Winter Solstice 2012

The Solstices and the Equinoxes mark the quarters of the Astrological year.  The next of these to occur  is the Winter Solstice, which takes place on December 21 or 22nd this year – depending on your time zone.  This marks the entrance of the Sun into the Cardinal sign Capricorn.

The closest aspects in this chart are Uranus sextile Pluto, Moon trine Mercury, and Sun sextile Neptune – all less than a degree and partile (in the same degree number.  Mars placed in his Exaltation, Capricorn has the most Essential Dignity at the moment of the ingress.  He also helps form one of the chart roots, since he is in Mutual Reception by Domicile with Saturn in Scorpio.  Another Mutual Reception by Domicile is between Mercury in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini.  Every other point in the chart of the moment disposes back to one of these two Mutual Receptions.

When forecasting what this might mean for the world at large, the easiest tool to use is a location map that displays where the planets are angular by drawing lines over a map of the world.

Since this is a solar event, let’s look first to the places where the Sun is angular and where it crosses lines with other planets.  Sun lines cut through Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Libya, Niger , Nigeria, Cameroon,  Tibet, Bangladesh, the coast of Myanmar, Thailand (Phuket especially), Sumatra, and western Australia.

Significant places where the Sun crosses other line include Uranus just south of Jakarta, The Moon in northern Columbia and Germany, and Neptune in Kazakhstan.

In addition to where the Sun crosses other lines, it’s also a good idea to look at where other planets – especially those predisposed to violent action, cross in the map.  Most troubling is the Mars/Uranus crossing at the Iraq/Syria border.  Look at when other planets aspect the places Mars (26 Capricorn) and Uranus (4 Aries) for times when this is most likely to be triggered.  Pluto and Uranus cross over Cambodia and Moon/Pluto over Chad.

The main thing this chart suggests is the balance that is needed to get through the troubling times ahead.  The world needs to deal with both the Mars/Saturn and the Mercury/Uranus see-saws that it seems to be riding.  Aggression versus Restriction and Thought versus Enthusiasm are the themes for this time period.