Happy 2010. This year we need to find our core, our center of gravity, and operate from there as a major T-square cracks open a new era. We need to be well-centered to stay on track and move forward, however rocky the terrain.
These changes began in November 2009. We will change and process for the next few years and begin to settle into a new form in 2015.
Like a transporter beam from Star Trek, major aspects are taking us from one era of history to another. This time in history pivots on a change-demanding Saturn-Uranus opposition, which is soon joined by a square to both from evolutionary Pluto. We started to leave the old era as this aspect first hit on Election Day, 2008. We deconstructed the old systems, adjusted, mutated, negotiated, and renewed all through 2009. And now we take our transformation to the next level as it becomes exact again on April 26, 2010, and July 26, 2010. Next year we will begin to see where we’ve landed, though our culture resonates with one evolutionary aspect after another through 2014.
This year, structural Saturn and change-making Uranus shift from the adaptable, mutable signs of Virgo and Pisces into the proactive, dynamic cardinal signs Libra and Aries and then form an unsettling T-square with transformative Pluto in Capricorn. These three planets also connected, though in a different form, in 1931, at the peak of the deflationary spiral of the Great Depression— and again in the mid-1960s as we stepped deeper into the VietnamWar, President Johnson declared a war on poverty, and the northeast U.S. first encountered a widespread electrical blackout.
While this wild astrological earthquake can break open the potential of the future, it also puts stress on cracks in the culture. Vital loves will only strengthen, but ones that are just out of habit will feel the pressure. Any power struggle or clash that tempts us to demonize the opposition, to oppress or feel oppressed, will feel this hot breath. Stress along the fault lines can literally shift the ground underneath us— the elements remind us of their primordial power. We change, and it can be for the better if we lead the change in the right direction. We’re on a freedom-loving roller-coaster ride, though sometimes freedom is having nothing left to lose.
Let’s break down the component aspects of this complicated pattern. As Saturn squares Pluto exactly (on Jan. 31 and Aug. 21, though we feel it all year long), we may be tested to misuse our power as others misuse theirs, testing the power dynamics of romances and international relations. We will notice challenges to our structures, chains of command, architecture, and job security, and feel it in our bones and teeth. It’s time to give birth to new forms of power: renewable energy, healthy political power, and empowered individual souls. We need to avoid a temptation to waste time arguing and instead reinvent our work. Revolutionizing our understanding of authority does not just mean challenging the old forms; it means redefining the paradigm and taking on responsible leadership ourselves, even if it is just in our own lives.
We cannot build without a blueprint, and so to help us imagine where we are going, 2010 introduces a new vision as Jupiter conjuncts imaginative, spirited Neptune on Dec. 31, 2009, and enters Pisces on Jan. 17, 2010. As Neptune conjuncts Chiron on Feb. 10, it offers us a chance to compost our pain to fertilize spiritual or creative growth. We may hit a spiritual or philosophic crisis if we
have not kept our spiritual path integrated and alive, but this crisis is a chance to heal our soul and all we do to support it. All this soggy Neptune energy can leave us flooded or afloat early in the year; watch for water damage and keep a dream journal. Jupiter in Pisces asks us to seek our freedom in Piscean imagination and sensitivity to the spiritual pulse.
As Saturn dances between Libra and Virgo this year, it reminds us that it takes hard work to create beautiful dreams and healthy egalitarian partnerships. We get the vision, go back to do the homework, and then sort the results. On Jan. 16, Saturn retrogrades in Libra. It re-enters Virgo on April 7, turns direct on May 31, and re-enters Libra on July 22. By the fall, we’ll assess which new creative projects and love interests are bearing fruit and which aren’t.
Jupiter pumps up the volume on whatever it touches as it squaredances with Uranus all year, intensifying our potential for change. Uranus enters Aries on May 27, Jupiter enters it on June 6, and they conjunct on June 10, offering a taste of the future. They both retrograde back into Pisces (Uranus on Aug. 10; Jupiter on Sept. 8), are conjunct again on Sept. 18, and then do this dance in reverse in 2011. We can expect technological breakthroughs that really redefine our way of operating. These planets together can speed up the rate of change and empower the youth, but they may leave us feeling unanchored.
As Uranus enters Aries on May 27, it feeds the revolutionary spirit of the world and gives birth to innovation. We want to do things our way, avoid the rule book, and push horizons. Old traditions may be temporarily ignored unless they’re restated afresh. The whole cultural center of gravity shifts to a younger focus, but we will still need to learn from the past to avoid familiar mistakes. If we feel a new generational gap, let’s bridge it rather than fight it; let’s empower the next generation while honoring the unique wisdom of the previous one.
A lunar eclipse on June 26 and a solar eclipse on July 11 can help us break into the next level of our work or personal evolution, but we will have to take personal responsibility for the change. Let’s work toward a potential breakthrough around July 30 as Jupiter, the moon, and Uranus conjunct in Aries, all oppose Saturn conjunct Mars in Libra, and all square Pluto in Capricorn. This could be an explosive time or a turning point, as it puts pressure on international war zones and personal relationships alike. It will require leadership without oppression, not just rebellious reaction. We need to be true to ourselves and also real with one another; appreciate the gloriousness of all we do. And let’s not give into the illusion that anyone other than ourselves can hold us back.
In the fall of 2010, Mars forms several dynamic aspects to add spark to our life, energize us (whatever direction we’re headed), and finish the year with a dynamic, propulsive Mars-Pluto conjunction on Dec. 13. So we’d better make sure we’re headed in a good direction. 2010 is potential-packed; if we can work dynamically within our constraints, we can break through barriers and bring light to formerly dark corners. But we need to move forward with integrity and spiritual connection; what happens to the least one of us happens to us all.