The Jupiter – Saturn conjunction has arrived with much ado. A new destabilizing wave of fear is apparently attacking an exhausted world. The existence of a new strain of COVID virus has been declared days ago. As a consequence, the UK is being isolated from other countries. Apart from Brexit talks, the country is now having to deal with a mutated virus. Under the powerful Aquarian presence of a new Jupiter – Saturn cycle, are we to expect the same level of social contraction which literally halted humanity 9 months ago? I honestly doubt it. The current planetary influences are representative of much needed change. As specified in Jupiter meets Saturn, moving towards Solstice, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus are finally engaged in a configuration of considerable importance. The complexity of this ‘Uranian’ pattern is going to set the tone of a new collective force which will be with us for a while. However, due to the relatively quick movement of Jupiter, the long-standing configuration will soon be reduced to a waxing Saturn – Uranus square.
As we prepare to de-clutter our lives and embrace what’s new, the UK struggles with Capricorn-like restrictions quite badly. As specified in Jupiter meets Saturn, moving towards Solstice & The Eurozone Under Stress, the whole EU is in for huge changes. The next few months will open a new chapter for the Union. No doubt the current turmoil will affect trade. The UK is already preparing for possible shortages of food, due to the recent disputed declarations. Considering the rapidly shifting astrological landscape, the ongoing developments are going to shed light upon many aspects of collective life. This will affect many levels of social existence, from intergovernmental institutions to individual life. Today’s ingress of the Sun into Capricorn opens a new mundane season and, our star having aligned with Mercury into a superior conjunction, we are being asked to become practical and resolute.
A quick look at the Brexit story might shed some light upon the ongoing turmoil which the UK is experiencing. As you may remember, on June 23rd 2016 a Brexit referendum was held, and it resulted in 51.9% of the votes being cast in favor of leaving the EU. The people voted under a mutable Saturn – Neptune waning square. We will see how the Saturn – Neptune cycle has played an important role for the UK, and not only with regards to Brexit.
The UK joined the European Union on January 1st 1973. Guess what, a mutable Saturn – Neptune opposition in Gemini – Sagittarius was at play back then. Therefore, the UK’s relationship with the EU is powerfully linked with the Saturn – Neptune cycle. The UK officially withdrew from the EU on January 31st 2020, at 11pm GMT. Interestingly, that occurred under a complex septile made by the Saturn – Pluto conjunction on one side, and a Venus-Neptune conjunction on the other. This means that Saturn and Neptune were linked to each other by a particular aspect. Another point of interest is that the Brexit chart has its IC at 23 degrees of Capricorn, in tight conjunction with both Saturn and Pluto. Right now, a stern Mars – Pluto square across the 23rd degree of Aries – Capricorn is influencing the world at large. It is not a coincidence that Brexit talks for a ‘deal’ are reaching a critically difficult stage at this point.
THE GREAT CONJUNCTION IS PIVOTAL
The epochal Jupiter – Saturn conjunction in Aquarius will be influencing most of the pivotal mundane charts of our times, such as Russia, China, Taiwan and Israel. There are several organizations in the same evolutionary pot, and one of them is the EU. In Europe, Germany and the UK will be protagonists of the ongoing reformation, influenced the most by the new 20-year Jupiter – Saturn cycle. This is because these particular charts have important configurations across the first degrees of Fixed signs.
Within the 1801 UK chart, royal Jupiter is in early Leo. It is currently being opposed by the Jupiter – Saturn conjunction in Aquarius. Also, a great deal of Leonine energy is visible in the secondary progressed UK chart, under its ongoing progressed Sun – Jupiter conjunction. Most importantly, an impending progressed New Moon heralds a fresh beginning for the nation, within the next months. The amount of Leo energy in the country’s mundane astrological situation suggests to me that the Royal family is likely to undergo major changes in the near future as well. It may be interesting to note how Prince William’s natal Sun at 0 degrees of Cancer was eclipsed this year. Whenever triggering planets such as Mars will conjunct or oppose the eclipsed degree the eclipse’s message will be recalled again and again for years. In The Great Eclipse I explained how that particular New Moon will bear global resonance for years to come. Also, Prince William’s Ascendant is at 27 degrees of Sagittarius, and it will be opposed by the 2032 Saturn – Uranus conjunction. The 2021-2032 Saturn – Uranus waning last quarter is going to prepare Prince William for a significant chapter of his life.
Prince Charles is profoundly connected to mother Queen Elizabeth via many powerful synastry contacts. His natal Moon at 0 degrees of Taurus conjuncts his mother’s Sun with a very tight orb. Charles’ secondary progressed North Node is now conjunct the same degree, and so is Queen Elizabeth’s progressed IC – Chiron conjunction. Her progressed Sun is currently at 1 degree of Leo, on a tight square to the progressed IC – Chiron configuration. A progressed Jupiter – Neptune opposition acts over the 23rd degree of Aquarius – Leo, with Neptune particularly close to national Saturn in Leo. This highlights the fact that important developments may soon involve the English monarchy. The Jupiter – Saturn conjunction is now becoming exact in early Aquarius, therefore activating all the Fixed signs’ early degrees. In particular, this represents a major activation for the synastry between the Prince and the Queen.
Prince Charles’ progressed Moon is currently in alignment with natal Jupiter in Sagittarius, bringing Jupiterian matters to the foreground. It will soon enter Capricorn, as it now stands on the anaretic 29th degree of Sagittarius. This will signify the arrival of important changes for him, which entail some degree of heightened responsibility. A lot has been going on in the Sagittarius-Capricorn transition area this week, and great influence is being exerted on Charles’ birth horoscope. The most important feature is that his progressed Sun at 5 degrees of Aquarius is currently crossing the natal Descendant. With the arrival of both Jupiter and Saturn, the next few weeks will represent the opening of a new chapter for him. With the progressed Sun, transiting Jupiter and Saturn soon entering his natal 7th House, Prince Charles may obtain public prominence somehow. Traditionally, any major planetary shift across the natal Descendant into the 7th House, represents a form of breaking out into the open. It’s like opening the window in a dark room, with blinding rays of light coming across all of a sudden.
On July 13th 1837 Queen Victoria moved to Buckingham Palace, making it the official residence of the English monarchy thereon. On that day, a tight Venus – Neptune opposition was acting across 6-7 degrees of Leo and Aquarius. Interestingly, Saturn in Scorpio squared the opposition. We find the Saturn – Neptune element again and again. The Jupiter – Uranus square will be exact on January 17th across the 6th degrees of Aquarius and Taurus. The revolutionary, explosive and uncontrollable influence of the Jupiter – Uranus cycle is well known to astrologers. These transits have a ‘renovating’ and ‘historic’ signature.
THE UK OPENING A NEW CHAPTER
It may be worth paying attention to the fact that the UK is profoundly linked with the Saturn – Neptune cycle, both at a Constitutional and Monarchic level. Queen Elizabeth II was born under an important T-Square which involved both Saturn and Neptune, Queen Victoria transferred to Buckingham palace under a Saturn – Neptune square, and the 1801 UK chart has a Saturn – Neptune square itself. It looks as though the old British establishment, ramified politically into its recent relationship with other countries of the European Union, is sealed under the Saturn – Neptune signature. Just as the British empire gave way to overseas predominance a couple of centuries ago, this cycle became significant for the Kingdom. The latest Saturn – Neptune conjunction of 2009 kicked off a long period of ‘independentism’ within the country. Right around the conception of that cycle, the UKIP was gaining prominence. Now that we are approaching the waning semi-square of this long cycle (exact on January 20th), we are witnessing another conclusion of facts, which heralds new beginnings for the country. The course which the UK will take is hard to define, but what seems to be evident is that the nation is likely to undergo major change, both from a political and monarchical point of view. Astrology suggests that a transition is afoot for the country, and it will affect several aspects of collective life, not only through a noisy Brexit.