The 2020s have been a struggle for most of us so far. The pandemic, inflation, war, and natural disasters have left people feeling scared, worn out and worried about the future.
When we face the most significant challenges, we often turn to the stars for understanding. The unprecedented shocks of the last two years coincide with some severely challenging planetary aspects. There are no long-lasting aspects ahead for the coming three years. But then, a series of fortunate aspects between the outer planets make the second half of this decade most auspicious.
A DIFFICULT START
The 2020s got off to a most challenging start with Saturn conjunct Pluto on January 10, 2020. The severe hardship associated with this alignment coincided with the beginning of the COVID Pandemic.
The next significant planetary aspect was Saturn square Uranus. Lasting from January 2021 to November 2022, it has coincided with millions of deaths, curtailment of freedom, and political and financial instability because of the pandemic. The war in Ukraine and even the death of a queen has left many feeling scared and uncertain about the future.
A recent United Nations report titled “Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives”  perfectly sums up Saturn square Uranus’s disruptive influence. It argues that an unprecedented array of crises have set human progress back five years and fuelled a global wave of uncertainty. “It means we die earlier, we are less well educated, our incomes are going down… so many people are beginning to feel desperate, frustrated, worried about the future”.
The report also describes how transformational forces, such as climate change, globalization and political polarisation, present humanity with a complex level of uncertainty “never seen in human history,” leading to rising feelings of insecurity. “People have lost trust in one another.”
The last two years have been draining for sure. But Saturn square Uranus is almost gone, and there are no significant planetary aspects for the next three years.
A BRIGHT FUTURE
From 2025 to 2029, all three outer planets, or spiritual planets, are in harmonious aspect with each other. Uranus is trine Pluto, with Neptune at the midpoint. This exciting Minor Grand Trine gets off to a strong start with Saturn joining Neptune from June 2025 to February 2026.
The long-lasting influence of the harmonious triangle between Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will bring amazing discoveries, inventions and breakthroughs in science, technology and medicine. Saturn, at the apex point early on, should materialize mass-conscious concepts into practical form.
I am particularly optimistic about new solutions and rapid progress related to climate change. I am also hopeful for a more understanding and universal approach to social, cultural, and human rights issues like food security, gender equality, immigration, and freedom of speech.
The most significant planetary aspects for this decade are listed below. Nearly all aspects occur numerous times. For example, Uranus trine Pluto occurs five times between 2026 and 2028. So the dates listed below are for the Heliocentric aspects. When viewed from the Sun, there is no retrograde motion of the planets.
- Jan 10, 2020 – Saturn conjunct Pluto
- Oct 19, 2021 – Saturn square Uranus
- Oct 01, 2025 – Saturn sextile Uranus
- Dec 11, 2025 – Saturn conjunct Neptune
- Feb 18, 2026 – Saturn sextile Pluto
- Sep 29, 2026 – Uranus sextile Neptune
- May 12, 2027 – Uranus trine Pluto
- Nov 05, 2028 – Saturn square Pluto
- June 05, 2029 – Neptune sextile Pluto
**By Jamie Partridge
These times feel a lot like the decade of the 70’s.
That was a turbulent period with the Vietnam war, energy crisis, social turmoil and a general feeling of having to slog our way through deep mud