The sun’s magnetic poles rotate one full cycle over a 22 year time frame.
Moon feels, fluctuates, adapts, pretty shiny orb yadda yadda –
Sun fluctuates too – respect.
Astrological Sun rules Leo, the heart.
Polar reversal takes place every 11 years during the sunspot, flares and solar storm maximum cycle. Every 11 years, the magnetic poles of the sun point toward the equator. When this happens, the electromagnetic flow at (sunspots drift toward) the equator becomes much stronger. Below, the uniform blue (north) and yellow (south)regions near the poles reveal the orientation of the Sun’s underlying dipole magnetic field. We are currently over three years into Cycle 24.
Why and how does this happen ?
The trailing polarity flux from bipolar active regions drifts toward the pole to produce polar fields. The polar reversal occurs when sufficient flux from a new cycle has reached the pole to neutralize the remnant flux of opposite polarity from the previous cycle. Flux accumulates at the Sun’s poles until, at the height of solar maximum, the
magnetic poles change polarity and begin to grow in a new direction.
Extensive read here for science geeks.
Here is the Sun now via SOHO – realtime.
More on Sun cycles below…
As if Moon conjunct Mars and now nearly Saturn wasn’t making us cranky enough, we are also under a proton warning.
About 2,000 geomagnetic storms happen in every 11-year solar cycle – but proton events > 10 (+9) are more rare – they vary from 0 – 8 events per solar cycle.
Past proton events.
As of this post: Latest Alert: Jul 24 1857 UTC EXTENDED WARNING: Proton 10MeV Integral Flux above 10pfu expected
The flux proton levels are still at a elevated level, just below the threshold
for the >=10MeV as a consequence of the CME eruption early in the morning of
July 23. This means that we are still geomagnetically connected with the
source/CME. SIDE, Belgium
What you say ?
Proton ( positively charged – click here for why negative is good – sage smudging, and electrical thunderstorms via my very first post ) shock waves are associated with coronal mass ejections, though not necessarily (click for current graph – no magnetic storms) magnetic in nature. Interplanetary Shockspotter here.
10 MeV = Ten million electron volts yowsa
See why the protons are worth mentioning – we will feel it !… Maybe chalk it up to Uranus square Pluto or Moon conjunct Mars – Saturn. Protons are uncomfortable, increased blood pressure, aggression, serotonin levels. Nervous tension. Girl cat was especially touchy this eve. Plus severe drought across the US.
We are feeling it BIGTIME.
Here is a page for red alert warnings.
In addition you can always go to the sidebar to NOAA- Space Weather Now.
Here is a record of proton shocks from 2000 – 2005.
Here is the last two weeks – note the 10+ peaks. Not as high as the 10 (+6) above, yet getting up there, nonetheless. Click here for updates on the latest 48 hours of solar flare activity – basically like the chart below only fresh.
You are wondering what is a proton event exactly…?
Me too. (in depth Solar Proton Event wiki)
A solar proton event (or proton storm) occurs when protons emitted by the Sun become accelerated to very high energies either close to the Sun during a solar flare or in interplanetary space by the shocks associated with coronal mass ejections.
These high energy protons cause several effects. They can penetrate the Earth’s magnetic field and cause ionization in the ionosphere. They (reportedly – GMAstro) only enter the atmosphere near north pole, south pole, and South Atlantic magnetic anomaly.
What is South Atlantic magnetic anomaly ? It is where the Earth’s magnetic field is the weakest. (see map below)
Who knew ? Not me – fascinating !
Ye Gads, I see an astrocartography analysis bender in my Sun conjunct Uranus Pluto future. Plus, weak magnetics – do people weigh less and jump higher too… hmmm..? That could be an arthritic plus or minus, I suppose, plus maybe baseballs go farther…?… compasses spin wildly..? the mind boggles…hmmm…ok – getting distracted…sorry
Basically the effect is similar to auroral events, the difference being that electrons and not protons are involved. They can penetrate the Earth’s magnetic field and cause ionization in the ionosphere. Energetic solar protons are also a significant radiation hazard to spacecraft and astronauts. In addition they wack out radio signals, but not necessarily the electrical grids, which are only sensitive to fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field.
What is the ionosphere exactly ?
The ionosphere is comprised of portions of the mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere, distinguished because it is ionized by solar radiation. In the thermosphere, the atmosphere is so thin that free electrons – okay, how Uranian is THAT ? – can exist for short periods of time before they are captured by a nearby positive ion. The number of these free electrons is sufficient to affect radio propagation.
The thermosphere is ionized and contains a plasma which is referred to as the ionosphere. In a plasma, the negative free electrons and the positive ions are attracted to each other by the electromagnetic force, but they are too energetic to stay fixed together in an electrically neutral molecule.
Too energetic – fascinating – drawn together, but no neutrality.
Fixed by attraction, yet not bound. cool.
Can you see this in your natal chart oppositions ?
I soOo do in mine.
Same wavelength, opposite viewpoints.
Toro Moon opp Scorp Neptuner.
Exalted vs. most highly aspected.
Okay, so check this out:
During magnetically quiet days of solar maximum periods, the diurnal (daytime) ionosphere has both increased ionization and is thicker, compared to the nighttime for non – auroral latitudes. The reverse is true during the solar minimum.
In high latitudes, nighttime thickness of the ionosphere is higher compared to the daytime for both solar phases.
The atmosphere adjusts for the incoming solar energy and storms. neatO.
Interestingly peak ionosphere thickness is pre-sunrise and post sunset.
(source for above)
Protons have a positive charge, neutrons have a neutral charge, and electrons have a negative charge.
When these charges are out of balance, an atom becomes either positively or negatively charged. The switch between one type of charge and the other allows electrons to flow from one atom to another. This flow of electrons, or a negative charge, is what we call electricity.
Exactly why the sunrise and sunset are so magickal – full of possibilities & electricity !
I’m not buying we don’t feel the protons through the atmosphere bit, obviously. If proton storms change and whack out radiowaves, they change and whack out life forms on the planet surface too. So step up the sage smudging, the candles and humidity in your environs just to safe – feels good anyway.
Gonna Virgo – out and go from macro to the micro bit: human electrical health: Click.
The most common human ion is Calcium.
Calcium is not only the fifth-most-abundant element by mass in the Earth’s crust, but it is also the fifth-most-abundant dissolved ion in seawater.
Wow. Who knew ? Not me ! Saturnrox, lol.
Bone is the body’s major mineral storage site. Calcium storage inside our cells accumulate ions, releases them when needed. This calcium storage includes mitochondria. Mitochondria are sometimes described as “cellular power plants” because they generate chemical energy. Human mitochondrial DNA is inherited solely from the mother.
How is that for Moon conjunct Saturn ?
So now onto Solar cycles, why I started writing this novella in the first place.
Solar Maximum Sunspot Official Numbers NOAA
Feb 1906 – 64.2
Aug 1917 – 105.4
April 1928 – 78.1
April 1937 – 119.2
May 1947 – 151.8
March 1958 – 201.3
Nov 1968 – 110.6
Dec 1979 – 164.5
July 1989 – 158.5
March 2000 – 120.8
I have been wanting to study up on solar cycles for months and months – finally doing it.
I have Sun conjunct Uranus (magnetics) Pluto and I was thinking solar cycles would be evident in my life.
I got my answer.
My answer is yes.
In ’68 I was too young to remember, will have to ask my Mom what was going on. I know around ’79 I got yanked into several years of moving and changing schools every few months or so. (Toro Moon in 4 hates that, btw.) Around ’89 second Sagittarian relationship hit the skids – heartbreakingly stellar crash and burn, I didn’t eat or sleep for weeks. You can see it coming, 2000 wasn’t any better, years of major stress induced illness.
I am curious if you notice anything unusual during solar maximums.
Please comment either way. If you have made it this far you deserve a science geek medal and a heartfelt thank you for reading my self-indulgent solar magnetic energies post.
ps. It is late, and I need sleep – I will look up world history with the dates and edit with more info at a later time. I did find this link fascinating – stock market and solar cycles, via John Hampson.