Published by WallStreetWeather.net
Winter begins in the northern hemisphere on December 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM EST when the Sun enters Capricorn, an ambitious sign intent on achieving one’s highest goals. The Sun is our life force and represents who we are. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and celebrates the transformation from the darkness to the rebirth of the Sun’s light as the days grow longer leading up to the June 21 Summer Solstice. Candles and lights symbolize the warmth of the Sun’s light and the triumph of the light over darkness. As I have written, the mythology called Christmas traces its origins to the celebration of the Winter Solstice.
This Winter Solstice will be memorable in many ways as the last time a Total Lunar Eclipse in Gemini occurred on the same day as the Winter Solstice was in 1638 (and will not occur again until 2094). The theme of the light emerging out of the darkness is reinforced as the Earth totally blocks the Sun’s light from reaching the coppery red Full Moon at 3:17 AM EST December 21.
The Moon is our emotional barometer which tends to run high at the Full Moon as other people and circumstances enhance our awareness of current conditions which tend to reach the “high alert” or boiling point. The Lunar Eclipse occurring on the day of the Winter Solstice indicates that we must focus our full attention on reviewing and resolving old matters, especially since Gemini’s planetary ruler Mercury is retrograde.
Half of the planets are in mutable signs at the Lunar Eclipse which also represent the ending of one cycle (season) to a new cycle as the Moon moves into its “home” sign Cancer at 4:22 AM EST followed by the Sun at 6:39 PM EST into Capricorn. These are cardinal signs which initiate new ideas and actions that help to resolve old issues so that new endeavors can get underway. Events that occur now will become reactivated when Jupiter (January 18), Uranus (February 27) and Mars (March 31) in Pisces square the Lunar Eclipse.
Expansive Jupiter and innovative Uranus are about to finish up their cycle in Pisces, the final mutable sign that is also the last sign of the zodiac. Pisces is about dissolving boundaries and barriers in order to show that everyone and everything is interconnected. As these two planets conjoin for their final time at the January 4 Solar Eclipse, it will become clearer that what has been operating behind the scenes does not correlate with the public image projected.
Beyond what I wrote about the Lunar Eclipse in the Sagittarius New Moon Cycle forecast, Mercury retrograde in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius conjoins the Sun and repeats its square to Jupiter (November 25) and Uranus (November 27), indicating that global issues and geopolitics will dominate the news and world leaders attention over the next three months. We could find out what has been overhyped and underreported when Mercury squares Jupiter and Uranus for the third and final time January 10-11. These influences can indicate major pieces of legislation getting revised, repealed, or validated. Legal rulings are more likely to be overturned on appeal.
The Sun and Saturn (Capricorn’s ruler) are the most important influences of the Winter Solstice, and both are involved in challenging alignments to other planets. This indicates that events over the next three months will require that action be taken as situations have reached the point where they can no longer be postponed or “duct taped” over.
I’ve already addressed the influence of the Sun and Mercury squaring Jupiter/Uranus that is particularly emphasized at the Lunar Eclipse. As the Sun enters Capricorn, its conjunction to Pluto is strengthened and so is Mars in Capricorn squaring Saturn in Libra. Capricorn and Saturn rule government and big business, reflecting that the two have always been interconnected.
The Sun conjoining Pluto in Capricorn reflects that while private debt is being wound down, public debt continues to expand uncontrolled. We have the deleveraging of companies and individuals at the same time when sovereign debt is leveraged beyond historic proportions.
When Saturn and Capricorn energies are strong, we are required to do more with less. Pluto in Capricorn forces us to deal with the most difficult issues that can become a matter of life and death. And because these issues concern economic and societal structures, it takes a long time to reap results.
Mars in Capricorn has the ambition and the stamina to surmount any obstacle and delay caused by Saturn in Libra’s indecisiveness. If it takes a little extra time to reach the top of the mountain, so be it. However, the Moon in Cancer opposing Mars and Pluto can indicate that the public has started to lose its tolerance of all the government and corporate corruption that also extends to the judicial system. Mars in Capricorn squaring Saturn in Libra reflects that corporate interests are aggressively working to block the government from enacting regulations that balance consumer interests.
Mars rules the military, and these alignments raise the potential for heightened military action related to nuclear (Pluto) issues such as North Korea. There is also the potential for a military coup that could topple at least one of the many dictatorships in the world.
The planetary influences present at the Winter Solstice indicate that it looks to be a very cold and harsh winter with severe storms that bring heavy wet snow that freezes into ice. The strong Jupiter/Uranus influence only magnifies the size of the storms and their extreme conditions that bring coastal flooding and erosion. Travelers and transporters should be prepared for a winter full of detours, delays and cancellations. This winter may cause many companies to move their manufacturing closer to home.
In the chart for the Winter Solstice set for Washington DC, the Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Pluto are located in the sector representing the nation’s workforce, armed services, and the overall health of the nation. Jupiter rules this sector, indicating that employment and manufacturing activity continues to expand. More troops could be deployed abroad to control borders.
There could be increased incidents of fatal accidents in the workplace that could include another mine collapse. The Moon in Cancer opposite Mars and Pluto could indicate an increase in violent incidents at the workplace and within the military. With the USA Mars in Gemini conjoining the sector of the Solstice chart representing what is hidden behind the scenes, there could be a female whistleblower who reveals information that causes public sentiment to turn against the wars and the amount of troops stationed all over the world.
Mars is where the action and the battles are. With Mars ruling the sector representing the Obama Administration, the President will be engaged in battling enemies at home and abroad. The Administration will have to take a more aggressive stance against his opponents who are trying to undo the healthcare legislation which is viewed as the key to preventing tighter regulation throughout corporate America. The healthcare legislation is a proxy for a bigger agenda. If the opponents of the healthcare legislation can convince the courts to limit the interpretation of the Commerce Clause it will pave the way to undo a vast array of regulations from pollution control to consumer protections of all kinds.
Bad weather along with companies passing through higher costs for food, energy and other consumer staples will likely anger the public but will increase the value of farm land with access to water.
Pluto rules the sector of the chart representing the stock market with Venus in Scorpio conjoining this sector. The Moon is the ruler of the Solstice chart and its harmonious aspect to Venus indicates that investors feel protected by the excess liquidity provided by the nation’s central bank. This excess leverage is reminiscent of the LBO era during the 1980s which ended badly. Only instead of leveraged buyouts, companies are leveraging themselves to buy their own stock and funds are leveraging themselves for short term capital gains in Treasuries and gold.
Pluto indicates that the only thing standing in the way of the market moving higher are the days when the market is worried about sovereign and municipal debt, or geopolitical jitters. However, the difference between the past three months and the next three months is that the market will likely undergo a decline before resuming its upward trajectory with the market likely reaching its highs during the first half of 2011. If a correction does not occur during the winter, it is likely to happen in early spring. Treasury yields will continue to rise which will start to bring out the coupon clippers (investors who buy Treasuries for the yield as opposed to those who trade them for a capital gain).
Financial markets have a greater potential for more pronounced moves, increased volatility or a shift in direction on or around the following dates this winter:
December 21-22, 27, 29-30
January 3-4, 7, 11, 18-19, 26
February 2-4, 7, 9, 14, 17-18, 22, 25, 28
March 2, 4, 9-11, 14-15, 18