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Solar Rhythm: Winter Solstice 2023



Wheel of the Year manifesting begins with the growing solar light of Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere. The Winter Solstice, often termed as the "Sun Standstill," signifies the shortest day and the darkest night in the Northern Hemisphere. It's a moment on the Wheel where the sun, having journeyed into the profound darkness of the womb during Samhain, is reborn. From this pivotal point, there's a gradual increase in light day by day, culminating in the peak of brightness at Summer Solstice before the cycle turns back towards darkness. This year, Winter Solstice falls on Dec 21st and is also known as Yule. It serves as the seed point for the solar cycle, analogous to a new moon's role in the lunar cycle. Its influence extends across a complete year, mirroring a full growth cycle.


At its essence, Winter Solstice embodies the birth of the "sun" or "son," symbolizing the resurgence of the masculine principle from darkness. Traditionally, this point on the Wheel was honored by inviting evergreen trees into homes, symbolizing the eternal essence of the Earth Goddess. These trees were adorned with representations signifying aspirations for the upcoming year: gold balls embodying the sun's life force, icicles symbolizing rainfall, paper money or coins denoting abundance, while pinecones and acorns hinted at fertility.


Throughout this time, a period filled with sacred days and diverse celebrations, cultures engage in festivities. As part of honoring the festival of light and paying homage to Winter Solstice, it's customary to express profound gratitude for the bearer of light—the sun—and its contributions to life. Consider symbolically illuminating the darkness by festooning your home with lights, symbolizing the rebirth of light itself.


Amidst this darkest phase of the year, there's a call to reflect on the past, expressing gratitude for all blessings, while envisioning and manifesting the next phase of personal growth and aspirations. Commencing this cycle as the sun enters Capricorn can significantly influence the upcoming year, drawing from the wisdom and energy inherent in this cosmic alignment. Connect to your soul's wisdom during this potent time, allowing it to guide your intentions and actions for the coming year's journey. Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle. 

Personal Action Suggestions for Winter Solstice:

  • Honor and give deep thanks for the bringer of light, the sun, and all it contributes to your life.  

  • Connect to the light within and light a candle to honor your inner light. 

  • Allow time to turn inward. Nourish yourself, taking quiet time to reflect. Allow yourself to rest as nature is resting. Allow the darkness to nurture you. 

  • Determine where in your life you are ready for renewal and rebirth. 

  • Ask yourself where you need to be more whole and complete unto yourself.

  • Plant creation seeds for your life to expand during the next growing cycle by creating a dream board for the year ahead. 

  • Create a yearly completions and blessings list from last Winter Solstice to this one.

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Winter Solstice:

  • Express gratitude for all you’ve received in your business throughout the seasonal cycle this year. Create a simple ceremony or altar to honor your creations for the past year. 

  • Allow the elements to support your new growing cycle. Tune into Air and ask for information about your most effective focus for the year ahead. 

  • Connect with Earth, and plant creation seeds for your business and professional development  to expand during the next growing cycle by creating a dream board for the year ahead.

  • Pay attention to Water to determine what feelings you need to connect with in order to magnetize your desires. 

  • Ask Fire what right-aligned actions you need to take to energize your creations. 

  • Open to receive support from Spirit. 

  • Infuse grace and ease into your business for the growing cycle ahead. Ask yourself how you can allow things in your business to be simpler and flow even better, creating more abundant success.

Elemental Guidance:

If you have an Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle, you may want to draw cards for additional guidance from each element and/or add insight from other decks. 

Give thanks to Earth and ask “What is my creation message for the year ahead?”

Give thanks to Water and ask “What is my creation message for the year ahead?”

Give thanks to Air and ask “What is my creation message for the year ahead?”

Give thanks to Fire and ask “What is my creation message for the year ahead?”

Give thanks to Spirit and ask “What is my creation message for the year ahead?”

Now ask the unified field of all of the elements and Spirit for a unified message for the year ahead.





SUN ENTERS CAPRICORN

The sun moves into Capricorn (Earth) with the Winter Solstice December 21, 10:27pm Eastern. On the Winter Solstice, the sun moves into the archetype of Capricorn. Capricorn functions as a tribal elder. It cares for the family and the seven generations to come. This archetype is one of the reasons we choose to gather with family and those we care about during this time of year. 


Capricorn energy brings the need for solid, stable plans and structures. Its purpose is for you to design and create a solid plan for the upcoming growing cycle in every area of your life. During the next few weeks you need to be sure you create your foundation for the year ahead. It is important to dream your new growing cycle into being as a blueprint for what you choose to create. This blueprint represents which life aspects you choose to place your intention and focus on during this growing cycle. As you create your blueprint, you don’t have to know how each item will come into being; you need only to connect to the blueprint, energize it, allow the elemental forces to inform you around it, and be in alignment with the rhythmic cycle. 

The more your blueprint aligns both with you personally and with caring for the Earth, the more effective it becomes. Intentions aligned with caring for the Earth are in harmony with the natural world, and therefore, have more support from nature. Utilizing the rhythmic timings by energizing your desires with both Winter Solstice and the Capricorn Sun will powerfully impact your experience throughout the coming year.

Apply energy to what you want to grow. How you phrase your dreams, desires, and goals is very IMPORTANT. When you state what you “do not want”, you bring that into being because that is where the energy is flowing. You want to clearly state what you choose to bring in, and to determine the action steps that you will need to make. Then, release attachment to the outcome. That way Spirit, as it flows into our world of form, creating with the elemental forces, can work on your behalf.

As you align your dreams and desires with the unified field of all the elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, with Spirit flowing through all) sometimes an element needs to be strengthened, or an aspect of your mental beliefs or your old emotional program needs to be cleared. Just like growing a garden in your yard, sometimes rocks and roots need to be removed or fertilizer, water, or more sun need to be added so that your flowers and veggies may thrive.

Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle. 

Personal Action Suggestions for Capricorn Sun:

  • This time of year creates the foundation for the growing cycle of the year ahead. Tend to the soil of your life.

  • Attend to your physical world: body, home, garden, car, etc. 

  • Apply discipline and structure where needed. 

  • Make sure your home is in order for the new growing cycle. 

  • Handle any completions that still need to be handled in your life as soon as possible.

  • Think through your plan for the first quarter for your life creations. 

  • Create a punch list of actions that need to be taken in order for your dreams and desires to come into form. 

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Capricorn Sun:

  • Take 1-3 days during the Capricorn sun window to work on your business, not in your business. Spend time in quiet reflection and planning your year ahead. 

  • Remember grounding your creation ideas in writing is the first step to getting them into form. Notice where you need to spend more time planning.

  • Plan well and then work on your plan.

  • Develop procedures and administrative systems.

  • Take any solid grounded steps that are needed for the functioning of your year plan. Examples: Get your insurance, wills, and other foundational pieces in place. Create your yearly financial plan of both expenses and income.

  • Energize a powerful financial affirmation such as: “I am Divine Power, flowing freely, through focused intention and grounded loving action, in all my financial affairs.”

  • Make sure your office is in order for the new growing cycle. Handle any completions that still need to be done as soon as possible.

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Also, this is the type of post I'm sharing in the Nature Aligned Leadership group when the sun and moon change signs. If you'd like to tune in even deeper to the timings and connect with the community please join us in the group. December 15: "The moon has entered Aquarius (Air) now and will be there until Sunday the 17th at 2:57pm Eastern. The sun has a few more days in Sagittarius (Fire). In the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the deepest darkest days before the rebirth of the light on Winter Solstice along with Mercury retrograde, so it's time to reflect deeply on your expansive, big-picture vision. The more time you take now to reflect, renew, update, and expand your big picture vision the clearer you'll be to work with it on the solstice and in the new year." Love and blessings, Lisa


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