|FEBRUARY 2019 FORECAST
©2019 by Richard Nolle
last revised January 31, 2019
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"Tomorrow changes the face of reality."
-- Philip José Farmer
This monthís forecast is late, again. Not only because Iím still catching up on the crush of orders and consultations as usual this time of year, but also because I caught a virus from the grandkids. Itís called RSV (Respiratory Syncitial Virus), and itís not so bad if you get the regular version, But the one I got landed on me like the proverbial ton of bricks: days of bedrest, lost my voice for the better part of a week, lots of meds. (None of which do more than ease the ordeal, since thereís as yet no vaccine and no cure for this thing.) Iím still far from 100%, but Iím muddling through. Hereís what I managed to put together in the meanwhile.
Another SuperMoon, the yearís first Mercury Max cycle (and then some), a Mars-Uranus alignment, a couple of inner-outer planet conjunctions (Venus-Saturn and Mercury-Neptune) and a new moon on one of the cross-quarter days, aka the Gates of Avataric Descent (the midpoints of the fixed signs): thereís a lot happening in February. Letís get started.
Geophysical Storm Signals
New and full moon alignments Ė particularly SuperMoons and eclipses Ė are the metronomes of geophysical energy here on Earth. They can be amplified by other particular factors, such as Sun-Mercury conjunctions and the Mercury Max cycle. All of this comes together in February, starting with the new moon on the 4th at 15°45í Aquarius Ė which falls within a few degrees of the January 30 superior (far side) Sun-Mercury conjunction. While the new moon effect is immediately evident Ė within the customary plus or minus three day shock window Ė the Sun-Mercury factor is a bit of a sleeper, in that itís important, but not right away. Iíll catch up to the latter momentarily. For now, just be advised that February 1-7 will bring the monthís first notable increase in storm and seismic intensity. Moderate to severe (M 5+ earthquakes), notable volcanic eruptions and powerful storms are on tap at times like this.
Sun-Mercury-Earth alignments always point to a heightened potential for solar disturbances, leading to geomagnetic storms here on our home planet. Those storms happen more or less immediately (give or take three days) when itís an inferior conjunction, i.e. a Sun-Mercury-Earth alignment when Mercury is on the near side of the Sun, between us and the local star.
The inferior conjunction occurs at the high point of Mercury Max. The first Mercury Max cycle this year runs from February 27-April 11, and peaks with the March 15 inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction. (For the lowdown on Mercury Max, see pp. 13-19 in the full version of my 2019 World Forecast Highlights.)
Itís a different story with the superior conjunction, an alignment of Mercury-Sun-Earth (Sun in the middle, Mercury on the far side from Earth). The disturbances raised by this alignment are delayed for approximately two weeks, until the Sunís rotation brings the conjunction point on the solar sphere around to face Earth. Sure, there may be a brief flare-up at the time of the superior conjunction, but itís typically short and mild if itís at all noticeable.
Two weeks after that conjunction comes the plus/minus three day solar storm window. This time around, that works out to February 10-16. (Incidentally, that February 10-16 solar disturbance window includes the February 13 Mars-Uranus conjunction: another sign of electromagnetic volatility here on Earth.)
All of these geomagnetic disturbances essentially grow out of solar storms of one kind of another; be they X-Ray storms, coronal holes, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), plasma arcs, etc. Blasting charged particles out into the solar system Ė tending to be directed toward our home planet during the February 10-16 storm window, and throughout the whole Mercury Max cycle (February 27-April 11, these high energy solar disturbances coincide with strong geomagnetic storms here on Earth (Kp 5 and up).
Dumping Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earthís magnetosphere, atmosphere and crust not only amplifies the potential for stronger and more frequent storms and seismic disturbances, but electrical disturbances as well (Kp5 and up geomagnetic storms and auroral displays; also outages in electrical networks (e.g. power and communications) and the human nervous system. Think scrambled circuits, and youíve got a pretty good handle on the February 10-16 time span. And if you were born with important features around 29° Aries Ė where the Mars-Uranus conjunction takes place Ė then you may be more susceptible than most to these kind of disruptions (Check your chart!)
The last Ė and probably most important Ė geophysical stress window this month is the SuperMoon at 0° 42í Virgo on the 19th (in effect from the 16th through the 22nd). You know what to look for: a rash of moderate to severe (M5+) earthquakes, powerful storms, flood ties and volcanic eruptions.
Mercury Max Returns
February wraps up under the aegis of the yearís first Mercury Max cycle, which begins on the 27th and continues into April. Get ready: March will be a comedy of errors and a whirlwind of activity!
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 Technologiesí 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, QuakeWatch or QuakeZone apps for iPhone. Any market images are screen captures from the default iPhone Stocks app, unless otherwise noted. Weather images and storm tracks are screen captures from the Weather Channel app for iPhone.
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