(Astrology Explored Blog) The nail biter of the 2020 United States election leaves everyone, Democrats and Republicans on edge as Trump does Trump, and the rest of us lose sleep. The stakes are no less than the soul of the nation. Will we move forward in the 21st century to carve a more progressive path or slip backward into isolationism, xenophobia, and a ‘us vs. them’ mentality? But it’s not just America, but the rest of the world who holds its collective breath. Our friends and allies in other nations wonder if America will reclaim its status as a trusted world leader.Continue reading
(Astrology Explored Blog) Democrats, after the defeat of 2016, are suffering a bit of PTSD over the electoral map. Though polls in 2016 saw Secretary Clinton leading, and pundits forecasted a win, the electoral map came up much different from than seasoned prognosticators expected. Below is the electoral map at the final total. Continue reading
The announced topics are immigration, entitlements and debt, the Supreme Court, the economy, foreign policy and the candidates’ fitness to serve. The format is at once loose and rigid. Each candidate will stand at a podium, much like the first one, and each candidate will have two minutes to speak on each topic. Then the moderator, Chris Wallace, will question them for an additional eleven minutes before they go on to the next topic.
The venue is an interesting one, University of Nevada in Las Vegas,and you wonder why that place? I have no information on the workings of the debate committee, but the astrology is fairly clear. Using chart of the debate itself, (announced 9:00 PM EDT and constructed for 6:00 PM PDT) and the United States (Sibly), I created from Davison relationship chart an astro*carto*graphy chart of the event. Continue reading
(Astrology Explored) Stamping its feet and ironically crying discrimination multi-billion dollar retailer Walmart threatened put the stops on opening new stores in Washington D. C. if that city’s council insists on passing a law mandating a $12.50 minimum wage for large retailers.
The proposal comes on the heels of a wave of union-backed worker protests against Walmart, demanding better hours and a “living wage,” which some have pinned at $15 an hour, and accusing the country’s largest employer of retaliating against workers who try to organize. . . Last week, two major European pension funds divested from Walmart, citing labor violations.
Walmart, according to Wikipedia:
. . .is the world’s third largest public corporation, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012, the biggest private employer in the world with over two million employees, and is the largest retailer in the world.
Walmart reports a net profit of 17 billion dollars on gross revenue of 469 billion dollars. Continue reading
Astrologers don’t like to talk about death. For one thing, people who don’t know much about astrologers often assume that is the first thing we will predict about them. The second is that is it considered unethical to predict someone’s death. The last thing we want to do is alarm our clients. No doubt even this post will upset some.
Actually, predicting death is not as easy. We may not have a fixed point of death in our chart, but many checkout points were the soul can out to move on. In my own personal experience, when transiting Uranus opposed my natal Uranus I developed a tear in my aortic valve which luckily was diagnosed and treated before I keeled over dead. Other people, such as John Ritter were not so lucky. Deaths do seem to cluster around the major transits, the Uranian opposition around 42 to 44, either of the two Saturn Returns at age 29 or 58, the Chiron return in the early 50’s, and the Pluto square at around age 82 to 84. Continue reading
The Hunter’s Moon, the full moon of in the sign of Taurus, brings more than its signature orange glow to the moon. This year, Hurricane Sandy, dubbed the Frankenstorm, a 900 mile mega storm travels up the east cost, kicking up storm surge, flooding areas along the eastern seaboard of the United States. The storm is due to hit land, somewhere around Atlantic City, New Jersey sometime Monday night.
With winds reaching up to 76 miles per hours, weather forecasters are looking forward to landfall to weaken the hurricane force winds. However the worst effects may yet be felt with the full moon high tide threatening to bring record high storm surges in coastal areas.
Power outages are widespread and expected to grow through out the night.
Weather forecasters have worked overtime to make predictions on the severity of the storm. Comparisons are being made to Hurricane Irene in terms of size and the speed and force of the winds. What does astrology have to say about these destructive storms? Let’s take a look at some past storms and see what parallels we can draw to Sandy. Continue reading
(Astrology Explored) Even the moon’s orbit is slightly elliptical. Many of us know that the orbits of the planets are not perfect circles, but ellipses, circles that appear elongated. The astronomical event called a “supermoon” occurs when as astrologer Richard Nolle tells us “the Moon is at 90% or greater of its mean
closest approach to Earth (perigee).”
The dramatic result that the moon appears larger in the sky than at other times during the year. However, while it is a great visual display, most modern astrologers typically don’t ascribe meaning to the size the moon appears to be in the sky.
One astrologer who does watch supermoons, Richard Nolle is in the fact the person who coined that term. This is what he tells us about them:
SuperMoons are noteworthy for their close association with extreme tidal forces working in what astrologers of old used to call the sublunary world: the atmosphere, crust and oceans of our home planet – including ourselves, of course. From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment – within three days either way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule. SuperMoon solar eclipses tend to have a wider sphere of impact, extending roughly a week before and after the actual event. And other lunar extremes (of declination, for example) can extend the geocosmic stress window by a day or two here and there in any case.
The USGS tell us this about the sublunary world:
“The distance from the surface of the Earth to its center is 3,700 miles. The thickness of the ocean lithosphere or the relatively solid skin of the earth under oceans is only 41 miles, which in relative terms is much thinner than the skin of an apple.” Continue reading
In mundane astrology, the astrology of places and events, astrologers attempt to pinpoint the location and source of likely problems. We know that certain regions of this country are likely to suffer from weather problems such as mudslides and wildfires in California, severe winter storms in the Northeast. “When”, “where”, and “how severe” are important questions that occupy a mundane astrologer.
If we look at an Astro*Carto*Graphy map of the United States, for May 22, 2011, set for our nation’s capital we see that most of the area that is called Tornado Alley, is bounded by Neptune on the right and Mercury on the left. Thus the elements of a tornado, water (Neptune in Pisces) and air (Mercury which is ruled by air sign Gemini) bound either side of this sensitive area. If you look at the chart of NOAA chart of the United States, you will see that the vast majority of the tornados that occurred on this date are within those boundaries. Continue reading
(Astrology Explored) It all depends on who you ask.
Bellini, the U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist, said, “There is still no known observation of an effect related to the moon and seismicity.”
James O. Berkland is a Glen Ellen, California-based geologist and editor of Syzygy—An Earthquake Newsletter. He believes the gravitational tugs of the moon, sun, and other planets can influence earthquake activity. Berkland said he has accurately predicted tremors based on factors such as syzygy.
And these are the scientists.
Still with the haunting images of Japan on the screen, victim of not just an earthquake, but a tsunami and a nuclear disaster at Fukushimi it is tempting to reach out for any prediction. Some people are concerned that San Andreas fault lined California will be the next victim of a catastrophic earthquake especially on the upcoming full moon.
Newsweek, described the “four corners” theory about the Pacific Plate and how it relates to California. Japan sits “at the junction of a web of tectonic-plate boundaries that make it more peculiarly vulnerable to ground-shaking episodes than almost anywhere else. Three sides of the square have been hit in the last year, leaving one still to come.
The three sides that erupted commencing with 2010’s 8.8 quake in Chile, the temblor in New Zealand almost exactly a year later in February 2011 and now the 9.0 devastating event in Japan. That leads experts to point to the last corner of the plate, which is the San Andreas Fault that runs through the southern California desert.
This quake however is expected to happen sometime “within the next thirty years” and measure 7.8 on the Richter scale.
Richard Nolle coined the term Super Moon and he centers his predictions around them. For this current Supermoon he says:
The March 19 full moon at 28° 48′ Virgo is arguably the year’s most extreme SuperMoon, for a couple of reasons: it’s the closest SuperMoon of the year, occurring within an hour of lunar perigee (the Moon’s closest approach to Earth): the Moon will look huge when it rises at sunset. And being so close to the vernal equinox, this SuperMoon occurs within hours of the moment the full moon crosses the celestial equator from north to south, just as the Sun crosses in the opposite direction. That makes this a major geophysical stress window, centered on the actual alignment date but in effect from the 16th through the 22nd. Of course you can expect the usual: a surge in extreme tides along the coasts, a rash of moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including Richter 5+ earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions), and most especially in this case a dramatic spike in powerful storms with heavy precipitation, damaging winds and extreme electrical activity. Floods are a big part of the picture in this case, although some of these will be dry electrical storms that spark fast-spreading wildfires.
Nolle makes no specific predictions for major death and destruction though he seems to be taking some hits from skeptics who think he has. Nolle for his part tells us that people are playing fast and loose with the Super Moon definition.
So Nolle points to a time when something can happen, but we don’t know exactly what. Geologists think a 7.8 quake is likely within the next 30 years. The intersection of both pieces of information still leaves us grasping for a what and a when.
Looking at the Astro*Carto*Graphy map of the Full Super Moon for the West Coast , we see alarmingly, the Uranus line and the Pluto line intersecting the San Andreas fault line. Does this predict an earthquake? It seems to. Does this mean it will be 7.8 or stronger. We’ll have to see. The truth is even with thousands of years of observation, with all our modern computers, we still don’t have a reliable astrological model of predicting earthquakes. That doesn’t mean we won’t? No. It just means right now all we can say is “Don’t be surprised if there is an earthquake in California.” Some prediction, right?
What I am more concerned about is Japan, who is facing the same astrological conditions as the 9.0 quake that rocked that island nation last week. Uranus and Mars straddle catastrophe saddled Japan, and it seems like they are facing another big quake. I hope not, but we’ll see.
“Because right now, Japan and much of the world are living on a prayer.”
A second reactor, the #3 reactor, at Fukashima Daiichi Power Plant is at risk for catastrophic failure as Japanese workers scramble to cool reactors. Japanese officials are warning that a second explosion is possible.
Update: 3/13/11 11:38 PM EST–There was an explosion at the #3 power plant but officials say like the #1 power unit the nuclear core containment is intact.
Update: 3/15/11 1:19 AM EST–Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan makes a statement that radiation was released from the Fukushima Daiichi plant at levels that puts human health at risk. Most of the 500 workers at the plant were evacuated leaving a skeleton crew of 50 behind. Radiation levels in Tokyo is three times higher than normal.
Update: 3/16/11 2:45 AM EST–The 50 remaining TEPCO workers have abandoned the Fukushima Daiichi plant because rising radiation levels make it too dangerous to stay.
Update: 3/17/11 6:57 AM EST– the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, told a House subcommittee Wednesday that he would recommend evacuating people within 50 miles of the plant — a much larger ring than the 12-13 miles (20 km) set up by the Japanese.
“We believe that secondary containment has been destroyed and there is no water in the spent fuel pool, and we believe radiation levels are extremely high,” Jaczko testified to the House Energy and Power Subcommittee.”
Update 3/21/2011 4:34 AM EST–The workers at Fukushima Daiichi power plant are being trained to spray concrete on the heavily damaged reactors. The sale of produce and milk contaminated with radiation is banned.
Update 3/25/2011–“Suspicions of a possible breach were raised when two workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than is typical and suffered skin burns, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.”
Because of various factors radiation risk to the United States is said to minimal. This is cold comfort to Japanese huddled in shelters waiting on their government to do something to help them.
Things were bad enough as the building at reactor #1 exploded as workers at the power plant attempted to vent gases to reduce pressure in the core. When seawater was added to cool the core, a dangerous hydrogen cloud formed inside the building which could not be contained by pressure relief valves, causing at least one of them to explode.
Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and a former senior policy adviser to the U.S. secretary of energy, described the plan to use saltwater as “an act of desperation” by Japanese authorities, who seemed unable to deliver fresh water or plain water to cool the reactor and stabilize it.
In a desperate effort, reactor operators are attempting to divert and pump seawater into the reactor. Even if the reactor remains intact, the Fukushima explosion indicates that the containment has failed and there is now a direct path for radioactive releases directly into the environment. According to Arnie Gunderson, a former U.S. nuclear power plant operator: “events over the last day indicate that volatile radioactive elements such as xenon, krypton, cesium, iodine, and strontium are already being released from the Fufushima nuclear reactor. The fuel rods have lost their integrity and, EVEN IF the reactor maintains its integrity, [radioactive materials] are being released into the environment through open relief valves on top of the reactor. Whether or not there is a meltdown, enormous quantities of radioactive gases will continue to be released through the failed nuclear fuel.”
Yesterday we explored the astrological “why” of this failure. Today we will look at the astrological “where.”
Skeptics often point to astrology’s apparent failure to predict events as the reason the astrology is “rubbish”. But when predicting events we have to know most of the things a newspaper reporter uncovers, who, what, when, where. Astrology provides the “why”. Out of all the things that can happen in this wide world how does one focus on who, what, when, and where? In astrology, mundane astrologers attempt to do just this, using eclipses and charts of nations to focus attention on where to look.
But good astrology uses a multi-layed approach. One of these layers is the application of Astro*Carto*Graphy. Created in the 70’s by the late Jim Lewis, ACG maps the apparent path of the planets across the face of the earth from the perspective of a single day, time and place, either the birthday of person or a nation, predicting events from that perspective. For instance, in a recent Astrological Society of Connecticut lecture, Ken Irving who collaborated with Lewis on his book, told us that you can reliably tell where the United States will go war. This is done by looking at where the Mars line of the sitting president falls on the map of the world.
Above you will see a map of Japan generated on the IO astrology software by my friends at Cosmic Intelligence Agency. They say of this map and of the earthquake that triggered the nuclear crisis in Japan:
Here’s the ACG for Japan for the lunar eclipse at last Capricorn Solstice ( lunar eclipse) – note the eclipse degree was 29 Gemini/Sag
For the past few days Nodes have been been triggering the eclipse degree, but so has Uranus of course. Interestingly the Moon is at 28 Gem and the DSC at 0 Cancer in the chart for the restoration of independence of Japan after WW2 (from the US), and the transits to that chart (which is accurately timed) are t – JU sq n -UR [transiting Jupiter square Urnaus] (within 20 mins or so) and t- UR sq n- AS [transiting Uranus square Ascendant} (within 35 mins or so). Also the chart for the Japanese Meiji constitution in 1889 is currently having t -NE sq n -NE (within 15 mins) [transiting Neptune square Neptune].
But even more plainly and visually in the map above you see the epicenter for the earthquake sits exactly on the Uranus line for that eclipse. You can see also that Fukushima, marked by a star on the map, is nestled between the line of Jupiter and the line of Mars. Uranus+Jupiter+Mars equals explosions in anyone’s astrological lexicon.
The good Lord knows the people of Japan are suffering from the catastrophic effects of the massive earthquake, and this nuclear crisis only eclipses that suffering.
If you are moved to make a donation to relief efforts International Medical Corps is organizing a response right now for Japan.