One of the key signs for the 2016 US presidential election is Cancer (based on the five year Cancer quasi micro-age decan July 2012 – June 2017). During this five year period, it describes what the general public is feeling. The general public is hypersensitive, emotional, changeable and anti-authoritarian. They are moody and most likely will not like any outcome as they are also fickle. They feel their (Capricorn) leaders are their enemies. They are open to female input. They are emotional about Cancer topics, most notably refugees and immigration, and some on the growing strength of China and of course the Middle East and Islam. [For further details, see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World ]
Research over the years has also demonstrated that there are conservative signs and progressive liberal signs (in macro-astrology). The Fire and Earth signs all favor conservative and established mainstream values while the Water and Air signs favor progressive and liberal policies, but the times are generally much more volatile (it cannot be assumed that this directly translates to mundane astrology). Because the current Cancer period is a Water sign this favors the Democrats.
A short review of recent decades from the perspective of periods used in Generational Astrology can quickly demonstrate how the pendulum swings between conservative and progressive values (see Table 1).
|Feb 1948||Sagittarius -Sagittarius||Conservative|
|Jul 1955||Sagittarius -Scorpio||Conservative-Progressive|
Table 1 – the pendulum swing between conservative and progressive values
What many people may find interesting in Table 1 is that it commences with the post-Second World War conservative times which coincided with the appearance of the first half of the Baby Boomer generation. Baby Boomers can remember the stultifying social and political conservative times when being different in any way meant being ostracized. This was the ‘medieval’ witch-hunt period of McCarthyism in the USA where a veritable kangaroo court made judgements on people’s political convictions without the due process of law. On the economic front, it was a post-war boom time. Conservative times usually promote good economic conditions.
From 1955 onwards, with the arrival of the Sagittarius-Scorpio period, the tide commenced to change in preparation of the heady days of the revolutionary 1960s which developed into a full-blown progressive period associated with the Scorpio-Scorpio period commencing December 1962. This quickly turned into a western cultural revolution marked by the arrival of hippies and the New Age movement with their satanic rock-and-roll. The volatility of the times was also on display as many countries were taken over by military juntas or dictators. Even Greece, the cradle of democracy, was unceremoniously taken over by a coup d’état in April 1967 by the Regime of the Colonels. This was the same decade reactionary forces most likely arranged the assassinations of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
Progressive times such, as the 1960s, breed reactionary forces. People, groups, organizations, religions and political parties do not like seeing their power erode with the incoming progressive tide. Despite all the coups and military dictatorships of the period, looking back, who won? It was certainly not the reactionary forces. Nevertheless, in any progressive time, reactionary forces try to prevent the inevitable.
However, the progressive influence of the 1960s was short-lived. After only one short 7 1/2 year progressive period, the pendulum then commenced swinging back to conservative values starting in May 1970. By October 1977, the world had to settle into three consecutive full strength conservative periods before the pendulum slowly started the swing back to progressive values commencing in February 2000. As of July 2007, the world has commenced three consecutive progressive periods.
Normally in the pendulum swing, there are three periods of either 100% conservative or 100% progressive periods. Each of these sets of three periods is separated by a transitional period where progressive and conservative tendencies temporarily co-exist. However, every 178 or so years an anomaly occurs, and this last occurred in May 1970 (due to a change in sub-age). When this occurs, instead of three periods of the same flavor existing in a row, it is reduced to one period. The progressive Scorpio-Scorpio period (Dec 1962-May 1970) was a loner, and was tightly sandwiched between solid conservative periods.
This is why so many people became disillusioned by the 1960s and early 70s, as it occurred in reaction to the stifling conservatism that dominated the times, but instead of having a solid run over 3 periods
(about 22 ½ years), it was quickly slowed down commencing in May 1970 after only 7 1/2 years of progressive influence. By October 1977 the conservative backlash was in full swing lasting until February 2000. The peak representatives of this conservative backlash in the West could be represented by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and by Leonid Brezhnev in the USSR (Russia) up to 1982.
However, the table has again turned. All those starry-eyed hippies of the 1960s and 70s are now beginning to see a continuation of the liberal-progressive narrative so swiftly truncated when they were still young. Even some American states have legalized marijuana and the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in most western nations is an indication of the return to progressive policies.
This pendulum swing between conservative and progressive values normally lasting a few decades exists within larger frameworks that also display the same swing but over centuries and millennia. What very few astrologers realize is that as of December 2014, the world has entered a progressive-liberal phase unmatched for over 7,000 years which also insinuates increased social, political and financial volatility. The world is on the cusp of a multi-thousand year volatile-progressive landscape. One way this has manifested is that about 5,000 years ago the opposite pendulum swing occurred and the world seriously went to war, and war has been central to world politics for the last 5,000 years. See A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making . This does not mean the Democrats will win the presidential elections for the next 7,000 years!
Sitting behind the current five-year Cancer period is a major multi-century Scorpio influence that is at the absolute height of its dominance from 1970 to 2059. This Scorpio influence is in the process of replacing the (Sagittarius) capitalist dream with debt, anxiety and a strong feeling of vulnerability from a number of fronts. These include the threat of terrorism, lack of income growth, burgeoning debt, rapid societal dissolution from immigration (legal and illegal) and accelerating change in just about everything. This contributes to the growth of reactionary forces wanting to ‘restore’ the past which is as effective a kids sand wall on the beach to prevent the tide from coming in.
Also since December 2014, Aquarius has reared its head after about 74 years of dormancy. The new Aquarius (micro-age decan and overflow) will broadly affect the current period until 2024, and be a strong emergent influence up until 2019. The strongest time for Aquarius will be 2019 to 2024 (see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan ). Aquarius likes extremes, and whenever Aquarius is strong, the extremists’ views at both end of the spectrum become stronger and more people than normal in the middle class will get affected by these more extreme views. This favors all candidates except Hillary as Hillary is the only top-four candidate in the middle.
Aquarius breeds reactionary fascism such as ISIS in the Middle East as well as many countries with immature democratic institutions. Even ‘mature’ democratic nations will experience die-hards on the right trying to influence the direction of their nation in undemocratic ways. One impetus is the push to ‘restore values’ but democratic values are conveniently excluded from the values to be restored.
All the above periods affect the outcome of the presidential election and explains why the current top four are in their exalted positions. Hillary benefits from being the only female in a Cancer period – Cancer is one of the two key female signs. The other three candidates all benefit from emergent Aquarius – Saunders for his progressive views, and Trump and Cruz for their extremist right wing views. Cancer both helps and hinders Hillary, the female component helps her, but Cancer is anti-authoritarian, and Hillary is from establishment politics.
The almost permanent background Scorpio influence indicates that the general public is getting
impassioned and they want something revolutionary to change the uncomfortable situation they believe they are in. Research shows that Republican voters are far more upset than Democrat voters as they perceive progressive policies are eroding their established values. This may explain why the two leading Republican candidates, Trump and Cruz, are so out there. The background Scorpio influence favors all four candidates as the first female president, the socialist policies of Bernie Saunders, the extreme right wind views of Cruz and Trump as the jack-in-the-box all satisfy the quest for a major change. This is why they are the last four candidates effectively standing. These four may not last until the elections, especially on the Republican side.
Finally, referring back to Table 1, it is possible to make a prediction on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election with about 80% accuracy based solely on these 7 ½ year periods’ orientation to either conservative or progressive values, or a combination of both in the transitional periods. Table 2 correlates the US presidents with the conservative-progressive pendulum of Table 1:
|Feb 1948||Sagittarius -Sagittarius||CONSERVATIVE||Eisenhower||C|
|Jul 1955||Sagittarius -Scorpio||Conservative-PROGRESSIVE||JFK||P|
|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|
Table 2 – excludes presidential elections when an incumbent president wins the election. “P” = progressive and “C” = conservative.
The only presidents in Table 2 that were elected in a period where the opposite political influence was stronger were Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Maybe this was why Nixon left office in disgrace and Bill Clinton was only the second president to be impeached? It seems to be dangerous territory for any president to be in office in a period favoring the other side of politics.
There is no suggestion that Table 2 is statistically relevant due to the small amount of data, but if this is representative of the broader whole, only two of the ten presidents listed were presidents in the ‘wrong’ period. This means that 8 out of 10, or 80% of presidents were originally elected president in a period aligned to their political persuasion. Based on Table 2, there is an 80% chance the 2017 US presidential election will be won by a Democrat. If the election is won by a Republican or right-leaning independent, they will probably court heated controversy of some kind as they will be a duck out of water.
From a distance, it seems that the main race for the 2016 presidential election is between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. A similar thing often happens at tennis tournaments when the main two protagonists face off against each other in the quarter or semi-finals, and the winner then just demolishes the last surviving player in the finals but the best match was earlier. It seems the Republican race is just to decide the loser in the presidential elections as the field they have produced seems incapable of attracting middle America. The initial astrological perspective supports this view as do most polls (excluding Fox News).
However, this is only the initial conclusion based mainly on the application of 7 ½ years period and their orientation to conservative or progressive values. Part 2 will focus on smaller periods associated with 5 year periods (based on micro-age decans that have already been briefly introduced here in Part 1), 15 month periods (nano-ages) and five month periods (nano-age decans). The smaller periods may not agree with the above perspective.
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