Hello 2020! This is the BIG year for Capricorn energy thanks to Jupiter entering Capricorn in December 2019 and staying in this sign until December 2020. Saturn and Pluto have already been in Capricorn, so Jupiter joins them, and the year kicks off with Saturn and Pluto coming together for the first time in Capricorn on January 12th.
Saturn in Astrology
Saturn is a important planet, the disciplinarian and teacher. Saturn brings us our lessons in life, and in the natal chart, the location of your natal Saturn can show the lessons you have to focus on throughout your life, and where you may struggle until later in life. In transit, Saturn can help you to bring stability and make progress when you do things the right way and for the right reasons under the easy aspects (sextiles and trines). Under squares and oppositions, transit Saturn can bring restriction, overwhelm, and lack. With conjunctions, it can go either way, though you often feel the challenging energy first and get to the positive energy later.
Pluto in Astrology
Pluto is a monster of a planet, governing transformations. Pluto is intense, passionate, powerful, dark, and deep. In the natal chart, the location of your natal Pluto can show where you have to transform, dig deeper, evolve, and find your passion, and there may be struggles for power. In transit, Pluto can help you find that power and take control over your life under the easy aspects (sextiles and trines). Under squares and oppositions, transit Pluto can bring incredible struggles for power, take away your control, strip you down and take away everything that isn't truly good for you, and bring the cold, hard truth and unleash the inner demons. With conjunctions, it can go either way, though you often have more room for taking control.
Saturn Conjunct Pluto Astrology
In the natal chart, Saturn conjunct Pluto gives you intense discipline and an incredibly strong will. Saturn conjunct Pluto people are not people who back down, and shouldn't be messed with. Even when they're defeated, they'll find a way to come back bigger, stronger, faster, wiser, unstoppable.
In transit, Saturn conjunct Pluto brings intense grit and determination, stamina and focus, discipline and passion for all of us. This energy needs something to focus on though, otherwise we can become too intense, too disciplined, and hold ourselves back or feel restricted, and lash out or become self-destructive.
Saturn-Pluto Conjunction of 2020
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 2020 occurs on January 12th 2020 at 11:59AM ET (8:59AM PT), and is at 22 degrees 46 minutes of Capricorn. Mercury and the Sun are also conjunct the two planets (Mercury on the 12th, the Sun on the 13th) at 22 degrees Capricorn, so we've got 4 planets super close together! The Sun shines a light on the energy while Mercury helps with focus and ideas for how to use it.
In Capricorn, this focuses on goals, ambitions, and direction. Work on long-term plans for your goals, do things the right way and for the right reasons so you can make progress, and lay a solid foundation for the rest of the year. Look at things long-term, and take control of your passion. There is very little that we can't do if we put our minds to it under this energy!
Focus on the areas of life ruled by the house the conjunction will occur in your natal chart (where 22 degrees Capricorn falls). You can also consider aspects the conjunction will make to your natal and progressed charts. The major aspects are 19 - 25 degrees of:
Capricorn - conjunction
Scorpio, Pisces - sextiles
Aries, Libra - square
Taurus, Virgo - trine
Cancer - opposition
And minor aspects are 21 - 23 degrees of:
Sagittarius, Aquarius - semisextile
Gemini, Leo - quincunx
If the conjunction is making a positive aspect for you (sextile, semisextile, trine), this is a great opportunity for you to make progress, achieve, and feel in control. Make the most of that, for sure! If the conjunction is making a hard aspect for you (square, quincunx, opposition), there may be challenges that you have to meet, blocks you have to overcome, and responsibilities you have to tend to. Do things right, even when it feels incredibly difficult, and you can come out of the energy in better shape.
If the conjunction is conjunct anything for you, this is big energy for whatever that planet/point rules! Take control, find power, transform, be disciplined, be focused, make plans. It may feel like really intense, even overwhelming energy, but this may be one of the most important times in your life for that planet/point. Be mindful!
Also note that this is the only time Saturn and Pluto will conjunct. Just one hit! Jupiter and Pluto will conjunct 3 times (in April, June, and November). So don't miss this one!
Suggested Reading: Natal Saturn & Natal Pluto pages for general interpretations