There is a curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” Over the next year or so, many of us will experience what that is like. We are entering into a time of tremendous change on a global level. While the first murmurs of this change began with the Libra Ingress this year, it will proceed in earnest with the Capricorn Ingress of 2019.
The Capricorn Ingress marks the Solstice, which extreme point in the apparent orbit of the Sun from the Earth’s point of view. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the Winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the Summer Solstice, or the longest day of the year. In either case, the chart of this Ingress will put its stamp on the upcoming season.
Below is the Capricorn Ingress Chart for 2019:
In this chart, Saturn is only 2 degrees away from Pluto and is moving closer. In the Spring of this year, these planets became very close to each other, but Saturn backed away and turned retrograde. Now Saturn is marching forward and will complete the transit in January.
Mars is in Scorpio, separating from a sextile with Saturn and applying to a sextile with Pluto. This is a foreshadowing of the coming heavy conjunction between these planets. Jupiter has moved into Capricorn as well, and the Moon in Scorpio will be transferring the light of Jupiter to Saturn, foreshadowing the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in December of 2020.
From an astrological standpoint, this is quite a heavy ingress chart, and we are seeing many events on the world stage right now that seem to reflect this heaviness.
Yet, this chart gains even more importance when seen in the light of the Jupiter/Saturn cycle, and where we are in this cycle right now.
The Jupiter/Saturn Cycle – The End of an Era
The study of astrology is the study of time and the various cycles within time. The most well-known cycle is the one that produces Lunar Phases. We can clearly see this cycle in the night sky as the waxing and waning of the Moon.
While this is only one cycle, many of the cycles studied in astrology follow the pattern of the Lunar Phase cycle. They start small, wax into fullness, wane, and then give way to a new cycle. In Traditional Astrology, the longest and most momentous of these cycles is the one between Jupiter and Saturn.
The Jupiter/Saturn cycle is about 20 years long. While many modern astrologers mark generations by the sign Pluto is in, traditionally, they were marked by Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions, which were also known as Great Conjunctions.
For more information about this, see Generational Astrology, Great Conjunctions, and Pluto.
The Larger Picture
In addition to marking 20-year periods of time, there is a larger pattern to the Jupiter/Saturn cycle. This pattern is based on the sign that the conjunction falls in. More specifically, it is based on the element of the sign that it falls in.
Great Conjunctions fall in the same element for about 180 years. The last Great Conjunction in 2000 fell in Taurus, an Earth Sign. Great Conjunctions have been falling in Earth Signs since 1842. In 2020, the Great Conjunction will fall in Aquarius, an Air Sign, and they will continue to fall in Air Signs for the next 180 years or so.
This means that we are not only at the end of a generation, but also the end of an era.
I will talk more about this in future articles as the time grows closer, but what is relevant for now is that the shift will be occurring from Earth to Air.
The Current Capricorn Ingress Chart
Most of the heaviness in this Ingress Chart is happening in Capricorn, which is an Earth Sign. Yet, the future trend will be away from Earth and into Air. So, the turmoil that is happening, especially on the world stage, is a result of holding on to old notions of how the world works.
It might seem strange as a traditionalist to be saying this, but in truth, the Western world view of the past 200 years has not been Traditional. It has been marked with a rigid adherence to materialism and a widespread belief that the physical world is all that there is. This worldview fits very well with an Earth era.
Yet, the world is changing quite rapidly. With the Internet and computer technology, national boundaries are becoming blurred. Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence technology are not only modern realities, but they are starting to become accessible to consumers.
So, when listening to the news or hearing about troubling events, it may be a good idea to step back and realize that these are the last gasps of an old era.
What will the new era hold? Well, only the future will tell. On the other hand, it will look very different than the one we are in now.
On a Personal Level
Most of the action with the Capricorn Ingress Chart of 2019 will occur on the world stage. This season will be rather intense, and we will continue to hear troubling things in the news. It is a personal choice as to how much you chose to engage in these events, but to get through this season, it will be important to take care of yourself and maintain perspective.
There will be some people who will be impacted on a personal level. If you have planets or chart points in the late degrees of Cardinal Signs, which are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, you may experience a fair amount of disruption.
The way to deal with any disruption is to accept the fact that everything is changing. It is time to let go of the past and look towards the future. If you move towards the change, you will experience fewer difficulties.