Astrology of Now: Solstice
|Winter Afternoon — Yuli Yulievich Klever —|
It’s just after four in the afternoon and night already. Daylight went in a blinking here in the deep of the year.
Tomorrow the Sun moves into Capricorn, Saturn’s sign; the sign of responsibility, of the father, of old age — and the sign of deep earth magic. Capricorn — half fish-half goat — a tail in the world of spirit, hooves planted on stone, horned head looking higher.
From this point in the year, each day will be longer than the last. We are at zero, the pivot, the hinge of the year.
|Eric Ravilious – Winter Landscape|
Outside, the last leaves have finally dropped. The trees are sleeping. But in the heart of the earth, new life is already stirring, and in fact, if you look closely at the shrubs in our garden, you can see next year’s buds already formed and waiting.
The Romans said Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, was the tutelary deity of Capricorn. She teaches Capricorn what he needs to know. Vesta is both the cooking fire and the sacred flame; simultaneously homely and holy. She was also the most widely worshipped deity in classical times.
At this time of year we need her more than any other time. From Diwali in November to Christmas to Candlemas in February, we celebrate fire in winter. Fire warms our hearths and our hearts.
|St Lucy’s Morn, December 13. Karl Larsson|
This year Vesta is in Libra, the sign of social connection, politics, peace, deal-making, conversation. It’s otherwise a very difficult period astrologically, but Vesta offers us hope now. She’s joined by her sister Ceres, the goddess of abundance. Together they oppose Uranus in Aries and square both Pluto and Jupiter, in Capricorn and Cancer respectively. Mars is also in Libra now, rapidly approaching hostile aspects to Uranus and Pluto, so there will be fireworks. But Vesta, keeper of the sacred flame of domesticity, and nurturing Ceres, may offer us guidance through this gale.
It’s around our own hearths that we have influence. It’s here right in our own parlours, in the heart of our own families, that we can make a difference. We can talk. We may not agree, but we can talk. We can be steady like Vesta, we can be generous like Ceres. In Libra, we keep communications open — and Mars in Libra counsels jaw jaw not war war.
Of course, this is a time when those without family feel that lack most keenly. Christmas can be cruel. And some families are too awful to ever heal. They just are. All we can do is sit with that sacred flame, that spark of life, and take care of our part of it, so that there’s something left to pass on, even if it’s just the tiniest wisp of light.
We are all keepers of the flame, visitors for a short while before we return to the light.
I’ll put a candle in the window now.