Predictions for 2020
The sunspots are seen on the sun’s surface with 11 years periods. These spots are the symptoms of the electromagnetic activity in the depths of the sun. The astronomers have been counting the sun spots since Galileo’s time. We are in minimum phase of solar cycle 24 now in 2019 and heading to 25 which is supposed to start in 2020 and reach its maximum in 2025. The NOAA/NASA co-chaired, international panel to forecast Solar Cycle 25 released their latest forecast for Solar Cycle 25. The forecast consensus: a peak in July, 2025 (+/- 8 months), with a smoothed sunspot number (SSN) of 115. The panel agreed that Cycle 25 will be average in intensity and similar to Cycle 24. Additionally, the panel concurred that solar minimum between Cycles 24 and 25 will occur in April, 2020 (+/- 6 months). If the solar minimum prediction is correct, this would make Solar Cycle 24 the 7th longest on record (11.4 years)
Sunspots and climate change
The astronomers and astrophysicists claim that there is a relationship between the number of sun spots and the solar activities. When the solar activities increase or decrease, the number of sun spots also increase or decrease respectively. Some scientists also claim that sunspots are related with climate changes also. In the last few years, some solar scientists announcing that their measurements seem to suggest a significant change in the number of sunspots. It was announced that our sun is preparing to be less active in the coming years. The results studies seem to show that even as the current sunspot cycle swells toward the solar maximum in 2020, the Sun could be heading into a more-dormant period, with activity during the next 11 years sunspot cycle greatly reduced or even eliminated.
NOAA/NASA Panel Concurs that Solar Cycle 25 will Peak in July 2025. The NOAA/NASA-co-chaired international Solar Cycle Prediction Panel has released its latest forecast for to forecast Solar Cycle 25. According to the consensus of the experts attended to this panel “Solar Cycle 25 may have a slow start, but is anticipated to peak with solar maximum occurring between 2023 and 2026, and a sunspot range of 95 to 130. This is well below the average number of sunspots,” the panel said last spring, adding with “high confidence” that Cycle 25 “should break the trend of weakening solar activity seen over the past four cycles.”
Solar cycles, planetary cycles and economy
The observations and the researches show that the solar activities and the shifts in the magnetic field of the earth are all affected by the planetary alignments. The massive studies on this subject were made in the 19th century and the scientists related the solar activities with the planets. According to theories of some researchers, solar cycles, as well as the planetary cycles, are related with the trade cycles and the shifts in the markets. The studies on the sun spots and the planetary cycles and their effect on the trade cycles and crop prices have accelerated since 19th century. It is noteworthy that the most successful forecasts on economy in the 19th century were made by Sir William Herschel who was an astronomer, not an economist. Herschel stated the relationship between the sun spots and the crop prices. With a historical perspective, it was observed that the crops were scarce when the number of sun spots was less and the prices were high as a result. Similarly, when the number of sunspots was more, more crops were produced and the prices were lower. Consequently, he forecasted the high price and the low-price periods for crop prices based on the sun spots between 1798 and 1813.
In the later years, British economist Jevons prepared some statistical data on the economical transformations in 1875, the studies on the interaction between the sun spot cycles and the changes in the economy have gained momentum. The retired iron and steel producer Samuel Benner investigated the iron, crop and cotton prices and found out that these prices changed in 11 years cycles which match with Jupiter cycle and sunspot cycles. Garcia-Mata and Shaffner’s studies between 1934 and 1940 supported the studies of Herschel and Jevons and the belief that there was a relation between the fluctuations in the business world and the solar activities and planets. Many other statistics were made on the economic crisis in the history and solar maximum and minimum periods.
John H.Nelson, who determined the timing of the magnetic storms, predicted the magnetic storm in November 12, 1960 one year before it existed. He has made this prediction by observing the interplanetary aspects so other studies have been carried to find the correlation between the planetary cycles and the world economy. The aspects of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus and their cycles showed a correlation of 68% with the business world’s events. So, it was predicted that a stagnation period was going to be experienced between 1949 and 1950. According to John H. Nelson, Jupiter and Saturn are the most important planets in our solar system. Due to their huge physical bodies and their slow motion, they have long lasting and dominant effects on the Sun. So, their aspects with each other and with the other planets are important.
After 1960ties, Charles Collins, Edward Dewey, Thomas Reider studied on the subject and found correlation between sunspots, the Sun’s 11year cycle and commodity prices, stock prices, banking activity, business activity, industrial production and agricultural productivity. LCdr. David Williams published his book “Financial Astrology” in 1982 and in some of the chapters there were some observations about the relationship between the sun spots, planetary dynamics and business world cycles.
A correlation has been observed between the number of sun spots and GDP and Dow Jones Industrial average. The relation between the number of sun spots and global climate changes also affect the physical, social and economic factors. Both political and economic events are also related with the fluctuations of the solar energy. Solar activities affect the climate on Earth and the economy as a result.
The studies of some scientists show that there was relation between the economic changes and the human psychology. According to Dr. Ellsworth Huntington, the changes in the Sun do not only affect the Earth but also affect the human health and attitudes. Health affects the state of mind, and the state of mind affects the economic conjuncture. Simone Hutner claims that optimistic or pessimistic responses towards the sun rays were the reason that the solar activities affect the trade. The optimistic periods were the time to borrow and during the pessimistic periods the creditors made demands to get their money back. According to the general opinion, when the number of sun spots increase the stock markets also rise and when the number of sun spots decrease stock markets decline because the solar activities affect the mood of the human.
Some researchers claim that economic recession was experienced after solar maximum periods when aggressiveness was also peak and the human were more hectic, active and eager to take action. Solar maximum periods were also related with high inflation periods. Stock exchange was also at the peak levels during solar maximum periods.
Financial astrologers who respect sun spots were focused on the relation between the planetary affects and number of sun spots. When the planetary aspects are positive and the number of sun spots are less, the effect on the markets were neutral. If the planetary aspects are negative and the number of sun spots is high, the affect was again neutral. However, if the planetary aspects are positive and the number of sun spots is high, then the market values increase. On the other hand, if the planetary aspects are negative and the number of sun spots is less, the market shows a decrease.
Jupiter and Saturn’s alignments are effective in the solar activities which occur in 11-years cycles because these two planets cause convection currents in the Sun and so they are responsible for changing the polarity of sun spots. Slow-moving planets change the magnetic field of the Sun, shift its direction and corrupt the magnetic channel of the Sun. Jupiter and Saturn are more influential planets because these two determine the change in the magnetic channel. The alignments of these two planets are related with the changes in the main field of the Sun and with the solar spots. Their alignments comply with 11 years sunspot cycles. The researches show that their oppositions and conjunctions are important as they complete magnetic changes. On the other hand, squares of these two planets coincide with solar maximum.
Now we are at the end of a minimum cycle and the new cycle (25) will start around Jupiter-Saturn conjunction which will be exacted in December 21, 2020 intersecting with the winter solstice. According to astrologers, this will be the era shift that will open a new path in the human consciousness. According to some researchers, sunspot number can be 30 to 50% lower than the cycle (24) we are about the complete which coincides with a cycle which was a period of low solar activity, named after the English meteorologist John Dalton, lasting from about 1790 to 1830.
According to John L. Casey, long minimum cycles of the Sun such as Maunder Minimum coincide with the Renaissance and little ice age epoch, saw the largest gain in human progress, but they also saw significant food and energy shortages. The Grand Minimum or “Solar hibernation” as Casey called will start in 2020, will bottom between 2031-2037, will end in 2045, will be widespread global loss of life, and social, economic and political disruption. Damaging cold weather will badly effect food production, agricultural systems will fail, there will be seen shortages in food supplies, price of food will skyrocket, there will be food riots. Volcanic eruptions can have serious consequences for Erath’s climate (Casey, page 24). In addition to volcanoes, a brief review literature on the subject suggests that there is also a periodicity for much larger and destructive earthquake activity during solar hibernations. He is saying that we must begin to prepare for this life-altering event now!
Can we predict climate change through astrology?
According to Casey, there is only one reliable approach for climate change prediction: that which is based primarily on the Sun’s activity, influenced by the other planets of the solar system and their combined effect on the Earth-Moon system. He is saying that the start of the next climate era of predominant cold weather was 2008. This was the time when Pluto just entered Capricorn which is a cold and dry sign. And he is saying that the bottom of the solar hibernation could be as early 2024 or as late as 2036. This will be the time when Pluto in Aquarius. This is also a cold sign which is called “chilly”. As we’ve seen, Casey is claiming that Grand Solar Minimum will start in 2020, when Jupiter-Saturn will be travelling in Capricorn and will be exacted their conjunction in the first degree of Aquarius. We are entering 2020 just after a solar eclipse in Capricorn with Saturn-Pluto conjunction, additionally Jupiter in Capricorn and conjunct South Node.
In Mundane astrology, earth signs are associated with soil, crops, harvest and underground sources. The traditional astrologers who think the eclipses bring problems tell that the eclipses in earth signs cause damage of agricultural products, famines, droughts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and mine accidents. According to Sadullah al-Ankarawi when the eclipses occur in Capricorn, land is ruined, zoning decreases, grass dries, crops get scarce, bandits increase and most people leave their countries and live far from home. When Jupiter is combust in Capricorn, it indicates severe cold in weather and when the South Node in Capricorn, severe cold and earthquake is seen in the winter.” He also relates Jupiter – South Node conjunction with bad weather conditions.”
Eclipse of 26 December 2019 falls in the 4th house cusp in the chart calculated for the capital of US, indicating damaging weather conditions to crops and agricultural products. Severe cold, famine and drought is probable, as Ceres also in close conjunction with Saturn, let’s hope it is not major earthquake in winter.
Of course, we cannot predict and claim as the beginning of climate change only depending on this eclipse in Capricorn and placement of Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto in this earthy, cold and dry sign at the edge of 2020. But it is interesting to see these combinations with the information coming from ancient astrologers. 2009-2010 winter was extremely cold in Europe that has officially recognised as the coldest in 31 years brings when the solar activity at its minimum. Now we are in low sunspot activity of the 11year cycle. So, we can see cold weather patterns again as it was in Europe 11 year ago in addition with many planets in Capricorn, cold and dry sign. Saturn will enter to Aquarius in March and Mars will conjunct to it in the last day of March may indicate another cold weather pattern since Aquarius is another cold sign.
According to researches on weather patterns, there are warmer and colder periods of the earth climate which shifts to each other in rhythms. Professor Raymond Wheeler, from the University of Kansas, was determined a drought cycle which is approximately 100 years which he divided into four phases which we are in now Warm-Dry period. Wheeler says: “The cold phases of the cycle are dominated by various kinds of civil strike—civil wars, class struggles between rich and poor and between conservatives and liberals, religious wars, democratic reforms, emancipations, broadening of the franchise, colonization, migration, and piracy”. This hundred-year cycle is a part of much longer cycle which is almost 500 years coincides with marked shift of economic activity from East to West hemisphere and back again. May we be heading towards a shift which the world trade is moving from West to East?
Trade wars due to the shift of economic activity
Saturn is transiting Capricorn and will be travelling through this sign until the end of 2020. Saturn is related with precaution. It does not represent taking risks and tends to withdraw in situations where there is something to worry. It is related to be sceptical and restraint. It is neither enthusiastic and impulsive nor adventurous, hopeful and optimistic in Capricorn. It has a strong drive for self-assurance. It wants to be on the safe side. Needs economic stability, predictable future. It represents self-insurance and precautions. It is related with earthly warranties, business life and operation principles. Saturn does not like spending money; it prefers buying the things with the cheapest price, being on the safe side and working hard. It is related with unemployment, poverty and the poor. When we handle the issue in terms of the psychology of the planets, we may think that the people will not want to make investments within this unstable and unsecure environment because Saturn is related with depression, pessimism, isolation, lack of confidence, anxiety.
In the 19th century, H.L.Moore – a professor from Columbia University and researchers Louise McWhirter, Garcia-Mata and Shaffner studied on statistical data and discovered more relations between the financial crisis in the history and the solar maximum and solar minimum periods. According to David Williams, who is an astro-economist, US has been experiencing either depression and engaging war during low sunspot activities. Could this war be a trade war as we have between US-China at the moment? We are probably around the time to see that the balance of trade is moving Eastward as we see some predictions such as “China’s Economy Will Overtake the U.S. In 2020” and we see some clues of this in China’s chart.
The China Mundane chart and some predictions for 2020
In Traditional Astrology, we use profections for annual predictions. Annual profection comes to the 11th house of the China’s Mundane chart.
We see Jupiter as the Year Lord between October,1 2019-October,1 2020. Jupiter falls to the 12th house of the chart in his fall, Capricorn. This placement indicates to work hard for prosperity and to be behind the scenes for the goodness of the public. There will be Saturn-Pluto conjunction and Jupiter-Pluto conjunction of the Year Lord in 2020. Jupiter return, which gives a good luck every 12 year will occur three times since Jupiter will be triggering the natal placement of his own place first in Mars 19, then July 12th and lastly November 11. The last one will occur when the profection advance to the 12th house by October 1, 2020. So, it will be a powerful time for China to show his hidden power which comes with hard work.
In the Secondary Progressed chart of China, we see that benefic Jupiter and Venus conjunct the Progressed MC and all this three significators of prosperity and success falls on the Ascendant of the China’s chart soon will be in trine aspect to the degree of the Sun in the natal chart. Also, transiting Saturn and Jupiter’s exact conjunction in December 21, 2020 falls very close to the Ascendant degree. These are the indicators of growth and expansion as well as prosperity in economic life of the public which declares China’s leadership in the economy to the world!
The US Chart and some predictions for 2020
If we look at US, it is said that global growth has already slowed in 2019, as damage from the Sino-American trade war accumulates, hitting manufacturing and trade flows, and denting business confidence. That confidence will start to ebb in 2020, as the stockmarket wobbles, the fiscal boost disappears and the jobless rate inches upwards. Now, let’s study on the Mundane horoscope of the US.
When we use annual profections, we see that beginning from July 4, 2020, the US will be in the 5th house profection. We have Aries at the cusp of this house and so Mars is the Year Lord, which is placed in the 7th house. As the Lord of the Year, the transits of Mars and the transits it takes will be important at most. The 7th house is related with the relationships of the country with the other nations. Since we see Mars there, there will be oppositions and competition with the other nation in one to one relationship. Mars will be triggering by the eclipse of December 14, 2020. The same eclipse will trigger Mr President’s Moon-Sun opposition as well.
Transiting Saturn is traveling in Capricorn and will be triggering the US chart’s Mercury-Pluto opposition in the most of the year. Mercury means trade basically while Pluto means power struggle. With Mercury-Pluto opposition on the 2nd-8th houses of the chart signifies power struggles in trade which will be triggered by Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction most of the year 2020. Progressed Moon is travelling in Capricorn and joining the transiting Saturn falls the 2nd house of the US chart. Transiting Saturn and Progressed Moon will be passing through the 2nd house together until the end of October 30th, 2020. They will work together on the square between Natal Saturn and the planets in the 8th house. So, 2020 will not be easy financially for the US. With all these we see that the longest economic expansion which is now in its 11th year is likely to slow down in 2020 than to speed up. This coincides with the 11year sunspot cycle!
Biggest risk to the American economy
According to Leo Abruzzese, senior global adviser “Mr. Trump’s tariff war with China is the biggest risk to the American economy in the next 12 months… Trade friction could ease if Mr Trump strikes deal with China, perhaps to boost his chances in the election in 2020. But he could just easily double down and push the relationship into an even darker place.”
When we look at the chart of President Trump superimposed on the US chart with the eclipse on December 14, 2020, we see that the eclipse degree triggers both Trumps and US charts. Mars which is placed in the 7th house of the US chart representing the country’s competition with the other countries is embittering by the President Trump’s Sun-Moon opposition as well as the Nodes in his chart which is triggered by the transiting Nodes of that time and the eclipse degree! Please see the chart below.
Leo Abruzzese claiming that “Mr Trump will keep pressing Jerome Powell, the Fed’s chair, for deeper rate cuts, and he will insult companies that criticise his trade policies. He might at least give the companies a break. If American businesses lose confidence in 2020, the economy will go down with them.” We can see the press of President Trump on Fed in the chart below as his natal Saturn is conjunct to Mars opposition Jupiter of Fed’s chart and the eclipse of January 10, 2020 will be triggering this combination.
Let’s go back to sunspots and global economy. After the researches on the subject, it is understood that the number of sunspots affects global temperature changes which in turn affects physical, social and economic factors. Another researcher Simeon Hutner found and stated that the trade was affected by the solar activities because the people reacted in an optimistic or pessimistic way to the sun rays. The people borrowed money during the optimistic periods and the creditors forced people to get their money during the pessimistic periods. According to Harlan True Stetson “Utilizing the Dow Jones average as an index of human psychology, it is interesting to compare the ups and down of market fluctuations with the sunspot cycle over the last two decades. The correspondence over this interval is sufficiently striking to arrest attention.” As a reminder, we will be in the Solar Minimum period in 2020, the motivation will be lack which lessens the tendency of people to get risk.
When we add what we learned from the solar minimum, all these data fall into place! We are approaching solar minimum period and the planetary cycles also points out a crisis, stagnation, unwillingness for taking risk in the market. When all those factors come together, we may conclude that 2020 will be the year of stagnation and depression in economics! Additionally, we will have most of the heavy moving planets in earth signs when and only Neptune in a water sign. This means we will need emotionally and financially secure conditions. There will be no heavy planet in the element fire until May 11, 2022 when Jupiter enters Aries. That means people will not be very enthusiastic about taking initiative, getting into action, make changes and taking risks.
By this time, we may be drawn into an unwillingness to take action and risks, low energy and lack of motivation, hesitation, abstention and indecisiveness. This indicates that the markets will stagnate. Solar activities which will gradually decrease will influence this stagnation. We will still have eclipse in Capricorn/Cancer axis in 2020 with the triple conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto most of the year. The last eclipse of 2019, which will happen in 21 December is also taking our attention to financial troubles. We can see it clearly in the eclipse charts of 2020 too!
As financial matters are associated with the earth signs, traditional astrologers correlate the eclipses in earth element with financial problems. Eclipses in Capricorn, which represent the matters related to the state and the government, systems and order also due to its ruler Saturn give rise to recessions, financial problems, commercial and agricultural turmoil and poverty. It is unfortunate in terms of statesmen, officials of the government and monarchy. It indicates untimely death of reputable people and an increase in unfair accusations, slanders and conspiracies and causes political changes. They also warn us about cold weather patterns, major droughts, zoning decreases, grass dries, poor harvest and decreased crop production, transmigration when the eclipses fall in Capricorn.
As we see in the 26 December 2019 eclipse chart, Jupiter is in fall in Capricorn traditionally which hinders its ability of expansion. And also, he is in conjunction with South Node and combust. This means the profit and abundance that are expected from Jupiter will be lesser although it is called greater benefic.
According to traditional astrologers this brings hesitations and astonishments of the viziers (Prime Ministers), scholar and the statesmen, instability of prices, false decisions in management and politics, non-profitable trade and inactivity at customs gates, deterioration of the financial conditions of the wealthy and powerful people, and distrain of their properties, illnesses of people in authority, illegal affairs, debilitation of religious people, separations between the powers that be. And when Jupiter is combust in Capricorn, it indicates severe cold in weather.” And “When the South Node in Capricorn, severe cold and earthquake is seen in the winter.”
If this Solar Minimum cycle extends as some scientists put forward, this can be cause to major droughts and because of the poor harvest and decreased crop production, we can experience food shortage which will cause to rise in the food prices. And of course, this can result in economic challenge. We have to prepare for this! We have to take precaution!
At the beginning of 2020, there will be a lunar eclipse with partile Saturn-Pluto conjunction. In this chart we also see that malefic Lunar Node, which diminishes and debilitate whatever she conjuncts as if it is in detriment or fall, will be in partile conjunction with Jupiter, the planet of finance and Capitalism, which is already in detriment in Capricorn. When we read it with Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, we see that we will probably be testing big financial problems and we will probably be very close to the times of financial transformation. By the end of 2020, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will be in triple conjunction in Capricorn. This indicates the transformation of economic systems as we know and the probable end of Capitalism. 2020 will be a year to remember!
The observations show that the changing solar magnetism vary over time which is related with the global climate changes on Earth. The maximum and minimum solar activities are correlated with the rise and the fall of the empires. As we’ve seen when we analyse the deep Solar Minimum phases of the Sun, some of them coincides with Renaissance and French Revolution times. Scientist John N. Casey thinks that a solar hibernation helped create the Unites States and sees the 206-year Bicentennial Cycle of the Sun causing the French Revolution. He says “The loss of wheat crops and resultant shortage of bread were part of the reasons for the French Revolution of 1789… If the Bicentennial Cycle of the Sun had not destroyed the French crops during the late 1780s, there might not have been French Revolution, no Napoleon, and no United States of America.” (Casey, page 27-29)
If we are at the edge of another Solar Minimum, we can predict a new revolution time in the history which coincides with seldom Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction at the end of 2020 which will cause the shift in economic power from East to West. The exact conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius coincides with the winter solstice which is the shortest day of the year representing dark but was seen by many ancient cultures as the rebirth of the light and often the birth of a god that would bring enlightenment. The winter solstice is the time to honour the gifts of the darkness, while celebrating the return to the light. So, Jupiter-Saturn conjunction coincides with winter solstice in 2020 will be a time that will open a new path from dark to light and start higher level in consciousness, a fresh beginning in terms of humanity and its understanding!