This year, Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere) is on Tuesday December 21st. As always, I have left the day open so that I can create an intentional ritual that honors my growth this year and the vision that is unfolding for the next. If you would like some ideas about creating your own ritual, check out my 2009 Winter Solstice post.
For those of us who like to play with astrological, astronomic and symbolic events, there are some exciting things coming.
- On the day of the Solstice we will also have a full moon with total lunar eclipse.
- Mercury Turns Direct Dec 30th
- For a period of about three weeks in early January, nothing in the sky will appear retrograde.
- The Tarot guardian card for 2011 (which is a 4 year) is IV or The Emperor
Solstice, full moon, lunar eclipse
Here’s what my friend and personal astrologer, Nicki Michaels has to say about the solstice and lunar eclipse:
“The Winter Solstice, at the moment the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn, is the time of deepest darkness in the northern hemisphere. It is when many traditions honor the rebirth of the Sun and renewal of the life force. In our culture, many gravitate towards family and friends around an illuminated evergreen tree or a menorah celebrating the miracle of light.
One meaning of the sign of Capricorn is community cohesiveness, and so in this dimly lit season, we find illumination through connection to others rather than by the Sun’s light. We naturally renew our social connections and hopefully feel strengthened by them.
This year the Winter Solstice combines with the powerful energy of a Full Moon eclipse, intensifying and deepening the experience. Both occur on Tuesday December 21st, the Full Moon at 12:13 AM PT, and the Solstice at 3:39 PM PT.
So at this powerful and sacred Solstice moment, rejoice at the rebirth of the Sun out of the darkness and experience the open-heartedness that this season ignites. Notice where you find light in your life and move towards it. Ask what you wish to illuminate in the coming year, and allow your light to shine.” [see note (1) below]
Allowing our light to shine may also entail facing our shadows. Facing our shadows reveals our light and releases us from the darkness.
“If you bring forth that which you have within you, it will save you. If you do not, it will destroy you.”
– The Gospel of Thomas
When Mercury goes direct on the 30th, there will be no planets in retrograde until Saturn turns retrograde on January 27th. Yes, Mercury’s retrograde energy lingers, but this all-planets-direct in the sky period is a window of opportunity. According to some astrologers I’ve read, it will be a powerful time for getting things done. There will be less energetic resistance to our forward movement. If you’ve felt like you’ve been making slow progress or steady progress with lots of relapses, you will likely find the energy shifting in your favor the first few weeks of January.
This informs my ritual in this way
I’m looking to complete anything that still feels incomplete and release the energy so that I can rest in a beautiful space of silence and integration. I am also germinating seeds that I sowed this year, trusting that they are growing under the best of conditions. I am setting an intention to make myself more available to community and to make community more available to me.
I was at a book-signing last night for Transforming in 2012 by Debra Giusti, et al. Two authors, Marilyn Schlitz and Steve Bhaerman (aka Swami Beyondananda) spoke. Both spoke to the necessity of creating community as we make the shift from our old-consciousness story to the new story. We are in the process of creating that story now (or it is creating us, which is to say it is a co-creative process).
This delighted me since I have considered posting my very first ever predictions blog post and one of the predictions is the new level of meaning community will have for us. Here you get a preview:
Stop trying to do everything yourself. It’s not going to work anymore. Create community. ‘nuff said.
And what about the Emperor?
He is a symbol of the divine masculine. He is about creating structures that will sustain and nurture that which is birthed. I’m thinking of it as stakes, trellises and netting that will support the seedlings as they grow taller. As Pamela Eakins says in her book The Tarot of Spirit :
“Build a firm base of clear knowledge; do not become too rigid; remain open and lucid to retain control, know and serve a higher force; build your world in beauty and light; do not forget that the Emperor remains Emperor because he has a global sense of things that others do not necessarily possess, yet he will be overthrown if he does not serve his constituents; to remain in power, use your insight and serve those around you.”
Whereas last year’s guardian, The Empress, is the creator of all form, the Emperor illuminates the structure of all form.
Forms will be birthed and there needs to be an ongoing nurturing and sustaining of those forms for them to thrive. In 2011, the energy of the Emperor assists us with that. Whether we are creating a home, a product, a business, an organization, or a new world, the Emperor is with us and offers us wisdom. Perhaps the most profound message is to serve, from the perspective of what the soul knows and sees.
When we look at our own structures in life, we may think of the word discipline. I remind myself that discipline means to be a “disciple to.” To what will I be a disciple in 2011? We are all disciples to many things simply by way of auto-pilot. What wants, invites and requires our conscious, intentional devotion now? Let’s be discerning about that.
The window and the calling:
Taking this back to the solstice (the time when we shift from ever shorter days to ever longer ones), the full moon – lunar eclipse, the direction of the planets, and the turning of the year, we can use this time as a powerful energetic surge, a kind of wave, to carry us powerfully toward all that we generate. We are always generating something. Let’s be conscious in our co-creating.
It is my belief that all that calls to be created is calling from the new story.
Are we listening? How will we respond?
It is this new story that we are serving.
What is our degree of willingness?
As the days of increasing light return, let’s generate and inspire hope for ourselves, for our world.
We are called forth by our hearts to form community to nurture and sustain this new story. Each member of the community, you being one of them, contributes a vital and unique role. You are needed.
As Nicki advises: “Ask what you wish to illuminate in the coming year, and allow your light to shine.”
Wishing you all an enchanted holiday season!
(1) For a deeper understanding of the Winter Solstice, read what Dane Rudhyar says about the the sign of Capricorn and Winter Solstice. Learn more about Nicki Michaels and her astrology services. Please note that the paragraphs contributed by Nicki are also copyrighted material and used here by permission.
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