January is marked by the epochal Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, by an intense Capricorn stellium and by a cathartic Lunar Eclipse in Cancer.
Any of these events alone would make January a month to remember… but when we have 3 events of this magnitude all at once, you can bet that January is one of those months to be documented in the history manuals.
The first part of the month (January 1st-January15th) is particularly intense. On January 16th Mercury is the first planet to leave Capricorn, and this is when things finally start to come “back to normal”.
In fact, they won’t come “back to normal” because things were not “normal” to begin with. The role of the Saturn-Pluto’s conjunction is exactly to destroy what’s outdated and construct a new reality, a reality which can better sustain life and growth.
And while this intense Capricorn pressure can be quite destabilizing, whatever happens, it is for our higher good.
But let’s have an overview of the most important astrological events of the month:
January 8th, 2020 – Jupiter Conjunct The South Node
On January 8th 2020, Jupiter is conjunct the South Node of the Moon at 8° Capricorn.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, beliefs, higher knowledge and truth, and the South Node of the Moon is a release point, and it is connected to karma and the consequences of our actions.
At the time of the conjunction, you may feel depleted of faith, joy, and optimism, and feel like there’s nothing left to believe in.
In an era dominated by fake news and false truths, in times when we find it more difficult than ever to find someone to trust, it’s good to remember that things like honesty, kindness, integrity and personal responsibility will always prevail.
Take some time to reflect upon your beliefs. What really matters? Is it money, success, power, winning at all costs OR becoming the best possible version of yourself? Doing what feels right for the higher good?
Jupiter conjunct the South Node is the strategic sign of Capricorn will also help you see how your past results are nothing but the output of your past mindsets and belief systems.
If you want your life to be different, if you want 2020 to be different, if you want to feel better about yourself and the world, if you want your existence to matter (because it does), then start with finding better things to believe in.
January 10th, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse In Cancer
On January 10th, 2020 we have a Lunar Eclipse at 20° Cancer. The Eclipse is opposite the Saturn-Pluto-Sun-Mercury quadruple conjunction in Capricorn and is trine Neptune. This means that all that tension on the Capricorn axis will be released through Cancer.
Uranus is also stationary and goes direct just hours after the eclipse, adding an element of surprise to the mix. To say we’re living in interesting times is an understatement.
This Eclipse is particularly important since the Moon in Cancer is the only non-Capricorn planet that “triggers” the extremely powerful Capricorn stellium. A Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is when things happen.
So expect a very eventful Full Moon that will show us the consequences of our collective actions.
Fortunately, this is a North Node Eclipse (and North Node Eclipses are connected to our life’s purpose).
So while this Lunar Eclipse can come with unexpected events that can be quite destabilizing, these events will eventually bring us closer to the path of our purpose.
As always, you will feel the influence of this Lunar Eclipse more intensely if you have Cancer or Capricorn ascendant, or if you have planets around 20° in Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries.
January 11th, 2020 – Uranus Goes Direct
On January 11th 2020, Uranus goes direct at 2° Taurus. Uranus is a transpersonal planet, and a transpersonal planet is most powerful when it stations direct or retrograde. This is when its energy is at its peak.
Uranus is the planet of freedom, objective truth and divine insight. Our desire to break free from what is FALSE and inauthentic is stronger than ever.
In the midst of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and hours after a powerful Lunar Eclipse, Uranus direct is the divine go-ahead to do what we must do.
January 12th, 2020 – Saturn Conjunct Pluto
On January 12th 2020, Saturn is conjunct Pluto at 22° Capricorn. Sun and Mercury are also conjunct Saturn and Capricorn.
Apart from the Sun and Mercury conjunction, Saturn and Pluto are not involved in any other aspect with any other planets. No squares, oppositions or trines. Nothing. It’s like the whole attention of the Universe goes on that area of the sky.
There is a feeling of imminence associated with this aspect.
It is not that we haven’t seen it coming. Saturn and Pluto have been building their agenda for a while and now they’re ready to bring it to a climax.
At an individual level, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction will ask us to take responsibility for our dark side. To use power with responsibility. To eliminate what’s rotten or egotistical about our goals.
The first planet to conjunct Saturn and Pluto is Mercury (just a few hours before the exact Saturn-Pluto alignment). A news of some sort, or some stimulus from the outside world (Mercury) will create a powerful reshuffling of the order of things.
As a result, a new order will emerge – at micro, social and macro levels.
January 13th, 2020 – Sun Conjunct Saturn And Pluto
On January 13th 2020, hours after the exact Saturn-Pluto alignment, the Sun will also join in. The aftermath of Saturn and Pluto will be internalized.
“What does it mean for me?”
We will understand the consequences of this new “order of things”, and what kind of person we need to be from now on.
January 16th, 2020 – Mercury Enters Aquarius
January 16th 2020, Mercury enters Aquarius, which is great news, 1st because Mercury feels good in Air signs, and 2nd, because the Capricorn stellium loosens up a bit.
There is finally a sense of flow, a sense of movement.
Mercury in Aquarius is rational and objective, and will bring a sense of clarity and calm to our minds.
January 18th, 2020 – Mercury Square Uranus
Soon after its ingress in Aquarius, Mercury (at 2° Aquarius) is square Uranus (at 2° Taurus).
Uranus and Mercury work well together (Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury) and also Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius – so this square, while still a square, will bring a sense of progress and positive movement to the status quo.
Aquarius and Taurus are fixed signs which hold strong to their principles, but they are also two of the most responsible planets of the zodiac, and it’s unlikely they will do something foolish.
Sometimes we need a bit of conflict to find solutions to long-standing problems.
January 20th, 2020 – Sun Enters Aquarius
Happy birthday to all Aquarius out there. Sun’s ingress into Aquarius on January 20th 2020 means the #aquariusseason can officially begin!
We really need a breath of fresh air after all that heavy Capricorn energy.
Sun following Mercury in the level-headed sign of Aquarius is nothing but good news.
January 23rd, 2020 – Sun Square Uranus
On January 23rd 2020, Sun in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus. There are still things that need to be figured out. After the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, we are not the same person we used to be. Sun square Uranus will help us further shape our new Identity.
January 26th-27th, 2020 – Venus Conjunct Neptune And Square Mars
In a month dominated by heavy Saturn, Pluto, South Node conjunctions and Uranus squares, the Venus-Neptune conjunction in the romantic sign of Pisces will feel like something out of this world, even out of place, at the beginning.
The conjunction is square Mars in Sagittarius, but this square only potentiates the romantic and creative potential of Venus and Neptune.
This conjunction is a great way to end a turbulent month.
Just like a Hollywood movie, Venus conjunct Neptune will show us that any drama, no matter how terrible it may be, eventually comes with a happy ending.