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THE TUMULTUOUS PLANETARY T-SQUARE OF 2010

by Gary Brand - written June 10, 2010,
published in the July 2010 edition of Echo* newspaper
Peak of the planetary T-square on July 31, 2010 The chart of the exact Mars conjunction with Saturn on July 31, 2010 at 4:08 AM, in Washington, DC.  This is about the time of the peak of the tumultuous planetary T-square involving Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto during the summer of 2010.  This is an especially difficult time because Mars is also in the T-square and almost exactly opposite Uranus.  The chart is calculated for the exact moment that Mars and Saturn are at the same degree and minute of celestial longitude (in the zodiac) but does not include houses because the T-square lasts for about three months.  This depiction also does not include the rest of the planets because the T-square (shown as the red triangle in the center) is easier to see when they are not shown.

Peak of the planetary T-square on June 23, 1965 This is about the time of the peak of the planetary T-square between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto that was in effect late May – early August 1965.  June 23rd was chosen because Jupiter is the fastest of these planets and it was about midway between the degrees of Uranus (at 11 degrees) and Saturn (at 17 degrees).  The chart does not include houses because the T-square lasted for about three months.  This depiction also does not include the rest of the planets because the T-square (shown as the red triangle in the center) is easier to see when they are not shown.  The Moon's nodes are included because they were also part of the T-square and, in fact, formed a grand cross or square.

Peak of the planetary T-square on February 17, 1966 This is about the time of the peak of the planetary T-square between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto that was in effect January – mid April 1966.  February 17 was chosen because Jupiter is the fastest of these planets and it was closest by degree (because it was retrograde and had recently turned direct) to the other planets.  The chart does not include houses because the T-square lasted for about three months.  Mars is included because it was also part of the T-square, very similar to the 2010 T-square (at the top of this page).  Another strong similarity to the 2010 T-square is the Saturn-Uranus opposition.  Note that the Moon's nodes are involved in the 1965 T-square but they had moved on by the time that this T-square formed again in 1966.  Like those above, this depiction does not include the rest of the planets because the T-square (shown as the red triangle in the center) is easier to see when they are not shown.

One of two peaks of the planetary T-square in 1931 This is about the time of one of the two peaks of the planetary T-square between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto that was in effect December 1930 – mid July 1931.  June 1st was chosen because Jupiter is the fastest of these planets and it was about midway between the degrees of Uranus (at 18 degrees) and Saturn (at 22 degrees).  The chart does not include houses because the T-square lasted for about seven months.  A strong similarity to the 1965-1966 T-square is the Saturn-Pluto opposition but this T-square has a more powerful affinity with the 2010 T-square because they both have a Jupiter-Saturn opposition AND a Uranus-Pluto square.  Like those shown above, this depiction does not include the rest of the planets because the T-square (shown as the red triangle in the center) is easier to see when they are not shown.  The Moon's nodes are included because they were also part of the T-square and, in fact, formed a grand cross or square.
Rarely do the Earth’s inhabitants experience an alignment of the superior planets (those beyond Earth’s orbit) of our solar system like the one that we must endure this summer.  You can think of this grand alignment as the biggest planets in the solar system “ganging up” on poor little Earth.  The cultural metaphor for this is the “perfect storm.”  Just imagine what the sky looks like with the approach of a huge thunderstorm or hurricane.  The expanse above you is consumed with dark, swirling clouds and grows darker with each passing minute; the wind increases in intensity until it reaches a howling, then a screeching, thunderous tone; the rain begins as a few big drops and builds to a crescendo as a torrential downpour and the sky seems to open up, dumping sheets of rain that blur everything more than a few hundred feet away.  Now imagine yourself outside in such a storm, being blown over, stung by wind-blown rain, soaked from head to toe, and unable to see.  So “batten down” your personal hatches because this metaphoric storm will soon be upon you, if it isn’t already.

What planets are involved in this tumultuous alignment?  Jupiter is conjunct Uranus (discussed in my June Echo article, “The 2010-2011 Jupiter-Uranus Conjunctions and the Jupiter-Uranus Cycle”), both are opposite Saturn (Jupiter opposite Saturn was the subject of my May Echo article, “The Jupiter-Saturn Cycle, Part 1” and Saturn opposite Uranus was the subject of several 2008-2009 Echo articles), and all three are square Pluto (Saturn square Pluto was the subject of my November and December Echo articles, “The Dark Side of the Force - Saturn Square Pluto and U.S. Economic Crises” and “Saturn Square Pluto - Part 2”).  I will address Jupiter and Uranus square Pluto in my next Echo article.  These are all difficult or challenging (astrologers called them “hard”) aspects and they portend an exceptionally difficult summer.  The configuration between these planets is called a “T-square” because it looks like a capital letter T.  Although about 40% of the population is born with a T-square, an alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto simultaneously in a T-square is rare.  The T-square between these planets is in effect June – August 2010, fortunately a brief period; although some of its constituent aspects (Jupiter conjunct Uranus, Saturn opposite Uranus, and Saturn square Pluto) last considerably longer before and after this summer.  How unusual is a T-square between these four planets?  It has occurred only twice since the beginning of the last century:  in 1930-1931, during the Great Depression, and in 1965-1966.  This article addresses what happened during those years, in order to gain some insight about what to expect this time.

The last time that a similar T-square between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto occurred (using a ten degree orb, which is what the Renaissance astrologers would have used) was from late May – early August 1965 and January – mid April 1966.  Events in 1965 that correspond to the meanings of the planets in that T-square:  April 11-12 (although Jupiter was not involved, the other three planets were in a T-square) 51 tornadoes in the U.S. Midwest killed 258 people and injured more than 3,100; May 20, an airliner crashed in Cairo, Egypt killing 119 on board; May 28, a coalmine explosion killed 375 in Dhanbad, India (the 7th worst mining disaster in history); June 1, a coalmine explosion killed 236 in Japan; June 1-2, a hurricane killed 35,000-40,000 in East Pakistan; June 8, Lyndon Johnson authorized U.S. ground forces in Vietnam to engage in combat; June 19, a military coup overthrew the elected president in Algeria; June 25, an airliner crashed near Santa Ana, California killing all 85 aboard; July 8, an airliner crashed in British Columbia killing all 52 aboard; July 28, Pres. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam to 175,000; July 30, the Medicare bill was signed into law; August 2, newsman Morley Safer sent the first report stating that we were losing in Vietnam and Pres. Johnson called CBS demanding that Safer be fired (the president of CBS refused to do so); August 6, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and signed into law; August 6, Indian troops invaded Pakistan, starting the second Indo-Pakistani war; August 9, Singapore proclaimed its independence; and August 11, six days of rioting and looting began in the Watts section of Los Angeles, California.

Events related to the T-square in 1966:  January 1, a transit worker strike shut down NYC subway system and buses for 12 days; January 10, a civil rights leader in Mississippi was killed in a firebombing; January 11, landslides above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil killed 550 people; January 15, an airliner crashed near Cartagena, Colombia killing 56; January 24, an airliner crashed in Mont Blanc, Switzerland killing all 117 aboard; January 25, an airliner crashed in South Vietnam killing all 46 aboard; January 28, an airliner crashed in Bremen, Germany killing all 46 aboard; January 29, a snow storm in northeast U.S. killed 165 people; February 4, an airliner crashed in Tokyo Bay, Japan killing all 133 aboard; February 24, a military coup overthrew Ghana’s elected government; in February, the U.S. stock market began a nine month decline of 25%; March 2, a coup overthrew Pres. Mutesa in Uganda; March 3, the deadliest, most damaging, longest tract (202 miles), and one of only two documented F5 tornadoes in 20th century Mississippi history struck Jackson, killing 57 people and injuring over 500; March 4, an airliner exploded on landing in Tokyo, Japan killing 64; March 5, an airliner crashed into Mt. Fuji, Japan killing all 124 aboard; March 11, a military coup overthrew the government in Indonesia; March 27, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations took place in the U.S., Europe and Australia; and March 31, an estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators marched in New York City.

In 1930-1931, a T-square involving Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto occurred from December 1930 – mid July 1931 (using a ten degree orb).  Events related to this T-square: December 11, the Bank of the U.S. closed as the economic crisis deepened; December 12, revolution began in Spain when rebels took a border town; December 16, a general strike began in Spain in support of the revolution; January 3, hundreds of depression-plagued farmers stormed a small town in Arkansas demanding food; March 25, fifty people in India were killed in riots; March 31, an earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua killed 2,500 people; April 27, an earthquake on the Armenia–Azerbaijan border killed 2,800 people; July 13, a major German financial institution failed, leading to the closing of all banks in Germany until August 5 and by the end of the 1931, about 6,000,000 Germans were out of work; July 27, grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops; August 10 (although Jupiter was not involved, the other three planets were still in the T-square), an 8.0 earthquake in Xinjiang, China killed 10,000 people; and 1931 was one of the five worst years for tropical storms and hurricanes, with 21 tropical storms and 10 hurricanes but not all storms were recorded then, so it’s quite possible—even likely—that 1931 was the worst year for such storms since records have been kept.

In conclusion and based upon history repeating itself, what we can expect this summer are earthquakes, landslides, fatal plane crashes, mining disasters, crop failures, bombings, escalation of existing conflicts, revolutions and military coups, rioting and demonstrations, a new war breaking out, progressive legislation passed by Congress but only after intense public pressure, strikes, major bank failures, the economy worsening, stocks declining, numerous tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms, and other natural disasters.  This summer is no picnic so take cover!
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Related articles:

About Jupiter conjunct Uranus:
"The 2010-2011 Jupiter-Uranus Conjunctions and the Jupiter-Uranus cycle"

About Jupiter opposite Saturn:
"The Jupiter-Saturn Cycle, Part 1"

About Saturn opposite Uranus (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"
"Saturn Opposite Uranus - Old vs. New"

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

About Uranus square Pluto:
"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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