The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn on December 21st at 3:24 p.m., Mountain Time. Capricorn is an earthy earth sign and is associated with the taskmaster, Saturn. I’ve named Capricorn the Executive of the Zodiac. If you want a big project done, and on time, ask a Capricorn. Their planet Saturn is Mr. Responsibility and his work ethic transfers to Capricorn very naturally.
The first day of Capricorn always marks the Winter Solstice. So December 21st will officially be the first day of the new season of winter. For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is opposite for our friends who live in the Southern Hemisphere. So we now have three month until spring starts. Ahh, I love this yearly cycle that is always dependable.
Many celebrate this time as the darkness before the light returns. The Sun actually stands still for a few days on the Solstice, almost seeding the dark. Even though this is the greatest time of darkness, it is also the time of the greatest hope with the knowing that the Sun and the light will return. This pause has given humanity the opportunity to delve into the depths of our collective soul. Take some time for you to reflect on this last year.
The ancients recognized the Winter Solstice as the end and beginning of the year. Hope and patience are part of this season. Since this is a collective human experience, we could all imagine this time as the ending of a cycle, with the promise of new – just like the sunrise. If this season is about honoring the light to come, then this Winter Solstice is a special one because the Full Moon occurs the very next day on December 22nd. This would be a good year to be involved with Winter Solstice celebrations or meditation to project a collective spirit of light to the world.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will have a Moon in private Scorpio. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t in the mood for wild parties. This might be a more introspective ending and beginning of a New Year. Even though the year ends with quiet Scorpio, the beginning of 2019 begins with a bang. Mars enters his own sign of Aries, on December 31st. When the year starts with such dynamic, forward-moving energy, it just has to set a theme for the year. Be physical on the first day of the year by taking a hike or starting an exercise plan.
The other dramatic beginning to 2019 will be a Solar Eclipse on January 5th in Capricorn. The corresponding Lunar Eclipse will occur two weeks later on January 20th. An Eclipse season is always a good time to make a change in your life and these Eclipses are strong since so many planets are involved. Make changes now!
The visible planets are moving to the morning sky, so Mars is the only planet easily visible in the evening sky now. Saturn is pretty much lost to the glow of the Sun. But what a treat this is for early risers. If you wake up about ½ hour before sunrise, you will see Venus and Jupiter just peeping over the horizon now. Start the year out right with looking at them. On January 1st – 4th, the Moon will be joining them above the eastern predawn sky. What a great way to start the New Year of 2019!
Enjoy your holidays and see you next month for the Aquarius.