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Why This Year's "Great Conjunction" Is So Special In Astrology

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November 20, 2020

On December 17, Saturn heads back into Aquarius, followed by boundless Jupiter two days later, on the 19th. The two planets will copilot through the Water Bearer's zone on and off until December 29, 2021, combining their paradoxical powers.

Circle December 21, 2020—also the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. For the first time since May 31, 2000, Jupiter and Saturn will meet up at an exact degree in the sky, at 29 degrees Aquarius. Astrologers call this event The Great Conjunction, an alliance that happens only once every 20 years! The last one was on May 28, 2000, right as the new millennium was unfolding.

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What to know about this history-making meetup.

Since 1802, Great Conjunctions have all been in earth signs (with the exception of a trio in Libra in 1981), putting their push-pull focus on material world concerns: land ownership, wealth accumulation, and the commodifying of the planet's natural resources.

As oceans fill with plastic and carbon emissions heat the air and melt the ice caps, we are getting clear signs that our planet can no longer sustain the systematic expansion that has occurred under the last 200 years of earth-sign Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions.

Now, the trend is shifting. For the next 150 years, all Great Conjunctions will occur in air signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. While we may never cease the human compulsion to create, expand, and build, this new wave of energy could blow open the doors of invention. (Fun fact: The New Wave movement in fashion and art began near the 1981 Great Conjunction in Libra, the first to hit an air sign since the 1400s!)

Although they're as different as night and day, Jupiter and Saturn make quite the dynamic duo. Jupiter is the abundant growth agent, blessing us with the Midas touch and a gambler's instinct. Saturn is the cautious auditor, calculating risk, and making sure we invest wisely. Their meetup on December 21 for the Great Conjunction will get us thinking: What should we hang on to, and where can we let go, in order to catapult ourselves into a new league?

Philosophical Jupiter opens our minds, and Saturn creates a structure for our thoughts to become tangible actions. And carried on the wings of liberated Aquarius, the winds of revolution are taking flight.

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Ophira and Tali Edut, known as the AstroTwins, are professional astrologers based out of New York and Seattle. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, and Good Morning America. They have been dubbed “astrologers to the stars” after reading for notable celebrities, including Beyoncé, Emma Roberts and Stevie Wonder. The AstroTwins have collaborated with Nordstrom, Kate Spade and Urban Outfitters, among other major brands. They have authored four print books: AstroStyle, Love Zodiac, Shoestrology, and Momstrology, and have a growing collection of ebooks, including their popular annual horoscope guides.

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