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The long, long night of the lunar eclipse


I went to sleep about midnight and shortly before 2, C. woke me up. “I just got this alert on my phone. There’s a tornado warning and we’re supposed to take shelter.”

I call the front desk. She tells me there’s no alert, and I said, “Just for the sake of warning, if there is an actual alert, what are we supposed to do?” You know, since we’re up here on the 27th floor.

“I don’t know,” she said. “That’s a good question. I guess you would come down to the lobby.”

It’s hard to describe what the wind sounds like up here, even when there isn’t a storm. It’s kind of like a freight train going through the room, only worse.

I finally give in, take a half an Ativan, and finally fall asleep again. It’s a bright, shiny day here at the beach and no tornadoes. Happy lunar eclipse!

You might be a shooting star

Meteor Shower

Tonight, 2-3 a.m on the East Coast:

VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — A newly discovered meteor shower may be visible in the wee hours of Saturday morning if the weather cooperates.

One name for the meteor shower in “Comet 209/P Linear.” The other is the Camelopardalids.

Villanova astronoyy professor Ed Guinan says this meteor shower is the remains of a comet which is scattering debris in the Earth’s orbit.

Meteor showers, caused by the passage of Earth through a debris field during its orbit around the sun, normally occur on the same dates every year. But this is new debris field in the Earth’s path.
Guinan says that since it’s so new, we don’t know what to expect.
“It may be spectacular, (we) might see 200 to 400 meteors an hour,” he notes. “On the other hand, since it’s never been seen before, no one knows what’s going to happen. It could be just a few shooting stars. So this is the odd thing: it’s never been seen. So this is kind of fun.”

Imagine that

Solar storm in Hatchers Pass


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More strokes happen when geomagnetic storms are afoot, according to a new review of stroke literature – although it’s not clear what protective measures anyone could take, researchers said.

Geomagnetic storms happen when the Earth’s magnetic field is disturbed by solar winds or coronal mass ejections, which throw out powerful magnetic fields from the sun.

Among more than 11,000 people who had a stroke, the event was almost 20 percent more likely to happen on days with geomagnetic storms, researchers in New Zealand found.

“The results were a big surprise to us,” said lead author Dr. Valery L. Feigin of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at the School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies at Auckland University of Technology.

“What we were particularly surprised with was the size and consistency of the effect of geomagnetic storms on the risk of stroke occurrence, suggesting that geomagnetic storms are significant risk factors for stroke,” Feigin told Reuters Health by email.

Upcoming grand cross eclipse


Let’s just say that I remember the grand fixed cross eclipse in 1999 very well (it was a huge turning point), and I’m hoping this one is nothing like it, but since it hits right on my ascendent, I doubt it. Keep calm and carry on, I say!

If you keep up with my update articles, you’ve probably caught more than one reference to extremely bumpy astrology headed our way in April. Guess what? That’s now only a month away.

This perfect-storm of contributing factors—namely, (1) a very-tightly-orbed cardinal grand cross between Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto, (2) while Mars is still retrograde in Libra, a sign of his detriment, (3) smack in between two eclipses—is just the sort of configuration that’s had us astrologers chatting and conjecturing well in advance. (For example, horoscope queen Susan Miller says: ‘April’s so scary that I’m giving classes on it.’)

But I’ve also been around this block enough times to recognize, sometimes the astro-happenings we beforehand herald with the most sensational hype, in the end, come and go with surprisingly little fanfare… though, to be clear, that’s not to say they proved insignificant. I try to keep a safe distance from the business of stirring fear responses by giving power to doomsdayish predictions, for I’m not sure what value it provides to warn that the sky is falling when we all still must live under that same sky each and every day until it really does fall.

You can read more if you’re interested.

Uh, happy New Year, I think?

Astrobarry on today’s supermoon, Grand Cross and assorted other vises which are squeezing the collective psyche:

Let’s be blunt: The current astrology is kind of a shitshow, and remains so until after the first of the year.

When I say ‘shitshow’, I mean these are the sort of aspects which make for explosive holidaytime conversations, that’s for sure, and maybe a few other drunken or otherwise intoxicated surprises… which tempt the less-cautious and more-trigger-happy of us to go at least two or three steps too far, so far, in fact, as to alter the dynamics in our relationships with them, perhaps irreversibly… which invite us to unleash our pent-up fury about crap that happened last month or last year or in childhood, no discernment between now and what already went down in the past, though perhaps that’s not the worst perspective since aren’t cause and effect spiraling into and out of one another, parallel-universe style, both always relevant?… and which, most importantly of all, heighten our risk of doing something we may later come to regret, including, even, a heightened potential for accidents, violence and/or other careless life-changers. This really ain’t the season to drive drunk, mouth off to a cop, or carry a loaded gun in your pocket playing Mr./Ms. Toughguy. Play it cool, yo.

The details, in short:

(1) Uranus and Pluto remain in their ongoing decade-defining square, generally stirring up revolutionary turmoil and unrest to far greater proportions.

(2) As of this past August, Jupiter in Cancer veered into orb of both opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus to form a T-square (or perpendicular arrangement of three planets at odds with one another), basically expanding the turbulent influence of both Uranus and Pluto.

(3) And now Mars, in Libra for an exceptionally lengthy stay, has moved in to complete the grand cross (i.e., four planets all at cross-purposes)… first opposing Uranus (exact on Dec 25), then squaring Pluto (Dec 30), and finally squaring Jupiter (Jan 8). Along the way, the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn will also pass through the eye of the grand cross, as well as the Moon who periodically flows in and out.

As I’ve discussed before, this bumpy Uranus-Pluto(-and-now-Jupiter) business—the backdrop to virtually everything that’s so quickly and powerfully evolving these days—always becomes bigger and more personal whenever a faster-moving planet drifts into range. In this case, it’s Mars, who’s not only traditionally considered a malefic because he pushily pokes his nose wherever it wants to go and doesn’t like to back down until he snags the desired booty, but also finds himself in his detriment (an uncomfortable spot opposite a sign he rules) in Libra, caught between directness and diplomacy, aggression and passivity. Of all the possible flaring triggers, Mars in Libra is admittedly a pretty problematic one.

Looking ahead, Mars will endure a 2½-month retrograde period next year (March 1-May 19), during which time he’ll slip back into another grand cross with Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter… only, because (1) Mars’s retrograde will make his behavior even more erratic, (2) all four grand-crossing planets will converge within an exceptionally tight orb over the course of just a few days, and (3) this occurs smack dab between two eclipses, thatone threatens to be a real real doozie. For the record, this will all transpire April 20-23. And chances are, it’ll bring a similarly-themed follow-up chapter to any drama that’s stirred up this holiday season.

In the meantime, Venus began her retrograde through Capricorn yesterday (Dec 21), for which I already wrote you up a description. I will add this further sentiment: Because Venus-retrogrades bring unfinished relationship business back home to roost, it could well be that any grand-cross disruptions to our expected behavioral patterns may actually help us gain new clarity on certain interpersonal involvements, despite the momentary upset. We might come to discover a different side to someone we thought we’d figured out, impacting the tone with which we value that relationship. Even if the discovery is disappointing or deflating, it’s still better to know, don’t you think?

Short version: Change or self-destruct!

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