Planet Oppositions can also take on negative meanings in financial markets, particularly when outer planets are involved. Outer planets have large orbits and take a long time to complete their respective periods. Therefore, when hard aspects are made, such as squares or oppositions, they tend to last much longer. The effects can often be felt for months. In addition, the masses of people that make up markets are not familiar with these energy patterns.
A perfect example of this was the Saturn opposition of Uranus of 2008. This theme played out during the 2008 financial meltdown. In financial markets, this theme played out as a financial crash. In the financial astrology, Saturn and Uranus tend to produce very negative market outcomes when they make hard angles with one another. In financial markets, the world saw the sudden shakeup (Uranus) of the
traditional financial establishment (Saturn) with this opposition. Politically, it played out with the election of President Obama. Saturn and Uranus made an opposition the day after the election. Saturn is the traditional power structure of the government. Uranus is sudden, unexpected, unusual, antiestablishment, rebellious energies of the people or for the masses. In the case of the 2008 election, the world saw a sudden shakeup of tradition. This played out in the unusual, sudden, meteoric rise of a relatively unknown African American candidate who campaigned as an outsider for the people. So the nonconventional outsider Obama (Uranus) was elected to the traditional establishment structure (Saturn) of president of the United States.
Figure 5.8 shows the 2008 market meltdown during the Saturn/Uranus opposition.
This is a slow‐moving negative aspect that involves two outer planets. Since the opposition takes a longer time to complete, the market is affected for a longer period
of time. Saturn/Uranus at hard angles of 45, 90, and 180 degrees tend to produce
very negative market reactions.