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JUL 25 UPDATE

  JUL 25 UPDATE I see that almost everyone is oblivious to the next (August 18) eclipse, described on page 36 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (published last year) as:

"a very unusual eclipse, what I call a stealth lunar eclipse. By this, I mean a penumbral lunar eclipse where the Earth’s shadow edge is so faint that it’s visually imperceptible. For this reason, such eclipses are generally ignored altogether. This particular stealth lunar eclipse is at 26 Aquarius, free of any major aspect patterns. In effect from the 15th through the 21st, this shapes up to be the least dramatic of this year’s eclipses. But that still ups the ante for strong storms and earthquakes during the August 15-21 shock window."

If you were born with anything around the 26 Leo-Aquarius lunar eclipse polarity – check your chart – it’s worth a look-see and some meditation.

What kicks this eclipse up a notch is that it occurs within a couple days of Mercury reaching its greatest elongation east of the Sun; the start, in other words, of the next Mercury Max cycle. There’s a lot to Mercury Max, and I’ll describe this one in detail in my forthcoming August forecast – or see pp 18-25 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights. For now, just remember this: three days before and after the key points in Mercury Max – such as the one on August 16 – you can expect an increase in the frequency and intensity of solar storms (e.g. M and X-class solar flares and coronal holes) as well geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up). You know, the same kind of action I predicted for the July 18-24 period in my July forecast – which delivered in spades, as anyone who followed the headlines this past week realizes.

Dumping Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earth’s magnetosphere, atmosphere, crust and seas not only amplifies the storm and seismic warnings associated with the eclipse itself; but also ushers in all manner of electrical disturbances, from auroras to radio blackouts and infrastructure breakdowns (computers, power grids, satellite systems and communication networks) – not to mention that very sophistical bio-electrical network, the human nervous system. You’ve got a few weeks to get ready – but don’t dawdle.

Closer to hand, we aware of the final peak (for this month) in the February-September Mars Max cycle of murder, mayhem, fires, crashes, clashes and explosions. This is associated with the July 29 Mercury square to Mars and simultaneous Uranus retrograde station. Consider July 26-August 1 the red zone this time out. Be aware of your surroundings; don’t blunder into danger and conflict. Be safety-conscious; heed official notices to evacuate if they come down the pike. Tools, weapons, knives, machinery and fire pose the greatest risks in these Mars Max hot zones. You’ve seen the news this month; you know what I’m talking about.

One last thing, a word to my clients: I see by my phone logs that I’m still getting a fair number of clients calling for consultations when my office is closed. So that we won’t miss making a connection, please call during office hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM Arizona Time. That’s 5 PM to 1 AM GMT, noon to 8 PM Eastern Standard, 1-9 PM Eastern Daylight, 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Standard, 10 AM to 6 PM Pacific Daylight, etc. Thank you!

  JUL 18 UPDATE July 14 Moon-Mars Alignment We’re all weary of the surge in Mars Max-associated murder, mayhem, fires, crashes, clashes and explosions lately, per the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (pp. 11-18); and the free online July forecast - where I wrote "Be especially vigilant around the 14th (when the Moon aligns with Mars and Saturn)". Orlando, Dallas, Nice, Turkey and now Baton Rouge are the latest Mars Max cases in point. About that, I’ll say only that the trend is now declining, although Mars Max won’t wrap up entirely until September.

I’m sure some traditional astrologers are falling all over themselves to "postdict" these events, looking at the charts of the perpetrators; which is useless, to my way of thinking. If you can’t see the train coming in time to get off the track, what good are you? If you must know the transits for the time of the event to show how they stack up with birth chart of the perpetrator – none of which can be known in advance – then what’s the point, practially speaking?

Sure, those things can be seen now. Orlando shooter Omar Nateen, for example, was born with the Sun at 24 Scorpio – which is where Mars Max was when he committed mass murder. He was having his first Saturn return at the time. (Gavin Long, the Baton Rouge shooter, was also in his first Saturn return at the time of his atrocity.) But who knew of Nateen or Long before his day of infamy – at which time it was too late for too many people. And who’d have expected Turkish President Erdogan to get caught up in – some say orchestrate – a coup that cost a couple hundred lives, at a time when Mars Max was squaring his natal Pluto and Pluto was crossing his natal ascendant, while Saturn was conjunct his natal Moon-Mars alignment, squaring Neptune (which was conjunct his natal Sun-Mercury-Venus alignment)? After the fact explanations are useless. With that in mind, be aware that there remains one more intense Mars Max climax point this month, similar to the one around July 14 as described in my July forecast. When? See the forecast – and be safe out there!

Closer to hand is the solar storm warning called out in my July forecast (published last month), which warned of a "heightened potential for solar storms around July 18-24, as the solar disk rotates to aim the point of Mercury’s July 7 superior conjunction with the Sun right at us. Expect strong X-Ray storms (M and X-class) to fire off, along with Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). These in turn will raise the level of geomagnetic activity here on Earth (Kp 5 and up storms). On the plus side, a bevy of beautiful auroral displays may be expected; but also, disturbances in electrical and electronic systems, power grids, computers and computer networks, telecommunications, etc. Vulnerable human neural networks will also be subject to going on the fritz."

  JUL 11 UPDATE This Mars Max just won’t let up, as you can see from the headlines lately. As I described in in my July forecast, "You’ll know it when you see it: a rash of murders and mass murders, a clutch of big fires, crashes and explosions." From Baton Rouge to Minneapolis and down to Dallas, blood boils and spills as forecast. Keep your eyes open and your head down. This doesn’t even begin to ease off until next week – and even then, Mars Max as a whole continues into September.

Speaking of September, keep an eye out for the September issue of Dell Horoscope, "the world’s leading astrology magazine". Among many other notable features, it includes an article by yours truly, describing the Mars Max connection to murder and mayhem extraordinaire – including the tie-in to 9/11.

Super typhoon Nepartak is the most obvious example of the July 1-7 geocosmic shock window described in my July forecast as signaling "an increase in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, moderate to severe seismic activity (M5+ earthquakes, and notable volcanic eruptions)." The good news is that we’re now into a period of relative calm in this respect. The bad news is that the next shock window opens up on the 16th – and it includes a spike in the risk of for solar and geomagnetic storms in addition to the atmospheric variety. For more, see my July forecast.

  JUL 4 UPDATE The end of this Mars Max direct station peak is fairly ghastly to date, what with Orlando and Istanbul, Bangladesh and Baghdad, etc. When will it end? Not soon enough. Mars Max as a whole continues into September. But the most intense part, the one we’re in now, tapers off around the middle of July. Not soon enough, as I said – but there it is.

Closer to hand – as in right now – we’re in the midst of a geophysical storm window, from the 1st through the 7th. Expect an increase in powerful storms, moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up), and notable volcanic activity. Keep your eyes on the sky, your weather radio handy, and your go bag ready just in case. (For more, see my July forecast, published last month.)

A few times a month, I get requests from people who want to get on my emailing list. To save time, here’s all it takes: become a client. All clients get on the list automatically, although a simple request will get you off in a heartbeat. How to become a client? Try a phone consultation, perhaps? Or order a copy of the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights? It’s up to you.

Speaking of emailings, if you are a client and you didn’t get one Sunday, then you might want to update me on your email address. Or maybe, let your email service know that emails from rnolle@astropro.com should not be blocked.

  JUN 27 UPDATE June 18 Saturn-Neptune Waning Square The UK vote to leave the European Union – the so-called Brexit – is this month’s prime example of the combined squares from Jupiter to Saturn and Saturn to Neptune, described in my June forecast as the main theme for the month. "This isn’t revolution," I wrote, "this isn’t repression (although they may come from it in some cases). It’s collapse, and the measures taken by the plutocracy to stitch together a new structure that will hold the mess together." Clearly, a majority of British voters have opted to take Great Britain out of the EU, out of the continental collective ordained to promote a greater good. It’s just as clear that the greater good will suffer now. But the majority of Britons obviously feel – or felt, at the moment of voting – that the collective good came at the expense of affronts to individual dignity and security.

Britannia has been in slow collapse since the end of World War I (under the Saturn-Neptune conjunction back then). The Industrial Revolution that ushered Great Britain into world supremacy was a product of the last Great Chronocrator cycle – the one in earth signs, which comes to an end in 2020. (See pages 3-7 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights for more on this.) There will always be a Britain, yes. But it’s in the final stages of surrendering the last vestiges of Greatness before our eyes. Empires are like stars: they’re born, they grow and then ultimately they enter into a collapse. It’s easy to lose sight of such verities when your empire is young and strong – as Britain’s once was, as America’s once was – but there comes a time . . . "There is a tide in the affairs of men," said Brutus.

"In the meantime and in between times," as my dear old friend Toni used to say, these bigger picture concerns will still be looming over us for years to come – but closer to hand, we’ve still got a peak Mars Max point to get through this month, and into July. What to expect? See my June forecast!

  JUN 20 UPDATE If you’ve been following along in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (pp 11-18), or my free online June forecast, then there have been no surprises in the ongoing Mars Max cycle of extreme murder, mayhem and "fires, clashes, crashes and explosions" lately. And you know that we’re entering into another of the three major crests in that cycle at the end of this month, as Mars comes to its direct station; namely the end of its April 17-June 29 apparent retrograde. The other peak is associated with the Sun-Mars opposition (the Red Planet’s perigee, or close approach to Earth), which took place back on May 22.

Two things to note about these Mars station points: first, because planets at their station points have very slow apparent motion, they linger at these points for a fairly long time; and second, this lingering means that the station points become more than usually significant.

This month, Mars will be within a degree of its June 29 station at 23 Scorpio all the way from June 18 through July 11 – three weeks, more or less. Mars typically occupies a two-degree wide slot of the heavens like this for a week or less, so this represents a more extreme and concentrated presence. Likewise, I expect we’ll be seeing a more extreme and concentrated Mars Max manifestation. You know what that means, if you’ve been reading the June forecast – or watching the news, which is the same thing only later.

One more thing to note: if you were born with significant planets or points at or near the 23 Scorpio Mars station point (or its opposite, 23 Taurus), then I think it would be wise to adopt an extra measure of safety consciousness in the weeks ahead – the better not to blindly blunder into harm’s way. If seeing these things coming can’t help us to dodge or deflect a bit of risk now and again – well, then what’s an astrology for? (Check your chart!)

Remember: for most of us, Mars Max at its worst is edgy, rash and careless people. Mostly that’s just irritating. But not always, and certainly not for everyone. So stay clear, calm and focused. Keep your wits about you, and hang onto your sense of humor!

Before I forget, remember that my June forecast predicted a "surge of storms and seismicity is due between the 18th and 24th, in association with the full moon on the 21st." – which means we’re already in both a Mars Max peak point and a full moon geophysical storm window all at once. Watch the skies, watch the headlines: powerful storms, M5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions are ongoing even as you read this!

  JUN 13 UPDATE The only news that people are paying attention to as the week gets underway is the massacre in Orlando FL, the bloodiest mass killing in US history. This is a prime example of the kind of Mars Max murder and mayhem cycle I predicted in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (pp. 11-18).

We’re now well into the thick of the 2016 peak Mars Max cycle, when Earth and the Red Planet make their biennial close approach. While the entire cycle runs from February into September, the period of greatest prominence runs from the Mars retrograde station on April 17 through the Mars perigee on May 22, and on to its direct station on June 29.

If you read my 2016 World Forecast Highlights, let alone my world forecasts for the past dozen years or so, you know what to expect during Mars Max: an extreme case of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions," to put it simply. That is, elevated human conflict (war, terror, mass killings and general criminality); an unusual run of accidents (from the mundane traffic variety to the kind of air and rail disasters that border on the epic); and headlines full of fires and explosions.

Who will say that we haven’t seen a crescendo of this kind of murder and mayhem, from the kind of terror attacks and mass killings exemplified by last week’s Orlando massacre, to the recent run of air show crashes and extraordinary wildfires (including the Fort McMurray "Beast" fire, the worst in Canada’s history – not to mention the ongoing and increasingly desperate war in Syria.

The good news is that we’re halfway through this year’s Mars Max cycle. The bad news is that we’ve still got the second half ahead of us. More immediately, as noted in my June forecast, we still have to get through another of the Mars Max peak points in the week ahead – on "June 18, when the Moon aligns with the Red Planet." (Always allow a day either side of these Moon-Mars alignments.)

What can be done? All we can do is shorten the odds against us: steer clear of trouble as best you can, and stay focused on what you’re doing whenever you’re engaged in any potentially hazardous activity – and a prayer or two couldn’t hurt anything. Good luck to us all!

  JUN 6 UPDATE JUN 5, 2016 Kp5 Geomagnetic Storm Yesterday brought an end to the year’s second Mercury Max cycle, as the little planet reached maximum elongation west of the Sun on the 5th. And, as predicted in my June forecast – which went online last week, and is now all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map – we’re in a period of solar and terrestrial storminess that doesn’t drop back to normal until the 8th:

"This means that, until the solar-terrestrial turbulence settles down after the 8th, we’re still in a phase of elevated potential for solar disturbances, including coronal holes, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and big X-ray storms (M and X-class). These in turn up the likelihood of geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) here on Earth; which means greater atmospheric disturbances (powerful storms) and seismic activity (M5 and up quakes, plus notable volcanic eruptions); as well as increased auroral activity and disturbances in electrical networks of all kinds – from the human nervous system to satellite constellations, power grids, computers and computer networks. Have your backups and backup plans ready, especially within plus or minus three days of June 5."

Sure enough, we had a Kp 5 geomagnetic storm on Sunday the 5th, and a burst of auroral activity as well. As I said, it’s tapering off this week. This should be good for those of us – like yours truly - who need to repair or replace electronic equipment that went haywire under Mercury Max. (Is there ever a good time for a hard drive to go kaput?)

Meanwhile, June has quite a full slate awaiting us, beyond the dregs of a fading Mercury Max. Such as? See the June forecast!

  MAY 30 UPDATE June 18 Saturn-Neptune Waning Square The Jupiter-Saturn square of May 26 (feeding into Saturn’s June 18 square to Neptune to comprise a T-Square) is the biggest celestial configuration of May on into June, in the over-all scheme of things. A breakdown in comity and civility is part of this picture, but more importantly it’s the breakdown of civil order per se: social, financial and political institutions are breaking down and grinding to a halt. This is far from the Apocalypse, of course. News of the breakdowns at first seems like the rumble of faraway thunder, or like an aberration that doesn’t portend more than a distant local disturbance. It seems as though cities, states and countries elsewhere are breaking down – but as long as it’s far enough away, who really cares? Until it comes to you . . .

This is one of those "can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs" moments in time, as we draw closer to the 2020 Great Chronocrator. (See pages 3-7 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights for more on this.) Lots of people see impending doom in the turmoil all around us. Relax. It’s not the end of the world. Just the end of the old world we thought we knew so well. The cracks in the foundations and framing of the institutions that seemed to define, dominate and support our civilization are like cracks in an eggshell, out of which will emerge a new set of institutions once 2020 is behind us.

Meanwhile, in the short term, double-check everything going into June. Mercury remains in its Max phase until June 5, when the little planet in its morning star apparition reaches maximum elongation west of the Sun. This means we’re still in a phase of elevated potential for solar disturbances, including coronal holes, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and big X-ray storms (M and X-class). These in turn up the likelihood of geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) here on Earth; which means greater atmospheric disturbances (powerful storms) and seismic activity (M5 and up quakes, plus notable volcanic eruptions); as well as increased auroral activity and disturbances in electrical networks of all kinds – from the human nervous system to satellite constellations, power grids, computers and computer networks. Have your backups and backup plans ready, especially within plus or minus three days of June 5. (For more on this, see my May forecast and the forthcoming June edition.)

  MAY 23 UPDATE If you’ve been paying attention to the news of the day lately, you’ve seen Mars Max writ large all over the headlines – even as the Red Planet burns brighter than ever in the night sky during the Mars perigee (close approach to Earth). As briefed in my free May forecast and detailed in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (pp. 11-18), Mars Max is a cycle when "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" come thick and fast, along with "a spike across the whole spectrum of violence, from the individual to the collective, from domestic, school and workplace violence to mass murder and spree killings all the way to suicide bombings and other terrorist atrocities."

I won’t bother to catalog all the Mars Max manifestations of late, since anyone this side of a coma is all too aware of the elevated mayhem level all around us. But I will point out that the absolute peak came yesterday, with the Sun-Mars opposition (Mars’ perigee point). It’s a slow fallback from there, and there will still be a few sharp outbreaks in the remaining months of this elevated Mars cycle. But all in all, we’re now in a slow but steady downward spiral in the danger zone. Just bear in mind that Mars remains within a few degrees of its perigee through the end of this week, so keep your guard up and pay attention to your "spidey sense".

We’re also within a few degrees of the May 21 full moon point and yesterday’s Mercury Max station for several days yet, so the storm and seismic risk levels remain higher than normal during this time. That’s powerful atmospheric storms, of course; but also solar storms (e.g. M and X class flares, and CMEs) as well as geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up – like the one on the 21st). Network and infrastructure disruptions are on tap, from power grids to the Internet to satellite systems. Your own nervous system may go fritzy, if you’re among those who are especially vulnerable to these natural phenomena. And then there’s the seismic risk level, also elevated through the 25th: Magnitude 5 and up quakes plus an outbreak of notable volcanic activity . . .

  MAY 16 UPDATE May 22 Sun-Mars Opposition We’re coming into a confluence of important cosmic patterns starting this week. The full moon arrives on the 21st (conjunct Mars Max), while Mars Max itself peaks on the 22nd, the day of the Sun-Mars opposition; and Mercury Max comes to an important turning point (the direct station) on the same day. All the while, the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-Square continues apace. Obviously, the exact dates of all these alignments don’t fall into this week. However, every one of these factors has an orb (a tolerance) of a few days – some considerably more than that. So, at the very least, the turbulence runs deep from the 18th through the end of the week.

What kind of turbulence? Where do I start? Obviously, the Mars Max peak points to a surge in the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" that always characterize Mars Max. This is a trend that has been ongoing since early February, and accelerating steadily since the Red Planet turned retrograde on April 17. The Fort McMurray fire is one example: the worst natural disaster in Canadian history. More and bigger fires, crashes and explosions are on the way this week. As for the clashes aspect, think anger, violence, criminality, terrorism and outright military conflict. These areas of human experience have been intensifying all over the world for the last couple months, and they’re not done with that trend yet. Not a good time to be in a target zone.

Alas, our home planet is a target-rich environment now, as Mars makes its perigee (closest approach to Earth). Some of the likely focal points are bound to show up in the astro-locality lines mapped out for the Sun-Mars opposition, which I originally published last year on page 17 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights.

Further muddying the waters in all this is the full moon and Mercury Max confluence, signaling a geophysical shock window that ushers in a strong storm and seismic surge through the skies, seas and crust of our home planet – and indeed a storm surge in the Sun and in Earth’s magnetosphere. See my May forecast and the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights for more on this. For now, suffice it to say that all manner of systems are disturbed at times like this – from computers to networks to electrical infrastructure at every level (including the human nervous system). Consolation? Pretty auroras, pretty sunsets from storms and volcanic eruptions . . .

  MAY 9 UPDATE MAY 8, 2016 Kp7 Geomagnetic Storm Today’s update is brief, due to a deluge of work (my forthcoming article and a boatload of client consultations). But you can fill in the blanks with ease by searching recent headlines to see this month’s forecast fulfilled so far – and searching the forecast itself to spot the headlines for the week ahead.

My May forecast promised you a surge in solar and geomagnetic storms this month, and so far – just a week in – we’ve already had four geomagnetic storms ranked Kp 5 and higher, including (on May 8) a strong Kp 7 outbreak. If networks and systems (including sensitive human nervous systems) seem unusually erratic lately during the current Mercury Max cycle, that’s exactly par for the course – as described in the forecast. At least we have the pretty auroras! (Please note that, while the accompanying screenshot from the Solar Monitor app for iPhone shows a then-current Kp 5 geomagnetic storm in progress on the 8th, it also records that there was indeed a Kp 7 storm earlier that day.)

I’m sure you’ve also seen other aspects of the May forecast fulfilled in spades this past week, including plenty of Mars Max outbreaks in the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" category (e.g. in Alberta, for one). And a whole raft of powerful storms (e.g. in the western US) during the May 3-9 Stealth SuperMoon shock window; not to mention 18 Magnitude 5+ quakes so far. We’ve got a day to go yet on the SuperMoon stuff, but Mercury and Mars Max remain in effect all month long. Hang on!

  MAY 2 UPDATE MAY 6 New Moon (Stealth) SuperMoon My May forecast went up yesterday – a day late due to a crazy workload here, which includes a new magazine article assignment for publication in September. The forecast is now all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. May looks even more turbulent than April, but things should settle down for a couple months starting in June.

But first we need to navigate our way through a double Max (Mars and Mercury) May that includes the last of three consecutive Stealth SuperMoons (like the one last month). Hang onto your haloes, angels - the Stealth SuperMoon shock window opens up tomorrow!

  APR 25 UPDATE The last week in April opens into the waning days of this month’s second most notable storm and seismic risk window as described in my April forecast (published last month):

"Last among the geophysical storm windows this month is the above mentioned full moon on the 22nd, which couples with Mercury Max to indicate a heightened risk of powerful storms with heavy precipitation, higher than normal tides, and a surge in seismic activity (quakes and volcanic eruptions), from the 18th through the 25th. Having your storm kit ready and your pantry stocked is not a bad idea at times like this. And if you have to travel during this window, be prepared for weather and traffic delays."

Starting on the 18th (the day Mercury Max began), we’ve seen plenty of activity on the storm and seismic front: 33 Magnitude 5+ earthquakes to date, four of them being 6.0 or better (including the.M 6.3 Sandwich Islands quake on the 19th); and one killer storm after another in the US, most notably in Texas. The intensity of this most recent batch of disturbances – again, as forecast - pales in comparison to those ushered in by the April Stealth SuperMoon and the start of Mercury Max, which heralded the 7.8 Ecuador quake, the 6.9 in Myanmar and the 7.0 Kyushu temblor, just to scratch the surface.

That said, we should bear in mind that past is prologue, in this case. For one thing, the Mercury Max that began on the 18th continues all through April and May, concluding on June 5. For another, there’s yet one more Stealth SuperMoon to come this year; namely the one at 16° 41’ Taurus on May 6. So the heavy geophysical stress period we’ve been seeing since the 2016 Stealth SuperMoon trio began on March 9 has many weeks to go before it finally tapers off to a more normal level of natural disturbances. For details on what lies ahead, see my May forecast when it goes online later this week.

In the meantime – as detailed in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (published last year) and my free online April forecast, there’s a strong solar component to all this turbulence. Mercury Max always ushers in a cycle of strong solar activity, including M and X-class outbursts, CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejections) and geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up). We’ve already seen a spate of these since Mercury Max began, including a strong M 6.7 X-Ray flare on the 18th and a Kp 5 geomagnetic storm on the 24th. This is just getting started! (For more on what to expect and what you can do about it, see the forecast.)

Finally, geophysical disturbances aren’t the half of it this month and next, as Mars Max continues and in fact closes in on its perigee (close pass to Planet Earth). “Fires, crashes, clashes and explosions” aplenty are making headlines, as predicted. More of the same, and more intense yet, are coming in our direction. Be careful out there.

  APR 18 UPDATE APR 16, 2016 M7.4 Ecuador QuakeIf you’ve been following along in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (pp. 18-25) or the free online April forecast, the storm (solar as well as terrestrial) and seismic headlines of the month so far came as no surprise. It’s been one of the biggest seismic stretches of the year to date, from the 6.0 Java quake on the 6th to a 6.6 on Vanuatu the next day, to the 6.6 in Pakistan on the 10th to the 6.9 in Myanmar on the 13th, to a string of 6+ temblors on Kyushu, Japan (6.1 and 6.0 on the 14th, and a 7.0 on the 15th and a 7.4 near the coast of Ecuador on the 16th – to name a few of the more newsworthy ground-shakers of late. All of them, you’ll notice, coming within a few days of two of the main seismic shock windows I spelled out for this month; namely within a few days either way of the Stealth SuperMoon on the 9th and the beginning of Mercury Max on the 17th.

And in the way of solar storms and resulting geomagnetic storms, the Kp 5 outburst on the 14th is just the start. The fact is, Mercury Max as a whole sets up heightened solar storms and geomagnetic outbursts throughout Mercury’s Max cycle - which means the rest of this month should be pretty turbulent, as forecast. What to expect, when you dump Gigawatts of extra solar radiation into Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere? Read the forecast! And remember: the disturbances swirling all around us are within us as well. Again, see the forecast and be ready.

  APR 11 UPDATE The April 7 Stealth SuperMoon was at 18° Aries – not at 18° Pisces, as I mistyped when I wrote the April forecast. (You might want to get in the habit of occasionally checking the forecast Errata, which is where I post such corrections as they come to light; because I never change a forecast once it’s published.)

As usual, the news of the past week has fulfilled the April forecast in so many ways, that I can’t begin to detail them in this brief update. For example, the forecast reads:

"As for the storm and seismic activity uptick and extreme tidal surges so typical of SuperMoons, this one is sure to make its mark. So, during the April 4-10 shock window, don’t be surprised by headlines and breaking news of powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation and floods associated with those storms; as well as extreme high tides, and a surge in moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up); plus, an uptick in volcanic eruptions."

On the seismic front, there was the Magnitude 6.0 Java quake on the 6th, the 6.6 quake at Vanuatu on the 7th, and one of identical magnitude in Pakistan on the 10th. – all in all, 31 quakes of Magnitude 5 and higher so far in the shock window specified. There’s been lots of severe weather this past week, including more than a dozen tornadoes in the southern US. Notable volcanic eruptions include Popocatepetl and Colima in Mexico, and Bromo in Indonesia.

And then there was my forecast for "a period of solar storminess from April 3 through April 9, give or take a day or so. You’ll recognize it when it hits: an increase in strong solar flares (M and X-class) and CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejections), along with heightened geomagnetic storms here on Earth (Kp 5 and up)." As it turned out, there was a Kp5 geomagnetic storm on the 7th, and there’s a giant sunspot churning away right now. There’s much more to come in this connection.

Who cares? People whose nervous systems get scrambled under this kind of stimulation, for starters - not to mention infrastructure that goes haywire, from satellite systems to power grids to computers and networks. The thing is, there are more solar storm signals coming this month, associated with key points in the Mercury Max cycle that begins on the 18th. Get ready! For what? See the April forecast!

  APR 4 UPDATE In case you missed it last week – probably because you’re not following me on Facebook or Twitter – the April forecast is up and running; and is now all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Also up and running is my first Errata of the year, correcting a couple of typos in my 2016 World Forecast Highlights, and one in the April forecast. (Hint: it’s a good idea to click on the Errata link included with each forecast.)

  MAR 28 UPDATE The ghastly news from Turkey, Belgium and Pakistan in the past week is a straightforward fulfillment of the Mars Max cycle forecast on pages 10-16 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights. The thing is, I’m sorry to say, this celestial danger zone is just getting started. It began, as I wrote, on February 4, and continues into September – with major hot spots to include "the April 17 Mars retrograde station, the May 22 Sun-Mars opposition (effectively the Mars perigee), the June 29 Mars direct station, the August 24 Mars-Saturn conjunction, the September 1 end point of the Mars Max phase itself."

In short, what we’ve seen in the way of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" to date is a pale foreshadowing of what’s to come as Earth draws closer to Mars, and the Red Planet looms larger and brighter in our night skies. You know what you’ll see in this Mars Max cycle, as in all the others, aside from the surfeit of fires, crashes, clashes and explosions just mentioned: a rash of violence personal and collective, from ordinary murder and mayhem to mass shootings to terror attacks and outright warfare. Be ready, as ready as you can be. And while you’re at it, a prayer for peace couldn’t hurt.

For more on the April manifestations of Mars Max, Mercury Max and the second in this year’s trio of Stealth SuperMoons, see the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights, or the forthcoming free online April forecast.

  MAR 21 UPDATE If you’ve been following the news of the day this past week, you’ve seen my March forecast at work – Mars Max madness and all. Here’s a little something extra, from my forthcoming April forecast. It’s the March 23 Sun-Mercury superior (far side) conjunction, which signals a period of solar storminess from April 3 through April 9, give or take a day or so. You’ll recognize it when it hits: an increase in strong solar flares (M and X-class) and CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejections), along with heightened geomagnetic storms here on Earth (Kp 5 and up).

Who cares? People whose nervous systems get scrambled under this kind of stimulation. Infrastructure that goes haywire, from satellite systems to power grids to computers and networks. And don’t forget: dump Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere, and you get more than a bunch of pretty lights (auroras) in the sky. You get an increase in strong storms and seismic activity too – especially since all this incoming will arrive during the April 7 Stealth SuperMoon shock window. As I said, more in the April forecast . . .

March 23 is notable for more than that Sun-Mercury alignment; it’s also the day of this month’s total lunar eclipse. Aside from being a sight to see, it signals "a surge in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, as well as moderate-to-severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, plus newsworthy volcanic eruptions)" from the 20th through the 26th. For more on this, see my March forecast.

And now for something completely different. I’m getting a number of requests lately, from people asking if I’d consider writing a book to teach the astrological techniques I use – because, they say, I do astrology so differently from the mainstream. Be careful what you ask for, my friends.

I’m reminded of Lao Tzu, when asked to explain the Tao. "The Tao that is cannot be explained, and the Tao that can be explained is not the Tao that is." The astrology I do is not defined by a set of rules per se. It’s not a cookbook you can pick up, look up a recipe and whip up an astrological interpretation. But there are a number of principles I have followed for over 40 years now. (It’s this ineffable quality that turned me against writing books nearly 30 years ago: who can say what cannot be said?)

That said, first and foremost in my astrology is that planets are first and foremost – and I use planets in the classical sense, to include the Sun and Moon. By this I mean that everything else in the astrological arcana is secondary at best. Planets precede everything else: signs, houses, parts, midpoints, etc. When I look at a chart, I see the planets in their context with each other first, and from that get the lion’s share of what I need to understand the chart – and by extension, the individual or other entity/event for which the chart is cast.

By context, what I mean is the patterns into which the planets fit. Are they angular? Focus on them as you look at the pattern. Are they in conjunction or opposition? Focus on them. Are they in square (quadrature)? Focus on them. And if they’re in multiple configurations built on those hard aspects – e.g. a T-Square or Grand Cross – then soak it in.

Other aspects? Not important. All those lesser aspects – sextiles, trines, inconjuncts, quintiles etc. – exist only to serve the egos of astrologers and clients, who want the Universe to care about every nook and cranny of their lives. The Universe gives us only an outline, and leaves the rest to us. The client who wants to know everything is unwise. The astrologer who plays along with that folly is foolish. Less is more.

Last but not least in the prime factors for now, is the notion of prominence. What planets in a chart are prominent? A SuperMoon or planetary Max is prominent, because it’s closer to Earth – looming bigger and brighter in the sky. Planets at or near the angles – the ascendant and descendant (the horizon) and MC/IC (the meridian) – are prominent. Go outside at sunset or sunrise on a full moon, and you’ll see what I mean. Stand under the noonday sun, when the sun is at the MC, and you’ll feel what I mean. Why is midnight the witching hour? Because the sun is at the IC. The horizon and meridian (i.e. the angles) are key. Which leads into the notion of nodes – a topic for another time.

That’s enough for now, enough to get you started, if you want to give it a try . . .

  MAR 14 UPDATE The Stealth SuperMoon solar eclipse of March 9 seems to be a focus of much craziness in the world lately. (Maybe because it’s in Pisces, square Saturn?) As I’ve written – in the free online March forecast last month, and on pages 28-29 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights last year – the effective window for this SuperMoon eclipse runs from March 2 through the 16th. The one consolation, in the thick of all this political demagoguery, mystical mumbo-jumbo and comedy of errors, is that it’s just about to subside. Only a couple days to go, before the window closes, the storms, tides, floods, quakes and volcanoes dial it back to normal, and we humans can get back to our customary quotient of madness and inanity.

FEB 4, 2016 Mars Max Begins) Well, normal for a Mars Max, at any rate. As summarized in my February forecast (and fully detailed on pages 11-18 in the complete version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights), Mars Max is the close approach of Earth and Mars, which happens on a roughly two-year cycle and goes on for months. This year, it began on February 4 and continues into September, with peak points in April, May and June. In brief, it’s a time when the Red Planet glows bigger and brighter than ever in the skies here on Earth. And likewise, the whole panoply of Mars experiences become more prominent here on Earth – it’s a crescendo of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions."

What to do, during a Mars Max? Steer clear of trouble as best you can, mostly. At the collective level, this is largely out of our hands. Wars and rumors of war skyrocket in a Mars Max. If you can be a peacemaker, do. Otherwise, seek shelter – or better yet, distance. On the personal level, you’ll see and feel lots of rash impulses, haste and anger – in yourself and/or in the people around you. Be aware, dodge the slings and arrows (or worse) to the best of your ability, and maybe don some Kevlar just in case. Protect what’s yours, and any innocents you can! Oh, and make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order, and your fire extinguisher is ready to hand, etc. Remember, this Mars Max doesn’t come into its first major peak point until next month, so we’ve got a long way to go before we’re through this.

  MAR 7 UPDATE The March 9 Stealth SuperMoon solar eclipse has already begun making its mark, as described in my free online March forecast:

"As with any SuperMoon, and particularly a SuperMoon eclipse, this signals a surge in powerful currents coursing through Earth’s atmosphere, seas and crust. Inevitably, an increase in strong storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme tides will accompany the SuperMoon. This time around, the effective shock window for these kinds of phenomena runs from March 2 to March 16 (extended beyond the normal three days either way because this is a solar eclipse)."

The 7.8 Magnitude quake off the coast of Sumatra on March 2 is so far the strongest seismic event in the forecast shock window, but it’s still early days. (There have been 20 M5+ quakes so far.) Again, as specified in my March forecast, "You might want to pay special attention to the geophysical component of this particular SuperMoon eclipse if you’ll be under its shadow, for example in Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia." Sumatra, as the geographically aware will recognize, is part of Indonesia and well within the eclipse shadow.

March 9, 2016 SuperMoon Solar EclipseOf course – again, as specified in the forecast – there’s more to this eclipse than the geophysical stuff. It also targets:

"the neural networks of individuals and the infrastructure of our civilization. You might want to pay special attention to this 19° Pisces SuperMoon if you were born with significant planetary placements or other natal chart factors at or near 19° of the mutable signs; namely Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – and most especially 19° Pisces and Virgo, the conjunction and opposition points for this SuperMoon. (Check your chart!)

Speaking of this Stealth SuperMoon solar eclipse position, note that 19° Pisces happens to be in tight square aspect to the Jupiter-Saturn square – turning it into a T-Square. I see this as a sign that stormy weather and earth-shaking developments are not only geophysical this month. Politics and economics will be drawn into the crosshairs at the same time. The powers that be, the establishment – they’re shaken to the core this month in particular, and more particularly within a week of the March 9 eclipse. "How the mighty have fallen" takes on special significance at a time like this. Markets will quake."

In addition to the eclipse zones mentioned above – again, as detailed in my March forecast – "there are any number of other locations as sketched out in this astro-locality map for the eclipse – places where, even though you won’t see the sun get eclipsed, you may see and feel evidence of its geophysical presence in terms of extreme tides, powerful storms and perhaps even increased notable seismic activity. And its geopolitical presence as well, in terms of unstable markets and political instability. Borders, treaties and alliances all get significantly stressed."

  FEB 29 UPDATE March 9, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse New Moon (Stealth) SuperMoon March is fast approaching, and brings with it the first solar eclipse of the year; which just happens to be the first SuperMoon of the year as well. And since it is a solar eclipse, which is always by definition a new moon, this is in fact a Stealth SuperMoon; i.e., the kind you can’t see, as opposed to the big, gloriously showy full moon variety. (It’s the first of three consecutive Stealth SuperMoons, truth be told: on March 9, April 7 and May 6.)

As with any SuperMoon, and particularly a SuperMoon eclipse, this signals a surge in powerful currents coursing through Earth’s atmosphere, seas and crust. Inevitably, an increase in strong storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme tides will accompany the SuperMoon. This time around, the effective shock window for these kinds of phenomena runs from March 2 to March 16 (extended beyond the normal three days either way because this is a solar eclipse).

There’s much more to March than just this Stealth SuperMoon eclipse, as important as it is. (Geophysical and personal details to follow in my March forecast.) There’s also a major planetary aspect of historic importance this month; namely the Jupiter-Saturn square on March 23. This one too has an effective range (orb) that extends far beyond the date it becomes partile (exact). These two planets hold to within a few degrees of exact quadrature (270° angle, in this case) from March 3 through mid-June, with exact quadratures on March 23 and May 26.

This alignment times a major turning point in law, government, politics and economics - in history, not to put too fine a point on it. In short, as described in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (see pages 4-7), we live in interesting times. No wonder so many people tell me they’re feeling like we’re on the edge of some kind of precipice! Just look around you at the news of the day. You know it’s happening. And we’re about to see it come home to roost in a big way starting later this week, as March roars in like a lion. (Watch for my March forecast later today.)

  FEB 22 UPDATE FEB 20, 2016 Cyclone Winston hits Fiji The news of last week fits my February forecast like a glove. For example, the monster cyclone that hit Fiji - called the most powerful tropical cyclone ever seen in the southern hemisphere – arrived just one day into the February 19-26 full moon shock window I described as ushering in "headline storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, extreme tidal surges along the coast, and notable seismic activity – including Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, and an uptick in sizable volcanic eruptions." How many "most powerful tropical cyclones ever seen" coming within a day of the start of a storm window does it take to qualify as a hit, my friends?

If you’re going to be anywhere vulnerable to such, and particularly if you’re in transit during these stress windows, it’s not a bad idea to have emergency plans and backup procedures in place, just in case. And this particular stress window still has more than a few days to run yet.

As I wrote in last week’s update, "On the other hand, the bigger messes this month – and this year – have more to do with the hand of man than the wrath of Mother Nature; namely the political and economic disruptions associated with Jupiter’s square to Saturn, and the 'fires, crashes, clashes and explosions' now underway since the seven-month long Mars Max cycle started on the 4th. The tenor set since then is just a taste of what’s to come, from the intensification of the war in Syria, to mass shootings (like the one in Saudi Arabia on the 12th), to terrorist attacks (like the bombing of the Somali jetliner within days of the start of Mars Max), the German train crash on the 9th and the Mexican prison riot and fire on the 10th."

The past week has been full of this kind of ugliness, including the intensifying slaughter in Syria (in the run-up to a so-called cease fire). And in case we think this kind of madness is tucked away in far-off places, think of the mass shootings in Kalamazoo, MI: maybe that’s far from your house, but it’s an ordinary town – like yours and mine. So during this Mars Max period, keep your alert level high. Stay focused and attentive and calm. People around you won’t, and they can endanger you and yours if you don’t see it coming. And you won’t, unless you’re sharp. Not the best time for base jumping, sky diving etc.

  FEB 15 UPDATE FEB 5, 2016 M6.4 Taiwan Quake The first of this month’s storm warnings has just drawn to a close, leaving in its wake the typical surge of strong storms and earthquakes plus extreme tides. As predicted in my February forecast:

"The new moon on the 8th looks like the more important indicator of geophysical stress in February. I figure the cosmic stress window associated with this new moon runs from the 4th through the 12th. . . plan on headline storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, extreme tidal surges along the coast, and notable seismic activity – including Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, and an uptick in sizable volcanic eruptions."

While the most notable quake during this shock window was the killer 6.4 that hit Taiwan on the 5th, there were in fact a total of 43 M5 and up temblors in this period, including four of the more powerful M6+ class. There’s been quite a spate of notable volcanic activity during this period as well, including eruptions of Sinabung and Semeru (Indonesia), Momotombo (Nicaragua), Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka), Sakurajima (Japan) and Colima (Mexico).

Seismicity aside, there have been too many big storms to detail here, but one in particular is worth noting: the winter storm that coincided with high tides to flood parts of London on the 12th, New York and New Jersey on the 8th, and California on the 9th.

The good news is that we get a breather in terms of these extreme tides ripping through Earth’s skies, seas and crust for a while now – until, as detailed in my February forecast, "the other notable geophysical stress signal this month, the full moon, sets up a shock window that runs from the 19th through the 26th. Extended a day by the Moon’s southward crossing of the celestial equator on the 25th."

On the other hand, the bigger messes this month – and this year – have more to do with the hand of man than the wrath of Mother Nature; namely the political and economic disruptions associated with Jupiter’s square to Saturn, and the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" now underway since the seven-month long Mars Max cycle started on the 4th. The tenor set since then is just a taste of what’s to come, from the intensification of the war in Syria, to mass shootings (like the one in Saudi Arabia on the 12th), to terrorist attacks (like the bombing of the Somali jetliner within days of the start of Mars Max), the German train crash on the 9th and the Mexican prison riot and fire on the 10th.

Mars Max has some rather ominous historical associations: the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the start of World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, 9/11, the Battle for Fallujah, etc. For more, see pages 11-18 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights. And for the word on the economic outlook and the markets this year, see the bottom of page 9. Meanwhile, right here and now, think safety and security with Mars in its Max phase: watch out for the other guy, keep your eyes and your mind focused on what you’re doing. We can’t change the big things, but we can steer a better course by staying alert.

  FEB 8 UPDATE The 2016 Mars Max cycle began on February 4, appropriately christened by the deadly collapse of a construction crane in Manhattan on Friday the 5th and a North Korean missile test on Sunday the 7th. This is just the start of a seven-month cycle of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" dominating the news, as the Red Planet grows ever bigger and brighter in the sky. .Think of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the start of World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, 911, Fallujah, and similar Mars Max manifestations. "Be prepared to take cover, don’t be surprised at outbreaks of impatience, hostility or even violence from the individual to the collective levels – ranging, in the latter category, all the way from a rash of shooting and mass shootings, to terror attacks, to military conflict. And explosions – some of them really big!." (For more on Mars Max, see pages 11-18 in my 2016 World Forecast Highlights; or my free online article on the subject.)

We’re right in the midst of what my February forecast describes as "the more important indicator of geophysical stress in February, the new moon at the beginning of Mars Max and the end of Mercury Max. I figure the cosmic stress window associated with this new moon runs from the 4th through the 12th – extended a day before and after the usual three days either way stress window, due to the Moon reaching maximum declination south of the celestial equator (Earth’s equator, extended out into space) on the 5th, and the northward lunar crossing of the celestial equator on the 11th." As specified in my February forecast, this is a time when "you can plan on headline storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, extreme tidal surges along the coast, and notable seismic activity – including Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, and an uptick in sizable volcanic eruptions. If you’re going to be anywhere vulnerable to such, and particularly if you’re in transit during these stress windows, it’s not a bad idea to have emergency plans and backup procedures in place, just in case." (For example, consider the killer earthquake in Taiwan and the eruption of the Sakurajima volcano ion the Japanese island of Kyushu on the 5th.) Still lots more of this waiting in the wings!

  FEB 1 UPDATE The February forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Hang onto your haloes, angels. Mars Max gets underway on the 4th, ushering in the typical rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions." What kind of clashes? Look back to other Mars Max cycles, in effect for the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the start of World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, 911, Fallujah, etc.

  JAN 25 UPDATE The January 24 M 7.1 temblor in Alaska was the second really big quake (including a 6.5 on the 21st, off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico) in the January 21-27 shock window specified in my January forecast as heralding "a cluster of powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, and a rash of notable seismic activity (including Magnitude 5 and up quakes, plus newsworthy volcanic eruptions)." And of course, there was Winter Storm Jonas (aka "Snowzilla”) along the US East Coast, which was preceded by strong storms in Central Florida and the US West Coast on the 22nd. There are still a few days to run in this particular shock window, and also some more solar storm activity coming this week. For details, see the January forecast!

  JAN 18 UPDATE Per the January forecast, I’m looking for another batch of storm and seismic intensity beginning on the 20th (a day ahead of the Moon’s north declination peak), and continuing through the 29th – through the January 21-27 full moon shock window, with a couple days tacked on in view of the Moon’s southward crossing of the celestial equator on the 28th. Look for a notable uptick in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up), and newsworthy volcanic eruptions. I’m not talking SuperMoon class here, but this will not be business as usual nonetheless.

The fact that the Mercury Max direct station risk window of January 22-28 falls in the midst of this full moon geophysical episode adds to the intensity of the above-mentioned disturbances, and also puts an extra focus on infrastructure disruptions. Power grids, transport systems, satellites, computer networks and all manner of electrical devices are vulnerable to disruption owing to solar storms. By this I mean X-Ray flares (M and X class), CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejections), and the attendant geomagnetic storms here on Earth (Kp 5 and up). (If you’ll be traveling during this period, anticipate weather disruptions, and be prepared to come up with alternatives. Travel insurance, anyone? (LAX is one of the targets for this.)

The human nervous system – for some people, though not all – is vulnerable to scrambling at times like this, too. If you’re sensitive, you already know it, and should do whatever helps for you. (Drinking lots of water, for example: this is no time to get dehydrated.) There is an upside to this surfeit of solar activity: spectacular auroral displays, especially around the Moon-Jupiter conjunction on the 28th.

Meanwhile, if global financial markets have you at a disadvantage, you probably didn’t read the bottom of page 9 in the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights, published last year. See the January 11 update below for a fragment of it.

  JAN 11 UPDATE In case you missed it last week – yes, I was a few days late, due to a humongous workload – the January forecast has already been calling the headlines in advance for a week now. There have been eleven Magnitude 5 and up quakes on schedule so far, and a powerful winter storm ("Hera") brought snow to the Plains States before coming down through the Great Lakes and taking aim at the US Northeast. Cyclone Ula, a Category 4 storm, is stirring up the South Pacific, brushing New Zealand and Fiji. There are still a few days left of this particular storm window – see my forecast for details.

More concerning to most people, judging from my client calls this past week, is the state of the world economy and global financial markets. This comes as no surprise to anyone who read the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights (published last year); particularly the last paragraph on page 9:

It’s time to recognize that most of 2016 will feature a lot of political and geopolitical conflict, a kind of crescendo to the Uranus-Pluto square cycle that began with the Arab Spring raising the specter of war both civil and international. February brings the start of a new Mars Max cycle, to fan the flames of five years of conflict. While this kind of conflict is a story in its own right, it combines with the Saturn-Neptune square to shake political and economic confidence, making markets and other financial institutions quake and swoon. Collapse? No. But fall, yes. If your own financial horizon is long term, there are good buying opportunities to be had, as the sellers crowd the exits. If your horizon is short term, then you want to sell before you get caught in the stampede for the exits.

What’s next? See the forecast!

  JAN 4 UPDATE Happy New Year, everyone! And a special thanks to everyone who ordered the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights. As far as I can tell, every last order for the email version that was received on or before January 3 has been dispatched. If you ordered a copy and it hasn’t arrived yet, please let me know so I can remedy the situation. Obviously, the hard copy versions will take a little longer to arrive. But so far, all but one of those has been posted as of January 2. (The other order just arrived on the 2nd.)

I’ve been so busy that I don’t have an astrological update for you today. But that’s OK, because you know from the December forecast that we’re now into the first Mercury Max cycle of the year, as of December 29 (and continuing into early February. For what that entails – a burst of solar flares, CMEs, geomagnetic storms etc., with accompanying auroral outbursts, infrastructure fritziness and human glitches – see the December forecast. (No Carrington Events, but a good deal more solar activity than we've seen in months.)

As for the January forecast, it’s been written and ready since last month, except for some extra HTML coding. Honestly, every spare moment goes toward that task, but the orders and consultation calls keep coming in and taking me off task. Thanks for your patience.

  DEC 28 UPDATE DEC 29, 2015 Mercury Maximum Elongation East (Mercury Max Begins) My December forecast, published last month, foretold "the December 22-28 full moon event" would be the more potent "of this month’s storm, seismic and psychic shock windows." The headlines of late bear this out, in case you hadn’t noticed.

Heavy precipitation there was aplenty, from flooding rains in the UK, the US Midwest and South America ("the worst in 20 years" there). Powerful windstorms too, with killer tornadoes tearing up the southern US from Texas across Mississippi to Alabama and Tennessee. And blizzards from New Mexico into Oklahoma and west Texas, for good measure.

On the seismic front, there have so far been 17 Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, including two in the M 6+ range. Volcanoes making the news this week include Kanlaon in the Philippines and Colima in Mexico. As for biopsychic eruptions, human outbursts are making crime news hand over fist lately.

As we go into January, watch for an upsurge in solar storms, as Mercury reaches its greatest elongation east of the Sun on the 29th, ushering in the first Mercury Max cycle of 2016. (It lasts until February 7.) Peak solar storm warnings are in effect for December 26-January 1, January 2-8, January 11-17, January 22-28, and February 4-10. For more on what this is and what to expect, see the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights, or the free online January forecast. (Both will be available by January 1.)

  DEC 21 UPDATE This week brings us into what my December forecast refers to the most significant shock window this month – not only geophysically, but also in terms of human behavior (individual and collective). This week’s full moon (on December 25) isn’t SuperMoon or eclipse class, but it’s notable for other reasons. So be prepared: from December 22 into January 1, there’s a tidal surge through Earth’s crust, seas, skies and geomagnetic sphere – and through the biosphere too.

DEC 25, 2015 Full Moon This particular shock window gets extended a few days by its proximity to the December 29 start of the next Mercury Max cycle; and because the full moon occurs within hours of the Moon reaching maximum declination north of the celestial equator.

The above dates are times to be mindful of the heightened potential for strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, as well as moderate to severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and higher) and notable volcanic eruptions. Having your emergency kit stocked and ready during these particular storm windows won’t do you any harm – and could do you a world of good.

Be aware that storm surges in our home planet are reflected in us, to a greater or lesser extent: greater, all else being equal, if you were born with significant horoscopic points around three degrees of the cardinal signs emphasized by the full moon itself (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Check your chart!

Any full moon emphasizes relationship issues and the resolution of conflict generally, so get ready for turbulence. Make peace where you can, and be on the alert in any case. Scrambled neural circuits make for erratic human behavior – even more erratic than usual, what with solar storm potential being raised as we come into Mercury Max.

The three days before and after critical Mercury Max points like December 29 are always especially vulnerable to strong solar flares (M and X class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and high geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and above). You’ll see lots of signs of all this stimulus: from pretty sights in the sky (unusual auroral activity) to overloaded electrical and electronic systems (including power grids and communications networks as well as individual devices attached to these systems), satellites, etc. Have good backups and backup plans!

Don’t forget: we humans are bioelectrical systems, and are therefore subject to surges and other glitches at times like this. Get a grip, stay hydrated, meditate and get centered.

And finally, be aware that November’s Saturn-Neptune square is still within a few degrees of exact as the December 25 full moon stirs things up in and all around us. You’ll see lots of financial chicanery and ideological fanaticism (political as well as religious.) You’ve seen its handiwork in the news over the past couple of months, and there’s plenty more to come. Saturn squares Neptune twice more in 2016, due to retrogrades. The retrograde repeat aside, this is the first Sagittarius-Pisces Saturn-Neptune waxing square in over 300 years (since 1693): a time of a rising Russia and an Ottoman Empire in retreat, among other things. Is past prologue? See my 2016 World Forecast Highlights when it’s published.

  DEC 14 UPDATE Now that we’re in the last days of the December 8-14 shock window, predicted in my December forecast as a time of elevated storm and seismic disturbances, we’re already seen 24 Magnitude 5+ quakes (including two 6+ temblors), and a raft of strong storms with heavy precipitation and high winds. I’m not saying that it’s all sunshine and butterfly breezes for the rest of this week, but it looks like relative calm until the next shock window sets in – starting on December 22. Let’s make the most of it while we can! For now, I'm back to burning the midnight oil on my 2016 World Forecast Highlights, scheduled for publication on the 31st.

  DEC 7 UPDATE DEC 11, 2015 New Moon In case you missed it last week, my December forecast has been up and running and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map since November 30.

I’m getting more than a few calls from clients concerned about their possible vulnerability to terrorism, in the wake of the mass shootings in Paris, Colorado Springs, Savannah and San Bernardino etc. these past several weeks. It’s true that this old world is in for a rough ride this month, as described in my December forecast, especially "from the 8th through the 14th." This is a window in time when Mars remains within a few degrees of the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-Square configuration that sets fanatics of all types on the warpath. Get a grip, watch your back, see 360 as best you can. Just remember: there are some seven billion of us, and only the tiniest handful will experience these horrors directly. (Next year’s Mars Max cycle will usher in a much heavier barrage of fires, crashes, clashes and explosions than anything we’ll see this month.)

Odds are, more of us will be directly affected by the storm and seismic surge associated with the new moon on the 11th, than will ever be touched by terrorism or other violence over the December 8-14 shock window. Watch the news, you’ll see: a surplus of strong storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation, plus moderate-to-severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, plus newsmaker volcanic eruptions. These natural catastrophes are unavoidable – unlike the toll exacted by murderous fanatics of one ideological or religious delusion or another.

  NOV 30 UPDATE I’m hard at work putting the finishing touches on my December forecast, which is set to go online later today. Meanwhile, remember what’s in store today and tomorrow: more of the atmospheric and seismic storm surge predicted for the end of the month in my November forecast – and a susceptibility to a solar storm surge as well, in the form of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), M and X-class flares, and moderate to severe geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up).

  NOV 23 UPDATE Now that we’re into the last week of the month, we’re under the sway of the full moon on the 25th, described in my November forecast as "the heavyweight contender this month, since it opposes Saturn and squares Neptune. Any full moon emphasizes relationship issues and the resolution of conflict generally, and this one will be no exception: November 22-28 throws a spotlight in this direction. On the more macro level, it also points to a shaky day in world financial markets, generally. A good time to be someplace safe. With Mercury-Saturn and the full moon square Neptune, there’s a reckoning afoot . . ."

Also as spelled out in the forecast, his same period signals a "heightened potential for strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, as well as moderate to severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and higher) and notable volcanic eruptions. Having your emergency kit stocked and ready during these particular storm windows won’t do you any harm – and could do you a world of good."

  NOV 16 UPDATE The lingering Uranus-Pluto square, as I wrote in my November forecast - see the errata page - means that "brutish behavior, both individual and collective, remains above normal this month." (The aspect is applying – growing more prominent - all month long; and doesn’t break out of two degrees from exact until March.) As mentioned in the forecast, "November 8-15" was one of the two major geophysical shock windows this month, times when "storm surges in our home planet are reflected in us."

Apart from Hurricane Kate and the powerful fall storms that pummeled the US this past week, it’s obvious from the news of the day that a storm tide of brutish behavior came with the November 11 new moon, as manifested by heinous terror attacks in France, Lebanon and Kenya. Is it over? For now, yes. But there’s more to come around the full moon on the 23rd; and worse yet in December on into the new year, under the aegis of the new Mars Max cycle beginning in February. Look back to the 1930s, the last time Uranus and Pluto formed the quadrature in the sky that we’ve been under since early 2011: history doesn’t exactly repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

  NOV 9 UPDATE Wrapping up loose ends connected with my November forecast this week. First, it's now linked into the site map as well as the FUTURES menu. I also updated the errata page, to correct a typo in the last paragraph of the November forecast: make that Uranus-Pluto square, instead of Saturn-Pluto square. And finally, I updated my PayPal order page.

  NOV 2 UPDATE If you missed it last week, my November forecast is up and running, and linked into the FUTURES menu.

  OCT 26 UPDATE No update for today, for the first time in years: too sick with the flu virus that nailed Maria, Maddie and Ben the last couple of weeks. Meanwhile, everyone keep an eye on this week's SuperMoon, delivering as pomised in my October forecast. Hurricane Patricia is far from the end of the story! As for me, begging your pardon, I'll take a little more bed rest, thank you very much.

  OCT 19 UPDATE AUG 29, 2015 SuperMoon Full Moon Astro-Locality Map The first stirrings of 2015’s final SuperMoon begin later this week, although the actual event doesn’t take place until the 27th – the day the 2015 Venus Max cycle comes to an end. As described in my October forecast . . .

I calculate the shock window for this SuperMoon to run from October 23rd through November 1st – extended a little fore and aft due to the Moon’s northward crossing of the celestial equator on the 25th and the north lunar declination peak on the 31st. This is the period when severe storms with strong winds and heavy precipitation will grab headlines – as will the flooding that comes with heavy rains. Look for extreme tidal surges during this period as well; along with an uptick in moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up) and newsworthy volcanic eruptions.

As usual, the enhanced SuperMoon tidal pull on the sky, seas and crust of our home planet will have its way with the planet as a whole. True, you won’t get high tides inland (although flooding rains cannot be ruled out). You won’t have volcanoes and earthquakes going off here, there and everywhere: they’ll be most frequent in their known and habitual haunts, such as the Pacific Rim of Fire.

Although the whole planet is under the sway of a SuperMoon alignment, astro-locality mapping has often offered helpful clues as to the areas most susceptible to extreme tides, storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In the case of the October 27 SuperMoon, target zones associated with the Sun-Moon meridian (longitudinal) lines run through Siberia, eastern China, the Korean Peninsula and Japan; down through the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the whole eastern half of Australia. That same set of meridian lines emerges on the other side of the planet to pass over Greenland, down through the Atlantic to Brazil. And that’s not even the half of it, as you can see with a cursory glance at the map for this alignment. The US and Canada are touched, along with Argentina, the Middle East and east Africa . . .

Remember that geophysical drama isn’t the only kind that comes with a SuperMoon full moon. Individuals are also charged up for relationship issues – which can lead to breakthroughs or breakdowns. It’s often a come together or come apart time when it comes to interpersonal connections. This is particularly directed at those of us born with important horoscopic points around 5° of the fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius . . . but most especially 5 Taurus and 5 Scorpio, the degree of the SuperMoon full moon and its opposite point. Emotional intensity, conflict and confrontation, the clash of opposites: they’re all emphasized by this alignment and in these degrees. (Check your chart!)

This year’s atypical Venus Max ending on the day of the October 27 SuperMoon, with a triple conjunction of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in effect, suggests to me that there will be an upward bias in equity markets around that time – provided there’s no outbreak of a major war. And since it’s too early for that, we should be okay.

Like the September 28 event, this final SuperMoon of the year is another tangle of simultaneous planetary configurations: a triple conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mars, and a recurrence of the Uranus-Pluto square. That tangle speaks of uprisings, riots and revolution on the socio-political front – likely sparked by revelations of financial misdeeds on the part of rulers, bureaucrats and other ‘public servants’. Where? Look at the astro-map: it’s all over the place! I’m not saying governments will fall, but I know that some will be teetering on the edge. The Uranus-Pluto square is like that, and when people are stirred up – as they will be under this SuperMoon – the masses have little patience left. "Is it a revolt?" said King Louis XVI. "No sir," replied the courtier, "it’s a revolution."

Given that weather extremes tend to play havoc with transportation of all kinds, anyone in transit during the October 23-November 1 SuperMoon shock window will be well served with a flexible itinerary and plenty of alternate routes and means for getting around. If you must be out and about, leave early! And scout out travel alternatives in advance, so that you can readily make changes on the fly if necessary. It won’t be necessary for most people – but for those who find themselves in that kind of need, it can be a godsend.

There’s more to this week than the impending SuperMoon, as described in my October forecast. Like the solar storms and geomagnetic disturbances, which have been coming in right on schedule all month. Batten down your electromagnetic hatches, my friends – and watch for the lovely auroras!

  OCT 12 UPDATE Like the Roseburg, Oregon massacre before them, the two latest "incidents of mass shootings in schools and workplaces" (October 9, in Arizona and Texas) occurred at the threshold of another of those periods (October 10-24) described on page three in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), when "potent Mars alignments combine with other celestial factors to intensify such violent outbreaks." Unfortunately, there’s more to come, as described in the forecast. This is a tough year.

Speaking of tough years, as I work on my 2016 forecast, I’m keeping an eye on the next Mars Max cycle, which starts on February 1, 2016. This means that Valentine’s Day 2016 falls under a Mars Max – just like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. Curious coincidence.

People are asking me if World War III is imminent. I say, can we be sure it hasn’t started already? Look back on the 1930s, under the last Uranus-Pluto square. See the Spanish Civil War, Italy’s attack on Ethiopia, Japan’s invasion of China. They were all underway prior to the date remembered as the start of World War II (September 1, 1939) – which, by the way, was also in a Mars Max cycle. I’m reminded of a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

  OCT 5 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, my October forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Compare last week’s headlines with the end of the September forecast, and the beginning of the October forecast: flooding storms, solar flares and geomagnetic storms all on pace, and the latest mass murder within a day of the end of the late September rash of "mass shootings in schools and workplaces" spelled out on page 3 in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights. What’s next? See the forecast!

  SEP 28 UPDATE SEP 28, 2015 Full Moon SuperMoon (Total Lunar Eclipse The week ahead begins under the aegis of the September 28 SuperMoon total lunar eclipse. That’s September 28 in UT (Universal Time), which corresponds to late on the 27th here in the US. The eclipse’s zone of visibility was limited to the Americas and the western sides of Europe and Africa; but the best seats in the house were in the western US and Canada.

I hope you were favored by location and clear skies for the event, which was spectacular: a gloriously big and bright full moon rising in the east at sunset, slowly taking on a reddish hue in the process of being eclipsed, as the shadow of our home planet creeps across the lunar disk.

Incidentally, by way of clarification, the popular media are pushing the mistaken notion that this is the last SuperMoon total lunar eclipse until the year 2033. Not so! NASA’S own lunar eclipse page shows that the next total lunar eclipse is on January 31, 2018. And, as shown in my table of Century 21 (CE) SuperMoons, that just happens to be a SuperMoon eclipse. So clearly, from the authoritative source on eclipses (NASA) and the authoritative source on SuperMoons (yours truly), we do NOT have to wait until 2033 for another total lunar eclipse SuperMoon. We have to wait only until January 31, 2018.

As for the Moon taking on that reddish color on the way to being eclipsed: it’s not unusual anytime there’s a lunar eclipse. Forget all the hysterical blood moon hype that the apocalyptic fear-monger zealots are laying down. What is it about humans, that we love the end of the world so much? I say it’s the inability of some people to deal with their own mortality, which leads them to dwell on the end of the world for us all. What a crock!

Sure, this SuperMoon will, as they all do, herald destructive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, severe storms and extreme tidal surges. This happens every time there’s a SuperMoon, typically within plus or minus three days of the exact alignment. And it generally happens that some people die in these catastrophes. As sad as that is for the people involved, it’s not the end of the world for everyone.

So be advised that September’s SuperMoon shock window is already in effect as this week begins. As per my 2015 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), and this month’s free September forecast (online since last month), the window of elevated risk for severe storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme tides extends from September 25 to October 4. Already we’ve seen nine Magnitude 5+ earthquakes (including two M 6+), Chile’s Calbuco has erupted big time, and damaging late summer storms have pounded Florida, Colorado and the Midwest in the US, and Brisbane, Australia (where it’s actually late winter) – just to skim the surface. There’s plenty more where those came from, so be ready just in case!

Last but not least, solar and geomagnetic storms are coming into an active cycle, per my September forecast, which mentions September 30 (plus or minus three days) as a time for:

A flurry of strong solar flares (M and X-class) and geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up), and increased auroral activity for starters. Knock-on effects include disturbances in electrical and electronic systems and networks – including that peculiar bio-electrical network, the human nervous system. Satellites, radio communications and power grids can get squirrely, so have a backup plan ready. And bear in mind that since so much of September is already subject to enhanced storm and seismic activity, there’s an extra risk for delays and breakdowns in transport and communications.

(Speak of the devil, we just had an M1.9 solar flare on the 27th.)

You know what’s next . . . before it’s here.

  SEP 21 UPDATE SEP 16, 2015 M 8.2 Quake, Offshore Coquimbo, Chile The past week has been a run of forecasts fulfilled. The biggest news had to be the biggest earthquake of the year, the 8.2-magnitude temblor that rocked Chile on the 16th. Perhaps you recall the first paragraph of my September forecast (published in August):

September shapes up to be the biggest geophysical news story of the year: two eclipses (one of them a SuperMoon) plus a Mercury Max make for a lot of turbulence in Earth’s crust, seas, atmosphere and magnetosphere. It all adds up to a huge potential for powerful storms and seismic activity; along with an increase in solar storms that heighten risks for breakdowns in electrical and electronic equipment – including the bioelectric field that is human consciousness. Sometimes the world can feel haywire and out of control. This month looks like one of those times.

The headliner was the 8.2 Magnitude Chile event on the 16th, the biggest quake of the year to date. But there was quite a chorus to back it up: a total of 112 M5 and up quakes (including fifteen M6+) in the September 5-22 solar eclipse shock window – which still has a little while to run yet. ("It ain’t over," as Yogi used to say, "’til it’s over.")

The promised solar and geomagnetic storms also came through within plus or minus three days of the 17th as advertised, including a Kp 5 geomagnetic pulse on the 19th and a Kp 7 event on the 20th (plus two M-class solar flares that same day). An American Airlines computer crash grounded several hundred flights on the 17th – which is exactly what the forecast said to expect.

Time doesn’t permit me to cover the storm and volcanic dimensions of the forecast. Suffice it to say that there was plenty of validation there too – look it up yourself, and you’ll see what I mean. I’ll take time here only to mention the lead story from Thursday’s news (September 17), when the US Federal Reserve announced that the widely-tipped quarter-point hike in interest rates would NOT happen. But you knew that back in May, if you read my June forecast: "And a US Fed rate hike is coming, which is bound to choke off the equity bubble. When? Current smart money speculation focuses on September, but Venus Max isn’t over until October – so I suspect that the rate hike won’t come until afterwards." (Don’t bet against a Venus Max!)

The follow-through has been right on target so far this month – which is the difference between real astrology and the psycho-babble word salad stuff. So what’s next? See the forecast!

  SEP 14 UPDATE SEP 13, 2015 M 6.6 Quake, Gulf of California If you read my September forecast, you know we’re now midway through the September 5-22 solar eclipse shock window, described in the forecast as the harbinger of an "increase in number and intensity of strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation – followed in some cases by flooding. Moderate-to-severe earthquakes (M 5+) and notable volcanic eruptions are bound to be in the picture, as well."

The news of late has indeed followed closely the script laid out in the forecast, which went online last month. (That’s how you can tell real astrology from the mindless mumbo-jumbo word salad stuff.) On the seismic front, we’ve so far seen 43 M5+ earthquakes, including most recently a 6.6 in the Gulf of California, just off the Baja coast, on the very day of the eclipse.

Volcanism this past week has included notable eruptions at Colima and Cotopaxi in Mexico, Acatenango in Guatemala, Shiveluch in Kamchatka, and Gamalama in Indonesia.

Destructive storms have been all over the news this past week, most notably the killer floods in Japan resulting from the remnants of Tropical Storm Etau. Britain too is under the gun for storms and flooding, and the Jacksonville FL area is now digging out from severe storms that struck there on the 12th – the same day that dangerous storms hit Kansas.

Note how many of these are in or near high risk zones identified in the forecast:"These include longitudinal (north-south) meridian lines through western and central Canada and the US, plus west and east central Mexico (hello, Baja!); along with central Russia, India-Pakistan, central Kazakhstan and western China. Other risk zones identified by the curving horizon arcs include Greenland, Iceland, and the western edges of Europe and Africa in the western hemisphere; plus a strip running from eastern Australia western New Zealand, through the Pacific Ocean across easternmost Siberia in the eastern hemisphere."

Remember, this is far from over. Keep your go-bag at the ready, your candles and lanterns handy! Also bear in mind that we’re just coming into a high Mars period starting September 19 – a time when "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" are on the increase, as mentioned in my 2015 World Forecast Highlights. Think safety, be ready to take cover if tempers fray, bullets fly, firestorms erupt, etc.

  SEP 7 UPDATE SEP 4, 2015 Kp 5 Geomagnetic Storm If you missed it last week, my September forecast went online August 31, and is all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Already, some of the predictions in that forecast have showed up in the news; as for example the Kp 5 geomagnetic storm that broke out at the onset of the Mercury Max cycle on the 4th. That’s just the opening salvo in what I expect will the one of the most turbulent months of the year, in terms of solar and geomagnetic activity, as specified in the forecast:

While the entire Mercury Max cycle marks a time of heightened instability in these areas, this is most intense around the key dates within the cycle (plus or minus three days). This time around, look for solar storminess to increase around September 4, 17 and 30, as well as October 9 and l16. What to expect? A flurry of strong solar flares (M and X-class) and geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up), and increased auroral activity for starters. Knock-on effects include disturbances in electrical and electronic systems and networks – including that peculiar bio-electrical network, the human nervous system. Satellites, radio communications and power grids can get squirrely, so have a backup plan ready. And bear in mind that since so much of September is already subject to enhanced storm and seismic activity, there’s an extra risk for delays and breakdowns in transport and communications.

See the September forecast for more . . . but do keep a couple things in mind this month. One, it ends with a geophysical bang, heralded by the September 28 SuperMoon total lunar eclipse. Two, it also includes a lesser but still notable geophysical disturbance at mid-month, coinciding with the partial solar eclipse on the 13th. Both of these were described in detail in my 2015 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), along with another caution regarding the second half of September; namely the September 19-30 Mars turbulence, with its surge in "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions." (Stay safe!)

  AUG 31 UPDATE AUG 29, 2015 Full Moon SuperMoon The August 29 SuperMoon is so far performing as advertised, during the August 24-September 3 shock window described in my August forecast as heralding "an increase in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation; a surge in extreme coastal tides; and a surplus of notable seismic activity, including Magnitude 5+ earthquakes and newsworthy volcanic eruptions." (When it’s real astrology, it really happens.)

Starting with a 6.0 temblor in New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands on the 24th, there have so far been sixteen Magnitude 5 and up quakes in this shock window. (The Kermadec Islands quake was the first M 6 event since the new moon shock window specified in that same .) Volcanic activity has picked up under the aegis of the SuperMoon too: Shiveluch in Kamchatka, Indonesia’s Dukono and Raung, Manam in Papua New Guinea, Colima in Mexico, Cotopaxi and Tungurahua in Ecuador, Sabancaya in Peru and Piton de la Fournaise on La Reunion Island have all been erupting; plus a fresh eruption from Kilauea round out the highlights of the past week.

Big storms? Where do I begin? At one point, there were three Category 4 hurricanes at the same time in the Pacific this week. It’s the first time in history that this has ever happened, according to hurricane specialist Eric Blake at the US National Hurricane Center. At the same time, killer windstorms were tearing through the US Northwest; while flash flood warnings were in effect in Florida, as the remnants of Hurricane Erika filter through the Sunshine State, after delivering deluges in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Dominica, and parts of Jamaica and Cuba.

What’s next is more of the same, as this SuperMoon window stretches into September 3; which just happens to be within a day of the September 4 start of the next Mercury Max cycle. That means we’re coming into a heightened solar storm watch period: a batch of M and X-class solar flares, Kp 5 and up geomagnetic storms, and all the electromagnetic turbulence that typically accompanies these watershed Mercury Max moments. Be ready for intensified storms and seismic activity in this waning SuperMoon shock window; and disturbances in Earth’s magnetosphere that typically herald breakdowns in electrical and electronic systems and infrastructure – including power grids, satellite systems, computer hardware and the nervous systems of susceptible individuals. (You know who you are.)

For more, see my August forecast, and look forward to my September forecast for details on what promises to be one of the geophysically most turbulent months in all of 2015.

  AUG 24 UPDATE AUG 29, 2015 SuperMoon Full Moon Astro-Locality Map The August 29 (Universal Time) SuperMoon full moon is already making waves as this week begins. As I described it when I created the concept nearly 40 years ago, SuperMoon is a window in time of enhanced tides stirring up the atmosphere, seas and crust of our home planet; not to mention the emotional tides in human beings. And as I said in this month’s free online forecast (and last year, in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights), "Expect the usual: an increase in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation; a surge in extreme coastal tides; and a surplus of notable seismic activity, including Magnitude 5+ earthquakes and newsworthy volcanic eruptions."

With hurricanes stalking the Atlantic and Pacific, and a couple of typhoons loose in the Western Pacific, the set-up for storm damage is already established. Volcanic eruptions in Japan, Ecuador, Mexico and Indonesia are likewise already threatening, and we’ll soon see the earthquake volleys begin. All that remains is to see the tally – which is bound to be the biggest in months.

It’s important to recognize that – again, as I defined it back in 1979 - a SuperMoon is astronomical in scale. It’s a new or full moon that closely coincides with the Moon’s perigee (the point in the lunar orbit when Luna makes its closest approach to Earth). Involving the Earth, Moon and Sun in this particular alignment is momentous enough that it rings our home planet like a bell, so to speak. In other words, it’s planet-wide in potential.(And no matter where you live, that huge SuperMoon full moon rising in the east at sunset is an awesome sight to see.)

That said, there may be some pointers as to areas of special vulnerability during this SuperMoon shock window, looking at an astro-locality map for the event. The meridian line running through the center of North America touches central Canada and the US, as well as eastern and southern Mexico. From there, it heads due south through the eastern Pacific Ocean. In the eastern hemisphere, that meridian runs south from Russia through India and western China, and south from there through the Indian Ocean. There’s also a horizon arc from west Africa through western Europe and Scandinavia, arcing poleward before bending south through Siberia and from there crossing the Pacific Ocean down to New Zealand.

(Remember: just because you might not be under one of the astro-locality lines in the above map when the SuperMoon hits, that doesn’t necessarily mean you get off scot-free!)

The other big story this month has been the unraveling of the global financial network of late. As I’ve already written – see the Venus Max sections in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as the free online June forecast – the Venus Max cycle "typically coincides with economic expansion and a bull market – all else being equal. All else is not equal this time around. The keynote of any Venus Max is the inferior Venus-Sun conjunction that anchors the cycle. The anchor point this time around occurs on August 15, with Venus and the Sun caught up within a few degrees of the Jupiter-Saturn square that was exact back on August 3."

This time around, all else not being equal, as I have said, we have an erratic Venus Max, as demonstrated by wild gyrations in world equity markets centered around the Venus-Sun conjunction on August 15. If you didn’t cash out by then, stick around. This is, as I’ve said, a correction – not a crash. Watch for opportunities to buy quality shares on the cheap from now through October 27. (Precious metals are on a growth arc through March, 2016.)

  AUG 17 UPDATE AUG 15, 2015 Sun-Venus Conjunction (Superior) The increase in strong storms, extreme tidal surges and moderate to severe seismic activity (M5 and up earthquakes, plus notable volcanic eruptions) predicted in my August forecast for "the August 11-17 new moon geophysical stress window" came through right on schedule. With still a day to run during these period, there have so far been 31 M5+ quakes (including two M6+), a slew of threatening volcanic eruptions or activity (e.g. Cotopaxi in Ecuador, Sakurajima in Japan, just 50 km. from a recently reactivated nuclear power plant; plus Raung in Indonesia). Not to mention the killer waves that wiped out a family in Karachi, or the twin typhoons in the Pacific (Goni and Alsani), or the destructive storm fronts that hit the US West, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. Global Warming? Global Storming!

Did you notice the most powerful geomagnetic storm of the year (Kp 7) on the 15th? Surely you saw the news about the computer outage that grounded air traffic in the eastern US that day – exactly the sort of electrical/electronic snafu that goes with strong geomagnetic storms, as I’ve written for years. This happened on the very day of the Sun-Venus superior conjunction – an alignment to look for in future. I always advise a plus or minus three day orb of influence for such alignments, so there may be more in the way of strong solar flares (M and X-class) and geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) before this is done.

As stated in the forecast, the real geophysical "Big Bang" for the month is yet to come. It will be ushered in by the August 29 SuperMoon full moon – the first full moon SuperMoon of the year, and the vanguard in a consecutive trio. For details, see the August forecast!

  AUG 10 UPDATE If you’ve been following the news this month, lots of it looks familiar – provided you read my August forecast, published last month. Take, for example, Super Typhoon Soudelor – described by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as "the strongest typhoon so far this year" - which pounded Taiwan and China right in the August 3-9 stress window specified in my forecast as prime time for strong storms and seismic activity (including volcanic eruptions) here on Earth, in response to solar outbursts that pump Gigawatts of excess solar energy into our home planet’s atmosphere, crust and magnetosphere.

Speaking of Earth’s magnetosphere, the "increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up)" called for in the forecast came right on schedule in the form of a Kp 5 disturbance on the 7th. And again as forecast, some electrical/electronic systems went erratic during this period; as well as more than a few human beings (the human nervous system being subject to going a bit haywire during these geomagnetic storms).

And in the way of notable volcanic eruptions: on Reunion Island (in the middle of the MH 370 debris search), in Indonesia (grounding airline flights due to volcanic ash), Mount Hakone in Japan, Manam in Papua New Guinea, Karymsky in Kamchatka, and Suwanose-Jima in the Ryukyu Islands – just to name a few. Not to mention 34 Magnitude and up earthquakes so far . . .

The good news is that we’re now in a brief lull as far as storm and seismic stress indicators go. The bad news is that the "August 11-17 new moon geophysical stress window" ups the ante once again. Not as strongly as the August 3-9 period just passed, mind you; and nowhere near on a par with the SuperMoon stressor at the end of this month. (For details on this a much more waiting in the wings, see my August forecast.)

  AUG 3 UPDATE 	AUG 6, 2015 Mercury-Venus Conjunction In case you missed it last week, my August forecast is online and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Check it out quick, because it’s already breaking into the headlines. Solar and geomagnetic storms, powerful storm systems in the skies and rumblings in the crust of our home planet are afoot. The vanguard has arrived, and more will be coming this week. See the forecast for more!

  JUL 27 UPDATE This week ushers in the second full moon of the month, anchoring what my July forecast (published last month) characterizes as the riskiest terrestrial and solar storm window of the month –extending into early August. Specifically, I’m looking at the July 27 through August 4 period, "due to a combination of lunar declination factors and the solar storm potential associated with the July 23 superior (far side) Sun-Mercury conjunction and the August 6 Mercury-Venus conjunction."

These two Mercury alignments, as described in my forecast, "are associated (plus or minus three days) with an outburst of solar storms (M and X-class flares and Coronal Mass Ejections) and increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). However there’s a two-week delay factor associated with a superior Sun-Mercury conjunction. This time around, that means it’s in effect three days either way of August 6, the day of the Mercury-Venus alignment. Which makes August 3-9 look especially stormy on the solar front." I’m not advocating donning a tinfoil helmet and locking yourself in a Faraday cage, mind you. But I do think it’s a good idea to have backup plans all in order now.

This much excess solar energy stirring up Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere has consequences direct and indirect, and you’re bound to see them. They include increased storm and seismic activity on the one hand, plus geomagnetic storms that manifest as enhanced auroral displays and disruptions in electrical and electronic systems and networks – including satellites, computers and computer networks, radio transmission and power grids. Remember: the human nervous system is electrical in nature, and many people experience increased anxiety and agitation during these solar outbursts.

All the above-mentioned alignments are astronomical in scale, and therefore planet-wide in potential. Be on the safe side wherever you’ll be on the indicated dates, just to be sure.

If you missed the July 15 spike in US equities (e.g. the NASDAQ peak in particular), never fear: you will get another bite at the AAPL. Gobble up good shares on sale now, in association with two more prime Venus-Jupiter alignments: August 4 (28°35’ Leo, within a day of the 2015 Jupiter-Saturn square) and, in the last days of the 2015 Venus Max Cycle, on October 25 (15°38’ Virgo). The August 4 alignment is a little dodgy, being subsumed in the Jupiter-Saturn square. If anything, it may take that one a week to settle out right.

As described in my forecast, "I suspect that whatever disruptions occur under the aegis of the Jupiter-Saturn square will be mitigated this year. US equities and the global economy, for example, are due for a correction rather than a crash. And US equities in particular will finish 2015 higher than they began it. Looking to buy quality stocks at a discount? July and August look interesting."

In closing, some relative good news: the high conflict "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" signal I described for the July 12-22 period is now in the rearview mirror. This hardly means the outbreak of world peace, alas. But the murder and mayhem of the past couple weeks should be falling of its peak frenzy. Let us give thanks!

  JUL 20 UPDATE Last week’s update wrote the headlines in advance, as usual, in predicting "another rash of 'fires, crashes, clashes and explosions,’" as described in my July forecast. "And because this takes place in the midst of the Uranus-Pluto square, there’s a social and political context to much of it. It’s not just personal clashes and crimes, as extreme as they can get (mass shootings and murder suicides, etc.). More than that, it’s demonstrations, riots, terrorism, revolution and war that breaks out at times like this." Think of the mass shooting in Chattanooga TN (5 dead), the truck bomb in Iraq (120 dead), etc. This isn’t quite over yet, but we’re due for a cool down soon: “July 12-22 comprise the highest risk period for mayhem extraordinaire during this cycle – especially within a few days either way of the 16th,” is the way the portal of greatest peril is delimited in my forecast.

I also predicted an increase in strong storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions for last week, between the 13th and 19th in particular. Although reports are still coming in, the tally stands at 32 M5+ earthquakes so far (including one 6.5), a raft of strong storms (e.g. the US Southwest, Midwest and Northeast, from California to Florida to New England); and by way of notable volcanic eruptions, they stretch from Indonesia (Raung and Gamalama) to Vanuatu (Yasur) to the Philippines (Bulusan) to Mexico (Colimas) – just to skim the surface.

On the plus side, one more benign facet of the July forecast has come through – for now, at least: "Whatever messes July may bring, I’m looking to the beautiful Venus-Jupiter conjunction that dominates the western skies at dusk as a beacon of hope, a sign of grace in the sky. Pessimism cuts off possibilities, and this is no time for that. What does it portend? A better outcome than we expect or deserve." The news of the past week shows that the prophets of doom who warned of a collapse of the Eurozone over Greece and the crash and burn of Iranian nuclear negotiations are wrong – again, that’s for now, at least.

As I wrote here in my June 29 update (see below), "Having Venus and Jupiter conjunct in the evening sky at dusk as Greece heads for the Grexit may even herald a last minute deal that amounts to kicking the can down the road yet one more time, but manages to preserve the EU in the bargain. Whether it’s Grexit or can-kicking, it won’t be the kind of financial Armageddon short sellers love to promote. Thank heaven for small favors?" And in case you missed it, the NASDAQ Composite index here in the States reached a new historic high last week. Shine on, Jupiter and Venus Max! (All else being equal, this is potentially a very good sign for those born around mid-August of any year, or born under significant planetary placements in late Leo – check your chart.)

What’s next? Check my July forecast, because this will be a busy week!

  JUL 13 UPDATE AUG 3, 2015 Jupiter-Saturn Square (Waning) This week is squarely in the crosshairs for "another rash of ‘fires, crashes, clashes and explosions,’" as described in my July forecast. "And because this takes place in the midst of the Uranus-Pluto square, there’s a social and political context to much of it. It’s not just personal clashes and crimes, as extreme as they can get (mass shootings and murder suicides, etc.). More than that, it’s demonstrations, riots, terrorism, revolution and war that breaks out at times like this."

What to do in these circumstances? As I wrote in my forecast, "Mitigate or avoid conflict as best you can, for starters. And if that’s not possible, be prepared to use overwhelming force – whatever that means to you. Be safety-conscious, stay focused on what you’re doing while you’re doing it, and watch out for ‘the other guy’. Bear in mind that a great many people are stressed to the point of distraction at least – if not outright nihilism. And if there are fire or storm warnings, don’t hesitate to head for safety. July 12-22 comprise the highest risk period for mayhem extraordinaire during this cycle – especially within a few days either way of the 16th."

I mention the 16th partly because it’s the date of this month’s new moon, one of "the solar and lunar periods of extra vulnerability to strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, as well as moderate to severe earthquakes (magnitude 5 and up) and volcanic eruptions," as described in my July forecast. (Have your emergency kit ready just in case.) But there’s more to this than the tides stirring up Earth’s atmosphere, seas and crust from the 13th through the 19th. These same tides are stirring up the magnetosphere, and the human nervous system. Add that extra measure of edginess to the social, political and economic establishment adjustments going on under the Jupiter-Saturn square) (exact on August 3, but already just a few degrees from that), and you get perilously close to the kind of social meltdown that leads to desperate people taking desperate measures.

  JUL 6 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, my July forecast is online and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. It’s also linked into the flow of events as they unfold from the future, as usual. The Greek referendum and impending stock market swoon vindicate my description of July has having "a turning point feel to it – sometimes even a wheel slipping off the road and over the cliff feel."

But don’t seal yourself in a bunker just yet. As I wrote in the July forecast, “There’s no crash and burn, no matter how close to disaster things may seem.” In time you’ll see, as I wrote last week in my June 29 update, "this will be a correction, not a crash. And there will be a rapid recovery in the markets, with US equity indices ending up for the year." (Emphasis added.)

  JUN 29 UPDATE JUL 1, 2015 Venus-Jupiter Conjunction July opens up under the aegis of the first of 2015’s three Venus-Jupiter conjunctions – already within a degree of being exact as this week begins. The other two occur on August 4 (28°35’ Leo, within a day of the 2015 Jupiter-Saturn square), and in the last days of the 2015 Venus Max Cycle on October 25 (15°38’ Virgo). For a bigger picture look at this confluence of cycles, see the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), and the forthcoming July forecast (check back tomorrow).

Venus Max cycles are a reliable indicator of improving economic and financial conditions, generally speaking – all else being equal, of course. We’re in the early stages of the June 6-October 27 Venus Max now. As described in my June forecast, this Venus Max is complicated. It’s far from unmitigated prosperity, entangled as it is with the August 3 Jupiter-Saturn square, which heralds geopolitical shake-ups that rattle confidence in currencies, markets and economies worldwide.

The flip side is that Venus Max mitigates the severity of these shake-ups. This won’t be as bad as 2008; i.e. this will be a correction, not a crash. And there will be a rapid recovery in the markets, with US equity indices ending up for the year.

Turmoil in the European Union (EU) connected with Greek bankruptcy is an obvious harbinger of this correction. That’s a good sign in itself, because Greece isn’t that big a player in the global or even European economy. This will be painful for Greece, and a nuisance elsewhere.

Having Venus and Jupiter conjunct in the evening sky at dusk as Greece heads for the Grexit may even herald a last minute deal that amounts to kicking the can down the road yet one more time, but manages to preserve the EU in the bargain. Whether it’s Grexit or can-kicking, it won’t be the kind of financial Armageddon short sellers love to promote. Thank heaven for small favors?

On a more personal note, Venus and Jupiter conjunct in Leo augurs an outbreak of hedonism – a fine time for romance, parties and all manner of entertainments, despite the worries of the world. Or perhaps, because of them. Make the most of this while you can: Jupiter moves to within a few degrees of its August 3 square to Saturn by mid-July, when noses will be back to the grindstone and shoulders back to the wheel.

Lest we forget, most of this week falls under the sway of the July 2 full moon, setting up a June 29-July 5 geophysical shock window that ups the ante for strong storms with powerful winds and heavy precipitation. More flood watch! This is also a signal of elevated seismic activity: increased numbers and intensity of moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up) and volcanic eruptions. More to come in my July forecast . . .

  JUN 22 UPDATE JUN 14, 2015 Sun-Mars ConjunctionThe big media flap of the week gone by is, clearly, the Charleston SC church massacre perpetrated by a nihilist intent on igniting a race war. Just as clearly, it was a Sun-Mars conjunction fulfillment of my June forecast; foretelling of a rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions . . . not just personal clashes," I specified, but “demonstrations, riots, terrorism, revolution and war." People are snapping, and they’re not done yet. Be careful out there.

Also not done yet is the last major Mercury Max entanglement, the three days before and after Mercury’s June 24 maximum elongation west of the Sun. (This ends the second Mercury Max cycle of 2015.) As described in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as my free online June forecast, June 21-27 is one of those periods "associated with strong solar flares (M and X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and the resultant surges in geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up)."

What’s the solar activity connection with storms and seismic surges here on our home planet? Dump Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere, and you bring an already dynamic system into a state of high activation. These are the periods when there’s an extra risk of strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation; as well as an uptick in moderate to severe seismic activity, including M5+ earthquakes and sizable volcanic eruptions.

These are also times when electrical and electronic devices and infrastructure are vulnerable to erratic behavior and outages. This applies not only to satellite systems, computers and networks and power grids; but also to bioelectric systems like the human body. Have your backups and backup plans ready!

This last Mercury Max turbulence of the month actually tipped off early, with an M-class flare on the 18th and one on the 20th preceding the one on the 21st. There’s already been a low frequency radio blackout over North America. This has nearly a week to run yet, so stay alert and focused.

Last but not least, look to the west as the Sun goes down, and feast your eyes on the Venus-Jupiter conjunction. It signals a harmonious end to a turbulent month. No, peace doesn’t break out all over. But there’s a momentary ease in the air, and it cries out to be savored and celebrated as such.

  JUN 15 UPDATE Those June 8-14 Mercury Max geomagnetic and solar storms came through as advertised in my June forecast: one Kp 6 geomagnetic storm on the 8th, an M-class solar flare on the 11th and a pair of M-class flares on the 13th, and another Kp 6 geomagnetic storm on the 14th. So what? Lots of people sensitive to electromagnetic peaks felt the flux, from what I’ve heard. Many more experienced failures in electrical/electronic systems, including power grids, communication and computer networks, etc. The Toronto subway ground to a halt – these things are always strongest at higher latitudes – and lots of people reported computer crashes, spontaneous resets, etc. (My cable tuning adapter mysteriously unsynched itself from my TiVo last week, and the cable techs have no idea how that’s even possible.)

The solar/geomagnetic storm cycle eases off a while now, until the next storm window (June 21-27) – the last one of the current Mercury Max cycle. Meanwhile, be aware of the Sun-Mars conjunction, which remains within a few degrees of exact alignment, as I wrote here last week, "from the 7th through the 23rd. This is the same alignment that combined with the Uranus-Pluto square in 2011 to usher in the Arab Spring. A rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" is on tap, from the garden variety personal and local outbursts to mass protests, demonstrations, uprisings and outright revolution at the national levels – and between nations, tensions are close to the breaking point. Think safety, drive defensively, steer clear of trouble as much as you possibly can." There’s already been an upwelling of such since the 8th – most recently, for example, the Dallas TX police station attack. Keep your head on a swivel out there - especially if you were born under significant planets or points around 22 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Check your chart!

Remember: this isn’t the mystical mumbo-jumbo word salad "Sun Sign" gibberish that passes for astrology in the marketplace. This is the real deal, the stuff that shows up in the news on schedule after the fact, week after week, month after month, year after year . . .

  JUN 8 UPDATE MAY 18, 2015 New Moon I got the June forecast linked into the FUTURES menu and site map a few days ago. Of course, if you check in at this (the news) page weekly, you already had access to the forecast. Meanwhile, as described therein, the 2015 Venus Max cycle is off and running as of the 6th. All else being equal, this is a good time for good times generally - including the personal, interpersonal and financial varieties. This one will start haltingly, but kick in like gangbusers around the end of the month, as we come into this year's Venus-Jupiter conjunction.

Meanwhile, there's still a lot of Mercury Max left to get through. (It ends on the 24th.) Extra concentration and acuity is the bare minimum as this continues. Stay sharp, keep focused, have your backups and backup plans ready to hand - you'll probably need them. Most especially, during the key Mercury Max points; namely June 8-14 and 21-27. Watch for an uptick in solar storms (M and X-class flares, Coronal Mass Ejections and coronal holes) with accompanying geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) on these dates. Apart from trigging pretty auroras, these things can also set off electromagnetic disturbances that disrupt power grids, computer and communications networks (including satellites) - and the human nervous system as well.

Last but not least, a word of caution about the Sun-Mars conjunction on the 14th – effective within a few degrees of the exact alignment, hence from the 7th through the 23rd. This is the same alignment that combined with the Uranus-Pluto square in 2011 to usher in the Arab Spring. A rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" is on tap, from the garden variety personal and local outbursts to mass protests, demonstrations, uprisings and outright revolution at the national levels – and between nations, tensions are close to the breaking point. Think safety, drive defensively, steer clear of trouble as much as you possibly can.

  JUN 1 UPDATE My June forecast is up and running, though not yet linked into the FUTURES menu and site map.

  MAY 25 UPDATE Synodic Cycle of Venus Venus Max begins next month; on the 6th, when "evening star" Venus Hesperus (aka Venus Vesper) reaches its maximum eastward separation from the Sun. This is the phase in the Earth-Sun-Venus cycle when Venus, on its faster inner orbit, catches up from behind and then passes Earth. All Max cycles are akin to a SuperMoon, in that during its Max cycle a planet is making its closest approach to Earth – its perigee, in other words.

Even now, you can see Venus big and bright in the evening sky after sunset. It gets bigger and brighter with each passing night as the Venus Max cycle gets underway. That’s a good thing, by and large, in that it typically coincides with economic expansion and a bull market – all else being equal. This time around, I’m expecting Venus Max to usher in a renewed bull market in US equities, by and large, until sometime in October. (This is definitely not one of those "sell in May and go away" years.)

This isn’t to say that it’s an express ride to the top the whole time, mind you. Jupiter remaining within a few degrees of squaring Saturn from late July into mid-August, we can be sure there will be geopolitical spanners tossed into the works. And a US Fed rate hike is coming. When? Current smart money speculation focuses on September, but Venus Max isn’t over until October – so I suspect that the rate hike won’t come until afterwards. I plan to stay in equities for now – and then take some profits and go to cash as Venus Max winds down.

There’s more to Venus Max than macroeconomics, of course. Talk about a summer of love! In the midst of all the world’s banalities, cruelties and atrocities, there are outbreaks of fun, frivolity and happiness as Venus waxes big and bright in the skies of Planet Earth. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may!"

Meanwhile, we’re still very much in the throes of the Mercury Max that began May 7 and continues into June 24. You know what that means, if you read the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, or the free online May forecast. So far, it’s played out right on schedule – including the solar outbursts adding fuel to the storm and seismic outbursts that have come through as forecast. Lots more of those M and X-class solar flares and geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) coming our way, just like the ones that hit on schedule last week (on the `19th, the very day of Mercury’s retrograde station). I figure May 27 – June 1 is the thick of it . . . see my May forecast for more on this.

  MAY 18 UPDATE MAY 18, 2015 New Moon The news of the past week has followed my forecast for the month true to form, as usual. The rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" I associated with the May 15 Mars-Saturn opposition ("in effect from the 12th through the 19th" as noted) is well illustrated by the recent fatal train wrecks in Germany (on the 16th) and the US (on the 12th), the Huey helicopter crash in Nepal on the 12th; and several light plane crashes in North America (off the Mexican coast, north of San Antonio TX and near Gander, Newfoundland). It’s far from a complete sweep of the headlines, but it’s enough to make the point. You can see this stuff coming if you know where to look (up in the sky; or in my forecast derived therefrom) - or you can see it after the fact in the media.

What’s next? See my May forecast, published last month. Look for the Mars-Saturn spate of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" to wind down after the 19th. Meanwhile, bear in mind that we’re just entering a new surge in solar storms, ushered in by the May 19 retrograde station point in the current Mercury Max cycle. Between the 16th and the 22nd, we can expect another batch of strong solar flares (M and X-class) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), as well as their manifestations here on Earth: heightened auroral activity, geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) and the like.

What to expect? Given that we’re already into the new moon geophysical storm window (May 15-21), amplified storm and seismic activity is on tap, along with overloads in electrical/electronic systems and networks – including satellites, power grids, computers and networks, communications infrastructure and the human nervous system. Feeling fritzy? Take a breath, get a grip, stay focused. Have your backups and backup plans up-to-date!

  MAY 11 UPDATE Mercury's Synodic Cycle After the predicted surge of solar storm activity last week – three M-class and one X-class flares, and a concomitant geomagnetic storm (Kp 5) that knocked out radio reception over the Pacific Ocean – my May forecast is calling for relative calm on the solar front for a time. But expect a pickup again starting on the 16th, and carrying on into the 22nd, as the current Mercury Max cycle reaches another inflection point: on the 19th, Mercury’s apparent motion comes to a standstill, and then resumes in retrograde.

Forget all the Mercury retrograde, storm and shadow silliness you’ve heard. (Sounds like the "Double, double toil and trouble" incantations of Macbeth’s witches, doesn’t it?) Mercury Max is what’s really happening now: a phase in the Sun-Earth-Mercury relationship in which the little Sun-grazer catches up on our home planet, and then passes us on the "inside track," as it were. The current Mercury Max – the second one this year – began on May 7 and lasts through June 24.

For more on this – and what it means for us all, each and every one - see pp. 9-15 in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, or my free online Mercury Max article. For details on what it means this month in particular, see the free online May forecast. Meanwhile, have current backups and backup plans, and keep your eye on the ball. And be aware of heightened danger associated with "the Mars-Saturn opposition on the 15th (in effect from the 12th through the 19th)" – again, as described in my May forecast.

  MAY 4 UPDATE MAY 4, 2015 Full Moon Astro-Locality Map If you missed it going online last week – see the FUTURES menu and site map if you're lost - you might want to glance over my May forecast soon. That's because we're already well into the first major geophysical shock window of the month, associated with the May 4 full moon. An uptick in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation is part of this particular risk period, which is in effect from May 1 through the 7th. Moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up) and headliner volcanic eruptions go along with this, as described in the forecast. As noted in the forecast, this is a planet-wide phenomenon, so be prepared regardless of your location. But maybe especially aware if you’re in one of the target zones described in the forecast, and delineated in the astro-locality map for the full moon.

This particular shock window melds right into the May 4-10 solar storm window, bracketing the May 7 start of 2015's second Mercury Max cycle. In addition to the storm and seismic risk potential associated with dumping Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere, as described in the forecast, an outburst of M and X-class solar flares and CMEs is generally associated with geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) here on Earth. And this in turns ups the risk for disruptions and outages affecting communications and electrical systems and networks - including satellites, power grids, computers and computer networks. Also that most miraculous network, the human nervous system. Take nothing for granted, keep your eye on the ball.

Incidentally, this is the Buddha full moon: tradition holds that the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and died under a full moon in May.

  APR 27 UPDATE The Nepalese monster quake, the towering inferno volcanic eruption in Chile, the killer storms in the US: all right on time, per the schedule in my April forecast. As I wrote there, the April 18 new moon got the ball rolling, and the solar storm window centered on the 25th carries it on into the 28th. As stated in the full version of my World Forecast Highlights, "dump Gigawatts of extra solar radiation into our atmosphere and our magnetic system, and you get storms as well as an increase in volcanic activity." (And extreme seismicity too, as noted on page 16 of the report.)

There will be lots of those extra Gigawatts in the weeks to come, what with the second Mercury Max of the year getting underway on May 7: a surge of strong (M and X-class) solar flares and CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejections), plus high geomagnetic energy levels (Kp 5 and up) will definitely bring the pot to a boil. For more on that, see my May forecast later this week!

  APR 20 UPDATE Still lots of storms and seismic drama this week, as the wind-down from the April 18 new moon melds into the surge in solar activity predicted for the 21st through the 27th – per my April forecast, published last month. This adds up to high "storm and seismic risk potential, as well as an elevated risk of disturbances affecting satellite systems, electrical and electronic equipment and infrastructure, etc. – including bioelectrical systems like human beings." Look for solar flares in the M to X-class, large Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and geomagnetic actity in the Kp 5 range or higher - and lots of pretty auroras.

We’ve already seen plenty on the storm and seismic front, from the powerful storms across the US and the more than a dozen Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes (including two M6+) to date since the April 15-23 new moon shock window opened up; not to mention a raft of volcanic activity, from Chirinkotan in the Kuril Islands to Semeru in Eastern Java to Tungurahua and Villarrica in South America. There’s plenty more to come, so watch the news, and remember to anticipate erratic behavior on the upsurge in yourself and the people around you.

  APR 13 UPDATE This week, on the 15th (as described in last month’s April forecast), we enter into the geophysical shock window associated with the April 18 new moon. All the way into the 23rd, expect "an enhanced tide rippling through the seas, crust and atmosphere of our home planet", pointing to "a newsworthy batch of strong storms (high winds and heavy precipitation), moderate to severe seismic activity (M5+ quakes and sizable volcanic eruptions), and higher than usual tidal surges." Have your storm kit ready, just in case! (Especially from the 16th through the 18th, and again on the 23rd.)

Lest we forget, tides of emotion are surging all month, under the auspices of the Uranus-Pluto square, as detailed in the full version of my World Forecast Highlights. As best you can, steer clear of road rage, carelessness and the like. People are still edgy . . . and some of them are distracted to the point of being dangerous. Like they’re going around in a fog or something . . .

  APR 6 UPDATE Having taken Easter Sunday off, I don’t have much for you in the way of an update today. But that’s OK. If you followed the news last week, you saw that the April forecast is still getting validated by the headlines as usual. So what’s next? See your full copy of my World Forecast Highlights, or the free online April forecast!

  MAR 30 UPDATE APR 4, 2015 Full Moon (Total Lunar Eclipse)In addition to the usual workload – client consultation calls and reports, of course – I’m putting the finishing touches on the April forecast, which should be online sometime later today (Universal Time). Speaking of which, we’re still very much in the throes of the March 17 Uranus-Pluto square, which remains within a few degrees of exact on and off into early 2016 – melding into the Jupiter-Saturn square that precedes the 2020 Great Chronocrator (Jupiter-Saturn conjunction).

I bring this up apropos of all the war hysteria I’m picking up in conversation, on the ‘Net, in the media, etc. I’ve even heard the dreaded “WW” spoken almost in whispers, as if people are afraid of invoking a World War just by talking about it. Have no fear, my friends. Not this year, at any rate. Unless you live in one of the many unfortunate countries that are disintegrating even now – and have been since the 2006 Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-Square ushered in this historical watershed we’ve been negotiating ever since, like some white water expedition. See the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights (p. 8 ff) for more on the Great T-Square. Meanwhile, look back on the last Uranus-Pluto square (in the 1930s) preceding a Great Chronocrator (the 1940 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Taurus). See any parallels? I’d say we’re around 1935-36 in that timeline. But this won’t be our grandfathers’ WW.

In the meantime, we have to get through the coming week before we can take on anything longer range than that. Which means that, starting April 1, we’re coming into a total lunar eclipse shock window, as detailed in the full version of my in my 2015 World Forecast Highlights and the free onlin April forecast. Get ready – especially if you were born with important hrosocopic placements around the middle of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Check your chart!

  MAR 23 UPDATE The news of this past week has been right on target, from the Uranus-Pluto uprisings evidenced by terror attacks in Yemen and Tunisia to the riots in Brazil and Iran, to the 38 Magnitude 5+ earthquakes (two of them M6 class) so far in the March 13-27 stealth SuperMoon solar eclipse shock wind foretold last year in the full verions of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as sin the free online March forecast (published last month). Not to mention all the recent volcanic actvity making the news, with new eruptions in ‘Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Peru. (Speaking of volcanoes, the Campanian Ignimbrite eruption in Italy 40,000 years ago is suspected by some geologists as a contributing factor to the extinction of the Neanderthals.) And those are just some of the highlights in the headlines lately. What’s next? See the forecasts!

  MAR 16 UPDATE The March 13-27 SuperMoon solar eclipse shock window just opened a few days ago now, and already it’s living up to its advance billing in my March forecast:

"I figure that the March 13-27 geophysical shock window may conjure some of the most notable tidal, storm and seismic action of the year to date, as this often happens with SuperMoons (and eclipses) near the equinoxes. In other words, I’m expecting a bigger crescendo of geophysical uproar this time around; more and bigger extreme tides, powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, and a greater surge in moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including M5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions)."

Foremost in the powerful storm category – so far, at any rate – is of course Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific, which pretty much leveled Vanuatu on the 14th. Pam, called the "worst in Pacific history," is far from done: New Zealand is in the bulls-eye as I write this. Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano eruption forced the shut-down of the San Jose airport on the 13th, along with Colima in Mexico and Fuego in Guatemala. Meanwhile, still only a few days into this particular storm and seismic shock wind9ow, we’re up to a dozen M5 and up earthquakes already; including an M6.0 in Sulawesi, Indonesia. There’s lots to come under the aegis of this stealth SuperMoon, so try and keep up!

There’s plenty more to March than just Mother Nature on a tear. For more, see the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, and the free online March forecast – and get ready!

  MAR 9 UPDATE With apologies to all, and with thanks to Martin F., I must point out an error in the text of my March forecast, in the passage referring to the superior Sun-Mercury conjunction – which is NOT on March 10, as written, but on April 10. (The link in that passage to my 3,000 year tables of Sun-Mercury conjunction gives the correct date.) This is something I’ll add to the forecast errata – since, as everyone knows by now, I never change a forecast once it’s published.

This date change also changes the forecast for notable solar and geomagnetic storms, which are due roughly two weeks after that Sun-Mercury conjunction, give or take three days; i.e. April 21-27, NOT March 21-27.

Again, my apologies. For the last several months, a heavy schedule of client consultation calls and report orders has put everything else I do in a crunch and a rush. Missed edits and the like are frustrating for me, and I’m sure for you. I’ll continue trying to up my game, to the best of my ability. That’s a promise.

Meanwhile, in case you didn’t notice the March 2-8 full moon geophysical shock window ushered in the storm and seismic disturbances as forecast, including seventeen M5+ quakes (two of them M6-class), a slew of powerful winter storms in the US (including one that grounded 21% of the nation’s air traffic on the 5th), and a bunch of powerful volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, Chile and Mexico.

More notable, in terms of news coverage, has been all the Mars-Uranus-Pluto action in the sky and down here on Earth. Conflict sharpens daily on the social, political and geopolitical fronts all around us; change is running amok and people are getting erratic. This is far from over, as I’ve said for years now: the Uranus-Pluto square remains in effect on and off into early 2016. See the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights for more on this. That's all for now: time to catch up on my daily bike ride, which got missed this morning in the crunch.

  MAR 2 UPDATE MAR 17, 2015 Uranus-Pluto square In case you missed it last week, my March forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Please do check it, so you won’t miss what lies ahead; such as the third and final stealth SuperMoon of the year, which also just happens to be a solar eclipse. For the dates and places to watch in this connection, please do see the forecast. Maybe most especially if you have prominent natal horoscope points around 29³ of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Check your chart!

Also bear in mind that we’re already into this month’s lesser full moon shock window – not in the same class as an eclipse (let alone a SuperMoon), but still a portent of enhanced storm and seismic activity this week. Likewise already well in effect is the March 17 Uranus-Pluto square, which has been within a degree of exact aspect since the year began. What to expect? Look back on the news since then for hints, and see the forecast for details of what’s to come!

  FEB 23 UPDATE The February 13-21 stealth SuperMoon shock window described in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as in the free online February forecast, delivered in spades on those "headlines and breaking news of powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation and floods associated with those storms; as well as extreme high tides, and a surge in moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up); plus an uptick in volcanic eruptions." Think Australia’s "complete and utter devastation" in the wake of Cyclones Lam and Marcia, and the extreme winter storms in the US, just to mention a couple examples; plus some 48 Magnitude 5 and up quakes (including nine M6 and higher temblors); and Russia’s Chikurachki, Mexico’s Popo and Iceland’s Holuhraun are just a few of the volcanic hotspots kicking up disturbances on the volcanic front.

What’s next? See the 2015 World Forecast Highlights and free online February forecast . . . meanwhile, look for hedonistic high-jinx and solar-geomagnetic storms through the 27th, just for starters. As for the social-political conflict and upheaval, scientific and technological breakthroughs, economic fracturing and all that other Uranus-Pluto square stuff, get ready: it intensifies over the next month, as forecast.

  FEB 16 UPDATE I’ve had more than a few inquiries recently, for more information about the Great Chronocrator. If you have the full copy of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, you’ll find that pages 2, 4-5, 22, and 33-35 provide lots of information on this topic. Meanwhile, I’m so busy with client consultation calls and report orders that a fuller, more specific exposition of the Great Chronocrator will have to wait for another day. Speaking of another day, be aware that this week brings this year's second stealth SuperMoon: be ready for the storms, quakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme tidal surges promised to accompany this alignment. Also, be aware that another solar storm outbreak is due this week, especially within give or take three days of the 21st. (For more on all this, see the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, or the free online February forecast.)

  FEB 9 UPDATE FEB 18, 2015 New Moon (Stealth) SuperMoon Astro-Locality Map As described in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as in the free online version of my February forecast, this month’s Mercury Max cycle is coming through as advertised:

Mercury Max as a whole tends to be a period of greater than normal solar activity – solar flares (M and X class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and geomagnetic activity (KP5 and higher). These tend to peak around (within plus or minus three days of) the dates of the five critical points in the Mercury Max cycle: the maximum eastern (January 14) and western elongations February 24) at the beginning and end of the cycle, as well as the two stations (January 21 retrograde and February 11 direct) and the January 30 inferior conjunction with the Sun. Because of the geomagnetic activity component of these solar storms, circuits and networks here on Earth can get erratic. Think Carrington Event (1859) or the Quebec Blackout (1989). Even today, a Carrington-level event would be catastrophic. But work continues on hardening the technological infrastructure that sustains humanity, to make it more resistant to solar storms. Already, satellite systems and power grids are better equipped to handle these surges, precisely because scientists and engineers have studied the problem, tested solutions, and applied the ones that work best. In other words, they have done their Mercurial best. That’s exactly what we need to do during the Mercury Max: think sharp, stay focused, and carry through.

All things considered, I expect February to continue the rash of solar storms that began last month – most especially around the dates mentioned above. You’ll know it’s happening when you see strong solar storms (M and X class flares and Coronal Mass Ejections), auroral activity spikes, and geomagnetic storms (KP 5 and up). Remember that network hardware (power grids, computer networks, satellite systems etc.) are not the only vulnerable systems at times like this. The human neural network sometimes gets erratic during solar storms. Not everyone is obviously affected, but those who feel it know who they are. If you’re one, get ready.

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve had M-Class solar flares and Kp Index 5 or higher geomagnetic activity on January 28, 29 and 31 (plus or minus three days from the January 30 inferior conjunction). Most of this week is spent with plus or minus three days of the February 11 direct station of Mercury, so there’s more where that came from. Have your backups and fallback positions ready!

And then comes this month’s stealth SuperMoon, the second one of 2015. As I wrote last year in the 2015 World Forecast Highlights *as well as in the free online version of my February forecast), this is one to watch . . .

. . . from the 13th through the 21st; kicking in a couple days early due to the Moon reaching maximum declination south of the celestial equator on the 14th. Mercury Max remains in effect for this SuperMoon (lasting through the 24th), so I’m expecting the customary spanner in the works when it comes to transportation, communication and power networks; probably not as extreme as the January SuperMoon, but still something to be reckoned with.

As for the storm and seismic activity uptick and extreme tidal surges so typical of SuperMoons, this one is sure to make its mark. So, during the February 13-21 shock window, don’t be surprised by headlines and breaking news of powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation and floods associated with ~Uranus-Pluto quadrature phenomenon.

For more on this, and what comes next this month - including a stealth SuperMoon and a spate of Mercury Max solar storms - see the February forecast. And for a look farther down the road, feel free to order the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights.

  JAN 26 UPDATE Once again, if you’ve been following the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights - or the free online January forecast - the headlines of the past week have a decided stealth SuperMoon feel. Take the several headline volcanic eruptions of the past week: Colima in Mexico, the island-making Tonga eruption and Russia's flight-diverting Shiveluch. And of course, Bardarbunga continues to melt ice in Iceland. Oher seismic activity includes 29 M5+ quakes so far in the Januasry 17-25 SuperMoon shock window. On the storm front, a big one in the Pacific kicked up huge swells at Oahu's North Shore, and in the Bay Area.

On the geopolitical front, the revolts, uprisings and revolutions conintued apace last week, under the aegis of the Uranus-Pluto square - with a little extra impetus from the Red Planet.

What's next? See the forecasts!

  JAN 19 UPDATE If you’ve been following the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, the headlines to date have to look pretty familiar. The terror atrocities dominating the news so far this month are all right there in the forecast, warning of . . .

incidents of mass shootings in schools and workplaces. You’ll see plenty more of the same in 2015, most especially while Uranus and Pluto are within a few degrees of their exact square, from January into May and again from late November 2015 into early April 2016. Potent Mars alignments combine with other celestial factors to intensify such violent outbreaks on and off for just about the entire year: January 1-20, March 2-16, April 10-19, May 30-June 23, July 11-30, September 19-30, October 10-24 and December 1-16. (Emphasis added.)

We’re due for a temporary respite in the man’s inhumanity to man department, but Mother Nature is growing restless now that we’re in the January 17-25 stealth SuperMoon shock window. You should know by now what to expect:

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extreme tides in the atmosphere, seas and crust of our home planet. These extremes manifest as increases in the frequency and magnitude of strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation – and all that entails, including flooding, property and infrastructure damage and worse. Also in the SuperMoon arcanum comes an uptick in notable seismic activity, including moderate to severe (Magnitude 5 and up) earthquakes and significant volcanic eruptions. Extreme tidal surges are the third leg of the SuperMoon geophysical tripod – sometimes these are tsunami, but more often they’re just normal tides that happen to be much higher than usual.

Already, just a couple days into this one, we’ve seen seven Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes. In the way of notable volcanic eruptions, Tonga, Soputan and Bardarbunga have been quite active. No extreme tides yet, but give it a few days! Storms? Lots of ‘em already, including a typhoon chasing the Pope out of the Philippines – and again, more to come.

These aren’t the only storms to watch for. Now that the year’s first Mercury Max cycle is on, solar storms are on tap as well – from now through February 24, and especially within a few days either way of January 14, 21 and 30, plus February 11 and 24. Sound familiar? That’s because the first big solar flare of the year broke out on the 12th. – right in that plus or minus three way window described in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights.

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What’s next? See the forecast!

  JAN 12 UPDATE MAR 17, 2015 Uranus-Pluto Square Astro-Locality Map I'm just now getting caught up on the crush of old year-into-new client consultation calls and report orders - plus, the deluge of orders for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights. Again, you can call in your order toll-free using any major credit or debit card (see the number at the bottom of this paage). Or use my PayPal order page, if you prefer.

Meanwhile, the civilized world is in shock over the atrocities in Paris. But not those who read the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, where I wrote:

. . . incidents of mass shootings in schools and workplaces . . . You’ll see plenty more of the same in 2015, most especially while Uranus and Pluto are within a few degrees of their exact square, from January into May and again from late November 2015 into early April 2016. Potent Mars alignments combine with other celestial factors to intensify such violent outbreaks on and off for just about the entire year: January 1-20, March 2-16, April 10-19, May 30-June 23, July 11-30, September 19-30, October 10-24 and December 1-16. (Emphasis added.)

I’ve already had a couple of inquiries as to whether the 2015 Uranus-Pluto alignment has any astro-locality connections to the terror attacks in Paris. Just take a look at the astro-locality map for the next (March 17) quadrature in the series, as calculated for the data provided in my table of Uranus-Pluto squares (published ten years ago. You can’t miss the Pluto horizon line grazing Paris, of all places. You just can't make this stuff up.

  JAN 5 UPDATE If you've been following my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, you've been reading the headlines ahead of time all year. What’s next? Get your order in now for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights. You can call in your order toll-free using any major credit or debit card (see the number at the bottom of this paage). Or use my PayPal order page, if you prefer.

  DEC 29 UPDATE If you've been following my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, you've been reading the headlines ahead of time all year. What’s next? Get your order in now for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights.. You can call in your order toll-free using any major credit or debit card (see the number at the bottom of this paage). Or use my PayPal order page, if you prefer. I'll be releasing the forecast at the end of the month, as usual.

  DEC 22 UPDATE I finally got 'round to updating my PayPal order page to include the 2015 World Forecast Highlights and more, including the various personal reports I offer. While I’ve held the line on charges for the World Forecast, I have (modestly) increased the fees for my other reports and services, for the first time in eight years. Gotta play catch-up with rising postage and bandwidth rates!

Meanwhile, along comes the strongest solar flare in over a month – an X1.8 on the 20th. It’s right on schedule per my December forecast: "Last but not least, take note of the superior Sun-Mercury conjunction on the 7th. This sets up a heightened potential for strong solar outbursts beginning around the 21st – give or take three days. Regulars know what to expect: electromagnetic disturbances, strong solar flares (M and X-class), elevated geomagnetism (Kp=5 and up), and the resulting fritziness in all electrical systems and infrastructure, from power grids to satellites to computer networks – and that most intricate network of all, the human nervous system. I’m not expecting a Carrington Event, mind you – just a mild scramble, in the grand scheme of things." What’s next? See the December forecast. And for the longer-range outlook, get your order in now for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights.

  DEC 15 UPDATE DEC 15, 2014 Uranus-Pluto square Rats! I must apologize for a typographical error in my December forecast, specifically the section referring to the full moon on the 6th - and its corresponding December 3-9 geophysical shock window. (Thanks to Jim out in the library parking lot!) The position of the full moon is correctly stated as 14° Gemini, but the date is incorrectly stated twice. I'll follow up with a formal correction in the errata later, as time allows. Meanwhile, it's back to the 2015 forecast - which, in answer to some questions on that subject, is available now for shipment at the end of the year. Orders are being taken by mail or phone now, or via my PayPal order page.

  DEC 8 UPDATE The headlines of the past week are following the script of my forecast for the month, as usual. For example, consider the ongoing protests and even riots associated with the death of unarmed civilians at the hands of police in the US. This is coming in what I described as "a time of conflict with and resistance to the powers that be, on the part of the underclasses" It’s much broader than that, as stated in the forecast: "revolt morphs into revolution, into civil war, and from there into war between nations." It’s far from over too, being especially pronounced from the "4th through the 13th, judging from Mars alignments to Pluto during that interval." And it’s far more than just a December phenomenon: see the forecast for details.

Going forward, the week ahead is a time to be alert for a surge in powerful storms, volcanic eruption and earthquakes, during the December 8-14 full moon shock window. Not to mention the spotlight on "all things Jovian" as described in the forecast: "Pomp and circumstance, wealth and generosity; all manner of excess, extravaganza, the grand and glorious. Think royalty, opulent traditions." What’s this, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed for the Big Apple? Well, surprise, surprise . . . NOT!

  DEC 1 UPDATE My December forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Time to put my feet up!

  NOV 24 UPDATE We’re right in the middle of the second significant geophysical shock window of the month; namely the new moon on the 22nd. As detailed in my forecast for the month, this is a time, give or take three days, "to watch for a notable increase in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); also a notable flurry of strong seismic activity, from moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up) and headlining volcanic eruptions. I’m not expecting anything in the eclipse or SuperMoon class, mind you – but strong geophysical activity nonetheless." From the polar vortex storms in the US this week to the trio of M6+ quakes in the last two days – M6.2 in Japan and M6.0 in China on the 22nd, plus the M6.6 in the Molucca Sea on the 21st, and a gaggle of volcanic eruptions ((Pico do Fogo in the Cape Verde Islands, Colima in Mexico, Pavlof in Alaska and Holuhraun in Iceland), this is already a busy shock window; and we’re only halfway through it as of today.

And then there are the human eruptions, the gathering storms of protest in Mexico and Missouri, the East-West clashes between Russia and NATO, between Iran and the nuclear powers – all part and parcel of the quadrature from Uranus to Pluto that’s been in effect on and off since 2011, and especially sharp this month now that these two planets are only a degree from their exact alignment. As I wrote in the November forecast: "You’ll know the Uranus-Pluto square at work when you see social, political, economic, scientific and technological innovation and revolution. This is not Sleepy Hollow stuff. It’s jarring at best. You’ve seen it in the Arab Spring, the uprisings in Ukraine, Thailand, Egypt and the like." What’s next? See the forecast!

  NOV 17 UPDATE DEC 8, 2014 Jupiter Station (Retrograde) Jupiter enters the degree of its December 8 retrograde station later this week; viz. on the 19th. What to look for? As described in my November forecast (published last month), "Pomp and circumstance, wealth and generosity, the grand and glorious. Think royalty, opulent traditions . . . and gold (and other precious metals). Watch for gold to make a turnaround and head up again in that November 19-January 2 station window." (Spot gold did pop shortly after Jupiter entered Leo back in July; but then dropped. Another pop is coming.)

In the shorter term – again, as foretold in the November forecast - be aware that the Mars-Pluto conjunction of November 10 at 11° 55’ Capricorn remains within a few degrees of exact through the 15th. What to expect? Per my forecast, this is a time of elevated "danger, conflict and loss at so many levels, from the personal to the collective; from domestic violence to mass murder and riots and revolution all the way to terrorism and military conflict."

And then there’s the next major geocosmic shock window, opening up a few days before the new moon on the 22nd. And extending a few days after, as detailed in the forecast: these are times, give or take three days in each case, "to watch for a notable increase in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); also a notable flurry of strong seismic activity, from moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up) and headlining volcanic eruptions. I’m not expecting anything in the eclipse or SuperMoon class, mind you – but strong geophysical activity nonetheless. Be ready!"

  NOV 10 UPDATE The November 5-11 full moon storm and seismic shock window is delivering as promised, and the solar storms predicted for early November are lingering. What’s next? See the forecast

  NOV 3 UPDATE If you missed it last week, the November forecast has been up and running for days now – and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. I’ll leave you to it, still being very much overwhelmed with client consultation calls and report orders. But I should point out that, even though the last Mercury Max cycle of 2014 came to an end with morning star Mercury’s maximum elongation west of the Sun a couple days ago, we’re still in the solar storm window associated with that phenomenon. Regulars know what to expect: strong X-Ray flares (M and X-class) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and all that entails: heightened geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up), bringing intensified auroral activity (more of it, and farther from the poles than usual), and disruptions to electrical and electronic systems (power grids, computer networks and individual computers (including the human nervous system). Get a grip, have a Plan B ready to hand, and make sure your backups are current. And do see the November forecast, for a heads-up on the days and weeks to come.

  OCT 27 UPDATE If you read the forecast last month, you saw October coming (pardon the extended self-quote):

Strikes, riots and revolution in the streets, wild swings in the financial markets and military conflict are much in the news at times like these. Solar and terrestrial storms are plentiful this month, adding to a general sense of insecurity.

. . .critical dates in this Mercury Max warrant extra attention. These include the 4th (Mercury’s retrograde station), the 16th (the inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction, the 25th (the direct station of Mercury), and finally the last day of Mercury Max, November 1 (Mercury’s greatest elongation west of the Sun).

The critical dates mentioned above – again, plus or minus a few days – also mark periods of marked vulnerability to strong solar storms, including extreme Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong (M and X class) solar flares, and associated peak geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and higher).

Who cares? You do. These phenomena are tough on the electrical and electronic infrastructure of our civilization. Power outages, satellite shutdowns and grid overloads follow in the wake of such solar storms. This includes the biosphere, which includes our own nervous systems. Which is to say that lots of people get fritzy at times like this: nervous, anxious, distracted, erratic, etc. Sure, it’s nice to see the pretty auroras wander farther from the poles. But those pretty lights are like the warning lights on your dashboard.

The strong M and X-class solar flares have been coming two and three in a day last week – eight in just five days at last count - presaging more of the same for most of this week. Markets and people have panicked and gone berserk. What’s next? See the October forecast, and watch for the November edition (going online in a few days). Hint: more and bigger solar storms, and more of the same "strikes, riots and revolution in the streets, wild swings in the financial markets and military conflict" as specified in the October forecast. (The Uranus-Pluto square tightens up all month!)

  OCT 20 UPDATE The strong solar storms I predicted for October 16 ("give or take a few days") came through on schedule, from the first M2-class on the 14th and the pair that followed on the 16th, to the more powerful X1-class on the 19th. As promised, this has been accompanied by increased auroral activity at higher latitudes, radio and satellite signal interference, and general fritziness in all electrical systems – from infrastructure grids right down to the bioelectrical marvel that is the human nervous system.

OCT 23, 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse Just because this particular solar storm window is closing down, that’s not to say that there isn’t more on the way. As promised in my October forecast, the September 21-November 1 Mercury Max cycle is loaded with these inflection points. October 16 was the most important one (the Sun-Mercury inferior conjunctions), but there are still a couple more coming; namely on October 25 and November 1. (Plus or minus three days, as usual.) Have your backups, backup plans and travel alternatives up to date and ready to hand. Figure that nothing much goes as expected without careful monitoring and follow-through. And if you’re feeling droll, why not a tinfoil hat for Halloween? (See my October forecast for details.)

Also see the forecast for the lowdown on this week’s partial solar eclipse; what it heralds and where it focuses. We’re already in the extended October 16-30 geophysical shock window for this eclipse – solar eclipses are big like that – and the news is exactly as forecast so far, from the powerful cyclonic storms in the Atlantic and Pacific to the bumper crop of volcanic eruptions and moderate-to-severe earthquakes (M5 and up). Not to mention "a disease component to the news at this time," as specified in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights – again, published last year.

While eclipses are always writ large on the world stage, they’re especially significant for those of us born with important points at or near the eclipse degree. (Check your chart: look for placements around 0° of the fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.) Of course, you’ve known about this since last year, if you got your own copy of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights – from which most of the free online October forecast was excerpted.

What’s next? See the forecast! Hint: we’re in the thick of it now, and November brings a bit of a breather. That’s not to say we’re out of the woods yet. As I’ve been writing for years now, the salad days of yore won’t be seen again until after the 2020 Great Chronocrator – and it will be a very different salad going forward from there.

  OCT 13 UPDATE The geophysical (atmospheric and seismic disturbances), geopolitical (social and economic turmoil and conflict) and personal dimensions (mainly for people born under significant planets and points around the middle of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) of the October lunar eclipse shock window have come through much as I described in advance last month.

My October forecast promised “elevated levels of strong seismic activity, volcanic eruptions and severe storms” for the October 8 total lunar eclipse geophysical shock window, described as running "from the 5th through the 14th (extended a couple days by the Moon’s peak declination north of the celestial equator on the 13th)."

This has been borne out by the news of the day to date – with still a couple days to run yet. So far, there are 29 Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, including five rated M6 or higher. Volcanic eruptions are coming through right on time and on target, with activity at Sinabung in Indonesia and Mayon in the Philippines, to name a couple. And on the storm front, apart from violent inland weather in the US West and Midwest, there’s been Hurricane Simon in the Eastern Pacific, as well as Cyclone Hudhud in the Indian Ocean and Super Typhoon Vongfong in the Western Pacific - the strongest cyclonic storm of the year to date.

If you’ll check out the locations for the above mentioned incidents, you’ll see that many fall right in the target zones details in my forecast, and illustrated in the astro-locality map published there: "central Russia, Mongolia and China, down through Indochina and Indonesia . . . plus "the meridian line through Saudi Arabia and the Horn of Africa, or the horizon arc through Turkey."

These have been (and will continue to be) some of the target zones for the civil and international conflict so much in evidence during this particular shock window. And I’ve certainly heard from plenty of clients calling about what’s going on in their lives in the midst of all this. Check your chart, gird your loins – and rest assured that this one is almost over. There’s always what’s next however, so see the forecast.

  OCT 6 UPDATE OCT 8, 2014 Lunar Eclipse In case you missed it last week, the October forecast has been calling the news in advance for some time now already. It’s all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap.

We’re already into the October 8 total lunar eclipse shock window, which "runs from the 5th through the 14th" as described in my forecast. The storm and seismic part of this has already begun making an appearance, from Typhoon Vongfong in Japan and Hurricane Simon south of Baja in the Eastern Pacific. The "domestic unrest, international conflict and fading confidence in the institutions that keep it all afloat" part of this particular eclipse is also clearly making headlines, per the forecast. (Look at Hong Kong, Liberia, Dallas and the Syria-Iraq cauldron. This is just beginning . . . see the forecast for more of what to expect, and suggestions on what we as individuals can do to mitigate matters.

  SEP 29 UPDATE The slew of "tidal surges, powerful storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation, and notable seismic activity (M5 and up earthquakes, plus news-making volcanic eruptions)" I described in my September forecast as "second only in length and strength to the SuperMoon" delivered as promised for the September 23-27 "new moon shock window." There were 22 Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, including three M6 or higher (one each in Alaska, the Solomon Islands and Argentina). Noteworthy volcanic eruptions included most notably a killer blast on Japan’s Ontake. And then there were the many severe storms in the US West and Midwest, and eastern Australia; and coastal flooding caused by higher than normal tides made news along the Jersey Shore.

What’s next? A geophysically active October, you can count on it, with those two eclipses coming up. This will include some significant solar storms early in the month, falling within a few days either way of Mercury’s retrograde station on the 4th. (Also within a few days either way of October 16 and 25, as well as November 3.) Regulars know what to expect: M and X-class solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and high geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Manifestations will include heightened auroral activity and electrical/electronic infrastructure breakdowns (including the human nervous system in more sensitive types). For more, see my October forecast, when it goes online in a couple days.

Before I forget, I mentioned last week that I figure "Ali Baba is due for pullbacks in 2-4 weeks (around the lunar eclipse on October 8 and the solar eclipse on October 23); as well as others around early February, late March and early April, 2015. I’m seeing these as times to initiate or add to a long term Ali Baba position." I forgot to mention that I’m putting in a buy limit order for BABA at $80/share, good for 30 days. (I meant to do this a week ago, but the phones have been ringing off the hook here.) Let’s see what happens.

  SEP 22 UPDATE Ali Baba NYSE IPO I’ve had a number of questions about Friday’s Ali Baba (BABA) IPO on the NYSE. According to CBS news, trading began at 11:53 AM EDT on September 19, 2014. The first trade was at $92.70, after a price peg the night before at $68.

A chart for Ali Baba's debut on the NYSE features a second house Pluto trine the MC (Midheaven), and a Moon-Jupiter conjunction (trine Uranus and Mars, square Saturn): fitting for a successful online e-commerce giant. I see it as a longer term investment; not unlike its closest analog, Amazon (AMZN). Amazon’s IPO was officially priced at $18 back on May 15, 1997. The day Alli Baba opened – some 17 years later – Amazon closed at $331. Ali Baba is essentially China’s Amazon, which suggests that a similar upside is reasonable – if not conservative. If one accepts the analogy, then Ali Baba looks like a good long term buy.

However there are peculiarities about Ali Baba shares. They’re not a direct analog to Amazon shares at all, even though the business models are essentially the same. The BABA shares now trading on the NYSE are not really shares of Ali Baba. That’s because Chinese law forbids foreign ownership of strategic assets. BABA shares are instead an interest in a Cayman Islands entity that’s under contract to get the profits from Ali Baba’s assets without actually owning those assets. These "shares" aren’t really shares of the company at all, in any conventional sense. This is probably a distinction without a difference during the boom phase of Ali Baba. But booms don’t last forever. I figure this one’s good for a few years at least. After that, who knows? With this in mind, I suspect that owning BABA is worth getting into early in the boom – and getting out before it’s too late.

That doesn’t mean one should run out and buy BABA when the market opens next. IPOs tend to open high, fall back for a period of weeks or months, and then start a long term ascent. I’m figuring that Ali Baba is due for pullbacks in 2-4 weeks (around the lunar eclipse on October 8 and the solar eclipse on October 23); as well as others around early February, late March and early April, 2015. I’m seeing these as times to initiate or add to a long term Ali Baba position. (Long term meaning a few years in this case; rather than decades like a Dow blue chip.)

Incidentally, lest the comparison to Amazon be off-putting, be aware that the common wisdom that Amazon has never turned a profit is an urban legend. And look around you: how many brick and mortar retailers have you seen disappear since Amazon opened nearly 20 years ago now? When did American malls enter their long decline? See a connection?

  SEP 15 UPDATE With the closing of the September 6-12 (UT) geophysical shock window for the last SuperMoon this year, it’s clear that things unfolded just as predicted for this alignment in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), and in my free online September forecast (published last month). On the seismic front, here were 33 M5 and higher earthquakes (including a couple of M6 temblors); and a whole slew of notable volcanic eruptions (Bardarbunga in Iceland, Lokon, Semeru and Slamet in Indonesia, Kilauea in Hawaii, Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea and Santiaguito in Guatemala – to name only a few).

On the storm front, the question is where to begin. In one of the target zones specified in the astro-locality maps in both my annual and monthly forecasts, Arizona and California had killer storms fed by another storm (Hurricane Norbert, also in the target zone): Phoenix got a 100-year flood, and nearby Mesa got a 1000-year flood. Other killer storms ranged from the US Midwest into the East, and extreme tidal surges were reported in Long Beach and Contra Costa CA, and Carolina Beach NC. There was so much extreme weather worldwide, in fact, that I have time and space only to focus on the US end of things here. Google is your friend, if you want more – and there’s plenty of it.

Speaking of storms, there’s been a newsworthy surge of solar storms this month as well. In fact, there’s been a steady stream of solar storminess ever since my August forecast (published in July) predicted "a heightened risk of a solar outburst around the 23rd of the month, give or take a few days." As described in the full 2014 World Forecast Highlights, this means "intensified solar outbursts – solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and the like, which can stir up geomagnetic activity here on Earth. Auroral activity and strong storms are possible at times like this – and in the worst case scenario, these can be associated with damage to satellites in orbit and power transmission systems on our planet’s surface. It’s more involved than that, actually. Extreme solar weather can stir up weather extremes here on Earth . . . dump Gigawatts of extra solar radiation into our atmosphere and our magnetic system, and you get storms as well as an increase in volcanic activity . . . 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." It’s happening now, and will intensify around the 21st as the last Mercury Max cycle of 2014 begins, per my September forecast. Working on the 2015 World Forecast Highlights, I’ve already seen signs of increased solar storminess for the next six months or so.

  SEP 8 UPDATE As promised last week, I did get the September forecast all properly linked into the sitemap. And if you have been following the news lately, as I have, then you already know that the September 6-12 SuperMoon shock window has been delivering as promised in my forecast. (That’s September 6-12 Universal Time [UT], which is September 5-11 in North America.) It’s still early days as I write this, and we’ve already seen ten M5+ earthquakes (including a pair of M6). There’s been a fair amount of volcanic activity in the news, including Bardarbunga in Iceland and the Kilauea lava flow advancing on a small community on the Big Island of Hawaii.

On the storm front, there have already been killer storms in the US East and Midwest, and a hurricane melding into the Southwest monsoon. And those tidal surges I mentioned? See the news from both coasts: look up Long Beach and Contra Costa in California, and Carolina Beach in North Carolina for starters. And remember – as detailed in my September forecast – this is just getting started, so be ready and stay watchful – particularly if you were born with significant personal planets or points around the middle of the mutable signs; viz. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces (especially Virgo and Pisces, in this case). Check your chart, and see the September forecast for more on what to expect.

  SEP 1 UPDATE SEP 9, 2014 Full SuperMoon Burning the candle at both ends, I managed to get the September forecast up and running on time, though it's not linked into the sitemap yet. (It is linked up with the FUTURES menu, though.) I've just been too busy with client consultation calls and report orders this past week to get to everything. But I will catch up! Meanwhile, get ready: the last SuperMoon of 2014 begins stirring Earth's crust, seas and skies this week, on the 6th. Be ready!

Several people have been asking in the last several weeks, so I guess it's time for an update on my medical situation. I’ve been physically functional for very nearly a year now. I haven’t needed a wheel chair to get around for over a year, although my foot surgeon still recommends that I use one for long jaunts. (I donated my old wheel chair to charity last year, but I guess I should pick one up just in case.) I do use a cane to get around out in the world, but I don’t need it much in the house, and not at all in my office.

After the three surgeries and monthly (or more often) debridements, the hole left in my foot finally closed up in September last year. It’s nice not to have to bandage the foot, and it’s a treat not having to wear only white socks so the blood (if any) will show. However I still have to report to my internist for quarterly blood tests, and to the surgeon once every two months for follow-up debridements. This is a vast improvement only the 2012-2013 weekly sessions. Alas, the foot surgeon nicked his finger back in May, and nicked me last month. So I had to spend a bit over a week bandaged and watched like a hawk by Maria. (She insists that there will be no more infections under her watch.)

All things considered, I count myself lucky to be alive and virtually whole – well, except for that chunk of heel bone that had to be cut out in order to stop the bone infection. I’m sure I’ll be going for follow-ups well into next year. But at least I can drive myself there, and walk in on my own two feet. I figure that’s progress. And speaking of progress, we’re on track to pay off the last of the 2012 hospital bills by the end of this year, leaving only the ongoing stuff on a pay as we go basis.

  AUG 25 UPDATE Three M-class solar flares in three days last week validate the August forecast passage concerning "a heightened risk of a solar outburst around the 23rd of the month, give or take a few days." As for the prediction that the August 25 new moon would bring "an unusual outbreak of strong storms and seismic activity (including volcanic eruptions) within a few days of that date," we’ve already seen a couple of M6 earthquakes (in Chile and California), tropical storm Cristobal in the Caribbean plus storm-fed flash floods in the Midwest (e.g. Chicago), and an eruption of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano – and it’s still early days in the August 22-28 shock window specified in my forecast. So keep a weather eye on the sky, and have your emergency kit ready in case.

Speaking of an eye on the sky, remember that big solar X-Ray flares pump gigawatts of energy into our home planet. In addition to an upsurge in storms and seismic action, expect unusual auroral displays, and fritzy electronic and electrical infrastructure – including the infrastructure of the human nervous system. Adding to the tension is the Mars-Saturn conjunction in effect all week – visible in the western sky after sunset, visible in human behavior all week in terms of belligerence and a simmering violent streak, from the individual to the collective. Not a peaceful prospect, and the kind of thing that tends to promote irrational behavior in the financial markets under the aegis of this week’s Sun-Neptune opposition. Will it be fear or greed? Both!

  AUG 18 UPDATE AUG 25, 2014 New Moon I’ve already covered most of this month’s seismic, storm and tidal SuperMoon surge in last week’s update, so I’ll refer you there for a brief summary. Just don’t forget to up the total ante for the August 6-14 SuperMoon shock window – from 13 to 17 M5+ quakes, for example. (Not to mention the damaging storms across the US, including killer flash floods in several states.) But, also as specified in my August forecast, there’s more to SuperMoon than the geophysical stuff.

"Remember," as called out in the forecast, "that geophysical drama isn’t the only kind that comes with a SuperMoon full moon. Individuals are also charged up for relationship issues – which can lead to breakthroughs or breakdowns. It’s often a come together or come apart time when it comes to interpersonal connections . . . " As pointed out in the forecast, the August 10 full SuperMoon occurred within a single day of one of the critical points in the 2013-2014 Mars Max cycle, during which time "all things pertaining to Mars loom larger and larger in human experience during this period: haste, recklessness, heat, fire, danger, belligerence and conflict - literally and figuratively - are more and more on the rise . . . This means a spike across the whole spectrum of violence, from the individual to the collective, from domestic, school and workplace violence to mass murder and spree killings all the way to suicide bombings and other terrorist atrocities." In that light, what’s been happening in Gaza, Israel, Iraq and Ukraine at the macro level, and in Missouri on the micro level, fits perfectly into context. (Michael Brown was shot dead on the eve of the SuperMoon, and the riots in Ferguson broke out under the light of the full SuperMoon itself.) Remember, there’s another outbreak starting the middle of this week and lasting through the end of the month, as Mars aligns with Saturn. Heads up!

Lastly, speaking of heads up, I hope you’ve been able to get up early enough to see the glorious Venus-Jupiter conjunction rising in the east before sunrise. Such an omen of peace and pleasure – I hope it’s not wasted in these few days of respite between the moments of Mars mayhem. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," as Herrick wrote. Just be quick about it: there’s that new moon Mars-Saturn alignment kicking in later this week, and a risk of a notable solar flare around the same time. (See the August forecast for details.)

  AUG 11 UPDATE I’m very glad to see the media hype over SuperMoon these past few weeks; glad too that some of those reports even saw fit to mention me as the creator of that concept. But the press are notoriously fickle, so I place more stock in the part of the SuperMoon story they don’t cover. Compare the news from Wednesday (when the SuperMoon shock window opened, as specified in my August forecast) with the forecast predictions for notable storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme tides. Surely you can recognize that, as I have said and written so many times, SuperMoon is much more than an unusually large full moon; it’s also a trigger for geophysical disturbances in Earth’s atmosphere, crust and seas. From flooding storms here and there across the US last week, to Hurricane Iselle in Hawaii and Typhoon Halong in Japan, to a baker’s dozen moderate-to-severe quakes (including two M6 and up), and a number of volcanic eruptions including Stromboli off the coast of Sicily (closing the airport there), Sakurajima in Japan, Fuego in Guatemala, and Ubinas in Peru - to name just a representative sample.

The thing to remember is that this month’s SuperMoon shock window, as described in my August forecast, still has a few days to go; extending as it does from August 6 to August 14. We’re not through this yet, in other words. Moreover, there’s still one more full SuperMoon to go this year; on September 9 to be precise. For more, see the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights,; or watch for my free September forecast when it goes online later this month.

  AUG 4 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, the August forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap. Meanwhile, I’m so busy with client consultation calls and report orders that this will have to do by way of an update for this week. Make it a good one, and stay safe out there. The Red Planet spends all week within just a few degrees of its August 9 Mars Max culmination, which means a continuing crescendo of reckless mayhem and murder most foul – the whole "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" Mars Max schtick. Breathe deep, stay clear and focused, steer clear of villains and other vexations as best you can. Take heart: this is winding down. And don’t forget that SuperMoon shock window opening up on the 6th! For more, see the August forecast.

  JUL 28 UPDATE JUL 26, 2014 New Moon The current and final notable geocosmic shock window of the month has been in effect for some time already. As described in my July forecast, (published last month), it "runs from July 22 all the way into August 1. This one is anchored by the new moon at 3° 51’ Leo on the 26th, but extended fore and aft by the Moon’s north declination extreme on the 23rd, and southward equatorial crossing on the 31st."

As specified, this period ups the ante "for tidal extremes, moderate-to-severe earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation. Keep a sharp weather eye, watch the headlines: you’ll see what I mean." All of this is happening with the new moon conjunct Jupiter and square a Mars Max, with Venus simultaneously opposing Pluto in the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square – a combination that adds an extra financial stress component to this year’s signature violent upheaval theme. (If you don’t see this happening all around you, you’re not paying attention to the markets and the headlines lately.) More on that in a moment . . .

We’ve certainly seen plenty of that geophysical surge, with 19 M5 and up quakes so far, a rash of severe storms (e.g. from the western US all the way to the Mid-Atlantic coast, including more than 100 reports of severe weather on Saturday the 26th alone). Volcanic activity has been moderate so far, with reports of eruptions at the Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka, the Aso volcano in Japan and San Miguel in El Salvador; as well as lava flows at the Semeru volcano in East Java and Santaguito in Guatemala – to name a few. And there’s lots more before this wraps up on August 1.

The "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" factor I predicted – see the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, - for this year’s combination of Mars Max and the Uranus-Pluto square is far from done, unfortunately. True, the Mars Max cycle itself wraps up on August 9. But you can’t stop eight months of Mars momentum on a dime, and there are still a few notable Mars alignments coming up – e.g. the Mars-Saturn conjunction on August 26. Blessed are the peacemakers – and absent, alas.

Remember: these alignments are not only out there in space, but also in us – collectively and individually. If you feel that hidden agendas surround you, that people are sticking hard and fast to blames and principles to the exclusion of plain humanity – well, you’re not reading it wrong. Hang on, ‘til the smoke clears and the dust settles just a bit, in early August. A cease-fire, not the outbreak of peace and harmony . . .

What’s next? See my July forecast, and watch for the August forecast, coming online soon.

  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?

PARTING SHOTS

The "Freaky Friday" toll for 2015 ended up with only eight bank closures in the US - the lowest number of failed banks shut down by the FDIC in years. The first "Freaky Friday" casualty of 2016 - the first, in fact, since October 2, 2015 - finally arrived on March 11, when North Milwaukee State Bank got the axe from federal regulators. It was followed seven weeks later by the second "Freaky Friday"bank shutdown of the year, when the Bank of Fayette County went down in Memphis TN on April 29; and then the third (First Cornerstone Bank in King of Prussia PA) on May 6. What to expect for the rest of 2016? More of the same: a slow pace of financial institution failures. In fact, as central banks begin to normalize interest rates, failing banks will become even rarer. (Time to buy US bank stocks on the dips!) As I first wrote several years ago, the landslide days of bank closures are behind us. The fact remains that 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're just now turning the corner in the first Depression of the 21st Century in 2015-2016. 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 ticking up a bit to 4.9% - below where it was before the November 2008 Saturn-Uranus opposition which heralded the economic collapse that precipitated the current depression, as predicted. That's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick: 4.7% is well below 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.) 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 2016 World Forecast Highlights for more on this. At 38 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 mailed in (see address below), or 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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