Why did violent crime peak around 1991 in the USA, Canada and elsewhere then commence to significantly reduce? In a New York Times article it was reported that the aggregation of all violent crime in the USA significantly peaked in 1991:
Perhaps nowhere has the drop been more stunning than in New York City, which reported only 328 homicides for 2014, compared with 2,245 in 1990.
There was not only a fall in serious crime, there was also declines in teenage pregnancy, child abuse and juvenile delinquency. 
Coincidentally, I only discovered the most likely reason for the falling crime rate from watching Catalyst, an Australian TV program, in an episode called Lead Astray which included the following:
“New York today is a very different city to the one it was 20 years ago. For one thing, it’s considered to be much safer. There’s been a big drop in violent crime since the 1990s…. ..but oddly enough, as the rate of violent crime plunged in New York, it also plummeted in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, in fact, all over the United States and in many other countries.”
“Although it’s just a correlation, studies of individuals also show high childhood lead exposure increases the likelihood of a life marked by crime.”
Not only is there a correlation, the correlation between crime levels and lead levels has a 22 years delay, so that the peak in crime in 1991 is 22 years after the peak in lead pollution around 1969. 1969 is an extremely interesting date because the peak of the 357 years Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148) is 1970. [For details of the mechanics and terminology used in macro-astrology – refer to The Age of Aquarius for Dummies]
In the same way that Scorpio indicates the excretory organs for a person, in a worldwide perspective, Scorpio rules the excrement of the world – especially pollution. The astrology supports the assertion that the crime wave peak in 1991 correlates to the lead pollution levels in the late 1960s.
“Perhaps the biggest crime associated with lead is that it was known to have serious toxic effects long before it was added to petrol.”
The history of the use of lead as a fuel additive has a direct correlation to Capricorn, the traditional ruler of lead. In 1924, the year before the start of the 30 year Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925-40-55), 17 workers died from lead poisoning in Standard and DuPont refineries in New Jersey. This was so controversial at the time that it resulted in a one year moratorium on the addition of lead additives to gasoline (petrol) commencing in 1925, while an inquiry was under way. This inquiry and subsequent research were hijacked by the lead industry. The late 1920’s research by Robert A. Kehoe of the University of Cincinnati concluded that lead had no adverse health benefits – and this corrupt assessment held sway until the 1960s. When an independent researcher discovered in 1943 that children with lead poisoning developed behavioral problems, he was threatened with a lawsuit and the research ceased. It took almost 40 years to discredit Kehoe and in the 1970s, the US government finally commenced phasing out lead in gasoline. The lead industry then shifted their marketing to developing countries and actively lobbied these governments against phasing out of lead in gasoline. This unethical practice by global corporations has been mimicked by numerous other industries once they get banned or limited in First World countries.
Finally, it was during the Leo quasi micro-age (December 1993-July 2007), that nearly all countries passed laws to stop adding lead to gasoline – only Germany and Austria pre-empted this period but they still enacted laws in the first part of the Leo micro-age. Leo represents the 8th house of death to Capricorn lead!
How many peoples’ lives have been ruined by lead? Very small exposure to lead seriously restricts the mental development of a child as they evolve into adults. Does this carelessness (to the point of criminality) of adding lead to gasoline apply to anything else? Are harmful residues of plastics, industrial chemicals, pesticides and so on having deleterious effects upon the general public? The astrology strongly supports this assertion plus there is the legendary unethical behavior of major corporations that are only focused upon their revenue like a drug pusher selling ice.
The strongest period for the Scorpio sub-age and overflow is the third quarter of its cycle – specifically the period 1970 to 2059. This is the period that Scorpio runs amok like a freight train out of control. Unfortunately, lead continues to be used widely in the world in a variety of situations other than a fuel additive. In addition, Iraq continues to add lead to petrol and other countries following the same practice are: Afghanistan, Burma (‘Myanmar’), North Korea, Algeria and Yemen.
As a result of the rapidly increasing crime rates in the 1980s, the USA enacted draconian laws including expanding the death penalty, spent billions of dollars extra in law enforcement and built more prisons. The USA now imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world.
What is the astrological reason behind the plummeting crime rates? From the astrological perspective, 1991 as the peak date for crime occurred in a Leo micro-age (1985-2000) in an Aries quasi micro-age decan (Sep 1987 – Sep 1992). If anything, this Aries should promote excess violent behavior and it did! However the Leo micro-age (1985-2000) is the same period as the Virgo micro-age overflow. What has prisons got to do with Virgo when Virgo’s opposite sign, Pisces, rules prisons? Virgo sits at the 7th house position to Pisces and the 7th house indicates detraction or attack. In this case, prisons archetypally went on the attack capturing more and more of the general public and placing them in prisons like some giant one cell amoeba devouring its victims as depicted in horror movies I saw when a kid in California.
From a statistical perspective, it is very possible that in the USA, a significant percentage of crimes and prison inmates were probably due to excessive childhood exposure to lead levels, especially prevalent in inner city and former industrial areas. However reality is finally catching up, and some lawmakers are re-examining the costly crime control infrastructure to bring it back in line with the current much lower crime levels but Republicans are recalcitrant, and with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, don’t hold your breath. Canada never enforced draconian legal enforcement measures like the USA but its crime wave has also plummeted as with much of the world.
Why the heavy-handed response from the USA? The USA has Capricorn high on its totem pole, probably situated in third place after Pisces then Aquarius. Capricorn is hard-headed and lacking emotional warmth or connection. Certainly the USA’s response to the spiraling crime wave of the 1980’s was a hard-headed response compared to most of the rest of the world. This Capricorn explains why amongst First World Nations, the USA appears to have the most backward and conservative policies in many areas. On the other side of the equation, the Capricorn archetype that the Puritans brought with them to the USA (mainly in the Capricorn sub-age overflow 1612-1791) also gave them a self-reliant nature with a determination to get ahead in the world – something the USA has certainly accomplished in only a matter of a few centuries. However with Pisces at the top of the USA’s totem pole, it is also prudent to view the USA as if it is bi-polar – a land of extremes.
The perception of most people in the world is that everything is getting worse, especially crime but this is not backed up by any facts. There is a noticeable gap between perception and reality by the general public. For example, when people were asked to rate the safety of 10 major cities in the USA, New York was rated the second most dangerous city, while Dallas and Houston were generally rated safe. The actual crime rate in New York is half of Dallas or Houston. This pessimistic outlook that appeared somewhere a few decades ago is in line with the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148). Under Scorpio, people feel vulnerable and insecure. The previous sub-age influence was from Sagittarius, and despite two world wars and tens of millions of people killed due to war, violence and pogroms etc., people in western nations felt optimistic. Sagittarius is an optimistic sign and Scorpio is the sign of insecurity. What has occurred in line with falling crime rates is more intense reporting of crime increasing the feeling of vulnerability by most people.
The New York Times does briefly mention the possible connection between crime rates and lead pollution but scientists do not accept statistical correlation as proof. This is why scientists reject astrology. Even if astrologers can demonstrate statistical relationships, unless the underlying cause can be proved, Capricorn ruled hard-headed scientists will continue to reject astrology.
In summary, lead as an additive to gasoline was used prior to the Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925-40-55) but during this Capricorn period, it became an entrenched commercial practice resulting in a culmination of lead pollution in 1969 – one year off the absolute peak of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148). The 22 year delay between lead levels and crime resulted in a crime peak in 1991 occurred in an Aries quasi micro-age decan (Sep 1987 – Sep 1992) with Aries always associated with violence. Lawmakers in the USA became alarmed and introduced a series of draconian law enforcement measures resulting in a burgeoning prison population in a period ruled by Pisces opposite sign Virgo, in the Virgo micro-age (1985-2000). Finally, in the Leo micro-age and overflow (1985-2000-2014), and even more specifically during the upper half of the bell-curve for Leo, the Leo quasi micro-age (December 1993-July 2007), nearly all countries passed laws to stop adding lead to gasoline – Leo represents the 8th house of death to Capricorn lead!
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali (5 – 9 October 2011). With an eclectic mix of presenters from Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, this writers festival provided a first account insight into the world today – warts and all. One recurrent theme introduced by a variety of writers focused upon the destructive political and social input from the USA upon many countries outside of the developed western world.
Before providing the relevant details of the political skulduggery undertaken by the USA since the Second World War (to keep the world free) let me be clear that I am not anti-American, and though I will be dealing with some of these negative issues associated with the USA, I will also be discussing many positive qualities associated with the USA as presented by various writers at the festival. This is actually the essence of this blog post. There are two distinct sides to the USA, and while many people acknowledge one side or the other, depending upon their personal political views and allegiances, it is necessary to recognise both sides to fully comprehend the Pisces psyche of the USA.
In my recently published book, The Dawning – Shedding New Light on the Astrological Ages, I basically introduce the USA onto the world stage as the modern empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age. In a similar fashion, Ancient Rome was the empire of the Aries-Pisces age, Ancient Egypt the empire of the Taurus-Aries age and Sumer (Mesopotamia) the empire of the Gemini-Taurus age. Each of these empires introduced specific peaks of achievement associated with the age-pair of the times, with a distinct focus upon the first sign in the age pair.
Mesopotamia of the Gemini-Taurus age introduced (Gemini) writing. Ancient Egypt of the Taurus-Aries age is known for its massive pyramids, stone temples and monuments carved out of mountains – appropriate for Taurus – the fixed earth sign of solidity. Ancient Rome of the Aries-Pisces is renowned for its mighty armies that not only created the largest ancient empire based on its military might – it actually pioneered modern military techniques (basically shock and awe). Aries is the sign ruled by Mars – the god of war. In the same vein, the USA in the current Pisces-Aquarius age (1433 – 3574) is the champion of Pisces in the modern world – and even on a simplistic level, this can be seen by its cultural capital, Hollywood, which has conquered the world through movies (movies are ruled by Pisces, the sign always associated with fantasy in all its shapes and guises). Furthermore the USA is the champion of the ethereal corporation – which are fake bodies given the status of real bodies in the legal system, and thus has provided the backbone of the modern capitalistic world. Most things that are fake are associated with Pisces. All these associations are explored in far greater detail in The Dawning (see: http://www.macro-astrology.com).
The focus in this blog however is on the bi-polar nature of the USA due to its primary association to Pisces. The USA is not the Pisces Empire of the modern world, but the Pisces-Aquarius Empire, but Aquarius plays second fiddle to Pisces in the Aquarian age due to the Overflow Effect (see: Is the Aquarian Age Like a Block of Granite?). Basic zodiacal sign symbology for Pisces displays two fish swimming in opposite direction. This is reflected in American politics, foreign policy and society. At the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival of 2011, the two fish of the USA were on display (without anyone realising the Pisces connection, other than myself).
The author and journalist Tariq Ali is an expatriate Pakistani living in exile in London due to his political views – having a political view in Pakistan is dangerous! In the two sessions I attended that included Tariq, he repeatedly described how, since the Second World War, the USA has actively undermined the political integrity and the fledgling democracies in the Middle East, in the same way that it did in South America. Tariq basically stated that the USA would undermine any country that it perceived to be against the foreign policy interests of the USA. This is a well-documented and widely known fact. Towards the end of the session, Tariq wittingly stated that Australia was the USA’s fixed aircraft carrier in the region.
Andrew Fowler discussed his new book The Most Dangerous Man in the World (about the rise of Julian Assange to international prominence). One of the reasons Julian is fighting his extradition to Sweden, is that not only is the Swedish government conservative, it was also a stopover point provided by the Swedish government to the Americans sending alleged terrorists to other countries for torture. The Americans have demonized Assange as a spy with the complicity of the New York Times, and in a show of political corporate (Pisces) support, American companies such as MasterCard, Visa and PayPal pulled the plug on donations being provided to Assange. Even though the New York Times published some of the information provided by Assange’s Wikileaks, they stated that Julian was a source, not a journalist. Journalists are protected in the USA due to freedom of speech – but sources do not have this protection. Even the New York Times was complicit in the demonizing of Assange.
In the session “My Egypt” with Gamal Al Ghitani and Khaled Al-Khamissi, about word on the street in Egypt, it came out that Assange’s Wikileaks provided some important information that helped garner support for the overthrow of the Tunisian regime through people-power. Wikileaks revealed that American diplomatic sources secretly discussed how they would not support the Tunisian government due to its corruption and despotism. This fact alone gave moral support to the democratic revolutionary elements in Tunisa – and the rest is history. Tunisia was the first despotic regime to fall, setting in momentum the unrest that spread to Egypt, Bahrain, Syria and other Middle East countries. So while the USA demonizes Julian Assange, it appears that his altruistic desire to reveal the truth about what our politicians and diplomats are really doing behind the scenes and ultimately on our behalf, has already borne some fruit. I wonder how the American Founding Fathers in their revolutionary zeal would view Julian Assange?
The final political session “Coups, Crusades and Revolutions” with Horst Geerken (Germany), Oya Baydar (Turkey) and Tariq described a litany of interference by the USA into the internal affairs of many countries resulting in the deaths and persecution of many people – many of whom were just members of a trade union or expressed left-wing political views. Horst was resident in Indonesia in the early 1960s in the final years of the non-aligned President Sukarno, and witnessed the USA backed military coup against him led by General Suharto. Once installed in power, the USA gave the names of communists, leftists and sympathisers to be neutralized, and consequently between one and three million Indonesians were murdered, with the numbers killed in Bali particularly high. This is all documented in Horst Geerken’s book A Gecko for Luck.
The reason why the USA orchestrated coups around the world and militarily intervened wherever necessary (Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.) has evolved since the post-World War Two period, but the initial purpose was to contain and stop the spread of communism. There is no doubt that the growth and development of communism in the first part of the 20th century was an evil and duplicitous enterprise carried out by ruthless and unscrupulous supporters. Its evil was such that communism was probably equivalent to one of the horses of the apocalypse. The duping of much of the western intellectual and leftist political supporters morally supporting the evil of Stalinist-style communism was perceived by the USA as the enemy within – and in retrospect this view was basically correct, even though the enemy within were not aware of their own ignorance. It should be remembered that the key sign in the current Pisces-Aquarius age is Pisces – the sign of gullibility and deception. Furthermore the first part of the 20th century was a Pisces hot spot – possibly the last Pisces hotspot of such magnitude for almost another 26,000 years. Even many western intellectuals and academics were hypnotized (Pisces) by the communists.
The post-war American political agenda had communism firmly in its gun sights, and it did not waver in facing the enemy wherever it tried to break out from its support base in the USSR and China. Unfortunately America utilised the Pisces technique of demonization and adopted any means, fair or foul, to defeat its enemy – basically the same technique of the communists. From the militaristic American perspective, the appearance of communism or its supporters anywhere in the world was cause for great concern and it did everything it could to eradicate its enemy and supporters. If a fledging democratic government had to be overthrown by a military coup – so be it! If millions of people had to be killed, even if they were only of a left-wing political persuasion – off with their heads. America took the view that the end justifies the means. This may seem incongruous with a democratic nation, but the history of democracy shows that democracy to date has always been limited. For example in Athens in Ancient Greece, only the male landholder could vote, and they also owned slaves. In the modern example, while the USA is internally based on democratic institutions, its role, and foreign policy in the international arena has always been based on self-interest (no different than most other powers in the world). Pisces involvement is in the fact ‘the end justifies the means’ – any number of deceitful and sordid calamities could be bestowed on any country deemed an enemy or opponent.
Since the collapse of monolithic communism, the USA was bereft of an enemy. 9/11 solved that problem, and the USA has engaged in a new reign of hostilities against Al-Qaeda or its supporters and allies in the Middle East, or using its War Against Terror to invade or undermine any country it so pleases – in much the same way it has widely done since the Second World War. I am sure that none of the key players in the inner American political establishment feels anything other than justifiable righteousness in containing its perceived enemies – be they the former communists or the new breed of terrorist networks.
Most people in the world believe that their personal actions and beliefs are correct – this underlies the Pisces illusion of our modern age. The unconscious reasoning goes something like this – if I am correct, then anyone who disagrees with me incorrect. If these incorrect or deluded adversaries cause a problem, or I perceive they may cause a problem, I can further enhance their incorrectness by demonizing them in any way I like.’ This was done to the extreme in Nazi Germany, Stalinist USSR and Mao’s China. It has been done to homosexuals, some minor religious groups, major religions against other major religions, people who use drugs – and in some countries, people who drink alcohol and most recently to illegal immigrants. Any use of demonization is evidence of Pisces (i.e. delusion and deception).
The USA, as the Pisces-Aquarius Empire of the modern world, has mythologised its minor Aquarian revolutionary nature that prompted it to become an early democracy in a world basically ruled by monarchical elites. There is no doubt that the sentiments expressed by America’s Founding Fathers will echo through the world for millennia to come. Despite this strong Aquarian element in the American psyche, the Pisces element is the senior partner. One way this Pisces element manifests is that, by and large, American’s believe their own propaganda. They are proud of their leading role in the world and particularly their democratic traditions – but they let the mirage of their self-assessment over-rule reality. The reality is that countries may be relatively democratic within their borders, but they behave outside of their own border just like countries have always done since countries were first invented – they act in their own self-interest and, if powerful, they do all they can to make other countries obey their will.
In total contrast to Americas’ international relations, one of the final sessions of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival named “Traversing Cultural Divides” highlighted three different people who have fled to or immigrated to the USA, and now call it home, plus one Afro-American. Basically Arthur Flowers (USA), Chris Abani (Nigeria), Edel Rodriguez (Cuba) and Shirley Lim (ethnic Chinese Malaysian) waxed lyrical about the benefits of living in the USA, and the many opportunities this gave them. They believe that anyone who sets their mind to it can live the life they deserve in the USA and achieve fulfilment in their lives. Such success is not born of race, social status or religion but their own effort in an egalitarian society.
For example Shirley Lim’s family has lived some generation in Malaysia, but Malaysia will not treat them as a full citizen due to their ethnic Chinese background. Edel Rodriguez grew up under Castro in Cuba until his family fled to Florida, USA. Rodriguez acknowledges his childhood memories and he would like to be buried in Cuba when he dies, but in the meantime he is a successful graphic artist in the USA. Chris Abani relates to one incident in the USA, his adopted home, where he had to stay in a strange city one night, in a hotel with no friends to call upon. The helpful and friendly staff informed him that the tree he could see from his hotel window was famous for lynching Negroes in the not too distant past. As a black African himself, this did little to make him feel at home. Nevertheless, all the panellists were firm in their conviction that no country in the world gave the same degree of freedom and opportunity as the USA.
The USA has pioneered more than democracy, it has been at the forefront of technological evolution for almost a century, and has recently extended itself into cyber world. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are two leading lights in the new technological world. In a recent article in The Global Edition of the New York Times it was revealed that sentiment was so high following the death of Steve Jobs, that following the release of the new iPhone 4S, many customers stated that the “4S” meant “for Steve”. The USA has provided leadership in the cyber world as evidence by the inroads that various American companies have achieved – from IBM, Microsoft to Facebook, Google, Wikipedia and so on. These innovative developments have been lapped up by a hungry and mainly appreciative world.
In should be noted that Steve Jobs was proud of his (Pisces) drug use – he was a product of the 1960s and 70s and he was an unabashed proponent of this aspect of his life. The USA led the world, yet again, in those revolutionary and liberating times of the 60s and 70s with marijuana and LSD high on the list. As one online commentator stated – if Steve had been caught, he would have been put in a (Pisces) cage. This yet again displays the two fish Pisces paradox that is the USA. On the one hand, the USA led the new drug fuelled world, but simultaneously enacted one of the most draconian laws against drug use in the western world. Currently the American war on drugs is dissembling Mexico and causing untold hardship around the world in its stance against an evolutionary social development that American conservative elements do not like.
Where else in the First World does any other country other than the USA has such a large block of citizens who refute Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in favour of creationism? This same fundamentalist Christian block maintains an arch-conservative political influence that beggars description and has no known parallel in any other First World country. The American conservative bloc is another manifestation of the two fish associated with Pisces.
America presents itself as an Aquarian freedom loving democracy – but this is nothing more than ‘white man speaks with forked tongue’. Americans are not consciously malicious, like everyone else they believe they are doing the right thing in the right way, but even their approach to Julian Assange and Wikileaks indicates a chink in their Pisces armour. They prefer that the delusion of their democratic mystique is maintained rather than be scrutinized and have reality appear. Assange was merely putting on public display the reality of American foreign policy. What the American government was telling its citizen’s as its justification for war was in stark contrast to the facts that their own intelligence service provided. Reality has no association with Pisces other than Pisces is the sign of ‘lack of reality’. Pisces is associated with public relations and spin – America does everything it can to maintain the mirage of its own spin. Pisces is an ill-defined archetype which is an inherent part of its nature. It is more like a mirage or fog than a solid object.
Finally, there is no suggestion that the stance and approach that the USA adopts in its foreign policy is in any way inferior or worse than most other nations, past or present – it is just that America is the most influential nation in the world, and so its actions are noticed the most – and criticised the most. The UK was equally malicious in the age of the British Empire as were most European countries – and most countries in the world given the chance.
There is an urban myth developing that the USA is being overtaken by China. One writer put this in perspective – I think it was Tariq Ali from Pakistan. Basically he said that if you take the next 10 leading countries in size, after the USA, add all their respective defence budgets together and then double this figure – it still does not equate to the USA’s defence spending. Though this may be an exaggeration, the military power of the USA is not about to be usurped. One columnist recently referred to the rise and fall of empires, and stated that the USA had at least two decades left as the world’s superpower. This is where the astrological ages provide greater clarity. The USA, as empire of the Pisces-Aquarius age, will be at its exalted position for many centuries, if not for another 1,500 years or so – but with some significant turmoil and changes coming in due course. The first major unsettling development due for the USA will not occur before the middle of next century.
The USA is an enigma within an enigma – it is Hollywood on the grand scale in every sense. It is a mixture of fact and fantasy, where fantasy is presented as fact, and facts are often presented as fantasy. It promotes the glamor of democracy and the deceit of an international bully. For me this was encapsulated by President Bush immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bush stated to the effect that “.. he would make the world safe for Americans”. What about everyone else in the word – don’t they also deserve peace? This is Athenian democracy – it is for the elite only.
In a session “Happiness in Human Nature” Rodaan al Galidi, a long term refugee in Jordan from Iraq, and currently resident of Holland since 1998 reflected upon a CNN news report of the war in Iraq. “800 Iraqi’s were killed today and an American soldier was shot in the leg”. CNN then went on and described the convalescence required, input from his family members and other details from the soldier’s wound. The USA promotes an elitist democracy but hides this reality. This is Pisces pure and simple. Nevertheless, the USA is the empire of the Pisces-Aquarian age, and the real Aquarian age empire will not appear for at least another 1,500 years. The USA will be perceived as a stepping stone along the way towards real democracy in the same way that ancient Athens is considered the starting point of the western democratic tradition.
As a major consolation for idealists and rationalists, if the Stalinist communist model had been successful and the world had succumbed to their brain-numbing political model of terror, subjugation and genocide, the USA would appear as a saint – but only in comparison. Now we know that the USA is not a saint but we are left with the Pisces choice – is the glass half full or half empty? Being an optimistic Sagittarian, I take the USA glass to be half full. Furthermore there are exciting times ahead for the USA and the world (see: A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making).
In relation to Ancient Rome, the USA position today is equivalent to the year 145 BC for Rome. Rome did not attain its maximum territorial size until around 250 years after 145 BC. 145 BC was towards the end of the period known as Supremacy of the New Nobility (287–133 BC) where there was a kind of balance of power of the aristocratic senate and the plebeian assembly. However this was the most militarily active era of the Roman Republic and it left many Roman citizens bankrupt and dependent upon the state due to the deteriorating economic circumstances. Following 133 BC, Ancient Rome teetered between normalcy and crisis, and various reforms were attempted. The world is not static, and this also applies to the USA.
So in conclusion, when many friends and acquaintances throw their hands up in collective horror at the shenanigans of the USA in world affairs since the Second World War, I remind them that for every evil deed done and every corrupt or deceitful action take, that on the other side of the coin, America attains some major development, goal or produces something uplifting for humanity. The IT revolution is being led by the USA, and the ubiquitous cell phone has been shown to play an important part in recent revolutions – as is the case with social network websites. The two fish will always be stuck to the USA, and unfortunately they swim in opposite directions. This Pisces paradox lies at the core of the American psyche. To accept only one side is to be part of the delusion. Most people choose one fish or the other as if these individual fish adequately describes the USA. Unless cognizance is given to both fish, that seem intrinsically opposed to each other, than no real understanding of the age empire of our time can be made.
Five years ago my article SCORPIO – the Sign of the Timeswas published in the Astrological Monthly Review (Vol. 68, No. 11, November 2006, pgs 27-31). Within the Aquarian age, the most relevant aspect that relates to the 21st century is Scorpio. This is because there are twelve sub-ages in each age, and the Scorpio sub-age existed from 1791 until 1970. Due to the fact that the greatest manifestation of influence for any age or sub-period is in the immediate following period, the peak potential for Scorpio is actually 1970 to 2148. There are smaller sub periods in the astrological ages than sub-ages. Each sub-age has twelve micro-ages of approximately 15 years each, with each micro-age consisting of three decans of approximately five years each The Scorpio micro-age decan ran from 2005 until 2010, with its overflow period 2010 to 2015 its most potent time – especially 2010 to 2012. The whole period 2005 to 2015 is a Scorpio hotspot as this little Scorpio micro-age decan resonates with the momentum of the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148)
In the article published in 2006 I identified the prime concepts associated with Scorpio:
Revolution and general instability
tyrants with their cruelty
death, assassinations and murder
waste products from any process, which naturally includes sewage and pollution
atomic energy and bombs
almost everything associated with sex
taxes and debt (including credit cards)
underground criminal organisations
Revolution and General Instability
Recent evidence, especially since about 2007, strongly supports the existence of this Scorpio hotspot. Let’s start with revolution and general instability. The flare-up of disenchanted citizens in many Middle Eastern countries since early 2011 is widespread and includes: Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Mauritania, Sudan, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Djibouti, Morocco, Iraq, Somalia, Bahrain, Iran and Kuwait. The unrest commenced in Tunisia in December 2010 and two established leaders have already been overthrown – in Tunisia and Egypt. In response a number of these countries have enacted democratic reforms, but some have created greater repression of their political opponents or citizens.
From an astrological perspective, it is interesting that the current round of revolutionary fervour is basically located in Middle Eastern Muslim nations, while the similar revolutionary fervour of the 1960s and 70s was mainly associated with Western nations. The main exception to this was Iran. The current Middle Eastern instability is occurring in the Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2015). Cancer is the main sign associated with Islam, and also has long antecedents in the Middle East (Cancer is always associated with the middle of anything, including particularly the stomach). Even the recent riots (since 2005) in French cities were by disaffected Muslim youths. This is interesting from the point that the signs Cancer and Scorpio have strong antecedents in France, and the Muslim urban guerrillas seems to be mainly a French phenomenon rather than a European or western phenomenon.
The current revolutionary unrest may be a small preview of what is to come. The Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) is potentially the first of a number of highly revolutionary periods experienced in the world for around 7,000 years (see A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making ). The Cancer micro-age overflow is also the same time period as the Gemini micro-age which contains within it the revolutionary Aquarian micro-age decan and overflow (2015 – 2024) with the most potent time around 2020. Will the Middle East explode?
The last time the world experienced a Scorpio micro-age decan and overflow within a Cancer micro-age was 1841 to 1851. It was during this period that the first explosions of western working class people began against their mainly despotic and anti-democratic rulers. At the forefront of this new revolutionary sensibility of the working class was the publication in 1848 of The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. After 30 years of relative calm, major revolutions in 1848 provided Europe with a taste of things to come. Similar to exiting despotic rulers in the Middle East, the western monarchial governments severely repressed their citizens in the 18th century. It took over 100 years, but by the end of the 20th century, most people in western countries existed in a democratic environment. Freedom does not come easily!
The astrology of the astrological ages indicates that not all the world is unilaterally affected at the same time when a new age or sub-period arrives. There is no doubt that when the Scorpio sub-age arrived in 1791, Europe was ready for its revolution, and over the course of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970), this definitely took place. At the beginning of the sub-age, Europe was mainly ruled by monarchs. A little after the end of the sub-age, Europe consists mainly of democratic nations. This was a real revolution and probably the greatest revolution the world has ever experienced! In the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 – 2148), the same kind of revolutionary energy that Europe experienced in the 19th and 20th centuries, will fan out to the rest of the world like the wake of a boat. The fact that in the current Scorpio hotspot, the revolutionary zeal is mainly focused upon Middle Eastern Muslim nations, strongly suggests the new theatre of action over the next century or so. From the macro-astrological perspective, the tyrannical, dictatorial and repressive regimes in the Middle East seem to have the edge over the demonstrators except in Tunisia, Egypt and perhaps Libya.
The citizens of the Middle East will not see the arrival of their democratic rights en mass in the next year or decade except in some lucky countries. However their quest for freedom may not take as long or be drawn out compared to what occurred in the West over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. The macro-astrological conditions for the rest of the 21st centuries are extremely volatile and revolutionary – far more than the 19th and 20th centuries. Whichever Middle Eastern nations retain autocratic and monarchial control by 2074 will have to withstand the 60 years long Aquarian sub-age decan overflow (2074-2148). Combining revolutionary Aquarius with the revolutionary Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148) is going to create some very interesting political conditions in many areas of the world – heads will roll.
One major difficulty for these fledging Middle Eastern revolutionaries is the enormous amount of money their mainly despotic rulers have available to repress their subjects. The West is pouring its financial resources into these nations in exchange for the economic heroin of the time – oil. The West also has its armaments industries assiduously arming these despots “for a profit”. Therefore the fundamental difference between Europeans citizens fighting for the democratic rights over the last two centuries and Middle Eastern citizens is that their autocratic leaders are receiving enormous support from the western countries to maintain their autocratic authority. This highlights one of those contradictions of the modern world.
In the current Aquarian age (really the Pisces-Aquarius age), the main sign is medieval Pisces, not democratic Aquarius. One Pisces delusion in the world today is that western democratic countries do the work of well-meaning democracies. Just because a country is nominally democratic within its own borders, does not prevent it behaving abominably outside of its borders. The role that western democratic nations have taken in the world is the role of the medieval lord of the manor demanding obeisance of its serfs (developing and Third World nations). The west consumes the most, borrows the most, pollutes the most and enacts policies to maintain this position of privilege and power. It is in the best interests of western capitalists that Middle Eastern countries provide them with oil in exchange for providing massive financial support that enables Middle Eastern despots to keep their citizens subjugated.
The geo-political reality of the modern world is therefore unlikely to stand by while the suppliers of their next fix of oil get consumed by any revolutionary rabble. Yes there will be some lip service towards nebulous democratic ideals – and in places like Libya it will be convenient as a payback time. Libya has long been a rogue state from the western perspective and therefore becomes the public relations scapegoat promoting the perspective that the western intervention is seen as the west fulfilling its democratic duty. This takes the media focus way from other countries such as Bahrain where the Saudi’s in their tanks arrived to quell those pesky citizens having the temerity to demand their democratic rights – why don’t they obey their king like obedient subjects and keep those oil wells flowing?
Astrology is not biased towards good winning over evil. While the Middle Eastern unrest is mainly a secular drive for freedom, all the other revolutionaries around the world are busy blowing up churches, mosques, temples and innocent people to further their extremist agendas. They are also empowered by the current Scorpio hotspot. So we have about four more years of concentrated freedom seeking revolutionaries and extremist terrorists creating turmoil. The current Scorpio hotspot sits within the shadow of the Leo micro-age overflow (2000-2014) indicating, as a general rule, that the autocratic leaders have the (astrological) momentum compared to their revolutionary citizens. This also applies to terrorists. So while the Middle East revolutionaries may extract little major change in the current Scorpio hotspot, neither will the extremist terrorists. This is all due to change by 2020 at the latest when a foretaste of the end of the 21st century is experienced.
Tyrants have come out of the closet with the arrival of the current Scorpio hotspot– and top of the list is Colonel Gaddafi of Libya, but he is not alone in his obnoxiousness. In real terms the first prize should go to Kim Jong-il of North Korea – shelling a South Korean inhabited island, launching provocative missiles, sinking a South Korean naval ship and always threatening to produce nuclear weapons. It is one of those ironies of the astrological ages and politics that the same sign Scorpio breeds revolutions and tyrants. They both seem to appear relatively simultaneously.
Of course tyrants have only appeared since the rise of “civilization”. Examination of Colonel Gaddafi and Kim Jong-il is like being in a time machine as they are good examples of the common political reality over the last 5,000 years in most “civilized” nations. Most European countries as well as most countries over the last 5,000 regularly had leaders as obnoxious (and far more so) as Gaddafi and Kim Jong-il. Take the Taliban and their persecutions in Afghanistan when they held power prior to 9/11. They behaved exactly the same as the Roman Catholic Church in the Inquisition only a few centuries ago – except the Inquisition lasted a much longer time.
There are some interesting macro-astrological connections to these modern day tyrants. First, Colonel Gaddafi – he came to power in 1969, one year before the peak of Scorpio from the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970). Gaddafi is therefore a child of Scorpio. Robert Mugabe of Rhodesia came to power in 1980, towards the end of the Scorpio micro-age overflow (1970 – 85) but was fully active in the opposition to the white-minority Rhodesian government and saw the end of the Scorpio sub-age in 1970 serving a jail sentence as a political prisoner from 1964 to 1974. Like Colonel Gaddafi, Mugabe is also a child of Scorpio. The tyrannical Iranian government also appeared in the Scorpio micro-age overflow in 1979 making a strong Scorpio connection to the Iranian government.
At the top of the tyrannical league, the only one without a strong Scorpio connection is Kim Jong-il of North Korea. He is the leader of a government that first came to power in 1948, which does have Scorpio as a strong background sign, but was formed when the Capricorn sub-age overflow (1940-55) was the dominant sign. On the micro-age decan level 1948 sits smack in the middle of the Leo micro-age decan overflow (1945-50). Capricorn combined with Leo are both leadership signs bereft of any democratic content. In North Korea they have combined the harsh authoritarianism and frugality of Capricorn with the ego of Leo – the king of the jungle as their ‘magnificent’ leader taking them on to their glorious socialist future. North Korea is currently benefiting from the Leo sub-age overflow (2000-14) when astrologically, the sun shines the brightest upon North Korea. However Leo does not benefit Capricorn as it produces lack of financial resources and even bankruptcy.
The shifting emphasis to Cancer as the current Cancer micro-age (2000–15) reaches its highpoint in 2015 will create a strong impediment to Capricorn (Cancer is opposite Capricorn). Cancer is also the 12th house to Leo – with the 12th house indicating endings, perils and self-undoing. Therefore the most likely tyrant to fall is Kim Jong-il. In a Wikileaks release in 2010 it was revealed that Chinese diplomats had suggested that North Korea should be taken over by South Korea and that China was getting tired of the childish antics of the North Koreans. North Korea’s days may be numbered. Between now and 2015, when Cancer achieves full strength, there is a small gear change for Cancer – around 2012. It is possible around 2012 the situation may further develop or deteriorate, but it is from 2015 onwards that the real hurdle for North Korea appears.
Robert Mugabe’s age may save Zimbabwe – at 87 years he surely has a limited time ahead at the helm. Mugabe came to power in 1980 placing this in the Capricorn micro-age (1975 – 80) as a key supporting sign. Like Kim Jong-il, this also puts him and his followers on a collision path with the peak of the Cancer micro-age in 2015. In the meantime he can cause more havoc. The Iranian government commencing 1979 is much the same as for Mugabe. Interesting times ahead for Iran as Cancer grows in strength towards 2015.
It is only Colonel Gaddafi that is almost pure Scorpio. The Leo micro-age (2000-15) places anything associated with Scorpio in the limelight and favours the ruler of their subjects. The current Scorpio micro-age decan overflow (2010-15) normally would assist him and the looming rising influence of Cancer is usually not a problem for Scorpio. Born in 1942 when Capricorn was at its peak strength may just put him intrinsically on a collision course with his population as the strength of Cancer rises – but this is speculative. Gaddafi also has strong tribal support for his rule. If the Libyan uprising is a drawn-out conflict, this would suit western powers, as they can demonstrate their altruism in bringing democracy to the Middle East as a smokescreen for the oil-fix commercial reality, while people needlessly die, and more repressive Middle Eastern nations continue on in their merry ways with the tacit support of western nations.
This week I received an email stating that the ‘Aquarian age will not truly begin until the whole of humanity is at peace’. This is not a lone sentiment as many people look expectantly to the Age of Aquarius for a millenarian change. Peace, security and harmony, for example, are all qualities that any sincere person would like to see manifest in this contrary world. However will the Aquarian age respond in kind?
Peace has different meanings for different people. For some peace means absence of war. However if there is no war are people necessarily at peace? I have also heard that peace is not the absence of war but a quality of its own. In other words, someone can experience peace even in prison, the middle of a battle or war, but in a time of peace people may feel discontent. This suggests that at a minimum, there are two kinds of peace, peace in the world, and peace within an individual. My email commentator was looking for peace in the world. However is peace possible in the world if people do not experience peace in their own lives?
In the early 70’s I had a reasonable exposure to the Hindu religion for a short period. In the Hindu religion they have an interesting philosophy that this world is `maya’. Roughly translated, maya means ‘illusion’. This is not to suggest that what we experience, see and feel in this world is an illusion like a cartoon, but an illusion in the sense that it does not incorporate the ultimate reality or Truth with a capital ‘T’. In the Hindu philosophy that I encountered, the ultimate reality is only found within an individual person. This is probably the source of the urban myths of the states of nirvana, enlightenment or liberation.
Someone experiencing nirvana, enlightenment or liberation is like a lotus in a swamp. The lotus is beautiful but exists and grows from the murky and muddy waters of the swamp, representative of the maya of this world. From the Hindu perspective there is never peace in this world as peace and maya are mutually exclusive. If the Hindu sages are correct, there will never be peace in the Aquarian age or any other age, but people can individually be at peace in any age.
Even if peace cannot exist in this world absolutely, the level of war, violence and mayhem varies over time. Some periods of time seem less violent than others. Some societies appear very peaceful while others are violent by nature. For example before the Maoris arrived in New Zealand, an earlier group of Polynesian settlers lived there peaceably. After the Maoris arrived these earlier settlers disappeared but a remnant group continued to exist on an island far off the east coast of New Zealand. The whalers of the 19th century discovered this remnant group and informed the Maoris.
The whalers subsequently took the Maoris to the island and the Maoris commenced killing the inhabitants. The hapless inhabitants did not know what to do because all forms of violence was so far removed from their reality that they did not understand what was happening to them even as they were being slaughtered. This fierceness of the Maoris’ saved them from defeat by the British in the 19th century, and in place of conquest the British government entered into a treaty with the Maoris that continues to this day.
Some societies are comfortable with violence and other societies are not. At certain times in history violence has been the dominant theme, while at other times a more peaceful existence ensured. History indicates that the upsurge in war commenced about 5,000 years ago which coincidentally was aligned to the beginning of the Aries age in c.2916 BC. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, the traditional God of War. Aries and war go hand-in-glove but Aries does also foster sport, competition, construction and achievement.
Before the arrival of the Aries age the world did appear somewhat less violent. Historians have noted a general lack of defensive structures or armaments in Europe over 5,000 years ago. This compares with the 1st millennium BC where Europe was a series of hill fortresses on high military alert and there is wide evidence of swords. As one historian noted, there is only one thing you can do with a sword.
Despite the lack of widespread warfare over 5,000 years ago, one of the oldest cities in the world is Jericho dating from 9000 BC. From its earliest days Jericho was fortified by a defensive wall. Obviously it needed a defensive wall to ward off raiding parties from surrounding inhabitants. So even well before the violent Aries age, violence was still around, but historians state that it was not so widespread or as entrenched as later periods.
The arrival of the Aries age in c.2916 BC saw the arrival of mass warfare. The Mesopotamians turned increasingly to war and the first empire gained through military means was the defeat of the Sumerian by Akkad under Sargon who reined from 2270 BC – 2215 BC. From hereon in the history of the world is virtually the history of war. At the end of the Aries age when the momentum of Aries had reached its full power, the little village of Rome was formed, ushering in a new age of war under the military-orientated Romans.
One quirky problem the Romans encountered as their empire expanded is that neighboring cities within the Roman Empire could not fight each other once they were incorporated in the Roman Empire. The traditional approach to government by the Romans was to allow conquered cities to maintain their own government. However what these city governments wanted to do most of all was go to war with their neighbors. This the Romans would not allow so often the sulky citizens refused to maintain their own governments.
The whole military and war momentum has continued in the world to the 20th century but there are now indications that since the 2nd World War the incidence of war has significantly subsided in the world. Many people are not convinced however, but this is probably due to the unpainted wall syndrome.
The unpainted wall syndrome basically means that if a room has three walls freshly painted, and one wall in its original state, an onlooker will focus their attention on the unpainted wall. If the unpainted wall is then painted except for a small one foot by one foot patch, this is where the focus will lie. If this is painted but a mark or blemish is left in the painting, the attention is drawn to the blemish.
The unpainted wall syndrome applies to war in the world. Wherever war, discord or military action appears, the media will focus upon it, and the general public will be made keenly aware of the effects of the war or skirmish. The fact that modern media is incredibly adept at bringing war and conflict into our living rooms in full colour and in stereo increases the impact upon us. But the fact remains that the effects upon the world by war is very small and shrinking despite the invasion of Iraq.
If Aries is linked to war, the opposite sign, Libra, should be linked to peace. To a certain extent this is true. This is good news for the world because the Aquarian age has three decans and the first decan encountered in the Aquarian age is the Libran decan – the sign of peace. The full effect of Libra’s peace potential will not occur much before 2148 and the world may experience a mini Golden Age of Peace roughly between 2148 and 2863. This may be peace on a relative scale (i.e. far less wars and conflict compared to the last 5,000 years). But don’t despair if you are holding your breath for a more peaceful world – peace is progressively appearing, and the peace momentum shifted up a gear in 1791.
How could the peace momentum increased from 1791 when there have probably been more people killed in war since 1791 compared to all the previous wars in history with most killed in the 20th century? The answer is rather simple but overlooked. If the world is to remove itself from its violent past, that commenced around 2916 BC, then some deterrent effect to starting wars should occur. This is exactly what has happened.
Examine the following significant wars in the 20th century which excludes civil wars, internal strife or border disputes as these types of conflicts have a different dynamic the internal wars usually involving throwing off an oppressive ruler. After the war will be given the protagonist and if they won or lost the war:
1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War – Russia Lost
1914 -18 First World War – Germany & Austria – Lost
1939-45 Second World War – Germany, Italy & Japan – Lost
1950-53 Korean War – North Korea & China – Lost
1951 – Chinese Invasion of Tibet – China Won
1956 The Suez Crisis – UK, France & Israel – Lost War (won the military assaults)
1959-74 Viet Nam War – USA Lost
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion – USA and Cuban expatriates Lost
1967 Six Day War – Egypt, Jordan, and Syria Lost
1979-89 Invasion of Afghanistan – USSR – Lost
1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War – Iraq Lost
1982 Falklands War – Argentina Lost
1990-91 Gulf War – Iraq Lost
2001 9/11 Terrorist Attack on USA – Al Qaeda in Afghanistan – (Afghanistan) Lost
2003 USA’s Coalition of the Willing invasion of Iraq – USA (In Progress)
Based on the above 15 major wars or conflicts, but excluding the invasion of Iraq by the USA and the Coalition of the Willing, because its outcome in uncertain, the only war won to date is the invasion of Tibet by China in 1951 but even the long term success for China of this invasion is uncertain. The moral seems to be that if you want to lose a war then start one including a pre-emptive strike!
This may be a bad omen for the USA in Iraq, but not necessarily so in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Taliban government protected Al Qaeda and while under this protection Al Qaeda attacked the USA. Al Qaeda started the war and the Afghanistan government fell due to its support of the protagonists.
If there is to be a deterrent to war, having the protagonists continually losing the war is a good start towards peace. The momentum towards avoiding war will continue in the lead up to the mini Golden Age of Peace forecast for between 2148 and 2863 but here is the problem. The major problem facing the world in the 21st century is not war but pollution. Even if the world avoided war and conflict it could suffer far worst consequences from the effects of pollution and global warming. Are we facing a no-win situation?
In the 1960’s and 70s the world faced the prospect of nuclear annihilation. Now in 2008 the nuclear arsenal remains in place but in the addition of the ongoing possibility of nuclear annihilation, we are facing environmental annihilation in a worse case scenario, or significant environmental problems in a best case scenario. What kind of world may be left when the mini Golden Age of Peace arrives mid next century? Will there be peace because there will only be a remnant population left in the world following the disastrous consequences of environmental damage?
Are the Hindu sages correct? If we want peace perhaps inner peace offers the greatest security and surety? From the astrological standpoint the prospect of inner peace is currently at a peak due to Scorpio. Within the Aquarian Age, the effects of the Scorpio sub-age are at their peak between 1970 and 2148 leading up o the mini Golden Age of Peace. Scorpio is the sign that indicates rebirth, metamorphosis, regeneration and inner strength thus implying that enlightenment, nirvana or whatever is on the menu. In any Scorpio period people feel vulnerable and lack security due to the instability in the world which is prone to cataclysmic upheavals in Scorpio periods.
The sign Scorpio indicates weakness on the outside but strength within. The source of peace in a Scorpio period is within. Maybe the path of inner awareness is the most reliable path to peace in this world of ours at this point of time. If the requirement that the world be at peace before the Aquarian age arrives is correct, it is unlikely we will ever have an Aquarian age.