The clockwork of the universe shifts up a gear at this month’s New Moon, which interestingly occurs just a couple of hours after the Solstice!!
While every New Moon brings fresh opportunities, this one is bursting with dynamic new energy and brimming with options. Our star the Sun has been very active of late too, with major sun spot activity, CMEs and flares.
The Solstice sets the tone for the coming three months. The combination of the New Moon and Solstice happening together makes this time highly charged. Setting your intentions now infuses your decisions and commitments with this powerful solar energy. This will generate tangible results, some of these will undoubtedly lead to major life achievements. Make time at the Solstice to meditate and focus on your creative intentions. In unsure of your exact direction, the energy of the Sun will help to make your soul’s intention more conscious and awaken you to the path forward.
The last time the December Solstice combined with a New Moon was in 1995 (29 Sagittarius). We know this because this is the Metonic Cycle. Every 19 years the New Moon happens at the same zodiacal degree and on the same date. Consider the events from that period and if you are old enough, look further back to December 1976, when the New Moon and December Solstice again coincided (also 29 Sagittarius). What life changing events took place? What key decisions did you make?
This New Moon is right on 0 degrees Capricorn. The combination of the cardinal quality and the earth element, Capricorn is concerned with accepting responsibility, defining boundaries, setting agendas, making decisions, planning ahead and climbing slowly to the top. It’s pragmatic, practical and cautious. Highly disciplined, Capricorn is ruled by the ringed planet, Saturn, and right on cue, at this Solstice, Saturn is on the verge of Sagittarius, changing signs on December 24 after a 2 year sojourn in Scorpio. This tells us that agendas are changing, not just at a personal level, but also on the world stage.
The mutable fire sign Sagittarius is symbolised by the archer-centaur, a far-sighted creature that aims towards some distant (unseen) target. Sagittarius is the sign of the visionary. This gives us freedom to explore our options for the coming year and beyond, and marks a major turning point in our collective journey.
The last time Saturn was moving through Sagittarius (1985-8) was the prelude to the break up of the Soviet Union. A major paradigm shift took place that would eventually lead to political reform and the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was the era of Perestroika (restructuring) and Glasnost (openness in government). Freedom, democracy and the laws of the land are concepts associated with Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus and their signs, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius, all of which are marked with a cosmic highlighter at the present time.
Over the past 2 years Saturn’s journey through Scorpio has seen a high degree of secretiveness, fear-mongering and control within the corporate sector and government. Dark themes have tended to dominate. Pallas Athena and Saturn are plotting something together at the end of Scorpio so expect this transit to end with a bang, not a whimper. Saturn in Sagittarius will bring about much more openness and greater transparency. People power will once again come to the fore.
Saturn will however back track into Scorpio in 2015 for a few months before fully engaging in Sagittarius, so we will be in a transitionary period for much of 2015, but this Solstice is likely to set the agenda for the longer term. After we get past the last hit of PLURSQ in March, 2015 we start a completely new astrology calendar. There are many features of the heavens now that make the current astrology forecast one of dynamic change.
The Solstice chart itself shows Pluto and Venus joining forces, ramping up our desires, so whatever is decided upon at this Solstice/New Moon has a great deal of energy and passion behind it. Mountains can be moved. These planets are squaring Uranus and the nodal axis, and with the recent sixth hit of PLURSQ on December 16, this Solstice/New Moon is likely to spawn many a personal revolution.
To top it off, Uranus, the planet of innovation, creativity, technology and the future, stations direct, another sign that significant change is imminent. Focus on what you want to personally create in 2015.
As we venture into 2015 with an expanded vision, the task ahead is to make a personal contribution and help make the world a better place for all.
Monday’s Solstice occurs at 10.03am AEDT, (Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Canberra).
Coming Stellar Events Jan-Mar 2015
March 2015 is an especially dramatic month when a lunar perigee and solar eclipse coincides with the Equinox. This is the same week as the last hit of PLURSQ and Saturn’s first SR in Sagittarius.
4 Earth’s perihelion
5 Full Moon 14CN31
9 Ceres in Capricorn
12 Mars in Pisces
21 New Moon 00AQ09
22 Mercury Stations Retrograde 17AQ05
31 Mercury Inferior Conjunction 10AQ20
4 Full Moon 14LE48
12 Mercury Stations Direct 01AQ18
19 New Moon. Chinese New Year of the Green Sheep
20 Mars in Aries
22 Venus-Mars conjunction 01AR42
6 Full Moon 14VI50
15 Saturn Stations Retrograde 04SG56
17 Final hit of PLURSQ 15.17 Aries/Cap
20 New Moon/Solar Eclipse 29PI27
21 Aries Equinox