"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Solstice & The Return Of The Light

   The Winter Solstice, and much discussed date of December 21, 2012, is here I am writing this post in a hotel in Austin Texas while my son and daughter still sleep upstairs. The Sun entered Capricorn at 7:12 a.m. CST and I couldn't stay in bed, I had to get up and get to work on finishing this blog post! Today is the shortest day of the year, yet it heralds the turning point for gradually lengthening days... and I will always celebrate the return of the light!!

   Capricorn is the Cardinal Earth sign which expresses as responsibility, work and practicality. With its' concentrated focus on attaining great heights, the mountain goat can achieve success in whatever s/he does. If too rigid or pessimistic however, Capricorns can feel held back, when all they need to remember is to enjoy themselves all the while they are being reliable. A good symbol for this is the Seven Dwarfs, who whistled while they worked!! The Sun remains in Capricorn until January 19, 2013, making this the best month to focus on business and career. Wherever you put your focus this next month, and apply all the elbow grease you can, you will see positive results in the future.

     We are just after the First Quarter Moon yesterday, indicating it is time to reassess the progress we are making  with the goals we set for ourselves at the Sagittarian New Moon on the 13th. The increasing build-up of energy to the Cancer Full Moon on Friday, the 28th, will highlight home and family, when safety and security issues and emotional needs are in the spotlight.  In the meantime, review your efforts and responsibilities for this coming week and make adjustments today so you can enjoy the more placid cosmic weather of the next three days under a Taurus Moon.

   Christmas Eve looks to be calm and bright while the Moon is still in Taurus. The cautious energy of the Bull is more laid-back with Luna gently exerting her influence here. It is wise to conserve one's resources and not go overboard on last minute expenses that will possibly upset the financial apple cart later on  down the road. This is especially true Saturday evening when Venus ( love and money) opposes Jupiter (excess and abundance); don't go to extremes or you could fall overboard!

   Mars, representing energy and direction, moves into Aquarius on Christmas Day, ratcheting up the excitement of connecting with others for original new experiences. It's a great day to try something new, but not to take too big of a risk or make sudden changes as the monthly square of the Sun to Uranus on Christmas night can bring unexpected consequences. Cautious optimism and calculated risks make good companions then.

   Saturn, Capricorn's ruler, harmonizes with Pluto on December 26th for an opportunity to make headway with self-change and transformation. The Gemini Moon that day brings lots of communication and interaction, so make the most of your connections! The Moon is void-of-course from 1:50 am until 3:06 pm on Thursday, the 27th, when it moves into watery Cancer. The VOC theme is continued from Friday at 9:43 am, just after the Full Moon, through early Sunday morning when the Moon finally enters sunny Leo. A note about Friday's planetary energies - try to go with the flow on and not burn any emotional bridges with challenges coming to a head shortly after the Full Moon, when Luna then opposes Pluto. Instead, resolve to look at both sides of a situation for continuing the process of self-change started by Saturn on Wednesday.

   Wishing you and yours a Blessed Holiday with abundant joy, good health and prosperity in the New Year, I remain your faithful guide to the cosmos, with the reminder to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~




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