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©2013 by Richard Nolle
last revised AUG 31, 2013

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Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.
-- Edgar Cayce

NOV 1, 2013 Uranus-Pluto SquareThe waxing square (90° arc) from Uranus to Pluto is the biggest thing going in the skies of Planet Earth since 2011, when these two planets first drew within a few degrees of an exact quadrature. It’s coming into even sharper focus this month, heading into its next exact quadrature on November 1.

Don’t bother looking for it in the night sky: neither Uranus nor Pluto is a naked eye object, after all. But, as the fox said to the Little Prince in Saint-Exupéry’s book of the same name, "what is essential is invisible to the eye."

You don’t need to see these two orbs in order to recognize the quadrature in action. As I wrote in my 2011 World Forecast Highlights, this configuration is a sign of "more debt crises, government support cutbacks and tax hikes: tightening the screws coming and going. Issues of nuclear proliferation raise geopolitical tensions. There’s growing fear of sneak attacks and terror atrocities using WMD – the fear is certain, the actuality far less so." It is, as described in the full version of my 2012 World Forecast Highlights, the very same 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," and it’s in effect from 2011 into 2016.

Dire economic straits give rise to riots, uprisings, revolutions and civil war, and there’s an historical association between such things and the Uranus-Pluto square. But there’s more to this configuration and these times than just that, as I wrote in my 2012 forecast: ,"Every coin has two sides, and there’s 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 . . . 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 – from particle physics to astrophysics – are where the breakthroughs are coming; along with the peculiar middle ground occupied by medicine and biotechnology.,"

Can anyone argue that we haven’t already seen a focus on the trends described above in the last couple of years, under the aegis of the Uranus-Pluto square? From the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement on the social/political front, to the cascading discovery of exoplanets on the macro end and elementary particles at the micro end, the whole planet has been in a particle accelerator since 2011.

Look for more – much more – in the coming years. More to the point, expect these trends to accelerate all month, as we move toward the November 1 partile quadrature of Uranus and Pluto. Riots and revolution, barricades in the streets and snipers on the rooftops, yes. But also breakthroughs to come in astronomy, cosmology and exobiology (exotechnology, even) at the macro end of the scale, and quantum physics at the nano end . . . in between comes the medical breakthroughs, the genetic discoveries. (Yes, I did most specifically and deliberately say exotechnology. Think about it. It’s the next step beyond exobiology.)

Of course, it’s those blood in the streets stories that will make the biggest headlines: "if it bleeds, it leads" is the cardinal rule of journalism. Exacerbating the Uranus-Pluto theme that sets the tone for all of 2013 is the strong undercurrent of danger and viciousness afoot in the world since the Mars and Jupiter alignments turned the Uranus-Pluto square into a T-Square from July into August. Granted, we humans aren’t saintly in the best of times, but there has been an unusual spate of ugliness over this time period: thrill killings, hate crimes and other atrocities. We expect murder and mayhem en masse in situations like the uprisings in Syria and Egypt of course – and to a lesser extent the strikes and protests in Brazil, Greece, Bahrain, Iran, Sri Lanka, the Philippines etc. But when it gets personal . . .

SEP 9, 2013 Mars-Saturn SquareWith that in mind, I think we’d all do well to be extra vigilant when it comes to personal safety this month, particularly through the 15th. Expect a surfeit of the usual Mars stuff: fires, crashes, clashes and explosions, etc. Mars is forming its square to Saturn, exact on September 9 but within a few degrees from September 2 on. (That’s the day the Moon aligns with Mars in the east before sunrise.) Think safety, be attentive, stay focused – especially in hazardous situations.

There’s so much war propaganda afoot recently that I’m sure many people will think of these Mars factors as pointing to war in Syria particularly, spreading through the Middle East. Not so fast, as I pointed out in one of my Facebook posts early in the last week of August. The wars and rumors of wars circulating now are just a pale foreshadowing of what comes in December, when the next Mars Max cycle begins.

Turmoil in the financial system underlies a lot of the individual as well as collective turmoil that has been so thematic of this year. Per my forecasts since May, we’re still in a good time to be looking for equity market sell-offs as buying opportunities. We’ve seen plenty already, per the forecast, but they’re not over yet. And it’s not a total market crash, either: the Venus Max getting underway in November says that what goes down now will rise higher than before when all’s said and done. Not everything will, mind you, so be selective.

Don’t forget that market psychology is key to this. You want to buy when everybody else is running for the exits. The solar cycle being near a peak during its magnetic polarity reversal, I figure there will be a lot of scrambled nerves and brains during this period – a recipe for panic. Especially around the 6th (give or take a few days), as mentioned in my August forecast: "an Earth-directed solar outburst is possible – scrambling electrical circuits in our infrastructure, making for disturbances in the human nervous system as well. Be ready, get a grip, watch for auroras as a sign that it’s here." Also watch for market and financial system disruptions around the time of Venus-Saturn conjunction on the 18th and the full moon the following day. And remember that these erratic and unstable impulses operate across the spectrum of human behavior. They’re not limited to mass psychology and the markets. Many people feel them personally: nervousness, tension, stress, migraines and other erratic manifestations.

The bigger themes aside, there are storm and seismic signals to be aware of in September. These are the dates when especially severe storms with high winds and heavy precipitation are most likely to be newsmakers, along with notable seismic activity (magnitude 5 and up earthquakes, plus volcanic eruptions): September 2-8, 11-13, 16-22, and 25-27. In particular, be prepared and alert and stay informed around the 5th–6th (the new moon and the Moon’s southward equatorial crossing), the 12th (lunar south declination extreme), the 19th (full moon and the Moon’s northward equatorial crossing), and the 26th (lunar north declination peak).


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