Jupiter, Saturn & The Great Conjunction of 2020 - Shift Happens

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It’s no secret that 2020 has been one for the books.  In the words of Paul Simon:

“All along, along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations”

It feels like we’ve all lived a lifetime in 12 looooooong short months, doesn’t it?  This epic year comes to a close in just a few weeks, but the remaining astrology suggests that it won’t go quietly. 

As I write this, we hang in the bardo between the final set of eclipses this year.  November 30th saw the Lunar (Full Moon) Eclipse in Gemini and on December 14th – the day the electoral college votes in the U.S., we have a Total Solar (New Moon) eclipse in Sagittarius.  I spoke about these eclipses and how they're impacting each us in my last two videos.

Eclipses aside…

The biggest news of the month, and perhaps the biggest of the year, happens on December 21st (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere).  If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably already heard astrologers talking about it.  It’s a pretty big deal.  So big it has a special name.

It’s called, The Great Conjunction, and it refers to the meeting of Jupiter and Saturn in the sky.  When Jupiter (The Great Benefic) and Saturn (The Great Malefic) shake hands, shift happens.

Jupiter and Saturn are known as the social, or interpersonal planets in astrology.  Put simply, they reflect the interaction between us as individuals and society at large.  When they come together, there is a notable shift in the zeitgeist.

This event occurs about every 20 years and historically marks major societal turning points.  The dance of Jupiter-Saturn reflects the constant expansion (Jupiter) and contraction (Saturn) of our lives.

So, if this happens every 20 years, why is this particular Great Conjunction so notable?

One reason is that this time Jupiter and Saturn meet, they will be positioned in such a way that from our perspective on earth, they'll look like one giant star in the sky.  This hasn’t happened in almost 400 years, so even the mainstream media is all a buzz about it. 

Back in the 1600s, Astronomer, Astrologer, and devout Christian, Johannes Kepler, posited that the Star of Bethlehem, which reportedly guided the Three Wise Men to the Birth of Jesus, was actually a Saturn/Jupiter Conjunction.

But wait, there’s more…

Every time Jupiter and Saturn come together, they do so in the same element (fire, earth, air, or water) for a period of about 200 years.  Meaning, the cycle only repeats in a particular element every 800 years. 

For the last 200 years, beginning in the early 1800s, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn has been in Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn), with one exception, because astrological cycles aren’t cut and dry.  (I’ll get to that in a minute).  The 200-year Earth cycle we’ve been in saw the rise of the Industrial Revolution, a focus on power, control of land and resources, material wealth, and exploitation of nature (including humans).

When these two planets meet on December 21st, 2020, they will begin a whole new 200-year cycle in the element of Air (their conjunctions will happen in Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius). 

When the conjunction shifts into a new element, it’s known as The Great Mutation.

(Cue dramatic music)

Sounds kind of ominous, doesn’t it?  I guess that depends on how you look at it and whether you happen to be in favour of the status quo.

The Great Mutation historically coincides with major shifts in social and political structures and systems.  It marks the rise and fall of empires, and leaders.

Remember how I said astrological cycles aren’t cut and dry? 

The way this works is that a few decades before the Great Mutation, give or take, the Universe gives us a preview of what’s to come.  So, in between November 1980 and August 1981, the Great Conjunction occurred in the Cardinal Air Sign of Libra. 

While the element of earth is related to practical, tangible things such as money, resources, land, all things physical and material, air is about communications, information, ideas, all things creative and intellectual. 

We can look back to what happened in 1980-81 for hints as to the kinds of air-related themes we may see unfolding over this cycle. 

At that time, we were experiencing an economic recession (earth), but a technological/communications revolution (air).  Major events of that time include:

The launch of CNN (the first 24-hour news network)
Terry Fox begins his Marathon of Hope
Pac-Man was released
The First Quebec Referendum
The Canada Act was passed ending British legislative jurisdiction over Canada
We all sat on the edge of our seats to find out “Who Shot J.R.?”
John Lennon was assassinated and the world reeled
The Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the U.S. was signed
MTV launched
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was a televised spectacle
The Oka Crisis – a 78 day standoff between Mohawk protestors and police
There were assassination attempts on Ronald Regan and Pope John Paul II
The first reported case of AIDS in the U.S.
The Columbia Space Shuttle took to the air for the first time
IBM released the first personal computer
Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

And Soooooooo much more!  Seriously, Google it.

The Great Conjunction on Dec 21st, 2020, marks the official shift of this event into Air.  From this point forward, there’s no turning back. The cycle won’t return to the Earth element for 800 years.

The last 200-year Air cycle was from about 1226 – 1405.  This period saw, among other things, The Crusades, the rise and fall of the Mongolian Empire, The establishment of the first universities, The Black Plague, innovations in book printing and binding which led to the spreading of information and knowledge, and the birth of the Renaissance.

To further emphasize the significance of this shift, 2020s Great Conjunction coincides with the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere (Summer in the Southern).  When the Sun hits 0 degrees Capricorn (the Solstice point), Jupiter and Saturn will be meeting up at 0 degrees of Aquarius. 

Capricorn is a Cardinal sign.  Cardinal signs initiate.  0 degrees is the starting point, ground zero. 

2020 has been a catalyst, but will everything change on Dec 21st? 

Not likely.  

As noted, astrological cycles aren’t cut and dry, they overlap, fading in and out.

What does this Great Conjunction mean for us on a personal level?  

For individuals, Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions generally mark turning points, milestones or shifts in our own lives, just as they mark the beginning of a new cycle for the collective. The launch point for this new cycle will be related to the house that 0 degrees Aquarius occupies in our birth chart, and will be particularly potent if you have any significant placements around that area of your chart (or around the 0 degree point of the other fixed signs – Leo, Scorpio and Taurus).

Aquarius is associated with the collective, the group, humanity at large.  As well as with the future, innovation, and most definitely, the concept of individual rights and freedoms.  These themes will undoubtedly be a focus for the next 20 years.

Aquarius holds an ideal vision for the future.  Ultimately, it wants what’s best for the group, and believes that everyone should have the freedom to be who they are.  But as a fixed sign, Aquarius can be set in its ways, attached to its own thoughts, ideas, perceptions. The ideal vision Aquarius holds, is based on what it thinks the future should look like.  That doesn’t mean everyone else will or has to agree. 

Water is associated with our emotions.  There is an objective, emotionally detached aura surrounding Aquarius.  As the one who holds the water, Aquarius has the capacity to hold space for our emotions, to bear witness.  There is a sense of being in the world, but not of it. 

The water-bearer washes away the past, unveiling a clean slate on which to conceptualize the future. 

Using Whole Sign Houses, here’s where this conjunction is happening for you, and the main life themes that are being triggered by this shift.  If you know your Rising Sign (not the same thing as you Sun Sign), this will be most relevant. 

I'll talk more about the Great Conjunction and what it means for us in the December 9th video. 


1st house (self, body, appearance, vitality, overall character)


2nd house (personal resources, assets, how you make a living, values, self-worth)


3rd house (communication, short distance travel, learning, commerce, marketing, the people and places you interact with frequently - siblings, neighbours, extended family)


4th house (parents, roots, foundations, home, family, place of living, emotional security)


5th house (creativity, children, pleasure)


6th house (daily routine, work, health, service, pets)


7th house (committed relationships, close partnerships, contracts and agreements, known rivals)


8th house (other people’s resources, psychological health, intimacy, transformation, death and rebirth)


9th house (foreign people and places, travel, teaching and higher learning, publishing, philosophy, beliefs)


10th house (career, public life, legacy, authority, material security)


11th house (community, friends, networks, benefactors, gains, hopes and dreams for the future)


12th house (hidden life, the unseen realm, secrets, loss, self-sabotaging behaviours, solitude)