Drawing parallels between 2020 and the Great Depression of the 1930s seemed far-fetched last year, although both Uranus moving through Taurus and the Saturn Pluto conjunction in Capricorn did point to the strong possibility of calamities, going by past experience.
Below is a precis of previous posts.
Uranus moved into Taurus from May 2018 staying for 7 years, the first time since 1934 to 1941. Outcomes last time were good and bad – with major advances in technology, aviation, radio, and film. On a previous occasion, in the late 17th Century, street lighting was introduced in London; there was widespread exploration across the globe and major advances in astronomy, as well as the development of sewage systems and toilets. Trade was also a key issue with expansion and disagreements, leading to the Bengal famine during the 18th century Uranus in Taurus as the Brit East India Company took revenues back home; and to the Boston Tea Party which preceded the breakaway of the American colonies. There was another famine during the mid 19th Century Uranus in Taurus in Ireland when a million starved to death and a million emigrated, with the British overlords continuing to send foodstuffs to the UK.
The most similar to this one would be the 1767 Uranus in Taurus with Pluto in Capricorn about to oppose Saturn in Cancer, with Neptune in Virgo. Apart from the horrors of the Bengal famine, James Watts’ steam-engine inventions drove the Industrial Revolution into being; and the first mechanical spinning frame for fabric weaving also appeared.
The most recent 1935 to 1941 Uranus in Taurus came on the back of the Great Depression, with widespread poverty and unemployment leading to authoritarian regimes emerging in several countries, most notably Germany with Hitler rising to power from 1933; and Stalin’s Great Purge of 1936-38 with 600,000 being executed in Russia by the state.
In 1935 Uranus was just over the square to Pluto in Cancer, so not dissimilar to now – and it ended with a Saturn Uranus conjunction trine Neptune in Virgo in 1941. Territorial greed is clearly also one of its manifestations; as well as inhumane methods in the pursuit of power.
From Hugh: “For me the big similarity looks to be the comparison to the Uranus transit of Taurus between 1515 and 1523 which also occurred when Pluto and Saturn were in Capricorn and formed a Conjunction in January 1518. That occurred at the start of the Reformation and had huge global significance not just for the UK but also for the entire planet.”
For more on Uranus in Taurus see previous post May 13 2018, especially with regard to English and UK history, courtesy of Hugh’s insightful conclusions.
Saturn, bringer of woes and hardship or of rewards for hard work moves into its own sign Capricorn December 2017 to stay until December 2020. The 1959/1961 Saturn in Capricorn was generally prosperous in the US, UK and Europe, although the US was running a major deficit for the first time. During that phase there was a Saturn Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn.
The more worrying similarities crop up with the 1930/32 Saturn in Capricorn which occurred just after the Wall Street Crash and through the Great Depression. At that point Saturn moved in square to Uranus in Aries, which is usually a time of economic instability, then opposed Pluto, bringing great hardship to some and Jupiter in Cancer, which would bring a harvest for the lucky few. In this next phase Saturn will conjunct Pluto in early 2020, which usually brings its share of deprivation, though mercifully Saturn misses the economically unstable square to Uranus which has moved into Taurus by then – that won’t turn up till 2021. In 2020 expansive Jupiter moves into Capricorn for a year which will make it a watered down version of the early 1930’s Saturn in Capricorn; with a hint of the 1960s one which was more upbeat.
The only Saturn Pluto Jupiter conjunction over the past 300 years, as we have in 2020, was in 1819/20. Wiki :‘The Panic of 1819 was the first major peacetime financial crisis in the United States followed by a general collapse of the American economy persisting through 1821. The Panic announced the transition of the nation from its colonial commercial status with Europe toward a dynamic economy, increasingly characterized by the financial and industrial imperatives of laissez-faire capitalism. Though driven by global market adjustments in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, the severity of the downturn was compounded by excessive speculation in public lands, fuelled by the unrestrained issue of paper money from banks and business concerns.’
What that indicates is financial collapse followed by a resurgence.
My own tuppence worth is also a sense that Pluto grinding its way towards the end of its sixteen year stay in Capricorn may be tidying up loose ends – dismantling shaky governmental and financial structures that managed to stay afloat after the 2008 crash.
Cleaning out the Augean Stables with a final whammy to ensure a fresh start, for the phoenix to arise out of the ashes sometime ahead.
The other relevant factor are the Eclipses this year. From February 6 2020 post.
The Solar Eclipses this year are in spine-straightening Saros Series. The late December 2019 at four degrees Capricorn heralded a sense of traumatic transformation and significant endings running in effect for several months across the beginning of this year.
The 21st June 2020 Solar Eclipse at zero degrees Cancer is associated with difficulties, restrictions, inhibitions, separations and illusions. Bernadette Brady remarks in The Eagle and the Lark that this eclipse brings blocks and ’the individual is prone to misjudging his or her strength and is best advised to wait before taking any real action.’ It was around previously in 2002, 1984, 1966, 1948, 1930 and 1912.
The 14th December 2020 Sagittarius Solar Eclipse casting its shadow over the following months is strongly emotional about relationships or money. There is a sense of fatedness and individuals feel they are caught up in situations or relationships beyond their control. This will bring acute frustrations and the advice is to avoid rash actions. It was around before in 2002, 1984, 1966, 1948, 1930, 1912.