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The Cosmic Story: January 2020: And So It Begins!

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The Cosmic Story: January 2020

And so it begins!

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Like many Baby Boomers, I remember celebrating the Harmonic Convergence on August 16, 1987, the beginning of the 25 year countdown to the big 2012 alignment with the Galactic Center and the beginning of a new Mayan calendar. I had just gotten divorced and August 16th was my first ex-anniversary. I looked forward to a new beginning for myself, my family and my world.

As events proved, 2012 was just the beginning of an intense seven years that brought back all the issues left unresolved from the 60s conjunction of Pluto and Uranus. With the 7 squares between these two change-makers between 2012-2015, we were energized to overcome the obstacles to our visions of a new, peaceful, cooperative, just world.

Well, that didn't work out as easily as we'd hoped it would either. We're still in the midst of 'overcoming obstacles' that the square left us with. And the world is a much darker place than we ever imagined. While many of us have been concerned about climate change since the 70s, most of the world is finally, at the last minute, starting to acknowledge we have to become a more sustainable society. Unfettered capitalism brought us to the brink of global disaster.

We need a new vision for the future.

The old worldview is not going down without a fight though, because people are afraid and don't have a sense of that new vision. What we have is a vision of Australia, the Amazon and California burning, of immigrants being caged, of wars and assassinations, of governments that no longer function.

And so we must provide that vision. This is the challenge of our times.

And 2020 is the year we'll find that vision. (Yay! It's been a long time since 1987.) It's not going to be an easy year. But it will be a transformative one. It's a liminal year of transitions, of endings and new beginnings. And hopefully by 2021-23, we'll have set a new course. First for ourselves individually, and then for the world.

There are three big planetary cycles ending and beginning this year between Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. The biggest change comes on Winter Solstice, December 21, 2020 that's when Saturn and Jupiter finally meet up to start a new cycle of collective growth in the air sign of Aquarius. These two planets meet every 20 years and for the past 200 years, they've met in earth signs (except for their 1st airy Libra conjunction in the 80s). Now these planets will meet in air signs for the next 200 years or so, and things will be different. More on that at the end of the year.

There will be a series of six eclipses with a change of Lunar Nodes on May 5th from Cancer-Capricorn to Gemini-Sagittarius. Of course, Mercury will again retrograde three times in water signs that deal with our emotional bodies. Both Venus and Mars will go retrograde this year, with Venus transiting Gemini for four months from April 3rd to August 7th, aligning with the North Node in Gemini. Mars, which usually spends about six weeks in a sign will retrograde and stay in Aries for six months, squaring Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. So don't expect things to move ahead quickly, because they won't. Hopefully, this will slow down any march to war (Mars in Aries is the warrior).

So get ready, finally, to commit to making a transition to a new life, to open yourself to your new vision and to be prepared to work hard and to take responsibility for your life and the life of the world.

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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