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Taraxacumusic 26/05/2015

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Twin Cities ephemera: The rain is still falling as I begin this report, so I won’t include it, though it’s definitely over an inch since this morning.

I’m nothing short of amazed at the amount of rain that has fallen since my previous post: 2.77 inches.

The moisture has been feeding the cherry tree, its fruit seemingly plumping by the minute. I’ll have to get something in place to induce the birds to feed on other goodies in the neighborhood: On one of my forays by bicycle, I noticed a foot-long cord, with small square mirrors attached, hung in a small fruit tree. It seems like a good idea.

The new bed of asparagus has needed almost no attention, though it occurred to me that I could plug in a couple of broccoli seedlings and scatter some scallion seeds in the gaps between asparagus plants. The peppermint began its annual gallop through the rest of the herb garden, so I wasted no time in wading in and yanking out quite a bit of it: gotta give the slow-growing arnica and echinacea some space.

Given the cool weather, the sorrel has been bounteous, adding its lemony flavor to the first salads of the season. Only now is it beginning to be more determined to set seed.

With the copious rain, the back yard erupted with many big dandelions, and it was easy to pull out many plants, long roots and all: a testament, I’m convinced, to my soil-building efforts. I snapped off the leaf clusters and seed stalks, saving and drying the roots. In the process, I’ve made a bit of “taraxacumusic”: the soft, high-pitched “boink” sound made when breaking the taller, hollow seed stalks.

The days and evenings of the crescent Moon, with Venus and Jupiter high in the west (but Mercury, retrograde, gone into the Sun’s beams), were lovely, prompting me to return to River Terrace Prairie. The young oak leaves were especially striking:

oakleaf_closeup2

All in all, it’s been a remarkable turn-around, especially in the past few days, in the regional drought situation: one-half of Minnesota in moderate drought as of the 21st, a forty-percent improvement from the previous week.

Granted, May and June are typically the wettest months of the year here, but still . . . 

And the reversal has been even more dramatic — and destructive — in Texas, with much flooding the past few days.

The techno-weather folks now sound certain that El Nino conditions are altering the pattern.

But how is the shift from dry to wet represented in the astrological pattern? The primary factor in the season chart — fire sign Sagittarius, with Saturn therein, at the lower meridian — strongly suggested a continuation of dry conditions. Cool as well.

But the season chart was cast for a peculiar moment: a New Moon on the day after a solar eclipse, two weeks before a lunar eclipse.

It seems that the latter, occurring at sunup and with Uranus (abrupt change, reversal) in the axis of the Full Moon, was the signal, though it took another month for the shift to manifest.

It was the Full Moon of May — which occurred at a moment when the horizon (much the same in Texas as in Minnesota) coincided with the meridian in the season chart — that marked the shift from dry to wet. (Locally, the Full Moon was marked — at the end of the May Day Festival — by a big wind and hailstorm followed by a sudden chill.)

AR-Ing_FM-May-2015

But will the faucet turn off? There are strong indications associated with the Full Moon of 2 June — with Mercury, Mars and Saturn also in the axis — in alignment with the season’s meridian.

AR-Ing_FM-June_2015

My take: The pattern of dry weather will resume thereafter.

-<zoidion>-

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