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Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius

Jupiter in Aquarius

December 19, 2020 – December 30, 2021


Saturn in Aquarius

March 21, 2020 – July 1, 2020  

December 17, 2020 – March 7, 2023

Aquarius is a future-oriented air sign.  Objective, dispassionate, and optimistic, it is associated with group interaction and teamwork, and humanitarian initiatives that can make our world a better place. Because of its “genius, out of the box” way of thinking, it is also associated with technological innovation.  Two powerful outer planets traveling through this sign together can offer the opportunity to make powerful, positive breakthroughs both individually and collectively.


Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is enthusiastic and optimistic by nature, and expands everything it touches. After spending a year or so in earthy, deliberate, controlled Capricorn, it is “happier” in airy Aquarius, a sign that can act to bring sudden, unexpected change and opportunity.  Both planet and sign value freedom and individuality. Like Aquarius, Jupiter is tolerant and non-judgmental.  It is the planet associated with justice, human rights and the law, and during its residence the sign of the water-bearer we can hope for dramatic, long-overdue progress in that arena.  Jupiter is a “big picture” planet.  Combined with Aquarius’ eye on the future, a new vision for that future can evolve.  And Jupiter’s expansive effect enhances the Aquarian potential for advances in science and technology.   This combination of planet and sign can be indicative of good luck and the potential to make quantum leaps in positive directions. 


Jupiter’s biggest vulnerability is excess:  cockeyed optimism that, ungrounded in reality, can lead to risky behavior and subsequent challenges; unrealistic expectations and commitments that can result in unrealized goals, disappointment, and wasted effort; blind generosity, exuberance, and taste for “living large” that can deplete energies and resources.  With attention, Aquarian intellect and the stable, fixed nature of its energy can counterbalance these vulnerabilities. 


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Before the planet Uranus was discovered, Saturn was the ruler of the sign of Aquarius in classic astrology, so it is comfortable – and powerful – in this sign.  Both planet and sign share qualities of being focused and determined, and resolute in defense of beliefs and goals.  Although the style and motivation differ, both are archetypally reserved and keep a safe distance from close, personal interaction in most instances, a quality that promotes objectivity and a non-judgmental approach to life’s issues. In combination, Saturn’s goal-oriented ambition combined with Aquarian intellect can result in amazing achievements.   


The perseverance and determination of Saturn in Aquarius can modulate Jupiter’s propensity for excess while Jupiter in Aquarius can expand the vision of what can be accomplished, something that can be compromised by Saturn’s limiting over-commitment to common sense, practicality, and control.  Saturn gives us the ability to accomplish the most challenging of ambitions.  Jupiter reminds us that we can achieve more than we ever thought we could.  Aquarius says we can do it differently – use new perspectives and approaches to get the work done.   Travelling together, this team can accomplish miracles – or at least get them in motion – and launch an era of positive change and progress….and hope for the future.


What follows is a copy of the email that explains the significance of the meet-up between these two planets in Aquarius on December 21, 2020:



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Astrologer Tracy Marks writes that “the conjunction of outer planets occurs when an old world is dying and a new world is coming into being.”   Along with impacting our individual charts and lives, they signal major societal and global changes of direction.  2020 kicked off with the epic meet-up (conjunction) of Saturn and Pluto in the sign of Capricorn for the first time since the 1500s.  Now, as this tumultuous, chaotic, unsettling year draws to a close, Jupiter and Saturn will enter the sign of Aquarius within days of each other (Saturn on December 17, Jupiter on the 19th), and will arrive together at 0°29” of that sign on December 21, the Winter Solstice.  This event marks the once in 20 year ending/beginning of the Jupiter/Saturn cycle, the time it takes for them to arrive at the same degree of a common sign.  In and of itself, this is a noteworthy event.  But that’s not all.  For the past 200 years, this conjunction has been happening in earth signs.  Now, the elements change and the rendez-vous will occur in air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) for the next couple of centuries.  In astrology, the longer a cycle lasts, the more important it is in terms of its evolutionary significance, so a 200-year cycle ending and beginning is certainly worth taking a deeper look at.


The shift from practical, deliberate, security-minded, materially-oriented earth influences to lighter, mental, communicative air signs provides the opportunity to approach goals and challenges from a new perspective. And the fact that the 200-year cycle kicks off in future-oriented Aquarius, the sign associated with “thinking outside the box” and having new, innovative ideas that come on literally “out of the blue” only strengthens the likelihood that we can find new solutions to our problems with, literally, “a breath of fresh air.”  


Bracketed by the ending and beginning of cycles that take more than a century to complete, 2020 is a turning-point year that will go down in astrological as well as human history.  To see where this event can make the most impact on you, look to the house where approximately 1° of Aquarius is located in your natal birth chart. It’s where you can bring new perspective and ideas to the themes and issues associated with that part of the chart. 

Click here for a listing of houses and areas of life experience that they represent, along with examples of the kinds of questions that might help you make the most of this opportunity. 


Blessings on your way,


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