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last revised May 30, 2017

If you were expecting some kind of sun sign nonsense, forget about it. This is real astrology for the real world, not some mystical mumbo-jumbo psycho-babble word salad. If it's real astrology for yourself that you want, you can get it by phone or in print. And if you need help deciphering the astrological glyphs in the graphics accompanying this article, see Astroglyphs: Astrological Symbols Guide. Please note: this forecast is expressed in terms of Universal Time (UT, aka GMT). Location for all mundante charts is set for the Great Pyramid at Giza; the choice being strictly arbitrary in any case. Also please be aware that, while I never change a forecast once it's published, I do post errata to acknowledge typographical errors and the like.

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"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."*

-- William Shakespeare

The Skinny

As the May 29 Mars-Saturn alignment fades away into the end of the 2017 Venus Max cycle (with Venus conjunct Uranus), the last in this year’s trio of consecutive Stealth SuperMoons awaits in the wings. And that just skims the surface: there are a couple of Mars squares (to Jupiter on the 25th, from Mercury on the 28th), a Mercury-Saturn opposition on the 18th, a superior (far side) conjunction of the Sun and Mercury on the 21st . . . so much happening in the run-up to the summer eclipses! Let’s dig in.

The Red and Ringed Planets

MAY 29, 2017 Mars-Saturn Opposition June opens up very much under the aegis of the May 29 Mars-Saturn opposition, which remains within a few degrees of exact until June 3 – ironically, the day of singer Ariana Grande’s planned benefit concert at the Manchester Arena where a suicide bomber struck late last month, when Mars and Saturn drew to within five degrees of alignment. As I described it in the full version of my 2017 World Forecast Highlights (published last year):

"A hard aspect like this between the Red and the Ringed Planets is always a sign of increased risk of loss and danger through violence and mishap; from ‘fires, crashes, clashes and explosions’ to outright acts of criminality ranging from interpersonal to collective conflict. But this is more than the now all too familiar run of mayhem, mass murder and terrorism. The fact that it melds Mars and Saturn with the Uranus-Pluto square and the Jupiter-Uranus opposition makes it social, political and international."

After the 3rd, the worst has passed for now: a little less of an edge on everyone’s nerves . . . at least until the last week of the month, when there’s a possible spike around the time of the June 24 Stealth SuperMoon (applying to a conjunction with Mars), with Mars squaring Jupiter the following day and Mercury making a square to Mars on the 28th); but apart from that last week, a lower stress level for the better part of the month. You know what to look for (see above).

The Waning Venus Max

Venus Max, like Mercury Max, times a close approach to Earth; a time when Venus appears bigger and brighter than usual in the sky and in human experience. For an overview of what this cycle is and what it means, see the full version of my 2017 World Forecast Highlights, my January forecast, and/or my free online article on Venus Max. (See below for a table showing this year’s Venus Max dates at a glance.)

Max-E S-Rx Cnj. SUN S-D Max-W
JAN 12 MAR 4 MAR 25 APR 15 JUN 3

Max-E = Venus (Evening Star) Max. Elongation East of Sun (Max begins)
S-Rx = Retrograde Station (Retrograde GBegins)
Cnj. SU = Inferior Conjunction with Sun
S-D = Direct Station (Retrograde Ends)
Max-W = Venus (Morning Star) Max. Elongation West of Sun (Max ends)

Synodic Cycle of Venus Note that, like Mercury Max, Venus Max includes the retrograde cycle of its namesake planet. And once again, astrological lore tends to look with suspicion on the retrograde, as if it signifies a lesser Venus. Quite the opposite: Venus is as its closest, brightest and most spectacular in the sky during its Max phase. Believe what you see, not the silly lore you read and hear.

For now, suffice it to say that this close approach of Venus (in effect since January 12) represents a time of relative ease and prosperity – all else being equal, which it rarely is. We have seen a general economic up-trend so far during this period; although, as usual, the benefits are not evenly distributed. Consider, for example, a chart for the broadly based Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) index for 2017 to date: ups and downs yes, but an unmistakable up-trend since Venus Max began on January 12. I expect the over-all trend to continue through the end of the current Venus Max cycle, which occurs on June 3.

Don’t expect a crash and burn on that day in particular; rather a gradual decline in upward momentum approaching that date, and then declining in its wake toward a more pronounced drop-off later on. The Venus Max momentum doesn’t come to a full stop on the 3rd, but it does wane from there until some panic comes along to start a stampede for the exits. (On a completely different note, the Venus-Uranus conjunction on the 3rd signals erotic surprises and unusual entertainments for anyone who is open to possibilities - especially those with significant emphasis around the 27° Aries-Libra polarity - check your chart!)

The Last Stealth SuperMoon of the Year

I’m talking about the other kind of SuperMoon, the one you can’t see in the sky or in the media. (As the fox told the Little Prince, "what is essential is invisible to the eye.") All new moons are invisible because they’re in the same spot in the sky as the sun, by definition. This means that they’re lost in the glare of the sun during daylight, and they set with the sun at night. We just don’t see them anymore. This is why I call the new moon variety a Stealth SuperMoon.

Despite their invisibility, Stealth SuperMoons are just as important as their full moon counterparts in terms of their connection with raising extreme tides in the skies, seas and crust of our home planet – and in our very own psyches. The media will continue to ignore the Stealth SuperMoon, I’m sure. But it has been integral to the whole SuperMoon concept from day one. I know. I was there.

JUN 24, 2017 Stealth SuperMoonSuperMoon is a term I created and defined in a 1979 article for Dell Publishing Company's Horoscope, the world’s leading astrology magazine, describing a new or full moon (syzygy) which occurs with the Moon at or near (90th percentile) its closest approach to Earth (perigee) in a given orbit. In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth. (My most recent print article on this subject appeared in the October-November 2007 issue of The Mountain Astrologer.) Over the last several years, astronomers and science writers have adopted my terminology. I’m told this is the first instance since Johannes Kepler in the 17th Century of astronomers adopting a concept that originated with an astrologer.

At the very most basic geophysical level, a SuperMoon is a type of extreme lunar alignment that is associated with exceptionally powerful tides in the atmosphere, seas and crust of our home planet. These extremes manifest as increases in the frequency and magnitude of strong storms with high winds and heavy precipitation – and all that entails, including flooding, property and infrastructure damage and worse. Also in the SuperMoon arcanum comes an uptick in notable seismic activity, including moderate to severe (Magnitude 5 and up) earthquakes and significant volcanic eruptions. Extreme tidal surges are the third leg of the SuperMoon geophysical tripod – sometimes these are seismic tsunami, but more often they’re just normal tides that happen to be much higher than usual.

These geophysical manifestations of SuperMoon are only the larger, grosser expression of this alignment; the macrocosmic end of the spectrum, so to speak. The other, microcosmic end is much subtler, in the grand scheme of things. It’s an intensification of human psychological and emotional extremes – like an endocrinal surge. Although these sometimes make headlines in their own right, as when someone becomes unhinged and commits atrocities of one kind or another, usually we see the personal side of SuperMoon on a much more private level. We feel it in ourselves – some of us more than others – and we see it in the people around us. There’s an intensification of emotionality, for better or worse.

Bear in mind that the typical SuperMoon stress window is plus or minus three days of the exact date of alignment. Sometimes the shock window is extended by other solar and lunar factors, including lunar declination extremes at or near the open and close of the SuperMoon window.

Some pseudo skeptics have scoffed at SuperMoon, without bothering to learn anything about it. That’s what makes them pseudo skeptics. A real skeptic first gets informed before attempting to critique an idea. Pseudo skeptics really don’t care about the truth at all. They start from the premise that an idea is wrong, and then come up with any number of straw man attacks to support their initial, uninformed ignorance. For example, Rush Limbaugh waxed apoplectic on the subject of the March 19, 2011 full SuperMoon, claiming on air that "Richard Nolle is out there warning everybody now that it could be disastrous out there." Actually, my forecast for that SuperMoon didn’t promise disaster at all – only an increase in the number of powerful storms, tidal surges and moderate-to-severe seismic activity within plus or minus three days of the alignment, which is what I’ve been saying since 1979.

JUN 24, 2017 Stealth SuperMoon Bear in mind that Earth is a dynamic planet. Strong earthquakes and volcanic eruptions don’t need a SuperMoon trigger – they happen with or without a SuperMoon. But they happen with notable frequency and intensity when there is a SuperMoon, as I’ve been saying for nearly 40 years now. For example, during the geocosmic shock window predicted in my free online November 2016 forecast, there were a total of 108 M5+ quakes; an average of over 10 M5+ events per day– more than double the daily average for all the previous year. (The total number of M5+ quakes for 2015 came to 1,556, an average of 4.26 per day.)

The last of the 2017 Stealth SuperMoon trio is the new moon at 3° Cancer on June 24, which anchors a shock period extending from the 21st through the 27th. The new moon itself is part of a rolling conjunction with Mercury and Mars – widely opposed to Pluto and square to Jupiter. It adds up to a strong storm and seismic signature, and a picture of property damage that affects both wealth and productive capacity. (Mines, industrial production and the petroleum industry appear to be likely targets in the latter category.)

There’s lots of Pacific emphasis in the astro-locality map for this one – both around the rim and in the stormy seas. But that’s not all. Eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Siberia are under the same Sun-Moon-Mercury-Mars lines that cross over eastern Brazil, Iceland and Greenland on the other side of the world. Meanwhile, a Jupiter horizon arc touches Kamchatka, while a raft of horizon arcs sweep across the Mexico, the US and Canada – and from there, across southern Greenland, northern Europe and the Middle East.

Loose Ends

In the way of geophysical shock windows this month, nothing rivals the Stealth SuperMoon on the 24th. But the full moon on the 9th at 19° Sagittarius anchors a risk period that extends from the 6th through the 12th; a lesser storm and seismic turbulence marker, but one that can still leave its mark here and there.

Although it’s anchored in the June 21 superior conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, there’s another geophysical event you won’t see until next month. That’s because it takes a couple weeks for Sol to rotate around and point its Sun-Mercury vortex point at us.

I expect July 5 (plus or minus three days) to anchor a new round of solar storms, ushering in M and X-class flares, Coronal Mass Ejections CMEs) and resulting geomagnetic storminess on our home planet. In their wake will be Kp5 and up geomagnetic storms, strong auroral activity and a lot of electromagnetic turbulence. Disruptions in electrical and electronic devices and networks are common at times like this: computers, power grids, satellite systems, radio transmissions, etc. (The human neural net is vulnerable too: if you are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, prepare as best you can.)

The Sun-Saturn opposition at 24° Gemini-Sagittarius on the 15th marks the Ringed Planet’s closest approach to Earth this year – as big and bright as it gets in our night sky. Look for Saturn rising in the east at sunset, and culminating at the midnight hour. This is a time for chickens coming home to roost; for slowing down, taking responsibility and owning up. The easy way out is not a real option.

President Trump’s natal lunar eclipse is targeted by the June 15 Sun-Saturn alignment. And it doesn’t get any better for him after that. The August 21 solar eclipse is on his natal Mars at the ascendant. There’s an ominous – and I use the term strictly – historical parallel here to Julius Caesar. Following a sacrificial omen at the festival of Lupercalia on February 15, 44 BCE, the soothsayer Spurinna warned Caesar that his life would be in danger for a period of 30 days – ending on March 15, the infamous Ides of March. (I’m not predicting a strict historical parallel here; only noting a curious coincidence.)


All mundane astrological charts as well as eclipse and astro-locality maps are set for the Universal Time (UT) of the event, and calculated and produced using Esoteric Technologies’ Solar Fire Gold Version 7.0.8. Charts are set for the location of the Great Pyramid - a purely arbitrary choice, since location is irrelevant to these charts. Unless sotherwise noted, sky map images are screen captures from the Pocket Universe or Star Rover apps for iPhone, or produced by Starry Night for Windows; storm tracks are screen captures from The Weather Channel app for iPhone; and earthquake maps are screen captures from the QuakeFeed ör Quake Alerts app for iPhone.

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