As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, we’ll take a look at the heavy hitters each month and in 2020, there are a lot of them.

First, there are six eclipses this year – four lunar and two solar. Keep in mind that solar eclipses usually trigger outer events in our lives – and in the larger world. They’re like double new moons in that they often bring double the new opportunities. But sometimes, we have to release something in order to take advantage of those opportunities. Also, on a larger scale, solar eclipses can be followed by catastrophes.

After the total solar eclipse in Leo on August 21, 2017, that swept across the U.S., we experienced Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – On August 25 and September 10. Then along came Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, severe wildfires in California, a mass shooting in Nevada, record snowfalls in the south.

Lunar eclipses are more about internal events, emotions, times of completion and harvest.
Usually, a given year has three solar eclipses and three lunar, but the last solar eclipse in 2019 was on December 26, at 4 degrees Capricorn. It’s followed two weeks later on January 10, by a lunar eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer.

With this one, it’s time to wrap up the old business from 2019 and to prepare yourself for the new opportunities a new decade will bring. Because Cancer is a feminine sign and the first lunar eclipse of the year – and the last of 2020 – falls in that sign, I think we can expect to see the rise of feminine power this year. More women in the news and in  politics. On a personal level, strive for a more intuitive approach to life and more caring for self and others.

Neptune in Pisces forms a 120 degree angle to the eclipse degree – a trine – so there will be a dreamy, intuitive quality to this eclipse. Spirituality may be heightened in some way. Psychic experiences and synchronicities may surface.

Uranus, the planet of sudden, unforeseen events, turns direct on January 10 at 2 degrees in earth sign Taurus. It forms a wide trine to Jupiter at 8 degrees Capricorn, so any news you hear and events that unfold will have an expansive, positive quality to them that will catch you off guard.

Half the zodiac – Pluto, Saturn, Mercury, the sun and Jupiter are all in earth sign Capricorn, with the sun, of course, and Mercury directly opposed to the Cancer moon. So in the midst of this dreamy, psychic quality to the eclipse, there’s a need for what is practical, efficient. With Mercury in Capricorn wedged in between the sun and Pluto and Saturn, there will be global news on or around the time of this eclipse.

In that lineup of planets in Capricorn in the 8th house – and Jupiter in the 7th at 8 degrees – Pluto and Saturn are both at 22 degrees Capricorn, technically conjunct. But the exact conjunction, down to the minute, occurs on January 12. For all practical purposes, though, you may be experiencing this energy already. Saturn is concerned about preserving the status quo, business as usual. Pluto, however, seeks to destroy in order to expose what’s hidden and then strives to rebuild from the ashes. Pluto is about the redistribution of power.

The last time these two were conjunct, in Libra, was November 8, 1982. So if you’re old enough, look back to those years. What was going on in your life then? There may be some similarities between then and now. The struggle between the old and the new will be particularly pervasive.

Here are the other dates for 2020, which will be covered in the forecasts for  the respective months:

June 5, lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius

June 21 (summer solstice), solar eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer

July 5, lunar eclipse at 13 Capricorn

November 30, lunar eclipse at 8 degrees Gemini

December 14, solar eclipse at 23 degrees Sagittarius

For other notable dates this month: January 20: The sun moves into Aquarius, the outlier and rebel of the zodiac. You’ll feel like going against the flow of whatever is going on around you, so do it. Don’t pay any attention to the naysayers around you. Push past your comfort zone, believe in yourself.

Also, circle January 24, when the new moon occurs at 4 degrees in visionary Aquarius. Now is the time to start things – projects, submissions, communications, a website, blog, podcast. Whatever it is, get moving!

January 27: Venus enters compassionate Pisces. Until the end of January, it conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, so your energy is prone to seeing what isn’t there. This is true whether it’s in a relationship or a situation. Your vision may be somewhat clouded by the idealism that’s inherent to this conjunction.