May 28 of this year, the two “heavyweights” of our planetary system—Jupiter
and Saturn—will meet in the sky, forming what astrologers call a “conjunction”
(two planets more or less in the same degree of the same sign). Already,
if you look toward the western horizon shortly after dusk, you should
be able to make out these two planets together in the sky, accompanied
for the moment by Mars. Jupiter and Saturn are the largest planets in
the solar system, and are also the farthest planets visible to the naked
eye. Ancient astrologers accorded them special importance. One theory
even holds that it was the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 7 BC that
was the “star of
Bethlehem” from which the
three wise men—who were without question astrologers—predicted
the coming of the messiah.
astrologers would most probably not be expecting anything quite so dramatic
as the Second Coming this April, but the conjunction is nevertheless a
significant astrological event. After all, these two distant, massive
planets only meet in the sky every twenty years or so. But to understand
what to expect, first we need to acquaint ourselves with each of the partners
in this cosmic tango.
Jupiter, the “Good Guy”
old astrological terminology, Jupiter was known as the “Great Benefic.”
The word “benefic” literally translates as “doing good,” and Jupiter was
generally regarded as bringing good fortune. People with a strongly-placed
Jupiter in their birth charts were regarded as likely to be lucky and
astrologers relate Jupiter to the urge to expand our horizons, both physically
and spiritually. People with a strong Jupiter tend to be expansive thinkers
with a philosophical bent. They seek the big picture without worrying
too much about the details. They are often restless types, who think the
grass is greener on the other side of the hill. They thrive on inspiration,
but often neglect the perspiration necessary to implement their grand
Saturn, the “Bad Guy”
many ways Saturn represents the very opposite of everything Jupiter stands
for. Historically, Saturn was the “Great Malefic.” Yes, you guessed it,
it means “doing bad,” and astrologers were terrified of Saturn’s influence,
considering it an evil omen portending all kinds of doom and misery. Even
today, in a less superstitious age, astrologers tend to groan inwardly
when they see they are in for a dose of Saturn. Saturn does tend to bring
a sense of restriction, frustration and melancholy that no one looks forward
the other hand, Saturn plays a very necessary role. While his influence
is restricting, it is also grounding. Saturn urges that we take a realistic
and responsible look at things. Some think of Saturn’s counsel as pessimistic,
but without Saturn’s caution, careful preparation and hard-nosed pragmatism,
all of Jupiter’s schemes would be so much hot air.
what happens when the “good guy” and the “bad guy” of the zodiac meet?
Who wins? The answer depends on your personal relationship with each of
these two very different energies. If you’ve been balancing your inner
Saturnian and Jupiterian energies well, this could well be a harvest time
for you, as Saturn makes concrete and brings to fruition the dreams you’ve
on the other hand, either Saturn or Jupiter has been having the upper
hand in your life for too long, this may be a difficult time, as the conjunction
of these two opposed forces strives to bring about a balance in your life.
If you’ve been emphasizing responsibility, hard work and material ambition
to the exclusion of other concerns, you may find yourself suddenly experiencing
a longing for a greater reality, rather like Kevin Spacey’s character
in American Beauty. You may experience an urgent desire to “break out”
and change your life.
the other hand, if you’ve been the carefree, footloose and fancy-free
type up till now, Jupiter’s conjunction with Saturn may confront you with
uncomfortable realities. Things you’ve been ignoring and hoping would
go away may suddenly make an unwelcome reappearance on the scene. That’s
Saturn knocking at your door, perhaps reminding you that you can’t evade
commitment and responsibility forever.
fact that the conjunction will be taking place in Taurus, a sign traditionally
associated with economic matters, suggests that an important turning point
for the economy may be in the offing. Recently, we have seen a runaway
boom in the price of technology
and internet stocks. If Jupiter is the “bull” in the market,
and Saturn is the “bear,” then the conjunction of these two planets may
well represent a turning point for the markets, with Saturn deflating
Jupiter’s speculative excesses. Already, as the two planets approach one
another, we can see the signs that this process may have begun.
Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is a good time to think about the way you have
balanced out the opposing needs for material versus spiritual wealth,
freedom versus responsibility, change and expansion versus stability and
security. And if you haven’t struck the right balance yet, don’t worry:
just as Saturn and Jupiter are always in motion, finding the path that’s
right is an ever-evolving challenge.
Lynn Bell's article All
Those Planets in Taurus! for more on this major pattern.
three wise men: The three wise men, or magi, in the bible were
Chaldeans, or Babylonians. It was in ancient Chaldea that western astrology
has its origins. Whether or not the star of Bethlehem was the Jupiter-Saturn
conjunction, there is little doubt that it was an astrological sign of
some kind that these three men had read as an omen of Christ’s birth.
and internet stocks: Astrologers
consider the planet Uranus and the sign of Aquarius to be related to the
area of computers and technology. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will
be forming a “square” aspect or 90 degree angle—traditionally a difficult
or “bad” aspect—to Uranus in its home sign Aquarius. This is another indicator
that April may be a bad time for the Internet sector.