December’s Winter Solstice & Full Moon in Cancer

 

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This blog post is something I’ve been intending to write for probably more than a week now, but for some reason it has taken me a while to really be able to sit down and feel somewhat prepared to do so. The energies right now leading up to the Full Moon on December 22nd are very heightened; not only will it be a Full Moon on Saturday, but leading up to that, on Friday, December 21st it is the Winter Solstice and the Sun moves out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn that same day. So this is a time with multiple and dynamic energies at play, and I’ll do my best to break it all down for you here…

First-A Bit About The Winter Solstice 

From an astronomical standpoint, the Winter Solstice is the day of the year with the shortest period of daylight and the longest period of darkness, occurring when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, this occurs on Friday, December 21st this year. 

Thinking about this as far as what it means for us, it points toward a time of going within – or turning toward the darkness so to speak, with it being the day with the longest period of darkness of the entire year. So this is a great day to spend in reflection, in more of an internal state, which I think is especially helpful during this time anyway, as we are closing in on one year and preparing to transition to the New Year. It may be beneficial right now to sit down and journal, thinking back over the past year – what have you accomplished? What has worked for you and what has not worked? Is there anyone or anything holding you back, something that should be released that is no longer serving? Where have you grown? Where have you stagnated? What have you learned about life and about yourself over this past year that will help you move forward in the coming New Year? Sitting with yourself and thinking about these questions and writing down your thoughts and reflections related to them over the past year is a great way to bring in clarity and begin the Winter season! 

For the Solstice, you may also consider some sort of ritual that has personal meaning to you, especially if something is calling to you. You may also benefit from considering the Sun moving into Capricorn this day as a guide for your ritual. Capricorn is an Earth sign – with the Sun moving into this zodiac, the energy is moving toward a more grounded, realistic place. Knowing this, think of what earthy things you are drawn to that you may be able to work with or focus on this day. Maybe you get a new plant for your home or work with crystals, if you have a collection. Also spending time outside during the daylight hours would be particularly beneficial, especially if you can sit on the ground, or place bare feet on the Earth for a little while, to really feel your connection to her. If you are able, sit in stillness for a little while in the morning, focusing on your breath, and see if anything comes to you while in this state, perhaps you will receive guidance as to the ritual that is right for you this day. 

Full Moon in Cancer

Now let’s shift a little bit, thinking about Saturday’s Full Moon in Cancer; this is the final Full Moon of 2018, which seems so appropriate as the Moon is actually ruled by Cancer. Typically, Cancer is very loyal, family-centered, and feels everything very intensely. The Full Moon is also a time that tends to be intense emotionally, and this is sure to be no different! 

This Full Moon will be a dynamic one, in the sense that it is assisting us to wrap up and bring closure to this past year, but is also preparing us for what lies ahead in the new season we have just entered with the Winter Solstice and with the New Year just ahead. This is why reflection over the last year is so important during Friday and Saturday, and the energies are really pointing that way so that we can see where we have been, release what is no longer serving, and move into the New Year lighter and more confident than ever, ready to live our lives to their fullest potential! Also – if you happen to be feeling a lot of emotions (which is very likely with a Full Moon, especially one in emotional Cancer) or anything coming to the surface that is difficult or painful, even if you thought you had already dealt with it, this is the perfect time to really allow yourself to feel these emotions and release them – surrender and let go. Don’t fight any feelings that surface, as doing so will only prolong their healing. The play of energies here is calling for complete release in order to heal and move forward. 

Taking all of this into consideration, this coupling of the Solstice and Full Moon right before a New Year is also pointing toward new beginnings. This is why release and clearing are so important during this time. Be easy with yourself  and give yourself the space do so – consider staying home and working with elements of Earth and/or Water, and give yourself an opportunity to be in quiet and stillness as much as you are able, and reserve your energy for only those people who you are really close to during this time – close friends and loved ones. The Full Moon in Cancer lends itself to this anyway as Cancer is very family-centered and enjoys being with those she loves; however, be careful not to get too attached to the idea of being with certain people, which Cancer also tends to do. Allow things to happen as they will, and do not place unnecessary pressure on yourself on anyone else. Remember, this time is a great period to go more within and spend with yourself in reflection (this is also a great time of year to do this anyway, as the holiday season tends to become busy and chaotic for many us and we likely are spending more time around people than usual and possibly have not been giving ourselves enough space for solitude and reflection), working through anything that may come to the surface – so be cautious not to use being with someone else as a way to escape anything difficult or painful that may need to be processed and released. Remember to breathe and bring yourself back to the present moment as much as possible, trusting that whatever may arise is coming up for a reason and is meant to only help you in the long run. 

No matter what, remember to be easy and gentle with yourself and others during this time. Listen to that voice within, and trust the powerful energies that are working together during this time, which are really for your highest good! If we stay in the flow of what is, not resisting it, we will surely only benefit from what is unfolding!

Wishing all of you many Full Moon blessings with abounding peace, joy, and love now and in the coming New Year! 

 

 

“The Moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.” -Rumi 

 

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