2020 astrology – the end of an era and new beginnings

Astrology for 2020 – three major conjunctions

“For many reasons, 2019-20 and the years that follow will confront the world economy with reality”, astrologer Roy Gillett in ‘Economy, Ecology and Kindness’ (2009).

Thoughts from other astrologers here and here. 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. It is unusual to have three conjunctions involving three of the five outer planets in the same year.

Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, building during 2019, exact on 12th January 2020 and continuing during 2020 and beyond

At the time of writing this piece (January 2019), Saturn in Capricorn has recently moved significantly closer to Pluto for the first time, within about 8 degrees. Correspondingly, warnings of recession are being made by many experienced commentators in the world of global finance and the interconnected crises of capitalism, democracy and ecology appear to be accelerating. During April and May 2019, the conjunction will be within 3 degrees of exact, before easing off then building to January 2020.

Using the western tropical zodiac, the conjunction falls in Capricorn, hence the worlds of economics and politics and other Capricornian themes (hard reality, organization, limitation, integrity) are the focus of a profound transformation. Along with countless other astrologers, I have previously blogged about Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) and Saturn teaming up with Pluto in 2020 is a crucial focus of that process. As extensively researched and documented by Richard Tarnas:

“The successive alignments of the Saturn-Pluto cycle coincided with especially challenging historical periods marked by a pervasive quality of intense contraction; eras of international crisis and conflict, empowerment of reactionary forces and totalitarian impulses, organized violence and oppression, all sometimes marked by lasting traumatic effects. An atmosphere of gravity and tension tended to accompany these three to four year periods, as did a widespread sense of epochal closure; “the end of an era,” “the end of innocence,” the destruction of an earlier mode of life that in retrospect may seem to have been marked by widespread indulgence, decadence, naivite, denial, and inflation. Profound transformation was a dominant theme” Richard Tarnas, Cosmos And Psyche

The astrological charts of Donald Trump, the USA and China are all clearly impacted by Saturn-Pluto in 2020. The Cancerian Moon of the UK chart is already being hit with Brexit and other crises.

Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn throughout 2020, exact on 4th April, 30th June and 12th November

Unlike Saturn-Pluto, the second conjunction of 2020 is potentially much more optimistic and creative, although not without a dark side. At its best, Jupiter-Pluto is all about positive healing and re-generation. It signifies upbeat new beginnings, here likely in relation to the broken Capricornian worlds of economics and politics. Many huge drives for success, improvement and achievement in the pursuit of excellence are likely to be launched at this time. Taking genuine responsibility is a key theme but a reforming zeal and obsession with power could be problematic. The old may have to be eliminated as organizations and bureaucracies dig deep into their roots, bringing hidden or secret aspects of reality to light. At its best (think Gandhi or maybe even Bill Gates, who were born with Jupiter-Pluto) this conjunction can sow the seeds for healing the world. The currently scheduled date for the next USA election is 3rd November, immediately followed by the final pass of Jupiter-Pluto.

Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius, exact on 21st December 2020

Many western astrologers have had their eye on this one for a long time. The general historic importance of Jupiter-Saturn cycles has long been observed. Since the 1840s, all the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions (except a few in the early 1980s) have been occurring in the Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Falling in the first degree of Aquarius, an Air sign. the late 2020 conjunction marks a significant long-term shift towards fairer social attitudes. The change of conjunctions from Earth to Air indicates moves away from, for example, fossil fuels and materialism. In their place come an emphasis on new ideas, information, technology, equality for all and respecting our environment. The decentralized political structures indicated here are very different to the regeneration of corporate power indicated by Jupiter-Pluto above. Perhaps they will combine, or just simply co-exist.

Many thanks to Roy Gillett of the UK Astrological Association for fully drawing my attention to the significance of the 2020 triple conjunctions, both through his talks and his book ‘Economy, Ecology and Kindness’. Also to Julian Venables for banging on (and on!) to me about the importance of the new Jupiter-Saturn cycle a few years ago. I recommend an extraordinary book by Professor Richard Tarnas – Cosmos And Psyche. which (amongst other things) masterfully documents Saturn-Pluto correlations with countless traumatic periods throughout modern global history, ranging from the beginning of World War One to the events of 911 and many more.

I haven’t mentioned the 2020 eclipses, retrograde Mars in Aries or even Uranus in Taurus (further emphasis on radical changes in relation to global finance and ecology) – the above is a deliberately brief and general summary. We may have to wait until Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023-24 for the real revolutions.  Good luck to all – I think we need it!

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David Bowie – astrological birth chart

DavidBowieNo introduction is needed for this man, born David Jones at 9.00 am, 8th January 1947, in Brixton, London. In terms of the elements in his birth chart horoscope, Fire and Earth are strongest, followed by Air, with the weakest being Water. This combination shows an ambitious and action-orientated individual, at home in the world of ideas, but not always so comfortable in the world of emotions.

Any experienced astrologer will be immediately drawn to the two close conjunctions involving Bowie’s Sun and Moon. Sun conjunct exalted Mars in Capricorn shows the potential for tremendously focused, organized, sustained, conscious action. Moon conjunct Saturn (Serious Moonlight) in Leo shows a controlled approach to expressing dramatic and playful Leo emotions on the 7th house public stage. Being born with these two planetary conjunctions alone shows the potential for huge creative achievement. Success comes through hard work, even though the sense of responsibility could be almost overwhelming at times. Jupiter in Scorpio, close to the top of the chart, is another sign of personal charisma, power and business acumen.

Assuming the time of birth is accurate, the Sun-Mars conjunction is also in Bowie’s 12th house. This is not an easy astrological house to handle and Bowie has had problems with drug use, no doubt bound up with a confused sense of identity. In common with many highly creative individuals, mental illness has also featured in his family background. At best, any problems with planets in the 12th house can be transcended and shared with the universe – the collective consciousness, a world in which everyone and everything is interconnected.

BowieChartBowie has a close square between Mercury in the 12th and Neptune, bringing a very active imagination but some confusion when it comes to clear communication. The meaning of his intriguing lyrics is often open to interpretation.

According to Astro Databank, the time of birth has been fairly well established as 9.00 am. This gives Aquarius rising, which makes sense. The futuristic theme of alien intelligence has appeared in much of Bowie’s work (famously acting in The Man Who Fell To Earth), he has been heavily involved with the Aquarian internet since its early days and he has the typical look of an Aquarius Ascendant (rising sign). As the ruler of Aquarius and the chart, a 4th house Uranus in Gemini plays a key role, a sign of constant Changes at the roots of Bowie’s being.

Venus is close to a Sagittarius Midheaven at the top of the chart. This indicates an open-minded, freedom-loving approach to relationships as well as an artistic career. Venus forms easy aspects to Bowie’s Moon-Saturn conjunction and his Aquarius Ascendant axis. Very nice, in fact a great position for giving and receiving love across the whole wide world.

AladdinSaneDavid Jones the tough Capricorn has survived years of rock’n’roll excess (typical of the Pluto in Leo and Neptune in Libra generation of rock musicians), health scares and even The Laughing Gnome. At the time of writing this interpretation in August 2015, astrologers can look forward to seeing how powerful Uranus and then Pluto transits to Bowie’s Sun-Mars conjunction in Capricorn play out over the next eighteen months. Saturn will also be transiting through his 10th house. A personal re-birth and even greater claim to fame? Knowing David Bowie, it will probably be something unpredictable.

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Pluto in Capricorn

As highly intelligent people such as Richard Dawkins can tell you, astrology is obviously irrational and unscientific nonsense. There is no evidence that it works. Good, that’s cleared that one up!

Those of us deluded enough to think that there is something in astrology (it has been a major part of my life for over twenty years now – I am obviously in need of psychiatric help…) are very aware of the long-term significance of Pluto in Capricorn from 2008 to 2024. Neptune, Uranus and other planets are factors but Pluto seems to be particularly relevant these days. Deep and profound change to worldwide economic and political structures is the order of the next few years, beginning with the undermining and destruction of the old ways.

Capricorn is the sign of integrity, hard reality and responsibility. As the bringer of “death and re-birth”, Pluto has just begun its transformative work in the most serious and often depressing sign of the zodiac. Recognizing limitations is a key issue for Capricorn – the limits of individual consumerism, of global capitalism and its economic model, liberalism, the number of people on this planet, climate change caused by human activity and so on and so forth. In the view of good old Russell Grant:- “The transforming planet Pluto now in Capricorn supports this need to curb wastefulness, excessive spending and uninhibited consumption.” Pluto destroys what is no longer relevant.

Capricorn the Goat values hard work, authority, respect, and achievement. The key is integrity. Individuals and organizations who take genuine responsibility are likely to thrive and re-generate. On the other hand, corrupt businesses, politicians and unnecessary government organizations are not likely to survive the next 15 years. Traditions will be renewed or discarded. Another Capricornian theme is old age – the economic consequences of an increasing elderly population have become a major social issue, in Britain at least.

Personally, I’m rather relieved that heavy-going Pluto in Capricorn doesn’t form any difficult major aspects to my own birth chart for a few years yet! By contrast, anyone born in the first two or three days of Capricorn will already have personally experienced a personal “death and re-birth” as Pluto moved over their Sun.

The key to dealing with the difficult energy of Pluto in Capricorn is integrity.