The year 2020 is a threshold to cross, a pause between the way it has been and the way it will be. We have begun not only a new year and decade, but a new astrological era as well. The tests you will face in 2020 will help you cultivate new levels of inner strength as well as new skills to share with others.
The strengthening nature of 2020 will be evident at the beginning of the year, as January hosts not only a conjunction between Saturn and Pluto, but also a lunar eclipse combined with a series of conjunctions between the sun with Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto within a few days between January 10–13. Since Jupiter will simultaneously be conjoining the south node of the moon in Capricorn, there will be a gravity of contraction and consolidation in January that will hone aspirations and draw attention toward the essential purpose you wish to initiate in the year ahead.
In May, the lunar nodes will shift into Gemini and Sagittarius and Venus will station retrograde in Gemini on May 13. With the north node of the moon as well as Venus retrograde occupying Gemini, it will be important to value curiosity and be willing to consider new perspectives and values.
The Aries equinox will initiate the volatile second quarter of 2020 with a catalyzing conjunction between Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto in Capricorn that signals a shake-up of societal structures. The following day, Saturn will enter Aquarius on March 21 where it will remain until returning to Capricorn on July 1. The initial entrance of Saturn into Aquarius combined with the first conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto in early April can help expand the scope of long-term goals beyond previous restrictions, while discovering how to reorder priorities in accordance.
Whatever changes in storylines will be set in motion during the eclipse season of June and July will be further intensified when Mars stations retrograde in Aries on September 9. The slowly burning retrograde fire of Mars will be the dominant theme of the final quarter of the year, as Mars retrograde will form intense square aspects with Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter in Capricorn before stationing direct on November 13.
2020 will come to a fittingly dramatic conclusion with a lunar eclipse in Gemini on November 30 followed by a solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14, setting the stage for the long-anticipated conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius on the Capricorn solstice. As the conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 is also forming a catalytic square aspect with Uranus in Taurus, it will release the tension that has been building throughout the year between the death of old forms and the emergence of new aspirations.