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Most people discuss the Winter Solstice (December 21st) as the darkest day of the year. When I was younger I always celebrated...

Most people discuss the Winter Solstice (December 21st) as the darkest day of the year. When I was younger I always celebrated this day because it meant that soon the Sun would start shining longer and warmer weather was on its way.

 

The Winter Solstice is still celebrated all around the world, however, this day is much, much more than measuring the amount of daylight. There is an abundance of cultural and spiritual significance surrounding the Winter Solstice and the astrological energy that lingers throughout the month.

 

Early Pagan tradition celebrated the Winter Solstice or, Yule when the Sun was exactly 1 degree in the Zodiac sign of Capricorn. The transition into Capricorn was known to give people the authority, and strength to make better, more wise decisions for their future.  The primary focus for this holiday was rebirth, renewal and cherishing the blessings you had with those around you.

I love studying up on Astrology because we can recognize how the traditional reactions to planetary movements such as the Winter Solstice have remained in modern day traditions. In this Century we unknowingly align with the energy the Winter Solstice brings in - we start crafting our New Years Resolutions, celebrate and reflect on the past calendar year with family and the ones we love and create good karma through the spirit of giving.

 

Although this occurs in the third week of December, the energy and impact of the seeds we plant during this time continue in the month to come.

I am writing this article specifically because I find this Winter Solstice extremely important. Not only has the Sun entered Capricorn but Saturn has as well. Saturn is the greatest astrological teacher, the effects this planet has on earth challenges us and helps us reshape ourselves and our beliefs. Saturn also rules Capricorn, The fact that it is now in its home base for the next three years intensifies this opportunity for growth and change, it makes us crave it. Paired with the opportunity for rebirth and reflection that the Winter Solstice brings in these next few weeks makes beginning to make changes and productive steps toward our big time goals optimal this year.

 

I welcome you all to deeply consider your New Years Resolutions. If you have been wanting to make a change, reach a goal, or create anything new in your life, now is the time to plant that seed because the universe is set up for it to come through. I’m not saying its going to be easy, after all Saturn is a hard-ass, but, it will be worth it.