USA Mundane Forecast
for the four weeks beginning FEBRUARY 20, 2020
If you are unfamiliar with the methods and interpretations of Sidereal mundane astrology, please see my free book Sidereal Mundane Astrology. (A link to the current edition can be found near the top of the Publications sub-forum.) For standard interpretations, see Chapter 8 of the current (16th) Edition.
USA Mundane Forecast: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=3847
Trump Watch: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=3847#p28904
Other Locations: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=3847#p28905
Ingress Summaries: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=3847#p28906
Transits to Capsolar Planets: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=3847#p28907
Saturn in Capricorn: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=3847#p28908
LONG-TERM (Solar Ingress) PATTERNS
For the United States, the 12 months beginning January 15, 2020 are dominated by Uranus on Eastpoint and a triple Sun-Saturn-Pluto conjunction (with some Mercury) at Midheaven. It will be a difficult year with more challenges than blessings. Perhaps our best way to use this year is to prepare for the even more severe patterns coming in 2021.
URANUS gives the main flavor of the year, which will be full of surprises. Uranus forecasts sudden rupture or eruption, shock, surprise, revelation, and overflowing of normal boundaries and limitations. Some extreme destructive examples are explosions, structural collapses, earthquakes, and floods. Uranus events actively caused by people include surprise attacks, sharp changes in foreign relationships, and changes in leadership, whether through death, coup, or abdication; as well as riots, revolts, and other populist uprisings.
However, the year's main story likely will be told by the more widely foreground cluster of Sun, Saturn, and Pluto. Every four years, the U.S. enacts a ritual deposing our head of state (it's called a presidential election). For over half a century, in every election year except 1984, Pluto has been on Midheaven of the Capsolar, a perfect symbol. This year, with Pluto conjunct Saturn as the closest aspect (0°15'), within about 2° of a culminating Sun, the momentum to overthrow the seated monarch is more than ceremonial: It seems that it is the focus of the national soul. By one means or another, it seems astrologically inconceivable that Donald Trump's presidency will survive both the constitutional impeachment process and the constitutional election process.
This will be a horrible struggle, probably with great damage along the way. SATURN CONJUNCT PLUTO signifies tragedy or hardship including catastrophic disasters often laying waste to a landscape. The planets' symbolism describes feelings of irrevocable loss or separation, a seemingly apocalyptic moment. The last time the U.S. had an angular Saturn-Pluto this powerful was in 2001, for the 9/11 attacks. Historically, the aspect has marked the downfall of cities and nations (though that would be an extreme expression).
In the U.S., the Sun-Saturn-Pluto triplet is exactly angular in southern Florida, New Orleans, and coastal Mississippi. I fear there is no way these areas (and Yucatan) will make it through 2020 without a devastating (likely Category 5) hurricane after the fashion of Hurricane Andrew, just as the Mars line through the Santa Barbara region makes it seem certain this year's fires in that area will be more severe than the already-terrible ones of the recent past. You can see the impact of these lines outside of Washington, DC here.
SUN-SATURN marks primarily sad events. (Even happy events occur under arduous conditions.) Examples include the death or other restraint of national leaders; government gridlock or other lockdown involving restrictive, controlling, or failing government that causes or worsens disaster; fiscal crisis; structural collapses, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and other events mandating government oversight and response. SUN-PLUTO events can be highly diverse, from natural disasters to political confrontation, but routine motifs include removing or assaulting those in power, rebelling against prevailing conventions, and disrespect for and disobeying the law.
Uniting these two themes, Uranus forms mundane squares to Sun, Saturn, and Pluto. In order of strength, SATURN-URANUS signals bubble-bursting forced confrontation with harsh reality. Expect wide swings of great tension between opposites such as freedom-restriction, liberality-conservatism, or the forces of change and status quo, with political and practical gridlock until one side gains dominance. URANUS-PLUTO is destabilizing, revolutionary, revising, remapping, anti-establishment, and often anti-government, with a spirit of revolution that dismantles current systems and tears down existing structures (metaphorically or literally). People are willing to ignore, challenge, or forcibly reject precedent, custom, convention, and authority. SUN-URANUS signals sudden, startling events that are psychologically (and sometimes physically) explosive such as surprise attacks, sudden changes in leadership, and life-altering technology breakthroughs.
We are already in a new American civil war, at least with respect to culture. This chart portrays a nation hurled more deeply into that divided reality in 2020, perhaps closer to the spirit of a new American revolution. With Pluto at the end of Sagittarius, every solar or lunar cardinal ingress of the next two or three years, for every part of the world, will have Sun or Moon closely conjunct, opposite, or square Pluto.
Mercury is 3° from Midheaven. Sun and Mercury are conjunct, their midpoint half a degree from MC. Compared to the above, the usual Mercury themes seem trivial. Beyond the obvious, one would hope that trade wars are over and the flow of international commerce resumes at its old pace. We can anticipate a year of technology altering everyday life at even a faster rate than currently anticipated (not limited to 5G and IOT). Mercury is 0°10' from square Uranus in RA, so these developments are well within its purview: We have a year of discovery and amazement ahead, even as we endure a persistent sense of emergency and alarm.
MEDIUM-TERM PATTERNS (The Bridge)
- Saturn conjunct Capsolar Midheaven continues through March 11 and is exact on February 20 as this new astrological month begins. This singularly important aspect must not be underestimated. Great tragedies have occurred under Saturn's exact transit to Capsolar MC of a place. In the most benign interpretation, it nonetheless signifies a great tragedy for the United States or, perhaps, for its head of state. Loss (of life, property, or hope) is in the air.
- Uranus conjunct Capsolar Eastpoint expires February 21 and likely has run its course of bombshells, surprise, and overflowing natural bounds and limits.
- Mars square CapQ Moon has been ongoing a while and expires February 21. Worldwide it signifies a heightened state of emergency, pulses pounding harder, and frequent news stories focused on violence, blood, fire, bombs, warring, earthquakes, accidents, and other destruction and death.
- Feb 20-21. Uranus Saturn Mars.
- Feb 22-Mar 11. Saturn.
SHORT-TERM (Lunar Ingress) PATTERNS
Caplunar (Feb 20) The Caplunar covers February 20 to March 18, especially the first two weeks, February 20 to March 5. Unfortunately, while I keep looking for opportunities to forecast nicer, benign outcomes, I won't find that opportunity this month.
t Saturn conj. Capsolar MC on 2/20
Pluto on Asc 1°01'
Moon on Asc 2°27'
Saturn on Asc 2°31'
Jupiter more widely foreground
Moon-Saturn conj. 0°03' in mundo
Moon-Pluto conj. 1°01'
Saturn-Pluto conj. 1°30'
Arilunar (Feb 27)
South Carolina Democratic Primary 2/29
Super Tuesday March 3
The Arilunar covers February 27 to March 5. It is dormant.
Moon-Pluto sq. 0°49'
Moon-Venus conj. 1°56'
Moon-Saturn sq. 2°12' in mundo
Canlunar (Mar 5) Numerous primaries & caucuses March 10, including Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington.
The Canlunar covers March 5-11.
Mars on IC 2°37'
Liblunar (Mar 11) The Liblunar covers March 11-18.
Pluto on IC 1°07'
Moon on EP 0°30' [on Asc 2°56']
Jupiter sq. Asc 1°00' [on IC 2°08']
Mars & Saturn more widely foreground
Moon-Pluto sq. 0°30'
Ma/Sa on angles 0°24'
Moon-Jupiter sq. 1°41' (in RA)
Moon-Saturn sq. 2°55' in mundo
Jupiter-Pluto conj. 3°02'
-- Ju/Pl on IC 0°31'