Welcome to the Grand Conjunction/Winter Solstice of 2020… a powerful ending to an absolutely unbelievable year! Although things are still chaotic and challenging ~ for now ~ we can pause and celebrate. The light is returning – days will start to lengthen, bringing the reminder that shifts and endings can also lead to new beginnings.
On the evening of Dec. 21, the planets Jupiter and Saturn (sitting at 0 degrees Aquarius) will appear closer together than in almost 800 years, only a tenth of a degree apart. What appears to be a great star will appear in the night sky – they won’t be this close again until March 2080. Some say this was the great star that shone in Bethlehem when a great master was born. What we do know is the last Saturn Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius happened in 1405. That was the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the printing press was invented, and the middle ages gave way to the Renaissance. Change was afoot! Society was progressing to a new stage and level of consciousness.
And here we are again ~ on the cusp of a new era.
We are are also still in the ripple effect of recent eclipses – on Dec 14th, the Sun (conscious) was eclipsed by the Moon (unconscious) at the Solar Eclipse/New Moon in Sagittarius, indicating that we will need to feel (Moon) our way through the coming changes. Spiritual guidance is on offer ~ we only have to ask.
Neptune at right angles (square) to the eclipses (nodes of moon) remains the wild card; amplified now by the Moon hanging out with Neptune, this influence means we never know what we are going to get ~ everything is being filtered through a misty veil. This deeply spiritual energy can blur our sense of reality – bringing creativity and inspiration and also causing great chaos and confusion. Neptune dissolves what needs dissolving – it puts us in touch with the non-linear world of the in-between. What remains clear is that what was once solid is shifting and morphing at an increasing rate, and it can be tricky to know exactly what is true and what is false. Hence ~ the need to feel our way, by taking time to tune into that still inner voice. The spiritual task of Neptune is to move us beyond our ego drives, and sometimes that takes a little unraveling!
The status quo will continue to get turned upside down by Pluto in Capricorn over the next four years, with another Mars Pluto square again increasing aggression and volatility. May the light and peace of Christmas be upon us all….
The powerful energy of Mars Pluto can help propel us forward if properly harnessed and directed in a conscious way. Don’t waste your time in arguments and trying to prove you are right… there is work to be done! The Sun has moved into the serious, driven world of Capricorn just as the ruler of Capricorn (Saturn) begins its new journey through Aquarius. This indicates a change of plans, a shift in authourity, a new way of doing things. Groups and ideals are in the forefront.
Eclipses indicate majour shifts and endings – in this case it is around our conditioned and collective beliefs ~ wherever it landed in your natal chart will show where some sort of change of thinking is required. This is an opportunity to jettison outworn belief systems and find new ways of viewing the world.
“I am a collection of Beliefs, most of which I take for granted or do not question. Change the beliefs passed on to me and I begin to transform my world into infinite possibilities.”
Interesting that we celebrate Christmas on the 25th! Christ/Christos – means Light; Yeshua was a mystic and a magician: a Light-bearer. Mass means celebration. As we celebrate the return of the light ~ after a year that has felt very dark ~ the significance is even more poignant.
And as Saturn and Jupiter meet up in Aquarius, we are not only turning a page , we are entering a new chapter, or even a new story! This has been called the darkest age, the Kali Yuga, when humans get so caught up in materialism that we forget our true nature. There are various interpretations; according to Rudolf Steiner the Kali-Yuga ended around 1900. I’ve heard all sorts of dates thrown around but according to Steiner the Age of Aquarius is a transitional period that covers approx 200 years. He says we started entering into it around 1900 and the entry phase should be complete by around 2100