- Amanda Painter
Dear Chronogram Reader:
This Sunday is the Capricorn solstice, marked this year by the Capricorn New Moon. It’s an energetic chart—though not so much in the vein of the cultural excess (and the reminder of lack it creates for some people) that marks this time of year.
The Sun leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn at 6:03pm Dec. 21: the day of the solstice, which in the Northern hemisphere is the shortest day of the year. Winter begins here in the Northern Hemisphere, along with the days (gradually) getting longer.
The Moon enters Capricorn shortly thereafter at 8:25pm EST. Just eleven minutes later, at 8:36pm EST, the Sun and Moon conjoin for the Capricorn New Moon.
Capricorn is a cardinal sign, associated with taking initiative in your own life, just like cardinal signs begin seasons. The Capricorn New Moon and solstice chart has some incredible energy for beginnings. Partly that’s due to fully half the sign-ruling planets being in Capricorn Sunday: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus (plus asteroid Vesta, which does not rule a sign).
Having all those planets there emphasizes the past (a Capricorn theme)—specifically, tearing it down (thanks to Pluto) and initiating new structures (thanks to everything else in the sign).
Or to put it more gently, since I know many people are in a lot of pain and truly struggling with Pluto’s effects, this chart is about re-framing your narratives about the past and how much you let your past define you. Mercury right near the New Moon looks like some solid intention setting around that theme, and solstices are a natural time to set intentions for the season.
Venus is close to Pluto (about two degrees away), putting it in the Uranus-Pluto square, which is still exact to the degree. Whatever you initiate or put into motion with the solstice must be aligned with your deepest bedrock of values—even if it’s shifting—because your choices will ripple out into the wider world.
A grand fire trine adds some fuel to this solstice and New Moon chart. (It features Ceres and Pholus in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Leo, and Eris in Aries).
A balance of order, chaos and nourishment is at play any time you feel swept up in making dynamic changes. The grand fire trine suggests you embrace what feeds your spirit and take heart in the face of your challenges. Avoid getting stuck in the parts of yourself that feel cast off (for example, whatever Pluto in Capricorn is pushing you to release).
The grouping of planets in Capricorn Sunday is an image of who and what you have around you in this process: your support structure, your network. Everyone you know is working through some challenge or another. If you are feeling alone and lonely this holiday season, please remember that we’re all experiencing this astrology together. There are resources available in most communities to help make that idea more tangible; if you yourself do not need them, consider helping those who do build the connection.