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Cosmic Consciousness: The Great Conjunction of Jupiter + Saturn 2020

We are on the precipice of an emerging new world but that shit’s not gonna happen overnight! Saturn is work and structure while Jupiter is elevation and abundance. Ru Paul’s “You better work!” popped into my head. That’s definitely been the past year and the work isn’t done. But the work will have a whole fucking different flavor.

The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

**Super side note, and apparently I’m always thinking about music, when I typed “the Great Conjunction,” the song “Great Space Coaster, get on board!” started playing in my mind. Anyone remember the TV show of the same name? Here’s a terrible video of the song. Oh damn. Those words are so true! We’re definitely in for a magic ride, for sure!

I digress…

A conjunction happens when two planets are close to one another. Their energy meshes together influencing the other. These planets will be visible in the night sky, appearing as if one great star because they will be within 1º of each other. An event which only happens every 800+ years. Both planets have already moved from Capricorn (Earth) into Aquarius (Air). The Jupiter-Saturn cycle has been mostly in Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for 200+ years.

Jupiter and Saturn join in the cosmos every 20 years. The last one was in May 2000.

May 2000 was a pretty memorable time for me. It was two years after my mother died. I graduated from University of Central Florida. After suspecting that my boyfriend was cheating on me, I tracked him down one morning after a weekend bender and found him with someone. Don’t worry, he wasn’t the only one not being honest. I was at one of the lowest points of my addiction. The things I did to numb out took me down the ladder of morality rung by rung.

Our lives were such a shit show and we just were not good for each other at the time. Side note, we reconnected some years later and still talk to this day. Not long after that, my apartment was broken into and a bunch of shit was stolen, including personal checks which I had to deal with for a few years because they forged them.

So, yeah. Can you think back to what was happening in your life around that time? If you think even further back… Roaring 20’s, free-loving 60’s, yuppie 80’s… big things happen when these two big planets come together.


Til We Reach That Higher Ground

Jupiter makes everything big. Its energy is about expansion, seeing the big picture. It moves through each astrological sign about once a year and 12 years for the whole zodiac. Jupiter opens doorways. It’s the planet of growth and opportunity. As Stephen Forrest says, “Jupiter is the architect of opportunity.”

Mythologically, Jupiter is the Sky Father, Zeus, the God of all Gods. With his lightning thunderbolt, he illuminates the depth and breadth of the Universe and the longing for a deeper questioning. Jupiter challenges the way we see things.

Are you too narrow focused?

Are you able to step back and expand your world?

Are you able to see the possibilities for the future?

Can you feel and trust your intuition?

What limiting beliefs are holding you back from acceptance?

Time, Time, Time, See What’s Become of Me

Saturn upholds structures & systems, loves boundaries & limits, and drops the reality check with a

swiftness. It takes about 2.5 years to move through each astrological sign and 29.5 years to get around the whole zodiac. Mythologically, Saturn is the Greek god, Kronos or Father Time. Signifying the past and order of the old. There is a time for limitations and a time to be flexible. “Time and experience are true teachers.” Liz Greene.

Saturn challenges our relationships to such things. Saturn’s main lesson is self-discipline.

How do you handle structure?

Can you move through life with flexibility, in the face of structure?

Do you have trouble maintaining boundaries?

Do you have too many boundaries?

Am I able see the benefit of having healthy order?


From Earth to Air

So that’s the planets and their energies but even deeper is their move from Capricorn to Aquarius. The sign a planet is in is what gives its emotional flavor. “Signs make planets human.” - Stephen Forrest.

Capricorn, an Earth sign ruled by Saturn. It’s symbol is the Goat. What comes to mind when you think of a goat? Maybe a bit stubborn. Survives well in many climates and cultures. Capricorn gets things done, whether you want it done or not, but on its own time. Capricorn is dependable, ambitious, and tenacious. As an Earth sign, it’s stable and grounding. Symbolized by the Greek God Pan, a mythical figure who was half man, half goat. Pan was often noted as a force of nature, with a so-called wild side hidden beneath the tough exterior.

Capricorn serves up a heavy dose of integrity to make the so-called “right” choices, even if it doesn’t want to. It holds up morality and character to give the ability to be proud of how it’s living. Capricorn is a cardinal Earth sign, meaning it’s an initiating energy. Cardinal signs are kind of like the oldest kid in the family, often making things happen.

I’ve talked about this before but it bears repeating- anytime I hear the Moon, or any other planet is in Aquarius, “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” runs through my head. It’s happening right now. It helps me to remember what the qualities of this flowy, airy sign are. I envision the 60’s, Haight/Ashbury, free-love, forward thinking, willing to be creative, and find the sparks of life. It has this otherworldly feel to it, which can also be isolating and feel like the odd-one-out. The symbol of Aquarius is two wavy lines, said to represent knowledge, waves of change, electricity or fire. Aquarius’ image is the Water Bearer, often mistaken for a water sign.

Aquarius breaks rules and along with it drops a certain sense of liberation. There’s a certain level of creativity which Aquarius upholds with it’s equanimity, intuition, and vision. Aquarius is a fixed Air sign whose energy is sustaining. Fixed signs are focused, determined to hold steady to their purpose.


Where Do We Go From Here...

Jupiter-Saturn in Aquarius is bringing the new beginnings, the new starts, and it’s action-packed. It will stretch, and likely push past, the boundaries of how we used to do things and how that needs to change.

Some astrologers say this is the beginning of The Age of Aquarius and others say it started years ago. So, take that for what it’s worth. I don’t necessarily feel any one way or the other about it (thank you Libra Stellium). Wherever you do land on the subject, this shift marks the start of a new 200+ year cycle, impacting us in ways we haven’t experienced. It ushers in a long awaited time in cosmic history which can sometimes seem like time is passing slowly and quickly, simultaneously.

There’s other aspects (the angles the planets/asteroids make) and transits (movement of the planets/asteroids) but I’m still sorting that out and learning as I go. Add to this, the real detailed work happens with how your specific natal chart is aligned and there’s so much more to learn!

At the end of the day, what does all of this mean? That’s up to you! Only you live in your body.

Only you know your truths. Only you can see things from your perspective, your reality. All this information is to give you an outline. Something to be curious about. Find space to be still. To really listen to what is going on.

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