Winter Solstice 2018

23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival in Vancouver, Canada

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the longest night of the year in expectation of the waxing light force. I have mentioned before, that I believe the four Solstice and Equinoctial point should be primarily a time of celebration and reflection. I would, however, like to take this opportunity to look at the chart for the exact moment of the Winter Solstice. Because all the said points occur in Cardinal Signs, we can expect that each will have maximum influence over the following three months, unless some other element, such as a potent eclipse occurs in tandem. Here we have the chart for the Solstice in Greenwich.

At first glance, the chart doesn’t appear to be particularly extraordinary. We could say that the centre of the action is between Jupiter and Mars. Mars is exceptionally powerful, in spite of being in the sign of Pisces, disposited by Jupiter. The chart Almuten is Mars and by way of Collection of Light, he collects light from both Luminaries, Mercury and Venus. He occupies the last Decan which is ruled by Mars in the 7th House of open enemies and partners. Jupiter is with Mercury and in the decan of Mercury. This is a strong position for communicating the need for a consideration of roots. Moreover, Jupiter is Lord of If the Prenatal Syzygy which Valens considered to be a life-giving position of light and protective good fortune, when angular and with such a relationship with its ruler(See Vettius Valens – Anthologies Book II, Riley trans., p.38). The ancestral urge is therefore very strong.

The 4th fourth house in this context is associated with Ancestral identity.in optimistic, high minded Sagittarius.  Moreover. the first decan of Sagittarius is considered fortunate and “blesses with a capacity of spiritual insight” (See Austin Coppock 36 Faces p. 194.)

The UK is involved in what has become a convoluted Brexit. Globalists have fought against the vote to leave, using everything at their disposal. At the time of writing, what was a simple majority vote, has now risen to 68% in favour of leaving the EU.  There have been calls for a second referendum, but that would appear to be a virtual impossibility. The hard aspect between Jupiter and Mars is separating, indicating that the worst of the current version of the crisis is past. We don’t have a date for further votes on the details of the separation if any, Nevertheless, the UK is scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm local time on March 29 2019, most likely with no deal.

Saturn is in his domicile and Lord of the 6th House of the common people. This indicates, among other things, that the people want stability. Tangible assets and monetary concerns are much on the minds of all. Not surprisingly, Conservative voices are gaining increasing relevance as the country works to free itself of the undemocratic EU. There is no doubt that the struggle will continue and if the question was simply “will Brexit happen” the answer would be a yes, but with much opposition from abroad.

Celebrate the turning of the wheel and I wish you all a New Year filled with blessings of all kinds.

St, Lucy’s Day celebration in Denmark. Photo Credit: Scanpix