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Watch, Wait, Worry 14/07/2012

Posted by zoidion in Weather.
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While most American cities bake, and much of the nation’s corn cash crop withers in drought—symbolized by Mars (note: in the harvest sign of Virgo) on the upper meridian in the summer solstice chart—westernmost Japan is beset with unrelenting rain, mudslides and floods. As of today, 400,000 residents of the southwestern main island of Kyushu have been ordered to leave their homes, and 20 people have died. Late reports say that as much as nearly 30 inches of rain (75 cm) has fallen. The anticipated great wave of disruptions and destruction continues to intensify.

The rain began on July 12, the day following the last quarter moon, whose chart shows a very heavy and wet combination: Moon opposite Saturn, with the Sun, in cardinal (fast-acting) water sign Cancer, at right angle to both. And there is another wet combination of influences in the declinations: Moon in tight contraparallel to Neptune, Moon north and Neptune south; that the Moon and Neptune are in a semi-square angle (45 degrees) adds further punch, and anxiety and sorrow for those most affected.

But why Kyushu? It seems that one thing to bear in mind about the solstice chart is that both Venus and Saturn were apparently stationary at the time. Those energies and significances were “bearing down” particularly strongly at that time, marking certain bands of the Earth beneath for the summer season.

(In a general, worldwide sense, the solstice chart has another indication of an intensified level of destructiveness: Pluto having the most connections to other bodies by declination—to the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter.)

In his exhaustive study A Text-Book of Long-Range Weather Forecasting, George J. McCormack repeatedly emphasizes the potency of a planet at or near the lower meridian. And the Saturn line in the solstice chart passes through the East China Sea: between westernmost Japan (the island of Kyushu) and China. (The huge Chinese city of Shanhai is relatively close to the line.)

McCormack wrote:

“When occupying major stations, i.e. in perihelion, when nearest to the earth (perigee) or when in the Equator [0 degrees declination], North Tropic [approximately 23 degrees North declination, i.e. on the Tropic of Cancer], also when stationary [emphasis mine], east winds predominate. These winds are contrary to the normal rotation of the earth from west to east on its axis. The barometer then falls, accompanied by increasing cloudiness and downfall [rainfall]. . . . the weather changes induced are slow in developing, broad in scope and slow in clearing up.”

A clue to why Kyushu has, so far, received the brunt of the rain—I have seen no report of high winds (not a signature of Saturn-dominated weather)—is right on the upper meridian of the last-quarter moon chart. When cast for Aso (32N58 / 131E02), the place receiving the most rain, the Lot of Fortune—signifying overall well-being, or not, on a physical basis—is exactly there.

But now, on the ground in Japan, nearly half a million people watch, wait and worry.



1. Dave of Maryland - 15/07/2012

With McCormack, also note he says these weather patterns shift by about 75 degrees (east or west, I forget), year to year. So the rain in Japan this year is going to be elsewhere next year, just as our heat wave will be. I think the trend was westward. At any rate, you can see exactly the same shift in solar returns, from year to year. The year is 365 AND A QUARTER days long. It’s that quarter day that produces the shift. Tokyo is about 135 degrees east of Greenwich, New York is 74 west, Chicago is 90 west, Denver 105, Los Angeles 117, etc. These from the top of my head.

It is wonderful to see good use being made of McCormack. The last thing I was going to do with it was to put an index in it, but I was tired and could not think how to do it. Apologies.

zoidion - 16/07/2012

That sounds familiar. I’ll do some digging to find the reference.
Yeah, indexes are good, but they take time.

zoidion - 16/07/2012

Update: reports today are that some people in the affected areas are being allowed to return home. But: “A year‘s worth of rain fell in some areas over the weekend.”

zoidion - 16/07/2012

Here it is (p.97, top): “Observations indicate that, for the same season each year, there is an annual westward drift of between 75 and 87 degrees where extremes of weather characterized by the slowest moving planets are manifested.”

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