Thursday, October 25, 2007
BY Theodore White, Astrometeorologist
October 25, 2007
UPDATED Astromet Emergency Forecast
**--WARNING TO CA. RESIDENTS & BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS** FORECAST:**->
CAUTION: WINDY WEEKEND AHEAD -> Gusty Winds return late Friday night (Oct. 26) into Saturday (Oct. 27) evening (7:02 pm) with winds really picking up (Santa Ana east winds) Saturday thru Sunday (Oct. 28) re-igniting smoldering hot spots.
The danger now is re-ignition of multiple spot fires forcing potential re-evacuations. Residents should be held back from returning to inspect homes until AFTER Monday, Oct. 29. Firefighters must hurry to work very hard to break the multiple fire lines before northeasterly winds return at the start of this coming weekend.
They may also be conflicting Pacific southwestern winds this weekend mixing with Santa Ana winds, thus causing fires to "stem" and then spread because of re-ignition of spot fires into major burners. Extreme caution is urged. Residents are urged to be very careful in returning to their homes to inspect for damages. This weekend will be very dangerous. Because of the returning weekend winds, the firestorm threat is not over. Winds recede late Monday (Oct. 29) afternoon/early evening. Humidity levels rise slightly late Monday, Tuesday (Oct. 30) and Wednesday (Oct. 31) before drier conditions return again later in the week after Nov. 1.
CALIFORNIA FIRESTORM: WHAT HAPPENED?
Last March, when I published my advanced astrometeorological forecast for the country’s summer & autumn climate conditions, I included warnings on the extreme wildfire threat in the west ~ especially in the state of California. Now, with over 700 million+ square miles burned, and over 1,500+ homes destroyed. The fires are so intense, and widespread that they can now be seen burning from outer space. I'm sure that those who believe that humanity is responsible for global warming will make certain that the California firestorm will also be partially blamed on climate change. However, this is not the case.
The cause of the California firestorm is astronomical transits, which are now in place over parts of North America, and which have brought drought, and little precipitation to areas such as the Southeastern United States, and the West ~ So far, the California wildfires have caused the worst damage in San Diego County, where five blazes continues to burn. The largest fire destroyed 196,420 acres -- about 300 square miles, from Witch Creek to Rancho Santa Fe, destroying 650 homes, businesses and other buildings. Other hard-hit areas included San Bernardino County, where hundreds of homes burned in the mountain resort communities near Lake Arrowhead.
The announcement of San Diego's staggering losses came as President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for California in the wake of the wildfires that have charred about 426,000 acres, or about 665 square miles.
In my March 2007 astromet forecast, I urged that precautionary actions be taken in advance of the coming of summer & fall; especially in the western U.S. However, it is obvious that little if nothing was done by authorities, or emergency management planners to pre-act in the face of what has been one of the driest climates in California’s history. Drought conditions in the United States have been increasing over the years to the point where now nearly 41-percent of the country is experiencing drought.
These are due, as is all climate and weather, to astronomical causes, which can be forecasted in advance, as seen in Astrometeorological forecasts. These conditions are regulated by the Sun, which is the cause of global warming. Astronomical transits clearly point to increasing drought spreading in regions of the southeastern U.S., and the far west.
By late spring 2007, the very dry climate conditions throughout southern California were already known to conventional forecasters, the state's authorities, emergency preparedness leaders and fire chiefs.
Here is what the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said in its JUNE 2007 report:
"CAL FIRE is making preparations for a challenging fire season. Californians should know that the CAL FIRE is 100 percent ready to fight wildfires. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has increased fire protection spending by 21 percent since taking office and provided more than $150 million in additional funding. In each of the last three years, the Governor's budget has allocated $17 million a year more for emergency fire equipment.
The Governor's Executive Order is making a significant difference in the state's preparedness. In preparation for what looks to be a very challenging fire season due to extraordinarily dry conditions, CAL FIRE has coordinated its preparation efforts with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the California National Guard, the FIRESCOPE Board of Directors, and all of our contract counties (Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, Kern County, and Marin County). In addition, pre-fire season meetings have been held with the Fire Chiefs of the City of San Diego and the City of Los Angeles. During the recent Griffith Park and Catalina Island. CAL FIRE worked well with our local and military counterparts. CAL FIRE has made ready all of its 804 statewide fire stations.
CAL FIRE has a statewide workforce of 4,510 firefighters including 1,604 seasonal firefighters who are in the process of training and staffing all of the state's emergency response equipment at increased levels. An additional 450 seasonal firefighters are in the CAL FIRE workforce as a result of a contract with CDF Firefighters approved by Governor Schwarzenegger last year. CAL FIRE operates 23 air tankers, 11 helicopters, and 14 air tactical aircraft from 13 air attack and 9 helitack bases located statewide. Aircraft can reach most fires within 20 minutes.
The CAL FIRE emergency response Aviation Program is ready for deployment anywhere in the state. Off-season aviation maintenance is on-schedule. Readiness and safety training has been conducted for all pilots. Pre-fire season training has been completed with the California Air National Guard's helicopter resources. The CAL FIRE Aviation Program is the best firefighting operation in the world. The recently signed Executive Order from the Governor also allows the deployment of a contracted DC-10 Supertanker on large fires, on an immediate-call basis beginning June 15. DC-10 and lead plane training is currently underway. The DC-10 is capable of dropping 12,000 gallons of water or retardant on large fires compared to the 1,200-gallon capability of the CAL FIRE S2T Air Tankers.”
Although Gov. Schwarzenegger's emergency preparedness team were successful in evacuations of population centers, in reality, there seems to have not been enough tankers in place, ready to fight the wildfires, nor enough fire crews to tackle what eventually become firestorms, driven by Santa Ana winds.
Firefighters could not protect the majority of structures because they had to help residents flee for safety. By the time fire crews were organized enough to battle the fires, many houses & structures had already been destroyed. Crews also were anticipating additional firefighters and equipment from other states, mostly throughout the West.
Frustration over the firefighting effort began to emerge Tuesday when a fire official said not enough had been done to protect homes. Orange County Fire Chief Chip Prather told reporters that firefighters' lives were threatened because too few crews were on the ground. He said a quick deployment of aircraft could have corralled a massive blaze near Irvine. "It is an absolute fact: Had we had more air resources, we would have been able to control this fire," he said.
Mark Martin, a San Francisco Chronicle Sacramento Bureau reporter wrote on May 11, 2007 ~ "As state forestry officials predict an unusually harsh fire season this summer, the California National Guard says equipment shortages could hinder the guard's response to a large-scale disaster. A dearth of equipment such as trucks and radios -- caused in part by the war in Iraq -- has state military officials worried they would be slow in providing help in the event of a major fire, earthquake or terrorist attack.
"The readiness of the Guard has been described as a national problem and has become a political liability for the Bush administration, which came under fire this week when the governor of Kansas complained that the National Guard response to a devastating tornado in her state was inadequate. National Guard readiness has become a growing concern as the Guard has taken on extra responsibilities caused by the Iraq war and the increased threat of terrorism."
Because of shortages like these, firefighting crews are forced to “bump and run” because of the all the fires burning that jump lines with windy conditions. Nor were any pre-placed firefighting materials pre-positioned in regions known to suffer from the Santa Ana winds, which appear at least twice a year (spring & autumn) in California.
According to the Associated Press on October 24 ~ “So far, this week's fires have destroyed about 1,500 homes and burned 674 square miles across five counties, from Ventura in the north all the way into Mexico. Property damage has reached at least $1 billion in San Diego County alone, and President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for California.
The president was scheduled to visit the region Thursday, October 25. The death toll from the most recent blazes may rise as fires continue to burn, and authorities return to neighborhoods where homes turned to piles of ash, but displaced homeowners and authorities were relieved that early reports were so low. The San Diego County medical examiner officially listed six deaths connected to the blazes, but he included five who died during the evacuation who were not directly killed by the fire.”
Problems of Conventional Forecasting & Emergency Preparedness
The problems of conventional forecasting is very limited, and mostly restricted to five-day forecasts. This is not sufficient for emergency planners who require much more time and need outlooks that are published months in advance in order to properly prepare for climate and weather events such as droughts, floods, and wildfires. The drought situation in the west, and in the Southeastern U.S. continues to reveal just how bad things can get when proper meteorological outlooks are not published.
It also reveals the need for an overhaul of the climate community when it comes to providing clear, and professional advice to communities, leaders, and emergency planners. "The amount of misery these wildfires have caused has been horrible, said one firefighter who just completed a 24-hour shift.
What is needed is much better use of advance forecasts that determine the level of preparedness for such climate events like wildfires. Until conventional forecasters drop their "pop-culture astrology" perspective, they will never be able to forecast advance climate and weather ~ which means getting serious about the fact that all climate and weather conditions first begin in space.
In this case, when long-range astrometeorological reports were freely published, if taken seriously, there would have been less loss of life and property, and the California firestorm would have easily been contained because the majority of people would have been prepared in advance.
This is the reason forecasts exist. It is long past the time for Americans to be prepared for climate events such as the recent catastrophe of the California wildfires and to learn to look past the usual conventional five-day forecast when preparing for such disasters as wildfires, floods & drought.
Let's all say prayers for those who've lost everything in the wildfires, and lend out many helping hands. Remember why we celebrate America every July 4th. Let's be there for those in need. So, be there... or be square.
Theodore White, CSA
Saturday, October 13, 2007
By Theodore White, Astrometeorologist
With a fresh Nobel Prize for Peace to share between former U.S. senator and Vice-President Al Gore and a United Nations panel ~ the battle over the truth of what is the cause of global warming rages on. Gore's film 'An Inconvenient Truth' and the 2007 climate change report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) resulted in being awarded the 2007 Peace Prize in a year where climate change has been a top topic among the world's nations, a battle royal among the world's climatologists and meteorologists extending widely into the general public ~ where debates rage on the causes of global warming, and what, if anything, can we do about it.
Though the peace prize certainly rewards the hard work of Gore, and the IPCC in their climate change research, there continues to be little evidence that humans truly are the cause of worldwide climate change, or, what is called ~ global warming.
The stated claims of the IPCC, a United Nations panel created in 1988 ~ was to assess what was called scientific information relevant to "human-induced climate change" and the "impacts of human-induced climate change" to develop "options for adaptation and mitigation. " What is often missed is that the scientific data does not support man-made climate change, but rather ~ the opposite ~ solar forced climate change, something that has been going on since the start of time on Earth.
Meaning that the Sun is the cause of what is known as "global warming."
See the Sun ~ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060807.html
See Top Climate Events ~ http://www.john-daly.com/topevnts.htm Back in the 1980s, when climate scientists began to notice that sea-surface temperatures were rising, speculation developed that suggested that perhaps the release of carbon into the atmosphere was the cause. This came about in part because of climate research that showed that the Earth's ozone layers at the poles were showing signs of stress.
We now know that the reasons for this was due to the increased magnetic activity of the Sun, which caused intense radiation storms just above the Earth's atmosphere ~ resulting in gaps observed in the Earth's ozone layers.
Several years ago over 17,000 scientists signed a petition about the Kyoto Protocol that stated that "there is no credible evidence that harmful man induced climate change (global warming) is occurring."
They also maintained this about the Earth's ozone layer ~
"The ozone holes in the atmosphere in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are naturally occurring due to meteorological effects, expanding and contracting with the change of season. The meteorological effects consist of high velocity stratospheric level winds that peak during local winter and act to destroy ozone.
Also there is less ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun due to the inclination of Earth's axis during hemispheric Winter. Another variability impacting ozone layer density is the +/- 11 year sunspot cycle. When solar activity is intense at a peak of a solar cycle the ozone layer density increases due to increased UV radiation, just the opposite occurs at the bottom of solar cycle when the Sun is relatively quiet. Changes in ozone layer density is a normal occurrence.
The Sun is that powerful. Just a single hour of sunshine has enough energy to fuel all of Earth's power requirements for an entire year.
Back in the late 1980s, the majority of mainstream climate scientists didn't even acknowledge global warming, much less man-made climate change, and laughed at the mention of "global warming" ~ that is ~ until multi-millions of federal and international dollars to study climate change started filling coffers. The myth of man-made global warming took off in the early 1990s, and continued throughout the decade as sea-surface temperatures and world temperatures continued to rise to record levels.
Clearly, the Earth was warming, but the question remained: what was causing it?
One can match the increase in climate science funding to the increasingly shrill voices blaming global warming on man-made emissions. The more money devoted to global warming ~ the more mainstream scientists and the media began pushing this myth onto the worldwide public stage. Even in the conventional scientific world ~ the dollar is king.
When the tens of multi-millions (almost billion) in federal and international dollars start to dry up on man-made climate change, just watch how many scientists drop the premise of man-made climate change like a bad habit. They will go back to doing what they were doing before ~ laughing at the premise of man-made global climate change, and they were laughing before the money shut them up and the myth took on a life of its own.
Because man-made global warming does not exist. It never did. In classical scientific astrology, there are known celestial cycles ranging from months, to years, and over many decades that repeat themselves and correlate to events, including climate and weather.
Astrometeorology is one of the oldest branches of classical scientific astrology, as Kim Farnell notes ~
"The forecasting of weather was considered to be part of natural astrology, which encompassed a geocosmic relationships between celestial phenomena and the natural environment of the Earth. It was considered a unified, reputable body of knowledge and formed an important part of natural philosophy. The study of natural astrology reflected the view of the universe that everything is connected. All earthly forms were seen as bound to the power of the Sun, Moon, stars, planets, and other phenomena of celestial or atmospheric origin, such as meteor showers, comets, aurora borealis, lightning, and precipitation."
The classical astrologer, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) noted that certain magnetic angles among the planets had a major bearing upon weather patterns. He discovered further harmonic or magnetic angles of planetary configurations and also observed that certain types of terrestrial weather patterns coincided with certain magnetic angles forming among the planets.
Before he conceived his laws of planetary motion, Kepler's initial recognition came through his accurate long-range weather forecasting in predicting the bitterly cold winter in Austria in 1593. Kepler published his observations from June 28 1618 to August 9 1629."
One such astrological cycle is one that lasts 36 years. We are currently in what is called the Cycle of the Sun (1980-2016) ~ and within the 18.5 years of this cycle, the Sun more than doubled its magnetic field activity, causing intense radiation storms over the Earth's atmosphere which opened gaps in the Earth's ozone layers during the late 1980s and into the 1990s. We are currently entering the 28th year of solar forcing of the Earth's climate.
The Sun has just recently reached its minimum phase and is expected to peak once again at maximum sometime in the years 2010-2012 ~ Some of the hottest years on record of the 20th century have taken place between 1980 to 2005 ~ among the hottest years being 1988, 1991, 1995, 1998 & 2005, when the Sun was recorded having some of its most powerful sunspot and magnetic field activity.
Those years witnessed record high temperatures, powerful storms and hurricanes during the El Nino years of 1997/1998 when record heavy rains drenched the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, while heavy floods from hurricanes ravaged regions in Central America, where devastating storms resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. Back in the year 1995, hundreds of people in the Midwest of the United States died because of oppressive summer heat. Global warming was highlighted again in Europe in 2003, when over 35,000 Europeans died because of the stifling summer heat.
Since the hottest years of the last century have taken place in the last 15 years, the calls blaming global warming on human Co2 emissions have risen as fast as the media and political pressures to "reverse" it. But how can anyone reverse climate change on Earth that is caused directly by that star in the skies we call the Sun? Temperature records over the last 27 years can be matched exactly to solar forcing of the Earth's climate. My argument for Solar Forcing is backed up by scientific evidence. Paleo-climatologists, climate scientists, astrophysicists and geophysicists have continue to maintain that the Sun is the cause of climate change ~ both global warming and global cooling.
The scientific evidence clearly shows that what is called "man-made global warming" is indeed what it has always been ~ a myth. Moreover, many people who support the man-made global warming seem to ignore that some of the coldest winters in recorded history have also taken place during this time of global warming.
Sings of increasing cold climate events indicate solar activity related to the next world climate cycle. In this case, the coming global cooling after the 36-year warming cycle comes to an end. This means decreasing El Nino events with an increase of La Nina events along the Earth's equator.
Climate Change Forced By The Sun
Remember the ruler & the number zero, it goes both ways in climate science
Those who maintain that the world has become warmer, have overstated the obvious. Yes, since 1980, the world has warmed, directly caused by the activity of the Sun. Yet, we observe sunspots, and the rises and falling of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) ~ directed by the Sun, that regulates the climate of the planets in the solar system ~ including the Earth, the third planet from the star we call Sol.
I remember one of my old instructors, who gave me a slide rule as a gift for passing the tests he gave me in basic astrometeorology, or weather forecasting. He said, that if I could understand the mathematical reality of the number zero ~ and read both ends of that ruler, that scale, then someday, I would get it.
Get what? I asked.
"You'll know when you do," he smiled.
Ten years later. I got it.
As cold as the world's climate can get on one one side of that "zero" ~ it will get as warm.
And, as warm as it gets on the other side of that "zero" ~ it will someday get as cold.
When you note climate anomolies, that means the Sun's cycle has reached maximum, or minimum ~ ride the lowest magnetic wave which predicts the next climate cycle on Earth ~ a direction towards warming, such as the one we are currently in (1980-2016) and the other one, a cooling cycle, which is ahead in the decades to come.
We look for signs of this, and, find them in actual cold weather anomolies noted by climatologists and meteorologists ~
"The record cold of the decades of the 1890's, 1940's, 1970's, 1980's and most recently the bitter northern hemisphere winters of 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003 argue against the occurrence of harmful man induced climate change (global warming).
Also the Winters of 2000/2001 and 2004/2005 in Siberian Russia, as well as Winter 2005/2006 in Antarctica were among some of the coldest in recorded history. In January 2004, Boston, MA recorded one of the coldest month of January in 111 years.
Grand Forks, ND set an all time record low of -44 degrees below zero and Fosston, MN saw also temperatures at -50 deg. below zero F and in Saskatchewan, Canada, saw record low temperatures fell to -62 deg. below zero F ~ all happening in the Winter of 2003/2004."
Below are more anomalous cold weather events that took place during the winters of 2004, 2005, 2006, and this past winter of 2007, that clearly depict the Earth's climate is not only warming worldwide, but becoming increasingly colder as well.
In fact, astrological long-range climate forecasts continue to indicate that the Earth is transitioning from global warming to global cooling. These anomalous colder events to come have already been taking place as a retired paleoclimatologist living in Florida has noted from news reports around the world during the years 2004 to 2007~
.....March 12, 2007 a North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was cancelled after one of the explorers got frostbite. The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite on three of her toes. The extremely cold temperatures drained the batteries in their electronic equipment. Then there was the cold, quite a bit colder, Atwood said, then Bancroft and Arnesen had expected. One night they recorded the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero. Outside temperatures were exceeded 100 below zero at times, Atwood said. They were experienced temperatures that were not expected with global warming.
.....The minimum temperature on Mt. Mansfield, VT on March 6, 2007 was -28 deg. F, breaking the old record of -25 deg. F set in 1955. On March 7, 2007 numerous minimum temperature records fell across Vermont at lower elevations. Missisquoi River at an elevation of 410 feet saw a minimum temperature of -37 deg. F. Island Pond at an elevation of 1201 feet saw a minimum temperature of -35 deg. F.....
.....The minimum temperature on Mt. Washington, NH on March 7, 2007 was -30 deg. F, breaking the old record of -21 deg. F set in 1937.....
.....The minimum temperature on Mt. Washington, NH on March 6, 2007 was -37 deg. F, breaking the old record of -23 deg. F set in 1950. The -37 deg. F reading fell short by one degree of the all time coldest March temperature of -38 deg. F set in 1950.....
.....In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 2007 was the coldest since February 1912..... ....On January 15, 2007 Lancaster, CA broke their monthly record, coming within one degree of their all-time record low temperature. LANCASTER TEMPERATURE OF 03 DEGREES TODAY SET A NEW MONTHLY RECORD FOR JANUARY. THE COLDEST ALL TIME RECORD FOR LANCASTER WAS 02 DEGREES SET DECEMBER 24 1984.....
.....In Boston, MA, USA, the minimum temperature dropped to 6 degrees on March 6, 2007, the coldest March minimum temperature since March 10, 1984..... .....March 2006, New England, USA suffered through an unusually cold late season Arctic air mass. The Northeast on March 6, 2007 was the coldest March 6th since 1950.....
.....On June 1, 2005 measurable snow fell for the first time in recorded history in tropical Somalia. Falling at an elevation of 1000 feet at Puntland in the NE part of the country. Ironically, the freak snowstorm was blamed on man induced global warming....
.....The BBC reported that during the week of February 12, 2007 snow fell in Nepal's capital, Katmandu for the first time since 1944. .....During the week of February 19, 2007 snow fell in portions of Argentina that have never seen snow so early in the season (late summer). A comparison would be snow in Philadelphia, PA on August 19th.....
.....On February 17, 2007 a minimum temperature of 18.6 deg. F was observed at Holder in Citrus County (the west central peninsula) of Florida. This temperature was the coldest ever observed so late in the winter season..... .....On February 15, 2007 snow fell in Pensacola, Florida for the 4th time this winter season in this southern state.....
.....Snow showers fell across portions of the central peninsula of Florida on November 21-22, 2006, including the Orlando metro area. The snow showers were the earliest ever observed on the central peninsula and state and reported since European settlers arrived. On the morning of November 22, 2006 Archbold which is located on the south central peninsula region observed a minimum temperature of 28 deg.....
.....It snowed in downtown Los Angeles for the first time in modern times on Saturday February 18, 2006.....
.....During the first two weeks of February 2006 all of Alaska with the exception of the panhandle region was in the grip of extreme below zero temperature. Inland area temperatures repeatedly dropped into the -50 to -65 deg. F below zero range.....
.....During the first week of December 2005 the coldest minimum temperatures ever observed so early in the season chilled the lower 48 states, with the exception of the Florida Peninsula. Below zero daytime readings dipped deep into Colorado and Kansas, with night time sub zero readings into west Texas. Frozen precipitation fell at Corpus Christi and Brownsville, TX and into northern Mexico S-SW of Brownsville and Del Rio. Some north and central Plains region areas saw minimum temperatures in the -20 to -30 deg. below zero range.....
.....November 2005 was the coldest in the last 30 years in the northern Great Plains, Mid West and Great Lakes regions.....
....During the Southern Hemisphere Winter of 2005 Russia's Vostok base on the ice cap of East Antarctica set the new all time coldest minimum temperature on Earth of -132 deg. below zero. The previous record was -129 deg below zero......
The high of -101 degrees was fully 25 degrees below average for early May. The low was -104 degrees, or about 15 degrees below average.....
.....April 25, 2005 a 31.9 deg. minimum temperature observed in central Florida. Two other locations observed 32 deg...
...Sunday-Monday April 24-25, 2005. A record breaking late season snowfall has occurred in parts of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Snowfall totals of up to 12-24" have been measured.
...Sunday April 17, 2005 a 31.8 deg. minimum temperature is observed in central Florida.
....Greater Havana, Cuba, dawned rather chilly Monday morning April 4, 2005. At the Jose Marti international airport south of the city's center, the temperature dipped to 50 degrees whereas the average daily low during April is 70. A minimum temperature of 31.6 deg. was also observed in central Florida.
.....Late season chill has descended on southeast Europe. At the same time, moisture streaming in from the Mediterranean has produced snow over parts of Turkey. The mountainous terrain over central Turkey has had a few inches of snow. Even in the capital city, Ankara, the snow managed to accumulate as temperatures were just below freezing and the snow was briefly heavy.
.....The snowfall at Cleveland Hopkins airport for the day is 6.4 inches. This brings the snowfall total for the 2004-2005 season to 105.3 inches, which breaks the all time record for the snowiest season at Cleveland Hopkins airport, which was 101.1 inches in 1995-1996.
....The coldest night on record occurred across the Netherlands in March 2005. Sub-zero readings were recorded across the country. Marknesse fell to an overnight low of -5F. Such cold weather capped a week of heavy snows which buried some parts of the country under 20 inches. This winter has been the snowiest in the past 50 years for the Netherlands. In some parts of Holland snowfall was up to 20 inches, the highest levels recorded for March in the past 20 to 25 years, the Dutch meteorological institute said.
.....Snow-covered palm trees in the Mediterranean, travel chaos on the continent and a rise in heating costs are the results of an unusual European cold snap.
....In Winter 2005/2006 Italy's port city of Genoa was paralyzed by a blanket of rare late winter white stuff that caused traffic chaos as far away as Milan, in one of the coldest starts to March on record, meteorologists said. Authorities closed Genoa airport, shut city schools and ordered buses off the roads as a blizzard blanketed the Liguria coastline. Milan also got a rare covering of snow during the morning, as did the nearby cities of Turin and Parma. In Turin, the thermometer fell to a record 17 Fahrenheit overnight, while Rome suffered its coldest March for 18 years.
.....Heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures across most of northern and central Greece in winter 2005/2006 cut off dozens of mountain villages, blocked roads and led authorities to close some schools. In Spain, renowned for its warm winter sunshine in parts, palm trees in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona have been topped with snow and Madrid has seen its heaviest snowfall for about 15 years.
One of the worst winters in decades in 2005/2006 brought heavy snows and cold air to Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Pakistan, over 300 people have died from the series of heavy snowfalls in the past few weeks. The heavy snows have stranded over hundreds of thousands of people in Kashmir.
...That same winter of 2005/2006 brought bitter cold in much of central Quebec, Canada. At Lac Benoit, for example, the early morning low was -48 degrees. Near Manouane, -46 degrees was registered early Monday, and the -43 degrees registered at Bonnard was a full 30 degrees below average.
....Heavy snowfall in Indian-controlled Kashmir has claimed more than 100 lives, and dozens were still missing Monday, the BBC reported. The snow created avalanches over villages south of Srinagar, destroying homes and killing about 70 people. Indian soldiers and medical personnel were searching for survivors Monday in the region, where 15 feet of snow has fallen since Friday.
.....Snow even fell in northernmost Africa. In Algeria, the city of Constantine laid under seven inches of snow. A few weeks prior the same region was hit with 24-26" of the white stuff.
....In northern Norway, the town of Kautokeino set consecutive lows of -27 and -26 degrees Monday and Tuesday. These were followed by afternoon highs of -12 and -10 degrees. In February, an average day here would have a low of 0 and a high of 13 degrees, so the weather has been considerably colder than usual.
.....An impressive cold wave persisted over much of the Balkan Peninsula that same winter. In Serbia, Sjenica registered consecutive lows of -17, -21, -21, -19 and -20 degrees F, whereas February's mean daily low is 23. Bitola, Macedonia, dipped 11 to 14 degrees below zero each of these five mornings.
....Cold rains and mountain snows fell along the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The latest bout of wet weather boosted rainfall at Beirut, Lebanon, to about six inches since the start of the month. Snow fell low enough to blanket ground down to at least 1000 feet, thereby whitening the hills from Lebanon south into Israel and the West Bank, and also to Amman, Jordan.
Those newsworthy and numerous anomalous weather events taken from around the world is proof that the Earth's climate is indeed in transition from global warming towards global cooling, that is solar-forced. All climate and weather starts in space, and end up as weather on Earth. This global cooling is expected to pick up pace in the 2010s, and 2020s, and will peak around the year 2034/2035.
According to my calculations, this will mean less El Ninos and increasingly stronger La Nina climate conditions observed along with stronger, and more intense colder storms of the future.
All this is forced by the Sun's activity.
See ~ http://www.nexialinstitute.com/climate_el_nino.htm
According to my estimation, we are in the 27th year of Solar Forcing of the Earth's Climate. This global warming began in earnest in the year 1980, and according to my calculations, will come to an end in the year 2016. Before 2016, the Sun is expected to reach a historic maxima during Sunspot Cycle #24, in about 3-4 years, see ~ http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/21dec_cycle24.htm
Here is an animation of monthly-averaged sea surface temperature fields since the 1980s when solar-forced global warming picked up speed due to the Sun's doubling of its magnetic field activity ~~ http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/sst_ani.htm
While the world will continue to witness and experience the results of solar-forced global warming in rising sea-levels, excessive precipitation and powerful storms into the 2010s and 2020s, my astrological calculations shows that the Earth is headed for a colder cycle that will peak in the mid-2030s.
Until that time, we all will be living with what I call "extremes of weather" ~ in the form of increasingly anomalous climate conditions and weather events such as floods, strong tropical storms, hurricanes and cyclones, droughts, windstorms, heavy precipitation of continuing rains and significant snows, while the Earth transitions between warmer than average and colder than average temperatures.
See ~ http://www.john-daly.com/solar/solar.htm
See ~ http://www.john-daly.com/index.htm
Although I am sure Al Gore and some who believe in man-made climate change mean well, but the evidence they present is just not proof of man-made global warming. However, it is proof of just plain GLOBAL WARMING ~ which has been ongoing since 1980 and continues today.
Remember the facts ~ that during the height of human industrial production worldwide, the Earth's climate actually COOLED. This was also due to the Sun. Most people who push the myth of man-made climate change do not seem to fully appreciate just how powerful the Sun truly is, and how the Sun forces all climate change, not just on Earth, but on other planets as well, where there is no human Co2 production and emissions. Those who want to force everyone else to accept climate change as "man-made" mindlessly are only fooling themselves, and in denial about astrophysical and geophysical laws of the cosmos and of nature on Earth. No amount of negative environmentalistic mantras like "only corporations and man is the cause of global warming" ~ is going to change the fact that the Sun directly forces the Earth's climate, alters it, and changes it. This has always been true, and continues to be true today.
Those who fail to see that the Sun is the direct cause of global warming should have a reality check and cease blaming humans for what they are not doing, and never did, and that is cause global climate change through Co2 production. Carbon is natural to the Earth, we are also made of it, and the oceans and mountains emit much more carbon into the Earth's atmosphere than we humans ever could.
There is no reason to deny less developed countries, like those in Africa, the means to have electricity, or to demand that they use solar energy when developed countries do not widely use solar-energy. Using the resources of the Earth cleanly is good for business, and good for the world.
To deny less developed nations the means to develop and grow by using the falsity of "man-made global warming" is a crime because it is not true. It never was and never will be. It is the Sun that is the cause of all climate changes on the Earth ~ both global cooling AND global warming.
Humans are not able to either cool and warm the earth, and there is NOTHING we can do to stop the activity of the Sun. All we can do is adapt to climate changes, while learning how to not pollute our air, and sea water.
As for global warming and climate change ~
only the SUN can accomplish this ~ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060807.html~
~ and that is exactly what that star in the skies has been doing since the Earth was born ~ forcing climate change ~ worldwide.
Friday, October 12, 2007
My new blog on the weather, and the "weather" is a reference to what we classical astrologers call "transits." Or, what we also call time. Like the weather outside, we also have "inner plane" weather on the inside. These are observed by astrologers who calculate the celestial transits relative to Earth, the planet we all inhabit.
For instance, at this time, in early October 2007, transiting Mercury has just gone retrograde (Oct. 11/12) and from the point of view of Earth, is now moving slowly backwards from our view in the tropical sign of Scorpio. Those familiar with such retrogrades, and the angles of planets to the Earth, and one another, know that Mercury's retrogrades often signal the need to review, re-assess, and being more creative to solve problems, and to reach goals. Now, this is only a general interpretation... since there was many other impacts of such a retrograde on the Earth. We will get to that during the retrograde, which lasts until early November 2007.
At this time, the geophysical weather of October 2007 worldwide shows a La Nina anomaly growing. This is the cooling of the waters near the equatorial South Pacific. The implications of the cooling of sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) at this time is due to astronomical transits, and the condition of the Sun as they directly cause all of our climate conditions and the resulting weather we all experience daily.
This is a time of change in the world's climate. I forecast the weather astronomically, using the techniques of Astrometeorology. Right now, I'm in the middle of an annual winter forecast for the northern hemisphere. I'd like to find the time to forecast for the southern hemisphere too, but my life is just so busy these days!
I'd like to hear the experiences & thoughts of those who read my blog on the weather, and the "weather" wherever they are. This is one of main reasons I decided to start a blog. To share, knowledge & friendship/kin of mind & heart with others, and to have others share with me.
Although I forecast advance climate and weather astronomically, I also do so in other areas, by reading & interpreting global celestial transits, and the angles relative to the Earth as they affect both the "outer" and "inner" planes of the atmosphere, nature, and on us people ~ astrophysical, geophysical, and yes, metaphysically.
Over last year, I took the time to look closely at the world transits for autumn 2007 heading into the year 2008. Below are my astrological views as they relate to current, and the potential world events in the near future.
*Note there may be some astrological references that some readers may be unfamiliar. Ask if there is anything one does not understand, and/or I will post some links, references, or explain any question to the best of my ability.
THE CHALLENGING TRANSITS OF AUTUMN 2007
How to Survive Them And Prosper
By Theodore White, classical scientific astrologer
The Transits of Autumn 2007 will be challenging for much of the world. Global transits show there are major global events just ahead that will test the resolve, and patience of tens of millions of people. I urge everyone reading this to take the time to plan for making any positive changes that they can, and to bring to an end any conventional barriers which may have acted as barriers towards making progress.
These global transits will be difficult for most this coming fall season ~ particularly as Saturn is rising and will be Lord of the months of October & November, with strong influences into December. The autumn season will be very rough, and will lead to a muted holiday season by December. Those who can read an ephemeris will know that using the time now in late August, and the month of September 2007 well can forestall, and neutralize much of the later influences to come in October, November and December. Those able to make re-adjustments, able to network with people of positive common interests, and who can be practical, and reliable, will be able to survive this fall season's transit in the northern hemisphere.
According to my calculations, times are changing, and we are heading into a new era that precedes the coming of the next decade of the 2010s. With Pallas now retrograde in Pisces, and contra-parallel to Uranus, while both near to the transiting North Lunar Node in Pisces ~ use this time to prepare for the next six-to-seven years overall. Doing so will save much time, energy, and in some cases, lives. It is essential to use the remainder of 2007, and early 2008 to realign one's economic and financial situations, so that by the end of 2008, and into 2009, new directions chosen will have been taken that, if applied well, will do much to counter the negative economic transits of the mid-2010s in the coming next decade.
A Challenging Autumn Season Ahead In Northern Hemisphere
If you look at the New Moon transit for September 2007 for the east coast, NY, and Washington, you'll see that Mars is on the MC in Gemini and is situated between tow fixed stars ~ ALDEBARAN AND BELLATRIX. Transiting Mars will be moving toward conjunction with BETELGEUSE, situated at 28-GEMINI.
Applying Placidus Houses, the MC for the September 2007 New Moon is conjoined to BELLATRIX ~ a negative event will take place, worldwide news in the fall season months of September, October, November, and December 2007.
In summer 2007, we've seen some interesting transits of planets conjoined to what are called the four (4) Royal Stars --
- Venus/Saturn - conjoined to fixed star Regulus (Watcher of the North)
- Jupiter - conjoined to fixed star Antares (Watcher of the West)
- Mars - conjoined to fixed star Aldebaran (Watcher of the East)
- Moon/Dragon's Head - Aug. 28, 2007 lunar eclipse - conjoined to fixed star Fomalhaut (Watcher of the South)
Looking at the transits of October, November, and December, one can see how the stakes are rising. It will be a combination of events taking place around the world, with the Middle East, Iraq, and Iran, highlighted.
HIGHLIGHTED: War news - escalations, societal stress, pitched battles Economic - destabilization, setbacks, re-adjustments, corruption news Culture - stresses, separations, pressures, dark moods, mental health issues, depressions Climate/Weather - anomalous events, droughts, heavy rains, floods, oppressive heat and sudden cool downs The autumn months will reflect Saturn's coming influences with its ingress into tropical Virgo in early September.
The generation born in 1979/1980/1981 are about to experience their first Saturn Returns. This coming fall season's weather will be dark, cloudy, wet and cold, reflecting Saturn's building influences as it rises ahead of the Sun. Grey skies, and a depressive climate conditions will prevail in October and November, leading to a toned-down holiday season in December.
It is advised to take the time in late August & September to install bright white (not yellow) lighting to use to counter the coming darker climate conditions in the Northern Hemisphere this year. Saturn's influence is stronger with pale-yellow lights. Avoid this kind of indoor lighting. Expect to witness a steep rise in depressive reactions (Saturn's influence) among people because of the poor climate conditions of October & November.
Global Transits Heat Up
Up Transiting Mars retrograde, especially in Gemini, and near to the constellation Orion indicates a sharp rise in military events. We will see heightening tensions that are the combined results of the failures of a certain generation to restrain itself ~ especially under these transits. However, those in power rarely listen to the guidance of those who are able to read and interpret transits. Nonetheless, the transits will arrive ~ and as always ~ on time.
Moreover, the battles highlighted by the present and ongoing Mars/Jupiter opposition and the coming Mars retrograde in November, and re-emergence into tropical Gemini on Dec. 31, 2007, indicates stressful, and violent events. A major military escalation is highlighted by these transits. I have no doubt that the U.S. will become involved in another major war with a new nation heading into early 2008.
SATURN, VENUS, VIRGO & THE DRAGON'S TAIL
We also see transiting Saturn hovering very close to the Dragon's Tail (Moon's South Lunar Node) in tropical Virgo for all of the fall season and into the winter of 2008. This is another sign of malefic global events starting next month (September) and continuing into early 2008. Saturn's hovering around the South Lunar Node in early Virgo has very strong influences for the world.
It is wholly malefic, and during the third week of October 2007, Venus & Saturn conjoin for the third (and last) time in four (4) months in the month of October ~ with the Dragon's Tail. This is a negative conjunction, and I would urge caution in travel, relationships, and major decisions at this time.
For women, it is important to take the time to guard oneself physically and emotionally, without attracting violence to oneself. The Venus/Saturn conjunction conjoined to the Dragon's Tail does not bode well for personal relationships. Note that Mars will have entered tropical Cancer at the end of Sept. '07 and will hover here for months before turning retrograde mid-Nov. '07. This again highlights personal relationships. It is best to avoid arguments; especially over money, economics, relationships, etc., considering the recent credit crunch, the severe downturns in the housing markets, and the increasing foreclosures nationwide.
Jupiter in Sagittarius has driven prices up. Saturn's entry into Virgo will drive price values down, to bargain basement levels, but with a price, as mundane transits indicate a period of rough economic times during the fall of 2007 and into 2008. Families are hurting financially. It is important at this time heading into the fall and winter seasons to network with others, and to be of help by combining resources and being of assistance to those in need.
The best way to neutralize this fall's transits is to prepare to navigate them in advance without resorting to inflicting, or, taking part in personal projections onto others, personal/professional dramas which Saturn can crystallize into reality ~ which can turn into violent confrontations that can change destinies. Rather, better to navigate these transits with a low-profile, calm, and orderly outlook towards the coming new era that starts in mid-December 2007, and picks up speed in January 2008.
Those who take the time to prepare for 2008's transits now, will be better positioned to deal with the developing and fast-paced events that take place from 2008 to 2011. Use the coming benevolent Venus-Jupiter conjunction on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2008 as a "transit marker" to have professional and personal plans & projects completed to open the special year of 2008 with new opportunities that will have included moving to new cities, and starting new careers, relationships, etc., after the wild and rocky year that 2007 will have become.
While at the mundane level, Venus represents society, and the conjunction to Saturn & the South Lunar Node in early Virgo reflects the general depressive tone of this particular season highlighted by the September eclipse at 18-Virgo. It also reflects the coming Saturn-Uranus opposition pitting the old against the new ~ conservative (Saturn) against the radical (Uranus). Saturn is moving out of its year-long opposition to Neptune, and preparing for its long-running opposition to Uranus in the years 2008-2011, as well as its coming earth trine to Jupiter (2008) and then opposition to Jupiter (2010-11).
This indicates a major shifting of the general public sense of rights and wrongs, and a serious turn of events in the public mood as well. With 2008 being an election year ~ things are about to get very nasty, according to these mundane transit. In effect, people are pissed off and the world transits will fuel these strong emotions from frustrations and disappointments of the recent past leading back to the year 2000/2001. This eclipse at 18-VIRGO on September 11, 2007 will bring back very painful memories of the events of Set. 11, 2001, and, moreover, will set into stone anger and resentment at those whom the people (represented by Venus) think is to blame. Moreover, the mundane transits clearly indicate that the blame for the economic pressures on families nationwide, including the pressures of war, and everything else that people feel should not be taking place will leak into 2008 in a major way.
Saturn's entry into Virgo in early September, it's conjunction with Venus, and the Dragon's Tail in mid-October '07, and Saturn's coming opposition to Uranus along the Pisces/Virgo axis from 2008 to 2011 is pure mayhem in the sense of outrage. Much of what is to come will remind people of the public demonstrations of the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
In late 2008, and 2009 ~ there's a lot of action between Saturn & Uranus around the 18,19,20, 21st, and 22nd degrees of Virgo and Pisces. This reflects the length of time of action from the coming Sept. 11, 2007 eclipse at the 18-degree of VIRGO. As the Lunar Nodes decline along the Pisces/Virgo axis they begin a new era in mid-December 2007 where a number of important ingresses take place.
Theo's Almanac of Transits
We've already seen the start of several important transits in summer 2007, with major ingresses to continue into early 2008 ~ ending with the coming Venus-Jupiter conjunction in tropical Capricorn at the end of January/ early February 2008:
August/September 2007 - month of signs & warnings Aug. 6/7 - Jupiter stations direct over fixed star ANTARES Aug. 6/7 - Mars entered Gemini Aug. 18 - Venus turned to Morning Star Aug. 28 - Lunar Eclipse at 4-PISCES September 2007 - a major event month Sept. 2 - Saturn enters VIRGO Sept. 5 - Mercury turns S in declination Sept. 7 - Pluto stations direct Sept. 8 - Venus stations direct Sept. 11 along with a New Moon, partial eclipse Sun/Moon 18-VIRGO.
October 2007 -
October's transits effectively end the summer of 2007. Weather turns darker, cloudy, colder, with sometimes driving rains, fog, gray skies with grey skies this month in the Northeastern U.S., and Pacific Northwest. Warmer in the Southeast, with above normal average temperatures, and drier than normal climate and persisting drought. Sunlight reduced more than usual this October.
Virgo transits of Venus-Saturn-South Lunar Node very strong by October 11-18... Details, paperwork, documents, bills, etc., irritating people w/ many individuals too picky, too demanding. Surprising news of past events of the year 2007 come to the surface again in the news... Anna Nicole Smith... along with many other revelations that suddenly come to light in this month of October. Much of this will be due to the Mercury retrograde.... contract disputes, striking workers, shutdowns, slowdowns, problems with machines, tools, communication devices, all come under the influence of Mercury's transit.
The transiting Lunar Nodes, the Dragon's head will make a conjunction with the Synetic Vernal Point from October 15 to Oct. 29 ~ this is a very sensitive astronomical point that indicates a major changes in life paths for many millions of people. Oct. 9 - Jupiter square Uranus, exact - travel troubles, watch driving, accidents
Oct. 11 to Nov. 1 - Mercury retrograde in tropical Scorpio/Libra - slowdowns, miscommunication, intense emotions, persist with projects, adapt, network, apply common sense when working with details. Don't believe everything you hear, or see... Review 2008 plans, prepare for holiday season earlier than normal, mind objects, lost keys, lost contact numbers, personal items... pay closer attention to the details without allowing them to make you crazy... people too on focus with emotional states... TV pundits go wild on celebrities, current events, pop culture... yik-yaks, yo-yos abound... dangerous school situations, robberies, unstable individuals, plots & plans to cause trouble, rumors, gossips, conflicts... a practical, calm, observant nature and attitude is best over this three-week Mercury retrograde as additional transits add to unstable atmospheres within institutions, companies, homes, etc.
Third Week of October - Venus/Saturn/Dragon's Tail Conjoin - very dangerous conjunction... avoid crowds, fights, arguments, parties, avoid discussing relationships, be low-profile, low-key throughout October. Malefic transits... criminal actvities revealed... impatience, unwillingness to let go in relationships in a healthy manner... gender conflicts should be avoided... Conjunctions of this sort reflect emotional imbalances within character many times made public; sometimes violently; therefore, in order to maintain a balance, apply reason and common sense without impulse while using positive communication to bridge gaps and to repair deteriorating situations.
Neptune stations direct in motion. Halloween 2007 is very weird this year, and is not the year for a Halloween party. Transits are plain dangerous this particular Halloween. I'm staying in, and resting, and suggest anyone reading this to do the same. If one is to venture out, then do so this use with caution... go along with the kids this year, and keep them close at hand... and make it an early night. This is the Halloween for parents and guardians to check all candy, and food given to kids. Teens should watch what they are given to this Halloween. Parents who see anything bad happening should be kickin ass and taking names... Party-goers, watch what you drink the weekend before October 31, and avoid acting out relationship issues in public... Coolness will be at a premium this October... those who think before they speak do best... those who look out for their friends do even better...
Transits are strange at the end of October... emotional considerations are stronger than usual... oddballs on the streets before and after Halloween. It's just transits... but some of these transits bring out the worst in some... Full Moon Week starts Oct. 25 to Nov. 1st, so it will be an acutal Full Moon Halloween, more or less, with the actual day coming at the end of the full moon week, and the start of a last quarter lunar cycle... that means the Friday, Saturday & Sunday before Oct. 31 (a Wednesday) will be active... people overemotional... unbalanced people acting out... be prepared for action if one ventures... strange weather... chilly, cold, and foggy the weekend before but with clear night skies with the Moon visable with clouds... errie kind of week this year for real... stick with the company of good friends, and then make it an early night that Saturday into early Sunday... Don't let friends drive drunk... not with these transits... You'll thank yourself in the morning when you hear and read the news... October 2007 is just not the month for parties... too much reality going on... Chilling out, calming down with good friends & family is the cure... be aware of strangers... not paranoid, but aware... full moons like these tend to bring out the weirdos...
A month of recovery. November is a month good for preparing for the coming year of 2008. The lunar nodes are now at the 4-degree axis of Pisces/Virgo and by month's end will at at 1-degree Pisces/Virgo, sliding retrograde towards their quality change December 18 into the Leo/Aquarius axis. Therefore, November is a month of continuing to resolve the matters of the previous 18 months (since June 2006) while looking forward to the coming year of 2008.
November 1 - Mercury stations direct at 23:00 Ephemeris Time (ET) at 23-Libra. A good time to renew strength, and to prepare for the busy holiday season ahead. Correct misunderstandings, repairs, balancing out the last three weeks works well this month.
Nov. 11 - Venus turns S in declination - start quiet plans...
Nov. 14/15 - Mars retrograde at 15-CANCER - overemotional males... weirdos on the street, unshaved males, disoriented, over-sleeping, staying up too late at night, drinking, taking drugs, fighting over petty things, getting upset over minor details, mental health issues w/ males. Mars is in its "fall" in the tropical sign of Cancer, the domicle of the Moon in natural astrology... Best advice for males from now to early May 2008 is to chill out... review, assess, and let go of the past... it's not worth it... rather, look forward to the future, and adapt to current changes without maladaptive behavior... stubborness leads to failure... Use technology in the home to rebuild, start anew, seek consultations, talk with your ladies without blame, or anger... In effect, the coolest dude wins out in the end... be that dude.
Mars will re-enter Cancer March 4, 2008 through to May 10, 2008... meaning entire period from Nov. 15, 2007 to May 10, 2008 all of the above...
Nov. 23/24 - Uranus stations direct (I went and had to eat a sandwich). I will fill this section in later...
*December 2007 - major event month, endings & new beginnings
The month of December ends a lunar nodal cycle in effect since June 2006. This new cycle that begins in mid-December will extend to August 2009. The month of December reflects a need to begin anew while coming to terms with matters that have been outgrown. The transit of Mars through tropical Cancer continues through December in 60-degree sextile aspect to transiting Saturn in Virgo... useful for deflecting the desire to protect the "status quo" while seeking business opportunities. The retrograde of Mars may make working from home difficult if patience is not practiced. Caution is urged using tools and in working around the home... the placing of Christmas lights, construction work,
The effects of the Sept. 11, 2007 eclipse are set to take place in this month from Dec. 9 to Dec. 31.
Dec. 11 - Jupiter conjoins Pluto near Galactic Center - a mundane world transit reflecting religious battles, political assasinations, troubles. The failures of leadership peak this month. Leaders who seek success should resist the urge to react impulsively to events. Religious tensions, political oppositions, overemotionalism, misunderstandings, all mix to a potentially violent brew should common sense not prevail under these celestial conditions.
Dec. 17/18 - Lunar Nodes change quality from mutable to fixed (until Aug. 2009) - major change of "eras" from the mutable Pisces/Virgo axis to the fixed Aquarius/Leo axis. This new air/fire quality of the Lunar Nodes lasts from mid-Dec. 2007 to mid-August 2009 - major national/world changes take place during this nodal era. This new era ends situations since June 2006 while opening doors towards others. This era expands itself through all 2008 and into summer 2009:
Seek clarity in this new nodal era. Refuse to be limited to the outmoded patterns of the last six years while looking forward to the future ~ a clear page. Planning for 2008 is wise during the autumn months in the northern hemisphere. Changes in the Moon's nodes always influence big news as it slides retrograde from one zodiacal axis to another. The quality in change from water/earth to fire/air means a very active and eventful autumn 2007, and early 2008.
- Dec. 18 - Jupiter enters tropical Capricorn - new 3-yr. era to 2011 begins - Jupiter will progress faster through the tropical constellations of Capricorn through Gemini (2008-2013). Very useful 5-year cycle for those interested in professional & business advancement. This is a Jupiter cycle not to be wasted.
- Dec. 19 - Saturn stations retrograde - (until May 2, 2008) - relief. This is a very useful transit for those who have goals & plans they want to put into action. Now is the time to do this. Those in the northern hemisphere should not waste time during the winter and early spring season as Saturn retrogrades, and Jupiter is direct from mid-December 2007 to early May 2008, this allows progress on many projects if one is attuned to them during the season usually reserved for rest... The winter months of early 2008 to early May 2008 allow for great advances to be made in all areas of personal & professional life. Those who want detailed information on their own personal astrological transits should consult with a practicing astrologer in autumn 2007 to prepare for the year 2008 and beyond.
- Dec. 30 - Venus enters Sagittarius - guard impulses, moderate, don't overdo in celebrations., enjoy beauty, assess oneself and relationship expectations.
- Dec. 31 - A Last Quarter Moon at 9-LIBRA on New Year's Eve 2007... energies are low, quiet, though Venus' entry into Sagittarius spurs impulsive actions. Relationships are highlighted this day, but the last quarter moon does not promise long-term relationships at this time. Enjoy quiet beauty, look forward to the coming year of 2008 using this lunar cycleThe same day. Mars retrograde, re-enters tropical Gemini - international events, war news, potential build-ups into January & February 2008 .
January & February 2008
Jan. & Feb. '08 are very busy months globally. Mercury, Mars, Uranus & Pluto are active in relation to the Moon's transits. The global events at this time are directly related to the previous transits and eclipse of Sept. 2007. The end of the common year 2007 signals restrait from too much impulse. Patience is rewarded for those who take the initiative towards seeking progress towards March 2008.
- Jan. 21 - Jupiter trine Saturn - work towards practical & positive goals, positive outlooks... new starts for many, a new career in a new town... start of a 3-4 year cycle from 2008 to about mid-2011... very important time for those who are starting anew... apply practical goals and positive outlooks, and let go of the unresolved issues... better to look forward... always forward...
- Jan. 30 - Mars stations direct at 24-GEMINI - more war news... things getting out of hand... political contests... competitions... debates... media...
- Jan. 30/Feb. 1 - Venus conjoins Jupiter 9-CAPRICORN - excellent for spirits... hope, a new outlook brings success... From this point to early May 2008 work hard to establish oneself in the new environment... then in early May, slow down, enjoy summer, and wait until Sept. 8, 2008, to begin again on the second phase... Many changes in 2008 according to transits... The conjunction of Venus & Jupiter can be seen in the eastern ckies just before sunrise as two bright planets shining together in tropical Capricorn... worth rising early to see it in the cold of the early pre-morning...
Autumn 2007 to mid-December 2007: A Review
The transits from August 2007 to mid-December 2007 reflect a serious, and emotionally draining time for many people due to the transit conditions. Virgo and Pisces are highlighed. As mutable signs, and with Jupiter already transiting the mutable Sagittarius, along with Saturn entering the mutable Virgo, the New Moon and eclipse of September 11, 2007 clearly show rough waters ahead ~ particularly the fall months to mid-December 2007, when conditions lead to a new era that opens the period 2008-2011 ~ stressing the coming Saturn/Uranus opposition along the Pisces/Virgo axis ~ it is a time of radical changes butting heads with conservative outlooks.
The eclipse of September 11, 2007 shows that the need for change must be acknowledged in real, seen progress during the lead-up to 2008, or a societal revolution will emerge in the years leading to the decade of the 2010s. This is a time of major changes for the world and in the lives of billions of people. It is advised for those who understand transits and astrologers who give guidance to help others to navigate them, to begin to do so now, just before the onset the autumn equinox in mid-September, and if able, before the New Moon of September 11, 2007.
Surviving 2007 and to prosper in 2008 will mean to be able to carefully navigate the events of spring/summer and especially the fall season of 2007 in order to reach 2008 ~ a major "earth" aspect year that is reflected in the coming Jupiter-Saturn trine from Virgo to Capricorn, as well as the positive Venus/Jupiter conjunction at the end of January 2008 and early February 2008.
Applying Capricorn-like goals, and plans will work well for those who are looking to make a new start for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 ~ which are special years based on the transits of Jupiter, Saturn and the trans-Saturnian planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The true feel of the 21st century will begin to take shape next year (2008) and by the year 2010, many people will have noticed that times have changed.
Avoid being drawn unwillingly into the dramas and projections of others; especially those whose own personal greed over recent years have gotten them into trouble. The celestial influences show there are many frustrated and unhappy people out there. Many of them are immature, and looking to blame others who are not at fault for their own problems. Beware this year, heading into the third week of October through late November, and again, around Dec. 17, 18, 19, and again, in the months of January & February 2008, for those who are unable to leave well enough alone, and who do not want to move on with their lives. Also avoid impulsive (Sagittarius) actions during the late autumn that are not well thought out prior. Details matter with these particular transits of the fall season. Failing to pay attention to them could have dire consequences for the lazy of mind and heart.
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS & NEAR-TERM TRANSITS
Transits indicate to me that the events of October will have many people thinking in November, and December how to leave situations they have outgrown ~ especially regarding professional and personal relationships. There are people out there, who by December 2007, will be considering ending relationships without telling their significant others. If this is done, because of fears of violence, then consider the timing of such actions, as Mars will be retrograde by mid-November through the end of January 2008.
Matters of the heart are strongly tested this autumn. it is wise for those who are intent on making changes to do so in as quiet, and discreet manner as is possible. Watch what you say, and whom you say it to ~ even if it is a close girlfriend. Loose lips can sink ships. The month of
November 2007 is a tough month for personal relationships (Venus square Mars). After the events of October, many relationships will be rocky to say the least, and by December, the economic situations that have developed since spring/summer 2007 will have become dire due to the onset of the approaching holiday season.
The second week of December 2007 offers the best transits for smoothly ending relationships one has outgrown while making sure one has thought carefully about what to do next. Many people will attempt to use Dec. 31, 2007 to suddenly end relationships and scoot. It is better to do so earlier in the month rather than using New Years' Eve, as some will do because Venus will enter Sagittarius on that date. However, Mars will re-enter Gemini, retrograde in motion, on the same day. January & February 2008 should be used well by being low-key, low-profile, and pushing ahead with one's goals and plans straight to the date of May 9, 2008, when Jupiter goes retrograde at 22-CAPRICORN while Saturn will have turned direct in motion on May 2, 2008.
Jupiter's motion from the time of writing (late August 2007) to early May 2008 offers the best opportunities to start a new career in a new town, so to speak. After May 9, 2009, slow down, stop, re-assess, enjoy the summer of 2008, and wait to re-inplement any future plans until September 7-8, 2008 when Jupiter moves direct in motion again, and performs another (and stronger) earth trine to Saturn during the autumn months of 2008. At that time, Venus and Mars will be conjunct in Libra ~ for many people this either means a reaffirmation of a continuing relationship, or the start of a new relationship with a new person.
It is wise to prepare for 2008 by clearly thinking through one's plans of action, and timing them to maximize one's success in starting a new life for 2008 with the minimum of problems associated with such changes. In this way, the transits of autumn 2007 are neutralized while goals can be set, and met to take advantage of the calming, and practical Jupiter-Saturn trine of 2008 and the coming world transits that take all of us into the challenging and radical decade of the 2010s.
There's a lot going on with the weather, and the "weather" worldwide. Let's share our thoughts, and find ways to add our two cents (or more) toward planetary improvement. (aka. ~ making the world a much better place than it is right now.)
Theo White, Classical Scientific Astrologer