Friday, March 20, 2015

The Hearts of Darkness : The Vernal Eclipses of 2015

The vernal ingress of 2015 is bracketed by eclipses. The first is a total solar eclipse taking place on the same day (03/20/2015) as the equinox or ingress and the second, a total lunar eclipse on April 4th, 2015.

A Solar Eclipse is a new moon or conjunction of the lights at which the Moon has little or no latitude and so, shuts off the light of the Sun. This means that the Sun, Moon, and Earth are all closely lined up. Some think the effect of gravity increasing tension at the point of the eclipse track increases the chance of earthquake and volcanic eruption. This may be so and astrologers have found some connection between seismic events and eclipses. Yet, it is a matter of more likely rather than certainty. The track of the Solar eclipse will run from just south of Greenland in an arc just south of Iceland and on up toward the North Pole. The Solar eclipse will not be visible in other parts of the world. This may aggravate the Icelandic volcanoes. The eclipse will be visible over northern Europe as far south as the Mid East. The Total Eclipse (or near total) will be visible only as far south as England and Scandinavia Astrologically ( and logically), the more complete the eclipse, the stronger its effects. This elipse at 29 Pisces will be in effect for about 6 months or until the Autumn Equinox.

In most years we have two Solar Eclipses (and, yes, we have another coming this year) but on rare occasions ( about once a century), there may be as many as five. There were five solar eclipses in 1823 and 1935. Possibly there has been one other year featuring five solar eclipses falling between 1935 and 2015 (80 years) but I don’t think so.

The solar eclipse will fall at 29 Pisces. Falling in a mutable sign is why it lasts so long but also why its effects will be intermittent and probably not produce a singular event but rather a rash of lesser events on the same theme. The first place to expect to see the effects are in the area of visibility, next in places ‘ruled’ by the same signs, and then in places of the same quality, in this case, the other mutable signs ( Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius). It is to be expected that the eclipse will most strongly affect Iceland, England, the EU, and Portugal as well as other European capitals where the eclipse is visible. Next in Pisces places which is why Portugal was mentioned and then in other mutable places. Among these are Saudi Arabia (Sag), The United States (Gem) and Brazil (Vir). In each case, while some eclipse specific effects will appear, the ingress chart set for the capitol and the last Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, also set for the capitol of the place of interest, give essential context. As can easily be observed, events vary a bit in timing and nature from place to place. Astrologically this is due to differences in the angles and houses of the chart for the eclipse and for the context charts mentioned. It is also helpful but not necessary to have a foundation or birth chart for the place of interest. The usual method for placing the effects of eclipses, portents (comets and novas), and major conjunctions; is by the use of the mundane signatures of places which includes their history (including sensitivity to transits), land forms, minerals, vegetation, and products for which they are particularly known. There is also a method using fixed star coordinates which is quite accurate but somewhat tedious when done by hand. Sensitive axes are also to be considered such as those discovered by Smiljana Gavrancic, a noted Serbian astrologer.

During an eclipse, the effects of fixed stars are also more pronounced as their light is more easily seen, at least in the area of the eclipse.

The solar eclipse at 29 Pisces

For the consideration of effects, I have consulted the works of HS Green, Raphael, and Bonati in addition to my own judgement.

The chart for the eclipse is set for mid-eclipse at Reykjavik, Iceland.

The effects will be intermittent and are expected to last 6 months.I have looked at the ingress for Brussels as representative of the EU and Washington for the US, although in the US the effects will be later and less pronounced. Iceland will be almost immediately affected, but I haven’t had a look at that ingress. The European effects for the UK and the EU will be almost immediate and continue intermittently for 6 months as well. The US and Brazil will experience modest effects in the last third of the period during the 8 weeks preceding the autumns equinox.

The big question mark in this eclipse is how strongly it will affect the Icelandic volcanoes since these have been known to interfere with European air travel and weather. There may also be intermittent seismic activity and changes in the ice sheet in Greenland. If seismic activity appears in Iceland, I would expect it within a Moon quarter or about a week of the eclipse. It would then continue intermittently for the balance of the period.

Eclipses in mutable signs as this is, have complicated and involved effects which are not always easy to trace unless the eclipse is angular (which it will be in some places). The eclipse does not result in one striking event but more a wave of similar and lesser events. The mutable eclipses are noted for labor troubles, strikes, crime, sickness and want; they are connected with religion and education, and are followed by many accidents to travelers. Expect excess rains, damage from floods, deaths by drowning, accidents on water and trouble for occupations connected with water and liquids (Oil maybe, off shore rigs could be affected by seismic activity), sickness, danger of epidemic, increased death rate, death of a prominent person, mysterious crimes difficult to detect may follow.

Raphael, who takes his cue from Ptolemy says to expect sedition, cruelty, and inhumanity. This probably translates to more outrages by ISIS. I have noticed that the last degrees of Pisces often indicate treachery and unreliability of allies as well. Saturn has a term here and that may well account for this and for Ptolemy’s attributes. Don’t count on any agreement being fulfilled to the letter.

The house notes from Green apply to the place where the eclipse falls at ingress (later the same day). Do bear in mind that the effects for the EU will be much more pronounced and swift while those for the US will be more modest and later.

USA : 7th house - Foreign affairs may be disturbed and will cause problems, international relations will present difficulties, danger of an enemy or rival gaining advantage, not fortunate for the government, scandals. Several scandals and controversies are currently in progress including some anti-corruption investigations. Some of these will become public and come to a head. In addition there are the disturbances in Ukraine and Syria and tensions in the Pacific and India.

EU: 4th house - unfortunate for the government and for the success and welfare of the nation, the people will suffer in some way shown by the sign or planet afflicting, In this case there is no drect affliction but there is a loose fire trine with the heavier planets retrograde. ill feeling between the classes, some great and well known person may die or suffer downfall or discredit, unfavorable for crops, for agriculture, and for land, mines and real estate. Not good as the 4th is the foundation, there are the neighboring conflicts for which the EU is unprepared to affect in a military way and there are issues with GMO, immigration, and financial arrangements. Greece will continue to be a problem and there are several other financial difficulties simmering. The symbolism of the 4th as ‘the end of things’ should not be overlooked.

The eclipse falls very near the fixed star Scheat (beta Pegasi) which repeats the themes of danger and loss in connection with water and general misfortune. This star is variable at 2nd magnitude so it also reinforces the mutable nature of eclipses in this sign and indicates significant but second tier effects.This means, if a 1st magnitude star indicates a king and global notice, the 2nd magnitude shows a prince and national notice. In this case we would expect difficulty for cabinet level ministers rather than say the prime minister or president.

In all cases, the dispositor of the eclipse is Jupiter retrograde. This means a few things. First, due to the retrograde and the importance of the Jupiter/Saturn cycle in mundane affairs, there is the suggestion that issues long simmering are headed for resolution but, by fits and starts. There is mutual reception so the dispositor and the eclipse tend to support each other and there is a focus on financial matters but Jupiter also magnifies the effects of treachery and confusion due to his retrograde. And Jupiter is just leaving the term of Mercury for that of Saturn. Moving from discussion to decisive action. The square of Jupiter and Saturn in early August will probably mark the peak of effects.

The Lunar Eclipse at 14 Libra

The sources used for delineation are the same and the chart is set for mid-eclipse at Wellington, New Zealand. The lunar eclipse will have some effect throughout the Americas but will be most apparent in the Pacific.

The effects will be short sudden and sharp as the eclipse falls in a cardinal sign. A lunar eclipse in a cardinal sign seldom has effect for more than one month, so we are looking at a period from April 4th to about May 4th which is also the next full Moon The eclipse is in cardinal air. Venus disposes and Uranus opposes. The eclipse is near Algorab (delta Corvi – 3rd mag) and opposed Alpheratz ( alpha Andromeda – 2nd mag) Fortunately perhaps, the effects will not last long (perhaps a month) but begin immediately. Note that Algorab was a prominent influence at the 911 event. At that time, Saturn was at 14 Gemin and is now moving into the early degrees of Sagittarius. Saturn will oppose that point in February and May of 2016.

The area of visibility for this eclipse has been the scene of seismic activity in recent years and may well indicate a sudden earthquake or eruption in New Zealand, Alaska, Kamchatka or along the West Coast of the Americas. Most at risk is New Zealand.

This eclipse in Libra will produce effects quickly but will soon be over. It is liable to cause trouble to the government and the common people. This will be especially true for the United States where it falls on American natal Saturn in the house of government. It is also bad for agriculture and crops. Libra is associated with foodstuffs and this may indicate shortages or damage to stocks. This may be followed by major political changes and affect trade. This should be interesting, the government may fall. Expect litigation and challenges in the courts as well as scandals affecting high officials. In an airy sign, it brings high winds and destructive storms. The legislature is unfortunate and bills fail to pass. Party splits and defections appear. Foreign affairs cause trouble with disturbed or changed relations between nations. Questions arise relating to treaties and alliances. Stormy weather, literally and diplomatically, not to mention increased domestic political contention. Raphael following Ptolemy merely says, pernicious to everyone. Yes, indeed but this doesn’t say much about how. The second decan of Libra is ruled by Saturn and in the Tarot is the 3 of swords which is titled Sorrow. Many regrets, much comes home to roost. Much sorrow. Note also that the eclipse falls on the fixed star Algorab and in the term of Venus and so is more likely to affect women, especially those in positions of importance.

The eclipse is conjunct the fixed star Algorab. Algorab is a double star in the right wing of the crow of the nature of Mars and Saturn. It gives fiendish destructiveness, repulsiveness and lying. It is also connected with scavenging.

The eclipse is opposed Uranus and the fixed star Alpheratz (alpha Andromeda). This is also a double star suggesting multiple effects. Independence, honor, freedom, love of riches, keen intellect. Benefit from practical application of ideas, psychic power, domestic harmony.

Possibly an independent response to terrorist outrages and some new technologies suddenly revealed. And a reminder that suddeen storms, earthquakes, and volcanic activity are more likely during this period and in the Pacific region.

The lunar eclipse will be more notable in the US than the EU but most pronounced in the Pacific. Accordingly, he eclipse in the ingress houses at Washigton and Brussels.

USA 1st house : Social and legal changes follow and give rise to anxiety. The government suffers and some great personage may die. Unfortunate for national health and success. Popular discontent and disturbance. Workers suffer with possible strikes. Unfortunate for women and children. These effects will be moderate compared to the Pacific region.

EU 11th house : Unfortunate for parliament and the passage of legislation. Dissensions, loss of seats or a critical bill, death of a member, obstructions and hinderances. Possible unpopularity abroad or loss of an ally.

These effects will be minor if noted at all in comparison with the Pacific region.

Venus disposing the eclipse from Taurus and unafflicted also moderates the effects and suggests a silver lining to these events although the events themselves of terrorist outrage and seismic activity are horrific. Venus will be in terms of Mercury suggesting improved trade arrangements, at least as far as that is possible under the confusing and treacherous effects of the Solar Eclipse. Evenso, Venus also conjuncts the Jupiter/Saturn 2000 conjunction and applies to Algol which is another difficult fixed star. Well, there may not be a silver lining from this source.

Concluding Remarks

By considering the eclipses as they fall in the ingress, national and municipal charts of interest and taking into account current affairs, some very definite and accurate predictions can be made. Generally, I can say that there will likely be seismic and political disturbances as well as stormy weather in Europe involving treachery and confusion. I can also say that the lunar eclipse in the Pacific will probably be the more consequential of the two and indicates both seismic activity along the Pacific rim and probably terrorist incidents . In the Americas, it indicates scandals and difficulties for the governments of North America. And, in the affected areas. An increase in litigation is also likely.

While I did not emphasize it nor do I think the charts do, both eclipses idicate an increased risk of epidemics. If this bcomes an active risk, it vill probably appear as Saturn re-enters Scorpio in June and goes to square Jupiter in early August. . One could write a book on this but considering both time and space, this offers a good thumbnail and context of the eclispes.

The Heart of Darkness

There is no clear connection with Joseph Conrad’s novel that I know of but the title was catchy and the symbolism is apt. The theme of Conrad’s novel was also used in the movie Apocalypse Now. Both represent a journey of dark discovery.


The charts for the EU and the US are available from so many sources on the internet and books that I can’t count them. The chart for the US is Sibley as it is traditional although controversial. The EU begins as the EEC with the public declaration at Rome on March 25, 1957, at 6:20 pm. The eclipse charts were found using almanacs and the Kepler software package.

My delineation sources are Mundane Astrology HS Green and Raphael 1977 and Bonati on Mundane Astrology translated by Ben Dykes and excerpted form Bonati’s comprehensive Book of Astronomy. Of couser there are other bits and pieces whose source I don’t recall and the collected observations of my studies.

March 18th, 2015
Jonathan Flanery

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Alternative Technologies

Technology is all around us, we use it everyday when we turn on an electric light, start our car, turn the water tap, or any of a dozen other things.  Technology is applied knowledge.  Using the principles of electricity, we generate power to run our computers, heaters, toasters, and lights.  Using the principles of mechanics and combustion cars and other vehicles are built that get us from point a to point b, that’s more often than not, home to work and back again.  Modern medicine is based on modern chemistry and the many techniques learned from fixing bodies involved in combat or accidents.  Along with many machines and a whole range of pharmaceutical drugs, this is modern medical technology.  Technologies are simply (!) applied knowledge.  A model of how things work and a recipe for applying the principles to make cars or drugs or energy or any of a million other things.  Technology is often a double edged sword.  It provides a solution, not necessarily the best solution, and often comes with unexpected side effects.  Most of the technology we have today has developed from the science available at the end of the second world war.  We’ve used the models and understanding of how things work known at that time and we have gone far.  We have also discovered that there are side effects and unpleasant unexpected results from many of the products of conventional modern technology.

Many other roads have been bypassed or are no longer used.  Some alternative ideas about how things work have been suppressed as well.  The main purpose of this site is to explore and present products, services, and information about these roads not taken.  Many of them are making a come back.  Alternative approaches to medicine such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and herbs are based on somewhat different models or ways of understanding how things work than the modern methods and products.  Organic gardening and farming have a quite different view of how to raise crops and animals and the nutritional value of foods than modern agribusiness and the fast food industry.   The means of producing electricity and what you can do with it as explained by Nicola Tesela and the approach of teh modern energy industries is quite different.  Green technologies such as solar power and recycling take a different approach to energy generation and resource management than established energy companies and manufacturers.

I invite you to explore these roads not taken.   As this site develops, you will have the opportunity to try alternative products and methods, invest in alternative technologies, find alternative services, and learn about alternative technologies.  There is a wide range of alternatives from the ‘that makes sense lets see if it works’ to the ‘that’s pretty strange but why not try it’.  Many of these technologies can make you healthier, save you money, deliver products and services more effectively, or make you wealthier.  All of them offer you the opportunity to widen your thinking and improve the quality of your life.

The poet Robert Frost (to whom I’m informed I am distantly related) has some relevant words on the topic.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Political Thoughts

Political Thoughts

It is clear that the United States and probably the World is in serious political and economic difficulty. Not since the Crash of 1929 have there been such high rates of unemployment and the levels of debt are astronomical.  There are voices on the right and the left that propose various radical solutions.  But so far, few if any have faced the roots of the problem. 

The first cause of our current difficulties is the decoupling of production from local or at least national control.  Multinational corporations can locate where they will and retain the benefits of the nation in which their headquarters is located.  These same corporations have the financial clout to buy and sell politicians.  The prosperity and well being of towns and cities rises and falls practically overnight based on corporate decisions made at great remove and with little sensitivity to the impact of those decisions, except on their bottom line.  If the trend continues we will live in a corporate state and perhaps a world state within the next 20 to 50 years or so.  The alternative is locally controlled production and enforced corporate responsibility. 

The second cause of our current difficulties is simply unmanaged population growth.  Many of the social issues we face : increased violence, increased homosexuality, increased insensitivity to suffering, overloaded systems, increased demand for resources, increased pollution;  all stem from this source.  Resolving this issue will be very difficult due to religion, tradition, and natural human tendencies.  The visions of Malthus do come to mind.  In a state of nature, populations wax and wane in response to the natural abundance or scarcity of resources and predators.  Ours is not a natural state and most societies insulate their populations from natural balancing mechanisms.  Historically, war has been a frequent human response but in an age of nuclear weapons, war as we have known it is not an option. 

Both of these issues highlight the question of liberty.  The question of balancing the needs of the community against the needs of the community is the core social and political issue.  Most advocates of radical measures whether right or left seek a reduction of individual rights in favor of powers vested in governments.  In the past this has led only to totalitarian regimes and eventually to economic disaster or revolt. 

It must also be kept in mind that while most people simply want security and to be left alone, there are the Princes (as Machiavelli calls them) who want to have power and make a name for themselves.  At whose expense are these great names made ?

For my part, I do not claim to have the answers or even answers that can be implemented given current political conditions.  And yet, it seems to me that there are some practical measures that could be taken to correct the present situation. 

A couple of ‘modest proposals’ follow :

1)    A Limited Debt Moratorium coupled with a reduction in entitlements
This measure is intended to give individuals, families, and small businesses breathing room to adjust financially and reduce their debt.  At the same time, with a reduced tax base, it is unrealistic to think that we can support financial entitlements at current levels. So, the pain is widely distributed at least and does give some hope of improvement. 

Debt Moratorium : Mandate the suspension of interest on all outstanding loans and revolving credit for a period of 5 years.  Reduce all outstanding loans and revolving credit balances by 20%.  Any new loans or revolving credit would be capped at a maximum of 20% interest. 

Entitlements Reduction :  Unearned entitlements such as welfare benefits and Medicaid and all others whose sole requirement is poverty to be reduced by 50%.  Social Security and Medicare (excluding part D for prescription drugs which is really a subsidy for pharmaceutical manufacturers) would be untouched since they are earned retirement benefits.  Social Security and Medicare would also be removed from the general fund and administered as private accounts.

Although it is a partially earned entitlement, the earned income credit should also be reduced.  I’m thinking somewhere on the order of 20% to 50%.  This is based on observation and experience and anticipation of the relief that other measures outlined below would provide.  

2)    Local Reindustrialization Programs

There are thousands of buildings lying empty across the nation that were once used for manufacturing operations of one kind or another.  These could be converted to locally owned producers of things like textiles, furniture, autos, trucks,  agricultural processing – organic or commercial, and other such marketable items.  These would have three partners – the employees who would also be coowners, the municipality where they are located (limiting the possibility of their sudden removal or closure), and the Federal Government (with limited oversight and eventual repayment).  The wages and benefits offered would be lower than industry standard but there would be a profit sharing plan and the security of regular employment.  This would also make competitively priced, locally produced merchandise available in presently depressed markets.  After some years when the Federal investment is repaid, the business would be an employee/municipality operated producer of quality value priced merchandise and a source of local prosperity.

This would also provide an alternative to imports and corporate merchandise at a usually lower price. It would make demands on the workers and the city government which would also make them more self reliant and conscientious. And there is no reason why so called ‘green industries’ could not be included provided that the principle of local control is included.

   3) Actually Enforce the Anti-Trust Acts

As we have seen since the 70s and 80s, mergers mean fewer jobs, higher prices, and less diversity in the market place.  Since the 80s particularly, the trend has been for large businesses to buy and sell smaller ones to increase their dominance of the market.  This has largely destroyed the traditional small business and decreased employment.  Vigorous enforcement and a review of mergers and buyouts over the past few decades would cause some disruption in the current corporate business community but, even in the short to medium term, would greatly increase employment and market diversity.  There are limits to the economy of scale and monopolies tend to restrict the market.  

  4) Declare Energy a Strategic Resource
Coordinate and direct the activities of energy companies to insure reasonable consumer prices and the provision of national requirements.  This includes gas and oil, coal, biofuels, nuclear, and the research in progress on fusion. Make the people a partner in their operations and a regulator of and sharer in their profits. The agency responsible should be independent of the government but act in conformity with national needs.  Coupled with this measure there needs to be s policy supporting and encouraging individual and community energy independence. Let’s see more windmills and environmentally friendly chimneys – fire wood is a renewable resource, more solar panels, more steam heat in public buildings – and let’s give tax incentives for it and require the energy agency to buy excess kilowatts. This will decrease consumer costs and encourage not only national but also community and individual energy independence. 

These four measures could go a long way toward restoring employment, returning prosperity, and increasing independence across the nation.  While it is true that some areas would benefit more than others, all would benefit except perhaps the entitlement recipients but, they too would eventually benefit from the increased prosperity.  Who knows, they might even find jobs.

While there is little that can be done about over population directly, we can encourage smaller families, later marriages, the use of birth control (abortion only in extreme cases as its excessive use is damaging to health and its indiscriminate use is offensive to many religions).  We can also deport illegal aliens and build that fence along our southern border. We can also limit welfare support to three children – more children than 3 does not mean any more money or support.

Not perfect and the details will be difficult but something that certainly could help, and help a great deal.  Politically it may be impractical but then politicians may someday find advantage in it.  If you happen to like it, if it makes sense to you, have your congressman look at it, spread it across the internet, tell your friends.  Otherwise write it off as just another crackpot notion.  Certainly there are powerful interests that won’t like it, unfortunately they are in many cases the same powerful influences whose actions and inactions led to the present state of affairs.       

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

2012 : Smoke and Mirrors?

For the most part 2012 doesn’t look of much more interest than any other year. Astrologically that is. But, the New Age community is making a lot of noise about it which seems to have something to do with the ‘end’ of the Mayan Calendar. These same folks have a view of the Maya that appears to be quite different than what the archeologists have been able to dig up and piece together so far. It’s an interesting contrast.

Traditional astrologers don’t see much in 2012 and moderns note some important aspects and move on. Using a fusion of traditional methods and modern discoveries, it may be possible to get a better idea. First it will be useful to digress for historical background.

In the mid 19th century, America gave rise to 3 new religions. These were Spiritualism, Christian Science, and Mormonism. All three have remained on the margins although Spiritualism enjoyed considerable attention through the 1920s and Mormonism is thriving, at least in Utah and among Federal civil servants. Spiritualism had some step children so to speak. A stream called Spiritism split off early on with the publications of Alan Kardec. This stream became popular in some French and Spanish speaking countries and is sometimes called the Latin branch. Perhaps more importantly, the Latin branch became quite popular in Brazil. Here it combined with Catholicism and Voudou to give rise to Santeria. All these developments appeared at the same time as the discovery of the planet Neptune. Other events of the time were the Opium Wars in China and the introduction of medical anesthetics. These developments appeared between 1840 to 1860 with Neptune discovered in 1846. The main focus of activity for Spiritualism was and remains, America and Great Britain. For Spiritism and its offshoots, Brazil. It should also be noted that Japan was reopened to the West in 1854 by America.

Moving forward a little over a century, a visible nova appeared in Pisces in the summer of 1975. This ‘coincided’ with the conclusion of the Portugese colonial war in Africa and a coup in Portugal which over threw the military government in favor of a socialist one. Also in 1975, America completed withdrawal from Vietnam ending another 10 year colonial war. There have also been a series of prophecies and events centered on Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. Portugal has Pisces for an astrological signature.

What ties these threads together is that Neptune will return to the sign in which it was discovered in 2012. That sign was Pisces and connects with Portugal but, due to both astrological and historical considerations, also with the United States whose signature if Gemini, and Brazil whose signature is Virgo.

During the period when Neptune is in Pisces (2012-2026), Neptune will join a very bright fixed star called Fomalhaut. Due to the powerful dignity of Neptune (it is in both domicile and quadruplicity) and the proximity to the fixed star and later conjunction, this is a period in which a great spiritual leader or movement could emerge. It will also be a period of floods, deceit, treachery, and poisonings. Of course there is also likely to be resurgence of the movements which appeared with the discovery of Neptune and the usual mixed bag of Pisces frauds, mystics, artists, and garden variety nuts. The influence is likely to be most active in the US, Portugal, and Brazil. Look for new drugs, new religions, and new scams; and it won’t always be easy to tell truth from fiction.

In Copan Guatemala, a Maya site, there is a strong possibility of seismic disturbance. Probably an earthquake or volcano. The Yucatan and Central America generally fall under a Scorpio signature although it is likely that Nicaragua is more Pisces and another place to watch.
If visible comets or another nova appear in any of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces), there will be additional disruption and more specific notable events.

It remains to look at the figures of the inception of the movements appearing with Neptune and the locations of their centers for a more specific consideration of how they will fare. Obviously charts for Joseph Smith’s revelation and the establishment of the state of Utah are of interest, the establishment of the centers connected with spiritualism : Lily Dale, NY, Camp Chesterfield, IN, and Casadaga, FL as well as the publication of Davis’ and Kardec’s works and Eddy’s for Christian Science. The Our Lady of Fatima events assume greater interest as does the emergence of Santeria. National Capitals of Portugal, United States, and Brazil at ingress and eclipse times will also be revealing. Yet, one can only do so much at a time.

2012 then, without too much detail looks important due to the return of Neptune to the sign it occupied when discovered. The influence is liable to be stronger and far reaching than one would normally expect for a change of sign but, this is due to the presence of a bright fixed star. Considerably more can be explored by looking at the charts associated with publications, organizations, and places which played a role in the initial wave of manifestation of Neptune. There is a good chance that an influential religious leader or movement is indicated but also a spectacularly good swindler or scam artist. So keep your eyes open as we move into the second cycle of Neptune since its’ discovery.

~Jonathan Flanery