This Winter/Summer Solstice, December 21, 2020, we are here to witness the Great Conjunction. We are here to experience the birth of the next cycle, this change in elements from earth to air.
The Great Conjunction is the meeting of Saturn and Jupiter that occurs every 20 or so years, making such an event not so uncommon. This 2020 conjunction, however, has various interesting and significant aspects, which has everyone talking and reading about it. Of course, 2020 has been such an awakening and transformative year anyway. Who isn’t keen to know what’s on the horizon?
For the last 200 years, the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction has been in the earth element, the last being in Taurus back in May 2000. For the next cycle of 200 years, the conjunction will be in the air element and so we begin with 0 degrees Aquarius. When we change elements, it is a big deal! Plus the 0 degree represents newness and possibility – we are just stepping into the energy. What will moving from earth to air bring about?
The Earth Element
The earth element is about anchoring, grounding, our bones, security, the senses, money, the physical, being practical, and the material plane. If your natal chart has an emphasis on the earth element, you may be more familiar with this energy. You may have your “Big 3”, Sun, Moon, and Ascendant/Rising Sign, in Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn or perhaps angular placements of Saturn. Maybe you have planets at 0 or 29 degrees in these signs.
We can see that in the last 200 years, the focus has primarily been on surviving on the material plane. We have been building structures, institutions, and infrastructures to feel safe, productive, and generative. We have essentially built our civilization.
Cross of Planning is fundamentally tribal and collective, responsible for the support and success of developing a global community based on bargains, details, and skills.Andrea Abay-Abay, Jovian Archive
In the Human Design System, we see that the global cycle ruled by the Cross of Planning started in 1615 and will end in 2027. This Cross of Planning is energy that supports groups/tribes of people to work together, to build, to procreate, to make agreements over resources, for example. We have already seen this energy dissolving with the breakdown of structures so prominently this year as the Cross of Planning draws to a close. What will be the world be like when we no longer feel the pressure to come together as we did in the last several hundred years? What will our civilization look like? It’s believed that it will be completely different when the last person born during the Cross of Planning cycle dies. If you are wondering, the next global cycle is the Cross of the Sleeping Phoenix. This is the age of self-empowerment and individuation.
The Air Element
The air element is movement, ideas, the mind, thinking, communications, logical, scientific, innovation, and originality. The air triplicity are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and if you have strong placements in these signs, you are probably familiar with the air element. At a low level of consciousness, the air element is expressed as cold, rigid, domineering, insensitive, and dogmatic. Their positive/high expressions include being quick-witted, knowledgeable, direct, honest, articulate, and objective.
In Tarot, the air element is represented by the Swords. Ideas and how we communicate can cut both ways. They can cut, to be it bluntly. Is our mentality fixed and do we use force or love to share them? This is something to be aware of, when we rely only on the intellect.
Saturn & Jupiter
Saturn and Jupiter are the social planets. Their archetypes and energies impact us on these grander, collective scales, and the evolution of our consciousness. With this Great Conjunction, we are reminded and supported by this background frequency of reexamining our role in the world. Evolutionary Astrologer Sabrina Monarch describes this as a possible change in the moral compass or direction of society.
What is our contribution?
Sarah Thomas of Upper Clarity recently talked about healing on three levels, addressing the symptoms, growing someone’s strengths, and opening a person to their destiny, so that their soul may be expressed in this lifetime. We have far too long been enmeshed in a cartesian model, this reductionist and linear thinking. “This” is prescribed for “that.” “Steal my sales funnel” and blow up your business big! Do this, get that. Problematic organ? Remove it. Virus? Vaccinate against it. Healing to release or worse, suppress, pain is far from complete healing. Of course, this evolutionary phase had its purpose and so it’s not about hating the current state of the world. It is recognizing when something is not working; structures that bind, restrict, and constrict rather than be a stable container for authentic expression.
Saturn will be in Aquarius from December 17, 2020 to March 7, 2023.
Jupiter enters Aquarius on December 19, 2020 and with a couple of in and outs, leaving it on December 28, 2021.
This is the zodiac archetype of the future, collective, and social ideals. This means beyond the personal, the global platform, technology, new ideas. Ruled by both Saturn and Uranus, we see both structure, time, logical, innovation, electricity, the unexpected, cutting-edge technology, and the unconventional as key words.
I have a friend who is Sun in Aquarius and she hates this zodiac sign because she finds so many cold and disconnected. This is the low expression of Aquarius. People often find these natives as emotionally distant, aloof, uber logical, and well, not so warm. They themselves often feel alien in this world. As we know, we must look at a chart holistically, to see where the challenging placements and the gifts lie.
It is crucial as we move into the new cycle to hone our ability to hold seeming opposites. Rather than simplify a situation or box someone in, to soothe any cognitive dissonance, let us learn how to be open to a variety of ideas, other people’s truths, and nuances. Keep the mind clear of attachments and sit in the wonderful Aquarian quality of detachment to observe from a plane of high frequencies. Astrologer Wendy Cicchetti reminds us that the veil is thinner at the higher frequencies and when we occupy this space, we receive more information.
There is so much to a person than their Sun Sign and of course, my friend who is an astrologer, knows this and she also makes a good point. With the shifting of signs from earth to air, and with Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius for the next several years, remember to be human. Tap into the high expressions of Aquarius – love for humanity, innovation for betterment of society, new and inclusive ideas for all. Aquarius wants freedom, for all.
These future-thinkers and visionaries who can move us forward so rapidly may also have great difficulty giving up old ideas, opinions, or positions even when it is time for them to move on. They an remain rigidly attached to a way of thinking forever, and this is probably also why their ruling planet, Uranus, which shatters old and outmoded concepts, is said to create such an earthquake in our lives when it transits something important.Ariel Guttman & Kenneth Johnson, Mythic Astrology
Since we are talking about Aquarius, let’s segue here to the “Magic Box”. I’m going to quote from the original article which you can find on the Forgotten Origin website.
The ”Magic Box”
This device, which the Elders refer to as a “Magic Box,” is beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, but there is one drawback in this gift from the stars. If unassisted by humans, it will do nothing beyond idle while awaiting further instructions. Even if the magic box is opened by the device and the ‘switch’ is sung and turned on, the best it can independently do is get ready.
This Magic Box will feed off pure positive human energy. If there are indeed the minimum numbers still present (which runs into six figures) and unaffected by pandemics, economic chaos, warfare, terrorism and are totally focused on the positive, this box will absorb that powerful reservoir of pure energy then amplify and distribute throughout all the sacred sites, ley lines and Dreaming tracks on this the planet.
The article goes on to detail the prophecy that if humanity is ready, the planet will split into two pulses, two dimensional frequencies and each soul will gravitate towards that which reflect and resonate with their state of being. This is not a judgment nor punishment; rather it allows the continuation of each person’s spiritual journey.
It is believed that the “Magic Box” will be activated at 9:02PM December 21 2020 in Uluru. That is 7:30PM Singapore Time, 3:30AM Pacific Time, and 12:30PM Munich. Or you can tune in at Winter/Summer Solstice in your location. Time is a construct of Man. With intention and focus, we can all unite in raising our planetary frequencies. If you are in Australia, perhaps you can travel to one of the five major songlines that radiate from Uluru, which includes Kariong and Mt. Beewah. Thanks Lia for this information.
From Earth to Air
On Winter/Summer Solstice 2020, we begin a grand cycle of conjunctions. After 200 or so years in the earth element, we are moving into air. These “expansive” and “restrictive” planets are meeting in the field of ideas, technology, innovation, communications, mental plane, and movement. How will we expand and elevate as a society, while choosing the right structures to house these changes?
The Great Conjunction is the seed moment for the blueprint of the next twenty years. With what frequencies will we cross this threshold, into the portal?
If we are unaware of our triggers, we are more likely to react in coldness and with distance. In contraction, as a defensive and protective strategy to feel safe, to deal with the fear of change and uncertainty. We are also more likely to abandon the body, the physical, and the earthly realm.
Do you have a grand vision for humanity and our future? What if we can simply all be in a state of gratitude, love, understanding, and goodwill? Research shows that our emotions are radiated with each beat of our heart.
Let us be anchored in the humanness of who we are. The warmth, connection, caring, and sensuality. Elementally, earth and air do not mix well. This is yet another reminder to play well together, and to be open to differences. Let us embody all the wisdom of the earth cycles, as we move into the air cycles. Hold within ourselves the paradox of all is, the seeming opposites, and the brilliant “messiness” and nuances of being human. Let us trust life and be intoxicated with every moment life has to offer.
Be sure to get outside, if the skies are clear, to see the coming together of Jupiter and Saturn, of this “double star” or what is being called the “Christmas Star” and the “Star of Bethlehem.” It is a special time, indeed.
article cover photo : Sherry Rich