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last revised UT 23:14 MAY 31, 2008

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-- Oscar Wilde

JUN 3 SuperMoon New MoonJust a very quick update this month, due to heavy client work load . . . the very same reason I haven't had time to update the forecast results lately. Still, I figure you keep a finger on the pulse of world events, so you can update yourself while I'm preoccupied.

June starts out under a cloud, so to speak - literally, a storm cloud associated with the SuperMoon on the 3rd, the centerpiece of a geocosmic stress window that ups the ante for extreme coastal tides, severe storms and major seismic activity (magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). May ushered in the first SuperMoon alignment of the year, and we all know what that brought: killer typhoons and tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes. June follows suit. If you followed the news last month, you know that it pays to be ready for Mother Nature's worst. If it misses you, be grateful.

The June SuperMoon risk window extends through the 6th, and is planet-wide in scope. In other words, be ready wherever you happen to be. That said, astro-mapping suggests some particular risk zones of note. The Rocky Mountain range from Canada clean through the US and down through the Baja is one of the longitudinal risk ribbons associated with the June 3 SuperMoon. This same line emerges on the other side of the world to cross India, Pakistan and Russia. The horizon arc for this SuperMoon skirts the west coast of Africa to pass through western Europe, crossing northern Russia and China to pass through Japan on its way down to New Zealand. A sweeping Mars arc has an ominous look to it at this SuperMoon, and it stretches from the Aleutians to just east of Hawaii to emerge just off the southeast coast of Africa before jutting up through the Middle East and out through Siberia. I figure the June 3 SuperMoon to be one of the strongest storm and seismic indicators of the year, falling within hours of lunar perigee and the Moon's north declination extreme for the month.

Mercury's Synodic CycleOther geophysical risk windows for June include the 9th-12th (centering on the lunar equatorial crossing of the 10th), the 15th-21st (associated with the June 18 full moon), and from the 24th into the 27th triggered by the June 25 northward lunar equatorial crossing). The month closes out with another storm, tide and seismic risk window opening on the 30th as the Moon makes a perigee and peak north declination on July 1, melding into the July 3 new moon.

Another major theme this month is the continuation of the Mercury intersolar cycle that began on May 14 and runs through to July 1 - including the Mercury retrograde cycle of astrological legend, in effect from May 27 through June 19; and the Mercury-Sun alignment on June 7. I've already described what to expect during this cycle, so I'll just remind you that it's one in which everything that has to do with transportation, communication and exchange - the very life blood of our civilization, the stuff we take for granted - turns from routine to mission critical. Paying attention and staying focused are nothing less than crucial; and yet they're increasingly hard to do, under what amounts to an overload of information and stimulation.

Among the sort of things to be ready for during this and all Mercury intersolar cycles: strikes and other disruptions affecting transportation and communication (e.g. postal, phone, mass transit, trucking, airline, shipping, dock and warehouse workers, teachers and all manner of media). Weather both terrestrial and solar (including geomagnetic storms) can play a part in the kind of breakdowns described here, but human effort is a part of the mix as well - sometimes maliciously, sometimes just accidentally. Power failures due to infrastructure breakdown, and computer network disruptions caused by hacker attacks, software vulnerabilities and the like are also just a crossed wire or a keystroke away from a major mess at these times.

Figuratively if not literally, these are the days to have a backup generator all fueled up and ready to go, a contingency plan in place in case the scheduled or expected didn't come to pass; to be especially sharp and steady and focused.

There's yet more Mars action in the heavens this month, something that's been more or less ongoing ever since last year, when Earth began its biennial close encounter with the Red Planet. Conflict and crisis, danger and mayhem both accidental and intentional: that's the stuff of Mars action like this, and it's been plenty in evidence since late last summer. Fires, explosions, criminality, terrorism, military clashes, and the like are on tap again in a big way this month. Peak vulnerabilities for this sort of thing come around the 16th (Mars on the degree of the February 9, 2009 solar eclipse) and June 21-22 (Mars opposing both Neptune and the degree of the August 16, 2008 lunar eclipse, with the Sun simultaneously opposing Pluto - and all of it within just a few days of the June full moon). These are dates, give or take about a week, when you want to keep your wits about you, your focus on your immediate situation. No daydreaming - this is a time to stay aware and safety-conscious! These are periods of elevated tension and conflict, the kind of atmosphere that cultivates inflamed passions, hot tempers and rash, even violent action - of the criminal and military type, even.

Apart from the direct impact of the fires, clashes, crashes and explosions that are par for the course under this sort of Mars activation, some such incidents can raise the possibility of a disruption in the oil and natural gas supply chain - which in turn can shock the financial markets and put investors and institutions in a mad dash for the exits. The financial stress for June may well be centered around the solar alignments of Mercury and Venus (on the 7th and 9th respectively) as well as the two Mars periods just mentioned.

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