Is the USA in Retreat?

Is it full steam astern for the USA?  Has the USA changed into reverse gear and is accelerating backwards?  Is this a beneficial turn of events? In September 2010 I published an article titled When Will the USA Retreat from the World? – in this post, I am basically bringing the 2010 article up to date.

My observation is that that prime factor that defines the international geopolitical situation is the 59 year sub-age decans.  Each astrological age of some 2150 years each has 12 sub-ages of 178-9 years each.  Each of these sub-ages have three decans of approximately 59 years each.  These 59 years sub-age decans appear to define the geo-political reality in the world. (For further details on the mechanics of the astrological ages – see Age of Aquarius for Dummies)

For example the bi-polar signs of Gemini, Libra and Pisces enhance global political dualities.  The recent Pisces sub-age decan overflow (1910 – 1970), apart from promoting the (Pisces) USA as the world superpower, also coincided with the rise of bureaucratic communism and its inevitable clash with capitalism until communism basically left the field of battle when the USSR imploded in 1991.

The current Scorpio sub-age decan overflow (1970 – 2029) is a mono-sign and so does not enhance polarities – especially in the first half of its reign.  The next sub-age decan overflow is the polar sign of Gemini (a dual-bodied sign) with its full effect expected from 2029 to 2089 but flexing its muscles since 2000. The world is now gearing up to this new geopolitical reality.

I expect the Gemini sub-age decan overflow will see the growing polarity of the USA and Western culture on the one hand and China plus Asia on the other.  However other possible international polarities cannot be ignored.  This does not insinuate that this new period of greater polarity will involve any significant wars or conflicts as the world is astrologically in the slow but also the inexorable  process of departing the multi-thousand years Age of Warfare. Unfortunately, 2017 will not be an example of  the world parting way from war, as war is top of the menu for 2017 (see What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017? ) How will the USA and China get along as sparring partners on the world stage for much of this century?

The clue is the relationship of Gemini to the major sign associated with the USA – which is the sign Pisces (see Pisces America).  Gemini stimulates the astrological 4th house to the sign Pisces.  The 4th house stimulates introversion, domestic affairs and avoidance of saber rattling over issues of international status.  This is a recipe for the USA to retire from its dominant role in the world and return to its more traditional isolationist approach to world affairs. This in no way detracts from its status as the age-empire of our times – it just means that the age-empire retreats to its own shores and avoids costly and divisive overseas wars or political turmoil.  Pisces’ primary relationship to the USA also indicates that the USA has two modes of operation in every theater of activity including its international role.

At the beginning of the 21st century – with the USA engaged in two military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan – it seems inconceivable that the USA would not continue to behave like John Wayne on the international stage – shoot first and ask questions later.  Even Donald Trump appears to be a clone of John Wayne.  The USA has (as of 2016) been in its interventionist side of its nature for 74 years (slightly longer than the length of a sub-age decan). The astrology suggests that this has a time fuse on it (similar to the rise and fall of communism), and the USA is now in its 11th hour to returning to its isolationist nature.

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John Wayne in Rio Bravo, 1959

There are astrological clues that support America’s return to isolationism. While Gemini is strongest in its sub-age decan overflow (2029-89), the embryonic Gemini sub-age decan arrived in 1970 – just in time to turn significant public opinion away from the war in Viet Nam. The next increase in strength for Gemini occurred in 2000 which kicked off with the 9/11 terrorist attack on the USA.  While the USA received much international sympathy, the subsequent invasion of Iraq saw mass opposition by many former close allies and supporters around the world. The main support for the Iraq invasion came from America’s core Anglo-Saxon allies – the UK and Australia.

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Protests against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 1967

The next increase in strength for Gemini took place in December 2014 when the Gemini micro-age arrived.  From around this date onward we should see further examples of America’s deteriorating interventionist international foreign policy.  The arrival of the Gemini sub-age decan overflow in 2029 is the final straw.  Will the USA finally behave like an ostrich with its head in the sand?

The USA is slowly on the path back to isolationism which seemed so far-fetched when I first wrote on this topic in 2010. Donald Trump has expressed the opening wedge for a more isolationist policy.  The growing strength of Gemini, which will peak in 2029, does not stimulate the USA success in its flag waving missions, especially if it involves military conflict.  How many wars does the USA need to engage itself in to discover this truth?    The USA under Trump is turning its gaze away from foreign lands and back onto itself – for better or worse!

This does not mean China gets to take over the world.  China’s main sign is Cancer, and Gemini stimulates China’s dreaded 12th house.  China will probably fare far worse than the USA in the coming decades under Gemini, especially from around 2029 onward.  The coming Gemini period suggests the end of China’s socio-political structure that has developed since the arrival of the Chinese communist government.  This may not mean a civil war but it does indicate much strain and tension.

The growing strength of Gemini does not bode well for Europe.  Though the USA is primarily related to Pisces – the USA is actually the Empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age.  Europe is also primarily associated with Pisces, which is why Europe also likes to split itself into two, but Europe is a Pisces-Aries continent.  Gemini does not bode well for the European Union as we have just witnessed with the Brexit vote earlier in 2016.  Gemini undermines the status and authority of Europe.  Gemini is also the fragmentation sign, and now other European countries have growing support to exit the European Union.  We are entering a very different geo-political era with the USA heading towards isolationism, Europe heading towards fragmentation and China engulfed with problems – who will be the last man standing?

In 2010 I asked – When Will the USA Retreat from the World?  Now it could be stated: are we witnessing the beginning of the retreat of the USA from the world?  It certainly looks likely.  Even the proposed border wall with Mexico suggests a new introversion.  Under Gemini, introversion is favored for the USA.  Even protectionist trade policies are a form of introversion.

Whereas the gods are lining up against the USA in its foreign intervention, they are lining up for the USA to focus on itself.  This is a core message of Trump – “America first!”  Infrastructure rebuilding and even the Mexican wall fulfill the god’s requirements!  However, when it comes to foreign intervention, the USA behaves like a little kid that keeps putting its hand in the fire and getting it burnt, but does not seem to learn the lesson.  Sometimes societies are collectively dumber than the average IQ of its population.  One unfortunate side effect of democracy is that it is government by the lowest common denominator.

References

“John Wayne” photo By Howard_Hawks’Rio_Bravo_trailer_(26).jpg: Trailer screenshotderivative work: Liorek (talk) – Howard_Hawks’Rio_Bravo_trailer_(26).jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10500530

“Get the Hell out of Viet Nam” photo: By Fank Wolfe – Vietnam War Protest in Washington, D.C. by Frank Wolfe, October 21, 1967 (NARA), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3101997


Further Resources from Terry MacKinnell

The Dawning by Terry MacKinnell

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

The Age of Aquarius for Dummies – explains the structure and sub-periods associated with the astrological ages

Aquarian Age Economics – Examines the relationship between macro-astrology and financial cycles

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

FaceBook – keep up to date with what is happening

 

 

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What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?

On the 20th January 2017, when Trump is sworn in as president, it will be just past the glow of the Cancer full moon located in Trump’s 12th whole-sign house.  This is a bad omen for the immediate pre-inauguration period as the 12th house is usually related to ‘self-made’ problems and looking backwards.  While the Cancer full moon falls in his 12th house, the lunar month for his inauguration is Capricorn ruling his 6th house.  This indicates that his main background focus in the whole of the lunar month of his inauguration is on his new staff and new appointees.

For Americans, your new president!
For Americans, your new president!

February 2017 is mainly associated with the Aquarius lunar month with the full moon in Leo, Trumps rising sign.  This suggests he be will ready to plow ahead somewhat in February.  With the whole lunar month ruling his 7th house, opposition will be very strong from whatever sources.   Trump’s secondary progressed Moon is located in his 12th house, and will not shift to his 1st (whole sign) house until around June 2017.  There are sure to be teething problems until June 2017 and he may make one or more significant blunders but he finally gets his full focus mid-year.

What will get Trump’s focus by mid-year?   The major issue in 2017 is war and conflict, a dependable bedrock issue for any conservative politician and this will be a real test for Trump.  Will he be attracted to the drums of war that will be beating very loudly very soon or will he keep focus upon construction?

The world is in the Libra sub-age (1970-2148), which contains 12 micro-ages, and the current micro-age is the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029).  This also contains 12 nano-ages of almost 15 months each.  The world is currently in an Aries nano-age (Mar 2016 – June 2017) followed by the Aries nano-age overflow (June 2017 – Sep 2018) with the second half more powerful than the first half. Another way of examining this period is to examine the upper half of the whole Aries bell-curve (combining the Aries nano-age with the Aries nano-age decan overflow Mar 2016 to Sep 2018) which is the Aries quasi nano-age (Nov 2016 – Feb 2018).

This Aries nano-age definitely helped Trump in the presidential election as under Aries, people look to an alpha male leader who projects Herculean qualities to right all their wrongs.  The rest of the Aries nano-age and overflow (Mar 2016 – Jun 2017 – Sep 2018) will also help Trump because Aries rules construction, so he has the Aries nano-age on his side for building his Mexican wall plus his infrastructure program in general.

If Aries was only limited to construction, all would be OK, but its primary association is war, conflict and violence.  Expect Trump to be at loggerheads with anyone he can find both domestically and internationally because that is the nature of Aries.  Logic indicates that his main domestic opposition will be the Congressional Republicans as the Democrats have no power.  Trump may even field candidates to oppose Republicans in the mid-term elections due in 2018.  This Aries period does not indicate harmony but brute force.

A Kuwaiti oil field set afire by retreating Iraqi troops burns in the distance beyond an abandoned Iraqi tank following Operation Desert Storm.
A Kuwaiti oil field set afire by retreating Iraqi troops burns in the distance beyond an abandoned Iraqi tank following Operation Desert Storm.

However, the major influence of this Aries nano-age and overflow, that peaks in mid-2017 and seriously came online in November 2016, is war.  It is the same level of Aries that produced the previous two Iraq Wars.  The Allied invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was the most significant military event associated with the previous Aries quasi nano-age (February 2003 – May 2004).[1] This was also that period when bombings around the world were almost nightly news on the TV – including many suicide bombings.

Some of the more famous one’s include: a double suicide bombing at a Moscow rock concert; the Super Ferry bombing in the Philippines by the Abu Sayyaf guerrilla group; the bombs in four rush-hour trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and the beheading of an American civilian Nick Berg, in Iraq.  Another example of the extended Aries influence included the Beslan School Hostage Crisis with at least 335 people killed.

Aries rules accidents so we need to include the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia during re-entry over Texas in February 2003, killing all 7 astronauts on board. Aries is also associated with health and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) also appeared with 8,273 cases and 775 deaths.

Major construction feats are related to Aries and many major skyscrapers commenced or were completed including the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in New York City, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, which became the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The world’s tallest bridge, the Millau Bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central Mountains, France was opened and  the official opening of Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan, standing at a height of 1,670 feet (509 metres) was the world’s tallest from 2004 until the 2010.[2]

Jumping back another micro-age, to the Leo micro-age (1985-2000) its Aries nano-age and overflow (Dec 1988-Mar 1990-Jun 1991) arrived at an historic turning point with a wave of revolutions that swept through the Eastern European Bloc, starting in Poland and coming to a head with the opening of the Berlin Wall in late 1989.  This was followed by the overthrow of the communist dictatorship in Romania, and ending in December 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

However 1990 also began with a crisis that would lead to the Gulf War in 1991 following the Iraq invasion of Kuwait.  The Gulf War (Aug 1990 – Feb 1991) took place in the second half of this Aries period.  This strongly suggests that these Aries nano-ages and overflow are linked to greater than average wars or conflicts but localized nevertheless.  Though a much higher probability exist for a major conflict in an Aries period, this does not mean it will occur in every Aries period.

If Trump focuses upon infrastructure construction he has the gods on his side because Aries is associated with construction.  Also the major influence on the sub-age decan level, which defines the international geo-political situation in the world, is currently the Gemini quasi sub-age decan (2000 – 2059) and Gemini activates the 4th house of home for the USA, the Pisces-Aquarius  Empire in the world.  As Gemini gets stronger approaching its high point in 2029, expect the USA to return to its international introversion phase.

The gods are on Trump’s side when he is focusing upon America’s heartland, and they even approve of his Mexican wall – but if he goes to war or raises the temperature in any existing conflict, the gods will be extremely displeased.  The gods specifically do not want the USA riding roughshod around the world for at least the next 75 years while Gemini is so strong!  Why? Because Gemini activates the USA’s 4th house which automatically detracts from its 10th house of status – the USA entered the low status period in 1970 and this low status period picked up speed in 2000. It increased in speed yet again in December 2014 and will reach its crescendo in 2029. (For more details see When Will the USA Retreat from the World? published in 2010)

In the short term, by mid-2017 a Pisces nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 2017-Sep 18- Dec 2019) first appears and will be influential for 2 ½ years.  The first half of this Pisces period overlaps the last half of the Aries period which is a fundamental astrological mechanism of the overflow effect in macro-astrology.  Pisces is the main sign for the USA so it implies that the USA will be pumping along nicely in its revolutionary conservative way during this period, especially the second half.  The economy should be bubbling and the old USA may temporarily appear like a momentary mirage.  But first, Aries takes the attention while Pisces is growing in the background.

Aside from the Mexican wall and any infrastructure projects, 2017 will be a year of animosity, conflict and almost certainly at least one serious military conflict.  It cannot be said if this conflict directly involves the USA or not, but this will be the focus of the year.  I remember reading some years ago from one war researcher who stated, after researching a thousand years of war, that “all wars are based on lies”.  In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu said “All wars are based on deception.” Get ready for some good lies in 2017!  Pisces prefers lies!

[1] “2003 invasion of Iraq.” Wikipedia, 29 Mar. 2013. Web. 30 Mar. 2013

[2] Major Breakthrough – First Nano-Age Decan Discovered? Part 3

The Progressives’ Lament

The perspective from outside of the USA is that Darth Vader from the Evil Empire has just been elected president of the USA.  While many Democratic voters are incredulous that such a ‘travesty’ has occurred, many on the other side of the political divide are ecstatic that finally they have someone who can champion the cause of the downtrodden folk, especially in the rust belt.

Darth Vader

How does this election conform to the long term narrative?  The long term narrative is very clear even without recourse to astrology.  There is a multi-century sweep of technical, social and political progress and advances but these advances are not uniform and not always in the forward direction in the short term.  Hitler and Stalin demonstrated that it is possible to go totally against the current and create incredible havoc, but the current wins in the end.  Few can doubt the impressive advance humanity has made over the last 5 centuries despite all the glaring problems and injustices that remain in the world today.

Technology, which includes medicine, has made exponential improvements over the last 4 or 5 centuries.  Many naïve astrologers believe that the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 1960s and 70s and that the landing of men on the Moon is confirmation.  Landing a man on the Moon did not happen overnight but was the result of a long trajectory of scientific advances that commenced in the Scientific Revolution centuries ago.  The latest date that is attributed to the beginning of the Scientific Revolution is the publication in 1543 of Nicolaus Copernicus’s “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres”.

The same has occurred in politics.  Five hundred years ago the world was run by kings and sometimes queens utilizing the aristocracy as their bureaucracy.  Now that the world is ruled by democracies and dictators, kings and queens have been sent scurrying except in some mainly ‘ornamental’ roles like a living piece in a museum.

What does the past and present tell us about the world?  Simply stated, the world is a work in progress.  Since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century, liberal progress has been the overall narrative but progress certainly does not mean advance at every step and turn along the way.  Also, many developments combine both advance and regression at the same time.  For example the Communist revolutions in the early and mid-20th centuries brought social and economic equality and security to many but also stifling bureaucracy that affected anyone that stepped outside the straight and narrow communist ideology.  The Chinese communist government has taken China from being a basket case to the second strongest nation in the world.  Is this progress or not?  It is a mixture.

Science fiction movies generally paint an apocalyptic dystopian future of various sizes and colors.  Is this a reflection by many people that bad news in some big way is on the way?  Most science fiction movies about the future of the Earth are very pessimistic.  Does Hollywood get the future right – is the future a bleak and dreary place?

For this to be the case, Libra (or Venus and Libra) must be a beak and dreary planet and sign.  However these are not archetypes normally associated with either Venus or Libra.  On the negative side of Venus/Libra are many things, but not bleak or dreary. Bleak and dreary belong to Saturn/Capricorn.  The big picture narrative of the world is strongly associated with Libra.  On the down side this will mean problems associated with too much pleasure and too little willpower such as obesity and illnesses associated with sugar such as diabetes and cardiac diseases.  The big problem with Libra is that too much of a good thing can be highly detrimental.  Does this sound like living tribally in caves following an apocalyptic cataclysm?

Why is Libra so powerful in the world?  Each age has three age decans.  The three decans of Aquarius are Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.  However, precession of the equinoxes, which underpin the astrological ages, travels ‘backwards’ through the zodiac, so when the world arrived at the Age of Aquarius it arrived at the backdoor to Aquarius, as it entered Aquarius from the sign Pisces, not Capricorn!  This is why all age decans and sub-periods of the astrological ages such as sub-ages, micro-ages and nano-ages are always in the reverse of their normal order.  This also explains why all ages and sub-periods are far stronger at their endings because the beginnings of all signs are strongest at their start.  When signs are reversed for the ages, the beginning of a sign becomes the end of an age.

When the world entered the Age of Aquarius in 1433, the pre-imminent sign was and remains Pisces because the Age of Pisces had over 2,000 years to build up its momentum to a crescendo in 1433 and then like a tsunami, this Pisces has swept over the world BUT dragging the new kid on the block with it.  The new kid is Aquarius.   The Age of Aquarius peaks in 2863 and therefore has some way to go!  Libra, as the first age-decan in the Age of Aquarius is approaching its peak now.

During this over 700 year period, the Libran age-decan (1433-2148) also slowly evolves like the new bud of a plant and it blooms by 2148.  While it will be another 1600 years before the Age of Aquarius blooms, Libra’s bloom is just around the corner next century.  This is why Libra is so powerful in the world even though Pisces and Aquarius are powered by the more powerful ages. We are racing towards the Libra corner of the Age of Aquarius.

Even on an elementary level we can see the strength of Libra currently in the world just by the fact that over the last century or so, females in western democracies have become politically enfranchised, and in many developing countries as well.  Political equality does not mean equality and there is a lot further before equality becomes true on many levels.  This is because Libra is a work in progress too, and this is why there remain so many problematic issues involving females both in western countries and the rest of the world.  Libra is a work in progress, and we will not see its blooming in our lifetimes.  Therefore, a huge number of issues related to females will not get resolved in our lifetimes, but for those with perception, we can witness the seed of the final solution.

The same situation occurs in politics in general.  Since ‘civilization’ arrived, the world has never had it so good as it currently stands.  There is no time in the past that any sensible person would want to be transported to in place of today’s world.  Firstly, there was a 50% chance you would be dead by 20.  Secondly you would not be Cleopatra or Julius Caesar, you would most likely be doing hard labor just to survive in the most basic of circumstances.  Though many people had great lives in past times, the lottery of life in those times was against this being a secure reality.  One historian noted that Julius Caesar would have given everything he had to be an average person in the modern world!

The world today at the beginning of the 21st century is not an end product, it is work in progress.  Any study of history will show that social and political evolution is a slow process.  For example, in the early 19th century, workers, many who were still children, lived and worked in appalling conditions because at the time, money was more important than people, and to a certain degree, this remains the case.  So the workers started to get organised.  They were vilified, attacked, killed and persecuted but after a hundred years or more, they basically got their wish.

This is a poster for the musical Hair announcing a New Age
This is a poster for the musical Hair announcing a New Age

The 1960s and 70s precipitated another socio-political revolution, not a workers revolution but a new age revolution.  The hippies and empathizers introduced a new ethos to Western society, and the majority of this ethos is associated with Libra.  The peace symbol is a Libra archetype.  “Make love not war” is another Libra expression.  This new movement may have started in the 1960s and 70s, but it will not bloom until the middle of next century.

Why did this movement appear in the 1960s and 70s?  Every age has three decans and 12 sub-ages, so every age-decan has 4 sub-ages.  The 4 sub-ages in the current Libra age-decan in chronological order are Capricorn, Sagittarius, Scorpio and Libra.  1970 was the cusp of the Scorpio sub-age (1791-1970) and the Libra sub-age (1970-2148).  You should note that every age-decan concludes with a sub-age of the same sign which is why they are stronger at their end compared to their beginning.

The 1960s and 70s had revolutionary Scorpio at its peak and Libra much more powerful than is normally the case because the new Libra sub-age is not isolated, it is part of the longer and more powerful Libra age-decan (1433-2148).  The ethos of the New Age movement is primarily Scorpio and Libra which also defines the rock music that also came out of this period.

The impact of the new ethos has already greatly affected western culture to the point that gay rights have been, or are in the process of, being legally enshrined.  Relationships have been deregulated from the clasp of religious dogma, and even many states and countries are either deregulating or legalizing recreational drugs.  Of course there is far more to the social revolution of the 1960s and 70s than gay rights, free love and marijuana but underlying it all are the two core archetypes associated with Scorpio and Libra – metamorphic change combined with fairness and tolerance.

Whenever there is a progressive change, there will be a reaction, and one aspect of Trump’s recent success is that on the conservative side of politics, the new ethos of the 1960s and 70s is destroying their perception of a proper life and world.  However, even on the so called progressive side of politics, Bernie Sanders could not even garner enough support to become the nominee for the Democrats.  The new ethos remains a fledgling in western society.

In many countries, but not the USA due to its restrictive electoral system, the new ethos is represented by the Green Party.  In my country, the Greens get about 10% of the vote.  Twenty years ago it would have been lucky to get 5% of the vote.  In 2059 the incoming Libra sub-age energy becomes stronger than the outgoing Scorpio sub-age overflow energy, and this will be the time that about 20% of western nations will support the Green party or similar parties with similar liberal new age policies.

Twenty percent is the tipping point.  Once a group gets to 20%, they have far greater influence upon society than just a 1/5th influence.  There will be some striking headway by the new ethos later this century.  In the meantime, it is not time.  The groundswell or conservative reaction and support for Donald Trump is far stronger than the fledgling new age ethos movement.  Even though the dominant change of the last 40 to 50 years has radiated out from the new age ethos, it will take until the middle of the next century to achieve their goals.  Even in the middle of the 22nd century, only about 50% of the population will be in the new age ethos camp.  However, this should be enough for a Mini Golden Age.

One of the reasons I misjudged the US presidential election is that I was very aware of the above long term narrative, and so I mentally live partly in that future, or a small bubble of the future.  As of December 2014, the world has entered the most progressive astrological time for over 7,000 years.  Why, because it all has to do with earth, air, fire and water.  After much research, I have found that whenever an earth or fire sign is dominant, conservative influences predominate.  Whenever water and air signs dominate, progressive and evolutionary tendencies predominate.  However, water and air signs bring volatility which means big problems while the conservative fire and earth signs usually bring stability – including economic stability – but only on average as Capricorn is an earth sign and always brings big problems.

As of December 2014, the world is in the Pisces age overflow and Age of Aquarius (1433-3574), Pisces age-decan overflow and Libra age-decan (1433-2148), Scorpio sub-age overflow and Libra sub-age (1970-2148), Cancer micro-age overflow and Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014-Nov 2029).  Notice that all these signs are either air or water.  This has not occurred for over 7,000 years.  There are only nine 15 year micro-ages in the whole of the Age of Aquarius where this occurs, and as of December 2014, we are in one of them.  The next one is not due until the Pisces micro-age overflow and Aquarius micro-age (2073-2088).

This is why I erroneously believed Hillary Clinton would become president. If the election had been after 2059, a very different result would have occurred.  But prior to 2059, the new ethos remains too weak on the political agenda.  However, it can readily be seen that this absolutely highly charged revolutionary 15 years has not disappeared in a whimper, it has channelled its energy through Donald Trump.  Remember, water and air signs bring progressive policies and volatility.  While I do believe Trump will bring some progress to the conservative side of politics, it is the volatility that is probably going to be the main game.  Also, 15 years is a long time in politics, and after Trump, it will not be business as normal.  This highly energized Cancer micro-age overflow and Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) will have many more upsets and progress.

There is no need to lament at the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections.  Social change occurs faster than political change, which is why politicians try so hard to prevent or restrict progressive social evolution.  But this is like trying to stop the tide from coming in with a six inch sand wall.

Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius

I posted at this blog  Trump was Just the First Salvo in a Difficult Decade Ahead the day before the 2016 presidential election and though I was assuming a Clinton win, this post remains an accurate assessment of the next 10 years or so.

I had the first inkling of flaws in my assumption of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election about one week before the election, and on November 6th I published on a number of Facebook sites The Scorpio Lunar Month & the US Presidential Elections

In this post I stated:

“For the current Scorpio lunar month, the Taurus full Moon (on 14th November), ….. actively stimulates Trump’s 10th house of status and fame and undermines Hillary’s personal worth in favour of her opponent.”

“There are a number of possibilities.  Firstly, the election result may be so close that the final result must wait until after the full Moon effect but in the meantime, Trump is sitting in the sunshine of a possible victory.  Secondly, the result is clear on the day but Trump goes on a final ranting binge about the corruption of the US presidential election followed by his last few days as a major news item? Thirdly, Trump actually wins the election?”

“Something strange and unusual is occurring here as Trump gets an immediate election afterglow, one way or another.”

“The only influence from the Dark Moon Lilith is that within 24 hours of the election the transiting Sun will be conjunct Trumps progressed Lilith.  This brings either great fame or great loss of fame, but nothing in the middle.”

“In conclusion, ….. it does suggest something that promotes Trump’s image post-election day … .  Somehow he gets an election afterglow….. The coming full Moon indicates he will be at his best under the glow of the full Moon.”

However, my mindset was so caught up in the prevailing view that it was impossible for Trump to win the election, that I did not heed the warnings of such a simple and elementary thing as the full moon only days after the election.  This full moon in Taurus is located in Trump’s 10th house of fame and prestige and located in Hillary’s 7th house representing her opponent (using whole sign houses).

The lunation cycle and full moons are generally overlooked by the huge majority of astrologers who are always hypnotized with the natal horoscope.  Every full moon behaves like a mini-eclipse.  Its effects are not limited to the actual few days that the full moon is in the actual sign where it occurs, but it spreads its wings for a number of days either side of the exact full moon.  It has personally affected me as the November 2016 Taurus full moon falls in my 4th house of anti-status, thus I am still digesting my hat from my wrong prediction.

Many astrologers correctly forecasted the election of Trump.  The following list (which is probably incomplete), has been researched and prepared mainly by Mark Cullen from Skyscript and he lists all the astrologers who correctly predicted Trump winning the election: Anil Aggarwal , Robert Antoniak, Amanda Auv, Steven Birchfield, Kenneth Bowser, Alison Chester-Lambert, Petros Eleftheriadis, Jonathan Flanery, Smiljana Gavrancic, Barry Goddard, Lisa J Gordon (aka Lisa Lazuli), Hossein Heidari‎, (Steve Judd), Sharon Knight, Inderjit Singh Kallirai, Stephen Lewis, Helmut Licht, Sachin Malhotra, Marina Marchione, Peter Novak, Arjun Pundit, Lamont Robinson, Krasi Serguieva, William Stickevers, Ming Wang and Theodore White.

Further details  of the presidential election predictions collated by Mark Cullen inluding a list of incorrect predictions is available at http://skyscript.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9205

It is always more difficult to pick the correct winner when the winner appears to be the outside chance plus with politics, it appears that 90% of astrologers are biased towards left wing or progressive political persuasion.  Therefore congratulations are definitely in order for these astrologers with the correct predictions in difficult circumstances.

A friend of mine stated after the election that a lot of hats are being eaten.  Though I had a late inclination that something was wrong with my expectation of a Clinton victory, it was too late.  I succumbed to the old enemy of accurate predictions – I succumbed to my own political bias.  I am totally aware of my political bias, and I actually try to counter-balance this bias, but in this case, my bias won.  At every point of analysis in weighing up the pros and cons of the positive and negative astrological influences, I gave Hillary the benefit of the doubt.

My bias was not so much towards the Democrats over the Republicans but my perspective of the future.  My analysis of the future is very positive and to the point I can see a Mini Golden Age ahead – but not until the middle of next century.  There are stepping stones towards this reality over the next century and a half, but I was being impatient with my expectations.  I was putting the USA further down the line of political evolution than is the case.  (see A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making).  The biggest stepping stone towards the new bright future does not appear until 2059, but there are many smaller ones before that date. Socio-political evolution is a much slower process than most people give credit.

What most Astrologers do not recognise is that there are two sides to Aquarius.  Aquarius promotes revolutionaries – but these revolutionaries can be promoting hard right wing political approaches (such as Donald Trump and the Republican Party) or left wing policies such as Bernie Sanders. However both are demonstrating Aquarius’ revolutionary spirit.  It is this Aquarius revolutionary spirit that garnered Trump enough votes to get him elected!

Donald Trump

For people on the left of politics, there is a silver lining to every cloud.  The silver lining with Trump is that he has brought political revolution to US politics – the cat is out of the bag!  Bernie Sanders almost made it but Trump broke through.  I am not going to get into an analysis of Trump’s hard-line political agenda at this point, but we are at the beginning of a ten year period where the major sign is Aquarius.  Up until now, the most obvious association to the Aquarius periods are fascist revolutionaries such as Adolph Hitler and Mussolini.

The last Aquarius micro-age and decan and overflow (1910-1925-1940) brought the fascists and communists to power – both representing the revolutionary element of Aquarius but with little lasting beneficiary effect.  Our current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) is the strongest Aquarius influence any Baby Boomer or later generations have ever experienced and harks back to the 1920s and 30s when Aquarius was very strong (see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan for more details). However, our present 10 year Aquarius period is only one-third the strength or the former Aquarius period.  We can expect the growth of neo-fascists  (milder versions) rather than hard core fascists like Hitler in the current period as the world has moved on since the 1920s and 30s.

Too much connection should not be made between the fascists dictators of the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910-1925-1940) and the current batch of neo-fascist and hard-line leaders appearing under the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec  2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) because apart from the fact the current Aquarius period is only one-third the power of the former Aquarius period, the big difference is Capricorn.

The early 20th century Aquarius period was followed by the cold dark Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925 – 1940 – 1955) which brought the greatest calamity ever experienced in ‘civilization’, especially in the upper half of the bell-curve (associated with the Capricorn quasi micro-age 1932 – 1947).  This is normally the case when Aquarius is found based on the twelve-fold division but not with the three-fold division associated with decans.

The current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec  2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) has no Capricorn period in sight.  In fact the opposite is the case.  The other key sign associated with the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow is Cancer (see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World).  So while adherents of progressive politics and the base of the Republican party will be experiencing shock and horror from what can be expected from President Donald Trump, this does not lead into a dark period

The neo-fascist rhetoric of some of Trumps political statements needs to be placed in context.  He is a consummate showman and he knows how to attract voters.  He cannot run the presidency on rhetoric but on action.  Obviously there will be some highly detrimental policies to be expected from a more conservative view of the world, and environmental issues may suffer dearly.  It is best to wait and see what will actually take place rather than cry for the spilt milk before it has spilt, as everyone’s expectation of what may be spilt may be more aligned to fear and paranoia rather than reality.  The sign Cancer remains very powerful in the world and in these times people will gyrate between exhilaration and depression as is the nature of Cancer.

Another aspect of Trumps unexpected success and the unexpected result of the recent Brexit referendum in the UK is that ‘unexpected’ is a Uranus/Aquarius archetype.  In an Aquarian period such as the world is now in (as of December 2014 lasting almost 10 years), the unexpected is what we should expect. When you experience the shock (of dismay for some and exuberance of others) from these events you are experiencing Aquarius.  The astrological ages are speaking to you.  The world is always encountering two micro-age decans at any time (like two walking feet), and the Aquarius foot has just touched the ground for 10 years – the Cancer foot had a 5 year start and will end 5 years sooner.

All micro-age decans are not equal.  Whenever a micro-age decan is encountered that resonates with a larger more powerful period, its effects are stronger.  Currently, the major ‘senior’ signs in the world in order of their strongest influence begin with Pisces as the most powerful followed by Aquarius, Libra, Scorpio and Gemini in descending order.  Our little but current Aquarius micro-age decan is resonating with the second strongest sign currently influencing the world, so this little 10 year period stands out.

Aquarius revolution is in the air, and political volatility is rising in the world as expected when Aquarius is strong which is the case since December 2014.  Dissatisfied voters are throwing out the old and taking in the new despite the consequences.  The USA’s primary sign from the perspective of macro-astrology is Pisces – two fish swimming in opposite directions (see Pisces America).  This is why with the US presidential elections, the norm is that the political party in control changes on average every 8 years.  Each fish gets their chance 50% of the time.  The big difference between the USA and most other modern democracies is this gigantic and growing split in the policies of both sides of politics.

This split will rise to its greatest height experienced in the USA since the American Civil War and will be at its highest volatility in the years 2020 – 2025. Trump’s election win was just the opening salvo for US politics.  The fireworks will not be limited to Trump either, and it will be interesting how the USA passes through its most volatile 10 years in politics since the Civil War!  In the meantime, Trump is a representative of the Age of Aquarius, but just one side of what is possible?  Here is something to consider – is Trump a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

Even from the perspective of left wing or progressive politics, there is a very good chance that Trump will drag the Republican Party into the 21st century (kicking and screaming of course).  Trump is not a traditional Republican, he is a populace Republican and it is his base of supporters in the voting public that is his source of strength, not the machinery of the Republican Party.

Trump does not seem to be concerned with homosexuality.  It can be expected that in the social arena, Trump may espouse a number of liberal social ideals.  What are his views on abortion?  In the campaign, Trump was not making social issues the focus but mainly economic issues and of course illegal immigration.  Trump is not part of the anachronistic Tea Party.  While Trump may promote hard conservative economic policies and perhaps some regressive environmental policies, even in these areas we will just have to wait and see what he actually does as opposed to what he has said in the political campaign.  Trump does seem to be a political chameleon.

If Trump does drop a number of social issues off the table, this is not only a big revolution in the Republican Party, it is also a positive revolution in US politics from the perspective of both sides of the political divide.  If formerly contentious social issues are ignored or removed from the platform, this allows the progressives to move further left or progressive in their posturing.

Finally, it is best for democracy that there is a regular change of government to prevent entrenched corruption and staleness at the top.  Trump has appropriately revolutionized politics in the USA  – and while many of his policies will be anathema to many progressives, there is a distinct silver lining.  Trump will probably drag the Republican Party at least partly into the “Age of Aquarius”.

When you see what type of president Trump becomes, and what he does, at least you know that the Aquarius micro-age decan is talking directly to you showing you that Aquarius is not limited to only the positive archetypes associated with Aquarius.  Watching Trump’s presidency will be equivalent to reading a chapter on Aquarius.

Regardless of your political persuasion, you can experience some of the thrills and excitement Trump supporters are experiencing because Aquarius is associated with excitement and thrills.  And remember, the same excitement is yet to be successfully brought to the Democrats!  Aquarius will be getting stronger each coming year and significantly increases in tempo in the middle of 2017.  It will be thrilling to at least see the Republican Party being dragged into the “Age of Aquarius”

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Gemini’s Role in our Modern World (or Battle of the Brains)

Is Trump the New Caligula

Trump was Just the First Salvo in a Difficult Decade Ahead

Trump’s candidature in 2016 for the job of the US president was not a one-off erratic spectacle that the USA put on for the rest of the incredulous world.  It was in fact the opening salvo in the USA by a very sizeable minority of the US public absolutely disenchanted with the ‘progressive’ direction of the USA.  If they had their way, they would turn the USA back to a fantasy of what it once was.  However, this disenchantment is only going to increase over the coming decade.  The astrological influence over the coming decade will plumb the depth of the social and political dichotomy that is the USA.

The USA, since December 2014, has for the first time since the American Civil War (1861-65), entered a Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029).  The former Gemini micro-age associated with the American Civil War covered the period June 1851 to April 1866.  Why should Gemini be associated with so much upheaval and polarization in the USA?

No period in macro-astrology operates independently of larger and smaller periods in play plus overlapping periods definitely must be taken into account (see Age of Aquarius for Dummies). Both these Gemini micro-ages are also overlapped by a Cancer micro-age overflow and the overflow period is where a sign manifests at its peak strength.  Therefore the Gemini micro-ages, that the world is currently in, and was previously in place during the American Civil War, have even a stronger Cancer influence than Gemini.

Cancer is a critical sign for the USA as American society and culture commenced in the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) when Jamestown was settled on May 4, 1607.  This not only places the Capricorn element in the signature of the USA very high up the totem pole, it is enhanced by the fact that 1407 also occurred in a Capricorn micro-age (1597 – 1612) – the strongest time for Capricorn in the whole Capricorn sub-age (there are 12 micro-ages in every sub-age).

Capricorn brought to the USA the stern Puritan values and work ethic with a strong focus upon self-reliance, which has been instrumental in bringing the USA to where it is today the most powerful nation in the world though its social welfare systems is tantamount to a disgrace compared to other western nations.  Puritans don’t like helping other ‘worthless’ people as Capricorn is the judgmental sign.  Capricorn is not the only sign on the USA’s totem pole, higher up are also Aquarius and at the very top – Pisces (see Pisces America)

Nevertheless, with Capricorn so strong in the signature for the USA, it has trouble dealing with periods associated with Cancer.  It certainly had a major problem with the former Cancer micro-age overflow as the American Civil War is the greatest political issue the USA has ever encountered since its formation.  However the 19th century Cancer micro-age coincided with the much more massive Cancer sub-age decan (1791 – 1866).  Sub-age decans pack a real punch, and the resultant punch for the USA was not a knockout blow, but the next best thing – a massive civil war.

The current Cancer period does not invoke a massive Cancer sub-age decan or any other strong Cancer period.  This means that the internal turmoil expected in the USA under the Cancer micro-age overflow (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) will not produce a civil war.  But even with Donald Trump, we see some extra venom and separation between Republican and Democrat supporters compared to most US presidential elections.  We can expect some serious disturbances and opposition in the coming years.

The other key ingredient associated with the American Civil war is that it coincided with an Aquarius micro-age decan overflow within the Gemini micro-age.  (Any Gemini micro-age will have three micro-age decans, and one of them will be an Aquarius micro-age decan). The Civil War (1861 – 65) coincided very tightly with the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (May 1861 – April 1866).  This is the five years when Aquarius is at its greatest potential, but all three signs associated with the Civil War: Gemini, Cancer & Aquarius had a role to play.

Gemini tends towards splits and fragmentation.  The USA split into two in the Civil War and in the 2016 presidential elections we see the growing division in American society as the minority hard-line conservatives, manifesting as the supporters of Donald Trump, rage at the system that sees the erosion of their traditional values and expectations of the USA to be the greatest country in the world.  This erosion will not stop so this significant minority are expressing their displeasure at increasingly higher decibels.

The Aquarius element clearly manifested in the American Civil War as on one side the Unionists were fighting for the freedom of slaves and freedom is always associated with Aquarius.  On the negative side of Aquarius the Confederates were insisting on their God given right to own slaves which is the normal fascist approach to any situation – fascism always involves the subjugation of minorities as sub-standard people one way or another.  Fascism is a bedfellow of racism but a fascist or racist never admits to being one as they do not perceive this reality within themselves.  This would require introspection.  Fascism is always on the other side of the Aquarian coin! The fact that the primary precipitation leading to the US Civil war was slavery is in recognition that Pisces is the strongest sign on the USA’s totem pole.

The Aquarius element is again present in the world today, but in its formative stage.  Aquarius graduates to its potent stage with the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) but does seriously pick up speed commencing mid-2017.  Taking into account that the Democrats or liberal political elements are favoured to win every US presidential election up to 2028, the hard-line conservative elements in the USA represented by Capricorn will be extremely unhappy. They already had to put up with the insult of a black president, and now a female president.  When will this travesty stop!  Perhaps a lesbian president is next?

We should expect the dissolution of the two party political system in the USA in the coming decades as the major Gemini period the world is now entering is not just a Gemini micro-age but the peak part of the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2059) with the period 2029 to 2059 the strongest Gemini section.  Gemini promotes splits and fragmentation.

Gemini is already manifesting around the world and not only by its mass seduction of the general public via cell phones and portable electronic devices.  The Brexit vote is another example of Gemini as the UK commences the fragmentation of the European Common Union. [see Gemini’s Role in our Modern World (or Battle of the Brains] I would not be surprised if some states or regions in the USA again voice their desire to fragment the USA in the coming decade.

What will be most obvious in the next decade is the growing animosity between the progressives and conservatives in the USA as the conservatives’ experience the continuing erosion of their values and political base.  Power corrupts, and historically, very few groups within society willingly allow their power to erode.  Conservatives always consider that they have a god given right to rule.  For conservative groups, democracy is not the most important feature, it is their values that are most important.  Democracy is just this bothersome thing that subverts their “American” values.  When it comes to the crunch, conservatives will fall back upon neo-fascist approaches to solve their perceived problems.  Trump is probably just the first jack-in-the-box to pop out of the hardliner faction in American politics which is on a serious growth curve.

The religious fervor expressed by Trump’s adherents is something rarely seen in modern western democracies, but it was seen in the Brexit referendum in the UK.  Even an advanced modern western democracy is not 100% immune to the extreme right in politics.  Nearly all modern western democracies currently have a resurgent hard-line right wing political revival – but they usually only gain adherents from the looney end of society, whereas in the USA, a very strong and significant section of society have jumped onto the this bandwagon.

The ultra-conservative right in America may have taken the media bandwidth in the lead up to the US presidential election, but in leading western nations, the progressives will on average, have the edge.  Any setback by progressives will only be temporary.  The Age of Aquarius is not going to disappear! This is not the case in ‘immature’ democracies and other governments where the extreme conservative right can dominate politics such as in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, a number of central Eurasian nations and so on. For the rest of this century, the progressives and conservatives will be at each other’s throats.  Why, because the future lies with the progressives, and the stronger the progressive policies, the greater the reaction by the incensed minority that opposes these policies.

The USA is highly stressed, and will get even more stressed over the next decade.  There is nothing in the astrology that suggests any overthrow of the US government this century.  The same cannot be said for the middle of next century where there is a high chance that the government of the USA will be temporarily demoted, sidelined or usurped, one way or another, before it regains its momentum.  Astrologically, the USA will remain the dominant power in the world until around 2500 at which point it will probably be absorbed or evolved into Greater America (a combined North & South America).  This process is already underway with the Latinization of the USA.

 

The 2016 US Presidential Election Part 2 Conclusion

Grand Torino, the 2016 Presidential Elections & the End of this Century

I have tried so many times to write my concluding part of the 2016 US presidential elections but just kept losing interest no matter how many coffees I drank.  After much reflection I now know why.   The two major candidates represent the past and will both help the richer half of the population get richer and leave the other 50% of the population stagnant or scrambling for the few extra breadcrumbs thrown their way.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Having made the tentative leap to a new generation with Obama in 2008 and confirmed in 2012, the nominated 2016 candidates are a retreat back to caveman and cave-women politics!  The November 2016 presidential elections loom as a ponderous choice between a lackluster establishment candidate, who is also the first female contender from the two party stable of American politics, and an outsider who clearly lacks common morals and ethics but champions populace policies that are very attractive to a sizable minority of the US electorate.

In many Western societies in the new global world, it is the poorer half that bears the brunt of the radical international economic restructuring due to globalization.  There are winners and losers in this restructure – the rich are getting richer while the poor stagnate.  Many stagnating voters are beginning to snarl.  However, developing and Third World nations seem to be prospering in this new environment.  They are catching up to the Western standard of living.

It seems a curious quirk of fate that a candidate representing the richer half of society, the Republicans, is attracting a significant number of demoralized or snarling voters from the poorer half of society.  However frightened or demoralized voters do not resort to logic when looking to solutions for their perceived problems.

For example, I recently encountered an enthusiastic supporter of Trump.  Though she acknowledged Trump’s unsavory sexual caveman antics, what she was more riled up about was the continuation of the same old thing represented by Hillary Clinton. This Trump supporter does not have a university background, does not understand economics, had a vague and shadowy understanding of history and represented many working class voters.

What she did know was that she was being duped by the ongoing collusion of government with business (without clearly articulating this concept) and  that this ongoing collusion greatly benefited the richer half of society with little noticeable trickle-down effect upon her life or the lives of her friend. Trump was perceived by her as outside of the ‘corrupt’ political system and she believed he represented her best interests in bringing change that will benefit her.

It is always important to understand opposite points of view because the huge majority of people of all political persuasions believe wholeheartedly that they are sincere in their beliefs and they only want the best outcome.  Denigrating people with different political views comes across as a rejection of their sincerity.  But they know they are personally sincere, so they perceive that their attackers (political opponents) are their enemies because they treat them as underlings.  The only real difference in economic outlook between the supporters of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are their solutions, otherwise it is chalk and cheese with nearly every issue.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

If you focus upon the superficialities of the 2016 US elections and many world events you may be dismayed or confused – but if you examine the astrology behind this reality you will see this is part of an arc of a much bigger story.  For voters on the Right, Trump is their lasting hope to restore the “greatness” to America while to voters on the Left, Trump is a crass neo-fascists.  Voting for Hillary appears to be nothing but a vote against Trump.  This is obviously Hillary’s greatest asset in this election.  Both sides are depending upon fear for their support.  This does not mean it is a waste of time voting, and any election requires serious reflection by the public but the astrology strongly suggests that the public will be dissatisfied either way.  In this Cancer time, the public is usually dissatisfied with their leaders.

This election occurs at the peak of Cancer derived from the Cancer micro-age decan and overflow (2007-2012-2017) but if this almost 10 years period is broken down into its four quarters, like the lunation cycle, it is currently in the third quarter of the cycle which is always the most potent quarter of any cycle in macro-astrology.  Specifically, the third quarter runs from December 2014 to mid-2017 where Cancer is at its greatest potency. (see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World for more details)

On the dark side of Cancer is fear.  Brexit was instigated by fear. Many countries are building walls or erecting barriers on their borders to prevent ‘illegal’ immigrants and refugees from entering their countries. Other countries and Trump are proposing the same.  Many people fear those that are different either due to religion, language, skin color or anything that can possibly differentiate one group of people from another such as people with AIDS, leprosy or whatever. This fear was exemplified by Clint Eastwood in the 2008 movie Grand Torino when an aging American Korean War veteran had to confront having an Hmong family from South-East Asia living next door.  There are always many people in most countries that are fearful of ‘outsiders’. Governments and political parties around the world cultivate this fear for their own purposes.  (see Gemini’s Role in our Modern World (or Battle of the Brains).

In a Cancer time, (Capricorn) leaders are scorned, ignored, repudiated or denounced by the (Cancer) general public who see their (Capricorn) leaders as their (7th house) enemies.  However from the perspective of ‘leaders’ this Cancer period rules their 7th house as well so they can go on the aggressive offensive.  This is why we see the pitiful spectacle of the 2016 presidential contenders’ cat fights.  Furthermore, these contenders are no longer upholding their democratic right of the viewpoints of their opponent.  No matter which candidate wins, the Cancer public will be offside.  It is a no-win situation.

However, both Hillary and Trump do represent different sides of Cancer.  Cancer favors females, so in this regard, Cancer gives Hillary and edge as the potential first female president.  Cancer also rules mentally unstable people, and while no one would suggest that Trump is mentally unstable, he does come across as politically unstable.  Surprisingly, this instability gives Trump an edge as it aligns with Cancer.  Unfortunately for Trump, half the voters are female but half the voters are not so keen on an unstable candidate.

There is nothing new to say about this election that I have not already published except that this is probably the last election where both candidates are firmly focused upon yesterday’s world.  The next election will not be an election for the policies of yesterday because the world has recently entered a 10 year Aquarius sub-period overlapping the 10 year Cancer period (both of which are derived from 5 year decans of a micro-age – see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for more details on the internal structure of ages).  This new Aquarian period is the strongest Aquarius influence any Baby Boomer or later generations have ever experienced and harks back to the 1920s and 30s when Aquarius was very strong (see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan for more details).

However, it is not until mid-2017 that this new Aquarius period will gather more strength but by 2022 it’s a new Aquarius heyday. However, in the meantime, the arrival of any new period will have an immediate impact, and in this election, this new Aquarius impact was represented by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on opposite sides of the Aquarian coin.  Both had revolutionary and politically eccentric messages that galvanized many supporters.  Aquarius can temporarily supercharge any situation.

Aquarius, like all zodiacal signs, has positive and negative archetypes associated with it.  Most starry eyed idealists see a magical idealistic Age of Aquarius yet if this was the case, every Aquarian you know would stand out as superior to other signs.  This is not the case.  Aquarius is definitely associated with democracy, freedom and liberty (on a good day) but also fascism, dictators and destructive revolutionaries or anarchists on a bad day.  Adolph Hitler was a perfect example of a fascist dictator appearing when Aquarius was at its last peak in the world, but that peak was three times stronger than the current Aquarius blip which has just arrived on the scene.  The new Aquarius period is still in diapers.

Under Aquarius, many people are attuned to be ‘electrified’ by a charismatic leader who will bring back greatness and any other quality they feel is missing.  On the neo-fascist side of Aquarius the means they adopt to achieve their goals do not have to be fair, democratic or rational because their aim is so “pure”, they are above the normal ethics and law that prevail.  This is why so many Filipinos support a president who has legitimized extra judicial murder by the police force against people involved with illegal drugs.  There is no suggestion that Donald Trump is a fascist of the same stature as Adolph Hitler, but he and his supporters promote some neo-fascist policies.  This is why Trump stated in one debate that he plans to appoint a special prosecutor for the purpose of putting Hillary in jail if he wins the election. Also, denouncing or persecuting minorities of any type, such as Mexicans, is another standard approach from the fascist bag of tricks.  Most modern Western countries continue to deploy a range of neo-fascist policies by promoting fear amongst the population.

The most interesting aspect of the 2016 US election is not who wins but what this implies about the future of the USA (and the world) in the second half of the current century.  A major Aquarius sub-age decan arrives in 2029 which will be in full swing by 2089 but seriously picking up speed as early as 2059.  Our little Aquarius period this decade is a preview of the end of this century!  The astrology suggests that the Bernie Sanders preview is what is in store for the USA but Trump is the preview of those nations with less entrenched democratic ideals.  A good current example is the political situation in the Philippines and Poland.

In the last two presidential elections I have analyzed the birth micro-age decans of the contenders and made a prediction of who would win based on the relationships between the birth micro-age decan and the ruling micro-age decan at election time.  However, Trump and Hillary were born so close together that such an analysis cannot be used to differentiate between them.  Both were born in the Capricorn-Sagittarius Pre-Boomer generation (see Generational Astrology – Part 2 Pre-Boomers (Cap-Sag) ).  The two former presidents from this generation were Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

On the 29th January 2012 I posted on a Facebook group “This election is starting to look like a landslide win for the Democrats regardless of it being Sanders or Clinton”.  Furthermore, the tide of change is sweeping the world, and with this tide, progressive politics is favored over conservative politics until November 2029 (but only in advanced democracies).  What this means is that every US presidential election until 2029 favors the Democrats.  This does not automatically mean that the Democrats will win every presidential election until that date.

However, the post Second World War years at a minimum indicate that when a party wins a presidential election when the wind is technically blowing in the other direction, the incumbent president hits far more headwinds than normal (see table below).  The only two presidents that this applies to is Richard Nixon, who resigned from office, and Bill Clinton who was unsuccessfully impeached.  This means that in the unlikely scenario that Trump won, expect some serious opposition to his presidency and possible impeachment.

START PERIOD INFLUENCE PRESIDENT  
Feb 1948 Sagittarius -Sagittarius CONSERVATIVE Eisenhower C
Jul 1955 Sagittarius -Scorpio Conservative-PROGRESSIVE JFK P
Dec 1962 Scorpio-Scorpio PROGRESSIVE LBJ P
Scorpio-Scorpio PROGRESSIVE R Nixon C
May 1970 Scorpio-Virgo PROGRESSIVE-Conservative J Carter P
Oct 1977 Virgo-Virgo CONSERVATIVE R Reagan C
Apr 1985 Virgo-Leo CONSERVATIVE G H W Bush C
Sep 1992 Leo-Leo CONSERVATIVE B Clinton P
Feb 2000 Leo-Cancer CONSERVATIVE-Progressive G W Bush C
Jul 2007 Cancer-Cancer PROGRESSIVE Obama P
Dec 2014 Cancer-Gemini PROGRESSIVE
Jun 2022 Gemini-Gemini PROGRESSIVE
Nov 2029 Gemini-Taurus Progressive-Conservative

Finally, I am not only a macro-astrologer but also a Vedic-Western fusion astrologer.  Vedic astrology employs a predictive technique called Vimshottari.  One of the most difficult dasas within the Vimshottari system that anyone must navigate is the 18 year Rahu dasa (Moon’s north node in western astrology).  About 80% of people experience a serious loss near the beginning or end of this dasa and Vedic texts often state that a person loses at the end of this dasa all the gains they have made during the dasa.  Trump’s Rahu dasa concludes on November 14 2016.  This does not look good for Trump!

Furthermore, Trump’s Rahu (the dragon) is in his 10th house tightly conjunct his Sun. Trump is in his dragon period where he feels he can open his mouth and with his fiery outpourings – burn away all opposition.  Who dares to challenge the almighty dragon?  Well, his Vedic chart strongly suggests that his fire is about to go out.  Hillary is in her Sun dasa.  Will Trump’s Rahu eclipse Hillary’s Sun? Extremely unlikely.

In this new 10 years Aquarius period, which overlaps a 10 year Cancer period, Aquarius sorts out the sheep from the goats.  Those countries with shallow democratic ideals entrenched within the population tend to regress to anti democratic and neo-fascist governments or policies with fear the common underlying sentiment. Entrenched democracies tend to push forward into a higher evolution of democracy and liberalism but not without a serious reaction by some elements of society.  What suffers in this process is the middle-of-the-road approach as mainstream values are aligned to Leo, the sign opposite in quality to Cancer.

So while the 2016 US presidential election is mainly affected by the correlation to Cancer, it is also experiencing an input from Aquarius. Most Western countries are experiencing a rise in neo-fascism amongst a sizeable minority of their populations, but it is extremely unlikely that a country like the USA, with such entrenched democratic and liberal ideals, will succumb to this rising tide.  Countries like the Phillipines, Thailand, Poland, Turkey, Hungary and so on do not have this entrenched democratic ethos and are more liable to tip towards neo-fascism.  The 2016 US presidential election is really just a bit player in this larger game.

In conclusion, the 2016 US presidential is not really about who will win but an act in the ongoing struggle towards a more evolved liberal democratic outlook facing growing resentment by a sizeable minority of people in advanced democracies against this evolution while in less democratic environments, the reactionary forces are stronger and neo-fascists forces will temporarily dominate just as they did in Germany, Italy and Japan in the early 20th century.  It certainly will be an interesting world towards the end of this century when the Aquarius input is four times stronger than the world experienced in the first half of the 20th century and 12 times stronger than the current Aquarius blip!


POSTSCRIPT (20 October 2016)

I am again attending the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (26 – 30 October 2016 www.ubudwritersfestival.com) in Bali, Indonesia – the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world.  In a number of commentaries by distinguished writers, journalists and organizers, the common theme was presented that currently in the world government policies and election campaigns are no longer about facts and information but (Cancer) emotions.  Even if a candidate makes a statement that is categorically incorrect or a lie by the ‘fact checker’, this means nothing.  In a Cancer time, a significant number of people are not interested in facts but are only willing to emotionally respond.

Another interesting insights gleaned from the festival is that the new neo-fascists politicians such as Duterte in the Philippines, Putin in Russia and Trump in the USA (and many others around the world to a greater or lesser extent) have the ability to ‘electrify’ their supporters.  Electricity is associated with Aquarius – the other key sign currently gaining traction in the world.  Germans reportedly were ‘electrified’ by the speeches of Adolph Hitler in the previous (stronger) Aquarius period.  However this time around, these fascist-orientated politicians are being democratically elected!


POSTSCRIPT (2 November 2016)

This new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) has seen the rise of the new breed of petty neo-fascists around the world, though this time around, they mostly are obtaining power through the ballot box.  It comes as shock and horror to many people that a huge number of people prefer mini-Hitler clones to solve their problems.  If you want to know how the 1930s fascists came to power, just observe how a significant number of the US electorate will vote in November 2016.  History does repeat itself!

On the other side of the coin are Aquarian visionaries such as Bernie Sanders.  There are two sides to all zodiacal signs including Aquarius. Most astrologers think the Age of Aquarius only manifests good Aquarian archetypes and keeps the bad Aquarian archetypes under lock and key.  This is called Pisces delusion.

The new Aquarius micro-age decan is the first micro-age decan of the new Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) which resides in the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age in the Age of Aquarius

In the USA, the new Aquarius micro-age decan has manifested in Donald Trump’s triumph in securing the candidature for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination and Bernie Sanders failed attempt to gain the Democratic Party nomination.  However all periods in macro-astrology have a yin-yang aspect.  For example in any period, such as the new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019), there are some anti-Aquarius times but mostly Aquarius is (yang) strong.

This means that while any archetypal activity associated with Aquarius is promoted in the Aquarius micro-age decan, in some parts, not only does this not happen, it can even breed anti-Aquarian sentiments, but only temporarily.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders took advantage of the new Aquarian sentiment of the times and each launched into their specific versions of revolutionary outlooks that basically represented both sides of the Aquarian coin.  However recently, a poison apple appeared in both camps.

The current Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) contains four nano-ages of approximately 15 months each.  Currently the world is in the Aries nano-age (March 2016 – June 2017). But here the plot deepens because if we drill down into the little Aries nano-age, it has three nano-age decans of approximately five months each.  Currently the world is in the Leo nano-age decan (August 2016 – January 2017).

There is a little sponginess with the exact month these very small periods commence and end due to the erratic nature of precession of the equinoxes.  Nevertheless, this little Leo period can temporarily upset the intentions of the much larger Aquarius micro-age decan.  This is what has happened and continues to happen.

Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic race on the 26 July, at the nebulous cusp of the beginning of the Leo sub-period.  Trump’s campaign has hit serious headwinds from August onwards.  For example on October 7, 2016, The Washington Post publicized a recorded conversation about Donald Trump and Billy Bush having “an extremely lewd conversation about women” in 2005.   This was a pivotal turning point, not for the diehard Republicans who would eagerly back Dracula if necessary, but it affected many of the undecided voters who decide the election.

Leo periods favor the mainstream over extremists. This new Leo sub-period definitely swings public sentiment away from Trump, and this anti-extremist sentiment grows with every passing week – it technically ratchetted up into second gear in the last week or so.  It will be at full strength by January 2017.

The electorate is fickle and changeable, especially when the primary micro-age decan in force is Cancer (Aquarius is currently the secondary micro-age decan present but will become the primary micro-age in mid-2017).

These nano-age decans hidden deep within the astrological ages are potent and have clear correlations to evolving developments in the world on the month-to-month level.  The anti-extremists Leo nano-age decan will knock Trump off his already tenuous perch.  It’s just bad timing for Trump and a godsend for Hillary.

We should also see some other petty neo-fascist leaders temporarily experiencing greater than expected opposition in the current Leo sub-period – especially in the ‘overflow’ period from January to March 2017 and even up to June 2017.  It’s hard to feel sympathetic to Putin, the Thai military junta, the Polish, Turkish and Philippines presidents, just to name a few of the petty neo-fascist leaders in the world today.  However they will be again in full swing by mid-2017 at the latest.  But in the meantime, they will have to deal with stronger than normal opposition to their petty tyrannies.

It must be remembered that while the petty tyrants, and pretenders to the throne such as Trump, grab the headlines, there is much activity on the other side of Aquarius.  Bernie Sanders may get quickly washed down the drain hole of history but his spirit is representative of the coming world according to the incoming Age of Aquarius.  Just because the tide is coming in does not mean each wave moves further up the beach, but on average, the waves do move further up the beach.

There are many people desperately trying to stop the incoming wave of the Age of Aquarius but while they can win some battles, they cannot win the war.  But this struggle will be played out over the next century and a half and even longer in less developed countries in the world.  It’s the grand theme of our times.


POSTSCRIPT NOVEMBER 11 2016

I had the first inkling of flaws in my assumption of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election about one week before the election, and on November 6th I published on a number of Facebook sites “The Scorpio Lunar Month & the US Presidential Elections” (see www.facebook.com/Macro.Astrology).

In this post I stated:

“For the current Scorpio lunar month, the Taurus full Moon (on 14th November), ….. actively stimulates Trump’s 10th house of status and fame and undermines Hillary’s personal worth in favour of her opponent.”

“There are a number of possibilities. Firstly, the election result may be so close that the final result must wait until after the full Moon effect but in the meantime, Trump is sitting in the sunshine of a possible victory. Secondly, the result is clear on the day but Trump goes on a final ranting binge about the corruption of the US presidential election followed by his last few days as a major news item? Thirdly, Trump actually wins the election?”

“Something strange and unusual is occurring here as Trump gets an immediate election afterglow, one way or another.”

“The only influence from the Dark Moon Lilith is that within 24 hours of the election the transiting Sun will be conjunct Trumps progressed Lilith. This brings either great fame or great loss of fame, but nothing in the middle.”

“In conclusion, ….. it does suggest something that promotes Trump’s image post-election day … . Somehow he gets an election afterglow….. The coming full Moon indicates he will be at his best under the glow of the full Moon.”

However, my mindset was so caught up in the prevailing view that it was impossible for Trump to win the election, that I did not heed the warnings of such a simple and elementary thing as the full moon only days after the election. This full moon in Taurus is located in Trump’s 10th house of fame and prestige and located in Hillary’s 7th house representing her opponent (using whole sign houses).

The lunation cycle and full moons are generally overlooked by the huge majority of astrologers who are always hypnotized with the natal horoscope. Every full moon behaves like a mini-eclipse. Its effects are not limited to the actual few days that the full moon is in the actual sign where it occurs, but it spreads its wings for a number of days either side of the exact full moon. It has personally affected me as the November 2016 Taurus full moon falls in my 4th house of anti-status, thus I am still digesting my hat.

Many astrologers correctly forecasted the election of Trump. The following list (which is probably incomplete), lists astrologers who correctly predicted Trump winning the election: Anil Aggarwal , Steven Birchfield, Barry Goddard, Lisa J Gordon (aka Lisa Lazuli), Hossein Heidari‎, (Steve Judd), Sharon Knight, Inderjit Singh Kallirai, Sachin Malhotra, Peter Novak, Krasi Serguieva, William Stickevers, Ming Wang and Theodore White.

Further details plus list of incorrect predictions available at http://skyscript.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9205

 It is always more difficult to pick the correct winner when the winner appears to be the outside chance plus with politics, it appears that 90% of astrologers are biased towards left wing or progressive political persuasion. Therefore congratulations are definitely in order for these astrologers with the correct predictions in difficult circumstances.

A friend of mine stated after the election that a lot of hats are being eaten. Though I had a late inclination that something was wrong with my expectation of a Clinton victory, it was too late. I succumbed to the old enemy of accurate predictions – I succumbed to my own political bias. I am totally aware of my political bias, and I actually try to counter-balance this bias, but in this case, my bias won. At every point of analysis in weighing up the pros and cons of the positive and negative astrological influences, I gave Hillary the benefit of the doubt.

So it is totally appropriate that the November 2016 Taurus full moon is located in my 4th house – how appropriate! For those non-astrologers, the 4th house is ‘anti-status’.


For those interested readers, the following are posts I have previously published on or associated with this topic:

US Presidents in the Age of Aquarius (2008)

US Presidents in the Age of Aquarius (Revised for 2012)

The 2016 US Presidential Election Part 1

Is the World a Calamity in Progress?

Recently I have been exposed to many people with pessimistic outlooks upon the world.  We know that the world has enough food but yet people are starving.  We know that the world has adequate resources for all yet countless millions live in abject poverty.  We see Donald Trump on TV – and though he has redefined the concept of stupidity, he is an actual contender for the most powerful political position in the world.  And his finger could be on the button!  Will a cascade of intercontinental ballistic nuclear weapons rain down upon an unsuspecting world if he has a bad hair day?  What is also of concern is that over 40% of the American voting public apparently are prepared to vote for him.

Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in Washington June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX1H57C
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the “Road to Majority” conference in Washington June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria – RTX1H57C

This is just a small fraction of all the bad news.  Corporations and governments are facilitating the pollution of our air, water and land to the point that the average person actually must buy pure water to avoid poisoning themselves. Will we have to buy pure oxygen soon due to air pollution? In the Land of the Free (USA), where a greater percentage of the population is imprisoned compared to any other country, they have prisoner ‘sales’ targets whereby governments must ensure that the privatized prisons have at least 90% occupancy. The average prisoner costs the same amount of money to the state as the salary of a teacher.  Despite the trillions spent of the war against terrorists over the last decade or so, the likelihood of a random terrorist attack has increased exponentially many thousands of times.

I am sure that any sane person could spend the rest of their life documenting the ridiculous outcomes of our modern world.  Is modernity a negative concept? Even relatively normal people are expressing concern about where the world is heading.  The general consensus is that the world is like a ball rolling towards the cliff ready to fall over the edge.  This does not inspire optimism or confidence.

The astrology associated with the astrological ages, and specifically our position in the Age of Aquarius, does support the above pessimistic outlook but not the pessimistic outcome.  When we talk about optimism, we usually refer to Sagittarius suggesting that Sagittarius’ opposite sign Gemini is pessimistic.  A superficial examination of Sagittarius and Gemini plus other key signs within the Age of Aquarius reveals the reason for the current desultory outlook by many people, especially in Western Society.

"An Optimist & Pessimist" by Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920) - Russian painter
“An Optimist & Pessimist” by Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920) – Russian painter

In contrast to the West, many people in developing nations are not feeling negative or pessimistic as they are currently riding a secondary wave of economic expansion and material prosperity.  Whenever a new age or sub period of an age appears, the focus of new developments is usually focused upon a specific region, center or culture.  This is what occurred with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century which firmly placed a focus upon Western society.  It was Western society that pioneered the new Aquarian age ethos which then spreads out to the rest of the world like the wake of a boat.  This is why Western society has become despondent while other societies are still experiencing the wake of the fading expansionary period.  The new despondent wake will also hit Asia and the rest of the world in the future.

Western society started the modern expansionary economic paradigm with the Industrial Revolution feeding into the worldwide population explosion.  This quiet naturally was associated with the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970) which like a giant wave has swept through the world but spearheaded by mainly Western nations.  The majority of expansion and optimism was experienced in the second half of the wave (1791-1970).

World Manufacturing Graph (1750-1900)

Conversely, Western nations are unwittingly spearheading the drive towards contraction and minimalism but have not yet understood that this is actually happening and that this is not some temporary aberration but will continue for a long time.  The rest of the world is not taking over the reins from Western society, but just catching up, whereupon they will also start their own paths towards contraction, especially with their populations and economic growth. (see All Good Things Must Come to an End for more details)

Though the expansionary Sagittarius wave technically came to an end in 1970, this is not how it works in practice.  Basically the Sagittarius expansionary paradigm continues its momentum until it comes to a barrier. Secondly, near the end of this Sagittarius wave was a Sagittarius micro-age and overflow (1940-1955-1970) with the peak of this smaller wave aligned to the Baby Boomers.  (see Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius) The Baby Boomers are the last hurrah of expansionary Sagittarius as the world plummets into out-of-control economic overdrive and environmental degradation.  The Baby Boomers are like the captain of the Titanic encouraging the sailors to increase speed as they plow towards the iceberg.

The main sign that undermines Sagittarius is Gemini.  Gemini is currently developing as the new sign of our times. After the Sagittarius wave came the wave associated with the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148).  This remains very strong in the world and is part of the reason so many people are feeling vulnerable, sarcastic and desultory – Scorpio has never been known as a cheerful sign … unless you call throwing flower petals on a coffin a pleasant experience.  (see SCORPIO – the Sign of the Times …. Revisited – Part 1 )

However, following in the wake of the Scorpio wave is the relatively new Libra sub-age (1970-2148), and based on previous sub-ages, its main period of benefit will be in its overflow period commencing in 2148 whereupon it will bring in a mini Golden Age – provided there is anyone left around to enjoy it!  The current Libra sub-age (this is why a female is running for US president in 2016) has three sub-age decans, and the first sub-age decan within the Libra sub-age is the Gemini sub-age decan (1970-2029). Naturally, Gemini will be far stronger in its almost 60 years overflow period commencing in 2029.

Gemini is opposite Sagittarius, and it is this Gemini sub-age that is currently bringing a halt to economic expansionism and optimistic outlook mainly in the Western economies.  Because Gemini is unlucky and pessimistic, it has a tendency to resort to cheating and thieving to gain advantage.  This growing phenomenon is being played out by corporations around the world where each year they discover new means and methods to cheat their customers.  Whereupon a few years ago, airlines discovered they could extract more money from their passengers by supplying a relatively cheap basic service than charging often exorbitant amounts for add-ons, flight changes and so on, this is now spreading like an inferno. In the absence of a strongly expansionary market, businesses are trying to extract more and more from each customer using anyone of a number of devious and nefarious (Gemini) schemes.

This anti-Sagittarius new Gemini reality may be hypnotizing the world with handheld mobile devices, but it is also associated with a pessimistic outlook.  If everything is not expanding crazily, things must be bad!  However, while Gemini may be a new and growing reality, it is not the most important player on the field.  A massive revolution is underway associated with the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148) leading to an incredibly strong Libra period.  This Libra period will greatly affect the world for over 700 years commencing in 2148 – introducing the first mini golden age after almost 7,000 years of mainly war and violence.  Naturally, the last 5,000 years of war is associated with the arrival of the Aries age and overflow (2916BC – 732BC – 1433AD).

In the meantime in our cell phone modern world, it seems like a partnership with sour old Scorpio and pessimistic Gemini being the two key players of note.  Scorpio is bringing a smaller and more evolved world but change always grates because society and culture is always aligned to Taurus – the sign of stability. Scorpio is the opposite sign to Taurus, so all social cultural values have been under attack since 1791, and picking up speed since 1970.   Scorpio is introducing the most unstable of times and people not only dislike instability, they will even fight for their stable cultural-religious values as they dissolve in slow motion before their eyes.  But cultural values will continue to dissolve because Scorpio improves by first pruning the bush then producing new growth which is more appropriate to the times.  The world is mainly in the destructive side of a major metamorphosis.

If you look carefully, there are huge areas of advancement, progress and social evolution in the world today but our minds are more attuned to the disasters and problems when we feel desultory and pessimistic. A steady and growing percentage of Western populations are acknowledging the key role of the environment over short sighted capitalistic practices. Females continue to demand and get greater equality to the point that the most powerful political position in the world is soon to be most likely held by a woman.  Gays are in the process of gaining the right to marry in a growing number of Western nations. Some drugs demonized only a few decades ago are finding increasing support from mainstream society.

However, socio-political-cultural revolutions are painful, and many reactionary elements will do their best to stop the tide from coming in.  Donald Trump is tapping into this reactionary sentiment by many voters who nostalgically prefer the old over the new.   This is also why in the 1960s and 70s so many nations, including Western nations, succumbed to military coups and dictators in place of democracy to prevent progressive change from upsetting their part of the world.  It did not work then, and it will not work now or in the future but it will temporarily re-appear.  The main change to the change occurring in the world is that it will progressively grow stronger and have wider effects and affect more of the world – change is accelerating.  Reactionary elements will also periodically get stronger and try and stop the tide coming in.

So many people get despondent when they realize they will not be around for the mini Golden Age that will arrive mid next century.  There is no need to feel despondent as anyone can be mentally in the Golden Age now, and while the percentage of the population that may already be mentally in the Golden age is a small percentage, this percentage is constantly growing.  More and more people do not want more of the same. (see The Silent Revolution ) Unfortunately, Gemini makes people impatient, and many people are impatient for all the benefits of the Golden Age which cannot fully manifest before midway through next century.

There are important steps along the way towards the mini Golden Age, but the next most important step does not arrive until 2059 – but a preview will appear next decade.  What will happen around 2059?  In western society at least, about 20% of the population will be environmentally friendly and attuned to progressive political and cultural agendas compared to about 10% at present.  20% is the tipping point and research indicates that once 20% of the population has turned to a different direction, they have far greater influence upon society than what should be expected from only 20% of the population.  However, by the mid 22nd century, this 20% becomes 50%.

Finally, there is also very good news hidden behind the turmoil and angst of the modern world.  Of all the signs, Scorpio is the sign most aligned to inner reality or inner Truth.  This means that one of the greatest opportunities in the world today under Scorpio is to find or discover the inner reality that underpins life, the universe and everything.  Scorpio indicates change and turmoil in the external world but actively promotes the benefits of the inner world and the Truth available from going inside.  If truth and ultimate reality are important to you, then you have hit the jackpot for the time you live in.  Search for it because, among other considerations, the astrology is on your side for success in this endeavor.  It is also more fulfilling than complaining and watching the world seemingly go down the gurgler.

There is an old concept associated with the lotus.  While the lotus expresses beauty and enlightenment, it also usually grows in a smelly putrid swamp.  At this point of history, we definitely get the swamp, but we can also have the lotus.  Many ancient and modern seers have stated that they were distracted from smelling the putrid swamp when dazzled by the lotus.


Further Reading

Age of Aquarius for Dummies

Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Gemini’s Role in our Modern World (or Battle of the Brains)

Will New Agers Rule the World?

Females, Women and Feminists in the Age of Aquarius

A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making