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Note to non-astrologers: the inclusion of astrological terms in this post is necessary but can be glossed over by those with no astrological knowledge.

INTRODUCTION

This is a mega-post due to all the significant astrological changes that have recently occurred and because this is my first post on financial astrology.  Every five months, a new nano-age decan appears which is the smallest period derived from an astrological age that I have been able to detect to date. With every third nano-age decan a new nano age commences, and every four nano-ages, a new micro-age decan starts.  However, in December 2014, a larger than normal astrological change occurred with the arrival of a new micro-age – something that only happens every 15 years.  If you are not familiar with macro-astrology and all the periods employed, you can refer to The Age of Aquarius for Dummies.  Fifteen year micro-ages may appear insignificant when compared to an age of over 2,000 years, but research suggests otherwise because the two key periods linked to significant economic fluctuations in the world are associated with even smaller five year micro-age decans and 15 month nano-ages.

The arrival of the new Gemini micro-age in December 2014 also heralds the arrival of a number of smaller periods as Table 1 indicates:

Aquarius micro-age decan December 2014 – December 2019
Taurus nano-age December 2014 – March 2016
Capricorn nano-age decan December 2014 – May 2015

Table 1 – New small periods commencing December 2014

The arrival of all these new periods may suggest some massive change in economic conditions in 2015, but this is not the case.  The world economy is mostly affected by a period derived from the core five year micro-age decan but not the five year micro-age decans themselves.  In the current situation, the most influential economic influence is the Cancer quasi micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017).  All ‘quasi’ periods are derived from the core structure and are explained in The Age of Aquarius for Dummies.  However of key importance in 2015 of all these periods is the smallest of them all – the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015), as this is the only period that will ‘peak’ in 2015 – but the Taurus nano-age also requires attention, especially in the second half of 2015.  Before examining the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow I will provide an overview what is occurring in all the other longer periods.

Cancer quasi micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017)

The Cancer quasi-micro-age took over from the Scorpio quasi-micro-age (July 2008 – July 2012) which was underpinning the GFC.  Cancer is obviously much better for the world compared to Scorpio as since the arrival of the current Cancer quasi micro-age decan in mid-2012 the world has been in economic recovery mode. Scorpio quasi-micro-age decans have a history of being associated with recessions.  Of the five Scorpio quasi micro-age decans since 1791, they all expereinced recessions including one period that had two small recessions.  Of the six recessions in total, three were major recession (larger than 18 months) and three were small recessions.

A Cancer quasi micro-age decan has occurred three times since 1791 (excluding the current one in progress) and in each previous period, a small recession occurred.  On an archetypal level, Cancer is opposite Capricorn, and Capricorn is always associated with hardship, including economic hardship, so it seems reasonable to assume that Cancer has the opposite quality – it avoids hardship. However Cancer has a strong affinity to fluctuation and so in the current five year Cancer quasi micro-age decan it should be expected that there will be a small recession or economic downturn but no major recession.

Cancer activates the 4th house to Aries – the sign of iron.  The significant drop in iron ore prices will affect all major iron ore producing countries (except China due to its internal demand).  The top five iron ore producing countries[1] most affected by the fall in prices are:

1              People’s Republic of China

2              Australia

3              Brazil

4              India

5              Russia

While Australia sailed through the GFC relatively unscathed, it is having problems with the Cancer quasi micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017) due to a big reduction in national and state government revenue from the taxes and royalties paid by the iron mining industry.  However, it is very possible that the major iron ore producers who produce 60% of iron are increasing production despite falling demand in an attempt to drive smaller and marginal iron ore producers from the market.[2]  Mining is also ruled by Capricorn, and in a strong Cancer period, mining is in detriment – which makes economic life difficult for mining countries such as Australia and Brazil.

Aquarius micro-age decan (2014 – 2019) & Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029)

The arrival of the Aquarius micro-age decan (December 2014 – December 2019) and the Gemini micro-age (December 2014 – November 2029) will also affect economic conditions in 2015 and some examples are provided in the Taurus’s nano-age section.  There have been three Aquarius micro-age decans since 1791 and two instances have produced small recessions with one of the two instances also occurring in a Cancer quasi micro-age decan as in the current period.  This previous matching period was the 1853-54 recession (in the USA) when interest rates rose contributing to a decrease in railroad investment. Security prices fell during this period. However, with the exception of falling business investment there was little evidence of contraction in that period.[3] There is a reasonable chance the current Aquarius micro-age decan will produce a small recession.  Israel and Jews do not do well in an Aquarius period due to their association with Leo, the opposite sign to Aquarius.

Cancer nano-age overflow (December 2014 – March 2016)

Nano-ages have proved that they are involved with the beginning of economic recessions.  The Taurus nano-age (December 2014 – March 2016) is the same period as the Cancer nano-age overflow and the Cancer nano-age overflow does have a historical relation to the start of a major recession.  Since 1791, there have been 12 Cancer nano-age overflows and in five of these periods, a recession commenced – three large and two small recessions.  However none of the recessions commenced in a Cancer quasi micro-age and every recession occurred in a Gemini nano-age coincident with a Cancer nano-age overflow which is not the case with the current Cancer nano-age overflow.  There is a minor chance that a small recession may start in the current Cancer nano-age overflow.

Taurus nano-age (December 2014 – March 2016)

The current Taurus nano-age is potent because it sits in the shadow of the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148), the third strongest astrological influence in the world at least until 2059 if not 2148.  Taurus being opposite Scorpio suggests greater stress as change and unsettling conditions is focused upon Taurus (banks and Switzerland etc.), in what I call anti-resonance.  Because of the power of Scorpio, Taurus as its opposite sign is made potent.   The world is not even in the highpoint of the Taurus nano-age and overflow, so we can expect an accretion of Taurus associated events peaking around March 2016 with the Taurus quasi nano-age commencing in August 2015.  Therefore the immediate focus is not yet on Taurus but it becomes potent as the year progresses.

What else can we expect from this Taurus nano-age and overflow? On the broad scale, Taurus is related to: wealth, peace and stability, copper, bronze, the cattle and the dairy industry (with Cancer), poverty and dire economic times, stone structures, opulence, rich, physical, sensual and beautiful objects, rich culture and culture itself.  Taurus is related to Hinduism, Judaism and the defunct Egyptian religion plus Ancient Egypt.

A review of some recent economic news confirms and substantiates the recent arrival of Taurus and other periods.  In the middle of January 2015, without any warning, Switzerland lifted its cap on its currency’s value to the Euro, and temporarily, all hell broke loose in the foreign exchange markets with the Euro dropping in value as much as 30%.  Some international foreign exchange business suffered huge losses creating (Taurus) solvency difficulties.  Switzerland is a Taurus country, banking is Taurus, and foreign exchange markets are Taurus and Sagittarius.  Sagittarius is implicated in the Swiss Franc fiasco as Sagittarius is opposite Gemini, so anything related to Sagittarius is in detriment in the new Gemini micro-age that also commenced around December 2014.  Aquarius is also implicated as Aquarius rules ‘sudden and unexpected events’.

There were some larger than normal financial issues associated with the last Taurus nano-age and overflow (May 2001-Aug 2002 – Nov 2003).  Scorpio is the sign of taxation, and Taurus opposes Scorpio, so it is only appropriate that in June 2001 George W. Bush signed into law the first tax cut now known as the Bush tax cuts and setting the path for the USA’s burgeoning (Scorpio) debt and deficit problem.  In September 2001 it was announced that the Pentagon could not account for $2,300,000,000,000 of funds.  In October 2003 Swissair sought bankruptcy protection and grounded its entire fleet with Switzerland and money issues both strongly related to Taurus.  In December 2001 Enron filed bankruptcy protection making this the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history to that time and the Argentina government effectively froze all bank accounts for twelve months resulting naturally in riots.  In January 2002 Euro notes and coins were introduced in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and the Netherlands.  In February 2002 the kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was murdered in Pakistan.  In July 2002 the telecommunications giant WorldCom filed for bankruptcy protection making this the largest such filing in US history and in November Argentina defaulted on a US $805 million World Bank loan payment.

We can expect some serious defaults and difficult financial issues in the remainder of the current Taurus period and Greece is already heading down this path and Venezuela is also in the cross-hairs.  Greece is traditionally ruled by Capricorn and Virgo[4] and so with a Virgo nano-age decan following the current Capricorn nano-age, Greece will figure strongly in the next few years.  The Swiss currency revaluation of January 2015 may not be the last we hear of Switzerland – as Taurus Switzerland is under the spotlight.  Other issues that will be ignited is (Scorpio) taxation issues due to the Taurus-Scorpio polarity and taxes will, one the one hand, be under attack (such as in Greece and perennially in the USA) but many governments will attempt to hike up their taxes as a weapon against burgeoning deficits.  Taxes in a Taurus time will always be the source of conflict no matter if they are lowered or raised.  Some major bankruptcies out of the normal should appear, even perhaps Greece becoming bankrupt.  Currencies will come under pressure, interest rates become volatile and banks will be in the spotlight for positive and negative reasons.

Of the 15 Taurus nano-ages since 1791, two small recessions commenced, with one of these recessions commencing in a Cancer quasi micro-age decan and a Capricorn nano-age decan, the same combination as in 2015.  Therefore there is a chance of a small recession commencing in 2015.  The previous recession commencing in the same circumstances was the Panic of 1907[5] in a Taurus nano-age decan (Mar 1907 – Jun 1908).

The Panic of 1907 was appropriately also called the 1907 Banker’s Panic. It was a US crisis starting in mid-October 1907, when the New York Stock Exchange fell almost 50% from its peak the previous year.  There were numerous runs on banks and many state and local banks and businesses entered bankruptcy including the downfall of the Knickerbocker Trust Company—New York City’s third-largest trust. Panic extended as vast numbers of people withdrew deposits from their regional banks.  The panic might have deepened if not for the intervention of financier J. P. Morgan, who pledged large sums of his own money to shore up the banking system, and convinced other New York bankers to do the same. The following year, a commission was established leading to the creation of the Federal Reserve System.  The Panic of 1907 is Taurus on every side. This crisis occurred in the Taurus quasi-nano-age and if it was replicated in the current Taurus period, it would commence around mid-2015 as the world enters the Taurus quasi-nano-age decan in August 2015.

Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015)

Though I have not done any quantitative research into the influence of the small nano-age decans, I have experienced that they certainly color what occurs in a nano-age.  The Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015) with the powerful Capricorn quasi nano-age decan (Mar 2015 – Aug 2015) situated in the middle is more cause for concern as Capricorn is by nature a subduing influence bringing economic hardship.  The most potent time for Capricorn to wrack economic havoc is May to August 2015.  Some preliminary indication of the coming problems may become obvious around March 2015.

The whole Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow combined with the Capricorn quasi nano-age decan provides a 4 stage cycle as Table 2 indicates:

Stage 1 (weakest) December 2014 – March 2015
Stage 2 (second strongest) March – May 2015
Stage 3 (strongest) May – August 2015
Stage 4 (third strongest) August – October 2015

Table 2 – the four stages of Capricorn

The previous Capricorn nano-age decan was part of the Virgo nano-age (Apr 2011 – Jul 2012) with the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Sep 2011 – Feb 2012 – Jul 2012) with its most powerful period the Capricorn quasi nano-age decan (Nov 2011 – Apr 2012). A quick review of financial issues that arose at that time helps clarify Capricorn’s role with difficult financial issues.

  • September 2011 – Occupy Wall Street protests began in the United States which developed into the Occupy movement which spread to 82 countries by October.
  • October 2011 – The European Union announced an agreement to tackle the European sovereign debt crisis which included a write-down of 50% of Greek bonds, a recapitalization of European banks and an increase of the bailout fund of the European Financial Stability Facility totaling to €1 trillion
  • February 2012 – Iran suspended oil exports to Britain and France, following sanctions put in place by the European Union and the United States
  • February 2012 – Greek government-debt crisis: Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement on a second, €130-billion Greek bailout.
  • July 2012 – In the worst power outage in world history, a blackout in India left 620 million people without power.

The above reiterates Greece’s connection to Capricorn and introduces India’s long term connection to Capricorn.  Though not mentioned, the coal industry is associated with Capricorn.  Who are the losers in a Capricorn period?  Cancer is in detriment in a Capricorn period, but Cancer is in powerhouse mode due to the peak of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029).  Therefore anything associated with Cancer can temporarily expect some short term strain or problems like a small dog snapping at your ankle but not a long-term interruption.  The key areas associated with Cancer are real estate, boat and shipping industries, subsistence economies and major dams and canals.  Many Polynesian communities also appear linked to Cancer (combined with Pisces).  The Vikings, Scandinavia and all the territories they conquered or settled are strongly associated with Cancer – this includes Iceland, UK, Normandy and Russia. The strongest connection to Cancer appears to be China, quickly followed by the Middle East.  The Mediterranean Sea, New Zealand and Canada are believed ruled by Cancer.

Capricorn is the 4th house to Libra, so anything associated with Libra is also devalued or downgraded during a Capricorn period.  Argentina is traditionally ruled by Libra (and perhaps a little Sagittarius thrown into the mix).  Capricorn highlights (Libra) Argentina’s 4th house so its status is under threat in the current Capricorn period, and if Sagittarius is involved, Capricorn rules its 2nd house of finances, so Argentina may again be facing some kind of financial peril.  All forms of art and beautiful objects fall within Libra’s gambit – will this affect the price of art?  Libra is associated with China and the whole Far East in general.

Finally, Capricorn sits in the unfortunate 12th house position to Aquarius so archetypes associated with Aquarius are also in detriment in this Capricorn period despite this Capricorn nano-age decan commencing the Aquarius micro-age decan. Major themes associated with Aquarius include: democracy, electricity, airlines, the modern liberal democratic political system, non-profit and altruistic organizations, socialism, revolutions and revolutionaries, radicals, rebels, and extremists plus civic responsibility.  Aquarius is associated with anything new especially in the scientific, mechanical and electrical fields, including IT technology and space travel. Finally Aquarius does everything quickly, like a bolt of lightning or with.  Aquarius is probably associated with world government and therefore the UN, G7, G20 and similar international organizations. All these Aquarius areas will be on a growth curve with the Aquarius micro-age decan (2014 – 2019) but it begins with an anti-Aquarius note such as the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris and the suddenness of the Swiss currency revaluation. Russia has both Aquarius and Cancer strong in its astrological signature so Russia does not look good in 2015 and its central bank is already experiencing trouble.

The Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow is an ideal time for a small recession or the beginning of a small recession, alternatively the world economic situation is gloomy or subdued.  The key time for this pessimistic turn of events is from May to August 2015 but some preliminary ‘notice’ of the coming events may appear as early as March 2015.

Plunging Oil price

How does the plunging oil price fit into the various periods effective in 2015?  After nearly five years of stability the oil price began falling – dropping by more than 40% from June 2014 to January 2015. Therefore, the astrological instigator is not related to the new macro-astrological circumstances formed in December 2014 but to previous circumstances.  The end of the Cancer micro-age also finished with a Cancer nano-age (Oct 2013 – Dec 2014).  The Cancer quasi nano-age (May 2014 – Jun/Jul 2015) is probably the main driver of the plunging oil price.  The main effect of the price drop is on American frackers who have borrowed heavily on the expectation of continuing high prices. Also included are Western oil companies with high-cost projects involving drilling in deep water or in the Arctic, or increasingly expensive fields such as the North Sea. But the greatest pain is in Russia and Iran where they are dependent on a high oil price to pay for costly foreign military adventures and expensive social programs.  “Oil and finance have proved themselves the only two industries able to tip the world into recession.”[6]  This looks like a set up for another string of bankruptcies or ‘unexpected’ financial pressure placing downwards pressure on economic conditions that will probably surface by around May 2015.  Already Russia has dropped interest rates by 2% in late January 2015 because “…high rates seemed to be pushing the banking sector toward a financial crisis.” And “The bank lowered the rate by 2 percentage points, to 15 percent, taking the markets by surprise..”.[7]  Again we see the appearance of the Aquarius archetype of surprise.

It is believed that the plunging oil price is an attempt by Saudi Arabia to put new and smaller operators out of business in a typical monopolistic strategy.  There is no traditional sign associated with monopolies, but my research strongly suggests it is Cancer.  If this assessment is correct, it suggests that such extreme monopolistic practices may end around mid-2015 but if it is linked to the Cancer quasi micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017), then we have a few more years of this underhanded attempt to corner more of the market. In the background, monopolies will increase their market cornering for at least the next 15 years thus distorting the international financial situation.  Due to the global economy and lack of an effective global government, global corporations are able to run amok with predatory monopolistic practices.

Venezuela is in economic peril due to the plunging oil price even though it has the world’s largest oil reserve.  Many economists argue that Venezuela’s economic problems are due to a highly overvalued currency, price controls that dissuade manufacturers and farmers, and government restrictions on access to dollars that have led to a steep drop in imports.[8]  All these issues suggests that the worst is to come in 2015 as the Taurus nano-age grows in strength and the Capricorn nano-age decan peaks.

China

The world is expecting that China’s economic miracle will continue unabated and become the leading superpower in the world, but the astrology indicates otherwise.  Certainly China is riding the back of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000-2014-2029) with its projection of its new international political power, but if this is the sole source of China’s international profile, it will peter out in about 20 years.  Furthermore, the peak of the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970-2029-2089) suggest serious issues in China, especially from 2029 onwards as Gemini sits at the 12th house position to China’s Cancer.  Recent economic news suggests that China’s impressive growth rate is moderating – “China grew at its slowest rate in 24 years in 2014…” and “China’s economy is slowing, but it’s a natural slowdown after 30 years of rapid growth,…”[9] This 30 years is aligned to the Leo micro-age decan and overflow (1985-2000-2015) with Leo sitting in the 2nd house position to China’s main sign Cancer – the house of finances and income.  This suggests that China has reached a financial plateau of sorts but its profile or power remains at the halfway mark and it has another 15 to 20 years to exert its influence aligned to the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014-2029).  The Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015) will negatively affect China but not necessarily in the hip pocket. Expect civil unrest to grow.

Summary

It is likely that a small recession will occur in the Cancer quasi micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017), and taking into account that there is less than 2 ½ years to go of this period, the chances increase for a small recession soon – but it is unlikely to be a large recession.  This suggests that Australia’s tax revenue will continue on its downward path until mid-2017 due to falling iron ore royalties plus any other country in the same position.  There is a reasonable chance the current Aquarius micro-age decan (2014 – 2019) will produce a small recession but regardless, it will bring some sudden and unexpected changes and surprises in economic management and developments.  There is a minor chance that a small recession may start in the current Cancer nano-age overflow (December 2014 – March 2016).  Difficult financial issues are associated with the Taurus nano-age (December 2014 – March 2016) with some signs expected by the arrival of the Taurus quasi-nano-age decan in August 2015. We can expect some serious defaults and difficult financial issues in the remainder of the current Taurus period and perhaps Greece will default on its loans.  Currencies and interest rates will come under pressure, banks will be in the spotlight and therefore there is a good chance of a small recession commencing in 2015.  The Panic of 1907 occurred in a Taurus quasi-nano-age and if it was replicated in the current Taurus period, it would commence around mid-2015 as the world enters the Taurus quasi-nano-age decan in August 2015.  The most likely time for Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015) to cause economic havoc is May to August 2015

Some industries and countries under pressure in this Capricorn period due to their association with Cancer are real estate, boat and shipping industries, Polynesia, Scandinavia plus Iceland, UK and Russia. The strongest connection to Cancer appears to be China, quickly followed by the Middle East.  The Mediterranean Sea, Canada and New Zealand are believed ruled by Cancer.  The Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow is an ideal time for a small recession or the beginning of a small recession, alternatively the world economic situation is gloomy or subdued.  The key time for this pessimistic turn of events is from May to August 2015 but some preliminary ‘notice’ of the coming events may appear as early as March 2015.

The plunging oil price is already having a series effect on oil producing countries and this will probably send the world into recession as oil is traditionally a precipitator of recessions.  The Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015) will negatively affect China but not necessarily in the hip pocket.

At a minimum, 2015 will get progressively darker and gloomier on the economic front. At the upper level a short sharp recession is indicated or the start of a small recession limited to less than 18 months. Monopolistic tactics by oil and iron producers will become more aggressive and opposition to these practices may appear if there is any international financial integrity left in the world. The monopolistic oil tactics will create financial havoc for many countries depending upon oil for its revenue with a flow-on effect upon the international community.

References:

[1] List of countries by iron ore production. Wikipedia, Retrieved February 3, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_countries_by_iron_ore_production&oldid=637739958

[2] Flavio Menezes, Iron ore race to the bottom not in the interests of Australians, The Conversation, 10 November 2014, http://theconversation.com/iron-ore-race-to-the-bottom-not-in-the-interests-of-australians-33685

[3] List of recessions in the United States. Wikipedia, Retrieved  January 30, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_recessions_in_the_United_States&oldid=644460634

[4] Rex E Bills, “The Rulership Book”, 1976, p59

[5] Panic of 1907. Wikipedia, Retrieved  January 30, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Panic_of_1907&oldid=643763177

[6] http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21635472-economics-oil-have-changed-some-businesses-will-go-bust-market-will-be

[7]  ANDREW E. KRAMER, Russia Unexpectedly Cuts Interest Rate, The New York Times, JAN. 30, 2015

[8] WILLIAM NEUMAN, Oil Cash Waning, Venezuelan Shelves Lie Bare, The New York Times, JAN. 29, 2015

[9] ALEXANDRA STEVENSON, China’s Economy Expands at Slowest Rate in Quarter-Century, The New York Times, JAN. 19, 2015


 

Further resources from Terry MacKinnell

The Future of Capitalism in the Age of Aquarius

The Dark Cold Hand of Capricorn

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

Demystifying the Aquarian Age – General introduction to the astrological ages

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

FaceBook – keep up to date with what is happening

Online Institute of Macro-Astrology – details on how to learn macro-astrology