This holiday week we have a funky conjunction in the sky. Pluto, the Sun and Juno are all in conjunction in the sign of Capricorn. I said funky, I should have said a confusing conjunction. Pluto and the Sun together brings and energy to changing ourselves; to “focus like a laser beam” on making ourselves into the person we always wanted to be. Capricorn is a sign that is all about doing things by the book. Develop a plan and follow it to the letter is what Capricorn is good at. So you can see this is a pretty good placement to have at the end of the year when we are working on resolutions and promising to be better in the New Year.
Juno thrown into the picture is a bit odd. Juno and the Sun together is intense loyalty toward a relationship. Juno was the consort goddess in mythology. In the best of worlds this is a good time to work on your relationship with another person together – what can WE do to change to make this relationship work together. Of course, this could disintegrate into well I am doing this what are YOU doing? However, let’s be positive about this and see it as a time to work together to make things work better for both.
Happy New Year.
Please join me and many others in the shared space of our human hearts for a special Live Experiential Meditation: This is being sponsored by my great Astrology teacher Adam Gainsburg.* “Awakening Our Solar Feminine” “The most rare astronomical event visible to the naked eye is the visible procession of Venus across the disc of our Sun. Occurring only every 120 years in pairs of two, this June 5/6 is the second event within the current 8 year window (the first was in 2004). Join sky astrologer Adam Gainsburg and the Panacea Community with the full presence of your heart in this rare, unique event. Adam will explain some of the astronomy and the astrology behind this event, answer questions and lead an experiential meditation to connect to and embrace your inner Solar Feminine archetype. It is She who leads us to our greatest contribution to an improved world from the truth of our bodies and hearts.” Freely open to everyone. *Adam is the originator of an elegant breath meditation practice, known as Breath of the Soul®. Consistent with Adam’s style of integrating ancient techniques into our current post-postmodern world, Breath of the Soul evolves classic pranayama into a viable daily practice at any time of day or night. As a leading US astrologer, Adam’s books, classes and trainings re-ignite the sentient interface of astrology and astronomy within our body so that his clients gain direct experience of their unique birth chart within the vastness of their human heart experience. He maintains a private consulting practice focused on our deeper evolution, greater intimacy as our own higher consciousness, and supporting the conscious, joyful integration of the two. He’s authored four CDs, numerous mp3′s and videos, as well as four astrology books, the most recent of which presents a full system for empowering our inner feminine (men and women) into our life’s dharma.
I have often wondered if the Winter Solstice is December 21, why do we celebrate Christmas on the 25th?Why did the Christians wait for four days before having the big party? The answer is simple – seems our ancient friends were rather cautious. Yes, December 21 is the longest night of the year – but it is the next day when the day grows just a wee bit longer and a little longer the next and so on. They wanted to be darned sure that Sun was indeed returning before getting out the party hats and horns (or reasonable facsimile thereof.)
But the day December 25 was long a day of celebration in the pagan world – a day to celebrate the return of the Sun or son. The Christians didn’t have to look far for a holiday to co-opt on December 25. It was the day that Attis, the Roman son of the virgin Nana who was later sacrificed to bring salvation by being crucified on a tree and then arising three days later, was born.
The Greek god, Dionysus son of Zeus, whose body was symbolically eaten in the form of bread and wine, was also celebrated on December 25. The Egyptians placed December 25 as the birth day of Osiris, the savior-god who was resurrected by his wife and then reined over the after world. The Persians, also happy that the Sun was proving itself back to stay, celebrated the birth of Mithra, a savior who performed miracles, cured the ill and ascended into heaven in the Spring.
So go ahead celebrate the Solstice and then 4 days later the return of the Sun – or son – if you prefer. In either case, you will be carrying on a tradition that predates the current Christian incarnation by about 6000 – 8000 years. It is a great way to link yourself to nature and our collective roots.
The Sun, ruler of Leo, is at its Zenith in August – the time of Leo — but it is the cycle of waxing and waning that we celebrate in the depths of cold winter. Rejoice for the Sun (son) has returned!