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Has the chilled wind of Capricorn starting to make itself felt in the economic sphere as predicted?  In my previous post The Recession of 2015? (Dated 3 Feb 2015), I discussed the coming economic slowdown due to the arrival of stage 3 of the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (December 2014 – May 2015 – October 2015). For an understanding of the mechanics of macro-astrology, see The Age of Aquarius for Dummies.

Based on the four stage cycle of all periods involved in macro-astrology, the Capricorn cycle is shown in the following table:

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

The following is extracted from my previous post:

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 world should have entered the strongest stage of Capricorn around now (plus or minus a month or two due to the vagaries of precessional movement at the monthly level).  Developments over the last week or two suggest this is occurring.  These developments include: concerns about the US economy; changing iron ore price and even the announcement of a left-wing challenger to Hillary Clinton’s push for the presidency in the 2016 US elections.

On Wednesday 29 April 2015 the release of the US January to March 2015 gross domestic product indicated that the American economy grew at only 0.2% annual rate compared to the 1% forecasted.[1]  This was due to a number of factors but it did not help that state and local government expenditure dropped in a way not seen since the first quarter of 2012.  Interestingly the first quarter of 2012 occurred during the last Capricorn period – 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).  The April to June 2015 quarter should perform lower than the first quarter if Capricorn is involved!

On Thursday 30 April 2015, stock markets around the world fell two days in a row after more weak corporate earnings reports, with all three major U.S. indexes plunging more than 1 percent.  The US dollar also fell on Thursday, to end April as the worst month in four years.  Apple was the biggest drag on the Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq indexes due in part that supplies of the company’s Apple Watch were limited at the product’s rollout after a key component was found to be defective.  In Europe, technology stocks fell after Nokia reported a quarterly profit that was well below market forecasts, sending its stock tumbling. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares posted its biggest weekly drop and its first monthly decline of the year.

The dollar index, which measures the US dollar against six major currencies, sank to a nine-week low.  However, the weaker dollar helped U.S. crude oil prices hit fresh 2015 highs by making oil less expensive for holders of other currencies. Oil posted its best monthly gain in six years.[2]  Due to the sluggish US economy in 2015, there is now speculation that there may be a delay in raising short-term interest rates from near zero.  An interest rate increase was predicted for June 2015, but September looks more likely (according to economists).

The negative influences in the technology sector are appropriate as the technology sector is ruled by Aquarius, and Capricorn is a difficult sign for Aquarius[3] as it focuses upon self-made problems for Aquarian archetypes.  This certainly seems to be the case with Apple and interestingly, clocks, watches and anything associated with time is ruled by Capricorn.  Aquarian democratic principles are also under threat in a Capricorn period and the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack was one such example.

Australia’s economy has been negatively affected in the current Cancer micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017) due to a big reduction in government revenue from the taxes and royalties paid by the iron mining industry.  Iron is ruled by Aries and Cancer ‘demotes’ anything associated with Aries.  However, the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (December 2014 – May 2015 – October 2015) is opposite Cancer, and the increase in power of Capricorn as it has entered its most powerful third stage is witnessing a change of direction in iron ore prices.  Capricorn promotes anything associated with Aries – the sign for iron.

Vale of Brazil, the world’s biggest iron ore miner, says it is willing to temporarily slow iron exports which could “trigger a strong rally in spot iron ore prices”.  A reduction in iron ore production would be temporary and opportunistic.  It is expected that the announcement is likely to be a further positive catalyst for spot iron ore prices, particularly given the market’s strong reaction last week to BHP’s production slowdown.  This reversal by the major iron ore producers may be only temporary as Cancer promotes monopolistic practices and this small Capricorn period is probably a short respite.

One of the biggest factors for the slowdown in iron exports in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the previous quarter in 2014, was the drop in demand by China.[4] The main sign associated with China is Cancer, and while the Cancer micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017) is favorable to China, the current smaller Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015) is not.  The astrology suggests that there will be another much slower second quarter of 2015 in China due to Capricorn.

Analysts state that an array of stimulus measures by the Chinese government, including interest-rate cuts and increased government spending, were only stabilizing the economy.  The Chinese economy has been weighed down by weak domestic consumption, an overbuilt property market and sluggish exports.[5]  It should be noted that domestic consumption and the property market are both Cancer archetypes suggesting that Capricorn is doing its best to ‘punish’ Cancer…. but not for long.

Women are ruled by Cancer (and Libra), and due to the current Cancer quasi micro-age decan (July 2012 – June 2017), Hillary Clinton is touted to win the US presidency in 2016 but the arrival of the current small Capricorn period is bound to put obstacles and hiccups in her path.  The announcement by Bernie Saunders (a Democrat aligned Independent) to run for president will be a hiccup because if he proceeds as an independent, he will take votes away from any Democrat running for president.  Other attacks upon Hillary Clinton should be expected in this adverse Capricorn environment.  The attempt by Republicans to find blame with Hillary Clinton when as Secretary of State the Benghazi terrorist attacks took place killing a number of Americans is but one example.  The only good news for Hillary is that Capricorn runs out of oomph well before the US presidential elections in November 2016.

Other newsworthy events associated with the rise and temporary peak of influence for Capricorn include the crash of an Airbus A320-211 operated by Germanwings in the French Alps in March 2015 and the Nepal earthquake on April 25 2015.  In both cases, (Capricorn) mountains are involved, and aircraft are jointly ruled by Sagittarius and Aquarius with Capricorn anathema to Aquarius.

The refugee crisis in the Mediterranean is reaching epidemic proportion, and the Mediterranean is ruled by Cancer as are boats and people on the move looking for a new (Cancer) homeland.  Europe may take temporary (Capricorn) draconic measures to counter this perceived invasion of their European homeland, but any such measures will not last.  It is believed that Europe has been consulting with Australian authorities due to the heavy handed approach by the conservative Australian government that has stopped ‘boat’ people arriving on Australian shores.  Capricorn is strong in the signature of Australia.  Other countries strongly associated with Capricorn include: Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Croatia,  Czech Republic, South East and Central Europe (Greece?),  France,  Hungary,  India, Poland, Romania,  Serbia,  Slovakia, Slovenia,  Switzerland and Ukraine.

Cancer also has a strong connection to Africa,[6] and by association to the Negroid race, and the recent police shooting incidents in the USA point to a police cultural harassment of Negroes.  Fortunately this harassment should quickly subside with the passing of Capricorn.  Interestingly, Rex E Bills has Negroes ruled by Saturn,[7] the ruler of Capricorn which may astrologically be also pushing buttons in this situation.

Other countries and regions associated with Cancer that may temporarily feel the heavy hand of Capricorn are:  Africa (especially North Africa) , Denmark,  Fiji,  Iceland, New Zealand,  Norway, Polynesia,  Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Sweden and the UK.  Countries probably associated with Cancer are:  Canada, Cyprus, France, Greece,  India,  Jordan, Kuwait,  Lebanon,  Malta, Mexico,  Morocco,  Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Syria,  Togo, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu.  In March 2015, Cyclone Pam devastated much of Vanuatu, caused extensive damage to all the islands.   The refugees flocking to Europe over the Mediterranean are from North Africa. The stakes are raised for the next five months for Russia.  Saudi Arabia is getting involved in the civil war in Yemen with Yemen most likely associated with Cancer.  The UK sitting conservative government may benefit from the coming general elections held under conservative Capricorn.  Greece will remain under intense pressure.  Syria is bound to be more problematical.  Cancer countries can be very aggressive in a Capricorn period – the two key Cancer protagonists are China and Russia.

There is no guarantee that the world is now entering a minor recession rather than an economic slowdown, but either one or the other option is the predicted scenario.  Also, the third and most powerful quarter of the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (December 2014 – May 2015 – October 2015) is the period May – August 2015.  However this same period now commences the overlapping Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (May 2015 – October 2015 – March 2016).  Virgo -the sign of public health and the working class.  Stay tuned for the Virgo predictions coming soon and an update of the Recession of 2015?

References:

[1]  NELSON D. SCHWARTZ, “U.S. Economy Grew at 0.2% Rate in First Quarter”, The New York Times, APRIL 29, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/business/gdp-q1-united-states-economy.html

[2] SAM FORGIONE, “Global shares fall on weak results; dollar ends worst month in four years”, REUTERS, Apr 30, 2015 4:54pm EDT, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/30/us-markets-global-idUSKBN0NL02520150430

[3] Capricorn is in the 12th house position to Aquarius.

[4] Peter Ker, “Vale’s slower growth to trigger iron ore rally”, The Sydney Morning Herald – Business day, May 1 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining/vales-slower-growth-to-trigger-iron-ore-rally-20150430-1mxenu.html

[5] WILLIAM KAZER, “China Economy Shows Small Gains But Worries Remain”, The Wall Street Journal, May 1 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-manufacturing-activity-holds-steady-1430443960

[6] Rex E Bills, “The Rulership Book”, Macoy Publishing, Virginia, 1976, p 5

[7] Rex E Bills, “The Rulership Book”, Macoy Publishing, Virginia, 1976, p 94