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Rain Coming? 11/10/2012

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Twin Cities weather report: Dry, dry, dry. That’s been the pattern in these parts since July rolled over into August. We had the driest September in a century—the next driest was September 2011. We got only half an inch of rain the whole month. I used what came, via the water barrels, to keep the late-producing veggies going right up to the first dip below 30 degrees, the morning of the 7th.

It was interesting to see the chilly blast arrive on the heels of both Mercury, first, then Saturn, entering Scorpio on the 5th. It was time, before that frost, to cut the pumpkins from their vines, and bring in the other squash that I’d been keeping in the caged bed so they’d get some sun and be protected from the tree rats (aka squirrels). We had some folks over for dinner and served a delicata-squash pie—yum!

There are still a few cabbages, kale and Brussels sprouts out there. They don’t mind the dips below freezing. But otherwise, the garden beds are beginning their time of rest.

Which doesn’t mean there’s nothing calling me. There’s the area around the base of the elm tree that was cut down in early April. The roots are still there, or were. Several sprouts had sprung up. I’ve been working on digging around the roots, and cutting them with the Sawzall and hatchet. Heavy work. But that area wants to be garden—at least that’s the message I get. So I dig, cut, throw in a layer of weeds and veggie stalks, another of rough compost, and throw the soil back on top. For next year and beyond.

 

Word has been going out from the techno-weather folks the past few days, saying that we’re in line for a significant rainfall on Saturday the 13th. Not a drought-buster, but a significant and most welcome rainfall, of which several before the ground freezes would ease a lot of anxiety.

What are the astro indications? As I pointed out in examining the Libra ingress chart for the fall season overall, the main factor was Venus in Leo: pleasant weather with occasional slight rains. We’ve had several Alberta clippers: the atmospheric disturbances that come out of Canada, bringing brief light showers in the fall and generally no more than dustings of snow in the winter.

But now Venus—the main moisture indicator, not the Moon—has moved into earth sign Virgo, which is not so dry as fire sign Leo. And in the current lunation chart—for the last quarter, in effect until the New Moon on the morning of the 15th—Venus is in close sextile to Mercury, which is the planet nearest the lower meridian. On Friday morning, Moon sweeps past Venus—that would be the time for the storm system to begin drawing in more moisture, becoming more organized, and moving more quickly.

I’d say we here have a fair chance for a moderate amount of rain, a windy rain.

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