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Observations: The Winter Solstice Nears

christmas_is_around_the_corner_by_robinhalioua-d5nla5h© Robin Halioua

Earth and water return to once more dominate the sky on the Winter Solstice when the Sun enters earthy Capricorn. The cheery optimism of Sagittarius gives way to the cool practicality of Capricorn for another year. Even though Mercury is still in Sagittarius on the Solstice it will join the Sun, Venus and Pluto in Capricorn on Christmas Eve giving us four planets in the tenth sign, bringing us back to earth with a decided “thud.”

The real blessing of this Solstice is Neptune in Pisces sextile the Sun opening the door for compassion to enter. Given Mars in Libra is busy tightening up a cardinal T-Square with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn; we need help seeing others as compatriots rather than opponents. If there is any way to shift the focus from exclusion to inclusion, Neptune in Pisces is the one to do it. Kindness, empathy and understanding are all necessary to this process. I would love to see the incredible power of the T-Square used to heal rather than destroy and healing old wounds is an option if we are willing to do the work due to a Chiron-Pluto sextile.

Saturn in Scorpio is still trine Jupiter in Cancer, lucky for us because a spirit of cooperation between these two planets is wonderful for coming up with constructive solutions. Given the next six months features the Mars in Libra retrograde, this trine working quietly in the background is wonderful news.

Coming down on the helpful side is Mercury in Sagittarius semi-sextile to Venus in Capricorn (which stations retrograde on the Solstice). Mercury-Venus aspects typically promote a willingness to at least talk, giving us a starting point to start resolving our differences.

Even having Saturn in Scorpio squaring it won’t completely squelch the warmth of the Leo Moon, supported by a semi-sextile from Jupiter in the Moon ruled sign of Cancer. Home and family offer a refuge from the angst and drama swirling around us in the larger world.

I have to say once I started digging into this Solstice chart the more optimistic I felt about the tone of the next six months. Yes, we have to deal with all the cardinal pushing and shoving but we also have some wonderful support for defusing the worst . . . at least on a personal level. Choose cooperation, compromise, kindness and compassion please.

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5 comments to Observations: The Winter Solstice Nears

  • Chris

    I love it. Neptune is a guiding light these days.

    • Diane L

      Much as I hate to admit it, it is! LOL I’ll be happier with Neptune once he is no longer squaring my Venus . . . :D

      xoxoxoxoxo diane~

  • Les

    The solstice is just a few minutes before my Lunar Return (4th house). :-)

  • Brex

    Neptune had been sextile my natal Sun for a while, so I know what you’re talking about, especially including instead of excluding. Sometimes it just takes one little extra step to make it all allright. If you’re ruled by insecurity, anger or restlessness, you don’t take that extra little step. So Neptunial things like relaxing, meditation, swimming and comforting music are needed!
    I am starting to get positive feelings too, about the upcoming cardinal Grand Cross.

    I think there is only one word for it: TRUST.

    Have a nice Christmassy Newyear Holiday Diane!

    Love to read your blog, and fins myself rereading your posts and think about it some more, or differently. Thank you for all the hard work!

    Greetz Brex

  • Shikha

    Hi Diane, my husband born on October 5, 1980 in AP India (Libra Sun and Sag Rising) has been very disconnected all of 2013. I am leo/virgo rising (DOB: July 25th, 1984 8:30 AM, MP India)

    I wrote to you earlier and asked you about when will he start being connected and loving again. Your write up gives me a lot of faith and hope that things will get better.

    Can you tell me how do our aspects look for reconnecting/reconciling/healing in this time period of the next six months that is coming up please? I love him and am making an effort to fix things he does not like. Can you please tell me how will things pan out if i make a sincere effort.

    I really appreciate all your help and guidance.