Calendar pages flip and the end of a year rolls around again. What's in store for this final chapter?
Jupiter and Saturn last aligned on May 21, 2000. Jupiter and Saturn are slowly creeping into alignment again because of the relative speeds of their orbits. The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will occur on December 21, 2020. At that time, these planets will line up quite close to the sun, as seen from the Earth. They will be low in the sunset sky.
According to Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion, planets move faster in their orbits if they are closer to the sun. Conversely, the further a planet is away from the sun, the slower it moves. Jupiter is quite far from the sun at five astronomical units, and a “year” on Jupiter is as long as 12 Earth years. So Jupiter is seen passing through the zodiac at the leisurely rate of one constellation to the east per year. This is why Jupiter was passing through Libra last year and is now in Scorpius in 2019.
This December, our planetary pair will be hanging low in the evening sky, soon to disappear into the sunset. On the evening of December 16, 2020, the waxing crescent moon will align with these planets in the twilight sky on the threshold of winter. Jupiter meets Saturn for the first time in 20 years on December 21, 2020.
This time they are meeting in Aquarius the Water-bearer. In itself, this is also important because it marks out both a 200-year cycle AND an 800-year cycle. The planets will be meeting the air zodiac constellation signs for the first time in 200 years.
From 1980 to 2020 there was been a crossover phase of the elements from Earth to Air element, which is a change in the basic infrastructure: civilisations’ power is now increasingly sourced from Air, using wind turbines.
Bottom line: Watch for Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky. They are well placed for viewing in the evening now as seen from the entire Earth. Jupiter is brighter than any star. In the coming months, these two bright planets will draw closer. Their conjunction will come in December of 2020, when they’ll appear low in the west after sunset.
December 2020 Horoscopes
23 Aug - 22 Sep
20 Apr - 20 May
Lured into focusing on health and body, but this is not the time. Keep looking for thinsperation, but with the festive season on its way there’s not much sense putting overtime in at the gym. Kick back, relax and do some at home exercise. Worry about that beach body next month. Just make sure you don’t over do the binge eating. Try gentle cardio such as a face paced walk or swimming to take the strain off. Not everything is about looks. Health is important, but so is a rested mind. Small steps to make big changes. Keep leaving the house and do not cut yourself off from the world, or it will take a few weeks before you muster bravery to return.
You want people to take you in a more serious way. To get respect, you must first give it. To put it bluntly, you’ve been neglecting the important things in life recently. Avoiding problems won’t make them go away. Whether it’s a job opportunity, a relationship, try looking at the scenario from an alternative point of view. Put yourself in their shoes and think about all the different ways their admiration can be earned. Always remember that life is a two way street; you get out what put in. Don’t overwork yourself until a burn out because that will only set you back in the long run. Focus on the essential tasks first and work on the small issues later.
22 Nov - 21 Dec
23 Oct - 21 Nov
Communication has been a struggle lately. You can’t seem to find a good reason to get out of the house and nobody can come around. Be the opposite of defeatist. Take charge of your interpersonal life. Register for software like Skype, Zoom or Whatsapp that can video call people for free using wifi. Set up a virtual pub quiz or a game night to encourage engagement from your friends and family. The winner (or loser, if you prefer) can create the next night!
Family has come to hold a greater value than every. You can’t seem to figure out why… was it the increased time at home? New found sense of worth? Pure longevity? Whatever the reason, use this moment to analyse your input to the lives of your relatives. With the Christmas season on the way, remember to spread joy to all your loved ones so they know you’re thinking of them, even if you can’t be with them. A simple card can make all the difference.
21 Mar - 19 Apr
23 Jul - 22 Aug
You will start to notice how important it is to work towards your long term hopes and wishes. To ensure that your long term life objectives are established and recognised to curb wasting false hopes on the wrong things. Spend time identifying your goals so you can thoroughly comb through the route of your journey in achieving them. It might be a course you’re studying, a job you want or a dream you’re chasing… you can’t catch anything by sitting still.
It’s time to stop daydreaming and start acting on the seriousness of your relationships. If you’ve been avoiding intimacy then now is the chance to open up, strengthen bonds and make new ones. On the other hand, if there are toxic people in your life outstaying their welcoming it’s also the perfect moment to cut ties that no longer serve you. Joking around is okay, but everyone needs to know where they stand. If there are questions asked of you, answer.
19 Feb - 20 Mar
21 Jun - 22 Jul
You, the individual, are becoming one with the collective even if it doesn’t feel like it. Try engaging on online forums, virtual community groups or host video meets. There are plenty of projects to get stuck into despite the current atmosphere. Utilise your talents and hobbies for greater good. Start a knitting meet, instrument jam, book group, baking blog, whatever you want to share with the world. Power resides in numbers. It could just settle the discomfort in your heart.
Money and investment is where the needs lie. Don’t strain the wallet by over committing but start thinking about where your hard earned benefits can reap even larger rewards. If you have been considering getting your foot on the bottom rung of the property ladder, become a first time home owner. Already on the ladder? Climb higher. With spending all this added time in our houses, it should be somewhere we can truly call home. Don’t settle for second best. If you can’t move, redecorate and shake things up.
21 May - 20 Jun
23 Sep - 22 Oct
All air signs will be significantly influenced by Jupiter and Saturn’s alignments. The Gemini won’t escape. You’re coming into your own and standing at a fork in the road. Will you become a teacher, a knowledge base, or a philosopher, a person of debate and curiosity? There’s plenty of time to find yourself. Try testing all options available before setting your sights on one tunnelled vision. You might get tempted to choose more than one vocation, but don’t put your fingers in too many pies or you’ll end up fat.
Creativity and expression are gateways to the soul. You yearn for a sense of freedom. Pick up the vice of your choice; be it paintbrush, instruments, pens, scalpel, glue gun or spade. You can become creative at almost anything. Harness your inner innovation to craft something entirely new from old inspiration. You desire to take a gamble. Follow this urge with your artistic flare. You could try flogging your creations, a start up business and become the next top entrepreneur. Believe in yourself and everything else follows.
20 Jan - 18 Feb
22 Dec - 19 Jan
The Aquarius as we know it; the reformer, the freedom fighter and the humanitarian. None of those traits are changing but a new Aquarius consciousness will sink in this month. It will be about universal awareness and the integrating of idealism, concepts that strongly reflect your inner desires. It could be time to plan your next campaign for world change. Pick a passion; the environment, developing countries, animal welfare, whatever you most feel drawn to. Share your thoughts with the world by fundraising for your cause.
Money is on your mind. Who can blame you? With the economy and employment statistics, it’s triggering some worries. Improving self-esteem and worth will only aid your search for financial security. Confidence must shine through that stressed exterior to display a sense of calamity. There’s nothing wrong with sweating a little under the heat. We all feel stressed time to time. Stop. Pause. Breathe. Try to look like a swan on the surface… graceful, elegant, but feet paddling like hell underneath the water.
Coming soon... Annual horoscopes for 2021
In time for Christmas, Appleby Ink will be writing detailed yearly horoscopes for every star sign, each with their own dedicated page unravelling the next solar year.