The Capricorn Effect – Part Two

Of all the signs most hit by The Capricorn Effect, on their career, it is Aries and Leo who will see the biggest changes.

For the first and last time in your life, we will see Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, the South Node and Ceres all pass through the zodiac sign Capricorn in your horoscope, from December 2017 until December 2020. In Part Two of The Capricorn Effect I will look at how this affects your world.

If you missed it, you can read the first part here.

Your Zodiac Sign and The Capricorn Effect

Of all the signs most hit by The Capricorn Effect, on their career, it is Aries and Leo who will see the biggest changes. If you were born under these signs, or work alongside those who are, expect a very demanding 2018 and 2019 followed by huge success (if it has been earned) in 2020. Taurus will find that regional and foreign differences affecting his/her working life become a major issue by the end of 2018 and in 2020, trigger amazing changes. For Scorpio the focus is on the worldwide web and its daily, relentless impact on work. By 2020 Scorpio’s internet life is formidable.

Financially, it is Sagittarius and Gemini who will see the most sweeping transformation, with the realities of a new world economy having a trickle-down effect in 2018, 2019. If you were born under these signs, or are affected by those who are, it is time to start reading the financial pages more seriously – especially where cryptocurrency is concerned. Even if you don’t want to use it, it will change your life.

In personal relationships, The Capricorn Effect has the biggest impact on Cancer, Virgo, Libra, and again – for financial and relationships reasons – Gemini. Cancer must look at the reality of the relationship s/he shares with a former, current or possible partner. Virgo must look at the issue of babies and children, no matter if s/he is a parent or not. Libra has to focus hard on the family. Pisces is about to discover why friends matter as much as husbands or wives, and why the groups which involve those friends can be just as crucial as family. It will take three years for one journey to complete and there is karma with one friend in particular.

What about Capricorn? Together with Aquarius, those born at the end and start of the year have the most personal impact from The Capricorn Effect. Watch Capricorn change the way s/he looks, or dresses. Watch Capricorn realise that success is perhaps not what success meant, years ago. For Aquarius, the intensely personal changes are internal. Secret. Private. In fact, 2018, 2019, 2020 are therapeutic experiences.

The Nuclear Story in January 2020

We have Jupiter conjunct the South Node in Capricorn in January 2020 and so we have to talk about nuclear karma. The Nodes always return us to the past, as if we were living through the same scene, from the same film, with the same people, reading the same lines. The movie may have a different crew, director and cast each time the Node goes through a sign like Capricorn, but it’s essentially the same script. What goes around, comes around, to quote Lenny Kravitz and we’ve seen it all before, or done it all before, or heard it all before. So it is with North Korea.

Given that we have this striking focus with the Capricorn patterns on North Korea and young Kim, with his nuclear obsession, we just can’t go past the fact that on 6th and 9th August 1945 when Hiroshima and Nagasaki shook the world, the South Node stood at 8 Capricorn too. At that point the New World Order appeared and the United States of America was at the top. She took on the karma of ending the war, but taking lives.

In January 2020 the exact line-up of Jupiter at 8 Capricorn and the South Node at 8 Capricorn, from January 7th to 11th, also happens just before this other crisis period for the world order when Saturn, Pluto, Ceres and Mercury line up at 22 Capricorn on January 12th.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Karma Repeats in January 2020

Jupiter at 8 Capricorn conjunct the South Node at 8 Capricorn from January 7th to 11th 2020 exactly mirrors the South Node at 8 Capricorn on August 6th and 9th, 1945, when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed and the New World Order (Japan surrendered on 14th August) was born.

This question about nuclear power – literally – brings in the United Nations, which was founded on 25th April 1945 at 12.00 Noon in San Francisco with the South Node at 11 Capricorn, three degrees away. We are going to see a heavy time of reckoning for the U.N. when Saturn crosses 11 Capricorn from December 29th 2018 through January 6th 2019. The whole feeling of this period is that the ‘world cops’ are under great stress and the karma of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has to be dealt with, for a year or two following this. The United States has always been Police Chief in the whole system,  and the United Nations above them – but what will happen to the old system during these transits? It is really important that we all ‘up’ the nuclear issue in our thinking, starting right now – as I write this in December 2017. By the tine you come back to this in December 2020 you will see why.

Fortunately the karma of the South Node conjunct Jupiter in the old ‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki’ position during January 2020 is fated to help us. Jupiter is the great protector of astrology; the safety-net. To the Romans he was the greatest and best of their gods. Jupiter Optimus Maximus. We are very lucky indeed to find him alongside the South Node in January 2020 at a time of great global pressure, and the return of an old pattern we saw when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. There is hope. In fact, there may be global reform. What gets us there, though, is serious.

Who Has Their Saturn Return in Capricorn in January 2020?

People who have their first or second Saturn Return in January 2020 will really feel the impact of those political and business changes that month, in quite a personal way. They may find their life path alters. You’ll have your Saturn Return if you were born with Saturn at 21, 22, 23, 24 Capricorn. You will find the global affects the personal (your career or retirement) and as a person, you play your part in affecting the global picture. This is a good example of how the Natural House system works. There are many different house systems in astrology and this is just one of them, but I like using it (particularly for Premium Members, with their personal charts) because it shows how we affect the greater whole as individuals, but also how the greater whole affects us.

If you have your Saturn Return in January 2020 then you are part of the system, either because you climbed up in your career, or because you married ‘up’ and the marriage is tied to your husband or wife being successful. Both you and the system will be tested in January 2020.

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Retirement and Promotion in January 2020 – The Big Reshuffle

On the world stage, you have to look at the billions approaching their 30th birthday, and also their 60th birthday in January 2020. These are the ages at which traditionally one is promoted, but also pointed towards retirement – or redundancy.  So, there is another logical reason for the big shift in corporate and government life in January 2020. People make pressure. January spells corporate and government pressure, and I suspect it may be because of all the Saturn Return people that month, who also just happen to be at key ages, in the view of large corporations – especially those eyeing their pension and retirement obligations. We could easily see retirement age and pension rules dramatically transformed in many countries at the same time.

The reasons for this are obvious as since May 2018, we will have seen the biggest revolution on the sharemarkets in our lifetimes. This affects our superannuation or pension funds, and so by January 2020 we may well see retirement age going years back or years forward. This in turn affects the Saturn Return people around aged 60, but also of course, delays or speeds up promotion for the first Saturn Return people aged around 30.

So what is this Saturn Return we hear about, anyway?

Cosmos and Psyche author, Richard Tarnas: ‘In examining many hundreds of individual biographies, I observed that during the years from age twenty-eight to thirty, a tangibly different, usually more serious posture towards life, work, long-term goals, security, parents, tradition, and established social structures tended to emerge.’

He goes on – ‘One’s first symphony is composed and first public concert takes place (Beethoven); one’s major professional association is established (Shakespeare becomes a member of the Globe’s company of players and their chief playwright); one’s pivotal career appointment is received…’

Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium on her Saturn Return. Abigail Adams took on family, household, business and writing – all at the same time. Ginsberg wrote Howl and Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby. Gertrude Stein moved to Paris and established her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus.

The Second Saturn Return as people approach the age of 60 is just as important, with similar themes – it’s a time to get serious, feel one’s age – and take on the weight of life as it really is, not as we would wish it to be. It’s a heavy time. Saturn rules lead. As people approach retirement they review their working lives, in particular, to see what they have (or have not) achieved. There is an awareness that old age is approaching. Did I write my novel? Did I move to Paris?

How January 2020 Rocks Business and Government – and You

These people having their Saturn Return, or other transits to their Capricorn factors in January 2020, number in their billions and that means a wave of worldwide change, that will affect your career too. If you are strongly Capricorn you will end, begin or utterly reshape your life path then.

What is different about the Saturn Return people of January 2020 is that they are swept up in other transits of a world-shifting kind. So their own employment or retirement situation is profoundly different to that of other generations before them, thanks to the Ceres, Saturn, Pluto and Mercury line-up.  We are going to see a tremendous amount of deal-making, compromise, enforced share agreements and the rest in corporations and governments, with you (if it’s your Saturn Return) and those above you, at that time. Ceres is a really important factor here as she is queen of the carve-up. I predicted the Brexit result using Ceres so please take this planet seriously in your chart even if you don’t always see astrologers referencing her. If you have your Saturn Return across this time, then you will personally be drawn into a trade-off from November 2019 through January 2020 which directly involves your bosses or staff. 

The New Job Sharing and Time Sharing

Again, because of the big business, share market and taxation transformation of 2018, 2019 by the time we get to 2020 you are going to see job-sharing and time-shared jobs become a fact of life. Along with drastic changes to retirement age, I am sure you can see why the new financial realities of life will reshape how we work.

The nature of all this is so sweeping that we can only speculate it is about some larger change in the world, probably about our hard-earned pension and superannuation funds, as this cycle is also unfolding alongside the revolutionary Uranus in Taurus cycle, destined to alter the banking system from May 2018. Of course, taxation is the other obvious question, as you go from November 2019 to January 2020.

Astrology should be practical. It is about negotiating with destiny. If you are signing contracts or other paperwork and you know for a fact that the end of 2019 or start of 2020 presents some kind of deadline, also involving a government department or a large corporation, then read the fine print and get a second opinion.

Generation Capricorn and the New Career Game of 2020

Here they all are (below) Generation Capricorn, born with Neptune in Capricorn, or Uranus in that sign. They wait, wait, wait for promotion, pay rises or that power couple marriage – but this generation, so patiently hoping for success as I write this in December 2017, will have their minds blown by 2020. Top jobs will come to them faster, younger. Why? The retirement age, voluntary redundancy, job-sharing and the rest will sweep through the world economy as we emerge from the tough, testing times of 2018 and 2019 into the massive reforms of 2020.

That is what happens when you have Saturn conjunct your Neptune or Uranus in the Tenth House of success, followed by the ‘whammy’ of Jupiter, the South Node, Pluto and Mercury as January 2020 begins. I am writing this three years into the future, but increasingly, January 2020 is looking like the deadline for so many countries. This goes beyond Brexit!

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Why January 2020 Matters to You and Your Family, Friends, Lovers

In astrology the only time events come from nowhere (usually with much shock) is when Uranus is in charge. Generally, events evolve over months, and so it is with January 2020, when there will be a sense of inevitability about the crisis – and the forthcoming solutions – for people at the top, which of course will affect the people you care about, as we’re all affected by government and business decisions.

Capricorn is the mountain goat who does not put a foot wrong, because s/he is too scared to miss a step on the way to the top. The peak, or shining pinnacle, is ever-present, encouraging the Capricorn type to keep moving. It is typical to want something which is a very long way from one’s origins. Thus, we associate Capricorn with the secretary who becomes the C.E.O. and also with the middle-class girl who marries a future king. You see heavily Capricorn people marrying ‘up’ so they wed someone who ushers them into a better class; a better lifestyle. And that brings me to Kate Middleton. And the lovely Kate Moss, pictured below in an early edition of The Face. 

How Capricorn People Affect Us All, 2018-2020

I have this theory that people become famous because they are old souls who reincarnate to teach the world something, through their lives. What happens to them, becomes a lesson for us all. The two Kates, including Kate Moss, below, are fantastic examples of mountain goats (both are strongly Capricorn) who set their sights on the top of the highest peak and slowly and carefully climb higher and and higher. If you know a Capricorn, or have that sign placed in your chart three or more times, then the Kates in 2018, 2019, 2020 also have a message for you.

Kate Middleton and Kate Moss as Capricorn Symbols

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This idea of marrying up is really the fantasy which surrounds Kate Middleton, who is actually a Capricorn, and the idea of ‘going up in the world’  is also Kate Moss, the Croydon supermodel who didn’t marry up – but has successfully ended up in High Society.

The generation born with Neptune in Capricorn, who seek to escape from the real world by pursuing status and success, are entranced by the fairy story of the two Kates. If you’re a celebrity-watcher, you will want to watch Middleton and Moss carefully in 2018, 2019, 2020 as their lives across this period will have something to teach us about success and what it actually means. If you are reading this and are one of my Cosmopolitan magazine readers, born with Neptune in Capricorn (1984-1998) then expect to see life lessons for your generation, played out through the life lessons that appear for the two Kates.


Unemployment, Reality and Generation Capricorn

Unemployment is unfortunately a real risk for Gen Capricorn. This may be one reason why 2020 sees such a demand for a rethink about age, seniority, internships, promotion, pensions, retirement and the rest. Capricorn is actually ruled by Saturn in astrology, which you probably know, and so the arrival of this planet in his own sign is a double whammy. Both are associated with fear, if you strip the meaning of the sign and the planet back. Caution is fear, dressed up as common-sense. Conservative people never say or do anything that would endanger their position on the mountain. We associate any institution, organization or ‘system’ which is pyramid-shaped with this zodiac sign. Pyramids are like mountains; there for the ambitious goat to climb. Again, if you have Neptune in Capricorn (1984-1998) then it may be the very first time you have ever realized that work, in particular, is not a holiday from reality. By 2020 your working world will be all too real.

Whatever your age, I hope you are getting a feeling for what this sign is all about. It has to be said that Capricorn can want the top job so much, and fear not achieving it so much – that s/he will sometimes do anything (including breaking the law, or breaking moral laws) to get there. The other old Capricorn cautionary tale is just about ‘success’ and how hollow it can be. Unfortunately as Saturn and Pluto both go through Capricorn across 2018-2020 we are going to see some very hard headlines, involving famous people who live these great truths about the sign, out for us.

War Risks During the Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn Years

Richard Tarnas associates these two planets, Saturn and Pluto, in aspect, with international crisis and conflict. They were almost opposite on September 11, 2001 when Saturn stood at 14 Gemini and Pluto stood at 12 Sagittarius (they had been exactly opposite at 12 Gemini and 12 Sagittarius during the terrorists’ planning stages, the month before, in August 2001. The two planets were conjunct, with just one degree’s difference, in August 1914 when Saturn stood at 0 Cancer and Pluto stood at 1 Cancer. This was weeks after the start of World War One, as on 28th June 1914, Franz Ferdinand had been shot.

Saturn and Pluto were square with just two degrees difference when the Second World War began in September 1939. Pluto stood at 2 Leo, Saturn was at 0 Taurus. We’ve seen how January 2020 lines up with Hiroshima and Nagasaki patterns, and how the 1994 death of North Korean President Kim Il-sung and replacement by his son, Kim Jong-il, has its answering call in April 2019, as well as January 2020.

Given this war risk in January 2020, when Pluto and Saturn are exactly conjunct, perhaps it’s time to talk about Jupiter in more depth. Astrologers as a profession tend to become over-excited about gloomy predictions, but Jupiter was the most powerful of all the gods in Rome and as he is exactly conjunct the South Node of karma in Capricorn in January 2020, when Saturn’s manure hits the world’s fan, his timing is perfect. There is hope. There is a solution. Some good will come of this. Because – Jupiter is always good.

Even if he begins with a detox and a clean-up, eventually with Jupiter, better things come. Whatever is wrong with the world, its balance of power and particularly its nuclear balance of power will be fully addressed and ultimately fixed, following January 2020 – according to all the laws of astrology – as Jupiter then moves on to conjunct Pluto himself, that same year. There is something about Hiroshima and Nagasaki that is set to come round, karmically, for the United States and her allies, and Japan, in January 2020 but with Jupiter’s involvement, it’s an epic karmic repair job.

Jupiter in Capricorn – The Corporate and World Government Clean-Up of 2020

One of my favourite astrology books is Secrets From a Stargazer’s Notebook by Debbi Kempton-Smith. She calls Jupiter Merciful Fatso, which I love. She writes “Jupiter is made of gas and he is a gas. He is Santa Claus, the golden goose and the sacred cow all rolled into a Big One. His motto is, “Be big about it” and his principle is mercy. Jupe is a fatso, and he tends to expand everything he touches. Fatso brings you healing, help, and lucky protection, even in the worst of times.” This is true even when Saturn is around and, as Keith Richards once said, ‘Shit happens.’

Writing in The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook, Sue Tompkins notes “Jupiter confers confidence and optimism wherever it is found and can also be associated, at best, with the idea of joy and joviality.” There will definitely be a Happy New Year feeling about January 2020 after a very tough two years of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, so although this is the crisis for so many at the top – it will feel like the start of something better.

Tompkins continues, “Our Jupiter position by sign, house and aspect shows where and how we seek to grow. It also shows where we need room to grow. Growth implies moving forward, going beyond current limits; it implies looking beyond the seeming perimeters of the current situation and glimpsing its meaning and possibilities.”

Some of that hope for the future will come from Generation Capricorn in January 2020, who were born when Uranus and Neptune were in this zodiac sign in the Nineties. They will be the leaders of tomorrow in corporate, business, royal and government life – at the top, or climbing there. They will want a better world, after a tough 2018 and 2019, thanks to the combination of hard Saturn and relentless Pluto in Capricorn. Why will Gen Capricorn help to lead us out of the long political and corporate crisis? Because they want to and they can – in fact, they were born to do it. In 2020 Jupiter will conjunct their natal Uranus and Neptune position and the door will open. This is restructuring of constitutions, laws and all our systems on a grand scale and there is not one aspect of business, royal or government life it will not touch.

Jupiter – Rome’s Great Force of Nature – Triggering Your Capricorn Factors

Jupiter in his Latin form was, to the Romans (founders of our modern astrology), the god of celestial phenomena like wind, rain, thunder, tempest and lightning. He meant a lot to farmers and was Jupiter Lucetius (light) or Jupiter Elicius (to elicit, draw forth) and also Jupiter Liber, a creative force. As Jupiter Dapalis he presided over sowing; as Jupiter Terminus he watched over field boundaries.

He’s a force of nature. He also went from being Rome’s great rural god, to the protector of city and State. As Jupiter Stator, Fetrius or Victor he became linked with war and victory. Ultimately, in true Jupiter fashion, he went to his best-known name in the Roman Empire – Jupiter Optimus Maximus. It is important to remember what a powerful force for good this planet is. He was even known as Jupiter Pistor (baker) because he saved the Romans from the Gauls by persuading them to throw bread over the Capitol walls, to prove to the enemy that they did not fear starvation. He’s all about belief. Faith!

The month of January 2020, but the entire year 2020 as a whole, is about throwing the bread over the walls. Two generations in particular will make it happen. One of them is Generation Capricorn, and you may be one of them – or know someone who is. The time has come to look more closely at these younger faces and why they are so important to the world’s future.

Nineties Babies! Generation Capricorn and the New World of 2020

Between 1988 and 1995/1996 Uranus was in Capricorn and so this generation is wired to trigger a revolution in politics and big business. They were born when the Establishment in South Africa saw massive change as Nelson Mandela was freed to become President and apartheid ended. The old USSR collapsed in 1991 during this period. Emperor Hirohito died in 1989 and the old order in Japan also ended.

Generation Capricorn also includes the Neptune in Capricorn children, born 1984 to 1998 who are very different from their peers, although deeply concerned with the same questions about status and success. Uranus describes how you reject, and are rejected. It shows repeated upheavals, usually thanks to everyone in your generation (not just you) and a lack of peace or acceptance. This is where you are constantly changing in your life. People born with Uranus in Capricorn are on the planet to produce, create and invent a new corporate and government system. They may do it unintentionally. They may even do it accidentally. They appear to be at the beating heart of what is going to take place in business and politics 2018-2020.

Neptune in Capricorn people are also in this generation but could not be more different to the Uranus in Capricorn people (unless they were born with both planets in this sign, in which case they will be in a constant struggle with themselves!) Basically, the Neptune in Capricorn people are the starry-eyed dreamers who believe in the establishment; the system – and have ultimately turned out to be the unpaid interns that so many exploitative corporations wanted to hire. Many still do. Neptune in Capricorn people get paid nothing, do a lot of menial jobs, wear a suit, go home and think they’ve made it. As internship and work experience is such a core part of Capricorn culture, it seems very likely that we’ll see a major examination of that in 2018, 2019, 2020 and perhaps new laws banning that kind of exploitation, as a result.

Let’s zero in more on Neptune in Capricorn. Neptune in any zodiac sign in your chart, is about how you escape from the real world. How you live in a parallel universe of non-reality, even though it feels real to you. It’s where you inhabit Never Never Land. When you think about these two planets in Capricorn, the ‘suits’ sign – you can see why there is a definite split between the Neptune in Capricorn people (who fantasise about traditional white weddings, suits and ties – and old-school success) and the Uranus in Capricorn people (who wrestle with any system, even as they invent it, and struggle with big business and government, even as they know it’s what they are here to do!)

There is a third, important group of Gen Capricorn people, who were born with Pluto in Capricorn from January 26th 2008. They will be around twelve years old in January 2020, and one wonders what massive events that month will stay in their memories when they are adults, because they were surely put on the planet to take control of corporations and governments when they are older. One obvious outcome of the 2018-2020 period is an upheaval in paid education and the private/public school system and they would fit this age group, perfectly, when changes come. You might even speculate that transiting Saturn on their Pluto, followed by Ceres, makes their transition into High School or similar (teenage education) quite critical. One example of this might be the child whose friend is in paid education as both part company and go to different schools as they enter adolescence. Perhaps the end of 2019 and start of 2020, as the new school terms begin around the world, will coincide with a pressured time for the ‘old school tie’ schools with their huge fees. It’s worth watching.

Saturn in Focus – The Manure Hits the Fan

So what of Saturn, the planet of waiting games, difficulty and life exams – across 2018, 2019 and 2020? The New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, introduced by Robert Graves, tells us that Saturn was an ancient farming god of Latin/Roman origin. He is always shown with his scythe or sickle. In fact, the symbol for Saturn in your horoscope is the scythe on its side. The word ‘sator’ translates as ‘sower’ and is associated with his name. From this comes the idea that under a Saturn transit, you reap what you sow. You get what you deserve.

Under the name Stercutius, Saturn saw to the manuring of fields. During Saturn transits you often hear people say ‘the shit hits the fan’ and this is certainly true of November 2001, two months after 9/11, when we found Pluto at 13 Sagittarius exactly opposite Saturn at 13 Gemini and The War On Terror was a reality. Sometimes people going through a Saturn transit, say “Shit” quite intuitively – and this reminds us that for the Romans, Saturn was about just that substance. It is important to remember that from manure comes fertile soil, and in fertile soil, important new things grow. Saturn is like that. It’s the strawberries you ultimately get from the shit which makes it all worthwhile. He was in fact, to the Romans, the great savior of farmers – his famous scythe being used as an agricultural tool, after Saturn had initially used it to lop off his father’s penis.

If Saturn is about ‘farming’ something worthwhile from the manure of life – and the hard work of sowing and reaping – then this adds to our understanding of January 2020.

I think what we’re likely to see that month  is the reality of corporate life hitting home for people who buy into the system. These vast pyramid-like structures which begin with interns and end with the C.E.O. are very much about ‘working your way to the top’ and ‘dealing with middle management’ and also, of course, depending on bonus payments, pensions and the rest. We all know people who have been working for the bank forever, literally banking on their pension or superannuation, or their holiday pay or whatever. Long service leave is another example of a Capricorn reward.

Promotion is part of the system, too, and we are told that if we work hard, and work for years, it will happen for us – one day. When you have Ceres, Mercury, Pluto and Saturn aligning like this in Capricorn, the sign of all hierarchical structures, you are likely to see that those who have invested their lives in an institution or establishment are forced to face rather a challenging set of facts about all that, as the shit hits the fan.

We have to remember protective, fortunate Jupiter conjunct the South Node, also in Capricorn, as the manure flies – and his total and rather wonderful domination of the year 2020 as a whole. It’s the year that everything changes – because it has to – and it will ultimately change for the better.

January 2020 –  Senior Management

Gustav Holst created his masterpiece, The Planets, between 1914 and 1916 at a time when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Cancer and a war was unfolding.

It is typical of the strangeness of astrology that Pluto had not even been discovered and named at the time (that would come in 1930) but Holst certainly understood Saturn and without realizing it, was creating a soundtrack for The Great War at a time when this planet was in a historic line-up with Pluto. You only have to listen to the music today to hear stuck, slow, serious, sombre, scared old Saturn in the notes.

Holst cast horoscopes, according to Dava Sobel in The Planets. He was true to astrology, making ‘Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age’, the longest of the suite’s seven movements, at nine minutes forty seconds. In this, he was echoing Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) whose composition for Saturn centuries before, had Saturn at slow speed.

This is one of many examples of Saturn’s long association with waiting games, passing years, old men, old age, retirement, the pension and so on. As Pluto (transformation, a change in the balance of power) conjuncts Saturn in Capricorn (business, corporations) in January 2020 it would be a miracle if this specific part of our professional lives was not severely affected. Retirement age may be one issue. Pensions, certainly another.

2020 seems likely to be the year that there is a welcome worldwide shift in retirement age and pension conditions, across a number of countries, following a crisis, as Saturn, Pluto, Ceres and Mercury all stand at 22 Capricorn in January.  You would be mad not to join the dots as an astrologer and see that Uranus (the revolution) in Taurus (currency, banks) is going to play a massive part in what comes. Astrology is about being proactive, so if you know for a fact that you have Capricorn and/or Taurus factors in your chart, then make it your business to become an expert on business, from December 2017 onwards.

Watch the trends. Read the news. Focus on cryptocurrency in particular and keep tracking the waves of change as they roll towards you, from May 2018, because they’re going to do that rapidly and you need to be right on top of every current. Know exactly what is happening politically and at the corporate level, because more than any other time in history, it is going to have a personal impact on your life. Mine too!

Management Versus the Fiftysomething Workforce in 2020

Everyone born 1961/2 to 1968/9 has Uranus (revolution) in Virgo (work) and those born 1956/8 to 1971/2 have Pluto (power and control transformation) in Virgo, as well. Thus, the majority of people born in the Sixties, who are steadily approaching usual retirement age in 2020, have Pluto and Uranus in Virgo, the sign associated with the working class, trade unions and the supportive work force.  I’ve talked a lot about Capricorn ruling the people at the top. Well, they all need the people further down – middle management – and then the workers, massed at the base of the mountain or pyramid, holding it all up.

The massive change in the balance of power which is coming in 2020, affecting every C.E.O. in the world, will have a great deal to do with these people, and I am one of them – the workers of the world.  As I write this I have just finished filing horoscopes for Cosmopolitan, owned by the Bauer corporation, and Vogue, owned by the Conde Naste corporation. I may be an astrologer, but like so many of you reading this, I’m also a worker bee. We bees need to hear the buzz, and read the business and financial pages of the press, almost as routine, once we are well into the Capricorn/Taurus cycles of 2018 and beyond.

What is your workplace hive? Where is it? Who is the Queen Bee? You are going to see that hive changed and possibly even replaced in 2018, 2019, 2020.

The reason for this is the trine from Saturn in Capricorn to the Virgo placements of this generation, born in the Sixties – the worker bees. When Saturn (tough realities) tends to ‘lean in’ like this, you usually find that the chart signatures of people come alive. All those fifty-somethings are really going to discover their inner Virgo (the work ethic) but in a powerful (Pluto) new way, or even a profoundly revolutionary (Uranus) one. It won’t just come from nowhere; it’s going to come from the tremendous reshaping of the larger business world.

Worker Bees Born in the 1960’s

2020 feels like a massive shift in the old working world, away from the hive shape (lots of bees down the bottom, one bee at the top) towards a very different kind of hive. I would also suspect that the Hive Mind, the collective thinking of billions of people born with Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, is behind the reshape.

Virgo is very much about doing your duty, performing a service, being the cog in the machine. It’s really about, as The Beatles sang in A Hard Day’s Night, ‘working like a dog’ but as Uranus (freedom) and Pluto (empowerment) are in this sign for so many people whose lives have been changed by the computer and the internet, these billions of people born in the Sixties are also working for themselves, these days. Increasingly, 2020 is beginning to look like the crisis point in a major detox of the pension system, the corporate pyramid structure, the banks – and it’s going to revive trade unions. Gen Virgo will wake up.

Natally, Uranus describes that part of you which is the catalyst for a revolution. You play your part in a radical wave of change among your age group. You tend to be quite rejecting, here, but also rejected. Either way you are never still here. Never at peace. Uranus in Virgo is really about self-employment and unemployment, both of which are white-hot issues for everyone born in the Sixties. Virgo has always ruled workload.

Pluto in the chart shows where you are obsessive, passionate, controlling, powerful – but always forced to compromise. Again, in Virgo, this is about self-employment and unemployment. In a time of great difficulty and changes in the balance of power, across multinationals, in 2018, 2019, 2020 – you have to wonder what solutions all those fifty-somethings are going to come up with. Either way, the astonishing trines of Ceres, Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn to the natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo positions of these people, along with the slow trine from Uranus in Taurus, has the power to empower them – and also set them free. If you are in this age group or are close to people who are, then get ready. The game, as Sherlock so often says, is on. There is a specific age group, too (below) most affected and it looks as if they will lead the changes.

The 1966, 1967, 1968 Children and January 2020

People born with Uranus and/or Pluto at 22 Virgo will experience a substantial career change as they all go through a  trine in January 2020, as transiting Mercury, Ceres, Pluto (himself) and Saturn all pass by at 22 Capricorn. These are the adults who were born in 1966, 1967, 1968 and thus, approaching their sixties and that crucial age of pension collection and retirement. They grew up listening to songs like Friday on my Mind by The Easybeats on the radio – a working-class anthem – as small children. They grew up with John, Paul, George and Ringo who sold the idea of a powerful, free working class to the world. Multinationals and moguls are going to be put through their paces by this generation born 1966, 1967, 1968 in January 2020.

January 2020 could easily see class-action lawsuits peak if multinational corporations have betrayed the pension plans of the generation approaching retirement age or if other work contracts are scrapped. January 2020 is very much about the contract between worker and business.  Using astrology it would be possible to narrow this period of pressure and intensity down to January 12th, 2020 – even though I am writing this on 17th December 2017 it really is possible to see that far into the future with astrology. We’re going to see corporations called to account. They will have to pay their way, one way or another.

I am sure you know Virgo is also associated with the body. Our physical condition and physical state.  January 2020 will also be a time of reckoning for any corporation at risk of class-action lawsuits by people whose health has been endangered by (for example) big pharmaceutical companies. This is Gen Virgo again, born 1966, 1967, 1968.

Of course, with Virgo and its great emphasis on the workers, we are also looking at the astrological impact on Communism and countries like China and Russia in January 2020, because it is the Uranus/Pluto in Virgo worker bees who are most affected as the hive is restructured. During the years that Uranus and Pluto were in Virgo, The Beatles came up with Revolution on The White Album. If it is ever going to genuinely happen for the working classes and the middle classes, it will be 2020.

Now, who else is going to play their part in 2020?

The Reagan, Bush and Thatcher Babies of the Eighties

Oh, those Eighties Ronald Reagan babies.  When their mothers fed them, he was on the television throughout – the very model of conservative Republican America. He was an older man aged 69 when he became American President, and past usual retirement age. This truly unusual combination of people born in 1984-1998 with either Neptune or Uranus in Capricorn suggests a massive shift in thinking about retirement, pensions, politics and business in January 2020. Also, the whole issue of ‘success’ and status. The idea of making it to the top and staying there. Perhaps Reagan on the T.V. did it to them.

Between 1984 and 1998, we had people being born with major, outer planets in Capricorn at the same time that ‘Capricorn’ themes ruled the planet – it was all about suits and ties – old men – and the system. Women with padded shoulders, looking like men in the boardroom. Uranus in Capricorn brings tremendous resistance to this idea of conservative success – and rebellion against it. Neptune in Capricorn makes it all seem like an escape from the real world; a fantasy land. Either way, Gen Capricorn is hung up on suits. It’s easy to see why, because the parents of these babies either voted passionately for or against Reagan, Bush, Thatcher when they were growing up.

Ronald Reagan ruled America from 1984, then in 1988 George Bush took over, followed by Bill Clinton in 1992 and again in 1996. To give you a picture of this time, when Generation Capricorn was growing up, Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives won a third term in Britain in 1987, so the Eighties in both America and Great Britain was in the hands of traditionalists. Even when Thatcher was toppled by her own party, the Conservatives under John Major still went on to win a fourth term for the Tories at the 1992 election.

Only when the twin Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn cycle was fading in 1998 did we see any real change, and that came with the election of Labour’s Tony Blair in 1997, who was in power at the same time as Democrat Bill Clinton. The old men and old women in suits were disappearing then; the mood was changing.

It was against this background that Gen Capricorn grew up. They were small children in 1989 when pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square saw the army crush an uprising like no other. They saw people try to crush the system in China on the television – and saw the system tragically crush the people, right back.  If the Eighties was the era of suits – and resistance to suits, as well as glorification of them – then it has to be said, the classic Chairman Mao buttoned-up top collar was just as much as symbol of the Capricorn years as Mrs Thatcher’s blue jackets.

Watch fashion when we see the Capricorn line-up across 2018, 2019, 2020. Particularly work wear and corporate wear. The shop windows will tell a story about the deeper social change taking place underneath. Fashion is often a signal for more important transformation and as the number one Capricorn symbol, the suit seems very likely to be at the core of some worldwide, sweeping trend.

Ceres! Why January 2020 is The Big Compromise

Beyond fashion trends, we can expect a big compromise and a new world order in January 2020, partly because of Ceres alongside Pluto, Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn. In fact, because Mercury rules all big announcements, declarations and paperwork, it increasingly looks as if we’re going to see a global agreement that month that attempts to resolve so much of the difficulty and intensity of 2018, 2019 with the nuclear issue and North Korea, but also individual corporations and governments. January 2020 is the month of The Big Announcement.

Ceres is a dwarf planet, equal to Pluto, and should always be considered when we’re talking about the latter. Ceres was reclassified in 2006, along with Pluto, and they are both equally important ‘players’ in the world of astrological timing and prediction.

Ceres is Pluto’s mother-in-law and is associated with power, productivity, creativity – but also the difficulties of loss, compromise and power-sharing. If you really want to know what Ceres is about, find out her zodiac sign and house in your birth chart because you will soon see a lifelong pattern of having it all – losing it – and regaining it, albeit in a way that changes everything. It’s a fierce, intense, impressive, often very difficult part of who you are. Your Ceres sign and house (which you can see at a glance if you are a Premium Member and have your chart) is really one of the biggest books of your life.

When she passes through Capricorn, the suits sign, alongside Saturn, Pluto and Mercury in January 2020 we are looking at an emotional time of forced compromise in boardrooms and political party rooms.

Ceres in Capricorn From November 2019 to December 2020

We find Ceres in Capricorn – the sign ruling ambition, success, status and social climbing  – from  November 16th 2019 through January 31st 2020, so we are now seeing confirmation of an emerging crisis at the top of government, probably at least one royal family in the world – and big business, which evolves from November 2019, past Christmas 2019 and into January of that new year. It is also a crisis for world government – the United Nations and so on.

It is in the way of these things that famous people act out the story for us in astrology. So, some very famous names at the top of their game will be forced to play a different one. There will be a game of musical chairs at the top of society, the establishment, business and politics across the world which begins on November 16th 2019, peaks on January 12th 2020 and is then over on January 31st, 2020.

What these famous people go through will be a symbolic enactment of what we’re all going through. They’ll play it out for us.

In his book, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, astronomer Mike Brown writes a great deal about Ceres. ‘Everybody had known there were only six planets until the moment the seventh (Uranus) was found, but once the prejudice against the idea of new planets was overcome, the idea that there could be other unseen planets was infectious, and as the techniques to build telescopes became more and more available, people began to systematically search the skies for new wanderers. Success came more quickly than expected. On the first day of 1801, Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi – who, like Herschel (the discoverer of Uranus), had been busy studying stars, not wanderers (planets) – discovered the new planet Ceres, the eighth planet, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.” He continues, “The eighth planet? Ceres? Most people today have never heard of ‘planet Ceres’ but there was little question at the time that Ceres was indeed a planet. Within a few years it could be found in all astronomy textbooks, alongside Uranus and the others.”

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Ceres and Pluto – Demotion and Promotion – White House Wipe-Out?

Let’s zero in on the USA and Ceres which hits her chart November 2019 to January 2020. Ceres was demoted after initially being called a planet, and then Pluto came along in 1930, and immediately won planet status – only to be demoted in 2006 by astronomers who relegated him to ‘dwarf’ and removed him from the Solar System. At the same time, Ceres was moved on up – back to being a planet again, though a dwarf, along with Pluto.

Pluto and Ceres are always about being moved up, promoted and elevated – or being demoted, cast out and removed.  It happened to them both in the Roman myth when Jupiter organized their fate. It happened in astronomy when Mike Brown and friends changed the old Solar System classifications. When we see Pluto and Ceres together like this in Capricorn near January 12th 2020 we are going to see the mother of all upheavals at the top. I use the word ‘mother’ advisedly because Ceres tends to put women front and centre. This is the White House, in the future. Which woman and which man? We don’t know.

At this point my fingers are itching for the Hillary Clinton horoscope, not to mention the Donald Trump horoscope, but as you may know, their birth data is far from being solid. (The latest and greatest example of this as I write in December 2017, is Trump’s birthday being out by an entire month, in a voting form he sent in to New York authorities – he authorised a July birthdate, which makes him a Cancerian!).

Let’s go without those charts, then, but look at what Ceres does to the American horoscope, which we do have solid data for. The United States is strongly Capricorn, with Mercury, Proserpina, the Sun, Ceres, Fortuna and Pluto himself in that sign. November 2019 through January 2020 is an historic period of negotiation between the U.S.A. and the rest of the world, cutting a new deal for her within the world order. It will necessarily involve the White House. It strikes at the heart of her 1776 constitution. It’s unforgettable. Just look at this chart, below.


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The USA Chart – She is a Capricorn


Of course, the United States affects everything and everybody on the planet. Starting in November 2019, but reaching a crisis in January 2020, we are going to see a promotion/demotion chain-reaction in corporations and governments, as Ceres moves through Capricorn alongside the other main players – her brother-in-law Pluto and her other relatives Saturn and Jupiter. You’ll see Presidents, Prime Ministers and C.E.O’s step down or be rather heavily taken down by destiny. We’ll see The System change. Just as Ceres and Pluto were at the heart of Solar System change in 2006, so 2020 will bring a transformation of what we might call the political establishment, and the big business ‘system’. Royal families are also a system, with a hierarchy which has the Queen or King at the top and the civil or public servants down the bottom. The aristocracy is part of that.

Trophy Wives and Trophy Husbands

Unfortunately, if you are a trophy wife or trophy husband, or the spouse of one, you are likely to go through extreme pressure across 2018-2020 as Capricorn rules people who do not marry for love, or even move in with someone for love – but do it for status, or money. This is a phenomenon of the Tenth House and the sign of Capricorn. I am sure you know the cliché. The much older, unattractive man in a suit and tie, with an impressive career and wealth, who chooses a younger, more attractive woman as his bride.

With equal marriage we are now seeing a related phenomenon. The older, wealthier, more successful, less attractive male who marries the handsome, younger, less successful lover. The song , Move On Up, says it all. One way to vault up the social ladder and get the right address and the right car, is to seduce (or be seduced by) someone who can get you up where you think you belong. (Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong? Well, maybe).

Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, together with the karma of the South Node, will knock the stuffing out of any marriage not based on true love. If you did it to get ahead; if you did it for the divorce pay-out you assume you’ll get one day; if you did it because he’ll die before you and leave you the mansion – well. You’ll shortly see what it’s like to have a cycle that can only ever happen once in your lifetime, change your life forever.

It is in the way of things that famous people will play out the Capricorn drama for us, because to watch it is cathartic for the rest of us. Maybe that’s why some people are fated to become famous. They reincarnate voluntarily to act out the script and take the world through something it needs to learn. We are going to see trophy wives and trophy husbands starring in real-life operas and soap operas, 2017-2020. One of the darker elements of Pluto in Capricorn is most certainly the issue of the last will and testament – the financial legacy – and the squabbling that tends to ensure.

There is a price to be paid for hiring a younger, more attractive, often cosmetically enhanced (with your money) bride and it involves her or your resignation, either from the marriage, or from life itself. There is a price to be paid for essentially prostituting yourself to an older, less attractive husband who you do not love, and who probably does not love you (even though you love his credit card). This is all very old, creaking, 20th century stuff and one of the functions of The Capricorn Effect is to move the world on – to progress things. By 2020 Jupiter in Capricorn will surely be at work, doing just that.

Goodbye Bullies, Dictators and Control Freaks

I have a lot of messages from readers every week about various bullies, dictators and control freaks in their career. Sometimes in their private life too – the tyrannical husband, or former husband – is one example. These people are not going to last the distance. They are here because of the Pluto (power) in Capricorn (work) cycle which does tend to produce megalomaniacs. You may already have had one unforgettable and pretty dire episode in your professional, business or university life since the cycle began, particularly if you have anything in Capricorn at 0 through 17 degrees. Some of us had the bully, dictator or control freak problem way back when Pluto first moved into Capricorn in 2008.

As a general trend, the weather or climate in your career may have started shifting in 2008 and it has not stopped – if you have anything in Capricorn at all. Pluto entering the Tenth House of your chart, which rules your success and ambition, your mission and position, is like a difficult house guest.

He moves into your study or office and you realise you are dealing with someone who wants to take over – and take. Yet, the good news about Pluto types is that they always meet their downfall. There is a very good reason for my telling you this; the Second World War.

Everything We Know About Pluto Since 1930 – Little Hitlers

Everything we know about Pluto since 1930, when he was discovered and named, tells us what this planet is all about. The main thing non-astrologers know, as well as you – very likely – is that he was demoted by astronomers in 2006. They ‘killed’ him. Pluto is no longer in the Solar System wall charts or in the mobiles that hang on children’s classroom ceilings.

He had a downfall. Just like Hitler, portrayed for all time in the film Downfall, who became famous in the year they found and named Pluto, the ruler of the Underworld.

There was a power shift in astronomy in 2006 which explains exactly what Pluto is all about and also what he is going to do in Capricorn, the sign of big business and government. We are going to see jail terms here. Total financial wipeout.

In the same year that Pluto was relegated; humiliated; taken down – Ceres was promoted – she became his equal in astronomical terms. Today both are dwarf planets. Pluto was shrunken; cut down to size; pole-axed; diminished.

Whenever you have a Pluto event or Pluto transit, you will see this happen. Out go the little Hitlers. There is always a massive shift in status, power and control across the board, and whomever/whatever is reduced in size and importance, empowers someone or something else. It’s a fascinating thing to watch, as you look at both history and astrology.

If you are being plagued by little Hitlers, or have ‘been there, done that’ but still wonder what is going to happen to them – well, Pluto will sort that out for you. From January 2018 as you read this, Pluto is about two-thirds of the way through the Capricorn (career) cycle, but he still has work to do.

Pluto tends to put people up – or organisations – so that they utterly dominate in every way, proving that ‘absolute power, corrupts absolutely.’ Pluto then knocks them sideways, down or out of the story altogether. How do we know this?

Well, astrology is equal parts history and sociology to mythology. And it runs on synchronicity. So here goes.

It is in the way of astrology that the original Latin myth about Pluto tells us. He was the god of the underworld (Hades or Hell) who became obsessed with a young woman, Proserpina and so he abducted her, rising up from the earth to seize her, when her mother Ceres was absent. He then married her and she became his queen. Ceres, enraged and grieving, appealed to the greatest god in Rome, Jupiter, to help her. She also went on strike. As goddess of agriculture (wheat, corn) she refused to move the seasons in their normal manner. Earth became dark, cold and perpetually barren – no spring or summer ever saw the light of day.

Jupiter, being the greatest and best of all gods, had the solution. He asked Proserpina if she had eaten pomegranates (Pluto’s fruit) while married to him. Pomegranates of course look like vaginas and the Romans knew exactly what they meant by this metaphor. Proserpina replied that she had eaten half the seeds in one pomegranate. Jupiter then replied that she should spend half the year with her mother and half the year with her husband. Thus, when she is back on earth with Ceres we have spring and summer. When she is down below with Pluto, we have winter and autumn.

The other thing to take away from this myth, is that Pluto events always create a new world, no matter how difficult the experience that takes us there – and that world is always more interesting, enriched, fulfilling and in a way, fairer, than the one we had before. Proserpina became empowered in the power struggle between her husband and her mother. Before that she was just a mummy’s girl.

In astronomy, when Ceres was promoted, having being ignored and neglected by astronomers for decades, Pluto was banished. I find it very interesting that so many astrologers still pretend Ceres does not exist. She’s real, she’s here and she’s actually part of the Pluto story. That’s why the Ceres-Pluto conjunction between November 2019 and January 2020 in the corporate and government sign of Capricorn is going to be so intense.

Corporate and Government Fascists 2018, 2019, 2020

Fascism, or the idea of strong, powerful leadership over a society bound by race, was a hit in Italy, where in 1926 Benito Mussolini assumed absolute power. This was four years before Pluto’s discovery and naming. In the 1930s

the popularity of Fascism rose in Britain with Oswald Mosley, in Austria – and most famously and fatally, in Germany, where Adolf Hitler became dictator. In Japan, Emperor Hirohito played Pluto.

1930, the year Venetia Burney, a British schoolgirl, gave the new planet Pluto its name, was also the year that Hitler and his Nazi Party, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, came second in the elections – and became a political force to be reckoned with.

This is both astrology and history. Astrologers started working with Pluto right after his discovery.

Pluto is about taking over, and taking. It is then about losing – badly.

In 1939 Hitler took Poland and tipped Europe into war on 3rd September. He went on to crush Scandinavia and the Netherlands, until in 1940 he had France as well and Great Britain was in his sights.

It is intriguing now to look at how wartime astrologers were ‘reading’ the new planet Pluto at the time.

In 1945 he and his girlfriend Eva Braun committed suicide in their bunker on 29th April 1945 – he married her the previous day, before taking her life. He shot her, then himself. It was the final crash in his long downfall, immortalized in the film Downfall. This is a key word for Pluto. In the myth he comes up from Hades, takes Proserpina from her mother and goes back down. When he loses the contest to have her for himself, he is stuck down in the Underworld, forever.

I am afraid that is quite true Pluto can sometimes turn up with suicide or critical illness, or fatal accident. It is not a rule, but I am sure you can see the connection. Pluto minded the souls of the dead in Ancient Rome.

Pluto in Capricorn 2018, 2019, 2020 alongside Saturn will result in high-profile deaths at the top of government and big business.

Writing in his book Astrology, P. G. Maxwell-Stuart observes, “Pluto had been predicted by the American astronomer Percival Lowell, but it was first seen by one of his younger colleagues on 18th February and named (at the suggestion of an English schoolgirl) after the brother of Jupiter and Neptune, a god who was hidden in darkness and therefore invisible unless encountered face to face. In astrology, Pluto’s influence brings hidden truth to light and is regarded as transformative, creative and regenerative. But soon after its discovery, the German astrologer, Fritz Brunhubner, was of the immediate opinion that Pluto could be called ‘the cosmic aspect originating the Third Reich’ …”

How 20th Century Astrologers Saw Pluto

British astrologers like Margaret E. Hone, Principal of the Faculty of Astrological Studies 1954-1969 had lived through the war, and the discovery of Pluto, but were less sure about its connection with fascists than Brunhubner. Picking up her 1951 classic, The Modern Text-Book of Astrology, we find Pluto described as follows –

‘Keywords – elimination, renewal, regeneration. This planet was discovered in 1930 by the Lowell Observatory and was first called Pluto-Lowell. From the time of its discovery, much has gone on which is eruptive. That which was in the dark or bound or enclosed is violently ejected or vice versa. One instance is the development of the atom bomb. At about the same time, that of the beginning of the 1939 war, homes were plunged into the darkness of the blackout.”

To really get to the core of Pluto, go to the Romans. I have a lovely old copy of The Myths of Greece and Rome by H.A. Guerber which was published in 1907 and reprinted solidly (in my edition) right through the war and into 1960, so if ever there was a standard text on Pluto’s mythological meaning, during the years of Fascism in Europe, this is it.

Guerber wrote “This god inspired all men with a great fear. They never spoke of him without trembling, and they were wont to sacrifice black sheep to him, averting their faces and beating the ground with their hands. Whenever the stern god set out on an expedition he donned a helmet of invisibility given to him by the Cyclopes, and climbed into his chariot drawn by four coal-black steeds; and if any obstacle presented itself to impede his progress he struck it with his two-pronged fork, the emblem of his power, and the obstacle was immediately removed.”

Until Ceres, Jupiter and even his own wife, Proserpina, altered his destiny – of course. Pluto is the power-tripper who lost his power. Looking at the transits of Pluto and the fate of Adolf Hitler (suicide) and Emperor Hirohito (Japanese surrender) and Benito Mussolini (shot) is an education. The year 1945 was the end of times for these Pluto people.

You can trust astrology and history. We are going to see the little Hitlers, Hirohitos, Mussolinis and other ‘great dictators’ come crashing down within three years. And if you are dealing with your own version of this, trust the process.

How 1945 Tells Us About Pluto

On 30th April 1945 when Hitler shot his new wife, then himself – shortly after the BBC had uncovered the horrors of the Belsen concentration camp for the world to hear – Pluto stood at 7 Leo, the sign of Kings and leaders. Saturn was very close at 6 Cancer, the sign of patriotism. That is what is called a semi-sextile in astrology. Using the asteroids in our modern family astrology tree (which astrologers in 1945 did not have access to) we can also see the story of Hitler’s Pluto-like downfall told by Panacea at 7 Cancer, exactly semi-sextile Pluto at 7 Leo, and one degree away from a conjunction with Saturn at 6 Cancer. Panacea timed the suicides.

Panacea is, as you might know, an asteroid in Jupiter’s family tree, who represents remedies, solutions, cures and fixes – but always with a strong moral or philosophical dilemma attached. The death of Hitler and his new wife was a textbook example of Panacea. The final solution he had wanted never happened, but the final solution for him also carried an ethical issue for the whole world to explore.

If you are curious about Panacea please look her up by zodiac sign and house in your birth chart. This is where you always have an answer, but there is always a grey area – it is never morally black or white.

Panacea at 7 Cancer timed the end of Hitler, but the bigger story was undoubtedly Saturn at 6 Cancer and Pluto at 7 Leo. Like all Saturn-Pluto combinations in astrology it was about deep conflict, just ahead of the crushing of Japan – and I don’t need to remind you that in January 2020 we will see Pluto at 22 Capricorn conjunct Saturn at 22 Capricorn, so the great threat of war is returning to our planet.

Throughout 1945 as a whole, the year that the Pluto types lost, died, took their own lives or surrendered we find the slow-moving Pluto crossing 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 degrees of Leo, forming a sextile with Jupiter at 11 Libra along the way – and aspecting the Nodes at 9 Cancer and Capricorn, as well as the aforementioned Saturn at 8 Cancer. 1945 was the year that Pluto dominated the world horoscope and it shows. It also teaches us why this planet symbolizes great dictators who never last.

Bringing this all back to your life in 2018, 2019, 2020 – if you are being plagued by Little Hitlers, probably because you have Capricorn factors at 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 or 24 degrees – take heart, because Little Hitlers have big finishes. On the world stage, of course, we all know that various Humpty Dumptys will have a great fall by the time January 2020 swings around and Ceres, Pluto, Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter and the South Node do their momentous and historic work.

The 1st January Anniversary Phenomenon

January 2020 and the preceding months is also momentous for the world – for the very good reason that so many big nations, institutions or administrations were founded or ‘born’ on 1st January of any year, for convenience, with the Sun at approximately 10 degrees Capricorn (say – 9, 10 or 11 Capricorn, depending on the location and time that a country, corporation or organization was founded).  As we go into January 2020, we will have seen the South Node pass 9, 10, 11 Capricorn in October, November 2019 so the stage is set for some karma. The return of familiar themes and the settling of old scores. Debts and credits need to be repaid in life, and the South Node will give us the chance to see that happen. The South Node pinpoints repetition, reincarnation and that feeling of ‘Been there, done that, written the script and seen the film.’ In the context of government or business life, which Capricorn rules, we will see tremendous examples  of old lessons repeated! All those places or institutions ‘born’ on 1st January will feel it – and there are a lot of them.

Jupiter moves to 9, 10, 11 Capricorn between January 12th and 24th 2020 and will conjunct the Sun in so many major global charts. Having worked their way through the difficulties of Saturn at 9, 10, 11 Capricorn in April, May, December 2018 these major players will (if they are still standing) fix their issues in January 2020 and be part of the new world, new future by 2021. In the list below you will see what/who has the Sun at the crucial degrees of 9, 10, 11 Capricorn and will thus be severely tested, then reborn – in 2020.

  • The European Union (EU) built on the foundations of the European Economic Community
  • The Euro
  • China
  • Greece
  • The Commonwealth
  • The United Nations
  • Traveller’s Cheques
  • The Times newspaper

Computer Issues on New Year’s Eve 2020

I am sure you remember the Millennium Bug, when the New Year ticked over into 2000. I spent the whole night at a party on Sydney harbor with my friend Mark, who had to carry his laptop under his arm, in case the communications company he worked for, and a crisis! As I look at the long list of institutions or entities which began on 1st January with the Sun at 9, 10 or 11 Capricorn – and will have both Jupiter and the South Node cross over them in January 2020 – I can’t help but see the Julian calendar.

The Julian calendar, or civil calendar of the Roman Empire, which we still use today, was literally ‘born’ on 1st January. It became the new date of the new year. You have to wonder if we’re not going to see issues about that date in the digital world on 1st January 2020. I would be extremely wary of viruses and bugs which are tied to that date, and affect the calendar systems inside computers. I am no expert on this but the astrology does raise a few questions. The actual date, written out, will be 1, 1, 2, 0, 2, 0 and I also think those digits/numbers will become a meme or theme as we draw closer to the end of 2019. I do a lot of travelling with my trusty MacBook Air (below) and I’m going to pack a spare, then! 

Your Career in 2020 – Your Tenth House, the World’s Tenth House

If you have even one Capricorn factor, your career is set to change quite dramatically as first Saturn, then the South Node, Ceres and Jupiter conjunct, or sit on, that placement. As we go through these years of change do follow me on Twitter for updates on specific patterns and dates as they come around.

I use the Natural House system for many reasons (its accuracy is just one). Another reason is the micro-macro nature of the astrology. We all go through the same things together, on a global level, at the same time  – using this system. The individual also affects the larger trends, just as much as the larger trends affect the individual. If you have Capricorn factors in your Tenth House, or know someone who is Capricorn, then this January 2020 moment is personal and global all at the same time. Basically, what we are seeing with The Capricorn Effect is a large pattern in everybody’s Tenth House of career, including your own, in January 2020.

Capricorn, Saturn and the Tenth House are all linked in astrology, so it’s worth looking at what an astrologer like Ronald Harvey has to say about this, in his book, The Spindle of Meaning. He links it to aims and goals, achievement, success, public life, authority and control. “It is, so to speak, the magnet, the lodestone drawing us upwards and forwards from our origins to the peak of our capabilities.” He continues to link Capricorn and its natural rulership of the Tenth House with “Public standing, reputation, recognition and career” and “authorities of all kinds, to ‘father figures’, parental role models, to Freud’s ‘super-ego’, to controllers, regulators, lawyers, law enforcement officers, police, governors, directors, managers, superiors, indeed all invested with some sort of authority. Government buildings, ministries, law courts, edifices and monuments of prestige and honour…”

White Men in Suits and Ties

Harvey published his book in 1996, so it will be intriguing to see how true his description of the Capricorn ‘weather’ of January 2020 becomes, some quarter-century later. This is where we are going to see a big, global game of musical chairs, as some people leave the game and some people enter. It will happen right through the system. It is also where we are going to see the writing on the wall – a heavy time of reckoning – for large organisations and institutions, ranging from the European Union to the United Nations. There will be a carve-up of power, right across the planet. And all of this will have a domino effect on your career. This is about white men in suits and ties – world leaders.

If you have Capricorn factors at any degree at all, then Jupiter will conjunct or hit them in 2020, to your total advantage. This will make up for the Saturn conjunction you also have to deal with! In other words, your career, role or calling will affect your whole profession or field – and vice versa. From January 2020 it really is time to take all the lessons of 2018 and 2019 and apply them, with the most tremendous rebirth and reform possible in your chosen field, as Jupiter goes through Capricorn until December 19th 2020. As we go through that year, if you know you have Capricorn factors, please do check on your weekly horoscope as a Premium Member, where I will look at specific dates when your own personal birth chart will be affected by the rebirth. Life is never going to be the same but it will also be a great deal better.

Mercury’s Role on 12th January 2020 and Why Exact Timing is Possible

Writing in Words from the Myths, Isaac Asimov notes that in ancient times, messages from one ruler to another were carried by ‘heralds’. They carried a special staff as a sign of their office and this was the cadeuceus. Thus, the classic image of Mercury. Even today, long-established newspapers are still called the Herald or Mercury. I am writing this in Tasmania, where the local Hobart newspaper is in fact called The Mercury, and in Sydney, across Australia, we have The Sydney Morning Herald. Thus, the line-up between Mercury, Ceres, Saturn and Pluto at 22 Capricorn on 12th January 2020 seems to be very much about the messenger of the gods – the herald, or the Heralds – bringing the news.

This is typical of what Robert Hand, writing in Planets in Transit, observed about slow-moving outer planets and their aspects, being timed by the faster-moving inner planets – particularly Mercury, which tends to make an event ‘news’. So, there is every chance we really will see these world-changing headlines actually on 12th January, when the aspect becomes exact.

Mundane Astrology by Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion and Charles Harvey quotes Harvey as follows: “With the slower-moving cycles, planets may be within a narrow orb for many weeks at a time. Admitting that the whole period is likely to be strongly coloured by the idea of that cycle and phase, nonetheless there are times when these ideas will come to a head. What is the mechanism which clicks the final ‘ward of the combination lock’ into place, to use Addey’s imagery, so that the door can be opened to the precipitation of these long-term energies? The answer must obviously lie in the shorter cycles of the inner planets Mars, Venus, Mercury, Sun and even the Moon.”

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The January 2020 Eclipse

We have an eclipse on 10th January 2020 which finds the Sun at 20 Capricorn opposite the Moon at 20 Cancer. This is very close to the 22 degree position of the Mercury, Ceres, Saturn and Pluto line-up. It’s important because an eclipse is always a cover-up of some kind. In July 1981 when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles we had two of them, either side of the wedding day. Classically it takes years for the public to find out the deception.

Lee Harvey Oswald, accused of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, left his job, to head for Texas, on the day of an eclipse. It was the most famous American eclipse of the 20th century, because it was total and it was on television. Everybody saw it and nobody saw what was about to happen.

Logic says that if we are to see politicians, business leaders and/or royals dramatically change their position in January 2020 with a demotion, promotion and so on –  there will be a cover-up of some kind, as there always is when power and money are involved. This would tie in with Charles Harvey’s thinking on timing.  So we can now extend the moment of truth to January 10th, 11th, 12th and perhaps the 13th, to allow Los Angeles to catch up with Auckland. The eclipse seems entwined with this deep January 2020 crisis. We, the people, will be kept in the dark about what is occurring in corporate and government life, for some reason.

This time frame – January 10th to 13th, 2020 – is thus across all the unusual astrological patterns that month. It catches the Jupiter and South Node conjunction in Capricorn. It catches the eclipse. It catches the Saturn, Pluto, Ceres and Mercury conjunction. I am sure you know that astrology is alternative timekeeping and it measures circular time, not linear time. Because of this it is possible for me to sit at my desk, staring out to sea, on 17th December 2017 and peer into the future two or three years ahead.

Patriotism, America and John F. Kennedy and January 2020

As I have my copy of Mundane Astrology open in front of me, I have just noticed a good piece of synchronicity. I mentioned Kennedy and the cover-up over the total eclipse when Lee Harvey Oswald left his job to find his future fate in Dallas, Texas as the alleged killer of John F. Kennedy.

Well, here on page 195 and 196 of this little book,  I have just ‘randomly’ turned to John F. Kennedy’s birth chart and the chart for his inauguration.

As astrologers we take this kind of synchronicity seriously – these deeply meaningful connections in time are what our work is based on. So it’s worth looking for factors at 20, 21, 22, 23 Capricorn in these charts to see if there is a January 2020 connection with Kennedy.

Former President John F. Kennedy was born at 3.00pm on 29th May 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was thus born with the IC or Immum Coeli at 23 Capricorn. The IC describes your family, roots, heritage, home, home town and homeland. It’s quite remarkable that in January 2020 we should see Mercury, Ceres, Saturn and Pluto so close by at 22 Capricorn.

There is more synchronicity when we look at the chart set for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as President on 20th January 1961, because Saturn was at 21 Capricorn, so again – just one degree away from the pattern we are seeing in January 2020.

January 2020 is about the Kennedy dynasty and legacy in American politics, likely because a member of the family rises to power again, or because new factors about either his Presidency or his assassination come to light.

Trump in 2017, the year I am writing this, began opening up the Kennedy documents to the public gaze again. Why? Perhaps January 2020 has something to do with it, but we will have to wait and see.

Richard Nixon was a Sun Capricorn. He is at the heart of this. In 2018, 2019, 2020 we will find out more about Nixon and Kennedy than has ever been possible. If you are an astrologer, look at the charts for Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola.

January 2020 Patterns – Uranus in Taurus – Share Market Shocks and the Future

Common sense says you need to look at issues like Wall Street and other share markets to get some of the ‘Why?’ questions answered about the big changes (especially involving the Euro and the European Union) in January 2020. World economies are ruled by Taurus and Scorpio and of course 2020 brings the continuing transit of Uranus (the revolution) through Taurus (currency, taxation) across our skies.

On January 12th 2020 we find Uranus at 2 Taurus, exactly semi-sextile Salacia at 2 Aries. She is Neptune’s wife and usually ignored by most astrologers, but she is extremely important. Like Neptune she is about alternatives to the real world. Chiron is really close by at 1 Aries and so a picture is beginning to build about a share market or economic revolution (Uranus in Taurus) alongside a big trend of self-interest, and ‘Me-ism’ as Aries is really about me-first thinking.  Aesculapia is at 0 Cancer, Diana is at 0 Libra and this cluster around 0-1-2 degrees is prominent.

The bottom line about all Capricorn-styled hierarchies like big business, big government or royal dynasties is either a) political donation or b) inherited wealth. This brings us back to taxation. You would have to say that part of this crisis and detox in January is about taxes, one way or another. I would also suspect, political donations and of course, political bribery. Banks are at the core of this.

If you are curious about the asteroids I have mentioned here and the Trans-Neptunian, Salacia, then hit Search on this website. You can also see at a glance just how they play out, by looking at your personal birth chart, if you are a Premium Member and seeing how these powerful players work in your horoscope.

Uranus in Taurus, travelling through your horoscope, helps The Capricorn Effect. Why? Because the planet of revolution, rebellion, independence and freedom is in the money sign, and it will trine, or make stunning patterns, with the birth position of Uranus for billions. All those people, and you may be one of them, born with Uranus in Virgo or Uranus in Capricorn, will experience what is known as Uranus trine Uranus, and that is a call to action, where finance is concerned.

The new rules of your money? Keep it flexible, stay on top of financial news on a daily basis, keep surfing, be ready to catch a different wave. Uranus is unpredictable, erratic, and you’ll need to learn to ride out storms, starting May 2018.

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The New Banking, The New Marketplace

As I write this in December 2017 most of the the financial experts are up in arms about Bitcoin. They are telling anyone who will listen that Bitcoin and all its competitors in the cryptocurrency world are dangerous; that if you invest in them you will lose your money. Despite this, astrology tells us that we are going to see new banking, with global digital currency, become a mainstream reality on the worldwide web, with new marketplaces to buy and sell, trade, shop – and do business.

The ‘why’ of the extreme pressure on big business and corporations, and governments, is best answered by this. The new ‘people’s banks’ online using newly invented virtual currency, will take their place alongside ‘people’s markets’ also online. Imagine a world without tax – an alternative bubble world, where you earn and pay as you have never done before. That may be one of the reasons why the old institutions are threatened. Uranus in Taurus (the money revolution) will make it easy for Uranus in Virgo people (the work revolution) and Uranus in Capricorn people (the career revolution) to radically change their job/salary.

The Eclipses Across Cancer 2018, 2019, 2020

Along with the bare fact that 2018-2020 is about Saturn, Pluto – and then Ceres and Jupiter – in the business/government sign of Capricorn – there is also Cancer to consider. The fact is, billions of people with horoscope factors in Cancer will be affected by a series of oppositions, as these slow-moving outer planets pass through Capricorn, which stands opposite Cancer in the horoscope, and have to reach deeply into their ideas about home, home town, homeland, property and family to find out what matters most. This is really what oppositions do. They force you to become more of what you are, because you are challenged there.

This is bound to be about patriotic feeling versus the changes in so many world governments and royal families which are coming. It is also bound to be about property prices, property values, mortgages and the rest.

If you do have Cancer placements then issues like council tax, house prices, interest rates, residency and other classic Fourth House matters are right in the frame for you, starting December 2017 through December 2020 so make it your business to be on top of all that’s occurring, especially at local or national government level.

Saturn, possibly Pluto (if you have Cancer factors at 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23) and both Ceres and the South Node will oppose, or clash with, your Cancer horoscope placements for a good chunk of 2018, 2019 or 2020.

Get informed and factor that into your astrology!

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Your Cancer Personal Birth Chart Factors

We have the North Node going through Cancer from November 7th 2018 until May 5th 2020 so if you are one of the billions with a Cancer placement in your chart  (or more than one) then you will experience a real moment of truth about home, home town, homeland, house, apartment, family, household across this period – most likely in 2019. The Node is about karma. There will be repetition, karmic repayment and perhaps a reincarnation settlement. In modern astrology the Nodes are very much about your past life and the debts or credits you need to address.

We are also going to see eclipses across Cancer as follows – and if you have anything in your chart at Cancer 10, 20, 24 then near the dates in question there will be a cover-up, blind spot or partial jigsaw, giving you an incomplete picture. Be sharply aware of that with family or property. I will remind you as we come closer to the time, in your usual Premium Member extended reading, if you have membership.

Because of these oppositions coming in from Capricorn across 2018, 2019, 2020 it does feel as if you’ll have an episode involving your people or your place, where the ‘manure’ impact of Saturn has an effect. A typical example would be the Mayor being accused of sexual assault, which has an impact on the high-rise developments in your street. The shit hits the fan for you, and so it has a direct effect on your apartment and your roadworks, property prices and the rest.

Another example might be a government raising mortgage interest rates with the bank, which affects your plans to buy a house. A classic example of a Capricorn opposition from Saturn or Ceres to your Cancer factors, would be a transformation in a corporation leading to a family member’s promotion, or even departure. This in turn changes the family circle and maybe the rent you all pay in a property. A flatmate can lose her job and move out. All that!

I am only focusing on the eclipses here, because they are blind-spot times when you may want to proceed as if you can’t see everything and don’t know everything! I do think it’s important that you know the dates of the eclipses and allow a day either side for missing information or even real cover-ups.

In general, to figure out what is going on with your Cancer and Fourth House patterns, you need to look no further than the Ceres transit of November 2019 through January 2020. Why? Because Ceres in Capricorn will oppose one/all of your Cancer placements then and so the end of 2019 and start of 2020 is time to share, compromise, negotiate and accept – where your house, apartment, home town, homeland, household or family is concerned. If you are curious about Ceres please do hit Search or pick up my ebook, 2020 Astrology – Your Five-Year Horoscope Guide, on Amazon. If you are in Britain or Australia then you can read it free, on their well-known 30-day Kindle trial offer.

13th July 2018 – Partial Eclipse – Moon 20 Cancer
2nd July 2019 – Total Eclipse – Sun and Moon at 10 Cancer
16th July 2019 – Partial Eclipse – Sun 24 Cancer, Moon 24 Capricorn
10th January 2020 – Penumbral Eclipse – Sun 20 Capricorn, Moon 20 Cancer

Diana, Camilla and the 2nd July 2019 Eclipse

Astrology and history tell us the same thing. Eclipses are always a cover-up. There is a black-out. It powerfully and strangely affects the natural course of things. What should be seen, is not seen. In their book, Eclipses, Derek Appleby and Maurice McCann looked at this phenomenon. “At a total eclipse, as the light of the Sun is obscured by the Moon and darkness falls, flowers which normally close up by night and open by day react by closing their petals; birds go to roost and animals begin to bed-down. As totality ends, the cock stretches his neck and begins to crow, to welcome the ‘new day.’

There is always something dark and shadowy that alters the course of history on a total eclipse, but we never know at the time – it emerges months later.

The Total Eclipse of 2nd July 2019 will be like this, and it does indeed fall right on the 10 Cancer South Node of the House of Windsor (17th July 1917, 12.00pm, London) so as usual, the British royal family are up to their usual subterfuge. I have no idea if an astrologer is still on call at the House of Windsor or not, but they have a habit of either covering things up on eclipses, or even using favourable publicity announcements (births, weddings) to mask more serious matters. Given their constant media spotlight and tremendous responsibility, you can see why the blackouts occur. They need their secrets. However, as so many of us pay for them, we need to know about their secrets, too.

Camilla, the love of Prince Charles’s life, was born on 17th July 1947 at 7.00am in London (Solar Fire) and she has Venus at 10 Cancer. The eclipse of 2nd July falls right on her Venus position – the planet of complicated relationships, marriage and also adultery.

This story about the Duchess in 2019 is far more likely to impact the millions of people with Cancer factors at 10 degrees in the Commonwealth countries and Britain in terms of their roots, heritage, history, culture, patriotism and the rest – Camilla is, at time of writing, the future consort of the King of the Commonwealth.

As always with eclipses, we will have to wait until there is a major transit at 10 Cancer to see what was likely concealed. That will happen from October 27th to 8th November 2019,  when the North Node is at 10 Cancer. All eyes on Camilla, then, because whatever is taking place, would have an impact on people’s feelings about Queen and Country/King and nationhood in the Commonwealth. Camilla was born with the Moon at 9 Cancer, so very close by to that 10 Cancer Venus position. That’s a direct hit.

Princess Diana and the 2nd July 2019 Cover-Up

Horoscopes continue to work, even after we leave the planet. This is probably because we continue as souls in the spirit world. Diana, Princess of Wales, was born on 1st July 1961 at 7.45pm in Sandringham, though a question about her birth time remains. A changed time would not affect the position of her Sun at 8 and Apollo at 9 Cancer, very much though, and they are right on Camilla’s Venus and Moon.

This blind spot, black spot, grey area or missing information with that 2nd July eclipse is also about Diana. Again, we will have to wait for the Node to cross 8 and 9 Cancer, in November 2019, to see what we missed about July. Diana’s life was ruled by eclipses – she married near two, and passed away near one. Thus, perhaps, the ongoing mysteries about her.

I am sure you can see the obvious flashing neon sign here in mid-2019. The 2nd July eclipse moment is just one day after Diana’s birthday. Prince Harry’s Ascendant (his physical appearance, public image, name, title and profile) is at 11 Capricorn and his Descendant (Meghan Markle) is at 11 Cancer.

I’m afraid astrologers have always been poking their noses into royal life, ever since Dr. John Dee drew up a coronation horoscope for Queen Elizabeth I and not much has changed in our profession! Yet – while there are still unanswered questions about Diana’s death, and her legacy, I always feel compelled to point out relevant transits, especially if they involve eclipses and cover-ups, too.

Other Dates to Watch – The United Nations and United States Cover-Up, July 2nd 2019

The United Nations was founded on 25th April, 1945 at 12.00pm in San Francisco with the South Node at 11 Capricorn and North Node at 11 Cancer. This 11 Cancer position is very close to the eclipse at 10 Cancer on July 2nd 2019. Expect a cover-up at this time, probably about matters of nationhood, patriotism, or more likely –  territory. (Cancer rules the ownership of land). Quite possibly, in the U.N. at this time, there may be classically Cancerian cover-ups around nationality, visa or passport issues too – like residency. When will we likely find out what we weren’t told or shown? October 27th to 8th November 2019 when the North Node is at 10 Cancer and triggers the whole thing, karmically and publicly.

The United States in her horoscope, set for 2nd January 1776 (when she was first named) has the Sun at 11 Cancer, so this is just one degree away. You can see why historically the U.S.A. and U.N. have always been connected. This date, 2nd July 2019, is very close to the 4th July Independence Day celebrations for the United States. Remember that period, because that eclipse will black out what we need to see. Diana’s birthday and the 4th July, and a darkened sky. It’s always good to be aware of these things!

Jupiter Conjunct Pluto in 2020 and What to Expect From the Government Detox

2008 is a good test year for Capricorn patterns because we had both Jupiter and Pluto in that sign. In fact, Pluto had not been in Capricorn for around 240 years. Jupiter the growth, improvement and hope planet went 3 through 28 degrees of Capricorn right over America’s Tenth House (the White House). Pluto the power-change planet went 0 through 1 degree so he was ‘on’ the Mercury position for the USA all year.

Barack Obama became President and Joe Biden, Vice-President. They defeated John McCain and Sarah Palin. Obama became the first African-American President in history and Joe Biden the first Roman Catholic V.P. Apart from Sarah Palin, women also rose that year as Hillary Clinton ran a sharp contest against Obama for nomination.

Jupiter expands! It opens things up so more becomes possible and we can all explore further – go higher – go wider. We are going to see more women and people of colour, coming into high level politics and business, in 2020. It may also be time for others who have never been allowed at the top, to emerge.

Merry Christmas, December 2020 – The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction in Capricorn

This momentous year ends with Jupiter at 29 Capricorn and Saturn at 29 Capricorn on December 15th, 16th, 17th.  Venus is close by at 29 Scorpio, so circle Tuesday 15th December in your diary, as this may not be a merry Christmas, but it is going to be a fulfilling one, with the usual relief and release that we feel, when Saturn leaves a zodiac sign. What comes to pass just before Christmas Day is closure. What lies ahead is the Age of Aquarius. Really. Truly.

The Age of Aquarius – Welcome to the New World Order

Jupiter and Saturn in their new zodiac sign of Aquarius (groups, friendships, communities, networks) will replace the old, dead, corporate and government systems of the 20th and early 21st centuries with the most idealistic, hopeful, vision of the future we have ever seen. These two planets  working together in 2021 will pave the way for the arrival of Pluto in Aquarius in 2023 and that will in turn, take us to 2026, almost ten years into the future as I write this in December 2017. In 2026, not only Pluto will be in Aquarius, but the North Node too, and this has never happened in your lifetime, nor mine. I look forward to discussing it with you, about a decade from now. Set your astrological alarm clock!

Summing Up Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn – The Capricorn Effect

  • From the time that Saturn enters Capricorn on December 21st 2017 and the last day he is there, December 17th 2020 the world will see a serious, historic, test of its leadership, corporations, monarchies and governments. Because Pluto and Saturn will meet on 12th January 2020, alongside Ceres and Mercury, very close to that date we will see a crisis that leads to long overdue improvements, as Jupiter dominates the year. The improvements will be hard-won. We will see people at the top – Presidents, Prime Ministers, leaders, executives – demoted and promoted in a major global switch. Power changes hands. There may also be losses and departures at the top, and the elevation of others. It’s a system change.
  • If you have anything in Capricorn in your personal birth chart – asteroid, planet, point, angle – then you will be personally affected by national and global trends which are bigger than you. These deep changes at the top, and in the structure of multinationals and governments, will have a direct or ripple effect on your career. If you don’t work, then this will be about your unpaid work or university degree – your calling and role. To know when/why/how please read the extra Premium Membership information every week as I always highlight when the patterns appear and explain if your chart is affected.
  • The House of Windsor, in Great Britain, will be profoundly affected by the change in the balance of power to come (Pluto) and the difficult realities of Saturn. The typical carve-up and compromise over power and control which comes with Ceres is also part of the story. The spotlight is well and truly on Diana and Camilla as eclipses and the Node dance across their birth charts.
  • Pensions, superannuation and retirement age will become critical questions for people born in the 1960’s and long overdue reform will come in 2020 after a difficult period of 1-2 years.
  • The old Mexican, American and Canadian trade agreements will be transformed or replaced. The United States will also have Saturn and Ceres, the South Node and then Jupiter across her Sun at 11 Capricorn, using the chart set for 2nd January 1776 at 12.00pm noon in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is an identity crisis, transformation and resurrection for one of the most ambitious nations on earth.
  • North Korea and the United Nations, and the nuclear hierarchy across the planet, will be under intense focus and reformed in 2020 after a point of no return in January 2020, which owes much karmically to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There will be an element of luck or protection in January but the risk of conflict is very real. Watch Japan. She is a Tiger Economy along with South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Low pay for workers in the Tiger nations is a classic example of a Pluto in Capricorn problem waiting to happen. There is also the very real nuclear threat of North Korea to watch in 2019-2020.
  • The John F. Kennedy legacy for his family, the Democrats and the Nation will also be under intense scrutiny in 2018, 2019, 2020.
  • If you have anything in Cancer in your personal birth chart then at some point either Saturn or Ceres in Capricorn will oppose that in the December 2017-January 2020 cycle. It is also possible that Pluto may oppose your Cancer factors. Remembering that Capricorn is about government and big business, and Cancer is about your home, home town, homeland, family, household – you are going to see the former challenge your ideas about the latter. To know when, how and why – do read the extra information in the weekly horoscopes for Premium Members because I always list the numbers and dates.
  • The European Union, the EU and the Euro will simply not survive this period as we know them today, because so many of their member countries were written into history on 1st January and thus the horoscopes are all triggered by January 2020 changes. This, along with the fact that Uranus (the revolution) is in Taurus (money) means we are going to see the rise and rise of cryptocurrency, and alternative ‘people’s banks’ and ‘people’s marketplaces’ online, severely challenging the banking system – and in fact, our whole world of work and taxes.
  • We all hope for a happy ending in astrology and in life – and we are going to get one. Jupiter will meet Pluto repeatedly in 2020 and help to detox, clean up, repair and renew corporate, royal and government life. The year ends with an historic conjunction or meeting between Jupiter at 29 Capricorn and Saturn at 29 Capricorn on December 15th, 16th, 17th. Merry Christmas 2020? Well, maybe not merry, but certainly deeply satisfying, highly fulfilling and also the beginning of something very new indeed – The Age of Aquarius.That’s another story, though, for another time!

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69 Responses

  1. Thanks Jessica for such a detail post . There’s a lot to digest.
    U I’m wondering if our super funds might crash as so many baby boomers decide to cash in at the same time .

    I have Cerecs conduct Saturn in Capricorn. Any thoughts on how that plays out?

    Thank Baroona

    1. Baroona, you may have a psychic flash there. It is quite true that a mass withdrawal of funds (perhaps if governments decide to permit early superannuation and pension pay-outs) would crash the system. This is one reason why I think we all have to be on top of the financial pages, all the time – every day after May 2018. You will have your Ceres and Saturn Return, peaking across late 2019, early 2020, when a reshuffle in your chosen field will teach you about power. Try to compromise then.

  2. Just had a Xmas day conversation with a family member born 1966, and one born 1994 about cryptocurrencies. ‘It’s not real, that’s what bothers me,’ they both said.
    Both Cancer, both socially conservative.
    I love this article, and I embrace all these changes. Bring it on!
    Happy new year Jessica, any chance you’re coming to Scotland in 2018? You know you want to…….

  3. Hi Jessica,

    What a great read!!! Thank you. I am worried a bit about the possibility of nuclear war in 2020. Would it be contained within North Korea only? Would the U.S or Europe experience a nuclear attack on its soil?

    1. The threat is real and will give rise to a new world order – and a new United Nations – but we will be taken to the brink, as the Saturn-Pluto cycle is back. We know that the world then regroups and unites in a different way because the Age of Aquarius is with us from 2020 onwards.

  4. Hi Jessica, wow…!! What an incredible article; historical references certainly helped focus my mind and concentration. Good to know that, “crap”, in its many guises, can still have nutrients. As I’m a relatively new premium member, still learning, I would appreciate your feedback re my planets/asteroids, listed below, heading into this astrological period. Many thanks and a happy New Year.

    10° Virgo 11′ 39″
    29° Virgo 16′ 48″
    19° Virgo 41′ 41″

    20° Taurus 54′ 28″
    27° Taurus 01′ 47″

    07° Scorpio 18′ 43″

    06° Capricorn 40′ 50″ R
    02° Capricorn 38′ 07″ R
    22° Capricorn 30′ 56″

    17° Cancer 22′ 53″
    17° Cancer 27′ 27″
    08° Cancer 38′ 46″

    20° Aquarius 43′ 14″
    26° Aquarius 51′ 10
    11° Aquarius 45′ 25″ R
    21° Aquarius 30′ 57″

    22° Leo 42′ 45″
    21° Leo 48′ 14″
    26° Leo 51′ 10″
    04° Leo 59′ 00″
    21° Leo 30′ 57″
    Mars 03° Sagittarius 37′ 46″
    IC 11° Sagittarius 52′ 19″

    13° Libra 24′ 29″
    19° Libra 58′ 41″
    17° Libra 06′ 41″
    18° Libra 59′ 58″
    03° Libra 21′ 16″
    04° Libra 58′ 34″
    23° Libra 57′ 49″
    01° Libra 18′ 24″

    12° Gemini 24′ 53″
    11° Gemini 52′ 19″
    19° Gemini 27′ 36″

    1. That’s a career reshape until 2019 in slow stages. Saturn conjunct Chiron and Salacia in Capricorn in your Tenth House of ambition will slow you down, in order to teach you. Saturn will trine your Virgo stellium in your Sixth House of work too. Everything about 2018, 2019 will make perfect sense in 2020 when you realise you had to go through career challenges to achieve something genuinely life-changing.

  5. Wow Jessica Adams. Hope you are getting some R and R. What an epic article! Thank you, I have a Cancer Stellium, starting with my North Node at 0 Cancer. Saturn is currently opposing at 0 Capricorn on my South Node. I have Salacia at 19 Cap. Pluto is currently at 18 Capricorn. I have Hygiea at 5 Cancer, Bacchus at 10 Cancer, Venus at 14 Cancer, Mars at 15 Cancer, Cupido at 18 Cancer Vulcano at 28 Cancer and Proserpina at 29 Cancer. I starting to feel weak at the knees! I also have a Stellium in Virgo eeek! I’ve noted the up coming Eclipse in 2020 and Nodes on my Bacchus.
    Life’s a bit weird at the moment. It feels like momentous changes are upon me but I’m floundering big time. You answered a query re me working with my Mum in a drying up self employment Natural Medicine job thank you but this latest article by you part 2 has me all akimbo! Any insights about my home family income potential etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks From Kim (also have a Stellium in Leo and the Nodes plus eclipses “hit my sun at 29 Leo this year too). Hope you can assist. Cheers lovely lady of insights…

    1. It’s lovely to be on holiday isn’t it? The Australian summer is one of the greatest things in the world. You basically have a classic Capricorn-Cancer ‘theme song’ across Christmas and New Year. This is about your mother, but also your family, class, background and roots. Capricorn climbs up from that. Cancer pulls it back. If you are more successful professionally or have greater social clout than your family then that’s more obvious now. Sometimes the issue is feeling your family have prevented you from making it. That’s enough to focus on for now as you won’t have the oppositions for some time. The Node/Saturn hit by January 2018 is also very much about getting real, regarding your parent/s and dealing with what is actually there. Saturn is always about the unavoidable and inevitable and sometimes you have to do the homework and have a few plans in mind for the future, no matter how hard that may be.

  6. Wow Jessica, amazing two articles again!! Very enriching boxing day read, thank you! And now I finally also know the reason behind my bully boss in 2013/2014. Boy did she come down hard in 2016! I hadn’t found your website back then yet, but I am sure it was all there in the astrology. This boss turned me into a mental wreck, but in the end it turned out to be one of the greatest gifts in disguise. Because of her I sought help from a psychologist and that definitely turned my life around in so many aspects! So eternally grateful for this experience.

  7. HI,
    This is such a great article, once again. I’m writing about my Cap son, who has the “David Bowie signature” across his chart with Cap sun, Leo Moon and Aq rising. He is a unique spirit! He will be 19 (1/10/01) on the major eclipse of 2020. Will this affect his profile/reputation? Also, his MC is at 10 Sag and his chart is heavily Aquarian. I was born with natal sun at 10 Sag. Is this a conjunction and might this mean that I can offer influence/guidance over his career/life path? Also, my Saturn at 2 Taurus will be hit during that eclipse and maybe my Sag at 0 Diana? His stepfather has 8 chart factors at Cap (1/22/55)!! But that seems like another story altogether. And I have MC at 25 Cap but that’s a puzzle because I don’t have a career. In any case, this looks like a big year for my family. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you. The biggest story here is Uranus conjunct your Saturn at 2 Taurus in the Second House of finance and property. Stay right on top of that from May 2018 and especially in 2019. You need to make sure your money ‘walls’ are strong but also flexible enough to take great change. Your son will love 2019 with its opportunities to travel, or travel in the mind, and this will help reshape his life path. Further on, he will be part of the Age of Aquarius from 2020. Your MC is your career as a mother.

  8. Interesting abou the U.N. is that U.S. conservatives have been talking about cutting funds to the U.N. for some time now. I saw a article saying that Trump may now do this via an executive order. The U.S. government is vey unhappy about the U.N.’s response to Trump declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel. On a personal level I have only Salacia in Capricorn but some of the early-ish Capricorn action over the next several years will square my Libra sun. As always, gratitude to you for your insights. May the gods give us all wisdom, courage, and strength to ride these difficult waves of Fate.

    1. Thank you for this. The United Nations is probably worth a horoscope analysis all by itself. The squares to your Sun will no doubt mean broader career, government and business change affects your partner – or just a partnership. Squares can be turned into other shapes though. Hit ‘Sacred Geometry’ on Search to find out more.

  9. Great articles, these two needed a lot of hard work and many hours of investigating and learning, just great… I will certainly go back to the articles many times, very interesting for me as I am working in a corporation and aware of what you are talking about. On a more personal level, your previous years predictions correspond pretty much with what was going on in my life. I was working my ass off, I recently found a house to buy, end of January will finalize the purchase. Trying to be as modest as I can with this as I don’t want to bury mysellf in debts and regret it afterwards. What I am interested in is the part saying that Virgo people intimate relationships and ‘baby’ issues will be affected. I don’t have much contact with younger generations, always wanted to have kids but it just never happened. Or not yet 🙂 I started to convince myself that I am fine with that but the truth is, it does bother me however hard I try to hide it. And I am entering another new year single, in love with silly people and acting like a teenager, and most likely will only have a bottle to hug at midnight 🙂 Of course, The Smiths are inevitable… Any advice on how to use this period wisely? I know it is all on us to create our lives and to fight and make it happen but we all need some encouragement from time to time, I find it here very often and I am very grateful for that. I wish you a very Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! I really appreciate your kind thoughts. I am working for those few days in between the beach and the office, as this is every astrologer’s busiest time of year – so it’s lovely to hear this. Glad you are also a fan of The Smiths. It is not unusual to have major solar Fifth House transits, and no children – and no real connection with them. One way or another, though, your horoscope will catch up with you across 2018, 2019, 2020 and you could easily date someone who has children from a previous marriage. You may also find that you are given the chance to pursue paid or unpaid work involving a generation old enough to be your son/daughter – literally. None of this will be without major effort on your part but the sense of achievement in 2020 will be worth it. Watch.

  10. Jessica, so many thanks for sharing your knowledge! So amazing, and synergetic articles! I am generation of working bees, but almost never worked as employee. I have always make my job by myself. Unfortunately the last three years were too tough for me – my mom got alzheimer disease, my 9 y.o. daughter – diabetes, myself – had 3 surgeries on kidney aneirism, my small business is failed…. I would appreciate if you could give insight on what I could expect for Saturn/Capricorn/Taurus cycles of 2018 and beyond.? Can you tell smtg about my business outlook – it is connected with sea products and agriculture. Thanks a lot again ! And the best wishes for the New year!

    22° Virgo 19′ 43″ R
    19° Virgo 13′ 09″ R
    05° Capricorn 14′ 50″
    25° Capricorn 34′ 13″
    23° Taurus 27′ 19″
    07° Scorpio 32′ 49″ R
    07° Taurus 32′ 49″ R
    04° Taurus 30′ 10″
    23° Pisces 40′ 31″
    26° Gemini 51′ 53″
    02° Scorpio 57′ 08″ R
    24° Cancer 29′ 32″ R
    24° Scorpio 15′ 53″ R

    1. You are strongly earth sign dominated and with your North Node in Taurus have spent lifetimes being both rich and poor. Your Moon in Taurus and North Node very close by, suggest Uranus in Taurus is going to radically alter the way you think about money, property, charity and business – possessions too. Whatever goes down in the news in May 2018 will have a ripple effect on you for some years. You also have that classic Virgo-Capricorn connection in your chart which is about professional achievement through dedicated service and the perfecting of your particular skill, talent and ability. You are on the right path with your journey regarding the human body. You may hit forks in the road but there is a reason for your fascination with the natural world, natural products and our health. This goes beyond what – unfortunately – has challenged you with your own family. You are a key part of your generation who are here to empower us by showing us that we don’t just run to a doctor to get fixed. Preventative medicine is very much ‘you’ and so is the understanding that our mind, body and spirit is connected. You are one of those readers I am hearing from who are set for a total career reshape over three years. You will find the slow trines from Uranus and Saturn, the South Node and Jupiter assist your Virgo side and may ultimately find yourself ‘doing’ Virgo to its absolute peak by 2020.

  11. Dear Jessica,

    what a wonderful article! And so much new information.worth to read more than once:-).
    I am a Virgo, but only with Sun in Virgo . I have a stellium (7 heavenly bodies in Leo). So I can still expect the biggest events as for childrens etc.? And in the previous article The capricorn effects No 1 you answered my question about my NN in Scorpio and SN in Taurus in 23deg which will be affected by conjunction pluto and jupiter in 2020.
    What will be the more important issue as for capricorn effects – my leo stellium or my nodes ?

    Thank you!

    1. Thank you. Your Leo stellium is unusually large in your chart and now through the end of 2018 you will sort out the karma you have with godchildren, younger relatives, any children you have – and also potential future roles as a parent or step-parent to other people’s children. This is the last time the matter will cross your path for many years, in such an intense way. I would say 2018 is almost your last chance to make sign-off decisions, tie up loose ends in your life and then continue on your way. We sometimes also see the larger issue of younger people, en masse coming up, or children – professionally, or via your unpaid work. That’s really about the generation gap and the best way you can mentor or guide younger faces who are so different to you. This has been whirling around you one way or another for 12 months and you have a new year to really deepen your understanding of what is going on and fully comprehend that you are put on this planet to steer the way for younger people, personally or professionally. Read more by hitting Search and ‘Leo’ as I wrote a very long piece about the Leo weather in the heavens to come. You should also read my book 2020 Astrology free for a limited time on Amazon via their Kindle offer. That has a lengthy article on the Capricorn Effect and 2020.

  12. Hi Jessica,

    Happy holidays!

    First, I wanted to acknowledge the accuracy of a prediction you gave to me in April of this year. You stated that I would feel much happier the closer it got to Halloween and Christmas. I didn’t feel a change at Halloween but the closer it got to Christmas I indeed felt happier and lighter as if a huge burden had been lifted off me. I am no longer pushing myself through each day.

    Do you see any changes in my personal life. I met a Taurus male, born May 17th, back in October. I was interested in getting to know him but now I’m not sure if he is worth the effort.

    Finally, as a Leo what are the big changes that I am expected to see in my career. I was laid off unexpectedly in 2016. I was finally offered a job 6 months later (another one of your accurate predictions) that I had to take at a salary reduction. Although the job was for lesser pay, I feel as though I am able to get more accomplished and my work is better recognized. Please tell me these career changes are for the better, as in getting my salary back to where it used to be.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Merry Christmas! And I am having a lovely holiday in Australia this summer, thank you. I am really pleased to hear the astrology prediction back in April worked for you. The reason you feel lighter is the departure of Saturn from Sagittarius – he has gone for around another 30 years. Your Taurus is worth the effort – so much – as long as you are not the only person he has in mind for next year. You’ll know the score more in April, May and again October, November if you two are still seeing each other. Regarding your career – it’s a total rethink and reshape, now through 2020, culminating in peak work-life balance – the kind you dream of. I am not going to pretend it’s easy to get there. It will feel like taking one mountain after another, but you must set your sights as high as possible on the way you really want to work and live, for 2020 and then start climbing. Maybe have another mountain alongside in case you change your mind. I suspect what goes down in May 2018 will utterly alter your thinking, but that’s okay. One of the biggest shifts for you is a new appreciation of what your body needs. A deeper understanding that you are not only existent above the neck. You will get back into your body in 2018, 2019 and develop a much fuller, richer comprehension of the way the mind, body and spirit all influence each other.

  13. Hi Jessica,

    This is through and thoughtful, as is everything you write. Thank you. It inspired me to check an ephemerides since I’ll be getting my Saturn return, and I wanted to see how close that would be to my Jupiter return.

    December 2-10, 2019 is when I get my Saturn return. I get my Jupiter return December 12-16, 2019. Uranus is retrograding at that time in Taurus, my sun sign, over the 2 degree mark of my natal Jupiter December 14, 2019 to January 16, 2020, and moves forward on that degree until February 6, 2020.

    Venus will be in Capricorn starting the month of Decmber at 6 degrees, and passing the 18 degree mark of my Saturn on December 11, 2019, the day after my Saturn return ends. Meanwhile, Pluto in Capricorn hits the degree of my nodes, 22, starting in November 2019. This will be the second hit on at that degree since they will be retrograde in April/May 2019. The North Node is Cancer at that time, so that would mean the South Node is in Capricorn. My natal nodes are in Virgo/Pisces.

    What’s interesting is, if I get this scholarship I’m waiting to hear about, I would be wrapping up my program at this time. It would be in a foreign county, which for me is ruled by Capricorn. Nonetheless, there’s some serious energy to work with at that time.

    What do you think? Thanks for any insight.


    1. Thank you very much, Jeff. You are reading your chart correctly, though the trick is to actually read both house systems simultaneously for timing, so you are a Taurus – which means your Taurus solar chart is crucial – along with your birth horoscope, which has that big signature in Capricorn and the Tenth House. Begin with the idea that Uranus is moving into Taurus for the first time in your life in May 2018 and view that as a rebirth or relaunch of your identity, image, title, role, brand and name. It will be ‘Taurean’ in nature so this is going to be about your values and business. In many ways you will become a lightning rod for larger, more radical changes sweeping the world from this point forward. The time-frame of 2019 into 2020 is life-changing. Astrology is really about choices, and although the scholarship seems extremely likely to me, there may be other choices. The theme would be the same, though. Intense involvement with other regions and countries. Travel or perhaps emigration. The chance to use yourself as the advertisement or flag-flier for an alternative way of dealing with money, business, charity, possessions, property. You will never forget 2018, 2019, 2020 as it will change your life. It will be intense, demanding, challenging and rewarding and on a different note, you will need to schedule in getaway time and rest, very deliberately. Your Virgo node will be trined by the Taurus/Capricorn transits over many years and your Virgo side as I am sure you know is about the body having its demands met so the mind remembers it exists too. If you were machine, you would say the next three years is about rebuilding the machine to function in a new world.

  14. Happy new year, Jessica!
    Great articles- this one and the previous. Very educative and helpful too! Thank you.
    My query is around the MC and Chiron in Cancer in my chart.
    The Saturn, as you have been generously explaining me in my previous queries, is going to aspect the Capricorn factors. I have very seriously taken your advice and been up with it.
    Now the Cancer placements being opposed by Saturn, how do they play in the big picture? Any advice on this too, Jessica?
    Thank you very much and best wishes for the new year.

    1. Happy New Year from St. Kilda, Melbourne. Your question about your Cancer placements in your Fourth House of home, home town, homeland, house, family and apartment is a good one. Chiron at 4 Cancer opposite Saturn at 4 Capricorn in your chart stands out. You have your Saturn Return coming so 2018, 2019, 2020 are years of adapting and adjusting to a shift in status, ambition and position. Your life direction as a whole will be remodelled and reshaped and it is going to be hard work, so give yourself more time, space and rest. Lean very hard on the best advice you can find across this period. Natally, you have this opposition challenging you to sort out the conflict between who you want to be (and who you became) and who the family were (and what the family wanted for you). I have seen this before, with families where the parents came from a particular class and professional background and wanted the same for a child, but the child wanted more. I am not sure if this applies to you, but you can see how it can pan out. Now, as Saturn crosses this Saturn-Chiron opposition, he returns to his own place and triggers the original clash, or issue. You are going to have to figure out your roots, culture, heritage and history in a deeper and more serious way. You are going to have to make some major choices about that and where you belong, and who you are, in the context of where you come from. Again, take your time and take good advice. Saturn asks us to accept what is unavoidable or inevitable and then choose.

  15. Jessica,

    Thank you for your generous insight. I’ve been reading your articles multiple times and trying to digest all of this. Perhaps it’s the mercury retrograde, but I have trouble focusing how this will affect me. Everything I have read says, “House, apartment, land, family, household, home town, homeland;” however, I’m still a bit clueless. I’m interpreting this as me lessening work hours, working more at home on a different career, or having to take care of elderly parents? I don’t see myself getting another house or inquiring any properties, but that doesn’t mean astrologically, it isn’t going to happens. I’m ready to face these changes, but just didn’t want to be ready for the wrong thing.

    Also, with the nuclear karma for january 2020, is there anything any of us can do to even prepare for it?

    Thank you,


    1. Thank you Julie. You are too early – nothing is really falling into place yet – you are only seeing hints and clues. You may well have to take on the care of your elderly parents. If you have spent Christmas with them, for example, you may be at the earliest stages of seeing what will become major concerns by 2020. You will know what the first hurdle is going to be with your home, home town, homeland, household or family by January and once again June-July will be a time of reckoning. The best thing you can really do is research. Meet each bridge as you come to it, and cross it slowly and carefully with plenty of good advice from tried, tested and trusted sources. The nuclear question of 2020 is serious and important. Use your vote. And vote with your feet, as there will be marches. I wish it wasn’t so, but we are going to have to take North Korea seriously. I need to do the chart for Japan. I will be back.

  16. Hi Jessica. Merry Christmas and thanks for the latest observations.
    I’m a little bit confused. I’m born in ’66 and have: Uranus 18° Virgo 06′ 37″ R and Pluto 17° Virgo 28′ 10″ R. The article mentioned that those planets should be at 22° for my year of birth. I’m not sure how I fit in.

    Thank you.

    1. Merry Christmas (belatedly) and Happy New Year. Yes, you are confused, but other people might be too, so I will explain. The transiting (travelling) planets are making patterns at 22 degrees Capricorn. Your own planets are at 18 and 17 degrees, respectively, in Virgo. Those transits will trigger the charts of anyone with patterns at 22 Capricorn, but also 22 Virgo – but that’s not you. Having said that, you will find that on the way through, eventually Saturn, the Node, Jupiter and also Ceres trine (or coax to life) your Virgo side. Thus, across 2019 and 2020 in particular I think you’re going to come to a completely new relationship with the world of work and what it means to you. Make no mistake, you need to work. It’s how you do it, that you will transform – to your total satisfaction.

  17. Hi Jessica,

    Happy holidays to you!

    Thanks for the nice read on this one!
    Wondering if my Capricorn/Cancer placements will affect my carreer and lovelife..
    My grandfather and father travelled the world and my mothersfamily tree goes back being Gypsy. Since 2 years im struggling with my carreer and lovelife pulling me to a forgein country and im scared for going, leaving safety and for staying where I am and missing out. I dont know what and how to proceed.. maybe you can shed some light 🙂


    1. Thank you. Love has nothing to do with Cancer or Capricorn – it’s about Libra, Leo and sometimes Scorpio (if it’s love mixed up with money). I am not sure why you are worried about travelling, as you are on course for the biggest and best travel of your life from the end of 2018. You will know where you are moving to/going to by Christmas next year and 2019 will stun you with some unforgettable experiences. If you have gypsy blood then it will feel natural to you. Take your time, but pay attention to the clues that cross your path within the next 10 months.

  18. Dear Jessica, thank you for yet another masterpiece! Something to think about as you mention JFK and 2020. This will be a year when new candidates announce run for the next election in USA. How about JFK daughter? One astrologer from Belgrade is pointing to Caroline Kennedy (born November 27, 1957). It would be great to hear what you think? Best wishes from Cambridge!

    1. Thank you so much, you are very kind. I did not know an astrologer in Belgrade was looking at Caroline Kennedy but that instantly fascinates me. I need to go through all the Kennedy charts when I am properly back to work. Cheers.

  19. Do astrologers take holidays?! Thank you for this article it’s a read and a half but as a Sag with a Sag stellium who was looking forward to Saturn moving on I now feel my heavy Capricorn chart means I may remain ‘Saturned’ for a while yet…just before Christmas I discovered my contract would not be extended and I’m entering 2018 unemployed and very concerned…even my Capricorn feet (hooves) and Sagittarian legs are feeling heavy and tired…or am I imagining it?! 😉

    1. Back to work today, back on holiday tomorrow. Professional astrologers have different timetables to those in other jobs at this time of year! I am sorry about the end of your contract but it is also typical of Saturn’s entry into your Tenth House of career. It feels like having a new tenant move into your household – a serious, important, unavoidable, heavy new tenant who will be there for 2-3 years. Getting to know him takes time. By now you will have the ‘writing on the wall’ feeling about your career. Not what you want, not what you wish, but the way it’s going to be. Accepting the writing on the wall is a very good idea. Hit the books; do your homework; ask the questions; make some sensible short-term plans. I do not mean your unemployment will continue but you do need to allow that it may. You also need to allow for the fact that a new job will be harder work than you might want, or that you are going to have to train in a new skill. These are all practical responses to Saturn. The rewards for you are immense. You will love the new foreign connection in your life from the end of 2018 and by 2019 will be immersed in travel, or travel in the mind as a result. In 2020 you will find astonishing success if you have laboured for it.

  20. Hello Jessica,
    Fascinating reading!!! I will need to read the article more than once to absorb all that is mentioned here.
    Just wondering if you could help me decipher the Saturn- Jupiter opposition (natally , I have Jupiter retrogate at 4 degrees Cancer). I am going through legal process at the moment against the tax man who is (unfairly) claiming massive amount of cash from me. Should I not hold high hopes with this opposition??? Thank you

    1. Thank you very much. I am so sorry you are going through this tax situation. Unfortunately it is going to take time and patience for you to sort things out and some facts of life will have to be accepted, as they are unavoidable. It is actually your Chiron at 2 Taurus which is the issue here. Taurus rules your finances and of course, taxation. Chiron at 2 Taurus will be met by Uranus at 1 Taurus, moving to 2, in 2018 – and you will feel this as early as May. This can only happen once in your life. I can also see you have Uranus natally in Scorpio, which rules the personal side of your money, house, business, possessions or apartment. Jupiter is passing through Scorpio so of course we again have an unusual cycle, all about the cash. No wonder you are being taken to this point. In general, with the planet Uranus making two big statements in your chart, this is about being set free from what/who restricts you and ties you down. This is not always what you assume. In fact it is very common to discover that you were more trapped and confined than you knew, by a system, person, set-up or organisation which you never questioned before. I hope this makes sense. A typical example would be the person who exists on loans with heavy interest rates involving one or more banks, who is then forced to stop borrowing and downsize, living a less complicated life. Strangely, that is how freedom comes. Another example is the person who has chosen a particular country/taxation system which binds on a personal level (life in a tax-friendly place can be stifling sometimes) and is then given an alternative. You will have your own story. Over the long term, never worry about the roof over your head, as it will always be there – and it will frequently be exceptional. Saturn’s opposition to your natal Jupiter in the Fourth House of property may be tough but it will not last and once the Node has moved to Cancer, you will have the good karma you want from a specific house or apartment, home town, homeland and very likely a family member.

  21. Hi Jessica,
    Greetings from Mexico City, sunny, Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New year to you and your loved ones! I’m reading you with much anticipation,trying to “prepare” for next year. I’m a year 1977 Taurus Sun,Mercury (Rx), Chiron conj.,opposite Uranus,moon in Libra (conjunct North Node). I’m not yet proficient in astro understanding, but I defo feel it. I came to Mexico, escaping Brexit, but that hasn’t really workes for me. After all the earthquakes trauma we’ve had here, I now also wake up every day, awaiting the atomic bomb news, or something similar from the Orange Face man. The global events of last year have left me deeply disturbed. I feel pain, I cry for all the children, who are suffering our greed…I am planning to lead the revolution, televised or not.
    Jessica, if that’s not too cheeky, I’d like to ask you a question. Saturn is entering my empty 8th house, what to expect? I’m now planning a return to the U.K, is that madness?
    Many thanx and best wishes

    1. Thank you Ewe and I am waving to Mexico City – Happy New Year. Saturn is not entering your Eighth House in the Natural House system, he is actually entering your Tenth House of career. You are not logged in, so I can’t read your birth chart, but in general – if you are also a Taurus – then I have to tell you that returning to Great Britain is going to be very hard work. Why? Because, putting your birth chart aside for a moment, Taurus people have Saturn and Pluto in their solar Ninth House of foreign people and places. That is going to be a stretch for you. You are trying to make this decision across Mercury Retrograde as well, and the shadow won’t end until 10th January. At the very least, if you can wait until that has passed, to look at all the facts again, it may be useful. As for the world – please don’t worry too much – it will work itself out! And Orange Face will not last. Orange socks don’t last either, have you ever tried to wash them a few times?

      1. Hahaha, no I have never even owned orange socks, I don’t think.Thank you Jessica, your words weight heavy but I feel you’re right about the difficulties with my return to UK. It’s a weird feeling, I love England, but going back is starting to appear like a plan impossible to accomplish…..We still have some hours to go to midnight here, in the Mexican capital, hope you are having a good one, and yes I’m dying to be a member of your site, but that’s still on the financial wish list for 2018. Feliz Ano Nuevo!!!

  22. Hi Jessica,

    I hope that this message finds you in good health and good spirits… It’s “Goody” here, I like to think that you remember me from Liberty events and the Astrological Lodge recently.

    I’d like your insight, please.

    Since November, I’ve been facing the prospect of redundancy. Consequently, I’ve found a great potential new job, with lucrative prospects, and had my heart set on getting this job. However, I was informed today that a buyer has been found and that my position is safe. Now I’m in two minds as to whether I stay where I am (Management that gives me flexibility and an ok wage) or do I go for the new Sales Executive role (one year intense training but with the prospect of earning serious money in year 2 and thereafter).

    What’s your thoughts, please?



    1. It’s lovely to hear from you Jeanie – this gives me a chance to say Happy New Year. The events at Liberty and The Astrological Lodge of London were really powerful so I am glad you were there. You’re having a classic Mercury Retrograde situation as one year ends and the other starts. I am sure you know Mercury rules communication and negotiation and he’s been back and forth for weeks, so you’ve had the story at work change! I have to ask if the new position involves foreign people and places, because your Sun at 29 Sagittarius is in the Ninth House of travel, business trips, different cultures and languages, export and import. Mercury Retrograde is in Sagittarius and will cross that spot in early January. Of course it may be your old job which is all about Europe, America, Australasia or wherever. Whichever position you feel most strongly is tied to trips away, ‘translating’ the needs of other nations, foreign colleagues – that’s the one. I am not going to tell you anything will be easy. In fact 2018 and 2019 will be very hard in terms of effort, energy, patience and time. The benefits you receive from expanding your mind, broadening your horizons and very likely business trips/conferences will be brilliant, though, from the end of 2018 into most of 2019. Mercury dilly-dallies in your chart until 10th January so if you can possibly play for time you may want to do that and ask a lot more questions. You are strongly Sagittarian and I think your soul will tell you what you need to do. London will never be enough.

  23. I have learned so much from reading your website but also because of my career and own business as well as some precarious relationships, I feel I need to focus on my business career and move up, side ways or change to go to the next level or otherwise I will stay stagnant. I would like to invest in a pension too. My husband has been offered a new role which he is unsure about but which will mean a hard graft in his part. I hope we can sustain it and not feel exhausted tot he point that we cannot continue. Any insight by you is often appreciated as inspiration. Best wishes

    1. I am really pleased the astrology is helping with your career and also relationships. Without your husband’s chart in front of me I can’t comment on his career. This is happening across Mercury Retrograde though so if he has the luxury of choosing after 10th January he may want to wait. Not only he but other people have been in flux, for all kinds of reasons. Lots of changes to plans or uncertainty out there! You were made for success. Social status on one level – so, climbing the ladder, moving up in the world socially – but also your own ‘brilliant career’ to quote the famous book, My Brilliant Career. You will do this slowly, carefully, with tremendous effort and patience in 2018, 2019 and by 2020 will be celebrating something remarkable.

  24. Hi Jessica,

    I have my Capricorn factors in Ceres 15 degrees and Asc 24 degrees. I have power and control issues at my work place and how will Saturn in Capricorn affect me.


    1. VSN you will have power and control issues in your career for your entire life, but that is not the end of the world, as Ceres can be empowering and is often the spur to action which creates success. Ceres in Capricorn is really about your inherent ownership, control and creative force with work. In fact ever since you were at school you have ‘owned’ a particular skill set, talent or area of expertise. This continues into adulthood, yet on a regular basis, you are forced to climb down. You may remember particular employers, or larger organisations, power-tripping you (for example). The Little Hitler syndrome is often worse at work and you are not alone – many people have experienced men (or women) misusing their position and being rude and/or exploitative, which is the downside of the pattern. VSN, the upside of the pattern is that once you cut deals with the universe, or these people, you get your power back. So please try to see this as part of a wider cycle in your entire life span. I have to say, the Ascendant is really not that important as it is just your image, persona or profile. Ceres is really the issue here, but as I read two chart systems for you at the same time I can tell you that the worst cycle in 29 years is over in terms of how work has physically made you feel (I bet you are carrying this into your body). The years and years of uncertainty and unpredictability, and the endless rejection dance – you reject them, you get rejected – is also slowly ending. You get a break from May 2018 and by 2019 it’s finished. By 2020 you will be absolutely on top. In fact you will be elated. So, set the highest goal you can for that year and start climbing. I think the end of 2019 and start of 2020 will be quite dramatic, actually, as you have your Ceres Return. Hit Search and have a look at this planet.

  25. Sun Cancer 22°59′ Ascendant Taurus 20°43′
    Moon Virgo 20°26′ II Gemini 16°41′
    Mercury Leo 18°12′ III Cancer 4°59′
    Venus Virgo 2°43′ IV Cancer 22°53′
    Mars Virgo 0°17′ V Leo 15°12′
    Jupiter Leo 17°25′ VI Virgo 21°03′
    Saturn Aquarius 4°19′ R VII Scorpio 20°43′
    Uranus Capricorn 11°21′ R VIII Sagittarius 16°41′
    Neptune Capricorn 15°10′ R IX Capricorn 4°59′
    Pluto Scorpio 17°38′ R Midheaven Capricorn 22°53′
    Lilith Capricorn 8°57′ XI Aquarius 15°12′
    Asc node Capricorn 18°59′ XII Pisces 21°03′

    I have many factors in Capricorn any thoughts how this will affect me?

  26. Dear Jessica,

    Wonderful article! I will definitely have to read it more than once to absorb it.
    As a new premium member, with a lot to learn, I would appreciate your insight on what I could expect from the Capricorn/Saturn cycles coming up.
    Thank you so much and Happy New Year.

    05° Capricorn 30′ 45″
    13° Taurus 30′ 54″
    13° Sagittarius 45′ 28″
    05° Aquarius 45′ 35″
    00° Aries 45′ 16″
    21° Sagittarius 26′ 34″
    00° Gemini 39′ 12″ R
    17° Libra 59′ 54″
    03° Sagittarius 57′ 58″
    02° Libra 02′ 09″
    09° Aries 22′ 29″
    14° Libra 54′ 26″
    26° Aquarius 24′ 35″
    22° Leo 35′ 05″ R
    14° Cancer 20′ 28″
    14° Capricorn 20′ 28″
    16° Libra 56′ 01″
    16° Aries 56′ 01″
    17° Pisces 24′ 19″
    16° Cancer 16′ 21″ R
    29° Sagittarius 25′ 56″
    29° Sagittarius 17′ 52″
    24° Pisces 40′ 50″
    04° Capricorn 13′ 53″
    00° Scorpio 21′ 13″
    06° Leo 20′ 47″ R
    10° Sagittarius 53′ 52″
    00° Aquarius 16′ 14″
    25° Pisces 26′ 11″
    28° Virgo 19′ 45″
    25° Aquarius 57′ 55″
    16° Virgo 36′ 05″
    05° Aquarius 35′ 14″ R
    05° Leo 35′ 14″ R

    1. Thank you for becoming a Premium Member and Happy New Year. I am waving from the beach at St. Kilda in Melbourne. You will travel or move in 2018 in a very ambitious decision, and no matter how experienced you are with new places and faces, this will be your best and biggest choice yet. It is also possible that you could live and work between two different places, doing a super commute. Again, you may have done this before, but in 2018 it will be astonishingly successful and different. We have Jupiter (expansion, hope, growth, opportunity, reward) in Sagittarius (foreign and regional differences) in late 2018 and he is pulled into position by other Sagittarius patterns months before. This is way more than just another trip or move, or another region-to-region connection. You are going to educate people. Mentoring or guiding them will remind you about who you truly are. You are strongly Sagittarian. Read all you can about this sign. And enjoy your Jupiter Return in Sagittarius.

  27. Hi again Jessica, as a new member I was delighted with your first response to me from the Part 1 Cap article. In recent years as a carer for ill family members I’ve increasingly had to hire & manage additional paid care in a home environment in all respects, finance, employees, etc. While It has been necessary to do so to aid me, I actually dislike managing others and prefer flying solo, free to create my own path, and just have others take responsibility for their own actions. I’m looking forward to greater freedom and growth in my career again, but in the meantime I sometimes feel like a necessary protective ogre managing on behalf of vulnerable loved ones. However, I wonder if Pluto in my chart indicates I am being prepared for more managing roles in work (yuck) or whether individual power and freedom in (Uranus) looms happily on my horizon again (like my prior career life) in the upcoming 3 year career transition?

    1. I’m glad I could answer your question – I just glanced at the queue and have 4,468 comments today, after Christmas! Okay, so you are in the position of carer, but also care manager, which is very tough. Protective ogre is a great way of putting it. I’m going to go straight to the money and tell you that there is potentially a huge lump sum for you to use. This would enable you to travel, move or just improve things at home. You have to feel you deserve it, need it, want it and then reach for it. Jupiter (abundance) is in Scorpio (finance) for the first time in 12 years.

      1. Oh Jessica, thank you again! For the second time your astrology expertise confirms where I’m headed (glad to hear my goals are not so askew or blocked as they have been – Saturned -for a long while)! I am travelling in the early part of the New Year, am able to save more, and nurture myself again. I’ve learned to be extremely frugal in recent years due to necessity, but am definitely ready for abundance after many lean years, and with little to no travel. Your readings are so very appreciated and I’m now on your waitlist for a chart interpretation 🙂

  28. Hi Jessica, thank you for your reply. Final question, promise. Vulcano 22* capricorn. How is that likely to impact – early 2020? Thanks, Mary

    1. Vulcano was the cuckolded husband of Venus, betrayed by her and Mars. He is a symbol of self-control, suppressed emotion, sometimes anger – sometimes passion – and it gives you tremendous power and strength. Vulcano is where we impress ourselves and others. In Capricorn this is about your career or social status. Have a look at Vulcano in art, myth and sculpture.

  29. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for all of your writing. You should get a PhD for your articles on the Capricorn effect, my goodness.

    Question regrading the node transit – my biological father who I have no contact with is a Leo and I have had many ancestors visiting me in dreams preparing me for the fact that he will be crossing over sooner than later.

    Since he has been out of my life for so long I don’t know why those in spirit are preparing me for this.

    In addition to the node transit, Ceres is transiting Leo, the Leo weather, and so on.

    Can you tell what it might mean?


    1. Thank you! Without his chart it is impossible to say, CG. Yet, it may be that as a Leo he is dealing with body issues in 2018, as he has Saturn (new) and Pluto (constant) in his Sixth House, which rules doctors, surgeons and health as a whole. This may be why you are having psychic dreams. I don’t know if you want to find him. Leo men can be intimidating. He is King, as all Leo men should be. He is also tough and can be quite hard. Yet, age can make people vulnerable. It’s really up to you.

  30. Happy new year Jessica & the team!
    After having read and pondered the Capricorn effects, the weekly for 1-7 Jan and the 2018 the only thing I can say is: again so very accurate in relation to the goings-on in my life.

    You very graciously replied my inquiry in November before I joined the club and became a Premium member. Hopefully you will find the time to enlighten me again based on the whole chart.

    The someone needing independence you mention in the weekly is definitely me. I have this theory that as I did not succumb to the wishes (read: demands) of Pluto square/Uranus conjunct my Sun in 2010-2011, the coming week/s will be my last chance to return to my meant life-path (travel, foreign cultures, expansion of mind and knowledge, adventure … and/or writing about all that).

    As you can see, several factors in my chart will be activated in the next 10 days. In my eyes the most interesting combination will take place around Jan 10 when Sun, Venus and Pluto conjunct my Cap-Mars (ruler of Sun, Mercury and MC) and the same time Mars and Jupiter conjunct in Scorpio (and sextile the bunch in Capricorn). Maybe the result of this meeting will be made public on Jan 13th when Mercury and Saturn meet at 3 Capricorn? I wonder: will the news be about reward or redundancy?

    I see this period as the first hurdle on the road towards the rest of my life, so to speak.
    My head is spinning .

    The question is: should I jump or should I stay?

    To be true to myself, I should jump and find a way back to what I left behind in March 2000 (returned from abroad to my home country and quit my job of 23 years in tourism – all at one go). But I had such a hard time getting back to my feet then. Being 18 years older – and if not wiser, less willing to take major risks – I wouldn’t care to repeat the experience.

    What do you think? I you were a betting girl would you risk your money on my chances to win the race (to end up where I am supposed to be)? Or even come as a close second?

    So many questions, so little time .


    1. Aphrodite, thank you. There is a lot going on in your chart, as you say. You will make up your mind by the time the Capricorn weather has passed and will not need to spend much more time doing head miles about going or staying. If you are really stuck please do use your Astrology Oracle for some insights. In 2018 you will be strongly affected by a man who is looking for somewhere to planet his project, idea or qualifications. There is an attraction there and it may be professional or perhaps sexual. He has a strong Aries, Leo or Sagittarius chart signature. He’s a traveller by nature, either because he wants that life, or because work/academia puts him on business trips or workshops away. It will be interesting to see if you two can negotiate something together – I think it would be worth it for you.

  31. Hi Jessica, what an amazing article and a lot to digest that I will read again and again.
    I wrote you earlier in the year about not getting jobs and being unemployed and you had explained and pointed to Mercury Retrograde. Unfortunately, this repeated with another high profile job late in the year that I was being considered for. Took the hiring committee a very long time to decide and they ended up picking a non-candidate for the position. A Mercury Retrograde situation indeed since they kept everyone waiting and made a lot of people very unhappy with their tactics. So still searching for that paid job.
    For this New Year I was excited to read your daily and weekly horoscope being an Aries born 4/19 and a young minded active 50 something.
    I was open and searching for all kinds of things and good Karma to happen about 1/7, 1/10 and 1/13 as you had highlighted for us Aries.
    We had a major blizzard in Massachusetts last week and things slowed to a crawl but I was out there with groups and meetings, connecting, etc. Nothing happened at all…feels the same as last year, although, I said I would not repeat and have a great new year. I’m ready for new and changes and the world is not. I wonder if this is a long casted Mercury Retrograde shadow. Any insights would be appreciated.
    Lotus in the USA, Aries 4/19.
    Happy New Year.

    1. You might want to read your Aries horoscope again, quite carefully, as January is about a change in the balance of power in your career, and not necessarily good news (or bad news). It just is what it is – reshuffles up and down in your profession. I also wish you a very happy New Year and realise how frustrating it must be to search for work. My best advice is to target a goal for fulfilment in 2020. Aim high. Take your time. Study if you have to. You will make it. You will be able to save money while you do this, or make it, until November 2018 this year. So that will help tide you over. Actually you could be somehow saving cash now or finding some way to bring it in. Take a look.

  32. With 7 planets and points in Capricorn, including my Sun at 23′ 26, I feel this is going to hit me like Maxwell’s silver hammer. I’d love to believe ‘Skyrocketing success is very likely if you have done the work. Awards, promotions, prestigious new roles – all could be yours’, but Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter connections were huge markers in the deaths of both my parents, I can’t help feeling this might herald my own demise. To be honest, I’m pretty worried by how this is going to affect me.

    1. I’m afraid I can’t comment on the passing of your parents without seeing a chart. It is very unlikely that Capricorn or your Tenth House transits were involved, as they describe your ambition, status, success and achievement. Cancer rules the family and Scorpio rules legacies. Unless you worked in your parents’ business or company, you were most likely experiencing another cycle. And astrology never predicts your demise or anybody else’s!

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