Solstice 2023

The Reason for the Season

The December solstice is on Thursday, December 21, 2023, 10:27 PM eastern time. Astrologically, this is when the Sun moves into the sign of Capricorn. In the northern hemisphere it’s the winter solstice, in the southern hemisphere it’s the summer solstice. I live on the east coast of the United States so I think of it as the beginning of winter.

This time of year is crowded with mythology and meaning from so many cultures that endless conversations could be had about Saturnalia, Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Soyal, Yalda, Festivus, etc. Any religious or cultural connotations that are attached to this time of year, no matter if they are thousands of years old or declared official last year, are secondary to the real reason for the season, which is the earth’s relationship to the Sun.

Truly, the December solstice is all about the Sun no matter where you live or what you call your holiday. You can bet that our primitive ancestors watched the sky and took note of the pattern of the seasons because it was a matter of survival. In the north, the Sun seems like it’s abandoned us. We burn lights to comfort ourselves and remind the collective community that the Sun will return and we will not all starve and freeze to death.

Astrologically, the Sun is Leaving Sagi