Velvety magic at the winter solstice. Light of the Sun swallowed, we spend a long night of darkness, but there is comfort in the night’s embrace. Even in these modern times, we can turn out the electric lights and gather round the fire, letting the dark cushion our backs.
We are in a womb with walls woven of stories and histories, feelings and ideas, memories and dreams.
We bind together in this Capricorn time, through our traditions — invented and evolving — and this year, the Full Moon on Christmas Day, will bind more tightly ties of blood or emotion. This is a tribal time. You can embrace that knowingly. You can choose your tribe, or intentionally .
The holiday season started early in 2015 — and with deeper joy. The joy of survival, and maybe already a surer, sounder knowledge of who we are both personally and tribally. This sense of identity will become clearer with the trine from Saturn to Uranus in 2016 and 2017.
2015 has been quite a year. Indeed since 2012, we, collectively and individually, have been wrestling with huge energies. The square of Uranus and Pluto — which became exact an astonishing seven times — challenged everyone. This may have been quite personal — illness, career highs or lows, relationship endurance tests — or you may have been caught up in one of the historical tidal waves that has swept the globe in the past few years. And speaking of tidal waves, the overwhelming power of the Neptune-Jupiter opposition in September is still unspooling. Indeed even the first three weeks of this month have been a battlefield.
But now the Solstice, a calm centring, a gathering in of energy. The turn of the year’s wheel from misty autumn to icy winter, from mutable Sagittarius to cardinal Capricorn.
The Sun enters Capricorn tomorrow morning. Sunrise is at 8.04GMT. Here is a handy website which will tell you which streets in your city are aligned with the solstice lines. (Oxford is not on the list, sadly.) You will be able to see the sunrise from them. Here is a nice article about the solstice.
Capricorn is the sign of the shaman, the sign that connects matter with spirit. There is an enormous amount of energy here now — Pluto (power), Pallas and Mercury (intelligence) and the Sun (life itself). This is transformative energy over the next few weeks. Look to where it is in your chart. Use it wisely.