The Sun's entry into Capricorn marks the official start of winter and the longest night of the year. But the Winter Solstice (summer in the Southern Hemisphere) is also when the light returns -- the rebirth of the Sun God. This ancient holiday is a time for both deep reflection and celebration.
Capricorn the Goat is a pragmatic Earth sign ruled by Saturn, the Lord of Karma. Just like Santa Claus, Saturn represents the principle of cause and effect, giving back to you exactly what you have given out. During this dark season, you can attain great wisdom by contemplating the karmic lessons from the past year. This is also the time to incubate your new vision for the coming year. Learn more by looking up your Sun sign below.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
As the Sun fires up your 10th House of Destiny, you feel inspired to focus on achieving success. Your goal is for your work in the world to match your inner reality, and this month will give you clear signs of whether or not you're on the right path. If you seem to be climbing the wrong mountain, now is the time to reset your course and start trekking in another direction. Pluto's presence in Capricorn signals that your relationship to power and authority is ready for deep transformation.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
In your 9th House of Travel, the Sun inspires adventures -- though these may be business-related or otherwise practical. This is a time for broadening your horizons and expanding your vision, whether through physical, mental or spiritual journeys. Encountering new and different people, places and ways of thinking helps you clarify your own beliefs and spiritual values. With Pluto also in Capricorn and your worldly 9th house, you have several years to transform your understanding of the world.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
The Capricorn Sun in your 8th House of Intimacy signals a time for profound bonding with others and perhaps getting more serious and committed about a current partnership. Being willing to explore your deepest emotions -- and sharing what you find -- opens the door to greater intimacy. Any subconscious blocks or fears related to getting close will also be lit up -- and transformative Pluto in your 8th house will motivate you to take steps to transform, heal and release them.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Lighting up your 7th House of Partnership, the Capricorn Sun brings the opportunity for new love, or for deepening a current relationship. A pragmatic, realistic and systematic approach works best now for reaching your relationship goals. Get clear about what you want, and take responsibility for making it happen. With Pluto also in this arena now, you can expect to attract intense agents of transformation into your life over the next several years.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
The serious Capricorn Sun in your 6th House of Work and Duties calls your attention to the nitty gritty details of day-to-day reality. Becoming more organized and efficient in your daily routines is your assignment this month, which frees up your energy to focus on what really matters. Pluto, also in Capricorn and your 6th house, deepens your desire to serve at a higher level. What skills will you need to hone or acquire in order to fulfill your mission?
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Capricorn is the only Sun sign that rivals your own in workaholic tendencies, but with the Sun in your 5th House of Play and Pleasure, all this hard work can actually be a lot of fun! Your task this month is to clarify what really makes you happy, and make a New Year's resolution to schedule more joy into your busy life. Pluto's presence in this same part of your chart signifies that you may need to let go of something in order to make space for your heart's true desire.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
The Sun in your 4th House of Home and Family indicates a time for turning inward and attending to your domestic life. Your focus is on strengthening your base of support so you're better able to accomplish your outer-world goals. Clarify what you need in order to be more effective, and take a systematic approach to organizing and streamlining your space. Pluto's long journey through this same part of your chart recommends a deep de-cluttering in both the physical and emotional realms.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
The Capricorn Sun activates your mental powers, bringing clarity and concentration to your 3rd House of the Mind. If you've been wanting to focus on writing, speaking, studying or teaching, now is the perfect time. The people you encounter in your daily life can have valuable information for you now, especially related to work or business -- keep an open mind! Pluto, also in your 3rd house, invites you to root out any self-sabotaging thoughts or thinking patterns in order to move ahead.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
It's time to get serious about your finances, as the Sun shines on your 2nd House of Resources. Last month you created a bold new beginning, and now you need to get practical about sustaining your vision. Careful financial planning this month can establish a strong base of support for the coming year. With Pluto traveling through this realm also, you may be inspired to change your source of income to more accurately reflect your deeply-held values.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Happy Birthday, Capricorn! The Sun in your 1st House of Self signals the start of a new cycle of leadership and success. As you begin your personal new year, consider how you can most effectively present yourself to the world -- you may want to alter your look to reflect your inner changes. And with Pluto also in your sign now, you're in for transformational times ahead -- what do you need to let go of so that your new, more authentic self can be born?
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
The Capricorn season is especially inward for you, Water-Bearer, as the Sun sneaks into your 12th House of the Unconscious. Your birthday year is coming to an end and now it's time to rest and recover for next month's rebirth. Meditation, music, poetry and dance can help bring you into a deeper place of stillness, where you can access your inner wisdom and renew your vision. Pluto is also in your 12th house now, reflecting a revolution in your relationship with spirituality.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Your goals for the future come into sharper focus as the pragmatic Capricorn Sun visits your 11th House of Hopes and Wishes. Look to your friends -- especially those who are older than you -- to help you gather practical wisdom about how to make your dreams come true. Reaching out and getting involved with your community energizes your vision. And with Pluto also moving through your 11th house, you're ready to become a powerful agent of transformation and share your gifts with the world.