El Niño/La Niña Rhythm
The El Niño rhythm is based on the cycles of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto [the planets through which warmth ether enters the solar system]. When these planets come together or conjunct there is an increased likelihood of an El Niño event occurring. The more of them together in a group the stronger the El Niño event is likely to be.
The strongest El Niño event was about 1983 when Pluto, Neptune and Uranus were as close together as they get in this cycle, so when Saturn and Jupiter caught up to them there was a close group of five planets. Every two and-a-bit years Mars catches up with the slower moving planets. This was the strongest El Niño event in the life time of any-one alive today.
Uranus is now drawing away from Pluto and Neptune so the next conjunction in the forty year cycle that will occur in 2020 will be less strong than 1983.There will be a repeat in 2022 before we go back to a predominance of La Niña.
What is concerning many farmers today is the upcoming El Niño event next season [2014-2015]. This should be a weaker event and last approximately from October until March. These lesser events should occur again 2016-2017 as Mars closes on Saturn which will be starting to get within reasonably close proximity to Pluto.
So what can we do to manage such situations? One thing [over the long haul] is to plant trees and shrubs that are edible by the animals that we keep. Another is to build as much humus as is possible each year. By humus I mean organic matter that has been digested by soil organisms. A third is to modify stock numbers to meet the expected climatic conditions for our locations. A forth is to nurture and modify the [etheric] atmospheric conditions. The more people working in this manner the better it will work for all. Bear in mind that in the act of farming we are already modifying the natural environment to a greater or lesser degree, so why not take the next step and responsibly manage the atmosphere in our localities?
The biggest challenge for us is to find ourselves unexpectedly in a situation where we are unable to manage the environment around us. Understanding the organisational [etheric] processes at work in our landscapes and using the biodynamic preparations to enhance them can help you get to the next level of responsible management.
Peter Bacchus has years of biodynamic farming experience. Raised on a biodynamic dairy farm, he served apprenticeships on other dairy farms while growing up. He studied and worked on biodynamic farms and in a nutritional research laboratory in Switzerland, working with some of the most prominent biodynamic farming consultants and learning the sensitive crystallization and climbing chromatography research methods. Later he worked as a medicinal herb grower, developed a large-scale composting business, and converted a commercial glass house to the biodynamic method, which included successful control of whitefly and fungal problems. Bacchus consults widely and has held leadership positions in biodynamic farming organizations. He lives with his wife Gill near Palmerston North, on the north island of New Zealand. He is the author of the book Biodynamic Pasture Management.