# Prediction Techniques?

One of the central questions of the modern mundane astrologer is, “Is there a way to make accurate predictions?” A few centuries back this was not a question, it was an assumption. You only have to look at the yearly almanacs published by Wm. Lilly, Johannes Kepler and others. They were not afraid to make mistakes. But then again there was a later period where it was practically illegal to make an astrological prediction. Times have changed again. What can we learn from our illustrious predecessors and what can we learn from what our own time brings? For us prediction is a long and thorny path. But if we don’t take it, equipped with our minds as secateurs, to remove the brambles and thorns, nothing will happen. We can only content ourselves with looking at past events, which is estimable but leaves us lop-sided.

With the earthquake charts of the last two articles I am venturing into this thorny region of prediction. The question is can one also use empirical methods to refine ones search for critical times?

With earthquakes one might have the following thought. The Moon’s gravitational field has, from a scientific view, an enormous effect on the earth, not only on her water masses but also her air masses. Now there are times when the Moon is closer to the earth, perigee, could this also effect land masses, especially those that are unstable? Could one take sample charts, much like an oceanologist taking water samples to determine salt and mineral saturation, etc.? This would be a possible method. I will be examining such a sample chart here. Along with the previous small conjunction mentioned in my last comment.

San Francisco, 26 May 2009 5:25am GMT

Mars/Saturn Conjunction 10 July 2008 6:03pm GMT

If you recall I said:

find that the SM Moon at 25 Libra is smack on the Ascendant of the Solar Eclipse chart. square SEcl Mercury. The antiscion is at 4 Pisces which is the SIng. position of Mars and in opposition to the small conjunction of Mars/Saturn (5 Virgo). Ingress Saturn at 17 Virgo is conjunct the Small Conjunction Ascendant (19Virgo). This is not good.

Mars and Saturn are considered traditionally to be the malefics, so their conjunction can also be considered for what are generally termed catastrophes. Now let us examine our sample chart with reference to the Small Conjunction, as it is called. The time is chosen for around the perigee of the Moon which takes place on the 26th of May. For those who use the outer planets (I have included them here) the sample chart has Pluto conjunct the ascendant in mundane square to Mars on the IC and in mundane oppostion to the Moon. Now the Moon is conjunct Mercury (29 Gemini) of the Small Conjunction chart. The Moon of the Conjunction chart(25 Aries) is in opposition to the IC and Mars of the sample chart. If we take the solar eclipse chart into account we notice that Mars of the sample chart is conjunct the Ascendant of the eclipse and the Mars antiscion of the solar ingress chart. So there are some critical things happening. This doesn’t mean that an earthquake will occur exactly at the time of the sample chart (although the seismographic record of the day should later be examined to see if there was any activity at all), but it does show that at this period if you make a sample chart and emphasize one of the critical factors found in the solar eclipse, ingress and small conjunction charts others are also activated. We can only await developments to see what happens and whether the last week of May 2009 will be a normal Californian earthquake week (they are constantly happening) or whether there is increased violent earthquake activity. We’ll return to these charts in June 2009.