The July 18, Trends For 2nd Half 2003 Forecast suggested an economic rebound by stating, "Advances in technology will be a bright spot for the economy and may again lead the country to economic expansion beginning in early 2004."
This prediction was postulated upon powerful dispositions of the planets symbolizing technology - industrial Saturn, scientific Rahu and machinery Mars - along with favorable wisdom and wealth energy from expansive Jupiter.
Because strife is a potent engine for progress, we may have already seen harbingers for an upcoming technological breakthrough. in recent computer viruses, the spam explosion and even the antiquated electric grid.
To validate this prediction, pinpoint its timing and narrow the inventive field, 10 fundamental technological inventions since World War II are analyzed. Of course, there were many other scientific and technology oriented advances in numerous fields during the second half of the twentieth century; but the following are the fundamental technological leaps forward that have reshaped industry and the lives of consumers, and thereby changed forever nature of the economy and its development.
Dates are by year, for specific invention dates are not readily available; and even if these were published, there would be no assurance they were of the actual inventions, the first working models or their public announcements.
Scanning the list, it's amazing to see that the last big technological leap forward was 13 years ago with the invention of computer software creating the internet, which then fueled the enormous economic expan- sion of the 1990s. Progress since 1990 has been applications development of existing basic inventions, not anything even approaching the magnitude of the 10 listed technological breakthroughs.
Today, well into the new millennium, we continue to use Windows-based microprocessor-powered computers interconnected via the internet with some convergence of cell phone (wireless) technology. Consider that these e-mail Forecasts are composed on comparatively ancient technology, a 1997 Toshiba laptop running Windows 95, that has yet to be functionally outdated.
That is, the newest, faster computer running cutting edge software wouldn't produce a significantly better or more sophisticated Forecast. National Public Radio (NPR) had a recent program about this topic, concluding that while computer hardware has become much faster and capable (memory), software has not kept pace, resulting in only incremental and minor advancements over the past decade.
The analysis used the natural zodiac (beginning with Aries to reflect worldwide karmas) to calculate charts for each of the 10 technological breakthroughs. Because the primary planets for technology invention travel through a Vedic Astrology sign/house for 12 months or longer, using just the calendar year yields valid information. [Saturn stays 2 1/2 years, Jupiter 1 year and Rahu/Ketu (the Moon's Nodes) 1 1/2 years]. The only exception is Mars, which transits a sign/house every 2 months, and this variability is used to select the most likely time during the year when each invention would have been created.
Reviewing the charts for the subsequent 7 inventions that have transformed the
economy and society, no similar obvious pattern emerges. These charts (not
shown) only demonstrate in the technological planets (Saturn, Mars,
Rahu and Jupiter) being in strength in various combinations: the Altair was a stroke of technical genius, the Apple II was a
creative breakthrough, the cell phone was a brilliant technical achieve-
ment, the IBM PC made a big mark upon the world, Windows was a
public triumph, the digital cell phone was technical mastery and
the internet was a tremendous technical achievement.
1) when the technology planets are strong
2) the long lapse since 1990 of such a leap forward
3) acceleration of change since the advent of the personal computer
4) pressures to effect such an advance
Currently, all 5 factors are both operable and indicative a technological
This chart's 9th house of long journeys is strong, as is the 12th of far and distant places, and because Rahu symbolizes airplanes, the technological breakthrough could be in this area, similar to the tremendous advance the Boeing 707 brought to air travel.
Based upon these conclusions, investment and employment gains are likely with any company or group announcing a major practical technological integration, especially if this relates to air travel. Of course, it is possible for more than one technological breakthrough to occur, for this analysis only points to favorable planetary dispositions for this to occur.
A more or less obvious second conclusion relates directly to the prediction for Bush's downfall by the November 9 lunar eclipse, which if correct, will then allow a return to democratic principles. Accompanying optimism and positively reconciled government policies would be fertile ground in which to plant a technological breakthrough leading to economic recovery. This is admittedly a rosy scenario, especially considering the gloom pervading society and the economy today, but it is one of reasonable possibility, even likely. After all, freedom depends most essentially upon hope.
Copyright 1999-2004 Doug Riemer