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by Gary Brand - written December 13, 2009,
published in the January 2010 edition of Echo* newspaper
Volcanic eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io appear as blue plumes Jupiter's moon Io as a crescent with two huge volcanic eruptions that appear as blue plumes of sulphur dioxide.  They extend about 100 km above the moon's surface and had been erupting for at least four months at the time when this photo was taken because they were also observed by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in March 1979.  This image was taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft on July 9, 1979.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL.

The shadow of Saturn's moon Mimas stretches across the rings The shadow of Saturn's moon Mimas stretches across the rings (Mimas is not visible in the photo).  Such a long shadow is only cast at times near Saturn's equinox (which transpired in August 2009), when the plane of the rings and moons' orbits align with the Sun (or from the perspective of the cloud surface of Saturn, when the Sun is over the planet's equator).  This is the first opportunity for us to see this phenomenon because Saturn's equinox only occurs once every 15 Earth years and the Cassini spacecraft was not orbiting Saturn during the last equinox.  The "spokes" - alternating light and dark areas in the rings - are also visible in this photo, which was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on September 9, 2009.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

A mosaic of the four most detailed photos of Uranus' moon Ariel taken by Voyager 2 This is a mosaic of the four most detailed photos of Uranus' moon Ariel, which were taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft on January 24, 1986.  They show very long, deep valleys traversing this moon - much longer and deeper than Earth's Grand Canyon.  Voyager scientists believe that they were formed by the collapse of the surface along fault lines and that they resulted from the crust of the moon stretching.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL.

Pluto compared in size to Earth, our Moon, and other dwarf planets This is a size comparison of the "dwarf planets" with Earth and Earth's Moon.  Earth is on the right, Earth's Moon is at the top, Eris (a dwarf planet beyond Pluto's orbit) is center left, Ceres (the largest of the asteriods between Mars and Jupiter and a dwarf planet) is an artist's concept at center right, Pluto (termed a dwarf planet by some astronomers) is the larger of the two bodies pictured at the bottom, and an artist's concept of Pluto's moon Charon is depicted in front of Pluto.  Courtesy of NASA.
t the beginning of each calendar year, we start a new appointment book and hang a new calendar on our wall but, as far as the natural world is concerned, the advent of the new year of botanical growth and zoological reproduction is not until spring.  On the other hand, your personal “new year” begins on your birthday, not on January 1st, so if you want to make resolutions that you may actually fulfill, make them on your birthday.

I’m not going to sugarcoat the difficult astrological influences presently in effect or ahead in 2010 but I am going to focus on how we can make the most of them.  You know the old expression, if life hands you a bunch of lemons, add sugar and make lemonade.  So 2010 is going to hand most of us some lemons but how we respond and what we make of the circumstances which life or fate hands us is what defines our character and shapes our life experiences.

Here are the transits that will transpire in 2010 (using ±10 degrees for planetary aspects):  Jupiter transits the sign of Pisces from mid-January – early June and from early September – year's end (see a link to an article about this transit below), Saturn is square Pluto (see links to articles about this transit below) from November 2009 – March 2010 and late July – mid-November; Saturn is opposite Uranus again (see links to articles about this transit below) from April – May and mid-July – mid-August; Jupiter is conjunct Uranus from April – year’s end; Jupiter is opposite Saturn from mid-April – early June; Jupiter is square Pluto from June – early September; Uranus is square Pluto (see links to articles about this transit below) from June – mid-August, Mars is retrograde from January – early March, and Venus is retrograde from early October – mid-November.  From the above time frames, I deduce that the most challenging months this year will be April – August.  In the coming months of 2010, I will explain each of these influences individually but the last time the world experienced similar, challenging aspects between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto was 1965.  During that year, Malcolm X was assassinated (Uranus-Pluto), Dr. M.L. King, Jr. demonstrated for voters rights in Selma, Alabama and elsewhere (Jupiter-Saturn), a major riot that lasted for six days erupted in the Watts section of Los Angeles (Uranus-Pluto), a cascading power failure darkened parts of eight U.S. northeastern states (Saturn-Uranus), and Lyndon Johnson escalated the Vietnam debacle into a full-scale, overseas war by ordering 184,000 American troops to fight there (Saturn-Pluto), which resulted in the military-industrial complex making billions of dollars (Saturn-Pluto).  Sounds a lot like Iraq and Afghanistan to me.

Because they are involved in the above aspects and both Uranus and Pluto symbolize change, this is a primary theme for 2010.  What kinds of change will occur this year?  Economic for one, so we can expect a financial reversal of the so-called recovery and another economic (some economists will argue continuing) crisis, perhaps of greater proportions.  Changes that occur during a Uranus square Pluto transit (1874-1878, 1929-1934, and 2010-2017) are painful, urgent, and chaotic but they are absolutely necessary.  These are typically times when disadvantaged and unemployed workers rise up against the capitalist robber barons who run huge corporations (and the U.S. government) in demonstrations, strikes, and riots, which ultimately lead to sweeping changes in the way workers are treated and compensated and the creation of jobs for the unemployed.  In 2010, continually rising, high unemployment will force many of us to be more adaptive (Uranus) and hopefully will empower us (Pluto) to survive the coming “perfect storm” (Uranus square Pluto, Saturn opposite Uranus, Saturn square Pluto, Jupiter opposite Saturn, and Jupiter square Pluto).

    Here are some strategies that will make 2010 easier:
  • Pay down your debt (Saturn) and don’t assume more debt unless absolutely necessary.
  • Reduce your consumption (Saturn) – use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.  The best weapon (and the only meaningful vote) Americans have against big corporations and the robber barons who run them is to not buy their products.
  • Save as much money as you can (Saturn) but NOT in accounts of big, ubiquitous banks because the next banking crisis will likely bring unexpected results (Uranus and Pluto).
  • Don’t start projects during January – March that you can’t finish during that period.  If you do, expect the project to be difficult or to progress slowly and you may not finish it (Mars retrograde).
  • Live a more sustainable lifestyle by bartering, exchanging, repairing, and buying locally produced or used goods and locally or organically grown food (Uranus is creative networking).
  • Don’t “invest” (gamble) in the stock markets or other high-risk ventures (Saturn-Jupiter).  If you are gambling by owning stocks or retirement funds and you don’t get out soon, losses are likely (Saturn-Uranus-Pluto).  Play it safe and smart (Saturn).
  • Do some volunteer work in your community to help those who are less fortunate than you – it will help you appreciate what you have (Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces).
  • Look for ways to cooperate and work together with other people (Jupiter-Uranus) rather than to compete or dominate.  Win-win outcomes are so much better than win-lose.
  • Look for ways to be helpful, to empathize, and to lower the stress level of others – making someone laugh is a good example (Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces).
  • Count your blessings every day (Jupiter) because there is always someone who is struggling more than you (Saturn).
  • Vote against politicians who support war and corporate robber barons (Saturn-Pluto) and who vote against laws that would benefit most Americans (Jupiter-Uranus).  In north Florida, Allen Boyd is an example of a politician to vote against.
  • Spend more time with those whom you love and enjoy (Jupiter), since you may be spending more time at home.
  • Remember that a positive attitude creates positive results (Jupiter), which is also known as the metaphysical law of attraction.
Despite the difficulties, this year will bring an abundance of inventions, innovations, ingenious solutions, alternative energy strategies, and technological breakthroughs because Jupiter is conjunct Uranus from April – year’s end.  Happy New Year – and remember that we can choose to be happy.

See an article about the Jupiter transit through Pisces at:  "Jupiter Transits Pisces."

See an article entitled, "The 2010-2011 Jupiter-Uranus Conjunctions and the Jupiter-Uranus cycle."

See articles about the Saturn opposite Uranus transit at (most recent first):  "Brace Yourself - Saturn Opposite Uranus Returns," "Saturn Opposite Uranus in Our Lives," "2009-2010 Swine Flu Pandemic," "Change is Coming, America - Saturn Opposite Uranus," and "Saturn Opposite Uranus - Old vs. New."

See articles about the Saturn square Pluto transit at (most recent first):  "Saturn Square Pluto - Part 2" and "The Dark Side of the Force - Saturn Square Pluto and U.S. Economic Crises."

See an article about the Uranus square Pluto transit at:  "Change is Coming, America."

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
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Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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