The big astrological news of 2020 starts now! Many of us hope for the best while fearing the worst, as if in a dream of running; that is, running and getting nowhere. It would be good to wake up from our dream of relative personal ease (which many of us have) and actively find ways to support those in more precarious situations. The thought is easier to articulate than to put into action.
On January 12th, Saturn will conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. Shortly before that, on the 10th there is a full Moon eclipse, which underscores this rare and somewhat heavy conjunction. The last time Saturn and Pluto conjoined was in the early 1980s. Ominous as these two planets can appear to the astrological eye, they are not telling us anything we don’t already know. The whole idea of using astrology is that it can help us navigate the way of our lives. It is not the way itself.
Saturn is about the real world, limits of matter and foundational structures. Pluto is about transformation. Pluto indicates the inevitability of endings. Pluto’s wisdom reminds us that in the heart of destruction and loss we always find the seeds of new life. Tough and tender as these seeds are, to find them we have to get rid of the rot. Together, this pair along with the lunar eclipse asks us to look at foundations and be realistic about what they can and cannot bear, personally and collectively. The next time they will conjunct will be 2052. We are often encouraged by spiritual teachings to be fully present. This month’s wisdom is that presence is about the manifest world, the one you inhabit. It’s about how you manage your world and the effect that has in causing your world to take shape.
After January 20th when the Sun moves into Aquarius, it may seem that we’ve done with that. Jupiter recently arrived in Capricorn and will activate this theme of cleaning up, fortifying structures, and looking realistically at how things really are throughout the year. Jupiter reminds us that it will cost each of us something to turn this ship around.
Here are some suggestions regarding how each astrological sign might best engage with these powerful energies.