For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, tonight will be the longest of the year. At this winter solstice, as the “sun stands still,” let’s pause in the midst of the busy holiday season to enjoy some quiet contemplation and childlike wonder—a long, dark night illuminated by hope and magic.
Capricorn, where the Solstice takes place, is not always thought of as a “magical” sign. And right now, with the sun conjunct Saturn in its first degree, we might scoff at the very idea of magic—who has time for that, when we’re responsible adults with things to do?
But remember that Capricorn is the sea-goat: a fantastical creature, both earth and water, a bridge between two different worlds. What could be more magical than that?
Since Capricorn also represents the spirit taking material form, this sun/Saturn conjunction at the winter solstice is a perfect opportunity to visualize something new you’d like to bring into being. Who knows? Like the snowman in this classic animated short film (not to be confused with last year’s much-panned crime thriller), your idea might be magically brought to life!
We have an abundance of ideas right now, as we’ve spent the last three weeks on an inner journey with retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius. As Mercury stations direct tomorrow, we’ll begin to find ways of expressing where we’ve been and what we’ve imagined.
On Sunday and Monday, Venus follows the sun into Capricorn and also conjoins Saturn. Holiday celebrations may feel bittersweet, as we sense that even our closest relationships have their limits. Make the most of this time with loved ones, even if it flies by as quickly as the little boy’s adventure with his snowman friend.
And remember, this time can be especially lonely for some. How might you create a little magic for someone in need?
Grounding Elements Pro-Tip: Watch this contemplative classic now.