As 2019 ended, we wondered if 2020 could be worse. It turned out it could, and our imagination fell short.
Twelve months later, we have an idea of what 2021 will look like — among vaccination efforts, Joe Biden’s inauguration, and more lockdowns. Still, I wanted to have a broader perspective on what 2021 has in store for us.
Melissa works with sidereal astrology, instead of the tropical one, which most of us are used to. This means she considers additional data tropical astrologers don’t contemplate, such as constellation sizes and the planets’ inclination.
As a result, parts of her interpretations change. For example, according to tropical astrology, I am a Cancer, but I am a Gemini according to sidereal astrology. She marries the two of them by accepting that both schools transmit different parts of people’s nature.
At the end of the day, being called Gemini or Cancer are just general categories, but no one perfectly fits the form.
Having the chance of contrasting sidereal and tropical astrology allows you to find the spectrum that best describes you. Having said this, let’s get to our business.
As we all know already, on December 21st, we had a conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn. In mythology, Saturn (known as Cronus in Greek mythology, the titan of time) is Jupiter’s father (Zeus, in Greek mythology).
The story tells that Saturn had overthrown Uranus and castrated him; from Uranus’ testicles came a foam out of which Venus (Aphrodite) was born. As Saturn began ruling, he also became afraid that his son would do the same to him one day. Every time he had a son with Rhea, she took the baby to him, and he devoured it.
This continued until Rhea decided to hide Jupiter (who was raised by a goat), and when he grew up, he made a cut on Saturn’s stomach and rescued each one of his siblings. Ancient Greeks and Romans were very cool but also highly creative.
The way Melissa interprets this conjunction is as a reunion between a very limiting father and a very expansive son (Jupiter, who in Greek mythology is Zeus) — one that had children with almost everybody.
This energy determined the end of 2020 and will mark the beginning of 2021.
With the conjunction, the energies of Jupiter and Saturn came together.
They are very different: Jupiter is expansive, he explores. Saturn is an energy that controls, that sets limits, is the sober, organized adult. This conjunction will affect each person differently because it will not necessarily reflect the same part of the birth chart for two people.
In general, Melissa interprets this conjunction as energy that invites us to expand with maturity: to grow by laying solid foundations, not merely spreading seeds everywhere without looking back to take care of projects, without worrying about how they affect others.
The effects of this conjunction are going to last until mid-2021, and while they are together, they will meet other planets. These encounters will lead us to face different challenges.
Therefore, assuming 2021 will be a year of expansion and responsible growth makes sense, Melissa says, because this year was one of reflection and profound personal change. That means that their energies’ conjunction and influence will allow each one’s changes to mature at their own pace, appropriately.
For sidereal astrology, the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction occurs on the constellation of Capricorn, which is the kingdom of Saturn: Capricorns are adult, structured, persistent, ordered, and hardworking. After everything fell in 2020, 2021 will be a year to start building with concrete bases.
At the beginning of the year, Mars will enter Aries’ constellation, which is its terrain. Mars, the Roman god of war, symbolizes the energy that we have available to take action, and Aries is the space to start new things, whatever the field: create a company, form relationships, move.
This energy in Aries will be focused on personal well-being: to look for emotional well-being and then to be able to think about others’ well-being. It is not going to be a time to think about universal love. For example, if one gets vaccinated, it will not be to take care of society but regain the personal freedoms we have lost.
It may imply that those who have taken advantage of this year to reflect and clarify their path and needs will have the strength and drive to do so. Those who have not will still have important challenges this year that they will overcome “‘a los trancazos’, but still, the outcome will be excellent.
Mercury will retrograde at the end of February in Aquarius (an air sign, social, who likes to think about society, the great philosophers, who feel injustice and are free). That means that it will be a time to question ourselves about freedom and society.
What is right? What is wrong? With the background that we have already talked about, we will ask ourselves how to grow responsibly. Still, at this moment, we are going to ask ourselves about freedom and how by being integrated into a healthy society, we can be free.
In April comes a conjunction between the sun and Venus in Pisces. It will be a moment of collective well-being because Venus symbolizes beauty, well-being, and pleasure in all things.
In the same month, there will be a conjunction between Mars and Jupiter in Aquarius. If Mars is the action and Jupiter the expansion, this will be when our action is focused on others. It can be a time when we want to meet with friends, for example.
After we understand what we need for our well-being, we will see the beauty outside, and we will want to contribute to the expansion of well-being outside ourselves.
Here we are already beginning to see the trend for the coming year: a kind of accordion movement between focusing on personal well-being and then asking and acting on behalf of society’s well-being to come back to review ourselves.
In May, Saturn is going to retrograde in Capricorn. During retrogradations, the energy represented on each planet is “collected,” opening spaces for reflection.
Considering that Saturn is the father of Jupiter in Greek and Roman mythology, it is like the father reflecting on what he learned during the encounter with his son. Melissa describes it as problematic energy because it is a moment in which you are forced, without a doubt, to reflect on your maturity: “What do I have to take away from you to make you grow up?!” she exclaimed as an example of this.
For tropical astrology, this retrogradation will be in Aquarius, so Melissa suggests that tropical astrology’s interpretation will be more like a questioning of freedom. Still, she sees it more as questioning how to set limits and persist for better or worse.
In June, we will see an opposition between Mars in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. Melissa predicts that this may be a time for self-reflection for observing oneself again. Why am I this way? Why do I act like this? (And yes, during our interview, she wondered if this self-observation would be accompanied by a new quarantine — let’s hope not). And Mars is going to be opposed to Pluto, the god of destiny. This implies that Mars will wonder as much as he wishes, but fate will force him to move because destiny does not give time to wait.
Pluto will make us work, produce, make things change, even if we try to resist.
Next, we will have a quadrature between Saturn and Uranus in Aries, with Saturn still retrograde. “How am I going to expand since I am so strict and rigid with my ideas? What should I put limits to and what not?” And it faces Uranus, which is the great expansion: the primordial titan, the starry sky, husband of Gaea (the Earth), an ancestor of most of the gods.
In contrast to the expansion proposed by Jupiter (much more controlled, “I’m going to set up a company, and I want it to have many branches!”), the expansion proposed by Uranus is disproportionate (“I’m going to dominate the world!” joked Melissa). And Uranus is expanding in Aries, which is the Self. “Who am I?!” For Melissa, this is happening at a generational level, with personal questioning that seeks to set us on paths to growth. “I attend to myself, but I expand.”
So we have two energies in tension: on the one hand, Saturn questioning itself about adulthood and, on the other, Uranus wanting to expand infinitely.
How do you reconcile maturity with growth? Indeed, says Melissa, it’s going to hurt. It will be a time to go back and forth between thinking about how we grow, how we improve, how we develop, and how we become more responsible, more serious, more persistent. It will be uncomfortable because it comes from an energy in tension, but the beauty of it is there is no way around it. Necessarily, it is going to seek its way out.
And finally, June will close with the second retrograde Mercury of the year, this time in Taurus, the regent of value. When Mercury retrogrades in Taurus, it is going to lead us to ask ourselves, from the concrete, day-to-day mind, “what is valuable to me?, what gives me pleasure?, am I giving value to what is worth it ?”
Retrograde, again, is going to make it uncomfortable, a moment full of doubts. The warning Melissa leaves us with at this point is that most astrologers are going to see — from tropical astrology — this retrograde in Gemini. That will make it look like a much rougher scenario, but it doesn’t have to be.