Interested in the Solar Minimum and Astrology? You are in the right place because I’m obsessed. I’ve stayed up late researching and live-chatting with space meteorologists. You wouldn’t know it by the current social structure but Astronomy came out of Astrology. Someone had to track all the stars and planets while ancient astrologers wafted around writing sonnets to Sirius and trying to talk down antsy Emperors.
So it’s been incredibly cool for me to bend my brain parsing the science of what’s going on. It sounds whack enough to confirm my theory that J.G.Ballard now has script approval. Saturn has been in Aquarius for, like, five minutes (actually 63 days) and all this is going down. (If you would prefer to skip the science and skip straight to the magic bits, scroll right down.)
For clarity, I am doing a numbered list below, but here is a quick summary: The Sun may be about to extend its cyclical low-action phase into a much longer phase. Because there are fewer solar winds, we get more extra-galactic rays beaming our way, and while nobody knows where they are coming from, a black hole in Aquarius is the most likely contender. Also, “extra-galactic” is the word of the moment.
There Is A Link Between The Solar Minimum And Astrology
Additionally, the Earth’s magnetic field is dwindling, and “nobody knows why” because it’s such a mystery to scientists. But by the way, since January scientists and engineers have been working with an eight-ton magnet, the most powerful ever devised, made via from a super-conducting blend of Tin and Niobium. It’s 250,000 times stronger than the magnetic field of the Earth.
Don’t believe me? All that is direct from their press release. And Niobium is named after a demi-Goddess who started (and lost) a war with Artemis and Apollo the Moon Goddess + Sun God in Ancient Greek mythology. In mid-2019, the European Space Agency collaborated with CERN to replicate the magnetic field of Jupiter, using the world’s most intense radiation beam at a facility called VESPER (Very energetic Electron facility for Space Planetary Exploration missions in harsh Radiative environments).
The Most Powerful Magnetic Experiment In History
Could any of this be dangerous? “Not at all,” say CERN in their F.A.Q. “Since the magnetic fields are produced 100 meters underground, they’re not detectible on the surface.”
Extra-galactic space rays are also thought to contribute to cloud formation and so scientists are also capturing super-high beam gamma rays and blasting them at clouds. Building ever-more massive magnets is the new space race.
I am sure it’s more complicated than that but is anyone else getting a feel for some potential Pluto in Aquarius issues coming up? Or even the Saturn in Aquarius/Uranus in Taurus squares of 2021. I can see it as the ideals of science – particularly particle physics, astrophysics, and similar fields – versus a movement away from trillion-dollar ‘recreating the big-bang’ experiments, toward more sustainable and biodynamic styles of living.
Could they converge and lead to ingenious solutions? Or are we fuqing with Earth (Geomagnetism) and Air (Atmosphere) too much for planetary comfort? Would it be an interesting science experiment to cease particle collision/gigantic magnet experiences for a few months and see if anything occurred within Earth’s magnetic field?
But there is more and it’s astrologically fascinating. I am going to number these for clarity:
Deep Solar Minimum May Be Upon Us
(1) Solar Minimum and Solar Maximum are a cycle, averaging out at approximately 11.6 years and loosely correlating with Jupiter. The Minimums are when there is a lack of sunspot activity and solar storms and they usually last for a year. We’re now in the longest stretch of quiet Sun days since they began keeping these records. So it is possible that we might be at the beginning of a Deep Solar Minimum A.K.A. Grand Solar Minimum.
As you can see from the graph below, the last Solar Minimum was in December 2008, with April 2014 being Solar Maximum. I remember that month! I am working on a theory that Solar Minimums and Maximum months are major for the sector of your chart where you have Leo. The exact dates – or at least, the months, are here.
The longest recorded one was from approx 1645 until 1715, interestingly also the phase of the Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction cycle dominated by Fire signs. The conjunctions and elements are here. The change of elements is called the Trigonalis and 17th Century astronomers/astrologers wrote extensively on the Fiery Trigon.
The cycle beginning in December 2020 is Air, the first Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius since the 15th Century. It is explained more in part 4 of my Pragmatic Magic & Astro-Tips for Turbulent Times series.
Just to add some extra astrological oomph, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is next to the Fixed Star Altair, the Eagle Star, and a uniquely weird stellar-mass black hole. More on that in a moment. With the Solar Minimum, scientists are obviously monitoring the Sun for signs of activity, as once coronal flares and Solar Winds startup, we’re back in the usual cycle.
Icy Clouds Glowing Electric Blue
But if the Sun stays in slumber mode, what could we expect? Well, there are multiple scientific theories around this. The more positive prognoses include dazzling auroras, global cooling sufficient to offset global warming, and this poetic sounding effect: “during a solar minimum, noctilucent clouds tend to become more prevalent as this period favors the frosting of meteor smoke high above the Earth. Water molecules stick to specks of meteor smoke, gathering into icy clouds that glow electric blue when they are hit by high altitude sunlight.”
Icy clouds glowing electric blue sounds like Club Aquarius decor. More seriously, an extended Solar Minimum would have geomagnetic effects, influencing power grids, satellites, and radar systems. But the main effect is these zapped up extra-galactic rays. Come into the weirding with me with (2) below the graph.
(2) We’re already copping extra-galactic or ‘cosmic’ rays: astronauts and people who fly a lot (eg: pilots, aircrew) are more affected by them. With the Solar Minimum and the magnetic field of the Earth dwindling, we’re going to get more of them. See the graphs below – I wonder why the rays were SO low in the early 90s? Astrologically, it was a strong Capricorn vibe and the Solar Maximum of 1989 was epic, leading to ultra-intense geomagnetic storms on Earth.
Now, nobody knows where the cosmic rays are coming from but the strongest contender seems to be Cygnus X-1, a black hole in Aquarius and galactic x-ray source. Fittingly, for an Aquarius phenom, it’s super-weird. For years it was thought to be a normal constellation because it has an array of anomalies not usually seen in any black hole. The physicist Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time) lost a bet over it.
Cosmic Rays From A Black Hole In Aquarius
Of course, it would be easy to go all ‘Winter is Coming‘ over this: Nobody wants to be x-rayed from space all the time with freezing cold weather while scientists enthuse about the God Particle. But to go super-Uranian on this, maybe cosmic rays could be good? Last year, when I had to get a C.T. scan because of my lost voice, I felt the energy of it. I wrote about it at the time but it was this distinct, you know, energy. I was nervous about the procedure as I’ve only ever had dental x-rays before but I was not expecting to encounter or feel anything psychically – if anything, I was powering down my sensitivity so I would not get nervous.
Streetlight Interference Syndrome
But there it was, an unmistakable something that passed through me. The only translatable ‘message’ I picked up from it was ‘this (x-rays) only harms you (people) because your earth is deficient. And I got the sense of a mineral, not identified and presumably affected by pesticides or something. Since that scan, I have been ridiculously electromagnetically sensitive, gone into full SLider mode, and felt earthquakes above 4.0 Richter if they are in the same hemisphere.
A SLider, if you don’t know, is a reference to Streetlight Interference Syndrome. It extends to watch-stopping and other mechanical fuqery. I’ve always had it to a certain extent (it tends to coincide with strong Uranus/Aquarius placements) but it is intensifying. I bet it’s going to become more commonplace with Jupiter, Saturn, and then Pluto into Aquarius.
It would be an interesting exercise to track the highs and lows of these rays to see what else they correlate with. I’m trying to source a live data feed. It’s a developing story, obviously!
(3) The constellation Cygnus is charmingly named after a Swan and is associated with Apollo, as well as Orpheus. Spanning Aquarius and early Pisces, it’s the topic of multiple myths over the millennia. In the Greek version, Cygnus was a hero who turned into a swan to save his friend but perished himself. Moved by his bravery, Zeus ‘imprinted’ him into the stars.
The ancient Chinese legend is a love story. The Weaver Princess (represented by the star Vega), falls in love with the King’s Herdsman (the star Altair) but for various reasons they can only be together once a year. At this time, magpies fly to heaven to create a bridge that the two lovers can use to meet one another.*
And, it would not be a black hole in Aquarius if it did not have a thumping great big Uranian ‘ancient aliens’ hyper-theory attached. The Cygnus Mystery (2007) says that the constellation/black hole is our origin. And there is an update called The Cygnus Key (2018). The author – Andrew Collins – is a triple Aquarius with Uranus opposite his Sun, naturally.
The Cygnus books bring together D.M.T., Radon Health Mines, the folk concept of storks bringing babies, Pythagoras, the pyramids at Giza, beryllium-10, the Milky Way’s Path Of Souls, Siberian shamans, the Denisovans, the Hindu Goddess Saraswati – her vehicle is a white swan, magic mushrooms and a multitude of other factors.
Ride A White Swan
It’s like the ultimate Jupiter in Aquarius reading material!
White swans are also integral to Celtic mythology, weaving in and out of multiple sagas. The story of Caer Ibormeith, the Goddess of sleep and dreaming, clearly inspired Swan Lake, and swans are connected to the Otherworld of the Aos Si or Tuatha de Danann. Think of the Seventies glam rock star Marc Bolan’s lyrics too: Ride a white swan like the people of Beltane…
Weirdly, Cygnus was also the subject of a 1977 sci-fi thriller called The Jupiter Theft.
“The initial part of the novel mixes near-future thriller and disaster novel scenarios, focussing on the discovery of a moving gamma-ray source headed towards Earth from the direction of Cygnus X-1, and the diversion of a Chinese-American Jupiter mission to investigate the new Solar System intruder. As the Chinese and Americans are mutually antagonistic politically, espionage and suspicion must be overcome for the Jupiter Mission to go ahead.
Once the Mission intercepts the intruder the story shifts into an alien contact scenario. The “intruder” is actually the silicate core of a Jovian planet, orbited by a moon and five immense alien spacecraft. The Jupiter Mission is intercepted in mid-space by aliens, dubbed Cygnans, riding on matter-annihilation powered “broomsticks.”
A Canadian Rock Band Called It Early
More weirdly, a Canadian Rock band called Rush, deemed it a black hole in 1977 – 20 years before science confirmed it – and wrote a song about it, calling it an astral door.
In the constellation of Cygnus
There lurks a mysterious, invisible force
The Black Hole of Cygnus X-1Six stars of the northern cross
In mourning for their sister’s loss
In a final flash of glory
Nevermore to grace the nightInvisible
To telescopic eye
The star that would not die
* More info on the Magpie Bridge – The Magpie Bridge occurs on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month each year and is celebrated as the Qixi festival. For example, in the Chinese calendar, 2020 began with the New Moon in Aquarius on January 25, this year’s Qixi Festival is on August 25, seven days after the New Moon in Leo. It coincides with the super-high visibility of Deneb, creating the Summer Triangle.