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-- Yogi Berra
A SuperMoon lunar eclipse and a rare Venus transit across the Sun happening just days apart are two major celestial signposts for June. Add in the retrograde stations of Neptune (exact on the 4th, in effect all month), Saturn (exact on the 25th, but within a degree all month) and Venusí direct station two days later, plus the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, Venus Max and Mars Max cycles, and what emerges is a continuing focus on shocks to the global financial system, social strife (from big demonstrations to outright revolution . . . not to mention some considerable storm and seismic potential (and solar flare action). The sky isnít falling, but it might bear watching!
The last of the SuperMoon full moons of spring (at 14° Gemini) is the one that looks most suspicious to me, in terms of headline-making tidal extremes and storm and seismic risk, for any number of reasons. For one thing, it closely coincides with the June 4 solar transit of Venus. And then thereís the fact that this particular full moon happens to be a lunar eclipse, with the Moon just a few hours from its peak declination south of the celestial equator at the time. Itís a combination that indicates a formidable confluence of solar energy as well as solar and lunar torque on the skies, seas and crust of our home planet. Apart from these considerations, this one will also be essentially tied for the second-closest SuperMoon full moon of the year Ė which means it should quite the visual spectacle to behold rising in the east after sunset.
As usual, you can expect a higher-than-normal batch of strong storms (high winds and heavy precipitation) during this SuperMoon, along with an upsurge in newsworthy seismic activity (Magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). I make the effective geocosmic shock window associated with the June 4 SuperMoon lunar eclipse to run from the 1st through the 7th Ė although this will come on the heels of storm and seismic disturbances from the 28th into the 31st, associated with the Moonís May 29 southward crossing of the celestial equator. Thereís an extended risk window associated with the Venus transit across the Sun, which does include storm and seismic activity but focuses more specifically on geomagnetic disturbances. Itís extended because of the Sunís 25-day rotational period.
Being planetary in scale, thereís no place on Earth thatís beyond the range of any SuperMoon, so it wouldnít hurt to make ready wherever you are or plan to be during the June 1-7 SuperMoon risk window. That said, possible zones of special vulnerability may be indicated by astro-locality mapping this particular SuperMoon alignment. The Sun-Moon meridian arc comes to mind as indicating one of the special risk zones. Itís a longitudinal zone running from Central Europe (very near Rome) down through central Africa in the eastern hemisphere, and splitting the Bering Strait in the west. Speaking of the Bering Strait, thereís a horizon arc running across Alaska and Canada, down through the Great Plains and across the Yucatan Peninsula down into Central America and western South America, crossing Indonesia and the Indo-China Peninsula, eastern China and the Korean Peninsula. The eclipse being visible mainly south of the horizon arc just mentioned, I expect that western North and South America, Central America, eastern Indonesia and Australia and all of New Zealand the South Pacific will be a special focus for much of the storm and seismic action associated with the June 4 SuperMoon eclipse.
Please be aware that I am not suggesting these are the only areas where SuperMoon-class storms, tidal extremes and seismic activity (magnitude 5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions) will make the news in the June 1-7 time frame. These are possible special focal zones, but all of Planet Earth is vulnerable at times like this. So if youíve got your emergency kit ready and handy when the times comes Ė no matter where you happen to be Ė itís a good thing.
While the June 1-7 SuperMoon eclipse window looks like the most significant storm and seismic signal this month, itís not the only one. June 10-13 and 16-19 also bear watching in this regard . . .
The news has been full of Mars Max stock-in-trade ever since this cycle began late in October last year: fires, crashes, clashes and explosions, violence and agitation from the personal level (e.g. mass shootings, school and workplace violence) to the collective (riots, revolution, war and threats of war). Donít look for it to end this month, because Mars Max remains in effect into July. Venus Max, all else being equal, tends to coincide with an improvement in economic conditions; but what with Saturn being simultaneously in its Max phase (and opposing Venus at the start of the Venus Max cycle back in March), what ups there have been have largely been countermanded by negative developments. Expect more the same until late June, once the Saturn station is behind us.
Venusí transit across the Sun on the 6th is especially significant in terms of financial developments. The last time Venus transited the Sun was on June 8, 2004; and before that, way back in 1882, on December 6 at 15 Sagittarius. (There wonít be another one until 2117.) This year's transit occurs at 18 Gemini. All Venus-Sun transits over the last 1900+ years have taken place either in Gemini or in Sagittarius, where the north and south nodes (respectively) of Venus are located during this epoch of history. The last transit in the preceding Taurus-Scorpio polarity occurred in the year 60 CE (Common Era, equivalent to AD), and the current Gemini-Sagittarius transits will continue for 1500 years or so.
These Venus solar transits, while part of the longer term Venus Max cycle, have a peculiar connection with solar turbulence, which can manifest in the form of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and subsequent geomagnetic storms here on Earth (in the form of auroras, for example). Because they pump Gigawatts of extra energy into the atmosphere, such solar disturbances have shown an historical association with major storms in Earthís atmosphere, as well. When combined with other geophysical stress factors, such as SuperMoons, eclipses, and even ordinary new and full moons, look for seismic disturbances such as moderate to severe earthquakes (Magnitude 5+) and volcanic eruptions as well as atmospheric disturbances. . These solar phenomena are temporally diffused because of the Sunís 25-day rotation, so look for them not only on or about the actual date of the transit; but also several weeks before and after the Venus solar transit.
And of course, the yearís signature celestial configuration, the Uranus-Pluto square, remains in effect as well. As described in some detail in the complete version of my 2012 World Forecast Highlights, the Uranus-Pluto square that heralded the nearly worldwide economic dislocation and labor strife of the 1930s (including US troops firing on the Bonus Army Marchers) is the same configuration thatís in effect from 2011 into 2016. This particular waxing quadrature (90į arc) from Uranus to Pluto is exact on June 24 and September 19, but within a couple degrees from May through October.
The historical association between anarchic uprisings and the Uranus-Pluto square is a bit of an over-simplification, to be sure. Every coin has two sides, and thereís more to look for in the time and tide of this particular celestial configuration than revolution and barricading the streets. Political programs aimed at redressing social and economic ills are also part of the picture, like the US WPA and CCC or the German Autobahn of the 1930s. Their analogs are surely in the works in 2012 and the years following. Likewise, 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 Ė from quantum mechanics and particle physics to astrophysics Ė are where the breakthroughs are coming; along with the peculiar middle ground occupied by medicine and biotechnology. The fact remains that these Ė which are ultimately the bigger stories Ė wonít get much everyday media focus. Itís conflict that gets the Breaking News banners, and there will be plenty of that to go around Ė this month, and on-and-off for years to come.
The other major outer planet development in process this month is Neptuneís retrograde station. Itís exact on June 4, but within less than a degree throughout June. In combination, these configurations point to social unrest and political upheaval, the 99% caught up in idealistic, unrealistic, morally justified but economically impractical umbrage. Thereís a dark side to this Neptune station as well, including financial fraud on a massive scale, disease outbreaks, poisonous clouds and fluids, medical murder and other covert acts of violence and destruction. Sure, these things are never far from the headlines. This month, theyíre above the fold.
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