As we stand on the threshold of Capricorn Season, set to unfold on Thursday, December 21st, a cosmic story begins to unfold, weaving a narrative that invites us to anchor ourselves and strengthen the foundations supporting the intricate structures of our lives. In this celestial tale, Capricorn, the steadfast and sure-footed sea-goat, emerges as the guiding force, ushering us into a journey defined by craftsmanship, resilience, and a profound connection to both tradition and future aspirations 🐐.
The cosmic drama of Capricorn Season seamlessly aligns with the celestial spectacle of the Solstice, where the Sun seemingly pauses in the sky, standing still. From the Latin words 'sol' (Sun) and 'sistere' (to stand still), the Solstice serves as a poignant reminder of a cosmic intermission, a moment laden with symbolism. The sea-goat, embodying the duality of tradition and forward vision, encourages us to build upon the wisdom of the past, exercising patience and embracing a collective perspective as we navigate the extended play of life's journey.
This astrological transition isn't a mere cosmic shuffle; it's an invitation to synchronize with the intricate melody of the universe. Capricorn, with hooves grounded in tradition and horns reaching toward the cosmos, leads us through this celestial waltz, where each step becomes a nuanced expression of cosmic intention.
Beyond being a celestial phenomenon, the Solstice marks a pivotal point in the zodiac—a moment when we observe the delicate transition between the shortest day and the longest night (or vice versa, depending on our cosmic coordinates). A poignant Solstice quote encapsulates the essence of this celestial event: "something in us needs to know that at the end of the longest night, there will be light." This sentiment resonates profoundly as we find ourselves at the intersection of beginnings and reflections on life's cyclical nature.
With the Sun donning the Capricorn mantle, our collective focus shifts to themes of work, duty, and responsibility. Yet, beneath the pragmatic exterior lies the shamanic spirit of the sea-goat, finding fulfillment and meaning in solitude rather than loneliness. This season extends an invitation to contemplation, encouraging a quiet mountain stroll, moments of profound introspection, or perhaps a retreat into serene silence.
Capricorn Season, coinciding with the year's end, calls us into a period of self-reflection—a time to assess lessons learned, discern what we wish to carry forward, and what we are ready to release as we approach a new chapter. It stands as a threshold, a pivotal moment on the Wheel of the Year, notably marked as the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere—a reminder of the interconnectedness of our planet's hemispheres and our shared journey around the Sun.
In the grand scheme of astrological archetypes, Capricorn, as part of the Earth triplicity, exudes grounding energy, pragmatism, and practicality, favoring realism over unrealistic whimsy. As a Cardinal Sign, symbolizing the start of a new season, Capricorn takes its place as a leader, a matriarch, and an initiator of change. It sets high expectations, valuing quality over quantity, unafraid of the arduous climb required to ascend the metaphorical mountain.
Ruled by Saturn, the grandfather taskmaster and Father Time, Capricorn imparts invaluable lessons about the importance of saying 'no,' embracing responsibility, and being accountable for our actions. Through the challenges and struggles guided by Saturn's influence, we forge the strength needed to navigate the intricate terrain of our lives.
To honor Solstice tradition, we kindle fires and burn candles as symbolic gestures, paying homage to the vital force, energy, and life bestowed upon us by the Sun. This tradition becomes a bridge between the tangible and the symbolic, an opportunity for meditation, journaling, or the intentional completion of the passing year—a cosmic communion with the energies enveloping us.
Indulging in poetry is a cherished ritual of mine, a practice I seamlessly incorporate into various occasions, and the winter solstice is no exception. A particular poem holds a special place in my heart, especially chosen to honor this celebration – a piece penned by Susan Cooper.
The Shortest Day, by Susan Cooper
So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us—Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Here is to welcoming the winter season, and as the mystic Capricorn themed solstice weaves its magic, may you discover the enchantment within your own soul. In the gentle shadow of the longest night, find solace in introspection, embracing the wisdom of the past and the promise of a new dawn. Let the celestial symphony above guide you towards inner light, renewal, and the realization that even in the quietest moments, the universe whispers its secrets to those who listen.
Wishing you a delightful Winter Solstice!