HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE! Monday brings the longest night of the year as the sun enters Capricorn. Soon the days will grow longer with the promise of hope through the year’s coldest weeks, offering us one more year to make it or break it, and another chance to turn the tide.
Western traditions ask us to pause around the winter solstice to reconnect and renew with friends and family, remember our spiritual path (whatever that is), and prepare to launch that new year. But first, these longest nights may feel unusually dark this year.
Venus, now in internal Scorpio, encourages us to take some thoughtful time alone. Mental Mercury reminds us of the unsettling stories of our time as it conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus this week. Look for intense debate around how we use and abuse the power of speech. On a personal level, we may feel the anxiety or weariness of the seasonal crunch, or become painfully aware of the changes in our family. Let’s check in with friends and take care of ourselves.
After an active and resistance-filled weekend under the Aries moon, we find comfort and security more important as the moon enters Taurus. We also may want to catch those last-minute sales, though we have too much to do with too little time. Let’s accept what’s feasible and what’s not, and find the joy therein.
FRIDAY, DEC. 18: We’re so ready for the weekend, feeling easily overwhelmed, but get a second wind to enliven the afternoon as the moon enters Aries. We may want to stay proactive and festive to ease anxiety and skate over dark emotional waters, but that could actually be therapeutic.
SATURDAY, DEC. 19: Expect emotional extremes; the Mercury-Pluto conjunction demands that we look deep within and at the dark places to figure out what’s wrong. Don’t believe a voice that says it’s no use; it’s a worthy effort. The mood shifts tonight as long as we break our routine.
SUNDAY, DEC. 20: We can slip on ice or on a misunderstanding, so walk smoothly and ask good questions as Mercury squares Uranus. Be prepared to deal with shocking news, sudden and questionable decisions, or tricky mechanical issues. Evening offers a more grounded, sensual vibe as the moon enters earthy Taurus.
MONDAY, DEC. 21: On this shortest day with the palest light, we want to be cozy, feel safe, and eat cookies, or otherwise work steadily and feed the senses. Just watch the temptation to drown sorrows in the spiked eggnog.
TUESDAY, DEC. 22: The mood leans toward the earthy and sociable with a materialistic streak as the Taurus moon opposes Venus. Midday we may be called to witness for truth. Tonight the Gemini moon speeds up conversation and transportation, breaking our focus but feeding the holiday spirit.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23: Morning can be busy and disjointed. Midday, if things just don’t go as planned, don’t get discouraged, but do keep moving. Adjust expectations and feel the freedom. Tonight we have more access to friendly creative solutions, and can forgive more easily.
THURSDAY, DEC. 24: The mood is relatively funny, flexible, and sociable as friendly Venus sextiles expansive Jupiter, though we may still need moments alone. Early tonight, we can surprise ourselves and truly enjoy time in the company of fellow souls, and then feel the need to tuck in at home or with our memories as the moon enters domestic Cancer.