Posts Tagged ‘Cusp’

First Winter Storm arrives in Root/Earth. Tasty!


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.


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.

Returning to the Fixed Constellations


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.

“Massive Storm Trumps Small Theory”


Up until now, I have documented the shifts of the Autumn rains in Fruit/Fire and Flower/Air Constellations, from Summer rains in Leaf/Water and Root/Earth Constellations.  I was unrealistic in hoping for a confirmation of theories in a few months.   Today’s significant storm throws my simple theory into doubt.  The wind and the rain does reinforce the need to define “Characteristics” more clearly.

My emerging theory is this shift is due to change of the day length, which is most noticeable in the months around the equinoxes, when the day lengths at Latitude 41 are changing by almost three minutes per day. (Two minutes twenty-four seconds even now, five weeks after the equinox.)

To be fair, I will try to compare climates in the temperate latitudes, since the daylight extremes are greater.  Northern Europe has the highest concentration of biodynamic farms, and ideally also the most correspondents.

The forecast was for heavy rain yesterday, but, in apparent confirmation of my theory, low threatening clouds gathered several times, with great gusts, but no drops fell.  Since two sources ( and agreed that we would have had at least five centimeters of rain yesterday, I feel confident the overall theory is sound, because the rain is coming, but only grudgingly. But, I am in danger of losing my simple theory, since the forecast still calls for heavy rains until the end of this Root/Earth Constellation (Bull/Taurus.)  

Meanwhile, at the time we leave this Root/Earth Constellation, the rain is supposed to have passed.  Please keep an eye on the weather as we move into a Flower/Air Constellation at nine pm, 28 April UTC.  From my previous experience, I would expect a steady rain after the cusp.  Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of the Mystery of Weather.

First Rains of Autumn


We have not had any rain since the equinox, when I started this blog!  So yesterday, in the Fruit/Fire Constellation, we did have significant rain, ending a along dry spell which allowed the grapes and tomatoes to ripen well.  The rain was accompanied by stiff winds and the style of the rain was in downpours, with thick Cumulonimbus cloud cover all day.

The hours before a storm are known for high ionization of the air, and a sense of activity has moved me to get outside and moving.  Yesterday we took a short hike up to 330 meters from our seaside town.  We were just at the base of the clounds, so were delighted to get a view of distant shores in between gusts.  Luckily we were almost down as the first of a long series of downpours blew in. 

The rain and wind are much easier to report when compared to cloud types.  The surprise in this report is that the rain arrived in a Fruit/Fire Constellation, which we had not had.  This began a series of new aspects of this research!

Transit to Leaf/Water Constellation


At UTC 1500, the moon moves from the Flower/Air to a Leaf/Water Constellation.  If you are where the clouds are, you may beware of sudden showers, or downpours!   As you have read here before, the most likely times of rain is at the beginning or at the end of the Leaf/Water Constellation, the period known as the Cusp.

Please let us hear about your experiences during the 48 hours of this Leaf/Water Constellation?

Your Contributions and Comments


I hope everyone writes every other day or so, to coincide with the Moon Transits, or cusps.  That way, we will build a large database quickly and be able to know if there is a pattern to the type of clouds, and the way they act.  I have been calling that the Characteristic of the weather.

So this research is exciting, because we can quickly find parallels  of abrupt changes in the Characteristic of the weather at the Moon Transits, throughout the world.  For those unfamiliar with Steiner’s concepts, this will be a powerful argument to investigate Anthroposophy.

You will discover that we want to make a keen observance of changes in the weather at the cusps, to note differences in the characteristic of the two Constellations.  Biodynamic researchers have written that they are quite confident of effects of agricultural processes in the center of the period of the Constellations.   Apparently, it has been difficult to determine effects of work at the cusps, and it seems to make sense that the effect of the moon will be visible in the air (and among insects) before reaching down into the heavier and more complex soil matrix.

Contributors will be known friends, or verified members of their local Biodynamic Association.  Comments are open to any registered web surfer, and for my convenience should be in English, German or Spanish.