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JUL 21 UPDATE

  JUL 21 UPDATE By way of further follow-up to the July 12 full SuperMoon, much was made of the apparent size of the full moon disk. While most news stories noted how big was the lunar disk that night, some ignorant critics, e.g. Joe Eskenazi, begged to differ: "The most recent moon," he wrote, "was about 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than average. That's not insignificant -- but you'd be hard-pressed to notice without being prompted."

Like virtually all the pseudo-skeptics who scoff at the SuperMoon phenomena – including the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Neil deGrasse Tyson – Mr. Eskenazi clearly failed to do his due diligence. You might think that any reasonable, intelligent person would bother to go to the source before making comments on a particular subject. The source, in this case, is yours truly; who originated and defined SuperMoon some 35 years ago. Had he done so, as for example by reading my free online article on the subject, Mr. Eskenazi would have known that years ago I addressed his assertions in detail. Here’s the passage from my 2011 article:

How much bigger does a SuperMoon full moon look, compared to a full moon that occurs with Luna at apogee (the most distant point from Earth in the Moon’s orbit)? Some critics have charged that you can’t tell the difference, which is just plain silly. A very close estimate of the difference in apparent size can be obtained from the ratio of the full moon’s distance at perigee, divided by the full moon’s distance at apogee. (The result from this method actually agrees to within less than one percent of the actual difference in apparent size as measured in pixels with a CCD.) Take for example the March 19, 2011 SuperMoon, at 356,577 km. away. Compare that to the 406,434 km. distance of the apogee full moon on October 12, 2011: 406,434/356,577 = 1.1398. This puts the Moon 13% (49,857 km.) closer to Earth on the March 19 SuperMoon than it is on the October 12, 2011 full moon. The intensity of light being the inverse square of the distance between a light source and an observer, squaring this ratio tells us how much brighter the March 19 SuperMoon appears in comparison to the October 12 apogee full moon: 1.1398^2 = 1.299, or 30% brighter.

Full Moon: Perigee vs Apogee On the theory that a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s an actual side-by-side photographic comparison of the August 9, 1987 SuperMoon (on the left) with the February 2, 1988 apogee syzygy (the full moon occurring at apogee (the far point of the lunar orbit around Earth). Thanks to John Walker, who published these photos in his free online Inconstant Moon article, back in 1997. The difference is plain to see.

The apparent size and brightness of a SuperMoon full moon isn’t half the story, anyway. As I defined it decades ago, a SuperMoon is a new or full moon that occurs at or near lunar perigee. Full moons are plainly showier, because new moons are invisible by definition. (That’s why I have dubbed the new moon variety a Stealth SuperMoon, wouldn’t you know? Of course, if you were a typical astronomer or journalist, you wouldn’t know this – because you don’t bother to learn what you’re talking about.)

More to the point, SuperMoon is far more than a show in the sky. It’s a force to be reckoned with on Earth – an elevated tidal surge that ripples through the crust, skies and seas of our home planet. Which is precisely why for 35 years now I have been using SuperMoons to predict elevated tidal surges, powerful storms and increased seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up quakes, as well as notable volcanic eruptions).

Take, for example, the July 9-17 shock window I specified for this most recent SuperMoon: 30 Magnitude 5+ quakes (including three Magnitude 6 or higher), the strongest tropical storm of 2014 to date (Super Typhoon Rammasun), plus new volcanic seismicity and eruptions in Indonesia, the Philippines and on the Chile-Argentina border; not to mention strong storms in the US West and Midwest.

Meanwhile, the SuperMoon-Mars Max combination described in my July forecast has produced a bumper crop of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" as predicted: Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq being notable cases in point. What’s next? See the July forecast.

  JUL 14 UPDATE I’m sure you must have seen some of the media hype over SuperMoon this past weekend. It was all over the Internet and social media, in the newspapers, and on all the broadcast and cable news networks. Some of the coverage even credited yours truly as the astrologer who created and defined the term back in 1979.

Speaking of 1979, that’s when my SuperMoon article was published in September issue of Dell HOROSCOPE magazine. Aside from introducing and defining SuperMoon as a perigee-syzygy - i.e. a new or full moon (syzygy) at or very near the Moon’s cyclical closest approach to Earth (perigee) - the article also predicted Hurricane David’s SuperMoon strike on Savannah Georgia that month. That article, mind you, was written in December 1978 and typeset the following March – six months before the hurricane struck. The magazine hit the stands in August, and Hurricane David hit Savannah weeks later – right on target, right on schedule. It’s the kind of thing I’ve been doing in published forecasts ever since . . .

That’s the part of the SuperMoon story that the media so often ignores, choosing instead to focus on the great, big beautiful full SuperMoon rising in the east at sunset. But you know better if you’ve followed my articles and forecasts over the years – e.g. the 2014 World Forecast Highlights, (published last year) and the July forecast (published last month). You weren’t caught off guard by the recent Magnitude 6.5 Japanese earthquake, the powerful storms and the several notable volcanic eruptions that have fallen in the current SuperMoon shock window, as defined in my forecasts. And this still isn’t over yet!

Astronomers and popular science journalists seem peeved that SuperMoon is a term was created and defined by an astrologer. We astrologers by and large love our astronomer colleagues, but they typically don’t reciprocate at all. In fact, some of them have been known to launch publicity campaigns aimed at discrediting astrology; e.g. the infamous "Objections to Astrology" blitz back in 1975 – spearheaded by astronomer Bart Bok. (To his credit, astronomer Carl Sagan told Bok he thought it inappropriate for scientists to object to astrology.)

So you can imagine how the term SuperMoon might chap their hides. It’s the first astrological terminology adopted by astronomers since the days of Johannes Kepler in the 17th Century. Alas, they have no choice in this case: since I introduced it in 1979, SuperMoon has caught on (mostly in the last ten years), to the point that astronomers had to get a handle on it in order to keep up with the public. To that I say, welcome aboard, fellow star-gazers. It’s a big Cosmos, and there’s room enough for all!

It’s too bad that Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't follow the lead of his mentor, Carl Sagan. Speaking about the current full SuperMoon, Tyson saw fit to criticize the concept without even bothering to learn what it is. For example, his mention of quarter moons that coincide with lunar perigee being "super crescent" moons is a non sequitur. Spring (maximum) tides coincide with syzygies (new and full moon) - not quarters. And that kind of tidal extreme is central to the SuperMoon concept as I defined it some 35 years ago; which definition specifically refers to perigee-syzygies – ONLY new and full moons that coincide with lunar perigee.

Frankly, this is typical of the criticism leveled against astrological concepts by astronomers, science writers and their ilk. They pose as skeptics, but they’re only scoffers. A true skeptic investigates with an open mind. A scoffer already knows without investigating – which is to say, he knows nothing whereof he speaks. Scoffers are pseudo-skeptics, propagandists who reflexively and instinctively defend the status quo. They don’t have a qualified judgment, only a prejudicial pronouncement from the high ground of conventional wisdom. Alas, conventional wisdom is often just plain pompous ignorance.

Carl Sagan was right - in ways he may never have imagined.

  JUL 7 UPDATE JUN 27, 2014 New Moon We’re just coming into this month’s full moon SuperMoon shock window, described in my July forecast (published last month) as "July 9-17; extended a couple days by the Moon’s July 16 northward crossing of the celestial equator. This is the time slot to expect the customary SuperMoon paraphernalia: a notable increase in severe storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (followed in many cases by flash floods); also extreme tidal surges along the coasts; plus a bumper crop of moderate to severe (M5 and up) earthquakes, and news-making volcanic eruptions."

Be prepared just in case, with your go bag, emergency kits, dry rations etc. – better safe than sorry. Most of us won’t have need of such paraphernalia. Those who do will be glad they’ve got it. As I’ve said many a time, SuperMoon is astronomical in scale and therefore planet-wide in impact. Still, Earth is a roomy enough planet that most of us will only see the SuperMoon earth, sea and sky disturbances in the news. Be that as sit may, see my forecast for some tips as to especially vulnerable regions.

Remember my mention in the forecast that "several important points in the Mercury Max cycle mark times when solar storm potential increases – give or take 2-3 days. There are two such critical points this month: the 1st (Mercury’s direct station) and the 12th (when Mercury reaches its greatest elongation west of the Sun, marking the end of the Mercury Max cycle. The first of these critical solar storm windows is in effect from June 28 to July 4, while the second runs from July 9 to the 15th."

As I wrote last month, "Things to watch for during these two shock windows: an increase in strong solar storms (M- and X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Practical, visible manifestations include stronger auroral activity extending farther from the poles then usual; overloads on satellites, electrical grids and all kinds of electrical/electronic networks (including the Net, telecommunications systems and the human nervous system itself). A slight uptick in strong storms and seismic activity (Magnitude 5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions) are also associated with strong solar outbursts."

The first solar storm window did indeed produce an M-class solar flare, exactly on the 1st - the day Mercury resumed direct apparent motion. (Also the day that one of my computers was hijacked by a malware that caused me to call in professional help – thank you, Data Doctors – for the first time in 30+ years of personal computing.) We’re coming into another such period of vulnerability this week; which adds to the disturbances so typical of a SuperMoon in its own right. The combination adds up to a lot of turbulence in the Earth’s seas, skies and crust; as well as a heightened risk of strong solar storms. (Never mind the ongoing enhanced risk for "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions", plus a surfeit of human murder and mayhem, from the individual to the collective – that we’re all (sadly) used to all year, under the aegis of the current Mars Max configured in a T-Square to Uranus and Pluto. So . . . be safe, "watch out for the other guy" and steer clear of danger as best you can – because there’s a bumper crop of it out there once again this week.

  JUN 30 UPDATE JUL 1, 2014 New Moon Mercury’s retrograde comes to an end on July 1st. That’s when the little planet resumes direct apparent motion at 24° Gemini. Were you born under planets or other important points at or near 24° of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces)? If so, this direct station marks a time to formulate a plan of action incorporating all the due diligence you’ve been working on since the current Mercury Max began back on May 25. Check your chart!

Remember: important points like this in the Mercury Max cycle also mark times when solar storm potential increases – give or take 2-3 days. (We’re already in this particular shock window, which extends to July 4.) Things to watch for: an increase in strong solar storms (M- and X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Practical, visible manifestations: stronger auroral activity extending farther from the poles, overloads on satellites, electrical grids and all kinds of electrical/electronic networks (including the Net, telecommunications systems and the human nervous system itself). A slight uptick in strong storms and seismic activity (Magnitude 5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions) are also associated with strong solar outbursts. For more on the remainder of the Mercury Max cycle and the coming solar storms, see my July forecast when it’s posted tomorrow.

In closing – don’t shoot the messenger - I’m obliged to remind you that the Mars Max cycle which began last December 22 continues until August 9. So the amplified "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" theme we’ve endured for so long already still has a bit more than a month to go yet. And it’s intensified from now through the end of July, as Mars conflates with the Uranus-Pluto square: economic and cultural crises amp up the violence, from murder and mayhem by individuals to atrocities in revolutions and warfare. (For more, see the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, published last year.) Stay safe out there, as best you can.

  JUN 23 UPDATE JUN 27, 2014 New Moon We’re now coming into the final "notable geocosmic stress window for June," as described in my free online forecast for the month. It centers "around the new moon on the 27th, close on the heels of the north lunar declination peak on the 26th. I figure this particular shock window extends from the 24th through the 30th: that’s the time span for an elevated risk of strong storms (viz. high winds, heavy precipitation and subsequent flooding) and moderate to severe seismic activity (M 5+ quakes, possible tsunamis, and newsworthy volcanic eruptions)." Consider this a practice run: the real thing kicks in within a few days of the year’s first full moon SuperMoon, at 20° Capricorn on July 12. (Check your own natal chart for significant placements around 20° of the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.)

Clearly, reports of strong storms over the last several days are an initial validation of the forecast. Just remember, there are still several days to go, so be well prepared and weather-wise. Bear in mind that these elevated storm, tide and seismic risks are planetary in scale and therefore planet-wide in scope. Special precautions (including alternative plans) are particularly important if you’re traveling during this period. Mercury is still in its Max phase, after all: expect a rash of travel delays – most especially around July 1 (give or take a few days), when Mercury goes stationary direct. Remember: things don't go haywire during Mercury retrograde - unless you're not keeping your mind focused.

That same Mercury direct window is one of the solar storm signals described in my 2014 World Forecast Highlights as well as the free online June forecast. Aurora displays reaching far from the poles are on tap, along with strong solar flares (M- and X-class, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and elevated levels of geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Networks of all kinds tend to get a bit squirrely at times like this – including power and transportation infrastructure, telecommunication and other networks (satellite systems, computer networks, and that most amazing of all networks, the human nervous system). I don’t see this as calamitous by any means – but if it screws with you and your connections, it’s no fun.

The human potential for violence remains elevated this week as well, with Mars Max tightly configured in a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto. This has been one of the dominant themes all year, as described in my 2014 World Forecast Highlights; but it’s very near one of the peaks in this long cycle now. From the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions"” factor to personal and collective murder and mayhem – individual mass shootings and spree killings to riots and revolutions to civil and international war are all par for the course now, on a more heinous than usual scale. (This eases when Mars Max comes to an end in August – which feels like a long way off at this point.) Bottom line: be careful and safety-conscious; cultivate calm and self-control; and "watch out for the other guy".

  JUN 16 UPDATE Sometimes there’s no satisfaction in being right. That Mars Max-Uranus-Pluto square mess of murder and mayhem has been intensifying just as predicted in my 2014 World Forecast Highlights and the free online June forecast. You’ve seen it in the headlines, from military clashes in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq on the macro scale, to garden variety violence to mass shootings on the micro level. Keep on the lookout, get a grip: we’re still in the thick of this until Mars Max ends in August – and more particularly, all this week as we approach the Mars-Uranus opposition on the 25th. Short tempers, high tensions and a general recklessness are way too prevalent now. Get a grip, count to ten, steer clear as best you can – as predicted, "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" are more abundant than ever at times like this.

And then there will be more solar storms this week as well, as mentioned in the forecast: "Bear in mind that peak points in the Mercury Max cycle (e.g. the solar conjunction on the 19th) tend to coincide (plus or minus 2-3 days) with solar storms: X-Ray flares (in the M to X-class range) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), as well as increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). This is the kind of thing that at least makes for pretty lights in the sky (auroral excess); but it can also occasion power grid problems, radio interference, disruptions in satellite communications, etc." We had an outbreak last week, as predicted. Expect more this week – and again early next week, approaching Mercury’s direct station on July 1.

  JUN 9 UPDATE My June forecast foretold solar storm signals "coming up this month, around the 10th and 25th (give or take a few days either way).” As I wrote, “Regulars know what to expect. As for the rest of you, be aware that solar storms – X-Ray flares (including high X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up) and heightened auroral displays are likely on tap." As of the 8th, we’re underway, with a Kp 6 reading and auroras as far south as Colorado. No X-class flares yet, but this isn’t over yet either.

As much as I’d like to see pretty lights in the sky being the big stories of the day, my forecast has been fulfilled in much grimmer fashion this past week. Mars Max, as I noted, is in effect all month, heralding “a continued epidemic of murder and mayhem, from individuals on murder sprees to groups and nations waging war (civil as well as international).” Moreover, as I wrote, "Lots of it will have a civil strife component: protests, riots, terrorism and revolution (and reactionary responses to same." Unless you spent the week in a salt mine, you know about the mass shootings/knife attacks in Moncton NB, Carson CA, Forsyth County GA, Las Vegas, Karachi, Atlanta etc. We won’t even get into the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" stuff, from the USMC Harrier jet crash in Imperial CA to the killer pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Remember, this rolls on all month, but some days are more jagged than others, as I noted in my forecast: "most especially beginning with the Moon-Mars conjunction on the 8th, and continuing through the end of the month under the auspices of the lingering Mars T-Square to Uranus and Pluto. (Most intense, probably, around the full moon on the 13th and the Mars square to Pluto on the 14th, as well as the Mars-Uranus opposition on the 25th. Allow a few days either way in each case. As I’ve said many times, don’t make a fetish over exact dates. (There’s enough quantum flux in time that exact timing is an illusion at best – at worst, vanity.)" Be safe, be careful, be ready.

Last but not least, be aware of the enhanced storm and seismic risks this week, associated with the full moon on the 13th. Give or take a few days of that full moon, as called out in the forecast, "be on the lookout for an outbreak of strong storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation (with subsequent flooding); for extreme tidal surges; and for a newsworthy increase in moderate to severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5+ quakes and notable volcanic eruptions – with the occasional tsunami warning)."

  JUN 2 UPDATE In cased you missed it last week, the June Forecast is ready for your perusal, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap. You know what comes next: the headlines follow the forecast. OK, if you're a newbie you won't know that. Stick around, look around: you'll see. Look back on the May 25-31 new moon shock window, for example. Per my May Forecast, this delivered "a newsworthy upsurge in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); plus increased notable seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, as well as volcanic eruptions)." (With condolences to my friends and clients in Australia, whose travel plans were blitzed by the Indonesian volcano eruption.)

  MAY 26 UPDATE MAY 25, 2014 Mercury Maximum Elongation East of the Sun A quick reminder: We’re now into the May 25-31 new moon shock window. This means a newsworthy upsurge in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); plus increased notable seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, as well as volcanic eruptions). For details, see my May Forecast.

Speaking of which, the headlines have been validating my May Forecast in spades lately – even more obviously than usual, I think. Of course there’s been the rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" so typical of Mars Max in general – and particularly where Mars Max peaks are concerned, such the May 20 Mars direct station. Or, as I wrote in my forecast:

From riots, revolutions, civil wars and international tensions at the macro level, down to frayed tempers, careless accidents and acts of violence at the individual level – including a rash of mass murders in homes, schools and workplaces - this is a time of greater than usual potential for danger at all levels of human experience. Watch out for the other guy! Mars Max is in effect all month, and particularly notable within a few days before and after the Red Planet direct station on the 20th.

The obvious hot spots have indeed been hotter than usual this past week; from the coup in Thailand, to intense outbursts in the civil wars raging in Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. And then there was the mass murder in Isla Vista CA on the 23rd. Here in Arizona, we’ve had a bunch of headline wildfire outbreaks, plus a strange run of wrong-way driver head-on fatal crashes in the Phoenix area (four crashes in two weeks). In Alaska, there’s a wildfire now burning some 190+ square miles.

Mars Max continues into August, but it remains near a peak of intensity from now into early June. Be safety-conscious, watch out for ‘the other guy’, keep your mind on the task at hand.

Also right on target is the outburst of solar activity connected with the start of Mercury Max on the 25th. As mentioned in the May Forecast, give or take a few days of the 25th:

Be aware that solar storms – X-Ray flares (including high X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up) and heightened auroral displays are likely on tap – with the concomitant potential disruptions to satellites, power grids, radio transmission, computer networks, electrical and electronic equipment, etc. Oh – and human nervous systems, lest we forget!

In fact, on the 25th there as an M-class solar flare (just below X-class), and there was a strange, brief geomagnetic activity reading of 5 on the 23rd. There are still a couple days to run on this one, so stay tuned.

  MAY 19 UPDATE MAY 20, 2014 Mars Station (Direct) That May 10-18 full moon shock window described in my May Forecast just wrapped up, and it delivered precisely the kind of geophysical high drama promised in the May forecast (published last month). On the "notable storms (high winds, heavy precipitation, subsequent flooding)" front, we had the worst flooding in the Balkans in 1,000 years following a deluge on the week of the 11th; and of course another round of tornadoes in the US – just to mention a couple of headliners.

On the seismic font, the forecasted spike in "moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up) and newsworthy volcanic eruptions" has come through as well. There have been more than forty Magnitude 5 and up quakes (including five 6+); and by way of volcanic activity, there’s been rumblings and eruptions at Shishaldin in the Aleutians, San Miguel in El Salvador, Merapi in Java, and Sakurajima in Japan, just to name a few. A brief interlude is on tap now, as far as the tidal stirring of Earth’s skies, seas and crust. But it kicks up again next week, as the new moon shock window takes hold.

Meanwhile, the combination of Mars Max and the Uranus-Pluto square has heralded a rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions," just as last year. From garden variety murder and mayhem to riots, revolutions, civil war and border clashes, it’s all right on target. Remember: Mars Max remains in effect into August, so the warning signs aren’t easing anytime soon. Stay focused and alert, steer clear of this stuff as best you can. And get a grip: people are dealing with a lot of tension, anger and hostility out there. We're still just a fraction of a degree from the Mars direct station on the 20th, and that's one of the peak points in any Mars Max cycle.)

By way of follow-up to last week’s mention of the Sun’s possible sibling star HD 162826, I reported its ecliptic longitude as being in the 27th degree of Sagittarius (at 26° 26’ 14”, to be more precise); which is a conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Galactic Center (GC). However HD 162826 and the GC aren’t near each other in the sky: HD 162826 is very far north of the ecliptic, while the GC is south. They’re only conjunct in ecliptic longitude, in other words – not in actuality.

Last but not least, don’t forget: a surge in solar storms and the start of Mercury Max take hold this week, so be ready for a notable rise in geomagnetic activity, solar flares and CMEs, and all kinds of squirrely networks – from the human, neural type to the infrastructure that keeps us powered and connected. If you don’t have a Plan B ready, you’re apt to be caught up in a mess. That’s why, for example, I’m busy trying to master my new Windows 8 laptop: a big change from Windows Vista and 7.

  MAY 12 UPDATE Most people got the news about the May 8 M5.2-class solar flare - the strongest in a fortnight – on the day it happened. Others got a heads-up last month, in my May Forecast: "around the 10th and 25th (give or take a few days either way), solar storms – X-Ray flares (including high X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up) and heightened auroral displays are likely on tap – with the concomitant potential disruptions to satellites, power grids, radio transmission, computer networks, electrical and electronic equipment, etc. Oh – and human nervous systems, lest we forget!" The first of those particular solar storm windows is pretty much over, but the more important one is yet to come: May 22-28 should be pretty fritzy indeed.

Closer in time – we’re already in it, in fact – is the May 10-18 full moon geophysical shock window. Regulars know what to expect: an increase in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation; higher than normal tidal surges; and in uptick in notable seismic activity (magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). This week is a good time to make sure your emergency kit is well-stocked, just in case. (For more on this, see the May Forecast.)

There’s news from a little farther afield – but still in the neighborhood, astronomically speaking. University of Texas astronomer Ivan Ramirez has identified what he believes may be our sun’s sibling star, 110 light years away. The star’s official nomenclature is HD 162826. Although not a naked eye object, it is visible through binoculars: look high in the sky around midnight, a bit north of east in the constellation Hercules, not far from the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra. (See Sarah Gates’ fine Huffington Post article for a sky map to get you oriented.)

I’ve been asked where in the zodiac this happens to be, and the short answer is that it isn’t in the zodiac per se: it’s considerably north of the ecliptic band (the sun’s apparent path through our skies). However, as I figure it, converting its equatorial coordinates (i.e. Right Ascension/Declination) and projecting down onto the ecliptic, HD 162826 intersects the 27th degree of Sagittarius (at 26° 26’ 14”, to be more precise). Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s a conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Galactic Center. Small world? Small galaxy!

  MAY 5 UPDATE If the headlines of the month have caught you off-guard so far, you probably missed my May Forecast going online last week. Check in quick, so you’re not left in the dark. Ukraine, Brazil, Turkey, Venezuela etc. and the South Pacific Magnitude 6+ quakes are a few cases in point. Which ones are waning now, and which are still at high tide? See the forecast.

Meanwhile, looking farther afield, I’ve been writing for several years – most recently in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights - about the 2020 Great Chronocrator as the harbinger of The Singularity, just as the 1840 Great Chronocrator was the harbinger of the Industrial Revolution. Yesterday I came across a reference to an article by physicist Stephen Hawking et al. about how Artificial Intelligence – the hallmark of The Singularity – will be "the biggest single event in human history . . . but also the last." I’m reminded of a few lines from Nobel Poetry Laureate (and ace astrologer) William Butler Yeats’ Second Coming:

Surely some revelation is at hand,
Surely the Second Coming is at hand . . .
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

The Industrial Revolution didn’t lack antecedents prior to the 1842 earth sign Chronocrator, any more than it sprang fully formed in that year. And so it is with the coming 2020 air sign Chronocrator and The Singularity. Be that as it may, "surely some revelation is at hand." And the gaze of "the rough beast" is "blank and pitiless as the sun" precisely because it is being created by humans to be more than human – which is to say, inhuman.

  APR 28 UPDATE Very busy with the May forecast here, along with the usual quotient of client consultations and report orders. Meanwhile, it looks as though April has fully lived up to the advance billing I gave it last month in my April Forecast. Surprised? Welcome, newbie!

The April 29 annular eclipse ahock window, as specified in my April Forecast, "stretches from April 22 to May 6." Solar eclipses are like that: BIG shock windows. I told you what to expect: a dramatic increase in "extreme tides, and a surge in severe storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation; as well as an uptick in moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up) and newsworthy volcanic eruptions." We got it, and there’s more to come before this particular geocosmic shock window fades away early next month. For example, n the seismic front, the 6.5 British Columbia quake (in one of the specific target zones I mapped out for this eclipse) and the 6.4 in Tonga on the 24th and 26th have been most notable so far, but they’ll likely be surpassed. Where? See the forecast!

The good news is that once the April 29 shock window winds down on the 6th, the rest of May looks quieter in comparison, at least on the geophysical front. Those two April eclipses really stirred up earth’s crust, atmosphere and oceans; and there’s nothing in their league in May. (Some lesser shock windows, to be sure – but they’re not lesser if they hit near you! The geopolitical front – military, political, economic etc. - is a very different story for May. Read the forecast!

In closing for this week, if you’re a regular, you know that I never change a forecast once it’s published. No sense giving the pseudo skeptics anything to feed their delusions, after all. But I do publish errata to acknowledge typographical errors as I become aware of them. Thanks to Susi for pointing out one in my April Forecast!

  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! Fortunately, we should have the last hospital bill paid off by the end of 2014, and the ongoing medical insurance premiums should be drastically reduced when I'm eligible for Medicare next year. I'm reminded of a Canadian friend who went back to her home country, saying she couldn't afford to get sick in the U.S.

After a three-week hiatus, the latest "Freaky Friday" came and took a bank down with it, as the FDIC shut down Eastside Commercial Bank in Conyers GA. This moves the total number of failed banks in the US up a jot to thirteen for the year to date. What to expect next? Probably still a slow pace in bank closings for the year as a whole - as we've seen in the first quarter. But we're now in that late spring-early summer window I've been writing about all year, when the pace should pick up a bit. But still, the landslide days are behind us. 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 turn the corner 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 down two ticks to 6.1%. That's the lowest it's been since August 2008, before the Saturn-Uranus opposition which heralded the economic collapse that precipitated the current depression, as predicted. Still, 6.1% remains 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 the latest Venus Max cycle has passed, I figure US bank balance sheets will look fairly decent for a while - consolidating to the upside for a change, after months of Fed cultivation. 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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