We all can agree that 2020 has been quite an interesting year. Now, as we prepare to leave 2020 behind, let’s reflect on the astrology that made this a year to remember. The following is an overview of the major astrological energies of 2020. This overview is provided with the hopes that we can learn much from our experiences this year so that we can take our paths forward with much enlightenment and wisdom.
The 2020 Astro Wrap-Up
The esoteric tenant of “As above, so below” was reflected in the energies we experienced throughout 2020. The various tensions that were experienced throughout this year were reflected in the tense astrological energies between transiting planets. Everything from the current pandemic, the required social distancing, widespread financial disruptions, social unrest, and the recent shift in political power in the United States were all physical, earthly manifestations of the interplay of the planets.
2020 marked a culmination of transiting energy along the Cancer/Capricorn axis. This energy included the two and a half year nodal transit of the North Node in Cancer/South Node in Capricorn, the long-term Jupiter and Saturn transits in Capricorn, and eclipses along the Cancer/Capricorn axis. The combination of the nodal pull towards the integration of Cancer energy as well as the eclipses along the same astrological axis truly called us both personally and collectively to consider the various Cancer themes of home, family, inner-security, nurturing, and self-care.
Similarly, the major transits of both Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn called for us to take accountability and responsibility for ourselves in order to achieve the benefits of Saturn returning to its home position in Capricorn. Government entities were faced with the responsibility of providing for their citizens worldwide. True to Saturn/Capricorn energy, how responsible these governments were in taking care (Cancer North Node) of their citizens reflected deeply on the overall well-being of its citizens.
Incoming Gemini/Sagittarius Long-Term Trends
This year ushered in long-term air and fire sign energy in the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius. The transiting north and south nodes of destiny moved into Gemini/Sagittarius on May 5th, 2020 where it will remain until January 19, 2022. Likewise, there was a shift in eclipse energy to the Gemini/Sagittarius axis which will last for about a year and a half. The following are some themes we will be experiencing as the Gemini/Sagittarius axis is highlighted via the nodal transit and eclipse cycle.
- the local environment vs. travel abroad
- dealing with facts vs. expressing opinions
- collecting/sharing information vs. philosophical musings
- open-mindedness vs. dogma and self-righteousness
- Honesty in communication (lying vs. exaggeration)
Moving Solidly into the Age of Aquarius
The disruptive social climate of 2020 was largely due in part to highlighted Aquarian energy. Transiting Saturn’s return to Aquarius briefly from March 21st to July 1st marked the world-wide shut-down due to the air-borne coronavirus. Saturn’s entry into Aquarius at this time required social distancing as Aquarius is a fixed sign that is known for its aloof and distant energies. At this time, we as a collective were also given a Saturn in Aquarius lesson that all of humanity is connected…especially through the one that we all need to survive…AIR. Thus, a crisis, such as the coronavirus, happening from afar, has the potential to impact everyone everywhere. Saturn moved back into Aquarius on December 17th and will remain in the sign until March 7, 2023.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet that rules chaos. We can expect widespread changes in our lives personally and collectively for many years to come. In addition to Saturn, transiting Jupiter also moved into Aquarius further noting the importance of adopting the higher attributes of Aquarius’ humanity-loving, collective-supporting energy in order to move us forward in a positive direction. The Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius at the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2020 marks a rare celestial event that only happens once every 800 years. With the combination of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, the planetary energies are aligning us with great change that benefits all of mankind. However, we must be willing both personally and collectively to move towards change that promotes genuine humanity.
True to the nature of Aquarius, change is often coupled with chaos which can be seen with the transiting Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, in Taurus. The widespread social unrest throughout countries such as the United States is an example of the change in energy associated with the Uranus in Taurus transit. Taurus energy digs in its heels and wants to maintain the security of the status quo. Aquarius, the revolutionary, seeks to rebel against existing systems that oppress equality and freedom. As we move solidly into the Age of Aquarius, prepare to see more dismantling of structures (Taurus) that do not support the evolution of humanity as a whole.
2020 was an interesting mix of culminations and new beginnings that rocked our everyday lives to the core. As we move steadily into the Age of Aquarius, 2020 will be remembered as the year that sparked major changes through challenges that prompted us to embrace the energy of change so that we can obtain the freedom and equality that supports the inherent potential of every human being.