The First Day of Winter & the Shortest Day of the Year
December 21 at 8:00 a.m. (pacific time)

Solstice is derived from two Latin words:
Sol meaning Sun, and sistere — to cause to standstill.

Annually, at the Winter Solstice, the Sun appears to standstill as it reaches its furthest point in the Southern Hemisphere. It is here that it joins the fixed stars (as depicted above) of the Southern Cross for three days: December 22, 23, and 24. Our ancestors referred to these three “standstill” days as the death of the Sun and when the Sun began its journey north again on December 25, it was said to be reborn. Moving north, the days will grow longer until the life-giving Sun reaches its zenith in the Northern Hemisphere on the Summer Solstice (June 21, 2022).

Films have a way of reflecting humanity’s evolutionary journey and a much anticipated sequel release of the multi-award winning film series titled, Zeitgeist, is expected in mid-2022. In this series, the producer, Peter Joseph, explains the captivating astronomical and astrological correlations with the numerous “son gods” of the ancient and modern world. In my opinion, Joseph adeptly simplifies the sociological implications of the zeitgeist1 of our times. His films encourage humanity to uncover the outmoded beliefs that are at the root of our social issues. From an astrological perspective, his films expertly depict the messy transition that humanity currently finds itself as we leave behind the Piscean age and shift into the Aquarian age.

Another awaited 2022 film-sequel release is James Cameron’s Avatar 2, which is slated for December 16, just days before the 2022 Winter Solstice. The deep connection to nature by the Pandora natives, the Na’vi, and the raping of their planet by a destructive greedy corporation certainly hit an emotional cord with its viewers. Interestingly, the grave ethical/ecological messages contained in Cameron’s Avatar film(s) will assuredly continue to be exceedingly timely.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign representing winter, decay, and death and is associated with the concept of time — maturation, aging, and mortality. Capricorn is one of the three zodiac earth signs that connect us to the cycles of our natural world. Therefore, the winter season is an optimal period to go within to reflect on the natural cycles of endings and beginnings in our own life.

The internal process of Capricorn reflection provides us the ability to look backwards with the intention of integrating all that has occurred. Undergoing this process can create an awareness of what needs to be changed for us to grow and evolve. If we embrace this period and take responsibility for our choices, while honoring each step along the way as a great learning, we will access Capricorn’s highest wisdom — personal and collective evolutionary growth, and most importantly, the perfection of the journey.


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