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Mercury’s Shadow 24/02/2019

Posted by zoidion in Event, Weather.
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The night before, the electronic signs began flashing the warnings to semi drivers along the 490 loop: No empty trailers would be allowed on that stretch of highway on Sunday the twenty-fourth, to pose the hazard of overturning in the expected high winds and blocking up the flow of traffic.
And by two in the afternoon on Sunday, the wind in the trees was keeping up a continual roaring sound. Nearly sixty-mile-per-hour winds were expected. Fortunately, the trees were bare. Even so, some damage to trees and structures was inevitable.

Why is this happening? There is a strong storm (“Quiana”) with its center east of the Great Lakes this afternoon, bringing blizzard conditions to the upper Mississippi valley, with a steep air pressure gradient propelling winds ahead of it.

It was all right on cosmic time: Mercury had already crossed the upper meridian of the season chart, in fact was exactly conjunct that axis at the time of the Full Moon on nineteenth. It so happened that Mercury at that moment was passing the zodiacal spot where Mercury would “station direct” on 28 March — after the retrograde period beginning on 5 March, when Mercury would “station retrograde.”
There’s more: At the moment of the windstorm’s arrival, Mercury was exactly conjunct the place of Mars (signifying increased energy and destructive force) in the season chart.
All this greatly emphasizes the Mercury factor, which in astro-meteorology correlates with wind.

Take a look at the chart graphic: the season chart on the inner wheel, the “event” chart around the outside.


You probably recognize the Mars (male) symbol high in the inner ring. It’s near the symbol for the upper meridian: the circle with the vertical line, which represents the zone of longitude where energetic events are most likely to transpire. Mercury in the outer ring is just above it.

Can another significant wind event be expected within this broad longitudinal region in the near future? It’s likely, especially around the fifteenth of March, when Mercury (in apparent retrograde motion) crosses the place of Mars in the season chart.
As of the Full Moon moment, Mercury has entered its “shadow”: the zone of retrogradation, the zodiacal “territory” it passes over three times within a short period: before, during, and after retrogradation.
There’s a lot of reworking and restoration of infrastructure to do, as well as of information, comprehension and communication.

Peter Doughty



Jupiter’s Year 04/01/2019

Posted by zoidion in Climate, Hellenistic, History, Long Emergency, Weather.
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After so many cloudy mornings recently, a new year has at last dawned: Jupiter’s year, reflected by Jupiter within his own zodiacal place and shining below Venus’ brightness. Granted, this moment is colored by being within Saturn’s five year domain of ruling both his signs and Mars’ month-and-a-half sojourn through his own place.

But Jupiter’s rhythm — one zoidion (zodiacal sign) per year — is one to which most people can readily relate, as it correlates with joy and good feelings (if not fortune) and expansiveness within specific areas of life. (One cautionary note: Bear in mind the Jupiter-or-stupider option.)

And granted, yesterday — Thursday, Thor’s day — was Jupiter’s day, but Jupiter held off from revealing himself until Venus’ day when they both beautifully danced across the morning sky. Joining in, alas invisibly from this vantage point, was Luna conjoining Mercury in the last degree of Jupiter’s zoidion, a day before the year’s first eclipse.

And so the question is: To what new vibrancy, what new field(s) of endeavor are you committing yourself?

I’m seizing this moment to announce one of my current new endeavors: a new web site, with a name which is perhaps more likely to stick in one’s memory: Zodiacal Spiral.

Stay tuned for its launch as an extension of what I began on the Cancer solar ingress 2012: the blog with the funny name, astroplethorama. As this blog is retired, Zodiacal Spiral will contain, for the first time, the means to order a copy of my book, Scenes from a Tapestry: Reports and Musings on Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency.

(Do you remember what I have emphasized here through the years: that the current system of weather forecasting, dependent upon a far-flung web of satellites, computers and linkages among them, is likely a rather brief phenomenon? I hold to that view, and the conviction that it would behoove those with similar views to prepare for more localized living, cultivating an intimate experience and understanding of land, topography and atmosphere, informed by astrological awareness. Scenes is intended as a teaching and study guide in do-it-yourself astro-meteorology. The apps won’t last.)

Peter Doughty
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