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Chapter 2
Reading Astrological Weather Charts
ow to predict the weather correctly by means of astrology depends upon
the ability of the predictor rightly to discern the parallels between the
inner-plane weather and the outer-plane weather. The condition of the
inner-plane weather, and therefore the condition of the outer-plane
weather, is influenced in general by the signs occupied by the planets and the aspects
made between them, and by the houses occupied by the planets in some particular
area. Every movement of a planet into a new sign, every aspect made between
planets, and every marked change of motion made by a planet, produces a
corresponding effect upon the weather of the earth.
When planets occupy signs which are harmonious to themselves, such as when they
are in their exaltation or in their home sign--the sign they rule--and make favorable
aspects with each other, the earth in general experiences advantageous weather. But
when planets occupy signs which are discordant to themselves, such as when in their
fall or detriment-- the sign opposite the one they rule--we may be sure that the
weather will respond and be unseasonable. Furthermore, whenever the planets in the
sky make oppositions, squares, T-squares and grand squares (crosses) which are
fairly close to perfect, this inner-plane violence is quite certain to manifest also in
weather on the earth.
Where this violence, or high or low temperature, or wind or calm, or dryness or
wetness will occur on the earth, as indicated by the positions of the planets in the sky,
is determined by the house positions of the planets in the three weather charts. The
date when the peculiarities of the weather indicated by the positions of the planets in
the sky and their house positions will manifest most pronouncedly is indicated by the
date on which an outstanding transit progressed aspect is made to the degree on the
Ascendant of the weather chart.
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The Temperature Chart indicates not merely the temperature for the three month
season it covers, but the general tendency of both wind and moisture also. But it does
not indicate the dates on which there will be marked changes in wind velocity or
moisture precipitation. Yet on or near the date when some planet makes a perfect
aspect to its Ascendant, the temperature will change within the limits indicated by the
chart as a whole according to the character of the planet making the aspect and the
nature of the aspect.
Limited by the wind shown for the Temperature Chart of the season, the Air
Movement Chart indicates the general trend of air movement during the period
Mercury is in the sign entered. It does not indicate changes in either temperature or
moisture precipitation. But when some planet makes a perfect aspect to its
Ascendant, the air movement will change within the limits indicated by the chart as a
whole according to the character of the planet making the aspect and the nature of the
aspect.
Limited by the moisture shown by the Temperature Chart of the season, the Moisture
Chart indicates the general trend of rainfall during the following month. It does not
indicate changes in either temperature or air movement. But when some planet
makes a perfect aspect to its Ascendant, there will or will not be rain at that date
within the limits indicated by the chart as a whole according to the character of the
planet making the aspect and the nature of the aspect.
Even as in natal astrology, horary astrology, mundane astrology and stellar
diagnosis, an aspect which is within one degree of perfect at the time the chart was
erected is considered as having the power of a progressed aspect. And as in a weather
chart the sensitive point is the Ascendant, an aspect at the time the chart was erected
within one degree of perfect to the Ascendant is a powerful progressed aspect tending
to concentrate the weather indicated by the planetary aspects in the sky and their
house positions at the place where the chart was erected. Such a progressed aspect to
the Ascendant at the time any weather chart is erected tends to give unusual activity
to the weather at that place.
This does not of necessity indicate a storm. But it does indicate that the temperature
changes, the wind, or the precipitation of moisture--according to whether it is a
Temperature Chart, an Air Movement Chart, or a Moisture Chart--at that place
during the period covered, will be more pronounced than otherwise, and especially
during the time the progressed aspect is within the one degree of effective orb. If the
chart as a whole indicates advantageous weather, the temperature change, wind or
rain thus indicated during the period will be favorable. But if the chart is violent, and
the aspect to the Ascendant, whether harmonious or discordant, connects up through
tying in to it by aspect with some opposition, square, T-square or grand square, it
tends to make more certain that the violent weather indicated by the chart will
manifest in full fury at that place; provided, of course, that violence is shown in the
houses influencing the weather in that locality.
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Any aspect in the sky which is within the one effective degree of perfect has the force
of a progressed aspect. But where this force will manifest depends upon house
positions. If violence is indicated in the general area, a planet making an aspect
within one degree of perfect to the Ascendant at the time the chart is erected acts as an
aerial. And even if this aspect is a sextile or a trine, if the other aspects are violent and
powerful, it may act as a means by which the Rallying Forces of the heavy discordant
aspects reach the Ascendant and manifest the violence in that region. Rallying Forces
are not confined in their activity to natal astrology and stellar diagnosis. They are
equally effective in horary astrology, mundane astrology and weather predicting.
Therefore, it must not be assumed that merely because the progressed aspect to the
Ascendant on a given date is harmonious, when the chart as a whole shows violence,
that the weather will be fine.
We may be sure that violent aspects between planets in the sky will be coincident
with violent weather on the earth, and that the violence will be characteristic of the
planets involved in the aspect, but of a type that occurs in the given locality.
Whatever the aspect, it will not manifest as a hurricane in the Rocky Mountains, but
possibly as a cloudburst and flood, because hurricanes do not happen there. Nor will
it be a tornado in California, but some form of destructive weather such as at times
there occurs.
The heavier planets, by their aspect with each other, are more productive of such
violent weather because their aspects, due to slow motion, are more enduring.
Jupiter, however, because it is the planet of fine, warm, sunshiny weather, is less
potent in this respect, even when afflicted by other planets. Each of the planets, of
course, has typical weather characteristic of it, and influences the weather in this
direction.
Judging Weather Charts
--The fourth house of any weather chart or mundane chart is the house having chief
rule over the weather. Experience, however, shows that while the fourth house is the
most important single factor in weather judging, that there are also three other factors
of importance. And experience shows just about how much relative importance to
place upon each of these four factors.
THE FOURTH HOUSE: We find that ½ of the total weather influence of any one of
the three types of weather charts should be judged from the fourth house. In this, the
most important factor is any planet which is actually in the fourth. The sign it is in and
the aspects it makes are first to be considered. Then, as second in importance, comes
the sign on the cusp of the fourth. And finally, the planet ruling the sign on the cusp of
the fourth, the sign it is in and the aspects it makes, should be considered.
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THE FIRST HOUSE: We find that ¼ of the total weather influence of any one of the
three types of weather charts should be judged from the first house. Any planet in the
first house and the aspects it makes are most important. Then, as second in
importance, the sign on the cusp of the first should be considered. And finally, the
planet ruling the sign on the cusp of the first, the sign it is in and the aspects it makes,
should be considered.
THE PLANET FOR WHICH THE CHART IS ERECTED: We find that 1/8 of the
total weather influence of any one of the three types of weather charts should be
judged from the planet for which the chart is erected. In a Temperature Chart the sign
in which the planet ruling the sign the Sun is in should be given consideration. Thus if
the Sun has just entered Aries, the sign Mars is in influences the weather. In an Air
Movement Chart the sign in which the planet ruling the sign Mercury is in should be
given consideration. Thus if Mercury has just entered Libra, the sign that Venus is in
indicates this influence over the wind. In a Moisture Chart the sign in which the
planet ruling the sign the Moon is in should be given consideration. Thus if the Moon
is in Capricorn in a Moisture Chart, the sign Saturn is in is the most important factor
in so far as this 1/8 influence on the weather is concerned.
PLANETS IN ANGLES: As the final consideration of the four factors, we find that
1/8 of the total influence of any one of the three types of weather charts should be
judged by the planets in angular houses. If in a Temperature Chart they are
predominantly hot in nature, it tends toward hot weather. If in an Air Movement
Chart the planets in angles are mostly windy, this influences toward wind. If in a
Moisture Chart the planets in angles are wet, rain may be expected in so far as this 1/8
influence is concerned.
Cloudy Weather
--When, in reading the Temperature Chart and the Moisture Chart in the manner
above indicated it is found that the damp and wet planets and signs, and particularly
the dour Capricorn and the morose Saturn, have considerable influence--even when
not enough to bring actual rain--we may look for dark, cloudy and gloomy weather.
Moon, Saturn and Venus tend to considerable wetness and clouds. Pluto and
Neptune, while less wet, also are able to obscure the Sun. In a wet chart Pluto, unless
violently afflicted, in which case he brings disastrous storms, tends to drizzle, and
Neptune tends toward fog. In general, then, these five planets tend toward dark days.
Mercury tends to blow clouds away. Uranus, if prominent enough, may bring gusts
of wind and thundershowers, but does not tend to permanent cloudiness. The Sun,
Mars and Jupiter tend toward clear, bright weather, unless they are so heavily
afflicted as to influence a violent storm. Their storm influence, however, is of
temporary duration, and is followed by clear weather. So, in general, it may be
considered that there are five planets which tend to give a fairly bright sky.
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Storms
--Storms, as a rule, coincide with marked temperature changes, with wind, and with
precipitation of moisture. Therefore, when all three weather charts show violence at
a particular place, the storm signals are apparent. But it is hazardous to try to predict
storms from only one of the three charts. Instead, all three should be considered, and
when much violence is shown, a departure should be made from the general rule, and
even wind indications in the Moisture Chart and rain indications in the Air
Movement Chart should be weighed, together with indications of electrical
disturbances. That is, before predicting a heavy storm, it should be shown in all three
weather charts for the time when it is expected.
Influence of Planets and
Signs on the Weather
--As the effectiveness of the planets and signs in indicating weather depends upon
their individual characteristics, it is essential that their characteristics in relation to
the weather be thoroughly understood. Each planet and each sign has a definite
influence upon the temperature, upon the movement of air, and upon moisture. No
other factors than a knowledge of the normal weather in the area, the three types of
weather charts, and the customary influence of the planets, signs and aspects are
necessary in astrological weather forecasting. SUN: In relation to temperature the
Sun gives warmth. Its location in the fourth, and to a less degree in any angle,
commonly is an influence toward warmer weather. However, if much afflicted in
winter, its strong adverse aspect to the degree on the Ascendant may, if from
Capricorn or Aquarius, inaugurate a cold spell. But, except under unusual
circumstances, it tends toward both sunshine and warmth.
Where the wind is concerned, except when it has discordant aspects from violent
planets, its influence is toward calm, still weather. But in a storm chart showing great
violence, if it is a member of a violent combination, it adds to the violence to be
expected. That is, if it were conjunction Mercury in the fourth, and opposition
Uranus and square Mars, it would signify terrific winds. This is because of the energy
it possesses which is added to the whole combination. And, because of this power
and energy, when it moves to a perfect aspect to the Ascendant of the Air Movement
Chart it is potent to bring whatever wind the chart shows. Otherwise its influence is
toward calm weather.
The SUN is distinctly a dry planet. That is, its influence is to bring dry weather and
prevent rain. Because of its energy, however, when it enters into a rain configuration,
especially when violently aspected, it produces lightning. In this respect it is only
less powerful than Uranus. When it moves forward to a perfect aspect to the degree
on the Ascendant of the Moisture Chart, because of its energy it tends to precipitate
whatever rain is shown in the chart. But, of itself, it is a dry planet.
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MOON: In relation to temperature the Moon is cool. It does not produce the
excessive cold that Saturn and Uranus does, but temperatures that are chilly and at
the same time not severe enough to injure plant life. When it moves forward to a
perfect aspect to the degree on the Ascendant of the Temperature Chart the influence
is to produce temperature variations such as the chart as a whole indicates, rather than
to give cold weather.
Where wind is concerned, the Moon tends to give breezes, rather than either still
weather or high winds. When it makes perfect aspects to the degree on the Ascendant
of the Air Movement Chart it tends to stir up some air movement, but how much must
be judged from the chart as a whole.
Where rain is concerned the Moon is the wettest of all the planets. When it moves
forward to perfect aspects to the degree on the Ascendant of the Moisture Chart there
is a tendency to bring out whatever moisture the chart holds. The Moon, either by
position or by aspect, never favors dryness.
MERCURY: In relation to temperature, because moving air tends to coolness,
Mercury's influence is cold. And this influence is consistent, in spite of the fact that it
ordinarily takes on the influence of such planets as it closely aspects. In a hot chart,
when it moves to a perfect aspect to the Ascendant of the Temperature Chart it may
inaugurate a hot spell, but this is because the chart is more powerful than the
influence of Mercury. Its influence, while not toward the extreme cold of Saturn and
Uranus, is always cooling.
It is the chief ruler over winds, and its position in the fourth, or to a degree in any
angle, influences toward wind. And when it moves forward to any aspect to the
Ascendant of the Air Movement Chart, whatever wind the chart holds is let loose. It
brings much more wind when measured by duration than does Uranus; but the
sudden squalls which Uranus indicates may have, for a short time, a much higher
velocity.
Mercury tends toward dry weather, and its appearance in the fourth or in other angles
tends to prevent rain, except when it is part of a combination which indicates storm.
When the charts are wet and violent, Mercury adds the wind element to the storm
without moderating in any degree the amount of rainfall.
VENUS: In relation to temperature Venus has a moderating influence. If the
previous weather was hot, she tends to cool it; if the previous weather was cold, she
tends to warm things up. When she moves forward to a perfect aspect to the
Ascendant of the Temperature Chart she commonly thus moderates the weather,
unless the aspect is a violent one. Commonly she indicates mild and pleasant
temperatures.
Her influence on the wind is similar. She encourages mild movements of the
atmosphere, but disparages wild movements and storms. When she moves forward
to a perfect aspect to the Ascendant of the Air Movement Chart she tends to stir up
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some wind; but only such as the chart indicates. That is, the stimulation of the
sensitive Ascendant merely loosens such wind as the chart holds.
In regard to rain, next to the Moon she is consistently the wettest planet. Saturn may
give floods or drought. But Venus consistently gives beneficial rains. Of course, in
charts otherwise indicating storm, she indicates the rain accompaniment; but of
herself she does not cause storms. Her influence is to give those rains which in the
Middle West are so essential in producing crops.
MARS: Mars is the hot planet, and tends more toward hot weather than any other.
When he is in the fourth, or to a less extent in any angle, he commonly brings warm
weather. However, if he is a member of violent and destructive combinations in the
Temperature Chart, there is likely to be extremes in which hot days are followed by a
sudden falling off to unusually low temperatures. When so afflicted in winter, for
instance, if Mars moves forward to an aspect to the degree on the Ascendant of the
Temperature Chart, instead of warm weather it may inaugurate the very opposite,
and the temperature fall to a degree which causes great distress. But normally Mars
indicates warmth.
In relation to wind, Mars indicates some movement. He is not a windy planet, but
conduces to action. And when he takes part in a wind, by moving forward to a perfect
aspect to the degree on the Ascendant of the Air Movement Chart, or as a member of
a storm combination in the weather chart, he tends to cause destruction by violence.
Just as you can always consider that the Moon has a wet influence, so you can always
consider that Mars has a dry influence. He may, in a Moisture Chart, release rain by
coming to the perfect aspect of the degree on the Ascendant, but thus he merely
releases conditions that are there in spite of his protest.
JUPITER: In relation to temperature, Jupiter is warm. He is not so hot as Mars, and
not quite as heating as the Sun. His is a genial warmth, and this warming influence is
consistent, whether due to his position in the fourth, or to his aspects to the degree on
the Ascendant of the Temperature Chart.
Where wind is concerned he conduces to pleasant breezes, and it is only when
configured with malefic planets which strongly afflict him that he takes part in storm
weather. He is not a still planet like the Sun and Neptune, but he is not violent.
Because his influence is so powerful, when he is in aspect to the degree on the
Ascendant of an Air Movement Chart he tends to cause winds, and may release the
windy elements of the chart by such aspect. But his own influence is toward balmy
breezes.
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Where moisture is concerned, Jupiter tends to dryness. He is neither so dry as Mars
nor the Sun, but he tends to drive away gloomy clouds, and to bring fine, clear, warm
weather of the kind that makes being out of doors agreeable. Even in a rather wet
Moisture Chart, where some rain is shown, if Jupiter is in the fourth, or otherwise
unusually prominent, those days on which rain is not shown during the period will be
pleasant and cheery. But under such a Moisture Chart if, instead of Jupiter, Saturn is
dominant, the days on which it does not rain will be gloomy and disagreeable.
SATURN: Saturn is the storm planet. Where temperature is concerned his influence
is toward cold. He is the planet which brings disastrous freezes. However, in
summer, if other indications point to a drought and extreme heat, his influence when
prominent will not then reduce the temperature, but will increase the extreme heat to
a destructive point. In winter, his aspects to the degree on the Ascendant of the
Temperature Chart may be looked for to cause a drop in temperature. And in summer
also, his influence by aspect to the degree on the Ascendant means lower
temperatures, of the kind which delay planting of crops, or which prevent crops
growing. But in a period of extreme heat, instead of lowering the temperature, his
aspect to the degree on the Ascendant causes the heat to become even more excessive
and unendurable. He has a similar extreme influence on the wind. He is a still planet,
tending normally toward cold, damp weather without breezes. But in a chart showing
storm, or showing excessive wind, his prominence in it tends to cause the winds to
reach destructive violence. In such a storm chart his aspect to the degree on the
Ascendant of the Air Movement Chart releases the wind shown in the chart with
unusual violence. More than any other planet, he signifies storm and destruction.
Floods are usually due to the prominence of Saturn in the weather charts. He is a wet
planet. The blizzards in winter in which cold and driving snow do so much damage
are directly under his influence. But in a real drought period, do not look for him by
position in the Moisture Chart, or by aspect to the degree on its Ascendant, to relieve
the dryness. Under such conditions he adds to the grief by making it still more dry.
So, while normally wet, it is best to consider him the planet most favoring destructive
and disagreeable weather, whatever kind the charts as a whole and the season
indicate. Because of his chilling influence, hailstorms are chiefly under his
dominion.
URANUS: In his effect upon temperature Uranus is rather consistently cold. But his
influence is even more toward sudden temperature changes, from hot to cold and
then from cold to hot. In winter or summer he tends to sudden drops of temperature.
But as soon as such a drop has become effective under his influence, the temperature
is apt to swing back just as abruptly to normal. In the heat of summer he may bring a
thundershower which cools the atmosphere. But the heat returns as soon as the
shower is over.
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He is decidedly a windy planet. But unlike the steady winds of Mercury, he tends to
sudden gusts and squalls, which for the time are quite violent. The wind may not
blow many days during the period he influences, but during certain short intervals it
may reach destructive violence. In fact, where wind storms are concerned he is a
violent and destructive influence.
Uranus is a dry planet, in his general influence tending to dry weather. He is also the
planet of lightning, and thus, while not favoring steady rain, he does favor
thunderstorms in which squalls of wind and electrical displays join with temporary
down-pours of rain. In an otherwise wet chart he brings lightning and wind with the
rain. When there is also a Saturn influence he contributes to the condition which
causes hailstorms, and he is the chief influence in cloudbursts. These sudden and
violent downpours in which lightning is a prominent feature are typical of his nature.
NEPTUNE: Neptune is the peculiar planet in its effect upon the weather. Freak
weather of all kinds come under its influence. With Mars, Jupiter and Neptune in
Virgo, the sign of grain, in the summer of 1933 there was a drought in the Middle
West which destroyed much grain. But on the West Coast it brought in fog from the
ocean all summer long, so that it was as exceptionally cool here as it was hot in the
interior. His influence over temperature ordinarily is cool but in an afflicted chart he
tends to produce some kind of unusual weather which may, or may not, be cool.
He is also a still planet. Normally he tends to murky conditions. But in a chart that
otherwise shows storm conditions he has a violent influence which adds to the
storm's fury. When the Air Movement Chart otherwise shows violent winds, for
instance, he seems to delight in sandstorms and dust storms in which visibility is
clouded. In the occasional rains in which little fish or little frogs or mud comes down
with the water, he always plays an active part. And in tornado and hurricane charts,
his presence in the fourth, or his heavy aspect to the Ascendant, not only increases the
violence of the storm, but brings unusual phenomena.
I have already mentioned how rains of unusual nature are influenced by him.
Normally, however, he does not favor rain, but tends to mists and fogs. Hazes and
smoky conditions and all such impediments to visibility are chiefly due to his
influence. In a wet chart his influence tends to increase the amount of rain, and in a
storm chart it increases both the amount of water and the violence of the storm. He,
more than any other planet, brings about peculiar weather conditions.
PLUTO: In his influence upon temperature Pluto is cool. In this respect his influence
is about that of the Moon and Neptune rather than the extreme cold brought by Saturn
and Uranus. Pluto, however, is decidedly a violent planet, and his prominence in a
weather chart, or his aspect to the degree on the Ascendant, tends to bring extreme
conditions. But, unless the chart as a whole shows much heat, his influence tends
uniformly to cold. Only in a drought chart, or a chart otherwise showing violent heat,
does his influence add to the destructiveness of the heat rather than tend to cool
weather.
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In his influence on the air he tends to produce wind; and when he is prominent and
violently aspected in the Air Movement Chart, he brings winds of a violent and
destructive nature. He is not quite so sudden and abrupt as Uranus, but his destructive
influence under severe affliction is even more far-reaching and enduring. But when
he is well aspected, instead of producing violent winds and disagreeable weather, he
brings invigorating cool breezes that are decidedly beneficial.
In his influence on rain he is a moist planet. His typical influence is not to bring fog,
like Neptune, nor heavy rain like the Moon, but just a steady drizzle. These light,
steady rains, when he is well aspected, are beneficial to crops. Afflicted, and with
Saturn prominent in winter, they may become sleet. But when Pluto is heavily
afflicted in a storm chart, such as receiving the square of Uranus, he is next to Saturn
in his ability to produce storms of death and destruction. He is decidedly a violent
planet, and lends this violence to the added fury of such charts as indicate
cloudbursts, tornadoes and hurricanes.
ARIES: The sign Aries in its influence on temperature is hot. Scorpio, the other Mars
sign, gives extreme weather conditions which usually are hot but which may tend to
extreme cold. Scorpio has the corulership of the planet Pluto, which may account for
this. The other hot sign is Leo. These two signs, in so far as the Temperature Chart
and temperature influences are concerned are the signs of high temperatures.
Because Mars and Aries are both so restless and active we need not be surprised that
this movable sign gives some wind. We may consider it only fairly windy, however,
in comparison with Gemini, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn, which are more windy, and
in comparison with those signs which are calm.
Of all the zodiacal signs Aries and Leo are the most dry. When, however, Aries is
prominent in a chart that shows much rain, as when the Moon is in the fourth or the
first in Aries, it brings violence along with the rain. But when it is prominent in a dry
chart in summer it brings dry, hot winds which tend to desiccate the vegetation and
scorch the leaves of growing crops.
TAURUS: In its influence upon temperature Taurus, like its ruling planet Venus, has
a moderating influence. If the preceding weather has been unusually cold, the
influence of Taurus is to warm things up. But if the preceding weather has been
extremely hot, the influence of Taurus is to bring cooler temperatures. Its general
influence is toward those temperatures which are best for growing crops, during the
times crops are in the field, and toward those temperatures which favor domestic
stock at other times of the year. It may thus be said to be, more than any other sign, the
farmer's friend.
Taurus is a fixed sign, the most fixed of all the signs. And this stabilizing influence
marks it effect in an Air Movement Chart. More than any other sign Taurus tends to
calm weather in which not a breath of air stirs. Therefore, in so far as this sign is
dominant in an Air Movement Chart, it tends to prevent winds. Just as its opposite
sign, Scorpio, tends to produce extreme weather conditions, so Taurus tends to
produce moderate weather and a still atmosphere.
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In conformity to the fact that the Moon, wettest of all planets, has its exaltation there,
Taurus tends toward wet weather. But this wet weather is not of the nature indicated
by Capricorn, for instance, in which cold rains delay the planting and growing of
crops. The typically Taurus weather gives what the farmer calls growing rains. They
are not floods, but of generous quantity that benefit crops. Steady rain for a day or
two, just enough falling that it has time to soak into the ground, and does not run off
so quickly as the more copious downpours of Cancer.
GEMINI: Gemini is a cold and drafty sign. Its influence in the Temperature Chart
may be considered as favoring cold weather. However, it may also be considered to
favor rapid changes and variable temperatures. It does not give extreme cold as do
Capricorn and Aquarius, but tends to real cold rather than the cool weather of Pisces.
But in addition to the cold, when it has influence, look for fluctuations in
temperature.
No other sign is as windy as Gemini, although Virgo makes a close approximation to
it. Libra is windy, but not as windy as Gemini and Virgo. In so far as this sign has
influence in the season Temperature Chart and Air Movement chart you may expect
lively winds without surcease. And in weather charts which indicate storm, it shows
that wind will be an accompaniment.
Gemini is bone dry, even though cold. It does not favor rain, and even tends to blow
fog and mist away. Even the clouds in the sky are driven from view by its winds of
variable power. Only when the rest of a weather chart shows rain does it play any part
with precipitation. Then it indicates that it will be a driving rain, or rain which is part
of a wind storm.
CANCER: Cancer is also a cold sign, but not drafty. Nor is the cold so intense as that
given by Capricorn and Aquarius. It is colder than Pisces, however, and the coldness
frequently is accompanied by rain in summer and snow in winter. In so far as it has
influence on the Temperature Chart it tends to give low temperatures.
Although Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which tends to restlessness and breezes, its
influence is toward quietness. It is the only one of the movable signs having such an
influence, as Aries gives some wind, Libra is windy, and Capricorn gives wind and
storm. The stillness is not so pronounced as that of Taurus and Leo, but enough so
that it can be considered as a sign tending toward calm weather.
Of all the signs, Cancer is the wettest, although Scorpio, because of its extreme
tendencies may, at times, give more violence to the downpours. Cancer, in its effect
upon the Moisture Chart, and to the extent its influence becomes dominant, tends to
steady and voluminous rains. It does not bring the cloudbursts, nor the sudden
squalls; neither does it bring drizzles, nor just a few rainy hours. When it has power, it
brings the kind of weather when it rains and rains some more, the water coming down
in full force for days at a time.
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LEO: Leo is a decidedly hot sign. Dry and hot. Under its temperature influence often
not a breath of air stirs. The rays of the Sun bear down with a heavy hand, and the land
swelters. Even in winter time, in so far as this sign has dominance of the Temperature
Chart, warm weather may be expected; those bright, sunshiny days that tend to melt
the snow and drive the snow clouds from the sky.
Next to Taurus it is the stillest sign of all. In so far as it has power to do so it stifles
wind. Thus it is a fine influence in winter, warming the atmosphere and quieting the
breezes. But in spring it may, when it is the dominant influence in the Temperature
Chart, bring such fine warm days that the buds and blossoms of fruit may open
prematurely, and the sap start running; to be followed, under some cold aspect to the
Ascendant of the Temperature Chart, by a freeze which destroys the crop for that
year.
And it is dry, along with Aries tending to parch the earth. Uniformly, its prominence
in a moisture chart tends to delay rain and to prevent cloudy weather. Bright, clear,
sunshiny days are typical of its influence. Yet it does have an influence when
associated with storms. Next to Aquarius it is the most electrical sign. When,
consequently, there is a storm and the planets indicating it are in Leo, or the wet
conditions are so pronounced as to bring rain in spite of Leo's prominence in the
chart, lightning and other violence may be expected.
VIRGO: Virgo, while not as cold as Capricorn and Aquarius, is nevertheless a cold
sign. And the winds it causes are cold winds. In so far as it has influence over the
temperature, either in winter or summer, it tends to cold, dry, windy weather.
Blustery weather is typical.
Its influence on the Air Movement Chart is uniformly in the direction of wind. These
winds are variable, both as to force and direction; but not so changeable as those of
Gemini; for under Gemini it may blow a gale from one direction, and in an hour
change around and blow a gale from exactly the opposite direction. Cutting winds,
such as penetrate clothing and chill one to the bone, are quite characteristic.
It is also uniformly dry. It tends to discourage wind and fog; but when the wet
influences are strong enough to override this tendency, it adds wind to the storm.
LIBRA: Libra cannot be classified as cold, in the same sense that Capricorn and
Aquarius, or even Virgo and Cancer, are cold. It is more correct to say that its
influence is cool; a milder influence than those mentioned, but in the direction of
lower temperatures rather than heat.
That it is an airy sign, and a movable sign, is fully born out by its influence in
producing wind. It does not just produce breezes, but those stronger air currents
which are commonly called wind. In this respect it is not so pronounced in its
influences as Gemini and Virgo, but nevertheless it contributes markedly to the wind
tendencies in any chart in which it is unusually prominent. Even though it is a Venus
sign, it contributes to, rather than detracts from, the wind tendency of a storm chart,
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and may be one element in a tornado or hurricane. When the chart is not otherwise
violent, the wind it brings is cool and refreshing, and not cutting and disagreeable like
Virgo wind.
On moisture it has a drying influence. Uniformly, in the Moisture Chart its influence
should be read, in so far as it is dominant, as favoring dry weather. It tends to drive the
clouds from the sky and to give bright sunshiny days which, except for considerable
wind, are enjoyable and favorable for outdoor work.
SCORPIO: Of this sign it may be said that it, more than any other, tends to extremes.
Possibly this may be due to the corulership of the sign by Pluto, which is a planet of
extremes, being exceedingly constructive or excessively destructive. In so far as
Scorpio has dominion in a weather chart, there is either pronounced cold or extreme
heat. Its influence seems never to be toward moderate temperature.
In regard to its influence over the Air Movement Chart, however, its dominance, if
the chart as a whole shows violence, is always to increase the violence shown. If the
chart shows wind, Scorpio inclines the wind to be destructive in force. If the chart
does not show wind, but heat, it gives still, sultry days, in which the humidity and
oppressiveness carrying into the night, making sleep difficult or impossible. Its
power is often felt in storm charts which give rise to winds which reach the
proportions of tornadoes and hurricanes.
Scorpio is a wet sign, but not one which will break a drought. In weather charts which
otherwise indicate dry weather, a dominant Scorpio merely makes the lack of rain
continue and the dryness more extreme. But in a rain chart, or a storm chart showing
rain, its influence is toward extreme precipitation. Thus it frequently is a noticeable
influence in the cloudbursts of our western mountains and in the terrific downpours
that sometimes accompany the more violent storms of the East and Middle-West.
SAGITTARIUS: Sagittarius, in its influence over temperature, is not hot like Aries
and Leo, but is decidedly warm. In so far as it is a prominent factor in the
Temperature Chart the weather to be expected is bright, clear, sunshiny and warm. It
favors neither clouds nor fog, but tends to make visibility exceptionally good.
The wind it brings is of moderate force and has an invigorating quality. Although
giving some air movement, it neither favors nor discourages storm winds to any
appreciable extent.
It is a dry sign, and tends to dissipate clouds and prevent rain. To sum its general and
consistent influence up, it tends to fine, pleasant weather, such as favors outdoor
work and outdoor sports.
CAPRICORN: This is the sign of storms, of extreme cold, and of destructive floods
and droughts.
Its influence commonly is toward low temperatures, and in winter to temperatures so
low as to be destructive of life. But in a period of excessive summer heat, do not look
for Capricorn to moderate it. Instead, it will make the heat even more disagreeable.
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It is the sign which, more than any other, brings blizzards. It increases the wind force
when dominant in an Air Movement Chart. When the temperature drops to below
zero, and the wind rises to a gale, driving sleet and snow before it, is typical
Capricorn weather. And, at any time of year, when storm is indicated of any kind in a
chart, such influence as it has is toward increasing the destructiveness.
It is the detriment of the Moon, and is not only a wet sign, but tends toward floods and
destructive snowstorms and hailstorms. In a drought period, however, it cannot be
counted on to bring rain. It just tends to increase the drought. And in so far as it is
dominant it brings disagreeable conditions, such as dark, damp, cold days, and cold
drenching rains when rains are not needed. Unseasonable weather of all kinds come
under its rule.
AQUARIUS: Next to Capricorn this is the coldest sign, and a drop of temperature
may consistently be expected under its influence. Dry, crisp, cold weather, such as
often occurs in February is typical of its influence. Only when other influences are
violent does it participate in storm, but when such conditions exist, it tends to
increase the fury of a blizzard.
Although it is a fixed sign, it tends to some movement of the air. Moderate breezes
are characteristic of it, except when the chart is a violent one otherwise in which case,
as mentioned, it makes for excessive cold and driving wind that drifts the snow in
blinding clouds.
It consistently favors dry weather; but when the other parts of the Moisture Chart and
Temperature Chart indicate rain, it adds to them the electrical element. Of all the
signs, it tends most to give lightning. Whenever, therefore, in a chart for a region
where lightning occurs, this sign is prominent in a rain chart, look for electrical
pyrotechnics.
PISCES: Pisces is not so pronounced in its influence as to be called cold, but is rather
cool. Its influence in the Temperature Chart is consistently toward somewhat lower
temperatures, but not of an extreme nature. As might be gleaned from the fact that it
is the exaltation of Venus, its influence in general is not violent, but mild.
Where the Air Movement Chart is concerned, it tends toward calm weather. In this
respect it is not so powerful as Taurus and Leo but, nevertheless, it tends to moderate
whatever windy influences are present.
It is consistently a wet sign, but not given to the downpours that Cancer occasions,
nor to the floods and disagreeable storms indicated by Capricorn. In a chart which
shows storms, if prominent, it merely indicates that much rain will accompany the
violence shown. But when free from extreme influences, it causes those rains which
are seasonable and of marked benefit to the crops.
In all its weather influences, next to Taurus, Pisces is most moderate, and produces
conditions favorable to crops and to livestock. It also, therefore, like Taurus, only in a
less degree, is the farmer's friend. But do not plan a picnic when its influence is
dominant; for the rain it brings is sufficient to discourage outdoor pleasures.