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The Monster 28/10/2012

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Hours away from dawn, thinking about that far-off “Frankenstorm.” I got to realizing that Mercury’s sign shift tomorrow is a big deal in forecasting. Mercury, ever relating to movement, in astrometeorology has to do with wind.

Mercury leaves Scorpio, where he is peregrine—that is, lacking affinity as well as dissimilarity—for Sagittarius, where he is in “exile.” Which means, not weakened but having a different sense of proportion and direction from the usual mode.

And when Mercury enters Sagittarius, this year (he does so every year) he enters an unusual realm: mutual reception with Jupiter—each in the other’s sign of domicile. I take this to mean really big wind, passing over a vast fetch.

There’s more: Mercury remains in sextile with Venus (moisture), newly entered home territory in air sign Libra: The winds are shrieking.  And now Mercury is linking up with oceanic/tidal Neptune. And, at the moment of Mercury’s sign shift, Luna is newly arrived in the first degree of Taurus, where she is particularly comfortable—and capable of moving vast masses of both water and solid objects—and where she splits the difference between Mercury and Venus. Luna is nearly at exact opposition to Saturn, and (almost fourteen hours later) the Sun—Saturn and Sun recently arrived in the raging destructive water sign of Scorpio.

There’s still more: Mercury at this time lines up with last May’s solar eclipse point, while Mars and Jupiter—a storm-breeding combination—are in line with early June’s lunar eclipse point.

Oh, and did I mention Mercury and Mars at the same south declination? Translation: wind pumping heat from the south to feed the turbulence of the clash with the colder northern air mass.

Yep, it’s developing into a hum-dinger of a storm. But where’s it gonna land?

Picking a point along the mid-Atlantic coast, I had Time Passages calculate the chart for Mercury’s ingress into Sagittarius for Cape May, New Jersey. Lo and behold, that place is a wind-attractor: Mercury shows up smack-dab on the lower meridian, with the solar eclipse point on the upper meridian and Neptune on the horizon.

Wind, waves and flooding will be devastating, and disruption of communication will be considerable and widespread.

And it’s a shame about those lovely old Cape May houses, right in the path of this monster.

Update Monday, October 29, 4 p.m. CDT: Here’s a windmap image from an hour or so ago, showing quite a dramatic circulation pattern over the eastern third of the country. This morning, I heard that the storm had a radius (not diameter) of somewhat over 500 miles. This is a big one.



1. Dave of Maryland - 29/10/2012

Hello Pete, Here I am, 6 in the morning, waiting for the wind to start. Idea for home heat when there’s no power: Get bricks from Home Depot, put them in your grill, get it roaring hot, then turn it off and bring it inside. – Dave

2. Pete(r) Doughty - 29/10/2012

Sounds like a good idea—IF you’re very careful about bringing it inside.
I think this storm will give a big boost to the level of household preparedness, and that’s a good thing. I bet it’s been way up in the path of last summer’s derecho.
It looks like the whole northeast quadrant of the US is on alert or shutdown mode. I heard part of a radio show this morning about Sandy, on Democracy Now, with Bill McKibben, the Weather Underground guy Jeff Masters, and a nuclear safety expert. The latter pointed out that many nuclear plants are in refueling mode in the autumn, and keeping the spent fuel cool through the storm and its aftermath could be a significant issue. Might be worth a listen.

Dave of Maryland - 29/10/2012

Actually, I had a passing thought about the various nuke plants in the area yesterday, my thanks for reminding me. They’re all loaded with toxic waste, like Fukushima. They should survive the storm. Let’s hope they survive the conditions surrounding the storm, which is another matter entirely. – Dave

zoidion - 29/10/2012

One of the comments I heard on the radio concerned the aftermath of Irene in Vermont last year: flooding along the Connecticut River brought down MANY tanks of gas from trailer parks to a dam near a (nuclear?) power plant. Authorities had to close a major road and call in workers to figure out a way to haul away a LOT of potentially explosive containers. Just a reminder of unplanned-for havoc that comes in the wake of such massive storms.
Also, a lot recently rebuilt Vermont infrastructure is now threatened again.

Dave of Maryland - 29/10/2012

Had a better idea about the grill: Leave it outside, heat up bricks and just bring the bricks in. But we gotta get through the wind event first.

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