There's no doubt that 2020 has been an intense year—and you don’t need to be an astrologer to know that! Against the backdrop of an unprecedented global pandemic, a politically divided country, and undeniable social unrest, it seems like everything has been dialed up to eleven. What’s more, even as we move into the final days of 2020, we’re facing even more epic, rare, once-in-a-lifetime astrology. You know, NBD! On 1:20 PM EST on December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will unite, forming the “Great Conjunction” (or “Great Mutation”) at 0º Aquarius, kicking off a totally new two-hundred year epoch known as the Age of Air.
Ready? Umm…absolutely not. But don’t worry: Here’s your crash course on this powerful astrological event.
Why are Saturn and Jupiter so important?
Astrologically speaking, Jupiter and Saturn are kind of a big deal. These gas giants are both visible with the naked eye, which means humans have been observing their behavior for millennia, even before the telescope was invented.
The biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter is known for its larger-than-life energy. Associated with luck and fortune, Jupiter inspires us to practice unabashed optimism, take big risks, and—perhaps most importantly—have fun. Saturn, on the other hand, has a completely different approach. This famously ringed planet is notoriously restrictive. Saturn is rigid, cold, and uncompromising, and is (quite fittingly) associated with maturity, responsibilities, and long-term lessons.
Both Jupiter and Saturn move quite slowly. It takes Jupiter about 12 years to complete its orbit, and it takes Saturn about 29.5 years to complete its orbit (this is the age we experience our Saturn Return—when Saturn finally moves back to the same position it occupied at our moment of birth). So it makes sense that Jupiter and Saturn are both associated with long-term events. Their orbits influence chapters in our life, as opposed to short-term day-to-day happenings.
What is a "Great Conjunction," anyway?
Because of their different orbits, it’s not every day that Jupiter and Saturn link up. You can put your calculator down: These astrological heavy-weights meet up about once every 20 years, forming a monumental connection known as the “Great Conjunction.”
The last Great Conjunction occurred on May 28, 2000. The next Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020 kicks off a new 20-year cycle…because we definitely needed some extra drama this year. Right.
But wait! There’s more! For the last 200 years, Jupiter and Saturn have been linking up in earth signs. Although the 1981 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occurred in Libra, foreshadowing the Age of Air (and giving us the iconic song “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” from the 1967 musical Hair), the upcoming Great Conjunction in Aquarius begins a new 200-year era. Accordingly, some astrologers are referring to this cosmic occurrence as "the Great Mutation," because it marks the official change (aka ~mutation~) from earth to air.
TL;DR: Jupiter and Saturn haven’t hung out in Aquarius for 800 years!
What does this all mean???
On December 21, we’re kicking off a 20-year cultural reset, and a new 200-year era. Of course, shifts of this magnitude don’t occur overnight—it will take time to see the long-term implications of these cycles. There are, however, some things we can anticipate based on what we know about the zodiac.
In Aquarius, the air sign associated with humanitarianism, innovation, and progress, both Jupiter and Saturn are focused on large-scale social issues. Aquarius is also associated with revolution and reform, as well as technology and modernization, so there’s no doubt that we’ll witness tremendous shifts in the next two decades surrounding public policy and scientific breakthroughs, along with ideological paradigm shifts.
What’s more, both planets are moving into the element of air, which is associated with information, networks, and communication. For the past 200 years, we’ve been in the "Earth Age," which corresponded with climate change’s acceleration. As Jupiter and Saturn shift from earth signs (ownership, possession, capital) to air signs (technology, progress, humanitarianism), we may finally be able to intellectualize new solutions to old, destructive habits like mass consumerism and deforestation.
Okay, but what does this mean for *me*?
Although Jupiter and Saturn connect on December 21, the results of the Great Conjunction will unfold slowly. To harness the magick of the upcoming Air Age, I’m inviting everyone to carve out some time for visualization. Using your favorite artistic medium (for instance, journaling, drawing, sculpting, or singing), imagine yourself existing in a beautiful world. How would people treat each other? What public policies would be in effect? What are the collective values? What do cities look like? What does agriculture look like? Are there flying cars (pls)? What does the fashion look like? Be specific!
As we shift into a brand new ra, it’s important to remember that everything that exists was first imagined. This is the perfect time to plant seeds for an exciting tomorrow. After all, astrology is structured around the idea of “As Above, So Below”—in other words, the stars and our day-to-day lives are linked.
It’s been an exhausting year, but as we wrap up 2020, the Great Conjunction offers a much-needed (and well-deserved!) infusion of hope. It’s time to reimagine our reality and—supported by the cycles of the cosmos—usher in a new, unprecedented time. Are you ready? Of course, darling. You’re here for a reason! Let’s pop the champagne and get to work!
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