winter solstice

collage by Emily

Today’s Winter Solstice – Summer in the Southern Hemisphere – is super-charged by its coincidence with the Capricorn New Moon and Uranus’ Direct Station. This powerhouse pile-up of planetary events suggests an extra-dramatic rebirth of the Sun God, and of our own creative life force – the closing of one chapter and start of another.

As the Sun stands still (sol = Sun, stice = stand still), we are advised to do the same – to turn inward, reflect on what we’ve created, grieve our losses, and dream up a vision for the coming year. The seasonal darkness serves as an ideal container for magic, meditation, prayer and ritual.

In a rare alignment of the solar and lunar cycles, the darkest days of the year coincide with the dark of the Moon. Just a few hours after the Sun enters Capricorn (3:03 pm PST), signifying the Solstice, the Sun and Moon unite at the Capricorn New Moon (5:36 pm). Don’t wait until January 1st to set your New Year’s intentions – better to tap into the combined power of the Solstice and the New Moon. Between 5:36 pm tonight and 7:17 pm Monday (Pacific time) will be the most potent period for working the magic.

The Capricorn New Moon wants you to clarify your commitments, consider your long-term goals, get strategic, make a plan, and be extremely practical and realistic about how you want to spend your time, energy and resources. The New Moon joins with Mercury, Pluto and Venus (all in Capricorn), and forms a tense square with Uranus in Aries, which turns from Retrograde to Direct (forward) today (2:45 pm PST), amplifying its power.

uranusUranus the Great Awakener wants to jolt us out of our habitual “shoulds,” wherever we’ve become too rigidly attached to the status quo or are sacrificing authenticity and aliveness to fit our wild selves into some pre-existing structure (shadow Capricorn). WE are responsible for our destiny (high-vibration Capricorn) and we get to create the reality that will support our highest blossoming.

As outer planets, Uranus and Pluto are signifiers of transpersonal or collective forces, and their involvement in this New Moon also ask us to look at our individual choices within the bigger story of now, to align with our deeper soul mission, our core-level rather than ego-driven desires. How does your unique expression of Light serve collective evolution, awakening and rebirth?

The New Moon takes place at the very first degree of Capricorn (0 degrees), a degree that signifies major new beginnings. Meanwhile, Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn and therefore extra-potent, is at the very last degree of Scorpio – the 29th or anaretic degree – suggesting major endings, culmination, completion. Processes that have been underway for the past two years, since Saturn entered Scorpio in October 2012, are coming to a close. Saturn’s last hurrah in Scorpio, before shifting into Sagittarius on December 23, can also involve sifting through some heavy emotions. This is a powerful time for emotional detox – clearing out the residue that you don’t want to carry into the new cycle.

If you have a copy of your birth chart and some astro-technical know-how, you can get more insight into what the Capricorn New Moon means for YOU by finding the house in your chart that contains 0 degrees of Capricorn. In the areas of life signified by this house, the New Moon calls for: resetting your life force energy and restructuring your reality; raising your standards and elevating your life to the next level of growth and maturity; clarifying your long-term goals and strategizing about how to reach them.

– Emily Trinkaus

Portlandia-area friends – Join me at New Renaissance on Saturday, January 3 for a talk and workshop on Spiritual Authority and Practical Magic: The Astrology of 2015. We’ll look at the planetary headlines of the new year and how YOU can co-create with these cosmic events. Call New Ren to reserve your spot: 503.224.4929. And for those of you who can’t make it… the recording of my Forecast Your New Year class is now available for purchase here.