Capricorn: Sign of the Winter Solstice

capricorno59.jpgOne of the four most significant phenomena of the year occurs just a few days before Christmas. It is the magical moment of the Winter Solstice, when daylight is at its minimum in our Northern temperate region. Primitive man was terrified that the warm sun, the spring and summer would never return. It is the initial phase of the tenth zodiac sign, Capricorn, named after the mythical animal that symbolises it, a goat with the tail of a dolphin. This is the third Earth sign, preceded by Taurus and Virgo. It is also defined as 'cardinal' as it marks the beginning of a new season, in this case winter. It is commonly regarded as the sign of ambition and describes a complex and saturnine personality, so defined by the planet that rules the sign, Saturn.