Timorous Cancer Makes a Splash

The little Cancer nano-age decan is making an appearance.  This is always difficult for Cancer as Cancer is shy.  The Cancer nano-age decan and overflow (Nov 17 – Apr 18 – Sep 18) is currently in its weakest quarter (Nov 17 – Feb 18) but already the issue of protectionism has raised its head.  Protectionism is associated with Cancer, because Cancer protects.  Cancer is also the sign associated with enclosing walls, such as the wall with Mexico high on Trump’s agenda as Cancer places its focus on its perimeter, just as crabs only have an exoskeleton (an external skeleton that also protects its body but at the expense of having no internal skeleton which is ruled by Cancer’s opposite sign Capricorn).

The current 10 month Cancer period is the middle decan within the Pisces nano-age (Jun 17 – Sep 18) but this Cancer decan is stronger than most nano-age decans as it is resonating with the much larger Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029) – [see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World  that I published in 2012].  In the same way that the Scorpio quasi nano-age decan (Sep 17 – Feb 18) has produced the Me-Too movement against mainly sexually predatory males, the shift into the Cancer quasi nano-age decan (Feb 18 – Jul 18) will see some mid-range activities associated with Cancer rear its head again.

Macro-Astrology Ephemeris

What can we expect from Cancer other than protectionism? [Ref: Protectionism is not the answer, Angela Merkel warns US ]  Cancer rules the middle of anything, so this places a focus on China (the Middle Kingdom), the Middle East, the Mediterranean Sea (Middle Sea), northern Africa, Canada, Scandinavia, France (the source of the world’s language of diplomacy), Mexico, Russia (set up by the Scandinavian Vikings), New Zealand, Canada and the UK (also due to the Viking invasions around 1,000 years and more ago).

Cancer is also an anti-authority sign, and so Capricorn authorities will be in 7th house opposition mode.  For example, recently the Pope attacked ‘fake’ news.  However, during his recent trip to Chile and Peru, Francis faced the worst protests of his five-year papacy, as well as the worst press. He went into the trip facing criticism for having appointed a bishop accused by victims of being complicit in covering up for Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest, and was then harshly criticized in the Chilean media for having accused those victims of “slander” and therefore spreading fake news himself?  [Ref: Pope warns against ‘fake news’ and likens it to ‘crafty serpent’ in Genesis ].

There is an extremely strong and historical connection between the Roman Catholic Church’s repression and Capricorn as the Spanish Inquisition commenced in 1478 in the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612).  It was not finally abolished until 1834 during the Cancer sub-age decan (1791 – 1851).

Cancer rules females, especially in their roles as mothers, boats, canals, rivers, dams, fresh water, floods, collectors and collections, food, milk, sheep, homes, real estate, the general public and sailors to get a general idea.  As some kind of double whammy, the New Zealand Prime Minister has just announced she will shortly be giving birth [Ref: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first child ]

Of course, Cancer rules refugees (looking for a new homeland), so we definitely should see a resurgence over the coming months.  It is probably due to refugees that the Brexit referendum was passed as no country as old fashion and formal as the UK can avoid an association with Capricorn (despite its cancer link).  It is believed that the driving force behind the pro-Brexit vote in the UK was not based on economic principles but to keep out immigrants and refugees.  Brexit was also overwhelming supported by (Capricorn) older voters.

The world is on the cusp of the strengthening of Cancer as it enters stage 2 in February, and the most powerful stage 3 in April 2018.  This nano-age decans provide much of the daily news and short term prominence given to issues such as the Me-Too movement.  The most controversial aspect of Cancer to date is the refugee crisis.  Western nations are quiet willing to bomb, attack and create turmoil in the Middle East, but mainly want to wash their collective hands when refugees swarm out of these countries to avoid the carnage.  We can also expect a small resurgence of ISIS and other extreme terrorist groups.

It is always important to place these small nano-age decans into context.  The main mid-range contextual period that dictates international affairs are micro-age decans, and the world has recently entered the Aquarius quasi micro-age decan (June 2017 – June 2022) representing the strongest 50% of the longer Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024).  The pointy end of this will arrive in December 2019. It is this Aquarius micro-age that has brought a resurgent fringe fascist element to many Western societies, as Aquarius rules both extremes on the political spectrum.  So while tremendous progress has been occurring for example in the LGBT community, the American fascist movement has found succor in President Trump.

NOTE: see my Demystifying the Aquarian Age blog for greater insights into the astrological ages

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. www.macro-astrology.com
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