On the Winter Solstice, the Earth dips upward marking the beginning of days lengthening in the Northern hemisphere. At the moment our Earth makes this turn, a new season begins, this one marking the Southern Solstice, which is for us up North winter. This moment is powerful in that it is one of four times a year when the personal and the political are so closely connected. A chart can be cast for the solstice moment and we can read it looking for trends over the next three months until the vernal equinox when Spring begins.
In this Winter Solstice chart, like the warm colors of this magenta and orange butterfly, four planets plus the ascendant are in fire signs. Venus, Mercury and the ascendant are in fire sign Sagittarius; Moon and Uranus are in Aries. A strong influence of fire in a chart opens up space for optimism, enthusiasm and charisma.
This chart also suggests a climate of changeability as there is both an influence of mutable signs, Sagittarius and Gemini, and there is a formation called a yod, or the finger of God, (the pink triangle in this diagram). A finger of God can often indicate change which can feel beyond our control. This finger of God aligns with the ascendant in the chart, pointing to Jupiter on the descendant emphasizing interactions between the “I” and the “You” and in Sagittarius, on the road to God.
Like an interaction between a guru and a disciple but where the roles keep flipping, there is a flow of learning and opening up to a Bigger Picture. With Venus at the midpoint of the finger of God’s sextile, this suggests, as we open our hearts in a universal sense, there may be an openness to a change in values, as Venus is the planet ruling love and values. Venus in Sagittarius values spontaneity, freedom and an open mind, our suggested direction.
The sextile of this finger of God is made of two slow-moving movers and shakers, Saturn and Pluto. This is a rock solid window of opportunity, of something like communities coming together, (I say communities because Saturn and Pluto represent more of a collective) building foundations (Pluto in Capricorn), telling stories (Jupiter in Gemini) and creating new myths and new visions leading to bigger and expanding visions much much bigger than ourselves (Sagittarius ascendant conjunct the Great Attractor). If ever one could say without sounding like an evangelist, time to let go and let God.
As Uranus and Pluto are now in their square creating world wide paradigm shift, we are used to the mega scale of change by now. All in all, this chart of the winter solstice suggests letting the divine lead, being open to adventure more than attachment and connecting with joy, wisdom and laughter.
The Winter Solstice, a turning point for all of us on this planet, occurs at 6.12 am, December 21, Eastern Standard Time.
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