The Winter Solstice And The End Of 2020

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A late winter sunset. Photo credit: Dominic Comfort

Dominic Comfort, Editor-In-Chief

In the midst of December, looming over all of us, winter arrives. Monday December 21st 2020 will mark the shortest day of the calendar year and the arrival of winter, as the sun moves from Sagittarius and Capricorn. The sun will rise at 7:58am and set at 5:01pm this Monday, allowing for only 9 hours or so of daylight, the shortest of the entire year. Astrologically, the zodiac signs of winter are Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The early winter sign Capricorn, represents learning to live with the reality of the resources you have, now that the summer and fall seasons are over and the cold reality of winter has set in. The winter signs are not solely pessimistic about the season however, as a key idea during the times of the later signs Aquarius and Pisces, is the optimism for the coming spring season, that will eventually bloom into summer.

While it may be one of the furthest days on the calendar from summer, there is still much going on during the winter solstice in December 2020. Technically, the solstice marks the darkest day of the year, with the smallest amount of daylight, and an ushering in of the winter season. However in a year that has already seemed never-ending for many people, we can also take solace and have optimism in the fact that after December 21st  2020, the days get lighter and lighter once again. Many people can take this outlook and use it, as we put the year of 2020 behind us in its dying days and reach to acquire success, wealth, love, and happiness in 2021. With this outlook, day by day people can bring lighter days into their lives following the 21st, as December 2020 has been one of the most stressful months of the year for many. During this time we can reflect on the year of 2020 as well, a year that tested us with much adversity to overcome. We can look on the positive side of things however, and proudly proclaim that we got through it. If we all wrote down ten major things we accomplished in 2020, and ten major things we wish to attract in 2021, I’m sure we can still find gratitude to be given to our time spent with 2020.

We should all look to make a fresh mark on the New Year with good fortune, as if making the first steps on a clean slate of a snow-covered landscape. Photo Credit: Abbey Leneway

A fitting final footnote to cap off a bizarre year, is the planetary conjunction happening during the winter solstice. For the first time in nearly 800 years, Jupiter and Saturn, which have been moving closer and closer together throughout the year, will endure a conjunction in the southwestern sky, and at the peak of the conjunction, the planets will be a tenth of a degree away from each other. While a tenth of a degree may still be 450-million miles, the planets will be the closest together they have been in 800 years. This once-in-a-lifetime occurrence can be viewed closely after sunset, with the moon appearing near the two planets as well. It is perhaps the most fitting way to end a ridiculous year.

With December winding to a close, it also brings about the celebration of Christmas and marks the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. With how wild 2020 has been, hopefully we can all sit back, decorate a tree, switch on a Christmas movie, and relax by the fireside as the seasons change around us. With a brighter outlook on 2021, hopefully everyone can enjoy Christmas activities and properly brace for a new year with positive energy flowing the way of anyone who attracts it.