December 17 - 23, 2014
© 2014 by Ralfee Finn
Hello to readers in Lyon!
Try not to let the days and nights of this week evaporate in a rush of 10,000 details. We’re still in the midst of significant passages that mark endings and beginnings, and it wouldn’t do to hurry across these thresholds. The most important turning point is the winter solstice on Sunday, December 21, at 6:03 EST. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice delineates the return of the light. “Solstice” means the Sun’s standstill, and if you were to mark the position of the Sun as it rises in the east and sets in the west, as our ancient ancestors did for as many years as it took to observe a pattern, you would notice that for approximately four days in a row, the Sun’s position on the horizon is the same. The solstice point marks the moment it comes to a “halt” before it retraces its path for another year. Many archeological sites around the world are aligned with this solar event, Newgrange in Ireland and the Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, to name but two monuments that track this enduring solar cycle. Science teaches that this “standstill” occurs because the axial tilt of the Earth along its orbital path around the Sun has reached its aphelion, the farthest point from the Sun. But knowing the science doesn’t interfere with the underpinnings of our seasonal festivals, all of which celebrate the start of another solar cycle, all of which remind us that we are part of a much greater rhythm that occurs in nature, a rhythm that includes our personal stories as part of a grand celestial narrative.
Uranus goes direct just moments before the solstice, and as it makes its “course correction” surges of energy are likely to pulse through the regular routines of daily life. Fasten your seatbelts, strap yourself in, and expect to feel as if you’ve shifted into hyperspace. Although the days prior to this turn around—starting today—are likely to resemble a strange, erratic retrograde something-or-other, we are moving at the speed of light—Uranian light, a spectrum that causes nervous systems to suffers from the strain and stress of keeping up with this transition.
At the moment Uranus moves forward, it sextiles Mars. This is a positive interaction that signals activity, and it’s one of the reasons, if not the main one, that hurrying through a list of activities is probable. I’m not suggesting you slow to a standstill, but I am advising you to make a special effort to stay present as well as participatory. Also keep in mind that children, already too excited by this time of year, are certain to channel these Uranian impulses. Do your best to be patient and kind; children are often conduits for energy fields that are just too big and powerful for their young systems to contain.
This week, as we continue to move across important astral thresholds, do your best to be aware of how you handle these transitions. We are, after all, inhabitants of a relatively small planet, spinning through space at a speed too fast to comprehend. When you consider Earth’s position from the broadest possible cosmic perspective, it is merely a speck of stardust. It’s humbling to realize how insignificant we are, actually. And yet our minds are always busy supporting our importance, urging us to action to substantiate an importance that quickly evaporates within the much bigger picture. It’s an interesting conundrum to consider, especially when we are in such dire need of peace and goodwill. Do your best this week to contribute to the goodwill that is supposed to be the signature of the season and the reason we celebrate the light of the star that holds us in place.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Taurus April 20-May 20
Cancer June 22-July 22
Leo July 23-August 22
Virgo August 23-September 22
Libra September 23-October 22
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Pisces February 19-March 20