Hello, everyone.

I’ve been thinking about the coming Solstice on Monday, December 21.  Every activity of nature holds a correspondence to our lives and astrology is the practice of observing and learning from these connections.

According to Wikipedia,

A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun’s apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun’s path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction.  (

Twice each year the Sun appears to stand still in the sky.  In cultures all over the world and throughout history, people have noted and celebrated this semi-annual event.  The Wikipedia article on “Winter solstice” cites 37 observances from Japan to the Inca Empire, from West Africa and Persia to the Zunis and Hopis of North America.

The Astronomical Sun

An astronomical event with this much impact in current and historical times can be felt in all parts of our lives.  What lesson can we take for our businesses?

The Sun in the sky is the center of our solar system.  Almost all of the energy that exists on this earth and in our lives comes from the Sun.  Of all aspects of nature the Sun holds the most essential place as it is directly responsible for the rhythms of our daily and yearly lives. At the solstices, the Sun stands still – it takes rest.  Whether at the northern or southern declination, there is a moment of apparent stillness.  Even this most powerful source of energy takes this moment of rest.

The Astrological Sun

In the chart of a business, the Sun represents the leader, the owner, the source of the vision and direction of the company.  The Sun represents the essential style of the leader and how the leader wields power and authority.  Through its aspects we can see the vitality of the business and how well the relationships between the owner and his/her employees function.  The Sun represents you.  Do you take rest?

The Solstices are natural reminders to pause; that as business leaders, whose lives are full of activity, there can be a natural point of stillness. 

Your own Solstice

On Monday, December 21, why not create your own solstice?  I know it’s a hectic time of year with all of the celebrations and observances, but an essential part of any celebration is the still point, the point to remember the meaning of the day.  Take the day off if you can, or an hour, or even ten minutes.  Sit down with your coffee and remember that you are the Sun in your business, the essential source of guidance and inspiration.  Survey your world and thank yourself for your focus and energy of the past six months.  Or walk around and thank your employees for their focus and energy of the past six months.

And then begin again, just like the Sun.