Here are my top ten astrology predictions from 2013, posted and dated on this website over the last 12 months. You can hear my new forecasts for 2014 broadcast on the ABC on Friday 27th December.
2013 – THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS WAS A DRESS REHEARSAL
“This year we have three important eclipses in the sharemarket and economy signs, Taurus and Scorpio. The first lunar eclipse is on April 25th and the second solar eclipse is on May 10th. Another key moment takes place on November 3rd when there is a total solar eclipse. Taurus the bull rules Wall Street, symbolised by its famous bull sculpture. It also rules bullion and bull markets. Finally, Taurus rules Spain, with its long history of bull-fighting. What happens in the US and Spanish economies in 2013 will make us realise that the GFC was a dress rehearsal.”
The Wall Street Journal, 24th April 2013
It was the tweet heard around the markets, and for about four minutes it sent everything crashing. Even though the markets ended the week higher that “tweet retreat” raised a host of questions about the influence of new software and its use in high-speed trading of stocks and other financial assets.
The Guardian, 23rd April 2013
Wall Street collided with social media on Tuesday, when a false tweet from a trusted news organization sent the US stock market into freefall.
Reuters, 30th April 2013
Spain’s economy shrinks for seventh straight quarter
The Guardian, 8th May 2013
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 15,000 for the first time Tuesday as investor confidence in the US’s economic recovery drove stock markets to record highs. The leading stock market index closed a fraction below 15,000 on Monday but set a new high Tuesday in what has become the fastest start to any year since the raging bull market of 1999.
CBS, 17th November 2013
It’s another record-high for the U.S. National Debt which today topped the $12-trillion mark.
MERCURY RETROGRADE AND THE OBAMACARE WEBSITE
Sometimes you wish President Barack Obama would read his horoscope. Mercury Retrograde dominated his Obamacare website right from the first day of the cycle on 1st October. What you read, back on 17th September – “It’s associated with late or undelivered mail, computer problems, internet issues, travel complications and transport delays. Paperwork and negotations go forwards, backwards, then forwards during this cycle. Be smart. Either fast-forward to December or factor in changes or go-slow situations when planning October and November 2013.”
What Reuters reported “The website crashed upon its launch on October 1, frustrating users trying to shop for insurance plans. It now is functioning much better, but is still not at 100 percent.”
This famously flakey cycle also affected the UK Post Office as reported by the BBC on 14th November: “Crown post office workers to strike again on 20th November. The half-day strike is the 13 round of industrial action since Easter.”
THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRALIA? THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S BIG HINT
It might seem unfair given that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are set to tour Australia in 2014, but perhaps that’s also behind the huge Republican push showing up in the nation’s horoscope in July.
Here’s the original prediction from this website, written before the Australian election: “First things first. You want to know who the Australian Prime Minister will be in 2014. Answer – it will be the person who is most committed to making Australia a republic in July 2014, breaking with HM the Queen and opening up either a referendum or some other channel to change, in July 2014. As I write this, Tony Abbott is a confirmed Monarchist. Kevin Rudd is a firm Republican. Malcolm Turnbull, in the Liberal party with Mr Abbott, led the campaign to unseat the Queen back in 1999. So there are some clues, right there. And let’s not forget Tony Abbott’s Deputy, the Republican Julie Bishop.”
The Australian horoscope, analysed on this website back in August 2013 clearly showed the potential for a break with William and Kate, the future King and Queen of England.
“This is a fairly daring prediction to make, here on 4th August 2013, but it’s also an irresistible one. July 2014 looks like the most radical, revolutionary breakthrough for Australia in years. It will involve the nation’s land, native people and property as this is a Fourth House concern – and its minerals and mining deposits too. Very close to July 3rd – 8th 2014 the movement for a break with the British monarchy will gather speed. The nation had a referendum about dropping ties to the Royal Family some years ago, but it took place on Mercury Retrograde, so the result was always doomed to change later. Perhaps the mainstream media avoided asking PM Rudd, Mr Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Tony Abbott awkward questions about their policy on the monarchy during the election, out of respect to baby Prince George – but what an error. The Australian horoscope reveals it’s time for a referendum on the republic next year. This is the only time in 12 years Jupiter will conjunct revolutionary, radical Uranus in the Fourth House which of course rules ‘the mother country.”
Just three months after this prediction, the Royal Family’s Australian representative, the Australian Governor-General, shocked royalists by publicly welcoming a republic. SBS News reported on 23rd November, “Governor-General reignites republican debate. The Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, Geoff Gallop, welcomed the comments, saying an Australian head of state would send a powerful message.”
THE QUEEN AND PRINCE CHARLES JOB SHARE – THE APRIL AND MAY ECLIPSES
Filed here on April 10th 2013: ” The Royal Family always hits a crossroads during an eclipse. Perhaps it’s because the Sun is involved – traditionally the ruler of queens and kings. We have a partial lunar eclipse coming up on Thursday 25th April which falls at 5 Scorpio 46 and 5 Taurus 46. This triggers the astrological charts of Prince Charles, Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip. The deep changes which unfold from 25th April 2013 will affect the Royal Family for months to come. There is a second eclipse on Saturday 25th May. This falls at 4 Sagittarius 08 and 4 Gemini 08 – very close to that 5 degree eclipse weeks before. Again, it will trigger the horoscopes of Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Phillip and Prince Charles.”
The Daily Mail reported on 7th May, “Charles and Queen in Royal jobshare. As Her Majesty scales back foreign trips, Palace gives Prince more prominent role • Buckingham Palace reviewing the Queen’s long-haul travel commitments • Prince of Wales is to perform one of his most significant duties to date • He has never attended in place of the monarch at the bi-annual gathering • Charles and Camilla will also attend State Opening of Parliament together.
THE NHS IN ENGLAND AND THE MAY ECLIPSE
The prediction from this website: “On Friday 10th May 2013 at 1.26am we have an eclipse in Taurus which will bring dramatic change to the English health system. The headlines appeared four days earlier. ITV News 6th May reported “Three deaths probed. At least 22 “possible serious untoward” incidents – including three where a patient died – relating to the new NHS 111 advice line, a health magazine reports. The deaths are being investigated. NHS England is keeping a ‘careful eye’ on the service.
AUSTRALIAN POLITICS IS A PIZZA – JULIA GILLARD AND THE SPILL
Predicted on February 22nd 2013: “The gloves are finally off for PM Julia Gillard after Tuesday March 12th. She can make up for lost time with a YouTube audience ready and waiting from March 20th and a really dramatic moment near Friday 22nd March, when Mars conjuncts Uranus at 8 Aries, forming a pattern with her Pluto at 8 Virgo.” The results are now history on Wikipedia. “A leadership spill in the Australian Labor Party, the party of government in the Parliament of Australia, was held on 21 March 2013. Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a ballot for the Leadership and Deputy Leadership of the Labor Party for 4.30pm, following a press conference by former Labor Leader and Regional Minister Simon Crean over persistent leadership tensions.”
UNFINISHED ECLIPSE BUSINESS – BENGHAZI AND THE DEMOCRATS
What you read here, back in December 2012: “The 13 November 2012 eclipse at 10.08pm in London, saw the Sun at 21 Scorpio covered up by the Moon, also at 21 Scorpio. This is a sensitive spot in the charts of some powerful US political figures.” What CNN reported on 6th November 2013: “Congressman: Benghazi questions need answers, or more steps needed. A week before Congress is expected to finally hear from CIA contractors on the ground in Libya during the deadly Benghazi attacks, a Republican member said it is long overdue the American public learn the truth of “the murky events of September 11, 2012,” that left a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.”
THE FEBRUARY-JUNE MEDIA AND INTERNET DETOX
The prediction from this website: “There will be a global media and internet detox between February (when Jupiter moves direct in Gemini) and June (when he changes signs to Cancer). Jupiter solves problems and creates win-win solutions.”
On 6th June the Edward Snowden revelations broke in The Guardian and The Washington Post. The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its international partners’ global surveillance of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens sent shockwaves which are still having an impact now.
And over on the News website back on March 18th in a story about phone-hacking and bribery: “UK finds compromise on media laws. The British press will come under new regulatory laws.”
I WANT MY FACE BACK – ACTION AGAINST FACEBOOK
What you read here in a December 2012 prediction about the year ahead: “Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn and Chiron, the great maverick, in Pisces all add up to the same thing. In 2013, people will demand their face back – possibly from organisations like Facebook.” In August, Facebook paid five users $22 million to settle a privacy lawsuit.
GOOGLE UNDER PRESSURE IN MAY AND NOVEMBER 2013
Another prediction made in December 2012 on this website: “Google is under pressure in 2013, according to the astrological birth charts for Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and the horoscopes set up for Google’s domain name registration and incorporation. An eclipse on Friday 10th May will put the squeeze on Google, on or close to that date. In November 2013, intense Scorpio patterns in the Google horoscope also challenge its status as the world’s biggest business maverick. There will be a serious reality check close to 6th and 24th November for the organisation, at least in terms of its status as maverick.”
On May 28, 2013, Google was ordered by United States District Court Judge Susan Illston to comply with a National Security Letter issued by the FBI to provide user data without a warrant. The FBI’s warrantless National Security Letter requested user details, despite ongoing concerns about their constitutionality.
Tech Report filed this story on 1st November: “Massive patent lawsuit targets Google and its Android partners. The smartphone scene just got a lot more litigious. Google and seven of its Android partners, including heavyweights like Samsung, LG, HTC, and Asus, have been sued by a company called Rockstar Consortium…You may not have heard of Rockstar Consortium, but as Ars Technica’s coverage points out, you’re definitely familiar with the companies behind it. Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Ericsson, and RIM…”