“Today we celebrate light and honor the wisdom of the shadows. In connecting with the natural world in a way that honors the sacred immanence in all things, we establish a resonance with the seasons.” -Dacha Avelin
The sun made its ingress into Capricorn on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 7:28:08 pm PST. Hope everyone’s Yule celebrations on the actual day of the solstice were peaceful and warm. In the northern hemisphere we celebrate that the days will increase light up to the summer solstice. The sun begins that return to the light about three days from the actual solstice, which just happens to be, yes December 24-25, and this is another view for Christ mass, or Christmas. Happy Birthday month to all Capricorn friends! I actually think it is good to keep in mind that the letter X is chi in the Greek Khrīstos (which also means Christ), fascinating even more so with the knowledge that Robert Grant has brought forward for us about the chi X is paintings done with hidden meanings by Leonardo Davinci. Side note: If you consider the importance of Taurus (throat = voice) in our collective consciousness (with the importance of the pyramids at Giza) and you will grasp how significant Robert’s polymath genius insights are in breaking open many hidden treasures of conscioiusness that have been in our view and yet not visible for millenia. By the way, his birthday is May 17, 1969, he’s a Sun Taurus at 28 degrees, and I really enjoyed him sharing with astrologer Debra Silverman about his chart. From my lens, I see his insights (Taurus Sun/Gemini Moon) as keys that unlock mysteries that coupled with his voracious learning will be a gift he shares with the world (Venus in the 7th house). Neptune in Scorpio opposite his Sun dissolves the barriers around mysteries on earth (Taurus). I looked up the distance today between the Pyramids of Giza and the Gaza Strip. It is only 224.9 miles, about 2.5 hour drive, not really that far. I know this sounds incredible far reaching but I cannot help but wonder about the way we consciously use our voice right now, it is so incredibly important. Our collective silence is deadly and we can speak up to what needs to change for human rights, for LIFE (Taurus). In the United States, we can call and act now and often. Here’s one way to share your voice.
The winter solstice chart is meaningful to explore themes of the coming season, until we reach the spring equinox in March. This moment is highlighted by an out-of-bounds Mars in Sagittarius, which unfortunately can be an overly aggressive Mars especially in places symbolized by Sagittarius, such as higher places of learning and perhaps teachers and philosophers or international travel scenarios are highlighted. I think we all will have the opportunity to see how lies and hidden truths are affecting people in foreign lands will be highlighted even more this season. Mars is in a tight square aspect with Neptune. The palpable fog that hides truth. Will courageous messengers (Mercury) help us really see the truth of the matter? The Messengers are pulled into the underworld, as Mercury is retrograde. Mercury as psychopomp. The trickster energy is active. As Mercury emerges from its underworld journey there will be new insights and illumination. Prayers have surprising ways they may manifest (Mercury in Sagittarius in this retrograde). What prayers may you offer your friends and family? What prayers may you offer to the world? What lies have been told for people to act in violent ways? What courage has been initiated to act in response? What beliefs are being activated and where did the beliefs come from too? Mars themes will be and are being accentuated. Mars can also be accentuated by individuals inspired to do something uniquely brave. What communities in the world have brave individuals taking courageous action? Consider the stories happening now, this highlights this Mars. Mars is in a trine with the north node in Aries (instincts, primal nature, pioneering, warrior). If violence is the way this Mars manifests there will be open doors, open gates and easier access to manifest. Mars in its higher manifestation is bravery and courage. The south node in Libra is sextile to Mars. There is action that is stimulated by whatever is happening, but the laws or social justice initiatives are running to catch up with what is happening.
Mercury at the winter solstice (northern hemisphere) is at 1 degree 32 minutes Capricorn. It will enter Sagittarius again tomorrow (December 23), and moves to 22 Sagittarius 11’ by January 1, 2024 when it will station direct. This coming New Year’s Day will have energy highlighted around a Mercury that is more aligned with prayers and meditation, beliefs, but not necessarily able to view or see the logic on matters. When Mercury returns to Capricorn on January 4th, Mercury aligns the chronological order of matters with logic.
The Moon at zero degrees 21 minutes in Taurus is applying to a conjunction with Jupiter at 5 degrees 43 minutes, and retrograde. Jupiter is slowing down from our perspective observation on earth, as it will station direct December 30, 2023 at (9:40 pm EST/6:40pm PST). Jupiter blesses the moment with some stability, there is a pause that offers us a moment of stillness, though it is merely a moment. Venus in Scorpio is separating from Uranus in Taurus which is an underlying shock wave for any planets in Venus signs (Taurus and Libra). There really isn’t a peace that is stable until all souls have the opportunity to live peacefully. This includes the lives of women in the United States and around the world, who care and nurture us that are under attack for basic human rights. There are modern warriors taking up these matters to bring justice (Mars in Aries courage) with the United Nations to fight for human rights.
The world is in transformation, it has been for some time, especially the years of Pluto transiting Capricorn (2008-2024), with astrology you can pull the threads and see the pieces more clearly. Pluto is in its final sweep through Capricorn in 2023-2024. Pluto will re-enter Aquarius January 20th just after the Sun enters Aquarius. A powerful re-entering of Pluto to Aquarius with the Sun amplifying the re-entry. Aquarian themes and power will be extraordinarily visible. Artificial intelligence is making gigantic leaps in the past nine months, as we come to this next period of time with Pluto in Aquarius (January 20th – September 1st) Pluto goes retrograde May 2, 2024, at 2 degrees 6 minutes. Pluto will have its final slog through Capricorn September 1st – November 19th, 2024. Our rights for privacy related to technology will be a bigger theme with Pluto in Aquarius. How we collectively operate with powers of our executive offices, and the courts of our lands is a significant theme for the last transformation we are consciously maneuvering. Reviewing history is really a good use of our time right now. In the United States, how our nation was birthed, how France birthed its modern government, and many other nation states around the world are re-examining their origins of thought, because all nations have an ideology and collection of ideas (Gemini) that become laws (Sagittarius) that make it so. Religious and secular beliefs that shape these ideas are important. Our human rights and how we actively pursue those rights will be significant themes. Neptune is taking us all deeper in the waters of consciousness if we distill our fears to look at ourselves. Neptune is at 24 degrees 57 minutes Pisces. We are the ones that are vehicles for the darkness that we fear. Collectively we have a modern recent history of us all “going to hell” during World War II. What did your grandparents learn, or your great grandparents, and how was that past down to your parents and then down to you? What fears? What courage? What attitudes? Pluto will be in Aquarius for 20 years, from March 23 – June 11, 2023; January 20 – September 1, 2024; and November 19, 2024 through March 8, 2043. I will be a wise old lady when Pluto enters Pisces 2043. During these next 20 years, we will see Saturn transit through the rest of Pisces, through Aries to Scorpio. If we are not willing to sit with our darkness for a sliver of a moment in stillness and offer our light, then what will?
Uranus in Taurus is breaking old stubborn mantles. Earthly terrain and Taurean labyrinths within us. Uranus at this winter solstice chart is 19 degrees 38 retrograde, opposing Venus rather sharply at a degree of separation. The feminine in us all gets rattled with breakthroughs, some we may only appreciate in hindsight a few months or perhaps a year into the future. Venus is applying to Neptune where the obsessive or possessive qualities of Venus in Scorpio may flow in exaggeration. A lot of water (consciousness) rises to flood us with awareness. Ever have dreams where water is present and rising? That is symbolic of our consciousness rising awareness and our emotions are a clue to what we have been feeling and need to look at more closely. It may be an awareness dream connected to our feelings we have suppressed and may be a yield sign for us to take time to integrate something in our experience. Uranus will station direct on January 27, 2024 at 2:35 AM EST or 11:35 pm PST, January 26th, 2024. It will be interesting to observe what “breaks open” more substantially at that time. I wonder about artificial intelligence with Pluto’s return to Aquarius. What breakthroughs have emerged for you personally while Uranus has been in this retrograde cycle from August 28, 2023 to January 27, 2024, from 23 Taurus to 19 Taurus. Uranus will leave the degrees of this retrograde on May 13th, 2024. Something to reflect on with Uranus in Taurus is the events around July 3 – 5 of 2023. This is when Uranus first hit the degrees of 21 Taurus 49’. Consider the Sabian symbol is A white dove over troubled waters. When Jupiter meets with Uranus in Taurus at this degree my sense is that it brings the light of the dove after months of turmoil. The moon at the moment of that conjunction is at the 29th degree of Virgo where messages or communications will have scrutinized detail and when the moon then emerges into Libra there is an opportunity for peaceful resolution. Mars would be separating from Saturn in Pisces at the sextile then too. April 2024 will be an extraordinary period of time.
Saturn in Pisces at this winter solstice at 2 degrees 25 minutes is demanding our attention for personal transcendence. How do we preserve ourselves through this time with personal limitations? Our time in reflection about where we are is important and in that solitude we may emerge with the proper aligned insights and actions based on our alignment with greater being, our connection with everything and how we may act responsible toward a greater vision of living. If we always move to escapism, we are not part of the solution. Consider when and what you may take action for the greater good. That may be that you work in solitude in meditation, in prayers, or with children reading, or feeding those who have been struggling. It can take many forms. You have choices. Take care of your own well-being and then take care of something that shares your light with the world. Large or small, loving action is powerful. Our time is precious in life, use it wisely. Take a moment to appreciate LIFE and observe a positive action in how far the rippling effect of our love goes. Sharing many blessings to all at this moment. Namaste. Bless this moment.