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Raymond Merriman - Interest Rates and The Saturn/Neptune Waning Square

This is not the only way by which the history of geocosmic signatures can be used to make forecasts. Another equally valuable way to achieve an understanding of current times is to look back in history and see what events - what themes – occurred during the previous passages of the same planetary pair aspect, or phase. Each of these phases occurs at same interval of time as the greater cycle itself. In other words, if the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune is a 36-year periodicity, then so too is the waning square.

 

 

 

 

The arrows in the chart below indicates the times of Saturn in waning square to Neptune:

 

Long-Term Interest rates, from www.sharelynx.com

The following periods represent the occurrence of Saturn in waning square to Neptune:

  • August 1800 – May 1801
  • December 1835 – September 1836
  • January – October 1873
  • April 1909 – January 1910
  • July 1944 – April 1945
  • September 1979 – June 1980
  • November 2015 – September 2016

An examination of Long-Term Interest Rates in the USA will show a strong correlation between these instances of long-term lows and highs to the occurrence of the Saturn/Neptune waning square. These occurrences are shown on the long-term chart of 30-year Treasury Yields, shown on the previous page. For instance, during the last passage of this aspect (September 1979 – June 1980), the long-term rate on 30-year Treasuries peaked at slightly above 15%, its highest level in over 100 years. Shorter-term rates went even higher - closer to 20%, as shown on the chart below of the Fed Funds rate. The economic problem at the time was runaway inflation, which also tested 15% in the USA. Fed Chairman Paul Volcker initiated a series of rate increases in the Fed funds rate that eventually brought this inflation level down, and shortly afterwards, interest rates too. Today, interest rates in the USA are at record lows. Inflation is also considered “too low,” according the Federal Reserve Bank and the European Central Bank.

 

 

Fed Funds Rate, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, via google.com/search… for long-term charts on Fed Funds rate history.

If you examine the first historical chart on long-term Treasury yields closely, you will see that the prior instance of Saturn and Neptune in waning square took place July 1944 – April 1945, and coincided with the historical low in rates until that time. Those long-term rates dropped to 2.5% at the end of World War II, a level that had not been seen in the entire history of the USA – until now.

The takeaway here is that both interest rates and inflation are at historical lows as the orb of influence begins with Saturn in waning square to Neptune (9 months either side if November 2015 through September 2016). Both are likely bottoming, which means that both will soon begin to rise, if they have not already started. Both the Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) have stated that they want inflation to rise, and hence their continued efforts at QE and/or ZIRP. I believe they will get the inflation they desire. They usually get what they want. I also believe they will eventually get more inflation than they planned for, and will once again fall behind the curve of acting in a timely manner to stop the train once it leaves the station. If inflation starts to grow above their preferred 2% level, there may no choice but to raise rates, even if it means risking a recession. The section of this book covering Treasury Notes and the Federal Reserve Board chart will delve into this issue more deeply. It will outline the astrological case of why interest rates will likely start to rise in 2016.

If you do a little research, you will also notice that important changes occurred in Russia at the times of Saturn and Neptune in waning square. In fact, most “hard aspects” or phases of the Saturn/Neptune planetary pair cycle have a rather uncanny relationship to important shifts in both USA interest rates and the direction of Russia’s government. We can therefore forecast that the same themes are happening now and that changes will begin - or have recently begun in these two areas will continue to unfold - in 2016.