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last revised October 30, 2017

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"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf."
-- Rabindranath Tagore

The Skinny

Geophysical turbulence is a good part of the November story, so let’s start there . . .

Sun, Moon, Earth and Psyche Tides

The dawning of the year’s final Mercury Max cycle (which actually carries into New Year’s Day) portends an increase in solar storms surging out into the local system this month and next. This tarts three days before November 24 (the date Mercury Max begins), as the little planet reaches its maximum elongation east of the Sun. It extends to January 4, 2018; three days after Mercury reaches maximum elongation west of the Sun on January 1. Batten down the hatches! (Particularly next month, as the year’s last SuperMoon looms large in the east at sunset.)

NOV 4, 2017 Full Moon Speaking of SuperMoon, the November 4 full moon at 11° 58’ Taurus is very nearly a SuperMoon – only two days from exact lunar perigee, and close enough to look HUGE when it rises in the east at sunset. This one actually intrudes back into October, making its mark on the geocosmic environment starting on Halloween – amplified by the Moon’s northward crossing of the celestial equator on November 1 – and continuing into November 9. (It gets extended a couple days due to the Moon’s north declination peak on the 8th.)

This won’t hold a candle to the December 3 full moon SuperMoon at 11° 40’ Gemini – the last SuperMoon of 2017, and the only one this year that’s a full moon. Get your emergency gear ready for this one! It’s amplified by the Moon reaching maximum declination north of the celestial equator on December 5; and by Mercury’s retrograde station station on the 3rd (in effect from the November 30 through December 6).

The combination of augmented solar and lunar tides rippling through Earth’s atmosphere, seas and crust, together with the solar storm raised by the Mercury station points to the November 30-December 7 SuperMoon geophysical storm window as the most potent one of the fourth quarter.

Any lunation ups the ante for powerful storms with high winds and heavy precipitation, elevated tides and moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including M5+ earthquakes and strong volcanic eruptions. (SuperMoons are especially notable in this regard, of course - particularly if they’re combined with other factors, such as lunar declination peaks and equatorial crossings, or Mercury Max critical points.)

The entire Mercury Max cycle (November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018 in this case) also increases the number and intensity of strong solar flares (M and X-class), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and subsequent strong geomagnetic storms here on Earth (KP5 and higher). Dumping so many Gigawatts of solar energy into our home planet fires up strong storms in the magnetosphere and atmosphere and sizzles up magma in the crust – magnifying the power and intensity of auroras, storms and earthquakes, playing havoc with electrical infrastructure (including power and communication networks, and the human nervous system as well). Potent dreams, erratic behavior and emotional extremes are part of the picture too. (Likewise with full moons, whether or not Mercury Max has a role to play.) This time around, that Mercury effect is strongest from the 21st through the 27th.

NOV 4, 2017 Full Moon Astro-Locality Map To the extent possible, it behooves us all to prepare for these kinds of events as best we can. At the very least, it’s wise to check your stock of emergency supplies: batteries and candles, bottle water and canned goods, etc. Just in case, have your go bag packed and ready to hand. Most of us will experience these kinds of challenges only indirectly – mainly through news reports. Earth is a roomy enough planet that the odds of any one particular spot coming into the crosshairs of natural catastrophe are fairly small, after all. But the impact can be huge to anyone who’s in the target zone at the time.

Speaking of crosshairs for natural catastrophe, among the potential targets suggested by the astro-locality map for this full moon, I see eastern and central North America plus eastern South M America under some potent meridian (north-south) lines, along with central Asia; with horizon lines arcing across Kamchatka and down through the South Pacific (touching on New Zealand) in the eastern hemisphere, as well as western and central Africa and Europe in the western hemisphere.

Just to be on the safe side, check your kit for the November full moon risk period. I figure that the full moon on the 4th sets up a geophysical shock window extending from October 31 into November 9. Similarly, the new moon at 26° 19’Scorpio on the 18th has a longer and more intense shock window. It’s in effect from the 13th through the 27th - initiated a couple days early by the Moon’s southward crossing of the celestial equator on the 14th, and extended a few extra days by Mercury reaching its maximum elongation east of the Sun on the 24th. All things considered, looking at the December 3 SuperMoon waiting in the wings, I expect late November and early December to be one of the stronger storm and seismic focal points this year – or at least, this quarter.

Mars Mayhem

A couple of strong Mars configurations will cross our collective path this month. It starts with the November 19 waning square to Pluto at 17° 30’ Libra-Capricorn (within a few degrees of exact from the 12th through 25th). Then comes the December 1 Mars-Uranus opposition in 25° Libra-Aries, within a few degrees of partile from November 27 into December 5.

DEC 1, 2017 Mars-Uranus OppositionAny strong Mars alignment means, in a nutshell, a surfeit of "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions". Haste, anger, recklessness, animosity and worse are par for the course when Mars is strong like his. It extends across the spectrum of human behavior and experience, from the personal to the interpersonal to the collective. (Think one-on-one confrontations, school and workplace attacks; strikes, riots and revolutions – the whole gamut of strife and violence. Not a peaceful time, within or without, above or below. If it’s peace and quiet you crave, then make yourself scarce and watch your step. This is a time for fighters, not for lovers.

There’s been a lot of this lately, ever since the August 21 solar eclipse right on President Trump’s Mars, as described in my August forecast. There’s more of that to come this month, so be careful out there. I figure we’re due for a bit of a breather in terms of this Red Planet Rampage stuff after December . . . . until the next Mars Max cycle begins, in March of 2018.

Check Your Chart

There are a number of degrees emphasized in the heavens this month; sensitive points singled out by the major celestial events of November. I’ve mentioned them individually above. You might want to check your own birth chart for these degrees, and pay special attention if they are important in the sky map at your birth. In particular, look for 12° and 26° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), 24° in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), and 25° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn).


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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