AUG 12 UPDATE This week’s update is late, obviously. The reason is that we said a final good bye to our 10-1/2 year old German Shepherd Bruno on Monday the 12th. He was a big part of our lives for all those years. We were able to be with him at the end, talking to him and petting him in the comfort of his own home as he took his last breath – in the very spot in the kitchen where he first set foot in our house. (A cast of his big paw print now overlooks that hallowed ground.) Fare thee well, Bruno . . .
Although it wasn’t a SuperMoon-class geophysical shock window, the end of this year’s second Mercury Max cycle didn’t pass unnoticed. It came last week on the 9th, when the little inner planet reached its maximum elongation west of the Sun – one of the five key points in the cycle. (See table below.) Typically, Mercury Max went out with a bang, as I wrote in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights (p 18):
"Keep a sharp eye on those five key points in each Mercury Max cycle! They’re often accompanied (within a few days plus or minus) by 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 tend to surge 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 at other times as well – including within a few days either way of Mercury’s elongation extremes and station points. In any case, dump Gigawatts of extra solar radiation into Earth’s magnetosphere, atmosphere and mantle, and you get big storms as well as an increase in seismic activity."
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)
What happened during the August 6-12 period (plus or minus three days from the 9th)? Well, under the heading of severe weather, the leader of the pack was one of the biggest typhoons to hit China in years: from the 10th onward, Typhoon Lekima killed dozens and rendered a million homeless as it made its way up the Chinese coast. There was plenty in the way of other powerful storms, but Lekima definitely topped them all.
Seismic activity included 25 earthquakes in the moderate-to-severe category (M5+), but none 6 or above. The closest were a pair of 5.8 temblors, one in Afghanistan on the 7th and one in Turkey on the 8th. And then there were all the volcanic eruptions in this window: Stromboli, Etna and Campi Dlegrei in Italy, Nyiragongo and Myamuragira in DR Congo, 17 eruptions in Indonesia, Popo and Colima in Mexico, two dozen more in Central and South America, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, and 18 more scattered along the Ring of Fire. (This is not a complete list.) Two dozen of these eruptions fell in the active eruption category, but none ranked as a major eruption.
We’re now entering into the August 15 full moon geophysical shock window, which opened up just as the last Mercury Max ripples trailed away. This one lasts until the 18th. The Moon’s peak south declination on the 12th makes the first half of this shock window look the more substantial. The uptick in intensity and frequency of storm and seismic events that accompanies any full moon applies to this one, of course. But it should be relatively benign compared to the Stealth SuperMoons that bookend August. At the microcosmic level, any full moon heightens emotional tension and the potential for conflict. Edgy, jumpy . . . especially for people born under strong Leo-Aquarius polarities (particularly late in those signs). Check your chart?
I’m working on the 2020 World Forecast Highlights now, between client consultation calls and personal report orders. Orders for the 2020 annual world forecast have been coming in for a week or two already, even though it won’t be released until December 31 as usual. (See my PayPal order page for price and availability details. But do feel free to order by mail or phone if you prefer.) As I’ve been writing for years, 2020 shapes up to be not just headline news, but historic – a world shift with roots dating back many hundreds of years on multiple levels. More to follow . . .
AUG 5 UPDATE You knew what to expect, from reading my August forecast and the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights: "increases in the frequency and magnitude of strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation – and all that this 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."
So far, the July 30-August 4 shock window has tallied 30 M5+ quakes – including 4 M6+ temblors, the strongest of which was the M6.9 at Tegu Hilar, Indonesia on the 2nd. On the meteorological front, Tropical Storms Erick and Flossie have been lashing Hawaii with high winds and surf, while Florida has been under a flood watch under an onslaught of heavy rains. Here in Arizona, monsoon storms have been pounding the state this past week, with flood watches and warnings in effect from Tucson to Phoenix. And there’s been plenty of volcanic activity during this shock window: Karymsky in Kamchatka, Aso in Japan, Sangeang Api in Indonesia, Kerinci in Sumatra, the irrepressible Popo in Mexico and Stromboli in Italy . . . just to name a few.
Don’t forget that the current (June 23 – August 9) Mercury Max cycle still has a few days to run. A burst of solar energy stirred up space weather earlier today, which is typical of Mercury Max, raising the Kp5 index to 5 as predicted. Geomagnetic storms, auroral outbursts and disruptions to electrical/electronic networks and infrastructure are on tap, so have your backups and fallback plans ready at hand. And don’t forget that the human nervous system is a bioelectric network that is sensitive to these disturbances, to a greater or lesser extent. (For more on this, see pp. 13-19 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights.)
Follow along and see what comes next in the August forecast, which is now all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map.
Speaking of linked in, I just activated a link for the 2020 World Forecast Highlights in my PayPal order page. (Requests have begun to filter in starting last month.) Just remember: my annual forecast is always embargoed until December 31, to keep the copycats at bay. Ordering early will put you at the head of the distribution list, but it won’t get you the forecast until December 31. As I’ve been saying for a dozen years now, 2020 is going to be monumental . . .
JUL 29 UPDATE If you read pages 20-25 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), then you already know we’re just now entering into one of the more potent storm and seismic shock windows of 2019; namely the July 29-August 4 interval anchored by the Stealth SuperMoon at 8° 37’ Leo on the 1st of this month. This lunation is augmented by falling on the same day as Mercury’s direct station, one of the five peak points in the June 23-August 9 Mercury Max. And it gets bookended by the second of three consecutive Stealth SuperMoons on the 30TH, at 6° 47’ Virgo, with a corresponding risk period of August 27-September 2. But that’s a subject of my forthcoming August forecast . . .
For now, the important thing is to keep a sharp weather eye out, and to make sure that your emergency kit is replenished and ready to hand. Also, if you were born under important celestial points around 9° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), or 7° in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), then be advised that the August Stealth SuperMoons are focused on you personally in some sense. Check your chart!
Incidentally, unless you’ve been living in a salt mine of late, you’re used to mucho media hype whenever a SuperMoon comes around. It won’t happen for these next three SuperMoons. That’s because the media – and indeed most people – are unaware of the Little Fox’s dictum: "What is essential is invisible to the eye." Full moons are gloriously visible, all big and bright in the night sky. So everybody pays attention to the full SuperMoon alignment; which is even bigger and brighter than ordinary full moons.
A new SuperMoon, on the other hand, is invisible in the sky, like all new moons. But it’s notable in other ways, which is why, when I created and defined the term forty years ago – Dell Horoscope, "SuperMoon Part 1," September 1979 – I defined it as a new or full moon occurring when the Moon is at or near its perigee (closest approach to Earth). The popular media have more or less completely ignored the new moon variety since they first began taking notice of SuperMoon about ten years ago now. That's why I have taken to calling this type of lunar perigee syzygy a Stealth SuperMoon. You can’t see it, but it’s there; and you will either feel it directly, or see its consequences in in the news about extreme tides, big storms and seismic activity (M5+ quakes and notable volcanic eruptions).
JUL 22 UPDATE The second bout of storm and seismic extremes this month came right on schedule, as described in my July forecast regarding "the July 16 partial lunar eclipse at 24° 04’ Capricorn – closely conjunct Pluto. Visible from Europe, Africa and South Asia, I expect this one will rank lower on the disturbance scale than the July 2 solar eclipse, but it will still leave its mark in the way of storms and seismicity during the July 13-19 shock window. Still, this is a Mercury Max, so it’s not going to be business as usual. Astro-locality mapping this one draws a bead on Hawaii, the lower Pacific coast of South America, southern Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern US; and on the other side of the world, Mongolia, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and central Australia; plus a Jupiter meridian through west Africa and Western Europe, and a Jupiter horizon arc slicing through Central America, the southeastern US and eastern Canada, and out across Iceland." Check the headlines during this period, and you’ll see what I mean.
Speaking of headlines, the "heightened geomagnetic activity (Kp 5+ storms), exaggerated radio interference and electrical/electronic malfunctions, etc." associated with this month’s Mercury Max have made news as scheduled: the July 3 and 11 social media outages, the July 11-15 European Galileo GPS network outage, and the July 13 Manhattan blackout, for example. Geomagnetic storms also delivered per the forecast, hitting the Kp5 level on July 9 and 10. We still have a couple weeks of Mercury Max left (until August 9), so this is far from over. Remember the personal potentials of Mercury Max as well, because the human nervous system is also sensitive to these disturbances. (See the forecast, and check your chart.)
In closing, it’s time for another periodic reminder that I do not use Facebook Messenger, because I find it clumsy and intrusive. Other than a consultation call, the best way to get in touch is via my email address, email@example.com.
This latest reminder is prompted by a request that I help educate a skeptic of astrology. In my experience, there are no genuine skeptics when it comes to astrology, other than astrologers themselves. (Didn’t we all come to the subject as skeptics?)
The rest are pseudo-skeptics, who have decided in advance that astrology is bogus - without benefit of first having studied the subject. From that point on, their only interest is in finding "reasons" astrology cannot be true. These include red herrings like how the doctors and nurses delivering a baby have more gravitational influence on the newborn than the Sun, Moon and planets; or that the signs and constellations are in different places in the sky. As if these objections to astrology were not apropos of nothing! Hand your friendly local skeptic a bibliography that includes some Rudhyar, some Gauquelin, maybe a little Addey, Erlewine, Jayne and Carter. That should help them get to the point where they can begin to ask intelligent questions.
JUL 8 UPDATE You read the headlines in advance last week, if you read my July forecast first. It advised you of the "notable historical connection between eclipses and strong storms and seismicity, including moderate to severe (Magnitude 5 and up) earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions . . . On the geophysical front, watch for the customary solar eclipse shock window for this alignment; i.e. plus or minus seven days (June 25-July 9). Since this falls within the June 23-August 9 Mercury Max, I expect there will be more than the typical eclipse level of storm and seismic activity associated with this eclipse."
Here in the States, the big story in this vein was of course the pair of Searles Valley CA quakes (M 6.4 on the 4th and M 7.1 on the 5th). There have been 50 M 5+ temblors so far just in the seven days since the day of the eclipse. As for notable volcanic eruptions and powerful storms, there have been so many of these in so many places that I won’t bother attempting to catalog them here. The news is full of them, as you know full well if you’ve been paying attention at all lately.
The good news is that there’s a comparative lull for a week or so, before the lunar eclipse shock window opens on the 13th. Enjoy the calm before the storm. There’s a trio of Stealth SuperMoons coming up starting in August, and a lot of Mercury Max to get through along the way. What to expect? See my July forecast for a preview, and pp. 20-25 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights for a fuller perspective.
JUL 1 UPDATE Today’s update is plain and simple: the July forecast.
JUN 24 UPDATE June has run true to form per my forecast for the month, ranking "high on the geophysical turbulence scale." We’re now embarking on the particularly hazardous June 25-July 9 shock window, anchored by the July 2 solar eclipse at 10°38’ Cancer, taking place at the Moon’s peak declination north of the celestial equator. Those of us born under significant placements around 11° of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) are bound to find this an important time frame.(Check your chart!)
This month has already seen a surge in the frequency and intensity of "extreme tides, powerful storms and moderate to severe seismicity (M5+ quakes and notable volcanic eruptions)," per my June forecast. July, August and September, with their two eclipses and three Stealth SuperMoons, are about to make June seem tame by comparison. (See pp. 19-29 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights for more on these eclipses and SuperMoons.)
Remember that since June 23 - as described in my June forecast - we’re now into the second Mercury Max cycle of the year. This adds to the intensity of geophysical turbulence, and puts critical emphasis on mental focus and acuity, as well as transport and communication infrastructure. (If you're sensitive to EMF, brace yourself.) Under the aegis of the June 16 Jupiter-Neptune waning square (within a couple degrees of exact well into July), there’s lots of lies, confusion, subterfuge and deception afoot. Accept nothing at face value, and "beware of greedy leaders, they take you where you should not go." (George Harrison, Beware of Darkness)
Speaking of lies and greedy leaders, be aware that the Jupiter-Neptune square is tightly configured to President Trump’s natal lunar eclipse – and the July eclipses make direct hits on his natal Mercury and Venus-Saturn conjunction. The demented despot is at his most dangerous now. Can you say "wag the dog?" Even his brainwashed True Believers are starting to catch on to the con now.
Jupiter’s waning square to Neptune is a lot of things, one of them being the moment when Toto pulls away the curtain to reveal the conman pretending to be the Wizard of Oz. Some of us have known it for decades. Many more are about to wake up and figure out. It can’t happen too soon. Just remember: this is an ongoing process. Many people hate having to own up to being hoodwinked by a huckster. They’d far rather make excuses for him than admit that they got suckered. Short of a medical crisis – which cannot be ruled out in cases of morbid obesity - this will drag on for months.
JUN 10 UPDATE As mentioned in my June forecast, his week sees a lot of geophysical turbulence, with Earth making its close approach to Jupiter (the Sun-Jupiter opposition) on the 10th, and Jupiter squaring Neptune on the 16th. The latter date falls right in the leading edge of the full moon shock window, which stretches from the 15th through the 21st.
With Mars and Mercury making oppositions to Saturn in the midst of all this (on the 14th and 16th respectively), It’s a good time to keep a weather eye on the sky, and have your emergency kit ready to hand. (Pay special attention to fire precautions.) Weather will be the worst of it for most of us – as bad as that can get – but some will also experience the seismic end of things, including M-5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions.
Remember that Mars is within a couple degrees of its exact oppositions to Saturn and Pluto from the 11th through the 23rd. This signifies a general climate of tension, irritation and unease that tends to bring out the worst in human behavior. Blessed are the peacemakers in such times of hostility and conflict. Want peace and quiet? Then pay no attention to the news of the day.
On the other hand, if there’s dirty work to be done, this is a period when the strength, will and stamina for it can rise to the occasion quite readily.
Remember that Jupiter’s square to Neptune means there’s an abundance of lies and propaganda afoot. Take nothing at face value. Don’t be a patsy for the plutocrats, who excel at manipulating the masses and the markets.
JUN 3 UPDATE Today’s update is running late, obviously. That’s because it has taken me so long to finish the June forecast. The writing part was easy, and finished up last week. It was the coding that took so long, between an unusually heavy volume of client consultation calls and report orders. There’s a lot of turbulence out there in the world, from all I’m hearing.
There’s also the ongoing technological upheaval here in the office, which I mentioned last week. There’s always a spanner in the works anytime all the equipment gets tossed like a salad, and I have run into a few. Unintended consequences are the bane of bright ideas.
Lest you think this double Capricorn is just lazy, you can forget about it. My daily exercise schedule alone is over an hour – sometimes double that. And then there’s my personal life. And sleep, precious sleep. I’m more than a little fatigued at this point, so I’ll simply close by thanking you for your patience, and hoping you’ll find the June forecast useful – and not too plagued by typos due to my tired eyes. (Yeah, those Capricorn transits are hitting me too.) Just remember, anytime you get impatient for the monthly forecast, you’ll find the lion’s share of it (and a good deal more) in my annual forecast. (It's not free, but well worth the price - and there's no waiting.)
MAY 27 UPDATE Today’s update is mostly non-astrological, although I do have a peek into June for you in closing. But there are some developments I thought you should know about . . .
In addition to working on the June forecast, I’ve been engaged in some fairly extensive projects lately. On the purely technical side, replacing and rearranging devices and connections has been a preoccupation in background for the past week. Among other things, I am changing my data/message phone number to 480-753-6251. The old number (480-753-6261) has been disconnected. Testing has now confirmed that all the equipment and connections are working just fine.
My consultation and order phone number remains the same: 800-527-8761 (800-5ASTRO1). I’ve had this same 800 number for almost 30 years now. It will take me a few days – between client calls and other duties – to change the data/message phone number in all my online contact info. (This page is the only one I’ve updated so far.) And then there’s all the printed stuff . . . sigh.
Another bit of housekeeping will be of interest primarily to my Facebook friends and followers. I did my best to notify all of you about this issue on Facebook and via Facebook Messenger over the last couple of days. But if I wasn’t able to contact you there, here’s the scoop:
I have been advising all my Facebook contacts for a year or more that I prefer not to use Facebook Messenger as a means of communication. If you want to communicate with me online, email is my preferred medium. The email address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org – the same one I’ve had for 23 years now.
I don’t like to use Messenger because it’s too clumsy, intrusive and invasive. It’s also insecure, as I found out last week, when a couple of clients advised me that they had received strange messages "from me" via Messenger. Knowing that I don’t use that medium, they assumed it was a fake. They were right. Someone had set up a mirror account under my name, and was using it to send phishing messages to some people on my contact list. (The phishes offered government loans to anyone who’d be foolhardy enough to click on the link in the message.)
I immediately changed my Facebook password and scrubbed my account, and then notified all my contacts to disregard suspicious messages "from me". I then found that four bogus "Richard Nolle" accounts had been set up on Facebook. I notified Facebook, and those accounts have since been taken down. How long it will take the hackers to set up new fakes is anyone’s guess. But I’ll keep monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, the suspicious messages appear to have stopped. At least, no one has let me know of getting any since the shutdown.
Turning from preoccupations of the recent past to future prospects, be advised that the second Mercury Max cycle of 2019 begins next month (on the 23rd), and lasts until August 9. Get your backups and backup plans ready in advance! Especially because Jupiter spends all of June within a couple degrees of its exact square to Neptune on the 16th. What’s it all about? See pp. 13-19 and 6-10 (respectively) in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights; or wait for the free June forecast.
Speaking of forecasts, if you’ll look over the May edition, I believe you’ll find the recent trajectory of major equity markets familiar – because they follow the downtrend I predicted last month. (The updated one month US S&P 500 chart above is a case in point. Compare it to the chart for last week - see below - and you'll see what I mean: the drop is accelerating.) For what comes next, see the June forecast.
MAY 20 UPDATE If you’ve been paying attention to the news these last few days – or maybe just looking outside your window, depending on where you happen to be – you may recognize that what’s happening is what I wrote in my May forecast:
"May 1-7 (bracketing the new moon at 14° Taurus on the 4th) and 15-21 (centered on the Buddha full moon at 28° Scorpio on the 18th) are the two major geocosmic storm windows for May. Watch for an increase in the number and frequency of strong tidal surges, powerful storms with heavy precipitation (and attendant flooding), and moderate to severe seismic activity (including M5+ earthquakes and notable volcanic eruptions). Of the two, I suspect that the full moon will be the more turbulent geophysical shock window, occurring as it does with Lilith and Neptune within two degrees of alignment at the time."
As mentioned in my May 6 update, "the 6.1 earthquake in the Solomon Islands, Cyclone Fani hitting India and Bangladesh, and the severe storms and flooding afflicting much of the US" are examples of the new moon shock window effects described in my May forecast.
Weightier by far are the events of the May 15-21 shock window associated with the full moon on the 18th: a series of strong quakes in Papua New Guinea (M 7.5 on the 15th, M 6.0 on the 17th, and a pair (M 6.2 and 6.3) on the 19th ;several days of powerful storms marked by flooding rains and tornadoes in the US Plains States; and headlining eruptions at Mexico’s Popocatepetl, as well as Krakatau, Kamchatka and Vanuatu – to name only a few of those currently active.
This shock window has a day to go yet, so keep your guard up if you’re in any of the watch or warning zones outlined by local authorities.
The geopolitical storm watch continues as well, with global trade wars and military jockeying having thrown major equity markets around the world into a tailspin this month. (For example, see the S&P 500 index for the last 30 days.) Re-read the May forecast if you wonder where this is headed.
MAY 13 UPDATE Geopolitical chaos is intensifying this month, under the aegis of the still-close alignment of Saturn and Pluto. The seeds of global economic warfare sprouted the day the US succumbed to the Trump coup. The seedlings are now growing like weeds, as long established trade blocs fracture and crumble: NAFTA and Brexit initially, and the stillborn TPP as well.
We’ve seen this movie before, in the newsreels of the 1930s (under the aegis of the last Pluto crossing of the ecliptic plane, as described in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights (pp. 2-5). The US Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 precipitated the global Great Depression, followed inexorably by World War II. It was a global paroxysm that gave birth to a new world superpower. What new superpower will arise out of today’s looming catastrophe?
It’s not inevitable, but it will be a near thing if it can be dodged. The central figure – but by no means the only bad actor – is President Trump. As noted in the full version of my 2018 and 2019 World Forecast Highlights, Trump is at once the instigator and potentially the victim of the disaster signified by the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
Trump’s chart shows a Nixonian day of reckoning during this transit. And it has been gathering momentum since March (when the Mueller report was released) - right on the schedule spelled out in my last two annual forecasts. The Trump True Believers don’t see it yet – and probably never will - but the majority of the country is turning against their Pied Piper. Will he fall to a 25th Amendment process, Impeachment (followed by a resignation deal to escape prosecution), or a medical calamity of some kind? That’s the question now. The timing? This year.
What do we see this week? The full moon on the 18th at 27° 39’ Scorpio is the big cheese, and it’s in effect from the 15th through the 21st. Apart from the typical increase in frequency and intensity on the storm and seismic front, the geopolitical conflict scale shoots up as well: confrontation and challenges aplenty, danger and stress. There’s a Trump tantrum dimension to this shock window too, since the full moon squares his natal Mars on the ascendant, and opposes his midheaven: self-inflicted damage, aggression that does more harm than good.
Within a degree of exact until the 21st is the Lilith-Neptune alignment, which speaks of propaganda aimed at undermining the established order – particularly during the May 15-21 full moon shock window. Lies and manipulation of markets – think pump and dump – have long been a hallmark of the President, whose natal Moon-south node alignment opposing his tenth house Sun-Uranus-north node conjunction is neatly T-Squared by transiting Lilith-Neptune. If you believe this man, you don’t understand his long record as a con artist. Remember that on Mother’s Day, Larry Kudlow, Trump’s National Economic Council Director, gave the lie to the President’s claim that China would pay for the Trump tariffs. ("Mexico will build the wall," right?)
MAY 6 UPDATE Following up on my friend and colleague Lynn Hayes’ suggestion, I’ve been looking into a function astrologers are calling Selena/Selene, or the White Moon. It’s supported by Solar Fire, the world’s standard astrology software, where it’s defined (along with Black Moon Lilith) under the heading of "Hypothetical and Experimental Planets":
"The Lilith used in Solar Fire is the one popular in Europe, and it is also called the Black Moon. This is not actually a hypothetical planet, but rather the geocentric position of the empty focus of the moon’s orbital ellipse (the earth being at the other focus). Solar Fire gives the Black Moon’s mean position."
"Selena, also know [sic] as the White Moon is also popular in Europe. It has a perfectly circular hypothetical orbit."
A "perfectly circular hypothetical orbit" is a deal breaker for me. Hypothetical orbits can be anything at all, since they’re not constrained by astronomical reality. Real orbits cannot be perfectly circular. If this be the definition of "White Moon Selena", then Selena cannot be real body or function in space.
It’s also been said that White Moon Selena is the opposite of Black Moon Lilith. By this reckoning, since the latter is the lunar apogee point (where the Moon in its elliptical orbit is farthest from Earth), it would follow that the former is the lunar perigee point (i.e. closest to Earth).
This definition is also dismissed by reality. Calculate the Moon’s apogee, compare it to TRUE (not mean) BML using Solar Fire, and you get a dead-on match. Calculate the Moon’s perigee point, compare it to Selena, and you don’t get a match at all. (They do agree to within 10° or so, which is almost a whole day’s lunar travel.)
Maybe – and this could fit with a circular orbit model – Selena is only an approximation, a mean lunar perigee. If it’s the real lunar perigee you want, just use true (NOT mean) Lilith, and look for its opposition to the Moon. That’ll get you within a minute or two of arc precision.
The bottom line for me is this: any meaning that attaches to the so-called White Moon Selena will fit even better with the so-called Black Moon Lilith’s opposite point. In that regard, I’d like to suggest another archetype than Selena; namely Eve, who in mythology is essentially the polar opposite to Lilith. As described in the article I wrote for Dell Horoscope last year, Eve is the binary breeder, the mother, the wife. Lilith is woman wild and free, non-binary, defined on her own terms rather than in relation to others. What’s in a name? Anyone who asks doesn’t comprehend myth.
On a more prosaic level, here’s hoping you were out of range of the flashpoints to date pointed out in this month’s forecast:
"May 1-7 (bracketing the new moon at 14° Taurus on the 4th) and 15-21 (centered on the Buddha full moon at 28° Scorpio on the 18th) are the two major geocosmic storm windows for May. Watch for an increase in the number and frequency of strong tidal surges, powerful storms with heavy precipitation (and attendant flooding), and moderate to severe seismic activity (including M5+ earthquakes and notable volcanic eruptions)."
Examples include the 6.1 earthquake in the Solomon Islands, Cyclone Fani hitting India and Bangladesh, and the severe storms and flooding afflicting much of the US lately. We’re on the tail end of this now, but we still have a little left . . . stay safe out there!
APR 29 UPDATE I’m running late with the weekly update, again. The reasons are partly professional – finishing up the May forecast, having lots of long client consultations by phone – and partly personal. It’s all good from here, but I do apologize for making you wait.
The personal stuff was actually great fun. There was Easter, for example. It’s a family holiday for us, a time to get together and enjoy each other’s company, watch the grandchildren and their friends hunt Easter eggs and enjoy themselves doing kid things.
In truth, I’m a subversive Easter celebrant. I actually celebrate the pagan Easter – fertility and the Eternal Return – rather than the Christian variety. It’s a form of poetic and historic justice: the Christians expropriated their Easter from the pagan holiday celebrating Eostre, a fertility goddess. So I’m just returning the favor.
Most of the family and friends we gather with at Easter are nominal Christians. We don’t all have to pray to the same god – or any god – do we? We’re not all on the same page politically either. But we care for each other, and I enjoy their company. That’s the important thing.
On a related note this week, there was Maddie’s school art show. I’m so impressed by the work she does. My favorite is a rendering of a Nefertiti bust. Dramatic. And her solar wheel had uniquely human touches to set off the geometry. Maria and I both knew from the day we first met her in the NICU that she’s an Old Soul.
APR 22 UPDATE Over the last year or two, I’ve been paying special attention to the lunar apogee point (LAP); i.e. the point at which the Moon reaches apogee, the spot in the lunar orbit that is farthest from Earth. The opposite point, perigee, is an essential part of the SuperMoon concept, which I defined in 1979 as a new or full moon (syzygy) occurring at or very year the Moon’s perigee (closest approach to Earth).
I wrote about the lunar apogee point in my article "The Dark Goddess: Black Moon Lilith" (pp 43-50 in the May/June 2018 issue of Dell Horoscope, "the world’s leading astrology magazine"). Like perigee syzygy, the technical term lunar apogee point is a mouthful; which is why I came up with the term SuperMoon. Likewise, astrologers have christened the LAP variously as the Black Moon, Lilith and the Black Moon Lilith. It’s abbreviated BML in today’s standard astrological software, Solar Fire – which supports accurate calculation of the lunar apogee point.
Astrology has for millennia paid attention to the lunar nodes, which like BML are points of spatial relationship rather than physical bodies. Lilith warrants closer attention too, in my experience. The Moon is fundamental to astrology, and I am convinced that it cannot be adequately understood apart from the nodes and BML. I certainly see that in my client consultations – especially lately, now that Lilith is making some important alignments with Neptune in Pisces.
In a recent Facebook post, I posited the following analogy: "Lilith is to Eve as id is to ego." There’s a lot more to Lilith than this, but it’s a good place to start. Lilith is yin rather than yang, female rather than male. And unbound. Lilith is NOT negative per se – but independent, rebellious and narcissistic. We all need (and have) a certain Lilith quotient. But behavior that is charming in the very young is at best exasperating in the more mature. Lilith needs context and perspective, lest it descend into a destructive sociopathic (or even psychopathic) spiral. These are especially important considerations in 2019.
Aligning with Neptune starting in March this year (and on into 2020), Lilith signifies an intensified onslaught of manipulative charm, lies, deception, brainwashing and propaganda. It’s a trend that began in January 2017, as Lilith aligned with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. But now it’s different: it’s pathological rather than political; the lies and deception are by default, rather than for purposes of specific manipulation. The deceivers just can’t help themselves anymore.
We’re all experiencing this. But a special focus falls on those of us born under significant factors around 15-18° in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – especially Pisces, where the alignments with Neptune occur). Put another way, anyone getting hard aspect transits from Neptune this year, is getting a particularly strong dose – thanks to the Lilith factor amplifying it. Check your chart.
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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.)
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.
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:
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 then Fayette County Bank 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, and then the Washington Federal Bank for Savings in Chicago was shut down on December 15, 2016. But there wasn't a single bank closure in all of 2018, and we managed to get almost halfway through 2019 before the next one took place: the Enloe State Bank. on May 31.
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 holding steady at 3.7%, Still very near the lowest it's been in nearly 50 years - and obviously 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. 87% 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 2019 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 email@example.com – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page.
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