Winter Solstice 2020, The Great Conjunction - The Christmas Star

Skywatchers are in for an end-of-year treat. What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction easily visible in the evening sky over the next two weeks as the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn come together, culminating on the night of Dec. 21.

The planets regularly appear to pass each other in the solar system, with the positions of Jupiter and Saturn being aligned in the sky about once every 20 years.

What makes this year’s spectacle so rare, then? It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020, allowing nearly everyone around the world to witness this “great conjunction.”

Their proximity means we'll be "more psychically sensitive and feel the movement of these planets more," astrologer Lisa Stardust says. She also says it'll make us want to take action in changing our lives — just in time for 2021

"When these two planets come together, outdated social forms and ways die in order to give birth to new ones," Montúfar explains. The Great Conjunction has shaped historical trends and eras, and usually marks a time of immense change, she says. Consider this: The last time a Great Conjunction occurred was May 28, 2000, at the start of the new millennium.
Another reason this year is so notable is that each time the two planets meet for the next 150 to 200 years, it will happen in an Air sign (Aquarius, Gemini, or Libra) — and besides one Great Conjunction in Libra in 1981, it's the first time that's happened since the 1400s. During the last 200 years or so, Saturn and Jupiter had been coming together every 20 years in Earth signs, which could explain our society's obsession with material things, conquering land, and money. Montúfar says that collectively, we'll be moving away from the materialistic and industrialized towards a more humanistic, technological, and inclusive focus.
Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at, says that some astrologers consider this cycle the "foundation upon which the world is built." She tells Refinery29 that, "It's been said this cycle is considered the ground base of human development which marks the interaction between the perception of ideas, potentialities, and the manifestation of ideas in the concrete material world." In other words, we're about to enter into an age of technological and ideological advances — so buckle up.

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