Part 14 Pluto and the 1929 stock market crash
Dennis Sutton February 2009

Astrologer's commonly link the 1929 stock-market crash with the discovery of Pluto on February 2, 1930. Yet no reference is ever made to what was going on in the sky on October 24, 1929 - the day the market crashed - and March 29, 1930 - the day Pluto's discovery was announced to the world. But a little investigation may explain why - astrologers at the time were operating with very unreliable astrological data.

It's an unfortunate fact of life that astrological data - primarily the time of an astrological event - was notoriously unreliable before the space age and computer technology. Many of the charts in CC Zain's Mundane Astrology - particularly the aspect charts and cycle charts of the outer planets (Jupiter to Pluto) - are incorrect, simply because the data he had to work with was erroneous. And today, with much more accurate data, precautions are required. The authors of the reference book Planetary Phenomena explain how difficult it is to determine the exact time an outer planet conjunction or parallel aspect is perfect - and how difficult it is to calculate the precise time Neptune or Pluto moves from south to north declination. While astrologers would like their mundane event 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. An incorrectly timed chart makes the matching of the chart with its mundane event here on Earth very uncertain and this may throw doubt on the astrological research dependent on the chart.

The parallel aspect - keyword intensity - has the same astrodyne power as the conjunction and opposition aspects and this means it packs a punch. It has a 1° orb and signifies very important events and developments; 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, at 22S31 and Pluto, the planet of drastic events, at 21N41 were all forming a parallel aspect. Needless to say the astrologers at the time were unaware of Pluto's existence and an ephemeris detailing his position in the zodiac and declination was not available.

Jupiter and Saturn moved to form a parallel aspect on August 1, 1929 and made the perfect parallel four (4) 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 on August 26, 1929 at 11.25pm GMT; November 11, 1929 at 11.09am GMT and April 14, 1930 at 7.40am GMT.

The Saturn-Pluto parallel had entered its 1° orb of influence in December 1927 and the perfect parallel aspect was formed four (4) 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 went out of orb 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 taken from the Rosicrucian Ephemeris 1900-2000 and may need to be approached with reservation.