Immigration – the Defining Issue of the 2020 U.S. Election. Part 2


By Edith Hathaway © 2019


The next U.S. Presidential Election will hinge on who wins the battle between Globalism and Nationalism.  It has now become a very heated battle, especially in the U.S., where President Trump is leading the fight for Nationalists, and the Globalists are mostly Democrats who are firmly supported by the United Nations.  The Left dominates in many arenas: the mainstream news media, social media, entertainment media (Hollywood), and academia.  Leftist funding is amplified considerably by the billionaire George Soros and his Open Societies Foundations across the world – or more accurately his “Open Borders” Foundations, to which the Obama Foundation has extensive ties.  Soros’s goal is to make the U.S. and other sovereign nations subordinate states to a global government.

With all those rich and potent allies, especially in the media and elsewhere, it would seem on the face of it that Globalism should win the battle.  But Jupiter (Globalism) is inherently weaker in the EARTH period.  Its weakness comes because it loses the Graha Yuddha, or Planetary War to Saturn. (More details on Graha Yuddha further below)  Saturn has even more dominance over Jupiter after Dec. 2020, since from 2020 to 2080 there is an unbroken series of JU-SA conjunctions in EARTH. Also, the Dec. 2020 conjunction is extremely potent, being in Capricorn and at the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

During the EARTH period many Jupiterian realms – such as knowledge, education, the law, religion and journalism – have been corrupted by commercialism, political ideology, and/or lack of ethics.  Jupiter thereby loses its moral authority. Even its humanitarian concerns are twisted for political purposes, and education can become mere political indoctrination.  Information becomes more of a commodity rather than something revered for deep learning, while journalism descends into propaganda rather than reporting actual fact-based news.  Private information is now metadata valuable for commercial and surveillance purposes, but also used by government agencies and individuals as leverage over a wide range of people, a fact just beginning to be fully understood by a broader public.

But as we get closer to 2020, counter forces can be seen more clearly. They are rising up to challenge the corrupt practices within the Jupiterian realm. These are reported mostly in alternative media, in venues where investigative reporting can be done without the intervention of either corporate sponsors or political ideologues.

Saturn is very strong in EARTH signs, notably Capricorn, where it is the king of business, but also concerned with material and physical security. EARTH promotes technology and its trade and exchange, providing solutions to problems of many kinds. The EARTH period manifests this technology in concrete forms and markets it, moving it out of the realm of ideas and into the concrete realm of mass marketing for the collective benefit of the many.  These are some of the major benefits of the EARTH period, enabling a level of prosperity that is more closely associated with capitalism than socialism.

Globalists are currently promoting socialism. Globalism has been developing for five decades. Its growth could be said to coincide with the first 60 years of the Core EARTH period: 1961-2020. The term was first used in the early 1960s by economists and social scientists, and came into regular use in the mainstream media by the late 1980s. Many debtor nations were left fragile and stripped of sovereign power after years of Globalist policies and loan structures by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  With new immigration laws passed in the U.S. in 1965, there was a large increase in U.S. immigration over the subsequent decades. (See graph further below) This coincided with a larger income inequality gap and many jobs of U.S.-born citizens lost to immigrants.  Though not the only factor, it is an important contributing factor.  Income inequality also rose in Europe, closely following the U.S. pattern, but rising sooner from 1970 and not climbing as high.

Even with Globalism’s emergence, it did not reach this current boiling point in the U.S. until tr. Saturn entered Sagittarius: Jan. 26 to June 20, 2017; Oct. 26, 2017 to Jan. 25, 2020.  Wherever it travels Saturn brings the light of Truth to that area of the zodiac, along with Objective Reality, as we have noted.  Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius coincided closely with the start of the Trump presidency and his stated promises to reform trade and immigration laws that were unfair to U.S. interests for decades.  Immigration issues that were already crises in 2014 became “disasters” by 2017 and beyond, according to those closely involved with U.S. border security.  At the same time, the U.N. sought to normalize and legalize mass immigration worldwide, releasing its Global Immigration Agreement in Dec. 2018 and getting 164 nations to sign it.  So we see how the Globalist vs. Nationalist battle has been coming to a fever pitch with tr. Saturn in Sagittarius.

Prior to that, tr. Saturn was in Sagittarius in the late 1980s, coinciding with three exact JU-SA oppositions in Gemini-Sagittarius, and later two exact JU-SA oppositions in Cancer-Capricorn.  The World Wide Web was invented Dec. 25, 1990 after experiments from 1969 onward.   On Aug. 6, 1991 came the first display of the World Wide Web.  The technology that connected the global community became a reality and grew exponentially by the mid to late 1990s. It also created the reality of the Surveillance State, though the technology was originally supposed to be used to protect citizens from terrorists.

One could argue that Globalism acts more like Saturn than Jupiter, with transnational companies (Saturn) assuming tremendous power over nation-states (Jupiter) and acting as direct agents of globalization by the early 1980s. The EARTH period favors corporate growth in general.  But as the trend has evolved in the last 10 or more years, Globalism has revealed itself to be a movement more embraced by Liberals (Jupiter) than by Conservatives (Saturn). George Soros for one is unquestionably a Liberal supporting only Liberals, and putting his billions to work to elect Liberals and defeat Conservatives in the cause of Globalism.  He also hires tens of 1000s of protestors to help push his cause, among them Antifa.

Therefore, we will continue to assign Globalism to Jupiter and Nationalism to Saturn. Conservatives (Saturn) have now taken on the role of defending the continuity of the nation-state against Liberals (Jupiter), who want to eliminate national borders and other aspects of national identity and sovereignty.  In its weakened and compromised state, Jupiter has abandoned its normal realms, almost like a king who has abdicated his throne.  On the issue of immigration alone, it is clear that these are the appropriate planetary signatures among the classical Vedic planets, and not including the outer planets Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto.  Pluto is listed only because of its transit through Sagittarius.

Though Jupiter symbolizes wealth in general and Saturn the transnational corporations, neither Liberals nor Conservatives currently have a monopoly on wealth in the U.S. or elsewhere.  In any case, the essential reality check comes in the form of specific policies and actions shown by Liberal Leftists (Globalists) compared to those of Conservatives (Nationalists).


GRAHA YUDDHA: To understand the astrological principles we first look at the JU-SA conjunction cycle, and note that a planetary conjunction is also a Graha Yuddha.  This occurs in Vedic astrology when two planets are within one degree of each other in the same sign or adjacent signs. One planet is victorious over the other, and this only applies to five planets: Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.  The Vedic classics have contradicting rules on the subject.  Thus, I have used a set of rules since the mid-1990s given to me initially by the great Vedic astrologer Chakrapani Ullal, and supported with years of my own research.

Accordingly, the winning planet is determined by these factors in descending order: 1) Size and influence of the planet; 2) Effulgence, or brightness; and 3) Speed of orbital motion.  This is a fascinating subject which I cover at greater length here.   Though Jupiter has more mass, Saturn has a greater expanse due its system of multiple planetary rings.  Also, Saturn has greater influence as planet of Karma, whereas Jupiter is the planet of Dharma.  Vis-à-vis the 20-year JU-SA conjunction cycle there are larger socio-political-economic implications.

The planet losing the Graha Yuddha is considerably weakened, but less so in certain elements and zodiacal signs where the losing planet is inherently stronger.  For instance, Jupiter becomes stronger in FIRE and WATER. It rules Sagittarius and Pisces and is exalted in Cancer. Saturn, on the other hand, is stronger in EARTH and AIR. It rules Capricorn and Aquarius and is exalted in Libra.

Saturn is especially strong in Capricorn, where the pivotal JU-SA conjunctions of 1961 and 2020 occur. In addition to losing the war to Saturn, Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn.  The Feb. 1961 conjunction began the core period of the EARTH period directly following the FIRE to EARTH Mutation period.  That chart can be used to observe many of the trends in the ensuing 60 years of the core period of the EARTH period.  See my article on that subject (Oct. 2010).

The most recent JU-SA conjunction occurred May 28, 2000 at 28:52 Aries. It was an anomaly within the core 120-year EARTH period, the only one of seven successive JU-SA conjunctions not in an EARTH sign.  It began a 20-year period marked by an increase in warfare, invasions and arms deals (legal and illegal), set in motion by the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City Sept. 11, 2001. This event affected political and commercial life worldwide and in turn also led to mass migrations.

The FIRE signs are the most militaristic of all the signs, and in this case, the 20-year period from May 2000 was galvanized by the preceding two EARTH conjunctions, notably the triple conjunctions in 1980-1981 in Virgo, marking the start of The Information Age. This was the real launch of information technology reaching a wide public: personal computers, cell phones, the Internet.  It built on military developments in The Atomic Age that started with the triple FIRE conjunctions of JU-SA in 1940-1941.

Since the May 2000 JU-SA conjunction was in FIRE, it gave Jupiter and the Liberals a boost, regardless of who occupied the White House.  Many politicians and legislators, Liberal and Conservative, colluded with big business to make profits wherever possible, including through drug trafficking and human trafficking, and even selling state secrets for large profits.  But this is not likely to be uncovered until closer to Dec. 2020 or later, marking the JU-SA conjunction at 6:20 Capricorn – an especially powerful conjunction.


Since the next JU-SA conjunction occurs at the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, this fact amplifies and elevates the conjunction’s significance. For further emphasis, there are two eclipses also at the solstice (June 21, 2020) or near the solstice (Dec. 26, 2019) in the preceding 12 months.  Any elected official who gains high office close to Dec. 21, 2020 is also amplified and elevated. (The next U.S. Presidential Election is on Nov. 3, 2020.) Their election and/or inauguration should occur within a few months of the conjunction, the closer the better to mark their stature. This gives authority, whether real or mythical, to that Presidency. We get a chance to observe this only between 1940 and 2100 in the United States, when the conjunctions are closer to the U.S. election and inauguration dates.

This could be observed especially with Presidents elected and inaugurated close to the triple conjunctions of 1940-1941: Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the triple JU-SA conjunctions of 1980-1981: Pres. Ronald Reagan.  Pres. John F. Kennedy was inaugurated one month prior to a singular JU-SA conjunction, and we see that the triple conjunctions gave Roosevelt and Reagan longer and more effective presidencies than that of Kennedy, who was assassinated while in office.   Triple conjunctions are rarer, occurring every 257-258 years. Even more unusual is when two sets of triple conjunctions occur in one century, as in the 20th century.  The rate of change and growth is accelerated exponentially.

Within the 278-year EARTH period, the upcoming JU-SA conjunction also marks the next and last 60 years of the core 120 years of the EARTH period, outside of the framework of the Mutation periods. Thus, the key trends of the period can be analyzed, especially with four consecutive JU-SA conjunctions in EARTH – starting in Dec. 2020 and running thru March 2080.  With no break in the next 60 years from the EARTH conjunctions, there is an enormous opportunity to solidify the material and commercial gains of the previous 60 years, especially in the field of technology.  The urge for material prosperity is stronger than the urge for militarism, which got renewed vigor from the JU-SA conjunction in Aries in May 2000.  But FIRE lacks sustained prominence from 2020 onward, given the upcoming four JU-SA conjunctions in EARTH signs.

The graph above does not provide data for the last two years, but we know from previous research data that there is a 300 percent increase of illegal immigrants from 2014 to 2019, with a total of up to 29 million illegals currently in the U.S. for an average stay of 15 years.  Thus, the current percentages of immigrants in the U.S. probably match if not exceed the highs of 1910.

The big upward trend from 1965 suggests a shift downward in 2020 due to a primary shift in establishing a new 60-year period within the Core 120-year period. Such a trend, especially a 60-year trend is not likely to continue, though it is possible it peaks for a few years before falling off the highs, if there is a repeat of the pattern from 1910 to 1970.  A trough forms in the years 1960 to 1970, surrounding when the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was passed.

This 1965 law considerably loosened the stricter quotas that had been established in 1921 and 1924, and immigration soared in the succeeding decades from the 1960s up to the present. This was not always welcome, and illegal immigration seemed to increase with the looser immigration laws. By 1996, Democrat President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.  This addressed border enforcement and social programs used by immigrants. But Democrats have now turned their backs on all that, ready for a new Open Borders policy and eager to make an impact on the 2020 Presidential and Congressional Elections.

We note that peak immigration to the U.S. in 1890 and 1910 occurred 10 years before and after the JU-SA conjunction in Nov. 1901 at 21:30 Sagittarius.  Sagittarius is a FIRE sign that favors immigration more than most others, and this was the 7th successive JU-SA conjunction in FIRE since 1782.  The year 1901 was also the start of the FIRE to EARTH Mutation period, 1901 to 1961.

The turnaround in U.S. immigration policies in 1921 coincided within four months of the JU-SA conjunction in EARTH in Sept. 1921, at 3:49 Virgo.  Though it was still within the 60-year FIRE to EARTH Mutation period, it was the first JU-SA conjunction in EARTH in 636 years.  EARTH brings practicality, structure, and concerns for material security and prosperity. The Emergency Quota Act of 1921 was signed into law May 21, 1921 and was further revised by The Immigration Act of 1924.  Given the flood of immigrants into the U.S. from 1880 to 1910, both laws were intended to stem the tide of immigrants with stricter quotas from many countries. It contained no limits on immigrants from Latin America, but mandated a total ban of Asians from immigration to the United States.

U.S. policy then shifted radically in 1965, when in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War, suddenly the Asian ban was lifted, leading to a large influx of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, greatly changing the demographics of the United States. During the 1880 to 1910 influx, the immigrants were mainly from Northern and Eastern Europe.  So this was a major change in the 1960s, but one motivated by a desire to remedy the 1920s laws that were now viewed as “unfair.”  However, Democrat President Lyndon Johnson did not expect the new law would change life much within the U.S.  He was wrong. The Immigration law of 1965 was meant to correct the perceived strictness of the 1921 and 1924 laws, but it led to such a major increase in immigrants that now out of a total population of 329 million, the U.S. has the largest foreign-born population of any nation, plus up to 29 million illegal immigrants.  That means up to 21 percent (and maybe more) of the U.S. population is now foreign-born.

Simultaneous with the huge rise in immigration, the literacy rate has plummeted.  According to the Literacy Project, 45 million Americans are functionally illiterate, i.e. unable to read at a 5th grade level (April 2017 data).  California is especially afflicted, having a larger immigrant population than any other state. By lowering the educational standards, they graduate more students from high school, making many of them unable to meet basic university standards.  This is aside from the massive fiscal impact of both legal and illegal immigrants.

We have seen how Liberal (Globalist) policies were on the rise from 1961 onward, following the Feb. 1961 JU-SA conjunction in EARTH.  The 1960s is when globalism first entered the public discourse, more so by the 1980s, and now 60 years later we have a wide range of Globalist policies that threaten to extinguish nation-states and their ability to govern themselves without being dictated to by some global hierarchy.  We have reached a major turning point for the U.S. and many other nations as well.  This turning point comes with the Dec. 21, 2020 JU-SA conjunction; and within weeks of this conjunction is the U.S. Presidential Election (Nov. 3, 2020) and Inauguration (Jan. 20, 2021).

We might ask: How could Globalist (Jupiter) policies escalate in the core segment of the EARTH period, from 1961 up to now?  EARTH signs are more practical and traditional, with a concern for material security. Nor are we saying that immigrants and refugees do not deserve protection and material security.  But unlimited mass immigration leads to major problems like what we have now in many parts of the world, tearing apart the basic fabric of traditional nation-states, and threatening to destroy their religious, historic, and cultural heritage. Much of it appears to be forced on the U.S. in recent years, as if to mandate a policy from Globalists by making it so overwhelming we must bend to it.

Porous borders have also been highly lucrative to some of our largest new industries: human and sex trafficking, and drug trafficking.  No doubt some of our legislators have played a role in allowing that to continue, in part by keeping the border open, and assuming that most of these “aspiring citizens” are all good people, i.e. more of the Liberal Leftist philosophy.  It is now in a vitriolic fight for Open Borders, and as many say, a fight for more Democrat voters, assuming all new immigrants would vote Democrat – the party of Open Borders.

So what would be the astrological reasoning for a turnaround of U.S. immigration policy in 2020?  For that we return to the concept of Graha Yuddha (Planetary War).   In the Graha Yuddha between Jupiter and Saturn, Jupiter is so weakened in the EARTH period that it fights for dominance.  In addition to being less powerful in an EARTH sign, Jupiter is least effective in its sign of debilitation in Capricorn, where the JU-SA conjunctions of 1961, 2020, and 2080 occur. These are the pivotal conjunctions of the core of the EARTH period, 1961 to 2080, especially the 1961 and 2020 conjunctions, with Saturn also in either Capricorn or Aquarius Navamsha, both Saturn-ruled signs, thus re-emphasizing Saturn’s supremacy in the Graha Yuddha. Moreover, in the year prior to the JU-SA conjunction of Dec. 21, 2020 there are two eclipses also at the solstice (June 21, 2020) or near the solstice (Dec. 26, 2019). These eclipses pre-figure the major shift due to occur at the JU-SA conjunction Dec. 21, 2020.

In the process of fighting for dominance Jupiter may go into excess or use any available path – whether unethical or illegal – to achieve its goals.  We have seen this play out in the last 60 years since 1961.  And now, either we have Jupiter (the Liberal Leftists) continuing to fight on against Saturn (the Conservatives), or Saturn now fully takes the reins, knowing that only EARTH conjunctions have sway from now through 2080. Even then, as we shift into the EARTH to AIR Mutation period (2080 to 2199), Saturn is stronger in AIR than is Jupiter.  Saturn is exalted in Libra and rules over Aquarius, its Mulatrikona (from 00 to 20 Aquarius), Saturn’s root trine, where the planet does especially well.  In the previous conjunction in May 2000, Saturn was in Aries in its sign of debilitation. The nakshatra was Krittika, symbolized by sharp-cutting razors which hinted of war.

The upcoming JU-SA conjunction is at 6:20 Capricorn in the nakshatra of Uttara Ashada, the later victor; also, an unstoppable victory.  The U.S. Presidential Inauguration Sun is in this same nakshatra, at 6:42 Capricorn, within 22’orb of the JU-SA conjunction.  It is always tempting to turn that in one’s favor, but in this context, we also have to look at this as the fulcrum point in this 120-year core segment of the EARTH period, 1961 to 2080.   Conservatives (Saturn) are being tasked with stabilizing the incredibly de-stabilizing forces of unlimited mass migration. Liberal Leftists (Jupiter) want to make unlimited mass migration the only way forward, demonizing or censoring all those who do not agree with them.  Any dissent is regarded as “hate speech,” and therefore justified to be censored.

The problem is that the Liberal Leftists (Jupiter) are creating a crisis that has long since escalated to disaster status, and Conservatives (Saturn) are needed to stem the tide and solve the disaster.  Meanwhile Liberal Leftists (Jupiter) think that Conservatives (Saturn) have created the crisis and are making it worse. They were told for almost a year that this was President Trump’s “manufactured crisis.”

This is the huge fight we face over the next several years.  And in planetary terms, it looks like Saturn, the planet of Truth and Karma, must not only take control but is mandated by its planetary status to take control and solve the immigration crisis we currently face in the U.S. and elsewhere.  For instance, one way to make sure migrant families are not separated is to first do DNA testing to make sure these are actual families, and not children being trafficked or used as shields. This is Saturn at work, and among the new policies of the Trump administration, which has found that over 30 percent of immigrant “families” have no DNA connection.

So as we approach the JU-SA conjunction of Dec. 21, 2020, we see that Saturn’s dominance brings profound consequences in many arenas, including immigration.  Deep levels of corruption have less of a chance to withstand Saturn’s revelations.  And if you think you know what will be revealed, just wait until nearer the Dec. 2020 conjunction.  Many empty promises and predictions have been made by mainstream journalists, traditionally Liberal Leftists (Jupiter). And Jupiter has shown his weakness here, so much so that many citizens are no longer easily fooled, perhaps schooled by Saturn, planet of Objective Reality.


Selected References 


 [Parts 1 & 2 of this article also appear in the Aug. 2019 issue of AstroLogic Magazine, an on-line magazine, as well as at The Mountain Astrologer blog, Aug. 12, 2019.]

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