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The Cosmic Portent in the Year of the Crucible

Updated on September 9, 2017

Mt Etna's 2017 Eruption


The Cosmic Portent

As this piece is being written, Mt Etna in Italy recorded an expected explosion, while the northern tip of Surigao in Eastern Mindanao Philippines experienced an unexpected 5.9 earthquake just after a 6.7 temblor occurred about three weeks ago.

Even without the use of astrological instruments, we can see from the global events of 2015 and 2016, and the flow of events in the first quarter of 2017 that we are in for a global acid test in 2017 in many facets of life, including the life of our planet.

Our own psychic senses will tell us that the global disasters of natural origin have their counterparts from the man-made decisions and actions that have been taken in many previous years. The nuclear atmospheric tests conducted by developed countries, and the unmanageable colossal garbage that we recklessly heap on the pristine waters of this planet are just two of the dismal and appalling human causes of nature’s knee-jerk kick on our faces.

But a larger portent has loomed in the horizon as if emerging from the vast space of the solar system despite our limited understanding of how the celestial bodies have cast an unseen influence on our daily lives, on human societies and the planet Earth itself.

Most of the time we only see the destruction and the deaths of people after a so-called natural disaster has happened, as if every action and reaction of nature is independent on what we do and think about ourselves and our planet. Our collective consciousness is in reality gridlocked into the thought web patterns of the planet, if we see Mother Earth as a ‘higher type’ of organic, intelligent being.

Rarely do we think that our solar system itself, a form of cosmic intelligence, is one of the keys to determining what possible catastrophic events might happen within a certain period. In 2016, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all appeared in the predawn sky from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, a rare astronomical event and alignment.

This significant event, like the movement of the other planets, provided us the opportunity to make some predictions about the future of the possible. Hybrid astronomers and astrophysicists who have a curious alliance with astrology know that an alignment of 5 major planets produces a laser-like unified force that can be exerted on nearby planets like the Earth.

This is because planets also emit some form of electromagnetic energy, similar to the living organisms’ bio-electric energies. When planets align, their forces combine to produce a singular effect that could impact on other nearby planets. The effect of the energies could linger on for years for a certain planet and on the inhabitants of that planet.

Last year, with a few associates and believers in the Chinese I Ching oracle, I attempted to portray the 2016 Future of the Possible based on a fast forward 2015 heuristic analysis of what might possibly happen on a significant global scale, taking into consideration the probable effect of the 5-planetary alignment on the formation of events.

The 2016 forecasts were published in HubPages, “I Ching oracle speaks about 2016,” (April 2016). Consequently, a validation of predicted events was made to assess the validity of the predictive statements made and published in HubPages, (April 29, 2016), and (February 26, 2017).

There is a need to re-focus our awareness and responses to the Earth as a live organic Being.
There is a need to re-focus our awareness and responses to the Earth as a live organic Being. | Source

2017 Future of the Possible

If 2016 was a year defined by a series of overwhelming conflagrations, volcanic eruptions, floods, earthquakes and man-made explosions, 2017 can be considered a “Year of the Crucible,” an acid test for almost everyone on this planet in all the aspects of life, from the minute biological to the large-scale technological.

Will there be new strains of diseases coming out this year? Combining the Chinese astrological character of the year, the Minor Fire Rooster, with the astrological interpretation of the planetary movements can open a window on how the cosmic and planetary energies combine to impact on the formation of events on Earth and its inhabitants.

For 2017, an “Energy Cycle Analysis” was made based on a heuristic approach that combined an analysis of the energy configuration as reflected in the specific year as expressed in the I Ching within the 60-year cycle, and an analysis of the past events pertaining to the same astrological year.

Other Chinese astrology experts are doing the same work on event forecasting in other parts of the world. There is Paul Ng who considers himself a Geomancer and Philosopher who lives in Canada. In 2016 he published “Predictions for 2017 (Year of Fire Rooster)”

His findings were considered in the process of the conduct of our Energy Cycle Analysis and the coming out of the forecasts for 2017 on the Future of the Possible. As in the “I Ching oracle speaks about 2016” (published in, our starting point is the basic energy description based on the I Ching 2017 as seen in Table 1.0 below.

Table on Energy Description for 2017


Life Dimensions and Forecast Categories

We are an integral part of the natural world. Our thinking, feeling and actions determine not only our future but the future of the planet and the natural world. Yet, we have not institutionalized our kinship with Nature. We have alienated ourselves from the natural world.

Unlike the Jivaro and Conibo Indians of Peru whose lives are closely interwoven into the natural ecology and spirituality of the Amazon rainforest, our basic stance towards the natural world is one of distance, an abrasive attitude based on fear and ignorance, and a detestable sense of domination out of a warped sense of pride and superiority. Yet we feel powerless in the midst of a swirling tornado or hurricane coming along our path. When an earthquake strikes, we see it as a threat and we flee in fear. When a volcano erupts, we feel the wrath of Nature upon us.

The occurrence of natural disasters is a way of Earth’s Inner Intelligence to force us to change our social relationship paradigm with Nature. We haven’t developed the ability to shift our values towards looking at the whole of the natural world as an organic, personal entity capable of communicating with humans at certain levels. Our educational system and values still prevents us from making real initiatives towards relating with the elements in the natural world.

One way of initiating a greater understanding of Nature and its forces is to view the character of a particular year in terms of the Chinese astrological characteristics described in the Book of Change.

Everything is in a flux, from the sub-atomic level to the Earth mass planetary level, and change occurs at every moment. The arrangement of the natural elements of earth, air, water, fire, wood and metal for a particular year determines the dominant forces at play for the year that impacts on specific events. Forecasts or predictive statements made based on the system presented here are ways of determining the vector or path of a possible event.

There is a need to re-focus our awareness and responses to the Earth as a live organic Being and find ways to communicate with Earth, as a means to understand and engage better with people in our daily economic and political affairs.

Can we make an appropriate and adequate response to disaster when disaster comes?
Can we make an appropriate and adequate response to disaster when disaster comes? | Source


Are we experiencing a new cycle of Earth rebirth?

In the Year of the Crucible, earth-shaking events would be quite common from March 2017 to January 2018. The Earth seems to be loosening up a bit its geophysical make up, and in some areas, we can see an opening or widening of fault lines as in the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Surigao City, Eastern Mindanao on February10, 2017. There could be other forces at work beneath the ground that we walk on, but a number of relatively high magnitude earthshaking events could happen from March to December this year: The future of the possible for 2017.

Magnitude 6.0 to 8.0 could occur in the following places between March and June: Lampung, Bandung, East Java, Sumatra, Timor-Leste, New Zealand, Kagoshima or Fukuoka, Japan; Kwangju or Jeju, South Korea; Tanganyika, DRC or Lilongwe, Malawi.

Aftermath of the 2016 Equador quake.
Aftermath of the 2016 Equador quake. | Source

Possible magnitude 5.7 to 7.9 could occur from May to December: Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Argentina Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka.

The Andrean Islands in Alaska; Baja California Sur and Pasto, Colombia could experience magnitude 5.5 to 6.7 to 7.5 between April and June.

The geographic extent to which earth-shaking events would occur and their corresponding magnitudes are not absolute ‘psychic data’ based on the Book of Change but may be seen as future of the possible events flowing towards certain planetary trends. As open-ended possible event flows, there are no probability estimates attached to the statement-forecasts

Dinagat Island Sea Creature

A bloodied strange sea creature was washed ashore on a beach in Dinagat Island, Surigao, Philippines on February 22, 2017 a week before the Surigao earthquake.
A bloodied strange sea creature was washed ashore on a beach in Dinagat Island, Surigao, Philippines on February 22, 2017 a week before the Surigao earthquake. | Source

Explosions and Volcanic Eruptions

A relatively significant number of volcanoes that erupted last year and those erupting in January 2017 will continue spewing fire and ash from February to May 2017 in lesser to medium intensity. July and August could see more eruptions from active volcanoes, from thermal anomalies to full-scale short-term eruptions, a way of Earth tensions releasing itself from the body-planet. Think of it as the grumbles of the Earth soma.

Mt Sinabung Eruption

Mt Sinabung in Sumatra, Indonesia erupting in 2017.
Mt Sinabung in Sumatra, Indonesia erupting in 2017. | Source

Possible medium to high alert status from May to August may be experienced in the following places: Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy) , Bogoslof (United States, Aleutian Islands), Kilauea (Hawai'i), Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea), Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea), Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu), Lopevi (Vanuatu), Ambrym (Vanuatu), Shiveluch (Kamchatka), Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles, Russia), Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan), Suwanose-jima, (Ryukyu Islands, Japan), Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia), Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia), Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia), Gamalama (Halmahera, Indonesia), Semeru (East Java, Indonesia), Villarrica (Central Chile), Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile), Sangay (Ecuador), Sabancaya (Peru), Reventador (Ecuador), Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean), Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion), Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania), Erta Ale (Danakil depression, Ethiopia), Nyiragongo (DRCongo) and Erebus (Antarctica). Most of these would be small to short-lived eruptions.

Possible high alert status from April to December: Etna (Sicily, Italy), Sete Cidades (Azores, Portugal, Azores & Madeira), Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia), Niigata-Yake-yama (Honshu, Japan), Bulusan (Luzon Island, Philippines), Canlaon (Central Philippines), Merapi (Central Java, Indonesia) and Tungurahua (Ecuador).

El Niño

El Nino in the City.
El Nino in the City. | Source

Heatwaves, Local Fires and Forest Wildfires

Long dry spell and extreme hot weather leading to destruction of farmlands from March to June:

Egypt, Sudan. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Yemen, Oman, Iran, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa.

Continuous heatwave that could lead to deaths from March to June: Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala in India. Hyderabad, Pakistan.

Heatwave and long drought affecting people, and environment from March to June: Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Argentina Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay.

Forest wildfires from May to December: A number of southern states in the USA, including La Crete or Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and the forests around Red Bluff California

A large conflagration in Turkey in 2016.
A large conflagration in Turkey in 2016. | Source

Local fires from May to October: Local governments unable to cope due to hot weather conditions and shortage of water, and increasing homeless populations in urban areas in the following possible locations - Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Argentina Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Taiwan, Turkey, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka. Manila, Cebu and parts of Mindanao.

Unusual fires from March to June and October, possibly wide-scale, partly industrial based: Hong Kong, Guangdong, Fujian, Taiwan, Toronto, Illinois, Miami, Thunder Bay, Manitoulin Island.


Toronto, Canada wildfire, May 5, 2016.
Toronto, Canada wildfire, May 5, 2016. | Source
Mt Apo wildfire, March 31, 2016.
Mt Apo wildfire, March 31, 2016. | Source

Transport, Industrial and Mining Mishaps

There could occur a number of land transport (train-based), sea transport, and air transport accidents, unique industrial accidents and mining mishaps in certain places.

Unusual circumstances combined with rising sea levels and waves, hurricanes or fire accidents of oil-based off-shore rigs from May to December possibly in the following places: Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, Brazil, Western Africa, South Asia and Venezuela.

Rig accident
Rig accident | Source

Possible oil-based on-land accidents from May to October in Russia and the US.

Possible gold or coal mine accidents from June to December in: Telfer, Australia; Xinjiang, China; Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria, Alaska, Colorado, California, Illinois, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Yukon Territory, Canada.

Possible transport train mishaps from May to June, September and December on Europe trains, India trains, and USA trains.

Possible sea transport mishaps from July to December in USA, India, Africa and South America, and Countries in the Middle East.

Possible air transport accidents from March to December in South Asia, South America, and Southern Russia.

Possible power blackouts as a result of heavy snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes from September 2017 to January 2018 in parts of Europe and USA.

Possible power blackouts due to earthquakes, typhoons and flooding from May to December in parts of South Asia and South America.

Possible power blackouts due to power plants exceeding production limits or system failure from under-rehabilitation that could possibly occur from May to December in parts of Southeast Asia like the Philippines and Indonesia; parts of India.

Storm Lashes and Flooding Including windstorms, tropical storms, typhoons and tornadoes

Intense rain and flooding due to unusual circumstances combined with changing climate from May to July in some parts of Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Dubai.

Flooding, landslides, storm surges affecting people, homes, transport, communication, power supply from May to December Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Argentina Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Vanuatu, New Zealand.

Sri Lanka Flooding, May 2016.
Sri Lanka Flooding, May 2016. | Source

Heavy rains and strong winds affecting people, homes, transport, communication, power supply from July to December in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana.

Windstorms affecting people, homes, transport, communication, power supply, from February to March / August to October in: Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Canada New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio.

Dust storms affecting people, homes and transport communication, power supply, possibly from May to October in: Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Beijing.

Tornadoes affecting people, business, homes and transport from June to October in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Intensifying Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis in Africa and the Middle East will become one of the greatest man-made disasters in the history of mankind.
The refugee crisis in Africa and the Middle East will become one of the greatest man-made disasters in the history of mankind. | Source

I wish to thank my associate Brian Bingil who has assisted me in the monitoring and reporting of events covered in the first forecast story, “The Future of the Possible” in 2016.



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