The data included in this survey is quite extensive.
“This research involved tens of thousands of earthquakes and over 6,000 hours of investigative work and observations taking place over the last eighteen years. “
The study was conducted using a statistical method called “Pearson correlation”
Only earthquakes larger than 6.0 on the Richter scale were included.
The following is a summary of the authors findings:
- Earthquakes occur more often during the 5 day period that defines a “planetary aspect”
- There is a 68 million to one odds against chance that this could occur randomly
- Earthquakes occur the most often in the 3 days leading up to the exact moment of alignment, peaking right before the alignment and then tailor off from there.
- Aspects between the sun and/or moon are most common
- Heliocentric aspects lead to more earthquakes on Earth then the original geocentric aspect
- The conjunction, semi-square, sextile, square, trine, sesquiquadrate, and opposition aspects were the only alignments that lead to non random results when evaluated. Whereas the septile and novile aspect do not. This is called the “8th harmonic” and include angles that emerge when you divide the circle by 8.
- Aspects involving Saturn and Jupiter were most influential
- The cycle of statistical significance lasts about 5 days
Hold on, what is an “Aspect”?
An aspect is a precise geometric angle that is formed between two planets in the sky. They are more likely to occur between an inner and an outer planet. This is due to vast discrepancies in orbital duration (Mercury/Venus/Mars aligning to the Gas Giants and Pluto). A year on Saturn for example, is much longer than Mars because it takes longer to travel around the Sun. This is why Mars is “aspecting” Saturn much more often then Jupiter would aspect Saturn. However with that being said, the bulk of planetary aspects still occur with the Sun and the Moon.
The orbital path of a planetary body throughout the celestial foreground has been notoriously hard to predict throughout history. This is because every planet, from the perspective of Earth, will appear to take a circuitous, wavering path throughout the night sky as it orbits around the Sun. This is in fact where the word “retrograde” comes from, as some planets will seem to to travel backward for a brief a duration of time, at least from our perspective.
The tool of a geometric compass is a rather salient metaphor. Imagine yourself at the center of a mighty geometric compass pointed toward the sky. You try to figure out the angle between two planets by moving the compass so each planet falls along the straight line created by this half circle shaped tool. This is how you figure out the exact angular separation much like a ruler will tell you the length of an object.
From your perspective on Earth each planet is fleeting back and forth, slowing down and speeding up. Because they are orbiting around the sun with us – the wobbling of our planet will create the illusion of an indeterminable path. However if you were measuring the angle of each planet from the middle of the sun it would be much easier, more like rotating the compass smoothly as they float around you in elliptical orbit. This method of measurement became accessible recently thanks to computer technology and has made the identification of the “heliocentric aspect” possible.
The type of angles that define as “aspect” are all multiples of 15 degrees, and are relevant to a kind of basic geometric shape called the “polygon”. A square and hexagon are good examples of basic symmetric polygons. Their angles include 90 degrees and 120 degrees. For some reason the ancients had defined an aspect as “in effect” for 5 days, in which they called the “standard orb”
The Facts: What did they find?
The author first conducted a literature review on the subject, and then expanded upon the available information further.
The results were unequivocal
“What was found in the historical studies was that earthquakes could be correlated with the aspects and that they also tended to occur just before an aspect happens with a large degree of statistical significance”
The author reviewed this earlier statistical research to determine if heliocentric aspects were any different from geocentric aspects and then what, if any part of the 5 day long “standard orb” is more influential. What he found was that heliocentric aspects were slightly more powerful then geocentric aspects in determining earthquake activity. That makes sense is you consider how large the sun is compared to Earth and how it is at the center of the solar system. It also makes you wonder how the position of Earth may be contributing to seismic activity on other worlds through using the sun as intermediary gating node.
The bottom line is, the probability is very low that any of this could have happened by chance. In fact , the author went out of his way to determine if there were any measurements artifacts that could be clouding the original research. In so – reducing the original 275 billion to one odds against chance to 68 million to one, which is still incredibly high.
“Some of the databases had inadvertently included overlapping data. If we look at all earthquakes and sequential databases that include all aspects the number of positive results reduces to about 70%. This would reduce the random chance in the above series to about 68 million to one odds. A t-test performed on a more critical subset of 30 databases demonstrates that there is a very low probability that the results are due to chance. These databases remove all overlapping data from the larger series that was previously analyzed. “
The majority of Earthquakes that occur during the “standard orb” appear to occur while two celestial bodies are approaching an angular alignment, rather then during or after that alignment.
“..the mean for the Earthquake group is 61.8% of all Earthquakes occurred during applying aspects, while for the random group they accounted for only 50.62 of the whole”
This is called an “applying aspect” which means the 3 days leading up to an exact alignment between two planets at a multiple of 15 degrees. (30, 45, 60 etc)
By including only the largest earthquakes the author figured out that the correlation became even stronger. Which suggests that not only do more earthquakes occur before an alignment but also – the strongest earthquakes
“..another set of events was generated which consisted of the ninety- six most significant earthquakes that happened during 1997 as determined by the USGS”
“61.5% of the earthquakes occurred when the planetary aspect that was closest to the exact angle of the aspect was applying, in other words before the planet was at the actual perfect angle of the aspect, and 38.5% of the quakes occurred during separating aspects.” This is close to a 2/3rd preference for approaching alignment.
The author hypothesizes that when underground pressure between tectonic plates reaches a maximum, an applying aspect will be that much more likely to trigger an earthquake in the area.
“when there is sufficient pressure built up in the fault lines to make an earthquake imminent, then it is more likely to happen during the period of applying aspects compared to other times.”
NOTE: The overall effect was small but statistically significant, begging the question – why it happening at all? The variable needs to be added to our weather prediction models if we are to better anticipate Earthquake formation and the potentially devastating effects that accompany it.
The Theory: What does it all mean?
It suggests that there is information and/or energy being exchanged between the Sun and Earth that is contributing to the occurrence of seismic activity deep beneath the surface. That information appears to be geometric in nature, and has to do with the alignment of planetary bodies from the perspective of both the Sun and Earth to angles that approximate the same angles you would find in a symmetric polygon – like the square or hexagon. It also suggests that an interplanetary network of gravitationally regulated electromagnetic exchange is contributing to seismic activity. That becomes even more apparent when you begin to study the Complex Sychronization Structure of Our Solar System.
Brian Johnston has also researched the relationship between planetary alignment and “magnetic reconnection” a term used to refer to the initial opening up of a magnetic portal between the Sun and Earth, followed by a “flux transfer event” – where plasma and electricity is exchanged along magnetized strands of “flux rope”. He discovered that the most powerful flux transfer events (resulting in a geomagnetic storm) occurred when two planets aligned to angles that approximate the 16th harmonic. In other words – exactly twice as often as alignments that increase Earthquake activity. He theorizes that these flux transfer events are the electrical “circuit-board” by which Earthquake activity is enhanced.
An intelligent gravitational system of inter-modulated planetary activity
With the sun acting as central gating node
Remember how the only planetary alignments that effected earthquake activity were angles within the 8th harmonic? With that being said, is it possible that powerful flux transfer events are contributing to a solar system wide network of mutually distributed atmospheric – tectonic regulation through exchange of electromagnetic plasma? If so, are other planets also effected during their alignment with each other?
Because it wouldn’t make very much sense if the sun was only referencing Earth in this way, it seems far more likely that other planets have a similar relationship with the Sun. For example, we’ve recently discovered that Saturn has its own regular pattern of magnetic re-connection with the Sun.
It has also been proven that Io, a moon of Jupiter, depending on where it is in it’s orbit around the Gas giant will effect Jupiters atmosphere to the extent that it can eventually be tracked as a significant change in solar irradiation on the Sun.
The same author in another article reveals statistical evidence of a connection between the alignment of gas giants, sunspot formation and agricultural yield. He hypothesizes that sunspot formation followed by a solar storm is what actually precipitates the increase in earthquake activity via geomagnetic storming – as they are all highly correlated.
Begging the question – why would solar storms form more often on the Sun during planetary alignment? The size of each planet is not enough to effect the sun through flux transfer events after-all, so there must be some kind of signal amplification involved.
It also suggests that if aspect data from the perspective of other planetary bodies were included in the assessment of Earthquake information that we could more accurately predict Earthquakes, assuming that other planets are contributing to the suns own electromagnetic field like Earth is.
It seems likely that the phenomena of orbital resonance, where one planet/moon orbits exactly twice, 4 or 5 times the speed of another might be a likely candidate for establishing some degree of regularity to planetary alignment and the resulting atmospheric – tectonic interactions with our sun. As was mentioned prior, studying the Complex Synchronization Structure of Our Solar System makes this all the more evident as sunspot formation is highly correlated with harmonic intervals of gas giant rotation around the Sun. The ultimate conclusion of this study is that the solar system acts like a highly sophisticated clockwork: Solar activity, and the exchange of solar matter between the Sun and planets appears to be tied to repeating numerical patterns in planetary orbital rotation. When you observe the causal chain between sunspot formation, solar ejecta, geomagnetic storming and Earthquake formation it becomes clear how planetary alignment may lead to an uptick in Earthquake activity back here on Earth.
“Planetary Aspects are From Astrology and Astrology isn’t real”
A planetary aspect is really just an objective physical event in space where two planetary bodies align to an angle that is reminiscent of geometry. That is why the word alignment should be used instead. It shouldn’t be interpreted through the lens of Astrology because there are no psychological claims being made. In our case what we’re dealing with appears to be more of a mix between astronomy, astrophysics and geophysics.
“Earthquakes Cannot Be Predicted”
Yes they can. There are in fact entire public communities dedicated to Earthquake prediction. You can’t predict them all of the time but you can predict the probability of Earthquakes forming based on a number of contributing variables including solar magnetic and geological phenomena. We should be asking why our institutions have not caught up to the research yet.