Science Fiction Prophet
Dies at Age 91
During the Venus Transit
(DATELINE 7 June 2012) Ray Bradbury died during the Venus Transit (5 June 2012) at age 91. I cannot think of a timelier day to pass away for a man born under the golden, sunny sign of Leo while a goddess patron planet of the arts transited across the solar shine. Not only was he a giant in the Science Fiction field, but also he was, in my estimation, a prophet. This was especially so when it comes to his dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451, which I would argue resembles our current times more that Orwell’s 1984.
We have become a technologically advanced society that is losing its heart, its literary intelligence. We let it drain our souls. We stare at flat screen, wall-sized televisions watching pabulum. Ray Bradbury had foreseen that and much more, way back in three evolutions of Fahrenheit 451: first in a short story called Bright Phoenix in 1947, then a longer novella called The Fireman in 1951. I loved hearing him tell the story about how he evolved the story’s last evolution as a novel about a fireman in a future society that burns books yet dares to read the forbidden, and fine, print.
He brought it into the world in 1953 through the mechanical midwife of a typewriter for rent at ten cents per 30 minutes. Armed with change, he frenetically banged 47,000 words out of that cranky, key encrusted Stairmaster for his thick fingers as fast as he could in a race against time and dwindling dimes, fed into that thoroughly pummeled machine, bolted to a table in the basement of UCLA’s Lowell Library.
Ray was much more to me than an inspiring author. I got to know him personally as my first literary mentor. I believe it was either the end of 1975 or early 1976 when I first met him. He had come to speak at my local Palos Verdes Library in California, when I happened to be there researching my first difficult attempts to write a novella. He went on to personally read and critique that story.
I will be gathering as soon as I can my recollections of Ray to be posted on the website. It will include a comic and non-fiction “horror” story: the day I almost scared him to death at his front door. Ray loved horror stories and he loved my telling of this incident ten years later when I sent him a copy of my first published book Nostradamus and the Millennium which had become an international best seller, thanks in no small part to his feedback, wisdom and positive support.
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Now to the Venus transit prophecies posted 5 June 2012:
A Lunar Eclipse
Venus Transit of the Sun
Celebration of Life
And windows for Earthquakes
(DATELINE: 5 June 2012) There was a lunar eclipse on 4 June when the Uranus-Pluto square tightens from 2 to 1 degree orb. The following day, today in fact, Venus will conjoin with the Sun in Gemini making a rare and portentous transit across the Sun’s surface, visible to Earth telescopes. It will not do it again until the 22nd century in the year 2117.
The conjunction of the Sun and Venus is a day to renew one’s harmonic connection to the music of life as invisibly pulsating from the music of Venusian-Solar sphere. The Sun is the ruler of the personal ego. Venus is ruler of relationships and love, music and arts. The two together conjoined most rarely and exactly on 5 June grant us a window on that day to enhance aesthetic self-expression and beauty. For me, I wrote this opening few paragraphs on the Venus transit listening the beautiful music of Dmitri Shostakovich’s first movement (Allegro) of his Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor. I share it with you. The climactic harmonic release at minute 4:08 to 4:46 launches me blissfully away (to Venus :-)).
Venusian joy of this day helped me sing out and tape the basic sketch to a second “cruising” movement to the Motorcycle Concerto I am composing in collaboration with Talia Toni Marcus. Celebrate today the blessing of life and carry it into the rest of what is going to be a very intense month where social harmony crashes into anti-social resistance in some dicey and challenging aspects in the intellectual sign of the Gemini Sun.
The lunar eclipse will probably have more to do with earthquakes in relationships in the parliaments and capitals of Europe than in quakes, though I do not rule out June through July’s exact 8 degree Uranus-Pluto square making for some of 2012’s worst volcanic and seismic upheavals. Watch also for August through September around the time of 3 July (Full Moon) and 19 July (New Moon); 2 August (Full) and 17 August (New) plus a rare double, or “blue,” August Full Moon (31 August). Then look out for September’s New Moon on 15 September and a bitter harvest Full Moon for 29 September.
My e-Almanac of prophecies for the year 2012 is the most astrologically based of any published so far because there are so many pertinent and history changing aspects, especially starting now and up to and through 21 December 2012 when people might think they should don their best Maya ascension robes like Millerites. If you are a reader of HogueProphecy and wish to understand and prepare for the second half of 2012, now is the time to get a copy of my Prophecies for 2012. It is affordable and your purchase is needed to keep Hogueprophecy.com flourishing, thanks.
(Another piece of music for this Venus eclipse of the Sun day – tender and lyrical – is the Andante from the same 2nd Piano Concerto. It expresses the deep love of a father for his son. When I write to all of you, I often play such pieces in the background. This is for all of you. To listen to it, click on Shostakovich.
Now back to the blog posted 3 June:
CNN (Childish News Network – excluding Fareed Zakaria) and other mainstream news networks ran it. Other outlets like NBC (Numb Broadcasts for Children), CBS (Childish BS), MSNBC (Multiple Sclerotic Numbskulls Broadcasting for Children) and FOX (Fuming OXen) Network, kept cameras trained on the perfect coiffure of John Edwards for much of last Friday. Edward’s perfect hair was rerun all day long, punctuated by editorials of talking heads. Tele-blindness led the blind as Edwards confessed his sins before the microphones and cicada click of cameras in front of a Raleigh, North Carolinian courthouse.
He had won the first round but is sure to face a retrial for presumably using campaign finances meant for his 2008 bid to become president of the United States as hush money to keep his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy quiet.
On Friday, the cowboys of news corporate organs pulling the reins, turned away your muzzle from sniffing out stories requiring intelligent attention. You were not going for a gallop down a trail to a news report last Friday that would change your life and the lives of all you see, all you love, born and yet unborn.
I will take you there.
On Friday, it was reported that weather stations across the Arctic are receiving data of an aggregate average of 400 ppm (parts per million) of carbon gas emissions spreading across the North Pole region. The Arctic is that greenhouse-gas susceptible canary in the mine shaft that is first to fall off his perch swooning from the human “mind” shafting of the ecosystem by pumping fossil fuel created gases to abandon into our atmosphere creating what has been euphemistically called “Climate Change”.
What 400-ppm in the Arctic should be called is a disturbing development in the heating up of the Earth’s atmosphere accurately labeled as “global warming.” Your fossil fuel farting corporate controlled media outlets will not mention it by that name.
The Polar Regions are most vulnerable to global warming. The Arctic in particular is experiencing a thinning of the polar sea ice. Vast tracks of permafrosted plains across Canada, Alaska and Siberia are rapidly melting. Particularly in Siberia, this releases from thawing earthen seas of peat, billions of tons of trapped methane gas deposits. Methane is a far better conductor of trapped solar heat in the atmosphere than industrial strength CO2.
A great gassed reinforcement to our industrial output is on, which by itself steadily increased the mean carbon atmospheric rate from a pre-industrial age level of 275 ppm, has greenhouse gassed the Arctic canary, as it were, with 400 ppm.
This milestone is a preview.
The global average in other climate zones currently hovers between 390 and 395 ppm. I predict here that it will match the Arctic reading in two years or less. We are nudging closer to cross a mathematical red line sooner than expected by science. The climate-apocalyptic number my Oracle warned last year in Predictions for 2012 is a tipping point beyond which there is no return to a stable Earth’s atmosphere gripped by global fever:
Over a decade of accelerating, spiraling power in tropical storms, in monsoons and in tornado seasons is on the way. Neither human denial, or rationalizations of this being merely a “new normal” as if it “is” normal, nor feckless pledges to maybe renew some climate change accord to begin making serious cuts in fossil fuel emissions starting in 2020 are all mutterings of a soon to be drowning fool’s fantasy. Time is running out on stanching this flood from the angry skies and roiling rising oceans. Climate change will be irreversible in five years. The atmosphere heats up and holds more water, making all storms, temperate, arctic, or tropical, increasingly Neptunian Kraken-Loch Ness Monster powerful.
That’s what climatologists across the world are coming to understand, reading the rise in carbon emissions in the atmosphere. There’s a point where rapidly growing and expanding use of fossil fuels will take us beyond a point where climate change is reversible. Right now C02 exhaust levels in the atmosphere stand at 390 ppm (parts per million). At that level, Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent for The Guardian (UK), described the world’s existing infrastructure as already expending 80 percent of its “carbon budget”. To overdraw our sustainable use we’d have to pass beyond 450 ppm.
…2012 is not the real doomsday year. The great climate shift year is 2017 into 2018. At that point, temperatures will cascade us towards a climate that could get as hot as the Jurassic era during the prehistorically funky tropical and climatologically extreme era of the dinosaurs. Greenhouse Effect becomes a Godzilla-house Effect by the end of the century. Although, my oracle projects a runaway climate change will bring those conditions much sooner because other greenhouse gasses, like methane, usually trapped in vast carbon sinks in the arctic tundra regions of the world, will plume like a super volcano no one will hear or see because the gas is invisible to the eye. Once we cross the climate line, great agriculture industries will wither on stalk and vine. Oceans will rise inundating the rice fields and arable lands. It’s not surprising to me that many a prophecy of Nostradamus speaks of a great die-off of humanity from famine, rising oceans and biblically intense droughts from the Sun becoming a “fire in the sky” boiling fish in stream lake and sea.
2012 should be a wake up year to all of this. There’s still time to become a grown up civilization, preventing rather than curing this oncoming catastrophe.
Grow up, humanity! You have five years left to turn this future around, cool the fevers of your only hot and bothered home in the Universe right now.
Predictions for 2012
Chapter 6: Nature’s War on Humanity
Subsection: After the “Me” Generation denial – the Deluge
What you are now seeing literally coming over the horizon in your skies is the next Mega Crisis. The future of human civilization is threatened by unprecedented increase of man-made carbon emissions, which last year alone increased global output by 3.2 percent! This is the rising swell of what I accurately defined in late 2009 as a “temperature tsunami”. Two years before science made their reports, I predicted that the years 2010 and 2011 would go down as the hottest in recorded history.
There is no sudden shift of the Earth’s axis as famously proposed by Richard Noone slotted for May 5, 2000 or the spirit guides of Ruth Montgomery. We are about to ride a shift in the climate that at this rate of wanton pollution – and lack of public enlightenment about it or political leadership to address serious and legally binding international laws to curtail it – will experience greenhouse gas emissions passing a ppm point of no return in 2017. That means we could be on track to raise the mean temperature of the Earth by century’s end by 6 degrees Celsius (11 degrees Fahrenheit)!
Long before that, in the 2020s your oceans will begin to rise and hurricane rage to drown your harbors so that ships cannot deliver their food cargoes or any cargo to keep life-giving commerce sustainable for a human population bursting beyond 8 billion. Your economy around the world will completely collapse and you, yours, and your children will starve. Storms of unprecedented might will flatten your houses, bury them in great flooding landslides of rain, or see them derelict and deserted as all continents beset by floods on their edges suffer in their interiors a lingering, century-long drought to come.
But “Hey!” I would rather watch Edwards’ hair, sans fly-aways, or see all other real news blackened out by the next network obsession with a Baby Caylee Anthony-cum-O.J. Simpson murder trial as the world’s weather turns to shit. Don’t you?
Back in April I had this interchange with a reader concerning when to date the outbreak of the next war with Iran. He also asked my opinion about dating the next Mega Crisis based on what are called Fibonacci Patterns. Scholars of futurology using these to forecast future trends through an objective study of data rather than Nostradamian subjective flights of hydromancy.
Futurology is an empirically scientific wing of prophecy. It has its merits but tends to lose accuracy as forecasts plunging deeper into a future do so ever more beyond the range of current data trends. That is why subjective prophecy, whatever indeed makes it work, does at times capture the unexpected and distant future without an empirical approach.
John, I have read your predictions about a wider U.S./Iran War in either 2015 or 2016 as per your understanding of Nostradamus, and how what is going on now is simply some old fashion saber rattling until that time. In other venues in previous years including in TV interviews you have said that the 5-year period of 2009-2014 would be very, very consequential. How do you square this with your 2015/2016 predictions for an Iranian War and is there anyway to interpret things so that this War starts sometime in 2014 when other cycles and signs point to it. (I believe it will start sometime in 2014 although things could escalate in 2015). Can you back stretch things to 2014?
Hi Kenneth, thanks for the question.
The period of five years is consequential because that is the time frame to achieve a diplomatic and economic solution to the Israeli-Iran problem. If that is not achieved by the end of 2014, then there will be the worst Middle Eastern war of them all in 2015-2016, the astrological window given in Nostradamus’ prophecies. Because of this looming war, the first skirmishes of which might take place in the summer of 2012, I have been moved by my Oracle to update and introduce a load of new material for Nostradamus: The War with Iran. It has a new subtitle too: Islamic Prophecies of the Apocalypse.
The West is almost completely unaware of a rich tradition of prophecies from the Islamic world that anticipate a final battle with Israel and America over the future of the Holy Land. That battle may be what Nostradamus astrologically dated coming in two time windows 2004-2007 and the one approaching: 2015-2016. I wrote the first edition in May 2007 and I am shocked to find how much of it reads as if it was written today about the coming time window for war in mid-decade.
At the time of writing this article I am finishing the rough draft of the new edition and hope to have it available for publication by the end of June or early July at the latest. You can see an overview of the book and see how you can help me complete it with an advanced donation of the cover price by clicking on Nostradamus predictions.
Also, I agree with you that the real dangerous decade will be the 2020s, but when in the 20′s? How do you feel specifically about 2020 and 2021 (2021 Global Depression based on Fibonacci patterns?) and about the entire 7-year period of 2014-2021, or do you believe that things will blow up in the 2025-2030-time period?
I do not see how much clearer I can make it in 19 books and e-Books and counting. By the time we enter the 2020s, we are screwed if we have not made significant changes in our economy and consumption and political structures set to solve an emergent global civilization’s problems. Frankly, I think that prediction is a little generous. I think things could get real unstable much sooner than later but that is my Oracle’s call.
We seem to have conflicting cycles and other data concerning mega crisis 2021/2022 or 2025+.
Futurology is not what I do only. My work is in the realm of subjective prophecy. Your graphs and theorems based on extrapolating possible trends and cycles are good tools but prophecy deals with what you cannot anticipate as much as with what you can plot through evidence of trends and educated guesses.
I would be very interested in your take about 2020/2021 versus 2025+ for when the Mega Crisis and if it will be World War or something else?
Well, these crises do not run on the clocks of men. They have their own timing that the actions of men can slow or speed along to their destiny. I suggest you be a little less straight-jacketed in systems of cycles and theories and have a good look around. The Mega Crisis is already here. Do you need to see flames devouring your only house in the universe before you act?
Putting it in another way, if you move a chair with your jacket too close to a floor board heater, do you just regard it and muse on the cycles of when fabric gets hot, then smokes, then bursts into flames? Your jacket may not be blazing, but look, it is too close to the floorboard heater. The crisis of flames is on! Do something. Move the chair away from the heater while there is still time before you smell something burning.
The Mega Crisis is already upon us and like all big waves it takes its time to swell to its peak. Perhaps the idiotic collective humanity by 2020 will pull its head out of the collective sand dune of stupidity to recognize the Mega Crisis wave approaching their beach of bromides idling them to sandman sleep as disaster swells.
You postpone. You and your politicians put off tackling this problem until later. Right now, the floorboard heater of climate change is turned on full blast and you have put your winter jackets up against it, as it were. Your comfy jackets of consumerism made of petroleum products.
I know, it is an awkward metaphor. It is grotesque even, so it gets your attention. This “jacket” is “consumption” that will keep you insulated and comforted, or so you think. It takes a lot of fossil fuel to make this straight “Jacket”. And that process is fuel to the floorboard heater of global warming. Right now, when the weather is going crazy just as predicted from global warming prophets like scientists, and myself, you are all consuming as a human race more fossil fuel than ever before.
Just keep pushing that chair with the winter jacket closer and closer to that heater and keep imagining that your Mega Crisis is years away, just because you do not want to see the consequence of present actions that have brought fuel to the burn but not blown up into obvious flames.
This is what happens to humanity after thousands of years of programming each new generation to be as stupid as the last. Ego and personality coating newborn souls is the problem. Being taught to identify yourself as the vehicle in which you drive to your destiny is the problem. You are a soul, a consciousness, an innate and innocent intelligence that is passing through mortal life on this earth clothed in a body-mind vehicle. Use it. Drive it. Do not let consciousness and your birthright of cosmic intelligence be exploited by it, driven by it.
My solution to remembering my soul as driver of this car is meditation. In every article of late you read me end them with a call to sample meditations I use. Some longer-term readers of Hogueprophecy dating back to 1999 might remember a prediction back then. I said that when I start adding to my forecasts a call to meditation; know that we have entered the evolutionary crisis period for human sustainability – what others like to call a Mega Crisis.
It is here. It is now. Only a meditative mind can understand it, move with it undisturbed and reawaken the genius to solve it. Be one of the meditators. Contact me; ask in the subject line for “meditation.”
(03 June 2012)
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Climate vs Solar system: Do you keep track of the earth-moon barycenter vs the solar system center of mass. It appears there is a direct correlation with the weather patterns on the earth and the sunspots. Also, the earthquakes seem to happen plus or minus three days of an eclipse or full moon. Is the internal movement of the core affecting the plates. When can we expect to see the oceans rise? The warming is helping the farming is some areas. Keep it up. Our growing season is lengthening. Does the tilting of the axis effect the water tables in uniform areas.
There is a correlation to sunspot activity and our weather and the weather of other planets in our solar system. Though, I would add that during solar minimums there weather remains violent and record breaking following the patterns expected because of man made sources of greenhouse gas emissions. There are certain web sites out there that like to play “The Sun made me do it” games. The science is unquestionable that we are the main source of this bad weather and every 11 years the sun throws a little more gasoline on our fire.
Warming will eventually help some farming areas but it is also drying out others, such as the breadbasket of the world, the US plain states and Canadian provinces. The advantages will be dwarfed by the disadvantages of a climate cascade. Crops need stability in the weather too. There will be none, if we push the margin of ppm to 450 and beyond.
The issue of Full and New Moon frequency a few days in – on — and a few days out, even up to the first quarter square of the moon is something I have frequently written about.
The oceans are actually rising now and have been rising for a century. My little village has a beautiful sea wall with steps into the water. In 11 years time living here I have seen the high tide levels rise a few inches. A friend of mine in town, an editor for Surfer Magazine, Drew Kampion, has lived here for over 20 years. When we were together on the island mud flats regarding a rare super tide that only comes in every dozen or so years, he remarked without my prompting that this time around the extreme low tide margin was higher than before.
We do not seem to recognize things unless they blow up in our faces. Such is the doom of dumb in us that has lost its connection with nature, the tides and the seasons and cannot actually sit still and stop the mind chattering enough to really watch the movement and rhythms of nature — how they are changing. Meditation can help recover this relationship with nature and the planet’s soul.
John, by the way thanks for being true to yourself and true to all of us. reply to article starts below… Sadly the time is already past. The tide of humanity’s consumption has gained so much momentum that it will not cease in a meaningful way without some interruption until long after major events. Be selfish in a big way, this is your world. Every person, every plant, every tree. Act respectfully as you interact with them and do not be afraid to share yourself in an authentic vulnerable way. I’m not saying to impress your opinion on everyone, just to take the opportunity to know everything our collective humanity is giving up. It is a beautiful life full of highs and lows, agony, ecstasy and culture. The triumphs of our ancestors will be forgotten just as the futures of our children are vanishing. If enough of us choose to wake up, seek our enlightenment; we may be able to mitigate some of the consequence. As it is right now, our children will not know the world we grew up in, it was peaceful and people lived calmer more reflective lives. If you can learn to tune out TV culture, and learn to tune in you will find world within you and the everlasting part of yourself that is at one with the creator now and always.
TV is not the enemy, any more than a gun kills, or atomic energy can destroy the world. It is human unconsciousness, human habit and a society that nourishes stupidity over intelligence that turns the TV into a tool of dumb, the gun into a tool of murder and the energy that could light the world into a tool of thermonuclear war. Humanity not being human just yet, is the problem. Meditation is the bridge. Also, though I feel and agree with your general sweep of thought about this, it is also easy to be unmindfully trapped by thinking of the “forest” as a real thing. It only appears to be so. There is no great forest of people called “humanity” in a “civilization”. There are simply individual people who appear to be a mass. We must focus on transforming the individual. The masses are an illusion of mind. Meditation is the way.
Dear John, Please reconsider using another play on words for the MSN reference. As a “Multiple Sclerotic”, or a person with MS, I found it somewhat offensive. It really bothered me. Some of us really are “Multiple Sclerotic” and we still have a brain and can think for ourselves and think deeply. Thanks
Hi K. You know this is true, that you can think deeply. The news anchors at MSNBC know this too. Yet, like your body-mind, you struggle with a disease. They, at MSNBC also struggle with a debilitating mental disease of corporate control. I struggle with weight issues and dyslexia. The latter can be quite debilitating. I will never recover from it. I was born with it. But, as you can see, I too document deep thoughts in the pages of my books and at Hogueprophecy.com. When people use dyslexia metaphors, am I offended?
Not in the least. And, I love fat jokes too.
I was waiting for someone to be offended by my use of “Multiple Sclerotic”. I made a conscious choice to put that in so that I might have a chance to help a reader see how they identify with things. Are you the MS or is it something that is happening around your witnessing consciousness?
When I use the word “myopic” it hurts the feelings of people who suffer from myopia.
When I use the word “deaf”, the people suffering from deafness complain.
When I say organized religions make people spiritually retarded, the “specially challenged” readers complain.
I often call Nostradamus (and myself) dyslexic minded. People suffering, like me, with dyslexia complain. I have no problem calling myself this, because I simply see these facts as they are and not as some personal quality for ego identification.
I am also fat right now. I could take offense when I describe myself such. I could identify with it when I see myself on camera. I do feel twinges of sadness about it, but I simply watch this too and these feelings under the cool examination of witnessing consciousness evaporate. Why? Because apparently these attachments to identity are illusions.
You are identifying yourself with MS, so it hurts when I use it in my MSNBC allusion. You are doing this hurting. This is an unconscious choice of habit to be hurt working around you right now. If you could watch this hurt, this offense when it happens and understand the process, you might become free of it.
Deep down, the engine of hurt and attachment is expectations. Expectations are the handmaidens of hell in our lives as is comparison. We start comparing ourselves to others and we get into an unconscious habit of playing with manufactured wounds — these are manufactured by ego and expectation. It hurts because you have MS because you compare yourself with others you think are better off without it. It does not matter if this is in fact true or false, that they are better off. You suffer because ego likes to suffer and be fed by comparison. You are not this ego, K. It has been imposed on you. See this, and be free of expectations and comparisons.
It hurts when I cannot adequately do math, or that writing under the state of dyslexia can be such a hard and even painful chore. It hurts that I cannot understand technological matters so I could be a computer whizz and then do things for Hogueprophecy that would make it even better as a web site.
But then meditation comes to my aid and it asks fundamental questions in watching — questions without words, watching without eyes…this…this…ten-thousand times……this:
Who was I before I was in this fat body? Who am I watching this fat body and dyslexic mind during life. Who will remain when this fat, dyslexic personality labeled “John Hogue” will fall away and the consciousness without a body, a mind, a disease or a “dis-ease” when “it” is eternity?
I would like you to consider the source of your offense is not in the word I use but in your “identification” with being a sufferer of MS. Adi Da Samraj (who by the way suffered from painful polio all his life and was unidentified by it) once said, “We do misery. We do suffering. We do identification.”
Right now you are “doing offense”. If you could drop doing this, you might understand a deeper meaning to my use of MS in this article. Moreover, you might be more liberated and relaxed about who you are and the factors in physical life you struggle with. We all have our burdens about which we can do or not “do offense”.
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