2020: A new era begins

You often hear people talk about a new ‘era’, or ‘age.’

A lot of this is over-hyped nonsense. But astrologically we are indeed heading into a new era. And although it begins in 2020, we can already get a sense of what it might be about. This is because it actually started in 1980, but then ended temporarily in 2000. Confused? Read on.

Every 20 years or so, the planets Jupiter and Saturn appear close to each other in the sky. This phenomena is called a ‘conjunction’ or ‘coming together’. The conjunction signifies the ending of one 20 years cycle, and the beginning of a new one. Astrologers have recognised this for many years. For instance, noted English Astrologer, William Lilly (1602-1681) even wrote a book (called England’s Prophetical Merline Foretelling to All Nations of Europe Until 1663 the Influence of the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter) about a conjunction in the 1640s.

These 20 year repeats of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions cycles are interesting, but Not Really A Big Deal, astrologically.

However, what IS truly interesting is that for many, many years, conjunctions will recur in signs of the same element (e.g. either Earth, Water, Air or Fire). Astrologers find this very significant, as this repetition by element marked out the duration of an ‘era’ or ‘age.’ So when the conjunctions eventually switch to occur in new element – well, that is what’s called a ‘mutation’, and marks the beginning of a new era or age.

We had just such a mutation in 1980, marking the start of the new era. And then in 2000 the conjunction occurred back in an Earth sign. So until 2020, we’re still under the influence of the Earth sign conjunction. But that 2000 conjunction is the last Earth sign conjunction for many years. Because from 2020, conjunctions will be in Air signs. Until 2159! (BTW, This table shows details of the conjunctions by dates and signs)

Let’s look back in time for a moment, to make more sense of all this. Since 1802, ALL the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions until 1980 had occurred in Earth signs (either Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn). But as mentioned above, in 1980 it shifted. That year, the conjunction in an Air sign, Libra. In 2000, we had that final ‘last-gasp’ conjunction in an Earth sign.

But what does all this mean? [Read more…]