Saturday Extra! 2010: The Year of Living Spiritually

For years, astrologers have been writing about what a big year 2010 is going to be. Well, now it’s here. So what are we going to do about it?

Do about it?” you might ask. “What’s to do? It’s not as though we can do anything about planetary transits.”

True enough. But there is plenty we can do, and time’s a-wasting.

If you’ve kept up here and on other astrology blogs, you know that the defining quality of 2010 is the cardinal T-square, which briefly becomes a cardinal grand cross mid-year. The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. These are the initiators of change. In short, it needs action. No sitting around talking about it or researching it to death. As the Nike ad says, “Just Do It!”

Diane had a great post on New Year’s Day on the meaning for each of us personally. As a cardinal sign living with a heavily cardinal partner, she is well-versed in this type of energy!

As 2010 begins, we have two outer planets in cardinal signs, Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. The Sun, Venus, and Mercury also are in Capricorn, along with the lunar North Node, which determines the signs and timing of eclipses. As it so happened, we had a lunar eclipse in Cancer on New Year’s Eve. That means we experienced a very brief cardinal T-square, a taste of things to come.

Saturn will go back into Virgo in April, but he returns to Libra on July 21. In the meantime, both Jupiter and Uranus enter Aries, and the Sun enters Cancer at the solstice, with a lunar eclipse in early Capricorn on June 26 and a solar eclipse in Cancer on July 11. It’s a veritable windmill of change.

Exactly what those changes will be, who knows? Who could have predicted 9/11 and the far-reaching consequences? In the next few years, we are likely to witness mass upheaval that could be political, social, ecological, geological, or inter-planetary — maybe all of the above. It’s just as likely that we could experience major breakthroughs in consciousness and spirituality, perhaps as a result of global crises.

Now, back to the question of what you can do …

I believe that the biggest change any of us can make as individuals is to start living more spiritually. By that, I don’t mean sitting in a lotus position for 20 minutes a day or joining a drumming circle. My definition of “spiritual” is learning to recognize and work with the invisible energies that are constantly flowing through the material realm.

Astrology is one of the best tools we have to identify these energies. In my forecast every week, I tell you what the planets are doing and interpret how these celestial indicators can manifest in our daily lives. I also give you information on how to work with them, especially the more difficult transits such as we’re experiencing right now with Mercury and Mars both retrograde.

For example, when Mercury is retrograde, we know that there’s a higher risk of miscommunications. Yet, knowing this isn’t enough. It’s up to you to adjust your behavior and expectations accordingly.

Once you begin to work with these unseen energies, your manner of interacting with the world and everyone in it will begin to change. We can repeat over and over that we’re all connected, but it’s another matter to feel it deeply in your soul. If you don’t, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person or a failure. You just need to learn, and that takes practice. I often liken it to learning to ride a bike.

I also would encourage you to simplify your life to the extent possible. Much of what comes will be outside our control, but we’ll be better able to respond if we’re more flexible. It’s a personal belief of mine that we are better able to tap into the realm of the unmanifest if we lighten our material load. But that’s another topic for another day.

In the meantime, I wish you a New Year filled with wonder and love.
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

P.S. I’ve been working on this video for two days, no thanks to Mercury Rx. That whirring noise is the dysfunctional fan in my laptop. There’s nothing I can do about it for now, but I’m investigating some potential fixes.

7 thoughts on “Saturday Extra! 2010: The Year of Living Spiritually

  1. deb

    Mercury retro is officially beginning to suck for my computer usage. It took me an hour just to resize one photo. Not twenty of them. But one. For some reason, the new dimensions wouldn’t come up and so each time I’d uploaded the photo, it came about in its original size.



  2. Deirdre Crowley

    Yep, Mercury Retrograde caused havoc in my life this evening. Driving home from work in heavy snow, thought I would be smart and take a back road (shorter and less inclines) except for the one incline, where I couldn’t get the car up it, the coolent water light started to flash, the car got stuck, couldn’t budge, went to call a neighbour and found my cell phone battery dead. Had to abandon the car and walk two miles home on a country road with no street lights. With all that, forgot to take the laptop from my car which is now probably half buried in snow. Worst travel evening I’ve had in a while. Home now and thanking my stars that I am. Mercury causing havoc all week with my communications but this was the icing on the proverbial cake …..


  3. Diane L

    Hey deb!

    Doncha hate it when it takes ten times as long to do something that usually takes a few minutes? Pat told me it took her over an hour to upload her video to YouTube . . . and before I messed my YouTube account up, it took me a couple of minutes to upload one of mine.


  4. Diane L

    OMG! {{{{{{Deirdre!!}}}}}

    That sounds like a horrible experience. When will you be able to rescue your car? Not to mention your laptop? Thank heavens you were able to walk home all right.


  5. Pat Post author

    Deirdre, that is indeed a classic Mercury retrograde tale. I’m curious to know what house Mercury currently is transiting in your natal chart.

    Mercury is transiting my twelfth house, and for the most part, it’s been pretty quiet, which is typical for this placement of Mercury retrograde. I’ve been having a lot of weird dreams. However, starting a few days ago, I’ve been having serious delays and miscommunications, partly in the form of critical information that people in authority failed to mention in discussions with me. I mentioned in a previous post that this likely would be the case with Mercury Rx in Cap, and that has born out, at least for me.

    Deb, you left a comment on my forecast about a heavy feeling in your chest. I woke up with that the night before last and couldn’t go back to sleep. It was even worse last night, to the point of creating fear. I had to take a few deep breaths and try to listen to the message coming through. I concluded that some energies are scary simply because they are so huge, overwhelming, and unfamiliar. Like God appearing to Moses in a burning bush. Sort of makes you want to fall to the ground, covering your eyes and shouting, “Don’t hurt me!”

    My point is that these powerful energies may well bring some positive change into our lives, but that doesn’t make them any less scary!

    Best wishes to all as we stand at the crossroad.


  6. Deirdre Crowley

    Hi Diane, Hi Pat,

    Thanks for your kind notes. Yes, I recovered my car this morning, still frozen to the spot. I have to say my neighbours were very kind, drove me to where it was half buried and literally dug it out with me. I worried all night about my laptop but shouldn’t have really as I live in the country and have never seen crime here. I got to work very late (had to literally crawl along the main roads) and was running to stand still all day, everything went backwards, but managed to stay afloat. One thing – it made me realise the value of neighbors and community in a big way, I have always gone it alone in the past and hate asking for assistance of any kind but I had to this morning. Mercury rules my chart as I have a Virgo ascendant, natally in my 10th house and currently transiting my 5th house.
    One other thing about the retrograde that may be just a co-incidence, but all my “speaking and thinking” bits are sick so to speak, in that I developed a chest infection two weeks ago and am taking antibiotics for it, have awful mouth ulcers, a sore throat and a painful cyst behind my ear, and usually my health is very good. Another curious point is that a friendship with a hint of romantic overtures has developed in my life the last few days and he is an Technology Consultant (has to be Mercury the trickster here). It may come to nothing but he is a nice friend and I feel like I “know” him.

    There is too much change going on, it’s like a constant roller coaster and it’s like that for everyone I believe. We are 11 days into 2010 and already I feel like I have lived 11 months of it!

    Warmest regards to you both.


  7. deb

    Deidre, that is some scary sh… So glad you’re alright! I’ve always said that I’d much rather be lost in a bullet-ridden ghetto than in a desolate area of the country at midnight.

    Hi everybody!

    Pat, understood. How are you feeling? I cried a lot on Sunday night and was just in a sad mood almost all day Monday. This is a rare experience for me, only happens when something major is afoot. I remember going through this a month before my brother passed… but it was more intense and enduring. The tears flowed and flowed and flowed and I chalked it up to PMS. This was followed by migraines (which I pretty much never get) and just an overall shutting down of my body, as if I had the flu except I never got sick. I knew something was coming, it was only a matter of what and when.

    By Tuesday morning, my spirits were lifted… although, at that time, news about the terrible earthquake in Haiti had already spread. I was also distracted by a zillion other tasks. My bet is that lots of people were probably feeling that inexplicable heaviness early this week, and it was a sign to prepare. Now, we need to see what we can do for those who are suffering so much…

    Diane, I wanted to take my computer for a swim in the Hudson. But, thankfully, it’s doing better!


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