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The Astrology of 2020

by Juliana McCarthy

January, 1, 2020 — Astrologically, 2020 is one of the most significant, life-changing years in human history. Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will form conjunctions in Capricorn for the first time in nearly four thousand years, beginning a whole new age in humanity. This year presents profound shifts, as the planets insist that we release outworn paradigms and beliefs, making room for an age of greater freedom, high-mindedness, truth, and egalitarianism. 

Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth; Saturn is systems, structures, society, and karma; and Jupiter represents our beliefs. He’s also a magnifying lens exaggerating all that he touches. Joined together, these planets are speeding up our evolution, pushing us into deeper insights and transformation, which come when we are able to face the reality of who we are, with honesty and forgiveness. We can own our mistakes, then drop into our inner stillness and peace that are available to us, always.

In fact, self-awareness and feeling at home within ourselves are key to riding the waves of change. So much is upending as we experience little deaths throughout the year. But it’s forcing us into the deep work of thinking for ourselves, finding our own ground, and trusting what we feel. Fear and shame have kept us oppressed and susceptible to manipulation. Now, we are rising out of these limiting habituations, breaking out of the conditioning that has kept us from freedom, liberation, and lasting joy. 

Our shared reality is shaking up, and incredible work lies ahead. We need to rebuild our lives and the world with open-hearted care and an understanding of our interconnection. It’s time to muster the courage to confront and fight corruption and deception, without hardening our hearts. The good news is that Jupiter and Saturn are in Capricorn and Aquarius this year, and the North Node will move into Gemini in the spring. Integrity, truth, and divine justice are ready to prevail. Karmic rectifications are upon us, and if we insist on lying, cheating, or harming others, our lives could explode. 

But no matter what happens externally, we can feel the strength of our spines, our connection to the Earth, and the tenderness of our hearts. This is the axis of transformation in 2020—our secret weapons as the planets strip us bare, thrusting us into a fresh new year, decade, and age.


In this year of profound change, may we release the past and step into our unknown future selves. With compassion and intelligence, may we work together, taking responsibility for our lives, relationships, and communities, while dissolving the belief that someone else will save us. May we celebrate the dying parts of ourselves, which are making room for a fresh and liberated new paradigm.

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