Astronomics: Is business written in the stars?

February 23, 2015, 5:37 PM UTC
Lunkmark Milky Way map, c 1930s.
SWEDEN - MAY 14: Celestial map made under the supervision Knut Lunkmark (1889-1958) of the Lund Observatory, Sweden during the 1930s. It shows the stars plotted with respect to our galaxy, the Milky Way. The star chart shows the sky in a distorted oval upon which seven thousand stars have been drawn by hand as white dots, their size indicating brightness. The plane of the galaxy is shown along the breath of the chart while the north galactic pole is at the top. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Photograph by SSPL via Getty Images

“Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires do.” – J.P. Morgan

Astrological Weather Report: February 23, 2015

There are a number of important outer planetary changes that are influencing the American and world economies in 2015. Saturn – the primary planet of recessionary forces – advanced into Sagittarius in late 2014. Saturn’s previous transits through indecisive Libra and intense Scorpio between 2009 and 2014 set the scene for a volatile and insecure economy. During this time, unprecedented financial calamities such as the mortgage crisis and the bank bailout gave rise to rampant uncertainty.

With a less ‘afflicted’ Saturn in beneficial aspect to Jupiter in Leo throughout 2015, we can expect the economy to show marked improvement across the board. Jupiter, the planet of expansion stimulates sustained growth, an essential ingredient to true economic recovery. April will mark the highest growth period this year as the Sun in Aries facilitates Jupiter and Saturn working together to bring enduring, long-term growth and therefore should foster continuing stabilization of the real economy. The full effects of this influence may not be readily apparent until the year’s end.

Speculation in the stock market, reaching all-time historical highs, reflects a growing confidence in our future potential from institutional and private investors. However, tension between Pluto and Uranus as well as between Saturn and Neptune will continuously challenge recovering markets over the next year. Expect dramatic trend reversals in all Neptune-ruled markets such as oil, rare metals, alcohol and drugs, water, entertainment, film and photography, and pharmaceuticals.

Pluto, the planet of transformation, in Capricorn is being challenged by a square from rebellious Uranus in Aries. Expect surprises in Capricorn-ruled industries such as banking industry, which narrowly escaped obliteration in 2009. The people may force banking institutions to implement changes in 2015 when indiscretions are exposed by investigations.


Uranus transiting Aries brings unexpected surprises in 2015. Jupiter and Saturn in fellow fire signs support and foster your impetuous nature and penchant for risk-taking. Rapid growth is possible if you are aggressive with investments. Hedge risky bets by taking a conservative approach to other areas of your finances.


This year, you finally feel confident enough in the stability of your income to invest in a home that accommodates your growing needs. Your conservative nature prevented you from making a move for years, but 2015 is the time to pull the trigger. You won’t be sorry.


“Penny wise, pound foolish” has characterized your cash flow management for years; however, in 2015 ease up on your obsessive penny pinching. There is no longer any need for such belt-tightening. By saving a few dollars now, you risk incurring huge expenses later. Don’t sacrifice quality for cost; it is not worth it.


If you have relegated your finances to a trusted advisor or family member, consider taking charge in 2015. Your best interests are not their top priority; in rare cases, you could be the victim of deliberate deception. Take responsibility for the day-to-day management of your finances to avoid any nasty surprises down the road.


The more active a role you take in money management the more growth you’ll enjoy in your portfolio. Use your intuition when making financial decisions. If you have a good feeling about an investment, go for it – despite what others might be saying. Being ahead of the curve in 2015 will pay off big – if you play your cards right.


The more information you gather, the better off you are when it comes to money matters in 2015. You may not have all the facts regarding an apparent breach of your trust so don’t jump to conclusions without due diligence. In the second half of the year you may receive a cash influx from a long overdue debt or legal settlement. Use this money to invest in your domestic comfort.


It is up to you to make a course correction in your financial strategy right now. An indecisive attitude has catastrophic consequences, and only you can make necessary decisions. Educate yourself about all the nuances of a situation and then act promptly. Do not waste time or it will be too late to avert disaster.


Maximize your income with a creative approach to making money this year. Channel the discipline and resources at your disposal now to implement across the board changes in your finances. Your innate ability to sniff out investment opportunities ahead of the curve pays off big in 2015.


With Saturn transiting your Sun sign, your characteristic devil-may-care, carefree attitude will take a backseat to a more sober, grounded outlook. In 2015, you are ready to take financial responsibility by paying down debt and taking on less risky investments. Increasing your savings and preparing for a rainy day will enhance your self-confidence.


In 2015 your top priority is improving your overall financial stability. Allocate unexpected cash windfalls – such as a large bonus at work or significant dividends on an investment – to paying down debt or increasing your long-term savings. Stability-minded Capricorns benefit from feeling confident in their future financial security.


Use your far-reaching social network to your advantage in 2015. In order to improve long-term financial stability, you must pursue growth aggressively and take well-considered risks. Confer with a professional advisor when making decisions. If you are an entrepreneur, financing to capitalize your business is most easily acquired in the fourth quarter.


2015 is the year you are singled out for your dedication and loyalty to your employer through a recent rough patch. Despite the fact that your company is back in the black you may be overlooked for a raise, promotion, or a bonus, voice your dissatisfaction. If professional recognition is all words and no action, it might be time to make a career move.

Margaret Santangelo has been practicing astrology for 20 years in her hometown of New York City and has contributed horoscope columns to many national publications. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.