In fact, the subtle collaboration between the solar system and the atmosphere could be compared to music. Let us think of the whole atmosphere of the globe as a huge symphony of the elements. Let us imagine that the planets that circle the sun, and the sun itself, are like the instruments of this orchestra and that the elements are like melodies that can be heard - sometimes strongly and sometimes more weakly.
The locality where we can hear this orchestra, whether it is Tampere or Tokyo, modifies which instruments we can hear clearly there and which ones are more muted in that area. Different melodies have also different delays before we can hear them. However the symphony is heard magnificent and whole, following the Earth's weather score.
To understand this symphony better and to learn to read the weather score we should take a course in 'conducting' the symphony of the elements. But to become a maestro takes a long time, and now we are only taking the very first steps. This subject is actually really old. It must have been known at the cultural height of ancient Persia thousands of years ago. The same subject was studied in the temple schools in the Pharaohs' Egypt, and the philosophers of antiquity knew about it too.
Closer to our time, one person became so interested in this subject that he started to study it systematically as his life's work. This person was the Austrian-born Dr Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). In his books he outlined very clearly the genesis and operational model of the solar system and the way it influences the Earth's nature and atmosphere.
On the basis of Steiner's insights a number of researchers have continued observing and studying the diversified phenomena of this integrated entity, and Maria Thun, a noteworthy German figure in biodynamics, is especially well known for her work on climate. Her 50 years' work in the field is familiar to all biodynamic farmers and she is definitely the Grand Old Lady of planetary meteorology.
A third person who devoted his life to this subject is the German researcher Georg Wilhelm Schmidt (1921-2005). He continued and developed the research into plant regeneration started by his father
Martin Schmidt. This particular plant breeding method - again strongly based on planetary influences - offers us the opportunity to learn to know the influences of our solar system more accurately and more concretely.