The Great Conjunction

Today, December 21, is the day of the Great Conjunction: Jupiter aligns with Saturn. The conjunction of the two planets happens once every 20 years but this time it's special. The last time they came so close together was in 1623. And not only that, but the conjunction also coincides with winter solstice (in the northern hemisphere), the longest night of the year. NASA says it will be possible to see the stars if you go to a Southwestern spot and look at the sky after sunset.

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Over here at Solitaire Times, we like to pretend that these celestial phenomena have magickal meaning (we even did a solstice countdown last year). Now we decided to examine what Jupiter and Saturn represent, and apply their energies to our gaming life.

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In astrology, Jupiter is the planet of growth, initiative, leadership and wealth. Saturn, on the other hand, is the planet of restrictions, limitations, discipline, stasis and depression. Now that these two opposites unite, it's the best moment to make plans and achieve goals. Jupiter will help the plans come to fruition and Saturn will make sure you don't go overboard.

To take advantage of the occasion, JW (virgo) and I (aquarius) take a look at our collections, reflect on our buying habits, and set goals for the new age.

Wishlist coming true

JW: On the top on my wishlist right now are Hallertau and Aurelian, Restorer of the World. I may eventually buy Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance. And I'm pretty sure I'll splash out on one of Worthington Publishing's deluxe reprints of old VPG games.

Athena: I've been thinking about branching out to a few eurogames this year. Specifically Hallertau, Faiyum and Expedition to Newdale. I don't want to expand my collection too much, I already have enough games. It is only my curiosity and the drive to try new things that motivates my purchases. I'm also looking at Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps but I'll try to look away.

Gaming goals

JW: The last four years I took part in lots of game challenges on BGG. Like play 17 games 17 times in 2017, pla