The Winter Solstice is upon us: the day when the Sun enters Capricorn in the tropical zodiac. We have already talked about Saturn having just entered Capricorn, and Saturn and the Sun align today as well.
The chart for the Winter Solstice is often used to forecast the energies of the coming season (until the Spring Equinox at zero Aries). The conjunction of the Sun to Saturn at the Winter Solstice embeds this energy into the energy of the season, bringing our attention away from relaxation and pleasure to a more disciplined and focused approach. While the primary focus is on that which is real, a harmonious trine between Jupiter (expansion) and Neptune (creativity and inspiration) helps us to continue to grow our dreams while setting and realizing our concrete goals. Mars is tied in there too, in Scorpio where it is quite powerful, helping to fuel and energize our thoughts to action.
We also have the asteroids speaking out quite loudly in this chart, with Ceres (nurturing) aligned with the North Node to help support us on the journey to the future. Vesta, encouraging us to allow our own creativity to emerge from our heart’s fires, is aligned with Jupiter and tied into that lovely trine described above. Pallas, goddess of creative intelligence, aligns with Uranus, representing intuition and multidimensional awareness. Juno, bestower of marriage and keeper of the nuclear family, aligns with the Moon to strengthen the bonds of those we live with and love. And last but not least, the Black Moon Lilith – the primal feminine power – aligns with Pluto, planet of empowerment and transformation, forcing us to face any darkness in order to transform it into light.
This is really an optimum combination of planetary energies! Seeds that you sow through thought and intention at this time of the Solstice will be carried through the next few months, so setting some time aside to plant these seeds now will serve you well.
You may see headlines like this one warning of the most AWFUL day on the Winter Solstice. The awfulness apparently comes from the fact that on the Winter Solstice, the moment when the Sun enters Capricorn, Saturn is also entering Capricorn and the Sun and Saturn align.
Citing astrologer Neil Spencer, the article reveals:
As if December hasn’t been crazy enough, what with the erratic weather and Mercury going into retrogade, it is, according to astrologers, only going to get worse, with December 21 predicted to be the most horrendous day yet of 2017.
And yet if you go to Mr. Spencer’s website, he says nothing of the kind. So fear not – the Winter Solstice will not be a terrible day.