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Winter Solstice Dec 21, 2012

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Winter Solstice Dec 21, 2012

Winter Solstice Dec 21, 2012

Here you see the chart for the end of the Mayan Calendar everyone is wondering about, set for the White House, Washington DC – December 21, 2012, Sun 00Cap00:00, 6:11:21 am est.

Occurring during a Mars Hour, the Sun at 00Cap00 is at one of the four World Points where globally significant events tend to manifest, if they will. Moon 14Ari14 added to a Capricorn Sun gives this Earth-Fire blend a willful and magnetic quality where goals take on a larger-than-life importance and there’s a tendency to ride roughshod over others.

This combo can be a “sore loser” and yet has much courage, dignity, and organizational skills. It is shared natally by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who intoned: “Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.”

According to the ancient and astrologically sophisticated Mayans, Venus is supposed to be intimately involved in this time period when there may be a paradigm shift of some kind – possibly with earth shifts and changes of the quaking persuasion.

Rising is Fixed Star Antares (‘anti-Ares’, the alpha star of Scorpius; keyphrase: ‘the need to avoid obsession’) with Venus 6Sag35 just having arisen as the Sun reaches the 00:00:00 point of the zodiac.

Sun rises with Altair, a Fixed Star which is the alpha star of the Aquila (the Eagle) constellation, keyphrase: ‘boldness and determination’ (star info and lore from ‘Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars’.) 

Altair is also connected to caring and human relationships, and an ability to achieve by taking risks with dogged determination. It is a masculine star of action and strength of the eagle, but this quest is not only for itself, but is also for others.

Natally, Altair is linked to the natal charts of Leonardo da Vinci (Saturn), John Lennon (Sun), and Jules Verne (Moon.)

You see my usual chicken-scratch notes on the chart with a YOD pattern (‘Finger of God’ indicating a crisis, or a special task or purpose) marked in pink with Rx Jupiter 8Gem54 as apex planet being “pointed to” by a sextile between Saturn 8Sco40 (conj US natal ASC, the Scorpio rising version) and Pluto 8Cap57. There is a fated flavor here with all three planets being in the same ‘8th’ degree, and of course a YOD in itself may be considered fated or karmic as well.

A midpoint picture is thus created and may be worth consideration:

Saturn/Pluto = Jupiter: adoption of the austere; trouble with authority; staying out of trouble; trying to save what’s left. (Tyl.)

Not very comforting, is it?

Ebertin gives this picture as: plainness and simplicity; self-sacrifice; religious and social fanaticism; difficulties cause through illness; excessive modesty.

Ring any bells with you? Some of these things we’ve already seen, particularly concerning the attacks of 9/11/01 – which many people have thought of as a paradigm shift for the New Millennium.

In his book, ‘Dynamics of Aspect Analysis’, Bil Tierney gives apex Jupiter in YOD formation as:

broadening social vision, an expansion of consciousness, and enrichment of moral development.

(This seems to support those who view this time period with its Winter Solstice as indicative of these sorts of issues, a sort of ‘kumbaya uplift’ on the path for all mankind.)

Well, that would be wonderful, but one mustn’t ignore the lava-filled earth’s obvious turmoil which has been heating up for years now – I’m writing this on August 7, 2008 – so that the consequences of the Mayan-touted Venus cycle, if any marked results should occur in 2012, remain to be seen. I now return you to Bil Tierney and apex Jupiter which, you may notice, is conjunct asteroids MIDA$ and Pan, a trickster element – all in dualistic, duplicitous Gemini but with a Capricorn flavor – now hosting Mars which is exalted in earthy Capricorn.)

This chart-ruling apex Jupiter in a YOD formation yearns for inspiration and mental freedom to put his faith in something workable. Not finding this in the external world, he is forced to turn inward (and Jup is Rx here, also internal) and much questioning ensues. Intellectual adjustments must be made while abstract matters are pondered, with increased receptivity to all new theories and probabilities.

However, as we might expect, daily life’s details go begging for attention because such deep inner focus has a disorganizing effect externally. 

Procrastination, poor judgment, and overreaching are common with this Jupiterian configuration so that proper timing, patience, and common sense are required for its best use. A formerly held belief or ideology may be dropped during this period as an alternate world view aligns more fully with our inner spirits. A new level of awareness is indicated so that benevolence, tolerance, and unselfishness may lead to great benefits.

Broadcasting of abstract concepts may be used in order to stimulate mass consciousness in the social sphere, which puts me in mind of a satellite beaming messages worldwide – kind of an Orwellian propagandistic approach as a new course of direction for humankind.

(See above quote from Schweitzer – is this part of the message to be broadcast? His words sound reasonable until you realize that it’s a way for neocon, totalitarian types with a  “you’re on your own” mentality to justify their coldheartedness toward their fellow man – they have theirs, get yours, if you can, with Charity fallen by the wayside…”faith” and “morals” indeed!)

This apex Jupiter also contains a vision of a ‘pilgrimmage’ of some sort being within the broad picture – which hopefully won’t bring toilsome mass migrations.

Whether there’s mass movement of the human variety or not, a strong impact upon the collective will be felt with fateful consequences esp if the impact is motivated by Jupiterian self-aggrandizement and a sense of Jupiter’s self-righteousness.

So will a new and powerful guru arise? A false prophet? A charismatic figure does seem to be indicated here, perhaps even from the political world – ugh! Or will Christ’s Second Return shortly appear on the world’s menu?

Ahh, but no man knows the hour of His Coming! Certainly not THIS reluctant astrologer! Remaining watchful is the best advice – counsel which is freely found in Scripture, if your heart is open to it.

…to be cont’d at some point prior to Dec 21, 2012….


And meanwhile, if you’d prefer a slightly more mystical flavor to this subject, mosey yourself over to:



Written by Jude Cowell

August 8, 2008 at 12:32 am

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  1. Hi Donna, it’s difficult to say with certainty since Astrology describes so many levels at once.

    That population control is being practiced seems obvious to me – genocides, mass bombings,
    and –??– .

    If Hollywood would quit making films about killer viruses and such, we’d all sleep easier, wouldn’t we?

    Such films with unimaginable scenarios may give the psychotic among us ideas for their next project! jude



    November 4, 2008 at 5:10 pm

  2. Jude, do you see the jupiter point in the sixth house as an indicator of a pandemic? Are the neos planning to shore up their finances with a brew to thin out the crowds? A gloomy thought, I apologize, but it would be an ever man for himself kind of scenario.


    Donna Davidson

    November 4, 2008 at 10:02 am

  3. James thanks so much for adding this info…just searched my art blogs for the reference I made to 2012 and Venus’ important role..didn’t find it (that’s odd!) but I appreciate your bringing Venus and her 8 year cycle into this post.

    Venus is apparently the culprit for 2012. My Venus Return was this weekend so it’s amusing that you should mention The Lady.

    Will look again at the Winter Solstice 2009 chart and thanks for the heads-up! jude



    November 3, 2008 at 6:22 pm

  4. ps. i forgot to mention that this will occur on the 2009 winter solstice. oops!



    November 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm

  5. hello, i am neither astrologer nor astronomer.. more of an astroarcheologist you could say. anyway, i am surprised that you have not mentioned that on the morning of the winter solstice, just before sunrise, lokking out into te eastern sky you should be able to see the light from venus very clearly (supposing you are in a location wihtout light pollution and there is a clear sky) this is the culmination of venus’ 8 year cycle which is part of a bigger 40 year cycle. knowledge of this cycle has existed for over 5000 years and was used as the basis of the earliest calendars. the light from venus, if focused through a prism (or a light tunnel as used by megalithic astronomers) will shine on exactly the same spot every eight years to an accuracy of within a few seconds. the only method of time keeping that has surpassed this in terms of accuracy is the atomic clock which wasn’t invented until the 1950’s…



    November 3, 2008 at 3:13 pm

  6. Hi Phaeded, thanks for writing!

    As a Solar Fire software user i am at its mercy so I double-checked and yes, it says that the Sun rises over the White House at 7:28:22 am and Altair rises at 7:29 am est on Dec 21, 2012.

    I’m not familiar with Jenkins’ work but will acquaint myself. With Galactic Center now nearing 27 Sag it is inching (poor word choice – sorry!) toward 00Cap ’tis true…



    October 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm

  7. Jude,
    Stumbled across your page…confused by “Sun rises with Altair” – many the of the 2012 doyens emphasize the work of Maya scholar John Major Jenkins who says the 2012 winter solstice sun will rise in the Milky Way’s galactic center between the Sag’s arrow and Scorpius’ stinger. The Eagle is certainly suggestive but not part of the 2012 mythology as I understand it.
    Thanks in advance for a further explanation.



    October 29, 2008 at 7:19 pm

  8. Jude — Thanks for posting this. At least we have four years to get our respective houses in order for the visitor, the spiritual awakening, or the mass migration. I’m going to print this chart out and put it on the refrigerator. Seems like it’s time to clean out the closets, both physically and spiritually! — Monica



    August 12, 2008 at 7:04 pm

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