January 2020 Astrological Forecast
The first day of the 2020 New Year opens the cosmos with a combination of the rising Moon (positive), a shower of controversial planetary aspects (interspersed) followed by a Lunar Eclipse (crucial) on the 11th at 5:21 am AEST. During this extraordinary year there will be a total of four Lunar Eclipses in the months of January, June, July and November and two Solar Eclipses during June and December that will influence four main areas of the global horoscope: (1) political transformation, (2) macro-economics, (3) international trade, and (4) world-wide weather.
Following are the zodiac signs that will encounter major personal and business changes and makeovers due to the crucial influences of these eclipses during 2020: Capricorn, Gemini, Cancer and Sagittarius. The signs of Aries and Libra will also encounter intensified daily pressures and adjustment from June 29 to December 31, followed by much activity, diversity and fine-tuning throughout this year for Virgo and Pisces people.
During 2020 expect the political tempo to be hostile, challenging, disruptive and disillusioned, especially from the Lunar Eclipse (January 11, 5:21 am AEST), up to the New Moon and Solar Eclipse occurrence (June 21, 4:41 pm AEST). On June 16, the Moon will link with Saturn (restriction) in Aquarius (interchange of policy) and Uranus (unexpected) in the financial sign of Taurus. This will be the key that opens the economic door for an action-packed second half of the year with a spike that will affect currency exchange, trade, mining, oil, gas, agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, defence and security spending, stock holdings, real estate, communications, transport and shipping. To add to the commotion, Mercury (announcements) commences in retrograde (negative) on June 18, affecting world banking, currencies, gold and stock markets. Care should be taken with all investments during the month of June.
DONALD TRUMP (Gemini)
With the US lower house, overrun by Democrats voting to impeach President Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanours on party lines, is no surprise as the Democrats control the lower house. However, expect a reverse aspect of undertakings when the majority Republican Senate gathers the advantage vote to dismiss the impeachment removal of Trump. It appears the Senate will find no proven evidence of crime, misdemeanour or personal offence by Trump.
Interesting to note, the Democrats in the lower house have in the past voted three times against impeachments, yet the Democrat speaker of the lower house, Nancy Pelosi (Aries), has always despised Trump for winning the Presidential election and has used every method in her power as speaker to make matters difficult for Trump. Trump’s horoscope indicates positive aspects for November 2020; he is predicted to win the election and serve a second term as the Republican President of the United States of America, much to the disappointment of Nancy Pelosi.
Trump's horoscope has a remarkable array of planetary aspects for survival under any undue or adverse circumstances. He was (astrologically speaking) instinctively brought onto the Earth to lead and will continue to do so in the future amid politics and corporate enterprises. Many USA constituents do not visualise the unfathomable intuitiveness in Trump's methods of governing—he is an undisputed doer, not for his own prestige, but for the people of America and democracy at large. Trump is a perfectionist in his own way, although his modern methods of communication and unorthodox negotiation do tend to exasperate and totally whitewash the old school of bureaucracy and political correctness.
According to his horoscope, like him or leave him, Trump is the best thing that ever happened to the USA. Rest assured, he will never be taken for granted in the future by the Democrats and world leaders. Trump has no qualms about countries sharing equally, however he does object to the USA being used and Americans' suffering financially. There is no doubt Trump has achieved an irrefutable sophisticated correction in the US economy, more than any other president in the last two decades. The American public and the world at large can thank Trump for increased stock market confidence—more than 54 percent since his election victory on November 8, 2016. The S&P 500 is up more than 46 percent, influencing greater global financial security, increased US defence expenditure, and lower prices on many goods. He wants to see increased trade and productivity and he will achieve his goals in 2020.
BORIS JOHNSON (Gemini)
The United Kingdom is set to reap rewards throughout 2020 with a mandate for Boris Johnson to complete Brexit. From the New Moon Eclipse (December 15, 2020, 2:16 am AEST), Brexit astrologically will be done formally (according to the UK horoscope), allowing the United Kingdom to trade individually with free open markets globally throughout 2021 onward. Countries that will benefit through future free trade agreements with Great Britain from this year onward will be the EU, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Johnson’s relationship with world leaders appears positive and fortunate (according to his horoscope). Saturn’s entrance into the zodiac sign of Aquarius (friendships) during 2020 will open the door for constructive negotiations and trade talks. Boris Johnson’s leadership, drive and economic policy will improve the economy of the United Kingdom over 2020-22.
SCOTT MORRISON (Taurus)
With Uranus (sudden and unexpected) in his zodiac sign of Taurus, and Mars (aggression) opposing his Venus (peace) and Sun (responsibilities), Prime Minister Morrison has been under the hammer with media and the general public over the drought and wildfire issues, especially during December 2019, and endeavouring to take a little time off before embarking on an extremely busy overseas conference tour for this month. Some media personalities and the general public had reason to believe he should not have taken leave of absence for a holiday with his family during this horrific, devastating period, that also caused the loss of life with firefighters.
However, people do forget that Morrison has had an extremely exhausting year throughout 2019 with political changes, a federal election, economy, budget, visit to the USA to meet President Trump, drought, fires and unrest over so called climate change. He deserved a little time with his family before he embarks into an extremely busy January of overseas conferences and economic development to help increase Australia’s financial security. Fortunately, January will be a positive month for Morrison, apart from a few critical dates: 1, 4, 8, 9, 16, 19, 20, 30. During these dates he will be under pressure regarding trade, infrastructure and the ongoing drought and fire problems in Australia. Well, he does believe in miracles and January-February will bring them. Rain.
With Jupiter (expansive), Saturn (restriction), Neptune (illusion) and Pluto (drastic action) all influencing alarmists over the subjects of global warming, climate change, lowering admissions and carbon credits, this harrowing debate will continue to be the order of the year throughout 2020. However, the 2019 UN Madrid climate talks resulted in a negative finale and doubts about global unity, resulting in disappointment for the organisers. With Saturn (restriction), Pluto (defiance) and Jupiter (default) all in concert throughout this year, expect the same debate to continue at the next climate conference in November 9-19, 2020 at Glasgow, Scotland. A lesson to the organisers should be learned here: one should never hold a conference during the last quarter of a negative Moon and with adverse planetary aspects—Venus (peace) opposite Mars (argument), Mercury (debate) opposite Uranus (negative rigidity) at conference time. This influence will not generate a positive cooperative meeting time for delegates. And the planetary aspects on conference closing day, November 19, will be adverse with Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in non-conforming mode, a total waste of taxpayers’ and corporate money attending, as nothing substantial will be achieved, only much-repeated debate as before over the lowering of emissions by 2050.
Many countries cannot and will not pay for any proposed carbon credits due to their unaffordability or depleted economies. Other countries, representatives and dignitaries will dispute the carbon tax proposition as they believe it will do nothing to change the climate, it only makes the wealthy richer and the poorer more destitute. Remember, carbon dioxide is invisible and is required by plants and trees to live, and in turn they spew out oxygen for us humans and other species to survive. Hypothetically, next thing, the United Nations and bureaucrats may want to introduce a breathing tax, if the climate alarmists could get their way? The world is going crazy over carbon (especially the younger generation) when in fact there is no evidence that carbon affects the weather, it is all hearsay. More pollution-type damage to the planet is caused by “wild-fires” and dumping waste; this is a human problem that should be addressed more seriously by government authorities and local bodies.
Remember the word “cycles” and, believe it or not, cycles do repeat themselves repeatedly. It is a fact that the Sun, sunspots, moon, cosmic winds and planetary aspects do influence our planet tides, fertility and growth, and always will. Nobody in scientific fields can accurately say what the continuous tilt of the earth was around 4000 BC, it is always on the move. However, the tilt in this day of age is around 23.45 degrees, therefore our seasons are running differently today as the earth orbits around the Sun during these long cycles. It takes around 2,000 years for the wobble of the earth to complete a cycle and a further 26,000 years for the direction of the tilt measured to the “fixed stars” to circle the cycle, known as the “Precession of the Equinoxes”. Hence, we have continuous “Climate Change” in our lifetimes.
The Sun is shining differently today, on all countries, from how it did 2000 years ago, and this will continue for thousands of years in the future. As mentioned, due to the tilt of the Earth's axis, the ecliptic is tilted by around 23.5 degrees to the equatorial plane. So, at a certain time during the year, the Sun is directly overhead 23.5 degrees north latitude, and six months later it is directly over 23.5 degrees south latitude. These two points correspond to the Summer and Winter Solstices respectively in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Over the next 26,000 years, due to the precession, the earth's equinoxes will change, hence the Summer Solstice will eventually become a Winter Solstice and vice versa. Seasons are gradually changing and yes, climate change is happening and has been for the past 4.5 billion years and will continue to do so, without our help. We will always adapt to the changes, so never become paranoid that we are in a “Climate Change Emergency”; this is not true and that is why the Paris agreement and UN Climate Fund will be difficult to agree on in the future.
We are now encountering major planetary changes that commenced severely since December 2017. First, we are witnessing Saturn (limitation), which entered Capricorn (land) for the first time in 29 years on December 21, 2017. It has met Pluto (destruction) in Capricorn (environment)—the first time together in Capricorn since the 1200s. Pluto takes around 248 years to transit the zodiac, however the last time it visited Capricorn was January 9, 1762 to January 28, 1778. During that Pluto cycle, the Northern Hemisphere experienced masses of adverse weather patterns, from floods to droughts, heavy snow storms in London, England and Scotland, severe cold, thick fog, blizzards, ten wet record summers in a row, severe thunderstorms that wrecked churches, housing and shipping, and major flooding of the Thames and rivers. This flood was the highest on record at Teddington and more generally the worst flood of the 18th century along the Thames Valley. Considerably low temperatures over the snow-cover during the year were witnessed. Maximum temperatures recorded at South Lambeth daily were reported as 11, 7, 6 degrees and down to minus 14 degrees at night. The record was -4 degrees Fahrenheit at Chatham and -11 degrees Fahrenheit at Maidstone, both Kent. Regular volcanic eruption was also prevalent in Iceland. This was climate cycle change at its best at the time- nothing new.
Australia? In 1788 the First Fleet arrived from the freezing damp United Kingdom to a hot “sunburned” country that continues to be sweltering. At the time of white invasion and settlement, indigenous men and women had been living in Australia for at least 30,000 years. They kept the country settled by burning off the undergrowth to assist the fertilisation process of trees and plants and to avoid major wildfires. That system of undergrowth cultivation and burn-off has worked for many years to avoid massive bush and forest fires. However today we have uncontrollable fires because of negligence and green restriction of burning off undergrowth in forests and bush. Hence disaster occurs with “wildfires”, then people cry, “Climate Change Emergency” when it is our own fault.
Now that Jupiter (abundance) has commenced a 12-month transit and connects this year with a Saturn/Uranus/Pluto combination all in the semi-fertile sign of Capricorn (3 December 2019 – 18, December 2020), there is a heightened possibility the Australian drought could end throughout 2020. It won’t happen overnight, however, with Venus (positive) meeting Uranus/Pluto (unexpected) mid-January – February and four Lunar eclipses throughout the year, this may induce cloud cover, electrical storms and rainfalls in coastal and inland country areas over 2020.
Astrologically, for Australia, the country can expect three cycles of change:
(1) February could have intermittent to scattered rainfalls; March, April, intermittent showers, seismic activity; May, moderate showers; June, scattered moderate showers; July, snow and heavy showers; August, snow falls, heavy showers; September, intermittent showers; October, intermittent showers; November, heavy rainfall and possible flooding in low lying areas; December, heavy showers, thunderstorms and possible flooding in low lying areas.
(2) April 4-August 7, Venus (balance) enters the barren sign of Gemini. This may combine cool temperatures bringing mild to moderate weather patterns with occasional snowfalls in high areas.
(3) Mars (turbulent) will enter the barren sign of Aries (fierce) from June 28, to December 31. Windy, south-westerly conditions and thunderstorms could also be seen throughout this six-month cycle, together with some seismic activity and floods. Cyclonic conditions appear to be more apparent in the later part of 2020, with this unusual array of strange planetary aspects between July and December. The Northern Hemisphere could also encounter unusual heavy rainfalls, floods, snow falls and sleet conditions during this period. Fire danger for the summer months in Australia appears to be moderate compared to the volatile high of December 2019.
Unfortunately, due to the continuous slowness of transits, with the outer planets forming adverse aspects with the various nations’ horoscopes, the following countries will continue to be astrologically on the watch list for December. Caution is advised when travelling to these places due to possible continuous, unexpected, adverse economic conditions, political disruption, demonstrations, unpleasant weather, seismic activity or travel delays: Cameroon, Turkey, Syria, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Cape-Verde Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Madagascar, Monaco, Portugal, Oman, Malta, Columbia, Malaysia, Brazil, North Korea, Russia, Liechtenstein, Namibia, Eire, Swaziland, Botswana, Kosovar, Singapore, Serbia, New Zealand, USA, Romania, Morocco, Dominican Republic, Greece, Mozambique, Vietnam, Tunisia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Ghana, France, Spain, Israel, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Grenada, Saotome-Principe, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Nepal, Seychelles, Angola, Timor, Ethiopia, Congo, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Albania, Belgium, Venezuela, Thailand, Canada, India, Costa-Rica, Khalistan, Brunei, Cyprus, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, Uruguay, Peru.
Fortunately, throughout 2020 many of the slow planetary aspects will start to clear from some of these countries, bringing more peaceful surroundings and favourable travel.
January planetary aspects appear to be generally mixed but overall favourable for the trading month with a few surprises showing as Mercury (news) meets with Saturn (frugal) and Pluto (secrets), during 12th-20th. Oil and gas prices show an increase from 23rd – 30th. Retailers could have a boost with sales during 1st-21st, when Mercury, Mars and Uranus meet.
The following ASX trading days may assist investors. Use the plus and minus method overall for the trading days. Care should be taken with minus days as they will fluctuate hourly on a positive throughout the day and possibly end up minus at closing:
Trading Days: 2-, 3-, 4+, 5+, 6+, 7-, 8+, 9-, 10-, 13+, 14+, 15+, 16+, 17+, 20+, 21+, 22-, 23-, 24+, 27+, 28+, 29+, 30-, 31+.
Agriculture: 22, 23, 24, 30
Biotech: 14, 15, 16, 28
Energy: 2, 3, 16, 29, 30.
Metals: 2, 3, 4, 8, 20, 23, 30, 31
Financials: 6, 7, 20, 31
Gold: 3, 13, 14, 22, 30
Silver: 9, 10, 11, 27
With Uranus (rigid) in retrograde until the January 11th (Full Moon and Lunar eclipse) and Mars (action) in Sagittarius (negotiations), a slow economy will continue throughout January up to February 16th. Mars (action) will then begin to transit through the infrastructure sign of Capricorn until March 31. During this cycle, commercial business will be concerned about pending new infrastructure projects and possible investment tax breaks to boost the slow economy. According to Australia’s horoscope, the economy will be stable throughout 2020, however, due to global uncertainty during January to June, there will be hold-ups and delays with certain government and commercial programs. Massive expense with drought and fire relief (Uranus (sudden) in the financial sign of Taurus) will take a large slice out of the government’s surplus. Saturn (administration) government bureaucracy will also be under fire for delays and lack of efficiency, however when Venus (money) moves into Taurus (finances) on March 5, there will be a flow-on of capital for works projects that will show a boost in Australia’s first quarterly balance and employment sheets by June 30. With an array of planetary activity happening in the first three months of 2020, a continued shake-up of economic efficiency with government departments and companies will be seen.
Mercury (communication) will move into the TV, radio, film and entertainment sign of Aquarius on the 17th. Expect to see throughout 2020 negotiations and major changes, amalgamations, takeovers, and moves in the business and employment sectors of radio, TV, production, film, internet services, publishing, advertising, music industry, travel, clubs, restaurant franchises, sporting and social organisations. Many writers, editors, photographers, producers and technical staff could be retrenched or given alternative employment.
Venus (positive) will meet with Uranus (change) between the 15th -17th, opening new business and work opportunities for many. Career openings this month will have vacancies for pilots, managers, consultants, counsellors, industrial relations, sociologists, physiotherapists, phycologists, teachers, electricians, mechanics, machinists, sales representatives, truck drivers, cooks, bakers, nursing, aged care workers and cleaners. Many will consider a second job to raise extra income to pay off loans, credit card debt and mortgages.
Law courts will be busy throughout January with crime cases and for those seeking divorce, compensation, settlements, retrenchments, pay-outs, class action, or recommence, then your wait will be worth it. From the 14th, Venus will attract a little good fortune to many.
Be extra careful with boating, swimming, water sports and around swimming pools, rivers, beaches and parks, throughout January—Mercury (risks) clashes with Uranus (unexpected accidents) so the risk of drownings, accidents and injuries will be high throughout January. Children and pets are another problem for many this month; avoid leaving children and pets alone, problems may occur. Carrying a first aid kit in your vehicle may be the answer to a serious problem. Those in the Northern Hemisphere should take care with snow skiing and winter sports, driving and slippery roads. Electrical, heating and air conditioning problems are forecast for January.
Overall, January will be a celebration month for a few, lots of socialising, sport, entertainment and variety will be available to many. The New Moon in Aquarius, January 25, 7:42 am AEST, may bring a new beginning for some. This would be a positive time for commencing a new career, business, direction, idea, trend or condition. Travel is also favoured during this period. However, avoid impatience, speed and road rage. Delays should be minimised for most people throughout January.
Favourable days: 2, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 24, 26, 29.
Adverse days: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31