Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mars Rocks the Plains

Mars began its direct motion on January 30th after being retrograde since November 2007. The winter seasonal map shows Mars on the Midheaven over the central U.S. at 99 west longitude.

The Weather Alternative forecast based on this celestial event was published on December 20th, 2007 and predicted that the position of Mars "affects southern Texas northward through the Great Plains where we should see an increase in temperatures and dry conditions" between January 29th and February 2nd.

Well, Mars is giving us more bang for its buck than anticipated. A major storm has formed over the area and as of midday today up to 10 inches of snow has fallen in Southeastern Kansas. The storm will continue eastward and will impact a fairly sizeable area from Missouri to the Great Lakes.

All is not lost, however. The warm and dry conditions mentioned in the long-range forecast will arrive within the forecast period. The Accueweather map at left shows that by the 2nd of February temperatures will make a splendid recovery over the forecast area. A warm air mass from Mexico will push temperatures into the 60s and 70s in Texas, while 50s will be common in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

February 2008 Weather Outlook

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

LI TIANEN--Christian leader in Communist China

In 1960, when Mao's Utopian Great Leap Forward experiment was approaching its climax, Li was caught in yet another roundup of potential oppositionists. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Li was assigned to a labor camp in Anhui Province, digging and moving iron ore. Two prisoners were assigned to cell beds next to him to ensure that he didn't move his lips in his bed, and thus pray. If they reported to the prison authorities that he had done so, he was forced to stand against a wall, sometimes in winter, without a shirt, for up to six hours, with his arms and feet splayed out. He says that during these punishment sessions he never felt the cold.

Once, he tumbled thirty feet down from an ore heap and was thought to have died. During this time Li says his soul was flying around the camp and observing what was going on, "like an eagle." "I was dead for more than ninety minutes," he said. Meanwhile, the camp doctor was working on him, trying to see if Li could be resuscitated. He evidently thought not, and was ordering the inmates to prepare a grave when Li suddenly opened his eyes. Seeing he was coming to, the doctor bent over him and asked him who he was.

"I am Li Tianen," he replied right away.
"Do you believe in God?"
"Yes, I do."
"I believe in God now," said the doctor. He could not understand how life had returned to a prisoner who had stopped breathing and had no discernible pulse.

Jesus in Beijing by David Aikman

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Southern California Storm

Tonight through Sunday, a big storm will unleash rain, mountain snow, and high wind over southern California. This latest storm, one that follows torrential rains that hit the area this week, is connected with the Full Moon of January 22nd.

As can be seen in the simplified astro-locality map at left, Jupiter was on the ascendant over the western United States at the time of full moon. Presently, Mercury is semi-square (45 degrees) Jupiter. Squares (90 degrees), semi-squares and ses-squares (135 degrees) are disruptive to the atmosphere. This is somewhat of a special case this time with Mercury since it is about to begin its retrograde movement. Because of this Mercury is lingering a bit longer in aspect to Jupiter than usual.

Mercury, which was rising over the Southeast U.S. at the time of
full moon, is having its own effect on the weather there. A weak area of low pressure is bringing rain there, while further north along the Mercury line a low pressure area will intensify over the Delmarva Peninsula generating high surf, gusty winds, and precipitation northward.

The Weather Alternative issued a forecast back in December for the period of January 23-27, 2008.

Forecast January 23-27, 2008

The eastern Plains and the Mississippi Valley are the focal points for severe weather during this five-day stretch. As is the case in most severe weather scenarios, warm and cold air masses collide resulting in storms. The 26th and 27th seem to be the most intense days.

The Weather Channel map at left for January 25th shows snow over Iowa, which moved through Illinois and Wisconsin. A wintry mix can be seen over Texas and the southern Plains into the Mississippi River Valley.

The Accuweather map at right is for the 23rd, which shows a low pressure system over the forecast area. The weather over these days was not as severe as anticipated.

February 2008 Weather Outlook
Some Observations About January's Weather Patterns 2008
Introduction to the Weather Alternative
How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Guan Zhuang Village

In the summer of 2002, I visited a home in the village. I wanted to learn how the Fangcheng fellowship, now estimated to number in the millions throughout China, had gotten started in this rural corner of Henan.

There were only six Christian believers in this village in the late 1960s, out of a population of close to two hundred. (Today, only three families in a village population of 170 are not Christians.) They began to meet secretly in homes for prayer and worship. Chen Yurong said her younger brother was a Communist Party official in the village who persecuted her fiercely. He had two boys, aged nine and five. One day, they were playing near the village well. Chen, at prayer not far away, felt an intense urge to go there, intuiting that one of her nephews might drown. As she approached, the nine-year-old cried in terror: his younger brother had fallen into the well. "Lord, save this boy! Let me die instead," Chen suddenly shouted out.

Somehow, as other villagers gathered around to see what they could do, the boy spluttered to the surface. Ropes were let down and he was pulled out. "Did you swallow a lot of water?" someone asked anxiously. "No," said the boy. "There was a man in white holding me up." After this, Chen's brother backed off from persecuting his sister.

Jesus in Beijing by David Aikman

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

February 2008 Weather Outlook

The Weather Alternative presents its forecast for February 2008.
The following forecasts are based on planetary alignments, eclipses, and other celestial phenomena.

February will bring us, among other things, conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter, Mercury and Neptune, the Sun and Mercury, as well as Mercury and Venus. Read on to see how these, and other, planetary alignments are likely to affect the weather in the United States.

Feb 1-3
A cold air mass descends over the Mississippi Valley area and heads east only to clash with a warm, moist air mass over the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions resulting in storms.
A storm system pushes into the West Coast states continuing through the Great Basin area and into the Rockies.

Feb 3-6
Precipitation is on the way to areas in the Plains and Mississippi Valley thanks to the influence of Mercury conjunct Neptune, which is exact on the 2nd.

Feb 6-8
A cooler and drier air mass will lower temperatures as it spreads over the Rockies. Strong winds or storms packing strong winds will afflict the Mississippi Valley and push into the East Central area. The Northeast and New England will also get a shot of cold air that may trigger storms.

Feb 9-11
A storm system or a strong front producing storms will take shape over the Southeast and mid-Atlantic area as moisture is pulled up over the region.

Feb 13-15

A warm and dry air mass moves northward over Texas into the Plains.

Feb 18-20
Mercury's direct station and indications in the Lunar Eclipse chart show a weather event shaping up over the Mississippi Valley and into the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. Mercury draws colder air into the region which will set off storms, which may be particularly intense in and around the Carolinas.

Feb 24-26

A warm air mass from the south will dominate the New England area at this time. The arrival of warmer, moist air may initially result in precipitation.

Feb 23-27
A stormy period for the West Coast. The Sun and Saturn in opposition begin the parade of what appears to be a number of consecutive low-pressure systems that that push ashore with rain, higher elevation snow, and cold temperatures.

Feb 23-26
Potentially severe weather will unfold over the Mississippi Valley at this time. An intensifying low pressure area will set off severe thunderstorms throughout the region.

Feb 26-28
Mars will activate the solar eclipse of March 18, 2007 resulting in inclement weather for the Pacific Northwest and British Colombia and a moisture-laden air mass that will push up over the Southeast into the Ohio Valley prompting storms along the way.

Feb 28-Mar 1

A stormy period looms for the Mississippi Valley area. A cold air mass will swirl into the area prompting potentially severe storms.

Some Observations About January's Weather Patterns 2008

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

The blessed door was closed a long time for an ancient people. A mission fulfilled when the blood from the Cross became a stream. And grace a hundred-fold flowed from the West. His body surrounded by soldiers walking the midnight road, A disciple turned his back three times before the rooster crowed. As five thousand whips broke his arm, Six feet tall, he hung there, together with two thieves. Tragedy shoot the furthest places and the highest officials. After seven words it was finished and millions of souls cry out. The way to Heaven depends on God's Son.

"The Cross" by Kangxi - Chinese Emperor of the Manchu Qing Dynasty 1661-1722

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cold Everywhere!

The Venus-Mars opposition of January 19th and Mercury's parallel to Pluto were brought out in The Weather Alternative's long-range forecast posted in December as a storm-breeding influence over the Plains.

The forecast window was from January 18th through the 20th. Bitterly cold air and biting winds were reported over the Plains. The Accuweather map at right shows the cold invasion and low-pressure system that brought accumulating snow from Iowa through Michigan. Lighter accumulations were picked up from the Rockies to the Dakotas.

The next Weather Alternative forecast was based on Jupiter's trine to Saturn.


January 20-22, 2007

Jupiter's trine to Saturn brings a lower range of temperatures and fair conditions. These conditions should be observed from the East Central States through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast as well as on the West Coast.

Today Accuweather reported the following:

An arctic cold front will pass off the Northeast coast today, drawing the very cold air that has been hovering over the northern Plains behind it. Blustery conditions behind the front will make it feel even colder than actual temperatures from the North Central states to the Northeast.

The West Coast will also been felling the chill. Here's yesterday's Accuweather report:

California Chilly

Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2008 8:36 AM

After blasting into the Northwest this weekend, a cold air mass will creep into California early next week. A storm accompanying the press of cold air will also trigger showers across the state, while some snow extends from the Sierras to the central Rockies. Enough cold air will dive south that snow levels will be extremely low.

Some Observations About January's Weather Patterns 2008

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

A New Worldview For The Chinese?

By the early 1990s, a new kind of Chinese had come into existence at Chinese universities and research institutions: "cultural Christians." Many reject the name, as we shall see later, and prefer to use the ponderous phrase "Chinese scholars interested in Christianity." But the phenomenon was real enough: highly educated Chinese who were not satisfied that either the Marxist interpretation of religion or the standard Western Darwinian understanding of life adequately explained the human condition in general and the Chinese condition in particular.

Nor was it among just Western-trained academics or Shanghai yuppies that these ideas began to be discussed. Early in 2002, China's then president and Communist Party leader, Jiang Zeming, attended a dinner party in the private home of another senior Chinese political figure in the heart of Beijing. The conversation turned to the party's upcoming sixteenth congress, a momentous, once-every-five-years gathering then scheduled for the late autumn of 2002 (the Congress eventually met November 7-15, 2002).

The company was relaxed, the mood ebullient. "Comrade Jiang," a guest asked, "if, before leaving office, you could make one decree that you knew would be obeyed in China, what would it be?" Jiang put on a broad smile and looked around the room. "I would make Christianity the official religion of China," he replied. Jiang, of course, formally relinquished the reins of power at the sixteenth party congress to his successor as party general secretary, Hu Jintao, and even if he wanted to implement that wish, is no longer in a position to do so. But even if he were being merely playful with his fellow guests, his whimsical comment was telling.

Jesus in Beijing by David Aikman

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

January 11-14, 2008 Forecast Results

The Weather Alternative long-range forecast for January 11-14, 2008 reminded inhabitants of the Rockies that cold, dry air would clash with a warm, moist air mass generating a good storm over the region. The forecast was based on Venus' square to Uranus, and Mercury's parallel to Venus. The Weather Channel map at the right is for January 12th showing a cold high-pressure system over the Rockies.

On the 11th, the National Weather Service reported the following weather:

434 AM MST FRI JAN 11 2008


424 AM MST FRI JAN 11 2008


458 AM MST FRI JAN 11 2008


422 AM MST FRI JAN 11 2008


Some Observations About January's Weather Patterns 2008

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

You Can't Do That!

The Bible is full of ordinary people who went to impossible places and did wondrous things simply because they decided to obey God, even when others said, "You can't do that." They weren't any more qualified for their tasks than we are. But they trusted God to open the doors and give them the power they needed in their particular situations.

Joseph go to Egypt as a slave boy and rise to the rank of second in the kingdom? "You can't do that!"

Moses part the waters of the Red Sea? "You can't do that!"

David the shepherd boy defeat Goliath with nothing but a sling and a few pebbles? "You can't do that!"

Jonah travel to the decadent city of Nineveh and with one sermon bring the entire population to repentance? "You can't do that!"

Maybe not, but with God's help, they did it anyway.

And so can we, wherever we are or wherever God leads us. The door may seem closed, but it's only closed the way a supermarket door is closed. It stays shut when you remain at a distance, but as you deliberately move toward it, a magic eye above it sees you coming, and the door opens. God is waiting for us to walk forward in obedience so He can open the door for us to serve Him.

Brother Andrew

Sunday, January 13, 2008

East Coast Storm and Nor'easter

A low pressure system developing along the East Coast, as seen in this Accuweather map, will bring rain and thunderstorms from Virgina to Florida and then develop into a Nor'easter that will impact parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England today and tomorrow. The recent New Moon of January 8th and Jupiter's semi-square to Neptune (exact yesterday) are the astrological causes as we'll see from the astro-locality map for the New Moon.

At the time of the New Moon, Jupiter was ascending along the length of the East Coast. The square aspect, as well as the semi-square (45 degrees) and the ses-square (135 degrees) between the Sun, Moon, and planets are disruptive to weather patterns. Jupiter and Neptune in these negative alignments are known to cause low pressure systems and increase tropical moisture.

The next Accuweather map shows the Nor'easter with the heaviest amount of snow forecast for the New England area around Connecticut. The next astro-locality map may be instrumental in showing why that area is pinpointed.

The latest Full Moon map, another important one for astro-meteorologists, placed Neptune descending over New England. If we superimpose Jupiter's position in the New Moon map with that of Neptune in the Full Moon map, they cross over the very area slated for the heaviest snowfall. Remember these two planets are semi-square each other.

So, by referring to Solar Ingress, New Moon and Full Moon maps and noting the angular positions of planets that are forming aspects with each other, the location, type, and time of weather patterns can be determined months or years beforehand. Of course, there's more to it than that, but that is the general premise.

Some Observations About January's Weather Patterns 2008

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made


In all the ancient Zodiacs, or Planispheres, we find a goat with a fish's tail. In the Zodiacs of Denderah and Esneh, in Egypt, it is half-goat and half-fish, and it is there called Hu-penius, which means the place of the sacrifice.
In the Indian Zodiac it is a goat passant traversed by a fish.
There can be no doubt as to the significance of this sign.

In the Goat we have the Atoning Sacrifice... The Hebrew name of the sign is Gedi, the kid or cut off, the same as the Arabic Al Gedi. CAPRICORNUS is merely the modern (Latin) name of the sign, and means goat.

Other star-names in the sign are Dabih (Syriac), the sacrifice slain; Al Dabik and Al Dehabeh (Arabic) have the same meaning; Ma'asad, the slaying; Sa'ad al Naschira, the record of the cutting off.

Is not this exactly in accord with the Scriptures of truth? There were two goats! Of "the goat of the sin-offering" it is written, "God hath given it to you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD" (Lev 10:16,17): of the other goat, which was not slain, "he shall let it go into the wilderness" (Lev 16:22). Here is death and resurrection. Christ was "wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities." "For the transgression of MY PEOPLE was He stricken" (Isa 53). He laid down His life for the sheep.

The Witness of the Stars by E. W. Bullinger

Friday, January 11, 2008

Crazy Weather Week

(CNN) A rare winter outbreak of tornadoes hammered the Midwest on Monday night and Tuesday, killing at least three people and leaving a path of destruction, authorities said.

The National Weather Service had two reports of tornadoes touching down northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday morning.

On Monday night, the weather service received reports of 37 tornadoes sweeping through Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Wisconsin.

REMINGTON, Indiana (AP) -- Flooded rivers began receding Wednesday across a swath of northern Indiana where three people drowned as melting snow and heavy rain swelled rivers during an unusual January warm streak.

All the states mentioned in this week's severe weather, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Arkansas, lie in the path of the five planet grouping shown in the Solar Ingress astro-locality map above. This map is the main reference point for this winter's weather. A closer examination of the map shows conjunctions between the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Pluto all of which oppose Mars. As the season progresses and as these planets are triggered by transiting aspects, different weather scenarios develop.

Adding to the astrological instigators was Pluto's trigger to the September 22, 2006 solar eclipse degree. On Sunday January 6th, Pluto squared the solar eclipse degree. As stated by G. J. McCormack, the 20th Century's most famous astro-meteorologist, "It has been demonstrated by exhaustive observations and voluminous statistical data that transits of superior planets to the conjunction, opposition, or 90 degree angles to the degree of eclipse points are the true indicators and timing factors of effects."

At the time of eclipse, the Sun and Moon were ascending along 88 west longitude, which coincides with the area of recent severe weather.

The Sign Sagittarius

John, in his apocalyptic vision, sees the same mighty Conqueror going forth. "I saw (he says) a white horse, and He that sat on him had a bow,...and He went forth conquering and to conquer" (Rev 6:2).
This is precisely what is foreshadowed in the star-pictured sign now called by the modern Latin name Sagittarius, which means the Archer.
The Hebrew and Syriac name of the sign is Kesith, which means the Archer (as in Genesis 21:20). The Arabic name is Al Kaus, the arrow. In Coptic it is Pimacre, the graciousness, or beauty of the coming forth. In Greek it is Toxotes, the archer, and in Latin Sagittarius.

In the ancient Zodiac of Denderah he is called (as in Coptic) Pi-maere, i.e. graciousness, beauty of the appearing or coming forth. The characters under the hind foot read Knem, which means He conquers.

The Witness of the Stars by E. W. Bullinger

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Recent Forecasts

Last December The Weather Alternative issued long-range forecasts for January 2008. Here's a look at how the most recent ones are shaping up.

January 5-7, 2008

The Rockies is under the influence of the Sun's sextile to Uranus. Cold, dry air pushes southward over the Rockies. If enough moisture is in place, storms may be triggered.


The Weather Channel January 6, 2008 West Regional

Weather conditions have improved over the West, but it still remains an inhospitable area for travelers with rain, snow, and wind today over much of the region.
The heaviest snows are expected in the Rockies in southwestern Colorado, the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and the Oregon Cascades, where up to a foot (with more possible in Colorado) of new snow is possible through Monday evening.

January 6-8, 2008

Mercury and Uranus are considered cold planets in astrometeorology. The Sun's sextile to Uranus and its parallel to Mercury are the main influences at work over the Northeast U.S. These planetary aspects with the Sun argue a strong cold front with perhaps windy conditions over the region.


The Northeast U.S. actually experienced a warm up in direct defiance of the forecast. Why? I'm now convinced that the warm air flow is the result of Mercury's parallel to Jupiter, which was exact on the 5th. Mercury and Jupiter, in this set up, are known to elevate temperatures. In the Solar Ingress seasonal map, Jupiter is positioned over 88 west longitude affecting the eastern U.S.

Chronologically, this aspect happened first. Parallels, in astrometeorology, do have the reputation for being stronger than regular zodiacal aspects. Seems like this was the case.

Some Observations About January's Weather Patterns 2008

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made


Libra contains three bright stars whose names supply us with the whole matter. The brightest a (in the lower scale), is named Zuben al Genubi, which means the purchase, or price which is deficient. This points to the fact that man has been utterly ruined. He is "weighed in the balances and found wanting.

This is the verdict pronounced and recorded by this star Zuben al Genubi.

Is there then no hope? Is there no one who can pay the price?
Yes; there is "the Seed of the woman." (Virgo) He is not merely coming as a child, but He is coming as an atoning sacrifice.

He is coming for the purpose of Redemption! He can pay the price which covers! Hence in the upper scale we have another bright star with this very name Zuben al Chemali--THE PRICE WHICH COVERS! "They sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy...for Thou wast slain, and hast God by thy blood" (Rev 5:9). This is the testimony of b, the second brightest star! It has another name, al Gubi, heaped up, or high, telling of the infinite value of this redemption price. But there is a third star, g, below, towards Centaurus and the Victim slain, telling, by that and by its name, of the conflict by which that redemption would be accomplished. It is called Zuben Akrabi or Zuben al Akrab, which means the price of the conflict!

The Witness of the Stars by E. W. Bullinger

Friday, January 04, 2008

West Coast Storms Right On Schedule

The Weather Alternative long-range forecast for January 3-5, 2008 was posted on December 20th. The forecast, based on planetary alignments, called for stormy conditions to hit the West Coast states.

January 3-5, 2008
Venus will begin to affect the western U.S. at this time. Its influence generally increases temperatures and moisture. Expect a southerly air flow to bring precipitation to the West Coast States of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California.

The above Accuweather map shows the flood potential and blizzard conditions that are affecting the West Coast states. The arrows show the southerly air flow mentioned in the long-range forecast.

The Weather Channel reported the following today:

Major storm impacting the West
6:39 a.m. ET 1/4/08

Wayne Verno, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

Active weather began yesterday across the Western States with 80 mph winds over parts of the Cascades, a 117 mph wind report from the Sierra, and nearly a foot of snow over some northern California Mountains.

Today, the strongest in a series of storm systems will plow into the West, with its impacts spreading inland to the Rockies this weekend. Potentially historic snowfall, flooding rains, and winds over 100 mph will be possible.

Rain will become widespread and heavy from coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest, through western California. Flash flooding will be possible across the burn areas of California, with small stream and urban flooding possible outside burn areas.

Rainfall amounts through the weekend of 1 to 2 inches will fall over western Washington and Oregon, with 2 to 5 inches over much of western California, including Redding, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. As much as 10 inches could fall on some western facing slopes of the western California Mountains.

The report above mentions the stormy conditions to last through the weekend, which will fulfill the next Weather Alternative forecast.

January 5-7, 2008

The West Coast continues to remain unsettled as a stormy pattern persists over the area.

Some Observations About January's Weather Patterns 2008

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

The ancient Zodiacs pictured the constellation of COMA as a woman with a child in her arms. ALBUMAZAR, an Arabian astronomer of the eighth century, says, "There arises in the first Decan, as the Persians, Chaldeans, and Egyptians, and the two HERMES and ASCALIUS teach, a young woman whose Persian name denotes a pure virgin, sitting on a throne, nourishing an infant boy (the boy, I say), having a Hebrew name, by some nations called IHESU, with the signification IEZA, which in Greek is called CHRISTOS."

But this picture is not found in any of the modern maps of the stars. There we find today a woman's wig! It appears that BERENICE, the wife of EUERGETES (PTOLEMY III), king of Egypt in the third century BC, when her husband once went on a dangerous expedition, vowed to consecrate her fine head of hair to Venus if he returned in safety. Her hair, which was hung up in the Temple of Venus, was subsequently stolen, and to comfort BERENICE, CONON, an astronomer of Alexandria (BC 283-222), gave it out that Jupiter had taken it and made it a constellation!

This is a good example of how the meaning of other constellations have been perverted (ignorantly or intentionally). In this case, as in others, the transition from ancient to more modern languages helped to hide the meaning. The Hebrew name was COMA (desired). But the Greeks had a word for hair, Co-me. this again is transferred to the Latin coma, and thus "Coma Berenice" (The hair of Berenice) comes down to us today as the name of this constellation, and gives us a woman's wig instead of that Blessed One, "the Desire of all Nations."

The Witness of the Stars by E. W. Bullinger