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Astrology of 2021: Change is in the Air

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

When the winds of change blow

Some build walls.

Others build windmills

Chinese Proverb

Earth to Air - A Fresh Wind

2021 features a shift from planets traveling in earth signs to traveling in Air signs. Air seeks movement, social engagement, and exchange of ideas. The Great Conjunction between Jupiter/Saturn on the Solstice, December 21 initiated a new 200-year cycle focused on harnessing, developing and enhancing activities associated with “Air”. Aquarius, an air sign, heralds reformation, innovation, decentralization of power, and a humanitarian approach to addressing issues. (Read the article on the Great Conjunction for more)

Life slowed down last year, a reflection of multiple planets in earth signs. The economy slowed down, our lives slowed down and in some cases came to a halt as we went indoors. What did gain momentum was the breakdown of structures of the status quo. Earth seeks to consolidate, but the Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto conjunction in earthy Capricorn correlated with the destabilization of structures and routines that do not serve the functioning of a healthy society.

Pluto will stay remain in Capricorn until 2025. Its transformative energies will continue to focus on the deconstruction of societal systems, processes, and laws, clearing a way for a new social order. The reformation of society that follows will be aligned with values that nurture the Aquarian ideal and stewardship of all life on our planet.

Aquarius, the sign of the human being, de-emphasizes the myth of the rugged individual and illuminates how the individual moves as an integral member within a social network. A society that embodies Aquarian principles seeks to empower and serve the needs of all its people. Valued and empowered, the talents and skills of individuals will be drawn forth to serve the wellbeing of the greater community. Power becomes less concentrated and more decentralized. Authority is increasingly granted and held at the local or regional level with less coalesced control at a national level.

Aquarius is the sign of revolution, of rebellious and radical thinking. It distrusts the status quo and is inspired to act with a progressive vision for society. Its rebel nature will likely prove to be a double-edged sword in the process of shaping a shared vision of the revolution that needs to take place. Revolutionary thinking and action is what is called forth. We are charged with overcoming polarization and recognize our common humanity. The revolution is not against each other. The golden opportunity will be missed as long as we feed the divisions and differences between us.

Air, as an element: travels, circulates and seeks freedom of movement. It is not concerned with stability, and tends to disperse what has been consolidated, like how a strong breeze effects a stack of leaves that has been raked into a tidy pile.

Aquarius is slow to action and quick to share ideas. It revels in conversation, networking, and the developing of a vision. With a comprehensive shared vision, it is then ready for decisive action. As the year begins, we are encouraged to engage in conversations that shape, enhance or create a vision for how we can move forward, not alone, but together.

To meet the invitation of air and to ride on the current, it is beneficial to adopt an attitude of flexibility and adaptability. Seeking to stabilize what we have may in some cases create greater tension. The collective cry for change has led to this time of shifting sands and fluctuating circumstance.

Near the end of January, the Sun, Mercury, and Venus will join Jupiter/Saturn in Aquarius, forming the largest number of planets gathered in Aquarius since 1962. Mercury will turn Retrograde in Aquarius (January 30 - February 20). The events of January and February will set the tone and direction for the remainder of 2021. The year will see a huge strides towards reformation, innovative technologies and inspired visioning. Life and events will pick up pace, but the likelihood of returning to the life or world we had before 2020 is highly improbable, and the winds of Aquarius would say that it is not even desirable.

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man.

Kites rise against, not with, the wind.

Lewis Mumford

Signature Dynamic of 2021 – Saturn square Uranus

It is not all smooth sailing in 2021. The image of the wind filling the sails and skirting effortlessly across the waters of life is not likely to characterize the year. We will, instead, meet unpredictable headwinds that bring our full attention to keeping our boat afloat and navigating towards a North Star, the vision of where we want to arrive.

Saturn square Uranus is the signature energy of 2021, just as the Jupiter/Saturn/ Pluto conjunction was the signature energy that marked 2020.

Saturn imposes restriction and seeks to stabilize. When Saturn first entered the air sign of Aquarius last March, we saw a restriction of air: air travel, social connectivity, and constriction in the lungs for those with covid19. The phrase, I cannot breathe, arose from being quarantined, from centuries of systemic oppression and from those laying in a hospital. We can expect to experience further constrictions associated with air this year.

It is in direct conflict to:

Uranus seeks freedom from constraint, actively cracking things open to release what has been suppressed. The Awakener, The Rebel and seeks freedom from constraint, Uranus in Taurus (the sign of The Earth) will destabilize activities associated with the earth and material resources. By breaking up what is rigid and stagnant, dynamic change becomes possible. There will likely be increasing instability in global food production/distribution and our financial systems. Weather conditions associated with climate change will be prominent spurring further conversation, innovation and implementation of ideas that promote sustainability. Uranus in Taurus (2019 – 2026) will awaken us to the necessity of finding new ways to manage and utilize the earth’s resources. The sudden shocks and unexpected events that occur while Uranus in Taurus will dislocate 'business as usual' and our dependence on a global system that is on a collision course with mass extinction.

Saturn square Uranus : Dates to Ponder

January 30, 2020 Saturn/Uranus, by orb came into a square aspect.

March and April 2020 Saturn moved into Aquarius, and a true square aspect with Uranus

November 2020 Saturn/Uranus moved back into a square aspect

Dates Uranus/Saturn are in exact square :

February 17, 2021

June 14, 2021