As 2017 approaches, Old Moore sees signs of hope. The disruptive power signified by the difficult square aspect between Uranus and Pluto is now on the wane. This doesn’t mean that we can all relax, but it does indicate that levels of comic tension will decrease.
Over the house of this century two new non-astrological factors have entered the global economy. One is the development of automated trading and the second is the dawn of the truly global economy as China and India have boomed. These factors have caused complications, but we should stop worrying about the boom and bust cycle and instead look for the opportunities that each new situation brings. Short term financial cycles are indicated by the Jupiter-Saturn cycle. This leads to fluctuations in world markets. January indicates a short term peak, followed by downward pressure until June. Upward pressure then returns, leading to a peak in late September and early October. Downward pressure returns at the end of the year.
We can expect new inventions which are currently at a development stage to enter the market. Amongst these will be driverless cars, while biotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence will lead to the marketing of first human-like robots. For many years astrologers have predicted that Pluto’s transit through Capricorn would bring fundamental changes to the world’s financial system. The banking crisis aside, the biggest shift has been in online transactions. This development will continue to speed up in parts of the world, such as remote regions of Africa, where people have never had access to conventional banks, and will go straight to internet technology and smartphones.
The United Kingdom
The strongest alignment in the UK horoscope is a square from Pluto to the national Moon at 19 degrees in Libra. What will this bring? After Brexit we can most definitely predict a generational shift in the character of UK politics. The most likely outcome is a substantial speeding up in devolution to the three nations, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as to English cities and regions. For the UK, 2017 will be a year of populist change.
The European Union
Trends indicate that there will be no revival of the Eurozone crisis and no renewed talk of a Greek explosion from the Euro and EU. The strongest alignment of the year comes from Saturn and takes place from March to April and November to December, peaking at the New Moon on 18 December. Saturn indicates restructuring. It can suggest that organisations can break up, but it is in a weak position so we can expect reorganisation of a lesser kind. The safest prediction is therefore of small steps to future treaty change, including harmonisation of banking regulations. There could be problems caused by Saturn that may have a bearing on the Schengen agreement regarding open travel across the Eurozone, but it is likely that it will remain in force.
The United States
The good news is that most difficult planetary alignments to the USA have passed for now. However an early corruption scandal involving the military or defence contracts is likely in January, a prospect repeated in May and September. There is also a high chance of a naval confrontation and havoc caused by winter storms. We are also likely to see severe splits within the US government later in 2017.
Russia and the Ukraine
Like the USA, there are few major transits to the Russian chart in 2017. However, we can look at certain charts which directly relate to Russia, such as that of Ukraine, where the situation remains profoundly uncertain, due to a challenging, Pluto-Moon square. We do not foresee major Russian interference in the country but there is a chance that it could self-destruct. The twin enemies of stability will be corruption and far-right nationalism, problems that must be confronted. There could be the beginning of a solution to the Russian annexation of Crimea.
China benefits from a Jupiter ‘quarter return’ from January to March and August to October. This bodes well for the economy, which could return to growth, but should also send alarm signals to the country’s largely because Jupiter indicates a boost to its expansionist naval and military policies.
The Middle East
We can hope for short-term resolutions to individual problems in the Middle East, but none to the region’s more intractable problems. However, fears of instability in Saudi Arabia will be unfounded. Increasing co-operation between Russia and the USA bring us closer to a solution to the Syrian civil war. Israel will be in an expansive mood and there is a risk of a destabilising increase in the settlement programme. The strongest alignment in Iran takes place in November to December and indicates an expansion of democratic freedoms.
Global conflicts on the rise
The Full Moon on 12 January falls in Cancer in a square to Uranus and Jupiter and an opposition to Pluto. This is perhaps the most volatile alignment of the year. It is a clear indicator of global conflict, which means that governments must be warned against taking any risk, however slight. Diplomatic and peace-making efforts should be redoubled, and no chance should be lost to bring warring parties together. Pluto is on the Midheaven at London pointing to turmoil in government, attacks by the media and possible resignations. There may be mass protests in the streets. There is also a high risk of pollution caused by flooding, and poison or gas leaks.
Rising tensions between India-Bangladesh
Freedom is a major theme of the month, indicating the controversial release of prisoners, as well as a possible prison breakout. There may be snap elections, cabinet reshuffles and changes which will affect the long term cohesion of the UK. The global financial system is heading for a massive bout of instability. Smart investors will make profits in small start-ups, new methods of house building and the latest travel technology. International tension focuses on India and Bangladesh, with possible tension rising between the two neighbours. India is entering a nine-month period of extreme civil instability. There is a high chance of a military coup in Ghana, or army action on the nation’s borders.
Instability on the rise in West Africa
There will be major negotiations concerning the global economy and, with luck, a new international treaty designed to distribute the world’s resources more fairly. Instability continues across West Africa, including Nigeria. International relations will be readjusted with significant changes in established alliances. The USA and China may unite against a common enemy. The north west of the USA and Canada is at a high risk of flood or earthquake. Northern Australia is also at risk of major storms with significant rescue efforts becoming necessary.
Instability rising globally
There is another peak in global tension and instability. Threats to the integrity of the UK are high, and there may be renewed moves towards Scottish independence, as well as voting reform and pressure for elections of the House of Lords. There could be popular protests across Portugal and Spain, with a likely attempt to declare Catalonia independent. Algeria also experiences a brief wave of instability but Islamist rebels will be defeated. Libya could be formally partitioned into eastern and western halves. Egypt will take a dominant role in anew North African grouping of Arab states. The Polish government may collapse after a corruption scandal.
Critical stage in negotiations to end Syrian civil war
The US’ wealth lies in its land and mineral resources and there will be expansion of the fracking programme and better earnings for farmers who have branched into innovatory areas. The UK will be reconsidering its relationships with other countries, which indicates difficult talks over treaty change with the European Union. Negotiations to end the Syrian civil war will reach a critical stage and the indications are that they will succeed if centuries old disputes are addressed. There is a high chance of military intervention in Nigeria.
Major risks of natural calamities
Religious war erupts in Bangladesh which becomes a new focus for global jihad. There is a high danger of storms, floods and tidal waves with vulnerable areas including the American Midwest, southern India and Sri Lanka, and the coasts of East Africa and southern Arabia, Yemen and Oman. Earthquake risks rise in the Balkans, Turkey and Mexico. We can expect major changes to the government of Australia.
Rise of populist parties dampens the future of EU
The Full Moon on the 9 July falls in Capricorn on the Descendant at London in a conjunction with Pluto, opposition to Mars and square to Jupiter. This is the year’s most challenging and difficult alignment, with a high chance of events which take history on to a new course. There is a maximum chance of terrorism and or outbreak of war. Security services should be on high alert while diplomats will be working extremely hard. In addition, revolutionary movements will be at their height. The rise of populist parties threatens the future of the European Union. The Chinese government faces rising dissent and will institute a new press clampdown. There will be political earthquakes in Washington DC, and a split in the top echelons of the US government. A new global organization intended to support women’s rights across the world will be formed.
Scandals envelop South Africa
There is an earthquake risk in British Columbia, Mexico and the west coast of the USA. Scandal and fraud could threaten the South African government but major changes should be averted. Tunisia enters a period of renewed uncertainty but the democratic government will hold onto power. Iran sees a wave of protest, fuelled by increasing prosperity and rising expectations, but the Islamic authorities will retain a tight grip. This is the time for action. It is an ideal moment to implement decisions to limit global warming and reduce conflict, rather than holding yet more negotiations. Globally, there is a zone of instability which runs from West Africa up to North Africa, through central Europe and into Scandinavia. We can expect a crisis in the Baltic region, including a change of government in Denmark and possible shipping difficulties.
Conspiracy theories dominate politics
This is a moment of great inspiration and enthusiasm when everything seems to be possible. There are significant health risks arising from new strains of old diseases or poisoning due to industrial pollution. There could also be scandals in hospitals concerning major instances of negligence or neglect. In Mexico wars between drug cartels threaten the cohesion of the government and there is concern that the country could become a rogue state. This is a difficult period when many new enterprises will fail. Success is dependent on extreme care, caution and attention to practical details. Politics will be dominated by conspiracy theories and there maybe major spy scandals and rows over invasion of privacy by banks and corporations. Burma is in the headlines and at risk from both natural disaster, including floods, and corruption. However, the spread of democracy in the country is set to continue.
A new democracy movement triggers in China
In China trials of dissidents will cause outrage and could trigger a new democracy movement. We can expect major upsets in Sri Lanka, possibly with regard to a financial and trade dispute with India. This is an excitable moment with a high potential for electrifying events. Freedom is in the air, and there may be major prison breaks. The power industry will be going through extensive restructuring with a significant shift away from the big companies to suppliers of renewable energy. The Australian government will be in disarray and there may be violent protests involving indigenous minorities.
Washington at a stand-off
This time of the year is good for foreign policy and international negotiations on new trade agreements which will proceed successfully. Agreements may be found to resolve disputes concerning copyright on the web, with stricter rules concerning privacy. The economic situation is generally positive with short term trends indicating a rising phase of the financial cycle. We could see significant changes of leadership in Nigeria, which could have positive results across West Africa. There will be a proposal to create a West African security and economic community.
A significant increase in devolution powers causes further division between the nations of the UK. There may be waves of protest in Ghana, Algeria and France. In Washington there is a stand-off between Congress and the White House, bringing a risk of a stoppage in government. The Brazilian government is hit by a drug scandal.
Split in world’s leading ideologies
There will be arguments over religious dogma in both the Christian and Islamic worlds, with schisms and splits likely. Confusion over public statements and policies may bring disarray to the US government. South Africa enters a spiraling crisis and the African National Council, which has been in power since the end of apartheid, may fragment and runs the risk of losing office. In Egypt the army will be on the streets in an attempt to control Islamic protests. New developments will significantly affect medicine with surgeons operating at distance via remote technology, and the realisation that medical treatment must be tailored to individuals instead of drug companies. In Italy financial crisis causes fresh doubts about membership of the Eurozone. The year should end on a positive note as long term planetary pressures gradually ease and bring more general optimism.
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