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Rude Moves 12/04/2014

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Twin Cities ephemera: A windy rain greeted the day, but it didn’t amount to much: not quite a tenth of an inch. The week has been generally dry, and most of it mild: more pleasant than expected. 

On the ninth, the temperature reached seventy degrees for the first time since October. By then only the biggest or shadiest piles of snow had anything left of them.

In my neighborhood there has been little observable garden-related activity, since ornamentals are the usual thing: It’s too early in the season for that. But among my community, the week’s shift to a run of warmer weather was a signal to get started outdoors. First order of business: a closer inspection of perennials. It was exciting to note a number of plants showing life: thyme, sorrel, goldenrod, day lilies, bee balm, currants.

I put my new soil thermometer to use on the ninth, testing half a dozen of my sunniest spots. The results were somewhat surprising: Even with a light covering of leaves, the soil registered forty-five to forty-eight degrees. Warm enough for cole crops.

When I sent that news to my group, one friend responded: Time to come and get your perennials. The next day, I brought back many little roots of Giant solomon’s seal and root clumps of New England aster and blue vervain, and got them in the ground. Not without some extra effort: The shady area for the solomon’s seal was snow-free but still mostly frozen. I hope they don’t mind the rude move.

Weather wise at least, nothing particularly unusual or concerning has been going on around here. 

But more and more people are talking about and testifying against Enbridge pipeline company notions  of increasing the flow rate and pressure in its pipes (plus replacing an old pipe and constructing an additional one) that cross the Mississippi River–thereby increasing the chances of a catastrophic spill. 

In the midst of that prospect, a small blip on the local news scene made mention of a City of Minneapolis application to drill a deep well: apparently as a backup, since the City’s and its suburbs’ drinking, flushing and lawn water comes from the river. That project will likely highlight increasing competition for water with the state’s hefty agricultural interests, and sharpen the rhetorical divide between the demands of the metro area and “outstate.”

Nearly on the opposite side of the world, the climate and resource situation in Australia continues becoming more extreme. After a summer season marked by searing heat and widespread wildfires, early autumn has seen a major tropical cyclone strike the northeast coast of the province of Queensland. The storm, named Ita, reached shore at about nine p.m. on the eleventh, with sustained winds rated at 145 miles per hour  and torrential rains along an extended stretch of the coast.

The relevant charts–beginning with the season chart for the affected area–illustrate the need to consult several to comprehend (or anticipate) an event of such a magnitude. The 21 March 2014 chart shows the sign Taurus–by itself an indication of a generally placid and temperate period–on the lower meridian, with no planets therein to modify such a general forecast. However, Taurus’ ruling planet, Venus, signifying precipitation, is approximately ninety degrees away from the meridian and close to the ascendant (horizon). Thus, both longitude (meridian) and latitude (ascendant) are indicated.

In addition, there’s the nasty combination of Moon and Saturn near the upper meridian, and (not shown) the zodiacal place of the solar eclipse of 3 November 2013 only one degree from the meridian.

Aries Ingress 2014-AUS

The current lunation chart is a confirming zinger: The area is in the cross-hairs composed of Sun (with Uranus) opposite Mars–a very violent combination–plus the Moon (exactly on the upper meridian) with Jupiter, both opposite Pluto.

1Q April 2014-AUS

At first glance, the chart for the latest sign-change of Mercury (symbol of wind) seems less than dramatic for the location: Neither Mercury nor any other planet is particularly close to meridian or horizon.

Mercury Aries 2014-AUS

However, the signs and degrees for meridian and horizon are nearly identical to those in the season chart. That identifies the fifteen-day Mercury-in-Aries period as the one with the greatest wind impact on the region.

The timing for Ita’s landfall is one deserving of future reference: The Moon (the hour hand on the cosmic clock) was exactly opposite both Venus (rain) and Neptune (flood), with that axis at a tight right angle to the local horizon.

Cyclone Ita landfall

All charts taken together, one can recognize cross-hairs in both space and time.




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