WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 6:03 P.M. EST

The WINTER SOLSTICE is that point when the axial tilt of the Earth is farthest away from the Sun.? In the Northern Hemisphere this corresponds with the first day of winter; in the Southern Hemisphere, with the first day of spring.

It ushers in the predominance of the energies of the final signs of the zodiac:? Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.? These signs strive to organize society into a cohesive whole that is working together to ensure survival for all.

Capricorn is organizing others toward a practical goal that by being reached, insures the security of physical survival for everyone involved.? Aquarius is outreaching beyond the immediate circle to include humankind as a whole, concerned with adding the objectivity that can show others how to cooperate as a group to attain mental accord and cohesion.? Pisces is concerned with connecting to a Higher Power to insure survival and blessings for themselves and everyone around them.

Thus the Winter Solstice ushers in a time for retreat and working on things in a ?behind the scenes? kind of way.? It is a time for harnessing your resources and going in directions that further your personal goals?they may be a business desire, developing a creative talent you have, or participating in accomplishing an aim that has been important to you.

It is a time for standing back and seeing the bigger picture – for reflection on your life and on the larger truths of common denominators between you and your peers.? It is also a time for inner growth – taking the time for meditation and prayer, connecting with a Higher Power that you can turn to for comfort, support, insights, and protection in times of crisis.

Best use of this time:? Spend some time by yourself, organizing your life priorities and your time.? Look at the important goals you have reached up to this point in your life and plan for the goals you would like to accomplish in the year ahead.? It?s a time for rest, reevaluation, and aligning your priorities to suit your values at this stage in your life.

In both the Summer and Winter solstices, the season change depends upon your hemisphere.? In both hemispheres the progression of the signs of the zodiac ? underlying the ambiance in the atmosphere – is identical, so the ritual for maximizing the time periods remains the same.