The year is already off to a wild start, and an unpredictable transit on 17th January might add fuel to the fire. That's when Jupiter, the Planet of Luck and Abundance, will square with Uranus, the Planet of Freedom and Rebellion. This clash last happened in 2014, and when these two planets come together it often aligns with life-changing breakthroughs... or eruptive protests. Are you ready for it?
Those words describe the first month of 2021 to a T. But this specific square may offer an opportunity for a change in our energy, says astrologer Lisa Stardust. "We'll feel overly optimistic and want to break through the constraints that hold us back," she says. "Embracing our new mindset will open us up to amazing possibilities."
If 2020 was the year of, like, realising things — à la Kylie Jenner — then 2021 is shaping up to be the year of putting some action behind those realisations. The I-want-to-change-the-world energy here is explosive. "The square Jupiter forms with Uranus is important because it will magnify what Uranus is doing — which is bringing an enormous amount of change into our society and the way we relate to government and authority," says Montúfar. "Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, and it expands everything that it touches." The urge to change broken systems will be impossible to ignore.
While Jupiter squaring Uranus means drastic change for the collective, on a personal level we'll be feeling the need to break free from what's been holding us back. "If we've been feeling like a job, relationship, or situation is trapping us, the tension coming from the square might push us to act," Montúfar says. This transit will affect everyone, but since it's in a mixed square, if you're a fixed sign — Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius — it'll hit you especially hard. Each of those four signs will notice tension in a certain area: Leo and Taurus in their work lives; Scorpio in their love lives; and Aquarius in their home lives.
But, adds Montúfar, "While freedom is the ultimate goal, the presence of Mars in this configuration could make us do something that we might later regret." The energy of this transit may have us trying to claw our way out of the constraints we feel that we're in, but we must think things through and create a plan before acting. In other words, don't quit your job on a whim without something else lined up. The word of 2021 should be intention.
Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com, says that this is a true "gambler's transit," meaning it can go either way in terms of incredible breakthroughs or a disappointing loss. But Montúfar stresses that slow and steady wins the race: "Under this aspect, we can really manifest the autonomy we need and deserve, as long as we're strategic at creating this new reality for ourselves."