The ‘Great Conjunction’ Coincides with the Solstice First Time in 800 Years

This Solstice brings the Great Conjunction along with it, forming the “Christmas Star,” which hasn’t been seen since the Middle Ages, and consists of Jupiter and Saturn appearing as a “double planet.”

A rare, spectacular sky event is about to unfold: the greatest conjunction ever! Astronomers use the word conjunction to describe meetings of planets and other objects on our sky’s dome. They use the term great conjunction to describe meetings of the two biggest worlds in our solar system, mighty Jupiter and glorious ringed Saturn.

It will be more impressive than the usual celestial headliners, like lunar eclipses and Mercury transits. And it will be visible around the world. On the very day of the solstice, December 21, 2020, Jupiter will come as close to Saturn as Jove’s own moons!

Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions happen every 20 years; the last one was in the year 2000. But these conjunctions aren’t all created equal. The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will be only 0.1 degree apart.

It’s truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness this celestial occurance…but what does it mean?

A common theme of Great Conjunctions is the shifting, faltering, and crumbling of the systems we have built. The Great Conjunction of 2020 will bring about karma-rooted developments; innovations in science, medicine, and technology, as an overall view of what to expect. Jupiter and Saturn will co-pilot through Aquarius for most of 2021 (except for May 13 to July 28) so think of The Great Conjunction as a launch pad for the coming year. While Jupiter can be impatient, slowpoke Saturn is the ruler of time, pacing the whole process. Sometimes it will be a marathon, sometimes you’ll need to sprint.

Let’s take a look at what your Zodiac Sign can expect from the Great Conjunction of 2020:

ARIES– Aries has a very strong sense of self that comes with a “me first!” attitude, which is a factually accurate mind-set when it comes to the zodiac wheel. But with everything going on in the world, these rams will start to feel a shift in how they relate to others. Activism, plant medicine, technology startups—whatever stimulates your higher consciousness will be right up your alley. At the same time, recognize that great minds don’t necessarily think alike. You’ll welcome the cacophony of voices as long as their coming from free-thinking intellectuals.

TAURUS- Taurus’s recurring problem is a feeling of being stuck (they’re the most entrenched in quicksand of the fixed signs). During the Great Conjunction, they might feel like they’re sinking over the whole “what should I be when I grow up?” conundrum.  With Jupiter refreshing your perspective and Saturn bringing the wisdom of maturity, you could heal some old pain around your dad—or the cultural impact of toxic masculinity. This is also a call to celebrate the “divine masculine,” which is the healthy expression of male energy that doesn’t include domination, ego or force.

GEMINI- Entrepreneurial ventures could blast off, bringing major profits in 2021. Gemini influencer and media mavens could be launched to luminary status! Decadent Jupiter is right at home in the ninth house, so you’ll get a double dose of hedonistic and caution-to-the-wind vibes near December 21. This can be a powerful moment for taking decisive action around your dreams. While Saturn restrains your appetite, it also adds clout and stamina. One of your wilder ideas may actually gain traction, even if it seems wildly extra. If you’re dreaming of going big, you’ll have the follow-through to turn your visions into reality. Strike the word “impossible” from your vocabulary—it has no place there now.

CANCER- For Cancer, the Great Conjunction is about connecting with others in a way that’s more proactive and less needy, while still recognizing their own requirements. This tide-turning moment brings the post-honeymoon period, when lives merge and you realize: There’s no turning back! But if your heart is still sending out lukewarm signals, this watershed day may herald a breakup. It’s all or nothing now.

LEO- Leo got knocked off their game real hard with 2020, feeling disempowered by their inability to cluster with others. During the Great Conjunction, they’ll be looking even deeper into the relationships they have (and miss). Global Jupiter spurs you to journey, which could lead you to a long-distance relationship or a cross-cultural connection in your own neck of the woods. When the chemistry is this potent, what are a few miles or time zones between you? Your WhatsApp and FaceTime could be on heavy rotation, perhaps also due to a business opportunity that arrives from afar. Meanwhile, pragmatic Saturn keeps you from going off the romantic rails. Give up the rescue missions, Leo, and find a partner who’s ready to be a royal.

VIRGO- Virgo has this very well-meaning, practical approach to problem-solving. They want so desperately to help others, and that might be especially draining on them right now. With the Great Conjunction landing in your salubrious sixth house, you could get a wakeup call to take better care of yourself and to find a healthier work-life balance. Ignoring or neglecting your physicality is no longer an option. Cut out stress, ask for help (and allow yourself to receive it!) and treat your body the temple it is.

LIBRA- The opposite sign of Aries, Libra is all about the other person, their partner (and Libra does usually has some kind of partner in their life). But in order to show up more bravely in their relationships, Libra will see the Great Conjunction as a revelation to prioritize themselves for once.  Dress as if your “major moment” could happen at any time (because it could). Creatively, you’re on fire. Saturn brings the sensible solutions; Jupiter delivers the visionary ideas. You could make a mint selling your wares or getting paid as an influencer. Romantically, The Great Conjunction could herald all kinds of incredible developments, from a meant-to-be meeting of lovers to a bold next step with your long-term love.

SCORPIO- Scorpio will experience very personal transformations under the conjunction—which is a classic move for the forever-molting Scorpion. They may also find old wounds are resurfacing that they need to heal and release. Remember this: Wherever you go, there you are. While it’s true that your environment and the surrounding culture have influence, this year-long Saturn-Jupiter in Aquarius cycle will be about fortifying your inner world. Developing a meditation or breathwork practice (or both) is a time-tested way of coming home to yourself, even when there is chaos swirling all around you.

SAGITTARIUS- As your ruling planet, jovial Jupiter, and Saturn flood your third house of dynamic duos and communication with their combined energy, two is your magic number! But no handshake deals please, Archer. With weighty Saturn and risk-taking Jupiter aligned here, you could turn your tag-team effort into something official. Have an attorney draft a contract and expect to negotiate back and forth a bit before you get it all hammered out. This isn’t just for longevity’s sake, but also for self-protection. The deals you make near December 21 will come with added gravitas, and you need to make sure your rights and intellectual property are covered…yes, even if your other half is a sibling or dear friend. An existing partnership could reach a crossroads.

CAPRICORN- Traditionalist Capricorns have definitely made interesting use of the most unconventional year we’ve seen yet. Keep that burst of innovation flowing! It’s a popular saying among the Law of Attraction crowds that “the roots create the fruits.” If you’ve been a persistent Goat, building your platform on a sturdy structure—without sacrificing your ethics—The Great Conjunction could yield a well-deserved windfall. Jupiter amplifies everything it touches. Saturn is the lord of karma and can bring stability and success to long-term missions. If you’ve taken shortcuts on the path to abundance, this cosmic pairing will expose fault lines, necessitating repair work. Get ahead of that potential pitfall!

AQUARIUS- With the Great Conjunction taking place in your sign, you’ll be launched into new and unknown galaxies. Honestly, you are so ready for it! The power-pairing of big-thinking Jupiter and stabilizing Saturn gives you both the courage and credibility you need to leap. What expansions have you been mulling for the past 1-3 years: starting (or closing down) a business, moving to a new city, going to grad school? These are the kinds of experimental moves you could find yourself making—or at least, beginning to consider—as Jupiter dashes into your sign.

PISCES- Finally, Pisces will feel the tremors of the Great Conjunction and have it awaken their natural mystical side.  With the Great Conjunction spinning through your dreamy, esoteric twelfth house, you’ll be a walking vision board, pulling genius ideas from the ether—or your dreams! Keep that inspiration notebook on your nightstand to capture the downloads. In your divinely guided twelfth house, Jupiter and Saturn elevate a basic-ish plan to something truly magical. One of your “woo” ideas could click into tangible form, attracting backers and resources to turn it into the next big thing. Jupiter rules higher education, and combined with Saturn’s long-range planning skills, could spur you to get certified for one of your Piscean talents. What are you holding on to that no longer serves you? Where in your life is closure or forgiveness needed? Has a relationship, job or habit run its course? You may discover a layer or three to shed, and this spiritual sabbatical supports your journey.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS COSMIC EVENT!

Unfortunately, this will be a one-night affair. The day before and the day after, the planets will be noticeably farther apart and nowhere near as striking. So if the weather cooperates on the 21st, you’ll want to get all you can out of the spectacle. Binoculars will be a nice adjunct, and will easily reveal Jupiter’s four huge satellites spread in a straight line. Saturn will be off in a different direction, perpendicular to those moons.

If you have a small backyard telescope, or can join a friend with one, or can contact your local astronomy club so that you can get a view through a telescope, well, now you’ll be truly amazed. Because the two largest planets in our solar system will be there in the same medium-power telescope field! That’s a stunning sight no one alive has ever seen.