The Great Conjunction is happening now and will be at its brightest on the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice. Grab your binoculars, look through a telescope or even just step outside about an hour after sunset and look low in the western sky. Jupiter and Saturn aligned earlier this month, but they will appear almost as one on the evening of the solstice, December 21.
“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to be to one another,” said Patrick Hartigan, astronomer at Rice University.
“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky.” Some have even speculated that the Christmas Star was a great conjunction like the one that we will soon see. The next conjunction that will appear this close will not occur again until 2080, so it is indeed a once in a lifetime experience for most.
We have this beautiful gift of the Solstice “Star” to let go of this awfully long year. The winter solstice holds a special place in the circle of life. Here in the North, we have gone inside, bundled up to stay warm and to share the stories and history to the young ones. Folklore and traditions are the basis for today’s celebrations. This is the time of year when we go inward and reflect upon our journey ahead and where we have been. It is the beginning of the next cycle of seasons.
The journey we travel is epic. For every year we complete the circle of light and we reach the point where the night is the longest, the Winter Solstice. From here we must birth the light into the world again. We replenish our light and shine it out to the world. With this Grand Conjunction I am especially hopeful for a new dawn, a way of seeing with a fresh perspective. We have rewritten the way we connect and celebrate.
For many the celebrations will be solitary or remote. I am incredibly grateful to have my loved ones healthy, to be able to connect with other creatives all over the planet and I look forward to a longer day tomorrow. Celebrate the return of the light. I originally posted this video on my blog a couple of years ago and I wish to share it again. Celebrate the light!
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