[Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible now in the evening sky.]
2020 has been a year in which we have had to peer into the darkness of the collective consciousness. Covid-19, the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd (and many other Black Americans), the impeachment of America’s 45th president, Brexit, the fires on three continents, the lockdowns, the economic repercussions, from the campaign circus in America to the contested election results, this has been a watershed year. 2020 will be looked back on for decades, perhaps centuries, as the year the shit hit the fan.
Capping off a year in which the balance of the global superpowers wavered, the environmental crises became an emergency, we learned just how fragile personal and national economies are, and the world very nearly fell to fascism, let us welcome the last major transit of 2020: The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn.
Jupiter and Saturn are the out-breath and in-breath of social change. They are the forces of expansion and contraction, respectively, and they meet up every 20 years. Looking back on their cycle, a pattern emerges in which every single American president since William Harrison (in 1840), who is in power at the time of the conjunction has died (with the exception of Reagan, who was shot at but didn’t die in 1981, and Bush Sr., who had a grenade thrown at him in 2006 that didn’t detonate).
This is a powerful meeting of planets that changes character every ten years with the opposition and conjunction. Just in the last hundred years we can see the pattern: the 1920s were expanding, the 1930s were contracting (due to the Great Depression), the 1940s were expanding, the 1950s were contracting, the 60s were expanding, and the 70s were contracting. In the 1980s we expanded with Reagan and then in the 1990s, we pulled it in to reassess our values. The 2000s were expansive, and the 2010s were contracting. In 2020, we enter into a ten-year cycle of expansion based on the characteristics of Aquarius, which is a sign that values progressive solutions to social problems, innovation using technology, stepping away from the status quo, the free exchange of information, and individual uniqueness. We can expect that in the next 10 years people’s uniqueness will finally be celebrated, the internet will level many playing fields, and we will look to technology to help us solve our greatest problems.
On a more personal level, the Great Conjunction will ask each of us to take a cold, hard look at ourselves to decide what needs to be let go of and what needs to be fortified. By looking at where 1º of Aquarius is in your chart, we can narrow down in what sphere of life (defined by the house demarcations) we will need to make those adjustments. For example, if 1º Aquarius falls into your 3rd house, you will need to examine the assumptions, beliefs and ideas that are rooted in a more traditional past (like, “that’s how I’ve always done it” or “that’s how I learned to do it” ) and discard those ideas that no longer serve you. In addition, you would do well to expand your mind with books, journaling, and having conversations with people from various cultures to learn how other people do things, and then try out some new ideas to see how they fit. If this conjunction happens in your 6th house, look to the routine of your day-to-day life, your diet and exercise regimens to see what needs to go and what needs to be strengthened. The bottom line is that we need to be willing to let go of what is rigid and stagnant and open ourselves to new solutions.
This Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will happen December 21 and will ensure that it will be a Solstice to remember. On that day, Jupiter and Saturn in forward-thinking Aquarius will be pulling against Sun and Mercury in traditional Capricorn creating a tug-of-war between the past and the future, forcing us to choose what to hold onto and what to jettison. There is tremendous freedom in letting go of what weighs us down.
If you’d like to know more about where this conjunction falls into your chart and how you can cooperate with the energies, please do get in touch.
Perhaps you have felt the collective energy intensifying through the last half of October as the Sun and Mercury have been moving through Scorpio. The energy will continue intensifying until the week of November 7th through the 13th, when the three personal planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) change signs. When these closer, inner planets change signs, the way the archetype expresses itself changes color and it is noticeable.
The evening of November 8 to the 9th, when Americans will vote on their next president, marks the first of the three shifts. That evening Mars will move from Capricorn into Aquarius (where it will remain until December 19). While Mars has been in Capricorn (since September 27), it’s been easier for us to focus our energy on accomplishing or getting closer to goals. Our willpower has been a laser beam as we have plowed through our to-do lists, taking care of business. But Mars’ movement through Capricorn isn’t just about productivity and maturity. These two archetypes together can also manifest as anger and frustration at the establishment / authority / limits / father figures, or towards goals that aren’t coming to fruition in the way or as fast as one would like. When Mars leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius, something unexpected can be expected. The very nature of Aquarius is detaching, quickening, catalyzing, freedom-seeking, it shakes up the status quo and rebels against the establishment. So the movement of Mars into Aquarius the very night of a major election suggests a shift of power, a revolution, or, ideally, a large step taken toward a progressive future. But there is more.
Also that evening, the Moon will change signs. When the elections begin, the Moon will be in Aquarius indicating a public open to radical change and new experiences beyond the known. But around 10pm eastern time, when the polls are still open on the west coast of the U.S. but have closed on the east coast, the Moon will slip into Pisces. This suggests that something related to the results of the election will be hidden, there will be some obfuscation, as if a dense fog has rolled in and it’s nearly impossible to get a clear view of the situation. Disillusionment and disappointment, characteristics of Pisces, are probable.
Later in the week, the evening of November 11th to the 12th, Venus will move out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn. Since October 18, when Venus entered Sagittarius, we’ve been expanding our relationship dynamics, perhaps by reconnecting with someone from the past or meeting people from other cultures. A love of freedom, the sharing our own personal philosophy, communicating our values, and the expansion of our mental horizon has been the theme while Venus has been in Sagittarius. On November 11/12, that outgoing energy will shift gears and turn inward when Venus moves into Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn values order, rules, family, the past, and anything that gives us the feeling that we are safe and secure. When Venus is in Capricorn, homeland security and traditional values are important as are social status and getting ahead in the outer world. Venus will be in Capricorn until December 7, 2016.
The third energetic shift of this week happens November 12 when Mercury moves into Sagittarius. Mercury loves to be in Sagittarius as it feels free to say whatever comes to mind, without filters. Mercury in Sagittarius is a tall tale teller, a trickster, and also, perhaps, a liar. The weaving of the story is what is important to Mercury, not that the story is true. When Mercury moves through sag, there is a tendency to promise more than can be delivered upon and to speak beyond the knowledge of what one knows. The up-side, however, of Mercury in Sagittarius is that the mind is capable of glimpsing The Bigger Picture, one can make detailed plans for the envisioned bigger, better future, and we are especially open to learning a language or the intricacies of another culture. Mercury will be in Sagittarius until the 2nd of December, 2016.
The coincidence of the timing of these energetic shifts with activities in America suggests that, as far as the election is concerned, things will not be clear or be as they appear to be.