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Winter Solstice 2009: Sun Cap-Moon AQ

On Dec 21, 2009 at 12:46:35 pm est in Washington DC, we reach the time of year of the Winter Solstice (Sun 00Cap00:00), the shortest day of the year.

The Sun will rise with Fixed Star Altair, the Alpha Star of Aquila, The Eagle; keywords: boldness, courage, dogged determination, and risk-taking, but anyone influenced by Altair may be guilty of bloodshed. (Robson.)

Considering the further trek America is about to take down the war path in Afghanistan, perhaps a link to violence is to be expected.

Besides the Solstice, Dec 21, 2009 happens to be the day of a US Moon Return (Sibly Moon 27AQ10) with the astrological Moon in a mundane chart representing the people, the public, the masses. Our nation’s Lunar Return occurs a mere ten minutes after the Winter Solstice becomes exact!

Dec 21 is also the day of the third and final Great Conjunction of the speculator pair, Jupiter and Neptune, occurring upon the US Sibly Moon – quite a celestial pile-up of synchronicity for the American people which indicates the importance of this particular Winter Solstice.

You remember the midpoint picture being formed on top of our noggins:

Jupiter/Neptune = US n Moon: becoming involved in speculation, instability, wastefulness; uncertainty about what is real and what is not; going with the wind; a desire to dream; losing oneself in plans.

Sounds familiar, yes?

So let’s check out the Sun-Moon blend of 2009’s Solstice chart to see if anything resonates for you. This is an Earth-Air blend which together describes productive, rational, efficient energies; at its best Earth-Air melds absract thought with talent for dealing with practical matters. Objectivity and a scientific approach are evident for this is an elemental blend of practical idealists with far-reaching goals in mind.

Sounds pretty good unless a ‘dry as dust’ flavor is allowed to creep in because emotions and the ‘unquantifiables’ of life may be lost touch with.

When Sun is in Capricorn and Moon in Aquarius we have insight, diligence, and professionalism; personal ambition mixes with respect for the rights and well-being of others; privacy is required yet an up-front friendliness and independence are shown in elegant fashion; music, dance, art, and poetry are much appreciated and perhaps pursued.

Noel Tyl gives this blend as: ‘Ambition finds fresh applications, probably through humanitarian or social service channels; there is stability of purpose and performance that brings success; innovation is the goal, significance the prize.’

If any of this reminds you of President Obama, I agree – especially since he travels to Oslo Dec 10, 2009 to collect his Nobel Peace Prize. Whether you think he’s done much yet to deserve it or not, the president receives a ‘prize’ of ‘significance’ although the ceremony occurs 11 days before the Winter Solstice we’re considering here.

But as you know in Astrology, sometimes things happen ‘early’ and it’s possible that other significant prizes are on the Universe’s menu as well…

Sun Cap-Moon AQ’s ‘Images for Integration’ are: ‘A prophetic poet is awarded high honors…Having struggled unaided to the peak, a mountaineer hitches a ride on a passing helicopter…An historian points the way to the future.’

(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Well, realistically that’s about as ‘sweet and light’ as I can get with the Winter Solstice 2009 chart with its subsequent sway over US and world events. (Guess I hang out with Politics too often and long.)

If you wish, you may read more details in the Political or Mundane Astrology vein and see an image of the chart set for Washington DC along with my notes which mainly concern war escalation into Afghanistan, for I believe it shows all too well in the horoscope for Winter Solstice 2009.


Written by Jude Cowell

December 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

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  1. A message to commenter Ally —

    Am not publishing your birth data here in case you’d like me not to. You didn’t mention the location of your birth – still, i see that the general vibes now being triggered for you are very substantial, as you know.

    Tr Pluto conjoined your n Neptune 22Sag50 years ago, and is now affecting n Mercury 1Cap28 and n Sun 4Cap28 – greater personal power achieved through knowledge, deep insights into your inner motivations, easier recognition of hidden meanings; increases of efficiency and relevancy are now important issues for you.

    Pluto-to-n-Sun is a period of intense self-awareness when greater recognition is wanted; if you’re not a determined person you become more aggressive under this transit; lifestyle changes are tranformative; ego is the driving force, and the past influences the present more than usual. (And father issues may be indicated esp since Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto can all be significators for ‘father.’)

    It’s common to want to retreat into isolation under this transit but whether you do or not, after Pluto finishes messing with your identity (Sun) you will be a more determined and independent person. A caution is not to let inordinate pride rule the day or you’ll be asking for a bruised ego.

    Add to that the tr Saturn in early Libra and moving on course for your Saturn Return which is made more complex by your close Sat/Jupiter conj:

    You have Jupiter 9Lib02/Saturn 9Lib17, a conj that squares your Sun natally. Jup/Sat conj folk have tremendous perseverance toward reaching their goals (ex: Pres Obama. although his conj is out-of-sign and Rx, between Cap/AQ.)

    Saturn returns to his natal degree about every 30 years or so for everyone – yours occurs on or about Oct 13, 2010. Wrapped up in the transit – Saturn will conj n Jupiter, a time when there are restrictions placed on Jupiterian things…

    Some of what has been gained (Jup) may have to be given back (Sat) yet paradoxically it is through your natural persevence and patience that you will gain the most during this transit by sharing your possessions, insights, knowledge.

    Being born into a Disseminating phase (= communicator disseminating info) between Sun and Moon, this may be a time when teaching and communicating talents come to the surface, ‘scared up’ by tr Saturn who insists that we accept our responsibilities honestly and perform them to the best of our abilities. Again, father issues or concerns may be indicated as well.

    In short, the transiting hardliner Saturn/Pluto Square we hear so much about these days is now affecting your ‘ Sun/Mercury SQ Jup/Saturn’ pattern, so your best plan is to accept your mission and follow lesson-bringer Saturn’s curriculum. Then be certain to better appreciate and understand your personal power bwo tr Pluto to n Mercury/Sun, and you’re good to go, Ally.

    So the signs say: Hard Work and Lessons Ahead – but it’s nothing you can’t handle! Hope this helps, Jude



    December 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm

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