April 16-20, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

China: Late 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.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: There may be increased news about some new disease or a treatment approach (e.g., new armor or something that helps to mend broken bones, heal wounds, or treat head trauma). The disease may be related to weapons or military — for ex., an illness that is a result of the exposure to some weapon, or, some drug or a living organism used as a biological weapon. Similarly, we may hear about doctors who somehow are also fighters, doctors who are attacked, participate in military operations, help military personnel, or travel to dangerous places.

Global: Upcoming — another stressful time frame geopolitically and weather-wise with a high likelihood of earthquakes (globally) will be around Apr 25-27 through May 11-15 (esp. May 1 and 10) (see “Glance ahead” section below). I had very little time to investigate, but both time periods, esp. the end of April through mid-May, appear to have particular significance for California and, in particular, Los Angeles, CA. I’ll have to elaborate on this when I have more time, but the upcoming transits are reminiscent of those that occurred during some of the larger earthquakes in CA. These same time frames can also coincide with other disasters (e.g., mudslides, mining accidents, building collapses, etc.), or troubles for governments and large corporations (e.g., aggressive acts, protests, anger, accidents, etc.). Lastly, the same time periods will likely coincide with important events for the coal and mining industry and any activities that involve working with stone, metals, coal, oil, etc. — there may be some difficulties, some projects may be delayed, and/or there may be arguments over them, and/or there may be accidents. On the positive note, there may similarly be breakthroughs, like some tyrant is overthrown, a new mine opens, a new source of some rare metal is found, new machinery or explosives begin to be used to excavate something, etc. These situations may involve powerful engines/machinery [to cut through rocks and metal], explosions, fires, shooting, or other violence. There may be increased protests, riots, violence, attacks, etc. — the anger may be expressed toward governmental and corporate entities (esp. old and/or conservative leaders). Finally, there may be a significant increase in military activities (esp. in a mountainous region).

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. 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. 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/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.  

China: As mentioned in the long-term section above, Apr-early May 2018, will see an 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. Favorable time for increasing earnings and status in general. New laws and/or international projects implemented/initiated at this time should be profitable long term.

China: Apr 20 – 30 —  The transiting Mars and Pluto will conjunct over the country’s Jupiter in the 12th house (ruler of the 11th). This will be a very tense time geopolitically in general, and, for China specifically, we can expect increased news about the businesses and projects related to navy, water, oil, pollution, drugs, poisons, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, movies, recycling, underground or hidden locations, spying, secret activities, etc. These activities will likely be tied to international connections, international organizations, laws, legal disputes, long distance shipping, telecoms, IT, and social networks. This may manifest as an assertive or aggressive stance in the matters above, implementing some related laws, or enacting changes in how the related businesses must operate. Finally, since Mars and Pluto both relate to military and weapons (incl. nuclear), we may hear about the intensification of some military activities (probably related to navy, oil, water, or chemicals), or having to deal with attacks, accidents, or fires (e.g., at an underground facility, nuclear plant, recycling plant, etc.). The 12th house is a house of secrets and hidden enemies, so it is possible that the issue may be something that is first undetected (e.g., a fire begins underground) or comes from a secret source.

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APR 16, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). 

Apr 16-17 — Increased focus on banks, financial institutions, taxes, insurance, loans, rates, debt, etc. There may be news about some excess, like major overspending, currencies [or some other financial notes] significantly gaining or losing in value, rates or taxes that are excessively high or low, etc. Also, there may be increased news about businesses related to mining, oil, recycling, and nuclear power — we may hear about excessive profits or expenses or about notable fluctuations in value — overall, the news will probably be positive (e.g., increased expenses, increased value, etc.).

Apr 16-19 (esp. 16-18) — Increased news about some new innovative projects or initiatives related to military, sports, weapons, and IT, high tech, telecoms, social media networks, aerospace, electricity, electric engines, batteries, power generating devices, etc.  For ex., there may be an announcement about a new military plane, rocket, drone, electricity-powered weapon, or a sophisticated technical weapon. The event or announcement may be shocking or exciting. Alternatively, we may hear about a sudden power loss, sudden black out (e.g., some social media service is down), surprise about an athlete (esp. a fighter or a racer), or about electric vehicles (esp. those that go very fast or are used for military purposes). 

USA: Apr 16-17 — Concerns about banks and financial institutions, or, about projects or businesses related to healthcare, pollution, drugs, poisons, prisons, and elderly care.  

China: Apr 16-18 (esp. 16-17) — Increased probability of the stock market volatility or a greater than usual transactions volume. The reason for the events may be some news, discussions, or agreements related to banks and financial institutions. 

APR 17, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). 

APR 18, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). There may be a reversal from Mon-Tue, or, a change of focus from Mon-Tue. Probably, a decreased focus on the banks and finical institutions in favor of news about some new weapons, military-related developments, or a new disease/treatment. 

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

China: Increased focus on real estate, land, farming, food industry, homeland security, financial security, and bank savings. We may hear about profits, purchases,  expenses aimed at improving some situation, or some protection applied to the projects in the areas above (e.g., more money is set aside as some sort of a savings fund, or, some protection mechanism is put into place to save/accumulate more money at home). 

APR 20, 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). Increased focus on banks and financial institutions. Also, beginning Fr or over the weekend, we may already begin to experience intensifying geopolitical tensions, attacks, protests, disasters, earthquakes, etc. This influence will strengthen the following week and will probably coincide with a strong down move — if not on Mon (Apr 23) then Tue-Thur (24-26), and probably Fr (27) too.

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

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

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.

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 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

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

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Facebook scandal — Astrological insights and predictions (2018 to 2022)

Below is a brief overview of the key transits to the natal charts of Mark Zuckerberg (MZ) and Facebook (FB). I looked at the recent negative publicity events and at the upcoming transits. 

MAR 17, 2018

The Guardian and New York Times published an expose about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, estimating that around 50M Facebook users have been affected. 

MARK ZUCKERBERG: 

T. Venus in Aries square N. Jupiter in Capricorn — Minor disagreements in values with some external entities; expenses on something one may find valuable at the moment but unworthy later; minor irritation because some disrespectful or aggressive entity doesn’t value the established rigid and hierarchical approach to doing things.

T. Mars conjunct N. Neptune in Capricorn (exact) — Upsetting events that involve anger, impatience, hard work, confusion, hidden influences, hidden problems, ill health (esp. fever or some inflammatory reaction to an infection), etc. One may find that they need to work extra hard to resolve a confusing or secretive situation involving some governmental or corporate authority figures. Alternatively, someone else may be upset over the entity’s role as an authority because of some confusion or deception. In general, there may be confusion, anger, and intensified effort to expose [or cover up] some hidden info, or to clear some confusion.

T. North Node in Leo square N. Venus in Taurus and N. Saturn in Scorpio — Negative publicity; being unpopular with some large social group. With natal Venus in Taurus and Saturn in Scorpio — the decrease in popularity is probably with investors (esp. larger businesses as opposed to individual investors), governmental or corporate authorities, and/or over issues related to loans, earnings and profits. 

 

FACEBOOK: 

T. Moon and Sun (new Moon) conjunct N. Venus in Pisces — Light shed on the earnings/income (esp. from hidden or obscure sources), clarification of the confusing situation surrounding profits and/or values. Typically, Moon and Sun transits last only a day or two, but since this was a new Moon, the effects likely extended for an entire month (28 days).

T. Saturn in Capricorn opposition N. Saturn in Cancer — Strong influence symbolizing a major turning point. Some existing structure, set up, method, or approach is typically questioned by the entity or those surrounding it. Time when the current way of being may be shaken up because of some pressures, problems, old age, weakness, rigidity, and a lack of flexibility or innovation. In particular, transiting Saturn in Capricorn symbolizes authorities, government, and large corporations – hence, the external pressure, regulations, problems, or losses may come from these types of entities. Internally, the problems may be felt due to excessively rigid approach and inability of adjusting to a new more disciplined or lean way of functioning. Transiting Saturn demands restructuring, slowing down, possibly replacing authority figures at the top, etc. Hard Saturn transits also typically bring losses, delays, and increased regulations. This transit is in effect Feb 15, 2018 – June 25, 2018 (esp. Feb 27-28 and June 8-9) and then Nov 13, 2018 – Dec 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 25-26). The events that have begun in the spring will likely be re-visited and re-evaluated in the summer and then some final conclusion may be reached or take effect in the late fall. My guess is that it ill be some internal decision about restructuring (esp. domestically [FB natal Saturn in Cancer]  or an external regulation (esp. by governmental authorities [transiting Saturn in Capricorn]). 

T. Uranus in Aries square N. Mercury in Capricorn — Strong influence symbolizing a sudden major upset or a series of rapidly unfolding events that require quick adjustments and rapid processing of large data volumes. The existing way or learning, communicating, or processing data is disrupted, suddenly blocked or upset. An entity must rapidly adjust to volatile changes and learn to communicate in a novel way, process new unfamiliar info, or respond to new data in ways that may be difficult to quickly get a grip on. The difficulty will likely be due to the sudden onset, rapid changes, or unpreparedness and a lack of flexibility. Transiting Uranus demands quick thinking, rapid adjustments, and can quickly start or shut down some projects involving learning, communication, or data processing. In particular, Uranus in Aries may be quite revolutionary and impatient, demanding equal/fair treatment, and favoring new aggressive IT leaders.  For FB, T. Uranus square its natal Mercury in Capricorn indicates pressure to change old, outdated, and rigid approaches to managing data; it also challenges the current corporate structure, authority figures, and regulations — continuing to run things the old way will be virtually impossible. This transits also symbolizes data overload — too much too learn in a short period of time as the data and circumstances change rapidly; as soon as one approach is employed or new info is acquired, it becomes obsolete and a totally new approach is needed. The effect of this transit was the strongest around Feb 3, 2018 – Mar 24, 2018 (esp. Mar 2-4) and the influence has been slowly dissipating since.

T. Pluto conjunction N. Chiron in Capricorn (exact) — Strong influence symbolizing a major transformation involving restructuring, re-organization, increased regulatory oversight, losses, delays, and going through some painful [but ultimately healing] experience. The source of tensions, delays, losses, etc. are the authority figures and governmental and corporate entities, esp. old, established, and conservative. This transit is in effect Feb 19, 2018 – June 30, 2018 (esp. late Apr, 2018), then Dec 15, 2018 – Mar 18, 2019 (esp. Jan 28 – Feb 13, 2019), and then May 20, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020 (esp. July 11-30 and Nov 18 – Dec 20, 2019).  

T. North Node in Leo square N. North Node in Scorpio — Negative publicity; being unpopular with some large social group (with the natal NN in Scorpio — probably with investors). 

APR 10-11, 2018

Zuckerberg appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees. The testimony before a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing began at 2:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 10, and at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 11, for a House Energy and Commerce hearing.

MARK ZUCKERBERG: 

T. Venus in Taurus conjunct N. Venus in Taurus and opposition N. Saturn in Capricorn (exact) — The opposition to the natal Saturn came first, on the 10th (concerns about money and profits; minor financial losses; not being able to fully enjoy oneself due to external or self-imposed control; suppressing fun activities). On the 12th, the day after the hearing, was the exact conjunction to the natal Venus — feeling more aware of what one likes, appreciates, and values; being able to better enjoy the things one likes; enjoying a pleasant event, news, gifts, a slight increase in income, etc.

T. Mars conjunct N. Jupiter in Capricorn (exact) — Feeling energized, upset, and/or impatient; having to work harder or choosing to do so because one feels energized; exerting a lot of physical energy; taking risks because one feels lucky, strong, or impatient. Dealing with issues related to Jupiter — this can include law and legal issues, foreign connections, and higher education. Since the conjunction is in Capricorn, the issues may involve governmental or corporate authorities, large businesses, business restructuring, regulations, losses, constraints, and slowly progressing developments. The slowness, obstacles, or regulations may be hard to deal with because transiting Mars may make one feel impatient and wanting to act to address the situation quickly and move on.

T. Jupiter conjunct N. Mars and N. Moon in Scorpio — Feeling energized and up for taking risks (esp. financial, since the conjunction is in Scorpio). Increase in physical activity (e.g., exercising or working more hours). With the conjunction taking place in Scorpio, this may be a time of increased focus on secretive activities, spying, hacking, etc. as well as securing loans, dealing with investors, and working on activities related to taxes, debt, and insurance. With transiting Jupiter being retrograde, one may engage in the review of the laws governing the topics above — this may manifest as dealing with lawyers and legal issues, or, one may simply feel like studying or writing about the related topics.

T. Uranus in Aries conjunct N. Mercury in Aries and opposition N. Pluto in Scorpio — Strong influence symbolizing a sudden major upset or a series of rapidly unfolding events that require quick mental adjustments and rapid processing of large amounts of information. The existing way or learning, communicating, or processing info is challenged — one must quickly adapt, which may involve having to learn vast amounts of new info or new skills. An entity must rapidly adjust to sudden changes and learn to communicate in a novel way, process new unfamiliar info, or respond to new data in ways that may require a totally different approach. There may be sudden onset of events and rapid changes. Transiting Uranus demands quick thinking, rapid adjustments, and can quickly start or shut down some projects involving learning, communication, or data processing. In particular, Uranus in Aries may require a very fast response, taking an aggressive/assertive stance, and displaying a confident if not aggressive leadership in the areas of communication, data processing, and IT in general. 

The opposition to Pluto in Scorpio may manifest as feeling uneasy about all these sudden adjustments because they upset the desire for hidden power or to keep the influence hidden. Uranus passing over Mercury in Aries demands more of a in-your-face leadership and new initiatives that involve innovative approaches and large communities [where everyone can communicate and share info equally], whereas Pluto in Scorpio is all about hidden influence, control, and power. Thus, this transit may lead to feeling internal stress, although it may not be conscious given that Pluto is a generational planet. Instead, transiting Uranus opposition to Pluto may be experienced as an ongoing background influence by many people of about the same age as MZ — a sort of a struggle between the desire for IT innovation, freedom, and new ways to use the internet (esp. for financial transactions [when Uranus enters Taurus]) and the desire to protect privacy or to keep certain activities hidden to have more influence/control. This transit (both the conjunction to Mercury and opposition to Pluto) is in effect Apr 9, 2018 – June 9, 2018 (esp. May 4-7 and May 15-18) and then Oct 12, 2018 – Mar 30, 2019 (esp. Nov 3-6 and Nov 19-21, 2018; and Feb 20-23 and Mar 7-9, 2019). 

T. North Node in Leo square N. Saturn in Scorpio (exact) — Negative publicity; being unpopular with some large social group. With natal Saturn in Scorpio — the decrease in popularity is probably with investors (esp. larger businesses as opposed to individual investors) and governmental or corporate authorities. Exact NN transits typically coincide with being thrusted into the public’s eye, becoming famous (or infamous), attending a large gathering (e.g., a conference), or finding oneself in a large group of people at some important public event (e.g., a rally).

 

FACEBOOK: 

T. Moon conjunct N. Sun and N. Neptune in Aquarius & square T. North Node — At the beginning of the testimony on Apr 10, the transiting Moon was conjunct the transit chart’s Descendent and both were on top of FB’s Sun and Neptune. The transiting North Node (see below) also aligned with this axis. This highlighted the public interest in and focus on the entity, its purpose, status, and goals. Moreover, transiting Moon square to the natal nodes further highlighted this particular moment as an important point in time when the company was at the center of public attention. The Aquarian emphasis corresponded to the nature of the business — online social media and social networking service company. The tense transits from and to the nodes manifested as public scrutiny, judgment, and unfavorable evaluations.

T. Sun in Aries square N. Chiron in Capricorn — Minor unpleasant circumstances related to dealing with authority figures (esp. governmental or large corporate entities). Issues of restructuring, regulations, and greater controls may come up; there may be minor concerns about losses or delays (possibly due to the aforementioned regulations or restructuring).

T. Mercury in Aries square N. Saturn in Cancer — Minor unpleasant news; stressful communication with or about authority figures, esp. old, conservative, and from governmental or large corporate entities. Unfavorable or stressful communication where the entity is being urged to communicate directly, openly, and succinctly, but may be slow to respond or responds in unsatisfying manner because it feels vulnerable, is fearful, and wants to protect itself. Requests for communication may be perceived as too aggressive or undermining the safety/security.

T. Venus in Taurus square N. Sun and N. Neptune in Aquarius (exact to Neptune) & opposition T. North Node — Venus square exacerbated the tense Moon and Nodal transits to FB’s Sun, Neptune, and Nodes. This strengthened the probability of the unfavorable perception about the company. In particular, Venus in Taurus (double emphasis on money and earnings) in a tense aspect to Neptune (hidden info, deception, confusion) in Aquarius (social networks, on-line communities) can be interpreted as concerns about the company’s secretive activities involving social networks. Transiting Venus opposing natal NN also means a time of decreased popularity and likability, or, going against the generally established [preferred] norms of social interactions.

T. Saturn in Capricorn opposition N. Saturn in Cancer — Same as for March 17, 2018 (see above). Strong influence symbolizing a major turning point. Some existing structure, set up, method, or approach is typically questioned by the entity or those surrounding it. Time when the current way of being may be shaken up because of some pressures, problems, old age, weakness, rigidity, and a lack of flexibility or innovation. In particular, transiting Saturn in Capricorn symbolizes authorities, government, and large corporations – hence, the external pressure, regulations, problems, or losses may come from these types of entities. Internally, the problems may be felt due to excessively rigid approach and inability of adjusting to a new more disciplined or lean way of functioning. Transiting Saturn demands restructuring, slowing down, possibly replacing authority figures at the top, etc. Hard Saturn transits also typically bring losses, delays, and increased regulations. This transit is in effect Feb 15, 2018 – June 25, 2018 (esp. Feb 27-28 and June 8-9) and then Nov 13, 2018 – Dec 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 25-26). The events that have begun in the spring will likely be re-visited and re-evaluated in the summer and then some final conclusion may be reached or take effect in the late fall. My guess is that it ill be some internal decision about restructuring (esp. domestically [FB natal Saturn in Cancer]  or an external regulation (esp. by governmental authorities [transiting Saturn in Capricorn]). 

T. North Node in Leo opposition N. Neptune in Aquarius (exact) — Negative publicity; being unpopular with some large social group (with the natal Neptune in Aquarius — probably with the users of the social network and/or due to secrecy, confusion, or hidden info). 

T. Pluto conjunction N. Chiron in Capricorn (exact) — Same as for March 17, 2018 (see above). Strong influence symbolizing a major transformation involving restructuring, re-organization, increased regulatory oversight, losses, delays, and going through some painful [but ultimately healing] experience. The source of tensions, delays, losses, etc. are the authority figures and governmental and corporate entities, esp. old, established, and conservative. This transit is in effect Feb 19, 2018 – June 30, 2018 (esp. late Apr, 2018), then Dec 15, 2018 – Mar 18, 2019 (esp. Jan 28 – Feb 13, 2019), and then May 20, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020 (esp. July 11-30 and Nov 18 – Dec 20, 2019).  

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PREDICTIONS (April 14, 2018 onward; highlights only; through about 2022):

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TBD. Will update the post soon (planning to add more content within the next week sometime). I’ve already looked at the MZ and FB charts weeks ago, but it’s hard to find the time to write up all the observations. 

In sum, there are more tense transits on the horizon and some of the current transits are slowly unfolding — this means that the saga will go on for some time (months/few years). When transiting Saturn and then Pluto conjunct FB’s natal Mercury (in 2020 and 2021/2022, respectively), there may be a major transformation of the company, incl. closure, downsizing, corporate restructuring, or splitting into several entities. 

In the near future, the upcoming transit of Uranus over FB’s natal Mars (Apr 25 – Jun 25, 2018, esp. May 22 – Jun 13, 2018) may coincide with a notable splash of news — probably over some financial issue, profits, or earnings — there may be unpleasant surprises, upset feelings, and anger. At the end of April and early May, transiting Mars will also go over FB’s Chiron and then Mercury — increased probability of upsetting events and/or painful adjustments because of some regulations; discussions of regulations; feeling pressure over communications; possibly signing some agreement.

 

Charts (will upload the charts soon too, for reference): 

Natal chart of Mark Zuckerberg — https://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Mark_Zuckerberg 

Natal chart of Facebook — http://mountainastrologer.com/tma/mark-zuckerberg-and-facebook 

Transit charts were generated using a free tool on  www.astro.com 

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April 9-13, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

China: Late 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.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: The entire week — Several minor to medium stressful transits to the charts of the US and China indicate ongoing stand-off and negotiations, which may negative affect the markets.

Global: Upcoming — another stressful time frame with a high likelihood of earthquakes (globally) will be around Apr 25-27 through May 11-15 (esp. May 1 and 10) (see “Glance ahead” section below). I had very little time to investigate, but both time periods, esp. the end of April through mid-May, appear to have particular significance for California and, in particular, Los Angeles, CA. I’ll have to elaborate on this when I have more time, but the upcoming transits are reminiscent of those that occurred during some of the larger earthquakes in CA. These same time frames can also coincide with other disasters (e.g., mudslides, mining accidents, building collapses, etc.), or troubles for governments and large corporations (e.g., aggressive acts, protests, anger, accidents, etc.). Lastly, the same time periods will likely coincide with important events for the coal and mining industry and any activities that involve working with stone, metals, coal, oil, etc. — there may be some difficulties, some projects may be delayed, and/or there may be arguments over them, and/or there may be accidents. On the positive note, there may similarly be breakthroughs, like some tyrant is overthrown, a new mine opens, a new source of some rare metal is found, new machinery or explosives begin to be used to excavate something, etc. These situations may involve powerful engines/machinery [to cut through rocks and metal], explosions, fires, shooting, or other violence.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. 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. 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/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: Jan 12 – Mar 29, 2018  (esp. Feb 8-13) — With transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, power plays, suppression, control, extreme changes, spying, terrorism) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, stable/old/conservative entities) squaring US Chiron (healthcare, “wounded healer”) in the 5th house (stock market, casinos, performing arts, sports, children) at this time, we can expect increased concerns about the stability of the stock market and significant transformations in the related areas. For ex., there may be significant transformations in healthcare due to some governmental regulations, or, we may hear about significant restructuring by governmental entities or large corporations that destabilizes markets or healthcare, or, there may be major disruptions for businesses involving casinos, sports, theaters, etc. Transiting Chiron passing through the country’s 4th house (banks, real estate, savings, stability, homeland security, motherland, family, women-related issues, food) at the same time reinforces the focus on healthcare (esp. related to women’s heath and motherhood), stability, safety, security, banks, real-estate, healthcare and the need to heal “wounds” (vulnerabilities) in the related areas.

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APR 9, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

USA: Apr 9-10 — Increased probability of stressful news about, or anger and arguments over issues related to banks, financial institutions, rates, loans, debt, taxes, insurance, investments, as well as laws, legal acts, international relations, higher education, and immigration. The source of the tensions may be banks, financial institutions, and the value of certain large businesses or their products (esp. related to government, steel/mining/minerals, farming, and large-scale construction). For ex., banks may be angry over rates or some legal changes that affect investments or taxes; businesses in the areas above (e.g., that produce steel) may feel undervalued, overtaxed, or experience some insurance problems; financial institutions may experience problems due to taxes, insurance, loans, bad investments, etc. 

Also, there may be accidents, fires, or attacks related to financial institutions, buildings under construction, farm lands, and underground locations/activities (e.g., spying, hacking, mining, at a recycling plant, underground waste disposal, nuclear facility, etc.). Lastly, male leaders are at an increased risk of being attacked (physically or through some actions to undermine their authority, value, investments, or assets — for ex., through a scandal involving sex or taxes).

China: Apr 9-10 — Increased tensions or problems related to banks, financial institutions, rates, loans, debt, taxes, insurance, and investments. There may be disagreements over contracts and problems for businesses related to communication/transportation. Discussions and agreements may not proceed smoothly at this time as there may be too much of a confrontational attitude or disagreements over finances, investments, loans, and the value of businesses/products.

APR 10, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

USA: Increased probability of stressful news about immigration, international relations, laws, higher ed, and long distance travel/shipping. There may be disagreements about the values, contracts, and some specific details — for ex., there may be a call to review some laws or contracts because some details need to be adjusted. These details may have to do with some domestic concerns (in particular, homeland security, farming, food production, banks assets, and real estate).

USA: Apr 10-12 (esp. 11-12)— Increased probability of stressful news about banks, financial institutions, leaders, and status on the world arena. We may hear about arguments among government and military leaders or about the actions taken by governmental entities or large corporations. Some actions may clash with current restrictions — as in, some entities (esp. governmental and corporate) may not be able to do what they would like to do, or, there may be delays in taking some important actions and there will be anger and protests over that. In particular, the issues over which there may be anger or disputes may involve weapons, military, metals (esp. steel and iron), mining/minerals, and long-term large-scale construction projects (e.g., a tunnel or a bridge).  

China: Apr 10-13 (esp. 11-12) — Continued tensions or problems related to banks, financial institutions, rates, loans, debt, taxes, insurance, and investments. Also, problems, concerns, or disagreements related to oil, chemicals, navy, water, pollution, pharmaceuticals, drugs, hidden attacks, lies, deceptive maneuvers, etc. We may hear about a hidden attack, angry dispute over some lies, military tensions involving navy, military tensions because of some confusion or hidden info, problems with recycling businesses, attacks involving chemicals, drugs that help fight inflammation, protests over imprisonment/religion/pollution/trash, etc.

APR 11, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

Apr 11-12 — Increased news about oil, navy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc. The value or expenses of the related businesses, products, or services may go up — possibly due to greater demand or due to favorable actions by governmental entities/large corporate entities.

APR 12, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

China: 12-13 — Possibly, increased stock market volatility or increased risky behaviors. The increased volatility or risky moves may be triggered by some decisions by banks and/or financial institutions. For ex., some agreement is held back for re-examination, the terms of an agreement or contract are sent for a more detailed review, some [aggressive] communication is misinterpreted, some previous contract or communication is reversed, etc. 

APR 13, 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

USA: Possible concerns about communication/transportation industries (e.g., projects aren’t progressing well, sales are low, etc.), concerns about some ongoing negotiation or a contract, and/or concerns about some leader’s communication (e.g., too stubborn, egotistical, rude, or aggressive). These news may be seen as having a direct negative effect on the stock market (e.g., some negotiation isn’t progressing smoothly because one of the parties is too stubborn or pushy), or, they may spark concerns about investments, loans, rate, debt, taxes, etc. [and affect the market that way].

Also, for the US, today there may be increased public focus on oil, chemicals, navy, pollution, pharma, drugs, religion, movies, as well as real estate, homeland security, and farming. There may either be positive news about these areas (e.g., some projects are expanded), or, there may be increased interest in reviewing the related projects as they may be seen as having an understated/hidden but powerful effect on international relations, immigration, and status on the world arena. For ex., we may hear about the increased interest in promoting certain values through movies, videos, religion, inspiration, etc. — the aim may be to solve problems in a non-violent way or through obscure/hidden means (e.g., inspiration, deception, subtle persuasion, manipulation, etc.). A more subtle (even if manipulative) and/or non-invasive approach may be promoted as means of improving some domestic situation (esp. related to real estate, homeland security, and farming).

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

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

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.

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 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

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

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April 2-6, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

China: Late 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.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: The entire week— A conservative/cautious mood will likely predominate. Investors may be more inclined to stay out of any risky activities and will likely chose to play it safe with an eye on long-term profits.

Global: Early in the week— Continued increased focus on weapons, military, sports, and new leaders or projects. Also, an even stronger (compared to the prior week) probability of major earthquakes, landslides, or accidents involving major structures. Other possible stressful global events include solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. involving large/tall/old buildings or structures, tunnels, mountains, government or corporate offices, mines, etc.), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. Difficult time for governmental and corporate business leaders — they may face attacks, accidents, anger, protests, competition, etc.; we may hear about some serious fighting among governmental or corporate entities. This influence will peak around Mar 30-Apr 3. 

After this, another stressful time frame with a high likelihood of earthquakes (globally) will be around Apr 25-27 through May 11-15 (esp. May 1 and 10) (see “Glance ahead” section below). I had very little time to investigate, but both time periods, esp. the end of April through mid-May, appear to have particular significance for California and, in particular, Los Angeles, CA. I’ll have to elaborate on this when I have more time, but the upcoming transits are reminiscent of those that occurred during some of the larger earthquakes in CA. These same time frames can also coincide with other disasters (e.g., mudslides, mining accidents, building collapses, etc.), or troubles for governments and large corporations (e.g., aggressive acts, protests, anger, accidents, etc.). Lastly, the same time periods will likely coincide with important events for the coal and mining industry and any activities that involve working with stone, metals, coal, oil, etc. — there may be some difficulties, some projects may be delayed, and/or there may be arguments over them, and/or there may be accidents. On the positive note, there may similarly be breakthroughs, like some tyrant is overthrown, a new mine opens, a new source of some rare metal is found, new machinery or explosives begin to be used to excavate something, etc. These situations may involve powerful engines/machinery [to cut through rocks and metal], explosions, fires, shooting, or other violence.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. 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. 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/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: Jan 12 – Mar 29, 2018  (esp. Feb 8-13) — With transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, power plays, suppression, control, extreme changes, spying, terrorism) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, stable/old/conservative entities) squaring US Chiron (healthcare, “wounded healer”) in the 5th house (stock market, casinos, performing arts, sports, children) at this time, we can expect increased concerns about the stability of the stock market and significant transformations in the related areas. For ex., there may be significant transformations in healthcare due to some governmental regulations, or, we may hear about significant restructuring by governmental entities or large corporations that destabilizes markets or healthcare, or, there may be major disruptions for businesses involving casinos, sports, theaters, etc. Transiting Chiron passing through the country’s 4th house (banks, real estate, savings, stability, homeland security, motherland, family, women-related issues, food) at the same time reinforces the focus on healthcare (esp. related to women’s heath and motherhood), stability, safety, security, banks, real-estate, healthcare and the need to heal “wounds” (vulnerabilities) in the related areas.

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APR 2, 2018 (MON): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). Pre-open and early am — increased tensions over some governmental regulations, restrictions, losses, delays, restructuring, etc. There may also be intensified anger or protests against governmental or large corporate entities — these may be perceived as too oppressive and controlling. 

Apr 2-3 — Increased news about earthquakes, mudslides, mining, soil, rocks, metals (esp. steel and iron), and long-term construction projects. New projects or restructuring activities may be announced, a major project may come to an end (e.g., a dam or tunnel is closed), or some important structure (large, old, possibly related to some governmental activities [a monument? old mine?]) may need repairs. Also, increased probability of news about leaders who are old, male, athletic (esp. a fighter or a racer), and/or are in the military — there may be some changes in leadership, accidents, attacks, arguments, or some important leaders [or athletes] may even die. Increased tensions over military and sports-related activities; these tensions will likely involve governmental entities and/or large corporations. Newsworthy accidents at this time may involve military, athletes (esp. racers and fighters), flying objects (e.g., airplanes or helicopters) and mountains or some moving object coming to an abrupt stop.

USA: Disagreements among leaders over some domestic issue and/or minor negative news about a domestic issue related to real estate, farming, food industry, banking, savings, homeland security, etc. The problems may arise due to some entity’s arrogant, aggressive, impatient, or rash behavior. There may be concerns about the impact of the issue on the stock market, investments, rates, taxes, loans, debt, insurance, etc.

China: Apr 2-4 — Increased focus on the stock market, investments, loans, debt, rates, taxes, etc. There may be disagreements or miscommunication over some issue related to retail sales, transportation/communication businesses, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, beverages, etc. There may be concerns about someone being deceptive or there may be confusion and lack of clarity. The mood may be more aggressive and assertive, even if the decisions lead to some disagreements, loss of investments, or create problems in the areas above. Alternatively, a more assertive stance is taken to clarify the issues and avoid confusion before signing any agreements.

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

Apr 3-4 — Increased news about problems with cars, engines, fires, and accidents; communication/transportation-related businesses may suffer losses or come under scrutiny. Also, increased news about disputes on the level of governments and large corporations. Some agreements or partnerships may be re-evaluated and the parties will not be in a compromising mood. Agreements and discussion may be progressing slowly. 

APR 4, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

APR 5, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

China: Apr 5-6 (esp. the 6th) — Increased probability of an important public announcement related to banks, financial institutions, investments, rates, etc. Alternatively or additionally, some prominent public figure (likely a male leader or possibly an actor) may be featured in the news — again, probably in relation to some financial issue or in relation to some agreement or a decision about a partnership.

APR 6, 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). Even if the market goes up, the conservative/cautious mood may predominate — so, the up move may be small. And/or, investors will be more likely to consider long-term profits rather than engage in a short-term risky gamble.

Tensions may temporary subside. Increased probability of positive news (e.g., increased profits or successful projects) for industries related to mining, metals, long-term or large-scale construction, farming, and, in general, projects that involve these of natural resources, rocks, metals, and land to create some value through long-term steady effort. Also, there may be positive news  for banks and financial institutions because of some decisions by governmental entities or large corporations (e.g., we may hear about some controls, restrictions, regulations, or long-term projects — these controls/regulations may be beneficial long-term).

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

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

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.

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 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

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

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March 26-30, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

China: Late 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.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: All week (esp. early in the week)— Continued increased focus on weapons, military, sports, and new leaders or projects. Also, an even stronger (compared to the prior week) probability of major earthquakes, landslides, or accidents involving major structures. Other possible stressful global events include solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. involving large/tall/old buildings or structures, tunnels, mountains, government or corporate offices, mines, etc.), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. Difficult time for governmental and corporate business leaders — they may face attacks, accidents, anger, protests, competition, etc.; we may hear about some serious fighting among governmental or corporate entities. This influence will peak around Mar 30-Apr 3.

After this, another stressful time frame with a high likelihood of earthquakes (globally) will be around Apr 25-27 through May 11-15 (esp. May 1 and 10) (see “Glance ahead” section below). I had very little time to investigate, but both time periods, esp. the end of April through mid-May, appear to have particular significance for California and, in particular, Los Angeles, CA. I’ll have to elaborate on this when I have more time, but the upcoming transits are reminiscent of those that occurred during some of the larger earthquakes in CA. These same time frames can also coincide with other disasters (e.g., mudslides, mining accidents, building collapses, etc.), or troubles for governments and large corporations (e.g., aggressive acts, protests, anger, accidents, etc.). Lastly, the same time periods will likely coincide with important events for the coal and mining industry and any activities that involve working with stone, metals, coal, oil, etc. — there may be some difficulties, some projects may be delayed, and/or there may be arguments over them, and/or there may be accidents. On the positive note, there may similarly be breakthroughs, like some tyrant is overthrown, a new mine opens, a new source of some rare metal is found, new machinery or explosives begin to be used to excavate something, etc. These situations may involve powerful engines/machinery [to cut through rocks and metal], explosions, fires, shooting, or other violence.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. 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. 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/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: Jan 12 – Mar 29, 2018  (esp. Feb 8-13) — With transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, power plays, suppression, control, extreme changes, spying, terrorism) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, stable/old/conservative entities) squaring US Chiron (healthcare, “wounded healer”) in the 5th house (stock market, casinos, performing arts, sports, children) at this time, we can expect increased concerns about the stability of the stock market and significant transformations in the related areas. For ex., there may be significant transformations in healthcare due to some governmental regulations, or, we may hear about significant restructuring by governmental entities or large corporations that destabilizes markets or healthcare, or, there may be major disruptions for businesses involving casinos, sports, theaters, etc. Transiting Chiron passing through the country’s 4th house (banks, real estate, savings, stability, homeland security, motherland, family, women-related issues, food) at the same time reinforces the focus on healthcare (esp. related to women’s heath and motherhood), stability, safety, security, banks, real-estate, healthcare and the need to heal “wounds” (vulnerabilities) in the related areas.

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MAR 26, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%).

Global: Mar 26-30— Increased military tensions, earthquakes, mining accidents, and concerns about governmental regulations, losses, or restrictions. Also, increased focus on excavations of all sorts, digging, soil, metals (esp. steel and iron), coal, oil, commodities in general, and large-scale construction projects. Some old/weak structures (mainly buildings but also governmental structures) will be tested — there may be increased tension and things may explode (figuratively or literally).

USA: Mar 26-30— Some big plans may be announced related to international partnerships or expansion, laws/legal issues, immigration, higher education, and future goals that prioritize the country’s interests. Increased focus on the military activities and guns (e.g., gun laws, use of guns on college campuses, and/or military activities overseas). There may be tensions among leaders on how to proceed; these tensions may result in arguments and fights.

China: Mar 22-27 (esp. 24) — There may be an important announcement related to banks, financial institutions, savings, rates, cash on hand, and profits. The announcement will likely be ambitious or aggressive; it may also be related to military initiatives (esp. airplanes, air attacks, or initiatives that involve IT/computers/high tech).

China: Mar 23-26 — Increased focus on the stock market (increased volatility, concerns, or surprises), rates, sports, and entertainment industry (e.g., movie industry). There may be sudden surprising developments, an abrupt start or stop of some project, a new regulation to curb volatility or reduce risk. There may also be increased news about projects related to aerospace, airplanes, electricity, telecoms, large-scale social media initiatives, and scientific innovations. There is an increased probability of military activities, attacks, or accidents involving airplanes, fires, electricity, and/or IT, social media, or some high tech weapons (e.g., hacking, power outages, problems with computers, or negative social media coverage).

China: Mar 26-30 (esp. 27-28)— Tensions around investments, banks, financial institutions, taxes, rates, loans, lending, debt, insurance, mining, recycling, spying, oil, drugs, excessive water, soil erosion, and pollution. Serious pressure from some “hidden enemies” or hidden problems. For ex., we may hear about problems related to projects that involve burying, hiding, or dissolving things (e.g., recycling, pollution, chemicals, oil, prisons, spying, pharmaceuticals, etc.). Additionally, some secrets or lies (whether true or perpetuated by the “hidden enemies”) may threaten the wellbeing of the country and the financial investments.

MAR 27, 2018 (TUE): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%).

Mar 27-28 — Increased Forex volatility; exciting or surprising news about e-currencies (possibly a new e-currency is announced, or, we may hear about some new electronic approach to managing money/payments). Also, increased probability of surprises related to businesses, projects or initiatives related to weapons (esp. high tech, used by airplanes, weapons that use electric power or air to deliver the impact, etc.), aerospace, IT, telecoms, social media companies, electric engines, and electricity in general. The value of related products or businesses may suddenly go up or down (probably up). There may literally be some buzz or excitement in the air (esp. related to weapons, sports, new leaders, social media, Forex, or e-currencies). Some new opportunity may suddenly develop to quickly gain [or lose] significant amounts of money.

MAR 28, 2018 (WED): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65-70%). Increased concerns about someone’s leadership (likely, a male who is a government official or a high-ranking corporate officer; possibly a military leader, “macho/warrior” type, risk-taker, or an athlete), sports, military, accidents, fires, explosions, inflammatory diseases, unrests, protests, etc. A day of intensified conflicts, concerns about losses, restrictions, regulations, ill-health (of older leaders), etc. Also, increased news about mines, metals (esp. steel and iron), coal, oil, and commodities in general.

MAR 29, 2018 (TH): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). Pre-open and early am — increased news about pharmaceuticals, drugs, diseases, oil, water, navy, lies, beverages, religion, media, music, movies, etc. The news will likely be mildly stressful, but the influence will be short-lived.

USA: Increased focus on banks and financial institutions. We may hear about some negotiations and discussions that are proceeding slowly and where the parties aren’t going to easily reach an agreement. The issue will likely be something domestic (assets, real estate, farming, food, security, etc.). There may possibly be a report about losses or lower than expected sales in the related areas.

MAR 30, 2018 (FR): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%).

China: Increased focus on banks and financial institutions, investments, taxes, rates, loans, lending, debt, insurance, mining, oil, recycling, and spying. We may hear about some negotiations and agreements. The agreement may be difficult to each at this time as some details will be missing, unclear, or deceptive. Also, the parties trying to reach an agreement, finalize a sale, etc. will likely approach the issue from opposing perspectives. If an agreement is reached at this time, it may be incomplete, vague, and will likely be re-assessed in the near future.

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

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

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.

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 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

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

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March 19-23, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China: 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.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: All week — Increased focus on weapons, military, sports, and new leaders or projects. Also, the probability of major earthquakes, landslides, or accidents involving major structures will begin to rise, esp. from March 25 onward, and peak around Mar 30-Apr 3. Then, as already mentioned in the “Glance ahead” section, Apr 25-27 through May 11-15 (esp. May 1 and 10) look like another stressful time frame with a high likelihood of earthquakes (globally). I had very little time to investigate, but both time periods, esp. the end of April through mid-May, appear to have particular significance for California and, in particular, Los Angeles, CA. I’ll have to elaborate on this when I have more time, but the upcoming transits are reminiscent of those that occurred during some of the larger earthquakes in CA. These same time frames can also coincide with other disasters (e.g., mudslides, mining accidents, building collapses, etc.), or troubles for governments and large corporations (e.g., aggressive acts, protests, anger, accidents, etc.). Lastly, the same time periods will likely coincide with important event for the coal and mining industry and any activities that involve working with stone, metals, coal, oil, etc. — there may be some difficulties, some projects may be delayed, and/or there may be arguments over them, and/or there may be accidents. On the positive note, there may similarly be breakthroughs, like some tyrant is overthrown, a new mine opens, a new source of some rare metal is found, new machinery or explosives begin to be used to excavate something, etc. These situations may involve powerful engines/machinery [to cut through rocks and metal], explosions, fires, shooting, or other violence.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. 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. 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/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: Jan 12 – Mar 29, 2018  (esp. Feb 8-13) — With transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, power plays, suppression, control, extreme changes, spying, terrorism) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, stable/old/conservative entities) squaring US Chiron (healthcare, “wounded healer”) in the 5th house (stock market, casinos, performing arts, sports, children) at this time, we can expect increased concerns about the stability of the stock market and significant transformations in the related areas. For ex., there may be significant transformations in healthcare due to some governmental regulations, or, we may hear about significant restructuring by governmental entities or large corporations that destabilizes markets or healthcare, or, there may be major disruptions for businesses involving casinos, sports, theaters, etc. Transiting Chiron passing through the country’s 4th house (banks, real estate, savings, stability, homeland security, motherland, family, women-related issues, food) at the same time reinforces the focus on healthcare (esp. related to women’s heath and motherhood), stability, safety, security, banks, real-estate, healthcare and the need to heal “wounds” (vulnerabilities) in the related areas.

China: Jan 1- Mar 21, 2018 (esp. Feb 27-28 through Mar 2)— An important public announcement or event (or several connected announcements/events) related to international partnerships (esp. military), weapons, attacks, sports, aggressive or risky moves (e.g., in response to a perceived attack seen as jeopardizing physical or financial security), and/or real estate, banks, mortgages, food industry or homeland security. There may be a stand-off or a conflict between the interests of the country and perceived interests of partners (or enemies). The announcement or the event may be to demonstrate [possibly in some dramatic manner] power and a commitment to protecting interests and/or to reinforce important relationships (esp. military or involving sports or weapons).

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.

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MAR 19, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). Increased news about sales, negotiations, or arguments over weapons, military, and sports-related issues. The focus may be on the associated expenses, value of something, or profits. The news will probably be neutral or positive overall (e.g., sales are proceeding smoothly, an agreement is signed, the value has increased, etc.). Also, there may be news about some leader becoming sick, a leader or a prominent person related to navy, pharmaceuticals, oil, drugs, poisons, pollution, religion, movies, etc. The situation may involve confusion or secrecy.

USA: Early am or pre-open — Increased focus on the leaders (esp. old and conservative), banks, and financial institutions. There may be concerns about or disagreements over their value, worth, compensation, likability, or femininity.

MAR 20, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%). As on Mon, increased news about weapons, military, and sports-related issues. The focus will likely be on sales, agreements, the associated expenses, value of something, or profits. The news will probably be neutral or positive overall (e.g., sales are proceeding smoothly, an agreement is signed, the value has increased, etc.).

Mar 20-21 — Increased news about new leaders and projects, esp. male, brave, impatient, rude, or aggressive leaders, and activities related to weapons, military, sports, racing, protests, fires, explosions, and accidents. A project may be seen as a “first of its kind” or risky.

USA: Mar 20-23 (esp. 22-23) — Increased focus on finance, profits, women, and relationships with international partners. There may be disagreements over prices, costs, profits, value, worth, or compensation. Some new project or vision that focuses on promoting the needs or goals of the country will be seen as too restrictive or aggressive by the partners; the partners may feel that they are not properly valued, treated unfairly, or that the agreements/deals cheat them out of their profits.

China: Mar 22-27 (esp. 24) — There may be an important announcement related to banks, financial institutions, savings, rates, cash on hand, and profits. The announcement will likely be ambitious or aggressive; it may also be related to military initiatives (esp. airplanes, air attacks, or initiatives that involve IT/computers/high tech).

MAR 21, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%).

MAR 22, 2018 (TH): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%). Regardless of the direction, there may be a greater than average market move.

Mar 22-23 — Increased focus on banks, financial  institutions, investments, profits, rates, taxes, loans, debt, etc. Some new projects may be announced in the related areas (e.g., some new way to reduce taxes or avoid governmental regulations). These new initiatives (new bank rates?) may be started by governmental entities or large corporations. Alternatively, the new approach or initiative may be in response to the regulations by governmental entities or to compensate for the restrictions placed by large corporate players. There may even be a protest against financial regulations, and/or, we may see increased risky short term bets.

Mar 22-23 — Increased focus on guns and violence, fires, accidents, explosions, military threats, weapons, arguments, protests (prob. against governmental entities or large corporations), aggression, military stand-offs, and new leaders (esp. male, aggressive, etc.). Leaders (esp. male) are more prone to accidents or to being hurt at this time. This general influence is described in more detailed in the weekly overview. Thur-Fr are the peak days; the influence will test some people’s patience [under pressure or an attack].

MAR 23, 2018 (FR): Very strong influence; market may possibly go down (85%). Regardless of the direction, there may be a greater than average market move.

China: Mar 23-26 — Increased focus on the stock market (increased volatility, concerns, or surprises), rates, sports, and entertainment industry (e.g., movie industry). There may be sudden surprising developments, an abrupt start or stop of some project, a new regulation to curb volatility or reduce risk. There may also be increased news about projects related to aerospace, airplanes, electricity, telecoms, large-scale social media initiatives, and scientific innovations. There is an increased probability of military activities, attacks, or accidents involving airplanes, fires, electricity, and/or IT, social media, or some high tech weapons (e.g., hacking, power outages, problems with computers, or negative social media coverage).

Global and USA: Mar 24 (Sat) looks very tense with increased probability of attacks, accidents, military activities, etc. There may be increased news about guns, explosions, etc. as well as an increased search for a peaceful solution to a potential stand-off of some sort — through an agreement or partnership, or by offering a compromise. For the US, this influence will highlight some concerns about finance, profits, cash, agreements, or partnerships; the negotiations at this time may be very tense.

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>>>> Glance ahead (updated):

NEW Global: Mar 26-30— Forex volatility (mainly 27-28 only), increased military tensions, earthquakes, mining accidents, and concerns about governmental regulations, losses, or restrictions. Also, increased focus on excavations of all sorts, digging, soil, commodities, and large-scale construction projects. Some old/weak structures (mainly buildings but also governmental structures) will be tested — there may be increased tension and things may explode (figuratively or literally).

NEW USA: Mar 26-30— Some big plans may be announced related to international partnerships or expansion, laws/legal issues, immigration, higher education, and future goals that prioritize the country’s interests. Increased focus on the military activities and guns (e.g., gun laws, use of guns on college campuses, and/or military activities overseas). There may be tensions among leaders on how to proceed; these tensions may result in arguments and fights.

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

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.

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 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

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

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March 12-16, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China: 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.

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: All week (esp.14-15) — Increased probability of accidents, explosions, attacks, fires, protests, etc. that involve navy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pollution, water, oil, hospitals, prisons, places of worship or higher education, immigration, and deception. This may involve governmental entities or large corporations, old buildings, soil [erosion], mountains, earthquakes, mining, wind or moving/flying objects, transportation in general (esp. international), and an excess of water, oil, or chemicals. For ex., there may be protests against an international entity because of its use of chemicals, oil, or drugs; or, an explosion at sea may pollute water with oil or chemicals; or, an explosion may lead to flooding or mudslides; etc.

Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. 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. 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/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: Jan 12 – Mar 29, 2018  (esp. Feb 8-13) — With transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, power plays, suppression, control, extreme changes, spying, terrorism) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, stable/old/conservative entities) squaring US Chiron (healthcare, “wounded healer”) in the 5th house (stock market, casinos, performing arts, sports, children) at this time, we can expect increased concerns about the stability of the stock market and significant transformations in the related areas. For ex., there may be significant transformations in healthcare due to some governmental regulations, or, we may hear about significant restructuring by governmental entities or large corporations that destabilizes markets or healthcare, or, there may be major disruptions for businesses involving casinos, sports, theaters, etc. Transiting Chiron passing through the country’s 4th house (banks, real estate, savings, stability, homeland security, motherland, family, women-related issues, food) at the same time reinforces the focus on healthcare (esp. related to women’s heath and motherhood), stability, safety, security, banks, real-estate, healthcare and the need to heal “wounds” (vulnerabilities) in the related areas.

China: Jan 1- Mar 21, 2018 (esp. Feb 27-28 through Mar 2)— An important public announcement or event (or several connected announcements/events) related to international partnerships (esp. military), weapons, attacks, sports, aggressive or risky moves (e.g., in response to a perceived attack seen as jeopardizing physical or financial security), and/or real estate, banks, mortgages, food industry or homeland security. There may be a stand-off or a conflict between the interests of the country and perceived interests of partners (or enemies). The announcement or the event may be to demonstrate [possibly in some dramatic manner] power and a commitment to protecting interests and/or to reinforce important relationships (esp. military or involving sports or weapons).

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.

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MAR 12, 2018 (MON): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%).

On Mar 12-13 (Mon-Tue), there may be concerns over financial issues, military/weapons-related issues, or about sufficient sales/earnings. Likely, tense few days with market going down. Increased tensions over weapons, military or aggressive actions; concerns over excessive governmental controls or restrictions over new initiatives; arguments between governmental leaders (or conservative business leaders) and military leaders, or, between old/cautious and young/new/aggressive leaders; concerns about banks, earnings, or financial issues. Also, increased probability of fires or accidents involving weapons, explosions, sharp objects, etc. Some oil-, chemicals-, navy-, water-, religion-, etc. related object or entity may get damaged, attacked, or be used in an attack. The situation will likely involve international entities.

Mar 7-14 — Discussions/concerns about a new product or initiative (esp. related to weapons, military, racing, surgery, or sports) introduced last week being overpriced or too expensive (or about insufficient funds to support it) may intensify over the next few days and peak on Mar 9-13. Similarly, new leaders introduced last week may be questioned — are they worth what they are paid, can they live up to their potential, are they able to increase the earnings, etc.

Mar 8-13 — Positive news about businesses or products related to aerospace, IT, telecoms, electricity, electric cars, high tech, electronics, etc. (e.g., international projects progress well, new projects are easily approved, supportive laws are passed, new technological solution is found, etc.). On the 12-13th (esp. the 12th), the news may be less positive than last week and/or possibly surprising (e.g., government or a large corporation makes a surprising ruling that affects and IT business, telecom company, etc.).

USA: Mar 12-13 — Increased concerns about the real-estate, land, farms, banks, financial institutions, and rates. Some issue may be confusing, unclear, or uncertain. The uncertainty may result in a cautious or conservative approach among investors. Additionally, there may be concerns about water, chemicals, navy, poisons, deception, pharmaceuticals, drugs, oil, religion, beverages, movies, etc. A male (or masculine) leader or a prominent company may be seen as doing something shady, hiding info, or lying.

MAR 13, 2018 (TUE): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%).

MAR 14, 2018 (WED):Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%).

USA: Increased focus on leaders and their communication or agreements (someone’s words may be perceived unfavorably, there may be an intense discussion, or a noteworthy agreement may be reached by sides who don’t easily agree). Also, possibly increased news about communication and transportation businesses, stock market, retail sales, loans, mortgages, rates, insurance, and taxes.

MAR 15, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%).

USA: Increased focus on the real-estate, land, farms, banks, financial institutions, and rates. We may hear about a new development or a decision by some leader (person or a company) that will shed the light on a confusing issue.

MAR 16, 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%).

USA: Increased focus on governmental entities and large corporations, esp. those related to banking and finance. There may be concerns about some communication, agreements, decisions, or sales. Also, increased news about finance in general and about the stock market, investments, rates, loans, insurance, and taxes. There may be fluctuations in the value, price, or costs associated with products or entities related to banking, real estate, rates, or land — the changes may be seen as negatively impacting the market, rates, taxes, insurance, or loans (e.g., there may be concerns about the price of the real-estate and mortgage rates).

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

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

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.

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 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.

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

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