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Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
-- Henry David Thoreau

April, I promised you, would be “the most dramatic month of what has already been an eventful year.” The forces of nature stepped up to fulfill that prediction, big time: from the most powerful earthquakes of the year to seriously destructive storms, last month’s eclipse weather lived up to its billing. On that score, May lets up a bit, once the trailing end of the solar eclipse shock window closes down on the 6th. Until then at least, keep a lookout: sudden storms with destructive winds and heavy precipitation (with subsequent flood risk) will still be making headlines as predicted in my April forecast (published in March). But wait – there’s more!

April 29 Annular Solar Eclipse Aftermath

APR 29, 2014 Annular Solar Eclipse Astro-Locality Map Per last month’s forecast, "the April 29 annular eclipse window stretches from April 22 to May 6." So we’ve still got nearly a week of "financial instability, market sell-offs, currency fluctuations" etc. And still, as mentioned last month, "do consider picking up some gold and silver while it’s cheap, before the next bull run begins. (Probably in July.)"

Don’t forget the personal front during the April 22 to May 6 shock window for this eclipse. As I wrote last month, "it’s time to check your chart once more. If you were born under significant celestial points in the neighborhood of nine degrees in Taurus or any of the other fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), look for an emphasis on the corresponding life areas as a focal point for your life path now. These are the areas where you need to pay more attention, work harder."

Of course, there’s a continuing focus on the storm and seismic potential associated with this eclipse: 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. Plan ahead for such eventualities, if you’ll be in areas of special risk. Keep tuned to the weather – especially if you’re traveling or otherwise at the mercy of the elements. Y

As I predicted – again, see the April Forecast, published in March – "this will be an especially strong tornado season in the US Great Plains and Midwest – one of the areas targeted by both horizon arcs and meridian lines in the astro-locality map for this solar eclipse. (Other risk zones include the Gulf of Mexico; southern and western Mexico, the western US and Canada, and the whole western and northern coasts of South America. Follow the tracks on the map, and you’ll see Alaska; along with eastern India, western China and central Russia. Iceland gets a brush, along with central and northern Europe, the Middle East and southwest Asia, and the western Pacific Ocean including Japan, Papua New Guinea and eastern Australia – close enough to count to New Zealand, I think. This one is practically all over the map! (Hello, Hawaii!) Frankly, the combination of a Grand Cross with an eclipse makes for a tangled web of horizon and meridian lines, to the extent that a picture is far more descriptive than words in this case."

Navigational Notes

A word about astro-locality mapping is appropriate here, if you’re unfamiliar with the technique. The heart of the matter is that these maps show where on earth the planets (and other points) are rising/setting and culminating/anti-culminating at the moment of an event – a birth, a planetary configuration, etc. Rising and setting should be self-explanatory: they’re the places at which a planet is on the eastern or the western horizon, respectively. Culminating/anti-culminating roughly equates to being directly overhead/directly below. The rising/setting lines are curving arcs, while the culminate/anti-culminate lines are longitudinal (straight up and down, i.e. north-south). In the format I use (Esoteric Technologies’ Solar Fire), rising arcs are white, setting arcs are black; culminating lines are solid, anti-culminating lines are dashed.

Other Geophysical Shock Windows

MAY 28, 2014 New Moon Astro-Locality Map The aftermath from April aside, there are other (though probably less extreme) storm and seismic signals for May that bear watching. Foremost among these, I suspect, is the new moon at 7° 21’ Gemini on the 28th. This is the anchor for a geophysical shock window that extends from the 25th into the 31st, and includes a moon’s extreme declination north of the celestial equator on the 30th. Besides that declination peak, another warning sign in effect for this particular shock window has to do with the Mercury Max that begins on the 25th. (More about that later.)

Disruptions to travel, power and communications infrastructure tend to pile up during Mercury Max – often in connection with solar storms, which are likely to burst forth within a few days of the beginning and end of the Mercury Max cycle, as well as the several critical points within it. Solar storms are also a contributory factor to increased seismic activity and severe weather. That said, I expect that the May 25-31 shock window will have more than its share of notable storms (high winds, heavy precipitation, subsequent flooding); as well as moderate-to-severe seismic activity (Magnitude 5 and up earthquakes with tsunami potential), as well as headline volcanic eruptions. And maybe most especially if you happen to be anywhere within a couple hundred miles of the several key astro-locality lines for the new moon at the end of May; e.g. Kazakhstan, western China and east India; Japan and the south Pacific (e.g. Fiji and Tonga), central Europe (including most especially Italy) and west Africa; plus the central US, Canada and Mexico.

The same kind of disturbances are emphasized for the other, lesser shock windows this month: May 10-18 (surrounding the full moon at 23° 55’ Scorpio on the 14th ), primarily; but including the moon’s perigee (closest approach to earth) on the 18th and southward crossing of the plane of earth’s equator on the 10th; plus the lunar south declination extreme on the 16th.

As to location, the celestial factors associated with these shock windows are, of their very nature, astronomical in scale; which means their planet-wide in terms of potential manifestations. Obviously, there won’t be a high tide or a volcanic eruption in Kansas – but a tornado or ten wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. My point is that different locations are susceptible to different disturbances. That said, when higher than normal tides ripple through earth’s atmosphere, crust and seas, unusual events can be expected. So, be prepared – particularly if you’re in transit or in an area susceptible to the vagaries of Mother Nature.

Solar Storm Watch

The most powerful solar storm to hit earth in recorded history, the 1859 Carrington event, occurred with Jupiter in Cancer – which is where it is right now. Jupiter in Cancer alone is not sufficient to signal a strong solar storm – not by any means. But there are a couple of lesser signals coming up this month, around the 10th and 25th (give or take a few days either way). 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 – 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!

Mercury Max Returns

Mercury's Synodic Cycle The second Mercury Max cycle of 2014 begins on May 25, as the little inner planet reaches its maximum elongation east of the sun. Watch for it in the evening sky! Let it serve as a sign that you need to strive for extra vigilance and concentration. This is the cycle in the earth-sun-Mercury orbital interaction when Mercury makes its closest approach to earth; becoming bigger and brighter in our night sky, and more prominent in human consciousness. If you stay sharp and focused, you’re expressing Mercury and you come out ahead of where you’d be otherwise. This is a time for careful thinking, planning and communicating. A time when the wise and crafty win the day, and the sleepwalkers lose it. I’ve spent a lot of time researching and describing this cycle in detail. For more on it, see my free online article; or the full copy of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights. For now, suffice it to say that from May 25 through July 12, you’ve got to be ready with good backups and backup plans, with careful follow-throughs and follow-ups. Forget this, and you may as well forget everything.

Mercury Max includes the infamous retrograde cycle of Mercury, a kind of cosmic black cloud the way old-school astrologers describe it. That’s just plain silly, as you’ll realize if you read my article. Mercury Max is a challenge only to the unfocused and unaware. If you can’t concentrate and follow through, then those who can and do will eat your lunch at times like this. Stay sharp, stay focused. Take nothing for granted, follow up on everything, and you’ll see this through in fine form.

Max-E S-Rx CNJ SU S-D Max-W
JAN 31 FEB 6 FEB 15 FEB 28 MAR 14
MAY 25 JUN 7 JUN 19 JUL 1 JUL 12
SEP 21 OCT 4 OCT 16 OCT 25 NOV 1

Carry-Overs & Wrap-Ups

APR 21, 2014 Uranus-Pluto SquareSome of the major themes of 2014 are in full voice throughout all or at least most of May. Mars Max – the signal for a surfeit of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" – has been on since December 22, and continues into August. 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 and alignment with the moon on the 11th. There’s already been a surplus of havoc during the Mars Max to date, and there’s plenty more of the same on the way this month. Stay alert, steer clear o it as best you can.

Stirring the Mars Max pot this month is the Uranus-Pluto square. It was exact in April, but remains within just a couple degrees of exact throughout May. As I described in detail in the full version of my 2014 World Forecast Highlights, this configuration signals social, political, economic, scientific and technological breakthroughs. Last seen in the turbulent 1930s, it underlies the same revolutionary fervor of those days. Look at Ukraine and Putin’s Russia, and you see echoes of Czechoslovakia and Hitler’s Reich. Likewise marijuana/alcohol prohibition, China-Japan tensions, technological breakthroughs and scientific discoveries . . . history isn’t exactly repeating itself, but there’s a definite rhyme going on here. If you think peace breaks out all over Ukraine, Syria, Brazil, Egypt, Thailand etc. this month, I’m sorry: you’ve got a tin ear.

As always, I need to caution the impressionable. I am not a prophet of doom. The world won’t end this month, this year or this century; nor will civilization collapse. We’ve even got some fun stuff to look forward to this month; like the Venus-Uranus conjunction on the 15th. What a time for a party, especially a surprise party – just for two, or for a whole crowd of like-minded libertines. (The kinkier, the better!) The weekend of the 10th is close enough to count, by the way; what with Mars opposing Venus and Uranus . . .


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, or produced by Starry Night for Windows. 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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