The Capricorn ingress, or winter solstice, occured at 5:31 AM GMT on December 22nd. The outstanding aspects of the Sun at 00 degrees Capricorn include a trine to Jupiter at 00 degrees Taurus and a square to Uranus at 00 degrees Aries. The Sun is also conjunct Pluto at 6 degrees Capricorn. The Moon at the solstice was at 26 degrees Scorpio casting a square to Neptune at 28 degrees Aquarius and a trine to Uranus at 00 Aries.
The Sun conjunct Pluto and trine Jupiter and the Moon trine Uranus are very uplifting, and give us some cause for a more optimistic sense of things to come this winter. On the other hand, the Sun and Pluto square Uranus and the Moon square Neptune tell us that the same old crazy game of tyranny and misinformation is being played to everyone's consternation. Uranus at 00 degrees Aries tells us that this is critical. The critical nature of current circumstances, however, will push those in power to take more positive forms of action. Sun trine Jupiter is good for trade and financial growth.
The Moon at the solstice is in her 19th Mansion. The 19th lunar mansion is not tranquil. It favors hunting and the persuit of personal aims. It does not favor settling down on the job or at home; everything is shifting. What this suggests is that social, financial and business conditions are going to be unstable this winter. It is a good idea for the wise to go hunting, figuratively speaking. The Moon square Neptune warns us of trickery, deceptions and losses along the way, but the Moon trine Uranus tells us that through it there is a breakthrough; there is light at the end of the tunnel. Those who venture forth with eyes wide open will benefit.
The Moon at the solstice is in her 24th house, there being 28 lunar houses in all. The 24th house warns of insincere relations, and advises you to play your cards close to the chest. The 24th lunar house strongly confirms the indications of the 19th mansion; it encourages traveling, and changing of the status quo. This winter is a generally good time for shifting, changing, traveling, and moving. On the political and economic front it shows conditions in a mutable state. The markets will continue to be unstable. But, with the Sun trine Jupiter there will be some big gains. This is a good time for expanding your business against the odds. The Moon waning at the solstice tells us to decide and act; the waning moon shows a general sense in the world to conclude matters quickly.
The solstice chart in the UK has the Sun in the 1st house, Pluto in the 2nd, Uranus in the 4th house, and Jupiter in the 5th. The Moon is in the 12th house, and Neptune is in the 3rd. The Government is in difficult circumstances with respect to foreign relations and trade. But, diplomatic relations are improving to the advantage of Britain. The Sun and Pluto trine Jupiter in the 5th house favors financial gains, and speculation on the stock market. On the other hand, the Sun square Uranus in the 4th house warns of explosions in public buildings, possible mining disasters, and trouble with water mains. There is also a level of critical discontentment among the people with respect to property taxes and the cost of housing. The Moon, rising in the 12th house square Neptune in the 3rd warns of chaotic conditions on the streets involving crime, and agitation among the poor, also misinformation coming from the news media. The Moon and Ascendent conjunct the star Alpha Centauri show important diplomatic activity that, while involving disputes, will result in success for current British interests.
The solstice charts for Bruxelles and Berlin have some important differences. In a nutshell, it looks like Bruxelles pulls the wool over the eyes of Germany, and Germany obliges them and gets defrauded. In Germany, Neptune is in the 2nd house square the Moon in the 12th. This is bad for Germany's economic picture this quarter. Neptune is trine Saturn in the 10th house in Germany, Saturn ruling the 2nd house, and Venus, ruler of the 10th house in the 2nd in mutual reception with Saturn in the 10th, meaning that the Government is allowing the very undesirable state of affairs to continue and is doing all it can to bend over backwards and accomodate the thieves. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Sun in the 1st house trine to Jupiter in the 4th is causing real estate prices to rise, and the Sun square Uranus in the 3rd house is causing a lot of arguing, potential strikes, thefts, possible road and rail accidents, and trouble with the post office. Crazy events will be reported in the news.
The solstice chart in Tehran does not show war this winter quarter. The Moon in the 10th house, however, is square Neptune in the 1st showing a great deal of bewilderment and unhappiness among the people with respect to conditions related to international affairs involving the Government and to the economic conditions that look anything but prosperous now. The Sun in the 11th house is square Uranus in the 2nd, spelling unexpected losses. The Moon in the 10th house trine Uranus in the 2nd, however, shows people in the highest circles of the Government enjoying sudden gains. The Iranian people are suffering from poverty while those who rule them are taking in all the money. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The Sun in the 11th house is trine Jupiter in the 3rd. This favors roads; lots going on between Iran and her neighbors. Jupiter rules the 2nd house; commerce between Iran and her neighbors brings in money, and the money goes up to the top while the people live in want. Wages of workers especially in the areas of postal services, roads, news media and publishing, however, will improve despite the general indication to the contrary. Sun in the 11th house trine Jupiter in the 3rd improves the Government's relations with neigboring lands.
The solstice chart in China has Jupiter conjunct the Ascendent and the Sun in the 9th house. This is the best possible indication for China. The country is protected, and is benefiting in foreign relations. The ruler of the Ascendent, Venus, is in the 10th house showing the Government making a very glamorous appearance. There will be festive public events and ceremonies; trade will improve; the land will enjoy greater peace and prosperity; artists will receive honors; China will be proud. Venus is sextile Uranus denoting remarkable progress in scientific areas this winter, and a significant marriage in the highest echelons, or a diplomatic union of great significance. The Moon is in the 7th house square Neptune in the 11th. This is a mundane trine and zodiac square aspect. It means that though shrewd manipulations China will come out on top in international relations and dealings now. Land and property is being acquired.
The solstice chart in Australia has Neptune in the 10th house square the Moon in the 7th bringing disgrace to the current Government, especially to a woman in the Government. International entanglements are putting the Australian Government in fix. Neptune in the 10th house is trine Saturn in the 6th pointing to military, especially naval affairs involved in the matter. There is also danger coming from the area of big corporate agriculture, as seen especially in New Zealand now. The Sun is in the 8th house trine Jupiter in the 12th and square Uranus in the 11th. It speaks of endings with particularly critical stress on the Parliament. It points to changes in the Government coming up.
The solstice chart in the US has the Moon in the 2nd house square Neptune in the 5th making for more dangers of losses in the markets and banks. The Moon ruling the 10th house points to Government involvement in these areas. The Sun is in the 3rd house trine Jupiter in the 7th. International relations and communications are improving. But, important to note, both Sun and Moon and a total of eight planets are below the horizon, denoting much happening in secrecy; a lot will pass unnoticed. The Sun is square Uranus in the 6th while Venus, the ruler of the US winter solstice chart is in the 4th house sextile Uranus. This points to the critical matter of jobs and offers us some hope, as Venus sextile Uranus will improve the situation to some degree, especially in the more high tech and innovative areas. On the other hand, Sun in the 3rd house square Uranus in the 6th warns of continuing police violence on the streets, possible insubordination among military personel, and accidents and explosions, possibly on warships.
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