Winter’s Gate by Jennie Date of Hidden Path Astrology

The Sun enters Capricorn at 5:02 AM EDT

On the Solstice, the Sun arrives at winter’s gate, signifying the longest night of the year. The darkness begins to retreat with the gaining light. However, we still must contend with reality and hunker down to a long, isolated winter. Serious and solitary Capricorn symbolizes this necessity, leaving behind the joviality and fireside tale-telling of Sagittarius.

We withdraw and contract inwards, like the vital energy of trees concentrating in the roots. Capricorn teaches us about self-discipline, hard work, and accountability. Above all other signs, it can move mountains by committing to a methodical strategy. At its highest pinnacle, it concerns itself with integrity, which comes about by aligning inner ambition with societal need. Out of balance, it easily becomes an applause-seeking authoritarian tyrant. Or falls prey to loneliness like a cranky old Scrooge.

Consider what you want to initiate and take responsibility for this winter. Projects like building a large sculpture, scaling a mountain on backcountry skis, or offering your administrative skills to the local food bank come to mind. Be patient as you work to master your inner domain. 

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Global Crossroads by Jennie Date of Hidden Path Astrology

At Winter Solstice, jovial Jupiter unites with stern Saturn in Aquarius to kick off a major new era of human perspective. For the first time in 800 years, these two planets collude in an Air sign. They align every 20 years, and for the past two centuries, this convergence has occurred chiefly in the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

What does this mean? Switching from Earth to Air opens a doorway from materialism into a realm of collective reinvention. As the industrial age spirals down into a quagmire of profits over people and over-extraction of natural resources, an opportunity to reimagine the future comes to light.

Aquarius holds the archetypal keys of the Revolutionary, the Scientist, and the Genius. We can free ourselves from this shortsighted dualistic prison and create a society that values critical thinking and scientific reasoning. The times demand that we awaken to the fundamental truth of all living together on one planet. We must elevate our understanding of interdependence to encompass other sentient beings and question our human role in the ecosystem. Can we glimpse a way to reframe our economy within the reality of finite resources? On the equality front, we need to investigate the deeper causes of racism and oppression to find collaborative answers.

The opposite themes of Jupiter and Saturn ask us to balance the capacity for growth and progress within necessary limits of reality. Jupiter broadens horizons, but without structure, it can easily balloon into pomposity and excess. On the other hand, hard-working Saturn signifies discipline and consequences. Without higher ideals, it becomes oppressive and negating. Together in Aquarius, they represent the possibility for profound evolution.

Each of us plays a part in this fight to raise consciousness, as the ground ripples and roils beneath our feet. We have all suffered from losses amidst the pandemic and continue to witness deeply divided ideologies and major environmental shifts. On a personal level, think about what area of your life holds this innovative energy. If you know your Rising Sign, use it to locate Aquarius’s placement in your horoscope. Otherwise, use your Sun sign. Through what means can you harness collective power in your relationships? Read below to illuminate where to focus your clear-eyed vision and effort.

  • Aries: Through standing strong with your communities.

  • Taurus: Through your contribution to society via your profession

  • Gemini: Through wrestling with and illuminating metaphysical questions

  • Cancer: Through clarifying how you interact with others intimately

  • Leo: Through innovating your partnerships

  • Virgo: Through taking care of your health

  • Libra: Through expressing your creative powers

  • Scorpio: Through reinventing your family life

  • Sagittarius: Through re-engaging with your neighbors and neighborhood

  • Capricorn: Through examining your value system and income sources

  • Aquarius: Through your self-presentation

  • Pisces: Through developing deeper empathy for all

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