America Dethroned or is President Obama a Wimp?

In a news article “Laural and Hardy are in the White House and it’s another fine mess for us all” published by The Wall Street Journal,[i] Daniel Henniger claims that the world has lost its nominal leader, the US president, because of his back down on a military strike against Syria for its use chemical weapons against its own citizens.  In place of a military strike, the US has aligned itself with the Russian proposal to remove chemical weapons from Syria.  According to Henninger, this display of weakness by the US will promote Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional power and China’s aggression on disputed islands as examples of America’s diminishing influence.  To Henninger, it is “unthinkable” that the Syrian resolution could become the new norm.

The US is supposed to behave like John Wane with his six-shooters blazing shooting himself to victory over those damn Indians, outlaws and misfits roaming the Wild West. There is some justification to this approach as nearly every empire since around 3000 BC has had to fight its way to the top, maintain its grip through strengthening its military, then collapsing when it is vanquished by a new superior military power. We have had 5,000 years of the Law of the Jungle.  This is not accidental as the Aries age began around five thousand years ago in 2900 BC – with the Aries age and overflow covering the period 2900 BC – 1433 AD.  However the influence of the Aries age does not disappear in 1433 AD, it maintains a continuing momentum. Aries remains very strong in the world.

This Aries’ war mongering momentum is under threat in the 21st century due to the Libra age-decan and overflow (1433-2148-2863) of the Aquarian age.  The most powerful time for Libra is its overflow period (2148-2863) – but the world is in a serious lead-in period due to the Libra sub-age (1970-2148). Libra, the archetypal sign for peace, is definitely one of the key emergent signs in the world today but anyone who thinks that in 2013 you can lay down your arms and give flowers to your enemies is living in a dream world.[ii]

Firstly, it will probably take most of the current Third Millennium to replace the desire for war with a desire for peace.  Secondly, different parts of the world are at different stages of political-social evolution. For the majority of the world, the gun rules either absolutely or thinly disguised behind the scene.  Look at Europe.  Since the arrival of the Aquarian age in the 15th century, Europe has behaved like invaders from outer space as they conquered the world, and exploited and enslaved most of its inhabitants one way or another. It’s only been in the last 60 years or so that Europe has stopped regularly killing other Europeans on a massive scale despite the fact they were the most educated and affluent region in the world for the great majority of this time.

Culture is always conservative,[iii] and the culture of violence has a long history and therefore a strong momentum.  But violence is no longer the emergent archetypal energy.  It is the archetype of the past, which like a bad smell, continues to hang around. While we cannot expect overnight that the world will turn peaceful, we can expect that peace and the desire for peace will slowly and steadily develop.  Is the lack of a military response against Syria a sign of weakness by the USA, or an incremental shift towards peace?

To the hawks, any sign of peace is a sign of weakness.  But all war mongers have the perspective of the past as their foundational philosophy despite the fact there are many justifications for the use of force against Syria.  If we are heading towards a peaceful world, one way of leading the world is to demonstrate that peaceful outcomes of disputes should be favoured over violent outcomes.  So is it possible that Obama is demonstrating the leadership of peace?

If we drill down into the Aquarian age, not only is the world in the Libra sub-age (1970-2148), but also within this sub-age, is in the Cancer micro-age (2000-15).  Furthermore, 2013 is at the business end of the Cancer micro-age (specifically the Cancer micro-age decan 2010-15).  Cancer is the sign of diplomacy and sensitivity, and is opposite the sign of Capricorn – the conservative leader.  Certainly Obama has chosen diplomacy over force suggesting that he is more in tune with the evolving reality in the world than the war mongering hawks.  Secondly, a Cancer period is anti-leadership.  This is one of the reasons a civil war is occurring in Syria as many of its population rejected Assad as their leader (similar to a number of other dictatorial Islamic countries in recent years).  If Obama, or any other leader, takes an authoritarian position in the world, they will also be rejected – one way or another.

Another archetypal affinity of Cancer is introversion.  The news media has been informing us that Obama was having trouble garnering support from the US Congress and other countries for his proposed attack upon Syria. Evidently the citizens of the USA are war-weary and want to stay home[iv] rather than attack another distant foreign country and culture (see When Will the USA Retreat from the World? ). The big problem for America is that Capricorn is very strong in its astrological signature, and so America does not historically fare well in a Cancer period. America also has a tendency to turn on itself under Cancer, and the American Civil War (1861-65) occurred in the previous Cancer micro-age overflow (1851-1866) exactly in line with the Gemini micro-age decan (1861-66). We should not expect another civil war in the USA as the American Civil War coincided with the peak of a massive Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791-1851-1910).  Nevertheless, I do expect much greater internal tension in the USA in the coming Gemini micro-age decan (2024-2029).  What may be the source of such internal dissension?  On a purely speculative basis, significant sections of the gun lobby may raise up in arms to protect their version of democracy from the wider version of democracy (i.e. voting at a ballot box).

From the astrological viewpoint, it will be more interesting to note what will occur to Rupert Murdoch who is playing the part of Capricorn.  Anyone associated with Capricorn is either in aggression mode and/or under attack.  This certainly seems to apply to Murdoch as in July 2011 Murdoch faced allegations that his extensive media companies had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and public citizens. He faced police and government investigations into bribery and corruption by various governments. Considering that we are still in the lead-up period to the peak of Cancer that will not occur until 2015, we can expect more fireworks from and against Murdoch.  Capricorn is in the detrimental position in a Cancer period, so the gods may turn against Murdoch even more than they have in recent years.


[i] It should come as no surprise that The Wall Street Journal is ultimately owned by News Corp managed by Rupert Murdoch.  Murdoch is an arch-conservative businessman that abuses his widespread media interests to further his war mongering and ultra-conservative agenda.  His media outlets such as Fox news undertake a modern fascist agenda and are therefore an excellent study on how extremist capitalists can have inordinate political influence in our so-called modern democratic world.

[ii] In fact currently the whole world is as immersed in a Dream World as can possibly be due to the Pisces age overflow (1433-3574) with an extra Pisces intensity applied to the 20th century when a major Pisces hotspot occurred – the likes of which we are unlikely to experience for almost another 26,000 years.

[iii] Culture is ruled by Taurus and the associated 2nd house

[iv] Homes are ruled by Cancer

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Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World

Most people who make their way to this blog read “SCORPIO – the Sign of the Times” that I wrote in 2006.  We are currently in the process of exiting from this heightened Scorpio ‘hotspot’ that affects the world from 2005 until 2015, but with the upper half of the bell-curve located 2007 to 2011/12.  This Scorpio hotspot is currently being replaced by the sign Cancer, and Cancer will be the paradigm of note for the next five years (2012-17) but it has a wider bandwidth than the normal five years.  This Cancer period will be stronger than the effects of most five years quasi-micro age decans but it will not be a hotspot like the previous Scorpio quasi nano-age that resonated with the large Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148)

For those new to this blog, a micro-age is approximately 15 years long and is one-twelfth of a sub-age (approx. 178 years).  Each age of approximately 2,150 years has twelve sub-ages.  These small micro-ages can be divided into three equal parts using traditional astrological techniques.  One third of a micro-age is a micro-age decan.  Associated with all ages and their sub-periods, including micro-ages, are quasi periods comprising the last half of the current period in question with the first half of the next period.  This explanation of a quasi-period in relation to the astrological ages can suffice at this point, and those readers wanting to delve into the subject can purchase my book “THE DAWNING – Shedding new Light on the Astrological Ages”.

If each sign has three decans, one of which is the same as the parent sign, then sometimes the parent sign and sub-period will be the same.  This is the case with the current Cancer quasi-micro age decan.   The Cancer quasi-age decan (2012-17) is derived from the Cancer micro-age decan (2010-15) and is the last decan of the Cancer micro-age (2000-15).  Due to the overflow effect, as the influence of all periods rolls over the following period similar to a wave, the full extent of Cancer is the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2015 – 2029).  We can easily verify the arrival of this 29 year period – in 2001, the 9/11 attack upon the USA brought to the forefront of world affairs the situation in the Muslim world.  The key zodiacal sign associated with Islam is Cancer.  This Cancer period has increased the status of Islam in the world for better or worse.  In response to this attack, the USA and its close allies attacked Afghanistan and then perversely attacked Iraq – two nations in the Muslim heartlands.  The Afghanistan war has now become the longest war of all times for the USA.  The other key region in the world that has strong Cancer associations is China. Though we cannot pinpoint China’s ascent to world stardom to the exact year 2000, it has certainly exhibited its daunting lurch forward in economic development over the last ten years.

The arrival of Cancer is noticeable, but the whole period under the rulership of Cancer is not homogeneous – it is more like a giant bell-curve.  In 2007  is the beginning of the Cancer quasi-micro-age (covering the period 2007 to 2022) indicating this central area of heightened Cancer activity.  Again we can clearly see the arrival of this increased Cancer influence with the GFC that commenced with the sub-prime crisis of 2007.  In 2007 it became obvious to traders that a huge swath of derivatives based on real estate mortgages were worth far less than their market value. Homes and consequently real estate is a strong Cancer archetype.  The collapse of this sub-prime market led to the collapse of a number of banks and resulted in the GFC which was basically aligned to the Scorpio quasi-micro age decan (2001-12) that comprises one of the decans of Cancer.

Not only did the rising intensity of Cancer precipitate the sub-prime mortgage crisis, it increased the temperature in the Muslim world, and by 2011 a number of governments of Islamic nations fell to protestors or commenced civil wars or periods of ongoing dissent. The temperature increased in 2012 with the arrival of the five year Cancer quasi-age decan (2012-17) – the upper echelon for Cancer in its assigned 29 year period.  We can expect further unsettled conditions in the Middle East and we can expect China to soon peak – which does not insinuate it is ready to ‘fall’ – this is merely the dreams of American Republicans nostalgic about America being the only superpower of note in the world.

Cancer is not limited to Islam and China.  Cancer, the ruler of homes, always witnesses mass migrations of people looking for a new home and whom we sometimes call refugees – but governments and right-wing politicians and their supporters generally prefer the term illegal immigrants.  This practice by human beings over the last tens of thousands of years (hundreds of thousands of years?) to move to locations where conditions are better has now been made basically illegal.  In response to mass migrations, governments often resort to another archetype associated with Cancer and build a defensive wall (in medieval times a fortress with moat).  The USA is constructing and upgrading its border with Mexico as is Israel building massive concrete walls against Palestinians.  Under Cancer we can expect the number of refugees and ‘illegal immigrants’ to increase exponentially, and extreme approaches to ‘defend our borders’ – perhaps we should buy shares in company’s specializing in fortifications?

Another aspect of Cancer is that it is opposite the sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn represents the status of leaders and those with rank, especially with a conservative approach, plus it also rules the long-term view and long-term plans.  Both these are under threat under the current Cancer period.  The leaders of countries are falling, either democratically voted out by their citizens incensed at their handling of the GFC or falling to insurrection such as we have already witnessed in the Middle East.  In place of Capricorn long-term policy and wise decisions the world will be ruled by changeable public opinion for a number of years, as the public is ruled by Cancer.  I thought the Cancer world today was a threat to the re-election of President Obama as public opinion can swing wildly under Cancer, but in the end he was probably saved by opposing Republicans in the Capricorn camp.  Conservative leaders are on the nose to the general public and I don’t think the general public took kindly to Romney stating that the Democratic 47% of the populace were parasites on the system.

Unfortunately this lack of Capricorn long term view has derailed the international effort to curtail climate change.  At a time when leadership is required, the major carbon producing nations have their heads in the sand and are bickering about their relative carbon emissions.

Countries with Capricorn predominantly in their respective astrological signatures can expect additional turmoil.  Two countries that are unambiguously in this camp are the USA and India.  The USA was first settled by Europeans under the highpoint of the Capricorn sub-age and overflow (1433 – 1612 – 1791) – the first sub-age in the Age of Aquarius.  The USA’s conservative credentials are strong relative to the other First World nations basically due to a large fundamentalist Christian faction derived from the austere and conservative Puritans and religious folk who fled from Europe to escape religious persecution.  The first Cancer micro-age the colonists encountered was from 1687 to 1702 with its overflow period extending to 1716.  For example in 1688 the first group to denounce slavery occurred in Pennsylvania precipitating the split in American values leading ultimately to the much later American Civil War.  Another similar public statement was made by a Boston judge in 1698. In 1689 two insurrections occurred, one in Boston and the other in New York based on divided loyalties between Jacobites and supporters of the new English king, William of Orange. In 1692 twenty `witches’ were executed in Salem. In 1699 a yellow fever epidemic killed many people.

The next Cancer micro-age and overflow was (1836-1851-1866) which naturally includes the American Civil War (1861 – 65) at the end of the Cancer micro-age overflow period (1851-1866).  If this war was replicated in the current Cancer micro-age and overflow, it would occur from 2023 to 2028.  While I am not suggesting that there will be another American Civil War in the current elongated Cancer period, it does suggest that the USA will pass through a very stressful time in the next two decades.  It turns out that the American Civil war coincided with a Gemini micro-age decan (1861 – 1866).  It is therefore possible that the American psyche has aligned itself strongly to the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970) and therefore any Gemini period may be difficult as Gemini is opposite to Sagittarius.  The Gemini micro-age (2015-29) is not just another Gemini period.  The year 2029 marks the end of the Gemini sub-age decan (1970 – 2029) and the beginning of the powerful Gemini sub-age decan overflow (2029-2089) with 2029 the very highpoint of Gemini.  So while I don’t expect another American Civil War, I do expect great tensions and stresses in the American psyche at this juncture.  This will possibly be the culmination of the stress fracture between progressives versus the fundamentalists and conservatives that appeared in the 1970s with the arrival of the Gemini sub-age decan.  Alternatively it could be a major opposition with China or the Muslim world.

India is showing no signs to date of succumbing to the Cancer micro-age and overflow.  Any strategic change may relate to its Capricorn cast system that remains a strongly entrenched social practise even if illegal.  Greater India includes Pakistan and so they may use their nuclear arsenals against each other, but unless this occurs by 2015, it is more likely to be a conventional disagreement.

There is a lot more to Cancer than refugees, American dissent, fall of leaders, lack of long term planning, China, India and Muslim countries.  My research on historical events over the last two centuries indicates a number of developments that congregate around the sign Cancer.  These include everything to do with ships, canals, food (including eating disorders such as bulimia, binge eating and food intolerance), mental health, Mexico, the Moon, mines, New Zealand, photography, protectionism, Russia, Scandinavia, temperance, water (including tsunamis and floods), women and the Working Class. I am not suggesting that this list is exhaustive as I expect great developments towards curing the disease cancer during the current Cancer period, which is already happening.

More blogs on these subjects associated with the sign Cancer is planned!