Posts Tagged ‘root/earth’

TwitterExplosion of Rain at the Cusp


I have been using 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

Rains from Capricorn to Aquarius to Pisces


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


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.

Root/Earth Constellation at the End of March


First steps toward prediction are to take records, and so far I have noticed rain has fallen almost exclusively in the Leaf/Water and Root/Earth Constellations.  In the Northern Hemisphere, spring rains will be much heavier than our autumn drizzles here in the South of New Zealand.  With your concerted observations from across the globe, we shall see Characteristics unfolding throughout.

Soon, at 0300 UTC, the Moon shifts into the Taurus Constellation, a Root/Earth Constellation.  Here we have had hot dry weather, and that is forecast to continue, but with clouds, and so I expect some drizzle in the day, as this has been the pattern in the summer.  The Moon is in Root/Earth until the end of the month, and I trust your comments will start coordinated efforts. 

At any certain time of the year, the Phase of the Moon, and the Constellation, will define the time of day that the Moon draws tides.  If we accept that water in plants can also move under the influence of the Moon, that vascular tide will interplay with the plant metabolism in powerful ways.  Imagine the difference for the plant to get High Tide at midday, with photosynthesis in full swing, as opposed to High Tides at dawn and sunset! 

In terms of astronomy, the Constellation of New Moons indicates which Constellation the sun is in.  For example, the March New Moon was in Pisces.  This is an example of the precession of the equinoxes.  Astrology in the west defines the Sun Signs according to their location in the sky of some date about 3500 years ago, at the time of early Hindus;  present day Hindu ‘Jyotish’ astrology uses the Sun Signs close to their astronomically accurate locations.  Note that the Jyotish calendar does not use the full size of the Constellations, but has shifted for convenience to a 56-hour transit ascribed to each Constellation.  The power of this blog is that we will be able to ascertain the Constellation effects at the cusps, close to the astronomical transits.

Equinox and our Auspicious Start!


An auspicious start for Nelson Biodynamic Group today, with a workshop on Preparation 500. We had the March 2009 Equinox, a descending moon, and a transition to an Earth Constellation just about the evening hour that we were to finish potentising, or mixing. I went to a neighbour’s house, since he has left town for the month, and was just finishing his arbor of pears and comfrey when the drops started raining down. At the same moment, his neighbours came to the fence to ask what I was doing, and were very satisfied to hear “spreading biodynamic preparation.” I felt a special connection to the process then. The sky had been slowly filling with clouds during our workshop, and the rain coincided with the cusp, as predicted.

This corroborates the order of the following tale in Steiner’s first lecture on agriculture, later named Biodynamics by his followers. “Two professors at university debated the relation of moon location to the amount of rainfall. Their private rainwater came from a shared courtyard, so the ’spiritual’ professor suggested that they divide the collection days according to his weather predictions, so that he would collect more rainfall. The other professor agreed, but his wife countermanded him.

This demonstrates that folk wisdom had not disappeared in the nineteenth century. Steiner’s typical criticism of this situation is that the women believed the Old Knowledge, while their husbands delved into the new precision of “Science” with disdain for the traditional ways.  Steiner seeks to recover the Old Knowledge through research using the ’scientific method’ so that everyone can reproduce the results.