Winter Solstice – Wednesday December 21, 2022
– Balsamic Moon Phase – release, transform, healing, forgiveness, prepare for the new
– Moon in SAGITTARIUS –
– Retrograde Planets – Chiron, Uranus, Mars
– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Dec 21st– Quit Smoking, Harvest, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Mow to Slow Growth, Potty Train, Wean, Perform Demolition, Wash Windows, Wash Wooden Floors, Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Kill Plant Pests, Pick Apples and Pears, Castrate Farm Animals, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car
– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Dec 21st – 22nd – Do no planting. Good harvest days.
– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): – Bagalamuhki (The Fierce Goddess)
– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Elias– God of the West, God of Transformation
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Sagittarius SUN: – 02 SAGITTARIUS: the ocean covered with whitecaps (& EARTH: – 02 GEMINI: Santa Claus filling stockings furtively)
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: –“a flock of wild geese”
SUN – 30 SAGITTARIUS: the pope blessing the faithful
EARTH – 30 GEMINI: a parade of bathing beauties before large beach crowds
Winter Solstice 2022 – 12/12/2022 4:47 PM
Otherwise know as the Shortest day of the year (Northern Hemisphere) and The Longest Night. It is the first Day of Winter and the beginning of the 4th quarter of the Astrological year – first day of Capricorn.
As with the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and autumnal equinoix, it is a cardinal position in our annual journey around the sun. This year it closely coincides with the New Moon as well (which we will see on the 23rd).
At our house we celebrate it as the day in which the days begin getting longer – 1-2 minutes may not seem like a lot, but after a week, that means at least 10 minutes longer. It is something to put a positive spin on it all.
In the Germanic and Scandanavian tradition it is the beginning of Yule. I will talk more about this another day. Yule is a pagan observance that has wormed its way into so many of our own Western Christmas traditions. These are the same kinds of things that make the same Christians whose heads explode when people say Happy Holidays to them instead of Merry Christmas. But they seem like fun and interesting traditions that deserve a chance to be followed. I will be exploring them over thje next few days.
In the meantime, enjoy your Solstice or Yule Eve. I will leave you with this litytle prayer I found on Facebook.