My standard cut/paste re: solar cycles and coronal mass ejections for the noobies:

In January of 2020 the most recent approx. eleven year ‘Solar Minimum’ cycle came to an end and another Solar Maximum cycle began. This progressive ‘waking up’ and firing up of solar activity for the next approx. 11 years will periodically trigger serious problems in Earth, including disruptions of high frequency communication used by airlines or emergency responders, satellites, GPS navigation systems, cellphones, solar panels, internet connectivity, application functionality and even the entire electrical grid.

It will also trigger multiple existential crises for countless individual biological lifeforms (including human). Research for many decades has shown that high speed solar wind events and CMEs that blast and disorder the terrestrial electromagnetic field (EMF) also disorder the multiple EMFs of body and brain. Earth’s life forms are intimately synchronized with the larger electromagnetic fields (EMF) within which they exist and depend on for their existence, particularly Earth’s EMF, and life forms themselves are enveloped in and emit their own electromagnetic fields. The EMFs of body and brain in all biological creatures are innately synced with the terrestrial EMF. We are awash in a dynamic sea of fluctuating electromagnetic waves, and these waves have biological and neurological effects, ranging from mild to wild.

It shouldn’t be surprising then that even small CMEs and moderately high solar winds have strongly and repeatedly correlated for decades with increased hospitalization for clinical depression, cardiac events and strokes, increases in premature birth and sudden infant death, migraines, episodic psychosis, suicide, social disorder, mass shootings / violence (and also mass crustacean beachings and bird migration failure resulting in mass flock death). Many humans will die during this period of increasing solar activity because the state of their physical health and quality of their behavior will be incompatible with the patterns and processes of the metaenvironment (Earth and Sky) that the human species evolved within, exists innately and vulnerably embedded in, and that is always, in every moment, at the deep and wide-reaching physiological and neurological effect of.

Solar events that disrupt Earth’s electromagnetic field aren’t rare, and even with the protection of the magnetosphere, CMEs and solar storms are known to disrupt electrical systems. A NASA-funded study by the National Academy of Sciences entitled Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts (National Academies Press 2009) warned of the potential danger, concluding that a severe influx of solar radiation as a result of a CME could lead to a cascading failure of electrical transformers that would disable a third or more of the U.S. electrical grid for a year or longer.

This study was based on a superstorm the size of one that occurred in 1921. However, a solar storm that took place from August 28 to September 2 in 1859, known as the 1859 Solar Super Storm, or the Carrington Event, was fifty times stronger than the 1921 solar storm. It produced the largest solar flare witnessed by Western scientists.

This flare caused a massive coronal mass ejection that was aimed directly at Earth. While average ejections take around thirty-six hours to reach Earth, this event took only seventeen hours to get here. Its impact on Earth’s electromagnetic field resulted in the largest geomagnetic storm ever recorded by Western science. At night the aurora was seen around the world, even as far south as the Caribbean, and was so bright that people could read a newspaper outside at midnight by its light. Telegraph systems failed, in many cases giving electric shocks to the operators. Telegraph transformers emitted shocks and sparks and caused fires.

Imagine the potential effects of a CME the size of the Carrington Event hitting Earth today, considering that one the size of the 1921 event, fifty times smaller than the Carrington Event, could shut down electrical systems that supply power to a third of the United States for an indefinitely long period of time. This is hard to imagine. Even harder to imagine is that these events can happen anytime, not just in the distance past or in the far away future. It can happen tomorrow. Next week. Next month. Next year.

It very nearly happened on July 23rd, 2012. On that day the sun ejected one of the largest CMEs ever detected that travelled at a speed of 3,000 km per second, 4 times faster than average solar eruptions. Fortunately for us, it missed Earth. If it had happened just a week earlier, Earth would have been struck by a billion-ton cloud of magnetized plasma. Satellites, power and water supplies, computers and internet, smart phones, television and radio, hospital equipment, nuclear reactors…all would have been disabled. Mind-boggling numbers of people would have died along with the likely death of our rickety civilization. According to Daniel Baker, of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces.” He went on to say “In my view the July 2012 storm was in all respects at least as strong as the 1859 Carrington event…the only difference is, it missed.” (The Guardian, July 2014). That’s a chilling thought.

Humans and other living beings aren’t immune to the effects of these disruptive events. It’s known that metabolic activity among humans and animals increases measurably during solar storm and CME events, and that there are significant increases in the number of human cardiac events during periods of increased solar storm activity, indicating that humans can be directly affected by these storms. Research jointly conducted by the Institute of Space Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy has established that fluctuations within the terrestrial EMF, resulting from solar storms and CME events, can negatively disrupt the human heartbeat. These terrestrial EMF fluctuations occur in about half of all solar-triggered geomagnetic storms. Medical statistics for the city of Moscow show that 70% of these fluctuations are accompanied by an abnormally high incidence of heart attacks.

And a team of researchers led by Valery Feigin, MD at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, discovered strong evidence connecting geomagnetic activity to increased risk for stroke. Feigin says: “We have known for ages that geomagnetic storms can shut down electrical stations across many regions and affect satellite navigation equipment, so it is logical that they can also affect human health.” He warns that “People need to know when these storms are coming” and suggests that “In time we might have a geomagnetic forecast along with the weather forecast.” He matter-of-factly concludes: “As it is known that 2014 is a year of high geomagnetic activity, we can expect a higher stroke rate this year.” (Medscape Medical News, 2014).

For decades, scientific research has shown that geomagnetic storms strongly correlate with catastrophic weather events, whale / crustacean mass beachings, and with increased rates of suicide and hospitalization for cardiac events, stroke, high blood pressure, clinical depression and other mood disorders, premature birth, sudden infant death, sudden elder death, social disorder, violence, psychotic episodes and other psychiatric admissions.

Solar triggered geomagnetic fluctuations have correlated with heightened anxiety, insomnia, elevated blood pressure, premature birth, sudden death syndrome, mood alteration, and increases in psychiatric admissions (Persinger 1987, p 92).

A study on the relationship between these fluctuations and depression found that hospital admissions of persons with a previous diagnosis of depression rose 36.2% during periods of solar disruption as compared with normal periods (Kay 1994).

Raps, Stoupel, and Shimshoni (1992) established a strong correlation between numbers of first psychiatric admissions and solar disruption.

Kuleshova et al. (2001) documented that the average number of hospitalized patients with mental and cardiovascular diseases increases measurably during these fluctuations, and that the frequency of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, and disruptions of cardial rhythm and brain blood circulation doubles.

Zakharov and Tyrnov (2001) documented an adverse effect of these fluctuations not just on sick people but also on the healthy: “It is commonly agreed that solar activity has adverse effects first of all on enfeebled and ill organisms. In our study we have traced that under conditions of nervous and emotional stresses (at work, in the street, and in cars) the effect may be larger for healthy people”.

Tarquini, Perfetto, and Tarquini (1998) analyzed the relationship between these fluctuations and seasonal depression, and determined that terrestrial EMF fluctuations induced by solar activity, by disrupting the rhythms of the pineal gland, causes imbalances and disruptions of melatonin production, which have been closely linked to behavioral changes and mood disorders.

There is also mounting evidence that these fluctuations are related to increases in violent crime and social upheavals during more intense occurrences. Also, exposure to higher levels of solar radiation as a result of an increasing occurrence of CMEs might be related to a surge in herd animal cataracts and human and animal cancers.

Scientists have expressed concern that a supersized CME aimed at Earth could tear the rips in the magnetosphere farther open, and that the blast of gas, magnetic energy, and radiation could become trapped inside the magnetosphere, causing, at a minimum, widespread disruption of electrical systems, both technological and biological. At worst, such a blast could cause social collapse, conflagration, and biological mutations. Their concern isn’t limited to just the danger of intense solar activity. In 1998, Earth was blasted by shockingly high levels of radiation. As NASA reported, a “blast wave swept past Earth. Satellites registered a surge of x-rays and gamma-rays…”. It seemed like another X-class solar flare. Except for one thing: this flare didn’t come from the sun. It came from outer space. ‘The source of the blast was SGR 1900 + 14, a neutron star about 45,000 light years away,’ says NASA astronomer Pete Woods. ‘It was the strongest burst of cosmic x-rays and gamma rays we’ve ever recorded’” (“Solar Flares on Steroids” 2003).

Earth has never been a safe place to live and never will be. 2025 might just vividly demonstrate this indisputable actuality.



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Jeffrey Joe Miller, MA — Clinical Psychology

Jeffrey Joe Miller, MA — Clinical Psychology

Author of No Solid Ground: Renewable Contentment and Sustainable Happiness in an Age of Uncertainty.