 a barrel.

The price decline has created some consternation for active crude oil traders. That’s been especially true, of course, for those with big long positions.

Distress Among Crude Oil Traders

I had an opportunity to get some first-hand feedback on this surprising market during the course of the trading day yesterday.

Crude Oil Price Drop VideoAnd, as I summarized in a brief YouTube video, one of the dominant reactions is surprise.

Surprise that the price decline is happening at all.

Surprise that it’s happening so quickly.

And surprise at the ripple effect it’s been having, in ancillary sectors like exploration equipment and oil pipelines.

Of course surprise is one of the big emotional components that can drive important action in the markets. But even so, I’m not so sure that it’s fully justified in this case.

Solar Eclipse Market Forecast

At least the drop in oil prices shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone who read our new e-book, Courage and Clarity in a Time of Turmoil, which was published last month.

This comprehensive 135-page publication covers a lot of territory. It includes a detailed analysis of eclipse activation dates and the resulting anticipated market trends through next October.

It also features a specific forecast for Crude Oil during the months ahead.

We based that forecast on the eclipse activation of the NYMEX Crude Oil horoscope, using the 90-degree dial as a frame of reference.

The NYMEX Crude 90-Degree Dial

NYMEX Crude Oil Feb17 Eclipse

February 2017 solar eclipse activation of the NYMEX Crude Oil horoscope.

The 90-degree dial is simply a representation of the traditional horoscope that allows us to see fourth-harmonic and eighth-harmonic alignments more clearly.

In this case we’re using the NYMEX Crude First-Trade chart, and have turned the red pointer to the position of the February solar eclipse.

That pointer triggers the Mecury/Saturn and Hades/Kronos midpoints in the chart, providing us with a clear signal that a pull-back in oil is in the works.

 

 

Sweden? You’re Kidding!

The “fake news” is about terrorist attacks in Sweden.

It’s getting lots of attention.

It’s bouncing around FaceBook.

It’s on other social media.

It’s on alt-right talk shows.

It’s even been mocked.

You’ll see pundits making fun of it.

In the New York Times. 

In the Washington Post.

And on late-night TV.

But strangely, it may not be all fake.

What’s Really Happening In Sweden?

This Scandinavian country’s history is fascinating.

It relates strongly to the current solar eclipse.

That eclipse is just around the corner.

It’s on February 26.

But its history goes back to 1512.

The whole story is a little complicated.

You might get bogged down in the details.

But it sets the stage for what’s happening now.

A New YouTube Video

Sweden YouTube Video

What’s Really Going On In Sweden?

That’s why I’ve created a quick video for you.

It’s just been on YouTube a short time.

But it’s getting a lot of views.

It reveals highlights of the real Swedish story.

The one behind the scenes.

I think you’ll find it interesting.

It’ll help you understand current events.

Getting Clear

You’ll get added clarity.

It goes with courage.

Clarity is much needed now.

I mentioned that in a recent blog post.

I trust you’ll agree.

Watch The Video

So check out the video.

Search for it on YouTube.

Or check it out with Google or another search engine.

Look for “Swedish Solar Eclipse Video.”

Or “What’s Really Going On In Sweden”.

Or you can CLICK HERE NOW to get to the replay.

Watch it.

Then share your comments.

And while you’re at it, get your copy of the new e-book .

It’s Courage and Clarity in a Time of Turmoil.

I know you’ll find the Swedish connection helpful.

And along the way, you’ll grab key information about the solar eclipse, too!

 

 

Courage Required At This Solar Eclipse

Courage.

That’s what’s needed now, perhaps more than anything else.

Courage at a personal level and in our social interactions.

But not just courage in the sense of “sticking up for myself” in the face of opposition.

If we add some clarity to our courage, it gets better. We are likely to discover that the essence of being courageous right now lies in “sticking up for US” instead.

It’s not about defending ego-driven beliefs.

It’s not about “us versus them.” It’s “us plus us.”

The Courage To Stick Up For Us

Sticking up for us is about recognizing we’re all in this together.

It doesn’t matter what our differences seem to be.

They may be social or economic.

Cultural, religious or racial.

We’re here to help each other out, in whatever way we can.

Doing that takes real courageousness.

it’s courage in the literal sense – an opening of the heart.

It’s a willingness to trust ourselves, and to trust each other.

A Time of Turmoil

Courage is especially important now.

Right now we’re in the midst of a time of turmoil.

There’s increasing emphasis being placed on what separates us.

The focus is on what pulls us apart and turns us into enemies.

Social media, political pundits and the popular press are selling fear.

They know that seeing your neighbors as a threat can make you do irrational things.

Crazy stuff like supporting questionable political candidates. Or buying stuff you don’t really want or need.

The fact is, we’re all susceptible to that kind of demagoguery.

Unless, of course, we choose to respond to fear with love.

With opening our hearts. With embracing our need to courageous enough to stick up for us.

Courage At A Solar Eclipse

The big solar eclipse coming up on February 26 is likely to add fuel to the fire.

It’s likely to add extra tension and extra stress to an already chaotic time.

But if we’re prepared for the eclipse, if we’re prepared with courage and clarity, it can offer us an opportunity for life-changing positive transformation.

Courage Clarity Time Turmoil E-Book

E-Book: Courage and Clarity in a Time of Turmoil

That’s part of the focus of the new e-book on Courage and Clarity in a Time of Turmoil.

It’s almost ready for publication. It’s designed to help you get the kind of perspectives you need.

You’ll also find lots of detail about the eclipse itself, of course.

You’ll get specifics on eclipse activation dates and lunar returns.

And you’ll get tons of charts and diagrams, plus market forecasts.

Not to mention eclipse trading strategies that really get results.

CLICK HERE for more information on how to get it as an instant download.

 

Losing Mom Unexpectedly

My Mom died last Sunday.

Margaret Bost Photo

Margaret Martha Vedder Bost
Oct. 26, 1924 – Jan. 8, 2017

Margaret Vedder Bost, my Mom, was 92 years old, and had had a rich and deeply rewarding life, so her passing wasn’t entirely unexpected.

Reading her obituary, I’m struck by the scope of her accomplishments – after all, she was mainly just Mom to me.

Even so, I have to admit that I’m really still in shock.

A Christmas Visit

My Mom and Dad have shared an apartment in a North Carolina assisted living facility for some time now, and in recent months my Dad’s physical health concerns have seemed much more serious than my Mom’s.

But when I arrived at their apartment for a visit on the afternoon of Christmas Day, it was my Mom who was suffering.

She complained that she’d had a bad cold for four or five days, and couldn’t seem to shake it.

During my visit I suggested that we would get her to a doctor if her condition hadn’t improved by the following morning. That seemed to reassure her.

Then I went to spend the evening at my sister’s house, about 20 minutes away.

Emergency Room

At breakfast the next day, my sister got a call from the assisted living facility.

My Mom’s oxygen levels had been dropping precipitously. They had taken her to the emergency room at a nearby hospital.

We went right over.

The rest of the day was full of tests, consultations with physicians, and the complications of getting her admitted and situated in a hospital room.

She was having difficulty breathing, so was getting some assistance from respiratory care, but the real challenges were congestive heart failure and a nearly total loss of kidney function.

The End

I stayed in town a couple of extra days, so I could get to the hospital for multiple visits.

My Mom’s condition seemed to be stabilizing a bit, and there was talk of ongoing care strategies. So I felt a reduced sense of urgency and left town. I returned home to Florida a few days later.

But not long after I got back home, Mom was moved to a hospice facility for end-of-life care. She died there in the early morning hours on Sunday, January 8, just a little over seven months shy of her 70th wedding anniversary.

Remembering Mom

Patty and I returned to North Carolina to participate in a memorial service for her on Saturday.

It was truly a wonderful time, quite comforting and uplifting. My childhood friend Dick Fritz, who is now the pastor at the Lutheran church Mom and Dad attended, officiated at the service. He added a personal, loving touch. And it was heartwarming to embrace cousins, children, nieces and nephews who had traveled great distances to join us for the event.

But as always with the passing of a loved one, there are so many things left unsaid. And there are so many memories that reappear unexpectedly.

The Mystery of Time

Like the conversation I had with my Mom when I was about 5 years old. I asked her when I was born.

“You were born at exactly 1:23 a.m.,” she replied. “I remember it exactly, because the time was one-two-three!”

The wonder of having an exact birth time. It was, no doubt, my earliest inspiration for becoming an astrologer!

But death, like birth, perpetually reminds us of just how precious and mysterious time really is.

As Aldous Huxley said, “There seems to be plenty of it.”

But when someone leaves us, the opposite seems to be the case.

Maybe my Dad, who’s 91 now, said it best the day before my Mom died. The assisted living staff had taken him to the hospice for a good-bye visit with my Mom, whom he had married in 1947.

One of the staff members asked him, “How long have you and your wife been married?”

“Not nearly long enough,” he said.