2020 – A Bumpy Journey to the New Normal

The world is on a bumpy journey to a new destination and the New Normal .

If we have learned anything from 2020, it’s that nothing is really the same as they were pre-covid and many people have compared the year to what is now being referred to as the “new normal.” For sure, it’s anything but ordinary. The landscape has completely changed and dramatic changes to our daily lives have been turned upside down. It’s like a slippery slope that we can’t seem to get out of.

The 20th card in the Tarot Deck is Judgement. The dictionary defines judgement as

the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind.


However, in the Tarot, the Judgement card corresponds to the planet Pluto. Pluto is the Head of the Department of Death, Destruction and Decay. He’s in charge of things that have to happen, and he disposes of situations that have gone way past the point of no return, where the only solution is to  “let go.” Right now Pluto is conjunct Saturn, the planet that is the Head of the Department of limitations, discipline and karma. A conjunction between these two major bad boy planets represents transformation in the extreme and possibly even very destructive events. Just look at the deaths related to the pandemic of 2020, the state of our health, the health care system, the financial and job markets, lifestyle restrictions, social distancing, wearing a mask and you can see the toll this conjunction has caused thus far. Trust me, it’s only going to intensify.



In the Tarot, Judgement belongs to the Major Arcana cards which represent major changes, the big events in life beyond our control, and embracing spiritual growth.

In 2020’s Judgement, we come face-to-face with our own mortality, whether through a personal experience, the death of someone you know, or the ending of something. It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. You know the New Age that astrologers keep referring to – well it’s here – the Age of Aquarius, but is in the birthing canal and it’s a long, difficult labor that won’t be complete for years to come.

This year we are evaluating or reevaluating our life, and we are being urged to do a full-scale restructuring of some aspects of it or all aspects – it certainly is dependent upon the individual and personal circumstances. Death, health issues, loss of work and financial security or insecurity are the primary issues that are changing our landscape this year, and how we approach this so called new normal.

2020 is obviously a very transformative year and we need to embrace it. It’s like we woke up to a new reality in March out of a fog. It’s a new level of awareness that we haven’t ever experienced before. Spiritual growth and/or spiritual rebirth is something that we will need to embrace this year, and that is something that will be our savior and could save us, but we need to learn to transform with the times and adapt or die. As the cross on the banner in the Judgement card reveals – you are at a crossroads, and it is your choice how you respond when destiny calls.


Quote Credit: Mohamed El-Erian


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