The Solstice marks the first day of winter and return of the light
In just a couple of days, we mark the Winter Solstice. More than just the first day of winter, the solstice caries with it ancient meanings based on astrology and earth-based religious traditions. "Solstice" means the sun standing still. "Sol" is the word for sun. "Sistere" means causing to stand still. So let’s examine this Winter Solstice a bit more carefully.
To begin with, the Sun will transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the late afternoon/early evening hours, something it does every year on or around the solstice. From the fiery flames of the archer, the sun moves into the earthy groundedness of the goat. Sagittarius is a fire sign – Fire rules the watchtowers of the South, representing the passion and spirit that motivates our will; that driving force to make things happen and create change. Capricorn on the other hand is an earth sign – Earth at the North watchtowers governs both our body and our budget; representing money, health, physical labor, work and employment.
Sun itself is actually moving out of a fire sign (the sun being one of the principle symbols of the element Fire). Sagittarius represents that final month of pregnancy; as the Goddess with her full belly prepares to give birth to the child of wonder, who brings light and warmth to the world. Once that child – the sun king – is born on the Winter Solstice, the Earth rejoices with the promise of hope and new beginnings. Thus the Sun moves into the earth sign of Capricorn, symbolic of that promise and of the planet’s celebration.
As we prepare for this year’s Winter Solstice, let us remember the powers of the elements, anhonor the Moon and the Sun in their realm as the Goddess and God. Let us give birth to our own ideas, our own creation, our own self.
by Evana x8212