We started off the year with some positive energy last week! We're into week two and there are already three potent cosmic events, making it an intense start to the year.
The Cancer Lunar Eclipse is Friday January 10th at 11:21 am (not visible from America). The year begins with Full Moon in Cancer and we will end the year with one too (though December 29th won’t be an eclipse)! This is quite significant for 2020 as it puts a spotlight on feminine energy (Cancer is the utmost feminine sign). This year will bring more awareness to the topic of feminine empowerment and leadership. 2020 is a 4 year, meaning the tarot's Emperor is the archetypal energy for the year (leadership, authority, action, stability, structure and order). Combine this with the Full Moon Cancer energy, and we have the Solar Feminine archetype: leadership roles merging with feminine, nurturing qualities. The Solar Feminine is basically a merging of the Empress and Emperor cards.
This year we will see more and more women in roles of leadership continuing to increase. What would the world look like if everyone (not just women!) led with love and not fear-based energy. We are already starting to see this in various ways and it's so inspiring. The occult significance of the Emperor looking to the left shows that he draws from the qualities of the Empress in order to rule in a positive way—that is based on love and understanding, not fear and greed, which is Emperor reversed energy. It's great to see 2020 with Cancer Full Moons bookending the year. I think this shows that the Emperor can be a woman, or the Empress can be the one to rule.
Uranus goes direct on the same day as the eclipse! This planet is the rebel planet—the revolutionary. Uranus has been taking a retrograde nap in Taurus since August 11th 2019. If you feel like things have not been moving ahead enough, the evolution you’ve been waiting for (particularly in connection to your body, the earth, material realm or things you possess—Taurus related issues) is about to break you out of the rut you’ve been in. The Cancer Lunar Eclipse will help shake things up and us out of it, as eclipses tend to do.
With Uranus going direct in Taurus, it's a powerful time to start embodying your personal evolution. One of my astrology teachers, Divine Harmony, calls Uranus in Taurus a time for "embodiment evolution." What actions are you going to take toward the environment? How are you waking up in your body? This is the time to start moving: exercise, dance, or do whatever your Uranus in Taurus wants to do. Perhaps it's though ritual or invocation; bringing the spiritual into the mundane, and creating an embodiment practice.
The Saturn-Pluto Conjunction
Sunday, January 12th is one of the major cosmic events of the year. Saturn and Pluto join together at 8:59am PST. This "Great Conjunction" happens once every 33 to 38 years. This one marks the end of the Saturn-Pluto cycle that began in 1982! Sunday we come full circle to complete this cycle.
Historically, this has been an intense aspect! Saturn-Pluto conjunctions have seen major wars and economic upheavals that defined their particular era. (This is interesting given what has been happening between President Trump and Iran for the past few days. We will have to see what happens by Sunday.) Saturn-Pluto conjunctions are a collective experience that happens over a period of time where economic downturns, trade concerns, corruption and misuse of power are observed.
Saturn wants to protect the old ways—the established order, and Pluto wants to transform and reveal what’s hidden beneath the surface. I don't think it's a surprise that we'll continue to see (all over the world) political infighting and further division between those who insist things should stay the same and those who are ready to usher in something new! This is not just a singular cosmic event happening on January 12th. This cycle has been ongoing since 1982. In 2001, Saturn and Pluto were in opposition (180°, the halfway point) the month before 9/11. Saturn has been approaching Pluto for the past year, and its effects have been felt.
In 2019, the karmic South Node touched Saturn and Pluto several times. Last year was a big year for shadow work. Any personal work we did for ourselves last year will help toward healing the collective shadow this year. And there's still more to do...as always. This year we can focus on all the ways we can learn to grow. The more conscious we all are, the more we can evolve. I really do believe that more and more people are doing amazing things to better themselves and the world. I’m seeing it in so many ways and it's so heartening.
January 12th marks the end of the 38 year cycle of Saturn and Pluto, and the start of a new cycle! As Saturn slowly moves past Pluto this year, this new cycle promises change. There may be upheaval, but I think of the tarot’s Tower card where chaos is necessary to clear out the debris of the past in order to rebuild something better for the future. What comes after the fall of the Tower is the Star, where hope and clarity live.
And on that Star note, 2020 does bear astrological good news. The planet of expansion and abundance, Jupiter, will conjunct Pluto 3 times this year (April 4th, June 30th and November 12th). Jupiter will conjunct Saturn on December 21st (This happens once every 20 years. December's Jupiter-Saturn conjunction bookends 2020 with January's Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Two big conjunctions start and end the year!)
I’m seeing Jupiter's conjunctions with Pluto and Saturn as a sign that things are evolving and not devolving as it may sometimes seem. Jupiter meeting Pluto and then Saturn at the end of the year means there's a powerful force that's pushing for expansion and growth. Jupiter brings optimism and luck to everything he touches (like the Sun card does in a tarot reading)! Jupiter is connected to the tarot's Wheel of Fortune card, with its cycles and fortune. Change is on the horizon...and sometimes we need chaos to clear the way for change. That's what this Saturn-Pluto conjunction is all about. So when things feel like they are effed—and, well, they may be—try to remember that Jupiter, the “Greater Benefic”, is kissing these two planets with its luck and generosity all through the year.
Also, Mercury will be right on top of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on Sunday, so we’re going to see communications flying over the news cycle this coming week. We will continue to see the push and pull of the multiple realities that currently exists in the news, and possibly more unusual ways of communicating that is not normal. We're already seeing this with high-level diplomatic situations being handled via tweets the past few days!
I’m trying to find peace in the fact that we are in a revolutionary time and that change is happening. Everything is impermanent. Everything! Even change. This too shall pass.