The Capricorn Solstice 2020

The Capricorn Solstice: Mon 21 Dec 2020 at 8.02pm Queensland time (AEST)

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Equinox

The December Solstice is when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (remember that from geography in primary school? 😀).

Guess what, the Tropic of Capricorn takes its name from Astrology, from the fact that the Sun moves into the tropical zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day.

The word ‘solstice’ comes from Latin meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. If you follow the position of sunrise along the horizon during the year, you’ll notice it changes with the seasons. At the solstices in Dec and June, the Sun reaches its furthest point in one direction before returning towards the centre point again.

Many ancient sacred sites were aligned with the sun’s position at the solstice, creating a magical effect at the solstice sunrise, including standing stone circles such as Stonehenge in England and the Newgrange monument in Ireland.

Solstices have always been traditional mid-season times of celebration and feasting.

In the southern hemisphere, the December Solstice is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the shortest night, traditional Midsummer time. You’ll notice this more the further south you go, where the days will be very long. After the solstice, days get shorter as we start to move towards autumn.

In the northern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, so the December Solstice is of course the Winter Solstice, traditional Midwinter time, the shortest day and the longest night, after which the days start to lengthen again and the world returns from the darkness of winter – quite literally in Northern Europe where the hours of daylight are very short indeed at Midwinter! This was the origin of the Celtic festival of Yule, signifying the return of the light.

This year the Capricorn solstice falls on Mon 21 Dec 2020 at 8.02pm Queensland time (AEST).

Have a wonderful Solstice, whether you’re celebrating Midsummer or Midwinter! ❤️

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