Earth entered a stream of solar wind flowing from a northern hole in the sun’s atmosphere on the 22nd of May. This will last until the 25th of May. The gaseous material is grazing our planet’s magnetic field at speeds approaching 500 km/s–.
How Solar Flares & Geomagnetic Storms Affect Us
What are Solar Flares?
“A solar flare is a sudden flash of brightness observed near the Sun’ssurface. It involves a very broad spectrum of emissions, requiring an energy release of up to 6 × 1025 joules of energy (roughly the equivalent of 160,000,000,000 megatons of TNT… Flares are often, but not always, accompanied by a coronal mass ejection. The flare ejects clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms through the corona of the sun into space. These clouds typically reach Earth a day or two after the event.”
How do Solar Flares Affect Us?
Solar flares are a space weather phenomenon that can greatly impact our human bodies and lives, biologically affect us, and consequently affect our ability to cope. They can influence our brain activity and sense of equilibrium, central nervous system, psycho-physiological and emotional self as well as behavioral tendencies.
On a higher consciousness level they serve to transform us on a cellular level, and they can tear apart old patterns and influence us to make changes in our life, even if it is from a more sub-conscious level. This internal shifting might bring fears up to the surface.
Here are some common specific symptoms people might experience during a period of solar storm activity:
- headaches or migraines, the feeling of pressure in your head
- feeling ‘off,’ agitated, uneasy or out of kilter
- lethargy, exhaustion
- nausea, queeziness
- heart fluttering, racing or palpitations
- hyper-tension (high blood pressure)
- hot flashes
- high-pitched ringing of the ears
- dizziness, the jitters or vertigo
- visual disturbances
- feeling confused, bewildered, unclear, foggy-headed or sporadic short-term memory loss or forgetfulness
- issues with sleep such as interrupted sleep, waking up too early or late, not feeling like you had enough
- vivid or stressful dreams
- feeling stressed
- anxiety & worrying
- irritable mood
- depression,, sadness grief, despair
- increased sensitivity
- general overwhelm or feeling like you just can’t cope
- the feeling of losing track of time, or “Where did my day go?”
- you might also notice technological & tele-communication disturbances, such as computers going haywire
(please always see a doctor if you are concerned about any symptoms)
What are Geomagnetic Storms?
“…a temporary disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere caused by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of magnetic field that interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field.The increase in the solar wind pressure initially compresses the magnetosphere. The solar wind’s magnetic field interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field and transfers an increased energy into the magnetosphere. Both interactions cause an increase in plasma movement through the magnetosphere (driven by increased electric fields inside the magnetosphere) and an increase in electric current in the magnetosphere and ionosphere.“
How Geo-Magnetic Storms Affect Us
Geo-magnetic storms are highly transformational. They might be happening and you are not even aware of it and how it is influencing your daily life, as there are also symptoms associated with the phenomenon.
During a storm, you can expect any of the following:
Tips to Help You Cope
There are some things you can do to get you through such periods of intense and heightened solar / space activity (they are also helpful when you are experiencing any kind of energy affects).
Here are some suggestions:
How to Check Space Weather Activity
You can try a website such as http://www.spaceweather.com (I have no connection to that site). At the top of the left column there is a ‘Current Conditions’ section (note: you may not be able to access it as easily on your smartphone), and you will find solar flare activity recorded there with which class it is so you can know the level of severity. You can then scroll down to the ‘Planetary K-index’ section. This is where you can check for geomagnetic storms. The scale is updated every three hours and has a range from 0 to 9, “directly related to the maximum amount of fluctuation (relative to a quiet day) in the geomagnetic field over a three-hour interval.” It will say the Kp number, and whether there is a ‘storm.’ It might also say something like ‘strong’ also giving you an indication of its intensity. If you click on ‘more data’, pay attention to the graph. The red lines mean that there is a severe storm in action which will no doubt be impacting you and your life.