Hoarfrost in Yellowstone

Astrometerology has a cool sounding name, but has been very hard for astrologers to peg down. Theodor Landscheidt is a good name to keep in mind and study.  In this essay, I will look at the chart for the coldest temperature ever recorded in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming when it was was -66°F on February 9, 1933, and highlight some of the problems I have run into using the methdology and give you one of my own:  astrometerology fractions.

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When temperatures get that cold, and according to the National Park System it was for a while, then wind, water or vapor will all freeze to things like grasses, trees and rocks. This is known as hoarfrost. The difference between hoarfrost and regular Jack frost, is the former happens after about a fortnight of below 32 temperatures; it takes a while.

When I lived in the Poconos, we got temperatures that low for a long time and had hoarfrost. While beautiful, it is a rather frightening thing, everything is so still and seeing ice on inanimate life is disconcerting. Shohola Falls was stopped dead in its tracks. As it is also very cold, so you can only venture out between 11 am and 2 pm before the Sun starts to set and everything gets spooky. It is best to travel with someone in case you get fall in the ice — the snow drifts are frozen and so the air pockets are lying underneath like traps.

Of course the typical off the shelf camera does not work at those temperatures, and snowshoes are out because the snow is ice. Instead like cars with chains, put on cleats on, and use a hiking stick with a sharp point . Alice’s Wonderland had it all and yes they ship.

Four Basic Problems of Weather

So that is the first problem. How do you judge time? Are we going to use the Sun in Aquarius, which here is at 21 degrees to be our barometer? or should it be how long the Sun and Saturn and Venus were in conjunction?

The chart above shows what was captured on the day, a rather cool see-saw with just Uranus not part of the two groups. Uranus is typically indicative of precipitation, but here in the third house in Aries it gets a bizarre set of elements: Air, Earth, Fire for its placement.

And so we meet our second problem. How do we associate the elements? Are they Fire (Aries) Air (3rd House) and Earth (Uranus)?

Third q

uestion, what are we attributing to Uranus? It is air like the sign Aquarius? If so then it is Air Air Fire, but that would not work as it would make a blazing fire, so Uranus, at least here, cannot be Air. Perhaps Earth as an equivalent of Saturn.

Fourth problem. If we place the house is first, which is the third and thus assigned to Gemini and it is ruled by Air, is the sign or the planet next? And that’s just the wildcard of Uranus, to get the solution to the problem here you would have to apply the trine, because they are friendly, with the Moon in Leo and Pluto in Cancer. That’s akin to a nine card elemental spread, and then of course you must  add in the sextile of Mercury in Aquarius and apply that.


Right now our elemental spread looks like this and if we add as we in fractions, we get some approximation of the weather, but after doing that first set you have bring in the sextile because it is also aiding the weather situation, for the answer. Try it and see for yourself.

  • So we have Air Fire Earth for Uranus
  • and Air Fire Water for Pluto
  • and finally Air Water Fire for the Moon



Overall though, having studied this a bit, astrometerology is a worthless thing. After the fact what good is it? And it’s really hard to pinpoint before time. Astrometerologist Carl Tobey who was a meteorologist worked on it for years, and I’ve never read a thing that he got anywhere with it. I ‘ve done some work there thinking it would be interesting, but after a while I ran into the most obvious problem of all — the weather is well, erratic and you can go for years in your area and never get much.

If you live in extreme parts of the world, it is basically the same thing, typical and expected. The best book I found was Zain’s in the Church of Light, Weather Astrology. You can get that here.

In the meantime, download the Coldest day in Yellowstone  Download chart and explore the possibilities.

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