2020 is not playing with us. She intends for us to clean our closets out and clean them out well. She's double-checking our work and if we tried to hide a skeleton or two behind some clothes, she is ripping 'em out and throwing them at our feet!
I feel personally that humanity is on a precipice. The Age of Aquarius, which is all about humanitarianism and unity, will continuously be replacing the exiting Piscean Age, the period of monotheism and things hidden beyond physical senses.
This is a year of learning and transcendence, and all of us hold a piece of the puzzle that is needed in order to activate higher awareness.
What the planets are telling us
I'm not an astrologer by any means, but I love learning about the current planet placements, their energy and what they're calling us towards. 2020 has some major astrological events that point towards turbulence and unrest, but that also hold the potential for healing, new beginnings, and a turning point.
Saturn conjunct Pluto
Saturn conjuncts Pluto in the sign of Capricorn this year. With this placement, we are faced with letting go of things that no longer serve us. Specifically, it may bring up feelings of being pressured or burdened by authority or a government department, and predicts that the masses will be standing up to protest. (Um, HELLO Covid-19 and racial injustice of 2020).
This conjunction is laying new foundations, so the best thing to do is to accept change and go with the flow. Stay connected within so that you can be guided as to what actions to take in your own personal life and in your own way.
We have three Mercury retrogrades this year, which tells us there will be communication barriers and anxious energy. Think before you speak. Don't get caught up in what everyone else is saying or doing.
Mercury retrogrades are actually beautiful opportunities and reminders for introspection and reflection.
This retrograde, which started on April 25th and will last until October 4th, and with a major influence being Jupiter conjunct Pluto, will increase our fear of death. It hints at harsh laws, suffering, as well as major growth.
It asks: what is holding you back from spiritual evolution? With this Jupiter Pluto conjunction we have the potential for much transformational change, but this conjunction is also square Mercury, so there are potential pitfalls for ruthless self-righteousness in our thoughts and words that we need to remain aware of.
Mercury rules the hands and lungs, while Pluto rules viruses/pandemics/global events/death=the Covid pandemic being spread by not washing hands and the "I can't breathe" social movement.
Lastly, Pluto retrograde 2020 has the energy of paranoia, secrecy, and lies. We need to be diligent and responsible with where we are getting our information and take care not to spread more misinformation than is already out there.
The strongest felt of all the retrogrades. We want to give and receive love, but there are barriers to doing that. We can feel disillusioned or confused.
Venus retrograde is a time to learn how to love yourself more. That can be the very barrier to so much in our outside circumstances.
Where are you rejecting yourself? What are you suppressing or ignoring within yourself that is calling for healing? By loving ourselves and these parts that we deem unworthy, we heal our relationships with others.
The second rarest after Venus, this retrograde is a time of thinking before acting. It brings up issues we have within ourselves relating to anger, rage, sexual abuse and violence.
Outside events will trigger these issues within us, so this is another opportunity for healing. Yes, it might be painful, but we will come out of this with a higher awareness and a more clear vision of what we do want.
Light at the end of the tunnel
At the end of 2020, we have a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius, which speaks to new beginnings and awarenesses in truth when it comes to the media, politics and communication.
We'll also have a Saturn and Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius in December, which will carry the energy of new beginnings after tumultuous birthing pains and change.
So while it may feel that shit has hit the fan, try to remind yourself daily that it all holds a higher purpose for us as a society as well as individually.
Doing the inner work
If we do the inner work, the outer work can be done so much more powerfully. Now more than ever, with these emotionally amplified events happening back-to-back and a media who is lighting fire to it every day, we need to be checking in with ourselves, first and foremost.
Otherwise, you risk complete burnout and demoralization.
- check in with your breath–turn your head as you do this in order to clear the meridians (breathe in facing right, breathe out facing left)
- journal how you're feeling, how you intend to feel, what's coming up for you
- give yourself the gift of not checking your phone upon first awaking
- meditate for 10-20 minutes in order to quiet the mind
- check in with the breath
- watch something that makes you laugh
- read something that feeds your soul
- meditate for 10-20 minutes in order to quiet the mind
Journal prompts for processing emotions:
- When I view this (enter current event, situation, etc) how does it make me feel?
- If this emotion of (enter each emotion individually) could speak, what would it say?
- Can I remember when I first felt this emotion in my life?
Sit with the emotion, feel where it is in your body, and just observe it until it leaves. Doing this will release long-repressed emotions that have been stored in the body. Keep practicing, releasing, and surrendering.
Releasing defensiveness, staying open
There is so much back and forth going on right now everywhere on social media. It's like a roomful of children who dropped the milk and all of them are pointing at each other with blame and criticism.
Try to remain an observer. Maybe it's true that if you would've pulled the milk out slower, it wouldn't have dropped. Be open to hearing that. Don't take anything personally, but rather recognize that it's the projection of others as well as reflections that could be beneficial for you personally.
When we come from a loving place, there is nothing to be defensive about. When we acknowledge that we don't know everything, and that that's okay, we can stay open and come from a place of compassion.
What is the main emotion for you that keeps coming up? Can you see that this emotion has likely colored every single aspect of your life in some way? Would you like to take this opportunity in time to clear it? Drop your walls, open your heart, and let it be healed.
Follow your inner being, not the noise
The roomful of children are also arguing over how they all need to clean up the milk. I suspect that if we were sheep, we'd follow each other off the cliff right now due to not wanting to be singled out or judged.
Just take a breath. Drop the "shoulds" of the world and go within to access your own individual inspiration that comes from Source, not from another's place of disconnectedness.
Some people may need more time than you to process something. Give them their space while you follow your inspired ideas for action. Some people will be getting impulses for inspired action that won't match yours or what you think it should look like...just focus on yourself, your heart, and your energy.
Consider this thought as well: every soul that is here right now is here to help usher in the Age of Aquarius in some way or form. It may look like some are doing the opposite of this, but their role might be to ignite intense desire in the masses for change. Look from a higher place and know that change for the better is on the way, regardless of appearances.
Visualize scenarios that make you feel good: Source will line you up with people desiring the same.
Feel now the way you're craving to feel in the world: Source will bring you circumstances and people that will match that feeling.
Surrender, release, keep your heart open: Source will be able to then show you all of the possibilities you couldn't see before.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this article and found something to take away with you. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and viewpoints in the comment section below.
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Jessica Dimas is the author of Sacred Self-Care for Your Chakras.