Astro-Notes on December 21, 2014 – Winter Solstice and Capricorn New Moon

Daily aspects:
– Venus in Capricorn sextile Chiron in Pisces
– Mars in Aquarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn and sextile Uranus Rx in Aries
– Sun in Sagittarius semi-sextile Saturn in Scorpio
– Mercury in Capricorn sesqui Jupiter Rx in Leo
– Pallas in Scorpio sesqui Uranus Rx in Aries
– Uranus stations direct at 12:34 Aries at 5:44 pm EST (turned rx on July 22 at 16:30 Aries – new territory on April 7)
– Sun ingress to Capricorn at 6:03 pm EST – Winter solstice
– Moon ingress to Capricorn at 8:24 pm EST
– New Moon at 0:06 Capricorn at 8:35 pm EST

Unsurprisingly, last minute or last chance adjustments are preceding and leading into this new cycle with its ruler Saturn in the last degree of Scorpio (in addition to Mars in Aquarius’ semi-sextiles to Pluto in Capricorn and Chiron in Pisces together with the last degree Sun’s semi-sextile to Saturn plus Uranus’ station), implying an immense intensification of efforts. The festive holiday season is only a few days away and we’ve been trying to prepare for it, to have everything ready, set up and preferably properly managed or organized, a rather large and complex task, which seemed to have turned into a race against time or a struggle against the odds for most of us. I, per example, got my living room rearranged and decorated only toward the end of this week and didn’t even have the time yet to enjoy it or to get into the spirit of this season. Yesterday night I finally completed a project I’ve been working on for some time and which required from me to put other projects and plans to the side (although my knitting projects seem to be very time-consuming, tedious and cumbersome, they’re actually a labor of love for people close to my heart and thus they are worth the time and the effort) – some of my ideas were not even realizable in the amount of time to my disposal – and this means, of course, that I have LOTS to catch up to and leaves me wondering if I still will be able to manage all of this. But I’m not the only one, finding myself in this predicament. When I asked a few of my co-workers about their situation, I got the ‘same’ answer. Therefore, as we’re approaching this moment of pause and stillness, associated with the winter solstice, it is especially important now to take charge over our circumstances and get things under control so that we can start over or start anew once the ‘worst’ is over and the stress or chaos and hectic are over and we feel more grounded and ready again, intent on setting New Year resolutions and conquering the new challenges that come with this ‘new territory’ and new endeavor we’re taking on, while renewing and reforming our approach together with our politics and strategies in order to make progress.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 0:06 Capricorn states:
“An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe. Keynote: The power and responsibility implied in any claim for leadership – assuming AUTHORITY in a vital group situation.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 229-230)

Capricorn New Moon 2014

Happening in sync with the Winter Solstice, a quarter day and important power point in the wheel of the year, this is a very special gateway and ‘birth into Christ consciousness’. 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) brings a change of energy after we get a chance to stop and take stock and to assimilate all that has been rapidly developing so that we can transition into a state of being that could be termed ‘stasis’. Winter is memory, when we lie low and hibernate, perceive the seeds of future growth to make our resolutions for the New Year, gather intent and celebrate our togetherness and reunion. Although Winter Solstice symbolizes relative lifelessness, it represents the light within, the concealed, surviving spark of the life-force in the midst of darkness, which contains the seed potential for rebirth at spring. The Sun’s yearly passage through Capricorn is also a time when we are consolidating our sense of Self and seek to express ourselves in an organized and responsible manner, while working on achieving our goals and managing our time constructively.

Tarot card of the day is the Queen of Cups”, symbolizing a seeker of inner transformation who possesses a strong perspective and perceptive nature. Suggested is furthermore that we are acknowledging our emotions and feelings. We trust our intuition and listen to our inner voice as well as to the sensations and impressions we’re getting from our environment. In our interactions with others we need to empathize and show true compassion, helping people along their chosen pathway. This is a day when we’ll be following the lead of our heart.



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