Falling Terrorist Fatalities Linked to the End of Scorpio?

Some astrologers have a problem linking Scorpio to terrorists, but a simple examination of a scorpion with its stinging tail attacking whatever comes into its path seems a fitting archetypal description of a terrorist.  Furthermore, terrorist do not behave like exposed (Aries) armies, they hide like (Scorpio) spies.  However, theory is never the ruling paradigm in astrology – it is always evidence, either from statistical sources or traditional astrological methodology.  Whenever a Scorpio period appears, terrorist activity escalates.  This is why terrorism is ruled by Scorpio!

The following graph indicates the total fatalities from terrorism from 1970 to 2016.

The above graph displays a peak in 2014 (43,566 fatalities), with fatalities mildly dropping away in 2015 (38,464) and continuing this trend in 2016 (34,676).  The biggest peak in fatalities earlier than 2014 was in 2007 (12,858), and if we take the period 2007 to 2014, this coincidentally or otherwise, correlates with most of the Scorpio sub-age decan and overflow (Jan 2005 – Jan 2010 – Dec 2014). [See: Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details on the mechanics of the astrological ages]

The Scorpio sub-age decan and overflow, as with all ages and sub-periods of the ages, is not homogenous, and can be likened to the monthly lunation cycle.  As with the four phases of the Moon, each age and sub-period have four stages, but there are differences between these stages.  The first stage is always the weakest.  For example, the Age of Aquarius and its overflow (1433 – 3574 – 5697) has four stages, the first stage (1433 – 2506) is the weakest stage for Aquarius in the Age of Aquarius. This is the stage the world currently finds itself located within.

In striking contrast, this same timeframe is stage 3 of the Pisces age and overflow (732 BC – 1433 AD – 3574) and stage 3 is the strongest of all the stages.  Stage 3 (1433 to 2506) marks the 1073 years which is the most powerful period for Pisces in the 26,000 year cycle of the astrological ages. This is why, despite being in the rational Age of Aquarius, the world is more influenced by the Pisces age overflow (until 2506 AD) – and so Pisces ruled archetypes such as the USA, Europe, corporations, religious beliefs, drugs, oceans, chemical weapons and plastics appear to have a greater influence upon the world compared to Aquarian archetypes.

The four stages of the Scorpio sub-age decan and overflow:

  1. Jan 2005 – Jul 2007
  2. Jul 2007 – Jan 2010
  3. Jan 2010 – Jul 2012
  4. Jul 2012 – Dec 2014

Excluding the first and weakest of the above stages, this leaves the remaining three stronger stages affecting the period July 2007 to December 2014, which is closely aligned to the peak in terrorism fatalities as indicated in the above graph.

There are other astrological influences possibly influencing the above graph promoting 2014 such as the end of the Cancer micro-age (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014) or the beginning of the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029).  Alternatively, the Cancer micro-age is exactly the same period as the Leo micro-age overflow, so it is also possible that the downturn in fatalities is linked to the substantially reduced influence of Leo after 2014?

Based on the evidence, it appears that all these three possible influences may contribute to the drop in terrorist fatalities, but probably only in minor ways.  The biggest growth in terrorist fatalities since the arrival of the Cancer micro-age in 2000 is in the Middle East, and the Middle East is ruled by Cancer, and so the above graph does seem to show the increasing fatalities in the Middle East since the arrival of the Cancer micro-age.  However, this increase is modest before 2007 to 2014.

The disappearance in December 2014 of Leo as an active player is hard to reconcile with terrorist fatalities as Leo is not normally associated with either terrorists or fatalities.  Leo however, does sit at the 10th house position to Scorpio, so perhaps the departure of Leo is linked to the demotion of terrorists as perceived “leaders”?  If this is the case, it is probably a marginal reason for the decrease in terrorist fatalities.

Finally, what about the arrival of Gemini at the end of 2014?  Gemini does sit in the 12th house position to Cancer, suggesting that the influence of the Middle East (associated with Cancer) has entered a 12th house ending phase.  The arrival of ISIS in full regalia could even be considered a self-made problem for the Middle East as the arrival of the Gemini micro-age in December 2014 is remarkably synchronous with the beginning of the peak of ISIS – which by December 2015 held a large area in western Iraq and eastern Syria including the city of Mosul.  Its main target was Muslims who just had the misfortune of living in Iraq or Syria. This could be construed as a 12th house self-made problem within Islam, though, without acknowledging the gross destabilization of the Middle East with the invasion of Iraq by the USA and its allies in 2003, and the absolute waste of trillions of dollars to undertake this useless folly, it’s hard to see how the self-made problem was limited to the Middle East.

I have not done any thorough research on Korea, but I have tentatively associated Gemini with Korea, as the split in Korea forming North and South Korea occurred in the opposite Sagittarius micro-age (1940 – 1955), and civil wars often occur when an active sign is opposite a key sign in a country’s astrological signature.  Just having Korea split into two is indicative of Gemini. The increasing focus on the Korean peninsula in recent times aligned with the arrival of the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) supports this Gemini association.

The USA can never be comfortable in any Cancer period as sitting just below Pisces and Aquarius on its totem pole, sits the sign Capricorn. Capricorn explains many of the arch-conservative social and political polices of the descendants of the self-made Puritans who arrived in America towards the end of the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) but mainly in the more powerful Capricorn sub-age overflow (1612 – 1791).  The Puritans are ruled by Capricorn.

Currently, the main adversaries of the USA include China and the Middle East with both ruled by Cancer. Cancer is also strong in the astrological signature of Russia.  The USA has taken umbrage at another Cancer country, New Zealand, for refusing entry of its warships as New Zealand declared itself a nuclear free zone and the USA will not declare which of its naval vessels have nuclear weapons. American right-wing politicians regularly denounce the strong and successful socialism of Scandinavian countries – with Scandinavia ruled by Cancer – the sign of the common people.

The American Civil War occurred in the most potent stage 3 (1851 – 1881) of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970).  This antipathy between Capricorn and Cancer explains why the USA was attacked and humiliated by the 9/11 attack very close to the beginning of the Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014) as the Cancer 7th house focusses upon the opponent, Islam and the Middle East.

Americans should beware of the astrological birthday of the American Civil War as it is just around the corner. The American Civil War (1861 -65) occurred towards the end of  the last Gemini micro-age (1851 – 66) associated with either the Gemini micro-age decan or Libra micro-age decan overflow with both covering the period May 1861 to April 1866.

The same period next decade is November 2024 – November 2029, but while the micro-age and micro-age decans will be identical to the American Civil War, the Cancer influence is only from the 15 year Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029), and not the massive 59 year Cancer sub-age decan overflow (1851 – 1910) associated with the Civil War.  Therefore, while the astrology does not suggest a civil war for the USA next decade, it does indicate a major political stress zone similar to the lead up to the American Civil War.  It appears that the political atmosphere in the USA will remain and get even more tumultuous before it gets better!  Fortunately, the first coup or destabilization of the integrity of the Unites States government is not expected until around the middle of next century at the cusp of the Libra and Gemini age-decans.  Age-decan cusps have a highly consistent history of destabilisation – especially for age-empires like the USA.

Once the almost 30 years Cancer micro-age and overflow concludes in 2029, the emphasis should severely shift away from the Middle East, and it may also drop with regards to China.  The second sign on China’s totem pole is Libra (including much of Asia), and with the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) we should expect that China maintains its new and highly influential role in world affairs, but with the absence of the Cancer period, the intensity should drop off (for a while).

Cancer is being replaced with the overlapping Gemini micro-age and overflow (2014 – 2029 – 2044) but underpinned by the massive Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088). This does suggest that the Korean peninsula may be a longer and more entrenched problem compared to the Middle East, or that there is a stronger and longer focus upon the Korean peninsula in the coming decades for better or worse.  Gemini also rules Iraq and Syria (probably due to the hangover from Mesopotamia – the age-empire of the Gemini-Taurus age).  Gemini should also produce an increase in stridency from students and youth, something that we have recently seen with the anti-gun movement in the USA, and as early as 1989 with the Tienanmen Square protests and massacre in China.  Gemini, sitting at the lowly 4th house to Pisces, is a difficult sign for Pisces-Aries Europe and Pisces-Aquarius USA and sits at the difficult 12th house position to China’s primary sign of Cancer.

We have already seen some fragmentation of Europe with the UK’s Brexit and the growth of neo-fascism in some of the eastern European nations, with some of these nations expressing a desire for further distance from the European Union, and the USA appears to be on the path back towards isolationism.  Trump’s pitch to the USA ‘homeland’ is therefore unlikely to be a transient phenomenon, as the USA has periodically preferred isolationism.  Regardless of any sustain isolationist tendencies in the coming decades, the emphasis on the USA’s 4th house does not suggest raising the flag of the USA high up the mast in world affairs. It is probably a significant astrological factor why the USA gets egg on its face when it has attacked other nations since Gemini arrived in 1970 – commencing with the Viet Nam  War. Furthermore, the USA tangibly rode the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612 – 1791 – 1970) to economic and political glory indicating a strong affinity between the American psyche and Sagittarius.  This suggests that the American psyche is in for hard times under Gemini, apart from Gemini activating the 4th house of Pisces.

After taking into account the influence of Cancer, Leo and Gemini associated with the drop in terrorist fatalities, the greatest likelihood is that the drop in terrorist fatalities since 2014 is due to the end of the almost 10 year Scorpio influence (Jan 2005 – Jan 2010 – Dec 2014).  Some readers may complain that there seems to be a spurt of terrorist activities lately, and this can adequately be accounted for by the appearance of a 10 month Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 17 – Nov 17 – Apr 18) of the Pisces nano-age (Jun 17 – Sep 18), the third nano-age in the current Gemini micro-age (2014 – 29). Fortunately, this Scorpio influence should now be at an end, or almost so.

The Scorpio nano-age decan (purple)

References

Max Roser, Mohamed Nagdy and Hannah Ritchie (2018) – “Terrorism“. Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Retrieved from: ‘https://ourworldindata.org/terrorism’ [Online Resource]

Note: The above ephemeris has the Gemini micro-age commencing in 2015, but since this ephemeris was produced in 2013, I have fine-tuned the timing, and it turns out that the Gemini micro-age commenced in December 2014.  This ephemeris will be updated ASAP.

Further Reading

When Will the USA Retreat from the World?

Pisces America

Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World

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

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

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Is the World a Calamity in Progress?

Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius

Is the USA in Retreat?

The Real Revolution in the USA

Is Western Society Due Another Revolution?

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Weinstein’s Date With Fate

Over the many decades I have been doing astrological readings and predictions, the main insight I have reaped is that predictions are usually not necessary – because the average person does not have an objective assessment about what is happening to them NOW! What is the point of discussing the future in two months, two years or two decades if my client is confused about what is happening to them now?

The Beginning of History?

The same applies to the astrology of the world, with the main difference being that the average person also has a totally confused picture of the past, is flummoxed by the present and is too exhausted to consider the future. I remember reading one survey about a decade ago that said the average understanding of history in the USA began with the TV series The Simpsons first aired in 1989. Anything before that date is just a fog.

Out of this historical quagmire, many astrologers claim that the Age of Aquarius commenced in the 1960s or 70s because the opening song in the musical Hair proudly proclaimed “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…”. Other astrologers are equally confused and befuddled by stating that the previous Age of Pisces commenced with the life of Jesus Christ not realizing that both these statements cannot be simultaneously true because ages are about 150 years longer than 2,000 years. Many astrologers solve this problem by arbitrarily rounding each astrological age to exactly 2,000 years each because they need nice and tidy years for each age. This is how the influence of the Pisces age affects astrologers and astrology.

In the current Age of the Mobile Phone, where so much news, fake news, information and disinformation comes hurtling at our brains at an accelerating speed, this article is appropriately about flitting small periods within the Age of Aquarius that exist for just a few months. Think of and old fashion clock with an hour, minute and second hand. The hour hand allegorically represents the astrological ages of some 2,150 years each, the minute hand represents sub-ages of around 178 years each and the second hand represents micro-ages of some 15 years each. [See Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details on the mechanics of the astrological ages]

What I am examining in this article is the missing forth hand of the clock, which if it existed, represents each second again divided by 60. These represent nano-ages, and each nano-age is approximately 15 months in length. Most people reading this will be astrologers, so you should understand “decanates” commonly abbreviated to “decans”, and not to be confused with or pronounced like a church “deacon” – it’s been many a century since a deacon was allowed to study astrology, or at least publicly.

Decans allow us to divide sign-based periods into thirds – so if a nano-age is almost 15 months, a nano-age decan is about 5 months. These incredibly small periods within an age are nevertheless highly noticeable in the constant stream of discordant information, scandal and intrigue that we call the news. Many, if not the majority, of major news items that parade before us daily, are actually archetypally linked to these nano-ages and nano-age decans. You cannot see this connection if you do not know the nano-age and nano-age decan ephemeris or astrological archetypes!

For the purposes of this article, I am demonstrating the ephemeris in a semi-graphical fashion because all ages and their sub-periods (all the way down to nano-age decans) behave like waves or the monthly lunar cycle. Due to the ages and all sub-periods moving through the zodiac in the reverse of the normal order, all ages and sub-periods are at their strongest at their end, and weakest at their beginning. When a period comes to an end, this strength does not magically disappear but ‘breaks’ over the following period like a wave… or more like a tsunami. This wave is so strong, that it ‘manifest’ more in the following period than its own period, and both influence mingle.

Even though we are well and firmly in the Age of Aquarius, the influence from the Age of Pisces (Pisces age overflow) is even stronger. This is why so many astrologers believe we are in some kind of transition between the Age of Pisces and Age of Aquarius because archetypes belonging to both Pisces and Aquarius are so strong in the world. However, unknown to most astrologers, there is never a time when the transitional influence of one age does not interact with the previous age due to the wavelike nature of ages and their sub periods. [See Age of Aquarius for Dummies ]

Currently, most of the world is more involved with (Pisces) belief systems, especially religious belief systems, than they are about Aquarius rationality. Too many people will die for their unproven and unsubstantiated beliefs – or try and force these beliefs upon other people. About 25% of Americans actually reject evolution and firmly believe that God created the world about 6,000 years ago. The influence from the Pisces age overflow rarely brings (Virgo) clarity and discrimination. However, Aquarius is associated with democracy, freedom, liberalism, flight and rationality and no one can deny the effect Aquarius is also having upon the world.

Even many astrologers get caught up in astrological belief systems, and some claim that the Pisces age is the Pisces-Virgo age, which will be followed by the Aquarius-Leo age – as if the opposite sign somehow gets strengthened. There is no evidence in any other branch of astrology that this occurs. For example, in a Pisces lunar month, Virgo is in detriment and anything ruled by Virgo is prone to have problems or hit a red light. When transiting Jupiter is in Scorpio, luck deserts Taurus! The Age of Aquarius is not the bipolar Aquarius-Leo age but the Pisces-Aquarius age followed by the Aquarius-Capricorn age. The Aquarius influence therefore is strongly associated with two full ages – a period of some 4,300 years – or what I call the Aquarius eon.

Mainly nano-ages, micro-age decans and their respective overflow periods

Examining the above graphic ephemeris and starting from the top down, we can see that the major influence is from Aries (all the red areas) with Scorpio strongly intruding. In the mid-section, we can clearly see that in November 2017, we remain are firmly in the Aries quasi nano-age (Nov 16 – Feb 18) and the Aries nano-age overflow (Jun 17 – Sep 18). This places the world in the most potent 3rd quarter of this full Aries period (Mar 16 – Jun 17 – Sep 18) and the 3rd quarter is always the most potent quarter.

Even though the Pisces nano-age (Jun 17 – Sep 18) has also arrived, it remains in its weakest quarter, though it is starting to manifest (e.g. the discovery in November 2017 that Uber had been hiding the fact that its customer and driver data was massively hacked in late 2016). While the new Pisces period may be at its weakest stage, this does not apply to its nano-age decans, because the first nano-age decan peaked in November 2017. The Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 17 – Nov 17 – Apr 18) is in its most powerful 3rd quarter (Nov 17 – Feb 18), so we should also be seeing good examples of Scorpio also strongly manifesting in the news.

This Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow also has a punch above its size due to resonance. This very small Scorpio period is occurring within the much larger and stronger Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148) with the larger and far more powerful Scorpio period in its most potent 3rd quarter (1970 – 2059). Therefore, we can expect more from any small Scorpio period compared to most other small periods associated with other signs.

There is also a relationship between Aries and Scorpio because in traditional western astrology, both these signs were ruled by Mars – the god of war, conflict, sport, public health (or strength) & construction. While the current Aries nano-age and overflow has gone against the last few Aries nano-ages inasmuch as no regional war has been declared (the two Gulf wars occurred in the last two Aries nano-age periods), we have experienced the standoff between the USA and North Korea – with both sides behaving like boxers keen and eager to enter the ring for a real fight. However, even this incident brings in Scorpio, because Scorpio rules nuclear weapons, and this tension is brought about by North Korea’s growing and developing nuclear ambitions.

One of the classic events strongly associated with both Aries and Scorpio was the killing by Stephen Paddock of 58 people with 546 injured in Las Vegas making this the deadliest mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in U.S. history. Before examining in detail more specific news items of note in 2017, some developments sit under the radar but remain highly potent and noticeable by the general public. In this case, I am referring to the Harvey Weinstein affair which came to light in early October 2017 – just as Scorpio was achieving its greatest strength. A number of prominent women have recently made a number of sexual harassment and misconduct claims against Harvey Weinstein, and this avalanche of built up resentment has flowed over to other prominent people around the world.

By David Shankbone – Own work, CC BY 3.0

“Dozens of women have accused Weinstein, a leading Hollywood producer, of sexual harassment, assault or rape. Police are investigating in the US and abroad. Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.”[1]

This has spread to judge Roy Moore running for the vacant Senate race in Alabama in the wake of allegations that he preyed on teenagers. Other prominent people are getting caught in the new witch-hunt: the Democratic senator and former Saturday Night Live cast member, Al Franken, of Minnesota has been accused by four women of inappropriate touching; accusations made against the 88-year-old Democratic representative John Conyers, who is accused of using taxpayer money to settle cases with women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Fox News is promoting similar allegations against Bill Clinton.

These incidences are the tip of the iceberg and even in Australia, a very high profile star from the 1980s and 90s, Don Burke (from the TV series Burkes Backyard) has been caught out due to an overwhelming numbers of accusations against him due to his inappropriate sexual advances against a number of women. Many politicians, and men from around the world have subsequently fallen foul since the Weinstein affair commenced including British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

“The most comprehensive EU-wide study on sexual harassment, (based on interviews with 42,000 women, across 28 member states, and published in 2014), showed that between 45% and 55% of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment since the age of 15.”[2]

What this tells us is that the situation has been entrenched in our male-dominated society for centuries, if not millennia, but what is relevant is that under the signs of Aries and Scorpio, some of the dirty washing is coming out on display. Weinstein had a date with fate. Aries promotes maleness and Scorpio sex, so the combination of these two has created the correct environment. However, this combination appears around every 12 or 13 years, so there must be more than just the Aries nano-age and Scorpio nano-age decan involved?

Digging deeper into the above graphic ephemeris, something else occurred in 2017 of note – we entered the more powerful Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (June 2017 – June 2022), part of the larger Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), which among other things, has given us President Trump as a gift or poison chalice (Aquarius always favors extremists on both sides of the ledger). Another sign strongly associated with males is Leo, and so in an Aquarius period, opposition to (Leo) males should be expected. Furthermore, Aquarius is a revolutionary sign and likes to upset the status quo, and the status quo is that many males feel they have the right to sexually molest and intimidate women. This is now being opposed. This strength of Aquarius has not been seen for almost 100 years, and the last time around it produced Hitler, Mussolini etc.

Digging even deeper is the fact that the world is in the most potent 3rd quarter of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029) with this potent third quarter empowering the period 2014 to 2022. Cancer is one of two key signs for women, so this strengthens women and their concerns. With Cancer also in opposition to Capricorn, the sign of the successful ‘elder’ or older male, we can therefore see that the signs are ganging up against sexually predatory males especially those that are prominent, older or highly successful. A Cancer period of this strength has not been around since the time of the suffragettes in their quest for female political rights. It is only after taking all these minor periods into account that we can see Weinstein’s, and his fellow travelers, date with fate.

This year is also the astrological anniversary of the 1854 founding of the Republican Party in the USA. As a birthday present, they control both houses of Congress and the presidency, and taking every opportunity to stack the US Supreme Court with conservative judges. In a recent survey, it found that the majority of US Republicans, even if they are also evangelical Christians, did not think that a politician with predatory sexual behavior, was a problem.[3]

The following is a list of noteworthy news items taken from Wikipedia for 2017 (to November 2017) with the highlighted words strongly associated with Aries or Scorpio or both. This list is compiled by independent Wikipedia editors that only deem items of major “significance” can be included. Therefore the significant mudslinging from President Trump in his Twitter account and ongoing public brawling he has with various people is not included, but remains a significant development of (Aries) aggression and Scorpio revenge in 2017.

ARIES ONLY

January 21 – Millions of people worldwide join the Women’s March in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.

February 11 – North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.

March 10 – The UN warns that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

April 6 – In response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town, the U.S. military launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in Syria. Russia describes the strikes as an “aggression”, adding they significantly damage U.S.–Russia ties.

April 13 – In the 2017 Nangarhar airstrike the U.S. drops the GBU-43/B MOAB, the world’s largest non-nuclear weapon, at an ISIL base in Afghanistan.

May 12 – Computers around the world are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack, which goes on to affect at least 150 countries.

May 22 – A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 100.

SCORPIO INFLUENCE COMMENCES (with ARIES) (Scorpio is also the sign most strongly associated with terrorists and terrorism)

June 7 – Two terrorist attacks were simultaneously carried out by five terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against the Iranian Parliament building and the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini, both in Tehran, Iran, leaving 17 civilians dead and 43 wounded. It became the first ISIL attack in Iran.

June 10 – The 2017 World Expo is opened in Astana, Kazakhstan.

June 12 – American student Otto Warmbier returns home in a coma after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and dies a week later.

June 18 – Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired six surface-to-surface mid-range ballistic missile from domestic bases targeting ISIL forces in the Syrian Deir ez-Zor Governorate in response to the terrorist attacks in Tehran earlier that month.

June 21 – The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq, is destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

June 25 – The World Health Organization estimates that Yemen has over 200,000 cases of cholera.

June 27 – A series of cyberattacks using the Petya malware begins, affecting organizations in Ukraine.

July 4 – Russia and China urge North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programs after it successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

July 7 – The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is voted for by 122 of the 193 UN member states.

July 10 – Syrian Civil War: Mosul is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

August 5 – The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions on North Korean trade and investment.

August 17 – The first observation of a collision of two neutron stars (GW170817) is hailed as a breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy when both gravitational and electromagnetic waves from the event are detected. Data from the event provided confirmatory evidence for the r-process theory of the origin of heavy elements like gold.

August 21 – A total solar eclipse (nicknamed “The Great American Eclipse”) is visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States of America, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.

August 25–ongoing – A military operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing“, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

August 25–30 – Hurricane Harvey strikes the United States as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to the Houston metropolitan area, mostly due to record-breaking floods. At least 90 deaths were recorded, and total damage reaches $198.6 billion (2017 USD), making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

September 1 – Russian President Vladimir Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to United States sanctions.

September 3 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

September 6–10 – The Caribbean and United States are struck by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The storm causes at least 134 deaths and at least $63 billion (2017 USD) in damage.

September 13 – The International Olympic Committee awards Paris and Los Angeles the right to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, respectively.

September 15 – Cassini–Huygens ends its 13-year mission by plunging into Saturn, becoming the first spacecraft to enter the planet’s atmosphere.

September 19 – An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Central Mexico, killing 369 people and leaving thousands more homeless.

September 19–20 – Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria strikes similar areas, making landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, and Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Maria causes at least 94 deaths and damages estimated in excess of $51 billion (2017 USD).

October 1 – Fifty-eight people are killed and 546 injured when Stephen Paddock opens fire on a crowd in Las Vegas, surpassing the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in U.S. history.

October 12 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO.

October 14 – A massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 358 people and injures nearly 400 others.

October 17 – Syrian Civil War: Raqqa is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

October 27 – Catalonia declares independence from Spain, but the Catalan Republic is not recognised by the Spanish government or any other sovereign nation

November 2 – A new species of orangutan is discovered in Indonesia, becoming the third species of orangutan and the first great ape to be described for almost a century.

November 3 – Syrian Civil War: both Deir ez-Zor in Syria and Al-Qa’im in Iraq are declared liberated from ISIS on the same day.

November 5 – The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes 13.4 million documents leaked from the offshore law firm Appleby, along with business registries in 19 tax jurisdictions that reveal offshore financial activities on behalf of politicians, celebrities, corporate giants and business leaders. The newspaper shared the documents with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and asked it to lead the investigation.

November 12 – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes the border region between Iraq and Iran leaving at least 530 dead and over 70,000 homeless.

November 15 – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is placed under house arrest, as the military take control of the country. He resigns six days later, after 37 years of rule.

A Leonardo da Vinci painting, Salvator Mundi, sells for US$450 million at Christie’s in New York, a new record price for any work of art.

November 20 – Nature publishes an article recognising the high velocity asteroid ʻOumuamua as originating from outside the solar system i.e. the 1st known interstellar object.

November 22 – The International Court of Justice finds Ratko Mladic guilty of genocide committed in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian war, the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two. He is sentenced to life in prison.

November 24 – A mosque attack in Sinai, Egypt kills more than 235 worshippers and leaves hundreds more wounded.

Of the above 42 newsworthy items associated with 2017 to date, only 4 items don’t have a clear-cut relationship with Aries or Scorpio.

Reference:

2017, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:25, November 29, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2017&oldid=812584234

2018

This time next year it will be a totally different story as Pisces will be the short term reigning sign, so we can expect stock market bubbles (followed eventually by the inevitable crash), corruption, issues associated with multi-national corporations and corporations in general, especially when combined with deceit and deception. With Pisces the number one sign for the USA, expect that the USA will be temporarily back in the international driver’s seat for better or worse? Pisces also rules Hollywood and the acting profession plus race relations in the USA. The Pisces-orientated European Union may also be temporarily strengthened or highlighted in some way. Pisces rules the oceans, and according to the astrological ages, the most affected part of the planet from climate change over the coming centuries will be the oceans, so we can expect some new deteriorating elements associated with the welfare of our oceans (and Pisces’ wild animals). Drowning Pacific island nations may become more vocal about their plight. Fake news or anti-news can only increase in intensity under Pisces. Drugs are always strongly associated with Pisces and so more developments in legalization, prohibition and the Opioid Epidemic engineered by corporate drug pushers.

References:

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/26/nancy-pelosi-trump-weinstein-sexual-harassment-claims

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/21/metoo-is-raising-awareness-but-taking-sexual-abuse-to-court-is-a-minefield

[3] https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/8x5egv/why-evangelical-christians-stand-behind-accused-sexual-predators

Take Your Pick: War or Terrorism

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.[1]  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.

Aries nano-age and overflow

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.

Bernie Sanders

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” )

Reference

[1] Casualties of the Iraq War. (2017, June 4), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:29, June 7, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War&oldid=783729069

Is Trump the New Caligula?

Who was Caligula? Caligula became the Roman emperor in AD 37, which corresponds in our calendar to about 2017 (or 2018).  The correspondence is drawn from the fact that while Caligula lived in the previous Pisces age, everything else was identical in the sub-ages and smaller sub-periods.  For both Trump and Caligula, they were the respective leaders of the Empire of the Aries-Pisces age (Rome) and the Empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age (USA) with both under the influence of the respective Libra sub-age, Cancer micro-age overflow and Aquarius micro-age decan in each age.  This correspondence only occurs once approximately every 2,000 years.

Gaius Caligula
Gaius Caligula

Caligula was a noble and moderate ruler during the first six months of his reign and then his focus turned to cruelty, sadism, extravagance, and sexual perversity and he was considered an insane tyrant.  During his brief reign, Caligula worked to increase the unconstrained personal power of the emperor, as opposed to countervailing powers within the principate (government). He directed much of his attention to ambitious construction projects and luxurious dwellings for himself, and initiated the construction of two aqueducts in Rome.[i]  He lasted less than 4 years before he was assassinated – Romans didn’t bother about elections when they got tired of their leaders.

About 10 years ago, I realized that from about 2015 onward (for up to 15 years), the world would be strongly under the influence of the Cancer micro-age overflow, and that historically, Cancer is associated with mental instability and leaders who exhibited mental instability.  I used to muse on who could possibly fulfill this role.  For many years I thought it to be the North Korean leader and at times Putin.  Recently the president of the Philippines reared his fascist head encouraging the state sanctioned murder of drug users and dealers – and he can definitely be put in the political lunar camp.  But maybe the politically ‘deranged’ leader will be closer to home?  A leader can exhibit crazy or lunar political tendencies without being personally crazy or deranged.

I am a Vedic-western fusion astrologer which means that I practice both black arts.  For the purposes of examining Donald Trump, like some sterile physician examining a multitude of X-rays and ultrasounds, it is his Vedic horoscope that draws my focus because while the western horoscope is superior in its ability to classify his personality, emotions, desires and so on, it is his relationship with the wider world that I am more interested.  This is where Vedic astrology comes into the picture.

For most western astrologers, Vedic astrology is way too far out of focus due to unfamiliarity, but Vedic astrology is the appropriate stethoscope in this situation.  Vedic astrology is much better at indicating how a person actually interfaces with the world regardless if they have a good, bad or middling nature or personality – as defined by their western horoscope.

Donald Trump Vedic Horoscope
Donald Trump Vedic Horoscope

Trump’s Vedic chart clearly indicates that the two key elements are Rahu (the Moon’s north node) and Mars.  With sidereal Leo rising, Trump’s ruler is the Sun, firmly and appropriately located in his 10th house of status, reputation and fame – so far so good.  The Sun also represents fame, so to have planet of fame in the house of fame is advantageous for a politician.  In contrast, musicians and actors have a preference for the Sun in the 1st house as they want their personality or personal style to garner the fame.

With the Sun representing the indomitable Trump in his Vedic chart, the greatest influence in his life is from Rahu (the Moon’s north node) that sits only two degrees away from his Sun, as he was born on the day of an eclipse.  Rahu is also rajayoga which is like a pot of gold in Vedic astrology, so it brings him great assistance in the area of fame as the raja yoga is in Trump’s 10th house.  (This raja yoga is formed by the ruler of an angular house aspecting Rahu which is also in an angular house – the Sun rules the angular 1st house and is conjunct Rahu in the angular 10th house).

In addition, Rahu itself is greatly enhanced by being involved in a rajayoga.  Rahu is futuristic, because it is the dragon’s head which has eyes, and these eyes perceive the future.  Rahu can make Trump a visionary.  On the down side of Rahu there are a few issues which many would like to be swept under the carpet.  Rahu tends to breed a low class or crass nature – no argument there, but the Gods still favor him nevertheless for this ‘slight’ blemish.  Rahu is devoid of a ‘spiritual’ or esoteric influences and his main focus is firmly focused upon wealth, and the acquisition of more wealth.  With Rahu located in the 10th house, perhaps we can add fame to money! But because Rahu does not have a stomach, no matter how much wealth he obtains, he will never be satisfied and never have enough.  Will the same occur with fame?

Trump is fired up about the future, and this is his forward looking rajayoga-Rahu speaking.  But Rahu always has a demonic element, a bit like a dragon.  We know that dragons are wise, but their wisdom is not necessarily for the benefit of anyone other than the dragon.  According to James Braha, Rahu is a “hedonistic, unconscious and insensitive being”.  Rahu can often bring “ignorance” as well! With Rahu manifesting through Trump on the American and world stage, we can expect interesting times ahead.

The other key element In Trump’s Vedic horoscope is Mars located a few degrees above Trump’s ascendant degree in his first house.  Mars brings a combative nature and a pioneering spirit.  Vedic Mars is very similar to western Mars and includes builders, ambitious people, forcefulness, temper, arguments and fights.  Mars in Vedic astrology also has some of the archetypes associated with Uranus in western astrology – forging ahead where angels fear to tread.  What we do not know is if his pioneering spirit is greater, equal or less than his combative spirit?  Again, we can see both sides of Vedic Mars in Trump.

With a supercharged futuristic temperament combined with a pioneering spirit, we can expect much angst on the conservative side of politics as he tries to drag the Republican Party into the 21st century (see “Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius” @ http://wp.me/pcGXY-da ).  However, on the progressive side of politics, the Mars-Rahu combination is bound to kick them in the guts, which he has already done merely by winning the presidential election.  Trump potentially has 4 more years of gut kicking.

Independent of astrology, it is a very rare person that escapes their track record.  Whatever Trump has been like in his public, business and media affairs for the past decades is likely to be continued once he is in office.  His previous focus on proving that President Obama was not born in the USA is a classic example. Trump seems to have few scruples about the means that gets him to his desired end result.  Therefore, this tendency is likely to continue.

His real support base is not the Republican Party but the disenchanted blue collar and rural voters who elected him and who were impressed with his character on the TV series “The Apprentice”.  Trump has already indicated an interest for running for a second term, and if so, he has to keep these voters in his camp.  This is fortunately a mild boon as these voters are not so much ideologically driven as driven by knee-jerk reaction to the issues that confront them.  Trump is relatively trapped in this populace web, for better or worse.  Time will tell if he is also the reincarnated Caligula I have been waiting for all these years.

If not Trump – who?

Reference

[i] Caligula. (2016, November 17), Wikipedia, Retrieved 19:38, November 17, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Caligula&oldid=750091885

Illustration: By Louis le Grand – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2484300

Is the USA in Retreat?

Is it full steam astern for the USA?  Has the USA changed into reverse gear and is accelerating backwards?  Is this a beneficial turn of events? In September 2010 I published an article titled When Will the USA Retreat from the World? – in this post, I am basically bringing the 2010 article up to date.

My observation is that that prime factor that defines the international geopolitical situation is the 59 year sub-age decans.  Each astrological age of some 2150 years each has 12 sub-ages of 178-9 years each.  Each of these sub-ages have three decans of approximately 59 years each.  These 59 years sub-age decans appear to define the geo-political reality in the world. (For further details on the mechanics of the astrological ages – see Age of Aquarius for Dummies)

For example the bi-polar signs of Gemini, Libra and Pisces enhance global political dualities.  The recent Pisces sub-age decan overflow (1910 – 1970), apart from promoting the (Pisces) USA as the world superpower, also coincided with the rise of bureaucratic communism and its inevitable clash with capitalism until communism basically left the field of battle when the USSR imploded in 1991.

The current Scorpio sub-age decan overflow (1970 – 2029) is a mono-sign and so does not enhance polarities – especially in the first half of its reign.  The next sub-age decan overflow is the polar sign of Gemini (a dual-bodied sign) with its full effect expected from 2029 to 2089 but flexing its muscles since 2000. The world is now gearing up to this new geopolitical reality.

I expect the Gemini sub-age decan overflow will see the growing polarity of the USA and Western culture on the one hand and China plus Asia on the other.  However other possible international polarities cannot be ignored.  This does not insinuate that this new period of greater polarity will involve any significant wars or conflicts as the world is astrologically in the slow but also the inexorable  process of departing the multi-thousand years Age of Warfare. Unfortunately, 2017 will not be an example of  the world parting way from war, as war is top of the menu for 2017 (see What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017? ) How will the USA and China get along as sparring partners on the world stage for much of this century?

The clue is the relationship of Gemini to the major sign associated with the USA – which is the sign Pisces (see Pisces America).  Gemini stimulates the astrological 4th house to the sign Pisces.  The 4th house stimulates introversion, domestic affairs and avoidance of saber rattling over issues of international status.  This is a recipe for the USA to retire from its dominant role in the world and return to its more traditional isolationist approach to world affairs. This in no way detracts from its status as the age-empire of our times – it just means that the age-empire retreats to its own shores and avoids costly and divisive overseas wars or political turmoil.  Pisces’ primary relationship to the USA also indicates that the USA has two modes of operation in every theater of activity including its international role.

At the beginning of the 21st century – with the USA engaged in two military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan – it seems inconceivable that the USA would not continue to behave like John Wayne on the international stage – shoot first and ask questions later.  Even Donald Trump appears to be a clone of John Wayne.  The USA has (as of 2016) been in its interventionist side of its nature for 74 years (slightly longer than the length of a sub-age decan). The astrology suggests that this has a time fuse on it (similar to the rise and fall of communism), and the USA is now in its 11th hour to returning to its isolationist nature.

john_wayne_portrait
John Wayne in Rio Bravo, 1959

There are astrological clues that support America’s return to isolationism. While Gemini is strongest in its sub-age decan overflow (2029-89), the embryonic Gemini sub-age decan arrived in 1970 – just in time to turn significant public opinion away from the war in Viet Nam. The next increase in strength for Gemini occurred in 2000 which kicked off with the 9/11 terrorist attack on the USA.  While the USA received much international sympathy, the subsequent invasion of Iraq saw mass opposition by many former close allies and supporters around the world. The main support for the Iraq invasion came from America’s core Anglo-Saxon allies – the UK and Australia.

vietnam_war_protest_in_dc_1967
Protests against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 1967

The next increase in strength for Gemini took place in December 2014 when the Gemini micro-age arrived.  From around this date onward we should see further examples of America’s deteriorating interventionist international foreign policy.  The arrival of the Gemini sub-age decan overflow in 2029 is the final straw.  Will the USA finally behave like an ostrich with its head in the sand?

The USA is slowly on the path back to isolationism which seemed so far-fetched when I first wrote on this topic in 2010. Donald Trump has expressed the opening wedge for a more isolationist policy.  The growing strength of Gemini, which will peak in 2029, does not stimulate the USA success in its flag waving missions, especially if it involves military conflict.  How many wars does the USA need to engage itself in to discover this truth?    The USA under Trump is turning its gaze away from foreign lands and back onto itself – for better or worse!

This does not mean China gets to take over the world.  China’s main sign is Cancer, and Gemini stimulates China’s dreaded 12th house.  China will probably fare far worse than the USA in the coming decades under Gemini, especially from around 2029 onward.  The coming Gemini period suggests the end of China’s socio-political structure that has developed since the arrival of the Chinese communist government.  This may not mean a civil war but it does indicate much strain and tension.

The growing strength of Gemini does not bode well for Europe.  Though the USA is primarily related to Pisces – the USA is actually the Empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age.  Europe is also primarily associated with Pisces, which is why Europe also likes to split itself into two, but Europe is a Pisces-Aries continent.  Gemini does not bode well for the European Union as we have just witnessed with the Brexit vote earlier in 2016.  Gemini undermines the status and authority of Europe.  Gemini is also the fragmentation sign, and now other European countries have growing support to exit the European Union.  We are entering a very different geo-political era with the USA heading towards isolationism, Europe heading towards fragmentation and China engulfed with problems – who will be the last man standing?

In 2010 I asked – When Will the USA Retreat from the World?  Now it could be stated: are we witnessing the beginning of the retreat of the USA from the world?  It certainly looks likely.  Even the proposed border wall with Mexico suggests a new introversion.  Under Gemini, introversion is favored for the USA.  Even protectionist trade policies are a form of introversion.

Whereas the gods are lining up against the USA in its foreign intervention, they are lining up for the USA to focus on itself.  This is a core message of Trump – “America first!”  Infrastructure rebuilding and even the Mexican wall fulfill the god’s requirements!  However, when it comes to foreign intervention, the USA behaves like a little kid that keeps putting its hand in the fire and getting it burnt, but does not seem to learn the lesson.  Sometimes societies are collectively dumber than the average IQ of its population.  One unfortunate side effect of democracy is that it is government by the lowest common denominator.

References

“John Wayne” photo By Howard_Hawks’Rio_Bravo_trailer_(26).jpg: Trailer screenshotderivative work: Liorek (talk) – Howard_Hawks’Rio_Bravo_trailer_(26).jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10500530

“Get the Hell out of Viet Nam” photo: By Fank Wolfe – Vietnam War Protest in Washington, D.C. by Frank Wolfe, October 21, 1967 (NARA), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3101997


Further Resources from Terry MacKinnell

The Dawning by Terry MacKinnell

www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available

The Age of Aquarius for Dummies – explains the structure and sub-periods associated with the astrological ages

Aquarian Age Economics – Examines the relationship between macro-astrology and financial cycles

At the Cutting Edge of the Aquarian Age – Cutting edge research into the astrological ages for astrologers

FaceBook – keep up to date with what is happening

 

 

What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?

On the 20th January 2017, when Trump is sworn in as president, it will be just past the glow of the Cancer full moon located in Trump’s 12th whole-sign house.  This is a bad omen for the immediate pre-inauguration period as the 12th house is usually related to ‘self-made’ problems and looking backwards.  While the Cancer full moon falls in his 12th house, the lunar month for his inauguration is Capricorn ruling his 6th house.  This indicates that his main background focus in the whole of the lunar month of his inauguration is on his new staff and new appointees.

For Americans, your new president!
For Americans, your new president!

February 2017 is mainly associated with the Aquarius lunar month with the full moon in Leo, Trumps rising sign.  This suggests he be will ready to plow ahead somewhat in February.  With the whole lunar month ruling his 7th house, opposition will be very strong from whatever sources.   Trump’s secondary progressed Moon is located in his 12th house, and will not shift to his 1st (whole sign) house until around June 2017.  There are sure to be teething problems until June 2017 and he may make one or more significant blunders but he finally gets his full focus mid-year.

What will get Trump’s focus by mid-year?   The major issue in 2017 is war and conflict, a dependable bedrock issue for any conservative politician and this will be a real test for Trump.  Will he be attracted to the drums of war that will be beating very loudly very soon or will he keep focus upon construction?

The world is in the Libra sub-age (1970-2148), which contains 12 micro-ages, and the current micro-age is the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029).  This also contains 12 nano-ages of almost 15 months each.  The world is currently in an Aries nano-age (Mar 2016 – June 2017) followed by the Aries nano-age overflow (June 2017 – Sep 2018) with the second half more powerful than the first half. Another way of examining this period is to examine the upper half of the whole Aries bell-curve (combining the Aries nano-age with the Aries nano-age decan overflow Mar 2016 to Sep 2018) which is the Aries quasi nano-age (Nov 2016 – Feb 2018).

This Aries nano-age definitely helped Trump in the presidential election as under Aries, people look to an alpha male leader who projects Herculean qualities to right all their wrongs.  The rest of the Aries nano-age and overflow (Mar 2016 – Jun 2017 – Sep 2018) will also help Trump because Aries rules construction, so he has the Aries nano-age on his side for building his Mexican wall plus his infrastructure program in general.

If Aries was only limited to construction, all would be OK, but its primary association is war, conflict and violence.  Expect Trump to be at loggerheads with anyone he can find both domestically and internationally because that is the nature of Aries.  Logic indicates that his main domestic opposition will be the Congressional Republicans as the Democrats have no power.  Trump may even field candidates to oppose Republicans in the mid-term elections due in 2018.  This Aries period does not indicate harmony but brute force.

A Kuwaiti oil field set afire by retreating Iraqi troops burns in the distance beyond an abandoned Iraqi tank following Operation Desert Storm.
A Kuwaiti oil field set afire by retreating Iraqi troops burns in the distance beyond an abandoned Iraqi tank following Operation Desert Storm.

However, the major influence of this Aries nano-age and overflow, that peaks in mid-2017 and seriously came online in November 2016, is war.  It is the same level of Aries that produced the previous two Iraq Wars.  The Allied invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was the most significant military event associated with the previous Aries quasi nano-age (February 2003 – May 2004).[1] This was also that period when bombings around the world were almost nightly news on the TV – including many suicide bombings.

Some of the more famous one’s include: a double suicide bombing at a Moscow rock concert; the Super Ferry bombing in the Philippines by the Abu Sayyaf guerrilla group; the bombs in four rush-hour trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and the beheading of an American civilian Nick Berg, in Iraq.  Another example of the extended Aries influence included the Beslan School Hostage Crisis with at least 335 people killed.

Aries rules accidents so we need to include the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia during re-entry over Texas in February 2003, killing all 7 astronauts on board. Aries is also associated with health and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) also appeared with 8,273 cases and 775 deaths.

Major construction feats are related to Aries and many major skyscrapers commenced or were completed including the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in New York City, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, which became the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The world’s tallest bridge, the Millau Bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central Mountains, France was opened and  the official opening of Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan, standing at a height of 1,670 feet (509 metres) was the world’s tallest from 2004 until the 2010.[2]

Jumping back another micro-age, to the Leo micro-age (1985-2000) its Aries nano-age and overflow (Dec 1988-Mar 1990-Jun 1991) arrived at an historic turning point with a wave of revolutions that swept through the Eastern European Bloc, starting in Poland and coming to a head with the opening of the Berlin Wall in late 1989.  This was followed by the overthrow of the communist dictatorship in Romania, and ending in December 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

However 1990 also began with a crisis that would lead to the Gulf War in 1991 following the Iraq invasion of Kuwait.  The Gulf War (Aug 1990 – Feb 1991) took place in the second half of this Aries period.  This strongly suggests that these Aries nano-ages and overflow are linked to greater than average wars or conflicts but localized nevertheless.  Though a much higher probability exist for a major conflict in an Aries period, this does not mean it will occur in every Aries period.

If Trump focuses upon infrastructure construction he has the gods on his side because Aries is associated with construction.  Also the major influence on the sub-age decan level, which defines the international geo-political situation in the world, is currently the Gemini quasi sub-age decan (2000 – 2059) and Gemini activates the 4th house of home for the USA, the Pisces-Aquarius  Empire in the world.  As Gemini gets stronger approaching its high point in 2029, expect the USA to return to its international introversion phase.

The gods are on Trump’s side when he is focusing upon America’s heartland, and they even approve of his Mexican wall – but if he goes to war or raises the temperature in any existing conflict, the gods will be extremely displeased.  The gods specifically do not want the USA riding roughshod around the world for at least the next 75 years while Gemini is so strong!  Why? Because Gemini activates the USA’s 4th house which automatically detracts from its 10th house of status – the USA entered the low status period in 1970 and this low status period picked up speed in 2000. It increased in speed yet again in December 2014 and will reach its crescendo in 2029. (For more details see When Will the USA Retreat from the World? published in 2010)

In the short term, by mid-2017 a Pisces nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 2017-Sep 18- Dec 2019) first appears and will be influential for 2 ½ years.  The first half of this Pisces period overlaps the last half of the Aries period which is a fundamental astrological mechanism of the overflow effect in macro-astrology.  Pisces is the main sign for the USA so it implies that the USA will be pumping along nicely in its revolutionary conservative way during this period, especially the second half.  The economy should be bubbling and the old USA may temporarily appear like a momentary mirage.  But first, Aries takes the attention while Pisces is growing in the background.

Aside from the Mexican wall and any infrastructure projects, 2017 will be a year of animosity, conflict and almost certainly at least one serious military conflict.  It cannot be said if this conflict directly involves the USA or not, but this will be the focus of the year.  I remember reading some years ago from one war researcher who stated, after researching a thousand years of war, that “all wars are based on lies”.  In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu said “All wars are based on deception.” Get ready for some good lies in 2017!  Pisces prefers lies!

[1] “2003 invasion of Iraq.” Wikipedia, 29 Mar. 2013. Web. 30 Mar. 2013

[2] Major Breakthrough – First Nano-Age Decan Discovered? Part 3