This week on Auchterlonie on Astrology I’ll look at the Winter Solstice on Saturday, Dec. 21, Christmas on Wednesday and also a Solar Eclipse on Boxing Day.
On my podcast I’ve got some more news on the Saturnalia, the Astrology of Christmas and the real birthday of Christ.
Now, the week ahead.
Thursday, Dec.19: The Moon moves from discriminating Virgo into peace-loving Libra early in the morning. But the big news is courtesy of Mars in Scorpio making a friendly connection to Saturn in Capricorn, bringing a serious and sexy energy to bear, especially for Scorpio. Then, late Thursday night, Mercury in all-knowing Sagittarius is challenged by a keenly intuitive Neptune in Pisces, leaving many scratching our heads, wondering what to believe. On this day in 1997, James Cameron, once of Niagara Falls, released his epic film, Titanic, which held the box office record for 12 years, until beaten by Avatar (also by James Cameron) in 2009.
Friday, Dec. 20: The last full day of fall for 2019 sees Mercury move from ‘I’m in charge’ Capricorn, into forward-looking Aquarius. Despite the “aqua” in its name, Aquarius is actually the last air sign of the zodiac. Aquarius is represented by the water bearer, the mystical healer who bestows water, or life, upon the land. Accordingly, many see Aquarius as the most humanitarian sign of the zodiac. We are entering the Age of Aquarius, which I explain (a bit) on my podcast. Today begins a month of forward-looking thoughts and conversations that look to make life better for all. Saturday, Dec. 21: It’s the day of the Winter Solstice as the Sun makes its furthest journey south and begins to move northward again. It’s the first day of winter and the shortest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere as the days become longer. In ancient times, this was the day of the Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival in honour of the god Saturn, held on Dec. 17 of the Julian calendar. That’s Dec. 21 in the Gregorian calendar we use today. I explain more about this in my podcast. This first day of winter begins at 11:11 p.m. eastern time. The day is busy from an astrological perspective, with the Moon in Scorpio making connections all day long. Emotions are deep and friendly, and a surprise is in the offing for some. Sunday, Dec. 22: A restless night of sleep may be due to worry about a relationship, or worries over money. Mars in Scorpio hooks up with Pluto in Capricorn, bringing willpower to physical efforts, making creative efforts better and providing subtle hand/eye coordination.
Monday, Dec. 23: The Moon spends the first half of the day in secretive Scorpio and then moves on to the constellation Sagittarius for the second part of it. The best of it is a sweet connection to Venus in Aquarius early in the evening. It’s time for a party! Even if it’s a party for two! On this day in 1972, the famous football play, the Immaculate Reception, takes place when Pittsburg Steelers’ Franco Harris scores a touchdown on a pass thrown by Terry Bradshaw.
Tuesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve! Is about as lazy a Christmas Eve as you might ask for. The stockings are hung and all seems to be ready in preparation for a fairly laid back day of celebration of the birth of Jesus, which was really on March 23, 7 BC. Composer Franz Gruber wrote Silent Night on this day in 1818.
Wednesday, Dec. 25: Merry Christmas! And merry it promises to be, with the Moon in the upbeat constellation of Sagittarius until late in the afternoon, when she moves on to ‘in charge’ Capricorn. Clever thinking and a surprise or two (or three) make this a Christmas to be remembered and enjoyed. It was on Dec. 25, in the year 5 BC, that the day was adopted as the traditional birthday of Jesus. And on Dec. 5, 1223, St. Francis of Assisi built the world’s first crèche featuring Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Three Wise Men, and the shepherds and animals in a manger setting.
Next week is Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and an Annular Solar Eclipse which is courtesy of the New Moon in Capricorn, also on Boxing Day. So please return!