So I have been catching up with one of my astrology friends who I've known for years and happens to be a terrific and lovely person and all around accomplished lovely Aquarius, Starlene Breiter... Suddenly we get to talking about tough times and it comes out that I'm going through my Solar Opposition right now.
Sounds ominous...it is, a little, not really.
So the long and short of it is is that the Solar Opposition is when the sun goes through the sign & degree directly opposite of your natal sun's degree. This changes slightly year to year because the sun signs don't change on exactly the same day every year, but it still happens like clockwork. The period usually lasts about two weeks and it peaks on the day of, having lead up to then tapering off.
The easiest way to describe this time is that you'll likely be feeling a little off. And for me that is what struck me the most. Suddenly that freight train epiphany feeling struck me dead on and I let out a long mental, "Ooooooh."
As a life long people watcher I always have loved to see what makes people tick. I like to notice their patterns and peek inside the inner machinations of their personalities. I find it utterly fascinating! What's more it's enlightening and often shows me something about myself as well.
Another trait I love is just understanding me, and with astrology, I find I get a unique peek into my own persona from a more objectlive light. Throughout my life I have always felt the deeper undercurrents of energy, but I could never really put my finger on the source. I would feel things on a deeper level, like some massive external force emanating from events or feelings but I could never nail down where it came from. Since I have started delving deeper into astrology I've learned that transits (the movements of the planets through their signs and how they relate to our natal charts) are a wonderfully illuminating source of information. Suddenly it all made much more sense!
For me during my solar opposition I typically am super, duper brooding, and very somber. I dislike the time of the year for a myriad of reasons because its full of some harsh and unpleasant memories, so I usually choose to work my ass off until I'm through it all. I get downright cynical and really want to detach from people. You could say I take the Capricorn energy a bit to the extreme in an effort to avoid dealing with the feelings of this time of the year for me.
As a result of fighting the energy though, I have found it just really makes it worse. There's always a lesson to be learned in times of pain and strife and while enduring is one of the lessons, learning to love, let go and detach is often involved too. As I say, "The stronger we hold onto something the more it hurts to let go." (Click to tweet that!)
Now that I've learned about the Solar Opposition I feel much more empowered. I don't feel like a victim at this point or that I'm just being nutty having a hard time. While it doesn't make the feelings or bad memories go away, it does help me to want to sit with them more because they are less threatening. They're not unpleasant attacks to be avoided, but opportunities to grow and learn. Precious gifts.
So what about you? How do you feel about your Solar Opposition? Did you learn something new? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
And PS If you want to hear a bit more about the Solar Opposition you can check out my lovely friend Star's blog post on it: Solar Opposition.