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.

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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

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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.

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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:

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius

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Really serious recessions such as the Great Depression, and the recent Global Financial Crisis, are not identified exclusively by quantitative (statistical) means but due to a combination of factors allegorically similar to an airplane crash.  According to the TV program Air Crash Investigators, an airplane crash does not occur due to one problematical incident, but to a series of incidents that separately are normally incapable of bringing down a plane, but when combined, will create a crash.

For the really major recessions such as the Great Depression of the early 20th century and the Great Recession 2007-9 (forming part of the Global Financial Crisis 2007-12), multiple factors come into play including both statistical and qualitative elements.  The qualitative factors (based upon evaluation) are unusual and therefore identifiable (qualitatively) in advance, and so can be used to determine which short-listed future periods based on statistical methods are most likely associated with a recession.

I chose the recessions[1] for the USA in this research as it was during the research period (1791-2014) that the USA became the premiere economic world superpower establishing itself as the Pisces-Aquarius age empire similar to Rome one age ago. The research was primarily based upon examining the starting point for each recession down to the 15 month nano-age level to discover any pattern that ‘triggered’ the recession.  In the period investigated there were 45 micro-age decans (of approximately 5 years each) and 180 nano-ages (of approximately 15 months each)

General Results

Something quiet profound occurred after the Great Depression.  There was a 74 years gap between the Great Depression and the recent Global Financial Crisis (GFC), but in the 74 years period prior to the Great Depression, there were 10 large recessions.  Also, the small recessions since the Second World War are further apart compared to the period before the Great Depression.

The recent GFC suggests that something went spectacularly wrong in the lead up to the GFC that allowed the re-emergence of a major recession after 74 years of relative economic stability.  The stricter banking regulations post Great Depression appeared to have worked, but the major problem that created the GFC was the emergence of a shadow banking system that sat outside of the banking regulations, yet these shadow banks acted like banks and needed to be rescued like banks.  Such shadow banks included Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Because these shadow 21st century banks were not regulated like banks, this cauldron of quasi-banks basically brewed a monster and created the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression while governments failed to keep their eyes on the ball, and in the USA President Clinton willingly and stupidly fostered the revocation of these controls.  Adopting the precepts of extreme capitalism, many governments around the world including the USA virtually gave the markets enough rope to hang themselves – which they did.[2]  This is called free enterprise.

Statistical Research Results

For the period concerned, there were 46 recessions spread across 45 micro-age decans of (approx.) five years each and 180 nano-ages of (approx.) 15 months each.  The basic structure of the sub-periods of the astrological ages is that each astrological age of approximately 2150 years has 12 sub-ages (of 178-9 years) that also contain 12 micro-ages (of approximately 15 years).  Each micro-age has 12 nano-ages of approximately 15 months each. All these periods can also be divided into three producing age-decans, sub-age decans, micro-age decans and nano-age decans. These periods lead into a following period of the same length and the following period is labelled by “overflow”.  Therefore after the Scorpio sub-age (1791-1970) is the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148). All periods work in pairs, for example the period 1970 to 2148 is both the Scorpio sub-age overflow and Libra sub-age, and archetypal associations of both these signs will manifest in the period 1970 to 2148 .

Another perspective of the structure of ages and all sub-periods are the quasi periods.  Any period plus its overflow defines the base of a bell-curve.  The middle or upper 50% of the bell curve is the quasi period.  For example, in the case of the Scorpio sub-age (1791-1970) and the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148), the base of the whole Scorpio sub-age and overflow is 1791-2148.  The middle 50% is the period 1881 – 2019.  This period represents the peak expression of the wider Scorpio period and is called the Scorpio quasi sub-age.

As another example, the Pisces age is 732 BC to 1433 ADD and is followed by the Pisces age overflow (1433-3574) which is also the age of Aquarius.  The Pisces quasi age is 352 AD to 2503 AD.  Though the world has been in the Age of Aquarius since 1433, the strongest sign in the world is Pisces as the world remains in the Pisces quasi age until 2503.  If you require assistance in understanding these sub-periods employed within the astrological ages, see “The Age of Aquarius for Dummies”.

The following are the key indicators associated with recessions:

All Recessions

  • Scorpio and Aquarius quasi micro-ages are more likely than not to produce both a large or small recession
  • Gemini nano-ages seem to be the most attracted to any type of recession
  • Taurus nano-ages are the most adverse to precipitate any type of recession

Large Recessions

  • commenced in every Gemini quasi micro-age decan
  • avoided commencing in the Aries, Cancer and Sagittarius quasi micro-age decans
  • avoided commencing in the Cancer, Scorpio and Taurus nano-ages
  • Water nano-ages are the most under-represented in large recession
  • Mutable nano-ages account for 56% of all major recessions
  • Every large recession from the 1882-85 recession onwards has commenced in a Mutable nano-age

Small Recessions

  • have very strong relationships (100%) with Fire quasi micro-age decans
  • avoid Pisces quasi micro-ages decans.
  • Scorpio nano-ages are the greatest small recession attractor
  • Water nano-ages are over-represented in small recessions

Backward Compatibility

The probability associated with the three forms of micro-age decans and two forms of nano-age decan were collated which produced a score for each nano-age from 1791 to 2014.  Every large recession in this period had a score of zero or more strongly suggesting that this score process is relevant. In every period with a negative score, no major recession occurred.  Similar clarity was not found when examining small recessions.

Applying the same approach used above, but directed towards future periods, utilizing predictability scores of zero or more as a signature for large recessions, can only produce a short list of possibilities (see Table 1).

From To QMAD Nano-Age Mut Score
12 2014 3 2016 Cancer Taurus -4
3 2016 6 2017 Aries -4
6 2017 9 2018 Aquarius Pisces -1
9 2018 12 2019 Aquarius -1
12 2019 3 2021 Capricorn 3
3 2021 6 2022 Sagittarius * 5
6 2022 8 2023 Libra Scorpio -1
8 2023 11 2024 Libra 2
11 2024 2 2026 Virgo * 3
2 2026 5 2027 Leo 2
5 2027 8 2028 Gemini Cancer 1
8 2028 11 2029 Gemini * 6
11 2029 2 2031 Aries -2
2 2031 5 2032 Pisces * 0
5 2032 7 2033 Capricorn Aquarius 0
7 2033 10 2034 Capricorn 0
10 2034 1 2036 Sagittarius * 1
1 2036 4 2037 Scorpio -2
4 2037 7 2038 Virgo Libra 0
7 2038 10 2039 Virgo * 1
10 2039 1 2041 Leo -2
1 2041 4 2042 Cancer -5
4 2042 6 2043 Taurus Gemini -1
6 2043 9 2044 Taurus -5

Table 1 – Predictions of large recessions for the Gemini and Taurus micro-ages covering the period December 2014 to September 2044 with the ‘Mut’ column flagging Mutable nano-ages (with a positive score) which have the highest of all probabilities of commencing a large recession

It is extremely unlikely that all the flagged (*) periods in Table 1 will produce a major recession taking into account the track record from the end of the Great Depression to the GFC indicating that large recessions have become a rarity.  This may change if government regulations post-GFC proves to be inadequate or the world is entering a more volatile economic period.

Applying the above methodology to small recessions produces unreliable results and it is not a practical approach to apply any quantitative statistical insights gained from examining small recessions as a predictive tool despite the evidence of some patterns.  In general, statistically derived astrological patterns are like the dripping faucet in Chaos Theory.  In Chaos Theory, researchers found patterns virtually everywhere (which ultimately supports the hypothesis of astrology).  One experiment with a leaking water faucet found that the time delay between each drip could never be predicted, but when it did occur, it would fall into a pattern of say one of eight distinct time frames rather than spread evenly through all possible time frames.

In the case of economic recessions, statistical evidence of astrological patterns cannot predict when the next major recession may appear, but when it does, it most likely will conform to an existing pattern.  Despite statistical research being incapable of being an exact tool for prediction purposes, in this situation anyway, it is certainly useful for supplying a short list of possibilities.  The only way to evaluate these short-listed possibilities is by qualitative methods.  The best way to approach qualitative assessment is by examining previous large recessions to look for qualitative patterns or coincidences that are outside the scope of statistical analysis.  I am limiting this to the last two significant economic recessions as they form two classic examples of the astrological dynamics of economic recessions.

CASE STUDIES

The Great Depression

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.  The Virgo quasi micro-age decan (1928-1933) corresponds tightly to the drop in US GDP approaching 1930 as indicated in the following graph.

Economic Slump of the Great Depression

There have been four Virgo quasi micro-age decans since 1791 and an economic recession or problem has been associated with most of them.  First there was the Panic of 1819 followed by the 1822-23 recession (a small recession) in one Virgo quasi micro-age decans.  In the next Virgo quasi micro-age decans were the Panic of 1873 and the Long Depression.  The third Virgo quasi micro-age decans produced the Great Depression and the exception to the rule was the last Virgo quasi micro-age decans (Oct 1982 – September 1987) but this did include Black Monday on 19th October 1987 which sits in the orb or uncertainty of the cusps of these periods.  The major stock market crash did occur in the associated Virgo micro-age decan overflow

It has already been noted that Mutable quasi micro-age decans (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces as a group) in 44% of their appearance are associated with a major recession (longer than 1.5 years).  However, the key factor with the Great Depression was an outside factor altogether.

The major Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851- 1910 -1970) was at its greatest strength between 1910 and 1940.  Pisces traditionally is associated with economic bubbles.  Furthermore, while a sub-age decan appears every 60 years, this is the strongest sub-age decan of all due to the Pisces quasi-age (352 AD – 2503) being the absolutely strongest sign in the world in this timeframe.  Its strongest half is 1433 to 2503.  The Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851- 1910 -1970) was supercharged by the Pisces quasi age.

This major period of Pisces resonance is also the key factor in both world wars and the rise of the USA as the new world Pisces super power.  The first half of the 20th century was an abnormal and highly volatile 50 years due to the Pisces resonance, and nothing like this will be experienced again for around another 700 years.

From the astrological perspective, the Great Depression was a ‘set-up’.  The Great Depression was created by this super-charged Pisces influence which indicates that delusion, deception and lack of clarity were dominant and this mass delusion produced a massive economic bubble was the chief factor behind the Great Depression.  It is the greatest example the world has ever experienced of pigs competing for the trough of easy money.  Virgo is the sign opposite Pisces, so when the Virgo quasi micro-age decan (April 1928 – March 1933) arrived, it was just a matter of time for reality to stick its head above water to announce that “the king has no clothes”.

A key component in understanding the reasons behind the arrival of an economic recession is to understand the circumstances leading to the crash.  The Great Depression was not caused by the Virgo quasi micro-age decan but the incredibly powerful 60 years Pisces sub-age decan promoting economic bubbles assisted by mob delusion.  Virgo is one of two reality signs that restore clarity as Virgo is opposite in nature to its opposite sign Pisces.

 The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) 

I take the GFC to have commenced as the Great Recession (2007 – 2009) but globally lasted until 2012, a period of 5 years corresponding to the Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (2007-12).  Like the Great Depression, the key instigating component here is Pisces, but a much milder Pisces.  The Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (2007-12) was preceded by a Pisces quasi micro-age decan (2002-07) and Pisces, given the opportunity, brings economic bubbles.

Furthermore the GFC occurred in a Cancer micro-age (2000-14) and commenced with the Cancer quasi micro-age (Jul 2007 – Jun 2022) aligned to the sub-prime market associated with (Cancer) real estate.  This time, the reality sign Virgo was replaced by the harsh-reality sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is opposite Taurus, the sign of money, and so under Scorpio, anything related to money is at a disadvantage or vulnerable.  Furthermore, Scorpio rules derivatives (due to their leverage aspect), and loans.

Similar to the Great Depression, the GFC was powered by a much stronger energy than mere quasi micro-age decans. The Scorpio quasi-micro-age decan was sitting under the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148) in its most potent period (1970-2059).  The Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (2007-12) resonated with the larger Scorpio sub-age overflow.  The potency however of the resonating Scorpio associated with the GFC is an echelon below the Great Depression.  It also placed the emphasis on the different side.  In the case of the Great Depression, resonance supported the massive Pisces bubble that was created whereas in the GFC, resonance enhanced the Scorpio reality correction after a much smaller Pisces period that the Great Depression.  However, even this smaller Pisces period still resonates and is empowered by the dominant Pisces quasi age.

The previous Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (Nov 67 – Nov 72) experienced only a small recession – the Recession of 1969-70 but reading between the lines, this recession followed a depressed period that commenced around 1966 but was serious by 1968.  The start of the economic slump was in the Scorpio micro-age decan (Jun 65 – May 1970).

The Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (Jul 1898 – Jun 1903) followed a dynamic Aries period (both micro-age and quasi micro-age decan) and consequently saw two major recessions in the one period plus the Panic of 1901 that lasted three years due to another Scorpio feature that spooked the markets – the assassination of  President McKinley in 1901, coupled with a severe drought.

The Scorpio quasi micro-age decan (Jan 1844 – Dec 1848) also experienced two small recessions including the Panic of 1847.  This Scorpio period also followed a Pisces period.  Scorpio is a dangerous sign for the economy if it is out of control (ie influenced by Pisces).

Conclusion

Based on the above evidence, I conjecture that for the appearance of major depressions or super-recessions, resonance is required.  Without resonance, just normal mild cyclical recessions or downturns are experienced.  There are no equivalent periods of resonance in the rest of the 21st century and the only period that stands out will not be until 2089 at the peak of the 60 year Aquarius sub-age decan which resonates with the Age of Aquarius.

PREDICTIONS

Referring to Table 1, there are two flagged nano-ages that survive the requirements of both quantitative and qualitative assessments – the Sagittarius nano-age (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) and the Gemini nano-age (Aug 2028 – Nov 2029).  I will only examine the first of these two possibilities at this point of time.

Sagittarius nano-age (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022)

The Sagittarius nano-age (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) is the last nano-age of the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – June 2022).  It must be remembered that Mutable nano-ages account for 56% of all major recessions and every large recession from the 1882-85 recession onward has commenced in a Mutable nano-age.  However the secret key aspect here is anti-resonance.

The greatest and longest bull market of all time occurred appropriately in the Leo micro-age (1985 – 2000).  From October 1987 until the early peak of 2000, stock values increased nearly seven times.[3]  The key to this situation is that the Aquarius quasi-micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – June 2022) ‘opposes’ Leo and thus the outstanding economic performance experienced under Leo.  This is called anti-resonance.

The Sagittarius nano-age (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) is the only Mutable nano-age in the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan and thus the most likely time-frame for a major downturn as Aquarius has the ability to squash any vestige of the Leo micro-age bull market.  However, placed in context, this would have to be at least one if not two echelons below the gravity of the 2007-12 GFC.

Under the influence of an Aquarius quasi-micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – June 2022), which includes the above Sagittarius nano-age at its end, the world may succumb to a low level depressed economic period that experiences a number of shocks, or at least one large unexpected shock.  First there is a Pisces nano-age and overflow (Jun 2017 – Sep 2018 – Dec 2019) which may breed a mini bubble, especially in the middle half of this period, as Pisces is the key bubble sign.

Superficially, it may seem strange that the Sagittarius nano-age may breed a recession as this seems to go against the grain for expansive and positive Sagittarius, but the Sagittarius nano-age is overshadowed by the concordant Capricorn nano-age overflow – the bad news sign.  The only thing sitting between the Pisces bubble and dour Capricorn is the powerful Aquarius nano-age combined with the end of the more powerful Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014- Dec 2019) when it goes into its more powerful overflow mode.  This period may also include a preliminary downward economic shock as is the nature of Aquarius.

The Sagittarius nano-age (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022), which is also the same period of time as the Capricorn nano-age overflow, is sitting like a bullseye as it has all the hallmarks of a small recession.  It follows a mini bubble, it is under the influence of a relatively strong Aquarius quasi nano-age, an anti-business sign due to its opposition to Leo and any Capricorn period brings bad news.

It should be noted that each recession will affect various sectors in each country, and each country or region differently, depending upon the signs involved.  For example, the recent GFC had a very minor impact upon Australia compared to most other countries in the Developed World, but Australia is having a difficult economic time post-GFC due to plummeting iron prices.  The GFC was also precipitated by the collapse of (Cancer) real estate bonds appropriate for the Cancer micro-age and micro-age decan in effect.

With the next recession expected within the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (sitting within the Gemini micro-age), it should be expected that there is an involvement of both Aquarius and possibly Gemini archetypes in this economic downturn.  Aquarius could manifest solely as a shock, a sudden and unexpected loss of confidence or collapse without involving any further Aquarius archetypes.  However, the key Aquarius archetype I will speculate upon is “the future”.  The world is at the beginning of a multi-century economic downturn and the reality of this possibility may become more obvious to the economic pundits around the world. (see All Good Things Must Come to an End ).

Gemini may intrude in the increasing extreme climate instability due to the massive environmental degradation of the world in the form of tornadoes, cyclones and hurricanes becoming even more massive, frequent and destructive (see Windmills, Windmills Everywhere ).  The other key associations to Gemini include media and cities.  Perhaps the final collapse of print media takes its economic toll?  Perhaps online media such as FaceBook or Google succumb to a new economic challenge?  One or more major cities (ruled by Gemini) are destroyed by either natural or man-made causes?  The massive cost required by deteriorating environments of cities significantly subdues the economy due to the necessity of higher taxes to fund the solutions?

There is some time up our sleeves to work out the fine print for my economic prediction for a reasonable economic recession in the Sagittarius nano-age (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022).  Based on the GFC, the next recession may start coming into focus in mid-2017 onward as the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan comes online.  Additional focus should be provided by the end of the Aquarius micro-age leading into the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow in December 2019.  The mound from whence the economic recession of 2021 or 2022 is precipitated should come into focus at one or both of these important cusps.

References:

[1] List of recessions in the United States. Wikipedia, Retrieved February 21, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_recessions_in_the_United_States&oldid=647085853

[2] Great Recession, Wikipedia, Retrieved February 22, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Great_Recession&oldid=647636105

[3] Laurent Belsie, “Bull markets: how this one stacks up in history”, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2013, http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2013/0504/Bull-markets-how-this-one-stacks-up-in-history/1987-2000-582-percent-gain

Gold Price Skyrockets in India after Currency Ban

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The demonetization of Indian currency around November 9th 2016 has been overshadowed by Darth Vader from the Evil Empire being elected president of the USA. Without going into the politics, political agenda and subterfuge involved with this extremely unusual stance by the Indian government, it is the astrological perspective that I am examining.

1000-rs-notes

Every country has an astrological signature in macro-astrology, and the signature behaves like a totem pole with three to four key zodiacal signs on the pole.  I am not entirely sure of India’s exact signature, but research has shown three signs definitely are on India’s totem pole even if I am not sure of their correct order.  The three signs are Taurus, Capricorn and Leo.  Taurus is revealed in the sacred cattle, Capricorn in the caste system and Leo in Indians love of gold and of course the color feast of Bollywood.  It is the Taurus element that I am focussing upon here.

The world is in a Taurus nano-age overflow (Mar 2016-Jun 2017) – a 15 month period that followed the Taurus nano-age (Dec 2014-Mar 2016).  The overflow period is more powerful of the two.  When Taurus is strong, financial issues become more relevant.  The USA experienced this in the recent US presidential elections as the accumulated woes of a working class experiencing no real wage growth for decades finally came home to roost in the political agenda.

Nano-ages, nano-age decans & associated quasi periods

Nano-ages, nano-age decans & associated quasi periods

A Taurus period places a focus upon any Taurus archetype so this combines India with money.  The demonetization occurred in a Scorpio lunar month with Scorpio the sign most related to destabilizing value.  It also occurred on the shadow of the Taurus full moon.

The unexpected nature of the demonetization is associated with the same element that brought Donald Trump to power – Aquarius.  Shocks and unexpected developments that appear like lightning flashes are Aquarius archetypes.  The Taurus nano-age and overflow is the first nano-age of the new Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014-Dec 2019-Nov 2024).  Expect many more shocks and unexpected developments in this Aquarius period.  Aquarius shifts into second gear in June 2017, and third gear in December 2019.  Aquarius is not going away, it will be getting stronger.

I will not digress into the financial implications of what this Aquarius period will mean for the world other than to say that the post Global Recession period ruled by Cancer comes to an end in June 2017 and a new economic paradigm ruled by Aquarius becomes the new focus.  Cancer was mildly good for the world economy, including the USA, and this is to be expected from any sign opposite in quality to Capricorn.  However, Cancer, by its very nature, does bring instability and volatility into the mix.

The new Aquarius economic period will be a far more interesting animal to watch.  Apart from sudden and unexpected developments such as the Indian government basically seizing about 25% of the savings of many of its citizens under the pretext of stopping corruption, Aquarius is opposite Leo, and Leo was the sign in play for the greatest bull market of all times.  Let’s just insinuate that with Aquarius opposite in nature to Leo, we are looking for the opposite of the greatest bear market of all time in the next 5 years – but not a cataclysmic recession or even an economic shock as powerful and destructive as the recent Global Recession.  The multi-century economic downturn arrives incrementally, not with massive shocks. (see All Good Things Must Come to an End)

How does Aquarius relate to India?  Aquarius sits in 4th house position to Taurus, 7th house to Leo and 2nd house to Capricorn.  Aquarius will not bring prestige or accolades to the Indian government in the 4th house position.  The 7th house brings conflict and division and the 2nd house indicates that money is an issue.

This small exercise demonstrates how the writs of the sub-periods of the Age of Aquarius interface with developments in the world.  There is one more intense period in the current  Taurus nano-age and overflow (Dec 2014-Mar 2016-Jun 2017) which is the last two to three months leading to June 2017 when the Taurus nano-age overflow intersects with a Taurus pico-age (there are twelve  5 week pico-ages in each nano-age).

Even on the pico-age level, the demonetization package implemented by the Indian government occurred in the Scorpio pico-age of the Taurus nano-age, akin to a full Moon.  What was so interesting for me with the Indian government stealing so much money from many of its citizens is its interface with the lunation cycle.

Reference: Gold Price Skyrockets in India after Currency Ban, November 9, 2016, by Jayant Bhandari

 

Economic Good Fortune Returning to Much of the World

For the purposes of following the international economy in an ultra-summarized fashion, I am using as my base, the Dow Jones Index (DJ) of the New York stock exchange.  On the 29th March 2016, with the DJ around 17630 I predicted in a post[1] that the DJ would close higher in April 2016 compared to the last high of around 18,351 made in the previous year in May 2015. The market did not exceeded the 18096 peak recorded near the end of April but it did make a significant move in that direction. In another post on 2 May 2016 I predicted that the market would continue to rise in May 2016 but would then meet headwinds for a few months before the end of May.  May has seen a sideways slightly downward trend with a mild market rally at the end of the month to 17,873 which is mildly continuing in early June.

DJ Graph

In the above graph, the market bottom on February 11 coincided with the very negative Gemini blip in February (see the table below).  This was followed by the neutral Taurus blip and very positive Pisces blip with both blips covering March, April and May.  At the same time, market conditions improved (see the above DJ graph) though late April, May and into June show basically a sideways movement.  There is a possible reason for this sideways movement.

Start Straddle 5 Month Blip
Nov 2015 Dec 2015 Virgo Leo
Jan 2016 Taurus Cancer
Feb 2016 Taurus Gemini
Mar 2016 Apr 2016 Taurus Taurus
Apr 2016 May 2016 Taurus Pisces
Jun 2016 Sagittarius Aquarius
Jul 2016 Sagittarius Capricorn
Aug 2016 Sagittarius Sagittarius
Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Sagittarius Scorpio
Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Leo Libra
Dec 2016 Leo Virgo
Jan 2017 Leo Leo
Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Leo Cancer
Mar 2017 Apr 2017 Aries Gemini
May 2017 Aries Taurus

Currently there are two countervailing forces in play.  At the smallest level I can identify within the Age of Aquarius, the negative influences of the 5 week pica-ages (blips) should push the DJ downwards for about the next 10 weeks due to the two adjoining Aquarius and Capricorn blips (shown in dark blue in the above table).   However, on the nano-age decan level, the Sagittarius nano-age decan enters its potent upper half of the bell curve in June (sometime) for 5 months.  This will propel the international economic situation in an upwards direction, especially from August 2016 onwards.

In the meantime, there is a struggle between the downward blue blips and upwards (red) Sagittarius. Sagittarius will ultimately win this war but it may have to struggle until its time of glory begins in August.  From September all the way to April 2017, the small blips are all negative but the 5 month nano-age decan influences remain strongly positive.  This will not be an out of control boom or bubble, but it is a sure sign for bull market conditions and positive international economic factors.

What else can be expected in the months ahead?  The main game for the next 5 months is Sagittarius, which sits within the Taurus quasi nano-age until November 2016 (see table below).

Nano-ages, nano-age decans & associated quasi periods

Nano-ages, nano-age decans & associated quasi periods

The over-riding 5 year economic influence remains with the Cancer micro-age decan until June 2017 – only one year away!

This Cancer influence has seen China basically running the international economic situation for the last 4 years.  This will definitely continue but the Sagittarius period in operation for the next 5 months stimulates (Cancer) China’s 6th house of health.  This suggests that China’s economic ‘malaise’ may continue unless of course we see a pronounced increase in employment opportunities in China.  If the malaise continues, the boost in world economic conditions over the next 5 months must come from somewhere else other than China.

Cancer rules real estate and it has been reported that the US housing market has recovered all its losses from the recent Global Recession and that it is currently outperforming the stock market.  By 2009, real estate had lost $12 trillion but post 2009 real estate has increased by $33 trillion though there has been a reluctance by homeowners to increase mortgages.  The current growing Sagittarius influence may see even further gains by real estate and may be the source of the coming economic optimism.

What else does Sagittarius do in the next 5 months?  Firstly, it stimulates Pisces America’s 10th house and so the US leadership role or position in the world is temporarily enhanced.  Alternatively, the US presidential elections just becomes the main game in town, and considering the wild card thrown up by Donald Trump, the ebb and flow of election outcome predictions may take the international attention.  The experience of seeing the conservative Republican Party in the USA self-destruct is not an everyday occurrence.

The formation of the US Republican Party in 1854 will see its first major astrological anniversary between June 2017 and September 2018.  At its formation the two dominant signs at the micro-age level were Cancer and Gemini, and currently the two strongest signs at the same level are also Cancer and Gemini.  However, with Sagittarius the main sign leading to the 2016 presidential elections, Sagittarius promotes the 6th house of illness to Cancer and stimulates conflict and opposition with Gemini.

The US Democratic Party was established around 1828 making its major influences the signs Leo and Cancer.  Its first major astrological anniversary was June 1991 to September 1992 which covered most Bill Clinton’s revival of Democratic Party fortunes in the presidential office of which he was elected in November 1992.  The current Sagittarius influence does not resonate with Cancer well but works well with the Democratic Party’s Leo credentials.

Sagittarius also stimulates Pisces-Aries Europe so it is hard to see a Brexit by the UK with Europe’s stature expected to increase under Sagittarius.  However, an elevated 10th house in Europe is the same as promoting conflict with its 4th house base (the 4th and 10th houses are in opposition).  Europe’s base is its members so the push by some in the UK to exit the European Common Union is timely.  Of course, Sagittarius Australia should experience a mini-boom. The airline industry should also have a buoyant time, and aircraft sales should increase and more travelers head for foreign lands.

Gemini regions are in 7th house conflict mode in a Sagittarius period, and the countries identified to date with Gemini are the Koreas, Iraq and Syria – nothing new here. We can expect deterioration in some or all these countries in the coming months.  The arrival of the 15 month Aries quasi-nano-age in November 2016 means that war and heightened military conflict is again at the world’s doorstep, but this will become a much greater issue by mid-2017.  This coming Aries period has the same status of the previous Aries period allied to the invasion of Iraq by the USA and its allies, so we can expect some conflict of similar proportion developing next year.

Virgo countries will be at their lowest status under Sagittarius.  Virgo regions and countries include:  north-western Europe in general, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands and France. Gemini is the sign of cities, and so for some reason, cities may get into unusual conflict or disagreement in the next 5 months.  The most famous Gemini city is London, so sparks may fly.

The mining fall-out continues with all the mining gains of last decade now lost.  With Capricorn ruling mining in general, a 5 year Cancer period brings no joy.  Furthermore, Sagittarius sits at the dreaded 12th house position to Capricorn mining indicating that the current growing optimism may not make it to the miners and there may be some spectacular mining bankruptcies still to come.

Nevertheless, Sagittarius in general is a very positive economic sign and so we should see the temporary return of economic optimism, positive conditions and good fortune in the world. We should expect one or more reasonable dips in June and July as the background Cancer influence remains potent, and Cancer prefers a volatile market.

To get a handle on all these strange micro, nano and pico-age periods etc see Age of Aquarius for Dummies at macroastro.wordpress.com/the-age-of-aquarius-for-dummies/

[1] FaceBook Financial Astrology group

Major Bankruptcies & Taurus

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Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company, has just gone bankrupt as a result of the imploding US coal industry.  The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2016.  Peabody has been around since 1880 after starting out in Chicago with just a wagon and two mules.  Ten years ago, coal (ruled by Capricorn), provided fully half of America’s electricity.  Hundreds of coal-fired power plants have gone out of business in recent years due to alternative energy sources. US coal production has nosedived by 36% since 2008.[1]

The major Australian steel and mining group Arrium, which formerly operated as mining giant BHP’s long steel products division, has collapsed into administration in April 2016.  The cash-starved company had struggled to come up with alternative proposals acceptable to its bankers.  Arrium, formerly known as OneSteel, has been hit by the plunge in iron ore and steel prices over the past two years.[2]

In addition to Peabody and Arrium, Energy XXI Ltd[3] and Paragon Offshore[4] have also filed for bankruptcy in April 2016. Energy XXI is the largest publicly traded independent oil producer on the Gulf of Mexico shelf.  Paragon is the latest casualty of an oil market that has fallen more than 70 percent since June 2014.

In Taurus & the Panama Papers published on 7th April 2016, I stated:

Certainly we can expect some major bankruptcies

We can expect even more bankruptcies.  Whenever a 30 month Taurus nano-age and overflow appears, we can expect a significant rise in financial issues.  Furthermore, in this 30 month period, it can be divided into 4 sections, and of the four sections, the third of them is the most potent.  The world is currently in the most potent section of the 30 month Taurus nano-age and overflow (March – November 2016).

The Taurus nano-age & overflow

The Taurus nano-age & overflow

Interestingly, this 30 month Taurus period is occurring within a larger Cancer period (the Cancer micro-age and overflow February 2001 – December 2014 – November 2029) and coincidentally, the world is in the most potent third quarter of this Cancer period (December 2014 – June 2022).  Cancer is opposite Capricorn, the sign for mines and the sign for coal.  Anything associated with Capricorn is in ‘detriment’ in a Cancer period.  This is how macro-astrology works.  Every period has correlations to unfolding events

Also, Cancer is the sign of monopolies and it is a distinct possibility that the massive drop in oil prices is an attempt by the major oil producers to strangle their competitors.  In my post Virgo Leading into Taurus on 12th December 2015 I stated:

What has caused the plunge in the oil price?  The USA has doubled domestic oil production over the last 6 years so established international oil producers have had to find new markets and drop their prices due to the surplus of oil.  In parallel, many economies remain weak post the Global Recession thus reducing the demand for oil.  Cars are also slowly becoming more fuel efficient.  The oil-producing countries such as Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia are the major losers. Persian Gulf states have considerable financial reserves to tide them over.  It is believed by some conspiracy theorists that the USA and Saudis want to hurt Russia and Iran by lowering the oil price.  For example, plunging oil prices in the 1980s helped bring the Soviet Union to their knees.

The monopolistic practices of large oil producers is also probably in effect as the current five year Cancer period ( July 2012-June 2017 ) promotes monopolistic practices as Cancer is always associated with monopolies (monopolies behave like some giant amoeba sucking in all obstacles in its way as it grows to an enormous size).

How long will oil prices remain depressed?  Judging by the fact that as the end of 2014 approached, oil prices seriously deteriorated indicates it is associated with the current 5 year Cancer period that commenced in July 2012. Furthermore, the USA commenced doubling its oil production 6 years ago (around 2009) but our current Cancer five year period sits upon a number of larger Cancer periods. It is unlikely the current turmoil in the oil and commodities will end before June 2017 at the earliest.

See the full Taurus & the Panama Papers

The heat remains high for further major bankruptcies until November 2016.

These bankruptcies, associated with the current Taurus nano-age overflow, is a preview of times ahead.  The first nano-age of every 15 year micro-age (there are 12 nano-ages in every micro-age) is the same as the following 15 year micro-age.  The first nano-age in the current Gemini micro-age is the Taurus nano-age.  The current Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) will be followed by the Taurus micro-age (Nov 2029 – Sep 2044).

The current financial crisis in the world associated with a fragile coal industry, falling steel and commodity prices, the international currency war and threat of expanding deflation is a minor prelude to a much greater financial disaster in the decades ahead.  The worst will appear in the third quarter of the full Taurus micro-age and overflow (2029-2044-2059) which will stretch from 2044 to around 2051).  The years 2036 to 2044  ill also be financially volatile.  However, there is no single major financial calamity in all of the current 21st century comparable to the Great Depression of the early 20th century.  The financial uncertainties of the 21st century will be incremental but all following the same theme – the world is accelerating towards a major period of contraction including population and economic contraction (see All Good Things Must Come to an End).

References & Citations

[1] http://www.vox.com/2016/4/13/11420882/peabody-energy-bankruptcy-coal?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=article%25253Atop&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

[2] http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/debt-laden-steel-and-mining-group-arrium-collapses-into-administration/news-story/2f80d2a341fa3bd0cdc705c4f2c6d90e?nk=363d4b94b9199b607b127cd00e7820bc-1460860087

[3] http://ow.ly/4mKQ3i

[4] http://ow.ly/4mKQg7