Astro-Notes on December 21, 2015 – Winter Solstice

Daily aspects:
– Vesta in Aries quincunx Juno in Scorpio
– Mercury in Capricorn sextile Chiron in Pisces
– Mars in Libra opposite Eris Rx in Aries and semi-sextile Jupiter in Virgo
– Jupiter in Virgo quincunx Eris Rx in Aries
– Neptune in Pisces semi-square Eris Rx in Aries
– Sun ingress to Capricorn at 11:47 pm EST – winter solstice

The Sun’s ingress to Capricorn will happen very late tonight, when this day is almost over (this could mean that winter will be late this year – at least here in the Eastern Time Zone). In the wheel of the year we reached a quarter point that not only marks the beginning of a new season, but also the Winter Solstice, which refers to the Sun’s apparent standstill (apparent, because it is actually the Earth who revolves around the Sun) after he traveled to his farthest southward point in the Tropic of Capricorn, where he will turn around, hover for a while and then slowly begin his journey back toward the Equator (as seen from our point of view). Therefore, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we experience the shortest day and the longest night. However, from now on, the daylight will be growing again, which is the reason why this turning point symbolizes the ‘birth into Christ consciousness’. Moreover, it brings a change in energy that gives us a chance to stop and take stock 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 implies 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’re structuring our life and very existence through planning, organizing and goal-setting.

Winter Solstice 2015

With the Sun and Moon in earth signs in the chart for this event, which has relevance for the next season and even

the year ahead, our focus will be on practical and material matters, which concern our emotional and security needs. In this regard we have to ask ourselves if the ideals we are following are ‘right’ for us or are they just projections as the result of an unresolved and unrecognized inner conflict? Are we selling ourselves short? Are we sacrificing to the ‘wrong gods’? Are we suffering for the wrong reasons? Are our sacrifices and inner struggles even necessary? And lastly, are we blissfully ignorant, evasive or oblivious or too de-sensitized and ’empty’ or lost in our misery that we can’t be mindful and grateful or even sympathetic? We’re undergoing an existence-related crisis that requires awareness and selflessness from us, but not martyrdom. We have to find a healthy balance in this regard that allows for cooperation without compromising too much. Mercury is engaged in a sextile to Chiron and moving into a conjunction with Pallas in Capricorn. This represents an opportunity for us to work out some of our long-standing problems through goal-oriented thinking and planning and then devising realistic and feasible strategies to accomplish what we set out to do in gradual steps. It is moreover necessary that we make room for adjustments in our exchanges with others and seek to reconcile our intentions with the proposals made and the options and possibilities available to us.

Tarot card of the day is The Fool”, referring to unlimited potential, new beginnings as well as a sense of innocence and naivety. Anything can happen as we start on this journey. We could be taken into unchartered territory and thus need to be aware of the risks and dangers we could encounter, but also need to be ready to take on the opportunities presented to us. This card encourages us to have faith and calls upon us to trust, believe in our spirit and to follow our heart.

I won’t be able to post a Full Moon blog post, because this event will happen on Christmas Day when I have my daughter over for a visit. My apologies and Merry Christmas to you all.

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