Cold Windy Aquarius 19/01/2013Posted by zoidion in Weather.
Tags: Aquarius, climate, Mercury, Moon, Sun
Twin Cities ephemera: The power of the polar winds coming across vast stretches of treeless territory is impressive.
The day began mild (relatively): about 30 degrees F at eight a.m., with a mostly cloudy sky and light breeze. The temperature surged close to 40 by noon, with the sun occasionally peeking through ragged clouds, trying to fool people into thinking it was early spring weather. We seized the chance to transport our cockatiels and their cage to friends’ house. The neighbor next door had given the okay to go ahead with the plan to have a new living room window installed.
The wind from the northwest arrived with forceful suddenness about two p.m., with the thermometer reading about 35. Whirlwinds of leaves and trash were visible as I ventured out on some errands; pedestrians were leaning into the wind, proceeding on staggering steps. By four p.m., with gaps in the clouds alternating with brief flurries of snow, the temperature was down to 22; by six, the sky was clear, the wind was accustomed to shaking entire trees, and the temperature was down to 15.
The techno-weather folks say we’re in for 36 to 60 hours of below-zero weather—actual temperature: wind chill extra—and that this will be our coldest spell in four years.
We’ve had so many easy winters, temperature-wise, that it seems rude to be confronted with “normal” weather. I suppose we’ll find out whether or not we’re ready for the real thing.
But the overall dry pattern has resumed, after the welcome early-December snows.
The sign Aquarius has today amply demonstrated its cold and windy nature, and capacity for abrupt reversals. Mercury entered Aquarius at 1:26 a.m., followed by the Sun at 3:52 p.m.
A sharp change was symbolized by yesterday’s first quarter Moon chart, showing the Moon in the last degree of the warm sign Aries and the Sun and Mercury in the last degree of cold sign Capricorn. The air sign Libra at the crucial lower meridian of that chart forecast a rapid, windy shift in the weather, and cold Saturn relatively near the lower meridian indicated a change in a colder direction. The Moon (the crescent symbol) near the upper meridian showed that mild conditions were very near their end.
The Mercury-into-Aquarius chart, representing the new regime of wind—brief, until Mercury enters Pisces on February 5—is emphatically cold, even with Mars in Aquarius near the lower meridian. Aquarius is the coldest of the signs, and Mars is incapable of warming it up (but it can add force). The lower meridian represents the north—the upper meridian, of course, the south, the Ascendant the east—and Mercury there represents the cold wind coming from the north. (In the graphic below, Mercury is the yellow circle above a cross, with antennae; Mars is the red circle with arrow attached; both are near the bottom of the chart, Mercury to the left, Mars to the right of the vertical meridian.)
Cold and windy—that’s exactly what these charts foretell for these next two weeks. This next week, up to the Full Moon late on the 26th, appears “too cold to snow”: The atmosphere has little moisture-holding capacity. But the following week—represented by the Full Moon chart (not shown), with Capricorn on the lower meridian and Venus in Capricorn eleven degrees away—shows the potential for some significant snow. Not a major storm for this locale, however, but we’ll gratefully take whatever moisture we can get.