Winter Solstice 2021: Building the new with wisdom and heart

December 21, 2021 Winter Solstice Chart

The Solstice happened today, December 21, 2021 at 10am CST, when the Sun was at 0° Capricorn. It is the Winter Solstice for those in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere, or Capricorn Solstice for all Earthlings. The Capricorn Solstice occurs when the axis of the Earth is tilted such that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun and the Southern Hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun. The Sun moving into Capricorn marks an initiation into a new season, from Fall to Winter here in the North and Spring to Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The solstices and equinoxes used to be celebrated by our ancestors. They even built monuments like Stonehenge and other sacred sites to mark these special days. Some people even now are in tune with these cycles and likewise will mark this day with celebration and ceremony. This Solstice Chart gives us a good idea of the energies for the next three months until the Equinox.

The Sun has newly moved into Capricorn, but it is still in a separating conjunction with the Galactic Center in Sagittarius. The Galactic Center is considered the womb of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The GC, to me, is Cosmic Wisdom. If you want to see some in-depth information on the Galactic Center, I highly recommend Philip Sedgwick. Go to his homepage, click on Galactic Anomalies, and then click on The Galactic Center. The Sun still in a conjunction with the GC, even as the South Node of the Moon readies to leave Sagittarius and go into Scorpio, gives us a final push to let go of anything keeping us from expanding into our fullest potential. Any outdated, limiting, and handed down beliefs can be discarded now.

The Sun joins Mercury, Venus, and Pluto in Capricorn. Venus just turned retrograde and is conjunct Pluto. What we value is being deeply transformed so what we build in our lives is a clearer reflection of who we really are and what we desire in our hearts. And Mercury in Capricorn is going to assist Venus with aligning our thoughts with what is in our hearts, so we can manifest with clearer vision. Venus and Pluto are opposite the Moon in Cancer, bringing us an illumination of our deepest emotional needs and how we feel comforted. The Cancer – Capricorn axis is considered the security axis. Cancer is inner security and Capricorn is outer security. Cancer is home and roots and Capricorn is the outside world and worldly achievements. Cancer is private and Capricorn is public.  We are invited by this energy to cultivate inner security and comfort and not seek our security and comfort in the outside world. When you are strongly rooted internally, you can weather external storms. 

Saturn in Aquarius is coming in for its third and final exact square with Uranus in Taurus. This tension, between old and new, past and future, restrictions and limitations versus freedom, natural and organic versus artificial technology, has been palpable, leaving us perhaps feeling a little stuck between two worlds. 

Jupiter in Aquarius is in an approaching square to the North Node in Gemini and the South Node in Sagittarius, which is giving us the enthusiasm, faith, and optimism to distill the knowledge we gained from the Nodes so that we can move forward in our lives in a more expansive and spiritually wise way. 

Mars in Sagittarius is approaching a trine with Chiron in Aries. This is a powerful healing of the active, masculine drive, the part of us that goes for what we want, wants to be authentic no matter what and will defend its right to exist. This is a great energy for developing healthy masculine qualities of passionate drive, maintaining healthy boundaries, authentic and unfiltered expression, and a warrior mindset that enables you to stand in your truth. Fire can be used as fuel or it can be used as a weapon. How you use this energy is up to you.  

Eris in Aries in a t-square with the Moon in Cancer and Venus and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn. I love Eris so much. I have been working with its energy for several years now. It is a spiritual warrior energy that detects when you are full of s**t and gets you back to authenticity by upending your life. Eris is all about justice and everyone getting a seat at the table. The missing leg in this square is Libra, the sign of the scales, equilibrium, balance. In order to harness these energies, prioritize the most important relationship you will ever have: the one with yourself. Get that one right, let all of who you are have a seat at the table, and you will find you are able to build a firm foundation for your life moving forward.  

Neptune in Pisces is square Lilith in Gemini, an energy that can be harnessed to open yourself up to the spiritual planes, the metaphysical, the realm of dreams, the collective unconscious. Dreams are what make us who we are, so allow yourself to dream. Your life can only be as big as you allow your dreams to be.

Earth is the dominant element in this chart. The Capricorn Solstice energy is all about building the new with wisdom and heart. 

Wisdom is found in the openness to not knowing 
And heart is found in the openness to being vulnerable
Love is a choice and wisdom comes with experience
You are a magnificent tree that is always growing 
Let your roots sink deep and your branches reach high 
The things that are possible for you to bring into form 
When your mind, heart, and will are aligned

Published by Kandy Williams

I am an astrologer, healer, and artist. I love nature, creativity, and learning (especially anything that helps me understand myself, others, and the world better and live a more fulfilled life). I am very heart-centered and open-minded and believe that we are all sparks of divinity in form.

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