Across the world we have a few New Year celebrations that differ from the January 1st Gregorian New Year.  The first is celebrated by the Jewish faith in September, followed by the 1st day in January, the Chinese usually sometime in February and Hindus recognize theirs on a date in the middle of April.  Someone with a penchant for celebrating New Years could celebrate throughout the year.

I’m partial to the one that I think astronomically marks a new year.  The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year but it is also the day which marks the Sun beginning its march towards its summer peak.  Daylight begins to become longer, in increments, from the Winter to the Summer solstice. 

The majority of us are truly happy to see 2020 coming to an end and I’ve decided for myself that the 21st of December is going to be the last day of this awful year.  Each year can be seen as an astrological birth and a chart can be calculated to indicate the planetary positions of the upcoming year.

The chart of 2020 (12/21/2019 @11:18 p.m., eastern time) had a fiery and ego-centric Leo rising.  Interestingly enough the ascendant of Trump is also Leo.  He certainly ran the country according to his egoic desires, fiery temper and need to create a constant show for himself.  Leos are drawn to politics and entertainment which means that there are also very competent Leo leaders in the world.  Of course, Trump was far from competent (which is a blessing in its own way) but a Leo rising is not enough to have caused the year 2020 turned out to be.

The Ascendant is always an important factor in a chart but the Moon is equal in importance. The 2020 chart gave us a Libra Moon conjunct Mars.  The Moon is an indicator of the general population as well as one of the health indicators.  Mars is an indicator of infections, viruses, doctors, blood and aggression. No one can dispute that the conjunction of the Moon and Mars was not a good position for Covid.  That the conjunction took place in the 3rd house of neighborhoods, offices, public transportation and hit the 9th house of international travel added to the quickness of the spread of this disease.  Having a fiery ascendant only added to the levels of inflammation and the obstinate stupidity of Trump’s administration.

The Moon/Mars conjunction also added to the levels of anger among citizens as well as the ignorant refusal to take common sense steps and put individual selfishness above concern for others.  This conjunction even affected education as the 3rd house is the house of lower education while the 9th house rules higher education.  The stage for Covid was set in the natal chart of 2020.

Venus was in Capricorn in the 6th house of health which was not a good placement for the gentle Venus. However, in many communities throughout the country people became aware of the sacrifices of health care workers and Venus helped with the swiftness of the vaccinations that are quickly becoming available. Venus has an influence on the vascular system and I’ve read that many patients experienced vascular problems as a result of this disease.

There was a stellium of planets in Sagittarius in the 5th house consisting of Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Ketu (south node of the Moon) and the Sun.  Sagittarius is one of the so-called “lucky” signs and the 5th house is considered to be a benefic house.  However, Ketu and Saturn are first rate malefic influences, which rendered the benefic nature of the 5th house non-existent.  Some of the influences of the 5th house are children who have experienced an isolation which is harsh for children.  Celebrations, vacations and live entertainment all fall under the domain of the 5th house as well.  The only strength in the 5th house was Jupiter and he is the ruler of the GOP and many of them, along with their wealthy cohorts, did benefit from the suffering of the rest of us. 

Now we are beginning the astrological New Year of 2021 and we have a new birth chart.  This chart is different in many ways from last year’s chart.  Of course, we can not expect the mess we are in to immediately be fixed but there is an improvement on the horizon.

This chart (12/21/20 @ 5:20 a.m., eastern time) has a Scorpio rising which happens to be the same Ascendant of President-Elect Biden.  I have not done the research to know if this is typical but it is two years in a row in which the Ascendant of the Natal Chart matches that of the President.  That this chart has a Scorpio Ascendant indicates that 2021 is going to be a serious year with a certain amount of pain and challenge.

Scorpio is the natural ruler of the 8th house of institutional finances like banks, taxes and insurance concerns.  2021 will be a year of reckoning for the financial destruction caused by Covid and the Trump administration.

There is a Venus/Ketu conjunction on the Scorpio rising.  Joe Biden is a double Scorpio who knows the inner workings of government/politics (knowledge of inner workings is something at which Scorpio excel) which is very positive for this country.  Unlike the impatient and ego-centric nature of Leo the energy of Scorpio is methodical, quiet and patient.  (Scorpios are not without ego but they do like their ego gratification to come from actual knowledge and accomplishment.) There is a thoroughness to the Scorpio energy and the sign itself tends towards science. Venus conjunct Ketu is a strong scientific influence. We will put Covid in the rearview mirror but it will not happen as quickly as some would hope.  Importantly, we will see a scientific structure put into place to ensure that the next world-wide virus is handled better.

The ruler of the Scorpio Ascendant is Mars which is placed in the benefic 5th house in the sign of Pisces a friendship sign to Mars. There is a good chance that relief for college debt will be addressed with innovation of education along with a more compassionate attitude towards people in general. (At least for many of us.)

The Moon is in Aquarius is the same Moon as the natal chart of the United States.  The Moon is placed in the 4th house of home and real estate.  I think that we will begin to see more Americans remember the ideals that formed America and the push back against insular, white nationalism will continue to be supported by the people.  The Moon will support America’s ideals and hopes again.

The 4th house is real estate and keeping in mind that Scorpio is a sign concerned with finances the effect of 2020 on the world of real estate is going to require innovation as well as practical solutions.  I suspect we will see geographical moves and that big cities like NY and LA are going to have to change their paradigms in order to survive.Saturn is going to be a big player this year. In this chart he is at home in the sign of Capricorn in the 3rd house. Saturn does well in the 3rd house which is a house of determination and activity.  He is with debilitated Jupiter.  Saturn is the planet of the average person and the Democratic party while Jupiter is the planet of the wealthy and the Republican party. In this chart, unlike last year’s, Saturn is the stronger influence.  I see Saturn as that stern teacher who might have not been your favorite teacher but as time goes on you remember what they taught and continue to see the value in what and how they taught.  Saturn is strong in this chart and should be able to hold the craziness of the Republican party in check. 

Of course, Saturn being Saturn we are not about to take off on a pleasure cruise.  There is hard work ahead along with some bitter pills to swallow.  This chart shows that we can steady the ship and create a much better world for ourselves.  This will not be a year for whiners, non-producers or the selfishly unaware among us. 

So good-bye 2020 and with hope let’s celebrate the opportunities coming our way in 2021.