The Winter Solstice is December 21st, 2019 11:19 pm ET this year. Here is the astrological meaning of the season.
The winter sky in the northern hemisphere provides a unique alignment of stars and Sun at this time of year. Since mid June the Sunrise has been moving towards the south on the horizon and our days have been getting shorter.
In the constellation Orion, there are three primary stars (historically known as the Three Kings) that align to make what is called Orion’s Belt. On the night of December 21st, by following these three stars to the horizon and as the star Sirius (Star in the East) rises in the east, this is where the Sun will rise on December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th and will lie dormant (or dead) for three days.
After three days, on December 25th, the new born Sun will rise 1 degree north (resurrected) and begin its Northern accent foreshadowing longer days, warmth, and Spring.
Mythologically, December 25th is also the celebrated birthday:
Horus (Egypt, 3000 BCE)
Attis (Greece, 1200 BCE)
Mithra (Persia,1200 BCE)
Dionysus (Greece, 500 BCE)
Jesus (Galilee, 4 BCE)
All of these solar messiah’s are told to be:
- Born of a virgin (Virgo, the harvest constellation, in Latin means virgin, Virgo is also referred to as the House of Bread, which translates to Bethlehem, wheat when harvested provides sustenance,
- Had 12 Disciples/Followers (12 constellations of the zodiac)
- Dead for three days (the sun lies dormant for three days Dec 22nd, 23rd, and 24th)
- Resurrected (On Dec 25th the sun rises 1 degree northern, the coming of more sunlight)