Yule Solstice 2020: Dancing with the Stars

Blessings of the Winter Solstice! The Sun is reborn, energizing the Earth and all of her inhabitants. Today, the Great Mutation of Jupiter and Saturn ushers in a transition to the next era, an Age of Air. This is an epic event, a celestial chassé. For the next 200 years, a renaissance of communication, collaboration, and innovation will arise. Enhancements in art, music, medicine, and technology will be birthed from strife and conflict.

Look back to Oct 26. 1980-August 13, 1981 when Jupiter and Saturn met for a brief preview of air themes in the early degrees of Libra. Now as then, we are being called to evolve and unfold our potential to become our more authentic selves. We will be leaving behind the unbridled materialism of the last 200 years of the Earth era as we edge forward to expand communities of learning, healing, and social justice.

The symbol of Air is the Sword. Honor and cut loose from the chaos and tragedy of 2020. We have been tempered in 2020 with hammer blows; our broken places, reforged. We keep hold of the lessons brought in this past year and decade.  Today, we entreat the bountiful divine to guide us forward with goals to manifest our potentials.

Find some time to go outside at sunset and look into the heavens for Jupiter and Saturn conjoined, dancing together by declination. Breathe the crisp air. Ruminate in the rich darkness.  Mentally select the seeds to sow and sprout. Speak your spells and truths aloud. Trust your mind and follow your heart. Happy Yule!

2020: Draw the Line

Image Credit: Trish O’Brian

This year in 2020 we draw the line between our life up until this year and our life yet to come.  The great sacred cycles of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto set this in motion.

Jupiter is the grace of expansion, knowledge which begets wisdom, faith, belief, and growth.  Jupiter is the cosmic Santa who gives gifts to the Solar sect born and challenges to the Lunar sect born. Saturn delineates the line as the Guardian of the Threshold.  Saturn is the last planet that can be seen with the naked eye and thus represents represents structure, boundaries and restrictions.  Pluto is power that transforms in the cycle of life, birth/death/rebirth. Pluto represents the intensification of evolution and shedding of what no longer serves, in order to be renewed. 

On January 12, 2020, Saturn meets Pluto for the first time since 1982/1983. Saturn shows us the patterns of our lives that we have ingrained through habits, good and bad.  Pluto amplifies Saturn, setting us on the path to the next iteration of ourselves by separating wheat from chaff and closing out this past, significant chapter of our lives. We’re on the last pages and ending this journal, ready to put it on the shelves and open a fresh new book to write our lives into. Everywhere we find Saturnian bounds and closures all around you and the fresh rumblings of what Pluto has in the Underworld ready to sprout and be renewed.

On December 21, 2020, Jupiter conjoins with Saturn in Aquarius.  Jupiter Saturn conjunctions occur every 20 years and every 200 years, conjunctions occur in the same element. In 2020 Jupiter Saturn conjunction will occur in Air for the first time since 1425.  The past 200 years we have seen Jupiter Saturn conjoin in Earth from from 1802-2000, from 1603-1802 in Fire, from 1425-1603 in Water, and from 1226-1425 in Air.

On April 4, June 30, and November 12, 2020, Jupiter conjoins with Pluto.   Jupiter Pluto conjunctions occur every 13 years. Expansion, growth, optimism meets with power, control and intensity in a cycle at three points of this year. Get down to the essential.  Strip to core beliefs for the coming change, which will be revised and then integrated in Capricorn and focused on 23°-25° of that house.  

On December 19, 2017, Saturn shifted into Capricorn. Saturn in Capricorn is Cardinal Earth, with the principles of self control and ambition.  The elemental energetics are solid, heavy, cold and dry; they separate and sunder.  Saturn in Capricorn asks that we pull ourselves up by our bootstraps with the ability rely on our own resources through hard work, discipline and responsibility.  What does not serve is cut out, in order to achieve we need to limit and contain.  

On March 23, 2020, Saturn shifts into Aquarius for 10 weeks. Saturn gives us a sneak peak of life beyond the line.  Saturn in Aquarius is Fixed Air, with the principles of individualism, freedom and fellowship. The elemental energetics are gaseous, light, hot and wet; they coalesce and commingle. Saturn in Aquarius asks that we achieve tangible goals through humanitarian social approval and progressive, future-oriented, inventiveness.  
On July 2, 2020, Saturn returns to Capricorn as the cleanup hitter until December 17, 2020.  Saturn brings in the runs that you have set up on the bases during his transit in Capricorn. 

On December 18, 2020, Saturn ingresses into Aquarius to remain until May 30, 2023.  Heavy vs. Light, Cold vs. Hot, Dry vs. Wet: you will feel the change in elemental energetics when the signs shift from Capricorn to Aquarius. 

This year you will meet your darkness. Accept it.  Bury remains appropriately.  Focus on what you need deep down in order to create the foundation for your emerging new self.  This will likely hurt but don’t be afraid.  Do course corrections as required. 

You may need to surrender control should loss come.  Stay grounded, do the work, and put into place supports for the new processes.  Being peeled away are the not-you constructs of society and clan that claim you should become a doctor, lawyer, chief. The crucible of these great cycles burns that away. What remains will be stripped down to the line, to the truth of your personal alchemy. Now plot your course and implement your path. 

V/R, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto

The great conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn occurring near a year of the USA national presidential elections often presage a deadly incident to the elected principle.  This pattern shows in years evenly divisible by 20 and has been known as the Curse of Tippecanoe. Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were taken by assassination after Jupiter Saturn conjunctions. Reagan, who had the guidance of Joan Quigley, survived an attack in 1981.

By 1982/1983 the cycle of Saturn conjoin Pluto was in effect. The Reagan administration had brought on the rise of conservatives in the US, an escalation of the Cold War and a severe economic recession, the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression. In the same period, the CDC identified the HIV infection and the World Health Organization met for the first time to discuss the global AIDS epidemic. The computer was selected as Time Magazine’s person of the year and Motorola introduced the first mobile phones to retail.

The previous Saturn Pluto conjunction in 1946/1947 brought the end to WWII as the USA installed a new world order, beginning the Cold War. The influx of highly contagious Polio was infecting children worldwide, causing paralysis and death. The World Health Organization was created, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. The first mobile phone was invented and the American pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, traveling faster than the speed of sound.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 1914/1915 began WWI as colonial expansionist empires came to collapse, causing the first massive death toll of 37 million from poisonous gas warfare. Women were empowered, advocating for suffrage with a march on 5th Avenue in NYC. Alexander Graham Bell initiated transcontinental telephone service with the first long distance call.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 1518 CE brought the fall of the Aztec empire and the conquests of Spain. The Dancing Plague strikes Strasbourg in the Holy Roman Empire. The infected are struck with an uncontrollable urge to dance, dying from exhaustion, stroke and heart seizure. Martin Luther’s writings are condemned as conflicting with the teachings of the church. The Royal College of Physicians is founded in London and receives a royal charter to study and classify disease. Ambroise Pare and Leonard Botal of France, Bartholomeo Maggi of Bologna, Felix Wurtz of Zurich and Thomas Gale of England separately publish their work, pioneering the treatment of gunshot wounds and forensic pathology with surgical technique and battlefield medicine.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 1284 CE brought Kublai Khan to power. Marco Polo returns to Europe to write his Book of Various Experiences, communicating his adventures in Asia. The book enjoys widespread reading. Prussia is infected with a new species of worms with poisonous sting and swarms of flies bring pestilential fever to Spain which decimate the French Army warring on Arragon. A sheep from Spain is imported to England and causes the first rot which infects the country, lasting for 25 year and leaving few sheep alive. The Chinese develop the first prototype cannon.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 783 CE brought Charlemagne to power. He launched a 30 year military campaign to conquer the lands of what would ultimately become Europe. Viking raiders led their own conquests, raiding by land and sea. The Huns brought the seeds of the first plague pandemic from Central Asia which spread from Egypt to the Mediterranean. The Chinese invent gunpowder primarily for fireworks. The Abbasids take control of the Omayyad Caliphate and extend power, improving communications within the empire and founding schools and towns. Wu Hou becomes Empress of China, strengthening the T’ang Dynasty as the first woman to reign.

If the past tells the tale for the future, the messages from Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto point to collapse of old power structures, identification of epidemic illness, pandemic loss of life, advances in technology, communication, medicine and demonstrations of human rights.