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Find out why astrologers say Saturn will cause the Winter Solstice 2017 to not only be the longest and darkest night of the year, but also the worst.

Jess McHugh
December 21, 2017

If you woke up late, slipped on a patch of ice, or dropped your mitten in a slush puddle this morning, you might have something to blame: astrology.

Astrologists have predicted that the winter solstice, or December 21 in the northern hemisphere, will be a generally bad day. Of course, astrology is a pseudoscience defined by Merriam-Webster as “the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects.”

Even if you don't believe that the positioning of Saturn will have any effect on your life whatsoever, winter solstice already has all of the ingredients for unpleasantness, including the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It also signals the end of fall, along with all of its pumpkin-flavored treats and leaf-peeping.

What is the meaning of Winter Solstice?

Celtic, Norse, and other cultures based in what is now Europe have long marked winter solstice with a series of rituals and celebrations. Early peoples often made sacrifices to their gods in the hopes that the sun would soon return.

What is so bad about the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2017?

Technically nothing, unless you are afraid of the dark in which case you should invest in a night light because winter is coming.

British astrologist Neil Spencer advised against starting new endeavors, saying they would likely end in frustration.

USA Today reported that “patience will not be a priority,” citing a blog called Lunar Living.

What does Saturn in Capricorn Mean?

Astrologists have cited the fact that the Sun will pass in front of the constellation Capricorn just after Saturn does. This is apparently a bad thing.

Should I celebrate the Winter Solstice this year?

Unless you're a druid or raised in a culture that normally marks winter solstice, winter solstice is likely not part of your belief system and celebrating it could be considered a form of cultural appropriation.

Pagan rituals usually begin around dawn, often in the U.K. where they're celebrated at stone circles and other places of spiritual significance.

Each year people gather at the 5,000 year-old tomb Newgrange in Ireland to mark the solstice with celebrations. A Newgrange livestream took place at 8:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, December 21, and people can watch it here.

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