'When the Going Get's Tough' An Astrological Look Forward to 2010

Having had enough of the fear-mongering that surrounds the year 2012, I decided to have a look at what the up-coming year, 2010, has in store for us from an Astrological point of view.

I'm a bit of a cynic these days. I believe people can pretty much find anything they like in an Astrology Chart. It's a bit like poetry. There's only so much objective information available. The rest is totally up to what the reader wants to make of it.

But I still like to read poetry and find my own meaning from it, and so I still like to look at a Chart and see what I can learn from it.

For the uninitiated, there are many different forms of Astrology and many different charts that can be drawn. An Astrological Chart is a picture of the heavens captured in symbolic form at a particular moment in time and space. Most people know about Horoscopes- that is a Natal Chart- a picture of the heavens at the moment a child is born in a particular place. But there are many others.

I chose to create a Natal Chart for the birth of the New Year, as it happens at Greenwich Mean Time. This is the starting point for a 24 hour day, as measured around the world.

So what do the heavens portend for the birth of 2010?

The first thing that jumped out at me was the Moon in its own sign of Cancer on the Midheaven. This indicates that the Feminine Principal- the nurturing mother- will come into prominence in 2010. And of course the greatest symbol of nurturing is the planet itself-Gaia. So I predict that issues to do with Planetary concerns like ecology, will be at the forefront of our minds.

But I also think that there will be a mother figure who will step forward to bring humanity's focus back onto the role of the mother. Another Mother Theresa possibly?

The next thing to jump out at me is Saturn on the Ascendant. This leads me to think that the recession will continue into 2010. Everyone will be tightening their belts. Discipline and hard work will replace the current mindset of the easy, instant-gratification life-style. Fear-mongering will spread. (Damn, and I was looking for some good news!)

It's always good to look at how the historical pendulum swings. There are economically good times and bad times. And with these swings people's perceptions of life and themselves swing too. You can greet the news of continued hardship with fear and trepidation, taking it personally as a reflection of your failure, or you can take up my motto for the New Year: 'When the times get tough, the tough get going!'

Even with times being hard, there will be much fun, of an escapist kind, to be had. My thoughts immediately go to the Film and TV Industry.

So, while we're tightening our belts, we're still paying out for the latest blockbuster or video game to take us away from the harshness of reality. And magic and mystery will continue to fascinate us, too!

The last thing that jumps out at me is our Karmic direction. This is humanity's destiny, if you will. What we are trying to learn as a culture at this time.

To find this out I look at the moon's north node, which is in Capricorn in the Fourth House in 2010's birth chart. I look at the Sabian Symbol for the exact degree of the node too. In this case it's the 22nd degree of Capricorn.

Cut to the chase? (jargon can be annoying)

Here we have a repeat of the two earlier messages I've identified around Saturn and the Moon. The node in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, the hard-work, fears and restrictions guy, in the house of the home, ruled by the Moon- the nurturing principal again.

When you see patterns repeating themselves in a Chart you can be pretty sure that what the pattern is saying is going to manifest in a major way.

And the Sabian Symbol? It reads as 'By Accepting Defeat gracefully, a general reveals nobility of character... (ie) The realization that one may grow through defeat as well as, and perhaps more than, through success... INNER STRENGTH' (quoted from Dane Rudyar's An Astrological Mandala)

So my plans for the coming year? Batten down the hatches, prepare for a lot of hard-work, focus on nurturing and caring for others and the planet, and get ready to grow through adversity (while indulging in a little escapist entertainment to balance the load).

I think I might start with the last first by having a really fun New Year's Eve. Anyone going to join me?

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