Today is the Solstice, or the moment when the Sun stands still!
In the North it will be Winter Solstice, and in the South, Summer.
In the Northern Hemisphere it is the moment of the rebirth of the Sun. The Child of Light is born from the sacred dark womb/tomb of Mother Night, the Dark Goddess. It's a time of celebrating Light and Joy! And, to give thank for the gifts of the Dark, like stillness, sanctuary, sleep, renewal, intimacy, depth, peace, transformation. When it's dark, we get to see the Stars all the better!
We can pause and appreciate our own Star. There is a lot going on astrologically, like Mercury contacting the volatile Pluto/Uranus square, and the momentum toward a Full Moon on Christmas Day. The Sun changes signs from Sag to Capricorn. We have the wonkiness of Venus, Mars and Jupiter transiting signs in which they feel out of their element, along with the reality-challenging Saturn/Neptune square. But perhaps this is just the right medicine to assist us in moving out of how we have "always been", into the expansiveness of allowing more of ourSelves to shine. A "comfort zone" is still a "zone", which means it it limited. Imagine your very best, brightest Self!
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Mercury is closing in on the Pluto/Uranus square, setting the stage for some clearing of the air. Tensions that have been building may come up to be discussed. Mercury rules communication, and the Uranus/Pluto square is about major change. It may be that our (self-)concepts are only now getting caught up with the changes that have already occurred within us.
We're gearing up for a few major celestial events: The Solstice on the 21st, and the Cancer Full Moon on the 25th--at which time all the major planets go forward.
In the Northern Hemisphere the Solstice is the rebirth of the Sun, and therefore it is a time of renewal. This newborn Sun will then oppose the Moon in the sign of the Great Mother, when She will reflect His light in Her Full powers. This is a time when we can shed the old ideas about who we are, who we've been, what we've always done...etc...and allow ourselves to be bigger and brighter. We ourselves can be reborn.
These days leading up to this culmination and forward motion of energies could be well spent in reflection. We have a great opportunity to manifest what we envision and believe.
If you could imagine your greatest, most actualized and aligned self, what might s/he look like? Feel like? Believe? What posture might s/he hold? What could you be doing moment by moment, right now, that could bring you closer to being this self? How might you step into this projection of your best self?
The New Moon last week marked both and ending and a beginning of some kind. Perhaps there has been something that has needed to be adjusted, or a shift in tone, or some other development.
At this lowest point of the Sun's powers, it is a good time to come home to ourselves and get reacquainted with our core. A good question to ask might be "Why am I here?". Is what you do each day in alignment with your core impetus for being incarnate?
Our Higher Self speaks to us constantly through our Emotional Body. Listening to those messages is a committed practice.
The shifts that are taking place astrologically are setting the stage for forward motion and manifestation. The more aligned you can get with You, the better use of this energy you will have. Things that appear to be absolutely necessary and "have-to's" might not be so. Ask deeply if it's true.
There is so much going on...the tendency right now can be to move very fast and to lose center. If you think that you don't have time to slow down, or you are otherwise resistant to doing so, then that is your clue that you might indeed be moving too fast! Everyone has 5 minutes to take a few breaths and get centered.
Chiron squares the Sun today, showing us where it is that we need healing. This might come through a crisis of some sort...in fact, that's almost always the way that it does. None of us generally think that we need healing until a crisis makes it clear that we do!
Try to be gentle with yourself right now. Holidays can bring up a lot of unresolved stuff. It can be easy to get swept up in tribal mentality and forget your own center. It can be easy to go unconscious. Remember that your main responsibility in life is to take take of how you feel. Well being--for yourself and in your responses to others--comes from that place.
Whatever comes out over these next few days is needing to be out in the open. Even if it isn't cute.
Mars is activating the Pluto/Uranus square today right now, and it can be volatile. It can also bring to the surface any tensions that need to be sorted out. There's no point in keeping things in place that are inhibiting growth and your ability to follow your Bliss.
With the Sun in a trine with Uranus, we are supported in trying new things and doing things differently than before. At this end-of-the-calendar-year time of year, it might be nice to give things an innovative revamp anyway.
Sun square Chiron might show us the wounded reasons behind what appear to be negative behaviors, in ourselves and in others. Good thing then that Venus moves into a sextile with Neptune, supporting a loving approach and compassionate attitude. Whatever tensions come to the surface can be tempered by remembering to hold each other in the best light possible. Sometimes just making the choice to see another in their most shiny, good-intentioned version can help them bring out their best.
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All right, look. The energies right now are intense.
So I thought that we could use the picture above. Why not indulge in a little escapism for a moment?
Look, I know its tedious to hear over and over again how the power lies within yourself. Especially when some of us might be feeling especially powerless right now, or perhaps we're witnessing others who seem to be in that state.
You're going to have to decide for yourself how you would like to approach this shift we are experiencing. Projection, fantasy, blaming---these are at an all time high for some right now. But so is the possibility for growth, new directions, new chapters, open-mindedness, open-hearteedness. And the realization that changes in perception can be a great thing, even if they are disorienting at first.
Certainty is not necessarily what we are going to get right now. Can that be OK?
The Unicorn above would like you to know something. I'm going to let you meditate on that, and feel free to write the message you receive in the comments. Have fun with it!
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Aepril Schaile, MFA, is Venus ruled; a Taurus with Libra rising; Lilith conjunct ASC. As an adept astrologer, Aepril provides readings which can help solve everyday problems and assist in regaining a sense of alignment with True Will, finding your deeper, uniquely powerful truth. She lives in Salem, MA and spends her days with her beloved canine companion, Gwyddion.