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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
aka -<zoidion>-


Makin’ the Scenes 19/04/2018

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When I announced a book project — Scenes from a Tapestry — on the Capricorn solar ingress, gittin’ ‘er dun by the Aries ingress seemed a reasonable expectation. That would have been neat, in more ways than one. Alas, I had not sufficiently considered the cosmic indications in relation to my own nativity. January was a no-go month. In February, I got into it in earnest, and revved it up in March — even more in early April. Noting the approach of the initial publication date, I shifted to no-days-off mode.

Take it from me: Putting together a book is an intense mental and emotional process. “In the zone,” I called it. There are so many decisions to make, and at a certain point a phenomenon called “decision fatigue” is apt to set in.

That point was at hand — or, more properly, at brain — on 15 April: the occasion of both a Mercury station (concluding the main part of a three-week Mercury retrograde period) and a New Moon in close conjunction with Uranus. The pressure and accompanying inspiration of that late-March / early April stretch were a necessary part of the process.

On that date, I found myself dancing and shouting: I did it! I did it! (Fully cognizant of a great deal of help along the way.) I at last had settled on final versions (second-guessing still ahead) of the text, written an introduction, generated the seventy-five charts, and chosen and tweaked twelve accompanying photographs. I was now ready to turn over my accumulated work — in the form of a preliminary layout — to my designer and typesetter: the one between writer / photographer and printer.

Most likely, I’ll experience a great deal of relief when that vast collection of 1s and 0s is converted to intelligible ink on paper. What I can share with you now is the full table of contents, the bulk of it divided into two sections (as indicated at the Capricorn ingress announcement): articles previously published on this blog, revised and edited; and new material to fill in perceived gaps in the previous material, along with perhaps worthy additions.

And so, without further adieu:


Roots to Branches

Reused and Recycled

1. Eclipsed
2. Surviving the Future
3. Shadow across America
4. Storm Watch
5. The Storm that Stopped the Boom
6. El Nino
7. Angry Flood
8. Dilma’s Downfall
9. Green Revolution
10. Peak Oil Power Play
11. Lovely Day
12. The Year without Summer
13. Indexing Weather
14. Golden Days
15. Every Day
16. Fracking Awful
17. Death of a Shalesman
18. Failure to Forecast
19. Rain Bombs Away
20. Planets and Civilizations
21. A Marked Life
22. Life of a Muse
23. Passing of a Challenger
24. Drought to Deluge to . . .
25. Derecho
26. Sandy Lands
27. Kaleidoscopic Journey
28. Season Shift
29. Zombie Ideology

New and Improved

1. Season summaries
a. Spring (2014)
b. Summer (2017)
c. Fall (2017)
d. Winter (2016)
2. Where the Wild Winds Were
3. Sahara Snow
4. Comes a Chastening
5. Fearful Prelude
6. Dark, Light
7. Back to the Future
8. Repression and Renewal

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