November 12 – 16, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global/USA/China/OIL: Nov 12-20, 2018 look mostly down; Nov 19-20 will likely see larger than usual market moves (regardless of the direction). There will likely be increased focus on oil, gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, drugs, pollution, infestation, navy, water, religion, lies, deception, healthcare, movies, etc. as well as retail sales, communication/transportation, social media, negotiations, and agreements. For ex: concerns about the availability of oil, problems with its transportation, increased sales or transportation of oil (esp. over water), increased sales or transportation of chemicals, gas/oil leaks, water pollution, negotiations (esp. related to navy, oil, etc.) that are confusing and uncertain, movie about navy or religion etc. that confuses the crowds or misrepresents something, public upset over some social media video sharing (video itself or the website), difficult negotiations among companies that sell drugs/chemicals, excessive rains/snow impeding transportation (esp. by car or plane), etc. 

The negotiations or arrangements related to the issues above may reverse from Nov 12-16 to 19-20, possibly due to new considerations involving international relations, laws, judgements, immigration, and long distance travel/shipping. The issues or negotiations may be temporarily set aside or put on pause until further evaluation or legal actions. The negotiations or issues related to oil, chemicals, pharma, etc. that come up at this time will be revisited around Dec 19 – 24 (esp. Dec 24; albeit an early close for the US markets, 12/24 looks like an important day with markets likely going down — possibly due to the same issues [oil, pharma, etc.], but also due to upsetting news about the real estate, banks’ assets, food industry, or homeland security).

For China, this same period will coincide with increased focus on partnerships, agreements, negotiations, and the status on the world arena in the area of commerce and transportation. There may be increased and uncomfortable negotiations — the situation may involve steel and minerals, governmental entities and large corporations, as well as navy or oil. The negotiations may be confusing, unclear, poorly defined, involve deception, and/or be at odds with the more structured/controlled approach the country may prefer. The problems may involve lack of clarity in communications, dissolution of some agreements, and/or loss of control over the structure of some agreements/partnerships. 

For the US, during this same period and through Nov 26 (so Nov 2 – 26, esp. on Nov 23) there will be increased focus on currency, monetary policies, the price of gold/silver (may go up), as well as retail sales and communication/transportation (incl. social media) companies. 

Global: Oct 22 – Dec 07 (esp. Oct 22-24 and Nov 27 – Dec 4) — increased probability of surprising news related to banks and financial institutions — possibly about some agreements, partnerships, legal negotiations, rates, loans, fin tech, e-currencies, and/or leadership. The news may involve a sudden turn of events, volatility (esp. in e-currencies), a gamble, casinos, or an unexpected change and may affect large groups of people (e.g., a famous wealthy actor/politician/leader does something daring in front of the crowd, a casino owner makes an extraordinary large bet, a bank starts a new project that is seen as a large gamble, traders engage in riskier behaviors than usual, etc.). 

Global: Over the summer (May-Sep 2018), Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs had supported optimistic/hopeful mood and, as expected, there was an overall upward trend in the markets. The trine has been dissipating since September, so that supportive influence is no longer there. At the same time, as we approach and enter 2019, we will slowly begin to experience the effects of the upcoming Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. This time period will likely see major geopolitical changes, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, changes in the governance structure or leadership of key power player countries/corporations, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, as well as North Node and Jupiter, this may 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. “A whole lotta shakin’” will be going on. This general global trend has begun in 2018 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. 

To evaluate which countries or companies may be affected the most, additional research would be needed, but at a glance it appears that USA, China, Belgium, Czech Republic, Serbia, Greece, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Vietnam, and European Union may be affected.

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: Oct 22 – Nov 30 (esp. Nov 6-16) — Increased focus on international relations, long distance transportation, higher education, immigration, legal negotiations, laws, judges, lawyers, etc. We may hear about significant changes, limitations, controls, reduction, losses, conservative attitudes, or restructuring in these areas. The changes will likely occur on the level of government and large corporations. There may be concerns about the legal status of the changes or that the changes may affect some laws negatively. The source of changes will probably be some new goals and vision for the country or possibly new leadership. The focus will be on the country’s needs even if those are at odds with existing partnership arrangements and agreements. The partners may not appreciate the changes and see the US as too inflexible, conservative, or rigid. Update 11.11.18: Fitting with the prediction above, on 11-08-18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell and fractured 3 ribs. Putting together the ongoing stressful opposition transit from Saturn (loss, delay, restructuring, constraints, authority figure, old age, poor health, bones/teeth, calcification, lack of mobility, death, etc.) to US Jupiter (law, judges, legal system, immigration, foreign affairs, etc.) and the upcoming tense transits to the judge’s natal chart, I think it is very likely that she will soon leave the position. I haven’t analyzed Ginsburg’s chart in depth, but I see tense transits coming up for her around Nov 25-27, 2018 — at that time, she may experience difficulties with breathing, communicating, or moving around, and/or will have to be extra disciplined with herself (physical therapy?) when performing these functions. She may also simply feel extra tired. Additionally, she is entering a period of a few months when she will experience a slow and transformational opposition/square form transiting Pluto to her Pluto and Uranus, respectively. Around February 1-2, 2010, Pluto transit will be very tight and Mars will additionally be passing exactly over her Uranus and squaring her Pluto. This will likely be a time of a major transformation for Ginsburg, incl. job change and increased health risks (e.g., more falls). Previously, in June 2012, she similarly fractured two ribs  when transiting Saturn opposed her Uranus and squared her Pluto. I will be surprised if she doesn’t leave around Feb 2019. If she doesn’t, there is an even more stressful time for her coming up in May – June 2019. In particular, early to mid June 2019 looks like super tense time for ALL. Unfortunately for Ginsburg, tense transits at that time will apply pressure to the planets in her horoscope and this may manifest as health concerns.

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NOV 12, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). Increased focus on secrets/lies/spying/hacking involving governments or large corporations, as well as mining, steel, metals, stone/rocks, nuclear power, recycling, insurance, taxes, loans, rates, etc. 

Nov 12-13 — There may also be increased focus on banks, as well as farmers, women ,and children (e.g., due to some surprising events possibly involving food, farming, homeland security, rates, and savings). 

NOV 13, 2018 (TUE): Medium  influence; market may possibly go down (60%).   

NOV 14, 2018 (WED): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

NOV 15, 2018 (TH): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). 

NOV 16, 2018 (FR): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (55%). As mentioned in the weekly summary above, I expect the following Mon-Tue (Nov 19-20) to be days of big moves (esp. Mon morning), but it is possible that Fr, Nov 16 will already begin to experience this influence (esp. in the afternoon). Also, the direction may reverse from Fr to Mon (probably from down to up).

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>>>> Glance ahead (updated):

Global: Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2018 (esp. Nov 28 – Dec 1) — There may be greater than usual Forex moves (esp. EUR/USD) or concerns about currencies, incl. e-currencies (the value of e-currencies may drop). The market may drop (esp. Nov 30).

NEW China: Nov 20 – Dec 8, 2018 (esp. Nov 25-27) — Increased concerns about the leaders (at the level of government and large corporations), increased regulations/restrictions, steel, mining, banks, rates, loans, taxes, as well as international partnerships. Also, tensions or restrictions related to navy/chemicals,/oil/etc. The source of tensions or concerns may be related to navy, water, secret enemies, secret negotiations, deception, pollution, illnesses, and unclear terms. For ex., some vague restriction is applied [by or on a governmental or corporate entity] but because the restriction is vague it is difficult to comply with the rules; or, the rules are easily circumvented by using a loophole because the rules are not specific enough.

Global: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased probability of accidents [esp. maritime], aggressive moves/fighting, or disasters related to [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions [volcano? oil pipes?], fires at a chemical plant/oil rig/oil processing plant, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. These days may also see a significant market drop (esp. 4-7); at least, there will likely be major market moves. Also, there may be news about problems related to the military personnel (esp. navy), sports and athletes — there may be news about drugs, alcohol, cheating, doping, poisoning, or some deception.

China: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased concerns related to partnerships, agreements, as well as governmental controls and restrictions. These may involve [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. The country may feel like it is under attack and feel threatened. Additionally, there may be problems related to old structures, earthquakes, mudslides, pollution, instability of some barriers, water erosion, fires, explosions, and/or problems with prisons, monasteries, or hospitals. The issue may be hidden, under ground or under water, and possibly result in some contamination/spread of disease or anger.

USA: Dec 17-22 (esp. Dec 20), 2018 — Increased focus on oil, gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, drugs, epidemic, navy, water, beverages, deception, secret enemies, poisoning, pollution, elderly or unwell individuals, addictions, etc. There may be concerns about a military stand-off over one of the issues above or an upsetting incident involving one or more of the above (e.g., an accident involving navy, an attack involving a mentally unstable person, a fire on an oil rig, spread of some contagious decease involving fever and bodily fluids, anger over healthcare, maritime accidents, serious snowstorms, news about athletes doping or cheating, etc.). There may also be increased military tensions, discussions related to guns or weapons, increased military preparations (to defend homeland or assist needy individuals who can’t care for themselves), and tense negotiations with partners that may involve a show of strength [some assertive or risky move, use of military, sales of weapons, etc.].

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: Jan 20-22, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. At this time, there may also be increased fluctuations of the related commodities and products, incl. metals, chemicals, oil, and minerals.

NEW China: Jan 20-26 (esp. the 25th), 2019 — Increased probability of an important announcement about banks, savings, earnings, assets, or real estate. It may involve an aggressive or risky decision and may cause upset or concerns about stability/profits. Also, there may be increased concerns about earthquakes, vague restrictions, regulations related to navy/chemicals,/oil/steel/etc., and/or tensions related to navy, water, old buildings, and structures that may be unstable, built on water [reclaimed land], sandy soil (due to liquefaction-induced damage?), or built in secret/without proper preparation/using inappropriate materials (incl. toxic chemicals).

Global: Apr 4 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be fluctuations in the price of related businesses, commodities or products, incl. oil, steel, chemicals, mining companies, companies that own/operate power plants or recycling facilities, etc. 

Global: Apr 24-26, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving water, oil, gas, poisons, chemicals, mental issues, delusion, and drugs). For ex., some mentally unstable or drugged up person may attack a business related to education, transportation, or media; or, there may be a strong earthquake followed by a tsunami or problems with contaminated water; or, some healthcare epidemic or poisoning triggers a need for greater governmental controls (esp. over food supplies); and so on.

Global: May 3 – 10 (esp. 5-8), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, disasters, military tensions, and a strong move in the markets (probably down — could be a drop on  May 5-7 followed by a reversal to up by the 10th).

Global/OIL: Jun 8-22 (+- several days; esp. 10, 14, 18, and 19), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. Super tense time; the more I look at it, the worse it looks. 😰 This may be a time of some truly large disaster or an event that will affect large groups of people (e.g., a large earthquake accompanied by a tsunami and followed by oil/gas leaks and explosions). Alternatively, there may be several disasters at the same time. June 10, 14, 18, and 19 look the worst. At this time, markets may experience several strong down days as well. There may also be some serious geopolitical tensions and restructuring at this time. Some governmental powers and/or leadership may be challenged and some countries may worry about their borders/independence/security. There will also be increased focus on immigration, laws, and foreign relations. The influence is not going to dissolve quickly but rather this may be a time that sees some events that set other events in motion, and/or are themselves a culmination of some tensions (geopolitical and/or in the Earth’s crust). In terms of the market, this period will likely see a very significant move (likely down). Additionally, there will likely be important events and price fluctuations related to OIL and derived product (e.g., some chemicals) —  there may be an overabundance of oil, conflicts over oil, oil prices reaching some extreme point (high or low), etc. Taken into consideration other transits at this time, this may be due to some weather-related disaster, major accident(s), or war(s). Similarly to OIL, at this period there will likely be increased tensions or adjustments in prices (big drops/rallies) related to immigration, foreign relations, laws, pharmaceuticals (incl. various plant-based drugs [marijuana/cannabis stocks?]; possibly due to problems with farming, land, safety/security, or governmental regulations), religion, beverages, music, movies, video equipment, etc. Lastly, there will likely be increased news about banks and savings — there may be concerns about the safety of investments, issues with real estate, concerns about governmental controls/restrictions/regulations, concerns about safety (due to wars/attacks/quakes/etc.), etc.  

Global: Oct 27 – Nov 4 (+- several days; esp. Oct 27 and Nov 4), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires,  and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be increased focus on agreements, contracts, tariffs, and negotiations related to steel, minerals, mining, nuclear power, and recycling. There may be tensions surrounding these topics and/or their availability may be restricted (either because of some disasters/accidents or artificially [through tariffs or governmental regulations]).

Global: Dec 29, 2019 – Jan 15 (esp. Jan 9-12), 2020 — Increased probability of a major geopolitical event and/or some disaster (manmade or natural, incl. earthquakes, mudslides, storms, power loss, contagious disease epidemic, nuclear accident, collapse of a recycling plant or a mine, etc.). There may be an official public announcement about a new law, new treaty, new legal decision, creation of a new bloc of countries, separation of some long-term partner countries (“exit” from a bloc), etc. The event will have an international significance and affect large numbers of people; issues related to foreign affairs, immigration, and long-distance transportation will be prominent. This may be some country [or a large established corporation] breaking up into smaller territories [companies], territories uniting to create a country, a country undergoing a complete change in the government/leadership (leaders may die or be violently removed), major trial of some leader in court, court(s) deciding on  legality of some country’s actions against another country, etc. In particular, China and the US may be affected, as well as large established corporations and old/established/conservative leaders (they may die), as well as industries related to recycling, nuclear power, steel, mining, oil, spying, hacking, etc. Markets may experience larger than average moves at that time (probably down initially, but may then turn up after some legal document is signed or some agreement is finalized). The market moves may possibly due to concerns about US/China trade or relationships, and/or, some new legal international arrangements/goals/partnerships (possibly initiated by the US).

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.

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

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

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November 05 – 09, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions & Some new predictions for 2019-2020

LONG-TERM:

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Oct 22 – Dec 07 (esp. Oct 22-24 and Nov 27 – Dec 4) — increased probability of surprising news related to banks and financial institutions — possibly about some agreements, partnerships, legal negotiations, rates, loans, fin tech, e-currencies, and/or leadership. The news may involve a sudden turn of events, volatility (esp. in e-currencies), a gamble, casinos, or an unexpected change and may affect large groups of people (e.g., a famous wealthy actor/politician/leader does something daring in front of the crowd, a casino owner makes an extraordinary large bet, a bank starts a new project that is seen as a large gamble, traders engage in riskier behaviors than usual, etc.). 

Global: Over the summer (May-Sep 2018), Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs had supported optimistic/hopeful mood and, as expected, there was an overall upward trend in the markets. The trine has been dissipating since September, so that supportive influence is no longer there. At the same time, as we approach and enter 2019, we will slowly begin to experience the effects of the upcoming Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. This time period will likely see major geopolitical changes, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, changes in the governance structure or leadership of key power player countries/corporations, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, as well as North Node and Jupiter, this may 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. “A whole lotta shakin’” will be going on. This general global trend has begun in 2018 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. 

To evaluate which countries or companies may be affected the most, additional research would be needed, but at a glance it appears that USA, China, Belgium, Czech Republic, Serbia, Greece, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Vietnam, and European Union may be affected.

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: Oct 22 – Nov 30 (esp. Nov 6-16) — Increased focus on international relations, long distance transportation, higher education, immigration, legal negotiations, laws, judges, lawyers, etc. We may hear about significant changes, limitations, controls, reduction, losses, conservative attitudes, or restructuring in these areas. The changes will likely occur on the level of government and large corporations. There may be concerns about the legal status of the changes or that the changes may affect some laws negatively. The source of changes will probably be some new goals and vision for the country or possibly new leadership. The focus will be on the country’s needs even if those are at odds with existing partnership arrangements and agreements. The partners may not appreciate the changes and see the US as too inflexible, conservative, or rigid.

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NOV 05, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

NOV 06, 2018 (TUE): Medium-Strong  influence; market may possibly go down (60%).   

Nov 6-8, 2018 (esp. the 7th) — Increased probability of earthquakes, accidents, mudslides, collapses of older structures or issues with underground locations (e.g., mines), protests (esp. anti-government), attacks, hackings, problems with power supplies, damaging lightening strikes, or some other unpleasant sudden surprises. There may be concerns about stability of soil/ground and/or of the financial institutions or currencies. There may also be concerns about violence or weapons and about their regulations. 

NOV 07, 2018 (WED): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). Expect larger than the usual market moves.

NOV 08, 2018 (TH): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

USA: Nov 8-10 (esp. the 9th) — Increased focus on banks, currency/monetary policy, investments, rates, loans, debt, mining, food (safety or production), homeland security, safety of women and children, as well as retail sales and communication/transportation businesses. Price of gold and silver  may be affected (probably down).

NOV 09, 2018 (FR): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

USA/Global: Nov 9, 2018 — increased news about currencies and possibly greater than usual currency value fluctuations (USD possibly up; and possibly due to some aggressive or risky actions). At the same time, there may be a greater than usual change in the price of gold/silver (possibly down).  

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>>>> Glance ahead (updated):

NEW Global/USA/China/OIL: Nov 12-20, 2018 look mostly down; Nov 19-20 will likely see larger than usual market moves (regardless of the direction). There will likely be increased focus on oil, gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, drugs, pollution, infestation, navy, water, religion, lies, deception, healthcare, movies, etc. as well as retail sales, communication/transportation, social media, negotiations, and agreements. For ex: concerns about the availability of oil, problems with its transportation, increased sales or transportation of oil (esp. over water), increased sales or transportation of chemicals, gas/oil leaks, water pollution, negotiations (esp. related to navy, oil, etc.) that are confusing and uncertain, movie about navy or religion etc. that confuses the crowds or misrepresents something, public upset over some social media video sharing (video itself or the website), difficult negotiations among companies that sell drugs/chemicals, excessive rains/snow impeding transportation (esp. b car or plane), etc. 

The negotiations or arrangements related to the issues above may reverse from Nov 12-16 to 19-20, possibly due to new considerations involving international relations, laws, judgements, immigration, and long distance travel/shipping. The issues or negotiations may be temporarily set aside or put on pause until further evaluation or legal actions. The negotiations or issues related to oil, chemicals, pharma, etc. that come up at this time will be revisited around Dec 19 – 24 (esp. Dec 24; albeit an early close for the US markets, 12/24 looks like an important day with markets likely going down — possibly due to the same issues [oil, pharma, etc.], but also due to upsetting news about the real estate, banks’ assets, food industry, or homeland security).

For China, this same period will coincide with increased focus on partnerships, agreements, negotiations, and the status on the world arena in the area of commerce and transportation. There may be increased and uncomfortable negotiations — the situation may involve steel and minerals, governmental entities and large corporations, as well as navy or oil. The negotiations may be confusing, unclear, poorly defined, involve deception, and/or be at odds with the more structured/controlled approach the country may prefer. The problems may involve lack of clarity in communications, dissolution of some agreements, and/or loss of control over the structure of some agreements/partnerships. 

Fo the US, during this same period and through Nov 26 (so Nov 2 – 26, esp. on Nov 23) there will be increased focus on currency, monetary policies, the price of gold/silver (may go up), as well as retail sales and communication/transportation (incl. social media) companies. 

Global: Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2018 (esp. Nov 28 – Dec 1) — There may be greater than usual Forex moves (esp. EUR/USD) or concerns about currencies, incl. e-currencies (the value of e-currencies may drop). The market may drop (esp. Nov 30).

Updated Global: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased probability of accidents [esp. maritime], aggressive moves/fighting, or disasters related to [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions [volcano? oil pipes?], fires at a chemical plant/oil rig/oil processing plant, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. These days may also see a significant market drop (esp. 4-7); at least, there will likely be major market moves. Also, there may be news about problems related to the military personnel (esp. navy), sports and athletes — there may be news about drugs, alcohol, cheating, doping, poisoning, or some deception.

NEW USA: Dec 17-22 (esp. Dec 20), 2018 — Increased focus on oil, gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, drugs, epidemic, navy, water, beverages, deception, secret enemies, poisoning, pollution, elderly or unwell individuals, addictions, etc. There may be concerns about a military stand-off over one of the issues above or an upsetting incident involving one or more of the above (e.g., an accident involving navy, an attack involving a mentally unstable person, a fire on an oil rig, spread of some contagious decease involving fever and bodily fluids, anger over healthcare, maritime accidents, serious snowstorms, news about athletes doping or cheating, etc.). There may also be increased military tensions, discussions related to guns or weapons, increased military preparations (to defend homeland or assist needy individuals who can’t care for themselves), and tense negotiations with partners that may involve a show of strength [some assertive or risky move, use of military, sales of weapons, etc.].

China: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased concerns related to partnerships, agreements, as well as governmental controls and restrictions. These may involve [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. The country may feel like it is under attack and feel threatened. Additionally, there may be problems related to old structures, earthquakes, mudslides, pollution, instability of some barriers, water erosion, fires, explosions, and/or problems with prisons, monasteries, or hospitals. The issue may be hidden, under ground or under water, and possibly result in some contamination/spread of disease or anger.

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: Jan 20-22, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. At this time, there may also be increased fluctuations of the related commodities and products, incl. metals, chemicals, oil, and minerals.

Global: Apr 4 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be fluctuations in the price of related businesses, commodities or products, incl. oil, steel, chemicals, mining companies, companies that own/operate power plants or recycling facilities, etc. 

Global: Apr 24-26, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving water, oil, gas, poisons, chemicals, mental issues, delusion, and drugs). For ex., some mentally unstable or drugged up person may attack a business related to education, transportation, or media; or, there may be a strong earthquake followed by a tsunami or problems with contaminated water; or, some healthcare epidemic or poisoning triggers a need for greater governmental controls (esp. over food supplies); and so on.

NEW Global: May 3 – 10 (esp. 5-8), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, disasters, military tensions, and a strong move in the markets (probably down — could be a drop on  May 5-7 followed by a reversal to up by the 10th).

Global/OIL: Jun 8-22 (+- several days; esp. 10, 14, 18, and 19), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. Super tense time; the more I look at it, the worse it looks. 😰 This may be a time of some truly large disaster or an event that will affect large groups of people (e.g., a large earthquake accompanied by a tsunami and followed by oil/gas leaks and explosions). Alternatively, there may be several disasters at the same time. June 10, 14, 18, and 19 look the worst. At this time, markets may experience several strong down days as well. There may also be some serious geopolitical tensions and restructuring at this time. Some governmental powers and/or leadership may be challenged and some countries may worry about their borders/independence/security. There will also be increased focus on immigration, laws, and foreign relations. The influence is not going to dissolve quickly but rather this may be a time that sees some events that set other events in motion, and/or are themselves a culmination of some tensions (geopolitical and/or in the Earth’s crust). In terms of the market, this period will likely see a very significant move (likely down). Additionally, there will likely be important events and price fluctuations related to OIL and derived product (e.g., some chemicals) —  there may be an overabundance of oil, conflicts over oil, oil prices reaching some extreme point (high or low), etc. Taken into consideration other transits at this time, this may be due to some weather-related disaster, major accident(s), or war(s). Similarly to OIL, at this period there will likely be increased tensions or adjustments in prices (big drops/rallies) related to immigration, foreign relations, laws, pharmaceuticals (incl. various plant-based drugs [marijuana/cannabis stocks?]; possibly due to problems with farming, land, safety/security, or governmental regulations), religion, beverages, music, movies, video equipment, etc. Lastly, there will likely be increased news about banks and savings — there may be concerns about the safety of investments, issues with real estate, concerns about governmental controls/restrictions/regulations, concerns about safety (due to wars/attacks/quakes/etc.), etc.  

Global: Oct 27 – Nov 4 (+- several days; esp. Oct 27 and Nov 4), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires,  and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be increased focus on agreements, contracts, tariffs, and negotiations related to steel, minerals, mining, nuclear power, and recycling. There may be tensions surrounding these topics and/or their availability may be restricted (either because of some disasters/accidents or artificially [through tariffs or governmental regulations]).

NEW Global: Dec 29, 2019 – Jan 15 (esp. Jan 9-12), 2020 — Increased probability of a major geopolitical event and/or some disaster (manmade or natural, incl. earthquakes, mudslides, storms, power loss, contagious disease epidemic, nuclear accident, collapse of a recycling plant or a mine, etc.). There may be an official public announcement about a new law, new treaty, new legal decision, creation of a new bloc of countries, separation of some long-term partner countries (“exit” from a bloc), etc. The event will have an international significance and affect large numbers of people; issues related to foreign affairs, immigration, and long-distance transportation will be prominent. This may be some country [or a large established corporation] breaking up into smaller territories [companies], territories uniting to create a country, a country undergoing a complete change in the government/leadership (leaders may die or be violently removed), major trial of some leader in court, court(s) deciding on  legality of some country’s actions against another country, etc. In particular, China and the US may be affected, as well as large established corporations and old/established/conservative leaders (they may die), as well as industries related to recycling, nuclear power, steel, mining, oil, spying, hacking, etc. Markets may experience larger than average moves at that time (probably down initially, but may then turn up after some legal document is signed or some agreement is finalized). The market moves may possibly due to concerns about US/China trade or relationships, and/or, some new legal international arrangements/goals/partnerships (possibly initiated by the US).

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

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

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

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

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

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October 29 – November 02, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Oct 22 – Dec 07 (esp. Oct 22-24 and Nov 27 – Dec 4) — increased probability of surprising news related to banks and financial institutions — possibly about some agreements, partnerships, legal negotiations, rates, loans, fin tech, e-currencies, and/or leadership. The news may involve a sudden turn of events, volatility (esp. in e-currencies), a gamble, casinos, or an unexpected change and may affect large groups of people (e.g., a famous wealthy actor/politician/leader does something daring in front of the crowd, a casino owner makes an extraordinary large bet, a bank starts a new project that is seen as a large gamble, traders engage in riskier behaviors than usual, etc.). 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA: As during the previous several weeks — Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability. There may also be news about increased governmental regulations, controls, and restructuring (to contain losses, improve long-term outlook, save money, etc.). This influence has peaked over the past 2 weeks and will very gradually lessen over time.

USA: Oct 22 – Nov 30 (esp. Nov 6-16) — Increased focus on international relations, long distance transportation, higher education, immigration, legal negotiations, laws, judges, lawyers, etc. We may hear about significant changes, limitations, controls, reduction, losses, conservative attitudes, or restructuring in these areas. The changes will likely occur on the level of government and large corporations. There may be concerns about the legal status of the changes or that the changes may affect some laws negatively. The source of changes will probably be some new goals and vision for the country or possibly new leadership. The focus will be on the country’s needs even if those are at odds with existing partnership arrangements and agreements. The partners may not appreciate the changes and see the US as too inflexible, conservative, or rigid.

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OCT 29, 2018 (MON): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). 

Oct 29-30 — Busy news days with focus on finance, banks, loans, rates, currencies, earnings, profits, etc. as well as mining, recycling, secrets (esp. secret deals, secret negotiations, secret international arrangements, secret transportation, secret sales, sales of forbidden items [drugs, human trafficking, etc.]), spying, underground locations, immigration, and international negotiations. There may be important announcements affecting large groups of people, announcements about or by famous/wealthy individuals (esp. related to finance, fashion, and females), events related to finance/earnings/banking/rates that take large groups of people by surprise (e.g., some secret deals may be revealed or some financial negotiations may take a surprising turn). Additionally, we may hear about unexpected losses or profits (esp. related to e-currencies, Forex, and bank rates/debt/loans as well as aerospace, airlines, telecoms, IT, high tech, and electric vehicles) — these may be due to technical malfunctioning (e.g., network or power is down), accidents, hacking, rogue individuals doing something unpopular to become famous (e.g., someone sells a trade secret), or some other surprising developments (incl. some invention or new power source). Issues related to finance and currencies that come up this week may re-emerge or come to some conclusion Nov 26 – Dec 2 (esp. Nov 28- Dec 1).

Oct 29-30 — Increased news about some international sale, travel, or shipment and about the communication/transportation industry in general. We may hear about an important sale or international shipment, international laws, immigration, etc. These events may be occurring in secret, involve some manipulation, hidden agenda, underground locations, unsavory or even illegal methods/products (e.g., recyclables, trash, drugs, discarded materials [e.g., from mining operations]). Also, increased news about education, religion, and cultural exchanges (e.g., about religious teachings, places of education, places of worship, education of immigrants, etc.) — there may be discussions about whether some teachings or places are legal, legitimate, secretive, or if they promote the “correct” values.  

Oct 29 – Nov 02 (esp. Oct 29-31) — High volatility; stronger than usual market moves possible (esp. currencies, incl. e-currencies). Increased news about Forex, esp. EUR-USD (esp. Oct 30-31).

OCT 30, 2018 (TUE): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%).   

OCT 31, 2018 (WED): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). Increased focus on new international negotiations, shipments, sales, transportation,  and laws. We may hear about the results of/next steps after the conclusion of international negotiations from Oct 29-30. Also, some important [international] shipment may arrive and now a new phase of the sale or transportation may begin according to international laws or arrangements (e.g., a shipment of recyclables is found to contain illegal contaminants and now a decision needs to be made about where to re-route it to or how to properly sell/transport the materials). 

NOV 01, 2018 (TH): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

NOV 02, 2018 (FR): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

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>>>> Glance ahead (updated):

Global: Nov 6-8, 2018 (esp. the 7th) — Increased probability of earthquakes, accidents, mudslides, collapses of older structures or issues with underground locations (e.g., mines), protests (esp. anti-government), problems with power supplies, damaging lightening strikes, or some other unpleasant sudden surprises. There may be concerns about stability of soil/ground and/or of the financial institutions or currencies.  

USA/Global: Nov 9, 2018 — increased news about currency and possibly greater than usual currency value fluctuations (possibly up; and possibly due to some aggressive or risky actions). At the same time, there may be a greater than usual change in the price of gold/silver (possibly down).  

Updated Global: Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2018 (esp. Nov 28 – Dec 1) — There may be greater than usual Forex moves (esp. EUR/USD) or concerns about currencies, incl. e-currencies (the value of e-currencies may drop). The market may drop (esp. Nov 30).

Global: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased probability of accidents, aggressive moves/fighting, or disasters related to [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions [volcano? oil pipes?], etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. These days may also see a significant market drop (esp. 4-7); at least, there will likely be major market moves.

China: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased concerns related to partnerships, agreements, as well as governmental controls and restrictions. These may involve [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. The country may feel like it is under attack and feel threatened. Additionally, there may be problems related to old structures, earthquakes, mudslides, pollution, instability of some barriers, water erosion, fires, explosions, and/or problems with prisons, monasteries, or hospitals. The issue may be hidden, under ground or under water, and possibly result in some contamination/spread of disease or anger.

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: Jan 20-22, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. At this time, there may also be increased fluctuations of the related commodities and products, incl. metals, chemicals, oil, and minerals.

Global:  Apr 4 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be fluctuations in the price of related businesses, commodities or products, incl. oil, steel, chemicals, mining companies, companies that own/operate power plants or recycling facilities, etc. 

Global:  Apr 24-26, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving water, oil, gas, poisons, chemicals, mental issues, delusion, and drugs). For ex., some mentally unstable or drugged up person may attack a business related to education, transportation, or media; or, there may be a strong earthquake followed by a tsunami or problems with contaminated water; or, some healthcare epidemic or poisoning triggers a need for greater governmental controls (esp. over food supplies); and so on.

Updated Global/OIL: Jun 8-22 (+- several days; esp. 10, 14, 18, and 19), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. Super tense time; the more I look at it, the worse it looks. 😰 This may be a time of some truly large disaster or an event that will affect large groups of people (e.g., a large earthquake accompanied by a tsunami and followed by oil/gas leaks and explosions). Alternatively, there may be several disasters at the same time. June 10, 14, 18, and 19 look the worst. At this time, markets may experience several strong down days as well. There may also be some serious geopolitical tensions and restructuring at this time. Some governmental powers and/or leadership may be challenged and some countries may worry about their borders/independence/security. There will also be increased focus on immigration, laws, and foreign relations. The influence is not going to dissolve quickly but rather this may be a time that sees some events that set other events in motion, and/or are themselves a culmination of some tensions (geopolitical and/or in the Earth’s crust). In terms of the market, this period will likely see a very significant move (likely down). Additionally, there will likely be important events and price fluctuations related to OIL and derived product (e.g., some chemicals) —  there may be an overabundance of oil, conflicts over oil, oil prices reaching some extreme point (high or low), etc. Taken into consideration other transits at this time, this may be due to some weather-related disaster, major accident(s), or war(s). Similarly to OIL, at this period there will likely be increased tensions or adjustments in prices (big drops/rallies) related to immigration, foreign relations, laws, pharmaceuticals (incl. various plant-based drugs [marijuana/cannabis stocks?]; possibly due to problems with farming, land, safety/security, or governmental regulations), religion, beverages, music, movies, video equipment, etc. Lastly, there will likely be increased news about banks and savings — there may be concerns about the safety of investments, issues with real estate, concerns about governmental controls/restrictions/regulations, concerns about safety (due to wars/attacks/quakes/etc.), etc. 

Global: Oct 27 – Nov 4 (+- several days; esp. Oct 27 and Nov 4), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires,  and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be increased focus on agreements, contracts, tariffs, and negotiations related to steel, minerals, mining, nuclear power, and recycling. There may be tensions surrounding these topics and/or their availability may be restricted (either because of some disasters/accidents or artificially [through tariffs or governmental regulations]).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 22 – 26, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: All week (esp. Oct 24)— Increased probability of accidents, explosions, fires, attacks, violent protests, hacks, mis-firing, electric fires, power outages, etc. Also, increased problems with batteries or energy supplies, electric vehicles, high speed objects, high speed trading, telecoms, networks, etc. This may especially involve electricity, aerospace (e.g., planes, rockets, drones, etc.), IT, e-currencies, and power plants. The cause for the issues may be drought, excessive power, excessive trading volume, volatility, instability, lightening strikes, volcanic activity, etc. 

Global: Oct 22 – Dec 07 (esp. Oct 22-24 and Nov 27 – Dec 4) — increased probability of surprising news related to banks and financial institutions — possibly about some agreements, partnerships, legal negotiations, rates, loans, fin tech, e-currencies, and/or leadership. The news may involve a sudden turn of events, volatility (esp. in e-currencies), a gamble, casinos, or an unexpected change and may affect large groups of people (e.g., a famous wealthy actor/politician/leader does something daring in front of the crowd, a casino owner makes an extraordinary large bet, a bank starts a new project that is seen as a large gamble, traders engage in riskier behaviors than usual, etc.). 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA: As during the previous several weeks — Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability. There may also be news about increased governmental regulations, controls, and restructuring (to contain losses, improve long-term outlook, save money, etc.). This influence has peaked over the past 2 weeks and will very gradually lessen over time.

USA: Oct 22 – Nov 30 (esp. Nov 6-16) — Increased focus on international relations, long distance transportation, higher education, immigration, legal negotiations, laws, judges, lawyers, etc. We may hear about significant changes, limitations, controls, reduction, losses, conservative attitudes, or restructuring in these areas. The changes will likely occur on the level of government and large corporations. There may be concerns about the legal status of the changes or that the changes may affect some laws negatively. The source of changes will probably be some new goals and vision for the country or possibly new leadership. The focus will be on the country’s needs even if those are at odds with existing partnership arrangements and agreements. The partners may not appreciate the changes and see the US as too inflexible, conservative, or rigid.

China: Increased focus on rates, debt, taxes, tariffs, as well as military, weapons, and conflicts. There will probably be increased tensions and negotiations related to the above as well as navy, oil, chemicals, pollution, detection, lies, hidden agendas/manipulation, disagreements with trading partners and/or over transportation/sales. Agreements/negotiations at this time may involve deception, aggression, and manipulation. The country may make assertive moves (or even use military power, although diplomatically) to pursue its own goals and priorities in the areas above (e.g., oil supplies or navy). This influence is particularly strong this week, esp. on Oct 24-25 when there is an especially strong possibility of an aggressive confrontation with partners or taking a hard line in some negotiation. 

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OCT 22, 2018 (MON): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). The down influence is stronger globally than for the US. 

Oct 22-24 — “In the mood for gambling”; high volatility. Increased news about important/famous persons and leaders (e.g., politicians, actors, heads of companies), esp. those in industries related to IT, telecoms, electricity, power generation, aerospace, high tech, etc., and/or, those who  are eccentric, prone to making risky moves, are involved in gambling or own casinos, or often act in unpredictable ways. Such persons may make surprising announcements, act in surprising or even shocking ways, or make sudden surprising decisions (e.g., about a beginning/ending of some project, cutting off supplies or power, ending an agreement or entering into an unexpected partnership, etc.). Additionally, there’s an increased probability of surprising news related to banks and financial institutions — possibly about some agreements, partnerships, legal issues, rates, loans, fin tech, e-currencies, and/or leadership. The news may involve a sudden turn of events, volatility (esp. in e-currencies), a gamble, casinos, or an unexpected change which may affect large groups of people (e.g., a famous wealthy actor does something daring in front of the crowd, a casino owner makes an extraordinary large bet, a bank starts a new project that is seen as a large gamble, a new e-currency rallies and then falls, a data breach at a financial institution is announced, a CTO of some large bank quits, some airline receives negative publicity [with its CEO getting extra attention], etc.). 

USA: Oct 22-23 — Increased probability of positive news about international relations, long distance transportation, immigration, legal negotiations, judges, lawyers, etc. We may hear about successful projects in those areas, increased profits, or some initiatives proceeding smoothly.  

China: Oct 22-23 — Increased focus on the country’s leadership and status in the world as a financial super-power. Increased sales or negotiations involving various debt holdings, investments, loans, rates, real estate, and bank assets. Increased focus on the stock market; possibly increased volatility and risky moves.

OCT 23, 2018 (TUE): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). The down influence is stronger globally than for the US.  

OCT 24, 2018 (WED): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%). 

China: Oct 24-25 — Strong possibility of an aggressive confrontation with partners or taking a hard line in some negotiation. The country will not be in a compromising mood. China may perceive that its partners are threatening it or that its partnerships are under a threat. Also, there may be increased focus on power plants, nuclear power, recycling, and power/military negotiations.

OCT 25, 2018 (TH): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go up (60%). 

OCT 26, 2018 (FR): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go up (60-65%). 

USA: Increased probability of positive news about the market, investments, retail sales, communications, negotiations, etc.

China: Minor negative or disappointing news about some goals or vision for the country — this may be related to workforce, farming, homeland security, safety [esp. of women and children], and food production. For ex., profits could be less than expected, expenses are higher than planned, or some financial developments [that are beneficial to the US] might make the goal harder to achieve. 

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

Global: Nov 6-8, 2018 (esp. the 7th) — Increased probability of earthquakes, accidents, mudslides, collapses of older structures or issues with underground locations (e.g., mines), protests (esp. anti-government), problems with power supplies, damaging lightening strikes, or some other unpleasant sudden surprises. There may be concerns about stability of soil/ground and/or of the financial institutions or currencies.  

USA/Global: Nov 9, 2018 — increased news about currency and possibly greater than usual currency value fluctuations (possibly up; and possibly due to some aggressive or risky actions). At the same time, there may be a greater than usual change in the price of gold/silver (possibly down).  

Global: Dec 1-2, 2018 — There may also be greater than usual Forex moves (esp. EUR/USD) or concerns about currencies, incl. e-currencies (the value of e-currencies may drop). 

Global: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased probability of accidents, aggressive moves/fighting, or disasters related to [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions [volcano? oil pipes?], etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. These days may also see a significant market drop (esp. 4-7); at least, there will likely be major market moves.

China: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased concerns related to partnerships, agreements, as well as governmental controls and restrictions. These may involve [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. The country may feel like it is under attack and feel threatened. Additionally, there may be problems related to old structures, earthquakes, mudslides, pollution, instability of some barriers, water erosion, fires, explosions, and/or problems with prisons, monasteries, or hospitals. The issue may be hidden, under ground or under water, and possibly result in some contamination/spread of disease or anger.

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.

Jan 20-22, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. At this time, there may also be increased fluctuations of the related commodities and products, incl. metals, chemicals, oil, and minerals.

 Apr 4 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be fluctuations in the price of related businesses, commodities or products, incl. oil, steel, chemicals, mining companies, companies that own/operate power plants or recycling facilities, etc. 

 Apr 24-26, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving water, oil, gas, poisons, chemicals, mental issues, delusion, and drugs). For ex., some mentally unstable or drugged up person may attack a business related to education, transportation, or media; or, there may be a strong earthquake followed by a tsunami or problems with contaminated water; or, some healthcare epidemic or poisoning triggers a need for greater governmental controls (esp. over food supplies); and so on.

Jun 14-18 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. Super tense time. 😰 This may be a time of some truly large disaster or an event that will affect large groups of people (e.g., a large earthquake accompanied by a tsunami and followed by oil/gas leaks and explosions). Alternatively, there may be several disasters at the same time. June 14 and 18 look the worst. At this time, markets may experience several strong down days as well. There may also be some serious geopolitical tensions and restructuring at this time. Some governmental powers and/or leadership may be challenged and some countries may worry about their borders/independence/security. There will also be increased focus on immigration, laws, and foreign relations. 

Oct 27 – Nov 4 (+- several days; esp. Oct 27 and Nov 4), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires,  and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be increased focus on agreements, contracts, tariffs, and negotiations related to steel, minerals, mining, nuclear power, and recycling. There may be tensions surrounding these topics and/or their availability may be restricted (either because of some disasters/accidents or artificially [through tariffs or governmental regulations]).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 15 – 19, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA: As during the previous several weeks — Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability. There may also be news about increased governmental regulations, controls, and restructuring (to contain losses, improve long-term outlook, save money, etc.). This week, the influence is the strongest on Oct 15-16; it has peaked over the last 1-2 weeks and will very gradually lessen over time.

China: Increased focus on rates, debt, taxes, tariffs, as well as military, weapons, and conflicts. There will probably be increased tensions and negotiations related to the above as well as navy, oil, chemicals, pollution, detection, lies, hidden agendas/manipulation, disagreements with trading partners and/or over transportation/sales. Agreements/negotiations at this time may involve deception, confusion, or misinformation. The country may make assertive moves (or even use military power, although diplomatically) to pursue its own goals and priorities in the areas above (e.g., oil supplies or navy).

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OCT 15, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). 

Oct 15-16 — Increased news days with focus on finance institutions, rates, debt, insurance, taxes, mining, recycling, etc. as well as social media, communication/transportation companies in general (we may hear about their earnings and possibly some expansion [in the US], retail sales, and currency exchange. There may also be increased news about some hidden issues and money sources/exchanges — like underground pollution, secrets, spying, buried “treasure,” secret sources of income, illegal money, tax evasions, illegal transportation or sale of something valuable (e.g., human trafficking, sex slaves), black markets (using e-currencies on such markets?), etc.

USA: Oct 15-17 — Increased news about the communication/transportation companies, social media, and retail sales as well as about rates, loans, mining, drugs/pharmaceuticals, and excavation. We may hear about some expansion (which may have previously been kept secret), increased inventory, legal issues or laws, as well as some agreements/contracts/negotiations. There may also be concerns about the leadership (esp. on Oct 16-17) — this may have to do with a contract, partners not getting along, or possibly legal issues (esp. related to some secrets, lies, and movies/music/drugs). Lastly, there may be news about the expanded sales or transportation of oil, drugs, and chemicals, as well as issues with food related to drugs/chemicals (e.g., some issue of food pollution may come up or legal concerns about some food that is also a drug; for oil or some chemical, it may be something along the lines of accumulating large secret or underground inventory which motivates the increased sales — the inventory may be larger than is communicated). 

China: Tensions over some legal issues, laws, and/or international relationships. Some obstacle or international tensions may arise in the areas related to taxes, rates, and investments and areas related to hidden enemies, secret problems, pollution, healthcare, recycling, navy, etc. The problems may involve legal limitations or incompatible laws that are not helpful for asserting power in the areas related to debt, rates, and investments — some international laws or entities may create hidden obstacles to what the country would like to do. China’s response may be to make a risky/bold move to overcome the obstacle(s).

OCT 16, 2018 (TUE): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%).    

OCT 17, 2018 (WED): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%). There may be a big drop on Oct 17-18.

Oct 17 — Increased likelihood of an important public announcement related to leaders or famous persons (e.g., politicians, actors, company heads, etc.) — their popularity may go down slightly or they may become popular for the “wrong” reasons (e.g., because they protest or act rebellious, or, act in a way that is not socially approved). The announcement may be related to women and/or involve companies dealing with power generation, electricity, IT, high tech, telecoms, or aerospace (e.g., some issue about the earnings of women in IT). 

Oct 17-19 (esp. the 18th)— Increased probability of problems for companies or products related to power generation, electricity, IT, high tech, telecoms, or aerospace. There may be accidents, bad weather (esp. strong winds, storms, and fires), power outages, disrupted transportation, problems with sales, problems with engines, interrupted communications, etc. (e.g., there may be concerns about electric cars or airplanes). There may also be tensions or issues related to athletes and sports — there may be increased news about some arguments, fights, or misconduct. 

Oct 17-19 — Increased focus on oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, music, drugs, poisons, pollution, water, etc. — there may be increased activities related to sales or transportation of the related products or companies. The news will probably be along the lines of increased sales, abundance of inventory, too much water/flooding, pollution, increased movement of inventory (or water, or chemical, or pollutant, etc.) from one place to another, secret sales or secret transportation of the related products, undetected or hidden spills/pollution, etc. 

China: Increased focus on new projects, goals, and vision for the future — it may involve security/safety (esp. of women, children, and food). There may also be announcements of new projects related to electricity, IT, high tech, telecoms, or aerospace. 

OCT 18, 2018 (TH): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65-70%). 

OCT 19, 2018 (FR): Medium-Strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%). Likely, a reversal compared to Oct 17-18 regardless of the direction). Increased news about and/or price fluctuations for gold and silver (possibly up). Today, the mood may be more optimistic and a greater number of investors may be in the mood for risky moves. At the same time, many may also react extra emotionally and drop some holdings. Possibly, the market goes up in the morning after a big drop on 17-18 and then investors dump the stocks on Fr. afternoon.

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

Global: Nov 6-8, 2018 (esp. the 7th) — Increased probability of earthquakes, accidents, mudslides, collapses of older structures or issues with underground locations (e.g., mines), protests (esp. anti-government), problems with power supplies, damaging lightening strikes, or some other unpleasant sudden surprises. There may be concerns about stability of soil/ground and/or of the financial institutions or currencies.  

USA/Global: Nov 9, 2018 — increased news about currency and possibly greater than usual currency value fluctuations (possibly up; and possibly due to some aggressive or risky actions). At the same time, there may be a greater than usual change in the price of gold/silver (possibly down).  

Global: Dec 1-2, 2018 — There may also be greater than usual Forex moves (esp. EUR/USD) or concerns about currencies, incl. e-currencies (the value of e-currencies may drop). 

Global: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased probability of accidents, aggressive moves/fighting, or disasters related to [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions [volcano? oil pipes?], etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. These days may also see a significant market drop (esp. 4-7); at least, there will likely be major market moves.

China: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased concerns related to partnerships, agreements, as well as governmental controls and restrictions. These may involve [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. The country may feel like it is under attack and feel threatened. Additionally, there may be problems related to old structures, earthquakes, mudslides, pollution, instability of some barriers, water erosion, fires, explosions, and/or problems with prisons, monasteries, or hospitals. The issue may be hidden, under ground or under water, and possibly result in some contamination/spread of disease or anger.

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.

Jan 20-22, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. At this time, there may also be increased fluctuations of the related commodities and products, incl. metals, chemicals, oil, and minerals.

 Apr 4 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be fluctuations in the price of related businesses, commodities or products, incl. oil, steel, chemicals, mining companies, companies that own/operate power plants or recycling facilities, etc. 

 Apr 24-26, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving water, oil, gas, poisons, chemicals, mental issues, delusion, and drugs). For ex., some mentally unstable or drugged up person may attack a business related to education, transportation, or media; or, there may be a strong earthquake followed by a tsunami or problems with contaminated water; or, some healthcare epidemic or poisoning triggers a need for greater governmental controls (esp. over food supplies); and so on.

Jun 14-18 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. Super tense time. 😰 This may be a time of some truly large disaster or an event that will affect large groups of people (e.g., a large earthquake accompanied by a tsunami and followed by oil/gas leaks and explosions). Alternatively, there may be several disasters at the same time. June 14 and 18 look the worst. At this time, markets may experience several strong down days as well. There may also be some serious geopolitical tensions and restructuring at this time. Some governmental powers and/or leadership may be challenged and some countries may worry about their borders/independence/security. There will also be increased focus on immigration, laws, and foreign relations. 

Oct 27 – Nov 4 (+- several days; esp. Oct 27 and Nov 4), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires,  and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be increased focus on agreements, contracts, tariffs, and negotiations related to steel, minerals, mining, nuclear power, and recycling. There may be tensions surrounding these topics and/or their availability may be restricted (either because of some disasters/accidents or artificially [through tariffs or governmental regulations]).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 08 – 12, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA: As during the previous several weeks — Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability. There may also be news about increased governmental regulations, controls, and restructuring (to contain losses, improve long-term outlook, save money, etc.). This week, the influence is the strongest on Oct 8-9.

China: Oct 1 – 8 — Increased focus on investments, loans, rates, and partnership agreements. There may be increased negotiations and requests for clarification. On Oct 8 (next Mon), we may hear an important public announcement related to these matters (e.g., the country clarifies its position on some agreement) — this may be to clarify some misunderstanding, or, it may relate to oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, etc. 

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OCT 08, 2018 (MON): n/a (oops — markets weren’t closed for the holiday)

USA: Oct 5-8 — Increased probability of positive news for businesses and products related to IT, telecoms, cloud computing, aerospace, electricity, power generation, and high tech. We may hear about improved components, engines, power, speed, and distribution logistics. New products or services may be advertised as being faster, more powerful, etc. Alternatively, we may hear about new initiatives to improve products in the areas above or new projects aimed at providing better service (e.g., improved electric cars, improved internet connection, faster network, better airplanes, modernized electric grid, etc.).

USA: Oct 8  (next Mon)— Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about some agreements, discussions, or negotiations (possibly due to legal issues, which may be minor but still would need to be addressed before the agreement can be signed). The discussions or agreements may be triggering concerns about growth, stability, or security of financial organizations and their investments. There may also be concerns about insurance companies and taxes; this may again have to do with agreements and arrangements involving multiple partners and/or larger organizational groups. Perhaps, not all partners see eye-to-eye or the agreements have too much fine print and negotiations cannot proceed until all the details are worked out (esp. legal details). 

China: Oct 8  (next Mon)— We may hear an important public announcement related to investments, loans, rates, and partnership agreements (e.g., the country clarifies its position on some agreement). This may be to clarify some misunderstanding, or, it may relate to oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, etc. 

OCT 09, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%).  Likely, greater than usual market moves — possibly, due to some agreements, partnerships, or negotiations. 

Oct 9-10 — Increased focus on e-currencies, fintech, banks/financial institutions as well as social media companies (or more generally, communication companies that rely heavily on IT/high tech) — we may hear about some sudden changes, contracts, agreements/disagreements, negotiations, abrupt start/stop of some communication, intermittent power losses or connectivity issues.   

OCT 10, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

Oct 10-11 — Increased concerns about the value or businesses or products related to IT, high tech, electric cars/engines, aerospace, IT, power generation, batteries, electricity, etc. We may hear about products being overpriced or about an excessive investment into making something work that may not be worth it (e.g., taking a large loan to continue manufacturing some product or to support some initiative in the areas above). 

Oct 10-11 — Increased concerns about negotiations, partnerships, and agreements involving governmental entities or large corporations (esp. related to steel, minerals, power generation, nuclear power, recycling, and projects that involve excavation or occur under ground).

OCT 11, 2018 (TH): Weak-Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

OCT 12, 2018 (FR): Weak-Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%).  

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

Global: Nov 6-8, 2018 (esp. the 7th) — Increased probability of earthquakes, accidents, mudslides, collapses of older structures or issues with underground locations (e.g., mines), protests (esp. anti-government), problems with power supplies, damaging lightening strikes, or some other unpleasant sudden surprises. There may be concerns about stability of soil/ground and/or of the financial institutions or currencies.  

USA/Global: Nov 9, 2018 — increased news about currency and possibly greater than usual currency value fluctuations (possibly up; and possibly due to some aggressive or risky actions). At the same time, there may be a greater than usual change in the price of gold/silver (possibly down).  

Global: Dec 1-2, 2018 — There may also be greater than usual Forex moves (esp. EUR/USD) or concerns about currencies, incl. e-currencies (the value of e-currencies may drop). 

Global: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased probability of accidents, aggressive moves/fighting, or disasters related to [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions [volcano? oil pipes?], etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. These days may also see a significant market drop (esp. 4-7); at least, there will likely be major market moves.

China: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased concerns related to partnerships, agreements, as well as governmental controls and restrictions. These may involve [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. The country may feel like it is under attack and feel threatened. Additionally, there may be problems related to old structures, earthquakes, mudslides, pollution, instability of some barriers, water erosion, fires, explosions, and/or problems with prisons, monasteries, or hospitals. The issue may be hidden, under ground or under water, and possibly result in some contamination/spread of disease or anger.

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.

Jan 20-22, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. At this time, there may also be increased fluctuations of the related commodities and products, incl. metals, chemicals, oil, and minerals.

 Apr 4 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be fluctuations in the price of related businesses, commodities or products, incl. oil, steel, chemicals, mining companies, companies that own/operate power plants or recycling facilities, etc. 

 Apr 24-26, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving water, oil, gas, poisons, chemicals, mental issues, delusion, and drugs). For ex., some mentally unstable or drugged up person may attack a business related to education, transportation, or media; or, there may be a strong earthquake followed by a tsunami or problems with contaminated water; or, some healthcare epidemic or poisoning triggers a need for greater governmental controls (esp. over food supplies); and so on.

Jun 14-18 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. Super tense time. 😰 This may be a time of some truly large disaster or an event that will affect large groups of people (e.g., a large earthquake accompanied by a tsunami and followed by oil/gas leaks and explosions). Alternatively, there may be several disasters at the same time. June 14 and 18 look the worst. At this time, markets may experience several strong down days as well. There may also be some serious geopolitical tensions and restructuring at this time. Some governmental powers and/or leadership may be challenged and some countries may worry about their borders/independence/security. There will also be increased focus on immigration, laws, and foreign relations. 

Oct 27 – Nov 4 (+- several days; esp. Oct 27 and Nov 4), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires,  and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be increased focus on agreements, contracts, tariffs, and negotiations related to steel, minerals, mining, nuclear power, and recycling. There may be tensions surrounding these topics and/or their availability may be restricted (either because of some disasters/accidents or artificially [through tariffs or governmental regulations]).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 01 – 05, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

Global: Mid-May, 2018  through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.  

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA: As during the previous several weeks — Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability. There may also be news about increased governmental regulations, controls, and restructuring (to contain losses, improve long-term outlook, save money, etc.). This week, the influence is the strongest on Oct 1-2 (esp. afternoon of the 1st).

China: Oct 1 – 8 — Increased focus on investments, loans, rates, and partnership agreements. There may be increased negotiations and requests for clarification. On Oct 8 (next Mon), we may hear an important public announcement related to these matters (e.g., the country clarifies its position on some agreement) — this may be to clarify some misunderstanding, or, it may relate to oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, etc. 

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OCT 01, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

USA: Increased probability of mildly positive news for businesses and products related to IT, telecoms, aerospace, electricity, power generation, and high tech. We may hear about improved leadership as well as  status and  opportunities on the global market.

Sep 29 – Oct 02, 2018  — Increased probability of accidents or bad weather involving fires, hot weather, wind, explosions, water (e.g., steam, floods, hurricanes, etc.), chemicals, and electric power disruptions. There may be fights over a body of water or involving navy, a body of water may be poisoned, some chemical may explode, some drug may be urgently needed to treat some infectious disease (because of a flare-up or an epidemic), etc. There is also an increased probability of earthquakes, building collapses, explosions of old structures, etc. (esp. Oct 1 afternoon). These news may be accompanied by news about head trauma, cuts, bullet wounds, fire arms, electric or suddenly spreading fires, fires or explosions involving planes or air-borne objects, or involve military (e.g., a military leader is injured, military personnel [esp. navy] is mobilized, etc.).

Oct 1 -2 (esp. the 2nd) — Increased focus on some tough negotiations; partnerships and agreements may be re-evaluated and even broken. The negotiations may involve steel, minerals, coal, etc. as well as governmental controls and large corporations. One or more partners may see the agreement as too restrictive; similarly, one or more partners may be too inflexible as well as use underhanded/manipulative techniques. Also, increased news about security (esp. involving governmental entities and large corporations). 

OCT 02, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%).   

OCT 03, 2018 (WED): Weak-Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%).  

OCT 04, 2018 (TH): Weak-Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). There may be disagreements or arguments over the value of some derivatives, rates, loans, debt, and investments. There may also be arguments involving female leaders and issues related to women’s safety, reproduction, or financial security. 

OCT 05, 2018 (FR): Weak-Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%).  

USA: Oct 5-8 — Increased probability of positive news for businesses and products related to IT, telecoms, cloud computing, aerospace, electricity, power generation, and high tech. We may hear about improved components, engines, power, speed, and distribution logistics. New products or services may be advertised as being faster, more powerful, etc. Alternatively, we may hear about new initiatives to improve products in the areas above or new projects aimed at providing better service (e.g., improved electric cars, improved internet connection, faster network, better airplanes, modernized electric grid, etc.).

USA: Oct 8  (next Mon)— Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about some agreements, discussions, or negotiations (possibly due to legal issues, which may be minor but still would need to be addressed before the agreement can be signed). The discussions or agreements may be triggering concerns about growth, stability, or security of financial organizations and their investments. There may also be concerns about insurance companies and taxes; this may again have to do with agreements and arrangements involving multiple partners and/or larger organizational groups. Perhaps, not all partners see eye-to-eye or the agreements have too much fine print and negotiations cannot proceed until all the details are worked out (esp. legal details). 

China: Oct 8  (next Mon)— We may hear an important public announcement related to investments, loans, rates, and partnership agreements (e.g., the country clarifies its position on some agreement). This may be to clarify some misunderstanding, or, it may relate to oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, etc. 

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>>>> Glance ahead (updated):

Nov 6-8, 2018 (esp. the 7th) — Increased probability of earthquakes, accidents, mudslides, collapses of older structures or issues with underground locations (e.g., mines), protests (esp. anti-government), problems with power supplies, damaging lightening strikes, or some other unpleasant sudden surprises. There may be concerns about stability of soil/ground and/or of the financial institutions or currencies.  

NEW Dec 1-2, 2018 — There may also be greater than usual Forex moves (esp. EUR/USD) or concerns about currencies, incl. e-currencies (the value of e-currencies may drop). 

NEW Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased probability of accidents, aggressive moves/fighting, or disasters related to [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions [volcano? oil pipes?], etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. These days may also see a significant market drop (esp. 4-7); at least, there will likely be major market moves.

NEW China: Dec 3-8, 2018 (esp. the 4th and the 6th) — Increased concerns related to partnerships, agreements, as well as governmental controls and restrictions. These may involve [hot] water (e.g., flooding, steam explosions, underwater explosions, etc.), navy, oil, chemicals, religion, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and/or some deception. The country may feel like it is under attack and feel threatened. Additionally, there may be problems related to old structures, earthquakes, mudslides, pollution, instability of some barriers, water erosion, fires, explosions, and/or problems with prisons, monasteries, or hospitals. The issue may be hidden, under ground or under water, and possibly result in some contamination/spread of disease or anger.

USA/Global: Nov 9, 2018 — increased news about currency and possibly greater than usual currency value fluctuations (possibly up; and possibly due to some aggressive or risky actions). At the same time, there may be a greater than usual change in the price of gold/silver (possibly down).  

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.

Jan 20-22, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. At this time, there may also be increased fluctuations of the related commodities and products, incl. metals, chemicals, oil, and minerals.

 Apr 4 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be fluctuations in the price of related businesses, commodities or products, incl. oil, steel, chemicals, mining companies, companies that own/operate power plants or recycling facilities, etc. 

 Apr 24-26, 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters (esp. involving water, oil, gas, poisons, chemicals, mental issues, delusion, and drugs). For ex., some mentally unstable or drugged up person may attack a business related to education, transportation, or media; or, there may be a strong earthquake followed by a tsunami or problems with contaminated water; or, some healthcare epidemic or poisoning triggers a need for greater governmental controls (esp. over food supplies); and so on.

Jun 14-18 (+- several days), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, protests, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, gas leaks, and other disasters. Super tense time. 😰 This may be a time of some truly large disaster or an event that will affect large groups of people (e.g., a large earthquake accompanied by a tsunami and followed by oil/gas leaks and explosions). Alternatively, there may be several disasters at the same time. June 14 and 18 look the worst. At this time, markets may experience several strong down days as well. There may also be some serious geopolitical tensions and restructuring at this time. Some governmental powers and/or leadership may be challenged and some countries may worry about their borders/independence/security. There will also be increased focus on immigration, laws, and foreign relations. 

Oct 27 – Nov 4 (+- several days; esp. Oct 27 and Nov 4), 2019 — Increased probability of earthquakes, mudslides, building collapses, accidents, explosions, attacks, protests, fires,  and other disasters (esp. involving underground or hidden/dark locations, mountains, nuclear power plants, recycling plants, terrorism, violence, etc.). There may also be increased focus on agreements, contracts, tariffs, and negotiations related to steel, minerals, mining, nuclear power, and recycling. There may be tensions surrounding these topics and/or their availability may be restricted (either because of some disasters/accidents or artificially [through tariffs or governmental regulations]).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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