On December 21, as the Sun moves into Capricorn & the winter solstice arrives, we experience the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the day of least light.
Despite unseasonably warm weather here in the U.S. northeast, it IS winter.
That means December 21 is the longest night with the least light–the darkest darkness lasting the longest—of the whole year!
Accepting The Dying Of The Light
Many pagan rituals have become incorporated into our more modern religions and thus we celebrate the end of this season’s dying of the light with various different religious holidays, including Hanukkah & Christmas.
As the Sun moves into Capricorn & out of Scorpio, which has taught us the energy & power of the process of transformation–& the knowledge that something must die in order for something new to be born–its entrance into the sign of Capricorn asks us now to translate this knowledge into concrete matter.
Capricorn, ruled by the planet Saturn, is earth energy. It’s not only associated with responsibility, success, achievement, work, & business–but also with our conscious ego, or the part of us influenced by our strongest beliefs.
Often our foundation or recipe for success rests upon these beliefs.
Our conscious beliefs–the ones we often stick to or defend adamantly, especially when we smell doubt or fear creeping up from within–are most often comprised of what we’ve been told, taught, or forced to believe since birth.
As the Sun moves into Capricorn and the winter solstice arrives, it asks us to go deep within to rediscover whether or not our current conscious beliefs are ones that will best help us form the foundation upon which we may build our way to true future success.
And it’s this foundation upon which will rest our capability to transform our thoughts into the kind of tangible concrete matter that brings our soul true gratification and happiness…
“Let Us Love Winter, For It’s The Spring Of Genius.” ~ Pietro Aretino
On this shortest day of the year, we move inward in order to recognize our less conscious higher self & most authentic voice. It is this voice that speaks to us of our truest beliefs.
But we cannot hear this voice if we are not silent…
Capricorn, Oh Capricorn!
Capricorn, ah Capricorn, the sign of Scrooge, the sign most connected with the mantra “another day, another dollar.”
As the solstice hits, we are called to go deep about WHAT we’re doing it all for…where Capricorn energy can go astray is when it hardens into a more rigid judgmental thought process about the who, what, why, where, when, & how of our lives…
The solstice is a time when we go inward–and Saturn loves to go inward! Much of the time, as he transits our natal chart, he’s asking us to stop and pay attention to something important.
Capricorn energy can get a bad rep because it’s deemed to be all about deprivation, loneliness, misery, and other dire circumstances when people & things seem to disappear from our lives…and we mourn…
But by understanding that the depth of our mourning is meant for us to be able to appreciate that–even if we have no others in our lives who can feel compassionate toward us–we have it within ourselves to light this fire from within.
Now he’s saying pay attention to the shortest day of the year and go inward fortified by the light emanating from your own heart & soul. In this way you move forward more joyfully into the new year with the wisdom & flexibility to create a foundation more closely aligned with your soul’s true needs & beliefs.
In this way we may begin the process of transforming our true beliefs into concrete success. Thus, when we begin to see the external light grow once again, it represents the growth of our internal light, the light of our soul…
And this light gives birth not only to the miracle of new life in the spring, but also to our movement closer to allowing a new vision of self to take root…