Uranus is Afoot

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves…”

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act One, Scene Two

The last hurrah of this year’s potent Capricorn Stellium is upon us: the Jupiter – Saturn conjunction on the winter solstice,12/21/20, in the sign of Aquarius. Astrologers refer to this particular planetary pairing as the “Great Mutation.” While these two gaseous giants tip their Stetsons to each other every 20 years, this time they do so in a new element, known as an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius). For the last 200 years (with a one-cycle exception), Jupiter and Saturn have been trekking through earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). What’s more, the last time they got chummy in the specific air sign of Aquarius was nearly 800 years ago, around the time of the Magna Carta. It’s a new age all right, and the times, they will be a-changin’.

First, before we speculate on what the next 20 years will bring, it would be irresponsible not to comment on the bizarre present period of presidential purgatory. Suffice it to say that since the Big Orange Groundhog failed to concede his shadow, we are in the midst of experiencing six more weeks of chaos. The current commander-in-chief is mostly AWOL, playing golf, rage-tweeting, and dismantling governmental agencies while, at the time of this writing, an American perishes from COVID-19 roughly every 60 seconds.

When does this presidential purgatory end? Let’s recap. We endured more than a fortnight of Trump’s overt denial of Biden’s victory, first announced on Saturday, November 7. A shift occurred on November 24 – when the GSA certified the transition process – coinciding with Trump’s covert recognition of defeat without concession. But still his unproven assertions of election fraud persist; of interest to astrologers, so too does Trump’s strong personal Neptune transit. Neptune’s shadow side is classically associated with a sense of victimization, deception, and an inability to grasp reality. Sound familiar? Perhaps the approaching new moon solar eclipse on December 14 – the exact same day the Electoral College officially certifies results – will finally deliver us from this purgatory and facilitate the proper transition to our new government. Not to mention providing a swift kick to the Congressional derriere to pass a much needed economic stimulus for American small business, the neutrinos of our economy.

So what, you ask, is in store for the next 20 years, as Jupiter and Saturn pair up in 0 degrees Aquarius? Air signs promote communication. They value intellect, innovation, creative solutions to long-standing problems, objectivity, idealism, and tolerance. To which I say, crank up the compressors! We saw the coming attractions of this movie between 1980 and 2000. That’s when Jupiter and Saturn took a one-cycle hiatus from their long passage through earth signs, and got a sneak peak at life in the air sign of Libra. Granted, change did not come overnight, but by the end of this two decade period, we experienced an impressive technological renaissance in communications. Personal computers and cell phones made huge advances. Brick and mortar commerce (earth sign) was starting to give way to the internet and information superhighway (air sign).

Jupiter – Saturn conjunctions also correlate with major socio-political changes. It was during this period that we witnessed the tearing down of the Berlin Wall (1989) and the subsequent advancement of personal freedoms worldwide. By the way, it didn’t hurt that Uranus, ruler of technology as well as chief instigator of shocking social change, was actively afoot in Aquarius at the same time, reinforcing these dramatic developments.

It’s auspicious that the Jupiter – Saturn alignment begins exactly on the winter solstice.

Symbolically this solstice represents an emergence, the birth of new light, as each day grows longer and culminates with the summer solstice. Right from the start, this timing intensifies the power of the Jupiter – Saturn pairing in Aquarius. With respect to communication, we will see substantial progress in digital connectivity (5-G has already begun). Creative solutions will proliferate in renewable energy technologies, such as green hydrogen and battery efficiency. Artificial intelligence and data analytics will accelerate medical breakthroughs resulting in personalized genetic therapies to treat a broad range of diseases, from COVID-19 to cancer.

Yes, advances occur throughout history. But the kind of stunning quantum leaps in scientific discovery are particularly supported by the qualities that air signs represent. So are developments in artistic expression. The early Italian Renaissance began in the middle of a “Great Mutation” air sign. As for social evolution, Einstein once said that it’s harder to crack a prejudice than an atom. Indeed, there will be conflict and unrest as Saturn (establishment) confronts Aquarius/Uranus (independence). But again, we’re entering a long term astrological age that will catalyze social reform. It’s interesting to note the parallel with another historic plague; the bubonic Black Death (1347-1353) disrupted the existing fabric of European society, and paved the way for the artistic/scientific/humanistic advances of the gathering Renaissance.

So, dear Reader, when it’s all said and done, just where does the fault lie? Astrology is only a metaphor for human behavior. But a powerful and time-tested one. I believe that fate and free will coexist in an eternally evolving interactive dance. Yes, the fault is in ourselves, but only when viewed through the context of a larger celestial prism. We’re all descended from stardust. If we can interpret the symbolism accurately, and choose wisely, then we can better resonate with that cosmic spooky action at a distance, and share the credit for a job well done – or share the blame for our extinction. To be or not to be, one might say.

Jack Copeland is a retired radiologist (the kind who never pretended to be an epidemiologist), busboy, and Judd Foundation tour guide. Sources for this column include: (1) Forecast 2020 Book by Ray Merriman. (2) Weekly Forecast Columns 11/20/20 and 11/27/20 by Ray Merriman @https://www.mmacycles.com. (3) “The Six Hundred Year Turn,” article by astrologer Tom Brady, 11/23/20. (4) Learn Astrology Volume One by Marion March and Joan McEvers. (5) Glenis Livingstone, Ph.D. pagaian.org (6) Wikipedia.org