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Winter Solstice lit up by Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

We are about to experience a once-in-a-lifetime planetary alignment of Jupiter and Saturn on the Winter Solstice, the still point which heralds the start of the winter season in the northern hemisphere. It is the longest night, the most yin day of the year, a perfect moment in time for reflection and restorative practices to nourish our minds and bodies in preparation for the return of the light. The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2020 at 10:02 Universal Time, when the Sun reaches its lowest point in the sky for three days, appearing to stand still. The Sun and its ability to provide vitality are also at its weakest position, but this turning point also promises its inevitable return and rejuvenation.


While many of us understand the astronomical and seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice, few understand its special stellar timing for recent generations. Ever since the 1970s, the winter solstice has occurred as the Sun aligns exactly with the Galactic Center in the middle of our Milky Way Galaxy, the source from where all life in our solar system emerges and evolves. Although hidden behind cosmic clouds, the Galactic Center is approximately 6 degrees Sagittarius, and our winter solstice occurs at this degree for approximately 75 years. Thus, we are extremely fortunate to experience this rare alignment, as it occurs only for this brief time, once every 26,000 years.


In the Vedic tradition, ancient seers described a secret sun hidden in the middle of the Galactic Center that communicates with all other Suns in the Galaxy. Modern astronomers now know that there is a massive black hole shrouded in cosmic dust in this area, which is discharging vast amounts of gamma ray radiation, an energy that can mutate DNA and trigger evolutionary change on our planet. This radiation from the galactic center is like a message from source that is more easily transmitted to the earth, via our Sun under this alignment at the Winter Solstice. Thus, from the darkness of a black hole, light messages are delivered into the galaxy and into our solar system. This theme of light emerging from the darkness plays out on many levels.

In addition to this annual galactic alignment, there is an extraordinarily close Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn which promises to create a “Star of Bethlehem” effect, all within hours of the winter solstice, something that hasn’t happened in 800 years. Throughout 2020, the gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, have been traveling across the night sky on the border between their respective signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn; and since November when Jupiter entered Capricorn, where Saturn has dominated since January, they have been getting closer and closer to conjoining.


When Jupiter meets Saturn on Monday at 6 degrees of Capricorn, they will be in what astrologers call a planetary war, or graha yuddha. In this case, Saturn, the lord of karma, power and action, will overcome Jupiter, the lord of dharma, duty, purpose and opportunity. What does it mean when karma overcomes dharma? Dharma is cosmic law and truth, so when it is overcome there may be a sense of confusion, disillusionment, lies, and loss of power. Karma is the fruit of our actions, usually under the umbrella and guidance of dharma. So perhaps, the sum of our collective negative actions have accumulated to a point in time when we must resolve or experience the consequences of karma before we can welcome the truth, opportunities, and goodness promised by dharma. Because the winner of this conflict, Saturn, the planet of delays and struggles, as well as democracy, is in its own sign of Capricorn, it is strong, promising “prosperity through struggle and endurance.” Jupiter, the planet of expansion is not as comfortable in restrictive Capricorn, its sign of debilitation. However, Saturn lifts it up, cancelling the debilitation and forming a powerful raja yoga that combines “power with purpose.” (Juliana Swanson)


We have seen this planetary war theme play out in the tumultuous political and social conflicts nationally and globally throughout 2020. No one can deny that 2020 has been an incredible year of unprecedented struggle and change due to a global pandemic that has triggered Saturnian fear and restrictions to all areas of life; as well as allowing a Jupiterian

expansion of government powers and corporate transfer of wealth. The wealthy have become wealthier, and the poor poorer, raising discussion about the inequitable distribution of wealth. Social justice consciousness has exploded into the national dialogue around racism with millions of protestors joining to reveal its deep systemic roots in the very structure of our society. An intense political divide has polarized the US population creating a contested election that is still not fully resolved. And as our digital world realizes that information is a powerful currency, a struggle to control this data has divided the media into corporate and alternative new sources, each arguing the other as fake news, and social media platforms censoring alternative voices, threatening our fundamental US right to free speech. It’s like there are two separate realities or "movies running on the same screen, and most of us don’t realize it yet."(Scott Adams). And last but not least, the Global Elites of the World Economic Forum have framed this crisis as an opportunity for a Great Reset of our economic systems to “improve the state of the world” and herald in a dawn of a new digital age, or fourth industrial revolution in which science-based technologies will “fundamentally change the way we live, work and relate to one another.”


Thus both individually and collectively we have been challenged and pushed to look at some very deep shadows: a virus with mysterious origins, global warming, poverty, racism, health sovereignty, free speech, national vs global economics, and difficulty discerning the truth? This is the effect of Jupiter meeting Saturn, of karma overcoming dharma. The last time Jupiter and Saturn conjoined in Capricorn was in 1961, the beginning of another period of intense societal change in the US with similar themes of division and cultural unrest. We are at the precipice of another cultural revolution and the gift of this planetary alignment is healing eventually healing after struggle, if we seek and align ourselves with truth and right action.


So what has Saturn been whispering to you? What areas of life do you need to clean up? Are you taking responsibility for your actions? Have you put in the work to establish the new ideas or paths that your karma is pulling you towards? If we’ve done the work, then Jupiter comes along to bless us with truth, health, prosperity, power and happiness. (Andrea Dupuis).


Both of these powerful planets are being bathed in the shakti energy of one of the most restorative and powerful nakshatras, Uttara Ashada which grants “unchallengable victory.” This asterism strides the signs owned by Jupiter and Saturn, and is ruled by the Vishvadevas, the sons of Dharma — goodness, truth, willpower, ritual skill, time, desire, forbearance, ancestors, and abundance. As Dennis Harness writes: "Uttara Ashada brings us to the summit of our power, support and recognition, not so much through personal efforts, but with the appropriate alliances and support of all the gods. Victory depends on a righteous cause that is beneficial to all." The old paradigms are collapsing and we are building a new one with the planets, Sun and Galactic Center providing “power with purpose” if we can unite and work together for just causes. It is a very exciting time, for which many of us have been preparing and waiting.


By tapping into these cosmic forces that intersect on the Winter Solstice through our own personal rituals, sound, movement and meditation, we may uplift our consciousness and experience this opportunity for the rebirth of light from darkness, en-lightenment and "unchallengable victory" with restoration of truth and goodness in our individual and collective lives. I encourage my readers to spend Sunday night in restorative activities like gentle yoga, meditation, listening to healing music or sound baths to help reconnect with source and listen for any messages that may be coming in from deep in the cosmos. Let this beautiful raja yoga of “power and purpose" activate a higher evolution of our world.


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