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Winds of Change 30/08/2012

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Twin Cities weather report: Two in a row. I’m talkin’ about days above 90 degrees F. Haven’t had that in about a month, and folks are grumblin’—not me. I know that by mid-September we could have frost here, and I’m keenly aware that, more than two months past the northern hemisphere summer solstice, the length of day and angle of sun are back to what they were about mid-April. So our growing season is definitely winding down. After very hot and dry weather during the month of solar Cancer, and a welcome rainy spell in the first part of August, conditions have turned quite dry again. I haven’t found astrological indications of such patterns.
It’s quite revealing, how green my former lawn is—in ten years of residence here, I’ve never used any herbicide or watered it, so now it’s quite a biologically diverse space. On my north side, my neighbor’s “TruGreen” lawn has lots of brown areas, despite application of vast amounts of water; plus, the Japanese beetles, after feasting on the leaves of his alpine currants (they didn’t seem to notice the three black currants I got started this year, one from a cutting) and the volunteer buttercups on my side, have now burrowed into his turf and are feasting on the roots. On my south side, my neighbor has a fresh small carpet of turf that he’s keeping watered: looks like yummy fare for next year’s JBs. On my side, the ferns have all gone brown, and the large colony of purple-and-white-flowered cousins of jewelweed under the spruce tree are starting to wilt; the thick layer of birch leaf mulch helped sustain them this long, but it seems their water supply is running out.  Another casualty has been one of the two main vines on one of the three hops plants I put in this year; I found it wilting a week ago, thinking at first I hadn’t watered it enough, but the next day I discovered that some critter—most likely a tree-rat, aka squirrel—had gnawed it most of the way through. Yesterday, I plucked the drying hops fruits off it, stuffed some inside a sock and stuffed that inside my pillow. I picked up that bit of old-time folk wisdom from a recent episode of the Kunstlercast—I did sleep better last night than I did the previous few.

Want to be more awake / better informed about the big changes? One of my favorite sources is the Energy Bulletin.

There’s a nifty wind map I’ve just discovered, via Paul Douglas’ weather blog. Here’s the link. (My browser function has slowed to a crawl, though, since I called it up.) Today’s quite clearly shows the circulation around tropical storm Isaac, still dumping a lot of rain on the lower Mississippi River valley. Another thing it shows is that where I am is along the boundary between cool Canadian air and a blast of hot air coming from the southwest. Will we get any rain out of it? Will Isaac pump any of his moisture this far?

Douglas doesn’t seem to think so, and I have to admit the circulation into Isaac doesn’t suggest it. But his blog does a good job of putting our regional crazy-quilt of conditions, as well as hurricanes, into perspective:

We’re all accustomed to crazy extremes in Minnesota. This isn’t San Diego. But 2012 has been a baffling year for huge variations over relatively small distances. State climatologist Greg Spoden notes ‘extraordinary spatial variability in rainfall across the state.’ A 1 in 500 year flood for Duluth, while severe drought grips southwestern counties. ‘Very few Minnesota locales have experienced a “Goldilocks Scenario,”’ Spoden added via e-mail. It reminds him of 2007, when over half of Minnesota’s counties were eligible for USDA drought assistance, while southeastern counties were part of a federal flood disaster declaration. Remarkable.

Isaac proved that even a Category 1 storm can be catastrophic. People fixate on wind speeds, when the SPEED of the hurricane is what’s critical. Isaac made an 18 hour loop, coming ashore TWICE, prolonging extreme rains; nearly 20” for some towns.

Can astrology account for which areas get adequate rainfall—or too much rainfall—within an area the size, say, of Minnesota? How can astrology identify which areas of seacoasts get impacted by hurricanes during a given season? Hindsight is less than golden.

One thing, though, stands out on the US astromap for tomorrow’s Blue Moon conjunct Neptune (a very watery Full Moon): both the Uranus-descending and Pluto anti-culminating lines pass through Louisiana, which is already being inundated. It could be that the next round of disruptions—foretold by the second exact Uranus-Pluto square on 19 September—will emanate primarily from there. How much will Isaac affect petroleum extraction and refining? Will the President tap the strategic reserve again, to hold down fuel prices in the runup to a hotly contested election?

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Unconventional 24/08/2012

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Twin Cities weather report: Yet another sunny day today, after some dramatic towering clouds last evening and just a little rain. The rain barrel is about two-thirds full. A bit of heat and humidity have crept back the past couple of days, but this is classic State Fair weather. The annual bash opened yesterday—don’t plan to go: I might but probably won’t. It’s pricey and crowded, and the food—ai-yi-yi, so much this-that-and-the-other-thing fried and on a stick. My gut churns just from thinkin’ about it. And they’re cuttin’ down whole forests for this. The only draw for me, really, is the music—catching Dr. John there last year was great, but there’s nobody on the lineup I feel like I must hear. Especially after hearing a lot of great acoustic music—outdoors—the past three weekends. But then again . . . this is the end of summer.

It’s not nice to f___ with Mother Nature. Yep, and just now she’s in the mood to deal out a good ol’ bitch slap upside the head, just to see if you’re paying any attention at all. And if you’ve been extra special naughty—as in giving my human mothers a hard time—she can seem to come after you with a vengeance. But if you can manage, just once, to not get all macho and actually take in the message and start to change—for real—well, you might find yourself taking one or two itty-bitty steps from the brink of flaming destruction. I know that’s a long shot.

So go on, you Republicans—get yourselves on down to Tampa and prepare to take your lumps. Yeah, I know you’re not absolutely all complete self-centered jerks, but you’ve let the whack jobs run the party for far too long. You’ve filled lotsa seats in that big putrid dome on the Potomac and the smaller ones in all the states, taken your marching orders from them smart-ALECs, used your insider status to bump up your investment portfolios, and taken official perks like free medical insurance and cushy pensions, all the while pulling out the supports from everyone who doesn’t have special connections.

But now the party’s over, or should I say the convention. I mean. c’mon—you’re not actually gonna let that clown from Bane Capital drive the chariot, with that sociopath Pale Ruin by his side? And you wanna do what—give the money that all those old folks depend on and give it to the casinos?

Your Mom is saying no—you’ve gone too far. You set yourself up for this, you know you did—defying me, once again, by deciding to have your weird orgy of self-congratulation right there in Florida, right in the middle of hurricane season. It’s all about you, isn’t it? I don’t know how you came by such chutzpah.

You didn’t even run the idea by any of those astrologers, did you? Did you? And don’t tell me you didn’t know how to find one. You know very well that that Ronnie Raygun guy you look to as your Founding Father—the one whose policies you’ve mostly disowned, except of course the belligerent ones, but then you don’t actually put your lives on the line, do you?—well, you know he used one of those astrologers, but you don’t like to talk about that. You hate it when anyone brings that up, because you need all those crazy churchy people who so much want the world to end. You know—of course you do—that’s not going to happen. It’s not gonna happen the way you think you want. I won’t let it.

But let’s get back to this where and when thing. You didn’t really think you were gonna have a jolly old time when that Cancer ingress chart showed Tampa right smack dab on the Mars line? Most of the country west of that line has been dry, dry, dry—that’s what that Mars line says. Did you really think there’s no connection between that and this? Did you know that but think it just meant you could show up there in Tampa and do a bunch of macho strutting, and everything would be cool? Uh-uh. That means rising temps, and I don’t mean just outside the cool, dry hotels and convention center. That means tempers flaring and stuff breaking—like machinery. Uh-oh. You didn’t pay attention to Mars being in the same plane as Uranus, did you? No, you were too busy looking for more stuff you could take, from me and all my other children—you need to give more.

And you weren’t paying any attention to all those other hints. I mean, this has all been there for you to look at and heed, years and years ahead. There’s the August Full Moon, when Uranus, Saturn and Mars were on the horizon and Pluto on the meridian. That’s a gang of big-time troublemakers: my troublemakers. They came around to remind y’all that it is hurricane season. And don’t try to tell me you never heard of the “Uranus-Pluto square”–you who profess that you don’t “believe in” astrology, whatever that means. Yeah, that’s the big one for this whole decade, this whole big wrangle the whole world’s involved in.

And that August New Moon had Mercury—the one who’s almost always moving, leaving wind in his wake—right on the meridian, with Mars and Saturn again on the horizon. And way back in June, just a few days before that derecho—remember that?–when Mercury went into Leo? At that moment, Mercury was right on the horizon, settin’ in the west. I was repeating myself there—I’m not fooling around.

And now the First Quarter Moon that y’all are comin’ in to town on—well, there’s that doggone Uranus and Pluto on the horizon and meridian again. Pluto’s down below this time, lettin’ y’all know ya can’t get away from my wrath. And lookit that nice tight Sun-Moon-nodal axis-Neptune configuration that hooks up so nicely with last May’s solar eclipse point, with Mars fresh into his own sign now and helpin’ out—that’s to let you know I’m fixin’ to stir up a nifty storm surge for ya. (Too bad all those other folks around there who are trying to keep on keepin’ on are gonna have to get all caught up in this mess, but that’s just the way it goes.)

Cuz I’m gonna do more than slap ya, I’m gonna sit on ya and beat on ya. And if that’s what it takes to get your attention, then so be it.

See that vertical red line down the middle of this map? That’s the Mars-at-noon line, goin’ right through Tampa.

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