From January 5 – 14, 2020, and then again from January 19-22, Saturn and Pluto will be within 5° of each other. This event is called the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction. Note that some astrologers expand the definition of a conjunction to planets within 10° of each other.
Another significant conjunction, one between Jupiter and Saturn, comes at the end of 2020, called the Great Conjunction, which will take place between November 18 and December 16, 2020. From December 14 – 16, the two planets will be side by side at 29°, or the Anaretic Degree.
Let’s talk about all this.
If you are in any way connected to the astrology community or you have a good friend who is a hard-core astrologer, then you’ve probably heard chatter about the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
Those who observe a 10° conjunction will report a much longer period for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, starting back on December 20, 2018 when Saturn was at 10° in Capricorn and Pluto was at 20°. Since both are slow moving planets, here I’ll narrow the definition to only 5°.
Why? Because both Saturn and Pluto are slow moving planets are not as likely to affect you personally, unless there is a significant alignment of celestial bodies specific to your birth chart. A Saturn-Pluto conjunction is going to be more pertinent to broad strokes of energies that impact the environment.
Defining a conjunction as 5° for the purposes of observing Saturn and Pluto’s movements, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction started on March 3, 2019, though moved apart to a 6° difference (therefore no longer a conjunction) on June 29, 2019 due to both Saturn and Pluto being in retrograde around that time.
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction then returned on July 10, 2019, grew distant and fell out on July 12, then back to the conjunction on October 25, falling out again on November 11, 2019, so basically, throughout the end of 2019, Saturn and Pluto are doing this dance, coming in and out of the 5° conjunction.
In other words, any impact of a Saturn-Pluto conjunction felt here on earth by society is going to be shaky, in flux, and out of balance. It’s in and then it’s out, it’s out and then it’s in.
Let’s just focus on the days that Saturn and Pluto are at the same exact degree: On January 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm PST, Saturn and Pluto are both at 22° in Capricorn. At the time, there is a stellium in Capricorn comprised of the sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and Ceres. Saturn and Pluto stay conjunct at 22° in Capricorn until January 14, 2020 until 6:00 am PST.
During this period of a perfected Saturn-Pluto conjunction, i.e., both are at the exact same degree (22°), with 22 being a master number per numerology, specifically, the number of the master builder, there can be a rise in prominence of false prophets, snake oil salesmen, or empty promises being made. That’s the resulting effects of the “master builder” numerology in the 22° placement with the malefic conjunction of Saturn and Pluto—Saturn being otherwise representative of the wise man archetype and Pluto typically bringing curveballs.
Then January 19, 2020, 2:00 am PST, Saturn and Pluto are both at 23° in Capricorn where they remain until January 22, 2020, 5:00 pm PST. This will be a period of uncertainty, the moment when the direction that the pendulum will swing is going to be determined, and so what transpires on the global stage—the decisions that we the citizens and societies make for ourselves during these few days—will determine the fates of many for years to come.
As for my thoughts on the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, on a personal level, I don’t worry about it or pay too much attention to it. It’s not that it isn’t important—it is. It’s important in the way that presidential elections are important. Astrologically, a Saturn-Pluto conjunction affects collective behavior and that is bound to trickle down and have an impact on you at the individual level.
However, beyond that, I don’t make a bigger deal out of it than it needs to be. Things that go bump in your day to day life will not be because of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, is what I’m saying.
On the other hand, if you are going through a Saturn Return, Saturn Opposition, or Saturn Square during the time that Saturn and Pluto are conjunct, well in that case, Pluto may exacerbate situations and make a bad condition worse. Yeah. My condolences. Good luck with that. Craft a couple protection and warding talismans, good luck charms, and observe good magical hygiene. Yes, that helps. A lot.
The Great Conjunction 2020
In 2020, there will also be a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, also known as a Great Conjunction, which will take place in the fourth quarter of the year
Starting November 18, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn are just 5° apart. Then on December 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm PST, Jupiter and Saturn are both Anaretic, at 29° in Capricorn. Jupiter and Saturn are both at the Anaretic Degree, or 29°, in Capricorn until December 16, 2020 until 9:03 pm PST.
As an astrologer, any time a major planet is at 29°, you pay attention. We call it the Anaretic Degree. You know how when you’ve been working and working and exerting yourself until you’re exhausted and raw to the bone and at that last moment before you keel over, you know how you feel? You know how you behave? You’re crankier than usual, you’re snippy with everyone around you, and you are probably at your worst in terms of personality. Yep. That’s the Anaretic Degree. It’s that planet at its energetic worse.
So a Great Conjunction at 29° isn’t good news, because even beneficent, kindly Jupiter is going to be at its worse. Saturn, already considered a malefic planet, at its worse is, well, you can only imagine.
However, before the 29° placement, when Jupiter and Saturn are merely conjunct, Jupiter is still in good, high spirits, and since it overpowers Saturn when they’re that close to each other, actually, the Great Conjunction is great, so long as it’s not at the 29° placement.
That means in terms of astrological predictions, November 18 to December 14, 2020 should be a pretty good time for all matters relating to career, employment, ambitious undertakings, real estate, fashion, corporate organization, and contract negotiation, but then as soon as the planets are both at 29° and Anaretic on December 14, 2020 effective 2:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, kerplunk—Jupiter turns on you like a scorned lover, the cat that decides she no longer wants you to pet her, snaps, and tries to bite your hand off.
Thus, December 14 to December 16—and fortunately it’s only a couple of days—if you can, avoid making any important business decisions, avoid signing and binding yourself to contracts, and me, I am going to just lay low. In fact, although I didn’t write it in as a default for your copy of the day planner because I don’t want to be telling you what to do, I know I’m going to go ahead and write in my own copy of the day planner, “LAY LOW” for the period of December 14 through 16.
This is an excerpt from the complimentary 2020 Metaphysician’s Guidebook that comes with every order of the 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner. To order your Metaphysician’s Day Planner, go here.