by Robert Wilkinson
The Winter Solstice occurs December 21 at 10:08 pm PST, which is 1:08 am EST and 6:23 am GMT December 22. Thus for everyone east of MST, the Solstice occurs on December 22. This is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and from now on the Solar force will get longer and stronger, a welcome relief for those of us who need lots of sunshine to keep our dispositions equally sunny.
This Solstice has Virgo rising from Santa Monica (PST) east through Austin Texas (CST). EST has Libra rising, London, Amsterdam, and Estonia have Sagittarius rising, Istanbul has Capricorn rising, Bagdad has Aquarius rising, New Delhi has Pisces rising, W. Australia has Aries rising, and Melbourne has Taurus rising.It is said that a chart done for the Winter Solstice gives us a picture of the next year, or at the very least a snapshot of what is to come the next 13 weeks. With Sun exactly conjunct Jupiter at 1 Capricorn, I'm sure there will be major power plays and new leadership come to the fore globally, especially with the quintile to Uranus. Though Mercury is separating its quintile to Uranus, expect inspired thinking and acting along lines that should show very quick expansion however this affects your chart.
Saturn, ruler of the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter, is in a very strong trine to all of these, showing sound growth and development along practical lines to consolidate the threshold state Saturn indicates at the degree of its retrograde station. The Sabian Symbol indicates this is a degree of "original genius" of our Soul's expression "unconcerned with collective values." However the Capricorn planets express themselves in our specific areas indicated by what houses they fall in, expect forms of self expression to come out that are original specialized expressions of what you've done before but unrelated to any tradition.
It's a Splay Jones pattern, so expect diverse activities that have little to do with each other and expressions that may at times be "at odds" with other needs. Of course, the primary influence is Mars in opposition to the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter from Cancer on its way to the opposition with Pluto in Gemini on the way in early January. This will challenge us to get a grip on our assertiveness, take a new look at old rationalizations that don't serve the need for Soul expression, and breathe into the Uranian quintile-tredecile to the multiple oppositions.
So despite the polarizations and oppositions to come, there will be unique gifts, realizations, and interactive blessings to be captured if we can find a new inspiration and figure out how to manifest it in a form that serves some collective need or emptiness. I have no doubt there will be more than one radical "karmic confrontation" coming these next 90 days, with those who are immature or inexperienced having a lot to learn from those who are wiser from their experience.
With Mars retrograde, there may be a continuance of the feeling of the pace being slower than asphalt, and remember that a lot that has been and is being done will probably go through reversals or revisions at some point in the not so distant future. Also expect some things to crash in a big way in March 2008 due to the planetary positions.
The Moon is Gibbous in a triseptile with Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, showing a fork in the road for all relative to who they interact with and why. This triggers the Grand Irrationality in an ongoing way for the next 13 weeks, along with generalized questing and searching for an illumination or revelation. Expect dramatic results whenever the Moon occupies any of the 7 "hot zones" of the Grand Irrationality.
Because the Lunar Sabian Symbol speaks of efficiency and reform, and the square to Saturn shows the release pattern, learn how to make basic decisions that help you integrate your responsibilities with your sensitivity and don't yield to discouraging impressions. Develop your insights, and adjust your sense of proportion or perspective so you can quicken your pace by dropping everything superfluous while gaining a mellow wisdom that can help you to help others.
On a final note, the Winter Solstice ushers in a season dedicated to "seeds in latency," those that will sprout in March when the light force is stronger, the ground is warmer, and Spring is on the way (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). The Solstices and Equinoxes are special points in the year cycle, marking the end of one season and the beginning of the next one. They are great for getting clear about our resolve, and what we want to see made manifest in times to come.
Whether you're in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, there is a special ritual I do each year that yields some fairly spectacular results. I wrote about it last Winter Solstice, so if you're interested in checking out a simple but powerful thought form exercise that can show up in some interesting ways, please re-visit It's the Winter Solstice!
To close, in this time of transition from the old year into the Winter of the new, take a moment to note what has left your life the past year. This created space for things to come more appropriate to your evolution and well being. Then take another moment to welcome in something better than you've known up to now, putting it up and out into the "Spiritual atmosphere" so that Divine Mother can bring it forth for you in the coming months. And if you feel like doing a Solstice ritual, whether this one or another, open to your greatest good and highest possibility of happiness, and you just may find a measure of that in the coming year.
Mahalo, Aloha, Namaskarams, Aum Namah Shivaya, and Happy New Year!
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson