Talking about the Weather in Divination Posted August 15, 2018 Well, I realized I left this though hanging. Where I was going with asking about the weather where Citoyenne is gos to something we see here. Some folk say whatever the season was like in a place called Frostburg(a ways off near Punxy mentioned above) that would be about what our next year would look like. Its not true, but it was. Throughout the 70's and a good bit of the decade before we matched up near enough to one year late to Frostburg's seasonal outcomes. The trend seemed to end when things evened out with the consistent heatwaves and heavy winters of the 80's. Then it failed to fall back in step after.Hearing the description of Citoyenne's season sounded at first like last year here. However, if the fruit trees made it but the vines and low bearing blossoms didn't then it sounds more like the my year before last. This gave me a vague notion that with this speeding up we may be able to look to places of greater distance to see whats coming. Luckily modern communications(where its reliable) makes that a bit easier. So I'm looking at a solid point of reference to get a long rang forecast. The same way as asking a traveler what the weather was like where they came from for more immediate forecast. However, it might also open doors to getting a feel for the changing patterns. I know one of the difficulties in forecasting with out communication systems is that we only see whats hitting us. This leaves us to look to our signs for short term changes to get our early warning. However, if we do find points of reference for a year and a given distance away we could start to map the approximate change over time and distance. One thing I've observed is that it seems better for me to get a first hand account rather than a report. The reports are handy, but often don't reflect the effect the weather has on things in a relevant way. It for instance doesn't take into account things like wet or dry ground or if pants and animals were already struggling from heavy rain a week ago when a new rain comes. That 70 degrees and 2” of rain means something altogether different if your coming out of drought rather than flood. Anyway this is all just a loose thought, but I know for me this added familiarity with the turbulent weather patterns would like to help me connect more with them. I know connection makes all the difference in the world with divination for me. One way or the other loosing your vines and low fruit is not a small thing. I feel your pain there. Like I said we lost the lower fruit the year before last. Last year we lost all the fruit. I know I would watch close just in case one proceeding the other is a trend. We had an early blooms in that spring from a warm spell. Then one cold night right at our frost safe date took it all by morning. I think there is to many variables between here and there and think we need to look to closer topography to find reference points. All the same I'd keep a little caution in the back of my mind myself. This year on the other hand its all back and looks better for its troubles. We only lost the spring foraging and are fighting back to much water. Had my first apple the other day and even a touch early it tasted great. Ether that or I missed it more than I though. I talked about a keeping a weather journal, another study aid I find quite useful studying any divination is a journal of predictions. This is just simply a notebook to jot down my predictions, how they came to me, and anything that might be useful to look at later about them. I find what works best for me is to keep a pre-punched note book to write in. Then I move it to a binder so the pages can be reordered to the date I expect to see it play out, rather than the date I made the prediction. Then I can take a quick look at it every morning to see if I should be expecting anything and to comment on the outcomes of the day before. Now in my experience this does best as a simple no frills book akin to school notes. I have at times tried using a fancy, handmade, or otherwise, special books for this. The result was often that it was less comfortable to just scribble casually about things I was less sure of. I figure I just had something in the back of my mind about keeping it nice or some such thing. It can always be added to a nicer book later if deemed worthy. For me this tool is a wealth of advantage in honing my divination. For starters it allows me to track successful readings. This lets me be more mindful of why readings went wrong. It also lets me track over all accuracy in a method of reading by finding the percentage of successful readings. Having a gauge of my overall accuracy can be quite important to me. It tells me where I need to devote work. It also means I have something to guide me in how comfortable I should be in sharing my predictions. I typically find I'm okay with throwing something out there in conversion as what I'm expecting to see if I'm seeing about 70% accuracy in the method and feel pretty good about it. I don't often feel comfortable about giving it to others as a prediction or on a mater of importance till I'm at 85 – 90%. In the end after all the question for me is always, am I willing to risk my good name on it. Another of the many things this is useful to me for is tracking trends in the predictions themselves. For instance the I'm noticing in this study I'm finding a trend in seasonal prediction. Looking over my forecasting of when seasons will change I'm finding I'm putting it less in terms of distinct weather shifts and more in terms of plant life cycles. Thing along the lines of the dandelion will peak at this point, we'll see deadnettle from this date to this date, and the basil will be gone by this time of this month. This makes me think that I should make more of an effort into reckoning by plants and likely work with particular plants to better define the local seasons. Right now its showing me this month has been about what I expected to months ago. I'm sure others learned study tools on these lines or maybe have entirely different methods that works best for them. I'm always interested in education and study methods and how they do for folk. So if anyone would like to share some of their study tools successful or not I'd much enjoy hearing about them.