Video Two of this series about the astrology of 2020. page 2 of 2

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New Moons represent new beginnings. Someone born at a new Moon can have a kind of psychological androgyny, in that the Moon, the subjective, Yin part of our nature, blends with the Sun, the objective, Yang part of our nature. Someone born at either the new or the full Moon tends to have powerful emotions, and is working on achieving harmony between his or her Yang-Solar-objective and Yin-Lunar-subjective natures. To put it another way, New and Full Moon people are working on becoming both sane (the Sun) and happy (the Moon), with neither planet crowding the other one out of that person’s inner landscape. 

Why are we looking at this December 26, 2019 new Moon and solar eclipse chart today, instead of the Jan. 12, 2020 chart of the exact Saturn-Pluto conjunction? There are several reasons:

Number 1. Because this eclipse chart is cast for Washington, D.C., it correlates to the mundane astrology of the United States. “Mundane” means the astrology of world events, so the eclipse chart for Washington, D.C., the legal seat of the American government, has much to do with the U.S. role in the astrology of world events surrounding that eclipse. 

Number 2. The chart of the PATH of an eclipse’s visibility across the planet is significant. It tracks where on Earth we homo sapiens will most feel its effects. 

The ancients associated eclipses with all kinds of rather grim events such as political unrest, failed crops, droughts, epidemics, etc. I wouldn’t worry too much about that—human history is chock-full of eclipses that didn’t produce calamities. 

However, although I’m not an expert in the astrology of the weather or of geological events, the path of an eclipse, particularly in its totality, does seems to indicate where extreme weather or earthquakes are more likely to occur. For more about eclipses, meteorology and vulcanology, please explore Richard Nolle’s excellent web site, 

In the graphic below, the dark grey line shows the path of the eclipse’s totality. Shaded areas show the path of partial visibility. The closer a place is to the path of totality, the closer the eclipse will be to total in that place. It’s likely that places in the total eclipse path, or people from those places, will be in the news more than areas in or people from the partial eclipse path, and that places or people in the partial eclipse path will be in the news more than those from areas outside the partial path. 


Reason number 3: Those of us who have natal planets or angles in the fifth degree of the cardinal signs – Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra -- and also those of us who have planets or angles in approximately the first 10 degrees of those signs, are sort of the canaries in the coal mine for the impact of this eclipse. Jupiter, from the astrological, earth-centered point of view, is at the sixth degree of Capricorn right next to this new Moon at the 5th degree. Therefore, Jupiter is part and parcel of the energies of Dec. 26th’s new Moon solar eclipse. 

Jupiter’s energies blend with, tinge or color this new Moon. Jupiter expands, boosts and instills confidence in what it touches. It’s like an amplifier. 

The Moon reflects what it touches and makes it more subjective and emotional, as if it applies a kind of emotional reverb or echo. 

The Sun illluminates and activates what it touches, bringing it more into our conscious awareness, as if it’s a battery. 

The eclipse happens in the fourth house of home, hearth and roots. It focuses on how and why this country began, its roots, its foundations, and its history. We’ll need to examine that history,  the structure of our government, and what the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution were actually designed to do. Based on that history, we’ll need to feel our way toward what we feel are the right steps for this country to take next. 

You’ll remember from our last video that in the astrology of world events, when Pluto transits through a sign, it brings up the “shadow” material of that sign. Pluto itself rules the deep unconscious, the collective unconscious, and our personal and collective psychological wounds. It rules sexuality, death and dying, the occult, depth psychoanalysis, and issues around power versus powerlessness. It also rules gut-level honesty. As it travels through a sign, we see where the excesses of that sign haven’t been good for us or for the collective. The blind spots of that sign become very clear to most of us. 

In Capricorn, Pluto has been revealing the dark side of the patriarchy, of organized, authoritarian, conservative or elistist governments, of hierarchies in society, class systems and caste systems, of corporations and their worship of the profit motive above all else. Pluto’s been showing us the dark side of the will to power and control, as people, institutions and governments try to claw their way to the top. 

What does Jupiter add to this mix? 

I suspect that some people will try to use the upbeat energy of Jupiter to stay in denial just as long as they can, to be reactionary, to exaggerate and justify all the Capricorn shadow material instead of acknowledging that it’s more problematic now than ever before. Jupiter wants no limits; it wants to keep expanding forever. But the Earth and its resources DO have limits, and so do we...

I also suspect that there will be people who assess our global dilemma and are determined not to lose hope, which Jupiter also rules. We need that hope. We need to cultivate a vision of a more equitable and sustainable human future. That vision gives us something to work for. 

The solar eclipse of Dec. 26, 2019, 12:13 a.m., EST, Washington, DC. Placidus houses:

Reason number 4: A major astrological event of 2020 is the exact conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in the 23rd degree of Capricorn, on January 12th. Saturn rules reality-testing, and in its own sign, Capricorn, it’s particularly powerful. It rules assessing what is actually happening, with observable and proven facts and figures. It rules the maturity not to lie to ourselves or to indulge in wishful thinking. It rules sizing up a situation and, if we don’t like it, doing what we have to do to change that situation. 

As Saturn conjoins Pluto, we need to figure out the TRUTHS of what Pluto in Capricorn has been showing us, and do the difficult but necessary work of stopping our collision course with our self-created climate change--and with the human misery created for the have-nots by the haves. As Saturn meets Pluto, the rubber hits the road. 

As my fellow astrologer Michael Lutin points out, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction doesn’t just happen once on the 12th of January. That conjunction has been building and becoming stronger as it heads for the degree and minute when it’s exact. It’s been “applying” for almost all of 2019. “Applying” is an astrologer’s word for an aspect that hasn’t completely formed yet--and applying aspects are more powerful than separating ones, which are leaving the place where they were exact. Wherever the 23rd degree of Capricorn falls in your chart is where you’re most feeling the conjunction yourself, and if you have planets or angles near the 23rd degree of Aries, Cancer or Libra, you’ve been feeling it there, too.

Jupiter will be in Capricorn on January 12th, too, not IN the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, but next door to it. Closely aligned with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction will be the Sun – conscious, active awareness -- and Mercury, how we think, communicate, teach and learn. It wouldn’t surprise me if some world situations came to a head around the exact conjunction, and in an un-ignorable way. We’ll need to use our smarts to accept what’s happening, analyze it, and do something about it—sooner rather than later, because climate change is accelerating. Saturn rules the psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the first of which are food, clothing and shelter. The condition of the Earth, our common shelter, demands a response. I suspect that Jupiter’s entering Capricorn in early December will further accelerate climate change... More ice is melting. Sea levels are rising. Less oxygen in the water is affecting marine life. The percentage of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere is rising, too, and so are the temperatures. More heat or moisture in the air creates more extreme storms. 

Finally, I’m talking about the Dec. 26th new Moon solar eclipse conjoined Jupiter, and heralding the build-up to the Jan. 12th conjunction of Saturn and Pluto, because Saturn and the Moon have some interesting connections in astrology. In some ways, they represent opposite polarities, because they rule opposite signs: the Moon rules Cancer and has a natural affinity with Cancer, and Saturn rules Capricorn and has a natural affinity with Capricorn. 

The Moon isn’t linear. It represents our emotional needs, our subjective, reflective reactions to whatever’s going on around us, our feelings, our imagination, how we were nurtured, especially by Mom, the beginning and the end of our lives, our roots, and how we do or don’t nurture others and ourselves. 

Saturn is the most linear planet of all. It represents maturity, realism, reality testing, structure, the physical, material world of form, the passage of time, the wisdom that experience brings, the ability to function and thrive without depending on others, and the ageing process. 

When I read my first astrology books when I was eight years old, these two planets, Saturn and the Moon, seemed extremely different from each other. But the longer I work with these symbols, the more oddly connected to, and reflective of, one another the Moon and Saturn seem to me. Here are some examples: 

* The transiting Moon’s orbit is about 27 and a half degrees, or about 28 days. Saturn’s transiting orbit is about 29 years. 

* Secondary progressions are an astrological technique that moves each planet ahead in the zodiac by about one day of progressed time for each year of real time. Therefore, the secondary PROGRESSED Moon’s first return to the degree and minute of the sign where it was when we were born, our first progressed lunar return, happens at about age 27 and a half—about a year and a half before our first transiting Saturn return at about age 29, when Saturn arrives at the degree and minute of the sign where it was when we were born. 

* Your second progressed lunar return happens at about age 55, or twice 27 and a half. I’m saying “about,” because the Moon speeds up and slows down a bit in its orbit around the Earth. Its orbit doesn’t fit into a nice, neat, predictable equation, because it’s the MOON – it’s not linear. It’s subjective, emotional, imaginative, intuitive and, ultimately, not reliably measurable in terms of real time. That doesn’t mean it’s irrational and can be discounted. It’s just different than Saturn, whose second transiting return happens at about age 58. The third progressed lunar return occurs at about age 82 and a half, and the third transiting Saturn return occurs at about age 87. 

Again, the Moon rules how comfortable we are in the inner world of feeling. It rules our emotional needs, our imagination, the beginning of life, early childhood, our family, our roots, how we were and weren’t nurtured, and how well we nurture ourselves. It also rules the end of life. If that doesn’t make sense to you, think about what a Native American man once said—“A warrior is wise to be kind and respectful to women, for they have the charge of him at the beginning and the end of his life.” 

Real, physical, measurable time is Saturn’s domain. Saturn rules mathematics, architecture, the geophysical sciences, that which can be observed and measured, time, and the passage of time. It rules maturity and the ageing process. It rules structure, organization, hierarchies, chains of command, and archaeology. It rules authority and authority figures. It rules practical adaptions to the physical environment. It rules anything that we have to build through our own efforts. It’s like a bank account with no interest and no fees – what we put into a Saturn-influenced area is what we get out of it, no more and no less. It rules where we must assess reality carefully and make practical adaptations to it. Saturn isn’t hostile; it’s neutral. 

Again, we have our first progressed lunar return at about age 27 and a half, and our first transiting Saturn return at about age 29. Those astrological events mark our emotional and real-world “coming of age.” Movies are full of “coming of age” films where the hero or heroine is 13 years old, or 17, or 25... However, astrologically, our “coming of age” starts at the beginning of the lunar return at about age 27.5, and continues until the end of the first Saturn return at about age 30. Many astrologers consider the Saturn return to last during the approximately two and a half years that Saturn transits through the sign where it was when we were born. 

It’s as if we “grow up” emotionally—the first progressed lunar return—before we “grow up” experientially, or in terms of our status or demographical position in the real world—the first Saturn return. 

This timing is SO important to us psychologically! We need to understand, at an intuitive, emotional or “gut’ level, WHAT WE FEEL, AND WHAT WE NEED TO BE HAPPY (the Moon), 

before we can work through, on a practical, dispassionate level, WHAT WE NEED TO DO OR CHANGE IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD (Saturn) TO CREATE THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH WE ARE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE HAPPY (the Moon).

Otherwise, why bother to make changes? If we don’t know what we feel and what we truly want, it’s much harder to figure out where to go and how to get there . . . 

Right now, some of you may be thinking, “But I don’t think I did what I should have done to be happy when I was 27 or 29 years old . . . “ If you were thinking that, you’re not alone. Many, many people would say exactly the same thing. Do we get a “do-over”? Not exactly . . . but any time that Saturn or the Moon in your natal chart are experiencing dynamic events – transits, progressions or solar arcs involving one or both of those planets – then you DO get a chance to understand your emotional needs better (that’s the Moon), or how best to arrange your life so that you can meet those needs (that’s Saturn). 

If you have natal planets in the early degrees of Capricorn in particular, and also in the first ten degrees of Aries, Cancer or Libra, you’ll be feeling the energies of the eclipse on Dec. 26th in whatever houses of your birthchart contain or aspect the first ten degrees of Capricorn. 

Moreover, the planet Jupiter in 6 degrees of Capricorn will conjoin the Sun and the Moon in 5 degrees of Capricorn. In a birth chart, Jupiter correlates with where we can find hope & optimism, what makes life worth living for us, what makes us think everything’s for the best in the best of all possible worlds. It relates to optimism, faith, renewal, “blessings,” visions of the future, generosity, grandiosity, organized religion, higher education, philosophy, travel, inner and outer “quests,” and how we view and deal with cultures that are very different than our own. 

Wherever the first ten degrees of Capricorn fall in your birth chart, the eclipse of Dec 26, 2019, asks you to open your mind, indulge your curiosity, and open your heart to that which is foreign to you. You may need to flex. You may need to give up some long-held opinions. You may need to abandon the opinion that you’re Right. And I can just about guarantee that if you do so, you’ll get a big shot in the arm, and that shot will consist of more hope about your future, and perhaps about the human future, than you may have felt in a long time. 

What about how this new Moon conjunct Jupiter in 5-6 degrees Capricorn affects us at a global level? 

This new Moon and solar eclipse, in Capricorn and conjunct Jupiter, is preparing the EMOTIONAL ground for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on Jan 12, 2020. Here’s a chart of that conjunction, run for Washington, D.C:


I see Jupiter as more directly involved in the December 26 eclipse chart. Remember that the eclipse, a lunar event, precedes the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, a Saturnian event. Emotional awareness seems to precede a Saturnian review of what’s happening and what to do about it. 

Enjoy your holidays, however you do or don’t celebrate them. One of Jupiter’s personifications could be Santa Claus or the Christmas spirit. Immerse yourself in those seasonal feelings about peace on earth, and of good will toward everyone who shares the planet with you. And carry those benevolent energies into and throughout 2020 with you, please. We need clear-eyed, determined, wise, realistic AND HOPEFUL people to spearhead the changes that we need to make. Even one person and even one act CAN make a difference. 

Jodie Forrest

The Astrology of 2020, Video Two. copyright 2019, Jodie Forrest. 
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