Today, December 21st, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will move to only 1 degree of each other (the closest in our lifetime) forming The Great Conjunction in the southwestern skies just after sunset at 4:57 PM PST (in northern California). Today is also the day of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the day the sun prepares its departure from its lowest elevation in the sky. A great metaphor for what we are facing in these times.
Typically, Jupiter and Saturn join closely in the skies every 20 years to launch changes in our social, political, and economic systems and to set the tone for a new phase of our lives and the world.
Think about what was happening in the world and in your lives 20 years ago - in the year 2000. I got married, lost my job, got another degree, and began a new career. In addition, there was the political turmoil of the 2000 US election (sound familiar) and shortly thereafter the toppling of the Twin Towers that spawned major social and geopolitical shifts.
Today’s Great Conjunction, however, is on a mega dose of steroids and super amplified for new beginnings.
JUPITER & SATURN MEET IN THE SIGN OF AQUARIUS
Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and expansion, and Saturn, the planet of karma (the lessons we learn from the choices we make in life) last met in the sign of Aquarius on January 16, in the year1405, (615 years ago!), coinciding with the ending of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. Prior to that they joined on March 4, 1226 in Aquarius!
Most importantly, though, the last time The Great Conjunction of these planets occurred in such close proximity, in the sign of Aquarius, AND on the day of the Winter Solstice was, wait for it ... over 5000 years ago! We are talking 3000 BC!!!! And what was happening in 3000 BC? The Bronze Age began. This was when man moved from making tools with stone to bronze and was considered the birth of civilization (and slavery). There were great improvements in technology that included the birth of papyrus, the calendar and the potters wheel to name a few.
So, needless to say, this Great Conjunction is a once-in-a-life-time event. The birth of a new era, marked poignantly by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT AQUARIUS?
Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer, the mystical healer who bestows water (or life) upon the land, representing a human who has become a vessel of the divine through inner awakening and consciousness. Aquarius represents our journey of truth and awakening.
But this is no "one-size-fits-all" journey.
Aquarius reminds us that we are each unique and have our own programming, paths, filtering systems, attachments and individual expression through which we must navigate our personal truth in this lifetime.
SO WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DREAMING ABOUT LATELY?
I ask this question not for the sake of demanding answers to the unfathomable mysteries that life puts before us, but rather to help us understand what stands in the way of our path and purpose in this lifetime. Are we here to finish unfinished business? ... to answer to the karma of our past lives or ancestry?
For many years I have had a recurring dream that has recently come back with a vengeance. It is a dream (usually quite vivid and brutal) of being trapped and imprisoned. In these dreams, I am helpless, frantically searching for a way out and although there are usually others that are imprisoned alongside me in these dreams, I am the only one trying to mastermind an escape - the only one that is clutching and clawing for a way out, a desperate victim of my constraints - my own constraints, that is.
This recurring dream has allowed me to reflect on my own inner passivity and self sabotage that have often made discovering my purpose and path more burdensome than necessary.
They have helped me to see the difference of seeing life through the lens of fear or fearlessness, which I've failed to understand on countless occasions.
So ask yourself today:
Think deeply about the emotional filters that have shaped your life and reflect on what has dogged or tethered you to your past? Take this moment to lean into the uncomfortable.
TILLING THE UNNECESSARY
Tonight, at sunset, I will release to the winds the answers to such questions in an effort to till the grounds of my soul for new endings and greater beginnings - and it helps to know that the symbolism of Aquarius gives us the opportunity to do this hard work from a place of observance and neutrality - no matter how difficult or confusing the work before us may be.
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Don't forget to look to the messages being given in our every day lives - in our conversations, the music we listen to, the shapes of the clouds, the people we meet, the coincidences that fall upon us. Pay attention, piece these clues together, notice their patterns and LISTEN.
I truly believe that when we pay attention to everything around us, the messages we need present themselves at just the right moments. Nothing is coincidence. Besides my dreams, the patterns I've noticed lately have had such relevance to me and only me because they are the words of my soul - coaching me along.
As an example, recently, my husband and I decided to geek-out and watch all the Star Wars movies in succession. Last night we watched the offshoot episode Rogue One, which focuses on the difficult choices, the faith and the sacrifices we must make for the best chance at a new era.
Last night, there were 2 lines that stood out before me while watching this movie. Mind you, this is a movie I have seen gazillions of times!
The first was when the blind character, Chirrut Imwe, decided to follow the leading female character, Jyn, on a mission and when asked why he was following her, he said:
“.....her path is clear”
The other, again by Chirrut Imwe, was the oh-so-familiar mantra he chanted often when in need of courage and inner guidance:
“I am one with the Force, the Force is with me.”
A reminder that when we work to clear our path, we are no longer burdened by the weight of our past or attachments and, most importantly, that we are not alone (even when it feels that way).
WE ARE HERE FOR A REASON
I choose to believe that we are here in this lifetime for a reason. Our souls chose to be here in this moment. May the messages you need to hear come before you during this Great Conjunction, so you can clear your own path and be one with the Force!
Below is an important (and easy) meditation to find solace and to open your hearts to the challenge being set before us.
Jod Kriya: Meditation for Heart Chakra
This meditation is very relaxing. The autonomic system will relax and your breath will automatically move toward a meditative pace to renew and relax your heart and mind.
To heal the emotional wounds of the heart, we need to bring calm to the nerves that hold the wound.
We know that a break in relationship (to others or to our Self) has almost identical reactions in the nervous system and brain as a physical injury or loss of limb.
This mudra creates balance; it generates a subtle pressure which adjusts the heart meridian along the little finger and outer forearm, activating the "action nerve" junction with the autonomic system to reset itself by keeping the forearms parallel to the ground and involving the armpit reflexes; and finally, it uses the pranic influence of the middle finger and its Saturn and air qualities to quell residual emotional storms.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine and a light Neck Lock.
Mudra: Palms together, lightly touching. The tip of the Saturn (middle) finger is at the level of the Third Eye Point. The forearms are horizontal to the ground, elbows high. Look within.
(No mantra or breath specified.)
Time: Continue for 11, 31, or 62 minutes.
To end: Inhale, exhale, relax the breath, and with clasped hands stretch the arms up for 2 minutes.
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