"For Druids, celebrating the winter solstice is a recognition that things are difficult and a call for hope that everything will soon improve..."
This solstice has created anxiety among some because of its astrological significance. Dec 21 coincides with two astrological points of interest: the end of Mercury retrograde and the first day the sun (the ruler of the zodiac system) exits Sagittarius (an adventurous, impulsive sign) and enters Capricorn (a steady sign linked to power, patriarchy, and the law). AKA we are moving out of the frying pan and into the fire.
If you recall, we started December with a powerful supermoon under the sign of Gemini (intellect, creativity, ingenuity, and communication). This full moon was about illuminating truth, motives, and intentions. Whatever truths serve your highest good are going to come to the light, so be open to the possibilities. Positive vibes allow us to step into our fullest potential this month.
Mercury went into retrograde from Dec 3-22. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, rules over our mind, allows us to unearth buried thought patterns, reflect on the year past, and gain new information on overlooked opportunities. Mercury can often bring about clarity giving us the opportunity to tap into our subconscious mind and understand things on a deeper level. However, be patient and know that once mercury goes direct the final pieces will fall into place.
As the Sun shifts into Capricorn this solstice, we are going to be reminded to not only reflect on the year gone by but to also slow down and check in with where we are at. It is a good idea to take a moment to pause and work out if your actions are aligned with where you want to be. Over the past several weeks, we have had the opportunity to look within. This solstice energy gives us the opportunity to stay reflective and dig even deeper, to notice what happens on a heart and soul level.
During this time, embrace the energy of change, don't shy away from painful emotions or past regrets that need to be cleared. This can be a very cleansing period if we allow it to be. This Solstice is the perfect time to check in with your soul and to really take responsibility for the direction of your life. Use this Solstice energy to take some downtime, and to really feel the calling of your heart. Notice what direction it is leading you in and see if you are aligning you life in that direction.
This would be an opportune time to release and put what needs to go into the past into the past. Burn your regrets and resentments around a fire or through a candle’s flame. Make amends or reach out to those who need reaching out to with care and compassion. Embark on the process of letting go so that your New Year will feel that much fresh and clear. Journal, meditate, take moments for yourself.
This month has allowed the space to wrap up loose ends before the year ends.
Be gentle on yourself in processing your lessons and growth.
Breathe deep and sink back into the newest version of yourself.
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