Global: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, 2017 and then Jan 12-13, 2018 — Increased probability of delays, shortages, disruptions, cancellations, increased regulations, or some obstacles for businesses and activities related to retail sales, communications (e.g., news/media), and transportation (e.g., airlines). For ex., some negotiations may be postponed, there may be delays in shipments, or, sales may be lower than anticipated, etc. International locations, travel, and businesses with international ties or related to law and immigration will be affected the most. The three periods listed may all relate to a single issue, such that some problem is first encountered in late Nov, a solution is applied/considered in early Dec (esp. 5-6), and then the issue is finally resolved in mid Jan.
As an example, Denpasar International Airport in Bali was closed from 11/27/17 through 11/29/17 afternoon due to the Mount Agung volcano spewing ash. This type of event is consistent with the transit described above. Based on astrology alone, we may see 2 more closures and/or similar delays at other major airports or transportation hubs during the 2 and 3 transit passes in Dec and Jan.
Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.
USA: Mar 18 – Sep 27, 2017 (esp. Apr 14-18 and Aug 18-22) and Jan 16 – Mar 14, 2018 (esp Feb 15-16)— hopeful mood about sales of or new agreements related to oil, chemicals, movies/music, beverages, and pharmaceuticals (esp. shipments [oil, chemicals, pharma] or dissemination via media [video, music]). Additionally or alternatively, deception or lack of clarity about agreements and spread of information in those areas. The hopeful expectations may be due to the lack of details or unrealistic representation of the situation. Time when shipments or dissemination of related services and products may be easier than usual; at the same time, there may be confusion about the exact contract details, details on how to implement things technically in practice, quality of products, accuracy of the information, etc. Favorable time for setting up shipments over water and disseminating info via video/music. Also, there may be an increase in religious/spiritual movements (incl. any alternative medicine-related ones or movements focused on something that is ephemeral/unreal) — we may see increased communications about the related topics (e.g., religion, spiritual movements, deceptive info, etc.) on social media, in the news, and at social gatherings.
China: Mar 13 – Oct 15, 2017 (esp. Apr 6-13 and Aug 23-29) and Jan 1 – Mar 20, 2018 (esp. Feb 7-14) — Increased focus on international partnerships and contracts, esp. those that are long term or involve building something permanent (e.g., bridge, large structure of metal and stone), mining, and governmental regulations (e.g., imposing strict controls on what each partner can and cannot do, how structures should be built, who can use water and how, how much pollution is too much, etc.). The focus will be on permanency, long term, stability, and establishing strict order and authority (e.g., limiting access to water or oil). The reason for the emphasis on stability and structure may relate to concerns or confusion about which [structures, authorities, partners, buildings, projects, etc.] are permanent and which are not, what is a mirage/deception and what is solid. At this time, the country may question stability of the partnerships, projects, and structures. The projects, partnerships, and regulations will probably involve construction (esp. related to mining, large machinery, and large rocks or metal objects), medicine, pharma, drugs, oil, chemicals, movies, music, navy, and water (e.g., beverages, alcohol, or weather protections like some walls to keep water away). Alternatively, the country may itself engage in some deception or make mistakes due to lack of clarity about something (e.g., underestimate how solid something is) and undermine stability and permanency of partnerships/projects/structures.
Yet another manifestation could be related to weather and natural events, such as struggle to contain water, chemicals, pollution, or some contagious disease. For ex., water erosion undermines large stone/metal structures, attempts to ward off water with walls fail leading to flooding, oil or some chemical spreads leading to contamination, etc.
Increased probability of a major earthquake. The current influence will take place under transiting Neptune’s opposition to Saturn in China’s chart this time. The last time there was a similar influence was in 1976 when transiting Neptune squared China’s Saturn. Note that Neptune= water/liquid, while Saturn=earth/rock. On July 28, 1976 there was Tangshan earthquake (magnitude 7.5) in China. Of particular interest is a description about soil liquefaction that accompanied that earthquake: “The shaking, which lasted 14 to 16 seconds, transformed much of the region’s exceptionally deep sandy soil into a fluidlike mass (liquefaction). Since few buildings were anchored to bedrock, the shaking and subsequent liquefaction of the soil destabilized and brought down most of the structures throughout the affected area.” (John P. Rafferty https://www.britannica.com/event/Tangshan-earthquake-of-1976) While this is just a single example, it fits the description of Neptune/Saturn hard aspect in action. Thus, there may be increased concerns about soil liquefaction once again.
USA: May 2017 – Apr 2-18 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 to through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).
China: Late Nov – early Dec 2017 — an important announcement or public event related to military controls, spying, mining, hidden or underground activities, recycling, and nuclear power. Jan – early Feb 2018 — another important announcement or public event related to these same issues with additional focus on military preparedness and action, alliances, negotiations, and agreements.
China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).
China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.
China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security — there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.
China: 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 will occur on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments may take place in late Aug as well as several months before/after, when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree. In particular, Mars will transit over the degree of the eclipse in early Sep — I expect intensification of any sort of tensions at that time.
Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.
Global: A weakening influence, but still in effect this week: Transiting Saturn squares US Jupiter most of Feb, peaking around 9-13 — problems with international relationships, international shipments, international tensions, or some stress due to excessive governmental or corporate controls/restrictions/restructuring. The aspect may also manifest as problems, losses, increased regulations, or delays in the related areas, such as immigration, legal issues, international partnerships, foreign connections, higher education, etc. Additionally, Feb 15-17 (Th-Sat) will likely be important days geopolitically and for the markets (probably a LOW or a dip on Feb 15-16 with a reversal to up on Feb 19). On Feb 15-22, there may be important events related to navy, oil, water (e.g., snowfalls, floods, etc.), healthcare, chemicals, movies, video equipment, beverages, drugs, religion, etc. On Feb 15-17, these events will likely be stressful (e.g., accidents, attacks, disputes, bad weather, unfavorable legal ruling, etc.). On Feb 20-21, the news may improve and the value of related businesses, commodities, or products may go up (e.g., oil or some drug may increase in price).
Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over. There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.
Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):
“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.”
USA: Jan 12 – Mar 29, 2018 (esp. Feb 8-13) — With transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, power plays, suppression, control, extreme changes, spying, terrorism) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, stable/old/conservative entities) squaring US Chiron (healthcare, “wounded healer”) in the 5th house (stock market, casinos, performing arts, sports, children) at this time, we can expect increased concerns about the stability of the stock market and significant transformations in the related areas. For ex., there may be significant transformations in healthcare due to some governmental regulations, or, we may hear about significant restructuring by governmental entities or large corporations that destabilizes markets or healthcare, or, there may be major disruptions for businesses involving casinos, sports, theaters, etc. Transiting Chiron passing through the country’s 4th house (banks, real estate, savings, stability, homeland security, motherland, family, women-related issues, food) at the same time reinforces the focus on healthcare (esp. related to women’s heath and motherhood), stability, safety, security, banks, real-estate, healthcare and the need to heal “wounds” (vulnerabilities) in the related areas.
China: Jan 1- Mar 21, 2018 (esp. Feb 27-28 through Mar 2)— An important public announcement or event (or several connected announcements/events) related to international partnerships (esp. military), weapons, attacks, sports, aggressive or risky moves (e.g., in response to a perceived attack seen as jeopardizing physical or financial security), and/or real estate, banks, mortgages, food industry or homeland security. There may be a stand-off or a conflict between the interests of the country and perceived interests of partners (or enemies). The announcement or the event may be to demonstrate [possibly in some dramatic manner] power and a commitment to protecting interests and/or to reinforce important relationships (esp. military or involving sports or weapons).
China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov.
FEB 19, 2018 (MON): Holiday; US markets closed.
FEB 20, 2018 (TUE): Strong influence; market may possibly go up (60-65%). There could be a rally (possibly due to positive news from the US). Likely, increased news related to oil, chemicals, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, movies, water (incl. floods, rains, etc.), beverages, pollution, and navy — we may hear about the changes in the value of related businesses and products (probably up).
USA: Feb 20-21 — Increased probability of positive news, esp. related to oil, chemicals, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, movies, water, beverages, pollution, and navy. There may be expansion in those areas, greater profits from sales, deals may be reached easily, likable leaders may be elected, and/or there may be a general optimistic mood about projects in these areas.
USA: Pre-open or early am — a surprise or rapid short-term development affecting currencies, banks, or governmental financial policies. There may be a brief swing in the value of related items (e.g., value of some currency, incl. e-curriencies) or a change in whether some new project is to proceed.
FEB 21, 2018 (WED): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).
FEB 22, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%).
Feb 22-23 (continuing over the weekend and into next week) — Increased news related to oil, chemicals, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, movies, water (incl. floods, rains, etc.), beverages, pollution, and navy — we may hear about the changes in the value of related businesses and products (probably down or mixed). There may also be concerns about legal issues, problems with shipment, arguments or disagreements (e.g., international disputes affect oil prices, change in the price of some drug causes anger, etc.). Finally, there may be increased news about bad weather that involves excessive [or insufficient] rain, snow, floods, etc.
Note that the focus on the issues above will continue into next week (the week of Feb 26) with increasing focus on arguments or negotiations, sales, transportation, and the value of oil, chemicals, drugs, navy equipment, etc. Early next week, there will also be an increased probability of bad weather involving water and wind as well as heat or fire (e.g., underwater eruptions, underground buildup of some gas, flooding of a mine, etc.). There will also be an increased probability of accidents/attacks/protests involving chemicals/drugs/religion/mental issues and explosions or cuts/burns. For ex.: An accident involving steam or boiling water, fire at an oil rig, chemical fire, chemicals burns, fire at a recycling facility, religiously motivated attacks, attacks on hospitals or prisons, attacks by mentally unstable/drugged individuals, spread of infectious diseases, etc. Additionally, early next week is a bad time for negotiations (esp. international) due to the increased possibility of arguments, disruptions, confusion, lies, and differences in values (esp. religious). The disruptive events early- to mid-week of Feb 26 may be accompanied by (or followed shortly by) an increase in the value of related businesses, products, or commodities (e.g., the price of oil may go up), esp. on Feb 28-Mar1. On Mar 1-3 (esp. the 3rd), there is again an increased probability of an underwater (or steam, or chemical, or gas) explosion, bad weather involving excessive amounts of water, as well as arguments, accidents, negotiations, or other disruptions involving water, oil, gas, chemicals, pollution, infectious diseases, fish, navy, drugs, poisons, religious attitudes, deception/lies, movies, beverages, alcohol, etc.
FEB 23, 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55%).
USA: Good day for negotiations with international partners (esp. about import/export and communication/transportation). Increased (and likely positive) news about laws or legal issues (e.g., some law is passed easily or negotiations proceed smoothly), immigration, higher education, long distance shipping/trade, etc.
>>>> Glance ahead (repeated from last week):
Global: Mar 28, 2018 — Greater than usual moves in the stock market (probably down) and in the Forex market. Increased probability of an earthquake.
Global: With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and upcoming stressful transits to them from Mars, the probability of earthquakes is high all year (and will further increase in 2019-2020). I’ve been wanting to write a more detailed post and list all the high stress dates, but there are too many, so I keep postponing (I will still write it though). With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding mainly in May-Sep, we can expect improved conditions for and expansion of the related businesses (e.g., chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, religion, water, and navy). Weather-wise, this will likely bring an extremely wet year with rains, floods, etc.
Global: Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 25-27, 2018; May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9 (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].
Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then starting early next year, we may hear about intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only, 2021- early 2022.
With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.
Global: Mid-May, 2018 through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂
With Taurus = money/finance/stability; Uranus = revolution/lightening bolt/sudden change, this may be a period of significant changes for the financial industry. We will likely see a lot of changes in this area and a big push for all transactions to be conducted electronically (no cash?). In finance and related industries, the focus may shift to all things electronic and community-based (incl. increasing ties between social networks and banks). There will be many fluctuations, changes in direction, and an overall sense of instability/volatility. Uranus is a planet associated with community, equality, being non-gender specific, and somewhat cold (not personable or affectionate) — I imagine this may lead to closures or drastic reduction of bank branches that conduct in-person transactions. Uranus also has to do with all things electronic, high tech, complex, and super fast — this may manifest as increased utilization of big data (esp. from social networks or some large communities) and leveraging advanced technology and fast data processing to make money.
Other manifestations of the Uranus transit though Taurus may include: weird non-gender specific space-y (alien-looking) fashion, clothes used to produce electricity, increased interest in wearable electronics, unusual food growing practices (e.g., growing food in a lab or space, using robots to harvest crops, etc.), harvesting electricity from plants, community farming, unusual construction methods, building things in space, using space technologies in construction (esp. to collect/use electricity more effectively), communities coming together to build things (in places where this normally doesn’t take place), appearance of unusual plants or plants engaging in some unusual activities (blooming in a wrong time of the year? male/female plants becoming intersex? strange hybrid plants?), rise of social networks that focus on money or enable exchange of valuable products/services, and/or expansion of virtual reality communities/activities that provide real source of income or provide virtual services in exchange for real/virtual currency.
USA: Oct 18-30 (esp. 24-26), 2018 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes.
USA: 2022 – 2023 — Pluto returns to its place in the country’s natal chart — major changes in the government and a transformation of the country. Markets may go down globally around Dec 2021 (Uranus Saturn square Dec 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.
USA: Apr 21 – May 30, 2025 (esp. May 5-12, 2025) and Jan-Feb 2026 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes.