Along with the winter solstice occurring on December 21, so too is the conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn at 0degrees Aquarius. This is science and astrology. Today’s reading looks at the energy of these two planets, their 20-year cycle relationship, and how best to make use of their guidance and wisdom.
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and is the fifth planet out from the Sun. It is two and a half times more massive than all the other planets in the solar system combined. It is made primarily of gases and is therefore known as a “gas giant”. (For more science-y facts check out their Jupiter page.)
Best known for its fabulous ring system, Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in our solar system. Like Jupiter, Saturn is a gas giant and is composed of similar gasses including hydrogen, helium and methane. (For more science-y facts check out their Saturn page.)
Jupiter, the King of the Gods, is the ruler of Sagittarius. In Astrology, Jupiter is a planet of plenty. It is tolerant and expansive. The first of the social planets, Jupiter seeks insight through knowledge. Some of this planet’s keywords include morality, gratitude, hope, honor, and the law. Jupiter is a planet of broader purpose, reach, and possibility. (for more about the astrology of Jupiter, check out their Jupiter page.)
In astrology, Saturn is associated with restriction and limitation. Where Jupiter expands, Saturn constricts. Although the themes of Saturn seem depressing, Saturn brings structure and meaning to our world. Saturn knows the limits of time and matter. Saturn reminds us of our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments. It brings definition to our lives. Saturn makes us aware of the need for self-control and of boundaries and our limits.
The Conjunction: Astrology
From a 2019 Article on Astrology.com
Known as “the great conjunction,” the cyclical conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn that occurs every twenty years has been the preeminent method of demarcating historical eras in traditional astrology. When Jupiter and Saturn come together there is both the intensity of old forms dying as well as the fertility of new growth beginning to take shape. In the past century, their cycle has aligned with the transition in between decades, with the conjunctions and oppositions between Jupiter and Saturn marking the start of each decade. For example, there was a Jupiter and Saturn conjunction in 1980, an opposition in 1990, a conjunction in 2000, and an opposition in 2010. Jupiter and Saturn will form their next conjunction on December 21 of 2020 in the first degree of Aquarius, and so most of 2020 will take place during the end of their cycle. There will be an atmosphere of anticipation building during the year of being on the precipice of a new era, while simultaneously old issues will resurface in need of resolution. (sound familiar?)
This image of a vintage hot air balloon popped into my head the moment I pondered today’s reading. It beautifully depicts expansion (Jupiter) and restriction (Saturn) and how they can best work together. Without the ropes and mechanisms (Saturn), the balloon’s expansive hot air (Jupiter) would rapidly deflate.
While the energy of Jupiter would prefer to go faster, bigger, and higher, the energy of Saturn knows that slow and steady wins the race. On the flip side, Saturn’s conservative, safe, approach would prefer to be moving securely on the ground, while Jupiter’s uplifting energy allows for the broadening of one’s horizons, stretching the envelop of comfort.
The two characters in the balloon’s basket also happen to depict this conjunction: Jupiter is the one with the top hat and Saturn is wearing the bowler hat.
From Wikipedia: From the early 20th century bowler hats were more commonly associated with businessmen working in the financial districts, also known as “City Gents”…. In popular culture the top hat has sometimes been associated with the upper class, and used by satirists and social critics as a symbol of capitalism or the world of business, as with the Monopoly Man or Scrooge McDuck.
Even the way they are standing shows their energy. Saturn stands solid with arms to its sides keeping a close watch over where they are going, while Jupiter joyfully extends its arms out as if to say “look at all of this…it goes for miles.”
And then there’s the landscape. The bottom half depicts earthy flat ground with prosperous fields, crops growing in an orderly fashion at their own slow and steady pace (Saturn). The upper half depicts a mountain range and a fast expanse of sky, letting us know of a whole world of possibilities, some known, some yet to be discovered and/or explored (Jupiter).
As aforementioned, these two planets come together every 20 years. Jupiter, the planet of expansion and growth, joins together with Saturn, the planet of restriction and discipline to forge a new cycle of adventure as a seed at the time of the conjunction.
Five years into their cycle, they will square each other, testing to see if we are on track with our plans. If not, it will seem like it will be a difficult time, but in reality we’re being put in a situation where we examine our objective and get back on course.
Ten years in, they will oppose each other. Here it will seem like they are both working against each other; one wanting to be more in charge than the other. Instead, the focus needs to be on figuring out how to make them both work together in harmony: expansion with discipline, self-restraint, and wisdom.
At fifteen years they square each other again, some more tension between the two as if to tweak out any last misalignments, and get back on track for the home stretch.
Think back 20 years ago, what was ending and beginning for you at that time? It may have taken a couple of years to get the ball rolling but it was there. How about now, where are you feeling like things are ending/changing and something new is afoot. Certainly, what’s happening on the global level with the pandemic and jobs/economies, things are changing on a dramatic level, putting many in the position of creating a new life for themselves.
For example, 20 years ago my husband and I left Florida to move to Oregon. I worked for the local county as their web “goddess” master. However In Oregon, I struggled to find a regular job so I decided to start my own business (web design) and begin my mandala art career (which I didn’t realize was going to be a career at the time, it started as a personal hobby). During that 20 year cycle my main focus was learning different media and modalities whileexpanding my mandala art and letting it take me where it wanted to go. The 2000 conjunction occurred in my 9th house of higher education.
Over the last year I’ve been feeling the pull for something different, I stalled out on my art unclear of what to do next. I’m still in Oregon however now I have a new art studio and the freedom to create all manner of art, taking it to new heights and expansion. This conjunction occurs in my 5th house of creativity.
To get a feel for how this is playing out for you personally, you could find out where this conjunction falls in your chart. Visit astro-seek.com for a free chart (you need to now the place and time of your birth for this to be accurate) and look where 0 degrees Aquarius is in your chart to know which house will be affected by this transit. If you need help with this, seek out a reputable astrologer.
The Moral of the Story
All that being said, the next 20-year cycle is all about something coming to a close while something new and expansive is unfolding. Some of us may already know what that is, some of us have yet to know. Realize that closures allow for a whole world of possibilities to open up (Jupiter) for us, we just need to keep our eyes, heart, and mind open for the one thing that sparks us into action, with the understanding that it will be a slow and steady ride…and we’re in it for the long haul (Saturn). Immediate gratification is rarely part of the equation.
Also know that what may seem like restrictions at times (Saturn) will actually be moments to re-strategize, review, rethink, re-work, and/or re-route our expansion and growth (Jupiter). Think of the restrictions as course corrections or a wise adviser asking “is this the best way to do this?” or “are you sure this is what you want?” or “maybe there’s a different way?” or “maybe it’s time to look at it from a different perspective.”
In any case, may your “hot air balloon” journey through this new cycle be a smooth and enjoyable ride.
Maureen, The Mandala Lady