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  Week of June 10th - June 16th,  2011

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Elements of AIR

Elements of AIR

  Aquarius is an AIR sign. This surprises many people because they know that Aquarius is the water-bearer. The urn that our Aqua person carries despenses this liquid to those waiting below.

  In the astrological community, this rarified AIR is thought of as the etheric currents. The waters of the Aquarian are not what comes out of your tap at the kitchen sink, but rather are the currents that contain knowledge and information to be distrbuted equally to everybody. We come much closer to the mark when we think of the Aquarian vibration as electrical currents, such as the energy contained within household wires, or lightning, that suddenly and dramatically claws its way through the AIR.

  As we approach the Age of Aquarius, the element that the constellation rules is gaining strength. This is part of what we are seeing with this increased storm activity. It will continue for a while yet.

The Water Bearer

The Waterbearer

  If we look back in a brief comparative analysis, Taurus is an EARTH sign, and during this epoch agriculture in the great river valleys of the world blossomed. Aries is a FIRE sign, and the energy, initiative and enthusiasm of this constellation initiated the Indo-European invasions and changed weather patterns, cutting back on annual rainfall and making conditions markably dryer for many local environments. Pisces is a WATER sign, and we used this element to gain spiritual entry into heaven through baptism and learned to circumnavigate the globe on the sea's broad back.

  Now, as precession inches us closer to Aquarius, the element AIR is growing stronger. At the beginning of any new epoch, the energy comes in with vim, vigor, and vitality. It is like Spring with all its returning enthusiasm. Among other things this will mean an increased turbulence in the atmosphere with wilder weather patterns, from the legendary African sand storms (Scirocco) to tropical depressions and the moisture laden hurricanes borne of the sea. Whether sand or sea, it is the wind that drives them all.

  While some feel as though the increased storm activity is the result of our carbon footprint on the planet with global warning, others feel as though the changes are coming from within the planet, with its increased seismic activity the obvious answer. Still others think all of this is nonsense and what we are going through is simply normal. What we are experiencing is not an anomly, and conditions will soon stabilize.

  What makes you think there's only one right answer?

Atmospheric strength

Huccicane Fran

  Astrology suggests that it is the shift between two distinctively different vibrations (the end of the Age of Pisces / the beginning of the Age of Aquarius) coming together and creating a whirlpool effect, and stirring of the Earth's deeper inner forces like two great rivers merging. Intuitive sources have been suggesting that this is the scenario for some time. 2011 has been an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes. In 2011 alone there have been 525 tornadic deaths in the US. In the last ten years collectively there has only been 564 deaths.

  We're moving at a record pace.

  "Most insurance companies are no longer in any doubt that this is linked to global warming. Losses from 'extreme weather events' caused by climate change are doubling every 12 years (-underscore mine), according to insurance industry experts involved in a finance initiative set up some years ago by the United Nations Environment Programme."

            -Irish Times, November 15, 2006

Geographical Magazine

Probing the Sands of Time

  "But within the last 50 years our normally friendly atmosphere has begun to look more and more menacing. And the culprit, as world scientists now agree, is human-induced climate change.

  "The costs of climate-related disasters have doubled every decade, leaping from US$50 billion (33.8 billion [pounds sterling]) in the 1960s to nearly US$400 billion (270.8 billion [pounds sterling]) in the last ten years. The frequency of severe weather has increased too; in the 1960s there were 16 major climate-related disasters. In the 1990s there were 70. According to the World Meteorological Organisation, the world is now warming at an unprecedented rate. The 1990s were the warmest decade and the 1900s the warmest century within at least the last 1,000 years. The seven warmest years on record occurred within the 1990s, the warmest being 1998. Global average temperatures are now almost 0.7 [degrees] C above what they were at the end of the 19th century. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are now at their highest for up to 420,000 years."

            -Geographical, by Mark Lynas, July 1, 2000

  Certainly, understanding the nature of what is happening helps, but ultimately, the answer is still blowing in the wind.


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