Driving around Boston last night I said to my husband “Isn’t it strange every person on the planet is afraid of the same disease right now?”
“We all have something in common??” he said trying to be positive.
“I suppose. I just wish it was something that brought a little more light to everyone rather than death.”
A few minutes later on a family zoom, my mother commented that I didn’t write an email last week. Considering I have a small business of very gift-able products, the week before Christmas was an ideal time to write. But I just couldn’t. I was overwhelmed and bummed. The cumulative effect of everything in the world hit me last week. If I had written, any positivity would have been fake.
Then my sister said, “Well, tomorrow is the darkest day of the year. You could write about that.”
And there it was. The one thing we all have in common that brings us all light.
The Sun. Today is the Winter Solstice.
For centuries, people have been trying to keep moving through dark and cold days. Stonehenge is oriented towards the winter solstice sunset.
Ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia, in honor of Saturn, god of agriculture around the winter solstice.
The ancient Norse had Yule from the winter solstice through January celebrating Odin and Thor, dead friends and relatives, peace, harmony and the rebirth of the sun.
The ancient Persian Shab-e-Yalda on the winter solstice celebrates the triumph of Mithra, the Indo-Iranian god of light. Today, Iranian families gather, feast, read poetry and light candles in the tradition of Yalda, protecting each other from evil spirits and bring light into the darkness.
Jupiter, the Planet of Luck, and Saturn, the Planet of Authority, today are conjunct in Aquarius in a rare astrological event known as The Great Conjunction. According to NASA, it’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night.
The astrological stage is set to bring about social, political, and ideological change.
So tonight, light your fires and candles, prepare a feast, fill a horn with wine.
Call your friend who reads Tarot cards and can tell you what the great conjunction means for your sign.
Go outside and watch the sun set. Look for the shining light of Saturn and Jupiter together and know that you have something in common with everyone on the planet... and people 800 years ago.