I am taking time on this day of the New Year’s Eve, to share some thoughts, feelings, insights into what I see coming in this next year of 2019.
What is happening in early 2020, however, is of even greater momentous effect, and the planetary movements of 2019 are part of the build-up to what will take place in 2020, so I will make some reference to what will be happening in 2020 as well.
First of all, due to a deeper understanding of what is really happening on this planet and why, provided to me by my study of the teachings of the Ascended Master Hilarion, as channeled by Maurice Cooke, I am one of those people who has faith that we are indeed moving into a New Age. A New Aquarian Age of Universal Love and Brother/Sisterhood. I have even found the Astrology chart, which I feel, represents a gateway into that New Age, on June 12, 2027.
As part of those Hilarion teachings, however, I am also aware that on the way to that New Birth we are going to have to pass through some labor pain. How severe that labor pain needs to be will be in proportion to free will choices we make along this path of transition.
I do think the next few years are an intensifying of the labor pains we are already feeling. I am sure, however, that when I say that, some of you might feel like quoting the song by Bob Dylan: “You don’t need a weather man to tell you which way the wind blows.”
As an Astrological weather man, however, I would say that, as crazy and chaotic as the last two years and more have been, it seems that this is still the ‘build-up’ period to some breakdowns or breakthroughs, or probably one leading to the other, coming ahead.
There are of course so many details one can observe and share. I am going to try, however, to keep my Mercury in Virgo from writing an article where you ‘Cannot see the forest because of all of the trees.’
That is one sensitivity I am feeling as I write this. The other is an apology to my subscribers who live outside of the U.S. As I am a U.S. citizen, and even wrote a whole book on the Astrology chart of the U.S., I am naturally pre-disposed to make some localized American weather forecasts.
Nonetheless, these larger themes are applicable to all nations, and indeed to all of us individuals around the world.
There is also the fact that the U.S. is always the ‘Elephant in the room’ as it were, and often a source of great interest and entertainment for observers around the world.
There are two major Astrological themes at play next year and they are very different from each other.
One is the fact that Jupiter is now in Sagittarius, the sign it rules. Which, on its own, provides tremendous confidence, enthusiasm, honesty and inspiration to push forward in an expansive way towards your political, philosophical, spiritual, and/or religious goals.
Neptune has for some years, and for some years more, been in the sign it rules, Pisces. In positive manifestation this is a wonderful opportunity to open to great emotional/spiritual healing, compassion and mystical/unconditional love and imaginative sensitivities.
In 2019, however, these two planets will square each other three times, in January, June and September.
This will likely challenge the Jupiter to not respond with the negative potentials of Jupiter in Sagittarius, that being exaggerated, over-the top, over-confident enthusiasm towards your goals, and the kind of honesty that burns rather than heals.
The challenge for Jupiter to not react in this way will likely come from the negative side of Neptune in Pisces, that being: confusion, illusion, delusions, victimhood, escapism and martyrdom.
Neptune in Pisces has been squaring the Sagittarian self-image of the U.S. for a few years now. In 2016 Saturn in Sagittarius was squaring this Neptune as well, as Saturn was sitting on our rather self-righteous Sagittarian Ascendant Self-Image. I wrote about this earlier, stating that this aspect, and its penchant for the victim/victimizer program gave us President Donald Trump. But it was also Brexit in the U.K. and other political developments around the world at that time.
This year, however, it is not the Saturn heaviness on our self-image, which Donald Trump used to encourage a large portion of the populace to really identify with their restricted victimhood, at play. A heaviness which, at that time, could also relate to the Democratic Party voters sense of restriction/victimhood at having to vote for a rather uninspiring candidate like Hillary Clinton.
This year it is this expansive, ‘pumped-up,’ exuberant, but potentially fanatical Jupiterian influence on our rather self-righteous Sagittarian Ascendant/Self-Image, which will be engaged by a need for Neptune/Pisces compassion and sensitivity to those who suffer. But will be tempted to do so blinded by emotional delusions.
This Jupiter/Neptune influence globally will inspire everyone to be quite forthright with their felt, or perceived, pain. The noted connection to the U.S. chart just makes it likely to play out in a particularly dramatic fashion here.
The problem will be, which victims you want to focus on? The children and families fleeing from violence, abuse and poverty in their Central American nations? Or those victims here in the U.S. of El Salvadoran MS-13 gang violence, creating the sense that those individuals at our borders represent an ‘invasion.’
That is just one example, for this Jupiter/Neptune Square which will be operative around the world next year.
The Saturn/Pluto Conjunction
These Jupiter/Neptune squares, however, are in effect only through most of 2019. Starting later this year, culminating in January of 2020, and in effect beyond, will be a much deeper, longer-term Astrological ‘Exam.’
Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Seeing that coming, I predicted some likely economic collapse. Pluto will be in Capricorn until 2025, and my sense is that this is creating the necessity to transform completely the way we live materially/financially on this planet.
The early part of this decade, which I have written about in the past, was greatly affected by seven squares between Uranus in Aries and this Pluto in Capricorn, coinciding with events like the ‘Arab Spring.’ We are still reeling in the aftermath of those shake-ups.
In 2018, however, Saturn in Capricorn will come within two degrees of conjuncting Pluto in Capricorn. On January 12, 2020 that conjunction will become exact. A bit later Jupiter, arriving in Capricorn in December of 2019, will make that a triple conjunction in Capricorn in March 2020.
Although on January 12th we will have Mercury, Sun, Saturn, and Pluto conjunct within one degree of Capricorn, and, as stated, Jupiter will be in Capricorn as well. That is a lot of Capricorn.
In my Internet research for this article I noticed that the owner of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, was born on January 12th. It should be a hell of a birthday for that fellow.
This is a big deal. The last time there was a similar triple conjunction like this was 1987 – 1995, a Uranus/Neptune/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn. This led to the sudden (Uranian), dissolving (Neptunian) of the structures (Capricornian/Saturnian) of everything behind the ‘Iron Curtain,’ i.e. the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, and led to the end of the Cold War.
One fact pointed out by Astrologer, Alan Oken, is that this upcoming triple conjunction will more or less conjunct that previous triple conjunction. That previous conjunction is, of course, operative in the charts of those born at that time, which should make for a hell of a ‘Saturn Return’ for that generation of young adults, who are now experiencing or will soon experience that.
I also, however, see this Great Conjunction as a revisiting of the hope and promises of that time of the final ending of the Cold War, and of all of the ways in which we have fallen way short of those hopes and promises.
The Saturn/Pluto cycle is easily recognized in its historical effect upon the world. At the start of World War I there was a Saturn/Pluto conjunction. One could say that that war didn’t really end until the end of World War II, which started when Saturn squared Pluto in the Last Quarter phase of the cycle, started at the time of World War I conjunction.
The last ‘Full Moon,’ opposition phase, of Saturn and Pluto occurred in 2000 – 2003. In fact on September 11, 2001, Pluto was right on top of the Sagittarian self-image of the United States, as Saturn was in opposition to it.
The Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 2020 will be the start of a whole new cycle. This time with the theme of getting real (Saturn) with the need for death/rebirth transformation (Pluto) in relation to concrete structures, governments, economic systems (Capricorn).
Now, I could go into a lot of details as to how this is likely to affect the U.S., such as the fact that in the ‘build-up’ to the conjunction this year, Saturn will oppose and square the Saturn/Sun Square in the U.S. Natal chart.
This Square in our chart I have previously identified with the intense polarization we are prone to, going back to the Civil War and beyond. So there will be no lightening up of the intense political polarization we are now experiencing.
The intensive periods for this will be in January and September of 2019. It’s an easy guess that the Democrats taking over the House of Representatives in January should really add to this polarizing tension we are already feeling.
There is also the longer-term fact that Pluto, which is transiting our Second House, the house having to do with the decision of whether you are going to choose the Love or the Money, is also heading towards our first ‘Pluto Return’, i.e. returning to the place where it was when we were born. This will take place for the first time since our birth in 1776. This Pluto Return will be exact in 2023.
Saturn moving through Capricorn will also enter our Second House at the end of this year, and a bit later so will Jupiter. And therefore, the triple Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto conjunction will take place in Capricorn, in our house of choosing love or money.
Now, there are also other nations with strong Capricorn influence who will likely experience a great effect here. China and the Untied Kingdom come immediately to my mind. In fact, I think that what occurs in the U.K. in relation to their ‘Brexit,’ could trigger the global economic death/rebirth transformation that may be indicated here. Or perhaps there may be things happening in China. Of course wherever the transformation starts it will become a global collective experience, with perhaps the U.S., the U.K, and China being major players in it.
The Larger View
Stepping back to try to get a sense of what the deeper lessons behind all of these Astrological exams are, one must notice a strong emphasis on the Earth element.
Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo are the three Earth signs. In 2020, 4 of the 5 slow-moving outer planets will be in Earth signs. In addition to the Capricorn line-up of planets we will have Uranus entering into seven years of being in the Earth sign Taurus.
The last time I saw such a line-up of Earth sign planets I thought ‘Maybe an earthquake will happen.’ That Earth line-up took place at the time of the Los Angeles Northridge area earthquake in 1994.
Knowing what Hilarion has to say about the Sun in the signs of Capricorn and Taurus, however, is the best way to have a sense of what these other planets in these signs are meant to be teaching us.
For example, this is what Hilarion has to say about the Sun in Capricorn:
Capricorn The Capricorn is one who, in a previous life, accomplished much personal success in the world’s eyes, but who did so in such a way as to permanently benefit others in a material way. Because this does represent a contribution, even though not really at the spiritual level, a tap is permitted into a source of constructive and creative energy which drives the Capricorn to accomplish something worthwhile upon the earth plane. But because the help for others was limited to the material plane, blindness is introduced into the make-up of the Capricornian personality which makes it more difficult than usual to perceive the reality and value of spiritual concepts and the higher wisdom. Though difficult, it is not impossible, and the Capricornian who succeeds in making of his life a dedication to a higher reality achieves far more and conquers a much greater obstacle than most other souls have to contend with. The goal of a “life of dedication” is symbolized by the Capricornian rulership of the knees, for the knees are the support of the body in the traditional attitude of prayer. (End Quote)
Now, knowing the above, and seeing that Pluto was heading for entry into Capricorn in 2008, led me to predict that Pluto would likely pull the rug out from under any tendency to be overly identified with concrete, material, financial realities for your identity and your security. If I had known what ‘shorting stocks’ meant back then I could have made some money. 🙂
Of course that Plutonian lesson will be operative until 2025. Saturn, however, will bring that lesson home somehow and force some responsible, commitment to work on it, and perhaps Jupiter may well create some enthusiasm to expand the old traditional conservative ways of dealing with such issues.
As to Uranus in Taurus, this is what Hilarion says about being born with the Sun in Taurus:
Taurus The Taurus individual has, at the soul level, a deep understanding of the meaning of love. This is attested to by the rulership of Venus over this sign. The grasp of the right approach to love and its true meaning is again a kind of gift which the soul has given itself — in this case, as a result of an incarnation in which a self-sacrificing love was cherished for another, usually without being fully returned. This act of selfless devotion allows the soul to tap deeply into a wellspring of pure love at a very high spiritual plane, which constantly feeds into the soul a great capacity for love and affection. Again, along with the gift comes a responsibility. In the case of Taurus, the task is to learn to express the love side unconditionally, simply allowing the affection to flow into and through the personality without damming it up, and without attaching conditions to the giving of affection. If there is any damming up or restriction of the affectional impulses, a problem arises due to the desire of this abundance of love to find a suitable object. Denied an external abject, i.e. another person or persons, the love will usually lavish itself upon the individual’s own physical body with its senses the primary focus. It is from this process that the oft-quoted tendency for self-indulgence in the Taurus stems. Another difficulty can also arise if the nature of suppressive habits in the Taurus individual is such as to prevent the thwarted affectiona1 urges from expressing through self-indulgence. In such instances, it is possible for the love to center not on another individual but on possessions or money. This can occur when in the early childhood there was little physical affection shown by the parents. Thus, in the case of Taurus, the task at the personality level is to express love, without allowing the affectional urges to manifest as self-indulgence or an over-stressing of money or possessions. (End Quote)
Taurus is also the sign associated with the Second House and, in light of what I have quoted above, and other things Hilarion has stated about other planets in the Second House, have led me to calling it the house of the choice between the Love or the Money.
Perhaps Uranus in Taurus is going to create the opportunity to find sudden liberation from money-which-lacks-love fixations. Perhaps the 1% of the world’s population which owns and controls 50% of the world’s wealth will willingly, or unwillingly, accept becoming members of Warren Buffet’s/Bill Gates Billionaire’s Club, thereby promising to give away 50% of their wealth in their lifetime.
When asked how successful they were so far at convincing billionaires to join their club, however, Warren Buffet said his next book might be called: ‘How To Make It On Only $500 Million.’
The Larger, Larger View
Do you want to know what I think is one of the real causes of the present turmoil in the world? It is Satellite TV. And, following that, the Internet.
Since the mid 80’s I have made many trips visiting so-called Third World Nations. One thing I noticed was that even the most impoverished, corrugated-steel shack, complex of homes somehow managed to have a forest of satellite dishes receiving signals on their roof tops.
Now, the vast majority of the world’s population have, at least, a cell phone they can use to access the Internet.
By my having had intimate experiences in relatively impoverished places in Asia, Latin America and Africa, I have become well aware of the incredible level of schizophrenia taking place on this planet. A schizophrenic disconnect whereby, except for the brief moments when we might see a starving Biafran child on our television screens, we in the developed world have been comfortably disconnected and oblivious of the incredible disparity that we in the wealthy, materially-indulgent, developed nations of the world have been living in, relative to those lives being lived in the developing nations.
There were periods, however, when there was more appetite for addressing this disparity, especially during the Cold War, when we didn’t want those nations to be seduced by the ‘evils’ of Communism.
For example here is a portion of a campaign speech for President by Robert Kennedy shortly before he was assassinated in 1968:
“We must look carefully and honestly at our policies abroad. We must examine how we can help the millions of our fellow citizens who lead lives of hopelessness and poverty, as Sophocles said, “where day follows day with death the only goal, what joy is there in day that follows day with death the only goal?”
We must decide what moral obligations we have to the other peoples of the globe, peoples of Latin America and some of the villages I visited, and I’m sure that some of you have visited, where seven out of ten children die before their first birthday and that the average person who dies in Latin America is under the age of four. That the starvation and the difficulty and the hopelessness that face those people. About the men in Asia who have less to eat now than they did at the start of the decade. About those in Africa whose every living moment is filled with disease. For those who know only suffering and deprivation, where we lead relative lives of comfort and of happiness. Where each year at the same time that all of this is going on all over the globe, each year we in the United States spend three billion dollars on pets, almost two billion dollars on dogs, and yet all of the starvation and all of the suffering takes place all over the rest of the globe.
These men and women and children that we hear about and which I’m talking about now, they’re not statistics; they are human beings that I have seen and I think that many of you have seen. Each with a right to lead a life of dignity and purpose just as much as you and I have. We happen to be fortunate enough to be born in the United States of America. We happen to be fortunate enough to be able to attend a high school and then go on to a university. But what did we do in our lives that gives us that right, instead of being born in northeast Brazil and not even living until your first birthday? Or being born in East Africa or Tanzania where ninety-seven percent of the people are illiterate.
What did we ever do? What did we ever contribute, or what did we ever say we ever did? What really is our purpose in life? It finally comes down to it that we could be born with all these advantages that we enjoy here in the United States and they—seventy, eighty percent of the rest of the world—suffer as much as they do. And when you finally decide that, then you must also decide what we can do to make up for it. For all of the advantages that we have, don’t we have a major responsibility to those that do not have those advantages? Don’t we have a major responsibility?
Not the government of the United States, but we as individuals have a major responsibility and an obligation to those who don’t have the advantages that we do. We’re the most exclusive minority in the world—they talk about minorities—we’re the most exclusive because we have a college education. Such a small percentage. In Latin America the average education is three, three years of school. In many parts of Africa it’s less than that, and in Asia even less than that. What a great advantage, then, we have.
And how are we going to use those advantages? What are we going to do with the talent that was given to us, whether we’re going to use it on behalf of ourselves, whether we are going to use it on behalf of others, that’s the major question. Really the only purpose, in the last analysis, the only excuse, really, for our existence must be that we have to perform some act, do something on behalf of those who are less well off. And I think you recognize that, and I think that the people of the United States recognize that. [applause]”From Robert F. Kennedy Speech April 4, 1968, Ball State University Campaign Visit
Now, his tone is a bit patronizing but imagine if such a plea encouraging such compassionate sentiments were uttered today? They would be branded the most far out, fanatical, socialist nut conceivable. You never hear even Bernie Sanders going anywhere near that kind of political engagement.
In these times, however, with satellite TV or the Internet beaming into the majority of homes around the world, those in the impoverished nations are much more aware of what they are missing. It is this which has created, I believe, a huge explosion in so-called economic migration. Those individuals would love to have their most challenging personal concerns and worries to be similar to those observed on episodes of ‘Friends.’
Uranus rules technology. And Uranus rules Aquarius, the Age we are now entering. Aquarius is the sign of global group consciousness. It was during the years when Uranus and later Neptune were in Aquarius (1995 – 2011) that led to the rise of the Internet, making the world one global community. This has obviously allowed the free flow of both the Dark and the Light energies to move freely around the planet.
Over half of the refugees fleeing Africa and the Middle East, however, have at least one of these planets, Uranus or Neptune, in Aquarius in their own Birth Charts.
Young people born in those years living in Europe and North America also have these Aquarian placements and they are major developers and users of the new global social media networks.
Those born in Africa with these Aquarian energies within their Astrological make-up just want to join the rest of the world, and make it to Europe.
I would say that it is the karma from the selfish, fear-based developed nation mentality, which is having now to face its due. And I don’t think that Donald Trump is helping this karmic burden very much. One should read what Master Hilarion has said about the karmic lesson of America in his book ‘Nations.’
Uranus in Taurus will spend seven years squaring where it was when Uranus was in Aquarius, which will include squaring the Uranus in Aquarius placements of individuals born in those years. There could be some surprise disruptions and new waves of social/economic freedom seeking. Perhaps that generation pushing for universal guaranteed income?
Again, I continue to have faith that we are being born into a world where we will choose Love over Money.
The question, however, is how much labor pain will be involved in that birth?
Blessings with Hope for a Happy New Year for All,