Winter Solstice: Astrologers Say December 21 Will Be Worst Day of the Year

The sun sets behind the Washington Monument, in Washington, D.C., on December 20, on the eve of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Astrologers believe December 21 will be the worst day of this year. ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images

Across a lot of the U.S., and indeed the rest of the northern hemisphere right now, the weather is cold and icy and there is less daylight than at any other time of year. But that isn't why December 21 will be the worst day of the year.

The real reason is astrology—the belief that the stars and planets influence events on Earth. And if you are having a bad day today, it is Saturn's fault.

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According to the British astrologer Neil Spencer, who writes for the London weekly newspaper the Observer, December 21 is not a day to start new things. Any endeavors you embark upon are likely to be frustrating, time-consuming and difficult. They will also have long-term consequences.

This is because in the sky above us, the sun will pass in front of the constellation of Capricorn hours after Saturn does the same.

It doesn't even matter if you try and do nothing. "Patience will not be a priority," another astrology website cited by U.S.A. Today stipulated. Essentially if you refused to carry out a task that is given to you, you'll be charged with insubordination and rebellion.

At the same time, Mercury will no longer be in retrograde—which is good—but the shift from this period to the dominance of Capricorn, a sign of power, patriarchy and the law will not be a pleasant, astrologers say.

Of course, the winter solstice has as much, if not more, to do with astronomy than astrology. The solstice will begin at 11:28 EST on December 21, marking the longest day of the year and the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere. It conversely marks the longest summer day in the southern hemisphere.

The celebration of the winter solstice in Norse, Celtic, Welsh, Icelandic cultures and for First Nation peoples in modern-day Canada was not a gloomy affair. It marked the beginning of the return of spring. From the solstice onward, the days should get longer and the weather fairer.

The best known winter solstice celebration is held by druids in Wiltshire, England, at the Neolithic Stonehenge monument. Adherents to the ancient Celtic religion give thanks to the sun at the solstice for beginning its path toward the spring.