As of today Jupiter and Saturn sit one degree apart—the width of a pinky—edging closer to closest of 1/10 of a degree apart on December 21. Saturn and Jupiter have a conjunction around every 20 years. However, what makes this conjunction so great is the very close proximity of these two planets, and of course, occurring on the winter solstice. This day of darkness and longest night gives us extra time to see the planetary alignment!
Though I'm surprised Saturn is letting Jupiter get so close. Important to note they won't look like one star, even though that amount of closeness could feel like a merge.;)
Per usual I'm in my snobby astrologer zone of wanting to debunk some of the inaccurate astrology info online. Many things I'm reading say we are entering the beginning of the Age of Aquarius--though this is up for debate. Many serious astrologers have taken to saying "Age of Air" to describe the shift since Age of Aquarius isn't likely accurate.
Unlike astrological seasons where the Sun is in a tropical zodiac sign for 30 days, astrological ages are time periods of around 2100 years. When each of these time frames begins or ends isn’t totally cut and dry because the time frame is so large. Astrologers around the world seem to agree that humankind has been through six different major phases that correspond to the 12 tropical zodiac signs.
Just as each zodiac Sun sign has different characteristics, those carry over into the Astrological Age of that time. In this way, we can notice major collective themes that have been informed by which “age” we are currently in. According to Nicholas Campion’s research, the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 20th Century around 1447 A.C.E. and will go through 3597 A.D.E. Astrologer Susan Miller believes it was 1957, other astrologers believe it began in 2012. Around 1999 we also heard an increase in the Age of Aquarius and correlations with the Mayan Calendar.
With Jupiter and Saturn both now in Aquarius-- both planets known for their hubris around "truth" and versions of reality. However, with Aquarius, we are asked to look beyond what we think we know into different possibilities and versions of reality.
Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions occur every 20 years; with the last one in 2000. But these conjunctions aren't all created equal. The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest in 800 years. What perhaps make it the most magical could be that it happens on the day with the least light--December 21 and winter solstice--for extra viewing hours!
Archetypally these two planets have a lot going on between them as both relate to the dimension of Earthly existence. Saturn represents the boundary, contracted part and Jupiter the expansive potential...we need both for balance.
▪ Jupiter themes: Morality, consumption, philosophy, vision, exploration, adventure, ideals, optimism, faith, hope, open-hearted, humanitarian
▪ Saturn themes: Rigidity, structure, security, status, tradition, grounding, heaviness, simplicity, existentialism, roots, career
Putting those two together in an air sign of novelty and it evokes many potentials for new structures and technologies with heart. Perhaps visions grounding into reality or the ability to contract and expand into possibility.
It's important to note that transits aren't a one moment thing, they have phases of building, a pinnacle, and then integrating. Just as the two planets got closer and closer for several months, so too will their parting. And as the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter keeps a hold even with distance. We can expect this magnetism to continue for several months and noticing themes of their meeting.
One phrase that keeps coming to mind with Aquarius is evolution, what will change and perhaps change suddenly? We may be in for a shock. Aquarius wants revolution, Saturn wants static, and Jupiter wants to go big or go home. Some astrologers have been excited about Aquarius, I feel a bit nervous...as it rules our nervous system and brain. I fear further disassociation that becomes the new reality, perhaps through technology or other means. Mental health is also linked to Aquarius as it can get too far out, where as Saturn can pull us into the dregs of depression.
Whether the Age of Aquarius--or Air_ has dawned or is dawning, activate and connect to your own Aquarian nature through community, activism, creativity, and envisioning a new world.