The Astrology of “Supermoons”: Thin Skinned Earth Shakes, Rattles and Rolls

Astro*carto*graphy chart May 2012 Supermoon(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

Mundane Astrology & Politics: Why is Florida Such a Troublemaker in Elections?

Florida's State Flag

Florida's State Flag


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Remember this?

Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), is the landmark United States Supreme Court decision that effectively resolved the 2000 presidential election in favor of George W. Bush. Only eight days earlier, the United States Supreme Court had unanimously decided the closely related case of Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, 531 U.S. 70 (2000), and only three days earlier, had preliminarily halted the recount that was occurring in Florida.

In a per curiam decision, the Court ruled that the Florida Supreme Court’s method for recounting ballots was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court also ruled that no alternative method could be established within the time limits set by the State of Florida. Three concurring justices also asserted that the Florida Supreme Court had violated Article II, § 1, cl. 2 of the Constitution, by misinterpreting Florida election law that had been enacted by the Florida Legislature.

In 2008 Hilary Clinton lost crucial delegates when Florida decided to hold its primary early in contravention of Democratic party rules. An unhappy Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of all of its votes, rendering Clinton’s overwhelming victory over Barack Obama meaningless.

Now in 2012 Florida does the same for the Republican primaries: Continue reading

The Astrology of Christmas Myths: Holiday Sales Will Save Us

Super Santa ClausEvery year we hear the same thing. Holiday sales are up 3.5 or 3.8 or 4.1 percent. Good for the economy yes? Not so fast.

For someone like me who spent a good deal of her day job career crunching numbers, this 3% to 4 % stuff smells suspiciously like slicing and dicing the numbers to fit media spin. It seems like growth, but it is massaging the numbers against one variable or another to make it look like growth. Maybe they are comparing quarterly sales, or a sales projection, but one thing they are not doing is comparing apples to apples.

A Little History Please

Ritholtz.com’s post on this subject pointed the way to revealing numbers.
2007: (pre-recession) Holiday sales: $516 billion
Holiday sales as percentage of annual retail sales: 19.5% Inflation Rate 2.85%
2008: Holiday sales: $495.5 billion
Holiday sales as percentage of annual retail sales: 18.6% Inflation Rate 3.8%
2009: Holiday sales: $504.8 billion
Holiday sales as percentage of annual retail sales: 19.4% Inflation Rate -.34% Continue reading

The Astrology of Disasters: Tornadoes and Mundane Astrology

United States Map for May 22, 2011

Tornado Alley defined by the planets

(Astrology Explored) For an area of the United States that is known as tornado alley, the fierceness of May 22nd’s tornado shocked the residents of Joplin Missouri. Even with a 20 minute warning over a hundred people died. This twister ripped a path of destruction 1 mile wide, leaving the regional hospital in tatters.

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 of Disasters: Fukushima Power Plant Update

Astro-Carto-Graphy Map Fukushima

Astro-Carto-Graphy Map Fukushima

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“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.


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Mundane Astrology: Ballot Shortage in Bridgeport

Voting for Dummies(Astrology Explored)

People were waiting in line
and nobody was telling them what was happening,”

State Rep. Chris Caruso said he saw people leaving one polling place without voting.

“This was a major violation of their rights,” he said. “Most of them were African-Americans.”

As the gubernatorial race in Connecticut hung in the balance on November 2, the City of Bridgeport, the most populous city in the state, came to center stage because of a ballot snafu. The voting registrars, in a misguided attempt to save money ordered only 21,000 ballots despite the fact that 69,000 voters were registered in the city and that 38,000 of them voted in 2006 presidential election.

Mundane astrology is the branch of the science of the stars that attempts answers the questions of the fate of nations and cities. Could have astrology predicted such a grand mistake?

The first step when trying to answer any mundane question is determining a date to use as a “birthdate.” For this we look for official documents that establish the nation, state, or city as a sovereign entity. Bridgeport has a long history being established as part of the colonial settlement of Stratford in 1639. Bridgeport was charted as a city by the State Legislature on May 4, 1836 and its city charter was signed a month later on June 4, 1836. In the book, Horoscopes of US States and Cities by Carol Hobson, she lists the June 4th date since it was a legal document that was signed. Multiple inception dates are not unusual for nations, states or cities since there are often multiple events which signal a significant change in the status of a such an entity. The question often becomes which “birth date” best predicts the likely outcome of an event.

Which date then holds up?

The May 4th date gives us a Taurus Sun and Mercury. While economy conscious, Taurus always makes sure there are enough resources to go around. If need be, Taurus will save for a “rainy” day and then as if by magic comes up with the needed resource at the proper time. So clue one here seems to nix the idea of the May 4 date from the beginning. Another indication is a very fortunate grand trine from the planet of money, Venus in Gemini to Saturn 1 degree of Scorpio to Uranus 4 degrees of Pisces. Ups and downs in the financial front would be weathered by reasoning (Gemini), conservation (Saturn) and cutting edge thinking (Uranus). No, this is not the chart of a city that would be caught short.

The June 6 date gives us a Sun in Gemini sitting along side the planet of deep wounds, Chiron. This Sun is in challenge aspect (square) Uranus. That Uranus is trine Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer. Cancer likes to hold on to resources, to save rather than spend, so meshed with Mercury the thinking processes runs along those line. The planet of money, Venus, is in stress aspect to the natal Moon in Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of the people, the collective. So here is city that despite being in one of the richest states of the nation, shorts the people in the quest to save that penny! This indeed sound likes the scenario we saw with the shortage of ballots in Bridgeport. Using this chart we see Neptune as in the sky right now sitting on top of the Moon in Aquarius kicking off a sense of confusion regarding the needs of the people.

The second chart then, the one proposed by Ms. Hobson would seem to be one the use in Mundane matters. Unless, of course, you like the first one. in which case manipulative transiting Pluto conjuncts the natal Moon in Capricorn. This would tell us the ballot shortage was a deliberate act to control the vote. But we don’t believe that, do we?

Bridgeport Chartered as a City by State

Date Bridgeport Charted by State


Bridgeport City Charter Signed

Bridgeport City Charter Signed


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