The First Cyber War?

The Aries Nano-Age & Overflow

Copyright Terry MacKinnell 2017 (Under the Berne Convention)

What is the common element of the Manchester & London terrorist attacks, the Grenfell Tower destruction by fire, the shooting of a US congressman, Qatar hounded by its Saudi led neighbors, the heavy civilian casualties in Syria by US backed military forces, the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a merchant ship off Japan, the Finsbury Park (London) mosque attack, the Belgium railway station and a Michigan airport terrorist attacks?  The death of Otto Warmbier in the hands of the North Korean and the death of over 120 Pakistanis following a fuel tanker accident due to onlookers smoking cigarettes can also be included, plus the numerous market place bombings in the Middle East.

The answer is Mars or Aries which includes all forms of aggression, fire, accidents and naturally terrorism.  Even the worldwide cyber-attack by online criminals in May 12 2017 can be added to the list because anything that ‘attacks’ is associated with Aries.  Another international cyber-attack commencing 27 June 2017 by a variant of the Petya ransomeware affected over 150 countries, and especially the Ukraine,[1] is another example of online pirates or a concerted cyber war.

Cyber Attacks


However, the story behind the story may be far simpler – Ukraine has suggested Russia may have been behind the attack, which struck on the eve of Ukraine’s constitution day, which celebrates the country’s split from the Soviet Union.   Furthermore, according to a pseudonymous security researcher known as “the grugq” said the software was “definitely not designed to make money” but “to spread fast and cause damage, [using the] plausibly deniable cover of ‘ransomware’”.[3]   Therefore this cyber-attack was probably of the current international cyber war orchestrated by Russia.

The concerted attack by Russian operatives against the USA political process, especially in the lead up to the 2016 US presidential elections may actually be considered the first cyber war in history.  In late June 2017 it was revealed that Russian hackers had infiltrated over 20 state legislatures in the USA.  We may have to expect that some future ‘wars’ and conflicts will be almost entirely online?

The common element in all the above events may be Aries or Mars, depending upon your approach, however, in macro-astrology, there are no planets,[4] so the common underlying denominator is Aries.  The big question is why is there so many Aries associated events currently in the news?  There can be many reasons from the arsenal of astrological techniques available.  For example, one suggestion is that according to ancient Mesopotamian astrology, Mars is more volatile when it is so close to the Sun it is invisible.  Mars went invisible two days before the international cyber-attack.[5]

Another astrologer suggests, at least for the Grenfell fire, that the coincident Sun opposite Saturn had a number of fixed stars conjunct the Sun including Capella, though Capella[6] does not seem to have a historical relationship to fires or calamities.  One astrologer believes that the collision involving the USS Fitzgerald off the Philippines and Otto Warmbier’s unpleasant fate were part of the eclipse season events.[7]

I rarely disagree with any astrological explanation of world events based on the principles of mundane astrology, but macro-astrology provides a totally different perspective that provides clear correlations as far back into history that we can travel.  Furthermore, macro-astrology provides a framework that is the essence of simplicity compared to mundane and horoscopic astrology because there are no planets, only signs.  Imagine an onion with its layers.  This is how macro-astrology works.

First there are the ages of some 2150 years each which can be broken into three age-decans of almost 720 years each.  We are currently in the Libra age-decan, and when it peaks in the middle of the next century, the world can expect a multi-century golden age compared to the last 5,000 to 7,000 years.  Each age can also be divided into 12 sub-ages (four per age-decan) of approximately 180 years each.  Since 1970, the world has been in the Libra sub-age, but the effects of the previous Scorpio sub-age remain dominant.  It is possible to drill down into sub-ages to micro-ages, then nano-ages and I have even discovered pica ages that are only around 5 weeks in length.

The perspective from macro-astrology on the current level of violence and fires is rather simple, June 2017 is the peak of an Aries nano-age and overflow (March 2016 – June 2017 – September 2018) with June 2017 representing the apex of this bell curve.[8]  However, the bell curve is heavily biased to the right side or overflow period. Research indicates that the ‘power’ of any period is almost twice as strong in the following or overflow period.  In this situation, the Aries nano-age (March 2016 – June 2017) experiences a slow growth in strength until it gets to the end of its period (June 2017), then breaks like a tsunami and engulfs the following Pisces nano-age with its Aries archetypal events.  The Aries nano-age overflow (June 2017 – September 2018) coexists with the incoming Pisces nano-age, which however is at its weakest strength.

While violence and conflict may seem ever present in the news these days, these baby Aries periods do not have a history of producing major wars or conflicts, but they do promote petty conflict and discord because people who are liable to get angry, will tend to respond to these Aries periods with the peak of their anger.  Neither of the two world wars in the 20th century had an Aries nano-age in their vicinity.  They were aligned to a far stronger vortex involving ages, age-decans and a sub-age decan.  Nothing of this nature occurs in the current century. And no Third World War is expected this century, next century, or the centuries to come.

However, June is just the beginning of an elevated period of this petty Aries influence, and we should be psychologically ready to deal with even more conflict and violence in the next 7 to 15 months coinciding with the Aries nano-age overflow  (June 2017 – September 2018).  Terrorists will be salivating at the thought of killing more innocent victims, accidents, crashes, fires, assassinations and anything associated with Aries are all firing on all cylinders, but it will not bring a major war.  It should start some serious regional wars or mid-level international conflicts.   The reality of cyber war(s) should be become entrenched in the coming months.  I remember a wise person once stating that mankind has always used the peak of their technological knowledge in the employment of war, so it seems that the same applies to the internet – it will become another avenue for conflict.

There have been some classic wars, civil wars and strife included in these small Aries periods, but no top-level wars. A lowly Aries nano-age should not be expected to start a major war, as it sits below ages, age-decans, sub-ages, sub-age decans, micro-ages and micro-age decans.  What occurs in an Aries nano-age is a heightened level of conflict over the background noise of perpetual conflict that always exists in the world (at least since governments were formed around 5,000 years ago). Fortunately the level of conflict in the world today is negligible compared to the devastations of the previous centuries but the average person is ignorant of history, and in this intellectual vacuum, pessimism has reared its head and so many people are convinced that the world has never been in a worse condition compared to today when the opposite is closer to the truth.[9]

The closest the world has come to a Third World War was in October 1962 with the Cuban Missile Crisis but October 1962 occurred two months before the arrival of an Aries nano-age (an Aries nano-age usually appearing about every 13 or 14 years).  It is instructive that the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in a Taurus nano-age (September 1961 – December 1962) because Taurus is opposite Scorpio and Scorpio is the sign for all things nuclear, including nuclear missiles.  The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred because the USA did not want Russian supplied nuclear missiles on its doorstep in Cuba.  The USA got its way (with the help of Taurus).

The following displays all the Aries nano-ages the world has passed through since 1800 with the associated major conflicts.

List of Aries Nano-Age Wars & Conflicts Since 1800

Note: Details of the following wars and conflicts can be found in the Appendix at the end of this post.

October 1811 – January 1813 – April 1814

The French invasion of Russia (June 1812 – December 1812)

The War of 1812 (1812–1815)

June 1825 – August 1826 – November 1827

The Russo-Persian War of 1826–28

January 1839 – April 1840 – July 1841

The First Anglo-Afghan War (1839 to 1842).

The First Opium War (1839–42)

September 1852 – December 1853 – February 1855

The Crimean War (October 1853 to March 1856)

April 1866 – July 1867 – October 1868

The Austro-Prussian War (1866)

October 1894 – January 1896 – April 1897

The First Sino-Japanese War (August 1894 – April 1895)

The First Italo-Ethiopian War (1895 to 1896).

Hamidian massacres of Armenians by Turks (1895)

June 1908 – September 1909 – December 1910

The Mexican Revolution (c. 1910–1920)

Young Turk Revolution (July 1908)

January 1922 – April 1923 – July 1924

The Irish Civil War (June 1922 – May 1923)

September 1935 – December 1936 – March 1938

The Second Italo-Ethiopian War (October 1935 – May 1936).

The Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939)

The Second Sino-Japanese War (July 1937 to September 1945)

April 1949 – July 1950 – October 1951

The Korean War (June 1950 – July 1953)

December 1962 – March 1964 – June 1965

The Indonesian–Malaysian confrontation (1963–66 )

The Colombian Conflict (May 1964 – present)

The Dominican Civil War (April 1965 – September 1965)

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965

May 1975 – August 1976 – October 1977

The Angolan Civil War (1975 – 2002) .

The Lebanese Civil War (1975 to 1990)

The Cambodian–Vietnamese War (1975 and 1977)

The Indonesian invasion of East Timor (December 1975)

The “Dirty War” in Argentina (c. 1974 to 1983)

December 1988 – March 1990 – June 1991

Revolutions of 1989 – a wave of revolutions swept the communist Eastern Bloc 1989 and ending in December 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Tiananmen Square protests and massacre by the Chinese government (1989)

The United States Invasion of Panama (December 1989 – January 1990)

First Gulf War (August 1990 – February 1991)

The Rwandan Civil War (October 1990 –  August 1993)

The Croatian War of Independence (1991 to 1995)

The Somali Civil War (c.1988 – 1991)

August 2002 – November 2003 – January 2005

The Iraq War (Second Gulf War) (2003)

The War in Darfur (commencing February 2003)

Diachronic Relationships

The above list demonstrates some examples of diachronic[10] relationships between different periods.  This is first witnessed with the First Italo-Ethiopian War (1895 to 1896) in one Aries period with the Second Italo-Ethiopian War  (October 1935 – May 1936) occurring in a following Aries period, but not the immediate next period.  Another example is the First Sino-Japanese War (August 1894 – April 1895) followed by the Second Sino-Japanese War (July 1937 to September 1945), but as with Ethiopia, not in consecutive Aries nano-ages.  The last example is the Gulf War (August 1990 – February 1991) followed by the Second Gulf War (2003) with this the only example of a diachronic relationship between consecutive periods for wars.  The current Aries period does, however, promote (Cancer) New Zealand’s 10th house of status, and New Zealand won the greatest prize in the world of sailing, the America’s Cup in June 2017, the first time since 2003, which was also in the last Aries nano-age (Aug 2002 – Nov 2003).

The Third World War?

These small Aries periods bring relatively small strife to the world compared with say the two world wars of the 20th century, Viet Nam War, American Civil War etc.  Despite the growing accolade of pessimists, the astrology does not indicate we are approaching a Third World War in the current Aries period or in the whole of the current 21st century (see “A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making” for more details).  We can certainly expect a regional conflict in one or more of the current hotspots in the world.  With the current Aries nano-age and overflow sitting in the shadow of the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029), the focus is upon Cancer countries and regions in the world which include the Middle East, North Africa, China and Russia.  It is hard to believe that Cancer-ruled Scandinavia will succumb to a regional conflict unless say it was attacked by Russia – which is extremely unlikely?  The same can be expected from Canada and New Zealand.

Fires, Accidents & Assassinations

It is not just heightened military tensions that will factor in the rest of the current Aries period.  Aries loves massive fires, and the Portuguese fires may herald an inflammatory period ahead, and I am expecting a major bush fire season in Australia in the summer of 2017-18.  South Africa is already experienced unprecedented bush fires in early June 2017.[11]  Experts believe that the world is entering a new era of wildfires due to “longer, hotter fire seasons climate change is causing,…”[12]

Also we should expect some major assassinations, spectacular accidents (perhaps some involving airplanes) and more building fires such as Grenfell, London.  Aries is not limited to violence and destructive fires, it also includes the start or completion of some major engineering or construction, and a focus upon sport.  With the arrival of the Pisces nano-age in June 2017, overlapping the Aries nano-age overflow, there should certainly be a continued focus on drugs in sport, and perhaps some major sporting records beaten or some other positive and negative elevation of sport.

President Trump

The election and presidency of Donald Trump is also aligned to the current Aries period due to his “unapologetic brashness and America First-erism”[13]  and has drawn upon support of the mainly gun owning Americans who believe their right to bear arms is under threat.  Trump’s plan to construct a wall on the border with Mexico is pure Aries, and his natural aggressiveness indicates he is aligned to Aries.  Trump’s election win is not solely due to Aries as it occurred under the shadow of the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) and in the new Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019).  Cancer is an anti-leadership anti-authoritarian influence and Trump capitalized upon being outside of the established ruling elite, and of course Aquarius always breeds extremists on both the left and the right, and his neo-fascist policies went down well in the downtrodden conservative heartlands where (Aries) guns are deified (see “Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius”).  On a personal note, Trump’s natal horoscope has Mars conjunct his ascendant, making it the most powerful element in his chart and perfect timing aligned to this Aries nano-age and overflow.

Aries Rules Iron

How will iron (and magnetism) fare in this Aries hotspot?

Iron Chart

Courtesy of Market Insider[14]

The iron ore price is a proxy for the strength of the Chinese economy, and this Aries period should focus upon the price of iron.  Though the above graph seems to indicate a downward trend, the recent blip occurred in the first half of the current Aries period after some years of freefall, and some further minor increase should be expected in the rest of the current Aries period.  The plummet in the price of iron since 2014 has occurred at the peak strength of the Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014 – 2029) with its strongest manifestation post 2014 for many years.  Apart from Cancer being the primary sign for China, Cancer sits at the lowly 4th house position to Aries iron, suggesting that while the current Aries period may go against the trend, iron remains in the doldrums over the medium term.

Aries Nations

I have not yet clearly identified all the countries with Aries strong in their astrological signature, but the following have been assigned based on historical evidence:  Germany, Iran and the United Kingdom. Germany recently seems to have taken on the role of defacto leader of the Free World[15] with the USA in a sulky funk under Trump.  This makes sense as though the USA’s primary sign is Pisces, Pisces’ 2nd house is ruled by Aries, and with the 2nd house associated with cultural values, under this Aries period, the USA has returned to its gun-toting base of supporters and aggression with Trump as their spokesperson.  American culture always prefers the John Wayne and Superman-type heroes due to their Aries cultural values witnessed as early as Daniel Boone (1734 – 1820).  “His adventures—real and legendary—were influential in creating the archetypal Western hero of American folklore.”[16]  Interestingly, Daniel Boone was born into an Aries sub-age decan overflow (1731 – 1791) which was also the crucial period in the formation of the USA and cements the relationship of Aries to the USA and their focus even today on guns.

The third strongest element in the USA’s totem pole is Capricorn which nutures the USA’s atavistic conservative heartland.  Aries stimulates the 4th house to Capricorn and here we see the retreat of the USA from its former role in the world and a focus upon itself or “America First” and its wall against Mexico due to pressure from Trump’s (Capricorn) conservative base of supporters.

Aries and the UK

The UK focus in this Aries period is clearly seen, first with Brexit, second with the UK government almost self-decapitating itself in the 2017 general election plus the string of terrorist attacks and Grenfell.  However, as stated in a previous post, the UK also has a very strong Taurus in its signature which resists change.  What other modern democracy has a bunch of unelected aristocrats in its upper house of government in place of an elected chamber such as a senate?  Aries sits at the unfortunate 12th house position to Taurus, and this can also explain why while the focus in this Aries period is firmly on the UK, the focus is mainly negative or problematic.  In the last Aries sub-age and overflow (1073 – 1253 – 1433) was the One Hundred Years War (1337 – 1453) between England and France.  Despite all the gains and successes by England in this war, by the end of the war, England had lost everything it had gained except for the city of Calais which it retained for a few token centuries.[17]   Furthermore, in the last major Aries period, the Aries sub-age decan overflow (1731 – 1791), the UK lost one of its major colonial assets – the USA.  Aries does not bring gain for the UK.


Any Libran nation is in its 7th house mode in an Aries period, and the only nation that I have firmly assigned to Libra is China, (with Cancer the primary sign of the Middle Kingdom), so China is in dangerous territory as it follows its aggressive policy of island building in the South China Sea.  On a positive note, it has recently launched a massive project to recreate a modern version of the ancient Silk Road linking China to Europe.  Aries favors such construction projects, and the 7th house mode suggests such projects be beyond its own borders.

However, Aries does stimulate Cancer’s 10th house, a sign even stronger in its association with China.  This strengthens its aggressive stance as the 10th house rules its government.  This was also in place for the Chinese government crackdown and massacre of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators in 1989 in an earlier Aries nano-age period.  Australia may also have a relatively strong Libra in its signature, and if this is already being supported by the fact that Australia has recently started engaging in more overseas conflicts such as Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines suggesting it is being egged-on into a more aggressive stance by the USA.   Will the USA pressure Australia to send a naval exercise to the disputed islands in the South China Seas?

Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow

Finally, the June 2017 midway point of the current Aries nano-age and overflow  (March 2016 – June 2017 – September 2018) is also significant in the evolutionary stage of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) because in June, Aquarius shifted up into second gear instigating the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (Jun 2017 – Jun 2022).  This increase in the influence of Aquarius in the world will bring bigger and deeper shocks.  Already the shock election of Trump and the UK’s shock exit referendum from the European Union even had people expecting a shock election for the extreme right under Le Pen in the recent French presidential elections (a shock is not a shock if it is expected). For more details on the growing role of extremism (both conservative and progressive) in the world, see:

This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan


Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius

The strong focus on all things Cancer since the arrival of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029) should start to ebb as of June 2017 with the elevation of Aquarius at Cancer’s expense.  Unfortunately for anything associated with Cancer, Aquarius rules its 8th house.  This growing Aquarius influence does not bode well for the well being of both China and the Middle East nor does it promote peace under the 8th house influence.   Aquarius is also not uplifting for Pisces USA, with Aquarius at the 12th house position to Pisces, even though Aquarius sits at number two to Pisces on the USA’s totem pole.


Russia has both Cancer (from the Vikings) and Aquarius strong in its astrological signature.  The successful Russian communist revolution occurred in the last Aquarius micro-age (1910-25).  Aquarius-orientated nations have an eccentric nature and should have a strong relationship to IT technology. Apart from nefarious activity in the Balkans, Russia’s main claim to fame since the beginning of the current Aries period is its successes in cyber-warfare.  Aries’ periods stimulate the profile of any Cancer nation (for better or worse) and ever since the allegations against Russia interfering in the elections in the USA and other nations has become public knowledge of, its profile has substantially risen like a famous pirate in the days of olde.  A recent poll found more people in the world thought more favourably of Putin than Trump[18] indicating that Putin is taking advantage of Aries stimulating Russia’s 10th house of prestige and recognition.

Aries also stimulates the Russia’s Aquarius 3rd house of the media and communication, the main avenue of the cyber war.  Naturally the rise in strength of the Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) within the Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) places Russia directly in the hot seat, more so than China which has no known relationship to Aquarius.  Russia is the country to watch, at least until 2024.


Based on previous Aries nano-ages since 1800, specifically for the rest of 2017, but also carrying over until September 2018, we can expect one or more regional wars (similar to the last two Gulf Wars), but no world war.  Further intensification and even expansion of the current cyber war with mainly piratical Russia pulling the levers, one or more major assassinations (President Kennedy, Malcolm X), some major accidents (Challenger disaster), major fires (Grenfell) including forest fires, increased violence and brute show of force (terrorists, Tiananmen Square), some major engineering or constructions projects announced or completed and the price of iron remaining in the doldrems.

Germany, Iran and the United Kingdom should demonstrate a short term focus while Russia basks in the limelight, undermining Western nations via the internet as much as possible.  The manmade islands of the South China Sea are liable to be the pawns in the games of the god of war.  The US gun users and lobby are having a field day, Trump is asserting his America First strategy which is straight out of the box of Aries archetypes.

With the Aries nano-age representing 1/1728 of an astrological age, we should not expect too much from such a small period, but as previous Aries nano-age periods indicate, these small periods can precipitate wars, conflicts and other issues that can last for many years and even decades.  It should also be expected that there are many smaller Aries events flooding the news as reports of bomb explosions, murder, death, accidents roll our way.

This focus upon Aries could be perceived as a deterioration in world affairs, but this pessimism is not based on facts or even the current reality in the world, it is based on the fact that the world is in a Gemini sub-age decan (1970 – 2029 – 2059), and because we have recently also entered the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – 2029), approaching the zenith of power for Gemini, the sign that is opposite optimistic Sagittarius, the public mood has turned desultory and pessimistic, even though there has probably never been a better time to be alive than right now.


Details on the Major Wars and Conflicts since 1800 in Aries Nano-Ages

October 1811 – January 1813 – April 1814

The French invasion of Russia (June 1812 – December 1812) by Napoleon’s army was part of the Napoleonic Wars (1803 – 1815).  This was a disaster for the French who incurred 380,000 dead and 100,000 captured.  This was the final attempt at conquest by Napoleon and immediately following this period the War of the Sixth Coalition (March 1813 – May 1814) concluded the Napoleonic Wars and resulted in Napoleon being sent to exile.  Appropriately the Russians burnt Moscow in 1812 to deny the city to Napoleon, while the British burnt Washington DC in 1814 in the War of 1812.

The War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a conflict fought between the USA and the United Kingdom and their respective allies and is considered a part of the Napoleonic Wars.  On another continent, Simon Bolivar led 500 guerrillas to victory in Caracas, Venezuela.

June 1825 – August 1826 – November 1827

The Russo-Persian War of 1826–28 was the last major military conflict between the Russian and Persian empires which commenced in 1651 with five major episodes involved.  The war marked the end of the era of the Russo-Persian Wars, with Russia becoming the unquestioned dominant power in the Caucasus. Persia (Iran) was forced to cede swaths of territories that it has never regained.  Appropriate to Aries, sulphur friction matches were invented in 1827!

January 1839 – April 1840 – July 1841

The First Anglo-Afghan War was fought between British and Afghanistan from 1839 to 1842. The war is famous for the loss of 4,500 British and Indian soldiers, plus 12,000 of their camp followers, to Afghan tribal fighters, but the British defeated the Afghans in the concluding engagement.

The First Opium War (1839–42), also known as the Anglo-Chinese War, was fought between the United Kingdom and the Qing dynasty in China over their conflicting viewpoints on diplomatic relations, trade, and the administration of justice for foreign nationals in China. Behind the scenes the UK was selling opium grown in India to the Chinese to pay for Chinese tea and the Chinese wanted to stop the drug trade.  The Chinese were unsuccessful and the success by the UK resulted in the UK taking possession of Hong Kong “in perpetuity” and securing most favoured nation status.

However all was not peaceful in the UK.  In 1839 armed chartists threatened a working class revolt in northern England and the government had to respond by a show of military force to cow the Chartist revolutionaries.  In 1839 Goodyear developed vulcanization (heat process) to produce rubber.

September 1852 – December 1853 – February 1855

The Crimean War was a military conflict fought from October 1853 to March 1856 in which the Russian Empire lost to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire and Sardinia, a war noted for its “notoriously incompetent international butchery”.  The Crimean War was one of the first conflicts to use modern technologies such as explosive naval shells, railways and telegraphs.  This war included the famous Charge of the Light Brigade and Florence Nightingale’s introduction of modern nursing practices for the wounded soldiers.

April 1866 – July 1867 – October 1868

The Austro-Prussian War (the German War) was a war fought in 1866 between the German Confederation under the leadership of the Austrian Empire and its German allies on one side and the Kingdom of Prussia with its German allies on the other that resulted in Prussian dominance over the German states. This conflict also paralleled the Third Independence War of Italian unification.

Competitive Aries always likes a race, and the Great Tea Race of 1866 by clippers bringing tea from China to Britain was the penultimate clipper race and keenly followed by the press and punters.  The leader arrived only 28 minutes before the second clipper after a race of 14,000 miles and taking 99 days.  However, the writing was on the wall for clippers as a steamship doing the same route left 8 days later but arrived 15 days before the first clippers.

October 1894 – January 1896 – April 1897

The First Sino-Japanese War (August 1894 – April 1895) was fought between China and Japan, primarily over their influence in Korea.  After more than six months of unbroken successes by Japanese land and naval forces and the loss of the port of Weihaiwei, the Chinese government sued for peace in February 1895.

The First Italo-Ethiopian War was fought between Italy and Ethiopia from 1895 to 1896.  Italy’s defeat came about after the Battle of Adwa, where the Ethiopian army dealt the heavily outnumbered Italians a decisive loss and forced their retreat back into Eritrea. This was not the first African victory over Western colonizers, but it was the first time that Africans put a definitive stop to a colonizing nation’s efforts. According to one historian: “In an age of relentless European expansion, Ethiopia alone had successfully defended its independence”.

This period also witnessed the Hamidian massacres of Armenians by Turks and in 1895 between 100,000 and 300,000 Armenians were killed.  The Turkish leader, Sultan Abdul Hamid II, was appropriately labelled as the “great assassin”, “bloody Sultan”, and “Abdul the Damned”.[19]  The first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece in 1896.

June 1908 – September 1909 – December 1910

The Mexican Revolution was a major armed struggle (c. 1910–1920) that radically transformed Mexican culture and government.  This armed conflict is often categorized as the most important socio-political event in Mexico’s history and one of the greatest upheavals of the 20th century; it resulted in an important program of experimentation and reform in social organization appropriately aligned with the incoming Aquarius micro-age (1910 – 1925).  Because this occurred in an Aquarius micro-age (1910 – 1925), it strongly suggests that Aquarius sits high on Mexico’s totem pole.

Only one month inside this Aries nano-age the Young Turk Revolution (July 1908) of the Turkish Ottoman Empire was when the Young Turks movement restored the Ottoman constitution of 1876 and ushered in multi-party politics in a two stage electoral system (electoral law) under the Ottoman parliament.  For the same reason as Mexico (above), and the communist revolution in Russia, this also suggests a strong Aquarius in Turkey’s signature.

Within months of the arrival of this nano-age, the first Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line and in the same year, the General Motors Corporation was formed.  In macro-astrology, motor vehicles are ruled by Aries, not Gemini, as the astrological gods view automobiles as projectiles!

In December 1908 Europe’s worst recorded earthquake occurred in Southern Italy killing between 75,000 and 200,000 people.  Also in 1908, work began on the first aqueduct to supply LA with water from a site 233 miles north east – a significant focus of the “Chinatown” movie made by Roman Polanski in 1974 starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

Terrorists have been around for a long time, and in 1909, terrorist worshippers of the Hindu god Kali (the goddess of destruction) killed a prominent Englishman.  In 1910, Portugese revolutionaries deposed the Portuguese monarch.

January 1922 – April 1923 – July 1924

The Irish Civil War (June 1922 – May 1923) was an internal conflict that followed the Irish War of Independence and accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State, an entity independent from the United Kingdom but within the British Empire.  The conflict may have claimed more lives than the War of Independence that preceded it, and left Irish society divided and embittered for generations. Even today, the two of the main political parties in the Republic of Ireland are direct descendants of the opposing sides of the war.

The para-military Klu Klux Khan experienced a resurgence and claimed to have one million members in 1923.  Hitler’s Nazi Party in Germany holds a rally in Munich and attempts to overthrow the government in the beer-hall putsch.

In 1923 fire destroyed half the city of Tokyo following the Great Kantō earthquake and over 100,000 died

September 1935 – December 1936 – March 1938

The Second Italo-Ethiopian War, was a colonial war that started in October 1935, after a battle in December 1934, and ended in May 1936. The war was fought between Italy and the Ethiopian Empire and this time the Italians won due to their superior weapons.  The Italian victory in the war coincided with the zenith of the international popularity of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime.  In 1935, the Nazi’s held all political power in Germany and the passing of the Nuremberg laws against Jews started the path to genocide.

The Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) is known as a struggle between democracy and fascism where democracy lost, though some historians consider it more accurately described as a struggle between extremists on the left and right. Ultimately, the Nationalists won, and Franco then ruled Spain as dictator for the next 36 years. The war was notable for the passion and political division it inspired and for the many atrocities that occurred including the execution of Federico Garcia Lorca – a famous international Spanish poet, playwright and theatre director . Organized purges occurred in territory captured by Franco’s fascist forces to consolidate the future regime and a significant number of killings took place in areas controlled by the defeated Republicans.

The Second Sino-Japanese War was a military conflict fought primarily between China and Japan from July 1937 to September 1945.  After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the war merged with other conflicts of World War II as a major sector known as the China Burma India Theater.  The Second Sino-Japanese War was the largest Asian war in the 20th century and it accounted for the majority of civilian and military casualties in the Pacific War, with between 10 and 25 million Chinese civilians and over 4 million Chinese and Japanese military personnel dying from war-related violence, famine, and other causes.

A spectacular fire in 1936 burnt the Crystal Palace to the ground.  The Crystal Palace was originally built in Hyde Park, London to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.  After the exhibition, it was decided to relocate the Palace to an area of South London. It stood there from 1854 until its destruction by fire in 1936.  1854 is located in an earlier Aries nano-age (overflow) and therefore this can be viewed as another diachronic example.

April 1949 – July 1950 – October 1951

The Korean War (June 1950 – July 1953) began when North Korea invaded South Korea with the United Nations, led by the USA, sending in its military to aid South Korea. Following the retreat of North Korean forces, China came to the aid of North Korea, with some assistance from the Soviet Union (Russia). The agreement for the cessation of hostilities created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war.  Other major events in this Aries period include the formation of the major military alliance NATO and McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade which was really just a brute show of political power.

December 1962 – March 1964 – June 1965

The Indonesian–Malaysian confrontation (or Borneo confrontation) was a violent conflict from 1963–66 that stemmed from Indonesia’s opposition to the creation of Malaysia after its independence from the UK colonial masters.  The confrontation was an undeclared war with most of the action occurring in the border area between Indonesia and East Malaysia on the island of Borneo (known as Kalimantan in Indonesia).

The Colombian Conflict (May 1964 – present) is a low-intensity asymmetric war between Colombian governments, paramilitary groups, crime syndicates, and left-wing guerrillas such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Army (ELN), fighting each other to increase their influence in Colombian territory.  Two of the most important forces that have contributed to the Colombian conflict are multinational companies and the USA.

The Dominican Civil War (April 1965 – September 1965) started when civilian and military supporters of constitutionally elected former President Juan Bosch overthrew acting President Donald Reid Cabral. Allegations of foreign support for the rebels led to a United States intervention in the conflict, which later transformed into an Organization of American States occupation of the country.

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 was a culmination of skirmishes that took place between April 1965 and September 1965 between Pakistan and India. The conflict began following Pakistan’s infiltratration of forces into Jammu and Kashmir to precipitate an insurgency against Indian rule. India retaliated by launching a full-scale military attack on West Pakistan. The seventeen-day war caused thousands of casualties on both sides and witnessed the largest engagement of armored vehicles and the largest tank battle since World War II.  Internationally, the war was viewed in the context of the greater Cold War, and resulted in a significant geopolitical shift in the subcontinent. Before the war, the USA and the UK had been major material allies of both India and Pakistan, as their primary suppliers of military hardware and foreign developmental aid. During and after the conflict, both India and Pakistan felt betrayed by the perceived lack of support by the western powers for their respective positions; those feelings of betrayal were increased with the imposition of an American and British embargo on military aid to the opposing sides

1963 saw the self-immolation ritual suicide of Vietnamese monks as protest against the conflict in Viet Nam.  The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 is another example of classic Aries archetypes at work, and by 1965 a major race riot occurred in Watts, LA, and Malcolm X was assassinated by three members of the extremist Nation of Islam, an African American political and religious movement, which had excommunicated him in 1964.

May 1975 – August 1976 – October 1977

The Angolan Civil War was a major civil conflict in Angola, beginning in 1975 and continuing, with some interludes, until 2002. The war began immediately after Angola became independent from Portugal in November 1975.  The war served as a surrogate battleground for the Cold War and large-scale direct and indirect international involvement by opposing powers such as the Soviet Union, Cuba, South Africa and the United States was a major feature of the conflict.

The Lebanese Civil War was a multifaceted civil war in Lebanon, lasting from 1975 to 1990 and resulted in an estimated 120,000 fatalities. There was an exodus of almost one million people from Lebanon as a result of the war.

The Cambodian–Vietnamese War was an armed conflict with isolated clashes along the land and maritime boundaries of Vietnam and Kampuchea between 1975 and 1977, occasionally involving division-sized military formations. In December 1978, Vietnam launched a full-scale invasion of Kampuchea and subsequently occupied the country and removed the Khmer Rouge government from power.

The Indonesian invasion of East Timor began in December 1975, when the Indonesian military invaded East Timor under the pretext of anti-colonialism. The overthrow of a popular and brief Fretilin-led government later sparked a violent quarter-century occupation in which between approximately 100,000–180,000 soldiers and civilians are estimated to have been killed or starved.

The “Dirty War” was the name used by the Argentine Military Government for a period of state terrorism in Argentina from roughly 1974 to 1983, during which military and security forces and right-wing death squads in the form of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance hunted down and killed left-wing guerrillas, political dissidents, and anyone believed to be associated with socialism. About 30,000 people disappeared, many of which were impossible to be formally reported due to the nature of the issue: state terrorism, commonly known as fascism.

December 1988 – March 1990 – June 1991

1989 was a turning point in political history because a wave of revolutions swept the communist Eastern Bloc in europe, starting in Poland with the beginning of a move towards private enterprise, coming to a head with the opening of the Berlin Wall in November, embracing the overthrow of the communist dictatorship in Romania, and ending in December 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Collectively known as the Revolutions of 1989, this heralded the beginning of the post–Cold War period. Also in 1989 was the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre by the Chinese government.

The US Invasion of Panama occurred between December 1989 and January 1990 by President George H. W. Bush ten years after a treaty was made to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama by 1 January 2000.  During the invasion, de facto Panamanian leader, general, and dictator Manuel Noriega was deposed, and the Panamanian army was dissolved.

The First Gulf War (August 1990 – February 1991) was a war waged by coalition forces led by the USA against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait. An array of nations joined the coalition from 35 nations, the largest military alliance since World War II.  The war was marked by the introduction of live news broadcasts from the front lines of the battle.

The Rwandan Civil War was a conflict between the Rwandan Armed Forces and the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and was fought in two phases. The first phase began on 1 October 1990, with an RPF invasion of the north east of the country from Uganda. This phase ended on 4 August 1993, with the signing of the Arusha Accords. The war had its origins in the long-running dispute between the Hutu and Tutsi groups within the Rwandan population.

The Croatian War of Independence was fought from 1991 to 1995 between Croat forces loyal to the government of Croatia—which had declared independence from Yugoslavia —and the Serb-controlled Yugoslav army and local Serb forces, with Yugoslavian forces ending their combat operations in Croatia by 1992.  A majority of Croats wanted Croatia to leave Yugoslavia and become a sovereign country, while many ethnic Serbs living in Croatia, supported by Serbia, opposed the secession and wanted Serb-claimed lands to be in a common state with Serbia.  The war ended with Croatian victory, as it achieved the goals it had declared at the beginning of the war: independence and preservation of its borders.

The Somali Civil War is an ongoing civil war that grew out of resistance to the Siad Barre regime during the 1980s. By 1988–90, the Somali Armed Forces began engaging various armed rebel groups.  The clan-based armed opposition groups eventually managed to overthrow the Barre government in 1991.

At the very beginning of this period in December 1988 the infamous destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 which was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing a total of 270 people believed organised by the Libyan government.  A major rail crash occurred at Clapham Junction rail crash in London killing 35 and injuring 132.

August 2002 – November 2003 – January 2005

The Iraq War (Second Gulf War) was a protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that toppled the government of Saddam Hussein supposedly for hiding weapons of mass destruction that never existed. The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government.  An estimated 151,000 to 600,000 or more Iraqis were killed in the first 3–4 years of conflict.  The massive destabilization of Iraq by the USA and its allies has led to the formation of extreme terrorist groups such as ISIS and much destabilization in surrounding regions.

The War in Darfur was a major armed conflict in Sudan, that began in February 2003 when rebel groups began fighting the government of Sudan, which they accused of oppressing Darfur’s non-Arab population. The government responded to attacks by carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Darfur’s non-Arabs. This resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the indictment of Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

In October 2002 Jemaah Islamiyah militants detonated multiple bombs in two nightclubs in Kuta, Indonesia, killing 202 people and injuring over 300 in the worst terrorist act in Indonesia’s history.  In the same month Chechen rebels took control of a theatre in Moscow and held the audience hostage with at least 170 people killed following a Russian attempt to subdue the militants.

In 2003, it is believed that over 20,000 people died from a European heat wave.  The European Union expanded to 25 nations.  The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas, killing all seven astronauts on board in 2003.  The World Health Organization issued a global alert on SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) when it spreads to Hong Kong and Vietnam after originating in China.  Aries is always associated with public health issues.  Mars, the ruler of Aries, made its closest approach to Earth in over 60,000 years.  The first six-party talks, involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, convene to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.  Israeli warplanes struck alleged Islamic jihad bases inside Syrian territory, the first Israeli attack on the country since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

In 2004 the Dutch filmmaker Van Gogh was murdered by a radical Islamic Moroccan enraged by his films implied criticism of Islam. The Madrid train bombings by terrorists killed at least 192 people and Chechen school attack by terrorists resulting in more than 330 people being killed. Aries’ construction expertise is demonstrated by the opening of the world’s tallest bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central Mountains, France.  In December a massive Indian Ocean earthquake shook northern Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). One of the largest observed tsunamis followed, affecting coastal areas of Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, killing over 200,000 people.  Finally Taipei 101, at the time the tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 1,670 feet (509 metres), was officially opened.


OTHER BLOGS by Terry MacKinnell

Demystifying the Aquarian Age

Generational Astrology

Aquarian Age Economics

Terry MacKinnell: Vedic-Western Fusion Astrologer

References & Citations

[1] Jon Henley & Olivia Solon, “’Petya’ ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe and US”, The Guardian, Wednesday 28 June 2017 00.55 AEST,

[2] Specifically Pluto, Mars and Neptune according to Rex E Bills, “The Rulership Book”, Macoy Publishing, Richmond, Virginia, 1976, p107

[3] Alex Hern, Ransomware attack ‘not designed to make money’, researchers claim, The Guardian, Thursday 29 June 2017 00.08 AEST,

[4] To date, no relationship has been found between planets and astrological ages and their sub-periods.

[5] Proposed by Timperman John, Facebook Mundane astrology group, 21 June 2017

[6] Bernadette Brady, “Bardy’s Book of Fixed Stars”, pp 71-4

[7] Theodore White, “ECLIPSE SEASON 2017” 20 June 2017, mundane Astrolog.Sci

[8] see “Age of Aquarius for Dummies

[9] Due to the growing influence of the massive Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148) as it develops its strength for its reign of glory in the Libra age-decan overflow (2148 – 2863), arguably the closest the world will come to a Golden Age compared to the last 5,000 years.

[10] “diachronic” means similar events but in different periods ruled by the same astrological influence, in this case Aries nano-ages and overflows.

[11] Hilary Clarke and Elizabeth Joseph, “’Unprecedented’ bush fires in South Africa leave 9 dead”, CNN, 8 June 2017,

[12] University of Colorado at Boulder, “New era of Western wildfire demands new ways of protecting people, ecosystems”, ScienceDaily, April 17, 2017,

[13] Chris Cillizza, “Pew poll: More people in the world have confidence in Putin than Trump”, CNN, 27 June 2017,


[15] Pew poll: More people in the world have confidence in Putin than Trump. And yet, according to a new Pew survey of citizens in 37countries, more people have confidence in Putin to “do the right thing regarding world affairs” than say the same about Trump while 42% have confidence in the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

[16] Daniel Boone. (2017, June 27), Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:05, June 29, 2017, from

[17] Terry MacKinnell, “Aries Sub-Ages”, 2017,


[19] Armenian Genocide. (2017, June 18), Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:54, June 22, 2017, from


About Terry MacKinnell

Terry MacKinnell has been studying astrology since 1971 and has been focussed upon the precessional ages such as the Age of Aquarius since 1987. He is also a Vedic-Western fusion astrologer.
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