Another Question and Answer (this one applies to everyone)

From a reader:

Denise,
Our community’s position/predicament and then my question….
Thoughts

I’m a 65 yr. older guy (a former teacher) who’s take on the economic recovery is tempered by both optimism and years of patience.

My wife and I, both empty nesters, live in a small community of about 10,000.

The economic “bail-outs” were/are intended to have an eventual trickle down flow of monies and confidence to the people.

It is very difficult for my wife and I and many of our close blue-collar friends (NOT rich/wealthy/well-to-do people) to believe or convince ourselves that a total or even meaningful recovery will happen soon, since the mass economic downturns that we all find ourselves sharing is many years in the making.

Yet, it seems as if a large number of folks expect miracles in the short to medium term.

Most of us still have work, which runs the gambit of part-time restaurant workers (me) to office workers, struggling small business owners, truck and cab drivers, and $16/hr. chefs and $10/hr. (plus tips) waitresses.
Question
Will patience and optimism eventually prevail to help guide us into a better future as envisioned by our new administration?
Thx

This is an excellent question and one that I’m sure everyone has thought about at one point or another the past couple of years. And my answer is complicated so here goes…

We are facing a paradigm shift, not just in how our countrymen have lived in the last century, but one on a much deeper level. Reality tells us there are limited resources – current research shows  it literally would take one and a half earths to sustain the lifestyles we have become accustomed to. If one takes into account the loss of jobs to China and the restructuring of how we do business that started to happen 30 or more years ago, we can see a flaw in the logic of our politicians at the time, who may have thought they were positioning us to be the bosses and intellectual captains of industry of the world. However, as we know no-one country can guarantee this to all of its people, we all have different gifts and to rely on an economy where we come up with the ideas and have other people produce them may have seemed like a good idea when the dot-com economy was booming. However we aren’t all meant to be inventors or captains of industry, even on a small scale.

We championed this new Skymall (the internet), however that’s really all it has amounted to in terms of dollars and sense. If anything it has caused a horrible spiral of deflation where people (in order to get the internet going) do more work and often for free in order to compete. People also take what used to be paid for – the very intellectual property that was supposed to be the back bone of this new economy. We don’t pay for music, films, ideas (I blog for free and many others who would probably be publishing books, instead now put their work out for no money). The good side of this is it broke down the very narrow gates and allowed each individual to play the role of gatekeeper.

However, it has literally broken the back of the middle-class people which has always relied on being paid for services rendered. For example this person is a retired teacher, perhaps instead of waiting tables this person could have tutored students part-time – they would have made better money, and it would have been less taxing physically, but because their neighbor the journalist no longer works for the paper (you can get all that news stuff on-line for free), the journalist can’t afford a tutor, let alone her mortgage. And the lawyer who would have made a comfortable living doing basic services like drawing up wills – well, there is Legal Zoom for that. The musician who goes on the road can no longer make money as people aren’t coming out (sales in this industry are down about a third from a couple of years ago). And all the major labels have collapsed, they don’t actually offer people money anymore to do deals (from the people I know who have been given offers). They also have no real foothold or power to distribute and radio’s back has been broken, first with the inception of Clear Channel which tried to control everything in old-fashioned Robber Barron monopoly style – this backfired due to XM and the internet and so on and so forth. The domino effect has been enormous.

All this is actually because after the rush into this new technology (the internet) and the ridiculously over-bloated expectations that came with it, “the bubble” as it was called on Wall Street, behind it all was a cold beast – a new paradigm we all rushed into without sorting out first. We are currently in the wild west without a Sheriff and while people have tried to “monetize” the internet, those attempts have been far too late and far too lame so far. It’s also pretty hard to monetize something when people have gotten used to getting that service or product for free and we are in a downward spiral of deflation.

Here’s the thing though, the internet does have amazing potential – the problem was, we rushed after this future and then were sent back 5 steps to the old economy we’d had during the Cold War, and all the advances were frozen – no one stepped forward to regulate or help organize this new economic world mall. Only those that followed a relatively conventional version of the new paradigm thrived, retails, wholesalers, people who already had built-in systems to deal with what this was – a new way to sell stuff or E-Bay which was based on the old paradigm of the auction.

Problem is all those who controlled intellectual property blew it off, the publishers, music industry, the film/TV industry. Instead of embracing MP3s when they first came out, and figuring out how to monetize this technology and get it under control, they ignored it. Instead of newspapers like the LA Times figuring out how to get online subscriptions up and expanding their staffs to check out stories on the internet, perhaps show that they had something real to offer and respond to or find a new way to do their job like focusing on more in depth reportage, stuff you can’t easily find online or some other new niche, they too ignored it until they were (and are) being replaced by it.

You get the picture.

And when you have one government (the Clinton Administration) setting our country up to be the purveyors of content, invention and intellectual property (which has its own set of problems like this is not for everyone just because they were born in the USA and limiting people’s options is always stupid) we dipped our toe in the water and got scared and ran back to our towels on the beach.

All of this, shipping jobs overseas, not controlling this new economic paradigm, burying our head in the sand (which is currently being done right now on the stock market, by the way, just as it was during the 90s so look for another rectification there) all leads to no jobs and deflation. And to answer the age-old debate, which is worse inflation or deflation? Hands down, deflation. Because deflation is what undeveloped nations deal with. People working their butts off for no money and not being able to pay anyone else for their work. That’s a lot worse than everyone’s salary and housing steadily going up 5% or whatever.

I know out of control inflation is also horrible, however, the course we are on is deflation. Meaning we are going to have to downsize our lives, we are going to have to stop living in this over-bloated consumerist way. We are going to learn to be happy with the little things and count our blessings and watch our money. It’s not fun, but we put ourselves in this position by being greedy, shortsighted and self-centered (I’m not talking about the average person, I’m talking about those who had the power to do the right thing but didn’t) and now we are all suffering for it.

I remember the first time I logged onto the internet in 1994. It was still very unorganized and nothing like it is now. I felt this very cold chaos on the other end, and I stayed away from it for a long time after that because it felt very creepy to me. I think I was  picking up on all that would be lost as a result of it and all that would change. I’m not saying the internet is bad, in fact I love it now that it is more organized. But I am saying that we rushed in where we should have tread lightly and had a battle plan. I just don’t think we knew what we were unleashing here and it will take us a long time to figure this new business paradigm out, at least for the remainder of Pluto being in Capricorn, until around 2024. This is going to be a long painful process. I’m not saying everything will be horrible it will just be a very unstable financial period, especially for big business which unfortunately has been ruling the world for the past several decades if not more.

If we want to make things better sooner, the best way to do so would be to break up the big corporations and look for solutions via regulation, to make sure people get paid fairly for whatever they contribute, but the likelihood of this happening is not great right now. I think Obama is keeping things status quo which is better than letting everything plunge into a dark abyss. I see him as a pilot using all his might to keep the airplane on course through a terrible storm, but even after he lands the plane this situation or storm will still be going on and it is imperative that whoever is elected next has a clear plane to get above the clouds and not be talked down into that storm by anyone, no matter how powerful.

Obama is pretty much what I first felt about him. I wish he could and would (or will) surprise us with living up to his greater nature instead of letting fear, power and insecurity keep him in a janitorial position rather than in a leadership role. He certainly has the intellect and capacity to be great. But my fear (which is why I voted for Hilary in the primary – probably couldn’t tell that from my blog) was that he is too reasonable and we are not in reasonable times. Sometimes we must take a stand, a strong one and take the heat that goes with it. Sometimes we are forced to fight and be strong when protecting those who can not protect themselves. In my opinion this is the main job of being president – to protect the people from those who would exploit or hurt them – that means all people, the rich, the poor, the religious, the atheists, the jerks, the saints, the sinners.

Our country is a melting pot for all human beings of the world, a place were we are all guaranteed freedoms that have been slowly whittled away by that wealthy one percent – who by the way are doing just great, unlike the rest of us.

And so to answer the question more directly, the only way we can truly get out of this is to face reality, tighten our belt, and count our blessings. Being positive, thinking positive and connecting to one’s higher power are excellent personal ways to get through this and of course being kind to others will help as well.

We will actually be OK, it’s just going to take a lot of people doing a lot of thinking and inventing and putting plans into action with the help of visionaries and those who would back visionaries in their plans. I actually believe this is the lesser version of that which we had sown. And I believe we will get it together because I do believe that the vast majority of human beings are truly good even if they don’t always do the right thing.

I believe we are all divine and have tremendous untapped power. If we tap into it to help, even in the smallest of ways, we will lift ourselves to a better place than we were before all this began.

Many blessings,

Denise

Another Question and Answer (this one applies to everyone)

Answering Readers’ Questions…

 

More questions, more answers, the first from KRG:

KRG

Hi : Very interesting

On the prediction that India will hit Pak sites, I wonder whether this could happen thru US, becos it seems more likely that Obama will use his power to persuade Pak to let US take on the training camps etc in Pak. Don’t see India doing this unless we continue to get hit like 26/11. May be you could run a chart for US vis-a-vis Pak and see how it looks…

Hi KRG,

I think you are right in the sense that the US will try to hit the camps at some point in the future, especially with the recent news about an increase in the chances of a bio-terrorist attack. However, it looked like India was still very vulnerable and that this Pakistani terrorist group wanted to push India to respond to Pakistan. The last post I did detailed all of this.

Truthseeker

I woke up with the feeling that the credit crisis wasnt the cause of the market crash at the end of Dec/ Jan

Hi Truthseeker,

I’m sure you’re right. It’s turning out to be the information about the economy, joblessness, and eventually as Pluto crosses the 1st house of the Dow, and squares many other important planets at the critical cardinal 01 degree, (many western nations have a planet at this critical degree as well) we’re going to see some very ugly, criminal and shady stuff uncovered about how companies have been operating which will further freak out investors. Of course the news coming out about the seriousness of this crisis, joblessness and personal spending freezes we are all in will contribute to this coming Tsunami.

We’ve been at the point where we noticed the water receding back from the shore, and it looks really weird, but we couldn’t figure out what was happening or why. We are now at the point where the water is starting to hit the shoreline.

northernlights2008

Any thoughts on the two unresolved Senate races in Minnesota and Georgia? I think you predicted the Senate would get close to 60 seats a few weeks back. I wonder what the cards say closer to the evantual realities. Thanks!

Hi Northernlights,

It seems that I’m too late to predict Georgia. It looks like Republican Chamblis won. I really feel Franken should win Minnesota, if he doesn’t I think there was funny business going on. So I guess it will be 58 or 59, but its close enough. The Republicans are so fractured right now the next couple of  years will make it worse for them. I don’t think that number will stand long.

I do feel Obama will have the 60 needed, if not this go round, then next. The cards indicated it would happen. As I’ve said before about the cards, they are always right, but their timing isn’t always accurate.

Iris

Another question. Some of Obama’s supporters are up in arms about the people he is choosing to work in his Administration. They feel that they have been betrayed. Will the Disgruntled Dems. get over it in time or will they hold a grudge for the next 4 years?

Thanks! -)

Hi  Iris,

I have noticed this very thing, and it’s annoying. The poor guy hasn’t even taken office yet. He can always fire people if they don’t work out! I wish they would let him get out of the gate before they tried breaking his legs. This is the very thing that is lame about Democrats, and the reason they are perceived as weak. And why it has been so easy to split the party, divide and conquer, a technique used efficiently by the Republicans who had the binding force of greed to keep them together as one giant jelly fish stuck to the butt of our country.

Democrats are often too idealistic, and not practical enough. They expect miracles immediately, and are too easily disappointed by reality because the binding force that makes people Democrats is a variety of things. There is no one glue keeping the party together except for idealism, so its a double edged sort of thing. It’s why Obama won. But also why people from his own side are going to pick on him like he’s the fat kid on a baseball diamond. It’s annoying.

Obama is putting together an entire administration. Just because he’s carrying some people over from the Bush admit-nothing-stration doesn’t mean they will ultimately stay, and there is some need for consistency and experience. If company A bought company B, they’d replace almost everyone, but just for efficiancy sake, and the sake of time, some employees from company A would transition to company B.

I think everyone getting their panties all up in a bunch before Obama even has possession of the white house is ridiculous. And frankly, the dude has 60 odd days to pick everyone on his team, move his family, and get a meeting of the minds together to basically run the free world.

So I say to those spastic hypercritical Democrats and lefties, cut him some slack! Jeez! There’s a lot to worry about right now, and I’m sure Obama will cull through people over time. Give the guy a chance. God, knows we gave George W. Idiot a new chance every day which he spent screwing something else up, and there was very little fuss made about any of his messes. But he had the web of greed there to catch him at all times where Obama has a sack full of ideologies to try and placate.

All I ask is 6 months to let the Obama administration get going before the traditional Democratic backstabbing and infighting. We are in a global state of emergency. Which will require us to learn to be more practical, and pragmatic instead of dreaming up ways in which we wish our politicians were more delightful. 

So in answer to your question. Unfortunately, I’m sure we will see the traditional Democratic hazing, but lets all commit to do our part not to participate in it.  There’s enough to fix that Obama shouldn’t have to worry about pandering to everyone, too.

grace43

Will Arnold Schwartzenegger be joining Obama’s cabniet? I thought when Obama said a top Republican would be on his cabniet, it would be Arnie. Now he’s picked Gates to stay on as Sec. of Defense. Since some very conservative Christians are in top level positions in the military, this seems to be a wise move aimed at keeping them calm. What’s up for the Governator after his term runs out?

Here’s his birth information: 30 July 1947, Thal, Styria, Austria (Taken from his bio on Internet Movie Database)
Birth Time: 04:10 (04:10 AM) MEDT(-1:00) (taken from Lois Rodden’s AstroDatabank
http://www.astrodatabank.com/nm/SchwarzeneggerArnold.htm )

Thanks in advance!

PS

I sure hope he will be. After four years of having to look at Bush and Cheney, this lady would appreciate someone up there easier on the eyes. LOL

Hi Grace,

I just don’t see Schwartzenegger in Obama’s cabinet. He’s really done a bad job here in California. We’ve had budget problems, and the unions are talking about throwing him out of office. He’s a big oaf. Sorry to say. I’m sure his wife would make a better governor then him. He should have stuck to his acting career. Here’s his chart from the source you gave:

picture-151In 2010 he’s going to have transiting Pluto going over his Moon in the 6th house. His moon rules his chart, it’s in Capricorn/career and in the 6th that’s your job.  And it will be making an applying inconjunction to his Sun. So I’d say he’ll have some trouble in the career department. His wife should take extra precautions for her health at that time, too. As the moon in the 6th could be his wife Maria having some sort of health problem that could be fatal if not caught early.  Or if his mother if she is still alive could have a health crisis. So the women in his life will have to be diligent with their health over approximately the next 5 years.

He may very well get recalled here in California in a special election at that time (November 2010). He himself was put into office on a trumped up recall election, ousting our Democratic Governor Gray Davis. It was pretty lame. Karma’s a b*tch. So looks like he’ll be getting it back right about then. Or at least the fire will be roaring in that direction by then. I hope for him, and his family’s sake it’s just his career that has trouble, and not the women in his life.

Bedtime! More questions and answers tomorrow…

Best wishes to all of you!

Denise

Answering Readers’ Questions…

Answering Readers Questions…

I’d just like to thank all of you out there who have posted encouraging and kind words. Also I want to thank all of you for your hope and good energy, and your belief that we can get through this troubling time, and make something better of our world. Your faith and hope will be contagious, and help our country, and our world get back on track. It is so important that good and kind people continue to believe in their fellow man even in the face of ignorance.

We are all here to learn and those among us who open our heart, and show kindness teach love and point others (and ourselves) toward the path of light with even the smallest act of kindness.

More questions from readers:

The first from Hope and a Plan:

Hopeandaplan

Hey Denise, we all really appreciate your taking the time to share your insights and compassion. My quick question is during the last depression the US had 25% unemployment. I read that contributed to the vicious economic cycle. Will the US experience 25% unemployment in the next couple of years? Thanks. Best to you.

I asked about that number, the tarot said:  No. 

I asked if we would experience 15% it said: No

I asked if it would be about 30% at its worst point: Yes.

But my feeling is that this will be a very swift kick of in the butt, and be terrible of course, but turn around much faster then it did during the 30s. Meaning I feel the restructuring of the global economy will happen over the next couple of years, and at the worst of our downward swing it’s going to be very bleak, but will turn around pretty quickly, within a few years, and be out of that range and headed back to a healthy place.

Bottom line is my feeling is: the worst of this will last a few years, but by the end of the first Obama administration, it will be turning around, and we’ll see things getting back on track. This is going to be very tough for him. I couldn’t think of a worse time to be president then now! But if there was ever anyone up to the task it would be him. We are going to need his passionate hope and belief in the goodness of the people, besides a great plan to save this sinking ship. But we can and will do it.

The next question comes from Grace:

grace43

Thank you for your insight. Your intitution is running on the exact same tract as mine. I see a period of finicial depression ahead, but also a period of hope. I see what I term as the New Reniassance. I see majors advances in the arts and sciences. I am not sure if this is intitution or just my major in American history of the 1930s when there was certainlly great advancements in the arts, music, and literature. It is definitely an “interesting” time to be alive.

My great hope is that we will not see massive teen homelessness like they did in the 30s. Hopefully, we have in place social services for teens in crisis. I’m a mother. I can’t help but worry about the kids. How do you think things will go for the children during these hard times?

Thank you.

Hi Grace,

I worry about them, too. I’m also a mother. But even before I was one, I worried about kids. They are so vulnerable and so important to the future of our world. One worries that being exposed to the kind of traumatic events that will unfold over the next few years and beyond (as we get back on our feet) will adversely effect them.

But there is something very interesting about the children born over the last 20 years, and currently being born. They have so many outer planets in winter signs — meaning they are very old souls. Of course, just because they are old souls doesn’t mean there won’t be those among them who bring a lot of bad karma and negativity with them, but since the late 1980s and into the 1990s when there was a rare conjunction of Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn there has been a shift of energy taking place on our planet.

I believe we are starting to see the effect of this in the group of young people who are now taking great interest in politics (this is of course not to say there hasn’t always been great old souls coming through, I’m just talking sheer numbers of them since this period). I’ve been saying for a long time, that these young people would be very idealistic and spiritual, but not necessarily in a conventional sense, meaning not necessarily religious. They will also be very artistic and have a love for the unique and original. They will contribute a lot to innovation especially in the arts and those born a bit later in the sciences.

Now that Pluto is going from Sagittarius into Capricorn and Uranus has been in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius, we will see the babies born now turn out to be very old, and unusual souls. On the whole they will be more sensitive and intelligent then previous generations. I believe we will see an evolutionary leap in our species from those children born from the period of the late 1980s on until those born until 2011. But when Uranus goes into Aries younger souls will begin incarnating in greater number again. Not that younger souls are bad they are just newer on the road. Of course they can also be amazingly pure, great people with many gifts and lots of love to give.

We saw a bit of this leap among people born in the 1960s when Uranus was conjunct with Pluto in Virgo, an aspect that happens once every 144 years. And in this case it was in Virgo so times that by 12, and you get an aspect in sign that only happens approximately once every 18,000 years. This was why there was such an uprising of liberal views and a mini-revolution/social revolution going on at the time. This was a window of intense learning and idealism which is embedded in those born during that time. Ironically, there were less people born during this period then any other on earth living today. Meaning this generation is the smallest group on the planet, so their impact has been small in society (Obama is on the front end of this conjunction, but it’s out of sign) and their voices often silenced because they don’t have big numbers. But this first 60s group paved a course and with this new influx of similar types, starting from people in their early twenties to babies right now, we will see some major shifts in the collective unconscious over our lifetime. This is a very good thing.

Now back to your question, I asked the cards if we would see massive teen homelessness:

The answer: Yes.

But, this will change the social services we have in this country for kids and teenagers for the better. It’s strange, but all the cards that come up for this are basically positive which makes me think that there will be opportunities for many of these kids they wouldn’t have had under their previous situations, such as the potential for a college education and a change in their fate for the better. Some or most would have been in dire situations with abuse and/or extreme poverty they would have had to endure, but with the revision of the social system they will find new hope and opportunity awaiting them.

It’s odd. I’m not saying they won’t have a hard time, but most of these kids will have come from families who were abusive or so troubled they would not have gotten their needs met. And because the public will be more aware of these kids they will actually get more help then they normally would. And lets face it when everything is rosy most people don’t think about anything, they kind of check out. Our current crisis is going to make us rethink how we do just about everything, and it will engender much needed compassion in our society.

Gwen Merrick

Dear Denise,

Thank you for the insight you are bringing to so many during these extrordinary times. I have a political question with reference to New York City Mayor Bloomberg who recently strong-armed the City Council in voting to change the term limits which the people of NYC voted twice against through his backroom politics. He truly believes he is the only one to deal with this financial disaster which originated here (what extreme arrogance). Do you see him winning the Mayor race next year and will the people of NY rise up against this non-democratic vote. I am deeply concerned about this as a small business owner knowing that the decisions he makes are only made to enhance the wealthy and create more burdens for the working class.

Thank you again.
Gwen

Hi Gwen. Let’s ask the cards: Will Mayor Bloomberg win the next mayoral election?

OK, when asking this question 5 cards literally fell out of the deck. I always take that to have great meaning. They were all reversed so I would say, no. He isn’t going to win the next election. And let’s see why:

He’s got a bad record and people remember this. He’s not well liked. He’s pissed off (For lack of a better word) a lot of small business owners and made it difficult to start new businesses as well as business partnerships, weakening the overall economy. But I actually get the feeling he’s made a lot of lawyers angry. This I’m just hearing. I feel there maybe a movement to overturn what he’s strong armed. He’s got some serious enemies. Also he has pissed away a lot of opportunity for New Yorkers, how I’m not sure, I’m feeling he’s grid locked the system and made New York more unappealing for not just small businesses, but tourists, multi-national global companies and has (in a way) isolated the city. He’s also very arrogant and out of touch with what the people really think and feel about him, which is, most people don’t like him. He does however have strong support from certain giant well established institutions and institutional corporations. This is perhaps where he gets his false sense of huberis. 

I’m getting a very strong no. He isn’t going to win. And I do feel the law he strong armed will be repealed by a group of lawyers who will sue to get it overturned.

Another question this time from Tyrone:

Tyrone Solee

Hi Denise, can I ask what do you think will happen to the Philippine Stock Exchange? And to the Philippine Economy?

Hi Tyrone,

That’s a big question. I’m going to see if I can find a chart on the Philippine Stock Exchange. I found the inception date and figured the trading began at 9:00 AM so I ran it for that time. If you know what time it starts let me know in a post so I can rectify the chart. Here is the chart:

So here we see that the Sun is at 01 degree Capricorn. This is the same degree as the Dow’s ascendant. I’m seeing this 1 degree Capricorn in so many financial charts it’s making me wonder if that degree has some special significance especially to markets. Anyway, it’s in the 11th house and the Sun rules the 7th, meaning it will take a big hit because it’s friend (us) and partner (us) is going to get punched. It will also start freaking out in late December. I haven’t been paying attention to it, but I’m sure there have already been signs, and problems as this aspect gets tighter.

Now the bigger problems are going to come down the line — it may even dissolve and be re-invented or absorbed by another market, rumblings of this will start in January 2014, but it may not happen until later when Pluto hits Uranus and then all of a sudden it will go bye-bye. That will be a few years later in January of 2017. This could be part of the global market change I’ve been talking about, perhaps the Philippines will transform around that time. But I’d say from December of this year until November of 2009 this market will be very volatile and you might want to stay away until it settles down. Hope that helped.

The next question is from Joe:

Joe Mayer

The gold company Yamana Gold
Symbol (AUY)
will it rise back to the 15 to 20 mark? 

I asked the tarot will it rise back to the 15-20 mark in the next 3 months.

The answer: Yes. 

So keep watch and take advantage of it! 

Best wishes to everyone, blessings and good luck.

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