The 8 Festivals of the UCC Year Aries [☉⊕♈] Taurus [☉⊗♉] Cancer [☉⊕♋] Leo [☉⊗♌] Libra [☉⊕♎] Scorpio [☉⊗♏] Capricorn [☉⊕♑] Aquarius [☉⊗♒]
The 'Astronomology' of the
'Solstice Cardinal Festival of Capricorn♑'
[ ☉ ⊕ ♑ ]
Northern 'Winterfest' / Southern 'Summerfest'
A 3 Day, New Season Festival to celebrate the Capricorn♑ Solstice aka simply 'Solstice' (the S-outhern s-OL-ar ST-as-ICE) and the passage from the 3rd to the 4th Quarter Season
This period covers one of the 4 major Sun/Earth events, the 2 Equinoxes & the 2 Solstices, which divide our Year into its 4 Quarter Seasons
It is called a 'Cardinal' Festival because Capricorn♑ is one of the 4 Cardinal Zodiac Signs;
Aries♈, Cancer♋, Libra♎ & Capricorn♑They are called 'Cardinal' signs because cardinal comes from the latin cardo which means 'hinge/pole/axis', signifying the poles/axis of the equinoxes & solstices
So, we can symbolise these events using the Sun symbol '☉' & the Earth symbol '⊕' together with the symbol for the particular equinox or solstice
At this time the Sun is reaching the 'Tropic of Capricorn' which is symbolised with '♑' so we can add this to the Sun & Earth symbols to give a combined symbol for the Festival:
☉ ⊕ ♑
We can also call this festival 'Winterfest' in the northern hemisphere and 'Summerfest' in the southern hemisphere
The 3 Days of this festival each year are:
Day 1 [☉⊕♑1]
'4th Season's Day'
Northern 'Winter's Day' / Southern 'Summer's Day'
Numerical Date [YYYYY.10.00]
Day #275 of the Year
This day is the 5th and last of our 5 special Intercalary Days which celebrate the New Year, the Equinoxes and the Solstices, and balance the year into 4 equal Quarter Seasons
It occurs between the last day of Quarter Season 3 (Northern Autumn/Southern Spring) and the first day of Quarter Season 4 (Northern Winter/Southern Summer)
It occurs the day after the 30th & last day of the Triad Month of 'NINE-Sagittarius♐' [09.30] and the day before the 1st day of the Triad Month of 'TEN-Capricorn♑' [10.01] and so has the numerical date 10.00, Triad Month 10 Day 0
It is the day marked as '275' in the blue circle on the UCC Year graphic at the top of this page
It has the symbol '◶' as it introduces the Quarter Season which forms this 'bottom right' part of the Zodiac circle
It celebrates the Solstice, which often actually occurs the day after, when the Sun reaches its lowest southerly point, due to the Earth's axis being tilted at its maximum angle of almost 23.5°, but with the North Pole pointed directly away from the Sun
In any case the Solstice will ALWAYS occur on one of the days of this festival
We can call this day 'Winter's Day' in the Northern Hemisphere and 'Summer's Day' in the Southern Hemisphere
Day 2 [☉⊕♑2]
Numerical Date [YYYYY.10.01]
Day #276 of the Year
Often the day that the Solstice actually occurs (which we can then call 'Solstice Day')
Day 3 [☉⊕♑3]
Numerical Date [YYYYY.10.02]
Day #277 of the Year
So... On To The 'Astronomology' of the Solstice
The following 3 shots from the package Stellarium show the position of the Sun on each of the 3 days of the festival
The middle shot of the 3 shots above shows the Sun on its Ecliptic path at its most southerly point which corresponds on Earth to the 'Tropic of Capricorn' (♑)
This is the intersection of the Ecliptic (the curved red line) with the 18 Hours Right Ascension (RA) line of the equatorial grid
This is shown as - RA/DE (of date) : 18h 00m /- 23°26' - in the top left of the picture
At this point The Sun leaves the Star Sign Sagittarius ♑, which correlates to the 2 hours of Right Ascension from 16 hours to 18 hours
We can see that the Star Sign Sagittarius is currently occupied by the Constellation Scorpio due to the Precession of the Equinoxes, the Great Year
The Sun is then entering the Star Sign Capricorn ♑, which correlates to the 2 hours of Right Ascension from 18 hours to 20 hours
We can see that the Star Sign Capricorn is currently occupied by the Constellation Sagittarius, again due to Precession
We can confirm this 'astronomological' link between the astronomy & the astrology with a shot from the website 'Planet Watcher'
This shot taken at the time of the 'Solstice' shows the Sun at 0°Capricorn♑
This confirms the Astrological alignment with the 18 hours Right Ascension line of the Stellarium Astronomy shot
You will notice that the Planet Watcher shot shows the same anti-clockwise cycle of the Zodiac as I have used for the Calendar, but rotated 180° starting with Aries on the left at '9 o'clock'
This is because the astrological Zodiac shows the Eastern Horizon on the left and the North at the bottom, whereas I've followed the Ecliptic path of the Sun, showing the North at the top and the South at the bottom!
We can see above the historical links between astrology and astronomy reflected in their modern day uses
And in the spirit of left brain/right brain balance and Scientific & Spiritual equilibrium, I think it's time we brought them back together!
After all, achieving BALANCE is what life is ALL about... In this way we become 'whole', a 'Holy Spirit'
Anyway, the main point to remember is that the Solstice will always occur on one of the 3 days of this Cardinal Festival EVERY year and we can use this special 3 day period to meditate on the transition from the 3rd Season into the 4th and the change of natural energies that that brings
Happy New Season!
☉ ⊕ ♑