As you know a solstice is one of two events of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equatorial plane. The name is derived from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (stand still), because at the solstice, the Sun stands still in declination, that is, it reaches a maximum or a minimum. Note that all religions from Sumerian to Christian are Solar in origin - Listen to David Icke on Christianity - Lecture from Mt. Shasta, California.
In the Northern Hemisphere, this is when the sun reaches the lowest point in its annual apparent journey (ecliptic) across the sky. Our solstice points are results of the primary cause c of the seasons - the rotation axis of the Earth is not perpendicular to its orbital plane, but currently makes an angle of about 23.44° (called the "obliquity of the ecliptic"),
In the chart above set for Greenwich, UK at 00:23AM on 12-22-06 with Sun in maximum southern declination along with all the other planets except for Saturn tropically in the sign of Leo at + 14*20' to foreshadow even colder, crazier weather for the next month.
When we see the larger picture, the weather is only the surface even though stories of Freezing Fog stranding thousands of passengers at Heathrow took center stage. Our chart set for universal time hails a natural progression for the Sagittarian new moon barely a day old.
The archer's arsenal of arrows consisting of Jupiter-Mars-Mercury and Pluto are traversing the 3rd House - which in Mundane astrology relates to: all forms of transportation (with Mercury SQ Nodes this means Major Problems) authors, bridges, communications, postal service, education, media, literature. Undoubtedly the media will be active for the next few days talking about Holiday Travel being snarled with stories involving transportations, literary figures, fights over types of free speech and more.
With the Sun dignified and close to the 4th house cusp (IC) we need to examine the mundane meanings of this all important house. The 4th House relates to - agriculture, farming, crops, land, houses, real estate, mines, coal pits, minerals, quarries, the weather, the opposition party in government. We already mentioned freezing inclement weather but how will Saturn ruled Capricorn effect crops and agriculture? It is likely that both an unexpected and dangerous freeze will destroy some of the world's crops. Since this house of family and hearth also signifies the land, its values as real estate and housing and living conditions - expect some drastic drops in house prices.
Solstice Means Celebrations
Despite the recent phenomenon of Christmas and the lurid commercialization in the
Western World, Winter Solstice, honoring the birth of the Sun, has been celebrated in cultures all over world over for thousands of years and has pagan roots. The feast of Saturnalia, a pagan holiday was begun as early as December 17th and extended for a week of partying till December 23rd. Traditionally this has been a time of Religious and Spiritual Rituals , where a spiritual community would join in to honor the Divine. Some of the deities that the ancient cultures including the Romans honored at this time included:
Saturn - God of Agriculture; merged with the Greek Cronos.
Ops - Goddes of Plenty; Mother Earth; partner to Saturn and Consus.
Sol Invicta - Sun God; connected with the Persian Mithra, honored by Roman soldiers.
Consus - God of Storebin of Harvested Grain.
Juventas - Goddess of Young Manhood; related to Greek Hebe of Youthful Beauty.
Janus - God of Beginnings and Gates; Solar God of Daybreak; Creator God.
This has always been a time of feasting, driinking, revelry, family get togethers, sacred fires -- candles lit and new fires kindled to represent new Solar year. A time or Peace -- when dispensing of punishments (executions) are suspended and courts closed and even wars were temporarily ceased - GREAT IDEAS TO BRING BACK!