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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.