Although it has been here since November already, winter has officially begun yesterday at 12:11 pm EST when the Sun made ingress to Capricorn and marked the Winter Solstice, a quarter day and important power point in the wheel of the year. Not only does the Northern Hemisphere experience the shortest day and the longest night and the Southern Hemisphere the longest day and the shortest night, a turning point in the waxing and waning interplay of light and darkness has been reached, which will become more outwardly (objectively) recognizable around the time of Candlemas. Moreover, the apparent standstill of the Sun (apparent, because it is actually the Earth who revolves around the Sun) is accompanied by Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn that happened at 4:53 pm EST and initiated a period during which we’ll be reviewing personal values, worth and fulfillment in a practical, feasible and realistic manner. Venus will retrace her steps to 13:33 degrees Capricorn, where she will turn around on January 31, 2014. The shadow cast however extends from November 20th until March 4 of next year. Thus, we got an inkling of and a glimpse into the near future we can use to find out how the season might unfold through the themes that came forward and the aspects, which dominate the chart for the Winter Solstice. One of them is Mercury in Sagittarius’ sextile to Juno in Aquarius, which provided me personally yesterday with the opportunity to join my daughter on a long-distance trip to Alliston to visit the larger family over here for our annual Christmas get-together. It was not only a welcome diversion from my usual schedule, it also offered us a chance to address changing relationship dynamics and consider future options.
Note that there is a cardinal T-square forming between Mars in Libra, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn that could divide people in different camps or have them taking sides regarding controversial social issues and our personal reactions to it, especially what our individual rights and freedoms concerns.
Tarot card of the day was the “10 of Pentacles”, suggesting that we sought out permanence and were looking for a solution that will last. Therefore, we were working on the creation of a lasting foundation by moving beyond makeshift arrangements and through a consensus of vision. This card refers to a climax in our foundational life, a culmination, completion or achievement we’ve reached that is the result of our material and tangible efforts and allows us to make a commitment to a sustainable future. We’re now investing in long-term benefits, knowing that we need a consistent approach in order to achieve success that will stand the test of time.
Today, the Moon will make ingress to Virgo at 2:18 pm EST, shifting the mood from festive, enjoyable and self-indulgent to being efficient, conscientious and methodical, while focusing on the details, especially in consideration of the things on our list that still need to be done. Therefore, Juno in Aquarius’s tense semi-square to Pluto in Capricorn urges us to manage our affairs and personal business with foresight and acceptance of our individual differences, in particular because we are more critically inclined as well as judgmental at this time, which might cause some contrariness or overreacting. The advice is to “put your swords down” as the
Tarot card of the day is the “4 of Swords”, signifying a break from normal life and a time when we avoid overexertion. We seek to relax body and soul, because we want to gain a better perspective by standing back from the situation and coming to terms with what is. For the moment, there is a truce, which gives us a chance to stabilize ourselves, recover, center our thoughts, stop worrying, put down our defenses and take a breather from the chaos and stress around us. In a practical sense, this card is an indicator that we need to have some time out from our current circumstances, to reflect and review your progress so far to be able to re-evaluate and re-assess our priorities. It is almost like conducting our own “Post Implementation Review” following a major milestone or a major challenge. Therefore, we have to make some time and space to reflect on what has worked well, what has not worked and what we need to change for the future.