Today’s post is written by our guest poster, Terri Jensen. This is the third of a four-part series with Terri, who lends her perspective with sweet snippets on a favorite hobby, astrology.
“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”
~ John Boswell
It’s Winter Solstice time! The solstice occurs on December 21st and, as with the summer solstice, the Sun will appear to stand still from our perspective here on Earth, rising and setting at very nearly the same place on the horizon for a three- or four-day period. The solstice is technically the first day of winter (though here in the Rocky Mountains, we’ve had our share of wintery weather for a few weeks already). In the Northern Hemisphere, the date of the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night: from here on out the days get longer and the nights get shorter. Astrologically, the solstice marks the Sun’s entry into the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. Capricorn, ruled by austere Saturn, is represented by the archetypes of the father, the elder, and the hermit. This season brings with it an acute awareness of the passage of time and sometimes a sense of melancholy, too.
Set boundaries so that your precious time, energy, and resources are not wasted. Take advantage of a winter snowstorm and hole up in your own cozy space. Capricorn reminds us that our lives extend both forward and backwards in time. As you gather with those nearest and dearest, give thanks for those loved ones who are present and those who have passed. Take time to rest and reflect. Now is a great time to focus on structure and planning ahead. The longest night is a fruitful time for setting intentions (a/k/a New Year’s resolutions!). May your hope be renewed and what you conceive now gain momentum as the days grow longer and Sun shines brighter. Blessings to you and yours! ~tkj