This week all eyes should be directed to the night sky. You might want to personally view this event which only occurs every twenty years. That’s the period of time that it takes for the two planets, Saturn and Jupiter, to circle the Sun and reach the same visual location of the sky. From our planet’s point of view, these two huge bodies seem to be temporarily aligning or conjoining. The beautiful thing about this planetary line-up is that we have been able to watch it’s approach for the last couple of months. After the exact conjunction on the December 21 we will have the opportunity to observe the planets disengage and resume their normal orbits.
This time around “The Great Conjunction” is considered especially powerful. It occurs precisely on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and a date observed by a number of world faiths. People celebrate that from this date and on for six months the length of the daylight increases until the Summer Solstice. Those who live closely to the seasons of the Earth pay close attention to these matters. Many astrologers believe that these conjunctions mark the beginning of a new twenty year period. And, man, could we use something new right now!
Historically the most famous of all the “Great Conjunctions” occurred around 7 BC. In fact, many people consider this celestial event as the Star of Bethlehem. This alignment of Jupiter and Saturn showed up in the sign of Pisces, and (through apparent retrograde motion) occurred three times over. This “sign in the sky” caught the attention of the The Three Magi and set them to travel afar. Its appearance caused the shepherds to stir and the angels to sing.
There is another factor makes the 2020 conjunction important. It is the closest conjunction of these two gas giants that has occurred since 1226. In astrology the “exactness” of an celestial event increases it’s intensity. The long term effect of this pairing is unknown but since these two planets are considered more social than personal, we probably won’t be affected individually as much as we will be drawn more deeply into collective events like the pandemic, the economic challenge or climate change. It’s not that we can’t gain personally from this starry event, but that in looking out for each other, we gain ever so much more. Get the picture?
If you’d like explore the various perspectives (astronomical, astrological and religious) regarding the Christmas Star here’s a list of online resources:
The Christmas Star
ABC7 NEWS – Christmas Star 2020
ASK – The Real Star of Bethlehem
ASTRONOMY – Jupiter and Saturn forms rare “Christmas Star”
BBC NEWS – Star of Bethlehem: The Explanations
BELIEFNET – An Astrologer Looks at the Star of Bethlehem
BRITANNICA – Star of Bethlehem
CHRISTIANASWERS – What was the Star of Bethlehem
CROSSEWALK – 3 Reasons the Christmas Star brings Hope
EARTHSKY – Was the Christmas Star Real?
FARMER’S ALMANAC – What Was The Star Of Bethlehem?
FILOSOFIAESOTERICA – The Meaning of the Christmas Star
FORBES – The Astronomy Behind the Star of Bethlehem
GOT QUESTIONS – What was the star of Bethlehem?
HUFFPOST – Rare ‘Christmas Star’ To Light Up Night Sky
ISRAEL TODAY – Star of Bethlehem
JESSICA ADAMS – The Star Of Bethlehem In Astrology
LEARN RELIGIONS – What Was the Christmas Star …
NASA – The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
NPR – The Astronomy Behind the Star of Bethlehem
OPENBIBLE – What Does the Bible Say About Star Of Bethlehem?
REGINA MAGAZINE – The Ancient Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem
REASONS TO BELEIVE – The Christmas Star
THE SKEPTICAL PROBE – The Star of Bethlehem
SKY SCRAPERS – The Mystery of the Christmas Star
SMITHSONIAN – What Exactly Was the Christmas Star?
TNYT – New Theory on the Christmas Star
UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES – Was the Star … a UFO?
USA TODAY – Q&A: Is the Star of Bethlehem Real?
WAPO – Physicist Aaron Adair is skeptical about the star …
WHYCHRISTMAS – Star of Bethlehem
WIKIPEDIA – Star of Bethlehem