Mundane Astrologer Theodore White's Forecast For Washington D.C. & The Middle East In A New Astrological Year
Mundane Astrologer Peter Stockinger's Forecast For The Vernal Equinox Over Europe & United States
The Comet Heralds Of 2013
Peace & Goodwill To Humanity
My life as a forecasting astrologer
Other holidays at this time of the new astrological year are known as Chunfen in China and Vernal Equinox Day - a public holiday in Japan.
This special edition is packed with forecasts on the trends and events of the new solar year of 2013.
I explore the global signs in Mundane Astrologer Theodore White's Forecast For Washington D.C. & The Middle East In A New Astrological Year.
Meanwhile, we see Mundane Astrologer Peter Stockinger's Forecast For The Vernal Equinox Over Europe & United States.
The skies above will feature signs and portents of things to come. We also examine The Comet Heralds of 2013.
The Vatican is highlighted as cardinals have elected a new pope in Battle Of Papacy Against The Curia Of The Vatican?
The global economic crisis has remained among the top world headlines, and in this edition we examine The European Union's financial health in The European Union's Economy & The Total Eclipse Of 2015.
We again feature the transit of Saturn with a look at: Saturn Peregrine in Scorpio: Mental Health, Crime and Society: 2013-2015.
I thought for a second and answered, "Know your Scriptures, closely mind global transits of time, their portents and signs - and above all else - fear the Immortal God."
These years since the millennium of the year 2000 have been marked by the ideological and outworn remnants of the late 20th century.
It is mainly generational - worldwide - as two generations, one born with Pluto in Cancer (oligarchs) and the other with Pluto in Leo (baby boomer generation) have arrived at the end of their establishments.
The complete messes both generations will have left behind in this new century will be a fitting testament to the emptiness of their foolishness and warped ideologies.
However, what will happen in reality is that they will have all passed on - without their stolen wealth - and with their souls heading straight into many mouths of perdition.
It is not a pretty sight to say the least - however, it is quite fitting.
We arrive at the Vernal Equinox on 20th March with the new astrological year of 2013.
This ends the previous year of 2012 and commences the start of a new astrological year - the true new year - which arrives March 20, 2013.
The name comes from Avestan - meaning 'new day and a new daylight.'
In the Jewish calendar, a holiday begins on sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Passover on the sunset of Monday, March 25th.
In the United States, the Energy Policy Act was signed into law in 2005. It extended the length of daylight saving time by four weeks.
Daylight saving time now begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday of November - except in Hawaii and Arizona; where both states observe standard time year-round.
The Cardinal Crisis Years
The Comet Heralds Of 2013
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.sci
This particular comet was discovered in June 2011 by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (known as Pan-STARRS) on Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii. Pan-STARRS is a wide-field imaging observatory at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy.
Comet Pan-STARRS had been visible from the Southern Hemisphere, but that changed on March 7th, when the comet entered the Northern Hemisphere night skies
Added to which, they observed in what constellation of heaven, and near what fixed stars of eminence they were posited, in respect to their longitude.
They also deduced a system of presages from their color shape, resemblance to swords, crowns, halos, wands, flames of fire, &c.
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Brilliant meteor displays. We know a great deal about the physics and astronomical data behind these phenomena, but little about their astrological and philosophical significance.
To a very few, they are messengers of coming changes and events.
The Greeks and later traditional Medieval and Renaissance astrologers thought them wholly malefic.
An event for our punishment or (very rarely) benefit from the Logos appearing in the space between the Earth and Moon.
Another bit of information from the modern astronomers is that comets, especially those out in the Oort Cloud beyond Pluto, contain material present at the formation of the Solar System and are more directly exposed to the light of the fixed stars.
Novas signal breakthroughs and sometimes global paradigm shifts.
Comet Pan-STARRS and a crescent Moon - March 2013
That is, they begin with a conjunction which is the thesis or current state, proceed through a development by aspects which gives rise to an opposing force, the antithesis, and proceeds thereafter to interact, again through a series of aspects, to form a new synthesis which, at conjunction becomes the new thesis.
They most strongly represent the action of chance in the cosmic scheme of things.
New Astrological Year
The Vernal Equinox Of 2013
New Astrological Year
There are a series of mundane presages and forecasts to be ascertained from the Aries Point Ingress Chart of the Sun into Aries and the Earth in Libra.
The Moon is posited in Cancer in the mundane Fourth House that is ruled by Mercury, and as Pisces rises on the Ascendant, co-ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, signifies the next six months in the United States to be significant. The Mid-heaven, in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter.
With the Moon in the Fourth House, the domestic policies of the United States take front and center in this new astrological year.
We also see the re-establishment of a YOD configuration between Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter. This configuration was evident on December 21, 2013 and was examined in Mayan Calendar edition of Global Astrology.
YOD Configuration on Vernal Equinox
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In the vernal equinox diagnostic chart above, located for Washington D.C., one can see the YOD aspect configuration: composed of two planets that form a 60-degree sextile aspect to one another, in this case, the planets Saturn and Pluto.
Both Saturn and Pluto point to another, by a 150-degree aspect called a quincux, to an apex planet, that would be Jupiter.
Jupiter, which stationed direct Jan. 30th, has picked up speed in March as it transits sidereal Taurus and tropical Gemini.
Conjoined to the star Aldebaran, Jupiter's placement is yet another sign of the historic era we now are living in the Twenty-Tens. The YOD is an aspect of major adjustment to new realities and new times.
For example, my warnings about this year and the economic crisis is rearing its ugly head in various regions of the world.
During the second week of March, the population in Cyprus reacted in shock to news of a one-off levy of up to 10% on their accounts and savings as part of a 10 billion Euro ($13 billion) bailout agreement conjured up in Brussels.
The word spread like wildfire all over Cyprus as customers lined up at ATM machines brimming with anger and resentment at the levy. Meanwhile co-operative credit societies shut their bank doors to prevent a run on deposits.
At one Cyprus bank, a frustrated man drove and then parked his bulldozer just outside the bank and threatened to ram down the bank's locked doors to get at his life savings.
Don't believe me? See for yourself:
Known as the 'finger of God,' in mundane astrology, the YOD calls on the world to prepare for changes, usually asking evolution, rather than regression into the outworn, stale and outmoded ways.
However, under the cardinal crisis transits, many prior mundane warnings have gone unheeded and frankly, a lot of anger and resentment about the way things have been going for years has built up. With defining global transits in play - a lot is just about to hit the proverbial fan.
Diagnostic with Fixed Stars
The Vernal Equinox chart for Washington D.C. above is shown with fixed stars, along with the Moon, Venus and Neptune included.
Sun & Venus conjoined to Scheat
Moon to Mirzam
Jupiter to Aldebaran
Saturn conjoined to Mimosa
Neptune to Fomalhaut
Without being too technical for those unfamiliar with astrological configurations, what we have here is a very interesting year just ahead.
The challenges, choices and dangers surely call for prudence, caution, imagination and steady navigation - especially for next year - 2014.
In the vernal equinox 2013 chart, we see the Mid-heaven at 26-Sagittarius is in conjunction to the Galactic Center at 27-Sagittarius. This adds to the importance of the astrological year 2013 in judgment and decision-making from Washington D.C.
The YOD configuration also adds a strong sense of urgency to solar year 2013.
Being in the house ruled by Mercury, the position of the Moon clearly signifies that it is time for the U.S. to get its house in order, this, after years of economic and social decline due to the horrid mismanagement by the baby boomer generational establishment.
The president's itinerary includes a packed schedule - visiting a U.S.-funded Iron Dome rocket defense battery; the famous Dead Sea scrolls and an exhibition showcasing the Jewish state’s high-tech credentials.
Astrologically, the transits do not favor such a trip, and even with one, it is highly doubted that it will restart the peace process until both Israel and Palestine learn to take the practical steps it takes to actually live together without the rule of hatred, fear and revenge.
What America can do is to foster the need for all to realize this common sense and then help to close the peace deal.
image: Google Maps
Still, the vernal equinox for 2013 shows unfavorable transits for the Middle East.
The mundane chart I prepared below is cast for the first day of spring in Jerusalem.
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The vernal chart is ruled by Venus, Sun, Mars and Pluto.
Again, the planets conjoined to fixed stars are:
Sun & Venus to Scheat
Moon to Mirzam
Jupiter to Aldebaran
Saturn to Mimosa
Neptune to Fomalhaut
Vertex to Antares
The Dragon's Head to Zuben Elgenubi & Zuben Elschemali
Clearly, there are serious issues concerning these planetary to stellar conjunctions.
Venus rules the Libra Fourth House as Leo on the Ascendant of the Middle East vernal equinox chart
One of the key problems in the Middle East, rather in Palestine, is that two peoples must learn to live together. The history of the region - with all its conflict, hatred and bloodshed must, in the final analysis, be handled by the peoples of Palestine and Israel.
But, the region must know this -
World transits will bring about powerful inclinations that can easily spark a wider conflict.
These conflicts, be they political or religious (or both) are nonetheless ideological and therefore, unless the grown-ups among all in the region fail to actually behave adult human beings, things can only get much worse. That is the truth.
How this can be changed favorably, this year, depends on the acts and imaginations of good people who know better than the fools who run headlong into perdition.
Their rush for hatred, revenge and lack of common sense in denying the human rights of all is simply not a recipe for peace in no shape or form.
In the final analysis, when all is said and done by those who could have made a difference, the Immortal God shall settle the matter - once and for all. And be very fearful of that truth. It is very real.
Promise of Peace In Palestine?
In the Middle Eastern vernal equinox 2013 chart above, we find that the topical constellations Cancer and Capricorn are intercepted in the 12th and 6th Houses in Middle East's vernal equinox chart.
We observe that the Moon and Pluto are posited in both intercepted Signs. This shows how the land for peace issue and sovereignty in Palestine continues to be contentious.
It is clear by these astrological configurations that there is a need for the serious resumption of peace talks between Israel with Palestinians which have been frozen for two years in a dispute over Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank.
Israel's high cost of living must also be addressed under these planetary configurations. There is no escaping the fact that in the global economic crisis, peace is best for business, for all involved.
How to come to terms with the very hard feelings, recriminations, revenge, ideology and religious differences depends on the ability of people of diversity to live together in peace. I was born in a state - Pennsylvania - that has been committed to this for four hundred years, so it can be done. where
Moon-Uranus squares are indications of explosive outbursts of temper, marked by desire for freedom at any costs. Acts of impulse fueled by self-centered and egotistic attitudes easily alienate others.
The square would work from the Moon's private position in the 12th Mundane House where disagreements and quarrels among groups and organizations are likely to arise. The issues over monies, administrative affairs, joint finances, etc., etc., are all sources of conflict.
On top of this, large-scale forces, by means of Uranus' square from Aries to the transiting Moon in Cancer; may see events disrupt the affairs of the lives of others.
Uranus' inclinations show danger through explosives, electricity, car accidents along with the mishandling of machines and firearms.
Underpinning rise in violence with attacks by explosions, there are also signs of unusual geopolitical events, mainly from the moody (Moon) political outlooks of leaders and their associates can lead to surprising and sudden (Uranus) changes in partnerships and allegiances.
Those inclined by these world transits, and clearly unaware of them consciously - surely are ignorant as to the consequences of their thoughts, words, actions and deeds.
There can be storms of heavy rains causing widespread floods in some regions. The mundane annuals also speak of unfavorable incidents and accidents at seas, along with shipwreck and potential of drowning.
Impatience, along with emotional impulse are more than likely to interfere with personal and professional responsibilities.
The United Kingdom, European Union & United States of America
The Cardinal Crisis Years
As we have seen recently in Rome, with the resignation of one pontiff and the election of a new pope in March the world is easily experiencing the onset of an historic transitional era and times.
This astrological year of 2013 is a favorable one to use to solve and/or to greatly reduce the amount of geopolitical conflict before the emergence of the Grand Cardinal Cross in spring 2014.
The transits of the outer planets, particularly Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto relative to the Earth from this year 2013 to the next year of 2014 can yield either favorable results or dissolve into a global emergency by the time of the Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014.
In the midst of this, we also see that my prior warnings on Afghanistan as previously highlighted in other editions of Global Astrology are panning out.
A statement issued March 12th from the NATO military coalition said the helicopter crashed in an area where there was no enemy activity.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but a U.S. official confirmed that all of the dead were Americans.
Also on that Monday, March 11, a member of the Afghan National Police opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces at a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.
That sparked a firefight that killed two U.S. troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shootout, officials said.
Whoever he was, he shot and killed two Afghan policemen and wounded four others, including the district police chief, before he was gunned down.
There was some initial confusion whether the man was a member of the local police or the Afghan national police department. American officials said that they were holding five Afghan police officers for questioning.
In the video, the major appears to be yelling at the soldier for not using a laser warning device to signal the approaching truck.
They did not withdraw.
According to Javed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar Province, the crash happened about 11 p.m. in Daman district.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on his first official visit to Afghanistan
They are trying to frighten us into thinking that if the foreigners are not in Afghanistan, we would be facing these sorts of incidents," he said
That brought a sharp rebuke from the U.S. ambassador as news of the insider attack in Wardak emerged.
But Karzai said the Taliban and the United States were in "daily negotiations" in various foreign countries and noted that the U.S. has said that it no longer considers the insurgent group an enemy.
"Yesterday's explosions, which the Taliban claimed, show that in reality they are saying they want the presence of foreigners in Afghanistan," Karzai said.
Karzai then went into another political matter. He denounced the arrest of a university student on Saturday, March 9th by Afghan forces which his aide said were actually working for the Central Intelligence Agency. It was unclear why the student was detained.
They blindfolded him before taking him for interrogation at a CIA post that Taliban leader Mullah Omar once used as his home. CBS reports that the CIA could not be reached for comment.
U.S. officials say they work with the Afghan intelligence service, but Karzai frequently complains he lacks oversight over their operations.
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.Sci
They also put Iran’s leadership on notice that "time is running out" for a diplomatic resolution to concerns about its nuclear program.
He said that history had never seen a government use strategic missiles against its own people. “This cannot go on,” he said. “He [Assad] has lost all authority,” Saud said.
Detractors say Saudi Arabia's claims of humanitarian concern for Syria's people belies their real reason dislike of Syrian President Assad.
This 'dislike' by Saudi Arabia of Assad and Syrian society comes about because Syria is tolerant of ethnicity - including Christians.
During those 38 years Saud has been well known in diplomatic circles as a shrewd observer of international dealings and is not shy to tweak the U.S. government in public.
But Kerry sidestepped a question about whether the arms reportedly being supplied to the rebels by Saudi Arabia and others were a concern. Instead, he criticized Iran, Hezbollah and Russia by name for giving weaponry to the Assad regime.
European nations like Britain and France are expected to soon send the rebels defensive military equipment.
Kerry has said the totality of the aid could be enough to change the situation on the ground.
He added that Assad “is destroying his country - and his people in the process - to hold onto power that is not his anymore.”
But talks will not go on for the sake of talks and talks cannot become an instrument for delay that will make the situation more dangerous,” he said.
“We hope that the negotiations will result in putting an end to this problem rather than containing it,” he said, “taking into account that the clock is ticking and negotiations cannot go on forever.”
There is a modest package of incentives on the table if Iran curbs aspects of its nuclear work that are most apt to be turned to weapons production.
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.sci
These included the websites of the KCNA news agency and the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which were said to be experiencing disruptions.
North Korea has been accused of jamming global positioning system signals, affecting hundreds of flights at South Korea's main airport.
Apparently this decision has been sped up in the wake of what appears to be Pyongyang’s recent belligerence and indications that Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, could either be resisting China’s efforts to restrain him.
The theory is that this might allow North Korea to build the nuclear arsenal it desperately wants, both as a deterrent against better-armed enemies; along with making it easy to gain more concessions and international recognition.
Kim Jong-il was obsessed with the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s, a fascination he apparently passed along to his son, the current leader, Kim John-un.
Smith did not go through the U.S. State Department, but received permission through his previous contacts and the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations. Smith said he was sure that Kim Jong-un’s love of basketball was why the trip was approved.
He then recruited the Globetrotters to round out a team, and they offered up Anthony Blakes, known as Buckets; Alex Weekes, known as Moose; and Will Bullard, known as Bull. Ryan Duffy, a Vice correspondent who was on the trip, also joined in on the games to fill out the team.
“Our aim is to entertain and inspire children everywhere. Every child deserves that opportunity.”
Analysts believe all the war rattling is aimed at shoring up domestic support as much as possible to reach the international community, possibly in part because Kim Jung-un at 29, is a young and new leader.
Experts pointed out that North Korea has vowed an end to the armistice on several previous occasions; while a UN spokesman said the agreement had been adopted by the general assembly and could not be ended unilaterally.
The North claimed it was provoked by the United States and South Korean war games. There are routine war games going on in March 2013.
In 2010 the late Kim Jong-il was angry with South Korea's Lee for scrapping its 'sunshine policy,' and wanted to teach South Korean a lesson.
It appeared that Kim Jong-il calculated right, in that even the hard-line Lee would not retaliate militarily, with all that risk of escalations.
If this is so, then why then did Kim Jong-un greet her with the recent nuclear tests and threats of war?
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.Sci
We have entered a new transitional era, a generational one, where two generations are now waning as two new generations rise to power.
This has come about by the forces of transits, or what people call 'time'.
The world, along with the United States, has entered an era I call the Knowledge Age.
We are now in the transitional years at the end of the Third Industrial Age and the beginning of the Knowledge Age, here in the early 21st century.
The proper transition of establishment power from the oligarchs and the baby boomer establishment to Generation X.
But seeing that the Republican leadership placed all their eggs in a basket betting that President Obama would lose the 2012 general election (when astrological transits showed that he would win and be re-elected to a second term) compromise was thrown out the window in favor of bitter attacks and partisan politics.
So, little to nothing was done. And now the sequester is here - despite two years to find a compromise.
He said it would give the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments more leeway to decide how to spend their money and implement the mandated cuts.
“If we’re going to increase revenue again, it’s got to go to the debt with real entitlement reform and real tax reform when you actually lower rates. … I’m not going to agree to any more tax increases that are going to go to increase more government.”
What all this is really about, as I have been forecasting about time and again, is the failure of the baby boomer establishment to see the truth behind their own delusions.
President Obama did not make this mess and in my opinion, if I were president myself, I would be much worse; so the boomers are lucky to have Obama on this matter. He's being far nicer than this mundane astrologer would be with the baby boomer generational establishment.
If we look at the astrological world transits as they relate to finances and the economies of nations, we see that by autumn 2013, the cardinal crisis transits reassert themselves - leading into the Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014.
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.sci
There are ways to fix this mess, but much daylight has been allowed to go to waste.
The generational establishment of baby boomers broke the generational contract and have made things far worse under world transits then they could have been had the boomers not been corrupt, narcissistic, heartless, sick, greedy - and yes, stupid.
He says the mushrooming costs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid - with unfunded liabilities as high as $211 trillion - will bankrupt the non-boomers of the United States and pose much greater dangers than the country’s $16 trillion of debt currently being debated in Congress.
It has actually made the United States one of the the most unfeminine places in the world.
What Europeans and Asians say they see in feminism is actually misandry, by disguise.
The beef about American women are that they are unapproachable, behave anti-social and cliquish toward strangers. That they lack depth, substance and culture, making it difficult for interested men to connect with them and find common ground and chemistry.
For instance, consider the lovely behavior below from two women inside a McDonald's restaurant in Manhattan, New York:
Two women want to order food and pay with a $50 bill. When the McDonald's cashier wants to check if the $50 bill they passed him is real, the woman in the grey hoodie talks with a gutter mouth and calls him a 'pussy.'
She suddenly strikes him in the face. He stumbles and then pushes them back away from the counter.
Then, the woman hops the counter towards the cashier, as her friend, the other women, walks around the counter to him as well.
Both women then attack him behind the counter, but the cashier grabs a metal rod from the kitchen and starts to defend himself.
He tells both women to stay on the ground, but they keep trying to get up and that is why he throws in the last couple hits at the end. Another women who didn't help the cashier suddenly appears and screams at him to stop defending himself.
With such unladylike mannerisms and aggression, it's not a wonder why many men say that they are not interested in North American women.
It perhaps one reason why there are so many male-female problems in New York City, a bustling metropolis of 8 million people. Perhaps this is also why many American women fret and say they have such a difficult time finding dates, partners and potential mates.
The cultural decline under the baby boomer general establishment has led to this kind of negative atmosphere.
Running wild as youth, the baby boomer generation (1939-1953) radically denounced and experimented with all the social aspects of family structure and personal value systems in their disruption ideology and rejection mantras of traditional society during the modern-industrial era of the 1960s and 1970s.
Yet, the baby boomer failure to naturally evolve cultural and gender roles - without driving serious wedges in traditional personal relationships - has led to the highest rate of broken families, crime rates, marriages and divorces the world has ever seen.
Adapting will not be easy with the world transits of the Twenty-Tens and the 2020s - now 7.5 years away from 2013.
"They play games, and they manipulate things," says Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management. "They are so lucky because they get to borrow money at zero (percent) and lend it to people."
"They are given this right to make money, and then they turn around and lever it up, and throw derivatives on top of that.
"I totally agree that someday it will just fall apart and we will find out that none of the counter-parties can pay. I’ve never been hopeful for the financial system.
"Ever since the 2008 financial crisis all we've had is printing of money and backstopping of banks."
"The one thing which has happened since Lehman - Lehman was a liquidation - and there has never been a liquidation allowed since.
"Nothing is allowed to liquidate, whether it’s Fannie, Freddie, various banks, nobody is allowed to liquidate, and I know exactly why they are not allowed to liquidate, because if they liquidated the first domino falls.
"And once the first domino falls, everyone starts worrying about counter-parties and the whole system fails.
"That’s why they need to keep propping it up week after week. Somebody is always getting bailed out.," he says. "It’s just ongoing and anybody who has any common sense at all knows it will end in ruination."
Of course baby boomer retirees are stealing. They get vastly more benefits than they ever paid into the system - despite all the whining to the contrary.
And the future, which is already here, tells us that baby boomers will be too frail to work, but too poor to retire. That has already begun to show as the 'new normal' among the aged boomer generation.
"There are no economic policy solutions," says Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant of the U.S. Treasury.
"You can’t deal with excessive money printing by cutting spending because you already have high unemployment. How are you (the Federal Reserve) going to contain the inflation?
So, as for the use of the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency for transactions, or as a store of value declines, then the demand for dollars decline, so its exchange value in currency markets also declines.
"The Federal Reserve can print all of the money it needs in order to support bond prices, but printing dollars does not support the dollar price," Roberts says.
This was up from 34 percent in 1990, according the Bureau of Economic Analysis. And that's the year that boomer divorces start to really take off after all the warnings signs in the 1980s.
That's been their ideology. And that's the average baby boomers' entire life in a nutshell - lurching from one mindless fad - hippie, cocaine, disco, yuppie - to the next fad.
No wonder the U.S. is headed further into the economic and social lower stratum. All the boomers have had their hands out (usual position since the hippie years) literally stealing from their own progeny and then blaming everyone else - but not themselves.
If a three-year-old boy today is taxed at the same rate as today’s working population, then that means he will get less than half of the benefits than the current baby boomer seniors receive.
“The chances of this being a new bull market like 1982 are not high because we’re not attacking the crux of the problem, which is too much leverage and too much debt,” Druckenmiller said.
“I don’t know the timing of when the markets will respond to this - but it will happen.”
In these historic times, we see 'change' as the common theme worldwide.
The transits, signs and portents in the heavens confirm this, as I have been forecasting these events and trends for years as we are now well within the cardinal crisis years of the Twenty-Tens.
However, in these cardinal crisis years, we see, once again that we are living in historic times, as forecasted by the transits of the planets.
He was born to Italian immigrant parents and was raised in the Argentine capital. There is much controversy as to Bergoglio's role as archbishop during the bloody and tortuous years of the military junta dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1973 to 1983.
Pope Francis inherits a Vatican and Catholic Church facing a wide array of challenges that only intensified during the 7.5 year papacy of his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
The problems range from a shortage of priests and nuns to the growing competition from evangelical churches in the southern hemisphere; to a sexual abuse crisis that has undermined the church’s moral authority in the west world and then to difficulties governing the Vatican itself.
We can see the generational transition also affecting the Vatican as the college of cardinals met to choose a successor to Benedict XVI.
Sources since 2012 have said that no one trusts anyone anymore, and some hesitated to communicate by phone.
Meanwhile, inside the Basilica, Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, has asked his fellow cardinals "to cooperate with the Successor of Peter, the visible foundation of such an ecclesiastical unity."
This hints at a daunting task facing the new worldwide Catholic leader - to steer the Church out of an era marked by numerous financial and sexual abuse scandals, amid allegations of rampant infighting and mismanagement of the Vatican Bank.
Associated with financial extravagance along with unrealistic optimism, this Jupiter-Moon square at the time of the election of a new pope under Mercury retrograde shows that there is a tendency to take too much for granted.
Furthermore, Benedict's actions aimed to replace aging Cardinals (at age 80) who are excluded from entering the secret conclave and therefore no longer eligible to participate in the election of a Pope.
So, on March 12, the princes of the church will file into a conclave Sistine Chapel and begin their secret, anonymous balloting for a successor to Benedict XVI, who set the transition in motion by resigning his papacy on Feb. 28 - becoming the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years.
Hours after they isolated themselves in the world's most iconic chapel for their first day of a papal conclave, the ritualistic process that will see cardinals elect the next pontiff of the Catholic Church had burned their first set of voting ballots, sending black smoke over the Sistine Chapel for hundreds of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to see.
Had the smoke been white, it would have meant a pope had been elected.
The new pope was to be Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Ber-GOAL-io) who chose to be called 'Pope Francis.'
As the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church he will be the first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,000 years.
Although Italian, he will be the first pope not born in Europe since Columbus set foot in the New World.
In choosing him, the cardinals sent a powerful message that the future of the Church lies in the Global South, home to the bulk of the world’s Catholics.
The promise of opportunities are therefore clouded by desires to maintain the status quo.
Mundane Signs & Transits
The movement of comets Lemmon and PanSTARRS in February and March signified the transition of power at the Vatican.
Then, by November 2017, transiting Saturn will make a 'return' to the Vatican's natal Saturnine position at 27-Sagittarius, also conjoined to the Galactic Center.
She adds that Mimosa can provide "the gift of successful investigation of the hidden side of things," as well as "a deeply religious nature connected with mystical and theosophical interests."
"In connection with rulerships of countries it may be noted that South America and the countries of Argentina and Brazil, for instance, was named the 'Land of the Holy Cross' by the discoverer Cabral on May 1st 1500. The constellation Crux has been depicted Brazilian postage stamps."
The compromise on March 13th, as mentioned earlier here on Global Astrology, was that an Italian born and raised in South America, a leader of Jesuits, was chosen as the 266th pontiff.
Pope Versus Curia?
The curia's hierarchic structure; which really appears to be a kind of medieval model, has shown itself to be outworn and vastly incompatible with the techniques of modern management in the 21st century.
"The only important thing is proximity to the monarch," according to a source on a cardinal's staff.
"Rome works like an absolutist court, one where decisions made by people whispering things into the others' ears rather than by committees. There are many vain people here, people in sharp competition with one another," the source added.
"This kind of mood fosters feelings of exclusion, discrimination, envy, revenge and resentment," the source said. And all things have now appeared in the so-called 'Vati-leaks' documents.
The same complaints abounded - about poor leadership, internal dramas and divisions were now being aired outside the Vatican while the pope himself appeared exhausted and not able to exert his power.
Since 2005, in the wake of the passing of Pope John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) has faced nearly eight years as pope of a Catholic Church that has had serious problems.
Events and personnel decisions had been postponed during his last few years, when he was often ill. The new pope was expected to finally clear off the desks and give the Curia a new start.
As Benedict XVI's gatekeeper, Gänswein has had influence over who was to be granted or denied the pope's favor and what events and issues should command Benedict's attention.
Benedict XVI and his papal secretary Gänswein were known in Rome as the "Black Forest Adonis" on account of their shared southwestern German origins.
At the same time a glossy Italian magazine tracked down his first girlfriend as she revealed how they had dated for three years before they split as he decided to become a priest.
His sister, also named Maria, ran his household for about 30 years, even when he was in Rome, until she died in 1991. When Maria passed, he wrote in his memoirs that, "The world became a little emptier for me."
When he moved into the papal apartments in 2005, he suddenly had to go without a longtime confidante Ingrid Stampa, the housekeeper who had succeeded his sister.
But Ms. Stampa was not allowed to join the new pope in his new quarters. She had been disgraced by the Curia for having once pointed at St. Peter's Square from the window of the pope's apartment and waved to the crowd - an unforgivable faux pas.
More than a month after he became pope on May 24, 2005, he visited a place in the Vatican where so many things had begun for him: at the seminary in the Campo Santo Teutonico, a green island in the cramped papal state, directly adjacent to the sacristy of St. Peter's Basilica.
They looked after him for five years, attended his prayers every morning, celebrated Christmas and saints' days with him, and ate their meals with him.
"Nor does he have a big business in which all the faithful of the Church are his employees or his subordinates. In that respect, the pope is, on the one hand, a completely powerless man. On the other hand, he bears a great responsibility," Benedict said.
Scandal of Vati-Leaks?
The documents suggested that there was a Curia at the Vatican mired in corruption and character-assassination campaigns.
The Vatican bank's board of directors issued what are seen as "absurd justifications," for his expulsion, saying that Tedeschi, who is a professor of business ethics, was "unpredictable" and that he had "drawn attention to himself through his absences."
Astrological transits over Rome show that before Pentecost 2012, that Benedict's papal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein discovered that the pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was working as a spy.
Investigators found four boxes with copies of confidential letters to and from Benedict in Gabriele's apartment.
Since then, Gabriele, 46, has been seen as a traitor and labelled "il corvo," (that's a raven) - a bird known for its thieving disposition. Since the end of May 2012, this former butler has been detained in a 35-square-meter (377-square-foot) cell at the Vatican, with a window, but no TV.
Even with Gabriele's arrest, the leaks still have not stopped.
More documents were released to the public in 2012 and these documents appeared to be intended to damage two close people to Benedict XVI: his private secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, and Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's top administrator.
"This is blackmail," said Vatican expert Marco Politi. "It's like threatening total war."
For instance, when he appointed Bertone to his senior office, Benedict XVI bypassed the Curia cliques.
But the Curia of cardinals believed that Gänswein became too powerful and too independent for many cardinals, therefore, both Bertone and Gänswein became targets of their attack - curiously code-named: 'Maria.'
The new pontiff, Francis, will also inherit the power struggles over control of the Vatican bank, which must continue a process of meeting international transparency standards or risk being shut out of the mainstream international banking system.
And, in one of his final acts as pontiff, Benedict XVI appointed a German aristocrat, Ernst von Freyberg, as the Vatican bank’s new president.
Nonetheless, the mundane astrologers of yore have also continued to warn those who have taken part in evil that their plans and acts will have led them into the many mouths of eternal perdition.
It is conjoined to Scheat, a fixed star in the constellation Pegasus that is well known in mundane astrology as malefic because of the star's association with all kinds of disasters - many associated with the climate and weather that are well known in the historic annals of astrometeorology.
Maximum eclipse is at 09:45:38 UT, when the total eclipse phase will last over 2½ minutes.
The next two years, and beyond of this decade, marks an historic and watershed moment for the Europe Union in the early 21st century.
Let's examine what we can expect to occur leading up and then beyond to the March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse over the continent of Europe...
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.sci
This may have shocked many; however, the simple matter is that Europe's banking system, and those in government who have benefited, have colluded in corruption which has been rife throughout Europe's financial system.
The problem with 'fudging the numbers' is that the mathematics still cannot lie, so the rule has always been, 'follow the money.'
According to the ECB the European Union's economy will contract 0.5 percent in 2013 rather than the 0.3 percent they projected back in December 2012.
And with Draghi blaming "overhang" from the "bigger shrinkage" in the final quarter of 2012, the inflation outlook for 2014 was also revised - down to 1.3 percent from the 1.4 percent they had previously predicted.
Transits show that tricky negotiations are going to once again delay a new spending cycle and will surely impact markets this year.
That was part of a deal worked out to reflect cuts made by Europe's governments which have been trying to overcome the European Union's sovereign debt and severe banking crisis.
With more than half of Europe's non-baby boomers and young people unemployed and destitute it is obvious that the establishment in Europe knows what's about to happen unless that situation is changed.
Look at the worrying signs in Cyprus, which only joined the EU in 2008. At this time, March 17, 2013, few people have noticed that something very odd is going in the Mediterranean.
In the European Parliament's March 13th resolution, backed overwhelmingly by members of the assembly, there were calls for more money for growth-oriented areas such as innovation, research and education.
Rather, the summit deal wants to still see three-quarters of Europe's money directed to farm subsidies and major public infrastructure projects in poorer member states.
You see, in 2013, small and medium-sized companies, the backbone of Europe's economy, are still struggling to obtain cash and investment.
That is shown by the lack of access to loans from banks that deteriorated for six months back through September 2012.
That would force it into a barrage of constant, and provisional, annual budget. It is that which throws its long-term spending plans into disarray.
So under Jupiter's transit in Gemini in March it was not any kind of surprise that the ECB left that policy unchanged.
Any Europeans now reading this should know full well that it is time to batten down the hatches.
The regulatory and criminal filings outline conduct demonstrating how UBS attempted and succeeded in
In August 2011, the judicial panel on multi-district litigation consolidated 18 class actions before U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, who has not yet certified the class, nor ruled on pending motions to dismiss.
The EC published its 'forecast' in February 2013 and predicted that joblessness in the EU will peak at 12.2- percent.
That's more than 19 million people this year and the Euro currency struggles.
Marco Butti, the EC's director general for economic and financial affairs, described Europe's labor market as a "serious concern."
"Employment is forecast to shrink further for some quarters, and unemployment remains unacceptably high in the EU as whole and even more so in the Member States facing the largest adjustment needs," he said.
"This has grave social consequences and will, if unemployment becomes structurally entrenched, also weigh on growth perspectives going forward."
"Now I doubt that view is still current. From what I hear in the circles in which I move, today’s labor movement is disaffected from the European project,” he said.
German economic activity slowed considerably in the second half of 2012 - particularly in the final quarter.
We already know that the euro-zone economy as a whole is already well in recession - having contracted in both in the third and fourth quarters o 2012.
The global demand for EU exports remains one of the few saviors in terms of generating growth for Europe.
But to complicate matters, Reuters reported March 11th that a new German party that considers the Euro currency a "fatal mistake," made its public debut, buoyed by an opinion poll suggesting one in four Germans shares its concerns, but its prospects in September's national election remain dim.
The 'Alternative for Germany' (AfD), which wants to return to the Deutschmark currency, hopes to tap a vein of public anxiety over the costs of the euro zone crisis, though all mainstream German parties remain solidly in favor of the Euro common currency.
A taboo on nationalism, rooted in atonement for the crimes of the Nazi era, has helped to somewhat muffle euro-sceptic voices in Germany, even as they grow louder in other euro zone countries.
Undaunted, one of the AfD leaders, economics professor Bernd Lucke, said the scale of the Euro crisis and the silence of Germany's political elite compelled him to speak out.
"I'm trying to save Europe. There is a schism in Europe, a divergence not convergence. The current monetary policy is about to test Europe's cohesion to its limits," he told reporters before addressing about 1,200 mostly older people at the AfD's first public meeting in Oberursal, a town north of Frankfurt.
A survey conducted by TNS-Emnid for the weekly Focus magazine showed 26 percent of Germans would consider backing a party that wanted to take Germany out of the euro and as many as four in 10 Germans in the 40-49 age bracket would do so.
AfD and other German critics of the Euro say it is unfair and undemocratic to expect Germany to bear the costs of other countries' economic mistakes.
Lucke dismissed suggestions that the AfD, dominated by academics, was too cerebral to win mass support, saying they had a responsibility to warn the German people of the dangers.
"The Federal Republic of Germany is in the deepest crisis in its history," reads the message on the AfD's new website.
"The introduction of the Euro was a fatal mistake that is threatening our prosperity. The old parties are grizzled and worn out. They are stubbornly refusing to admit their mistake and correct it," it says.
The AfD said the European Central Bank (ECB) should not be allowed to buy up the debt of struggling euro zone members. It fears this could stoke inflation that will destroy the value of Germans' savings.
But previous euro-skeptic parties in Germany have made little headway and pollsters said the AfD was unlikely to fare better.
Emnid chief Klaus-Peter Schoeppner said the results of his survey were partly a signal from conservative supporters of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition that they expected a strong defense of German interests in Europe and would not accept moves towards "euro bonds", a sharing of liability for euro zone debt.
"There is scope in Germany for a protest party to win two or three percent support but it would be very difficult for it to enter parliament," he told Reuters, adding that much would depend on the wider economic situation.
A political party needs to win 5 percent to get seats in Germany's Bundestag, the lower house of parliament.
Despite the euro zone crisis, which has pitched southern Europe into deep recession, Germany, the region's largest economy, is faring relatively well, its exports to non-European markets are booming and unemployment is near two-decade lows.
Gero Neugebauer, a political scientist at Berlin's Free University, said AfD was unlikely to gather steam because it was effectively a single-issue party and that Germans had more pressing concerns than the fate of the euro.
"Most of those who talk about the dangers of the euro and long for a return to the Deutschmark will still vote conservative in the end. They believe Merkel will protect them, they feel safer with her than voting for a new party," he said.
Merkel's center right Christian Democrats are expected to win most votes in the September 2013 election, helped partly by her tough stance on euro zone bailouts and her insistence that heavily indebted countries accept harsh austerity measures.
The main opposition center left Social Democrats and Greens have broadly backed Merkel's efforts to tackle the euro crisis.
The crisis has featured less on the front pages of German newspapers since the ECB pledged in summer 2012 to buy up unlimited quantities of sovereign debt if necessary - in return for strictly binding austerity commitments - to save the Euro.
But many Germans, including at the Bundesbank, are very uncomfortable with the ECB pledge and February's inconclusive election in Italy, where anti-austerity parties did well. All this has reminded Germans that Europe's economic crisis is far from over.
Back in Oberursal, commercial clerk Iris Nieland - who drove 130 km (80 miles) with her husband to attend the event - said she hoped the AfD would be able to shed some light on the euro zone crisis for ordinary Germans as the election approaches.
"The amounts of money being handled (in the bailouts) is so unfathomable that no one knows what's going on. Nobody can explain what's going on," she said.
Two key figures have recently praised elements of Mussolini's Fascist rule over Italy.
We can see that fascist taboos are falling one by one in Europe.
They said that it will have been the result of a massive bubble in commodity markets that results in widespread economic collapse and sovereign defaults.
Europe's Total Solar Eclipse:
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.sci
A spate of odd, unusual and strange crimes have already begun to take place during Saturn's peregrine transit among the stars of Scorpio.
These following are just brief examples of this fact:
An intensive multi-state manhunt ended as police arrested a man suspected of killing his grandparents.
The aged baby boomer generation has seen their crime rates also rise within their own generation as transiting Scorpio squares this generation’s natal Pluto in Leo for the next several years.
The crime rate of the baby boomer generation since 1970 has led to a decline in society. The effect of this with Saturn in Scorpio will be featured in some of the saddest events of our transitional era.
Baby Boomer Crime Rate - 1960-2010
Then we have another water trine between Jupiter and Saturn which extends into 2014 that is helpful; however, the overall global transits continue to clearly show stressful and negative configurations that are shown by events on Earth.
Saturn's transit in Scorpio signals the rising crime globally, and we will see this trend continue through to 2016.
Although the mainstream media has been reporting that crime rates have dropped, rather, the opposite has occurred as forecasted, and it is happening worldwide.
The Sign Scorpius
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In ancient mundane astrology, the constellation Libra was represented, not by a balance, but as the claws of the scorpion known as Scorpius.
Depicting Scorpio as a double constellation is more proof that during the eras of great antiquity it seemed there was a belief that only six constellations made up the zodiac and that these extended zodiacal skies included Scorpio.
Every day, up before the early birds. Anyway, this English teacher always looked like she was fresh baked – every single day – all day long. So yes, we were all scared of her … a doctor of literature? All my classmates were … even our parents too.
That happened the first time by mistake when she gave us assignments to write a report about any subject we chose.
"There are those, too, who enjoy mock-fights and jousts in arms (such is their love of fighting) and devote their leisure to the study of war and every pursuit which arises from the art of war."
The Sumerians knew this area of the skies as ZIB-BA AN-NA - or what is called the ‘balance of heaven,’ and this is where the Arabs got the name Zuben.
Zuben Elgenubi consists of a wide double-star, an alpha (α)1 and an alpha star (α)2 shining at 3 and 6 magnitudes.
They shine as pale yellow and light gray and are found in the southern claw of tropical Scorpio, or the constellation of sidereal Libra. Called the ‘Insufficient Price,’ according to ancient mundane astrologers, Zuben Elgenubi is of the nature of Saturn and Mars.
It causes malevolence, obstruction, an unforgiving character, violence, disease, lying, crimes, disgrace and danger from poisons.
It does not let go until one or the other matter is complete and onlookers are not sure which of the two acts are in process.
If harshly aspected, especially by Mars, Saturn or the Moon, justice may well take a back seat to vengeance.”
Credit is given to the Southern and Northern Scales in that they both bestow an immortal name. However, this comes about more by tragic circumstances than by well noted success.
Conjunct the Ascendant, this star could mean rise in fortunes, followed by downfall. There is also an indication of danger coming about in connection with water.”
The star is also said to be favorable for gain and domestic matters, but also can bring about sickness to children in their infancy.
The conjunction with Sun, Moon, or Jupiter favors civil servants, lawyers and scientists. Confiscation of possessions during times of war but credited with bestowing an immortal name.”
Translators believe that the strange outbursts of novae in and around Scorpio may have had some effect in causing Scorpio to be considered malefic by the ancient astrologers.
It is tied to the southwest winds, something the astrologers of antiquity said both Sagittarius and Aries shared.
In Astrometeorology, Scorpio is also defined by ancient forecasters to exert a malignant influence on the atmosphere by means of fierce storms.
The color brown and murky red are assigned to Scorpio. Other mundane astrologers say planetary transits or even the appearance of comets in Scorpio gave signs and warnings of plagues of insects - especially of locusts.
Arabian mundane astrologers knew it as Al ‘Akrab, the Scorpion, from which have come the names: Alacrab, Alatrab, Alatrap,Hacrab - Riccioli's Aakrab and Hacerab; and similarly it was the Syrians' Akreva.
The Persians had a Scorpion in their Ghezhdum or Kazhdum, and the Turks, in their Koirughi, Tailed, and Uzun Koirughi, Long-tailed.
The ruler of Scorpio is known as ‘Martis Sidus,’ or the 'House of Mars,' the lesser malefic. Saturn is known as the greater malefic.
'Martis Sidus,' has been referred to as being found in the sting and tail of the Scorpion - and also in its claws, known as Zugos and Jugum.
The atmosphere under Scorpio can be warm, wet, humid and nearly tropical during summers but is cold, wet, frosty, chilly and foggy during autumn and winter seasons.
Saturn's transit among the stars of Serpens in 2014-2015 is also a concern.
This change in 'quality' - from the fixed elements of earth/water to the air/fire elements of Libra-Aries, signifies more important celestial events just prior to the Grand Cardinal Cross of April 2014.
By this retrograde motion, Saturn will again perform a conjunction to Unukalhai a second time, by April 12, 2014. This is the Easter and Passover season of April 2014.
It is also where a total lunar eclipse at 25-Libra will occur - occulting the stars Spica and Arcturus - framed by a grand cardinal cross configuration. This takes place on April 15, 2014.
Total Lunar Eclipse - April 2014
In the chart above, you can see the planet Saturn in the ninth mundane house, conjoined to the Serpens star Unukalhai during a total eclipse of the Moon. It is five days before Easter Sunday, on April 20, 2014.
By means of Saturn's retrograde, by then moving in direct motion, a third conjunction of Saturn to Unukalhai will take place on October 16, 2014.
According to Ptolemy, the stars of constellation Serpens are of a Saturn-Mars nature which, of course, in traditional terms means an arch-villain.
It doesn’t necessarily mean the subject will be a drug addict, rather these people are unusually sensitive to toxins and suffer more than most when exposed to smoke, heavy metals, chemicals and alcohol.
[The] 1930’s gentleman Vivian Robson (yes, he was a man) used the term 'evil environment,' to politely imply a gay lifestyle. But for modern use, I would suggest he means any lifestyle choices that are basically anti-Christian. So, that could include multiple-marriages, radical feminists, bohemians, non-conformists, and renegades."
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The influences of late 2013 into 2014 signify yet another stressful atmosphere worldwide.
Amid a Grand Cardinal Cross, a total lunar eclipse, and Saturn's transit among the stars of Serpens, these are obviously malefic world transits.
During 2014, transiting Mars will transit the stars of sidereal Virgo and tropical Libra, where it will conduct a significant global retrograde relative to Earth in early 2014.
The proximity of Mars and Saturn in 2014 among these stars and constellations call for strict attention to major changes in geopolitics, along with the rising crime rates in society.
I have been warning about this particular era in the world for some time on Global Astrology. These kinds of malefic transits are not to be taken lightly.
The power of astrological forecasting gives a heads up and allows for proper preparation to be taken in advance of such world transits with the intention to avoid disasters associated with their configurations. The knowledge of transits allows for positive intervention to then be acted on.
Often, these destructive influences can be neutralized by simply being awake to the fact of human frailties, misjudgments, poor learning, ignorance and bad habits.
Therefore, during solar year of 2013, it is essential to understand that the situations and trends going into early 2014 require very careful minding and navigation.
The mundane advice then? Take nothing at face value.
2013's Weird, Hot, Muggy, Windy, Cloudy, Floody, Wet & Dry Weather
Theodore White, astrometeorologist.sci
My general climate outlook for the northern hemisphere, in the solar year of 2013, particularly the spring, summer and early autumn is this:
Prepare for record-setting hot temperatures, heatwaves with wet, muggy conditions causing a steamy atmospheric climate in the northern hemisphere for summer.
In spring, with a colder-than-normal month of March, there will be late snow-melts in spring. What that means for rivers and farmlands in the northern hemisphere, along with heavy spring rains, is the threat of flood in the 2013 planting season. Preparation is urged.
Along with spring flooding - we also have a continuation of an extended drought this year - particularly in parts of the Plains states and in the central and southern Midwestern United States.
So what we have here is a weird climate year.
The additional climate signals feature high levels of record temperatures and humidity in urban cities.
My astrometeorological calculations for the seasonal weather from spring to autumn 2013 reveals a continuation and spread of the drought in the Midwest that I forecasted for 2012.
Relief will be on the way, but not before hot temperatures with heat waves make for a record weather year.
In some regions this summer, it will be wetter and cloudier as well. The reduced sunlight could result in under grown crops, so planting season is crucial in 2013.
Again, I warn farmers to be ready for a dry year throughout most of the Corn Belt in North America. Some relief will come in the form of of heavy rains, however with the already dry and cracked soil, it can lead to flooding in a late snow melt season.
Daytime and night-time records will be set for heat, especially in the months of July, August and September in the United States while early spring temperatures will read cold, and below normal.
Climate Forecast by
Theodore White, astrometeorologist.sci
We have been in a regime of solar-forced global warming since 1980-81.
And that has serious implications for planet.
It is far more difficult to grow food and sustain infrastructure under global cooling than under global warming.
The reason the globe warmed after the ice age and then started cooling about 6,000 years ago has to do with the tilt of the Earth, its distance from the Sun along with the configurations, synods and modulation of the planets in our solar system relative to Earth.
Our Sun is a constant star, when compared to other stars in the known galaxy.
We can see that different stars pulsate dramatically; while others can vary wildly in their sizes and brightness and as some stars even explode.
In contrast, our Sun varies the amount of light it emits by only 0.1 percent over the course of an 11-year cyclical pattern known by forecasting astrologers as the Solar Cycle.
As such, even 0.1 percent of the amount of light the Sun emits exceeds all other energy sources the Earth's atmosphere sees combined, such as the radioactivity naturally emitted from Earth's core, Kopp explained.
For instance, solar energetic particles and cosmic rays could reduce ozone levels in the stratosphere. This in turn alters the behavior of the atmosphere below it, perhaps even pushing storms on the surface off course.
The contrast in temperatures in the stratosphere and the upper troposphere leads to instabilities in the atmospheric flow west to east. "The instabilities make for eddies or irregular motions," he said.
"The geographical positioning of the jets aloft can alter the distribution of storms over the middle latitudes," North said.
"So the sun might have a role to play in this kind of process. I would have to say this would be a very difficult mechanism to prove in climate models. That does not mean it may not exist - just hard to prove."
In addition, peaks in the sunspot cycle were linked with increased precipitation in a number of areas across the globe, as well as above-normal sea-level pressure in the mid-latitude North and South Pacific.
This regional cooling might be linked with a drop in the sun's extreme ultraviolet radiation. In fact, the Sun could currently be on the cusp of a miniature version of the Maunder Minimum, since the current solar cycle is the weakest in more than 50 years.
So should you.
By the time global cooling will have set in; those who have led and repeatedly preached the lie of 'man-made global warming' - like Phil Jones, Michael Mann, James Hansen and Al Gore - will themselves be trying to find as many sources of carbon to burn in order to keep themselves warm in a colder climate.
And they will wish for global warming to return.
The alarmist ideologues who cannot forecast even monthly weather, much less yearly, but who harshly pontificate to all how the 'earth will warm forever,' and that humanity is the cause, will not be around to help when you are freezing because of the onset of global cooling.
What they will have accomplished is nothing short of a crime against humanity - the waste of hundreds of millions of dollars- along with valuable years to plan and prepare for a colder and wetter climate for decades to come.
You see, it is much much easier - and cost-effective - to prep soil, crops, society and infrastructure for global cooling and be wrong; then to assume the world will be 'warm' forever under the lie of 'man-made global warming' and be wrong.
It is harder to place on one's chips on global warming forever only to find a neo-boreal age (ice age) at your doorstep.
By means of this, we know that the cycle of the Sun and Saturn features harsh weather: drought in various regions, with blasting cold storms and resulting floods. The overall climate is often wetter, cloudier and colder.
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Because of the decline, our planet's climate will experience a negative balance from the Sun's energy budget.
This results in a decrease in global temperature.
And this has very poor effect on grain and food production.
In the annals of Astrometeorology it is well known that when sunspots increase, grain prices fall. And when sunspots decrease, grain prices go up.
Of course, this means crop failures, grain shortages, higher food prices and threats of famine; along with the resulting social and geopolitical ramifications, which are bad, to say the least.
This, while alarmists go on and on about how horrid global warming is and how they fault humanity for something it cannot do - change the laws of physics that govern our climate.
What has been happening is that these climate ideologues, who say global warming is bad for the Earth, are in full ignorance (and denial) about the Earth's climate and how it is actually governed and functions.
Global warming, as I have always stated, is good for the Earth.
On the other hand, global cooling is not good.
It is very difficult to live, work and grow crops in such a climate. Any farmer will tell you what it is like to try to plant, raise and harvest crops in an extended cloudy, cold and wet climate.
After the maximum of solar cycle 24, we can expect the start of the next climate regime of global cooling featuring another neo-boral era - a little ice age - just ahead.
That is my long-range global climate forecast. And I stand by it.