Long-Term Shifts in 2021
This year began with a planetary conjunction that replaced the heavy feel of 2020 and put in place a new, lighter and brighter, feel which sets the tone of 2021. This is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which happens about every 20 years and combines the hope and promise of Jupiter with the restrictions and discipline of Saturn. These two disparate planetary themes combine to form what I’ve named the “Wisdom Hot Degree,” which is 0º Aquarius, the meeting-place of Jupiter and Saturn. Whatever house this occupies in your chart will be a place where you will experience growth opportunities this year, and you will also face reality checks and some hard lessons. The Wisdom Hot Degree expires in late December 2021, so its effects last all year.
In 2021, we Pandora Astrologers expect the covid pandemic to end and some state of normalcy to return. One main reason for this is that the Pandemic Hot Degree (P.H.D.) expired in the middle of December 2020, which brought a sense that the light at the end of the tunnel had appeared, though we were not out of the tunnel yet. Such an expiry doesn’t bring effects overnight, because the P.H.D was rooted in a Saturn/Pluto conjunction which has a much longer cycle (approximately 35 years) than Saturn/Jupiter one (just 20 years), but the P.H.D. did drive bad behavior due to a general feeling of oppression among humans, and that feeling has already begun to lift. From here, it gets better, and likely it does so faster than we expect.
The other reason we expect normalcy (or something like it) to return is that 2021 has a few planetary events in it, but nothing as large, dramatic and heavy-feeling as 2020 did. The P.H.D. was not only heavy and painful, it was also triggered by Jupiter and Mars several times each during the course of the year, bringing those negative sensations of painful entrapment right up in our faces, making them impossible to ignore. This year, nothing like that is happening. The Wisdom Hot Degree is experiencing no multipass triggers from other planets at all, and this does much to lighten things up in 2021.
During 2021 there are just two planetary aspects being formed: one is Saturn in a harmonious sextile with Chiron and the other places Saturn in a stressful square with Uranus. Neither of these multipass transits is being triggered by Jupiter, Mars, or any other planet. These aspects suggest work that needs doing, but it’s work that is doable, not work that feels impossible or insane.
The toughest aspect of the year is undoubtedly Saturn square Uranus, which pits conservative and authoritarian Saturn against progressive and reactionary Uranus. We’re seeing this in governments all over Earth and while this aspect is in play (from February through December) we’ll see authoritarian governments behave in crushing ways while rebels work to restore or gain freedoms. Expect propaganda and a cacophony of voices.
The year also begins with a large pile of planets in Aquarius, bringing an emphasis on groups, community and tribe (including tribalism) and also on science and progress. Aquarius is a much lighter and brighter feeling sign than heavy, dour and restrictive Capricorn. This is a distinct shift in tone.
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