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The Winter Solstice 2021

On December 21st at 7:59 AM PST the Sun arrives at 0 degrees Capricorn 0 minutes, heralding the first moment of Winter! Get your snow boots on and get ready to build that snowman! After all, Capricorn is all about building in the material world, and this is one way to get in the spirit;)

This is the shortest day, longest night of the year for us in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the beginning of the Winter Season and brings us all indoors to create. Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth Sign and begins the first month of Winter with a bang! The Earth energy inspires practical physical ambitions, and lends us a serious, disciplined drive to accomplish our goals. Under this influence, we wish to contribute something to society and can persevere through hardships in order to attain our objectives. This detached power helps us to have clarity about our destination.

As we cast the chart for this moment in time, there are other planetary influences at work here. This is a Solar Event; the changing of the guard whenever one “Sun” dies and another “Sun” is born. Moving from Sagittarius to Capricorn we leave Autumn behind and enter Winter. The Sun at 0 degrees Capricorn is sextile Jupiter at 28 degrees Aquarius. This is a blessed aspect, bringing inner harmony, confidence and big dreams to us all. It is like a doorway with Jupiter, which is the ruler of Sagittarius, expanding our awareness to include dreams worth dreaming.

The Moon on this day is in the sign of Cancer at 27 degrees. Venus at 20 degrees Capricorn and Pluto at 25 degrees Capricorn oppose the Moon. Yikes! This can bring conflicting emotional desires and needs. The good news is you can come to the conclusion of just what do you really want in a love relationship? A parent or a lover? With the Venus/Pluto conjunction at work, we are driven to discover our own true values and release ourselves from the limitations of the past. This conjunction delivers a serious and cautious feeling in relationships, where we desire deep, genuine and lasting love.

There is also a tense square between Saturn at 10 degrees Aquarius and Uranus at 11 degrees Taurus. Saturn, Capricorn's ruling planet, is the strict disciplinarian, the law maker, the builder of structures. Uranus, Aquarius’s ruling planet, wants freedom, no rules, no structure. So there’s a struggle to balance these principles. How to create a new structure, built upon freedom.....We all are experiencing these influences, from ourselves to all of humanity. It is time to recreate, built upon a new principle: LOVE.

That seems to be the answer to everything. The more we admit to ourselves who and what we are in this world, we begin to see our own light and follow it to the end of our rainbow. From this process we find we love ourselves and we are up for changing for the better; we can all always improve. No matter how many times we find ourselves at square one again, we can see how to step up our game. We can enhance our lives by letting our ego take a back seat and objectively look at the new ways we can move forward. For life is a spiral, and we will find ourselves at similar points on that spiral time and again; but we needn’t fret. Learn from the past.

So, as we move into the new calendar year of 2022, let us do it “clean.” Take the time to sort through WHATEVER needs looking at, from deep within, to the outer world. Set your “New Years Resolutions” high this year, and as they say, if you set it, you get it!

Happy Solstice!

Judy Crescenzo

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