The Winter Solstice or the first day of winter is calculated when our planets axis tilt is it’s farthest from our sun. On the day we experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The Winter Solstice signifies a re-birth of the Sun, since our daylight hours now start to get longer and our nights start to get shorter.
No matter how far back we go in history, we find evidence of celebration during this time period. In today’s world, we celebrate this time with religious holidays and winter festivities. This is a time of rebirth, new starts and festivities.
Astrologically the Winter Solstice represents the Sun entering the sign of Capricorn, which is ruled by the planet Saturn, a fact that was celebrated by the Roman’s in the yearly Saturnalia celebrations. This year, the Solstice happens on Thursday Dec. 22 at 1:06 PM EST. This year, the Sun’s entry into Capricorn sets off Uranian energy immediately as the first thing the Sun does is square the planet Uranus. This means we can look for changes, as well as seeing time speeding up. Things will take on an air of importance and urgency. Our patience may be tested because of frictions — stay grounded and in your center as the energy we are experiencing can stir up some uncomfortable feelings, or create stressful situations.
On Dec 24, 2011, Christmas Eve, the Moon joins the Sun in Capricorn creating the first New Moon after the Solstice. New Moon’s are all about planting a seed starting something new. Since we have all this Capricorn energy, it’s a time to build foundations and take steps to create what we want in life. This is a time when the Sun is reborn; we to can make a plan that changes our life. Capricorn is a sign that represents success and achievement, earned from hard work and integrity. We can all start the process of creating success in our life this holiday season.