Nature and Weather Lore
(This is part of an article by Inanna Arthen, called “Whistle Up the Wind”. Read the whole article here.)
This merging of your consciousness with the forces that shape weather is the single most important quality an effective weatherworker can develop.
Dispersing a cloud: Choose a day (or moonlit night) when the air is calm and stable, and the sky is filled with “fair weather clouds” of different sizes. Find a spot where you can lie on the ground looking up for some period of time. Select a small cloud, or cloud-wisp, and focus on it. Speak to the cloud and allow your energy to meld with it. If the cloud complies, feel yourself spreading out into the sky, losing your cloud-identity into the air surrounding you. After a few minutes, centre yourself in your body again. Notice any changes in the cloud (if it still exists).
Calling Breezes: Choose a time when the air is very still and calm. Find a sheltered place outdoors to sit quietly. Send your consciousness out upon the air and speak to the spirits surrounding you. Feel the currents of air bending toward you, speeding up as they approach and releasing energy as they pass. As you do this, notice any breezes which touch your face, and their direction and strength. As a variant, feel your own energy flowing outward toward other objects that will move in a breeze (you might hang a light wind chime or mobile nearby). Experience the sensation of being a breeze which parts and flows and pushes against solid objects, moving with them and making them move. Notice the results.
Making rainbows: “Making a rainbow” involves pushing aside the clouds concealing the sun just enough to release sunlight to shine through the mist and form the rainbow, even if only for a few seconds. Try this when the conditions are almost right, but not quite, for rainbows: late afternoon, with the sky partially overcast and partially clearing, rain falling to the east. Find a place to sit quietly, with your back to the sun’s position. Allow yourself to merge with the clouds behind you, and feel yourself as a being of light, pouring toward the falling rain. Experience the sensation of your light-self pushing through the clouds and diving into the water mist, refracting from white to infinity of colour. If possible, keep your eyes open as you do this, and notice the result.
Rainmaking is the most common form of weather magick that you will feel encouraged to try. Foresight is valuable; don’t wait until drought conditions are serious before setting to work. Heavy rain after a long drought can do more harm than good, washing away parched topsoil and pounding dry plants into the ground. When conditions are dry enough to be a concern, and normal weather patterns do not appear likely to bring rain within a few days, it’s time to start your rainmaking magick. Begin by attuning with the greater weather patterns. Start at the beginning; do not work on an existing frontal system or weather pattern unless it is at sea. You do not want to rob someplace else of its rain. Focus on warm moist air rising from the north, heavy with energy, moving toward your location. Experience the merging of warm and cold air, forming clouds, dropping precipitation. Do not try to create a thunderstorm; instead, merge yourself with the long sweep of a warm front, which brings the deep soaking rain needed by crops and reservoirs. Be careful that your rainstorm does not affect a neighbouring region which may have had too much rain already. The keyword is balance.
Averting Severe Storms is probably the second most common category of weather magic. Great care and consideration should be given before attempting to influence or merge with a severe storm that is fully developed. Among other hazards, the storm will be drawn toward you if you act to temper it; if you attempt to avoid it, it will not be tempered and will, obviously, hit someplace else. Before you consider acting on a weather pattern, be sure that it truly is “severe” and not merely a nuisance. Weather that justifies our influence is destructive not only to humans, but to the environment as well. The most common way of averting severe weather is to “set up a wedge.” This is a psychic structure intended to allow minor weather patterns to pass, but “bump” more highly energized ones to one side or another. “Wedges” are easy to set up; you simply grow them out of the ground, in effect experiencing air as it acquires earth-like qualities of resistance and stability. A wedge may be detected psychically as a very tangible presence, and will decay over time; if it is not thoroughly grounded, pieces of it can hang around and disrupt local weather for months. A wedge is usually set up with a point aiming in the direction of the expected bad weather, and open on the other side. Closed wedge structures are not advisable. The most advisable way of influencing severe storms is to speed them along their path as rapidly as possible, without attempting to alter their nature. This will minimize the effects of strong winds and lightning, allow the storm to exchange its head and energy, and carry the least danger to you. Unfortunately, it will also reduce the amount of precipitation received by the area the storm passes through. When you are successful in “rushing” a storm on its way, you might compensate by bringing in a calmer weather pattern that will carry the needed moisture.
Heat Waves: Weatherworkers may alleviate a heat wave by encouraging a greater mixture of air from south to north. This may or may not involve precipitation. In general, it is a good idea to avoid rainmaking during very hot weather. The amount of energy available to the weather system could result in a severe storm, and heat waves typically conclude with a cold front known as a “squall line,” which may include high winds, tornados, hail, and lightning. Try to alleviate the temperature extreme and then focus on bringing in a gentle rain system, if necessary.