Winter Solstice 2016

by christina rai


The Winter Solstice is one of the most magical times of the ‘wheel of the year’. This is when the Sun is reborn and the earth begins to turn her frosty (for us Northern Hemispherians) face towards him. From now on, the days will get just a little bit longer and the light a little bit stronger. Yay!

It is always useful to take some moments and reflect on all that has transpired since the last Winter Solstice. These Cardinal Ingresses are much more coherent with a ‘New Year’ than the calendar date of January 1.  However, the Capricorn Ingress is so close to the calendar date that the mundane world uses that we can just elongate our reflective demeanour all the way into January.

So, at 4:44 am on December 21, here in the central time zone, we shake off the last few fiery impulses of Sagittarius and enter into the steady and secure energy of Capricorn. I know, it doesn’t feel all that secure or steady. In fact, with Pluto currently transiting Capricorn, any steadiness is being shaken, as we are all witnessing in the chaotic events of these past few years. Nevertheless, evolution involves a measure of random destruction. Whatever is no longer useful or applicable must be done away with. Not everyone will be on line with that and sometimes, it may not even look like that is what is going on. Trust the process. Though it may be incomprehensible from this point of view, there is a method in the madness. So, just set your egoic fears to one side and try to see the big picture. To come up with a new world order, an old world order must be eradicated. Remember, we are merely at the beginning of the process. Most surgery, at the start, can be a scary.

So, what to do on an individual level at this most magical, most mysterious time of the year? The Sabian Symbol for 1*Capricorn is AN INDIAN CHIEF DEMANDING RECOGNITION. I will restrain myself and not co-relate it to the literal world—smile.  Rather, let’s find that inner personal place of authority and use it in this coming year. What have you learned? What do you know to be true? Have your values changed, grown, shrunk, whatever? These are useful questions to ponder because what we are is the sum total of all that we have experienced. Have your experiences opened your heart and mind or have they shut it down?

The light of the Capricornian Sun is fully focused on the 2nd house of value. We should all examine what means the most to us and then adjust our actions to reflect those values. The Moon sits lightly in the sweet sign of Libra but challenging the Sun to use his authority wisely, Moon square Sun, waning. Where Capricorn rules with an iron fist, Libra likes to put a velvet glove on it. Kindness and love, peace and grace are the keywords of this energy. Let’s all dare ourselves to be that much kinder, that much nicer, that much sweeter than we were before. Yes, we must be strong but we must also be soft.

Two things to consider. Mercury shifted retrograde on Monday and will move all the way back into Sag before he is done. Back up your computers. Walk carefully on ice. Slow down and don’t be in a hurry to rush into anything. A Capricorn retrograde can be much less irritating than a Sag one so enjoy the slow down until January 4 and then be cautious until we get out of the shadow of the retrograde on January 27, 2017.

Also, the nodes are stationary retrograde after turning direct for a couple of days. These nodal stationary periods are wonderful for re-adjusting inwardly. It’s sort of like taking 5 good deep belly breaths and letting all the toxins out. Increase your journalling time, writers! Sketch out a few potential projects, painters! Sort through your art supplies, crafters! Get ready for what is to come.

So, take a moment this Wednesday and set some intentions for yourself. Who do you want to be this coming year? If you can’t come up with a coherent response, then give some thought over the course of the day and when you have a quiet moment, see if you can articulate a plan of action. If you can’t, never mind. The alternative course of action is to just move lightly through the next few weeks and let your feet find their pathway.


Happy solstice to all and to all a good night!

Posted in Meditations.

christina rai is an astrologer working in Winnipeg. She is a member of the Manitoba Astrology Association

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