Current Events: The “Great Conjunction”

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[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. 

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