Happy New Year and wishing you brighter, better things to come during 2021 after a strange, and for many, extremely difficult year in 2020. But what does January 2021 look like, in public life and globally, and at home, and what is the Tarot’s general guidance this month?
The reader has shuffled the Tarot Deck and drawn The Star card entirely at random.
The Star Card
Hope, vision, inspiration, recovery, equilibrium, bridging, searching, research, reason, logic, intellect, education, enlightenment, Big Data, Space, Science, Medicine, Technology, idealism, Humanity viewed as a whole, humanitarian causes, groups, group-think, activism, extremism, clouds, rain.
The ultimate message of The Star is Hope and Recovery. Brighter times are on their way, not all at once, but gradually, and within the next seventeen months we will look back and see how far we have come and how much has changed, much of it for the better.
2021 does not mean things are back to ‘normal.’ The end of 2020 does not mean a cut-off point for everything that 2020 has meant. Of course, it doesn’t. But 2021 is a gradually improving picture. The visionary Star card says that events in January, brave new seeds are sown, promise great results in time. That much seems guaranteed.
The Star card, curiously – but this is typical of the Tarot- correlates specifically with the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The dates are 20 January-18 February, suggesting notable events and developments later in the month, while also bearing in mind that the US Presidential inauguration is 20 January.
The great astrological event of 2020 was the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the sign of Aquarius on 21 December, in the closest conjunction since 1623.
Well- respected astrologers have called this event the dawning of the new Age of Aquarius, and suggest this sets the tone for 2021. But was it? And what does it mean anyway?
The Age of Aquarius is an astrological concept. The Earth wobbles on its axis and over time, this affects the equinoxes, so that, roughly every 2,150 years, the sun’s position at the time of the March (vernal) equinox moves in front of a new zodiac constellation.
The Age of Aquarius begins when the March equinox point moves out of the constellation Pisces and into the constellation Aquarius. When will that be? Many astrologers suggest we entered the Age of Aquarius on 11 November 2011 or 21 December 2012.
But to know this, we would need to know when the existing Age began, the Age of Pisces, and this is not universally agreed. According to Jean Meeus, Belgian astronomer (not astrologer) the sun at the March equinox passed from Aries to being in front of the constellation Pisces in 68 B.C. Based on this, he suggests the March equinox will cross over into the constellation Aquarius in 2597.
But there are other, widely differing interpretations.
Every astrological Age is said to have its particular defining characteristics. The Age of Pisces, for instance, the age we are now living in (depending on your viewpoint) is the Age that saw the rise of the great Monotheistic religions and all their supporting apparatus: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
But what does it mean, The Age of Aquarius? It has a reputation for ‘Love N’ Light,’ attributable at least in part to a song by a band, Fifth Dimension, in ‘Hair’ a very successful musical of the 1960s.
The key phrase of Aquarius is ‘I know.’ The concept is equality of opportunity enabled by knowledge. This could mean the rising power of horizontal information networks, and this could be at the expense of traditional power structures, vertical hierarchies. An egalitarian technocracy, one might say. The current tech giants may go too far, may already have gone too far, and could be brought to heel, either by governments, or elbowed out by rising competition from a multitude of new alt-tech providers.
Human nature will always be human nature, for better as well as for worse. It is our sheer numbers, the size of the global human population that is the single greatest problem for the environment. In the year 0 AD there were 200 million of us. By 2100 there could be 11 billion. This is the elephant in the room largely ignored by movements like Extinction Rebellion.
But let’s get back to January 2021.
The Star card denotes hope, recovery, healing, and science, which promises well for the rollout of the newly available Moderna and Pfizer BioNtech vaccines and potentially, the licensing of the less expensive UK Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Sources suggest the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine may be rolling out by the time this article is published, and if not, then its rollout is imminent.
Meanwhile, China is rolling out two of its own vaccines. One, Coronavac, developed by Beijing pharmaceutical company Sinovac, is an inactivated vaccine. It works by using killed viral particles to expose the body’s immune system to the virus without risking a serious disease response.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are a new type of vaccine, mRNA vaccines. Part of the Coronavirus genetic code is injected into the body, triggering the body to begin making viral proteins. Not the whole virus, but enough to train the immune system to attack.
But the Sinovac can be stored in a standard refrigerator at 2-8 degrees Celsius, and so can the Oxford- Astrazeneca vaccine, made from a genetically engineered virus that causes the common cold in chimpanzees.
Here is the problem. Modern’s vaccine needs to be stored at -20C and Pfizer’s vaccine at -70C.
The Sinovac vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine offer more hope to developing countries. They are more practical and accessible for use in countries not able to store large amounts of the other vaccines at such low temperatures.
Pandemics- and there have been many, roughly one a century- historically last 1-3 years, or longer, and viruses may never be eradicated, though over time their risk becomes naturally much reduced. This pandemic, already more than a year old, looks likely to be of a shorter duration, but whether or not these new vaccines will be the reason; these scientific developments are entirely in the spirit of the healing and technically innovative Star Card.
Uranus says ‘No-one’s telling me what to do. I know my rights, and I’ll exercise my freedom any way I see fit!’ Saturn says, ‘I see what needs to be done. It’s not that I’m happy about it, but it’s not about what I want. Rights come with responsibilities’.
The Star sees the light at the end of the tunnel now, in respect of this terrible situation.
Saturn and Uranus: Dual planets of Aquarius
Uranus is known as the planet of innovation but also revolt and rebellion. As you can imagine, the Star card contains the potential for an acute paradox. There are those who are ready to co-operate with social distancing and lockdown, not because they are happy about it, but they see it as a necessary measure and feel it is their personal responsibility to support the wider collective effort. This is an Aquarian expression of the Saturn ethic.
There are also those who do not believe there is a genuine public health emergency. They suspect a global conspiracy, distrust any need for lockdowns and feel this is a challenge to their individual liberties to be met with resolute non-compliance as an alternative to subjugation. Or else they don’t care about any of that, and they just do what they want. This is an Aquarian expression of the Uranus ethic.
January 2021 will see the continuing conflict between these opposing influences, Saturn and Uranus the co-rulers of Aquarius. If there is a sharp or sudden rise in cases of the new Covid variant in January, then it could be deduced that the ‘anti-authoritarian’ freedom-loving, rebellious Uranus ethic prevailed in December over the ‘pro- authoritarian’ dutiful, self-denying Saturn ethic.
The UK marks a historically momentous event 31 Dec/1 January. The UK which voted to leave the EU in 2016 has finally left the European Union.
This has been a fraught, divisive, and long-drawn-out process and has culminated in a so-called Hard or Canada style Deal. Parliament has yet to vote on the deal, but the Star card suggests it will be voted through.
This event, deplored by those who voted to Remain in the EU, is a huge moment for the so-called ‘silent majority’ of the UK electorate as a great new hope, and freedom of opportunity for the island nations of the UK to chart a new course after 45 years in the EU. It was the E/EC when the UK originally voted to join in 1973, but the electorate had no voice in the decision to sign up to the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 when the former E/EC became the EU.
The UK highly values its European neighbors, friends, and partners. Most who voted Leave are Europhiles. The difficulty was with the Institution of the EU, not with any fellow nation-state. The appearance of the Star card, reflecting the stars on the EU flag, and now the UK, a friend, still, but a newly separated star, seems peculiarly apposite and is a welcome omen in this context.
The Star card says this will prove to be the right decision, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. January will be frantically busy for the UK Government, and for business, up-beat in some respects, and politically and economically intense, but meanwhile, there is much hardship and anxiety the UK also continues battling the Covid-19 crisis.
The United States
2021 will bring better things. But first, there is the Presidential Inauguration to be navigated, 20 January.
The Supreme Court has confirmed the Election result, but there is no sign that the outgoing President Donald Trump, has accepted the outcome of the election as legitimate, and the inauguration of the new President, Joe Biden may bring new unrest.
The astrology for this Inauguration date is anything but auspicious. Mars (anger, war) and Uranus (rebellion) go conjunct in Taurus (tradition) on the 20 January.
This hugely acrimonious 2020 Election is the latest of several historically contested US Elections. In 2000 Democrat candidate Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College vote and challenged the result. But the Supreme Court upheld it and Al Gore conceded after a 36-day fight and a Florida recount battle, “our disappointment must be overcome by our love of country.”
Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016, although she won the popular vote by 3 million votes, and conceded, but she has since called for a review of the US Election voting system. “I think it needs to be eliminated,” Clinton said of the Electoral College.
Donald Trump, now that it has happened to him, has still not conceded.
This inauguration will require extra measures of careful preparation on the part of the incoming Administration. It does not need a psychic to see the potential for serious trouble. But Biden will be President, regardless.
Tarot and the Weather
Aquarius was associated by the ancient Egyptians with the flooding of The Nile which used to happen every January or February. The Star card of Aquarius ‘the cloud bearer,’ suggests a mild but stormy winter in the UK at least, but this year is a ‘La Nina’ year, and this wet weather may be far more widespread.
There is flooding in the UK at this present time, Storm Bella is sweeping across us even as I am writing this on 26 December. Further storms may possibly follow in January. This is by no means definite or certain, but it is always better to be prepared if the preparation is possible.
In Personal Life
‘When you wish upon a Star’…
If you are asking a question to which you are hoping for a ‘yes’ answer, and then you draw the Star card, the answer is, ‘yes, quite possibly, but you may need to be patient.’
If you draw the card upside-down (reversed) a reality check is in order. What do you need to do next? What can you do next to get where you want to go, irrespective of lockdowns or other obstacles?
That phrase of Aquarius ‘I know’ says new training, re-skilling; up-skilling, or distance study might be the way ahead in January. And this is where IT has truly come into its own.
There is something busy and purposeful about early January. It’s good, and it’s not just the usual New Year resolutions, though these are a great opportunity to review what is working for us and what hasn’t been working so well.
Some will be returning to work, others working from home, or on furlough in the UK. Some will be job-hunting, and there seem to be a range of new part-time work opportunities coming up after mid-January.
Home improvements or some kind of clearing seem called for. This need not involve spending money, just a bit of ventilation, de-cluttering, and re-organization.
The Star card suggests a new idea, vision, or inspiration, and it’s being followed up with action, or at least an action plan. Perhaps you need to change your career direction. Perhaps this change has not been of our own choosing but has been forced upon us by circumstances.
But good new things can still come out of adversity. The human-animal is endlessly creative and inventive, and The Star above all, is a lucky, positive card -when it is drawn the right way up, or dignified, as it is here.
The Star card is about wishful thinking or following a star. Visions require action to turn them into a reality, but the appearance of the Star card is a sign that you could really be on to something here.
Be careful around the third week in January when a few things could get extra difficult. Be careful in your dealings with others throughout January but especially now, around the 20 January (and this applies to public gatherings and social media) The Star card advises, keep your distance, watch, wait, float high above the situation, using your coolest judgment.
Above all, do not take things personally. It may feel personal, but this really is not about you. And when it comes to strangers, there are too many people out there just looking for a fight. Keyboard warriors, why oblige them? Are they worth it to you? Is this a productive use of your attention, time, and energy?
See how the figure crouches beneath the largest star? It shines out independently of the rest. The Star card advises that when we are having difficulties with others when others go ‘low’ with their behavior, we do not meet them on that same level. We go ‘high’.
Reach for the brightest star. You have the power to brighten someone’s day. Shine your light, like the Star you truly are, and may The Star smile down on you in 2021.