Monday afternoon and we’re having yet another thunderstorm right now. I posted here back on 3 August suggesting we could expect some humid nights ahead during the next two weeks.
This comment was based on an astrological combination of a full moon in Aquarius riding opposite the Sun in Leo. A quirky, steamy, humid combination, suggesting the Lion was sporting a perm and it was likely to frazzle in the humidity.
This proved correct in many parts of the UK and including where I am, on the Lancashire coast in NW England. It’s been sticky as Sticky the stick insect when he’s got stuck on a stick, and last Tuesday night at 11.30 we had the first of this series of thunderstorms and it was a corker.
It started silently, sheet lightning, flash lightning, the entire sky lit bright as day; white, grey, lavender, palest pink. Then came the wind. The trees began to move, and then swish and then came the pounding rain. This sequence was repeated three times between 11.30 and about four in the morning.
I asked Il Matrimonio to film it on his phone, but this was just the start of the spectacle. Consider it slow TV.
The Tarot card that can forecast or describe a thunderstorm…or even a hurricane or a tornado is the Tower card. The Tower card is the card of Tuesdays, ruled by Tyr or Mars, and in its most extreme manifestations is the ultimate card of shock and awe, more fearsome than The Death card, which when it refers to a real, actual physical death, describes a natural or timely death, at least in my experience as a reader.
The Tower is pride before a fall, miscommunications, the Tower of Babel, shocks, bankruptcy, economic crashes, traffic crashes, air attacks, explosions. Readers in the States were haunted by the appearance of this card shortly prior to the events of 9/11 and the attack on the Twin towers.
But The Tower may be far smaller in the scale of warning. It might be a vehicle tyre needing replacing. It may be entirely neutral and benign and means only a Tuesday as a likely day for something to happen. Or it might mean a real actual Tower like the Tower of Pisa.
Or it might forecast a common-or-garden thunderstorm not likely to do much damage.
Back in 2011 it meant a tornado coming down my road next morning. And this was a very British tornado, surely one of the smallest possible tornadoes.
I had drawn the Tower card the previous evening and said to Il Matrimonio, there’s a storm coming. But I wasn’t expecting this. I have never heard anything like it in my life. A scream like the whistle of a massive steam train; similar principles of science I suppose, and it whirled down the street, hurled a few bins about.
It flattened someone’s garden wall; one of our neighbours, Mr Fagge, but still, it didn’t fall on anyone, and he said it needed repairing anyway. So that was OK. He didn’t much like it though, when people got word of what they had missed and started turning up to take photographs.
But you could hardly blame them. You don’t often see a tornado in Lytham St Annes.
Till next time 🙂