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May was a Below Average Month for Earthquakes But Astrology was Still A Key Factor

Updated on June 4, 2012
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Has studied astrology/historical seismology since the late '70s in San Francisco. Published in the ISAR International Astrologer in 2012.

6.0 magnitude or greater earthquakes worldwide for May 2012
6.0 magnitude or greater earthquakes worldwide for May 2012 | Source

Above is a list of all quakes of 6.0 magnitude or greater for the month of May, 2012. An average month will see about 12 or 13 such quakes (2-3 quakes in the 6.7 or higher range and about 10 quakes from 6.0 to 6.6 magnitude). May of 2012 had just 9 such quakes. In the prediction that I made for May a month ago, I was looking for 6.7 or higher quakes to fall within windows that comprised 45% of the time encompassing that month. One would expect just one quake inside one of those windows based on a statistical average if there were 2 or 3 quakes of 6.7 magnitude or greater inside that months 31 day period. As it turned out, there was just 1 such quake and it fell 23 hours after my last window. My first impression was that it was a random quake, but upon closer scrutiny, astrology did play a roll (it just didn't show up on my radar).

The focus of the earthquake chart for the 6.7 magnitude quake in Argentina (below) involves a strong sextile aspect between the Sun/Mercury midpoint and Uranus. Looking at it another way, Mercury is semi-sextile the Sun/Uranus midpoint and the Sun is semi-sextile the Mercury/Uranus midpoint. Mercury, which often plays a key role in triggering earthquakes (especially when aspecting Uranus), was also at nearly its greatest motion through the heavens when viewed from Earth. In general, the closer a planet is to its maximum velocity, the more active its influence will be in any given chart. The sun was also very close to one of a few key spots in the zodiac that seems to parallel earthquake activity (although it was a bit past where I would have considered it to be a factor in that regard).

Interestingly, if one looks at all 6.0 magnitude or greater quakes for that month, 2 out of 3 fell within my windows (or 6 out of 9 as highlighted in yellow in the first illustration, when 4 would be normal based on a statistical average). That means that such quakes were 1.5 times more frequent than normal inside my windows. With results like that one might think I deserve a pat on the back and a B score at least, but since I had predicted that May would be almost as active as the month prior and I was singling out 6.7 magnitude or greater quakes, I am going to (again) rate myself with a C- score (one of these days I'll get it right).

Although there was a 6.7 magnitude quake during the month of May, it was not the focus of attention in the news media. Instead, a 6.0 magnitude quake on 5/20 and a 5.8 magnitude quake on 5/29 in Italy, both of which killed at least 2 dozen people and damaged many valuable structures was in the spotlight (those quakes were not inside my prediction windows).

At this point I am going to try my luck at what is in store for the next few months. In general, I expect the month of May 2012, to give an inkling of what is to come during the next three months. I don't expect above average activity until September, when things should pick up and last through the end of the year. Here are my windows for June 2012:

6/7/2012, 0000 UT (+-24hrs) Japan or Java

6/16/12, 0000 UT (+-36hrs) Haiti

6/24/12, 1200 UT (+-48hrs) China, Chile, Iran, Armenia, or Italy (this should also be a big day for UFOs)

These windows comprise 30% of the time during the June period. Thus, if there are 10 quakes of 6.0 magnitude or higher during that month, only 3 should fall within my windows (based on a statistical average). I am again looking for results of 1.5 times the statistical average or better.


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  • Alastar Packer profile image

    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    You hear about that 150? ton dock washing up in Oregon from the Japanese tsunami Joseph. And yes, you get a big pat on the back- awesome.

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    UPDATE: Just a note to let you know that I just discovered that I didn't include the time of day for the center of each of my three earthquake windows for June 2012. The times are 0000 UT (Universal Time) on the first two dates and 1200 UT for the last one.