On Sunday 22nd December at 4.20am GMT the Winter Solstice presages the Sun’s move into Capricorn. The 10th sign of the zodiac, Capricorn’s element is Earth and its Mode is Cardinal. The sign is ruled by Saturn, which gives it a conservative, traditional and serious reputation. Capricorn people can be reserved early in life, but a dry wit is rarely far from the surface later on.
You will see from the Natal Chart of this event, that the Sun is just 4 degrees from the expansive Jupiter. In a Natal Chart most western astrologers would consider this a very positive and bountiful aspect for an individual to have. True, Jupiter is in Fall in Capricorn, but I feel there is going to be a sense of consolidation, and some earthy issues firming up more helpfully.
However, if we look closer into this nativity, the Midpoint between the Sun and the Moon is 4 degrees Sagittarius, and this forges an exact Semi-Sextile to Jupiter and this is definitely very auspicious. Sagittarius is of course ruled by Jupiter, so the Winter Solstice can give us a sense of renewal, growth and positivism (Sagittarius) but earthly appreciation (Jupiter in Capricorn).
Venus and Uranus are exactly in Square today, suggesting some surprises, revelations and sudden attractions on the relating front, or a need for a little space, even in the most dedicated and close of unions. Then again, this could also see one partner rebel against the other person’s set expectations, as both are located in the Fixed Modes of Aquarius and Taurus which can be inflexible and resistant to change. So, where possible we need to go with the flow when it comes to our interactions with others.
Happy Winter Solstice!
Winter Solstice Factoids…
- The word solstice is derived from Latin, meaning ‘sun stands still’.
- Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England is a popular spot during Winter and Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
- The Winter Solstice is also referred to as Midwinter, the Longest Night, and Yule.
- Following the Winter Solstice the days begin to become longer while the nights begin to shorten.