Isabelle & golden spirals
- According to Michael Schneider, storm patterns like Isabelle form a huge
golden spirals (the spirals that are inscribed within a golden rectangle).
So when I sent that image to the list I was envisioning the huge spiral it
makes when seen from above, similar to what one finds on the weather channel
watching the point-and-counterpoint of low and high pressure systems spiral
the world over. The image is just an example of what one extraordinary
spiral may appear as when seen from the side.
Slightly out of context and without the accompanying diagrams, but...
"If you've ever been in a rowboat you may have noticed whirlpools trailing
behind the moving oar as it cuts through still water. Look closely and
you'll see that the eddies are linked in a daisy chain of alternately
opposite spinning whorls known collectively as a "vortex street". The
phenomenon also occurs behind a still branch dipping into a moving stream.
The central axis of a vortex street is a forward-flowing zigzag from which
the separate vortices emerge and balance. The central rhythm of alternating
pulsation gives the whole "street" stability. Each spiral whirls
independently balanced, and all spin in directions that support the
direction of the central stream. To understand its rocking rhythm, think of
how you break into a run, ride a bicycle, or roller-skate: you start off
rocking side to side to achieve balance while thrusting forward. The more
stable you become, the less polarized and straighter the central axis
becomes. This is how the archetype struggles with resistance to resolve
itself into a state of dynamic balance....
Due to the spin of the Earth and its Coriolis effect (deflection of a moving
object), low-pressure storms north of the equator spin counterclockwise,
meshed with high pressure spirals (fair weather) spinning clockwise. For
the same reason, directions are reversed south of the equator. To see the
Coriolis effect in miniature, that is, to see how the Earth's spin causes
the atmosphere to spiral, shoot a marble from the rim of a spinning record
turntable toward its center (as if above the South Pole). The marble's path
will curl as a golden spiral like the great winds.
Observe a weather map and you'll see that high- and low-pressure spirals are
linked as a daisy-chain vortex street in bands around the planet. These
"jet streams", high-altitude zigzagging winds, are the central lanes of
great vortex streets meandering between whirling atmospheric spirals.
Global weather is all meshed as such spirals. The Earth's atmosphere is one
whole. Changes in weather patterns anywhere affect weather everywhere."
-Michael Schneider, "A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe", pp.
To see an anatomy of a hurricane go here:
In this image, you can see narrow feeder bands of cumulus clouds spiral into
That image is from a couple taken flying into Hurricane Hugo:
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As for storm god being female, in Greece, Zeus and Zephyr were the gods of
storm, and Poseidon if you think of him in his stormy aspect of the sea
Thunderstorms are generally male, Nordic Thor being the primary example.
But in Sumero-Babylon, an agrarian mythology if ever there was one, first
Enlil then later Marduk were the gods of thunderstorms.