Next week on Monday, December 21, the Sun enters Capricorn, marking the official beginning of the winter season — and then, just a few hours afterward, we will witness the long-awaited union of Jupiter and Saturn at 0 degrees, 29 minutes Aquarius.
The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is known to both astrologers and astronomers as a Great Conjunction: when the two largest visible-to-the-naked-eye planets in our solar system combine to form a a star with a tail as big as a kite, possibly the same kind of star that the Magi (astrologers, of course!) followed to a stable in Bethlehem in 7 BCE.
Jupiter and Saturn meet roughly every 20 years: the last time was May 28, 2000, in Taurus. Jupiter and Saturn meet in Aquarius roughly every 800 years: the last time THAT happened was March 4, 1226.
Each Jupiter-Saturn conjunction marks a major generational shift and a new “assignment” for each of one of us. (Back in 2000, I was finding the courage to quit my day job and go full time as an astrologer. How about you?) In Aquarius, the Great Conjunction also marks a shift in how we, collectively, understand authority and government. Aquarius is the sign of the people, as opposed to Leo, the king.
Back in 1226, folks in England were negotiating their relationship to monarchy, during the first turbulent decade after the Magna Carta. At the same moment in Asia, Genghis Khan was consolidating his Mongol Empire, the largest in history.
This aspect in itself marks an epochal shift, and it’s also the final figure in the dance of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto that has put us through the wringer all throughout 2020. I’ll sure be glad when that’s over.
I’ll be teaching a webinar on Jupiter and Saturn on the night before their big day, this Sunday, December 20 [UPDATE: here’s the link to purchase the recordings]. I’d love for you to join me, if you can! If you can’t make it live (or if it sells out again), the recordings and slides will be available to purchase through SendOwl the following morning.
P.S. Here’s a great video from the astronomy department at the University of Exeter about how to watch the conjunction.
P.P.S. Please save the date for my annual year-ahead webinar, Setting Your intentions for 2021, which we’ve scheduled for the following Sunday, December 27.