The last time Saturn transited from Capricorn into Aquarius the world logged onto The World Wide Web (1991-2).
This is the most exciting forecast in some years and I am pleased to offer a long overdue splash of optimism to the coming decade and beyond. It does not make any less serious the colossal problems of climate change and world peace, but hints at two critical energetics meeting head on: Wisdom and Activism.
Both ruled by Saturn the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius embody these qualities. Capricorn = Wisdom and Aquarius = Activism. As we enter 2020 Capricorn is host to Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Node. Saturn enters Aquarius in March 2020 and Jupiter follows suit in December 2020.
The 2020 chart is also strongly Cardinal which indicates a universal receptivity to move, act and change. The unique opportunity of this Wisdom/Activism alignment is a shift in perspective in how old and young view each other. You could say that the effects of 2,500 years of education may finally be showing up as a super-educated youth capable of matching and exceeding the wit and reason of the world’s leadership.
This year has seen young activist Greta Thunberg adopt an unwavering radical position on climate change who announced today that she plans to return to school in 2020. When asked (BBC Radio 4, 30th December, 2019) if she planned to dedicate her life to climate change, she replied she was too young to know and wanted to return to school, receive an education and lead a normal life. Like most parents, her parents wish the same for her. The entire point of her activism it seems; was to have the right to a ‘normal’ life, to grow up trusting the world she lives in, to understand nature and what it is to be human, and to have the opportunity to be an active member of a democratic society.
These values are the embodiment of Saturn’s maturation process, becoming master of one’s own destiny while at the same time contributing to and sharing the values of society.
Saturn in Capricorn – Mastery of Self, Skills and Organization
The first cycle of maturity comes at approximately 27-29 years of age. The second cycle is around the age of 56 - 60. The third is approximately 84 – 90. Saturn offers humanity three progressive cycles of maturation and three opportunities to weigh up just how we have reaped what we have sown. Saturn reflects our innermost seriousness and with it fears of not measuring up to our youthful hopes and aspirations.
2020 then, invites three generations to come together in the common cause of evaluating how humanity is faring in the maturation process.
Unlike Pluto, Saturn does not bring us to our knees but burdens our shoulders with guilt, regret, fear and a feeling of lasting accountability.
Saturn in Aquarius - Organized Wisdom
Aquarius’ Saturn has a scientific and relative approach to life’s problems. Capricorn’s Saturn is primarily reductive while Aquarius’s Saturn (coupled with Uranus) has a flare for the quantum. Aquarius is the home of quantum physics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology.
Despite the shared rulership of Saturn, the two signs approach opportunities and problem solving in radically different ways. Capricorn’s institutions tend to layer more rules and reform upon society and commerce while Aquarian entrepreneurs intuitively search out new frontiers in technology, science and free-trade.
Examples of the 2020’s Capricorn and Aquarius Saturn returns are:
In effect, the same Internet and social media that distributes trivia, entertainment, news and fake news has the potential to host three Saturn-generations of the worlds wisest technologists, economists and futurists with educated and self-educated youth activists. Greta Thunberg is but one of these young people, there are many thousands more willing to take responsibility for themselves and the world they live in. Such forums have the potential to be genuinely beneficial and expand the consciousness of humanity as a whole. This is the offering of the Age of Aquarius.
Uranus in Taurus / Venus in Aquarius - Youth Innovation
The 2020 chart also shows Uranus in Taurus in the 5th house of creativity, procreation and risk taking/speculation. In his book titled Timaeus, Philosopher Plato (circa 428 BC) speaks about the fall of a great civilization (thought to be Atlantis) as it mysteriously sank to the bottom of the ocean under a great Tsunami wave. Lasting stories of Atlantis tell of an advanced civilization that had mastered not only every form of technology and alchemy of the elements, they also mastered the internal technology of meditation, telepathy and teleportation. It is thought that individual powers and sensory experiences took precedence over the well-being of the collective and that not enough eyes were looking in the right direction. Myth or not, the story of Atlantis resonates with all that is afoot today.
Which brings me to the final and very powerful element of the 2020 chart, that of Neptune conjunct the Moon in Pisces in the 6th house of service to others. If everyone serves everyone, then everyone is served. That’s the ‘pay it forward’ principle.
In conclusion, this 2020 chart offers tremendous promise for change on a scale not seen since the recent coming of the World Wide Web (young Saturn) and the ancient disappearance of Atlantis (old Saturn). This may seem like a strange alignment of fact and myth, (though many consider Atlantis to be real), but the themes are palpable:
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New Year's Chart for 2017
What it means for you
If you are an Aries, you will truly feel reactive, if you are Taurus, you may find yourself thinking about long term security, Gemini is nicely placed in the 9th so will be all over the philosophical map, Cancer is in the 10th so will be highly attuned to the ideal of family, potentially the social one if not global, Leo is in the 10th and 11th so will be looking at which groups to align with in terms of advancing one's self, Virgo is in the 12th so will really embark on serious soul searching and digging, just don't get too isolated in the process, otherwise this is good, Libra is on the Ascendant so will feel very in tune with the search for balance and harmony, this might be quite a heighened desire. Scorpio is in the 2nd, which means serious concerns about self-worth in terms of income and stature. Sagittarius is in 3rd, which brings a certain kind of higher mind rebellion to the lower mind and everyday things. Capricorn is in the 3rd and 4th and aligns institutional and political structures within the family, race and hereditary ones, Aquarius is in the 4th and 5th, which indicates the strongest desire for creative self-expression and freedom of identity, and finally, Pisces in the 5th is going to feel like speculating and risk taking as never before, providing this is just for self and not idealistic, it is good. Put another way, artists may make great artists but not great politicians. The same can be said for poets, addicts and zealots.
Wishing you the very best of a Cardinal year poised to help you grown and change as never before. Just stay mindful of the importance of timing.
This year's chart really builds upon last year's which was much more focused on big changes in the political stage, all of which we have been witness to.
This year, the bulk of the surprises are all about roots and identity, family and belonging and most of all, power matrices that have risen out of our early environments. This 2017 chart represents the yearning for the ideal family and a desire to not just fit in, but to be wanted, respected and praised.
Let me unpack this astrologically.
The rising sign is Libra the ruler of which is Venus and is in Aquarius in the 5th house, conjunct the South node in Pisces. We also have Mars and Neptune at exactly 9 degrees in Pisces which is sure to bring some high drama from our children, those that have them, and as a strong personal desire to be creative and be seen for one's essential talent and abilities. On the other hand it also indicates speculation and risk taking all the name of self expression, or more radically, ego. This is significant because it indicates an uprising in youth that has not been seen since the Sixties, which may well be a great thing so long as the Pisces doesn't just play out as escapism. I have high hopes for this shift in all societies. This is the seeds of the future being fertilized, pay attention, the much aligned Millennials might throw in a few surprises.
Also, look out for overgrow children and people who do not want to age, mature or grow up.
Now to the powerful home base of the 4th house, which is our ancestry, our families, or long standing identity and family dynamic. It puts race, religion and property right at the top of the agenda, more so because the Sun, Pluto (Capricorn) and Moon (Aquarius) are placed there. It is important to note that the majority of the chart is a 'bowl' configuration and 'below the horizon' which means the most important change will rise from inside us, inside our family relations, inside our family and community identity, inside our children and youth, and inside our hereditary belief systems.
A positive reading means that across the board ordinary people will be much more engaged with these issues and with it, harness the potential to re-think these connections. However, with Venus and the Moon in Aquarius, there is equally the potential to be objective to the point of detached and even cold hearted in the name of 'the bigger picture' which is where Aquarius is most at home.
The Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn in the 4th points to increasing build of pressure around religious structures and identity, some may be drawn to regress into traditional, orthodox and potentially extreme dogma-bases however, in equal measure the Moon and Venus in Aquarius urges towards objective and potentially cold rationalization. How this affects individuals is of greatest importance, with families potentially experiencing internal strife and possibly open conflict of opinions as these pressures begin to surface, all of which should be seen as ultimately positive if real listening and respecting takes place.
On the larger picture, there is a strong T-square between Jupiter in Libra in the 1st house opposing Uranus in Aries in the 7th at 20 and 21 degrees, both of which make a square to Pluto at 16 degrees in Capricorn in the 4th. Jupiter in Libra strives for idealism but also is highly self-conscious and potentially vain. It can indicate a huge vanity (Jupiter though a benefic planet always exaggerates an element or characteristic).
The opposing Uranus in Aries in the 7th is a concern as it is the house of 'open enemies' (as opposed to the 12th house which is 'hidden enemies') and represents all matters of contractual agreement including marriages, partnerships and all kinds of alliances, and of course, international relations between countries.
Zooming in on the world stage, the Jupiter in Libra position indicates highly sensitized, if not vain individuals who have a high need to create their own brand of 'harmony' (this is the Libra). In terms of vanity, this can mean losing sight of the bigger picture in the need to maintain control of one's image in the world.
The Uranus in Aries means definitive retaliation if offended, Aries does not beat about the bush when injured so it is critical that all parties do no send out mixed messages that offend, even if well intended. This applies to all of us and navigating partnerships will be hot on the agenda and potentially volatile. What is at the root of this is the Pluto in Capricorn, which means all of our earliest conditioning will rise to the surface, which is why we will feel it in our families, in our relationships and in our communities.
The final part of the chart to interpret is the 3rd house activity produced by Saturn in Sagittarius at 21 degrees, which taps positively into the T-Square, and Mercury retrograde in Capricorn. Saturn rules Capricorn, which is in the house of siblings and the lower mind. This is potentially helpful indicating that some family members may have broadened their minds and hearts and travelled, either in real terms or in their learning. This rebellious higher-minded Saturn just might teach some important lessons and Mercury retrograde in Capricorn here make for introspection rather than open conflict.
So, for you as an individual, think about how you see yourself and others and the world and how much of this is still conditioned by your family and early environment, because now is the time to free yourself from any binding unhelpful holding patterns that arise from there. The outcome may be truly liberating.
Also, for those of you with siblings, you may find that you come to understand them in a whole new way, you may find wisdom you have not been able to acknowledge or comprehend. If we can’t love our family, how can we love our community, because if we reject our community, how can we love our family who are part of our community? It follows that we are each part of both family and community. The solution lies in getting to know our siblings and treating everyone from this new found place.
It is also a most excellent year for creative endeavours and all forms or artistic and literary expression.
If you are musical, you can harness the Mars/Neptune conjunct in Pisces in the 5th and make it your own and bag the fantastic flow of imagination and motivation.
In terms of the world, it really is time to think very carefully about what you stand for and more importantly, to understand why. Turn every stone and don't accept old hat answers or any kind of political outcome that you are not at least 80% behind. The positive aspect of all this activity in our inner-lives is to enliven our inner consciousness and internal debate.
Whatever high drama that unfolds on high there will be plenty of opportunities to feel the power of personal action, this is the benefit of a Cardinal T-Square. Even the most passive individual will feel more impetus to act, and if it is truly well-considered and not folly to vanity personal or political, you may well make quite an impact in your life.
In a chart such as this, it is important to take the 'shake up' as a 'wake up call' that has the potential to be quite amazing, however, timing is of the issue because the Cardinal nature of the T-Square means the outside world might just move faster than the internal one, there in lies the pressure. Much food for thought…