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Seismic Forecast and Review for June, 2017

Updated on June 2, 2017
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Has studied astrology/historical seismology since the late '70s in San Francisco. Published in the ISAR International Astrologer in 2012.

Magnitude 6.0 or greater worldwide earthquakes for May 2017.
Magnitude 6.0 or greater worldwide earthquakes for May 2017. | Source

The Earth Is Both Calm and Turbulent

Based on astrology, the spring of 2017 should have seen some large quakes that were more noteworthy than usual. However, much of that depends on the rhythms of the earth, which has its own cycles that are independent of astrological indicators. When at least one of the earth's seismic cycles is in phase with astrological indicators, a storm of activity can result.

Beginning in November 2016 and ending in January 2017, there was such a storm. That came as a bit of a surprise to this writer since astrology, from the aspects that I consider, did not predict such an active period. So it turned out what was newsworthy in the fall and not much to report on in the spring, were both due mostly to either random events or ones related to eclipses that, since such things are new in my repertoire, I am not as skilled as I would like in their use for prognosticating (that is changing however).


Seismic Review

The closest thing to a storm occurred on April 24 and 28, with the appearance of two 6.8 magnitude earthquakes in Chile and then in the Philippines. Their occurrence was in line with a very large peak in Astro-Aspect Values (AAVs or astrological angular aspects between solar system bodies that have related to earthquakes of the past). However, this was an isolated series of events which did not produce a storm as I had suggested shortly thereafter that it might.

Storms usually begin with a seismic event of at least 7.7 magnitude in size and these were markedly smaller than that. Rather than heralding an increase, these earthquakes simply marked a point that corresponded to an extraordinary period in time related to astrological aspects that parallel such events. Quakes of that size were rare though during the three months leading up to the closely spaced worldwide quakes and their occurrence helped bring April's numbers up to a more average level.

Before April, there was a 6.7 magnitude quake in the Kamchatka region on the 29th of March or occurring on the day after a date that I had indicated would be ripe for such an event. Before that was a 6.9 magnitude event in the Fiji Islands on the 24th of February, which was in a window defined by the heliocentric position of Mars (which was just three days away from aligning with its ascending node).

But May, as it relates to any relationship between astrology and significant earthquakes (of at least 6.8), was a bust. There was one 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Vanuatu Island region, but that quake occurred just when astrology said it was not so likely. The reason for this anomaly relates to the fact that Vanuatu produces more random events of large size than most places. In other words, it is an exceptional area on the face of the earth where astrology does not have much say.

In addition, on 29 May 2017, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It was also during a period when AAV peaks were at a minimum. An exception relates to a peak in transiting aspects to natal planets in the chart of the Total solar eclipse of 9 March 2016, which also had the center of its shadow path pass just 7 km (4 miles) north of the epicenter of the future earthquake.

Not considering astrology, the month was more or less average in the frequency of earthquakes of at least 5.8 magnitude. Like April, and the two months preceding it, there were no earthquakes of at least 7.1 in magnitude when the expected average is one such quake per month. However, April and May can be considered to have had average seismic activity, while in February and March it was below average.

Display of AAV peaks for Summer 2017 using the Kepler 8 astrology program.
Display of AAV peaks for Summer 2017 using the Kepler 8 astrology program.

Seismic Forecast

A recent article of mine entitled “Large Earthquakes Expected in Spring 2017”, should have been more correctly stated as “Large Earthquakes More Likely in Spring 2017”. That would be because, unexpected factors came into play (or expected factors did not come into play) that resulted in only modest seismic activity. This extends a period of relative calm and may result in a series of big events to come in quick succession. If this does happen soon (again, beginning with an earthquake of at least 7.7 in magnitude), June 2017 could be when it starts. The likely settings would be Japan, the west coast of the United States, or Alaska's Aleutian Islands for much of the month (from 2 June to 18 June) and then focusing mostly on Japan for later in the month (21 June to 27 June).

The beginning of summer is marked by this period where earthquake related astrological indicators are at the forefront (following up a larger such peak of indicators late in the prior month). Such factors do not arise again until about three months later. Another researcher in Canada named Brian T. Johnston, also feels that this early summer is a likely time for the occurrence of one or more significant seismic events (of at least 7 in magnitude).

An Annular solar eclipse from May 2012, appears to play a strong role as these astrological factors unfold so, although it did not appear to be a factor in May 2017, it could very well be an influence in June 2017, even though the effects are on the wane.

I will not venture to guess this time if a storm is imminent. That is more likely after the eclipse of August 2017 than before (especially in the continental United States). But I can not rule it out either.

The likelihood of 6.8 magnitude or greater earthquakes during the month of June 2017 for specific dates.
The likelihood of 6.8 magnitude or greater earthquakes during the month of June 2017 for specific dates.
Display of AAV peaks for the month of June 2017 using the Kepler 8 astrology program.
Display of AAV peaks for the month of June 2017 using the Kepler 8 astrology program.

© 2017 Joseph Ritrovato


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    Joseph Ritrovato 8 weeks ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Earthquake Weather Update: Just wanting to let everyone know that there is a 12 hour period representing the first half of 20 June 2017 (in Greenwich Mean Time), that should be listed in my earlier forecast with a probability of around 50% above average.