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APR 15 UPDATE

  APR 15 UPDATE Here’s a special offer from a dear friend, colleague and mentor – and fellow admirer of the work of Dane Rudhyar, whose work first opened the door to genuine depth astrology for me and for many others over the last 80+ years:

A Personal Sabian Symbol Booklet - A Free Gift

Dane Rudhyar In an effort to inspire extensive and continual use of the Symbols, this unique item is being offered only to serious astrologers who are friends of Richard Nolle.

The booklet is comprised of 20 to 30 pages of Rudhyar’s interpretations for each degree, in an abridged form.

The person’s degree Symbols and interpretations are printed in page groups such as: Zodiacal Positions; House Cusps, House-Oriented Positions; Planetary Midpoints; Arabic Parts; Aspect Phases; Soli-Lunar Progressed Phases, and more.

Please provide: Birth Data; Specify both the Birth Certificate Time AND the Time you wish to use, if different; The House System of your choice (if the house-oriented page is desired, then the Porphyry system will be used throughout); Your postal mailing address – to: shela@fikus.net

This work is produced with a program that is 35 years old and will not be offered indefinitely.

A newer program which can print up to three of the above pages is available upon request.

PLEASE NOTE: As originally published earlier this week, the above notification omitted one critical instruction (due to an error of omission on my part); namely to send "Your postal mailing address." A majority of responses to date have not included this crucial information. The others are in process already, and should be shipped soon. Please, if you’re not sure your address was included in your request, resend it. Thank you. (Mea culpa.)

Speaking of responses to date, they have been overwhelming. Hence, this free offer will be honored only through April 30, 2019. Please get your order in by that date. Thank you.

Anyone familiar with Rudhyar’s life work will jump all over this offer. Anyone who doesn’t know Rudhyar? Google is your friend.

Speaking of Rudhyar’s interpretation of the Sabian Symbols, consider what he wrote about the one for this week’s full moon degree, 30° Libra - "Phase 210 (Libra 30°): Three mounds of knowledge on a philosopher’s head."

"A true philosopher," Rudhyar writes, "is a man who is able to ‘understand,’ not merely ‘know,’ the processes of life as he comes to experience them directly. He is the man of wisdom, different indeed from the man of science; for while there must be knowledge before understanding, knowledge alone can be both barren and destructive of wisdom . . . What is at stake here is A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO KNOWLEDGE, based on universals." (See 191 in Rudhyar’s An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases – New York: Random House, 1973.)

  APR 8 UPDATE Doomsayers have a long and storied tradition. In Greek myth, Cassandra was cursed by Apollo to utter prophecies that no one believed in the moment – but they always came true in the fullness of time. She foresaw the destruction of Troy, but the Trojans didn’t take her seriously. She went so far as to warn them that the Trojan Horse was full of Greek warriors, but no one believed her. Why? It wasn’t just Apollo’s curse. It was the human penchant for living in denial. We know we’re mortal, but live as if death will never come - except for the wise, who know that life is the art of dying.

Mundane astrologers, those who deal with national and world events, are often called doomsayers. I’m not a great believer in doomsday, myself. Anytime someone prophesizes about the end of the world, I say bet the ranch against them. You’ll win that bet every time – except for when you don’t, and then you won’t have to pay off. Of course this world will end someday, but since it hasn’t happened before we have no data that might prove useful in foreseeing it.

There are astrological indications of any number of more or less catastrophic events: wars, natural disasters, economic and socio-cultural collapses, etc. We’re in the middle of some of those right now, and have been for more than a decade. (See pp. 1-13 in the complete version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights for details.) But Baby Boomers remember growing up under a nuclear Sword of Damocles that never dropped. Our parents and grandparents lived through a couple of World Wars and the Great Depression. And everyone past puberty remembers the so-called Great Recession. As Nietzsche said, "That which does not kill us, makes us stronger."

My point is that, like all platitudes, "Tough times don’t last, tough people do" survives because there’s an element of truth in it. Whatever our weaknesses and frailties, we’re all tougher than we know – or we wouldn’t be here today. Of course the world ends for each of us someday. Until that time, let us all love and laugh and persevere as best we can. Life is like a good stir-fry, except that the ideal isn’t so much crisp-tender as it is tough-tender.

  APR 1 UPDATE Today’s update features my April forecast, which hits the highlights for the month. There are a lot of them, with a cast of characters including Trump, Putin, Merkel and Maduro. And you – especially if your chart includes some of the degrees pointed out in the forecast.

  MAR 25 UPDATE If you read my March forecast, you had plenty of advance notice about what the month would bring: "March – especially within a few days either way of the SuperMoon on the 21st – looks like a peak window for storms with high winds, heavy precipitation and attendant flooding, plus moderate to severe earthquakes (M5+), extreme tidal surges, and notable volcanic eruptions." (The cyclones that stuck Australia on the 23rd are a prime example of SuperMoon in action.)

There were also huge winter storms and floods here in the States, a slew of moderate to severe (M5 and up) earthquakes (including more than two dozen in the March 18-24 SuperMoon shock window alone, three of them rated at M6+: a 6.3 at Luganville, Vanuatu on the 20th, and a pair of 6.1 temblors at Dovio, Colombia and Bitung, Indonesia) on the 23rd. Lots of volcanic activity in the SuperMoon shock window too: Ibu and Bromo in Indonesia, Popocatepetl in Mexico, Fuego in Guatemala, and Reventador in Ecuador - just to name just a few. (Check out the astro-locality map for the March 21 SuperMoon. Note the lines off the cyclone-struck east coast of Australia and Africa, and the bomb cyclone-struck US from Colorado eastward, etc.)

MAR 21 SuperMoon Astro-Locality Map SuperMoon aside, there’s also an electromagnetic factor to this month’s turbulence, which brings me to Mercury Max – again, as described in my March forecast:

"Mercury Max as a whole is a time of above normal geophysical turbulence; especially around (within plus or minus three days of) the five critical points in the cycle. This time around, that’s the February 27 maximum east elongation, the March 5 retrograde station, the March 15 inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction, the March 28 direct station, and finally the April 11 maximum western elongation."

Indeed, March has been a maelstrom on the storm front, under the auspices of the month-long Mercury Max- (most intense around Mercury’s retrograde station on the 5th and the inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction on the 15th) and the last full SuperMoon of the year on the 21st.

Consider Cyclone Idai, the deadliest tropical cyclone worldwide so far this year. Idai originated as a tropical depression off the eastern coast of Mozambique on March 4. As of the 19th, under the aegis of the SuperMoon, Madagascar, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are suffering from catastrophic damage. Mozambique's president Filipe Nyusi described it as 'one of the worst disasters' in the southern hemisphere, after rapidly rising floodwaters caused an 'inland ocean' in Mozambique. It’s a curious parallel to the bomb cyclone that struck North America in the middle of March, under the auspices of the inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction on the 15th. Weathercasters at the time christened it an ‘inland hurricane’.

The good news is that turbulent, traumatic March is nearly done, with only a couple Mercury Max outbreaks remaining – within plus or minus three days of March 28 and April 11. Don’t let the geomagnetic storms catch you unawares: aurora outbursts, breakdowns in transportation, communication, commercial and computer networks, frazzled nerves and such; plus a notable increase in storms and seismic activity. Then it calms down, comparatively speaking – allowing us to concentrate on the tightening Saturn-Pluto conjunction. (See pp. 1-7 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights for more on the coming Saturn and Pluto alignment.)

  MAR 18 UPDATE The massacre in the Christchurch mosques last week has overshadowed all else, as atrocities tend to do. For us all, the query of the day is some variant on that most fundamental metaphysical question: “Why is there evil in the world?” The answer is both simple and daunting: because it’s in us, as a species. We cannot eradicate evil short of extinction – and we seem well on our way toward that. At best, we can only disarm evil to a greater or lesser extent. We might thereby save humanity. If there’s time.

MAR 21, 2019 SuperMoon Why didn’t anyone see those massacres in time to prevent them? The answer is that it’s like trying to count the drops of water in the ocean. Evil has so many reservoirs, and so many niches to exploit. Especially this year and next, under the aegis of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction and the forthcoming Air Trigonalis conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. These are more than historic. They’re epochal, as pointed out in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights. (pp. 1-12), where I explain how we’re living in what amounts to a reincarnation of Justinian’s T-Square, which in 2006 reappeared in the heavens for the first time since 536.

That Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-Square from Scorpio to Aquarius to Leo respectively last appeared in 536 – during the reign of Justinian, the last of the Roman Emperors, at the dawn of the Dark Ages. It was followed by a number of subsequent planetary configurations which have also reappeared since 2006 – and those include the Saturn-Pluto conjunction which is even now only a few degrees from exact alignment. (The conjunction isn’t partile until January 2020, but it drifts in an out of a few degrees apart in March-May and December this year.)

As described in my 2019 World Forecast Highlights, it’s an alignment that speaks of "a contraction of wealth and production, a rise in oppression." Combined with Pluto’s recent (October 2018) southward crossing of the celestial ecliptic (the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun), it points to "a slow, inexorable descent toward the Underworld." Friday’s massacre is the latest manifestation of this arc. Alas, it won’t be the last.

Some commentators linked the Friday the 15th massacre to the Ides of March, using the popular association of that term with the middle of the month. But tradition is much deeper and far more astrological/astronomical, defining the Ides as the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This means that it falls on the 21st this year – the day of the year’s final full SuperMoon at 0° Aries. That’s the time to "Beware the Ides of March." But you already knew that, if you read my March forecast. Remember, the SuperMoon shock window is in effect March 18-24. Be prepared. Especially if you were born with significant emphasis around 0° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Check your chart, and check my SuperMoon astro-locality map for pointers as to potential higher risk target zones.

One last reminder, in parting: Mercury Max remains in effect throughout March, with all its associated geomagnetic disturbances and network disruptions – including transportation, power and communication networks, as well as the human nervous system. This is most pronounced from the 25th into the 31st, surrounding Mercury’s direct station on the 25th. The Kp5 geomagnetic storm that struck on the 17th, two days after the last Mercury Max peak (the direct station on the 15th).

  MAR 11 UPDATE We’ve had a string of strong earthquakes this month, right on schedule during the three days before and after one of the main Mercury Max stress points delineated in my March forecast:

MAR 8-9, 2019 M6.1  Earthquake "Mercury Max as a whole is a time of above normal geophysical turbulence; especially around (within plus or minus three days) the five critical points in the cycle. This time around, that’s the February 27 maximum east elongation, the March 5 retrograde station, the March 15 inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction, the March 28 direct station, and finally the April 11 maximum western elongation." If you’re not familiar with the Mercury Max cycle, see pp. 13-19 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights.)

Last week, Mercury’s retrograde station stress window melded into the March 3-9 new moon period, for a double dose of geophysical stress that stretched from March 2 into March 9. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that the frequency and intensity of moderate to severe earthquakes picked up during this shock window. There were a total of five M6+ quakes in the last half of this period alone, including most recently a 6.1 in Papua New Guinea on the 9th. Storms? Killer tornadoes in the southern US on the 3rd. Volcanoes? Karymsky in Kamchatka, Mayon in the Philippines and Bali’s Agung come to mind.

2019 MERCURY MAX CYCLES
Max-E S-Rx Cnj. SUN S-D Max-W
FEB 27, 2019 MAR 5, 2019 MAR 15, 2019 MAR 28, 2019 APR 11, 2019
JUN 23, 2019 JUL 7, 2019 JUL 21, 2019 AUG 1, 2019 AUG 9, 2019
OCT 20, 2019 OCT 31, 2019 NOV 11, 2019 NOV 20, 2019 NOV 28, 2019

Max-E = Mercury (Evening Star) Max. Elongation East of Sun (Max begins)
S-Rx = Retrograde Station (Retrograde GBegins)
Cnj. SU = Inferior Conjunction with Sun
S-D = Direct Station (Retrograde Ends)
Max-W = Mercury (Morning Star) Max. Elongation West of Sun (Max ends)

On the personal level, the new moon fell in 15° 47’ Pisces, targeting the middle of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – especially Pisces). Check your chart! Meanwhile the Mercury station focused on the last degree of Pisces. Got anything around the end (29°) of those mutable signs – particularly Pisces? If so, you probably experienced a lot of emotional turmoil and turbulence last week. What kind of turmoil? Inescapable good-byes and kicks in the gut, so to speak . . .

The March 20/21 equinoctial SuperMoon at 0° Libra – the third and final FULL SuperMoon of the year – shapes up to be a weightier concern by far, as described in my free March forecast: the biggest quakes, storms, tidal surges and volcanic eruptions so far this year, I suspect. For effective dates and astro-locality target zones, see the forecast.

(What’s a SuperMoon, and why should you care? See pp. 20-25 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights to get up to speed. And don’t forget: the last of this year’s full SuperMoons isn’t the end of the 2019 story for this alignment. That’s because there are still three Stealth SuperMoons to come, starting this summer.)

I’ve been getting lots of queries in phone consultations with clients lately, that all tie in to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that’s looming larger in the skein of time this month. If you were born with significant emphasis around the 20°Capricorn area, you might want to check your chart. And the headlines. (Think Brexit, Venezuela, worldwide trade and financial maelstroms and other tailspins, for example.) See the end of the free March forecast for starters. For a more complete picture, see pp. 1-7 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights.

  MAR 4 UPDATE Today's update introduces my March forecast, which covers not only the month ahead, but the span from 536 to 2020. We haven't seen anything like this since the days of the Byzantine Empire, my friends.

  FEB 25 UPDATE If you have been following my February forecast regarding the SuperMoon on the 19th, you knew what to expect: "The last – and probably most important – geophysical stress window this month is the SuperMoon at 0° 42’ Virgo on the 19th (in effect from the 16th through the 22nd). You know what to look for: a rash of moderate to severe (M5+) earthquakes, powerful storms, flood tides and volcanic eruptions."

A total of 24 M5+ quakes struck during this SuperMoon shock window. A 6.3 temblor in Papua New Guinea on the 17th is included in this tally – the first M6+ quake since a 6.1 quake shook Indonesia on February 2; as well as the first M7+ event of the year, a 7.5 quake in Ecuador on the 22nd. (Both of those big shakers came with tsunami watches.)

Storms? Lots of ‘em – record shattering winter storms here in the US and in the UK as well, plus a pair of tropical cyclones in the Pacific and the first February typhoon to threaten Guam since 2015 . . .

Volcanoes? Too many to enumerate during last week’s SuperMoon shock window: Etna of course, Karymsky in Kamchatka, Popocatepetl in Mexico, and Sabancaya in Peru are just some of the more prominent among the two dozen eruptions accompanying the February SuperMoon.

The important thing is not what’s past, but what lies ahead: the last full SuperMoon of the year, on March 21 at 0° 9’ Libra. This shapes up to be the most dramatic (and potentially most dangerous) SuperMoon of the year – equinoctial SuperMoons have a history like that. Have your emergency kit ready to hand, just in case. As I wrote on page 25 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights, "I suspect that the March 21 full SuperMoon will end up marking one of the most destructive storm and seismic shock windows of the year. Equinoctial Sun-Moon alignments – particularly eclipses and SuperMoons are like that. This one is accompanied by a couple of aggravating factors, including Mercury Max and a tight Saturn-Pluto conjunction (within just a few degrees of being partile)."

Pay particular attention to the March 18-24 SuperMoon shock window if you were born under important points or planets around 0° in the cardinal signs; viz. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. (Check your chart: these are the degrees emphasized by this last full SuperMoon of the year.)

  FEB 18 UPDATE It tickles me no end to see the media taking note of SuperMoon once again, in light of the second such alignment of 2019. When I created and defined the term forty years ago, it was addressed to my fellow astrologers only. Popular media have picked up the ball and run with it, if only because it’s the biggest eye candy in the sky: that great big bright full moon rising in the east at sunset (or setting in the west at sunrise, as the case may be) is just too much to ignore. It’s only part of the story, but it’s the showy part and that’s why it sticks.

FEB 19, 2019 SuperMoon What the media conveniently ignore for the most part is that my original definition specified a new OR full moon that coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth (viz. perigee). But since a new moon is invisible, it gets ignored by the media. "Out of sight, out of mind." We can be sure, therefore, that the only other SuperMoon they’ll mention this year is the next one, the full moon on March 21.(In other words, they’ll ignore the new moon SuperMoon alignments of August 1 and 30 and September 28, 2019.)

The media also ignore for the most part the geophysical dimensions of SuperMoon as I originally defined it; i.e. its connection with strong storms, extreme tidal surges and increased seismic and volcanic activity. Why? Because it doesn’t make for big showy photos and videos.

As described in my February forecast, "The last – and probably most important – geophysical stress window this month is the SuperMoon at 0° 42’ Virgo on the 19th (in effect from the 16th through the 22nd). You know what to look for: a rash of moderate to severe (M5+) earthquakes, powerful storms, flood tides and volcanic eruptions."

As I write this, only a couple days into the current SuperMoon shock window, we’ve already had seven M5+ quakes, including a 6.4 in Papua New Guinea; plus Winter Storm Oren ravaging much of the US. And the SuperMoon hasn’t even made its exact alignment yet. For more on this year's SuperMoons, see pp. 20-25 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights.

Geophysical shock windows aside, there’s a personal dimension to SuperMoon. It’s a time of emotional intensity, and in the case of a full moon a higher than normal potential for conflict and controversy. This applies to all of us, at least in background – particularly because of the simultaneous Venus-Saturn conjunction, which speaks of heightened anxiety and fear of loss (e.g. in the financial markets). But it’s most intense for people born under significant cosmic points at or near the SuperMoon alignment. This time around, that’s 0° 42’ in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Check your chart!

  FEB 11 UPDATE My Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) episode is on the wane now, thankfully. I’m not 100% yet, but I’ve been able to resume my regular daily workouts over the last few days, as well as handle a full slate of client consultations and report orders.

I managed to get the free February forecast up and running last week. It’s now all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map.

We’re now already into the February 10-16 storm window, as described in the February forecast. This is more geomagnetic than geophysical per se, so look for disturbances in electrical and electronic systems (including the human nervous system); auroral displays, radio outages and the like are typical under such conditions.

There is a storm and seismic component to this window, but it’s not as notable as the upcoming SuperMoon cycle (February 16-22). Looking ahead, prepare for the Murphy’s Law festival ushered in by the year’s first Mercury Max cycle (February 27-April 11), as described on pages 13-19 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights. Have your backups and backup plans ready!

  JAN 28 UPDATE This week’s January 30 superior (far side) Mercury-Sun conjunction is a sleeper. It’s important, but not right away. JAN 30, 2019 Sun-Mercury Conjunction (Superior)

Sun-Mercury-Earth alignments always point to a heightened potential for solar disturbances, leading to geomagnetic storms here on our home planet. Those storms happen more or less immediately (give or take three days) when it’s an inferior Mercury-Sun conjunction; i.e. a Sun-Mercury-Earth alignment when Mercury is inferior (on the near side of the Sun, between us and the local star).

The inferior conjunction occurs at the high point of Mercury Max), and there won’t be another one of those until the February 27-April 11 cycle. (For the lowdown on this year's Mercury Max, see pp. 13-19 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights.)

It’s a different story with the superior Mercury-Sun conjunction, an alignment of Mercury-Sun-Earth (Sun in the middle, Mercury on the far side from Earth). The disturbances raised by this alignment are delayed for approximately two weeks, until the Sun’s rotation brings the conjunction point on the solar sphere around to face Earth. Sure, there may be a brief flare-up at the time of the superior conjunction, but it’s typically short and mild if it’s at all noticeable. But two weeks after that conjunction comes the plus/minus three day solar storm window. This time around, that works out to February 10-16. See my forthcoming free February forecast for more on this. (Incidentally, that February 10-16 solar disturbance window includes the February 13 Mars-Uranus conjunction: another sign of electromagnetic volatility here on Earth.)

On a more mundane note, if you ordered my 2019 World Forecast Highlights and it hasn’t arrived yet, please let me know. I have learned of a half-dozen instances of non-delivery so far, thanks to concerned clients. They have all been resolved now. If your delivery issue hasn’t been resolved, it’s because I don’t know about it. So please, do let me know!

On a related note, I have been hearing from people asking where’s the free online excerpt of my 2019 forecast; an annual tradition here for 22 years now. The answer is that it hasn’t been published yet, because I’m overwhelmed with client consultations and report orders, plus orders for the full version of my 2019 Forecast. I haven’t forgotten you, my friends. I just haven’t caught up yet. Thanks for your patience.

  JAN 21 UPDATE Today’s SuperMoon total lunar eclipse anchors a storm and seismic risk window that’s already been in effect since the 18th, and continues into the 24th. As described in my January forecast and in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights, this is a sign of greater frequency and intensity for storms and moderate to severe seismic activity. See the January forecast for areas of greatest risk, and for background on SuperMoon straight from the horse’s mouth. (This year marks the 40th anniversary of my creation of the concept.)

On a more personal note, people born with important planetary points in the vicinity of 1° Leo-Aquarius are spotlighted by this alignment. Check your chart!

There’s a beautiful Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the predawn eastern sky this week, exact on the 22nd (in ecliptic longitude). This one looks favorable for people born under significant horoscopic factors around 16° in the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius). Again, check your chart.

Finally, looking ahead, the January 30 superior (far side) Sun-Mercury conjunction sets up a time of solar disturbances and geomagnetic storms that will be pointing directly at our home planet two weeks later, give or take three days: mark your calendar for February 10-16, and watch for disruptions in electrical and electronic infrastructure, satellite, power, communication and computer networks – and in bioelectrical systems such as the human nervous system.

  JAN 18 UPDATE After a delay of a couple weeks, I managed yesterday to put my free January forecast online, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Regulars know the reason why: this time of year – December-January – carries a monster workload in my profession, with my annual forecast added to all the year-end and New Year consultations and report orders.

I take pride in offering my free monthly forecasts, and in the positive responses I get in return. But I do have an obligation to my paying clients to prioritize them, and tend to the pro bono offerings afterwards. Now that I’m just about current with clients, I’m pleased to put the free forecasts back on schedule.

If you’re among those who feel deprived – yes, I’ve heard from many more than I can actually respond to in the last couple weeks – please bear in mind that you got a good head start on January if you read my December forecast (published in November). And if you ordered the full version (34 pages, illustrated) of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights, whether the hard copy or the email version, then you’re already quite well and truly set for all the big stories of the year ahead.

  DEC 31 UPDATE This week’s update is a couple days late, because of all the work involved in polishing off and then publishing my 2019 World Forecast Highlights. All the prepaid email deliveries went out at close of business here on December 31.

If you prepaid for email delivery prior to closing time here (6 PM Arizona Time, aka 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central or 5 PM Pacific) on December 31, you should have your copy now. Check your inbox: if it’s not there, please let me know ASAP so I can remedy the situation. (So far there’s been only one delivery failure, due to a typographical error on my part.)

I you didn’t order a copy of the 2019 World Forecast Highlights (34 color-illustrated pages), it’s not too late. Orders are still coming in to my PayPal order page; and of course you can always order by phone (800-527-8761) using any major credit/debit card, during regular office hours: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM Arizona Time (noon – 8 PM Eastern, 9AM – 5 PM Pacific, etc.).

Meanwhile, you already know one major story of the next couple weeks, a strong storm and seismic surge under the aegis of the January 6 partial solar eclipse at 15° Capricorn: it was laid out in my December forecast. Check your chart, incidentally. If you have notable emphasis on the middle of any of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), the January 6 eclipse is likely to be an especially significant timing signal in your life.

  DEC 24 UPDATE The killer tsunami that hit Indonesia on the night after the winter solstice is yet another example of the frequent correspondence between Sun-Moon alignments and notable seismic activity. As described in my December forecast, "The last storm and seismic stress window of the year is two-fold, associated with the full moon and Mercury-Jupiter conjunction on December 22 (in effect from the 19th through the 25th), and the coming January 6 solar eclipse (with its wider (December 30-January 13) shock window." So far, 29 Magnitude 5+ quakes (including one 7+ and two 6+ temblors) have been recorded just halfway through the specified interval. Next week brings more.

Granted, ordinary new and full moon alignments generally pale in significance compared to SuperMoons and eclipses. But they are not to be ignored. Planet Earth has rocked and rolled in rhythm with the Sun and Moon for billions of years. It’s a timing signal that our home planet responds to at all levels, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We get the latter next month, with a perihelion partial solar eclipse on the 6th and a SuperMoon total lunar eclipse on the 21st. Expect a new round of extreme tides, storms and seismicity.

Meanwhile, the geopolitical and financial drama looming on the horizon is accelerating, as we come into the New Year. See the forthcoming 2019 World Forecast Highlights for the historic nature of the celestial configurations reaching out from 1500 years in the past right into next year and beyond.

  DEC 17 UPDATE "Coming events cast their shadows before" is never more true than when speaking of solar eclipses. Consider the January 6, 2019 partial solar eclipse. As I’ve written many times over the last 20+ years, the effective span for the geophysical accoutrements of a solar eclipse is plus or minus seven days: that’s when extreme storm and seismic manifestations will surge in number and intensity. This time around, keep your eyes peeled for that December 30-January 13 shock window.

JAN 6, 2019 Partial Solar Eclipse This will be no ordinary eclipse. In the first place, it happens just 76 hours from Earth’s annual perihelion (closest approach to the Sun). The eclipse is sandwiched between (at the midpoint of) the tightening Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Simultaneously, Jupiter and Neptune are within a degree of their coming waning square (270° arc), and Mercury is likewise just a couple degrees from its waning square to Mars. Such a confluence of celestial shaping speaks of a magnified pattern of geocosmic disturbances. Be ready for a crush of powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation; as well as a flurry of moderate to seismic activity (M5+ quakes) and notable volcanic eruptions.

This is more than a geophysical harbinger. The involvement of Saturn and Pluto nearing conjunction and the waning squares of Mercury-Mars and Jupiter-Neptune speaks of political and financial disturbances as well. "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown" fits this pattern to a T. Heads of state, corporate heads and faith leaders are all suitably nervous under patterns like this. And for good reason.

As I pointed out on page 10 in my 2018 World Forecast Highlights (published in 2017), "President Nixon’s resignation occurred on August 9, 1974 – some two years and two months after the break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate Hotel." By that reckoning, a Trump ouster would be due not before mid-March 2019. Notice the Jupiter-Neptune square in January (14° 22’) in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) makes a T-Square tying into the President’s natal tenth house Sun-Uranus and its opposition to his fourth house (lunar eclipse) Moon This is also in effect for the June and September appearances of the Jupiter-Neptune square.

Apart from the Jupiter-Neptune square to his natal full moon eclipse – suggesting the public and the GOP lose confidence in him, there’s also the Saturn-Pluto conjunction opposing his natal Saturn: authority comes down hard fits this transit very well, particularly during the close approaches of April-June and December 2019.

I’m just scratching the surface here; completely sidestepping the hard aspects to Trump’s natal chart coming from the July and December eclipses. For a fuller treatment, see the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights. There are a host of patterns suggesting that the President will not be able to stand for election in 2020, because of what happens in 2019.

Donald Trump Natal Chart In closing, and in response to questions and comments from friends, clients and colleagues. I should explain that my forecasts don’t pay much attention to some of the mainstays of mundane astrology as widely practice today. There are a whole lot of reasons for this.

For one thing, national horoscopes are not a reliable dataset. There are well over a dozen proposed US national charts, ranging from a dozen Declaration of Independence charts, a couple of Constitution Effective charts, and one for the first Presidential Inauguration – to name only a few of them. Astrologers have made conscientious historical and astrological arguments for each and every one of these. Seriously, need I say more?

More importantly, to my way of thinking (Occam’s Razor and all), is the fact that mundane astrology for many centuries was practiced - and still is, in some respects (e.g. ingress charts) – without reference to the charts of nations or national leaders. Besides which, there’s always been a problem with regard to the accuracy of personal birth data.

In my work, following the practice of Mesopotamian astrology reaching back millennia, I always look to connections between history and important celestial events, such as eclipses and major planetary alignments (long term hard aspects). I see these as signposts directing the forecasting process. In forecasting the outlook for the Trump Presidency, for example, the eclipse connections to Nixon’s resignation and Clinton’s impeachment were the initial alerts. Only then did I examine connections to their natal charts to flesh out the details.

It’s hardly an untried approach; dating back to ancient Mesopotamian astrology. Consider Nostradamus, whose astrological approach never used the charts of nations or national leaders, but only celestial events per se: "Understanding created by the intellect cannot be acquired by means of the occult, only by the aid of the zodiac, bringing forth that small flame by whose light part of the future may be discerned." You don’t need (and in fact can’t get) charts of nations and leaders to predict events centuries into the future.

  DEC 10 UPDATE As described in my December forecast, there are a couple of solar disturbance factors remaining this month: "Mercury’s direct station on December 6, and the maximum western elongation of Mercury (the end of Mercury Max) on December 15." These have an effective orb (window) of plus or minus three days from the exact dates, which puts the corresponding shock windows at December 3-9 and 12-18. So this week begins just the first shock window closes, and just a couple days before the final one begins.

JAN 12, 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction What’s the outlook during these sensitive solar storm phases? Kp 5+ geomagnetic storms inject Gigawatts of extra radiation into Earth’s magnetosphere, atmosphere and mantle. This results in a burst of extra storm and seismic activity, and greater or lesser disturbances in all kinds of electromagnetic fields. You can see this in extra auroral activity in high latitudes, disruptions in communication, transportation and power infrastructure – and disturbances in that most sensitive of networks, the human bioelectric system. (If you’re sensitive to the latter, you already know this.)

Taking the longer view, I’m watching something unfolding in the heavens as I prepare my 2019 World Forecast Highlights. The really big celestial signposts for 2019 focus on an approaching Saturn-Pluto conjunction at 22° 46’ Capricorn; the first one of its kind since 1982 – and the first one in Capricorn since 1518, when the Spanish began the direct shipment of Africans into slavery in America. It’s a configuration that comes around only once every 30 years or so, and it speaks of a contraction of wealth and production, a rise in oppression. "The rich grow richer and the poor grow poorer" maxim is never more true than in a time of a Saturn-Pluto conjunction.

This is not a positive indicator for the global economy, to put it mildly. While the conjunction won’t be partile (exact) until early 2020, it remains within a few degrees of precise alignment on and off here and there in 2019 (particularly spring and late fall). And it melds into a couple of eclipses (again, January and July) along the way, magnifying its significance in the course of events. Years like this one, when the economy is the big story, are times to be frugal and defensive rather than daring. Focus on the return of your investment, rather than the return on your investment.

And then there’s the big picture, the continuing unfoldment of the world historic Justinian’s T-Square sky train. This is something I’ve been researching and writing about for more than a dozen years now. And the upcoming Saturn-Pluto conjunction plays an important part in the story. It falls within a few degrees of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 549 CE, which occurred in the wake of Justinian’s T-Square. In both cases, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in late Capricorn came 13 years after the Great T-Square from Jupiter in Scorpio to Saturn in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius.

There have been only two such T-Squares in the last 15 centuries: 536 and 2006 CE. The 536 T-Square ushered in Justinian’s Plague, a major volcanic eruption that changed the climate, and the so-called Dark Ages. What has the 2006 repeat of the Great T-Square wrought – and what’s next in the process? See my 2019 World Forecast Highlights.

  DEC 3 UPDATE DEC 6, 2018 Mercury Station (Direct) Today’s Sun-Mars waning (270°) square marks the end of this year’s Mars Max cycle, which has been in effect since March 24. (For more on the meaning ofMars Max, see pp 2-12 in the full version of my 2018 World Forecast Highlights.) Every Max cycle includes five critical points, the beginning and end being two of them. Those critical points mark a time of extra intensification of the Max planet – give or take three days from the exact date. This means that November 30 to December 6 are the last gasp for Mars Max and all its ultraviolent extremes. Good riddance! That’s not to say that peace breaks out all over, but it suggests an easing of the tensions, the conflict, the fires, crashes, clashes and explosions for a time.

Stirring the cauldron this time around is Mercury’s December 6 direct station, one of the sensitive points in the current Mercury Max cycle, the last one this year. (See pp. 18-24 in the full version of my 2018 World Forecast Highlights for more on Mercury Max.) Allow the typical plus or minus three day leeway, and it’s in effect from the 3rd into the 9th. You can figure that miscommunications, misunderstandings and miscalculations will play a big part in the Mars Max-associated fires, crashes, clashes and explosions early this month.

The five key points in Mercury’s Max cycle are also a sign of intensified solar output, triggering geomagnetic storms here on Earth (typically Kp 5 and higher). This seeds a surge in storms and seismic activity, as well as heightened auroral displays, radio and satellite interference, and disruptions to all kinds of networks – electrical, electronic, communications, etc. (Bioelectric networks too, such as the human variety.)

JAN 3, 2019 Earth Perihelion You'll find details on the Mars and Mercury Max cycles this month, and what they mean for us individually and collectively, in my December forecast.

Looking ahead to the end of the month, and on into early January, the forthcoming partial solar eclipse (January 6 at 15° 25’ Capricorn) will be making its mark starting December 30, as described in my December forecast. (The extended shock window for solar eclipses, as I have written for many years, is seven days either side of the exact alignment. which means that we’ll be feeling this one from December 30 onward. (Remember, the minor solar eclipse unit is 15° 21’: a new moon that occurs within this distance from either node will occur.)

For more on what shapes up to be one of next year’s most important eclipses – aligned with Saturn, Earth’s perihelion and Pluto - see my forthcoming 2019 World Forecast Highlights.

And finally, another reminder for clients new and old who may be thinking of ordering any of the personal reports I offer. As I’ve been explaining for several months now, the volume of client consultations and reports always picks up in the fall. This year, it has overwhelmed me; to the point that I can accept no more report orders (or new clients) until January 10. I apologize for the delay. As a double Capricorn, I like to be busy. But I don’t like having to put my clients on hold. I do have a colleague whom I respect personally and professionally, who has kindly offered to take on my overflow in this busy time. If you’re interested, please let me know via email to rnolle@astropro.com.

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, and the fourth (The Woodbury Banking Co. in Woodbury CA) on August 19. The total number of bank closures for 2016 settled at five on September 23, when Allied Bank in Mulberry AR bit the dust. So the total for 2016 was a little lower than that for 2015.

I suspect that the era of wholesale bank closures has crested and passed, with the dawn of a new Venus Max cycle in January of 2017. Granted, we did start the year with a bank closure on the day after the Venus Max cycle began, when Harvest Community Bank was shuttered on January 13 in Pennsville NJ. And there was another FDIC bank takeover two weeks later, when Chicago's Seaway Bank and Trust bit the cosmic weenie on January 27. There followed a couple quiet months until Cottonwood Heights' Proficio Bank went down on March 3, First NBC Bank in New Orleans was shuttered on April 28, Milwaukee's Guaranty Bank was closed on May 5; and most recently, Fayette County Bank got shut down in Saint Elmo IL on May 26. Next, after very nearly six whole months, the seventh bank closure of the year took place on October 13, when The Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Argonia, KS was shuttered. Most recently, the Washington Federal Bank for Savings in Chicago was shut down on December 15, 2016. And there hasn't been a single bank failure since then.

It's mpe now been more than since I wrote "I suspect that these eight closures will end up being seen as an outlier in the fullness of time. As I wrote here years back, as central banks attempt to normalize interest rates, failing banks will become even rarer." (Time to buy US bank stocks on the dips, as I wrote here a couple years ago! So far, I have doubled my money on Bank of America shares.) And 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. Recovering to the salad days of yore will only come after the 2020 Air Trigonalis Great Chronocrator. (To play along at home, see the FDIC website.) All of which comes as no surprise, if you've been following my forecasts.

I've been saying since 2010 to expect an easing of the bank failings for a time, and likewise a moderation in the unemployment rate here in the States - again, for a time. Speaking of which, the latest stats have the official US unemployment rate standing pat at 3.8% - still well below where it was before the November 2008 Saturn-Uranus opposition, which heralded the economic collapse that precipitated the first depression of this century, as predicted. That's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick: 3.8% is well below the long term average of 5.82%, and is in fact the lowest it's been since December 1969. (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 years of Fed cultivation. See the complete version of my 2018 World Forecast Highlights for a longer range look into the future. It's available by mail ($75) or by email in standard Adobe PDF format ($50). 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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