This Libra MAD&OF sits within the Gemini micro-age (Dec 1522 – Nov 1537) and therefore mimics to a certain extent the current Libra MAD&OF (Dec 2019 – Nov 2029) within the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029). However, this early experience of the Libra micro-age decan in the Age of Aquarius continues to be heavily influenced by Pisces, but this period is more influenced by Capricorn due to the Capricorn quasi sub-age (1522 – 1701). The Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552) also needs to be taken into account. There was no evading the many wars and conflict that afflicted the world in the 16th century, as with most centuries over the last 5,000 years, but Libra aligned conflict is marked by opposing powers of similar magnitude rather than a singular marauding army plundering wherever it can such as Genghis Khan (c.1158 – 1227) under the auspices of the Aries sub-age (1075 – 1254).
This major polarization which is strongly associated with Libra was clearly evident in this period which was so instrumental in creating the major schism between England and the Roman Catholic Church over another Libran archetype – marriage. In this case, King Henry VIII of England wanted to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, as she was unable to provide a male heir and future king of England. In 1529 under pressure from the king the English Reformation Parliament passed the necessary legislation ‘divorcing’ England from Rome and established the Church of England in its place. In 1533 King Henry VIII’s marriage with Catherine of Aragon was declared annulled by an English Archbishop but this was not authorized by the pope, nor recognized by Catherine. Later in the same year, Anne Boleyn married Henry VIII and was crowned as queen consort of England, and Henry VIII was subsequently excommunicated by the pope. Anne Boleyn gave birth to Princess Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I of England.
1536 was an extremely busy year for King Henry VIII commencing with his first queen, Catherine of Aragon, dying while banished. A few months later, Anne Boleyn, was arrested on the trumped up grounds of incest, adultery and treason and the English church fell in line and nullified Henry and Anne’s marriage. This was followed by the execution of five men accused of adultery with Anne Boleyn, including her own brother and Anne was executed shortly afterwards while Henry VIII married Jane Seymour.
This major rift between England and the Roman Catholic Church was reinforced in 1529 when a group of German rulers and independent cities protested against the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, which had declared Martin Luther a wanted heretic, and thus beginning the Protestant movement in earnest. This is where the Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552) makes its influence felt as the top sign of Christianity is Scorpio – Taurus’ opposite side and therefore Scorpio Christianity is in ‘detriment’ under Taurus.
Another major treaty was enacted between two European early seafaring nations, Spain and Portugal, when in 1529 the Treaty of Zaragoza divided the Far East between the Spanish and Portuguese empires. Under the treaty, Portugal gained control of all of Asia and its neighboring islands that had been discovered at the time, leaving Spain with most of the Pacific Ocean. The world was divided into two under the control of two superpowers to pillage as they wanted. Also in 1529 the failed siege of Vienna, Austria by Ottoman (Turkish) forces marked the beginning of 150 years of bitter military tension between the Habsburgs and Ottomans, punctuated by reciprocal attacks, and culminating in a second siege of Vienna in 1683. Another major polarity established under Libra’s watch.
Libra aligned China was having a hard time, and in 1528 to 1530 in Henan province, an enormous drought coupled with a gigantic swarm of locusts deprived the region of harvests for the next two years, killing off half the people in some communities, due to starvation and cannibalism.
The Americas saw a lot of interest under this Libra period and in 1532 the Portuguese began colonizing Brazil, which is the largest country in both South America and Latin America, and in 1532, sugarcane was first cultivated by the settlers (the scourge of sugar is ruled by Libra). Buenos Aires (Argentina) was first founded by the Spanish in 1536 and an expedition did set off to discover a route to Peru. The first two of three voyages by Jacques Cartier (1491 – 1587) was the first European to map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named “The Country of Canadas” after the Iroquois names for the two big nearby settlements.
References to important females has already been made such as Catherine of Aragon and the birth of Elizabeth 1, and in 1529 the polymath Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa published Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex, a book that pronounced the theological and moral superiority of women with Libra smiling in the wings. Our Lady of Guadalupe, (also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe) is associated with a series of five Marian apparitions in 1531, and a venerated image on a cloak enshrined within the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Supposedly, the Virgin Mary appeared four times in Mexico City to Juan Diego and once more to his uncle. The basilica is the most-visited Catholic shrine in the world, and the world’s third most-visited sacred site – dedicated to a female apparition. In 1531 on the other side of the ledger, a witch-hunt was conducted in the town of Schiltach, Germany following the burning of the town – the convicted witch was executed.
The 1529 Treaty of Cambrai, also known as the Ladies’ Peace, is appropriate for mention as it was orchestrated by the mother of Francis I Louise of Savoy and the aunt of the emperor Margaret of Austria. They represented both monarchs in negotiations, helping them not to lose face in one of the numerous conflicts of the times. Interestingly, women were also allowed to appear on Italian stages for the first time in this same year.
From 1533 to 34, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent made Roxelana, his Ruthenian (Ukrainian) harem girl and former slave his legal wife and she became one of the most powerful and influential women in Ottoman (Turkish) history. She eventually achieved power, influencing the politics of the Ottoman Empire and through her husband, she played an active role in affairs of the state. She has inspired paintings, musical works (including Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 63), an opera, a ballet, plays, and several novels. She commenced the era known as the Sultanate of Women – a period of extraordinary political influence exerted by wives and mothers of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire lasting until 1656. At this time, the influence of Capricorn from the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) was extremely strong, and the Islamic Ottomans were naturally aligned to Cancer – with Cancer and Capricorn opposite signs. The 7th house invokes partners and this perhaps explains why the Ottomans, when at the top of their game, deferred to their wives and gave them power under Capricorn. The waning of female influence in 1656 is aligned to the growth in strength of the (male) Leo sub-age decan (1612 – 1672).
Titian, born in the previous Libra MA&OF was in his mature stage for this Libra period and in 1530 he developed the style introduced by his dramatic Death of St. Peter Martyr. Also appropriately, Michelangelo, who also born in the previous Libra period, commenced painting TheLast Judgment at the end of this Libra period in 1536 – it was a fresco covering the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City depicting the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal (Libra) judgment by God and Jesus of all humanity. Almost immediately after completing the Last Judgment, Michelangelo’s final paintings begun in 1542 – but adopting a major change in style, away from (Libra) grace and aesthetics to an exclusive concern with illustrating the narrative, with no regard for (Libra) beauty. This change of style occurred in the following Taurus micro-age (1537 – 1552) close to the peak of the Capricorn micro-age decan in 1542.
The influence and strength of this much smaller Libra period nevertheless continues to express strong Libran themes. This period witnessed the divorce of England from the Roman Catholic Church over the issues of multiple (Libra) marriages by King Henry VIII. This breakup was followed by the beginning the Protestant movement and greatest schism in western Christianity spearheaded by Martin Luther in Germany. Spain and Portugal were dividing the world in two and the Austrian and Turks commenced a bitter 150 years of conflict. China took a dent with two years of drought followed by a gigantic swarm of locusts. Famous women of this period include Catherine of Aragon, birth of Elizabeth I, ex-slave girl Roxelana and the Virgin of Guadalupe supported by Agrippa’s Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex. A witch-hunt in Germany unfortunately balanced the ledger. All the above have a strong archetypal connection to Libra.
Despite its size, archetypal Libra shines through nevertheless and indicates that micro-age decans also have a significant impact. With this Libra period under the influence of the Cancer micro-age overflow (1522 – 1537), Cancer indicates a time when (Capricorn) leadership is imperiled – which is exactly what occurred in the Roman Catholic Church as the pope’s authority was successfully repudiated by King Henry VIII and antipope Protestants were streaming out of Germany with this new heresy. One in every three Libra periods will have a strong Cancer influence to contend with, and the same surge of breaking down established authority is always markedly in attendance such as under the current Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029).
Libra micro-age and overflow (March 1463 – March 1478 – March 1493)
This Libra micro-age and overflow (1463 – 1478 – 1493) represents the very first Libra period of note within the new Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) of the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3581). Its senior influence is from Pisces due to the:
Pisces sub-age decan overflow (1433 – 1493)
Pisces sub-age overflow (1433 – 1612)
Pisces age-decan overflow (1433 – 2149)
Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3581)
Pisces was at its penultimate strength within the 26,000 years cycle of the astrological ages for this initial Libra period. This is the earliest Libra baptism that can be applied to the Libra age-decan of Age of Aquarius – the first vertebra of the Libra age-decan.
Libra’s association with marriage, partnerships and opposing blocs meant that political marriages were the order of the times and very quickly inside this period in 1464, in the depths of the War of the Roses, King Edward IV of England secretly married Elizabeth Woodville. This was an unpopular marriage as Elizabeth Woodville’s deceased husband had been a supporter of the opposite side to the king. However, despite this entrenched conflict within England, the two warring sides had a sort of compromise with this marriage as an attempt to heal the wounds as is Libra’s nature – though this was unsuccessful at this point. Edward was the first king of England since the Norman Conquest to marry one of his subjects instead of a noble.
After the death of Edward in 1483, Elizabeth remained politically influential with one of her sons briefly proclaimed King Edward V of England before being deposed and murdered by her brother-in-law, Richard III. Elizabeth subsequently helped with the rise of Henry VII in 1485 by arranging the political marriage of her daughter Elizabeth of York to the king, ending the Wars of the Roses, and establishing the Tudor dynasty – again representing Libra’s quest for peace between opposing elements – and this time relatively successful.
The War of the Roses commenced before this Libran period but was mainly resolved within this Libra period. Through her daughter, Elizabeth Woodville was the grandmother of the future Henry VIII and great grandmother of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth Woodville is England’s initial notable contribution towards the advancement of powerful women within the Libra age-decan.
The War of the Roses marked the end of the medieval period in England only a few decades inside the age of Aquarius or modernity! Following the war, the large standing baronial armies that had helped fuel the War of the Roses were suppressed and the king removed the rights of barons to maintain armies so that they could not make war on each other or the king. The military power of individual barons declined, and the Tudor court became a place where baronial squabbles were decided with the influence of the monarch. This is a very Libra anti-war outcome for the War of the Roses taking into account that the political marriage between the two major Houses ‘united’ the nobles. It is also relevant that the winning side did not go out and extinguish the losing barons and instead, both sides continued to exist but under a new (Libra) balance of power which was focused upon avoiding (Aries) conflict.
This Libra period probably exacerbated tensions in England more so than most countries due to the strong placement of Aries in its astrological signature. If this assessment is correct, England and the UK are always in difficult situations under Libra, which coincidentally is the sign that applied to the UK when it actually left the European Union in 2021. Libra does rule divorce?
Another major political marriage of the times was between Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Castile in 1469 which led to the first modern unification of Spain effective from 1479. The marriage included a clear prenuptial agreement on sharing power, and under the joint motto “as much as the one is worth, so too is the other.” Taking into account that Spain quickly turned into the world superpower of those times, this was a highly significant marriage attributable to Libra.
By 1482 Ferdinand and Isabella started the Granada War (Reconquista) to expel their significant multi-centuries opponents in Spain – the Islamic Moors back to Africa. The Reconquista was successfully brought to an end by Spain in 1491 (near the end of this Libra period in early 1493). Another political rivalry was temporarily settled with the Treaty of Alcaçovas in 1479 when Spain and Portugal agreed to the division into two zones of influence the newly discovered territories in the Atlantic Ocean and overseas territories  which was also an issue to be further resolved in the next Libra period (the Libra micro-age decan and overflow December 1527 – November 1537).
Ferdinand and Isabella also established the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 which in reality was a new court of justice – with justice and law courts ruled by Libra. The inquisitors were usually jurists (and by 1608 all inquisitors needed to have a background in law and most had a university education). The tribunals were called courts and their structure was similar to modern trials and extremely advanced for the time but the lack of (modern) separation of powers promoted corrupt practices. At the time, torture was common in all civil and religious trials in Europe but the Spanish Inquisition, despite the bad press, actually relied far less on torture than was common at the time. It is believed that sentences of death were employed 40% of the time before 1530. Recent studies showed there was an initial burst of activity against former Jews, who had embraced Christianity under duress and were called conversos, but were suspected of relapsing into Judaism – but the Inquisition served principally as a means for Spaniards to occasionally humiliate and punish people they did not like such as blasphemers, bigamists, foreigners, homosexuals, and horse smugglers.
A lessor known marriage in this Libra period but with major consequences occurred in 1479 when Christopher Columbus, who was already an experienced mariner in the expatriate Genoese community in Portugal, married and received as dowry his late father in law’s nautical maps and papers which included sea charts around the Madeira Islands, and other Portuguese oceanic possessions. This obviously furthered Columbus’ interest in maritime adventures leading to his 1492 discovery of the Americas on behalf of Spain at the very end of this Libra period (1463 -93) – which strongly insinuates that Libra has a critical role in the Americas as a whole. At a minimum, this weds Libra to the Americas – but not as the major sign which is Pisces. The European discovery of the Americas occurred in the strongest century for Pisces in around 26,000 years – with Pisces the ruler of oceans! The Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) provided another sign for the astrological signature of the Americas in general which is placed higher up the totem pole than Libra.
The Libra focus upon women, unfortunately, promoted the persecution of witches. For example, commencing in 1470 for the next 230 years 8,888 witches were tried in the Swiss Confederation with the majority executed. In 1484 Pope Innocent VIII issued a bull authorizing two German monks to investigate accusations of witchcraft as heresy, and threatening those who interfered with their work. The bull was written in response to the request by a Dominican Inquisitor for explicit authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany after he was refused assistance by the local church authorities. It gave approval for the Inquisition to proceed “correcting, imprisoning, punishing and chastising” such persons “according to their deserts”. This followed a belief that an outbreak of witchcraft and heresy had occurred in the Rhine River valley.
With Libra’s rulership of art, in 1472, Leonardo da Vinci was listed as a master in Florence’s Company of Artists. This Libra period saw the rise of Leonardo to being acknowledged as one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived. His collective works composed a contribution to later generations of artists rivaled only by that of his contemporary Michelangelo. One of Leonardo’s possible earliest extant work, The Annunciation, is believed to have been painted between 1472 and 1476 in the lead up to the peak of this Libra period in 1478, with most of his painting completed in the overflow period (1478 – 1493)and beyond. Michelangelo only completed his apprenticeship in 1492 and therefore flourished after this Libra period.
However, Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) was born in the second half of the Libra MA (March 1463 – March 1478) which means he was born in a Libra-Libra generation where Libra is at its highest potential. This was certainly realized in his life. Michelangelo, born in Florence, was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo is considered the greatest artist of his age and even the greatest artist of all time. Even the duality between Michelangelo and Leonardo invokes Libra the Balance.
As another example of the Libra-Libra generation was Titian (c.1488/90 – 1576), who is considered the founder and most important member of the 16th-century Venetian School of Italian Renaissance painting. His paintings exercised a profound influence not only on his contemporary painters but also on future generations of Western art. Generations as defined by macro-astrology, provide a hidden characteristic not available from other forms of astrology and I am looking forward to researching the generations associated with famous people. Only Libra micro-ages, such as the current one, include a Libra-Libra generation, as these generations are derived from micro-ages. Libra micro-age decans alone do not produce Libran generations as they exist either in a Gemini or Aquarius micro-ages which produce Gemini and Aquarius generations respectively.
Another famous artist associated with this Libra period was Botticelli (1445 -1510) who painted a wide range of religious subjects (including dozens of renditions of the Madonna and Child). His best-known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera taking into account Venus is the planetary ruler of Libra, Botticelli virtually anointed the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) with The Birth of Venus. Botticelli lived all his life in Florence apart from the months he spent painting in Pisa in 1474 and the Sistine Chapel in Rome in 1481–82. His reputation soared for all the 1470s with the 1480s his most successful decade, the one in which his large (Pisces) mythological paintings were completed along with many of his most famous (Libra) Madonnas. His reputation languished for centuries but was eventually ‘rediscovered’ and in 2021, his Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel was sold at Sotheby’s for $US92 million.
It is also fitting that this Libra period saw one of the greatest benefactors of the arts in the Renaissance – Lorenzo the Magnificent. Also known as Lorenzo de’ Medici (1449 – 1492), he was an Italian statesman, de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic, and the most powerful and enthusiastic patron of Renaissance culture in Italy. He was a magnate, diplomat, politician, and patron of scholars, artists, and poets. As a patron, he is best known for his sponsorship of artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo. He held the (Libra) balance of power within the Italic League, an alliance of states that stabilized political conditions on the Italian peninsula for decades, and his life coincided with the mature phase of the Italian Renaissance and the Golden Age of Florence. The Peace of Lodi of 1454 that he helped maintain among the various Italian states collapsed with his death near the very end of this Libra period.
In conclusion, this late 15th century Libra micro-age and overflow, which baptized the massive Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865), already showed distinct signs of modernity and the beginning of the modern world especially with the European discovery of the Americas. Its Libran focus is readily seen in the attempted unification of the Houses of York and Lancaster in England with the marriage of Elizabeth Woodville to King Edward IV and finally resolved by the marriage of Henry VII to Elizabeth Woodville’s daughter, Elizabeth of York. The political marriage of Ferdinand II to Isabella I of Castile also united and created modern Spain and instigated the first European world power in the Age of Aquarius due to the discovery of the Americas – which therefore inherits Libra into its astrological signature. The creation of the court known as the Spanish Inquisition is also appropriate for the judicial side of Libra as is the unfortunate rise in the prosecution of mainly women as witches. The appearance of some of the world’s most famous artists – Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli and the birth of Michelangelo and Titian as the major players in the first of the great modern artists is also appropriate for Libra along with the famous patron of the arts – Lorenzo the Magnificent. Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus Botticelli represented the Neoplatonic idea of ‘divine love’ in the form of a nude Venus is virtually dedicated to the Libra. This Libra period provides the first backbone for the evolving Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149).
Why the sudden interest in the Libra Age-Decan (1433 – 2149)? This is because the much smaller Libra micro-age decan and overflow (December 2019 – November 2024 – November 2029) first appeared to an unsuspecting world in late 2019. There have already been some early manifestations of Libra aligned events, and I suspect we are on the threshold of some further major developments soon. A new micro-age decan appears roughly every five years, but some resonate with larger and more powerful periods such as the current Libra micro-age decan and overflow. This is because the first age-decan of the Age of Aquarius is the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) and therefore the current Libra micro-age decan resonates with the massive Libra age decan. Resonance adds strength.
To understand what the world can expect in the rest of the small Libra MAD&OF leading to November 2029, it is prudent to first examine what occurred in previous similar periods since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433. The current Libra period is a decan (third) of the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029), but this Gemini micro-age, is one of 12 micro-ages within the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2149). The current Libra MAD&OF is the first Libra period of note inside the Libra sub-age, and as such, this Libra period is the baptism for the whole Libra sub-age – but not for the much larger Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)! This makes the Libra MAD (2019 – 2129) a much bigger deal than just another MAD.
Of course, every micro-age of about five years contains 12 nano-ages of some 15 months each, but nano-ages just do not have the same impact as their elder relative – micro-age decans and micro-ages. This baptism of fire for the Libra sub-age should provide some concrete indications as where the world is heading on a mega scale, because the world is definitely heading towards Libra. Libra is going to provide the context for many centuries to come. We merely get to see a preview of centuries of possibilities in the years leading to 2029 but reinforced by the review of many previous Libra MA and MAD since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius. We can treat the current Libra MAD&OF as a wormhole to the centuries of Libra influence coming to our world.
The examination of previous Libra periods was a real eye-opener and provided me with one of a number of epiphanies. Libra does not conform to the common expectations of Libra revolving solely around the aesthetic and easy going side of life –its strongest association appears to be with conflict. This has some precedents, and even over two thousand years ago, the planet Venus (ruler of Libra), was a sign for war if it appeared in the night sky.
“In the evening sky, Dilbat (Venus) was thought to be a male war god. In the Babylonian omen catalog we read, “If Venus enters Jupiter, then the king of Akkad will die, the dynasty will change …” Unless Babylonian astronomers had a good reason to think otherwise, the famous conjunction in the evening sky would have signaled a male war god striking the king (symbolized by the king planet MUL.BABBAR/ Jupiter) and overturning his rule.”
Other notable associations to Libra are the advances of women in politics and society and a quest for justice – with the Black Lives matter the most recent example. In addition, the obesity epidemic and diabetes plus the inability of most western nations to effectively manage COVID-19 can be attributed to inactive Libra because Libra’s opposite sign Aries is the sign that rolls up its sleeves and gets on with the work that needs to be done in any situation – Libra lacks this “can-do” quality.
It may seem confusing that both Aries and Libra are associated with greater levels of warfare and conflict, but there are differences. Aries war does not depend upon a strong and vibrant opponent, and so Genghis Khan was able to go marauding around the Eurasian landmass mainly picking off small countries and cities at will with his massive armies and created the largest empire the world has known to date – though everything did not always go his way! In Libra conflicts, there tends to be an opponent with stature or power at around the same level of magnitude. Furthermore, Libra usually sees some remediation or mending between opponents following the conflict creating a new balance of power of one sort or another – and balance of power is a Libra archetype. The American Civil War is a good example of two opposing major power bases but while the Confederates lost the war – they were not wiped off the map. However they did have to adapt to a new internal balance of power in the USA that did not involve slavery – as (Libra) justice was central in this major conflict.
The major epiphany I experienced with this Libra research was almost two epiphanies in one – as it was a major insight that I had never before experienced despite the fact that I have been extensively researching the astrological ages for over 30 years. The world is currently in the Libra age –decan (1433 – 2149) and I have frequently written about it including in my book “The Dawning” plus extensively on many other age-decans that extend back over thousands of years. However, my major epiphany with this Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) was due to my examination of only the relatively small Libra micro-ages and micro-age decans since the arrival of the Libra age-decan in 1433.
What I discovered was that these nine small Libra periods provided the backbone for the whole Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) to date. It’s as if these nine small Libra periods are the backbone of a Libran dinosaur in a museum and these small Libra periods capture the real essence of the much larger Libra age-decan – even though Libran events in the large age-decan are not limited to Libra micro-ages and decans. What this means is that if I want to examine any age, age decan or even sub-age, I can quickly find their backbones which will provide me with the core developments without examining all dates covered by the larger period.
One major conjecture I am researching is the hypothetical strong association of the USA with Libra. I use the word hypothetical because it is certainly not so obvious to date. Who would think that (Aries) gun-toting Americans are linked to Libra? However, based on Ancient Rome, the previous age-empire of the Aries-Pisces age (715 BC – 1433 AD), the importance of the first age-decan in the previous age, the Scorpio age-decan and overflow (715BC – 1AD – 717AD), appeared to provide the critical third sign for both the Roman Republic and Western Roman Empire.
The Scorpio association with Ancient Rome is not limited to gladiatorial contests, as Scorpio is also the sign of tyrants, upheaval and lack of stability with all these three endemic in Ancient Rome. The greatest political saga to affect Ancient Rome was the fall of the Roman Republic and its replacement with the Roman Empire led by a series of dynastically-inclined emperors. This major political transformation occurred in the decades surrounding the peak of the Scorpio age decan and overflow (715BC – 1AD – 717AD) in 1AD. By extrapolation, the current Libra age-decan and overflow should take the same role with our current age-empire – the USA. The Libra association to the USA should be more evident in the Libra age-decan overflow (2149 – 2865) but the seeds for this influence should be identifiable and will also be a focus on the examination of all significant Libra periods since the beginning of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 AD.
“The greatest connection between Scorpio and ancient Rome is the death cult of gladiatorial contests and public executions at the circuses which occurred from the third century BCE to the fifth century CE. The peak period in gladiatorial contests was the first and second centuries CE, just after the Scorpio age-decan cusp. The general public’s fascination with the killing of human beings as a spectator sport shows how cultural preferences on a grand scale can be grossly distorted. Scorpio always has a fondness toward death cults, and ancient Rome was certainly not alone in this regard at this period. This apparent barbaric behavior by the citizens of ancient Rome has its modern pale reflection in the preference of Hollywood and computer gamers for virtual violence, death, and destruction.”
Libra is a major sign in China’s astrological signature as Libra is associated with the whole of the Far East and can be expressed with yin-yang. Some attention will also be focused upon China as a guide to its future path and role in the world and relationship with the USA. Famous women and notable marriages also strongly figure in the Libra backbone, as do music and the arts in general.
The following Libra micro-ages and decans, plus their respective overflows, will be examined, and each one is associated with one or more major conflicts, and so it will be necessary to deduce if some serious conflict which is either military, cyber warfare or otherwise is due in the current decade associated with the Libra MAD&OF (Dec 19 – Nov 24 – Nov 29) and what this portends for the rest of the millennium. On average, every third Libra period is a micro-age correlating to around 30 years of influence (taking into accounts the overflow) whereas micro-age decans and overflow account for 10 years:
Previous Libra micro-ages and decans in the Age of Aquarius
Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1910 – Oct 1920)
Libra micro-age decan and overflow (May 1856 – Apr 1866)
Libra micro-age and overflow (Jun 1791 – Mar 1821)
Libra Micro-Age Decan & Overflow (Sep 1746 – Aug 1756)
Libra Micro-Age decan & overflow (Jan 1692 – Dec 1701)
Libra micro-age and overflow (Apr 1627 – Apr 1657)
Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Aug 1582 – Jul 1592)
Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Nov 1537)
Libra micro-age and overflow (Mar 1463 – Mar 1493)
Some interesting astrological parallels exist between the Spanish flu (1918 – 1920) and COVID-19. COVID-19 commenced in December 2019 aligned with the arrival of the Aquarius nano-age overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021), one of 12 nano-ages in the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029). Aquarius causes disruptions and Gemini rules the lungs – the major organ affected by the COVID-19. December 2019 also saw the start of the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – May 20 – Oct 20). Aquarius, Gemini and Virgo all had their part to play
The Spanish flu (February 1918 – April 1920) aligned with the Virgo nano-age overflow (Feb 1917 – May 1918), one of 12 nano-ages within the Aquarius micro-age (1910-25) but also in the Gemini micro-age decan (Nov 1915 – Oct 1920). Again we see Aquarius disruption and Gemini lungs. Virgo naturally stimulates public health issues. The main connection between the Spanish flu and COVID-19 is that they both occurred in an air micro-age, and in both cases, due to the influence of the decans of these two air signs, both Gemini and Aquarius were strongly involved – see Table 1 below. Virgo also made an appearance both times.
However, the Spanish flu was far more deadly than COVID-19 – in a totally different class altogether, as the Spanish flu was one of the most terrible pandemics in human history whereas COVID-19 currently is killing about the same number of people who die in car accidents each year around the world. The astrology behind the massive difference between the Spanish flu and COVID-19 is that the Spanish flu occurred within the Pisces quasi sub-age decan (1880 – 1940) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) – one of 12 sub-ages that exist within the Age of Aquarius.
The significance of this Pisces quasi sub-age decan is that it is the last major thrust from the Pisces quasi-age (359 AD – 2503 AD) and can be allegorically considered as the last major thrust of Neptune’s trident into an unsuspecting world that was also engaged in the monumental stupidity of the First World War in (Pisces) Europe. It seems that the Spanish flu was a byproduct of the First World War.
Every epoch produces three major hotspots, and for the Pisces epoch, each of the three Pisces hotspots was associated with the most major plagues the world has experienced to date. Sitting within the Pisces quasi-age (352 – 2503 AD) are exactly 12 sub-ages, with every forth sub-age a water sub-age with one a Pisces sub-age, and the other two water sub-ages contains a Pisces sub-age decan. It is these Pisces hotspots within the Pisces epoch that have the highest intensity of Pisces in the 26,000 years cycle of the ages. These water sub-ages are:
Cancer sub-age (533 – 713 AD) – 1st Bubonic plague (540 AD – 750 AD)
The Cancer sub-age (533 – 713 AD) contains a Pisces sub-age decan (533 – 593 AD), and the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) also has its Pisces sub-age decan (1851 – 1910). Associated with each of these three strongest manifestations of Pisces over the 26,000 years cycle of ages are the three greatest Bubonic plagues in history with the Spanish flu thrown in as an afterthought![i]
The world is always under the influence of a number of periods within the astrological ages, and currently, the world is under the influence of the Gemini quasi sub-age decan (2000 – 2059), which stimulates the lungs – for better or worse. The lungs are the major organ affected by COVID-19, but also notice, that the major inroad against cigarette smoking in the First World has also occurred under Gemini’s watch. You may have also noticed that hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones are getting increasingly bigger and fiercer over the last decade or so, and the world has not yet even got to the highpoint of Gemini yet.
However, the current Gemini quasi sub-age decan is not on par with the far more powerful previous Pisces quasi sub-age decan associated with the Spanish flu – which was the last major hotspot associated with the Pisces epoch. However, it is a very different story at the end of this century when the world encounters the Aquarius quasi sub-age decan (2059 – 2118) resonating with the up and coming Aquarian age (1433 – 3581). The period (2059 – 2118) will be the baptism of the Age of Aquarius and the potential disruption this will bring to the world will be four times stronger than the period that covered the First and Second World Wars including the Great Depression and Spanish flu (and Prohibition in the USA). The Aquarius baptism period will also be 12 times stronger than the world is now experiencing with COVID-19.
We should be thankful that for most people alive today, COVID-19 will be the worst disruption in our lives, but compared to the early 20th century and later this century – we have got off with the equivalent of a Sunday school picnic. Though with all the gnashing of teeth and hair-pulling, you could be mistaken for thinking that COVID-19 is a major drama. As far as world dramas are concerned, it is about as mild as they come.
The mainly medieval responses many western nations have taken in their (mis)handling of COVID-19 is due to the fact that the strongest sign in the world today is Pisces, despite the world being in the Age of Aquarius for over five centuries. This is why (Aquarius) rationality is sidelined, and instead, political knee-jerk responses are taken by many nations towards COVID-19, not to mention climate change. The recent rise of populace leaders exacerbates the problem, as populace leaders tend to follow their supporters’ collective emotional needs rather than construct a (Capricorn) rational and strategic response. The rise in populace leaders is associated with mainly the second half of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029) that overlaps the Gemini micro-age and overflow (2014 – 2029 – 2044). (see Table 1 above for the Cancer micro-age overflow highlighted in yellow).
What the above perspective on the status of Pisces in the world today indicates is that the greatest delusion in the modern world is that we are ‘modern’, whereas, we remain more heavily influenced by (Pisces) medievalism as Table 2 indicates. Our technology may be modern, but how we use technology is medieval, which is why the world has more nuclear bombs than necessary to blow up the whole world, and we are also using non-nuclear technology to destroy the world through environmental vandalism. Our modern democracies remain ‘basic’ or embryonic, not the finished product, which is why the rich still rule the world, as they have done for thousands of years. It’s like having various
incarnations of Homer Simpson in charge of the world for the last 5,000 years since governments were first created.
A really modern world cannot appear before 2503, and more likely around another thousand years later – though a good preview will appear towards the end of this century. People in those distant future times will look back at us aghast at our primitiveness, in the same way as we look back at Ancient Rome and Greece where executions in public arenas were a spectator sport and a Roman father could murder his family members with impunity with this legal right granted to him as head of the household.
Despite so many inspiring things in the world today, it is an unreliable source for the inspiration that we personally need in our lives. It is better to look elsewhere for inspiration, as while the world may have a high degree of primitiveness, as individuals, we do not have this kind of limitation. Not only is the sky the limit for our personal inspiration, we miraculously live in one of those special times where real inspiration is available for the keen as we are currently in the strongest part of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2149) with the strongest quarter 1970 to 2059.
Under this Scorpio period, it is one of the best times over 2,000 years for a person to find their inner self or inner truth. Don’t waste this opportunity by looking in the wrong place, it’s not the world that will present this opportunity to you, but by your own thirst for Truth. It’s the same Truth that many avatars, teachers and guides from many parts of the world have provided insight and assistance for thousands of years. Furthermore, politics always appears to be a generation behind the times, so if you are an alert and aware person, you will normally feel frustrated at the conservative stance of most governments in most matters. Don’t let the world drag you down to its level. There is far more to life than what the ‘world’ has to offer!
The above is the first major update of my macro-astrology ephemeris in seven years, which does not much affect plus or minus one thousand years or so from the present, but makes a significant effect outside those dates. For my previous version 6 ephemeris, I exclusively used a formula called Rigorous Precession that takes into account fluctuation in precession due to the Moon’s gravitational effect upon Earth, and while this provides a better estimate for precession of the equinoxes in real-time, it has a built-in ‘error’. For example, in version 6, I had the age of Pisces commence in 732 BC, but version 7, the age of Pisces begins in 715 BC – a difference of 17 years. The situation exponentially deteriorates the further away from the present is examined. In version 6, the Virgo age commenced in 14,153 BC, while version 7 has the Virgo age commence in 13,601 BC – a difference of 552 years. There will continue to be errors in version 7, as it is linear, whereas precession of the equinoxes is an erratic movement at the smallest possible level of observation. Version 7 standardizes each age to between 2147 and 2148 years, whereas in reality, each age is slightly shorter compared to the previous age. The main reason for this shortening is that the Moon is slowly but steadily getting further away from Earth, and this creates a dynamic change in precession. However, I believe that version 7 is far less inaccurate compared to the previous version 6.
I first created version 7 on 25th July 2020, but I had to further tweak it by 7th August 2020 and create version 7.1. At some stage, hopefully, an astronomer will provide improved calculations. There remains one minor discrepancy inasmuch, independent of this largescale ephemeris, I also use a nano-age ephemeris with nano-ages only being some 15 months each, and pica ages of 5 weeks. Version 7 indicates that the coming Taurus micro-age arrives in 2029, but my nano-age ephemeris has this same micro-age commencing in January 2030. However, the error involved is only around one month.
The above does not include the very important overflow periods, and if the overflow periods are not taken into account, a distorted perspective is achieved. The overflow periods never apply to quasi periods, but does apply to all other periods such as the ages, age-decans, sub-ages, sub-age decans and micro-ages displayed above, each period has an overflow into the following period of the exact same length. For example, the Age of Pisces (715 BC – 1433 AD) overflows onto the Age of Aquarius (1433 AD – 3581 AD) and the manifestation of Pisces archetypes in world affairs will be stronger in the Age of Aquarius than its own age – especially in the first half of the Age of Aquarius associated with the overlapping Pisces quasi-age (359 AD – 2503 AD). Currently, the world is in the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3581 AD), Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3581 AD) and Pisces quasi-age (359 AD – 2503 AD). Even this brief analysis suggests that while Aquarius has been manifesting in the world since 1433, its manifestation remains in second place to the ongoing influence of Pisces – the sign of corporations, religions and medievalism.
It is extremely unfortunate that the untimely death of George Floyd at the hands of some Minneapolis policemen on 25th May 2020 should present the second major excursion into Aquarius territory since the arrival of the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow in December 2019 (see Table 1 below). This Aquarius micro-age decan overflow is the second half of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (December 2014 – December 2019 – November 2024), but the second half is where most action is located due to the wave-like nature of the astrological ages and their sub periods.
Of course, the first major excursion associated with the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (December 2019 – November 2024) combined with the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – May 20 – Oct 20) was the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has created the greatest disruption in the world since the last time Aquarius was strong, which was in the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1924 – 1940) associated with two world wars, the Spanish flu and the Great Depression (see Table 2 below). Aquarius is always associated with unexpected and disruptive events and Aquarius has the reputation of striking like a bolt of lightning.
Aquarius breaks up or interrupts (Leo) mainstream life and society and produces fringe conditions and promotes radical elements. Aquarius’ fringe element also includes the promotion of extremism, and in the 20th century Aquarius micro-age and overflow this principally manifested in the appearance fascism and communism – and both employed the same repressive tools, the main difference being their economic model. Communism promotes socialism while fascists retain capitalism.
If we are comfortable calling a spade a spade, the killing of George Floyd is a contemporary example of fascism, and demonstrates how even in the land of the free, elements of a police state exists – though I assume that regressive police elements are a small minority of police forces in the USA and most democratic countries. (For readers confused about fascism, in simple terms, fascism is an anti-democratic approach to politics with strong authoritarian tendencies that also likes to persecute minorities or any group they deem undesirable including the free press). This murder stands as a symbol of minority regressive fascist elements in the USA, and one reason why the USA is known both for its freedom and democracy on the one hand, and fascism on the other (such as the Klu Klux Klan or other groups mimicking the Nazis), is that the primary sign for the USA is Pisces, and Pisces is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. Under duress, the USA behaves as if it is bipolar.
The general outcry against the killing of George Floyd is a testament to the positive side of Aquarius, and this is what I have been waiting for since December 2019. As of December 2019, the strength of Aquarius in the world is stronger than anyone alive today has experienced if they were born after 1940 at the end of the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940). Someone would probably need to be at least 85 years old now to even remember the world under the previous Aquarius influence.
An astrological forensic postmortem of the murder of George Floyd does place a strong focus on the police force. In December 2019, not only did the Aquarius micro-age decan go into its overflow mode, but micro-ages each contain 12 nano-ages, and in December 2019 a new nano-age appeared – the Capricorn nano-age (Dec 19 – Mar 2021) and this Capricorn period has three decans. In May 2020, the world arrived at the highpoint of the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – May 20 – Oct 20) see Table 1 above.
Part one of the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (combined with the highpoint of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow), brought the COVID-19 pandemic as Virgo focusses upon public health issues and Aquarius upon sudden unexpected and disruptive events. May 2020 introduced the stronger part 2 of the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow and Virgo is the sign of the police force. Aquarius fascism combined with Virgo police brought the murder, while Aquarius freedom and equality has brought the widespread international response after the initial looting and normal disorder unfortunately produced in reaction when oppressed people have more dirt kicked into their faces.
I expect many more instances of the exposure of anti-democratic forces, fascism or neo-fascism over the coming years under the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow, because the strong Aquarius focus over the coming years promotes both the fascist and neo-fascist elements in society and politics and liberal-democratic advances or in reaction to these regressive anti-liberal elements. Aquarius energizes both sides. So when that police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck resulting in his death, he was promoting fascism, and the reaction to that fascism may lead to some improvement in curtailing police brutality and murder.
The main reason I was waiting for something like the George Floyd incident is that the world is currently experiencing a preview of the end of this century – situations and circumstances that unfold under the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (December 2014 – December 2019 – November 2024) can be seeds that will play out in the major Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029 – 2088 – 2148), especially in the second half (2088 -2148), but in the intervening decades, a stronger focus will be on the business end of the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088), especially the period 2029 to 2059.
Will the protests about the murder of George Floyd lead to massive change? Certainly the initial reaction is above and beyond what we have seen for some time, and we should expect that there will be some change for the better. This is where astrology can assist, as the astrological parameters associated with the event provides a fairly solid framework. As it turns out, the astrology behind this event is stunning, with a strong focus upon justice.
Justice is associated with Libra. George Floyd did not receive justice, as nothing he did should have resulted in his death. Since December 2019, the world has entered the most potent time for Libra and justice since at least the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433. Not only did the Age of Aquarius arrive in 1433, but also the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148).
Libra has certainly made itself felt in the world since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius, and the most graphic demonstration is the evolution in western society, at least, of females from formerly being ‘owned’ by their father, brother or husband, to technically equal rights with males. However, the progress of females and justice up to December 2014 is due mainly to the broad background effect of the Libra age-decan which was strengthened by the arrival of the Libra quasi age-decan in 1791 and Libra sub-age in 1970.
Each sub-age contains a Libra micro-age of almost 15 years each, and it could be construed that these should be more powerful than the smaller and current Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) of only about 5 years, but this is not the case in this instance. The current Libra micro-age decan is located within the Gemini micro-age of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) (see Table 3). The previous Libra micro-ages (and Libra micro-age decans) since the beginning of the Age of Aquarius did resonate with the Libra age-decan, but the current Libra micro-age decan resonates with both the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) and Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148). The strength of resonance is increased the more periods are linked by zodiacal sign. So, even though the current Libra period is only a micro-age decan, it resonates with two much more powerful Libra periods.
Even ignoring the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148), the current Libra micro-age decan commencing December 2019, resonating with the Libra sub-age alone (1970 – 2148), is the real baptism of the Libra sub-age as this Libra micro-age decan is the strongest appearance of Libra since the beginning of the Libra sub-age that commenced in 1970. These baptism periods appear for every age, age-decan, sub-age, micro-age and even nano-age – plus their decans. So the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – Nov 24 – Nov 29) is the actual baptism of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) and in this period we have recently entered, it is letting the world know that Libra is ramping up as not only the sign of the future, but that this future has arrived on our doorstep. This strongly suggests that the George Floyd instance is not just another ineffectual reaction to the extrajudicial killing of an Afro-American, but a shifting up in gear for the justice lobby in general.
Furthermore, it is providing direction as to where the world is heading, because the world is heading towards over seven centuries of a Libra world where astrology indicates a general increase in justice, equality plus the middle of the road approach – but no zodiacal sign is one-sided. Libra also brings great conflict due to parties with opposing views digging into their positions and rejecting compromise. This is readily seen in recent examples of Libra micro-ages or micro-age decans in earlier sub-ages within the age of Aquarius.
The last time Libra had some strength was in the 20th century Aquarius micro-age (1910 – 25) where the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (1910 – 1915 – 1920) witnessed the First World War (1914/17 – 1918) which was mainly aligned with the more powerful second half – the Libra micro-age decan overflow (2015 – 20). Stepping back to the previous Gemini micro-age (1851 – 66), with its Libra micro-age decan and overflow (1856 – 61 – 66), sees a good correspondence between the second half overflow period (1861 – 66) with the American Civil War (1861 – 65). The very first instance of Libra in the Scorpio sub-age was the Libra micro-age and overflow (1791 – 1806 – 1821) which saw the Napoleonic Wars (1803 – 15) – again more pronounced in the second half of the Libra period.
One of the major consequences of Napoleon’s failed international conquests was the spread of liberalism which promoted liberty, consent of the governed, and equality before the law. Various European countries temporarily conquered by Napoleon experienced relief from their conservative aristocratic rulers and exposure to rational civil and progressive laws, and though temporary, once experienced it is hard for citizens to forget democratic processes, due process in courts, the abolition of serfdom, reduction of the power of the Catholic Church, and demands for constitutional limits on monarchs. The increasing voice of the middle classes with rising commerce and industry associated with the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) meant that after the defeat of Napoleon, the restored European monarchs found it difficult to restore pre-revolutionary absolutism and had to retain many of the reforms enacted during Napoleon’s rule – including the metric system. Institutional legacies even remain to this day in the form of civil law, with clearly defined codes of law—an enduring legacy of the Napoleonic Code despite Napoleon being a megalomaniacal autocrat. Rarely is anything all black or all white – even including President Trump!
While the current Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – Nov 24 – Nov 29) is the baptism of the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148), this is all leading to a very major period for the world – the business half of the Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2148 – 2863) commencing the middle of the next century and enduring in strength for over seven centuries. An analysis of this major feature in the Age of Aquarius could be a book on its own, but we can draw some conclusions about where the world is heading – which does not seem to be a post-apocalyptic future as represented in countless science fiction movies of people eking out a living in ruined cities or devastated landscapes nor promoting fascist-style corporate states colonizing planets from other solar systems and treating their inhabitants like Afro-Americans …. and so on. Most science fiction is a reflection of our technological but medieval-orientated world, not the world of the future. (see The Myth of Modernity)
Without any recourse to astrology whatsoever, the history of humanity since the retreat of glaciers about 12,000 years ago has witnessed relatively non-stop progress in society, technology and politics, but with many serious setbacks and obstacles, that despite their ferocity, have been incapable of stopping this longterm social-political-technological progressiveness. Since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433, the tempo of progress and liberalization has increased and Europeans initially spearheaded the progressive modern revolution (combined with much tyranny), and while various setbacks and major disasters have made dents in this modern progressiveness, there are no signs that this 12,000-year-old momentum is going to stall or go backward in the medium or long term provided humanity does not destroy itself – just the press of a button or one too many smokestacks away.
It is only in the short term that a backward step can be made – and the first half of the 20th century is a possible example, and even then, much progress also occurred in tandem with the mainly human-made disasters with the initial breakout of modern fascism (and its cohort communism). This seemingly natural progressive tendency by humanity ultimately sweeps aside obstacles and very slowly humanity is becoming civilized – an objective that may never be realized, but worthwhile seeking. Many people will be seeking a greater civilized society over the coming years under Aquarius, and especially under the combined influences of the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow and Libra micro-age decan (Dec 19 -Nov 24). The widespread reaction to the murder of George Floyd, despite being just one of countless other similar incidents since the end of the American Civil War, is underscored by a new and evolving astrological reality – the baptism of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) by the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – Nov 24 – Nov 29) with its focus upon justice despite the upper echelon of American politics currently mainly pointing in the other direction.
The previous Gemini micro-age (1851 – 1866) in its Libra micro-age decan and overflow (1856 – 1861 – 1866) experienced the socio-political fracturing of the USA leading to the American Civil War and eventual emancipation of the Afro-American slaves. It is extremely unlikely that the current Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029), with its Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – Nov 24 – Nov 29), will lead to another American Civil war, yet we can see that the rancor is rising and that a time of reckoning is coming. Regardless of the exact outcome, America cannot desert it’s most prominent sign Pisces represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. Under stress, the USA will always revert to attempts to tear itself apart, because this is its nature.
We clearly see America’s bipolar nature in the American Civil War where the liberal-democratic side won the war, but the fallen Confederates did not disappear down the drain hole of history but quickly resurfaced with the rise of the likes of the Klu Klux Klan, and ongoing entrenched racist sentiments that condone the extrajudicial murder of Afro-Americans until now? Despite its bipolar nature, the USA is on the track of modernity and rationality, but its countervailing opposing forces will also be almost as strong. This will be a test towards the end of this century or leading to 2148, where the internal tensions in the USA may be so fraught, that there could be a temporary interruption in the integrity of the US government as the world approaches the cusp of the Libra and Gemini age-decans in 2148. Under the same circumstances in the previous age, the Republic of Rome disintegrated and was replaced by the more autocratic Roman Empire. Age-decan cusps are dangerous and powerful intersections of massive vortices of energy. Each of the three kingdoms of Egypt also fell associated with the respective cusps of three age-decans.
Despite some tumultuous times ahead, the astrology does indicate that the world is at the dawn of a mini Golden Age which no one alive today will see except for previews. A Golden Age is certainly not a perfect age, it will just mean that compared to periods before and after, it will have a lot going for it. The Golden Age many New Agers expected with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 1960s and 70s is a myth (both in timeframe and expectations) and is testament to the strongest sign in the world today – Pisces.
While most progress is always obstructed by conservative and other recalcitrant elements in society, such as we see in Hong Kong by the communist Chinese government, we should expect an enhanced focus in stamping out police brutality against minority ethnic groups in society due to the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement as the current time is just the thin edge of the wedge. As Al Gore state in effect some years ago, “… change occurs much slower than we anticipate, but once it does occur, it tends to change very quickly”. The astrology indicates that the quest for freedom and justice in the world, as exemplified by the Black Lives Matter movement, has a strong tenure for almost five to ten years and sits at the threshold of a multi-century concerted drive for justice. This justice is not limited to one issue, and we should expect other injustices and perversions of human rights to also revealed in the coming years.
Even though the world is in the very early days of the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 19 – Mar 21 – Jun 22), it has already left a mark in the destruction, mutilation or defacing of various statutes around the world, as statutes are ruled by Capricorn. However, the more powerful influence of the overlapping Aquarius and Libra micro-age decans and overflows are breathing down the neck of the smaller Capricorn nano-age and overflow bringing rationality (to some extent) and justice to the situation of slave traders etc. still being glorified. It will not be until March 2021 onward that Capricorn will be peaking, so there may be more on this to come. For those seeking a perfect world, you were born at the wrong time, though a perfect world is an impossibility anyway. Because Pisces is the strongest sign in the world for at least the next 500 years, most or all current solutions to problems or injustices will include a medieval element that is based on feelings and knee-jerk reactions that interrupt a total rationalist outcome. Most solutions, while addressing some elements of the problem, are also the seeds of future problems due to the medieval element.
Even the statement “I cannot breathe” based on some of the last words of George Floyd has an astrological connotation, as the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow plus Virgo nano-age sits within the larger Gemini micro-age (December 2014 – November 2029), and Gemini rules the lungs and therefore breathing.
As stated above, the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Dec 19 – Nov 24), combined with the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 19 – May 20 – Oct 20) has brought the COVID-19 pandemic to the world. The second half of the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (May 20 – Oct 20) has experienced an international deterioration in the pandemic with far more daily cases compared to the first half (Dec 19 – May 20). However, the arrival of the overlapping Taurus nano-age decan and overflow (May 20 – Oct 20 – Mar 21) has seen a massive swing away from purely (Virgo) health concerns to opening up the (Taurus) economy and especially restaurants and bars around the world. People want ‘normality’, and Taurus is the most normal sign of the zodiac.
The normalization of international travel may take longer than most people expect. With the Capricorn nano-age overflow (Mar 21 – Jun 22) fully expressing the hardship usually associated with Capricorn, it should be expected that the world will suffer more economic hardship for most of 2021 and the first half of 2022. The overlapping Sagittarius nano-age and overflow (Mar 21 – Jun 22 – Aug 23) should see an economic rebound, with flickers in the first half and strength in the second half (Jun 22 – Aug 23). With Sagittarius the key sign for international travel, the next tourism boom will occur in the period June 2022 to August 2023.
The Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2019), which contains both the Aquarius and Libra micro-ages, is also the same timeframe as the Cancer micro-age overflow, which remains more powerful than Gemini at least until the midway point at October 2021. This Cancer manifests as a time of lack of (Capricorn) leadership, and so we see the appearance of populace leaders such as the likes of President Trump, Prime Minister Boris Johnson (UK), President Bolsonaro (Brazil), because in a strong Cancer period, the focus is upon the (Cancer) general public or ‘common’ people with populace leaders promoting the biases and prejudices of their base to the detriment of (Capricorn) strategic planning. Such lack of strategic (and rational) planning has resulted in these three nations being amongst the worst performers in tacking COVID-19 similar to how Nero fiddled around while Rome was burning.
It may seem incredibly unbelievable, but a sub-period that represents only a minute 1/5184th of the Age of Aquarius has brought the world to its knees with the COVID-19 pandemic. Such a sub-period cannot create such turmoil without assistance, because a significant event is like a plane crash. It is extremely rare for a plane crash to occur due to just one thing going wrong – the normal plane crash is the result of a number of seemingly insignificant events, none of which will cause the plane to crash, but in combination, has this power. Since December 2019, the world has been experiencing such a deadly combination. In addition, the outer planets have obviously made a significant contribution, but I will leave that analysis to those experienced astrologers who specialize in that field.
Around September last year (2019), I commenced focusing on December 2019 because I knew that December marked the greatest change in the sub-periods of the Age of Aquarius over a five year period. This change was due to the arrival of the approximate five year Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024). This Libra micro-age decan is strategically located within the following periods that behave like layers of an onion within the Age of Aquarius:
Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024)
Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029)
Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148)
Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574)
However, whenever a cusp is precipitated such as in December 2019, all smaller periods also experience a cusp, and sometimes larger periods as well. In the current case, there were no larger periods involved, but December 2019 also experienced cusps at the even smaller 15-month nano-age and 5-month nano-age decan level, with nano-age decans the smallest part of an astrological age with clearly identifiable and reliable correlations to worldly events. In fact, it is one such nano-age decan that has precipitated the COVID-19 pandemic despite the fact that a nano-age decan represents only 1/5184th of an astrological age (i.e. 12 sub-ages x 12 micro-ages x 12 nano-ages x 3 nano-age decans = 5184).
Referring back to the plane crash analogy, no one astrological input precipitates any event in macro-astrology, it is the combination that creates the circumstances and tells the story. The relevant minute part within the Age of Aquarius was the approximate five-month Virgo nano-age decan (Dec 2019 – Apr 2020), and Virgo rules public health issues. This alone cannot create a pandemic, because if it did, a pandemic would appear approximately every 5 years because every five years an earth-sign nano-age will appear, and every earth nano-age will have at a minimum a Virgo nano-age decan, with usually every third earth nano-age also being a Virgo nano-age.
Despite the incredible small size of the Virgo nano-age decan (Dec 2019 – Apr 2020), a public health crisis has appropriately occurred. This also has precedence, because the last coronavirus attack, Camel Flu (MERS), appeared in the very last Virgo nano-age decan as I published on 20th June 2015:
“Though MERS has been around since May 2013, it only accelerated in April 2014 and became an international newsworthy item since late May 2015, exactly aligned to the arrival of the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (May 2015 – March 2016)”.
The even earlier coronavirus of note was SARS that commenced in November 2002 but it was not aligned with any Virgo sub-period – it was aligned with an Aries nano-age (Aug 2002 – Nov 2003) and Aries is the secondary sign associated with public health issues (being the natural ruler of the 1st house with the 1st and 6th houses the two acknowledged health houses). Despite this apparent clear correlation, if we examine all the small Aries and Virgo sub-periods since 2000 prior to COVID-19, there have been four earth nano-ages with a Virgo component but only one of these four associated with a major health crisis, and four fire nano-ages with an Aries component , but only one of these is associated with a health crisis. Consolidating both probabilities, there have been eight incidences between 2000 and 2019 associated with either an Aries or Virgo nano-age or nano-age decan, but only two produced a result, or alternatively, there has been a 25% chance that any Aries or Virgo nano-age or nano-age decan will produce a health crisis of one degree or another in recent times. I was aware of this unreliability last September (2019), and while I promoted the possibility of an expanded Camel Flu (MERS) epidemic in the previous Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (2015), I decided not to go down that path for the Virgo nano-age decan that commenced in December 2019 as it did not seem a reliable correlation, plus Camel flu was kind of a fizzer and did not really affect the vast majority of the world.
The astrology behind COVID-19, while taking into account the Virgo nano-age decan (Dec 2019 – Apr 2020), provides a very detailed analysis of the real story associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The real story is that this pandemic is merely the precipitator of a larger and more significant event in the same way as the subprime home mortgage sector in the USA precipitated and created the massive Global Financial Crisis (2007 – 8), which is acknowledged as the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The biggest problem the world is currently facing is not a health crisis but a financial crisis, and this financial crisis and disruption of the world economy will extend well past the actual pandemic.
Even calling COVID-19 a pandemic is an exaggeration – at best it should be called a mild pandemic despite its disastrous consequences, and possibly is better described as a serious flu epidemic that is 10 to 40 times more deadly than average seasonal flu. The Spanish Flu (1918-19) pandemic was a real pandemic because between 60 and 100 million people died when the world had a population much smaller than today at about 1.8 billion people. About 27% of people were infected by Spanish flu and it killed between 3% to around 5% of the world population or one in every 20 to 33 people. COVID-19 is not in the same league, and the astrology comparing the Spanish flu (plus major outbreaks of the Bubonic plague) are totally different and indicates that COVID-19 cannot be compared to previous major pandemics, though the economic disruption will be at least in the league of the GFC, and perhaps even more so.
I may not have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic, but I did predict the financial crisis the pandemic has precipitated. The following is extracted from my post of September 2019:
“What is even more cantankerous to the economic outlook from sometime in December 2019 onwards is the arrival of the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021 – Jun 2022) because Capricorn is true to its archetypal attachment to doom, gloom, austerity and distress – never a good omen for the economy.
Furthermore, the Capricorn nano-age and overflow commenced with the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – May 2020 – Oct 2020) and not only is Virgo the bubble-breaker (Pisces bubbles always has trouble with Virgo reality), but it was with a similar connection of Capricorn with Virgo that brought the world the Great Depression commencing in September 1929. However, in the case of the Great Depression, Capricorn was a micro-age, and Virgo was a micro-age decan, whereas, in 2019 and 2020, Capricorn is a mere nano-age and Virgo a nano-age decan. The negative influence in late 2019 or 2020 is one-twelfth the strength and is in play for 1/12th the timeframe.”
So what has occurred with COVID-19 is that it has been assigned the role of “bubble-breaker” and though Virgo usually attains this by bringing in (Virgo) reality to counter the (Pisces) market bubbles, in 2020, it has achieved this by a (Virgo) pandemic. I failed to take into account the possible health aspect of Virgo when predicting the current dire economic circumstances. So while I did not specifically predict a health crisis that has led to a mild worldwide pandemic with COVID-19, I did predict the financial crisis that COVID-19 has created. And in the years to come, the financial crisis will be the main legacy even after the health aspect has been resolved. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic should be limited to the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – Apr 2020 – Oct 2020) but this Virgo nano-age sits within the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 19 – Apr 2021 – Jun 2022). Capricorn rarely brings good economic news, but prefers hardship and frugality.
The most significant astrological ingredient associated with COVID-19 appears to be Aquarius. December 2019 commenced the five years Libra micro-age decan, but this overlaps with the more powerful Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) as overflow periods are stronger, and so if you are waiting for the main benefits associated with the Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), this will occur in the following Libra micro-age decan overflow (Nov 2024 – Nov 2029).
Aquarius is the great disrupter – it does not like normality or middle of the road positions, it prefers extremes. Aquarius also prefers sudden and unexpected shocks. Also, the Aquarius period commencing December 2019 is the strongest manifestation of Aquarius within the Age of Aquarius since the massive disruption associated with the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) that brought two world wars, the Great Depression and the Spanish flu (it did not achieve all this on its own but it was a significant player). For example, no Baby Boomer or later generations have ever previously experienced Aquarius at the strength it has appeared in December 2019.
Compared to the Great Depression, the current economic crisis technically should be much smaller than the Great Depression because fortunately the current manifestation of Aquarius is one-third the size and length of the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) and so the current Aquarius input is only one-ninth the power compared to the early 20th century Aquarius.
The timeframe for COVID-19 should be associated with the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – Apr 2020 – Oct 2020). The majority of the economic destruction should be associated with the Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 19 – Apr 2021 – Jun 2022) so we should expect bad economic news for another two years. The disruptive influence or shock to the world at large should extend to the end of the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024).
When does the bad news recede? Based on the simple fact that COVID-19 came to world attention in December 2019, at the exact highpoint of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), this strongly suggests that Aquarius is the key sign for the current crisis. The associated Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – Jun 2022) is the upper half of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow bell curve, and with the influence shifting from the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan to the Libra quasi micro-age decan in June 2022, this provides a parameter of some sort for the extent of the current crisis, as Libra is a more benign sign and suggests that the worst will be over by mid-2022.
The current Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 19 – Apr 2021 – Jun 2022) cannot provide any real or sustained support as even though the current influence of the Virgo nano-age decan will be followed by a Taurus nano-age decan and overflow (May 2020 – Oct 2020 – Mar 2021), Taurus will probably bring a serious banking crisis. The influence of Capricorn will steadily increase until at least the end of the Capricorn quasi nano-age (Jul 2020 – Oct 2021). Taking into account the quasi period is always the strongest manifestation, the world has not yet even reached the strongest manifestation of Capricorn yet – it remains in the pipeline.
The first significant positive influence will be the Sagittarius nano-age and overflow (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022 – Aug 2023) that overlaps and follows the current Capricorn nano-age and overflow (Dec 19 – Apr 2021 – Jun 2022). The Sagittarius nano-age and overflow also has within it a Sagittarius nano-age decan and overflow (Jan 2022 – Jun 2022 – Nov 2022), and so this is the most reliable time for stock markets to stage a (temporary) recovery, especially in the second half (Jun 2022 – Nov 2022).
For background economic details based on the sub-periods of the Age of Aquarius, see The Dynamics of Economic Recessions in the Age of Aquarius. In this paper I published in November 2016, Table 1 (also provided below), provides the likelihood of a large recession based on nano-age timeframes (i.e. 15 months). All the nano-ages until December 2019 indicated no likelihood of a large recession, and December 2019 to March 2021 indicated the likelihood of a recession is 3, followed by even a greater likelihood from March 2021 to June 2022 with a score of 5. This outlook supports the above assessment and also suggests a rocky decade ahead.
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
On the last day of the 2020 Jaipur Literature Festival in India in January 2020, I was electrified – not by electricity, but by Professor Stephen Greenblatt of Harvard University. Basically, he was explaining how the 15th century swerved from Medievalism towards Modernity during the Renaissance. As with so many other historians, Greenblatt clearly indicated that Modernity arrived in its embryonic form in the 15th century driving the sharp edge of a wedge into medievalism and spearheading the thrust of modernity into an unsuspecting world. In over 500 years, astrologers have not grasped this fact, mainly because astrologers are not experts on history, and history is a far cry from horoscopic astrology – the only field of expertise for astrologers at large.
Greenblatt was not telling me anything new about the arrival of modernity in the 15th century, as my research led me to the solid conviction in 1987 that the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 15th century through rectification of the sub-ages that exist within the astrological ages (12 sub-ages per age). Secondly, Aquarius is the sign of modernity aligned to rationality – unlike belief-orientated medievalism associated with the previous Age of Pisces. How can Aquarius modernity arrive before the Aquarian age?[i]
The reason why I was electrified was that Greenblatt explained a very significant and crucial piece of the jigsaw puzzle that introduced modern thought to the west in the 15th century. It is truly an amazing tale, so amazing to Greenblatt, that he has published his findings in his book “The Swerve” in 2011. The book is not only a compelling inside look at the arrival of the modern intellectual approach to the world but also it is history in narrative form and therefore neither dry and boring – as is the case with so many texts or dissertations on history. His book is a pleasure to read.
The abbreviated tale of “The Swerve” goes like this. In the early 15th century, Poggio Bracciolini, the former secretary to the most discredited pope in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, found himself unemployed when the living Pope was actually deposed but uncharacteristically, not burnt at the stake – which was popular at the time. The unfortunate Pope had bad timing as there was the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church with another two competing popes – three in total with the additional two Popes representing the interests of France and Spain. To solve this major internal schism, a council was formed, and after some deflective tactics, such as burning some ‘heretics’ at the stake, the Pope drew the short straw, and he was cast out as a sinful heretic of the worse kind and even charged with murdering the previous pope by poisoning, which seems highly likely – but nevertheless, after a few years in prison, was eventually released and made a Cardinal. This all occurred in the Pisces sub-age (1253 – 1433) of the Pisces age (732 BC – 1433 AD), and whenever Pisces attains such peaks as this due to resonance, (Pisces) Europe tends to split, and the Pisces Catholic church, as the major European institution of the time, followed suit.
Following this most extraordinary event for the Roman Catholic Church, Poggio Bracciolini, the former principal secretary to the deposed Pope, and now unemployed and with time on his hands, went in search of ancient texts that were a popular pastime amongst a group of highly educated Italian Humanists. The most well-known Humanist was Petrarch – who lived a century earlier, and is accredited with the rediscovery of some letters of the Ancient Roman writer Cicero. The Humanists devoted themselves to the rediscovery of the former intellectual authors of Ancient Rome mainly through finding old texts, copying them and making them available – instead of rotting away in monasteries around Europe which was the status quo of old texts for centuries up to this time.
Poggio Bracciolini may have been a secretary to a pope, but he was not a priest, he was an openly highly dedicated Humanist and his first love was rediscovering the glory of Ancient Rome – specifically their intellectual achievements. In 1417 he happened to stumble upon a monastery in Germany, and found to his delight a very old manuscript of a poem by Lucretius “On the Nature of Things” – originally written in the time of Julius Caesar.
Now Lucretius was a student of Epicureanism. I must admit that I had briefly come across the rudiments of Epicurean philosophy in my research on the astrological ages, but the picture that was painted to me was that Epicurus promoted a hedonistic lifestyle of wanton debauchery. This turned out to be malicious press by his opponents – mainly the Roman Catholic Church in later centuries who had a frenzied hatred of the philosophy of Epicurus due to his modern secular approach to life.
What Lucretius was actually promoting in poetic form was the principles of modernity espoused by Epicurus – as there are very few extant texts direct from Epicurus. Lucretius stated that the universe and everything in it was made of extremely small particles (atoms), and that though the gods may exist, there was no connection of any sort whatsoever between humans and these gods, and that people should stop wasting their time placating gods that were not listening to them anyway but instead, people should look for beauty, pleasure and contentment in this life – because this is it – there is no afterlife! He promoted the concept of rudimentary evolution, rationality and basically a common-sense approach to life – but he was not a hedonist (this was just the normal slander from the Catholic Church in later centuries). He promoted the law of nature over miracles and superstition. He was definitely ahead of his time, and we still have not caught up with him today as our contemporary modernism remains rudimentary and highly unevolved.
Epicurus (341–270 BC) was born relatively early in the Pisces age (732 BC –1433 AD) and appropriately lived in the Sagittarius sub-age (370 – 189 BC) and Sagittarius always promotes philosophers and ‘the wise ones’. He derived much of his physics and cosmology from the earlier philosopher Democritus (c. 460–c. 370 BC). Every age commences with a sub-age of the following age as a kind of preview to the future world. The Pisces age commenced with an Aquarius sub-age and overflow (732BC – 551BC – 370 BC) – and this is the sub-age in the Age of Pisces that provided a preview to our Age of Aquarius. This is why elementary democracy appeared in Greece as a preview of our Aquarian age. So while Epicurus was not directly associated with Aquarius, his main influences were from this Aquarius sub-age and overflow where he drew his philosophical inspiration for modernity.
When Poggio Bracciolini found the manuscript in the German monastery, he was obviously also electrified, and arranged for the manuscript to be copied by hand – the only ‘printing’ available at the time. This accidentally set into motion a key intellectual development of modernity. Because the Latin prose In Lucretius’ poem was so ‘perfect’ it was adopted by schools in Italy for their students learning Latin. For decades, students religiously studied Lucretius’ poem without the ‘authorities’ realizing that this poem was the most blasphemous heretical writing virtually in existence – and was previously a major focus by the early Roman Catholic Church in stamping out all vestiges of the heretical and blasphemous Epicurean philosophy. However after many centuries, the Church inadvertently took their eye off the ball and opened Pandora’s box and by the time they woke up, it was too late. The word had got out – modernity had arrived with a bang sending religious superstition to the back of the class.
With the invention of the printing press only a few decades after the start of the Age of Aquarius in 1433, books were no longer being copied by hand. For example, the last time it is believed that the German manuscript of Lucretius’ poem was copied was in the 800’s and therefore the manuscript discovered in the 15th century was about 600 years old – a long time between ‘editions’ one at a time. The introduction of the mass production of books made extremely rare manuscripts available to many, and in a way, was an early example of the globalization of knowledge – also strongly associated with Aquarius
As the cover of “The Swerve” states:
“These ideas fueled the Renaissance, inspiring Botticelli, shaping the thoughts of Montaigne, Darwin and Einstein”.
The introduction of ancient Roman ‘nonsensical’ ideas ended up being a major ingredient of our contemporary world. Greenblatt believes that the embrace of beauty and pleasure that Epicurean philosophy promotes was not restricted to the artistic extravaganza of the Renaissance, but also infused dress, liturgy, etiquette, decorations, Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific endeavors, Galileo’s astronomy and so on – but the initial apex was in painting, sculpture, music, architecture and literature including Shakespeare.[ii]
“Something happened in the Renaissance, something that surged up against the constraints that centuries had constructed around curiosity, desire, individuality…”
There was a distinct cultural shift forward around the beginning of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century, and it is also astrologically synchronous that the creation of the new intellectual culture associated with the Age of Aquarius was merged with a (Pisces) poem introducing Aquarian ideals at the cusp of the ages of Pisces and Aquarius. It does not get any better than this! Though the relative worth of Lucretius’ poem in forming Aquarian-modernity can be debated, it did “make a difference” in the story of the arrival of modernity. The story of the discovering and diffusion of Lucretius’ poem is “the story of how the world swerved in a new direction.”[iii]
Interestingly, Greenblatt states that the swerve to the new world order was neither dramatic nor associated with heroic gestures and with “no signs in heaven or on earth”.[iv] We now know that he was wrong, as this swerve was portended by the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the same century with the constellation of Aquarius the heliacal rising constellation at the Vernal Equinox (around 21st March each year). [See An Age Old Mistake That Still Haunts Astrologers ]
You can imagine how I was bristling with excitement upon hearing this stunning insight into the arrival of modernity combined with my understanding of the Age of Aquarius, and I was so impressed, I broke my rule about only purchasing eBooks when on the road, and rushed out at the end of the session to buy his book so that he could sign it for me. I was virtually at the end of the line and finally when I handed him the book for signing, I said “funny as it may seem, but I am the only astrologer in the world that has published a book claiming that the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 15th century”. Almost without a beat, he immediately notated my copy with “This is the Dawning!” upon which I said – “that is the name of my book!”
An interesting secondary theme in Greenblatt’s talk at the Jaipur Literary Festival was his amazement of strange synchronicities at work. For example, he stated that at the age of 19, he stumbled across a copy of Lucretius’ poem and purchased it – which was not a normal text read by 19-year-olds. From this seemingly random event early in his life, a major focus later in his life has been on the background research of the rediscovery of the same poem.
Secondly, Greenblatt stressed the unlikely succession of events that found Poggio unemployed with time on his hands and temporarily north of the Alps allowing him to indulge in a bit of book hunting in crusty old out-of-the-way monasteries. The number of coincidences required for this to have occurred is similar to a plane crash!
Strange synchronicities seem to abound in history, and I have also had the same experience with the astrological ages. The only reason why I can understand that I have been the only astrologer to actually discover the key to the astrological ages after thousands of years of confusion, is due to some very strange coincidences that occurred early in my study of astrology.
When I first became interested in astrology in 1971 I was unaware that any astrological associations or clubs existed, and so I learned exclusively from books and practice. My first experience with more than one other astrologer did not occur until the early 1980s at a Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA) conference at the University of New South Wales. My second experience was not until around 1990 when I moved to Brisbane and I joined the local astrology association (Queensland Federation of Australian Astrologers) and started attending most monthly meetings. Therefore, for around the first 20 years of my time as an astrologer, I only once encountered other astrologers at one FAA conference (except for a short Vedic astrology course I completed in the mid-1980s).
Unknowingly, this meant that I was not influenced by the opinions of other astrologers, and so when I became interested in the astrological ages in 1987, I did not follow the party line that the world was currently on the cusp of the Pisces and Aquarius ages, but I started with a blank sheet of paper as something told me not to trust the astrological consensus.
However, even more strangely, in 1973 I read about the 12-fold division of signs which was given the Hindu term dwadasamsa (often abbreviated to “dwad” or “duad”) though it appears they were first developed in Ancient Greece. I already knew about decanates (the division of each sign into three equal parts of 10 degrees each), and dwads are essentially an extension of the decanate process (with each sign divided in a specific way into 12 parts of 2 ½ degrees each). Under the dwad system, the first sub-period of each sign is the same as the sign, and then followed by the other signs in normal order. This means that the first dwad of Aquarius is Aquarius, followed by Pisces, Aries and so on until ending with Capricorn.
Because I did not associate with astrologers, I assumed dwads were a standard feature of ‘normal’ astrology, and I was so attracted to dwads, that once my study of astrology extended to learning secondary progressions, I employed dwads for the progressed Sun and progressed ascendant, as due to secondary progressions, the progressed Sun spends 10 year passing through a decan, and 2 ½ years passing through a dwad. A similar thing occurs to the progressed ascendant, and I was often able to use the progressed ascendant position in dwads as a means of rectifying a horoscope when the birth time was inaccurate (which applies to around 80% of all given birth times anyway). This is how I learnt to rectify an uncertain time of birth such as anyone stating they were born exactly on the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour, etc which is extremely unlikely.
A third key element to my discovery of the astrological ages was the outcome of a short course in Vedic astrology in the mid-1980s, as this gave me hands-on knowledge of not only dealing with two zodiacs, the western tropical zodiac aligned to the seasons, and the sidereal Hindu zodiac aligned to the zodiacal constellations, but it also a theoretical understanding on why astrological ages existed in the first place due to the intrinsic difference between these two styles of zodiac.
So when I had an epiphany about the Age of Aquarius one winters day a few years later in 1987, I was relatively immune to the consensus on the astrological ages amongst the astrological community due to my lack of contact. Therefore, I automatically referred to my old dwads as the most appropriate way to subdivide the astrological ages into meaningful sub-periods and use dwads as the method of rectification similar to how I used them in horoscopic astrology as I already knew that dwads “worked”.
About half the astrological researchers into the astrological ages also employ sub-periods of the ages. For example, a chapter in Charles Carter’s “An Introduction to Political Astrology” first published in 1951, outlined his approach to sub-periods of the astrological ages. Nearly all researchers of the astrological ages who employ sub-periods, such as Charles Carter, adopt a sub-period structure where the first sub-period of any sign is Aries, followed by Taurus, Gemini and so on until Pisces. And to add insult to injury, they nearly all have these sub-periods going forward in time even though the ages pass through each sign in reverse zodiacal order. So the Age of Pisces commences with Aries, followed by Taurus and so on, as does the Age of Aquarius and every other age. This consensus among most astrologers is directly opposite the truth. The sub-periods also go in the reverse direction, and each age is not divided Aries to Pisces but by the dwad system (applied geometrically).
For example, because the last dwad in Aquarius is Capricorn, this is the first dwad encountered in the Age of Aquarius, followed by Sagittarius, Scorpio, Libra and so end – finishing with the Aquarius dwad (or subage). I mentally worked all this out over about 20 minutes in my initial epiphany in 1987, and 6 weeks later, I discovered the dwads that existed at the end of the Pisces age and beginning of the Age of Aquarius. [For further details see The Rectification of the Aquarian Age ] However, if I had coexisted with other astrologers, and had not learned about dwads early in my practice of astrology, plus applied dwads for rectification purposes, it is doubtful I could ever have made such a discovery. Despite Epicurus’ modern, secular and rational approach to life, there is still magic! And this magic continued with my unlikely attendance at the 2020 Jaipur Literary Festival the same year that Professor Greenblatt gave his talk on the arrival of Modernity in the world. Sometimes everything feels so orchestrated!
[i] A semblance of Aquarius can arrive prior to the Age of Aquarius because ages have sub-periods based on decans (thirds) and twelfths (dwadasamsa) and so in the age before the Age of Aquarius, the Pisces age, has one sub-age (1/12th) ruled by Aquarius, and another two air sub-ages with their respective Aquarius sub-age decans. Furthermore, due to the retrograde nature of the precessional ages and their sub-periods, every age commences with the sub-age of the following age. The Age of Pisces (732BC – 1433AD) commenced with its Aquarius sub-age and overflow (732BC – 551BC – 370 BC). It was during this timeframe that embryonic elements of the Age of Aquarius such as Athenian democracy, Socrates, Aristotle, Epicurius associated with the Axial Age that preempted our ‘modern’ Age of Science commencing in earnest in the 16th century.
Many people are currently feeling frustrated at the general state of the world, what with politicians refusing to provide leadership and especially over the devastation of the world’s environment. There are many reasons for this frustration, and a lack of knowledge of history plays a part, but we should get a glimmer of the distant future over the next decade, especially in the second half (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) though for the astute observer, formative embryonic developments can pop up anytime from now on – and two possible examples may have already occurred.
Does the astrology of the future paint a nicer picture compared to the present? This can be easily answered by track record. The track record since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 AD indicates that massive improvement in the quality of life by the majority of people has occurred – but as a rule of thumb only. More hundreds of millions of people than we can accurately estimate have in the same period experienced pitiful and terrible lives, with many cut short due to lack of adequate health care, famine, premature death or serious injury from war and so on. Things are getting better, but this in no way has led to a perfect world, or a world anywhere near perfect.
Though the future should be better, the future is slow to arrive, which is very frustrating in a period of time when Gemini is so strong in the world, and getting stronger – because under Gemini, everyone wants everything now! Not only are you not going to get everything now, you are most likely not going to see in your lifetime what you would like to see, though most Millennials and later generations will see some real progress or tangible results in tackling Climate Change.
In Year 587 of the Age of Aquarius (1433AD – 3574AD), the world is entering a new dawn or mini epoch (that occurs every 5 years or so). December 2019 marked a number of fundamental changes involving five-year micro-age decans. Decans, in general, are powerful in the astrological ages. This applies to age-decans (approx. every 715 years), sub-age decans (approx. every 59-60 years) and micro-age decans (approx. every 5 years). Even the humble nano-age decan lasting 5 months has clout, especially when associated with the stock market.
The Aquarius micro-age decan concluded in December 2019 – which covers the exact same period as the Cancer micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019), and an alternate way of describing these 5 years is to label it the Cancer-Aquarius micro-age decan. This doubling up applies to all periods in the astrological ages, taking into account that the first of the two signs is always the most powerful. [see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for more details] Therefore, the biggest development in December 2019 was the shift from the Cancer-Aquarius micro-age decan, with the emphasis on Cancer, to the Aquarius-Libra micro-age decan with the emphasis on Aquarius. This promotion of Aquarius to the detriment of Cancer over the coming 5 years will increase the radicalization of society and promotion of fringe politics we have experienced over the last 5 years to an even higher level or greater intensity. There will also be far greater grass-root movements to continue the push for equitable outcomes in an array of areas as there are just so many issues that contemporary society and politics inadequately handle. [see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan for more details].
The current radicalization and growth in fringe politics is nowhere near as strong as the last time Aquarius strongly manifested in the world under the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) – so this time around we tend to get neo-fascists and hard-right politicians rather than fully-fledged fascists such as Adolph Hitler, Mussolini and Franco in the 1920s and 30s – Stalin can also be added to the list of tyrants. However, the near future is not just more of the same ramped up to a higher level (Trump, Brexit, and the many secondary neo-fascists leaders that have been popping up around the world recently) because a new element arrived in December 2019 – the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) – see Table 1 below.
Table 1 The Cancer-Gemini micro-age (December 2014 – November 2029)
This will be a powerful period for Libra due to its resonance with the massive Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148) of the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574) and strongly supported by the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) (see table 2 below). The next 10 years of the Libra micro-age decan and overflow is the real inauguration of the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) as this is the strongest manifestation of Libra since the Libra sub-age commenced in 1970. This can be labeled as the ‘christening’ of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148). Like Venus in the night sky, it should be something to behold.
Table 2 The Age of Aquarius with its age-decans and overflows
When the Libra age-decan (1433-2148) and Libra sub-age (1970-2148) both enter their respective overflow periods commencing in 2148, a very different world will exist compared to what we take as normal today, due to the nature of Libra – a natural benefic influence, by and large. It is Libra that brings confidence to the expectation that the world will not only continue forward as it has done since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433, but also have an opportunity to take some more steps toward a more harmonious and even garden-like state compared to smokestacks and car exhausts filling up the atmosphere with noxious pollutants while governments spend trillions on weapons of mass destruction. Our current plight is another example of our medieval world we have inherited from the Pisces age overflow [see the Myth of Modernity for more details]
This new Libran world will not be heaven on Earth or paradise for a number of reasons – the main reason being that humanity will continue its ongoing medieval momentum for at least another 1,500 to 2,000 years – albeit at a lower intensity compared to 2019. If you want to examine the ratio of modernity to medievalism, examine the period from the beginning of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 to now, and see the slow but steady development of modern society as it slowly displaced some of the vestiges of the medieval side of society. For example, it still took around 300 to 400 years before starvation was mainly eradicated in Europe (though the Irish Potato famine extended this another century or so). It took around 500 years for women to get the vote in western society. The LGBT community has only recently been liberated, and even this is not yet universal in all western nations. Change happens much slower than people realize, especially for people with a progressive outlook. But the overall trend remains – the world is progressing forward for the better, but this does not mean what is better is always triumphing over its opposite.
My educated guess is that contemporary western society is about 75% medieval and 25% modern (except for technology) – which reflects the power balance between the Pisces age overflow (1433– 3574) promoting medievalism and the up and coming Aquarius age (1433 -3574) promoting rationality. Though we have experienced some major throwbacks to medievalism over the last 500 years, these throwbacks are the aberration, as the worldwide tide under the Age of Aquarius is towards progressiveness and liberalism over the medium and long term – but not necessarily in the short term. At any turn, medieval Pisces can bite, and bite savagely such as the Spanish Inquisition, Hitler’s Third Reich, communist oppression,the USA’s history of overthrowing democratic countries not towing the American line and so on as some major examples only. The inadequate response to Climate Change can be considered another bite of the apple by medieval Pisces.
What can we expect from Libra? Libra likes parties, social events, women, art, gardens, the color green, compromises, armistices, peace and peace treaties as a few major archetypes. Libra prefers equity or the middle path over extremism! Libra is also associated with the Far East which includes China, Indo-China, Japan and immediate surrounding countries though Libra is not the primary sign for most of these countries. For example, China’s strongest sign is Cancer, while Japan is Scorpio, but the (Libra) Far East provides the counterbalance to the (Aries) West. Historically, China has nearly always surpassed (Aries) Europeans and all other parts of the world in nearly everything, and the recent rise of China is merely China returning to its natural state in world affairs. It has an extremely bad track record in maintaining a stable government but continues to exist regardless.
Not everything associated with Libra is positive, as all 12 zodiacal signs are associated with positive and negative archetypes. Libra is indecisive, so when action is needed on Climate Change, there is no mobilization of the necessary forces and resources countries would usually rely upon say, in times of war. You can also expect under Libra a slowdown, if not a retreat, in countries trying to outdo each other in building the tallest building – as engineering belongs to Aries – the opposite sign to Libra. Libra rules sugar (and carbohydrates) and so we are seeing this manifest in the world in the obesity and diabetes epidemic. People want to party hard, and this also fuels the rise of party drugs. Finally, Libra is associated with immaturity, and we are probably witnessing this global immaturity on exponential growth curve, but music will be playing and the alcohol will be flowing. At the end of the day, the world under Libra is like a girl that “justs wanna have fun”!
However, there is a very dark side to Libra (as with all zodiacal signs). Some of the greatest wars have occurred under Libra, as Libra rules opposition and major irreconcilable polarities. In horoscopic astrology, the appearance of Libra, its ruler Venus or the 7th house (Libra’s natural house) can all engender the formation of a major relationship, marriage, or business partnership, but it can also rule divorce, often acrimoniously, or the breakup of partnerships. Libra will also focus upon open opposition, and a brief examination of its role in previous incarnations will demonstrate its highly destructive side.
The last Libra period of a note (ie larger than a 15-month nano-age that appears approximately every 15 years) was the Libra micro-age decan (1910-15) followed by the more potent Libra micro-age decan overflow (1915-20) of the Aquarius micro-age (1910–25). The First World War (1914–18) fits amazingly well into the peak of Libra coinciding with its overflow. This was not a time of peace but war and its aftermath of destruction including a pandemic that killed more people in the world than the First World War.
The 18th century Libra micro-age decan and overflow (1856 -61-66) produced in its second and more powerful half the American Civil War (1861-65) which strongly suggests that Aries plays an active role in the gun-toting American culture. The Libra micro-age decan overflow (1861-66) cannot be solely blamed for the Civil War, as this Libra period was within the potent Cancer sub-age decan overflow (1851-1910) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 2148) and Cancer is opposite Capricorn – a key sign in the astrological signature for the USA that the Puritans brought with them to America.
The earlier Libra micro-age and overflow (1791-1806-1821) again captures the devastating Napoleonic Wars (1803 – 1815) mainly in the more potent second part. The Libra micro-age decan and overflow (1746-51-56) saw the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) which included in the American theater the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763). This international war is considered by some to have the status of a world war and precursor of the two world wars of the 20th century. The world was learning how to produce world wars.
The even earlier Libra micro-age decan and overflow (1692-1697-1702) finds the beginning of another major European conflict – the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714) which resulted in Britain’s rise as the leading European power with the simultaneous decline of the Dutch Republic. The American theater of this was Queen Anne’s War (1702 -1713) as a precursor to the French and Indian War.
The correlation between major historical wars and Libra micro-age decans or micro-ages is too strong to ignore, and so it must be assumed that of the many disagreements currently existing around the world, a new period of open conflict is not only possible but highly likely. Taking into account that the previous major Libra conflicts were all associated with the major powers of the times, any conflict associated with the current Libra micro-age decan and overflow, especially roughly associated with the second half or overflow period, will most likely involve the major power brokers of today’s world.
Therefore, we can assume that the relationship between the USA and China, with or without the involvement of Europeans (on the American side) and Russia (on the Chinese side) with Middle Eastern states probably involved – cannot be ruled out. The big question is really the nature of the conflict? Will it translate into actual hostilities, or will it be an economic war or proxy wars? Regardless, we must allow for a major conflict at the upper echelon of world powers above and beyond the normal petty conflicts we have periodically experienced since the end of the Second World War.
Doomsday people will go for a world war, but a Libra period will not produce a world war without major resonance with a stronger period. The First and Second World Wars occurred in the Pisces sub-age decan overflow (1910 – 1970) that was particularly strong in the first half (1910-1940). This Pisces sub-age decan overflow resonated with the strongest sign in the world – the Pisces age-overflow (1433-3574) and this Pisces sub-age decan overflow represents the strongest manifestation of Pisces in the world which will not be replicated for around another 25,000 years. The period 1910 to 1940 was an incredibly powerful cauldron. The current Libra micro-age decan and overflow sits under the Scorpio sub-age decan overflow (1970 – 2029) and while Scorpio can be a savage sign, it is not anywhere near as comparable to the period 1910 to 1940. Without the cauldron of the early 20th century, it is unlikely we will see a world war in the coming decade, but we must be prepared for some major conflagration or international discord above and beyond ‘normal’.
We will only be witnessing the glimmer of the distant Libra future over the next 10 years as the world is a long way away from such a dominant Libra reality – as this is reserved for the second half of the next century onward. Everyone will not be dressed up as young girls partying with ecstasy, as both the positive and negative sides of Libra will manifest. At the sharp edge of Libra is its quest for justice, equity, beauty and harmony, such as the mythical Garden of Eden, and it is no surprise that the Greens will benefit under Libra. Though other Libra areas should not be ignored, it is probably the growth of the Green Movement and environmentalists that will provide the greatest focus over the next 10 years but it is important to take note of all Libra archetypes if you are searching for it in world affairs over the coming decade. At the penultimate alternate festival in Australia straddling the 2020 New Year, their theme was appropriately “imagining a beautiful future.”
It is much better to focus on solutions than problems, and one reason why so many people seem so down and depressed is that they are focusing on the problems – ‘you grow like the company you keep’. The world has always had problems, and regularly very big problems. People go to what they focus on – so it is better to take note of all the positive buds or new Libra plants that have been sprouting over the decades which will contribute to a better but imperfect world. Of course, the message from the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148), especially in the first half, is that security and strength will not be found in the world, and if you are looking for these qualities, it is necessary to search within, as the inner world is ruled by Scorpio. Looking for strength and security in the outer world is usually a case of chasing straws, and this is even magnified more in our current world with Scorpio ‘peaking’. Hopefully, Scorpio will not invoke any more use of nuclear weapons in the coming conflict, but this cannot be ruled out, especially until 2059, at which point Scorpio drops in intensity as the Scorpio quasi sub-age decan (1881 – 2059) concludes (see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details on quasi periods)
The solution to the major problems in the world will not come from anything other than more people being conscious and wanting more action on equity – especially involving the environment. Very few people make major changes to their belief systems or outlooks after the age of 25 years. It will be each new generational
crop that comes along with a far greater focus on climate change and equitable outcomes that will make the difference in the world. This has been occurring since the appearance of the (Libra) peace Movement in the 1960s. It now seems to be accelerating with the likes of Greta Thunberg sitting atop the iceberg of youthful climate activism and harnessing the youthful momentum of the Gemini sub-age and overflow (1970-2029-2088), especially in the years from 2029 onward.
An excellent calibrator for the coming change is the percentage of the population that votes Green. In my country, I have watched the Green vote go from around 5% in the 1980s to 10% to 12% recently. Based on the interaction of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791–1970-2148) with the Libra sub-age and overflow (1970–2148–2327) – the critical demarcation point this century is the year 2059 – the fulcrum point between the Scorpio quasi-age and Libra quasi-age. Scorpio is focused upon pollution and destruction – it is not a peaceful stable sign., but it also can result in a rebirth or renewal. Though it has brought nuclear bombs, tyrants and major destructive revolutions such as the communist revolution which just created even worse tyrants than existed previously and murdered millions of people in the process, it can also regenerate. Fortunately for the future, the addition of Libra is not normally a sign of violence or destruction.
However, many countries have democratic political systems that prevent or limit the influence of the Green movement. Two excellent examples are the USA and UK, which while nominally democratic, are extremely reticent in apportioning political influence to minor parties due to the gerrymander-style of democracy they have produced. Most institutions are conservative, so it should come as no surprise that the USA and UK so-called democratic governments favor conservative elements and conservative structures that prevent or severely limit significant fringe views such as the Greens. The members of the upper house in the UK are not even elected, while the upper house in the USA, the Senate, basically avoids giving voice to significant minorities by only allowing two senators per state which mostly only represents the two major parties. Both instances grossly distort democracy. This undemocratic reality is like racism, no one admits to it.
Nevertheless, despite the delusion of democracy in western society, the delusion of democracy is better than any other system going. Under democracy, we are forced to work with the lowest common denominator in the political arena, and so the dictatorship of the proletariat basically decides the political direction – Trump in the USA and Brexit in the UK are good examples of the proletariat in action. Under the first half of the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 14 Dec19-Nov 24) the proletariat is not happy with what (Leo) mainstream politics has given to them as they feel they have been ignored for decades – because they have.
If this was a permanent state of affairs, the world would probably not make it through the next century. Fortunately, there is an evolution in progress in western society, and the astrology of the astrological ages indicates that the hippies and peace movement of the 1960s and 70s has provided the ethos for the revolution of our times – and it is a non-violent revolution due to the growing strength of peaceful Libra. This evolution will make a big jump forward in 2059 when the fulcrum point between Scorpio and Libra occurs. My estimate is that by 2059, 20% of western voters will be solid Green voters, and it will be 50% by the middle of the following 22nd century. The violent revolutions of the previous two centuries occurred under Scorpio when monarchies around the world were overthrown and replaced by democracies, communism or dictators.
While the Green vote hitting 20% by 2059 may seem insignificant, 20% is the tipping point – once the support for something hits 20%, it is able to make major shifts in politics and society beyond the scope of their size. However, most of us will not see 2059, but we do get to see the budding and growth of the Green Evolution.
Like all other movements or political parties, the Green evolution and associated politics will definitely not be perfect – far from it. What is happening is that the current highly imperfect political system orientated towards the rich cannot deal with climate change and other ills of the world effectively. They will be replaced by another slightly less imperfect system that despite its imperfections, can address to a higher degree the major issues of our times. Western society has already experienced three major revolutions/evolutions since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433, and the Peace and Green Movement is the fourth one and the one for our times – for better or worse. In centuries to come, it will also be ‘overthrown’ – due to the many imperfections that will prevent it from dealing with the issues of the future centuries. [see Is Western Society Due Another Revolution? ]
The rise of this new movement and political entity will not wipe out western society as we know it today. Nearly all elements will remain such as imperfect democracies, corporations, rich and poor, war and conflict and so on, but kind of limited, put into their place, or not so freely allowed to create utter chaos such as extreme capitalism has done to the world’s environment. The world has already rejected extreme socialism in the form of communism and just needs to also reject extreme capitalism currently strongly promoted by most conservative western governments with the unconscious support of their proletariats. Libra promotes a balance, not a wipeout. Furthermore, the medieval influence in western society will remain quite strong until at least 2500 AD, and even then, will continue on for almost another 2,000 years. People will not let go of their belief systems but are like birds in a cage with the door open – but unwilling to fly out to their freedom. The Green Movement also reeks of belief systems, just like the rest of society. This is why the Green Movement will also have an expiry date as belief systems are more static and find difficulty adapting to changed circumstances. The recent worldwide mainly religious-based pedophile scandal is a good example of inflexible belief systems hitting reality and is an excellent example of how medieval the world remains., but it is being slowly and surely chipped away over the centuries.
So what we get in the Libra micro-age decan and overflow over the next decade is a homeopathic taste of the future that most of us will not be alive to see. If you solely focus on the stupidity of the world, you will merely continue to get depressed. Look for positive archetypes associated with Libra – the momentum towards environmental justice and equity in general evoked by the Statute of Liberty – but currently mainly superficial and not yet fully manifested. It is also important to acknowledge the good that has been developed in western society over the last 500 years or so, as the only reason we are able to live and exist the way we do is due to the momentum of progress and liberal democracy over these 5 centuries. This is awesome (except for those hundreds of millions that were killed, displaced, persecuted or lived in poverty).
The Green and Peace Movements are a continuation of a very long process that was unleashed on an unsuspecting world when the Age of Aquarius arrived in 1433 AD and will stretch for thousands of years. Anything of substance seems to have a long germination process. Most of us alive today will only get to witness the germination of the new major evolution of western society which will effectively address Climate Change ultimately – plus some other inequities in society and politics such as the rich getting richer while the rest stagnate It is later generations that will get the major benefits. This does not mean that many other countries not part of western society will not do their share, but for the most part, ever since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century, the rest of the world has followed the lead of western society. It hasn’t always been western society at the lead, nor will it always be in the future. The dice of the astrological ages seems to randomly select a different region to be new ‘leaders’. In the future, it may just select diffident groups within a homogenous worldwide society that is the likely outcome and end result of the Age of Aquarius?
There are already two possible manifestations of Libra that may have already raised its head. Firstly, on the 20th December 2019, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that the state must reduce its CO2 emissions. It is claimed that due to this landmark court ruling, climate action is now inseparable from human rights. The decision was based on Articles 2 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights which creates obligations for states to protect their citizens against dangerous climate change setting an international precedent. It is unlikely that this judgment will make any critical change for the better but at least it is a small step in the right direction. Law courts are ruled by Libra which is why you will often see a statue of the ancient goddess of justice holding a balance in front of major law courts. This is probably just a small part of the opening salvo from Libra.
Secondly, the authorization by President Trump of the killing of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad Airport on January 3 2020 indicates an increase in aggression by the US against Iran – its major foe in the Middle East. This is seen by most as an escalation of tensions and therefore conforms to the appearance of the Libra micro-age decan. The war-addicted USA may make an Iran conflict the catalyst for the next major international conflagration?
So in conclusion, the next 10 years is not just about the first significant manifestation of Libra since 1915-20, but also a foretaste or glimpse of our future world. While on the one hand, serious steps towards greater liberal democratic and green policies will certainly occur, the wildcard is major conflict. In the meantime, the same is playing out for Aquarius, because December 2019 to November 2024 is also the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow and will provide an insight for the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029-2088-2148) that will also have a very profound influence upon the world later this century. Even most Millennials will not see Aquarius in full flight later this century. The real christening of the Age of Aquarius will occur in the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029-2088-2148) – the strongest manifestation of Aquarius since the inception of the Age of Aquarius in 1433. It will really be something for our collectove descendants to behold.
Greta Thunberg photo: On 16 April 2019, Greta Thunberg was invited by the European Parliament to close the sessions of the Committee on the Environment.
While preparing one of my recent blog and video The Myth of Modernity, I gained a deeper insight into the interface between the Age of Pisces with the Age of Aquarius. Many astrologers have, for many decades, drawn the conclusion that the world is currently at the cusp of the Ages of Pisces and Aquarius, and that the influences of these two ages combine in the world today. On a simplistic level, they take the ongoing strength of (Pisces) religions combined with some of the trapping of Aquarius such as democracy, technology, flight, computers and so an as proof that we are experiencing this cusp.
While this approach is very popular, it is only half correct, but half correct is better than a random incorrect guess. The world is on the cusp of ages, but these nebulous cups can only come into effect once the new age begins. For example, 100 years before the end of the Age of Pisces, as with 50 years, 5 years or 5 months, there is no Aquarius hanging around. But as soon as the Age of Aquarius begins, the momentum from the Pisces age overflows onto the new Age of Aquarius and the archetypes associated with Pisces and Aquarius co-mingles. This occurs at the cusp of all ages and sub-periods of the ages such as age-decans, sub-ages and so on and the term I use is the Overflow Effect. [see Age of Aquarius for Dummies ]
I first discovered this Overflow Effect in 1987, and until very recently, I had understood that as each century passes in the new Age of Aquarius, the influence of Aquarius ‘grows’ while the lingering influence from Pisces ‘shrinks’! But this is overly simplistic and turns out to be not the case, because while the Aquarius influence definitely grows, so does the Pisces influence. This means that in 2019 and 2020, Pisces remains on a growth curve along with Aquarius. This is important to take into account, because for at least the first half of the Age of Aquarius, not only will Pisces be growing, it is possibly be growing even faster than Aquarius – and this will continue until at least 2503 AD – the midpoint of the Age of Aquarius.
What does this mean in reality? It means that for all societies, countries, regions and so on, people will often be more attracted to Pisces archetypes than Aquarius archetypes. Since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 AD, society has definitely been attracted to (Aquarius) technological advances, and such was the unprecedented developments and discoveries in science and technology, it was called the Scientific Revolution – which commenced no later than 1543 based on the works of Copernicus.
Copernicus was the first accepted authority in modern times that the Sun and planets did not orbit the Earth but the Earth orbited the Sun and was subordinate to it. This was heresy in the day, as humans traditionally take the point of view that they are superior and above everything else, so if we live on Earth – Earth must be the center of the universe. Heretical scientists were executed for rejecting the ego-centric Earth-centered universe but this did not affect Copernicus as he died of old age the day he received the first copy of his book from the printers. Scientists are again being treated as heretics with regard to Climate Change.
Nevertheless, despite some early supporters being executed or punished, Aquarius scientific developments picked up speed over the succeeding centuries leading to the technological marvel of the modern world. Without going into detail, after similar early experimentation with democracy, democracy of one form or another became entrenched in most western nations by the second half of the 20th century. However, the gradual drift towards democracy met with the normal medieval suppression, persecutions and condemnation which remain widespread today in the ‘modern’ world that remains firmly bedded on medieval outlooks.
The reason why I state that the future has changed is that those forces aligned to (Pisces) medievalism that prefer suppression and persecution of scientific and liberal supporters are not withering on the vine and dying off, but are also getting stronger and more influential. Previously, I had not taken this into account, but with some recent giant backward steps toward medievalism in a number of leading western countries with the election of a veritable grifter to the US presidency and the electoral win by Brexiters in the UK, it can no longer be assumed that anything that aligns to Aquarius will be favored, and anything aligned to Pisces will be subjugated by Aquarius at our early stage in the Age of Aquarius.
It is highly instructive at this point to examine some key Pisces archetypes followed by key Aquarius archetypes. Pisces is orientated to large bureaucratic organization such as corporations and religions. The Roman Catholic Church virtually pioneered corporations combining both corporations and religions commencing around the 4th century AD. Corporations are ‘fake’ bodies, and anything that is fake is associated with Pisces – such as fake news. Pisces strongly promotes fake news, as with politicians and business people that employ lies, deceit and distortion to convince a gullible general public, as “gullibility” is also in the Pisces camp. Pisces does not produce a knowledgeable electorate. Pisces prefer belief systems over facts or rationality as was the case in medieval times.
Pisces also loves economic bubbles with investors partaking in mob behavior intent upon paying ridiculously high prices based purely on its future price rather than the fundamentals backing the “asset”. Naturally, Pisces likes products like Bitcoin which has no intrinsic value at all – just a demand-driven value. Pisces is the mob, and anyone who has encountered a mob will quickly realize that the mob does not respond to common sense and rationality, but will respond to the thrill of being part of the mob (or tribe) with its primal intensity. Fascism depends upon the mob.
Pisces does have a heart, and would like to save people from hell, and can even provide charity to the poor and downtrodden, and spiritual succor to those seeking a living connection to a higher cause through religious practices. It likes heavenly and earthly paradises and was very fond of Pacific islands but is also attracted to apocalypses and the end of the world or at least everything in it, as Pisces rules endings. Pisces does provide excellent music, dancing and drama and so is at one with Hollywood, Bollywood and all forms of entertainment that promote fiction and fantasy or just the simple pleasure entertainment can provide.
Aquarius is a totally different animal, and while Pisces is emotionally or feeling orientated, being a water sign, in contrast, Aquarius is intellectually orientated being an air sign. This is why Aquarius is thrilled by scientific discoveries, technology and a sense of fairness that translated to liberalism and democracy. It was only after Gutenberg invented his printing press around 1436 (only three years inside the Age of Aquarius), that the proliferation of intellectual ideas and inquiry took off as suddenly, many people began to have access to books that were previously only copied extremely slowly by hand. But what (Pisces) masterpieces the hand-copied manuscripts were with Pisces ruling the fine arts.
However, the Pisces and Aquarius ages are not iconoclastic but are forced to mix in their environment. When Aquarius gets fused to Pisces, it has produce fascism, and as an example only, many tens of millions of people were slaughtered in the 20th century due to the Nazi’s lofty (Pisces) ideal of a thousand years of peace – but unfortunately, if you had the wrong ethnicity, skin color or a different lifestyle such as being a gypsy, gay or a trade unionist – it would be arranged for you to be terminated. Fascists usually have a ‘magnetic’ or populace leader who can ‘electrify’ their supporters and excite them like a frenzied mob. Anything exciting is usually associated with Aquarius (as is electricity and magnetism).
This 20th-century fusion of Pisces and Aquarius called fascism creates some consternation for many people as the average person does not understand what fascism actually is. Basically, fascism is associated with anti-democratic sentiments, a powerful ruler with an agenda that usually includes the persecution of minorities, dissidents and those of alternate political persuasions and a favorite tool is to shame an opponent as unpatriotic. Fascism is almost exactly identical to communism except for the economic system employed. Fascists prefer capitalism while communists prefer socialism, but otherwise, their modus operandi is almost identical and both hate liberal democracy, equality and free-thinking.
The world is currently going through a mild resurgent neo-fascism phase again as the world is currently experiencing the strongest Aquarius sub-period within the Age of Aquarius since the last century. The Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) is the most powerful manifestation of Aquarius since the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940). That 20th century Aquarius micro-age and overflow also coincided with the high-point of Pisces peaking in 1910 in the center of the Pisces sub-age and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970). This strong overlap between Pisces and Aquarius saw the decimation of (Pisces) Europe by both the (Pisces-Aquarius) communists and fascists.
For the sake of simplicity, I employ medievalism for Pisces and modernism for Aquarius but it is important to note that both signs comprise positive and negative archetypes, and it is questionable if one sign is intrinsically better or worse than any other sign. However, the ‘growth’ of one sign does suggest the freshness of what is “new” as a positive connotation. Therefore anything associated with Aquarius belongs to the “new” camp while anything associated with Pisces represents the “old” or entrenched. Basically, it was not a nice place back “there”.
Previously I had assumed that the ongoing struggle between Aquarius (modernity) and Pisces (medievalism) would see a tendency for Aquarius to “win” in any contemporary struggle. This can no longer be taken for granted following the election of Donald Trump in the USA and confirmation in the recent UK election that the pro-Brexit forces should be able to proceed with Brexit unhindered by their ‘progressive’ opponents. These significant developments in western society associated with the first significant Aquarius sub-period since the first part of the 20th century need to be acknowledged and understood.
The only mitigating factor that suggests we should hold our judgment on the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) is that we are at the mid-way point which provides the demarcation between the Cancer dominated Cancer-Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) and the Aquarius-Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) which is dominated by Aquarius. Cancer promotes populace leaders, anti-government sentiment and emotional responses to political issues, with a retreat to the homeland strongly favored. Cancer ceases to be prominent in 2020 onward, and Aquarius jumps up a gear. Each side of politics will take advantage of this new reality, but it will be the extremists on both sides that “win” as Aquarius undermines the mainstream in favor of radicals and extremists.
On the progressive side of politics, progress is viewed as being much slower than progressives would like to acknowledge. However, the 10% to 20% of people that are hardcore progressives do not really represent mainstream society any more than Donald Trump and his hardcore supporters. The astrology associated with the Age of Aquarius suggests that what most progressives and climate change activists want, will not manifest until around midway next century. Even at the most extreme positive view of the current century, it will take until around the year 2059 for 20% of western society to be ardent and hardcore climate change activists or at least vote for one! A few years ago when Al Gore visited, he stated to the effect that:
‘Expected change comes far more slowly than expected, but once it does, it occurs far more quickly than expected’.
Most progressives I talk to don’t like this at all – but this is both the political and astrological reality. A good way to see how progress manifests from year to year is that, at best, 51% of new laws, government edicts and so on may favor modernist Aquarius, while 49% favor medieval Pisces. Over the long term, this does result in the world changing towards the modern and rational – and the last five centuries proves this, but this change is still at a slow pace. Furthermore, the long-term preference toward modernity in the Age of Aquarius does not have to be reflected in the short term – and so at times, far more legal and societal preference can be toward medieval Pisces with modernist Aquarius ostracized such as we have recently experienced in the USA, UK and various other countries.
It is also important to realize that the progressive and conservative sides of politics are not focused only upon Aquarius modernity or Pisces medievalism. Each side, along with all people, are affected by and attracted to archetypes associated with both signs. A progressive group can employ medieval techniques, while a conservative group can employ modern or democratic techniques such as Trump’s son-in-law harnessing social media to get their message across to critical political battlegrounds. Politics, as with the world, is not black and white, good or bad and so on. Conservatives are not evil and progressives are not good. Everyone, and all groups are a combination of both elements.
How the world moves ‘forward’ towards Aquarius modernity is somewhat like evolution. People, societies and governments do a whole range of things, some
good and some bad, and either side of politics will do both. However, over time, the ‘bad’ is overthrown or relegated to the dustbin of history, and the ‘good’ tends to survive – but not necessarily in the short term. For example, in the UK, it will take some time for the British to discover if Brexit is good or bad in the same way when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from Germany in 1938 and received a rowdy homecoming after signing a peace pact with Nazi Germany.
“Jubilation and waves of relief washed over London in a celebration that had not been seen since the armistice that silenced the guns of World War I.”
In retrospect, this was one of the biggest disasters for the UK in close to a thousand years and almost saw them being invaded. Unfortunately for the UK, the astrology of Brexit also indicates this is an unmitigated disaster and the British will have to discover this for themselves the hard way. The astrology indicates if it wasn’t Brexit, the British would have done something equally stupid, so it does seem kind of inevitable? Perhaps if Brexit did not occur, the Atlantic Conveyor Belt may have been impacted by Climate Change with the average temperature in the UK dropping 10 degrees C? If the sages are correct, perfection or anything near it cannot be experienced on Earth by us mere mortals anyway.
So in conclusion, the future has not really changed, but my understanding of it has. No longer can it be assumed that the progressive side of politics has a substantial lead over the conservative side of politics as a fait accompli in any situation. For frustrated progressives dismayed at the direction the world is heading, patience and an appreciation of historical cycles is required to understand that even contemporary western society has most of its fundamental values sourced from medievalism and most progressives employ medieval techniques to promote their message.
Furthermore, medievalism from both sides of politics will often triumph over modernity even after more than 500 years of the Age of Aquarius because the strongest sign in the Age of Aquarius is actually medieval Pisces! It is better to understand the nature of medievalism to understand the modern world – which I refer to in my book as the Age of Techno-Medievalism. Our so-called modernity is a (Pisces) delusion (technology excepted). As a simple example, scientists are again falling foul of medieval governments over Climate Change just as renaissance scientists were persecuted for claiming the Earth orbited the Sun. Hey, but courtesy of Pisces and Aquarius, you can always binge on Netflix or Amazon Prime to drown your sorrows?