Happy Solstice! This year’s celebrations will be extra special as the Solstice corresponds to the much-discussed “Great Conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter. We’ll experience Winter Solstice here in Italy at 11:43 pm, December 21, 20202. It’s a great time to light a candle, put the topper on the Christmas tree or, with a ritual that is meaningful to you, to consciously align yourself with what the Earth and Sun are doing. Express a wish for the coming year, psychologically let go of 2020, and open yourself to the changes ahead. To me (and lots of other people), Solstice celebrations are New Year’s Eve celebrations.
There is a lot to be said about the myth of Santa Claus, the symbols, accoutrements, colors, and more about the holiday, but we’ll leave the discussion of Christmas for another time. For now, let me say that the practice of gift-giving probably came from the times when we lived closer to the Earth. Back then, living this far into winter was a real accomplishment. If one did so, the feelings of plenty and prosperity probably prompted a desire to share of ones abundance.
Worldwide, there are many festivals related to the Solstice and the returning of the light, including the burning of the Yule log (which is the trunk of last year’s tree). There is mention of Solstice festivals in several ancient cultures, too – Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Middle Eastern. In ancient Rome, they celebrated Saturnalia (a 7-day festival that overlapped the Solstice), which is a festivity held for Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. The ancient Roman celebrations of Saturnalia were depraved, vulgar, and excessive because they were a suspension and a reversal of the usual order established by Saturn.
If you know someone born between January 25 and June 13, 2008 or after November 26, 2008 (until January 20, 2024) they were born with Pluto in Capricorn. The underlying tone of their life is about emotional maturity. They will be very bent on achieving positions of authority and conforming to values of the traditional past. They are learning that internal security is not linked to external conditions, and have lessons related to responsibility – what to take responsibility for and what one need not take responsibility for. They often have an intense sense of guilt that can’t be explained. People who have Pluto in Capricorn (or the 10th house, or the South Node in the 10th house or in Capricorn) have a complicated relationship with authority, including abuse and misuse of it. They have come to atone for something from the past. They may have experienced a fall from grace as a politician, or have experienced both sides of totalitarianism. Boundaries are an issue for those with Pluto in the 10th or Capricorn, as is judgement, punishment, maturity, and discipline.
‘Capricorn souls’ as these people are called, are working on self-forgiveness, they are getting in touch with their emotional body. They may be stiff physically because they’re suppressing their emotions. Capricorn is the part of the cycle when the form has completed its expression and is now seeing what it is made of. When we reach the age of Saturn, the elderly years, we see what we’re made of. Was the form/life successful enough that there is a seed to pass on or will the form simply calcify and die? Saturn is the reality-checker, the buck stops with him. Capricorn is the ending of the cycle.
If this information is compelling to you and you’d like to know if you have Pluto in the 10th house, send me your birthdata and I’ll send you your chart.
On Monday, December 14, 2020 there will be a New Moon eclipse at 23º of Sagittarius. The eclipse will be visible for about two minutes, and will only be visible to people living in the very south of South America or South Africa. As with any New Moon, today’s eclipse provides wind behind our back as we align ourselves with our goals for this month. Sagittarius is the sign of trust, honesty, and listening, which makes this New Moon an excellent time for deep, meaningful conversations in which we are honest and listen as much as we speak.
Because this eclipse happens near the Moon’s South Node and involves Chiron and Mercury, this event is an opportunity to resolve the issues that will come up related to the past. There will be an energetic clarity about our new path and an ability to communicate it to others.
Also this week, three planets will change signs and we will feel the energy tangibly lifted. After three weeks of Venus moving through tumultuous, combative Scorpio, she will enter Sagittarius on Tuesday. And, after years of heavy, earth-bound Capricorn energy, Saturn and Jupiter will move into airy, communicative Aquarius (on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively). Everything will seem easier and lighter by the weekend.
For the next three weeks, while Venus moves through Sagittarius, we will be more focused on right-action and the dissemination of information so as to elevate, educate and improve the situation. Sagittarius is high-minded and more focused on truth and education than confrontation.
While Saturn and Jupiter have been in Capricorn, we have been concerned with safety, our more status-quo goals, social status, our career, and keeping things as they have been. Aquarius, on the other hand, is the sign of progressive change, technology, the power of like-minded individuals, social media, and the process of deconditioning the self to find one’s true authenticity.
Saturn takes 2.5 years to move through a sign while Jupiter takes 1, so for the next couple of years, we will be especially open to trying new things and doing the old things in new ways. During this time whatever isn’t bolted down or realistic will give way to something new. Be willing to let new friends show you new ways of doing things, allow yourself to reexamine old goals to see if they still make your heart sing and if they might be reached in other ways.
With Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius and Venus in Sag, this is sure to be a fun holiday season. The abundance of Aquarian energy suggests it’s an excellent year to meet up with family using technology rather than the usual face-to-face. Either way, we will be more interested in celebrating with fun and laughter rather than arguing with relatives. Please do play it safe this year with the assumption of better days ahead. Happy holidays to you and yours!
[Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible now in the evening sky.]
2020 has been a year in which we have had to peer into the darkness of the collective consciousness. Covid-19, the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd (and many other Black Americans), the impeachment of America’s 45th president, Brexit, the fires on three continents, the lockdowns, the economic repercussions, from the campaign circus in America to the contested election results, this has been a watershed year. 2020 will be looked back on for decades, perhaps centuries, as the year the shit hit the fan.
Capping off a year in which the balance of the global superpowers wavered, the environmental crises became an emergency, we learned just how fragile personal and national economies are, and the world very nearly fell to fascism, let us welcome the last major transit of 2020: The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn.
Jupiter and Saturn are the out-breath and in-breath of social change. They are the forces of expansion and contraction, respectively, and they meet up every 20 years. Looking back on their cycle, a pattern emerges in which every single American president since William Harrison (in 1840), who is in power at the time of the conjunction has died (with the exception of Reagan, who was shot at but didn’t die in 1981, and Bush Sr., who had a grenade thrown at him in 2006 that didn’t detonate).
This is a powerful meeting of planets that changes character every ten years with the opposition and conjunction. Just in the last hundred years we can see the pattern: the 1920s were expanding, the 1930s were contracting (due to the Great Depression), the 1940s were expanding, the 1950s were contracting, the 60s were expanding, and the 70s were contracting. In the 1980s we expanded with Reagan and then in the 1990s, we pulled it in to reassess our values. The 2000s were expansive, and the 2010s were contracting. In 2020, we enter into a ten-year cycle of expansion based on the characteristics of Aquarius, which is a sign that values progressive solutions to social problems, innovation using technology, stepping away from the status quo, the free exchange of information, and individual uniqueness. We can expect that in the next 10 years people’s uniqueness will finally be celebrated, the internet will level many playing fields, and we will look to technology to help us solve our greatest problems.
On a more personal level, the Great Conjunction will ask each of us to take a cold, hard look at ourselves to decide what needs to be let go of and what needs to be fortified. By looking at where 1º of Aquarius is in your chart, we can narrow down in what sphere of life (defined by the house demarcations) we will need to make those adjustments. For example, if 1º Aquarius falls into your 3rd house, you will need to examine the assumptions, beliefs and ideas that are rooted in a more traditional past (like, “that’s how I’ve always done it” or “that’s how I learned to do it” ) and discard those ideas that no longer serve you. In addition, you would do well to expand your mind with books, journaling, and having conversations with people from various cultures to learn how other people do things, and then try out some new ideas to see how they fit. If this conjunction happens in your 6th house, look to the routine of your day-to-day life, your diet and exercise regimens to see what needs to go and what needs to be strengthened. The bottom line is that we need to be willing to let go of what is rigid and stagnant and open ourselves to new solutions.
This Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will happen December 21 and will ensure that it will be a Solstice to remember. On that day, Jupiter and Saturn in forward-thinking Aquarius will be pulling against Sun and Mercury in traditional Capricorn creating a tug-of-war between the past and the future, forcing us to choose what to hold onto and what to jettison. There is tremendous freedom in letting go of what weighs us down.
If you’d like to know more about where this conjunction falls into your chart and how you can cooperate with the energies, please do get in touch.
Woman, believer in Truth in all of its forms, singer, animal-lover, yogini, avid reader, life-long vegetarian/vegan, lover of art, dance, theater and music, originally from the Bay Area of California, now residing in Torino, Italy.