JUL 27 UPDATE This week ushers in the second full moon of the month, anchoring what my July forecast (published last month) characterizes as the riskiest terrestrial and solar storm window of the month –extending into early August. Specifically, I’m looking at the July 27 through August 4 period, "due to a combination of lunar declination factors and the solar storm potential associated with the July 23 superior (far side) Sun-Mercury conjunction and the August 6 Mercury-Venus conjunction."
These two Mercury alignments, as described in my forecast, "are associated (plus or minus three days) with an outburst of solar storms (M and X-class flares and Coronal Mass Ejections) and increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). However there’s a two-week delay factor associated with a superior Sun-Mercury conjunction. This time around, that means it’s in effect three days either way of August 6, the day of the Mercury-Venus alignment. Which makes August 3-9 look especially stormy on the solar front." I’m not advocating donning a tinfoil helmet and locking yourself in a Faraday cage, mind you. But I do think it’s a good idea to have backup plans all in order now.
This much excess solar energy stirring up Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere has consequences direct and indirect, and you’re bound to see them. They include increased storm and seismic activity on the one hand, plus geomagnetic storms that manifest as enhanced auroral displays and disruptions in electrical and electronic systems and networks – including satellites, computers and computer networks, radio transmission and power grids. Remember: the human nervous system is electrical in nature, and many people experience increased anxiety and agitation during these solar outbursts.
All the above-mentioned alignments are astronomical in scale, and therefore planet-wide in potential. Be on the safe side wherever you’ll be on the indicated dates, just to be sure.
If you missed the July 15 spike in US equities (e.g. the NASDAQ peak in particular), never fear: you will get another bite at the AAPL. Gobble up good shares on sale now, in association with two more prime Venus-Jupiter alignments: August 4 (28°35’ Leo, within a day of the 2015 Jupiter-Saturn square) and, in the last days of the 2015 Venus Max Cycle, on October 25 (15°38’ Virgo). The August 4 alignment is a little dodgy, being subsumed in the Jupiter-Saturn square. If anything, it may take that one a week to settle out right.
As described in my forecast, "I suspect that whatever disruptions occur under the aegis of the Jupiter-Saturn square will be mitigated this year. US equities and the global economy, for example, are due for a correction rather than a crash. And US equities in particular will finish 2015 higher than they began it. Looking to buy quality stocks at a discount? July and August look interesting."
In closing, some relative good news: the high conflict "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" signal I described for the July 12-22 period is now in the rearview mirror. This hardly means the outbreak of world peace, alas. But the murder and mayhem of the past couple weeks should be falling of its peak frenzy. Let us give thanks!
JUL 20 UPDATE Last week’s update wrote the headlines in advance, as usual, in predicting "another rash of 'fires, crashes, clashes and explosions,’" as described in my July forecast. "And because this takes place in the midst of the Uranus-Pluto square, there’s a social and political context to much of it. It’s not just personal clashes and crimes, as extreme as they can get (mass shootings and murder suicides, etc.). More than that, it’s demonstrations, riots, terrorism, revolution and war that breaks out at times like this." Think of the mass shooting in Chattanooga TN (5 dead), the truck bomb in Iraq (120 dead), etc. This isn’t quite over yet, but we’re due for a cool down soon: “July 12-22 comprise the highest risk period for mayhem extraordinaire during this cycle – especially within a few days either way of the 16th,” is the way the portal of greatest peril is delimited in my forecast.
I also predicted an increase in strong storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions for last week, between the 13th and 19th in particular. Although reports are still coming in, the tally stands at 32 M5+ earthquakes so far (including one 6.5), a raft of strong storms (e.g. the US Southwest, Midwest and Northeast, from California to Florida to New England); and by way of notable volcanic eruptions, they stretch from Indonesia (Raung and Gamalama) to Vanuatu (Yasur) to the Philippines (Bulusan) to Mexico (Colimas) – just to skim the surface.
On the plus side, one more benign facet of the July forecast has come through – for now, at least: "Whatever messes July may bring, I’m looking to the beautiful Venus-Jupiter conjunction that dominates the western skies at dusk as a beacon of hope, a sign of grace in the sky. Pessimism cuts off possibilities, and this is no time for that. What does it portend? A better outcome than we expect or deserve." The news of the past week shows that the prophets of doom who warned of a collapse of the Eurozone over Greece and the crash and burn of Iranian nuclear negotiations are wrong – again, that’s for now, at least.
As I wrote here in my June 29 update (see below), "Having Venus and Jupiter conjunct in the evening sky at dusk as Greece heads for the Grexit may even herald a last minute deal that amounts to kicking the can down the road yet one more time, but manages to preserve the EU in the bargain. Whether it’s Grexit or can-kicking, it won’t be the kind of financial Armageddon short sellers love to promote. Thank heaven for small favors?" And in case you missed it, the NASDAQ Composite index here in the States reached a new historic high last week. Shine on, Jupiter and Venus Max! (All else being equal, this is potentially a very good sign for those born around mid-August of any year, or born under significant planetary placements in late Leo – check your chart.)
What’s next? Check my July forecast, because this will be a busy week!
JUL 13 UPDATE This week is squarely in the crosshairs for "another rash of ‘fires, crashes, clashes and explosions,’" as described in my July forecast. "And because this takes place in the midst of the Uranus-Pluto square, there’s a social and political context to much of it. It’s not just personal clashes and crimes, as extreme as they can get (mass shootings and murder suicides, etc.). More than that, it’s demonstrations, riots, terrorism, revolution and war that breaks out at times like this."
What to do in these circumstances? As I wrote in my forecast, "Mitigate or avoid conflict as best you can, for starters. And if that’s not possible, be prepared to use overwhelming force – whatever that means to you. Be safety-conscious, stay focused on what you’re doing while you’re doing it, and watch out for ‘the other guy’. Bear in mind that a great many people are stressed to the point of distraction at least – if not outright nihilism. And if there are fire or storm warnings, don’t hesitate to head for safety. July 12-22 comprise the highest risk period for mayhem extraordinaire during this cycle – especially within a few days either way of the 16th."
I mention the 16th partly because it’s the date of this month’s new moon, one of "the solar and lunar periods of extra vulnerability to strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, as well as moderate to severe earthquakes (magnitude 5 and up) and volcanic eruptions," as described in my July forecast. (Have your emergency kit ready just in case.) But there’s more to this than the tides stirring up Earth’s atmosphere, seas and crust from the 13th through the 19th. These same tides are stirring up the magnetosphere, and the human nervous system. Add that extra measure of edginess to the social, political and economic establishment adjustments going on under the Jupiter-Saturn square) (exact on August 3, but already just a few degrees from that), and you get perilously close to the kind of social meltdown that leads to desperate people taking desperate measures.
JUL 6 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, my July forecast is online and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. It’s also linked into the flow of events as they unfold from the future, as usual. The Greek referendum and impending stock market swoon vindicate my description of July has having "a turning point feel to it – sometimes even a wheel slipping off the road and over the cliff feel."
But don’t seal yourself in a bunker just yet. As I wrote in the July forecast, “There’s no crash and burn, no matter how close to disaster things may seem.” In time you’ll see, as I wrote last week in my June 29 update, "this will be a correction, not a crash. And there will be a rapid recovery in the markets, with US equity indices ending up for the year." (Emphasis added.)
JUN 29 UPDATE July opens up under the aegis of the first of 2015’s three Venus-Jupiter conjunctions – already within a degree of being exact as this week begins. The other two occur on August 4 (28°35’ Leo, within a day of the 2015 Jupiter-Saturn square), and in the last days of the 2015 Venus Max Cycle on October 25 (15°38’ Virgo). For a bigger picture look at this confluence of cycles, see the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), and the forthcoming July forecast (check back tomorrow).
Venus Max cycles are a reliable indicator of improving economic and financial conditions, generally speaking – all else being equal, of course. We’re in the early stages of the June 6-October 27 Venus Max now. As described in my June forecast, this Venus Max is complicated. It’s far from unmitigated prosperity, entangled as it is with the August 3 Jupiter-Saturn square, which heralds geopolitical shake-ups that rattle confidence in currencies, markets and economies worldwide.
The flip side is that Venus Max mitigates the severity of these shake-ups. This won’t be as bad as 2008; i.e. this will be a correction, not a crash. And there will be a rapid recovery in the markets, with US equity indices ending up for the year.
Turmoil in the European Union (EU) connected with Greek bankruptcy is an obvious harbinger of this correction. That’s a good sign in itself, because Greece isn’t that big a player in the global or even European economy. This will be painful for Greece, and a nuisance elsewhere.
Having Venus and Jupiter conjunct in the evening sky at dusk as Greece heads for the Grexit may even herald a last minute deal that amounts to kicking the can down the road yet one more time, but manages to preserve the EU in the bargain. Whether it’s Grexit or can-kicking, it won’t be the kind of financial Armageddon short sellers love to promote. Thank heaven for small favors?
On a more personal note, Venus and Jupiter conjunct in Leo augurs an outbreak of hedonism – a fine time for romance, parties and all manner of entertainments, despite the worries of the world. Or perhaps, because of them. Make the most of this while you can: Jupiter moves to within a few degrees of its August 3 square to Saturn by mid-July, when noses will be back to the grindstone and shoulders back to the wheel.
Lest we forget, most of this week falls under the sway of the July 2 full moon, setting up a June 29-July 5 geophysical shock window that ups the ante for strong storms with powerful winds and heavy precipitation. More flood watch! This is also a signal of elevated seismic activity: increased numbers and intensity of moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up) and volcanic eruptions. More to come in my July forecast . . .
JUN 22 UPDATE The big media flap of the week gone by is, clearly, the Charleston SC church massacre perpetrated by a nihilist intent on igniting a race war. Just as clearly, it was a Sun-Mars conjunction fulfillment of my June forecast; foretelling of a rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions . . . not just personal clashes," I specified, but “demonstrations, riots, terrorism, revolution and war." People are snapping, and they’re not done yet. Be careful out there.
Also not done yet is the last major Mercury Max entanglement, the three days before and after Mercury’s June 24 maximum elongation west of the Sun. (This ends the second Mercury Max cycle of 2015.) As described in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as my free online June forecast, June 21-27 is one of those periods "associated with strong solar flares (M and X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and the resultant surges in geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up)."
What’s the solar activity connection with storms and seismic surges here on our home planet? Dump Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere, and you bring an already dynamic system into a state of high activation. These are the periods when there’s an extra risk of strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation; as well as an uptick in moderate to severe seismic activity, including M5+ earthquakes and sizable volcanic eruptions.
These are also times when electrical and electronic devices and infrastructure are vulnerable to erratic behavior and outages. This applies not only to satellite systems, computers and networks and power grids; but also to bioelectric systems like the human body. Have your backups and backup plans ready!
This last Mercury Max turbulence of the month actually tipped off early, with an M-class flare on the 18th and one on the 20th preceding the one on the 21st. There’s already been a low frequency radio blackout over North America. This has nearly a week to run yet, so stay alert and focused.
Last but not least, look to the west as the Sun goes down, and feast your eyes on the Venus-Jupiter conjunction. It signals a harmonious end to a turbulent month. No, peace doesn’t break out all over. But there’s a momentary ease in the air, and it cries out to be savored and celebrated as such.
JUN 15 UPDATE Those June 8-14 Mercury Max geomagnetic and solar storms came through as advertised in my June forecast: one Kp 6 geomagnetic storm on the 8th, an M-class solar flare on the 11th and a pair of M-class flares on the 13th, and another Kp 6 geomagnetic storm on the 14th. So what? Lots of people sensitive to electromagnetic peaks felt the flux, from what I’ve heard. Many more experienced failures in electrical/electronic systems, including power grids, communication and computer networks, etc. The Toronto subway ground to a halt – these things are always strongest at higher latitudes – and lots of people reported computer crashes, spontaneous resets, etc. (My cable tuning adapter mysteriously unsynched itself from my TiVo last week, and the cable techs have no idea how that’s even possible.)
The solar/geomagnetic storm cycle eases off a while now, until the next storm window (June 21-27) – the last one of the current Mercury Max cycle. Meanwhile, be aware of the Sun-Mars conjunction, which remains within a few degrees of exact alignment, as I wrote here last week, "from the 7th through the 23rd. This is the same alignment that combined with the Uranus-Pluto square in 2011 to usher in the Arab Spring. A rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" is on tap, from the garden variety personal and local outbursts to mass protests, demonstrations, uprisings and outright revolution at the national levels – and between nations, tensions are close to the breaking point. Think safety, drive defensively, steer clear of trouble as much as you possibly can." There’s already been an upwelling of such since the 8th – most recently, for example, the Dallas TX police station attack. Keep your head on a swivel out there - especially if you were born under significant planets or points around 22 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Check your chart!
Remember: this isn’t the mystical mumbo-jumbo word salad "Sun Sign" gibberish that passes for astrology in the marketplace. This is the real deal, the stuff that shows up in the news on schedule after the fact, week after week, month after month, year after year . . .
JUN 8 UPDATE I got the June forecast linked into the FUTURES menu and site map a few days ago. Of course, if you check in at this (the news) page weekly, you already had access to the forecast. Meanwhile, as described therein, the 2015 Venus Max cycle is off and running as of the 6th. All else being equal, this is a good time for good times generally - including the personal, interpersonal and financial varieties. This one will start haltingly, but kick in like gangbusers around the end of the month, as we come into this year's Venus-Jupiter conjunction.
Meanwhile, there's still a lot of Mercury Max left to get through. (It ends on the 24th.) Extra concentration and acuity is the bare minimum as this continues. Stay sharp, keep focused, have your backups and backup plans ready to hand - you'll probably need them. Most especially, during the key Mercury Max points; namely June 8-14 and 21-27. Watch for an uptick in solar storms (M and X-class flares, Coronal Mass Ejections and coronal holes) with accompanying geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) on these dates. Apart from trigging pretty auroras, these things can also set off electromagnetic disturbances that disrupt power grids, computer and communications networks (including satellites) - and the human nervous system as well.
Last but not least, a word of caution about the Sun-Mars conjunction on the 14th – effective within a few degrees of the exact alignment, hence from the 7th through the 23rd. This is the same alignment that combined with the Uranus-Pluto square in 2011 to usher in the Arab Spring. A rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" is on tap, from the garden variety personal and local outbursts to mass protests, demonstrations, uprisings and outright revolution at the national levels – and between nations, tensions are close to the breaking point. Think safety, drive defensively, steer clear of trouble as much as you possibly can.
JUN 1 UPDATE My June forecast is up and running, though not yet linked into the FUTURES menu and site map.
MAY 25 UPDATE Venus Max begins next month; on the 6th, when "evening star" Venus Hesperus (aka Venus Vesper) reaches its maximum eastward separation from the Sun. This is the phase in the Earth-Sun-Venus cycle when Venus, on its faster inner orbit, catches up from behind and then passes Earth. All Max cycles are akin to a SuperMoon, in that during its Max cycle a planet is making its closest approach to Earth – its perigee, in other words.
Even now, you can see Venus big and bright in the evening sky after sunset. It gets bigger and brighter with each passing night as the Venus Max cycle gets underway. That’s a good thing, by and large, in that it typically coincides with economic expansion and a bull market – all else being equal. This time around, I’m expecting Venus Max to usher in a renewed bull market in US equities, by and large, until sometime in October. (This is definitely not one of those "sell in May and go away" years.)
This isn’t to say that it’s an express ride to the top the whole time, mind you. Jupiter remaining within a few degrees of squaring Saturn from late July into mid-August, we can be sure there will be geopolitical spanners tossed into the works. And a US Fed rate hike is coming. When? Current smart money speculation focuses on September, but Venus Max isn’t over until October – so I suspect that the rate hike won’t come until afterwards. I plan to stay in equities for now – and then take some profits and go to cash as Venus Max winds down.
There’s more to Venus Max than macroeconomics, of course. Talk about a summer of love! In the midst of all the world’s banalities, cruelties and atrocities, there are outbreaks of fun, frivolity and happiness as Venus waxes big and bright in the skies of Planet Earth. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may!"
Meanwhile, we’re still very much in the throes of the Mercury Max that began May 7 and continues into June 24. You know what that means, if you read the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, or the free online May forecast. So far, it’s played out right on schedule – including the solar outbursts adding fuel to the storm and seismic outbursts that have come through as forecast. Lots more of those M and X-class solar flares and geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) coming our way, just like the ones that hit on schedule last week (on the `19th, the very day of Mercury’s retrograde station). I figure May 27 – June 1 is the thick of it . . . see my May forecast for more on this.
MAY 18 UPDATE The news of the past week has followed my forecast for the month true to form, as usual. The rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" I associated with the May 15 Mars-Saturn opposition ("in effect from the 12th through the 19th" as noted) is well illustrated by the recent fatal train wrecks in Germany (on the 16th) and the US (on the 12th), the Huey helicopter crash in Nepal on the 12th; and several light plane crashes in North America (off the Mexican coast, north of San Antonio TX and near Gander, Newfoundland). It’s far from a complete sweep of the headlines, but it’s enough to make the point. You can see this stuff coming if you know where to look (up in the sky; or in my forecast derived therefrom) - or you can see it after the fact in the media.
What’s next? See my May forecast, published last month. Look for the Mars-Saturn spate of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" to wind down after the 19th. Meanwhile, bear in mind that we’re just entering a new surge in solar storms, ushered in by the May 19 retrograde station point in the current Mercury Max cycle. Between the 16th and the 22nd, we can expect another batch of strong solar flares (M and X-class) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), as well as their manifestations here on Earth: heightened auroral activity, geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) and the like.
What to expect? Given that we’re already into the new moon geophysical storm window (May 15-21), amplified storm and seismic activity is on tap, along with overloads in electrical/electronic systems and networks – including satellites, power grids, computers and networks, communications infrastructure and the human nervous system. Feeling fritzy? Take a breath, get a grip, stay focused. Have your backups and backup plans up-to-date!
MAY 11 UPDATE After the predicted surge of solar storm activity last week – three M-class and one X-class flares, and a concomitant geomagnetic storm (Kp 5) that knocked out radio reception over the Pacific Ocean – my May forecast is calling for relative calm on the solar front for a time. But expect a pickup again starting on the 16th, and carrying on into the 22nd, as the current Mercury Max cycle reaches another inflection point: on the 19th, Mercury’s apparent motion comes to a standstill, and then resumes in retrograde.
Forget all the Mercury retrograde, storm and shadow silliness you’ve heard. (Sounds like the "Double, double toil and trouble" incantations of Macbeth’s witches, doesn’t it?) Mercury Max is what’s really happening now: a phase in the Sun-Earth-Mercury relationship in which the little Sun-grazer catches up on our home planet, and then passes us on the "inside track," as it were. The current Mercury Max – the second one this year – began on May 7 and lasts through June 24.
For more on this – and what it means for us all, each and every one - see pp. 9-15 in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, or my free online Mercury Max article. For details on what it means this month in particular, see the free online May forecast. Meanwhile, have current backups and backup plans, and keep your eye on the ball. And be aware of heightened danger associated with "the Mars-Saturn opposition on the 15th (in effect from the 12th through the 19th)" – again, as described in my May forecast.
MAY 4 UPDATE If you missed it going online last week – see the FUTURES menu and site map if you're lost - you might want to glance over my May forecast soon. That's because we're already well into the first major geophysical shock window of the month, associated with the May 4 full moon. An uptick in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation is part of this particular risk period, which is in effect from May 1 through the 7th. Moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up) and headliner volcanic eruptions go along with this, as described in the forecast. As noted in the forecast, this is a planet-wide phenomenon, so be prepared regardless of your location. But maybe especially aware if you’re in one of the target zones described in the forecast, and delineated in the astro-locality map for the full moon.
This particular shock window melds right into the May 4-10 solar storm window, bracketing the May 7 start of 2015's second Mercury Max cycle. In addition to the storm and seismic risk potential associated with dumping Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere, as described in the forecast, an outburst of M and X-class solar flares and CMEs is generally associated with geomagnetic storms (Kp 5 and up) here on Earth. And this in turns ups the risk for disruptions and outages affecting communications and electrical systems and networks - including satellites, power grids, computers and computer networks. Also that most miraculous network, the human nervous system. Take nothing for granted, keep your eye on the ball.
Incidentally, this is the Buddha full moon: tradition holds that the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and died under a full moon in May.
APR 27 UPDATE The Nepalese monster quake, the towering inferno volcanic eruption in Chile, the killer storms in the US: all right on time, per the schedule in my April forecast. As I wrote there, the April 18 new moon got the ball rolling, and the solar storm window centered on the 25th carries it on into the 28th. As stated in the full version of my World Forecast Highlights, "dump Gigawatts of extra solar radiation into our atmosphere and our magnetic system, and you get storms as well as an increase in volcanic activity." (And extreme seismicity too, as noted on page 16 of the report.)
There will be lots of those extra Gigawatts in the weeks to come, what with the second Mercury Max of the year getting underway on May 7: a surge of strong (M and X-class) solar flares and CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejections), plus high geomagnetic energy levels (Kp 5 and up) will definitely bring the pot to a boil. For more on that, see my May forecast later this week!
APR 20 UPDATE Still lots of storms and seismic drama this week, as the wind-down from the April 18 new moon melds into the surge in solar activity predicted for the 21st through the 27th – per my April forecast, published last month. This adds up to high "storm and seismic risk potential, as well as an elevated risk of disturbances affecting satellite systems, electrical and electronic equipment and infrastructure, etc. – including bioelectrical systems like human beings." Look for solar flares in the M to X-class, large Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and geomagnetic actity in the Kp 5 range or higher - and lots of pretty auroras.
We’ve already seen plenty on the storm and seismic front, from the powerful storms across the US and the more than a dozen Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes (including two M6+) to date since the April 15-23 new moon shock window opened up; not to mention a raft of volcanic activity, from Chirinkotan in the Kuril Islands to Semeru in Eastern Java to Tungurahua and Villarrica in South America. There’s plenty more to come, so watch the news, and remember to anticipate erratic behavior on the upsurge in yourself and the people around you.
APR 13 UPDATE This week, on the 15th (as described in last month’s April forecast), we enter into the geophysical shock window associated with the April 18 new moon. All the way into the 23rd, expect "an enhanced tide rippling through the seas, crust and atmosphere of our home planet", pointing to "a newsworthy batch of strong storms (high winds and heavy precipitation), moderate to severe seismic activity (M5+ quakes and sizable volcanic eruptions), and higher than usual tidal surges." Have your storm kit ready, just in case! (Especially from the 16th through the 18th, and again on the 23rd.)
Lest we forget, tides of emotion are surging all month, under the auspices of the Uranus-Pluto square, as detailed in the full version of my World Forecast Highlights. As best you can, steer clear of road rage, carelessness and the like. People are still edgy . . . and some of them are distracted to the point of being dangerous. Like they’re going around in a fog or something . . .
APR 6 UPDATE Having taken Easter Sunday off, I don’t have much for you in the way of an update today. But that’s OK. If you followed the news last week, you saw that the April forecast is still getting validated by the headlines as usual. So what’s next? See your full copy of my World Forecast Highlights, or the free online April forecast!
MAR 30 UPDATE In addition to the usual workload – client consultation calls and reports, of course – I’m putting the finishing touches on the April forecast, which should be online sometime later today (Universal Time). Speaking of which, we’re still very much in the throes of the March 17 Uranus-Pluto square, which remains within a few degrees of exact on and off into early 2016 – melding into the Jupiter-Saturn square that precedes the 2020 Great Chronocrator (Jupiter-Saturn conjunction).
I bring this up apropos of all the war hysteria I’m picking up in conversation, on the ‘Net, in the media, etc. I’ve even heard the dreaded “WW” spoken almost in whispers, as if people are afraid of invoking a World War just by talking about it. Have no fear, my friends. Not this year, at any rate. Unless you live in one of the many unfortunate countries that are disintegrating even now – and have been since the 2006 Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-Square ushered in this historical watershed we’ve been negotiating ever since, like some white water expedition. See the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights (p. 8 ff) for more on the Great T-Square. Meanwhile, look back on the last Uranus-Pluto square (in the 1930s) preceding a Great Chronocrator (the 1940 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Taurus). See any parallels? I’d say we’re around 1935-36 in that timeline. But this won’t be our grandfathers’ WW.
In the meantime, we have to get through the coming week before we can take on anything longer range than that. Which means that, starting April 1, we’re coming into a total lunar eclipse shock window, as detailed in the full version of my in my 2015 World Forecast Highlights and the free onlin April forecast. Get ready – especially if you were born with important hrosocopic placements around the middle of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Check your chart!
MAR 23 UPDATE The news of this past week has been right on target, from the Uranus-Pluto uprisings evidenced by terror attacks in Yemen and Tunisia to the riots in Brazil and Iran, to the 38 Magnitude 5+ earthquakes (two of them M6 class) so far in the March 13-27 stealth SuperMoon solar eclipse shock wind foretold last year in the full verions of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as sin the free online March forecast (published last month). Not to mention all the recent volcanic actvity making the news, with new eruptions in ‘Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Peru. (Speaking of volcanoes, the Campanian Ignimbrite eruption in Italy 40,000 years ago is suspected by some geologists as a contributing factor to the extinction of the Neanderthals.) And those are just some of the highlights in the headlines lately. What’s next? See the forecasts!
MAR 16 UPDATE The March 13-27 SuperMoon solar eclipse shock window just opened a few days ago now, and already it’s living up to its advance billing in my March forecast:
"I figure that the March 13-27 geophysical shock window may conjure some of the most notable tidal, storm and seismic action of the year to date, as this often happens with SuperMoons (and eclipses) near the equinoxes. In other words, I’m expecting a bigger crescendo of geophysical uproar this time around; more and bigger extreme tides, powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, and a greater surge in moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including M5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions)."
Foremost in the powerful storm category – so far, at any rate – is of course Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific, which pretty much leveled Vanuatu on the 14th. Pam, called the "worst in Pacific history," is far from done: New Zealand is in the bulls-eye as I write this. Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano eruption forced the shut-down of the San Jose airport on the 13th, along with Colima in Mexico and Fuego in Guatemala. Meanwhile, still only a few days into this particular storm and seismic shock wind9ow, we’re up to a dozen M5 and up earthquakes already; including an M6.0 in Sulawesi, Indonesia. There’s lots to come under the aegis of this stealth SuperMoon, so try and keep up!
There’s plenty more to March than just Mother Nature on a tear. For more, see the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, and the free online March forecast – and get ready!
MAR 9 UPDATE With apologies to all, and with thanks to Martin F., I must point out an error in the text of my March forecast, in the passage referring to the superior Sun-Mercury conjunction – which is NOT on March 10, as written, but on April 10. (The link in that passage to my 3,000 year tables of Sun-Mercury conjunction gives the correct date.) This is something I’ll add to the forecast errata – since, as everyone knows by now, I never change a forecast once it’s published.
This date change also changes the forecast for notable solar and geomagnetic storms, which are due roughly two weeks after that Sun-Mercury conjunction, give or take three days; i.e. April 21-27, NOT March 21-27.
Again, my apologies. For the last several months, a heavy schedule of client consultation calls and report orders has put everything else I do in a crunch and a rush. Missed edits and the like are frustrating for me, and I’m sure for you. I’ll continue trying to up my game, to the best of my ability. That’s a promise.
Meanwhile, in case you didn’t notice the March 2-8 full moon geophysical shock window ushered in the storm and seismic disturbances as forecast, including seventeen M5+ quakes (two of them M6-class), a slew of powerful winter storms in the US (including one that grounded 21% of the nation’s air traffic on the 5th), and a bunch of powerful volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, Chile and Mexico.
More notable, in terms of news coverage, has been all the Mars-Uranus-Pluto action in the sky and down here on Earth. Conflict sharpens daily on the social, political and geopolitical fronts all around us; change is running amok and people are getting erratic. This is far from over, as I’ve said for years now: the Uranus-Pluto square remains in effect on and off into early 2016. See the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights for more on this. That's all for now: time to catch up on my daily bike ride, which got missed this morning in the crunch.
MAR 2 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, my March forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Please do check it, so you won’t miss what lies ahead; such as the third and final stealth SuperMoon of the year, which also just happens to be a solar eclipse. For the dates and places to watch in this connection, please do see the forecast. Maybe most especially if you have prominent natal horoscope points around 29³ of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Check your chart!
Also bear in mind that we’re already into this month’s lesser full moon shock window – not in the same class as an eclipse (let alone a SuperMoon), but still a portent of enhanced storm and seismic activity this week. Likewise already well in effect is the March 17 Uranus-Pluto square, which has been within a degree of exact aspect since the year began. What to expect? Look back on the news since then for hints, and see the forecast for details of what’s to come!
FEB 23 UPDATE The February 13-21 stealth SuperMoon shock window described in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as in the free online February forecast, delivered in spades on those "headlines and breaking news of powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation and floods associated with those storms; as well as extreme high tides, and a surge in moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up); plus an uptick in volcanic eruptions." Think Australia’s "complete and utter devastation" in the wake of Cyclones Lam and Marcia, and the extreme winter storms in the US, just to mention a couple examples; plus some 48 Magnitude 5 and up quakes (including nine M6 and higher temblors); and Russia’s Chikurachki, Mexico’s Popo and Iceland’s Holuhraun are just a few of the volcanic hotspots kicking up disturbances on the volcanic front.
What’s next? See the 2015 World Forecast Highlights and free online February forecast . . . meanwhile, look for hedonistic high-jinx and solar-geomagnetic storms through the 27th, just for starters. As for the social-political conflict and upheaval, scientific and technological breakthroughs, economic fracturing and all that other Uranus-Pluto square stuff, get ready: it intensifies over the next month, as forecast.
FEB 16 UPDATE I’ve had more than a few inquiries recently, for more information about the Great Chronocrator. If you have the full copy of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, you’ll find that pages 2, 4-5, 22, and 33-35 provide lots of information on this topic. Meanwhile, I’m so busy with client consultation calls and report orders that a fuller, more specific exposition of the Great Chronocrator will have to wait for another day. Speaking of another day, be aware that this week brings this year's second stealth SuperMoon: be ready for the storms, quakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme tidal surges promised to accompany this alignment. Also, be aware that another solar storm outbreak is due this week, especially within give or take three days of the 21st. (For more on all this, see the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, or the free online February forecast.)
FEB 9 UPDATE As described in the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, as well as in the free online version of my February forecast, this month’s Mercury Max cycle is coming through as advertised:
Mercury Max as a whole tends to be a period of greater than normal solar activity – solar flares (M and X class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and geomagnetic activity (KP5 and higher). These tend to peak around (within plus or minus three days of) the dates of the five critical points in the Mercury Max cycle: the maximum eastern (January 14) and western elongations February 24) at the beginning and end of the cycle, as well as the two stations (January 21 retrograde and February 11 direct) and the January 30 inferior conjunction with the Sun. Because of the geomagnetic activity component of these solar storms, circuits and networks here on Earth can get erratic. Think Carrington Event (1859) or the Quebec Blackout (1989). Even today, a Carrington-level event would be catastrophic. But work continues on hardening the technological infrastructure that sustains humanity, to make it more resistant to solar storms. Already, satellite systems and power grids are better equipped to handle these surges, precisely because scientists and engineers have studied the problem, tested solutions, and applied the ones that work best. In other words, they have done their Mercurial best. That’s exactly what we need to do during the Mercury Max: think sharp, stay focused, and carry through.
All things considered, I expect February to continue the rash of solar storms that began last month – most especially around the dates mentioned above. You’ll know it’s happening when you see strong solar storms (M and X class flares and Coronal Mass Ejections), auroral activity spikes, and geomagnetic storms (KP 5 and up). Remember that network hardware (power grids, computer networks, satellite systems etc.) are not the only vulnerable systems at times like this. The human neural network sometimes gets erratic during solar storms. Not everyone is obviously affected, but those who feel it know who they are. If you’re one, get ready.
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve had M-Class solar flares and Kp Index 5 or higher geomagnetic activity on January 28, 29 and 31 (plus or minus three days from the January 30 inferior conjunction). Most of this week is spent with plus or minus three days of the February 11 direct station of Mercury, so there’s more where that came from. Have your backups and fallback positions ready!
And then comes this month’s stealth SuperMoon, the second one of 2015. As I wrote last year in the 2015 World Forecast Highlights *as well as in the free online version of my February forecast), this is one to watch . . .
. . . from the 13th through the 21st; kicking in a couple days early due to the Moon reaching maximum declination south of the celestial equator on the 14th. Mercury Max remains in effect for this SuperMoon (lasting through the 24th), so I’m expecting the customary spanner in the works when it comes to transportation, communication and power networks; probably not as extreme as the January SuperMoon, but still something to be reckoned with.
As for the storm and seismic activity uptick and extreme tidal surges so typical of SuperMoons, this one is sure to make its mark. So, during the February 13-21 shock window, don’t be surprised by headlines and breaking news of powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation and floods associated with ~Uranus-Pluto quadrature phenomenon.
For more on this, and what comes next this month - including a stealth SuperMoon and a spate of Mercury Max solar storms - see the February forecast. And for a look farther down the road, feel free to order the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights.
JAN 26 UPDATE Once again, if you’ve been following the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights - or the free online January forecast - the headlines of the past week have a decided stealth SuperMoon feel. Take the several headline volcanic eruptions of the past week: Colima in Mexico, the island-making Tonga eruption and Russia's flight-diverting Shiveluch. And of course, Bardarbunga continues to melt ice in Iceland. Oher seismic activity includes 29 M5+ quakes so far in the Januasry 17-25 SuperMoon shock window. On the storm front, a big one in the Pacific kicked up huge swells at Oahu's North Shore, and in the Bay Area.
On the geopolitical front, the revolts, uprisings and revolutions conintued apace last week, under the aegis of the Uranus-Pluto square - with a little extra impetus from the Red Planet.
What's next? See the forecasts!
JAN 19 UPDATE If you’ve been following the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, the headlines to date have to look pretty familiar. The terror atrocities dominating the news so far this month are all right there in the forecast, warning of . . .
incidents of mass shootings in schools and workplaces. You’ll see plenty more of the same in 2015, most especially while Uranus and Pluto are within a few degrees of their exact square, from January into May and again from late November 2015 into early April 2016. Potent Mars alignments combine with other celestial factors to intensify such violent outbreaks on and off for just about the entire year: January 1-20, March 2-16, April 10-19, May 30-June 23, July 11-30, September 19-30, October 10-24 and December 1-16. (Emphasis added.)
We’re due for a temporary respite in the man’s inhumanity to man department, but Mother Nature is growing restless now that we’re in the January 17-25 stealth SuperMoon shock window. You should know by now what to expect::
extreme tides in the atmosphere, seas and crust of our home planet. These extremes manifest as increases in the frequency and magnitude of strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation – and all that entails, including flooding, property and infrastructure damage and worse. Also in the SuperMoon arcanum comes an uptick in notable seismic activity, including moderate to severe (Magnitude 5 and up) earthquakes and significant volcanic eruptions. Extreme tidal surges are the third leg of the SuperMoon geophysical tripod – sometimes these are tsunami, but more often they’re just normal tides that happen to be much higher than usual.
Already, just a couple days into this one, we’ve seen seven Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes. In the way of notable volcanic eruptions, Tonga, Soputan and Bardarbunga have been quite active. No extreme tides yet, but give it a few days! Storms? Lots of ‘em already, including a typhoon chasing the Pope out of the Philippines – and again, more to come.
These aren’t the only storms to watch for. Now that the year’s first Mercury Max cycle is on, solar storms are on tap as well – from now through February 24, and especially within a few days either way of January 14, 21 and 30, plus February 11 and 24. Sound familiar? That’s because the first big solar flare of the year broke out on the 12th. – right in that plus or minus three way window described in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights.:
What’s next? See the forecast!
JAN 12 UPDATE I'm just now getting caught up on the crush of old year-into-new client consultation calls and report orders - plus, the deluge of orders for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights. Again, you can call in your order toll-free using any major credit or debit card (see the number at the bottom of this paage). Or use my PayPal order page, if you prefer.
Meanwhile, the civilized world is in shock over the atrocities in Paris. But not those who read the full version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights, where I wrote:
. . . incidents of mass shootings in schools and workplaces . . . You’ll see plenty more of the same in 2015, most especially while Uranus and Pluto are within a few degrees of their exact square, from January into May and again from late November 2015 into early April 2016. Potent Mars alignments combine with other celestial factors to intensify such violent outbreaks on and off for just about the entire year: January 1-20, March 2-16, April 10-19, May 30-June 23, July 11-30, September 19-30, October 10-24 and December 1-16. (Emphasis added.)
I’ve already had a couple of inquiries as to whether the 2015 Uranus-Pluto alignment has any astro-locality connections to the terror attacks in Paris. Just take a look at the astro-locality map for the next (March 17) quadrature in the series, as calculated for the data provided in my table of Uranus-Pluto squares (published ten years ago. You can’t miss the Pluto horizon line grazing Paris, of all places. You just can't make this stuff up.
JAN 5 UPDATE If you've been following my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, you've been reading the headlines ahead of time all year. What’s next? Get your order in now for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights. You can call in your order toll-free using any major credit or debit card (see the number at the bottom of this paage). Or use my PayPal order page, if you prefer.
DEC 29 UPDATE If you've been following my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, you've been reading the headlines ahead of time all year. What’s next? Get your order in now for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights.. You can call in your order toll-free using any major credit or debit card (see the number at the bottom of this paage). Or use my PayPal order page, if you prefer. I'll be releasing the forecast at the end of the month, as usual.
DEC 22 UPDATE I finally got 'round to updating my PayPal order page to include the 2015 World Forecast Highlights and more, including the various personal reports I offer. While I’ve held the line on charges for the World Forecast, I have (modestly) increased the fees for my other reports and services, for the first time in eight years. Gotta play catch-up with rising postage and bandwidth rates!
Meanwhile, along comes the strongest solar flare in over a month – an X1.8 on the 20th. It’s right on schedule per my December forecast: "Last but not least, take note of the superior Sun-Mercury conjunction on the 7th. This sets up a heightened potential for strong solar outbursts beginning around the 21st – give or take three days. Regulars know what to expect: electromagnetic disturbances, strong solar flares (M and X-class), elevated geomagnetism (Kp=5 and up), and the resulting fritziness in all electrical systems and infrastructure, from power grids to satellites to computer networks – and that most intricate network of all, the human nervous system. I’m not expecting a Carrington Event, mind you – just a mild scramble, in the grand scheme of things." What’s next? See the December forecast. And for the longer-range outlook, get your order in now for my 2015 World Forecast Highlights.
DEC 15 UPDATE Rats! I must apologize for a typographical error in my December forecast, specifically the section referring to the full moon on the 6th - and its corresponding December 3-9 geophysical shock window. (Thanks to Jim out in the library parking lot!) The position of the full moon is correctly stated as 14° Gemini, but the date is incorrectly stated twice. I'll follow up with a formal correction in the errata later, as time allows. Meanwhile, it's back to the 2015 forecast - which, in answer to some questions on that subject, is available now for shipment at the end of the year. Orders are being taken by mail or phone now, or via my PayPal order page.
DEC 8 UPDATE The headlines of the past week are following the script of my forecast for the month, as usual. For example, consider the ongoing protests and even riots associated with the death of unarmed civilians at the hands of police in the US. This is coming in what I described as "a time of conflict with and resistance to the powers that be, on the part of the underclasses" It’s much broader than that, as stated in the forecast: "revolt morphs into revolution, into civil war, and from there into war between nations." It’s far from over too, being especially pronounced from the "4th through the 13th, judging from Mars alignments to Pluto during that interval." And it’s far more than just a December phenomenon: see the forecast for details.
Going forward, the week ahead is a time to be alert for a surge in powerful storms, volcanic eruption and earthquakes, during the December 8-14 full moon shock window. Not to mention the spotlight on "all things Jovian" as described in the forecast: "Pomp and circumstance, wealth and generosity; all manner of excess, extravaganza, the grand and glorious. Think royalty, opulent traditions." What’s this, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed for the Big Apple? Well, surprise, surprise . . . NOT!
DEC 1 UPDATE My December forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. Time to put my feet up!
NOV 24 UPDATE We’re right in the middle of the second significant geophysical shock window of the month; namely the new moon on the 22nd. As detailed in my forecast for the month, this is a time, give or take three days, "to watch for a notable increase in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); also a notable flurry of strong seismic activity, from moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up) and headlining volcanic eruptions. I’m not expecting anything in the eclipse or SuperMoon class, mind you – but strong geophysical activity nonetheless." From the polar vortex storms in the US this week to the trio of M6+ quakes in the last two days – M6.2 in Japan and M6.0 in China on the 22nd, plus the M6.6 in the Molucca Sea on the 21st, and a gaggle of volcanic eruptions ((Pico do Fogo in the Cape Verde Islands, Colima in Mexico, Pavlof in Alaska and Holuhraun in Iceland), this is already a busy shock window; and we’re only halfway through it as of today.
And then there are the human eruptions, the gathering storms of protest in Mexico and Missouri, the East-West clashes between Russia and NATO, between Iran and the nuclear powers – all part and parcel of the quadrature from Uranus to Pluto that’s been in effect on and off since 2011, and especially sharp this month now that these two planets are only a degree from their exact alignment. As I wrote in the November forecast: "You’ll know the Uranus-Pluto square at work when you see social, political, economic, scientific and technological innovation and revolution. This is not Sleepy Hollow stuff. It’s jarring at best. You’ve seen it in the Arab Spring, the uprisings in Ukraine, Thailand, Egypt and the like." What’s next? See the forecast!
NOV 17 UPDATE Jupiter enters the degree of its December 8 retrograde station later this week; viz. on the 19th. What to look for? As described in my November forecast (published last month), "Pomp and circumstance, wealth and generosity, the grand and glorious. Think royalty, opulent traditions . . . and gold (and other precious metals). Watch for gold to make a turnaround and head up again in that November 19-January 2 station window." (Spot gold did pop shortly after Jupiter entered Leo back in July; but then dropped. Another pop is coming.)
In the shorter term – again, as foretold in the November forecast - be aware that the Mars-Pluto conjunction of November 10 at 11° 55’ Capricorn remains within a few degrees of exact through the 15th. What to expect? Per my forecast, this is a time of elevated "danger, conflict and loss at so many levels, from the personal to the collective; from domestic violence to mass murder and riots and revolution all the way to terrorism and military conflict."
And then there’s the next major geocosmic shock window, opening up a few days before the new moon on the 22nd. And extending a few days after, as detailed in the forecast: these are times, give or take three days in each case, "to watch for a notable increase in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); also a notable flurry of strong seismic activity, from moderate to severe earthquakes (M5 and up) and headlining volcanic eruptions. I’m not expecting anything in the eclipse or SuperMoon class, mind you – but strong geophysical activity nonetheless. Be ready!"
NOV 10 UPDATE The November 5-11 full moon storm and seismic shock window is delivering as promised, and the solar storms predicted for early November are lingering. What’s next? See the forecast
NOV 3 UPDATE If you missed it last week, the November forecast has been up and running for days now – and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and site map. I’ll leave you to it, still being very much overwhelmed with client consultation calls and report orders. But I should point out that, even though the last Mercury Max cycle of 2014 came to an end with morning star Mercury’s maximum elongation west of the Sun a couple days ago, we’re still in the solar storm window associated with that phenomenon. Regulars know what to expect: strong X-Ray flares (M and X-class) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and all that entails: heightened geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up), bringing intensified auroral activity (more of it, and farther from the poles than usual), and disruptions to electrical and electronic systems (power grids, computer networks and individual computers (including the human nervous system). Get a grip, have a Plan B ready to hand, and make sure your backups are current. And do see the November forecast, for a heads-up on the days and weeks to come.
OCT 27 UPDATE If you read the forecast last month, you saw October coming (pardon the extended self-quote):
Strikes, riots and revolution in the streets, wild swings in the financial markets and military conflict are much in the news at times like these. Solar and terrestrial storms are plentiful this month, adding to a general sense of insecurity.
. . .critical dates in this Mercury Max warrant extra attention. These include the 4th (Mercury’s retrograde station), the 16th (the inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction, the 25th (the direct station of Mercury), and finally the last day of Mercury Max, November 1 (Mercury’s greatest elongation west of the Sun).
The critical dates mentioned above – again, plus or minus a few days – also mark periods of marked vulnerability to strong solar storms, including extreme Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong (M and X class) solar flares, and associated peak geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and higher).
Who cares? You do. These phenomena are tough on the electrical and electronic infrastructure of our civilization. Power outages, satellite shutdowns and grid overloads follow in the wake of such solar storms. This includes the biosphere, which includes our own nervous systems. Which is to say that lots of people get fritzy at times like this: nervous, anxious, distracted, erratic, etc. Sure, it’s nice to see the pretty auroras wander farther from the poles. But those pretty lights are like the warning lights on your dashboard.
The strong M and X-class solar flares have been coming two and three in a day last week – eight in just five days at last count - presaging more of the same for most of this week. Markets and people have panicked and gone berserk. What’s next? See the October forecast, and watch for the November edition (going online in a few days). Hint: more and bigger solar storms, and more of the same "strikes, riots and revolution in the streets, wild swings in the financial markets and military conflict" as specified in the October forecast. (The Uranus-Pluto square tightens up all month!)
OCT 20 UPDATE The strong solar storms I predicted for October 16 ("give or take a few days") came through on schedule, from the first M2-class on the 14th and the pair that followed on the 16th, to the more powerful X1-class on the 19th. As promised, this has been accompanied by increased auroral activity at higher latitudes, radio and satellite signal interference, and general fritziness in all electrical systems – from infrastructure grids right down to the bioelectrical marvel that is the human nervous system.
Just because this particular solar storm window is closing down, that’s not to say that there isn’t more on the way. As promised in my October forecast, the September 21-November 1 Mercury Max cycle is loaded with these inflection points. October 16 was the most important one (the Sun-Mercury inferior conjunctions), but there are still a couple more coming; namely on October 25 and November 1. (Plus or minus three days, as usual.) Have your backups, backup plans and travel alternatives up to date and ready to hand. Figure that nothing much goes as expected without careful monitoring and follow-through. And if you’re feeling droll, why not a tinfoil hat for Halloween? (See my October forecast for details.)
Also see the forecast for the lowdown on this week’s partial solar eclipse; what it heralds and where it focuses. We’re already in the extended October 16-30 geophysical shock window for this eclipse – solar eclipses are big like that – and the news is exactly as forecast so far, from the powerful cyclonic storms in the Atlantic and Pacific to the bumper crop of volcanic eruptions and moderate-to-severe earthquakes (M5 and up). Not to mention "a disease component to the news at this time," as specified in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights – again, published last year.
While eclipses are always writ large on the world stage, they’re especially significant for those of us born with important points at or near the eclipse degree. (Check your chart: look for placements around 0° of the fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.) Of course, you’ve known about this since last year, if you got your own copy of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights – from which most of the free online October forecast was excerpted.
What’s next? See the forecast! Hint: we’re in the thick of it now, and November brings a bit of a breather. That’s not to say we’re out of the woods yet. As I’ve been writing for years now, the salad days of yore won’t be seen again until after the 2020 Great Chronocrator – and it will be a very different salad going forward from there.
OCT 13 UPDATE The geophysical (atmospheric and seismic disturbances), geopolitical (social and economic turmoil and conflict) and personal dimensions (mainly for people born under significant planets and points around the middle of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) of the October lunar eclipse shock window have come through much as I described in advance last month.
My October forecast promised “elevated levels of strong seismic activity, volcanic eruptions and severe storms” for the October 8 total lunar eclipse geophysical shock window, described as running "from the 5th through the 14th (extended a couple days by the Moon’s peak declination north of the celestial equator on the 13th)."
This has been borne out by the news of the day to date – with still a couple days to run yet. So far, there are 29 Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, including five rated M6 or higher. Volcanic eruptions are coming through right on time and on target, with activity at Sinabung in Indonesia and Mayon in the Philippines, to name a couple. And on the storm front, apart from violent inland weather in the US West and Midwest, there’s been Hurricane Simon in the Eastern Pacific, as well as Cyclone Hudhud in the Indian Ocean and Super Typhoon Vongfong in the Western Pacific - the strongest cyclonic storm of the year to date.
If you’ll check out the locations for the above mentioned incidents, you’ll see that many fall right in the target zones details in my forecast, and illustrated in the astro-locality map published there: "central Russia, Mongolia and China, down through Indochina and Indonesia . . . plus "the meridian line through Saudi Arabia and the Horn of Africa, or the horizon arc through Turkey."
These have been (and will continue to be) some of the target zones for the civil and international conflict so much in evidence during this particular shock window. And I’ve certainly heard from plenty of clients calling about what’s going on in their lives in the midst of all this. Check your chart, gird your loins – and rest assured that this one is almost over. There’s always what’s next however, so see the forecast.
OCT 6 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, the October forecast has been calling the news in advance for some time now already. It’s all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap.
We’re already into the October 8 total lunar eclipse shock window, which "runs from the 5th through the 14th" as described in my forecast. The storm and seismic part of this has already begun making an appearance, from Typhoon Vongfong in Japan and Hurricane Simon south of Baja in the Eastern Pacific. The "domestic unrest, international conflict and fading confidence in the institutions that keep it all afloat" part of this particular eclipse is also clearly making headlines, per the forecast. (Look at Hong Kong, Liberia, Dallas and the Syria-Iraq cauldron. This is just beginning . . . see the forecast for more of what to expect, and suggestions on what we as individuals can do to mitigate matters.
SEP 29 UPDATE The slew of "tidal surges, powerful storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation, and notable seismic activity (M5 and up earthquakes, plus news-making volcanic eruptions)" I described in my September forecast as "second only in length and strength to the SuperMoon" delivered as promised for the September 23-27 "new moon shock window." There were 22 Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, including three M6 or higher (one each in Alaska, the Solomon Islands and Argentina). Noteworthy volcanic eruptions included most notably a killer blast on Japan’s Ontake. And then there were the many severe storms in the US West and Midwest, and eastern Australia; and coastal flooding caused by higher than normal tides made news along the Jersey Shore.
What’s next? A geophysically active October, you can count on it, with those two eclipses coming up. This will include some significant solar storms early in the month, falling within a few days either way of Mercury’s retrograde station on the 4th. (Also within a few days either way of October 16 and 25, as well as November 3.) Regulars know what to expect: M and X-class solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and high geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Manifestations will include heightened auroral activity and electrical/electronic infrastructure breakdowns (including the human nervous system in more sensitive types). For more, see my October forecast, when it goes online in a couple days.
Before I forget, I mentioned last week that I figure "Ali Baba is due for pullbacks in 2-4 weeks (around the lunar eclipse on October 8 and the solar eclipse on October 23); as well as others around early February, late March and early April, 2015. I’m seeing these as times to initiate or add to a long term Ali Baba position." I forgot to mention that I’m putting in a buy limit order for BABA at $80/share, good for 30 days. (I meant to do this a week ago, but the phones have been ringing off the hook here.) Let’s see what happens.
SEP 22 UPDATE I’ve had a number of questions about Friday’s Ali Baba (BABA) IPO on the NYSE. According to CBS news, trading began at 11:53 AM EDT on September 19, 2014. The first trade was at $92.70, after a price peg the night before at $68.
A chart for Ali Baba's debut on the NYSE features a second house Pluto trine the MC (Midheaven), and a Moon-Jupiter conjunction (trine Uranus and Mars, square Saturn): fitting for a successful online e-commerce giant. I see it as a longer term investment; not unlike its closest analog, Amazon (AMZN). Amazon’s IPO was officially priced at $18 back on May 15, 1997. The day Alli Baba opened – some 17 years later – Amazon closed at $331. Ali Baba is essentially China’s Amazon, which suggests that a similar upside is reasonable – if not conservative. If one accepts the analogy, then Ali Baba looks like a good long term buy.
However there are peculiarities about Ali Baba shares. They’re not a direct analog to Amazon shares at all, even though the business models are essentially the same. The BABA shares now trading on the NYSE are not really shares of Ali Baba. That’s because Chinese law forbids foreign ownership of strategic assets. BABA shares are instead an interest in a Cayman Islands entity that’s under contract to get the profits from Ali Baba’s assets without actually owning those assets. These "shares" aren’t really shares of the company at all, in any conventional sense. This is probably a distinction without a difference during the boom phase of Ali Baba. But booms don’t last forever. I figure this one’s good for a few years at least. After that, who knows? With this in mind, I suspect that owning BABA is worth getting into early in the boom – and getting out before it’s too late.
That doesn’t mean one should run out and buy BABA when the market opens next. IPOs tend to open high, fall back for a period of weeks or months, and then start a long term ascent. I’m figuring that Ali Baba is due for pullbacks in 2-4 weeks (around the lunar eclipse on October 8 and the solar eclipse on October 23); as well as others around early February, late March and early April, 2015. I’m seeing these as times to initiate or add to a long term Ali Baba position. (Long term meaning a few years in this case; rather than decades like a Dow blue chip.)
Incidentally, lest the comparison to Amazon be off-putting, be aware that the common wisdom that Amazon has never turned a profit is an urban legend. And look around you: how many brick and mortar retailers have you seen disappear since Amazon opened nearly 20 years ago now? When did American malls enter their long decline? See a connection?
SEP 15 UPDATE With the closing of the September 6-12 (UT) geophysical shock window for the last SuperMoon this year, it’s clear that things unfolded just as predicted for this alignment in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), and in my free online September forecast (published last month). On the seismic front, here were 33 M5 and higher earthquakes (including a couple of M6 temblors); and a whole slew of notable volcanic eruptions (Bardarbunga in Iceland, Lokon, Semeru and Slamet in Indonesia, Kilauea in Hawaii, Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea and Santiaguito in Guatemala – to name only a few).
On the storm front, the question is where to begin. In one of the target zones specified in the astro-locality maps in both my annual and monthly forecasts, Arizona and California had killer storms fed by another storm (Hurricane Norbert, also in the target zone): Phoenix got a 100-year flood, and nearby Mesa got a 1000-year flood. Other killer storms ranged from the US Midwest into the East, and extreme tidal surges were reported in Long Beach and Contra Costa CA, and Carolina Beach NC. There was so much extreme weather worldwide, in fact, that I have time and space only to focus on the US end of things here. Google is your friend, if you want more – and there’s plenty of it.
Speaking of storms, there’s been a newsworthy surge of solar storms this month as well. In fact, there’s been a steady stream of solar storminess ever since my August forecast (published in July) predicted "a heightened risk of a solar outburst around the 23rd of the month, give or take a few days." As described in the full 2014 World Forecast Highlights, this means "intensified solar outbursts – solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and the like, which can stir up geomagnetic activity here on Earth. Auroral activity and strong storms are possible at times like this – and in the worst case scenario, these can be associated with damage to satellites in orbit and power transmission systems on our planet’s surface. It’s more involved than that, actually. Extreme solar weather can stir up weather extremes here on Earth . . . dump Gigawatts of extra solar radiation into our atmosphere and our magnetic system, and you get storms as well as an increase in volcanic activity . . . Electrical and electronic infrastructure aren’t the only systems susceptible to disruption during geomagnetic storms. The human nervous system tends to get a little glitchy as well." It’s happening now, and will intensify around the 21st as the last Mercury Max cycle of 2014 begins, per my September forecast. Working on the 2015 World Forecast Highlights, I’ve already seen signs of increased solar storminess for the next six months or so.
SEP 8 UPDATE As promised last week, I did get the September forecast all properly linked into the sitemap. And if you have been following the news lately, as I have, then you already know that the September 6-12 SuperMoon shock window has been delivering as promised in my forecast. (That’s September 6-12 Universal Time [UT], which is September 5-11 in North America.) It’s still early days as I write this, and we’ve already seen ten M5+ earthquakes (including a pair of M6). There’s been a fair amount of volcanic activity in the news, including Bardarbunga in Iceland and the Kilauea lava flow advancing on a small community on the Big Island of Hawaii.
On the storm front, there have already been killer storms in the US East and Midwest, and a hurricane melding into the Southwest monsoon. And those tidal surges I mentioned? See the news from both coasts: look up Long Beach and Contra Costa in California, and Carolina Beach in North Carolina for starters. And remember – as detailed in my September forecast – this is just getting started, so be ready and stay watchful – particularly if you were born with significant personal planets or points around the middle of the mutable signs; viz. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces (especially Virgo and Pisces, in this case). Check your chart, and see the September forecast for more on what to expect.
SEP 1 UPDATE Burning the candle at both ends, I managed to get the September forecast up and running on time, though it's not linked into the sitemap yet. (It is linked up with the FUTURES menu, though.) I've just been too busy with client consultation calls and report orders this past week to get to everything. But I will catch up! Meanwhile, get ready: the last SuperMoon of 2014 begins stirring Earth's crust, seas and skies this week, on the 6th. Be ready!
Several people have been asking in the last several weeks, so I guess it's time for an update on my medical situation. I’ve been physically functional for very nearly a year now. I haven’t needed a wheel chair to get around for over a year, although my foot surgeon still recommends that I use one for long jaunts. (I donated my old wheel chair to charity last year, but I guess I should pick one up just in case.) I do use a cane to get around out in the world, but I don’t need it much in the house, and not at all in my office.
After the three surgeries and monthly (or more often) debridements, the hole left in my foot finally closed up in September last year. It’s nice not to have to bandage the foot, and it’s a treat not having to wear only white socks so the blood (if any) will show. However I still have to report to my internist for quarterly blood tests, and to the surgeon once every two months for follow-up debridements. This is a vast improvement only the 2012-2013 weekly sessions. Alas, the foot surgeon nicked his finger back in May, and nicked me last month. So I had to spend a bit over a week bandaged and watched like a hawk by Maria. (She insists that there will be no more infections under her watch.)
All things considered, I count myself lucky to be alive and virtually whole – well, except for that chunk of heel bone that had to be cut out in order to stop the bone infection. I’m sure I’ll be going for follow-ups well into next year. But at least I can drive myself there, and walk in on my own two feet. I figure that’s progress. And speaking of progress, we’re on track to pay off the last of the 2012 hospital bills by the end of this year, leaving only the ongoing stuff on a pay as we go basis.
AUG 25 UPDATE Three M-class solar flares in three days last week validate the August forecast passage concerning "a heightened risk of a solar outburst around the 23rd of the month, give or take a few days." As for the prediction that the August 25 new moon would bring "an unusual outbreak of strong storms and seismic activity (including volcanic eruptions) within a few days of that date," we’ve already seen a couple of M6 earthquakes (in Chile and California), tropical storm Cristobal in the Caribbean plus storm-fed flash floods in the Midwest (e.g. Chicago), and an eruption of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano – and it’s still early days in the August 22-28 shock window specified in my forecast. So keep a weather eye on the sky, and have your emergency kit ready in case.
Speaking of an eye on the sky, remember that big solar X-Ray flares pump gigawatts of energy into our home planet. In addition to an upsurge in storms and seismic action, expect unusual auroral displays, and fritzy electronic and electrical infrastructure – including the infrastructure of the human nervous system. Adding to the tension is the Mars-Saturn conjunction in effect all week – visible in the western sky after sunset, visible in human behavior all week in terms of belligerence and a simmering violent streak, from the individual to the collective. Not a peaceful prospect, and the kind of thing that tends to promote irrational behavior in the financial markets under the aegis of this week’s Sun-Neptune opposition. Will it be fear or greed? Both!
AUG 18 UPDATE I’ve already covered most of this month’s seismic, storm and tidal SuperMoon surge in last week’s update, so I’ll refer you there for a brief summary. Just don’t forget to up the total ante for the August 6-14 SuperMoon shock window – from 13 to 17 M5+ quakes, for example. (Not to mention the damaging storms across the US, including killer flash floods in several states.) But, also as specified in my August forecast, there’s more to SuperMoon than the geophysical stuff.
"Remember," as called out in the forecast, "that geophysical drama isn’t the only kind that comes with a SuperMoon full moon. Individuals are also charged up for relationship issues – which can lead to breakthroughs or breakdowns. It’s often a come together or come apart time when it comes to interpersonal connections . . . " As pointed out in the forecast, the August 10 full SuperMoon occurred within a single day of one of the critical points in the 2013-2014 Mars Max cycle, during which time "all things pertaining to Mars loom larger and larger in human experience during this period: haste, recklessness, heat, fire, danger, belligerence and conflict - literally and figuratively - are more and more on the rise . . . This means a spike across the whole spectrum of violence, from the individual to the collective, from domestic, school and workplace violence to mass murder and spree killings all the way to suicide bombings and other terrorist atrocities." In that light, what’s been happening in Gaza, Israel, Iraq and Ukraine at the macro level, and in Missouri on the micro level, fits perfectly into context. (Michael Brown was shot dead on the eve of the SuperMoon, and the riots in Ferguson broke out under the light of the full SuperMoon itself.) Remember, there’s another outbreak starting the middle of this week and lasting through the end of the month, as Mars aligns with Saturn. Heads up!
Lastly, speaking of heads up, I hope you’ve been able to get up early enough to see the glorious Venus-Jupiter conjunction rising in the east before sunrise. Such an omen of peace and pleasure – I hope it’s not wasted in these few days of respite between the moments of Mars mayhem. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," as Herrick wrote. Just be quick about it: there’s that new moon Mars-Saturn alignment kicking in later this week, and a risk of a notable solar flare around the same time. (See the August forecast for details.)
AUG 11 UPDATE I’m very glad to see the media hype over SuperMoon these past few weeks; glad too that some of those reports even saw fit to mention me as the creator of that concept. But the press are notoriously fickle, so I place more stock in the part of the SuperMoon story they don’t cover. Compare the news from Wednesday (when the SuperMoon shock window opened, as specified in my August forecast) with the forecast predictions for notable storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme tides. Surely you can recognize that, as I have said and written so many times, SuperMoon is much more than an unusually large full moon; it’s also a trigger for geophysical disturbances in Earth’s atmosphere, crust and seas. From flooding storms here and there across the US last week, to Hurricane Iselle in Hawaii and Typhoon Halong in Japan, to a baker’s dozen moderate-to-severe quakes (including two M6 and up), and a number of volcanic eruptions including Stromboli off the coast of Sicily (closing the airport there), Sakurajima in Japan, Fuego in Guatemala, and Ubinas in Peru - to name just a representative sample.
The thing to remember is that this month’s SuperMoon shock window, as described in my August forecast, still has a few days to go; extending as it does from August 6 to August 14. We’re not through this yet, in other words. Moreover, there’s still one more full SuperMoon to go this year; on September 9 to be precise. For more, see the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights,; or watch for my free September forecast when it goes online later this month.
AUG 4 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, the August forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap. Meanwhile, I’m so busy with client consultation calls and report orders that this will have to do by way of an update for this week. Make it a good one, and stay safe out there. The Red Planet spends all week within just a few degrees of its August 9 Mars Max culmination, which means a continuing crescendo of reckless mayhem and murder most foul – the whole "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" Mars Max schtick. Breathe deep, stay clear and focused, steer clear of villains and other vexations as best you can. Take heart: this is winding down. And don’t forget that SuperMoon shock window opening up on the 6th! For more, see the August forecast.
JUL 28 UPDATE The current and final notable geocosmic shock window of the month has been in effect for some time already. As described in my July forecast, (published last month), it "runs from July 22 all the way into August 1. This one is anchored by the new moon at 3° 51’ Leo on the 26th, but extended fore and aft by the Moon’s north declination extreme on the 23rd, and southward equatorial crossing on the 31st."
As specified, this period ups the ante "for tidal extremes, moderate-to-severe earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation. Keep a sharp weather eye, watch the headlines: you’ll see what I mean." All of this is happening with the new moon conjunct Jupiter and square a Mars Max, with Venus simultaneously opposing Pluto in the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square – a combination that adds an extra financial stress component to this year’s signature violent upheaval theme. (If you don’t see this happening all around you, you’re not paying attention to the markets and the headlines lately.) More on that in a moment . . .
We’ve certainly seen plenty of that geophysical surge, with 19 M5 and up quakes so far, a rash of severe storms (e.g. from the western US all the way to the Mid-Atlantic coast, including more than 100 reports of severe weather on Saturday the 26th alone). Volcanic activity has been moderate so far, with reports of eruptions at the Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka, the Aso volcano in Japan and San Miguel in El Salvador; as well as lava flows at the Semeru volcano in East Java and Santaguito in Guatemala – to name a few. And there’s lots more before this wraps up on August 1.
The "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" factor I predicted – see the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, - for this year’s combination of Mars Max and the Uranus-Pluto square is far from done, unfortunately. True, the Mars Max cycle itself wraps up on August 9. But you can’t stop eight months of Mars momentum on a dime, and there are still a few notable Mars alignments coming up – e.g. the Mars-Saturn conjunction on August 26. Blessed are the peacemakers – and absent, alas.
Remember: these alignments are not only out there in space, but also in us – collectively and individually. If you feel that hidden agendas surround you, that people are sticking hard and fast to blames and principles to the exclusion of plain humanity – well, you’re not reading it wrong. Hang on, ‘til the smoke clears and the dust settles just a bit, in early August. A cease-fire, not the outbreak of peace and harmony . . .
What’s next? See my July forecast, and watch for the August forecast, coming online soon.
JUL 21 UPDATE By way of further follow-up to the July 12 full SuperMoon, much was made of the apparent size of the full moon disk. While most news stories noted how big was the lunar disk that night, some ignorant critics, e.g. Joe Eskenazi, begged to differ: "The most recent moon," he wrote, "was about 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than average. That's not insignificant -- but you'd be hard-pressed to notice without being prompted."
Like virtually all the pseudo-skeptics who scoff at the SuperMoon phenomena – including the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Neil deGrasse Tyson – Mr. Eskenazi clearly failed to do his due diligence. You might think that any reasonable, intelligent person would bother to go to the source before making comments on a particular subject. The source, in this case, is yours truly; who originated and defined SuperMoon some 35 years ago. Had he done so, as for example by reading my free online article on the subject, Mr. Eskenazi would have known that years ago I addressed his assertions in detail. Here’s the passage from my 2011 article:
How much bigger does a SuperMoon full moon look, compared to a full moon that occurs with Luna at apogee (the most distant point from Earth in the Moon’s orbit)? Some critics have charged that you can’t tell the difference, which is just plain silly. A very close estimate of the difference in apparent size can be obtained from the ratio of the full moon’s distance at perigee, divided by the full moon’s distance at apogee. (The result from this method actually agrees to within less than one percent of the actual difference in apparent size as measured in pixels with a CCD.) Take for example the March 19, 2011 SuperMoon, at 356,577 km. away. Compare that to the 406,434 km. distance of the apogee full moon on October 12, 2011: 406,434/356,577 = 1.1398. This puts the Moon 13% (49,857 km.) closer to Earth on the March 19 SuperMoon than it is on the October 12, 2011 full moon. The intensity of light being the inverse square of the distance between a light source and an observer, squaring this ratio tells us how much brighter the March 19 SuperMoon appears in comparison to the October 12 apogee full moon: 1.1398^2 = 1.299, or 30% brighter.
On the theory that a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s an actual side-by-side photographic comparison of the August 9, 1987 SuperMoon (on the left) with the February 2, 1988 apogee syzygy (the full moon occurring at apogee (the far point of the lunar orbit around Earth). Thanks to John Walker, who published these photos in his free online Inconstant Moon article, back in 1997. The difference is plain to see.
The apparent size and brightness of a SuperMoon full moon isn’t half the story, anyway. As I defined it decades ago, a SuperMoon is a new or full moon that occurs at or near lunar perigee. Full moons are plainly showier, because new moons are invisible by definition. (That’s why I have dubbed the new moon variety a Stealth SuperMoon, wouldn’t you know? Of course, if you were a typical astronomer or journalist, you wouldn’t know this – because you don’t bother to learn what you’re talking about.)
More to the point, SuperMoon is far more than a show in the sky. It’s a force to be reckoned with on Earth – an elevated tidal surge that ripples through the crust, skies and seas of our home planet. Which is precisely why for 35 years now I have been using SuperMoons to predict elevated tidal surges, powerful storms and increased seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up quakes, as well as notable volcanic eruptions).
Take, for example, the July 9-17 shock window I specified for this most recent SuperMoon: 30 Magnitude 5+ quakes (including three Magnitude 6 or higher), the strongest tropical storm of 2014 to date (Super Typhoon Rammasun), plus new volcanic seismicity and eruptions in Indonesia, the Philippines and on the Chile-Argentina border; not to mention strong storms in the US West and Midwest.
Meanwhile, the SuperMoon-Mars Max combination described in my July forecast has produced a bumper crop of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" as predicted: Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq being notable cases in point. What’s next? See the July forecast.
JUL 14 UPDATE I’m sure you must have seen some of the media hype over SuperMoon this past weekend. It was all over the Internet and social media, in the newspapers, and on all the broadcast and cable news networks. Some of the coverage even credited yours truly as the astrologer who created and defined the term back in 1979.
Speaking of 1979, that’s when my SuperMoon article was published in September issue of Dell HOROSCOPE magazine. Aside from introducing and defining SuperMoon as a perigee-syzygy - i.e. a new or full moon (syzygy) at or very near the Moon’s cyclical closest approach to Earth (perigee) - the article also predicted Hurricane David’s SuperMoon strike on Savannah Georgia that month. That article, mind you, was written in December 1978 and typeset the following March – six months before the hurricane struck. The magazine hit the stands in August, and Hurricane David hit Savannah weeks later – right on target, right on schedule. It’s the kind of thing I’ve been doing in published forecasts ever since . . .
That’s the part of the SuperMoon story that the media so often ignores, choosing instead to focus on the great, big beautiful full SuperMoon rising in the east at sunset. But you know better if you’ve followed my articles and forecasts over the years – e.g. the 2014 World Forecast Highlights, (published last year) and the July forecast (published last month). You weren’t caught off guard by the recent Magnitude 6.5 Japanese earthquake, the powerful storms and the several notable volcanic eruptions that have fallen in the current SuperMoon shock window, as defined in my forecasts. And this still isn’t over yet!
Astronomers and popular science journalists seem peeved that SuperMoon is a term was created and defined by an astrologer. We astrologers by and large love our astronomer colleagues, but they typically don’t reciprocate at all. In fact, some of them have been known to launch publicity campaigns aimed at discrediting astrology; e.g. the infamous "Objections to Astrology" blitz back in 1975 – spearheaded by astronomer Bart Bok. (To his credit, astronomer Carl Sagan told Bok he thought it inappropriate for scientists to object to astrology.)
So you can imagine how the term SuperMoon might chap their hides. It’s the first astrological terminology adopted by astronomers since the days of Johannes Kepler in the 17th Century. Alas, they have no choice in this case: since I introduced it in 1979, SuperMoon has caught on (mostly in the last ten years), to the point that astronomers had to get a handle on it in order to keep up with the public. To that I say, welcome aboard, fellow star-gazers. It’s a big Cosmos, and there’s room enough for all!
It’s too bad that Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't follow the lead of his mentor, Carl Sagan. Speaking about the current full SuperMoon, Tyson saw fit to criticize the concept without even bothering to learn what it is. For example, his mention of quarter moons that coincide with lunar perigee being "super crescent" moons is a non sequitur. Spring (maximum) tides coincide with syzygies (new and full moon) - not quarters. And that kind of tidal extreme is central to the SuperMoon concept as I defined it some 35 years ago; which definition specifically refers to perigee-syzygies – ONLY new and full moons that coincide with lunar perigee.
Frankly, this is typical of the criticism leveled against astrological concepts by astronomers, science writers and their ilk. They pose as skeptics, but they’re only scoffers. A true skeptic investigates with an open mind. A scoffer already knows without investigating – which is to say, he knows nothing whereof he speaks. Scoffers are pseudo-skeptics, propagandists who reflexively and instinctively defend the status quo. They don’t have a qualified judgment, only a prejudicial pronouncement from the high ground of conventional wisdom. Alas, conventional wisdom is often just plain pompous ignorance.
Carl Sagan was right - in ways he may never have imagined.
JUL 7 UPDATE We’re just coming into this month’s full moon SuperMoon shock window, described in my July forecast (published last month) as "July 9-17; extended a couple days by the Moon’s July 16 northward crossing of the celestial equator. This is the time slot to expect the customary SuperMoon paraphernalia: a notable increase in severe storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (followed in many cases by flash floods); also extreme tidal surges along the coasts; plus a bumper crop of moderate to severe (M5 and up) earthquakes, and news-making volcanic eruptions."
Be prepared just in case, with your go bag, emergency kits, dry rations etc. – better safe than sorry. Most of us won’t have need of such paraphernalia. Those who do will be glad they’ve got it. As I’ve said many a time, SuperMoon is astronomical in scale and therefore planet-wide in impact. Still, Earth is a roomy enough planet that most of us will only see the SuperMoon earth, sea and sky disturbances in the news. Be that as sit may, see my forecast for some tips as to especially vulnerable regions.
Remember my mention in the forecast that "several important points in the Mercury Max cycle mark times when solar storm potential increases – give or take 2-3 days. There are two such critical points this month: the 1st (Mercury’s direct station) and the 12th (when Mercury reaches its greatest elongation west of the Sun, marking the end of the Mercury Max cycle. The first of these critical solar storm windows is in effect from June 28 to July 4, while the second runs from July 9 to the 15th."
As I wrote last month, "Things to watch for during these two shock windows: an increase in strong solar storms (M- and X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Practical, visible manifestations include stronger auroral activity extending farther from the poles then usual; overloads on satellites, electrical grids and all kinds of electrical/electronic networks (including the Net, telecommunications systems and the human nervous system itself). A slight uptick in strong storms and seismic activity (Magnitude 5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions) are also associated with strong solar outbursts."
The first solar storm window did indeed produce an M-class solar flare, exactly on the 1st - the day Mercury resumed direct apparent motion. (Also the day that one of my computers was hijacked by a malware that caused me to call in professional help – thank you, Data Doctors – for the first time in 30+ years of personal computing.) We’re coming into another such period of vulnerability this week; which adds to the disturbances so typical of a SuperMoon in its own right. The combination adds up to a lot of turbulence in the Earth’s seas, skies and crust; as well as a heightened risk of strong solar storms. (Never mind the ongoing enhanced risk for "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions", plus a surfeit of human murder and mayhem, from the individual to the collective – that we’re all (sadly) used to all year, under the aegis of the current Mars Max configured in a T-Square to Uranus and Pluto. So . . . be safe, "watch out for the other guy" and steer clear of danger as best you can – because there’s a bumper crop of it out there once again this week.
JUN 30 UPDATE Mercury’s retrograde comes to an end on July 1st. That’s when the little planet resumes direct apparent motion at 24° Gemini. Were you born under planets or other important points at or near 24° of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces)? If so, this direct station marks a time to formulate a plan of action incorporating all the due diligence you’ve been working on since the current Mercury Max began back on May 25. Check your chart!
Remember: important points like this in the Mercury Max cycle also mark times when solar storm potential increases – give or take 2-3 days. (We’re already in this particular shock window, which extends to July 4.) Things to watch for: an increase in strong solar storms (M- and X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Practical, visible manifestations: stronger auroral activity extending farther from the poles, overloads on satellites, electrical grids and all kinds of electrical/electronic networks (including the Net, telecommunications systems and the human nervous system itself). A slight uptick in strong storms and seismic activity (Magnitude 5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions) are also associated with strong solar outbursts. For more on the remainder of the Mercury Max cycle and the coming solar storms, see my July forecast when it’s posted tomorrow.
In closing – don’t shoot the messenger - I’m obliged to remind you that the Mars Max cycle which began last December 22 continues until August 9. So the amplified "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" theme we’ve endured for so long already still has a bit more than a month to go yet. And it’s intensified from now through the end of July, as Mars conflates with the Uranus-Pluto square: economic and cultural crises amp up the violence, from murder and mayhem by individuals to atrocities in revolutions and warfare. (For more, see the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, published last year.) Stay safe out there, as best you can.
JUN 23 UPDATE We’re now coming into the final "notable geocosmic stress window for June," as described in my free online forecast for the month. It centers "around the new moon on the 27th, close on the heels of the north lunar declination peak on the 26th. I figure this particular shock window extends from the 24th through the 30th: that’s the time span for an elevated risk of strong storms (viz. high winds, heavy precipitation and subsequent flooding) and moderate to severe seismic activity (M 5+ quakes, possible tsunamis, and newsworthy volcanic eruptions)." Consider this a practice run: the real thing kicks in within a few days of the year’s first full moon SuperMoon, at 20° Capricorn on July 12. (Check your own natal chart for significant placements around 20° of the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.)
Clearly, reports of strong storms over the last several days are an initial validation of the forecast. Just remember, there are still several days to go, so be well prepared and weather-wise. Bear in mind that these elevated storm, tide and seismic risks are planetary in scale and therefore planet-wide in scope. Special precautions (including alternative plans) are particularly important if you’re traveling during this period. Mercury is still in its Max phase, after all: expect a rash of travel delays – most especially around July 1 (give or take a few days), when Mercury goes stationary direct. Remember: things don't go haywire during Mercury retrograde - unless you're not keeping your mind focused.
That same Mercury direct window is one of the solar storm signals described in my 2014 World Forecast Highlights as well as the free online June forecast. Aurora displays reaching far from the poles are on tap, along with strong solar flares (M- and X-class, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and elevated levels of geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). Networks of all kinds tend to get a bit squirrely at times like this – including power and transportation infrastructure, telecommunication and other networks (satellite systems, computer networks, and that most amazing of all networks, the human nervous system). I don’t see this as calamitous by any means – but if it screws with you and your connections, it’s no fun.
The human potential for violence remains elevated this week as well, with Mars Max tightly configured in a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto. This has been one of the dominant themes all year, as described in my 2014 World Forecast Highlights; but it’s very near one of the peaks in this long cycle now. From the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions"” factor to personal and collective murder and mayhem – individual mass shootings and spree killings to riots and revolutions to civil and international war are all par for the course now, on a more heinous than usual scale. (This eases when Mars Max comes to an end in August – which feels like a long way off at this point.) Bottom line: be careful and safety-conscious; cultivate calm and self-control; and "watch out for the other guy".
JUN 16 UPDATE Sometimes there’s no satisfaction in being right. That Mars Max-Uranus-Pluto square mess of murder and mayhem has been intensifying just as predicted in my 2014 World Forecast Highlights and the free online June forecast. You’ve seen it in the headlines, from military clashes in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq on the macro scale, to garden variety violence to mass shootings on the micro level. Keep on the lookout, get a grip: we’re still in the thick of this until Mars Max ends in August – and more particularly, all this week as we approach the Mars-Uranus opposition on the 25th. Short tempers, high tensions and a general recklessness are way too prevalent now. Get a grip, count to ten, steer clear as best you can – as predicted, "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" are more abundant than ever at times like this.
And then there will be more solar storms this week as well, as mentioned in the forecast: "Bear in mind that peak points in the Mercury Max cycle (e.g. the solar conjunction on the 19th) tend to coincide (plus or minus 2-3 days) with solar storms: X-Ray flares (in the M to X-class range) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), as well as increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up). This is the kind of thing that at least makes for pretty lights in the sky (auroral excess); but it can also occasion power grid problems, radio interference, disruptions in satellite communications, etc." We had an outbreak last week, as predicted. Expect more this week – and again early next week, approaching Mercury’s direct station on July 1.
JUN 9 UPDATE My June forecast foretold solar storm signals "coming up this month, around the 10th and 25th (give or take a few days either way).” As I wrote, “Regulars know what to expect. As for the rest of you, be aware that solar storms – X-Ray flares (including high X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up) and heightened auroral displays are likely on tap." As of the 8th, we’re underway, with a Kp 6 reading and auroras as far south as Colorado. No X-class flares yet, but this isn’t over yet either.
As much as I’d like to see pretty lights in the sky being the big stories of the day, my forecast has been fulfilled in much grimmer fashion this past week. Mars Max, as I noted, is in effect all month, heralding “a continued epidemic of murder and mayhem, from individuals on murder sprees to groups and nations waging war (civil as well as international).” Moreover, as I wrote, "Lots of it will have a civil strife component: protests, riots, terrorism and revolution (and reactionary responses to same." Unless you spent the week in a salt mine, you know about the mass shootings/knife attacks in Moncton NB, Carson CA, Forsyth County GA, Las Vegas, Karachi, Atlanta etc. We won’t even get into the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" stuff, from the USMC Harrier jet crash in Imperial CA to the killer pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Remember, this rolls on all month, but some days are more jagged than others, as I noted in my forecast: "most especially beginning with the Moon-Mars conjunction on the 8th, and continuing through the end of the month under the auspices of the lingering Mars T-Square to Uranus and Pluto. (Most intense, probably, around the full moon on the 13th and the Mars square to Pluto on the 14th, as well as the Mars-Uranus opposition on the 25th. Allow a few days either way in each case. As I’ve said many times, don’t make a fetish over exact dates. (There’s enough quantum flux in time that exact timing is an illusion at best – at worst, vanity.)" Be safe, be careful, be ready.
Last but not least, be aware of the enhanced storm and seismic risks this week, associated with the full moon on the 13th. Give or take a few days of that full moon, as called out in the forecast, "be on the lookout for an outbreak of strong storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation (with subsequent flooding); for extreme tidal surges; and for a newsworthy increase in moderate to severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5+ quakes and notable volcanic eruptions – with the occasional tsunami warning)."
JUN 2 UPDATE In cased you missed it last week, the June Forecast is ready for your perusal, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap. You know what comes next: the headlines follow the forecast. OK, if you're a newbie you won't know that. Stick around, look around: you'll see. Look back on the May 25-31 new moon shock window, for example. Per my May Forecast, this delivered "a newsworthy upsurge in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); plus increased notable seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, as well as volcanic eruptions)." (With condolences to my friends and clients in Australia, whose travel plans were blitzed by the Indonesian volcano eruption.)
MAY 26 UPDATE A quick reminder: We’re now into the May 25-31 new moon shock window. This means a newsworthy upsurge in powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); plus increased notable seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, as well as volcanic eruptions). For details, see my May Forecast.
Speaking of which, the headlines have been validating my May Forecast in spades lately – even more obviously than usual, I think. Of course there’s been the rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" so typical of Mars Max in general – and particularly where Mars Max peaks are concerned, such the May 20 Mars direct station. Or, as I wrote in my forecast:
From riots, revolutions, civil wars and international tensions at the macro level, down to frayed tempers, careless accidents and acts of violence at the individual level – including a rash of mass murders in homes, schools and workplaces - this is a time of greater than usual potential for danger at all levels of human experience. Watch out for the other guy! Mars Max is in effect all month, and particularly notable within a few days before and after the Red Planet direct station on the 20th.
The obvious hot spots have indeed been hotter than usual this past week; from the coup in Thailand, to intense outbursts in the civil wars raging in Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. And then there was the mass murder in Isla Vista CA on the 23rd. Here in Arizona, we’ve had a bunch of headline wildfire outbreaks, plus a strange run of wrong-way driver head-on fatal crashes in the Phoenix area (four crashes in two weeks). In Alaska, there’s a wildfire now burning some 190+ square miles.
Mars Max continues into August, but it remains near a peak of intensity from now into early June. Be safety-conscious, watch out for ‘the other guy’, keep your mind on the task at hand.
Also right on target is the outburst of solar activity connected with the start of Mercury Max on the 25th. As mentioned in the May Forecast, give or take a few days of the 25th:
Be aware that solar storms – X-Ray flares (including high X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up) and heightened auroral displays are likely on tap – with the concomitant potential disruptions to satellites, power grids, radio transmission, computer networks, electrical and electronic equipment, etc. Oh – and human nervous systems, lest we forget!
In fact, on the 25th there as an M-class solar flare (just below X-class), and there was a strange, brief geomagnetic activity reading of 5 on the 23rd. There are still a couple days to run on this one, so stay tuned.
MAY 19 UPDATE That May 10-18 full moon shock window described in my May Forecast just wrapped up, and it delivered precisely the kind of geophysical high drama promised in the May forecast (published last month). On the "notable storms (high winds, heavy precipitation, subsequent flooding)" front, we had the worst flooding in the Balkans in 1,000 years following a deluge on the week of the 11th; and of course another round of tornadoes in the US – just to mention a couple of headliners.
On the seismic font, the forecasted spike in "moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up) and newsworthy volcanic eruptions" has come through as well. There have been more than forty Magnitude 5 and up quakes (including five 6+); and by way of volcanic activity, there’s been rumblings and eruptions at Shishaldin in the Aleutians, San Miguel in El Salvador, Merapi in Java, and Sakurajima in Japan, just to name a few. A brief interlude is on tap now, as far as the tidal stirring of Earth’s skies, seas and crust. But it kicks up again next week, as the new moon shock window takes hold.
Meanwhile, the combination of Mars Max and the Uranus-Pluto square has heralded a rash of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions," just as last year. From garden variety murder and mayhem to riots, revolutions, civil war and border clashes, it’s all right on target. Remember: Mars Max remains in effect into August, so the warning signs aren’t easing anytime soon. Stay focused and alert, steer clear of this stuff as best you can. And get a grip: people are dealing with a lot of tension, anger and hostility out there. We're still just a fraction of a degree from the Mars direct station on the 20th, and that's one of the peak points in any Mars Max cycle.)
By way of follow-up to last week’s mention of the Sun’s possible sibling star HD 162826, I reported its ecliptic longitude as being in the 27th degree of Sagittarius (at 26° 26’ 14”, to be more precise); which is a conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Galactic Center (GC). However HD 162826 and the GC aren’t near each other in the sky: HD 162826 is very far north of the ecliptic, while the GC is south. They’re only conjunct in ecliptic longitude, in other words – not in actuality.
Last but not least, don’t forget: a surge in solar storms and the start of Mercury Max take hold this week, so be ready for a notable rise in geomagnetic activity, solar flares and CMEs, and all kinds of squirrely networks – from the human, neural type to the infrastructure that keeps us powered and connected. If you don’t have a Plan B ready, you’re apt to be caught up in a mess. That’s why, for example, I’m busy trying to master my new Windows 8 laptop: a big change from Windows Vista and 7.
MAY 12 UPDATE Most people got the news about the May 8 M5.2-class solar flare - the strongest in a fortnight – on the day it happened. Others got a heads-up last month, in my May Forecast: "around the 10th and 25th (give or take a few days either way), solar storms – X-Ray flares (including high X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), strong geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up) and heightened auroral displays are likely on tap – with the concomitant potential disruptions to satellites, power grids, radio transmission, computer networks, electrical and electronic equipment, etc. Oh – and human nervous systems, lest we forget!" The first of those particular solar storm windows is pretty much over, but the more important one is yet to come: May 22-28 should be pretty fritzy indeed.
Closer in time – we’re already in it, in fact – is the May 10-18 full moon geophysical shock window. Regulars know what to expect: an increase in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation; higher than normal tidal surges; and in uptick in notable seismic activity (magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). This week is a good time to make sure your emergency kit is well-stocked, just in case. (For more on this, see the May Forecast.)
There’s news from a little farther afield – but still in the neighborhood, astronomically speaking. University of Texas astronomer Ivan Ramirez has identified what he believes may be our sun’s sibling star, 110 light years away. The star’s official nomenclature is HD 162826. Although not a naked eye object, it is visible through binoculars: look high in the sky around midnight, a bit north of east in the constellation Hercules, not far from the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra. (See Sarah Gates’ fine Huffington Post article for a sky map to get you oriented.)
I’ve been asked where in the zodiac this happens to be, and the short answer is that it isn’t in the zodiac per se: it’s considerably north of the ecliptic band (the sun’s apparent path through our skies). However, as I figure it, converting its equatorial coordinates (i.e. Right Ascension/Declination) and projecting down onto the ecliptic, HD 162826 intersects the 27th degree of Sagittarius (at 26° 26’ 14”, to be more precise). Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s a conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Galactic Center. Small world? Small galaxy!
MAY 5 UPDATE If the headlines of the month have caught you off-guard so far, you probably missed my May Forecast going online last week. Check in quick, so you’re not left in the dark. Ukraine, Brazil, Turkey, Venezuela etc. and the South Pacific Magnitude 6+ quakes are a few cases in point. Which ones are waning now, and which are still at high tide? See the forecast.
Meanwhile, looking farther afield, I’ve been writing for several years – most recently in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights - about the 2020 Great Chronocrator as the harbinger of The Singularity, just as the 1840 Great Chronocrator was the harbinger of the Industrial Revolution. Yesterday I came across a reference to an article by physicist Stephen Hawking et al. about how Artificial Intelligence – the hallmark of The Singularity – will be "the biggest single event in human history . . . but also the last." I’m reminded of a few lines from Nobel Poetry Laureate (and ace astrologer) William Butler Yeats’ Second Coming:
Surely some revelation is at hand,
Surely the Second Coming is at hand . . .
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
The Industrial Revolution didn’t lack antecedents prior to the 1842 earth sign Chronocrator, any more than it sprang fully formed in that year. And so it is with the coming 2020 air sign Chronocrator and The Singularity. Be that as it may, "surely some revelation is at hand." And the gaze of "the rough beast" is "blank and pitiless as the sun" precisely because it is being created by humans to be more than human – which is to say, inhuman.
APR 28 UPDATE Very busy with the May forecast here, along with the usual quotient of client consultations and report orders. Meanwhile, it looks as though April has fully lived up to the advance billing I gave it last month in my April Forecast. Surprised? Welcome, newbie!
The April 29 annular eclipse ahock window, as specified in my April Forecast, "stretches from April 22 to May 6." Solar eclipses are like that: BIG shock windows. I told you what to expect: a dramatic increase in "extreme tides, and a surge in severe storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation; as well as an uptick in moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up) and newsworthy volcanic eruptions." We got it, and there’s more to come before this particular geocosmic shock window fades away early next month. For example, n the seismic front, the 6.5 British Columbia quake (in one of the specific target zones I mapped out for this eclipse) and the 6.4 in Tonga on the 24th and 26th have been most notable so far, but they’ll likely be surpassed. Where? See the forecast!
The good news is that once the April 29 shock window winds down on the 6th, the rest of May looks quieter in comparison, at least on the geophysical front. Those two April eclipses really stirred up earth’s crust, atmosphere and oceans; and there’s nothing in their league in May. (Some lesser shock windows, to be sure – but they’re not lesser if they hit near you! The geopolitical front – military, political, economic etc. - is a very different story for May. Read the forecast!
In closing for this week, if you’re a regular, you know that I never change a forecast once it’s published. No sense giving the pseudo skeptics anything to feed their delusions, after all. But I do publish errata to acknowledge typographical errors as I become aware of them. Thanks to Susi for pointing out one in my April Forecast!
APR 21 UPDATE Maybe you read it last year in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, or last month in the free online April Forecast. Or maybe you actually waited to get the news late and secondhand, from the media last week. In any case, the forecast promised an increase in "powerful storms (high winds, heavy precipitation and flooding), as well as extreme tides and increased moderate-to-severe seismic activity (M5+ earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis) during the April 11-20 lunar eclipse shock window." Particular target areas specified and mapped out included Mexico and Papua New Guinea. By now you must know of the 7.2 Mexico and 7.5 Papua New Guinea quakes – just to mention a couple headline seismic validations of the forecast. (Never mind all the other stuff, from the personal to the geopolitical etc.) What’s next? Get ready: read the forecasts. Remember: this isn't psycho-babble word salad 'astrology', this is the real deal.
APR 14 UPDATE It’s déjà vu all over again, as the headlines of the day echo my April Forecast (published last month) and the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year): the "fires, crashes, explosions, military/paramilitary attacks (including terrorism) and criminal violence" have erupted right on schedule in the attacks at Ft. Hood TX and Murrysville PA; the worst fire in Chilean history in Valparaiso; the fiery bus-truck crash in California; the armed clashes between pro- and anti- government forces in Ukraine, with a Russian invasion force poised on the border – and that’s just the Cliff Notes version.
And then – again, in both forecasts – there’s the full moon eclipse that "anchors a geocosmic shock window that extends from a day before the moon’s southward equatorial crossing on April 12, through the lunar eclipse on the 15th, out to the 20th (extended a couple days by the peak lunar declination south of the celestial equator on the 19th)."
"Eclipses both solar and lunar," I wrote, "have a long historical association with powerful storms (high winds, heavy precipitation and flooding), as well as extreme tides and increased moderate-to-severe seismic activity (M5+ earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis). That’s exactly what’s on tap during the April 11-20 lunar eclipse shock window. The whole of planet earth is in the crosshairs for any such geocosmic alignment, by definition: be prepared, in other words. Maybe most especially if you happen to be in one of the astro-locality stress lines for this eclipse. These include a meridian (longitudinal) arc across the US west coast and mountain west states plus western Canada and Mexico; over the pole and down through Russia, the Caspian Sea and Straits of Hormuz, stretching out to include a swath from the Middle East out to Pakistan and India."
"There’s also a horizon arc curving across northwestern Mexico into the US plains states and on into the Midwest and eastern Canada; continuing through Iceland and northern Europe down through the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. A second horizon arc drops down from eastern Greenland through the Atlantic (just off the coast of Brazil), emerging through eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea northward across the Pacific and on to eastern Siberia (including Kamchatka) and the Bering Strait."
Ring a bell? There was the Solomon Islands quake (7.6 on the 12th), and the 7.1 temblor in Papua New Guinea on the 11th – just to name a couple of the stronger earthquakes in this shock window so far. And then there was category four Cyclone Ita that hit Queensland on the 11th. As for volcanoes, nothing major yet – but Nyamulagira in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening; from the Volcanic Observatory in Goma comes word that an eruption is likely “in the next few days.” We’re still early into this particular lunar eclipse shock window, so expect more as time goes on. What to expect, exactly? See the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, or the free April excerpt online.
APR 7 UPDATE If you missed it last week, my April Forecast is up and running and all properly linked in to the FUTURES menu and sitemap. All’s on track as usual. The big stories of the month so far appeared in the forecast before they showed up in the headlines: the huge Chilean quake, the Midwest tornado storms, the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, New Guinea and Italy; the Fort Hood mass shooting, etc. Surprised? Welcome, newbie! What’s next? Read the forecast! Here’s a hint: past is prologue, and "you ain’t seen nothin’ yet." (Lots of "duck and cover" action this week, with Mars Max peaking out.)
MAR 31 UPDATE The month begins on a stormy note, in the wake of the March 30 new moon at 9°59’ Aries – which just happens to partake of a T-Square configuration with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. As described in my March forecast (published in February), this sets up a geocosmic shock window "from the 27th into April 3 (bracketing the new moon on March 30, and accentuated by the moon’s northward equatorial crossing the day before)." Per that forecast, an "uptick in damaging storms (with heavy precipitation and subsequent flooding); as well as higher than usual tides, a surge in volcanic eruptions and moderate-to-severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up)" is in the offing from late March into early April.
We’ve already seen some of this in March, what with the 5.1 Magnitude temblor in California on the 28th, followed by numerous aftershocks for days; not to mention a cluster of lesser quakes in Yellowstone National Park. (Just in the last few days of March, there have already been 13 M5 and higher earthquakes world wide.) And storms? Well, just watch for the heavy rain and high winds – including tornadoes. It’s only just beginning over these past few days.
Shock windows of this type, as I have explained for decades now, are astronomical in scale and therefore planetary in scope: there’s no place on earth beyond their reach. That said, see the astro-locality map for this particular new moon for a few pointers as to some of the more vulnerable zones during the March 27-April 3 shock window. These include the western US and Canada, Alaska, the Great Plains states and central Canada; Mexico (including the Mexico City area) and Central America, and Chile; also Western Europe and West Africa; parts of Russia, Kazakhstan, India, Mongolia and China; as well as New Zealand. Not being in range of one of these lines (they’re 200-300 miles wide) is no guarantee of safety. But if you do live near one, have your emergency kit ready just in case. As for the rest of the story, keep an eye out for my April forecast, which goes online later today . . .
MAR 24 UPDATE I'm way too busy with client consultations and reports, not to mention wrapping up the April forecast, to do a proper update today. Suffice it to say that you'll find this week's headlines in my forecast for March, as usual - which has been the case all month. You know, the wars and rumors of war, revolutionary uprisings, and "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" etc. Remember that, as forecast, this intensifies going into next month, in view of what it means to have an exact Mars perigee and Uranus-Pluto square in April. (As I cautioned last week, it's especially prudent to be on guard if there are significant late cardinal sign placements in your natal chart.) That said, you know we're on storm and seismic watch this week, right? Most especially, from the 27th into April 3 (bracketing the new moon on March 30, and accentuated by the moon’s northward equatorial crossing the day before). Regulars know what to expect: an increase in powerful storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation, higher than normal tidal surges along the coasts, and an uptick in moderate to severe seismic activity (including Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes as well as volcanic eruptions). For most of us, such events will be seen at a distance in the form of news stories. But a little preparation isn’t such a bad idea, just in case. Speaking of preparation, remember my previous cautions about the markets in April. As detailed in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, Venus Max is over now (as of March 22); and the headwinds signaled by the April eclipses, Grand Cross and Uranus-Pluto square are already building. If your investment horizon is short term, it’s a good time to raise cash, short equities, etc. This is a pullback, not a crash! But you already know that, if you’ve been reading my forecasts.
MAR 17 UPDATE Today’s news first appeared last month, in my forecast for March, as usual. The wars and rumors of war, revolutionary uprisings, and "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" are nearing their peak, per the forecast of what it means to have an exact Mars perigee and Uranus-Pluto square in April. Look at the news, you can’t miss it: Ukraine, Crimea, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Venezuela and Brazil are just a few of the more prominent newsmakers in this regard. But it’s rampant at lower levels of violence: exploding apartments in the Bronx and disappeared jetliners grab the bigger headlines, but there’s a wide-ranging surfeit of murder and mayhem; just check your local news. (You’re filing this under Nolle, right? That’s somewhere between news and Nostradamus, you may have noticed.)
It’s not as if there’s no murder, mayhem and the like unless there’s a Mars Max on. Humans are hierarchical, territorial predators by nature, after all. I’m only saying that aggression and conflict rise to remarkable peak levels when Mars is in its Max phase (closest approach to earth). And since we’re only a few weeks from the height of the current Mars Max (Mars reaches perigee on April 8), you can count on the "if it bleeds, it leads" headlines becoming even more prominent in the days and weeks ahead. We're just now into the March 16-19 period I warned you about last week: one of the most intense Mars Max intervals this month.
There’s more to this than Mars Max, as I’ve said in my forecast. It’s the melding of Mars Max and the Uranus-Pluto square that adds up to belligerence boiling over. Uranus and Pluto are already within a few degrees of their exact waxing square (90° arc): riots, revolutions and the like coming more to the fore, yes; but also, per the next-to-last paragraph on page 4 of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), "breakthroughs in science and technology that will transform and transmute our lives, our minds, our understanding of the world within us and around us. The two extremes of the material scale – from particle physics to astrophysics – are where the breakthroughs are coming." With that in mind, you might want to keep an eye on news this week regarding the first detection of gravitational waves.
Keep an eye on the markets too: per my March forecast, we’re already into pullback territory with the full moon (and other factors) now in effect. This will likely continue well into April, as I have noted. Where’s all this leading us? Check my March forecast for the close-up stuff, and the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights for the big picture. And check your chart too, while you’re at it. If you have important personal placements around the middle or end of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), some of the prime configurations in the sky are lighting up your chart in one way or another.
Expect more (and more intense) Mars mayhem as March wanes into April. Be safety-conscious out there; steer clear of trouble as best you can. And if you can’t, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. We're now into that March 16-19 period I warned you about last week: one of the most intense Mars Max intervals this month. Oh, and about that full moon: you know we're on storm and seismic watch this week, right?
MAR 10 UPDATE You’ve been watching my forecast validated in the headlines again, what with the uprising and crackdown in Ukraine, the disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing – "fires, clashes, crashes and explosions" combined with "wars and rumors of war" as promised, under the aegis of the current Mars Max coming into its peak as Uranus and Pluto bear down on their first exact square this year. As I wrote a couple days ago in a comment in the NolleAstro Facebook group, "I’ll be a little surprised if this wasn’t mass murder. Uighurs, maybe?" (If 239 people blown to smithereens isn’t mass murder, I don’t know what is.) Also see the NolleAstro group for the latest from NASA on Planet X and Nemesis/Nibiru. (Toldja so, years ago!)
Expect more (and more intense) Mars mayhem as March wanes into April. Be safety-conscious out there; steer clear of trouble as best you can. And if you can’t, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. (Watch the 16th-19th in particular.)
Don’t be surprised if geopolitical tensions of this type spook the equity markets for a few days to a week following the March 16-19 window just cited, more or less: no crash, just a pull-back – not as big as the one coming in April, which will probably be worth a short.) I’m setting up limit buy orders for target prices on a few quality stocks now, so as not to miss the moment.
Meanwhile, remember that we’re just a few days from entering the next storm and seismic shock window described in my March forecast; namely "March 13 through the 19th (anchored by the full moon on the 16th, amplified by the moon’s southward crossing of the celestial equator that same day)." Watch for an uptick in strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (with attendant flood anger); also extreme tidal surges and moderate to severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, as well as notable volcanic eruptions).
As of tomorrow, we’ve entered the March 11-17 solar storm warning period associated with Mercury reaching its maximum western elongation east of the sun – the end of the first Mercury Max cycle of 2014. Regulars know what to watch for: strong solar flares (M and X class), increased geomagnetic activity (Kp 5 and up), heightened auroral activity reaching farther from the poles; and a certain amount of fritziness and satellite, electronic and electrical infrastructure and systems – including those of the biological persuasion (human and otherwise). You can’t dodge this stuff, but you can be aware that it’s coming and make allowances or adaptations as best you can.
For more headlines before they happen, and suggestions on surfing the cosmic waves rather than getting body-slammed by them, see the March forecast . . . as for me, it’s back to work (client consultations and reports) and play as usual.
MAR 3 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, my March forecast is up and running, and all properly linked into the FUTURES menu and sitemap. It’s also quite keyed into the news of the day for early March, which is no surprise to regulars. The portions of the forecast referring to early March in particular were originally published in my February forecast (online at the end of January) and in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year).
For example, the forecast calls for "an uptick in damaging storms (with heavy precipitation and subsequent flooding); as well as higher than usual tides, a surge in volcanic eruptions and moderate-to-severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5 and up), during the geophysical shock windows of March: from February 26 through March 4, (associated with the new moon on the 1st)." You’ve heard about the heavy weather all over the US "from the west down to the east" these past few days – long after you read about them in my February forecast (published in January).
As for the seismic component, you may know that there hasn’t been a Magnitude 6 or higher earthquake anywhere on earth since early February – until February 26 (day one in the shock window specified in my forecast), when a 6.1 rocked the Fox Islands in the Aleutians. Tidal surges? You heard about the wave that smashed into a Santa Barbara restaurant, right?
And then of course there’s the murder and mayhem factor ramping up per my forecast concerning the current Mars Max cycle (and particularly the March 1 Mars retrograde station); e.g. the Chinese railway mass murder, the Russian invasion of Crimea, just to name a couple.
I could go on, but I do believe that anyone acquainted with the forecast and reasonably current with the news of the day won’t need any help seeing the connections. As for what’s next, the answer’s obvious: see the forecast.
FEB 24 UPDATE The crescendo of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" news has been climbing all month, per my February forecast (online last month) and the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year). The mass demonstrations, strikes, riots, revolutions and outright civil war in places like Thailand, Brazil, Venezuela, Ukraine and of course Syria are prime and very well publicized examples of what happens when Mars Max comes together with a tightening Uranus-Pluto square, exactly as forecast in the sources just mentioned.
If you look at the astro-locality map published last year in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights and reproduced here, showing the April 8 Sun-Mars opposition (which I have described as the central point of the 2013-2014 Mars Max), it’s clear that – so far at least – Mars Max has been not only right on topic, but on target as well. See the longitudinal (vertical) lines through the Middle East (touching Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon) as well as Turkey, Ukraine and Russia? Clearly, these are among the hottest of the hot spots for social and political upheaval since the current Mars Max began on December 22 last year. There are and will be plenty more – this is a world-wide phenomenon after all – but I’ll let you peruse the map for yourself. Just remember: it’s early days yet, and the greatest intensity is yet to come.
Remember, as I wrote in my forecasts, this Mars Max combination with the Uranus-Pluto square square (melding into a Grand Cross with Jupiter in April) operates at the collective level as social and political unrest (from strikes and demonstrations to riots and revolutions all the way to civil war), as well as international conflict (wars and rumors of wars will be rampant). But it also shows up at the individual level, as murder and mayhem – including terrorist atrocities. This is still a time to focus on being safety conscious, and steering clear of conflict where possible – or if that’s not feasible, then ending it hard and fast in your favor, if you can. Be watchful, be ready. If you feel and see manifestations of recklessness, haste, and anger in and around you, get a grip. And if at all possible steer clear of hazardous situations as best you can. (A word to the wise: it gets even more intense in March, with the Red Planet’s retrograde station on the 1st: good luck, Ukraine!)
Be aware that sometimes, minor mishaps can herald potentially disastrous high-tech catastrophes – like the otherwise ordinary truck fire that happened on February 5 in the underground nuclear storage facility known as WIPP, near Carlsbad, NM. Nine days later – unrelated to the fire, authorities claim - radiation was on the loose. A high tech facility that stores extremely dangerous radioactive waste (including plutonium), a fire, and an accidental release of radiation, all happening under the aegis of a Mars Max and Uranus-Pluto square square, culminating right on one of the several dates called out as "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" hot spots in my February forecast: "especially around the 14th, 18th and 19th." You just can’t make this stuff up! With a little luck and awareness, however, you might be able to safely navigate your way through it.
Don't forget to keep a weather eye on the sky starting on the 26th and extending through March 4, when the next geophysical shock window opens the door to an increase in strong storms and seismic activity, volcanic eruptions and higher than normal tidal surges - not SuperMoon class, but still formidable in its own right. Anchoring this period is of course the new moon on March 1; but also the Mercury direct station on February 28. The latter is associated with solar storms (including M-class and higher solar flares), which can stir up geomagnetic activity (K 5 and higher), electrical and electronic outages, intense auroral activity – and a certain fritziness in a lot of people, too. Be ready with a back-up – literally as well as figuratively.
In closing for this week, I still get the occasional inquiry about my recovery from the bone infection and surgeries I went through in 2012. I recently donated my back-up wheel chair to Goodwill, and my medical crowd-funding campaign recently crossed the 25% mark. I’m still working on paying off the medical debts incurred, of course. But I do appreciate the many generous friends who have been my benefactors along the way, whose contributions have paid over $2,200 of the $10,000 left on my $385,000+ ordeal. I have thanked each one personally of course, but there’s no time like the present to say once again, thank you one and all!
FEB 17 UPDATE From the killer winter storms that hit Europe and the US last week, to the deadly eruptions of the Kelut volcano, to the solar eruptions (and geomagnetic activity) surrounding the sun-Mercury inferior conjunction on the 15th, the headlines have been following my forecasts true to form as usual.
Not only was the February 11 eruption of Mt. Kelut right on time as described in my free online February forecast, it was also right on target, as mapped and specified in last week’s update, where I wrote: "Note those curving horizon arcs seeping through Indonesia and East Asia in the eastern hemisphere; and through central Canada, the east-central US, the Gulf, southern Mexico, Central America and the Pacific coastline of South America in the western hemisphere. These won’t be the only places under the gun, but I’ll be surprised if they don’t get hit harder than most."
The good news, I believe, is that once the current full moon shock window shuts down on the 18th, and takes the heavy weather with it, we’re coming into a patch of fairly clear sailing – at least, as described in my forecast, until "February 26 into March 4 (anchored by the March 1 new moon)." This is not to say that there won’t be a single gust of wind, drop of rain, flake of snow, rumble in the ground or volcanic outburst anywhere on earth between now and then; only that new, major outbreaks of instability in the air, seas and earth should be minimal.
A respite from those strong tides stirring up the skies, seas and crust of our home planet is welcome news. We still have plenty of other challenges, though – Mercury Max mix-ups, Mars Max mayhem and the like, as described in my February forecast – but at least Mother Nature should give us a bit of a break. Stay focused, double-check everything, don’t assume "the other guy" will be honorable or attentive. Think safety!
Of course, there’s the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, heralding more and intensifying social and political strife – from strikes and protests to riots, revolution and outright civil war, here and there just about all over the world. On the plus side, as noted in the complete version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights (published last year), this same quadrature signals a flurry of scientific discoveries and technological break-throughs – like, for example, the recent break-through in nuclear fusion. (There’s plenty more where that came from.) One takes the good with the bad.
And then comes March, when the headlines will focus more on social and political developments than natural disasters, as Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all make their celestial stations, and Uranus and Pluto tighten up their quadrature. (See the 2014 World Forecast Highlights, and watch for further details in my forthcoming March forecast.)
FEB 10 UPDATE Coming up this week, in the days surrounding the full moon on the 14th and the sun-Mercury inferior conjunction on the 15th (both Universal Time): some sizable profit-taking in the equity markets (I’m buying late on the 14th or early on the 17th); some more solar outbursts (auroras, some fritzy or fried circuits here on earth); and an upsurge in stormy weather, extreme tides and seismic activity (quakes and eruptions). As specified in my forecast for the month, the period of enhanced risk associated with this full moon configuration is February 11-18.
I’m saying this based on factors that are astronomical in scale, so be prepared for them to be planet-wide in scope. That said, astro-locality mapping the Valentine’s Day full moon shows a few areas of greater than normal risk potential on the storm, tide and seismic front. For example, note the sun-moon meridian (longitudinal) lines running north-south through Scandinavia, Western Europe, the western Mediterranean Sea and West Africa; mirrored on the other side of the world through the Bering Strait and through the Central Pacific Ocean just off the eastern shores of New Zealand. (Note those curving horizon arcs sweeping through Indonesia and East Asia in the eastern hemisphere; and through central Canada, the east-central US, the Gulf, southern Mexico, Central America and the Pacific coastline of South America in the western hemisphere. These won’t be the only places under the gun, but I’ll be surprised if they don’t get hit harder than most.
If you doubt an upsurge in solar outbursts during an otherwise quiet period for Old Sol, just look back a couple weeks. There was a rash of M-class solar flares in the days surrounding Mercury’s maximum elongation east of the sun on January 31 (the start of the Mercury Max) – described in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights as a period (plus or minus three days) of "intensified solar outbursts – solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and the like, which can stir up geomagnetic activity here on earth." Sun-Mercury inferior conjunctions, like the one on the 15th, are in the same league.
Anyone who thinks this macrocosmic stuff is far beyond the sphere of human experience needs to rethink that proposition. Apart from all of us being subject to the vicissitudes of weather and the like, we’re also electromagnetic organisms ourselves. As I wrote in my 2014 forecast, "electrical and electronic infrastructure aren’t the only systems susceptible to disruption during geomagnetic storms. The human nervous system tends to get a little glitchy as well." If you didn’t see signs of that in the closing days of January (continuing into the next day or two), then you’re just not paying attention.
Jupiter opposing the Venus-Pluto conjunction and squaring Uranus during this full moon under a potent Mars Max is a jumpy, jittery combination at mid-month. Get a grip, protect what’s yours, appreciate what you have and those you love. Be good to each other! This Mars Max stuff is now in a building phase going into March – more on that later . . .
FEB 3 UPDATE In case you missed it last week, the February forecast is up and running. You might want to read it now, before you end up reading it in the headlines. Because . . .
It happened again: last month’s forecast called the headlines in advance, as usual. That January 30 stealth (new moon) SuperMoon, as predicted, ushered in a geophysical risk window "in effect from January 26 into February 3" (which means we’re not quite through it yet). The uptick in "severe storms, strong earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and of course those extreme tidal surges" prescribed in the forecast has been much in evidence during this period so far: a deadly eruption of Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano on the 1st, a day after the Tungurahua volcano began erupting in Ecuador; the heavy rains, flooding and tidal surges in Europe, plus the winter storm that pounded the US this past week; and of course the 23 Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes (so far) since the shock window opened on the 26th.
Remember: I’m not saying that no severe storms, strong earthquakes or extreme tidal surges happen without benefit of a SuperMoon alignment – I’ve never said or written any such thing. What I have said, what has been demonstrated time and again in the 35 years since I originally named and described the SuperMoon alignment, is that there’s a notable increase in these geophysical disturbances during the shock window surrounding a SuperMoon. Consider, for example, that there were only two M5+ quakes on the day before the latest SuperMoon shock window described in my January forecast opened on the 26th: on that date, there were nine.
As for those who claim that Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes occur all the time on a global basis – as if that negates my forecasts – the fact is that they’re just plain wrong. In January, for example, there were three days without a single M5 or higher earthquake anywhere in the world: the 5th, 12th and 15th.
The above-mentioned geophysical disturbances are only the tip of the iceberg in the way of validations for last month’s forecast. I’ll fill you in on the other big picture stuff as time allows this week, here and/or on my Facebook page. Meanwhile, don’t be caught off guard: read the February forecast now, before it shows up in the headlines!
For the second week in a row now, "Freaky Friday" came and went to no effect, leaving the total number of US bank insolvency closures standing pat at just six for the year to date. What to expect for the rest of the year? More of the same: a slow pace of financial institution failures. As I first wrote several years ago, the landslide days of bank closures are behind us. The fact remains that the US (and global) financial system is a bubble the central bankers and finance ministers are struggling to keep alive by whatever means available. The thing is, we're just now turning the corner in the first Depression of the 21st Century in 2015-2016. Recovering to the salad days of yore will only come after the 2020 Great Chronocrator. (To play along at home, see the FDIC website.) All of which comes as no surprise, if you've been following my forecasts.
I've been saying since 2010 to expect an easing of the bank failings for a time, and likewise a moderation in the unemployment rate here in the States - again, for a time. Speaking of which, the latest stats have the official US unemployment rate edging down to 5.3% - below where it was before the November 2008 Saturn-Uranus opposition which heralded the economic collapse that precipitated the current depression, as predicted. That's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick: 5.3% is below the long term average of 5.82%. (The official 21st Century US unemployment rate bottomed out at 4.5% in September 2006, and climbed fairly steadily from then on until the peak at 10.1% in October 2009.) I figure US bank balance sheets will look fairly decent for a while - consolidating to the upside for a change, after months of Fed cultivation. See the complete version of my 2015 World Forecast Highlights for more on this. At 38 8-1/2 X 11" pages, illustrated, it's available by mail ($75) or by email in standard Adobe PDF format ($50). All the pre-paid copies went out to my clients last year, but you're welcome to get your own copy now. Orders may be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – or by using the AstroPro PayPal order page.
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