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Belinda Dunn

Capricorn/Cancer Lunar Eclipse – January 10 @ 2:21 pm

Aquarius New Moon – January 24 @ 4:42 pm

Welcome to the new year, and the next decade! This auspicious passage is solemn, marked by the weighty and heavy concerns of a world in transition from past to future. As humanity is challenged to navigate the uncertain and potentially treacherous currents of global change, each of us are challenged to stay strong, spiritually clear, and wholeheartedly engaged in constructive participation.

The major kick-off for 2020 is Saturn’s conjunction with Pluto. Exact on January 12, the meeting of these two heavyweight planets is part of an enormous cycle. While they join approximately every 37 years, the last time they joined in the zodiac sign of Capricorn was January 1518, a year characterized by the beginning stages of the Protestant Reformation.

The essential nature of this planetary conjunction requires a realistic appraisal of outdated systems along with breaking down what is no longer relevant. It is intense, complicated, undeniable and controversial. Stirring up competitive and combative forces, these planets ensure that many sectors of society cannot get away without substantial and sweeping reform. No doubt, the next decade will produce change beyond our imagination, and life on earth will look very different by 2030.

Let’s consider for a moment the potent and mythical symbol of Saturn as the planet of karma, aging and the passage of time. In its positive expression, Saturn bestows discipline, patience, caution, frugality, responsibility and wisdom. The more troubling side of Saturn tends to produce rigidity, narrow-mindedness, limitations, melancholy, pessimism, greed and selfishness.

Quoting my astrology mentor Goswami Kriyananda, “Gains through Saturn are great and permanent; losses are permanent also. It is through Saturn that useless, worn-out, old forms and things of life are destroyed so the new and more useful forms can replace them. The movement of Saturn is toward perfection. Through its tests, delays and disappointments, man learns to be humble, patient and wise.”

Let’s consider for a moment Pluto, the mythical god of the underworld, ruling over the collective unconscious, including the shadowy depths of illegal and criminal activity. Pluto’s action brings about decay, and the necessity for complete transformation. In positive expression, Pluto bestows endurance, courage, revitalization and regeneration. The lower expression of Pluto can be quite intense, stirring up fanaticism, reckless ambition, control and domination.

In contemplating the action of these planets, and especially their conjunction, I have made some observations, and many of these points overlap. This list is by no means exhaustive, or in order of importance, but represents some of the more obvious signs of this breakdown/breakthrough process.

1. First and foremost, in my estimation, is the environment. Signs of climate change are visible, scientifically measurable and clearly evident. Natural disasters are on the rise. Species are going extinct at an alarming rate, and many natural habitats are experiencing challenges counter to sustaining life. The grave reality of toxic pollution is more evident by the day.

2. Dependence on fossil fuels is a global addiction. Contributing to the problem is the greed, deception and corruption of the fossil fuel industry. Peak oil is coming. Thom Hartmann’s book, “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight,” provides an excellent, thorough, and insightful analysis into this challenge.

3. Social systems are in a state of disorganization as many ideologies and beliefs are becoming obsolete. Social media, while creating a platform for connection, is riddled with distortion and manipulation of facts for personal and political gain. New social movements are rising to the occasion, and this includes political party affiliation. Courageously facing many challenges, masses of young adults are stepping up to lead.

4. Technology is changing the marketplace and employment. A large number of people are working below their education level just to get by. Many skills are becoming obsolete, and it’s essential for education to address the rising need for relevant training.

5. The era of power over, domination and control has reached a critical and fevered pitch. This includes the shadowy threat of nuclear arsenals in the hands of unstable, power hungry and tyrannical leaders. In order to survive, governments and corporations must adapt and become more receptive to the plight of the individual, families and communities they are meant to serve.

6. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are exposing unethical activities and practices on many levels. Society is becoming more savvy and informed in terms of this darker side of human nature, and the destructive influence on the whole.

7. Governments and corporations are top heavy, loaded down with red tape and paperwork. Laws and regulations are complex and time consuming to the point of ambiguity and ineffectiveness. This adds a complexity to what could be simple and efficient transactions for the everyday citizen.

8. The Pisces Age is rapidly drawing to a close, and institutionalized religion has been the primary moderating influence in terms of morality. As society becomes more free, in many cases, a moral degeneration is taking place, and each individual must come to terms with their own conscience, and internal guiding light. A profound soul searching is underway as individuals and groups seek higher ground.

9. On a worldwide level, the economy is a major consideration. Access to basic necessities, products and services are dependent on more equitable distribution of wealth. National debt is out of control. Financial markets are in flux, at the mercy of the daily news cycle, governments and leaders.

Where do we go from here? That is the question, but before all of this gets too overwhelming, I would like to emphasize that the overall planetary trends for 2020 offer a ray of light. The light may very well come like a lightening bolt, jolting humanity awake, but despite the obvious turmoil, there is an exhilarating, dynamic, energizing and revitalizing quality to the year as a whole. After all, “necessity is the mother of invention.”

The year begins smack dab in middle of two very profound, and potent eclipses. A Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on December 26, sets the stage with a conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter. This eclipse serves to expand and elevate conversations around law, order, justice, ethics and integrity. This is a high minded, reaching for the stars, yet feet on the ground combination.

The Lunar Eclipse on January 10, is power packed, pounding the gavel, and delivering consequences. While Jupiter acted as a protective and somewhat moderating influence during December, this Lunar Eclipse exactly aligns with the rare Saturn/Pluto conjunction that has been building throughout 2019. Significant decisions and important information will be exposed the week before and after this lunar eclipse.

Since it is the beginning of the year, and as much as I would prefer to gloss over this lunar eclipse, I would be remiss to minimize and sugarcoat the potency of this planetary alignment. More than likely, there will be extreme power plays, confrontation and explosive developments, alongside rising turbulence and social instability. All bets are off. On the personal level, this eclipse calls for caution and patient circumspection.

Even though intense and transforming events occur two weeks on either side of the exact eclipse, eclipses have long term consequences. In this case, the solar and lunar eclipses of last year (January & July), are mirrored in these eclipses, and carry forward to this coming June/July. Another way to look at it . . . the cosmos is driving home a specific evolutionary lesson, and it takes repetition for integration.

Another very significant planetary trend, exact on January 10, is slow moving Uranus is going direct. In contrast to Saturn’s tendency to hold onto the past, Uranus clears the way for progress. Its influence tends to be sudden, freeing, and at times, inexplicable. The push and pull between Saturn and Uranus is one of the most important planetary interactions to embrace as humanity enters the Aquarian Age.

There will be a distinct shift by mid-January as Mercury enters Aquarius on January 16, Sun enters Aquarius on the 20th, and a New Moon sets the pace on January 20. This is quite literally a new year according to the Chinese calendar. Attention turns toward the future. The demarcation between those individuals and groups holding to the past will be in sharp contrast to those on the cutting edge. Extraordinary openings can occur for those open and receptive to progressive transformation in the areas of social justice, science, technology, spirituality and human rights.

No doubt, a Herculean task is before humanity, and Saturn’s message of focus and discipline can go a long way in the manifestation of positive solutions. Take heart in the laser focus of this powerful planetary alignment in Capricorn. Each of us are being shown where the work is, and thus one’s unique contribution to the whole. This is the natural flow of Capricorn to Aquarius, and how these zodiac energies complement each other.

Most likely, the conclusion of January will look quite different from the beginning. So, right out of the starting gate, 2020 gets off to an extraordinary start. The Age of Aquarius is dawning. The positive keywords for Aquarius are egalitarian, humanitarian, unique, progressive, inventive and futuristic. Saturn enters Aquarius this coming March. Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023. In concert, they will address and ensure enormous transformation over the next decade.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.;