Landscheidt’s Overcooling

While Veep Albert Gore is ballyhooing Global Warming, meteorologist cum astrologer Theodor Landscheidt’s research pointed to a cooling weather patterns after 2000.  

Fellow astrologer Michael Erlewine was so convinced of Herr Lanscheidt’s argument that he dedicated his book on “Sun Storms, Solar Flares” to him.  


One of the many physicists that agree with Landscheidt is the 1973 Nobel Prize co-winner in physics, Norwegian Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever,.  He  makes a good scientific argument for it here.

Erlewine uses CMEs

Erlewine’s book at seventy-two pages is an easy read, so I will not recount it here, but he mentions some rather fascinating facts  he uses to support his work.  He notes¹ that a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) had an M5.6 solar flare on July 2, 2012 at 7:52 am EDT, and that CME’s and Eclipses have a profound cooling effect on the environment.

A CME is when enormous bubbles of gas are woven with magnetic field lines ejected from the Sun over several hours. While the Sun’s corona has been observed during total eclipses of the Sun for thousands of years, the existence of coronal mass ejections were discovered only as recently at the 1970’s.

During a natural eclipse of the Sun the corona is only visible for a few minutes at most, so only the innermost corona is visible above the brightness of the sky  — this is also what those of us viewing the eclipse saw with our sunglasses or in my glass homemade cereal box² — but from space the corona is visible for large distances and can be viewed continuously.

 Those CME’s spew out tons of protons and electrons into the atmosphere during an eclipse, and this past Monday, August 21st, Americans got a treat in seeing an eclipse that cut diagonally through the country.

The Umbra of the Eclipse

According to NASA, the top place to view  last month’s eclipse was Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  The distance from Hopkinston to Houston by car, not as the crow or wind flies, is 830-odd miles.  In mundane astrology though, it is the path of the umbra that is important which could be far larger, and the people living there are most strongly influenced by that eclipse.

The University of Houston says its residents received 67% of the August 21 eclipse.    Furthermore, it began in Houston around  11:45 a.m. and lasted until approximately 2:45 p.m.  The peak viewing time was at  1:16 p.m. (See below or that chart)

What defines an eclipse?

Eclipses are defined as a total or partial blocking of light, or an occultation of one heavenly body by another.  Astrology concerns itself with eclipses that involve the Sun and Moon affecting the Earth or solar and lunar eclipse.  August 21st’s eclipse was a solar one as it occurred when there was a conjunction between the Sun and the Moon after the New Moon.

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the eclipse at Houston.  The Saros point is 5 Cancer and in the Eighth House, sextile Mercury in the Tenth and trine Neptune in the Fourth that in turn are opposite each other.

This one was spectacular because it was close to the Earth, near its perigee, and a total band of Earth was dimmed by the Moon’s shadow cone so that the Sun’s corona invisible to the eye was now visible.  That corona throws off CME’s.

 Where does the saros cycle fit in?

The saros cycle was first noted by the ancient Mesopotamians. It is 6,585 days or 18 years, and about 11 days, when the Earth, Moon, and Sun line up in relatively the same position. According to Prof. Francesca Rochberg, what the Ancient Chaldean priests did with that information is unknown, but we have lots of tablets recording weather patterns as their astrologers, or as Michael Erlewine calls them “cultural astronomers” were looking for relevance.

The ancient Mesopotamians also understood the difference between the Morning Star and Evening Star Venus, but it was when Venus and Mercury were both retrograde, a period just under a week, all decision-making stopped.

The Saros cycle is important because it is the longest running recorded planetary phenomena, and eclipses are measured by the cycle they fall within, with the first eclipse in the cycle setting the tone for all the others. Currently, we are in Saros cycle #117. It started on June 24, 1971, at the degree of 05.50 Cancer, the symbol of “an automobile wrecked by a train. ”  Marc Jones writes that 06 Cancer shows a genius for reorganization but also needs to be wary of insensitive recklessness, which makes all solar eclipses since then until the next cycle starts in 2054 carry that mark — the periods do not run consecutively, but overlap.  The next significant Saros alignment is supposed to be around the year 2200; some of us today will be there to witness that; I will not be among you.

Another thing about eclipses is noticing which equinox the eclipse falls near. Ours fall near the autumnal one, September 21st, so this suggests, according to Ptolemy, that the fall harvest will be impacted.

                    From Saros to CME and back again

Eclipses have a profound impact on living creatures and weather patterns. This disruption makes many animals react to the drop in temperature by going to bed earlier than normal. I noticed that my birds did grow quieter and went back to the coop while many of my flowering herbs closed up for the night as well.

Human beings do not follow that pattern; instead, they get rather excited & flustered, with some people lapsing into fits of insanity or do extraordinary things (lunacy). The reason for the difference is an interesting foray into zoology and way beyond my scope,  but astrophysicists know that the CME effect is known for affecting weather patterns, but astrophysicists cannot predict how.

                  The Bungula Effect

This eclipse found the sun & the moon at 29 Leo conjunct to the Fixed Triple Star of Regulus. Regulus is a blue and white star; Texas’s state flag is like the US national flag and red white and blue, so nothing there, but Regulus has very Jupiterian nature and often photographs orangey red. It is a rather captivating image of blue and white of Texas being pounced upon by a red munificence of Jupiter.

These three planets found in the Ninth House at the time of the eclipse, suggest that the eclipse itself would be very abundant and long traveling. They were also square to 24 Scorpio, the eclipses watery Ascendant, and the Fixed Star Bungula, and that was going to prove rather important for Houston.

Bungula is a double star system, white and yellow, and it is the brightest star in the constellation of Alpha Centauri. Vivan Robson says it bestows a Venusian and Jupiterian effect, giving the time a feeling of friendship and refinement. Bungula, is also the closest star to the Earth other than the sun at 4.2 light years away.

That worked for the Eclipse. People traveled, parties, and weddings occurred, and everyone had a summer holiday. Bungula made the Eclipse fun and the horoscope for the week before showed everyone gearing up for the big day.

                        Houston, we got a problem.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the US.  It is also a major refining & financial center, so every meteorologist worth his salt was trying to figure out when and where Harvey would hit.

Originally the forecast further down the coast at Corpus Christi, but as the Moon was via combusta, the sun was too powerful.  In horary astrology, William Lilly, the great horarist himself,  said that that no charts should be done during that time.

That seemed to be a mistake.  We joked about how far off the pundits would be if Uranus was right and there was a Category 8, while the weathermen were calling for would be just lots and lots of rain.

Harvey hit at 6:40 in the morning at Houston and was a Category 4, suggesting  benificient Jupiter had cut Uranus in half.  

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And the rains came down

And rain it did.  Harvey fell upon Houston’s second house and with gay abandon.  Jupiter flooded the lowlands and made the city’s inhabitants see red.  As the planet was also square with the transformative Pluto, the city took on the look of an aquarium.

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It is not uncommon that a Solar Eclipse is found with Jupiter according to Sky & Telescope, but how it would affect things is another thing.

As the eclipse’s Sun & Moon at 28 degrees of Leo  was now in Houston’s First House on the ascendant &  sextile, the new transiting Moon in the Second. 

Jupiter hung on for the ride next to the Sagittarian Moon, both opposite Uranus,  and Harvey travelled up the coast hidden by the via Combusta Moon.  Rain came  not in the charts temperament type of splash, but in buckets. Perhaps it was the fierceness of the grand trine in fire that caused the change.

 God Bless & and keep you from harm.



  1. Erlewine, Michael.  Solar Storms, Solar Flares.  Big Rapids, MI:  Startypes Publishing, 2012.  Page 43.
  2. An important additional step to the cereal box eclipse viewer is covering it with either brown paper bagging or gift wrap otherwise the box is not dark enough to truly see the little speck move.  It is also good to have a place to lean again as eclipses are long and over time you will grow tired standing in one position.
  3. Rochberg, Francesca, Ph.D.  The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian.  Cambridge, UK.  Cambridge University Press, 2004.

This essay was updated on 24 June 2023.

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