by Jennifer Fukushima

Saturn and Pluto will conjoin on January 12, 2020 in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn.  Saturn represents structure, Pluto represents death, rebirth and power.  In the sign of Capricorn, changes to the systems of capitalism, big business, government and the economy are going to be prominent and with Pluto there is no going back.  After this astrological event in January, Jupiter will conjoin Pluto three times near the same point on April 4, June 29 and Nov 12 2020, amplifying the work of Saturn, allowing it to expand, grow and evolve.  Jupiter has the power to magnify events and to exact justice.  This is not a temporary or passing experience.  It will have permanent, world changing consequences.

Whether you play an instrumental role in the bigger picture or not, there is also a lot of valuable insight to be gleaned based on where these transformational events fall in your own chart.  They will have far reaching effects in your personal life, based on the house in which they fall, and for those with personal planets or points close to 22 degrees of the cardinal signs, the effects can be life altering.  Pluto rules power struggles as well as the darker elements of the human experience.  This transit will give you the opportunity to travel to the depths, revisiting old ways of being that are no longer serving you and the limiting beliefs that are keeping you down.  It will be an opportunity for you to step into your power and take control of your life.   

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When I tell people that I plan on combining my astrology practice with my upcoming psychotherapy schooling many people draw a blank and don’t see how the two could be connected.  So today, I’d like to share with you the many ways astrology can work to create a greater sense of balance and wholeness.

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For those of you who read my inaugural blog post, you’ll recall I was at a point of delving deeper into astrology to see how it could answer some of the burning questions I had about my career.  I was at a crossroads where I felt I had to make a major decision and I needed a compass.

I consider myself lucky to have led a very focused career trajectory.  At an early age, I was able to hone in on my first passion and career path: fashion.  While I watched my friends flip-flop from one university program to another, I made deliberate steps forward to build the business I established at age 17.  Being that my Sun occupies my 10th house, having a successful career that I can be proud of has always been important to me. (stay tuned for my upcoming post on career indicators in astrology and what they mean for you).

I was very fortunate to have been met with success and support at an early age, but it wasn’t without my share of sleepless nights, workaholism-induced health issues, and late nights questioning my future.  I was driving myself into the ground by overworking and ignoring my physical and mental health.  Focusing on my business always seemed so much easier than focusing on my personal problems. Checking out with alcohol became a bandaid solution to psychological pain. Around this time I began searching for answers which led me to astrology. But my first big warning sign was a physical one and at age 23 I began to develop tendinitis in my forearms from long hours of cutting and sewing.  It was a wake up call alerting me that that something had to change.

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My early 20s were a very difficult time for me as they are for many.  I was out on my own for the first time and felt distanced from many of my social supports and had yet to develop healthy coping strategies.  I was meeting a lot of new people, dating and things were in constant flux. I’m sure this sounds familiar to a lot of you out there. In an effort to make sense of the chaos that was my life, I turned to astrology. I began by examining my own natal chart and soon began referencing charts for all of the people who came into my life.  To me, it was a study in human psychology. I began to see intriguing patterns and astrology became a new tool for understanding myself, my relationships and the motivations of others.

For those who are skeptical or uninitiated in the study of astrology, there is  much more than the Sun Sign astrology you see in the horoscope section of the newspaper.  At your time of birth, each planet is occupying a particular space in the sky which is home to a sign of the zodiac. So in addition to your Sun Sign – the sign that most people are familiar with – you also have a Moon Sign, Mercury Sign, Venus Sign, and so on. Each planet falls under a sign that is likely different from your Sun Sign, and each planet governs a different part of your psyche.  I recommend that beginners start out by familiarizing themselves with their “big three” – the Sun, Moon and Rising Sign. For this, you’ll also need your birth time and location. Stay tuned for my future post on this topic!

All of these factors combined make up your natal chart, thus named because it is determined at the moment of your birth. The time and location of your birth dictates your rising sign and the corresponding set up of your houses. These govern the different areas of life. The deeper you go into astrology, the more complex and meaningful it becomes, but for now let’s keep things simple. If you don’t identify very strongly with your Sun Sign, chances are you have some contrasting influences in other parts of your chart.

One of the next things I noticed was that over the years, various signs kept repeatedly entering my life and there are a few signs with which I rarely cross paths.  If you look at your own life – the circles you run in, the people you’ve dated, or even your family – it’s likely that you’ll see these patterns as well.  I find that these signs can sometimes correspond to placements in our own charts (our Moon Sign for example) or they can represent lessons the universe is trying to teach us.  

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