Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will be celebrating The Winter Solstice on Sunday, December 21, 2014. The Southern Hemisphere will celebrate Summer Solstice. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and marks the turning of seasons. We will also be blessed that day with a New Moon.The sign of the Moon moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn Sunday evening. At the same time, the Sun will be moving into the sign of Capricorn. This is a very auspicious day for everyone, particularly the Cardinal signs of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra.
Even though it’s the darkest day of the year, the Solstice represents the beginning of the time of the light, or the waxing time of the year. To our Northern ancestors who had to endure hard winters and rely on planting their own food, it was a time of hope for the return of the Sun and spring. Knowing when the Solstice occurred helped them to know when to start their planting, and when their animals would begin their mate. While we don’t usually have to rely on planting our own food, darkness can bring depression (seasonal affective disorder) and the lengthening days help to mitigate it.
Ancient stories tell of how the Goddess moved into the underworld during All Hallows, and now emerges again to connect the cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth.
The 21st will also bring a New Moon. The New Moon is the beginning of the waxing period. The waxing time of the Moon is excellent for bringing into your life what you wish to manifest. As the Moon grows larger, so do our abilities to manifest what we want. When the Moon is in Capricorn, manifest business success, organization, traditions, structure, responsibility and boundaries and rules.