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The astrology of 2020 has been — for lack of a better word — quite intense. With conjunctions, eclipses, and retrogrades galore, it’s no wonder we’re feeling shaken up by all the changes and great uncertainty that goes along with it.
We’ve been hit with a global pandemic that has caused us to reassess how we approach healthcare, the workplace, and each other. We’ve also been forced to reckon with the treatment of Black people, sparking protests and a heightened awareness of our nation’s history that is reminiscent of the civil rights movement.
This is no longer a time to stay within our comfort zones. This astrology makes sure of that.
On August 15th, Uranus went into retrograde and will remain there until the first day of 2021.
What does this mean? Uranus can be equated with revolution. Technology. Science. As one of the outer planets, it also focuses on the collective. And with its home sign in Aquarius, Uranus invites us to think outside the box. Innovate while dealing with the discomfort of being pushed to our edges.
How can we work together to adapt and adjust to these waves of change so that we come out on the other side, stronger and more united than ever before?
Back in June, I started a series of #AstrologyforActivism posts on my Instagram account. The intent was to share how the energy of the seasons can serve as helpful guides — in a time when many of us were feeling helpless and unsure of what to do to make a difference. I have more ideas on how to continue this work, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, your natal chart can provide detailed, personalized insights on how to best use your assets to spark change. The moon phases can offer structure and suggestions too. We have the tools; now we need to use them.
A final note: this retrograde in Uranus sits in Taurus so grounding and stability are crucial.
Oh, 2020. What an unforgettable year you are turning out to be.
The astrology above has helped explain what is happening below, and I have no doubts this year will be used as a pivotal case study for years to come. There are several reasons for this. Not only are we in the middle of Mercury in Retrograde right now, but there are four other planets in retrograde that are inviting us to pause, reflect, and reassess individually and collectively for the remainder of 2020.
Let’s take a look and see what to expect from each.
Venus: in Gemini, May 13 to June 25
Venus, the daughter of Jupiter, was the goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. When the planet goes in retrograde, areas such as relationships and personal resources could be impacted.
Even though this retrograde is technically over, we are still sitting in the shadow period where we are called to reflect on what has transpired. Especially since this retrograde was in the air sign of Gemini, let’s think about how we’ve been communicating with ourselves and others, especially since tensions have been high lately. Are we causing harm, or lifting up? Are we engaging in a productive way, or letting our emotions take over?
Mercury: in Cancer, June 18 to July 12
Because Mercury was known as the messenger god, when it’s in retrograde it impacts three key areas: communication, technology, and travel.
You may experience moments of frustration when things don’t pan out as expected. However, because this retrograde lives in Cancer, be sure to prioritize nurturing and self-care to give yourself a fighting chance. Especially with this pivotal moment in history related to COVID-19 and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, we need to unpack how we wish to interact with others and manage our energy during this time.
Jupiter: in Capricorn, May 14 to September 13
Jupiter was our protector and the god of justice. In astrological terms, he is associated with abundance and expansion.
However, when in retrograde, Jupiter’s energy causes us to turn the planet’s usual outward expansion inward. Sitting in Capricorn, we are called to dig deep and unpack how we plan to achieve our goals. Especially in the time of COVID-19, how do you plan to pivot your ambitions in a way that is productive yet safe? What do you need to explore within yourself to make great strides in activism moving forward?
Saturn: in Aquarius, May 11 to September 29
Saturn was the god of agriculture who understood the importance of deliberate hard work and patience. Its retrograde is moving from Aquarius to its home sign, Capricorn.
Always the steady disciplinarian, Saturn helps us slow down and reflect on what is worth our time and energy commitment, while reminding us that we have all the resources we need to be fulfilled. In Capricorn this energy can reach its maximum potential, so let’s take the time to put proper foundations in place and/or tie up loose ends before it moves back into Aquarius at the end of 2020.
Chiron: in Aries, July 11 to December 12
Chiron is a small planet or ‘planetoid’ that was discovered in 1977. Known as the “Wounded Healer,” Chiron reveals where one has been hurt as well as where there’s an opportunity for discovering healing from within.
In this retrograde, expect these wounds to make themselves known in full force with the energy of Aries. This may be in the form of people you’d rather not see, or situations that you’d prefer to stay away from. Take these as signs from the universe that there’s something you need to let go of in order to heal and progress in your journey. Use these challenging times as an opportunity to reflect and discover how these wounds can become useful lessons.
Pluto: in Capricorn, April 25 to October 4
Pluto was the god of the underworld. Astrologically, its impact is profound as it’s the planet of power, death, and transformation.
In Capricorn, we are witnessing the death of our current institutions and systems, which have been turned completely on its head due to the impact of COVID-19 and the exposed corruption of America’s leadership. This retrograde asks us, how are you reacting to our country’s (re)volution? How are you handling your own?
As you can see there’s a lot going on until the end of 2020 — a year that seems to have one major thing after another. While we can thank the planets for a lot of that, the other side of the coin is how we handle it on Earth below. How do you plan to benefit from these retrogrades by using them as periods of intense reflection and renewal? Where do you want to be, and how do you want to see yourself when we enter 2021?
Need a way to unpack this summer’s Mercury retrograde? Join me on Instagram Live on July 12th at 2PM EST for a special virtual session on reflection.
Self-care has become such a loaded word these days, especially during quarantine. I might even go as far as saying it is now teetering on the edge of sounding a bit salesy.
Feeling stressed out about being in lockdown?! Just do some SELF-CARE!!
But what does that really mean? What if my version of self-care is drastically different from yours?
Personally, I’m looking forward to getting a pedicure as soon as it’s safe and possible, but someone else may cringe at the thought of having a person handle their feet. As a performer, karaoke night would totally help me unwind, but for someone else, the thought of singing in front of strangers is absolutely terrifying.
These different expressions of self-care are uniquely yours. They are what make you, you. And especially during times of stress, exhaustion, boredom, and/or uncertainty — which is only a mere sampling of the MANY emotions you may be going through right now — knowing exactly what makes you feel safe and cared for can be used today and well into the future. Even after this period of quarantine.
But where do you even begin?
Good news: astrology can help determine what your self-care needs are.
It’s true! By knowing just a few key aspects in your natal chart, you’ll have the information needed to set yourself up for self-care success.
Today is April 14, 2020. I haven’t interacted with anyone outside of my husband and my baby daughter in about a month. We’re still in the process of practicing social distancing in order to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has swept the globe in such an enormous way. Once-bustling cities are suddenly isolated, businesses are forced to shut down, unemployment has skyrocketed, and hospitals are overflowing, with some shifting into makeshift morgues.
It’s a wild time to be alive, that’s for sure. But it can also be an opportune time.
To bask in the stillness while we can.
To sit back and reflect on what we’re doing here, now that we have so much free time on our hands. To think about what lead our society to this state and what we need to prioritize and change moving forward. To receive what the universe is trying to reveal to us and actually act upon it, now that the veil to the unknown has been lifted.
Astrologically, we’re experiencing a unique planetary alignment to kick off 2020: Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter are all conjunct in Capricorn. What this means is that everything must be turned upside down and deconstructed so we can finally wake up and fully understand how to rebuild anew.
What this also means (if it’s not already obvious from our month+ of quarantining) is that nothing is going to be the same after we all emerge from this. We are called to embark on this collective journey to consciousness, so we can harness our unique gifts and talents. We now have the opportunity to tap into our limitless potential and make a profound shift in our world like never before.
And yes, what we need has been here this whole time. The tools we need to make lasting change have always been available to us. We just never had a moment to take a unified breath and figure out what that means.
Which is why I’ve been called to build J2C: a community where we can work together, dig deep, and see what’s next.