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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


[1] Why I did Not Predict COVID-19

[2] Aquarius in Pisces Sheep Clothing