Capricorn Ingress December
21st 2013 5:11 pm UT
22nd Dec 4:11 am AEDT
At this Capricorn ingress, the time when the Sun moves into the cardinal sign of Capricorn we also celebrate the sacred Solstice when the Sun stands still at it’s most Southern declination, the summer Solstice. The winter Solstice in the north. In Capricorn the Sun is also in it’s most elevated position in the natural zodiac. At this culmination point, it is the time of year that we reflect on the year past as we come together with those nearest and dearest and we give thanks for what we have. Capricorn represents all of this, achievements, our aspirations and honoring and celebrating who we are in this world .
The symbol for Capricorn, Capricorn’s glyph represents the sea goat, with the V-shape symbolising its’ horns and the S-shape its’ fish tail. The sea goat illustrates past human cultural achievement and our consciousness rising from the depths of the primordial cosmic ocean. This glyph is also seen to represent the cornucopia, a symbol of food and abundance from ancient times. Also known as the Horn of Plenty, or harvest cone, the cornucopia is said to have the power to give whatever is desired to whomever possesses it. Mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia, however one of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus by the goat Amalthea who hid baby Zeus from his devouring father Cronus in a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete. He was fed on the milk from Amalthea and he gained unusual abilities and strength, and whilst playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns. This horn then became a horn that held divine power to provide unending nourishment, as the foster mother Amalthea had done to the god, Zeus.
So at this time of year we give thanks to that which has nourished us, families, traditions, loved ones and deceased family members. As the Sun stands still at the Solstice, the festivities stemming from the ancient past, before a baby Jesus was born, and now the tradition of Christmas, was the celebration of the recommencement of the movement of the Sun, after standing still for 3 days. It began it’s journey North again and began to grow again in light, it was the Return of the King, the Sun. We can look at many ancient traditions and the story of the birth of Christ and find many similarities that show a tradition based not on the birth of a saviour Jesus, but one that stemmed much further back, the return of the Sun.
More on the story of Christmas here by Agent 21 http://www.astrosense.net/christmas-and-astrology.
As Christmas traditions by far outweigh the Solstice, astrologically we consider the Ingress of the Sun into Capricorn as being one of the 4 major turning points of the year. Zero Capricorn is one of the four World points, together with Cancer, Aries and Libra. The time of the chart (as below) is set for when the Sun enters zero degrees of one of these cardinal signs,when using the Tropical Zodiac. Tropical, meaning a system of astrology measured from the continually moving Aries point, the Equinox point. From this slow moving Aries point, we equally divide the astrological signs along the ecliptic, the Sun’s path, by 30 degrees each, 30 x 12. The constellations along the ecliptic, the original zodiac, now no longer aligns with the moving tropical zodiac and a difference of 25 degrees is apparent. As a complete revolution of the zodiac by the Aries point or any other point like a fixed star, takes 26,000 years to complete, we still have a long time to wait to have both exactly aligned again. The two zodiacs were aligned back in about 200 ACE and will realign again in about 24,000 years.
Precession is the term given to understand the moving zodiac, as the Aries point will move 1 degree every 72 years, backwards through the signs, taking 2160 years to move through one sign. Precession is a backward motion like the Nodes of the Moon and the Aries point now sits amongst the early stars of the sign of Pisces at about 5 degrees. This precession is caused by the earth’s wobble, like a spinning top slowly changing the backdrop of stars from our perspective. Precession often leaves many confused about the concept of astrology, and how if the zodiac we use is no longer aligned with the constellations then how can we use astrology as a valid tool for guidance. Isn’t it all supposed to be about the STARS! It’s important to remember that we are the ones moving, the stars as we know are fixed and the planets are the wanderers of the heavens. Our constant moving through the solar system reflects our constant evolutionary state. Read more on Precession here, well worth understanding well.
Therefore the timing of the Equinoxes and Solstices, are all about keeping in time with our guiding light- The Sun!
A year ago at this Solstice 2012, the world was excited about the supposed ending of the Mayan Calendar, it was a time to contemplate the dawning of a New world, a new awareness, the coming of a big shift. A year later and after another couple of Pluto and Uranus squares, we can sense a shift, a change , and a deep change within, yet we also sense so much more ahead. We knew this was all symbolic, we gave it meaning, and we continue to live in hope as we desperately still want our world to change for the better.
The main feature of the Solstice chart, as the Sun stands still, is also the stand still of Venus, as Venus stations retrograde at 28-59 degrees Capricorn about 20 hrs before the Solstice and moves retrograde 2 days after. Redefining the Values that govern our lives is the focus of this retrograde of Venus and has been written about quite extensively at this link.
For a further delineation on the Solstice Chart please read Agent 129’s article about the Ingress chart for the USA http://www.taratarot.com/id32.html
Another highlight is Mars in Libra opposes Uranus, highlighting the change we want and need to make, now more potent than ever as Mars joins the cardinal impact and gets quite involved. Here major opportunities to “work things out” come into our consciousness and become ever more important to sort out than before. Indeed we hope to see some of the world’s big problems get somewhat closer to resolution over the coming months, as Mars in Libra is forced to seek compromise and co-operation.http://www.cosmicintelligenceagency.com/2013/12/mars-in-libra-2013-2014/
Jupiter and Saturn connect by trine in a supportive way, from the depths of Cancer and Scorpio. Remember the She Goat, Amalthea? Where do we gain nourishment and support ? Who and what do we support? What about our responsibilities in the larger scheme of things, beyond family and work, but as a global citizen? This may become more obvious to us as we make decisions based on what will continue to support us and take on roles of support and new responsibilities ourselves, remembering that Venus’ retrograde phase in Capricorn, suggests that we relook and redo in this department of our lives. Our work and our sense of achievement in life is not what it used to be!
A waning Leo Moon in the disseminating phase shows a quarter ahead that requires us to consolidate our energy and spend it on more creative and authentic experiences. The Moon is in the sign ruled by the Sun accentuating this Solstice moment and the few months ahead, as dramatic and full of life and experiences that help us unfold our authentic inner being.
The Moon squares Saturn and may put a damper on our outlook, temporarily and an indicator of the 3 months ahead. Moon Saturn aspects indicate being tough, sticking out through the hard times, and not feeling right until it is right. Work on getting things right and keeping working on it, create boundaries, set goals, for in the end this will prove to be most rewarding. If life is dull, if you are depressed, if there seems to be no better way, and in the bigger picture we can certainly see enough to depress us, we need to just keep working at it, as times are indeed tough and will prove to be so in the coming months.Keep our minds on track on what it is we are building and consolidating in this new way forward.
Take this disseminating Leo Moon as a big sign, a big sign to lift the spirits, to spread love, happiness and cheer as far and wide as we can. Disseminating means sharing and circulating and all agents of change are called to spread the light, do an important job as Saturn is involved. Yet it all starts from within and stems from what we really care about.
The fire that burns inside is infectious, smiles radiate a thousand miles. Keeping that fire alive and radiating from our solar plexus is to keep growing, to keep seeking enlightenment to keep living fully, to keep engaged to the process to live with a purpose. This is what we celebrate at this Solstice, the light of the Sun, the light within, the gift of our radiating Sun and its’ life giving energy that burns in all of us!
Happy Solstice from all of us at the C*I*A!
Do join us for our Solstice Intention Mission, as we send a wave of positive intention around the Globe
This Capricorn solstice, focus your intentions on a world where limits and boundaries are respected by everyone,; where resources are utilized intelligently and responsibly for the benefit of all and future generations : where participation with each other and with our environment transforms to a social and planetary responsibility to tend and care for our World, creating joy and the ability for all to thrive.
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AstroCartoGraphy Map for the exact time of the Solstice