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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

What to Expect from the Astrology of 2020: A Q&A with Charm Torres

By Kait Fowlie

2020 astrology

We tend to see the new year as an invitation to put the past behind us and start fresh, but 2020 could deliver us a major push to transform. If you follow astrology at all, you’ve likely heard: This year is going to be a game-changer. “There’s some big-deal planetary movements this year that will likely rock a lot of people’s lives (if not already),” says Charm Torres, a Toronto-based astrologer and tarot reader. “2020 signals in many ways a culmination point, a beginning of an end.”

Ready to get rocked? Charm lets us know what we can expect from Astrology 2020, and how we can prepare:

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1. Anything soul-snatching but comfortable (think: jobs, relationships) just won’t cut it anymore 

If you’ve been sticking around at your full time gig for the security but it’s been killing you slowly (or quickly) inside, 2020 could come in like a wrecking ball. “Jupiter moves into Capricorn in December 2019, which means we have to figure out how to make our work mean something deeper than just paying the bills. There’s a pressure to be great, but at what cost? We’re all needing to confront this question.”  

We’ll be urged to redefine our idea of success starting in December, and the trend definitely continues on into the year. “The Saturn and Pluto conjunction at 22° Capricorn finally takes place on January 12, 2020. Since December 2017 it’s been a dance towards this moment. The planet of structure and boundaries (Saturn) meets up with the planet of power (Pluto). This signals an intensification of needing structure, or collapsing of structures that could not withstand the test of time.” Charm notes that this can be applied to structures we rely on in any and all situations – identity, money, family, health, job, career and relationships. Get ready to be flexible. 


2. We’ll be confronted with deep, existential questions at various points in the year

If there’s any celestial event that’s known to confront us with shocking news or revelations, it’s eclipses. We’ve got some big ones coming up in 2020, and they’ll challenge us in a new way than they did last year. 

“We have 6 eclipses happening in 2020 (we had 5 in 2019). While it’s a very common occurrence, 2020 signals a new beginning of a new set of eclipses. Since the summer of 2018 there’s been eclipses in the Cancer and Capricorn axis of our charts. It most likely manifested as wild card changes in our pursuit for stability and security,” says Charm. 

The big changes you experienced around your sense of security in 2019 set the stage for the next round of big changes around learning and growth this coming year. “2020 – 2022 eclipses will be more about how we apply what we learn to expand our worlds. They will be occurring in the Gemini and Sagittarius axis of our charts. The eclipses starting in June 2020 will be about confronting what we know and being challenged by existential questions. Like what’s the meaning of life kind of questions.” 

If you’ve been wondering what your life purpose is, any one of these eclipses could illuminate it once and for all.


3. We’ll be called to review our relationships, and learn how to be more independent

Two planetary retrogrades in particular are to thank for the promptings we’ll get to step into our personal power. “We have Venus retrograde in Gemini from May – June 2020 which is all about reviewing and reflecting on our relationships… and we have Mars retrograde in Aries from September – November 2020 which is all about how we break free from other people’s mold and be more independent without being hurtful.” Consider these periods potent times for introspection, which can help you gain clarity around your values and your leadership style. 


4. Time spent looking inward will be time very well spent 

The best way to plan your future, in 2020? Reflect on the past. “Mercury is retrograde 3 times as per usual, but with Venus and Mars also retrograde in 2020, I really think the sky is asking us all to be more introspective and reflective of how we want to integrate all that is ending and changing so we can move forward from a place of presence. 2020 is such a transition.” When in doubt, when one of these retrograde periods hands you lemons, take a step back and remember that by getting quiet and looking inward, you’ll find clarity.  


5. Breakthroughs in tech could give us an idea of what the next few years could look like

A new 200 year cycle begins in late 2020, thanks to Saturn’s move into Aquarius. “Saturn dips into Aquarius for a little bit from March – July 2020 which gives us a glimpse into what the future will be like,” says Charm. “Saturn will be in Aquarius for good by Dec 2020 for 2.5 years, joined by Jupiter for a year, which marks a new 200 year cycle of air elemental energy and finishing off the last 200 years of earth energy. If you think about it, the last two centuries have been the rise of industrialization of all kinds of industries. The air element is perhaps moving towards more intellectual and technological breakthroughs.” 

Not surprising, right? If you’ve been trying to put off fully embracing the world wide web in your communications, you might really start to feel it. 


6. Our people-pleasing habits will be challenged

The whole year will in a way be a crash course in getting real with about who we are and what we want. Charm suggests, “overall… go back to the basics. If you don’t know who you are in a profound way, or if you’ve been living mostly for other people, 2020 will be a kind of rude awakening. It will challenge a lot of what’s stable especially if the foundation is not built to last.” Who are you and what do you want for yourself, at the very end of the day? Start there, when the going gets tough in 2020. 


7. Those who are able to slow down, be patient, and embrace uncertainty will thrive

Since this is such a transitional year, it may feel like we’re not quite here nor are we quite there. Hence, we’d be wise to take it all as it comes. “Often, transition periods are full of uncertainties, so I would recommend that people figure out how to manage the being

in-between. Practices that foster mindfulness and presence would give people a lot of skills to weather destabilizing chaos. It’s also the year to nurture relationships that you want to grow over the long term.” Think big-picture, don’t sweat the small stuff, and you can’t go wrong. 



(Story by Contributing Editor, Kait Fowlie)

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