Bright Solstice Greetings to All!
Winter Solstice 2020 arrives on December 21 at 5:02a Eastern Time, 2:02p Pacific Time and 10:02 Universal Time. (This is the Summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere – at 9:02p AET)
This Solstice has a special and rare event occurring the same day – a conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in the sign of Aquarius. (More on this below). EarthSky always has good solstice info December solstice: All you need to know and here’s a good article on Winter Solstice traditions 13 Fascinating Winter Solstice Traditions Around the World
The astrology chart for the Solstice represents the birth of this new season and gives indications of what to expect.
The Sun always arrives at 0 degrees Capricorn the moment of the Solstice and this year communicator Mercury is exactly conjunct the Sun echoing the major Capricorn themes of 2020. Pluto remains in Capricorn but the 2 largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn have finally left Capricorn to enter Aquarius. These mighty planets line up together at 0*26″ Aquarius at the exact moment of the Solstice. If you are lucky enough to have clear skies on the 20th and 21st, you can see this conjunction in the night sky. Some are suggesting this conjunction which looks like a huge bright star is like the “Star of Bethlehem” which was not an actual star but was an astrological configuration (like this conjunction) that the Magi (most likely Chaldean astrologers) were following.
The Moon in this type of event chart represents the public mood and is in sensitive Pisces communing with Neptune also in Pisces. This adds a highly spiritual element to Solstice gatherings and adds a loving touch in general to the season. This combination also increases sentimentality which in the pandemic year increases sadness if you can’t be with loved ones. Luckily sweet Venus is dancing merrily in Sagittarius with a hand out to Chiron in Aries helping lift everyone’s mood. Let’s hope she lightens up wounded healer Chiron too, because he forms a challenging, aggressive angle to the Sun and Mercury. Warrior Mars is in the last few weeks of his 6th month long Aries visit and after a nice spell of playing well with other planets during December, has decided to give one last gut punch (an exact square!) to Pluto before he leaves. These angles from Chiron and Mars in war-like Aries suggests the combative tone over the last few months (especially the US election!) lingers longer.
Lord of Chaos Uranus in Taurus is looking forward to a nice exchange with the Sun and Mercury. This earth-sign combination brings a bit of comfort in terms of the potential for covid to finally lift. Uranus is also anticipating major clashes with Jupiter and Saturn soon to come – pressure for more people to get vaccinated and agitation to get more financial relief from their governments are likely. Uranus also happens to be the only planet retrograde in the Solstice chart so his energy is more subdued now, but will activate again early next year when he turns direct on 1/14/21.
The most exciting event of this Solstice is the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius which last happened 8 centuries ago in 1226! Both planets were in Capricorn throughout 2020 and were major players in the pandemic. Capricorn is a sign of boundaries, and the whole world became boundaried – shut inside by covid restrictions for months on end! Now as these huge planets come together in icy-clear air sign Aquarius they ring a new message – that doors will open soon and let in the fresh air we have all be waiting for! This lines up with the vaccines currently being administered in the first wave with millions more doses due to arrive. People in the UK and Russia are already being vaccinated and vaccinations just began in the US too.
Aquarius is the most cutting edge and forward thinking sign in the zodiac, so we can expect more medical and scientific discoveries as well as more progressive political policies and societal shifts to evolve. Here is an excellent article by one of my favorite astrologers, The Oxford Astrologer Thoughts on the Great Conjunction which outlines the effects of earlier Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions, technical and societal advances along with the darker edges of Aquarius. I love what she says about this conjunction, And we should all feel optimistic, this is extraordinary, clear, symbolism. A breath of fresh air is blowing across the world. In January and February 2021, expect high winds. Reef you sails, throw out the old ballast, and get ready to sail as close to the wind as you dare. ~ Christina Rodenbeck
Saturn has an orbit of 29-30 years and was in Aquarius from 1932- 1935 during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency when he instituted the New Deal programs with progressive policies like the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) which helped thousands of people during the darkest days of the Depression and the Social Security Act which is why we have this safety net now (thank you FDR! who was born with Sun in Aquarius). When Saturn was in Aquarius from 1962-64 this marked the beginning of major societal changes. The Beatles were revolutionizing the music world and the Hippy era, sex, drugs, rock and roll was born, Martin Luther King Jr was leading the Civil Rights Movement and gave his “I have a Dream” speech. When Saturn was in Aquarius during 1991 – Jan. 1994 Apartheid ended, the Internet was born and Grunge began to shake up the rock music scene. Here is a clever article which covers this Saturn in Aquarius – three years of technology progress and justice by the AstroTwins
Jupiter has a 12 year orbit and not long after Saturn left Aquarius in 1935, Jupiter followed in 1938-39, adding heft to FDR’s progressive New Deal policies. The next Jupiter in Aquarius pass was in 1949-1950 when NATO was established, President Truman gave his speech about how every American should expect a “fair deal” from the U.S. government and middle class prosperity began to flourish, color TV was first broadcast, and the DNA Double Helix Discovered. Jupiter returned to Aquarius in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy was inaugurated, the Peace Corps established, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, and the first lasers were developed. Next Jupiter Aquarius visit was 1973 to March 1974 when the Skylab was launched, Watergate Hearings began, and the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade. Next visit was in 1985 when CDs were introduced, the first .com was registered, the first version of Windows was released and Live Aid concerts were held. Next time was 1997 when NASA’s Pathfinder landed on Mars, Dolly the Sheep the first successfully cloned mammal was revealed, the first Harry Potter book was published and the movie Men in Black aired.
Jupiter’s most recent trek through Aquarius was in 2009 the year Barack Obama became President, the movie Avatar was released, Grindr was launched, H1N1 flu was declared a global pandemic and the first International Day of Climate Action was held. Of course there are so many other events that happened during all of these years, but this gives you a taste of what happened in the past and hints about what might happen in this new Aquarius age arriving now when both of these colossal planets meet in Aquarius for the first time in 800 years!
Aquarius is the sign most closely related to Astrology in general and one thing that struck me when I visited sites to link with this post and for general information about what other astrologers have to say about this important conjunction, is how many excellent astrologers there are! I am very proud of our profession. So heads up all you astrologers out there – you are going to be in high demand!
Here is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. born with Sun in Capricorn to inspire you at this Solstice/Great Conjunction time, We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization. ~ MLK
Hubble Space Telescope image
With the help of the amazing “Star” above us now, this opportunity is very real! And this is my Solstice wish for you.