jump to navigation

Big Blow 09/03/2017

Posted by zoidion in Climate, Event, forecast, Long Emergency, Photography.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
2 comments

IMG_7552

Twin Cities ephemera: That was quite a storm we had, followed by a dramatic drop in temperature. Here in the metro: thunder and lightning and a bit of rain around sundown, mid-thirties temperatures and a dusting of snow in the morning. But here near the center of the continent, that’s not particularly unusual.

What was unusual was tornadoes, two of them, nearly two weeks earlier than ever before in recorded history in these parts.

That counts as an incident of global weirding.

The two days of high winds and now deepening chill have convinced the perennials to keep at least their shoulders below ground level: I can stand up from my desk and see outside to where small leaves of Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) remain visible, even on the west side of the house, exposed to the colder winds.

I’ve never seen the like before — not before the Ides of March.

That was quite a storm that blasted most of the center of the continent, from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. In terms of effects upon human activity, the worst of it apparently fell on the beleaguered region of Detroit, where many thousands of residents and businesses remain without electric power. There, a bright sun shone as ferocious winds toppled thousands of trees onto homes, commercial buildings, power lines and cars.

According to the Weather Underground web site, about one million customers — and thus well over one million affected people — lost power in Michigan alone on the eighth of March, with more than eight hundred thousand of those remaining without electricity the next morning. In all likelihood, weeks will pass before power can be restored to all most.

And there’s the often-crippling monetary cost for tree removal and repairs: Just have a look at the photo showing the huge pine tree that came to precarious rest on the house in the neighboring yard. And multiply that image by thousands.

The setup for the disaster was the record warm weather in February, and soil saturated by recent rains.

Alas, the prior astro-meteorological indications for severe weather are fairly clear.

The starting point, as usual, is the season chart, calculated for the Capricorn solar ingress (winter solstice). Add to that the calculation for the lunation — in this case, the first-quarter Moon — on 5 March.

CP-ing2016_1Q-March2017

Notice particularly, in the inner ring (the ingress chart), the circle with vertical line near the top: That’s the upper meridian: one end of an axis of special potency in weather forecasting. The lower meridian is of more interest here: eighteen degrees (rounded off) of Pisces. That shows a longitude where unusual weather events are apt to occur — when triggered by ongoing movements of Sol, Luna and planets.

Now take note of several bits of the outer ring (the lunation chart). Especially, note Sol and Mercury very nearly opposite the upper meridian point. That was a clear indication of a likely incident involving warmer weather (Sol) and wind (Mercury). George J. McCormack summarized the Sol-Mercury conjunction: “High wind velocity.”

(One of the most deadly Minnesota storms—involving a sudden and severe temperature drop, high winds and heavy snow — was the Armistice Day storm of 1940, when Sol and Mercury were conjunct. The astronomical occasion was a rare one: Mercury, in apparent retrograde motion, transited across the solar disc.)

The actual superior conjunction of Sol and Mercury occurred in the evening of 6 March at seventeen degrees Pisces, when storm planet Saturn was crossing the lower meridian at Detroit. The windstorm did its worst as Sol was crossing the lower meridian of the season chart, with Mercury now almost two degrees ahead.

Further indication of windy weather during the week: Luna in Gemini (where Mercury is lord) at the lower meridian of the lunation chart. (See Luna opposite the circle-with-vertical-line in the outer ring, and opposite Saturn in the season chart as well.) Plus: Sol, Mercury and Neptune appear near the horizon — the circle with horizontal line — of the lunation chart, and near the lower meridian of the season chart.

That is a classic case of astro-meteorology in action.

Alas for Michigan and Detroit. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

-<zoidion>-

References
George J. McCormack, A Text-Book of Long-Range Weather Forecasting, 1947
“Hellacious Great Lakes Windstorm Fells Trees, Knocks Out Power to More than 1 Million,” Weather Underground, March 9, 2017

(Hat tip to TF.)

Season Shift 21/11/2016

Posted by zoidion in Hellenistic, Long Emergency, Mundane, Weather.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
2 comments

Twin Cities ephemera: The arrival of the first snow of the season is a strange and rather shocking event — isn’t it? Even though it’s inevitable, even though it may melt and come back again later, or not, it’s still a bit of a bizarre occurrence. All of a sudden, there’s a cold white blanket over everything. It’s such a contrast, from one day to the next. Or from one end of the day to the other.

As on the eighteenth: Rain came in with a strong wind, accompanied by a few flashes of lightning and dull rumbles of thunder, followed by sheets of sleet, followed by swirling snow, as the temperature dropped and dropped.

The day before, I was in the garden doing the last few tasks, while the couple were out there in the triangle (the former community garden) that they’d bought last year, for the apparent purpose of having more territory to mow. He was atop the riding mower, in a t-shirt, grinning from ear to ear — reinforcing my sense that there are a great number of Murcans for whom one of the prime satisfactions in life is riding around, making noise and burning fossil fuel. It’s almost enough to push me into applying for membership in Morris Berman’s WAFer society.

 At times, I felt that the push to complete garden work was more like a mad rush. There were several satisfyingly achy days largely spent digging out the finished compost from the largest of the bins, and spreading it strategically on various vegetable beds. It came to an impressive nine loads of the wheelbarrow, and it looked and smelled good — I didn’t taste it, though I know that some gardeners do so. But . . . there’s no need to detail them all.

Still, the effort — and, primarily, my presence on and with the land and atmosphere — evoked a feeling at least soothing, if not actually peaceful, of the psychic wounds endured through the nearly endless, how-low-can-it-go election extravaganza. (Obviously, VERY low.)

Plus, I — and a great many others — were marveling, enjoying and/or agonizing over the weather. Week after week after week of little but unseasonable warmth, sunny skies and dry conditions. But — of course — it (mostly) made astro-meteorological sense: Mars was moving along and across the lower meridian of the current season’s chart [ link ] (based on the equinoctial moment on 22 September): even though Mars (generally signifying warming and drying conditions) was moving through Capricorn and into Aquarius, in both of which cold, contracting Saturn is lord. Those didn’t at first consideration seem to be a combination for bringing record-breaking warmth through much of the central U.S. and increasing drought conditions and more recently wildfires to the southeastern U.S. 

But these are extraordinary times.

And for the northern plains / Great Lakes region, the shift was strongly marked in the chart of the week: the time of the Full ( Super) Moon on the fourteenth was around sunup (Sun rising, Moon setting) for this region. As Luna moved along and crossed the place of Luna in the season chart on the sixteenth, the moisture gathered and began to be dumped across the landscape; then, as Luna reached the upper meridian, the cold air behind the storm began moving in. No more light frosts: It was time for a hard freeze.

The situation seems reminiscent of the time when the hard freeze came over the American political system, in 2009. The country had been through, and was far from out of, the economic calamity that unfolded during the height of the previous year’s election season. Remember that time, when Dubya Bush said, “This sucker could go down,” and the titans of Wall Street engineered gigundo bailouts? Remember how the legislative operations of Washington nearly shut down after Obama’s inauguration, as Republicans declared that they would oppose anything and everything he proposed?

Well, that — the latter — was symbolized in the planetary configuration of the inauguration: six days before a solar eclipse. The authority, prestige and efficacy of the President (represented by Sol, in detriment in Aquarius — proper for a constrained-power president rather than a king) was indeed eclipsed.

(Detriment signifies a status of being “out of place,” at a disadvantage, weakened, uncomfortable.)

The great hope for positive change that propelled Obama to the highest office — represented by Jupiter very near Sol — was also eclipsed.

usa_regime-change-2009

(The term regime-change is employed, using a noon calculation, because — regardless of the exact time the oath of office is administered — the Constitution stipulates that a presidential term ends at noon, and the next administration slips into place.)

Indeed, the mess was eerily enacted by the Chief Justice’s stumble through the verbiage of the oath administered to Obama: itself aptly represented by Mercury in apparent retrograde motion and in exact conjunction with Sol: faulty verbiage eroding the already-weakening authority of the executive.

The complex and chaotic economic situation was represented by the combination of Venus with Uranus and opposite Saturn: more unhappiness and constraint. There was the pared-down “stimulus” bill that passed Congress, but it arguably did little good, as the fundamental problems — most prominent among them, the bailed-out “too big to fail” banks — went unaddressed. And the health-care-system reform, though upheld by the Supreme Court, has proved to be pathetically inadequate.

In sum, this is a picture of a regime doomed from the start. Almost all it could do was continue the erosion of the nation’s foreign relations, by continuing two distant wars — as represented by Mars (in condition of exaltation) in Capricorn.

(Exaltation indicates conditions of special effectiveness, sometimes redounding in unpleasant, unwelcome and / or destructive ways.)

Compare that with the Dubya Bush regime, which began under a peculiar cloud: the president selected by the Supreme Court rather than elected by the people, the president himself effectively directed by his own vice-president: represented by the conjunction of Sun and Neptune.

usa_regime-change-2001

But notice especially the position of Mars in the seventh place (one of the prime action spots) in domicile in the ferocious zoidion of Scorpio. This of course represents the overwhelming force applied to Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. The ensuing chaos resulting from woefully inadequate planning and the delusional expectations of the “neocons” is represented by Mars’ angular clash with Sun, Neptune, Mercury and Uranus. The people at home became subject to a vast, invisible information-gathering apparatus, as symbolized by a conjunction of Moon and Pluto.

Now look at the chart for the 2017 regime change.

usa_regime-change-2017

Significantly, Luna is in the same zoidion, Scorpio, as in 2009. Then, Luna was late in the last degree: further indication of the non-viability of the Obama regime. For Trump, Luna is within the first third of Scorpio, in nearly exact angular connection with Neptune — indicating that overall success or failure will hinge on murky matters of images, expectations, visions, confusion, deception, scandal, and (prominently) the oil industry. (Actually, Luna and Neptune were less closely but more problematically connected in 2009, when Obama’s “hope and change” campaign was followed by the dissolution of hope when nothing much changed.) Perhaps Trump can fare better.

Much in that regard will depend on how he and his team handle events in the days and weeks following the solar eclipse conjunct Neptune on 26 February, especially in the first week of March. (See also the article by Pat Paquette on the Mountain Astrologer site.)

Obviously, deep resentments and divisions among the people are still present, as indicated by Luna in Scorpio, where Luna is in “fall” — the most debilitated condition in the Hellenistic system of delineation. Large segments of the population are in dire circumstances, feeling bitter, ready to lash out, looking for someone to punish. The tone of the grinding campaign season hasn’t helped. Toning down the rhetoric — and refraining from “tweeting” (Twitter isn’t making any money and will likely disappear before long, anyway) — is key, and a distinct possibility: Luna is “offered help” in this chart by Mercury the communicator.

Plus, there is a crucial difference between 2009 and 2017: In 2009, Luna appeared low in the western sky, but out of sect in the daytime, thus more problematic. In 2017, Luna is invisible, just below the western horizon: a lower degree number than the ascending degree in the opposite place and zoidion.

As suggested in the previous post, the time is at hand for a fundamental shift — this time, contraction — in the size and scope of the federal government. Prominent among Trump’s campaign themes was an intention to redefine and reduce disadvantageous commercial and military commitments. Indeed, Trump’s triumph has already borne fruit: The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal appears to be a dead issue, though international trade has been declining of late anyway. Others loom: state-level health-care plans, and the status of vast areas of federally-controlled lands in the West. As the struggle over precious Earth resources and the necessities of life intensifies, the battleground shifts to state courts and legislatures.

It seems likely that much more attention will be paid in the years immediately ahead to the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment (the last in the Bill of Rights): “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The chart for the Trump regime indicates emphatically that sweeping changes must begin: the defining opposition of Jupiter and Uranus (a pair representing “the Promethean spirit of rebellion and self-will”*), with Pluto (structural, often overwhelming, change) in the zoidion of business and government). In cardinal zoidia (Libra, Aries and Capricorn, respectively) and in cadent places of the chart, the indications are for relatively swift changes to occur.

As for large-scale “shovel-ready” infrastructure spending: Not likely — not with Venus (related to money and feel-good feelings) beset the way she is in 2017, exactly between Mars and Neptune, and nearly ninety degrees from Saturn. This spells conflict, confusion, constriction. The curious thing is: Every eight years on the same date, Venus is back to the exact same degree, or very nearly. (Take a look at those charts again.) So in some ways, 2017 is a bit like 2009 or 2001 all over again. (“Groundhog Day,” anyone? Maybe we’ll do it better this time, maybe we’ll get it.)

Maybe, just maybe, there may be some dawning awareness that it might be a good idea to look at a long-term picture and recognize that liberating shrinking resources to invest in local public transit and intercity passenger rail might significantly help the nation hold together.

Once upon a time — in the 1970s, when the limits to economic growth** first jolted the nation — someone who worked a glamor-free job wrote a book called Small Is Beautiful.*** Rather than focusing on such nonsensical projects as sending humans to Mars or manufacturing millions of driverless cars, maybe enough political force could coalesce around more modest projects, even reclaiming some of what was discarded.

What a radical concept.

-<zoidion>-

* Mundane Astrology, Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion and Charles Harvey, 1984

** The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind, Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers and William Behrens III, 1972

*** Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, E. F. Schumacher, 1973

Into the Ruins

The best in deindustrial, post-industrial, and post-peak science fiction

gaylaellis

photos and words

Demystifying the Aquarian Age

© Copyright Terry MacKinnell All Rights Reserved

Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

Family Yields

one family's approach to permaculture

Stormstalker

The weather junkie's fix.

ClubOrlov

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

weathersage

Home of Long Range Weather Forecasting

Small Batch Garden

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

Autonomy Acres

Tales From the Anthropocene * Urban Homesteading * Permaculture * DIY Living * Citizen Science

Turkeysong

Experimental Homestead

Paul Douglas Weather Column

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

22 Billion Energy Slaves

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

The view from Brittany

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

The Archdruid Report

Reports and Musings about Weather, Climate and the Long Emergency

%d bloggers like this: