“Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies.” Bob Dylan
December 22 is our shortest day, the day when our beautiful planet pauses, takes a breath and then swings the pendulum of the Sun back in the opposite direction. For the history of mankind this pause has been a moment of celebration, especially for the northern hemisphere. It represents the end of long dark days and the beginning of lengthening sunshine and warmth to come. The evidence of the importance of this time can be found in archaeological sites worldwide, sites where the precise moment in time when the Sun would begin its reverse path could be marked. This proves that people thousands of years ago saw a link between them and the sun. They include the Neolithic passage tomb of Newgrange in Ireland, aligned so the sun shines in for only a few minutes after sunrise on the shortest day of the year. Other examples include Stonehenge in England with its well-known connection to midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico where the Fajada Butte Sun Dagger heralds both solstices for about 20 minutes. During summer solstice the dagger of sun splits the spiral while during winter solstice two sun daggers frame the spiral perfectly, as seen in this picture. The Mesoamerican preoccupation with solar, lunar and planetary cycles and conjunctions is equally well known. These are only a few of the well-known, prehistoric sites for marking this important time of year.
This important day, important to the survival of humanity living through long, cold winters in the north evolved into our day of celebration which we call Christmas. As our Sun, Mercury and Vulcan shift from the sign of the spiritual journey, Sagittarius, into the sign of Initiation, Capricorn let’s end our year with a note of joy, hope and celebration.
Everyone: More blessings than challenges this month; watch for them!
MARCH 20 – APRIL 19
Dynamic: Even as the year ends, you may feel you are going backward.
Direction: It’s all an illusion.
Soul Thought: What is real?
JULY 22 – AUG 22
Dynamic: It’s a time for gaining strength and warmth.
Direction: Physically and emotionally.
Soul Thought: When the Sun of God shall come.
NOV 20 – DEC 21
Dynamic: You may feel a shift from gabbiness to listening more.
Direction: It’s also called caring more.
Soul Thought: Caregiving with words also works.
APRIL 19 – MAY 20
Dynamic: It might feel like a shift from solid ground to a rocket ship ride and back again.
Direction: Determine what you want to come back to.
Soul Thought: Life is a spiral.
AUGUST 22 – SEPT 21
Dynamic: As the source of your light brightens, so can you.
Direction: Go to the Source.
Soul Thought: Do you have to go anywhere?
DEC 21 – JAN 20
Dynamic: It’s a good time for reflecting upon your belief systems.
Direction: Heavy burdens can be lightened with such pondering.
Soul Thought: “Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there.” Vine Deloria, Sioux
MAY 20 – JUNE 20
Dynamic: You may feel particularly attractive – or handsome – this month.
Direction: Use it with discretion.
Soul Thought: What is meant by “God-given gifts?”
SEPT 21 – OCT 21
Dynamic: You still have options financially, with virtually no challenges.
Direction: You might have to adjust what you’re attached to.
Soul Thought: “Attachment leads to suffering.” Buddha
JAN 20 – FEB 20
Dynamic: Are you stuttering over something you need to say?
Direction: Review from both sides, inside and out.
Soul Thought: Some part of you knows.
JUNE 20 – July 22
Dynamic: You’re feeling clear and sharp to the end of the month.
Direction: Make decisions now; next month things may get confusing.
Soul Thought: “The more clarity you achieve, the more you will find that the Universe is on your side.” Deepak Chopra
OCT 21 – NOV 20
Dynamic: It’s time for an adventure!
Direction: Avoid sharp pointy things, otherwise nothing holding you back.
Soul Thought: Sharp pointy things may, however, point the way.
FEB 20 – MARCH 21
Dynamic: You may feel you are being punished.
Direction: If you are between a rock and a hard place, sit on the rock.
Soul Thought: It’s the Law of Compassion, not punishment.