In 2020, a grand conjunction of Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter will take place in the last decanate of Capricorn, from January through March 2020, with its straighter alignment on 20-23 March, when also Mars will join the slower moving planets at 23° Capricorn. It is a very rare astrological phenomenon, occurring roughly once in a thousand years. In the past, it happened in 1894 BC, 549 AD and 1284 AD.
Planets in alignment
Below, there are some of their significations in mundane astrology:
Pluto positively means power and regeneration; negatively is disruption, destruction, decline, plutocracy. Globally, the planet signifies the power of the masses, compulsive collective pressure, fanaticism and obsession, disintegration and transformation. The placement of Pluto can show where there is a capacity for reorganization. It rules propaganda, psychological warfare and conspiracy, secret societies, monopolies and conglomerates. Nuclear power, sophisticated views of medicine and technology, ecology and alternate energy sources are also denoted by Pluto.
Saturn Authority, state-run business, law enforcement agencies, monopolies, heavy industry and conglomerates, farmers, produce from the land, real estate and buildings. It shows tendencies of the nation to be regimented or standardized; it also shows any tendency to stagnation of social structures, or the oppressive nature of the ruling body. Depressions, poverty, emergencies, calamities. Nationalisation, heavy taxes and national wastage. Death of prominent leaders. Laws of constraining purpose & concerning employment.
Jupiter Religion, priests and anything connected with the church. Law, courts and justice, imperialistic attitudes and feelings of superiority, and the capitalistic force in financial and trade relations. National finances, capitalism, inflation. Treasury, banks and other financial institutions. All ruling bodies that ratify treaties, how diplomatic and trade relations are developed. Afflicted Jupiter can bring religious suppression, international crises, border disputes, import or export problems.
Mars denotes agitation, aggression or aggressiveness. It rules the military, the police and the industrial labor force, heavy manufacturing, arms manufacture and the production of flammable chemicals. It signifies war, disputes, fire and incendiarism, destructive actions by rebellions, criminal actions of a violent nature. In an ingress, lunation or eclipse chart Mars is used as the timer to the action of what is indicated in the chart as a whole. Conjunct Saturn and Pluto, it gives earthquakes, mutinies, epidemics, civil strikes, and terrorism.
The sign of Capricorn is peregrination for Pluto, home for Saturn, weakness for Jupiter and exaltation for Mars. Capricorn signifies tradition and established authority, the status-quo, the administration and the fundamental social structures.
The grand conjunction of 2020, due to its strength, will also affect individuals having any natal planet, the Moon’s nodes as well as the axes of their horoscopes in the last ten degrees of Capricorn, especially from 20 to 25. They will be affected according to house placement and signification of their personal planets. For them, certainly it is not a fatal aspect, but it is somehow fated.
In mundane astrology
Collective entities are not only nations and states but also organisations, institutions, big enterprises etc, in so far as they present a specific time point of creation. Specifically for nations, the notion of birth is misleading. The application of a biological metaphor to political processes gave rise to the idea that nations are born and hence must have one chart, an assumption which has bedeviled the argument over which is the correct chart for a nation. What we have instead are horoscopes for significant political moments. Under this principle, the effect of the grand alignment will be examined in future posts here. For the time being, it is worth noting that, due to the participation of Mars, a few weeks before and after the alignment, there is high risk of extreme weather conditions, natural disasters and environmental accidents.
The grand planetary conjunction in 2020 will incite much prophecy of the dooms-day kind. Yet, for the most part, its effects will unfold gradually in the future. It recapitulates the problems of the current decade, reminds for the last time lessons not learnt and ushers decades of change worldwide, as Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will shift to the airy sign of Aquarious.
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