I always feel very excited the week before the Winter Solstice, knowing that the days will only be getting longer and the magical cycle of Nature’s perfect plan unfolds, like clockwork, before my very eyes. And how curious that as Winter officially begins there will be more light each day. What an amazing system.
3:22pm Mountain time
Full Moon at 0 degrees Cancer
10:48am Mountain time
The Winter Solstice occurs every year when the Sun enters 0 degrees Capricorn. In the Northern hemisphere we are farthest away from the Sun, tipped as the Earth is away from our Central Star. In the Southern hemisphere it is the peak of summer.
This year the Solstice is followed by a Full Moon with the Moon at 0 degrees Cancer opposite the Sun at 0 degrees Capricorn. Each month the Full Moon gives you the opportunity to release thought forms, beliefs, and experiences that no longer fit. As you grow and expand in awareness you will naturally slough off all kinds of things (friends, relationships of all sorts, work, habits) that are no longer aligned with your essential self. The axis of Capricorn/Cancer addresses the ongoing push-pull between the expression of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine in your own life and in the collective. You get to see how these energies play out and vie for power in your own life, depending on where the 0 degree axis of Capricorn/Cancer falls in your own chart. A zero degree Full Moon is a beautiful opportunity to begin anew, fresh and open to learning what these signs’ energies are all about.
Saturn, at 10 degrees Capricorn, makes a wide conjunction to the Sun. 10 degrees between celestial objects is considered a conjunction but I like to use tighter orbs of influence, under 7 degrees, so I consider this a wide conjunction exhibiting a slightly less constrictive impact than if Saturn were closer by degree to the Sun. Some of the heaviness of Saturn is to be expected so watch for patterns of control and repression of feelings which Saturn can demonstrate in his lower vibration.
Mars is still transiting the super sensitive, emotionally raw sign of Pisces as Venus continues to plumb the depths of emotional Scorpio. Mercury and Jupiter are cruising together through the mutable Fire sign of Sagittarius, exaggerating all communication attempts and bringing in a heightened level of mischievousness and foot-in-mouth statements that could create quite a conflagration, especially if directed towards those who are already hyper-sensitized by the season, celestial influences, and what have you. You might feel like Mercury is till moving retrograde, though it isn’t!
Uranus moving retrograde in the fire sign of Aries can add more sparks to the flames and unexpected outbursts are to be expected, leading ultimately to some form of liberation from that which binds you, which you might not even know about until it come flying out in the open for you to see.
Which is all to say that the week leading into Christmas and New Year’s is always a hot-button-pushing time, bringing up as it does all kinds of sentimental memories, many which often can feel painful, either because they were great memories and you are reminiscing of sweeter times or they were not so great and now they are up in your field of experience and you don’t want them to be there, but they are. Past disappointments, misunderstandings, betrayals, and jealousies can surface quite unexpectedly this week so know this. Prepare to feel your way through to your own emotional freedom or remain trapped in the prison you create for yourself through unexpressed feelings. Come what may, let those feelings be felt!
May you be touched by magic
And may your light shine brightly,
lighting the way for others
who may feel lost in the woods.
Weekly CELESTIAL GOSSIP