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APR 21 UPDATE

  APR 21 UPDATE Maybe you read it last year in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, or last month in the free online April Forecast. Or maybe you actually waited to get the news late and secondhand, from the media last week. In any case, the forecast promised an increase in "powerful storms (high winds, heavy precipitation and flooding), as well as extreme tides and increased moderate-to-severe seismic activity (M5+ earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis) during the April 11-20 lunar eclipse shock window." Particular target areas specified and mapped out included Mexico and Papua New Guinea. By now you must know of the 7.2 Mexico and 7.5 Papua New Guinea quakes – just to mention a couple headline seismic validations of the forecast. (Never mind all the other stuff, from the personal to the geopolitical etc.) What’s next? Get ready: read the forecasts. Remember: this isn't psycho-babble word salad 'astrology', this is the real deal.

  APR 14 UPDATE APR 15, 2014 Full Moon (Total Lunar Eclipse) Astro-Locality Map It’s déjà vu all over again, as the headlines of the day echo my April Forecast (published last month) and the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year): the "fires, crashes, explosions, military/paramilitary attacks (including terrorism) and criminal violence" have erupted right on schedule in the attacks at Ft. Hood TX and Murrysville PA; the worst fire in Chilean history in Valparaiso; the fiery bus-truck crash in California; the armed clashes between pro- and anti- government forces in Ukraine, with a Russian invasion force poised on the border – and that’s just the Cliff Notes version.

And then – again, in both forecasts – there’s the full moon eclipse that "anchors a geocosmic shock window that extends from a day before the moon’s southward equatorial crossing on April 12, through the lunar eclipse on the 15th, out to the 20th (extended a couple days by the peak lunar declination south of the celestial equator on the 19th)."

"Eclipses both solar and lunar," I wrote, "have a long historical association with powerful storms (high winds, heavy precipitation and flooding), as well as extreme tides and increased moderate-to-severe seismic activity (M5+ earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis). That’s exactly what’s on tap during the April 11-20 lunar eclipse shock window. The whole of planet earth is in the crosshairs for any such geocosmic alignment, by definition: be prepared, in other words. Maybe most especially if you happen to be in one of the astro-locality stress lines for this eclipse. These include a meridian (longitudinal) arc across the US west coast and mountain west states plus western Canada and Mexico; over the pole and down through Russia, the Caspian Sea and Straits of Hormuz, stretching out to include a swath from the Middle East out to Pakistan and India."

"There’s also a horizon arc curving across northwestern Mexico into the US plains states and on into the Midwest and eastern Canada; continuing through Iceland and northern Europe down through the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. A second horizon arc drops down from eastern Greenland through the Atlantic (just off the coast of Brazil), emerging through eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea northward across the Pacific and on to eastern Siberia (including Kamchatka) and the Bering Strait."

Ring a bell? There was the Solomon Islands quake (7.6 on the 12th), and the 7.1 temblor in Papua New Guinea on the 11th – just to name a couple of the stronger earthquakes in this shock window so far. And then there was category four Cyclone Ita that hit Queensland on the 11th. As for volcanoes, nothing major yet – but Nyamulagira in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening; from the Volcanic Observatory in Goma comes word that an eruption is likely “in the next few days.” We’re still early into this particular lunar eclipse shock window, so expect more as time goes on. What to expect, exactly? See the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, or the free April excerpt online.

  APR 7 UPDATE If you missed it last week, my April Forecast is up and running and all properly linked in to the FUTURES menu and sitemap. All’s on track as usual. The big stories of the month so far appeared in the forecast before they showed up in the headlines: the huge Chilean quake, the Midwest tornado storms, the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, New Guinea and Italy; the Fort Hood mass shooting, etc. Surprised? Welcome, newbie! What’s next? Read the forecast! Here’s a hint: past is prologue, and "you ain’t seen nothin’ yet." (Lots of "duck and cover" action this week, with Mars Max peaking out.)

  MAR 31 UPDATE MAR 30, 2014 New Moon Astro-Locality Map The month begins on a stormy note, in the wake of the March 30 new moon at 9°59’ Aries – which just happens to partake of a T-Square configuration with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. As described in my March forecast (published in February), this sets up a geocosmic shock window "from the 27th into April 3 (bracketing the new moon on March 30, and accentuated by the moon’s northward equatorial crossing the day before)." Per that forecast, an "uptick in damaging storms (with heavy precipitation and subsequent flooding); as well as higher than usual tides, a surge in volcanic eruptions and moderate-to-severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up)" is in the offing from late March into early April.

We’ve already seen some of this in March, what with the 5.1 Magnitude temblor in California on the 28th, followed by numerous aftershocks for days; not to mention a cluster of lesser quakes in Yellowstone National Park. (Just in the last few days of March, there have already been 13 M5 and higher earthquakes world wide.) And storms? Well, just watch for the heavy rain and high winds – including tornadoes. It’s only just beginning over these past few days.

Shock windows of this type, as I have explained for decades now, are astronomical in scale and therefore planetary in scope: there’s no place on earth beyond their reach. That said, see the astro-locality map for this particular new moon for a few pointers as to some of the more vulnerable zones during the March 27-April 3 shock window. These include the western US and Canada, Alaska, the Great Plains states and central Canada; Mexico (including the Mexico City area) and Central America, and Chile; also Western Europe and West Africa; parts of Russia, Kazakhstan, India, Mongolia and China; as well as New Zealand. Not being in range of one of these lines (they’re 200-300 miles wide) is no guarantee of safety. But if you do live near one, have your emergency kit ready just in case. As for the rest of the story, keep an eye out for my April forecast, which goes online later today . . .

  MAR 24 UPDATE I'm way too busy with client consultations and reports, not to mention wrapping up the April forecast, to do a proper update today. Suffice it to say that you'll find this week's headlines in my forecast for March, as usual - which has been the case all month. You know, the wars and rumors of war, revolutionary uprisings, and "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" etc. Remember that, as forecast, this intensifies going into next month, in view of what it means to have an exact Mars perigee and Uranus-Pluto square in April. (As I cautioned last week, it's especially prudent to be on guard if there are significant late cardinal sign placements in your natal chart.) That said, you know we're on storm and seismic watch this week, right? Most especially, from the 27th into April 3 (bracketing the new moon on March 30, and accentuated by the moon’s northward equatorial crossing the day before). Regulars know what to expect: an increase in powerful storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation, higher than normal tidal surges along the coasts, and an uptick in moderate to severe seismic activity (including Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes as well as volcanic eruptions). For most of us, such events will be seen at a distance in the form of news stories. But a little preparation isn’t such a bad idea, just in case. Speaking of preparation, remember my previous cautions about the markets in April. As detailed in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, Venus Max is over now (as of March 22); and the headwinds signaled by the April eclipses, Grand Cross and Uranus-Pluto square are already building. If your investment horizon is short term, it’s a good time to raise cash, short equities, etc. This is a pullback, not a crash! But you already know that, if you’ve been reading my forecasts.

  MAR 17 UPDATE APR 8, 2014 Sun-Mars OppositionToday’s news first appeared last month, in my forecast for March, as usual. The wars and rumors of war, revolutionary uprisings, and "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" are nearing their peak, per the forecast of what it means to have an exact Mars perigee and Uranus-Pluto square in April. Look at the news, you can’t miss it: Ukraine, Crimea, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Venezuela and Brazil are just a few of the more prominent newsmakers in this regard. But it’s rampant at lower levels of violence: exploding apartments in the Bronx and disappeared jetliners grab the bigger headlines, but there’s a wide-ranging surfeit of murder and mayhem; just check your local news. (You’re filing this under Nolle, right? That’s somewhere between news and Nostradamus, you may have noticed.)

It’s not as if there’s no murder, mayhem and the like unless there’s a Mars Max on. Humans are hierarchical, territorial predators by nature, after all. I’m only saying that aggression and conflict rise to remarkable peak levels when Mars is in its Max phase (closest approach to earth). And since we’re only a few weeks from the height of the current Mars Max (Mars reaches perigee on April 8), you can count on the "if it bleeds, it leads" headlines becoming even more prominent in the days and weeks ahead. We're just now into the March 16-19 period I warned you about last week: one of the most intense Mars Max intervals this month.

There’s more to this than Mars Max, as I’ve said in my forecast. It’s the melding of Mars Max and the Uranus-Pluto square that adds up to belligerence boiling over. Uranus and Pluto are already within a few degrees of their exact waxing square (90° arc): riots, revolutions and the like coming more to the fore, yes; but also, per the next-to-last paragraph on page 4 of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), "breakthroughs in science and technology that will transform and transmute our lives, our minds, our understanding of the world within us and around us. The two extremes of the material scale – from particle physics to astrophysics – are where the breakthroughs are coming." With that in mind, you might want to keep an eye on news this week regarding the first detection of gravitational waves.

Keep an eye on the markets too: per my March forecast, we’re already into pullback territory with the full moon (and other factors) now in effect. This will likely continue well into April, as I have noted. Where’s all this leading us? Check my March forecast for the close-up stuff, and the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights for the big picture. And check your chart too, while you’re at it. If you have important personal placements around the middle or end of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), some of the prime configurations in the sky are lighting up your chart in one way or another.

Expect more (and more intense) Mars mayhem as March wanes into April. Be safety-conscious out there; steer clear of trouble as best you can. And if you can’t, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. We're now into that March 16-19 period I warned you about last week: one of the most intense Mars Max intervals this month. Oh, and about that full moon: you know we're on storm and seismic watch this week, right?

  MAR 10 UPDATE MAR 16, 2014 Full Moon You’ve been watching my forecast validated in the headlines again, what with the uprising and crackdown in Ukraine, the disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing – "fires, clashes, crashes and explosions" combined with "wars and rumors of war" as promised, under the aegis of the current Mars Max coming into its peak as Uranus and Pluto bear down on their first exact square this year. As I wrote a couple days ago in a comment in the NolleAstro Facebook group, "I’ll be a little surprised if this wasn’t mass murder. Uighurs, maybe?" (If 239 people blown to smithereens isn’t mass murder, I don’t know what is.) Also see the NolleAstro group for the latest from NASA on Planet X and Nemesis/Nibiru. (Toldja so, years ago!)

Expect more (and more intense) Mars mayhem as March wanes into April. Be safety-conscious out there; steer clear of trouble as best you can. And if you can’t, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. (Watch the 16th-19th in particular.)

Don’t be surprised if geopolitical tensions of this type spook the equity markets for a few days to a week following the March 16-19 window just cited, more or less: no crash, just a pull-back – not as big as the one coming in April, which will probably be worth a short.) I’m setting up limit buy orders for target prices on a few quality stocks now, so as not to miss the moment.

Meanwhile, remember that we’re just a few days from entering the next storm and seismic shock window described in my March forecast; namely "March 13 through the 19th (anchored by the full moon on the 16th, amplified by the moon’s southward crossing of the celestial equator that same day)." Watch for an uptick in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (with attendant flood anger); also extreme tidal surges and moderate to severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, as well as notable volcanic eruptions).

As of tomorrow, we’ve entered the March 11-17 solar storm warning period associated with Mercury reaching its maximum western elongation east of the sun – the end of the first Mercury Max cycle of 2014. Regulars know what to watch for: strong solar flares (M and X class), increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up), heightened auroral activity reaching farther from the poles; and a certain amount of fritziness and satellite, electronic and electrical infrastructure and systems – including those of the biological persuasion (human and otherwise). You can’t dodge this stuff, but you can be aware that it’s coming and make allowances or adaptations as best you can.

For more headlines before they happen, and suggestions on surfing the cosmic waves rather than getting body-slammed by them, see the March forecast . . . as for me, it’s back to work (client consultations and reports) and play as usual.

  MAR 3 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, my March forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap. It’s also quite keyed into the news of the day for early March, which is no surprise to regulars. The portions of the forecast referring to early March in particular were originally published in my February forecast (online at the end of January) and in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year).

For example, the forecast calls for "an uptick in damaging storms (with heavy precipitation and subsequent flooding); as well as higher than usual tides, a surge in volcanic eruptions and moderate-to-severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up), during the geophysical shock windows of March: from February 26 through March 4, (associated with the new moon on the 1st)." You’ve heard about the heavy weather all over the US "from the west down to the east" these past few days – long after you read about them in my February forecast (published in January).

As for the seismic component, you may know that there hasn’t been a Magnitude 6 or higher earthquake anywhere on earth since early February – until February 26 (day one in the shock window specified in my forecast), when a 6.1 rocked the Fox Islands in the Aleutians. Tidal surges? You heard about the wave that smashed into a Santa Barbara restaurant, right?

And then of course there’s the murder and mayhem factor ramping up per my forecast concerning the current Mars Max cycle (and particularly the March 1 Mars retrograde station); e.g. the Chinese railway mass murder, the Russian invasion of Crimea, just to name a couple.

I could go on, but I do believe that anyone acquainted with the forecast and reasonably current with the news of the day won’t need any help seeing the connections. As for what’s next, the answer’s obvious: see the forecast.

  FEB 24 UPDATE APR 8, 2014 Sun-Mars Opposition Astro-Locality Map The crescendo of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" news has been climbing all month, per my February forecast (online last month) and the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year). The mass demonstrations, strikes, riots, revolutions and outright civil war in places like Thailand, Brazil, Venezuela, Ukraine and of course Syria are prime and very well publicized examples of what happens when Mars Max comes together with a tightening Uranus-Pluto square, exactly as forecast in the sources just mentioned.

If you look at the astro-locality map published last year in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights and reproduced here, showing the April 8 Sun-Mars opposition (which I have described as the central point of the 2013-2014 Mars Max), it’s clear that – so far at least – Mars Max has been not only right on topic, but on target as well. See the longitudinal (vertical) lines through the Middle East (touching Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon) as well as Turkey, Ukraine and Russia? Clearly, these are among the hottest of the hot spots for social and political upheaval since the current Mars Max began on December 22 last year. There are and will be plenty more – this is a world-wide phenomenon after all – but I’ll let you peruse the map for yourself. Just remember: it’s early days yet, and the greatest intensity is yet to come.

Remember, as I wrote in my forecasts, this Mars Max combination with the Uranus-Pluto square square (melding into a Grand Cross with Jupiter in April) operates at the collective level as social and political unrest (from strikes and demonstrations to riots and revolutions all the way to civil war), as well as international conflict (wars and rumors of wars will be rampant). But it also shows up at the individual level, as murder and mayhem – including terrorist atrocities. This is still a time to focus on being safety conscious, and steering clear of conflict where possible – or if that’s not feasible, then ending it hard and fast in your favor, if you can. Be watchful, be ready. If you feel and see manifestations of recklessness, haste, and anger in and around you, get a grip. And if at all possible steer clear of hazardous situations as best you can. (A word to the wise: it gets even more intense in March, with the Red Planet’s retrograde station on the 1st: good luck, Ukraine!)

Be aware that sometimes, minor mishaps can herald potentially disastrous high-tech catastrophes – like the otherwise ordinary truck fire that happened on February 5 in the underground nuclear storage facility known as WIPP, near Carlsbad, NM. Nine days later – unrelated to the fire, authorities claim - radiation was on the loose. A high tech facility that stores extremely dangerous radioactive waste (including plutonium), a fire, and an accidental release of radiation, all happening under the aegis of a Mars Max and Uranus-Pluto square square, culminating right on one of the several dates called out as "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" hot spots in my February forecast: "especially around the 14th, 18th and 19th." You just can’t make this stuff up! With a little luck and awareness, however, you might be able to safely navigate your way through it.

Don't forget to keep a weather eye on the sky starting on the 26th and extending through March 4, when the next geophysical shock window opens the door to an increase in strong storms and seismic activity, volcanic eruptions and higher than normal tidal surges - not SuperMoon class, but still formidable in its own right. Anchoring this period is of course the new moon on March 1; but also the Mercury direct station on February 28. The latter is associated with solar storms (including M-class and higher solar flares), which can stir up geomagnetic activity (K 5 and higher), electrical and electronic outages, intense auroral activity – and a certain fritziness in a lot of people, too. Be ready with a back-up – literally as well as figuratively.

In closing for this week, I still get the occasional inquiry about my recovery from the bone infection and surgeries I went through in 2012. I recently donated my back-up wheel chair to Goodwill, and my medical crowd-funding campaign recently crossed the 25% mark. I’m still working on paying off the medical debts incurred, of course. But I do appreciate the many generous friends who have been my benefactors along the way, whose contributions have paid over $2,200 of the $10,000 left on my $385,000+ ordeal. I have thanked each one personally of course, but there’s no time like the present to say once again, thank you one and all!

  FEB 17 UPDATE MAR 1, 2014 Mars Station (Retrograde) From the killer winter storms that hit Europe and the US last week, to the deadly eruptions of the Kelut volcano, to the solar eruptions (and geomagnetic activity) surrounding the sun-Mercury inferior conjunction on the 15th, the headlines have been following my forecasts true to form as usual.

Not only was the February 11 eruption of Mt. Kelut right on time as described in my free online February forecast, it was also right on target, as mapped and specified in last week’s update, where I wrote: "Note those curving horizon arcs seeping through Indonesia and East Asia in the eastern hemisphere; and through central Canada, the east-central US, the Gulf, southern Mexico, Central America and the Pacific coastline of South America in the western hemisphere. These won’t be the only places under the gun, but I’ll be surprised if they don’t get hit harder than most."

The good news, I believe, is that once the current full moon shock window shuts down on the 18th, and takes the heavy weather with it, we’re coming into a patch of fairly clear sailing – at least, as described in my forecast, until "February 26 into March 4 (anchored by the March 1 new moon)." This is not to say that there won’t be a single gust of wind, drop of rain, flake of snow, rumble in the ground or volcanic outburst anywhere on earth between now and then; only that new, major outbreaks of instability in the air, seas and earth should be minimal.

A respite from those strong tides stirring up the skies, seas and crust of our home planet is welcome news. We still have plenty of other challenges, though – Mercury Max mix-ups, Mars Max mayhem and the like, as described in my February forecast – but at least Mother Nature should give us a bit of a break. Stay focused, double-check everything, don’t assume "the other guy" will be honorable or attentive. Think safety!

Of course, there’s the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, heralding more and intensifying social and political strife – from strikes and protests to riots, revolution and outright civil war, here and there just about all over the world. On the plus side, as noted in the complete version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), this same quadrature signals a flurry of scientific discoveries and technological break-throughs – like, for example, the recent break-through in nuclear fusion. (There’s plenty more where that came from.) One takes the good with the bad.

And then comes March, when the headlines will focus more on social and political developments than natural disasters, as Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all make their celestial stations, and Uranus and Pluto tighten up their quadrature. (See the 2014 World Forecast Highlights, and watch for further details in my forthcoming March forecast.)

  FEB 10 UPDATE FEB 14, 2014 Full Moon Coming up this week, in the days surrounding the full moon on the 14th and the sun-Mercury inferior conjunction on the 15th (both Universal Time): some sizable profit-taking in the equity markets (I’m buying late on the 14th or early on the 17th); some more solar outbursts (auroras, some fritzy or fried circuits here on earth); and an upsurge in stormy weather, extreme tides and seismic activity (quakes and eruptions). As specified in my forecast for the month, the period of enhanced risk associated with this full moon configuration is February 11-18.

I’m saying this based on factors that are astronomical in scale, so be prepared for them to be planet-wide in scope. That said, astro-locality mapping the Valentine’s Day full moon shows a few areas of greater than normal risk potential on the storm, tide and seismic front. For example, note the sun-moon meridian (longitudinal) lines running north-south through Scandinavia, Western Europe, the western Mediterranean Sea and West Africa; mirrored on the other side of the world through the Bering Strait and through the Central Pacific Ocean just off the eastern shores of New Zealand. (Note those curving horizon arcs sweeping through Indonesia and East Asia in the eastern hemisphere; and through central Canada, the east-central US, the Gulf, southern Mexico, Central America and the Pacific coastline of South America in the western hemisphere. These won’t be the only places under the gun, but I’ll be surprised if they don’t get hit harder than most.

If you doubt an upsurge in solar outbursts during an otherwise quiet period for Old Sol, just look back a couple weeks. There was a rash of M-class solar flares in the days surrounding Mercury’s maximum elongation east of the sun on January 31 (the start of the Mercury Max) – described in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights as a period (plus or minus three days) of "intensified solar outbursts – solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and the like, which can stir up geomagnetic activity here on earth." Sun-Mercury inferior conjunctions, like the one on the 15th, are in the same league.

Anyone who thinks this macrocosmic stuff is far beyond the sphere of human experience needs to rethink that proposition. Apart from all of us being subject to the vicissitudes of weather and the like, we’re also electromagnetic organisms ourselves. As I wrote in my 2014 forecast, "electrical and electronic infrastructure aren’t the only systems susceptible to disruption during geomagnetic storms. The human nervous system tends to get a little glitchy as well." If you didn’t see signs of that in the closing days of January (continuing into the next day or two), then you’re just not paying attention.

Jupiter opposing the Venus-Pluto conjunction and squaring Uranus during this full moon under a potent Mars Max is a jumpy, jittery combination at mid-month. Get a grip, protect what’s yours, appreciate what you have and those you love. Be good to each other! This Mars Max stuff is now in a building phase going into March – more on that later . . .

  FEB 3 UPDATE JAN 30, 2014 New Moon SuperMoon In case you missed it last week, the February forecast is up and running. You might want to read it now, before you end up reading it in the headlines. Because . . .

It happened again: last month’s forecast called the headlines in advance, as usual. That January 30 stealth (new moon) SuperMoon, as predicted, ushered in a geophysical risk window "in effect from January 26 into February 3" (which means we’re not quite through it yet). The uptick in "severe storms, strong earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and of course those extreme tidal surges" prescribed in the forecast has been much in evidence during this period so far: a deadly eruption of Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano on the 1st, a day after the Tungurahua volcano began erupting in Ecuador; the heavy rains, flooding and tidal surges in Europe, plus the winter storm that pounded the US this past week; and of course the 23 Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes (so far) since the shock window opened on the 26th.

Remember: I’m not saying that no severe storms, strong earthquakes or extreme tidal surges happen without benefit of a SuperMoon alignment – I’ve never said or written any such thing. What I have said, what has been demonstrated time and again in the 35 years since I originally named and described the SuperMoon alignment, is that there’s a notable increase in these geophysical disturbances during the shock window surrounding a SuperMoon. Consider, for example, that there were only two M5+ quakes on the day before the latest SuperMoon shock window described in my January forecast opened on the 26th: on that date, there were nine.

As for those who claim that Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes occur all the time on a global basis – as if that negates my forecasts – the fact is that they’re just plain wrong. In January, for example, there were three days without a single M5 or higher earthquake anywhere in the world: the 5th, 12th and 15th.

The above-mentioned geophysical disturbances are only the tip of the iceberg in the way of validations for last month’s forecast. I’ll fill you in on the other big picture stuff as time allows this week, here and/or on my Facebook page. Meanwhile, don’t be caught off guard: read the February forecast now, before it shows up in the headlines!

  JAN 27 UPDATE That second stealth (new moon) SuperMoon of this month and this year has already started making its mark, as advised in last week's update. Per the the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published Dcember 31), and the January forecast (online the next day), the geophysical shock window for this particular SuperMoon opened up on January 26, and runs through February 7 - ushering in a period of elevated risk for damaging storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and attendant flooding), as well as extreme high tides and moderate to severe seismic activity (including Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, as well as news-making volcanic eruptions.) In only the first 24 hours of this particular shock window, we've already seen nine M5+ quakes (including a 6.0 in Greece); and a rash of strong winter storms in the US and Canada - exactly as I warned in last week's update. And that just scratches the surface. Stay alert and informed, make sure your emergency preparations are ready just in case.

Mother Nature's rampages are sharing headlines with man's inhumanity to man, in keeping with my caution that this month's Mars Max augurs for still "more of the 'fires, crashes, clashes and explosions' stuff that typifies Red Planet extremes like this: another rash of school and workplace shootings, domestic violence, murder-suicides, etc.)" Some of this is in the civil war/revolution category, which I have predicted would be part of the current Uranus-Pluto square (still just a few degrees from exact, and tightening by the day). The bottom line is that the only people this is good for are arms merchants and their ilk. Be safe, be aware that this isn't just happening in the great big world out there: it's happening in and around each of us. Get a grip, stay aware; vent, so you don't explode - and look out for the people who don't get this right.

And then there's the market swoon sweeping across the world last week, which I expect will run its course by the time Venus stations and Mercury Max begins on the 31st. Remember: the time to buy is when everyone is desperate to sell. I've got a few stocks on my buy list for this week, including Bank of America, Amazon and Disney. Meanwhile, remember that a Venus station opposite Jupiter - which has been within a degree or two of exact all last week - might not be great for the markets, but it's a fine excuse for some party-hearty hedonism. Sometimes you just need a release. (January 31: save the date!)

  JAN 20 UPDATE JAN 30, 2014 SuperMoon New MoonThe second stealth (new moon) SuperMoon of the year - and this month - starts making its mark at the end of this week, when its geophysical shock window opens on the 26th. For the full scoop, see the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published Dcember 31), and the January forecast (online the next day). (The free online version of the 2014 World Forecast Highlights is of course just an excerpt of the full version, but it's enough to get you started.) What to expect? More along the lines of what we saw in the wake of the January 1 stealth SuperMoon geophysical shock window that opened on December 29 and extended into January 7, as described in the aforementioned forecasts: 29 M5 and higher earthquakes (including a 6.6 on Vanuatu); plus the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, Alaska, Italy and El Salvador, all right on schedule, along with the killer winter storma here in the US. These were not only on-target temporally, but geographically as well. A special word to friends and clients alsong the US-Canadian Atlantic seaboard (and inland): I'm expecting this SuperMoon to herald another strong nor'easter, with severe storms and extreme tidal surges. Please be ready, just in case. SuperMoons are global in impact of course; but eastern North America is one of the areas emphasized in the astro-locality map for this alignment. (Pay close attention to the others, as well: Alaska, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, the Middle East and East Africay, eastern Brazil, etc..)

  JAN 13 UPDATE They're headlines now, but they first appeared in my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published Dcember 31), and the January forecast (online the next day). (The free online version of the 2014 World Forecast Highlights is of course just an excerpt of the full version, but it's enough to get you started.) The January 1 stealth (new moon) SuperMoon geophysical shock window that opened on December 29 and extended into January 7, as described in those forecasts, has delivered in spades: 29 M5 and higher earthquakes (including a 6.6 on Vanuatu); plus the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, Alaska, Italy and El Salvador, all right on schedule, along with the killer winter storma here in the US. These are not only on-target temporally, but geographically as well, as illustrated in the astro-locality map below and in the full version of the 2014 forecast. There’s way more to the forecast than just the SuperMoon, and you’ve seen that too: the escalating civil wars in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan are just a few of the Uranus-Pluto square and Mars Max phenomena described in the full forecast. And then there was the biggest solar storm in months, coming right on schedule, as detailed in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights:

Look for increased solar and geomagnetic activity (including auroral displays) during any Mercury-Venus alignment, and particularly any with one or both planets in their Max Cycle, putting one or both of them on the same side of the sun as our home planet. In this respect, both of this year’s Mercury-Venus conjunctions warrant a closer look. The January 7 alignment happens during Venus’ Max phase, and within a few days of earth’s annual perihelion (closest approach to the sun). The October 17 alignment occurs during a Mercury Max. On the geophysical level, both alignments (and especially the former) are very likely to be harbingers of increased terrestrial storm and seismic activity, as well as a surge in solar flares, CMEs and geomagnetic activity.

What's next? Read the forecast before it turns up in the news. And bear in mind that we've only just scratched the surface of what's forecast for January, which still features an ongoing cardinal sign Grand Cross, yet another stealth SuperMoon, and the start of 2014's first Mercury Max cycle (as detailed in the table below).

2014 MERCURY MAX
Max-E S-Rx CNJ SU S-D Max-W
JAN 31 FEB 6 FEB 15 FEB 28 MAR 14
MAY 25 JUN 7 JUN 19 JUL 1 JUL 12
SEP 21 OCT 4 OCT 16 OCT 25 NOV 1
Max-E = Mercury Maximum Elongation East of Sun (Max Begins)
S-Rx = Mercury Retrograde Station (Retrograde Begins)
CNJ-SU = Sun-Mercury Inferior Conjunction
S-D = Mercury Direct Station (Retrograde Ends)
Max-W = Mercury Maximum Elongation West of Sun (Max Ends)

If the free online version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights picques your curiosity, the full copy is an ample (41 page) color illustrated guide to the entire year – from revolutions and discoveries to the economy and the markets, the ebb and flow of war and peace, the solar polar flip; and all the year’s five SuperMoons, four eclipses and all three planetary Max cycles -including a great deal of additional material not available in the abbreviated free online version. It's $75 for the hard copy version by mail, $50 for the PDF email version. Orders may be phoned in (toll-free from anywhere in North America to 800-527-8761) and charged to any major credit card. PayPal orders may be placed direct from your own PayPal account page to rnolle@astropro.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page.

  JAN 6 UPDATE In case you missed it last month, my 2014 World Forecast Highlights was published Dcember 31, and the January forecast went up the next day. The free online version of the 2014 World Forecast Highlights is of course just an excerpt, but it's enough to get you started. The January 1 stealth (new moon) SuperMoon is already well and truly delivering as forecast – in spades. Since that particular SuperMoon geophysical shock window opened on December 29 - this is a biggie, which extends into January 7 - we’ve already seen eight M5 and higher earthquakes (including a 6.6 on Vanuatu); plus the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, Alaska, Italy and El Salvador are right on schedule, along with the killer winter storma here in the US. These are not only on-target temporally, but geographically as well, as illustrated in the astro-locality map below and in the full version of the 2014 forecast. There’s way more to the forecast than just the SuperMoon, and you’ve seen that too: the escalating civil wars in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan are just a few of the Uranus-Pluto square and Mars Max phenomena described in the full forecast. What's next? Read the forecast before it turns up in the news.

As I said, the free online version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights is just a short excerpt. The full copy is an ample (41 page) color illustrated guide to the entire year – from revolutions and discoveries to the economy and the markets, the ebb and flow of war and peace, the solar polar flip; and all the year’s five SuperMoons, four eclipses and all three planetary Max cycles -including a great deal of additional material not available in the abbreviated free online version. It's $75 for the hard copy version by mail, $50 for the PDF email version. Orders may be phoned in (toll-free from anywhere in North America to 800-527-8761) and charged to any major credit card. PayPal orders may be placed direct from your own PayPal account page to rnolle@astropro.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page.

  DEC 30 UPDATE Way too busy wrapping up my 2014 World Forecast Highlights to do more than a cursory update at the moment. But I'd be remiss not to mention that the New Year's Day stealth SuperMoon - which is already in effect and extends through January 7 - features a number of factors that point to a significant turning point in the sun's magnetic polarity reversal. Astrophysicists have been calling the solar polar flip imminent for months now. I'm thinking the fuse is lit. What to expect? See my 2014 World Forecast Highlights - which, by the way, will be available at the end of this month. The full copy will be distributed starting December 31: $75 for the hard copy version by mail, $50 for the PDF email version. Orders may be phoned in (toll-free from anywhere in North America to 800-527-8761) and charged to any major credit card. PayPal orders may be placed direct from your own PayPal account page to rnolle@astropro.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page. As usual, there will also be an exerpt published free online by December 31.

  DEC 23 UPDATEJAN 1, 2014 SuperMoon New Moon Thanks to my friend Daniel Vogler for pointing out an article at EarthSky, showing that astronomers are catching on to my SuperMoon concept. I’m told that this is the first time since Johannes Kepler in the 17th Century that astronomers have adopted nomenclature originated by an astrologer. Ironically, in a radio interview some years ago, I was castigated by a science journalist for masquerading as an astrologer, when in fact what I was doing was pure astronomy. You just can’t please some of those pseudo-skeptics!

Speaking of SuperMoon, January is bookended by a pair of stealth SuperMoons, as I have called them – because they’re new moons, and therefore invisible to the eye. (As opposed to a full moon SuperMoon, which dominates the night sky with its size and brilliance.) The first of these opens up a geocosmic shock window late this week (on the 29th), so be ready for the customary uptick in damaging storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, as well as strong tidal surges and moderate to severe seismic activity – including a rash of Magnitude 5+ earthquakes and news-making volcanic eruptions. Melding into the Mars Max-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Cross, this particular SuperMoon is more than a geophysical marker. It’s also a sign of individual as well as collective instability – fires, crashes, clashes and explosions from the personal to the geopolitical. If it weren’t for the Venus Max making from some bons temps rouler in the background, this would be quite the white knuckle ride.

Being astronomical in scale – involving a special alignment of earth, moon and sun – SuperMoons are planet-wide in scope. The whole of our home planet responds to the amplified tides surging through the skies, seas and crust of earth at times like this. No place is entirely safe – storms can strike anywhere, for example - although some special risk areas are pretty well geographically defined. Extreme tides happen along the coasts, for example. Most seismic activity will focus on known risk zones (fault lines, etc.). That said, I advocate and practice a set of sensible preparations for such possibilities, and make a point of checking my list coming into periods of lunar extremes like this. A well-stocked pantry, some basic emergency supplies, a full tank of gas and some ready cash won’t go to waste if you don’t need them – but you might be wasted if you need them and don’t have them.

Apart from obvious geographical pointers, astro-locality mapping offers clues as to some of the more vulnerable zones on planet earth for any particular astrological alignment. Mapping the January 1 SuperMoon, for example, there are a few longitudinal (north-south) meridian arcs associated with this alignment: through west central Europe and Africa, east Asia (from Mongolia through China, Indochina and Indonesia, the central Pacific from east of New Zealand up through just west of Hawaii and into Alaska, and along a line from eastern Canada and the US down through Cuba, Central America and western South America. In addition to these meridian arcs, there are a few horizon arcs of note. One runs down through western Europe and Africa to emerge on the other side of the world, crossing Alaska. Another runs from Iceland across northern Europe and down through central Asia (including western China), Indochina and Indonesia, sweeping from there across western Australia and on to the northwest quarter of South America, Hispaniola and the Canadian Maritimes.

I’m not by any means saying you can go to autopilot if you’ll be outside of one of these zones during the December 29-January 7 SuperMoon shock window. Again, this is a planetary phenomenon, and therefore planet-wide in scope. But a little extra preparation and vigilance in these particular areas can’t hurt.

Again, for the big picture on all this, see my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, available at the end of this month. The full copy will be distributed starting December 31: $75 for the hard copy version by mail, $50 for the PDF email version. Orders may be phoned in (toll-free from anywhere in North America to 800-527-8761) and charged to any major credit card. PayPal orders may be placed direct from your own PayPal account page to rnolle@astropro.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page. As usual, there will also be an exerpt published free online by December 31.

  DEC 16 UPDATEJAN 1, 2014 New Moon SuperMoon Today;s update gets short shrift, because I'm so busy with the 2014 World Forecast Highlights. Speaking of which, the very first SuperMoon of 2014 starts the New Year with a bang. Falling at 10° 57’ Capricorn (conjunct Mercury and Pluto), it’s the first stealth SuperMoon since late 2012. This one opens its shock window as December draws to a close, setting up a heightened storm, tide and seismic risk period that extends from Decmember 29 into January 7. And the Uranus-Pluto waxing quadrature, which was last exact on November 1, 2013, remains within a few degrees of partile ever since that time, and well into 2014. It looms extra large by partaking in a Grand Cross with the January 1 SuperMoon plus Mars (in its Max cycle) and Jupiter. So get ready: disturbances in the crust, seas and skies of Planet Earth, as well as in the neural networks of individuals and the infrastructure of our civilization, are huge on the horizon from late this month into the New Year. (Closer to home, the whole "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" stuff that typifies Red Planet extremes like this continues apace: another rash of school and workplace shootings, domestic violence, murder-suicides, etc.) I'm not talking end of the world stuff, mind you: my 2012 World Forecast Highlights well and truly gave the lie to that sort of nonsense. But get your safety nets ready nonetheless. Most of us won’t need them, but those who do will sorely regret not having them.

For the big picture on all this, see my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, available at the end of this month. The full copy will be distributed starting December 31: $75 for the hard copy version by mail, $50 for the PDF email version. Orders may be phoned in (toll-free from anywhere in North America to 800-527-8761) and charged to any major credit card. PayPal orders may be placed direct from your own PayPal account page to rnolle@astropro.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page. As usual, there will also be an exerpt published free online by December 31.

  DEC 9 UPDATE Today's update is definitely on the skinny side. Apart from being hugely busy with consultation calls and report orders, I've been working on the 2014 forecast - and struggling to keep going in the face of the worst flu I've had in years. Wait, it can't be flu, can it? I mean, I did get a flu shot a few months back. Over-promised and under-delivered, I think . . . excuse me, while I go take a nap.

  DEC 2 UPDATE If you missed it last week, my December forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap. Meanwhile, I'm polishing up the 2014 World Forecast Highlights. The full copy will be distributed starting December 31: $75 for the hard copy version by mail, $50 for the PDF email version. Orders may be phoned in (toll-free from anywhere in North America to 800-527-8761) and charged to any major credit card. PayPal orders may be placed starting December 2, direct from your own PayPal account page to rnolle@astropro.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page. As usual, there will also be an exerpt published free online by December 31.

Here's the latest update on my medical crowdfunding project. In brief,from the contributions of my online friends, I have so far paid off over $2,200 of the medical debt from my infection ordeal. Thank you! (Meanwhile, the ongoing burden is unbelievable: I had $20,000 in out of pocket medical expense deductions for my 2013 taxes.)

Once again, for the seventh week in a row now, another "Freaky Friday" has come and gone without the FDIC shutting down a single insolvent bank. That leaves the total number of failed banks in the US standing pat at five for the year to date. What to expect next? Probably still a slow pace in bank closings, until sometime in late spring-early summer. Remember: the US (and global) financial system is a bubble the central bankers and finance ministers are struggling to keep alive by whatever means available. The thing is, we don't even hit bottom in the first Depression of the 21st Century until 2016, and recovering to the salad days of yore will only come after the 2020 Great Chronocrator. (To play along at home, see the FDIC website.) All of which comes as no surprise, if you've been following my forecasts.

I've been saying since 2010 to expect an easing of the bank failings for a time, and likewise a moderation in the unemployment rate here in the States - again, for a time. Speaking of which, the latest stats have the official US unemployment rate standing pat now at 6.7% - for the second month in a row. That's still within a hair of the lowest it's been since November 2008, when the Saturn-Uranus opposition heralded the economic collapse that precipitated the current depression, as predicted. Still, 6.7% is considerably higher than the long term average of 5.82%. (The official 21st Century US unemployment rate bottomed out at 4.5% in September 2006, and climbed fairly steadily from then on until the peak at 10.1% in October 2009.) Now that we're a couple months into the latest Venus Max cycle, I figure US bank balance sheets will look fairly decent for a quarter or two. See the complete version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights for more on this. At 41 8-1/2 X 11" pages, illustrated, it's available by mail ($75) or by email in standard Adobe PDF format ($50). All the pre-paid copies went out to my clients last year, but you're welcome to get your own copy now. Orders may be phoned in toll-free from anywhere in North America to 800-5-ASTRO-1 (800-527-8761) and charged to any major credit card. PayPal orders may be placed direct from your own PayPal account page to rnolle@astropro.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page.

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