The first Air era since 1226, which also began with Jupiter and Saturn conjoining in Aquarius.
00’30 Jupiter in Aquarius & 00’30 Saturn in Aquarius
Tuesday 22 December 2020
Exact conjunction 0645am AEDT
Look west into the evening sky after sunset, use Star Chart a free app if your unsure and want to double check you have the right planets. Can be viewed in the weeks either side of it, maximum closeness is the above dates.
The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurring under 12 hours after the solstice is perhaps the astrological event of the year. The Solstice which occurs at Monday 21 December 8:53pm AEDT, followed by the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at 0645am Tuesday 22 December makes this a solstice for the ages. Who would expect anything less to helps to wrap up a remarkable and dynamic 2020? But in 2020 style, the 2020 conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn also offers that little bit extra!
Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest of the visible planets to the naked eye conjoin every 19.5 years, and as astrologer Austin Coppock remarked, they are the king makers of human history and its era’s; and the tent poles of history, under which we live. As human’s mark the movements of the Sun and the Moon to represent and follow time, this also extends to the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction, due to our ability to visually track it, along-side events and developments here on earth. Humans have been observing the Jupiter and Saturn conjunctions for thousands of years. The most famous record of a reputed Jupiter Saturn conjunction are the reference to it as the Star of Bethlehem in the bible. Yes folks, the three wise men, were following the Jupiter Saturn conjunction, and it definitely created a crowning moment, no matter what your belief system is. So, these are important times, in which we currently live.
Jupiter Saturn conjunctions represent kings and empires, beginning and ends. There cycle is predictable, due to the constancy of there synodic cycles and also represent a certain quality of time depending on what elemental era they are in. Jupiter Saturn conjunctions have been the book markers and book end of history, for good reason, they are tried, and test and they works, as an astrological timing technique. Each era, whether it be Fire, Air, Water or Earth, all have a strong presence of the ruling element within the quality of time, to which people live. Fire ages have seen great renaissance in arts and traditions including the Italian Renaissance and Tudor England, and the Romantic era. Water eras have seen great spiritual movements etc.
The Solstice conjunction of these two kingly planets, begins and ends a 20- and 200-year cycle at the same time, beginning a cycle last seen 794 years ago. The solstice itself is a very significant day. It’s a marker of the imbalance of light and darkness and a day of which humans have literally built monuments like Stonehenge to. These two events coinciding ? Rare, like really rare.
Tomorrow’s conjunction marks the beginning of a 200-year cycle in Air, ending an earth cycle which began in 1842. Looking back across the earth age, we can see conquests, colonization of lands by organized and government mandated / centralized force. The plundering / mining of the earth for wealth and riches, which then got kept and managed in a hierarchical system and created empires because of the hoarded wealth from the earth and all its resources (i.e.: corporations/governments/institutions), we also need to mention the unscrupulous ways in which this wealth was taken. Industrialisation also began on mass and changed the way we connect to earth and how we work with it. Money and power was created by the complete raping and pillaging of the earth and its resources. As we leave the earth era, the earth is literally struggling for survival, due to the amount we have stripped from it and mis-managed pollution. These Grand Conjunctions will be in air signs until 2159. The last Air series of conjunctions began in 1226 (Aquarius). So let the journey begin.
When you look at the timelines of the history of these developments and the Jupiter Saturn conjunctions, the information is incredibly striking and is helpful to see where we may evolve to next.
So, what is an air age and what does it look like? This is the first Air age in 800 years, and interestingly, tomorrows conjunction is the closest these planets get, in forming the conjunction also in 800 years, I don’t feel this is coincidence.
Air ages are marked by disbursing of empires and wealth as well as creating more movement and freedom, through change and instability, this creates new pathways and new opportunity. Air ages have a more unpredictable flavour, through instability and a disbursing of power and control. Things we used to rely on may disappear, but through it, new alternatives are presented and ideas and intelligence/problem solving gets a real opportunity to explore and create new innovations and solutions, to the real problems we now face coming out of the earth age.
Air ages can be marked with the term, created by Austin Coppock, as the age of “Disruptive Conquerors”. It is through these disruptive conquerors that the Air age changes and adapts the ways we live. In previous Air ages, we had Genghis Khan create still to dates the biggest land empire created. He also establishes safety and strong connection, through the Silk Road, which fed and nourished trade, and is a trade route still in place today. Genghis Khan did this by connecting many nomadic tribes. Nomadic tribes being tres Air, due to the constant movement in nature and quality. His conquests were the pinnacle of disruptive conquests, and he is still seen as one of the greatest conquerors in history. We also in previous Air era’s saw the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire after its peak. Alexander the Great, go through and connect and create the Hellenistic world, which didn’t last long after he died, but it still created information and connected to countries, who through the merging of ideas and information shared, through this Hellenistic world, we still look to today, as a source of information, and knowledge sharing, I’m looking at astrologers, with this one.
Through this disruption, we see more information and trade created, as the channels open up in different ways, and the control mechanism change. Looking forwards to what this might mean for us now, the internet and technology is definitely opening up the ways we live. The pandemic showed us how adaptable we are to remote learning or working from home. We no longer need to work or learn in centralized places. Notable news to come out recently, is the huge surges in Bit Coin values, a revolutionary digital currency, which is hard to ignore as we enter the Air age. We have seen the beginnings of lab grown meat becoming available to on mass and rise in popularity and availability, which reflects how technology is modifying the food chain. Socially, technology has bridged the gap, in allowing us to connect to people, when we physically couldn’t. When it comes to power and control, we can’t ignore the increased use of surveillance and drones, to track people and their movements. This will certainly increase. How is most of this conducted? Through the air waves, internet or literally in the air.
The previous Jupiter conjunction was in Taurus and 2000 (the last of the Earth cycle) and previous to this it was in Libra 1980/1981 (the first dip into the Air Cycle). Both these conjunctions were ruled by Venus. Consumerism and materialism really took off and Venus put pleasure and aesthetics front and centre for the past 40 years. Now we move into an Aquarius conjunction, we enter both an Air and a Saturn ruled conjunction. We will be looking at a more conservative and less pleasure oriented 20-year Jupiter Saturn cycle; perhaps to help solve the very pressing problems we face as we exit the Earth era and we look to solutions to the problems it has caused.
The Great Conjunction, which is exact tomorrow following the Solstice, is marking the beginning of a new age, we are in a stage of transition and it will take a while for us to settling into it or work out, what real direction this is taking us. However, we do have the wonderful opportunity to watch them as they conjoin in the sky. We are fortunate enough to have the best view in 794 years or since 1226, coincidently, the last time we were in an Air age. Look west at nightfall and admire, being able to see such a momentous and historical moment, as we look to the planets and the future, they might herald.