The best-known song from Hair was a hippy anthem about peace, love and taking your clothes off. It referenced astrology (although the song got it wrong). Many people today still think the Sixties was The Age of Aquarius. Also wrong!
In astrology, we have many different ‘ages’ of Aquarius, the sign of community, diversity and equality. (Brotherhood and equal sisterhood). Whenever we see a line-up of slow moving planets or other factors in Aquarius, we see a worldwide shift to power that is shared equally, across (not from the top down).
Resist, Reclaim, Repair, Renew
It begins with the message ‘RESIST!’ (resisting the old Age of Capricorn values of greed, money, patriarchy, suits, corporations and big business) but ends with something quite new. A strong and confident creation of a new planet for everybody.
Watch the American election of 2020. By the time we get to Electoral College and Jupiter joins Saturn in Aquarius, just before Christmas, the new thinking will be – not so much resist – but renew, recreate and repair.
Aquarius the water-bearer (or water-carrier) is an image taken from astrology 2000 years ago. Every time we see another ‘Age of Aquarius’ come around, the themes of community, and ‘form one planet’ thinking advance. This time round in 2020 we are seeing a global campaign to replace harmful plastic water bottles, with 100% recycled water containers. Boxed water (below).
Teenagers – Millennials – Born in the Last Age of Aquarius
These new voters and politicians will save the world from Climate Emergency, racism and sexism. That’s their mission statement – the Aquarius vision of ‘everyone, all together, pooling resources.’
They arrived on the planet in two batches. The most famous batch came in January 1st 2000-March 10th 2003 born with not only Uranus (radical change) but also Neptune (visions and dreams) in Aquarius, the sign of the water-bearer.
Another wave arrived, September 16th 2003 through December 30th, 2003. As I write this on January 16th 2020, they are aged between 17 and 20 years old, and they will bring the Democrats into power in the United States of America in the 2020 election, unless the Republicans magically change themselves into a party that backs women and minorities.
The biggest issue of all, though, is Climate Emergency. The new American leadership must support worldwide action on an overheating planet. Again, this is the Democrats. The Republicans are simply not doing it, any more than China or Australia. In a moment we’ll look at leadership change in both those countries, too. But what about the other Age of Aquarius teenagers?
The Second Batch of Generation Aquarius
Born January 30th 1998 to August 23rd 1998, and again from November 29th 1998 to December 31st, 2000, this group of people are often called Millennials, born at the turn of the New Millennium. In their early twenties, they are also the new voters (and new politicians) who will be the youth quake that so many people want.
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It doesn’t matter what your age is. If you have Aquarius factors, today’s teenagers and early twenty somethings will meet you in the middle. Why? Aquarian types don’t believe in age barriers. The main thing is – are you part of the world party?
As Ceres, then Jupiter and Saturn – and finally Pluto – pass over Aquarius, you’ll be woken up. Called to action! There are so many books in astrological libraries around the world that give us the definition of Aquarius. Warren Kenton’s old classic, Astrology: The Celestial Mirror (Saracen Books, Sydney, 1974) is as good as any.
“Aquarius. 21st January to 19th February. Ruled by Saturn and Uranus. Element Air. Humour Sanguine. Cross Fixed.”
Let me translate. When the Sun is in Aquarius, the sign of community, from 21st January to 19th February every year – babies are born who shine when they bring people together. Oprah Winfrey was one such baby. President Abraham Lincoln, another. This is the time of year when we see extreme temperatures around the world. Freezing snow that blocks the roads and terrible heat that creates bushfires or drought. At such times, we turn to our friends and the local community for help, often because the council or government has failed us – or literally cannot access where we live. People power.
The Outsider, Loner and Individual in The New Age of Aquarius
This photograph by Daniel Salcius, shows what will become a commonplace part of life in The New Age of Aquarius, as it slowly takes hold in 2020 and is here to stay from 2021. This is the ‘friend to all’ who is still apart. It’s a phenomenon of Aquarius. In Rome, the Aquarius was the water-carrier who fed the Roman baths where people gathered. Yet he never got in the pool. He supplied the community but stayed outside it. Aquarius is friendly to everyone, but never fully and completely part of the gang. He or she can ‘feed’ the people but must always return to duty. A quick dip is allowed, but that’s all. Aquarius is a symbol for both the vast network, but also for the independent individual outside it all.
Saturn and Uranus and Aquarius
A lot of the old astrology books from the 1970s get the rulership of Aquarius wrong. It’s not ruled by Saturn at all (that’s Capricorn). It is wholly and exclusively ruled by Uranus. Uranus was the father of a diverse community – Saturn was actually his son. Venus was his daughter. Alongside them, Uranus produced all manner of weird and wonderful children. Two of them were even, two different kinds of lightning! Uranus is associated with the great spread of existence.
China and Australia Leadership Change
Climate criminal countries, as some call them, where coal and other fossil fuels continue to increase global temperatures, cannot and won’t continue with current (old) 2019 leadership as The New Age of Aquarius unfolds.
By all astrological laws, it just won’t work. We have to move towards one-planet thinking about lack of clean water, failing water supply, flooding and fire. Also – the extinction of birds, animals and insects.
As I write this very early in 2020 on January 16th, it looks like the end of PM Scott Morrison and his Liberal-National party (unless they radically change direction). Certainly, too, the end of China as we know her – unless she also switches!
Both nations have been stuck in Capricorn thinking during the Old Age of Capricorn, fast disappearing. Men in suits. The elite.
Welcome to the Latest Aquarian Nation – New Great Britain
Countries have star signs too, which still surprises some people. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has many horoscopes, throughout her long history, but the latest and greatest will be 31st January 2020 at 11.00pm as Big Ben (probably) chimes – thanks to crowdfunding. This will be a very Aquarian rebirth for a new Sun in Aquarius country.
All Together, All the People, All the Time
Charity group efforts are Aquarian and, if you have factors in this sign, you may have been actively involved in such ventures, or still are. You are the first to give or get on board. Aquarius weather tends to bring this out. Thus, as Dennis Elwell notes in “In July 1985, Jupiter in Aquarius was sextile Uranus in Sagittarius. Not only the planet of surprises, Uranus lends encouragement to those who spring them. It prospers the unpredictable, the unprecedented, the nonconforming, the innovative. The planet looks with favour on those who make their own rules. A remarkable event took place on 13th July, Bob Geldof’s Live Aid rock concert for famine relief in Africa. It tapped a deep vein of international fellow-feeling, an apt expression of the potentialities of Sagittarius-Aquarius.”
The Sagittarius-Aquarius Weather of 2020, 2021, 2022
This international community of sharing and giving repeats, in the most fated way, in 2020, 2021, 2022 as we see Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, and the South Node in Sagittarius. Again, if you have Sagittarius factors as well as Aquarius factors in your chart, you are really going to feel the call. You will be travelling a lot, or travelling in the mind – via the worldwide web.
This photograph, by Ranu Stadescu, shows Greta Thunberg as Joan of Arc. A Swedish heroine of planet rescue, in the armour of a French icon. Over the years, many have tried one-planet, global thinking about the environment but always failed. Why? Wrong age. We have been stuck in the Age of Capricorn with Pluto, Saturn and the South Node in that sign, at varying points, since the election of President Donald Trump. In 2020 The Age of Capricorn crumbles to be replaced by The Age of Aquarius.
The Big One – Pluto in Aquarius – 2023 to 2043
Before I look at the rolling Aquarius weather of 2020 and why The New Age of Aquarius comes in stages, I’ll look at the really big one – the new style of world government (forget the old United Nations) which arrives when Pluto goes into Aquarius. Pluto is the planet of sweeping, permanent transformation. Two things will take us there. One is the nuclear threat which American President Donald Trump has triggered with his actions on Iran and North Korea in 2019, 2020. Another is Climate Emergency.
The third magical factor is the Harry Potter generation, born with Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius – as above. They are here to help and they are here to ‘Hogwart’ for us.
How rare is Pluto in Aquarius? Well, he’ll be in that sign March 23rd 2023 to June 11th 2023. Then back again, January 21st 2024 until September 1st 2024. Then again, November 19th 2024 until March 9th 2043.
This is Generation Aquarius taking over with Pluto in Aquarius, so as these special generations go through their twenties, thirties and forties (into big business and politics) we will see one-world thinking.
How The New Age of Aquarius Shows Itself in 2020
I’ve had a question from readers about The New Age of Aquarius and why people with Aquarius factors in their charts have been so far ahead of their time, in terms of going vegetarian or vegan; recycling; purchasing from charity or second-hand/thrift outlets; voting Green; going on protest marches to save forests; going on Climate Strike – and so on. Science is now making some politicians change their minds. In 2020, Australia is burning and California has gone the same way. Tiffany’s is taking out full-page newspaper advertisements urging politicians to take action. Climate Emergency has become a Hollywood cause.
So why were Aquarian types so ahead of their time? The answer is really Pluto in Aquarius. They were hearing the call during the first round of Aquarian weather, at the very end of the 1990’s and the early 2000’s, when Uranus and Neptune were in Aquarius. Now, what stirred and motivated them – is stirring and motivating the entire world.
Dates for The New Age of Aquarius in 2020
Remember, Aquarius is about young and old. White and non-white. Male and female. Right and left (but not too far right, or you won’t fit in). Rainbow sexuality. Rich and poor. Aquarius is about ‘we are all in this together’ and power is shared horizontally, not vertically.
I am going to highlight Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius first. This will bring chaos and delays with sports teams (cricket teams, rowing teams), political parties (Liberals, Labour, Democrats, Republicans, Greens) and all Aquarius-ruled parts of our lives. In your own world friends and groups will send you into the world of waiting games, reversals and rewrites. So you need to know;
Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius – February 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2020
This is chaotic for all groups, teams, clubs, societies, associations and networks. We would expect this period to hit Facebook particularly hard, as it triggers that chart. Facebook may be hacked, for example, or you may see ‘Facebook down’ reported on Google. The share price of Facebook might fluctuate – let’s see. F-Book is an Aquarian entity. It trades on a social network.
What we have here is Mercury hopping around at 28 and 29 degrees Aquarius as February begins – then he disappears – along with the discussions or plans – only to boomerang back from around March 5th to 16th (adjust for your time zone as astrology is based on London UT). As I mentioned, this is also a chaotic period for all kinds of sporting teams, from football to rowing, and all sorts of clubs, associations, charities and the rest. Be aware and treat life from 2nd February as a dress rehearsal.
Friends, Groups, Teams, Clubs, Societies, Associations, Trade Unions, Bands, Political Parties Affected
Allowing for different time zones (and for the world to catch up with itself) please assume that what you hear, read or plan regarding the above – and social plans involving friends too – will not be final. It will not be fixed, nor firm. It’s a very good time to rehearse, to put down rough ideas in a notebook, to ‘talk around’ an idea or make very loose plans.
Mercury Retrograde is linked to extreme weather and the first weekend of February 2020, Saturday 1st February, Sunday 2nd February, into Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th February will see extreme heat, flooding and storms that tangle up air traffic, motorways/highways and shipping/ferries. Always have Plan B and Plan C on Mercury Retrograde. In Australia we are going to see extreme bushfire risk. We know that is a fact of life anyway as Climate Emergency has made the nation hotter and drier. The astrology agrees.
This is Mercury Retrograde Shadow, the period when trains are cancelled because of signal failure further down the line. This is exactly what happens in astrology too. The Mercury in Aquarius ‘train’ is receiving signal failure notices up ahead from March 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th.
In fact, you can use these dates to factor in chaos. Cricket and football teams may have technical issues with scoreboards, or results will not be final. Aquarius also rules political parties, so – the Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives, Labour, the Brexit Party and so on. We’re going to see reshuffles, and retracted statements.
The New Age of Aquarius Rolls On in 2020!
The New Moon in Aquarius
Friday 24th January 2020
Sun 4 Aquarius conjunct Moon 4 Aquarius
This will directly affect you, if you have factors at 4 Aquarius and is the birth of a new beginning for friends and groups.
Ceres in Aquarius
Saturday 1st January to Thursday 23rd April 2020 – Ceres passes across 0-29 degrees of Aquarius
Ceres is a symbol of compromise and carve-up within the group and will affect sports teams, political parties and all causes.
Saturn in Aquarius
Monday 23rd March until Wednesday 1st July 2020, then Friday 18th December 2020 until Tuesday 7th March 2023. Saturn passes over 0-1 degrees of Aquarius.
Group co-operation, friendship and ‘pooling resources’ becomes serious as Saturn moves through Aquarius. It’s a tough task.
Mars in Aquarius
Tuesday 31st March 2020 until Wednesday 13th May 2020. Mars passes over 0-29 degrees of Aquarius.
Mars speeds things up, and raises the emotional temperature, leading to heated and rapid decision-making among groups.
Jupiter in Aquarius
Sunday 20th December 2020 until Wednesday 29th December 2021. Jupiter crosses 0, 1, 2 degree of Aquarius.
Jupiter is the planet of growth, opportunity, problem-solving, improvement, expansion, optimism, luck and protection.
The Full Moon in Aquarius
On Monday 3rd August 2020, the Sun stands at 11 Leo, opposite the Full Moon at 11 Aquarius. A time of reckoning for friendships, clubs, teams, groups, societies, associations, unions, bands, parties and so on.
The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction in Aquarius – History Made! December 2020
Jupiter will form a conjunction with Saturn at 0 Aquarius on Sunday 20th, Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th December. We might call this new era for the world, ‘serious optimism’ for one-planet policies.
Key Words for Aquarius in Astrology 2020
I always turn to this huge dictionary, owned by the late Brian Pirkis, father of my friend Professor Jane Pirkis, when I am looking for the deeper meanings behind astrological symbols and signs.
The Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language, The World Publishing Company, Cleveland and New York, 1962.
“Aquarius – The water-carrier, from aqua, water. A large central constellation, supposedly outlining a man pouring water from a container in his right hand. The eleventh sign of the zodiac.”
“Aquarian – One of a sect of early Christians who substituted water for wine in celebration of the Eucharist.”
Just working with two dictionary definitions gives us a range of associations for this sign. Throughout the tragic Australian Fires of 2019-2020 we have seen repeated images of firemen, wildlife volunteers and local heroes/heroines racing to save koalas by giving them water. Literally, bearing water. Australia herself (a Sun Aquarius nation) is giving imagery to the idea of Aquarius here.
The Right Thing To Do
The idea of pouring from the right hand gives us the idea of ‘what is right’ or what is ‘only right’ in a situation. What is the right or correct, decent thing to do.
As the eleventh sign of the zodiac, Aquarius rules the Eleventh House of community, friendship, collaboration and cooperation. If you are a Premium Member, you can read more about this in your guide to the houses of the horoscope, available in The Members’ Lounge. Remember, a cricket team is composed of eleven players. Cricket is a good image for Aquarius.
What is most interesting here is the link with Christianity. Now, astrology comes to us from Ancient Rome, and yet the Romans who have passed on their symbols and signs, gods and goddesses were profoundly rejected by early Christians. They worshipped God, not Jupiter.
Yet, the Aquarian ideal of humanity – the common family – giving and sharing, doing the right thing, pooling resources – is very close to the Christian ideal of ‘Do unto others.’ What is your experience of the zodiac sign Aquarius? Is it big in your chart?
Next: The Astrology Show will feature Stephanie Johnson on the Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction in Aquarius, in our free February episode. Don’t miss it.