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Four of Wands from the Rider Waite Tarot. Art by Pamela Coleman Smith

Happy Solstice, everyone, be it your mid-winter or mid-summer! This is the time of year to rejoice over our successes, loves and connections, celebrate life and appreciate all contributes to our beautiful life experiences. We can also reach out, extending thoughts of love and well being to the rest of the planet, from the smallest, most fragile ecosystem to the great oceans that surround and support us. Let the ripples of joy and reverence extend as far as your heart can go.

SUN INTO CAPRICORN Solstice Times Dec 21
LA Friday 03:11
NY Friday 06:11
LONDON Friday 11:11
SYDNEY Friday 22:11

Remember, for hundreds of generations, the solstice has been a significant annual festivals, a turning point, symbolic of endings and new beginnings. In the northern hemisphere, the sun ‘dies’ to be reborn the next morning as it crosses 0 degrees of Capricorn (also known as the Aries Point, see link). From then on, the days begin to lengthen and all is renewed. For those in the Southern hemisphere, it’s still 0 Capricorn but from now on the days are getting shorter! In either case, this is a beautiful time to set intentions for yourself, your loved ones and the world community.

Hints for setting powerful intentions this Solstice:

ARIES: Your career takes a turn for the better with a chance to take on more responsibility for greater reward. Ask: Do you light up in a smile when you think of your life work?

TAURUS: Take your mind, body or spirit somewhere it’s never been before—meditate, travel, read, learn. Ask: Are you holding yourself back from your real dreams?

GEMINI: Intimacy and intensity is what will like your fire now. Go ahead and take a risk. Ask: Are you playing it safe with your emotions? Express!

CANCER: Partnership is the focus and you will benefit by assessing the relationships in your life. Ask: Do you feel free to be who you are?

LEO: Putting energy into the body, health and physical well being brings great results! Ask: Are you getting enough exercise every day? Go vitality!

VIRGO: Creativity springs from a well of romance. Write, play, choreograph, sing, act. Ask: Are you allowing for love in your heart.

LIBRA: Clean the house, wash the windows, clear the air, especially with family. Ask: Is your home a true reflection of you? Make it so!

SCORPIO: Start a new course of study, join a community project, get friendly with the written or spoken word. Ask: Is there anything you’d like to learn?

SAGITTARIUS: Indulge yourself in sensuality — baths, long walks, massage, fine food, good vistas. Ask: Do you know the world by touch?

CAPRICORN: This is a new chapter in your life. Open the door to your dreams by showing up! Ask: Is your life an accurate reflection of who you really are?

AQUARIUS: Commune with your unconscious. Take time to record and reflect on your dreams. Ask: Are you deep in the well of your creative heart?

PISCES: Friends and like-minded others are a source of inspiration if you’re hanging out with your own kind! Ask: Are these birds really of your feathers?

Blessings to you all and happy solstice!

(Anyone with concerns about doomsday-ancient calendar – prophecies, more insights here, and the literal sun-GC conjunction here.)