The current transit of Jupiter in Capricorn meeting Saturn in Aquarius at the end of this month (March 2020) will bring to surface the repression of our collective willpower by traditional institutions. No matter how you began 2020, it is clear that this is a bizarre and atypical beginning of this new decade (consider the corona virus lockdowns, urging us on some level to slow down and go within). This is because the fabric of our social reality is preparing for a drastic change, or the dawn of the infamous Age of Aquarius, which astrologers, shamans and tarot readers have predicted for ages. In line with this, a string of shamans, witches, warlocks, lightworkers, starseeds, astrologers and tarot readers are appearing world-wide and it is my opinion that they will gradually replace churches and temples or other traditional places of collective devotion, representing new forms of spiritual leadership.
2020 is without a doubt the year of ‘The Shift’: a massive collective transformation in our values, and the way in which we understand our roles here on Earth, especially our gender and its connection to the Divine/Spirit/God. This isn’t only my opinion but that of more experienced astrologers as well, such as Pam Gregory, a fellow Piscean whose work I admire:
This year is ‘bomb’ 🙂 because we have among the usual three Mercury retrogrades, also a Venus Retrograde in Gemini (the sign of Union) awaiting us this summer, and a Mars Retrograde in Aries (the sign of Masculinity) peppering our autumn. Both the bubbly air-sign Venus and the passionate fire-sing Mars will be squared by Jupiter (yey!) and Pluto (#$%!) but the good news is that they will be divinely supported by Saturn in Aquarius (for the most part).
What all this celestial energy means is that this summer we will collectively enter a period of necessary redefinition in our relationships. A lot of us have abandoned play and love, for work (and in some cases over-work) just to keep on surviving or to attain higher status and wealth. This work- obsession is linked to a rise in sarcasm and emotional stoicism or toughness, that blocked us from nurturing ourselves and others (consider for example the media obsession with work-life balance or how common drinking alcohol in the evening to relax the burn-out from work has become – excess alcohol intake numbs emotions and it is linked to an escape from self and self-acceptance).
The energetic push to live from our hearts which was opened with last year’s Lion’s Gate in August 2019, continues and is be amplified throughout 2020. This means that if we want to revitalize ourselves, we have to tend to our hearts and our relationships, and make the plunge into long-term committed relationships of healing and intimacy. In addition and inevitably, spiritual relationships will come together this summer after many ego-blocks or timing-blocks. New soulmate alliances will be created or re-animated, because these couples will participate in the general mass-awakening of the Pluto in Aquarius era (and especially the children created out of these connections).
But let’s return to the present moment before we glimpse too much into the future 🙂 It’s the first week of March as I’m writing this. In Europe, amidst the threat of the corona virus, we are having the energetic influence of three major planets, those being Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto (the rulers of karma and fate), all gathered in the sign of limits, repression, effort and hard-earned rewards, Capricorn. Moreover, Mars also joined the gang in February. Feel free to interpret Capricorn energy as you wish, but one thing is certain with this Sun sign – it is not a fun sign, and it is not at all about expansion but rather its opposite, limitation. Capricorn wants concrete and tangible results – it is not concerned with emotions but with work and effort. So there is a collective obsession at the moment with what we can touch and see, with what is practical and tangible – however, this makes us neglect our spirituality, our souls, our need to be loved and to love.
Moreover, these 4 planets are joined by the South Node, one of the lunar nodes that represent excretion, letting go, and energy loss. This means that the more we cling to tradition, to how things were done for centuries we might get an immediate sense of comfort and stability, but we will also feel gradually depleted of energy. We go out to shop in a frenzy and then we come home to a house full of objects and no emotional warmth.
We might also experience depression, heaviness and isolation, so turning to comfort-behavious such as using drugs and excessive alcohol intake might give the illusion that things will be alright and we are in love with unseen forces, but the reality is gloomy when we wake up hungover and cold (Neptune is in Pisces at the moment until 2025, and it is helping us deceive ourselves very easily).
Ironically, all this paternalistic energy is simply meant to remind us that we need is true nurturing; that we lack love and that we are not better off just working and focusing on money to the expense of our feelings. To solve this issue, we have to blend masculine with feminine energy. And feminine energy is the path forward, to my mind. To use a cliche – sorry 🙂 – the future is female, as intuition (traditionally considered a female trait) will be an increasingly sought out form of communication and a spiritual currency (exemplified in telepathy, precognition, astrotravel, clair-audience and clair-sentience etc, and potentially harvested in the future to control and mould reality for specific goals).
Nonetheless, I remain optimistic. I think that spirituality & science will eventually blend, as people will understand that reason and emotions must work together for us to access new frequencies and expand our consciousness. On another level, we are preparing to transcend the gender divide, just as collectively we will integrate our Divine Masculine with our Divine Feminine energy to make a spiritual leap forward in our progress as humankind on Earth. I also think our connection to Nature shall be merged with technological improvements and discoveries; it is not a case of polarising them or rejecting one above another since this will only lead to conflict.
Until then we continue to love in the patriarchal social system, which is in some countries softer than in others. However, the rules of Saturn, of the land, of governing, and of the patriarchy are increasingly dismantled. So even if institutions seem to garner more and more power, they are actually like a star, shining brightest right before it implodes.
Globally, we are witnessing a desperate fight for the far-right to gain political control, and we see the corruption of democracy in the wake of ‘fake news’ fiascos. People are allowed to practice democracy only by means of votes; their elected representatives, instead of supporting the interests of many and helping society progress by tackling the string of environmental, economic and social problems at hand (increasing each year!), mostly spend their political mandates engaged in power struggles which polarize them even further.
With Pluto in Capricorn, politically and financially there is no middle-ground: we have the rich and the poor, the powerful and the vulnerable (we saw this since 2011 with the dramatic decrease of the middle-class in some of the wealthiest countries in the world).
With Saturn in Aquaries, the so-called ‘underdogs’ might experience a slow rise in power and new leaders might emerge from the poor and oppressed masses which genuinly might represent the interests of many (similar to spiritual leaders such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi), but it will be a battle of power and it will require effort (at least until Jupiter catches ground and stations in Aquarius in 2021). Such leaders might have it tough at the beginning of their career, but they shall foreground the general political mess and demonstrable incapacity to lead that we are currently witnessing from corrupt politicans. So I think that new political alternatives will gradually appear from this Spring.
In the meantime, ordinary people, like you and me, are left on-the-outside-looking-in to these power struggles, and we are left to find creative ways to stoically survive. The good part in all of this mess, is that we now have a spiritual, postcolonial and feminist awareness which is increasing each year in different parts of the world. People self-educate and have more discussion and debates than ever; we also have social media and the internet, which allow people to speak up in spite of this ongoing institutional control.
Despite having groups censured and denied the right to speak, we (as in the many) will only be kept under this pressure cauldron until Jupiter enters Aquarius next year. As Jupiter will join Saturn in Aquarius next year, the collective will finally get to breathe a general sigh of relief, and witness or participate in building new social foundations in the wake of Pluto’s ‘destruction’ of our trust in current governing powers.
On this background, the increasing rise of tarot readers, astrologers, shamans, doulas, counsellors, personal development trainers and life coaches is not something to fear but something to celebrate. More and more people are quitting their 9 to 5s to follow spiritually-based work. I find it beautiful that we are spiritually-led to work in service to others; to work by healing and revitalising the tired hearts and souls engaged for so long in corporate production, in the constant rat-race of capitalism (I might sound like a communist here, but we do have very few alternative economic systems in the world at the moment, so social cooperatives might be the future).
Something has to give. A shift in the collective is bubbling up to the surface preparing us for the landscape over-haul of 2023-2024, when Pluto in Aquarius will enter and purge our communities, our Internet, our increasing link to machines and technology, but also – and this is the part that I find most significant – our link to the divine and to the energies of our solar system. This is because Uranus, the planetary ruler of Aquarius governs over astrology and the occult. It is also representing the Star energy in tarot, so there is renewed hope for mankind after living for so long in the Deviled Goat’s Dark energy (aka Capricorn).
On a social and psychological level, people are increasingly becoming more aware of the chakras, third eye awakenings, manifestations, capacities to co-create with Spirit, the different dimensions of existence, indigo children, how energy travels and can be manipulated or transformed. If you smirk at these things, this is just a reminder that this ‘trend’ is not about to stop – it might even evolve as our technological and scientific discoveries shall blend with our heightened awareness and developping intuition to produce new forms of mass power (and pre-empting the Pluto in Pisces era).
This blending could lead to ‘ghost in the shell/machine’ types of relationships. It will be interesting to witness how things will develop and I am certainly excited about the future, even if I remain cautious regarding the shadow side of the Pluto in Aquarius era (for example a low-Leo energy, such as massive Ego trips or wide-distribution of sex-slave robots).
My hope is that within this newly emerging social landscape, and with the help of spirituality, many people will find the ‘God within’ (to quote Rilke) and will likely start to ‘see feelingly’ (as Shakespeare said), rather than completely cool-off their emotions to emulate our robotic counterparts or ‘alienate’ themselves from other people.
And that’s were ‘we’ come in, the spiritual ‘freaks’, the new leaders that are able to use our skills and abilities to help people connect with their life purpose and with their hearts. What I mean by the word ‘leader’ in this context is certainly not domination, but guidance; spritual leaders are those whom we meet, only when we are ready for them; just like that the old-fashioned saying ‘When the student is ready, the master appears’. These new spiritual leaders are the daugthers and sons of the witches that could not be maimed and killed during Europe’s Dark Ages, the ones that survived the Inquisition, famines and the Plague, countless wars and oppressive political regimes, and lived on to empower others in the present. Our ancestors guide us to speak up and express ourselves, to embrace who we are and to heal; thereby we have a duty to remain connected to Spirit and to help others remain profoundly human in the midst of this massive shift 💜
With universal love,