Friday, March 27, 2009, 05:47 AM - TechniquesThe Red River in N. Dakota is rising to exceed previous levels. Marc Penfield's chart for the state and for Fargo show the current transits tightly affecting each one. I prefer to start with a chart of the state because if there is a disaster, the state chart would take a hit in a few places such as finances, deaths, and other points in the chart. Many times a chart of a city or town can be more important and can be used as you would a state chart. Ex. the founding of Newport, RI 1639 is the chart I use for RI. The best locational chart is the one that will give you the best predictive capabilities - the angles are affected by transits. If you are keeping a notebook of places, then cast and print the chart and make your notes on the chart to use in the future.
Data from Marc Penfield's book Horoscopes of Cities and States of the USA and Canada available at AFA
Nov 2, 1889 2:40pm CST 100w47 46n48 in Bismarck. MC 12: 57 Sag.
Source - NY Times
The 4th house cusp is Gemini with ruler Mercury conjunct Uranus. Gemini would be a variety of weather and cool to cold and breezy.
the conjunction easily explains the record setting kinds of weather. Uranus is also co ruler of the ascendant. Saturn also co ruler of the ascendant is in Virgo - brings in the Mercury again. The Moon in Pisces in the 1st house is very strong for water issues and the Moon is by degree exactly square the 4th cusp.
If you cast the chart you would find transiting Neptune conjunct the ascendant - this is a very long transit.
FARGO, ND - a city that is in the news re: flooding
July 1, 1871 12:30pm cst. 96w48 46n53 Source, ND Historical Society
9:15 Cancer midheaven.
The 4th house 9:15 Capricorn ruled by Saturn in Capricorn at 6 Cap. The Moon is 28 Sat, close to the natal Saturn and the midpoint is where transit Pluto is now. Transit Neptune is opposite natal Venus at 24 Leo and Venus is the ruler of the ascendant.
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 06:06 AM - MusingsHello everyone, (those who are subscribed to the weather 3-mail list)
Perhaps this message belongs on my blog, but while I was thinking about this subject then it belongs in print. (AND ON THE BLOG)
If you have been to the weather website, you may have noticed that the purpose of my work is to promote and popularize long range weather forecasting. In the 15 yrs of study and networking
I want to say that I'm so proud of the people who want to be included in this movement.
In this season's weather report you may notice that I've given credit to the forecasters who are excelling in this field. Ken Ring, Nancy McEwen and Ken Paone ... let's not forget Karl Sakle who wrote the weather book (Europe)... I am so proud to be amongst you and may you continue with more and more excellent forecasts.
The general public who reads through the report will hopefully visit your sites and become more interested in furthering astrometeorology.
I would ask that anyone who is writing for a newsletter or the like if you would like to be included in the list of astrometeorologists, please let me know (send me a private email) and I will add your name and the website where your forecast can be read by the general public.
In these global times of chaos and change, perhaps our constant work in describing weather events well into the future will gain some attention and perhaps bring us change....dollars would be better....grants, working positions, consultations - you name it and put it out for the universe to grab. Looking back, I think that is what I did and look at where our work has brought us.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 05:24 AM - TechniquesIn the northern hemisphere, sprintime arrives March 20th. I would like to present a few mundane comments here along with some ideas of
weather for the upcoming season.
The chart for Washington DC, March 20, 2009 at 7:43:38 am EDT gives an ascendant of 11:41 Aries
and a midheaven of 6:26 Capricorn, natural signs on the angles.
10th house - party in power, the leader; the ruling planet of the 10th - where it is found is a focus for the season.
The ruler of the midheaven is Saturn in the 6th of Placidus houses. Saturn is retrograde at 17 traveling back
to 14 Virgo and ends the season at 16:00 Virgo direct - not much at play there, rather a small range of degrees
to move around in; that could be a good focus. Saturn rx in the 6th house concerns itself with paying serious
attention to structure in daily life and going over (rx) existing problems that need to be fixed. Health conditions most
certainly will surface and other topics that will If you run the chart, you will see Saturn facing all the remaining
planets from Pluto, working for the 10th down through Venus who is conjunct the ascendant, but - wait - she's retrograde
just minutes away from the exact conjunct. Venus doesn't make it out of Aries and over the ascendant until
the first week of May. The 3 fastest moving planets are in the 12th house suggesting that there is a tremendous amount
of work going on that we cannot see yet.
The hidden agendas should surface as the planets emerge from the 12th house. The Sun makes it to the ascendant of this chart
in 11 to 12 days - we should have a good idea of where Obama is really going because the Sun also represents the leader, as well as the ruler of the sign on the midheaven.
If you follow the planets during the season as we do in long range weather forecasting, you begin to get a picture of some of the
events that will take place in the next 3 months. See if you can figure out what will happen when Mercury, then Mars
cross the ascendant.
During the season there are two pairs of planets that will emphasize the type of events. The Jupiter and Neptune conjunction
in Aquarius will denote the flooding that will take place and the torrential rainfall during the season. The pair continue on into
the summer season and lend their actions to the tropical weather. The hurricane season begins early and this year, even earlier
The 13 lunations for the season show Venus and Mars chasing each other, catching and passing each other, then Venus stops, looks back and chases after Mars again. This pair also induces rain and confirms the idea of a very wet spring season.
Mercury represents the winds and it will travel to 1 degree Gemini and station there after making a square aspect
to the Jupiter Neptune pair. Mercury travels back to the square degree at 26 Taurus to produce more severe weather in
More long range forecasts will be posted by March 20th on the main website.
Monday, March 9, 2009, 08:38 AM - ForecastsMichael Reilly (Discovery Channel) writes an article about the strength of hurricanes and the lunar cycle impact. Researcher sees a trend in Atlantic storms; mixing tides could be factor. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29530066/ for the rest of this incredible story!
The results of the researchers may change the way we look at weather. The story basically says that the Moon could influence the weather. I can't help but be impressed with the discovery; what a wakeup call for the meteorologists to have discovered that phenomenon. Also in the article that the Moon's spooky influence on earth is legendary but the phenomena attributed to the Moon are almost exclusively superstition. It makes me smile, actually laugh, to see the baby steps the researchers are taking and the incredible CYA sidestepping going on. What do you think?
The article goes on to show an easy way to see if the Moon is really influencing hurricanes. That would be to look at the hurricane data from 1878-1950! A good idea but flawed because of the dates included.
The reality check for the information found between 1878-1950 - before computers and any kind of accurate accumulated data for those years is easy to understand. The researchers results would be fraught with error because of incomplete data from anytime before 1900. Beginning a study with data from 1900 can be chancy.
I will credit the scientists and meteorologists for providing good statistical data for modern times. One excellent location is
In fact, four years ago I performed my own study from this data gathering information on the Moon's influence on hurricane totals north or south of the equator. I wanted to know if the storm totals increased at these times of high declination degrees. I think the results are interesting but not conclusive - there is a tendency for increase but it is not consistent. Keep in mind that we do not have hundreds of years of hurricane data.
If you are interested in more detail, you can examine the spreadsheet on my website http://weathersage.com/resources/index.htm
When there, please click on Hurricanes (Excel spreadsheet).
The objective for my study was to find out if the number of hurricanes increased significantly when the Moon was in high declination degrees. The Moon can reach almost 29 degrees of declination north and south in its cycle. And...the air tides are carried further north and south over the earth when the Moon is in the higher degrees. Air tides mixing - you bet!
Astrometeorologists (I'm one of them) are far beyond baby steps in using the Moon as a weather influence. We have been developing long range forecasts for hundreds of years with the understanding that the Moon controls a good part of our weather. Ourforecasts are not for 5 or 10 days into the future but more like 5 months or 5 years. Don't be fooled when the TV weather person says something like 'and now for your long range forecast, or some say futurecast'. Yet, it's a good thing they are taking baby steps...isn't it?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 08:09 AM - ForecastsAfter viewing lots and lots of charts for the next few years I was inspired to write something more interesting about weather conditions. The beautiful planet Venus - she sparkles in the sky like a diamond reminding us of other worldly energy. Venus is with Mars in a very close and personal way this spring. Here is a short story about their attraction to each other. I hope you enjoy reading it.
It begins.... It's been a sublime adventure watching Venus chase Mars in the Aries ingress season charts. She spotted Mars quite some time ago in the relationship and beautiful sign Libra in early September 2008 and she may have taken notice then but continued on her way outpacing him by a sign or two until now, the mating season, up above the equator. Perhaps she is assessing her position and her desires as she begins to slow her advancement by small amounts until she stops March 6th 2009 in Mars' sign Aries, perhaps looks back and thinks about taking a much closer look.
Venus meanders along the path to the sign Pisces, perhaps mesmerized in that sign while she parks herself there for two weeks at 29 degrees. What could be going on with a Venus in Pisces for that length of time? When she comes out of her delusionary, yearning to merge period and regains her fiestiness in Aries, she begins to pursue Mars with a vigorous intent. Does Mars stand still and let himself be caught? Oh, no....Mars in Aries now in late April has more work to do, he is on a quest, a mission to heat up the place and is moving quickly. Venus chases and chases but can't quite get up to his speed. What to do...What to do. Huffing and puffing Venus regains her normal speed after the slowdown in Pisces and puts on her Nike's (tennis shoes) and gains even more strength as she enters her home arena in Taurus to lure Mars, now in the same sign. into a Taurean conjoining finally! in June at the powerful 15 degrees of fixed signs.
Is Venus pregnant with much rain for northern summertime? Does this tale have anything to do with headline news or even our own private lives? By the way, the pair are in love and remain at the same degree at the start of summer, a real supermoon time. Would anyone else care to continue the story? Carolyn, enjoying the idea of it all. If you enjoyed this kind of experiential astrology you may find more of it by joining our e-mail list where we talk only about weather and how to make a good long range forecast. Send me an email asking to join.