In January 2020 we have Sun, South Node of the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto and Jupiter went into Capricorn in 2008, when we had a global financial crisis. We will have new structures and new systems as we go through a major transformation of foundational constructs. This is a tremendously exciting shift and we may look at the time before 2020 as the old era.
Saturn, Pluto, Mercury and Jupiter Conjunctions
Saturn and Pluto have been in Capricorn for some time now but will form a powerful conjunction beginning January 12, 2020 which will continue throughout most of 2020. Saturn conjunct Pluto is very significant and usually comes when there are wars and restructuring of power. This begins a new 33-year cycle. Mercury (the way we think) is conjunct as well transforming our opinions.
In April, Jupiter joins this conjunction for most of the year, adding power and expansion to this already very intense connection. Jupiter is conjunct the South Node in Capricorn bringing attention to ambition, responsibility and higher knowledge.
In Capricorn, this signals big changes in the institutions of our world including governments, banking, medicine, religion, etc. This will bring about a complete and permanent (due to Pluto) restructuring of the world. It will take some time, but new structures and systems will unfold over the next decade that will be more humanitarian and innovative.
The last time Pluto and Saturn were conjunct in Capricorn was in January 1518, two months after Martin Luther (with five planets in transforming Scorpio) nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, challenging the power of the Catholic Church, launching the Great Reformation and the protestant revolution.
Saturn is the lesson bringer and the builder. It rules structure, foundation, integrity, responsibility and government —how we govern ourselves and each other. Saturn teaches patience as it represents old age, the slow passage of time and the wisdom that comes with life experience. When Saturn is in Capricorn expect to reap the rewards of past actions, for good or bad.
Pluto is the great destroyer and brings about powerful and often painful transformation. Pluto will dredge up the garbage to expose it to the cleansing light of day. With Pluto in Capricorn since November 2008, it has certainly brought many scandals to light. Expect more of this to be exposed as this cleansing is necessary to release the old and welcome the new paradigm that is emerging. The Pluto return for the United States begins in 2021, signaling a new cycle for our country.
Saturn Pluto Cycles
When Saturn and Pluto come together this can result in either greater empowerment of the status quo or revolutionary change and a dissolution of power. They make hard angles every 8 ¼ years, are in opposition every 16 ½ years and are conjunct every 33 years. These hard aspects result in upheavals and often uncomfortable change. Some world events that coincide with these cycles include World War I in 1914, the Vietnam War in 1965 and the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy in 2001.
Jupiter is the Great Benefic and brings expansion, usually positive, to whatever it touches. It rules the higher mind, knowledge, the law, justice, philosophy and Sagittarius among other things. It can result in excess at times. When Jupiter is conjunct one of the heavy hitters like Saturn or Pluto, the impact of that planet is emphasized but it can also bring blessings. For example, Jupiter conjunct Pluto can bring great abundance and wealth through regeneration.
Jupiter conjunct Pluto in 2020
Jupiter unites with Pluto three times during the year in Capricorn (April 4, June 30 & November 12). Expansive Jupiter conjunct Pluto will continue to dredge up issues that affect society and need to be changed, especially those that involve oppression of any kind. Jupiter and Pluto are equal but opposite, one rules the underworld and the other the spiritual world. This will result in deep rooted changes in what we value. It is time to discover what really matters.