Those worry warts who tremble and quake at the slightest hint the economy is poised to ride a new inflationary spiral ever higher can safely put their hyper-inflation expectations to rest for awhile, a financial expert who bases her predictions on changing astrological cycles advises.
“A study of inflation/deflation cycles suggests the next high inflationary cycle will not begin until January 2026, when planet Neptune enters the fiery astrological sign of Aries,” says financial astrologer Grace K. Morris, MA.
Morris is author of How to Choose Stocks to Outperform the Market. She edits and publishes the Astro Economics Stock Market News Letter and is business editor for the Astrology News Service (ANS).
Her logic is elemental, she explains.
The planet Neptune takes 146 years to orbit the Sun and spends about 14 years in each of the 12 astrological signs. Every sign of the zodiac is 30 degrees wide and each sign is grouped with one of four elements: fire, earth, air and water.
In a study that dates back more than 100 years, or for as long as anyone has been keeping track, Neptune’s transit through one of the fire signs (Aries, Leo or Sagittarius) has coincided with a run-up in the cost for goods and services.
“This was true in the inflationary period leading up to the 1929 stock market crash, when Neptune was in the sign of Leo. And the pattern repeated in the inflationary period that began in the mid-1970s and ended when Neptune moved out of Sagittarius and into the more practical, earth-bound sign of Capricorn in 1984,” Morris said.
At the moment Neptune is slogging its way through the watery sign of Pisces. And central bankers appear to be unable to come up with a strategy that would gently nudge today’s 1.1percent inflation rate slightly higher.
Current thinking at the Fed is that a desirable 2 percent inflationary growth rate will best support a healthy, expanding economy. This may be so, but the long-term average over the past 100 years has been 3.42 percent with periods of both inflation and deflation mixed in, Morris said.
She says concerns about deflation, not inflation, have been uppermost in Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s mind. As a result, monetary policy at the central bank has been progressing one cautious step at a time.
“Unemployment at 5.1 percent is down significantly from double digit highs in 2008. Productivity remains high but wages have not advanced, which is still another indication that inflation will not be a problem in the near future,” she added.