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There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.
-- George Carlin
November is largely under the sway of trends that are already in effect as the month begins: the Uranus-Pluto square and the Mercury Max as detailed in my October forecast. But there are several quite notable new elements, such as the SuperMoon total solar eclipse on the 13th,the penumbral lunar eclipse on the 28th, the Sun-Mercury (inferior) conjunction on the 17th, and a pair of conjunctions on the 27th: Mars conjunct Pluto and Venus conjunct Saturn. I’ve already described the ongoing factors in detail last month – see the links above – so I’ll focus on the new developments in this month’s forecast.
Those two eclipses in particular are the paramount timers of storm and seismic extremes for the month, most especially with regard to the SuperMoon solar eclipse on the 13th.
What’s the worst that can happen? My October forecast (published in September) called the late October US superstorm a month in advance: "a rash of powerful storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation, as well as a swarm of moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including Magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions" around "the full moon on the 29th . . . give or take three days." Lo and behold, Hurricane Sandy (aka "Frankenstorm") pounded the US mid-Atlantic (and well inland), starting on the 28th, and Canada got hit by its strongest earthquake in more than 60 years that same day – a Magnitude 7.7 that struck the Queen Charlotte Islands (aka Haida Gwaii) off the west coast of Canada. Costa Rica's Poas Volcano also erupted on the 28th, making it a trifecta.
After a lull of several months, the 2012 SuperMoon train resumes with a pair of new moons in the fall, starting with the one on November 13 at 21° 57’ Scorpio. Solar eclipse SuperMoons come with an extended geocosmic shock window – seven days either way, unless extended by other notable lunar factors at the edges of the window. As it happens, there isn’t one of those factors impinging on the November 13 SuperMoon solar eclipse window, which leaves the risk period at the 6th through the 20th. There is however the Moon’s northward crossing of the celestial equator on the 22nd, which raises storm and seismic risks from the 21st into early on the 24th. This can make it feel as though the SuperMoon solar eclipse just "keeps on keeping on," but that’s not quite true. I figure the most amazing storm, seismic and tidal phenomena associated with this alignment will be experienced around the 9th, the 13th through the 15th, and around the 17th.
The November 13 SuperMoon new moon just happens to be a total solar eclipse, visible over Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, as well as southern South America. (Totality is only visible from Australia and the South Pacific.) While these areas, and particularly the zones of totality, will be high on the list of places where severe storms, extreme tides and notable seismic activity (including M5+ quakes and volcanic eruptions), pose a special risk, they’re not the only target zones. Astro-locality mapping draws a longitudinal (north-south) target zone through west-central Alaska and Hawaii and on through the Pacific Ocean to cross the south pole and come up through east-central Africa and across the Mediterranean Sea over Eastern Europe (including Greece). Sweeping horizon arcs also traverse eastern China and Russia, the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines and Indonesia, adding these to the potential target zones. Don't be complacent if you won't be in one of these focal regions: this alignment is astronomical in scale and planet-wide in scope.
This is a Mercury Max SuperMoon, so I expect it will be accompanied by natural factors disrupting travel, transport and commerce. Weather – including solar flares and geomagnetic storms - is an obvious suspect in cases like this, but volcanic eruptions can also play havoc with air travel. And since volcanism is emphasized under a SuperMoon, I’d keep an eye on my travel plans. No sense getting stranded somewhere. Storms blow through quickly as a rule, in comparison to volcanic ash clouds. Whether on the move or sheltering in place, having a well-stocked emergency kit handy just in case provides peace of mind – even if you don’t need it. In the worst case scenario – heaven forfend – it could provide a great deal more. (Don’t forget that extra cash is an essential part of any emergency kit. You may or may not be able to take ATMs and banks for granted in tough times – particularly under a Mercury Max.)
The Mercury Max cycle is still running at the time of the penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, corresponding to the full moon at 6° 46’ Sagittarius. This is arguably the most connected, most involved eclipse of the year. The Moon is conjunct Jupiter, which is in its Max Phase and therefore a brilliant beacon in the sky. Simultaneously, Venus and Saturn are conjunct, as are Mars and Pluto. It’s a combination that speaks more of political and economic significance than geocosmic upheaval, but you should still expect to see headlining storms and seismic activity (including Magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). It certainly indicates that revolutionary outbreaks are even bigger news than normal in late November and early December. This particular eclipse shock window runs from November 25 into December 1, and is most potent on or about the 28th and 29th. This happens to fall toward the end of the last Mercury Max of the year, so crossed wires and cancelled flights are bound to be much in evidence – and the latter will surely have a weather connection, and probably a labor action. Be on the alert, keep an eye to the sky and the news: you’ll see it working, as usual. Keep an eye on the markets as well: panics and HFT gyrations are not out of the question. Put your limit orders in early: some lowball buys on shares you want, and some high sell targets on issues where you wouldn’t mind booking a profit. (You’re more likely to see the former get triggered, but there’s nothing wrong in being ready to capitalize on a snap-back: just be sure you’ve got them set for 30 days.)
All astrological charts as well as eclipse and astro-locality maps are calculated and produced using Esoteric Technologies’ Solar Fire Gold Version 7.0.8 Sky map images are screen captures from the Pocket Universe app for iPhone. Storm tracks are screen captures from The Weather Channel app for iPhone. Solar activity images are screen captures from the 3D SUN app for iPhone. And earthquake maps are screen captures from Quakes Pro Earthquake Alerts app for iPhone.
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