The Solstice of December 2017 falls on the 21st, and it’s a significant turning point and the start of a new cycle.
In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the first day of winter. But in the Southern Hemisphere, the December Solstice is the start of summer — a time of outward expression.
It does not matter where in the world you live. The December Solstice has always been linked to the planet Saturn. The reason for this is because Solstice is actually marked by the Sun’s move to Saturn’s ruling constellation of Capricorn.
This December Solstice is going to be the darkest day of this year. This is thanks to a rare cosmic incident which hasn’t happened in over 350 years.
As if this month hasn’t been crazy enough, with the planet Mercury going into retrograde…
Neil Spencer, an astrologer, says that this year’s Solstice will be pretty different from others in the past. For the first time since 1664, the sun will move into Capricorn, few hours after Saturn makes the same exact shift. This will make the Sun and the planet Saturn move to line up. This phenomenon according to him, is expected to have uncomfortable consequences.
In the personal horoscope, the planet Saturn in Capricorn is a very useful placement. But it does not promise much in the way of fruitful change.
Neil also advises being careful on December 21st. Things that you do on that day may feel more difficult than usual. Starting something new can have some ‘long-term consequence.’
This December Solstice marks the darkest day, as well as the shortest day of this year in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Astrology website Lunar Living advised that we may feel limited and constrained on this day. But we should not let that feeling keep us from living up to our obligations. The level of your energy may be low, but you should not use any excuse for not doing your best.
If your vision is only for yourself, what you create cannot last: it may also be for some greater good.
A post on the Feng Shui blog by Jayashree Bose is saying that the 21st of December will be troublesome. Any critical activity should also be avoided at all costs. Bose also warns for any actions taken on December 18, 21 and 30 saying that activities planned on these dates are bound to undergo last-minute changes:
Avoid hosting meetings, no matter what decisions you make that will not be final, they will change. Also, avoid traveling on these dates, unless you would like to spend your time waiting in airports, railway or bus station.
Once the planet Mercury goes directly on December 22nd, the retrograde will finally end before the year that follows.
Because of Mercury ‘retroshade’, the retrograde of Mercury shadow period we may till the end of December.
While some things may seem slow moving on the outside, however, on the inside, it will be very different.
As we “hibernate” and take it slow, we will have the opportunity to take a look at our inner world.
A lot of people spend the year in a constant state of busyness. We never really pause and see what is bubbling within. But, with the Solstice energy of December, we can take a peek at what is happening on a heart and soul level. The Solstice of December is usually called the Dark Night of the soul for this very reason.
If there are some problems which have been unresolved in thoughts and emotions, this will be the time of the year where they may resurface to be cleansed and renewed.
The time of the Winter Solstice can be very cleansing, as long as we embrace the energy. Don’t shy away from any painful emotions or past regrets that need to be cleared.
Life becomes more fluid when we take some time to tune in to our inner state. This is the exact energy that we need as we venture into the new cycle.
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