(Updated Jan 1997)
The following Predictions are from AstroTrends Jan 1997 and still apply.
We mentioned in 1987 that Pluto in Sagittarius from Nov.'95 till 2008 will be reflective of free trade around the world after the North American Free Trade agreement. Now the APEC summit (whose 18 members produce 60% of world trade) have decided to have global free trade by 2010! President Clinton is trying for 0% tariff on hi-tech by 2000 as well!
Pluto (radical changes) in Sagittarius also led us to other forecasts involving global communication and foreigner lands. Sagittarius = immigration so we predicted major changes in the immigration laws leading to no custom tariffs and no passports and also a drive for global economy and global currency. Mass communication will radically change from mid Jan.'97 as more and more people find it so much easier to communicate with each other. Government laws are currently applicable to one country only but this will start changing very soon as universal principles and justice becomes more common. Mass discussions on the Internet will bring people together from many parts of the world discussing common human problems in their own languages as new technology allows simultaneous translation. The governments will feel extremely threatened and try their best to enforce regulations and encrypting codes but will be frustrated in their fight against global forces. Ironically, democratic governments will become very dictatorial in their pursuit to stop true democracy as their hype about freedom of speech is exposed! People at a global level are going to be talking to each other and politicians, educators, lawyers, judges, and anyone in the position to misuse power will be exposed immediately!
Three years ago, we predicted aviation mergers (Uranus in Aquarius) and now Boeing and McDonnell Douglas have merged. From mid. Jan.'97, Jupiter joins Uranus in Aquarius signaling many more mergers between computer giants, software manufacturers, telecommunication industry, media and the advertising companies.
From Jan.'97, Jupiter and Uranus in Aquarius will revolutionize all forms of transportation and mass communication including introduction of electric cars, new aviation entertainment using digital technology on planes, digital TV used to access the Internet, videophones, films available on CD ROMs, hand held walkman for viewing films on DVD's, new advances in digital cameras and fiber optics and many companies investing heavily in it, real estate values increasing in areas with high concentration of hi-tech manufacturing facilities, unique uses of infra red technology for computers, new optical devices used for computer data storage, more wireless communication used for audio and video equipment (elimination of wires for speakers, printers etc.), increased use of hand held notepads with thin screens, new technologies developed bridging the gap between analog and digital communication, new operating systems on ROM so you never have to worry about a computer crashing due to software problems, usage of lightweight, thin, flat screen TV and monitors instead of the heavy TVs we use, ultra light audio mixers and portable audio studios. Many of these are already in the making and from 1997, they will start being used on a commercial basis. Major advances in marketing and advertising with precision targets established through Internet and home TVs hooked up to central databases.
There will be increased efforts by government agencies and powerful authorities to get more control of people by digitizing fingerprints on credit cards, driver's license, health cards etc. under the guise of elimination of fraud. Encryption technology will be pursued relentlessly by the government and digital espionage and devices will be at their best but not obvious to the general public. Be careful of giving personal info. on the Internet (or to legal authorities) as there is a security risk once your identity is known.
Human values will become digital as identity is stored on computers and databases. The negative aspect of the advancing technology is that there is a neglect of emotional values. I have coined the expression "digital emotions" and "analog emotions" similar to analog films and the sterile high-tech digital videos to draw a parallel between warm human emotions of the real world and cyberspace. Interestingly, both analog and digital signals exist in Nature and within our body. The brain translates analog signals to digital. Voice and hearing are analog but the thinking process is digital like the nervous system and its neural activity!
Last year, we mentioned that Pluto in Sagittarius from Nov.'95 will bring about radical changes in gambling and new laws will be formulated to regulate it. With Uranus in Aquarius (digital technology), airlines are introducing gambling in planes now with a maximum limit of $350 US! Sagittarius is not only the sign for speculation and gambling but also transportation and Aquarius rules aviation!
President Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Benjamin Netanyahu, Boris Yeltsin, George Bush Jr., Jean Chrétien, Shimon Peres, Yasser Arafat, Prince Charles and Princess Diana
We have forecasted religious tensions throughout the
world leading to eventual peace. As we had mentioned many times before,
wars around the world finished by Nov. '95 but the religious wars are
The radical elements around the world will gain at first and then become more moderate 1997. In India, the BJP almost came in to power fueling more hatred but will probably not be able to form a government and resign. On the positive side, there is a growing appreciation for each different religions.
Aug. 1997 is an extremely violent period in the Middle East. With Mars in Scorpio, the threat for political and religious assassinations is high. Governments will become more vindictive in their crackdowns as well..