August 13 – 17, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Mid-late July – Sep 2018 look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). Last week, I expected a large earthquake to hit around Aug 1-3 and indeed on Aug 5, there was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake off Lombok island in Indonesia. Tense transits at that time were similar to those in place last November during the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake. In the upcoming weeks, stressful transits will remain. In particular, mid Sept (esp. 12-14 and 18) looks very tense. In addition to earthquakes, stressful transits may trigger other disasters involving earth, rocks, metal, fire, elderly, governmental officials, and old structures. Similarly, there may be tensions involving trade of related products/commodities, such as steel and metals in general. 

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 last three 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 peaks on Aug 16.

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AUG 13, 2018 (MON): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go up (60%). 

USA: Increased focus on oil, navy, pharmaceuticals, beverages, liquids, drugs, chemicals, poisons, water, music, movies, etc. as well as about laws and immigration.  The news may be about minor changes, safety/protection, increased flow/volume [of water or oil], or improvements. For ex., we may hear about a spread of some poison or water pollution and laws to regulate the situation. The issues brought into the light on Mon may develop further on Fr.

China: Aug 13-14 (esp. the 14th) — Increased probability of positive news about partnerships, negotiations, contracts, or agreements. Negotiations will likely proceed smoothly and agreements will likely be favorable/profitable. There may also be increased news about finance, loans, rates, taxes, tariffs, etc. These will too likely be positive (e.g., some negotiation or agreement brings increased profits from investments or favorable tariff arrangements). 

AUG 14, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%). A day beneficial for agreements and negotiations — we may hear about new contracts and/or compromises between partners. 

USA: Aug 14-15 — Increased probability of positive news (e.g., improved earnings) about products and businesses related to IT, telecoms, aerospace, electric cars, power-generating plants, batteries, electricity, high tech, etc.

AUG 15, 2018 (WED): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). 

AUG 16, 2018 (TH): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%). Increased focus on products and businesses related to IT, telecoms, aerospace, electric cars, power-generating plants, batteries, electricity, high tech, etc. The news may be slightly surprising, disruptive, about a beginning/ending of some project, and/or about a change in the value of a product/business related to the areas above. 

AUG 17, 2018 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (60%). Increased focus on oil, navy, pharmaceuticals, beverages, liquids, drugs, chemicals, poisons, water, music, movies, etc. The news will likely be positive and/or about increased availability, flow, abundance, [uncontrolled] spread, and/or ease of access. For ex., more oil is available, new pharmaceutical product gains attention, some low-lying or underground areas experience major flooding (esp. farm lands or recycling facilities), poison spreads in the water and can’t be stopped, some body of water opens up to shipping/navigation, etc.  There may also be increased news about laws and immigration — these may be related to the areas above and to investments, rates, loans, tariffs, taxes, etc. For ex., we may hear about increased tariffs, taxes, etc. and/or about increased legal regulations of the related products or businesses (e.g., of oil, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, etc.). We may also hear about a spread of some poison or water pollution and about laws to regulate the situation. The laws will probably make it easier to distribute, ship, and circulate the related products, esp. internationally. 

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

Sep 11-12, 2018 — Increased focus on finance, banks, e-currencies, and Forex, as well as taxes, tariffs, insurance, derivatives, loans, rates, etc. Possibly, greater than usual currency value price fluctuations (esp. EUR-USD).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 6 – 10, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Mid-late July – Sep 2018 look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). Last week, I expected a large earthquake to hit around Aug 1-3 and indeed on Aug 5, there was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake off Lombok island in Indonesia. Tense transits at that time were similar to those in place last November during the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake. In the upcoming weeks, stressful transits will remain. In particular, mid Sept (esp. 12-14 and 18) looks very tense. In addition to earthquakes, stressful transits may trigger other disasters involving earth, rocks, metal, fire, elderly, governmental officials, and old structures. Similarly, there may be tensions involving trade of related products/commodities, such as steel and metals in general. 

Global: As during last two weeks — Increased focus on weapons, military entities and activities (esp. involving aerospace, high tech, and IT), electric engines, telecoms, power plants, electricity, and accidents (esp. involving engines, explosions, fire, electric outages, etc.). Also, there may be tensions involving groups or people (protesters) motivated by some [revolutionary or extremest] ideology. These protesters may feel somewhat radical  and/or demand freedom — there may be clashes between entities who will be pro unique individual self-expression and those who may insist on others assimilating into a larger social group. This week, the influence peaks on Aug 8-10.

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 last two weeks — Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability. This week, the influence peaks on Aug 9-10.

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AUG 06, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%). Larger than usual market move (possibly up) due to some over-exaggerated reaction (possibly due to news about rates, loans, taxes, tariffs, insurance, etc.). Increased news about laws, lawyers, immigration, international relations, and international negotiations — these may involve top leaders or famous politicians (there may be some disagreements or ego clashes), as well as tariffs, taxes, mining, oil, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, navy, and deception. Weather-wise, today there may be increased news about hot weather and fires, esp. underground, at a recycling facility, or in hard-to-reach places. 

Aug 6-10 — There may be news about too much oil, too much water, spreading of some chemicals or diseases, or expansion of related businesses (e.g., pharmaceutical companies). The expansion may involve some deception, pollution, secrets, and underground locations (e.g., trash recycling underground, secret spread of chemicals, laws that favor pharmaceutical or chemical companies, discovery of a large oil field underground or under water, legal considerations involving oil or drug, etc.). At the same time, there may be news about excessive heat, fires, and wind (esp. toward the end of the week). Thus, there may be both too much water and excessive hot winds/fires — these will likely occur at different locations and so water will not be available in the place where it may be needed the most.

Aug 6-10 — Increased focus on companies, products, and projects related to electricity, power generation, engines, electric cars, aerospace, sports, IT, high tech, telecoms, and social media. On Aug 7-8, there may be some positive news or news about businesses taking a step back to re-evaluate their approach or fix some problems (e.g., to adjust the prices or expenses). 

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

Aug 7-8 — Increased news about changes in the price of some drug, chemical, treatment (esp. related to head or treatment of wounds from sharp objects, burns, or weapons), or value of a pharmaceutical company (probably down). Alternatively, there may be news about excessive expenses on drugs/medicines — some costs/expenses may be seen as too high or unjustified. The changes in the value of a product or a company may be due to some agreement, contract, governmental regulation, or a company restructuring/sale.

AUG 08, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). 

Aug 8-10 — Busy news days with increased news about social media, agreements. contracts, communication/transportation businesses, politics, celebrities, and governmental entities and top leaders. We may hear about agreements, negotiations, and contracts involving top level political leaders. Agreements made at this time may be reversed or adjusted in the upcoming weeks/months.

Aug 8-10 look relatively tense — these days will likely see increased news (esp. about politics and some ego disputes, as well as about social media and communication/transportation companies in general). We may hear about some contracts being signed or negotiated (esp. international). These may involve social media, communication, commerce, transportation, immigration, mining, trash recycling, and metals or minerals; the agreements may elicit concerns and cautionary behavior from investors. There may also be concerns about cash availability, profits, tariffs, taxes, or financial stability — these may bring the market down, esp. on Aug 9-10.

AUG 09, 2018 (TH): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%). Market direction may reverse from Thur to Fr (probably from down to up), or, from Thur/Fr  (down both days) to up on Mon.

Today,  there may be increased concerns about finances, contracts (esp. between large established corporations and/or involving metals and minerals), governmental oversight, controls, and restrictions. 

AUG 10, 2018 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%). The up influence is stronger in the afternoon.

Increased news about a prominent individual (actor, politician, celebrity, athlete, etc.) — this may be a child, female, or someone in a traditionally feminine profession or a business related to children, cooking, etc. This person or a related project (e.g., initiative to help children, children’s TV show, etc.) will likely enjoy favorable publicity. 

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>>>> Glance ahead (updated):

NEW: Sep 11-12, 2018 — Increased focus on finance, banks, e-currencies, and Forex, as well as taxes, tariffs, insurance, derivatives, loans, rates, etc. Possibly, greater than usual currency value price fluctuations (esp. EUR-USD).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 30 – August 3, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present]. We will experience Saturn in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries becoming close to exact this week again; and again, there are some other stressful transits in place, which may trigger a large earthquake or some other disaster involving earth, rocks, metal, fire, elderly, governmental officials, and old structures. Similarly, there may be tensions involving trade of related products/commodities, such as steel and metals in general.

Global: Increased probability of surprising or shocking events related to banks, financial institutions, e-currencies, airlines, IT, telecoms, and social media. There may be anger, upset, accidents, and sudden value fluctuations. Additionally, there may be increased news about various protests (for freedom), accidents involving electricity, fires, airplanes, athletes, and, more generally, sharp fast moving objects that suddenly lose stability e.g., rockets, car engines, electricity-powered parts of some high tech device, etc.). Time of increased tensions; stability of governmental entities and large corporations may be tested. Elderly, old, and/or conservative entities will come under a lot of pressure — there may be upsets, sudden turn of events; elderly leaders may get injured or experience health problems (esp. involving head, fever, teeth, and bones). In healthcare industry, we may hear about some developments related to dentistry and/or bone healing, or, about innovations or changes in the approaches to healing bones/teeth. Additionally or alternatively, there may be increased news about healthcare approaches not coping with some old problem or healthcare providers not providing enough for the elderly/needy.

Global: Continued influence form last week — Increased focus on weapons, military entities and activities (esp. involving aerospace, high tech, and IT), electric engines, telecoms, power plants, electricity, and accidents (esp. involving engines, explosions, fire, electric outages, etc.), and sudden news about death/trauma involving prominent entities (e.g., some celebrity, such as an athlete, politician, or TV personality).The news may be surprising, involving a change in status (e.g., decreased popularity), and likely negative publicity — the events may be poorly received by the public or elicit public anger/protests. Also, there may be tensions involving groups or people (protesters) motivated by some [revolutionary] ideology. These protesters may feel somewhat radical  and/or demand freedom — there may be clashes between entities who will be pro unique individual self-expression and those who may insist on others assimilating into a larger social group. This week, the influence peaks on Aug 3.

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: Continued influence form last week — Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability.

China:  Increased focus on new directions, goals, and vision for the country, esp. in the areas of food production/farming, healthcare, homeland security, and workforce as well as IT, telecoms, high tech, and aerospace. The country may take aggressive steps to protect those areas. This week, the country’s chart will experience multiple tense aspects; this may indicate overall tensions and having to make hard decisions and/or having react quickly to some problem, esp. with the focus on safety and security (of children, mothers, food, assets, real estate, farm land, and homeland security in general). 

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JUL 30, 2018 (MON): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%). 

Jul 30 – Aug 3 (esp. Aug 1-3)— Stressful week for companies, products, and projects related to electricity, power generation, engines, electric cars, aerospace, sports, IT, high tech, telecoms, and social media. There may be increased news about unpleasant surprises and sudden value changes; computers may malfunction more frequently than usual and/or there may be notable power outages. Yes, Facebook’s first trade chart was “lucky” to enjoy a tense aspect from several planets during the Lunar eclipse last Fr. — this indicates that events that transpired recently (around the time of the eclipse, incl. the large stock value drop) will have powerful effect on the company over the next 6 mo. As mentioned briefly in a separate post, the company will continue experiencing tensions and may well cease to exist or break up into several separate companies in a few years. 

USA: Increased focus on oil, navy, pharma, chemicals, movies, etc. The value of related businesses and products may go up or they may report profits. Also, increased focus on male or strong/powerful female leaders and prominent persons (e.g., actor, TV personality, politician) — they may receive recognition, praise, or elevated status. The person may be someone who is flamboyant, likes to show off, likes to be on stage, and has acting talent; such a person may make a public announcement (e.g., about becoming a politician, about a movie, etc.) that should be positively received by the public. 

JUL 31, 2018 (TUE): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). 

AUG 01, 2018 (WED): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

AUG 02, 2018 (TH): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

AUG 03, 2018 (FR): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (55%). 

On Aug 06, Mon, there may be larger than usual market move (possibly up) due to some over-exaggerated reaction (possibly due to news about rates, loans, taxes, tariffs, insurance, etc.).

Aug 8-10 look relatively tense — these days will likely see increased news (esp. about politics and some ego disputes, as well as about social media and communication/transportation companies in general). We may hear about some contracts being signed. These may involve commerce, transportation, mining, and metals; the agreements may elicit concerns and cautionary behavior from investors. There may also be concerns about cash availability, profits, tariffs, taxes, or financial stability — these may bring the market down, esp. on Aug 9-10.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 23 – 27, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

Global: An important week with a significant Lunar eclipse on Jul 27 (the effects of the events occurring at this time will be felt for the next 6 mo or so). Increased focus on oil, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, movies, religion, deception, drugs, poisons, confusion, music, navy, beverages, and water. There may be an over-abundance of products produced by the industries above and/or their distribution may proceed exceptionally smoothly. For ex., there may be floods, too much rain, chemical poisoning through water, too much oil  (hence prices will probably drop), etc. Pharma companies may announce expansion plans, which will be beneficial long term, though these plans may require changing the value of some products or additional expenses. Also, there may be military standoffs or international threats due to ego clashes or military insubordination — these actions will be unpopular among larger public. Some leaders may be killed or overthrown (e.g., some sort of a military coup). The probability of strong earthquakes and various disasters is also higher than usual. This influence is esp. strong on Jul 25-27. Additionally, there may be increased news about accidents involving airplanes, electricity, engines, fires, and explosions — something may overheat and explode; this may happen at a public place (esp. concerts, casinos, movie theaters, and airports) or affect large group of people. The likelihood of such stressful and dangerous events is esp. high on Jul 27 (the Lunar eclipse day) —  the day looks really tense.

Global: Continued influence form last week — Increased focus on weapons, military entities and activities (esp. involving aerospace, high tech, and IT), electric engines, telecoms, power plants, electricity, and accidents (esp. involving engines, explosions, fire, electric outages, etc.), and sudden news about death/trauma involving prominent entities (e.g., some celebrity, such as an athlete, politician, or TV personality).The news may be surprising, involving a change in status (e.g., decreased popularity), and likely negative publicity — the events may be poorly received by the public or elicit public anger/protests. Also, there may be tensions involving groups or people (protesters) motivated by some [revolutionary] ideology. These protesters may feel somewhat radical  and/or demand freedom — there may be clashes between entities who will be pro unique individual self-expression and those who may insist on others assimilating into a larger social group. This week, the influence peaks on July 27.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA: Increased focus on banks and financial institutions — there may be concerns about the cash flow, sufficient assets, and stability.

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

China:  Increased focus on new directions, goals, and vision for the country, esp. in the areas of food production/farming, healthcare, homeland security, and workforce as well as IT, telecoms, high tech, and aerospace. The country may take aggressive steps to protect those areas. This influence will last through next week.

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JUL 23, 2018 (MON): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (70%). Likely a big drop (esp. during pre-open or early morning hours). The market may briefly reverse  to up on Tue (possibly on Tue afternoon), but will then probably go down again on Wed due due geopolitical tensions and/or concerns about financial institutions and stability. Regardless of the direction, we will likely see a larger than usual market moves. 

Jul 23-25 — Increased focus on the prices and value of oil, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, movies, etc. The value may go down and/or associated businesses may report losses or concerns about profits (probably because of excessive expenses on some re-structuring or expansion). 

Jul 23-27 — Busy news days with many stories focusing on famous persons, such as military leaders, politicians, actors, TV personalities, etc. (esp. male or masculine/aggressive/rude); their popularity may suffer and/or they may get hurt.

China:  Jul 23-24 — Increased focus on new directions, goals, and vision for the country, esp. in the areas of IT, telecoms, high tech, and aerospace. Some new projects may be announced/clarified. New leaders may be appointed. 

JUL 24, 2018 (TUE): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

JUL 25, 2018 (WED): Strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). 

JUL 26, 2018 (TH): Strong influence; market may possibly go up (55%). Continuing concerns about finances and stability, but there may also be positive news about government and/or large corporations stepping in to provide support/security. This may alleviate some confusion and fears.

JUL 27, 2018 (FR): Very strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). As mentioned in the weekly preview, this is the Lunar eclipse day. Events today will be seen as particularly important and will color the next 6mo or so. The day looks tense and eventful — there may be increased news about accidents involving airplanes, electricity, engines, fires, and explosions; this may happen at a public place (esp. concerts, casinos, movie theaters, and airports) or affect large group of people. In particular, time around 1:15pm EST may be important in terms of some significant announcements. Aside from some stressful events, the announcements may also be about significant market moves and the price of gold/silver (gold may go up but not necessarily silver). Other announcements may include appointment of new leaders or promotion of famous/popular persons — for ex., some TV personality may get a show, or, some politician may be appointed to an important position of power, or, some famous male/masculine entity may announce a win over a female opponent, or, some famous couple may separate, etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 16 – 20, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 09 – 13, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 02 – 06, 2018: Weekly financial astrology predictions

LONG-TERM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL WEEK: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global: July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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