Winter Solstice 2016
The Sun moves into Capricorn at 2:44 AM PST Wednesday morning, marking the Winter Solstice 2016. This is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Winter Solstice celebrations commemorate the return of the light to the world. There are many traditions associated with the Winter Solstice, including the Wild Hunt, Yule, and Wassailing. In ancient Rome they celebrated a festival called the Saturnalia at this time. It included seven days of reversals of social order and general carousing that eventually descended into seven days of debauchery. All of this license seems inimical to the conservative nature of Saturn. This year the Solstice falls on the first exact pass of my second Saturn Return, so it is particularly significant for me. The Solstice is a turning point, a threshold moment when time seems to stop and the earth apparently stands still. Threshold points, liminal moments, are potent for change. This is a good time to review the past year and set intentions for the new. The fact that Mercury turns Retrograde on Monday at 2:55 AM is just another reason to review the past year. You may want to commit your goals to the light by burning them. Any sort of bonfire, or even a candle will do, and helps to commemorate the return of the light to the world.
More on Mercury Retrograde
The planet of mind goes Retrograde in the serious sign of Capricorn this year so use this energy to reassess your life and set goals for the New Year. Here are all the relevant dates:
Retrograde Station: 12/19/16 15.07° Capricorn
Station Direct:21.58° Sagittarius
I am redoing my website for the nonprofit I run this week. I must be mad, but it is a redo, so perhaps I will escape unscathed. Happy Holidays everyone. Wishing you love and peace, and health and happiness!