Although there is only one phase of this alignment, it’s an important one because we are shifting from a Capricornian period into one dominated by Aquarius, its two rulers Saturn and Uranus, and Jupiter. In mythology this was a patriarchal lineage that required dramatic changes and likely spoke to the cultural upheaval occurring in Greece at the time. In any event, the exact alignment from Jupiter to Uranus occurs on January 17th at 5:49 pm EST but its effect will linger for a couple of weeks and will be amplified by connections from Mars, planet of action and anger.
There’s not much we can do about the Inauguration on the 20th, which is certainly affected by the intensity of this alignment which acts as a portal for letting go of anything that is not working. But its influence in our own lives can be momentous. Change is easier for some of us than for others – it requires a great deal of trust that the change will in fact be beneficial. For many of us the old is familiar and feels safe – even though it may be horrific, it is what we know. It is exactly these situations that this kind of planetary cycle is intended for – to force us, despite our desperate attempts to cling to the rotting fabric of the past, to move forward into a brighter future.