The global financial crisis, a Chinese official recently was quick to point out, started in America with two Hedgefonds of the Bear Stearns Investmentbank faltering in June 2007. The Bear Stearns-Fonds with those illustrious words "High Grade Structured Credit Strategies Enhanced Leverage Fund" and "High Grade Structured Credit Strategies Fund" accumulated 20 billion US Dollar, which they used to gamble at the real estate market. Unfortunately those Wall Street gamblers put the entrusted money onto the wrong horses, speculating on rising prices for housing and a falling yield on shares.
US President Barack Obama said a culture of greed and "gaudy short-term" profits in Washington and on Wall Street sparked a time of "extraordinary crisis". Others added the bonus culture in the banking system as a reason.

With hindsight of the past two major depressions of 1837 and 1929 I wonder: "what are the astrological patterns that could indicate a global financial crisis?" Finding out the pattern would bring an understanding of what to do to avoid a repetition. Besides the beautiful psychological insights that astrology can deliver for each individual and thus helps us to move towards enlightenment, the astrological understanding and overview of such global events like the financial crisis that are based on the mechanics of instinctual pattern of cosmic nature can help us build humanity and move beyond the instinctual straight-jacket of Mother Nature. All financial crises are not something we had to have, for they are not natural calamities, they are man-made.

The Panic of 1837 was a panic in the United States built on a speculative fever. The bubble burst on May 10, 1837 in New York City, when every bank stopped payment in specie (gold and silver coinage). The Panic was followed by a five-year depression, with the failure of banks and record high unemployment levels.
The Wall Street Crash of 1929 was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, wiping out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government). The initial crash occurred on Thursday, October 24, 1929, but the catastrophic downturn of Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 precipitated widespread alarm and the onset of an unprecedented and long-lasting economic depression for the United States and the world.

The October 1929 crash came during a period of declining real estate values in the United States (which peaked in 1925 when Saturn was in Trine with Pluto) near the beginning of a chain of events that led to the Great Depression, a period of economic decline in the industrialized nations.
What sticks out in these Wikipedia facts is that "speculative fever" of the banking system and the "declining real estate values" of the past centuries have striking similarities to the suggested reasons of the financial crisis of today. Also obvious seems to be that all three crises started in America. Let’s not get into the nationalistic blame game and rather ask: "What does America represent?" Most definitely capitalism and a become rich fast-attitude. Many impoverished Europeans in the last centuries left for America to free themselves from their aristocratic authoritarian and rigid regimes that gave them no chance to make money; the institution of a free-market-capitalism a natural consequence. Freedom may have been the figurehead, like the statue of liberty, but becoming rich in "the land of opportunity" was definitely a motive, if not the motive.
Comparing the circulation of money in all societies with the blood circulation in a body, the rush for money could be seen as creating a fast pumping heart and high blood pressure that could lead to a collapse, a heart attack or even heart failure. "What comes up has to come down", a wise man said. 

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