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Solstice (and Mercury stations Direct)

Posted by Lauren on December 21, 2017 at 9:40 PM

December 22nd ~ 29th

“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them (two starving children beneath his robe). “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!”

In Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol”, the protagonist, Scrooge, cannot see beyond the wall of his own self-imposed misery. Filled with the fear of his own vulnerability and losing what he sacrificed so much for, he makes excuses for his lack of good will and generosity. In his eyes, if others are poor, struggling or ill, it is their own fault. And in the spirit of a corporate tycoon, he takes affront to the idea of his secretary getting time off, or paying him a decent wage. However, due to the kindness of some visiting Spirits, Scrooge is finally able to see the consequences of all of his actions, past, present and future; and understands that he can change that future, through the choices he is making now.

“There are some upon this earth of yours,” returned the Spirit, “who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.”

This is a story of Capricorn and the Capricorn lord, Saturn. Saturn has domain over old, hard, rigid and cold things. Much like Scrooge at the beginning of our story. But when Scrooge realizes that his reality is the consequence of his own choices, he also realizes that the circumstances of his life could also be changed and transformed. And so Scrooge comes to see that he can mitigate the consequences of his past actions through the choices he makes today. Saturn and Capricorn are also about taking responsibility for our own actions, and looking forward to the future, understanding the relationship between cause and effect.

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me.”

In the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year is the Winter Solstice, on December 21st. This is when the Sun seems to stand still, at the southern-most point of its journey. After this the Sun will its path northwards again, bringing the return of the Light. This year, Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn, is here as well! And on the day of the Solstice Saturn was cazimi (within 17’ of the Sun), a very powerful placement for any planet, even more so a strongly placed planet in its own sign! Hooray for rightness, for rules of law, for stability and practicality. After the past few years, we could use a bit of all that. Not to be undone, Venus is tailing just behind the Sun (and soon to catch up), entering Capricorn on the 24th/25th.

In the darkness before the dawn, we are confronted with our own soul journey searching for that ephemeral light of enlightenment. Whether we seek this through ritual, religion, companionship, prayer, parties, holiday lights and candles, love, actual journeys, embracing the wonders of nature, or through serious study and revelation… it brings also a hope for renewal, for rebirth, for wisdom and light. We all have our own paths, our own ways, our own journeys, but it is all for the same end: enlightenment. And if we were to hitch a ride on this wave of renewal, purpose and commitment; it can bring us where we need to go.

This is the basis from which New Year’s resolutions undoubtedly evolved: recognizing that with this shift comes this renewed surge of purpose and growth. Capricorn is a sign of commitments, resoluteness and planning; so this is an ideal time to create positive, realistic and achievable goals for ourselves. All the more so, now that Mercury is finally stationing Direct, on the 22nd/23rd (yay!). Astrologers mark these cardinal ingresses into the tropical seasons as quarterly indicators of patterns and trends to unfold. May we therefore also set trends of light-giving compassion, peace and loving kindness to all.

Although Mercury will be stationing Direct, we will need to give the trickster planet some time to get up to speed again. It is also (not quite) square to Neptune as it stations this week, which can cast a veil of doubt and confusion as to our choices. In time clarity will resume, and all the pieces will come into focus again. But in this time of faith and inner understanding go with that surge of spiritual and ethical force. It is a time of planting seeds, and giving substance to our resolutions and commitments. And as you stand on the brink between that which was, and that which is to come, the Capricorn Solstice stands as our opportunity to also pause and look within, into our own still spiritual center.

“Ghost of the Future,” he exclaimed, “I fear you more than any specter I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear your company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me?” ~ Charles Dickens

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Categories: Solstice, mercury, Stations

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Reply Sharon Ormerod
4:19 AM on December 22, 2017 
Thanks for an inspiring article.
Reply Lauren
10:08 AM on December 22, 2017 
[Sharon Ormerod]
Thank you Sharon!