In the Stars December 20-27, 2020...shining light on the astrology of the week: Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is Monday, December 21st when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn, signaling the beginning of winter. The Solstice is the darkest day of the year, when we begin to turn toward greater light. Saturn and Jupiter conjunct at 0 degrees of Aquarius. Discovery and innovation, community and collaboration, and humanitarian concerns are all expressions of Aquarius. These themes will be strong in the coming year. It’s a new day. Expect to see new inventions, immigrant issues in the foreground, and a new government.

The days leading up to Christmas Day, as well as the new year hold a lot of tension and challenging planetary energy due to the Mars-Pluto-Eris alignments. Keep things simple. Stay grounded, and channel frustration into exercise, dance, and creative projects.

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Sunday’s Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces heightens our intuition and imagination. If we can let go of any guilt or victimization, we are free to raise our vibration for the good of ourselves and humanity. This alignment opposes the asteroid Vesta, inviting us to let go of commitments and work patterns that do not support our higher calling. Mercury enters Capricorn, bringing focus and discernment to the day and the weeks ahead.

The Winter Solstice is the big cosmic event on Monday, and what a special Solstice it is! The Sun enters Capricorn tropically, marking the first day of Winter. Jupiter and Saturn align at 0:29 degrees of Aquarius, symbolizing a new beginning, a welcome energy given the past year of turbulence that we have experienced. After a void of course period from 2:24 a.m. to 2:32 p.m. the Moon moves into Aries, and aligns in a benefic sextile to the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius. This is a day to envision your future, and seed a new plan for 2021.

Tuesday glows with a lovely Moon-Venus trine in fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. However, a Mars-Eris (dwarf planet) square is hot and unsettling. Do your best to keep balanced and centered on this feisty day.

Continuing Tuesday’s hot and fiery theme, Wednesday boils with tension. Mars makes an exact square with Pluto, and Mars is also square to the Aries Moon. A Mercury-Chiron square remind us of our wounded places. Be sure to get strong exercise, as that’s a good way to burn up some of the tension and frustration, but don’t over-do it. Keep things simple and do your best to stay balanced and open-hearted.

Christmas Eve Thursday holds an exalted Taurus Moon which makes numerous mixed aspects to other planets. The early morning is edgy with the Moon’s squares to Saturn and Jupiter. A brilliant Mercury-Uranus trine generates great ideas and innovative solutions. A Moon-Uranus conjunction may result in a something surprising. Lunar trines to the Sun and Mercury help ground the events of the day. Taurus leads us toward all things sensual, including good food and drink. Celebrate with a divine dinner no matter how few may be at your dinner table this year.

Christmas Day Friday harbors a stunning cosmic alignment: Jupiter and Saturn, conjunct at 0 degrees of Aquarius are also exactly parallel, meaning they are at the same declination, or distance from the ecliptic. A new world order is ushered in and highlighted. A Sun-Chiron square may bring up doubt and fear that will need to be addressed. However, a Sun-Uranus trine, in effect for the next couple of days, invites experimentation and breakthrough, and may bring a few surprises.

Saturday is a quiet day of lighter planetary activity, a welcome relief from the days before with the tight Mars-Pluto-Eris aspects. The Moon is void of course all day until 3:32 p.m. when it moves into Gemini. The void Moon in Taurus calls for a pause. Read a book; cook a unique dish with holiday leftovers, or rake the residual fallen leaves in your yard. The Gemini Moon later in the day makes benefic trines to Jupiter and Saturn. We can begin to feel the glory and promise of the holiday season and the new order.

Surprising things may occur on Sunday in the light of a Sun-Uranus trine. Tune into your intuition, which should be heightened, and envision your future. This aspect invites change, so consider what changes in your life you would like to make in the new year.

Monday is a day for connection and communication. Phone your siblings. Indulge in a good book. Unleash your curiosity.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Intuition is heightened. Imagination is fueled. Be inspired and creative.

Monday: Winter Solstice! Jupiter and Saturn align at 0 degrees of Aquarius. Seed a new plan for the future.

Tuesday: Love is in the air on this sizzling, unsettling day of mixed energies.

Wednesday: Extremely tense day. Keep things simple. Ground yourself and be open-hearted.

Thursday: Active day with challenges, gifts, and surprises. Please your senses with good food and music.

Christmas Day Friday