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Chapter 3
Astrological Temperature Charts
ecause, as already indicated, temperature is the most important influence
both in air movements and in the precipitation of moisture, not only the
temperature, but much about wind and moisture in their general effect on
the season can be learned from the Temperature Chart. But the days during
the season when such wind and moisture, as shown by the season Temperature Chart,
will be present, are to be determined from the Air Movement Chart and the Moisture
Chart, respectively.
In its timing of weather conditions, however, the Temperature Chart is to be used
exclusively to indicate changes in temperature. Temperature Charts are erected for
the place where the weather is to be ascertained, at the exact moment the Sun enters
Aries, enters Cancer, enters Libra, and enters Capricorn.
The chart for the time the Sun enters Aries indicates the temperature, and its changes,
until the Sun enters Cancer. The chart for the time the Sun enters Cancer indicates the
temperature, and its changes, until the Sun enters Libra. The chart for the time the
Sun enters Libra indicates the temperature, and its changes, until the Sun enters
Capricorn. The chart erected for the time the Sun enters Capricorn indicates the
temperature, and its changes, until the Sun once more enters Aries.
Thus do the four charts cover the temperature for the year. And it is the aspects made
by the planets as they move through the zodiac and change declination, as shown by
their positions on the given calendar date in the ephemeris, to the degree on the
Ascendant of these Temperature Charts that indicate the time and amount of
temperature changes.
In the various ephemerides issued annually is a table which shows the "Time when
the Sun and Moon enter the Zodiacal Signs." If the time there given is m, it means
before noon; it is given as af, it means afternoon. The time thus designated is
Greenwich Mean Time. Therefore, from this time as given in the ephemeris, the
Local Mean Time of the same moment must be calculated for the place where the
weather chart is to be erected.
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Thus the ephemeris shows that in 1929 the Sun entered Aries on March 20, at 2:35
a.m. Now if the Temperature Chart were to be sought for this date in Chicago, the
corresponding Local Mean Time at Chicago must be found. Chicago is 87:39W. This
is equivalent to 5h 50m 36s in time. Subtracting 5h 50m 36s from 2h 35 a.m. on
March 20, gives the Local Mean Time at Chicago for which the chart should be
erected as March 19, 1929, 8h 44m 24s p.m.
If the chart were to be erected for New York weather, because New York is 74
degrees West Longitude, we must subtract 4h 56m from 2:35 a.m. This gives the
proper time for erecting the chart at New York as March 19, 1929, 9h 39m p.m. LMT.
In 1931 the ephemeris shows that the Sun entered the sign Cancer on June 22, 9:28
a.m. As this is Greenwich Mean Time, if we wished to erect a Temperature Chart for
Washington, D. C., we would subtract 5h 8m from this time, because Washington is
77 degrees West Longitude. This gives us the Local Mean Time for erecting the chart
at Washington as June 22, 1931, 4:20 a.m.
The ephemeris for 1933 shows that the Sun entered Libra, giving the chart for the
autumn temperature, September 22, at 12:01 p.m. Now if this Temperature Chart
were desired for Denver, Colorado, as Denver has West Longitude 104:59, we
subtract 6h 59m 56s from 12h 01, which gives the Local Mean Time at Denver as
September 22, 1933, at 5h 1m 4s a.m.
The ephemeris for 1933 shows that the Sun entered Capricorn, giving the chart for
the winter temperature, December 22, at 6:58 a.m. If this Temperature Chart were
desired for Los Angeles, as Los Angeles is 118:15 West Longitude, we subtract 7h
53m from 6h 58m, which gives the Local Mean Time at Los Angeles as December
21, 11:05 p.m.
As the time given in the ephemeris for each weather chart is Greenwich Mean Time,
in each instance the positions of the planets must be calculated for this EGMT. But in
each case the degrees of signs on the house cusps must be calculated, as illustrated,
from the EQUIVALENT LOCAL MEAN TIME.
In judging all weather charts the general rule should be followed of considering ½ of
the total influences as indicated by the fourth house, ¼ of the total influences as
indicated by the first house, 1/8 of the total influences as indicated by the planet for
which the chart is erected, and 1/8 of the total influences as indicated by planets in
angles. But in addition to this, the weather forecaster must make himself familiar
with the normal weather in the particular area for the season covered by the weather
chart.
This can be done by consulting reports made by the Weather Bureau. At the time the
weather chart studies presented in this course on Weather Predicting were made, the
U. S. Department of Agriculture, Weather Bureau, printed a Weather Map daily,
except Sundays and holidays, for each section of the country, and these were given
careful study over many years. This weather map, among other things, gives the
precipitation for the last 24 hours, wind velocity at a certain hour in the morning (this
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feature was discontinued July 7, 1933), the temperature at 8:00 a.m., 75th meridian
time, and the amount of temperature change in the last 24 hours; for some 92 different
weather stations throughout the United States.
Also published by the Weather Bureau of each section was a monthly publication
called Climatological Data which, among other things, indicated the monthly normal
temperature and precipitation and the departure from normal for the month, of each
year since 1897. From it could be determined for the section covered how much more
than normal, or how much less than normal, was the temperature and precipitation of
moisture, for the given month. The date, and amount, of the maximum wind velocity
for the important stations in the section were also given.
With the necessity for great precision in close range weather forecasts due to the
dependence of aviation on probable weather, and the daily weather forecasts given
over the radio, changes are taking place in the manner the Weather Bureau handles
weather data. Therefore, those who take up the study of Weather Predicting should
get in touch with the Weather Station in their area and ascertain the nature of the
records available for study.
After 16 years in which students in many areas have experimented with the method
of weather forecasting here presented, I have not found it necessary to make any
change in the system or the data. However, in 1933, in natal astrology, in horary
astrology, in mundane astrology, and in stellar diagnosis, as well as in weather
predicting, it was customary to ignore parallel aspects made to the Ascendant. Since
that time statistical research has shown that in all these charts parallel aspects to the
Ascendant have significance. Parallel aspects to the Ascendant commonly last over
quite a period of time, and influence the weather over this period, which in the case of
the slower moving planets may last for weeks, and even for months. Therefore, while
in these lessons parallel aspects to the Ascendant are seldom mentioned, in weather
predicting as now better understood they should be given due consideration.
For the purpose of indicating how the Temperature Charts should be used, I will refer
to the Temperature Charts for Los Angeles which were part of the original weather
predicting studies. But it should be understood that such Temperature Charts can be
erected and quite as effectively used at any other place.
In the use of the data furnished by the Weather Bureau over the periods covered in
these lessons it should be understood that the change of temperature recorded is that
computed for the preceding 24 hours, as read at a certain time each morning. Also,
that a planet has an influence over the temperature during the time it is within the one
effective degree of orb to the and ` on the Ascendant.
Winter Season 1931-1932
The Sun entered Capricorn December 22, 1931, at 11:37 a.m. LMT., Los Angeles.
Chart No. 165, erected for this time, is given in Chapter 01.
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Gemini, a cold sign, is on the cusp of the fourth, and Mercury, its ruler is in the warm
sign Sagittarius. This accounts for ½ of the influence of the chart.
Cold Uranus is in the first house. Pisces, on the cusp of the first, is cool, and Neptune,
its ruler, is in cold Virgo. This accounts for ¼ of the influence of the chart.
Saturn, ruling the sign occupied by the Sun, is in cold Capricorn. This accounts for
1/8 of the influence of the chart.
Sun and Mars in an angle are hot, but are offset by cold Mercury and cold Uranus also
in angles. This accounts for 1/8 of the influence of the chart.
With the cold tendencies so pronounced, cold for the season was to be expected, and
here is the Weather Bureau's report: "The monthly mean temperature for the State
was considerably below normal. Since State records began, in 1897, there has been
but one January with a lower mean temperature, that of 1916, and one with the same
record. Both day and night temperatures were subnormal at nearly all stations."
The report for February continues: "The monthly mean temperature for the State was
well below normal, with deficiency most marked in the northeastern counties."
It will be noted that March 20 brings in a new Temperature Chart, and that the one
now being considered shows indications only up to that date. Climatological Data for
March reads: "Relatively cool weather prevailed during the first week and from the
20th to the 22nd, while during the remainder of the month daily mean temperatures
were well above normal." The temperature for the month was 1.7 degrees warmer
than normal.
But now let us observe just when the more marked fluctuations in temperature
occurred covered by this chart No. 165. The best way to learn what to expect, and
when to expect it, seems to be to observe the exact day on which each aspect from any
planet forms to the and ` on the Ascendant. In this case we must consider, by
consulting the ephemeris, when each aspect to 21 Pisces 23 occurs, making due
allowance for the fact that the ephemeris gives the positions 8 hours later than the
Standard Time at Los Angeles.
Conjunctions, oppositions, squares and trines, of course, are most important; but
even the weaker aspects may also be noted. The daily Weather Map shows just what
actually occurred on the day of the aspect in regard to temperature change unless the
day was Sunday or a holiday. In these instances, the best we can do is to observe what
took place on the adjacent days.
Sunday, December 27, 1931, Mercury is 21 Sagittarius, and thus square the
Ascendant. Mercury tends to coolness, and Saturday, December 26, the temperature
dropped 5 degrees.
December 31, Venus was 6 Aquarius, and thus semi-square Asc. Venus has a
moderating influence, and the temperature went up 1 degree.
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The influence of Jupiter, because it remains within the one effective degree of orb so
long, lasts some time. January 4 Jupiter lacked only a few minutes of inconjunct Asc.,
and on that date the temperature went up 1 degree, and then 4 degrees more on the
5th.
This upward trend, however, given by Jupiter, was checked for a day or two by cold
Mercury turning direct and making the square of the Asc. on the .5th.
Jan. 12, the Sun made the sextile to the Asc., and Venus made the semi-sextile to the
Asc. Too much in the way of heat should not be expected from planets in cold signs,
and Venus was in Aquarius and the Sun in Capricorn. Jan. 11, the temperature went
up 8 degrees, fell 3 degrees on the 12th, and fell 14 degrees more on the 13th after
both planets moved beyond aspect to the Asc.
Jan. 26, Mars made the semi-square to the Asc., and on Jan. 27 the Sun made the
semi-square to the Asc. Under the heating influence of these two planets the
temperature went up 4 degrees on the 26th and another degree on the 27th.
Jan. 30, Mercury came to the sextile of the Asc., lowering the temperature 3 degrees
on the 29th, and raising it 1 degree on the 30th above what it was on the 29th.
Feb. 5, Venus came to the conjunction of the Asc. Venus is a moderate influence, and
on Feb. 4 the temperature went up 8 degrees, another 7 degrees on the 5th, and 2 more
degrees on the 6th. The conjunction is a powerful aspect.
Feb. 9, Mercury, a cooling influence, came semi-square Asc., resulting the following
day in a temperature recording 5 degrees lower.
Feb. 11, the Sun, a warm planet, but in the cold sign Aquarius, came semi-square
Asc., resulting the following day in a temperature rise of only 1 degree.
Feb. 14, Mars, the hot planet, came semi-sextile the Asc., from the cold sign
Aquarius, resulting in a temperature rise of 4 degrees on the 13th, there being no
record for the 14th, as it was Sunday.
Feb. 18, Mercury made the semi-sextile to the Asc., showing a rise of 5 degrees on
the 18th and a fall of 4 degrees on the 19th.
March 1, Venus came semi-sextile the Asc. from Aries, with a temperature rise of 1
degree.
March 5, Mercury came conjunction Asc. There was a fall of 6 degrees on the 4th,
and a rise of 2 degrees from this position on the 5th and on Monday the 7th, the next
recorded day, there was a lowering of 3 degrees the movement as a whole showing
lowered temperature.
March 12, the Sun came conjunction the Asc. Pisces is a cool sign, and the chart as a
whole shows coolness. The general tendency of this conjunction was not to warm, as
the Sun's influence commonly is, but to lower. March 11 there was a rise of 1 degree,
a fall of 2 degrees on the 12th, and on Monday, March 14, a further fall of 9 degrees.
This was undoubtedly due to cold Mercury being parallel the Asc.
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This fall in temperature, however, was checked on March 15 by the semi-square of
Venus to the Asc.
This covers the aspects of the planets to the Ascendant, and also the pronounced
temperature changes, during the winter season. The lesser temperature changes are
to be found from the aspects made by the Moon to the Ascendant.
Spring Season, 1932
The Sun entered Aries March 20, 1932, at 12:01 p.m. LMT., Los Angeles. Chart No.
166, erected for this time, is given in Chapter 01.
Virgo, a cold sign, is on the cusp of the fourth, and Mercury, its ruler, is in the hot sign
Aries, but 4 conjunction cold Uranus and square cool Pluto. This accounts for ½ of
the influence of the chart.
Cool Pluto is in the first, and cold Cancer on the Asc. The Moon, ruler of the Asc., is
in the cold sign Virgo. This accounts for ¼ of the influence of the chart.
Mars, ruling the sign occupied by the Sun, is in cool Pisces trine cool Pluto. This
accounts for 1/8 of the influence of the chart.
Of the five planets in angles, only the Sun is warm, while Mercury, Uranus and
Saturn are cold, and Pluto is cool. This accounts for 1/8 of the influence of the chart.
We may conclude, therefore, that Mercury in Aries would give some warm periods,
but that the general tendency would be toward cool weather. Climatological Data
records that both April and May were cooler than normal, but that June was slightly
above normal.
The Asc. of the chart is 13 Cancer 38. Venus commonly betokens mildness of
temperature, and on March 21 Venus came sextile the Asc. from Taurus. While the
temperature on the 2lst was 2 degrees lower, yet before the aspect left its 1 degree orb
it started up, and on the 22nd was 8 degrees higher.
The next aspect to the Asc. was on the 3rd of April which, as might have been
expected from the Sun in the fiery sign Aries making the square to the Asc., started a
rise in temperature that lasted several days. Venus on the same days was semi-square
the Asc. The 3rd was Sunday, but the reading on the 2nd showed 2 degrees warmer,
and on the 4th up another degree, and on the 5th still another degree higher.
The Moon, which I here use in the absence of heavier aspects, in Taurus, made the
sextile of the Asc. on the 8th, bringing a temperature rise on the 7th and 9th. Within
24 hours of the Moon's conjunction with the Asc. the temperature fell on the 14th.
Otherwise the temperature remained quite constant until the day of the next heavy
aspect. Mars, itself, tends to heat; but at the same time Mars was square the Asc. on
April 21, Mercury was moving slowly well within orb of square the Asc. There was a
fall of 9 degrees on the day mentioned, but the temperature started up again while
Mars was still within orb of square Asc.
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May 4, the Sun came sextile the Asc., and slow-moving Jupiter made the perfect
sextile with the Asc., starting a rise in temperature, commencing with 2 degrees up on
the 5th, above what it registered on the 4th, and continuing upward for over a week.
Until May 19 the temperature changes were solely under the aspects from the Moon,
but on that date the Sun came semi-square the Asc. This registered both as a rise and
fall, up 3 degrees on the 18th, down 2 degrees on the 19th, and up 1 degree on the
20th.
Mercury, which commonly indicates a temperature drop, came sextile the Asc. on
May 25, with temperature 7 degrees lower.
Then on May 28 Venus, which usually indicates milder weather, came conjunction
the Asc., resulting in a rise of 2 degrees.
May 30, Mars came sextile the Asc., marked by a dropping off of 1 degree on the
31st, but with a sharp rise of 4 degrees on June 1, while the aspect was still within the
one effective degree of perfect.
The semi-square of Mercury to the Asc. on the 2nd of June was offset by the warmth
of the Sun semi-sextile Asc. on June 4. The two influences, one warm 4and the other
cold, produced no change.
Then on June 9 Mercury came semi-sextile the Asc., with its customary influence, a
falling off of the temperature during the following day of 3 degrees.
Venus had by this time turned retrograde, and by June 16th it had backed up to a
conjunction with the Asc. with a rise of 4 degrees in temperature.
As the final aspect of the season, other than those of the Moon, so far as temperature
was concerned, on June 20 Mars came to the sextile of the Asc., and on that day the
temperature showed a rise of .4 degrees.
Summer Season, 1932
--The Sun entered Cancer June 21, 1932, at 7:30 a.m. LMT., Los Angeles. Chart No.
167, erected for this time, is given at the front of this lesson.
Libra, a cool sign, is on the cusp of the fourth, and Venus, its ruler, is in cold Cancer
conjunction cold Mercury. This accounts for ½ of the influence of the chart.
Jupiter, a warm planet, is in the first. Hot Leo is on the cusp of the first, but its ruler,
the Sun, is in cold Cancer. This accounts for ¼ of the influence of the chart.
The Moon, ruling the sign occupied by the Sun, is in cold Aquarius, conjunction cold
Saturn. This accounts for 1/8 of the influence of the chart.
Of the three planets in angles, Jupiter is warm, but Saturn is cold and the Moon is
cool. This accounts for 1/8 of the influence of the chart.
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Thus the reading for the whole season indicates more than usual cool weather, with
some nice warm Jupiter periods. Climatological Data records that July and August,
as well as latter June, were well below normal temperature, but that September was
well above, there being much warm, sunshiny weather that month.
The Temperature Chart shows 3 Leo 32 on the Ascendant.
The first aspect, other than from the Moon, to the Ascendant occurred June 22 when
Saturn came opposition the Asc., lowering the temperature on the 21st 3 degrees, on
the 22nd 1 degree, and on the 23rd 1 degree more.
This downward trend, given by the slow moving Saturn, was checked on June 24 by
the Sun coming semi-sextile to the Asc., giving an upward trend to the temperature of
3 degrees.
This influence of Saturn continued for some time, but Mars, the hot planet, came
sextile the Asc. on June 27. It took a day to overcome the persistent influence of
Saturn, but between the 28th and 29th the temperature rose 2 degrees.
July 4, Mercury came conjunction the Asc., but as this was a holiday there is no
record, and the following day showed no change.
The square of the Moon to the Asc. on July 12 brought a drop of 4 degrees, but
otherwise the temperature remained quite steady until Mars came semi-square the
Asc. on July 18, with a rise of 3 degrees.
The conjunction of the Sun with the Asc. on July 26 brought a rise of only 1 degree in
temperature; the parallel of Saturn to the Asc. throughout July tending to offset the
influence of the Sun.
August 5, Venus came semi-sextile the Asc., with a rise in temperature of only 1
degree.
The weak aspect of Mars semi-sextile the Asc. from the cold sign Cancer on August
10 brought no recorded change.
The Moon square the Asc. on August 14, which was Sunday, was followed by a drop
of only 1 degree recorded the following day, the temperature running about the same
until the Moon made the trine to the Asc. from Aries, a hot sign, on August 19, with a
rise of 5 degrees on the 18th and 1 degree on the 19th.
The next aspect, other than from the Moon, occurred August 26. It was Sun
semi-sextile Asc., with a rise of 3 degrees.
Aug. 28, Jupiter also came semi-sextile the Asc. This was Sunday, but the record
shows a fluctuation of 3 degrees down on August 29, and 2 degrees up on August 30.
Sunday, September 11, the Sun came semi-square the Asc. from cold Virgo, with a
rise of 2 degrees recorded on Saturday the 10th. There is little heat in the sign Virgo,
however, and by Monday, Sept. 12, the temperature was down 4 degrees; possibly
due to the moderating influence of the planet Venus, which on that day came
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conjunction the Asc. The tendency of Venus when the weather is cold is to make it
warmer, and when the weather is hot to make it cooler.
Autumn Season, 1932
--The Sun entered Libra September 22, 1932, at 10:23 p.m. LMT., Los Angeles.
Chart No. 168, erected for this time is given at the front of this lesson.
Four planets are in the fourth house. Jupiter and the Sun are warm, Neptune is cool,
and Mercury is cold. Virgo, the sign on the cusp of the fourth is cold. Mercury, ruler
of the sign on the cusp of the fourth, is in the cold sign Virgo. This accounts for ½ of
the influence of the chart.
Moon in the first house is cool, and Gemini on the cusp of the first is cold. Mercury,
the ruler of the sign on the Asc. is in cold Virgo. This accounts for ¼ of the influence
of the chart.
Venus, ruling the sign occupied by the Sun, is in hot Leo. This accounts for 1/8 of the
influence of the chart.
Of the five planets in angles, Sun and Jupiter are warm, but Moon and Neptune are
cool, and Mercury is cold. This accounts for 1/8 of the influence of the chart.
Furthermore, Mercury being in progressed aspect to the Asc. increases the tendency
of the chart to indicate cold weather.
The indication are that under the influence of Sun and Jupiter in the fourth there
would be some nice warm weather, but that much more of the weather would be cold.
Climatological Data reports that the temperature and sunshine were sub-normal
during October, and that the daily range of temperature was large. November is
reported to have been unusually warm, with more than average sunshine. But
December was marked by a severe cold spell that prevailed from the 8th to the 14th,
being so severe as to damage the citrus crop. December was decidedly a cold month.
As this chart has 25 Gemini 02 on the Ascendant, we must look to those days when
the planets make aspect to this degree for the more marked temperature changes. And
because the Moon is so close to the Ascendant of the chart, its aspects assume more
than usual importance throughout the season. The Moon being so powerful in the
chart, its aspects to the Ascendant gain unaccustomed power to indicate changes in
temperature.
The first aspect, other than that of the Moon, was made immediately after the time for
which the chart was erected. Mercury square Asc. was within the one effective
degree of orb at the time the chart was erected, and brought a lowering of the
temperature by 2 degrees on that day, Sept. 22.
The next aspect was the sextile of Venus to the Asc. on Oct. 3, accompanied by a drop
of 1 degree on that day, and a raise of 1 degree on Oct. 4.
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Then, on Oct. 11, Mercury came trine the Asc. with a rise of 6 degrees of temperature
on the 11th, and a drop of 7 degrees on Oct. 12.
Oct. 18, the Sun came trine the Asc. with a rise of 3 degrees in temperature.
Oct. 20, Mercury came semi-square the Asc., with a rise of 6 degrees on Oct. 20, and
a drop of 4 degrees on Oct. 21.
Sunday, Oct. 30, Mercury came to the inconjunct of the Asc., with a drop of 4 degrees
of temperature recorded on Oct. 31.
Nov. 2, the Sun came sesqui-square the Asc., with a rise in temperature of 4 degrees.
Nov. 4, Mars came sextile the Asc., accompanied by a rise of 1 degree, followed by a
drop the next day, and considerable increase a few days later.
Nov. 17, the Sun came to the inconjunct aspect with the Asc., with a rise of 5 degrees
of temperature on the 17th, and a rise of 4 degrees more on the 18th.
The next aspect is Venus sesqui-square Asc. on Dec. 5, the day the Moon also made
the square of the Asc. from Pisces. A drop of 4 degrees was registered for this day,
and cold weather continued for a week, especially on those dates the Moon made
aspects to the Asc.
The cold spell was broken as the Sun approached the opposition to the Asc. from
Sagittarius. The aspect was complete Dec. 16, with a rise of 3 degrees on the 15th,
and a rise of 1 degree on the 16th, followed by a still further rise of 4 degrees on the
17th. Venus is also inconjunct the Asc. on the 16th, and thus helped break the severe
cold spell. No other aspects, except those of the Moon, influenced the Ascendant
during this season.
Winter Season, 1932-1933.
--The Sun entered Capricorn December 21, 1932, 5:21 p.m. LMT., Los Angeles.
Chart No. 169, erected for this time, is given at the front of this lesson.
There are two planets in the fourth. Jupiter, being close to the cusp of the fourth, has
the major influence, and it is warm. But the Moon in the same house is cool. Virgo, on
the cusp of the fourth is cold, but Mercury, its ruler, is in the warm sign Sagittarius.
This accounts for ½ of the influence of the chart.
Pluto in the first is cool, and Cancer on the cusp of the first is cold. The Moon, ruler of
the first, is in the cool sign Libra. This accounts for ¼ of the influence of the chart.
Saturn, ruling the sign occupied by the Sun, is in cold Aquarius. This accounts for 1/8
of the influence of the chart.
Of the four planets in angles, Jupiter is warm, Pluto and the Moon are cool, and
Uranus is cold. This accounts for 1/8 of the influence of the chart.
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We conclude, therefore, that under the influence of Jupiter, and Mercury in
Sagittarius, there will be many sunshiny, fine days during the season, and that while
Jupiter will prevent extremes of low temperature, that the season as a whole will be a
cold one.
This Climatological Data bears out in its report: "The mean temperature for January,
as for the preceding month, was unusually low, but unlike December there was no
severely cold weather, lower minimum temperatures having been recorded in
January in 13 of the last 37 years."
"February was a month with deficient rainfall, an abundance of sunshine, and
sub-normal temperature."
"The cold of January continued into the first decade of February. During the rainy
period of the second decade the temperature rose to nearly normal." . . . "Sub-normal
temperature retarded the growth of range grasses and truck."
Other than aspects of the Moon, the first aspect that occurred in the winter
temperature chart was Venus inconjunct the Asc. on Dec. 26. There is no weather
map for the 26th, but as might be expected from the moderating influence of Venus,
Dec. 27 shows a rise of 2 degrees.
The next aspect was Sun opposition Asc. on Dec. 28.This was from the cold sign
Capricorn, and the temperature went down 1 degree, instead of up. So heavy an
affliction of the Ascendant by the Sun at this time of year cannot be counted on to
moderate the weather.
Including All the Aspects
Affecting Temperature.
--Thus far, because the heavier planets have a more enduring influence over the
temperature, remaining within orb of the aspect they make to the Ascendant at least
for more than one day, and perhaps for weeks or longer, I have neglected the
influence of the Moon. Except by parallel, no aspect of the Moon to the Ascendant
remains within the one effective degree of orb longer than about four hours. In natal
astrology and stellar diagnosis, we call the progressed aspects made by major
progressed Moon Sub-Major Aspects, because they are more powerful than minor
progressed aspects, but weaker in their power to bring events into the life than the
major progressed aspects of the other planets. Not only in natal astrology and stellar
diagnosis, but also in mundane astrology, horary astrology and weather predicting
we have found through extensive observation that the influence of progressed Moon,
other things being equal, is 1/7 of that of other progressed planets.
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Even though the influence of the aspects of the Moon to the Asc. is so temporary,
nevertheless, for a complete study, on which to base predictions as to temperature
changes, we must consider the normal temperature for the place at the particular
season, the influence of the seasonal Temperature Chart as tending to cause a
departure from this normal; and every aspect that forms to the degree on the
Ascendant as having an influence, and marking the time of this influence, the aspects
of the Moon included.
Consequently, that I may illustrate the minor details, as well as the heavier influences,
let us use chart No. 169, at the front of this lesson, which has 6 Cancer 54 on the Asc.,
giving the Ascendant 23 S 16 declination, and commencing Jan. 1,1933, consider all
the aspects in their detailed influence, Just as we would were we to undertake to make
a day to day weather forecast.
As there was no weather report on Jan. 1st or Jan. 2nd, the first aspect to consider is
Moon square Asc. from the hot sign Aries on Jan. 3rd, with a rise of temperature of 2
degrees between the 3rd and 4th.
Jan. 5, Mercury was parallel Asc., but the Moon was sextile Asc. from its exaltation
in Taurus, with a rise in temperature of 8 degrees.
Jan. 7, the Moon was semi-square the Asc. from Taurus, with a rise of 5 degrees.
Jan. 8, the Moon was parallel and semi-sextile the Asc., but there was no weather
chart for that day.
Jan. 10, the Moon was conjunction the Asc., and as would have been expected, the
temperature dropped; it dropped 9 degrees.
Jan. 13, the Moon was parallel and semi-sextile the Asc. from the hot sign Leo, and
the temperature went up 2 degrees, even though Mercury came to the opposition of
the Asc.
Jan. 14, the Moon was semi-square the Asc. from the hot sign Leo, and the
temperature went up another 3 degrees.
Jan. 15, the Moon went into the cold sign Virgo and made the sextile to the Asc. As
this was Sunday there was no record, but on Jan. 16 the temperature went down 7
degrees.
Jan. 17, the Moon came square the Asc. from the cool sign Libra, lowering the
temperature 2 degrees.
Jan. 19, Venus came to the opposition of the Asc., with its customary moderating
influence, at the same time the Moon came trine the Asc. from Scorpio. Scorpio tends
to extremes, never to moderation; often giving hot, sultry weather. On this day the
temperature went up 7 degrees.
Jan. 20, the Moon came sesqui-square the Asc. from the extreme sign Scorpio, and
back went the temperature, falling off 7 degrees.
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Jan. 21, the Moon made the weak aspect, inconjunct Asc. from the warm sign
Sagittarius, and the parallel aspect to the Asc., and the temperature went up 1 degree.
Jan. 24, Saturn made the semi-sextile to the Asc. and the Moon made the opposition
to the Asc. from the cold sign Capricorn, and the temperature fell off 4 degrees.
Jan. 26, the Sun and Moon both made the inconjunct aspect to the Asc., and the
temperature went up nearly 1 degree. The Sun is warm, and the less powerful Moon
is cool, but the aspect was from cold Aquarius.
Jan. 27, the Moon came sesqui-square the Asc., with a further rise of 4 degrees.
Jan. 28, the Moon went into cool Pisces and made the trine to the Asc., with a
lowering of 6 degrees in temperature.
Jan. 30, the Moon went into the hot sign Aries, making the square to the Asc., and the
temperature went up 3 degrees.
Jan. 31, Mercury came inconjunct the Asc., and as should have been expected, the
temperature dropped 2 degrees.
Feb. 1, the Moon made the sextile to the Asc., a moderate aspect, from the moderate
sign Taurus, and the temperature went up 1 degree. Weak influences indicate weak
changes in temperature.
Feb. 3, the Moon was again parallel the Asc., and also made the semi-square to the
Asc. from Taurus, and the temperature went up another 3 degrees.
Government curtailment of the budget (this was a financial depression year) for
Weather Maps caused these maps to be missing from my files from Feb. 3 to Feb. 17,
1933. So we will omit the aspects for which we have no coincidental records.
Feb. 17, Mercury was trine the Asc. from Pisces, and the temperature went down 3
degrees.
Feb. 18, the Moon in Sagittarius made the inconjunct to the Asc., with a rise of 5
degrees between the 18th and 19th.
Feb. 20, the Moon made the opposition to the Asc., but no weather record was issued
between the 18th and 21st
the reading being higher on the 21st
than on the 18th.
Feb. 22, the Moon was parallel and inconjunct the Asc. from the cold sign Aquarius,
and on Feb. 23 it was sesqui-square the Asc., and the temperature fell off 9 degrees
during those two days.
Feb. 24, Venus was sesqui-square the Asc., and the Moon was trine the Asc., and on
the 25th the Sun was trine the Asc. These aspects coincided with a rise of 8 degrees in
temperature.
Feb. 26, the Moon was square the Asc. from hot Aries. As this was Sunday there was
no record, but the temperature is shown rising on Feb. 25.
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March 1, 1933, the Moon was sextile the Asc. from Taurus and there was a drop of 2
degrees.
March 2, the Moon was parallel the Asc. and semi-square the Asc., and the
temperature fell off another 2 degrees.
March 3, the Moon was semi-sextile the Asc. from usually cold Gemini, yet the
temperature went up 1 degree.
March 6, the Moon was conjunction the Asc., with a falling off of temperature 2
degrees between the 6th and the 7th.
March 8, the Moon was semi-sextile the Asc. from the hot sign Leo, but it was also
parallel the Asc., and instead of going up, the temperature went down 2 degrees.
March 9, Mercury came within the one effective degree of orb of square the Asc., and
the temperature, as usual under the influence of Mercury, fell off. It lowered 5
degrees. It remained within the one effective degree of orb for 9 days, moving to 7
Aries 27 on March 13, then turning retrograde, and moving out of orb of square Asc.
on March 18.
March 10, the Moon was semi-square the Asc. from hot Leo, and in spite of
Mercury's influence the temperature went up 2 degrees.
March 11, the Moon came sextile the Asc. from cold Virgo, indicating a downward
fluctuation of temperature, but no records are available until March 13.
March 12, Mars made the sextile of the Asc., but as the aspect came from cold Virgo,
this forced the temperature up only 1 degree on the 13th, as the 12th being Sunday
there was no record.
March 13, in addition to Mars yet being sextile Asc. from cold Virgo, the Moon made
the square of the Asc. from cool Libra. But as the square of Mercury was yet
operative, as well as the cooling influence of the Moon, Mars was able to raise the
temperature only 1 degree.
March 15, the Moon came to the trine to the Asc. from Scorpio and the temperature
went up 2 degrees.
March 16, the Moon made the parallel with the Asc., but this coincided with almost
no change in temperature..
March 17, the Moon made the inconjunct aspect with the Asc. from the hot sign
Aries, but this seems to have been neutralized by Mercury still within the one
effective degree of orb to the square of the Asc., and almost no temperature change
took place.
March 19, the Moon made the opposition to the Asc. from the cold sign Capricorn.
There was no record, for this was Sunday, but Mercury had now moved beyond the 1
degree of orb to square of Asc., and on Monday, March 20, the record shows the
temperature 2 degrees warmer.
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However, in considering this slight increase of temperature we must also make due
allowance for the new temperature chart, which started the spring season at Los
Angeles in 1933, on March 20, at 5:50 p.m. LMT.
The new chart, coming in on the 20th, had Sagittarius on the cusp of the fourth, and
this, together with its other indications would have some influence on the
temperature for March 20.
Above I have indicated by Weather Bureau records the influence of the aspects of the
various planets to the Ascendants of the Temperature Charts, giving each
temperature change in connection with the aspects of each planet other than the
Moon for a period of some 15 months, and including the aspects made by the Moon to
the Asc. for about three months.
It is good practice to study the temperature charts here given, and the influence of the
aspects made to the Ascendant coincident with temperature changes, with an
ephemeris at hand to check the aspects mentioned.
While this is good practice, and affords a preliminary foundation for further work,
nothing can enable you to become efficient in predicting temperature changes, wind,
and moisture precipitation in your own locality except through acquiring Weather
Bureau records covering each season in your own area and becoming familiar with
the normal weather to be expected, then erecting the weather charts for your vicinity
and checking the temperature, air movements and precipitation from day to day,
against these charts and the aspects made to the Ascendant of each as shown by the
positions of the planets in the ephemeris. Such personal observations, if persisted in,
will enable any intelligent person to do what most people consider marvelous things
in weather predicting.
Such checking of the weather is now facilitated by the radio. The radio stations
commonly not only give a forecast of the weather for 24 hours ahead or more, as
issued by the Weather Bureau, but usually they report on the maximum and
minimum temperature that was actually present during each day. And most
newspapers have a paragraph or two indicating what the weather has been each day.