milky way dark riftWinter Solstice is the darkest time of year, and also the return of the Light – the rebirth of the Sun. The energy calls you inward to consider what you set into motion at Spring Equinox on March 19 and reflect on your creations. This is a magical and mystical moment to nurture your inner Light, rest and regenerate, and plant a new vision for what you want to create in the coming year.

There are a bazillion competing stories circulating about the meaning of this year’s Winter Solstice on December 21 (3:12 am PST), a date that’s been loaded with significance. If you want to learn about the end-date of the Mayan Calendar, you can read articles and books and watch movies and listen to interviews and radio shows – until your mind explodes with information and you’re no closer to understanding what it all means than you were when you started.

An inundation of data without meaning or synthesis, media overload, boredom and distraction are symptoms of shadow of Jupiter in Gemini, a prominent player in the chart of the Solstice. Jupiter is the “focal planet” in a precise yod or Finger of God with Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. The yod is a powerful alignment in which two planets (in this case Saturn and Pluto) form a sextile (60-degree harmonious angle) to one another, and both planets also form a quincunx (150-degree angle of adjustment) to the same planet (Jupiter).

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The chart of the Solstice, showing only the “boomerang” yod with Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus

Saturn’s sextile to Pluto supports the long-range project of Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) – to make unignorably obvious the corruption, stagnation and irrelevance of the old patriarchal social structures and systems of power. Ideally, the Saturn-Pluto sextile can inspire us to get busy with the work of transformation, both deep inner work to uncover and heal the wounds that suppress our light, and the work of mutual cooperation and empowerment to co-create a peaceful, loving and sustainable new world.

On the other hand – Saturn and Pluto can also “cooperate” in a less helpful way. There are some humans on the planet who, instead of doing the work of transformation, are doing their best to prop up the self-destructing systems. Wealth and power consolidate in the hands of fewer and fewer people (the “plutocracy”), necessitating more violent suppression of the masses. The more corrupt the system becomes, the bigger the lies have to be to justify and maintain its existence.

To me, this yod speaks of a profound collective disillusionment with the dominant “truth providers” – the spokesmodels for politics, religion, media, medicine, science, economy – and the absurd stories they tell.

Of course, this dynamic also happens on an individual level – we “cling to the falling rocks” in our own ways, and tell ourselves tall tales to rationalize our actions.

jupiterThe Solstice chart points to a crisis of meaning, truth and faith – the domain of Jupiter. As the focal planet of the yod, Jupiter is under extreme pressure to channel the energy of the Saturn-Pluto sextile. One option is, when we become disillusioned with all the old stories and storytellers (including our own minds), we become cynical, concluding that life is meaningless and there’s no hope for the future.

A more helpful approach would be to turn inward to discover our own truth – an act of radical empowerment that defies one of the biggest lies of our time, that we can’t trust our own instincts, our own bodies, and instead have to look outside ourselves for the answers. Jupiter Retrograde in Gemini (October 4 to January 30) teaches that we strengthen our sense of faith by tuning into, trusting and acting on our own inner knowing.

Venus in Sagittarius opposes Jupiter, forming a “boomerang yod,” with Venus as the “reaction point.” In other words, all the energy of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto yod “boomerangs” back to Venus, who becomes another kind of focal point for the aspect. It’s not surprising that Venus – goddess of love, beauty, attraction and eroticism – plays a key role at this highly-charged Solstice. One of the major themes of our time is the reemergence of the Sacred Feminine, and Venus in Sagittarius is the Wild Feminine – our connection with our authentic selves, with the Earth, with our own natural rhythms, feelings and instincts.

It seems appropriate, and maybe a bit of a cosmic joke, that the chart for the most “storied” date of our time is asking us to reclaim the power of telling stories. Instead of OD-ing on 2012-info-palooza, we can simply access the energy, wisdom and power of this moment through our own sacred bodies. Isn’t that one of our mega-lessons as we exit the Age of Pisces? That we don’t need the High Priests of Religion (or Science or Medicine or Academia) to tell us what it all means, to be the translators of divine will and to negotiate with the gods on our behalf? Can we finally give ourselves permission to be our own priests and priestesses?

– Emily Trinkaus

Calling All You Gorgeous Solstice Priestesses! Don’t miss our next Lunar Galactic Activation on December 27 for the Cancer Full Moon – we’ll take time to honor the Winter Solstice, directly accessing Light and information from the Galactic Center so you can discover what this time means for YOU. All women are welcome and this is a teleclass, so you can participate via phone from anywhere on the planet. Register here.