- From an astrological perspective, we are transitioning through a massive shift from being earthbound and materialistic into an information age characterized by the pursuit of knowledge and a deeper understanding of ourselves and of the Universe.
“The light that shines above the heavens and above this world, the light that shines in the highest world beyond which there are no others-that is the light that shines in the hearts of men.” — Upanishads
A spiritual awakening, I have learned, is a culmination of our individual life experiences that have allowed us to consciously adopt a mindset of lifelong learning, in the context of a desire to always be a better version of ourselves. The spiritual journey is the life path that we then choose to follow as we strive to synchronize our choices and actions with our individual inner voice and conscience.
In general, we as individuals are not in tune with ourselves and our old way of thinking serves to create tension on every level. Mass consciousness is picking up on this and this discord is reflected on a larger scale by the very disharmonic state of our world right now (ie. massive earthquakes, the global pandemic and a crippled economy). From an astrological perspective, we are transitioning through a massive shift from being earthbound and materialistic into an information age characterized by the pursuit of knowledge and a deeper understanding of ourselves and of the Universe. This can be seen by the rapid emergence of newer technology-when driving I sometimes think to myself, “How did I ever arrive at my destination without the help of satellites and GPS?”
On December 21, 2020, the shift of the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in our solar system out of Capricorn, an earth sign associated with materialism, into Aquarius, an air sign, heralded our entry as a planet and as a species into the Age of Aquarius. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction essentially means a very close physical approximation of the two planets in space.
For this extremely close proximity of these two planets to occur in a different spatial location, the portion of the solar system designated as “Aquarius” as defined by its definitive constellations of stars, is a very rare occurrence. This is the first time this has happened in 26,000 years.
Saturn and Jupiter come together once every 20 years, and for the last 200 years, these two planets, Saturn (being the planet of learning from your mistakes and applying pressure to a situation in the tradition of Vedic or eastern astrology) and Jupiter (the planet of scholarly education) have been coming together in an earth sign, and from that the industrial age with its massive expansion of material assets was borne. Now, with the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction entering an air sign, we can expect a revolutionary shift in thinking that involves an expansion on the mental level and serves to provide us with a new understanding of the one new reality, should we choose to accept it.
For the next 20 years, the energy stemming from the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction will be housed and influenced by Aquarius energy, a humanitarian sign. We have already seen in our society the dramatic push for equality and human rights, a concept that was prominently featured in the recent U.S.elections. Deepak Chopra states, “Spirituality is meant to take us beyond our tribal identity into a domain of awareness that is more universal”. Aquarius energy is about spiritual evolution, community and living in harmony. The age of Aquarius is an opportunity to live in peace and abundance and a world in which all of our needs are met. Some would say that this is the opportunity to create heaven on earth.
This sounds great in theory and would be, if it were to be implemented without the influence of greed, power and ego. Unfortunately, like all things, there is always a negative for every positive – just as without the color black there could be no white. The downside to Aquarius energy is totalitarianism, fascism, communism, socialism, and censorship of free speech (as was just done by the big tech companies of Silicon Valley)- these are all modes of controlling the community by those in power. We must remind ourselves that marginalizing those with dissenting opinions into conformity is never okay. The downsides of this new era come from elitism and arrogance and ego, and we as a society must be mindful that our individual rights as citizens are not compromised for a theoretically “greater good”.
As Deepak Chopra says, “Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.” Right now, we as a society are splitting into two groups. Some people are staying in that fear based way of thinking dominated by the first three (the lower) chakras and creating a world that is very controlled and involves people following orders and putting aside the free will of the individuals that make up society.
On the opposite end, there are some of us who are seeing that by transcending the earthly aspects of the first 3 chakras characterized by fear, survival, greed, desire, and ego, we are able to create our own reality and take responsibility for our thoughts and actions borne of our own conscience and free will and approach life from a place of compassion, unity, and empathy. It is important for us as a society to at least be aware that this is happening, and to be aware that to look down upon someone of a different paradigm of thinking, irregardless of which of the two groups you belong to, is actually serving to keep you in an ego centered and elitist mode of thinking that is disharmonic from the state of abundance that the Age of Aquarius gives us the opportunity to achieve.
I discuss this concept further in my book, 50 Shades Of Pink, a book about the science of chakras and attaining personal self-empowerment through a spiritual awakening. I also discuss the need for an evidence based research approach in investigating the chakra system in the context of medical illness such that it can be integrated into western medicine as an alternative or adjunct to traditional western medicine. The book will be available on Amazon by February 14, 2021.
Dr. Suparna Saha studied molecular and cell biology at Carnegie Mellon University as an undergrad. She is a medical doctor who graduated from USC Keck School of Medicine. She worked as an expert medical witness, physician consultant, personal injury physician, and as a medical director of a medical spa. She obtained board certifications in Integrative Medicine and Permanent Injury and Disability Medicine.