November 12, 2020
Jupiter-Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn
On November 12, 2020, we will undergo the third and final exact conjunction of expansive Jupiter and transformational Pluto. The first direct contact of these two powerhouses occurred on April 4th, and again on June 30th. This transit is significant, in part because these planets only meet in conjunction every 13 years—and when they do we experience dramatic social and economic change.
Astrologically, Jupiter is known as the great benefic, a planet that has many positive effects on our lives. He provides abundance and good fortune and presides over wisdom, higher learning, and philosophy. Jupiter does have a shadow side, though. His energy can be extravagant and self-indulgent. It can make us overestimate ourselves and others. The red spotted planet can act as a magnifying glass, exposing flaws and weaknesses.
Pluto presides over debt, power, and power struggles. He rules over psychic energy, death, and reincarnation. Astrologically, Pluto inspires us to make sweeping, psychological changes in our lives, and can aid in deep inner healing work. He can also push people to be manipulative, power-hungry, and destructive.
When Jupiter and Pluto come within 10 degrees of each other, or form a conjunction, it is explosive. The last time we had a Jupiter Pluto conjunction was in 2007. That year brought about extreme financial disruption (Pluto), with a stock market crisis that ushered in the Great Recession in the United States. This was caused by banks giving out loans that people could not afford to pay back (Jupiter), and when interest rates increased, the borrowers defaulted.
2007 also brought about positive social disruption, with the emergence of Barack Obama's candidacy for president. He flew into the national consciousness, talking of change and unity. His candidacy energized the population and had people reaching for higher ideals (Jupiter). Obama shook up the social order and power structures that we lived in (Pluto).
Currently, we are experiencing the beginnings of a financial crisis and we are in a time of great social unrest. Jupiter is shining a magnifying glass on our country's racial and social inequities. People are crying out for change as they did in 2007/2008. Although it can feel like a time of deep darkness, it is also a time of extreme transformation (Pluto).The last Jupiter Pluto conjunction will push us all to take a clear-eyed look at our society and systems of government (Pluto in Capricorn) and continue to strive for Jupiter’s social justice, love, and equality.