Risk, Plots and New Ways Forward - the Sky-Stories of 2010
reveals a year of innovations but with plots and schemes
happening in the wings.
The year, and the
decade, has turned, and we are now featuring the Visual Astrology Conference
- StarLogos >>> 2010
Learn the Sky..
Learn the Stars... Learn an Astrology which touches the heavens. Come walk
with us amongst the stars.
use of the Planetarium and working in small groups, with hands on help from
Bernadette and Darrelyn. Add new dimensions to your astrology for your own
chart as well as any other charts with which you work.
Also a night at a Santa Fe ranch under the stars.
StarLogos >>> 2010
is being held under Santa Fe skies in New Mexico. With Bernadette Brady,
Darrelyn Gunzburg and guest lecturer Darby Costello.
Now we are 5. The VAN has turned 5 years old. For the last five years every
month we have brought you our explorations and insights about visual astrology,
parans and the fixed stars. Often leaping off the deep end, we have watched the
skies and applied what we see to our astrology and shared the results with you.
You have been our witnesses. Thank you for staying with us. All 60 of our back
issues are in the
archives FREE for you to peruse at your leisure. The Visual Astrology
Newsletter and its archives continues to be a free service that we provide for
all of you who are interested in looking up and moving off the ecliptic to
embrace the whole sky. If you want more... then think about StarLogos >>> 2010.
Risk, Plots and New Ways Forward
The Sky-Stories of 2010
recent Visual Astrology Newsletters we have been exploring the notion of
liminal spaces, planets and spaces in the sky that allow us to make the
transition from one state space to another (see VAN September 2009).
issue continues that theme as we stand at the edge of the new decade. What
is in front of us? What can we expect in the year ahead? How will we
journey from the years behind us into the new future? Rather than look at
this year month by month, I am instead considering the players on the stage,
the liaisons they form and the plots they hatch. As well, whilst we know
that the three outer planets are not visible to the naked eye, I am including
them in this overview as they are part of our mundane astrological
The Crown Prince touches the Grass Roots Population
The year opens
with the Crown Prince (Jupiter) together with Neptune in the tail of the Sea-Goat, in a
situation of either
seeking knowledge from a spiritual, religious or inspirational
source or being that point of knowledge as a teacher or leader
(emphasised by the tail of the
Sea Goat being the watery or intuitive side of learning - see VAN December
Brady describes the combination of Jupiter-Neptune as 'idealism,
seeking the guru that has the answer to everything.'
This may have been manifested by
the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and the headlines for
online in late December 2009 seem to agree: ‘Low targets, goals dropped:
Copenhagen ends in failure’. Yet many spoke of this as being a Winter
Solstice season of spiritual or religious inspiration
and from this perspective the Jupiter-Neptune, utilising this energy inwardly,
expressed itself positively.
The Crown Prince parts company
with Neptune in early February, crossing the thigh of the Water Bearer, and at
this point of the year is seen, bright and visible, setting just after sunset.
In late February into mid-March, however, as Jupiter moves into the flow of
water and abundance, he is invisible, rising with the Sun in the ‘other’ place.
We could say that the fertile abundance that he shares with the world at this
time (the flow of water of the Water Bearer) comes ‘out of the blue’ or through
intuition or the arts or from an area that is creative or different (Jupiter
travelling with the Sun – see VAN August 2009).
|The Fishes of Pisces will hold
Jupiter (the Crown Prince) in the later part of the year.
In late March the
Crown Prince becomes Sulpa’e (returning to visibility – see VAN December 2006),
rising before the Sun and greatly empowered with this intuitive or creative
knowledge. He crosses the liminal space between the Water Bearer and the Fishes,
suggesting a change or a transition, and meets up with Uranus beneath the
southern fish of The Fishes in late-May where they stay for the rest of the
(We will see him there in the clear skies of Santa Fe at the September 2010 StarLogos
One ancient meaning of the
fish was as a symbol of wisdom and the Celts believed that eating fish put new
life into a womb. Thus the meeting of the Crown Prince with Uranus suggests
that this intuitive or creative knowledge gained when Jupiter was travelling
with the Sun presages the emergence of something new (The Fishes) which can be
put to use for the benefit of the grass roots population (Uranus’ influence) in
a situation of risk-taking or exploration (Jupiter-Uranus).
A point to note is that around
July-August the Crown Prince will become Nibiru (see VAN May 2009), the period
when Jupiter draws towards culmination in the night but fails to ‘split the
sky’ (seen to reach culmination) because he is extinguished by the light of
the rising sun,
signifying that some risk or venture which appears remarkable comes to nothing.
So apart from these middle
months, 2010 from the perspective of the meeting of the Crown Prince with Uranus
(the grass roots population) in The Fishes suggests the emergence of something
new and different which comes from a more yin focus but which takes root in
The King, The Warrior and
The Radiating Goddess
Saturn makes a tight square to
Pluto from January to April, and again from August to November 2010. However, in
considering this through the lens of visual astrology, I am looking not so much
at the action that is occurring centre stage but rather the small plots and
shady deals that are being hatched in the shadows and behind closed doors.
Saturn, The King (also the land,
the government, and authority systems) touched the tip of the left wing of the
constellation Virgo in October 2009 and as the new decade opens, is found on her
left shoulder, moving by mid-January back to the wing. The constellation Virgo
is the archetype of the harvest-bringing goddess, independent of the masculine,
concerned with the fruitfulness that comes from cyclic understanding. Yet the
wing is about exile, (see VAN Feb 2009, Oct 2009, and Dec 2009),
hence this suggests that those in power may find themselves having to
take responsibility (the shoulder) for refugees or the disenfranchised (the
wing), or else they find themselves exiled or dealing with matters on
|Saturn, while squaring Pluto in 2010, will be
in the wing of Virgo.
Meanwhile Mars enters the year in
the mouth of Leo the Lion, suggesting roaring aggression of some sort. Could
this be the backlash to the disillusion of the Copenhagen Climate Change
Conference? By February 2010 Mars has retrograded back into the constellation of
Cancer (the Manger) where he stays until May. The Egyptians linked this
constellation with the Scarab Beetle and the idea of immortality, for it was the
place where the sun, having reached its southernmost point of rising on the
horizon, turned on its path and began the journey northward. (See VAN July
2009). This suggests these are months when, from a time of standing still, or
negotiations going nowhere, or a military stand-off, something new is born.
In May 2010 Mars crosses the
liminal space from Cancer to Leo, and in June sweeps across Regulus, the heart
of the Lion. This is a time when it is imperative that military revenge or
personal recriminatory actions are not taken, for Regulus, the heart of the Lion
and a Royal Star of Persia (see VAN February 2006), offers great success but the
nemesis is revenge. So there will be provocations and it will be a time when
anger runs high.
In late July Mars, having crossed
the liminal space between Leo and Virgo, meets Saturn, the King, in the wing of
Virgo, a time when the military can influence those in authority. Now for a few
days, Sin, the Moon god, passes underneath them both, so this is a tense time
when the warrior has the ear of the King and Sin is not able to control the
situation. Indeed for the rest of July the King is deeply connected with Nergal,
signifying that July may be a time of warmongering or aggression on foreign
soil, or where people from different countries joined in debate disagree and
tempers run high.
Venus joins Mars in early-August
empowering – or igniting - the situation. However, by mid-August she has carried
Mars past the ear of the King, moving in the first two weeks of September to
connect with Spica. Spica is the gift of the Goddess, the gift of brilliance, of
knowledge and insight, so it may be that this is a time when new actions, new
ways of doing things, can occur.
In mid-September Venus and Mars
both cross the liminal space from Virgo to Libra, the Scales. However, Venus
retrogrades back into this liminal space leaving Mars to continue the journey
forward through the gates of Libra, into the jaws of the Scorpion, past the foot
of Ophiuchus in early December and straight into the face of the Archer by the
Throughout the whole period Pluto
rests on the top tip of the bow of Sagittarius, implying that a matter of
aggression is poised in the balance.
|In 2010 Pluto rides the tip of the Bow of
As well, from June when it comes
into orb until December when it is exact, the transiting North Node conjuncts
Pluto (see VAN Nov 2009) indicating the desire to colonize and move forward
(North Node) via obsession, confrontation, challenge or through seeking new
social levels in the community (Pluto).
In conclusion …
The year begins with
disillusionment (Jupiter-Neptune), aggression (Mars in the mouth of Leo) and
those in power possibly having to take responsibility for refugees or the
disenfranchised or they themself being exiled or dealing with matters on foreign soil
(Saturn in the wing of Virgo). The year ends with the dawn of the Winter
Solstice seeing a total lunar eclipse, Mars in the face of the Archer, Pluto
poised on the tip of the Archer’s bow and the North Node conjunct Pluto. Much
depends on what happens mid-year when the King is joined by Nergal, and then
empowered by Venus, and the Crown Prince is Nibiru (disempowered).
However, given that the Crown
Prince is with Uranus in The Fishes by this time, it seems that there are
opportunities for new solutions to emerge and that other ways of handing the
situation may be at hand. We could surmise however, that whatever occurs in the
middle of the year only gets stronger by the year’s end and creates a new
pathway, for better or for worse (Pluto with the North Node)
Time will tell how the visual
astrology of this year manifests.
1. Brady, Bernadette. (1992). Predictive Astrology, the Eagle and the Lark.
Samuel Weiser, Inc.: York Beach, Maine. pg 12.
Brady, Bernadette. (1998) Brady’s Book of Fixed
Stars, Maine: Samuel Weiser Inc.p.311.
der Waerden, B.L. (1949) "Babylonian Astronomy.II. The Thirty-Six Stars." in
Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol 8, No.1. pp 6-26, 12.
will expand on this notion of exile in connection with the wing of Virgo in
future Visual Astrology Newsletters.