Today is heralded as the start of a new era in astrology, but how to make the most of it?
You don’t need to be keenly mystical to feel that 2020 was a year filled with bad vibes.
But according to astrologers, that’s about to change. December 21 heralds the start of something called ‘the grand conjunction’; the time when the two largest planets in the solar system - Jupiter and Saturn – align in the air sign of Aquarius, for the first time in 200 years (previously they have been aligned in earth signs). This change begins with what is known as the Age of Aquarius.
Carolyne Faulkner has been an astrologer for over a decade, with a roster of more than 200 clients. She says they – particularly those of high net worth or people running their own businesses – have been eager to find out what changes this time may bring after an already tumultuous year.
“Astrologers have hotly debated when the Age of Aquarius begins and when it ends,” she says. “Some claim it began in 1900, but most agree it starts on the 21st December 2020 with the Grand Conjunction. Until then, Jupiter and Saturn had been aligned in earth signs, which produced an environment that is very grounded, traditional, and rooted in what’s always been,” she continues.
“What’s big about December 21 2020 is that these planets move into an air sign. Air as energy is a completely different concept – it’s about altruism and concepts. Earth energy triggers people to become more grounded, practical, sensible; to have respect for politicians and institutions. Air energy triggers cerebral, less tangible happenings.”
Faulkner says that her clients have been contacting her with an air of anticipation building about this change. “As we leave the Age of Pisces for Aquarius, there is a feeling of being on the precipice of a new era, while simultaneously old issues have resurfaced in need of resolution,” she says.
“Astrologically, both Jupiter and Saturn represent social issues in our lives and relate to authority and leadership. When they come together there is both the intensity of old forms dying as well as the fertility of new growth beginning to take shape. Aquarius energy is revolutionary, high-tech, and about creating things that work through waves, signals, electricity, and beams. This is a good time for advancements in the digital world – media, technology, space travel…”
As the Fifth Dimension’s 1969 song suggests, the Age of Aquarius also heralds a time of utopia and the advancement of humanitarian ideals. It’s something Faulkner says she has been alerting her clients to.
“We will also see a spotlight on more humanitarian issues since Aquarius is the sign of compassion,” she says.
“We saw this start earlier in 2020 with the growth in the Black Lives Matter movement, but this will only grow as we go into this new age. This time will promote a more enlightened society. In order to thrive personally, or financially as a company, it’s about fostering genuine honesty and authenticity in business. The main pitfalls are falling victim to fear and greed. This is a time to relax into key business decisions, and to give time to see how things naturally play out, rather than rushing decisions.”
The night sky over the Cullins from Elgol on the Isle of Skye
Faulkner cautions that this age brings about “an extreme and massive shift in energy, and it can also bring about rebellion, which can go either way… By 2023,” she says, “our world will be unrecognizable, but in a good way.” Visually, it promises to be quite the spectacle, too. Jupiter and Saturn are the most distant of the planets that can be seen easily with the naked eye. They also orbit the slowest - Saturn takes nearly 30 years to do a lap of the sun and Jupiter about 12. While the planets come close every 19.6 years on average, this year they’ll be just 0.1 degrees apart in the sky – the first time since 1623. It’s led NASA to name the spectacle ‘the Christmas star’, and it will appear in the same place in the night sky leading up to and after 21st December. Dust of your binoculars; the next time these planets will be visible this close together will be the year 2080, and it’s not often you can actually see the future, even if that is only astrologically speaking.