*Eleditor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!
This Winter Solstice on December 21st also marks the first day of Capricorn in the Zodiac Sky.
In Latin, Solstice means “sun set still.”
This is the time of great darkness, the longest night of the year, and also signifies the spiritual cradle into which the sun is born.
Winter Solstice is the time of endings and also the time of new beginnings.
Pagan Europeans had been celebrating the birth of the sun for centuries before the mirror Christian celebration of Christmas started being celebrated on December 25th.
Solstice is the Silent Night, where all of nature lies dormant and is deemed sacred in its rest before the sun is born of the Goddess, and the God retreats to give way to the light of the Feminine.
We celebrate this time of year with candles and all manner of lights to remind us that we are the keepers of an inner light that springs hopeful in the hearts of men.
The deep darkness of Winter Solstice is the last vestige of our descent into the Underworld to seek our deepest dreams, our most illuminating mysteries, and the hope for sunny days once more.
Sometimes we forget that at Winter Solstice the sun has actually reached its most southernmost point. Far away from the Northern Hemisphere, the sun has been on its retreat since the Summer Solstice when we began our descent into the dark.
Capricorn sheds its influence while we are blanketed with snow and cold temperatures.
Just as in earlier times, when winter survival depended on serious preparations to the pantry and storehouse, Capricorn’s lessons are always serious, well thought out and studious of man’s inner nature.
While Capricorn sometimes gets pushed aside as a dull sign full of dour predictions, I choose to see it as a wise advisor, the keeper of a cool and collected head, and a teacher that has learned through repeated experiences.
We can also learn from Capricorn’s tendency to see things as glass-half-empty and remember that with sunny days come the sprouting of dream seeds and new life adventures.
With the rise of the Goddess/Feminine in the North, take one last deep dip into the waters of your mysterious nature and ask yourself what indeed it is that you hope to manifest in the New Year.
Take one last inhale of what dark can teach. Drink from the secret cup of the Underworld and emerge well laid plans for your future.
Unmask your true nature discovered in the last six months while a lover of the God/Male energy and show yourself to the world.
What do you want? What do you want?
Ask yourself this until the answer lies like a never-before-seen path in front of you.
What have you wanted to do but have not had the courage to begin?
Who have you wanted to love but have not had the courage to go after?
What has been driving your passions but that you have been pushing away for fear of failure?
We all have secrets that we wish we could spill.
We all have desires that seem out of reach.
We all want to be authentic in the face of our detractors.
Don’t be afraid of your mystery and darkness. Those places that we never show within ourselves are our best teachers and are nothing to be ashamed of.
Light and dark are twins who share the same mother. There is no light without dark and Winter Solstice demonstrates the intense relationship we harbor with both.
Just as the sun is at its seemingly furthest position from us, we are only one long, dark night away from the awakening of our inner light; the awakening of what makes us the creators of our own destinies.
This Winter Solstice, Capricorn will teach us many things:
That the glass can always be re-filled to the top, there are no limits to your potential.
That deep thought must be balanced with an equal amount of action to make dreams come true.
That mistakes are not failures but teachers of a better way.
That duty is not to be obeyed at the expense of self-care.
That boundaries are not for keeping others away from you but a way to honor your personal value.
That being naively optimistic does not mean that we abandon good sense and planning.
That pursuing our dreams is a matter of authenticity.
That making a good impression on yourself is as important as a good impression on others or more so.
That wisdom must go hand in hand with learning from youth.
That showing your hand in the game of life makes you vulnerable and that is a good thing.
That love is sometimes a gamble but it cannot be experienced with the head; the heart must be given her unpredictable due.
Capricorn teaches at times by what it struggles to accomplish, but that is also its strength.
Capricorn keeps trying to be optimistic in spite of a tendency to worry.
Capricorn points out that today is all that matters.
This Winter Solstice, expose all that has been brewing in the cauldron of possibilities and claim what is yours.
Let the newly born sun shine upon your journaled hopes and gather the power of the Goddess to your breast.
Greet the feminine energy that has the power to heal all talk of war and depravity.
Let the male energy rest while you learn from Shakti. Dance with her as the days lengthen and the nights shorten.
Go out and greet the morning sun as she births a new day over the horizon.
This Winter Solstice, may the beauty of your darkness shine as bright as the promise of your light.
Author: Monika Carless
Editor: Renée Picard
Image: Wiki Commons