Monday, December 21, 2015
11:47 p.m. EST
“The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still. The seasonal movement of the Sun's path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.” Wikipedia
Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Sun’s entry into Capricorn at 11:47 p.m. marks the change of the seasons. This is the “Return of the Light”. Many cultures mark this important turning point with a variety of celebrations, feasts, candle lighting and gift giving during this season.
Daylight hours will increase each day until we reach the summer solstice when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer on June 21st.
The chart for the solstice moment has the Sun, Moon and Jupiter in the earth signs of Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo, respectively. This configuration brings an ease and flow, giving us opportunities to ground our spiritual energies in practical, down-to-earth ways. We make manifest the beauty of the visions we hold when we create time and space for the practices that nurture and enhance our health and wellbeing.