By Barry Kerr
The Winter Solstice is on December 21.
At the winter solstice, when the Sun moves into Capricorn, astrologers look to the sky for insights into what this new year may portend. As we mark the beginning of the return of the light with longer daylight, this is the beginning of a new cycle of gestation, birth and growth, not only for nature, but also for the human spirit.
Baked into this year’s solstice chart there remains the waning, yet still powerful Uranus/Aries square to Pluto/Capricorn, an aspect that began over five years ago. Collectively, we’ve seen a struggle between the status quo of the plutocratic establishment and humanity’s need for authentic, revolutionary and systemic change that allows for individual human rights. This will persist for another four years.
Uranus went retrograde last July. As it goes direct at the end of this month, the confusion from the recent election results will begin to clear and a new wave of populist uprising will press for further changes.
Currently, Jupiter in Libra joins this dynamic by opposing Uranus and will continue to do so until next November. Jupiter’s drive for expanded understanding will at times inspire us to relate to others with hope and generosity, yet at other times our enthusiasm may spill over as impatience and provocative bluster. Jupiter’s square to Pluto indicates we will be challenged to renew our confidence and optimism in the face of continued blows to our hopes. Our strategy to sustain through these challenging times will be to bring our best to each and every relationship we have, being conscious to intend unity and oneness, even with perceived enemies we may have never met in person. Jupiter’s sextile with Saturn and trine to Venus, thankfully lend a balancing sensibility and social ease to our good intentions. In coming years, as the Uranus-Pluto aspect weakens, this personal approach to relationships will pay off, individually and collectively.
In this solstice chart, the Sun trines the North Node, indicating that all of us will feel drawn to step outside the comfort and safety of our home and family in order to lend our individual voice to the public forum. The Sun’s sextile to Mars will enhance our willingness to be assertive. However, with Mars conjoining Neptune in Pisces and both opposing the North Node, there is also a strong temptation to escape the awareness of the suffering around us by turning to addictions of entertainment, food, sports, etc. If we allow ourselves to remain aware of the pain around us, while applying our spiritual wisdom to self-care, we will more likely intuit the words and actions we need to stay engaged in the collective process around us in a way that does not diminish us or others. Creativity, artistic expression and spiritual maturity are needed here in ways that provide practical service to each other.
Another aspect for this yearly forecast is the Sun squaring the Moon. The Sun and Moon, among other things, represents the father and mother principles, or masculine and feminine principles. Collectively, humanity is coming to terms with the ways we have infused our societies institutions with our limited understanding of those principles and how the resulting shadow energies that have emerged. If humanity were a “family”, this square aspect challenges us to question both “Dad” and “Mom” in how they may have contributed to or enabled abuse and neglect in our human “family”. Perhaps we are ready to resolve that polarity to a new level of consciousness and thus a new collective paradigm. There are planetary aspects on the horizon that point to great potential for breakthroughs in consciousness and better times ahead.
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.