Residents of the UK and elsewhere are decidedly upset at the new style of terrorism in their midst from ISIS aligned malcontents. With Manchester, London, Notre Dame, Melbourne (Australia), Kabul, Baghdad, Tehran and so on, it seems that every week more atrocities appear. There is a reason for this heightened round of terrorism and it has to do with Aries.
While most astrologers and people are confused about what age the world is currently passing through, we are actually passing through the Age of Aquarius. Ever since the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 15th century, rebellion, democratic reforms and progressive socio-political movements have flourished – mainly in Western culture – beginning in earnest with Oliver Cromwell in England.
The Age of Aquarius is the Age of Progress but people and societies are by nature conservative, and as a result, conservative orientated governments do all they can to prevent progress from occurring in their patch. This is why most reforms are hard fought and can drag out of decades, if not centuries. The newly elected president of the USA has been elected from the core base of conservative American voters, and he is doing his level best to reverse as many progressive changes as possible. This will be as futile as trying to stop the tide coming in with only a plastic bucket and spade. (see “A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making” )
Imagine how people will view our time 1,000 years from now. If you want this perspective, take a look at the world in 1017 and see what our glorified barbarian “civilized” ancestors were doing one thousand years ago (in the Age of Pisces). We will probably be seen as the cusp of the clash between primitive civilization with lots of technology leading to progressive civilization. As long as war, conflict, open violence between countries and unnecessary deaths from drought or diseases remains, we are still in the world of primitive civilization even if we can watch Netflix. It could be argued that people’s focus upon their mobile devices is equivalent to ostriches having their head in the sand.
In every astrological age, a specific place was ‘favored’. Under the Age of Gemini it was Mesopotamia (Iraq), under Taurus it was Ancient Egypt, under Aries it was Ancient Rome, and under Aquarius it is Western culture specifically focused upon the USA but with Europe in the mix. Whichever region or culture the astrological gods temporarily favor, there resides good fortune (to a certain extent). The astro gods have favored western culture since the 15th century which is why history books call the 15th century the beginning of modernity in Western culture. Historians know more about ages than astrologers.
As the temporary leading culture, it is up to Western society to set the tone, because the actions of the leading culture filters out to the rest of the world like the wake from the bow of a boat. Is Western culture setting a good example? Did Western culture, spearheaded by the Anglo-Saxon nations headed by the USA, do good when they invaded Iraq in 2003? Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and possibly up to one million people were killed subsequent to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. If, as an American, British, Australian or citizen of some other Western nation, what would you do if your country was invaded and occupied by a foreign power and up to one million of your fellow citizens killed? Now many people would just acquiesce but some patriotic souls would develop some retaliatory measure like the Free French partisans when their country was attacked and occupied by the Nazi Germans in the Second World War.
Did ISIS appear out of nowhere for no reason? Or was the creation of this organization and similar ones the result of numerous injustices heaped upon them including the callous murder of so many innocent people in the Middle East by ‘enlightened’ Western invaders led by that champion of freedom – the USA? Would ISIS even exist today if the Americans had not led their churlish and irrelevant war against Iraq in 2003? This is just one example of what can create anger which organizations such as ISIS can both exploit and take to extremes. The ongoing European Jewish invasion of Palestine over the last one and a half centuries is supported by Western nations and demonstrates very clearly to the residents of the Middle East that they are treated as dogs. Some progressive Western nations and politicians have become aware of this iniquity.
Listening to the news today about the growing number of atrocities committed by deranged individuals, criminals and small groups influenced by ISIS feels like the world has collectively fallen prone to Alzheimer’s disease and cannot remember last year, let alone 2003. The inability of the USA led West to perceive their own complicity in the unrest of today, specifically in the Middle East, is what causes war and further conflicts. Does selling billions of dollars of arms to the medieval Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that stills beheads its citizens and subjugates its women, lead to peace in the Middle East? The Trump instigated ‘blockade’ of Qatar by many surrounding countries has one neighboring country threatening 15 years imprisonment to any of its citizens expressing support for Qatar. This is just political moral corruption to the nth degree by the USA and this is not limited to Trump, it has been going on for decades, if not over a century.
Fortunately, from the astrological perspective, the world is heading away from this momentum of stupidism that the world is addicted to, but at a snail’s pace. With Trump in the White House, it can even be argued that the snail as currently accelerating backwards, but this aberrant behavior can only last a small time. Fortunately, the astro tide in the medium and long term is heading in the forward direction. Trump and his followers cannot stop the Age of Aquarius.
Currently the world is in the same astrological configuration as the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. In the previous Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014) were 12 nano-ages, and the Aries nano-age and overflow (Aug 2002 – Nov 2003 – Jan 2005) included the invasion of Iraq from 20 March to 1 May 2003. The current Aries nano-age and overflow (Mar 2016 – June 2017 – Sep 2018) is in the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029). The bad news is that when Aries is prominent, war, discord and conflict is always at a higher level. With June 2017 the apex of the current Aries period, it is unfortunately associated with what seems like a growing spate of terrorist attacks around the world. The intensity of Aries is at its strongest level from June 2017 until February 2018 and so we must expect more terrorism at a much higher level than normal for the next 8 months.
There is a silver lining (so far) for the current increase in terrorist attacks. Usually these Aries nano-ages bring a regional war where instead of the dead in each attack in the single or double digits, in the last two Aries periods, it was in the tens and hundreds of thousands associated with the two Gulf Wars. However, as one of my astute friend stated, those killed or injured ‘did not count because they were not one of us!’ (See “What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?” for more background details)
If the West wants to set an example, it must stop killing other people to further their economic, military or religious biases as a starting point. Currently the USA is bombing civilians in Mosul, Iraq – this is merely collateral damage from the western perspective. Unfortunately, this will remain the degraded international socio-political reality for some decades to come, but even now, the light at the end of the tunnel can be glimpsed.
On the political front, we had Bernie Sanders in the USA and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK. Last weekend I read in a Murdoch newspaper a report by a shocked journalist that Jeremy Corbin had 35% support from the UK voting public. Shock and horror, how can this many people turn their back on the modern capitalist dream as promoted by Fox News? Corbin, like Sanders in the USA in 2016, expressed basically the same progressive political and economic policies intended to reign in extreme capitalism and promote socialist ideals for the benefit of the less wealthy half of society.
Socio-political change is slow, but interestingly, as of June 2017, the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) has just changed from first to second gear stepping up the intensity of Aquarius in the world. We can expect further movement towards the progressive future for the rest of this Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow, especially in the period Dec 2019 to Jun 2022 when it shifts into third gear. We can also expect growing strident opposition from reactionary political forces such as Trump, le Pen and conservative populace politicians everywhere. In any Aquarius period, the mainstream or middle-of-the-road perspective suffers and extremists on the left (progressive) and right (conservative) can gain far more traction and support compared to ‘normal’ times. (see “This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan” ). Which direction each country veers depends upon their evolutionary stage. Immature democracies tend towards the fascist (disctatorial) conservative end such as the Philippines under President Duterte.
Unfortunately, this Aquarius orientation towards extremes or fringes also promotes “revolutionaries” who are at war with mainstream (Leo) society. The fact that the current Aquarius period sits under the shadow of the larger Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) places the focus firmly (but not exclusively) upon the Cancer aligned Middle East. (see “Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World” ) Therefore, it is hard to see that while the USA and the West continue to pour volatile fuel upon the Middle East, via abhorrent arrangements with their despotic leaders, that there will be any change in the current terrorism scenario. It’s a case of “you reap what you sow”.
To the average western person, the above kind of perspective is outside their scope of understanding even though it is expressed overly simplified in this article. The average western person knows they are ‘good’ and their society is ‘good’, so why are these bad people trying to attack and kill them? This is why a significant proportion of western society can be attracted to knee-jerk populace policies which can breed further antagonism that further feed the discontented urban terrorists in their midst. While the blind lead the blind, the world we live in will remain as it is and has been for the last thousands of years.
In conclusion, for the rest of 2017 at least, we will experience more violence and conflict under Aries than what was previously considered normal, but it is very possible that this round of Aries may avoid a significant size regional war and focus upon urban terrorism instead? It is still early days for Aries, and based on the immaturity of too many world leaders, a mid-level conflict may still erupt. While the short term future looks bleak, the medium to long term future shines in comparison. (see “The Silent Revolution” )
Grand Torino, the 2016 Presidential Elections & the End of this Century
I have tried so many times to write my concluding part of the 2016 US presidential elections but just kept losing interest no matter how many coffees I drank. After much reflection I now know why. The two major candidates represent the past and will both help the richer half of the population get richer and leave the other 50% of the population stagnant or scrambling for the few extra breadcrumbs thrown their way.
Having made the tentative leap to a new generation with Obama in 2008 and confirmed in 2012, the nominated 2016 candidates are a retreat back to caveman and cave-women politics! The November 2016 presidential elections loom as a ponderous choice between a lackluster establishment candidate, who is also the first female contender from the two party stable of American politics, and an outsider who clearly lacks common morals and ethics but champions populace policies that are very attractive to a sizable minority of the US electorate.
In many Western societies in the new global world, it is the poorer half that bears the brunt of the radical international economic restructuring due to globalization. There are winners and losers in this restructure – the rich are getting richer while the poor stagnate. Many stagnating voters are beginning to snarl. However, developing and Third World nations seem to be prospering in this new environment. They are catching up to the Western standard of living.
It seems a curious quirk of fate that a candidate representing the richer half of society, the Republicans, is attracting a significant number of demoralized or snarling voters from the poorer half of society. However frightened or demoralized voters do not resort to logic when looking to solutions for their perceived problems.
For example, I recently encountered an enthusiastic supporter of Trump. Though she acknowledged Trump’s unsavory sexual caveman antics, what she was more riled up about was the continuation of the same old thing represented by Hillary Clinton. This Trump supporter does not have a university background, does not understand economics, had a vague and shadowy understanding of history and represented many working class voters.
What she did know was that she was being duped by the ongoing collusion of government with business (without clearly articulating this concept) and that this ongoing collusion greatly benefited the richer half of society with little noticeable trickle-down effect upon her life or the lives of her friend. Trump was perceived by her as outside of the ‘corrupt’ political system and she believed he represented her best interests in bringing change that will benefit her.
It is always important to understand opposite points of view because the huge majority of people of all political persuasions believe wholeheartedly that they are sincere in their beliefs and they only want the best outcome. Denigrating people with different political views comes across as a rejection of their sincerity. But they know they are personally sincere, so they perceive that their attackers (political opponents) are their enemies because they treat them as underlings. The only real difference in economic outlook between the supporters of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are their solutions, otherwise it is chalk and cheese with nearly every issue.
If you focus upon the superficialities of the 2016 US elections and many world events you may be dismayed or confused – but if you examine the astrology behind this reality you will see this is part of an arc of a much bigger story. For voters on the Right, Trump is their lasting hope to restore the “greatness” to America while to voters on the Left, Trump is a crass neo-fascists. Voting for Hillary appears to be nothing but a vote against Trump. This is obviously Hillary’s greatest asset in this election. Both sides are depending upon fear for their support. This does not mean it is a waste of time voting, and any election requires serious reflection by the public but the astrology strongly suggests that the public will be dissatisfied either way. In this Cancer time, the public is usually dissatisfied with their leaders.
This election occurs at the peak of Cancer derived from the Cancer micro-age decan and overflow (2007-2012-2017) but if this almost 10 years period is broken down into its four quarters, like the lunation cycle, it is currently in the third quarter of the cycle which is always the most potent quarter of any cycle in macro-astrology. Specifically, the third quarter runs from December 2014 to mid-2017 where Cancer is at its greatest potency. (see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World for more details)
On the dark side of Cancer is fear. Brexit was instigated by fear. Many countries are building walls or erecting barriers on their borders to prevent ‘illegal’ immigrants and refugees from entering their countries. Other countries and Trump are proposing the same. Many people fear those that are different either due to religion, language, skin color or anything that can possibly differentiate one group of people from another such as people with AIDS, leprosy or whatever. This fear was exemplified by Clint Eastwood in the 2008 movie Grand Torino when an aging American Korean War veteran had to confront having an Hmong family from South-East Asia living next door. There are always many people in most countries that are fearful of ‘outsiders’. Governments and political parties around the world cultivate this fear for their own purposes. (see Gemini’s Role in our Modern World (or Battle of the Brains).
In a Cancer time, (Capricorn) leaders are scorned, ignored, repudiated or denounced by the (Cancer) general public who see their (Capricorn) leaders as their (7th house) enemies. However from the perspective of ‘leaders’ this Cancer period rules their 7th house as well so they can go on the aggressive offensive. This is why we see the pitiful spectacle of the 2016 presidential contenders’ cat fights. Furthermore, these contenders are no longer upholding their democratic right of the viewpoints of their opponent. No matter which candidate wins, the Cancer public will be offside. It is a no-win situation.
However, both Hillary and Trump do represent different sides of Cancer. Cancer favors females, so in this regard, Cancer gives Hillary and edge as the potential first female president. Cancer also rules mentally unstable people, and while no one would suggest that Trump is mentally unstable, he does come across as politically unstable. Surprisingly, this instability gives Trump an edge as it aligns with Cancer. Unfortunately for Trump, half the voters are female but half the voters are not so keen on an unstable candidate.
There is nothing new to say about this election that I have not already published except that this is probably the last election where both candidates are firmly focused upon yesterday’s world. The next election will not be an election for the policies of yesterday because the world has recently entered a 10 year Aquarius sub-period overlapping the 10 year Cancer period (both of which are derived from 5 year decans of a micro-age – see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for more details on the internal structure of ages). This new Aquarian period is the strongest Aquarius influence any Baby Boomer or later generations have ever experienced and harks back to the 1920s and 30s when Aquarius was very strong (see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan for more details).
However, it is not until mid-2017 that this new Aquarius period will gather more strength but by 2022 it’s a new Aquarius heyday. However, in the meantime, the arrival of any new period will have an immediate impact, and in this election, this new Aquarius impact was represented by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on opposite sides of the Aquarian coin. Both had revolutionary and politically eccentric messages that galvanized many supporters. Aquarius can temporarily supercharge any situation.
Aquarius, like all zodiacal signs, has positive and negative archetypes associated with it. Most starry eyed idealists see a magical idealistic Age of Aquarius yet if this was the case, every Aquarian you know would stand out as superior to other signs. This is not the case. Aquarius is definitely associated with democracy, freedom and liberty (on a good day) but also fascism, dictators and destructive revolutionaries or anarchists on a bad day. Adolph Hitler was a perfect example of a fascist dictator appearing when Aquarius was at its last peak in the world, but that peak was three times stronger than the current Aquarius blip which has just arrived on the scene. The new Aquarius period is still in diapers.
Under Aquarius, many people are attuned to be ‘electrified’ by a charismatic leader who will bring back greatness and any other quality they feel is missing. On the neo-fascist side of Aquarius the means they adopt to achieve their goals do not have to be fair, democratic or rational because their aim is so “pure”, they are above the normal ethics and law that prevail. This is why so many Filipinos support a president who has legitimized extra judicial murder by the police force against people involved with illegal drugs. There is no suggestion that Donald Trump is a fascist of the same stature as Adolph Hitler, but he and his supporters promote some neo-fascist policies. This is why Trump stated in one debate that he plans to appoint a special prosecutor for the purpose of putting Hillary in jail if he wins the election. Also, denouncing or persecuting minorities of any type, such as Mexicans, is another standard approach from the fascist bag of tricks. Most modern Western countries continue to deploy a range of neo-fascist policies by promoting fear amongst the population.
The most interesting aspect of the 2016 US election is not who wins but what this implies about the future of the USA (and the world) in the second half of the current century. A major Aquarius sub-age decan arrives in 2029 which will be in full swing by 2089 but seriously picking up speed as early as 2059. Our little Aquarius period this decade is a preview of the end of this century! The astrology suggests that the Bernie Sanders preview is what is in store for the USA but Trump is the preview of those nations with less entrenched democratic ideals. A good current example is the political situation in the Philippines and Poland.
In the last two presidential elections I have analyzed the birth micro-age decans of the contenders and made a prediction of who would win based on the relationships between the birth micro-age decan and the ruling micro-age decan at election time. However, Trump and Hillary were born so close together that such an analysis cannot be used to differentiate between them. Both were born in the Capricorn-Sagittarius Pre-Boomer generation (see Generational Astrology – Part 2 Pre-Boomers (Cap-Sag) ). The two former presidents from this generation were Bill Clinton and George W Bush.
On the 29th January 2012 I posted on a Facebook group “This election is starting to look like a landslide win for the Democrats regardless of it being Sanders or Clinton”. Furthermore, the tide of change is sweeping the world, and with this tide, progressive politics is favored over conservative politics until November 2029 (but only in advanced democracies). What this means is that every US presidential election until 2029 favors the Democrats. This does not automatically mean that the Democrats will win every presidential election until that date.
However, the post Second World War years at a minimum indicate that when a party wins a presidential election when the wind is technically blowing in the other direction, the incumbent president hits far more headwinds than normal (see table below). The only two presidents that this applies to is Richard Nixon, who resigned from office, and Bill Clinton who was unsuccessfully impeached. This means that in the unlikely scenario that Trump won, expect some serious opposition to his presidency and possible impeachment.
G H W Bush
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Finally, I am not only a macro-astrologer but also a Vedic-Western fusion astrologer. Vedic astrology employs a predictive technique called Vimshottari. One of the most difficult dasas within the Vimshottari system that anyone must navigate is the 18 year Rahu dasa (Moon’s north node in western astrology). About 80% of people experience a serious loss near the beginning or end of this dasa and Vedic texts often state that a person loses at the end of this dasa all the gains they have made during the dasa. Trump’s Rahu dasa concludes on November 14 2016. This does not look good for Trump!
Furthermore, Trump’s Rahu (the dragon) is in his 10th house tightly conjunct his Sun. Trump is in his dragon period where he feels he can open his mouth and with his fiery outpourings – burn away all opposition. Who dares to challenge the almighty dragon? Well, his Vedic chart strongly suggests that his fire is about to go out. Hillary is in her Sun dasa. Will Trump’s Rahu eclipse Hillary’s Sun? Extremely unlikely.
In this new 10 years Aquarius period, which overlaps a 10 year Cancer period, Aquarius sorts out the sheep from the goats. Those countries with shallow democratic ideals entrenched within the population tend to regress to anti democratic and neo-fascist governments or policies with fear the common underlying sentiment. Entrenched democracies tend to push forward into a higher evolution of democracy and liberalism but not without a serious reaction by some elements of society. What suffers in this process is the middle-of-the-road approach as mainstream values are aligned to Leo, the sign opposite in quality to Cancer.
So while the 2016 US presidential election is mainly affected by the correlation to Cancer, it is also experiencing an input from Aquarius. Most Western countries are experiencing a rise in neo-fascism amongst a sizeable minority of their populations, but it is extremely unlikely that a country like the USA, with such entrenched democratic and liberal ideals, will succumb to this rising tide. Countries like the Phillipines, Thailand, Poland, Turkey, Hungary and so on do not have this entrenched democratic ethos and are more liable to tip towards neo-fascism. The 2016 US presidential election is really just a bit player in this larger game.
In conclusion, the 2016 US presidential is not really about who will win but an act in the ongoing struggle towards a more evolved liberal democratic outlook facing growing resentment by a sizeable minority of people in advanced democracies against this evolution while in less democratic environments, the reactionary forces are stronger and neo-fascists forces will temporarily dominate just as they did in Germany, Italy and Japan in the early 20th century. It certainly will be an interesting world towards the end of this century when the Aquarius input is four times stronger than the world experienced in the first half of the 20th century and 12 times stronger than the current Aquarius blip!
POSTSCRIPT (20 October 2016)
I am again attending the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (26 – 30 October 2016 www.ubudwritersfestival.com) in Bali, Indonesia – the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world. In a number of commentaries by distinguished writers, journalists and organizers, the common theme was presented that currently in the world government policies and election campaigns are no longer about facts and information but (Cancer) emotions. Even if a candidate makes a statement that is categorically incorrect or a lie by the ‘fact checker’, this means nothing. In a Cancer time, a significant number of people are not interested in facts but are only willing to emotionally respond.
Another interesting insights gleaned from the festival is that the new neo-fascists politicians such as Duterte in the Philippines, Putin in Russia and Trump in the USA (and many others around the world to a greater or lesser extent) have the ability to ‘electrify’ their supporters. Electricity is associated with Aquarius – the other key sign currently gaining traction in the world. Germans reportedly were ‘electrified’ by the speeches of Adolph Hitler in the previous (stronger) Aquarius period. However this time around, these fascist-orientated politicians are being democratically elected!
POSTSCRIPT (2 November 2016)
This new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) has seen the rise of the new breed of petty neo-fascists around the world, though this time around, they mostly are obtaining power through the ballot box. It comes as shock and horror to many people that a huge number of people prefer mini-Hitler clones to solve their problems. If you want to know how the 1930s fascists came to power, just observe how a significant number of the US electorate will vote in November 2016. History does repeat itself!
On the other side of the coin are Aquarian visionaries such as Bernie Sanders. There are two sides to all zodiacal signs including Aquarius. Most astrologers think the Age of Aquarius only manifests good Aquarian archetypes and keeps the bad Aquarian archetypes under lock and key. This is called Pisces delusion.
The new Aquarius micro-age decan is the first micro-age decan of the new Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) which resides in the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age in the Age of Aquarius
In the USA, the new Aquarius micro-age decan has manifested in Donald Trump’s triumph in securing the candidature for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination and Bernie Sanders failed attempt to gain the Democratic Party nomination. However all periods in macro-astrology have a yin-yang aspect. For example in any period, such as the new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019), there are some anti-Aquarius times but mostly Aquarius is (yang) strong.
This means that while any archetypal activity associated with Aquarius is promoted in the Aquarius micro-age decan, in some parts, not only does this not happen, it can even breed anti-Aquarian sentiments, but only temporarily.
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders took advantage of the new Aquarian sentiment of the times and each launched into their specific versions of revolutionary outlooks that basically represented both sides of the Aquarian coin. However recently, a poison apple appeared in both camps.
The current Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) contains four nano-ages of approximately 15 months each. Currently the world is in the Aries nano-age (March 2016 – June 2017). But here the plot deepens because if we drill down into the little Aries nano-age, it has three nano-age decans of approximately five months each. Currently the world is in the Leo nano-age decan (August 2016 – January 2017).
There is a little sponginess with the exact month these very small periods commence and end due to the erratic nature of precession of the equinoxes. Nevertheless, this little Leo period can temporarily upset the intentions of the much larger Aquarius micro-age decan. This is what has happened and continues to happen.
Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic race on the 26 July, at the nebulous cusp of the beginning of the Leo sub-period. Trump’s campaign has hit serious headwinds from August onwards. For example on October 7, 2016, The Washington Post publicized a recorded conversation about Donald Trump and Billy Bush having “an extremely lewd conversation about women” in 2005. This was a pivotal turning point, not for the diehard Republicans who would eagerly back Dracula if necessary, but it affected many of the undecided voters who decide the election.
Leo periods favor the mainstream over extremists. This new Leo sub-period definitely swings public sentiment away from Trump, and this anti-extremist sentiment grows with every passing week – it technically ratchetted up into second gear in the last week or so. It will be at full strength by January 2017.
The electorate is fickle and changeable, especially when the primary micro-age decan in force is Cancer (Aquarius is currently the secondary micro-age decan present but will become the primary micro-age in mid-2017).
These nano-age decans hidden deep within the astrological ages are potent and have clear correlations to evolving developments in the world on the month-to-month level. The anti-extremists Leo nano-age decan will knock Trump off his already tenuous perch. It’s just bad timing for Trump and a godsend for Hillary.
We should also see some other petty neo-fascist leaders temporarily experiencing greater than expected opposition in the current Leo sub-period – especially in the ‘overflow’ period from January to March 2017 and even up to June 2017. It’s hard to feel sympathetic to Putin, the Thai military junta, the Polish, Turkish and Philippines presidents, just to name a few of the petty neo-fascist leaders in the world today. However they will be again in full swing by mid-2017 at the latest. But in the meantime, they will have to deal with stronger than normal opposition to their petty tyrannies.
It must be remembered that while the petty tyrants, and pretenders to the throne such as Trump, grab the headlines, there is much activity on the other side of Aquarius. Bernie Sanders may get quickly washed down the drain hole of history but his spirit is representative of the coming world according to the incoming Age of Aquarius. Just because the tide is coming in does not mean each wave moves further up the beach, but on average, the waves do move further up the beach.
There are many people desperately trying to stop the incoming wave of the Age of Aquarius but while they can win some battles, they cannot win the war. But this struggle will be played out over the next century and a half and even longer in less developed countries in the world. It’s the grand theme of our times.
POSTSCRIPT NOVEMBER 11 2016
I had the first inkling of flaws in my assumption of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election about one week before the election, and on November 6th I published on a number of Facebook sites “The Scorpio Lunar Month & the US Presidential Elections” (see www.facebook.com/Macro.Astrology).
In this post I stated:
“For the current Scorpio lunar month, the Taurus full Moon (on 14th November), ….. actively stimulates Trump’s 10th house of status and fame and undermines Hillary’s personal worth in favour of her opponent.”
“There are a number of possibilities. Firstly, the election result may be so close that the final result must wait until after the full Moon effect but in the meantime, Trump is sitting in the sunshine of a possible victory. Secondly, the result is clear on the day but Trump goes on a final ranting binge about the corruption of the US presidential election followed by his last few days as a major news item? Thirdly, Trump actually wins the election?”
“Something strange and unusual is occurring here as Trump gets an immediate election afterglow, one way or another.”
“The only influence from the Dark Moon Lilith is that within 24 hours of the election the transiting Sun will be conjunct Trumps progressed Lilith. This brings either great fame or great loss of fame, but nothing in the middle.”
“In conclusion, ….. it does suggest something that promotes Trump’s image post-election day … . Somehow he gets an election afterglow….. The coming full Moon indicates he will be at his best under the glow of the full Moon.”
However, my mindset was so caught up in the prevailing view that it was impossible for Trump to win the election, that I did not heed the warnings of such a simple and elementary thing as the full moon only days after the election. This full moon in Taurus is located in Trump’s 10th house of fame and prestige and located in Hillary’s 7th house representing her opponent (using whole sign houses).
The lunation cycle and full moons are generally overlooked by the huge majority of astrologers who are always hypnotized with the natal horoscope. Every full moon behaves like a mini-eclipse. Its effects are not limited to the actual few days that the full moon is in the actual sign where it occurs, but it spreads its wings for a number of days either side of the exact full moon. It has personally affected me as the November 2016 Taurus full moon falls in my 4th house of anti-status, thus I am still digesting my hat.
Many astrologers correctly forecasted the election of Trump. The following list (which is probably incomplete), lists astrologers who correctly predicted Trump winning the election: Anil Aggarwal , Steven Birchfield, Barry Goddard, Lisa J Gordon (aka Lisa Lazuli), Hossein Heidari, (Steve Judd), Sharon Knight, Inderjit Singh Kallirai, Sachin Malhotra, Peter Novak, Krasi Serguieva, William Stickevers, Ming Wang and Theodore White.
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:
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).
Table 1 – the pendulum swing between conservative and progressive values
What many people may find interesting in Table 1 is that it commences with the post-Second World War conservative times which coincided with the appearance of the first half of the Baby Boomer generation. Baby Boomers can remember the stultifying social and political conservative times when being different in any way meant being ostracized. This was the ‘medieval’ witch-hunt period of McCarthyism in the USA where a veritable kangaroo court made judgements on people’s political convictions without the due process of law. On the economic front, it was a post-war boom time. Conservative times usually promote good economic conditions.
From 1955 onwards, with the arrival of the Sagittarius-Scorpio period, the tide commenced to change in preparation of the heady days of the revolutionary 1960s which developed into a full-blown progressive period associated with the Scorpio-Scorpio period commencing December 1962. This quickly turned into a western cultural revolution marked by the arrival of hippies and the New Age movement with their satanic rock-and-roll. The volatility of the times was also on display as many countries were taken over by military juntas or dictators. Even Greece, the cradle of democracy, was unceremoniously taken over by a coup d’état in April 1967 by the Regime of the Colonels. This was the same decade reactionary forces most likely arranged the assassinations of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
Progressive times such, as the 1960s, breed reactionary forces. People, groups, organizations, religions and political parties do not like seeing their power erode with the incoming progressive tide. Despite all the coups and military dictatorships of the period, looking back, who won? It was certainly not the reactionary forces. Nevertheless, in any progressive time, reactionary forces try to prevent the inevitable.
However, the progressive influence of the 1960s was short-lived. After only one short 7 1/2 year progressive period, the pendulum then commenced swinging back to conservative values starting in May 1970. By October 1977, the world had to settle into three consecutive full strength conservative periods before the pendulum slowly started the swing back to progressive values commencing in February 2000. As of July 2007, the world has commenced three consecutive progressive periods.
Normally in the pendulum swing, there are three periods of either 100% conservative or 100% progressive periods. Each of these sets of three periods is separated by a transitional period where progressive and conservative tendencies temporarily co-exist. However, every 178 or so years an anomaly occurs, and this last occurred in May 1970 (due to a change in sub-age). When this occurs, instead of three periods of the same flavor existing in a row, it is reduced to one period. The progressive Scorpio-Scorpio period (Dec 1962-May 1970) was a loner, and was tightly sandwiched between solid conservative periods.
This is why so many people became disillusioned by the 1960s and early 70s, as it occurred in reaction to the stifling conservatism that dominated the times, but instead of having a solid run over 3 periods
(about 22 ½ years), it was quickly slowed down commencing in May 1970 after only 7 1/2 years of progressive influence. By October 1977 the conservative backlash was in full swing lasting until February 2000. The peak representatives of this conservative backlash in the West could be represented by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and by Leonid Brezhnev in the USSR (Russia) up to 1982.
However, the table has again turned. All those starry-eyed hippies of the 1960s and 70s are now beginning to see a continuation of the liberal-progressive narrative so swiftly truncated when they were still young. Even some American states have legalized marijuana and the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in most western nations is an indication of the return to progressive policies.
This pendulum swing between conservative and progressive values normally lasting a few decades exists within larger frameworks that also display the same swing but over centuries and millennia. What very few astrologers realize is that as of December 2014, the world has entered a progressive-liberal phase unmatched for over 7,000 years which also insinuates increased social, political and financial volatility. The world is on the cusp of a multi-thousand year volatile-progressive landscape. One way this has manifested is that about 5,000 years ago the opposite pendulum swing occurred and the world seriously went to war, and war has been central to world politics for the last 5,000 years. See A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making . This does not mean the Democrats will win the presidential elections for the next 7,000 years!
Sitting behind the current five-year Cancer period is a major multi-century Scorpio influence that is at the absolute height of its dominance from 1970 to 2059. This Scorpio influence is in the process of replacing the (Sagittarius) capitalist dream with debt, anxiety and a strong feeling of vulnerability from a number of fronts. These include the threat of terrorism, lack of income growth, burgeoning debt, rapid societal dissolution from immigration (legal and illegal) and accelerating change in just about everything. This contributes to the growth of reactionary forces wanting to ‘restore’ the past which is as effective a kids sand wall on the beach to prevent the tide from coming in.
Also since December 2014, Aquarius has reared its head after about 74 years of dormancy. The new Aquarius (micro-age decan and overflow) will broadly affect the current period until 2024, and be a strong emergent influence up until 2019. The strongest time for Aquarius will be 2019 to 2024 (see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan ). Aquarius likes extremes, and whenever Aquarius is strong, the extremists’ views at both end of the spectrum become stronger and more people than normal in the middle class will get affected by these more extreme views. This favors all candidates except Hillary as Hillary is the only top-four candidate in the middle.
Aquarius breeds reactionary fascism such as ISIS in the Middle East as well as many countries with immature democratic institutions. Even ‘mature’ democratic nations will experience die-hards on the right trying to influence the direction of their nation in undemocratic ways. One impetus is the push to ‘restore values’ but democratic values are conveniently excluded from the values to be restored.
All the above periods affect the outcome of the presidential election and explains why the current top four are in their exalted positions. Hillary benefits from being the only female in a Cancer period – Cancer is one of the two key female signs. The other three candidates all benefit from emergent Aquarius – Saunders for his progressive views, and Trump and Cruz for their extremist right wing views. Cancer both helps and hinders Hillary, the female component helps her, but Cancer is anti-authoritarian, and Hillary is from establishment politics.
The almost permanent background Scorpio influence indicates that the general public is getting
impassioned and they want something revolutionary to change the uncomfortable situation they believe they are in. Research shows that Republican voters are far more upset than Democrat voters as they perceive progressive policies are eroding their established values. This may explain why the two leading Republican candidates, Trump and Cruz, are so out there. The background Scorpio influence favors all four candidates as the first female president, the socialist policies of Bernie Saunders, the extreme right wind views of Cruz and Trump as the jack-in-the-box all satisfy the quest for a major change. This is why they are the last four candidates effectively standing. These four may not last until the elections, especially on the Republican side.
Finally, referring back to Table 1, it is possible to make a prediction on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election with about 80% accuracy based solely on these 7 ½ year periods’ orientation to either conservative or progressive values, or a combination of both in the transitional periods. Table 2 correlates the US presidents with the conservative-progressive pendulum of Table 1:
G H W Bush
G W Bush
Table 2 – excludes presidential elections when an incumbent president wins the election. “P” = progressive and “C” = conservative.
The only presidents in Table 2 that were elected in a period where the opposite political influence was stronger were Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Maybe this was why Nixon left office in disgrace and Bill Clinton was only the second president to be impeached? It seems to be dangerous territory for any president to be in office in a period favoring the other side of politics.
There is no suggestion that Table 2 is statistically relevant due to the small amount of data, but if this is representative of the broader whole, only two of the ten presidents listed were presidents in the ‘wrong’ period. This means that 8 out of 10, or 80% of presidents were originally elected president in a period aligned to their political persuasion. Based on Table 2, there is an 80% chance the 2017 US presidential election will be won by a Democrat. If the election is won by a Republican or right-leaning independent, they will probably court heated controversy of some kind as they will be a duck out of water.
From a distance, it seems that the main race for the 2016 presidential election is between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. A similar thing often happens at tennis tournaments when the main two protagonists face off against each other in the quarter or semi-finals, and the winner then just demolishes the last surviving player in the finals but the best match was earlier. It seems the Republican race is just to decide the loser in the presidential elections as the field they have produced seems incapable of attracting middle America. The initial astrological perspective supports this view as do most polls (excluding Fox News).
However, this is only the initial conclusion based mainly on the application of 7 ½ years period and their orientation to conservative or progressive values. Part 2 will focus on smaller periods associated with 5 year periods (based on micro-age decans that have already been briefly introduced here in Part 1), 15 month periods (nano-ages) and five month periods (nano-age decans). The smaller periods may not agree with the above perspective.
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Journalists, historians, anthropologists and social commentators often observe historical cycles better than the average person including astrologers because they pay great attention to the unfolding of events. This is certainly the case with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century – a century most prominent historians consider being the most important century of recent times for numerous reasons as well as being the demarcation century between Medievalism and Modernity. The modern world has sprung out of the 15th century. The claim that a new age began in the 20th century is simply absurd to historians.
One observant journalist, Michael Barone, writing in the conservative Townhall.com, asks if the USA is returning to Victorian values. He first notes that 47 years ago with the opening of the musical “Hair” that the audience was informed that America was entering the Age of Aquarius and therefore the old moral rules were extinct. He then acknowledges the massive rise in divorce, cohabitation and illegitimate births in the following decades supporting the concept of the beginning of a new period.
However, Barone now claims that recent trends indicate a return to Victorian values in contrast to the expectation of the freedom-seeking hippies of the 1960s that the Age of Aquarius would continue indefinitely. The social changes Barone refers to in the USA are the significant decline in teenage sexual activity since 1988, in both males and females, coinciding with a sharp decline in teenage births and drop in the rate of abortions. Other contemporary Victorian values include new college rules against male-female sexual contact. Baone referred to a recent poll which indicated that 63% of Americans are uncomfortable with American’s society direction on social issues. Barone has stated:
“Even the legalization and vastly increased approval of same-sex marriage has a Victorian aspect. The early same-sex marriage advocates Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch argued that marriage would domesticate homosexuals. There’s logic to that — marriage inevitably includes elements of restriction and restraint — and we will see how it works out.”
In conclusion, Barone suggests that the USA is moving away from the Age of Aquarius and instead heading towards a new Victorian Era.
From the astrological perspective, this is fascinating because, while the sub-periods of the Age of Aquarius do support the recent trend towards a new Victorianism, as suggested by Barone, it does not suggest any long term deviation from the direction of the Age of Aquarius. The traditional dates for the Victorian era are 1837 to 1901 – a period of 64 years and remarkably close to the length of a sub-age decan (see the Age of Aquarius for Dummies).
The Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) commenced with the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) with the highpoint of Cancer associated with the Cancer quasi sub-age (1821 – 1881). There was a strong overlap between the Cancer sub-age decan and the Victorian era. The term “Victorian morality” can be used to describe any set of values that promote sexual restraint, low tolerance of crime and a strict social code of conduct. However the hypocrisy of Victorian time’s has also been widely noted as prostitution and child labor was endemic.
The world is not returning to Victorian era values aligned to the Cancer sub-age decan, but we are in the middle of a small but temporarily strong Cancer period. Currently the world is at the peak of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000-2014-2029) and so there will be a short term exposure to archetypes associated with Cancer. Such archetypes as shyness, reticence and meekness are associated with Cancer and hedonism is associated with Cancer’s opposite sign Capricorn, so Cancer periods can be anti-hedonistic periods. The current Cancer period however is not an era, we are in fact in an era defined by Gemini – the first sub-age decan of the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148). The next time your see someone transfixed by their cellphone or tablet, think Gemini era!
There is a common misconception in the press and urban myth that the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 1960s and 70s but has come and gone. Firstly the Age of Aquarius did not arrive in the 20th century. What arrived in the 1960s was a peak at the center of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148). The commonality between Scorpio and Aquarius is that they are both revolutionary signs, and so revolution was definitely in the air in the 1960s and 70s. The Age of Aquarius is like an incoming tide. In an incoming tide, every wave does not extend further up the beach compared to the previous wave – but on average, the waves slowly move up the beach.
So, while Barone may be incorrect in concluding that the Age of Aquarius has been shunted aside by a new Victorian conservative future, his perception of Cancer archetypes in both the Victorian era and current period is perceptive and relevant. I prefer to refer to non-astrologers for historical assessments as historians, journalists etc are experts in their field, while astrologers are only experts in astrology unless the individual astrologer is also an historian, journalist etc. This is why so many astrologers make the utterly absurd claim that the Age of Aquarius has recently arrived. Its like saying the Telephone Age began with the Apple iphone!
Why did violent crime peak around 1991 in the USA, Canada and elsewhere then commence to significantly reduce? In a New York Times article it was reported that the aggregation of all violent crime in the USA significantly peaked in 1991:
Perhaps nowhere has the drop been more stunning than in New York City, which reported only 328 homicides for 2014, compared with 2,245 in 1990.
There was not only a fall in serious crime, there was also declines in teenage pregnancy, child abuse and juvenile delinquency. 
Coincidentally, I only discovered the most likely reason for the falling crime rate from watching Catalyst, an Australian TV program, in an episode called Lead Astray which included the following:
“New York today is a very different city to the one it was 20 years ago. For one thing, it’s considered to be much safer. There’s been a big drop in violent crime since the 1990s…. ..but oddly enough, as the rate of violent crime plunged in New York, it also plummeted in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, in fact, all over the United States and in many other countries.”
“Although it’s just a correlation, studies of individuals also show high childhood lead exposure increases the likelihood of a life marked by crime.”
Not only is there a correlation, the correlation between crime levels and lead levels has a 22 years delay, so that the peak in crime in 1991 is 22 years after the peak in lead pollution around 1969. 1969 is an extremely interesting date because the peak of the 357 years Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148) is 1970. [For details of the mechanics and terminology used in macro-astrology – refer to The Age of Aquarius for Dummies]
In the same way that Scorpio indicates the excretory organs for a person, in a worldwide perspective, Scorpio rules the excrement of the world – especially pollution. The astrology supports the assertion that the crime wave peak in 1991 correlates to the lead pollution levels in the late 1960s.
“Perhaps the biggest crime associated with lead is that it was known to have serious toxic effects long before it was added to petrol.”
The history of the use of lead as a fuel additive has a direct correlation to Capricorn, the traditional ruler of lead. In 1924, the year before the start of the 30 year Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925-40-55), 17 workers died from lead poisoning in Standard and DuPont refineries in New Jersey. This was so controversial at the time that it resulted in a one year moratorium on the addition of lead additives to gasoline (petrol) commencing in 1925, while an inquiry was under way. This inquiry and subsequent research were hijacked by the lead industry. The late 1920’s research by Robert A. Kehoe of the University of Cincinnati concluded that lead had no adverse health benefits – and this corrupt assessment held sway until the 1960s. When an independent researcher discovered in 1943 that children with lead poisoning developed behavioral problems, he was threatened with a lawsuit and the research ceased. It took almost 40 years to discredit Kehoe and in the 1970s, the US government finally commenced phasing out lead in gasoline. The lead industry then shifted their marketing to developing countries and actively lobbied these governments against phasing out of lead in gasoline. This unethical practice by global corporations has been mimicked by numerous other industries once they get banned or limited in First World countries.
Finally, it was during the Leo quasi micro-age (December 1993-July 2007), that nearly all countries passed laws to stop adding lead to gasoline – only Germany and Austria pre-empted this period but they still enacted laws in the first part of the Leo micro-age. Leo represents the 8th house of death to Capricorn lead!
How many peoples’ lives have been ruined by lead? Very small exposure to lead seriously restricts the mental development of a child as they evolve into adults. Does this carelessness (to the point of criminality) of adding lead to gasoline apply to anything else? Are harmful residues of plastics, industrial chemicals, pesticides and so on having deleterious effects upon the general public? The astrology strongly supports this assertion plus there is the legendary unethical behavior of major corporations that are only focused upon their revenue like a drug pusher selling ice.
The strongest period for the Scorpio sub-age and overflow is the third quarter of its cycle – specifically the period 1970 to 2059. This is the period that Scorpio runs amok like a freight train out of control. Unfortunately, lead continues to be used widely in the world in a variety of situations other than a fuel additive. In addition, Iraq continues to add lead to petrol and other countries following the same practice are: Afghanistan, Burma (‘Myanmar’), North Korea, Algeria and Yemen.
As a result of the rapidly increasing crime rates in the 1980s, the USA enacted draconian laws including expanding the death penalty, spent billions of dollars extra in law enforcement and built more prisons. The USA now imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world.
What is the astrological reason behind the plummeting crime rates? From the astrological perspective, 1991 as the peak date for crime occurred in a Leo micro-age (1985-2000) in an Aries quasi micro-age decan (Sep 1987 – Sep 1992). If anything, this Aries should promote excess violent behavior and it did! However the Leo micro-age (1985-2000) is the same period as the Virgo micro-age overflow. What has prisons got to do with Virgo when Virgo’s opposite sign, Pisces, rules prisons? Virgo sits at the 7th house position to Pisces and the 7th house indicates detraction or attack. In this case, prisons archetypally went on the attack capturing more and more of the general public and placing them in prisons like some giant one cell amoeba devouring its victims as depicted in horror movies I saw when a kid in California.
From a statistical perspective, it is very possible that in the USA, a significant percentage of crimes and prison inmates were probably due to excessive childhood exposure to lead levels, especially prevalent in inner city and former industrial areas. However reality is finally catching up, and some lawmakers are re-examining the costly crime control infrastructure to bring it back in line with the current much lower crime levels but Republicans are recalcitrant, and with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, don’t hold your breath. Canada never enforced draconian legal enforcement measures like the USA but its crime wave has also plummeted as with much of the world.
Why the heavy-handed response from the USA? The USA has Capricorn high on its totem pole, probably situated in third place after Pisces then Aquarius. Capricorn is hard-headed and lacking emotional warmth or connection. Certainly the USA’s response to the spiraling crime wave of the 1980’s was a hard-headed response compared to most of the rest of the world. This Capricorn explains why amongst First World Nations, the USA appears to have the most backward and conservative policies in many areas. On the other side of the equation, the Capricorn archetype that the Puritans brought with them to the USA (mainly in the Capricorn sub-age overflow 1612-1791) also gave them a self-reliant nature with a determination to get ahead in the world – something the USA has certainly accomplished in only a matter of a few centuries. However with Pisces at the top of the USA’s totem pole, it is also prudent to view the USA as if it is bi-polar – a land of extremes.
The perception of most people in the world is that everything is getting worse, especially crime but this is not backed up by any facts. There is a noticeable gap between perception and reality by the general public. For example, when people were asked to rate the safety of 10 major cities in the USA, New York was rated the second most dangerous city, while Dallas and Houston were generally rated safe. The actual crime rate in New York is half of Dallas or Houston. This pessimistic outlook that appeared somewhere a few decades ago is in line with the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148). Under Scorpio, people feel vulnerable and insecure. The previous sub-age influence was from Sagittarius, and despite two world wars and tens of millions of people killed due to war, violence and pogroms etc., people in western nations felt optimistic. Sagittarius is an optimistic sign and Scorpio is the sign of insecurity. What has occurred in line with falling crime rates is more intense reporting of crime increasing the feeling of vulnerability by most people.
The New York Times does briefly mention the possible connection between crime rates and lead pollution but scientists do not accept statistical correlation as proof. This is why scientists reject astrology. Even if astrologers can demonstrate statistical relationships, unless the underlying cause can be proved, Capricorn ruled hard-headed scientists will continue to reject astrology.
In summary, lead as an additive to gasoline was used prior to the Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925-40-55) but during this Capricorn period, it became an entrenched commercial practice resulting in a culmination of lead pollution in 1969 – one year off the absolute peak of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148). The 22 year delay between lead levels and crime resulted in a crime peak in 1991 occurred in an Aries quasi micro-age decan (Sep 1987 – Sep 1992) with Aries always associated with violence. Lawmakers in the USA became alarmed and introduced a series of draconian law enforcement measures resulting in a burgeoning prison population in a period ruled by Pisces opposite sign Virgo, in the Virgo micro-age (1985-2000). Finally, in the Leo micro-age and overflow (1985-2000-2014), and even more specifically during the upper half of the bell-curve for Leo, the Leo quasi micro-age (December 1993-July 2007), nearly all countries passed laws to stop adding lead to gasoline – Leo represents the 8th house of death to Capricorn lead!
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If you have been following this blog you may be slightly confused by a statement suggesting that we are on the threshold of Aquarius when the Aquarian age arrived many centuries ago. However since the arrival of the Aquarian age in 1433 AD, no period stronger than a 15 year Aquarius micro-age has been encountered. The last Aquarius micro-age was 1910-1925 with its overflow extending until 1940, and its momentum extending until 1945. Therefore anyone born after the 2nd World War, which includes all Baby Boomers, has never encountered, nor experienced, a serious period of Aquarius. The most that has been experienced are small 15 month Aquarius nano-ages. The last Aquarius nano-age was from around January 2005 until April 2006 with its overflow period extending until July 2007.
Though relatively minor, some Aquarius associated events (i.e. democracy and fascism, people power, progressive politicians, flight, IT technology etc.) that occurred in the recent 2005 to 2007 Aquarius nano-age and overflow include:
The first free Parliamentary elections in Iraq since 1958
Saudi Arabia held its first ever municipal elections (for male citizens only)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asked Parliament to amend the constitution to allow multi-candidate presidential elections
Tabaré Vázquez was sworn in as the first President of Uruguay from a leftist party
800,000 people gathered for an opposition rally in Beirut, a month after the death of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. It is the largest rally in Lebanon’s history.
The Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan reached its climax with the overthrow of president Askar Akayev
The Taiwanese government called on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People’s Republic of China. Between 200,000 and 300,000 attend the walk.
The Airbus A380 made its first flight
Kuwaiti women were re-granted the right to vote
Violent anti-G8 demonstrations occurred in Gleneagles, Scotland
The 2005 French riots began after two young immigrants die while hiding from the police
2006 – The UN voted overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council
Twitter (the popular social-networking service) was founded
A scramjet jet engine, designed to fly at 7 times the speed of sound, was successfully tested
Montenegro declared independence after a 2006 referendum
The International Astronomical Union redefined ‘planet’, demoting Pluto to the status of ‘dwarf planet’
The Royal Thai Army staged a coup d’état removing the democratically elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from power.
The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia held a referendum on independence from Georgia
Al Jazeera English was launched
The military seized power in Fiji against a democratically elected prime minister
Steve Jobs, announced the first generation iPhone
The President of Ukraine dissolved parliament, following defections that increased the majority of his opponents.
Ethnic Russians rioted in Estonia, about moving a Soviet World War II memorial – two of the worst nights of rioting in Estonian history.
Live Earth Concerts were held throughout nine major cities around the world. 
Each of the above newsworthy items has a strong association with Aquarius but the whole period was under the sway of a Pisces micro-age overflow (2005-2010) and so this little Aquarius nano-age period is limited in what it can do. However, from around December 2014, this is no longer the case as the world has moved from a Cancer micro-age (2000-December 2014) to a Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029). Dividing this new Gemini period into its three decans finds the first micro-age decan encountered is the Aquarius micro-age decan (December 2014-December 2019) and its overflow the following five years with its most powerful time the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2016 – Jun 2022). Even though the Aquarius micro-age decan commencing around December 2014 is at its absolute weakest strength, we should relatively quickly find one or more examples of Aquarius (and Gemini) flexing their new-found muscles. Relatively quickly means the next 24 months.
Established archetypes associated with Aquarius include: sudden or unexpected developments; electricity; eccentricity; dictators and tyrants (reactionary politicians), all freedom–loving archetypes such as all forms of independence, freedom and equality, new teachings, liberty and fraternity, and a more secular, free thinking liberal view of the world (the modern liberal democratic political system), humanitarianism, ideals, reformers, non–profit and altruistic organizations, socialism, revolutions and revolutionaries, radicals, rebels, and extremists, plus civic responsibility, schizophrenics and mental diseases, fringe dwellers, different or abnormal behavior, astrology, astronomy, explorers and anything exciting or bizarre. Anything new including modernity, fresh developments especially in the scientific, mechanical and electrical fields, concepts and views of the future, the avant–garde, unique developments, and science fiction (with Pisces). Finally Aquarius does everything quickly, like a bolt of lightning or with unprecedented speed.
Russia and possibly Germany appear to benefit under Aquarius. Russia’s eccentric and erratic nature is its link to Aquarius plus the Russians spearheaded the anti-establishment worldwide communist revolution in the early 20th century. Germany’s link to Aquarius is from its technical exceptionalism, historical associations with totalitarian leaders and its avant garde currently manifesting as pro-green and pro-environment. Naturally the Green Party anywhere has strong Aquarius credentials. Aquarius is the second strongest sign in the signature for the USA but sublimated by Pisces, its strongest sign. The USA rose to its status of the leading world power under the Pisces sub-age and overflow (1851-1910-1970) resulting in a distorted or stressed relationship between the USA and Aquarius, because though the USA ostensibly promotes Aquarian freedom and democracy, it really promotes free trade for its (Pisces) corporations and democratic jingoism to mask the reality that everything is set up for business and the wealthy. A focus upon Aquarius is therefore stressful for the USA (the Great Depression occurred in the last Aquarius micro-age overflow) and the USA has always had trouble with people power and left wing politics. Aquarius is associated with world government which therefore includes anything associated with the UN, G8, G20 etc.
Not only should we experience Aquarius and Gemini making a greater impact in the world, we should also see examples of their opposite signs (Leo and Sagittarius) in retreat or being subjugated. One minor example of this in the previous nano-age and overflow period was the regal (Leo) marriage of Price Charles to Camilla Parker Bowles at a mere civil ceremony in April 2005 with the general public still pining for their idol, Princess Diana. Therefore Leo (and Sagittarius) archetypes are under threat in the coming period. Other Leo archetypes include the United Kingdom, Paris (and France), gold, heat, mainstream societal values, all forms of amusements, games, bright colors (South America), stained glass, bees and the color yellow. Moses is also closely associated with Leo indicating a connection to Judaism and thus we can expect much conflict in Israel, and the Occupied Territories over the coming decade. The Jews do not resonate well with Aquarius. Aquarius is the traditional ruler of the Arabs.
The end of the Gemini micro-age in 2029 marks the end of the 59 year Gemini sub-age decan (1970-2029) and the beginning of the major Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (2029-2089-2148). Though the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow under investigation is not on the same scale nor included within the approaching major Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow, research on previous sub-age decans indicates that the current Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (2014-2019-2024) is a preview of the coming Aquarius maelstrom and some seeds developed in the Aquarius micro-age decan period will flourish in the coming Aquarius sub-age decan. On the economic front, the new Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow should put an end to the excessive share (stock) values generated by the long term bull market that commenced in the Leo micro-age (1985-2000) though the real punch is unlikely to be experienced until around 2021 at the apex of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow bell-curve.
In addition to the arrival of the Aquarius micro-age decan, between December 2014 and 2029 a very special event takes place that has not occurred since 5122 BC. Until 5122 BC (in the Gemini age), the world was the closest in temperament to the society still being shaped by mankind in today’s Aquarian age in the 21st century. From around December 2014, for the first time in over 7,000 years the world will be passing through an age, sub-age and micro-age that all aligned with Water and Air – with no Fire or Earth in sight. This occurrence will occur nine times in the Aquarian age, with the first three occurring between 2014 and 2148. What can be expected in the period 2014 to 2029 – the first of nine such periods in the Aquarian age? We can expect great instability, but also progress – one way or another. Though doom and gloom pundits may predict a 3rd World War I don’t think this is a possibility as astrologically the world is turning away from war. Climate change is the real issue! (Details can be found at A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making )
While the Aquarius micro-age decan is on our doorstep (as of December 2014), the major player on the micro-age decan and micro-age level remains Cancer as the Cancer micro-age (2000 – Dec 2014) is at its apex and entering its most powerful quarter in its overflow period lasting until around June 2022. For more details on the role of Cancer in the world today, see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World
As breaking news identifies developments of an Aquarian nature, I will add them to the end of this post or as comments on this post.
The recent flare up of Ebola in West Africa is obviously a cause of concern based purely on the media attention given to it, especially in cases that are appearing in Western nations. The general public is already feeling highly vulnerable with the ISIS threat in Syria and Iraq and with firm memories of the recent GFC. Astrology can provide insights into many situations, like a relatively accurate ‘weather report’. In this case, I am using the Ebola epidemic to demonstrate the efficacy of macro-astrology. Can the 2014 Ebola epidemic be linked to any of the sub-periods of the Aquarius age in a meaningful way?
My methodology is to take a twofold approach. Firstly, what zodiacal sign or signs can be associated with previous major epidemics in general and secondly, what are the active signs present in the world during the current Ebola outbreak? Finally, can a link be made between the two approaches? Based on Rex E Bill’s “The Rulership Book”, epidemics are linked to Mars and Pluto with a possible association to Neptune and the 12th House. In macro-astrology only zodiacal signs are employed, so converting planets and houses to signs, the associations pertaining to epidemics are primarily linked to Aries and Scorpio (Mars rules Aries and Pluto rules Scorpio) with a possible association to Pisces (Neptune rules Pisces and the 12th house related to Pisces – the 12th sign). In addition, the Ebola virus is transmitted via bats that are carriers but do not get afflicted by the disease. Bats are tentatively assigned to Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio.
The Aries-epidemic connection makes sense as Aries is commonly associated with the primary indicator of well-being and health. Scorpio is the sign of death and commonly associated with sudden negative changes of fortune. Pisces is the sign of ‘endings’ and general calamity and though Rex E Bill is unsure of the association of Pisces with epidemics, my own research strongly suggests a connection. Pisces was in full calamity mode when the Black Death swept Europe in the mid-1300s. At least one quarter of Europe’s population is believed to have perished and some villages lost around 50% of their population in a matter of weeks. This disaster occurred in a Pisces hotspot towards the end of the Pisces age in the Pisces sub-age (1253-1431) in the years 1346–53. This is Pisces at full strength and this calamity remains unparalleled in Europe to this day. However the Pisces sub-age is the same period of time as the Aries sub-age overflow. Therefore even elementary evaluation of the Black Death suggests a possible connection to both Aries and Pisces, supporting the research of Rex E Bills. The years 1346–53 are also in the Scorpio-Cancer sub-age decan (c.1312-1371). The big question is – was the Black Death associated with Cancer, Scorpio or both?
The years 1346-53 is a period of seven years – suggesting that the Black Death is also associated with a micro-age with the order of magnitude 15 years. The Black Death occurred totally within the Virgo-Leo micro-age (1342-1356) with Virgo noted as ‘the health sign’. However the magnitude of the disaster of the Black Death affected Europe for well over a century, if not more. So this suggests the emphasis should remain with the sub-ages and sub-age decans.
Like airplane crashes, there are epidemics occurring all the time but the most recent major epidemic since the Black Death was the 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920) commonly referred to as the Spanish flu. It infected 500 million people across the world, and killed about 50 to 100 million people – 3% to 5% of the world’s population. This disaster occurred in another Pisces hotspot – the Pisces-Aquarius micro-age (1910-25) in the Pisces-Scorpio sub-age decan (1910-70) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791-1970). The Pisces hotspot in 1910 is the strongest for Pisces in around 500 years and will not be partially matched again until around 2566, and even at that future date, it is unlikely Pisces will be as strong as it was in the period around 1910. The commonality between the 14th century Black Death and the Spanish flu of 1918 are the signs Pisces and Scorpio with the major emphasis on Pisces.
The one notable pandemic since 1918 is the HIV/AIDS pandemic that is believed to have killed up to 30 million people, mainly in Africa since the 1960’s. The 1960’s was at the tail end of the Pisces-Scorpio age-decan (1851-1970) and very near the peak expression of Scorpio at the end of the Scorpio sub-age (1791-1970). Cancer does make a minor appearance as the Scorpio sub-age ends with a Scorpio micro-age (1955-70) with the first decan the Cancer micro-age decan and overflow (1955-65). The AIDS epidemic however is not linked solely to the Scorpio micro-age (1955-70) but to the whole Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148) and suggest that this epidemic has a long time to ferment. However, it has come under relative control and is no longer perceived as a daunting disaster ready to befall the world.
Despite the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in 2014, it has a similarity to AIDS inasmuch it has been present since at least 1976 with various outbreaks between 1976 and 2014. Therefore, similar to AIDS, Ebola can be linked with the fortunes of the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148). There are two Scorpio hotspots in the 21st century, and the first one is the Scorpio micro-age decan and overflow (2005-December 2014). The current Ebola outbreak has also occurred in a Scorpio mini-hotspot within the 10 year Scorpio major hotspot due to a Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow sitting within the Cancer nano-age (October 2013 – December 2014). The Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow (February to December 2014) is what I call the sting in the tail of the Scorpion. This is where the current Ebola epidemic has appeared. What does this tell us?
Firstly, in the previous major epidemics examined (the Black Death and Spanish flu), the two key signs were Scorpio and Pisces, with Cancer making a smaller appearance. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is certainly stimulated by Scorpio, and Cancer makes a reasonable appearance near the 2014 peak of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000-2014-2029) but there is no concentrated Pisces in sight! This suggests that the Ebola epidemic is a localized epidemic that will not create a (Pisces) apocalyptic scenario (that was reserved to the first half of the 20th century). It should be noted that the source of the Ebola epidemic is due to people eating tainted bush meat (infected by bats) compounded by the less than desired hygienic standards and medical facilities of West Africa. Therefore the loci of the epidemic will always be in Africa and the spread of the disease from person-to-person is a secondary feature of this epidemic. Whilst hygienic measure may be below standard in Africa, it can be expected that the application of stringent hygienic standards in western nations will therefore having greater control on the spread of the disease.
The big unknown in this situation is the role of Cancer. If Cancer is a key ingredient in the astrological signature for this 2014 Ebola epidemic, then it could run at current elevated levels for an additional one-and-a-half year up to seven to 15 years. There is evidence that Cancer is involved. One key feature of the world when it was under the influence of the major Cancer age-decan overflow (713-1433 AD) in the previous Pisces age was naturally the Middle Ages with knights in shining armor defending castles with moats. These all have strong themes associated with Cancer. The Ebola health care workers are the new knights, except this time they are wrapped in waterproof protective clothes in place of knights’ armor.
It is Scorpio with the assistance of Cancer that is driving the epidemic. This suggests the current outbreak could be similar to AIDS and may affect the next seven to fifteen years if the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014-29) is the driving force. Ebola may be a nuisance for another one-and-a-half centuries and will flare up a number of times, especially whenever a Scorpio hotspot appears. The next Scorpio hotspot is not due until 2059-69, but Ebola outbreaks are not limited to Scorpio hotspots. If Scorpio is the driving force the epidemic may only last a few more months but always ready to break out a number of times after a dormant period over the next one-and-a-half centuries.
Note: also see Scorpios Parting Shots posted 21 Oct 2014 about other correlations to the Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow other than Ebola
 ‘Macro-astrology’ is, as the name suggest, ‘big-picture’ astrology based on the astrological ages such as the Age of Aquarius.
 Rex E Bills collated the associations used by astrologers with as many topics as possible without verifying the validity of these associations. Nevertheless, his approach has proved to be relatively accurate.