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NOTE: There will be no normal weekly column this week due to a holiday break. We will, however, post an article that will be of interest from a past Forecast Book (2017 this week). To all readers of this column, we thank you for your support over the past years, and wish you and yours a very happy and a most prosperous New Year! We will return to normal publication of this column next week.


Below is from our FORECAST 2017 BOOK, written in October-November 2016. Enjoy!




“Anything that increases public cynicism in America is, at this point, a very particular and damaging sin. It spreads an air of social defeatism. It saps the civic will. It makes earnest and trusting people feel like dopes and dupes. It makes trusting parents look clueless to their children… Cynicism is also a virus. Once everyone knows nothing is on the square, as they used to say, they too become more corrupt just to maintain their position…. Cynicism doesn’t just make everything worse; it creates a new kind of bad. It kills, for instance, the idea of merit. You don’t rise through talent and effort; you rise through lies, connections, silence, and the rules of the gang. That gives the young an unearned bitterness. That is a terrible thing for adults to do, to deprive the young of the idealism that helps them rise cleanly and with point.” –Peggy Noonan, “Comedy Wears Better than Cynicism, July 7, 2016, Wall Street Journal.

It seems that every challenger to the office of USA presidency (and other countries too) in this 21

st century campaigns on the idea that he/she is the real candidate of change. However, according to the principles of Mundane Astrology as spelled out here, there has been no real change since 1993 or 2000, and there is not likely to be a leader representing real change from an older era to a newer era, before 2020. We cannot rule out, however, the possibility that such a leader is in fact in power before 2020, and that it takes that long to unfold his/her vision of change that marks the start of a new era.


Socio-political and economic change, according these principles, starts to take root when slower moving planets end their waning phase and begin their waxing phase, which starts near the time of the conjunction. In this regard, it is important to note that all Saturn phases to other planets outside of its orbit have been in their waning phase since September 15, 2009. That will end in January 2020, when Saturn will conjunct Pluto and begin its new waxing phase, the first of the Saturn combinations to planets outside of its orbit to do so. Saturn and Neptune will follow with their conjunction in February 2026 (at 0° Aries, which is very symbolic itself). The final waxing event of Saturn to a planet beyond its orbit will occur January 28, 2032, when Saturn conjoins Uranus at 28° Gemini, also close to another solstice (summer) and seasonal degree of 0 Cancer. After that, all will be in their waxing phase until the opposition of Saturn and Pluto ends July 27, 2035.


The key take away is that there is no end to the current waning era until around January 2020 (one can allow an orb of several months here). The economy, social-political arena, and hence the collective governance does not change – does not have a mandate to change via its (lack of) leadership – until then. What this means is that the current global frustration, cynicism, and despondency over current conditions is likely to remain present until real innovation, novelty, and the pursuit of unity associated with newness and a new era get markedly underway at the start of the next decade. However, that doesn’t mean that the awareness and demand of necessary changes to be made cannot start before then. They can, and probably will, as Saturn enters Capricorn late this year (December 21, 2017). However, there is also likely to be great resistance to the degree of change that will eventually take place, and that resistance can be quite strong – enough to prevent these changes from being mostly implemented – before 2020.


Nevertheless, the next three years will not be a complete waste. To the contrary, this is a process, and the demand for change will continue to grow over these next three years as frustrations also increase. At the same time, the awareness of a need for change – of a major overhaul of how governments and economies run – also will increase and eventually lead to new leaders, new systems of elections and appointments, new economic models and policies, and new ideas that will be pursued (and eventually, probably work).


The forces of change begin to take shape even before Saturn enters Capricorn, along with the Sun, around the winter solstice of 2017. Saturn will begin a series of three passages over 27° Sagittarius (March-November 2017), which is the Galactic Center, and is symbolic of the “collective consciousness,” sometimes also referred to as “the universal mind.” This pertains to a new universal and mass awareness of a matter related to the planet crossing its degree. In this case, that planet is Saturn, which rules governance – governance by law, rules, and/or decree. Everybody will suddenly seem to believe that the political and/or system of governance throughout the world is broken. This awareness eventually will lead to a collective (mass) movement that then leads the changes in governance by 2020. Yet, the awareness and the processes that leads to this collective mindset, starts in 2017. This is not pertinent just to the United States, but to the entire world. Perhaps there is a new world body that is created, similar to the United Nations. Or, maybe the U.N. is given greater world governance powers. Or, perhaps it will pertain to a new world currency that replaces the U.S. Dollar as the standard exchange of values. If so, it may even lead to repudiation of world debt, or something along these lines. With astrology, it is hard to determine the specifics, but the concepts are clear: there is an awareness, then a massive demand, for a major overhaul of systems pertaining to governance in many nations that leads to something like a new world order, or creation of a body that assumes greater global powers. It can have a major impact upon the world economy as well. It is akin to an historic economic and/or political reset.


This awareness signified by Saturn crossing the Galactic Center will likely grow and feed upon itself once it starts, inspiring even newer and fresher ideas as we approach the Jupiter/Saturn and Saturn/Pluto conjunctions in 2020. These signatures may also foreshadow the emergence of a world and/or national leader who has great promise. In the United States, it might be someone comparable in historical importance to Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, who were elected under similar planetary cycles involving Saturn conjunct Pluto, or Jupiter conjunct Saturn, or both. Other countries will have the opportunity to choose leaders who will also participate in this new era, and who may ascend to levels of greatness along the lines of their own national heroes. In fact, there could very well be a world leader (or two) in a position of power at the beginning of the next decade that is not American at all. Furthermore, it may also indicate someone who has recently ascended to a position of power, and who just needs about 3-4 years to get his or her platform underway.


I suspect some in the fundamental religious communities may believe this period will foreshadow the second coming of a messiah. However, unlike 2000 years ago when the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction occurred in Pisces (opposite Pluto on Virgo), this one highlights Capricorn and Aquarius. In Pisces, it symbolized a great religious leader. In Capricorn and/or Aquarius, both ruled by Saturn, it symbolizes a great governmental or humanitarian leader. With Pluto also involved, it will pertain to reforms in banking, currencies, and world debt.




In the previous section of this year’s book, the concept of waxing and waning phases between two planets was discussed. Now, we would like to update the status of Saturn/Pluto cycle in reference to not just these two basic phases, but also its 1/8 phase of its current 37-year cycle.


The Saturn-Pluto cycle has a well-documented correlation to the world economic cycles, especially in Western, capitalistic societies. This planetary pair cycle lasts 32-37 years. It has a wider orb than other planetary pair cycles with Saturn due to Pluto’s elliptical orbit, whereas Saturn (like other planets) has more of a circular orbit around the Sun. The current cycle is on the longer side (37 years) due to Pluto’s movement through signs in which it moves faster than the norm (Libra through Capricorn). When Pluto moves faster through the zodiac, it takes Saturn longer to move from one aspect to another. Pluto transits between Libra and Capricorn from 1971 through 2024. In other words, it is taking 53 years to move through these four signs. Compare this to the time it takes Pluto to transit the opposite four signs, Aries through Cancer. The last time that occurred was 1822-1939, or 117 years, more than twice as long as the time it is spending in Libra through Capricorn.


Generally speaking, the Saturn-Pluto cycle goes like this: From the conjunction to the opposition (16-20 years) is a time when economies prosper. This is known as the “waxing phase” of the cycle. Government revenues start to increase as deficit spending recedes. National debts go down. Governments can even enter a period of budget surpluses. As a result, interest rates usually go down (due to reduced borrowing needs), unemployment goes down and wages go up. Taxes go down because more people work and pay taxes, thus increasing receipts and revenues for the government. Stock markets rise, and the public mood is generally more optimistic about the future. This is the time to invest one’s capital.


At the opposition, and over the following 16-20 years, all that begins to change. Local, state, and national governments start to increase their spending, causing deficits and debts to increase. Governments need to borrow more money, which usually puts pressure on interest rates to rise, and the need to increase taxes. This usually results in greater unemployment as companies lay off workers they can no longer afford. Wages start to fall or become stagnant as economic growth stalls. Recessions become more frequent. Stock markets usually decline or go sideways, as profits decrease and many companies go bankrupt. This is the time to conserve (protect) one’s capital, and avoid investments, for people and companies are not always able to repay.




Near-zero interest rates aren't good for the economy in the long run, bond guru Bill Gross said Wednesday. That's because low rates hinder the ability of savers to earn a return on their money, and that impedes investment, he said. "Capitalism can't really thrive," the manager of the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund said in an interview on CNBC. "Ultimately in terms of real economic growth, an economy needs certainly a positive interest rate and maybe even a close to positive real interest rate in order to function normally," he said. -Michael Fox, CNBC, July 27, 2016.


In the study of astrology, planetary pair cycles are often divided into eighths, or 8 phases. The last 1/8 phase, or final 45° of the 360° cycle, is known as the Balsamic, or dark, phase of that cycle. It represents the end of the cycle, a time when matters have to be let go as one prepares (or is being prepared) for a new path in life in matters that pertain to the planets involved. In the case of Saturn and Pluto, it pertains to economic matters and the three D’s: Debt, Deficits, and Defaults. You could add a fourth D to this group: Downgrades of credit worthiness. It is also a time of accountability, when one has to confront the consequences of actions and decisions initiated during the first 7/8 of the cycle. Saturn and Pluto entered the Balsamic phase of their cycle on November 27, 2014, and it lasts until their conjunction on January 12, 2020.


All of this ties in with the forecast that an older era is ending. It is the beginning and the end in several matters pertaining to world economics and governance. Not only is Saturn in the last years of its cycle with Pluto, but Jupiter is also in its Balsamic (final 1/8) phase with Saturn, and both end in 2020. These “era ending times” will get underway more intensely when Saturn enters Capricorn on the winter solstice, December 21, 2017 – something it hasn’t done since December 21, 1871. That period coincided with Franco-Prussian War and second German empire, was proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm and Bismarck. This war led to economic dislocations in Europe as several financial failures soon erupted, such as in Vienna, Austria. This dislocation spread to the USA and North America, and along with massive speculation in railroads that went bust, led to the longest economic Depression in the USA, starting in 1873, and lasting the next six years.


In this section of the Forecast Book, there are three takeaways:


  1. The age of cynicism is not over, and will likely become stronger in 2017.
  2. A collective awareness of the need for change in government(s) and/or the world economies is growing in 2017. It could sweep the world as a mass movement within the next three years. Although this may be painful to go through, it also has elements of great inspiration that can lead to the new era and a more optimistic future soon (i.e. 2020-2035).
  3. Central Banks, and especially the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, will likely be affected by these changes. The movement may also focus on the status of the U.S. Dollar as a standard world currency by – or around – 2020.

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