Volume 8

Earthlit News

Raising Consciousness for Personal and Planetary Harmony

December 21 2006         Vol 8

“Oh Great Spirit whose voice I here in the winds, and who’s breath gives life to all the world. Hear me – I have come before you – one of your children.

I am weak and small. I need your strength and your wisdom. Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes forever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers and sisters, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so that when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.”

Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief

Happy Winter Solstice!

It is our birthright to be in tune, and therefore benefit from inherently natural dynamics in the Universe. The shortest day and the longest night mark a turning point. Darkness is now beginning to lose out against light. This day brings opportunity for renewal and growth.

For Solstice it is helpful to first purge the old, to let go of whatever is no longer serving you in the present. This could be anything, a bad habit, a job, a relationship, or a piece of clothing. Sometimes it is enough to simply pause, decide, and cut the lose ends. At other times letting go involves some work.

Next, focus on what you would like to bring into your life. It may be clear right away what this is, or it could take some effort to find a way to improve yourself and your circumstances. You may need to write it down, meditate on it, perhaps paint, dance, or sing. You can also involve others both to help you purge what is old and wilted, as well as for companionship in your discovery of the new. Maybe you decide to create your own Solstice ritual, or partake in one that’s offered in your community.

At any rate, keep working with the creative impulse until you can put a concrete new idea into action. Then watch it take root with the increasing strength of daylight. Nurture it with your intent, stay with it no matter how much growth you see. Spring Equinox will bring the natural window of opportunity to reflect, and assess the progress you have made with your new project.

Astrological Notes for Sun in Capricorn

Positive Capricorn energy has much strength and focus. It can accomplish almost anything. Rugged and utterly determined, its concentrated effort will surely bring results. This sign of the Zodiac knows how to persevere. It stands for mastery, authority, and emotional maturity. It is capable of strong leadership.

Capricorn is also predisposed to unyielding fortitude. Control is important, but when it becomes a habit rather than a necessity, flexibility tends give way to crystallization. And this is how Capricorn may well break under its self-created pressure.

Because of the times we live in, external values have precedence over internal ones. This imbalance also shows in some other negative manifestations of Capricorn, namely competition, dominance, and hypocrisy. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with ambition, but pushing others out of place to advance, does not bring genuine success. Neither is “do as I say, not as I do” based on true authority.

Capricorn can also bottle up all sentiment. The repressed energy becomes twisted. It shows up in controlling traits and power hungry actions, where the means justify the end. It can also express itself in an unnatural kind of submissiveness. All this originates in subconsciously knowing that there is something wrong. When heart-felt feeling and authentic emotion are repressed, human nature has lost a basic and very precious resource.

Judgment is a related, and quite problematic Capricorn trait. Because most people are concerned with appearance, they will go out of their way to cover up what does not fit the customary facade. Whatever is considered “weird” will have to be hidden or suppressed. Realistically, one can’t help but wonder whether a society that’s out of sync with the natural laws of the Universe even has a valid basis for judgment.

Fear of judgment is the cause of sexual repression. This dynamic has bred an entire sub-culture of perversion. Some stop at nothing to secretly satisfy the beast of their distorted desires. Through the modern archetype of Capricorn the dark force of psycho-pathological evolution becomes sadly evident.

In order for Capricorn to progress, it needs to learn how to yield when the occasion calls for it. Underneath all this pressure, the contemporary psyche yearns to let go, to become soft, deeply feeling, and sexually uninhibited. This does not mean compulsive or insatiable, but simply moved by, and naturally moving with life. As scary as this may seem for Capricorn, human evolution involves emotional and sexual expression for psychological balance.