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Grand Torino, the 2016 Presidential Elections & the End of this Century
I have tried so many times to write my concluding part of the 2016 US presidential elections but just kept losing interest no matter how many coffees I drank. After much reflection I now know why. The two major candidates represent the past and will both help the richer half of the population get richer and leave the other 50% of the population stagnant or scrambling for the few extra breadcrumbs thrown their way.
Having made the tentative leap to a new generation with Obama in 2008 and confirmed in 2012, the nominated 2016 candidates are a retreat back to caveman and cave-women politics! The November 2016 presidential elections loom as a ponderous choice between a lackluster establishment candidate, who is also the first female contender from the two party stable of American politics, and an outsider who clearly lacks common morals and ethics but champions populace policies that are very attractive to a sizable minority of the US electorate.
In many Western societies in the new global world, it is the poorer half that bears the brunt of the radical international economic restructuring due to globalization. There are winners and losers in this restructure – the rich are getting richer while the poor stagnate. Many stagnating voters are beginning to snarl. However, developing and Third World nations seem to be prospering in this new environment. They are catching up to the Western standard of living.
It seems a curious quirk of fate that a candidate representing the richer half of society, the Republicans, is attracting a significant number of demoralized or snarling voters from the poorer half of society. However frightened or demoralized voters do not resort to logic when looking to solutions for their perceived problems.
For example, I recently encountered an enthusiastic supporter of Trump. Though she acknowledged Trump’s unsavory sexual caveman antics, what she was more riled up about was the continuation of the same old thing represented by Hillary Clinton. This Trump supporter does not have a university background, does not understand economics, had a vague and shadowy understanding of history and represented many working class voters.
What she did know was that she was being duped by the ongoing collusion of government with business (without clearly articulating this concept) and that this ongoing collusion greatly benefited the richer half of society with little noticeable trickle-down effect upon her life or the lives of her friend. Trump was perceived by her as outside of the ‘corrupt’ political system and she believed he represented her best interests in bringing change that will benefit her.
It is always important to understand opposite points of view because the huge majority of people of all political persuasions believe wholeheartedly that they are sincere in their beliefs and they only want the best outcome. Denigrating people with different political views comes across as a rejection of their sincerity. But they know they are personally sincere, so they perceive that their attackers (political opponents) are their enemies because they treat them as underlings. The only real difference in economic outlook between the supporters of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are their solutions, otherwise it is chalk and cheese with nearly every issue.
If you focus upon the superficialities of the 2016 US elections and many world events you may be dismayed or confused – but if you examine the astrology behind this reality you will see this is part of an arc of a much bigger story. For voters on the Right, Trump is their lasting hope to restore the “greatness” to America while to voters on the Left, Trump is a crass neo-fascists. Voting for Hillary appears to be nothing but a vote against Trump. This is obviously Hillary’s greatest asset in this election. Both sides are depending upon fear for their support. This does not mean it is a waste of time voting, and any election requires serious reflection by the public but the astrology strongly suggests that the public will be dissatisfied either way. In this Cancer time, the public is usually dissatisfied with their leaders.
This election occurs at the peak of Cancer derived from the Cancer micro-age decan and overflow (2007-2012-2017) but if this almost 10 years period is broken down into its four quarters, like the lunation cycle, it is currently in the third quarter of the cycle which is always the most potent quarter of any cycle in macro-astrology. Specifically, the third quarter runs from December 2014 to mid-2017 where Cancer is at its greatest potency. (see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World for more details)
On the dark side of Cancer is fear. Brexit was instigated by fear. Many countries are building walls or erecting barriers on their borders to prevent ‘illegal’ immigrants and refugees from entering their countries. Other countries and Trump are proposing the same. Many people fear those that are different either due to religion, language, skin color or anything that can possibly differentiate one group of people from another such as people with AIDS, leprosy or whatever. This fear was exemplified by Clint Eastwood in the 2008 movie Grand Torino when an aging American Korean War veteran had to confront having an Hmong family from South-East Asia living next door. There are always many people in most countries that are fearful of ‘outsiders’. Governments and political parties around the world cultivate this fear for their own purposes. (see Gemini’s Role in our Modern World (or Battle of the Brains).
In a Cancer time, (Capricorn) leaders are scorned, ignored, repudiated or denounced by the (Cancer) general public who see their (Capricorn) leaders as their (7th house) enemies. However from the perspective of ‘leaders’ this Cancer period rules their 7th house as well so they can go on the aggressive offensive. This is why we see the pitiful spectacle of the 2016 presidential contenders’ cat fights. Furthermore, these contenders are no longer upholding their democratic right of the viewpoints of their opponent. No matter which candidate wins, the Cancer public will be offside. It is a no-win situation.
However, both Hillary and Trump do represent different sides of Cancer. Cancer favors females, so in this regard, Cancer gives Hillary and edge as the potential first female president. Cancer also rules mentally unstable people, and while no one would suggest that Trump is mentally unstable, he does come across as politically unstable. Surprisingly, this instability gives Trump an edge as it aligns with Cancer. Unfortunately for Trump, half the voters are female but half the voters are not so keen on an unstable candidate.
There is nothing new to say about this election that I have not already published except that this is probably the last election where both candidates are firmly focused upon yesterday’s world. The next election will not be an election for the policies of yesterday because the world has recently entered a 10 year Aquarius sub-period overlapping the 10 year Cancer period (both of which are derived from 5 year decans of a micro-age – see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for more details on the internal structure of ages). This new Aquarian period is the strongest Aquarius influence any Baby Boomer or later generations have ever experienced and harks back to the 1920s and 30s when Aquarius was very strong (see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan for more details).
However, it is not until mid-2017 that this new Aquarius period will gather more strength but by 2022 it’s a new Aquarius heyday. However, in the meantime, the arrival of any new period will have an immediate impact, and in this election, this new Aquarius impact was represented by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on opposite sides of the Aquarian coin. Both had revolutionary and politically eccentric messages that galvanized many supporters. Aquarius can temporarily supercharge any situation.
Aquarius, like all zodiacal signs, has positive and negative archetypes associated with it. Most starry eyed idealists see a magical idealistic Age of Aquarius yet if this was the case, every Aquarian you know would stand out as superior to other signs. This is not the case. Aquarius is definitely associated with democracy, freedom and liberty (on a good day) but also fascism, dictators and destructive revolutionaries or anarchists on a bad day. Adolph Hitler was a perfect example of a fascist dictator appearing when Aquarius was at its last peak in the world, but that peak was three times stronger than the current Aquarius blip which has just arrived on the scene. The new Aquarius period is still in diapers.
Under Aquarius, many people are attuned to be ‘electrified’ by a charismatic leader who will bring back greatness and any other quality they feel is missing. On the neo-fascist side of Aquarius the means they adopt to achieve their goals do not have to be fair, democratic or rational because their aim is so “pure”, they are above the normal ethics and law that prevail. This is why so many Filipinos support a president who has legitimized extra judicial murder by the police force against people involved with illegal drugs. There is no suggestion that Donald Trump is a fascist of the same stature as Adolph Hitler, but he and his supporters promote some neo-fascist policies. This is why Trump stated in one debate that he plans to appoint a special prosecutor for the purpose of putting Hillary in jail if he wins the election. Also, denouncing or persecuting minorities of any type, such as Mexicans, is another standard approach from the fascist bag of tricks. Most modern Western countries continue to deploy a range of neo-fascist policies by promoting fear amongst the population.
The most interesting aspect of the 2016 US election is not who wins but what this implies about the future of the USA (and the world) in the second half of the current century. A major Aquarius sub-age decan arrives in 2029 which will be in full swing by 2089 but seriously picking up speed as early as 2059. Our little Aquarius period this decade is a preview of the end of this century! The astrology suggests that the Bernie Sanders preview is what is in store for the USA but Trump is the preview of those nations with less entrenched democratic ideals. A good current example is the political situation in the Philippines and Poland.
In the last two presidential elections I have analyzed the birth micro-age decans of the contenders and made a prediction of who would win based on the relationships between the birth micro-age decan and the ruling micro-age decan at election time. However, Trump and Hillary were born so close together that such an analysis cannot be used to differentiate between them. Both were born in the Capricorn-Sagittarius Pre-Boomer generation (see Generational Astrology – Part 2 Pre-Boomers (Cap-Sag) ). The two former presidents from this generation were Bill Clinton and George W Bush.
On the 29th January 2012 I posted on a Facebook group “This election is starting to look like a landslide win for the Democrats regardless of it being Sanders or Clinton”. Furthermore, the tide of change is sweeping the world, and with this tide, progressive politics is favored over conservative politics until November 2029 (but only in advanced democracies). What this means is that every US presidential election until 2029 favors the Democrats. This does not automatically mean that the Democrats will win every presidential election until that date.
However, the post Second World War years at a minimum indicate that when a party wins a presidential election when the wind is technically blowing in the other direction, the incumbent president hits far more headwinds than normal (see table below). The only two presidents that this applies to is Richard Nixon, who resigned from office, and Bill Clinton who was unsuccessfully impeached. This means that in the unlikely scenario that Trump won, expect some serious opposition to his presidency and possible impeachment.
|Feb 1948||Sagittarius -Sagittarius||CONSERVATIVE||Eisenhower||C|
|Jul 1955||Sagittarius -Scorpio||Conservative-PROGRESSIVE||JFK||P|
|May 1970||Scorpio-Virgo||PROGRESSIVE-Conservative||J Carter||P|
|Oct 1977||Virgo-Virgo||CONSERVATIVE||R Reagan||C|
|Apr 1985||Virgo-Leo||CONSERVATIVE||G H W Bush||C|
|Sep 1992||Leo-Leo||CONSERVATIVE||B Clinton||P|
|Feb 2000||Leo-Cancer||CONSERVATIVE-Progressive||G W Bush||C|
Finally, I am not only a macro-astrologer but also a Vedic-Western fusion astrologer. Vedic astrology employs a predictive technique called Vimshottari. One of the most difficult dasas within the Vimshottari system that anyone must navigate is the 18 year Rahu dasa (Moon’s north node in western astrology). About 80% of people experience a serious loss near the beginning or end of this dasa and Vedic texts often state that a person loses at the end of this dasa all the gains they have made during the dasa. Trump’s Rahu dasa concludes on November 14 2016. This does not look good for Trump!
Furthermore, Trump’s Rahu (the dragon) is in his 10th house tightly conjunct his Sun. Trump is in his dragon period where he feels he can open his mouth and with his fiery outpourings – burn away all opposition. Who dares to challenge the almighty dragon? Well, his Vedic chart strongly suggests that his fire is about to go out. Hillary is in her Sun dasa. Will Trump’s Rahu eclipse Hillary’s Sun? Extremely unlikely.
In this new 10 years Aquarius period, which overlaps a 10 year Cancer period, Aquarius sorts out the sheep from the goats. Those countries with shallow democratic ideals entrenched within the population tend to regress to anti democratic and neo-fascist governments or policies with fear the common underlying sentiment. Entrenched democracies tend to push forward into a higher evolution of democracy and liberalism but not without a serious reaction by some elements of society. What suffers in this process is the middle-of-the-road approach as mainstream values are aligned to Leo, the sign opposite in quality to Cancer.
So while the 2016 US presidential election is mainly affected by the correlation to Cancer, it is also experiencing an input from Aquarius. Most Western countries are experiencing a rise in neo-fascism amongst a sizeable minority of their populations, but it is extremely unlikely that a country like the USA, with such entrenched democratic and liberal ideals, will succumb to this rising tide. Countries like the Phillipines, Thailand, Poland, Turkey, Hungary and so on do not have this entrenched democratic ethos and are more liable to tip towards neo-fascism. The 2016 US presidential election is really just a bit player in this larger game.
In conclusion, the 2016 US presidential is not really about who will win but an act in the ongoing struggle towards a more evolved liberal democratic outlook facing growing resentment by a sizeable minority of people in advanced democracies against this evolution while in less democratic environments, the reactionary forces are stronger and neo-fascists forces will temporarily dominate just as they did in Germany, Italy and Japan in the early 20th century. It certainly will be an interesting world towards the end of this century when the Aquarius input is four times stronger than the world experienced in the first half of the 20th century and 12 times stronger than the current Aquarius blip!
POSTSCRIPT (20 October 2016)
I am again attending the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (26 – 30 October 2016 www.ubudwritersfestival.com) in Bali, Indonesia – the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world. In a number of commentaries by distinguished writers, journalists and organizers, the common theme was presented that currently in the world government policies and election campaigns are no longer about facts and information but (Cancer) emotions. Even if a candidate makes a statement that is categorically incorrect or a lie by the ‘fact checker’, this means nothing. In a Cancer time, a significant number of people are not interested in facts but are only willing to emotionally respond.
Another interesting insights gleaned from the festival is that the new neo-fascists politicians such as Duterte in the Philippines, Putin in Russia and Trump in the USA (and many others around the world to a greater or lesser extent) have the ability to ‘electrify’ their supporters. Electricity is associated with Aquarius – the other key sign currently gaining traction in the world. Germans reportedly were ‘electrified’ by the speeches of Adolph Hitler in the previous (stronger) Aquarius period. However this time around, these fascist-orientated politicians are being democratically elected!
POSTSCRIPT (2 November 2016)
This new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) has seen the rise of the new breed of petty neo-fascists around the world, though this time around, they mostly are obtaining power through the ballot box. It comes as shock and horror to many people that a huge number of people prefer mini-Hitler clones to solve their problems. If you want to know how the 1930s fascists came to power, just observe how a significant number of the US electorate will vote in November 2016. History does repeat itself!
On the other side of the coin are Aquarian visionaries such as Bernie Sanders. There are two sides to all zodiacal signs including Aquarius. Most astrologers think the Age of Aquarius only manifests good Aquarian archetypes and keeps the bad Aquarian archetypes under lock and key. This is called Pisces delusion.
The new Aquarius micro-age decan is the first micro-age decan of the new Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) which resides in the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age in the Age of Aquarius
In the USA, the new Aquarius micro-age decan has manifested in Donald Trump’s triumph in securing the candidature for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination and Bernie Sanders failed attempt to gain the Democratic Party nomination. However all periods in macro-astrology have a yin-yang aspect. For example in any period, such as the new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019), there are some anti-Aquarius times but mostly Aquarius is (yang) strong.
This means that while any archetypal activity associated with Aquarius is promoted in the Aquarius micro-age decan, in some parts, not only does this not happen, it can even breed anti-Aquarian sentiments, but only temporarily.
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders took advantage of the new Aquarian sentiment of the times and each launched into their specific versions of revolutionary outlooks that basically represented both sides of the Aquarian coin. However recently, a poison apple appeared in both camps.
The current Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) contains four nano-ages of approximately 15 months each. Currently the world is in the Aries nano-age (March 2016 – June 2017). But here the plot deepens because if we drill down into the little Aries nano-age, it has three nano-age decans of approximately five months each. Currently the world is in the Leo nano-age decan (August 2016 – January 2017).
There is a little sponginess with the exact month these very small periods commence and end due to the erratic nature of precession of the equinoxes. Nevertheless, this little Leo period can temporarily upset the intentions of the much larger Aquarius micro-age decan. This is what has happened and continues to happen.
Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic race on the 26 July, at the nebulous cusp of the beginning of the Leo sub-period. Trump’s campaign has hit serious headwinds from August onwards. For example on October 7, 2016, The Washington Post publicized a recorded conversation about Donald Trump and Billy Bush having “an extremely lewd conversation about women” in 2005. This was a pivotal turning point, not for the diehard Republicans who would eagerly back Dracula if necessary, but it affected many of the undecided voters who decide the election.
Leo periods favor the mainstream over extremists. This new Leo sub-period definitely swings public sentiment away from Trump, and this anti-extremist sentiment grows with every passing week – it technically ratchetted up into second gear in the last week or so. It will be at full strength by January 2017.
The electorate is fickle and changeable, especially when the primary micro-age decan in force is Cancer (Aquarius is currently the secondary micro-age decan present but will become the primary micro-age in mid-2017).
These nano-age decans hidden deep within the astrological ages are potent and have clear correlations to evolving developments in the world on the month-to-month level. The anti-extremists Leo nano-age decan will knock Trump off his already tenuous perch. It’s just bad timing for Trump and a godsend for Hillary.
We should also see some other petty neo-fascist leaders temporarily experiencing greater than expected opposition in the current Leo sub-period – especially in the ‘overflow’ period from January to March 2017 and even up to June 2017. It’s hard to feel sympathetic to Putin, the Thai military junta, the Polish, Turkish and Philippines presidents, just to name a few of the petty neo-fascist leaders in the world today. However they will be again in full swing by mid-2017 at the latest. But in the meantime, they will have to deal with stronger than normal opposition to their petty tyrannies.
It must be remembered that while the petty tyrants, and pretenders to the throne such as Trump, grab the headlines, there is much activity on the other side of Aquarius. Bernie Sanders may get quickly washed down the drain hole of history but his spirit is representative of the coming world according to the incoming Age of Aquarius. Just because the tide is coming in does not mean each wave moves further up the beach, but on average, the waves do move further up the beach.
There are many people desperately trying to stop the incoming wave of the Age of Aquarius but while they can win some battles, they cannot win the war. But this struggle will be played out over the next century and a half and even longer in less developed countries in the world. It’s the grand theme of our times.
POSTSCRIPT NOVEMBER 11 2016
I had the first inkling of flaws in my assumption of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election about one week before the election, and on November 6th I published on a number of Facebook sites “The Scorpio Lunar Month & the US Presidential Elections” (see www.facebook.com/Macro.Astrology).
In this post I stated:
“For the current Scorpio lunar month, the Taurus full Moon (on 14th November), ….. actively stimulates Trump’s 10th house of status and fame and undermines Hillary’s personal worth in favour of her opponent.”
“There are a number of possibilities. Firstly, the election result may be so close that the final result must wait until after the full Moon effect but in the meantime, Trump is sitting in the sunshine of a possible victory. Secondly, the result is clear on the day but Trump goes on a final ranting binge about the corruption of the US presidential election followed by his last few days as a major news item? Thirdly, Trump actually wins the election?”
“Something strange and unusual is occurring here as Trump gets an immediate election afterglow, one way or another.”
“The only influence from the Dark Moon Lilith is that within 24 hours of the election the transiting Sun will be conjunct Trumps progressed Lilith. This brings either great fame or great loss of fame, but nothing in the middle.”
“In conclusion, ….. it does suggest something that promotes Trump’s image post-election day … . Somehow he gets an election afterglow….. The coming full Moon indicates he will be at his best under the glow of the full Moon.”
However, my mindset was so caught up in the prevailing view that it was impossible for Trump to win the election, that I did not heed the warnings of such a simple and elementary thing as the full moon only days after the election. This full moon in Taurus is located in Trump’s 10th house of fame and prestige and located in Hillary’s 7th house representing her opponent (using whole sign houses).
The lunation cycle and full moons are generally overlooked by the huge majority of astrologers who are always hypnotized with the natal horoscope. Every full moon behaves like a mini-eclipse. Its effects are not limited to the actual few days that the full moon is in the actual sign where it occurs, but it spreads its wings for a number of days either side of the exact full moon. It has personally affected me as the November 2016 Taurus full moon falls in my 4th house of anti-status, thus I am still digesting my hat.
Many astrologers correctly forecasted the election of Trump. The following list (which is probably incomplete), lists astrologers who correctly predicted Trump winning the election: Anil Aggarwal , Steven Birchfield, Barry Goddard, Lisa J Gordon (aka Lisa Lazuli), Hossein Heidari, (Steve Judd), Sharon Knight, Inderjit Singh Kallirai, Sachin Malhotra, Peter Novak, Krasi Serguieva, William Stickevers, Ming Wang and Theodore White.
Further details plus list of incorrect predictions available at http://skyscript.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9205
A friend of mine stated after the election that a lot of hats are being eaten. Though I had a late inclination that something was wrong with my expectation of a Clinton victory, it was too late. I succumbed to the old enemy of accurate predictions – I succumbed to my own political bias. I am totally aware of my political bias, and I actually try to counter-balance this bias, but in this case, my bias won. At every point of analysis in weighing up the pros and cons of the positive and negative astrological influences, I gave Hillary the benefit of the doubt.
So it is totally appropriate that the November 2016 Taurus full moon is located in my 4th house – how appropriate! For those non-astrologers, the 4th house is ‘anti-status’.
For those interested readers, the following are posts I have previously published on or associated with this topic:
Recently I have been exposed to many people with pessimistic outlooks upon the world. We know that the world has enough food but yet people are starving. We know that the world has adequate resources for all yet countless millions live in abject poverty. We see Donald Trump on TV – and though he has redefined the concept of stupidity, he is an actual contender for the most powerful political position in the world. And his finger could be on the button! Will a cascade of intercontinental ballistic nuclear weapons rain down upon an unsuspecting world if he has a bad hair day? What is also of concern is that over 40% of the American voting public apparently are prepared to vote for him.
This is just a small fraction of all the bad news. Corporations and governments are facilitating the pollution of our air, water and land to the point that the average person actually must buy pure water to avoid poisoning themselves. Will we have to buy pure oxygen soon due to air pollution? In the Land of the Free (USA), where a greater percentage of the population is imprisoned compared to any other country, they have prisoner ‘sales’ targets whereby governments must ensure that the privatized prisons have at least 90% occupancy. The average prisoner costs the same amount of money to the state as the salary of a teacher. Despite the trillions spent of the war against terrorists over the last decade or so, the likelihood of a random terrorist attack has increased exponentially many thousands of times.
I am sure that any sane person could spend the rest of their life documenting the ridiculous outcomes of our modern world. Is modernity a negative concept? Even relatively normal people are expressing concern about where the world is heading. The general consensus is that the world is like a ball rolling towards the cliff ready to fall over the edge. This does not inspire optimism or confidence.
The astrology associated with the astrological ages, and specifically our position in the Age of Aquarius, does support the above pessimistic outlook but not the pessimistic outcome. When we talk about optimism, we usually refer to Sagittarius suggesting that Sagittarius’ opposite sign Gemini is pessimistic. A superficial examination of Sagittarius and Gemini plus other key signs within the Age of Aquarius reveals the reason for the current desultory outlook by many people, especially in Western Society.
In contrast to the West, many people in developing nations are not feeling negative or pessimistic as they are currently riding a secondary wave of economic expansion and material prosperity. Whenever a new age or sub period of an age appears, the focus of new developments is usually focused upon a specific region, center or culture. This is what occurred with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century which firmly placed a focus upon Western society. It was Western society that pioneered the new Aquarian age ethos which then spreads out to the rest of the world like the wake of a boat. This is why Western society has become despondent while other societies are still experiencing the wake of the fading expansionary period. The new despondent wake will also hit Asia and the rest of the world in the future.
Western society started the modern expansionary economic paradigm with the Industrial Revolution feeding into the worldwide population explosion. This quiet naturally was associated with the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970) which like a giant wave has swept through the world but spearheaded by mainly Western nations. The majority of expansion and optimism was experienced in the second half of the wave (1791-1970).
Conversely, Western nations are unwittingly spearheading the drive towards contraction and minimalism but have not yet understood that this is actually happening and that this is not some temporary aberration but will continue for a long time. The rest of the world is not taking over the reins from Western society, but just catching up, whereupon they will also start their own paths towards contraction, especially with their populations and economic growth. (see All Good Things Must Come to an End for more details)
Though the expansionary Sagittarius wave technically came to an end in 1970, this is not how it works in practice. Basically the Sagittarius expansionary paradigm continues its momentum until it comes to a barrier. Secondly, near the end of this Sagittarius wave was a Sagittarius micro-age and overflow (1940-1955-1970) with the peak of this smaller wave aligned to the Baby Boomers. (see Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius) The Baby Boomers are the last hurrah of expansionary Sagittarius as the world plummets into out-of-control economic overdrive and environmental degradation. The Baby Boomers are like the captain of the Titanic encouraging the sailors to increase speed as they plow towards the iceberg.
The main sign that undermines Sagittarius is Gemini. Gemini is currently developing as the new sign of our times. After the Sagittarius wave came the wave associated with the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148). This remains very strong in the world and is part of the reason so many people are feeling vulnerable, sarcastic and desultory – Scorpio has never been known as a cheerful sign … unless you call throwing flower petals on a coffin a pleasant experience. (see SCORPIO – the Sign of the Times …. Revisited – Part 1 )
However, following in the wake of the Scorpio wave is the relatively new Libra sub-age (1970-2148), and based on previous sub-ages, its main period of benefit will be in its overflow period commencing in 2148 whereupon it will bring in a mini Golden Age – provided there is anyone left around to enjoy it! The current Libra sub-age (this is why a female is running for US president in 2016) has three sub-age decans, and the first sub-age decan within the Libra sub-age is the Gemini sub-age decan (1970-2029). Naturally, Gemini will be far stronger in its almost 60 years overflow period commencing in 2029.
Gemini is opposite Sagittarius, and it is this Gemini sub-age that is currently bringing a halt to economic expansionism and optimistic outlook mainly in the Western economies. Because Gemini is unlucky and pessimistic, it has a tendency to resort to cheating and thieving to gain advantage. This growing phenomenon is being played out by corporations around the world where each year they discover new means and methods to cheat their customers. Whereupon a few years ago, airlines discovered they could extract more money from their passengers by supplying a relatively cheap basic service than charging often exorbitant amounts for add-ons, flight changes and so on, this is now spreading like an inferno. In the absence of a strongly expansionary market, businesses are trying to extract more and more from each customer using anyone of a number of devious and nefarious (Gemini) schemes.
This anti-Sagittarius new Gemini reality may be hypnotizing the world with handheld mobile devices, but it is also associated with a pessimistic outlook. If everything is not expanding crazily, things must be bad! However, while Gemini may be a new and growing reality, it is not the most important player on the field. A massive revolution is underway associated with the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148) leading to an incredibly strong Libra period. This Libra period will greatly affect the world for over 700 years commencing in 2148 – introducing the first mini golden age after almost 7,000 years of mainly war and violence. Naturally, the last 5,000 years of war is associated with the arrival of the Aries age and overflow (2916BC – 732BC – 1433AD).
In the meantime in our cell phone modern world, it seems like a partnership with sour old Scorpio and pessimistic Gemini being the two key players of note. Scorpio is bringing a smaller and more evolved world but change always grates because society and culture is always aligned to Taurus – the sign of stability. Scorpio is the opposite sign to Taurus, so all social cultural values have been under attack since 1791, and picking up speed since 1970. Scorpio is introducing the most unstable of times and people not only dislike instability, they will even fight for their stable cultural-religious values as they dissolve in slow motion before their eyes. But cultural values will continue to dissolve because Scorpio improves by first pruning the bush then producing new growth which is more appropriate to the times. The world is mainly in the destructive side of a major metamorphosis.
If you look carefully, there are huge areas of advancement, progress and social evolution in the world today but our minds are more attuned to the disasters and problems when we feel desultory and pessimistic. A steady and growing percentage of Western populations are acknowledging the key role of the environment over short sighted capitalistic practices. Females continue to demand and get greater equality to the point that the most powerful political position in the world is soon to be most likely held by a woman. Gays are in the process of gaining the right to marry in a growing number of Western nations. Some drugs demonized only a few decades ago are finding increasing support from mainstream society.
However, socio-political-cultural revolutions are painful, and many reactionary elements will do their best to stop the tide from coming in. Donald Trump is tapping into this reactionary sentiment by many voters who nostalgically prefer the old over the new. This is also why in the 1960s and 70s so many nations, including Western nations, succumbed to military coups and dictators in place of democracy to prevent progressive change from upsetting their part of the world. It did not work then, and it will not work now or in the future but it will temporarily re-appear. The main change to the change occurring in the world is that it will progressively grow stronger and have wider effects and affect more of the world – change is accelerating. Reactionary elements will also periodically get stronger and try and stop the tide coming in.
So many people get despondent when they realize they will not be around for the mini Golden Age that will arrive mid next century. There is no need to feel despondent as anyone can be mentally in the Golden Age now, and while the percentage of the population that may already be mentally in the Golden age is a small percentage, this percentage is constantly growing. More and more people do not want more of the same. (see The Silent Revolution ) Unfortunately, Gemini makes people impatient, and many people are impatient for all the benefits of the Golden Age which cannot fully manifest before midway through next century.
There are important steps along the way towards the mini Golden Age, but the next most important step does not arrive until 2059 – but a preview will appear next decade. What will happen around 2059? In western society at least, about 20% of the population will be environmentally friendly and attuned to progressive political and cultural agendas compared to about 10% at present. 20% is the tipping point and research indicates that once 20% of the population has turned to a different direction, they have far greater influence upon society than what should be expected from only 20% of the population. However, by the mid 22nd century, this 20% becomes 50%.
Finally, there is also very good news hidden behind the turmoil and angst of the modern world. Of all the signs, Scorpio is the sign most aligned to inner reality or inner Truth. This means that one of the greatest opportunities in the world today under Scorpio is to find or discover the inner reality that underpins life, the universe and everything. Scorpio indicates change and turmoil in the external world but actively promotes the benefits of the inner world and the Truth available from going inside. If truth and ultimate reality are important to you, then you have hit the jackpot for the time you live in. Search for it because, among other considerations, the astrology is on your side for success in this endeavor. It is also more fulfilling than complaining and watching the world seemingly go down the gurgler.
There is an old concept associated with the lotus. While the lotus expresses beauty and enlightenment, it also usually grows in a smelly putrid swamp. At this point of history, we definitely get the swamp, but we can also have the lotus. Many ancient and modern seers have stated that they were distracted from smelling the putrid swamp when dazzled by the lotus.
One of the key signs for the 2016 US presidential election is Cancer (based on the five year Cancer quasi micro-age decan July 2012 – June 2017). During this five year period, it describes what the general public is feeling. The general public is hypersensitive, emotional, changeable and anti-authoritarian. They are moody and most likely will not like any outcome as they are also fickle. They feel their (Capricorn) leaders are their enemies. They are open to female input. They are emotional about Cancer topics, most notably refugees and immigration, and some on the growing strength of China and of course the Middle East and Islam. [For further details, see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World ]
Research over the years has also demonstrated that there are conservative signs and progressive liberal signs (in macro-astrology). The Fire and Earth signs all favor conservative and established mainstream values while the Water and Air signs favor progressive and liberal policies, but the times are generally much more volatile (it cannot be assumed that this directly translates to mundane astrology). Because the current Cancer period is a Water sign this favors the Democrats.
A short review of recent decades from the perspective of periods used in Generational Astrology can quickly demonstrate how the pendulum swings between conservative and progressive values (see Table 1).
|Feb 1948||Sagittarius -Sagittarius||Conservative|
|Jul 1955||Sagittarius -Scorpio||Conservative-Progressive|
Table 1 – the pendulum swing between conservative and progressive values
What many people may find interesting in Table 1 is that it commences with the post-Second World War conservative times which coincided with the appearance of the first half of the Baby Boomer generation. Baby Boomers can remember the stultifying social and political conservative times when being different in any way meant being ostracized. This was the ‘medieval’ witch-hunt period of McCarthyism in the USA where a veritable kangaroo court made judgements on people’s political convictions without the due process of law. On the economic front, it was a post-war boom time. Conservative times usually promote good economic conditions.
From 1955 onwards, with the arrival of the Sagittarius-Scorpio period, the tide commenced to change in preparation of the heady days of the revolutionary 1960s which developed into a full-blown progressive period associated with the Scorpio-Scorpio period commencing December 1962. This quickly turned into a western cultural revolution marked by the arrival of hippies and the New Age movement with their satanic rock-and-roll. The volatility of the times was also on display as many countries were taken over by military juntas or dictators. Even Greece, the cradle of democracy, was unceremoniously taken over by a coup d’état in April 1967 by the Regime of the Colonels. This was the same decade reactionary forces most likely arranged the assassinations of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
Progressive times such, as the 1960s, breed reactionary forces. People, groups, organizations, religions and political parties do not like seeing their power erode with the incoming progressive tide. Despite all the coups and military dictatorships of the period, looking back, who won? It was certainly not the reactionary forces. Nevertheless, in any progressive time, reactionary forces try to prevent the inevitable.
However, the progressive influence of the 1960s was short-lived. After only one short 7 1/2 year progressive period, the pendulum then commenced swinging back to conservative values starting in May 1970. By October 1977, the world had to settle into three consecutive full strength conservative periods before the pendulum slowly started the swing back to progressive values commencing in February 2000. As of July 2007, the world has commenced three consecutive progressive periods.
Normally in the pendulum swing, there are three periods of either 100% conservative or 100% progressive periods. Each of these sets of three periods is separated by a transitional period where progressive and conservative tendencies temporarily co-exist. However, every 178 or so years an anomaly occurs, and this last occurred in May 1970 (due to a change in sub-age). When this occurs, instead of three periods of the same flavor existing in a row, it is reduced to one period. The progressive Scorpio-Scorpio period (Dec 1962-May 1970) was a loner, and was tightly sandwiched between solid conservative periods.
This is why so many people became disillusioned by the 1960s and early 70s, as it occurred in reaction to the stifling conservatism that dominated the times, but instead of having a solid run over 3 periods
(about 22 ½ years), it was quickly slowed down commencing in May 1970 after only 7 1/2 years of progressive influence. By October 1977 the conservative backlash was in full swing lasting until February 2000. The peak representatives of this conservative backlash in the West could be represented by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and by Leonid Brezhnev in the USSR (Russia) up to 1982.
However, the table has again turned. All those starry-eyed hippies of the 1960s and 70s are now beginning to see a continuation of the liberal-progressive narrative so swiftly truncated when they were still young. Even some American states have legalized marijuana and the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in most western nations is an indication of the return to progressive policies.
This pendulum swing between conservative and progressive values normally lasting a few decades exists within larger frameworks that also display the same swing but over centuries and millennia. What very few astrologers realize is that as of December 2014, the world has entered a progressive-liberal phase unmatched for over 7,000 years which also insinuates increased social, political and financial volatility. The world is on the cusp of a multi-thousand year volatile-progressive landscape. One way this has manifested is that about 5,000 years ago the opposite pendulum swing occurred and the world seriously went to war, and war has been central to world politics for the last 5,000 years. See A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making . This does not mean the Democrats will win the presidential elections for the next 7,000 years!
Sitting behind the current five-year Cancer period is a major multi-century Scorpio influence that is at the absolute height of its dominance from 1970 to 2059. This Scorpio influence is in the process of replacing the (Sagittarius) capitalist dream with debt, anxiety and a strong feeling of vulnerability from a number of fronts. These include the threat of terrorism, lack of income growth, burgeoning debt, rapid societal dissolution from immigration (legal and illegal) and accelerating change in just about everything. This contributes to the growth of reactionary forces wanting to ‘restore’ the past which is as effective a kids sand wall on the beach to prevent the tide from coming in.
Also since December 2014, Aquarius has reared its head after about 74 years of dormancy. The new Aquarius (micro-age decan and overflow) will broadly affect the current period until 2024, and be a strong emergent influence up until 2019. The strongest time for Aquarius will be 2019 to 2024 (see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan ). Aquarius likes extremes, and whenever Aquarius is strong, the extremists’ views at both end of the spectrum become stronger and more people than normal in the middle class will get affected by these more extreme views. This favors all candidates except Hillary as Hillary is the only top-four candidate in the middle.
Aquarius breeds reactionary fascism such as ISIS in the Middle East as well as many countries with immature democratic institutions. Even ‘mature’ democratic nations will experience die-hards on the right trying to influence the direction of their nation in undemocratic ways. One impetus is the push to ‘restore values’ but democratic values are conveniently excluded from the values to be restored.
All the above periods affect the outcome of the presidential election and explains why the current top four are in their exalted positions. Hillary benefits from being the only female in a Cancer period – Cancer is one of the two key female signs. The other three candidates all benefit from emergent Aquarius – Saunders for his progressive views, and Trump and Cruz for their extremist right wing views. Cancer both helps and hinders Hillary, the female component helps her, but Cancer is anti-authoritarian, and Hillary is from establishment politics.
The almost permanent background Scorpio influence indicates that the general public is getting
impassioned and they want something revolutionary to change the uncomfortable situation they believe they are in. Research shows that Republican voters are far more upset than Democrat voters as they perceive progressive policies are eroding their established values. This may explain why the two leading Republican candidates, Trump and Cruz, are so out there. The background Scorpio influence favors all four candidates as the first female president, the socialist policies of Bernie Saunders, the extreme right wind views of Cruz and Trump as the jack-in-the-box all satisfy the quest for a major change. This is why they are the last four candidates effectively standing. These four may not last until the elections, especially on the Republican side.
Finally, referring back to Table 1, it is possible to make a prediction on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election with about 80% accuracy based solely on these 7 ½ year periods’ orientation to either conservative or progressive values, or a combination of both in the transitional periods. Table 2 correlates the US presidents with the conservative-progressive pendulum of Table 1:
|Feb 1948||Sagittarius -Sagittarius||CONSERVATIVE||Eisenhower||C|
|Jul 1955||Sagittarius -Scorpio||Conservative-PROGRESSIVE||JFK||P|
|May 1970||Scorpio-Virgo||PROGRESSIVE-Conservative||J Carter||P|
|Oct 1977||Virgo-Virgo||CONSERVATIVE||R Reagan||C|
|Apr 1985||Virgo-Leo||CONSERVATIVE||G H W Bush||C|
|Sep 1992||Leo-Leo||CONSERVATIVE||B Clinton||P|
|Feb 2000||Leo-Cancer||CONSERVATIVE-Progressive||G W Bush||C|
Table 2 – excludes presidential elections when an incumbent president wins the election. “P” = progressive and “C” = conservative.
The only presidents in Table 2 that were elected in a period where the opposite political influence was stronger were Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Maybe this was why Nixon left office in disgrace and Bill Clinton was only the second president to be impeached? It seems to be dangerous territory for any president to be in office in a period favoring the other side of politics.
There is no suggestion that Table 2 is statistically relevant due to the small amount of data, but if this is representative of the broader whole, only two of the ten presidents listed were presidents in the ‘wrong’ period. This means that 8 out of 10, or 80% of presidents were originally elected president in a period aligned to their political persuasion. Based on Table 2, there is an 80% chance the 2017 US presidential election will be won by a Democrat. If the election is won by a Republican or right-leaning independent, they will probably court heated controversy of some kind as they will be a duck out of water.
From a distance, it seems that the main race for the 2016 presidential election is between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. A similar thing often happens at tennis tournaments when the main two protagonists face off against each other in the quarter or semi-finals, and the winner then just demolishes the last surviving player in the finals but the best match was earlier. It seems the Republican race is just to decide the loser in the presidential elections as the field they have produced seems incapable of attracting middle America. The initial astrological perspective supports this view as do most polls (excluding Fox News).
However, this is only the initial conclusion based mainly on the application of 7 ½ years period and their orientation to conservative or progressive values. Part 2 will focus on smaller periods associated with 5 year periods (based on micro-age decans that have already been briefly introduced here in Part 1), 15 month periods (nano-ages) and five month periods (nano-age decans). The smaller periods may not agree with the above perspective.
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Journalists, historians, anthropologists and social commentators often observe historical cycles better than the average person including astrologers because they pay great attention to the unfolding of events. This is certainly the case with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century – a century most prominent historians consider being the most important century of recent times for numerous reasons as well as being the demarcation century between Medievalism and Modernity. The modern world has sprung out of the 15th century. The claim that a new age began in the 20th century is simply absurd to historians.
One observant journalist, Michael Barone, writing in the conservative Townhall.com, asks if the USA is returning to Victorian values. He first notes that 47 years ago with the opening of the musical “Hair” that the audience was informed that America was entering the Age of Aquarius and therefore the old moral rules were extinct. He then acknowledges the massive rise in divorce, cohabitation and illegitimate births in the following decades supporting the concept of the beginning of a new period.
However, Barone now claims that recent trends indicate a return to Victorian values in contrast to the expectation of the freedom-seeking hippies of the 1960s that the Age of Aquarius would continue indefinitely. The social changes Barone refers to in the USA are the significant decline in teenage sexual activity since 1988, in both males and females, coinciding with a sharp decline in teenage births and drop in the rate of abortions. Other contemporary Victorian values include new college rules against male-female sexual contact. Baone referred to a recent poll which indicated that 63% of Americans are uncomfortable with American’s society direction on social issues. Barone has stated:
“Even the legalization and vastly increased approval of same-sex marriage has a Victorian aspect. The early same-sex marriage advocates Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch argued that marriage would domesticate homosexuals. There’s logic to that — marriage inevitably includes elements of restriction and restraint — and we will see how it works out.”
In conclusion, Barone suggests that the USA is moving away from the Age of Aquarius and instead heading towards a new Victorian Era.
From the astrological perspective, this is fascinating because, while the sub-periods of the Age of Aquarius do support the recent trend towards a new Victorianism, as suggested by Barone, it does not suggest any long term deviation from the direction of the Age of Aquarius. The traditional dates for the Victorian era are 1837 to 1901 – a period of 64 years and remarkably close to the length of a sub-age decan (see the Age of Aquarius for Dummies).
The Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) commenced with the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) with the highpoint of Cancer associated with the Cancer quasi sub-age (1821 – 1881). There was a strong overlap between the Cancer sub-age decan and the Victorian era. The term “Victorian morality” can be used to describe any set of values that promote sexual restraint, low tolerance of crime and a strict social code of conduct. However the hypocrisy of Victorian time’s has also been widely noted as prostitution and child labor was endemic.
The world is not returning to Victorian era values aligned to the Cancer sub-age decan, but we are in the middle of a small but temporarily strong Cancer period. Currently the world is at the peak of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000-2014-2029) and so there will be a short term exposure to archetypes associated with Cancer. Such archetypes as shyness, reticence and meekness are associated with Cancer and hedonism is associated with Cancer’s opposite sign Capricorn, so Cancer periods can be anti-hedonistic periods. The current Cancer period however is not an era, we are in fact in an era defined by Gemini – the first sub-age decan of the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148). The next time your see someone transfixed by their cellphone or tablet, think Gemini era!
There is a common misconception in the press and urban myth that the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 1960s and 70s but has come and gone. Firstly the Age of Aquarius did not arrive in the 20th century. What arrived in the 1960s was a peak at the center of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148). The commonality between Scorpio and Aquarius is that they are both revolutionary signs, and so revolution was definitely in the air in the 1960s and 70s. The Age of Aquarius is like an incoming tide. In an incoming tide, every wave does not extend further up the beach compared to the previous wave – but on average, the waves slowly move up the beach.
So, while Barone may be incorrect in concluding that the Age of Aquarius has been shunted aside by a new Victorian conservative future, his perception of Cancer archetypes in both the Victorian era and current period is perceptive and relevant. I prefer to refer to non-astrologers for historical assessments as historians, journalists etc are experts in their field, while astrologers are only experts in astrology unless the individual astrologer is also an historian, journalist etc. This is why so many astrologers make the utterly absurd claim that the Age of Aquarius has recently arrived. Its like saying the Telephone Age began with the Apple iphone!
 Michael Barone, “Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?”, Townhall.com, Jul 28, 2015, http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbarone/2015/07/28/is-america-entering-a-new-victorian-era-n2030956/page/full and https://www.aei.org/tag/age-of-aquarius/
 Victorian era. Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:06, August 9, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Victorian_era&oldid=672647699
Photograph of Queen Victoria – Photographer – Alexander Bassano (1829–1913), 1887, Source: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/2105818/portrait-photograph-of-queen-victoria-
No Baby Boomer, or anyone born later, has ever experienced a serious Aquarius sub-period of the Age of Aquarius. When some Baby Boomers turned on, tuned in and dropped out in the 1960s and 70s they were not responding to the new Age of Aquarius, they were mainly responding to the 1970 peak of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2148). The combination of revolutionary Scorpio and revolutionary Aquarius produced a major shakeup of mainly western culture and the ripples of this cultural shakeup are still strongly affecting society today. The latest example is the recent confirmation by the US Supreme Court of the nation-wide legalization of gay marriage. This ruling is also an early example of the new Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow.
The new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) is the first micro-age decan of the new Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) which resides in the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age in the Age of Aquarius. For an explanation of the sub-periods of the astrological ages, see the Details of the Age of Aquarius for Dummies.
Why should gays have an easy time in an Aquarius micro-age decan? Aquarius is an extremist sign, and so it places a focus on the outliers of the bell curve, not the mainstream majority. Any group or sub-culture that is different, eccentric or on the fringe is favored by Aquarius – and this includes homosexuals. Under Aquarius minorities can temporarily swing the mainstream their way. This has mixed results as there is no guarantee the minority group is forward thinking with a positive effect upon society. For example, any examination of the last Aquarius micro-age (1910 – 25) reveals the ability of the fringe Bolsheviks in Russia to take over their government and commence the worldwide communist revolution.
In the more potent Aquarius micro-age overflow period (1925 – 1940) the Nazi’s were able to sway the German public to their fascist principles at the same time similar events were occurring in Spain, Italy and Japan with echoes in most western countries including the USA. Few people realize that the German Nazi’s never obtained more than a little over 20% electoral support. The term “Fascism” was first used in 1915 by members of Mussolini’s movement, the Fasci of Revolutionary Action. 
The world is not even past the one year mark of the current Aquarius micro-age decan and already it has stamped its mark upon an unsuspecting world. In the same way that the revolutionary peak of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow in the 1970s resonated with the revolutionary Age of Aquarius, so to the current revolutionary Aquarius micro-age decan resonates with the revolutionary Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148). We are indeed in for some interesting times, especially in the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – Jun 2022) which corresponds to the upper half of the Aquarius micro-age decan bell curve.
What has occurred since December 2014 that points towards Aquarius apart from confirmation of gay marriage in the USA? One small but noteworthy item is the clearance given the propose law to the compulsory vaccination of children in California otherwise they will be prevented from attending public or private schools. This is an example of the coercive fascist side of Aquarius. On the other side is the legalization of gay marriage in Ireland in May 2015.
On the serious negative side we have the Charlie Hebdo terrorist massacre in January 2015 which can be directly linked astrologically to the four ISIS inspired attacks in June including the deaths of 40 people at the Tunisian resort at Port El Kantaoui. Aquarius is the sign of radicals and revolutionaries. There will be more than just radicals and homosexuals associated with the current Aquarius micro-age decan. In the more advanced or evolved societies, the push will be towards progressive policies, and the legalization of gay marriage is just one such avenue. In the less evolved societies, there will be a tendency towards fascism of one sort or another. Countries like Russia, Thailand and much of Asia, Africa and South America will tend towards totalitarian autocratic type rule to solve their problems. The more entrenched democratic societies are generally protected from such autocratic tendencies but fascist anti- immigration groups will get more powerful and influential even in First World Countries over the coming decade.
How will the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow play out in the USA? Already Donald Trump has jumped on the fascist-leaning bandwagon with his declaration of virtual war against Mexicans. Fascism always tends to deal with issues in a black and white fashion exploiting populace views. The already polarized political spectrum in the USA will become more polarized. If on one extreme we have Donald Trump, on the other extreme we have Bernie Saunders nominating for the Democrats as their presidential candidate. Bernie is the perfect example of a progressive promoting the positive side of Aquarius. Hillary Clinton also pushes the Aquarius button as a female president of the USA is a progressive development.
The last Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910-1925-1940) is instructive about how the two sides of Aquarius can manifest. This period saw the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) who was actually one of the most progressive presidents in the history of the USA and in response to the devastation of the Great Depression, he introduced a range of very progressive policies under the New Deal. He was president from 1933 to 1945 aligned roughly with the Aquarius micro-age overflow (1925 – 1940). FDR’s New Deal promoted united labor unions, big city machines, white ethnics, African Americans, and rural white Southerners while at the same time more closely regulating business and high finance. Also in line with freedom-loving Aquarius, Prohibition in the USA was repealed in 1933. However all was not rosy in the USA in the 1930s, and the clash of the collective strength of the impoverished and destitute versus local fascism was ably portrayed in John Steinbeck’s novel “Grapes of Wrath”
However in parallel with the progressive FDR, was the appearance of the Black Legion, which included in its membership serving members of the military and National Guard. This group was the most violent expression of organized opposition against FDR and his New Deal policies. The Black Legion openly acknowledged that they considered the president a threat and sought the overthrow of the government. The group primarily targeted Communists, blacks, Jews, and Catholics in the name of God for the protection of white Protestant America. The group was heavily associated with the Republican Party. The group was political, large, and took serious action, including lynching people, shooting murders, floggings, kidnappings, and general threats of violence against people and groups that they opposed. The Black Legion was also acting in accord with the interests of some corporations and actively assisted corporations in union busting and threatening labor organizers.
In addition to the thugs of the Black Legion, some of the most famous American companies and business people were deeply involved with the Fascist regimes of Europe in the 1930s of which they admired. These included: William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy (JFK’s father), Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon (head of Alcoa, banker, and Secretary of Treasury), DuPont, General Motors, Standard Oil (now Exxon), Ford, ITT, Allen Dulles (later head of the CIA), Prescott Bush, National City Bank, Coca-Cola, and General Electric. It was reported by the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary in 1974 that:
“The activities of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler prior to and during World War II…are instructive…… In short, they were private governments unaccountable to the citizens of any country yet possessing tremendous influence over the course of war and peace in the world. The substantial contribution of these firms to the American war effort in terms of tanks, aircraft components, and other military equipment is widely acknowledged. Less well known are the simultaneous contributions of their foreign subsidiaries to the Axis Powers. In sum, they maximized profits by supplying both sides with the materiel needed to conduct the war.”
The fascist way of describing corporations is to label them as anti-democratic dark forces of concentrated wealth, but this would be pure idiocy. Like nearly everything, there are two sides to corporations and business interests. The wealth and affluence we experience today is due to the successful wealth creation of corporations and business interests over the last few centuries. When communism banned corporations and private enterprise they not only threw the baby out with the bathwater, they threw out virtually the whole family. 20th century communism was an abject failure but people have difficulty with big picture perspective and therefore cannot see that the world pendulum has swung the other way and has arrived at extreme capitalism. While extreme capitalism continues to exist, it can sway and influence governments, governmental policies and laws and even more, as the Murdoch press did to the 2000 US elections in what could be regarded as the first corporate coup in the USA. Corporate heavyweights also planned a coup to topple FDR. Despite the dark forces around him, FDR instituted many progressive reforms in the USA.
Pushing back to previous Aquarius periods of note we arrive at the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1861) of the Gemini micro-age (1851 -1866). This is the same combination and arrangement as the current Aquarius micro-age decan. The 1850s in the USA was the decade of ‘Bleeding Kansas’ when a series of violent political confrontations between anti-slavery and pro-slavery elements took place mainly in the Kansas Territory between 1854 and 1861, exactly coincident with the Aquarius micro-age decan overflow (1856 – 1861) when this Aquarius period was at full strength. The heart of the conflict was the question of slavery. This conflict was a proxy war between anti-slavery forces in the North and pro-slavery forces from the South.
This conflict presaged the Civil War (1861 to 1865) exactly coincident with the middle Libra micro-age decan overflow (1861 -1866) of the 19th century Gemini micro-age. This suggests that Libra is a dangerous sign for entrenched traditional elements in the USA and suggest the period 2024 to 2029 (again aligned to a Libra micro-age decan overflow) will be an extreme confrontational period in the USA. The seeds of this conflict should appear with the current Aquarius micro-age decan (2014 – 2019) and become bleeding obvious in the period 2019 – 2024. This does not suggest anything as extreme as a civil war, as the 19th century period occurred just past the 1851 peak of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791-1851-1910) with Cancer in opposition to the highly conservative Capricorn element high on the USA’s totem pole. Context is everything in macro-astrology. However the levels of opposition and bitterness will reach new heights.
There is the possibility that another progressive president of FDR genus may appear in American politics under the current Aquarius period. Bernie Saunders may be FDR reincarnated? However the current Aquarius period is one third the strength and size of FDR’s Aquarius micro-age and overflow. This limits both the degree of progressive policies that will occur and the opposing fascists’ sentiments of conservative groups. However, fascist tendencies will also strengthen in the USA over the coming decade in the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow even if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Saunders becomes president.
If the world just kept going around in circles, we would have the likes of Hitler and Mussolini appear regularly, but each decade and century pushes the world further into the heartland of the Age of Aquarius, and the astrology strongly suggests that the world is heading towards a more progressive and democratic world. As an example, all OECD nations are firmly democratic. Since December 2014, for the first time in over 7,000 years, the world is in an age, age-decan, sub-age, sub-age decan, micro-age and micro-age decan which when combined with all their respective overflow periods, are ALL in Water or Air zodiacal signs. It is the Fire and Earth signs that breed conservatism while the Air and Water signs promote progressive liberal policies. So while there will be some backtracking, especially in the Second and Third World nations, the world is not speeding towards fascism but towards secular progressive democratic liberalism.
The liberal-fascist struggle will be played out mainly in the Middle East, China, Russia and Africa in the coming decade with fascism always the easy option. The current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow sits under the shadow of the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029). Cancer promotes China, Russia, Scandinavia, Canada, New Zealand and much of Polynesia, the Middle East including Greece. These countries and regions excluding Scandinavia, Canada and New Zealand may succumb to backward political developments. Progressive modern countries will be influenced by both sides of Aquarius but fascism needs an undemocratic environment to succeed and these countries are unlikely to succumb to populace brute force over democracy.
The revealing years for the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow is the overflow period of December 2019 to November 2024 when the era of military coups so strong in the 1960s and 70s (under Scorpio) will again affect less evolved countries. Some second tier countries will make progressive advances and other will turn more to fascism to control their populations. Third World countries will be the most prone to autocratic exercise of fascism. The countries most at risk are associated with Leo as Leo is opposite Aquarius and therefore Leo countries will be either under threat or aggressive. The Leo associated countries also include all of South America plus Bhutan, France (and particularly Paris – the City of Light), Greece, India, Israel and Zimbabwe – though these lists are incomplete.
Already Paris has been hit with the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Greece resorted to a democratic defense in July 2015 to attempt to fight off the international bankers. The likely contenders to be caught in the Aquarius net are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and South America in general, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey and the USA. Singapore and Turkey will be interesting case studies to watch to see how far they may graduate into progressive countries or regress into fascism even though Turkey is an OECD country.
Countries that are financially vulnerable under Aquarius are any country associated with Cancer. This includes a significant number of countries with China at the top of the list followed by Middle Eastern countries, much of Polynesia, France, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Russia, and the UK. Countries that can lose prestige in any of a number of ways are those countries associated with Scorpio. Scorpio countries include France, Germany, Indonesia and Japan (though Germany has a strong relationship with Aquarius and therefore avoid any loss of prestige). The Roman Catholic Church’s reputation or status is also awkward in this period as the Roman Catholic Church is a Pisces-Scorpio institution (with plenty of Aries and Capricorn thrown into the mix).
The four stages of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow are as follows:
The next upgrade of Aquarius is around June 2017 where even stronger hints of what lie ahead should appear. From December 2019 onwards it is Aquarius all-the-way but from June 2022 it will pull back somewhat as the Libra quasi micro-age decan comes online but there is always a sting in the tail of all periods in macro-astrology.
The Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow will also archetypally interface in part with the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) because Cancer is anti-authoritarian and Aquarius is revolutionary which means it is usually fighting authority. People from one end of the world to the other will be seeking to break free of out-of-date restrictions and limitations. In response, reactionary forces will institute draconian and fascist’s measures to counter such ‘insurrection’ and the strength of each society will determine which of the progressive or reactionary forces succeed. In some cases it will be the opposite scenario where the revolutionary forces (ISIS, Taliban, Al Quada etc.) or anti-immigration parties will attempt to exert their views upon society and either succeed or fail. The anti-immigration forces will strengthen as the Cancer micro-age decan overflow that commenced in December 2014 ensures 7 years of increased movement of people between countries seeking a better home and lifestyle compared to before December 2014.
Another side of Aquarius is excitement. The last Aquarius micro-age coincided with the Roaring 20s and the Jazz Age. The cultural aspects of the Roaring Twenties began in leading metropolitan centers, especially Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin and London; then spread widely in the aftermath of World War I producing a period with a distinct cultural edge. The French called it the “Crazy Years” emphasizing the era’s social, artistic and cultural dynamism. Jazz music blossomed, the flapper redefined modern womanhood and Art Deco peaked. The era saw the large-scale use of electricity (ruled by Aquarius) plus significant changes in lifestyle and culture. In most major countries women won the right to vote. The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of discontinuity associated with (Aquarius) modernity and a break with traditions. Everything seemed to be feasible through modern technology. New technologies, especially automobiles, movies and radio enhanced the surge of “modernity” to a large part of the population. At the same time, jazz became popular and the period is also often referred to as the Jazz Age. We can expect exciting times ahead under our smaller Aquarius period and perhaps we will see some Jazz musicians the likes we have not seen for decades? The discordance of jazz matches the eccentric nature of Aquarius.
Finally, the new Aquarius period will ‘oppose’ the remnant influence from the Leo micro-age and overflow (1985-2000-2014) with the Leo micro-age period proper (1985 – 2000) aligned to the greatest bull market of all times. The first major threat to the (Leo) bull market was the Scorpio micro-age decan overflow (2010-2014) coinciding with the darkest years of the recent Global Recession as Scorpio ‘demotes’ anything associated with Leo. The remnants of the Leo bull market left in the world will get trampled upon by the Aquarius period, especially its overflow commencing in December 2019. This may already be affecting China’s share markets.
Aquarius is one of the ruling signs for astrology, the other two keys signs also recognized as being associated with astrology are Scorpio and Cancer. Considering the world is in the most potent Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148), Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) and now in the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (2014-2019-2024) we can expect some significant developments in the world of astrology, especially in the period 2019 to 2024.
As the world slowly creaks towards the strength of the Aquarius Age over the coming centuries, the tide passes over different landscapes, and the main landscape at this part of the Age of Aquarius is defined by Scorpio due to the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148). Change is accelerated at this time as both Scorpio and Aquarius promote change. Despite the great change forecast for the rest of this century, there is nothing as dire or gloomy as existed in the much of the first part of the 20th century. However Scorpio provides a hint at how to best deal with our time. Scorpio indicates that what is external is vulnerable because the strength lies inside. Scorpio is the time of inner truth and history indicates that in previous Scorpio periods, there were a far greater number of seers, visionaries and promoters of Truth compared to other periods. For example one of the greatest promoter of inner truth (when he was alive) was Jesus Christ who lived almost at the same exact stage the world is in now but in the previous Scorpio sub-age overflow (8 BC – 173 AD). Our 2015 corresponds to year 36 AD. For those worried about climate change and the environment, the world will eventually be saved by the ethos of the new green and environmental movement that grew out of the alternative revolution of the 1960s and 70s at the peak of Scorpio. This will not succeed in the coming decade, but it will eventually succeed.
Never a dull moment under Aquarius!
. Paul O’Brien. “Mussolini in the First World War: The Journalist, The Soldier, The Fascist”. p. 52
 RG Price, “Fascism Part II: The Rise of American Fascism”, May 15, 2004, http://www.rationalrevolution.net/articles/rise_of_american_fascism.htm
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 OECD nations: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (2015, June 27), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:03, July 11, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Organisation_for_Economic_Co-operation_and_Development&oldid=668900043
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 Research has found that over the last 2,000 years whenever significant periods are ruled by Cancer, Scorpio or Aquarius, great strides are made in the evolution of astrology.
 Glenville Whittaker, “For Christ’s Sake: pressing the refresh button on the life of Jesus”, 2014
Further resources from Terry MacKinnell
www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available
The Age of Aquarius for Dummies – explains the structure and sub-periods associated with the astrological ages
Aquarian Age Economics – Examines the relationship between macro-astrology and financial cycles
At the Cutting Edge of the Aquarian Age – Cutting edge research into the astrological ages for astrologers
FaceBook – keep up to date with what is happening