2020 is the beginning of not only a new decade, but a new astrological era. The theme of change and chaos continues, and intensifies as the year begins. Expect a year when we will be confronted with all the difficulties that need remedies in our world – the environment, government, starvation, immigration and more - and because the influence of the planets affects the whole as well as the individuals who make up the whole – it will be a year for us to confront all those problems in our lives that need remedies. I’m afraid we can’t expect an easy year but the influences are very powerful and it’s not the time for any of us to sit back and wait and see. We are actually under a vibration of work; of crossing the is and dotting the ts; of laying new foundations. It’s a year for us to actively help lay the foundations for the new you that you want to be – but more importantly for the new world that we want to be a part of. It’s time to wake up to the problems that confront us and humanity. It’s a serious year. Now 2019 was social in a way but also highly emotional. This year is not emotional so much but serious. It’s what I call a “reality check” year. We have been seeing a lot of chaos, and now things are settling and we can now see things as they are – not as we’d like them to be. THREE MAJOR PLANETARY CONJUNCTIONS There are three major planetary conjunctions in 2o20 as well as many other powerful planetary events. However, I will focus on these three conjunctions. Conjunctions occur when planets reach the same point in the sky, as seen from the Earth. Astrologically, according to the planets involved, they signify the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.
PLANETARY OVERVIEW Jupiter entered Capricorn on December 3rd, 2019. It will remain in the sign of its fall until December 18th, 2020 2020 begins soon after a powerful total solar eclipse and this is followed by the powerful Saturn–Pluto new cycle conjunction on January 12, 2020 when Saturn/Pluto conjunction are exact and there is also a lineup of planets in Capricorn. March – Saturn moves from Capricorn into Aquarius April, Jupiter conjuncts Pluto and remains very close to Saturn. December 21, 2020, the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction will be exact in Aquarius – this is quite extraordinary and we're going to look at that. You will see here a lot of emphasis on the outer planets: the slow moving planets farthest from the Sun and these are the ones we are focusing on that even though they are the farthest away in distance and time, they have the greatest effect on us because they are so slow. With slower-moving planets such as the ones involved in these conjunctions the effects can be even deeper and farther-reaching because these planets interlock for a longer period of time, and their contacts are much less frequent.
So, we are looking at Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and then Saturn and Pluto together; Jupiter and Saturn together. You will also see a predominance of the sign of Capricorn. We have felt this sign for some years. You are undergoing massive changes in your life over the past decade or so, and it will continue. In this blog I wont go into all the planetary configurations above but will discuss three of the major ones. JUPITER IN CAPRICORN Let’s look at the first influence. Jupiter moved into Capricorn on December 3, 2019 as I write this. It’s like a light that will light the way into the darkness of 2020 and it will continue all year. It will bring us opportunities to climb out of the problems; it will bring a hopeful attitude, and optimism. Astrologers have been very gloomy about 2020 but there is hope here. It’s an excellent time to begin new studies – also relationships, investments, business and legal matters under this influence have a. great chance of success long-term. SATURN CONJUNCT PLUTO IN CAPRICORN Now let’s look closely at the Saturn Pluto Cycle that culminates on January 12. As well as having Pluto in the Saturn ruled sign of Capricorn, for the last few years we have also had Saturn. Last week, this joining up was exact. When a conjunction is exact, it has tremendous power and we feel the pressure months beforehand. This cycle is bound to stimulate the global distribution of power and natural disasters, particularly seismic and volcanic activity. From a spiritual perspective, you could say the intention of the Saturn–Pluto conjunction is to increase value and empower people and systems. However on this world we tend not to have the high ethical and spiritual leadership it would be good to have, so it does smack of an economic recession, political conflicts and all that good stuff that has been so much a part of our lives in the last decade or so. So, what’s new, you may say.
Well the effects of these things will gradually start to change. In other words, people approach to them will change. We have become so used to it, apathetic, but now we will start to wake on. We will begin to rebel – this will take many forms. We will have reached a point – and other planets this year encouraging us to do this – to say “enough is enough” – it’s time for me to make a change. I can’t just stand by and watch anymore. I’ve got to do something.
So apart from a reality check about the Earth, there are other signature themes of Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto also gives power. Remember the sign it is in Capricorn is ruled by Saturn which favors age, wisdom and all those qualities that take time to develop. We have seen, and are seeing now, older people having more power Take politics, we have people in their 70s and late 70s now running for President and existing President is in his 70s. The Speaker of the House, Pelosi is I think 82 and still powerful. You will see it in religious organizations and all organizations. Age should bring increased power and wisdom not breakdown. It was the age of the young but right now the older people have a lot of power. TRANSFORMATION So that is Pluto in Capricorn. Deeply felt and extremely difficult things that lead to transformation. And transformation only comes personally when we face things – or are forced to face things about ourselves. If we go through difficulties and see ourselves as victims, we will never learn and never transform. We all need to think about this. USA The conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn will affect everyone and every country, especially the United States, which will feel the pressure more than most because of the U.S. chart and the chart of its current President, Donald J. Trump. This configuration will be very closely affecting his chart, as he has a conjunction of Saturn and Venus almost exactly opposite this planetary configuration in Capricorn. Donald J. Trump’s conjunction is at 23 degrees and Saturn and Pluto meet at 22 degrees – almost exactly opposite showing that the chaos of the past few years will continue. Although only a small planet, Pluto’s influence is like a detective who brings things out from the darkest places. We can expect man of this President’s deepest and darkest secrets to be revealed. Something unexpected, possibly, related to health of himself, or a family member will emerge out of the blue and bring change to the USA. As a result of this and how others respond to this, he will feel a deep insecurity and vulnerability causing him to erect an even bigger wall around himself of adoring fans, which we can see now with his own Party as well as his followers. Emotion is high and logic is low around this planetary combination. The effect may continue throughout the year and he feels out of control. January will be pretty turbulent, especially as on January 21, Saturn will be exactly opposite the President’s natal Saturn. Later in the year on December 20, 2020 Pluto exactly opposes his natal Saturn. This will be a really dramatic time for this President. I suspect this turbulence will be in response to the outcome of the election. However, it doesn’t mean he won’t get elected because at the same time there is a Jupiterean luck factor going on so it’s hard to predict. To do so accurately, an astrologer would ideally have to take into account the horoscopes of all the US voters, so you can see it’s a pretty impossible job. In short, while it’s impossible to know specifically what will be happening for Donald Trump over the next couple of years, there’s no question that it will be a roller-coaster ride for him, both professionally and emotionally. SATURN IN AQUARIUS Let’s look at the next planetary influence coming in – Saturn in Aquarius – that begins on March 21, 2020, occupying this Air sign for the first time since 1991. We are entering unknown territory since the last time Saturn was in Aquarius was in 1405. Saturn is one of the rulers of Aquarius (as it is with Capricorn) so it feels pretty good in this sign – strong and comfortable but it has a completely different expression than when in Capricorn. Now Saturn steadily moves forward, making connections, sharing information and developing new humanitarian ideas and inventions. Change is definitely in the air. People will start to question more and we will see an urge to break free from the status quo. We will see changes in our values and relationships. We could feel overwhelmed but fortunately Saturn in Aquarius enables us to be detached and analyze what we should do next to make those changes necessary for our growth. This particular conjunction will set major astrological themes for the next twenty years in motion. So in other words, it is a very significant planetary alignment and brings us hope for the future. This reflects a major birthing of Aquarian Age energies. It is when all of this Aquarian impulse – power to the people, humanitarianism, invention, comes to the fore and captures people’s attention and imagination. An organization like the one I have been associated with for over 35 years, The Aetherius Society, will be recognized for what it is – a pioneering Spiritual order founded by Spiritual Master, the late Dr. George King in conjunction with advanced Masters from beyond this Earth. A spiritual organization that can help solve the major problems facing humanity through its cosmic wisdom, and its global healing missions designed by Dr. King which continue to this day and will continue into the future. LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE You can see some of the problems we will have in the future and especially I think around 2023-2024 when Pluto will return to the location it occupied when the US was founded. This is likely to be a critical time for the US, especially for their economy. This Pluto return as it is called sounds a karmic note. In astrology – and the type of astrology I study is evolutionary astrology also known as karmic astrology – the planetary cycles which hit planets or significant points in a birth chart – of a person or a nation are important karmic watersheds. Karma is based on our actions in the past and we are creating it all the time – every second. So the karma of a nation will be mixed – some good but almost definitely over the past few hundred years, quite a bit wrong. The US is currently the most powerful nation on earth, but will this continue to be the case? In the horoscope of the US, Pluto is located in the second house of money and resources and when Pluto returns to this point, we can expect a bi wake up call for the economy. We have been living on borrowed time and borrowed money, with a current deficit of an amount beyond our true comprehension – of 1.2 trillion Dollars. The pressure is on…. We are being shown by the pressure of these extraordinary planetary configurations the need for us to change, and we will be shown the way how to do this if we are courageous and compassionate enough to want to do so. Chrissie Blaze. c 2020