The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the Winter Solstice 2020

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The Astronomy

On December 21, 2020 Jupiter and Saturn will be conjunct within less than one degree of each other from the Earth’s point of view. This phenomenon is popular in astronomy as well as astrology. A conjunction is considered when two planets or astronomical objects have either the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude, usually as observed from Earth.1

The last time this alignment occurred was back at the start of the Second Millenia in May of 2000. Jupiter and Saturn meet in their elliptical paths from earth’s perspective every twenty years. Jupiter takes ~12 years to make a solar return and Saturn about every 29.5 years. The 2020 conjunction will occur even closer as Jupiter will be 0°06′ north of Saturn. The conjunction of 2000 was above 1°, so it was close but not as close as this year. The last time Saturn and Jupiter were within one degree of each other was 1623, but it was impossible to see them in the sky. Go back another 400 years to 1226 and this would have been the last time they were this close with a clear view in the Earth’s night sky.2

In conjunction to the planetary conjunction, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the Winter Solstice today on December 21, 2020. The Winter Solstice marks the onset of the winter season. Throughout this week and next we experience the longest nights of the year with the shortest amount of day light. The Solstice is the point at which the Sun is farthest from the Northern pole of the Earth’s axis. In Pagan tradition, this time is also called “Yule” as it marks the beginning of a new Solar year.

We are also moving into Capricorn season which is known for discipline, practicality, detail, and ambition. This is a wonderful time for getting clear, setting goals, and gaining a good idea of the vision that will come into clarity moving forward.

The Astrology

Jupiter and Saturn are conjunct in Aquarius today, on the Winter Solstice, in the paradigm shifting year of 2020. Does that strike you at all? The last time Saturn and Jupiter met in Aquarius was nearly 400 years ago.

Aquarius as an archetype is known as the humanitarian and visionary with a hard drive to impact their communities relating heavily on a global concept. It is a fixed Air sign; loving independence and freedom and less of a “go with the flow” type despite the water bearer they are portrayed as. This water is known as a healing gift the Aquarian brings to its people. The water they bring is meant to clear, flow, and be of service where fresh, crisp, airy energy is needed.

Where in humanity, society, communities, your life, do we need fresh, crisp, airy and lighter energy? 

Does the government structure ring a bell? How about healthcare and the way we care for others? 

What new concepts have really been brought to light as ways of replacing the old? Does energy healing, acupuncture, holistic care, reiki, yoga, meditation sound like it could bring in light, crisp, airy energy to those heavy places?

Saturn is the planet of hard lessons, discipline, karma, and challenges that are meant to teach us and allow those teachings to be tools for transformation. It takes Saturn approximately ~29.5 years to move around the Sun. So these lessons have been in the background for much of 2020 as Saturn was touring Sagittarius, its home sign Capricorn, and a bit of Aquarius. Saturn is now in Aquarius and will remain until 2023.

Jupiter the planet of gifts, luck, and new energy is gracing us with new ideas and concepts in this conjunction as it passes Saturn in Aquarius today. Jupiter brings ideas of great fortitude. As the ruler of Sagittarius- the sign of philosophy, business partnerships, and discovery- new concepts, ideas, goals, and routes are arising to help bring you forth in your individual journey which will meet the needs of the collective journey.

Jupiter gives us the insight we need to create newness for the coming age and Saturn has given us the hard lessons we needed to dismantle what’s no longer working. Saturn moving into this air sign until 2023 gives us great insight to the phenomenon known as the Age of Aquarius. This is the message behind The Great Conjunction in Aquarius.

Taking a look back on the year 2020 we can gain higher perspective of what was needed in order to find what is most important to serving humanity. Saturn brought in the most difficult of lessons this earth has seen in over 100 years with a novel Corona Virus, a Civil Rights Movement, and the exposure of collective energies that had remained hidden until now due to the age of the internet.

We will continue to experience this upheaval energy through 2023 as we prepare for the Age of Aquarius while Saturn is in this sign. Jupiter is gifting us with stamina through the year 2021 as the year will be full of other sub-catalysts for change.

These challenges are most vital to moving forward in our service to humanity. Saturn in Capricorn taught us the challenges of power in government, money matters through economic decline in a pandemic, and falling into the discipline needed to care for ourselves and the greater good.

Saturn’s hard lessons teach us what is necessary to clear out and Jupiter’s gifts of fortune and luck help us formulate the new ways necessary to replace the old.

These new ideas for business, connections, further outreach may surface this week after the New Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius. These ideas will consist of what seems easy to access for you but deeply impactful for those you present it to. These ideas will have profound results if you choose to carry out the mission behind this new idea. Jupiter is gracing us with the gifts and fortune we need in order to create a rise in our individual natures that will ultimately impact the collective. However, the one caveat to Jupiter is he listens, really really well. So whatever you come up with- be intentional about it.

Write these ideas down now as they will have great magnitude in enhancing your path for your journey which will be highlighted through next year because Jupiter will leave Aquarius in December of 2021.

This year gives insight to what is most important to us so that we can transmit that information into the collective for the coming years and generations as we enter the Age of Aquarius. When many people feel and experience the same thing, their individuals energies change which causes a change in the collective. This is why we experience intensities throughout large days like today.

We have seen systems that have been in place for so long begin to collapse this year. This is the destruction of the old ways that will no longer work in serving the betterment of humanity in the Age of Aquarius. New ideas, concepts, and integrations that were not accepted before will begin to make their way into societies across the globe. This will begin to shift what has been dismantled in order to build the collective energy to a more wholesome approach to serving others.

Since the last great conjunction in 2000 we have had the birth of the internet, too. Over the last twenty years, information has grown so fast and the collective has so much more access to the rest of the world due to the growing phenomena. This source of growth in the collective is part of the Aquarian energy. Aquarians are innovative and driven for forward advancements in technology and new ways of living in order to aid in the betterment of the collective, society, and communities of human nature.

The internet is here to help connect us. The internet gives one individual the ability to share their sacredness, their truth, and their light (whether these things are of darkness or light energy). These aspects now have a platform to be exposed and shared on a massive global level. This is humanitarian energy working its way into the collective consciousness. However, be on the lookout for a battle against internet mega machines like Google, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. An upheaval is due to occur if the demand of Saturn and Jupiter is this strong. Ways in which the internet is run will be exposed and it will be another journey in preparation for the humanitarian times to come.

The Folklore

The two planets are so close from Earth’s perspective that they seem as one star in the sky. It is believe to bed said that when Jesus was born, a similar conjunction had taken place and the Three Wisemen saw this story and took this opportunity to present their gifts to the new comer. The new coming age.

The Yule is the Pagan holiday of the Winter Solstice. This is also considered something “New” as it is known as the Solar New Year. The Yule begins on December 21, 2020 and ends January 1, 2021. The Sun moves into Aquarius on January 21, 2020.

The Winter Solstice is a time for celebration in Eastern European Celtic and Pagan tradition as it is the turning of the darkest time of year. On or around the Solstice the darkest days begin to get just a little lighter as the Sun is changing it’s elliptical path. The celebration is the coming of the light.


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