December 15-21,2014 The Winter Solstice arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun shifting to Capricorn marks the longest night of the year on the 21st PST. To be truly in tune with the flow of the first day of winter we need to stand back and take notice. The energy is withdrawn now, the real action is internal.
Astrologers look to the Charts of the Solstice and Equinox to get a feel for the energy of the upcoming season. Winter is a time of retreat. The light is diminished and it seems as though everything stops growing. But those seeds are there beneath the surface gathering the energy to burst forth with the increased light of spring. This process is actually reflected in our lives. Use this time to be receptive to promptings from within as to what to create for your greater good. Sometimes we get stuck in a repetitive loop of meaningless activity which does nothing to bring us closer to our inner desires. Now, as the Sun enters Capricorn, we have an opportunity to get a hold of what is of true and lasting Value to us.
As the Sun travels through Capricorn we can get in touch with our deep, reflective, enterprising selves. All the celebrating and obligation that fill this time of year runs directly counter to our bodies innate wisdom. This day has been celebrated by cultures all over the world, with festivals and ceremonies honoring the darkness and calling the light. In our hurried western world most of us let this Cardinal time pass by unnoticed. We are busy with last minute distractions while we attempt “get it all done” before Christmas.
Because winter is naturally a time of introspection, withdrawing from activity actually strengthens you. This inward time gives you an opportunity to reflect on your life and make choices, anticipate outcomes. Its counter productive to distract yourself with busywork and obligations.
Mercury moves into Capricorn on Tuesday. This is a great energy for getting serious. Take stock, take note, generally contemplate. Capricorn energy loves contemplation. You may find yourself aware of the starker sides of life. Sometimes life isn’t pretty and Saturn ruled Capricorn will point out the darker, harder facts of life. It’s where you roll up your sleeves and dive into the real work of life. Discipline proceeds dominion. If you want to feel a sense of control over your life, if you want to step into your Power, then it is usually necessary to follow a plan and take step-by-step action towards your goals. Worthwhile things take effort- such is the lesson of Capricorn.
Use the next three weeks to get serious with yourself. Be honest and willing to implement changes that may take sacrifice now, but will lead to what you ultimately desire. Perhaps you need to cut out the booze: “Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.” Sir Walter Scott. Maybe it’s smoking. TV? or maybe you like to shop. Now you can harness the willpower to make positive changes. Educate yourself in your own way and in your own time- it will pay big dividends.
With all this Capricorn energy coming into focus a fine balance between work and isolation is needed. Your power to see the larger reality is enhanced with a steady wisdom now. Discipline is the key that will open all the doors to every good thing you can imagine for yourself. Call for it. Your guides are available and waiting to assist you in moving to your next best version of yourself. Happy Solstice, may you be cozy and content in your contemplation. Namaste