You’ve probably heard quite a lot of buzz lately about the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that will happen on December 21st, 2020. And there are a few reasons why so many astrologers are very excited about this configuration. First, it’s happening on the Winter Solstice. And second, it’s happening at 0º Aquarius. So many are reading this as a sign that the much anticipated Age of Aquarius has finally arrived. And while this isn’t necessarily related to the “Age of Aquarius” (because that’s referring to the precession of the equinoxes — which is an entirely different astronomical phenomenon,) we can accurately say that the “Era of Aquarius” is about to begin. And this is in and of itself a really big deal. Here’s why.
The “Great Conjunction” refers to the fact that every 20 years, the planets Jupiter and Saturn form a conjunction in the sky. As these are the two social planets, their conjunction cycle tends to indicate the beginning of a new era in society, pointing to shifts in power and ideology. It’s a very significant and predictable cycle that astrologers have observed for millennia. Throughout history, the reigns of monarchs and the emergence of new political dynasties and even new religions have been linked with this cycle.
Before the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto over the last 300 years, Jupiter and Saturn had previously represented the outer limits of our solar system. They remain the farthest planets from the Sun that can be seen with the naked eye. When they form this conjunction every 20 years, they often appear together in the sky as one big, bright star for a period of time. In fact, the Star of Bethlehem referred to in the bible is likely the Jupiter–Saturn conjunction that occurred in the sign of Pisces back in 7 BCE, which is another reason why Jesus was associated with the sign of Pisces. (The other being that it was also the beginning of the Age of Pisces, but again that’s precession, that’s another story.)