This week ends one decade and begins another under some interesting politically and personally strategic aspects. Let’s take this opportunity to review the decade that was, sort out what didn’t work and let it go, sort out what did work and encourage those seedlings in the year ahead.
On Friday the mood is efficient if potentially manipulative. A Capricorn Moon loans us competence but can waft depression towards us wherever we get frustrated. Over the weekend a more sociable Aquarius Moon encourages us to reconnect with our community as well as review the shifting cultural and political landscape. Early next week a sensitive Pisces Moon asked us to make that review more personal, to remember the emotional landscape we walked through 2019, and let the feelings flow like melting snow. The moon enters feisty Aries late on New Year’s Day, brings us back to the present, and helps us jumpstart the decade with action and determination.
We have a chance to turn things around in 2020 but we need to stay awake, aware, and involved. The stars ask us to pay attention to our spiritual life while always remembering that our spirit is embedded in the body politic, and the body politic needs our help. The tensions, power struggles, and glimmering hope for improvement thicken in 2020 this year as expansive Jupiter and structural Saturn both conjunct transformative Pluto in ambitious, organizational Capricorn, one after the other, and then shift into communal Aquarius and conjunct on the 2020 winter solstice.
Jupiter and Saturn are considered the significators of our social and political realm. Jupiter is larger than all the other planets put together and speaks of generosity, abundance, expansion, enabling and is connected to liberal politics. Saturn, with its dusty ring-wall, speaks of structure, tradition, boundaries, responsibility, restriction, control, and is connected to conservative politics. A healthy balancing tension between these two poles hold us upright.
As Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto run together this year they bring real opportunities for the death and rebirth of power systems and organizational structures in our personal groups as well as in governments around the world, but it may get messy before it gets better. Pluto takes between 12 to 30 years in a sign, and brings revolution to the nature of whatever sign it occupies by exposing its shadow side; from 2008-2024 Pluto in often-patriarchal Capricorn asks us to look at the abuse and use of political power, the sources of our electrical power, gender-based authority, tradition, honor, and responsibility. Pluto now returns, for the first time, to where it was during the American Revolution, perfecting in 2022.
Every 20 years Jupiter and Saturn conjunct and stimulate a shift in our political realm, start a new cycle. From 1840 to 1960 this conjunction occurred in concrete earth signs and the current president died in office. In 1980 the cycle switched, this conjunction now occurs in mental air signs and though a president hasn’t died (Reagan was shot through the long, air, and showed early signs of Alzheimer’s in office, the last time, in 2000- Jupiter and Saturn dipped back in Earth signs, and a voting fiasco obscured the presidency- the decision was made by the Supreme Court, not by our voters, and our country was soon under concrete attack)- the presidency itself was challenged. This year the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occurs in airy Aquarius and calls for a philosophical and political rebirth. We can help answer that call.
Friday, December 27: This is a work day, but go carefully with unsolicited advice. The Sun conjuncts Jupiter in competent Capricorn, conjuncts Saturn and Pluto in the morning and encourage us to think big and sketch out long-range plans. Sketch out the addition, a new work approach, or the garden plot. If with family, build a fort together. If we have something to strategize on together, we may not strategize around interpersonal manipulation. The mood becomes less determined and more interpersonally curious tonight as the moon enters collective Aquarius, a good time to catch up with friends who were too busy in the weeks before.
Moon conjunct Saturn 5:08 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 7:42 AM, Sun conjunct Jupiter 11:25 AM, Moon sextile Mars 2:02 PM. Moon enters Aquarius 10:20 PM.
Saturday, December 28: It’s a sociable day, but we may want to gather with people of like minds, people we haven’t seen recently, rather than continue ongoing intimate conversations. We’re ready for a larger circle as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Aquarius. The conversation can get serious as the night progresses as we conspire about our plans for the new year ahead when Mercury enters Capricorn.
Moon square Uranus 3:32 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 7:06 PM, Mercury enters Capricorn 9:54 PM.
Sunday, December 29: The mood is disjointed but thoughtful, analytical but a bit disconnected. As Mercury squares the healing asteroid Chiron it brings up past problems, but so we can remember what we learned and use that to make the future healthier, whether it’s our love life or politics. People may feel a bit distracted, it’s not that they suddenly don’t care, but the need to process and make plan can distract us from being truly emotion present with our more intimate heart connections.
Mercury square Chiron 9:57 PM.
Monday, December 30: just when many are supposed to be back at work, now the emotions soften as the moon enters sensitive Pisces. We may feel easily overwhelmed, and need to catch up with ourselves. take quiet time, down time, me time. If we don’t get it, we could just sit down and cry. A long hot bath, a good book, let the mind turn into a puddle so the soul can do its work. Keep demands low. The kind, no need to pull people, just hold the hand or offer tea. Daydream, but also listen for potential inspiration about the new year as Mercury trines Uranus and new ideas make sense.
Moon square Mars 3:23 AM, moon enters Pisces 8:41 AM, moon sextile Mercury 1:52 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 2:04 PM, Mercury trine Uranus 3:21 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 9:36 PM.
Tuesday, December 31: this last day of the decade is perfect to do the personal end of the decade’s review and future visioning. We may feel unusually permeable, sensitive to the woes of the world, and may want to forget and escape the harsh world for a moment. Which can lead to over drinking and bad driving tonight. Be careful and let this fogginess transport- not to a place of danger- but a place of magic and possibility instead.
Moon sextile Sun 3:31 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune 5:15 PM.
Wednesday, January 1: walk softly and gently this morning, keep expectations low and imagination high. Honor the fact that people are feeling vulnerable, whether from a hangover or from concerns about the fragility of the new year ahead. The mood picks up tonight as the moon trines Mars and then enters Aries, and so brings on more determination. Instead of preparing to butt heads, prepare to forge ahead. Maybe a few heads need to be butted in the process
Moon sextile Saturn 3:42 AM, moon sextile Pluto 5:38 AM, Moon trine Mars 7:13 PM, Moon enters Aries 9 PM.
Thursday, January 2: Get a jump on the new decade. Put plans into action- make it so -as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Capricorn, and both are squared by the Moon in Aries. We may try to rush through the door at the same time, bumping and shoving could occur. If so, stay centered, stay on target, rather than reactive. Put impatience where it will be useful.
Mercury conjunct Jupiter 9:41 AM, Moon square Jupiter 11:18 AM, Moon square Mercury 11:31 AM, Venus semi-square Chiron 12:28 PM, Moon square Sun 9:45 PM.
(For more astrological details about 2020, see the we’moon calendar)
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