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2023 December Solstice
December 22, 2023 March 20, 2024
The December Solstice is always a powerful transition that we recognize as the peak, being either the longest day (summer in the southern hemisphere) or the shortest day (winter in the northern). Around the December Solstice, there are many celebrations of renewal and life within the transitions that fall naturally into the Solstice. It's always about adjustment to changes. While the June Solstice occurs with the Sun moving into Cancer, the personal and emotional maternal energies, the December Solstice happens while the Sun is moving into Capricorn, the social and paternal influences are felt much more strongly at this time of the year, despite the fact that Capricorn is a sign of feminine receptives. Generally, we become more concerned with how others perceive us during the December Solstice. We strive to appease others around us.
During this 2023 December Solstice, the Sun, along with the Mercury retrograde, are conjunct in Capricorn, connecting through sextile with Saturn in Pisces, plus trines to the Moon and Jupiter retrograde in Taurus. The season starts with us feeling very productive, despite the retrogrades involved. We find it easier to look at situations with a "glass half full" attitude. We feel better prepared to deal with the many complex events that, at other times, would overwhelm us.
However, this season won't be all easy and smooth sailing. Venus in Scorpio is opposing Uranus retrograde in Taurus, but also forming a trine to Neptune in Pisces. We may be too optimistic for our own good. We may miss the bigger picture of events that are occurring around us. Mars in Sagittarius is forming an inconjunct to Uranus retrograde in Taurus and a square to Neptune in Pisces. This adds another level of confusion as sudden events may throw us off track and we feel uncertain as to what is happening. Don't be surprised if our sleep patterns get disrupted more easily than usual.
The out of sign square between the Moon in Taurus and Pluto in the Anaretic Degree of Capricorn brings out the most emotional frustration for a variety of reasons. The nutshell is that our subconscious wants to control matters that simply cannot be controlled in the way that we would like. This culminates as insecurity of our abilities. We may fail to recognize that we need to change our own perspectives rather than attempt to control all outcomes. Exploring alternate solutions rather than forcing our expectations will help us through these incidents.
Over the next few months, our strength needs to come from within. There are nine planets placed in Feminine signs, in a heavy mix of Earth and Water signs. We are likely to be viewed as strong-willed. On the other hand, there is a breaking point that we need to be aware of. We will discover that we only have some of the resources we need. As such, we may need to find ways to support ourselves in ways that may not feel normal. This is a good time to explore options before we burn ourselves out by trying to be so strong.
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