Wednesday September 29,  2021

Wednesday September 29,  2021

 Third Quarter Moon Phase – realign, revise, reorient, surrender, complete

– Moon in Gemini – Void of Course 12:18 AM – 9:34 AM moving to Cancer

– Retrograde Planets – Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron, Mercury

– MERCURY RETROGRADE BEGINS! 9/27 – 26 LIBRA – an eagle and a large white dove turning into each other

– Planetary Alignments – Sun – Mercury – Saturn

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 28th – 29th – Brew Beer, Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Get Married

– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 28th – 29th –Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Fine planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Shodashi (The Goddess Who Creates Form) and Matangi (Goddess of the Wind)

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe is Coming with the Solstice – God of the South

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Virgo: “A fine lace ornamental handkerchief” (& “an officer drilling his men in simulated attack”)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”

SUN– 07 : LIBRA – A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks

EARTH – 07 ARIES – A man successfully expressing himself in two realms a once

This morning we had an electrical surge that hit our neighborhood. It lasted about a second and managed to knock off the power to all of our electronics. We had to reset all our digital clocks and wait for our WiFi to reestablish itself. Minor inconvenience.

It is these easy times that you have to consider what it would be like if all our power went out.

A few years back, we had what was called the Halloween Snowstorm on the East Coast. It dropped a good 6 inches of snow. This would not usually be a problem, except that no one was prepared. No one had salt for their sidewalks. All the private plow trucks were still being used for fall yardwork. Again, all this was manageable. But also, trees had not yet send all their leaves. The snow stuck to the leaves and we had MANY trees come donw. One of them was down our back alley and it pulled down the power lines.

24 Hours without Power

By hurricane standards on the Gulf coast, this was a walk in the park. But for the Northeast? Utter panic.

It was 22 degrees F outside and most people’s heat was tied in some way to Electricity. While we have Gas heat, the system is run electrically. Luckily, we had a backup plan. The Gas Insert in the fireplace was more than enough to heat the house. If we needed anything kept cold from our slowing warming fridge, we always had the back porch. And other than a run to Walmart for flashlights, batteries and candles and a stop at Starbucks to hit WiFi and check email, it was just inconvenience. Kids survived without TV and Internet.

It was just a glimpse of catastrophe. Besides our grid block, there were about 4500 households without power for a similar amount of time. And after the plows get through, we were free to find places with electricity. The water and Gas supplies were fine.

But what happens if everything were to go?

Nuclear Testing of an EMP Explosion

Back in 1962 (July 9th in fact), The United States exploded a 1.4 Megaton nuclear device 240 miles above the Pacific Ocean – over Johnson Island. This is about 950 miles from Pearl harbor in Hawaii. To give you an idea of the size of this explosion compared to other nuclear explosions, check out this cool graphic.If you imagine an explosion Bigger than the 1 megaton explosion at Licorne, it will give you a better idea. I am going to quote an article from that can better explain the results of the test:

It was exploded up in the atmosphere to determine (so the American Government says) whether doing so might destroy incoming missles flying through such an area – thus stopping a nuclear holocaust. 

In Hawaii, the effects were almost immediate: streetlights blew out, circuit breakers tripped, telephone service crashed, aircraft radios malfunctioned, burglar alarms sounded, and garage door openers mysteriously activated.

As the flash from the nuclear explosion dimmed, an aurora formed in the sky that could be seen for thousands of miles. One reporter in Hawaii wrote, “For three minutes after the blast, the moon was centered in a sky partly blood-red and partly pink. Clouds appeared as dark silhouettes against the lighted sky.”

The high-energy radiation not only created a massive light show; it temporarily altered the shape of the Van Allen Belt – part of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth that actually protects the planet from solar storms that could destroy life on the world’s surface.

Now this is one of the many many reasons that we have scaled back our desires for Nuclear proliferation. It’s been pretty well established that nuclear war would be the end of life on earth. The EMP part of it is just another happy outcome to make life just horrible.
Consider this. If a similar bomb was detonated above Kansas City, the entire Continental United States and the inhabitable areas of Canada would be affected. Any unshelided electronics would be toasted.

How Did We Survive? And Would We Survive?

Through the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, nuclear proliferation was the odds on favorite reason for the end of the world as we know it. Let’s face it. People on this planet have not been nice. Look at all the dictators and totalitarians. How many of them given the opportunity might have been willing to push the button. And even now, its is possible.
I like to look back at the movie Wargames, where a computer simulation almost started Nuclear World War 3. I think unintentionally it put AI on the map as one of the biggest threats to humanity. (NOTE: Wargames came out 1 year before The Terminator). But it graphically showed us how Nuke war was a No Win scenario.
Just last month, I was turned onto another Binge watch. The 100. It’s available on Obamaflix if you are interested. The storyline. 100 years after the Earth suffers from a Nuclear War. The “only” survivors are people who were in orbit in the 5 space stations. They somehow link up into a single ship they call the Ark. It’s mission is to stay in orbit until the Earth is inhabitable again. They estimate it will be in 500 years. But at 100 years, all hell breaks loose as the Ark begins to fail. And they must decide what they will do to live. Some of them make it back down to Earth and the fun begins. I called it Lord of the Flies meets Predator. But it’s an interesting view of the “survivability” of the nuclear holocaust.

Nukes are Not the Only Way to Knock Out the Grid

Nukes are the beginning of this EMP question. But this subject could (and probably will) take up a full book of information. Watch tomorrow as I discuss the possibilities of EMP’s.

Fitting Song of the Day

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It” by REM