I have been attending a Biodynamic Preparations Workshop, and am finding several other weather related studies are taking place. Since weather is a rhythmic event, the route is difficult to trace in a short study. Imagine the controversy if Climate Change discussions were based on just twelve months fluctuations. As you may recall, the rains last November-March were exclusively in Leaf/Water & Root/Earth Constellations. From that I rushed ahead to get some theories that have slowly been coagulating. Note that the tital of this Blog is “Weather Now & . . . ” which explains why I have been using Twitter instant messaging. The challenge is to write something about a weather event that the reader might not read for a week! Twitter is a fast-loader, while for my slow connection, this blog is a slow experience. This explains why I have more than one Tweet per day, and am slow here, but never fear, I will recover with better internet service. We also have the great advantage of the maps on this blog. You may with to open your own satellite maps and I suggest you look for a radar/satellite composite map to see the best detail.
I have recently changed houses and now have no internet access- these reports will suffer more than before. My energy has been shifted to http://www.twitter.com/yogazeal and now my blog updates here will wait for some days – until we get www at home.
In the meantime, as the moon shifted into Root/Earth Constellation Taurus the skies clouded over, drizzle slowly developed and after about 30 hours, a windy storm started raining buckets. This was predicted in my Twitter posts, but are difficult to translate to this blog. The immediacy of Twitter lends itself to posting about the weather – and I am not alone!
We passed the equinox twenty days ago, and have had a mix of rains in several constellations, but none in Flower/Air. This is a pattern that is also visible on the satellite images I have been following, as you can see from the posts below. More to come . . .
My new access to the map is making this process very authoritative. Now, as the moon slides across from Pisces to Aries, the mapshows almost no rain across the country. Where I am located, we saw the wispy cirrus clouds that portend rain in about two days. So it just might be that this equinox bears rains in this Fruit/Fire Constellation.
I am fascinated by the embrace of the world-wide vinyards towards biodynamics as a reliable technique to improve their wines. If, during harvest periods near the equinox, rain is most abundant in Fruit/Fire Constellations, vinyard harvest could be scheduled accordingly.
Likewise, tomatoes should be harvested in this moon transit to gain most flavor and best resistance to degradation. But be quick if clouds appear, because it may surprise you with a downpour. Keep track in real-time at twitter.com/yogazeal.
As this solo project is taking shape, I am learning a bit more about the technology – that samw www you all appreciate! Search for ‘rainstorm” on YouTube and you get some chorus groups singing, but also some major storms recorded. It seems that major storms are generally in either summer or winter months.
The first two I found were both floods in Scorpio, Leaf/Water Constellations. The next two were in Root/Earth Constellations, and there are another 300 videos to review.
As you may recall, last June and July, Twitter search for “Downpour” has given similar statistical results around the cusps of Leaf/Water and Root/Earth Constellations. I am able to find exceptions occasionally; do these ‘Prove the Rule?’
How much information needs to be collected before meteorologists will start using the Biodynamic Calendar? And then other scientists, like agronomists and veterniarians. If wine tastes and sells better in Leaf/Water Constellations, then how much longer before even diets adjust with the Moon?
These days around the equinox have been a challenge to my initial theory of the BD Calendar. I have measured rains with the Moon in the various constellations, with by far more rain in the Root/Earth and Leaf/Water Constellations. But, at this time of year (Spring and Fall,) I found a contrary effect, perhaps due to the fast-changing day-lengths that the North and South temperate latitudes experienced these days (about 4 weeks each side of Sept.21)
Here it important to distinguish between AMOUNT of rains, and CHARACTERISTICS of the rain. By characteristics, I mean “sudden downpours,” Gusts,” and “Daytime vs. Night Rain.”
Seeing the fabulous weather maps, most accessible of the USA, such as http://www.lawrencevilleweather.com/dewpoints.htm, makes this all the more graphic. For example, just as we left Flower/Air for Leaf/Water at 0800 UTC, 5 Sept., the contintal USA was nearly clear of clouds. After just 14 hours in Leaf/Water the rains were spread over much of the map.
That aside, the nature of the rains in the various periods retain characteristics: Daytime rains in Leaf/Water constellations, often as a surprise shower. Night rain in Root/Earth as a continuous drizzle. Barometric pressure increasing during the Flower/Air period. Rains in Fruit/Fire arriving powerfully after a long threatening blow.
See the widespread rain areas that have developed after 14 hours.
Winter/Summer rains have been exclusively in Root/Earth and Leaf/Water Constellations. That in itself proves the validity of the BD calendar to me, but what of the periods close to the Equinoxes? As mentioned before, the length of the days is changing quickly now, as only 3 weeks remain to the equinox.
It seems that Equinox rains are more generous in Flower/Air and Fruit/Fire Constellations so we will continue to keep recording. In fact yesterday, we had substantial rains in Flower/Air just before the Moon moved into Leaf/Water so it seems that that trend will continue for the next 8 weeks or so. So wherever you are, expect some surprising rain, even a Sudden Downpour, at noon, UTC, on Saturday, 29 August.
As you will see from the blog and Twitter, I generally write about the transit of the Moon as it occurs. These transits, or motion of the Moon from one constellation to the next, are proving to be the key to the characteristics of the clouds and rains. This issue seems rather simple, and I know that others have tracked the rains in relation to moon’s phases.
There is a reliable folk saying that if the new moon arrives in clear weather, then it will continue dry for ten to fourteen days. Since yesterday’s new moon was in a Fruit/Fire constellation, I think there will be less rains than normal, but since we are close to the equinox, we are entering some unstable weather patterns. I am back after a month of travel, but while traveling met several people who ssid they would add information, so ‘Keep tuned!’
I have been using twitter.com/yogazeal to comment on the weather and have had good feedback. I must admit that I cannot make a good sentence in 140 characters – especially anguished now that I have been taught that sophisticated Twitter users only post with 120 characters, which leaves enough room for your lines to be reposted (or forwarded…)
Twitter has an intriguing feature available to all, which is the search function. I have used that to measure various keywords, which coincidentally are used in this blog as tags: Thunderstorm, Downpour, and Heatwave. Yesterday, as the Moon shifted into Root/Earth Constellation, our Pacific skies filled with clouds, and we had a long gentle shower.
At the same time, a Twitter search reveals more incidences of the terms for rain.
I expect more results from Twitter than this blog since the number of people involved is so much greater. The results may still prove the validity of the BD calendar, but will be more difficult to interpret. Twitter measures the number of incidences of terms in a number of hours, so these interpretations are both broad and quite arbitrary. The overall images do encourage me to continue with this investigation, as you can see at twitter.com/yogazeal.
I have stumbled upon a treasure trove of data about weather. Not only NASA, but many universities have maps of atmospheric vapor. This shows us the progression of a storm. The films I have seen so far show very clear rhythms of expansion and spin in the middle latitudes, so correlation with the Moon is just a matter of determining the best images and dating with the correct biodynamic calendar.
We have lots of work to do to make that higher level graphic correlation, but in the meantime, yesterday was oppressive, humid and cloudy, but shifting from the Earth/Root Constellation into the Flower/Air Constellation brought clear skies and a fresh breeze. So the fundamental sequence of changes in the weather that coincide with the cusps clearly continues.
For the record, the previous cusp into the Fire/Fruit Constellation brought some hours of heavy rains, followed by hot clear skies. That would be pretty on the rain maps we will be finding and decoding - but probably in September or so . . .
Frankly, a large proportion of people are not aware of Rudolf Steiner, and many have a negative opinion about his evolving Spiritual Science. So I find myself repeating that this is NOT astrology, but rather Astronomy. With more than a year’s experience correlating the B-D calendar with the weather, I have reported several repeating patterns.
A few days ago, I had a meeting with an important client. We talked just after the moon shifted to Virgo, and we soon had a moderate rain. Even so, my comments about my records of rains at the cusps were ridiculed. I need more support from you, gentle reader, and comments about the rain events in your area!
The rains are most often at the cusps, the beginning or the end of the moon’s transit, or passage, through each constellation. Other characteristics are beginning to emerge, but I do not want to list expectations too early in this research. The only thing safe to say is that we will have beautiful sunsets in the time of the Flower/Air Constellation that starts about 2300 UTC, July 28.