It’s no secret that 2020 has been hard. A global pandemic, worldwide travel restrictions and heated political divides have been major themes this year.
But things are about to feel a lot lighter.
On December 17 as Saturn, the planet of lessons and restrictions, moves back into the innovative sign of Aquarius, we’ll all experience a major energetic shift. And it’s going to have long-lasting impacts.
Saturn: The Planet of Lessons & Responsibility
Saturn is the planet of rules, boundaries and restrictions. As the second biggest and slowest moving planet in the Solar system, it represents the tough lessons in life that we’d rather not face.
Because Saturn is an Outer planet, its transits have a major effect on collective energy. As it moves from Zodiac sign to Zodiac sign, staying in each for about a 2.5 year cycle, we see the themes of that sign manifest in society and structure.
And Saturn has been giving us some tough lessons for the last few years as it’s been transiting it’s home sign of Capricorn. But on December 17, 2020 Saturn will be moving back into Aquarius, where it will stay until the end of 2023.
And you can expect some big shifts from this transit, on both a personal and collective level.
From Saturn in Capricorn to Saturn in Aquarius
While Capricorn wants to build long-standing legacies, traditions, and structures – Aquarius needs to improve them. Aquarius is an Air sign, represented by the glyph of the Water Bearer. They’re known as the weirdos, the intellects, the idealists and the quirky creatives.
- Community-oriented, humanitarian and progressive.
- Intellectual, communicative and unconventional thinkers.
- Idealistic: always thinking about the ‘bigger picture’.
Aquarius is always thinking: about the world, humanity, science and technology. They’re often lost in eccentric ideas that lead to lightning-strikes moments of inspiration and innovation.
And Saturn in Aquarius seeks to build new and innovative social structures. It’s forward-thinking: it wants to create a sustainable world for our future generations. To liberate oppressed communities. To find a better way.
Here are some of the major events that happened the last few times Saturn has transited through the revolutionary sign of Aquarius:
Past Saturn in Aquarius Events
- Apartheid was dismantled
- The World Wide Web was created
- Rise of protests and activism in the lead up to the Civil Rights Act
- Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech
- US Equal Pay Act was signed into law
- The beginning of FDR’s New Deal, which brought social security, government infrastructure, banking regulations to the US
So, Saturn in Aquarius is a big deal.
Combined with the Great Conjunction on December 21, you can expect to feel some major energetic shifts throughout the month of December.
As we begin this new cycle, moving from the groundedness of Capricorn to the airiness of Aquarius, there will be more space for innovation, idealism and creativity.
Wondering what you can expect from all of this over the next few years? Here are some general themes that Saturn in Aquarius will likely bring.
Saturn In Aquarius Themes (2020-2023)
Global Networking & Online Communities
In 2020, more people have been connecting, creating and innovating online than ever before.
You can expect this trend to continue, with more companies moving to remote or hybrid teams, more events happening online, and more content going viral on the internet than ever before.
Technology & Scientific Innovation
As the Great Innovator of the Zodiac, Aquarius rules technology. So, you can expect to see some major technological innovations over the next three years.
Advances in AI, space travel and new scientific discoveries are all likely to pop up while Saturn transits Aquarius.
Technology will become an even bigger part of our daily lives. And there will be an emphasis on democratizing technology – making it available for everyone. We’ll likely see big advances in climate change tech, like sustainable energy sources becoming more readily available.
With the news of COVID vaccines making the news, we will likely see a push for the fair and equal distribution of this vaccine and other health technologies.
Community Justice & Humanitarianism
The world has been living in a state of constant and unconscious growth and consumerism for a long time, at the expense of the environment, human and animal life, our communities and our mental well-being.
Rising wealth gaps, big bailouts being given to banks, environmental degradation in the name of development and government corruption.
In our pursuit for constant individualism, so many people in society are being left behind. And with the pandemic, this has heightened: billionaires saw their net worth increase by half a trillion dollars during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of people lost jobs and income; 1 in 4 US households have experienced food insecurity this year, and small businesses are being shut down while big box retailers prosper.
With the shift from Saturn in Capricorn to Saturn in Aquarius beginning in March 2020, we’ve already begun to see an emphasis on issues of injustice, inequality, racism, and oppression.
Although it’s quieted down a bit since the summer (as Saturn retrograded back into Capricorn), the work is far from over.
On December 17, once Saturn moves back into Aquarius, where it will stay until 2023, we can expect to see these themes of collective empowerment get louder. Antiracism, community empowerment and social justice movements will continue to grow.
Saturn in Aquarius is asking us to sit down and talk to each other about the problems we face as a society. And to come up with creative and revolutionary solutions together, so we can create a better world.
One that serves everyone.
It’s going to be hard work, but that’s what Saturn is here to teach us.
Wisdom doesn’t come easily. And Saturn knows that the most profound lessons are often the hardest learned. As we move into Saturn in Aquarius, it’s up to all of us to step up to the challenge and do the work – so that we can create a better world for everyone.