Welcome to Pandora’s monthly astrology forecast. Here you’ll find news for the year, for the month and for dates this month when important changes are happening in our skies. You’ll also find words and videos explaining what they mean, how to handle them and how to know if they affect your chart specifically.
Long-Term Shifts in 2020
2020 began with a very difficult planetary conjunction that set the tone of the year: Saturn Conjuncts Pluto in January of 2020. Saturn and Pluto connect about every 35 years and when they do, individuals, societies and nations go through massive transformation. The keyword for this transit is “oppression” and it activated something we like to call the “Pandemic Hot Degree” which contains an important spiritual lesson for humanity about power, control, vulnerability and responsibility. Find out more about that and how it affects you specifically in our playlist The Astrology of Pandemic Year 2020. This is the main transit of the year and it’s why 2020 feels so heavy, intense and dark.
During the year, Jupiter and Mars each trigger the Pandemic Hot Degree several times, yielding specific dates to stay aware of your health and your safety. Here’s more about that: The Astrology of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please be sure to check the July 4th Lunar Eclipse below too, because this one’s a doozy for Americans specifically.
As the year continues, Jupiter, newly in Capricorn, moves in and out of a conjunction with Pluto. Jupiter sometimes brings hope and confidence, making things better–but other times it just blows things up bigger and makes them visible when previously they were hidden. Hopefully this will bring a spark of positivity and shine some light into dark places. During 2020 Jupiter will also be dancing in a harmonious sextile with Neptune, fostering dreams and ideals and growing them further, adding to an increasing feeling of hope and possibility. As the year ends, Jupiter leaves Pluto behind and also exits Capricorn. Upon entering Aquarius in December 2020, Jupiter conjuncts Saturn, a connection that suggests wisdom from experience and an ability to make promises only in line with what you know you can deliver. And that may be the lesson this year.
During 2020, Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter will be in Capricorn, while Uranus travels through Taurus, Neptune through Pisces and Chiron through Aries. This video explains what these long-tern “planetary eras” mean: Planetary Eras: Outer Planets In Signs In 2020.
The Spiritual Lesson of the COVID-19 Pandemic Hot Degree
Western astrologers believe that everything in life has a lesson and a way you can turn it to your benefit—including this pandemic. In this video, Jamie and Julia explain exactly what that lesson is and how you can handle the discomfort of being immersed in situations that are beyond your control. We add thoughts on how you can emerge stronger, wiser and more resilient, instead of disheartened or even destroyed by the events of this year, despite how harsh and difficult it’s turning out to be. And we offer the Serenity Prayer as a great tool for coping during this time—in its expanded, slightly more humorous, and humble version.
Some people are experiencing that the Pandemic Hot Degree introduces a mass of stress into their chart—if this is you, then you need a way to grapple with it and take charge of the situation, even if your recourse is limited. Other people are actually experiencing that the P.H.D. introduces more harmony than stress into their chart—if this is you, then you can stop feeling guilty about benefitting during the pandemic, as long as you are using the spare attention you’ve been granted to help those around you who need it. And there’s a third set of people who are “running between the raindrops” and it’s almost like the pandemic isn’t affecting them at all. Which do you think is your situation and what should you do about it? In this video we show you how to find the Pandemic Hot Degree in your own chart by starting with your Rising sign and making a very educated guess about the house it falls in. We will also suggest some things about what it might mean and how you can courageously face the lesson of the Pandemic Hot Degree and come away a winner.
July begins with Mercury moving retrograde (backwards), tangling lines of communication and messing up office equipment. This one is likely to be especially difficult, falling as it does in the emotional Water sign of Cancer. It also tangles with a Lunar Eclipse which lands right on the Sun in the chart of the United States—because this Lunar Eclipse happens on the 4th of July. Chances are very good that frustrated patriots will express themselves in July 4th celebrations and there may even be violent results. Even if crowds or groups are allowed, it might be better to stay away. Mercury goes direct on July 12th and by the time Leo season begins, we’re out of the woods. Whew! Here’s more about This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades. Also see video below in Lunations section about Mercury Retrograde and the New Moon in Cancer.
Summer began in earnest on June 20th at the Summer Solstice which marks the longest day of the year and also the beginning of Cancer season (June 21 to July 22). Throughout the month of Cancer, the sun will shine bright and the rain will fall, both lending their rays and water to the growth and maturation of the earthly abundance we call food and flowers. Cancer is a water sign, so spend some of these warm days near the water if you can; it will help you settle. Wish your Cancerian friends a happy birthday by giving them your time and attention. Cancer loves to feel loved and connecting with him or her on an emotional level will make their birthday feel really special. Cardinal Cancer loves to lend its assistance to solving emotional dilemmas — while the Sun is in this sign, use these energies as an opportunity to delve into some of your emotional depths.
No sign of the zodiac exemplifies the relentless heat of midsummer better than Leo, ruled by the steadily burning Sun. This year Leo runs from July 22 through August 23. Leo is both a Fire sign and a Fixed sign. From Fire, Leo gets its heat and from Fixity Leo gets its consistency. All Fixed signs are prone to being a little stubborn (or sometimes more than a little) and Leo is no exception. But this same stubbornness is the flip side of a powerful persistence which keeps Leo’s creative fires burning once they’ve begun. Our playful and theatrical side comes out in the fun and sun of midsummer, so get out there and play!
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.
Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.
“July 4th Lunar Eclipse on the USA’s Birthday” Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse at 13º Capricorn on July 4, 2020
The night of this year’s 4th of July, after midnight for East Coasters, in the hours before midnight for the rest of the country, features an emotionally intense Lunar Eclipse. This Eclipse forms powerful connections to the USA chart, impacting it for the rest of the year (till July 2021) by getting baked into the USA’s Solar Return. This Eclipse Solar Return will make not only ourselves, but also our NATION look at its shadow and we will have to examine, “what is patriotism? What does this country, our home, mean to us?” We are a melting pot of people with genes that come from all over the earth. “How do we make a home here, together, with minimum emotional drama and maximum awareness, acknowledging and also letting go of the shadows of our nation’s past?”
“Dig Your Roots Deep, Reach for the Sky” New Moon at 28º Cancer on July 20, 2020
This month Julia and Jamie have made a video combining Mercury retrograde in Cancer and the New Moon happening at the end of the month. Mercury is already retrograde as July begins, and is only one reason why your 4th of July party is likely to be ruined. When Mercury is in Cancer there’s a tendency to have old miscommunications with family surface—attended by a lot of emotion and drama. This also brings opportunities to clear with family and can turn out very well if you slow down, notice how you feel and get command of yourself. That doesn’t mean reacting by clamping down on your emotions either. It does mean paying attention to other people’s feelings and helping them feel heard. The New Moon in Cancer of July 20th contains a repeat of these themes of balancing of emotions vs discipline. It also incorporates themes of patriotism and authority.
Your July horoscope video will tell you more about these Full and New Moons. When checking your horoscope, always check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. Your Rising sign’s horoscope will generally work better.
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