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December 21 Solstice: A Turning Point

The winter solstice

has always been special to me

as a barren darkness that gives birth

to a verdant future beyond imagination,

a time of pain and withdrawal

that produces something

joyfully inconceivable,

like a monarch butterfly

masterfully extracting itself

from the confines of its cocoon.

Gary Zukav

The Winter Solstice on December 21 at 5:00 pm EST

signals a time of integration - when we acknowledge what we have learned and plans we have been oontemplating solidify. We come to release the past and fully embrace what is dawning in our life. There is renewed confidence to embark on the adventure that is calling us, and a foreshadowing of the big shifts that will arrive in the first months of 2023.

Sun square Jupiter

Moon oppose Mars Retrograde

Venus trine Uranus

South Node at apex of Yod with mars/Chiron

Herald of 2023

Multiple planets crossing 0 degrees of a sign

Recent months have revved us up and slowed us down. We have felt inspired to embark on a new adventure and yet have needed to slow down to make necessary shifts in perspective and plans. In retrospect, we will appreciate what has been gain through the delays in launching our life in a new direction or having plans move forward in the timeline and way we had originally hoped. We may be feeling a measure of restlessness, impatience, and/or mental exhaustion as we release the past, open to new possibilities, and bide our time. The solstice gives us the boost, as the light of the solstice Sun dawns with possiibilities that had not been available before now.

At the Solstice, the Sun stands still, having reached its furthest declination degree on the ecliptic and prepares to shift its direction. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the Winter Solstice while our friends beneath the equator are celebrating their Summer Solstice. At the Winter Solstice, the sun is reborn and it is the birth of a new light and a new year.

Solstices and equinoxes occur when the Sun arrives at 0 degrees of a cardinal sign (Capricorn, Aries, Libra, Cancer), collectively known as the Aries point. The Aries point is potent in its capacity to ignite, initiate and propel us into action. A planet crossing the Aries point point is a herald, announcing that some potential is emerging that wasn’t there before.

The Sun's arrival at 0 degrees of Capricorn is the moment of the December solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occures on the shortest day of the year, when the dark of night lasts longer than the light of the day. Cultures and traditions worldwide have annually honored this day when the seed potential of the coming year takes root. In modern times, peoples worldwide observe that a new light emerges from the darkest of days. Major traditions such as Hannukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa are celebrations of light.

Winter is the time of sacred balance

and rejuvenation of life

in preparation for the coming spring.

Noelle Vignola

A 12-Year Cycle of Growth Begins

Jupiter at 0 Aries

Jupiter has a 12-year cycle, spending roughly one year in each zodiac sign. Through 2022, Jupiter has gone back and forth forth over the last degrees of the zodiac wheel (28 and 29 Pisces) and across the early degrees of Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Its presence in this area of the sky proclaims 2022 as a time of endings and beginnings

This past year has been a transitionary period, giving us the opportunity to integrate, complete and distill the wisdom from the last 12 years of growth so that we are ready to fully embrace the new cycle that officially begins within hours of the solstice. Now is the time to get our affairs in order, align with our heart's desire and gather the confidence to invest ourselves in a new 12-year cycle of growth.

A chapter of our lives has just come to a close. We officially turn the page and face a page that is blank. Yet within us we can feel the movement of how we want to begin the story of what this chapter of our lives will be about.

Last summer we may have felt that we had turned a corner, turned a page and that we were ready for the new adventure to begin. But then, it fizzled or did not lift off in the way we imagined. We have been afforded time to repair our self-confidence and faith to boldly move forward into unchartered territory.

As Jupiter returns to 0 Aries on December 20, hours before the eclipse, the new chapter is officially launched. There is renewed strength and courage to commit ourselves to move in a new direction. The Solstice Sun arrives on its heals to illuminate and fortify the dawn of a new era.

The Light of the Solstice Sun is Amplified

Sun square Jupiter

It is notable that Jupiter is in an exact square to the Sun at the Solstice, as both are residing at 0 degrees of a cardinal sign, the degree of ignition. While the Jupiter in Aries can be impatient to get going, the Capricorn Sun tempers the enthusiasm so we can realistically assess our the timelines of our plans and what it will require to fulfill them. The boost in our confidence is coupled with a tactical approach that has us recognize that the next phase of life is not a sprint, but will require the stamina and tenacity of a marathon.

Jupiter’s fire amplifies the energy of the