The world has gotten even crazier since I wrote Unpacking The Astrology of 2020: Part 1 (if you have not yet read Part 1, go catch up before you continue). We are tired and overwhelmed and have no idea what is coming next. The astrology says that we are going through a HUGE transformation here on planet earth, so our lessons this year are HARD. (Transformation is no joke.)
We are moving in to a new astrological age at the end of 2020 (yes, this is huge). Everything happening now, is leading up to this. All of the upheaval and chaos is happening to wake us up, get rid of what is not working, and get us moving in a new direction. Every planet and sign has themes that can play out in the light or the dark, and the result depends on us. The more we know about the themes coming our way, the better choices we can make. This is why I have felt compelled to learn as much as I can about this and share it with all of you.
I will focus on the biggest astrology that impacts all of us collectively for the rest of 2020. It’s not everything, but it’s still a lot! I decided it was too much for one post, so there will be a Part 3. It has been hard to focus on this with everything going on in the world, so this Part 2 astrology has started to kick in already.
Let me catch you up….
Astrology of the Racial Injustice Protests
The back drop of everything this year is the Saturn/Pluto conjunction that kicked us off in January (See Part 1 ). The vibes of “destroy structures that are not working in government/business/society so we can rebuild them in a better way” will be with us through November. Three times this year, Jupiter, the planet that expands everything (and also has a theme of social justice!), bumps in to Pluto (destroy/transform) to add fuel to the fire.
I mentioned in Part 1 that Uranus, the planet that brings unexpected chaos to encourage change, is also in the mix. Uranus is hanging out at an uncomfortable angle in the sky (called a square) across from the Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter situation and this is randomly bringing in bursts of chaos to shake things up. If you have been wondering what the astrology is that caused everyone to “suddenly” have racial injustice brought to the front of their consciousness and for a global revolution to rise up and start to bring change that some people (#blacklivesmatter) have been working on for years with little traction – meet Uranus dancing with Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter. AND this all erupted right at the start of eclipse season AND Saturn is giving us a preview of what it can do in Aquarius AND Venus Retrograde was involved! I will get in to all of that in a bit.
Let’s take a step back….
Nodes of the Moon Shift from Cancer/Capricorn to Gemini/Sagittarius (May 5th)
On May 5th , the nodes of the moon shifted out of Cancer/Capricorn in to Gemini/Sagittarius. The south node of the moon shows us the patterns and habits that it is time for us to let go of. The north node of the moon shows us behaviors we need to embrace more to move towards our destiny. Every 18 months, the nodes of the moon shift in to a different pair of zodiac signs, urging us to focus on a new set of themes as part of our lesson plan. (FYI – you also have a north and south node in your personal birth chart that are a huge part of your personal life lesson plan.)
For the last 18 months (Nov 2018 – May 2020), the nodes were in Cancer and Capricorn. One of the themes of Cancer/Capricorn is to let go of working SO hard and striving for success out in the world (south node in Capricorn) and focus more on nourishing and taking care of our emotional selves and focusing on family and home (north node in Cancer). Near the end of the 18 month Cancer/Capricorn cycle, you may have noticed that the universe shut down a lot of workplaces and/or took away jobs (Capricorn) so people would HAVE to stay home, face their emotions, and focus more on themselves and their families (Cancer). I assume that the universe really wanted us to learn that lesson to prepare us for what comes next. (FYI – In the fall of 2018, astrologer Eugenia Crock called out that a “plague” might happen during the Cancer/Capricorn time because several plagues have happened historically during Cancer/Capricorn nodal placements!! I think she blew her own mind at how spot on that was! She has a lot of great insights on the nodes of the moon and 2020 in general. Check her out.)
In May, the north node shifted in to Gemini and south node shifted in to Sagittarius. One of the main themes of the Gemini/Sagittarius nodes is to embrace the curiosity of the Gemini (north node) and not get stuck in the “dark” side of the Sagittarius (south node) which can be dogmatic, judgmental, and opinionated, and can get easily sucked in to propaganda. Gemini’s pay attention to details, listen, and ask lots of questions. The lesson plan: don’t just accept what you hear/read as truth. Be curious. Ask questions and don’t get so wrapped up in any ideology that you close your mind to other points of view.
I think we can all agree that the dark side of Sagittarius is taking hold. We have huge divisions here in the US that are being fueled by access to so much information. It’s getting harder for people to know what is true, and some people are blatantly distorting the truth for their own agenda. The judgement and dogma are fueling hate, which will continue to pull us in to the dark. We need to question everything and listen more. We have to stay informed and think critically to make our own decisions. Instead of un-following and de-friending, keep people in your circle who have different views. Have compassionate conversations. Get inputs from many sources (not just the ones that align with your beliefs). Question the intentions of the people you are getting your information from. Stay open minded and curious. This article from Rolling Stone has suggestions for being careful about what you consume on social media.
Also, Gemini (our destiny) is about neighborhoods and local travel, versus Sagittarius who likes to explore far away lands and new cultures. Probably not a surprise, but we might not be travelling too far from home for the next 18 months or so.
Venus Retrograde (May 13th – June 25th)
Venus is more of a personal planet and not as tied to global/society events, but it is a big astrological event that might be impacting YOU (and we do make up society), so I decided to include it. When Venus retrogrades (which means is looks like it is moving backwards in the sky) Venus “things” may not be functioning properly. Venus themes include how we love and connect to other people (relationships) and what we value (material objects, beauty, art). The advice during a retrograde is to not take any BIG actions in the areas related to the retrograding planet. For Venus that means don’t get married, buy luxury items, or cut your bangs, During this time you can reassess Venus “stuff” and think bout what may need to change and what actions you might want to take later, when it starts moving forward again (June 26th). Things that might SEEM like a good idea during a retrograde, might be Venus messing with you (sorry I did not warn you sooner). Venus retrograde will not start issues in a relationship, but if it already has some cracks in it, it could fall apart at this time. Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo did a podcast episode on Venus and Venus Retrograde if you want to have a listen.
After I published this post, I learned that Venus Retrogrades have been tied to Civil Rights movements in history. So, I was flat out wrong about Venus not being as tied to global/society events. Still learning!
Eclipse Season (June 5th – July 5th)
We have three eclipses this summer. The first eclipse happened on June 5th (on a full moon, but we started feeling in with the new moon in Gemini on May 20th. The next one will be on June 20th/21st (the date depends on where you live. This is on the solstice which makes it very powerful) and the last on July 5th. A series of eclipses happen twice a year. We usually only have two eclipses in a season, but 2020 is special so we get THREE this summer. The moon’s themes are about our emotions and our past. The sun’s themes are about our identity and our purpose. When the earth and the sun and the moon start getting in each other’s way, it stirs things up around your emotions and your identity and purpose.
Eclipse season can be intense and emotions can run high. Eclipses can bring things out in to the open that we haven’t been paying attention to that need to be resolved or released. (For example, hundreds of years of racial injustice). Things may happen suddenly or new information may be revealed that we will work through over a longer period of time. These things may happen collectively on a larger scale but they also happen to us individually. (How they impact YOU depends on your own personal birth chart.) A lot of people could be going through some intense shifts personally during this time AND/OR some big stuff could be revealed to all of us (yes, on top of everything else). You can read more about these eclipses here.
PSA: The last two eclipses will happen during a Mercury retrograde (June 17th – July 12th). While you are juggling intense emotional/identify stuff, Mercury themes may not work properly (communication, ideas, and travel). Be extra careful and pay attention to what comes up because it might be special lesson for you.
Part 3 Coming Soon
You are all caught up with the biggest things that are happening through the end of June. We will tackle the second half of the year in Part 3 and I will wrap it up with my advice on how we can best get through this (for what it is worth). As a heads up, things will heat up in July (I know!! It’s already so hot!) and even more in the fall (deep breaths), and then we will hit the BIGGEST astrology of the year, The Great Conjunction in December. Stay tuned, be careful out there, and be kind to each other!
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