(This is a previously written paper, mostly copied here without change.)
After Donald Bradley reported his initial (early 1957) experiments with Sidereal ingresses, he naturally continued his investigations. In the September 1957 issue of American Astrology Magazine, he reported on Caplunar ingresses for the 12 heaviest rainfall dates ever recorded for New York City. Jupiter, lord of thunderstorms and bountiful rains, tended to fall near the Cap-lunar angles for these record-setting cloudbursts. Jupiter’s frequency on the Caplunar angles for these events was many times more than normal expectation would allow purely by chance.
Nor was the phenomenon unique to weather in Manhattan.
These dozen maximum precipitation events provided a strong pilot showing sufficient to attract attention from serious weather scientists. A grant issued from the National Science Foundation, administered by New York University, to continue this and related weather studies. When the team computer-crunched 90 years of U.S. rainfall records from every reporting station in the country, this “Jupiter effect” was resoundingly replicated: In Caplunars for the dates and places of nearly 50,000 maximum precipitation events, Jupiter’s presence on the Caplunar angles was almost incomprehensibly frequent, exceeding normal expectation by a staggering 15 standard deviations. (I say “staggering” because there may not be a z-score table that counts this high: The odds against such a result occurring purely by chance are effectively 0%.)
From that research project, several papers saw print in scientific journals and became part of the evolving science of meteorology. The published findings referred only to non-zodiacal phenomena, not to Caplunars; but it is worth acknowledging these published papers to show the level and importance of the work. They include:
“Lunar Synodical Period and Widespread Precipitation”
by Donald A. Bradley, Max A. Woodbury, Glenn W. Brier
Science, September 7, 1962, Vol. 137, No. 3532, pp. 748-749
“The Lunar Synodical Period & Precipitation in the United States”
by Glenn W. Brier (U.S. Weather Bureau) & Donald A. Bradley (New York University), 1964
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 386-395
“Tidal Components in Hurricane Development”
by Donald A. Bradley
Nature, October 10, 1964, Vol. 204, No. 4954, pp. 136-138
Further studies, concerning precipitation and Caplunars, remained unpublished in professional journals. Eventually, in 1968 when the professional reputations of his colleagues were no longer an issue, Bradley published a summary report in American Astrology Magazine under the title, “Crashing the Atmospheric Barrier,” using his pen name Garth Allen. After reviewing the effect of lunar phase and celestial latitude on precipitation in Part 1, Bradley moved on to the Caplunar effect in Part II.
THE STUDIES & THE RESULTS
Bradley’s 12-item New York City pilot study expanded to include rainfall data for 1,202 consecutive sidereal months. During those nine decades (1871-1960), whenever Jupiter was in a zone from 1° east to 10° west of Caplunar Midheaven, New York City received an average of 41.3% more rainfall than normal.
This one factor “worked” 74% of the time: Jupiter only occupied that zone 35 times in the 90 years studied, and 26 of those 35 times rainfall was greater than the 90-year median. In the remaining nine instances when rainfall was below the median, “none… were very much below average,” according to Bradley.
Next, the study expanded to include the entire continental United States. As Bradley explained, they calculated Jupiter’s meridian distance in the Caplunars “preceding the 12 dates of heaviest rainfall at each of thousands of rain-recording stations strewn across the nation – a total of 49,576 precipitation maxima.”
Not only does Jupiter prefer the upper-culminating region, but a striking 90° wave in its distribution exists!
…the peaks are in the angular-cusp regions basic in any horoscope. Jupiter plays out his classical Pluvius role when near the Ascendant, Nadir [IC] and Descendant as well. When the quadrants are superposed, with exacting probabilities taken account of, the violation of “normalcy” reaches the jarring figure of close to 15 standard deviations. Three SD’s would do, and four would suffice to establish the effect as a fact of nature, as an existing anomaly.
To express 15 standard deviations as odds against it all being coincidental would be a rather silly exercise in writing strings of zeroes; in fact, the probability function hasn’t even been calculated for levels beyond the sixth or seventh SD. As one noted mathematician stated openly at a professional seminar convened to discuss this very matter, “Ratios this size mean that it is not a statistical fact we are dealing with, but a physical law.”
Jupiter was not “the whole story,” though. The Moon was also found to be pro-precipitation in lunar ingresses, though only when within orb of conjunction with IC. Bradley continued,
Of even more importance is the performance of Venus, which turned out to be quite as conducive to rain as Jupiter. In fact, when Venus’ meridian distance is plotted in the same way Jupiter’s was… one sharp peak occurs which crests exactly at the very degree on the Midheaven.
A diagram plotting “Venus and Jupiter moving totals along the uppermost third of the Caplunar charts” documented this, combining Venus and Jupiter placements around MC. The spike is precise and decisive.
In contrast, traditionally “dry” planets – Sun, Mars, and Saturn – were predominantly in the background areas, away from Caplunar angles, during periods of heightened precipitation.
An interesting side issue, that Bradley called “the biggest surprise of all,” was that the Sidereal Time of Caplunars most pro-precipitation was exactly the RA of the Galactic Center.