Early this morning, the Sun moved into Capricorn marking the Winter Solstice. I find it inspiring to celebrate the last quarter of the year under a last quarter Moon. Sometimes things work out nicely.
The winter season confirms the natural cycle of truly letting go. Release that began with the Autumnal Equinox must now be fully accepted, even if it brings us some pain to do so.
The Last Quarter Phase is often called the crisis of consciousness. In this waning phase ~ as in the winter season ~ it may be difficult to let go of some fast-held beliefs, especially if they have been a part of life for a long time. But letting go allows us to create space for new-found abundance. During the Last Quarter Phase, we must reaffirm our original vision for this lunation and reclaim our intention. In the winter season, we must remember where we came from, what we accomplished, and consider where our chosen path will lead us in the future and how we can create abundance.
A Brief Winter Solstice Meditation ~ If you have not made plans for the Winter Solstice today, you can still honor the day in a very simple way. Find two candles, one white and one black or one light and one dark to note the daylight and night. As you watch the candles flicker and burn, take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come this year, acknowledge your losses without dwelling on them, relive your achievements, and envision what 2017 might hold.
The winter season begins with the Sun in Capricorn and an unaspected Libra Moon. Even though these signs square each other, I find them to be a really lovely pair. Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is exalted in Libra. I always feel that he finds some refuge in this peace-loving sign. Venus, Libra’s ruler, when placed in Capricorn brings kindness and a sense of belonging to the sometimes too-stark landscape of Capricorn’s isolated mountain tops. Venus is able to show Capricorn the extensive beauty of those captivating views.
On Friday, the 23rd, the Moon enters Scorpio, sextiling the Sun and trining Mars. I hope we are all able to find the strength, vitality, and confidence that this trio brings. The Moon remains in Scorpio on Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day and Hanukkah, symbolizing renewal and the rebirth and power of light.
Best wishes to everyone for the Solstice, the Christmas Holidays, and Hanukkah.
The New Moon in Capricorn is December 29th and is the last one of the year.