2010 Astrological Overview

Including Eris, Orcus, Quaoar,
Makemake, Haumea, Ixion, Varuna and Sedna

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

There are several primary planetary configurations occurring this year that continue to formulate the underlying currents driving the dynamic and profound shift occurring in our world paradigm. This year should lead us from the previous period where the emphasis was on the dismantling and restructuring occurring in our lives, through a crisis point and to a period of expansive and progressive mobilization of radical change.

The Uranus-Makemake opposition and the Uranus-Saturn opposition are two of the primary long-term underlying planetary configurations. The Uranus-Makemake opposition began in June of 2008 and continues through January 7, 2011. Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - "e" is pronounced "ay" in Polynesian) is one of our newly discovered Dwarf Planets. Being new to scene, Makemake has an astrological influence not yet fully comprehended or experientially verified. However, based upon initial explorations of Makemake's orbital parameters, Makemake seems to influence, in part, leadership in the administration of economic resources, those resources that are fundamental to our physical and material sustenance. Makemake may aid to sort out those worthy and capable of such a leadership role from those who are not, through a rigorous and even perilous physical challenge. Makemake may stimulate strategic planning and enterprising action. More about Makemake.

Synodic Cycles

Synodic Cycles are created when two (or more) planets align in their orbits around the Sun. The synodic cycle theme, defined by the planets involved and the star alignments at the time, will unfold until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one.

There are many synodic cycles with unique astrological themes occurring simultaneously creating a harmonic symphony of creative unfoldment in consciousness. Synodic cycles can be thought of as longer-term underlying currents, much like the backdrop chorus of a symphony, providing the underlying astrological context guiding our evolution. Aspects occuring between planets are phase transition points in these more embracing cycles.

Learn the basics about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.

There are seven (geocentric) Uranus-Makemake oppositions that surround the actual (heliocentric) synodic opposition (the 180° mid-point) in the current Uranus-Makemake 107-year synodic cycle, which began in May of 1955. The mid-point of a synodic cycle is like a Full Moon in a lunar cycle. The time leading into the midpoint (synodic opposition) is a time of vision and excitement. The time immediately following it is of realization regarding the original synodic cycle theme. The mid-point transition to the Uranus-Makemake synodic cycle occurred on December 10, 2009. Thus, as we begin 2010, we now just enter into the second half of this 107-year cycle--bringing a time of realization and revelation about this original Uranus-Makemake synodic cycle.

More about the May 1955 Uranus-Makemake synodic cycle.

The location of the May 1955 Uranus-Makemake synod: 2° 39' sidereal Cancer; The primary conjoining star was Alsciaukat, the thorn in the Lynx, with Makemake north of the ecliptic in the Lynx, just under this star. Additional conjoining tars: Alifa al Frakadain of Ursa Minor; and Samoht, Alpha Monoceris, the Unicorn. Also influencing are Procyon of Canis Minor; and the Centaur Pholus' Perihelion and North Node. The asteroid Vesta also conjoined the Uranus-Makemake synod creating a compounded synodic cycle. The stellar theme here is of out-of-the-ordinary people and opportunities, often hidden in the everyday common world, but emerging at unexpected moments in time. It is often of unique people with some abnormal trait. (Winston Churchill's speech impediment is an example.) It also inspires a need to be in forever alertness to seize opportunities that would otherwise be missed.

Also to note: Jupiter made its synod with Uranus and Makemake just three months prior to the Uranus Makemake synod.

The Saturn-Uranus opposition began on November 4, 2008, and continues through July 26, 2010, with five triggers--amalgamating with the Uranus-Makemake energetic. This several month period surrounds the September 2, 2009 midpoint of "vision and realization" in the current ~44-year Saturn-Uranus cycle that began on June 9, 1988. Thus we are also moving into the second half of this cycle in 2010--also a time of realization about the nature of this cycle, and about that which we began in 1988.

More about the June 1988 Saturn-Uranus synodic cycle.

The theme of the 44-year Saturn-Uranus Synodic Cycle is defined by the stellar alignments at 04°07' sidereal Sagittarius. This is within a one degree orb of the "Gate of God," the primary north galactic equatorial node (N-GEN). The Gate of God is the primary fiducial (reference point) in the Cycle of Earth's Precessional Holy Cross; making this specific Saturn-Uranus cycle one of the most significant in world history. Also influencing are Etamin of Draco, eye of the dragon; and Al Nasl, the tip of the Zen Archer's arrow. A Saturn-Uranus synthesis in general will tend to motivate us to explore new possibilities that can evolve from that which is already established, to expand in new ways; and to concretize those new ideas into practical and applicable form--in a sense superimposing new ideas and discoveries onto that which is already functional and organized. It would inspire a desire to improve upon the existing societal structure. This specific synodic cycle theme at the Gate of God would have inspired a focus toward higher spiritual visions, ideals and truths, and motivating an undaunted focus to achieve them. This would have catalyzed an entirely new movement in the entire populous.

Note: the Saturn-Uranus synod before the June 1998 synod occurred March 25, 1942 at 5° 35' sidereal Taurus, conjoining the Pleiades-- a theme more about seeding for and providing for home and family, especially through business and building in the physical realms of life.

Saturn, of course, is of structure and form, of that which is stoic and established. Saturn brings order and sobriety and asks us to concretize and solidify. Moving outward to the orbit of Uranus, we leave the conforming bounds of Saturn's astrophysical resonances and enter Uranus' unique and unexpected astrophysical nature. Spinning in a rather extreme angular orientation to our normal ecliptic plane (Uranus' rotational axis is radically tilted toward its orbital plane and makes one revolution in about 17.25 Earth hours), Uranus breaks us from the conforming bounds of the established past, and brings the opportunity for unexpected, spontaneous and radical change. Uranus opens our minds to higher thought, and opens our consciousness to possibilities beyond those already established or conceptualized, often with lightning-like flashes of illumination. Uranus is of new discoveries and is of free thinkers.

Saturn conjoined Makemake in September 2009 (with just one geocentric trigger); marking the start of a new 32-year Saturn-Makemake cycle. Thus we are also just beginning this new synodic cycle's theme. This occurred under the auspices of Benatnasch of the Great Bear; Zavijava of Virgo; and Cor Caroli and the Giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51 of the Barking Hounds--all of which articulate the diversionary tactics and grand spectacle produced by the totalitarian world powers and their blind followers, those deluded by the diversionary global spectacle. Here we find a lot of hot air, foul winds, dramatic racket and fiery commotion, but which are mere diversionary tactics intended to distract the masses from the real issues at hand.

Uranus in opposition to Makemake and Saturn, and the star alignments involved, demand radical change in our existing totalitarian governing structure, as well as in how we govern our own lives, and even in the very structure of consciousness. These opposing forces bring realization and visibility to that which is established, to diversionary cover-ups, and to our need to radically break away from this antiquated structure of government. The sustained Uranus opposition to both Saturn and Makemake, and the triggers occurring in this long-standing opposition, coincide significantly with the events surrounding the global financial crisis and its restructuring that began to avalanche in 2008. We can definitely consider this trifold planetary configuration to initiate the development of an entirely new economic paradigm. I surmise that Makemake's prominent aspects throughout mid-2008 through early 2011 (with Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter) is a significant force behind the dramatic battles occurring between the major players in the global financial arena, which should continue throughout 2010.

The Primary 2010 Shift: July-August

Pluto and Jupiter enter the scene in 2010--Pluto in the first half of the year and Jupiter in the second half of the year. Saturn and Pluto enter into a 270° square. This square began on November 15, 2009, and continues through August 21, 2010. Jupiter and Pluto enter into a 90° square in July 2010, which continues through February 2011. See the 2010 Graphic Ephemeris.

The Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter T-square

A potent transition occurs in our timeline due to the overlap of the Saturn-Pluto square and the Jupiter-Pluto square. This overlap, occurring throughout July and August of 2010 creates a catalytic T-square formed by these three planets. This may produce the most dramatic shift occurring in the year--a profound "opening." It should catalyze a shift of our focus from the destructive change of the past to one of dynamic and expansive action for the future. It indeed may be the healing-crisis point in the current few year cycle of events.

Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn 2010-2011

The Saturn-Pluto 270° square marks the 3/4 point in the current 37-year Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle that began on December 24, 1982. Although the Saturn-Pluto (geocentric) square continues from November 15, 2009 through August 21, 2010, the actual 270° transition point in the Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle occurs in the midst of this period on June 11, 2010--just before the T-square of July-August.

The 270° square of a synodic cycle creates an "inner need to change" in the theme of that cycle. It is similar to a Last Quarter Moon in a lunar cycle.

More about the Saturn-Pluto square and the Dec 24, 1982 Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle.

The Jupiter-Pluto 90° square marks the 1/4 point in the current Jupiter-Pluto 12.7-year synodic cycle that began on November 23, 2007. Although the Jupiter-Pluto square continues from July 23, 2010 through February 25, 2011, the actual 90° transition point in the Jupiter-Pluto synodic cycle occurs in the midst of this period on December 2, 2010--after the T-square of July-August.

The 90° square of a synodic cycle, like the First Quarter Moon in a Lunar Cycle, creates an "external stimulus to action" in the theme of this cycle.

Thus, in 2010, we are making two very significant and distinct transitions in two cycles (the Saturn-Pluto 270° square and the Jupiter Pluto 90° square):

In the Saturn-Pluto cycle, we are entering the last and transition quarter of the cycle, where we are dismantling the stage setting that had served the initial Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle theme. It is a time of removing facades and looking at the naked truth, much like a stage performer would remove a costume and reveal their real identity. It is a time where we begin to cultivate the field for an entirely new synodic theme to emerge (January 10, 2020). This Saturn-Pluto square is one about dismantling our past societal structure.

In the Jupiter-Pluto cycle, we are entering the second quarter of this cycle, the action quarter. Here is stimulus to initiate creative action upon the Jupiter-Pluto theme. It is not uncommon for fears to surface when approaching a 90° square, hesitancies to take action. However taking the steps at hand is essential for our growth and movement. The Jupiter-Pluto square is very opportunistic, one stimulating vast and expansive movement.

The Jupiter-Saturn 180° synodic opposition will occur on February 23, 2011, which marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current Jupiter-Saturn Synodic Cycle, which began on June 22, 2000 in late sidereal Aries (27° 02'). The geocentric Jupiter-Saturn opposition beings on May 23, 2010 and continues through March 28, 2011 (also shown in the above chart).

Jupiter: Movement & Expansion

2010 timeline Jupiter Uranus Makemake Saturn & Pluto

Jupiter will begin to bring its mobilizing and expansive influence into our lives a couple of months prior to this mid-year transition created by the crossover of these two squares (before the July-August T-square). Jupiter will first oppose Makemake starting on May 7, 2010 (continuing through January 10, 2011); Jupiter will then start its opposition to Saturn on May 23, 2010 (continuing through March 28, 2011); and then Jupiter will begin its very significant conjunction with Uranus on June 8, 2010 (continuing through January 4, 2011). Jupiter's arrival creates tremendous movement and expansion, which propels us into to an entirely new energetic starting in mid-2010 and emerging in early 2011--at the same time of the completion of the Uranus-Makemake opposition that began in mid-2008. Note also that as the Uranus-Saturn opposition comes to its completion (In July 2010) , the Jupiter-Saturn opposition and the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction takes over--mobilizing and expanding upon the radical changes occurring since the Uranus / Saturn-Makemake opposition began in late 2008. This will be a very welcomed change in our evolutionary currents.

Thus, in addition to the Jupiter-Pluto 90° square, the midpoint of vision and realization occurs in the current Jupiter-Makemake cycle and in the current Jupiter-Saturn cycle. Most significantly, Jupiter and Uranus begin an entirely new 13.5-year synodic cycle on September 23, 2010, in the midst of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, which continues throughout the second half of 2010. September of 2010 also marks a very key turning point, (occurring after the dramatic Jupiter-Pluto-Saturn T-square of July-August). This is due to the Jupiter-Uranus Earth Synodic Synchronization. This means that The Sun Earth, Jupiter and Uranus align. This alignment begins a compounded synodic cycle: a new Jupiter-Uranus 13.5-year synodic cycle begins; a new Earth-Jupiter 399-day synodic cycle begins; and a new Earth-Uranus 370-day synodic cycle begins all with the same stellar theme defined by the stars in early sidereal Pisces including Scheat of Pegasus. Thus we will experience another key turning in September 2010.

In summary, we have the dramatic crisis point or opening created by the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter T-square occurring in July-August of 2010, and then we have the mobilizing and expansive influence with massive Jupiter taking the helm in the second half of 2010. The September Jupiter-Uranus Earth Synodic Synchronization then marks a fresh start (perhaps I should say a refreshing fresh start). In early 2011, we will emerge from this dynamic re-structuring that began in 2008.

Synodic Cycles Timeline 2010
The Synods, Synodic Squares & Synodic Oppositions
Uranus, Makemake, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter & Neptune

The timeline below shows the synods, synodic squares and synodic oppositions occurring for the outer planets. Generally there are a few geocentric conjunctions surrounding a (heliocentric) synodic event, due to planetary retrogrades as observed from Earth. These are also shown in the timeline. See Synodic Astrology: Synodic Cycles & Planetary Retrogrades (Phase Changes) to learn about their phase transitions (squares, oppositions).

2009 Primary synods and synodic transitions:
Jupiter-Neptune (Chiron) synod
Juno-Uranus-Earth compounded synod opp Saturn-Makemake synod (The Sept 2009 Synodic Opposition)

2010 Primary synods and synodic transitions:
Saturn-Pluto 270°synodic square
Jupiter-Pluto 90°synodic square
Jupiter-Uranus-Earth compounded synod (The Sept 2010 Synodic Synchronization)
Jupiter-Makemake synodic opposition
Jupiter-Saturn synodic opposition (Feb 2011)

Planetary Synodic Cycles Timeline 2010

A Finger of God & The Sacredness of Life
Eris, Quaoar, Varuna & Sedna

The newly discovered planets, Eris, Quaoar, Varuna and Sedna also create a set of aspects throughout 2010. These planets move much more slowly and thus their aspects span a few years. Eris and Quaoar are currently trine (120°). Eris and Varuna are square. Varuna and Quaoar are inconjunct (150°) as are Sedna and Quaoar; and Sedna and Varuna are sextile (60°). The interesting thing in this geometry is a long standing Yod (Varuna- Sedna to Quaoar), also called a Finger of God. This places a continual emphasis on Quaoar, which must be addressed. This geometry and this Yod gets triggered all year long as various planets, the Sun and Moon conjoin any of the points in this geometry (of course the Moon triggers each point in every lunar cycle). Thus, think of this not as an event, but as an underlying continuing theme--another melodic layer in our evolutionary symphony.

Eris & the Quaoar, Varuna, Sedna Yod 2010

Quaoar (pronounced kwah-whar) was discovered in Ophiuchus, and thus Quaoar's first visible expression was thus through the Ophiuchus theme--responsible self mastery within the creative forces governing life and death. Quaoar conjoined Antares at the time of discovery, and was lying between Ixion (which was conjoined Sco X-1 and Herc X-1, over the head of the Scorpion, a theme about taking responsibility for our perpetual entrapments) and Pluto (which was conjoined Ras Algethi, the head (wisdom) of our godman Hercules who inspires people to claim their own self empowerment rather than deferring their power to manipulative forces based from a sense of helpless victim consciousness).

The star alignments of Quaoar's orbital parameters are rather harmonious, with its perihelion in the humanitarian waterman Aquarius, conjoining Skat and Zeta Aquarius, stars articulating the essence of humanitarian foundations, and the nourishment of all life. Its south to north node axis is from Pisces to Virgo, with its south node conjoining Algenib, the wing of Pegasus; and with the north node stars Porrima and Vindemiatrix of Virgo, those of Corvus the messenger bird, and Alherem on the sail of the Argo. All of this invites a path of action above emotional reaction and based from intuitive sensitivity to the subtle signs occurring in the natural world, as well as with having astute attentiveness to the importance of the prompt timing of our actions.

Based upon Quaoar's obital nature and obital parameters, Quaoar has a character supporting a "harmonious revolution"-- to help us release and surrender to the natural order of the creative forces governing life and death. in addition, Quaoar inspires our return to the "sacredness of life"; to realize all things in life are sacred and that it is our responsibility to have respect for natural order and to participate in harmony with nature; without this we do not have respect for ourselves.

2010 Graphic Ephemeris (Eris-Varuna-Sedna-Quaoar) & (Haumea-Ixion)

2010 Graphic Ephemeris Snapshot (Eris-Varuna-Sedna-Quaoar) & (Haumea-Ixion)
The full 2010 Graphic Ephemeris

Eris (pronounced "ee-ris") is the Great Disruptor, as in upsetting the apple cart, but with purpose to awaken us to a far more embracing reality, and in doing so to readjust our world view of life. Eris holds a unique placement in this geometry, acting as a challenging key to the Yod. Varuna's square with Eris creates a stimulus for action. Varuna seems to have traits similar to Quaoar, which supports our return to natural law and the sacredness of life; and also of our more familiar Jupiter, who is also of higher (not man's) law. Varuna perhaps has more to do with our need to allow nature's way to take its course, where as Quaoar may have more to do with our relationship with natural law and need to respect it. Eris is working in a harmonious resonance with Quaoar--again indicating that Eris' disruptive nature is supporting a harmonious revolution leading us to a more wholistic or embracing way of life (the silver lining to the apparent upheaval in our current world paradigm).

The base of the Yod, created by the sextile of Varuna and Sedna oscillates as Varuna, Sedna and Quaoar weave their retrogrades (as shown in the above graphic empemeris), continually driving our attention to Quaoar. Sedna embodies the essence of the feminine principle in our world, especially regarding its long-standing suppression into the depths of collective consciousness, and our need for the feminine essence to re-emerge as an equal and active participant in the global arena. This is essential for the maturation of our societal structure and to bring our world into balance and harmony, with a social model that is nurturing to all life, rather than to isolated factions at the cost of others. The harmonic resonance (sextile) between Sedna and Varuna's is one of strength and mutual support, thus indicating an allegiance between the natural order of events unfolding in our world with the re-emergence of the feminine principle and the rightful place of women co-participating in directing our evolutionary course on Earth. Again, for this to occur, we must address the apex of the Yod, that which Quaoar embodies, our need to have respect for the sacredness of life.

More about the new Dwarf Planets and minor planets, including: Eris, Quaoar, Varuna & Sedna.

Haumea & Ixion

Another sustaining aspect occurs between Haumea and Ixion, two other newly discovered planets. Haumea and Ixion are also sextile. The Haumea-Ixion sextile is perhaps less dynamic than the above mentioned compounded aspects which create more complex geometric resonances, yet this long standing sextile will also get triggered in a variety of ways throughout the year.

Haumea and Ixion would seem to create an odd pair, and here especially being sextile (60°), which is a harmonic of strength in mutual cooperation. Based upon initial explorations of Haumea's orbital parameters: Haumea's propensity is to intercede with dynamic motion from a state of equilibrium and poise to support a new birth in consciousness with a greater spiritual awareness about the fundamental primordial forces of life. Haumea motivates action to reorient world powers' militaristic destructive use of power and resources into a nurturing force that supports and protects life, home and family; and that aids humanity's emergence into a spiritually aware state of being.

In contrast, Ixion is more of the totalitarian tyrant. Ixion at the least, seems to be related to the suppression, manipulation, and the exploitation of women. And more specifically about those in authoritarian positions being brought to justice for deeds involving the suppression and manipulation of people, especially women, as well as the the tyrannical destruction of people for one's own end. Ixion also seems to be prominent in malicious and deceptive power-plays between authoritarian figureheads; and drawn out with karmic repercussion. Although Ixion's perihelion lies in the bowels of Cetus, the technobureaucratic monster created by collective human consciousness, indicating the area in which Ixion plays its most prominent role, Ixion's nodal axis is from Antares to Aldebaran, and this indicates Ixion supports a path of action in the political-business arena. This stellar alignment reveals an opportunity for growth of the tyrannical. In its lower mature octave, Ixion's path of action is that of the control freak power-hungry authoritarian attempting to manipulate and dominate business, home and family, and promote a global vision that is self-serving. In its matured more-evolved form, the path of action would be of an authoritarian who has mastered the forces of light and dark within self, rather than perpetually trying to combat and control these forces outside of self. Then action is based from self-mastery and spiritual awareness serving a vision that nourishes and provides for the wellbeing of business, home and family. Ixion is not necessarily of a sinister nature, but more likely may bring such misdeeds out into the open.

Haumea is currently passing through the stars that create the left foot of Bootes; and conjoins Seginus, the shoulder of Bootes, and the stars of Corvus, the Messenger Raven (sidereal Virgo). Ixion resides in sidereal Scorpio, lying over the body of the Scorpion, between the legs of Ophiuchus and conjoining Sarin and Ras Algethi of Hercules.

Both areas of the zodiak are about responsibility and freedom, although in slightly different ways. Haumea's stellar alignments are about ensuring a protective and harmonious environment that is free from manipulating or debilitating energies, and is one that supports the healthy birth and evolution of souls. This includes environmental conditions that are attuned to the natural world, those which support individuals' spiritual (soul-level) awareness as well as their connection with Earth. Ixion's stellar alignments are about the responsibility to aid others in claiming their self-empowerment and thus able to become self-responsible and independent of others who are attempting to govern or control.

Despite the dramatic differences of Haumea and Ixion, their current allegiance maybe a part of the catalyst for birthing a new type of leadership in our world, shifting us from the tyrannical, suppressive, and manipulative old-world paradigm to one supportive of a healthy and self-empowered society.

The Shorter-term Cycles with Mars, Venus and Mercury
& Other Key Events

There are four Mercury retrogrades occurring in 2010. A Mars retrograde occurs at the beginning of the year; and a Venus retrograde occurs toward the end of the year. A new earth-planet synodic cycle begins in the midst of each retrograde. The Earth-Mercury synodic cycles are ~119 days in duration. Earth-Mars synodic cycles are ~780 days in duration. Earth-Venus synodic cycles are ~584 days in duration.

The Mercury Retrogrades

Mercury retrogrades are often misunderstood in popularized western astrology to be something to dread. Retrogrades are merely times when we disengage from one Earth-planet synodic cycle and engage in the next--much like shifting gears in a car. Mercury retrogrades are times when we are shifting our focus in the daily logics in our lives. They provide a wonderful time for formulating new plans and strategies in our lives, to then engage upon them as Mercury returns direct. The first Mercury retrograde occurs at the very beginning of 2010 and synchronizes with the start of the Mars retrograde. The unique themes of the Earth-Mercury synodic cycles are presented in the Lunar Planners in which they occur.

Mars Retrograde & the New 780-day Earth-Mars Synodic Cycle
Dec 2009 - March 2010

We enter 2010 with Mars and Mercury retrograde. Mars began its retrograde on December 20, 2009, and its retrograde continues through March 10, 2010. This is a time of redefining how we are using our creative power. In the midst of the Mars retrograde, when the Sun, Earth and Mars align on the Full Moon eve of January 29, 2010, we begin a new 780-day Earth-Mars Synodic Cycle. The theme of this Earth-Mars cycle is defined by the star alignments looking from the Sun toward Earth and Mars, which occurs in the center of sidereal Cancer.

Durring its retrograde, Mars also aspects two of the above planetary geometries: the Haumea-Ixion sextile; and most importantly, the Saturn-Pluto square and Orcus. The latter occurs toward the end of the Mars retrograde, in February and March, when we will fully engage in the new Mars-Earth synodic cycle.

The details of this synodic theme are presented in the January 15, 2010 Lunar Planner.

Excerpt from the January 15, 2010 Lunar Planner

The theme of this (January 29, 2010) Full Moon and this new Earth-Mars 780-day synodic cycle are one and same. They are defined by the star alignments looking from the Sun toward Earth, Moon and Mars. This occurs in the center of sidereal Cancer conjoining Asellus Bor and Aus, the northern and southern ass of the crab; Delta Hydra and the Pulsar CP0834, creating the brain of Hydra; GIanfar of Draco, the poisoned heart; and also of influence is Praesepe, the Beehive star cluster, also called the crib or manger; M67, one of the oldest star clusters. Mid-sidereal Cancer is also the exalted location for Jupiter.

Sand Dunes on Mars

Sand Dunes on Mars
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) is flying onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

There is a vast region of sand dunes at high northern latitudes on Mars. In the winter, a layer of carbon dioxide ice covers the dunes, and in the spring as the sun warms the ice it evaporates. This is a very active process, and sand dislodged from the crests of the dunes cascades down, forming dark streaks.
Written by: Candy Hansen

Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure, as no one knows the exact time of the emergence of the beetle from its snuggle in its own dung, because it does not seem to follow any natural cycle in nature. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest or from the collective consciousness that we co-create. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself--hence humanity's association with the beetle emerging form its own dung. This location in sidereal Cancer is one of emergence and the challenges associated with it....

The southern and northern stars that create the ass of the Crab are of being encrusted in old and antiquated patterns, personal and collective dogmatic belief structures, and sticky modalities of being that perpetuate our stasis. Classically they are considered to be unfortunate stars with a somewhat stubborn nature. They can stimulate a desire to nourish, fortify and accumulate to such a degree that one can get self-consumed in their own pile of stuph'.

The stars forming Hydra's head articulate a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another). The Pulsar in Hydra's head can reinforce our repetitive, monotonous, subconscious patterns that perpetuate stasis--that part of ourselves that undermines our ability to change, but it can also make visible those patterns that we need to change, a constant reminder that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures.

Conjoining Hydra's head is northern Gianfar, Lambda Draco, on the tail of the Dragon. Gianfar, the poisoned place, is of neurological currents, specifically those emanating from "poisons of the heart" that manifest cellular patterns within ourselves that relentlessly destroy all we touch through endless battering of our courage, optimism, and strength--destroying us through sheer exhaustion. Here we are asked to realize how unresolved bitterness of the heart can perpetually avert us from the fulfillment we seek. Gianfar's conjoining Quasar stimulates our creative power and inspires our exploration of alternatives not in our current realm of experience. It also inspires us to create the space to explore the inner fears that tie us to the past and that keep us from living our heart's truth in the present, so we can emerge from antiquated and ingrained neural-net patterns and establish new and alternative pathways.

Jupiter is exalted at mid-sidereal Cancer and indicates our requirement to mobilize greater spiritual & physical truths and principles to address such poisonous conditions--otherwise a mere combative approach simply antagonizes the onslaught. Here we are inspired to reach beyond the existing bounds we place upon our hearts and to emerge into a new and expanded light of being.

In essence, this new Earth-Mars cycle suggests that we must relinquish our antiquated beliefs that things can't be different, beliefs held onto due to our own bitterness, in order to overcome the multifarious forces that keep us from emerging into a greater light of being.

Mars is often associated with the forceful use of power. However, in its mature form, Mars is an initiating force. Mars is of creativity, sexuality, vitality, life force, power and self-expression. Mars stimulates our ability to respond to life with creative assertive action. Mature Mars is of leadership, is self-reliant, and is of victory in our pursuits. Mature Mars is audacious, brave, instinctual, passionate and of willfulness.

This new Mars cycle inspires assertive expansive creative action to help us emerge from the behavioral patterns and antiquated beliefs of the past that keep us buried in darkness and delusion. It inspires the tenacity to overcome and to emerge into a new light of being. This cycle will continue through March 3, 2012, into our next Mars retrograde, when the next Earth-Mars cycle will begin.

Jupiter, Mars & the Saturn-Pluto Square (February-March 2010)
Initiating Expansive Creative Action

Jupiter Mars Saturn Pulto Yods 2010

As Jupiter moves from its conjunction with Neptune and Chiron, which occurred in 2009, to its conjunction with Uranus later in 2010 and partakes in forming the Jupiter-Pluto-Saturn T-square mid-year, Jupiter makes a brief aspect with the second Saturn-Pluto square and Mars. This occurs in the first two weeks of February, in the latter half of the January 15, 2010 lunar cycle--also a solar eclipse lunar cycle (new beginnings). During this time, the four planets create two interlocking Yods: Jupiter and Pluto (sextile) create a Yod with Mars (the Yod apex); and Mars and Pluto (sextile) create a Yod with Jupiter (the Yod Apex). Thus the focus turns to Mars and Jupiter.

Saturn and Pluto have maintained a very tight square since the Saturn Pluto square began in mid-November 2009 through the second conjunction of January 31, 2010 (during which the Juno-Pluto-Saturn T-square occurred). As we emerge from the second Saturn-Pluto square, and the interlocking Yods occur with Mars and Jupiter, we are motivated to initiate expansive action. This movement does not occur on its own. It is up to us to creatively make this move from what may seem like a motionless and undefined opening (occurring throughout late December and January), an opening that remains stagnant without dynamic creative action on our parts. Yods (formed by inconjuncts) demand we apply our creativity toward the apex of the Yods, lest we merely remain in an oscillatory mode, in this case floating in the challenge to change that is being created by the Saturn-Pluto square--a challenge that is just beginning and that will climax in the mid-year Jupiter-Pluto-Saturn T-square. February-March marks the time when it is up to us to take our first steps through this portal--and to fully engage as Mars returns direct in early March.

As Mars completes its retrograde on March 10, it will aspect Orcus and will be triggered by Venus, which will trine the Mars station. This is when we will feel the ablity to move once again, provided we have initiated the creative action for our emergence--the Mars synodic theme presented above.

Jupiter & Venus join Eris-Quaoar-Varuna-Sedna (April 2010)

Jupiter, Venus, Nessus, Eris, Quaoar, Varuna & Sedna 2010

Jupiter will also make a brief aspect with the Eris-Quaoar-Varuna-Sedna geometry early in the April 14, 2010 Lunar Cycle, also at the start of the second Mercury retrograde (around April 18). Venus and the Centaur Nessus also join into the geometric mix, with Venus conjoining Sedna.

To briefly sum it up, this geometry will create a challenge for creative solution. It may also bring attention to the need for physical and emotional clearing regarding issues about sexuality and / or the use of creative power; as these unresolved issues may be the culprit for any resistance for the active creative co-participation of women / and or any resistance to incorporate the feminine principle (including art and beauty) as a part of the creative solution.

June 2010- The Grand Opening Begins

Orcus Jupiter Uranus Graphic Ephemeris 2010

Two primary events precede the Great Jupiter-Pluto-Saturn T-square of July-August. Both occur in June.

Jupiter and Uranus make their first conjunction (June 5-8) in the last quarter of the May 14, 2010 Lunar Cycle, triggered by Mars, also with retrograde Ceres, Juno, Orcus and Saturn--all creating a dynamic set of aspects on Earth's Precessional Holy Cross. Notice in the timeline to the right how Orcus plays a primary role from late May through mid-July (creatively inconjunct Uranus and Jupiter).

A new Earth-Pluto Synodic Cycle then begins in the June 12, 2019 Lunar Cycle, on the Full Moon Eclipse of June 26, as the Sun, Earth, Moon and Pluto align (discussed below).

The Holy Cross Portal Opens (June-5-8)
Orcus: The Oath of the Soul

Jupiter-Uranus Conjunction & Grand Square 2010

Orcus, a newly discovered minor planet with a very similar but complimentary orbit as Pluto's orbit, along with Chiron, aspects Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter mid-year (May through August). Orcus' primary influence begins in the first week of June leading into the first Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, which occurs on the Balsamic Moon of June 8, 2010. At this time, the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction creates a Grand Square with Juno and Ceres on Earth's Precessional Holy Cross. Neptune and Chiron opposite Orcus and Mars (conjoined Regulus) also aspects the Grand Square. This dynamic geometry kicks off our long awaited Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. This Grand Square on Earth's precessional cross indicates a primary opening in the greater evolutionary transition occurring at this time in Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle, in the evolutionary cycle of the soul collective on Earth.

The asteroid Ceres, the mother of the main asteroids, brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering and agricultural qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth. Juno is the asteroid of covenant relations, of mutual equality and cooperation. More about Ceres and Juno.

Chiron and Neptune invite us to cross the abyss composed of our dreams and visions.

Orcus's astrophysical parameters suggest that Orcus addresses how we are applying our personal will for the greater well being of all humanity; how we are contributing to human society. Orcus motivates the use of our daily activity for soul's greater purpose on Earth--to live the Oath of the Soul. More about Orcus, Pluto's Compliment

Mars and Orcus also begin a new Mars-Orcus 1.9-year synodic cycle on March 19, 2010. The theme of this new cycle is defined by Regulus of Leo; Megrez and Phecda of Ursa Major; and Praecipua of Leo Minor. These stars are of those in leadership positions, those on stage.

Regulus, Alpha Leo, is "Chief or King of the Four Royal Stars" (Regulus Fomalhaut, Aldebaran, and Antares). Throughout antiquity Regulus was associated with royalty and kings (the colors royal blue and gold). Its name is given as "the Regulus" or "the Rex," meaning the "Law Giver." Regulus is considered the governing king of the four royals for several reasons. It lies almost exactly upon the ecliptic, thus, once a year around Aug 22-23, during Earth's orbit around the sun, the sun occults Regulus. Residing at about 5 degrees sidereal Leo, Regulus is the only one of the four royal stars prominently aspecting the Holy Cross (the Gate of God at 5° Sag and the Gate of Man at 5° Gemini), both in longitude and in latitude. The Rex is therefore an administrative seat, a foundational star insuring integrity and order.

On the personal level, Regulus is about our inner "vertical integrity," that is, living true to self; openly on world stage. This means walking in confidence and with self-respect, aligned with the truth in our hearts, in thought, word, and deed. Our personal integrity, our inner vertical attunement, must precede any horizontal, humanitarian participation in the world (Leo's opposite Aquarian pole). Without this inner integrity we become self-sacrificing, entrapped in a sympathetic resonance of dance, giving self away at the cost of our hearts' truth. This perpetuates discord and dysfunction for self and for others because we are simply living a lie. Only by living our hearts' truths do we provide opportunity for others to also stand in integrity and live theirs. Significant alignments with Regulus often indicate those with a prominent role in the global arena.

This cycle inspires those living their soul-level awareness and living true to heart to step forth and to take the lead. Mars and Orcus inspire dynamic creative action based upon souls' greater purpose. This new Mars-Orcus synodic theme will be explored in more detail in the associated Lunar Planner.

The Eagle Nebula M16

The Eagle Nebula M16 close-up. Image Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESA, NASA

The June 2010 Full Moon Eclipse and
the New Earth-Pluto Synod (June 25-26)

On the Full Moon Eclipse of June 26, the Sun, Earth, Moon and Pluto align. This begins a new Earth-Pluto Synodic Cycle. Our previous Earth-Pluto synod occurred on June 23, 2009 on a New Moon. That Earth-Pluto Synodic Cycle theme was presented in the June 22, 2009 Lunar Planner--a theme about pursuing our unique soul-paths in the world. This new cycle's theme, also in sidereal Sagittarius, is defined by the hand holding the bow of the Zen Archer. The Zen Archer's hand is marked by the star Meridionalis, Delta Sag. Also conjoining are the Eagle Nebula and the Swan Nebula. This is also the exalted zodiakal location for Uranus.

This point in the ecliptic is about our Zen stance, how to hit the target of our ideals, aspirations and dreams, which is an all or nothing deal. Athletes know the principle of the Zen archer's bow well. To achieve one's goals, whether a golfer, pole-vaulter, billiards player, skier, archer, or martial artist, the stance or form one holds is essential. Only if the archer is holding the bow as if it is an integrated part of the body will the arrow hit the target. Only will the skier be able to take on the most challenging of slopes if the skies are felt as extensions of one's legs, firmly and gracefully moving in concert with the entire body. Only will the billiards player make the pocket if the entire body stance is solid, with the cue nesting in a properly formed bridge made by the hand. Simply this can be called our Zen, a whole body form or stance requiring all of our focused awareness expressing from our core throughout our entire being.

The June 2010 Eclipse Full Moon Earth-Pluto synodic theme will be explored in more detail in the associated Lunar Planner.

The Venus Retrograde & The New Earth-Venus Synodic Cycle

After the third Mercury retrograde of the year, and just after the second Jupiter-Uranus conjunction and the Jupiter-Uranus Earth Synodic Synchronization of September 2010, Venus will begin its retrograde on October 8, 2010. Venus will complete its retrograde on November 18, 2010. A new Earth-Venus synodic cycle begins in the midst of its retrograde on October 29, 2010.

There are four Venus retrogrades (and Earth-Venus synods) occurring between the two Venus Transits of June 8, 2004 and June 6, 2012. This is the fourth and last retrograde before the Venus transit of 2012.

Jun 8 2004 Transit - Synod: 22° 51' Scorpio/Ophichus

Jan 13 2006 - Synod: 28° 37' Gemini

Aug 18 2007 - Synod: 29° 46' Capricorn

Mar 27 2009 - Synod: 12° 09' Virgo / with Haumea

Oct 29 2010 - Synod: 10° 23' Aries

Jun 6 2012 Transit - Synod: 20° 36' Scorpio/Ophichus

Venus Retrograde & Synod 2010

The October-November 2010 Venus retrograde will occur in the first two decans (20°) of sidereal Libra--"Under the Skirt of the Virgin." The retrograde begins just after the New Moon of October 7, 2010.

As mentioned, a planetary retrograde is a time of shifting from a previous synodic cycle into the following one. We will be completing the previous Venus synodic cycle theme in September-October. The new synodic theme will fully engage as Venus returns direct in late November.

The synod of October 29 is defined looking from the Sun toward the Venus-Earth alignment. This synod occurs at ~10° sidereal Aries.

The stars defining the new 584-day Earth-Venus synodic cycle are: Alpha Fornax (the furnace); The Quasar 3C48 in Triangulum; Caph, the benevolent hand of Queen Cassiopeia; Alphirk, the essence of the wise King Cepheus. This zodiakal longitude is also that of the Dwarf Planet Eris' North Node.

This zodiakal longitude of sidereal Aries is where we find a calming force; a place in-between the the initiatory fires of life. It is where we find beneficent aid (or provide aid) a helping hand that lifts us from our conflicts and struggles in life. This new Venus Synodic Theme will be explore in detail in the October 7, 2010 Lunar Planner.

Year's End

Beginning on the Full Moon Solstice Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010, Jupiter and Uranus approach their final conjunction directly opposite Makemake (and semi-sextile Neptune) (shown in the above epemeris).

These planets remain in tight aspect into January of 2011 and complete what was a long timeline of events that began in the fall of 2008. January and February 2011 marks our time of emergence from the 2008-2010 restructuring period.


The 2010 Graphic Ephemeris

Related Articles exploring the above cycles:

2008-2011: In Search of the Golden Egg: Makemake, Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto & the Global Economy
The Saturn-Pluto Synodic Cycles: A Historical Exploration 1851-2020
The Synodic Cycles of Pluto, Ixion and Quaoar: a historical Exploration 1982-2020
Learn about Synodic Astrology: Synodic Cycles & Planetary Retrogrades

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