Jupiter and Saturn are the great chronocrators, the rulers of time. They set the beat of culture and history. These conjunctions happen every 20 years, and they represent the end of one cycle, the start of another. The last Jupiter-Saturn conjunct was in May 2000. It was two months after the dot com boom had exploded, and world stock markets were coming down off their peaks. The conjunction was in Taurus, and I suppose people were asking whether internet companies with huge valuations could actually deliver on the their promise. The 2000 conjunction also had a big connection with the Middle East. The event that set the cycle off was the terrorist attacks of September 2001, which were quickly followed by US intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ten years after the conjunction, in 2010 and 2011, there was an opposition between the two planets. The 20-year cycle had reached a crisis point. In the Middle East you had the Arab Spring, that was supposed to bring freedom and democracy, but in fact brought civil war and chaos. From an economic point of view central banks in developed countries were going for full scale quantiative easing, in a desperate attempt to keep their economies afloat. During the last half of the cycle, stock markets have gone up, at least they did until 2018. But the rise in the markets came from fear rather than optimism. For example, the Federal Reserve under Janet Yellen doing everything possible to keep the markets buoyant, because the alternative was just too awful to contemplate. However, one can’t help thinking of Yellen’s 2017 hubristic comment, when she expressed the belief that there wouldn’t be another financial crisis in “our lifetimes”. Yellen, in making this comment, was indicating the opposite. There will be a financial nemesis, and in all probably it will be linked with the 2020 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.
It is tempting to think that the 2020 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will represent a change of US presidential parties. The conjunctions always come close to presidential elections. In 2000 George Bush Junior ended an eight year Democrat presidency. In 1980 Republican Ronald Reagan unseated Democrat Jimmy Carter. In 1960 Kennedy beat Nixon, in 1920 Warren Harding replaced two-term Democrat Woodrow Wilson. However FDR got re-elected in 1940, and so might Trump in 2020. I’m tempted to say that he WILL get re-elected, on the basis of a horary chart I drew up. Yet from a Vedic perspective, his luck seems to have changed for the worse, and this is supported by other techniques. More of this in a later article.
Looking at the details of the 2020 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, it’s in Aquarius. There is an erroneous view in astrology that Aquarius is a sign that’s freedom-loving and tolerant. It is not – Hitler came to power on January 30 1933, meaning that the Nazi regime had its Sun in Aquarius. Saturn rules Aquarius, and it is a planet that’s cold and malefic. We’ll be moving into a world where there’ll be less freedom, and technology will control our lives in new ways. At the same time, the ideological battles that have been brewing over the last few years will intensify – people’s opinions will polarize even further, and compromise will be hard to find.
There is then the question of which parts of the world are going to feel the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction the most. The 1941 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, set for Pearl Harbor, had Neptune on the Ascendant square Mars on the Fourth House cusp – a perfect signature for an enemy attack on the American fleet. The 2020 conjunction has Jupiter and Saturn exactly on the Descendant in London, Paris and Brussels. Some people may think we’re reaching peak Brexit in the UK, but perhaps the struggle hasn’t really started. If Britain leaves the EU this year, there will still be major issues to deal with. And if Britain doesn’t leave, perhaps as a result of a second referendum, the underlying issues will drag on. France may have another set of problems, and so will the EU, with its administrative centre in Brussells.
But it’s early days. I am writing about my immediate impression of the next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. And as it gets closer, I’ll be writing more.