The Next BIG Thing! (Extended Version)

( Click here for the condensed version of this analysis )

Exhausted or bored with the COVID pandemic? What is the next big thing that will greatly impact the world?  What is a big thing?  If we start with contemporary history, 9/11 was the first big thing of this century.  As a consequence, the USA with the help of allies quickly invaded Afghanistan, found an excuse to invade Iraq in 2003 and resurrected the defacto Christian versus Islam modern Crusade against the infidels – the end result has been about as abysmal as the original Crusades about a thousand years earlier.  The next big thing to appear was the sub-prime mortgage crisis (2007 – 2010) in American real estate mortgages leading to the Global Recession (Global Financial Crisis).

Following or overlapping with the above, the Arab Spring commencing in Tunisia and soon spread to Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain with unrest in Morocco, Iraq, Algeria, Iranian Khuzestan, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Sudan concluding by around 2012.  Out of the Arab Spring, or following Arab Winter (which extended to 2019 at least), evolved the Islamic State (ISIS) and by 2014 ISIS was able to drive Iraqi troops out of key cities and it even captured Mosel which it held until 2017.

Next came populace leaders such as Donald Trump (USA), Narendra Modi (India), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico), Matteo Salvini (Italy), Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil), Rodrigo Duterte (Philippines) and Boris Johnson (UK).  These populace leaders have usually polarized their societies and depending upon which side you take, they will make their country great again or are throwbacks to a previous uglier time in the world.  Finally, to cap off these two decades was COVID-19 creating the greatest disruption in the world since the Second World War. Based on precedent, there is every reason to believe that the world will continue to stumble from one upset or disaster to another as was the case with the first two decades of the 21st century, not to mention the last many thousands of years of disasters and turmoil that have plagued our world yet surprisingly, has never permanently dampened the human spirit.

The above provides a context for the extent of what the next big thing may be, but exactly what is next in line?  This may be answered by recognizing the hidden structure that strongly influences all of the above.  The hidden structure is the sub-periods of the current Age of Aquarius.  The most relevant sub-periods associated with the above are micro-ages and micro-age decans.  Each age of some 2150 years has 12 sub-ages of around 178 years, and these each have 12 micro-ages of slightly less than 15 years, and naturally, any decan will be a third – or nearly five years.

Table 1 – the Cancer micro-age and overflow (Feb 2000 – Nov 2029) including all micro-age decans and the following Gemini micro-age and overflow.

Table 1 outlines the relationship between these major events and the micro-ages and micro-age decans in effect:  The key common sign for the first three decades of the 21st century is Cancer due to the Cancer micro-age and overflow (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014 – Nov 2029).  Under the sign Cancer, there is a strong focus on Islamic nations as Islam is strongly associated with Cancer, being a Pisces-Cancer religion compared to its sibling Christianity which is a Pisces-Scorpio religion.  This helps explain the whole Islamic orientation of world politics since 9/11 commencing with the 9/11 attack on the USA, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Arab Spring (and Winter) and the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban in 2021. 

The Cancer micro-age (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014) commenced with the Leo micro-age decan overflow (Feb 2000 – Jan 2005) but Aquarius is the second strongest sign in the astrological signature for the USA (age empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age).  Leo will ‘attack’ Aquarius, which played out with 9/11.  The overlapping Pisces micro-age decan focused upon the primary sign for the USA which it harnessed in its invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its success is attributable to the Pisces quasi micro-age decan (Nov 2003 – Jul 2007) and not shown in Table 1.  All quasi periods indicate the upper half of the bell curve of strength and are derived from the combined second half of its foundation period and first half of its overflow period.

The Dot.com crash of 2000 is also worth mentioning as it was due to investors’ interest in internet-related companies which increased to a frenzied level following massive growth and adoption of the internet.  Under the Leo micro-age decan overflow (Feb 2000 – Jan 2005) Aquarius technology was under ‘attack’ due to Aquarius and Leo being opposite signs.  In April 2000 the Nasdaq Composite index fell 25% in just one week.

The sub-prime mortgage crisis (2007 – 2010) is readily associated with Cancer as homes are ruled by Cancer, and its appearance in 2007 basically coincided with the arrival of the Cancer quasi micro-age (Jul 2007 – Jun 2022) (not shown in Table 1) shifting Cancer up a gear.  There is also a strong Pisces element as the whole sub-prime fiasco was the typical American smoke-and-mirrors that American capitalists are regularly able to pull from their hat of deceptive tricks.

The path to the Great Recession (2007 – 09) is readily associated with the Scorpio micro-age decan and overflow (Jul 2007 – Jul 2012 – Dec 2014), and though this recession was nominally only a few years, it dampened the economies of many countries for many more years.  This same Scorpio micro-age decan and overflow (Jul 2007 – July 2012 – Dec 2014) also provided the revolutionary impetus for the Arab Spring (Dec 2010 – late 2014)[1] with Cancer also playing a dominant background influence.

Cancer is also the sign of populace leaders because Cancer is the sign of the common people and is opposite Capricorn – the sign of wisdom of the elders or wise people.  Though elements of populace leaders appeared before the Cancer micro-age overflow such as Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee alongside Arizona Senator John McCain, it was not until the Cancer micro-age overflow commencing December 2014 that they became a worldwide phenomenon. For example, Donald Trump won the US presidential elections in November 2015 and Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines on 30 June 2016.

Cancer produces the anti-leader as under Cancer, the general public is more attuned to having their base political needs met, and will support anyone who panders to their desires regardless of the consequences as there is no future involved in the equation created by Cancer.  Cancer is also the hypersensitive sign of fear, and much of the policies of populace leaders was and is to stoke inherent fears of their supporters – especially by demonizing the objects of their fears – be they people of a different race, religion or attitudes, especially liberal attitudes.  This is why president Duerte of the Philippines was able to get away with the state-sponsored murder of drug users as the public feared them.

The nascent Aquarius element from the Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 14 – Dec 19) also feeds into these populace leaders (as it did in the 1920s and 30s) as community, social and political norms are radicalized by Aquarius – Aquarius and Cancer are also associated with mental instability and helps explain the rise of conspiracy babble around the world that behaves like a virus!

Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic came to international attention the very same month that the Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) entered its more powerful Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024).  Aquarius is the sign of disruption, and the greatest disruption that human society has withstood to date was under the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 2025 – 1940) which saw the First World War, Spanish flu, Great Depression, communism and the beginning of the Second World War.  The associated Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – Jun 2022) deemphasizes Aquarius to a certain extent in mid-2022 suggesting that this is around the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, or that it is all over bar some final angst in scattered counties around the world manifesting as the pandemic of the unvaccinated.

One of the truly surprising fruits of my research into the astrological ages and their sub-periods is that it is the decans that generally provide the most relevant insights.  For example, the previous big things since 2000 are mostly associated with micro-age decans.  It is these micro-age decans that provide the necessary background on the next big thing.

To gain a better understanding of what the next big thing may be, it is necessary to see what follows the Aquarius micro-age decan.  What ‘follows’ in macro-astrology is always an overlapping influence (as Table 2 indicates).  Firstly, since December 2014, the world entered the Cancer micro-age overflow (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) but in December 2014 arrived the overlapping Gemini micro-age and overflow (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029 – Sep 2044) which commenced with the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024).  The next cab off the rank is the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) and as usual, the second half is always the most powerful half.  It is Libra that provides the nexus for the next big thing with the emphasis on November 2024 to November 2029.

Table 2

You may be in for a big surprise with Libra – I certainly was!  I have just completed extensive research on every Libra micro-age and Libra micro-age decan that has appeared in the world since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433.  It is only through solid research that some confidence can be achieved in any predictive process.  A naïve expectation of a Libra micro-age decan is that it may promote art, women, justice, parties, alliances, parks and gardens and so on.  Well, I can confirm that all these are associated with nearly every Libra micro-age or micro-age decan, but the most notable and strongest element associated with these Libra periods is not only war and conflict, but war and conflict at the upper level of possibilities and that usually breaks new ground in its extent and destruction. 

Following are extracts from my previous research with the focus upon the details of war and conflict in previous Libra micro-ages or micro-age decans since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius:

Libra micro-age and overflow (March 1463 – March 1478 – March 1493)

In 1482 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, whose marriage finally united Christian Spain, started the Granada War (Reconquista) to expel their multi-centuries opponents in Spain – the Islamic Moors back to Africa. The Reconquista was successfully brought to an end by Spain in 1491 (near the end of this Libra period in early 1493).  This was a major adjustment and enhancement to the map of Europe.  Spain quickly became the world superpower of the times due to its unification and the conquest of the New World following the discoveries of Christopher Columbus of the Americas in 1492. 

In Britain, the War of the Roses commenced before this Libran period but was mainly resolved within it (under Libra, an existing conflict can get resolved).  After Richard III from the House of York was killed and his forces defeated, Henry VII from the House of Lancaster took the throne and married Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter and heir of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, thereby again uniting the claims from the two Houses. The House of Tudor ruled England until 1603, with the death of Elizabeth I, granddaughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. 

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (December 1527 – December 1532 – November 1537)

This period witnessed a major European division with the ‘divorce’ of England from the Roman Catholic Church over the issues of multiple (Libra) marriages by King Henry VIII.  This breakup occurred simultaneously with the beginning of the Protestant movement in earnest spearheaded by Martin Luther in Germany leading to a major religious-political schism in Europe. Spain and Portugal were dividing the world in two preparing for the massive European invasion of the world over the following centuries and the Austrian and Turks commenced a bitter 150 years of conflict. This period closely matches the current Libra micro-age and overthrow and it is interesting that in both, we see the widening separation of Britain from continetal Europe.

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – August 1587 – July 1592)

Relatively quickly, this period commenced with the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604) which included the famous Spanish Armada (1588) with 130 ships and 30,000 men when Catholic Spain attempted to invade Protestant England and dispose Queen Elizabeth 1 but failed miserably at the hands of what constituted the British navy.  The English countered with two armadas against Spain which both failed, and Spain sent a second armada against England which also failed due to bad weather.  At this time Spain was the world’s superpower.  The victory was acclaimed by the English as their greatest since Agincourt.

The War of the Three Henrys (1587-89) was one of a series of French civil wars under the umbrella of the French Wars of Religion (1562 – 98). The war was instigated by Spain to keep France from interfering with the Spanish army in the Netherlands and the Spanish invasion of England – there were so many wars that they had wars within wars!  The Eighty Years’ War commencing in 1568 (before this Libra period) was basically a Protestant revolt of what are today the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg against the superpower of Catholic Spain, and by 1587 the newly formed Dutch Republic was successful in commencing the Dutch Golden Age lasting until 1672.[2] 

In the Far East the first Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 was really the beginning of a proxy war between Japan and China with Korea the stepping stone from Japan to China. The conflict ended in 1598 after Japan’s second unsuccessful invasion followed by the withdrawal of the Japanese forces from the Korean Peninsula after a military stalemate (appropriate for Libra).  This war resulted in an imbalance of power within Japan with the Toyotomi clan’s power significantly weakened due to the exhaustion of its armed forces for the failed Korean conflict and the opposing Tokugawa clan, who had abstained from the war, and with their armed forces in tack, were able to eventually triumphed in this civil war (post this Libra period). The association of Scorpio with Japan activates the difficult 12th house when a Libra period appears and rarely does anything positive come from the 12th house.

Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

The British Civil Wars (1639 – 1653) included rebellions, civil wars and invasions with the most important being the English Civil War which ended when the English parliamentarian army won followed by the execution of the king, the abolition of the monarchy, and the founding of the Commonwealth of England which lasted until 1660 only a few years past the end of this Libra period. [3] No English king had ever been previously executed.  The English Civil War was a major event in the history of the UK and is the second example of regime change in England under Libra.

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (Jan 1692 – Jan 1697 – Dec 1701)

The Nine Years’ War (1688–1697) had already commenced prior to this Libra period, but it was mostly within the Libra period that the fiercest fighting occurred in 1692-3.  It was a conflict between France and an opposing European coalition which included England, Spain and Portugal with theaters also in North America and India. Its importance in association with this Libra period is that this war is considered to be the first global war and while war has been endemic over the last many thousands of years, Libra seems to inspire war and conflict at the upper level. This global war is considered a precursor to the two world wars of the 20th century.

The Nine Years’ War encompassed Ireland and Jacobite risings in Scotland (with some later elements of the Jacobite risings partly portrayed in the TV series Outlander), and North America between French and English settlers and their respective Indigenous allies.  England was once again threatened by invasion, this time by the new European bully – France, but was thwarted by the destruction of the French navy in 1692.  The last year of this Libra period saw the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) due to unresolved issues of the Nine Years’ War with a focus on maintaining the (Libra) balance of power between different European countries.[4]

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (Sep 1746 – Sep 1751 – Aug 1756)

War also makes its mark with the beginning of the Seven Years’ War (1756 – 1763) commencing at the very end of this Libra period.  Such was the magnitude of the Seven Years’ War that some historians call it World War Zero as many considered it a world war[5] harking back to the Nine Years’ War (1688–1697) of the previous Libra period that was considered the first global war.  This strongly insinuates a diachronic relationship between major wars and these Libra periods. 

The Seven Years’ War was the outcome of the Diplomatic Revolution of 1756 involving a major realignment of European alliances which shifted the European balance of power – always part of the Libra milieu. Austria shifted alliances away from Great Britain to France, while Prussia shifted to Great Britain.  The Seven Years’ War was between Great Britain and France with most European countries aligned one way or the other.  The result of the Seven Years’ War propelled Great Britain into its superpower status, and curtailed France and Spain.  The Seven Years’ War in the North American theater was called the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763).

Libra micro-age and overflow (June 1791 – April 1806 – March 1821)

This Libra period begins with the largest astrological transition following the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433.   1791 experienced a change in the quasi age-decan (Pisces to Libra), sub-age (Sagittarius to Scorpio) and sub-age decan (Sagittarius to Cancer).  It therefore appropriately commenced with the French Royal Family’s flight in disguise to Varennes where they were captured with the king and queen ultimately executed. The French Revolution was already underway before this Libra period but the frenzy of beheadings was delayed until after the arrival of the deadly Scorpio sub-age in 1791 with Scorpio’s focus on death and destruction. 

The main war in this Libra period was the Napoleonic Wars (1805 – 1815) and included the minor War of 1812 between the UK and the USA which ended in a stalemate.  The wars had profound consequences on global history, including the spread of nationalism and liberalism, the rise of Britain as the world’s foremost naval and economic power for its almost a century and a half as the world’s superpower, the appearance of independence movements in Latin America and subsequent collapse of the Spanish Empire and Portuguese Empire, the fundamental reorganization of German and Italian territories into larger states, and the introduction of radically new methods of conducting warfare, as well as advances in civil law.

More French soldiers were casualties in the Napoleonic wars than in the First World War – it is estimated that five million people died due to the Napoleonic Wars.  The Napoleonic Wars transformed war into total war due to the massive escalation of the size and scope of the conflicts which is also an acknowledgment of the role played by the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) which has produced the ‘big’ modern world of mass production and mass consumption, including the mass production of military weapons and massive wars.  The Napoleonic Wars were another stepping stone from pre-industrial wars to the two world wars of the 20th century.

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (May 1856 – May 1861 – Apr 1866)

The main focus in this period is the American Civil War (1861 – 65) and again, Libra contributed towards this war, as it ultimately was based on giving justice to slaves.  The American Civil War occurred near the beginning of the Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970), and it was this Pisces SAD&OF that ultimately raised the USA into the age-empire of our age.  Whereas Pisces is strongly located in the European astrological signature, it takes first place in the USA’s astrological signature – though to be technically correct, the USA is the empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age.  Similar to Pisces’ ability to split Europe due to the two fish swimming in opposite directions, Pisces can also split the USA, and because it did so early in the Pisces SAD&OF, the USA had plenty of time to capitalize upon the power Pisces has brought and rise to its role as the major superpower in the world. 

The American Civil War was dwarfed by the Taiping rebellion (1850 – 1864) in China which was the bloodiest civil war in world history, with 30 to 50 million dead and mostly contained within this Libra period. This period closely matches the current Libra micro-age and overthrow and does not support a time of internal strength for either the USA or China.

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1910 – Nov 1915 – Oct 1920)

Of course, the major event in this period was the monumental man-made disaster of the First World War triggered when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in 1914, with the USA entering in 1917 and concluding on 11 November 1918.  With around 22 million deaths, it was one of the largest wars and deadliest conflicts in history. It again confirms that each of these relatively small Libra periods, sitting within the Libra age decan (1433 – 2149), outstrips previous Libra periods in pushing the war envelope. 

The Next Big Thing

Each and every Libra micro-age or micro-age decan since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius has a focus on upper-level major conflicts with ever-increasing violence and destruction, and if the current Libra MADOF (Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) follows form, a major conflict is on our doorstep. The most likely timeframe is from November 2024 onward for almost five years but it could commence any time between now and November 2024.  Who will be the combatants in this new conflict?  The most likely scenario is the USA, its NATO allies and other Anglo-Saxon nations against China and Russia as these two blocs represents the current strongest international balance of power, and though it is extremely unlikely that either side will destroy or annihilate the opposing bloc, some modification or new kind of international order is likely to evolve from this conflict if the past is any guide.

With the two main protagonists being the USA and China, a brief examination of both may provide relevant insights into its performance in such an international tussle. 

China

Libra is a significant sign in China’s astrological signature as Libra is associated with the whole of the Far East.  In the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Dec 1532 – Nov 1537) China was having difficulties, and in 1528 to 1530 in Henan province, an enormous drought coupled with a gigantic swarm of locusts deprived the region of harvests for the next two years, killing off half the people in some communities, due to starvation and cannibalism.  However, this could also be attributable to the overlapping Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow that was at its most potent in the second half of this period (i.e. December 1527 – December 1532) especially taking into account the disruptive ability of Aquarius.

The following Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Aug 1582 – Jul 1592)  saw the first Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 which was really the beginning of a proxy war between Japan and China with Korea the stepping stone from Japan to China. The conflict ended in 1598 after Japan’s second unsuccessful invasion followed by the withdrawal of the Japanese forces from the Korean Peninsula after a military stalemate.  This period closely matches the current Libra micro-age and overthrow.

China was also a major focus within the next Libra micro-age and overflow (Apr 1627 – May 1642 – Apr 1657). In 1627 the Manchus took advantage of Korea’s war-weakened state due to the unsuccessful Japanese invasion in the previous Libra period and invaded in 1627 and 1637, and this was even before the Manchus had taken over China.    In 1641 a massive epidemic struck in northern and central China with some local areas and towns having 90% of the local populace wiped out, which may have contributed to the fall of the Ming Dynasty just three years later. In 1644 the invading Qing army captured Beijing marking the beginning of Manchu rule over China proper.  The Ming dynasty had ruled over China from 1368 to 1644 while the Qing dynasty survived until 1912 (also in a Libra period).  This major and highly significant political development in China supports a close connection between Libra and China. Libra is associated with major events in China.

China’s affinity to Libra was again on display in the Libra micro-age and overflow (Jun 1791 – Apr 1806 – Mar 1821) when in 1793, the isolationist Chinese government rebuffed an attempt by the British to sell their manufactured goods to China and install a British ambassador in the Chinese court.  In 1796 the White Lotus Society, whose core belief is that a future Buddha will usher in an era of peace and plenty, commenced revolutionary activity against the oppressive Chinese government. The White Lotus Society also appropriately worshipped their Unborn Venerable Mother at the beginning of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910).  This same movement was behind the rise of the Ming dynasty liberating China from its Mongolian rulers in 1387.  Their first revolution in the 1330s was unsuccessful,[6] but this did occur before the arrival of the Age of Aquarius.  However, it did take place in a Libra micro-age and overflow (1314 – 1329 – 1344) within the Pisces sub-age (1254 – 1433) in its Cancer sub-age decan (1314 – 1373).  Their success in 1387 was in the Cancer sub-age overflow (1373 – 1433) which supports the notion that while Libra is associated with China, its Cancer connection is stronger.

Finally in the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1910 – Nov 1915 – Oct 1920) commenced with the formation of the Republic of China in 1912 after a revolution that overthrew the Qing dynasty, ending 5,000 years of monarchy in China and 267 years of the Manchu dynasty. 

Obviously Libra is a sign of ferment for China and suggests that major calamities are often on its doorstep and often indicate dynastic/regime change.  If Cancer is the primary sign for China, Libra activated the lowly 4th house and detracts from its 10th house of government and authority.  If the approaching conflict deeply involves China, it does not portend a favorable result for China, unless a possible regime change turns out to be favorable?

The current Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2059) is not favorable to China (especially in the second half) as Gemini sits at the 12th house position to China’s Cancer and more importantly in opposition to Sagittarius – a sign strongly associated with China.  However, within this Gemini age-decan is the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2019) and we have seen China’s rise to the second strongest superpower in the world under this micro-age and overflow.  This rise is so potent, many pundits have claimed that China will become the number one superpower soon.  However, there are only a few more years of the Cancer micro-age overflow concluding in November 2029 with a waning influence over China for the following 10 years as it confronts the opposing Capricorn micro-age decan and overflow (Nov 2029 – Oct 2034 – Oct 2039).  This will not be a fortuitous period for many parts of the world, and specifically Cancer-orientated regions such as China, Russia, the Middle East and Islamic countries.

USA

What is the astrological environment for the USA in the approaching possible major conflict?  The American Civil War demonstrated that the USA was and remains like conjoined twins, who can never get away from each other and often detest each other.  This is again the reality in the USA when the rural voters throughout the USA voted for Trump, while urban areas voted Democrat.  The end of 2021 is equivalent to 1858 – only three years before the beginning of the American Civil War.  Does this mean that the USA is heading for another civil war?

Table 3

A very good argument can be made that the USA is heading towards a period of even greater internal conflict than has been experienced over the last five years, but the world is no longer in the Pisces sub-age decan (highlighted in yellow in Table 3) as was the case with the Civil War.  Pisces at strength is probably needed for the USA to tear itself apart – though the USA’s second sign on its totem pole, Aquarius, also has a love-hate relationship with the USA.  In place of Pisces, the world is currently under the influence of the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) but Gemini is not part of the astrological signature for the USA.  However, the American Civil War did occur in the Gemini micro-age, or to be technically exact, the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851 – 66), as it is also this decade.

The American Civil War occurred at the highpoint of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) and Cancer is opposite Capricorn, the third strongest sign in the USA’s astrological signature. When those settlers stepped ashore in Jamestown in 1607, they did so near the very end of the first sub-age in the Age of Aquarius – the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) and also within the last micro-age in the Capricorn sub-age, the Capricorn micro-age (1597 – 1612) so Capricorn became a key sign for the future USA. The current Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029) will also provoke tensions in the USA but compared to the 18th century, this Cancer influence is very mild compared to the 19th century.

With Pisces the strongest sign for the USA, and Cancer opposed to Capricorn, the third strongest sign in the astrological signature, the current Gemini SAD&OF is not of the same league.  However, Gemini is probably detrimental to the USA on the world stage, as Gemini sits at the lowly 4th house position to Pisces which detracts from its 10th house authority, and shifts the focus to domestic over international issues – which was played out by Trump through avoiding new foreign wars or conflicts, and extracting US troops from ongoing international conflicts whenever possible.  President Biden has continued this trend with the withdrawal of American military from Afghanistan in 2021.  The USA is most likely heading towards some form of isolationism for most of the rest of the 21st century due to the Gemini sub-age decan overflow (2029 – 2088) except where commercial interests are concerned.

Apart from Gemini and Cancer, the other common sign between the American Civil War and the current Libra MAD&OF is that they both occur within the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2149) and Scorpio indicates that the world currently does not exist in a time of stability, but a time of wrenching change, transformation and evolution.  Life is not meant to be stable and peaceful under Scorpio.  Scorpio is the sign of our times.

We can certainly expect a period of greater lack of social and political cohesion in the USA, especially in the Libra MAD&OF (Nov 24 – Nov 29) with the situation deteriorating beforehand, but it should be nowhere near the level of stress that existed in the buildup and execution of the American Civil War.  If the major problem the USA is faced with is not civil war or vigorous internal dissent, how will it handle a possible major external conflict?

It cannot be overstressed that the USA is the age-empire of our time, and once an age-empire gets established, they don’t like to be kicked around, and they tend to have longevity – at least for the first half of the age, which means the USA should retain its international position until at least the midway point of the Age of Aquarius around 2507 AD.  In contrast, China has a far more resilient history for cultural longevity, but not for its ruling dynasties or regime who come and go regularly (similar to the lunation cycle).  If China is the main protagonist in any approaching international military polarization, it will continue to exist afterward, but it may be politically restructured – as has been the case for the previous thousands of years. 

The Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865) does not suggest the eradication of opponents, as Libra is the sign of balance.  For most of the current millennia, a major polarization in the world is indicated, and this polarization will strengthen over the coming centuries.  This is in strong contrast to the last two ages at least.  This strongly suggests that China, for better or worse, will remain as the yin balance to American yang for most of this Millennium.  Therefore any approaching conflict may represent one of a number of international adjustments of this very long-term geopolitical situation?

Extent of the Conflict

Finally, what icould be the nature of the coming conflict? Each Libra period appears to outstrip the previous one in ferocity, and so if this is literally taken to be the case in the coming conflagration, the use of atomic weapons cannot be ignored as nations have historically used every means of weaponry available to defeat their enemies.  This is reinforced by the fact that the world remains in the most potent quarter (1970 – 2059) of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2148).  The risk level for atomic weapons remains very high until 2059 at least.  Another viable possibility is that in place of open warfare, the world descends to all-out cyber warfare, as Scorpio is a key driver for the internet (along with Gemini).

If you examine Table 4, the strongest zodiacal signs are when the Overflow and Quasi periods are of the same sign.  This only applies to the sub-age and age and confirms the volatility of Scorpio and atomic weapons or cyberwar.  The Pisces age overflow and Pisces quasi-age provide the base environment for this situation and the major influence in the world until around 2507.  This therefore promotes the possible precipitation for conflict could be the South China Sea as the oceans and islands are ruled by Pisces.  It must be remembered that under the sign Aquarius, society and nations are more prone and likely to adopt extreme policies far outside the realm of normality – and this extremism leads to disruption as the first half of the 20th century so adequately demonstrated.

Table 4

For the rest of the world, a bunch of islands and reefs recently occupied and claimed by China in the South China Sea may seem a ridiculous precipitation for an international conflict but not according to Daniel Yergin, author of The New Map:

China’s efforts to assert sovereignty in the South China Sea is perhaps the most volatile foreign policy issue in the world today.  Through its waters pass $US3.5 trillion of world trade — two-thirds of China’s maritime trade, and over 40 percent of Japan’s and 30 percent of total world trade. Eighty percent of China’s oil imports pass through it. Its waters are crucial for food security. It provides much of the seafood consumed both in China, the world’s largest consumer of fish, and Southeast Asia.

Those waters are also fraught with risk. ‘A single irresponsible action or instigation of conflict,’ warned Vietnam’s prime minister, ‘could well lead to the interruption of these huge trade flows, with unforeseeable consequences not only to regional economies but also to the entire world.’

Even while writing this blog, the USA, UK and Australia announced in September 2021 a major new military project Aukus to build a number of nuclear submarines in Australia. This is obviously aimed at China due to the perceived recent strategic advancement of China in the Pacific and Indian oceans indicating that the heat is rising and the international balance of power is being stressed. China is also currently overflying its military aircraft into Taiwan’s air space which is a classic example of sabre-rattling.

China’s main sign is Cancer, the sign of perimeters and thus borders, and China does not have a history of military engagements with countries not on its borders – unlike the Europeans and their offspring’s who historically have marauded everywhere possible.  But the South China Sea is on China’s borders, as is Taiwan, Tibet, Korea, Nepal and India and a number of other countries.  Any coming conflict with China is bound to be on its ‘edges’.

Of course, there is no guarantee that any major conflict is identical to what I have indicated above.  This is where expertise in mundane astrology with the outer planetary cycles providing some fine-tuning would be a positive addition to my arsenal of techniques, but my 30 years and more of research into the astrological ages has prevented me from learning traditional mundane astrology to any proficiency.

Despite the unknowns of the precipitation and source of any new major conflict, the astrological reality of a major conflict is very strong, with finer details more speculative.  Will it be considered a Third World War?  Even in this worst-case scenario, it does not have the astrological background to compete with the two world wars of the 20th century.  The astrology of the first half of the 20th century was a cauldron of extremely potent astrological forces.  The key element was the Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970) with the most potent quarter 1910 – 1940 and this level of Pisces will not be experienced in the world for around another 25,000 years.  Secondly, the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) was three times stronger and more powerful than our current ‘mini’ Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) which nevertheless was still capable of bringing the world to its symbolic knees with Coronavirus.  The world has got off relatively easily with COVID-19 as the previous and next Aquarius periods are far stronger in their disruption compared to the current one.

The next international turmoil that could rival the Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970) is the Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029 – 2088 – 2149) especially in its third-quarter from 2088 to 2118 as this coming substantial Aquarius period resonates with the emergent Age of Aquarius.  The coming Aquarius period towards the end of this century is so potent that it is probable that the likes of Trump’s supporters that stormed the US Congress in early 2021 are likely to succeed and actually overthrow the government of the USA – perhaps only temporarily – perhaps charting a new autocratic direction for the USA?  Even age-empires quake at age-decan cusps.  In Ancient Egypt these age-decan cusps were basically aligned to the cusps of the Old, Middle and Late Kingdoms, and in Ancient Rome, the Roman Republic fell and was replaced by the Roman Empire ruled by dictatorial Caesars.  Age-decan cusps are strongly related to regime change. The world is not facing these types of scenarios in the coming decade but the end of this century is another story!

If the world avoids a major international conflict in the coming decade, I will personally be very pleased but we cannot expect that rationality will succeed over nationalism and patriotism which will probably remain the underlying political impetus in the world until at least the midpoint of the Age of Aquarius around 2503.  Until that time, the influence of Pisces remains stronger than Aquarius, even though the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 15th century.  Humans evolve very slowly, and from a grand narrative, we are still only stepping out of caves, but with atomic weapons instead of spears.  People a thousand years in the future will cringe at our backwardness – provided our backwardness does not wipe out humanity in the intervening period.  It is extremely unlikely we will have a world devoid of wars and violence without an effective international government – and even then, further international civil wars could still occur if science fiction movies have any credibility?

The astrology indicates that the next big thing should be war or some alternative style of major conflict – above and beyond what the world has experienced since the end of the Second World War, and I have provided some speculative scenarios of the combatants and details which may or may not be correct.  We cannot expect astrology to provide a high-definition video with stereoscopic audio of the future as its track record does not support this.  Much fanfare was made of the predictions of the COVID-19 pandemic by the French astrologer, the late Andre Barbault, but even in his predictions, he could not be definitive and he certainly did not get the finer details correct. However, merely defining the outline of the next big thing is an achievement in itself if it comes to pass! 

However, there is another possibility that could occur in place of a major war – or in addition to a major war. The necessary international alliance required to tackle Climate Change is also more likely to take shape under the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) with the second half (Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) the more likely timeframe. This may deteriorate into a bipolar approach to Climate Change with two intractable opposing sides, or it could be a success as Libra can bring peace or accord in a time of disagreement. A major conflict in parallel to a Climate Change accord is also a possibility.

There is one more hurdle between the world in 2021 and the approaching Libra highpoint around November 2024 and that is the replacement of the Cancer quasi micro-age (Jul 2007 – Jun 2022) with the Gemini quasi micro-age (Jun 2022 – Jan 2037) in June 2022. It must be remembered that the sub-prime mortgage crisis struck after the arrival of the Cancer quasi micro-age in July 2007. In another examples, the Soviet Union collapsed at the beginning of the Leo quasi micro-age (June 1991 – Jul 2007) under the influence of the Aquarius nano-age and overflow (Jun 1991 – Sep 1992 – Dec 1993). Apartheid in South Africa also collasped indicating the relevance of these quasi periods.

A quasi micro-age cusp is really a gear change, and the approaching cusp in June 2022 indicates a change down in gear for Cancer and a rise in gear for Gemini making their respective influences about equal. Furthermore, the first nano-age overflow in the approaching Gemini quasi micro-age is the Sagittarius nano-age overflow (Jun 2022 – Aug 2023) and it is always the case that each quasi period commences with a sub-period of the opposite sign introducing greater tension than normal. The Sagittarius nano-age and overflow (Mar 2021 – Jun 2022 – Aug 2028) will be a time of high stress for Gemini and could highlight issues associated with the internet, cities, commuter transportation, students and fragmentation.

Perhaps Greta Thunberg significantly increases her influence amongst students? Maybe the European Union struggles to retain all of its existing members? Does an internet crash or incident become a major liability in some way? Cities may start to flex their influence at Climate Change talks? Or the extraction of vehicles from fossil fuels accelerate? China comes off the boil and starts showing early signs of political fracture? My first choice is the internet. Unfortunately the track record of the human race is that governments will use any newly developed or created technology for war – and so we may expereince some kind of militarization of the internet.

Despite a war or major conflict prediction, Libra is not focused solely on conflict.  There is always a focus upon females, both positive and negative, and we have already seen this with the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan severely curtailing the freedom of women and Texas’ almost suppression of abortion.  Despite these dark forces that remain so prevalent in the world, previous Libra periods strongly suggest that it is still a forward march for female rights – especially under Libra sitting so strongly in the Age of Aquarius for almost the next thousand years.  Another major area is art and artists – and we should see a focus and movement in that field as well.  Art auction prices have recently increased.  These and other areas such as justice associated with Libra such as Black Lives Matter will be explored in later posts.  It’s early days yet for Libra!

Interesting facts

9/11 in 2001 occurred in the Leo micro-age decan overflow (Feb 2000 – Jan 2005) including the invasion of Afghanistan in retaliation.  The withdrawal of US and allied troops in 2021 followed by the Taliban takeover occurred in the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) with Leo and Aquarius opposite signs in the zodiac.  Aquarius will undermine Leo.

9/11 took place around 19 months inside of the Gemini quasi sub-age decan (Feb 2000 – 2059) and this Gemini quasi sub-age decan is constructed from the Gemini sub-age and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) with the quasi sub-age representing the more potent middle half of the sub-age and overflow.  The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 occurred four months inside the Scorpio quasi sub-age decan (Aug 1940 – Feb 2000).  In both cases, the USA was caught with its pants down as subsequent inquiries discovered they had enough intelligence to know what was coming, but failed to have the clarity to act upon the evidence. A Pisces age empire such as the USA will often lack (Virgo) qualities such as clarity.

The Pearl Harbor attack also occurred in the Scorpio nano-age (Aug 1940 – Nov 1941) while 9/11 occurred in a Gemini nano-age overflow (May 2001 – Aug 2002).  In both attacks, not only were they near the very beginning of a quasi sub-age, but the nano-age in effect was of the exact same sign as the quasi sub-ages.  The Scorpio nano-age at the beginning of the Scorpio quasi sub-age decan relates to Japan as Japan’s main sign is Scorpio, and Scorpio also rules surprise attacks.  A similar Gemini connection to 9/11 has Gemini, the sign of the twins which involved the Twin Towers, and Gemini is traditionally the sign for Iraq and adjoining countries, as Iraq’s antecedents go back to Mesopotamia, the Gemini age empire – the very first age-empire tin the world.

Will the USA suffer a similar fate near the beginning of the next quasi sub-age – specifically the Aquarius quasi sub-age decan commencing 2059?  With the USA’s primary sign Pisces, it cannot be expected to get the (Virgo) details correct.  The first nano-age in the Aquarius quasi sub-age decan is an Aquarius nano-age and overflow, and if it follows form, there should be a strong Aquarian element in any future attack.  It could also be an internal attack by extremists.

References

The Backbone of the Libra Age-Decan (1433 – 2149)

The Baptism of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Dec 1532 – Nov 1537)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – July 1592)

Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (January 1692 – December 1701)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (Sep 1746 – Sep 1751 – Aug 1756)

Libra micro-age and overflow (June 1791 – April 1806 – March 1821)

Civil Wars & More in the Libra micro-age decan & overflow (1856 – 1861 – 1866)

Total War & the Libra micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1915 –1920)


[1] Timeline of the Arab Spring, Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:16, September 11, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Timeline_of_the_Arab_Spring&oldid=1042958594

[2] Dutch Republic, Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:01, January 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dutch_Republic&oldid=999742782

[3] Wars of the Three Kingdoms, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:55, January 21, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wars_of_the_Three_Kingdoms&oldid=1000880639

[4] War of the Spanish Succession, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:41, December 23, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=War_of_the_Spanish_Succession&oldid=991913244

[5] “Why the first world war wasn’t really”, The Economist. 2014-07-01.

[6] White Lotus, Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:52, May 1, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=White_Lotus&oldid=1019478879

Total War & the Libra micro-age & overflow (1910 – 1915 –1920)

The Libra micro-age and overflow (Dec 1910 – Nov 1915 – Oct 1920)  was the last Libra period before our current one (the Libra micro-age decan and overflow Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029), and was a highly significant period where major inroads were made by females, war again broke new ground in ferocity and mindlessness and China broke free of its heredity monarchy.   The focus towards female enfranchisement was mainly focused upon western nations – as has been the case since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century when Europeans commenced their maritime discoveries followed by their ruthless conquest of the world.

Very quickly in 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time across Europe.  Even the theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris in the same year can be linked back to the speculation that the painting is the very first painting of the modern woman near the beginning of both the Age of Aquarius and Libra age-decan.  Women went on trailblazing and in 1912 Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel and the Woman Suffrage Procession took place in Washington DC led by Inez Milholland on horseback.  The following year, Emily Davison, a British suffragette, ran out in front of the King’s horse, at The Derby and was critically trampled and died four days later in hospital.  It was also noted in Great Britain that, in the absence of men due to the First World War, not only did women replace men in the munitions factory, they were twice as efficient compared to when they were staffed exclusively by men.[1]

The world did not wait for this Libra MAD to grant women the vote, but only very few countries or states did so before this period.  An early country in this period was Norway when women got the vote in 1913.  In contrast, in 1915, the US House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote but ferment was in the air, and Denmark gave women the vote and Iceland followed (allowing women over 40 voting rights). In 1916 Margaret Sanger opened the first US birth control clinic, a forerunner of Planned Parenthood and Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives. In 1917, women won the right to vote in New York State notwithstanding the “Night of Terror” when influential suffragettes from the Silent Sentinels were deliberately subjected to physical assaults by guards while imprisoned – the Nazi’s did not invent fascism.  The Russian Provisional Government enacted women’s suffrage and women were permitted to stand in national elections in the Netherlands.

As this Libra period came to a close, in 1918, most women in the UK over 30 were given the vote and Canadian women (excluding Quebec) were granted the right to vote in federal elections. Countess Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway Prison (London), became the first woman elected to the British House of Commons but did not take her seat.  1919 saw full women’s suffrage in the Netherland and finally at the 11th hour the United States Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed suffrage to women and was ratified the following year.

Some famous women also became notable during this time.  Mata Hari was arrested in Paris for spying in 1918 and Dr. Marie Stopes published her influential book Married Love in the U.K. In 1920, the Australian soprano Nellie Melba became history’s first well-known performer to make a radio broadcast when she sang two arias as part of an experimental series of broadcasts from a studio at the Marconi Company’s factory at Chelmsford in England.  The Canadian-American actress, Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979), “the World’s Sweetheart” along with Charlie Chaplin and others founded United Artists in 1919 and was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (created well after this Libra period).  Pickford was one of the most popular actresses of the 1910s and 1920s, earning the nickname “Queen of the Movies”[2] and obviously filling in for the goddess Venus.

Mary Pickford by Rufus Porter Moody c.1910

There are some other developments that are worth noting, commencing with the formation of the  Republic of China in 1912 after a revolution which overthrew the Qing dynasty, ending 5,000 years of monarchy in China and 267 years of the Manchu dynasty.  Libra has traditionally been associated with the Far East, and Libra seems to have a strong role in China’s astrological signature as opposed to Aries – common amongst all western nations. Also in 1912 the National Park Service was created in the USA, with parks and gardens also traditionally associated with Libra. In 1919 the Grand Canyon was made a National Park.  This connection to parks is noteworthy for the developing connection between Libra and the environmental movement.

Also in 1919, the League of Nations was founded whose principal mission was to maintain world peace and thus providing a strong link to Libra.  The USA’s innate Pisces’ nature saw it quickly retreat from international involvement and the US Senate spurned its membership of the League of Nations.  While this league was an abject failure, the astrology suggests that this is a seed for greater things to come – the world government greatly feared by many conservatives everywhere but without such an entity, a world devoid of major conflict or war is extremely unlikely. In 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded and is linked to Libra’s preference for justice such as the Black Lives Matter movement.  1920 also witnessed the launching of Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-Cooperation Movement in India, with the goal of obtaining independence from onerous British rule.  Earlier in this Libra period, Gandhi was leading the passive resistance against racial inequality in South Africa. Non-violent revolution is another hallmark of Libra.

1920 also saw the world’s first peaceful establishment of a social democratic government in Sweden. Social democracy theoretically promotes social justice within the framework of a liberal-democratic polity and a capitalist-oriented mixed economy, but wherever justice exists, so does Libra! Also in 1920, insulin was first isolated for the treatment of diabetes – the Libra disease due to Libra’s rulership of sugar and the current worldwide growing addiction to obesity as the new norm.

Libra has strong affinity to music, and so it is appropriate that jazz came of age under this Libra period.  The Original Dixieland Jass Band made the genre’s first recordings early in 1917, and their Livery Stable Blues became the earliest released jazz record. In 1919, Kid Ory’s Original Creole Jazz Band of musicians from New Orleans began playing in San Francisco and Los Angeles.[3]  This Libra period saw the birth of jazz as a major musical genre that displays no sign of abating its influence in the land of music.

“Tiger Rag” sheet music, 1918, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Leo Feist, New York.

Of course, the major event in this period was the monumental man-made disaster of the First World War triggered when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in 1914, with the USA entering in 1917 and concluding on 11 November 1918.  With around 22 million deaths, it was one of the largest wars and deadliest conflicts in history. It also made history by being the ‘first total war’ and again confirms that each of these relatively small Libra periods, sitting within the Libra age decan (1433 – 2149), outstrips previous Libra periods in pushing the war envelope.  Unfortunately, this is an unsettling observation taking into account the current Libra micro-age decan and overflow (December 2019 – November 2024 – November 2029) – especially its second half (November 2024 – November 2029).

No one zodiacal sign is going to create conflict – most events are associated with an astrological signature composed of a number of distinct components.  This Libra MAD&OF sits within the larger and more powerful Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 25 – 40).  Aquarius was the key sign associated with the rise of the extreme politics of communism and fascism that dictated events in this 30 year period.  Aquarius is the sign of disruption (not rainbows in the sky). The coup-de-gras however is the last of the three strongest manifestations of Pisces in the world which will not be experienced at such potency for around another 25,000 years.  1910 marked the highpoint of the Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970) resonating with the massive Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3581).  This was the main game in town for the first half of the 20th century.

Pisces is also a key sign in Europe’s astrological signature, and the two world wars certainly saw Europe tear itself apart, something that is common in Europe whenever Pisces is strong.  The previous major Pisces rift was the Protestant Reformation that split European Christians into two and resulted in numerous military conflicts including the attempted invasion of Great Britain by the Spanish Armada. Only some of the world events in the period 1910 to 1920 can be associated with Libra, and in macro-astrology it is necessary to cherry-pick historical events from the cauldron of all events. 

There is no doubt that despite the First World War women were on the move in this Libra period, and many first world nations commenced the path of voting rights for women.  Women also broke new ground in their public achievements and notability – even notoriety.  China’s affinity to Libra was again witnessed with the final overthrow of monarchial government after 5,000 years.  The forerunner of the United Nations, the League of Nations, appeared as a well-meaning project that failed but is a sign of things to come over the coming centuries.  The non-violent approach to politics was appropriately instigated by Gandhi – first in his homeland of South Africa, then India – much to the consternation of the arrogant British authorities.  The maturation of jazz in this period is another acknowledgment of Libra and the coming of age of the USA – the age-empire of our times.

The First World War again demonstrates the link between major conflict and Libra not to mention that the momentum of violence unleashed upon the world by the Aries age and overflow ( 2862BC – 715 BC – 1433 AD) remains a potent negative force to be dealt with, and will probably be the main international focus in the second half of the Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865) most likely due to an effective international body resembling a world government of some degree or other.


References:

[1] The Chronicle of the World, p 1067

[2] Mary Pickford, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:20, September 3, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mary_Pickford&oldid=1039980639

[3] Jazz, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:07, December 21, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jazz&oldid=991170655

Further Reading

The Backbone of the Libra Age-Decan (1433 – 2149)

The Baptism of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Dec 1532 – Nov 1537)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – July 1592)

Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (January 1692 – December 1701)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (Sep 1746 – Sep 1751 – Aug 1756)

Libra micro-age and overflow (June 1791 – April 1806 – March 1821)

Civil Wars & More in the Libra micro-age decan & overflow (1856 – 1861 – 1866)

Civil Wars & More in the Libra micro-age decan & overflow (1856 – 1861 – 1866)

The main military focus in this period is the American Civil War (1861 – 65) and again, Libra contributed towards this war, as it ultimately was based on giving justice to slaves. The American Civil War was among the earliest industrial wars in the world and many considered it the first major industrial war and thus again we see in a small Libra period the leap to a greater experience of war compared to any earlier war.  According to various estimates, it is believed that between five hundred and one thousand women enlisted as soldiers on both sides of the war, disguised as men. [1]

 The American Civil War occurred near the beginning of the Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970), and before the end of this Pisces SAD&OF, the USA became the age-empire of our age – or at least the greatest superpower in the world.  Whereas Pisces is strongly located in the European astrological signature (probably in second place to Aries), it takes first place in the USA’s astrological signature – though to be technically correct, the USA is the empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age.  Similar to Pisces’ ability to split Europe due to the two fish swimming in opposite directions, Pisces can also split the USA, and because it did so early in the Pisces SAD&OF, the USA had plenty of time to capitalize upon the power Pisces has brought and rise to its role as the major superpower in the world.  Astrologically, the USA is the New Rome (though Constantinople also claimed that title).

Rome’s baptism occurred under the first Aries sub-age decan and overflow (297 BC – 237 BC – 177BC) of the Aries age overflow (715 BC – 1433 AD) associated to the Punic Wars with Carthage (264 BC – 146 BC) including Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps with his elephants.  Rome’s final success in the Punic Wars, which eradicated its main rival, allowed Rome to go on and become one of the greatest ancient empires in the world.  The USA came of age in the same astrological circumstances as Ancient Rome but invoking Pisces rather than Aries.

The American Civil War had implications beyond its borders.  The line between the northern non-slave states and southern slave states actually marked the border between two very different styles of civilization that the European colonialists had imposed upon the whole of the Americas.  North of the Mason-Dixon Line, the non-slave states of the USA plus Canada were mercantile oriented.  Below the Mason-Dixon Line the Americas were a rural based economy, and resembled what the Spanish and Portuguese had implemented in Latin America.  The southern plantation owners mimicked the Spanish ‘hacenderos’ modelled after the Ancient Roman ‘latifundia’ that were typically very large estates (almost fiefdoms) employing slave labor.  Therefore the American Civil War attempted to push the borders of this clash of civilizations in the whole of the Americas southward to the Mexican border.[2]

The American Civil War demonstrated that internally, the USA was and remains like conjoined twins, who can never get away from each other, and often detest each other so deeply, they will go to war against each other.  This is again the reality in the USA when the rural voters throughout the USA, especially the old southern states,  voted for Trump, while urban areas voted Democrat.  2020 is equivalent to 1858 – only three years before the beginning of the American Civil War.  Does this mean that the USA is heading for another civil war?

Table 1 – 2024 to29 is the first astrological anniversary of the American Civil War

A very good argument can be made that the USA is heading towards a period of even greater conflict than has been experienced over the last five years, but the world is no longer in the Pisces sub-age decan (highlighted in yellow in table 1) as was the case with the Civil War.  In the absence of Pisces, there is no other support at present for the USA to tear itself apart until towards the end of this century at the earliest.  In place of Pisces, the world is currently under the influence of the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088) but Gemini is not believed to be part of the astrological signature for the USA.  However, the American Civil War did occur in the Gemini micro-age, or to be technically exact, the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851 – 66), as it is this decade.

Furthermore, the American Civil War occurred at the highpoint of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) and Cancer is opposite Capricorn, the third strongest sign in the USA’s astrological signature. When those settlers stepped ashore in Jamestown in 1607, they did so near the very end of the first sub-age in the Age of Aquarius – the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) and also within the last micro-age in the Capricorn sub-age, the Capricorn micro-age (1597 – 1612) so Capricorn became a key sign for the future USA. The last micro-age is also the Aquarius-Capricorn micro-age as the previous Aquarius micro-age overflowed onto the Capricorn micro-age.  This signature was replicated in 1776 which also occurred in the following Aquarius-Capricorn micro-age (1761 – 76) representing the Capricorn sting-in-the-tail of the Capricorn sub-age and overflow (1433 – 1612 – 1791).  Capricorn indeed is a key sign in the astrological signature of the USA.  Even its final rise to the contemporary world superpower occurred in the Aquarius-Capricorn micro-age (1940 – 1955).

The influence of the current Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000-2014-2029) is detrimental to Capricorn associated USA as was the case in the Civil War.  The overlapping Gemini micro-age and overflow (2014 – 2029 – 2044) is also probably detrimental to the USA, as Gemini sits at the lowly 4th house position to Pisces which detracts from its 10th house authority, and shifts the focus to domestic over international issues – which was played out by Trump through avoiding new foreign wars or conflicts, and extracting US troops from ongoing international conflicts whenever possible.  Biden is showing signs of continuing this trend with the hasty withdrawal from Afganistan in 2021. The USA is most likely heading towards some form of isolationism or domestic focus for most of the rest of the 21st century due to the Gemini sub-age decan overflow (2029 – 2088).

Apart from Gemini and Cancer, the other common sign between the American Civil War and the current Libra MAD&OF is that they both occur within the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2149) and Scorpio indicates that the world currently does not exist in a time of (Taurus) stability, but a time of wrenching change, transformation, revolution and evolution.  Life is not meant to be stable and peaceful under Scorpio.  Scorpio is the sign of our times.

We can certainly expect a period of greater lack of social and political cohesion in the USA, especially in the Libra MADOF (Nov 24 – Nov 29) with the situation deteriorating beforehand, but it should be nowhere near the level of stress that existed in the buildup and execution of the American Civil War.

The tension was in the air very early in the 19th century Libra MAD&OF (May 1856 – May 1861 – Apr 1866). In the very first month, Lawrence, Kansas was captured and burned by pro-slavery forces and Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beat Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate, for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas (“Bleeding Kansas”). Sumner was unable to return to duty for three years while he recovered and Brooks became a hero across the South. Also in this action-filled month, a group of followers of radical abolitionist John Brown killed five homesteaders in Franklin County, Kansas – known as the Pottawatomie massacre.

In 1857 the Supreme Court of the USA ruled that Blacks were not citizens and slaves could not sue for freedom.  In the following year Abraham Lincoln accepted the Republican Party nomination for a seat in the US Senate, and delivered his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois.  In 1859, John Brown raided the Harpers Ferry Armory in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in an unsuccessful bid to spark a general slave rebellion.  Troops under Colonel Robert E. Lee overpowered John Brown, and he was hung for his efforts. The American Civil War was precipitated in 1860 when South Carolina became the first state to secede from the USA. In 1861, the Confederate States of America was formed, comprising the first seven break-away States.

By the end of 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified by three-quarters of the states (including those states in secession) with slavery also legally outlawed in the last two slave states of Kentucky and Delaware. In the following year, the US Congress overwhelmingly passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the first federal legislation to protect the rights of African-Americans whereupon President Andrew Johnson vetoed the bill, only to have Congress override the veto.

Females

While the vision of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes in 1858 cannot solely be assigned to Libra, the promotion of a leading semi-mythical female figure of western culture can certainly be assigned to Libra.[3]  The association with the Cancer-Pisces sub-age decan (1851 – 1910) provided further female promotion from Cancer with Pisces supplying the visionary element.  The 1856 publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin activated many American women in their denunciation of slavery.[4]  Florence Nightingale became a national heroine by 1860 due to her overseeing the nursing of injured soldiers in the Crimean War.[5]

According to legend, when Lincoln was introduced to her at the White House, his first words were, “So this is the little lady who started this Great War.”

Women already had suffrage on Pitcairn Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and in 1856, this was extended to Norfolk Island.  Also, the first known female private detective began work for the Pinkerton Detective Agency.  In 1857 divorce became possible in the UK without requiring onerous parliamentary approval. Keeping to Libra’s matrimonial rulership, in 1858, The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn became a popular wedding recessional, after it was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, to Prince Friedrich of Prussia.

1859 saw the founding of The Society for Promoting the Employment of Women at a time when there were few acceptable occupations for middle class women other than a governess or a lady’s companion – and thus society made it acceptable for women to be typists, hairdressers, printers, and bookkeepers.  The Mary Institute was founded in Missouri and Tidskrift för hemmet, the first women’s magazine in the Nordic countries, began publication in Sweden. In 1860, the Nightingale Training School and Home for Nurses was opened in London becoming the first nursing school based on the ideas of Florence Nightingale.

Alice in Wonderland was introduced to the world by Lewis Carroll in 1865 and is considered one of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction.  Among its first avid readers were Queen Victoria and the young Oscar Wilde.[6]

The Arts

Artistic developments are also in focus under Libra, and The Art Treasures of Great Britain in 1857 was an exhibition of fine art held in Manchester, England. It remains the largest art exhibition to be held in the UK, and even possibly in the world, with over 16,000 works and it attracted over 1.3 million visitors. Its selection and display of artworks had a formative influence on the public art collections that were then being established in the UK, such as the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The 1863 opening of Salon des Refusés (French for “exhibition of rejects”) in Paris had critics and the public ridicule the ‘refuses’ which had been rejected by the ‘official’ outlets supported by the French government.  The rejected paintings included such now-famous paintings as Édouard Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe (see below) and James McNeill Whistler’s Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl. But the critical attention also ended up legitimizing the emerging avant-garde painters.  Manet’s early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, both painted in 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the start of modern art[7] – appropriately commenced in this Libra period.

The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe), 1863 by Édouard Manet

Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde is one of many versions of a chivalric romance dated to the 12th century. The story is a tragedy about the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde while the details differ from one author to another, the overall plot structure remains much the same. The narrative predates and most likely influenced the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere, and has had a substantial impact on Western art and literature.  Richard Wagner produced his version in 1865 to great success.  It had a painful birth as its chromatic harmonies were likened to “a perfume fog shot through with lightening”.  Wagner depicted Tristan as a doomed romantic figure, while Isolde fulfils Wagner’s quintessential feminine role as the redeeming woman.  His Tristan und Isolde is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music[8] [9] and was highly influential upon the direction of classical music in the 20th century.

Justice

Libra’s quest for justice was also displayed in this period by John Stuart Mill when he published On Liberty in 1857. One quote from this work is:

“That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant … Over himself, over his body and mind, the individual is sovereign”

With the above quote, even over 150 years later, most western nations remain retarded as explained by John Mills:

 “… there is a risk of a “tyranny of the majority” in which the many oppress the few who, according to democratic ideals, have just as much a right to pursue their legitimate ends”[10]

If Aries is the sign of war, something in Libra opposes this, and this may explain why in this Libra period in 1864 the predecessor of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was created by the First Geneva Convention, which is focused upon (Libra) justice.  Specifically it defines “the basis on which rest the rules of international law for the protection of the victims of armed conflicts.”[11] Similarly, The forces of progress under Libra manifested in a famous bare-fist fight in England in 1860 that marked the end of this popular spectator sport.[13]

China

This Libra period was part of an extremely tempestuous century for China, probably due to the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) and so this Libra period was part of the Taiping Rebellion which was a massive civil war that was waged from 1850 to 1864 between the established Qing dynasty and the theocratic Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and became the bloodiest civil war in world history.[12] This cannot be directly attributed to Libra, but the Second Opium War (1856 to 1860) is a prime candidate. This war continued Great Britain’s and Europe’s tyrannical policy of forcing opium upon the Chinese population resulting in another loss for China, and Great Britain benefited by gaining Hong Kong as a British colony.  This means that since December 2019, Hong Kong is experiencing an astrological anniversary as again the micro-ages and all smaller sub-periods are the same.  This suggests that the contemporary Hong Kong situation has more to play out!   The fall of Beijing to the Franco-British forces in 1860 involving the looting of the Chinese Emperors Summer Palace is also worth noting.

Conclusion

The American Civil War broke new ground in warfare, and probably introduced the first industrial war to the world.  It seems that each new Libra micro-age or micro-age overflow makes a new breakthrough in the extent that war can be waged.  The bloodiest civil war in world history with the Taiping Rebellion in China again promotes China’s Cancer-Libra credentials. Females were also breaking new ground with the vision of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, and Florence Nightingale.  Early examples of female suffrage occurred on Pitcairn and Norfolk Island.  An early liberalization of divorce anand expansion of female employment appeared in the UK.  Though fantasy, Alice in Wonderland was introduced to the world.

Possibly the largest artistic exhibition the world has seen with The Art Treasures of Great Britain and the public appearance of what would turn out to be Impressionist painters suggest that modern art commenced in this Libra period. Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde appear to mark the beginning of modern music.  John Stuart Mill’s publication On Liberty was another thrust towards justice that remains unrealized in today’s world, including the average First World country, and the appearance of the predecessor of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 

Further Reading

The Backbone of the Libra Age-Decan (1433 – 2149)

The Baptism of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Dec 1532 – Nov 1537)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – July 1592)

Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (January 1692 – December 1701)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (Sep 1746 – Sep 1751 – Aug 1756)

Libra micro-age and overflow (June 1791 – April 1806 – March 1821)

References:

[1] American Civil War, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:15, June 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=American_Civil_War&oldid=1026883294

[2] Felipe Frenandez-Armesto, “The Americas – The History of a Hemisphere”, Phoenix, London, p49

[3] Chronicle of the World, p927

[4] Chronicle of the World, p929

[5] Chronicle of the World, p932

[6] Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:56, June 6, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland&oldid=1025920007

[7] Édouard Manet, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:26, June 8, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=%C3%89douard_Manet&oldid=1025068286

[8] Richard Wagner, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:11, June 8, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Richard_Wagner&oldid=1026019134

[9] Tristan and Iseult, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:12, June 8, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tristan_and_Iseult&oldid=1026870557

[10] On Liberty, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:26, December 21, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=On_Liberty&oldid=992559871

[11] First Geneva Convention, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:35, December 21, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=First_Geneva_Convention&oldid=986324067

[12]Taiping Rebellion, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:46, December 21, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Taiping_Rebellion&oldid=994308989

[13] Chronicle of the World, p933

Libra micro-age and overflow (June 1791 – April 1806 – March 1821)

This Libra period begins with the largest astrological transition following the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433.   1791 experienced a change in the quasi age-decan, sub-age, sub-age decan and finally this relatively small Libra period. It therefore appropriately commenced with the French Royal Family’s flight in disguise to Varennes where they were captured with the king and queen ultimately executed. The French Revolution was already underway before this Libra period but the frenzy of beheadings was delayed until after the arrival of the deadly Scorpio sub-age in 1791 with Scorpio’s focus on death and destruction (and rebirth).  The French revolutionaries in 1792 turned to the guillotine and Reign of Terror in response to the new Scorpio influence.  The same year saw the establishment of the French First Republic – and this does suggest that Scorpio is an element in the French astrological signature. 

The arrival of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) supported revolutionary zeal around the world, so much so, that by the end of the Scorpio sub-age in 1970, most of the monarchical governments around the world had been overthrown or stripped of most of their former regal powers – a massive and unprecedented worldwide revolution in its own right (but not taught in school history).  The French royal family merely commenced the charge to almost monarchial oblivion for Europe under Scorpio.

Another significant influencer of this Libra period was the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) which made everything bigger – including the influence of these small Libra periods. However, the most significant development associated with this Libra period is that it instigated the arrival of the seven century long Libra quasi age-decan (1791 – 2507), which, when superimposed upon the Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865) provides a four stage structure similar to the four phases of the monthly lunar cycle.

The four stages of the Libra age-decan and overflow are:

  1. 1433 – 1791 (weakest)
  2. 1791 – 2149 (mid strength)
  3. 2149 -2507 (strongest)
  4. 2507 – 2865 (mid strength with a sting/punch at the end)

One of the unique quirks of ages is that each astrological age commences with a sub-age of the following age.  The Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3581) commenced with the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) as a preview to the Capricorn age (3581 – 5728).  Another unique circumstance applies to quasi age-decans.  Each age-decan has a quasi-age decan – for example, the Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865) has as its Libra quasi age-decan (1791 – 2507).  Every quasi age-decan commences with a micro-age of the same sign.  Therefore 1791 was the beginning of both the Libra micro-age (1791 – 1806) and Libra quasi age-decan (1791 – 2507). 

The same arrangement applies to quasi sub-age decans and all smaller periods associated with quasi decans be they age-decans, sub-age decans, micro-age decans or nano-age decans.  This quirk in macro-astrology fortifies the role of quasi periods meaning that each quasi period arrives with extra zeal.

Females

The revolutionary zeal of the French Revolution did not seem to extend to French women! The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen in September 1791 by French activist, feminist, and playwright Olympe de Gouges (1748 – 1793) was written in response to the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.  Olympe de Gouges hoped to expose the failures of the French Revolution in the recognition of gender equality, but failed as she was accused, tried and convicted of treason, resulting in her execution in the Reign of Terror (and the only woman beheaded for her political writings). [1]  The French Revolution did initially raise the status of women, but only temporarily, and women were soon shunted back to their ‘secondary’ place in society.  With Leo strong in the French astrological signature – this was probably inevitable.

Despite France’s aversion to female equality during the Revolution, in 1793 the dechristianization of France reached a climax with the celebration of the Goddess of Reason in the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, and like the Statute of Liberty, representations of females are often associated with justice and freedom.  The famous painting Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix is commonly associated with the French Revolution, though in reality it was painted for the following July 1830 Revolution in France.

Liberty Leading the People is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. The figure of Liberty is also viewed as a symbol of France and the French Republic known as Marianne. The painting is often confused for depicting the French Revolution.

There was a different story in England with the publication in 1792 of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, one of the earliest works of feminist literature.  Wollstonecraft maintained that women are human beings deserving of the same fundamental rights as men, and that treating them otherwise undermines the moral foundation of society. Wollstonecraft was prompted to write the Rights of Woman after reading a demeaning report to the French National Assembly in 1791, which stated that women should only receive a domestic education.  Her ambiguous statements regarding the equality of the sexes have made it difficult to classify Wollstonecraft as a modern feminist – the word ‘feminist’ did not even emerge until decades after her death.  The Rights of Woman was generally well received when it was first published in 1792 and her biographer called it “perhaps the most original book of [Wollstonecraft’s] century”. Wollstonecraft’s work had significant impact on advocates for women’s rights in the 19th century, particularly the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention which produced the Declaration of Sentiments laying out the aims of the suffragette movement in the United States.[2]

Another woman who made a name for herself in this Libra period was Mary Robinson (1757 – 1800) who was an English actress, poet, dramatist, novelist and celebrity figure. She enjoyed poetry from the age of seven and wrote many plays, poems and novels. She was a celebrity, and gossiped about in newspapers due to her fame as an actress and writer. She was the first public mistress of King George IV while he was still Prince of Wales.  Like her contemporary Mary Wollstonecraft, she championed the rights of women and was an ardent supporter of the French Revolution.[3]

Of course, no mention of this period would be complete without noting the most famous female novelist of all times – Jane Austen.  Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) began writing her first draft of Pride and Prejudice in 1796 under the title First Impressions and published Sense and Sensibility (1811) followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818. Later in the 19th century, novelist Henry James referred on one occasion to Austen and ranked her with Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Henry Fielding as among “the fine painters of life”.[4] Her novels conform to Libra plots involving matrimony in the upper classes.  Jane Austen also takes pride of place at the beginning of the Libra quasi-age decan (1791 – 2507), which strongly suggest that she wrote at the very beginning of seven centuries dedicated to women and Libra archetypes such as justice, artistic accomplishments but also major conflict.[5] 

Another famous woman from this period is Zheng the “dragon lady” of the South China Sea and though she surrendered her 1,800 junks and 70,000 men to the Chinese government in 1810, all of her pirates were pardoned and many assimilated into the Chinese military. Zheng took command as pirate supremo on the death of her husband in 1807 and successfully negotiated their surrender.[6] 

JURISPRUDENCE

The United States Bill of Rights were created in 1791 providing specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights, clear limitations on the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and explicit declarations that all powers not specifically granted to the U.S. Congress by the Constitution are reserved for the states or the people. The concepts codified in the Bill of Rights drew inspiration from the English Bill of Rights (1689) and the Magna Carta (1215).  The Magna Carta was executed under a much earlier Libra micro-age decan (1214-19).

Libra’s judicial connection was again on display in 1802 when the US Supreme Court established the principle of judicial review primarily related to the constitutionality of laws, especially by the Supreme Court of the United States. This is commonly held to have been established in the case of Marbury versus Madison, which was argued before the Supreme Court in 1803[7] and remains the single most important decision in American constitutional law. The Court’s landmark decision established that the U.S. Constitution is actual law, not just a statement of political principles and ideals, and helped define the boundary between the constitutionally separate executive and judicial branches of the federal government.  The actual case was due to conflict between the outgoing president, John Adams and the incoming president Thomas Jefferson when Adams, just days before his departure, appointed several dozen supporters to new circuit judge and justice of the peace positions in an attempt to frustrate Jefferson and his supporters.[8] 

Another key legal development was the Napoleonic Code which was adopted as French civil law in 1804.  The Code was a major step in replacing the previous patchwork of feudal laws and is considered as one of the few documents that have influenced the whole world! It was the first modern legal code to be adopted with a pan-European scope, and it strongly influenced the law of many of the countries formed during and after the Napoleonic Wars and influenced developing countries outside Europe, especially in Latin America and the Middle East, as part of the process to modernize and defeudalize their countries through legal reforms.[9]

English-born Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809), after significantly contributing towards the American Revolution, published The Rights of Man which tore apart monarchies and traditional social institutions in defense of the French Revolution but he was ostracized by the British government and Christians.  In The Age of Reason he advocated deism, promoted reason and free thought, and argued against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular.  In a later publication, he advocated for a guaranteed minimum income. Paine was influential upon Mary Wollstonecraft, Abraham Lincoln, Bertrand Russell and Thomas Edison.[10]  One historian stated:

“In a fundamental sense, we are today all Paine’s children. It was not the British defeat at Yorktown, but Paine and the new American conception of political society he did so much to popularize in Europe that turned the world upside down.”

Jack P. Greene, “Paine, America, and the ‘Modernization’ Of Political Consciousness,” Political Science Quarterly 93#1 (1978) pp 73–92

Early evidence of a withdrawal from the horrors and tyranny of slavery also appeared in this Libra period.  In 1804, New Jersey became the last of the northern United States to abolish slavery. In 1807 the UK abolished the slave trade in all of its colonies effective 1808 and synchronized with the USA at least making the small step to prohibit the importation of slaves into the USA.  During this period, the USA was very focused upon maintaining a (Libra) balance between slave and free states.  For example, in 1820 with the application of Maine to become a state, this would have upset the equality between slave and non-slave states, so it was agreed that Missouri would be admitted as a slave state.[11]  Despite this total incongruity with modern standards, Libras was still in place attempting a balancing act!

Wars

The further back in time we travel, the more wars and conflicts are found – but this applies only after  governments were formed commencing 5,000 years ago.  It does seem that the world is weaning itself off wars and conflicts, even though the spectacle of so many small wars and conflicts presented to us in the media promotes a far more violent view of the world than is real. The main war in this Libra period was the Napoleonic Wars (1805 – 1815) and included the minor War of 1812 between the UK and the USA which ended in a stalemate.  The wars had profound consequences on global history, including the spread of nationalism and liberalism, the rise of Britain as the world’s foremost naval and economic power for its almost century and half as the world’s superpower, the appearance of independence movements in Latin America and subsequent collapse of the Spanish Empire and Portuguese Empire, the fundamental reorganization of German and Italian territories into larger states, and the introduction of radically new methods of conducting warfare, as well as advances in civil law.

Napoleon, accidentally or otherwise, opened Pandora ’s Box, and with his demise, it was impossible for the conservative forces in western Europe to erase many of Napoleon’s political improvements.  The map of Europe changed dramatically in the hundred years following the Napoleonic Era.  Even the concept of the contemporary European Union saw its seed in the Napoleonic era – that of a unified Europe.

More French soldiers were casualties in the Napoleonic wars than in the First World War – it is estimated that 5 million people died due to the Napoleonic Wars.  The Napoleonic Wars transformed war to ‘total war’ due to the massive escalation of the size and scope of the Napoleonic Wars which is also an acknowledgement of the role played by the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) which has produced the ‘big’ modern world of mass production and mass consumption, including the mass production of military weapons.  The Napoleonic Wars were a stepping stone from pre-industrial wars to the two world wars of the 20th century.

Politics

Is a political union similar to marriage and therefore ruled by Libra?  It seems to be as in 1800 the separate kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland united into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, effective on January 1, 1801.        

By 1815, Europe had been almost constantly at war and the military conquests of Napoleon had resulted in the spread of liberalism throughout much of the continent. Largely as a reaction to the radicalism of the French Revolution, the victorious powers of the Napoleonic Wars resolved to suppress liberalism and nationalism, and revert largely to the status quo of Europe prior to 1789 (i.e. back to the previous sub-age). In reaction was the establishment of the Concert of Europe, also known as the “Congress System” which created a balance of power that existed in Europe from 1815 until the early 20th century.[12]

China’s affinity to Libra is again on display when in 1793, the Chinese government rebuffed an attempt by the British to sell their manufactured goods to China and install a British ambassador in the Chinese court.  In 1796 the White Lotus Society, whose core belief is that a future Buddha will usher in an era of peace and plenty, commenced revolutionary activity against the oppressive Chinese government. The White Lotus Society also appropriately worshipped their Unborn Venerable Mother at the beginning of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910).  This same movement was behind the rise of the Ming dynasty liberating China from its Mongolian rulers in 1387.  Their first revolution in the 1330s was unsuccessful,[13] but this did occur before the arrival of the Age of Aquarius.  However, it did occur in a Libra micro-age and overflow (1314 – 1329 – 1344) within the Pisces sub-age (1254 – 1433) in its Cancer sub-age decan (1314 – 1373).  Their success in 1387 was in the Cancer sub-age overflow (1373 – 1433) which supports the notion that while Libra is associated with China, its Cancer connection is stronger.

Also very appropriate to Libra on a number of levels is the Era of Good Feelings (1816 – 1823/4) which marks a period in the political history of the USA that reflected a desire for unity among Americans in the aftermath of the War of 1812.  The era saw the collapse of the Federalist Party and an end to the bitter partisan disputes between it and the dominant Democratic-Republican Party during the First Party System. President James Monroe strove to downplay partisan affiliation in making his nominations, with the ultimate goal of national unity and eliminating political parties altogether from national politics. The period is so closely associated with Monroe’s presidency (1817–1825) and his administrative goals that his name and the era are virtually synonymous.[14]

The Monroe Doctrine began in 1823 and can readily be aligned with Libra as it involved a new balancing act – Old World European powers were not to reengage in the New World past whatever involvements already existing.  This was to prevent European countries from interfering in the newly independent states that were formerly colonies of Spain and Portugal.  In effect, the doctrine asserted that the New World and the Old World were to remain distinctly separate spheres of influence – Libra’s balance!

The Monroe Doctrine also created a de facto agreement between the USA and UK as the USA did not have the military means to enforce the Monroe Doctrine while the UK did – and the UK enforced it tactically as part of the wider Pax Britannica as it was also in the best interest of the UK that the newly independent American countries could trade freely with the UK – something that was limited if their former colonial powers took back possession of these countries. [15]

The promotion of ‘two parts’ is again experienced in 1791 when Britain split Canada into two parts, one for the British, the other for the French, with their own provinces and representative assemblies.[16]

Music & Art

In 1791 the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, on his first visit to England, was awarded an honorary doctorate of music at the University of Oxford. This was the start of a very auspicious period for Haydn and audiences flocked to his concerts and he consequently made large profits, thus becoming financially secure. At one English concert it was reported:

“Haydn himself presided at the piano-forte; and the sight of that renowned composer so electrified the audience, as to excite an attention and a pleasure superior to any that had ever been caused by instrumental music in England.”

[17]

Haydn’s visits to England generated some of his best-known works and his biographer Griesinger wrote that Haydn “considered the days spent in England the happiest of his life. He was everywhere appreciated there; it opened a new world to him”.[18]  Returning to Vienna in 1795 he composed his two great oratorios, The Creation (1798) and The Seasons (1801). Both were enthusiastically received.  His last major composition was in 1802,[19] and thus Venus shone her light on Joseph Haydn at the end of his career.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in 1800 in Vienna.  Beethoven is one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music, whose works are ranked amongst the most performed of the classical music repertoire, and he experienced his middle period during this Libra MAD&OF.  His “middle” period showed an individual development from the “classical” styles of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (who died age 35 in the first year of this Libra period), and is sometimes characterized as “heroic”, but most of his time as a composer is associated with the larger Libra MA&OF commencing 1791.  His “middle” period is characterized by many original works composed on a grand scale.[20]  In 1810 Beethoven composed his famous piano piece, Für Elise – one of his most popular compositions even though it was not published during his lifetime, only being discovered 40 years after his death in 1867.

Romanticism was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and it started with the publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798 anonymously by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, which inaugurated the English Romantic movement in literature. Romanticism arrived in other parts of the English-speaking world later; in America, it arrived around 1820 – while the Libra period was still in force. The (Libra) physical landscape was prominent in the poetry of this period. The Romantics, and especially Wordsworth, are often described as “nature poets” aligned to Libra’s rulership of gardens.  Its peak influence was from 1800 to 1850 in reaction to industrialization and the Age of Enlightenment and was replaced by realism in the second half of the 19th century.  Romanticism placed a focus on medievalism and intense emotion as an authentic source of aesthetic experience, placing new emphasis on such emotions as apprehension, horror and terror, and awe—especially that experienced in confronting the new aesthetic categories of the sublimity and beauty of nature.[21]

The poet William Blake (1757–1827) was an early Romantic writer but was largely disconnected from the major streams of the literature of his time, and so was generally unrecognized during his lifetime, but is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, Blake was held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. Among his most important works are Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), “and profound and difficult ‘prophecies'” such as Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793), The Book of Urizen (1794), Milton (1804–1810) and Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion (1804–1820).

After Blake, other early Romantics were a small group of friends, including William Wordsworth (1770–1850), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), Robert Southey (1774–1843) and journalist Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859). However, at the time, Walter Scott (1771–1832) was the most famous poet. Scott achieved immediate success with his long narrative poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel in 1805, followed by the full epic poem Marmion in 1808. The early Romantic poets brought a new form of emotionalism and introspection, and their emergence is marked by the first romantic manifesto in English literature, the Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1798). In it Wordsworth discusses what he sees as the elements of a new type of poetry, one based on the “real language of men”, and which avoids the poetic diction of much 18th-century poetry. Here, Wordsworth gives his famous definition of poetry, as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” which “takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility”. Coleridge contributed one of the greatest poems of English literature, the long Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Lord Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.  He wrote his most well-known work during the decade of 1810-19 within the very strong Libra micro-age overflow.  The Libran nature of his works can be shown to have strong Libran connotations just from their titles: She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we’ll go no more a roving.  He was one of the leading figures of the Romantic Movement and a close friend of his fellow poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.[22]

The English landscape painter John Constable’s (1776 – 1837) three most famous works were painted in this Libra period: Wivenhoe Park (1816), Dedham Vale (1821) and The Hay Wain (1821) – though he did not financially benefit from his paintings in his lifetime. Constable also belonged to the Romantic tradition and revolutionized landscape painting – with landscapes strongly associated with Libra. Constable’s art inspired not only contemporaries like Géricault and Delacroix, but also the French impressionists of the late nineteenth century.[23]

Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828) was another famous Romantic artist and played a critical role in the transition to modern paintings. Despite going deaf in 1793, by 1795 he was appointed Director of the Royal Academy (Spain) and the prime courtly artist in the Spanish court.  He completed La Maja Desnuda, a remarkably daring nude for the time in the late 1790s.  This Libra period cover’s Goya’s middle (1793 – 1799) and Peninsular War (1808 – 1814) periods with the latter period witnessing The Second of May 1808 and The Third of May 1808 (see below), and preparing the series of etchings later known as The Disasters of War of which he was patently opposed towards.  In the early 20th century, Spanish master painters Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí drew influence from Los caprichos and the Black Paintings of Goya.[24]

The Third of May (El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid) by Francisco Goya commemorates Spanish resistance to Napoleon’s armies. This painting marks a clear break from convention by diverging from the traditions of Christian art and traditional depictions of war, it has no distinct precedent, and is acknowledged as one of the first paintings of the modern era.

It is interesting to briefly analyze the birth generations of some of these famous Romantics – not all of whom have been mentioned to date.  These famous Romantics include: Charlotte (1816 – 1855) and Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848) with both these sisters born in a Virgo-Virgo generation, along with Herman Melville (1819 – 1891) and Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862).  Alexandre Dumas (1802 – 1870) was born in a Libra-Libra generation, as was the case with Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885), Alexander Pushkin (1799 – 1837), George Sand (1804 – 1876) and Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851).  Straddling Libra and Virgo was Nikolai Gogol (1809 – 1852) born in a Libra-Virgo generation alongside Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849).  Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) and was born in a Cancer-Cancer generation, and Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) was born in an Aquarius-Aquarius generation alongside Mary Robinson (1757 – 1800) and Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797) explaining her revolutionary zeal for female equality. Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) was very appropriately born in a Capricorn-Capricorn generation as was Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827), Walter Scott (1771–1832), William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) and Robert Southey (1774–1843). Washington Irving (1783 – 1859) was born in a Capricorn-Sagittarius generation. Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859) was born in a Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation alongside Lord Byron (1788 – 1824). Percy Shelley (1792 – 1822) belonged to the Sagittarius-Libra generation.

Of the above 26 famous Romantics, nine were born with Libra as part of their generation representing one-third of all these Romantics suggesting that generational signatures have an impact.  [see Introduction to Generational Astrology ]

The 1816 premiere of The Barber of Seville opera by Gioachino Rossini and Cesare Sterbini has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the comic opera all comic operas. After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.[25]  Shortly after in 1818 Silent Nigh” was first played in Austria. The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres and the version sung by Bing Crosby in 1935 sold 10 million copies.[26]

Another artistic event of note in this period occurred in 1802 when Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, and British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, began the removal of the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens, supposedly due to the risk of destruction during the Ottoman occupation of Greece, but perhaps ungraciously retained and therefore represented as theft by some parties.  Nevertheless, the Elgin Marbles are ancient works of art, and suggest that the current Libra period may see some move towards the return of the ‘borrowed’ sculptures?  In 1793 the Louvre in Paris opened to the public and is currently the world’s largest art museum. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces.

Venus is the ruler of Libra, so again, it was very appropriate that in 1820, the statue of the Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos, c.150 BC-125 BC) was discovered on the Greek island of Milos and is considered one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. It is a marble sculpture and is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The statue is named after Aphrodite’s Roman name, Venus.[27]

Miscellaneous

The scale is a symbol of Libra, and in this Libra period, a great advance in measurement was made with the introduction of the metric system standardizing weights and measure.[28]  Libra’s affinity to all types of social events is demonstrated with the first Oktoberfest when the citizens of Munich were invited to join the Bavarian royalty in the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The source of Australia’s name was made in this period when Captain Mathew Flinders published A Voyage to Terra Australis in 1814[29] which again suggests a relationship between Libra and Australia?

There does not seem to be any consensus in the astrological community as to the rulership of cotton or textiles in general.  Certainly there is a Gemini element in their earlier pre-industrial manufacture, due to looms and manual dexterity involved (looms are traditionally associated with Mercury)[30], but the softness of textiles and their association with attractiveness implies that Libra is part of the crew.  In this Libra period, Eli Whitney invented the saw-gin for cleaning cotton which revolutionized what was formerly labor-intensive hand cleaning with one saw-gin believed to replace the work of 50 people.[31]  

The Luddites appeared in this Libra period in England peaking from 1811 to 1816 comprised of a radical faction of textile workers who destroyed textile machinery as a form of protest against “a fraudulent and deceitful manner” to get around standard labor practices.  The protest was actually against the effects that the Industrial Revolution was having upon former small workshops that produced textile by manual labor.  Over time, the term has come to mean one opposed to industrialization, automation, computerization, or new technologies in general and of course ‘opposition’ is always a Libran archetype.  Mill and factory owners took to shooting protesters and eventually the movement was suppressed with legal and military force.[32]

Fashion is considered a Pisces archetype, but Libra, the sign of beauty nevertheless takes a role.  Fashion in the period 1795–1820 in western countries saw the practical and informal triumphant over (Capricorn) class-conscious clothes of the earlier 18th century at the end of the Capricorn sub-age overflow (1612 -1791). In the aftermath of the French Revolution, people began using clothing more as a form of individual expression than as an indication of (Capricorn) social status. This Libra period is located at the exact beginning of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) which automatically undermines Capricorn archetypes such as tradition, social status and rank. The shifts that occurred in fashion at the turn of the 19th century granted the opportunity to present new public identities that also provided insights into their private selves (ruled by Cancer). Katherine Aaslestad indicates how “fashion, embodying new social values, emerged as a key site of confrontation between tradition and change.”

Beau Brummell introduced trousers, perfect tailoring, and unadorned, immaculate linen as the ideals of men’s fashion.  During the 1790s, incorporated in this new “natural” style was the importance of ease and comfort in dress and clothing became much lighter and more able to be changed and washed frequently. Even upper-class women began wearing cropped dresses as opposed to dresses with long trains or hoops that restricted them from leaving their homes. Women’s fashion was also influenced by male fashion, such as tailored waistcoats and jackets to emphasize women’s mobility.  It was also during this time period that the fashion magazine and journal industry began to take off that allowed men and women to keep up with the ever-changing styles.[33]

Conclusion

Females recovered and made a splash with this Libra period and the French revolutionaries even created the Goddess of Reason.  The first hints of feminism and female emancipation arrived with a flourish with Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and King George IV mistress also had similar revolutionary and feminist fervor.  It’s no accident that the most famous female novelist of all times appeared in the guise of Jane Austen.  And finally China had its “dragon lady” as their pirate that came in from the cold.

The United States Bill of Rights creation in this period also sees Libra keeping alive its quest for justice.  The US Supreme Court flexed its nascent wings while in Europe, one silver lining to the Napoleonic Wars was the Napoleonic Code which was the first modern set of laws to apply to much of Europe and was instrumental throughout the world as a guide for legal improvement.   Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man was another breakthrough in the liberal legal vendetta of recent centuries.

The Napoleonic Wars (1805 – 1815) claim to fame as the first modern war again promotes Libra as a sign of major opposing blocs including major military conflict.  Combined with previous major conflicts with every Libra period examined so far, it seems to be the most reliable of Libra archetypes and strongly suggests that every Libra period will have an out-of-the-ordinary conflict – which is particularly relevant for the contemporary Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029).

Political marriages may not be made in heaven, but they certainly favor Libra periods, and the creation of the UK by combining Great Britain and Ireland certainly fulfills Libra’s amorous side – even if a divorce took place later with the formation of the Irish Republic (1919-22).  The Napoleonic Wars also propelled Europe to create a balance of power that lasted until the early 1900s.  Meanwhile in the East, China rebuffed the British and their businessmen but had to contend with a resurgent While Lotus Society getting impatient for the promised era of peace and plenty under the second coming of Buddha. In the budding USA, they had their Era of Good Feelings (1816 – 1823/4) where they attempted to put aside their political divisions. The Monroe Doctrine also appeared putting European colonial powers on notice if they attempted to again infiltrate the Americas.  Canada divided into two parts reflecting the British and French heritages.

This Libra period saw many potent artists and musicians and while their activities were not limited to only this Libra period, they generally excelled within it. However, the rise of Romanticism can be basically aligned to this Libra period.   This period saw notable input from Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, William Blake, Walter Scott, Lord Byron (regarded as one of the greatest British poets), Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Constable and Francisco Goya.  A significant number of Romantics were born in a generation that included Libra.

The theft or protective relocation the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens also deserves a mention as does the opening of the Louvre in Paris leading it to become the world’s largest art museum.  The discovery of Venus de Milo is fitting response to this Libra period inaugurating the Libra quasi age-decan (1791 – 2507), which will be the most powerful manifestation of Libra in the world for around 7,000 years.

Other relevant events associated with Libra include the introduction of the metric system standardizing weights and measure, the first Oktoberfest and possibly the first circumnavigation of Australia.  If my speculation about a Libra element applying to cotton, then the invention of the saw-gin for cleaning cotton by Eli Whitney conforms to this argument, and to balance out all the advances of the Industrial Revolution, the reactionary Luddites appeared to oppose or resist this assault upon their welfare.  Fashion turned from class consciousness to the practical and informal affecting both men and women.

It cannot be overstressed that this Libra period is the threshold of the massive Libra quasi age-decan (1791 – 2507) and this small Libra period provided the concrete seeds for many of the developments that occurred after this small Libra period, with many more yet to arrive as Libra’s main period of influence will be the period 2149 to 2507. It is through the examination of each concentration of Libra since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius and Libra age-decan in 1433 that can provide us with a foretaste or expectations that will continue to develop over the course of most of the cureent millenium.


Previous Posts in this Libra Series

The Backbone of the Libra Age-Decan (1433 – 2149)

The Baptism of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Dec 1532 – Nov 1537)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – July 1592)

Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (January 1692 – December 1701)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (Sep 1746 – Sep 1751 – Aug 1756)

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Astrological Ages are not like Sun-Signs

One regressive aspect associated with the Age of Aquarius is that most astrologers treat astrological ages like sun-sign astrology.  People tend to focus only on the ages – which is as absurd as only taking the sun-sign into account in horoscopic astrology and ignoring all the other planets, houses aspects and so on.  No serious astrologer would only use the sun in their astrological investigation, but this is what happens far too often with the astrological ages.

The astrological ages do provide the necessary framework for investigation, but ages are ultimately based on zodiacal signs, and zodiacal signs have structure.  Even many novice astrologers know about decanates (decans) with each sign divided into three.  For example, the three decans of Aquarius are Aquarius, Gemini and Libra, but because ages are retrograde, the Libran age decan is the first age–decan encountered in the Age of Aquarius followed by the Gemini and Aquarius age-decans. 

Furthermore, for over 2,000 years, astrologers have also divided each zodiacal sign into 12 equal parts called dodecatemoria in Hellenistic astrology and dwadasamsa in Vedic astrology and sometimes referred to as the micro-zodiac.  These also are encountered in reverse order, so that the first dodo/dwad in the Age of Aquarius is Capricorn, followed by Sagittarius, Scorpio, Libra and so on concluding with Aquarius. 

This process does not end there!  While astrologers may have employed decans and even dodos/dwads at various times over the last 2,000 years, apart from some very keen Vedic astrologers and western harmonic astrologers, very little attention has been paid to smaller zodiacal divisions.  However, due to the glacial movement of the astrological ages, these smaller divisions have relevance as an age of some 2155 years has three age-decans of some 718 years each, and 12 sub-ages (dodos/dwads) of almost 180 years each.  But it does not stop there either.

Research clearly provides confirmation that sub-ages have 12 micro-ages of around 15 years each, and these even have smaller divisions of 12 nano-ages per micro-age of some 15 months each.  And of course, sub-ages have sub-age decans, micro-ages have micro-age decans and nano-ages have nano-age decans .  Surprisingly, decans seem to have more clout than whole signs in macro-astrology.  [see Age of Aquarius for Dummies ]

The upshot of all this is when you hear astrologers discussing the astrological ages, if they are not employing smaller divisions than the whole age – they are mimicking sub-sign astrology in newspapers.  This is not serious astrology.  The whole blurred cusp debate by most protagonists never introduces smaller divisions than ages, and so remains on the level of sun-sign astrology (i.e. kindergarten astrology).  For example, many astrologers believe that there can be many centuries of transition between astrological ages – but what about age-decans?  Do they have many centuries of transition?  How about a sub-age of some 179 years – do they have centuries of transitions – or decades?  Does a 15 year micro-age at the very end or beginning of an age get blurred over centuries?

The whole situation with the astrological ages is laughable as most run-of-the-mill astrologers believe that there are many centuries of blurring between each age, yet in Nicholas Campion’s Book of World Horoscopes, he has pages of dates that research astrologers have tendered for the start of the Age of Aquarius.  This farce is due to the fact that mainstream astrology is rejected by science, and so the intellectual integrity associated with astrology has no consistency or uniformity.  As a field of study, astrology stretches from the everything-must-be-true end of astrology to a strict academic approach with most astrologers sitting somewhere in the middle.

Usually when I see any mention of the Age of Aquarius without any reference to any sub-periods, I find that 80% or so of the time, it is produced by an everything-must-be-true kind of astrologer.  But because most material on the astrological ages is of this ilk, very little clarity exists on the astrological ages in the astrological community.  The fantasies associated with the astrological ages have over 2,000 years of momentum, and it is difficult trying to stop a long train at high speed going in the wrong direction – but a paradigm shift is in progress. 

One reason the fantasy continues is that it is outside of the realm of possibility by most astrologers that the first astrologer to set up the calibration technique for measuring the astrological ages made a major mistake.  I can remember stating this at a Hellenistic astrology conference and immediately the barriers went up – how could I say such a thing about an early Hellenistic astrologer! They were of the opinion that the Hellenistic Greeks virtually invented astrology and were treated almost religiously!  The Greeks did invent ‘modern’ horoscopic astrology with an ascendant, but they definitely did not invent astrology!

This ancient mistake is so major that it means that using Hipparcus’ technique, the ages are about 1,100 years ‘late’.  Now this may seem extraordinary, but it creates a Catch-22.  Because of this massive error, the ages are relatively useless for accurate for accurate correlations and predictions, but they do work OK in a relative sense because of quasi-ages. 

The technique that Hipparchus created in the late 2nd century BC was based on the position of the Vernal Point (location of the Sun sitting in a zodiacal constellation at zero degrees tropical Aries around 21st March each year).  While this does not correctly or accurately calibrate astrological ages, it does correlate to quasi ages.  What this means is that the Pisces quasi age (359 – 2503) does coincide with Hipparchus’ technique, though he thought he had found the Age of Pisces and obviously did not know about quasi-ages.  This may be confusing to most astrologers as nearly everyone states that Jesus Christ was born at the beginning of the Pisces age, and even the incorrect method employed by Hipparchus refuses to have the fake Age of Pisces arrive in time for Jesus.

Hipparchus (c.190 BC – c.120 BC) Image in the Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=630396

However, this has been no problem for astrologers, as they just changed the goal posts and state that the Pisces age arrived in time for the birth of Jesus without any substantiation from anywhere.  There are two main reasons for this – most people place the avatar(s) of their own cultures in an exalted position, and will fiddle the books to achieve this. The other reason is that astrologers could never really use the fake ages effectively, as they are fake, and so it was all a messy business and why bother with the problematic details when everything is a mirage of smoke and mirrors anyway.  The Jupiter-Saturn synodic cycle partly filled the void instead.

It seems appropriate that the defining moment of the astrological ages by Hipparchus was erroneous  as they have remained pseudo ages for coincidentally the length of an age (c.2150 years) and just remain a shadow or possibility compared to most areas of astrology that have integrity.  Who should expect clarity from Pisces?  If it was the Virgo age, it would have been a totally different story.

One interesting aspect of this mess associated with the birth of the astrological ages is that Hipparchus’ technique for calibrating the astrological ages is relatively excellent for calibrating quasi-ages.  However, the big difference between quasi-ages and ages is that the subdivision of ages into age-decan, sub-ages and so on can never occur with quasi-ages, and must always be sourced back to the true ages.  For example, the three age-decan of any age must be derived from the age, not quasi-age.  The three sub-age decans cannot be derived from a quasi-age but the real age.  However, the quasi-age is excellent for perceiving which sign on the level of ages is the key sign.  So while the Age of Aquarius arrived in 1433, the world remains solidly in the Pisces quasi age until the year c.2053.  This is why astrologers believe we are on the cusp of the Pisces and Aquarian ages as even a relatively cursory assessment of the world displays the strength of both Pisces and Aquarius archetypes at this point in time. 

If anything, due to the nebulous and inexact nature of Pisces, the world remains more medieval than modern, though most people are deluded that we live in a modern world just because we have computers and rockets heading to the moon and Mars.  You only have to scratch the surface to see the prevalence of medievalism.  Medievalism is more based on faith and belief than facts or knowledge.  In the medieval world, anything that takes place that is ‘unpleasant’ or counter to the beliefs of the observer can just be labelled as fake news.  The contemporary approach to the astrological ages by most astrologers is an excellent example of medievalism in action.  According to our place in the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3581) – this is to be expected as the first half of the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 2503) corresponds to the peak strength of Pisces in the 26,000 years cycle of the ages as ages behave like waves, not bricks in a wall.

So the next time you come across the astrological ages, and only the astrological ages, without any context of smaller periods within the ages, rest assured you are most likely experiencing the equivalent of an astrologer that can only talk about sun-signs and cannot even produce a horoscope.  It is a rarity that any sun-sign prediction I read about myself has any connection to what actually happens in the day, week, month or year ahead – though I must admit, when I read a sun-sign prediction, but substituting my sun with my ascendant sign, the accuracy significantly increases.  Nevertheless, no serious astrologer is going to be limited to only their sun-sign or ascendant, and no serious astrologer presenting the astrological ages is going to be limited to only the age unless they are only discussing mega-history, which by its very nature, is vague and obtuse.

It seems appropriate with all the recent claims of fake news, that we should have fake ages.

Libra in Australia

December 2019 witnessed the arrival of the Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), and it is now making itself felt in Australia – and some would say with a vengeance, as Libra rules justice and women amongst other archetypes.  Historical research shows that when Libra is strong, that there is a greater than average focus upon women, for better or worse, and a push for justice. 

The female focus is not always positive, as the examination of previous similar Libra periods, since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century, indicates that the level of persecution against females reached new heights – especially in the early centuries of the Age of Aquarius when many governments passed laws against witches who were usually just mature intelligent women.  This mainly occurred under the dark auspices of the Capricorn sub-age and overflow (1433 – 1612 – 1791) when Satan allegorically took control or highly influenced many institutions including religions.  In the following centuries, the obstruction of women shifted from witches to preventing females from being able to vote, and a whole host of laws persecuting women such as the criminalization of abortion, lack of property rights, and so on.  Even in ‘modern’ Australia, women are prejudiced in their income level compared to men doing the same job not to mention the glass ceiling. 

Of course, the environment for females has also seen exponential improvement since the arrival of the first age-decan in the Age of Aquarius – the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149), more so in western nations and less so in less developed nations.  But what most astrologers do not know is that we are approaching the business end of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) further emphasized by the final sub-age – which is of the same zodiacal sign.  Currently the world is in the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2149), and this combined with the Libra age-decan indicates the heat is being turned up for all Libra archetypes.  Furthermore, the current Libra micro-age decan is the first appearance of a Libra micro-age decan in the current Libra sub-age, and this Libra micro-age decan can be called the baptism of the Libra sub-age (but not the baptism of the massive Libra age-decan).  Baptisms get the ball rolling – or moving in a new direction!

Since February 2021, the Australian government commenced getting overwhelmed by charges of sexual assault by female government staffers, commencing with claims by Brittany Higgins that:

“she was raped by a colleague in the offices of the defence minister in 2019 just before the election and that she felt she was told a police report would affect her future employment as a staffer.” 

A string of claims have subsequently come to light including against Christian Porter, a federal cabinet minister who is alleged he viciously raped a fellow student when he was 17 and she was 16. Due to the woman recently committing suicide, any alleged offense cannot easily or readily be taken before a law court due to her death.  The alleged cover up of sexual assaults has revealed the injustice applied to women who find themselves embroiled in issues of sexual assault by their ‘superiors’.  It seems that every few days, another woman comes forward with more accusations of sexual assault against them involving the Australian government. 

The 2021 Australian of the year and sexual assault survivor Grace Tame recently stated:  

‘we are on the precipice of a revolution’

…. and the astrology agrees with her. Her address to the (Australian) National Press Club covered a number of issues including:

“The upshot of allowing predators a voice but not survivors encourages the criminal behaviour.” 

2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame addresses the National Press Club on 3 March 2021. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grace was fairly scathing of the Australian (federal) government’s handling of the recent sexual assault allegations.

It appears that the new generation of younger Australian women or not ‘behaving’ and instead creating a commotion against sexual assault.  This does coincide with the current Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) which is the latest vertebrae to appear in the backbone of the massive Libra age-decan and overflow (1413 – 2149 – 2865).  In thousands of years’ time, the current millennium will probably be known as the Millennium of Women! 

Independent of sexual assault, Libra promotes justice and female equality, and the case of Kathleen Folbigg, who has been in prison for 17 years following the death of four of her babies, again raises the issue of injustice applied to females. Leading scientific experts are now arguing that all four of her children had rare genetic conditions that could explain their deaths.  This case possibly harks back to the imprisonment of Lindy Chamberlain following the death of her baby by a dingo – this was clearly nothing else other than a modern witch persecution.

Australian sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins, appointed to lead a review into parliament’s workplace culture, believes Australia is at a “turning point” on sexual harassment and assault. “I’ve never seen any moment like this,” she said.

Other relevant articles include:

Canberra’s pale, stale and male tribe is missing the moment

The Liberal party has a problem with women. The parliament has a problem with women. Australia has a problem with women.

Craig Kelly’s senior aide faces multiple allegations of inappropriate behaviour made by young women.

Julie Bishop takes aim at federal government ministers over handling of rape allegations

‘This is the moment to get really pissed off’: Australian women demand change to heal wounds

Libra will not affect every country or region equally, as it depends upon the specific astrological signature.  In Australia’s case, it appears that Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aries are in Australia’s astrological signature, and despite Libra being opposite in nature to Aries, there is a good case to include Libra at some place on Australia’s totem pole.  This is supported by the fact that Abel Tasman virtually discovered Australia (for Europeans) in an earlier Libra period:

“The discovery of Tasmania (an island south of the Australian mainland) and New Zealand in 1642 by Abel Tasman (1603 – 1659) followed by the charting of northern and western Australia (New Holland) two years later suggests a Libra connection to Australia and New Zealand especially as these voyages occurred at the pinnacle of this Libra period.”

See: Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

For most people outside of Australia, the above sexual assault issue is something they either are unaware of, or perhaps have heard some brief news in the media, one way or another.  This begs the question, how many other countries or regions are experiencing Libra’s lash but unknown internationally?  We don’t usually think that Libra has a hard side, but many ancient cultures oftentimes associated Venus, the ruler of Libra, with war or conflict.  It would be interesting to learn all the areas internationally where Libra is currently making its mark?  The election of Kamala Harris as the first female vice president in the USA is part of Libra’s machinations – and the BIG question is – will she become president?  The Black Lives Matter is certainly another example of Libra making its presence felt.  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has increasingly been demonized.

Piers Morgan to leave Good Morning Britain after Meghan row

Currently, the world is in the weakest quarter of the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029) and the temperature should be significantly turned up around 2024 – 2027 when Libra is in its most powerful quarter.  There are many unanswered questions about what we should expect in the rest of the current Libra period – but the one thing is certain, Libra archetypes will be promoted.  One of the most interesting aspects of the zodiacal signs is they can reinvent and produce new twists on established archetypes.  We have to look for any new twists to Libra. For example, Libra is guilty of the obesity epidemic that has only really appeared in the world since the arrival of the Libra sub-age in 1970.   It is possible that the relative inaction of the majority of countries around the world in their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic can be attributed to Libra – the sign of inaction!

Virtually no one alive today has experienced the current level of Libra that arrived in December 2019, as the last Libra period of similar strength occurred from December 1910 to October 1920 – a stressful period known for the First World War and Spanish Flu.  To keep up to date with my research on Libra periods since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius, please see The Backbone of the Libra Age-Decan (1433 – 2149).

POSTSCRIPT

Not only does the Libra micro-age decan (Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) promote issues associated with females, but even the timing of this confrontation between the changing expectations of young Australian women and the Australian government can be determined by further sub-divisions of the Libra micro-age decan.  The Libra MAD is one third of the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) which also contains 12 nano-ages (approx. 15 months each).  The nano-age in effect for February and March 2021 is the Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021). 

Each nano-age also has three nano-age decans, and the period October 2020 to March 2021 is within the Capricorn nano-age decan (Oct 2020 – Mar 2021) thus further promoting the influence of Capricorn – a key sign for governments.  Governments are usually downstream from society which means they are usually more conservative than the average person, and conservatism is ruled by Capricorn.

Drilling down even further, each 15 month nano-age has 12 five week pica ages, and the Capricorn pica age covers most of the months of February and March 2021. Thus Capricorn has reached its penultimate force at the same time as the sexual assault issue hit the Australian government.  Combining Capricorn with Libra provides the astrological smoking gun for this situation.

Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

This is a ‘full size’ 30 year Libra period being the Libra MA&OF (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657) and is the second of this size in the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149). The most significant influence for this Libra period was dour old Capricorn, and its negative influence upon gay Libra is readily identifiable in many of the historical events of this period – especially the absence of notable women.  This Libra period fell under the shadow of the Capricorn sub-age overflow (1612 – 1791).

As to be expected, some major conflicts affected this Libra period and the major conflict of note is the British Civil Wars (1639 – 1653) and therefore closely shadowing the Libra MA&OF (1627 – 1657).  The wars included rebellions, civil wars and invasions with the most important being the English Civil War which ended when the English parliamentarian army won followed by the execution of the king, the abolition of the monarchy, and the founding of the Commonwealth of England which lasted until 1660 – only a few years past the end of this Libra period. [1] No English king had ever been previously executed.  The English Civil War, similar to the American Civil War, was a major event in the history of the UK.  Family was against family, and in all regions of Great Britain, the population was fairly evenly split in their loyalties to the crown or parliament.

Some historians claim that this civil war was the result of the arrival of the Renaissance into England which changed the balance of power, but governments tend to lag behind such changes at their peril.  The Puritans played a decisive role, and the Puritans were energized Protestants, and Protestants do represent the arrival of the Age of Aquarius into Europe as many of Protestant features invoke Aquarius such as anti the pope (anti the magnificent Leo leader), and the fact that the Protestant cults usually had strong democratic features as opposed to the hierarchical structure of the Roman Catholic Church modelled after the government of Ancient Rome. 

Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658) was the head of state (Lord Protector) under the new commonwealth.  However his approach quickly fell out of favor after his death and his corpse was subsequently dug up, hung in chains, and beheaded. Cromwell is one of the most controversial figures in British and Irish history, considered a regicidal dictator by some, and a military dictator by Winston Churchill, a class revolutionary by Leon Trotsky, and a hero of liberty by John Milton.  Cromwell was a Puritan who used his political power to actively promote the suppression of vice and encouraged virtue.[2]  Cromwell’s main generational sign was Aquarius, and his more fine-tuned generation was an Aquarius-Capricorn generation with Aquarius providing the revolutionary spirit and Capricorn the conservative Puritanism.

People today just do not understand the excitement unleashed by the Protestant revolution and arrival of the Age of Science early in the Age of Aquarius.  These excited people were able to seize the government of England for a while, and stamp out the monarchy like it was a cigarette which provided the first Aquarius revolution in the new age.  However, Aquarius is always detrimental to the UK as the UK has Leo high in its astrological signature.  It did not take long for the monarchy to return and Aquarius’ revolutionary zeal headed to North America!

A number of developments occurred due to the English Civil War with close ties to Libra.  In 1641 English law made witchcraft a capital crime (Capricorn and Libra) and a few years later in 1644 the first witch-hunter made his career in the eastern counties of England. In 1642 the English Parliament ordered the closure of all theatres in London, effectively ending the era of English Renaissance theatre established in the previous Libra period and followed by the banning of all stage plays in theatres anywhere in the country due to the stern approach to life adopted by the Puritans.  The Taliban, ISIS and ISIL were merely following in the footsteps of European fascism from earlier centuries.

Libra the balance may have archetypally influenced the appearance of the Levellers, a political movement during the English Civil War (1642–1651) with (Libra) justice strongly represented in its manifesto – popular sovereignty, extended suffrage, equality before the law and religious tolerance. The hallmark of Leveller philosophy was its emphasis on equal natural rights.  They were not the only ones going down this path.

The Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers was formed in 1648 from ‘divine insight’ and as a Protestant Christian cult, its relevance to this Libra period is its opposition to (Aries) war and elevation of women.  In the 1650s, individual Quaker women prophesied and preached publicly, developed charismatic personae and spread the word. This practice was bolstered by the movement’s firm concept of spiritual equality for men and women. Thus the Quakers were unwittingly in service to Libra (and the spirit of Aquarius).  Interestingly, early Quakers disliked paganism so they refused to use the usual names of the days of the week, since they were derived from the names of pagan deities (planetary gods) and they refused to celebrate Christmas because they believed it was based on pagan festivities – which is true as the early Christian church borrowed Saturnalia from the Romans and rebadged it as Christmas (the general consensus of historians is that Jesus was not born in December).[3]  Only a few years past this Libra period in 1662 Quakers were persecuted for a time in the UK and American persecution commenced in 1656, only a year before the end of this Libra period, and four Quakers were actually hanged in 1660 in Boston.[4]

Libra’s connection to jurisprudence is again clearly demonstrated with the publication of a series of legal treatises The Institutes of the Lawes of England which were written and published between 1628 and 1644. Widely recognized as a foundational document for English common law, they have been cited in over 70 cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, including several landmark cases including Roe v. Wade (1973), where The Institutes were cited as evidence that under old English common law, an abortion performed before quickening was not an indictable offence. An earlier case in 1895 referred to The Institutes for their definition of monopolies.[5]

The publication in 1644 of Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England by the English poet John Milton who strongly opposed censorship is amongst history’s most influential and impassioned philosophical defenses of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression. Many of its expressed principles have formed the basis for modern justifications.  Milton has been acclaimed as the “greatest English author”, and he is regarded “as one of the preeminent writers in the English language”. John Milton also promoted the legitimacy of divorce publishing The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce in 1643 which was considered heretical at the time.  Libra’s quest for justice is again displayed.

Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679) was an English philosopher who is considered to be one of the founders of modern political philosophy. He is best known for his 1651 book Leviathan, in which he expounds an influential formulation of social contract theory.  Social contract definitely has a Libran tinge and the main argument is that individuals have consented, one way or another, to surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority (of the ruler, or to the decision of a majority) in exchange for protection of their remaining rights or maintenance of the social order. Hobbes was an early exponent of this balanced argument.[6]

Colonial America contributed to Libra even at this extremely early stage. In 1628 Puritans settled Salem, which later became part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.  In 1629 around 350 English Puritans sailed from England to Salem, to settle in the Massachusetts Bay Colony which was granted a Royal Charter in the following year and it became a self-governing entity.  The following year brought another 700 passengers including Anne Bradstreet, America’s first poet of significance and who in 1646, became a founding mother of Andover Parish (modern-day North Andover), Massachusetts.

1630 saw the settling of Boston and a group of emigrants arrived at Southampton Hundred, on the James River in Virginia.  The first governor was appointed to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631 with the first English settlement in Maryland and in the following year Charles I of England issued a charter for the colony of Maryland.  Also in 1631, the Dutch West India Company started a settlement of the Delaware River.   In 1634 a group from the Plymouth Colony settled in Windsor, Connecticut, making it the first settlement in the state.  In 1635 Roger Williams (theologian) founded Rhode Island. And such was the rush to the colonies, in 1637 King Charles I of England issued a proclamation, attempting to stem emigration to the North American colonies.

In 1637 Elizabeth Poole became the first woman to found a town in the Americas – Taunton, Massachusetts.  In the following year, Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for heresy, and moved to Rhode Island.  In 1643 the New England Confederation (also known as the United Colonies of New England) was formed as a military alliance comprising the colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Saybrook (Connecticut), and New Haven. Its primary purpose was to unite the Puritan colonies in support of the church, and for defense against the American Indians and the Dutch colony of New Netherland. It was the first milestone on the long road to colonial unity.  Interestingly, even at this early stage, the nascent American psyche was on display as John Quincy Adams remarked two centuries later:

“Its history, like that of other confederacies, presents a record of incessant discord – of encroachments by the most powerful party upon the weaker members, and of disregard, by all the separate members, of the conclusions adopted by the whole body. Still the main purpose of the union was accomplished.”[7]

The Pisces American psyche is aptly demonstrated in the above statement.

In 1652, Rhode Island passed the first law in North America making slavery illegal.[8]  In 1655 John Casor, became the first legally recognized slave, as a result of a civil case.  He was the first person of African descent in the Thirteen Colonies to be declared as a slave for life.  His master was perversely a freed African-American and the Virginian court sustained the right of free blacks to own slaves.  Laws racializing slavery hardened during Casor’s lifetime and after this Libra period in 1662, the Virginia Colony made a ruling that children of enslaved mothers would be born into slavery, regardless of their father’s race or status. This was in contradiction to English common law for English subjects, which based a child’s status on that of their father.[9] However, this does shift the emphasis to Libra even if it is perverse!

One of the earliest voices for modern democratic ideals in the USA was pioneered by Roger Williams (1603 – 1683), the founder of what would become the Colony of Rhode Island.  Though he was a Puritan minister, he was also a staunch advocate for religious freedom, separation of church and state, and fair dealings with Native Americans, and he was one of the first abolitionists as he organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of England’s North American colonies. His views were far too liberal for the conservative Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay authorities and in 1635, he was convicted of sedition and heresy. They declared that he was spreading “diverse, new, and dangerous opinions”.  He was considered an important historical figure of religious liberty at the time of American independence, and he was a key influence on the thinking of the Founding Fathers.[10]  Even at this early formative time, with Roger Williams we see the divergence of American culture between modern and medieval in line with Pisces, represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions.  Pisces is the number one sign for the USA and this Pisces-divergent culture remains in place and recently demonstrated by the presidency of Donald Trump.

The discovery of Tasmania (an island south of the Australian mainland) and New Zealand in 1642 by Abel Tasman (1603 – 1659) followed by the charting of northern and western Australia (New Holland) two years later suggests a Libra connection to Australia and New Zealand especially as these voyages occurred at the pinnacle of this Libra period.

China was also a major focus within this Libra period. In 1627 the Manchus took advantage of Korea’s war-weakened state due to the unsuccessful Japanese invasion in the previous Libra period and invaded in 1627 and 1637, and this was even before the Manchus had taken over China.  In 1637 a Chinese encyclopedist published Exploitation of the Works of Nature which is considered one of the most valuable encyclopedias of classical China.  In 1641 a massive epidemic struck in northern and central China with some local areas and towns having 90% of the local populace wiped out, which may have contributed to the fall of the Ming Dynasty just three years later. In 1644 the invading Qing army captured Beijing marking the beginning of Manchu rule over China proper.  The Ming dynasty had ruled over China from 1368 to 1644 while the Qing dynasty survived until 1912 (also in a Libra period).  This major and highly significant political development in China supports a close connection between Libra and China.  However, the 1368 commencement of the Qing dynasty occurred in a Cancer sub-age decan (1314 – 1373) and Cancer appears to be the most powerful sign associated with China. 

On the artistic level, in 1642, Rembrandt finished his painting, The Night Watch – the most substantial of the important group portrait commissions which he received in this period.  In the decade following the Night Watch, Rembrandt’s paintings gave way to the use of frontal lighting and larger and more saturated areas of color. At the same time, there was a marked decrease in painted works in favor of etchings and drawings of landscapes. In these graphic works natural drama eventually made way for quiet Dutch rural scenes.  Libra’s rulership of parks and gardens is coming into play! 

Rubens’s (1557 – 1640) later period coincided with the first part of this Libra period.  He is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. Between 1627 and 1630, Rubens’s diplomatic career was particularly active, and he moved between the courts of Spain and England in an attempt to bring (Libra) peace between the Spanish Netherlands and the United Provinces. Rubens was knighted by Charles I of England in 1630. In 1628 He began a renewed study of Titian’s paintings, copying numerous works.  By 1629 he completed one of his most important works – the Allegory of Peace and War which illustrates the artist’s lively concern for peace. His international reputation with collectors and nobility abroad continued to grow during this decade, and one prominent example was The Assumption of the Virgin Mary (1625–6) for the Cathedral of Antwerp. In 1630, four years after the death of his first wife, 53-year-old Rubens married his deceased wife’s 16-year-old niece, who inspired the voluptuous figures in many of his paintings from the 1630s, including The Feast of Venus, The Three Graces and The Judgement of Paris with his wife the model for various depictions of Venus including sculptures.[11]   

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England after success in his homeland and Italy.  He is best known for his portraits of the aristocracy, most notably Charles I (before he was beheaded), and his family and associates. Van Dyck became the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years.  King Charles I was the keenest collector of art among the Stuart kings, and saw painting as a way of promoting his elevated view of the monarchy (this was the time of Capricorn). In 1628, just inside this Libra period, he purchased the fabulous collection that the Duke of Mantua was forced to sell.  Van Dyck remained in contact with the English court and helped King Charles’s search for paintings.  In England he developed a version of his style which combined a relaxed elegance and ease with an understated authority in his subjects which was to dominate English portrait-painting to the end of the 18th century. Many of these portraits have a lush (Libran) landscape background.[12]

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) was an Italian musician and priest who composed both secular and sacred music, and was a pioneer in the development of opera – he is considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and Baroque periods of music history.  This Libra period mainly coincided with Monteverdi’s late flowering period (1637 – 1643) commencing with the opening of the first public opera house in Europe at San Cassiano in 1637, which stimulated the city’s musical life and coincided with a new burst of the composer’s activity.  By 1656, the first opera house opened in London. Monteverdi’s contribution to opera at this period is notable and is credited for the rebirth of theatrical music and that “he will be sighed for in later ages, for his compositions will surely outlive the ravages of time.”[13] Monteverdi’s drive may have come from the fact he was born of an Aries-Aries or Aries-Pisces generation.

Molière (a stage name) (1621/2 – 1673), was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and world literature. He turned to acting in 1643 only one year past the peak of this Libra period.  His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets, and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today. His influence is such that the French language is often referred to as the “language of Molière”. Despite his own preference for tragedy, Molière became famous for his farces. He began to write full, five-act comedies in verse in 1654 [14] towards the end of this Libra period which he outlived.  His attraction to farce may be explained by the fact he was born in a Scorpio-Scorpio generation and his troupe did go bankrupt at one stage.

Though highly notable females seem absent in this period, an abstract focus did prevail.  In 1629 a Chinese emperor of the Ming dynasty reiterated the state prohibition against female infanticide.  However, as perhaps an example of oriental yin yang, the same year actresses were banned from the stage in Japan. 

In 1631, the death in childbirth of the Mughal emperor’s wife caused the emperor to commission the Taj Mahal at Agra, as a mausoleum for her. Constructed from 1632 to 1653 – it also became the emperor’s tomb (at a cost of about $US956 million in today’s money).  The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage” and it was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.[15]  It could be dedicated to Libra both as a work of art and beauty plus an expression of love in marriage!

One of the 7 wonders of world and one of the major tourist attraction of India. Agra is synonymous with that monument of love, which is the stunning Taj Mahal and it is surrounded by beautiful lush green gardens and a river in backward Yamuna.By Kristian Bertel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=99288433

The elevation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Queen of Genoa in 1637 is again in the Libra camp. And finally, Libra’s ruling planet Venus gets some attention in 1639 when the English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks made the first successful prediction and observation of a transit of Venus.

Cafes breed (Libra) socializing, and the appearance of cafes in Europe coincided with this Libra period with the first café in Europe opened in Venice in 1640.  Coffee drinking became popular in Paris by 1643 and England saw its first coffeehouse open in 1651 and such were their popularity, by 1675, there were more than 3,000 coffeehouses in England.

Finally, Libra’s connection to all things beautiful naturally must include flowers, and so it is fitting that in 1637 saw the collapse of Tulip mania in the Dutch Republic. At the peak of tulip mania, in February 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled crafts worker. Another example suggests that one tulip bulb was bartered for 12 acres (5 hectares) of land.  It is believed to have been the first recorded speculative bubble and bust in history but it did not create an economic crisis for the Dutch Republic, which at the time was the world’s leading economic and financial power.[16]

Finally, the 1656 invention of the pendulum clock by Christiaan Huygens is interesting because 1656 is heavily influenced by the Capricorn sub-age overflow, Capricorn sub-age decan overflow as well as the Capricorn quasi sub-age – in other words, Capricorn the sign of time and clocks, was incredibly strong when the pendulum clock was invented.  However, the swing motion of the pendulum invokes Libra!  Pendulum clocks were the most precise timekeeper, accounting for its widespread use until the 1930s and 40s when they were overshadowed by less-expensive, synchronous, electric clocks[17] in the Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925 – 1940 – 1955).  In my youth I can remember when I stayed at my grandparents’ house, I used to go to sleep every night listening to the half hour and hour chimes of their mantelpiece pendulum clock which they wound up every day.

The most notable aspect of this Libra MA&OF (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657) is the lack of notable women.  There would have been some notable women that fail to register with us today, but there is a plausible astrological reason why highly placed notable women are largely absent in this larger than average Libra period.  The following list displays the Libra periods since the start of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 that have been investigated to date in this Libra series:

Pisces-Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612)

  • Libra micro-age and overflow (March 1463 – March 1478 – March 1493)
  • Libra micro-age decan and overflow (December 1527 – November 1537)
  • Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – July 1592)

Capricorn-Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791)

  • Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

With the first three Libra periods located in Pisces-Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612), Pisces overshadows Capricorn.  The current Libra period however is located in the Capricorn- Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791) where Capricorn is the major player.  The current Libra period is the first in the Capricorn-Sagittarius sub-age overflow and is buffeted by the strongest Capricorn influence of all the Libra periods investigated to date.  Capricorn is naturally anti-feminine due to Cancer being the opposite sign to Capricorn – and Cancer shares with Libra a strong association to females.  Furthermore, the first sub-age decan in the Capricorn- Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791) is the Leo sub-age decan (1612 – 1672) and Leo is male-orientated. Naturally, the darkness of Capricorn did not limit the accusation of witchcraft against women, if anything, it magnified this horror.

The major conflict of note was the English Civil War resulting in the execution of the king and the establishment of a commonwealth in England that also banned anything frivolous or fun, as Capricorn promotes a stern authoritarian lifestyle.  This is why all theatres were closed in London in 1642.  Nevertheless Libra inspires justice, and this can be seen with the Levellers promoting modern liberal ideals – well ahead of their time.  The Quakers also promoted equality of the sexes.  The publication of The Institutes of the Lawes of England clarified many aspects of English common law that spread to the USA and other countries.  Other legal perspectives from John Milton and Thomas Hobbes pushed the boundaries of English medieval laws towards modernity.

This Libra period saw great activity in North America, especially New England or what would become the hub of the northern states in the USA and suggests that in Pisces USA, one of the fish has strong Libran qualities of justice and equality.  These new settlements include: Salem, Boston, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island.  The creation of the United Colonies of New England was a forerunner for the creation of the revolution USA.  The seeds of the American Civil War were put in place in this Libra period when Rhode Island passed the first law in North America making slavery illegal.

The first extensive European exploration of Australia and New Zealand in this period also suggests that inclusion of Libra into the astrological signatures for these countries (and Canada whose name was coined in the previous Libra period) provided future Libra periods confirm this assessment.

China had an exceptional development with the fall the Ming dynasty replaced by the Manchu dynasty in 1644.  The publication of the Exploitation of the Works of Nature in 1637 provides an invaluable insight into the Chinese world of this period. However, before the Ming collapsed they did reiterate the state prohibition against female infanticide

Probably the most notable development in this period was on the artistic side.  This Libra period captured key periods in the life of extremely famous artists and musicians such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Monteverdi, and Molière with Rubens the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition and Van Dyck dictating portraiture for the next 150 years. Monteverdi virtually created opera and Molière as one of the greatest writers in the French language and world literature.

Appropriately one of the most famous marriages in history occurred in this Libra period with the death in India of the Mughal emperor’s wife and his construction of one of the most beautiful buildings in the world – the Taj Mahal.  As a temple (ceremonial structure), ruled by Capricorn, it is better known than his wife to whom the temple is dedicated. Though this period is bereft of famous females, the elevation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Queen of Genoa in 1637 does make an attempt.  Venus (the ruler of Libra) gets a focus when the English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks made the first successful prediction and observation of a transit of Venus

Coffee promotes (Libra) social interaction and coffee made its move in this Libra period with the first European café in 1640. Libra’s association with flowers does see its manifestation with the boom of the tulip market in the Dutch Republic, followed by its bust and setting the precedent for economic cycles over the following centuries including the 21st century.  Finally the invention in 1656 of the pendulum clock aligned with Capricorn, the ruler of time, is a fitting end to this review.

Previous Libra periods Examined:

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Aug 1582 – Jul 1592)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Nov 1537)

Libra micro-age and overflow (Mar 1463 – Mar 1493)

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[8]“Time and Place”, . Slavery and the Making of America. Thirteen. 2004. Retrieved 2018-02-24. Rhode Island passes laws restricting slavery and forbidding enslavement for more than 10 years.

[9] John Casor, Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:26, January 29, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Casor&oldid=1002559074

[10] Roger Williams, Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:08, February 24, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Roger_Williams&oldid=1005846600

[11] Peter Paul Rubens, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:19, February 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Peter_Paul_Rubens&oldid=1007461296

[12] Anthony van Dyck, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:50, February 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Anthony_van_Dyck&oldid=1004592942

[13] Claudio Monteverdi, Wikipedia,  Retrieved 07:12, February 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Claudio_Monteverdi&oldid=1004321005

[14] Molière, Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:28, February 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Moli%C3%A8re&oldid=1005804549

[15] Taj Mahal, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:34, January 29, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Taj_Mahal&oldid=1002938914

[16] Tulip mania, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:43, January 29, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tulip_mania&oldid=1002054053

[17] Pendulum clock, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:53, February 24, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pendulum_clock&oldid=999057862

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – July 1592)

This Libra MAD&OF sits within the Aquarius micro-age (Aug 1582 – Jul 1597) and therefore mimics the Libra MAD&OF (December 1910 – October 1920) associated with the First World War (1914/17 – 18) and Spanish flu.  The next major level up to greatly influence this period was the Taurus-Capricorn sub-age decan (1552 – 1612).  Taurus is beneficial to England (see The UK Astrological Signature) which was certainly on display in this Libra period.

Again, major conflicts occur under Libra’s watch commencing with the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604) which included the famous Spanish Armada (1588) with 130 ships and 30,000 men when Catholic Spain planned to invade Protestant England and dispose Queen Elizabeth 1 but failed miserably at the hands of what constituted the British navy and adverse weather.  The English countered with two armadas against Spain which both failed, and Spain sent a second armada against England which also failed due to bad weather.  This is where Sir Francis Drake became famous.  At this time Spain was the world’s superpower.  The victory was acclaimed by the English as their greatest since Agincourt, and the memory of the victory over the Armada was evoked during the Napoleonic Wars in a later Libra period when again England found itself threatened by another invasion. From the standpoint of Libra, Queen Elizabeth’s legend persisted and grew long after her death due to the successful repulsion of the Spanish Armadas.[1] Queen Elizabeth is one of the most notable females that stood near the beginning of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149).

George Gower’s Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I (1588?) at Woburn Abbey. The portrait was made to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada (depicted in the background).

This Libra period sits within the Elizabethan era (1558 – 1603) and is taken as England’s golden age attributed a renaissance that inspired national pride through classical ideals, international expansion, and naval triumph over Spain[2] with the naval triumph over Spain exclusively associated with this Libra period.  This golden age commenced in the Taurus sub-age decan (1537 – 1612) and Taurus figures strongly in the English astrological signature.[3] 

Again, war was highly prevalent as is the case for the last 5,000 years and only some major ones will be mentioned.  The War of the Three Henrys (1587-89) was one of a series of French civil wars under the umbrella of the French Wars of Religion (1562 – 98) The war was instigated by Spain to keep France from interfering with the Spanish army in the Netherlands and the Spanish invasion of England – there were so many wars that they had wars within wars!

The Eighty Years’ War commencing in 1568 (before this Libra period) was basically a Protestant revolt of what are today the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg against the superpower of Catholic Spain but by 1587 the newly formed Dutch Republic entered a period of more than two centuries of relative political stability and strongly increased its trade and wealth from this time onward, with Amsterdam replacing Antwerp as the main port of north-west Europe.  The republic was more tolerant of different religions and ideas than its contemporary states were, allowing freedom of thought to its residents. Artists flourished under this regime, including painters such as Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer leading to the Dutch Golden Age lasting until 1672.[4]  Libra may have placed its stamp on the Dutch Golden Age but the influence of both the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) and Taurus sub-age decan overflow (1552 – 1612) suggests that these signs appear in the Dutch astrological signature?

In the Far East the first Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 was really the beginning of a proxy war between Japan and China with Korea the stepping stone from Japan to China. The conflict ended in 1598 after Japan’s second unsuccessful invasion followed by the withdrawal of the Japanese forces from the Korean Peninsula after a military stalemate (appropriate for Libra).  This war resulted in an imbalance of power within Japan with the Toyotomi clan’s power significantly weakened due to the exhaustion of its  armed forces for the failed Korean conflict and the opposing Tokugawa clan, who had abstained from the war, and with their armed forces in tack, were able to eventually triumphed (post this Libra period) against the Toyotomi clan. Libra seems to prefer two major opposing forces. Libra is considered a key sign for the whole of the Far East including China. 

Highly notable females again mark this Libra period and a good example is the classic feud between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots ending with the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587 at the hands of her cousin Queen Elizabeth after Mary was implicated in a plot to murder Elizabeth.

With the growing strength of Capricorn the accusations of witchcraft against women grew to a crescendo in this period. From 1581 to 1593 the Witch Trials of Trier in Germany were perhaps the biggest witch trials in European history. They formed one of the four largest witch trials in Germany. The persecutions started around Trier in 1581 and reached the city itself in 1587, where it was to lead to the death of about 368 people, and it may have been the biggest mass execution in Europe in peace time.[5]

Not to be outdone by the Germans, in 1590, Agnes Sampson was questioned by King James VI of Scotland, and confessed to practicing witchcraft.  This was apparently part of the North Berwick witch trials of a number of people from East Lothian, Scotland which ran for two years and implicated over seventy people. The “witches” allegedly held their covens on the Auld Kirk Green, part of the modern-day North Berwick Harbour area. The confessions were extracted by torture.[6] 

Prosecutions for the crime of witchcraft reached a highpoint commencing 1580 (in this Libra period) to 1630 during the Counter-Reformation and the European wars of religion when an estimated 50,000 people were burned at the stake, of which roughly 80% were women, and most often over the age of 40.  This 50 year period correlates to the peak strength of Capricorn associated with the end of the Capricorn sub-age in (1433 -1612) when Capricorn was peaking.  Stern autocratic male Capricorn historically orientated towards the subjugation of women – especially older intelligent women with knowledge and wisdom.

However, the Aquarian tide of rationalism started to gain traction with the publication in 1584 of The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scot, which undermined the common belief that witches existed.  Scot expressed the view that “it is neither a witch, nor devil, but glorious God that maketh the thunder…God maketh the blustering tempests and whirlwinds…”.[7]

North America continued to be a focus under Libra and in 1583, Newfoundland was formally claimed as a colony of England but not successfully settled at this time.  Also very interesting in relation to the future USA, in 1584 Walter Raleigh sent an expedition to explore the Outer Banks of Virginia (now North Carolina), with a view to establishing an English colony, and they located Roanoke Island.[8]  In the following year, the first group of colonists was sent by Sir Walter Raleigh but only lasted until June 1586, but was followed by a second attempt in 1587.[9] The second attempt was futile, and by the time the British returned in 1590, the colonialists had disappeared and it became known as the Lost Colony.

Interestingly, Sir Walter Raleigh (1552/4 – 1618) was born in a Taurus-Taurus generation, and this may explain why Raleigh strongest focus in his life was in searching for El Dorado (City of Gold) and he made two expeditions to the Americas in search of this gold – and ultimately was executed for his over zealousness by attacking a Spanish outpost in his quest.[10]

Notable theatrical developments took place in this Libra period commencing in 1583 when the Queen Elizabeth’s Men troupe of actors was founded in England and became the dominant acting company for the rest of the 1580s. Queen Elizabeth’s Men was the first large company of actors in English Renaissance theatre, twice the size of its predecessors. The size of the new company enabled it to act a new kind of historical play, built on a larger scale than ever before including Shakespeare’s histories. These new plays were equivalent to “Hollywood spectaculars” of their era.[11]  In 1587 the Rose (theatre) was founded in London beginning a trend for theatres to be situated at arm’s length from the authorities in an area outside the jurisdiction of the City of London where bear/bull-baitings, gaming dens and brothels were surreptitiously operating.  It was the first purpose-built playhouse to ever stage a production of any of Shakespeare’s plays.  Christopher Marlowe became the theatre’s main playwright.  While the theatre thrived, at the very end of this Libra period, an outbreak of the Plague thwarted all theatres[12] (with no Libra available to support them).

Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist.  Somewhere in this Libra period (probably the mid-1580s) Shakespeare was able to have his plays performed and by 1592, he was sufficiently known in London to be attacked by other playwrights such as Robert Greene in his Groats-Worth of Wit:

“… there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger’s heart wrapped in a Player’s hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country.”

Shakespeare was accused of reaching above his ‘lowly’ rank in trying to match such university-educated writers as Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Nashe, and Greene himself (the so-called “University Wits”).[13]  The main sign that drove Shakespeare was from Pisces, and the rise of Shakespeare in this Libra period coincided with the Pisces sting-in-the-tail of the Pisces sub-age and overflow (1254 – 1433 – 1612) with the Pisces sting-in-the-tail the Pisces micro-age and overflow (1567 – 1582 – 1597) with this period arguably representing the peak of Pisces in the 26,000 years cycle of the astrological ages. Shakespeare was born in an Aries-Aries generation (second half of the Aries micro-age (1552 – 1567) indicating that he came from a generation with drive!

Christopher Marlowe was of the same Aries-Aries generation and was the leading Elizabethan playwright and strongly influenced Shakespeare who succeeded him following Marlowe’s untimely death at the age of 29 in 1593.

On the artistic front, El Greco (1541 – 1614) was a Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance and he is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism and his works were considered as “strange”, “queer”, “original”, “eccentric” and “odd. However, much of his works were undertaken within the eccentric Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1582 – 1597 – 1612).  In 1586 he obtained the commission for The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, now his best-known work. Painters from the beginning of the 20th century rediscovered El Greco – his expressiveness and colors influenced Eugène Delacroix, Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne[14] and one commentator stated that “Cézanne and El Greco are spiritual brothers despite the centuries which separate them”.[15]  It should be noted that Cubism appeared as an avant-garde artistic movement during the 1910s[16] associated with the Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1910 – Nov 1915 – Oct 1920).

The famous Italian painter Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) had a formative influence on Baroque painting and influenced the later works of Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Rembrandt.  His style fell out of favor until the 20th century but he was labeled “What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting.”[17]  Caravaggio’s apprenticeship occurred in this Libra period and in the last year he left Milan and went to Rome as a destitute hack-work artist.  One of his earliest works in 1589 was Caravaggio’s Young Sick Bacchus, supposedly a self-portrait done during convalescence from a serious illness (with Capricorn overtones).  Caravaggio’s innovation was a radical naturalism that contrasted light and dark with little intermediate value.[18]  This “darkness” can be attributed to the strength of Capricorn with the Capricorn sub-age approaching its peak strength in 1612.

Finally, on the sweet side of Libra, the first known commercial importation of chocolate to Europe in 1585, from Mexico to Spain, but the Spanish adopted the addition of (Libra) sugar to sweeten chocolate, whereas the indigenous American had only mixed chocolate with spices – but it required an acquired taste.  The new Spanish sugar variety took off with a vengeance, and for some time, chocolate drinks were far more popular in Spain than coffee.[19] It was quickly followed by the publication of Chocolate: or, An Indian Drinke in 1631.

Again, we see with Libra some major conflicts – the Spanish Armada where England was nearly invaded and pirates like Sir Francis Drake became a national hero.  The conflict between the Dutch and Spain was resolved with creation of the Dutch Republic leading to more than two centuries of relative political stability called the Dutch Golden Age.  China was under threat from Japan with Japan invading Korea for the very first time, but failed to move on to the conquest of China. In North America, Newfoundland was formally claimed as a colony of England and some unsuccessful attempts were made to colonize Roanoke Island (North Carolina).  At a minimum, this is the beginning of the Libra connection to the USA. 

The power play between two highly notable women – Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots led to the execution of Mary while the other major female focus of the times was arguably the biggest mass execution of witches in Europe. By 1630 an estimated about 40,000 women had been burnt at the stake.  But the rationality of Aquarius did show signs of life with the argument against the existence of witchcraft by the publication of The Discoverie of Witchcraft.

Libra obviously promoted the theatre with the creation of Queen Elizabeth’s Men troupe of actors and the construction of the Rose theatre in a destitute part of London and by the end of this Libra period, Shakespeare was in full swing.  The other famous playwright of the times died only one year past the end of this Libra period making the Libra period the full extent of Marlowe’s theatrical output.  The father of modern painting also appeared with El Greco and Caravaggio was mainly in his apprentice period but commence producing artwork before this Libra period ended.  Sugar and chocolate naturally are attracted to Libra with its first commercial importation to Europe.

Libra-associated events will occur at any time in history, and for example, in every 15 years micro-age, there is a 29 to 30 month Libra nano-age and overflow.  However, again with this Libra MAD&OF (1582 – 1592), highly notable and remarkable historical events that can be associated with a Libra archetype indicate a stronger presence of Libra than is normal.  The brightness of Libra was not quenched by the dark side of the Capricorn sub-age and overflow (1433 – 1612 – 1791). 

References


[1]Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604), Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:25, January 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Anglo-Spanish_War_(1585%E2%80%931604)&oldid=1000121904

[2] Elizabethan era, Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:50, February 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elizabethan_era&oldid=1005608209

[3] The UK Astrological Signature, https://macroastro.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/the-uk-astrological-signature/

[4] Dutch Republic, Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:01, January 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dutch_Republic&oldid=999742782

[5] Trier witch trials, Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:36, January 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Trier_witch_trials&oldid=993312124

[6] North Berwick witch trials, Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:47, January 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=North_Berwick_witch_trials&oldid=994221672

[7] Scot, Reginald (1584). Discoverie of Witchcraft p. 2.

[8] Grun, Bernard (1991). The Timetables of History, (3rd ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 259. ISBN 0-671-74919-6.

[9] Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992), The Chronology of British History, London: Century Ltd. pp. 160–162. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.

[10] Walter Raleigh, Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:27, February 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Walter_Raleigh&oldid=1007402650

[11] McMillin; MacLean (1998), pp. 5, 11–12.

[12] The Rose (theatre), Wikipedia,Retrieved 07:03, January 25, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Rose_(theatre)&oldid=999109684

[13] William Shakespeare, Wikipedia, Retrieved 23:23, February 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Shakespeare&oldid=1007731515

[14] El Greco, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:39, February 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=El_Greco&oldid=1007494780

[15] J. Brown, El Greco of Toledo, p28

[16] Cubism, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:42, February 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cubism&oldid=1007041592

[17] Quoted in Gilles Lambert, “Caravaggio”, p.8.

[18] Caravaggio, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:56, February 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Caravaggio&oldid=1007107802

[19] History of chocolate in Spain, Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:15, January 25, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=History_of_chocolate_in_Spain&oldid=998684132

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (December 1527 – December 1532 – November 1537)

This Libra MAD&OF sits within the Gemini micro-age (Dec 1522 – Nov 1537) and therefore mimics to a certain extent the current Libra MAD&OF (Dec 2019 – Nov 2029) within the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029). However, this early experience of the Libra micro-age decan in the Age of Aquarius continues to be heavily influenced by Pisces, but this period is more influenced by Capricorn due to the Capricorn quasi sub-age (1522 – 1701).[1]  The Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552) also needs to be taken into account. There was no evading the many wars and conflict that afflicted the world in the 16th century, as with most centuries over the last 5,000 years, but Libra aligned conflict is marked by opposing powers of similar magnitude rather than a singular marauding army plundering wherever it can such as Genghis Khan (c.1158 – 1227) under the auspices of the Aries sub-age (1075 – 1254).

This major polarization which is strongly associated with Libra was clearly evident in this period which was so instrumental in creating the major schism between England and the Roman Catholic Church over another Libran archetype – marriage.  In this case, King Henry VIII of England wanted to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, as she was unable to provide a male heir and future king of England.  In 1529 under pressure from the king the English Reformation Parliament passed the necessary legislation ‘divorcing’ England from Rome and established the Church of England in its place.  In 1533 King Henry VIII’s marriage with Catherine of Aragon was declared annulled by an English Archbishop but this was not authorized by the pope, nor recognized by Catherine.  Later in the same year, Anne Boleyn married Henry VIII and was crowned as queen consort of England, and Henry VIII was subsequently excommunicated by the pope.  Anne Boleyn gave birth to Princess Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I of England.

1536 was an extremely busy year for King Henry VIII commencing with his first queen, Catherine of Aragon, dying while banished. A few months later, Anne Boleyn, was arrested on the trumped up grounds of incest, adultery and treason and the English church fell in line and nullified Henry and Anne’s marriage. This was followed by the execution of five men accused of adultery with Anne Boleyn, including her own brother and Anne was executed shortly afterwards while Henry VIII married Jane Seymour.

This major rift between England and the Roman Catholic Church was reinforced in 1529 when a group of German rulers and independent cities protested against the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, which had declared Martin Luther a wanted heretic, and thus beginning the Protestant movement in earnest.  This is where the Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552) makes its influence felt as the top sign of Christianity is Scorpio – Taurus’ opposite side and therefore Scorpio Christianity is in ‘detriment’ under Taurus.

Another major treaty was enacted between two European early seafaring nations, Spain and Portugal, when in 1529 the Treaty of Zaragoza divided the Far East between the Spanish and Portuguese empires.  Under the treaty, Portugal gained control of all of Asia and its neighboring islands that had been discovered at the time, leaving Spain with most of the Pacific Ocean. The world was divided into two under the control of two superpowers to pillage as they wanted.  Also in 1529 the failed siege of Vienna, Austria by Ottoman (Turkish) forces marked the beginning of 150 years of bitter military tension between the Habsburgs and Ottomans, punctuated by reciprocal attacks, and culminating in a second siege of Vienna in 1683.  Another major polarity established under Libra’s watch.

Libra aligned China was having a hard time, and in 1528 to 1530 in Henan province, an enormous drought coupled with a gigantic swarm of locusts deprived the region of harvests for the next two years, killing off half the people in some communities, due to starvation and cannibalism.

The Americas saw a lot of interest under this Libra period and in 1532 the Portuguese began colonizing Brazil, which is the largest country in both South America and Latin America, and in 1532, sugarcane was first cultivated by the settlers (the scourge of sugar is ruled by Libra). Buenos Aires (Argentina) was first founded by the Spanish in 1536 and an expedition did set off to discover a route to Peru.  The first two of three voyages by Jacques Cartier (1491 – 1587) was the first European to map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named “The Country of Canadas” after the Iroquois names for the two big nearby settlements.

References to important females has already been made such as Catherine of Aragon and the birth of Elizabeth 1, and in 1529 the polymath Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa published Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex, a book that pronounced the theological and moral superiority of women with Libra smiling in the wings.[2]  Our Lady of Guadalupe, (also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe) is associated with a series of five Marian apparitions in 1531, and a venerated image on a cloak enshrined within the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Supposedly, the Virgin Mary appeared four times in Mexico City to Juan Diego and once more to his uncle. The basilica is the most-visited Catholic shrine in the world, and the world’s third most-visited sacred site – dedicated to a female apparition.  In 1531 on the other side of the ledger, a witch-hunt was conducted in the town of Schiltach, Germany following the burning of the town – the convicted witch was executed.

The 1529 Treaty of Cambrai, also known as the Ladies’ Peace, is appropriate for mention as it was orchestrated by the mother of Francis I Louise of Savoy and the aunt of the emperor Margaret of Austria. They represented both monarchs in negotiations, helping them not to lose face in one of the numerous conflicts of the times.  Interestingly, women were also allowed to appear on Italian stages for the first time in this same year.[3]

From 1533 to 34, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent made Roxelana, his Ruthenian (Ukrainian) harem girl and former slave his legal wife and she became one of the most powerful and influential women in Ottoman (Turkish) history. She eventually achieved power, influencing the politics of the Ottoman Empire and through her husband, she played an active role in affairs of the state.  She has inspired paintings, musical works (including Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 63), an opera, a ballet, plays, and several novels.  She commenced the era known as the Sultanate of Women – a period of extraordinary political influence exerted by wives and mothers of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire lasting until 1656. At this time, the influence of Capricorn from the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) was extremely strong, and the Islamic Ottomans were naturally aligned to Cancer – with Cancer and Capricorn opposite signs.  The 7th house invokes partners and this perhaps explains why the Ottomans, when at the top of their game, deferred to their wives and gave them power under Capricorn.  The waning of female influence in 1656 is aligned to the growth in strength of the (male) Leo sub-age decan (1612 – 1672).

Vasari wrote that Titian once painted “portrait of Roxelana”.This painting was attributed as probable copy of that portrait executed in Titian’s workshop

Titian, born in the previous Libra MA&OF was in his mature stage for this Libra period and in 1530 he developed the style introduced by his dramatic Death of St. Peter Martyr.  Also appropriately, Michelangelo, who also born in the previous Libra period, commenced painting The Last Judgment at the end of this Libra period in 1536 – it was a fresco covering the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City depicting the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal (Libra) judgment by God and Jesus of all humanity.  Almost immediately after completing the Last Judgment, Michelangelo’s final paintings begun in 1542 – but adopting a major change in style, away from (Libra) grace and aesthetics to an exclusive concern with illustrating the narrative, with no regard for (Libra) beauty.[4] This change of style occurred in the following Taurus micro-age (1537 – 1552) close to the peak of the Capricorn micro-age decan in 1542.

The influence and strength of this much smaller Libra period nevertheless continues to express strong Libran themes. This period witnessed the divorce of England from the Roman Catholic Church over the issues of multiple (Libra) marriages by King Henry VIII.  This breakup was followed by the beginning the Protestant movement and greatest schism in western Christianity spearheaded by Martin Luther in Germany. Spain and Portugal were dividing the world in two and the Austrian and Turks commenced a bitter 150 years of conflict.  China took a dent with two years of drought followed by a gigantic swarm of locusts.  Famous women of this period include Catherine of Aragon, birth of Elizabeth I, ex-slave girl Roxelana and the Virgin of Guadalupe supported by Agrippa’s Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex. A witch-hunt in Germany unfortunately balanced the ledger.  All the above have a strong archetypal connection to Libra.

Despite its size, archetypal Libra shines through nevertheless and indicates that micro-age decans also have a significant impact. With this Libra period under the influence of the Cancer micro-age overflow (1522 – 1537), Cancer indicates a time when (Capricorn) leadership is imperiled – which is exactly what occurred in the Roman Catholic Church as the pope’s authority was successfully repudiated by King Henry VIII and antipope Protestants were streaming out of Germany with this new heresy.  One in every three Libra periods will have a strong Cancer influence to contend with, and the same surge of breaking down established authority is always markedly in attendance such as under the current Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029).

References


[1] A quasi period captures the upper half of the bell curve of any period plus its overflow and is calculated as the second half of the initial period and first half of the overflow period.

[2] Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Wikipedia, Retrieved 08:03, January 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Heinrich_Cornelius_Agrippa&oldid=1000819691

[3] “The Timetables of History”, p236

[4]The Last Judgment (Michelangelo), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:32, February 14, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Last_Judgment_(Michelangelo)&oldid=1004536903

The Baptism of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)

Libra micro-age and overflow (March 1463 – March 1478 – March 1493)

This Libra micro-age and overflow (1463 – 1478 – 1493) represents the very first Libra period of note within the new Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) of the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3581).  Its senior influence is from Pisces due to the:

  • Pisces sub-age decan overflow (1433 – 1493)
  • Pisces sub-age overflow (1433 – 1612)
  • Pisces age-decan overflow (1433 – 2149)
  • Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3581) 

Pisces was at its penultimate strength within the 26,000 years cycle of the astrological ages for this initial Libra period.  This is the earliest Libra baptism that can be applied to the Libra age-decan of Age of Aquarius – the first vertebra of the Libra age-decan.

Libra’s association with marriage, partnerships and opposing blocs meant that political marriages were the order of the times and very quickly inside this period in 1464, in the depths of the War of the Roses, King Edward IV of England secretly married Elizabeth Woodville.  This was an unpopular marriage as Elizabeth Woodville’s deceased husband had been a supporter of the opposite side to the king. However, despite this entrenched conflict within England, the two warring sides had a sort of compromise with this marriage as an attempt to heal the wounds as is Libra’s nature – though this was unsuccessful at this point.  Edward was the first king of England since the Norman Conquest to marry one of his subjects instead of a noble. 

After the death of Edward in 1483, Elizabeth remained politically influential with one of her sons briefly proclaimed King Edward V of England before being deposed and murdered by her brother-in-law, Richard III. Elizabeth subsequently helped with the rise of Henry VII in 1485 by arranging the political marriage of her daughter Elizabeth of York to the king, ending the Wars of the Roses, and establishing the Tudor dynasty – again representing Libra’s quest for peace between opposing elements – and this time relatively successful.

The War of the Roses commenced before this Libran period but was mainly resolved within this Libra period.  Through her daughter, Elizabeth Woodville was the grandmother of the future Henry VIII and great grandmother of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth Woodville is England’s initial notable contribution towards the advancement of powerful women within the Libra age-decan.

The War of the Roses marked the end of the medieval period in England only a few decades inside the age of Aquarius or modernity!  Following the war, the large standing baronial armies that had helped fuel the War of the Roses were suppressed and the king removed the rights of barons to maintain armies so that they could not make war on each other or the king. The military power of individual barons declined, and the Tudor court became a place where baronial squabbles were decided with the influence of the monarch.[1]  This is a very Libra anti-war outcome for the War of the Roses taking into account that the political marriage between the two major Houses ‘united’ the nobles.  It is also relevant that the winning side did not go out and extinguish the losing barons and instead, both sides continued to exist but under a new (Libra) balance of power which was focused upon avoiding (Aries) conflict.

This Libra period probably exacerbated tensions in England more so than most countries due to the strong placement of Aries in its astrological signature.[2] If this assessment is correct, England and the UK are always in difficult situations under Libra, which coincidentally is the sign that applied to the UK when it actually left the European Union in 2021.  Libra does rule divorce?

Another major political marriage of the times was between Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Castile in 1469 which led to the first modern unification of Spain effective from 1479. The marriage included a clear prenuptial agreement on sharing power, and under the joint motto “as much as the one is worth, so too is the other.” Taking into account that Spain quickly turned into the world superpower of those times, this was a highly significant marriage attributable to Libra. 

By 1482 Ferdinand and Isabella started the Granada War (Reconquista) to expel their significant multi-centuries opponents in Spain – the Islamic Moors back to Africa. The Reconquista was successfully brought to an end by Spain in 1491 (near the end of this Libra period in early 1493). Another political rivalry was temporarily settled with the Treaty of Alcaçovas in 1479 when Spain and Portugal agreed to the division into two zones of influence the newly discovered territories in the Atlantic Ocean and overseas territories [3] which was also an issue to be further resolved in the next Libra period (the Libra micro-age decan and overflow December 1527 – November 1537).

Ferdinand and Isabella also established the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 which in reality was a new court of justice – with justice and law courts ruled by Libra. The inquisitors were usually jurists (and by 1608 all inquisitors needed to have a background in law and most had a university education). The tribunals were called courts and their structure was similar to modern trials and extremely advanced for the time but the lack of (modern) separation of powers promoted corrupt practices.  At the time, torture was common in all civil and religious trials in Europe but the Spanish Inquisition, despite the bad press, actually relied far less on torture than was common at the time. It is believed that sentences of death were employed 40% of the time before 1530.  Recent studies showed there was an initial burst of activity against former Jews, who had embraced Christianity under duress and were called conversos, but were suspected of relapsing into Judaism – but the Inquisition served principally as a means for Spaniards to occasionally humiliate and punish people they did not like such as blasphemers, bigamists, foreigners, homosexuals, and horse smugglers.

A lessor known marriage in this Libra period but with major consequences occurred in 1479 when Christopher Columbus, who was already an experienced mariner in the expatriate Genoese community in Portugal, married and received as dowry his late father in law’s nautical maps and papers which included sea charts around the Madeira Islands, and other Portuguese oceanic possessions.  This obviously furthered Columbus’ interest in maritime adventures leading to his 1492 discovery of the Americas on behalf of Spain at the very end of this Libra period (1463 -93) – which strongly insinuates that Libra has a critical role in the Americas as a whole.  At a minimum, this weds Libra to the Americas – but not as the major sign which is Pisces.  The European discovery of the Americas occurred in the strongest century for Pisces in around 26,000 years – with Pisces the ruler of oceans!  The Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) provided another sign for the astrological signature of the Americas in general which is placed higher up the totem pole than Libra.

The Libra focus upon women, unfortunately, promoted the persecution of witches.  For example, commencing in 1470 for the next 230 years 8,888 witches were tried in the Swiss Confederation with the majority executed. In 1484 Pope Innocent VIII issued a bull authorizing two German monks to investigate accusations of witchcraft as heresy, and threatening those who interfered with their work. The bull was written in response to the request by a Dominican Inquisitor for explicit authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany after he was refused assistance by the local church authorities. It gave approval for the Inquisition to proceed “correcting, imprisoning, punishing and chastising” such persons “according to their deserts”. This followed a belief that an outbreak of witchcraft and heresy had occurred in the Rhine River valley.[4]

With Libra’s rulership of art, in 1472, Leonardo da Vinci was listed as a master in Florence’s Company of Artists. This Libra period saw the rise of Leonardo to being acknowledged as one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.  His collective works composed a contribution to later generations of artists rivaled only by that of his contemporary Michelangelo.  One of Leonardo’s possible earliest extant work, The Annunciation, is believed to have been painted between 1472 and 1476 in the lead up to the peak of this Libra period in 1478, with most of his painting completed in the overflow period (1478 – 1493)and beyond.  Michelangelo only completed his apprenticeship in 1492 and therefore flourished after this Libra period.

However, Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) was born in the second half of the Libra MA (March 1463 – March 1478) which means he was born in a Libra-Libra generation[5] where Libra is at its highest potential. This was certainly realized in his life.  Michelangelo, born in Florence, was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo is considered the greatest artist of his age and even the greatest artist of all time.[6]  Even the duality between Michelangelo and Leonardo invokes Libra the Balance.

As another example of the Libra-Libra generation was Titian (c.1488/90 – 1576), who is considered the founder and most important member of the 16th-century Venetian School of Italian Renaissance painting. His paintings exercised a profound influence not only on his contemporary painters but also on future generations of Western art.[7] Generations as defined by macro-astrology, provide a hidden characteristic not available from other forms of astrology and I am looking forward to researching the generations associated with famous people.  Only Libra micro-ages, such as the current one, include a Libra-Libra generation, as these generations are derived from micro-ages.  Libra micro-age decans alone do not produce Libran generations as they exist either in a Gemini or Aquarius micro-ages which produce Gemini and Aquarius generations respectively.

Another famous artist associated with this Libra period was Botticelli (1445 -1510) who painted a wide range of religious subjects (including dozens of renditions of the Madonna and Child). His best-known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera taking into account Venus is the planetary ruler of Libra, Botticelli virtually anointed the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) with The Birth of Venus. Botticelli lived all his life in Florence apart from the months he spent painting in Pisa in 1474 and the Sistine Chapel in Rome in 1481–82. His reputation soared for all the 1470s with the 1480s his most successful decade, the one in which his large (Pisces) mythological paintings were completed along with many of his most famous (Libra) Madonnas. His reputation languished for centuries but was eventually ‘rediscovered’ and in 2021, his Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel was sold at Sotheby’s for $US92 million.[8]

It is also fitting that this Libra period saw one of the greatest benefactors of the arts in the Renaissance – Lorenzo the Magnificent.  Also known as Lorenzo de’ Medici (1449 – 1492), he was an Italian statesman, de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic, and the most powerful and enthusiastic patron of Renaissance culture in Italy. He was a magnate, diplomat, politician, and patron of scholars, artists, and poets. As a patron, he is best known for his sponsorship of artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo. He held the (Libra) balance of power within the Italic League, an alliance of states that stabilized political conditions on the Italian peninsula for decades, and his life coincided with the mature phase of the Italian Renaissance and the Golden Age of Florence. The Peace of Lodi of 1454 that he helped maintain among the various Italian states collapsed with his death near the very end of this Libra period.

In conclusion, this late 15th century Libra micro-age and overflow, which baptized the massive Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865), already showed distinct signs of modernity and the beginning of the modern world especially with the European discovery of the Americas.  Its Libran focus is readily seen in the attempted unification of the Houses of York and Lancaster in England with the marriage of Elizabeth Woodville to King Edward IV and finally resolved by the marriage of Henry VII to Elizabeth Woodville’s daughter, Elizabeth of York.  The political marriage of Ferdinand II to Isabella I of Castile also united and created modern Spain and instigated the first European world power in the Age of Aquarius due to the discovery of the Americas – which therefore inherits Libra into its astrological signature.   The creation of the court known as the Spanish Inquisition is also appropriate for the judicial side of Libra as is the unfortunate rise in the prosecution of mainly women as witches.  The appearance of some of the world’s most famous artists – Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli and the birth of Michelangelo and Titian as the major players in the first of the great modern artists is also appropriate for Libra along with the famous patron of the arts – Lorenzo the Magnificent. Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus Botticelli represented the Neoplatonic idea of ‘divine love’ in the form of a nude Venus is virtually dedicated to the Libra. This Libra period provides the first backbone for the evolving Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149).

 


 

References

[1] Wars of the Roses, Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:23, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wars_of_the_Roses&oldid=1005250575

[2] The UK Astrological Signature, 2019, http://ow.ly/dXEc30nmg5w

[3] Treaty of Alcáçovas, Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:03, January 27, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Treaty_of_Alc%C3%A1%C3%A7ovas&oldid=999009761

[4] Summis desiderantes affectibus, Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:54, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Summis_desiderantes_affectibus&oldid=997479637

[5] Terry MacKinnell, Introduction to Generational Astrology, http://wp.me/p8BBNM-A

[6] Michelangelo, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:28, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michelangelo&oldid=1003534434

[7] Fossi, Gloria, Italian Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture from the Origins to the Present Day, p. 194. Giunti, 2000. ISBN 88-09-01771-4

[8] Sandro Botticelli, Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:59, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sandro_Botticelli&oldid=1005126924

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (c. 1484–1486).  Uffizi, Florence – The birth of Venus, is a revolutionary painting for presenting a nude not justified by the Christian religion, is related to the idealized concept of love, where the figure of Venus symbolizes spiritual love and material love.