Types of Rain in Four Constellations

2009/07/27

As I keep my eye on the sky, each storm passes through several phases, each characterized by warm air swirling into rain followed by cool air.  The effects of the moon shows some repetition of how quickly these phases develop.

Steiner repeatedly talked about scientific experiments, and this qualifies in the definition that these are REPEATABLE.   In this month of July, I have seen repetitions of my records in January, with ALL rain in Water and Earth Constellations.  But that was for the dry-summer climate of NZ, and now I find us in Washington, DC, expecting more rains as we approach August.

So far, I have reported this on twitter.com/yogazeal, from New Zealand, Chile, Brazil and both Florida and Maryland in the USA.

This celestial effect of the moon is generalized over the whole earth. Where there are clouds, it is more likely to rain NOW, while in Virgo, but gentle rains. This will give way at about 0100 UTC on July 29, when the moon moves into Libra, and Flower/Air Constellation, which is generally dry, but windy, with many types of clouds. Any rains after 0900 UTC July 30 are likely to be heavy stormy rains in the Leaf/Water Constellation of Scorpio.

We have a picnic planned for the next Root/Earth Constellation, which is poor planning because it is most likely to rain steadily.

Twitter is a Weather-Watchers-Wonder

2009/07/05

I have taken a big dive into a sea of Twits, where you will find me bubling up at “yogazeal”  Counting Tweets from my Search for the term DOWNPOUR – and found over a dozen per hour! Exciting start to a new internet addiction.  If we can trace the rate of Tweets with the term DOWNPOUR during all Constellations, we may be able to prove the B-D calendar in a few months.

According to the B-D calendar, this will end in 24hrs, when the HEAT starts in the Flower/Fire Constellation.  The advantage of Twitter is that correspondents receive the note promptly to their phones, so that all can share the weather as it occurs.  If you are not a fan of Twitter or Astrology, no worries!  I will transcribe the log of events back here to our blog.

In any case, I see the world of Twitter as a large source of instant weather updates.  I expect it will help us establish the characteristics of the weather as we transit thru the Constellations.

Cusp of Libra, Clearly

2009/07/02

The extended rains in the Root/Earth Constellation slowly came to an end, with small low cumulus clouds blowing over all day.  When the moon moved into the Flower/Air Constellation, at nine in the morning,  (2100 UTC, July First,) the sky was crystal clear. 

But there is a large storm on the radar, and the sky slowly covered over with a pall of stratus.  Although the rain was forecast with light winds, the characteristics of Flower/Air are typically that the wind starts to blow for quite a while before the first drops fall.   Perhaps that will be proven in the next twelve hours or so.

Since starting this project,  I often reflect on the origin of the division of the Constellations as clarified by Maria Thun and Rudolf Steiner.  The insects are one of the most visible species that become more active in the Flower/Air Constellation,  as reported in previous posts here, and by beekeepers in several B-D publications.    This Journal will be a tremendous support to Maria Thun if we can get a definition of world-wide characteristics as the weather patterns change with the moon.

First Winter Storm arrives in Root/Earth. Tasty!

2009/06/29

As the Moon, Descending here in the Antipodes, moved into the Root/Earth Constellation of Virgo, Auckland has had heavy thunderstorms, and even Nelson, NZ, got some rain.  This is the type of rain event we had in the summer, when the cusps, entering (or leaving) the Leaf/Water and Root/Earth Constellations, brought spectacular rain.

And the B-D practicioners of the world must be aglow after reports that wine tasting at upscale London vintners are now held according to the Moon Constellations.  These reports all list the originator of this measure as  Maria Thun.  The odd news is that commentators appear to think the wine itself changes with the moon, rather than the people and their perceptions under its Menstrual influence.

See:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8008167.stm

That is good news for this project, but may be viewed in the negative light of Crass Commercialism.  Cold Marketing Logic insists on using this new data to promote sales.  But I am willing keep working to prove the accuracy of Maria Thun’s categories.

Perhaps we could steer the sales towards sustainable organic products, because many researchers have commented that the B-D calendar is effective for organic crops more than chemically-stimulated crops.

Another Clue in the Water Constellation

2009/06/17

We have another clue as to the characteristic of rains in the Leaf/Water Constellations. We moved into Pisces and the weather prediction was for partly cloudy skies.  The morning dawned clear, but soon heavy low cloud moved over like a fog.  We had spots of rain, although none was forecast.

I am wondering if, since we are now in the more stable time of year, day length is more constant, then we return to the summer rhythm of more rain in Leaf/Water and Root/Earth Constellations.  Please keep your comments coming to verify world-wide.

Dramatic Drought Decisively Draws to a Denoument

2009/06/15

 

Perhaps we have a clue to the characteristic of rains connected to the ascendance/descendance of the moon.  This long drought ended the day after we entered the Southern Descending moon, so perhaps will relate to other records from temperate latitudes.  This will be more interesting to watch as we pass the solstice.
The rains started in Fruit/Fire, but very lightly, while we had some heavy extended rains only after we entered the Root/Earth Constellation of Capricorn.  
More remarkable was the termination of the rain and a peaceful quiet clearing as we entered the Flower/Air Constellation.  Perhaps the Spring and Autumn seasons are unpredictable, but it would be a great accomplishment if we were able to relate rain to the Constellations in only the Summer and Winter seasons.  This not only will definitively prove the veracity of Maria Thun’s Bio-Dynamic experiments, but could tell us when plants expect water, so could economize irrigation everywhere!
The second day of Aquarius has been blustery, with fast-changing clouds.  This leads me to wonder if we can correlate wind speed to Flower/Air Constellations?  This is another task to ask my world-wide audience to take on regarding Flower/Air Constellations, similar to noting the activity of the insects.  Now I am in winter so insects are generally quiet – so those of you in the Northern Hemisphere must supply observations!
We will have entered the Leaf/Water Constellation of Pisces (1500 UTC, 15 June) when I post this, so watch for heavy rains BEFORE 1300 UTC, 18 June, when we roll over into the Moon in Aries.  If you read this a bit later, keep an eye for heavy rains starting AFTER 0500 UTC, 20 June, when we enter the Root/Earth Constellation of Taurus.  Actually I will be traveling for several months from then, so I will not have my B-D calendar and will post the transits to access them from internet cafes in several countries.
The Sun moves into Gemini near the Solstice@ 0600 UTC, 21 June;  Southern Ascending Moon@ 0200 UTC, 22 June and the New Moon is fourteen hours later.  Gemini@ 1600 UTC, 22 June;  Cancer@ 1200 UTC, 24 June;  Leo@ 2200 UTC, 25 June;  Virgo@ 0900 UTC, 28 June.  There is a node at 1700 UTC, 24 June. 

Perhaps we have a clue to the characteristic of rains connected to the ascendance/descendance of the moon.  This long drought ended the day after we entered the Southern Descending moon, so perhaps will relate to other records from temperate latitudes.  This will be more interesting to watch as we pass the solstice.

The rains started in Fruit/Fire, but very lightly, while we had some heavy extended rains only after we entered the Root/Earth Constellation of Capricorn.  

More remarkable was the termination of the rain and a peaceful quiet clearing as we entered the Flower/Air Constellation.  Perhaps the Spring and Autumn seasons are unpredictable, but it would be a great accomplishment if we were able to relate rain to the Constellations in only the Summer and Winter seasons.  This not only will definitively prove the veracity of Maria Thun’s Bio-Dynamic experiments, but could tell us when plants expect water, so could economize irrigation everywhere!

The second day of Aquarius has been blustery, with fast-changing clouds.  This leads me to wonder if we can correlate wind speed to Flower/Air Constellations?  This is another task to ask my world-wide audience to take on regarding Flower/Air Constellations, similar to noting the activity of the insects.  Now I am in winter so insects are generally quiet – so those of you in the Northern Hemisphere must supply observations!

We will have entered the Leaf/Water Constellation of Pisces (1500 UTC, 15 June) when I post this, so watch for heavy rains BEFORE 1300 UTC, 18 June, when we roll over into the Moon in Aries.  If you read this a bit later, keep an eye for heavy rains starting AFTER 0500 UTC, 20 June, when we enter the Root/Earth Constellation of Taurus.  

The Sun moves into Gemini near the Solstice@ 0600 UTC, 21 June;  Southern Ascending Moon@ 0200 UTC, 22 June and the New Moon is fourteen hours later.  Gemini@ 1600 UTC, 22 June;  Cancer@ 1200 UTC, 24 June;  Leo@ 2200 UTC, 25 June;  Virgo@ 0900 UTC, 28 June.  There is a node at 1700 UTC, 24 June.

500 Foot Audience with No Action to Watch

2009/06/03

Hello all readers of the 500 Footnote, and Welcome.  For those of you outside NZ, the Biodynamic Association Newsletter is the 500 Footnote, and this blog address was the lead article this month.

I hope you can review your calendars, and report on the rain events, especially close to the transits, or change, in the Constellations.  It has only rained 21 mm in Nelson in all the month of May so there is very little to report. 

I start travelling for July and August, so will have much more to write, from North and South America.  The Constellations may effect the precipitation around the world, and your reporting will help us observe that.

Rains from Capricorn to Aquarius to Pisces

2009/05/20

We had consistent predictions of showers for the day, and expected steady rain in the night of Root/Earth Constellation.  So far, in  this Constellation, we have had gusty winds, various types of clouds, and a few sprinkles (light showers,) even including a distant rainbow at mid-day.  But the daytime rains held off, which is a pattern we had in Flower/Air Constellations in March and April.

It seems that this is the TYPE of storm, often with extended periods of high winds, followed by heavy rain.  The ambitious purpose of this blog is to track the storms, and see if they change character near the cusps.  Since they move across the country at a rate of 500 to 1000 km each day, a small group of people can define the storm in unison.

In fact, late night brought strong winds and short bursts of rain – not the STEADY RAIN predicted, and noted in Root/Earth Constellations in Summer.  The clouds cleared at dawn, but then are returning as Stratus clouds, no rain threatening, but large, fast moving and low.  In the evening the Root/Earth Constellation passed into Flower/Air.

So, in the Flower/Air Constellation of Aquarius, we have had some steady rains, with large cumulonimbus clouds covering wide areas of the sky.  We have had the steady rains about once every six hours, interspersed with clear skies. 

Meanwhile, we have shifted into Pisces, starting at 0700 UTC, 19 May, until the moon moves into Aries at 0300 UTC, 22 May.  It has been hard to notice IF it rains, since the water on the ground does not evaporate – it is COLD!

Returning to the Fixed Constellations

2009/05/15

As we noted previously, the length of the days is not changing very much – about nine minutes per week, similar to the middle of January, we are five weeks from the solstice.  So, in keeping with our evidence so far, the rains are expected to be in the Fixed Constellations.  These constellations that bring out the most rain now are Root/Earth and Leaf/Water Constellations. 

This was confirmed today, when a few rainy days in Goat/Capricorn, of Root/Earth, finished just before we moved into clear weather for the Water Carrier/Aquarius Constellation.

For the rain dates, winter will not be as simple as our summer was, because it will rain much more.  But it is clear that the rain occurs most often in the ‘cusp’ period, just before or after the shift to the new constellation.  Where you live, I predict rain just after we shift into the Leaf/Water Constellation of Pisces, at 0600 UTC, Sunday 17 May.

Sine Wave Acceleration Limits

2009/05/05

Pedantic! Caution – deep concepts ahead!  At this date, we are six weeks past the equinox.  The observation of summer rains ONLY in Root/Earth and Leaf/Water Constellations may be coming back now for the winter.  This will take more than a few months to determine, but the fast changes of the length of the day are slowing now, down to 2 minutes 12 seconds.

My new theory, that does stand up to the evidence so far, it that we will have major rains like last week, in the Root/Earth and Leaf/Water Constellations and so on for the next four months.  Then, around the next equinox, September and October, will have more rain in the more changeable Constellations of Flower/Air and Fruit/Fire.   Keep an eye out for unforecast preciptation before we move into Libra, a Flower/Air Constellation at about 1000 UTC on 8 May.