ROY GILLETT is the author of Watkins’ popular introduction to astrology, The Secret Language of Astrology. In his bi-monthly column in The Astrological Journal, Roy warned of a massive challenge to the world and its economy in 2019-20 and has been discussing the issue for several years. In this blog post, Roy puts the upcoming and very special Winter Solstice on the 21st December 2020 into perspective and suggests how we can move forward from there.
Since pre-Christian Babylonian times, astronomer/astrologers have used the heavenly twenty-year cycle of Jupiter and Saturn [conjuncting, moving apart and back together again] to anticipate times of growth and consolidation.
From the early nineteenth century, these twenty-year conjunctions have nearly always occurred in an earth element sign [Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn]. So, the focus of human interaction has been about the development and availability of material things. Complex economic systems determining ownership and acquisition, increasingly driven by mechanical science, have become the focus of our education and social life.
The entry of Pluto, the planet of regeneration, into Capricorn in 2008 indicated a sixteen-year profound re-examination that challenged the viability of two centuries of obsessive materialism. Over the twelve years so far, attempts to manipulate the world economy, or scapegoat responsibility for unavoidable change have soured national and international relationships to breaking point.
Knowing Jupiter and Saturn were to join Pluto in Capricorn, while revolutionary Uranus was in Taurus, astrologers predicted 2020 would see world society at a climax of change, even the possibility of a pandemic. Many groups have responded with short-sighted selfish materialism. Could this desperate rancour be just the last throws of an exhausted humanity clinging to the old ways, just before it turns away to seek something better?
On the day of this year’s Winter Solstice [21st December 2020], Jupiter conjuncts Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius. It is their first conjunction in this sign since 1405, the century that saw moveable type printing, and the consequent Renaissance and Reformation. Also, this conjunction marks the beginning of a two-hundred-year period of air-element conjunctions [Gemini, Libra, Aquarius] – reinforced by Pluto in Aquarius from 2023-24 to 2044.
Aquarius and air-element energy are not necessarily good. They can mean over-interest in ideas, ignoring of feelings and consequences. Aquarius can bring arrogant imposition by an intellectual elite, machine control of ordinary people, disorderly rebellion for the sake of rebellion.
Yet, this air energy will blow away stale thing-obsessed attachment. Used kindly, wisely, without greed, ignorance and hatred, Aquarius can be gloriously humanitarian; selfless, tolerant, and broad-minded in the search for universal truth.
Each year, the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere marks the shortest, darkest day, but also the moment of turning back to the light that is to grow into glorious summer. May Winter Solstice 2020 mark the beginning of a much longer period of awakening. Expect no sudden change. Rather open your eyes to the first light of hope, struggling to be born in an atmosphere of doubt, even desecration. Be kind, be patient, polite, endure, and see and work for a better world slowly, steadily coming into being.
See more from Roy Gillet:
The Secret Language of Astrology – introduction to Astrology
Reversing the Race to Global Destruction – in depth study of the above ideas
Roy is President of The Astrological Association in the United Kingdom
A beautifully illustrated practical guide to astrology – with a unique AstrolabeTM weblink that allows you to download personalised birth charts for free, in a matter of moments.