2010 Winter Solstice: December 21, 2010
by BARBARA HAND CLOW (HANDCLOW2012.COM)
[IMAGE: "Portals of Light" (Limited Edition Print) by Uri Dowbenko, Courtesy of New Improved Art]
When the Sun moves into Capricorn, those of us living north of the equator celebrate our entry into winter's deep contemplation, a time for us to renew our trust in Earth, spirit, and self. During winter's quiet darkness, we can review our intentions for this year and evaluate them in light of collective needs.
[For readers living south of the equator, you begin to experience the start of summer, followed by your sunlight waning. This is when your intentions created during your Spring Equinox (September) intensify and deepen.]
This year's solstice period is extremely potent: The Sun moves into Capricorn about fifteen hours after an extremely close lunar eclipse in 29 Gemini, which puts the opposing Sun in 29 Sagittarius very close to the Galactic Center, where Mercury sits exactly conjunct.
The close lunar eclipse just before the Solstice has an enormous impact on this year's formative solar entry into Capricorn.