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Rain Here, Hurricane There? 25/10/2012

Posted by zoidion in Weather.
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Twin Cities weather report: It’s been a rainy, and now snowy, week here in the low hills above the onetime Lake Sandy, drained and filled a century ago. It’s been a gradual slide from the glorious, sunny, mild conditions of Sunday, through Tuesday morning’s surprising thunderstorm, to steady rain yesterday, to a bit of the white stuff flying today.

Which reflects the local first quarter moon chart, with moist Venus on the lower meridian, and the Sun-Saturn conjunction in watery Scorpio (exact today).

I haven’t finished my garden-related work—when is it ever really finished? But I got half of the south plot dug up and covered with leaves—I grabbed fourteen bags the day before the City trucks came around—and I filled up the compost bin, which I left open until today to collect some moisture. When I stuck my hand in a couple days ago, to add some kitchen scraps, the pile was cooking nicely. So today, judging that it was wet enough, I threw a giant tarp over the whole thing and secured it—I’ll be watching for how long it can keep generating enough heat to prevent freezing.

This rain has brought the two rain barrels, fed from the garage roof, to overflowing, so I’ve been carrying pails of water to various garden spots and dumping it. The world seems wet out there, but this storm can’t have penetrated very deep into the very dry soil.

Meanwhile, the techno-weather folks are abuzz about Hurricane Sandy, which (who?) has already hit Jamaica and Cuba—lots of rain and wind, but fortunately only a couple of storm-related casualties reported. The various computer models are all pointing toward landfall somewhere from the mid-Atlantic to New England, sometime between late Sunday the 28th and Tuesday the 30th. Some of the early hype suggests a repeat of the “Perfect Storm” of 1991. (Here in Minnesota, the term has become conflated with the concurrent and infamous “Halloween Blizzard.”)

Self-described weather geek Paul Douglas goes even further: “My hunch: Hurricane Sandy may have a significant impact on this year’s election.”

Do the astro-meteorological indications agree? Interestingly, one factor is repeating: the relative positions of Mercury and Venus. They are currently in the same signs as then (Scorpio and Virgo, respectively), although by the 29th both have shifted into the next signs.

About this configuration, George McCormack has written: “Southerly winds are induced with accompanying elevation of temperature, gentle breezes, slight humidity and fair weather in lowlands, with light downfall in extreme north.”

A revision of that concept seems in order, or at least put in perspective—especially in view of McCormack’s almost complete lack of mention of hurricanes. The 1991 event took place in the context of a potent Sun-Mars-Saturn combination, along with the rare Uranus-Neptune conjunction that was lined up with the lunar nodal axis, which in turn lined up (locally) with the meridian in the preceding Full Moon chart.

Few of the hurricanes I’ve researched have impacted land masses close to a Full Moon, such as the one coming on the 29th. Which makes sense. The oceanic and atmospheric tidal forces of the Full Moon are more conducive to peak organization of storm systems, which then run their courses as the lunar cycle wanes. Those 1991 storms hit during the last quarter phase.

McCormack says, “The changing phases of the Moon do not, as commonly supposed, change the character of the weather. It is rather the relative positions of planets to the geographical meridian that indicate such changes.”  A fine and crucial point, and one made in reference to “lunations”: charts for the New and Full Moons, and first and last quarters.

What is particularly significant about the first quarter October astromap for the East Coast is the line marking Uranus on the meridian: it’s the vertical red line running just west of Jamaica and through central Cuba, and between Florida and the Bahamas—exactly where Sandy has recently passed and is currently. Uranus correlates with abrupt shifts of temperature and difficult and disruptive wind conditions. Here is the map:

But storms don’t, for long, move due north. I don’t think the South-North Carolina border area is in danger, since storms typically angle up the coast.

One factor with which I’m wrestling is lunar declination. It makes sense that the Moon would have a role in “steering” atmospheric masses, and that the effect would vary as to whether/weather Luna is in the north or south, or crossing from one to the other. The latter is the case today, the 25th: Luna crossing into north declination, her potency increasing along with her ability to “steer” weather.

Another factor, from the seasonal ingress chart of 22 September, is actually a combination of two factors. Again, it shows up on the astromap: the Mars rising line that roughly parallels the U.S. East Coast from Cuba before crossing Cape Cod, with Mars extremely potent—and inclined to extremes—in his sign of domicile, Scorpio; and the longitudinal Neptune-on-the-meridian line at 71 West, running right through the area of Providence, Rhode Island. The Neptune line indicates potential for flooding and exceptional tides—a threat in time of a Full Moon, such as around the 29th.

And what of the Full Moon chart? It’s most notable for being aligned with Saturn—not an indication of whoopee. Quite the opposite. Watch the news and prognostications, the public mood, turn increasingly grim. But the Full Moon astromap shows the U.S. East Coast spared the brunt of anything truly terrible. Only Florida and the Georgia coast is threatened by the Mars-meridian line.

My distillation of all this: Hurricane Sandy hits the Long Island / southern New England coast with unusually high tides and flooding, a lot of rain falls—producing local flash flooding—but it plays out as a less-than-major storm.



1. Dave of Maryland - 26/10/2012

Hello Zoidion,
Many thanks for a heads-up. I was looking at this in the Farmers, who only said, “rain, showers.” Not a word about winds, not from Florida to Maine. I was wondering if they missed the storm altogether, or if – as you point out – that it simply never materializes. The farmers are not going to talk about storms in Cuba as that’s outside their purview.

Here is something for you: I’ve established that astrology, specifically the signs of the zodiac, are earth-based energies, and that these energies vary according to planetary placements, based on the ongoing relationship between the earth’s central crystal and the sun’s central crystal. (The six-sided earth crystal is known to exist, it is reasonable to hypothesize similar crystals in all celestial bodies and there is therefore a crystal-based relationship among the various planets.) The quarterly earth-sun alignment creates signs, which are projected into the sky, qualifying the planets who happen to pass through; and, by means of the earth’s daily rotation, the earth-sun creates houses, which are equally projected into the sky. Do you understand this simple (and rather abrupt) re-conceptualization?

If astrological energies are in the earth, then LOCALLY PRODUCED astrological energies, in other words, LOCALLY PRODUCED BURSTS of those energies, account for earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, epidemics and even popular fads. In this case, while the Weather Channel says we – the NE US – will be producing the energies to fuel Sandy, actual astrology says that we will not.

Which further inverts and revolutionizes astrology. With Sandy, the planets are not imposing energies upon us, but rather, enabling the earth to generate and project its own >>local<< energies. As humans consume, manipulate and project these same energies, mass human emotions can have an effect upon the weather. Which, in crude terms, means that "prayers to God" can actually work, if the astrological details will support them.

In macro terms, uncontrolled local bursts of Taurus-Scorpio produce anti-gravity, which is then seen as earthquakes. Is this fun?

2. zoidion - 26/10/2012

Thanks for adding to the conversation. I must admit—I hadn’t checked the almanacs. Just generating and winnowing the astro info seems like a formidable task, especially without a whole lot of experience under my belt.

I think I get the basic concept of the zodiac as earth-based energies, but how that affects interpretation of indications—I make no claim in that direction. I’m an old dog . . .

It’s certainly very interesting in this case to note how the region being “targeted”—with such a large portion of the US population—is the vortex of so much emotion and mental energy relating to the national economy and elections: in that way perhaps attracting, even helping to augment, a major storm. (Rather like the strange weather in spring 2003, which I discussed in an earlier exchange with you.)

Of course, this storm serves as a focus for a lot of fear and morbid imagination around Halloween and the year 2012. The major media and forecasters seem to be all adopting the “Frankenstorm” name. And again, with so many people potentially affected, civil authorities have preparedness considerations on a vast scale—I see New York’s governor has already declared a state of emergency.

Oh, and it looks like the initial tally of deaths in the Caribbean was low.


3. zoidion - 26/10/2012

Then again, another factor—which I neglected to include before—is the chart for Mercury’s ingress into Scorpio: giving indications for wind during this period. At that moment (Oct. 5, 6:36 am EDT) Mercury entering intense and extreme Scorpio was only three arc-minutes away from Saturn (cold, humidity, low clouds, east wind, overall severe conditions); Venus was in close opposition to Neptune (heavy rains, inundations); Moon was conjunct Jupiter and opposite the most recent lunar eclipse point (Mars is now crossing that point).

Plus, the longitude of about 76 West—right where you are!—is where Pluto is on the lower meridian and Uranus on the western horizon.

It’s looking more like you and yours will need to batten down the hatches.

Dave of Maryland - 27/10/2012

Hello Pete, thanks for the update. I got the family lots of water this morning. I think you and the Old Farmers will likely be right but there’s no point betting the farm on it. Two planets changing signs plus a full moon means this storm will radically change, starting at 9 am Sunday morning, and again overnight early Monday morning. Maybe peter out, maybe get way worse, we will know soon enough. Hindsight-addled weather forecasters will not pick up the clues until six hours after the signs change. For astrologers, it will be a good learning experience. For the Weather Channel, Sandy will be another in a long series of goofs they will quickly forget.

If we reconceptualize the weather as being created by astrological energies generated locally in reaction to planetary influences, then the way is open to quantify those energies by means of modern mathematics. In terms of earthquakes, we define a “bowel” based on the epicenter and look, not at mass, but at the volume of land/water in it. We hypothesize that bursts of Taurus-Scorpio energies render the contents of that bowel “massless” (turns into jello or rubber?) and then calculate how much energy is actually needed to generate the total movement that is actually observed in the bowel during the earthquake itself.

Which makes earthquakes a two-phase event. First the land is briefly turned into jello, and then a small amount of energy sets it into motion. Wildlife reacts as soon as the jello process starts, which is another clue. We are no longer looking at the precise moment the ground starts to move, but the earlier process of “birthing” the quake, which, if the process is typically slow (as in, 12 hours or more) generates upsetting “psychic” energies, as I experienced them in the Northridge quake of January 1994. This period of time would be of interest to astrologers and might be defined by the various planets passing through the MC/IC in the 24 hours before the actual quake. Since we are no longer moving real mass around, once the quake itself starts we need very little energy to produce the observed effects. (With mass = 100%, we need nuclear bombs worth of energy for even minor earthquakes.)

While engineers have been able to predict, more-or-less, how “mass” behaves in an earthquake, the actual details are beyond them, which means that mass is not behaving as mass should. In California the amount of plate-to-plate tectonic stress is exactly known. It is also known that earthquakes do not reliably relieve these stresses and oftentimes increase them. Which is neither logical nor linear, and is why scientists are completely unable to predict these things. Some other factors are at work.

I am thrilled you are out in front of the public, especially with the astrological community, in real time, with a contrasting view. Even ten years ago, this was unimaginable. Congratulations to Philip Graves for finding McCormack’s book, congrats to me for publishing it, congrats to you for using it and establishing this blog. This is historic. Keep yourself glued to the Weather Channel. As things will be changing rapidly, there will be a lot of one-off details that will be of more interest to you than to them. I am, by the way, plugging this entry in Monday’s newsletter. It’s outstanding work.

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