Monday, 20 May 2013

Astro-meteorology of the Oklahoma tornado


The Great Storm Bird and the Sun God

At least 51 people have been killed after a huge tornado tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, with the death toll likely to rise. Worst hit was Moore, south of the city, where neighbourhoods were flattened and schools were destroyed by winds of up to 200mph (321km/h). About 120 people, including 70 children, are being treated in hospitals for their injuries.

Meteorological astrology or astrometeorology (from Greek ἄστρον, astron, "constellation, star"; μετέωρος, metéōros, "high in the sky"; and -λογία, -logia) is the practice of applying the astrological/astronomical placements of the Sun, Moon, and planets to forecast the weather.[1] The rules of astro-meteorology are summed up by Kim Farnell.

A Basic Guide to Astro-meteorology

Cast a chart for the Sun's ingress into each of the four cardinal signs, i.e. 00 deg of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.

The charts are interpreted using the 4th house as the main indicator followed by the first house. 50% of the overall prevailing conditions are described by the planets in the 4th house, their sign and the aspects they make to other planets, followed by the sign on the cusp and its ruler. 25% is from the 1st house - using the same formula. The remaining 25% is from the rest of the chart and in particular any planet in a close approaching aspect to the MC.

Pay close attention to planets (and stars too!)  which are conjunct angles. These are very important and may override much of the sign descriptions. If these angular planets make hard aspects they too need to be noted.

There is growing tendency amongst modern astrologers to  explain an event from  a chart for the moment the event takes place. This is contrary to the practice followed by the ancient masters. As mentioned in previous posts, this is like giving more importance to the ‘second hand’ of a clock when we should be concentrating on the ‘hour hand’. It should be easy to understand that a clock is not going to strike the hour till the ‘hand hour’ is in place. Once that happens, the ‘minute and second hands’ will follow in due course.

Shown here is the chart for the entry of the Sun into sidereal Aries. Pluto is on the MC with Uranus square it so that both aspect the 4th cusp (IC) – the house most associated with weather. (see rules above). For those who follow TNPs, Zeus which represents intense and focussed energy is on the cusp of the 4th house  But more interesting are the stars of the constellation Corvus, the Crow [3] [4] on the IC .  The stars of Corvus formed an archaic Euphratean lunar mansion whose patron god was Im-dugud-khu, “The Great Storm Bird” or the “Storm Bird of the Evil Wind”.

Continuing the analogy of the clock, the minute hand would be the entry of the Sun into Gemini, the chart for which shows once again Uranus-Pluto on the angles with  the stars of Corvus on the Ascendant!

[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.60)

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