Is Western Society Due Another Revolution?

For most people in the western world, astrology is just the sun-sign.   Astrologers are not so circumscribed – they know that the sun-sign is just one of a huge number of influential astrological factors including the ascendant, moon signs, aspects and so on that are available in interpreting and predicting events associated with a person, object or event.

When it comes to the astrological ages, the situation is, in a way, almost reversed.  The average astrologer has usually heard of the Age of Pisces, Age of Aquarius and plus some earlier ages such as the Age of Cancer – with each age somewhere around 2155 years each.  This is akin to sun-sign astrology.  The astrological age in play at any time in history is just one of many factors of the astrological influences that can be extracted from them.

Firstly, each age has three age-decans of almost 720 years each.  Secondly, each age has twelve sub-ages of almost 180 years each.  These again have three sub-age decans of almost 60 years each and 12 micro-ages of approximately 15 years each – and it does not stop there.  Micro-ages have 12 nano-ages of approximately 15 months each, and in the last few years, I have even been employing pico-ages that are only about 5 weeks in length.  These pico-ages provide valuable insights into subtle financial market gyrations. (For more details on the mechanics of the astrological ages, see The Age of Aquarius for Dummies.

The upshot of all these sub-periods is that when any historical event or current affair is examined, it has to be correlated to the appropriate sub-period of an astrological age, otherwise it is like a client wanting to know their future but only provide their sun-sign!

For any astrologer wanting to learn about the sub-periods of the astrological ages, the best sub-periods to commence with are the sub-ages because a new sub-age arrives approximately every 179 years.  Compare this to an age of some 2150 years – the common thread that must remain historically relevant for over 2,000 years, is very thin.  The common thread associated with a sub-age is far shorter and thicker – and thus easier to identify.

The focus in this article is upon the sub-ages that have been experienced within the current Age of Aquarius to date and specifically upon new cultural, social or political movements that have “revolutionised” western society with the arrival of every new sub-age commencing with the 15th century.  It seems that the world is always in decay, but decay can be taken only for so long.  Since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius there have been three large scale revolutions in western society, and we are again facing the problems and issues of another deterioration of western society requiring another revolution?

The three revolutions that have occurred since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius are related to the first three sub-ages within the Age of Aquarius.

Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612)

Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791)

Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970)

The Capricorn Revolution

A medieval scene of a cleric, soldier and worker

What was life like in 1433 AD at the arrival of the Age of Aquarius?  It was medieval!  The greatest institution in western society was the Roman Catholic Church that was riddled with extreme corruption and people could purchase their way to heaven by buying indulgences, thus supplying a steady income stream to the church.  Society’s perspective was based on the extremely conservative Christian tradition and there was no room for rationality or empirical evidence if the Bible had already commented upon a particular subject.  Furthermore, the church was able to dream up dogma on just about anything based on their religious concepts. People lived in a fantasy or what the world was, what it existed in, and how things worked.  People could be burnt alive for being witches.  It was an abject state of affairs and it made living more difficult than necessary as delusion, corruption and ignorance were accepted as real.

So what happened to correct this absurd state of affairs?  It all started with the appearance and evolution of Protestantism in Europe commencing in 1529.  The term derives from the letter of “protestation” from German Lutheran princes in 1529 against an edict of the Roman Catholic Church Diet of Speyer condemning the teachings of Martin Luther as heretical.

In the 16th century, Lutheranism, or associated reformed churches, spread from Germany into most of Northern Europe by such reformers as John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and John Knox. Protestants developed their own culture, which made major contributions in education, the humanities and sciences, the political and social order, the economy and the arts, and other fields.  The Protestants brought the first modern revolution to western society. In their day, they were the revolutionaries.

The changes brought about by Protestantism include a massive drive to educate their youth.  For example, when the Puritans arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628, they founded Harvard College only eight years later.  Protestants believed that God gave them the power to reason, greatly contributing to the modern Scientific Revolution.  The main part of the Protestant’s moral code was industry, frugality, calling, discipline, and a strong sense of responsibility – all strong Capricorn archetypes.  In tune with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius, Protestantism was almost pure democracy in its internal structure compared to the Roman Catholic Church.  This new culture underpinned the formation of the USA.

It should also be noted that the modern Scientific Revolution appropriately commenced with this Capricorn sub-age but the first Age of Science or Scientific Revolution commenced in Ancient Greece  in the previous Capricorn sub-age (551 BC – 370 BC).  According to Nick Campion, this previous scientific revolution was “perhaps comparable to that which transformed European though from around 1500 to 1700, from Copernicus to Newton.”[1]

The Sagittarius Revolution

The bourgeoisie benefited from the Sagittarius sub-age and their “revolution” brought wealth to poverty-stricken western culture.  There were many

The prototypical bourgeois: Monsieur Jourdain, the protagonist in Molière’s play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670).

revolutions in Europe in the early 1600’s because

There is nothing which stirs and angers the people more than food shortages and the cost of bread.[2]

The common term the “nouveau riche” also applied to the bourgeoisie as a derogatory term by the aristocracy against people that made their wealth from business.  In the 17th and 18th century, the bourgeoisie  were in battle against the Law of Privilege – the divine right to rule by the nobles and aristocracy.  The English Civil War (1642–51), the American War of Independence (1775–83), and French Revolution (1789–99) were partly motivated by the desire by the bourgeoisie to rid themselves of the feudal and royal encroachments on their personal liberty, commercial prospects, and the ownership of property. The extent of the bourgeoisie revolution in England is framed by one history book as “England, Towards a Bourgeois Monarchy”.[3]

In tandem with the bourgeoisie revolution was another major Sagittarius archetype – international travel and affairs.  This sub-age saw the flowering of the great joint-stock companies which emerged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Europe which served a leading role in spurring on global commerce and colonization.  The two most famous companies were the English East India Company and the Dutch East India Company – both from Protestant countries.  The end result of the bourgeoisie revolution was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution leading to the greatest economic boom and population explosion the world has ever experienced.

The Scorpio Revolution

The two signs strongly related to revolution are Aquarius and Scorpio, so any Scorpio sub-age within the Age of Aquarius is going to be highly revolutionary, and this sub-age lived up to its archetype.  The great revolution of the Scorpio sub-age was the Workers’ Revolution who basically took on the baton from the bourgeoisie and virtually eliminated western aristocracy in a little over a century.  The plight of workers at the beginning of the Scorpio sub-ages was pitiful.  The first excesses of the Industrial Revolution had created factories involving long hours, child workers, dangerous conditions and low pay while too many bourgeoisie owners behaved like Scrooge McDuck.

At the beginning of this sub-age in 1791, almost the whole of western society remained firmly under control of monarchs and the aristocracy with the

c.1865: Karl Marx (1818-1883), philosopher and German politician. (Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)

bourgeoisie making great inroads – the USA being the key exception to monarchy.  By 1970, only vestiges of monarchs remained.

However, the workers were not just against the aristocracy, they were also against the bourgeoisie – the owners of businesses. The key year was 1848 when there were a series of political upheavals throughout Europe. It remains the most widespread revolutionary wave in European history.  As a result, significant lasting reforms included the abolition of serfdom in Austria and Hungary, the end of absolute monarchy in Denmark, and the introduction of parliamentary democracy in the Netherlands.  Austria and Prussia eliminated feudalism by 1850, improving the lot of the peasants. European middle classes made political and economic gains over the next 20 years; France retained universal male suffrage. Russia would later free the serfs on February 19, 1861.

A key expression of the Workers Revolution was trade unions.  They were banned in the UK in 1799 and severely repressed until 1824.  More permanent trade unions were established in the UK from the 1850s.  They were finally legalised in 1872 (in the UK).

The working class was not content to just being limited to forming trade unions, it was from the excess of extremists elements of the working class that brought the Russian Revolution in 1917 resulting in the communisation of much of the Eurasian land mass by 1950.  The workers finally got rid of the nobles, bourgeoisie and church – but this excess has been brought back to earth not long after the arrival of the Libra sub-age in 1970.  Nevertheless, something that is never taught in schools is that under the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970), the biggest revolution the world has ever experienced took place.

The Libra Revolution

Each of the above revolutions arrived due to mass discontent of a significant part of western society against limitations and strictures placed upon them.  The limitations usually come from entrenched anti-democratic forces.  If history is any guide, then the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) should produce another “revolution”.  However what kind of revolution will Libra produce, as it is not a zodiacal sign renown for revolutionary intensity?  It may be better to say “evolution” in place of “revolution” but with the understanding that the result is the same – a major change in direction against an entrenched force.

What are the problems that exist in western society that require an evolution/revolution to fix?  It is not hard to see what the problem is – it is the agenda of most western nations promoting extremists capitalism.  The role of capitalism in the world today represents the opposite extreme of communism of the last century which was in reality extremist socialism.  Capitalism places money at the top of the totem pole, and this has resulted in the ongoing expansion of climate change due to out-of-control pollution in all of its forms and guises. It has also produced a ridiculous situation whereby as of 2015, the richest 1% of the world’s population now owns 50% of its total wealth.[4]

What many people are ignorant about is that when the first western democracy appeared in Ancient Greece (appropriately under the influence of the last Aquarius sub-age), the Athenians were not looking for democracy, they were just looking for a way to prevent utter chaos in their society due to the shenanigans of the rich.

The Libra revolution is firmly in place – it started with the Peace movement, hippies and the appearance of post-modernism in the 1960’s and 70’s.  So powerful and noticeable was this period that it is taken as granted in the American media that the 1960’s and 70’s was the Age of Aquarius with many contemporary writers and media articles waxing lyrical about the Age of Aquarius as if it was a 20 year age!  The 1960’s and 70’s was not the beginning of the Age of Aquarius but the high-point of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2148).  Both Scorpio and Aquarius are revolutionary signs, so the revolutionary energies are high (pun not intended).

We are not looking at a violent and turbulent revolution because Libra is in the mix. Not only does the Libra sub-age begin in 1970 (coinciding with the

This is a poster for the musical Hair.

Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 -2148), but we are also approaching the high-point of the massive Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2148 – 2863) and Libra is opposite in nature to violent Aries.  Violent Aries is in for a surprise as Libra grows in strength, as aggression and violence will be replaced by peace and harmony, but not agreement.  We can expect a bi-polar world of some sort or another, probably split between totalitarian and democratic states with China at the apex of the totalitarian model (China also has a strong association with Libra).  We can also expect by the middle of the 22nd century that western nations will be relatively split between environmentalists with progressive agendas and died-in-the-wool capitalists keen to make a profit, but more constrained than the current free wheeling extreme capitalism that is currently running the world.

We are not going to see a perfect world (if such a thing is remotely possible), but a world that has been further tweaked, in the same way that the previous three sub-ages have seriously tweaked western society.  One of the reasons why so many people feel anguish at the current state of affairs in the world is that a small but significant percentage of western society has moved their heads into the new reality.  From the perspective of the new reality, the current situation of an anachronistic billionaire at the helm of the greatest nation in the world is just pure anathema, which combined with the ongoing and accelerating worldwide environmental disaster, billions spent on armaments when many many millions of people still starve and suffer – is just to hard to bear.  Major revolutions and evolutions are a multi-century affairs, and those that have the new consciousness will need to include patience and forbearance into their psychological outlook.

The outlook and consciousness of the standard bearers for change in western society will also evolve and develop over the coming century and more.  Some years ago a came across the small movement that promoted non-aggressive communication, which was looked upon like veganism as just being an idealistic extremist agenda with little of no relevance for the wider society.  Recently, I also heard an interesting personal outlook for the new age that is developing that went something like this:

Do not offend anyone.

Do not take offence from anyone.

Do not retaliate or take revenge against anyone that has offended you.

This kind of outlook is the harbinger of the world that is coming.  It is a recipe for harmony, understanding and consciousness.  It will not be a perfect world, but it will resolve some or many of the problems and injustices that remain prevalent in the world.  Most science fiction writers, novels and movies get the future completely wrong.  The common Hollywood expectation is either a world with more advanced technology in a corporate fascist environment or a post-apocalyptic world with numerous hardships and privations in an environment of survival of the fittest or most dangerous.  Neither of these two scenarios align with the current growing strength of Libra in the world.

I have been writing about the good news of where the world is heading  for some time, but we will only see the early stages.  Already the LGBT community is experiencing the benefits of this change, and the ongoing equalization of the sexes has made another step forward in the Me-Too movement.  If you are focused upon where we are going, and avoid focusing upon the inequities in the world carried forward from the past, the world suddenly becomes a better place in your personal bubble.

Some of my previous posts on where the world is heading are listed below:

The Silent Revolution

Females, Women and Feminists in the Age of Aquarius

Will New Agers Rule the World?

The Future of Capitalism in the Age of Aquarius

A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making

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

Is the World a Calamity in Progress?

The Progressives’ Lament

The Real Revolution in the USA

Note: the above was adopted from an article published in the FAA Journal Volume 47 No. 3, June 2017 published by the Federation of Australian Astrologers

References

[1] Nicholas Campion, “The Dawn of Astrology”, Continuum, London, 2008 p.74

[2] “The Collins Atlas of World History”, London, 1987, p 158

[3] “The Collins Atlas of World History”, London, 1987, p 156

[4] Daniel Bentley, “The top 1% now owns half the world’s wealth”, Fortune, Oct 15, 2015, http://fortune.com/2015/10/14/1-percent-global-wealth-credit-suisse/

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Weinstein’s Date With Fate

Over the many decades I have been doing astrological readings and predictions, the main insight I have reaped is that predictions are usually not necessary – because the average person does not have an objective assessment about what is happening to them NOW! What is the point of discussing the future in two months, two years or two decades if my client is confused about what is happening to them now?

The Beginning of History?

The same applies to the astrology of the world, with the main difference being that the average person also has a totally confused picture of the past, is flummoxed by the present and is too exhausted to consider the future. I remember reading one survey about a decade ago that said the average understanding of history in the USA began with the TV series The Simpsons first aired in 1989. Anything before that date is just a fog.

Out of this historical quagmire, many astrologers claim that the Age of Aquarius commenced in the 1960s or 70s because the opening song in the musical Hair proudly proclaimed “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…”. Other astrologers are equally confused and befuddled by stating that the previous Age of Pisces commenced with the life of Jesus Christ not realizing that both these statements cannot be simultaneously true because ages are about 150 years longer than 2,000 years. Many astrologers solve this problem by arbitrarily rounding each astrological age to exactly 2,000 years each because they need nice and tidy years for each age. This is how the influence of the Pisces age affects astrologers and astrology.

In the current Age of the Mobile Phone, where so much news, fake news, information and disinformation comes hurtling at our brains at an accelerating speed, this article is appropriately about flitting small periods within the Age of Aquarius that exist for just a few months. Think of and old fashion clock with an hour, minute and second hand. The hour hand allegorically represents the astrological ages of some 2,150 years each, the minute hand represents sub-ages of around 178 years each and the second hand represents micro-ages of some 15 years each. [See Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details on the mechanics of the astrological ages]

What I am examining in this article is the missing forth hand of the clock, which if it existed, represents each second again divided by 60. These represent nano-ages, and each nano-age is approximately 15 months in length. Most people reading this will be astrologers, so you should understand “decanates” commonly abbreviated to “decans”, and not to be confused with or pronounced like a church “deacon” – it’s been many a century since a deacon was allowed to study astrology, or at least publicly.

Decans allow us to divide sign-based periods into thirds – so if a nano-age is almost 15 months, a nano-age decan is about 5 months. These incredibly small periods within an age are nevertheless highly noticeable in the constant stream of discordant information, scandal and intrigue that we call the news. Many, if not the majority, of major news items that parade before us daily, are actually archetypally linked to these nano-ages and nano-age decans. You cannot see this connection if you do not know the nano-age and nano-age decan ephemeris or astrological archetypes!

For the purposes of this article, I am demonstrating the ephemeris in a semi-graphical fashion because all ages and their sub-periods (all the way down to nano-age decans) behave like waves or the monthly lunar cycle. Due to the ages and all sub-periods moving through the zodiac in the reverse of the normal order, all ages and sub-periods are at their strongest at their end, and weakest at their beginning. When a period comes to an end, this strength does not magically disappear but ‘breaks’ over the following period like a wave… or more like a tsunami. This wave is so strong, that it ‘manifest’ more in the following period than its own period, and both influence mingle.

Even though we are well and firmly in the Age of Aquarius, the influence from the Age of Pisces (Pisces age overflow) is even stronger. This is why so many astrologers believe we are in some kind of transition between the Age of Pisces and Age of Aquarius because archetypes belonging to both Pisces and Aquarius are so strong in the world. However, unknown to most astrologers, there is never a time when the transitional influence of one age does not interact with the previous age due to the wavelike nature of ages and their sub periods. [See Age of Aquarius for Dummies ]

Currently, most of the world is more involved with (Pisces) belief systems, especially religious belief systems, than they are about Aquarius rationality. Too many people will die for their unproven and unsubstantiated beliefs – or try and force these beliefs upon other people. About 25% of Americans actually reject evolution and firmly believe that God created the world about 6,000 years ago. The influence from the Pisces age overflow rarely brings (Virgo) clarity and discrimination. However, Aquarius is associated with democracy, freedom, liberalism, flight and rationality and no one can deny the effect Aquarius is also having upon the world.

Even many astrologers get caught up in astrological belief systems, and some claim that the Pisces age is the Pisces-Virgo age, which will be followed by the Aquarius-Leo age – as if the opposite sign somehow gets strengthened. There is no evidence in any other branch of astrology that this occurs. For example, in a Pisces lunar month, Virgo is in detriment and anything ruled by Virgo is prone to have problems or hit a red light. When transiting Jupiter is in Scorpio, luck deserts Taurus! The Age of Aquarius is not the bipolar Aquarius-Leo age but the Pisces-Aquarius age followed by the Aquarius-Capricorn age. The Aquarius influence therefore is strongly associated with two full ages – a period of some 4,300 years – or what I call the Aquarius eon.

Mainly nano-ages, micro-age decans and their respective overflow periods

Examining the above graphic ephemeris and starting from the top down, we can see that the major influence is from Aries (all the red areas) with Scorpio strongly intruding. In the mid-section, we can clearly see that in November 2017, we remain are firmly in the Aries quasi nano-age (Nov 16 – Feb 18) and the Aries nano-age overflow (Jun 17 – Sep 18). This places the world in the most potent 3rd quarter of this full Aries period (Mar 16 – Jun 17 – Sep 18) and the 3rd quarter is always the most potent quarter.

Even though the Pisces nano-age (Jun 17 – Sep 18) has also arrived, it remains in its weakest quarter, though it is starting to manifest (e.g. the discovery in November 2017 that Uber had been hiding the fact that its customer and driver data was massively hacked in late 2016). While the new Pisces period may be at its weakest stage, this does not apply to its nano-age decans, because the first nano-age decan peaked in November 2017. The Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 17 – Nov 17 – Apr 18) is in its most powerful 3rd quarter (Nov 17 – Feb 18), so we should also be seeing good examples of Scorpio also strongly manifesting in the news.

This Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow also has a punch above its size due to resonance. This very small Scorpio period is occurring within the much larger and stronger Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148) with the larger and far more powerful Scorpio period in its most potent 3rd quarter (1970 – 2059). Therefore, we can expect more from any small Scorpio period compared to most other small periods associated with other signs.

There is also a relationship between Aries and Scorpio because in traditional western astrology, both these signs were ruled by Mars – the god of war, conflict, sport, public health (or strength) & construction. While the current Aries nano-age and overflow has gone against the last few Aries nano-ages inasmuch as no regional war has been declared (the two Gulf wars occurred in the last two Aries nano-age periods), we have experienced the standoff between the USA and North Korea – with both sides behaving like boxers keen and eager to enter the ring for a real fight. However, even this incident brings in Scorpio, because Scorpio rules nuclear weapons, and this tension is brought about by North Korea’s growing and developing nuclear ambitions.

One of the classic events strongly associated with both Aries and Scorpio was the killing by Stephen Paddock of 58 people with 546 injured in Las Vegas making this the deadliest mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in U.S. history. Before examining in detail more specific news items of note in 2017, some developments sit under the radar but remain highly potent and noticeable by the general public. In this case, I am referring to the Harvey Weinstein affair which came to light in early October 2017 – just as Scorpio was achieving its greatest strength. A number of prominent women have recently made a number of sexual harassment and misconduct claims against Harvey Weinstein, and this avalanche of built up resentment has flowed over to other prominent people around the world.

By David Shankbone – Own work, CC BY 3.0

“Dozens of women have accused Weinstein, a leading Hollywood producer, of sexual harassment, assault or rape. Police are investigating in the US and abroad. Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.”[1]

This has spread to judge Roy Moore running for the vacant Senate race in Alabama in the wake of allegations that he preyed on teenagers. Other prominent people are getting caught in the new witch-hunt: the Democratic senator and former Saturday Night Live cast member, Al Franken, of Minnesota has been accused by four women of inappropriate touching; accusations made against the 88-year-old Democratic representative John Conyers, who is accused of using taxpayer money to settle cases with women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Fox News is promoting similar allegations against Bill Clinton.

These incidences are the tip of the iceberg and even in Australia, a very high profile star from the 1980s and 90s, Don Burke (from the TV series Burkes Backyard) has been caught out due to an overwhelming numbers of accusations against him due to his inappropriate sexual advances against a number of women. Many politicians, and men from around the world have subsequently fallen foul since the Weinstein affair commenced including British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

“The most comprehensive EU-wide study on sexual harassment, (based on interviews with 42,000 women, across 28 member states, and published in 2014), showed that between 45% and 55% of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment since the age of 15.”[2]

What this tells us is that the situation has been entrenched in our male-dominated society for centuries, if not millennia, but what is relevant is that under the signs of Aries and Scorpio, some of the dirty washing is coming out on display. Weinstein had a date with fate. Aries promotes maleness and Scorpio sex, so the combination of these two has created the correct environment. However, this combination appears around every 12 or 13 years, so there must be more than just the Aries nano-age and Scorpio nano-age decan involved?

Digging deeper into the above graphic ephemeris, something else occurred in 2017 of note – we entered the more powerful Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (June 2017 – June 2022), part of the larger Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), which among other things, has given us President Trump as a gift or poison chalice (Aquarius always favors extremists on both sides of the ledger). Another sign strongly associated with males is Leo, and so in an Aquarius period, opposition to (Leo) males should be expected. Furthermore, Aquarius is a revolutionary sign and likes to upset the status quo, and the status quo is that many males feel they have the right to sexually molest and intimidate women. This is now being opposed. This strength of Aquarius has not been seen for almost 100 years, and the last time around it produced Hitler, Mussolini etc.

Digging even deeper is the fact that the world is in the most potent 3rd quarter of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029) with this potent third quarter empowering the period 2014 to 2022. Cancer is one of two key signs for women, so this strengthens women and their concerns. With Cancer also in opposition to Capricorn, the sign of the successful ‘elder’ or older male, we can therefore see that the signs are ganging up against sexually predatory males especially those that are prominent, older or highly successful. A Cancer period of this strength has not been around since the time of the suffragettes in their quest for female political rights. It is only after taking all these minor periods into account that we can see Weinstein’s, and his fellow travelers, date with fate.

This year is also the astrological anniversary of the 1854 founding of the Republican Party in the USA. As a birthday present, they control both houses of Congress and the presidency, and taking every opportunity to stack the US Supreme Court with conservative judges. In a recent survey, it found that the majority of US Republicans, even if they are also evangelical Christians, did not think that a politician with predatory sexual behavior, was a problem.[3]

The following is a list of noteworthy news items taken from Wikipedia for 2017 (to November 2017) with the highlighted words strongly associated with Aries or Scorpio or both. This list is compiled by independent Wikipedia editors that only deem items of major “significance” can be included. Therefore the significant mudslinging from President Trump in his Twitter account and ongoing public brawling he has with various people is not included, but remains a significant development of (Aries) aggression and Scorpio revenge in 2017.

ARIES ONLY

January 21 – Millions of people worldwide join the Women’s March in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.

February 11 – North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.

March 10 – The UN warns that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

April 6 – In response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town, the U.S. military launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in Syria. Russia describes the strikes as an “aggression”, adding they significantly damage U.S.–Russia ties.

April 13 – In the 2017 Nangarhar airstrike the U.S. drops the GBU-43/B MOAB, the world’s largest non-nuclear weapon, at an ISIL base in Afghanistan.

May 12 – Computers around the world are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack, which goes on to affect at least 150 countries.

May 22 – A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 100.

SCORPIO INFLUENCE COMMENCES (with ARIES) (Scorpio is also the sign most strongly associated with terrorists and terrorism)

June 7 – Two terrorist attacks were simultaneously carried out by five terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against the Iranian Parliament building and the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini, both in Tehran, Iran, leaving 17 civilians dead and 43 wounded. It became the first ISIL attack in Iran.

June 10 – The 2017 World Expo is opened in Astana, Kazakhstan.

June 12 – American student Otto Warmbier returns home in a coma after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and dies a week later.

June 18 – Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired six surface-to-surface mid-range ballistic missile from domestic bases targeting ISIL forces in the Syrian Deir ez-Zor Governorate in response to the terrorist attacks in Tehran earlier that month.

June 21 – The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq, is destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

June 25 – The World Health Organization estimates that Yemen has over 200,000 cases of cholera.

June 27 – A series of cyberattacks using the Petya malware begins, affecting organizations in Ukraine.

July 4 – Russia and China urge North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programs after it successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

July 7 – The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is voted for by 122 of the 193 UN member states.

July 10 – Syrian Civil War: Mosul is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

August 5 – The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions on North Korean trade and investment.

August 17 – The first observation of a collision of two neutron stars (GW170817) is hailed as a breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy when both gravitational and electromagnetic waves from the event are detected. Data from the event provided confirmatory evidence for the r-process theory of the origin of heavy elements like gold.

August 21 – A total solar eclipse (nicknamed “The Great American Eclipse”) is visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States of America, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.

August 25–ongoing – A military operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing“, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

August 25–30 – Hurricane Harvey strikes the United States as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to the Houston metropolitan area, mostly due to record-breaking floods. At least 90 deaths were recorded, and total damage reaches $198.6 billion (2017 USD), making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

September 1 – Russian President Vladimir Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to United States sanctions.

September 3 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

September 6–10 – The Caribbean and United States are struck by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The storm causes at least 134 deaths and at least $63 billion (2017 USD) in damage.

September 13 – The International Olympic Committee awards Paris and Los Angeles the right to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, respectively.

September 15 – Cassini–Huygens ends its 13-year mission by plunging into Saturn, becoming the first spacecraft to enter the planet’s atmosphere.

September 19 – An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Central Mexico, killing 369 people and leaving thousands more homeless.

September 19–20 – Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria strikes similar areas, making landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, and Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Maria causes at least 94 deaths and damages estimated in excess of $51 billion (2017 USD).

October 1 – Fifty-eight people are killed and 546 injured when Stephen Paddock opens fire on a crowd in Las Vegas, surpassing the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in U.S. history.

October 12 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO.

October 14 – A massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 358 people and injures nearly 400 others.

October 17 – Syrian Civil War: Raqqa is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

October 27 – Catalonia declares independence from Spain, but the Catalan Republic is not recognised by the Spanish government or any other sovereign nation

November 2 – A new species of orangutan is discovered in Indonesia, becoming the third species of orangutan and the first great ape to be described for almost a century.

November 3 – Syrian Civil War: both Deir ez-Zor in Syria and Al-Qa’im in Iraq are declared liberated from ISIS on the same day.

November 5 – The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes 13.4 million documents leaked from the offshore law firm Appleby, along with business registries in 19 tax jurisdictions that reveal offshore financial activities on behalf of politicians, celebrities, corporate giants and business leaders. The newspaper shared the documents with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and asked it to lead the investigation.

November 12 – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes the border region between Iraq and Iran leaving at least 530 dead and over 70,000 homeless.

November 15 – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is placed under house arrest, as the military take control of the country. He resigns six days later, after 37 years of rule.

A Leonardo da Vinci painting, Salvator Mundi, sells for US$450 million at Christie’s in New York, a new record price for any work of art.

November 20 – Nature publishes an article recognising the high velocity asteroid ʻOumuamua as originating from outside the solar system i.e. the 1st known interstellar object.

November 22 – The International Court of Justice finds Ratko Mladic guilty of genocide committed in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian war, the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two. He is sentenced to life in prison.

November 24 – A mosque attack in Sinai, Egypt kills more than 235 worshippers and leaves hundreds more wounded.

Of the above 42 newsworthy items associated with 2017 to date, only 4 items don’t have a clear-cut relationship with Aries or Scorpio.

Reference:

2017, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:25, November 29, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2017&oldid=812584234

2018

This time next year it will be a totally different story as Pisces will be the short term reigning sign, so we can expect stock market bubbles (followed eventually by the inevitable crash), corruption, issues associated with multi-national corporations and corporations in general, especially when combined with deceit and deception. With Pisces the number one sign for the USA, expect that the USA will be temporarily back in the international driver’s seat for better or worse? Pisces also rules Hollywood and the acting profession plus race relations in the USA. The Pisces-orientated European Union may also be temporarily strengthened or highlighted in some way. Pisces rules the oceans, and according to the astrological ages, the most affected part of the planet from climate change over the coming centuries will be the oceans, so we can expect some new deteriorating elements associated with the welfare of our oceans (and Pisces’ wild animals). Drowning Pacific island nations may become more vocal about their plight. Fake news or anti-news can only increase in intensity under Pisces. Drugs are always strongly associated with Pisces and so more developments in legalization, prohibition and the Opioid Epidemic engineered by corporate drug pushers.

References:

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/26/nancy-pelosi-trump-weinstein-sexual-harassment-claims

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/21/metoo-is-raising-awareness-but-taking-sexual-abuse-to-court-is-a-minefield

[3] https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/8x5egv/why-evangelical-christians-stand-behind-accused-sexual-predators

The Real Revolution in the USA

The population of the USA is deserting the fundamentalist Christian bloc in droves, and have been doing so for decades. This seismic socio-political change is mainly being wrought by the young who are increasingly rejecting the belief systems of established religions. As this dissolution of the WASP and established religious base in American politics continue, conservatives are clutching at straws. The main straw is Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, who represents everything the hard religious right despises, has made an unholy alliance with the fundamentalist religious base where they overlook his many ‘moral’ shortcomings in exchange for his support for their sinking ship. Is Trump the last hurrah of the extremist’s fundamentalist religious influence in the USA?

Any unbiased observer will notice that since the rise of western society, coinciding with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century, there has been a progressive or growing liberal agenda in western nations, but not without some serious temporary setbacks at times. This growing liberal agenda also appears to be accelerating. For example, even in my lifetime, in the Australia of the 1960s the police were able to physically attack gay people with impunity but now one country after another is legalizing gay marriage. This is just one of many traditional social issues that have been upended by the onslaught of the liberal revolution.

There are just so many examples of the ongoing surge of liberalism but strangely, many liberal-oriented folk do not seem to be able to recognize this surge away from conservative-religious political values. They see Trump as some kind of cataclysmic development sending society full steam astern. Did Hitler with all his armed forces turn back the tide of western liberalism? The evolutionary stride of western society is like the incoming tide, not every wave forces itself further up the beach, but on average, they do.

According to the Public Religious Research Institute, we will be saved by the young as they progressively distance themselves from mainstream religions and become ‘unaffiliated’. The growth of the unaffiliated young religious voters in the USA is the greatest socio-political development since the 1990’s – 1991 to be specific. The result: “Today, only 43% of Americans identify as white and Christian, and only 30% as white and Protestant. In 1976, roughly eight in ten (81%) Americans identified as white and identified with a Christian denomination, and a majority (55%) were white Protestants.”

chart

The arch-conservative fundamentalist religious base that overwhelmingly voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential elections is on the slippery slope towards insignificance, and therefore they are clutching at straws. However, even if this base becomes increasingly irrelevant as the 21st century proceeds, it must be replaced by something because the primary sign associated with the USA is Pisces symbolically represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. The USA will remain the greatest example of the juxtaposition of liberalism and fundamentalist conservatism in the world.

Is Trump representative of this new conservative fish? Most likely – as he is obviously only a thin-skinned Christian (for public political purposes only) and he represents the rich conservative side of politics with neo-fascist leanings where patriotism, authority and loyalty are more important than democracy and freedoms. Trump is the new face of crass corporate America intruding upon the political landscape. Trump needed the support of the religious right, the new unemployed or underemployed semi-destitute and the right wing extremists.

The research by the Public Religious Research Institute indicates that the religious right, that Trump depended upon, is steadily going down the gurgler and so future politicians of Trump’s ilk will increasingly need to depend less upon the religious conservatives and more upon the gun toting voting public, disenchanted workers wanting to turn back the clock and the extremist whackos strongly supported by corporate neo-fascists such as Rupert Murdoch (owner of Fox News).

The astrology indicates that the growth of corporate fascism this century will reach a pinnacle in 2088 due to the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029 – 2088 – 2148) which will strongly influence world politics in the period 2088 to 2148. (see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details on sub-periods of the astrological ages). This is not a one-sided affair, as it also indicates the massive growth of liberalism, socialism and progressive political agendas. This will occur in nearly all western societies, but accentuated in the USA due to its primary Pisces nature.

Most sub-age decans such as the Aquarius sub-age decan have a preview, and the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Jun 2022) is a preview of the coming Aquarius hurricane. This is why I previously published Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius

The evolution of any society is usually messy. Many on the liberal left have a Goldilocks mentality and when something does not go their way (in the short term), they think the sky is falling in. The main stress point for the evolution of liberalism in the world is the USA, not only due to its Pisces rulership, but because it is also the age empire of our time similar to Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt associated with the previous two astrological ages respectively. The clash between liberal and conservative forces is played out in the USA like some kind of gigantic melodrama or soap opera due to Pisces ruling the USA.

Why did the Public Religious Research Institute discover that we will we be saved by the young? It’s all due to the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) and Gemini always favors youth, which in this day and age are hypnotized by their handheld communication devices! Historically, most generations are dismissive of their following generations, but fortunately it appears that the young are increasingly dismissive of the baggage associated with the older generations, especially their religious belief systems.

Another astrological factor in the dissolution of established religious dogma is that religion is generally associated with Sagittarius and the current Gemini sub-age decan and overflow is exactly opposite in nature to Sagittarius. We have already seen the opening salvo of Gemini undermining established religions with the exposure of the many pedophiles entrenched within and protected by the established religions over the last four or five decades. It is also important to remember that the current Gemini period remains in its infancy, and so we better prepare for Gemini in full force from 2029 onward.

Further Reading:

Age of Aquarius for Dummies

Pisces America

Will New Agers Rule the World?

This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan

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

Change is in the Air by David Suzuki

Astrology Through the Ages

Astrology Before Modernity

© Copyright Terry MacKinnell 2014, 2017 Under the Berne Convention

Introduction

In this paper I am going to provide an analysis of the fortunes of horoscopic astrology using some specific types of sub-periods of the astrological ages.  While there can be many different viewpoints on the fortunes of astrology, the viewpoint from the sub-periods of the ages provides amazing clarity, but nevertheless does not monopolize the field, as each different view will provide some unique insight.

Horoscopic astrology’s honeymoon period was the first two centuries AD culminating with Claudius Ptolemy and Vettius Valens. Its momentum continued into the following centuries but with the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century and the growing political strength of the Roman Catholic Church, interest in astrology subsided and opposition rose.  In the 8th century astrology experienced a period of revival, especially in the new Islamic ‘empire’.  This new impetus lasted for around 150 years.

This cyclic activity is a microcosm of a repetitive cycle that dominates the fortunes of astrology.  It also existed before the advent of horoscopic astrology with developments in ancient pre-horoscopic astrology. Situated at the beginning of the 21st century, astrology is once again in a period equivalent to the beginning of the first two centuries AD.  We have not yet reached the stage equivalent to Claudius Ptolemy and Vettius Valens – that is due in the period 2074 to 2148, but in the meantime, horoscopic astrology is in an ascending curve.

The focus in this research is on how the passage of the astrological ages correlates to the changing fortunes of astrology utilizing the sub-periods of the astrological ages – specifically the 1/12th division of the ages into sub-ages, and the respective division of sub-ages into three sub-age decans. The purpose of this research is not to provide another history of astrology, of which there are many available, but to show another perspective that is concise enough to make accurate predictions about the future of astrology.  The sub-periods of the astrological ages I use are actually based on a very old method of dividing each zodiacal sign in to 12 parts.  This twelve-fold division is usually called after the Vedic name of ‘dwadasamsa’ (often abbreviated to ‘dwad’) but the Hellenistic astrologers usually called them ‘dodecatemories’ (which however could also refer to various other divisions due to lack of uniformity by early astrologers).  It is believed that the early Hellenistic astrologers sourced the twelve-fold division of each zodiacal signs from the earlier Babylonian astrologers.

The positive fortunes of astrology are directly and clearly linked to specific sub-ages and sub-age decans in a musical “di-di-dah” format.  The first two beats are created by Cancer and Scorpio in any order.  About every 720 years, a new sub-age appears ruled by a Water sign.  Each Water sub-age will have at a minimum, two sub-age decans assigned to Cancer and Scorpio but for two-thirds of the Water sub-ages encountered, either Cancer or Scorpio will also be the parent sub-age.  Following each Water sub-age is usually an Air sub-age and each Air sub-age will either be Aquarius, or contain an Aquarius sub-age decan.  Aquarius provides the final ‘dah’ note.  About every 720 years this beat appears and astrology is first reinvigorated and then flourishes.

The following Table 1 displays all the sub-ages with age-decans and ages since the beginning of the Pisces age:

Date Age Date Age-Decan Date Sub-Age
732 BC Pisces 732 BC Scorpio -732 Aquarius
-551 Capricorn
-370 Sagittarius
-189 Scorpio
8 BC Cancer 8 BC Libra
173 Virgo
353 Leo
533 Cancer
713 AD Pisces 713 AD Gemini
894 Taurus
1073 Aries
1253 Pisces
1433 Aquarius 1433 Libra 1433 Capricorn
1612 Sagittarius
1791 Scorpio
1970 Libra
2148 Gemini 2148 Virgo

Table 1

This di-di-dah beat happened about 2,000 years ago with the flourishing of Hellenistic astrology, and reappeared in the 8th century with the Islamic revival of astrology.  If you refer to Table 1 above, you will notice that we are in the middle of another di-di-dah beat in the early 21st century.

The beginning of the Pisces age in 732 BC commenced with the Aquarius sub-age (732 – 551 BC), plus the Aquarius sub-age overflow (561 – 370 BC).  All ages and associated sub-periods behave like a formative period which then goes on an excels and propagates in the immediate following period of the same type.  For example, The Scorpio age decan (732 BC – 8 BC) of the Pisces age (732 BC – 1433 AD) demonstrates its greatest effect in the following Cancer age-decan (8 BC – 713 AD), and when focusing upon Scorpio, the Cancer age-decan can be called the Scorpio age-decan overflow.  (For more details on the mechanics of the astrological ages refer to “The Age of Aquarius for Dummies” or conceptualize a multi-layered onion).

The previous sub-age to the Aquarius sub-age was the last sub-age of the Aries age (c.2916 – 732 BC) – the Aries sub-age (c.913-732 BC) as the last sub-age of any age is always the same sign as its parent.  Due to the ‘missing’ sign at the cusp of ages, there was no water (Pisces) sub-age.  This is the only time in the 26,000 year cycle of the ages that a Pisces sub-age does not following an Aries sub-age with Cancer and Scorpio sub-age decans within the Pisces sub-age.  However, the first age decan of the Pisces age is the Scorpio age-decan (732 – 8 BC) so even in this idiosyncratic Aquarius sub-age, it still has at least Scorpio to comfort it even if sitting in the background. It is this Aquarius sub-age overflow (551-370 BC) that horoscopic astrology first appeared, on a sole “dah” note!  The overflow of any period is stronger than its own period.

Table 2 displays all sub-ages and their sub-age overflows since the beginning of the Pisces age in 732 BC:

Date Sub-Age Sub-Age Overflow
-732 Aquarius Aries
-551 Capricorn Aquarius
-370 Sagittarius Capricorn
-189 Scorpio Sagittarius
8 BC Libra Scorpio
173 AD Virgo Libra
353 Leo Virgo
533 Cancer Leo
713 Gemini Cancer
894 Taurus Gemini
1073 Aries Taurus
1253 Pisces Aries
1433 Capricorn Pisces
1612 Sagittarius Capricorn
1791 Scorpio Sagittarius
1970 Libra Scorpio
2148 Virgo Libra

Table 2 – Sub-ages and overflow periods

Babylonian Horoscopes

The earliest known horoscope is dated to April 410 BC in Babylon.[1]  The year 410 BC is located in an Aquarius sub-age overflow (551-370 BC).  The first probable reference to have been made to the divinatory side of these early Babylonian horoscopes is believed to have been made by the Greek Theophrastus (c.372-280 BC).[2]

Hellenistic Astrology – Early Formative Period

Hellenistic astrology was apparently developed over the last two centuries BC through the hybridization of Babylonian and Egyptian astrology and techniques.  The main contribution by Egyptian astrology appears to be the addition of astrological houses derived from their observations of the rising of decan stars.   Hipparchus (c.190-120 BC) invented the tropical zodiac somewhere around 125 BC when he discovered precession of the equinoxes (for the ancient Greeks at least) but the newly invented tropical zodiac was not utilized by astrologers for many centuries as the Hellenistic astrologers continued to use the sidereal (fixed) zodiac.[3]  The earliest known or referenced chart utilizing an ascendant is in 62 or 61 BC though some claim possibly a decade earlier but fully developed modern house structure was delayed for some time.  In Hipparchus’ lifetime, horoscopes did not appear any more developed than the Babylonian form.  For example, the question of houses remained unsettled – early house structure often showed first only four then eight houses.[4]

Hipparchus however is believed to have popularized astrology[5] and so much of Hellenistic astrology must have been developed between approximately 125 and 61 BC. Therefore the first appearance of Hellenistic astrology takes place in the Scorpio sub-age (c.189-8 BC) and its Cancer sub-age decan ruling between 189 – 129 BC.  Cancer then moves into its more powerful overflow mode between 129 – 69 BC.  This tightly coincides with the time frame allotted for the development of Hellenistic astrology (i.e. 125-61 BC) by one or more unknown astrologers referred to by later astrologers cryptically as Hermes, Aesculapius, Nechepso, Petosiris and Abram possibly sometime in the late 2nd century BC or early 1st century BC.[6]

The earliest text on Hellenistic astrology is believed to have been written by Hermes Trismegistus, which was passed onto and expanded by Asclepius followed by two more astrologers – Nechepso and Petosiris – with all employing pen-names (pseudepigrapha) to hide their real identities.[7]  This is appropriate for archetypes associated with Cancer because Cancer is strongly associated with being out of the public eye – a positive trait of Cancer’s opposite sign Capricorn.

The core of Hellenistic astrology was developed under the auspices of Scorpio on the sub-age level and most likely Cancer on the sub-age decan level, especially in their respective overflow periods.  This is the di-di beat.  The only astrologer I could find in this period who can be identified is the Roman scholar Publius Nigidius Figulus (c. 98 – 45 BC), who was a friend of Cicero.  He had a wide range of intellectual interests, especially in esoteric areas and wrote a number of books involving astrology and it is believed he was interested in both the Etruscan and Egyptian astrological heritages.[8]  Astrology by the 1st century BC must have made an impact as the Roman elite, of which Figulus was a member, were attracted to it.  The Roman general and politician Lucius Cornelius Sulla (138-78 BC) was an enthusiastic supporter of astrology and trusted his horoscope[9]

It is astrologically relevant that the birth and development of Hellenistic astrology is hidden with most key players unknown due to the archetypes associated with the two key operative signs – Cancer and Scorpio.  Cancer is anti-status, and Scorpio is hidden and rules the underground.   Aggregating this with Aquarius, the sign that avoids the (Leo) limelight, suggests that astrology will always be in the shadows to a certain extent as astrology does not have a solid sign associated with it.  Furthermore Cancer is cyclical, and Aquarius is erratic which also suggests that the fortunes of astrology will swing wildly over time and will rarely be incorporated in the mainstream of society, and if it is incorporated in the mainstream of society, it will be for only a short time in historical terms.  The last 2,000 years history of astrology supports this.

Consolidation Period

The Scorpio sub-age overflow (c.8 BC-173 AD) sees an even stronger continuation of horoscopic astrology based purely on the number of  publications of Hellenistic astrological works from many astrologers, with most Hellenistic astrologers speaking and writing in Greek. The poet Marcus Manilius (1st century AD) was renowned for being the first Hellenistic astrologer to have his work survive in modern times. Manilius wrote in verse and referred to the ages as:

“And the long ages are assigned a predestined course of events”[10]

He was also the first astrologer to write about houses – evidence for the use of modern houses commenced only around 20 BC.[11] Manilius was not popular among the astrologers who followed him and his astrology was idiosyncratic and his approach to houses was embryonic.  Hellenistic astrologers generally employed a twelve-fold division of each 30 degree sign into 12 dodocomateria of 2 ½ degrees each while Manilius’ dodocomateria were only ½ degree each.  It is these 2 ½ degrees dodocomateria that create sub-ages when applied to astrological ages.

A brief tour of the astrologers of the 1st and second century AD is indicative of astrology’s zenith at the time:

  • Thrasyllus of Mendes or Alexandria (his life straddled 1 AD), an Egyptian Greek, and personal friend of Emperor Tiberius and the Court Astrologer – it is believed he predicted the rise of Caligula to Emperor.[12]
  • Critodemus was probably a contemporary of Thrasyllus and was referred to by Pliny and Vettius Valens.[13]
  • There are no extant writings from Antiochus of Athens (c.2nd century AD) but he was extensively quoted by later writers and is credited to providing one of the earliest references to reception.[14]
  • Dorotheus of Sidon (c.75 AD) was most likely a resident of Alexandria, Egypt and he has provided one of the best sources of Hellenistic astrology via later Arabic translations of his works and consequently he had great influence on later Christian, Persian, Arab and medieval astrologers.
  • Manetho (b.80 AD) is famous as the author of the poem Prognostics with the material sourced from Dorotheus.[15]

Situated at the end of this Scorpio sub-age overflow (8BC – 173 AD) are the works of Ptolemy and Valens:

  • Vettius Valens (120-c.175 AD) is our major source of literary horoscopes from his ten volumes Anthology probably written somewhere between 150 to 175 AD. Valens included over a hundred sample charts in the Anthology. The Anthology is the most copied ancient work on astrology.
  • Claudius Ptolemy (c.90 – c.168) was “a pro-astrological authority of the highest magnitude” and author of the Tetrabiblos.  The Tetrabiblos became the astrological authority for over 1,000 years but he was little known in his own time. Ptolemy collected most of his material from earlier sources but his systematic way of presenting the material stood him in good stead for a long time[16] even if he presented a simplified version of astrology and it is unlikely he was a practicing astrologer.[17]

Claudius Ptolemy was the most famous of ancient astrologers in later times and there is a corresponding astrological reason.  The Scorpio sub-age overflow is the same time-frame as the Libra sub-age and the last two thirds of the Scorpio sub-age overflow/Libra sub-age  (8 BC – 173 AD)

Early Baroque artist’s rendition of Claudius Ptolemy

was the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (52-112-173).  Ptolemy’s publications most likely occurred in the Aquarius sub-age decan overflow (1121-173 AD).  Combining the Scorpio sub-age overflow with the Aquarius sub-age decan overflow conjuncts two periods that are extremely favorable to astrology.  This is supported by the fact that the 2nd century AD provided the most significant sources for horoscopic astrology for later centuries compared to earlier and later periods.[18]

This Scorpio sub-age and Aquarius sub-age decan overflow ends with the translation of Yavanajataka into Sanskrit in 149-150 AD – the earliest known Sanskrit work referencing western horoscopic practices.  The Yavanajataka contains instructions on calculating horoscopes thus allowing the transmission of Hellenistic astrology to India into what was ultimately melded with indigenous sidereal astrology to form Vedic astrology (despite vehement protestations by most contemporary Vedic astrologers). Although Hellenistic astrology was formed in the Scorpio sub-age proper, we see from the spurt in Hellenistic astrology in the early centuries of the 1st millennium that it powered ahead and dispersed under the Scorpio sub-age overflow and Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow which is a classic example of the Overflow Effect.  This ends the major di-di-dah beat that powers astrology through the ages.

Late Roman Period

Following the heyday of Hellenistic astrology between 125 BC and c.173 AD coinciding with the end of the Scorpio sub-age overflow, the noteworthy or known works on Hellenistic astrology slowed down considerably.

Three astrologers stand out in this period:

  • Paulus Alexandrinus’ extant work, Introductory Matters (378 AD), included major topics in astrology as practiced in the fourth century Roman Empire.[19]
  • Hephaestion of Thebes published Apotelesmatics around 415 AD apparently in an attempt to synthesize the earlier works Dorotheus of Sidon, Claudius Ptolemy and Antiochus of Athens but he had little impact on the later Arabic astrologers.[20]
  • Julius Firmicus Maternus was the author of Eight Books of Astrology (c.334-37) comprising the most extensive surviving text of Roman astrology and the last surviving work on astrology written in Latin of any relevance.[21] [22]

These astrologers in general were not charting new courses for astrology but reworking Hellenistic astrology from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD thus cementing the influence of astrology’s former di-di-dah beat.

Post Roman Revival

The next di-di-dah beat is associated with the Cancer sub-age and overflow (533-713-894) including the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (713-773-832 AD) with the most potent period associated with the overlap of the Cancer sub-age overflow and Aquarius sub-age decan overflow (773-832 AD). However, the Cancer micro-age covers the same time frame as the Leo sub-age overflow, and Leo is archetypally opposite to Aquarius. Under Leo, astrology is threatened.  Therefore the Cancer sub-age (excluding its overflow period) shows an overpowering Leo influence marshaling its forces against astrology, but with an emergent Cancer breathing new life into astrology.  This is exactly what occurred.

With the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century astrology virtually disappeared in the West but the arrival of the Cancer sub-age (c.533-713 AD) seemed to reinvigorate astrology elsewhere:

  • The Greek Rhetorius of Egypt (6th or early 7th centuries AD) wrote an extensive compendium on the works of earlier astrologers and he provided a link from the earlier Hellenistic astrologers to the Arab and medieval practices that followed.[23]
  • Olympiodorus the Younger (c. 495 – 570) survived the persecutions by many of his associates in Alexandria despite being a pagan of the Platonist tradition in a world where Christianity had a stranglehold on intellectual endeavors.  He is accredited with publishing a commentary on Paulus Alexandrinus’ Introduction to Astrology but he probably only complied a series of lectures in 564 AD which were later published.[24]
  • Another example is the 6th century John the Lydian, a Byzantine administrator in Constantinople who also conserved the old Alexandrian doctrines of astrology.[25] [26]

The Sasanian king Kusro Anushirwan created a virtual astrological renaissance in his reign 531-579 coinciding tightly with the start of the Cancer sub-age in 533.  Key astrological texts were retranslated or revised and used by the later Islamic astrologers.  We also see some other developments – Julian of Laodicea (early 6th century) and the writing of `Pancasiddhantika’ and `Brhadyatra’ in the mid-6th century.  This Post-Roman Revival did not forge new ground, but reworked or promoted material from much older Hellenistic astrologers.

Islamic Revival

It is in the Cancer sub-age overflow period (c.713 – 894) that the full-fledged rebirth of Hellenistic astrology and techniques occurred.  Commencing in 762 AD, Baghdad became an Islamic center for astrology with a much effort put towards securing and translating astrological

Study of the moon and stars. Ottoman miniature from 17th century. Istanbul University Library

texts from a wide range of sources.  In this Cancer overflow period we have Theophilus of Edessa (late 8th century), Masha’allah (770-815 AD), Omar of Tiberias (d.815 AD),  Zahel (d. 822-850), Abu `Ali al-Khayyat (c.854), Al-Farghani (d.863+), Al-Kind- (d.870+) and Albumasar  (Abu Ma’shar (787-886).  As this list indicates, nearly all of the most notable Islamic astrologers appeared in this Cancer sub-age overflow.  It is also notable that similar to its formative period, that the highly observable resurgence of Hellenistic astrology took place in a Cancer overflow period, not in the Cancer period proper.

The first two-thirds of this Cancer sub-age overflow coincide with an Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (713-773-833 AD) where two astrologers stand out – Masha’allah and Albumasar:

  • Masha’allah (740 – 815 AD) in his early 20’s worked with a group of astrologers to pick an electional horoscope for the founding of the city of Bagdad.  He was familiar with both Persian and Indian astrology and became an authoritative source both in the Islamic world and Western Europeans.  He was interested in mundane astrology and developed a cosmological model that incorporated precession of the equinoxes but he is mostly known for pioneering the idea that the conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter predict important mundane events. He was the leading astrologer in the late 8th century.[27] [28]
  • Albumasar (c.787-886) was a master astrologer and the most imposing astrologer of this period with an encyclopaedic knowledge of astrology and the author of around 50 books.  His two greatest books were The Great Introduction (to astrology) and The Great Conjunctions with a special focus upon Jupiter and Saturn.  He wrote extensively on mundane astrology including a book on Aries ingresses, possibly the earliest known book on solar returns, used dodecatemories (for both signs and houses).  It is believed that Albumasar was introduced to astrology by Al-Kindi (c.796-873).
  • Al-Kindi wrote hundreds of books including astrology and his two most famous astrological texts are The Judgments of the Stars and Rains, Storms and Winds, and Change in the Air.[29]

Islamic astrologers continued to write books following this period with the more famous ones being Alchabitius (d.967), Al-Biruni (973-c.1048), a universal astrology similar to Ptolemy, and finally Haly Abenrudian (988-c.1067).  The Jewish scholar Abraham Ibn Ezra (c.1089-1167) wrote more than 50 books on astronomy and astrology

Medieval Renaissance

The next appearance of Cancer and Scorpio is in the Pisces sub-age (c.1253-1433). This is the last sub-age in the Pisces age (c.732 BC – 1433 AD).  However the previous century (i.e. the 12th century) saw a frenzied period of translation from Arabic into Latin of many astrological works.  Even India was the recipient of Arabic astrological texts in the first half of the 13th century.

The towering figure of Bonatti waited appropriately until the Scorpio sub-age decan (c.1253-1313) of the Pisces sub-age (c.1253-1433).  Guido Bonnatti’s (c.1210-1290) work Liber Astronomiae (Book of Introduction to the Judgement of the Stars) appears not in the Scorpio sub-age decan overflow but in the Scorpio sub-age decan proper.  This coincides with the original appearance of Hellenistic astrology in the Scorpio sub-age proper (c.189-8 BC).  Also in the Scorpio sub-age decan is Leopold of Austria’s compendium of astrology towards the late 1200’s.

The second sub-age decan of the Pisces sub-age is the Cancer sub-age decan (c.1313-1373) and its overflow is c.1373-1433.  Nothing is found in the Cancer period proper but in the Cancer sub-age decan overflow c.1373-1433 is Eleutherius Zebelenus of Elis’ critical revision of earlier astrological texts in the late 1300’s and the English astrologer John of Ashenden (d.1379) who was `strongly influenced by Abu Ma’shar’[1]

From the late 2nd century and early 1st century BC under Scorpio and Cancer we see the development of Hellenistic astrology with its greatest achievement found in the Aquarius sub-age decan.  The Cancer sub-age overflow (c.713-894) coincided with the Islamic revival of Hellenistic astrology.  Jumping forward to the medieval revival in the Pisces sub-age with its Scorpio and Cancer sub-age decans we find Bonnatti in the Scorpio sub-age decan proper and some astrological activity in the Cancer sub-age decan overflow.  The next appearance of a Water sub-age with its Scorpio and Cancer influence is the Scorpio sub-age (1791-1970) and overflow (1970 – 2148) in modern times.

According to Rex E Bills, astrology is only strongly related to Aquarius (and Uranus)[30] but my research indicates two other signs at a minimum are strongly associated with astrology, Scorpio and Cancer. Structurally, Scorpio has some support from Vedic astrology where the 8th house is assigned to astrology,[31] with Scorpio the natural ruler of the 8th house.

Astrology in Ancient Times

The details of the appearance of astrology are lost in the fog of history, though ‘forensic’ research provides insights into the thinking and understanding of ancient scholars. Suggestions implicating the ancient existence of proto-astrology are found as early as the 22nd century BC.  Tamsyn Barton reports on a document dated 2122 to 2102 BC in Mesopotamia (Iraq) in which a reference was made to a female deity shown examining a clay tablet depicting the constellations to ensure that a proposed temple was built according to the stars.[32]  This time-frame occurs in a Scorpio sub-age (2188-2006 BC).  Non-horoscopic astrology was also known in Ancient Egypt where, as early as 2100 BC, representation of the 36 constellations (decans) are first noted though not necessarily with any astrological connotations.[33]  This also occurs in the same Scorpio sub-age (2188-2006 BC).

Numerous proto-astrological references occur throughout much of the 2nd millennium BC at a time when astronomy and proto-astrology were inseparable but without accurate dating and sources it does not assist in clarifying relationships between developments in astrology with various sub-ages and their respective decans.  One interesting observation in this millennium is from Gavin White, who reports on the earliest known predictions of the destiny of children based on their month of birth.  This is sourced to the ancient Hittite capital in the 13th century BC.[34]  This time-frame (1200-1299 BC) coincides with a Cancer sub-age and overflow (1460-1278-1096 BC) plus possibly an Aquarius sub-age decan (1278-1217 BC).  White states that the style of these birth predictions suggests they were borrowed from Babylonia.

Another possible very early reference is the Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa, one of earliest known Indian text on astronomy and astrology.  Included in it is a description of the winter solstice c.1400 BC but unfortunately its publication date is guesswork – probably in the range 1370 to 1150 BC.[35]  This coincides with a Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1460-1278-1187).

Table 3 correlates important milestones in the history of astrology aligned to the relevant sub-ages or sub-age decans.

Astrologer / Event

Period Scorpio Scorpio O/f Cancer Cancer O/f Aquarius Aquarius O/f
Ancient Times
Constellation on a clay tablet 2122 to 2102 BC x
Destiny of children 1200-1299 BC ? ? ?
First Babylonian Horoscope 410 BC x
Early Formative Period
Hipparchus c.125 BC x

x

 

Development of Hellenistic Astrology 125-61 BC x

x

 

Consolidation Period
Marcus Manilius 1st century AD x
Thrasyllus of Mendes 1st centuries BC & AD ? x
Critodemus 1st century? x ?
Antiochus of Athens 2nd century AD? x ? ?
Dorotheus of Sidon c.75 AD x x ?
Manetho b.80 AD x x ?
Vettius Valens 120 – c.175 AD x x
Ptolemy c.90 – 168 AD x x
Translation of Yavanajataka into Sanskrit c.149-150 AD x x
Post Roman Revival
Rhetorius of Egypt 6th or early 7th centuries ? ? x ?
Olympiodorus c. 495 – 570 x
John the Lydian 6th century x
Islamic Revival (including Byzantine Astrologers)
Kusro Anushirwan astrological renaissance 531-579 x
Julian of Laodicea Early 500’s x
`Pancasiddhantika’ and `Brhadyatra’ Mid 500’s x
Theophilus of Edessa 695-785 x x
Masha’allah 770-815 x x
Omar of Tiberias d.815 x x
Abu Bakr Early 800’s x x
Zahel d. 822-850 x ?
Abu `Ali al-Khayyat c.854 x
Al-Farghani d.863+ x
Al-Kind d.870+ x
Albumasar 787 – 886 x x
Stephanus the Philosopher x
Medieval Revival
Bonatti c.1210-1290 x
Leopold of Austria Late 1200’s x
Eleutherius Zebelenus of Elis Late 1300’s x
John of Ashenden d.1379

x

Table 3

Conclusion

Based on the above analysis and table, a very tight relationship exists between the expansion of astrology with the two water signs of Scorpio and Cancer with the addition of the air sign of Aquarius.  James Holden was one of the first modern astrologers to research ancient astrology in detail.  In A History of Horoscopic Astrology he developed a periodization scheme for horoscopic astrology.  Holden was totally unaware of my sub-age schemata but his periodization dovetails perfectly with my schemata based on Cancer, Scorpio and Aquarius sub-ages and sub-age decans.

Following are Holden’s periods:

  1. In the First Period “… between the 7th and 5th (or perhaps as late as the 4th) century the Babylonians developed the concept of natal astrology”[36] with the development of the first known embryonic horoscope. This corresponds to my Aquarius sub-age and overflow (732 – 551 – 370 BC) within the Scorpio age decan (732 BC – 8 BC) of the Pisces age.
  2. Holden’s Second Period of Astrology begins with the Hellenistic astrologers and the claim that Hellenistic astrology commenced in the (late) 2nd century BC.  This period is aligned with both the Scorpio sub-age (189 – 8 BC) and Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (189 – 129 -69 BC) with the peak time associated with the following Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (52-112-172 AD) within the Scorpio sub-age overflow (8 BC – 172 AD)
  3. Holden’s Third Period is what he calls Medieval Astrology and commences with “Arabian Astrology” in the 8th century AD exactly in line with the Cancer sub-age and overflow (533 – 713 – 894 AD) with the main focus in the overflow period including the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (713-773-832 AD).  A Post-Roman Revival did occur away from the former Western Roman Empire in the Cancer sub-age proper (533 – 713 AD)
  4. Holden does not assign a major period of astrology to the Medieval Revival in the 13th century with a strong focus upon Bonatti, but does note it.  This actually has an astrological reason.  Associated with the Medieval Revival are the Scorpio and Cancer sub-age decans of the Pisces sub-age (1253 – 1433 AD), but there is no presence of Cancer or Scorpio at the strength of a sub-age or stronger.  Secondly, the first three periods of astrology were associated with the cusp of ages or age decans.  The First and Second periods are associated with the beginning and peak of the Scorpio age-decan (732 BC – 8 BC), and the Third Period with its high-point in 713 AD of the Cancer age-decan and overflow (8 BC – 713 AD – 1433).  It can therefore be construed, that for a major period in the development of horoscopic astrology in the past, present and future, there must be at a minimum a Cancer, Scorpio or Aquarius sub-age or stronger (i.e. age-decan or age).  This was not the case with the Medieval Revival.

The strong association between horoscopic astrology with Aquarius, Cancer and Scorpio sub-ages and sub-age decans continues on into the Modern Era commencing in the 15th century.  In 2017, the world is at the equivalent of the year 38 AD, right in the middle of the Scorpio/Cancer heyday of Hellenistic astrology but awaiting the equivalent of the time of Ptolemy.  Again, we currently live in the best of times for astrology, with much more to come in the coming century.  Analysis of the Modern Era since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century will be published soon.

It is also worth noting that if these three signs have strong affinity to horoscopic astrology, that their respective three opposite signs: Leo, Capricorn and Taurus may be ‘opposed’ to astrology.  Research currently supports that both Leo and Capricorn are inimical towards astrology while the jury is out on Taurus.  For example, the Leo sub-age and overflow (353 – 533 – 713) was aligned with the extinguishing of astrology in Europe following the fall of the Western Roman Empire plus the growing stridency of the Roman Catholic Church as it entered its highly intolerant stage.

The Mechanics of Macro-Astrology

This analysis uses the techniques of macro-astrology based primarily upon sub-ages and sub-age decans. The mechanics of age sub-divisions used are based on the geometric application of the dwadasamsa twelve-fold sub-division of the zodiacal signs.  In each age (approximately 2150 years each) the sub-ages, based on the dwadasamsa, are `retrograde’ as are their parent ages.  Each sub-age (1/12th of an age and approximately 180 years each) also have 12 micro-ages (of approx 15 years in length) following the same geometric application of dwads as for the sub-ages.  All ages, sub-ages and micro-ages have their respective decans (in retrograde fashion).

The astrology employed in macro-astrology uses the same basic sign rulerships as employed in genethlialogical astrology.  However due to the slow motion effect of the ages and their sub-periods compared to traditional astrology and taking into account the retrograde nature of the ages and their sub-periods, a curious phenomenon occurs which I call the Overflow Effect.  Basically whenever any period is encountered, for example the Pisces age, Pisces effects will demonstrably be seen to coincide with this age.  However due to the retrograde nature of any period associated with ages, each period reaches its peak strength at its end.  For example in the Pisces age the last age-decan is Pisces and the last sub-age is Pisces – therefore a `triple’ Pisces effect is experienced at the end of the Pisces age.

This strong manifestation of a sign at its end does not `fall off the edge of the cliff’ once its period proper comes to an end.  Rather, by analogy, it behaves like a wave that breaks at its end and washes over the following period.  Research furthermore indicates that, for example, after the end of the Pisces age in its overflow period, almost twice as many and potent Pisces events are experienced.  For example once the Pisces age came to an end in 1433 (at the birth of the Modern era) coinciding with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius, the Pisces influence is very much the senior influence in the Aquarian age with Aquarius slowly developing its strength.  In this situation Pisces is the `major ruler’ and Aquarius the `minor ruler’ in the Aquarian age.   This concept may be troubling for some astrologers but the influence of the overflow effect is extremely important in attempting to understand the historical correlations of the ages and their sub-periods.

 

Bibliography

James Holden, A History of Horoscopic Astrology, AFA Inc., Arizona, 2006

Tamsyn Barton, Ancient Astrology, Routledge, London & New York, 1998

Gavin White, Babylonian Star-Lore, Solaria Publications, London, 2008

Chris Brennan, Hellenistic Astrology, Amar Fati Publications, Denver, 2017

Chris Brennan,The Katarchē of Horary’  2006

David Ovason, The History of the Horoscope, Sutton Publishing, UK, 2005

Rex E Bills, The Rulership Book, Macoy Publishing, Virginia, 1976

Jim Tester, A History of Western Astrology, The Boydell Press, UK, 1987

Robert Hand,Chronology of the Astrology of the Middle East and the West by Period,  ARHAC, 1998

References:

[1] “The History of the Horoscope”, p1

[2] “Ancient Astrology”, p 22

[3] It should be noted that Hellenistic astrology developed at the one time in the 26,000 years cycle of the ages where both the tropical and sidereal zodiacs were closely aligned and so it made little difference which zodiac was used unlike today where the difference is around 24 degrees.

[4] “A History of Western Astrology”, p 29

[5] “Ancient Astrology”, p 23

[6] “A History of Horoscopic Astrology”, p16

[7] “Hellenistic Astrology”, pp 15-49

[8] Nigidius Figulus, Wikipedia, Retrieved November 27, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nigidius_Figulus&oldid=633478395

[9] “A History of Horoscopic Astrology”, p 20

[10] “A History of Horoscopic Astrology”, p 26

[11] Marcus Manilius. Wikipedia,  Retrieved  November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Marcus_Manilius&oldid=629953882

[12] Thrasyllus of Mendes, Wikipedia, Retrieved November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Thrasyllus_of_Mendes&oldid=632939580

[13] Critodemus. Wikipedia, Retrieved November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Critodemus&oldid=529883065

[14] Antiochus of Athens, Wikipedia, Retrieved, November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Antiochus_of_Athens&oldid=629240438

[15] “Ancient Astrology”, p 58

[16] Ptolemy, Wikipedia, Retrieved, November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ptolemy&oldid=632631328

[17] “Ancient Astrology”, p 62

[18] “Ancient Astrology”, p 57

[19] Paulus Alexandrinus, Wikipedia, Retrieved November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Paulus_Alexandrinus&oldid=632108999

[20] Hephaestion of Thebes, Wikipedia, Retrieved  November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hephaestion_of_Thebes&oldid=629277140

[21]Julius Firmicus Maternus,  Wikipedia, Retrieved November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Julius_Firmicus_Maternus&oldid=622504729

[22] “Ancient Astrology” p 80

[23] Rhetorius, Wikipedia, Retrieved November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rhetorius&oldid=623231740

[24] Olympiodorus the Younger. Wikipedia, Retrieved November 21, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Olympiodorus_the_Younger&oldid=632108786

[25] John the Lydian, Wikipedia, Retrieved November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_the_Lydian&oldid=618707923

[26] “Ancient Astrology”, p 84

[27] “A History of Horoscopic Astrology”, pp109-11

[28]Mashallah ibn Athari, Wikipedia, Retrieved November 22, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mashallah_ibn_Athari&oldid=629193679

[29] “A History of Horoscopic Astrology”, pp 115-126

[30] “The Rulership Book”, p 9

[31] “Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer”, p 155 re: “occult sciences”

[32] “Ancient Astrology”, p11

[33] “Ancient Astrology”, p20

[34] “Babylonian Star-Lore”, p268

[35] Vedanga Jyotisha, Wikipedia, Retrieved, November 19, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vedanga_Jyotisha&oldid=632384865

[36] “A History of Horoscopic Astrology”, p 5

Take Your Pick: War or Terrorism

Residents of the UK and elsewhere are decidedly upset at the new style of terrorism in their midst from ISIS aligned malcontents.  With Manchester, London, Notre Dame, Melbourne (Australia), Kabul, Baghdad, Tehran and so on, it seems that every week more atrocities appear.  There is a reason for this heightened round of terrorism and it has to do with Aries.

While most astrologers and people are confused about what age the world is currently passing through, we are actually passing through the Age of Aquarius.  Ever since the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 15th century, rebellion, democratic reforms and progressive socio-political movements have flourished – mainly in Western culture – beginning in earnest with Oliver Cromwell in England.

The Age of Aquarius is the Age of Progress but people and societies are by nature conservative, and as a result, conservative orientated governments do all they can to prevent progress from occurring in their patch.  This is why most reforms are hard fought and can drag out of decades, if not centuries.   The newly elected president of the USA has been elected from the core base of conservative American voters, and he is doing his level best to reverse as many progressive changes as possible.  This will be as futile as trying to stop the tide coming in with only a plastic bucket and spade. (see “A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making” )

Imagine how people will view our time 1,000 years from now.  If you want this perspective, take a look at the world in 1017 and see what our glorified barbarian “civilized” ancestors were doing one thousand years ago (in the Age of Pisces).  We will probably be seen as the cusp of the clash between primitive civilization with lots of technology leading to progressive civilization.  As long as war, conflict, open violence between countries and unnecessary deaths from drought or diseases  remains, we are still in the world of primitive civilization even if we can watch Netflix.  It could be argued that people’s focus upon their mobile devices is equivalent to ostriches having their head in the sand.

In every astrological age, a specific place was ‘favored’.  Under the Age of Gemini it was Mesopotamia (Iraq), under Taurus it was Ancient Egypt, under Aries it was Ancient Rome, and under Aquarius it is Western culture specifically focused upon the USA but with Europe in the mix.  Whichever region or culture the astrological gods temporarily favor, there resides good fortune (to a certain extent).  The astro gods have favored western culture since the 15th century which is why history books call the 15th century the beginning of modernity in Western culture.  Historians know more about ages than astrologers.

As the temporary leading culture, it is up to Western society to set the tone, because the actions of the leading culture filters out to the rest of the world like the wake from the bow of a boat.  Is Western culture setting a good example?  Did Western culture, spearheaded by the Anglo-Saxon nations headed by the USA, do good when they invaded Iraq in 2003?  Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and possibly up to one million people were killed subsequent to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.[1]  If, as an American, British, Australian or citizen of some other Western nation, what would you do if your country was invaded and occupied by a foreign power and up to one million of your fellow citizens killed? Now many people would just acquiesce but some patriotic souls would develop some retaliatory measure like the Free French partisans when their country was attacked and occupied by the Nazi Germans in the Second World War.

Did ISIS appear out of nowhere for no reason?  Or was the creation of this organization and similar ones the result of numerous injustices heaped upon them including the callous murder of so many innocent people in the Middle East by ‘enlightened’ Western invaders led by that champion of freedom – the USA?  Would ISIS even exist today if the Americans had not led their churlish and irrelevant war against Iraq in 2003?  This is just one example of what can create anger which organizations such as ISIS can both exploit and take to extremes.  The ongoing European Jewish invasion of Palestine over the last one and a half centuries is supported by Western nations and demonstrates very clearly to the residents of the Middle East that they are treated as dogs.  Some progressive Western nations and politicians have become aware of this iniquity.

Listening to the news today about the growing number of atrocities committed by deranged individuals, criminals and small groups influenced by ISIS feels like the world has collectively fallen prone to Alzheimer’s disease and cannot remember last year, let alone 2003. The inability of the USA led West to perceive their own complicity in the unrest of today, specifically in the Middle East, is what causes war and further conflicts.  Does selling billions of dollars of arms to the medieval Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that stills beheads its citizens and subjugates its women, lead to peace in the Middle East?  The Trump instigated ‘blockade’ of Qatar by many surrounding countries has one neighboring country threatening 15 years imprisonment to any of its citizens expressing support for Qatar.  This is just political moral corruption to the nth degree by the USA and this is not limited to Trump, it has been going on for decades, if not over a century.

Fortunately, from the astrological perspective, the world is heading away from this momentum of stupidism that the world is addicted to, but at a snail’s pace.  With Trump in the White House, it can even be argued that the snail as currently accelerating backwards, but this aberrant behavior can only last a small time.  Fortunately, the astro tide in the medium and long term is heading in the forward direction. Trump and his followers cannot stop the Age of Aquarius.

Currently the world is in the same astrological configuration as the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.  In the previous Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014) were 12 nano-ages, and the Aries nano-age and overflow (Aug 2002 – Nov 2003 – Jan 2005) included the invasion of Iraq from 20 March to 1 May 2003.  The current Aries nano-age and overflow (Mar 2016 – June 2017 – Sep 2018) is in the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029).  The bad news is that when Aries is prominent, war, discord and conflict is always at a higher level. With June 2017 the apex of the current Aries period, it is unfortunately associated with what seems like a growing spate of terrorist attacks around the world.  The intensity of Aries is at its strongest level from June 2017 until February 2018 and so we must expect more terrorism at a much higher level than normal for the next 8 months.

Aries nano-age and overflow

There is a silver lining (so far) for the current increase in terrorist attacks.  Usually these Aries nano-ages bring a regional war where instead of the dead in each attack in the single or double digits, in the last two Aries periods, it was in the tens and hundreds of thousands associated with the two Gulf Wars.  However, as one of my astute friend stated, those killed or injured ‘did not count because they were not one of us!’  (See “What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?” for more background details)

If the West wants to set an example, it must stop killing other people to further their economic, military or religious biases as a starting point.  Currently the USA is bombing civilians in Mosul, Iraq – this is merely collateral damage from the western perspective. Unfortunately, this will remain the degraded international socio-political reality for some decades to come, but even now, the light at the end of the tunnel can be glimpsed.

On the political front, we had Bernie Sanders in the USA and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK.  Last weekend I read in a Murdoch newspaper a report by a shocked journalist that Jeremy Corbin had 35% support from the UK voting public.  Shock and horror, how can this many people turn their back on the modern capitalist dream as promoted by Fox News?  Corbin, like Sanders in the USA in 2016, expressed basically the same progressive political and economic policies intended to reign in extreme capitalism and promote socialist ideals for the benefit of the less wealthy half of society.

Bernie Sanders

Socio-political change is slow, but interestingly, as of June 2017, the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) has just changed from first to second gear stepping up the intensity of Aquarius in the world.  We can expect further movement towards the progressive future for the rest of this Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow, especially in the period Dec 2019 to Jun 2022 when it shifts into third gear.  We can also expect growing strident opposition from reactionary political forces such as Trump, le Pen and conservative populace politicians everywhere.  In any Aquarius period, the mainstream or middle-of-the-road perspective suffers and extremists on the left (progressive) and right (conservative) can gain far more traction and support compared to ‘normal’ times. (see “This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan” ).  Which direction each country veers depends upon their evolutionary stage.  Immature democracies tend towards the fascist (disctatorial) conservative end such as the Philippines under President Duterte.

Unfortunately, this Aquarius orientation towards extremes or fringes also promotes “revolutionaries” who are at war with mainstream (Leo) society.  The fact that the current Aquarius period sits under the shadow of the larger Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) places the focus firmly (but not exclusively) upon the Cancer aligned Middle East.  (see “Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World” )  Therefore, it is hard to see that while the USA and the West continue to pour volatile fuel upon the Middle East, via abhorrent arrangements with their despotic leaders, that there will be any change in the current terrorism scenario.  It’s a case of “you reap what you sow”.

To the average western person, the above kind of perspective is outside their scope of understanding even though it is expressed overly simplified in this article.  The average western person knows they are ‘good’ and their society is ‘good’, so why are these bad people trying to attack and kill them?  This is why a significant proportion of western society can be attracted to knee-jerk populace policies which can breed further antagonism that further feed the discontented urban terrorists in their midst.  While the blind lead the blind, the world we live in will remain as it is and has been for the last thousands of years.

In conclusion, for the rest of 2017 at least, we will experience more violence and conflict under Aries than what was previously considered normal, but it is very possible that this round of Aries may avoid a significant size regional war and focus upon urban terrorism instead?  It is still early days for Aries, and based on the immaturity of too many world leaders, a mid-level conflict may still erupt. While the short term future looks bleak, the medium to long term future shines in comparison. (see “The Silent Revolution” )

Reference

[1] Casualties of the Iraq War. (2017, June 4), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:29, June 7, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War&oldid=783729069

Aries Sub-Ages

I am pleased to announce the first publication of my new research on the astrological ages is available for download from:

Aries Sub-Ages by Terry MacKinnell 2017

My major research on the astrological ages was published in 2011[1] with the focus upon astrological ages of the Holocene Epoch commencing with the Cancer Age (9600 – 7350 BC).  The original research also included age-decans, quasi-ages and quasi-age decans (see “Age of Aquarius for Dummies” at http://ow.ly/ZXBwr ).  My original plan in 2011 was to also include sub-ages, but at 396 pages, I dropped sub-ages as apart from probably doubling the size of the book, it also may have delayed publication by at least two years.  I have been researching and writing about sub-ages and sub-age decans for around the last two years in fits and starts and have come to realize that while the conclusion to the research and publication of the book of sub-ages is highly desirable, it is another marathon multi-year project.  Therefore, I have decided to break the sub-age project into bite-size pieces and progressively make this research available as each part reaches draft status.

Instead of writing a book on sub-ages, I will write four books, one each on the sub-ages of the same element.  My first book will be fire sub-ages (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the plan is to then follow through with earth sub-ages, air sub-ages and conclude with water sub-ages.  This arrangement only came into focus after writing about the Aries sub-ages, and then discovering that I had to cover the same ground when researching Leo sub-ages and Sagittarius sub-ages.  This is because each Aries sub-age also includes a Leo and Sagittarius sub-age decan, each Leo sub-age includes Aries and Sagittarius sub-age decans while each Sagittarius sub-age includes Aries and Leo decans.  In reality, all signs of the same element work together in sub-ages and their decans and to isolate sub-ages to their primary sign only does not accurately portray how their energies synthesize to produce the most accurate correlation to the historical events and unfolding current events.

The major difference between what I am making freely available now and what ultimately will be published is that I am only focusing upon sub-ages, and apart from a passing reference to sub-age decans, these will be ignored at this point of time. This will also simplify the process for the average astrologer who, by and large, is floundering at the concept of the Age of Aquarius arriving in the 15th century, let alone dealing with sub-ages.  Sub-age decans just may be one step too far and too fast.

Another reason I plan to publish my research on sub-ages and sub-age decans in a piecemeal fashion is due to the current sub-age decan.  The Gemini sub-age decan (1970 – 2029) is great for fake news, social media, handheld phones and devices, the growth of cities but on the other side of the coin sits short term attention spans and a lack of focus upon serious reading.  The following is a summary only of the material available in the attached Adobe Acrobat pdf file.

Aries sub-ages

 My sub-age research commences with the arrival of the Aries age in 2918 BC as historical accuracy before this time is far too vague.  However, I do seek out some vestiges of sub-ages before the arrival of the Aries age in 2918 BC.  Since 2918 BC, there have only been two Aries sub-ages, and despite the fact that about 2,000 years separate these two Aries sub-ages, a common theme is experienced from both.  The following is a summary only of the attached file which provides a detailed analysis of these two Aries sub-ages.

A number of diverse archetypes are associated with Aries but with a common underlying theme – raw energy.  This raw energy is readily seen in the combination of military leaders and massive warfare on the one side, and cultural florescence on the other.  Into this mix can be added new breakthroughs or the beginning of something plus major and significant engineering feats.  Basically Aries wants to do something – if this involves building the biggest tower, creating a city (with all the trappings such as a library, gardens etc.) or conquering as much land as possible – so be it!  Behind nearly everything associated with Aries is this desire to collectively roll up the sleeves of the society, conquer as much territory as possible, build one or more grand cities, plumb new depths in engineering and plunge forth intellectually with vigor whenever conditions are suitable.

Those individuals that are at the forefront of Aries become ‘great’ one way or another.  Usually this is through being a great military leader, but as the fortunes of the Aries age and overflow waned, people became respected for other reasons, especially for religious reasons as the Pisces age and overflow picked up speed from around 351 AD onward with the arrival of the Pisces quasi age.

The first Aries sub-age examined arrived at the peak of the almost 4,500 years Aries age and overflow ‘bell curve’ (2916 BC – 732 BC – 1433 AD), also known as the Aries era – the Aries sub-age and overflow (914 – 732 – 551 BC) situated dead center.  The Aries crown in this period is given to Assyria – the military marvel and empire of this sub-age, and probably the purest manifestation of Aries’ ferocity.  No mercy was given to the inhabitants of any captured city that resisted Assyria’s army and the Assyrian’s used pure terror as a strategy to expand their empire.  Aries on one extreme is a pure bully.  Assyrian rulers delighted in hunting and this probably accounted for the extinction of the Mesopotamian lion which they slaughtered in large numbers. Assyria’s main city was Nineveh, and to supply it with water, two million limestone blocks were used in one bridge alone of the aqueduct constructed by thousands of prisoners of war.

Despite Assyria’s ruthlessness, the sciences and visual arts flourished.  The Assyrians were especially interested in astronomy and astrology.  One Assyrian king established the famous library at Nineveh with 30,000 clay tablets organized by shape but were separated by content into different rooms. As another Aries’ first – this library had one of the first library catalogs.[2]  The Assyrians were also the first nation to move en-masse conquered people to different locations in the Assyrian empire.[3]  Aries is always associated with people on the move for a new home.  The apex of Assyria was the reign of Tiglath-Pileser III. However, by the end of this Aries period, Assyria had disappeared from sight.  The power vacuum caused by the fall of Assyria allowed a Babylonian renaissance culminating in the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the capturing Jerusalem in 597 BC.

This Aries period also saw the rise of Ancient Greece (800 to 480 BC) and the settling of the village of Rome in Italy.  The Etruscans in the Italian peninsula also did well under Aries, and so the sign Aries was focused upon Rome from the very beginning, not only by its formation in this Aries period, but also by the influence from the Aries-orientated Etruscans and Greek.  The founding of Carthage also made it an Aries city-state, but with Aries a competitive sign, ultimately it was either Rome or Carthage – the stakes are high under Aries!

Classical Antiquity, also known as the Classical Era, Classical period or Classical Age,[4] aligns itself exactly to the first half of the Pisces age.  The second half of the Pisces age is aligned to the Medieval period.[5] With the arrival of the Aquarius age in the 15th century, the Modern period or age commenced.[6]  These long term fundamental periods suggest that our current modern “age” or period will last until the midway point of the Aquarius age around 2500 which is the same as the arrival of the Aquarius quasi-age.  Will 2500 bring the world to the post-apocalyptic age so well portrayed in many Hollywood movies?

The second Aries sub-age and overflow (1072 – 1252 – 1433 AD) examined again witnessed  mighty Aries deeds.  The two greatest war mongers of this time were Genghis Khan and Pope Urban II.   Genghis Khan is reputed to be the world’s greatest warrior though Pope Urban II started the Crusades when he called upon Europeans to venture forth to the Middle East to attack the infidels occupying the Holy Land.  This Aries period coincided with the beginning of the Pisces quasi age-decan (1072-1791). Pisces archetypes therefore experienced a promotion and this is what we see also at this time in history – a Pisces religious leader becoming a war monger.  Only the Pisces religious pope had the ability to call Europe to arms as European secular powers were divided and at loggerheads with each other.  The default unification of Europe in fighting a common enemy confirms not only the major Pisces rulership of Europe, but also the secondary rulership by Aries.

The Crusades commenced within 30 years of the arrival of the Aries sub-age and overflow (1072 – 1252 – 1433 AD) but concluded in 1291, about 40 years past the end of the Aries sub-age proper.  Aries is like a sky rocket, it goes up with a lot of fanfare but quickly comes back to earth with a thud.  Though wars appear to disfavor the aggressors, and this certainly happened to the Europeans in the failed Crusades, it did begin something else that had far reaching consequences.  All of a sudden backward Europeans gained first-hand knowledge of the majesty of the Byzantine Empire and Islamic Middle East.  The introduction of their greater knowledge and culture ultimately turned Europe from a backward atavistic society to conquer nearly all other societies in the world. Aires always wants to fight!

Genghis Khan delayed his birth to the very beginning of the more potent Aries quasi sub-age (1162-1332).  The Mongols tribes were like Europeans, always fighting among themselves, but Genghis Khan was able to meld the warring tribes into one large fighting force the likes the world had never experienced previously or since.  Like the European Crusades, the Mongol Empire lasted only while Aries was strong –  aligned to the Aries quasi sub-age.  This alignment to the Aries quasi sub-age is mimicked by Saladin – the warrior of note and military foe of Richard the Lionheart.  Saladin’s dynasty was also aligned to the Aries quasi sub-age (1162-1332).  After the death of Genghis Khan the Mongol Horde continued the momentum and conquered China, central Eurasia, much of Russia and almost Venice in 1214.  The Mongol dynasty in China fell only three decades past the end of the Aries quasi sub-age in 1332. The Mongols conquered more of Eurasia and killed a greater percentage of people than any time before or after making the Mongol Horde an Aries exemplar.  The Mongols also spread the widespread use of gunpowder and very quickly the Europeans, Muslims and Indians were employing canons and firearms – items always fondly caressed by Aries.

This Aries period saw the beginning of the end of the Eastern Roman Empire.  The sack of Constantinople by the Crusaders (under the bidding of Constantinople’s business rival, Venice) put an end to the Eastern Roman Empire’s last period of greatness.  Like the sunset period of the Western Roman Empire, the power in the Eastern Roman Empire commenced to be vested in provincial military families.  The final dynasty of the Eastern Roman Empire turned more to their Greek rather than Roman origins. This dynasty fell with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, only 20 years past the end of the Aries sub-age overflow and Pisces age.

The two Aries sub-ages examined have been located in the Aries age and overflow (2916 BC – 732 BC – 1433 AD) and all these sub-ages and sub-age decans since the Aries sub-age and overflow (914 – 732 – 551 BC) have been the critical periods in the rise and fall of Ancient Rome.  The Aries sub-age and overflow (914 – 732 – 551 BC) saw the settling of the village of Rome on the Tiber River.  Just past the end of the Aries sub-age and overflow (1072 – 1252 – 1433 AD) the last vestige of Ancient Rome collapsed with the fall of Constantinople, the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, to the Muslim invaders.  Ancient Rome was book-ended by two Aries sub-ages.

The Aries sub-age and overflow (1072 – 1252 – 1433 AD) saw, in allegorical terms, the handing of the baton from Ancient Rome to modern Europe.  The European resurgence was firstly most noticeable in Italy with the rise of powerful and rich trading states such as Venice.  This baton-passing act only temporarily involved Italy, and very quickly it left the Italian peninsula and moved into Europe where the Spaniards, Portuguese, French, Germans, Dutch and Great Britain were ready to launch forth on an unsuspecting world.  Context is everything, as each Aries sub-age or sub-age decan arrives, it must interact with whatever age, age-decan and associated quasi-periods.

The Aries sub-age and overflow (1072 – 1252 – 1433 AD) is what I colloquially call the ‘sting in the tail’ of the Aries age and overflow. Any period in macro-astrology that is not a decan ends with such a sting-in-the tail and deserves an appropriate name.  Every age has as its second last sub-age in its age overflow period a sub-age with the same sign as itself.  Taking into account the sub-age overflow, this means that every age-wave finishes with a bang.  It is the conclusion to the story.

Other notable events associated with this pivotal Aries period include the Hussite Wars (1419-34) which saw the use of the hand-held cannon in Europe, Britain’s conquest of Wales (but failed conquest of Scotland) and the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) between France and England which commenced with bows and arrows but ended with firearms and was an emphatic loss to Britain though they retain Calais for some time.

There is strong evidence of Aries in Britain’s astrological signature.  The Celts are believed to have migrated into Britain in the Aries sub-age and overflow (914 – 732 – 551 BC).  Britain entered another major phase of self-government with the withdrawal of Roman troops in the Aries sub-age decan and overflow (352 – 412 – 472 AD).  In the Aries sub-age and overflow (1072 – 1252 – 1433 AD) Britain’s nationalistic sentiment was created due mainly to the One Hundred Years war with France.  Finally in the Aries sub-age decan and overflow (1672-1731-1791) the British Empire became temporarily the foremost military power in the world due to its successes in the Second Hundred Years War.  Appropriately, Great Britain was eclipsed in the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) with Scorpio sitting in the 8th house of death and vulnerability to Aries.  Aries is a significant sign for Great Britain.

Other developments of note in these Aries’ periods include the mass movement of people either forcibly or willingly.  Engineering and construction included most of the Seven Wonders of the World  including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  Other established Aries’ associations are developments in some sports and athletics including the Olympic Games.

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Aries Sub-Ages by Terry MacKinnell 2017

References & Citations

[1] Terry MacKinnell, “The Dawning”, Xlibris, USA, 2011

[2] Library catalog. (2015, May 30). Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:24, June 4, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Library_catalog&oldid=664740075

[3] “A Very Short History of the World”, pp 68-72

[4] Classical antiquity. (2015, May 20). Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:35, June 4, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Classical_antiquity&oldid=663333424

[5] Middle Ages. (2015, June 4). Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:39, June 4, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Middle_Ages&oldid=665409935

[6] Modern history. (2015, May 20). Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:42, June 4, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Modern_history&oldid=663185619