Yellowstone Earthquake Cluster
Astronomical Earthgrid Spacetime Mapping

Dec 2008 - Jan 2009

Nick Anthony Fiorenza


The following is an "Astronomical Earthgrid Spacetime Mapping" exploration of the Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm occurring in late December 2008-early January 2009. Although not large quakes, this swarm or cluster of seismic events is interesting to explore due to its unexpected nature.

University of Utah Seismograph Stations Press Release: December 29, 2008 05:00 PM MST

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a notable swarm of earthquakes has been underway since December 26 beneath Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, three to six miles south-southeast of Fishing Bridge, Wyoming. This energetic sequence of events was most intense on December 27, when the largest number of events of magnitude 3 and larger occurred.

The largest of the earthquakes was a magnitude 3.9 (revised from magnitude 3.8) at 10:15 pm MST on Dec. 27. The sequence has included nine events of magnitude 3 to 3.9 and approximately 24 of magnitude 2 to 3 at the time of this release. A total of more than 250 events large enough to be located have occurred in this swarm. Reliable depths of the larger events are up to a few miles. Visitors and National Park Service (NPS) employees in the Yellowstone Lake area reported feeling the largest of these earthquakes....

The table below-left lists the earthquakes occurring in the Yellowstone area over the few day period in which the unexpected earthquake swarm occurred, along with their magnitudes. The significant astronomical alignments (aspects) occurring during this period are also listed in the table. These planetary aspects are occurring for the entire Earth, they are not location specific, so this table alone gives us only an idea of the significant aspects that may be in play. We must examine individual charts for each spacetime (seismic) event to identify the culprit harmonic geometries. As we do, we can see the primary triggers for each event, those that continually maintain over a period of time for a given geographical area, as well as if they are building (potentially leading into a larger geophysical event), or if they are dispersing.

The swarm started on Dec 26, 2008 with a peak occurring on Dec 27. Notice, in the table, that the three earthquakes at and above 3.0 occurred almost exactly on the New Moon, which reveals the place to begin our astronomical earthgrid mapping. We are looking for geometries (planetary aspects) that are either on the "angles," or in aspect to the angles, for any given spacetime moment (event-location). (The four primary "angles" are the ASC, DSC, MC and IC. The ASC-DSC axis in the ecliptic is defined by the intersection of a location's "horizon plane" and the "ecliptic plane." This axis changes with time and the location's latitude (and is the horizontal axis in each chart presented to the right - ASC on the left / DSC on the right). The MC-IC axis is defined by the intersection of the location's "meridian" (Earth longitude) and the ecliptic. This axis changes with time and the location's longitude. It is marked by "MC," generally near the top of each chart. The angular relationship between the MC-IC axis and the ASC-DSC axis also changes with time and location. Thus we can have independent harmonic geometries (sets of planetary aspects) aspecting both the location's horizon plane (ASC-DSC) the the location's meridian (MC-IC).

The MC-IC / ASC-DSC ecliptical axes comprise the "local cross" of any given spacetime moment. The local cross nests within another ecliptical cross created by galactic equatorial axis and the vernal axis. This is Earth's Precessional Cross. The galactic axis is fixed in the ecliptic and is defined by the intersection of the ecliptic plane and the galactic plane (GEN-aGEN). The vernal axis is created by the intersection of Earth's equatorial plane (celestial equator) and the ecliptic plane. The vernal axis moves in the ecliptic in relation to the galactic axis due to Earth's ~25,000-year precession. Aspects to Earth's precessional Cross can also be of significance in Astronomical Earthgrid Spacetime Mapping.

The first thing to take note of is any significant planetary alignments in process (independent of location)—something easily seen in a graphic ephemeris). In this case, we have the Saturn-Uranus opposition, also aspecting Eris (and Varuna and Quaoar), which started on Nov 4, 2008 and will be weaving in and out of opposition for months ahead, centering around the "Saturn-Uranus Harmonics Synodic Synchronization" which occurs in Sept 2009 (mentioned in the 2009 Astrological Highlights.) Another obvious culprit may be the current Mars-Pluto conjunction (also aspecting Orcus) nesting on the primary galactic equatorial Node (GEN). In addition; there is a primary gathering (stellium) of planets taking place that will crescendo on the Solar Eclipse of Jan 26, 2009.

Red lines in the center of each chart indicate planetary aspects with Earth's Precessional Cross—in this case Mars and Pluto which conjoin the GEN at 5° sidereal Sag, a significant alignment in general. Blue lines indicate aspects occurring between the planets Saturn, Uranus, Quaoar, Eris, Sedna, and Varuna. These aspects hold over a longer period of time due to the slow orbital rates of these planets. (I will call this the "Saturn-Uranus group" from here forth.) Yellow lines indicate planetary aspects to the local MC-IC axis; and orange lines to the ASC-DSC axis. (Aspect lines are shown only to Saturn and Uranus to avoid clutter, however there are aspects with each planet in the entire geometry (Saturn-Uranus group).

Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm

The first three charts 27-1, 27-2 and 27-3 are of the peak magnitude events (≥3.0) marked in green in the table to the left. They center around the New Moon of Dec 27, 2008.

Earthquake Chart 3.0

Primary Aspects (the first 3.0 quake):

• MC-IC - aspects the New Moon (and Pallas)
• ASC-DSC aspects the "Saturn-Uranus group"; also the mid-point to Chiron-Venus-Neptune.

This creates a primary harmonic resonance with this specific spacetime moment (specific time at this location)—for both axes of the local cross. It occurs within one hour of the New Moon—in the New Moon crescendo. The POF (blue circle with the dot in the center) always resides on the ASC on a New Moon.

Earthquake 3.5

The second and primary quake of the three (3.5) occurs when the location's meridian moves 30° from its previous location. This places the New Moon in a T-square to the meridian—a potent harmonic geometry (T-squares fire). Clearly the first quake set up the primary resonance (opened the door in a sense) to trigger this more potent event (just an hour after New Moon). Note also Ceres on the Zenith (square the horizon plane (ASC-DSC). Do not underestimate the asteroids, esp. Ceres, commonly involved in environmental events.

Earthquake 3.2

With this initial New Moon burst tapering off, the third peak (3.2) occurs when the meridian moves to within 1° 13' to a perfect 60° aspect with the Lunar Nodes (the Lunar Nodes are always a primary factor to consider in earthgrid mapping).

Earthquake 3.0

Still occurring on Dec 27, and just past New Moon, the next ≥3.0 peak occurs as Earth rotates a bit further to where the location's meridian moves from its sextile (60°) with the lunar nodes to a square (90°) with the lunar nodes. Note also the aspect with Ceres and the aspect with the near-midpoint of Sun-Moon and the ASC (also the entire Sag stellium). In addition the MC-ASC angle is at its compression point (the smallest angle it will get to), in this case to within 3° of a sextile (60°).

Earthquake 3.9

The next peak quake, one of the strongest (3.9) occurs as the Saturn-Uranus group comes back into play—with the location's meridian now aspecting the group. Note that Chiron joins the group on the MC; and especially note the POF aspect with the group. The POF always comes into play when there are significant seismic events. This mathematical (spacetime) harmonic ties in the planets involved with the horizon plane (space) and the Sun-Moon angle ( lunar phase partile); i.e., where we are in the lunar cycle (time).

Earthquake 3.2

This 3.2 quake occurs as the horizon plane's (ASC-DSC) aligns with the lunar nodes at the same time as the meridian squares Mercury, creating a Mercury-meridian T-square.

Earthquake 3.5

Another ASC-DSC lunar nodes aspect, this time as the meridian squares Mars, creating a Mars-Pluto-meridian T-square—and a primary Precessional Cross alignment with the meridian (meridian-vernal axis). Also note the 3.0 quake preceding this quake by a few minutes, within the crescendo of this alignment.

Earthquake 3.0

Although not over 3.0 magnitude, I present this chart due to the Mars-Pluto conjunction. The Mars-Pluto conjunction nests within ±2 hours of two peaks, although lesser magnitude quakes (the second 2.8 mag. chart is shown here). This would certainly be a time to map potential alignments had we been looking in the future for potential quakes. In this case we see the Mars-Pluto aspect to the ASC-DSC; and with the meridian approaching alignment with the lunar nodes (-3°); but not more significant coinciding aspects. If there were more significant aspects, we most likely would have seen much stronger seismicity. (The Moon has just aspected Juno in the Saturn-Uranus group but this geometry is not angular; nor is the POF quite in place to catalyze a primary earthgrid resonance. Now that the Mars Pluto alignment occurred (past its crescendo), the significance of Mars and Pluto will lesson as time goes on (however they still reside on the GEN and are still aspecting Orcus and Vesta, which is to watched).

Earthquake 3.3

Had we been mapping for all potential resonances, this window would have been obvious, as several conditions are met. First and foremost is the meridian alignment with Saturn-MC / Uranus-IC, thus the entire Saturn-Uranus group is active. Next we have the Mars-Pluto-Orcus-Vesta-Precessional Cross geometry active, aspecting the horizon plane (Orcus square ASC-DSC and Mars-Pluto GEN in a 30°crescendo to the ASC). And we have the POF squaring the Lunar Nodes—all revealing a stronger Earthgrid resonance, and producing one of the stronger quakes (3.3).

Although there are a few seismic peaks occurring on Dec 30-31 (GMT)—one as the Moon conjoins the North Lunar Node 30° from the Sun, which we could explore, let us skip ahead to the next earthquake over 3.0 occurring on Dec 31.

Earthquake Chart 31-1

Here (Chart 31-1) we have another significant set of alignments and another obvious window for increased seismicity. The meridian aspects the Saturn-Uranus group with Eris on the MC and Saturn in exact aspect to the MC-IC. Notice the Moon Chiron alignment approaching aspect to this group; also with Neptune (as Saturn and Juno now are closer in aspect with Neptune). The ASC-DSC approaches the Lunar Nodes (also in their crescendo); and with the Sun in the mix at 30° to the Lunar Nodes. Finally, we have the POF aspecting Mercury and Jupiter, which are about to conjoin (in their crescendo)—all producing another of the stronger earthgrid resonances; and a 3.6 quake.

Saturn Uranus Opposition Graphic Ephemeris

The illustration above shows the lower ten degree corner of the 2009 Graphic Ephemeris. It reveals the crecscendo leading into the point of resonance between Uranus, Earth and Saturn as Uranus and Saturn make the second of their five oppositions, which occurs just before the February lunar eclipse (the shaded red area leading into where the Uranus and Saturn lines cross). Also shown are Eris, Varuna, Quaoar and Sedna, all of which are around 24-26 degrees in their respective signs, and also aspecting the Saturn-Uranus opposition. All of these planets and the two full moons remain within a 3° orb throughout this period. This suggests a potential increase in global seismic activity building into the February lunar eclipse. Whether an increase will occur in Yellowstone is an unknown without further mapping of that specific geographical area.

Obviously we could continue the Yellowstone exploration, however doing so without software designed to search for the variety of parameters would be a time-consuming process if not a full time job. This excursion was to explore the efficacy of applying the "Astronomical Earthgrid Spacetime Mapping" to smaller-magnitude seismic events.

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