July 16 – 20, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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 (1/14/18): 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.

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/ Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships. 

Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come. 

Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.  

USA/ Kilauea: The volcano will likely continue building up tension and/or erupting more frequently or with more intensity for the next few years. In 2018 and 2019, the intensification may occur during the following periods: mid-Aug to mid-Sep  2018 (minor), early Nov 2018 to late Jan 2019 (minor), early to mid-Feb 2019 (possible eruption), end of June 2019 (minor), mid-Nov 2019 (minor). Then, the entire 2020 will likely see significantly increased activity with either one continuous eruption or series of periodic eruptions. (In 2020, there will be an increase in earthquakes globally in general.) In 2021, the intensification may occur in early Jan, early June, and mid to late Oct.  

Then, in 2022 (possibly Feb-Mar, late June-early July, early Aug) and/or 2023 (esp. May, Aug-Oct), there may be additional significant eruptions that can significantly alter the surrounding landscape. Alternatively, during 2022-2023, a major effort will be undertaken to rebuild the surrounding area. Either way, the result may leave the area unrecognizable. 

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the 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: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear). 

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 has occurred 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 are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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.

Russia: Mar 30 – May 8, 2018 (esp. mid Apr) & Dec 10 – 29, 2018 (esp. Dec 8-20) — Transiting Saturn will be hovering near the country’s North Node at 9° 51 Capricorn (chart for 12.25.91; flag raised event). This can manifest as popularity of rigid old-school leaders and as increased focus on the actions taken by such leaders as well as by governmental entities in general. Additionally, governmental and large corporate entities may receive prominent public attention and, likely, support. Some key events may take place that define the future of the country (esp. as related to its leadership, government, prominent authority figures, large corporations, coal, steel, metals, minerals, mining, commodities, as well as some large scale long-term manufacturing and infrastructure projects [esp. involving steel, metals, mining, digging, etc.]).

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Increased focus on weapons, military entities and activities (esp. involving aerospace, high tech, and IT), electric engines, telecoms, power plants, electricity, and accidents (esp. involving engines, explosions, fire, electric outages, etc.), and sudden news about death/trauma involving prominent entities (e.g., some celebrity, such as an athlete, politician, or TV personality).The news may be surprising, involving a change in status (e.g., decreased popularity), and likely negative publicity — the events may be poorly received by the public or elicit public anger/protests. Also, there may be tensions involving groups or people (protesters) motivated by some [revolutionary] ideology. These protesters may feel somewhat radical  and/or demand freedom — there may be clashes between entities who will be pro unique individual self-expression and those who may insist on others assimilating into a larger social group. The influence peaks on July 19-20.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May – early Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. The trine is beneficial for industries related to videos, movies, music, healthcare, beverages, oil, chemicals, drugs, navy, international travel (esp. cruises or some spiritual retreats), etc. May-Sep is a favorable time for the related businesses and projects (e.g., making educational videos, going to a spiritual retreat, expanding navy, promoting pharmaceuticals, increasing oil supplies, selling beverages, etc.). Many people may be seeking to escape the harsh reality and travel to some mystical foreign place (either literally or by going to movies, praying, meditating, or using some other alternative “escape” method, such as taking drugs). Kids born at this time may be more into such subjects (e.g., spirituality, foreign cultures, movies, music, navy, swimming, fishing, drugs, etc.) when they grow up; there may be increased interest in water births. 

Weather-wise, Jupiter/Neptune trine may result in too much water (floods, rains, etc.) and large amounts of water flowing w/o restriction (water erosion, pipe leakage, floods [esp. of mines and underground locations], etc.). Flooding insurance may go up (as well as insurance of all related Neptunian businesses, like oil or chemical); insurance companies may see some expansion or be overwhelmed. 

Because of Jupiter being associated with immigration and foreign affairs, there may similarly be an overflow of immigrants along with decreased scrutiny and extra generous treatment of those from foreign lands (possibly due to some emphasis on religion, compassion, spirituality, etc.). Also, because of Neptune being associated with oil, chemicals, drugs, poisons, navy, etc., there may be an increase of either the price of related products, or, of the products themselves (so the price would go down). There may be increased news about some epidemic (esp. in hot, wet, and warm places [tropics, cruises, water parks?]; or spreading via water or sex), increased drug addictions, as well as about the spread of some religious or spiritual movement [it may involve something illicit and/or be banned]. 

An overflow of oil, chemicals, poisons, etc. may also take place (e.g., an oil spill) — such disaster(s) would likely take place underground and/or in the water (or be due to water) and/or involve a shipping company and/or involve one or more international entities; a contamination of some mine, recycling facility, or a nuclear storage facility is possible. The events above may be accompanied by the implementation of several new laws or legal contracts among large businesses — these laws or contracts will aim to facilitate improvements in the areas above, such as healthcare, navy, oil industry, chemical industry, water pollution, immigration, etc. (e.g., some drug may be legalized). There may also be major discoveries related to these areas (e.g., in a mine, of an oil source, under water, of a new drug, etc.) —  the discovery may be quite significant, such as a huge oil field may be discovered. Finally, the next few months may see many new movies coming out that will be fairly successful (esp. movies that focus on secrets, spying, sex, cultural differences, drugs, religion, spirituality, navy, water, water-dwelling creatures, and pollution).

However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over (esp. from the early Sept of 2018, when Jupiter/Neptune trine starts dissipating, onward). There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.

Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):

“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.” 

USA: Increased focus on laws, legal issues, lawyers, judges, immigration, international relations/partnerships, higher education, religion, and long distance travel/shipping. These areas may experience some limitations, cuts, delays, and increased controls (esp. from the governmental and corporate entities). This will be due to a multi-month ongoing process that has started around early Feb 2018 and which will last through Nov 2018. This influence will be felt through July 24 and then again around mid-Oct to mid-Nov 2018. The re-organization may be quite dramatic and involve increased controls over the processes and goals —  this may be done to slow down the expansion to gain better control (e.g., greater control over international agreements), cut losses, improve quality (e.g., of education), reduce the risk of unlawful/illegal activities, or to eliminate non-compliant or dishonest entities (esp. related to foreign lands, education, and religion). Indeed, some entities (e.g., companies or projects) may be shut down (e.g., some religious school), downsized, re-organized, terminated, or taken over (by larger/older corporations, established conservative authoritative entities, or government). These changes will be long-lasting (seven years or more)  and may be perceived as too restrictive, conservative, or limiting by some. 

China:  Increased focus on the stock market, sports, and entertainment industry as well as on projects involving mining, steel, minerals, IT, aerospace, telecoms, internet, and innovative technologies. These areas may experience some limitations, cuts, delays, and increased controls (esp. from the governmental and corporate entities). This will be due to a multi-month ongoing process that has started around the end of Jan 2018 and which will last through Nov 2018. This influence will be felt through July 24 and then again around Nov 1-24, 2018. The re-organization may be quite dramatic and involve increased controls over the processes and goals —  this may be done to decrease volatility (e.g., of the market), cut losses, improve durability and reliability, reduce the risk of unpredictable/uncontrollable situations, or to eliminate rebellious/non-conforming entities. Indeed, some entities (e.g., companies or projects) may be shut down, terminated, or taken over (by larger/older corporations, established conservative authoritative entities, or government). These changes will be long-lasting (seven years or more)  and may be perceived as too restrictive, conservative, or limiting by some. 

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JUL 16, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60-65%). 

USA: Jul 9-18 (esp. 11-13) — Increased probability of important announcements about prominent entities (esp. politicians, actors, entertainers, TV personalities, high-ranking military persons, and athletes). The news may involve problems or stress, incl. rash/risky decisions, rude behavior, fires, angry outbursts, accidents (esp. involving electricity, fire, or airplanes), violence, and even death. The events may be surprising, shocking, and sudden. There is a possibility of an equally sudden reversal, either right away or in early Oct, 2018; alternatively, the events occurring at this time may be followed up by a resolution or action in early Oct.

USA: Likely, an optimistic day with positive news about laws, lawyers, contracts, agreements, negotiations and international expansion. On July 16-20 (esp. 16-17), there may be news about lawyers, laws, justice system, international relations, and immigration that may be seen as a positive opportunity for the country and something that strengthens it on the international arena or strengthens its legal system. Some legal issue may be resolved relatively quickly and easily (e.g., a new law is passed without friction or opposition); the issue or law may be related to participation in multinational organizations, taxes, investments, rates/loans, insurance, mining, and nuclear power.

JUL 17, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). 

USA: Possibly, increased news about the popularity or financials of businesses related to IT, high tech, telecoms, electricity (e.g., power companies), and aerospace —  the news may be slightly negative (e.g., lower earnings, decreased popularity of the products, unexpectedly increased expenses). The source of the news may be related to laws,  international developments or foreign relations. The news may create some excitement around the related products/companies.

JUL 18, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). 

USA: Possibly, increased and positive news about businesses or products related to communication and transportation (e.g., cars and engines), as well as weapons and military activities or negotiations. 

JUL 19, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

USA: Increased focus on governmental and corporate structures, controls, and restructuring —  some new direction may be chosen or path clarified. Some prominent entities (e.g., politicians) may demand changes to the existing power structures, which may result in increased tensions. Also, increased focus on banks and financial institutions — they may be asked to clarify or prove something (e.g., how stable they are or how many resources they have [vs. debt/investments]); this request may put them under pressure or be perceived as too forceful/manipulative. 

JUL 20, 2018 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). Regardless of the direction, we may see greater than usual market moves — this may be triggered by some public announcement and many may over-react to it. The announcement may involve innovative approaches, sudden changes, IT, telecoms, electricity, electric cars, engines, military, weapons, accidents, as well as news about debt, loans, rates, taxes/tariffs, and insurance. Some issue may reach a point where it needs to be resolved (even if through aggression or radical action) or things can’t proceed forward. The issue will likely be along the lines of — is something valuable or no, how much should it cost, how much should the expenses/profits be, should we keep paying for what we’ve been paying for for along time or radically change it, etc. In particular, the value of agricultural products, real estate, banks, financial entities or products, or some commodities may be in question (esp. something that grows or develops slowly, is predictable, and/or is expected to remain stable over a long period of time, such as a bank or a building). The tensions may be around whether things should stay the same (and develop in a more natural way or change their value slowly), or, if they should change radically. Some examples include growing organic vs. GMO foods, banks offering walk-in branches vs. on-line access only, changing bank rates gradually vs. a large jump, offering traditional investments vs. e-currencies, etc.

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

Global: Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].

Global: With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and upcoming stressful transits to them from Mars, the probability of earthquakes is high all year (and will further increase in 2019-2020). I’ve been wanting to write a more detailed post and list all the high stress dates, but there are too many, so I keep postponing (I will still write it though). With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding mainly in May-Sep, we can expect improved conditions for and expansion of the related businesses (e.g., chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, religion, water, and navy). Weather-wise, this will likely bring an extremely wet year with rains, floods, 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 starting early next year (2019), 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.

China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov. 

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. 

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 2021 – 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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July 09 – 13, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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 (1/14/18): 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.

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/ Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships. 

Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come. 

Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.  

USA/ Kilauea: The volcano will likely continue building up tension and/or erupting more frequently or with more intensity for the next few years. In 2018 and 2019, the intensification may occur during the following periods: mid-Aug to mid-Sep  2018 (minor), early Nov 2018 to late Jan 2019 (minor), early to mid-Feb 2019 (possible eruption), end of June 2019 (minor), mid-Nov 2019 (minor). Then, the entire 2020 will likely see significantly increased activity with either one continuous eruption or series of periodic eruptions. (In 2020, there will be an increase in earthquakes globally in general.) In 2021, the intensification may occur in early Jan, early June, and mid to late Oct.  

Then, in 2022 (possibly Feb-Mar, late June-early July, early Aug) and/or 2023 (esp. May, Aug-Oct), there may be additional significant eruptions that can significantly alter the surrounding landscape. Alternatively, during 2022-2023, a major effort will be undertaken to rebuild the surrounding area. Either way, the result may leave the area unrecognizable. 

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the 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: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear). 

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 has occurred 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 are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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.

Russia: Mar 30 – May 8, 2018 (esp. mid Apr) & Dec 10 – 29, 2018 (esp. Dec 8-20) — Transiting Saturn will be hovering near the country’s North Node at 9° 51 Capricorn (chart for 12.25.91; flag raised event). This can manifest as popularity of rigid old-school leaders and as increased focus on the actions taken by such leaders as well as by governmental entities in general. Additionally, governmental and large corporate entities may receive prominent public attention and, likely, support. Some key events may take place that define the future of the country (esp. as related to its leadership, government, prominent authority figures, large corporations, coal, steel, metals, minerals, mining, commodities, as well as some large scale long-term manufacturing and infrastructure projects [esp. involving steel, metals, mining, digging, etc.]).

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May – early Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. The trine is beneficial for industries related to videos, movies, music, healthcare, beverages, oil, chemicals, drugs, navy, international travel (esp. cruises or some spiritual retreats), etc. May-Sep is a favorable time for the related businesses and projects (e.g., making educational videos, going to a spiritual retreat, expanding navy, promoting pharmaceuticals, increasing oil supplies, selling beverages, etc.). Many people may be seeking to escape the harsh reality and travel to some mystical foreign place (either literally or by going to movies, praying, meditating, or using some other alternative “escape” method, such as taking drugs). Kids born at this time may be more into such subjects (e.g., spirituality, foreign cultures, movies, music, navy, swimming, fishing, drugs, etc.) when they grow up; there may be increased interest in water births. 

Weather-wise, Jupiter/Neptune trine may result in too much water (floods, rains, etc.) and large amounts of water flowing w/o restriction (water erosion, pipe leakage, floods [esp. of mines and underground locations], etc.). Flooding insurance may go up (as well as insurance of all related Neptunian businesses, like oil or chemical); insurance companies may see some expansion or be overwhelmed. 

Because of Jupiter being associated with immigration and foreign affairs, there may similarly be an overflow of immigrants along with decreased scrutiny and extra generous treatment of those from foreign lands (possibly due to some emphasis on religion, compassion, spirituality, etc.). Also, because of Neptune being associated with oil, chemicals, drugs, poisons, navy, etc., there may be an increase of either the price of related products, or, of the products themselves (so the price would go down). There may be increased news about some epidemic (esp. in hot, wet, and warm places [tropics, cruises, water parks?]; or spreading via water or sex), increased drug addictions, as well as about the spread of some religious or spiritual movement [it may involve something illicit and/or be banned]. 

An overflow of oil, chemicals, poisons, etc. may also take place (e.g., an oil spill) — such disaster(s) would likely take place underground and/or in the water (or be due to water) and/or involve a shipping company and/or involve one or more international entities; a contamination of some mine, recycling facility, or a nuclear storage facility is possible. The events above may be accompanied by the implementation of several new laws or legal contracts among large businesses — these laws or contracts will aim to facilitate improvements in the areas above, such as healthcare, navy, oil industry, chemical industry, water pollution, immigration, etc. (e.g., some drug may be legalized). There may also be major discoveries related to these areas (e.g., in a mine, of an oil source, under water, of a new drug, etc.) —  the discovery may be quite significant, such as a huge oil field may be discovered. Finally, the next few months may see many new movies coming out that will be fairly successful (esp. movies that focus on secrets, spying, sex, cultural differences, drugs, religion, spirituality, navy, water, water-dwelling creatures, and pollution).

However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over (esp. from the early Sept of 2018, when Jupiter/Neptune trine starts dissipating, onward). There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.

Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):

“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.” 

USA: Increased focus on laws, legal issues, lawyers, judges, immigration, international relations/partnerships, higher education, religion, and long distance travel/shipping. These areas may experience some limitations, cuts, delays, and increased controls (esp. from the governmental and corporate entities). This will be due to a multi-month ongoing process that has started around early Feb 2018 and which will last through Nov 2018. This influence will be felt particularly strong this week through July 14 and then again around mid-Oct to mid-Nov 2018. The re-organization may be quite dramatic and involve increased controls over the processes and goals —  this may be done to slow down the expansion to gain better control (e.g., greater control over international agreements), cut losses, improve quality (e.g., of education), reduce the risk of unlawful/illegal activities, or to eliminate non-compliant or dishonest entities (esp. related to foreign lands, education, and religion). Indeed, some entities (e.g., companies or projects) may be shut down (e.g., some religious school), downsized, re-organized, terminated, or taken over (by larger/older corporations, established conservative authoritative entities, or government). These changes will be long-lasting (seven years or more)  and may be perceived as too restrictive, conservative, or limiting by some. 

China:  Increased focus on the stock market, sports, and entertainment industry as well as on projects involving mining, steel, minerals, IT, aerospace, telecoms, internet, and innovative technologies. These areas may experience some limitations, cuts, delays, and increased controls (esp. from the governmental and corporate entities). This will be due to a multi-month ongoing process that has started around the end of Jan 2018 and which will last through Nov 2018. This influence will be felt particularly strong this week through July 24 and then again around Nov 1-24, 2018. The re-organization may be quite dramatic and involve increased controls over the processes and goals —  this may be done to decrease volatility (e.g., of the market), cut losses, improve durability and reliability, reduce the risk of unpredictable/uncontrollable situations, or to eliminate rebellious/non-conforming entities. Indeed, some entities (e.g., companies or projects) may be shut down, terminated, or taken over (by larger/older corporations, established conservative authoritative entities, or government). These changes will be long-lasting (seven years or more)  and may be perceived as too restrictive, conservative, or limiting by some. 

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JUL 9, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). 

Increased news about politicians, actors, entertainers and other famous people — we may hear about investigations into their secrets (e.g., taxes) and/or legal problems. There may also be increased news about laws (esp. related to international commerce, mining/metals/minerals, and immigration), contracts, negotiations, and agreements. These may be related to the entertainment industry, immigration, shipping/travel, international commerce, and mining (incl. metals, esp. gold, and minerals). Lastly, there may be greater focus than usual on businesses related to communication and transportation in general — we may hear about laws or international negotiations affecting these businesses. 

USA: Jul 9-18 (esp. 11-13) — Increased probability of important announcements about prominent entities (esp. politicians, actors, entertainers, TV personalities, high-ranking military persons, and athletes). The news may involve problems or stress, incl. rash/risky decisions, rude behavior, fires, angry outbursts, accidents (esp. involving electricity, fire, or airplanes), violence, and even death. The events may be surprising, shocking, and sudden. There is a possibility of an equally sudden reversal, either right away or in early Oct, 2018; alternatively, the events occurring at this time may be followed up by a resolution or action in early Oct.

China: Jul 9-10 — Increased focus on international partnerships, contracts, and agreements. These will include commercial and military partners. New contracts may be negotiated; the negotiations may be quick, aggressive, and/or involve some risk-taking — the country will be more willing to take risks at this time. There may also be increased news about military situations in general — esp. involving fire, wind, travel, cars, moving parts, flying objects (e.g., rockets and airplanes), and/or information/data (e.g., using communication or social media as a weapon).

JUL 10, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

JUL 11, 2018 (WED): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

Jul 11-12 — Increased news about prominent entities (esp., politicians, actors, entertainers, TV personalities, high-ranking military persons, and athletes), food/agriculture, banking, real estate, and gold. The news may involve problems or stress, incl. loans/debt, taxes, insurance, as well as protests, contamination, issues with recycling or nuclear power plants, accidents (esp. involving farm land, nuclear power, and underground facilities), violence, and even death. The individuals involved may be both males and females and/or possess qualities of both (e.g., a strong powerful woman or a caring nurturing man). There may also be increased news about dangers for women (e.g., news about women’s health, esp. cancer) or violence against women (incl. trafficking or abuse). We may hear about prominent women sharing their stories of abuse or dealing with health problems; this may focus on food/diet, agriculture (e.g., contamination of food or using women as labor), and/or manipulation by old/authoritative individuals or by governmental authorities. 

Jul 11-12 — Increased focus on Forex (esp. EUR-USD) and fluctuating values of currencies (incl. e-currencies). There may also be increased news about gold and silver (their value may go down due to pressure/restrictions or manipulations by some large corporate or governmental entities).

JUL 12, 2018 (TH): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). A day of the partial solar eclipse — the energy of the eclipse will last about 6-12 mo (meaning today’s predictions may color several months following the eclipse). With Sun/Moon opposition to Pluto on this day, the energy described above for Jul 11-12 (increased probability of stressful news about prominent entities and problems related to farm lands, banks, nuclear power, and underground facilities) will continue to be felt for several months. The energy of the eclipse may additionally manifest as concerns about the safety of the food supply, contamination of fertile lands, changes in the real estate market (due to taxes, loans/debt, and rates), homeland security concerns (esp. related to nuclear materials or some hidden dangers), problems with trash/recycling, and concerns about hidden power plays on the level of governments and large corporations (e.g., blackmail of prominent individuals or companies). For ex., there may be increased speculations about some hidden pressure (incl. blackmail or abuse) applied to a prominent entity, such as a politician [esp. a female] or a company [esp. related to agriculture, banking, or real estate]. Lastly, there may be news about manipulations of gold and/or silver prices.

Jul 12-13 — Increased focus on mines, metals, minerals, rocks, earth/soil, mountains, old buildings or structures, power plants, etc. We may hear about increased earthquakes, mudslides, and concerns about the safety in the related ares, such as mountains, mines, underground, tunnels, old structures, etc. 

China: Jul 12-13 — Increased focus on international partnerships, contracts, and agreements. These will include commercial and military partners. New contracts may be negotiated or old contracts may be terminated; the negotiations may be hidden, difficult and/or involve hidden dangers and manipulations. The discussions may involve trash/recycling, nuclear power, and nuclear weapons.

JUL 13, 2018 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). Today, more conservative cautious mood may predominate and investors may focus more on the safe long-term investments (e.g., something backed by government, or, by old/established entities). Additionally, there may be increased news about the prices of or profits from metals (esp. steel) and minerals — the value of related products and businesses may go up.

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

Global: Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].

Global: With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and upcoming stressful transits to them from Mars, the probability of earthquakes is high all year (and will further increase in 2019-2020). I’ve been wanting to write a more detailed post and list all the high stress dates, but there are too many, so I keep postponing (I will still write it though). With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding mainly in May-Sep, we can expect improved conditions for and expansion of the related businesses (e.g., chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, religion, water, and navy). Weather-wise, this will likely bring an extremely wet year with rains, floods, 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 starting early next year (2019), 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.

China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov. 

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. 

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 2021 – 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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July 02 – 06, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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 (1/14/18): 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.

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/ Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships. 

Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come. 

Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.  

USA/ Kilauea: The volcano will likely continue building up tension and/or erupting more frequently or with more intensity for the next few years. In 2018 and 2019, the intensification may occur during the following periods: mid-Aug to mid-Sep  2018 (minor), early Nov 2018 to late Jan 2019 (minor), early to mid-Feb 2019 (possible eruption), end of June 2019 (minor), mid-Nov 2019 (minor). Then, the entire 2020 will likely see significantly increased activity with either one continuous eruption or series of periodic eruptions. (In 2020, there will be an increase in earthquakes globally in general.) In 2021, the intensification may occur in early Jan, early June, and mid to late Oct.  

Then, in 2022 (possibly Feb-Mar, late June-early July, early Aug) and/or 2023 (esp. May, Aug-Oct), there may be additional significant eruptions that can significantly alter the surrounding landscape. Alternatively, during 2022-2023, a major effort will be undertaken to rebuild the surrounding area. Either way, the result may leave the area unrecognizable. 

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the 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: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear). 

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 has occurred 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 are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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.

Russia: Mar 30 – May 8, 2018 (esp. mid Apr) & Dec 10 – 29, 2018 (esp. Dec 8-20) — Transiting Saturn will be hovering near the country’s North Node at 9° 51 Capricorn (chart for 12.25.91; flag raised event). This can manifest as popularity of rigid old-school leaders and as increased focus on the actions taken by such leaders as well as by governmental entities in general. Additionally, governmental and large corporate entities may receive prominent public attention and, likely, support. Some key events may take place that define the future of the country (esp. as related to its leadership, government, prominent authority figures, large corporations, coal, steel, metals, minerals, mining, commodities, as well as some large scale long-term manufacturing and infrastructure projects [esp. involving steel, metals, mining, digging, etc.]).

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: This week and through the next week — Increased potential for earthquakes, mudslides, solar flares, military activities, accidents, massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. The probability of earthquakes and mudslides is especially strong on July 2-3. On July 1-4, the problems may possibly involve accidents at power plants, recycling facilities, nuclear materials, occur at hidden/underground locations, or involve transportation. Also, there will likely be increased focus on steel, coal, minerals, etc. as well as large-scale construction projects, large-scale manufacturing, and projects involving large buildings, railways, large metal objects and such. Old and unstable buildings may collapse (e.g., tunnels, bridges, etc.). Lastly, there may be increased activities involving governmental entities and large corporations — there may be increased focus on restructuring, limitations, walls, boundaries, losses, cuts, terminations, etc. 

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May – early Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. The trine is beneficial for industries related to videos, movies, music, healthcare, beverages, oil, chemicals, drugs, navy, international travel (esp. cruises or some spiritual retreats), etc. May-Sep is a favorable time for the related businesses and projects (e.g., making educational videos, going to a spiritual retreat, expanding navy, promoting pharmaceuticals, increasing oil supplies, selling beverages, etc.). Many people may be seeking to escape the harsh reality and travel to some mystical foreign place (either literally or by going to movies, praying, meditating, or using some other alternative “escape” method, such as taking drugs). Kids born at this time may be more into such subjects (e.g., spirituality, foreign cultures, movies, music, navy, swimming, fishing, drugs, etc.) when they grow up; there may be increased interest in water births. 

Weather-wise, Jupiter/Neptune trine may result in too much water (floods, rains, etc.) and large amounts of water flowing w/o restriction (water erosion, pipe leakage, floods [esp. of mines and underground locations], etc.). Flooding insurance may go up (as well as insurance of all related Neptunian businesses, like oil or chemical); insurance companies may see some expansion or be overwhelmed. 

Because of Jupiter being associated with immigration and foreign affairs, there may similarly be an overflow of immigrants along with decreased scrutiny and extra generous treatment of those from foreign lands (possibly due to some emphasis on religion, compassion, spirituality, etc.). Also, because of Neptune being associated with oil, chemicals, drugs, poisons, navy, etc., there may be an increase of either the price of related products, or, of the products themselves (so the price would go down). There may be increased news about some epidemic (esp. in hot, wet, and warm places [tropics, cruises, water parks?]; or spreading via water or sex), increased drug addictions, as well as about the spread of some religious or spiritual movement [it may involve something illicit and/or be banned]. 

An overflow of oil, chemicals, poisons, etc. may also take place (e.g., an oil spill) — such disaster(s) would likely take place underground and/or in the water (or be due to water) and/or involve a shipping company and/or involve one or more international entities; a contamination of some mine, recycling facility, or a nuclear storage facility is possible. The events above may be accompanied by the implementation of several new laws or legal contracts among large businesses — these laws or contracts will aim to facilitate improvements in the areas above, such as healthcare, navy, oil industry, chemical industry, water pollution, immigration, etc. (e.g., some drug may be legalized). There may also be major discoveries related to these areas (e.g., in a mine, of an oil source, under water, of a new drug, etc.) —  the discovery may be quite significant, such as a huge oil field may be discovered. Finally, the next few months may see many new movies coming out that will be fairly successful (esp. movies that focus on secrets, spying, sex, cultural differences, drugs, religion, spirituality, navy, water, water-dwelling creatures, and pollution).

However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over (esp. from the early Sept of 2018, when Jupiter/Neptune trine starts dissipating, onward). There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.

Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):

“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.” 

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JUL 2, 2018 (MON): Strong influence; market may possibly go up (60%). 

Jul 2-3 — Busy news days; may be full of shake-ups (incl. earthquakes and sudden power plays on the level of governments and large corporations) and surprises (incl. financial markets and Forex fluctuations as well as surprising agreements/contracts/sales). 

Jul 2-3 — As described in more detail in the weekly overview, increased news about earthquakes, mudslides or accidents in the mountains/mines, etc. as well as about metals, coal, minerals, and other excavated resources. Some actions may be taken on the level of governments and large corporations that may affect related industries significantly and/or long-term. 

Jul 2-5 (esp. 3) — Increased news about oil, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, drugs, poisons, diseases, water, navy, beverages, gas,  chemicals, religion, music, movies, etc. We may hear about the abundance of related products or resources (e.g., more oil is available), an overflow of water, spread of some epidemic, increased pollution, spread of some gasses or chemicals, etc. This influence may also manifest as some deception or confusion spreading more easily than usual because the details aren’t clear, are under water, hidden, washed away, etc.

USA: Jul 2-3 — Increased focus on electric cars, IT, high tech, aerospace, airlines, power plants, and membership in international organizations. There may be re-evaluation of the next steps and goals; some improvements may be made (e.g., to how something is produced or how quickly and efficiently projects are completed). We may also hear about advanced weapons that use high tech and/or involve airplanes or space.

JUL 3, 2018 (TUE): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). 

July 3-5 — Increased probability of an important public announcement or news that affects a large group of people. The news will likely involve businesses or projects related to communication or transportation (e.g., social media, car manufacturers, shipping companies, etc.) as well as education (e.g., schools), or it may involve agreements/contracts (e.g., an announcement about a sale of a business; possibly related to gold, gambling, or entertainment industry). We may also hear about strong winds possibly causing fires. There may be some potentially dangerous situation or situation involving weapons that involves speech, cars, winds, fire, electricity, surprises, performance, and young people (these people may be famous, from entertainment industry, or be in school). For ex., some young celebrity may say something shocking that elicits public anger; some students or entertainers may publicly speak against guns; etc.

JUL 4, 2018 (WED): US holiday; markets closed.

JUL 5, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). Increased probability of events that involve anger against guns, car accidents, protests against weapons or car manufacturers, and increased news about contracts or sales of weapons or engines (esp. related to aerospace, IT, telecoms, high tech, internet, etc.). Greater than usual likelihood of damaging winds or fires as well as accidents involving cars (esp. electric) and airplanes.

JUL 6, 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). 

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

Global: 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. Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].

Global: With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and upcoming stressful transits to them from Mars, the probability of earthquakes is high all year (and will further increase in 2019-2020). I’ve been wanting to write a more detailed post and list all the high stress dates, but there are too many, so I keep postponing (I will still write it though). With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding mainly in May-Sep, we can expect improved conditions for and expansion of the related businesses (e.g., chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, religion, water, and navy). Weather-wise, this will likely bring an extremely wet year with rains, floods, 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 starting early next year (2019), 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.

China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov. 

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. 

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 2021 – 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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June 25 – 29, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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 (1/14/18): 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.

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/ Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships. 

Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come. 

Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.  

USA/ Kilauea: The volcano will likely continue building up tension and/or erupting more frequently or with more intensity for the next few years. In 2018 and 2019, the intensification may occur during the following periods: mid-Aug to mid-Sep  2018 (minor), early Nov 2018 to late Jan 2019 (minor), early to mid-Feb 2019 (possible eruption), end of June 2019 (minor), mid-Nov 2019 (minor). Then, the entire 2020 will likely see significantly increased activity with either one continuous eruption or series of periodic eruptions. (In 2020, there will be an increase in earthquakes globally in general.) In 2021, the intensification may occur in early Jan, early June, and mid to late Oct.  

Then, in 2022 (possibly Feb-Mar, late June-early July, early Aug) and/or 2023 (esp. May, Aug-Oct), there may be additional significant eruptions that can significantly alter the surrounding landscape. Alternatively, during 2022-2023, a major effort will be undertaken to rebuild the surrounding area. Either way, the result may leave the area unrecognizable. 

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the 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: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear). 

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 has occurred 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 are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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.

Russia: Mar 30 – May 8, 2018 (esp. mid Apr) & Dec 10 – 29, 2018 (esp. Dec 8-20) — Transiting Saturn will be hovering near the country’s North Node at 9° 51 Capricorn (chart for 12.25.91; flag raised event). This can manifest as popularity of rigid old-school leaders and as increased focus on the actions taken by such leaders as well as by governmental entities in general. Additionally, governmental and large corporate entities may receive prominent public attention and, likely, support. Some key events may take place that define the future of the country (esp. as related to its leadership, government, prominent authority figures, large corporations, coal, steel, metals, minerals, mining, commodities, as well as some large scale long-term manufacturing and infrastructure projects [esp. involving steel, metals, mining, digging, etc.]).

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: This week and through the next week — Increased potential for earthquakes, mudslides, solar flares, military activities, accidents, massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. The probability of earthquakes and mudslides is especially strong on July 2-3. On July 1-4, the problems may possibly involve accidents at power plants, recycling facilities, nuclear materials, occur at hidden/underground locations, or involve transportation. Also, there will likely be increased focus on steel, coal, minerals, etc. as well as large-scale construction projects, large-scale manufacturing, and projects involving large buildings, railways, large metal objects and such. Old and unstable buildings may collapse (e.g., tunnels, bridges, etc.). Lastly, there may be increased activities involving governmental entities and large corporations — there may be increased focus on restructuring, limitations, walls, boundaries, losses, cuts, terminations, etc. This week, the influence is the strongest on June 25-28.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May – early Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. The trine is beneficial for industries related to videos, movies, music, healthcare, beverages, oil, chemicals, drugs, navy, international travel (esp. cruises or some spiritual retreats), etc. May-Sep is a favorable time for the related businesses and projects (e.g., making educational videos, going to a spiritual retreat, expanding navy, promoting pharmaceuticals, increasing oil supplies, selling beverages, etc.). Many people may be seeking to escape the harsh reality and travel to some mystical foreign place (either literally or by going to movies, praying, meditating, or using some other alternative “escape” method, such as taking drugs). Kids born at this time may be more into such subjects (e.g., spirituality, foreign cultures, movies, music, navy, swimming, fishing, drugs, etc.) when they grow up; there may be increased interest in water births. 

Weather-wise, Jupiter/Neptune trine may result in too much water (floods, rains, etc.) and large amounts of water flowing w/o restriction (water erosion, pipe leakage, floods [esp. of mines and underground locations], etc.). Flooding insurance may go up (as well as insurance of all related Neptunian businesses, like oil or chemical); insurance companies may see some expansion or be overwhelmed. 

Because of Jupiter being associated with immigration and foreign affairs, there may similarly be an overflow of immigrants along with decreased scrutiny and extra generous treatment of those from foreign lands (possibly due to some emphasis on religion, compassion, spirituality, etc.). Also, because of Neptune being associated with oil, chemicals, drugs, poisons, navy, etc., there may be an increase of either the price of related products, or, of the products themselves (so the price would go down). There may be increased news about some epidemic (esp. in hot, wet, and warm places [tropics, cruises, water parks?]; or spreading via water or sex), increased drug addictions, as well as about the spread of some religious or spiritual movement [it may involve something illicit and/or be banned]. 

An overflow of oil, chemicals, poisons, etc. may also take place (e.g., an oil spill) — such disaster(s) would likely take place underground and/or in the water (or be due to water) and/or involve a shipping company and/or involve one or more international entities; a contamination of some mine, recycling facility, or a nuclear storage facility is possible. The events above may be accompanied by the implementation of several new laws or legal contracts among large businesses — these laws or contracts will aim to facilitate improvements in the areas above, such as healthcare, navy, oil industry, chemical industry, water pollution, immigration, etc. (e.g., some drug may be legalized). There may also be major discoveries related to these areas (e.g., in a mine, of an oil source, under water, of a new drug, etc.) —  the discovery may be quite significant, such as a huge oil field may be discovered. Finally, the next few months may see many new movies coming out that will be fairly successful (esp. movies that focus on secrets, spying, sex, cultural differences, drugs, religion, spirituality, navy, water, water-dwelling creatures, and pollution).

However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over (esp. from the early Sept of 2018, when Jupiter/Neptune trine starts dissipating, onward). There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.

Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):

“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.” 

USA: Increased focus on international relationships, new goals/vision for the country, as well as laws, legal issues, immigration, and education (esp. higher education). We may hear about limitations, losses, restrictions, reduction, restructuring, controls, etc. — for ex., some contracts or partnerships may be terminated, some laws may be changed, additional immigration controls may be introduced, and so on. 

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JUN 25, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). Increased news about finance, loans, taxes, debts, rates, tariffs, etc. as well as oil/coal and other resources excavated from underground — there may be some excess and greater than usual changes in value or availability (e.g., extreme price swings, abundance of supplies, larger than expected changes in rates/taxes, etc.). There may also be increased focus on secrets, manipulation, and hidden influences, esp. in relation to a female who is regarded as famous, wealthy, and/or attractive (e.g., a politician, performer, etc.).

USA: Busy news day with increased news about contracts, negotiations, agreements, partnerships, etc. as well as communication and transportation businesses, incl. car manufacturers, shipping companies, media outlets and social media companies. 

USA: Jun 25-27 — There may be increased focus on education as well as laws and legal issues; related services and products may change in price (e.g., cost of higher education). 

China: Jun 25-28 — Increased focus on international partnerships, contracts, agreements, as well as military preparedness, weapons, power (military and power plants). This focus will be related to finances or change in values — we may hear about increased expenses on the related businesses or projects, increased profits from related areas (e.g., from new contracts), and/or, changes in what is valued in these areas (e.g., which contracts, which partners, 

JUN 26, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

Jun 26-27 — Unpleasant news about political figures and/or famous individuals (e.g., actors) — they may experience a drop in popularity, losses, or restrictions. 

JUN 27, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

USA: Increased focus on banks, financial institutions, rates, debt, loans, etc. The news may involve data reports, additional details, agreements/contracts, or news/media organizations. The news may be slightly negative or concerning — for ex., a financial report elicits concerns about hidden losses/debt, or, communication about rates brings disappointment or concerns that some details are hidden, or, there may be negative coverage in the media of some financial organization, etc. 

JUN 28, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). 

JUN 29, 2018 (FR): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). 

China: Increased focus on healthcare, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, oil, secrets, hidden issues, and international organizations. The issues may have to do with plans for expansion in the related areas, esp. through hidden means or indirectly.

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

Global: 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. Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].

Global: With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and upcoming stressful transits to them from Mars, the probability of earthquakes is high all year (and will further increase in 2019-2020). I’ve been wanting to write a more detailed post and list all the high stress dates, but there are too many, so I keep postponing (I will still write it though). With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding mainly in May-Sep, we can expect improved conditions for and expansion of the related businesses (e.g., chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, religion, water, and navy). Weather-wise, this will likely bring an extremely wet year with rains, floods, 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 starting early next year (2019), 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.

China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov. 

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. 

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 2021 – 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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June 18 – 22, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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 (1/14/18): 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.

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/ Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships. 

Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come. 

Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.  

USA/ Kilauea: The volcano will likely continue building up tension and/or erupting more frequently or with more intensity for the next few years. In 2018 and 2019, the intensification may occur during the following periods: mid-Aug to mid-Sep  2018 (minor), early Nov 2018 to late Jan 2019 (minor), early to mid-Feb 2019 (possible eruption), end of June 2019 (minor), mid-Nov 2019 (minor). Then, the entire 2020 will likely see significantly increased activity with either one continuous eruption or series of periodic eruptions. (In 2020, there will be an increase in earthquakes globally in general.) In 2021, the intensification may occur in early Jan, early June, and mid to late Oct.  

Then, in 2022 (possibly Feb-Mar, late June-early July, early Aug) and/or 2023 (esp. May, Aug-Oct), there may be additional significant eruptions that can significantly alter the surrounding landscape. Alternatively, during 2022-2023, a major effort will be undertaken to rebuild the surrounding area. Either way, the result may leave the area unrecognizable. 

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the 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: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear). 

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 has occurred 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 are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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.

Russia: Mar 30 – May 8, 2018 (esp. mid Apr) & Dec 10 – 29, 2018 (esp. Dec 8-20) — Transiting Saturn will be hovering near the country’s North Node at 9° 51 Capricorn (chart for 12.25.91; flag raised event). This can manifest as popularity of rigid old-school leaders and as increased focus on the actions taken by such leaders as well as by governmental entities in general. Additionally, governmental and large corporate entities may receive prominent public attention and, likely, support. Some key events may take place that define the future of the country (esp. as related to its leadership, government, prominent authority figures, large corporations, coal, steel, metals, minerals, mining, commodities, as well as some large scale long-term manufacturing and infrastructure projects [esp. involving steel, metals, mining, digging, etc.]).

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Increased news about travel, shipping, immigration, and international negotiations/agreements. These negotiations may involve laws (esp. international laws), discussions about vehicles or transportation/shipping, and oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc. There may be more conversations/discussions and increased number of people may travel (esp. internationally and over water). We may also hear a lot of news about windy and wet weather, floods and/or spread of some disease or contamination, chemicals, drugs, and their effect on crops (e.g., increase in farms growing pharmaceutical plants, many farms flooded, plants receiving more chemical treatments [sprayed with pesticides] than usual, spread of diseases, chemically treated or poisoned plants, etc.).

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May – early Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. The trine is beneficial for industries related to videos, movies, music, healthcare, beverages, oil, chemicals, drugs, navy, international travel (esp. cruises or some spiritual retreats), etc. May-Sep is a favorable time for the related businesses and projects (e.g., making educational videos, going to a spiritual retreat, expanding navy, promoting pharmaceuticals, increasing oil supplies, selling beverages, etc.). Many people may be seeking to escape the harsh reality and travel to some mystical foreign place (either literally or by going to movies, praying, meditating, or using some other alternative “escape” method, such as taking drugs). Kids born at this time may be more into such subjects (e.g., spirituality, foreign cultures, movies, music, navy, swimming, fishing, drugs, etc.) when they grow up; there may be increased interest in water births. 

Weather-wise, Jupiter/Neptune trine may result in too much water (floods, rains, etc.) and large amounts of water flowing w/o restriction (water erosion, pipe leakage, floods [esp. of mines and underground locations], etc.). Flooding insurance may go up (as well as insurance of all related Neptunian businesses, like oil or chemical); insurance companies may see some expansion or be overwhelmed. 

Because of Jupiter being associated with immigration and foreign affairs, there may similarly be an overflow of immigrants along with decreased scrutiny and extra generous treatment of those from foreign lands (possibly due to some emphasis on religion, compassion, spirituality, etc.). Also, because of Neptune being associated with oil, chemicals, drugs, poisons, navy, etc., there may be an increase of either the price of related products, or, of the products themselves (so the price would go down). There may be increased news about some epidemic (esp. in hot, wet, and warm places [tropics, cruises, water parks?]; or spreading via water or sex), increased drug addictions, as well as about the spread of some religious or spiritual movement [it may involve something illicit and/or be banned]. 

An overflow of oil, chemicals, poisons, etc. may also take place (e.g., an oil spill) — such disaster(s) would likely take place underground and/or in the water (or be due to water) and/or involve a shipping company and/or involve one or more international entities; a contamination of some mine, recycling facility, or a nuclear storage facility is possible. The events above may be accompanied by the implementation of several new laws or legal contracts among large businesses — these laws or contracts will aim to facilitate improvements in the areas above, such as healthcare, navy, oil industry, chemical industry, water pollution, immigration, etc. (e.g., some drug may be legalized). There may also be major discoveries related to these areas (e.g., in a mine, of an oil source, under water, of a new drug, etc.) —  the discovery may be quite significant, such as a huge oil field may be discovered. Finally, the next few months may see many new movies coming out that will be fairly successful (esp. movies that focus on secrets, spying, sex, cultural differences, drugs, religion, spirituality, navy, water, water-dwelling creatures, and pollution).

However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over (esp. from the early Sept of 2018, when Jupiter/Neptune trine starts dissipating, onward). There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.

Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):

“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.” 

USA: May 14 — June 18 (esp. May 28-31) — An important public announcement or news about a prominent public figure, probably a politician, actor, movie director, or a person from the entertainment industry (e.g., a TV personality). The news may have to do with their financial situation (debt, taxes, investments, etc.), secrets (e.g., sexual behavior, drugs, gambling), beginning/ending of a major new project, or even death. Additionally, there may be increased news about businesses in the related areas (e.g., political parties, entertainment, as well as banks, insurance companies, power companies, mining businesses, etc.). A transformation of a well-known business or entity may take place, or, a new project [that will become famous/popular] may begin. Finally, there may be increased news about fires, gold, heart (e.g., some healthcare project or drug), or Sun.  Update 06.11.18: On May 29, ABC canceled its hit sitcom “Roseanne” (“Roseanne” starred Roseanne Barr who is an American actress, comedian, writer, and TV producer). Then, on June 5 and 8, respectively, there were reports of suicide by Kate Spade (American fashion designer) and Anthony Bourdain (American celebrity chef and TV personality) —  these events fit the prediction above. This week, the influence may still in effect, but it is weak.

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JUN 18, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60-65%). 

Jun 18-19 — Increased probability of an important public announcement, an announcement at a large gathering, news that affect a large group of people, and/or an announcement about or by a famous person related to the entertainment industry, arts, fashion, politics, etc. This person may be a female or someone who is considered attractive and/or wealthy. The announcement will likely be positively received by the public and/or enhance this entity’s popularity. Other possible events may have to do with the price of sugar or things that are sweet (incl. pleasantly smelling spices like vanilla), as well as diamonds, jewelry, cotton, and silk — their price or popularity may rise.

USA: Jun 18-19 — Increased focus on investments, rates, taxes, tariffs, insurance, debt, loans, stock market, as well as laws, international connections, overseas shipments/transportation, foreign relations, immigration, etc. There may be increased news about these areas, esp. about various negotiations, agreements, discussions, etc. These will probably go well (as in, decisions will be actively taken) and there may be more developments in these areas than usual (e.g., more reports come out, more data become available, more issues are discussed, more agreements/laws are signed, etc.).

China: Jun 18-20 — Increased and possibly slightly negative news about banks, investments, rates, stock market, as well as navy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil, water, etc. There may be increased discussions and negotiations related to the topics above. These discussions may not proceed smoothly — there may be periods of stop-and-go, tensions, disagreements, confusion, deception, or miscommunication.

JUN 19, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). 

JUN 20, 2018 (WED): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

Jun 20-21 — Possible events may have to do with the price of sugar or things that are sweet (incl. pleasantly smelling spices like vanilla), as well as diamonds, jewelry, cotton, and silk — their price or popularity may reverse compared to Jun 18-19 or there may be some follow up reaction (probably anger, upset, protest, or some over-reaction [sell off?]) to the news from Jun 18-19. The same may apply to a person of the type mentioned in the prediction above for Jun 18-19 (i.e., a female and/or someone who is attractive, wealthy, famous, etc.) —  their popularity may rise on June 18-19, but they may encounter a pushback or negative attitudes towards them on Jun 20-21.

JUN 21, 2018 (TH): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (60%). Regardless of the direction, there will probably be a reversal from Jun 20 to 21.

JUN 22, 2018 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (55%). There may be increased focus on banks, assets, real estate, land, homeland security, food safety, and farming. We may hear about negotiations and contracts related to these areas — these will probably involve governmental entities or large corporations. Also possible are increased news about contracts, agreements, or negotiations related to steel, minerals, coal, as well as large scale construction projects. Lastly, there is an increased risk of accidents involving cars, airplanes, wind, bridges, tall buildings another large man-made structures, and/or mountains; this may be due to bad weather (e.g., wind). 

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

Global: 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. Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].

Global: With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and upcoming stressful transits to them from Mars, the probability of earthquakes is high all year (and will further increase in 2019-2020). I’ve been wanting to write a more detailed post and list all the high stress dates, but there are too many, so I keep postponing (I will still write it though). With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding mainly in May-Sep, we can expect improved conditions for and expansion of the related businesses (e.g., chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, religion, water, and navy). Weather-wise, this will likely bring an extremely wet year with rains, floods, 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 starting early next year (2019), 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.

China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov. 

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. 

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 2021 – 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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June 11 – 15, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions & Some comments on Donald Trump’s planned meeting with Kim Jong Un

LONG-TERM:

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 (1/14/18): 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.

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/ Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships. 

Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come. 

Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.  

USA/ Kilauea: The volcano will likely continue building up tension and/or erupting more frequently or with more intensity for the next few years. In 2018 and 2019, the intensification may occur during the following periods: mid-Aug to mid-Sep  2018 (minor), early Nov 2018 to late Jan 2019 (minor), early to mid-Feb 2019 (possible eruption), end of June 2019 (minor), mid-Nov 2019 (minor). Then, the entire 2020 will likely see significantly increased activity with either one continuous eruption or series of periodic eruptions. (In 2020, there will be an increase in earthquakes globally in general.) In 2021, the intensification may occur in early Jan, early June, and mid to late Oct.  

Then, in 2022 (possibly Feb-Mar, late June-early July, early Aug) and/or 2023 (esp. May, Aug-Oct), there may be additional significant eruptions that can significantly alter the surrounding landscape. Alternatively, during 2022-2023, a major effort will be undertaken to rebuild the surrounding area. Either way, the result may leave the area unrecognizable. 

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the 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: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear). 

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 has occurred 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 are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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.

Russia: Mar 30 – May 8, 2018 (esp. mid Apr) & Dec 10 – 29, 2018 (esp. Dec 8-20) — Transiting Saturn will be hovering near the country’s North Node at 9° 51 Capricorn (chart for 12.25.91; flag raised event). This can manifest as popularity of rigid old-school leaders and as increased focus on the actions taken by such leaders as well as by governmental entities in general. Additionally, governmental and large corporate entities may receive prominent public attention and, likely, support. Some key events may take place that define the future of the country (esp. as related to its leadership, government, prominent authority figures, large corporations, coal, steel, metals, minerals, mining, commodities, as well as some large scale long-term manufacturing and infrastructure projects [esp. involving steel, metals, mining, digging, etc.]).

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May – early Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. The trine is beneficial for industries related to videos, movies, music, healthcare, beverages, oil, chemicals, drugs, navy, international travel (esp. cruises or some spiritual retreats), etc. May-Sep is a favorable time for the related businesses and projects (e.g., making educational videos, going to a spiritual retreat, expanding navy, promoting pharmaceuticals, increasing oil supplies, selling beverages, etc.). Many people may be seeking to escape the harsh reality and travel to some mystical foreign place (either literally or by going to movies, praying, meditating, or using some other alternative “escape” method, such as taking drugs). Kids born at this time may be more into such subjects (e.g., spirituality, foreign cultures, movies, music, navy, swimming, fishing, drugs, etc.) when they grow up; there may be increased interest in water births. 

Weather-wise, Jupiter/Neptune trine may result in too much water (floods, rains, etc.) and large amounts of water flowing w/o restriction (water erosion, pipe leakage, floods [esp. of mines and underground locations], etc.). Flooding insurance may go up (as well as insurance of all related Neptunian businesses, like oil or chemical); insurance companies may see some expansion or be overwhelmed. 

Because of Jupiter being associated with immigration and foreign affairs, there may similarly be an overflow of immigrants along with decreased scrutiny and extra generous treatment of those from foreign lands (possibly due to some emphasis on religion, compassion, spirituality, etc.). Also, because of Neptune being associated with oil, chemicals, drugs, poisons, navy, etc., there may be an increase of either the price of related products, or, of the products themselves (so the price would go down). There may be increased news about some epidemic (esp. in hot, wet, and warm places [tropics, cruises, water parks?]; or spreading via water or sex), increased drug addictions, as well as about the spread of some religious or spiritual movement [it may involve something illicit and/or be banned]. 

An overflow of oil, chemicals, poisons, etc. may also take place (e.g., an oil spill) — such disaster(s) would likely take place underground and/or in the water (or be due to water) and/or involve a shipping company and/or involve one or more international entities; a contamination of some mine, recycling facility, or a nuclear storage facility is possible. The events above may be accompanied by the implementation of several new laws or legal contracts among large businesses — these laws or contracts will aim to facilitate improvements in the areas above, such as healthcare, navy, oil industry, chemical industry, water pollution, immigration, etc. (e.g., some drug may be legalized). There may also be major discoveries related to these areas (e.g., in a mine, of an oil source, under water, of a new drug, etc.) —  the discovery may be quite significant, such as a huge oil field may be discovered. Finally, the next few months may see many new movies coming out that will be fairly successful (esp. movies that focus on secrets, spying, sex, cultural differences, drugs, religion, spirituality, navy, water, water-dwelling creatures, and pollution).

However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over (esp. from the early Sept of 2018, when Jupiter/Neptune trine starts dissipating, onward). There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.

Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):

“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.” 

USA: May 14 — June 18 (esp. May 28-31) — An important public announcement or news about a prominent public figure, probably a politician, actor, movie director, or a person from the entertainment industry (e.g., a TV personality). The news may have to do with their financial situation (debt, taxes, investments, etc.), secrets (e.g., sexual behavior, drugs, gambling), beginning/ending of a major new project, or even death. Additionally, there may be increased news about businesses in the related areas (e.g., political parties, entertainment, as well as banks, insurance companies, power companies, mining businesses, etc.). A transformation of a well-known business or entity may take place, or, a new project [that will become famous/popular] may begin. Finally, there may be increased news about fires, gold, heart (e.g., some healthcare project or drug), or Sun.  Update 06.11.18: On May 29, ABC canceled its hit sitcom “Roseanne” (“Roseanne” starred Roseanne Barr who is an American actress, comedian, writer, and TV producer). Then, on June 5 and 8, respectively, there were reports of suicide by Kate Spade (American fashion designer) and Anthony Bourdain (American celebrity chef and TV personality) —  these events fit the prediction above. This week, the influence is still in effect, although it will lessen over time.

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JUN 11, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). The down influence is stronger for the US than globally; globally, the markets may well go up.

USA: Increased news about banks, finance, loans, debt, rates, taxes, insurance, and/or profits. There may be a brief stand-off or some contradiction early in the morning where we may hear about profits/increases in one area, but losses/shortages in another related area (e.g., earnings increase but so do losses from some tax/tariff, or, there may be minor concerns about liquidity disruption and rise in lending rate).

USA: June 11-12 — Increased focus on military (weapons, leaders), engines, cars, sports, accidents, fires, and risky/aggressive/macho/rude behaviors (incl. risky moves in the stock market and during negotiations with partners). Some issue or issues regarding the topics above and/or concerning agreements/negotiations in general may be clarified or a previously hidden/insignificant/obscure topic may be brought into light and become a point of contention (could be related to miscommunication or to a particular point in some agreement). Additionally or alternatively, there may be increased focus on male leadership and/or on prominent public figures (such as an actor or an athlete) — there may be an ego competition (likely verbal only) — such as, who is a stronger [masculine/military/aggressive/athletic/etc.] leader.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un: It looks like these two will meet on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. For Trump, June 11-13 — He may feel energized and more “yang” or assertive than usual. These will be days of important meetings for him, receiving more public attention than usual, and aspiring to achieve something that aligns with his lifetime goals. As his birthday is coming up on June 14, the meetings and decisions at this time will strongly color the next 12 mo of his life. Also, Trump is currently experiencing a transit of Saturn opposition to his natal Mercury — this indicates that he may not be able to communicate as freely and warmly (or angrily) as he would like; he will try to hide or suppress his emotions during communications as he may feel a greater than usual responsibility for what he says. He may also say things that are harsher than usual and/or have more critical communication directed at him (esp. from old/conservative entities, governmental entities, and large corporate leaders). Since Saturn is retrograde at this time, it is possible that Trump may re-think what he says around this time [this applies to the G7 meeting as well] when Saturn turns direct and then opposes his Mercury again (Saturn turns dir in Sept and will oppose Trump’s Mercury in early Dec 2018). Additionally, Saturn is squaring Trump’s Neptune — he may experience some self-doubts and/or try harder than usual to be disciplined or strict about things that he normally would let slide or overlook (esp. in the area of relationships, contracts, agreements, justice, and fair treatment of others or of him by others). It is also possible that he may try harder than usual to implement into reality some sort of long-held dreams — these again may relate to relationships, justice, fairness, agreements, contracts, etc. However, because of the square, he will likely run into obstacles and delays. Lastly, at this time (and through the next year), Trump is experiencing a transit from Neptune squaring his natal Uranus — this may manifest as increased confusion about his unpredictability and eccentric behavior. 

For Kim, June 11-13 — With Jupiter passing over his natal Saturn, Kim may feel being assisted or helped with some burden (esp. when it comes to something secretive, hidden, or possibly nuclear-power-related); in other words, a relief and an opportunity to address an area where he feels very stressed (e.g., doing something in secret, related to nuclear power, exerting secret influence or being manipulated himself, etc.). At the same time, he may feel even more afraid or stressed than usual (Jupiter amplifies things). Kim too may feel having to be disciplined/strict/controlled in his communication, esp. in the upcoming months. At this particular time, he may feel that the communication he receives or contracts he is offered are not quite what he had hoped for because some details may be lacking, agreements do hold as much weight, communication is too superficial, etc.

With Trump’s ASC falling on North Korea’s Saturn (this place was also where last year’s total solar eclipse had occurred on Aug 21, 2017), we can expect that Trump’s personal goals and energy can be transformative for NK’s governmental entities and policies and/or disruptive for the country’s stability — at least, Trump has the energy and personal ambition to do so. Transforming these entities or changing the rules by which they operate aligns closely with Trump’s personal life goals as this challenges his ambition and appeals to his inner feeling of being someone very important [Regulus is at this same point too], and assertive/brave/aggressive [natal Mars nearby]. Finally, with NK’s Jupiter falling on Trump’s South Lunar Node and Moon, there seems to be some sort of a karmic connection — Trump may feel like he knows what needs to be done with NK in terms of international relations and legal contracts because he has had a similar experience in some prior life [or, feels subjectively that he is well prepared for dealing with similar international/legal cases/entities]. 

JUN 12, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%). 

USA: June 12-13 — Possibly, some concerns about oil, chemicals, navy, floods, pharmaceuticals, etc. Additionally, there may be concerns about some leader’s confusing or vague message, deception, or miscommunication; an agreement signed at this time may be missing some key details or may be too vague or impractical. 

JUN 13, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%). Likely, a stronger market move than usual.

June 13-15 — Increased concerns about financial entities, forex fluctuations (esp. EUR/USD), and financial stability. There may also be concerns about the sales of some drug, data/reports about some treatment, or spread of a disease.

JUN 14, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). A busy news day with focus on farming, food production, real estate, homeland security, borders, etc.

USA: June 14 — An important day with increased focus on financial institutions, governmental contracts, workforce, healthcare, and social assistance for the needy. We may hear about additional money being spent on the programs above and new reports coming out about earnings and financial wellbeing of the country. There may be increased focus on protection of the homeland, self-interests, and securing resources.  

USA: June 14-15 (esp. the 15th)— Increased news about foreign relations, legal agreements, laws, contracts, sales, shipments, etc. as well as immigration and higher education. We may hear about new developments, reports, negotiations or agreements — these will likely be beneficial for the country.

China: June 14-15 — Possibly, increased volatility of the stock market or news about some risky move (esp. related to the stock market, movie industry, sports, and casinos). Also, increased news about advances or changes [in contracts, sales volume, etc.] in the areas of IT, telecoms, aerospace, electric power, high tech, etc. — we may hear about some new goal or vision for the country in one of these areas.

JUN 15, 2018 (FR): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%). Increased news about some tense, serious or large scale (i.e., involving really large established corporate or governmental players) negotiations, or, about delays and obstacles in signing contracts or finalizing agreements. The contracts or negotiations will likely relate to steel/metals/minerals, large scale construction, farming/agriculture, banks’ assets/savings, and/or homeland security. The contract(s) may be signed but it will be under serious pressure or involving serious adjustments requiring major restructuring and even shutting down some areas of business or dropping some projects.

Also, today there may be positive news (e.g., increased profits, approval, etc.) related to some drug or treatment (esp. related to head, heart, and/or burns/wounds/inflammation). 

Lastly, there may  also be increased news about oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, drugs, navy, water, religion, movies, music etc. — we may hear about an abundance of the related products and/or fewer restrictions that make it easier to obtain/sprad these products (e.g., floods spread because water flows wo barriers, more oil floods on the market, some drug is made easier to buy, chemicals are permitted to be used in agriculture or spread more easily, etc.).

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June 04 – 08, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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 (1/14/18): 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.

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/ Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships. 

Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come. 

Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.  

USA/ Kilauea: The volcano will likely continue building up tension and/or erupting more frequently or with more intensity for the next few years. In 2018 and 2019, the intensification may occur during the following periods: mid-Aug to mid-Sep  2018 (minor), early Nov 2018 to late Jan 2019 (minor), early to mid-Feb 2019 (possible eruption), end of June 2019 (minor), mid-Nov 2019 (minor). Then, the entire 2020 will likely see significantly increased activity with either one continuous eruption or series of periodic eruptions. (In 2020, there will be an increase in earthquakes globally in general.) In 2021, the intensification may occur in early Jan, early June, and mid to late Oct.  

Then, in 2022 (possibly Feb-Mar, late June-early July, early Aug) and/or 2023 (esp. May, Aug-Oct), there may be additional significant eruptions that can significantly alter the surrounding landscape. Alternatively, during 2022-2023, a major effort will be undertaken to rebuild the surrounding area. Either way, the result may leave the area unrecognizable. 

China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the 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: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear). 

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 has occurred 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 are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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.

Russia: Mar 30 – May 8, 2018 (esp. mid Apr) & Dec 10 – 29, 2018 (esp. Dec 8-20) — Transiting Saturn will be hovering near the country’s North Node at 9° 51 Capricorn (chart for 12.25.91; flag raised event). This can manifest as popularity of rigid old-school leaders and as increased focus on the actions taken by such leaders as well as by governmental entities in general. Additionally, governmental and large corporate entities may receive prominent public attention and, likely, support. Some key events may take place that define the future of the country (esp. as related to its leadership, government, prominent authority figures, large corporations, coal, steel, metals, minerals, mining, commodities, as well as some large scale long-term manufacturing and infrastructure projects [esp. involving steel, metals, mining, digging, etc.]).

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: The week looks very busy, filled with rapidly unfolding news, and eventful — June 4-9 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents, major flooding, massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. Flooding or oil/chemical-related issues are more likely earlier in the week; earthquakes — mid- to late-week (esp. Jun 8-9; in particular, around 2am EST on Jun 9). All week, we will continue to hear about water, floods, navy, chemicals, oil, etc.; we may hear about an accident or an important agreement or sale involving chemicals, drugs, oil, pipelines, navy, and/or ship(s) (esp. on Jun 5-6). Also, all week will see increased focus on commodities derived from the earth (e.g., minerals, metals, oil, etc.) as well as activities or projects that involve mountains, earth, soil, landslides, mudslides, structural failures/reinforcement, long term construction, tunnels, bridges, roads, etc. There may be upsets, shakeups, problems, accidents, explosions, fires, protests, etc. Old structures in particular or structures near mountains may be especially vulnerable.

Global: Increased news about higher education, learning (esp. via videos), international relations, immigration, as well as oil, chemicals, drugs, healthcare, movies, navy and water (beverages and/or flooding). There may be increased profits in those areas (e.g., some drug or movie may perform better than expected; navy projects receives more funding), increased expenses (e.g., to pay for damage from flooding) or an abundance of the products (e.g., floods, too much oil, spread of some disease or poison). Profitable areas or areas receiving increased attention may be mining, sex (e.g., movies about sex or drugs that help in this area), spying, secrets, loans/rates, and real estate; banks’ savings may increase. This week, this influence is the strongest on Jun 4-6.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May – early Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. The trine is beneficial for industries related to videos, movies, music, healthcare, beverages, oil, chemicals, drugs, navy, international travel (esp. cruises or some spiritual retreats), etc. May-Sep is a favorable time for the related businesses and projects (e.g., making educational videos, going to a spiritual retreat, expanding navy, promoting pharmaceuticals, increasing oil supplies, selling beverages, etc.). Many people may be seeking to escape the harsh reality and travel to some mystical foreign place (either literally or by going to movies, praying, meditating, or using some other alternative “escape” method, such as taking drugs). Kids born at this time may be more into such subjects (e.g., spirituality, foreign cultures, movies, music, navy, swimming, fishing, drugs, etc.) when they grow up; there may be increased interest in water births. 

Weather-wise, Jupiter/Neptune trine may result in too much water (floods, rains, etc.) and large amounts of water flowing w/o restriction (water erosion, pipe leakage, floods [esp. of mines and underground locations], etc.). Flooding insurance may go up (as well as insurance of all related Neptunian businesses, like oil or chemical); insurance companies may see some expansion or be overwhelmed. 

Because of Jupiter being associated with immigration and foreign affairs, there may similarly be an overflow of immigrants along with decreased scrutiny and extra generous treatment of those from foreign lands (possibly due to some emphasis on religion, compassion, spirituality, etc.). Also, because of Neptune being associated with oil, chemicals, drugs, poisons, navy, etc., there may be an increase of either the price of related products, or, of the products themselves (so the price would go down). There may be increased news about some epidemic (esp. in hot, wet, and warm places [tropics, cruises, water parks?]; or spreading via water or sex), increased drug addictions, as well as about the spread of some religious or spiritual movement [it may involve something illicit and/or be banned]. 

An overflow of oil, chemicals, poisons, etc. may also take place (e.g., an oil spill) — such disaster(s) would likely take place underground and/or in the water (or be due to water) and/or involve a shipping company and/or involve one or more international entities; a contamination of some mine, recycling facility, or a nuclear storage facility is possible. The events above may be accompanied by the implementation of several new laws or legal contracts among large businesses — these laws or contracts will aim to facilitate improvements in the areas above, such as healthcare, navy, oil industry, chemical industry, water pollution, immigration, etc. (e.g., some drug may be legalized). There may also be major discoveries related to these areas (e.g., in a mine, of an oil source, under water, of a new drug, etc.) —  the discovery may be quite significant, such as a huge oil field may be discovered. Finally, the next few months may see many new movies coming out that will be fairly successful (esp. movies that focus on secrets, spying, sex, cultural differences, drugs, religion, spirituality, navy, water, water-dwelling creatures, and pollution).

However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over (esp. from the early Sept of 2018, when Jupiter/Neptune trine starts dissipating, onward). There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.

Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):

“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.” 

USA: May 14 — June 18 (esp. May 28-31) — An important public announcement or news about a prominent public figure, probably a politician, actor, movie director, or a person from the entertainment industry (e.g., a TV personality). The news may have to do with their financial situation (debt, taxes, investments, etc.), secrets (e.g., sexual behavior, drugs, gambling), beginning/ending of a major new project, or even death. Additionally, there may be increased news about businesses in the related areas (e.g., political parties, entertainment, as well as banks, insurance companies, power companies, mining businesses, etc.). A transformation of a well-known business or entity may take place, or, a new project [that will become famous/popular] may begin. Finally, there may be increased news about fires, gold, heart (e.g., some healthcare project or drug), or Sun.

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JUN 04, 2018 (MON): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). June 4-5 may see major market moves, regardless of the direction.

Jun 4-5 — There may be increased focus on financial institutions, banks, rates, loans, insurance, taxes, and governmental regulations of the financial sector. Also, there may be additional news about and/or significant changes in the value of various commodities, particularly those that are derived from the earth (minerals, metals, oil, etc.). Finally, we may hear about some governmental regulations that affect the real estate, farming, soil management, and homeland security — there may be some opposition to the governmental or corporate controls over land, farming practices, etc. These areas (e.g., real estate) may also experience changes in the prices or some concerns about their changing value/profits.

Jun 4-7 (esp. 4-5) — In the early am, we may hear about important public announcements regarding military activities, weapons, airplanes, engines, IT or high tech, aerospace, and/or telecoms. Additionally or alternatively, a prominent public figure, like a politician, actor, TV personality, entertainer, athlete, etc. may attract increased attention. The entity may be a male, aggressive, military-related, sports-related, or simply very macho and aggressive. This behavior will probably be poorly received by the public and the entity’s popularity may suffer. Yet another potable manifestation is increased news about accidents (esp. involving airplanes and engines), military clashes, attacks, and ricky/aggressive behaviors that affect large groups of people (e.g., some sort of a revolutionary movement by an extravagant/eccentric opposition leader). The announcement may be related to an entity from the US as the country has a similar influence at the same time.

USA: May 14 — June 18 (esp. May 28-31) — An important public announcement or news about a prominent public figure, probably a politician, actor, movie director, or a person from the entertainment industry (e.g., a TV personality). The news may have to do with their financial situation (debt, taxes, investments, etc.), secrets (e.g., sexual behavior, drugs, gambling), beginning/ending of a major new project, or even death. Additionally, there may be increased news about businesses in the related areas (e.g., political parties, entertainment, as well as banks, insurance companies, power companies, mining businesses, etc.). A transformation of a well-known business or entity may take place, or, a new project [that will become famous/popular] may begin. Finally, there may be increased news about fires, gold, heart (e.g., some healthcare project or drug), or Sun. Update 06.04.18: On May 29, ABC canceled its hit sitcom “Roseanne” —  this event fits the prediciotn above. The influence remains active, however, so more news about prominent entities may come. This week, there may be news about someone who is an athlete, in the military, macho, aggressive, an IT industry leader, is involved in aerospace projects, or an eccentric risk-taker.

JUN 05, 2018 (TUE): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%). 

JUN 06, 2018 (WED): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). Increased focus on oil, chemicals, water (e.g., beverages or floods), navy, pharmaceuticals, poisons, drugs, etc. While this influence is on all week, today it may be felt particularly strongly. We may hear about increased trading, agreements, sales, negotiations, contracts, etc.

JUN 07, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%). 

USA: Jun 7-8 (esp. the 8th) — Increased news about the military and/or assertive or risky activities. For ex., saying something provocative/aggressive but then immediately saying something nice to balance the previous statement. This may take place during some negotiations, and/or, the same individual may change their statement, or, different individuals may send different messages (good cop/bad cop). Some negotiations with partners may intensify with US being fairly assertive and focusing on the increase in profits, increase in sales, and gains from the negotiations. Diplomacy will also “kick in,” so the agreement may be reached that will be mutually profitable or at least acceptable to the involved parties.

JUN 08, 2018 (FR): Strong influence; market may possibly go up (65%). 

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

Global: 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. Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].

Global: With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and upcoming stressful transits to them from Mars, the probability of earthquakes is high all year (and will further increase in 2019-2020). I’ve been wanting to write a more detailed post and list all the high stress dates, but there are too many, so I keep postponing (I will still write it though). With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding mainly in May-Sep, we can expect improved conditions for and expansion of the related businesses (e.g., chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, religion, water, and navy). Weather-wise, this will likely bring an extremely wet year with rains, floods, 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 starting early next year (2019), 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.

China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov. 

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. 

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 2021 – 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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