Your Stars May 2020

The first of May is Beltane, a Celtic fire festival preserved in the traditions of the May Queen, folk song and Morris dance. This year saw the release of Mai, an album by Welsh folkie Georgia Ruth dedicated to the month. You can find my review for The Observer on the Guardian website. Not much public dancing and merriment going on this year, but the greenwood blooms on regardless.

Astrologically, May is a pivotal month, when we shift from April’s rare scenario with all planets going forwards in the sky to one when most are retrograde. Perhaps that will give us pause for thought about the plight of humanity under 2020’s ongoing Saturn-Pluto signature. The retrograde season is led by Pluto – retrograde from April 26, followed by Saturn on May 11, Venus on May 13, and Jupiter on May 15.
My thoughts on this and more for individual signs will follow on the weekend. Your astrologer remains in the unhappy grip of flu, which turns out to have a life of 5-6 weeks.

Meanwhile I thought I would send my forecast for 2020 as written in December 2019 and commissioned by Walpole Journal, an annual publication that promotes UK brands, the likes of Burberry, Harrods, Wedgwood and hundreds more. Some of the points here will be familiar to my regular readers, some not.

2020 – Future Shock

‘You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,’ Bob Dylan observed, nor an astrologer to tell you that this year the world is in the jaws of history. Astrology has long been fixated by 2020, thanks principally to the clash of the two heavyweight planets Saturn and Pluto, which in January conjoined, as they do every 30 odd years.

Both have a fiercesome reputation, Saturn as a harsh, constrictive patriarch, Pluto as dark lord of the underworld, a violator (of Persephone) and fanatic. Together their mythological qualities become intensified to create a toxic mindset of ‘might is right’ (and heaven help those in the way).

The Saturn/Pluto cycle certainly has an unhappy history, their conjunctions and oppositions coinciding with turbulent, world-changing events; for example 1914 and the Great War, 1931’s Great Depression, 1947’s partitions of India and Palestine and the 9/11 attacks of 2001. Economic downturn is a recurring feature. So too is what philosopher Richard Tarnas calls ‘the empowerment of reactionary forces and the totalitarian impulse’.

2020 is best seen as the peak (but not the finale) of a process that began with the financial crash of 2010, simultaneous with Pluto’s arrival in Capricorn, home of the establishment, capital, the system. Since then the plutocrats, the super-rich, have prospered, as have nationalist autocrats, the ‘hardmen’ of China, Russia, India, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Bolivia, Brazil, the UK and the United States.

As much doesn’t inspire optimism about the year ahead – it depends on your politics, most of those hard men have some popular support.
There are always other, contrary portents in play, especially at the end of 2020, when Saturn and Jupiter land in Aquarius, a more idealistic, collective and socially responsible sign. This once-every 20 year meeting heralds a new chapter in political and cultural affairs. Saturn’s brief, three month stay in Aquarius in spring 2020 offers political and cultural clues as to what’s coming down the turnpike next year.

For millennials (b. early ’80s- mid ’90s), 2020 is a time of awakening, or rather, since they’re already ‘woke’, of engaging with adulthood. Most are now past their ‘Saturn Return’ at 29 years of age and are into careers, families, property – snowflakes no more. Their ‘Gen Z’ successors were born with distant, slow-moving planets in Aquarius that are now being ‘triggered’ by the transit of Prometheus, planet of revolution and innovation. Though Greta Thunberg (b. 3/1/2003) is herself a stern Sun/Moon Capricorn, she represents the Aquarian generation, one relentlessly pressed by transiting planets over the next decade. Expect an avalanche of eco warriors.

Prometheus (aka Uranus) is, as Prime Minister Johnson recently reminded us in a United Nations speech, the bringer of fire, a liberator. Astrologically it is associated with disruption and rebellion – the American and French revolutions for example – and with such technological breakthroughs as the discovery of electricity. Prometheus’ seven year residency in earthy Taurus, beginning 2019, signals a revolution in the concerns of Taurus, a sign of bounty; mother nature, food, economics. Eco-protest has already flourished in the shape of Extinction Rebellion and the like, and will escalate sharply after 2021.

Along with revolutionary zeal, Prometheus promises the technical innovation to avert eco catastrophe. A Cambridge research group headed by former government adviser Sir David King was recently set up to do exactly that. ‘What we do over the next ten years will influence humanity’s future for the next 10,000,’ he said.

The flipside to Prometheus in Taurus is the return of Frankenstein foods, GM crops and gene-meddling. In 2020 what you eat remains a moral issue, as does tinkering with your baby’s DNA, a growing industry. New forms of banking are already here. Facebook’s weirdly named Libra is just one crypto-currency – more than a dozen countries have advanced plans for their own Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), China and the European Central Bank among them. If you work for or trade with a government, this is how you’ll get paid.

Will a climate change denier gain a second term as US President? An election held under massively conservative stars clearly favours a Republican, but Trump’s personal ‘scope looks ruinous. A once in a lifetime inquisition by Pluto raises concerns about health and criminality. This is Trump in the Underworld, and, as Persephone can testify, Hades often proves a miserable experience.

The U.S. is entering its own reckoning with Pluto, as the planet returns for the first time to its position at the nation’s birth (4/7/1776), putting the republic’s founding principles under examination. Whoever wins the election, this looks like a fiercely contested battle for the nation’s soul. In 2020, we can anticipate bitter public debates about national history, especially slavery.

With luck, the major war associated with the Saturn/Pluto cycle has already been declared, by Nature against inconsiderate humanity. Or perhaps Mars, Gustav Holst’s ‘Bringer of War’, which is at odds through the second half of 2020, augurs a new, more conventional conflict.
The hard rains of Saturn/Pluto resonate strongly in the UK’s assorted horoscopes – the 1066 Coronation, 1801’s Act of Union and 1922’s partition of Ireland – spelling disunity and disintegration. Ulster is already in the EU’s arms, where Scotland would like to join it. London is a virtual city state, resented by the bled-dry ‘regions’. Under Brexit, Singapore on Thames and freeports beckon. National institutions – the NHS, the judiciary, the BBC – look fragile.

The Conservative Party is undergoing a similar rebirth. Born (2/11/1867) with a Scorpio Sun, the party’s ‘scope has a Capricorn ascendant over which Saturn and Pluto now sweep. Saturn here in 1990 saw Margaret Thatcher’s demise and in 2019 Theresa May thrown under the bus (both Librans, as is David Cameron). Deathly Pluto describes the demise of ‘One Nation’ Toryism and its resurrection as a more rapacious entity. The Labour Party, an Aquarian creation (b.12/2/1906), must bide its time until Jupiter and Saturn meet in the Urn Bearer at the close of 2020.

The United Kingdom will seem everything but united in 2020. Already riven by culture wars and ravaged by the demons of Brexit, the tenor of public (and private) debate promises to be rancorous and vengeful, full of ancient resentments and scapegoating. Of John Major’s ‘Nation at ease with itself’ there is scant sign.

Under such disputation, we may yet get a version of 1984’s Ministry of Truth. George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, written under 1947’s Saturn/Pluto, has already been eclipsed by the mass surveillance of Facebook and China’s WeChat. Among 1984’s ‘Newspeak’ slogans was ‘Ignorance Is Strength’. We’re already there. Dystopias – The Handmaid’s Tale, Man in The High Castle, Bladerunner 2049, swathes of Young Adult fiction – will remain in vogue, though for those looking to get ahead of the curve Aquarian concerns beckon – equality, utopia rather than dystopia.

The uncertainties of the age have no doubt helped astrology make its startling comeback. According to the New York Times, ‘Astrology has shed its psychedelic stigma for modern Instagrammy witch vibes’ (whatever that means), with astro-apps like Co-Star fuelling a 2bn dollar ‘mystical services’ market.

Your Monthly Stars will continue when your astrologer has time to recoup.

37 thoughts on “Your Stars May 2020

  • 2nd May 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    Thank you, hope you are feeling better soon

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    • 2nd May 2020 at 5:34 pm
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      And here we are … cast into the unknown
      Brilliant words … no one knew about the virus and yet … everything you wrote resonates now.
      Really hope you recover stronger than before.
      Do you have the dreaded virus or a normal flu? Whatever you have I send you warm wishes , truly grateful for all you do .
      Angela Renner Libran 1945

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      • 2nd May 2020 at 7:22 pm
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        Neil, thank you. Your connection to and sharing of these insights is reassuring. Mind yourself. Maura Aquariun 68

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 5:27 pm
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    Complete recovery is right around the corner! Stay safe and get well soon!

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 5:34 pm
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    I do so hope that the germs are in retreat, and that your strength returns steadily. You present us with a tough scenario, but I’ve always felt that before we slay/confront the monsters we have to say their names – no use battling against deceptive shadows. Keep safe.

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 5:45 pm
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    Thank you again for your insights. I am sending you healing light. Get well soon

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 5:45 pm
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    Feel better! Rooting for you!

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 5:57 pm
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    Take your recovery at its own pace and thank you. Survival is a word some generations have never taken seriously -we were born in a lull.
    Marie-Ann 1954 Gemini

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 6:03 pm
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    Amazingly astute forecast there! thank you to our astrologer Scary to read the stars support the global ascedency of the neoliberal hard right – and even a sense of looming chaos..but very grateful to read a little scrap of aquarian hope might be glimmering by the end of 2020. Hope you experience a glimmer of health returning long before then and reach a good place soon

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 6:05 pm
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    Thank you, and all the best during recovery, Neil. A hug from Portugal

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 6:29 pm
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    Oh my! How great are you with predictions!! I love reading your posts. Truly insightful and spot on. Our world has gone pear shaped.
    I sincerely hope your health is steadily improving and that you recover quickly! I’ve been self quarantined for a long while…even from work…or especially from work as they aren’t taking precautions. Take care, stay safe.
    Connie – a Capricorn in USA

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 6:32 pm
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    Wow. So interesting to read now in the reality of everything that has happened…..

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 6:34 pm
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    Thank you so much for your insights and I sincerely hope you recover soon

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 7:16 pm
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    Get well soon, but make sure you are well before attempting to work! We can wait, we’ll just add it to the list!

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 7:19 pm
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    Get well soon, Neil!
    Your work is wonderful!
    Best wishes,
    Juliana

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 7:27 pm
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    Great stuff. Look forward to your next instalment.

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  • 2nd May 2020 at 7:50 pm
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    Thanks Neil – love your writing !
    Get well soon.

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  • 3rd May 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Dear Neil, thank you for sharing this with us. I hope the month of May brings you healing and regeneration. Look forward to your horoscopes when you feel in full fettle!

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  • 3rd May 2020 at 3:25 pm
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    Hello Neil. Sorry to hear that you are unwell. Get well soon and my very best wishes for the interim period. Astrologers, good astrologers like yourself are an asset and I’ve really enjoyed reading May 2020 Stars whether personal or not. I guess the old wheels keep on turning. Thank you.
    Pat

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  • 3rd May 2020 at 4:38 pm
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    Hope you feel better soon Neil Spencer! Sending a big hug and a blast of Leo positive vibes your way!!

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  • 3rd May 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    Dear Neil, wishing you a swift full recovery, many thanks,

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  • 4th May 2020 at 9:38 am
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    Dear Neil, I very much enjoy reading your horoscopes and thank you for sharing this. I wish you a speedy recovery!

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  • 4th May 2020 at 12:03 pm
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    Thank you. Hope you feel much better very soon.

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  • 4th May 2020 at 12:19 pm
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    Neil, you’re a testament to sun sign astrology….and it’s unerring accuracy…a lesson in simplicity and a nod to reforming the archaic complexity of astrology (astrologers take note) love your prose too. Good Health…

    Hagan…

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  • 4th May 2020 at 2:02 pm
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    Thanks Neil- as insightful as ever. Wishing you well the soonest.

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  • 5th May 2020 at 10:21 am
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    Take your time and get well soon!

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  • 5th May 2020 at 10:55 am
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    Dear Neil, thanks for sharing your 2020 forecast. Very sorry to hear you have been so unwell. Best wishes for a full recovery. Folk are looking forward to ‘Your Stars in May 2020’. Cheers.

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  • 5th May 2020 at 10:37 pm
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    Wishing you well

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  • 6th May 2020 at 6:09 pm
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    Speedy recovery and return to full health Neil. Take good care.

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  • 9th May 2020 at 8:11 am
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    I am amazed at how literal astrology can be – Pluto as I have just looked up represents ‘a force for change which can be destructive’. Just wondering about Scorpio ruled by Pluto and the Covid-19 and seeing it as a massive sting in the tail. After all animals have a right to protect themselves when threatened …

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Neil and thank you for posting your inciteful 2020 predictions.

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  • 13th May 2020 at 9:11 pm
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    Dear Neil,
    You suddenly appeared in my mind and I thought I would send you all good wishes. I do hope you are feeling better.

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  • 15th May 2020 at 6:21 pm
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    Dear Neil-through the years your Astrology readings have always been interesting. I do hope
    you are coming out of your horrible health problem-this is an awful year despite the beauty
    of the spring. Best wishes, Petra

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  • 25th May 2020 at 12:53 pm
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    Dear Neil – hope you are recovering by now! I must admit I’m not as cheerful about the coming “age of Aquarius “as I could be. All the Aquarians I have known have been wonderfully sociable and delightful people, but many have also been oddly cold or dissociated in some way. Some have even been maddeningly certain of their own rightness. Might we not also be heading for a rather intolerant age in some ways?

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  • 30th May 2020 at 9:31 pm
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    Sorry to hear you have been so ill, and best wishes for your recovery Neil. Thanks for the book recommendations, I am intrigued by the Hamnett book.

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    • 5th June 2020 at 10:45 pm
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      Hamnett has had a lot of glowing opress and shortlited for this and that. it isn’t like her other books, apparently. How come we are never told in Eng lit that Shakespeare had a son called Hamnet/Hamlet?
      I am now reading Charles nicholson on Shakespeare, a piece of literary detective work called The Lodger. Fascnating…if you find the bard fascinating.

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  • 1st June 2020 at 11:05 am
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    Dear Mr. Spencer:

    Hope you get well soon! Your readers miss you.

    All best–

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