Jupiter & Saturn come together in a most auspicious way on the 21st of December! This “Great Conjunction” will spark a turning point at 0° Aquarius on the Solar New Year—the Solstice. What an incredible amount of rebirthing energy converging in the astro heavens that practically ushers in a renaissance! One can see why some astrologers are calling this the “official” entrance into the Age of Aquarius.
We are shifting into the creativity and idealism of Aquarius from the cynicism of Capricorn who can be critical & get lost in pessimism—where Jupiter has been moving through for the past year, and Saturn for the past 2.5 years.
This move into Aquarius reflects the archetypes of the Rebel, Revolutionary, & Visionary; and the Humanitarian, who sees the whole as greater than the sum of its parts. She takes us out of individualism and self-absorption into a world that focuses on the group and the greater good for all. How will you embody this archetypal transition?
This is a most potent and hopeful time of evolution and change that we are stepping into when Jupiter & Saturn meet at 0° Aquarius. Though I feel we’ve been at the precipice, this “Great Mutation in Air” will propel us forward. Much like the Renaissance after the Dark Ages, where there was great social change. Think of The Star in the Tarot, which follows The Tower card!
Mystics & magicians have had visions of the Age of Aquarius since the ‘70s, but the truth is, it's not going to save us. There is a shadow side to everything and the Age of Aquarius' kind of scares me, especially considering how AI tech could evolve!
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, which governs technology. Today's technology positively offers us a way of connecting communities and giving everyone a platform to share their work & creativity, especially now more than ever. However, Shadow Aquarius can be emotionally detached & cut-off. We know by now that “social” media can fake us out with the illusion of connecting through the screen, when the truth for some can be more isolating screen-side. But, it all really comes down to how we choose to use modern technology. We can use it to lift each other up, or it can be used to our detriment.
Jupiter & Saturn rule the economy, politics, and systems of law & order, and we know how dangerous a weapon the Internet can be. The echo chambers and “fake news” are hurting us. We have to be more vigilant about how we share and acquire information.
We got here together; we can get ourselves out of it. The solution will be coming together to regulate technologies that polarize and divide. We will need to consider digital minimalism & digital detoxes as part of our self-care routines & healing practices. We can reimagine how we use technology. It will take personal discipline AND the collective Will—the “Essence” of the Age of Aquarius.
I look forward to this new era. Where the group is more consequential than the ego of the individual. Where we gather in community & find ways to come together for the greater good. If we choose, our humanity can matter more, and the will of the few for short-term gains & agendas can become outmoded, and ludicrous even. This has been the way for many groups and cultures. Many have already been working for years and progressing towards a long-term vision and reimagining a better future for ALL. And with the wakeup call of the past year a critical mass of supporting and uplifting marginalized communities came to the forefront in the USA, which extended to the world. I know there's still much work to do. And things won't change without personal action. Imagine how the Age of Aquarius will steer us if everyone rose to action to help one another!
While 2020 has felt like the biggest setback of our lives, it was a monumental catalyst for our evolution! We have been struggling in a cocoon of transmutation and we’re breaking out of its crushing confines.
Here’s to our resurrection! May this Solstice and Great Mutation in Air usher in collective renewal and illuminated Unity.
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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