Back in January, we knew that the rare alignment of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn would require a reset.
Saturn and Pluto’s challenging aspects often coincide with a time of endings & hardship. The Grim Reaper (Saturn) meets God of the Underworld (Pluto) in Capricorn, the star sign ruling the establishment – it was never going to be a happy marriage between the two and it smacked of a global recession.
What we weren’t aware of at the start of 2020 was the major impact of the coronavirus globally, although it had already kicked in. Reading back through my Saturn/Pluto article from January, the following words now make more sense:
‘The key themes of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction are endings, super powers, death & loss, the passing of time and the dark side of life’. Some of my tips on the Saturn/Pluto conjunction were; ‘Get real and deal with the facts’, ‘Flex your survival instinct’, ‘Ditch the fear’. All worth holding on to at this peak moment in history.
What I want to do in this article is consider the astrology for the onset of the virus to see if that can help us work out the timing of events and where we need to pay close attention. As always, I’ve tried to keep the astrology simple to help make sense of things.
Jupiter In Capricorn
Looking at the coronavirus timeline, one of the first cases was on December 1, 2019. What’s interesting about this date is that Jupiter was at 29 Sagittarius on the verge of joining Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn the following day, December 2, 2019.
Jupiter is the global planet, linked to foreign connections, travel and study, also religion, hope & faith, broadcasting and the Law. Its most significant planetary aspect in 2020 is a conjunction with Pluto which happens three times on the following dates: April 5, June 30 and November 12, 2020.
These major planetary aspects act as a backdrop to the year – they can be specific date-wise but more often they bring a theme to the year’s events. We are already seeing how this is playing out as severe travel restrictions are being put in place. Jupiter rules travel and Pluto is the wipe-out planet.
Therefore, it’s super important to consider your travel plans in the year ahead, limit unnecessary travel and ensure that you have good insurance as soon as you book. The impact of the coronavirus is already hitting the airline business and limiting our freedom, another key feature of Jupiter.
Another area to note are schools and places of study, which again are already being closed when there’s a case of coronavirus confirmed. Here too, you need to be ready for significant changes or cancellations.
Jupiter and Pluto are planets that are about big money – Jupiter rules abundance and Pluto rules hidden riches. These two planets are often key when it comes to finances. We already know that this is going to be a wild year financially.
Ideally, you want to ditch debt and know that the stock markets are going to be in for a rocky ride all year. This also fits Uranus in Taurus’ symbolism; Uranus brings change and Taurus rules money.
Quarantine & Lockdown
When I was thinking about the Saturn/Pluto conjunction back in January, the image of a prison came to mind. Saturn rules walls, boundaries, confinement; Pluto rules caves, the Underworld, dark places.
The ‘lockdown symbolism’ is evident. Which brings me to cruise ships, the monolithic vessels surging through our seas. I’ve never been a fan of cruise ships.
Yes, you travel to amazing places but you can’t get off them in the middle of the ocean which is my personal idea of hell. They’re not great for the environment and they have exploded in popularity in recent years.
The quarantine on the cruise ships which turned out to be a fertile breeding ground for the virus is a shuddering reminder of the Saturn/Pluto ‘lockdown’ symbolism. If Saturn/Pluto is the equivalent of a reset button, we are being forced to consider the way we travel around the globe. One of the good things that could come out of our current crisis is that the planet’s getting a clean up!
South Node In Capricorn
There is another key planetary factor involved. The definitive date for the corona virus was December 31, 2019, when China alerted the WHO (World Health Organisation) to the spread of the disease.
On this day, the Sun was exactly conjunct the South Node, both at 8 degrees Capricorn. The South Node is a point in astrology that’s often associated with ‘bad fortune’. Traditionally, this is a point linked to release and letting go, especially when you slip into bad habits, your comfort zone.
Normally, a virus would be represented by Neptune in astrology, the mysterious, intangible planetary influence which often shows in personal illness, especially any condition which is hard to diagnose. And, the virus did spread greatly during Pisces season – Pisces is ruled by Neptune (see below).
Yet, the coronavirus is taking hold as the planets move through Capricorn this year, affecting the structure and foundations of our lives.
Mars In Capricorn
Which brings me to another important point astrologically and suggests that this month, March 2020, is pivotal. This is the fact that Mars, the planet representing speed and ferocity, is currently in Capricorn. It moved here on February 16th and remains in Capricorn until March 30th.
We are already seeing Mars’ impact as the virus accelerates. For example, the first international sports match which was postponed was the Ireland-Italy rugby game and the announcement came on February 26, 2020. On this date, the South Node in Capricorn was conjunct Mars, the planet which rules sport and physical activities, both at 6 degrees Capricorn.
Mars still has a way to go in Capricorn as Mars is conjunct Jupiter on March 20th and Pluto on March 23th. These dates are likely to prove pivotal for the disruptive effect of the virus.
It’s perhaps worth noting that the South Node is moving backwards out of Capricorn by May 5, 2020 and makes no further connections with planets in Capricorn. This could be a significant period in the year.
0 Degrees Aquarius
Mars joins Saturn in Aquarius on March 30th and they meet at 0 Aquarius on March 31st. When I drew up the chart for December 1, 2019, the first coronavirus case, I chose a sunrise chart and the Moon was at 0 Aquarius.
The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction which heralds a New Age also takes place at 0 Aquarius on December 21, 2020. These dates and planetary alignments could bring something new to the situation. Although, the Mars/Saturn symbolism does suggest further lockdown.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the virus a global pandemic. This was an interesting date astrologically. Mercury turned direct on March 10th, a move that often brings news to light.
Mercury’s three week retrograde phase through Pisces, Neptune’s star sign, starting on February 17th coincided with the spread of the virus. During Mercury retrograde, events remains hidden.
Mercury turns direct and suddenly everyone knows what’s happening. Plus, this fell at a peak time astrologically as it was during the Full Moon in Virgo, a symbol of illumination, on March 9th.
Full Moons bring culmination – perfect timing for the announcement. Here too, Neptune was playing a pivotal role as it was exactly conjunct the Sun in Pisces during the Virgo (health) Full Moon.
The ‘Eyes’ Of The Universe
The symbolism of the Sun/South Node conjunction in Capricorn which coincided with the announcement of the corona virus is intriguing. In traditional astrology, the Sun and Moon represent the eyes; the Sun is the right eye, the Moon the left eye.
The Sun has a ‘corona’ which is invisible to the human eye except during an eclipse. Then, it’s brought to light. The eyes of the world – the Sun & Moon – look down upon us as we stand and fall, make mistakes, abuse the earth we live on and, hopefully, try to make amends.
As always with astrology, there’s a sense that the steps we take in life as human beings are closely connected to the cosmic order, the movements of the stars & planets. We are seeing that in what’s happening now as we’re being forced to consider how we lead our lives on our beautiful planet.
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Here’s the link to another article you may find helpful: Saturn in Aquarius: The New Age written on March 22nd 2020
Also, here’s the link to the Coronavirus Special Astrology Podcast recorded on March 18th 2020 (Astrology With Christina & Sally) – 50 minutes.