The Astrological Association Journal of Research in Astrology

Correlation between Outer Planet Cycles and World News Trends over 38 years

by Robert Currey

Building on the qualitative studies of the connection between outer planetary cycles and historical developments by Professor Richard Tarnas (2006), André Barbault (2011) and others, empirical research into mundane astrology has recently seen significant advances. In 2022, Dr Johnson Holt found a binary relationship between years featuring outer planetary conjunctions and oppositions and the annual frequency of major global news highlights. This study combines Holt’s news data with Tarnas’s planetary analysis, including all outer planetary cycles from Jupiter to Pluto within the 38-year period from 1984 to 2021. It assigns weight to each planetary pairing based on their synodic orbital period and aspect type. Linear regression shows a high level of significance and a moderate correlation coefficient (p = .002; r = .49). The result shows a correlation between outer planet alignments and independently assessed important world news. In addition, the outcome is consistent with the hypotheses of mundane astrologers, notably Tarnas and Barbault, suggesting that momentous global crises and paradigm shifts occur when two or more significant outer planets align.