Winter Solstice and the Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

Posted on 22nd December 2020

The most important thing to happen this year is the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, aka “the great conjunction”, it’s kind of a big deal and falls on none other than the winter solstice!


What is the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn?

This is a rare transit of Jupiter and Saturn, the two biggest planets in our solar system, which join together in the sky roughly every 20 years. This is our closest great conjunction in almost 400 years, and it marks the change of Jupiter and Saturn from an earth sign (Capricorn) into an air sign (Aquarius).


This transit usually marks the end of an era, when society is going through a big shift. Since we’re moving from earth to air, from tradition (Capricorn) to progression (Aquarius) you can be sure we’re going to see some big world changes.


The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction happens in threes and these have matched up with the coronavirus pandemic this year, which you could definitely say has been a push towards world change, albeit not the easy type. 


The first of the three great conjunctions was in March, exactly at the time of the first world quarantine lockdown. The 21st December, is the last of the three, right bang on the winter solstice. You might even see the conjunction in the sky as a bright light that astronomers are calling “the Christmas star”.


What is the winter solstice?

The winter solstice is when the earth’s tilt is at its furthest from the sun, causing us in the northern hemisphere to have short days and long nights. In fact, the solstice represents the shortest of days of the year (whereas in the southern hemisphere they’re having their summer solstice: the longest day of the year).


The fact that these two important astronomical events are falling on the same day has been cause for discussion all across the internet, with many suggesting it is the dawning of “the age of Aquarius” when humanity will enter a new era of social reform, new inventions and ideas, activism, humanitarian priorities, open mindedness, individuality while focusing on progressing as a collective. Basically all things associated with Aquarius!


So what does this mean for you?

There’s no need to fear the end of the world, this is just a new era, one you can choose to interpret as you wish. Of course, with all astrology, some people will feel positive about this transit and some not so, it all depends where the conjunction falls in your own birth chart.


But there’s one thing you can be sure of: things are rapidly changing. Ask yourself this question: what changes do you wish to see in your own life? Start there.


Ellie Rose xxx

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