Was going to apologize for not posting lately--then I see other astrologers posting that exact message! It's not just me then. Maybe--it's the stars. Here is the Winter Solstice chart. This is a chart showing the general "flavor" of the upcoming quarter (until Spring Equinox); some astrologers consider it a "general" chart for the entire year.
Note the Sun is exactly aligned with Saturn at zero degrees ce). Saturn enters his own sign of Capricorn once every 29 years. They both enter Capricorn together rarely, and be glad--because this indicates a year (or at least quarter) of frustration, delays, hard work, difficult progress. In astrology, as in life, there's always an upside: the up side here is perseverance and indefatigability reap rewards (the movie "Darkest Hour," about Churchill during WWII just came out--should do well under these aspects). The downside of Sun-Saturn is ... well, where do we start?
Jupiter, ruling the government in this chart aligns with the fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, called by the ancients the star of the "insufficient price." (It's twin star, Zuben Eschamali is "the price which covers,"). A hard fought (Jupiter is with war planet Mars) tax bill (Mars rules the 2nd house of money, Jupiter the 10th house of government, both are in the 8th house of taxes) passes (Jupiter trines the Ascendant) but it's not paid for and will prove costly (aligns with the star of the insufficient price).
Neptune aligns with the Ascendant and there's a whole lot of delusion, confusion, and trickery going on. Scandal. Gossip. Eh, then again, maybe Jesus shows up to remind certain people that He said to take care of the poor and welcome the stranger. Neptune can indicate that water will be a problem, either its lack or abundance. Just another year in the age of Climate Change.
A whole lot more could be discussed here but we'll leave with, so what should we do? Work hard (Saturn likes that), stay engaged, be open to do-overs and have patience. Patience will be the key quality to cultivate. At best, Sun/Saturn is success due to steady, patient, willing work. Think Churchill's "Never, never, never give in ....". On days that doesn't help, well, Churchill drank for a reason, right? Keep our favorite spirit on hand and raise a glass to Saturn. Poor old Saturn doesn't get toasted often enough (probably why he's so grumpy).