To all my readers, students, colleagues, family and friends, I wish you a wonderful New Year full of excitement and accomplishments. May you always remember that “Your successes and failures in the next year will depend entirely on the choices you make dealing with challenges of your own Karma reflected in your astrological chart, and Donald Trump, or anyone else for that matter, will not be able to do anything about it.”
In short, for most of the people living in the United States, the year of 2018 will appear more prosperous and secure than four previous years of 2014-17. Below are some of the specifics.
Gloom without Doom
During the presidential election in 2016, Uranus and Neptune entered their semi-square aspect (45°) in which they will remain through most of 2020. The influence of this semi-square fueled the popular discontent that brought Donald Trump to presidency, while creating a sense of an inevitable disaster in half of the nation. This is what I posted in my article, Post Election Syndrome, on December 6, 2016: “In reality, this planetary aspect (Uranus/Neptune semi-square) cannot produce any great disaster.” “It can only invoke in some the false sense of forthcoming doom; this doom will never materialize, the wheel of time cannot be reversed, Trump will not start a nuclear war, and the U.S. will never become a racist or a fascist state.” Indeed, one year into Trump’s presidency this forecast is still valid. President Trump has not manifested our greatest fears. Neither has he fulfilled the unrealistic expectations of the other half of Americans that elected him. America has not become “great again” with plenty of well-paying jobs and affordable health care. Both opposing halves of our nation were delusional. Fortunately, no real large-scale disaster has befallen us in 2017. Unfortunately, America has not become any greater last year than a year earlier.
I spent about six months researching the correlation between impeachments and assassinations of the U.S. presidents and planetary cycles. The results of my research can be found in my books, Will the Congress Impeach President Trump? An Astrological Forecast and Will Donald Trump Survive his Presidency? An Astrological Forecast. They will be published by summer of 2018. For now, it is suffice to say that Donald Trump will not be impeached next year, neither will he resign in 2018 to avoid impeachment, nor will he get assassinated or die from natural causes any time soon. However, from November 2018 through January 2019, it may appear that the President may be dangerously close to impeachment or worse. In this period, the South Node will form a conjunction to Pluto in the U.S. chart, while making a T-square to transiting Uranus and a sesqui-square to Neptune. Nothing significant will come out of it though.
In the Globalization Era, the notorious one percent will always find ways to relocate their production facilities where labor is cheaper and taxes are lower. They will also always find ways to invest where the return of their investment is higher. However, these two processes can be slowed down due to the reactionary influence of Uranus/Neptune semi-square. Nevertheless, I do not expect any greater return of manufacturing jobs and the capital parked overseas back to the U.S. in 2018 than it has occurred in 2017. Well, in 2017 it was not that noticeable.
New Tax Law
The new tax low recently passed by the Congress and signed by the President inspired high expectations of huge profits in some, while disgusted or even terrified most Americans. To the dismay of some and relief of most, this tax law will not change much. At the time of its passing, Neptune formed a semi-square to Pluto located in the Second House of Money in the U.S. chart. In the course of our history, Neptune formed twelve stressful aspects to the U.S. Pluto similar to the one taking place when Trump signed this new law in December 2017, and each time the influence of such aspects created bubbles in the stock market and unrealistic expectations of economic growth. Last time it occurred in 1994-98, close to the end of the dot.com bubble. We all know how it all ended with the NASDAQ crash in 2000. I expect another crush in 2019-20, when transiting Saturn will form a conjunction to Pluto in the U.S. chart.
While this new Globalization Era (1989-2857) will be more just, peaceful and prosperous than any other era in human history, it will not substantially change human nature. In spite of obvious progress humanity will make all over the globe, some problems of today will get worse. Income inequality is one of them.
Due to the planetary influences, the gap between rich and poor will continue growing for 839 more years. Therefore, do not expect any politician to impose a social solution that will magically resolve this problem. Instead, find your own personal path to prosperity. The influence of Uranus/Neptune semi-square, which inspires intuition, creativity and independent thinking, will make it easier than in the previous years. You do not know how? Visit my other website, www.psychologyofmoney.net. Also, consider my books, Psychology of Money, Psychology of Investing, Discover Your Life Purpose and Midlife Career Change. In-depth analysis of your unique astrological chart may also help you discover how the planetary influences will affect your life in the years to come.
During all aspects between Uranus and Neptune similar to the current semi-square in 2016-21, the U.S. economy experienced economic contractions. I am convinced that this time will not be different. Previously, I expected the first signs of such a contraction to emerge in 2017. They have not. Praise our government that has been successfully managing our economy and stock market since the Great Recession and will continue to do so through most if not all of 2018. Nevertheless, I still expect the first signs of an economic slowdown to emerge after the midterm election in November, and in the spring of 2019 this recession will begin in earnest. I will publish a more detailed article on the subject in a month or two. Meanwhile, for more info contact the author.
The U.S. stock market will be quite boring in 2018 crawling up very slowly as if being pushed by a giant turtle. I expect an unremarkable rise of a few hundred points from January 2018 until the beginning of March followed by a decline by about the same amount ending in mid-May. Then, the market will be rising again very slowly until mid-October. After that, the market will experience a sharp decline of at least 1000 points through the end of the year. For more info, look into my article to be published in a month or two or contact the author.
Overall, 2018 will be a bit more prosperous and secure than 2017. The major planetary influences that shaped our politics and economy during the last year will continue doing so in 2018. Most Americans already got used to outrageous statements of our President and his political opponents. We got used to “fake news” and do not pay much attention to sexual harassment scandals or news on the investigation into Russia’s interference in our presidential election. None of it has made substantial difference in our lives in 2017, and neither will it do so in the year that follows. So, enjoy a relatively quiet year of 2018. Save your energy for 2019 and 2020. They may prove to be a lot more exciting and alas challenging. The most important is to remember that “Your successes and failures in the next year will depend entirely on the choices you make dealing with challenges of your own Karma reflected in your own astrological chart, and Donald Trump, or anyone else for that matter, will not be able to do anything about it.”
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