December 21st 2020 at 2:02 AM PST marks the first moment of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the longest night and the shortest day of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the first moment of Summer. For centuries cultures in the North have celebrated this moment, as the “old Sun” dies, and the “new Sun” is born. It is a time of hope, as the days continue to get longer, we see the opportunities that Spring will bring.
But this is the Dreamtime of winter. When we change course from being outdoors to going inside to create. Capricorn is an Earth Sign, and is the Builder of the Zodiac. What are you dreaming into creation? Capricorn’s ruler is Saturn which governs duty, limitation, and self discipline; all things practical and responsible. It teaches us through frustrated effort to take the necessary steps to achieve our goals.
Capricorn is the first month of winter, making its energy Cardinal, leading and authoritative. It’s glyph is the goat, carefully plodding up the rocky mountain of life, surefooted and cautious.
The Sun is at 0 degrees Capricorn 0 minutes, and conjoined it is Mercury the messenger at 0 degrees Capricorn. Together, the Sun and Mercury deliver us into a new way of thinking, built upon a new secure foundation. Mercury in Capricorn is no nonsense thinking and planning, and takes into account everything necessary to build anew.
On this Winter Solstice we have an event that hasn’t happened for 400 years; their last closest conjunction was in 1623, and the closest observable since 1226! Saturn and Jupiter are together at 0 degrees Aquarius. These two planets have been traveling together with Pluto over 2020 in Capricorn; breaking down systems of government, finance, all the institutions we depend on in our culture. Now we are moving forward, and these two planets signal big changes at the move into Aquarius. Aquarius is about freedom, humanitarian goals, rebellion and revolution. The tired outworn systems of the past have crumbled, and a new reality is being built.
But with this introduction of the new Aquarian energies, we are still in the Sunsign of Capricorn for the next month. And Pluto will continue through the sign of Capricorn until November of 2024. So the inner work continues as we dream our next reality. Over the next few weeks it is finally time to KNOW who you are, what are your values, and how do you wish to proceed into our new world. It will be tested, time and again, but now is the time to formulate who you wish to be. Think outside the box.
Rather than go backwards into a life you’ve been forced to leave behind, look to the future with new ambitions. Do an inventory of all of your assets, talents, beliefs and fears and see what dialogue you have with your higher self. One by one you can eliminate that which no longer serves you, and free yourself from the past. We are living side by side as a new world is being birthed. Who would you like to be in that new world? Take yourself seriously and go for the gusto!
Sometimes we just don’t know what we really have available to us until we step out on a limb and take a chance. Don’t be afraid to fail; try each attempt fully and find out from your actions whether or not that was the right direction for you. We are being led by our higher selves more than ever now if only we listen. Remember the old adage, “Knock and the door will be opened to you”? How can doors open unless we knock?
So with this flood of energies assisting us along the way, keep your eyes on the prize.
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