Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius: The next 20 — and 200 — years

Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

Bottom line:

  • Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions take place every 20 years
  • Their conjunctions mark shifts in tone and, often, the occurrence of large events
  • Every 200 years, these conjunctions shift from one traditional element to another
  • This conjunction marks a shift from Earth (practical, physical) to Air (theoretical, intellectual) signs
  • Aquarius good: inventions, new ideas for the collective
  • Aquarius meh: can ignore the individual for the good of the group, can hold onto ideas for their own sake

The Deep Dive:

With all the hoopla about the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, it’s important to consider what their meeting in Aquarius means for this new 20-year cycle. Astrologers have been watching these Jupiter-Saturn movements for millennia, and have noted significant tonal shifts and events that occur when the conjunction moves from one sign to the next. Give or take a year or so. (It’ll be 10 years before Jupiter and Saturn face each other at 180º across the zodiac; then 10 years more until they meet up again in another Air sign — Libra — on Halloween of 2040.)

Western astrology, based on ancient systems devised in the Mediterranean basin, uses the four Hellenistic elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water, assigning three of the twelve zodiac signs to each. Jupiter and Saturn conjunctions have been cycling through Earth signs for about 200 years, and have now moved into Air signs. The move from one elemental cycle to another is called a Great Mutation. What does this one portend?

The element Air, in Western astrology, symbolizes theory, thought, ideas, and intellect; analysis, experimentation, and communication. Air tends to be less practical (Earth), less emotional (Water), and less volatile (Fire); it can feel cold and technical, but it can take us in wondrous new directions. The last Air cycle, which took place in, roughly, the 13th-14th centuries, marked the Italian Renaissance and the rise of universities in Europe. The tone of Air won’t exist in a vacuum, of course; this is just an overview of the next two centuries. (Purists will note that these transitions may be gradual; we already had a series of Jupiter-Saturn meetups in Libra in 1980-81, a foretaste of the approaching Air cycle that saw the dawn of the personal computer era.)

And what about Aquarius? As noted in a previous blog entry, Aquarius, for all its forward-looking nature, and its pouring-forth of life-giving water, sometimes indicates a tendency to ignore the individual for the sake of the common good. Sometimes, that’s important; but it can be taken too far. Saturn rules Aquarius, and will reside in the sign for the next two years. The larger view of this placement is that good theoretical work can be done; gains for humanity can definitely be made, especially when Jupiter moves into one of its home signs, Pisces, this coming May. Until then, as we support the sweeping societal changes that are necessary to move us forward, we should take care not to leave individuals behind.

As one of the fixed signs, the nature of Aquarius is to devise, plan, invent, analyze, and draw conclusions — and then stick to those conclusions, come hell or high water. And this can be good, but sticking to a plan for the sake of sticking to it can delay or destroy the progress it seeks. It’d be well to stay alert for signs of this tendency, no matter what the issue or debate. It doesn’t help to win the argument but lose the case.