Our darkest days are behind us and the stars are aligning — literally.
On the longest night of the year, two of the slowest moving planets in our solar system— Jupiter and Saturn — aligned the closest they’ve been in 800 years. Not surprisingly, theories are ablaze about the Great Conjunction and what this could mean for mankind.
Astrologers say the Great Conjunction will cause a major ideological reset as two planets seemingly at odds unite. Jupiter is said to be the planet of optimism, expansion, and healing, while Saturn represents control, pragmatism, and responsibility.
The Great Conjunction is also taking place in Aquarius, the zodiac sign for social change and innovation. This is unique as for the previous 200 years, Jupiter and Saturn have conjoined only under Earth signs and the tensions between the two planets have been grounded in that sign. An Air sign could mean less tangible occurrences in the future. Could this mean more pandemics? More inventions?
While astrologers continue to study the signs and what this means for society, some say the planets are, in effect, the Star of Bethlehem, seen by the Wise Men 2,000 years ago.
It’s a coincidence that the planets will shine brightest this year on Christmas day. It’s a coincidence that the Covid-19 vaccine started being distributed just as the conjunction was taking place, and it’s a coincidence the conjunction started the same day as the winter solstice — a day that symbolizes reset in itself. Or is it?
What we know is that 2020 has given us a clear vision for all that is right in the world and all that is wrong. As the world combats the pandemic, we saw racial and social injustice tensions rise and gender inequality at the forefront of conversations. We witnessed unimaginable loss, we spent time in isolation and we elected a new president. It seems that the dawn of a new era is beckoning.
We look at this conjunction as a large cultural reset, but it’s also a time for inner reset. It’s a time to self-reflect on your values and give yourself to others. It’s a time to overlook issues that would otherwise divide you from others, and unite.
The two planets are most visible just after sunset. They will remain close until Jan. 7.
Written By Katy Savage