The Emerging Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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A notable aspect of the COVID-10 pandemic to date is that despite the doomsday news of mass unemployment, massive bailouts and falling stock markets is that this stark financial reality is still taking second place to the health aspect of the pandemic.  Is a shift in emphasis between these two parts of the pandemic in the pipeline?   The astrology supports this gradual five month shift from the health aspect to economic consequences because in May 2020, Taurus has arrived as a new contender in the fray.

Note: this astrological economic analysis is based mainly on macro-astrology (the astrological ages and their sub-periods) plus some lunar astrology.  Details of the mechanics of macro-astrology are available at Age of Aquarius for Dummies.  There is no insinuation that both traditional and innovative mundane astrological techniques are not equally valid, as no astrological view has a monopoly of insights.

Table 1 – The Capricorn nano-age with its associated nano-age decans and overflows

The Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – May 2020 – Oct 2020) precipitated the COVID-19 pandemic and the influence of Virgo strengthens in May 2020 as it enters its more powerful overflow period (May 2020 – Oct 2020), and this usually would indicate a worsening of (Virgo) public health conditions around the world.  This sits in contrast to a growing contingent of countries in late April and early May 2020 moving past the peak of their infection and death curves – or at least flattening of their curve.  This appears to be a contradiction, but the astrology suggests that either there is a more destructive second wave coming, or that while a number of countries exit their critical period, many more countries will succumb to a deeper level of vulnerability.  The world is certainly not out of the woods of the COVID-19 pandemic despite many positive signs in early May 2020.

Virgo, being the opposite sign to Pisces, always wants to prick the Pisces market bubble, and perhaps this possible increase in severity of the pandemic in the period (May 2020 – Oct 2020) will drag the markets down much further than their lows of around 23rd March 2020? The Virgo nano-age and decan is the first nano-age in the current Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021), but the second decan is the Taurus nano-age decan and overflow (May 2020 – Oct 2020 – Mar 2021), and Taurus always places a focus on finances and banks.  By the end of May 2020, we should see the beginning of more dire financial implications of the pandemic, which should peak in October 2020 and then be more significant than the health side of the pandemic from October 2020 onward.

There could also be a baptism of fire in May 2020 for this new Taurus involvement.  I have been collecting a number of instances where the full moons, based on the western tropical zodiac, seem to resonate with small sub-periods such as nano-ages and nano-age decans even though nano-ages etc are based on a different zodiac (a version of the sidereal zodiac).  Despite this incongruity of tropical and sidereal zodiacs, this interface is showing some remarkable correlations.  For example, the Virgo full moon (2nd – 16th March 2020 GMT) situated in the middle of the Pisces lunar month (23rd February – 24th March 2020) aptly demonstrated this connection as two dramatic events in the world coincided.

On the 8th March 2020, one day before the actual Virgo full moon, Italy enacted draconian measures to combat its pandemic crisis, extending it countrywide on the following day (of the actual full moon). Thus began the emergence of the pandemic crisis as a tangible reality in most western countries, and one day after the Virgo full moon, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.[1]  By March 14th, Spain went into lockdown followed by Argentina on March 15th.  On the last day of the Virgo full moon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average crashed by the single largest point drop in history and the second-largest percentage drop ever, an even greater crash than Black Monday (1929).[2]  This Virgo full moon clearly told the world that the pandemic was no longer a news item but had arrived in earnest.

The following Dow Jones Industrial Average Graph[3] shows that the majority of the collapse of the DJIA occurred from early March 2020 closely associated with the beginning of the two weeks Virgo full moon (2nd – 16th March 2020 GMT).  Furthermore, the beginning of the ‘recovery’ occurred on 23rd March 2020 exactly aligned to the Pisces hotspot at the end of the Pisces lunar month (23rd February – 24th March 2020) as the daily transiting moon returned to the sign of Pisces for 2 ½ days basically on the 22nd and 23rd March 2020 near the very end of the Pisces lunar month.

The hotspot at the end of each lunar month is usually the strongest manifestation of the sign of the lunar month – while the even more powerful full moon activates either the opposite sign or 8th sign from the lunar month.  The markets and economy usually flourish under Pisces as Pisces is, and remains, the number one sign in the world today despite the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 AD.

Extending the lunar hotspot concept, the Taurus lunar month (23rd April – 22nd May 2020) has a very high chance of interfacing with the arrival of the Taurus nano-age decan (May 2020 – Oct 2020) and so there is a high chance that this resonance will trigger some additional financial turmoil of one sort or another, especially at the Taurus hotspot (20th – 22nd May 2020).  This also may manifest as the growing chorus of dissenters who do not want the pandemic to interrupt their lives in any way, and just want it all to go away, as Taurus does not like change.

Of course, the opposite is the case with Scorpio, and the Scorpio full moon period (30th April – 14th June 2020) will sting, as is its nature, and people, and thus the markets, will feel more ‘vulnerable’ and insecure.  We should also expect adverse financial circumstances, major bankruptcies  or even stress in the banking sector under Scorpio, the sign that brought the Great Recession (2007–9) to the world following the Sub-Prime Crisis.

The other side to the Pisces lunar month (23rd February – 24th March 2020) and Virgo full moon (2nd – 16th March 2020) was the unprecedented drop in the world oil price.  Pisces oil will always be under stress under the influence of its opposite sign Virgo.  This occurred one day before the exact Virgo full moon when the markets became aware of the oil price war with a plunge by as much as 30 percent, the biggest fall since 1991.  This oil war was the result of Russia refusing to abide by new OPEC production reduction guidelines following the massive drop in demand for oil due to the pandemic.

It should be noted that these Virgo and Taurus nano-ages decans are situated in the first half of the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) and Capricorn stresses its opposite sign of Cancer or puts Cancer archetypes into adversarial mode.  Cancer is the sign of the Middle East (including Saudi Arabia), and is strongly located in the astrological signature for Russia, perhaps going part the way to explaining their recent hostility over oil production. Cancer is the main sign of China, the source of the pandemic, and since the arrival of the pandemic, has been in ultra-antagonistic mode to accusations made against it primarily by President Trump, and for calls for an independent inquiry about the source of the pandemic.

The next lunar influences of note commence with the Cancer lunar month (21st June – 20th July), which begins with an eclipse and strategically contains a Capricorn full moon (28th June – 12th July), resonating with the Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – March 2021).  Cancer is also a bit player in the pandemic as the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 -2029) is in its most powerful quarter (December 2014 – June 2022).  With the addition of an eclipse, we should see some dramatic change of course associated with Cancer – which probably means that China will probably significantly change its stance in relation to the public relations onslaught against it by the USA.  The Capricorn full moon (28th June – 12th July) will increase the stress level for (Cancer) China or also put them in higher adversarial mode than normal.

The above Cancer lunar month is followed by a second Cancer lunar month (20th July – 19th August) containing the Aquarius full moon (27th July – 11th August 2020).  The Aquarius full moon resonates with the powerhouse behind the pandemic – the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), so we should expect the unexpected, or some new radical direction unfold in relation to the pandemic or international relations, especially between the USA and China.  The focus upon Cancer associated with the two consecutive Cancer lunar months (21st June – 19th August 2020) will see some additional focus upon China, the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Russia and any country with Cancer strongly placed in its astrological signature. This includes the UK, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Canada.

The UK has handled the pandemic in a patchwork and tardy fashion due to initially following the unproven herd immunity approach of letting the pandemic run wild so that the general population obtains immunity, while locking away the vulnerable elderly (Capricorn).  This was a spectacular failure. Sweden certainly is having to come to grips with its herd-immunity approach which adequately addresses the freedom of their citizens but may leave the coronavirus out of control – but it at least provides an alternate solution than can be judged postmortem!  Canada had its deadliest rampage by a lone gunman on April 18 and 19th, 2020 with 22 people killed, and though not associated to the pandemic, does show how a Cancer country is stressed in a Capricorn period.

Any Cancer period does accentuate stress for any Capricorn country or region, and these include the USA, SE & Central Europe, India and the UK (with a foot in both Cancer and Capricorn)!  This Capricorn USA and Cancer China polarity does indicate that the stress level for this bilateral relationship is under considerable strain during these two full moons, Cancer eclipse and Aquarius does not favor (Pisces) USA nor (Cancer) China.

The two Cancer hotspots arriving soon associated with the two consecutive hotspots, 18th – 20th July and 15th to 17th August are also two timeframes to watch, especially with regards to China’s hypersensitivity to international opinion, but in addition, any country or region associated with Cancer are also prone to take center stage due to some major event or incidence.  With Capricorn a major sign associated with the USA, the USA could become very bellicose under the adversarial 7th house influence, or suffer some major indignity.  Perversely, Cancer is the sign on President Trump’s 12th house, and rarely does the 12th house produce beneficial outcomes – usually quite the contrary.  July and August 2020 will be packed full of bizarre, if not unfortunate developments associated with the Cancer hotspots.

Finally, the arrival in October 2020 of the peak of the Taurus nano-age decan and overflow (May 2020 – October 2020 – March 2021) coinciding with the exit of the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – May 2020 – Oct 2020) strongly implies that the (Virgo) public health issue of the pandemic is no longer relevant, or significantly subsides in some way, but the financial effects become the prime concern.  The full detrimental after-effects of the pandemic should appear around March 2021 when the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) enters its peak time of influence – which should extend to midway through the Capricorn nano-age overflow period (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) around October 2021.

Table 2 – The Sagittarius nano-age (and Capricorn nano-age overflow)

The expected economic doom and gloom that we can expect from Capricorn will, surprisingly, be quickly reversed, even if only for a short time.  The arrival of the Sagittarius nano-age and decan (March 2021 – June 2022) could see some semblance of economic optimism return by October 2021, but definitely by June 2022 when the Sagittarius nano-age enter its overflow period (June 2022 – August 2033).  This positive sentiment, which will be in short supply for most of the coming decade, should show signs of fading from around January 2023. (see The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius for further details on the decade ahead).

I am not making any claim that I have correctly captured the emerging timeline of the economic consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but I have presented some important and relevant parameters that are like blobs on a white sheet of paper.  These blobs will morph into actual reality, and some details may be irrelevant, and other important developments overlooked.  I have attempted to maintain the integrity of the astrological insights, and wait to see how reality unfolds.

References

[1] Coronavirus disease, Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:33, May 6, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coronavirus_disease&oldid=955096504

[2] 2020, Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:37, May 2, 2020, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2020&oldid=954352050

[3] Yahoo!finance, finance.yahoo.com

Will the Coronavirus Recession Compare to the Great Depression of the 1930s?

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Many pundits are claiming that the economic hiatus created by governments’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic will rival that of the Great Depression that was so destructive to the world economy in the 1930s.  Either the astrology disagrees, or the sub-periods of the astrological ages are becoming more powerful, so that smaller periods can create greater impact compared with say a century ago.

The current astrological environment of the world does mimic that of the Great Depression, but at a significantly lower echelon.  The astrological drivers of the Great Depression are described in the following excerpt from my 2016 blog The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius:

“The October 29, 1929 Wall Street crash occurred inside a Virgo quasi micro-age decan (April 1928-Mar 1933) but for major events, it is also prudent to note other relevant larger periods for contextual purposes. The Great Depression occurred in a Capricorn micro-age (Oct 1925 – Aug 1940).  The Capricorn micro-age alone suggests a subdued and dour influence.  However, Virgo is the key sign…. there have been four Virgo quasi micro-age decans since 1791 and an economic recession or problem has been associated with most of them.”

Since December 2019, both Capricorn and Virgo have again raised their heads due to the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) and any Capricorn period will include a Virgo decan – in this case, the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – May 2020 – Oct 2020).  Furthermore, the Great Depression occurred under the larger Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) whereas the Coronavirus Recession has occurred under the smaller Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024).

The following table compares the comparative periods associated with the two above timeframes:

Great Depression Coronavirus
Aquarius micro-age & overflow (30 years) Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (10 years)
Capricorn micro-age & overflow (10 years) Capricorn nano-age & overflow ( 2 1/2 years)
Virgo quasi micro-age decan (5 years) Virgo nano-age decan & overflow (10 months)

In the above table, the Aquarius period associated with the Great Depression was three times more powerful and stronger than the Aquarius period associated with 2020, Capricorn four times stronger, and Virgo up to 12 times stronger.  If this is the only relevant criteria, then there should be little comparison between the Great Depression and the Coronavirus Recession. However, with the population of the world in 2020 significantly greater compared to 1930 (around three times greater), does this population difference increase the ability of smaller sub-periods of the astrological ages to have a greater impact? This is something that I have mused upon for some years, but I cannot provide any definitive answer at this point in time. Perhaps there is an effect.

Assuming that population increase is not a significant factor, the Coronavirus Recession should be limited in extent and length compared to the Great Depression.  But all is not well! In my research leading up to the publication of The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius, I presented an economic predictor for the period December 2014 to September 2044 that indicates economic trouble and strife for most of the current decade (2020 – 2029).  Basically, the decade (2010 – 2019) was positive for economies and the markets, but the new decade (2020 – 2029) is basically negative.  However this does not necessarily mean a savage economic downturn, it can be a period of drawn-out adverse economic conditions.

It is also relevant to review how the three key signs associated with the Great Depression and Coronavirus Recession have extracted their toll from the world.  Aquarius brings disruption.  The Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) brought massive disruption to the world with two world wars, the Spanish Flu and the Great Depression as headline acts.  The rise of fascism in this period should also be noted as fascism sits firmly on the dark side of Aquarius – every sign has a dark side.

The Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) has brought the world the greatest disruption since the Second World War associated with the previous Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940), and probably the biggest economic contraction as well. It has also brought a notable resurgence of neo-fascism politicians (hardline and extreme right-wing) to many countries in the world – including leading countries.

Aquarius is also the opposite sign to Leo, and the greatest bull market of all time occurred in the Leo micro-age (1985 – 2000).  Leo rules entrepreneurial strength and consistency – and shines bright, Aquarius wants to extinguish the lamp and break the economic ‘flow’.  From the astrological perspective, the role that the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) is to extinguish the economic momentum that has flowed out of the Leo micro-age and overflow (1985 – 2000 – 2014) like magma out of a volcano hitting cold seawater.  Aquarius is not alone with its goal of disrupting the world economy.

Capricorn brings hardship, austerity and problems.  The last stronghold of Capricorn was the 30 year Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925 – 1940 – 1955) which overlapped the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) and Capricorn correlates to the Great Depression, Second World War and Cold War including the economic carnage associated with the aftermath of the Second World War. In stark contrast, the relatively small 2 ½ year Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) cannot bring anywhere near the same level of doom and gloom as the former Capricorn micro-age and overflow and whatever doom is brought, it is only for a relatively short period.

Virgo is a bubble breaker – because the stock markets are far too often based on delusionary greed and fear when operating in excess and Virgo is the great anti-delusionary sign.  Virgo also rules public health issues, and while I did not predict the involvement of a public health issue with the downturn I was expecting in 2020, Virgo is playing a significant role as usual – this time by a pandemic.[1]  Virgo is opposite Pisces, and Pisces is currently the strongest sign in the world[2] and sits behind the powerhouse of international economics.  Virgo always wants to stick a pin into the capitalistic Pisces bubble.  Virgo workers are also bearing the brunt of the social isolation and lockdowns necessary to control COVID-19, in an echo of the misery suffered by workers around the world during the Great Depression.

Sitting behind the above short term scenario is the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) and it also has a role to play in the current crisis.  Firstly, Gemini rules the lungs, and the various forms of coronaviruses that have appeared over the last couple of decades mainly affect the Gemini ruled lungs.  This has also coincided with the Gemini micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029) as Gemini is in its final clamber to the top of the Gemini mountain in 2029.  The following almost 60 years will see even greater inroads by Gemini as the overflow period is always more powerful.

However, the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) has another much more significant economic role to play.  This major Gemini period has been given the task of reigning in the excesses of the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612 – 1791 – 1970) that brought the world the modern economic miracle and worldwide population explosion as that is what Sagittarius does – it expands and booms.

Note – The Libra sub-age (1970-2148) first decan is the Gemini sub-age decan (1970-2029) ‘opposed’ to the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (in red)

The current Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) is tasked with stopping this Sagittarius momentum, and its most powerful period for undertaking this task in in its second half – the Gemini sub-age decan overflow (2029 – 2088).  However, the world is already approaching this period and is in a Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029) so it is increasingly flexing its muscles.  The relatively unbridled expansionary market of capitalism is hitting some major obstacles of late and the various economic setbacks the world has experienced over the last 20 years are each a nail in the coffin of the reigning economic paradigm in the world – extreme capitalism.

The above superficially appears to be a fairly daunting outlook, and if that was all that was occurring, the future would look bleak, but that is not the case.  Zooming out even further – the world is at the early stages of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) sitting strategically within the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148 – 2863) and Libra does not produce an apocalyptic dystopian world as brought to you by science fiction writers and movies.  Libra is not a not a dark and austere sign.  Libra wants a world of cafes, wealth, equity, fairness and comfort – just to name a few archetypes.

Under the guiding hand of Libra, there can be short term setbacks and reversals, but Libra’s arc is full of Libra archetypes shining through. Like all signs, Libra has its dark side which is clearly manifesting in the world with the obesity epidemic and deteriorating health of significant segments of society.  It also rules great rivalries and polarities as we are again seeing in the ongoing brinkmanship between the USA and China.  Nevertheless, Libra remains a basic positive sign.

It is unlikely the world will economically suffer from the Coronavirus Recession to the same degree as the Great Depression, but it is very likely that not only will the disruption deeply affect the world economy, it will constitute the greatest disruption that the majority of people alive today will experience in their lives. Even with a much larger population now compared to the 1930s, the combined lengths of the key periods associated with Aquarius, Capricorn and Virgo are much shorter.  Virgo leaves the picture by October 2020, dour old Capricorn is vanquished by the middle of 2022 leaving unpredictable Aquarius to continue with some further disruption and mischief – but only up towards the end of 2024. However the long term astrology indicates that this is all for a good cause as historically, disruptions allow for new outlooks and directions, something the normally nonchalant world desperately needs as it continues its lethargic and halfhearted response to climate change and many other inequities existent in the world– similar to how many countries lethargically reacted to and faced the challenge of a pandemic in their midst.

Coming soon: The Emerging Timeline of the Financial Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

References:

[1] Why I did Not Predict COVID-19

[2] Aquarius in Pisces Sheep Clothing

Do the Tropical & Sidereal Zodiacs Talk to each Other?

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Or….A Funny Thing Happened with the Pisces Full Moon

The September 2019 Pisces full moon (exact 4:34am 14 September 2019 GMT) may have allied itself to a specific Pisces period deep within the Age of Aquarius?  The Pisces period in question is the Pisces sting-in-the-tail of the Pisces nano-age and overflow (Jun 2017 – Sep 2018 – Dec 2019) with the sting-in-the-tail located from September to December 2019.  This nano-age is one of 12 nano-ages belonging to the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) – the forth micro-age of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age within the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574).

Not only is this end of 2019 Pisces sting-in-the-tail resonating with the Pisces nano-age overflow, it is also resonating with the Pisces age-decan overflow (1433 – 2148) and the massive Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3574).  Pisces is the most potent sign in the world at this stage of the Age of Aquarius, so even a small three month period at the end of 2019 can pack a punch.

Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd

Satellite imagery shows smoke rising from Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facility after drone attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels sparked huge fires on Saturday. Photograph: AP Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd

Pisces rules over oil, and the surprise attack upon Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries[1] only a few hours before the exact Pisces full moon strongly suggest that the Pisces nano-age is resonating with the Pisces Full Moon EVEN THOUGH EACH VERSION OF PISCES IS SOURCED FROM A DIFFERENT ZODIAC.  The Pisces full moon is based on the western tropical zodiac, while the Pisces nano-age is based on a specific version of the Indian/Vedic/sidereal zodiac.  The western Pisces full moon actually occurred in sidereal Aquarius (based on the Lahiri ayanamsa and even my adjusted version of the sidereal zodiac that is used in macro-astrology)

What else can be expected from the Pisces sting-in-the-tail until sometime in December 2019?  Pisces is the key sign for the USA and Europe, though the USA is Pisces-Aquarius and Europe is Pisces-Aries.  Europe tends to fracture under Pisces, and so we can expect a disintegrating European political status until December 2019 – mainly due to Brexit.  A hot topic associated with Brexit is the focus upon the (Pisces) deception orchestrated by the Brexiteers, and the former British prime minister, David Cameron stated in this Pisces full moon period that:

Johnson is a liar who only backed Leave to help his career’[2]

For some reason, this undermining of Europe does not continue into 2020 in the same fashion, as the Pisces nano-age and overflow exits in December 2019, and hands the baton to the overlapping Aquarius nano-age and overflow (Sep 2018 – Dec 2019 – Mar 2021).  The Aquarius nano-age and overflow sits at the peak of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Jun 2022), and Aquarius brings deep problems to the UK with its staunch connection to conservative Leo.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the USA is basking in Pisces, because Pisces is its main sign.  Republicans are gloating over low unemployment, fewer citizens on food stamps and the burgeoning stock market.  However Pisces brings bubbles to the stock market, and we can expect a fairly quick change of fortune to the USA’s pumping economy due to the end of the Pisces nano-age and overflow in December 2019, and the arrival of the peak of both the Aquarius nano-age and overflow, supported by the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow.  Aquarius is antithetical to business activity (Leo).

What is even more cantankerous to the economic outlook from sometime in December 2019 onwards is the arrival of the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) because Capricorn is true to its archetypal attachment to doom, gloom, austerity and distress – never a good omen for the economy.

Furthermore, the Capricorn nano-age and overflow commences with the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – May 2020 – Oct 2020) and not only is Virgo the bubble-breaker (Pisces bubbles always has trouble with Virgo reality), but it was with a similar connection of Capricorn with Virgo that brought the world the Great Depression commencing in September 1929.  However, in the case of the Great Depression, Capricorn was a micro-age, and Virgo was a micro-age decan, whereas, in 2019 and 2020, Capricorn is a mere nano-age and Virgo a nano-age decan.  The negative influence in late 2019 or 2020 is one-twelfth the strength and is in play for 1/12th the timeframe.

Nevertheless, this current scenario is occurring in the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029), and Gemini runs counter to the good fortune and expansionary nature of Sagittarius – its opposite sign.  In addition, the Gemini micro-age will end at the peak of the significant Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) of the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148).  This Gemini sub-age and overflow have been granted the role of slowing down the economic and expansionary nature of the world that has dominated the last few centuries (under the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612 – 1791 – 1970).

Taking into account that in the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148), the influence from the three times larger Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148) is even more powerful than Gemini in the 21st century, and Scorpio promotes reduction, minimalism, and painful rebirth – we can expect tumultuous economic times ahead.  However, this tumultuous economic time will mainly affect western economies, as Asia and other regions of the world are further back in the wake of the boat.

Other Pisces events associated with the current Pisces full moon and Pisces sting-in-the-tail include the prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine on September 7th, immediately after the astrological arrival of the two weeks Pisces full moon (3:12 AM 6/9/19 – 2:42PM  22/9/19 GMT) with prisoners ruled by Pisces.  One of the Ukrainians released was Oleg Sentsov, a filmmaker with films ruled by Pisces.

By 15 September 2019, Malaysia announced it intended to end its extremely hardline war-on-drugs due to the disastrous outcomes after decades of abject failure.  Malaysia is planning to decriminalize drugs and put money into rehabilitation rather than the extremely expensive incarceration (prisons are ruled by Pisces).  Not only are drugs ruled by Pisces, but with Pisces the leading sign in the world since the 15th century, and with many more centuries to go, drugs are not going away.  Even in Australia, drugs had its few days of newsworthiness as the federal government attempted to trial mandatory drug testing to welfare recipients in some trial areas.  This is the second attempt – and it seems to have failed again as the government does not control the Australian Senate.

Combining Pisces (oceans) with Scorpio (pollution and radioactivity) has manifested an announcement by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) that they need to dump a large amount of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.  Tepco has stated that they will run out of storage space by 2022 for their toxic water waste. Already 20% of Japanese avoid eating fish due to their fears of contamination.[3]

This is not the first coincidence of a full moon with a sub-period of the Age of Aquarius with the same zodiacal sign despite their respective origins derived from a different zodiac.  It all may be ‘accidental’ or based on pure coincidence, but I intend being more diligent in documenting these accidental coincidences as it is starting to look like a distinctive pattern.

RESOURCES

The Magic of Lunar Astrology

Pisces America

All Good Things Must Come to an End

The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius

Aquarius – The New International Economic Paradigm

Its Bubble Time Again!

Lunations & the Stock Market?

REFERENCES

[1] Michael Safi @safimichael, The Guardian,

Mon 16 Sep 2019 08.39 AESTFirst published on Mon 16 Sep 2019 00.14 AEST http://ow.ly/rzpu50waYmi

[2] Michael Savage and Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian, Sun 15 Sep 2019 09.11 AEST  http://ow.ly/Yrlf50waYgA

[3] Justin McCurry in Onahama, Fukushima prefecture, The Guardian, Mon 16 Sep 2019 11.30 AEST, http://ow.ly/NHf550waYq9

Lunations and the Stock Market?

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Is the Dow Jones affected by the full moon?  I keep getting anecdotal evidence that this is the case.  However, first I must redefine the full moon.  Astrologically, the full moon is not limited to the exact moment the Moon and Sun are directly opposite, nor the zodiacal sign of the full moon which lasts only 2 ½ days.  The full moon is in play for two weeks representing the one week leading to the full moon, and the following week.  During this two week period, the Moon is more than 50% illuminated as viewed from Earth, and during this time, the sign of the full moon rules the full two week period and overrides the sign of the lunar month, which for most of December, is the Sagittarius lunar month.

Based on the following graph for the Dow Jones, the market peaked on 3rd December 2018 at 25,878.45 and tanked on 26 December 2018 at 21,729.61 points – a drop of 4,149 points or 16% fall since 3rd December.

However, the Sagittarius lunar month commenced on 7th December 2018, followed by the two week Cancer full moon (15 – 29 December 2018).  It was only a few days into this two week Cancer full moon period that the bottom seemed to disappear from under the market.  Cancer is a hypersensitive time, and perhaps Cancer full moons are invigorated by the sub-periods of the astrological ages?  Currently, the world is in the relatively potent Cancer sub-age overflow (December 2014 – November 2029) and Cancer sub-age decan overflow (December 2014 – December 2019) plus the world remains in the Cancer quasi micro-age (July 2007 – June 2022).  The period December 2014 – June 2022 is the third of a four stage process involving the full Cancer micro-age and overflow (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) and the 3rd stage is the most potent of all four stages.  In summary, Cancer is strongly insinuated in world affairs at the present time.

We can see this Cancer involvement succinctly in two recent major developments in the world. Firstly, Brexit was based on either raciest sentiment, or predicated on a desire by many British to restrict immigrants arriving in the UK.  Cancer rules homelands, the borders and people on the move looking for a new home.  These were sensitive issues for a significant proportion of the British who voted in the Brexit referendum.  A major theme in the election of President Trump in November 2016 was his promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico to appease the strong sentiment by many Americans that they were being ‘invaded’ by Latinos.  Again, the same issues of homelands, borders and people on the move.

Interestingly, the major political issue in the USA in December 2018 was promoted by President Trump’s government shutdown as a political ploy to bully Congress into approving $5 billion for his wall along the Mexico border.  Strong Cancer issues in a strong Cancer sub-period of the Age of Aquarius under the two week umbrella of the Cancer full Moon.

Cancer does not promote market falls, but market volatility.  The over 1,000 point rebound on 26 December 2018 suggests that the market is highly volatile and (Cancer) hypersensitive.  Trump is spooking the markets by his increasingly erratic behavior.  It should be remembered that with Leo rising, president Trump’s 12th house of Self-Undoing is ruled by Cancer, and so the December 2018 Cancer full Moon period is mainly detrimental for President Trump, explaining why his erratic behavior has dramatically increased in December 2018.  Cancer only rules Trump’s 12th house if whole sign houses are utilized.

The only other issue that could be involved with the December 2018 market volatility is the five week pica ages.  If you examine the following pica age graph (I first posted in A Small Foretaste of the Approaching Malaise in October 2018), December 2018 should be under the benign influence of Sagittarius.  However, the astrological ages are the result of precession of the equinoxes, and precession is not linear, but erratic at small intervals of time. Five week pica ages are relatively small intervals of time taking into account an age is some 2,150 years long.  The error level of pica age is plus or minus one pica age.  Therefore, either the Capricorn pica age or Scorpio pica age could have intruded into December 2018.

Pica Age Ephemeris of Aquarius Nano-Age

The most interesting aspect of the December 2018 market meltdown is the possible interface between a Cancer full moon derived from the (western) tropical zodiac and Cancer sub-age and decan overflow derived from a sidereal-based zodiac associated with the zodiacal constellations.  This is not the first time this coincidence has occurred, and I intend to post on all future ‘coincidences’.

Reference

Dow Jones graph courtesy of: http://www.google.com/search?q=dow+jones+daily+graph&rlz=1C1AVFC_enAU825AU825&oq=dow+jones+daily+graph&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.12830j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

A Small Foretaste of the Approaching Malaise

The current ‘meltdown’ of stock markets is a preview for the next nano-age.  The world has just entered an Aquarius nano-age (Sep 2018 – Dec 2019), and this Aquarius nano-age will be followed by a Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021).  Capricorn rarely brings good news to the economy or stock markets as it is known as a dour and depressed sign that brings problems.

There is a strange quirk in macro-astrology due to the system employed for determining sub-periods of the ages based on dwadasamsa (dwads) whereby, each new period begins with a sub-period, that is the same as the following period.  For example, the 15 month Aquarius nano-age commences with a 5 week Capricorn pica age straddling September to November 2018, and the world is currently in the middle of this very small period deep within the Age of Aquarius. [See The Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details on sub-periods).  The next nano-age is a Capricorn nano-age making the current Capricorn pica age a preview to the coming Capricorn nano-age.

These pica ages, that are technically only 5 weeks long, overflow onto the following pica age making a total effective period of 10 weeks – but it is the middle 5 weeks where most of the action occurs, and based on my macro-astrology ephemeris, this is where we currently sit (October 2018).  A pica age is incredibly small and “fuzzy” due to a number of reasons, but it is in the relatively volatile stock markets that they appear the clearest.

The current stock market turmoil is the strongest since February 2018

Dow Jones Graph (courtesy of Yahoo Finance)

The February 2018 plunge was associated with a Virgo pica age and overflow (Dec 2017 – Mar 2018), and Virgo is also usually bad news for the markets because Virgo brings a dose of reality – rarely a positive sentiment for the (Pisces) bubble-driven markets.  The deepest low for the year on 23 March 2017 also occurred within this Virgo pica age overflow.  The other largest dip in 2018 straddled the last 3 weeks of June aligned to the Gemini pica age overflow (May – July 2018).  Gemini is also historically negative for the markets as Gemini opposes positive Sagittarius expansion.

However, despite the negativity associated with the current slump, this should be relatively short term as it is just aligned to a pica age.  Sitting above this Capricorn pica age is the Pisces nano-age overflow (Sep 2018 – Dec 2019) and this provides the astrological environment for a mini-market bubble (see my previous post).

The following is my nano-age ephemeris for the current Aquarius nano-age (and more powerful Pisces nano-age overflow).  The highlighted cells indicate the most difficult signs/periods for the stock market:

Pica Age Ephemeris of Aquarius Nano-Age

The current market fall should be placed in context.  Examining the following graph for the previous two years, shows that the current correction is just shifting the markets back from hyper-bubble mode, back to the standard bubble mode of the markets with the normal over-correction.

Previous 2 years for the Dow Jones (courtesy of Yahoo Finance)

The big economic question based on nano-ages, can the incoming Aquarius nano-age override the Pisces nano-age overflow that both ‘rule’ the period September 2018 to December 2019?  Aquarius does have a reputation for sudden and unexpected developments, and the arrival of the more significant Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) has already seen the inauguration of the most eccentric president for the USA to date, and coinciding with the growth of far right politicians and neo-fascists around the world, with fascism ruled by Aquarius.  This has all occurred prior to the arrival of the more powerful Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), but Aquarius is always the odd sign, and it can be in a rush, compared to other signs.

Aquarius is detrimental to the markets as it opposes Leo – one of the strongest pro-economic signs. The current Aquarius nano-age does sits within the very powerful Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Nov 2024), and it will certainly make a mark upon the world’s economy with the arrival of the Aquarius nano-age overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021).  Can it override the mini-bubble usually associated with Pisces, in this case, the Pisces nano-age overflow (Sep 2018 – Dec 2019)?  Once the current hiatus subsides, the Pisces mini-bubble should still have life, and should still have an impact until the end of 2019.


Further Resources from Terry MacKinnell

www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available

The Age of Aquarius for Dummies – explains the structure and sub-periods associated with the astrological ages

Aquarian Age Economics – Examines the relationship between macro-astrology and financial cycles

At the Cutting Edge of the Aquarian Age – Cutting edge research into the astrological ages for astrologers

Generational Astrology – Know your astrological generation as defined by the sub-periods of the astrological ages.

FaceBook – keep up to date with what is happening

YouTube – Videos made on material from my most popular blogs

Its Bubble Time Again!

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In my previous post Volatility Plus, published 8 April 2018, I stated:

…. Cancer is in the vicinity from Nov 2017 to Sep 2018 – but its strongest period is the middle 50% – the Cancer quasi nano-age decan (Feb 18 – Jul 18).”

“It can be expected that the volatility will extend to July at least (the end of the Cancer quasi-nano age)….

The following graph of the DJIA for 2018 to date depicts the market volatility subduing the markets to July, whereupon, it has broken these shackles and moved back into a serious bull market.

Dow Jones year-to-date

Where to from here?

The above graph indicates a significant change in September 2018 when the Pisces nano-age (June 2017 – September 2018) enters its overflow mode until August 2020.  This means that in September 2018, Pisces is peaking, and with Pisces the key sign for the USA and market bubbles, we should expected a mini market bubble in the months ahead.  The big question – how long will this market bubble last?  And, as usual, whenever there is a market bubble, there is usually a crash. When will the market crash and the economy wobble?

In the above graph, you will notice that we are not only on the cusp of the Pisces nano-age and Pisces nano-age overflow, but also in the middle of the Pisces quasi nano-age (Feb 2018 – April 2019).  This probably indicates the strength of the market bubble should last at least until April 2019, and especially strong until February 2019 (with the expiration of the smaller Pisces nano-age decan overflow). It could last until the end of 2019?

Pisces is always associated with market bubbles.  The length of this mini bubble depends upon the headwinds that arise to counter the bubble.  In December 2019, the Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Apr 2021) arrives.  There is no doubt, that Capricorn brings difficult conditions, and this will be very strong in the period of the 15 months Capricorn nano-age overflow commencing April 2021. It indicates a sour economic period.

The most significant ingredient within the Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021) is the fact that it has a Virgo nano-age decan (and associated overflow).  Virgo, being opposite to Pisces, is one of the most effective bubble breakers in the zodiac.  The Virgo nano-age (Dec 2019 – May 2020) is followed by the even more powerful Virgo nano-age overflow (May 2020 – October 2020), and it is in this period that a market crash will follow the market bubble if it has not already done so.  There may be some early warning signs or crash any time from December 2019 to May 2020.

Furthermore, with the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Apr 2021 – Jun 2022) increasing its strength, this strongly suggests  that the crash will be followed by a relatively strong downturn and will probably be classified as a major recession, though an echelon below the Global Recession 10 years ago.

The last time a similar configuration occurred was in the last Gemini micro-age which occurred in the previous Scorpio sub-age aligned with the Panic of 1857 (May 1856 – Aug 1857).  This occurred almost exactly with the start of the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (May 1856 – Aug 1857 – Nov 1858).  If it is replicated in the approaching Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Apr 2021 – Jun 2022), the adverse economic effects could even appear as early as December 2019.

The Panic of 1857 was a financial panic that spread from the UK to the USA caused by the declining international economy and over-expansion of the US domestic economy. Because of the interconnectedness of the world economy by the 1850s, the financial crisis that began in late 1857 was the first worldwide economic crisis. The financial downturn did not last long but a full recovery was not seen until the American Civil War, in 1861. The years immediately preceding the Panic of 1857 were prosperous and so many banks, merchants, and farmers seized the opportunity to take risks with their investments and as soon as market prices began to fall, they quickly began to experience the effects of financial panic.

Also of interest with this Panic of 1857 is that the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow was also in place (as it is now), and in any Aquarian period, Leo is in detriment.  Leo rules gold, and the Panic of 1857 was exacerbated because a ship bringing a much-needed shipment of gold to New York from the Californian gold fields sank with the loss of 14,000 kg (9 tons) of gold contributing to the panic of 1857.[i]  Perhaps gold is involved in some way in the current scenario?

December 2019 is also important as all nano-ages sit within 15 year micro-ages (there are 12 nano-ages in each micro-age).  Currently the world is in the Gemini micro-age (December 2014 – November 2029) and more importantly, the first micro-age decan in the Gemini micro-age is the Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019).  This means that this Aquarius nano-age decan is peaking in December 2019 and then moving into its more powerful Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (December 2019 – November 2024).

Aquarius is neither good for the economy or markets because Aquarius is opposite Leo.  It was during the recent Leo micro-age (1985 – 2000) that the world experienced the greatest bull market of all times.  Therefore, during a strong Aquarius influence, we should expect some particularly strong reaction to positive market sentiments.  This is a well-known phenomenon for me in my study of macro-astrology, because whenever a sign gains strength on any level (age, sub-age, micro-age and nano-age), the norm is that just past its overflow stage, the sign ‘hits’ its opposite sign in the form of a decan.  This is the case with the approaching Aquarius nano-age decan overflow commencing in December 2019.

Sitting below the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) is the Cancer micro-age overflow (December 2014 – November 2029) and Cancer will provide some context for the coming economic turmoil.  Hyper-sensitive Cancer promotes populism, anti-authority, and the mass movement of people due to homeland difficulties resulting in the reactionary immigration controls many nations are implementing.  On the economic level, Cancer does basically the same by employing protectionism. No matter how many populace leaders and their followers criticize international free trade, the obstruction to international free trade creates lower economic activity with the associated economic turmoil.  This is where Trump is trying to push the world, and the leader of the USA has far greater influence upon the world compared to any other country.

This anti-economic influence by Trump is echoed by Brexit, where the citizens of the UK, particularly the more prejudiced older citizens, have pulled the UK out of Europe, but without reckoning with the Law of Unintended Consequences – the significant reduction in GDP that the UK will experience in the coming years and decades.  Combining this economic disaster with the disastrous economic policies of President Trump interfering with the free flow of international goods and services – the recipe for some economic stagnation is now being cooked, and there is only a small period of respite before the new and harsher international economic environment becomes a reality.

Whenever a market bubble occurs, most people cannot jump on fast enough, and usually express the delusional idea that the markets are going up forever.  However, the astrological head winds for the next few centuries suggest otherwise.  The world has been on a multi-century roller coaster ride of a gigantic economic bubble associated with the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) commencing with the Industrial Revolution and quickly followed by an unprecedented exponential worldwide population explosion.  From 1970 onward, this Sagittarius influence has coasted along merrily, and it can be expected to maintain this momentum until it hits some obstacles.

The major obstacle to Sagittarius is Gemini – its opposite sign.  The Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) commences with a Gemini sub-age decan (1970 – 2029), which will enter its more profound overflow mode in 2029 – lasting until 2089.  This strong Gemini influence will pull the rug out under the lingering influence of Sagittarius.  It has already done some preparatory work if it was a factor with the recent Global Recession.

The world is approaching the peak of Gemini in 2029, and since 2000, entered the Gemini quasi sub-age (2000 – 2059) and the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029).  Gemini is blowing the winds of change at ever accelerating speeds, just as tornadoes, hurricanes and cyclones are doing the same thing in the environment (which will also get worse post 2029 with the anvironmental deterioration due to climate change).  While the coming economic recession in a few years’ time will not be as strong as the Global Recession, it will be another nail in the coffin of runaway economic expansionism originating from Sagittarius.

In addition, the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970), which followed the Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791), is now in its more powerful overflow mode (1970 – 2148), and Scorpio always wants to ‘prune the tree’.  Scorpio is particularly strong until 2059 while the Scorpio quasi sub-age (1881 – 2059) is in effect.  Scorpio does not favor (Taurus) economic stability.

In conclusion, the current mini market bubble will soon be countered by another economic recession, which is not an ad hoc event, but part of a concerted push by Scorpio, Gemini and Aquarius to smash the multi-century economic miracle.  This anti-economic influence will reign for many decades, if not centuries, and taking into account that the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) overlaps the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029 –  2088 – 2148), then we can realistically predict that the coming century and a half is in reaction to the economic ‘miracle’ that the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) spawned.

However, the world is not facing disaster.  Firstly, the anti-economic influence will commence mainly in western nations, as the price for being at the ‘front of the boat’ since the arrival of modernity and the Age of Aquarius in 1433.  Western nations will lead the world into contraction – which is already occurring in the case of natural birth rates and wage growth.  Other nations are temporarily reprieved until they sufficiently catch up with the West.  Secondly, the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) is leading to the crescendo of the massive Libra age decan (1433 – 2148) as it enters its more influential Libra age-decan overflow (2148 – 2863).  Libra does not indicate poverty, hardships or turmoil – it is the gentlest sign of the zodiac.  It does suggest that the world will veer away from the extreme capitalism of current times, and be more influenced by the middle path, which suggests a fairer distribution of the benefits of capitalism is heading our way – but we should expect only crumbs in our lifetimes?

Because Libra inspires balance, there will be more socialistic policies, and even Obamacare is part of this struggle for increasing social justice.  It makes no difference if, for example, the short term outlook for healthcare is positive or negative, it is the topic of conversation that is the most relevant – in the same way that slavery was a key topic of conversation in America leading up to the American Civil War. However, while the future looks bright, the path to it is strewn with obstacles and impediments, and the confluence of the approaching Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029 – 2088 – 2148) with the current Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148) suggests a rocky 21st century probably due to strong reactionary elements from both corporations and the voting base that President Trump has tapped into.

It must be remembered that we are currently in a minor Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) which is only 33% as strong as the 20th century Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) that brought the extremist marginal influences of communism and fascism to the center stage in the world.  The appearance of President Trump and a rising band of political influences around the world favoring reactionary political developments and even neo-fascism, is a small reminder of what can happen when extremist ideology temporarily takes center stage.  Unfortunately, the coming Aquarius period towards the end of this century is four times stronger than the 20th century Aquarius micro-age and overflow, and nine times stronger than the current period that brought President Trump to office.

However, there is a mitigating influence to the approaching time, the Scorpio quasi sub-age (1881 – 2059) is replaced by the Libra quasi sub-age (2059 – 2237) and, as stated previously, Libra is not orientated towards Aries violence and ‘unpleasantness’ in general.  It is very possible that the majority of extremist sentiment towards the second half of this century is more focused upon developing and third world nations that do not have entrenched principles of democracy and fair play imbedded within their societies.

In the meantime, we are at the threshold of a mini economic short term bubble where politicians will be congratulating themselves on their superior economic management.  President Trump is already claiming credit for the current positive economic conditions, but the current state of the economy is due to the ongoing and consistent improvement of economic conditions since the last Global Recession – it’s one continuum which will crash in just a few years’ time.

This post was appropriately written under the influence of the Pisces full moon (18 Aug – 3 Sep 2018) with the Pisces nano-age and overflow at its peak strength!

Further resources

Aquarius – The New International Economic Paradigm

The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius

References

[i]  Panic of 1857, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:39, September 2, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Panic_of_1857&oldid=855902533

Volatility PLUS

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“The CBOE index, known as the VIX, is up 72 per cent since the start of the year” (2018)

“The new safe haven is now volatility” said Christopher Stanton of Sunrise Capital (California)

[Reference: “Stock Volatility the new norm” AFP, by Asjylyn Loder, Ira Losebashvili & Junjan Banerji


How long will this volatility last, and where is it going?  From the astrological perspective it is very clear.  Volatility is ruled by Cancer, as are China and protectionism (and therefore associated with tariffs).  It is the new trade war against China unleashed by Donald Trump that has lined up these three Cancer archetypes resulting in volatility.

CBOE Volatility courtesy of https://finance.yahoo.com

Where does the Cancer come from?  Think of the astrological ages as an onion, with each layer representing a smaller layer within the astrological ages.  If we drill down from the outer layer – the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574) to the forth of its sub-ages – the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148), then enter the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029) and look for the Pisces nano-age (June 2017 – September 2018) you will realize that Pisces has three decans – one of which is Cancer.  The Cancer nano-age decan (Nov 17 – Apr 18) overflows into the Cancer nano-age decan overflow (Apr 18 – Sep 18) indicating that Cancer is in the vicinity from Nov 2017 to Sep 2018 – but its strongest period is the middle 50% – the Cancer quasi nano-age decan (Feb 18 – Jul 18).  The current market volatility has been brought to you by this incredibly small but effective period deep within the Age of Aquarius.

Nano-ages & decans 2018

Normally such a minor thing as a 5 month quasi nano-age decan would not be so influential upon the markets, but this small Cancer period is strengthened by resonance.  It sits under the shadow of the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029).  A micro-age is a significant entity within the astrological ages.   As a result of this resonance, the current small Cancer period gets an instant promotion from kindergarten to secondary school as it is piggybacking on the mature Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029).

What this means is that while the influence of the current small Cancer period is relatively short lived, its power is much greater than the average nano-age decan.  It can be expected that the volatility will extend to July at least (the end of the Cancer quasi-nano age), and while this would be the normal time-frame, due to resonance, it may extend to September 2018.  We have the first half of 2018 as a period of volatility – but where will the markets go in the second half of the year?

The Cancer nano-age etc. sits within the Pisces nano-age (June 2017 – Sep 2018), and when this Pisces period overflows into the Pisces nano-age overflow (Sep 2018 – Dec 2019) we are back into what the American markets prefer – a serious bubble.  This does suggest that Trump may win his trade war with China, as Pisces is also the number one sign for the USA, while Cancer is the number one sign for China.  Why will the American markets become exalted in the second half of 2018 if the trade war is not won – or at least a workable compromise is found?  In the short term, the Chinese are winning as demonstrated by the market volatility, but the small Cancer period only has a few months to go.

Of course, China is seriously riding the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2019) and so they are not going to retreat from their rising economic strength – especially taking into account that this is all occurring in a Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) with Libra ruling all of Asia (in the same way Aries rules all of Europe and is incredibly strong in any Western nation such as the USA).

Believe it or not, a 5 month nano-age decan is not the smallest period I have identified deep within the astrological ages.  In the last few years I have discovered and commenced working with 5 week pica ages which do appear to have some market influence.  For example, in the last part of February, March and the first part of April, the Leo pica-age and overflow resides, and Leo periods are contrary to technology stocks associated with Aquarius.  This explains the recent stressful conditions for technology stocks.  However, this tech weakness should only have a shelf life of around 5 weeks maximum.

Following the Leo pica-age and overflow is the Cancer pica-age and overflow (part March 18 – April – part May 18).  With this resonating both with the Cancer quasi nano-age decan (Feb 18 – Jul 18) and Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) we should expect the period of greatest volatility is yet to come around the end of April and/or early May 2018.  There is nothing in the recent, current or future near term volatility that in any way suggests that the markets are facing an extended bear market, but a short term bear market from the astrological perspective is highly likely while this volatility remains the main game in town for the first half of 2018.

Is Bitcoin the Canary in the Mine?

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There is a good case astrologically for betting that Bitcoin and pseudo-currencies are in a trough with nowhere to go but up – relatively soon.  Bitcoin peaked mid-December 2017 – just while the world was passing through the Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 17 – Nov 17 – Apr 18) with the most potent stage covering the period November 2017 to February 2018.  Another month or so should see the end of the bear market in pseudo-currencies as Scorpio comes off the boil.

One contributing reason pseudo-currencies have floundered is due to Scorpio.  Scorpio will always oppose Taurus, and anything associated with money or cash of any form will therefore be linked to Taurus and be opposed.  Scorpio in this instance is however a very small influence.  Historical correspondences indicate that a small nano-age decan (of 5 months) followed by the nano-age decan overflow (for another 5 months) is generally too weak to be a significant factor affecting the major markets such as the Dow Jones, but it may occasionally get a punch in.  We may have just witnessed this punch both in pseudo-currencies and the Dow Jones.

As the above graph indicates, the influence of Scorpio drastically reduces sometime in February 2018, and the remnant Scorpio influence finishes in April 2018.  I do not expect the remnant influence to be overly influential.  The small Scorpio influence is replaced by the Cancer quasi nano-age decan (Feb 18 – Jul 18), and while Cancer brings volatility, the influence upon markets is generally up, despite the volatility, because Cancer is opposite in nature to dour Capricorn.

What is really fascinating for my research is the possible involvement of a much smaller period than even a 5 month nano-age decan.  Each 15 month nano-age has three nano-age decans, but also nominally have 12 pica-ages of approximately 5 weeks each.  These pica ages are incredibly difficult to focus upon, and tend to go in and out of focus.  In the case of the Bitcoin crash and DJ tumble, it appears that a pica age has made an impact.

Another interesting aspect of the greatest fall of the Dow Jones Industrials Average occurred under the influence of a 10 week Virgo pica age and overflow (c.Dec 17 – Feb 18 – Mar 18) – the smallest division of the astrological ages that I have been able to detect.

Worries about the impact of a tightening job market on the prospects for inflation and a surge in bond yields sent investors fleeing equities on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrials Average swooning almost 666 points, for its biggest daily percentage loss in 20 months. [Ref: Dow sees worst day in two years as bond yields jump ]

Virgo is the sign of employment, and it was good news about the improvement of the US job market that sent investors fleeing as a good job market indicate a buoyant economy that leads to interest rate rises that subdue the equity markets.  This Virgo pica age sits within the Scorpio nano-age decan overflow (Nov 17 – Apr 18) with Scorpio the sign of debt and therefore interest rates.

The following table is an ephemeris (of sorts) for the current Pisces nano-age breaking it up into the 12 pica ages as well as the various forms of nano-age decans (i.e. nano-age decans, nano-age decan overflows and quasi nano-age ecans).  What is so relevant is that the period December 2017 to February 2018 is a Virgo pica age followed by a Virgo pica age overflow for the period February to March 2018.

The above pica age ephemeris (for the Pisces nano-age) can only be taken as approximate because at the level of pica ages, precession of the equinoxes’ retrograde motion is not linear, but highly erratic. Based on the formula for Rigorous Precession, which I use for measuring the rate of precession of the equinoxes, each 5 week pica age should be viewed like a rubber band – which in some cases is stretched twice as long as average, in other cases, squashed much shorter, and a pica age could arrive early or late, and depart early or late in a totally erratic way.  It is like the problem scientists have with quantum mechanics – the normal rules that we consider that underlay physical reality in our world do not apply at the quantum level.

Therefore when I view the pica age currently in force I see the Virgo pica age (Dec 2017 – Feb 2018) but this Virgo pica age could have started as early as November 2017 or as late as January 2018.  Also, it could end as early as January 2018 or as late as March.  Just to confuse the issue more, the Virgo pica age is followed by the more powerful Virgo pica age overflow (c.Feb – March 2018) with the same allowance for variations in the start and end of this period.  Circumstances suggest that we are already in the Virgo pica age overflow as it is about twice as strong as the Virgo pica age.  Either my rectification is out by a few weeks or we are seeing the effects of rubber boundaries.

Virgo is one of the preeminent bubble-busters of the zodiac. It was a Virgo micro-age that burst the bubble leading to the Great Depression commencing in October 29 1929. The 10 year Virgo micro-age decan and overflow (Oct 1925 – Sep 1930 – Sep 1935) was almost at its peak and also in a Virgo nano-age (Jul 1929 – Sep 1930) when the crash occurred.  All great crashes are a two act play – there is the bubble make and the bubble buster.  [For more details on the astrology of the Great Depression see The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius ]

The Virgo period that burst the bubble leading to the Great Depression was 36 times more powerful than the current Virgo pica age that I am proposing has scalped the pseudo-currency markets and spoofed the Dow Jones. It may also be implicated in the fall of the US dollar?  The USD is probably another canary in the mine for the main indices.  Therefore, we are not looking at a significant or major market slump in February 2018, but perhaps 5 weeks or so of a gloomy or moody market.

Another reason why I am not expecting a market reversal of any great strength is that the current Virgo pica age is sitting within the Pisces nano-age (Jun 17 – Sep 18), and Pisces creates the best bubbles.  This bubble will play itself out for most of 2018 and into 2019.  It seems appropriate for our current little Pisces bubble that it is in the pica age of the opposite sign, Virgo, that some serious headwinds have been encountered.

It will probably be left for another bubble buster to burst our mini 2018-19 bubble, and the culprit will probably be the Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Apr 2021) – especially the high-point of its Virgo nano-age decan and overflow around May 2020.  Until around then, the DJ and other indices should mainly be looking at the clear blue sky.  Virgo, Capricorn, Gemini and Scorpio are all bubble busters.  It was the high-point of the Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (Jul 2007 – Jul 2012) that burst the bubble created by the Pisces quasi micro-age decan (Aug 2002 – Jul 2007).  Naturally, this all occurred in the Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014) with the worthless sub-prime real estate bonds, and Cancer is the sign of real estate.

Bitcoin, pseudo-currencies and the USD are probably affected by the Scorpio nano-age decan more so than the main indices because Scorpio particularly targets Taurus archetypes associated with cash in all of its assorted forms and uses.  It may be more than coincidental that as Bitcoin collapsed, the DJ has shuddered, indicating that currently, Scorpio is at maximum influence affecting Bitcoin more than the Dow Jones.  The Virgo pica age provided that extra oomph to upset the markets.

Finally the role of the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – June 2022) must be acknowledged as the 5 year quasi micro-age decans are the most relevant overall indicators of the world’s economic fortune at any point of time.  Aquarius is high energy, but inconsistent and favors extremes over the mainstream.  Any downturn, temporary or not, may get energized more so than normal due to the nature of Aquarius.  Even if this is the case, the overall sentiment for most of 2018 and 2019 is headlong into an unsustainable market bubble, and history has taught us that all bubbles are unsustainable – including the bubble we currently reside in as a result of the Industrial Revolution over two centuries ago.  We are approaching that bubble buster in earnest over the next few decades which will define most of this century.

The Canary in the Mine: for those readers not familiar with this aphorism, this cliché is derived from coal mines in previous centuries where noxious gases could kill unsuspecting underground miners because generally the gases had no odor.  Canaries were very sensitive to these noxious gases, so canaries in cages where placed at critical points in mine shafts, and if they fell over and died, the miners left the mine before they also died.

References

www.coindesk.com/price/

Bitcoin biggest bubble in history, says economist who predicted 2008 crash

Aquarius – The New International Economic Paradigm

June 2017 is a month of demarcation in the international political and economic sphere.  In June 2017, the 5 year Cancer quasi micro-age decan (Jul 2012 – Jun 2017) comes to an end.  (For those not familiar with the astrological periods used in macro-astrology, see Age of Aquarius for Dummies). This Cancer period is notable as the post-Global Recession recovery period.  While Cancer is a volatile sign by nature, it is also opposite the dour sign of Capricorn, where Cancer’s positive potential for the international economic situation has been able to manifest.  This can be represented in the DJIA where the index has risen around 8500 points or a rise of almost 70% over the last 5 years.

Dow Jones Index to 30 May 2017

Figure 1

This 5 year Cancer period replaced a 5 year Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (Jul 2007 – Jul 2012) and with Scorpio a reality sign and opposite the sign of Taurus wealth, this saw the greatest recession since the Great Depression early in the 20th century.  Prior to the Scorpio quasi micro-age decan was the Pisces quasi micro-age decan (Aug 2002 – Jul 2007) with Pisces the sign of economic bubbles which the following Scorpio quasi micro-age decan burst with some savagery.  All of this occurred in the larger Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029) with Cancer real estate creating the source of the economic collapse through the sub-prime mortgage scandal.

The new 5 year economic paradigm comes under the sign of Aquarius due to the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – Jun 2022) with the second part commencing December 2019 the beginning of the most potent time – will we have a Trump on steroids?  Aquarius usually brings problems to the economy and markets for a number of reasons.  Firstly, it is opposite to Leo – one of the best signs for the economy.  Secondly, Aquarius is erratic and indicates intense and radical highs and lows because Aquarius is inconsistent to Leo’s consistency.  However, there are none of the hallmarks of a major economic crisis in the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan as major economic crises require resonance with a larger mid-level period such as a sub-age.  The most dangerous economic times within the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan are the Capricorn nano-age overflow (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) and the Scorpio nano-age overflow (Aug 2023 – Nov 2024).

Another factor that feeds an economic problem is the appearance of growth signs.  The Pisces nano-age overflow (Sep 2018 – Dec 2019) and Sagittarius nano-age overflow (Jun 2022 – Aug 2023) both fulfill this requirement.  The most dangerous time appears to be the Scorpio nano-age overflow (Aug 2023 – Nov 2024) following the very positive Sagittarius nano-age overflow (Jun 2022 – Aug 2023).  The Scorpio nano-age overflow also resonated with the serious Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148) as with the Global Recession but this Scorpio period is significantly weaker and smaller indicating a relatively tame economic downturn in comparison to the Global Recession.  The doom and gloom merchants will be depressed.

On the smaller scale, June 2017 also marks some other significant changes.  The Pisces nano-age (Jun 17 – Sep 18) replaces the Aries nano-age (Mar 16 – Jun 17) but with Aries entering its Aries nano-age overflow (Jun 17 – Sep 18), expect increase conflict and international disharmony which includes the dissolution of alliances such as the breakdown of the Trans-Atlantic partnership between the Trump-led USA and Europe. The Pisces period will create another market bubble but with little or no effect in its early stages and can be ignored for the rest of 2017 and most of 2018.

Figure 2

June 2017 also marks the beginning of the Scorpio nano-age decan which should create some havoc in the Scorpio quasi nano-age decan (Sep 17 – Feb 18).  In the meantime, the Aries quasi nano-age decan (Apr 17 – Sep 17) should keep the markets bullish notwithstanding the effects of a Gulf War size regional conflict which may break out at any time. (See Take Your Pick: War or Terrorism).

The new 5 year economic paradigm commencing June 2017 should not be overlooked or discounted because it significantly changes the economic dynamic in the world.  Under the previous 5 year Cancer quasi micro-age decan, Cancer would always respond better to smaller periods that were positive and mildly truncated smaller periods that were negative.  In the new Aquarius quasi micro-age decan, Aquarius will emphasise the negative smaller periods and tend to truncate bull markets, except the occasional short lived frenzy.

YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE

Referring to figure 1, the market peak on 1 Mar 2017 coincided with positive sentiment from both the 5 month Leo quasi nano-age decan combined with the Leo and Cancer pica-age overflows lasting until mid-March 2017.  The negative influence associated with the Gemini pica age overflow affected March to April when the DJ lost over 300 points.

Since April 19 2017, it was again up, up and away except for a short and sharp market drop of almost 400 points leading to May 17 2017.  As I write this upwards tendency shows no sign of abating because the underlying sentiment from the Aries quasi nano-age remains strong until around September, though the ride could become a little bumpy the month or two leading up to September.

June 2017 Forecast

This month remains in the very strong Aries quasi nano-age decan and the underlying sentiment for the market is a bull market which is due to come to an end sometime in September 2019.  At the nano-age overflow level, it begins with Taurus and shifts to Aries, which supports a strong month for the DJI unless a war or major conflict interrupts the markets.

Traditionally June is a weak month for the markets as it coincides mainly with the Sun in Gemini.  The Fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius usually produce good market conditions while the opposite Air signs of Libra, Aquarius and Gemini produce difficult market conditions.  However, June 2017 commences with a very strong two week Sagittarius full moon (1st – 15th June), which will also want to push the markets up, especially around the full moon on the 8th of June.

There could be a pullback between the 15th and 23rd June due to a Gemini lunar influence. The final week of the month (23rd – 30th June), is influenced by the new Cancer lunar month which can bring choppiness but still with an upward trend.  In conclusion, this should be a relatively strong month for the markets which goes against the established average performance normally experienced in June each year.

FOR THE ASTROLOGER

The Dow Jones Peak 1st March 2017

The peak of the Dow Jones index (DJI) in the first five months of 2017 was March 1st, 2017 at 21169 closing at 21115 (See figure 1).  This occurred towards the end of the five month Leo quasi nano-age decan (Nov 2016 – Mar 2017) and taking into account that the greatest bull market of all time occurred in the Leo micro-age (1985 – 2000), Leo has again delivered positive financial outcome to the DJI (see Leo quasi nano-age decan in Figure 2).

March 2017 was probably under the influence of the Cancer nano-age overflow, and though I have assigned a ‘neutral’ status to this period, it should be noted that for the first half of 2017, the world remained in the larger Cancer quasi micro-age decan (Jul 2012 – Jun 2017) – which can be defined as a mild Post Global Recession Recovery period.

There is another technique I have recently discovered that also provides correlations to the financial markets.  This technique I call The New Lunar Astrology.  I will be setting up a blog on The New Lunar Astrology ASAP but the essence of The New Lunar Astrology is that each lunar month is broken into two sections.

For example, if we examine March 1st 2017, it occurred near the beginning of a Pisces lunar month (26 Feb – 27 Mar 2017).  In The New Lunar Astrology, the first and last weeks of any lunar month are ruled by the sign the Moon was located at the exact New Moon.  In this case, the New Moon was in Pisces (when the Sun and Moon were conjunct in Pisces). The first week of the Pisces lunar month is 26th February to 5th March and this week is therefore ruled by Pisces. Pisces is the best sign for bubbles (when Virgo reality is ignored).  The same occurred with the real estate and economic bubble prior to the recent Global Recession associated with the five year Pisces quasi micro-age decan (Aug 2002 – Jul 2007).  In the case of the Pisces lunar month, this is a much smaller influence, but it seems to have made its mark.

Another point of interest is the post March 1st DJI low on April 19th 2017 closing at 20404 – a drop of 711 points in less than two months.   This occurred on the day that the Moon left the two week influence of the Libra full moon and, in time for the day’s trading session, entered the last week of the Aries lunar month.  Libra is a difficult sign for the markets while Aries is strong for the markets, so after 2 weeks of subdued conditions, the new Aries period created a turning point sending the markets back to its normal upward projection.

The following table shows the two-part lunar month influences for the rest of 2017, which should be combined with the quasi nano-age decan and nano-age overflow from my previous post (2017 – Economic Catastrophe or More of the Same?).  This lunar influence is a mild short term influence which may provide some added insights.

Figure 3 – Lunation table for the rest of 2017

The actual transits for the DJI high on 1st March 2017 are insightful.  The following list includes all the aspects on the day with an orb less than one degree:

Jup        Opp       Ura         0°09′ A

Mon      Cnj         Ura         1°21′ A

Mar        Opp       Jup         1°39′ S

Mar        Cnj         Ura         1°49′ S

Sun       Cnj         Nep       0°25′ A

What is most noticeable is that every aspect involves Jupiter, Uranus or both!  Why Jupiter and Uranus?  Jupiter rules expansion and positivity, and Uranus rules extremes.  Combine Jupiter with Uranus and we have the archetypal soup of expansion and extremes.  In addition, a market peak is a turning point, as the market then reversed direction.  While the tight aspects on the day included only neutral conjunctions and hard oppositions, there is a total absence of positive aspects.

DJI Low 19th April 2017

The following are the transits on April 19th 2017:

Ven       Sqr         Sat          0°23′ A  (key aspect)

Sun        Cnj         Mer       0°57′ A

Sun        Tri           Nod       1°43′ A

Mer      Tri           Nod       0°45′ S

Mon      Sqr         Mer       1°58′ S  (key aspect)

Firstly, there are no aspects involving Jupiter or Uranus.  The two key aspects are Venus Square Saturn and Moon Square Mercury, both short term aspects.  The 19th April DJI low occurred immediately after the arrival of the lunar phase change from Libra to Aries only a few hours before the beginning of the day’s trading session.  This correlates to the transiting Moon being exactly square the transiting Sun, and though not shown on the list of aspects above, this square between the Sun and Moon bringing in a change of lunar signs probably created this black spot!

200 Point DJI Drop 17 May 2017

The largest drop in the DJI for many months occurred on the second last day of the tenuous Scorpio full moon period (2nd – 18th May 2016) and the moon sign on the day was Aquarius, with Scorpio and Aquarius always bad signs for the market.

ASPECTS

Sat         Tri           Ura         0°10′ A

Ven        Opp          Jup         1°41′ A

Sun        Sqr         SNo        1°49′ A

Sun        Sqr         Nod       1°49′ A

Of the above, it is the Sun squaring the nodes that offers the greater insight as the Sun is ruler of Leo, one of the best signs for the markets, and the nodes behave in an eclipse fashion, temporarily revoking the impact of the Sun.  This aspect was only in play for about 3 days.

The 2017 Economic Meltdown?

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There is a growing sense by a mounting cacophony of doomsday commentators that a catastrophic economic meltdown is around the corner.  This is not supported by my global economic outlook for 2017.  Let’s begin with the basics.  My previous research (see The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius) has indicated that the two key critical ingredients for determining the economic situation in the world is the 5 year quasi micro-age decans and 15 month nano-ages.  However, I now lean more towards the 5 month nano-age decans rather than the whole 15 month nano-age.  In addition, in 2016 I also utilized 5 week pica-ages for fine tuning, and this also worked out well.  (For those new to macro-astrology, see Age of Aquarius for Dummies).

Only once every five years the quasi micro-age decan change, and this is the case in 2017.  In June 2017 the Cancer quasi micro-age decan (Jul 2012 – Jun 2017) comes to an end and this marks the end of the 5 year post Global Recession period.  Cancer is moderately good for the economy (because it is opposite in nature to problematic Capricorn) but due to Cancer lacking Capricorn’s archetypes – Cancer has no backbone.  Therefore, this Cancer quasi micro-age decan was a period of weak recovery.  Things have ever so slowly improved in Western economies though the Dow Jones appears to have gone ballistic – again.

The new 5 year period to arrive in mid-2017 is the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – Jun 2022) peaking around December 2019.  Unfortunately Aquarius is opposite Leo – one of the best signs for positive economic conditions and especially stock markets.  This does not bode well for the Aquarius period as it means that there is no strength in the coming economic conditions.  The inconsistency associated with Aquarius will mimic the changeable nature of Cancer so the market volatility of the 5 years Cancer period will continue in the coming 5 years Aquarius period.  No one should expect economic strength or stability in the coming 5 years.

Furthermore, the greatest bull market of all time occurred in the Leo micro-age (1985-2000) and the coming Aquarius period has the opposite intent – it wants to undermine the positive (Leo) economic conditions for western economies.  This not only will occur, it most likely will be concluded with an economic recession in the period March 2021 to June 2022 – though this coming recession should be much milder than the last Global Recession.

The only relevance in 2017 of Aquarius is that at any time under Aquarius, an economic shock can appear, but often these economic shocks can be separated by some frenzied activity.  Also, from mid-2017, the seed for the economic recession (of March 2021 to June 2022) may come into focus.  Where is the fragile economic underbelly?  Most likely something associated with Aquarius.  This suggests the IT industry, internet companies, digital disruption or insufficient electricity supplies will bear the brunt of the coming economic problems, but only the first glimmer should be experienced in 2017.  A clearer picture will emerge around the end of 2019 when Aquarius strengthens.

Of course, all this hyper-Aquarius influence will mean more populace anti-globalization sentiment as Aquarius, on a bad day, is associated with pro-nationalistic anti-globalization as recently experienced in Brexit and Trump’s ascendancy.  Perversely, Aquarius is also the champion of globalization which is a major by-product of the arrival of the Age in Aquarius in the 15th century when the whole world commenced to be discovered for the first time.  If international trade is curtailed in any way, this will have some dire economic consequences not too much further down the garden path.

Specific countries with strong association to Aquarius will increasingly come under the spotlight for better or worse though usually the focus is to their advantage or strength.  These countries include:  Germany, Russia and, Turkey plus all the Arabic countries.  Except for Germany, all these countries and region are also associated with Cancer, and the world remains firmly in the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014-2029).  Specific countries with strong association to Pisces will experience problems and difficult issues due to the derived 12th house effect of Aquarius promoting Pisces’ 12th house.  This affects a 10 year period (December 2014 until November 2024) and is already in play.  Countries with strong Pisces’ association include: North Africa, Czech Republic, Europe, Netherlands, most Polynesian countries, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine & the USA.

In summary, this Aquarius period is not going to bring economic stability or any sustained growth or strength, and any vulnerability due to a weakening IT sector, digital disruption, insufficient electricity or anti-globalization is bound to become a negative economic issue as this 5 year Aquarius period plays out.

Taurus nano-age & overflow (Dec 14 – Mar 16 – Jun 17)

Whenever a cusp appears, such as the above quasi micro-age cusp, other cusps also appear for many smaller periods.  Drilling down from quasi micro-age decans we arrive at the 15 month nano-ages.  June 2017 sees the conclusion of the Taurus nano-age and overflow.  Taurus is the most stable of all the signs, and no economic recession (since 1791 at least) has commenced in a Taurus nano-age.

Despite this overall economic stability, negative issues related to money and currency are promoted, so we have recently seen international currency manipulation with many countries desperately trying to devalue their currency so their products are cheaper to buy on the international market. Trump is accusing China of doing the same to the perceived detriment of American producers.

Other Taurus related financial difficulties include India removing overnight (late 2016) some high denomination notes to counter the anti-tax black cash market that dominates India.  Many other countries such as Venezuela, Egypt, Rhodesia, China, Mexico (due to Trump), UK (following Brexit), Papua New Guinea and Switzerland are also experiencing financial problems related to liquidity, foreign exchange, the black economy and so on.  China’s liquidity problems should not be underestimated.

For example, even the Australian government has recently stated it is investigating removing its largest denomination – the $100 note from circulation – as they believe many billions of dollars in illegal criminal profit is stashed under many mattresses. The USA has also examined the possibility.  Examination of the ‘illegal’ cash economy of Australia in 2010-2011 found that drugs and criminal activity accounted for very little compared to people, businesses or corporations hiding their legitimate income (to avoid taxes).[1]  The usual suspects are condemned so the real suspects can continue relatively unscathed.

Governments can never be trusted to tell the truth, so when countries such as India, Australia, the European Union, Venezuela, Rhodesia as examples want to summarily withdraw high denomination notes from the market, the pretext that this is to undermine the black economy cannot be trusted or fully trusted.  What is really happening here?  Some commentators believe it is the first step towards a negative interest rate policy (NIRP) whereby instead of banks paying customers interest on their bank accounts, the banks charge customers for holding their cash.  This is already occurring in some countries.  To facilitate NIRP, it is necessary to have more money held in banks and less stuffed under mattresses.

Under the Taurus nano-age and overflow negative interest rates has been implemented across Europe and in Japan. The challenge for most policymakers is getting this (Aquarius) unconventional monetary policy to help economies escape from a (Taurus) liquidity trap.  The only country that seems to have succeeded with this policy is Sweden.  Sweden is in the middle of the pack when it comes to G10 countries with negative rates. At -0.5%, the benchmark repo rate is higher than benchmark rates in Switzerland and Denmark, but lower than rates in Japan and the Eurozone.[2]

With the current Taurus nano-age and overflow coming to a close in mid-1017, monetary policy will shift away from exchange rates and NIRP – but it will reappear with super sharp teeth and claws in the Taurus micro-age and overflow (2029-2044-2059), especially in the central Taurus quasi micro-age decan.  If banks want to charge people for holding their money, this suggests that there is nowhere for the banks to use this money and make profitable income.  This is due to the coming multi-century economic slowdown that will seriously pick up speed in 2029. (see All Good Things Must Come to an End)

The end of Taurus also indicates an end for some short term economic stability as Taurus is opposite in nature to Scorpio – one of the signs that most savages the economy and markets.  The end of Taurus means the world is moving into more turbulent waters in mid-2017.

Aries nano-age & overflow (Mar 16 – Jun 17 – Sep 18)

All ages and sub-period overlap the previous and following periods.  The Taurus nano-age decan overflow overlaps the Aries nano-age.  Aries is as turbulent as Taurus is stable, but the turbulence from Aries is not usually directed to the economy but to war.  With the peak of Aries occurring in mid-2017, we must expect an international conflict of the level of the Gulf war and Iraq invasion (see What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?).  This conflict does not have to wait until June 2017 – Aries does pick up speed in April 2017.  The arrival of such a war or significant conflict, above and beyond the ‘norm’ since the invasion of Iraq in the last Aries nano-age, will most likely spook the markets but usually Aries is a strong sign for the economy, so we should not expect the markets to be dragged down by this conflict other than in the very short term.

Aries archetypes should flourish – does this mean further improvement in iron and steel prices?  The following graph shows the clear jump in iron ore prices since the arrival of the Aries nano-age in March 2016:

iron-graph

Pisces nano-age and overflow (Jun 17 – Sep18 – Dec 19)

The departure of one nano-age decan and overflow must mean the arrival of another as at every level associated with the astrological ages, there must always be a pair of periods of the same type in play at any one time.  With the departure of the Taurus nano-age and overflow in June 2017, we see the arrival of the Pisces nano-age decan and overflow.  This does not require much evaluation at this point as the first quarter of any period is its weakest quarter, and only the first quarter of the Pisces period will be experienced in the second half of 2017.

Pisces does rule the oil industry, and the arrival of this Pisces nano-age in June 2017 suggests that we should see the beginning of the increase in the price of oil from its incredible lows during the Cancer quasi micro-age decan.  This is supported to a degree with the arrival of the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – Jun 2022)  because Aquarius has traditionally been linked to Arabia – the source of much of the world’s oil supply.

crude-oil-price-history-chart-2016-12-16-macrotrendsCrude Oil prices[3]

Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 17 – Nov 17 – Apr 18)

What is more relevant than the above Pisces period is the first 5 month Scorpio nano-age decan within this Pisces period.This Scorpio period will bring the first economic shock associated within the larger 5 year Aquarius period.  By November 2017 the markets are going to be rattled and we will see a downturn in sentiment in the period Aug 2017-Jan 2018 with the strongest focus in November 2017.  This is not going to collapse the house of cards but the sentiment is one of vulnerability, lack of economic progress and a more restricted economic environment than we have experienced for a few years.  However, these Scorpio nano-age decans are not as difficult as the Capricorn nano-age decans with regards to the economy and markets.

2017 Market Prediction

2017-table

Table 1

Table 1 indicates the two major influences in 2017 (columns with colored cells), but these two influences are NOT equal.  The major and most important influence is the Q-Decan column (representing quasi nano-age decans).  Red is positive for the markets, blue is negative (orange is OK and white is neutral).  This table indicates very positive circumstances for the markets until September before it turns sour.  The Pica O/F column (representing pica-age overflow) is a secondary minor fine tuning that is far less dependable but can provide some short term insights affecting month-to-month stock market sentiment within the quasi-micro-age decan in force.

For example, the Gemini pica age-overflow affecting the markets in March to April 2017 indicates negative sentiment while the more significant Aries Q-Decan indicates very positive sentiment.  Therefore the Gemini period indicates a short term and small correction to an ongoing strong market.

Missing from Table 1 is the arrival of the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan in June, which in itself subdues the market.  Therefore 2017 suggest two very different realities – the first half is a continuation of late 2016 while the end of the year shows a significant reversal – but not a recession.

Review of 2016 Market Prediction

Table 2 is extracted from Virgo (2015-16) Leading into Taurus published in December 2015.

2016-table

Table 2

In the above table, the Blip + column is the same as the Pica O/F column in table 1 for 2017.  (I am trying to simplify these tables)

Table 2 divides the year between neutral Taurus until June 2016 then strong positive market sentiment for the rest of the year.  The associated Dow Jones graph (below), aligns with the above Q-Decan column remarkably well.   The first half of the year was slightly better than sideways, and all the action happened in the second half of the year.  Furthermore, the dip in early 2016 coincided with Gemini (pica age and overflow) displayed in the last two columns of this table as a downward influence.

dj2016

The late June correction was associated with the negative Capricorn and Aquarius influences (in the Blip columns).  The November correction is associated with Scorpio while the hike past the Scorpio correction is indicative that the Leo strength overwhelms the mild negativity associated with the Libra.  There is still time for Virgo to apply a small correction in late December or January.  2016 confirms that the Q-Decan column is the most important indicator.

Conclusion

2017 appears to be a continuation of the last half of 2016 for the first three quarters of 2017 than a visible pullback but not an economic collapse.

References

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/2016/dec/20/cash-in-hand-how-big-is-australias-black-economy?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+AUS+v1+-+AUS+morning+mail+callout&utm_term=204927&subid=17386767&CMP=ema_632

[2] http://www.businessinsider.com.au/sweden-only-place-nirp-is-working-2016-4

[3] Crude Oil Prices – 70 Year Historical Chart