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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Cardinal Crisis > Saturn Enters Libra: New Seven-Year Cycle Begins; Cameron Visits Obama At White House; Plus - Mystery Man Buys A Billion Dollars Worth Of Cocoa? Also > UFO Shuts Down Chinese Airport & Where's The Economic Recovery? AstroMet Outlook Sees Colder Climate Ahead > Mundane World Forecast: 2010-2015

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Huge Sale of Europe's Entire Cocoa Stock? A cocoa farmer is depicted here on the Ivory Coast of West Africa - the world's main producer of the prized commodity. A mystery buyer, now unveiled, recently bought enough cocoa in a single sale to manufacture 5.3 billion quarter-pound chocolate bars - enough to fill five Titanic-sized ships. The massive purchase came as cocoa prices rose to £2,732 per ton, the highest level since 1977.

Saturn Enters Libra: New Seven-Year Cycle Begins

Cameron Visits Obama
 Global Climate Outlook Is Cold
A UFO Shuts Down Chinese Airport?
Astrological Forecast On Double-Dip Recession:
Where's The Economic Recovery?

Accidents On The Ground & Danger On The Water
Who Is Mystery Buyer Of Europe's Cocoa Stock?

Mundane World Forecast: 2010-2015

By Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S

Saturn's entry into tropical Libra on July 21, 2010 signals yet another confirmation that 2010 will be seen as an historic year.

After 2.5 years of transit through Virgo, Saturn's entry into Libra and passage through tropical Scorpio and Sagittarius during the 2010s will be a major player in the social mood worldwide.

On July 26th, Saturn will perform its last exact opposition to transiting Uranus, now in Aries, as this last opposition activates the previous four oppositions since the autumn of 2008.

As with all big transits of the outer planets, we will see their inclinations correlate to events on Earth.

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David Cameron Visits Barack Obama At White House

 July 20,2010: David Cameron (L) makes his first visit to the White House as British Prime Minister. He is pictured here with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Credit: Larry Downing/Reuters

Desmond Butler
Associated Press

July 20, 2010-- WASHINGTON D.C. – On the way to Washington, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to talk about Afghanistan, Middle East peace prospects and the global economy.

Everyone else wants to talk about BP.

Cameron's first trip to Washington as prime minister begins Tuesday and is being overshadowed by anger in the United States over BP's spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the British oil giant's alleged involvement in the decision to free Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from jail last year and send him home to Libya.

Cameron arrived at the White House in the late morning for his one-on-one meeting with President Barack Obama.

 U.S. Vice-President Joseph Biden pauses for a private talk with British Prime Minister David Cameron before breakfast at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. July 20, 2010.
Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The prime minister was then to have a working lunch with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, whom he met earlier for breakfast at the British Embassy.

Obama and Cameron were to take questions from reporters later in the day.

Cameron had hoped to use his first official visit to the White House to build his standing as a statesman and develop his relationship with Obama.

Instead, he is being forced to focus on the British government's decision last August to return the cancer-stricken prisoner to Libya on compassionate grounds.

"As leader of opposition, I couldn't have been more clear that I thought the decision to release al-Megrahi was completely and utterly wrong," Cameron told the BBC.

In Tuesday's meeting, Cameron and Obama will discuss a host of pressing issues. Chief among them will be Afghanistan.

Britain has been the most crucial U.S. military partner in Afghanistan but is facing inevitable budget cuts and the unpopularity of the war.

Cameron has said he wants the country's 10,000 troops out by the time of Britain's next election, which must be held by 2015.

The leaders also are likely to discuss stalled Middle East peace prospects and the global economy. But while both sides are playing down the BP issue, they are acknowledging it is likely to come up.

Cameron also is expected to come under questioning on that topic in meetings with congressional leaders.

Cameron will meet Tuesday evening with U.S. lawmakers who have urged an inquiry into BP's lobbying of the British government over al-Megrahi's release.

Cameron's Downing Street office said a British government-commissioned inquiry was "not currently under consideration."

The decision to free al-Megrahi was made by Scotland's government, which holds limited powers within the United Kingdom, and not by the previous British government headed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Al-Megrahi served eight years of a life sentence for the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed all 259 people aboard, mostly Americans, and 11 people on the ground.

"I have no idea what BP did, I am not responsible for BP," Cameron said.

But he insisted that discussions between BP and Brown's administration on a prisoner transfer agreement did not include talks involving the al-Megrahi question.

BP has acknowledged that it had urged the British government to sign a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, but stressed it did not specifically discuss al-Megrahi's case during those talks.

The release followed a $900 million exploration agreement that BP signed with the Libya Investment Corp. in May 2007.

In the same month, Britain and Libya signed a memorandum of understanding that they would negotiate agreements on extradition, mutual legal assistance, civil and commercial law as well as prisoner transfer.

Libya's proven oil reserves are the ninth-largest in the world, but vast areas remain unexplored. The country has been working to bring in foreign oil companies and investors after U.S. and U.N. sanctions were lifted several years ago.

The U.S. lawmakers asked the State Department last week to investigate whether BP pressured officials as part of efforts to seek access to Libyan oil fields.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told CBS television's "The Early Show" Tuesday that the decision to set al-Megrahi free must be investigated "in view of allegations there was an oil-for release deal made."

"I don't believe that happened," he added. But Hoekstra also said the British government "has to go forward and prove that it didn't happen."

Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said he stood by his decision to allow al-Megrahi's release, saying it conformed both to law and to Scottish values.

In a letter sent Saturday to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said there was nothing to suggest BP had influenced the Scottish government.

"There is no evidence that corroborates in any way the allegations of BP involvement in the Scottish executive's decision to release al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds in 2009, nor any suggestion that the Scottish executive decided to release al-Megrahi in order to facilitate oil deals for BP," Hague wrote.

There is a curious thing happening in the world of commodities.

During Saturn's transit of Virgo, which rules food production, mundane astrologers always look for events associated with the Mundane Sixth House, and food supply.

It seems Africa's Ivory Coast has been in play, as well as cocoa, as three enterprising journalists have been charged with the alleged theft of "official" government Cocoa production documents after breaking open the story that describes high-level corruption in West Africa's global cocoa industry.

If you think coffee and chocolate is expensive now, just wait until later this year and into the early 2010s.

Journalists Held For Revealing Corruption In Cocoa Industry?

By Monica Mark
Bloomberg News

July 19, 2010 -- Three Ivory Coast journalists detained for publishing an article about a report on corruption in the nation’s cocoa industry were charged with theft of official documents today, their lawyer said.

“We don’t think the charge of stealing official documents stands, therefore it amounts to the journalists’ being charged for the content of their articles,” Narcisse Atta said in an interview in the commercial capital, Abidjan, today.

The three will be sentenced on July 21, he said.

Under Ivorian law, journalists cannot be imprisoned for the content of their articles. Only document theft is punishable.

The editor, publisher and managing editor of Abidjan-based Le Nouveau Courrier were arrested on July 14 on the orders of Abidjan Public Prosecutor Raymond Tchimou.

The story, published on the day of their arrest, disclosed the results of the probe ordered by President Laurent Gbagbo after 23 senior employees of cocoa agencies were charged with fraud and embezzlement in June 2008.

The West African nation is the world’s biggest producer of the chocolate-making ingredient."

Looking around for what is connected to this sudden, and odd event, as Saturn leaves tropical Virgo and enters Libra, we discover this:

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Mystery Trader Buys All Of Europe's Cocoa?
Cocoa Futures for July delivery jumped 1.5-percent on the Liffe Exchange to more than £2,588 this week.
Credit: Reuters

By Jonathan Sibun & Harry Wallop
The British Telegraph

JULY 17, 2010-- LONDON, ENGLAND-- Even Willy Wonka might struggle to use this much chocolate. 

Yesterday, somebody bought 241,000 tonnes of cocoa beans.

The purchase was enough to move the entire global cocoa market, sending the price to the highest level since 1977, and triggering rumors and intrigue in the City.

It is unclear which person, or group of traders, was behind the deal, but it was the largest single cocoa trade for 14 years.

The cocoa beans, which are sitting in warehouses either in The Netherlands, Hamburg, or closer to home in London, Liverpool or Humberside is equivalent to the entire supply of the commodity in Europe, and would fill more than five Titanics. 

They are worth £658 million.

Analysts said it was very unlikely that a chocolate company, such as Nestle or Kraft, or even their suppliers, would buy such a huge order in one go and that is was probable that one or a number of speculators, possibly hedge funds, had attempted to corner the market. 

By doing this, they would have control of the entire supply in Europe, forcing the price yet higher.

Eugen Weinberg, an analyst with Commerzbank, said: “For one buyer it would likely be a little bit too large. 

It would be a crazy number. That said, if you’re cornering the market ...”

“If it looks like cornering, feels like cornering and the price difference between Europe and the US is so large, it probably is cornering.”

“There is some play taking place. No one really knows what is going on.”

Andreas Christiansen, president of the German Cocoa Trade Association, said the “hefty” price move was “a mirror of what can be done if people control the physical stock."

Cocoa prices, which had been on the rise this year, rose 0.7 per cent yesterday, to £2,732 per metric ton. By contrast, cocoa being traded on the US exchange fell.

This is the highest price for cocoa in Europe since 1977, and comes after a series of weak harvests in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, the main areas where the crop is grown. 

Fears of floods in the Ivory Coast have sent prices even higher, as speculators have bet on another poor harvest, and a shortage of supply.

At the same time demand is on the increase, especially as China and India develop an ever sweeter tooth.

Cocoa prices have more than doubled since 2007, forcing chocolate makers to raise prices and in some cases to change recipes to use less cocoa.

Laurent Pipitone, senior statistician at the International Cocoa Organization in London, said: “In the past two years, all companies have increased prices."

There are fears that the extraordinary activity on the commodity markets will filter down to higher prices on the shop shelves for the nation's favorite chocolate bars, even milk chocolate, which has only 25 per cent cocoa content.

The trade took place on the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe), a market which trades contracts in commodities such as corn, wheat, sugar, coffee and cocoa.

Most of these contracts are "options" or "futures" giving a trader the right to buy these commodities at a certain price at a certain time in the future. 

What made yesterday's trade so unusual was that the mystery buyer or buyers took physical delivery of the commodity.

The beans will be stored in one of Liffe's warehouses in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bremen, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Humberside, Le Havre, Liverpool, London, Rotterdam, or Teesside.

There have been mounting worries that speculators have been distorting the cocoa market in recent weeks, with brokers writing a letter of protest to Liffe earlier this month.

Barbara Crowther, a spokesman at the Fairtrade Foundation, said that no farmers in West Africa would benefit from the higher prices. 

She said: "This speculation only serves to increase volatility and uncertainty. Part of the problems in rent years have been the lack of investment in improving cocoa farms. 

But the farmers have already been paid a set price – none of this money will filter down to them." 

A mysterious sale of a huge amount of cocoa?

Enough to serve the entire continent of Europe? 

In a single sale?

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British Financier Behind Massive Cocoa Buy?
British financier Anthony Ward

By Laura Roberts
The Telegraph

July 18, 2010-- LONDON, ENGLAND-- A British financier is behind a £658 Million trade that moved the Global Cocoa Market.

Anthony Ward, 50, bought 241,000 tons of cocoa beans and now owns enough to manufacture 5.3 billion quarter-pound chocolate bars.

Mr Ward, who is worth around £36 million, holds so much of the market he could force manufacturers to raise the price of Britain's favorite chocolate bars.

The transaction, the largest single cocoa trade in 14 years, was carried out last Friday by Armajaro Holdings, a hedge fund co-founded by Mr Ward.

The businessman began his career as a motorcycle dispatch rider before becoming a commodities trader specializing in cocoa and coffee.

The former Chairman of the European Cocoa Association has amassed up to 15 per cent of the word's cocoa stocks in the last ten years.

Mr Ward, who has an annual director's salary of £3.4 million, lives in Mayfair in London with his wife Carolyn.

Outside of work he is known to be a passionate rally driver and lover of fine food and wines.

The cocoa beans from his latest trade are expected to be kept in warehouses in The Netherlands, Hamburg, London, Liverpool or Humberside and are the equivalent of the entire supply of the commodity in Europe.

Cocoa prices rose by 0.7 per cent as a result of the trade to £2,732 per metric tonne – the highest price for cocoa in Europe since 1977.

It follows a series of weak harvests in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, the main areas where the crop is grown.

In 2002 Mr Ward made £40 million in two months after making a similar deal.

He bought 204,000 tones of cocoa when West Africa was experiencing poor harvests and political instability in the equatorial area.

He then watched the price of cocoa increase from £1,400 a ton to £1,600 a ton.

Cocoa prices have more than doubled since 2007, following increased demand particularly from China and India, forcing chocolate makers to raise prices and in some cases to change recipes to use less cocoa.

Mr. Ward was not available for comment."

A sale this large surely means that world coffee and chocolate prices are set to rise in the months ahead. Just in time for the coming holiday season.

So, if you're reading this, prepare for higher prices this autumn, and especially over the winter season in the northern hemisphere.

There is still time to stock up on coffee and chocolate in some regions, including the U.S., but you'll have to buy wholesale to avoid the dent in your pocketbook.

Knowing the transits of this fall and winter seasons ahead, it would be wise to use the transits through to mid-November to stock up on your cocoa needs before prices skyrocket.

However, for Europe, it appears that prices are quickly already on the rise.

This sale also shows that our "friends" out there seem to be intent on continuing to make a mess of things both economically, and socially, it seems by their arrogance and greed.

Let's see if they happen to notice all the celestial action with the world's transits in the months and years ahead.

The New Moon in Cancer of July 11 fully opened the summer season in the northern hemisphere. This new lunar phase was a solar eclipse, observed only in the South Pacific, and extreme western regions of South America.

In mundane astrology, eclipses are only powerful when physically observed over a region.

This eclipse in Cancer will not been seen in any of the most populated regions of the Earth, except in the above regions in the link provided above.

This New Moon at 19-20 degrees Cancer opens a cycle that lasts to last quarter Moon of October 1, 2010.

It opens the first phase of the Cardinal Crisis transits now starting for the world.

The events of the past month, indeed, since 2010 began, has revealed a host of regions, and peoples feeling pressed on nearly every side.

The inclinations of world transits into July, August, and September will usher in yet more proof that we are now living in historic times.

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Saturn Enters Libra
New 7.5-Year Cycle Begins
Fixed Hexagon, crystallized on Saturn's North Pole.
photo: NASA/JPL

By Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S

On July 21, 2010, Saturn will leave its transit of Virgo (since 2007) and enter tropical Libra.

Saturn takes two-and-one-half years to complete transit of a single zodiacal sign.

In mundane astrology we count multiple years and their configurations - especially among the transits of the outer planets in our solar system.

Saturn will transit the air sign of Libra, then the fixed water sign of Scorpio, and the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius, on the way to its new conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn on the cusp of the new decade of the 2020s.
  • Saturn transits Libra - July 21, 2010 to Oct. 5, 2012
  • Saturn transits Scorpio - October 5, 2012 to Sept. 18,2015
  • Saturn transits Sagittarius - September 18, 2015 to Dec. 20, 2017
Each single 2.5-year transit through each of the three zodiacal signs - Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius - will stretch to 7.5-years, or, half of one-half (15 yrs.) of a full 30-year cycle Saturn takes to make one complete revolution around the Sun.

These seven-and-a-half years will extend from 2010 to mid-2017, and hold many forecasts concerning the times ahead for the world in light of the configurations of the planets as they aspect one another.

How it affects you individually depends on your own nativity. The overall atmosphere of Saturn's transit in Libra is as much personal, as it is societal.

With all the changes in society as a result of the Bank Crisis, the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, the stock markets, etc., along with the subsequent fears of "sovereign debt" and austerity measures amid clamors of change - expect social justice to be high on the agenda during Saturn's transit here.

Saturn in Libra features society-in-general, government, and justice on a global scale as much as regional, and local. Exalted in Libra, the giant planet plays a key role during the 2010s.

Uranus' passage into the first degree of Aries in March 2011 further announces that a new celestial era is setting, and another is rising.

Over the seven-and-a-half years of Saturn's transit through Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius be prepared to either accept the changes taking place, or, prepare to make adjustments to the changing times.

Saturn will crystallize in Libra, turning that which is liquid, for instance, into a solid.

Libra functions as an "air sign," therefore, the mental forms of Libra will be crystallized by Saturn's transit into Libran ideals that can take shape as external objects, materials, habits, accepted culture, and mental function as relates to emotional atmosphere, including that of society itself.

This is Saturn's nature. It consumes and crystallizes anything it impacts.

Expect the winter/early spring climate to turn wetter, stormier, much colder, with potential ice storms due to Saturn's declinational position in tropical Libra over the next 2.5 years.

Socially, well, things are changing rapidly due to the Bank Crisis, and the amazing contraction of the business community.

We can have a choice with Saturn in Libra:

Either austerity measures forced by politicians, along with stubborn high rates of unemployment and under-employment spread out over the coming years; or a mandate will be made - forcing the choice for a new, fresh business impetus with concerted energy into traditional/new economies of scale to help economies and people to recover.

These choices will largely determine the success of the decade.

It is not a time to fear, since there is too much of that in the world. Rather, it is a time to be oneself, as true as one can be to oneself, and loved ones, and to take precautions in a world changing into some forms that make people nervous, and apprehensive about the future.

These are changing times, make no doubt about it.

Saturn's transit during the bulk of the years of the 2010s is rather unusual, but opens the doors for those who have lived the last 30 years waiting for opportunity to make positive progress in the world.

Still, the waning square, and reducing aspects from Saturn to Pluto during the 2010s features a time of reckoning for two generations of the last century who must face within their own lives the successes and failures during the time of their establishments.

The personal inclinations feature relationships. Venus, which rules Libra, plays a crucial role in 2010. Libra is an air sign known for its balance, its read between-the-lines outlooks, but Libra also desires proper manners.

Libra is the only sign of the zodiac that is not featured as human or animal form, but as a powerful mental idea of what is just and what is not just.

Its symbol is "balance," and as the western most equinox, the presence of Saturn in Libra signals that personal relationships of the past will wane still further, as new relationships are sought under the discipline and crystallization of Saturn.

Venus "attracts" in Libra, the magnetic quality that is light, soft, yet formed and structured to serve the purpose of etiquette under it's influence from the positive octave of Venus.

This serves to deepen the sense of fashion, the times, the appreciation of beauty, form, music, art, and the proper extension of all which functions smoothly in social/professional human contact and behavior.

Society's de-structuring from the waning years of the last decade opens with Saturn's entry into Libra.

Socially, expect functions to be more formal, or semi-formal at best. Improve one's dress. The days of dirty jeans, and the high-school boomer look, or baggy jeans, or clothing that looks like pajamas from the 1990s is long gone.

What Saturn desires in Libra is maturity, light breezy forms, classic beauty, freshness, structure, and balance.

Dressing up, hairstyle, makeup, legs, and lipstick are back in vogue with women. The colors are light yellows, white sheen, reds, lavender, pearl, light pinks. It's back to suits and black and white for the gentlemen.

Dinner parties are also back in form, as new friendships, romances, and marriages are formed under Libra, ruler the Seventh House.

New treaties between nations are back in vogue, and so is society & fashion. Manners, and decorum updated for the 21st century will be shaped, in large part, by the transit of Saturn in Libra.

The determination of success, particularly in the U.S., will not be so much class, or even money, as it will be from character and how one carries oneself in society-at-large.

This has happened before, during Saturn's transit of Libra from 1980-83, a time of social de-fragmentation from the wild 1970s and into a time of objectified relationships lacking in serious commitment, at least for the time being...

Personal relationships are apt to become distant among those most inclined by Saturn's transit of Libra, and then into Scorpio in the years ahead.

The most successful people in the early 1980s who navigated well were those who lowered their expectations and remained steady with reliable friends, and family.

Libra likes its social functions, and does not approve of cynicism to the point of rudeness, as this is an affront to Venus' desire for beauty, music, form, and rule of etiquette, both personally, and in societies functions.

The last time Saturn was in Libra in the early 1980s, this kind of music, form, beauty and etiquette was seen in modern culture.

A "thank you" and genuine manners is wise under Venus-ruled Libra.

Saturn is easily more balanced here; one of the reasons why Saturn was given exaltation in this sign by mundane astrologers.

Saturn's transit surely opens a new seven-year cycle that, after all is said and done, will help stamp the character of the early 2010s.

This new seven-and-one-half year cycle of Saturn through the air, water, and fire signs of Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius will play strong roles in defining most of the decade of the 2010s.

For more on Saturn's transit, and how to survive Venus-ruled Libra socially, see this on Urban Etiquette.

Meanwhile... during this initial phase of the global cardinal transits, we continue to witness interesting signs from the heavens, as more and more unusual objects are filmed outside, and within, Earth's orbit:

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UFO Shuts Down Chinese Airport?
July 7, 2010: Image of alleged UFO captured by a resident in Hangzhou, Xianshan, China
Source: anonymous resident

By Sophia Fang
Epoch Times

July 16, 2010-- CHINA -- Multiple Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings have recently been reported across different regions in China.

They were spotted from June 30 to July 10 in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, the northeastern city of Changchun, the southeastern city of Hangzhou, and the southern city of Xiamen.

See UFO footage here.

People have been perplexed by UFO sightings for many years. Governments tend to be non committal about their existence, one possibility might be that they fear a mass hysteria if announced that they are real.

However, independent UFO researchers known as ufologists, are quick to say that “Yes, UFOs do exist.”

See more photos here of China's UFO Incidents

Urumqi Xinjiang - UFO Spotted?

One recent sighting was in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, in northwestern China. At around 11:00 p.m. on June 30, a round, bright object was seen moving slowly eastward, leaving an enormous, fan-shaped trail of white light behind.

A photo taken by a local resident was published in the July 5 issue of Xingjiang Metropolitan Daily.

According to Song Huagang, secretary-general of the Xinjiang Astronomical Society, the object was an intercontinental missile launched by the U.S. on June 30.

The "missile theory" was dismissed on July 9 by Wang Sichao, an astronomy researcher from the Zijinshan Astronomical Observatory (also known as Purple Mountain Observatory, under the aegis of the Chinese academy of Sciences.)

Wang told China News Service that it was not a U.S. missile, because Xinjiang and California are more than 7000 km (3450 miles) apart.

On viewing the video footage Wang said that the UFO seems to be "somewhat strange," given its exceptionally bright midsection and its fascinating shape.

Hangzhou - Preferred Hangout? 

China News Service reported on July 8 that the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in the southeast province of Zhejiang was closed for one hour on July 7, at around 9:00 p.m.

Due to a UFO sighting, flights were grounded.

According to a witness who was in a plane that was landing, the object looked like a bright twinkling dot, coming and going in the blink of an eye.

Wang Sichao, from the Zhijinshan Astronomical Observatory dismissed the phenomenon, saying, “There is not enough information to draw a conclusion at this time.”

 At around 7:30 p.m. on July 9, another UFO was spotted in the Binjiang Higher Education Park in Hangzhou. A teacher and several security guards witnessed a star-like, white shining ball of light.

"One second it was right here, the next second, it became very, very small: like a faraway star.

It flew away at a very high speed," the teacher (surnamed Li) told Shenzhen Economic Daily.

Changchun’s UFO Video

City Evening News reported that at 3:22 a.m. on July 10, a security guard on the night shift at Huifang Industries in the Changchun Economic & Technological Development Zone, spotted an arm-shaped, spinning object through the video surveillance camera.

After about ten minutes, it disappeared. The video replay reveals an object shaped like a curved human arm, appearing from behind some fog.

It moved from south to the north before disappearing.

See Video of UFO In China Here

Xiamen’s Beams of Light

Fujian Online ( reported that in the early morning hours of July 10, a “sheet of music notes,” composed of vertical light beams, filled up the Xiamen sky in Fujian province.

At first, five beams of light appeared at around 11:30 p.m. on July 9.

They quickly grew to around 50 beams.

A resident said, “It was very beautiful, like a sheet of music notes.”

When the media arrived at the scene about an hour later, clouds had also moved in, making only a few beams of light visible to the naked eye. 

However, a picture taken at the time later revealed many more beams of light.

Debate about the existence of extraterrestrial beings and their craft are not new.

Wang Sichao, an astronomy researcher from the Zhijinshan Astronomical Observatory told Guangzhou Daily:

“I’ve researched about 20 UFOs spotted since 1971. 

Some of them are swirl-shaped, some fan-shaped, and some are balls of light.

They appear at a height of 130 km (426509 ft) to 1,500 km (4921260 ft) above ground. 

Their speed is much lower than the escape velocity (7 miles/sec on the surface of the Earth.)

Some were as slow as 0.18 miles/sec.

Yet they can fly parallel to the earth’s surface, at a height of 1,460km (4790026 ft), for as long as 25 minutes. 

They must have some sort of anti-gravity mechanism. Otherwise, they would have crashed to the earth in no time.” ~

 I highlight UFO sightings in mundane astrology because there is a long history of sightings of these crafts over centuries by astrologers observing the skies.

The UFOs often appear in "flaps" during unusual astronomical events, such as solar eclipses, and particular planetary configurations, conjunctions, and oppositions that repeat themselves over cycles of time.

It would appear, from the sightings of 2010, that there is another UFO global flap now underway. Perhaps some of them seem to think that they are running out of time?

Could it be that humanity, with all our flaws and ignorance, may be evolving a bit faster than than they expected?

Or could it be that us mere "dumb" mortals living on Earth have something they want, but that they (not for sake of trying repeatedly) cannot possess?

Strange events in stranger times.

Our next feature on Global Astrology is the economy & housing markets.

After nearly three years of what can only be described as a tsunami event in commercial and residential real estate, the true numbers have become to finally come in - confirming the prior astrological forecasts on this sector:

American Real Estate Markets

My mundane forecasts on the economy, as it has for years now, continues to forecast unfavorable conditions exist because of the global transits.

This is particularly the case now as the world is experiencing the waning square of a Saturn/Pluto cycle that began in 1982.

This waning square is activated as part of the Cardinal T-Square, and signals at least 7.5 years, in my mundane view, of tough economic times for many who've been unprepared.

Back in the years 1999-2000, I was berated by some on my economic and social forecast for 2010.

It was difficult for some to understand the depth and extension of mundane astrology, still, no one, except a single person, believed what I had forecasted 10 years ago. I was among the very few forecasters not positive because of the world transits.

Even as late as 2007, and again in 2008 and 2009, I continued to forecast that real estate would suffer a crippling 75%-90% free fall of their inflated property values before the cardinal crisis transits have run their full course.

To many, that was unimaginable; yet it is exactly what I forecasted.

The continuing fall in values is a return to the true realities of the actual worth of real estate properties.

Not the bubble prices that sustained a feeding frenzy in real estate worldwide and that led to the near collapse of the economies of many nations.

Even my forecast of a further 30+% drop in housing in 2010 not taken seriously, nor believed. I received many a wide eyed-look when I answered inquires on when the commercial and residential real estate markets would reach bottom.

I continue to point people who would question astrological forecasts why they are not looking at the events in any particular sector, in this case, the economy and real estate.

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Where's The Economic Recovery?

~ Expected Returns reports July 20,2010 ~

 "The much-hyped economic recovery has suddenly disappeared into thin air as economists and mainstream analysts are left scratching their heads in bewilderment. 

But since the herd couldn't see the biggest collapse in 75 years coming, what makes you think they can recognize a double dip before it develops?

2nd quarter revenue misses from stalwarts like JP Morgan, Goldman, and IBM are confirming the across-the-board weakness in economic data. 

Let's not forget that JP Morgan's net earnings increased largely because of a $1.5 billion dollar decrease in loan loss reserves- which, in my opinion, is a rather questionable move given the still uncertain economic environment.

Of course things could have been a lot worse according to President Obama, who saved or created 3 million jobs according to....himself. 

The farce that is our government will continue until November, when I expect the collapse in public confidence to be expressed at the polls.

Leading Indicator Index

Investors are paying close attention to the leading indicator index, which currently stands at -9.8%. 

A drop below -10% would virtually guarantee we are heading back into recession, since every drop below -10% in the past 42 years has resulted in a recession.

We may get a -10% reading as early as this week.
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Retail Sales

The consumer is starting to retrench as the economic outlook continues to be uncertain. 

The back-to-back declines in retail sales is a huge anomaly in an economic recovery. 

A sensible person would therefore just believe the obvious: we are not in an economic recovery.

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The weakness in retail sales is corroborated by a rapidly falling consumer confidence index.

Real Estate

It appears there will be no snap back recovery in real estate, which anyone with some common sense could foresee. 

New mortgage applications just came in at a 14-year low- and this is with record low mortgage rates. New homes sales also plummeted to a record low in May. 

Can anyone actually spin this as a real estate recovery?

The weakness in housing demand is due to a combination of weak consumer demand and the extreme caution of banks. 

Real estate loans have continued to collapse throughout this ostensible economic recovery. 

What happened to the real estate recovery that tax-credits and trillions of dollars in stimulus were supposed to create? 

Was it really a figment of people's imagination?


In only a couple of months, the economic recovery thesis has been turned on its head. It's funny what hard data can do to a thesis built on sand. 

So what are people who've been consistently wrong for years telling you now?

They are telling you the U.S. is not Greece; they are telling you gold is a bubble; they are telling you that the dollar is king; and they are telling you to fear deflation and run to bonds. 

In short, they are delusional.

Stay focused on the end game. The economy is deteriorating along with public confidence.

These are trends that very few saw coming - but they are developing before your eyes. The rocket launch in gold is next. Stay tuned."

Then, consider this ~

Presented below is the June 22, 2010 perspective of Michael David White, an independent financial adviser/planner & founder of the New Mortgage Company. White says he trades infrequently on bonds & real estate:
 American Financial Planner Michael David White

"My work is in real estate as lender, owner, mortgage originator, and commentator," he says. "My experience includes purchasing more than 275 properties and making hundreds of real estate loans for my own portfolio.

"My day job is originating mortgages. I have helped clients with hundreds of mortgages and counseled thousands of homeowners." 

So, let's take astrology and apply it, as always, to events on the ground: in this case, again, on the economy and real estate.

To see & understand the inclinations of the Saturn/Pluto cycle in operation since 1982, and the impacts on the economy, world stock markets and real estate, let's take a look at the actual numbers ~

The Cardinal Crisis:
Real Estate
A Blistering Ride Through Hell?
Key Property Charts to Make Sense of The Real Estate Mess
This Year's Financial Crisis

By Michael David White

Is This The Scariest Financial Chart Of The United States Bar None?

"The Index of pending home sales fell a record 30% in May to a record-low reading of 77.6 -- two huge pessimistic indicators of future prices nationwide.

Yet the combination of two record negatives went barely reported when the stats were announced last week.

So here’s the news for you now, a week late, but new to the marketplace of ideas.

Pending-home sales now stand below the worst numbers we have seen since the housing crash started in 2006.

The rubber bands and duct tape are breaking apart. Presume the fix of a fall is in.

Take a look at the three charts below and judge for yourself how important the facts are which the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced last Thursday (July 1st).

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The oversight by major news outlets -- snubbing record negatives -- is egregious by virtue of its ignorance of the expiration of the free-down-payment program.

The pending-home-sales stat gave us our first view of buyer demand for housing without the hugely popular prop from the federal government.

Speculation has run rampant as commentators have wondered about the direction of prices as government support starts to fall away.

The future direction of real estate prices is a major obsession of almost all economy watchers as the monthly bill for shelter overshadows others, as the value of homes is a predominant factor of family wealth, and because the banking sector has huge investments based upon residential property.

“If you’re looking for a silver lining in housing, you aren’t going to find it here,” Mike Larson of Weiss Research said.

“Demand has fallen off a cliff in the wake of the tax credit expiration, with pending sales falling by the biggest margin ever to the lowest level ever.”

It is likely that Mr. Larson’s comment drew attention to the two new record lows.

Had he remained silent, these highly relevant facts likely would have gone unreported completely.

Of the 15 major outlets we reviewed, four actually did learn about the two record negatives, but they didn’t understand the meaning of it.

The statement by NAR announcing pending-home sales makes no reference to either the record fall or the record new low.

If their intention was to hide bad news, they got away with murder.

Let’s show you the fools who fell for it.

Among the outlets who failed to uncover either of the two record negative stats are Barrons, Dow Jones, The Financial Times, Fox Business, The Los Angeles Times, and Marketwatch.

I reviewed stories on pending-home sales by 15 leading news outlets – in addition to the flunking students mentioned immediately above.

I also read, BBC News, Bloomberg,, CNBC, Investors’ Business Daily, New York Times, Reuters, US News — and the only difference between the outlets was the extent to which they screwed up this critical epicenter-type data set (Please see the graphic nearby depicting the various degrees of incompetence.).

The future direction of housing prices are arguably the most critical factor in the most critical nation in the most critical financial crisis since the Great Depression.

The signs are not hunky-dory in this market.

The May [2010] pending-sale figures may in retrospect serve as a Rosetta Stone: A perfect guide to the true fortunes of residential real estate.

Just in case you have forgotten, we are in one hell of a market, and Mom did not tell us this is what would happen when we grow up. estimates current inventory for sale of 3.9 million is 1.2 million units higher than it should be, and not too far away from the record high 4.5 million.

Inventory stands at 8.3 months of sales, but it should be at 5.8 months.

Fourteen percent of mortgages are behind on payments -- about 7.7 million borrowers or, more starkly, one in seven.

A record 4.63 percent of borrowers are in foreclosure.

Approximately 13 million homeowners have no equity or negative equity.

They would make nothing from the sale of their house if they could sell it.

Or they would lose a little or a lot.

Thus do we have the phenomena of strategic default -- now as common as no-money-down mortgages during the boom.

We are in a pause of a tectonic shift of plates. Prices have been flat since August 2009, but are down 30% from their peak.

The fall of 30% was almost completely discounted as impossible prior to its occurrence.

My speculation is that the fate of bubble-mortgage debt remains as our key obstacle blocking recovery.

(Unbelievers should rent the Godzilla movie “Eating the Lost Decades of Japan” for further enlightenment.).

Total mortgage balances remain almost unchanged from the peak of the bubble --$11.68 trillion today versus $11.95 trillion at the peak (see graphic charts below.)

The data released last week on pending home sales and the dismal record of reporting on that data proves that breaking news business journalism fails even in surface scratching.

The cows just want to feed on the grass in front of them and go on to the next field.

The smart investor is going to look at these charts on pending-home sales and have a real advantage over the common media consumer.

Readers of my work know I have found pessimistic facts easy to find. The pending-sales figures are a dramatic concurrence -- a record fall and a record low.

So I will give you my opinion:

All hell has broken loose all over again in real estate. Don’t buy a home. Sell one."

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Oh boy.

In astrological times such as these, and those to come, it is essential to make as much common sense as one can make out of all the known facts, as they may be perceived, and still come out confused about just what to do now?

What direction to take?

There are positive things happening in the world, and the creative people are those who recognize that times are changing, and who begin to adapt.

It is my mundane view that in order to achieve anything of good progress, with social and personal value - is to simply look at the given facts as objectively as possible, be creative, persistent and reliable - and then get to work.

 Saturn will enter Libra on July 21, 2010. This is a marker of our time, in our solar system, which includes Saturn's shift to southern declination in September.

Jupiter and Uranus will retrograde into tropical Pisces during the months of August 2010 through early March 2011. Both are officially back in Aries between January-March 2011.

So, this year is a preview year, but is also the transition year. Most of the really bad world economic news will arrive during the remaining months of 2010, before healthy signs of some economic life returns in 2011.

The rest of this year of 2010 should be applied knowing your own personal astrological transits, and those of the world. The 2010s are that important.

Saturn's entry into Libra, and its fifth, and last exact opposition to Uranus by July 26, 2010, previews the coming Jupiter-Saturn opposition now opening for another 2.5 years.

The T-Square to Pluto signals changing times, as does Uranus' transit, and, that of Neptune into Pisces by 2012.

Try to see the early years of the 2010s much like those of the early 1980s, for those who remember those times.

Saturn's transit back into tropical Libra signals the return of the "objective relationship" - both personally and socially, over the next two-and-a-half years.

Mixed in are the cardinal transits, which heightens the climate experienced at the time of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction of 1982.

Historically, it has been my forecast that 2010 would be a major transitional year.

This theme of "transition" continues into the early years of the 2010s as the waning square, sextile, and semi-sextile of the 1982 Saturn/Pluto phase finally sets, with a new conjunction arriving on the eve of the decade of the 2020s.

The Cardinal Crisis
Accidents & Deaths Inclined By Transits
 Jupiter/Uranus conjunct Scheat: In this July 14, 2010 image a large tug barge crashes into a stalled sightseeing boat filled with international & local tourists on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The resulting collision threw all 37 people aboard the small amphibious boat overboard and into the river, killing two visiting Hungarian students who drowned.
Credit: AP/CBS3

I was very concerned about this summer in the northern hemisphere when it came to travel, the high-seas, crime and violence, and accidents during the height of the world's cardinal transits.

For over a year I have been forecasting and warning those who would listen not to take any chances in 2010 due to the strong cardinal planetary inclinations.

Haste and impulse, as well as neglect, play key roles in accidents that have led to the loss of life.

In the time since I issued my forecast warning on the cardinal crisis transits, many events have, and continue to take place at rapid levels, as I have been reporting with mundane forecasts.

I've urged parents to not take this summer lightly and to have their kids stay home this year, and to watch them even there as the cardinal transits relating to accidents is high in 2010.

I also continue to warn people taking trips for pleasure on the water, and who work on the high seas, that the conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus to the star Scheat is a strong portent of very dangerous conditions that can arise suddenly, with little to no warning, leading to losses of life.

Because of the powerful cardinal transits, it is essential not to take things for granted, to look after one another, children, seniors, pets, neighbors, as the inclinations of the first powerful phase of the Cardinal T-Square and Cardinal Cross transits involving the Moon has been in effect since June.

From violent inclinations of crime, and war, to accidents on the water, to sudden, strange accidents at home - here is the most recent expanding list of sad events directly inclined by the world's Cardinal Crisis Transits ~

Hundreds of Drunk Russians Drown?

Elderly Couple Dies Trapped In Home Elevator

Hotel Fire Kills Dozens In Iraq

The BP Oil Spill Stopped?

Death Toll Of Iran Mosque Bombing Rises

 Two U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan

Motorcycle deaths climb

String of Boat Accidents Has Coast Guard On Alert

Three Killed In Two Accidents In Minnesota

Two Teens & Three-Year Old Boy Die In Accidents

Tragic Triple Pair Of Aviation Accidents

Pakistan Bomb Kills In Marketplace

Multiple Deaths In Boat Accident On The Nile

Tragedy Among Friends: Three Dead, One Missing After Boat Capsizes

Europe Wilts In Northern Hemisphere Heatwave

China Faces Worse Floods in 12 Years

The Cardinal Crisis
Astrometeorological Climate Forecast
Colder Climate Ahead
Climate conditions: What I forecasted as "extremes of weather" in 2006 had come with predicted arrival of El Nino in late 2009, and early 2010. I also have forecasted La Nina to make impact in late 2010 and early 2011.

Despite years of ideological wars and scientific careerism that has misrepresented and depicted  the Earth as "ever warming," with political ideology and opinions serving only those with something materially to gain from such silliness, I continue to state emphatically that all climate, and our resultant weather, are the causes of astronomical forces.

All climate and weather is directly caused by the motion of celestial bodies, as stated by the astrologers of yore, who invented meteorology: the forecasting of climate and weather events by the activity of the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets relative to the Earth.

The meteorological rule is: astrophysical (causes) to geophysical (effects.)

This physical law has been in force for the Earth, and all the other planets in our solar system, since the dawn of time itself.

Nothing has changed since then.

Over the past year, the revelations of "Climategate" has proved there has been a determined effort to disguise, change, and hide global climate data to support an ever-warming Earth.

This has been done to the great detriment of the world's nations, who must have true climate forecasts based on the truth - not on lies, ideologies, or the need to become famous as "forecasters."

For years, I have provided my long-range climate and weather forecasts for free to fight what I have long observed were attempts to play with and alter the Earth's climate data sets amongst some of climate scientists who should have known better.

I have always been amazed how some of the people who claimed to be among the world's top forecasters could not forecast their own region's weather a mere month in advance, but who claim to be able to forecast the world's climate and weather years in advance.

How is that even possible?

Climategate has proven that for nearly 30 years, there has been a concerted effort among some scientists to alter the world's climate outlook to "always warmer," in order to gain "carbon credits" for firms that many of these same climate scientists and warming pundits created for themselves - in order to fleece untold billions from nations.

All of this, for a substance - carbon - that is natural to the Earth and is regulated by the activity of the Sun.

It is my contention that the Sun is the main driver of the Earth's entire climate.

The Sun's very powerful cosmic and magnetic rays and energies are modulated by the transits of the celestial bodies relative to the orbit of the Earth.

This is where our climate and weather comes from - space.

The Earth has been in an overall global warming cycle since 1980-81. This cycle is a 36-year phase, of which we are now in the 30th year.

There remain about 6-7 more years of the current global warming phase. On the way is global cooling, which will peak, according to my astronomical calculations, in the mid-2030s.

At this time, as many in the northern hemisphere bake in 100+ degree warm temperatures and high humidity, it may be difficult to think that colder times are just ahead.

But that is exactly what I am forecasting.

The eruption of three volcanoes in 2010, and the resulting volcanic ash spewed into the Earth's atmosphere will cause a temperature drop in 2010, that will lead into cold winter and spring season of 2011.

The world is about to enter a colder cycle that should be prepared for in advance due to the fierce climate conditions I have foreseen.

During the 2010s, we will see what I've been calling "extremes of weather," in that the world's climate experiences bouts of warmer-than-average temperatures mixed in with strange cold anomalies of above-average snows, and below-average-temperatures along with strange extended droughts, and floods.

These extremes are clear signs of a world climate in transition. We are now in the waning phases of the 36-year global warming cycle, and will enter a new global cooling cycle by the mid-to-late 2010s.

This transition in the world's climate will feature a wide spectrum of climate oddities which can be observed through weather events worldwide - from blasting warmer than normal temperatures, heavy rains, raging floods, to colder than normal temperatures, increasingly heavy snowfall, to extended droughts in regions worldwide.

Floods have become more common over the last decade, and this trend continues into 2010:

~ AFP reported July 16, 2010 ~
'Storms Pound Japan'

TOKYO — A mother and her seven-year-old son were killed in a mudslide while some 50 trucks and cars were washed away in a flash flood Friday as heavy rains lashed Japan, leaving at least eight dead in three days.

Five others remained unaccounted for by nightfall as the weather agency predicted more rain for central and western Japan, warning of the risk of more floods and landslides.

"We discovered the mother and the boy and they were confirmed dead at the hospital," a police official said in the western prefecture of Shimane. "They were found side by side, buried under a rock."

The 11-year-old daughter was earlier pulled out alive from the destroyed house where her 37-year-old mother and her younger brother died.

Another victim, found in Hiroshima prefecture, was a 73-year-old woman buried under mud inside her house.

She was the third elderly woman to die this week in flood-hit Hiroshima.

Three bodies were recovered in the central prefecture of Gifu.

Authorities were also searching for an elderly man in Shimane, a woman in Hiroshima and three people still missing in Gifu.

In the city of Kani in Gifu, flood water from a river washed away 28 trucks, and 20 privately owned cars from the parking lot of a transport company.

Nine heavy-duty trucks were seen piling up against an elevated railway bridge with total damage estimated at 300 million yen (3.4 million dollars)," said Ryuji Sakai, a spokesman for the company, Tougi Transport.

"We didn't expect such a flood and there were no warnings at all."

Japan's Self-Defense Forces have used helicopters and boats to aid residents trapped in flooded homes in the region, where large areas of farmland and some towns have been under water for days because of torrential summer rains.

Last year 25 people died in the same region after rains triggered flash floods and landslides, including one that devastated a retirement home."

The BBC reports that the heavy rains have started to strike southern China.

I have called 2010 the year of the flood. The influence of Jupiter's position to that of Uranus relative to the Earth, confirms that another round of serious global flooding has resulted because of solar and planetary inclinations, which is the cause of the El Nino/La Nina cycles.

Heavy rains will continue through this year, to be followed by a strange occurrence of reversal, with drier, colder weather for some regions, with signs of drought in others; while still other world regions experience wetter, and colder-than-normal air temperatures.

In my longer-range forecasts, I continue to see signs of a global cooling cycle I have forecasted ahead for a part of the 2010s, but mainly for the 2020s and 2030s.

It is going to get colder in the decades ahead.

For 2011, on the way is La Nina, the colder sister of El Nino, which I forecasted would arrive in winter 2011, featuring colder than normal temperatures that will remind some of the frigid winter temperatures of the early 1980s.

Saturn's transit in Libra will play a role with blasting shots of colder-than-normal air from the arctic delving into the northern hemisphere.

I expect winter to officially begin on Friday, February 4, 2011 and to last through the months of March, and April 2011 in the northern hemisphere.

Through the month of June 2010, the sea surface temperatures have been observed decreasing along the equatorial Pacific Ocean. At the same time, as forecasted, we can see negative anomalies starting to spread across regions of the eastern and central Pacific.

The El Nino indexes showed cooler ranges from May as subsurface temperatures were also below average.

Climate data shows strong enhanced convections over Indonesia with suppressed convections over pasts of the central and western equatorial Pacific, with low easterly trade winds.

My astrometeorological long-range forecasts that points to the fact that La Nina is developing.

We can look for signs of what is to come in the southern hemisphere, for there it is winter now, during the time of northern hemispheric summer in 2010.

Here, we can see a cold wave already underway in Argentina.

 July 2010: Three women brave very chilly below-zero temperatures in Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires. 
 Credit: Martin Zabala/Xinhua

And another cold wave in Bolivia, where 18 people were reported to have died.

Melbourne, Australia shivers through its longest cold spell in 14 years.

Intense Cold Weather In Chile Means High Prices For Fruits & Vegetables.

The Cardinal Crisis
Southern Hemisphere Countries Freeze:
100 People Die & Thousands of Cattle Lost

South America Shivers: The polar cold wave that has trapped the southern cone of South America has caused an estimated one hundred deaths & killed thousands of cattle, according to the latest reports July 19, 2010, from Argentina, south of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia.

~ MercoPress- South Atlantic News Agency Reports July 20, 2010 ~

Deaths were caused by hypothermia or gas intoxication from defective burners and heaters.

In the south of Brazil and central Paraguay thousands of cattle have been reported dead; while in the south of Chile an agriculture emergency was declared.

In Buenos Aires at the peak of the winter season, tens of regional flights had to be cancelled because of the extreme weather conditions leaving thousands stranded in the Argentine capital.

In Argentina the number of dead from hypothermia reached twelve plus another 33 intoxicated with carbon monoxide.

Bolivia reported 18 deaths because of freezing temperatures, most of them in EL Alto next to the capital La Paz, one of the highest cities of the world.

Even the east of the country which is mostly sub-tropical climate has been exposed to frosts and almost zero freezing temperatures.

To prevent contagion from flu and other illness the Bolivian Ministry of Education suspended schools until next Wednesday.

Weather forecast is for the freezing climate to continue until August with cyclical peaks.

In southern Brazil at least 19 homeless died of hypothermia, and in the city of Urupema, next to Argentina temperatures dropped to a record minus 7.8 Celsius.

In the Amazon basin in some cities thermometers dropped to 7 Celsius last Saturday.

In Santiago de Chile freezing temperatures reached minus 2 Celsius killing several homeless and intoxicating two families with malfunctioning burners.

But in the region of Aysen, 1.600 to the south of Santiago, villages are covered in snow and isolated; thousands of cattle and sheep are short of food and minimum temperatures dropped to minus 15 Celsius.

An agriculture emergency has been declared in Aysen; the main airport at Balmaceda has been closed for a week and several small towns have no power.

Paraguay so far has reported nine dead because of freezing weather, mostly homeless, and in the capital Asunción the government has opened refuges to host people overnight.

In Uruguay, one death has been reported and temperatures in the centre of the country dropped to minus 5 Celsius while the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables have soared.

In Peru which is more exposed to cold climate, so far 104 people have been reported dead because of pneumonia and respiratory diseases, caused by freezing temperatures and poor medical attention.
Although impressive these numbers are considered “normal” by Peruvian sanitary authorities for this time of the year.

It is currently very warm and muggy through much of the northern hemisphere this summer; however I continue to forecast that the coming winter season will challenge cold temperature records in winter/early spring 2011, which arrives later than normal, according to my calculations.

When winter 2011 does arrive, be prepared for colder-than-normal temperatures that are downright bone-chilling such as is being felt now in the southern hemisphere.

Saturn's transit in Libra will have helped locked at least half the world into a new, and very chilly, La Nina climate phase.

It may be difficult to think about the coming chill in the northern hemisphere with such steamy temperatures at present, but you'd be better off preparing for a late, and very cold winter season in the months ahead.
The Cardinal Crisis
Long-Range Climate Outlook & 2010-2011 Forecast
Sun Completes 36-year Global Warming Cycle With Powerful Kick

By Theodore White; astrometeorologist.S
Forecast Issued: December 2008

[*Included: Flood Warnings For Mississippi River & Tributaries*]

My forecast for the coming El Nino to arrive in mid-2009 will soon be verified by the appearance of rising sea temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Astronomic indications confirm that the new celestial cycles, mainly those of the Sun, and the planets in April/May 2009, clearly reveal that a new climate phase was on the horizon.

NOAA and other global climatologists continue to see rising temperatures in the eastern Pacific, now about 1-degree Celsius above normal, with receding trade winds. This is a standard sign of a coming ENSO.

See Updates On El Nino -

Some forecasters had been wary in 2008-09 as competing computer models that forecast climate conditions differed. Some indicated an El Nino was on the way, and others continued to show neutral ENSO conditions.

Many forecasts still are not certain of the strength and length of the coming ENSO. However, many forecasters will have to revise their outlooks sooner rather than later.

From my long-range astronomical calculations for North America, I've forecasted 2010-11 to be a strong ENSO.

This is caused mainly by the activity of the Sun, which will undergo an historic solar maximum that will bring to an end the 36-year global warming phase that began in the year 1980 while opening a new global cooling phase that will get underway by the year 2017.

In the meantime, I am also forecasting that the years of late 2009 to 2016 will feature some of the world's wildest climate and weather events of the early 21st century that, by the mid-2010s, will have seen the close of the current 36-year phase of global warming that Earth has experienced since 1980.

From blasting dry winds, encroaching droughts, with warmer than normal temperatures, intermixed with signs of increasing cold anomalies, but especially from heavy rains, snows, and resulting floods - the years from 2010 to 2017 features some of the world's strangest climate conditions.

By 2010, in my estimation, we will have entered the 30th year of Solar-forced global warming.

These last six-to-seven-and-a-half years, from 2010 to about 2017, will likely feature some of the warmest global temperatures recorded in the entire 36th year global warming cycle.

This cycle, like that of global cooling on its way in the decades ahead - is directly caused by the Sun.

The next 6-7 years, from this outlook, shows the next several winters will be brief with the seasons showing three (3) early and short seasons, and one extended long season.

For example, I see 2010 seasonally this way for North America - these are general guidelines from my astronomical calculations on our nation's long-range climate next year -

*Winter 2010 - early - active, done by March 2010

*Spring 2010 - early - active, flooding, warmer than normal. My biggest concern is the potential flooding in early Spring 2010.

*Summer 2010 - early, hotter than normal, but a short summer. It seems to zip right by, coming early in May 2010 like it did - so that after the first 10 days of August, one should be able to detect a "late September-like chill" in the air in the August nights.

By mid-September, for certain, brisk autumn like days, with cooler than average temperatures felt across a third of the country. It appears that summer isn't going to stick around for long, and there are wetter months ahead, more than usual for the strange fall season of 2010 just ahead.

**Fall 2010 - the season starts off with what "appears" to be another early Indian summer, but then Fall turns into a wet, extended, and warmer-than-normal season w/ tropical infusions of warm air clashing with cooler temperature anomalies.

This is going to be a longer-than-normal fall season that extends into January 2011.

By this time in fall 2010, the Mid-Atlantic should have well been within the throes of El Nino, with above average rainfall, and warmer than average temperatures; especially on the west coast early in 2010.

The earlier brisk air of August/September 2010 will by the end of September give way to warmer than average temperatures, and increased precipitation.

Rains continue through October, November, December 2010 and into early January 2011.

By the time the fall season is over, it will be nearly February 2011, and winter will have arrived two months later than normal.

From my calculations, fall like conditions, but much wetter and warmer than normal will last for nearly six months (beginning in August 2010 and ending by early February 2011.) Precipitation of rains in autumn 2010 are above average, as is the temperature, for the eastern third of the nation.

Make best friends with all your rain gear, and umbrellas next fall. It's going to be a longer stretch of warm and wet than most people will have expected.

Enjoy that previous summer because it's going to be a rather quick summer, and you will need all the sunshine you can soak up before the long wet and stormy fall of 2010.

*Winter 2011 - arrives late, not starting until early Feb. 2011, colder than normal, La Nina phase. Mid-winter conditions will exist through March, and winter conditions will persist into April 2011, making for a colder, and later than normal Spring of 2011.

*Spring 2011 - looks like what I call a "Frosted Spring." Ever see a time in early spring where some flowers and trees have begun to bloom and then cold temperatures and a winter storm hits?

Then, the next day you get up, the storm has passed over, the skies are clearing and everything that has slightly bloomed is frozen and glittering in the sunlight in the chill of the cold air?

That's what the start of late Spring of 2011 looks like to me.

The lightly budding trees are frozen with ice and it appears as if the early planting season will be delayed in March/April 2011 because of late winter storms, and colder than normal temperatures.

The ground soil is still quite frozen due to the late arrival of the winter season that previous February. Budding trees and plants along with crop losses are possible due to the interference of the late winter season storms of 2011.

It appears as if the La Nina phase has kicked in with these late winter storms and colder than normal temperatures. March 2011 is a particularly brutal month of arctic temperatures, and winter storms across North America.

I've analyzed astronomical transits relating to the climate, and combined them with the expected condition of the Sun to form my forecast and climate outlook.

My findings below is generally for the United States and the northern hemisphere. I do include brief mention of various international locations.


It is important not to take this particular climate phase lightly. The Sun is beginning to pick up activity, a sure sign of coming climate changes on Earth.

In 2008, out of the year's 365 days, the Sun was blank (no sunspots) 73% of the year, about 266 days. The Sun has been in the longest known solar minimum recorded since 1901 and 1913.

All that ended in 2009, and going into 2010, the Sun is seeing a continued pickup in sunspot activity which signals the start of Solar Cycle #24.

Recent measurements by NASA show a direct correlation to the Sun's minimum to cooler global temperatures. The opposite of what has been forecasted by man-made global warming advocates.

I have continued to state that the causes of all climate change is astronomical - global warming and global cooling - and is solar-forced.

NASA recently stated December 17, 2009 that -

"New measurements from a NASA satellite show a dramatic cooling in the upper atmosphere that correlates with the declining phase of the current solar cycle. For the first time, researchers can show a timely link between the Sun and the climate of Earth’s thermosphere, the region above 100 km, an essential step in making accurate predictions of climate change in the high atmosphere."

For confirmation of my cooling forecast, see -

A new sunspot imaged on September 23, 2008, is in the expected location to signal the start of Solar Cycle #24, see -

A new sunspot group issuing frequent solar flares was detected December 14, 2009 on the Sun's surface. Stretching the length of nine Earths, this new sunspot group continues to signal that the Sun's three-year minima cycle is coming to an end -

See -

I also expect this new Solar maximum cycle to grow stronger into the early-to-mid-decade of the 2010s, which will mean a very active several years of climate changes, featuring intense weather patterns on the Earth.

This will be an historic solar maximum lasting to about the year 2015-16 - three years longer than expected by most scientists.

In my estimation, since the Cycle of The Sun began in May 1980 causing the eruption of Mount St. Helen's and opening up the 36-year phase of global warming.

I expect the Sun's new maximum to close on its cycle with a very active series of sunspot activity to rival many previous maximums and cause the Earth's climate to react powerfully between 2010 through to the year 2016.

Because of this, we are facing a strong six-to-seven-year series of climate events that will close the door on global warming and open up a new global cooling cycle, but the damaging effects of global warming caused by the Sun's activity since 1980 will last into the 2020s.

However, according to my longer-range calculations, the earth should begin to see signs and increasing frequencies of colder La Nina phases with weaker El Nino events into the late 2010s.

These cooler anomalies will indicate stronger signals that a new era of global cooling will begin in about the year 2016-17.

This globally cooler era should peak in the mid-2030s and last to about the year 2052 - a 36-year climate cycle of global cooling.

The Cardinal Crisis
EL NINO: A Flooded 2010

Since 2006, I continued to forecast that a new El Nino was on the way. This was based on my astronomic calculations relating to global climate and weather.

This ENSO will dominate the world's weather events through all of 2010, into 2011 and 2012, via very strong teleconnections when the world can expect increased flooding from powerful storms with resulting mudslides from torrential rains and floods in South America, on the coasts of Ecuador and Peru, in Europe, and to the coasts of Southern California.

Droughts can spread through the countries of Australia, China, India, Indonesia, India, Philippines, and Africa. One region of the world - South Asia - will see an powerful series of climate-related disasters as a result from the Sun's activity and effects on the world's coverall climate.

It is calculated that world's population at risk from ENSO-related disasters is somewhere between 187 to 250 million people globally.

Forecasters, climatologists, meteorologists, and those who are weather and climate spotters and watchers will have their hands very full dealing with ENSO-related weather patterns from now through to June 2012, according to my forecast.

This summer and autumn is a good time to get your weather equipment set and tuned up.

It is also essential for those living in regions where El Nino/La Nina is known to have strong weather effects, to prepare your emergency plans and store supplies for the latter half of 2009 and all through the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Further preventive plans will need to be made for additional damaging weather events related to the impacts of ENSO in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The shifts in storm tracks from El Nino (2010-2012) and precipitation patterns will greatly affect seasonal forecasts during these years to the extent where forecasters will have to use ENSO models to adjust their seasonal forecasts for annual rain, drought, and snowfall amounts in North America, and elsewhere.

Because ENSO conditions are not regulated to calendar years, and often extend beyond one year, through to three or four years in length at times, the best conventional models not based on astronomic calculations on the causes, but are those related to readings of  Sea-Surface Temperature (SST); the Southern Oscillation Model (SOI) and the Multi-Variate ENSO Index (MEI) - showing large position values (El Nino) or for large negative values (La Nina.)

At this time in July 2009, scientists are already seeing the precursor signs of the onset phase of ENSO with seasonal warming off the coasts of Peru persisting.

By late August 2009, sea-surface temperatures will continue to rise, and we should see changes in the SOI models further confirming ENSO with negative values, along with recording of pressure increases at Darwin station in Australia matched by pressure decreases at the Tahiti climate station.

La Nina in 2011?

Forecast Issued: December 2008

Although I have forecasted the return of El Nino in 2009, into 2010, and 2011, I have also forecasted a La Nina event to follow in the Northern Hemispheric Winter of 2011 to take place in the months of February, March, April and May of that year.

My analysis of astronomical motions correlating to La Nina shows that the 2010 El Nino will be followed by the cooler La Nina phase beginning in mid-2010, and extending into 2011.

For more on La Nina, see -

Regions east of the Rockies in the United States tend to be drier-than-normal while other parts of the world can experience major flooding events during a La Nina phase.

By affecting the climate, the ocean affects everyone, even those who don't live near the ocean. The spring of 2011 looks surprising sluggish again, and reminds me slightly of the spring of 2009 - this time with La Nina climate impacts.

The month of February 2011 is particularly odd, as the first half of the month of January 2011 appears to be warmer and windier than usual for many regions in the United States - with one exception - there is wet, cold and snow for the Northwestern Pacific and Southwestern U.S. with the heaviest snows falling in the month of March 2011.

Drought is also one my biggest concerns from this particular ENSO. Because of certain astronomic indications, some of the world's regions other than the southern to Midwestern United States will see a the spread of droughts and dust storms that may last into the year 2015 at varying intensities along the way - leading to starvation from the year-after-year lack of rains, particularly in parts of eastern and central Africa, all of India, northern & southern China, Indonesia, northern and central Australia, the Philippines, and Japan.

I expect drought conditions to lead to increasing threat of food shortages, and large brush fires in countries like Sumatra, with another air-pollution alert in the neighboring countries of Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

Another concern are water-born diseases like cholera and malaria resulting from heavy rainfall and increased precipitation along with the warmer temperatures associated with El Nino years.

This will be particularly the case in central America where intense hurricanes in the southern and central Pacific will rage in 2010. Typhoons will also be active in the eastern region of northwestern Pacific.

I've been forecasting a warmer and wetter winter for most of North America in Winter 2010, plus, just before this coming winter arrives, increasing rains for the Far West, stretching into the Inter-mountain west, and the Pacific Northwest, heavy rains in the Southwestern Desert states and Southeastern U.S.

The U.S. East Coast will experience a warmer winter, but with enough precipitation and humidity to produce decent snow during winter 2010. According to my estimation, the winter season will arrive earlier than normal, and give way to an early spring of 2010.

No two El Ninos are the same, this is because although there are similar astronomical configurations, several bodies of these configurations often vary, producing multiple levels of length and intensities to both El Nino and La Nina types that affect the world's weather.

From National Geographic's report on the 1997-1998 El Nino event, "Nature's Vicious Cycle", we read -

""Peru was where it all began, but El Niño’s abnormal effects on the main components of climate—sunshine, temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, cloud formation, and ocean currents—changed weather patterns across the equatorial Pacific and in turn around the globe.

Indonesia and surrounding regions suffered months of drought. Forest fires burned furiously in Sumatra, Borneo, and Malaysia, forcing drivers to use their headlights at noon. The haze traveled thousands of miles to the west into the ordinarily sparkling air of the Maldive Islands, limiting visibility to half a mile [0.8 kilometer] at times.

Temperatures reached 108°F [42°C] in Mongolia; Kenya’s rainfall was 40 inches [100 centimeters] above normal; central Europe suffered record flooding that killed 55 in Poland and 60 in the Czech Republic; and Madagascar was battered with monsoons and cyclones.

In the U.S. mudslides and flash floods flattened communities from California to Mississippi, storms pounded the Gulf Coast, and tornadoes ripped Florida.

By the time the debris settled and the collective misery was tallied, the devastation had in some respects exceeded even that of the El Niño of 1982-83, which killed 2,000 worldwide and caused about 13 billion dollars in damage."


The astronomical conditions that affect the Humboldt Current in the Pacific are not used by conventional scientists who still have difficulty understanding why the trade winds die down, and with air pressure flipping towards southern oscillation, or what is called ENSO.

In forecasting ENSO, statistical data is not reliable for this particular kinds of climate condition - which affects 50% of the planet when ENSO's are underway. Often the data scales used do not provide the reasons for the causes of El Nino and La Nina cycles, or their variations in strength and length.

In astrometeorology, the causes are known to be the activity of the Sun, and the magnetic modulating influences of the planets relative to the Earth.

In 2009, there are astronomical conditions now building that strongly indicate that the Sun is about to emerge out of its minima state it entered in 2006.

The resulting increased sunspot activity signals that a warming of the Humboldt Current is about to begin in earnest as the Earth arrives at perihelion (orbits closer to the Sun) in early January 2010.

The year 1980-81, in astrometeorology, indicated new configurations of astronomic activity called the "Cycle of the Sun" would begin with global warming, and extend for 36 years to about the year 2016-17, when a new colder climate cycle would emerge with record drops in world temperatures.

In my estimation, I have forecasted that this will occur by the year 2017-18, and from that year on, the world will emerge out of its earlier warm state, and close off the 36-year cycle of global warming (1981-2017) and enter into a cooler climate featuring lessening El Ninos but with increasing La Nina states into the 2020s. The colder world climate peaks in the mid-2030s.

I have been forecasting for several years that while the Earth will see another strong El Nino, what we should really be concerned about longer-range is the increasing appearance of La Ninas, which often follow in the tracks of El Nino years, and produce the opposite effect - signs of a cooling climate.

From my calculations, a new global cooling climate is on the way for the world, and will begin in the year 2017-18 with record temperature drops, continuing with cooler climate anomalies during the 2020s.

The world is about to enter a long global cooling climate phase. Though the effects of the previous 36-year global warming will be with the Earth for many years to come, it will have officially come to an end by 2017.

Records of El Ninos in the 20th century have shown that over the past 100 years there may have been at least 23 El Ninos and 15 La Ninas.

Out of the most powerful 10 El Ninos of the last century, four (4) of the most damaging El Ninos have occurred since the year 1980-81 - the first year of global warming caused by the Cycle of the Sun (1981-2017.)

The coming ENSO in 2009 will emerge from neutral to moderate, but will still not be strong enough yet to harm Australia's wheat crops this year, however, the years 2010 and beyond to the mid-2010s will be a very different matter.

In addition, we will begin to see more climate events associated with the Sun's activity through El Nino at the end of September 2009, and surely by the second week of January 2010.

I have calculated that by the time Jupiter emerges from the far side of the Sun on February 28, 2010, that the Sun will officially begin to increase and multiply its sunspot development for its new solar maximum cycle with additional coronal mass ejections through 2010 and 2011.

The effects of the coming El Nino will be nearly as substantial as the last one in 1997-98, according to my calculations, and will come close to rivaling that climate event, with lingering weather problems as a result beginning in the latter half of 2009 through to about June 2012.

From the astronomical configurations, it appears that the ENSO of 2010-2012 will be a combination of the ENSO climate events of 1982-83 and that of 1997-1998.

However, 2010-11 is the big year for ENSO conditions.


In my ENSO 2010-11 forecast, astronomic configurations show this particular El Nino's warm temperatures will extend from the Humboldt Current in the Pacific, into coastal California, striking further south into the Antarctic.

This will have brought torrential rains into southern California as forecasted for the autumn of 2009. These rains signal the coming ENSO state forecasted to extend into 2010 and 2011.

The year 2010 has some of the strangest, and varied climate conditions I've seen in a quite a while.

Spring 2010: Warmer Temperatures & Floods
April, May, June 2010

It is a year of transitions - from brief, but powerful winter storms for the central Midwest and Eastern U.S., to a very wet climate in the far West, Southwest, Deep South, parts of the Midwest, and Southeastern U.S., featuring constant rains and torrential downpours with other regions on the other side of the world experiencing severe droughts, and praying for rain while in Europe, and South America, people will pray for the constant rains and flooding to stop.

I am forecasting a strong potential of the Mississippi River to flood in 2010 affecting the Deep South, Gulf regions, Central Midwest and the Southeast.

Astronomical transits show ENSO conditions will bring heavy precipitation stretching from the frequency of the Pacific flow off the coast of Southern California through the Southwest and into the Deep Southern states, the lower Central Midwestern states, and into the Southeast, including Georgia and Florida.

**Astromet 2010-11 Flood Forecast**

Regions Highlighted: Southern California, the Southwest, Deep South, Gulf of Mexico states, Central & Lower Midwest, and Southeastern U.S.

I am issuing a long-range forecast outlook for those living in the regions below to take precautions this winter for potentially powerful spring floods to occur in 2010.

Due to astronomical transits, I am issuing a heavy precipitation and flood warning for states that border the Mississippi River - stretching from the Great Lakes through the Heartland of the United States to the Gulf states and Deep South.

Tributaries of the Mississippi River should be monitored for rising water levels during the winter of 2010 and into early spring 2010.

There will be localized heavy flooding that also stretches into Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The main states highlighted are Kansas, Arkansas, Northern Texas along the Red River; northeastern Oklahoma; southern Indiana & Illinois; the tip of western Kentucky; Southern Missouri; western Tennessee; and the state of Louisiana.

This covers an area of about 27,000 square miles. In my estimation, because of the rains of autumn 2009, astronomical transits indicate that ENSO-induced rains will maintain a western Pacific flow though the southern U.S. and saturate rivers and ground soil.

City planners may want to closely monitor water rise levels along the tributaries of the Mississippi during the

Rivers to watch are:

* The Ohio River

* The Arkansas River – stretching from central Kansas into the tip of northeastern Oklahoma through the state of Arkansas where the Arkansas River meets with the Mississippi River flowing through the state of western Mississippi

* The Red River – stretching from the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle

* The Mississippi River

River and stream levels should be carefully monitored, and Levee emergency plans reviewed to strengthen during the fall of 2009 into  2010. Homeowners in these regions should take prudent precautions in listening carefully to their local authorities and monitoring weather reports and alerts in their regions for potentially widespread, and early spring floods.


Winter 2010, as expected, is earlier than normal for most of the continental U.S. The season will feature a mostly active month of December 2009 of heavy cloud cover and snowstorms affecting two-thirds of the country. Southern California continues to feel the early stages of El Nino - featuring tropical like-rains and warmer than average temperatures.

January 2010 features colder than average temperatures stretching from the Rockies towards east of the Mississippi. Combined flows from the gulf with northwestern cold fronts and Alberta clippers will bring the snowfall into the Midwestern and eastern states as far as the Mid-Atlantic.

There is a threat of heavy snowfall, freezing rains and particularly ice storms affecting parts of the Great Lakes, Upper to Central Midwest, into the Ohio Valley, parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, and New England in mid-January 2010. The storms could be a repeat of the 1998 ice storm that struck these regions into Quebec.

The storms and torrential rains in the U.S. Southwestern and Desert Southeastern states will lead to localized flooding of rivers, and give the climate a very tropical, and wetter feel in 2010. Record rainfall is expected for these regions of the United States beginning in late 2009 and extending through all of 2010.

There are radical temperature variations and shifts, high gusting winds, then, giving way to increasing precipitation once more, to warm and muggy conditions, then, suddenly cooler and crisp weather conditions (almost La Nina-like.)

then, back to cold and very wet conditions in the autumn of 2010 to a shortened Winter of 2011 that doesn't even start until early February of that year, and which ends in March 2011 almost as soon as the winter got started in North America, leading to a very odd spring of 2011, that is at once cold, wet, then much warmer than normal almost at the same time.

Finally, by the summer of 2011 - we get a traditional summer season, and then a traditional fall season leading to a traditional winter season in North America, only to head into one of the earliest spring seasons in recent memory in the month of February 2012.

The year of 2010 into 2011 seems to have a very wide assortment of many varieties of climate conditions for everyone packed into one year - clearly a unique ENSO climate year for the world if there ever was one.

Moreover, the regions of India, Australia, Indonesia and China will be severely tested by a drought that will last into the mid-2010s when all is said and done.

The lack of rains in this region of the planet will make worldwide news, and cause a great amount of suffering if steps are not taken immediately to stock up food reserves before the worst of this El Nino has done its damage.

For regions in the United States, including the Southeastern, and Mid-Atlantic states, El Nino conditions will feature heavy rains and winds starting in the second half of the month November 2009, continuing to about December 10, 2009.

The onset of colder temperatures will arrive at the end of December, but with below average snowfall for many regions, excepting parts of the Inter-mountain west, and Upper Plains states and states east of the Rockies.

The second half of December 2009 continues to see the shift from windy, warmer than average temperatures from much of December, then turning colder, and continued windy after Christmas Day and with potential snow falling during the daylight hours of New Year's Eve in New York.

January 2010 features colder than average temperatures starting off on January 1, 2010, with temperatures continuing to remain below average through the month, and featuring negligible snowfall for two-thirds of the nation, but with colder temperatures striking as far south as Texas and as far east as New England.

Mid-to-late January 2010 [/b]continues to be very cold throughout most of the United States with below normal average temperatures. The air is particularly cold, and sometimes wet to the bone with the threat of freezing rains and ice storms developing.

After January 25, 2010, the climate is cold and stormy for the country. In February 2010, the climate continues to be windy and cold with snow and ice events occurring during the month, but temperatures begin to warm a bit after February 15 in the Eastern and mid-western states.

The Wyoming and Colorado Rockies continues to be colder than average in January and February with Chinook-like gusting winds, and blizzard like conditions with above average amounts of snowfall for the entire winter 2010.

The second half of February 2010's climate turns warmer east of the Rockies and leads to increasing precipitation of rain, mixed with snow showers through to the end of the month. Winter will effectively will come to an end on February 28, 2010.

The temperatures continue to warm into March 2010, with increasing precipitation in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Most of the month of March is very wet, with warmer than average temperatures in North America.

Spring 2010 is early in my forecast, and will fueled by a strong, wet, and warmer Pacific flow into the United States by March 2010. The U.S. will have fully entered an ENSO state in 2010.

The real threat from this strong Pacific jet flow will be the tropical like rains falling on the Great Mississippi Valley states. There is a strong potential for heavy rains leading to floods on soil already saturated from the heavy rains of autumn 2009.

Farmers are urged to prepare for potential floods in the states noted above, and to expect an early harvest in 2010 after the long, delayed harvest of 2009 that stretched into January 2010 for many family farms.

By late April/early May 2010, it will effectively be summer already in the eyes of many. Spring will have hardly had a chance to mature before the summer climate intrudes with much warmer than average temperatures.

Yet, the flood-ravaged states will continue to dig out of El Nino's spring storms.

The climate for North America turns downright muggy, stormy and much wetter than normal in June 2010. Summer has arrived much earlier than expected with summer thunderstorms and heavy rains typically seen in late late summer occurring for most of June.

The June 2010 climate is warm, wet, tropical and muggy with radical temperatures shifts from developing cold fronts meeting warm fronts and resulting in bouts of torrential downpours with large-sized hail, and thunderstorms.

The downpours end about July 3, 2010, with a return to warmer than average, and humid temperatures for the month of July.

Drought regions will be further south, in Texas, and stretch to the Southwestern U.S., and into regions of Nevada, and eastern California will have been relieved from the heavy precipitation allowing for some relief to plant crops. I advise quick crops to be planted this year due to my forecast for increasing rains to extend during the harvest season.

Increasing precipitation will be featured for coastal areas along California and stretching as far as the Gulf of Alaska, where fishing routes will see more warmer species being found as far as Alaska.

July & August 2010 sees fair summer weather, blistering hot, stormy, much like that of late June, as temperatures begin to moderate from very warm, humid, and muggy, to surprisingly sometimes crisp and cool typical of brilliant fall days.

There are rare tornado activity in July stretching from the Central Midwestern states into the Ohio Valley and parts of western Pennsylvania. This may return again in the same regions again in December.

Look for earlier than normal fogs to begin to pop up on North American and European weather maps around this time in 2010.

August 2010 is more sultry in temperatures than the previous month of July, with partly cloudy skies, but with some nights feeling the bite of late chill autumn temperatures.

September 2010's skies are mostly clear, but stormy at times. September will actually feel to be warmer than the previous month of August felt to be. A rainy season in North America begins with a preview of what is to come in autumn 2010 - a warm and tropical like September 2010 that gives ways to a rainy, cloudy, misty, and fog-shrouded October.

Mid-October 2010 sees some of the most dense fogs encountered for some years throughout regions of the country; especially on the West and East coasts, and in the Southeastern U.S., and Upper Great Lakes region.

Air temperatures are warmer than average in October and the fall rainy season arrives earlier than normal.

October 2010's ENSO climate for the East U.S. Coast is wet, windy, with warmer than average temperatures. Tropical temperatures with near constant precipitation shows localized flooding in the months of October and November 2010 for the Mid-Atlantic states.

The fall months of 2010 are long, wetter than normal, warmer than normal and mostly cloudy for the eastern third of the U.S.

Wet, foggy, and clammy climate continues into November 2010, with moderate to above average warm temperatures, with a combination of heavy rains, colder than normal conditions in the American Pacific Northwest, but otherwise wet, warmer than normal, and sometimes windy conditions pervading through the month.

The second half of November sees clearing skies, above average temperatures but with increasingly windy conditions into December 2010.

The wet weather since October becomes less common after November 16, 2010, giving way to bright blue skies sometimes interrupted by sudden rains and gusting winds frequently during the month. The last three (3) days of November 2010 is colder, wet, with damaging winds, and is stormy.

December 2010 continues the stormy, wet, and windy weather across regions of the nation; especially for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern U..S., and the central Midwestern states. There are rare tornado activity at the end of November, and into early December stretching from the Central Midwestern states into the Ohio Valley and parts of western Pennsylvania.

The last 2-3 days of November, and the first week of December 2010 is particularly stormy across the nation; stormy seas in the Gulf of Alaska; torrential rains stretching from the Great Lakes through the central Midwest and extending down into the Gulf of Mexico.

Dense fogs in the valleys of the Great Plains lead to below average cold temperatures and snowfall in the Desert Southwest; snow also falls in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, in Appalachia, and in the central Texas/Oklahoma panhandle, where winds, heavy rains lead to flooding.

The month of December 2010 is a very stormy month for most of the United States and offers a bit of everything from damaging winds, heavy torrential rains, blizzards, dense fogs, and thunder snow.

Radical and sudden temperatures shifts due the interplay between large warm and cold pressure systems that track through the country led by a powerful jet stream raging storms from the west to the southwest and then into southeastern U.S., and from the Northwest into the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and the Northeastern U.S.

December 2010 will turn out to be one of the more significant weather months of the year before the climate weather settles down across most of the nation significantly by December 28, 2010. Warmer than normal, with continued wet, but partly cloudy conditions dominating, floods from November continue into the month.

Winter 2011, in my estimation, arrives later than normal (starting early February 2011 and ending late April/early May 2011) for much of the U.S.

The late winter 2011 season will have been due to the previous extended fall season, which is wetter and warmer than normal lasting in my estimation, through to late January 2011.

All in all - the impact of ENSO on the United States, and half the globe will be very newsworthy by the end of the common year of 2010 and into 2011.

This particular El Nino, from my analysis, appears to be a combination of the 1982-83 ENSO and the 1997-98 ENSO, but will exhibit unusual features not seen in previously recorded ENSO states.

This will make the ENSO state of 2010/2011 not only an historic one, but also an unusual climate phenomena worthy of lengthy study after all is said and done.

Dates of Cardinal T-Square Transits
Mundane planetary configurations & dates 2010-2011
Compiled by Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S

  • April 6-7 - Pluto stations retrograde at 5-Capricorn
  • April 7, 2010 - Saturn re-enters tropical Virgo
  • April 26, 2010 - Saturn opposes Uranus (4th opposition)
  • May 23, 2010 - Jupiter opposes Saturn (first time since 1990-91)
  • May 27-28, 2010 - Uranus enters tropical Aries
  • May 30th, 2010 - Saturn stations direct motion at 27-Virgo
  • June 5-6, 2010 - Jupiter enters tropical Aries
  • June 6-7, 2010 - Mars enters tropical Virgo
  • June 8, 2010 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus at 0-Aries
  • July 5, 2010 - Uranus stations retrograde at 0-Aries
  • July 8, 2010 - Jupiter turns North in declination
  • July 11, 2010 - New Moon total eclipse at 19-Cancer (not seen in N. America)
  • July 21, 2010 - Saturn re-enters tropical Libra for good
  • July 23, 2010 - Jupiter stations retrograde
  • July 25, 2010 - Jupiter Squares Pluto
  • July 26, 2010 - Fifth Saturn/Uranus opposition
  • July 31, 2010 - Mars & Jupiter turn S in Declination
  • July 31 - Mars conjoins Saturn at 0-Libra
  • August 3, 2010 - Jupiter, retrograde, Squares Pluto again
  • August 6, 2010 - Venus turns South in Declination
  • August 13-14, 2010 - Uranus re-enters tropical Pisces
  • August 16, 2010 - Jupiter Opposes Saturn
  • August 20, 2010 - Mercury retrogrades in Virgo
  • August 21, 2010 - Saturn Squares Pluto
  • September 8, 2010 - Saturn turns South in declination
  • September 8, 2010 - New Moon at 15-Virgo
  • September 8, 2010 - Venus enters Scorpio
  • September 8-9, 2010 - Jupiter re-enters tropical Pisces
  • September 12, 2010 - Mercury stations direct
  • September 14, 2010 - Pluto stations direct
  • September 14, 2010 - Mars enters Scorpio
  • September 19, 2010 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus for first time in Pisces
  • October 8, 2010 - Venus retrograde in Scorpio
  • October 29-30 - Venus turns to "morning star" phase for ten months
  • November 6, 7, 2010 - Neptune direct in motion
  • November 18 - Venus stations direct
  • November 18 - Jupiter stations direct
  • December 5, 6- Uranus stations direct motion
  • December 10-30 - Mercury retrograde
  • January 4, 2011 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus a third time
  • January 22, 2011 - Jupiter enters Aries
  • Jan. 25, 26 - Saturn stations retrograde 17-Libra
  • February 25, 2011 - Jupiter Squares Pluto

  • March 3, 2011 - Transiting Lunar Nodes shift to Mutable Quality of Sagittarius & Gemini
  • March 11-12, 2011 - Uranus enters Aries (first time in 84 years)
  • March 28, 2011 - Jupiter opposes Saturn 

Mundane Survey Of Global Events: 2010-2012
 The Cardinal Cross of August 2010: This chart, set for London, England, shows the Cardinal Cross in action for most of the world as global transits rotate. August 2010 is a powerful month of conflicts, clashes, and global stresses according to my mundane forecasts.
World events are strongly highlighted. From the crisis in the Middle East, to crisis in Thailand, Greece, Europe, Asia, Korea, and North & South America.

The Cardinal Crisis is basically forcing long-standing, unresolved issues to the surface, demanding change, betterment, and, as a result, evolution, from how people live and work, to how public and private institutions serve their wider communities.

The events of the world from now to the mid-2010s are reflective of the decisions and actions of the 1990s and 2000s that are now being exposed by the global transits.

Geopolitical stresses will force leaders to tackle a host of challenging issues worldwide that require vision and a new way of looking at the world to promote peace and advance healthy progress into the new decade.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with her diplomatic team in China in May 2010.
Credit: AP

The oil leak crisis in the Gulf of Mexico will become a epic disaster, casting British Petroleum into financial ruin, and threatening the future existence of the company. 

By summer 2010, it is hoped that a hurricane or tropical storm will sweep through the Gulf to clear out some of the tens of millions of gallons of oil spread along the U.S. southern coasts.

May 2010 satellite image of BP's oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico.
Credit: NASA

The internal battles in Greece because of heavy sovereign debt and deep austerity will re-ignite over the summer months of 2010.
Groups battling severe economic austerity measures in Greece urge Europeans to "rise up" during the late spring and summer of 2010.

 The crisis in the Middle East beckons between Israel, Gaza, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and the Arab states highlighted threatening war over international aid to Palestine.

 The crisis on the Korean Peninsula will also continue to be tense, threatening to re-ignite a war between both those nations.

 Thailand's crisis is far from over. The coalition government is due to fall from the repression of groups intent on ending what they see as a illegal killer government.

 The economic crisis is also far from over. The pressures on Wall Street, bankers and hedge fund moguls will increase in 2010 and 2011 with calls for major, and sweeping financial reforms across the board, pitting the status quo against a very angry American middle class:

The climate & weather will become major news again with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, climate extremes of hot and colder than normal temperatures, La Nina, droughts, and most of all floods, as world transits strengthen into 2010-2011:

 Nature Erupts: Volcanic activity as Uranus enters Aries.

Criminal underworlds undergo vicious struggles: As Pluto transits Capricorn, and forms a T-square to Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, the drug wars raging in Mexico will expand, forcing ever more soldiers onto Mexican streets and pitting the average person against killer drug gangs.

 Mexican Drug Wars: Mexican federal police & forensic experts inspect the scene after two men were shot dead by unknown gunmen in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on May 26, 2010. Ciudad Juarez has been hit by waves of very brutal drug-related violence, making it one of the deadliest cities in the world.
Credit: AP

The Economy
  That 1,000 point drop: May 6, 2010 proved to be one of the strangest days in the history of the Dow Jones. A mysterious "1,000-point" plunge in the afternoon hours, blamed on a "fat finger," lost money for tens of thousands of traders and nearly collapsed the stock market. Federal authorities investigate, but the "glitch" still has not been explained nearly a month later.

So, in my mundane perspective, the world is, in effect, dealing with the outworn views and methods of the past, while seeking to forge a new way forward into this new century.

The year 2010 is a transition year, and will be historic in my view. In 2010, we are in the predawn of a new age, and some are in the sunset of a old age, mainly that of the late 20th century.

The year 2011 is the start of a new cycle, mainly brought on by the official entry of Uranus into Aries, the first time in 84 years.

This cycle opens up the decade of the 2010s, and practically dominates it with a long-running square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn.

~ Mundane Review: 2010-2015 ~
Forecast By Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S

There are six (6) major transits of the Cardinal Crisis Years - signified by the planets involved & their inclinations:

- Saturn oppose Uranus -
Frustrating attempts to change existing conditions
The new versus the old
Virgo/Pisces - Aries/Libra

Negative attitudes within personal areas of responsibility against those of personal freedom. People generally demand strict obedience to their authority but will rebel against authority at the same time.

Much cooperation is needed to avoid falling into the unfavorable inclinations of Saturn's opposition to Uranus.

A sustained cycle where much insight, honesty, and awareness is needed to offset the powerful tendency to be rigid and unforgiving in personal and professional affairs.

Extreme viewpoints expressed by the ignorant and mentally ill fall under this influence. Loud public pronouncements shouted with wild mannerisms expressing inconsistent attitudes can be observed.

Common sights are: bugged-eye pundits uttering unsubstantiated personal opinions as facts; personal attacks, insults, and acerbic comments designed to bring attention to oneself.

Impulse, haste, snap judgments, immaturity, poor communication skills lacking any sign of social grace and basic manners can be observed.

Negative emotional attitudes bordering on signs of stress and mental illness is also quite common.

There is widespread conflict between the old order and the new emerging order. This is generational.

Groups and individuals battle against corruption of the old establishment, while the old establishment denies losing their clout, and remain fixated on old methods, rejecting anything "new" that threatens their established order.

Concepts and ideas in economic, business and political affairs tend to be impractical, unreliable, and eccentric. Economic life continues to run at a low ebb.

These conflicts play out with professional and personal relationships in a pre-revolutionary manner - pushing relationships to breaking points.

Saturn's opposition to Uranus is unfavorable when dealing with joint accounts, finances, corporate business affairs, inheritances, insurance, and all economic matters important to organizations, groups, and individuals.

The economic climate is highly stressed, with conflicts between the "old" and the "new" at extremes and waiting for the breaking points to arrive.

Selfish motives within organizations, and groups tend to be those where others try to take credit for the work of others in order to advance their own careers leading to estrangements between associates, colleagues and friends.

Ulterior motives abound, as do negative emotions, rampant cynicism; along with personal and professional betrayals. The feelings are quite intense, as oppositions tend to be.

Saturn's inflexibility grinds against Uranus' desire for significant change. The events that have taken place in the world since 2001 is now moving into the "release" phase and into the second decade of the 2010s.

As the fifth and last Saturn/Uranus opposition peaks by July/August 2010, we should observe strong emotions worldwide; seeking a "release" from the pent up energies, anger, and recriminations that have built up over the recent decade of the 2000s.

- Saturn Square Pluto -
Power Plays, Plots, Cold, Evil & Unsympathetic People

General signs of paranoia exists within groups and organizations is one feature of a Saturn/Pluto Square. 

The large-scale implications of actions taken in government, business, and political groups often force people to face dangerous situations of a sinister nature.

The will power of those involved in personal and professional intrigues is heightened to the point of very negative inclinations with some people using coercive methods to achieve what they perceive as success.

Under Saturn/Pluto this can feature acts of blackmail, threats, and plots at the highest levels of government, within political groups, and corporations.

Paranoid individuals with extreme opinions, and viewpoints is also common under  A Saturn/Pluto square. 

The emotions can be deep, but the insights are often clouded by dishonorable associations and emotions to individuals and groups who do not have the best interests of others at heart.

Some individuals will find themselves battling against corruption and rampant dishonesty within organizations, or within associations, be they professional or personal with attacks on their reputation coming as a result of fighting dishonest persons and groups.

The coming revelations of widespread corruption in global financial markets, on Wall Street, and other stock markets will be under the Saturn/Pluto square.

Forcing major players to fight for their freedom because of accusations of the theft of tens of billions of dollars leading to a worldwide global recession.

Corporate power plays take center stage under the cardinal crisis transits with increasing political pressure and regulatory scrutiny on major banks, insurance companies, and those implicated in widespread financial malfeasance over the last decade.

The focus on these areas: unemployment, insurance, housing, stock markets, hedge funds, secret bank accounts, general economics, political and government affairs, alimony, and inheritances - is all common under the influences of Saturn's square from Libra to Pluto in Capricorn.

It is also common under these inclinations for opposing groups and individuals to use negative, dishonest, and evil means to obtain personal/profession advantages over others; or attempts to hide past acts of malfeasance to avoid implicating others involved in acts of corruption.

This often backfires under the Saturn/Pluto square and results in public scandal along with damage to the reputation and the careers of those who used negative means to gain what they "perceive" to be an advantage.

Nowhere does "do unto others as you would have them do unto you' applies more than under a Saturn/Pluto world square.

The effect on personal and professional connections can be long-lasting with people completely breaking off any further association with friends, family and colleagues.

Power struggles - both internal and external - is a main theme of a Saturn/Pluto Square.

The will-power is increased, but the personal judgment is often very poor. This gives way to intense emotions that are not clearly understood enough to make valuable judgment calls on all levels of decisions.

Often, decisions are based on perceived "associations" with others who are not one's friends, nor who share one's common interests, except to advance their own personal interests while using others as a means to and end. Very common under Saturn's square to Pluto.

After the square aspect passes, the events which have taken place under its influences are fully revealed, leading to permanent estrangements from those once trusted and valued as friends, associates, or lovers.

Saturn's continued transit through Libra (2010-2012) then features a full distrust and estrangement from those who used dishonest means during the Saturn/Pluto inclinations. 

These estrangements will last a very long time and trust will never be restored after the world square aspect has moved out of orb.

- Jupiter Square Pluto -
Coercions, False Promotions, Litigation & Dishonesty
Aries/Capricorn - 2010-2011
Opposition from Jupiter in Cancer to Pluto in Capricorn arrives 2013-2014

The Jupiter/Pluto Square acts much like that of Saturn's square to Pluto. Jupiter's motion into Aries in mid-2010, and then again in February 2011, will square Pluto in tropical Capricorn.

The same kinds of conflicts under Saturn's influence by square to Pluto comes into action with hasty, impulsive and headstrong promotion of one's opinions as facts to gain a perceived advantage over others.

Temptation is strong with inclinations to use dishonest means to get what one thinks they want.

Rampant litigation under Jupiter's inclinations lead to a rush toward legal wars without first seeing the bigger picture. With the Jupiter square to Pluto: it is the forest first, the trees second, but do make sure you count each tree.

The contradictions of this is simple:

Jupiter's square to Pluto, in combination to its conjunction to Uranus in opposition to Saturn, and by square to Pluto, and back, fully complicates matters, so as to act as a powerful feedback loop with amplifiers about to blow loudly if the volume of intensity is not turned down.

The energies of the Cardinal Cross transits are simply too strong. Patience, slowing down, and reposing are the keys to effectively neutralizing these powerful cardinal inclinations.

Under the Jupiter/Pluto square, serious mistakes are often made preparing legal cases without first laying down the proper practical groundwork.

Often, this comes about because of ego, and headstrong acts featuring arrogance and pride; but wholly failing to take into account the small, but very important details.

The majority of litigation made under these influences will collapse like a house of cards after months of what seemed like a iron-clad case.

The only way to neutralize this transit, as with all the others of the Cardinal Crisis transits is to slow down, and to be strictly honest at all times in all personal and business affairs.

Also, the need to remain detached and practical while plodding step-by-step without ego, impulse, and haste. This is the antidote to the impulsive inclinations of cardinal transits.

Power-plays, and forced acts of coercion, with promotions of extreme expressions of personal, political and religious viewpoints is quite common under this global square.

Often, one's aspirations to remake others comes with neglecting one's own house while confused attitudes about ethics and morality are cast aside in favor of haste and impulse - rushing to judgment.

Struggles with corrupted individuals and groups is also common under a Jupiter/Pluto Square. 

Criminal underworld groups, and their associates often war against one another in the perceived struggle for "power," without understanding the dire future implications of their violent acts which, in time, will return upon the very people involved in these evil affairs.

There can be dubious spiritual practices featuring over-optimistic false spiritual, religious and political beliefs shaped by the realization that there are large-scale forces at work that the individual (s) have been forced to see as a result of changes in lifestyles.

The square aspect in this respect can be positive if the individual (s) remember to not act in haste or impulse in accepting too easily that which is being realized.

Under the cardinal crisis transits, there are efforts by others to remake or coerce others to partake in evil behaviors - effectively using people to do the things which "appear" to advance the interests of those who agree to take part in actions, or groups. 

After the 2010 Jupiter/Pluto Square comes another one by mid-2013 into the year 2014.

This will be part of the Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014 showing powerful cardinal inclinations of haste, and impulse that feeds into the coming Uranus-Pluto Squares of the 2010s.

Again, there is a sense that things are not changing as quickly as people would like them to, and the ramifications of the decade of the 2000s continue to persist into the early years of the 2010s.

Unless the problems of rampant past corruption - especially in the financial sector - then this world Grand Cross, with Jupiter now in Cancer, as part of another series of cardinal crisis configurations - will return to bite back with a vengeance in 2014.

- Jupiter Oppose Saturn -

Bad Business Timing, Questionable Tactics &  Promised Favors Undone
Pisces/Aries - Virgo/Libra
Jupiter at 0-10 degrees Taurus

Jupiter/Saturn oppositions arrive every 20 years. The last one took place in 1990-91. They usually always feature an economic recession, usually deep ones, which can take several years to emerge out of before conditions gradually improve.

Such will be the case with the 2010-2012 opposition of Jupiter/Saturn. During these oppositions expect business to suffer as the generational transition continues over the course of Jupiter's opposition to Saturn.

Because of the poor economic climate some people may resort towards using questionable tactics to get ahead and make money.

With the business climate contracted, some will seek shortcuts and dubious actions to get ahead while others continue to face competition with limited resources.

The desired expansion of business is fraught with frustration after frustration, red-tape, barriers, blocks, delays, and legal problems. Rising defaults & bankruptcies increase as a result of past mismanagement of resources and corruption with credit conditions tighter than normal.

It is an unfavorable time to expand business concerns, or to take chances because of the uncertainty of finances, contracts and commitments from others, who tend to be unreliable due to limited resources, confusion, lack of planning, procrastination, and a general lack of honesty and fair play.

The crush of competition, fighting for a limited amount of customers, with resources lacking can further cause disruptions in professional and personal lives to the point of some leaving entire industries for good.

This will continue under the inclinations of Jupiter's opposition to Saturn.

It is a poor time to seek favors from others, as the business climate of 2010-2012 will continue to suffer from immense commercial & residential real estate losses, double-digit unemployment, and a general sense of malaise from an aging generational establishment.

Those seeing support from official institutions, such as federal, state, and local agencies, may find themselves frustrated with the lack of help usually expected from these offices.

This is because those in positions of power are either on their way out the door themselves, or have become cold and unsympathetic to those in need; preferring instead to look out only for themselves.

While this takes place, many people will see their own personal and professional responsibilities increase; while wages continue to stagnate from the lack of resources, which will be limited because of prior economic corruption and waste.

The opposition of Jupiter to Saturn can test what the true balance really is between being optimistic, and being pessimistic. Much will depend on the ability of the individual to be creative, and patient, while the opposition is underway.

It will not last forever, so those who are looking for opportunities during this time should be aware to remain cautiously optimistic, while clearly seeing what the true barriers to success will be during 2010 to 2012.

Most, if not all of the barriers are those held by people with cold, conservative and uncompromising attitudes. Hypocrisy and distorted moral values is also common under a Jupiter/Saturn opposition.

What used to make sense, and would be expected as normal modes of operation and procedures is perverted by the unyielding attitudes of uncompromising people.

Many of these people will be older, and due to the transit of Saturn, will exhibit rigid views without realizing that in a short period of time after the opposition has waned and passed; that they themselves will receive similar treatment from the very people whom they denied opportunities and relief.

The conflicts which come about during 2010-2012 under the Jupiter/Saturn opposition will tend towards ethics; morals; joint finances, family responsibilities, friendships, associations, romantic relationships, partnerships and corporate struggles that will test the reliability and strength of relationships in general.

The Jupiter/Saturn opposition will begin to weaken in February 2012, and by the end of March 2012, will move out of orb.

By this time, those who were frustrated, or blocked from advancement will find an easier go of things gradually in 2012 as Saturn moves out of opposition to the outer planets, and brings a sense of relief by 2013.

However, memories will be still fresh from the red tape, delays, and barriers put up by those with unyielding attitudes. This will come back to haunt those who denied others the potential for advancement during the 2010s, and leads into the coming Uranus/Pluto squares of the 2010s.

The relief in 2013 doesn't last long due to Jupiter's motion out of tropical Gemini, and into tropical Cancer where Jupiter will transit to oppose Pluto in Capricorn - initiating yet another chapter of the Cardinal Crisis Years.

- Jupiter Oppose Pluto -
August 2013 - June 2014
Part of the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

Forced Reforms, Business Clash, Coercions, International Tensions &  Revolts

By the end of June 2013, transiting Jupiter will have moved out of tropical Gemini, and enter Cancer. Making a nice trine to transiting Saturn in Scorpio by early July, it would appear that the struggles, and tensions of the previous two-and-a-half years are over.

However, this is not so according to the world transits. This is simply a breather with more to come by the following month of August, when transiting Mars conjoins Jupiter in Cancer and oppose Pluto in Capricorn.

Jupiter's opposition to Pluto is a time of what appears to be continued stresses around finances, economics, and what policies should be enacted, and which should not.

There can be tendencies to push things too quickly, to overreach with big plans, and grandiose ideas without firming up foundations.

During the period of the Jupiter-Pluto opposition, it is important to take time to make certain that the practical matters of business and personal life are attended to by balancing one's sense of organization against one's desire to push out and expand.

Under this influence come attempts to force, to coerce, or to remake others - claiming one's desires to reform other while not paying attention to one's own need for it personally. This is also extended internationally.

A fine balance must be taken under a Jupiter-Pluto opposition before initiating wide reforms carelessly without prior deep thought, insight, and understanding of the long-term consequences.

Jupiter is in Cancer - the home sign of the United States - so in 2013 and 2014, the opposition to Pluto can indicate tensions from the people towards government, or, to an administration in power at the time as well as international tensions abroad.

The areas highlighted are those around political policies, philosophical ideology, education, religion, and cultural beliefs and norms clashing against anything that appears to be autocratic in nature.

The strongest date of the opposition is in the year 2014, when transiting Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto form a Grand Cross in the cardinal signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn. The peak of this grand cross is in April 2014.

Jupiter will oppose Pluto, while in square aspect to both Uranus in Aries, and Mars, retrograde in Libra by April 2014. Tensions are high and this grand cross speaks of both international and national tensions at a peak under yet another Cardinal Crisis.

Mixed with a sense of over-optimism, underneath the public feelings at this time is also impatience, and a strong lack of practical common sense that allows many to jump to conclusions - which is part of the cardinal inclinations of haste and impulse once again coming to the fore.

The sense of adventure and grandiose idealism at this time is marked by a hesitancy seen by the retrograde of Mars in Libra at this time.

There are unexpected hostile dealings with foreigners for those outside their home countries, and those overseas tend towards being unpredictable and unreliable.

Spring 2014 into summer 2014 is not a good time for overseas travel. Moreover, the diplomatic tensions are high, so diplomats may come into contact with those in foreign states those who may be difficult to contend with at this time.

Prudence, tact, and foresight is strong advised among all parties, be they individuals, groups, companies, organizations or nations.

The Grand Cross of 2014 signals a sort of "peaking" of the previous cardinal transits of 2010 and 2011 with inclinations of demanding freedom at all cost without taking on the mantle of patience, and responsibility that comes along with demands.

Before 2014, the sense of optimism fueled by the coming and going of the year 2012 when the world did not come to an end, and the inclinations of the year 2013 with a sense of new-found, but cautious optimism, is met by April 2014 with a sense that rebellion and revolt is once again on the horizon.

The international tensions at this time in 2014 will stem from former disagreements and beliefs among nations which appear to have undermined future matters by ignoring principles with empty words - saying one thing, but doing another.

This obviously leads to international clashes when trust appears to be broken between some nations. This shows in world transits of 2014. It is the year of the diplomat.

Mars' retrograde in Libra (March 1, 2014 to May 19, 2014) plays a strong role in the Cardinal Grand Cross of that year.

Wise decision-making is at a premium; so heads of state, and their diplomats should be careful not to overreach, nor to promise more than they can deliver, but to balance threats with peaceful acts, and with careful solutions via prudent diplomacy and tact.

Mars' opposition to Uranus in Aries in 2014 speaks of conflicts, and clashes among states, organizations, friends, and family who take sides on the broader issues of the times. The transit of Mars in Libra (December 7, 2013 to July 25, 2014) is a long one. 

The retrograde of Mars from March to May 19, 2014 takes part during the strongest months of the Cardinal Grand Cross in April & May.

Decision-making is important here, and, with Mars declining in Libra, it is essential to have the right players in position during this time of global transits. The wrong personalities involved as "diplomats" are apt to make things that much worse simply because of their personal and political ideologies.

It is wise to remove ideological hotheads in critical positions at this time in 2014 and to replace them with calm, cool, and smart diplomats who can be trusted and relied upon to create atmospheres for leaders where positive progress can be made.

Compounding this will be a total Lunar eclipse at 25-Libra during the early morning hours of April 15, 2014 that will be visible over the Americas, the Pacific, and east Australia. 

The degrees indicated by Sabian symbols say ~
  • 25º Libra - "The sign of an autumn leaf brings to a pilgrim the sudden revelation of the mystery of life and death."
  • 26º Libra - "An Eagle and a large White Dove Turning into each other."
 My forecast is for an international conflict at this time of the Grand Cross, that continues into July 2014, before either being resolved fully, or which escalates into warfare.

The choices indicated here by Jupiter's opposition to Pluto show that successful advance diplomacy must be made prior to spring 2014, and that signs of the coming conflicts will be seen in late 2012, and early 2013.

Spring 2014 in the northern hemisphere is a tense time of international tension that should be resolved by carefully handling the energies with proper decision-making, diplomacy, and a fine balance between leadership and international cooperation. 

In this way, President Theodore Roosevelt's advice to "speak softly but carry a big stick" applies very well at this time in the world. The energies of the solar year of 2014 are about the promotion of peace, calm, and wise diplomacy. 

Though the ignorant may propound immediate military action; the consequences are far-reaching into the future - so leaders at this time in 2014 will need to exercise wise restraint while carefully balancing the advice of doves and hawks to come to a solution that will satisfy everyone.

Compounding the problem at this time is the fifth exact square between Uranus and Pluto which occurs in April 2014. This is part of the Global Grand Cardinal Cross that year. We will now take a look at the roles these two outer planets will play, along with their powerful inclinations.

 - Uranus Square Pluto -
2011-2020 overall
Rebellions, Revolts & Revolutionary Sentiments
early Taurus/Capricorn

If anything defines some of the more tense cardinal energies of the 2010s, it will be the Uranus transit of Aries in global square to transiting Pluto in Capricorn. 

Handling this world square will not be an easy matter after the failures of the past generation to resolve many of the outstanding issues of the end of the 20th century, and the decade of the 2000s.

By July 2011, transiting Uranus will come very close to performing a near-exact square to Pluto in Capricorn, but Uranus will station retrograde on July 9, 2011 - delaying the first exact square with Pluto for 11 more months.

Uranus and Pluto, as slow moving outer planets, will remain in orb for most of the decade of the 2010s. Their most powerful inclinations occur from 2011 to the year 2018.

The first of seven (7) exact squares begins officially on June 24, 2012 with Uranus and Pluto square at 8-Capricorn. This is the first in a series of very powerful world square aspects between both planets relative to the Earth.

The Uranus/Pluto Cardinal squares lasts, overall, from 2011 to 2020.

An unprecedented Seven (7) exact squares occur in just three (3) years: 2012 to 2015
(*) = significant dates

1. June 24, 2012 – first global square at 8-degrees Aries/Capricorn
2. *September 18-19, 2012 second square at 6-degrees Aries/Capricorn
3. May 20, 2013 – third square at 11-degrees Aries/Capricorn
4. November 1, 2013 – fourth square at 9-degrees Aries/Capricorn
5. *April 21, 2014fifth square at 13-degrees Aries/Capricorn
6. December 14-15, 2014 – sixth square at 12-degrees Aries/Capricorn
7. *March 16-17, 2015seventh global square at 15-degrees Aries/Capricorn

The last time Uranus and Pluto met in global square aspect was during the 1930s. This was a decade of reactionary, extreme right-wing politics, revolutionary socialism, rising crime, rebellions, revolts, and restrictive laws gradually reducing freedoms throughout Europe and the then-Soviet Union.

The Bank Crisis and Stock Market Crash of 1929-33 fueled the early years of the Great Depression with rising waves of petty crime and bank robberies. The resulting foreclosures of homes, businesses and family farms amid a depressed global economic system cast a dark shadow over the world.

The NYSE reaching its lowest trading point in history. Weather anomalies under the influence of Uranus in Aries led to the hottest year in U.S. history in 1933-34 with drought and dust storms raging across the American Midwest.

Meanwhile, political extremism ensued with the rise of tyrants, as Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany while in Japan, radical forms of militarism spread so much that it was being openly taught in elementary and high schools.

The revolts, rebellions and revolutionary sentiments under the Uranus/Pluto squares thus paved the way for the Second World War that followed by the end of the 1930s.

Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn revolve their squares worldwide for much of the 2010s, but the most powerful periods are between 2012 through 2015.

This is a time of great upsets within nations which have now experienced at least four to seven years in the wake of the global economic crisis.

Uranus' penchant for sudden change against Pluto's desire structure in Capricorn for a kind of transformational war that butt heads over the "kinds" of new changes to be realized and those not to be supported.

While this is happening, populations around the world seem to have had it to their chins with the constant disruptions of their lives; the losses of lifestyles over the years. 

They react powerfully by demanding immediate changes without question while the forces of the status quo and old establishment refuse to yield - deciding to procrastinate even more.

Groups, organizations and individuals have become radicalized by the events since 2008. So much so, that by the time (June 2012) of the first of seven exact Uranus/Pluto square social unrest is a certainty in regions around the world.

There are increasing signs of rebellions, revolts and foreboding examples of revolutionary sentiments expressed in various nations upset with the status quo, represented by Pluto in Capricorn.

It seems everything is on the table here: economic, social, political and religious structures are be challenged from all sides. People want change, and intend on getting it.

The headstrong inclinations of Aries, with Uranus in it's 7-year transit in this sign, squaring Pluto can indicate sudden deaths coming about unexpectedly; usually through acts of violence, and from common accidents, and unexpected large-scale disasters related to weather extremes.

Past associations, friendships and relationships can become radically changed under Uranus and Pluto's cardinal squares. It is at this time, between 2012-2015 that companies that were hanging on by a thread financially - can suddenly break and fall into bankruptcy.

The entry of Neptune into tropical Pisces in February 2012 will impress dissolution on failing companies afterward, with a slow, but gradual death into the mid-to-late 2010s.

The sudden losses associated with Uranus' transit in Aries can bring about greater financial losses than expected while corporations continue to witness power struggles as the generational transition picks up speed in the early to mid-2010s.

The revolutionary sentiments inclined by Uranus/Pluto come about as a result of the frustrations of the decade of the 2000s.

The global economic crisis, and the resulting societal effects have angered many populations who feel that their governments and representatives were not representing them, but corporate monied-interests that pilfered society's resources.

The resulting backlash featured under the Uranus/Pluto squares of the 2010s will be widespread, and quite unsettling for those involved in the mismanagement of trillions of dollars and euros over the previous decade.

Rising crime can be a problem; also fueled by the lack of resources because of the Banking Crisis of 2008-2012. 

Hasty and impulsive actions to acquire money through illegal acts become more public as law and order seems to be failing to take hold of the rising tide of criminal acts perpetuated by career criminals let out on the streets after being released from prison, but not reformed.

State officials, under pressure financially, are forced to release thousands of prisoners in the early 2010s to relieve the system from overcrowding.

State lawmakers all over the U.S., who say they need to save money from the devastating losses in state revenues say must release tens of thousands of convicts from prison in the 2010s, including drug addicts, thieves and violent criminals.

If there has been little reform of the system during the time of incarcerations, then obviously the lingering effects of the economic crisis that awaits convicts on the street can be a threat to public safety under the Uranus/Pluto squares.

By the spring of 2014, things become quite tense again globally with another Cardinal Cross - this time a Grand Cross configuration featuring Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto in the Signs of Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn.

Grand Cross configurations in cardinal signs seek immediate release of strong, emotional pent-up energies.

By April 2014, there is a sense among populations that they have had enough. They eject the usual explainations behind the causes of the economic crisis, which, by this time, will have persisted at various levels significantly enough to cause outright revolts in some nations.

At the same time, international tensions are sure to be high as well. There is a strong need for calm, but strong diplomacy as the Cardinal Grand Cross energies peak by April & May 2014.

Resolution of conflicts between nations can occur by utilizing cooperative stances, as well as using the carrot and stick method to bring unwilling parties to the bargaining tables to resolve differences.

The energies of Uranus Square Pluto can be violent. Accidents, and deaths are caused by haste, impulse, and the refusal to be patient, and tolerant.

Aries is the Sign of haste/impulse, while Pluto seeks general transformation, but through a gradual and steady use of the authority, forms, disciplines and structures of Capricorn.

The clashes between pre-revolutionary forces and those managing the old systems of structure can meet in the middle, but this can only be accomplished through diplomacy, understanding with all sides being flexible.

Uranus' transit in square to Pluto will undoubtedly shape much of the international climate of the 2010s to the point that presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, national leaders, CEOs, managers, and all those in executive positions will have to carefully determine how best to handle their respective leadership roles over the next 10-12 years.

It will not be easy. Those who make the effort to plan ahead, and who are flexible in their thinking, and their attitudes, will do much better than those who are not.

Nonetheless, expect the global square of Uranus to Pluto to be the prime cardinal inclinational force that will make world news time and again through the decade of the 2010s, and into the mid-2020s.

The Cardinal Crisis

Saturn Enters Libra - Part II: The Early 1980s, The Sequel?


Mystery Buyer Of Europe's Entire Coca Stock?

Saturn's entry into tropical Libra on July 21, 2010 signals yet another confirmation that 2010 will be seen as an historic year. 

After 2.5 years of transit through Virgo, Saturn's entry into Libra and passage through tropical Scorpio and Sagittarius during the 2010s will be a major player in the social mood worldwide.

On July 26th, Saturn will perform its last exact opposition to transiting Uranus, now in Aries, as this last opposition activates the previous four oppositions since the autumn of 2008.

As with all big transits of the outer planets, we will see their inclinations correlate to events on Earth.
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The Cardinal Crisis
Saturn Enters Libra, Part II
The Early 1980s: Back To The Future In Early 2010s?

Why would someone, say a hedge fund group, or others, here now, as they were back in 2008, again, playing in the world of commodities, show us their inclinations to the cardinal transits with another sudden Uranus-type acts:

First the May 6, 2010 mysterious 1,000-point drop on the NYSE.

And now - a mysterious sale of a huge amount of cocoa?

Enough to serve the entire continent of Europe? 

In one sale?
Consider this ~

The Cardinal Crisis
Mystery Trader Buys All Of Europe's Cocoa?

Cocoa Futures for July delivery jumped 1.5-percent on the Liffe Exchange to more than £2,588 this week.
Credit: Reuters

By Jonathan Sibun & Harry Wallop
The British Telegraph

JULY 17, 2010-- EUROPE-- Even Willy Wonka might struggle to use this much chocolate. 

Yesterday, somebody bought 241,000 tonnes of cocoa beans.

The purchase was enough to move the entire global cocoa market, sending the price to the highest level since 1977, and triggering rumors and intrigue in the City.

It is unclear which person, or group of traders, was behind the deal, but it was the largest single cocoa trade for 14 years.

The cocoa beans, which are sitting in warehouses either in The Netherlands, Hamburg, or closer to home in London, Liverpool or Humberside is equivalent to the entire supply of the commodity in Europe, and would fill more than five Titanics. 

They are worth £658 million.

Analysts said it was very unlikely that a chocolate company, such as Nestle or Kraft, or even their suppliers, would buy such a huge order in one go and that is was probable that one or a number of speculators, possibly hedge funds, had attempted to corner the market. 

By doing this, they would have control of the entire supply in Europe, forcing the price yet higher.

Eugen Weinberg, an analyst with Commerzbank, said: “For one buyer it would likely be a little bit too large. 

It would be a crazy number. That said, if you’re cornering the market ...”

“If it looks like cornering, feels like cornering and the price difference between Europe and the US is so large, it probably is cornering.”

“There is some play taking place. No one really knows what is going on.”

Andreas Christiansen, president of the German Cocoa Trade Association, said the “hefty” price move was “a mirror of what can be done if people control the physical stock."

Cocoa prices, which had been on the rise this year, rose 0.7 per cent yesterday, to £2,732 per metric ton. By contrast, cocoa being traded on the US exchange fell.

This is the highest price for cocoa in Europe since 1977, and comes after a series of weak harvests in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, the main areas where the crop is grown. 

Fears of floods in the Ivory Coast have sent prices even higher, as speculators have bet on another poor harvest, and a shortage of supply.

At the same time demand is on the increase, especially as China and India develop an ever sweeter tooth.

Cocoa prices have more than doubled since 2007, forcing chocolate makers to raise prices and in some cases to change recipes to use less cocoa.

Laurent Pipitone, senior statistician at the International Cocoa Organisation in London, said: “In the past two years, all companies have increased prices."

There are fears that the extraordinary activity on the commodity markets will filter down to higher prices on the shop shelves for the nation's favourite chocolate bars, even milk chocolate, which has only 25 per cent cocoa content.

The trade took place on the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe), a market which trades contracts in commodities such as corn, wheat, sugar, coffee and cocoa.

Most of these contracts are "options" or "futures" giving a trader the right to buy these commodities at a certain price at a certain time in the future. 

What made yesterday's trade so unusual was that the mystery buyer or buyers took physical delivery of the commodity.

The beans will be stored in one of Liffe's warehouses in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bremen, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Humberside, Le Havre, Liverpool, London, Rotterdam, or Teesside.

There have been mounting worries that speculators have been distorting the cocoa market in recent weeks, with brokers writing a letter of protest to Liffe earlier this month.

Barbara Crowther, a spokesman at the Fairtrade Foundation, said that no farmers in West Africa would benefit from the higher prices. 

She said: "This speculation only serves to increase volatility and uncertainty. Part of the problems in rent years have been the lack of investment in improving cocoa farms. 

But the farmers have already been paid a set price – none of this money will filter down to them." 
A sale that large surely means that coffee and chocolate prices are set to rise in the months ahead.

So, if you're reading this, prepare for higher cocoa prices this autumn, and especially the winter season in the northern hemisphere. There is still time to stock up on coffee and chocolate in some regions, including the U.S.

Seeing the transits of this fall and winter seasons ahead, it would be wise to use the transits through to mid-November to stock up on your cocoa needs before prices skyrocket.
However, for Europe, it appears that prices are quickly already on the rise.

This sale also shows that our "friends" out there seem to be intent on continuning to make a mess of things both economically, and socially it seems by their arrogance and greed.

Let's see if they happen to notice all the celestial action with the world's transits in the months and years ahead.

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