Tomorrow is the winter solstice. It is also known as the hibernal solstice, or the shortest day of the year. The day when the earth is tilted on its axis the furthest away from the sun and the sun is at its lowest on the horizon.
What makes the 2020 winter solstice so special is this is the first time since the 17h century there has been an alignment of Jupiter and Saturn in such a way that it creates a bright light or “Christmas star” in the heavens, that is easy to observe without a telescope. Look southward just after sunset and see the Great Conjunction that many observed in the evening sky back in 1623.
Many astrologers believe this is the beginning of the age of Aquarius, something many of us know from lyrics of the song featured in the musical “Hair”. We can sing along to the lyrics, but we don’t really know what it means to be in the “age of Aquarius”. Is it really a thing?
Apparently in astrology, the ages last approximately 2160 years, or the approximate time it takes for the vernal equinox to travel through a constellation. We are currently in the age of Pisces which has been an age of transformation through the dismantling of old hierarchies and belief systems. We only have to look at how Trump shook up government, the Black Lives Matter growth and inclusion, and the #MeToo movement which proceeded that to understand the transformative reckoning that has occurred in the age of Pisces. But what next?
It is purported that the age of Aquarius is a new dawning of idealism, individuality, higher consciousness, and technological advances. Also, a harbinger of rebellion, nervous disorders, and nonconformity. You’ve got to have a little yin with the yang, right?
I know I have felt this year to be a shift from “business as usual” to an expansion of and increase in the use of technology for communication, a more contemplative time ripe with internal explorations and “aha” moments as well as at times just befuddlement at the actions of our “leaders”. It has been exhausting keeping up with all the changes to our daily routines, our holiday preparations, and communications with each other. It has also been deeply satisfying as we reached more profound levels of understanding through self-awareness and contemplation. 2020 has been both stultifying in its day-to-day sameness and exhilarating in its promise of future potential opportunities to understand ourselves and others more fully.
On a personal level this could be the moment you are waiting for. Have you considered this upcoming year one in which you make significant life changes, that support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing? Have you been wriggling out of your cocoon these past twelve months? Are you ready to take a risk? Bet on you?
Stay with me over the next several weeks to find out more. Welcome to the dawning of the “age of Aquarius” and enjoy the show tomorrow night.