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Glossary of Terms - 07.08.04




Angular aspect

This is the angle that a planet forms with another planet as it travels along the celestial equator in its orbit. The angles are reckoned as parts of a circle.


Bermuda High

A high-pressure air mass that is normally situated in the western Atlantic. It acts to block the easy passage of storms off of the American continent when it is strong. It can extend into the Gulf of Mexico when it is far to the west. In this position it is the source of the Midwest monsoon


Block

An air mass that has high pressure and is stable on the earth often blocks the movement of storms. This is also known as a ridge.


Decadal influence

This is a climatic pattern that manifests in ten-year intervals.


Degrees of Arc

This phrase refers to the number of degrees out of a total of 360 that a planet stands in relation to another planet. A planet at 10° of arc is positioned ten degrees from another planet or from an eclipse point.


Direct motion

A planet moving from west to east in celestial longitude is moving direct.


Eclipse line

this is a line that is generated from an eclipse point across the North Pole to the opposite longitude. It is the most fundamental line in the planetary flux model.


Eclipse points

A point in celestial longitude that is the place where the Sun is situated on the day of either a solar or lunar eclipse. Eclipse points are the key feature for setting up eclipse grids in the planetary flux model.


Geodetic projection or equivalency

This is a technique that enables a position in the heavens to be projected down onto the earth onto a specific terrestrial latitude and longitude.


High-pressure

A mass of air that is dense and tends to remain in place as warmer air circulates around it. High-pressure areas are also called ridges.


Jet curve

This is a curved harmonic area found by drawing a 45° or 72° circle using an eclipse point as the center. It is a preferred place for the jet stream to change direction.


Jet stream

The high altitude river of rapidly moving air that steers storms across the earth.


Low pressure

This is a mass of air that is moving upwards due to its warmth. The wind circulation around a low is counter-clockwise in the northern Hemisphere. Lows bring with them storm energies. They are also called troughs.


Motion in arc

This refers to the motion of a planet in celestial longitude. Each new degree of motion into a new longitude consists of a motion in arc. Motion in arc is the primary driving force for the planetary flux model. The motion in arc of a planet is often more important in this system than its actual position,


Meridional flow

This is the movement of the trans-continental jet stream vertically in a north to south pattern following the longitudinal meridians.


Node

The place where the path of the moon crosses the Sun's ecliptic to form an eclipse.


Nodal cycle

The motion of the lunar node backwards through the Zodiac over an 18.6 year rhythm.


Planetary flux model

A system of climatology that uses the motion in arc of planets moving across a grid of lines projected from an eclipse position as the basis for predicting weather changes.


Polar 90

This is a zone of disturbance that is projected from points that stand at angles of arc of 90° to each eclipse point. Each 90° point projects a line to the North Pole and the area between these lines is often a determining zone in the climate patterns of a given time frame.


Reflex point

This is a position 180° from the actual eclipse position. In the planetary flux model reflex points have similar qualities to eclipse points even though there is not actual planetary presence in the celestial hemisphere.


Retrograde motion

A planet moving from east to west in celestial longitude is moving retrograde or looping.


Ridge

A high pressure air mass that blocks the motion of the jet stream is a ridge.


Sidereal astrology

The practice of using the stars as the reference point for reckoning celestial longitude rather than employing the tropical system that uses the placement of the sun at the solstice.


SST

This is the acronym for Sea Surface Temperature used in el nino studies.


Squeeze

A squeeze arises between one planet moving direct and another planet moving retrograde into each other in close proximity. SSTs rise in the area between the two planets.


Tandem transit

This occurs when two planets approach or cross a point within a few degrees of each other. It also refers to a situation when two planets cross the two eclipse points simultaneously.


Teleconnections

This describes a situation where a large high-pressure area links across a vast space to another high-pressure area. The circulation around each one moves between the two of them to cover large areas.


Transit

A transit occurs when one planet passes another in longitude or passes a particular point in longitude.


Trough

A low pressure curve in the jet stream that steers storms around blocks.


Wholistic

This refers to a scientific philosophy that is based on the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each part is imbedded in systems of forces that determine its evolution. Ultimately living systems have more wholeness than mechanical systems since the life in the living system exists beyond any cause and effect relationship between the parts. Cause and effect relationships are the mark of the inorganic or mechanical realm. Wholeness is the mark of the living realm.


Zonal flow

This describes the movement of storms when the storm jet follows the latitudinal lines horizontally across the top of the United States.