Some General Remarks on the Year 2021
As I said at the beginning of 2020, Pluto’s passage through Capricorn has continued to affect life profoundly at all levels – little did I realize then just how much! Saturn’s conjunction with Pluto in January 2020 dominated the entire year and its effects will reverberate for years to come. However, in 2021 Pluto will be less obviously prominent; it has none of the heavy aspects that it had in 2020. We shall continue to deal with the results of its action, so that anything additional that Pluto may bring during the coming year will seem simply to be ‘more of the same’. There is, however, one result of 2020 that is, in true Plutonic fashion, inescapable, however much we may close our eyes to or ignore it: the world will never be the same again. There will eventually be some kind of new ‘normal’, but the old one will not return, however much anyone tries to make that happen. Things have changed irrevocably; what we now need to do is adapt, not only to this fact but also to a global condition that is constantly changing faster than ever.
Just as with Pluto, the very close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in December 2020 will have repercussions not only throughout 2021 but for many years to come: it sets a course, really, for the next twenty years. If this seems heavy, it isn’t entirely so. The conjunction took place in the first degree of Aquarius, in many ways a propitious position. It symbolizes a step in the advent of the new age, of course, but there is something else. It is thought by some astrologers that each individual degree of the zodiac has a special symbolism of its own. While individual opinions vary somewhat, this first degree of Aquarius is said to be linked with the process of earthing ideals. This is, of course, something that takes time, and if there is one thing about Jupiter-Saturn aspects it is that they do exactly that: they work slowly and thoroughly, but always with a definite goal in mind. Thus, these next couple of decades give us an opportunity to earth the ideals of the new age. Right thought and right action will be needed from us – and so will patience! Given that, the world can be a much better place in 2040 than it is at present.
Uranus continues to move through Taurus, shaking up well-established institutions and disturbing financial norms. This is especially the case this year, as it will be squaring either Jupiter or Saturn in Aquarius – or both – for the whole year. This symbolizes the disruption to the global economy caused by the pandemic, and almost painfully illustrates the fact that economic sacrifices will have to be made if the ideals of a better future for the world are to be turned into reality. This is the case at every level: individual, national and international, and everything in between.
Neptune, although still very much in its own sign (Pisces), is a fairly quiet note this year. In the latter part of the year it very gradually moves towards a harmonious aspect with Pluto which was extant for many years in the last century, though the main effects of the aspect will be very long-term and in the background for most of the time – more on that next year as it gets closer.
Following the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, while Saturn remains in the first half of Aquarius all year, Jupiter moves forward more rapidly and for a couple of months in the middle of the year is just into the beginning of Pisces. This might temporarily encourage unrealistic expectations, a ‘something will turn up’ attitude to solving problems, which may not always be a wise approach. This risk may recur when Jupiter moves into Pisces again at the end of the year. Having said that, though, what’s happening in the celestial sphere suggests that 2021 will be a year of hope and looking forward, however much work and sacrifice is demanded of us to bring to pass that better future we all desire.