Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope you’ve been able to look within yourselves and find some renewed hope, as we symbolically transition into a new civil year. Obviously, this shift is just about ‘date counting’ because, astrologically speaking, we should perhaps look at the whole period between the latest Solstice and the end of January 2021 as a transition phase between two very different collective scenarios. Astrology can show us that the planetary scenario has radically changed, with a completely new setup ruling our near future. The main actors involved are Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, which are going to engage in a forceful square for a little while. I would like to emphasize that the shift we are looking at is NOT related to an alleged transition into the ‘Aquarian Age’, as many people think, but simply to the overwhelming energetic shift which recent astrological events have created. In fact, the concept of Astrological Ages is related to a different phenomenon, which is called ‘Precession of the Equinoxes’. Also, the question of Ages is much disputed and uncertain, because the exact transition phases are not clearly identifiable. I don’t think we should even pay much attention to Ages right now.
We’ve learned so much from 2020, but it seems that many people were less focused on the underlying movements of such an apparently disastrous year. In the face of modern expectations, those of money and power, we have been disappointed quite heavily by 2020. Perhaps, in the near future most people will be able to realize how necessary that Capricornian dismantlement was. After all, I think the astrologer should be focusing mainly upon the recent insurgence of widespread fear and psychological darkness, rather than the most confusing line of global events ever presented! The year in which the long transit of Pluto through Capricorn reached its ultimate climax, as both Jupiter and Saturn joined forces in the same sign, was the catalyst for a long chain of expected changes which has been affecting, and will continue to affect society at large. Pluto won’t be out of Capricorn for another 4 years, but its dismantlement of societal structures has been heavily aggravated in 2020, and will continue to progress thanks to the enormous momentum just gained. By looking at the symbolism involved, it is quite clear that what we have all experienced has been an unprecedented destabilization of those structures which we used to admire. One interesting part has been the onset of a fierce war between ‘science’ and ‘conspiracy’. It is not the purpose of this article to take sides at all, but I feel that such consideration might help us identify once more how the vision of ‘alternative thinking’ has been trying to take over the ‘well-established’ dogmas of scientific ideology. This struggle between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, and I urge the reader to look at it in archetypal terms, has been dominating the world at large, affecting many other areas of human co-existence.
The struggle leading towards change
In clear Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto fashion, I see the 2020 battle of titans as perhaps one of the harshest struggles for current generations. The events occurred are not likely to fade into oblivion at all. The fact of the matter is that what has changed is our whole perception of this world. For many people this shift is quite unconscious, and shrouded in fear. The paradigm has shifted already when Jupiter and Saturn left Capricorn, but we are still at the very initial stages of historic change. If there is one thing you learn through serious mundane astrological research, it is that history follows specific ‘meaningful patterns’. As I explained months ago in 2020 – An Extraordinary Turning Point, the actual events we have been witnessing are to be considered as either physical or psychological manifestations of a much larger pattern. That very pattern is the unceasing cyclicity of time, which astrology reads by looking at planetary movements.
A lot of noise has been generated in recent weeks and, as expected, it was greatly amplified after both Jupiter and Saturn shifted into Aquarius, perfecting their long-awaited conjunction.
Each conjunction represents the moment of ‘birth’ for each cycle, therefore it is generally accompanied by utter oblivion. The new ‘cosmic promises’ put forward around that time are thus presented to society in ‘seed form’, and a full blossoming of those very ideas won’t be visible before the second quarter of the cycle. Between the waxing square and the opposition, the cycle reaches its building stage, in which those new ideas are finally put into practice. The Jupiter – Saturn cycle which has just started will show its Aquarian, revolutionary effects onto finance, politics and society in the years to come. The waxing hemicycle will reach its culmination by 2030, at the next Jupiter-Saturn opposition. I have explained elsewhere that I have grounds to believe that the early 2030s will represent the culmination of a long phase of social renewal which is just starting now. You can watch my video presentation on youTube, which puts the ‘COVID collective panic‘ into a much wider perspective. Needless to say, too many questions remain unanswered with regards to this ‘pandemic of fear’, which ultimately represented a clear manifestation of the 2020 Capricornian planetary lineup.
In the midst of this complex astrological scenario, in January 2021 we will also be accompanied by the Jupiter – Neptune and Saturn – Neptune waning semi-squares. These two aspects are showing the closure of two important Neptunian cycles, a fact which emphasizes how this month promises to be a major turning point. I have explained the ideological and political meaning of those two semi-squares in: Saturn-Neptune and Politics.
January 2021 and its astrological wildness
Let’s begin to look into the spirit of January 2021. The transits of this month are significantly representative of what’s to come.
Opening up my 2021 ephemeris, I see a few highlights I made last month. What stands out is a series of markings over days 6 to 8. Mars will enter Taurus on January 7th, and Mercury will shift into Aquarius on the 8th. This is probably one of the most significant features of the month, simply because the recently sensitized ‘zero degree’ of Aquarius, where the Jupiter – Saturn conjunction occurred, will be powerfully reactivated by both Mercury and Mars. For quite some time, whenever faster-moving planets or the Sun will move across the early degrees of Fixed signs we are likely to see further developments with regards to the ongoing social shift. In fact, we should not forget that slow cycles, and especially conjunctions, tend to bestow with great symbolic meaning the area of the zodiac where they fall. That meaning is progressively disclosed to the public consciousness as other celestial bodies transit through. This is also how eclipses get to show their effects upon society.
Going back to our January transits, we can see how during the second week of January, as Mercury and Mars square each other, they will ‘energize’ a much more important planetary configuration. The reactionary spirit which has been awakening worldwide is but one of the initial manifestations of a long Saturn – Uranus square. With Mercury entering Aquarius and joining the Jupiter-Saturn-Mars-Uranus standoff, important information may come to the surface, and we, as a collective, will be making our way through what could turn out to be an explosion of words and facts. This will likely affect many areas of collective and individual life, not only politics.
Currently, a complex planetary configuration is initiating us to the revolutionary nature of this whole year. Both Jupiter and Saturn are now gliding along the early degrees of Aquarius, forming a significant square with Uranus in Taurus. Jupiter will move on fairly quickly in a few weeks, but the degree of ideological mobilization which is set to occur in January seems to be significant.
A lot of power-shifting events are set to accompany the slow transits of 2021/2022, and you can read more about it in an article I posted last year: Saturn-Uranus Square: the World Changing. As I explained there, we should expect 2021 and 2022 to bring widespread collapse within Governmental circles, or at least multiple attempts at overturning those structures which have been revealing their weakest spots in 2020.
An ‘eruptive’ New Moon
I’ve recently written on Instagram (you are more than welcome to follow!), that the recent Cancer Full Moon is not going to magically ‘erase’ the pain of 2020. I saw too many people putting way too many expectations onto the last Full Moon of the year. It was a very sensitive one, of course, but it wouldn’t solve or ‘release’ all our issues at all! Astrology becomes meaningful when we are able to zoom in and out along the timeline, learning how to bring cycles of different duration together. It is like studying sound or light waves: we just need to identify the different harmonics which end up ruling the trends of this world!
The Capricorn New Moon of January 13th is going to be a significant one, but let’s not forget the big picture here. What will make that event so powerful is its close alignment with Pluto. The latter, moving quite slowly, is going to stay around the 24th degree of Capricorn for pretty much the whole year. It is worth to remember that is the area of the zodiac which still carries the symbolic meaning of the 2020 collapse!
I invite all the readers to look at the next lunar month, which obviously begins with that Capricorn New Moon, as one in which we will be looking at ways to start anew. Again, this doesn’t mean that things will drastically change within days or weeks, but simply that the events which accompany us in January 2021 may prove to be quite significant for the future. We will be planting the seeds of renewal this very month. It seems quite interesting to look at all this astrological crescendo, which may eventually take us towards the Leo Full Moon of January 28th with much more awareness of what’s going on.
January as a ‘Uranian’ portal into the future
Uranus will be stationary during the second week of January 2021, a sign that may indicate much will be brewing during those very important days. It seems quite interesting that Uranus stations direct just as Mercury and Mars join the slow planetary standoff. Uranus will finally start moving slowly around mid-month, and I would like to say that a configuration which caught my attention months ago will occur on January 17th. On that day we will have an exact square between Jupiter and a practically stationary Uranus, while Mars is applying to a flamboyant conjunction with the latter. It is worth to mention how the famous astrologer Andre Barbault identified the Jupiter – Uranus cycle as a majorly explosive one. In this case, the presence of Mars within this whole picture promises extreme levels of dynamism! Uranus will still be quite slow at that point, and it won’t gain any decent forward motion at least until the end of February. This increases the level of unpredictability, as Uranus plays an important role in the disruption of mid-January! In fact, we might expect to witness the detonating effect of this particular alignment around mid-month. From a geological point of view, the enormous Fixed energy buildup will be producing enhanced seismic and volcanic activity over the next couple of years. Also, with Uranian energy all over the place, we should not be surprised to hear more about UFOs and secret intelligence declassification in the months to come.
US Election: a war of archetypes
Another very important feature to consider is that on January 20th Mars will be perfectly aligned with Uranus into a conjunction. Also, a first quarter Moon will be aligned with the first degrees of Aquarius-Taurus, where the whole planetary chaos is going on. I guess pretty much everybody knows what that date actually represents, at least my friends in the United States. The level of disruption the upcoming Inauguration chart presents is just remarkable. One may even wonder whether the ceremony itself will be held without disruption, considering the heated cosmic pattern of that very day. It is obviously impossible to clearly see what’s in store for us all, but via astrological analysis we can catch at least the symbolic meaning of that event. I have written about the upcoming US presidency and its Inauguration in USA Horoscope: a Long Presidency Ahead?, an article which has caught the attention of so many readers. I am also sticking to the idea that Trump, regardless of the confusing battle which is currently raging, is going through a socially expansive phase. As I explained in: US Election 2020 and US Election Update, the transits Trump is going through are incredibly dynamic. Also, enormous pressure has recently been acting over 23-25 degrees of Cardinal signs, heavily stressing his natal Venus-Saturn conjunction in the 11th House. He’s obviously undergoing a huge, painful struggle with his own party. In those articles I have outlined several reasons why he’s actually gaining popularity, a fact which goes beyond the election dispute itself. Trump was born with a natural tendency to be an ‘outsider’, in clear Uranian fashion.
Looking at the other side of this interesting battle, we notice how Uranus, closely aligned with Biden’s natal Descendant, is quite prone to obvious projection. I am tempted to look at the whole Saturn-Uranus conjunction within the 7th House, probably a more psychologically meaningful way of looking at it. It is obvious how in this very complex ‘archetypal’ struggle, Biden has ‘projected’ the dismantling picture of his descending ‘Saturn – Uranus’ conjunction onto the opponent, who is clearly Uranian. Whichever position Trump will be in after the Inauguration, he seems to be expressing the most visible and unstoppable part of some kind of social dynamism written in the Saturn – Uranus signature. Trump was born under a Lunar Eclipse which opposed Uranus, and those very degrees are being reactivated during these difficult months. Also, Trump’s directed Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant right now. This signifies a life-changing year ahead for him, possibly full of incredible challenges, but which carries a strong revolutionary, subversive and unpredictable flavor. No wonder why his reactionary political actions have been awakening deep fears within major corporations. The important issue here is not whether we agree with him or not, but whether we understand how he’s part of a mass psychological phenomenon which embodies countless people’s desire to break the boundaries of a restrictive 2020.
As I wrote in the previous paragraph of this article, we are entering Uranian times. One may just try and wonder: who is likely to carry the flag of the social Saturn – Uranus struggle of the next few years? Both parties are asking for some kind of renewal. One side is asking for freedom, the other is asking for equality. These are both noble ‘Aquarian’ ideals. Therefore, it will be quite interesting to find out which side is more authentic in the pursuit of their proposed ideals.
Biden, with Neptune having recently stationed around his natal IC, and the recent pressure exerted upon his chart ruler Jupiter in the 8th House, may see a marked disintegration of popular consensus. The Jupiter – Neptune emphasis these days are bringing into Biden’s life seem to be addressing questions of morality and judgement. His transits show a very different picture from what is going on for Trump. There is a great deal of Neptunian ‘guru-ism’ around Biden right now; many words are being nicely put and they could possibly be beneficial to many people who are looking for ‘redemption’ from their inner despair. However, how far can the people dive into the dreamlike realm of Neptune without encountering ‘disillusionment’? This is a question which I asked myself in another article: Neptune vs Uranus: Redemption or Revolution?.
I don’t think there is any right or wrong outcome to this situation, because years of astrological research have taught me to look at things according to their different archetypal signatures. The only question I urge the reader to ask himself is: what historic phase are we stepping into, from an astrological point of view? Whoever ends up leading the country will definitely have to deal with the Uranian phenomenon which lies ahead. Now, regardless of whoever happens to be President, the two-sided social movement lately generated is likely to accompany us for a long time. There is reason to believe that the painful split the USA are currently experiencing is going to spread out in other countries as well. After all, we need to remember that we are entering extremely dynamic months, with Saturn in Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus.
Are we willing to let go of the past?
How this incredible story of worldwide disruption will play out is a big question, and it might be the best to just acknowledge what the cosmos are showing us, and trust that everything will unfold in a way which represents humanity’s highest good. After years of astrological research, I have come to understand that it is best to accept synchronicity as it comes, because an invisible cosmic plan is always unfolding.
The power of astrology is supreme when we try and look at the events in a more archetypal and most detached manner. I am sure we have a lot to learn from the current events, which are likely to teach us astrologers of the future how to better understand those aspects of collective life which still have a long way to consciously evolve.
‘Are we willing to let go of the past?’
This is the question I urge all my readers to ask themselves now. The astrological scenario of the months to come is quite interesting and DYNAMIC. I wish I could think of a more united world coming up, but I am afraid we will need to go through much social changes before we get there. In the mean time, we should perhaps be trustfully welcoming the start of a new historic phase for humanity at large! Follow me on Instagram (@globalevolutionastrology), and leave your opinions if you wish! Over there we can look at world events in more detail, as they unfold.
My warmest thanks to all, wishing you a wonderful New Year.
Cover image: “Fall of the Titans”. Oil on canvas by Jacob Jordaens, 1638. Wikimedia Commons, public domain.