Sunday’s Winter Solstice is a powerful one and deserves a special mention, not least because this same day also represents the significant turning point of the Capricorn New Moon, taking place just a few hours later. Additionally, the extremely close Uranus-Pluto square and Eris-Jupiter trine are still quite active, as they are for the entire month of December. But first a few words about the Winter Solstice itself, that ancient festival of the returning of the light that is still celebrated in Western culture with its survival into modern times as the Christian and Jewish holiday season.
Just as the New Moon represents the beginning of the monthly lunation cycle, based on the relationship of Sun and Moon, the Winter Solstice represents one important beginning of the yearly cycle of the Earth’s relationship to the Sun, when the daylight reaches its lowest point, and begins to rise again. Another important timing is of course the Sun’s “Aries ingress,” of the Spring Equinox, also considered a yearly starting point when the length of day is equal to the length of night. The Winter Solstice is also known as the “Capricorn ingress” of the Sun, or entrance into the sign of Capricorn, as he completes and initiates another yearly cycle. Astrologers therefore use the chart for the Winter Solstice, the timing of the shortest daylight period of the entire year as the opportunity for taking a symbolic look at the year ahead.
And this is indeed going to be a vitally important year, as indicated by the strong presence of Uranus and Pluto is these December skies. We note that Venus is still within orb of a dramatic conjunction with Pluto, indicating the power of love to move mountains, both within and outside of ourselves. Then too, in the timing of this Winter Solstice configuration, Uranus has, on this same day, stationed to direct motion, only about ¼ degree away from their perfect square. This signifies the greatly increased power of this once again forming alignment that has been so voluminously discussed, its powerful symbolism a mandate for individual and societal transformation, creating forward movement for proceeding with a revolution in values and in tactics that is already underway. Continue reading