What Makes it Winter Solstice?

What is the magic that creates the Winter Solstice? It’s the astronomical moment when the Sun enters the Tropic of Capricorn. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the moment in the year when we have the shortest day and the longest night. The Solstice marks the official start of winter. Because of the angle of the earth’s tilt, the Sun appears to stand completely still during the Winter Solstice. The word “solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol, meaning “sun,” and sistere, meaning “to stand still.” Winter is the season of standing still, of going within.

The Winter Solstice is a time for contemplation. It is time to get quiet and go within. It is time to enter the silence and be still. It is time to enter, both metaphorically and literally, the darkness that nurtures deep and restful sleep. In this space of silence and stillness you can dream. What do you truly care about, what calls to you? What do you want your life to look like? What is the work that you are to be about? Allow the answers to unfold in their own time, without expectations or demands.

The Winter Solstice is an excellent time to review the year. Giving yourself the space to reflect, without judgment, leads to energetic re-balancing and renewal. It is from this space of quiet that we can release what has made us tired and worn us down, and what is no longer ours to do. At this time we do well to allow the quiet gathering of all the pieces that will bring in new life to come. Now we review what needs to be released, healed, aligned, and brought to our attention, so that we can deliver our purpose to our right places and right people.

How long do we remain in quiet contemplation? On December 25th, the Sun appears to start moving again, symbolizing that letting go and re-visioning is a process begun in stillness, and one that evolves over time, in the same way that light begins its return. This re-visioning and evolution is unique to you, to your internal timing. The light of insight and ideas increases gradually as the days increase in length, as the Sun takes up more and more of day. As the balance of dark and light tips, we move towards new life, increasing warmth, and the coming of Spring. If we are truly taking advantage of the meaning and symbolism of the Winter Solstice, we are also moving into a deeper understanding of our purpose, a purpose that we will nurture through the time of growing light.

The Astrology of Winter Solstice 2019: the Significance of the Time of Day

Time of Day. The Sun entered 0 degrees Capricorn at 11:20 PM Eastern Time. I am using as the location Washington, D.C., as it is the capital of the United States, and as such represents this country’s collective experience. Let’s take a look at the symbolism of this hour of the day. At 11:20 PM, Eastern Time, the Sun and Venus were in the second quadrant (houses 4,5, and 6). The Sun is in the second quadrant between sunset and midnight. During this time, most people are with their families, or they’re out with their friends, or they’re playing music, reading a book, sitting around a campfire, or studying the stars. It is a time when people are doing things that they like to do, that they want to do. These are usually activities that bring them closer to their loved ones, things that make them laugh and weep, or give them a sense of wonder.

The second quadrant is about feelings and freedom. That doesn’t mean there is no sense of responsibility or duty – because there is – but the domain of interest has shifted. The sense of duty is no longer to the world; it is to the heart. The question is no longer, “What can I do to be rich and successful?” but “What can I do to be happy?”

The second quadrant is about being true to yourself It’s about trusting your inner voice, allowing yourself to play, to see God in other people, in the rocks and trees, in all of nature — and in yourself. It’s about breaking free of convention and following your bliss. It’s about joy and inspiration.

The essence of this energy is about simplicity. It’s about living a simple life and having a circle of friends that accept you. It’s about being true to your real feelings, your passions, and your calling.  Often this means veering off the main road and seeking your destiny on the road less traveled. Again, this is the time to release what is not yours to do or be, but to allow what is yours to make itself known. Let go of all those identities that are not you! From this space of newness and new beginnings, we can hear the heart speak. Your heart will set you on your right path.

The Human Design Chart for Winter Solstice 2019

This year the Human Design type for the Winter Solstice is Projector with a 2/5 Profile and the Incarnation Cross of the Vessel of Love. This Profile and Cross also showed up in the chart of the Fall Equinox.  We are being given additional opportunity and time to integrate what these energies offer us!

What do we know about the Projector archetype? Projectors are here to guide and direct others, and to serve in a leadership capacity. Because of their ability to read energy, they have unique insights and wisdom regarding how to best manage the flow of energy so that everyone benefits. It is the Projector’s undefined Sacral that gives them the capacity to read the others’ energy, in addition to the unique configuration of their penetrating aura. But because they do not have a defined Sacral, the Projector does not have continuous access to energy. However, this does not mean that Projectors are not energetically available to life. On the contrary. They need to be with the right people — those who value and honor their gifts — and their energy will flow. Projectors are here to allow energy to move through them in service to their purpose.

The Quantum Purpose of the Projector (per Karen Curry Parker) is to hold the energy template of what’s to come and to clear the vibration of the collective consciousness. Projectors are constantly cleaning the energy of the planet, and holding the subtle body template of the planet together. The Projector continually scrubs the planetary grid to help its energy to flow unimpeded.

The 2/5 Profile. We all need to have time for quiet isolation, for that is where we experience our deepest peace. Inside relaxation and silence, we can explore, without interruption, our creativity and musings. We can re-connect to ourselves. The Profile for the Winter Solstice 2019 chart is the 2/5, the Hermit Heretic. This profile is about the need to retreat to aloneness to find one’s inner guidance, and to integrate what we have gathered. There is a need in the 2/5 profile to intentionally build in alone time, for that is where regeneration occurs.

The Cross of the Vessel of Love. Each Human Design chart has an Incarnation Cross, made up of the Personality (Conscious) Earth and Sun, and the Design (Unconscious) Earth and Sun. Each of these four planets occupy a gate and a line. The unique configuration of the Conscious and Unconscious Sun and Earth placements creates a specific cross, a cross that speaks to your purpose. This Winter Solstice has the Incarnation Cross of the Vessel of Love. 

Putting it All Together

This Winter Solstice is a big opportunity to reconnect with who we are, who we need, and what we need to be happy, all of which connects us to our purpose. The stillness of the Solstice brings us closer to our center. It is here that we can get an intimate look at what we value, what we believe, and what we believe in. This Winter’s Solstice was born in the time between sunset and midnight, placing it in the second quadrant. The second quadrant is about being true to yourself. It’s about trusting your inner voice and following your bliss. This Winter’s Solstice moment of ingress into Capricorn also gives us the human design type of Projector. The Projector’s unique abilities to read and recognize energy allows her to orchestrate its flow so that it can be articulated into specific form. This is your opportunity to get your energy flowing in your right direction. The Projector has the sacred task of keeping the subtle body template of the planet aligned, anchoring it to the physical, making sure it’s strong enough to hold whatever is coming next. When you are anchored by your truth, you have the resiliency to handle the unexpected. The 2/5 profile gives us the space of stillness and quiet, so that we can connect to our deeper truths.

This season we have special access to the power of love via the Incarnation Cross. It is my wish that you avail yourself of the highest expression of this healing energy, and that it continues to unfold in your life throughout this next year.

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