Solstice marks the beginning of the winter season and the beginning of the return of the light in the northern hemisphere.
This is one of the four markers of the natural cycle of the solar year - each new season begins when the sun enters one of the four cardinal signs of the zodiac. Winter begins at winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, when the sun enters Capricorn, spring begins at spring equinox, when day and night are equal length, and the sun enters Aries, summer begins at summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun enters Cancer, and fall begins at fall equinox, when day and night are again equal, and the sun enters Libra.
Cardinal signs begin our seasons and therefore are considered the initiators of the zodiac - cardinal signs start things.
Winter solstice is always a new beginning, as it signals the return of the light. It is also a time when we honor the darkness and the gifts it brings, as it is the longest night of the year. It's a good time for taking stock of the past year and setting new intentions for the coming year, and planting the seeds we want to grow with the increasing light in the coming months.
What do you want to see manifest by summer solstice? What do you want to harvest in the coming year?
What makes this winter solstice even more special is that on the same day, we have the Great Conjunction - Saturn and Jupiter coming together at zero degrees Aquarius. These two come together at some point of the zodiac about every 19 years, but its been much longer since they have come together in Aquarius. On top of beginning a new solar year as we welcome the return of the light with solstice, we are beginning two much larger cycles with the Great Conjunction.
In recent months we have been getting a lot of the "business end" of Saturn because of it's positioning in Capricorn with Pluto and how it was in challenging aspect by the movements of other planets. Now Jupiter and Saturn, who have both been in Capricorn for all of 2020, are moving into Aquarius, together. As Saturn comes together with Jupiter, we have access to its more supportive attributes.
Saturn is about authority, responsibility, foundation, structure, boundaries, and achievement. It is really all about support, its just that that can quickly begin to feel like restriction and even oppression when in challenging aspect. Saturn can represent a wise authority, mentor, or firm ruler.
Jupiter is a benefic - it brings blessings. It also exaggerates and amplifies whatever it touches. Jupiter is the planet of wealth and abundance, and also belief and wisdom.
These two are meeting at the gateway degree of Aquarius, the sign of humanitarianism, out-of-the-box thinking, innovation, and the future. This is a grand new beginning, perfect for setting forward-thinking intentions for the future. Think wise authority but noncomformist, and think big!
Here's something interesting - there are some that believe that the "Star of Bethlehem" was actually the Great Conjunction of 7 B.C.
Now might just be the perfect time to wish upon a star.
(Taken from the Know to Flow Forecast for Consciously Creating Life, vol. 89, week of December 21st, 2020 - subscribe here to get this delivered direct to your inbox every Sunday and plan your week to flow with energies at play every day.)
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