Global: March – July of 2019 — Increased probability of major disasters, incl. earthquakes, tsunami, oil spills, nuclear accidents, mine collapses, major floods, etc. The scale of the events will be comparable to 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon spill, etc. The actual event may be an earthquake, collapse of some solid structure (mine, dam, old buildings, etc.), landslide, etc.. At the same time, the event(s) may be triggered by or associated with water-related problems (e.g., steam escapes and causes a nuclear plant accident, tsunami damages structures, floods destroy buildings, etc.). Am currently looking at past events and individual countries’ charts to try to narrow down possible locations. I plan to elaborate on this with more details in a separate post. In general, there seems to be a pattern with solar flares, earthquakes, and major disasters occurring when slower moving planets form oppositions, squares and other more complex symmetric patterns around the Sun in heliocentric chart. Aspects to Chiron (geo- and helio-) from Saturn and Pluto appear to coincide with major disasters as well.
USA: May 2017 – Apr 20, 2018 — Increased probability of surprising events related to financial institutions, banks, rates, end-of-life insurance, construction, healthcare (esp. of elderly), prisons, secretive activities, navy, chemicals, pollution, contamination, diseases, nuclear waste, etc. This influence will last a few months: from May through the end of Oct 2017 (increasing around June 14 and Sep 24) and will pick back up in 2018 to culminate around March 14 through Apr 20 (esp. around Apr 1). The issues may arise suddenly and involve abrupt start/ending of some project, problems with electric supply or IT systems, sudden turn of events, unexpected twists/turnabouts, sudden technology failures but also innovations, etc. The origin of these issues will likely be risky activities, stock market volatility, or some sort of a gamble. There may be much drama surrounding some issue (probably military or some new high tech initiative) — the issue could be related to IT, technology, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., problems with airlines, IT equipment, electric supply, electronic banking, or data processing). In sum, some risky activity may cause a sudden problem for financial institutions and/or healthcare, etc. and cause some secrets to be exposed or the activity itself will be a hidden one (sudden hacking? sudden spread of nuclear contamination or some disease?).
China: Late Dec 2017 – Jan 2018, also late Apr- early May 2018, and Sep 2018: Positive news about the financial sphere, incl. international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased income, expansion through real estate, transportation, and shipping (esp. international).
China: Feb – early Apr 2018 (esp. March) as well as late Sep – early Oct 2018: Positive news about the status on the world stage, increased influence, improved status of leadership or rise of some new prominent leaders, international expansion, new beneficial laws, increased focus on immigration, expansion in the area of international travel/shipping and investments.
China: Jan-Feb 2018, as well as Apr-early May 2018, and Sep 2018 will see increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security — there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping.
China: Jan 31 – Aug 1, 2018 — Total Lunar eclipse of Jan 31, 2018 falls near Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo in the 7th house of partners/enemies and highlights the 1 vs 7 house dynamics (us vs them; our needs vs others’ needs; etc.). This indicates increased emphasis in the next few months (about 6mo) on this area and may manifest as increased activities to refresh/update partnership agreements, deter enemies through manifestation of power (incl. hidden power plays), upgrade nuclear power plans or recycling facilities, and upgrade powerful weapons (incl. nuclear).
China: 2018 will be a very important year — likely, the country will achieve significant success/profits and enhance its status on the world arena. Also likely are changes in participation in various organizations and one-on-one agreements/partnerships, as well as major developments in healthcare/medicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs, secret programs (esp. related to biology, medicine, end-of-life/death, mental health, prison population, supernatural powers, spiritual powers, etc.), programs related to religion/spirituality/beliefs, chemicals, navy, movies, music, travel/transportation, and education.
China: 2018-2020 (esp. 2019) — major reform(s) in the following areas: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, treatment of elderly (end-of-life care), prisons, religion, chemicals, beverage industry, movie industry, navy, oil industry (or businesses related to power generation in general, such as nuclear or hydroelectric power plants), recycling industry, and any industries that rely on hidden/secret activities (e.g., hacking) or on dissolving borders between larger groups/categories (e.g., creating hybrids, removing separation between bodies of water, developing new powerful chemical mixtures [possibly for nuclear power generation], developing new drugs that expand consciousness, blending modern and traditional medicine, etc.).
In 2018 through 2020, China will undergo a major transformation in a number of areas, incl. oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, navy, movies, and any hidden/obscure areas of influence that are somewhat ephemeral and hard to pin down/discover (e.g., spying, bioweapons, drugs, submarines, religion, movies, etc.). The transformation will likely be accompanied by scandals, power manipulations, uncovering hidden agendas, and possibly accidents (esp. nuclear or pollution- and water-related), esp. in the beginning, followed by some massive reforms, and ultimately greater expansion/improvements. This transformation will be gradual and result in long-term changes. It will take place under a very slow Pluto transit to China’s 12th house Jupiter. The 12th house deals with water, navy, oil, religion, prisons, chemicals, drugs, poisons, isolation, hidden influence, etc. and Jupiter brings expansion and abundance. With Pluto hovering over Jupiter, the country can experience greater expansion in related areas, but also potential problems due to over-expansion, stretching too far, or some powerful “hidden” enemies (e.g., hacking, espionage, poisons, etc.). The influence will likely manifest both ways — the country may engage more in these types of activities as well as external players may engage in them more often to influence China.
OIL: With Neptune/Saturn square now separated for good after spending about 2yrs in a tense transit associated with suppressed oil prices (see Oil prices fluctuations and Neptune-Saturn cycle: Financial astrology insights), we should now see a multi-year recovery. After that, I would look at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune (2025-26; esp. late Jan-Feb 2026) for the next big top/bottom in the oil prices with related geopolitical turmoil (similar in scale [though not necessarily the same in direction] to what we experienced in 2015-16 but likely even more dramatic). At that time, Neptune will also be leaving its own sign, Pisces, which will make that time period even more significant wrt oil prices and anything related to Neptune, including chemicals (esp. chemical weapons or weapons that work through affecting mind/mood/etc.), drugs/pharmaceuticals (esp. chemical and bioweapons), water, navy, spirituality, etc.
Given that Neptune also rules chemicals, alcohol, beverages, pharmaceuticals, navy, water, drugs, poisons, pollution (of water or with chemicals), music, movies, photography, spirituality, healing (with drugs or through alternative approaches), etc., and that Saturn rules big corporations and governments, businesses related to the areas above (esp. large corporations or governmental entities) will likely experience major changes in their structure, profit schemes, popularity of their products, and/or manufacturing technologies around the same times. For ex., the Dow Chemical and DuPont merger was announced in 2016 under the Neptune/Saturn square —> Neptune=chemicals, Saturn=large corporations, square=forcibly breaking an old pattern. We may hear about other Neptunian businesses or products undergoing major changes around the times of hard Neptune/Saturn aspects (e.g., in 2025-26).
Syria: Apr 17 – Aug 20, 2017 (esp. mid-June 2017); Feb 14 – Apr 11, 2018 (esp. mid-March 2018); and Sep 1, 2018 – Feb 11, 2019 (esp. 2nd week of Oct, 2018 and 2nd week of Jan, 2019) — Neptune (deception, confusion, oil, chemicals, water, navy, etc.) will conjunct (intensification, important developments, blending of energies) Syria’s Moon (security, nourishment, mother, women, emotion) ruler of the 10th house of leadership/government in the 5th house of stock market/risks/procreation/children. This could indicate increased focus on the areas above (e.g., leaders, children, and/or security) with themes of confusion or possibly poisoning. For ex., poisoning or chemical exposure of food, children, or mothers; confusion or lies about leadership; emotional confusion; increased drug use; increased floods; risky activities related to oil or chemicals; oil-for-food trading; etc. (Syria’s chart is for 01/01/44 midnight EET -2:00, Damascus, Syria). With Bashar Al Assad’s (http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/al%20Assad,_Bashar) Saturn (authority, structure, rigidity, stability, conservatism, obstacles) being in about the same place as Syria’s Moon, he will experience these same periods (mostly the earlier part of each time range and a few weeks prior) as times of confusion about how to be an authority, how to set boundaries/rules, and how to maintain stability and structure. At these times, he will likely have to deal with an increased number of situations involving deception, confusion, chemicals, oil, healthcare, drugs, poisons, water, and navy.
North Korea and Israel: Solar Eclipse on 08.21.17 at 28LEO53 has occurred on top of North Korea’s Saturn (limitations, restrictions, death of old structures, scarcity, lack) and Israel’s Mars (war, violence, anger, fires, rush behavior). This may bring increased developments, likely stressful, to those countries. These developments are the most likely to take place when significant planets pass over the eclipse degree in the 12 months or so following the eclipse.
Vatican City [06.07.1929]: In 2017 (esp. Jan, Aug, and Oct-Dec), transiting Pluto (major transformation, death/rebirth, nuclear power, power plays, sex, dictatorship, terror, debt/loans, espionage, secrets, etc.) will oppose Vatican’s natal Pluto. This transit indicates a period of major transformation/reforms and may bring out some hidden issues into the light [to reform them]. Likely, increased news about power struggles and news related to the issues listed above. It will be worthwhile to observe this period carefully as in a few years, in 2022-23, the US will experience a Pluto return (transit of Pluto over the natal Pluto) — this period will bring a similar energy to the US, except in an even more intense way (esp. related to hidden issues, spying, healthcare/end of life care, navy/oil/chemicals/drugs/water, debt/loans, and financial institutions). The US Pluto return is an interesting subject on its own and I plan to write a separate blog post about it.
Global: Geopolitically and weather-wise, a less stressful week than the previous week. However, there will remain an increased probability of earthquakes, attacks, protests, disasters (incl. nuclear), accidents, riots, landslides, destruction of some old structures (buildings and power structures in governments or large corporations), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems, etc. This influence has peaked around Apr 25-27 but will persist through about May 11-15 (esp. May 1 and 10) (see “Glance ahead” section below). The transits at the end of April through mid-May appear to have particular significance for California and specifically Los Angeles, CA. The upcoming transits are reminiscent of those that occurred during some of the larger earthquakes in CA. These same time frames can also coincide with other disasters (e.g., mudslides, mining accidents, building collapses, etc.), or troubles for governments and large corporations (e.g., aggressive acts, protests, anger, accidents, etc.). Also, this time period (late Apr through mid-May) will likely coincide with important events for the coal and mining industry and any activities that involve working with stone, metals, coal, oil, etc. — there may be some difficulties, some projects may be delayed, and/or there may be arguments over them, and/or there may be accidents. On the positive note, there may similarly be breakthroughs, like some tyrant is overthrown, a new mine opens, a new source of some rare metal is found, new machinery or explosives begin to be used to excavate something, etc. These situations may involve powerful engines/machinery [to cut through rocks and metal], explosions, fires, shooting, or other violence. There may also be increased protests, riots, violence, attacks, etc. — the anger may be expressed toward governmental and corporate entities (esp. old and/or conservative leaders). We may also hear about restructuring at or a very big contract signed by a well known corporation — this may especially be related to mining, nuclear power, or weapons. Finally, there may be a significant increase in military activities (esp. in a mountainous region).
Global: The same as last week — There may be increased news about some new disease or a treatment approach (e.g., new armor or something that helps to mend broken bones, heal wounds, or treat head trauma). The disease may be related to weapons or military — for ex., an illness that is a result of the exposure to some weapon, or, some drug or a living organism used as a biological weapon. Similarly, we may hear about doctors who somehow are also fighters, doctors who are attacked, participate in military operations, help military personnel, or travel to dangerous places. I see that last week, there was an announcement about a “first new treatment in almost 60 years for inflammatory disease” called giant cell arteritis (GCA), or, temporal arteritis. GCA apparently “causes inflammation in the walls of the arteries in the head and neck” (https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180418/health-fitness/first-new-treatment-in-almost-60-years-for-inflammatory-disease.676751). Most often, it affects the arteries in the head, especially those in the temples (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/giant-cell-arteritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20372758).The reason this is a useful example is that the areas of the body that GCA affects and the nature of the disease (inflammation) are related to Aries. The prediction above was/is based on the ingress of Chiron (“wounded healer”) into Aries. Short term, we can expect more similar news through about May 8; long term, there may be an increased progress in treatment of diseases with “Aries” signature (esp. involving head, inflammation, sudden trauma from sharp or hot objects [cuts, bites, shots, etc.], battle-field injuries, etc.) while Chiron passes through Aries (through about Apr 2027).
Global: With Jupiter/Neptune trine in water signs unfolding around May-Sep, the starry-eyed hopeful and optimistic mood will probably return and continue to encourage an upward momentum in the markets. However, with strong emphasis on all things Capricorn, Pluto and Saturn for the next few years, I expect that a more practical/conservative mood will eventually take over. There are likely major changes coming up, including international tensions, tightening of the budgets, reduced spending, increased governmental controls, corporate restructuring, etc. With occasional transits from Mars to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, this may also be accompanied by an increase in earthquakes, disasters (esp. related to mining, tunnels, [older] structures, dams, bridges, oil rigs, nuclear power plants, recycling facilities, etc.), violent attacks, protests and military clashes. This general global trend has begun and will continue and intensify into 2019-2020. For ex., as mentioned in the long term section above, March – July of 2019 look particularly stressful (e.g., June 14, 2019 looks very stressful with a chart similar to that of the SL-1 nuclear reactor meltdown in 1961 with and addition of a Neptune/Jupiter square indicative of a steam explosion or tsunami). Additionally, with Uranus (sudden change, abrupt closures/endings, volatility, surprises, internet, IT, high tech, innovation, etc.) entering Taurus (financial industry, banks, building industry, farming, etc.), we may see increased volatility in currencies (regular and cryptocurrencies) and sudden or surprising changes in the banking industry.
Reposting from an older blog, to give a flavor of upcoming times (note that countries that have been affected during previous times of Saturn/Pluto conjunction will likely be affected again (so we may expect increased India/Pakistan tensions, for ex.):
“Prediction: With transiting Saturn conjunct Pluto virtually all year, 2019 looks like a tense year. At that time, we may hear about various transformations taking place, esp. in the governments, large corporations, or other large entities that act as powerful leaders/rulers on a national or multinational level. Other areas that may undergo significant changes or experience some tribulations include industries related to mining, nuclear power, and natural resources. For ex., in 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct as well, there was a Partition of India (millions were displaced or died in the process). When Saturn and Pluto formed a close conjunction in Leo back in August of 1947, sovereign states of India and Pakistan have been officially created. Also, at the time of the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1982, the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 was passed basically making Canada fully independent from the UK.”
USA/Global: With the announcement about the steel tariff coming at the tail-end of the transiting Saturn’s opposition to US Jupiter, the resulting developments will likely put a long-term damper on the country’s international relationships and partnerships as well as on the new projects involving overseas expansion, international trade, international shipments, or taking risks. They may also result in some legal problems or delays with reaching legal agreements (esp. related to international trade). Strictly from the astrological perspective (I have no expertise in or personal opinion on this subject), the announcement is not favorable for the country [at least, short term] as it involves a stressful aspect (opposition) from Saturn (control, limitation, loss, delays) in Capricorn (government, large corporations, metals, rocks, mining, old/conservative entities, etc.) to US Jupiter (expansion, optimism, law, international affairs, etc.). In the US chart, Jupiter rules the 1st house of the country’s identity, prosperity, health, and new initiatives and it is in the 7th house of partnerships.
Saturn opposing Jupiter symbolizes delays, restrictions, greater control, slow progress through hard work and discipline, and risk avoidance. Saturn can bring long-term success after a slow arduous process because it helps to eliminate “fluff,” cut out unnecessary expenses, and build a solid foundation. Projects that begin under such a transit will likely last for a long time with critical developments coming at about the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th year following the initial event. With Pluto and Saturn transiting through Capricorn for the next several years, the focus on all things Capricorn (in the US and globally) will further increase; thus, I expect the last week’s announcement to have long-term consequences and affect steel and related industries for years to come.
Short-term, focus on these issues will intensify when Mars transits through Capricorn from March 17 through May 16, 2018, and, Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2018. Key events (announcements related to steel, metals, mining, etc. but also earthquakes, anti-government protests, corporate troubles, mining accidents, and other “shake-ups”) can be expected when Mars conjuncts Saturn and Pluto as it passes through the sign. Dates: Mar 30 – Apr 9 (esp. Apr 2-4) and Apr 20 – May 1 (esp. Apr 26-27). Additionally, both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in April (on the 18th and 23rd, respectively) and stay retrograde for several months. This will probably intensify the focus on the related issues and may manifest as a re-evaluation period with a review of the decisions and strategies, followed by adjustments.
China: As mentioned in the long-term section above, Apr-early May 2018, will see an increased focus on financial institutions, banks, laws, real estate, profits, and homeland security — there may be some expansion, esp. internationally (gains more land?), and increased profits/opportunities (e.g., profits from foreign connections or as a result of new laws). Favorable time for profits from the activities related to the listed areas as well as initiatives related to long-distance travel/shipping. Favorable time for increasing earnings and status in general. New laws and/or international projects implemented/initiated at this time should be profitable long term.
China: Apr 20 – 30 — Transiting Mars and Pluto will conjunct over the country’s Jupiter in the 12th house (ruler of the 11th). This will be a very tense time geopolitically in general, and, for China specifically, we can expect increased news about the businesses and projects related to navy, water, oil, pollution, drugs, poisons, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, movies, recycling, underground or hidden locations, spying, secret activities, etc. These activities will likely be tied to international connections, international organizations, laws, legal disputes, long distance shipping, telecoms, IT, and social networks. This may manifest as an assertive or aggressive stance in the matters above, implementing some related laws, or enacting changes in how the related businesses must operate. Finally, since Mars and Pluto both relate to military and weapons (incl. nuclear), we may hear about the intensification of some military activities (probably related to navy, oil, water, or chemicals), or having to deal with attacks, accidents, or fires (e.g., at an underground facility, nuclear plant, recycling plant, etc.). The 12th house is a house of secrets and hidden enemies, so it is possible that the issue may be something that is first undetected (e.g., a fire begins underground) or comes from a secret source.
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.]).
APR 30, 2018 (MON): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). The down influence is stronger for the US than globally.
USA: Apr 30 only — Increased probability of arguments, anger, disagreements, miscommunication, or concerns surrounding leaders (prominent individuals, such as politicians or actors, or, well-known businesses) — an entity may become a focus of some negative comments, make aggravating comments, or be involved in a disagreement. The issue will probably be related to assets, savings, banks, real-estate, farming, food, or domestic security. Some policy may be discussed that aims to protect the areas above, but this discussion or agreements may be upsetting and undermine the entity’s leadership or influence.
USA: Apr 30 – May 1 — Some concerns about banks, financial institutions, profits, earnings, construction, real-estate, farming, and other projects or businesses that rely on secure, stable, and predictable circumstances. The concerns may be due to reports, sales, discussions, contracts, or agreements that may be perceived as unfavorable and jeopardizing the stability and expected earnings. Additionally, these developments may be seen as undermining someone’s leadership (an individual, organization, or businesses) as well as unfavorable for the country’s status on the world arena.
USA: Apr 30 – May 1 (esp. May 1) — Possibly, some surprises involving partnerships and contracts as well as earnings, profits, and financial dealings. Some financial agreement may be unexpectedly put into place, or, abruptly terminated. Alternatively, the value of, profits from, or expenses on some commodity, service, business, or product may suddenly change — this may be related to power, electricity, IT, internet, high tech, telecoms, and aerospace (e.g., the price of some products needed by airlines go up, or, some electronic device brings higher than expected profits).
USA: Apr 30 – May 4 (esp. May 2) — Increased focus on communication, negotiations, agreements, sales, and transportation, esp. with respect to issues related to investments, insurance, taxes, loans, debt, and indirect profits (e.g., from some derivatives). There may be negative news, concerns, arguments, upsets, disagreements, miscommunication, and even accidents. The reason for these tensions will probably be some situation involving banks, financial institutions, profits, earnings, construction, real-estate, farming, and other projects or businesses that rely on secure, stable, and predictable circumstances. At this time, this stability may be in jeopardy due to some rash actions, risky moves, military actions or overly aggressive behaviors, rude/upsetting communication, unfavorable agreements/contracts, accidents involving transportation, problems with media, etc.
China: Apr 25 – May 1 (esp. Apr 29) — Increased focus on and possibly arguments over (or an experience of aggression from an outside party) related to oil, navy, water, chemicals, steel, pollution, recycling, healthcare, drugs, poisons, elderly care, pharmaceuticals, movies, hidden sources of income or hidden/secretive international relations. Some hidden potential, resource or a problem may be brought into focus and activated in an aggressive manner. For ex., there may be a push to actively expand military presence in some body of water, or, to fight pollution more aggressively, or, to deal with a hidden burning problem (e.g., literally, pollution from the burning of some chemical, or, a burning problem that stands in the way of international expansion in the areas above). At the same time (see the Weekly overview above), the country will be strongly focused on the international expansion, improving profits (esp. from international sources and/or related to investments, loans, debt, taxes, etc., as well as nuclear power and recycling). These developments will be accompanied by considering or implementing some laws to support the objectives of international expansion and profit increase.
MAY 1, 2018 (TUE): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). The down influence is stronger for the US than globally.
MAY 2, 2018 (WED): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). The down influence is stronger for the US than globally.
MAY 3, 2018 (TH): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).
China: May 2-4 (esp. May 3) — Increased probability of an important public announcement (or an announcement that affects large numbers of people) about an issue related to banks, financial institutions, profits, earnings, construction, real-estate, or farming. The announcement (e.g., about some negotiation, agreement, sale, or contract) will likely be well received and seen favorably by the public.
MAY 4, 2018 (FR): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (55%). The market may reverse to down in the late afternoon (possibly due to some concerns about rising military tensions or problems with banks, financial institutions, construction, real-estate, or farming in the US).
USA: May 5 – 11 (esp. 8-9) — Increased news about military tensions or important events related to banks, financial institutions, construction, real-estate, or farming. The news may involve concerns over these areas and/or we may hear about important decisions that affect developments in these areas for the next year or two (e.g., a decision is taken to send military personnel somewhere, a major military weapons’ contract is signed, a large financial entity makes makes an important decision about lending money, etc.). There is an increased probability of disputes, attacks, disruptions, disagreements, protests, fires, shakeups, or serious decisions (possibly made under pressure or manipulation) that may affect the stability or earnings of businesses in the areas above (banks, real-estate, farming, etc.). Additionally, there is an increased probability of earthquakes, accidents (esp. underground or involving recycling facilities or nuclear power), explosions, military tensions (esp. in hidden, underground, or mountainous areas), and scandals (esp. involving sex, insurance, taxes, hidden money, secret leaders, spying, etc.). There may even be news about a threat or accident involving some important banker or a military leader (probably a male and/or someone who is macho/masculine and has hidden powerful influence). Alternatively, new military or macho/aggressive leaders may be announced or gain recognition. Globally, May 8-9 may see increased news about businesses or projects in the same areas (banks, real-estate, farming, etc.) — there may be news about important international developments, laws, changes in the value or profits, taxes, investments, loans, debt, insurance, etc. Some new development may cause imbalance in these areas or blow things out of proportion (e.g., higher taxes or tariffs reduce expected profits).
>>>> 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: May 11-15, 2018; June 4-9 (esp. 5, 8-9), 2018; and July 1-4 (esp. 2-3), 2018 — Increased potential for earthquakes, solar flares, military activities, accidents (esp. nuclear power-related on July 1-4), massive power outages and/or electric supply problems. Update (01.21.18): Mid-late July – Sep 2018 also look stressful (overall and in terms of an increased probability of earthquakes, landslides, mining accidents, violent attacks, military attacks, and other disasters). In particular, early Aug looks very tense (strong earthquake around Aug 1-3?) with multiple stressful aspects involving Saturn, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Notably, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, the 11.12.2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake, occurred when Saturn in Capricorn squared Chiron in Aries [with some other stressful transits present].
Global/OIL: IF horoscope dates for Iran and Saudi Arabia are correct (e.g., I see astrotheme gives them as 04/01/79, 12:01am, Tehran, Iran and 09/23/32, 12:01am, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), then starting early next year (2019), we may hear about intense transformations or some significant tensions in these countries, which may potentially affect oil prices. First such period will be from about Mar 2018 through 2020 (esp. 2019-2020) with Saudi Arabia’s chart being affected more (for Iran, tensions will be felt mostly in 2020). Another such period will likely be in 2023-2025. Additionally, for Iran only, 2021- early 2022.
With Saturn Neptune conjunction (expected to be a major turning point in oil prices cycle) coming up in 2025-2026 and Neptune entering Aries in 2026, oil prices may indeed continue to rise till then. At a minimum, as mentioned in the Long Term predictions – OIL section, we may hear about oil and other Neptunian businesses or products (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) undergoing major changes in 2025-26.
Global: Mid-May, 2018 through Apr 2026 (Uranus transit though Taurus) — Increased focus on cryptocurrencies, electronic financial transactions, virtual banking, community banking, and greater than usual fluctuations in currencies’ value (electronic or otherwise). Similarly, this will be a time of change for banks and financial institutions, with entities suddenly appearing, rising to prominence seemingly overnight, then equally abruptly disappearing, or entities radically changing their business. Currencies’ values will be volatile and/or there may be new “weird” hybrid currencies (something that combines virtual and “real” value, or, crosses international borders, or, is valuable only in some special exclusive community, such as a social network [Facebook/Google/Amazon currencies?]). Update (1/14/18): Kodak just announced its KODAKCoin cryptocurrency last week. Surely, more companies will follow. How about, Facebook “Fast Bucks,” Google “Rubles” [lol], and Amazon “Bezos”?😜😂
With Taurus = money/finance/stability; Uranus = revolution/lightening bolt/sudden change, this may be a period of significant changes for the financial industry. We will likely see a lot of changes in this area and a big push for all transactions to be conducted electronically (no cash?). In finance and related industries, the focus may shift to all things electronic and community-based (incl. increasing ties between social networks and banks). There will be many fluctuations, changes in direction, and an overall sense of instability/volatility. Uranus is a planet associated with community, equality, being non-gender specific, and somewhat cold (not personable or affectionate) — I imagine this may lead to closures or drastic reduction of bank branches that conduct in-person transactions. Uranus also has to do with all things electronic, high tech, complex, and super fast — this may manifest as increased utilization of big data (esp. from social networks or some large communities) and leveraging advanced technology and fast data processing to make money.
Other manifestations of the Uranus transit though Taurus may include: weird non-gender specific space-y (alien-looking) fashion, clothes used to produce electricity, increased interest in wearable electronics, unusual food growing practices (e.g., growing food in a lab or space, using robots to harvest crops, etc.), harvesting electricity from plants, community farming, unusual construction methods, building things in space, using space technologies in construction (esp. to collect/use electricity more effectively), communities coming together to build things (in places where this normally doesn’t take place), appearance of unusual plants or plants engaging in some unusual activities (blooming in a wrong time of the year? male/female plants becoming intersex? strange hybrid plants?), rise of social networks that focus on money or enable exchange of valuable products/services, and/or expansion of virtual reality communities/activities that provide real source of income or provide virtual services in exchange for real/virtual currency.
China: Jan 24-Feb 12, 2018 (esp. Feb 2); then Jun 26 – Jul 25, 2018 (esp. Jul 9-10); and finally Oct 19 – Nov 12, 2018 (esp. Nov 1-2) — Increased pressure (from the government or large corporate entities) to improve controls over the markets to reduce volatility, reduce wasteful spending and risky investments, restructure businesses or projects related to aerospace or electric power, and provide concrete long-term plans for innovating various technologies, telecoms, IT industry, etc. Some businesses or projects may be cut/cancelled or re-organized/downsized; some large or old structures (esp. those generating electric power or relating to aerospace) may be scheduled for major repairs and upgrades. The restructuring process will first begin in Jan-Feb of 2018, followed by a period of evaluation of progress and adjustments mid-year, and conclude with final cuts and decisions in Oct-Nov.
USA: Oct 18-30 (esp. 24-26), 2018 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes.
USA: 2022 – 2023 — Pluto returns to its place in the country’s natal chart — major changes in the government and a transformation of the country. Markets may go down globally around Dec 2021 (Uranus Saturn square Dec 2012 – Jan 2022). Then, in Jan-Feb 2022, we may see more significant events [gradually] unfolding in the US; these will relate to governmental leadership and structure. At the same time, there may be confusion or concerns about borders, land, homeland security, banks, stock market, real estate; problems with flooding, navy, snowstorms, movie industry, oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; and religious disagreements (transiting Neptune will square US Mars, ruler of the 5th, and Neptune, ruler of the 4th). Around Feb 1-17, 2023 (esp. the 10th), there may be major changes related to US currency and/ monetary policies, which in turn may affect the price of precious metals and other currencies.
USA: Apr 21 – May 30, 2025 (esp. May 5-12, 2025) and Jan-Feb 2026 — Greater than usual moves in gold and/or silver prices, notable events related to US monetary policy and/or currency value changes.