Rainfall reality check -1 (Feb – March 2019)

The first rainfall period of the year 2019 supported by planetary yogas began on 13th February. In my blog dated January 27, I had given all the probable periods of rainfall for the whole of India of which the earliest one starts on 13th February when the three planets Sun, Saturn and Mars start moving in alternating signs. The relevant part of that blog is reproduced below.

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It is important to note that this transit is going to last for almost a month.

This combination in horoscopy design is given below.

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This kind of transit was found to have caused floods and destruction in the past. Coming as it does in this part of the year, one can associate it with hail storms and flash floods causing unexpected damage to crops and life.

The location of rainfall is associated with the directions of the signs in which the planets are moving. It is seen that east and west are the directions indicated. To fine tune this further, we are looking at the stars in which the planets are transiting during this period.

Saturn > Purvashada  = Western division that encompass Ghats, Punjab, Haryana and Mleccha countries of the West.

Sun > Dhanishta, Satabhishak, Purva Bhadrapada = North West India and North India

Mars > Aswini, Bharani = North East India.

 

Combining all the directional inputs, we can say that North western parts of Western Ghats, North West India, North India and North East India are influenced by this transit.

Another notable point in the current transit is that both East and West are covered in the signs of the zodiac. When these two directions appear simultaneously in the past we have seen rainfall in both eastern and western sections of South India.

Now looking at another combination of rainfall yogas, the following was written on the same blog on 27th January.  During the same period of the above yoga, Mercury enters combustion and also begins retrogression – both associated with trigger to rainfall.

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The above mentioned two combinations happening in the same period of Feb – March 2019, is likely to see good rainfall, but accompanied with destruction and cyclonic effect (thunder storms). We have started seeing weather portals reporting of rainfall in the regions indicated by astro-meteorology and expecting more to come in the coming days particularly on 16th Feb.

Meanwhile I have another interesting information to tell.

 

Cyclone Titli’s past-into-future impact

The concept of rainfall is that, it must have a link with the date 6 and a half months prior to that. With rainfall expected by weather experts in Maasi now (Feb – March), the corresponding month in the past happens to be Purattasi.

Interestingly two cyclones Titli and Luban were formed in Purattasi last on both sides of South India. We can find a correlation between the dates then and now, implying that the regions that experienced cloud movement but no rainfall then are likely to experience rainfall now.

Cyclone Titli

Genesis = Oct 6. > Waning Dwadasi

Intensification = Oct 9 > Amavasya

Landfall = Oct 11 (Andhra) > Waxing Tritiya

 

The corresponding dates now are

(Purattasi) Oct 6. > Waning Dwadasi = (Maasi – Waxing Dwadasi) Feb 16th – 17th 2019

(Purattasi) Oct 9 > Amavasya = (Maasi – Pournami) After midnight on Feb 18th and 19th

(Purattasi) Oct 11 > Waxing Tritiya = (Maasi -Waning Tritiya) Feb 21st – 22nd

 

Cyclone Luban also formed on the same date but drifted off India on the Arabian Sea. Only Titli could have left an impact on the Indian land mass.

Weather experts have predicted rains in south of Tamilnadu bordering the Western Ghats. If some rainfall activity is seen between 16th to 21st / 22nd February in the regions covered by the clouds of Titli, then it is definite proof of how Garbottam works.

 

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Snippets from weather experts:

Following is the forecast of IMD on 13th February

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Following is from Skymet weather dated 15th Feb

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Following is the rainfall alert for East India by Skymet Weather

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And this one is from IMD Bulletin on 15th Feb at 16:30 hours Skymet Weather

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Our data shows that 16th Feb would be a momentous day while the next day of heavy rainfall begins on 5th March when Mercury starts retrogression. The entire period between 13th Feb and 14th March would see rainfall activity in the directions mentioned above with some places experiencing flash floods and destruction.

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Rainfall prediction for Cuddalore (2019)

As we are waiting for a good season of rainfall 2019, here are some Garbottam inputs by a resident of Cuddalore, Dr T.Vasudevan, MD, an Anaesthetist by profession. Impressed by the Garbottam articles, he wanted to try out for Cuddalore and had provided his observation right from Margazhi Garbottam onwards. His Daily Garbottam observation is also continuing, despite his tight schedule professionally. As far as this branch of knowledge is concerned we are all learners and his contribution is going to add to our knowledge. My heartfelt thanks to him.

Solar / Margazhi Garbottam for Cuddalore is disappointing, though the daily Garbottam is giving rays of hope. As of today rainfall dates are available till July only and they look promising for Cuddalore and Chennai as well. A comparison of the 2 places is also given at the end of this article. The Solar Garbottam dates become relevant only from 22nd June onwards. Until then and even after it begins, we need to rely on Daily Garbottam for day-to-day prediction. In my opinion gained so far, Solar Garbottam gives a kind of long range prediction while Daily Garbottam is needed for accuracy.

Solar Garbottam for Cuddalore

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A marked revelation is that November 2019 is going to be dry for both Cuddalore and Chennai. (To know Solar Garbottam for Chennai, Click here)

 

Daily Garbotam for Cuddalore.

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One will see the to and fro jumping of months of rainfall dates despite the fact the observation dates are sequential. This is because the lunar months get split within a solar month in such a way that a particular phase (waxing or waning) would appear only half in the beginning (followed by the next phase in complete) and then followed by the first half of the subsequent phase at the end of solar month. This happens in the years after the year of Adhik Maasa. (The last Adhik Masa occurred in 2018)

Rainfall is expected in the earlier phase in any month (as per our observation in the past). This is a momentous observation as it removes the confusion between solar and lunar calendars. This establishes that Time works along with solar calendar only, with lunar months aligned with solar months and not independently of solar months. The implication of this is that the zodiac is sidereal and all observations and predictions are relevant to sidereal positions only.

Now coming to the comparison between Chennai and Cuddalore, one can see close dates of rainfall between the two places. The table is based on the observation as until 12th February.

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Its our wish that people from other regions also start watching the sky for Garbottam and and help us form a data base to know about the rainfall prospects well in advance. Read More »

Synchronising Daily Garbottam, Solar Garbottam & planetary yogas (Part 1 – till July 8th)

Observation of Daily Garbottam is essential for detailed assessment of rainfall prospects for everyday of the entire period of SWM and NEM. Ideally one must start daily observation from the month of Karthigai, for only then pre-monsoon rainfall prospects from Chithirai (April- may) can be gauged.

By the simple rule of rainfall coming in the 6th solar month from the month of Garbottam observation, we can say that if it rains in Karthigai, there will be no rains in Chitthirai. If it is cloudy in Karthigai and Margazhi, peak summer would be less hot as rains can be expected in Chithirai and Vaikasi – the period of Agni Nakshatra. This would have a chain effect on the 6th month from then onwards, with Purattasi and Aippasi coming 6th from Chithirai and Vaikasi. This means if it rains in Agni Nakshatra, there will be less rains in the beginning of NEM season.

This year’s scenario shows that there will be rains in Agni Nakshatra and consequently less rains in Aippasi (October).  With the data in our hand collected so far we see daily Garbottam supporting rains in May and Solar Garbottam showing lack of rains in October. But as we keep observing on a daily basis, we would know for sure whether October dryness is indicated in Daily observation also.

Added to these two (Daily and Solar Garbottam) are the planetary yogas we wrote down HERE. When all these three concur, rainfall is very much certain. This year I will be giving all these three in bunches of relevance to 2 months as and when Daily Garbottam is progressing.  This makes it easy to analyse the scenario and compare with real time rainfall. Any discrepancies with real time rainfall can be further analysed to fine-tune the predictive tools.

Given below is the Daily Garbottam observation which I started from December 28th 2018, the day Solar Garbottam started. Only rainfall expected dates are given along with the Garbottam details. The rainfall period given here  ranges from May 15th to July 8th of 2019, the period related to Daily Garbottam seen till today (27th Jan, 2019). Some interesting observations are written below the chart. The first column is the date of observation of Daily Garbottam

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I included the overcast days of cyclone Phethai which went on for 2 days but split between 2 Solar months. The result is that rainfall months also were split. The first date in April is not supported by Planetary yogas. Solar Garbottam didn’t start and therefore is irrelevant for that date. If it rains on that date (April 26-27), it means Phethai clouds can be counted as Garbottam. In future, failed cyclones that pass off without rains can be counted for prediction of rainfall later.

The second date (May 27 – 28) comes within the period of Daily Garbottam.

As one scrolls down the data, one finds the rainfall dates suddenly changing by nearly a month for two consecutive Garbottam dates of Jan 1st and 2nd. This happens due to the piling up of days in lunar cycle. Every 3rd year, the lunar month more or less coincides with Solar month. After that every year the days are accruing in lunar month to such an extent that we find two similar phases in the same solar month – eg: few Tithis of waxing phase occurring in the beginning and end of the solar month.

In 2017 I was faced with the dilemma of which one to pick up. I found that it rained in the tithi of the phase coming in the beginning of the solar month. This year with same phases occurring twice in the same solar month, I have assigned the dates to the phase coming in the beginning of the month. As a result the reader will find May 15th coming after June 12th. If the rainfall pattern follows this, my observation can be taken as reliable. This year this period coincides with Agni Nakshatra period.

Till the last week of May, rainfall is indicated. After this, rainfall is indicated from June 8th onwards. The Garbottam date is same as Solar Garbottam date, but Solar Garbottam indicators start from June 22nd only. There is no planetary yoga for June rainfall in Chennai. If it rains, this is purely on the strength of Daily Rainfall.

The next important date comes on July 7th. This is supported by very good Garbottam in Daily Garbottam. This date is also supported by Solar Garbottam and planetary yoga of Mercury starting retrogression in the sign Cancer and crossing Mars backwards. By this Mars comes in the lead indicating heat aided rainfall (Veppa Chalanam). It could also mean a meteorological event happening.

Given below are the relevant parts of the Solar Garbottam chart for comparison with the Daily Garbottam chart given above

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The chart below shows all the three, Daily, Solar Garbottam and planetary yogas.

As and when rainfall occurs, those dates will be incorporated for comparison and reproduced at the end of the year for assessing the reliability of prediction through these methods and also for learning and improvising.

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All the three concur with the date starting from July 7th when Mercury starts retrogression. Whether this synchrony results in a meteorological event will add a new leaf to our understanding of astro-meteorology.

Checking Daily Garbottam is the most challenging exercise, as one has to be in station and be watchful of the sky. I record my thanks to @RainStorm_TN for helping me out whenever I was out of station. I also express my thanks to Dr Vasudevan, MD Anesthetist, of Cuddalore for having started Garbottam observation for his region to forecast rainfall in advance. His observations will be posted in another blog.

This is ancient wisdom, lost and forgotten but resurrected again now. With more people getting involved we can make this branch of knowledge vital, viable and helpful in rainfall- prediction.

Result of Solar / Margazhi Garbottam for Monsoon 2019.

Nearly a fortnight long observation of Margazhi Garbottam came to an end on 11th January at 1-13 PM. This year the Garbottam period was eventful and totally different from the past 3 years (relevant for monsoon 2016, 2017 & 2018) when spotless blue sky was staring down at us on most days. Except for 2 days corresponding to November 2019, all the other days had some signs to guarantee rains. This Garbottam being the first source of assessing the entire rainfall season, the mostly eventful Garbottam gives me a sigh of relief in the wake of a bad prediction of rainfall for the upcoming year ‘Vikari’. Keeping ‘Vikari’ year prediction for another day let me present here what I gathered from this Garbottam that is applicable to Chennai ONLY.

The first two days saw surging grey clouds from North East – North West, apparently from the sea. From my observation of similar events in the past Garbottams, this is not exactly how solar Garbottam has to happen. A similar kind of Garbottam gave rains in the sideline of a cyclone (Gaja) in the 2nd fortnight of November 2018. Interestingly this cloud surge indicates the dates of some planetary trigger when Mercury overtakes Mars and comes in the lead of all planets in a watery sign (Cancer) and Saturn and Ketu enter into deep conjunction. The dates happening to be July 5th to 9th sound improbable for rains from a system, but it could also result from convergence of winds (Mercury for winds) and ‘Veppa Chalanam’ (Mars behind Mercury). How this happens will be an addition to our knowledge of astro-meteorology. 

An important feature I noticed was the role of cold northerlies and fog helping in cloud formation after the sun climbs up the next day. When fog was much less, the next day had clear sky. When cold winds (Vaadai- Kaatru வாடைக் காற்று) were blowing, there was very good cloud build-up the next day causing them cross the sun often. When it was misty the previous night or next morning, the sky was misty white till noon after which it was blue sky only.

On 10th January (Day 13), there must have been some difference in the moisture level of overnight mist – as one could see the misty white sky developing clouds that caused good Garbottam in some places of Chennai, while it was not so in my place of observation. Similar formation was something not at all seen in the last 3 years after Chennai was flooded in 2015. This apparent disparity makes me think that 2019 is going to see far better levels of rainfall.

The most unique day was Day 10, on 7th January between 8 to 10:30 AM. The overnight foggy weather seemed to give rise to a peculiar cloud formation of neatly arranged bundles of clouds much closer to the surface – not like cirrus clouds seen high above. This was noticed at other parts of Chennai and is comparable with similar looking clouds noticed in south of South India from Chennai to Kerala on 27th February 2018. It resulted in the rainfall of the century to Kerala on the 195th day – on 8th August 2018.

day 10 - jan 7th compare with kerala clouds

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Similar cloud formation seen on 27th Feb 2018 for comparison

 

Compared to Kerala cloud, the duration was much less in Chennai. But the planetary combination was unique like it was when similar formation occurred in Kerala. Mars, Mercury and Venus were in exact square on 27th Feb 2018, when that cloud formation was happening.

In Chennai Mars and Mercury were in exact square at the time of cloud formation. On the corresponding dates (Oct 25th and 26th, 2019), Mars comes out of combustion and Mercury enters combustion both are trigger factors for very good rainfall.

The Feb 27th Garbottam (Kerala) did not happen in Margazhi. So it was counted as ‘Daily Garbottam’ and the impact date was deduced based on the phase and tithi of the moon on the 6th month.

But in Chennai Garbottam this time, it is counted for Margazhi Garbottam and also Daily Garbottam. The above mentioned dates in October are deduced from Margazhi Garbottam. In Daily Garbottam, the corresponding date is 20th May, 2019. This is also an important date to watch for rainfall and the nature of rainfall.

This Margazhi Garbottam observation is relevant for the period starting from June 22nd. However other features are there to ensure early rainfall for Chennai. The same data of Solar Garbottam is relevant as Daily Garbottam observation and it will be written in another blog shortly.

The chart given below gives the observation and the probable dates of rainfall. One drawback of this observation is that night time sky could not be watched. So nearly a week – rather the alternating weeks are not covered in this. However it was found that it was not at all cloudy on any of the nights of Solar Garbottam, but one important feature was early morning fog on most days which was found missing in the previous 3 years of my observation of this Garbottam in Margazhi.

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Solar Garbottam 2018-19: Count-down begins on 29th Dec for monsoon 2019.

The traditional weather forecast for rainfall prospects of 2019 begins at 11-19 AM on 29th December 2018 and is going to last until 1-13 PM on 11th January 2019. Most Tamil Panchangas make a mention of this duration as ‘Garbottam’ – translated as nature of ‘pregnancy’ of rainfall that occurs six months later starting from South west Monsoon season.

This period covers the transit of Sun in the star Purvashada (Pooradam) in the month of Margazhi. Each degree covered by the sun foretells the nature of rainfall for a fortnight starting from the time the sun enters the star Arudra in late June. In other words the climatic condition of this period is the causative factor for all that is going happen in the coming months with its result getting manifest for 6 months starting from the 2nd fortnight of June.

This Garbottam gives an overall general picture of the entire SWM and NEM season for the region where it is observed. I am observing it from Chennai and this is my 4th year in continuation ever since Chennai was ravaged by floods. In the past 3 years, this Garbottam was found to be highly reliable and it must be said that I am gaining a lot year after year in fine-tuning my understanding of this traditional knowledge.

New-comers may read my eralier article on how to see Solar Garbottam to help themselves catch up with this article. This Garbottam during Sun’s transit in Pooradam has been named by me as ‘Solar or Margazhi Garbottam’. This gives overall picture of the rainfall of next year. There is another one, which is same as this in observation, but observed everyday which I prefer to call as ‘Daily Garbottam’. The timing of rainfall varies in Daily Garbottam which will be explained in a separate article.

For now I am giving an observation chart for Margazhi Garbottam. The duration of each day with its corresponding rainfall-period (later) is given. On all these days given in the chart one must observe

  • The clouds,
  • The wind,
  • Drizzles if any

apart from lightning and thunder. The last two are excluded in the chart as they are not common. If observed they must be noted. If all the 5 features are noticed in a day in this period, there will be plenty of rainfall in the corresponding period.

For now each 1-3/4 hour of observation is equal to 1 day in the corresponding period.

Therefore the formation of clouds must occur at least for half an hour to give a few hours of rainfall later.

 

What to observe?

  1. Clouds resembling pearl or silver colour
  2. Clouds in the shape of aquatic animal, huge and dense.
  3. These clouds scorched by bright sun light
  4. Gentle breeze (presence of 3 and 4 together would result in torrential rain on the 196thday)
  5. Sun and the Moon encircled by glossy, bright and thick halo.
  6. Sky filled with bulky clouds or smooth needle like clouds (cirrus), or in the shape of sword.
  7. Clouds appearing in red or blue tint.
  8. Pleasant twilights in morning and evening.
  9. Light rumbling thunder
  10. Rainbow in the lower horizon.
  11. Red glow in the horizon at dawn and sun set.
  12. Clouds with halos

 

Clouds:

Look for clouds shaped as aquatic animals. The clouds will keep changing shapes. But as they change the aquatic look should be there.

Some common shapes one can expect in this Garbottam season are shown below:

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Turtle shaped cloud

 

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Swan- like

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Swan’s beak

Other common shapes are long crocodile like clouds and fish shaped clouds.

 

Cloud and the Sun.

The clouds must cross the sun very often, that is, the sun must be hidden very often. The crossing clouds must look dark for our sight while its edges must glow. For example the cloud formation as in pic 1 must occur often whereas the one in pic 2 is not good Garbottam.

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Even if the clouds are crossing the sun, bringing down the heat felt by us, the sun must not evaporate or shatter the clouds. Two sample formations are shown below to show a wasted Garbottam.

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Clouds seemed boiled by the Sun – Failed Garbottam

It is best if the sun is not seen while dark clouds cross it for a while each time. A sample formation is given below:

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The disc of the sun must be seen white with naked eye as the clouds pass through.

 

Wind pattern

There must be cool winds blowing when the clouds are crossing the sun. Even otherwise, the days must cold with a less hot sun in the sky. Direction of the wind must be noted down. The rainfall in the corresponding period will be in opposite to this direction. In the initial days the wind direction will be north east corresponding to south west monsoon. A change of direction is noticeable in later days corresponding to NEM. All this observation is done personally at the ground level.

 

Planets

The planetary positions during Margazhi Garbottam also play a role in monsoon later. Fortunately this year not many negative combinations are there with Mars well outside the days of this Garbottam. An eclipse during the Garbottam day spoils rainfall but the solar eclipse occurring in this period is not visible in India; so no adverse impact on Garbottam.

Fortunately moon will be moving in stars that ensure plenty of rainfall if Garbottam features occur well on those days. They are marked in the chart.

In olden days Garbottam was welcomed with worship of Nataraja on the Full Moon coming before Margazhi Garbottam. That is celebrated as Arudra Darshan even today. The first day of Garbottam corresponds to the time of Sun’s entry into Arudra in the month of Ani. Thinking of that our forefathers had prayed to Lord Nataraja to enable a bountiful monsoon which is dependent on the cloud, wind and heating conditions on the land on these 13 days of Margazhi Garbottam.

Let us also pray to Lord Nataraja to bestow auspicious Garbottam this time to bring relief to parched Chennai.

Margazhi Garbottam chart given below can be downloaded and used for noting down the observation. Note down the time of sighting Garbottam clouds and winds. The corresponding dates can be deduced on the basis of part of the Garbottam day.

Garbottam 2019 chart

 

The astrological tale of three cyclones: Titli, Luban and Gaja.

This year (2018) we found four cyclones of rare kind, with two of them forming in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea simultaneously which the IMD characterised as the rarest of rare occurrence! Cyclone Titli and Luban formed simultaneously in BOB and Arabian Sea respectively during an intervening between SWM and NEM. Twin formation on two sides of India has not been recorded so far.

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Cyclone Gaja also made history of sorts by taking a long time to make a landfall, and once entered land, made a ‘walk-away’ across the land without losing intensity and causing severe havoc.

The next was cyclone Phethai which seemed to head towards north coastal TN but gave a miss to the parched North TN including Chennai. With the astro-meteorological phenomenon behind Phethai already discussed, we will be looking into Titli, Luban and Gaja in this article.

 

The twins – Titli and Luban

The twin cyclones occurred at a time of NEM in meteorological perception but in a fused SWM and NWM period in astro-meteorological perception.

Look at the dates of Mercury- Venus closeness which is the basic canvass of rainfall period for India in general.

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(From Feb 26, 2018 article)

This closeness conveys that there will be good rainfall between Sep 21- Oct 26 which partly covers the SWM retreat period and onset of NEM period. How would the planetary influence (shall I say “Maruts”) behave in this period? In Arabian Sea or BOB or in both? This year we got a reality check for this, I would say. When the closeness extends from SWM to NEM, we can expect systems in both provided other first rate influences are there.

Now let us look at the dates of the twin cyclone on both the seas and compare with astrological features at that time.

Cyclone Titli

Genesis = Oct 6.

Intensification = Oct 9

Landfall = Oct 11 (Andhra)

 

Cyclone Luban

Genesis = Oct 6

Intensification = Oct 10

Landafall = Oct 14 (Yemen)

 

Astrological features in this period.

#Mercury – Venus closeness = September 21 – October 26

# Venus (in western sky in the evening in Swati = plentiful rainfall / Ativrishti yoga) = until Oct 20

Now the cyclone trigger features:

 

# Mercury enters the next sign to join Venus = Oct 6

# Venus Starts retrogression = Oct 5th night

# Venus continues to stall in the same degree (17th degree in Libra) = from Oct 6 – Oct 11.

Cyclone Titli’s progress exactly matches with this

 

Learning:

When Mercury- Venus closeness is present and Venus begins retrogression with Mercury entering the sign where Venus is located, severe storm brews as long as Venus is stalled in its position

(Stalling happens when a planet starts retrogression from a forward motion. This is as seen from the earth. When seen from the earth its takes a few days to notice the backward motion of the planet. That period varies from planet to planet. That period is called “Stambhita” – or stalling)

In the same period cyclone Luban formed and progressed to a destination outside India. It intensified around the same time the stambhita of Venus was coming to an end and the planet started moving backward.

 

Cyclone Gaja

Genesis = Nov 5

Intensification in BOB = Nov 10

Landfall = midnight of Nov 16

Moved across Land to enter Arabian Sea = Nov 17

 

Astrological features in the same period.

Mercury- Venus closeness = Absent (between Oct 26 – Nov 28)

Mars-Saturn – Sun in alternate signs = Nov 6 – Nov 17

This single feature tells the story of Gaja.

Though Mercury- Venus closeness was not there, the other potent and deadly combination of the three planets (Sat, Ma & Sun) in alternate signs lasted for 11 days, the exact duration during which cyclone Gaja was potent.

Let us see the detailed features.

# Mars enters next sign (Aquarius) to come into alternate signs with Saturn and Sun = Nov 6

#Venus stalled (Stambhita) in the same degree = Nov 10- Nov 16

# Venus ends retrogression = Nov 16 (4-30 PM)

# Sun enters the next sign to end the alternate sign trot = Nov 16 (6-30 PM)

 

Learning:

The Sthambita period of Venus both at the beginning and end of retrogression causes severe intensification of a cyclone provided the major canvass of rainfall is also present (Mercury –Venus closeness or Sat-Ma-Su in alternate signs).

The location of Venus in morning or evening sky must be in favourable stars for this intensification to give rainfall to India.

During Titli, Venus was in evening sky in Swati = plenty of rainfall.

During Gaja, Venus had moved backward to morning sky to be in Chitra = plenty of rainfall.

One planet, that is, Venus from the time of its retrogression and the end of the same had given 3 cyclones in between. It had moved from evening sky to morning sky in favourable stars throughout. Within the same period 2 major rainfall canvas features had occurred, the first one being Mercury- Venus closeness and the latter one being Sat-Ma-Su in alternate signs.

Certainly this is a rare combination.

 

Nutshell:

The basic canvas for plenty of rainfall must be there. They are

# Closeness of Mercury- Venus

# Saturn, Mars and Sun in alternate signs.

#Venus in morning or evening sky in favourable stars.

 

Trigger for cyclone and intensification:

# The date of start of retrogression triggers meteorological activity.

# The date of end of retrogression causes massive rainfall.

# The days of stall of Venus when it is changing course while beginning or ending retrogression.

# Mercury entering a sign to join Venus.

# Mercury and Venus crossing each other.

#When Mercury crosses backward with Venus moving to the front, heavy rainfall.

# When Venus crosses backward with Mercury moving to the front, winds pick and reduction in rainfall.

  Titli Luban Gaja

 

Start date Oct 6 Oct 6 Nov 5
Astro feature Venus starts retrogression

 

Mercury enters next sign to join Venus

Venus starts retrogression

 

Mercury enters next sign to join Venus

Mars enters next sign to come into alternate sign with Sat & Sun

 

Retrogression of Venus continues

       
Intensification to landfall Oct 9-11 Oct 10-14 Nov 10-16
Astrological feature Venus in same degree (stalled / in stambhita) Venus in same degree (stalled / in stambhita) Venus in same degree (stalled / in stambhita)