"Gahl Sasson take the complicated task of living well and gives it grace, intelligence and purpose. You will be engaged and prepared for the year ahead and enchanted by the masterful storytelling of Gahl Sasson. For those who live by the planets, this book is full of detailed navigation and powerful advice. For those who just want to know how to do their best, this reads like a book of mythology with grounded, practical advice.” - Laura Day, bestselling author of The Circle and Practical Intuition.
For decades, astrologers and stargazers around the world looked forward as well as dreaded the arrival of the year 2020. While some prophesized disaster (coming from Greek: dis-aster, against the stars), others identified the year as the dawning of a new era. I tend to follow the advice of the Lord Buddha, a sensible Taurus with moon in Scorpio, who emphasized the importance of walking the middle path: 2020 is a dreadful year that can potentially set humanity into a new eon. Another counsel to heed comes from the Sufis, who suggested that, fearing thieves at night, one should trust in Allah, but tie the camels first. We should trust the stars, but we should also prepare for the stories they will luster upon us.
What music do the spheres wish to play for us in the year ahead? What synchronized stories do the constellations wish us to enact? What can we expect from a year whose numerology, 4 and 22, suggests both bereavement and mastery over the mysteries of life? What can we make of the fact that we have six eclipses instead of the usual four and that one of them falls right on the Summer Solstice and another smack on the birthday of the USA?
What does it mean to have a “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn right on the Winter Solstice, which for the first time since early 1800s, has shifted from earth signs to air signs? What does it mean that Mercury retrogrades while Venus and Mars also appear to orbit backward?
And, most importantly, what should we do about that rare conjunction of Saturn (Lord Karma) and Pluto (Lord of Death)? What is 2020 planning for us considering that the last few times this conjunction took place, the AIDS epidemic broke out, the Cold War started, and World War I begun?
But don’t worry. I am a middle path guy, remember? I just gave you the overture of the celestial symphony called Opus 2020. So please don’t toss the book away or lose hope. I truly believe that in 2020 we can open a new doc on our cosmic operating system and explore the next chapter in our ever-evolutionary history as Homo sapiens. The 2020 triple conjunction: Pluto with Saturn, Saturn with Jupiter, and Pluto with Jupiter, promises a new beginning, a way to break old patterns. The word “patterns” comes from Old French, “something serving as a model,” hence patron, or boss. I guess the old French thought a boss should serve as a good model. This year, we can free ourselves from old patrons, breaking the shackles of the patriarchal “strong man” paradigm, whether these so-called “strong men” are inside of us or manifest collectively outside.
In Chinese Astrology, 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat, the first of the animal wheel, the initiator of a new cycle. In addition, Jupiter and Saturn’s grand alignment right on the Winter Solstice, the ancient birthday of the gods of light, takes place in Aquarius, the sign of altruism, humanity, and hope.
Perhaps this year will be the true dawning of the Age of Aquarius and, with the help of our positive intentions, we can herald a new age of enlightenment, freedom, and equality.
I wish you a transformative and meaningful year full of health, magic, and synchronicities.