Part 3 – The Baby Boomers A Generation (1948 – 1955)

The generation commonly referred to as the Baby Boomers actually straddle two generations, the Sagittarius-Sagittarius (February 1948 – July 1955) generation followed by the Sagittarius-Scorpio generation (July 1955 – December 1962).  Generational experts already have decided that the Baby Boomers born up to 1955 (Baby Boomers A) are different to the Baby Boomers born from 1955 onwards (Baby Boomers B).  For a detailed analysis of Baby Boomers, see the introduction to Generational Astrology.  This Part 3 is focused exclusively on the Baby Boomer A generation.

General Characteristics

The characteristics we should expect from a generation focused entirely on Sagittarius is wild optimism with a determination for success in business, strong philosophical or religious leanings and a love of foreign travel.

“The media has portrayed the Baby Boomer Generation in many lights. With increased educational, financial and social opportunities, the Boomer Generation is often portrayed as a generation of optimism, exploration and achievement. Compared with previous generations, more young adults pursued higher education or relocated away from family to pursue career and educational interests. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, post-war optimism inspired a sense of stability, opportunity and prosperity—values commonly held by the middle class. This was the dawn of space exploration, accessible long-distance travel and prosperity for many Americans.

Though the Boomer Generation saw increasing social and economic equality, they also came of age in a period when the country was frequently torn by differing views on politics, war and social justice. The Baby Boomer Generation witnessed and participated in some of the greatest social changes in the country’s history during the 1960s and 1970s with the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Movement. This generation experienced dramatic shifts in educational, economic and social opportunities.”[1]

Opposite Signs

Do Baby Boomer A’s pine for the sign opposite Sagittarius – Gemini in their lives?  Superficial examination of previous generations suggests that famous people from each generation seem to achieve their peak worldly achievement in the period of opposite signs to their birth generation.   For the Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation, this will occur in the Gemini-Gemini period (Jun 2022 – Nov 2029).  Certainly this generation has experienced smart phones, email and the rapid development of all forms of online media that are all associated with Gemini.  However, since 1970, the world has encountered the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2089) – so it is hard to say if the Gemini focus is just coincidental or not.

Do Baby Boomers seek fiction, such as provided in novels, or somehow seek the opposite of truth?  Gemini is the sign of communication and therefore words, and so it should come as no surprise that words experienced a deficiency in this generation (see table below).   [2]

In the above table, only “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” was published during this generation.  The coming Gemini-Gemini period may produce the greatest western novelists of all time because no similar period with such strength focused upon Gemini has been experienced since around 900 AD at the conclusion of the last Gemini sub-age.

Historical Events

One way to understand the archetypal relationships of this generation is by examining how Sagittarius manifested in world affairs during this time. The most notable technical advance in this time frame is the first flight of a Boeing 707 in 1954 commencing the era of modern mass international travel in 1958, a firm Sagittarius archetype.  The 707 is generally credited with ushering in the Jet Age.[3]  Very few people traveled by air prior to the Boeing 707, but the arrival of the Boeing 707 ushered in the modern era of air travel.  This was a highly significant development.

Another noticeable difference in this time frame is that the western world extracted itself from the harshness and cruelty of the after-effects of the Second World War.  The post–World War II economic expansion, also known as the postwar economic boom and the Golden Age of Capitalism, was a period of economic prosperity and lasted until the early 1970s. Booms in individual countries differed, some starting as early as 1945, and overlapping the rise of the East Asian economies into the 1980s or 1990s.

During this time, there was high worldwide economic growth; Western European and East Asian countries in particular experienced unusually high and sustained growth, together with full employment. Contrary to early predictions, this high growth also included many countries that had been devastated by the war, such as Japan (Japanese post-war economic miracle), West Germany (Wirtschaftswunder – German for “economic miracle”), France (Trente Glorieuses – “The Glorious Thirty” years), Italy (Italian economic miracle), and Greece economic miracle.[4]

Everything associated with the arrival of the Baby Boomer A generation is associated with expanding possibilities, good fortune, increased wealth, the beginning of the international boom in travel and a general sense of optimism and good fortune despite the fact that the first half of the 20th century saw more death, destruction and evil of any known century in history.  This positive sentiment has further propelled the world into the population and consumption overdrive leading to the new climate change reality of the contemporary world in the 21st century.  In this context, it could be said that the Baby Boomers were the last curse of the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970).[5]

House Relationships to Birth Generation

The Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation belongs to the 50% of “pure” generations which occurs with every second generation.  Every person that was born in this generation will work their way through the following periods and activate specific house relationships on the way.  Table 1 display these periods and relationships and will constantly be referred to in the following case studies.

GENERATION: Sagittarius-Sagittarius Houses
Stage Period: Period Signature H1 H2 H3 H4
1 Jul-55 Sagittarius -Scorpio 1 12 1 12
2 Dec-62 Scorpio-Scorpio 12 12 12 12
3 May-70 Scorpio-Virgo 12 10 12 10
4 Oct-77 Virgo-Virgo 10 10 10 10
5 Apr-85 Virgo-Leo 10 9 10 9
6 Sep-92 Leo-Leo 9 9 9 9
7 Feb-00 Leo-Cancer 9 8 9 8
8 Jul-07 Cancer-Cancer 8 8 8 8
9 Dec-14 Cancer-Gemini 8 7 8 7
10 Jun-22 Gemini-Gemini 7 7 7 7
11 Nov-29 Gemini-Taurus 7 6 7 6
12 Apr-37 Taurus-Taurus 6 6 6 6
13 Sep-44 Taurus-Aries 6 5 6 5
14 Mar-52 Aries-Aries 5 5 5 5

Table 1 – House Relationships

The main function for Table 1 is to define the house relationships between each succeeding period to the birth generation.[6]  I am ignoring the birth generation as a period to analyze and so Stage 1 for each person born in this generation commence somewhere in the weeks after birth to up to 7 ½ years of age.  The H1, H2, H3 and H4 columns refer to the following house relationships:

H1 – first period sign to first generational sign

H2 – first period sign to second generational sign

H3 – second period sign to first generational sign

H4 – second period sign to second generational sign

H1 to H4 covers all possible relationships though H1 and H4 may be the most relevant relationships.

Due to the Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation being a “pure” generation, H3 and H4 exactly replicate H1 and H2.

There is a particular quirk encountered by pure generations that cross sub-age borders in their lifetimes.  In the case of Baby Boomer A’s, they cross the sub-age borderline in May 1970, and as a consequence, encounter no Libra period and therefore no Baby Boomer A has an 11th house generational experience.  The 11th house has to do with civic duties and this may explain the anomaly of why this generation has never become president of the USA?  The previous Capricorn-Sagittarius  generation (Aug 1940 – Feb 1948) was above average in producing US presidents with the average at almost one two-term president per generation.  That generation has already produced three presidents: Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Donald Trump .  Perhaps it wasn’t because the Baby Boomer A generation inhaled too much?  Perhaps the Baby Boomer generation is just below par on 11th house civic responsibility?

In addition, the lack of the 11th house stage meant that Baby Boomer A’s arrived at the 10th house stage earlier than most generations (by an average of 7 1/2 years). This may help explain why so many famous Baby Boomer A’s experienced phenomenal success much earlier in life than is the norm?


Al Gore

Born March 31, 1948, at the very beginning of the Baby Boomer A generation, he became a Congressman in 1977 and regardless of the exact month, this period was totally focused upon Stage 4 –  the 10th house of public recognition and career (Oct 1977 – Apr 1985). From 1985 to 1993 he served as one of Tennessee’s Senators which almost exactly coincided with Stage 5 (Apr 1985 – Sep 1992). Stage 5 is equally focused between the 9th and 10th houses.  Gore was vice president to President Clinton from 1993 to 2001 that coincided with Stage 6 (Sep 1992 – Feb 2000) with the focus exclusively on the highly favorable 9th house.  At the end of Clinton’s second term as president, Gore was picked as the Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election but lost to George W Bush.  This occurred in Stage 7 (Feb 2000 – Jul 2007) where for the first time, the 8th house of “death” made an appearance.  It certainly killed Gore’s political career!

After leaving office, Gore remained prominent as an author and environmental activist, whose work on climate change earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.[7]  Appropriately this occurred in Stage 7 because, while the 8th house is generally detrimental, it is the house of pollution and environmental work.  In December 2016 he met with Donald and Ivanka Trump due to Ivanka’s interest in environmental issues.  This occurred in Stage 9 with the focus split between the 7th and 8th houses.  The 7th house is the beginning of Baby Boomer A’s fulfillment phase but it also indicates partnership.  This will need to be watched!

Lindy Chamberlain

Born 4 March 1948, she is a New Zealand-born woman who was wrongfully convicted in one of Australia’s most publicized murder trials. Accused of killing her nine-week-old daughter, Azaria, while camping at Uluru (Ayers Rock in the central deserts of Australia) in 1980, she maintained that she saw a dingo (wild dog) leave the tent where Azaria was sleeping. The prosecution case was circumstantial and depended on flimsy forensic evidence.  1980 Occurred in Stage 4 exclusively focused on 10th house public recognition, and while she would have preferred not to be known falsely as a child-murderer, this is what brought her fame.

Lindy Chamberlain upon release from prison

Chamberlain was convicted on 29 October 1982.  After the discovery of new evidence, Chamberlain was released from prison on remission on 7 February 1986. This occurred in Stage 5 with the emphasis split between houses 9 and 10, with the 9th house a favorable house.  Also in this stage, Meryl Streep played the part of Lindy Chamberlain in the 1988 movie “A Cry in the Dark” (and called “Evil Angels” in Australia).  Her conviction was squashed in 1988 and in 1992 the Australian government paid Chamberlain $1.3 million in compensation.  1992 is the beginning of the highly favorable Stage 6 with the focus exclusively on the 9th house.

In 2012, an Australian coroner made a final ruling that a dingo dog took baby Azaria Chamberlain from a campsite in 1980 and caused her death.  The coroner apologized to the Chamberlain family while an amended death certificate was immediately made available to them.[8] This occurred in Stage 8 with the focus exclusively on the 8th house of death.

Tony Blair

Born 6 May 1953, he was a Member of Parliament (UK) from 1983 to 2007 commencing his political career appropriately in Stage 4 exclusively focused upon the 10th house of public office.  He was elected Labour Party leader in July 1994 in Stage 6 with the focus entirely upon the 9th house.  While remaining in Stage 6, in May 1997, the Labour Party won a landslide general election victory, the largest in its history, allowing Blair, at 43 years old, to become the youngest Prime Minister since 1812 and he served as Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007.  This period as prime minister straddled into Stage 7 (Feb 2000 – July 2007) with the focus split between the 8th and 9th houses.

Blair resigned as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007 – almost at the exact end of Stage 7 (July 2007).  On the day that Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, an office which he held until 27 May 2015.  This coincided almost exactly with Stage 8 (Jul 07 – Dec 14) with this stage entirely focused on the 8th house.  In 2016, the Iraq Inquiry strongly criticized his actions and described the invasion of Iraq as unjustified and unnecessary with some calling for Blair to be charged with a crime against humanity.  This occurred in Stage 9 (Dec 14 – Jun 22) with the focus spread between the 8th house of death and destruction and the 7th house of opposition.

Matt Groening

Born February 15, 1954, he is the creator of the television series The Simpsons (1989–present) and Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013). The Simpsons has gone on to become the longest-running U.S. prime-time-television series in history, as well as the longest-running animated series and sitcom.   At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale in 1978 at the beginning of Stage 4 appropriately focused exclusively upon the 10th house of career and recognition.   In 1985, James L. Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation a Fox variety show.  To avoid complications with his existing cartoon series, he came up with the Simpson family which commenced showing in 1989 – in Stage 5 focused upon the 9th & 10th houses.  In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons’ writer David X. Cohen developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999.[9]  This occurred at the end of Stage 6 with the focus exclusively on the 9th house.

Steve Jobs

Born February 24, 1955, he was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Jobs was adopted at birth in San Francisco, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s. Jobs briefly attended Reed College in 1972 before dropping out. He then decided to travel through India in 1974 seeking enlightenment and studying Zen Buddhism.  This occurred in Stage 3 (May 1970 – Oct 1977) with the focus slit between the 10th & 12th houses with the 12th house explaining his drive for spiritual fulfillment and drug use during this time.  He used illegal drugs in college including marijuana and LSD.

Steve Jobs shows off the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference

Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 to sell Steve Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.  The duo gained fame and wealth a year later for the Apple II, one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers.  This conforms to Job’s entry into Stage 4 in October 1977 in the highly favorable 10th house phase – which is also applicable to Steve Wozniak who was born in August 1950 and therefore another member of the Baby Boomer A generation.

Stage 4, with its exclusive focus on the 10th house, saw Steve Jobs go from strength to strength.  He was privy to a private viewing of an experimental mouse developed by Xerox in 1979 which ultimately led to the breakthrough Macintosh computer in 1984. The Macintosh computer instigated the sudden rise of the desktop publishing industry in 1985 with the addition of the Apple LaserWriter, the first laser printer to feature vector graphics. 1985 marks the start of Stage 5 (Apr 1985 – Sep 1992) introducing for the first time the 9th house which is associated with publishing.  However this cycle also saw Jobs forced out of Apple after a long power struggle.

While out in the cold, he founded a new computer platform (NeXT) for higher-education and business markets with higher education associated with the 9th house.  Jobs also helped to initiate the development of the visual effects industry and with the newly formed Pixar would eventually produce the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story in 1995.  This occurred in Stage 6 (Sep 1992 – Feb 2000) with the influence exclusively orientated to the favorable 9th house.

In 1997, Apple acquired and merged NeXT, allowing Jobs to become CEO of Apple once again, reviving the company at the verge of bankruptcy.   Beginning in 1997, Jobs worked closely with designer Jonathan Ive to develop a line of products that would have larger cultural ramifications: the iMac, iTunes and iTunes Store, Apple Store, iPod, iPhone, App Store, and the iPad. Mac OS was also revamped into OS X.

Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2003 in Stage 7 (Feb 2000 – Jul 2007) which first introduced the 8th house of death.  Jobs died on October 5, 2011[10] in Stage 8 with the house focus now exclusively focused on the 8th house of death.

Bill Gates (2015)
Bill Gates (2015)

Note: Bill Gates also belongs to the Baby Boomer A generation as has been analyzed in Generational Astrology – Part 1 Introduction

Terry MacKinnell

I also belong to the Baby Boomer A generation.  While in Stage 1, I had a relatively normal middle class upbringing in Sydney, Australia.  Quickly upon arrival of Stage 2 in December 1962, with its focus now exclusively on the 12th house of inspiration and seclusion, our family moved to California for a little over two years.  In those days the USA was far and away ahead of the rest of the world in numerous areas, and I found the Californian experience very inspirational (12th) but I was secluded from my friends in Australia.  Stage 3, split between the 10th & 12th houses, commencing in 1970 coincided with university, and leaving home and dropping out of university (1971).  Most of the balance of this stage was focused upon my ”spiritual” search and journey but I also achieved my first “success” in becoming second-in-charge of a larger spiritual non-profit organization and became its Chief Financial Officer and a company director.  The confluence of these two aspects of the same thing is in sync with the 10th and 12th houses.

Stage 4 commencing in October 1977 started an entirely new stage in my life and within a year I was no longer with the non-profit “spiritual” organization.  I got married, had three kids and started my first business of owning and managing a health food store that ultimately developed into a chain of three stores.  By Stage 5, commencing in April 1985, with the focus split between the 10th and 9th houses, I was divorced and experienced my first bout of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  I retained my involvement in the health food store (10th) but incorporated lengthy trips to South-East Asia – especially Bali (9th house).  I also began learning Vedic astrology.   I started my second major relationship towards the end of this stage and I made the startling discovery that the Age of Aquarius commenced in the 15th century which commenced the beginning of my life’s work on this project.

Stage 6 starting in September 1992, with the focus exclusively on the 9th house, was a “magic” period of working with my new partner in managing a major outdoor conference center associated with my former “spiritual” group in Stage 3.  It lasted one month short of the end of this stage in January 2000 when I succumbed to a second bout of CFS and we handed over the management of the conference center.  Stage 7 starting in February 2000, now with the first involvement of the 8th house, saw a major transformation in my life both internally and externally, with the external element associated with purchasing a rural property with my partner.  Stage 8 commencing July 2007, with the focus exclusively on the 8th house, had me receiving a small inheritance and some extremely transformative experiences as I rediscovered Bali and South East Asia from 2008 onward.

Stage 9 commencing in December 2014, with the focus split between the 7th and 8th houses, basically aligned with my retirement.  I did step up my lecture and workshop schedule in this stage.  I also broadened my astrological research from the astrological ages and now added whole sign houses to the mix.  Based on the fact that the next Stage 10 commencing in June 2022 is aligned exclusively with Gemini and focused solely upon the 7th house, that I can expect the culmination stage of my life in the worldly sense.   Though the correlation between my life and these generational stages do not include the kind of detail I expect from the various astrological techniques applied to horoscopes, I can certainly detect a clear correlation nevertheless.

Previous Sagittarius-Sagittarius generations

Around every 165 years, another Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation appears (most of the time).  The last Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation was from July 1784 to December 1791.[11]  Three US president came from this generation – Presidents John Tyler (10th president), Zachary Taylor (12th president) and James Buchanan (15th president).  This Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation did not have a fault line on the “missing” 11th house as was the case with the recent Baby Boomer A generation.  Its fault line was with the “missing” 12th house.

Notable people born in this generation were Jacob Grimm (folklorist), Davy Crockett (American adventurer), George Byron (poet) and Michael Faraday (scientist)gftc

Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was a German philologist, jurist, and mythologist. He is known as the discoverer of Grimm’s law (linguistics), the co-author with his brother Wilhelm of the monumental “The German Dictionary”, the author of Deutsche Mythologie (tracing the mythology and beliefs of the ancient Germanic peoples) and, more popularly, as one of the Brothers Grimm and the editor of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.[12]

David “Davy” Crockett was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Texas Revolution.  Crockett became famous in his own lifetime for larger-than-life exploits popularized by stage plays and almanacs. After his death, he continued to be credited with acts of mythical proportion. These led in the 20th century to television and movie portrayals, and he became one of the best-known American folk heroes.[13]  His reincarnated female form has appeared in the Hunger Games, with Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss Everdeen, a thinly disguised female version of Davey Crocket.

Michael Faraday was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. Albert Einstein kept a picture of Faraday on his study wall, alongside pictures of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell. Physicist Ernest Rutherford stated,

“When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honour too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time.” [14]

It is also possible that Charles Babbage, born December 26 1791, may have been born in this generation.  Considered by some to be a “father of the computer”, Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex electronic designs, though all the essential ideas of modern computers are to be found in Babbage’s analytical engine.[15]

In all the above, the sheer energy of Sagittarius is seen from this generation, and this Sagittarian energy, from the end of this generation in 1791, went on and “conquered” the world in the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) – the period basically defining the modern USA, the world population explosion and modern economic “miracle”.  Davey Crocket was one of the key archetypal inspirations for the fledgling USA.


Generational Astrology – Part 1 Introduction

Generational Astrology – Part 2 Pre-Boomers (1940 – 1948)


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[1] The Baby Boomer Generation [Born 1946–1964],

[2] CHRISTINA STERBENZ, “These Charts Reveal How Best-Selling Novels Have Changed Over Time”, Business Insider Australia, JUN 3, 2014

[3] Boeing 707. (2017, February 13), Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:58, February 18, 2017, from

[4] Post–World War II economic expansion. (2017, January 13), Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:07, February 18, 2017, from

[5] Terry MacKinnell, “Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius”, 3 May 2008,

[6] This table will not be identical for preceding and succeeding generation due to a sub-age cusp in 1970 that introduces a minor house relationship anomaly that will appear in a different period for different generations born before 1970.

[7] Al Gore. (2017, February 14), Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:09, February 18, 2017, from

[8] Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. (2017, February 7), Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:28, February 22, 2017, from

[9] Matt Groening. (2017, February 17), Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:44, February 19, 2017, from

[10] Steve Jobs. (2017, February 18), Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:49, February 19, 2017, from

[11] I cannot confirm the accuracy of the dates down to the monthly level

[12] Jacob Grimm. (2017, February 8), Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:01, February 22, 2017, from

[13] Davy Crockett. (2017, January 31), Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:06, February 22, 2017, from

[14] Michael Faraday. (2017, January 23), Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:58, February 22, 2017, from

[15] Charles Babbage. (2017, February 21), Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:11, February 22, 2017, from

The 2016 US Presidential Election Part 2 Conclusion

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

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

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POSTSCRIPT (20 October 2016)

I am again attending the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (26 – 30 October 2016 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

US Presidents in the Age of Aquarius (2008)

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

The 2016 US Presidential Election Part 1

Is the World a Calamity in Progress?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Manufacturing Graph (1750-1900)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further Reading

Age of Aquarius for Dummies

Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius

All Good Things Must Come to an End

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

Will New Agers Rule the World?

Females, Women and Feminists in the Age of Aquarius

A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making

The 2016 US Presidential Election Part 1

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
Dec 1962 Scorpio-Scorpio Progressive
May 1970 Scorpio-Virgo Progressive-Conservative
Oct 1977 Virgo-Virgo Conservative
Apr 1985 Virgo-Leo Conservative
Sep 1992 Leo-Leo Conservative
Feb 2000 Leo-Cancer Conservative-Progressive
Jul 2007 Cancer-Cancer Progressive
Dec 2014 Cancer-Gemini Progressive
Jun 2022 Gemini-Gemini Progressive
Nov 2029 Gemini-Taurus Progressive-Conservative

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 withPeace_sign 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

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(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 pushBernie_Sanders 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

"Road to Majority" conference in Washington June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX1H57C
Trump and Cruz

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
Dec 1962 Scorpio-Scorpio PROGRESSIVE LBJ P
Scorpio-Scorpio PROGRESSIVE R Nixon C
May 1970 Scorpio-Virgo PROGRESSIVE-Conservative J Carter P
Oct 1977 Virgo-Virgo CONSERVATIVE R Reagan C
Apr 1985 Virgo-Leo CONSERVATIVE G H W Bush C
Sep 1992 Leo-Leo CONSERVATIVE B Clinton P
Feb 2000 Leo-Cancer CONSERVATIVE-Progressive G W Bush C
Jul 2007 Cancer-Cancer PROGRESSIVE Obama P

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 left, presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders


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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The Pre-Boomers (Capricorn-Sagittarius generation August 1940 – February 1948)

I am commencing the generational analysis with this Capricorn-Sagittarius generation, the Pre-Boomers, because they remain at the top rung of leadership in the world.  Few current leaders or influential people in 2016 are from the previous Capricorn-Capricorn generation (Mar 1933 – Aug 1940) purely due to their ages which in 2016 will range from about 76 years to 83 years.  I will not be ignoring this generation and my intention is to provide the same thorough review at a later stage comparable to younger generations.

US Presidents

There is clear evidence that the Capricorn-Sagittarius generation remains active on the world stage because, at a minimum, three of the top contenders running for US president in 2016 are from this generation: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (as of January 2016).  The other key contenders are from younger generations.  It is worth noting that this Capricorn-Sagittarius generation is above average in producing US presidents with the average at almost one two-term president per generation.  This generation has already produced two two-term presidents: Bill Clinton and George W Bush. Not one president was sourced from either the previous Capricorn-Capricorn generation (Mar 1933 – Aug 1940) or the earlier Aquarius-Capricorn generation (Oct 1925 – Mar 1933).  However the Aquarius-Aquarius generation (May 1918 – Oct 1925) produced three US presidents: George Bush senior, Jimmy Carter and John Kennedy (JFK).

Research does confirm that the most noticeable quality associated with US presidents is that to date, of the 44 presidents, 70% came from a generation where the second sign was either an Air of Fire sign.    Also, of the two signs, the Air signs are the most popular signs for the second sign of generations accounting for 41% of all presidents to date.

It is also notable that after the two presidents from the Capricorn-Sagittarius generation (Bill Clinton and George W Bush) the Baby Boomer generation was skipped with Barack Obama belonging to the following Sagittarius-Scorpio generation (July 1955 – Dec 1962).  Perhaps the Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation inhaled too much?  It is possible that the Capricorn-Sagittarius generation has some quality making them strive for public office that is absent from the immediate surrounding generations?  Capricorn combined with Sagittarius may be a superior combination?  Certainly these two signs combined public office with good fortune.  Also, perhaps generations with mixed signs may include greater diversity of traits?

Are the Two Generational Signs Equivalent?

The two signs associated with each generation are not identical.  The first sign represents the entrenched influence for the generation while the second sign represents the emergent energy.  Every second generation has two signs that are the same and this just means that for the double-sign generations, though it has already established a firm foundation in the nature of the sign, it is still growing with ‘freshness’.  It is the emergent Air and Fire signs that appear to be the primary key for US presidents.

Generations where the (second) emergent sign is Air or Fire seem to have more political drive either due to their dynamic nature or intellectual projection.  Aquarius is the most popular sign for producing presidents and the most radical of the Air signs ruling extremist ideology which is why from the same generation we can have Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon on the conservative extreme and Kennedy on the other extreme.  Extremists seem to be more politically motivated than other generations as if they have a political fire in their belly.

Though there is a difference between the statuses of the two signs that define the nature of each generation, it is not a major factor but something to take into consideration.  There is something about the emergent energy that allegorically can be associated with new life.  Further research and case studies may clarify the difference between the two generational signs.

General Characteristics

The characteristics we should expect from a generation with Capricorn combined with Sagittarius is an optimistic pragmatic outlook.  Capricorn will breed a sense of duty and desire for recognition and status, while Sagittarius will express itself with almost boundless optimism.  Capricorn would normally limit such optimism to be harnessed wisely.

The difference between this generation of Pre-Boomers and the following Baby Boomers is that the Pre-Boomers seemed to have taken a leadership role in the heady and revolutionary days of the 1960s and early 70s when on average, they were in their early 20s.  Doug Owram argues that some of the most influential people among boomers were musicians such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones[1] mostly drawn from this Capricorn-Sagittarius generation.  With Capricorn combined with Sagittarius we have a blend of Capricorn leadership and public status combined with the good fortune of Sagittarius – a winning combination!

Historical Events

Another way to understand the archetypal relationships in this generation is by examining how Capricorn and Sagittarius manifested in world affairs during this time.  This period/generation commenced in the midst of the most disastrous times in the 20th century when tens of millions of innocent people were needlessly killed by a cloud of darkness that descended upon much of the world in the Second World War.  The preceding Capricorn-Capricorn period (Mar 1933 – Aug 1940) saw the descent into this darkness with no light at the end of the tunnel – very appropriate for pure Capricorn!  The situation quickly changed with the arrival of the Capricorn-Sagittarius period in August 1940 as within 16 months, the USA entered the war and changed the whole dynamics due to the massive economic resources of the USA which were then turned to war industries. The light at the end of the tunnel arrived soon after the appearance of Sagittarius!

With the end of the Second World War in 1945, much of Eurasia, North Africa, Asia and Polynesia had succumbed to the military insanity that has been relatively common in the world since the arrival of the peak of the Aries age around 2900 BC.  But the darkness of Capricorn did not stop in 1945.  Due to the devastation of the war and the economic destruction it brought, there were shortages of food and many essential items, so rationing that appeared in many countries during the war, continued on for many more years.  This is Capricorn’s austerity and frugality.  Secondly, the dark hand of communism spread out of the USSR engulfing Eastern Europe and China fell to the communists.  The dark forces of war then bred the dark forces of totalitarianism hiding behind socialism.  Communism is the combination of totalitarianism and socialism.   The problem was not with the socialism, but with the totalitarianism.

Despite the height of darkness associated first with the Capricorn-Capricorn period leading into the Capricorn-Sagittarius period, compared to many people today, people in those times were stoic and seemed to have backbone in the face of unimaginable devastation.  Compare this with some Goth-inspired Islamist extremists doing their best to bring mayhem and destruction to the ‘civilized’ world and any intelligent person would realize that the world in 2015 leading into 2016 is a Sunday school picnic compared to times under Capricorn.  However, the world since December 2014 is in a Cancer-Gemini period (archetypally directly opposite to the Capricorn-Sagittarius period) which explains why so many people today display wimpish or immature emotional responses when faced with the antics of a few Gothic terrorists.  People and society have no backbone today as Cancer is the sign that represents no-backbone.  We should expect people born in any generation associated with Capricorn to have backbone.

Due to the Second World War, there were no Olympic Games for 12 years (Capricorn again), but in 1948, the Olympic Games recommenced, but became known as the Austerity Games because of the economic climate and post-war rationing.  Unlike the modern Olympics, no construction preceded these games – existing facilities were used due to the asutere times.  Germany and Japan were excluded and the USSR did not attend.[2]  Nevertheless, it was a step forward showing signs of Sagittarius’ expansion.  Apart from the noticeable worldwide increase in births in the Capricorn-Sagittarius period, the world commenced moving forward again, and some impressive Sagittarius archetypes manifested.

Firstly, Sagittarius is closely associated with air travel, and the first large-scale mass-produced helicopter, and the first jet aircraft appeared in this period (initially only as fighter planes).  By 1947 the first supersonic flight occurred.  Sagittarian Air transportation was on a mission.  Sagittarius also rules religion (and combined with Capricorn for antiquities), the Dead Sea Scrolls commenced being discovered in 1946.  The Scrolls are believed to date from the last three centuries BC and the 1st century AD and provided a hitherto unrivalled access to the ancient scriptural traditions associated with the evolution of the Hebrew Bible.[3]  These scrolls were a major revelation.

The famous Kon-Tiki expedition commenced at the end of the current period.  It was a journey by raft across the pacific from South America to forward the theory that Polynesia could have been populated by immigrants from South America.  Later research supports South Americans arriving on Easter Island between the 13th and 15th centuries AD.[4]  The Sagittarian influence is clearly seen here with the world responding to the adventurist spirit of the expedition.

Culture is usually strongly influenced by these periods, and a noticeable new style of music appeared in the early 1940’s – Bebop.  Bebop, or Bop,  developed in reaction to popular swing styles focused on dancing to a new style with a faster tempo and a strong influence upon improvisation.  Bebop was the beginning of modern jazz which matured in the early 1960s and therefore suggests that Bebop and modern jazz were a product of fiery Sagittarius – as its formation, development and peak occurred in the Sagittarius macro-generation/period (Aug 1940 – Dec 1962).  Key Bebop musicians include: Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.[5]

A “New Look” in fashion spearheaded by Christian Dior in 1946 reestablished Paris as the center of the fashion world in 1946.  It rejected (Capricorn?) boxy, fabric-conserving shapes of the World War II styles replaced by voluptuous use of material that highlighted the female curvaceous form.  However Capricorn manifested in another way as the New Look covered up women’s legs and there was some opposition to the (Sagittarius) profligacy of the new style.[6]

House Relationships to Birth Generation

The Capricorn-Sagittarius generation will have one foot in stoic and austere Capricorn, and one foot into Sagittarian optimism, positivity and expanding good fortune.  Every person that was born in this generation will work their way through the following periods and activate specific house relationships on the way.  Table 1 display these periods and relationships and will constantly be referred to in the following case studies.

GENERATION: Sagittarius-Capricorn Houses
Stage Period: Period Signature H1 H2 H3 H4
1 Feb 1948 Sagittarius -Sagittarius 1 12 1 12
2 Jul 1955 Sagittarius -Scorpio 1 12 12 11
3 Dec 1962 Scorpio-Scorpio 12 11 12 11
4 May 1970 Scorpio-Virgo 12 11 10 9
5 Oct 1977 Virgo-Virgo 10 9 10 9
6 Apr 1985 Virgo-Leo 10 9 9 8
7 Sep 1992 Leo-Leo 9 8 9 8
8 Feb 2000 Leo-Cancer 9 8 8 7
9 Jul 2007 Cancer-Cancer 8 7 8 7
10 Dec 2014 Cancer-Gemini 8 7 7 6
11 Jun 2022 Gemini-Gemini 7 6 7 6
12 Nov 2029 Gemini-Taurus 7 6 6 5
13 Apr 2037 Taurus-Taurus 6 5 6 5
14 Sep 2044 Taurus-Aries 6 5 5 4

Table 1 – House Relationships

The main function for Table 1 is to define the house relationships between each succeeding period to the birth generation.[7]  I am ignoring the birth generation as a period to analyze and so Stage 1 for each person born in this generation commence somewhere in the weeks after birth to up to 7 ½ years of age.  The H1, H2, H3 and H4 columns refer to the following house relationships:

H1 – first period sign to first generational sign

H2 – first period sign to second generational sign

H3 – second period sign to first generational sign

H4 – second period sign to second generational sign

H1 to H4 covers all possible relationships though H1 and H4 may be the most relevant relationships.


Bill Clinton

Born in August 1946 Clinton was the Arkansas state Attorney General from 1977 to 1979 mainly in Stage44_Bill_Clinton_3x4 5 in the Virgo-Virgo period which is a prime period in any person’s life as the influence is equally mixed between the strong 9th and 10th houses.  This was his launching pad to high political office.  Also in stage 5 he became governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992. His wife Hillary was born only one year later and is therefore also of this same generation.

Clinton became US president from 1993 to 2001 almost exactly in parallel to the new Leo-Leo period (Sep 1992 – Feb 2000).  The Leo-Leo period activates stage 7 which is equally split between the fortunate 9th house and difficult 8th house, and in this case the connection between the 8th house and sex had a strong influence on his presidency via the Monica Lewinski scandal.  His 8th house vulnerability also was expressed by the fact that in 1994 when the Republican Party won control of Congress for the first time in 40 years indicating political vulnerability.  His 8th house again was invoked when he was impeached – though he was acquitted.

He was the most popular president on leaving office since WW2 matching those of Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt as the highest ratings for departing presidents in the modern era.[8]  This may harks back to his strong 9th house influence associated with his presidency.  However, this popularity probably has a stronger connection to the Leo-Leo period he was president because if any period is going to positively promote a leader, Leo, the king of the jungle, will be the best sign to accomplish this.  It may also be relevant that Bill Clinton belonged to the US Democratic Party that was formed in 1828 in a Virgo-Leo period.  Virgo sits well with both Capricorn and Sagittarius (9th and 10th houses respectively) and Leo sits very well with Sagittarius and only the Leo to Capricorn invokes a difficult house relationship (8th house).  It seems appropriate that in his Leo-Leo presidency, Clinton was caught with his pants down with a female subordinate.  This typical alpha male behavior obviously did not negatively affect his reputation.  Clinton just so happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Clinton’s greatest health crisis time commenced in September 2004 with a quadruple bypass surgery followed by surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005.This occurred in his stage 8 when 50% of the house associations to his Capricorn-Sagittarius generation were from the dreaded 8th house and this period was in the middle of the strongest 8th house influences in his life. In 2010 he had two coronary stents inserted into his heart in stage 9 where the 8th house retained its double strength influence.  Due to his vulnerability to health issues, he adopted a vegan diet and with cows and bulls ruled by Taurus, associated with the 2nd house.  It is highly appropriate that Clinton became a vegan under the 8th house influence as the 8th house is directly opposite the 2nd house.  The 8th house is the house of research and someone certainly did high quality research to end up with such a good diet for someone with heart problems.   It was under this same strong 8th house period that Hillary Clinton spectacularly failed in her bid for the Democratic candidate for the 2008 US presidential election.

By the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency, the Clinton’s were broke due to legal fees and this again is entirely appropriate under the 8th house. However, the Clinton’s earned more than $160 million in the next decade. This occurred mainly in Stage 8 and into stage 9 with both stages strongly linked to 8th house financial vulnerability.  It is also notable that as soon as Stage 9 appeared in July 2007, Clinton vigorously advocated on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate in the 2008 elections. However Clinton also enthusiastically endorsed Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention[9] which again activates the 7th house of ‘the other person’.

Since December 2014, Bill Clinton is in stage 10 with 50% of house influences on the 7th house, so we can expect that again he will be an enthusiastic supporter of Hillary’s pitch for the Democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential elections as the 7th house equally indicates the partner and opponent.  Hillary’s candidature again for US president in the 2016 elections is in her stage 9 period of Cancer-Gemini.  The strongest house influence is from the 7th house and it should be noted that the Cancer-Gemini period is directly opposite her birth Capricorn-Sagittarius period.  This places the stress on allies and oppositions, so it will most likely be an extremely hard fought operation or she will hit the proverbial brick wall of the 7th house.

Hillary Clinton also comes to the 2016 election with vulnerabilities from her time as Secretary of State (Jan 2009 – Feb 2013) related to the 2012 Benghazi attack.  This all occurred in her stage 9 Cancer-Cancer period.  The 8th house of vulnerabilities (and death) was strong during this time and can be associated with the deaths of American consulate personnel in Libya.  In contrast, her election as a New York senator in 2000 and again in 2004 both occurred in a Leo-Cancer period with the remnant influence of the strong 9th house still influential though the 8th house of debt and vulnerability was very strong during this time.

George W Bush

Born in July 1946, in the same generation as Bill and Hillary Clinton, he became US president in800px-George-W-Bush January 2001 in his stage 8 which is not as favorable as Clinton’s Stage 7 presidency.  This may be reflected in the fact he is one of only four presidents who received less votes than his opponent (Al Gore).  His astrological golden years (1992 – 2000) under Leo-Leo saw him governor of Texas.  Bush most notably was president during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA and arguably has inflamed if not created most of the current major problems in the Middle East and particularly ISIS due to his maligned attack upon Iraq in 2003 when he was able to con a willing electorate.  Compared to other First World countries, an extremely large sector of the US general public not only prefers guns, but under pressure, they prefer to shoot first and ask questions later which Bush certainly responded to.  Much of his presidency was aligned to 8th house issues, the house which was strongest in his stage 8 presidency.   These issues included amending the Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriages, broad tax cuts which have subsequently sent the USA debt hurtling skywards, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and funding for the AIDS relief program. His tenure saw national debates on Social Security and torture.[10] All these issues are related to the 8th house.  Even the 9/11 terrorist attack has strong 8th house connotations as the terrorists capitalized upon the USA’s vulnerabilities, especially in its security agencies.  By attacking Iraq, the USA demonstrated that it was a gorilla to be reckoned with, but now the gorilla is confused because though it won the war it has lost the peace.

Stephen Hawking

Born in January 1942 he was the first scientist to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union ofStephen_Hawking.StarChild the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics (basically the very large combined with the very small).  However he is also well known for his rare medical condition of early-onset and a slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease which became noticeable towards the end of his stage 2 with the dominant influence the unfortunate 12th house.  His disease was medically diagnosed in 1963 at the beginning of the stage 3 with the 12th house influence remaining the major influence (for stages 1, 2 and 3).  By the end of stage 3 he was in a wheelchair.  By stage 5 he was virtually unintelligible.  At the very beginning of stage 6 he almost died of pneumonia in mid-1985 – stage 6 (Apr 1985 – Sep 1992) introduced the 8th house of mortality for the first time and this quickly manifested.

In 1974 he discovered that black holes emit radiation, now known as Hawking radiation – which was widely accepted as a significant breakthrough in theoretical physics.  Up until this new theory, it was believed everything only entered black holes and nothing ever came out.  This occurred in stage 4 (May 1970 – Oct 1977) with the entry of the 9th house relationship into the equation.  He received increasing academic recognition of his work during stage 4 and was appointed a professor with a chair in gravitational physics in 1977 – the same year commencing his stage 6 Virgo-Virgo period and the second period of his 9th house being the dominant influence.  Hawking’s famous book, “A Brief History of Time” was also published in mid-1988 with the 9th house of publishing at full strength in stage 6. A film version of “A Brief History of Time” produced by Steven Spielberg, premiered in 1992 at the end of stage 6.

In 2006 in stage 8, which is the first appearance of the 7th house influence, Hawking’s divorced his second wife and resumed amicable relationships with his first wife, children and his grandchildren that had been interrupted with his second marriage. The 7th house can bring rapprochement.  However with the 7th house ruling opposition, Hawking experienced a major humiliation in mid-2012 when the Higgs boson particle was discovered in July 2012 at CERN after Hawking claimed it would never be found.  He then experienced another humiliation in January 2014 when he acknowledged his “biggest blunder” for formerly alleging the loss of information in black holes which contradicted other scientific theories.[11]  Both these humiliations occurred in his stage 9 when houses 7 (opposition) and 8th (vulnerability) were equally strong.

As of December 2014 Hawking has entered stage 10 which is the middle period of a 50% influence from the 7th house and the first appearance of the 6th house of health.  This is a Cancer-Gemini period directly opposing his Capricorn-Sagittarius birth generation.

 Joan Baez

With room for only one more case study, I decided to select a notable female.  Amongst female actors in1280px-Joan_Baez_Hamburg_1973_2811730005 this generation, there was a large choice with Raquel Welch, Faye Dunaway, Barbra Streisand, Sharon Tate and so on all the way to Barbara Hershey.  Other notable females from this generation include:  Billie Jean King (tennis), Camilla Parker Bowles (royalty) and Hillary Clinton.  However, it is from amongst the singers that I chose Joan Baez.  Other notable singers in this generation include: Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Cilla Black, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Bette Midler, Cher, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris but I chose Joan Baez because of her civic consciousness.

Joan Baez was born very early in the Capricorn-Sagittarius generation in January 1941.  At the age of 13 she went to a performance by the musical activist Pete Seeger which firmly precipitated her musical direction thereafter and probably also her strong political convictions.  This occurred in the Sagittarius-Sagittarius period or her Stage 1 with the only two dominant house influences equally split between the 1st house of self and the 12th house of music and inspiration (and drugs).  It is worthwhile mentioning that her parents were fearful at the time that her musical interest would lead her to becoming a drug addict.

The next notable change occurred in stage 2 when in 1958 her family moved to Boston.  This stage introduced the 11th house of civic consciousness and friends and was the beginning of her up-and-coming folk-music scene.    Baez gave her first concert in 1958 and other highlights at this stage were performing at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival and signing her first recording contract in 1959.  Baez went on to introduce Bob Dylan to the general public in the early 1960s, and they had a relatively short term relationship.

Very early in stage 3, Baez appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1962. Stage 3 is equally focused upon the 12th house of inspiration and music and 11th house of civic consciousness.  She was one of the principal performers at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the day on which Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a dream” speech.  Towards the end of this stage in 1969, her appearance at Woodstock afforded her international musical and political recognition, particularly upon the successful release of the documentary film Woodstock in the following year.  1970 marks the beginning of stage 4 with the dilution of the former 12th and 11th house influences and the arrival of the 10th house of career and recognition and 9th house of international fame.  Baez is notable at being one of the first musicians to use her popularity as a vehicle for social protest, singing and marching for human rights and peace.

With the arrival of stage 5 in October 1977, Baez entered her astrological magic period equally divided between the 9th and 10th houses.  For example, in 1980, Baez was given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her political activism and the “universality of her music”. In 1983, she appeared on the Grammy Awards, performing Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”, a song she first performed twenty years earlier.  This was the period she had a relationship with Steve Jobs of Apple Computer fame.

The arrival of stage 6 now included an 8th house influence for the first time and this is reflected in the fact that Baez also played a significant role in the 1985 Live Aid concert for African famine relief and she assisted many other causes.  In this stage in May 1989, Baez performed at a music festival in communist Czechoslovakia, and met the future Czechoslovakian president Václav Havel and became friends.

1992 saw the arrival of stage 7 with the 8th house influence equal to that of the 9th. In 1993, at the invitation of Refugees International and sponsored by the Soros Foundation, she traveled to the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina region of then-Yugoslavia in an effort to help bring more attention to the suffering there.  The new 8th house influence may correlate to the fact Baez stopped writing her own songs in this stage (around 1989)?[12]

With stage 8 arriving in February 2000, this was the middle of the strongest period of the 8th house, and appropriately in 2001 her first 13 albums were re-released featuring digitally restored sound, unreleased bonus songs and new and original artwork.  The 8th house is the recycle house.  More old albums were rereleased in 2003.  It was in this stage she changed one of her songs as a tribute to her late sister and in December 2005. Baez also appeared and sang “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” at the California protest at the San Quentin State Prison against an execution.[13]

Stage 9 commenced in July 2007 keeping the influence on the 8th but equally shared with the 7th house.  Around 2011 Baez almost stopped singing as she thought her voice had become unmanageable but was quickly remedied by a vocal therapist.  The 7th house can sometimes appear like a brick wall in your path.  Stage 10 arrived in December 2014 with the dominant influence from the 7th house but introducing the 6th house of health for the first time.  It is too early to know if it has any effect yet.

David Bowie

David Bowie also belonged to this Capricorn-Sagittarius generation.  See ‎ for additional details.

Previous Capricorn-Sagittarius generations

Around every 165 years another Capricorn-Sagittarius generation appears (most of the time).  The last Capricorn-Sagittarius generation was from February 1777 to July 1784.[14]  Only one US president came from this generation – Van Buren who is assessed as an average president.  It is also worth noting the dark similarity between the recent Capricorn-Sagittarius period and this older period.  Both periods commenced with a war and the American War of Independence (1775 – 1783) almost perfectly matched this older Capricorn-Sagittarius period.  It also suggests that the government of the USA was born in a Capricorn-Sagittarius period.  The astrological signature for a government is not the same as for the society.  American society existed before the War of Independence.

Interestingly, the direct opposite of the birth generation for the US government is a Cancer-Gemini period, which has just commenced in December 2014.  The last Cancer-Gemini period (Jun 1851 – Nov 1858) was the lead up to the American Civil War.  It was in this lead up period that the internal stresses within the USA were developed that created the Civil War.  Historians believe that while slavery was the obvious focus for the Civil War, it masked the deep disunity that occurred in the USA at the time.  Is the USA currently marching towards deep disunity?  It certainly seems to be the case as there appears to be two Americas.  One is cosmopolitan with progressive social values, the other is a gun-totting, religious, conservative small town and rural America.

We should expect deepening divisions in the USA in the current Cancer-Gemini period but while the astrology for Civil War is again mimicked in the following Gemini-Gemini period (Jun 2022 – Nov 2029), it is not the same and one key component is far weaker in the coming period compared to the Civil War period.  However, we should expect fireworks of some sort soon for the USA.

Washington Irving

The only recognizable person born in this period is the American author Washington Irving (b. Apr800px-Irving-Washington-LOC 1783) best known for “Rip Van Winkle” which fictitiously plays with (Capricorn) time.  He is also author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which was recently made into a feature film directed by Tim Burton in 1999 starring Johnny Depp.  Again the dour influence of Capricorn is readily seen in this story.  He was America’s first genuine internationally best-selling author.  He was also author of a number of historical works including studies on George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad and several histories of 15th-century Spain including Christopher Columbus, the Moors and the Alhambra.  Irving was one of the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving influenced other American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. He was also admired internationally by Walter Scott, Lord Byron, and Charles Dickens.[15]  His subject matter seemed mainly Capricorn but his expansive fictional and non-fiction writing and international acclaim is pure Sagittarius.

Illustrations & Graphics

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References & Citations

[1] Owram, Doug (1997), “Born at the Right Time”, Toronto: University Of Toronto Press, p. xiv, ISBN 0-8020-8086-3

[2] 1948 Summer Olympics,  Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:34, December 25, 2015, from

[3] Dead Sea Scrolls, Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:48, December 25, 2015, from

[4] Kon-Tiki expedition. (2015, November 15), Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:00, December 25, 2015, from

[5] Bebop. (2015, December 23), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:46, January 7, 2016, from

[6] Christian Dior. (2015, December 31), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:54, January 7, 2016, from

[7] This table will not be identical for preceding and succeeding generation due to a sub-age cusp in 1970 that introduces a minor house relationship anomaly that will appear in a different period for different generations born before 1970.

[8] Bootie Cosgrove-Mather (June 7, 2004). “A Look Back at the Polls” . CBS News. Retrieved August 30, 2011.

[9] Bill Clinton. (2015, December 17), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:46, December 21, 2015, from

[10] George W. Bush. (2015, December 21), Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:46, December 22, 2015, from

[11] Stephen Hawking. (2015, December 18), Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:44, December 22, 2015, from


[13] Joan Baez. (2015, December 12), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:55, December 23, 2015, from

[14] I cannot confirm the accuracy of the dates down to the monthly level

[15] Washington Irving. (2015, December 21), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:09, December 25, 2015, from

Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?

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,[1] 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[2] – a period of 64 years and remarkably close to the length of a sub-age decan (see the Age of Aquarius for Dummies).

portrait photograph of Queen Victoria dressed for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Albany
portrait photograph of Queen Victoria dressed for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Albany

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!


The Aquarian age did not begin in the 1960’s or ’70s

Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World


[1] Michael Barone, “Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?”,, Jul 28, 2015, and

[2] Victorian era. Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:06, August 9, 2015, from

Photograph of Queen Victoria – Photographer – Alexander Bassano (1829–1913), 1887, Source:      

This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan

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. [1]

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.

Senator Bernie Saunders

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.

President Franklin Roosevelt

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.”[2]

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)[3] 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[4] 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:

Stage Start End Strength
1 Dec-14 Jun-17 Weak
2 Jun-17 Dec-19 Medium
3 Dec-19 Jun-22 Strong
4 Jun-22 Nov-24 Medium-Strong

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.[5]  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.[6] 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[7] who lived almost at the same exact stage the world is in now but in the previous Peace_signScorpio 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.

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[1]. Paul O’Brien. “Mussolini in the First World War: The Journalist, The Soldier, The Fascist”. p. 52

[2] RG Price, “Fascism Part II: The Rise of American Fascism”, May 15, 2004,

[3] Bleeding Kansas, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:09, July 5, 2015, from

[4] 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

[5] Roaring Twenties. (2015, July 8). Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:02, July 9, 2015, from

[6] 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.

[7] Glenville Whittaker, “For Christ’s Sake: pressing the refresh button on the life of Jesus”, 2014


Associated Posts

A Funny Thing Happened in the 21st Century – Part 1

Will New Agers Rule the World

Scorpio – the Sign of the Times


Further resources from Terry MacKinnell – 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

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Detailed examination of the astrological ages from the Age of Leo to the Age of Aquarius including age-decans