Pluto and the Wall Street crash of 1929

The Wall Street stock market crash in October 1929, which caused the Great Depression, is commonly linked with the most sensational astrological event of the 20th century a – the discovery of Pluto in February 1930.

The great market collapse actually started in September 1929 when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange started to fall and ended in mid November.

It brought the Roaring Twenties to a sudden stop and there’s much more to the story than the discovery of Pluto.

The decade that followed World War 1 – the Roaring Twenties – was a time of rapid change, excitement and turbulence. It heralded a brave new world involving rapid changes in technology, entertainment, architecture and society. Outdated conventions got ditched.

It was all about freedom, liberty, rebellion, motor cars, movies, jazz, dance crazes, professional sport, mass production, economic prosperity, increased wages, fewer working hours and new consumer goods like radios, telephones and refrigerators. It was a decade of better living.

Uranus in the Aquarian Age chart stole the show. Throughout the decade progressed Uranus was trine birth chart Neptune > peak power date was June 1927; and progressed Saturn was sesquisquare progressed Uranus > peak power date was July 1927

But in March 1928 progressed Sun – planet of governance and gold – moved to form a high discord opposition aspect with birth chart Moon – planet of the everyday people and silver. It got a red flag, reached peak power in March 1929 and ended in March 1930.

Meanwhile, in June 1927, progressed Jupiter – planet of finances and business – had formed a conjunction aspect with birth chart Saturn – planet of loss, hardship, economic collapse and depression. It reached peak power in December 1931.

And in April 1929 progressed Mars – planet of strife and recklessness – moved to form a high discord square aspect with birth chart Neptune – planet of wishful thinking and easy money. It issued a red alert – a final warning that danger was imminent – and reached peak power in August 1930.

The financial disaster (Jupiter) these progressed aspects in the Aquarian Age chart scripted occurred October 24, 1929 when the US stock market began to collapse.

In-sky aspects

No reference is ever made to the in-sky aspects on Black Thursday, October 24, 1929 and a little investigation reveals why.

It’s an unfortunate fact that astrological data – primarily the time of significant in-sky astrological events – was notoriously unreliable before the space age and computer technology. 

Many of the charts in CC Zain’s Mundane Astrology – particularly the in-sky aspect charts and cycle charts of the outer planets (Jupiter to Pluto) – are incorrect, simply because the data he and the Brotherhood of Light astrological research department were working with was erroneous. And today, with much more accurate data, precautions are required.

Neil F Michelsen in his reference book Tables of Planetary Phenomena explains how difficult it is to calculate the exact time an outer planet conjunction or parallel aspect is perfect and Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto moves from south to north declination.

While mundane astrologers would like their in-sky and mundane cycle charts to be precisely timed they depend on data provided by the ephemeris makers and sometimes this data is not as accurate as the science of astrology would like.

In 2023 imprecise time data for some major mundane astrological events is the bane of global astrology.

In-sky data for October 24, 1929

The parallel aspect – keyword intensity – has the same astrodyne power as the conjunction and opposition aspects and this means in mundane astrology it’s destined to script major global events and developments.

It has a 1° orb of influence and on October 24, 1929, the day the easy money bubble burst on Wall Street, Jupiter, the business and financial planet at 21N53, Saturn, the planet of panics (and depressed economic conditions) at 22S31, and Pluto, the planet of drastic events at 21N41 formed a parallel aspect.

You need to know that at the time Pluto had not been discovered so astrologers were unaware of its existence and an ephemeris detailing its zodiacal and declinations positions was not available.

Jupiter – the planet of finances – and Saturn – the planet of loss – had moved to form a parallel aspect August 1, 1929 and reached peak power four times – on April 15, 1930 at 12.08pm GMT; August 24, 1930 at 1.35pm GMT; December 24, 1930 at 1.51pm GMT and June 22, 1931 at 9.03pm GMT.

Jupiter was parallel Pluto – planet of drastic events – on August 26, 1929 at 11.25pm GMT; November 11, 1929 at 11.09am GMT and April 14, 1930 at 7.40am GMT.

Saturn had moved to within 1° of a parallel aspect with Pluto in December 1927 and reached peak power four times – on October 27, 1928 at 7.51am GMT; January 20, 1931 at 2.21pm GMT; August 10, 1931 at 8.49am GMT; and November 18, 1931 at 1.46am GMT.

During April and May 1930 Saturn and Pluto were within a few minutes of forming a perfect parallel. The aspect ended in January 1932.

The three charts of greatest interest are Jupiter parallel Pluto on November 11, 1929 at 11.09am GMT; Jupiter parallel Saturn on April 15, 1930 at 12.08pm GMT and Saturn parallel Pluto on January 20, 1931 at 2.21pm GMT.  (The times indicated are from the Rosicrucian Ephemeris 1900-2000 and need to be approached with reservation.) 

The complete story of the Great Wall Street Crash of October 1929 is told by the major progressions in the Aquarian Age chart, the in-sky aspects at the time and the discovery of Pluto in February 1930.

Author: DW Sutton

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