Category: Astrological News Written by Robert Wilkinson
And an equally Happy Summer Solstice to those “down under!” The 2022 Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice/Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice happens at 1:48 pm PST, 9:48 pm GMT December 21, 2022.
This is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the longest in the Southern! In the North the Solar force will begin to get longer and stronger, a welcome relief for those of us who need lots of sunshine to keep our dispositions equally sunny. The Winter Solstice is a special time for me, where I do a specific ritual every year that yields great results which I'll explain in part 2. For now, let's discuss the Solstice chart.
It has been put forth over the centuries that the charts done for the Solstices and Equinoxes give snapshots of what we can expect during that season. In this article, I’ll offer you some insights about the Solstice chart, and discuss how this Solstice relates to the very important past Winter Solstices which were conjunct Pluto (and in both 2017 and 2018, Saturn!) at the Galactic Center, since those profoundly impacted how we will experience the major shifts happening at this Solstice.
Southern or Northern, We Enter A New Season
We are now at the end of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the end of Spring in the Southern. If you’re wondering how I reconcile the seemingly opposing energies between the hemispheres, when you’re done here please take a look at The Mirroring of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Year Cycles in Astrology. It may help readers “down under” see how the important points of seasonal change, though opposite in physical manifestation, actually have similar challenges at each point of shift.
There is an old tradition that offers us two times when "the year begins," one at the Vernal Equinox, the other at the Autumnal. Perhaps that tradition came from explorers who saw the seasons flip between the Northern and Southern, going from the beginning of warm to the beginning of cold as they moved up and down the latitudes.
This is an excellent time for looking at what has ended, what is emerging, and making decisions about how we want to live in 2023. We up North have now reaped the harvest of what we've done and not done and can figure out how we want to express our power in 2023. In the Southern latitudes, you've finished your "Spring planting," and will now see how these labors will come to fulfillment over the next 90 days.
Whether North or South, keep following through on the emergent archetypes you've already begun to live, since this is the time to embrace personal power in some public way. Regardless of where we live, what follows explores elements we all can expect to experience over the next 13 weeks.
The Grand Mutation, Aspects, and More!
As mentioned, the charts for the Summer and Winter Solstices provide guideposts for what will follow in the 90 days after those points in time, just as charts for the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox each show what will follow in the period after those points in time. In the 2020 Solstice chart, the HUGE factor dominating the entire chart was the Grand Mutation of Jupiter conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius which began a new 20 year Aquarian era, and a new 200 year Air era!
This year’s chart is totally future oriented and educative. The more people use the spiritual powers of gratitude and appreciation the better everything will go. There will be a sharp division between “what was and what is,” with a fair amount of friction due to old approaches being inadequate “to confirm the new conditions of existence.”
It’s a “turning of the corner” type of chart, with the Sun exactly square Jupiter on the Equinoctial point, which is a “critical degree.” This aspect requires that we get clear about how we want to represent ourselves to our world in a way where we can keep the momentum and initiative in our own hands. When we add Sun exactly sesquisquare Uranus and Jupiter semisquare Uranus, it’s going to be a heavy time for any planets or points we have near 1-3 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, as well as 16-18 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
In any case, it’s season of transfigurations and reorientations. High specialization is shown by Saturn cutting the Moon in Sagittarius opposed Mars retrograde in Gemini into a quintile and tredecile, an evolutionary configuration showing serendipitous high specialization and gifts. This will help all to find their “message,” with healing of hearts in the mix. Those who can release the ghosts of the past will find themselves teaching and being taught on an entirely different level of life.
Obviously, since the Sun is the key to the Solstice, the aspects it makes are extremely important. In this December 2022 Solstice chart, the Sun has the Moon in Sag as the entry planet to the Light, indicating the next 90 days will be highly active along future-oriented paths teaching us more expansive social and emotional skills.
The Sun is exactly septile Saturn, showing major “forks in the road of destiny” in play these next 90 days. This will be triggered in a huge way as Venus, the Sun, and Mercury transit 22 Aquarius, the degree Saturn occupies in this chart. Venus activates this on January 19/20, the Sun on February 8/9, and Mercury on February 25/26. Zones most affected include 29 Sagittarius-3 Capricorn, 20-24 Aquarius, 12-16 Aries, 3-7 Gemini, 25-29 Cancer, 17-21 Virgo, and 8-12 Scorpio. If you have a planet or point in any of these 7 “hot zones” your life changes in the next 90 days!
Since the Solstice Sun is ruled by Saturn in Aquarius, it’s opening the doors to greater visions and spiritual touchstones which will outlive us. Saturn is on a degree of demonstrating gratitude and appreciation, “luxurious self-knowing,” and “life’s warmth and richness given to those who eagerly learn to live.” It’s in the emotional-social level of Aquarius related to “Management,” and offers the promise that as we show appreciation for “small comforts” and “safe opportunities to grow,” this season will reward us well. As Saturn rules every other planet in the chart (except Neptune), it will dominate the Stage of Life these next 90 days.
So, the main Solar aspects include a square to Jupiter, a septile to Saturn, a sesquisquare to Uranus, and a wide binovile to Neptune. So while there’s friction, there’s also going to be a sense of need to move forward, embracing new roles and new life adventures. This year we have the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Pluto spread across 28 degrees of Capricorn, showing a lot will be triggered as the Sun crosses over those chart points, as well as when Mercury returns to its position in this chart around the same time as Mars direct transits its degree in this chart in early February.
I’ll do a more extensive analysis of the aspects in the coming New Moon articles, but for now, the main influences in this chart (besides the Solar aspects) include Mercury sextile Neptune and conjunct Pluto, the Moon decile Venus and Venus decile Saturn, cutting the Moon quintile Saturn into even more highly specialized functioning, and Venus trine Uranus. The solidly favorable Earth aspects favor practicality, and sudden events just challenge us to unlock our caged-up inner power.
So, What Brought Us To Here and Now?
In a brief nod to what “brought us to this dance” in years past, the conjunction of the Sun with Pluto was exact or very close when Pluto was exactly conjunct the Galactic Center between 2006-2009. This set some extremely long wave energies into play on our Earth, and marked a huge renewal for the next 250 years, mas or menos. We are now solidly launched into that new Era.
The Sun square Uranus was close or exact on Winter Solstice 2010, 2011 (exact!) and 2012. So, the seed forms created by the Sun and Pluto when they powered up the Galactic Center energies for the next “season of the Millennium” back in 2006-2009 were moved into revolutionary newness by Uranus in the first sign of the zodiac in the years after that Plutonic once-in-250 years event.
Pluto offers us seeds to sprout or seeds of future weeds to be pulled before they grow, and so the years Pluto spent at the GC sent the world “galactic seeds” that were hidden until 2017. The 2017 Solstice brought those hidden seeds into manifestation via the Sun conjunct Saturn at the Galactic Center; those structures began to be modified at the 2018 Solstice. We have now turned the corner as a planet and humanity relative to the Galactic Wisdom we have been learning to know in seed form these past 16 years.
This is the sixth year of a new era which is setting long terms structures into play. The 2017 and 2018 Solstices codified some of the Galactic energies because of the conjunctions of the Sun and Saturn on the GC. In December 2017 Saturn was exactly 1 Capricorn, and in December 2018 it was 11 Capricorn. The 2019 conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter had Jupiter at 5 Capricorn, indicating our Saturn response to the new GC outpouring of 2018 and 2019 opened many doors in 2020 based in how much we’ve accepted Jupiter’s opportunities. This year only the Sun at 1 Capricorn is conjunct the GC, showing “the Great Light” will shine forth GC consciousness into our lives these next 90 days.
This is the third December Solstice with Saturn in Aquarius, which still dominates the stage of Life from its home sign of Aquarius. So besides the Sun shining a big light on the Galactic Center, we also have Saturn as a major player, ruling all the other planets in the sky (except Neptune) until Mercury enters Pisces on March 2. Because Saturn is the ruler of the Sun, the next season (and year) will open us to newer, more idealistic and visionary forms of Aquarian energy and expression in our lives wherever we have the third decan of Aquarius in our charts.
The Winter Solstice of 2015 had Saturn at 11 Sag, so those were the lessons of 2016. The 2016 Solstice had Saturn at 21 Sag, making them the lessons of 2017. Those years restructured wherever we have Sag in our charts. 2018 was about the lesson of 1 Capricorn. 2019 was about the lessons of 11 Capricorn, and 2020 featured lessons related to 21 Capricorn. The 2020 Solstice saw Jupiter and Saturn conjunct at 1 Aquarius, making that the theme of 2021. The December 2021 Solstice found Saturn occupying the 11th degree of Aquarius, that being the theme for the past year, and this one is about the lessons of 22 Aquarius, so study up on where the emphasis was in your charts for those years. (Yes, you may find some interesting information by putting the Solstice chart on top of yours, and see where those transits fall.)
Saturn ruling the Sun is a primary dispositor influence, and so Saturn always plays a big part in the December through March season. On this Solstice, Saturn makes only spiritual or favorable aspects to all the other planets. Be patient, see the big picture, understand what you’ve been learning since last March about appreciation, and enjoy yourself!
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn plays such a large part in any December Solstice chart, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We all need to make friends with our inner Saturn if we would claim our power to fulfill our higher purpose for being alive as Spirits in the material world.
This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to be led to mastering life on our own terms. By knowing how to become the best of Saturn in our world, we take command of our destiny and become the living purpose we were born to make manifest!
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will assist your understanding of how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and power to turn away from unhelpful karmic cause and effect patterns. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms.
So, if you don’t already have a copy, please order your copy today! You can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. And if you would, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the bigger the boost on their site.
Enjoy digesting the information in this article, and I’ll post part two soon!
As "they" say, Mahalo, Aloha, Namaskarams, Aum Namah Shivaya, Happy and Merry Solstice, Happy Hanukkah (slight return!), Merry Christmastide, Joyous Christ Mass, and Happy New Year!
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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