Saturn is still Retrograde in Scorpio until the 8th July, 2013. These two aspects are very challenging on a physical level, as well as an emotional one. No surprise that these Auckland earthquakes came on the day Mercury went Direct, with Saturn still Retrograde. We can expect more earthquakes than usual over this period of Saturn Retrograde, especially at the times of New Moon and Full Moon. Aries people need to be especially careful of accident and violence for the whole of their birthday month 2013, since Mars is in Aries right now, on top of the Sun.
2013 St Patrick’s Day Sees Drought Break in New Zealand with some earthquakes.
This is the worst drought in living memory, so the record-keepers say. It has already devastated many farmers. Many poor cows have had to be sent to the works because of lack of feed. There is just no grass for them to eat, so unless farmers have had the foresight to plant maize the previous year, in case of drought, or they have the funds to bring in silage, they have had to get rid of their starving cows.
Today the drought over New Zealand broke. We had some rain. Down here in the Waikato, it did not come to much, but it was enough to sweeten the air and make the plants in our gardens, and what cows are left in the paddocks, sit up and take notice.
But the damage has already been done. This 2013 drought could affect our national economy to the tune of TWO BILLION DOLLARS.
So – today we celebrated St Pat’s Day and rejoiced in the rain…. Praise God for the breaking of the drought. And all praise to St Patrick.
‘All Praise to St Patrick, dear Saint of our Isle, on us thy poor sinners, bestow a sweet smile.’
This is the first line of the Hymn to St Patrick. I played it at the Anglican Church today, in honour of this Holy Saint on his own ‘St Patrick’s Day’.
The best rain fell in Central Otago, which received 30 mm over 24 hours. Queenstown was close behind with 24 mm, and Dunedin with 22 mm. Dargaville in the North received only 5 mm, which will not help farmers very much. Pitiful amounts were recorded in the ‘fruit bowl of New Zealand’, Hastings-Napier in the Hawkes Bay, which received only 2.2mm. Palmerston North to the south of Hawkes Bay got only .6 and Blenheim in the South Island got only .5 mm.
Here at Morrinsville, we received a good whetting – 17 mm over the day on Sunday 17th March, 2013. (Postscript – in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 19th March, 2013, at around 1.20AM, we had a good downpour which measured 12 mm in a friend’s rain-gauge)
Many acres of corn all over the country have been left to die before the harvest. Dairy farmers everywhere are in dire straits, and the animals are suffering. The cost of milk and other dairy foods, meat, and all vegetables and fruit are likely to go up dramatically, as we will have less food around this year because of the lack of rain. We need a lot more rain, please, St Patrick.
Prime News at 5.30PM 17th March, 2013, St Patrick’s Day has just announced that some earthquakes struck in Auckland this afternoon, the largest measuring 3.9 magnitude on the Richter scale.
I felt the shakes down here in Morrinsville. – enough of a jolt for me to question ‘Was that an earthquake, or a big truck passing by?’ The pressure before these earthquakes was really dreadful. I felt enormous depression and a feeling of helplessness for several hours before the quakes. But after the quakes had been, and evening came on, the depressed feeling lifted. My friend who lives in the Whangaparaoa , which is close to Motutapu Island, the epicentre of these earthquakes, always feels these things in much the same way as I do. She also felt awful on Sunday. No wonder – the 17th March 2013 was the day Mercury went Direct again, after doing its Retrograde thing for three weeks.
My guess is that it was Mercury doing its changeover on Sunday which caused the earthquakes, and which caused us to feel so apprehensive and gloomy. My friend said that there was a bit of the same feeling yesterday, Monday 18th March, as if there might be more to come. Today, Tuesday, is not quite so bad.
The largest shake was only 6 kilometres deep, and its epicentre was below Motutapu Island, which is just a little north-east of Auckland city.
Let’s hope for no more earthquakes in Auckland right now. The last thing we need is another massive earthquake in one of our big cities.
The damage caused by the earthquake in Christchurch is still under reparation. The rebuilding of the town centre is an on-going project, and many, many people are still without homes and without an adequate insurance pay-out to buy another one.