January 15-19, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.

USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.

China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.

Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.

Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.

USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).

China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).

China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.

China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security —  there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.

China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.

China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).

In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.

OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.

Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical  and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).

Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep  — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.

Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.

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ALL WEEK: 

As last week, continued increased focus on money, financial institutions, banks, profits, and large corporations or governmental entities. As mentioned in the “all week” section, in the US there may be disappointments or concerns in these areas around Jan 6 – 25, 2018 (esp. Jan 15-16). This may put a temporary damper on the rally that [yet again, despite my expectations] has peaked last week. With Saturn (restriction, loss, control, government, large corporations) now beginning to make a difficult opposition (conflict, tensions) aspect to the US natal Venus (money, pleasure, finance) and, in a few weeks, to its natal Jupiter (expansion, optimism, international relationships, immigration, long distance travel/transportation), I still expect a near future reversal in the market and a pull-back from the highs.

USA: Increased news about businesses or projects related to IT, aerospace, telecoms, electricity, high tech, etc. There may be some surprises, abrupt changes in direction, disturbances (e.g., sudden delays, communication problems, or electric power outages). The reason for the issues may stem from some domestic events and/or issues related to banks/savings (e.g., domestic policies, homeland security, bank policies, or sufficiency of funds. For ex., lack of funding, desire to save money, or desire to improve stability of a business may result in a sudden cancellation of some project, move to a new location, separating into multiple smaller entities, etc.There may be on/off disruptions with power supply and communication/transportation businesses.

USA: Jan 6 – 25, 2018 (esp. Jan 15-16) — Increased concerns about profits, availability of cash, earnings, and/or banks and financial institutions in general. Then, Feb 1-24, 2018 (esp. Feb 11-12)— Concerns about international relationships, difficulties with international partners, scaling back international projects, delays in international shipments, problems with higher education, concerns about laws and legal issues, and generally a time of sober/realistic/pragmatic/cautious mood. Thus, early 2018 looks like a more serious time, which may possibly lead to the market going down.

China: Jan 8-24 (esp. 8-9 and 15-17) — Increased focus on financial institutions, profits, banks, real estate, food industry, and homeland security. There may be some excitement and risky or aggressive actions aimed at expanding influence in these areas. Additionally, in Feb-Apr and then Oct, there may be increased news about the country’s leadership, governmental policies, and expansion of or gains from international projects/relations (esp. in the area of finance, loans, investments, foreign trade, and long distance travel/transportation, etc.). We may hear about new policies and initiatives, new leaders, grand plans, expansion to new foreign markets, optimism about greater status on the international stage, increase in earnings from such projects, etc.

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JAN 15, 2018 (MON): Holiday; US markets closed.

JAN 16, 2018 (TUE): Strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

JAN 17, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%).

USA: Increased news about banks and financial institutions. Some issue may be brought to light and clarified. An issue may have previously been hidden or obscured (e.g., some hidden investments, tax evasion, etc.). A leader may step in to shine the light on it and/or there may be power struggles over it.

JAN 18, 2018 (TH): Medium-weak influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

Jan 18-19 — Increased focus on businesses and projects related to aerospace, air travel, IT, electricity, electronics, telecoms, internet, etc. We may hear about earnings and new initiatives. The news will probably be positive.

JAN 19 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%).

Jan 19-21 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes. Gold and silver prices may experience a drop.

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>>>> Glance ahead, global (updated):

(NEW) Jan 28-30 (esp. 29), 2018 — Increased probability of notable accidents, explosions, fires, excessive winds, power loss on a large scale, dangerous events or problems related to aerospace, air travel, IT, electricity, electronics, telecoms, internet, etc. There may be some sudden or surprising events affecting travel (esp. by air) and communications.

(NEW) Global/China: Feb 15-17, 2018 — Busy news days and a likely a time of market reversal (probably a LOW with a reversal to up). Additionally, we may hear about problems related to navy, oil, water, chemicals, infectious diseases, drugs, pharmaceuticals, movies, religion, hidden info, secrets, lies, etc. For ex., there may be an attack at sea, or, a flare up of some decease, or, bad news for some pharma company, or, weather damage due to rains/snow/floods. At the same time, China may experience some problems with international relationships, stability of some structures (esp. due to water erosion, to structures that are on or near water, or to structures that are somehow isolated like prisons), healthcare-related problems, leaks of secret info, and concerns about oil, chemicals, or pollution. While transiting Neptune has been forming a stressful transit to the country’s chart for months indicating generally increased pressure on the issues above (this will continue through the end of the year), these few days in particular can trigger some specific events.

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9  (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems.

Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then starting early next year, we may hear about intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only,  2021- early 2022.

With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.

USA: Oct 18-30 (esp. 24-26), 2018 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes.

Global: Mar 28, 2018  — Greater than usual moves in the stock market (probably down) and in the Forex market. Increased probability of an earthquake.

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update: Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

With Taurus = money/finance/stability; Uranus = revolution/lightening bolt/sudden change, this may be a period of significant changes for the financial industry. We will likely see a lot of changes in this area and a big push for all transactions to be conducted electronically (no cash?). In finance and related industries, the focus may shift to all things electronic and community-based (incl. increasing ties between social networks and banks). There will be many fluctuations, changes in direction, and an overall sense of instability/volatility. Uranus is a planet associated with community, equality, being non-gender specific, and somewhat cold (not personable or affectionate) — I imagine this may lead to closures or drastic reduction of bank branches that conduct in-person transactions. Uranus also has to do with all things electronic, high tech, complex, and super fast — this may manifest as increased utilization of big data (esp. from social networks or some large communities) and leveraging advanced technology and fast data processing to make money.

Other manifestations of the Uranus transit though Taurus may include: weird non-gender specific space-y (alien-looking) fashion, clothes used to produce electricity, increased interest in wearable electronics, unusual food growing practices (e.g., growing food in a lab or space, using robots to harvest crops, etc.), harvesting electricity from plants, community farming, unusual construction methods, building things in space, using space technologies in construction (esp. to collect/use electricity more effectively), communities coming together to build things (in places where this normally doesn’t take place), appearance of unusual plants or plants engaging in some unusual activities (blooming in a wrong time of the year? male/female plants becoming intersex? strange hybrid plants?), rise of social networks that focus on money or enable exchange of valuable products/services, and/or expansion of virtual reality communities/activities that provide real source of income or provide virtual services in exchange for real/virtual currency.

USA: 2022 – 2023 — Pluto returns to its place in the country’s natal chart — major changes in the government and a transformation of the country. Markets may go down globally around Dec 2021 (Uranus Saturn square Dec 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

USA: Apr 21 – May 30, 2025 (esp. May 5-12, 2025) and Jan-Feb 2026 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes.

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January 8-12, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions & a few new long-term insights

LONG-TERM:

Global: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.

USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.

China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.

Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.

Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.

USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).

China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).

China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.

China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security —  there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.

China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.

China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).

In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.

OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.

Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical  and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).

Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep  — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.

Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: All week (esp. 8th and 11th) — Increased probability of earthquakes, disasters (probably involving some explosions, fire, and something [suddenly] becoming imbalanced), and violent events, military aggression, or attacks.

Global: Increased focus on financial responsibilities and long-term financial plans of governmental entities and large corporations.

Global & China: Dec 22 – early Jan 2018 (esp. Dec 23-24 and Jan 4-9)— Increased focus on businesses, projects, or issues related to oil, chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution, deception, phantasy, music, movies, photography, religion, etc. There may be concerns about international projects, legal issues, or shipping problems related to these areas (esp. Dec 23-24). Additionally, there may be an increased activity to take maximum advantage of opportunities in these domains (e.g., increased excavation or international distribution, spread to more areas [e.g., an attempt to apply medical treatment developed for one area to some other treatment area], expansion of navy bases, greater than usual number of movie releases, spread of some major deception, implementation of some religious rules, etc.). Jan 4 through 9 (Fr through Tue), 2018 may be days of a larger than usual market moves with a likely reversal, probably from up to down. On Jan 8-9, there may also be increased news about China with focus on finance, profits, banks, and real estate (we may hear about some pro-active decisive move). During this period, there may be heavier than usual rains, snow storms, or floods.

Global: Increased focus on the governments and large corporations as well as mining, gas, and oil industries. We may hear about long-term plans for restructuring, imposing controls, implementing conservative agenda, improving outdated infrastructure, limiting spending, tightening the belt, reductions, austerity, etc. This may be the time when several difficult long-term projects begin that will take years of hard labor to complete (e.g., some major government reform or a major excavation, building a tunnel, bridge, etc.).

Global (also repeated above in the Long-Term section): Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

USA: Increased news about businesses or projects related to IT, aerospace, telecoms, electricity, high tech, etc. There may be some surprises, abrupt changes in direction, disturbances (e.g., sudden delays, communication problems, or electric power outages). The reason for the issues may stem from some domestic events and/or issues related to banks/savings (e.g., domestic policies, homeland security, bank policies, or sufficiency of funds. For ex., lack of funding, desire to save money, or desire to improve stability of a business may result in a sudden cancellation of some project, move to a new location, separating into multiple smaller entities, etc.There may be on/off disruptions with power supply and communication/transportation businesses.

USA: Jan 6 – 25, 2018 (esp. Jan 15-16) — Increased concerns about profits, availability of cash, earnings, and/or banks and financial institutions in general. Then, Feb 1-24, 2018 (esp. Feb 11-12)— Concerns about international relationships, difficulties with international partners, scaling back international projects, delays in international shipments, problems with higher education, concerns about laws and legal issues, and generally a time of sober/realistic/pragmatic/cautious mood. Thus, early 2018 looks like a more serious time, which may possibly lead to the market going down.

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JAN 8, 2018 (MON): Very strong influence; market may possibly go down (65-70%). Jan 8-9 (Mon-Tue) may see a reversal to down from the prior week’s rally.

Increased focus on money, financial institutions, banks, profits, and large corporations or governmental entities. As mentioned in the “all week” section, in the US there may be disappointments or concerns in these areas around Jan 6 – 25, 2018 (esp. Jan 15-16). This may put a temporary damper on the rally that has peaked last week. Last week and over the weekend, we had a Jupiter (expansion, excess, optimism) conjunct (uniting of energies) Mars (weapons, fires, explosion, war, military, etc.) in Scorpio (finance, investments, loans, taxes, secrets, nuclear power, mining, underground locations, hacking, etc.). With this conjunction now slowly separating and Saturn (restriction, loss, control, government, large corporations) now beginning to make a difficult opposition (conflict, tensions) aspect to the US natal Venus (money, pleasure, finance), we may see a reversal in the market and a pull-back from the highs. As a side note, both Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots in the US have finally been won on Jan 5 and 6, after reaching hundreds of millions of dollars each. I’ve noticed that significant transits tend to coincide with larger than usual lottery jackpots as well; the jackpot keeps rolling over till major transits become exact.

Jan 2 – 11 (esp. 6-7) — Increased news about about international relationships (esp. of military nature or involving weapons/aggression/threats), shipping, travel, immigration, laws, mining, oil, coal, banks, financial institutions, loans, investments, hidden/secretive financial deals, taxes, insurance, recycling, death, sex, and secret or underground activities (e.g., spying, hacking, excavations, etc.). For ex., we may hear about a large international shipment of weapons, tax incentives or some legal acts related to oil or mining [to facilitate growth of oil, gas, mineral and/or other extractive industries], accidents involving international travel, secretive payments or investments [to hide money], sex worker trafficking [bust?], or immigration reforms. Some projects may expand far beyond what was initially expected (e.g., affect more entities, increase in scope, cover grater area or involve greater changes). There is also a possibility of a large explosion or fire involving one or more of the areas above (e.g., a fire in a mine, at a recycling facility, etc.) or protests (e.g., against immigration reforms).

Jan 4 – 12 (esp. 6-7 and 10-11) — Increased probability of accidents, fires, earthquakes, protests, and violent acts. These may involve weapons, explosions, mines, mountains, and nuclear power or recycling facilities.

China: Jan 8-24 (esp. 8-9 and 15-17) — Increased focus on financial institutions, profits, banks, real estate, food industry, and homeland security. There may be some excitement and risky or aggressive actions aimed at expanding influence in these areas.

JAN 9, 2018 (TUE): Very strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%).

JAN 10, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). Probably, the least stressful day of the week. If there is an up move, it will likely be relatively small.

JAN 11, 2018 (TH): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%).

Jan 11-13 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). There may also be focus on serious negotiations, agreements, or discussions (on the level of governments or among large corporations). These talks/agreements may somehow put a damper on the US earnings outlook, increase concerns about money and financial stability, or emphasize a fiscally conservative approach.

JAN 12 2018 (FR): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). A day of surprises and sudden developments. These may include sudden fluctuations of value, profits, or pricing — in particular, related to foreign currencies (increased likelihood of large Forex moves), telecoms, IT, aerospace, electricity/power generation, and electronics. The events may be triggered by some governmental policies or be related to established older, larger corporations or leaders. Some established order or approach may suddenly change or be challenged.

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>>>> Glance ahead, global (updated):

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9  (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems.

Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then starting early next year, we may hear about intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only,  2021- early 2022.

With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.

(NEW) USA: Jan 19-21 and Oct 18-30 (esp. 24-26), 2018 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes. Around Jan 19-21, gold and silver prices may experience a drop.

(NEW) Global: Mar 28, 2018  — Greater than usual moves in the stock market (probably down) and in the Forex market. Increased probability of an earthquake.

(NEW) Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]).

With Taurus = money/finance/stability; Uranus = revolution/lightening bolt/sudden change, this may be a period of significant changes for the financial industry. We will likely see a lot of changes in this area and a big push for all transactions to be conducted electronically (no cash?). In finance and related industries, the focus may shift to all things electronic and community-based (incl. increasing ties between social networks and banks). There will be many fluctuations, changes in direction, and an overall sense of instability/volatility. Uranus is a planet associated with community, equality, being non-gender specific, and somewhat cold (not personable or affectionate) — I imagine this may lead to closures or drastic reduction of bank branches that conduct in-person transactions. Uranus also has to do with all things electronic, high tech, complex, and super fast — this may manifest as increased utilization of big data (esp. from social networks or some large communities) and leveraging advanced technology and fast data processing to make money.

Other manifestations of the Uranus transit though Taurus may include: weird non-gender specific space-y (alien-looking) fashion, unusual food growing practices (e.g., growing food in a lab, using robots to harvest crops, etc.), community farming, unusual construction methods, building things in space, communities coming together to build things (in places where this normally doesn’t take place), appearance of unusual plants or plants engaging in some unusual activities (blooming in a wrong time of the year? male/female plants becoming intersex? strange hybrid plants?), rise of social networks that focus on money or enable exchange of valuable products/services, and/or expansion of virtual reality communities/activities that provide real source of income or provide virtual services in exchange for real/virtual currency.

(NEW) USA: 2022 – 2023 — Pluto returns to its place in the country’s natal chart — major changes in the government and a transformation of the country. Markets may go down globally around Dec 2021 (Uranus Saturn square Dec 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

(NEW) USA: Apr 21 – May 30, 2025 (esp. May 5-12, 2025) and Jan-Feb 2026 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes.

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January 1-5, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.

USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.

China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.

Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.

Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.

USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).

China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).

China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.

China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security —  there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.

China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.

China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).

In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.

OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.

Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical  and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).

Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep  — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.

Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Dec 24, 2017 — Jan 7, 2018 — Increased focus on oil, navy, chemicals, contagious or inflammatory diseases (esp. those that spread through water, poisons, gases, bioweapons, or as a result of excessive heat or sexual activity), drugs/pharmaceuticals, movies, water, poisons, religion, etc. We may hear about related businesses, products, or events experiencing favorable time for expansion — for ex., flooding or an oil/gas leak because of an explosion or fire (esp. underground), a hidden fire or explosion causing some disease or poison to spread, secret weapons or hidden aggression used to support some religious movement, etc. This influence peaks around Dec 27 and Jan 6.

Global & China: Dec 22 – early Jan 2018 (esp. Dec 23-24 and Jan 4-9)— Increased focus on businesses, projects, or issues related to oil, chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution, deception, phantasy, music, movies, photography, religion, etc. There may be concerns about international projects, legal issues, or shipping problems related to these areas (esp. Dec 23-24). Additionally, there may be an increased activity to take maximum advantage of opportunities in these domains (e.g., increased excavation or international distribution, spread to more areas [e.g., an attempt to apply medical treatment developed for one area to some other treatment area], expansion of navy bases, greater than usual number of movie releases, spread of some major deception, implementation of some religious rules, etc.). Jan 4 through 9 (Fr through Tue), 2018 may be days of a larger than usual market moves with a likely reversal, probably from up to down. On Jan 8-9, there may also be increased news about China with focus on finance, profits, banks, and real estate (we may hear about some pro-active decisive move). During this period, there may be heavier than usual rains, snow storms, or floods.

Global: Increased news about powerful leaders — esp. about their [dark] secrets, [sex] scandals, death, leaders being spied on, or about some sort of manipulation or power play involving leaders or famous persons (esp. actors). Also, increased probability of an important announcement related to mining, recycling, or some research report/investigation that provides a deeper analysis of some important matter (e.g., about underground reserves of some material, like oil, or about spying, secretive activities, etc.). This influence reaches a max on 12/24/17 (Sun). Subsequently, around Jan 1-4 2018, there may be a follow up in this matter or a new twist in the developing story.

Global: Increased focus on the governments and large corporations as well as mining, gas, and oil industries. We may hear about long-term plans for restructuring, imposing controls, implementing conservative agenda, improving outdated infrastructure, limiting spending, tightening the belt, reductions, austerity, etc. This may be the time when several difficult long-term projects begin that will take years of hard labor to complete (e.g., some major government reform or a major excavation, building a tunnel, bridge, etc.).

USA: Increased news about businesses or projects related to IT, aerospace, telecoms, electricity, high tech, etc. There may be some surprises, abrupt changes in direction, disturbances (e.g., sudden delays, communication problems, or electric power outages). The reason for the issues may stem from some domestic events and/or issues related to banks/savings (e.g., domestic policies, homeland security, bank policies, or sufficiency of funds. For ex., lack of funding, desire to save money, or desire to improve stability of a business may result in a sudden cancellation of some project, move to a new location, separating into multiple smaller entities, etc.There may be on/off disruptions with power supply and communication/transportation businesses.

USA — Jan 6 – 25, 2018 (esp. Jan 15-16) — Increased concerns about profits, availability of cash, earnings, and/or banks and financial institutions in general. Then, Feb 1-24, 2018 (esp. Feb 11-12)— Concerns about international relationships, difficulties with international partners, scaling back international projects, delays in international shipments, problems with higher education, concerns about laws and legal issues, and generally a time of sober/realistic/pragmatic/cautious mood. Thus, early 2018 looks like a more serious time, which may possibly lead to the market going down.

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JAN 1, 2018 (MON): Holiday; US markets closed. Happy new Year! 😃

JAN 2, 2018 (TUE): Strong influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).

Jan 2 – 11 (esp. 6-7) — Increased news about about international relationships (esp. of military nature or involving weapons/aggression/threats), shipping, travel, immigration, laws, mining, oil, coal, banks, financial institutions, loans, investments, hidden/secretive financial deals, taxes, insurance, recycling, death, sex, and secret or underground activities (e.g., spying, hacking, excavations, etc.). For ex., we may hear about a large international shipment of weapons, tax incentives or some legal acts related to oil or mining [to facilitate growth of oil, gas, mineral and/or other extractive industries], accidents involving international travel, secretive payments or investments [to hide money], sex worker trafficking [bust?], or immigration reforms. Some projects may expand far beyond what was initially expected (e.g., affect more entities, increase in scope, cover grater area or involve greater changes). There is also a possibility of a large explosion or fire involving one or more of the areas above (e.g., a fire in a mine, at a recycling facility, etc.) or protests (e.g., against immigration reforms).

JAN 3, 2018 (WED): Strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

USA: Jan 3-4 — Increased focus on profits and expenses — there may be concerns about excessive expenditures or misuse of funds (esp. on government-sponsored projects).

JAN 4, 2018 (TH): Very strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

Jan 4-5 — Expect greater than usual market moves (esp. on the 5th). Possibly, a sell off, followed by an up move to scoop up stocks at lower prices. Regardless of the direction, there will likely be greater than usual activity with investors over-reacting to some news (possibly some legal  acts or military activity). Jan 8-9 (Mon-Tue may see a reversal from the direction on Thur-Fr).

Jan 4 – 12 (esp. 6-7 and 10-11) — Increased probability of accidents, fires, earthquakes, protests, and violent acts. These may involve weapons, explosions, mines, mountains, and nuclear power or recycling facilities.

USA: Increased and possibly slightly stressful news about the military, weapons, fires, explosions, protests, accidents (esp. related to communication and/or transportation), etc. Also, there may be concerns about businesses, projects, or events related to oil, chemicals, poisons, pharma, deceases, navy, movies, water, and beverages. For ex., we may hear about a disagreement about how to proceed militarily, disagreements with international partners, protests against some legal decisions, problems with contracts or shipments, insufficient sales (esp. internationally), etc.

JAN 5, 2018 (FR): Very strong influence; market may possibly go up (60%).

Jan 5-6 — Favorable time for IT businesses, telecoms, businesses related to electricity, communication and transportation. At this time, sales of related products may increased or business negotiations may be more successful than usual.

Jan 6-7 (weekend; esp. the 6th) — The weekend will continue to be busy [if not turbulent] with news about governmental reforms and/or reforms or significant events related to oil, chemicals, mining, mountains, earthquakes, excavations, secret money, taxes, nuclear power, etc.

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>>>> Glance ahead, global (repeated from last week):

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9  (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems.

Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then starting early next year, we may hear about intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only,  2021- early 2022.

With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.

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December 25 – 29, 2017: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.

USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.

China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.

Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.

Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.

USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).

China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).

China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.

China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security —  there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.

China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.

China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).

In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.

OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.

Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical  and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).

Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep  — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.

Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Dec 24, 2017 — Jan 7, 2018 — Increased focus on oil, navy, chemicals, contagious or inflammatory diseases (esp. those that spread through water, poisons, gases, bioweapons, or as a result of excessive heat or sexual activity), drugs/pharmaceuticals, movies, water, poisons, religion, etc. We may hear about related businesses, products, or events experiencing favorable time for expansion — for ex., flooding or an oil/gas leak because of an explosion or fire (esp. underground), a hidden fire or explosion causing some disease or poison to spread, secret weapons or hidden aggression used to support some religious movement, etc. This influence peaks around Dec 27 and Jan 6.

Global & China: Dec 22 – early Jan 2018 (esp. Dec 23-24 and Jan 5-9)— Increased focus on businesses, projects, or issues related to oil, chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution, deception, phantasy, music, movies, photography, religion, etc. There may be concerns about international projects, legal issues, or shipping problems related to these areas (esp. Dec 23-24). Additionally, there may be an increased activity to take maximum advantage of opportunities in these domains (e.g., increased excavation or international distribution, spread to more areas [e.g., an attempt to apply medical treatment developed for one area to some other treatment area], expansion of navy bases, greater than usual number of movie releases, spread of some major deception, implementation of some religious rules, etc.). Jan 5 through 9 (Fr through Tue), 2018 may be days of a larger than usual market moves with a likely reversal, probably from up to down. On Jan 8-9, there may also be increased news about China with focus on finance, profits, banks, and real estate (we may hear about some pro-active decisive move). During this period, there may be heavier than usual rains, snow storms, or floods.

Global: Increased news about powerful leaders — esp. about their [dark] secrets, [sex] scandals, death, leaders being spied on, or about some sort of manipulation or power play involving leaders or famous persons (esp. actors). Also, increased probability of an important announcement related to mining, recycling, or some research report/investigation that provides a deeper analysis of some important matter (e.g., about underground reserves of some material, like oil, or about spying, secretive activities, etc.). This influence reaches a max on 12/24/17 (Sun). Subsequently, around Jan 1-4 2018, there may be a follow up in this matter or a new twist in the developing story.

Global: Increased focus on the governments and large corporations. We may hear about long-term plans for restructuring, imposing controls, implementing conservative agenda, improving outdated infrastructure, limiting spending, tightening the belt, reductions, austerity, etc. This may be the time when several difficult long-term projects begin that will take years of hard labor to complete.

USA: Increased news about businesses or projects related to IT, aerospace, telecoms, electricity, high tech, etc. There may be some surprises, abrupt changes in direction, disturbances (e.g., sudden delays, communication problems, or electric power outages). The reason for the issues may stem from some domestic events and/or issues related to banks/savings (e.g., domestic policies, homeland security, bank policies, or sufficiency of funds. For ex., lack of funding, desire to save money, or desire to improve stability of a business may result in a sudden cancellation of some project, move to a new location, separating into multiple smaller entities, etc.There may be on/off disruptions with power supply and communication/transportation businesses.

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DEC 25, 2017 (MON): Holiday; US markets closed.

DEC 19, 2017 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%).

DEC 20, 2017 (WED): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). There may be reversal from Wed to Thur (probably from down to up).

DEC 21, 2017 (TH): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

DEC 22, 2017 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (60%).

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>>>> Glance ahead, global (updated):

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9  (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems.

Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then starting early next year, we may hear about intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only,  2021- early 2022.

With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.

NEW: USA — Jan 6 – 25, 2018 (esp. Jan 15-16) — Increased concerns about profits, availability of cash, earnings, and/or banks and financial institutions in general. Then, Feb 1-24, 2018 (esp. Feb 11-12)— Concerns about international relationships, difficulties with international partners, scaling back international projects, delays in international shipments, problems with higher education, concerns about laws and legal issues, and generally a time of sober/realistic/pragmatic/cautious mood. Thus, early 2018 looks like a more serious time, which may possibly lead to the market going down.

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December 18 – 22, 2017: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.

USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.

China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.

Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.

Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.

USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).

China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).

China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.

China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security —  there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.

China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.

China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).

In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.

OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.

Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical  and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).

Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep  — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.

Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Increased news about powerful leaders — esp. about their [dark] secrets, [sex] scandals, death, leaders being spied on, or about some sort of manipulation or power play involving leaders or famous persons (esp. actors). Also, increased probability of an important announcement related to mining, recycling, or some research report/investigation that provides a deeper analysis of some important matter (e.g., about underground reserves of some material, like oil, or about spying, secretive activities, etc.). This influence reaches a max on 12/24/17 (Sun) and may also be felt early next week. Subsequently, around Jan 1-4 2018, there may be a follow up in this matter or a new twist in the developing story.

Global: Increased focus on the governments and large corporations. We may hear about long-term plans for restructuring, imposing controls, implementing conservative agenda, improving outdated infrastructure, limiting spending, tightening the belt, reductions, austerity, etc. This may be the time when several difficult long-term projects begin that will take years of hard labor to complete.

China: Increased spending on military; more diplomatic approach to international negotiations (esp. in the area of sports and military). On the 15th, possibly also increased news about nuclear power, recycling, trash, or some transformation in the international relationships —  there may be more willingness to discuss things diplomatically, spend money to take care of things, and/or increased expenses on the related matters.

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DEC 18, 2017 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).

USA: Dec 16-18 — Positive news about some legal matters, immigration, and relationships with international partners; likely related to military and taking a proactive approach to achieve a future goal shared by some international group/community/organization. Favorable time for international expansion, esp. through gaining “friends” and participating in larger organizations.

China: Increased focus on military, sports, taking risks, gambling (incl. stock market), and relationships with international partners. There may be some excessive activity and instability (e.g., a jump in the markets based on excessive optimism about some international matter, legal issues, or transportation). Additionally, we may hear about an overreaction to some [military or weapons-related] matter when discussing agreements and collaborating with partners — this may manifest as an overly assertive move, major show of force, over-promising something, or, a move that’s out of proportion to the issue.

DEC 19, 2017 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). The down influence is stronger in the afternoon. The mood may be more serious today with focus on long-term outcomes — possibly due to some international news or legal concerns.

Dec 19-20 — Improved circumstances or increased profits (esp. from international sources or due to favorable laws) for businesses related to IT, telecoms, aerospace, electricity, high tech, etc. Projects or legal matters related to these areas will proceed smoother than usual.

DEC 20, 2017 (WED): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). Possibly, increased news about some infectious decease, water contamination, or financial losses from (or increased expenses on) pharmaceuticals due to legal problems or problems with international sales/laws/shipments.

Dec 20-22 — The mood, yet again, may be more serious with focus on long-term outcomes, governmental decisions, and restructuring in large corporations. There may be concerns about some endings/new beginnings, increased limitations, new rules, decreased spending, scarcity of resources, outdated infrastructure, old/conservative leaders, death of leaders, etc.

DEC 21, 2017 (TH): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%).

DEC 22, 2017 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (55%).

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>>>> Glance ahead, global (updated):

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9  (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems.

Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then starting early next year, we may hear about intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only,  2021- early 2022.

With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.

NEW: Dec 22 – early Jan 2018 (esp. Dec 23-24 and Jan 5-9)— Increased focus on businesses, projects, or issues related to oil, chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution, deception, phantasy, music, movies, photography, religion, etc. There may be concerns about international projects, legal issues, or shipping problems related to these areas (esp. Dec 23-24). Additionally, there may be an increased activity to take maximum advantage of opportunities in these domains (e.g., increased excavation or international distribution, spread to more areas [e.g., an attempt to apply medical treatment developed for one area to some other treatment area], expansion of navy bases, greater than usual number of movie releases, spread of some major deception, implementation of some religious rules, etc.). Jan 5 through 9 (Fr through Tue), 2018 may be days of a larger than usual market moves with a likely reversal, probably from up to down. On Jan 8-9, there may also be increased news about China with focus on finance, profits, banks, and real estate (we may hear about some pro-active decisive move). During this period, there may be heavier than usual rains, snow storms, or floods.

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December 11 – 15, 2017: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.

USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.

China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.

Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.

Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.

USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).

China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).

China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.

China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security —  there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.

China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.

China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).

In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.

OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.

Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical  and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).

Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep  — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.

Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then we may hear about increased tensions in both countries late Nov – early Dec. Sensitive dates for Iran are Nov 19-20 and Nov 28-30; for Saudi Arabia, Nov 24-30 and Dec 4-8. Given that another global aspect unfolding at the same time (see above) indicates an increase in either oil supplies or prices, an increase in oil prices seems indeed likely.

Long term, there will be other periods in the future when we may hear about more intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only,  2021- early 2022.

With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.

China: Nov 28 – Dec 13 (esp. Dec 1) — Increased probability of an important public announcement related to nuclear power, sex, death, mining, hidden underground activities, taxes, insurance, mortgage rates, loans, debt, investments, and/or agreements or negotiations with international partners (esp. military-related). Update: On 11/30, it was announced that China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) discovered a new oil field with about 520 million tonnes of crude reserves. CNPC also said that it increased production capacity at its Xinjiang oilfield by 1.38 million tonnes in 2017. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-petrochina-crude/cnpc-reports-new-oil-field-discovery-in-western-china-xinhua-idUSKBN1DV3NF)

Interesting astro fact about China’s natal chart — it has Jupiter in the 12th house, which indicates huge hidden resources, luck, and potential for expansion in the ares related to oil, chemicals, navy, pharmaceuticals, healthcare (esp. alternative and/or faith-based as opposed to traditional, which is signified by the 6th house), movie and music industry, religion/spirituality, lies, hidden secrets, contamination, pollution, end-of-life care, prisons and any other places of isolation (e.g., monasteries), etc. As mentioned in the long-term predictions above, in 2018-2020 (esp. 2019), there will be major large scale reforms or a transformation in the country related to these areas. There may be both major scandals and purges associated with these matters as well as incredible expansion.

China: Increased spending on military; more diplomatic approach to international negotiations (esp. in the area of sports and military). On the 15th, possibly also increased news about nuclear power, recycling, trash, or some transformation in the international relationships —  there may be more willingness to discuss things diplomatically, spend money to take care of things, and/or increased expenses on the related matters.

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DEC 11, 2017 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (65%).

Dec 11-13 (esp. the 12th) — Increased news days, esp. in the area of international relationships, immigration, laws/legal matters, higher education, and overseas sales/communication/transportation. The news, laws, etc. will likely be beneficial for businesses or entities related to military, electricity, internet, IT, telecoms, and aerospace. For ex., some related laws may be passed swiftly/easily, or, agreements may be reached easier than usual.

USA: Dec 11-14 — Positive news about workforce, employment, healthcare, service workers of all types (e.g., teachers, accountants, police, nurses, etc.), government contracts/contractors, and banks or financial institutions. There may be increased actions taken to improve conditions and profits. The actions may be related to or taken by some larger organizations (unions?) or in the name of making things more equal, improving conditions of larger communities/groups.

China: Dec 11-14 (esp. the 13th) — Concerns about or increased stress over some new projects and goals/vision for the country (esp. related to military and international connections). The reasons behind the stress may be some aggressive push from international partners, legal issues, military/aggressive actions by international partners, problems with international shipping, or international disputes.

DEC 12, 2017 (TUE): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (65%).

DEC 13, 2017 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (65%).

DEC 14, 2017 (TH): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (60%). Possibly, increased news about oil, chemicals, navy, pharmaceuticals, etc.; the news will likely be be positive, such as increase in availability or accessibility of supplies, projects (e.g., extraction) proceeding smoothly, etc.

Dec 14-15 (esp. the 15th) — Increased news about money, currencies, banks, financial institutions, sales, profits, and communication/transportation. The focus will likely be on international relationships, overseas connections, legal matters and laws. For ex., international currencies’ value, sales and transportation of goods across international borders, agreements among international businesses (esp. about sales, shipping, transport, and social media), and profits of companies in these domains. The news will likely be neutral or positive.

DEC 15, 2017 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%).

China: Dec 15-17 — Increased and likely positive news about the stock market, movies, sports, IT, electronics, electricity, aerospace, telecoms, etc. We may hear about international collaboration, increased participation or effort, and initiatives to improve conditions or innovation in the related areas. For ex., there may be news about international collaboration on some airplane or electronics, or, some international regulation may be beneficial for the country’s stock market or movie industry (e.g., by making something easier to do).

USA: Dec 16-18 — Positive news about some legal matters, immigration, and relationships with international partners; likely related to military and taking a proactive approach to achieve a future goal shared by some international group/community/organization. Favorable time for international expansion, esp. through gaining “friends” and participating in larger organizations.

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>>>> Glance ahead, global (repeated from last week):

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9  (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems.

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December 4 – 8, 2017: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Nov 17 – Dec 2, 2016 (esp. Nov 23-25, 2016), then Mar 23 – Apr 7, 2017 (esp. Mar 30-31, 2017), and finally Jul 28 – Aug 11, 2017 (esp. Aug 3-4, 2017) — larger than usual market moves and a significant reversal (probably from a MAX reached around peak days of Nov 23-24, 2016 as well as Mar 30-31, 2017 and Aug 3-4, 2017 to down in the days following the respective peak days). Increased focus on legal issues, lawyers, power struggles (over legal issues) or ethical problems due to hidden issues, spying, secrets, taxes, and/or [life] insurance. Additionally, there may be increased focus on taxes, loans, insurance, nuclear power, recycling plants, birth control, reproductive issues, end-of-life issues (e.g., is assisted suicide legal), and businesses that deal with trash disposal — these too may begin to undergo significant changes  due to some laws or expansion. Some issue(s) related to the areas above may reach a critical mass and an intervention may be necessary to fix it. Or, there may be a major agreement/deal/law/legal decision that affects related matters for months to come — for ex., a law is passed on how to handle recycling of certain types of radioactive trash, nuclear plant may be sued, or, a legal ruling is passed on how to deal with spies or entities who handle secrets.

At the same times, there may be increased news about large-scale or long-term government projects — projects that involve cooperation/partnerships may undergo significant changes, new partnerships/agreements may run into push back from the government(s), and/or such partnerships will pressure government(s). There may be increased focus on improving old structures (buildings and infrastructure like bridges and tunnels; structures may be related to nuclear power generation) —  either through massive expansive projects that aim to improve them, or, because something breaks (e.g., due to massive earthquakes or old age). Finally, projects/businesses related to mining, construction, minerals, metals (esp. steel), rocks, sculpture, etc. may undergo some major changes — they may hear about expansion and new opportunities, although these may come with some caveat (e.g., wrong timing, excessive optimism that leads to overspending, too much pressure that leads to something breaking, etc.).

Global: Dec 2016 and Jan through Nov, 2017 (esp. Jan-Feb and late Aug) — Favorable time for entering into long-term international agreements/partnerships and initiating large-scale international projects related to transportation, shipping, higher education, and/or immigration. These developments will also likely lead to long-term projects related to military, IT, telecoms, aerospace, electric devices, electric cars, electricity generation, etc. Themes of immigration, international collaboration, long-distance transportation, aerospace, electricity, internet, IT, and some high tech engineering will become prominent with focus on long-term or large-scale initiatives. New alliances may form and old partnerships may unexpectedly break up.

Long-term projects initiated at this time in the areas above (aerospace, electricity generation, etc.) will likely be more successful than usual and/or have long-lasting effects. We may hear about innovations or exciting projects in these areas. These projects may affect international relationships, involve international partners, or result from changes in international relationships. The projects may be very high tech but still practical and “doable” — some new technology may be successfully implemented. At the same time, there may be major surprises about partnerships, legal rulings, and unexpected contracts (esp. in Mar-Apr and early Aug, 2017). Some partnerships may be seriously tested, and/or businesses or projects in the related areas (e.g., electric cars, airplanes, telecoms, satellites, IT, etc.) may receive unexpectedly large support, or, be abruptly cancelled. These developments may be due to international problems (e.g., immigration, travel, or shipping), legal problems, governmental regulations, major changes in corporate policies, or disagreements about the value or something (e.g

., religious beliefs/values, moral considerations, or excessively high price).

Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.

USA: Thorough Oct 2017 —Increased focus on oil, chemicals, navy, water, music, spirituality, secrets, and lies — there may be concerns about businesses or events in the areas above. The concerns or problems may be due to increased restrictions and regulations. These regulations may come in the form of laws, legal issues, or some international events. The pressures or increased controls will be related to some new goals of the country, new vision/identity, or international partnerships. The entities applying pressure or imposing controls will likely be large, conservative, and well-established (e.g., governmental authorities and large corporations).

USA: Dec 2016 – Oct 2017 (esp. 12/22/16 – 01/20/17 and 07/01/17 – 10/20/17) — possible escalation of military tensions, problems with military, pressure or suppression of military forces or weapons (esp. navy-related). For ex., restriction on some weapons, gun control, weapons embargo, old weapons breaking, restructuring in the army, etc. Other manifestations may include military-related scandals (e.g., inappropriate use of force or sex-related), accidents (e.g., some weapons dropped at the wrong place), death of important/old military leaders, ending of some military program, or retirement of some important military weapon/facility/vehicle (e.g., a ship, base, etc.).

Also, anger or disputes over banking [policies/actions] or push for change in the financial structure/banks. Also, problems with or restrictions imposed on businesses related to oil, pharma, chemicals, navy, movies, music, etc. Additionally, there may be increased controls on or restructuring of businesses connected to stock market, gambling, racing, sports, and entertainment. The source of controls/limitations will lie in some new initiatives, goals, direction, leaders or vision for the country. The new leadership that could bring about increased controls/restrictions will be masculine, macho, or aggressive, incl. military types, surgeons, athletes, etc.

USA: Jan 25 – Mar 06, 2017 (esp. mid Feb); May 08 – Jun 22, 2017 (esp. late May/early Jun); and Oct 25 – Nov 27, 2017 (esp. early-to-mid Nov) — Important news about the government, leadership, real estate, homeownership, homeland security, land, borders, food, farming, family planning/motherhood issues, banks’ savings/capital and activities related to preserving gains (esp. related to investments in land/real estate), and large corporations. There will probably be some major restructuring, increased regulations, limitations, losses, cuts, shortages, and restrictions. For ex., we may hear about decreased spending on family planning services and changes in the capital requirements for banks. Some old/established or outdated practices may be stopped, programs cancelled, and/or leaders may leave/die. The changes will be related to some new vision and goals for the country as well as foreign investments. The changes will likely not proceed smoothly or gradually, but will be implemented in an upsetting way and/or in response to something breaking or coming to an end. Developments taking place at this time will be of a permanent nature and have a long term (years) effect. The last time the US experienced a similar astrological influence was in 1987-88.

USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.

China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.

Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.

Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.

USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).

China: Sep-Oct 2017 (esp. early Oct) — increased tensions, controls, problems, delays, restrictions, broken plans, restructuring, etc. related to projects and businesses in the following areas: overseas expansion, international organizations, oil, water, navy, pharma, chemicals, healthcare, long-distance travel, religion, and movies. There may be shortages, lack, problems, and delays — something may need fixing or improved controls. While this may initially cause delays or attrition, in the long run, the situation will improve due to improved structure/discipline (e.g., some underperforming members will be dropped).

China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).

China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.

China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security —  there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.

China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.

China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).

In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.

OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.

Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical  and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).

Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep  — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.

Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Through about Dec 8 (esp. Nov 27 – Dec 2) — increased news about chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, lies, water, navy, movies, music, photography, religion, etc. There may be increase in the availability of the supplies and/or increase in earnings or prices. Something may flow without inhibition (e.g., oil pipe leaks and the oil keeps flowing, too much precipitation leads to flooding, some [sexually transmitted] decease may be spreading faster than expected, some religious movement rapidly gains followers, some drug is discovered to be more potent than expected, some epic deception/lie spreads easier than usual, some movie/video/photo quickly gains popularity, etc.).

Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then we may hear about increased tensions in both countries late Nov – early Dec. Sensitive dates for Iran are Nov 19-20 and Nov 28-30; for Saudi Arabia, Nov 24-30 and Dec 4-8. Given that another global aspect unfolding at the same time (see above) indicates an increase in either oil supplies or prices, an increase in oil prices seems indeed likely.

Long term, there will be other periods in the future when we may hear about more intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only,  2021- early 2022.

With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.

China: Nov 28 – Dec 13 (esp. Dec 1) — Increased probability of an important public announcement related to nuclear power, sex, death, mining, hidden underground activities, taxes, insurance, mortgage rates, loans, debt, investments, and/or agreements or negotiations with international partners (esp. military-related). Update: On 11/30, it was announced that China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) discovered a new oil field with about 520 million tonnes of crude reserves. CNPC also said that it increased production capacity at its Xinjiang oilfield by 1.38 million tonnes in 2017. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-petrochina-crude/cnpc-reports-new-oil-field-discovery-in-western-china-xinhua-idUSKBN1DV3NF)

Interesting astro fact about China’s natal chart — it has Jupiter in the 12th house, which indicates huge hidden resources, luck, and potential for expansion in the ares related to oil, chemicals, navy, pharmaceuticals, healthcare (esp. alternative and/or faith-based as opposed to traditional, which is signified by the 6th house), movie and music industry, religion/spirituality, lies, hidden secrets, contamination, pollution, end-of-life care, prisons and any other places of isolation (e.g., monasteries), etc. As mentioned in the long-term predictions above, in 2018-2020 (esp. 2019), there will be major large scale reforms or a transformation in the country related to these areas. There may be both major scandals and purges associated with these matters as well as incredible expansion.

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DEC 4, 2017 (MON): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%).

Dec 3-7 (esp. 5th) — Similarly to last week, some negotiations may stall, proceed painfully slowly, or there may be depressing news about retail sales and communications/transportation industries (esp. related to international locations, overseas shipping, etc.). Not the best day for those trying to quickly  arrive at some agreement or get to their destination; slow and steady wins the race. In the area of law and immigration, there may be increased news about additional restrictions and regulations. The difference this week is that there may be a reversal in the direction of the negotiations or circumstances from the prior week. For ex., some entity contradicts the agreement made last week, someone recants their statement, the decision is overturned or stalled for review, a statement is exposed as false, a shipment in process is turned away and re-routed back, a sale is suspended, etc.

Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.

As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.

USA: Dec 4-5 — Increased probability of stressful news related to (1) military (esp. navy), violence, nuclear power, underground activities, spying, and terrorism, as well as (2) banks and financial institutions, loans, rates, taxes, profits, and also (3) pharmaceuticals, drugs, poisons, healthcare, religion, movies, chemicals, beverages, and oil. We may hear about attacks, fires, anger, inflammation (pertaining to pharmaceuticals), heated arguments and disagreements among partners. There may also be news about some hidden unsightly matter being exposed (e.g., a sex-related scandal, bullying, spying, hacking, etc. — these may especially be related to military or males).

DEC 5, 2017 (TUE): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

Dec 5-6 — There may be increased activities to try and resolve some stalled or old-standing situation related to agreement negotiations, a major sale (e.g., involving large corporations), travel problems, issues related to airlines or cars, shipment delays, immigration-related and/or legal cases. For ex., there is a push for a legal resolution or to finalize an agreement.

DEC 6, 2017 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

DEC 7, 2017 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).

DEC 8, 2017 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). There may be increased and likely positive news about a prominent leader (likely, male) and/or an actor — for ex., that the person has accomplished something likable by large crowds or gained popularity. The situation may be related to immigration, legal cases or law, international connections, higher education, cultural/religious beliefs, and long distance travel/shipping.

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>>>> Glance ahead, global (repeated from last week):

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9  (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems.

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