A Saturn-Dominated Solstice on December 21
“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.”
--Willam Shakespeare, from Richard III
For many months now, I have been concerned about Saturn entering its own sign of earthy Capricorn for the first time since 1988 on December 19 of this year. The reason is that it will be happening just about 36 hours before the Sun’s annual entry into Capricorn on December 21 – which begins the season of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
In the field of Mundane Astrology – where the focus is often on the birth charts of nations, world leaders, and major solar or planetary alignments, Eclipses, New and Full Moons, Quarter Moons, Stations of key celestial bodies and unusual geometric configurations in the heavens, as well as the beginning of each season – anything that shows up rarely becomes a potential cause for alarm.
And when I went back in time – during the last 1000 years – I only found that the Sun and Saturn were together at the start of this type of December solstice in the years 1664, 1458 and 1105 (where 1105 had the closest Sun-Saturn union at the solstice).
While I don’t know what will happen for humanity and the Earth during the three-month season beginning on December 21*, it is important that all of us know what are the main Saturn themes and archetypes – in order to recognize the potent Saturn messages intruding into all our lives between December 21, 2017 and the start of spring on March 20, 2018.
*The Sun parallel to Venus on December 21 adds a distinctly favorable vibration, but the Sun making a potentially frictional, 45-degree link to Jupiter on the same day while Jupiter makes a 45-degree link to Saturn on the following day, when Mercury is motionless and shifting from reverse to direct, these energy-fields can exacerbate whatever the Sun-Saturn rendezvous has in store for everyone.
As far as knowing how the Sun-Saturn influence is likely to affect your birth chart and therefore your life experiences, the degree in question is 1 degree of Capricorn. If you know your birth chart, then determine what house 1 degree of Capricorn is located in and the affairs of that house will be receiving an extra dose of Sun-Saturn vibrations. In addition, if you are able to look over the alignments – conjunction, opposition, trine, square, sextile, etc – that 1 degree Capricorn in the zodiac is making to your natal celestial bodies, then that will give you even more information about what to expect in the upcoming three-month cycle beginning on December 21.
I have included at the end of this feature three new charts for you to study. They are the charts for when Saturn enters Capricorn on December 19, when the Sun enters Capricorn on December 21, and when the Sun and Saturn unite in Capricorn on December 21. Of these three charts -- even though all of them are important -- the Solstice and Sun-Saturn conjunction charts are the most significant. Important Note: The charts are calculated for Washington, DC, but every location on Earth will reveal a somewhat different house placement of celestial bodies as well as different degrees rising, setting, above and below. Therefore, for some areas, the Sun-Saturn intensity will be extra strong if the zodiacal zone at 1 degree Capricorn is on an angle.
Here are examples of Saturn’s qualities for you to consider:
Responsibility and perseverance, hard work and pragmatism, executive authority, career and professional stature, focus and logic, structure and form, common sense and conservative behavior patterns, the paternal archetype, chronological time, doubt and frustrations, pessimism, chronic difficulties, depression and fears.
And here are some of Saturn’s themes as I have explained them in Astro-Business Keys on the www.earthaquariusnews.com website:
Lead and its products and toxic properties; CEOs, Directors and Managers; Builders, Masonry, working on construction projects (with Mars); Architecture (with Mercury); Dentists and teeth; Bones and joints; Skin conditions and products; Scientists and Logicians; Traditional Mentors, Teachers and Father Figures; Rules of the Road; Elders, Senior Citizens, Retirement Homes and Organizations; the Saturn car company; Clocks, Watches and Time; Climbing and camping equipment (with Jupiter); Coldness in any form and Chronic problems; Pessimism, Depression, Restrictions and Delays; Fate, Fears and Falls.
Because many students and professionals in the field of astrology don’t always have a favorable view of Saturn, you should take the time to read through the wonderful exploration of Saturn by the Cassini space probe as presented in a separate feature in the Current News and Mundane Astrology sections. This other feature -- that also focuses attention on the mysterious Hexagon at Saturn's north pole -- can give you a positive mental attitude for what Saturn may be ready to bring to our beleaguered planet in the coming season.
[Saturn remains in its home sign of Capricorn until December 16, 2020 – although between March 21, 2020 and July 1, 2020, Saturn will spend a couple of months in early Aquarius during a retrograde cycle.]
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Prominent Celestial Midpoints to Consider: Astrology is a highly complex field of study and the modern utilization of the midpoints between celestial bodies and/or angles of a birth chart adds even more complexity while also providing an early-warning system about the shape of things to come. It turns out that in the Solstice chart the Sun/Moon midpoint -- one of the most important midpoints in any chart -- is at 18 degrees and 27 minutes of Capricorn while underworld-ruler Pluto is located at 18 degrees and 26 minutes of Capricorn (a virtually exact alignment). The Moon/Saturn midpoint is only a few minutes of arc away at 18 degrees and 33 minutes of Capricorn. This puts an enormous emphasis -- behind the scenes -- on Plutonic vibrations at work during the 3-month season of this solstice. For the Northern Hemisphere -- thinking along astro-weather lines -- the implication is that severe cold, ice and freezing temperatures could wreak havoc, perhaps way beyond the usual chilly conditions that every winter triggers on Earth. It is also notable that the Mercury/Pluto midpoint is at 1 degree of Capricorn -- placing an even greater pressure on this area of the zodiac.
From the Global Perspective: Here is a list of various cities around the globe that may be influenced in unusual ways because of any one of the three Saturn and Capricorn charts. [Other celestial bodies from these charts may also impact the locations mentioned.]
At the time of the Solstice:
The Sun and Saturn rise through Western and Northern Canada, and the Sun and Saturn will be on the Midheaven in northeast Maine and just west of Caracas, Venezuela. Mars is at the Midheaven for Seattle, Portland, and the greater San Francisco area. Pluto rises through the area of California around Merced and close to Boise, Idaho. Neptune is rising for much of the eastern USA – close to exact in Miami and Raleigh, and central Pennsylvania. Neptune is at the Midheaven just east of Marseille and sets in Lhasa, Tibet. Algiers receives a rather direct hit of the Sun and Saturn setting and then this energy field activates portions of Chad, the Central African Republic, the Congo Democratic Republic, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
At the time of the Sun-Saturn Conjunction:
The Sun and Saturn are setting through Vermont, New Hampshire, and the area around Boston. The Sun and Saturn rise through Perth, Australia. Uranus rises through the greater San Francisco area while Pluto is at the Midheaven in LA. Mars sets through Tucson. The Sun and Saturn are at the fourth house cusp below through central Saudi Arabia, Iraq, eastern Turkey, the Republic of Georgia, and then going up north through Russia. Neptune sets through Lillehammer, Norway, Benghazi, Libya, and Pretoria, South Africa.
At the time of Saturn entering Capricorn and focusing just on Saturn:
Saturn rises through Cairo, and is at the Midheaven through Nanning, China, and Da Nang, Vietnam. Saturn is at the fourth house cusp below close to Concord and Nashua, NH, Framingham and Marlborough, MA, central Rhode Island, the Dominican Republic, and near Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Anyone born on or within one day of December 21 will experience their birthday having an extra dose of Saturn to understand and work with – potentially influential for the entire year ahead, as this placement will be a part of the Solar Return chart dynamics. Some famous individuals born on December 21 include Kiefer Sutherland, Jane Fonda, Samuel L. Jackson, Steven Yeun (a star of The Walking Dead TV show), Ray Romano, and Emmanuel Macron (the newly elected President of France). Any person born around the time of the other solstice (approximately June 21) and the two equinoxes (approximately March 20 and September 22) will experience the Sun and Saturn making impacts to their natal solar placements. However, as indicated earlier in this feature, everyone will be affected one way or another based on what house 1 degree Capricorn energizes, and what alignments that degree makes to celestial bodies and/or angles in the birth chart.
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