The Railroad Prosperity Period


The North Node moved from Leo to the sign of Cancer on August 1, 1888. The Business Curve was now starting slowly downward toward the normal point which it reached in September, 1891. In the interim the North Node passed through Cancer and Gemini, two signs closely related to the affairs of the United States. During the fall of 1888, the Curve rose to sue points above normal as Saturn in Leo and Uranus in Libra were in favorable sextile (60 degrees) aspect to each other. In January, 1889, Uranus turned retrograde, that is, started moving


backward in its orbit. At the same time it formed an exact square aspect (90 degrees) with the North Node, which was unfavorable. This caused the Business Curve to drop five points through June of 1889, at which time Uranus turned direct in its motion and started moving away from the North Node as the Business Curve stood at only one point above normal«

The Curve moved up sharply through the summer and fall of 1889 as Saturn in Leo was in close sextile (60 degrees) aspect with Uranus in Libra. The powerful planet Pluto was in conjunction with Neptune, one of the New York Stock Exchange planetary rulers.

Saturn moved into the sign of Virgo October 7, 1889, forming a favorable sextile aspect (60 degrees) with the North Node through December. At the end of the year the Business Curve stood at nine points above normal.

The year 1890 opened with business activity well above normal. The Business Curve from January to May moved from nine points above normal to 14 points above normal, a total rise of five points in five months.

On February 19, 1890, the North Node moved into Gemini, which (together with Cancer) rules the United States. This move brought the North Node within orb of a favorable trine aspect with Uranus in Libra. Saturn moved back into Leo on February 23th. This brought into effect a strong favorable relationship between Saturn, Utanus and the North Node. Uranus was trine the North Node and Saturn was sextile the North Node, while being in favorable aspect to each other. The Business Curve, therefore, stood at 13 points above normal in May. It would have been only slightly above normal in its natural position without the presence of the favorable secondary factors which pushed the curve upward*

From June through August of 1890, the Business Curve dropped four points due to the fact that Saturn moved into the sign of Virgo where it came in orb of an unfavorable square aspect with Neptune and Pluto in conjunction in Gemini. This strong unfavorable secondary factor would have forced the Busi ness Curve lower if Uranus had not been in favorable trine aspect (120 degrees) to the North Node at the same time. Through September and October, the Business Curve climbed back two points when Saturn moved out of orb of the square aspect with Neptune and Pluto.

In November, 1890, Saturn formed an unfavorable aspect with the North Node. This unfavorable factor pointed out the business crisis which lasted through June, 1891, and which is known in financial history as the "Baring Crisis/' This crisis was precipitated in England by the failure of Baring Brothers. The Business Curve dropped from 12 points above normal to seven points below normal—a total drop of 19 points in six months.

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