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Weather Forecasting/Lunar Gardening

We think lunar planting is a vast improvement over just guessing, especially for organic farmers. Almanacs were originally intended to guide farmers to the proper lunar cycles for planting. City folks don't think much about it, but at the end of a long winter, rural people take the best of their remaining foodstocks and plant it in the ground. The earlier they get their crops in, the earlier the harvest (often just in time - food can be scarce by autumn), but if they plant too early they risk a late frost that kills the crops outright. Plant too late and they miss the spring rains and the crops starve for water. In either case, everyone starves. So April is not only an important month to farmers, it can also be, as the poet said, the cruelest of all.

Special note: In September, 2005, I read that Bernie Kerik, one-time New York City police commissioner, had said that everyone knew hurricane Katrina was going to be bad a week before it struck. This was noted by a blogger I read, who made the sarcastic remark,
Kerik must have an astrologer who hooks him up with the really sweet info since the National Hurricane Center said that Katrina was a Cat 2 moving toward a Cat 3 storm only two days before it made landfall on the Gulf Coast.
Which made me think, an astrological forecast of a big storm slamming into the Gulf coast the last week in August, 2005, should have been easy to make. So I phoned The Old Farmer's Almanac & spoke to the person in charge of the weather pages. She swore to me they never predict hurricanes & that they did not employ astrologers! Only "real meteorologists". (And any worth his salt would find weather astrology a goldmine, but I digress.) Needless to say, I did not believe a word of it. Astrology can save lives! Dammit!!!

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Foreword, by David R. Roell
Preface: Astro-Meteorology

0.01 Major stations
0.02 Aspects, or magnetic angles
0.03 General influence of planets when stationary or in the Equator or Tropics
0.04 The Sun configured with the various planets and their general influence on the atmosphere
G-1. Mercury
G-2. Venus
G-3. Mars
G-4. Jupiter
G-5. Saturn
G-6. Uranus
G-7. Neptune

Lecture 1: Mercuryís Configurations in Relation to Weather
1.01 Mercury
1.02 Mercury in major stations
1.03 Mercury with Venus
1.04 Mercury with Mars
1.05 Mercury in aspect with Jupiter
1.06 Mercury in aspect with Saturn
1.07 Mercury in aspect with Uranus
1.08 Mercury in aspect with Neptune
1.09 Statistical data: Mercury
(a) Mercury-Neptune-Saturn
(b) Mercury-Sun conjunct
(c) Mercury retrograde Sun
(d) Mercury stationary
(e) Mercury retrograde Saturn
(f) Mercury in an angle
(g) Galveston Flood
(h) Mercury Uranus lower meridian
(i) Mercury opposite Uranus
(j) Mercury opposite Uranus
(k) Mercury conjunct Sun
(l) Mercury stationary

Lecture 2: Venusí Configurations in Relation to Weather
2.01 General
2.02 Venus with the Sun
2.03 Venus with Mars
2.04 Venus with Jupiter
2.05 Venus with Saturn
2.06 Venus with Uranus
2.07 Venus with Neptune
2.08 Venus: Statistical data
(a) Winter solstice, 1917
(b) Venus conjunct Mars
(c) Venus in the Equator
(d) Full Moon November 9, 1927
(e) Mississippi valley floods
(f) Venus on meridian
(g) Venus in the north Tropic

Lecture 3: Mars Configurations in Relation to Weather
3.01 General
3.03 Mars with the Sun
3.04 Mars with Jupiter
3.05 Mars with Saturn
3.06 Mars with Uranus
3.07 Mars with Neptune
3.08 The planet Mars in relation to weather: Statistical data
(a) Sun conjunct Mars in Leo
(b) Mars conjunct Jupiter
(c) Mars in perigee
(d) Mars in the north Tropic

Lecture 4: Jupiterís Influence on Weather
4.01 General
4.02 Primary stations, Jupiter, Sunspots
4.03 Jupiter with Saturn
4.04 Jupiter with Uranus
4.05 Jupiter with Neptune
4.06 Statistical data: Jupiter, earthquakes
(a) Los Angeles and Charleston earthquakes
(b) Extremes of weather and magnetic storms
(c) Jupiter-Uranus conjunction
(d) Perihelion of Jupiter
(e)Jupiter square Uranus
(f) Jupiter conjunction Uranus
(g) Sunspots and magnetic storms

Lecture 5: Saturnís Influence on Weather
5.01 General
5.02 Primary stations
5.03 Saturn with Uranus
5.04 Saturn with Neptune
5.05 Statistical data: Saturn
(a) Saturn in north Tropic
(b) Saturn in south Tropic
(c) Saturn in the Equator
(d) Saturn stationary and square Uranus
(e) Lunar quarters

Lecture 6: Effects of the Planet Uranus on Weather
6.01 General
6.02 Major stations
6.03 Uranus with Sun
6.04 Uranus with Neptune
6.05 Statistical data: Uranus
(a) Uranus in the Equator
(b) Uranus squared by Saturn
(c) Uranus on the lower meridian
(d) Uranus stationary
(e) Uranus squared by Jupiter
(f) Uranus conjoined by Jupiter
(g) Uranus on meridian at solstice

Lecture 7: Effects of the Planet Neptune on the Weather
7.01 General
7.02 Major stations of Neptune
7.03 Statistical data: Neptune
(a) Neptune on the meridian
(b) Capricorn ingress, 1936
(c) Winter solstice, 1937
(d) Seismic and volcanic phenomena

Lecture 8: Other Factors Necessary for Detailed Forecasts
8.01 General
8.02 Storm tracks
8.03 Seasonal indicators
8.04 Moon as important time marker
8.05 Tides in the air
8.06 Perigree and perihelion positions
8.07 Electric signs of the Zodiac
8.08 Electric signs
8.09 Major conjunctions
8.10 High and low pressure areas

Lecture 9: Epidemic Disease and Weather
9.01 Planetary causes ignored
9.02 Assembling scientific data
9.03 Sunspot observations
9.04 Abnormalities accompany disease outbreaks
9.05 Electrical state of the atmosphere
9.06 Vocanic eruptions, earthquakes, disease
9.07 Statistical data
9.08 Epidemics move from east to west

Lecture 10: The Sun and Solar Eclipses Considered
10.01 General
10.02 Solar conjunctions fall later each year
10.03 Erecting ingress charts
10.04 Equinoctial storms
10.05 Eclipses
10.06 Metonic cycle

Lecture 11: The Moon and the Lunar Quarters
11.01 General
11.02 Lunar quarters
11.03 Perigree
11.04 Moon in celestial equator
11.05 Moonís position during earthquakes
11.06 Neomenia

Lecture 12: The Moonís North Node as an Important Cyclic Factor
12.01 General
12.02 Effects on Moonís declination
12.03 Bibliography
12.04 Statistical data
(a) Mean high water to mean sea level
(b) Indian famines
(c) Cold winters and North Node
(d) History of the Moon on weather
(e) The spring of 1947


Supplemental materials
Memo to Andrew L.
From a forthcoming Year Book
Letter to Mr. A.L.
Hot Summer is Forecast
Press release, September 8, 1947
Weather Astrology You Can Use, by Z.R. Harmon
Pearceís Weather Bits, compiled by Carolyn Egan
A Brief History of Astrometeorology, by George J. McCormack


Index About the Author


George McCormack, (1887-1974), had a life-long interest in astrology and the weather. Inspired by the astrometeorological work of A.J. Pearce (1840-1923) and others, McCormack meticulously tracked and recorded the weather, from before World War I, until his death more than half a century later.

This is the finest of all the books on astrology and weather, written by a man who spent his whole life observing it. In this book, McCormack goes far beyond predicting weather. He predicts particular kinds of sunny days, he predicts epidemics, he predicts tornadoes, he predicts earthquakes. He shows how weather follows major rivers and lakes, how, in the US, weather that customarily forms in the Gulf of Mexico, travels up the Mississippi to St. Louis, where it veers northeast to follow the Ohio River and then the Great Lakes, before finally exiting the North American continent along the St. Lawrence, in Canada. Where it meets up with weather systems travelling up the US Atlantic coast. This is a stunning book. McCormack relates the weather to specific topography, which will tie his book firmly to Chinese Feng Shui.

In 1947, after 23 years of observation and research, he published his "key" to long-range weather forecasting, being this book. Confident of his ability, in that same year McCormack predicted one of the most severe winters in decades, specifically forecasting the infamous snows of December 26, 1947. When the snows came and life in the US northeast froze to a halt, he was nationally famous overnight.

Later, in 1963, before the US Weather Bureau, and again in 1964, before the American Meteorological Society, McCormack presented his life's work. Both groups ignored him, to our great loss.

The techniques he used are in this amazing book. With study they will become yours. The weather bureau predicts the weather, day by day, by careful observation of current conditions. You can learn to predict based on underlying celestial factors, which can be known as far in the future as you like. The uses are endless. Many organizations and governments schedule activities months, often years in advance. NASCAR, for example, runs automobile races, which can only run on dry track. Rain is a crippling event. Rescheduling dozens of cars, hundreds of participants, and thousands of spectators, from an unexpectedly rainy day, to a day which is merely hoped to be dry, is not only a logistical nightmare, it is ruinously expensive. As we all know, the weather department cannot reliably predict rain even 24 hours in advance. With astrology and this book, you can learn to predict rain as far in advance as you need. As far as you like. And make plans accordingly.

This book was originally published as 59 single-sided, single-spaced, hand-typed loose sheets (standard typewriter bond, with watermark), 8.5 x 11 in size, in a standard 3-ring binder, and limited, so I understand, to 100 copies. I myself made this book from them. I know from experience that when books such as this turn up in the estates of old, forgotten people, they are commonly thrown away, wholesale. This book, one of the finest astrology books which I have ever seen, one filled with dazzling, hard-won and unique insights, was very nearly lost altogether. When I think of that, I am in shock.

George McCormack was also an expert on mundane and financial astrology and for many years published a weekly, and then monthly newsletter. I would very much like to find copies, as I am eager to see McCormack's work reprinted and preserved.

Read an excerpt, Chapter 9, on Epidemics, here.

Also read my Foreword Astrology Under Our Feet, where I tie McCormack's work to my theory of Earth-based astrology.

Astrology Classics, 160 pages.

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WEATHER PREDICTING The Hermetic System of Astrological Weather Analysis - C.C. Zain, $33.00
Contents: Table of contents; List of charts; About this book; Forward; Serial lesson key; Astrological weather predicting; Reading astrological weather charts; Astrological temperature charts; Astrological air movement charts; Astrological moisture charts; Unusual weather; Tornadoes & hurricanes.

Comment: How do old farmers predict the weather? With astrology! If the Weather Channel never gets it right in your part of the woods, get this book & learn why astrology will always beat satellites. Weather forecasting was one of a working astrologer's primary jobs not so many centuries ago. This is one of C.C. Zain's best.

The various charts for astrological weather forecasting are as follows: The Temperature Chart is set for when the Sun enters each of the cardinal signs, eg, Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn, timed for your locale. This is also the master weather chart for the season. The Air Movement Chart is erected whenever the planet Mercury changes signs, both direct & retrograde. Moisture Charts are drawn for the phases of the Moon: New, first quarter, full & last quarter. Aspects of the planets in these charts to the exact degree of the various ascendants denote weather in general. As they transit the ascendants, they denote changes in the weather. When the various planets gang up in one place at the same time, the weather gets nasty.

The planets: The Sun is dry, but will produce lightning. The Moon tends to chill & be wet. Mercury is cold, dry & windy. Venus is moderate. She makes colder weather warmer, hot weather cooler, storms milder. Mars is hot, but when afflicted, can be very cold. Jupiter is warm & breezy. Saturn is stormy & causes weather extremes: the hottest, the coldest, the wettest, the driest, etc. Uranus is cold, favoring sudden temperature changes, also squalls & wind gusts. Neptune produces freak weather, fog, dust, smoke, etc. Pluto is cool, breezy & wet. Afflicted, it can be nasty. Additionally, there are weather-related delineations for houses, signs & aspects, but this should give you the idea. If you live in an area of severe weather, you need astro-meteorology.

Church of Light, oversize paper, newly reset, 129 pages.

ASTROMETEOROLOGY, Planetary Power in Weather Forecasting - Kris Brandt Riske, $22.00
Contents: Preface; Astrometeorology; Weather charts; Planets & aspects; National & local forecasting; Wind; Thunderstorms & hail; Tornados; Hurricanes; Floods; Heat & cold; Drought; Snow, sleet & freezing rain.

Comment: Get this book, predict your own weather. Here is Kris on hurricanes:

Astrometeorologically, the key factors in forecasting a hurricane are Mercury-Uranus and Mars-Neptune aspects. In the Mercury-Uranus combination, Mercury provides the wind & Uranus the upper atmosphere high pressure necessary to keep the wind/water hurricane engine running. Mars provides heat & more wind, and Neptune is water, counterclockwise winds, and low pressure. Because a hurricane is composed of thunderstorms, those planetry configurations can be expected, along with strong Saturn aspects to furnish the extremely low pressure in the eye. Note that the key ingredients of a hurricane are the same as those for a tornado. (pgs. 91-90)

On page 89, she says,

The evolution of hurricanes from tropical depression to tropical storm to hurricane as they gather strength while traveling from the African coast to the US coast can take a week or more - ample time to build a mass of destruction and to warn coastal residents if meteorologists correctly predict when and where they will make landfall. Determining these three factors - if, when & where - is an area in which astrometeorology can be of enormous assistance. Even if meteorology is used to forecast a hurricane, the astrometeologist can determine exactly when & where the eye will cross land, thereby saving lives & property. (boldface emphasis mine)

This is an excellent addition to the astrological weather forecasting library.

AFA, 190 pages.

Forward; Preface;

1. Astrology in Weather Prediction: Heavy rainfall & sunspot maxima; Effect of slow moving planets; The sun's influence; When Mercury conjuncts sun; Mars & dry weather; How the winds are influenced; Planetary clues to cyclones; Prediction of rain; Rainbows in different seasons; Weather changes & vagaries.

2. Astrology in Earthquakes Prediction: Role of solar spots; Eleven-year cycle theory; Parasara on earthquakes; Site of earthquake; Ground glows; Planets in trikonas; Saturn-Mars in kendras; Eclipse degrees & Mars; New moon & mutual kendras; Jupiter-Saturn opposition; Jupiter-Saturn conjunction; Historic fact.

Appendix: A great physicist becomes an astrologer.

Comment: This book was developed from numerous articles Raman wrote for The Astrological Magazine, & was compiled at the urging of his daughter, Gayatri Devi Vasudev. While weather predicting has long been a staple of western astrology, Raman's work in successfully predicting earthquakes is unique as far as I know.

During his lifetime B.V. Raman was clearly the world's best forecaster of catastrophic weather & earthquakes. He derived much of his inspiration from a close study of old Vedic texts, in particular, Varhamira's Brihat Samita, coupled with a brilliant use of lunar mansions/nakshatras. In addition to revealing his techniques, he ridicules "scientific" earthquake forecasting, supplying many of his own accurate forecasts for comparison. For western readers there are only two problems with the book: All charts are given in the square Indian format, and the author makes liberal use of many technical Vedic terms, which should only encourage us to learn this ancient & complex science. This book more than earns a yellow star, which, so far, I haven't bestowed on Vedic books - most of which are excellent.

UBSPD, 87 pages.

One final note on astrological weather forecasting:

Meteorological phenomena (eg, weather) are not only acutely sensitive to astrological factors, they are also sensitive to human emotions taken as a mass. This will be new to many of you. You may think that anger & rage (etc.) are merely transient, ephemeral emotions, but they are energies like anything else. These energies build in the air over a given locale & are ultimately unleashed as inclement weather. This is the reason why rain frequently follows armies in battle. It's also why, as emotions have polarized in many areas of the world, strange and severe weather has become the norm in many areas. This is not strictly to do with astro-meteorology, but if we didn't give you this caution you would likely forecast better weather than what may actually result.

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