On Wednesday morning the sun moves into Capricorn (2:44am PST) marking Winter Solstice, meaning “sun standing still.” After this day the light will begin to wax and grow slowly and we start to climb out of the dark time of the year. Happy solar return, Capricorns.
On Monday the trickster planet Mercury turns retrograde one last time this year, in Capricorn, making it a total of four retrograde cycles rather than the usual three. Mercury rules over the domain of the mind, all communication, all technology, all locomotion. If we do not account for this necessary “sleep cycle” of the mental planet and continue to rush around and not make accommodations, the usual Mercury retrograde havoc will certainly ensue, from dramatic misunderstandings to travel plans gone awry. My advice is always to honor this cycle and be in alignment rather than discordant with Mercury’s retrograde vibes. Slow down, check over texts and emails twice or three times, allow for slower commutes and travel plans being disrupted. It is not the time for confrontation, to sign important contracts, or to make a large purchase of technology or a vehicle.
Monday also has another big transition, with the fiery planet Mars entering the watery realm of Pisces. Mars rules sex drive and action, willpower and determination.
We have one more aspect to add to the mix, making the holidays that much more interesting and either dynamic or disastrous: Saturn in Sagittarius forms a golden trine to Uranus in Aries on Christmas Eve. This could bring themes of balancing structure with expansion or big changes in particular areas of life.
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Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)- Selenite
Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)- Fluorite
Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)- Trikonasana
Fire signs (Aries,Leo, Sagittarius)- Lapis
Aries & Aries Rising: Winter Solstice arrives on Wednesday, when the sun moves to Capricorn and your career house. For this upcoming month your energies should be directed to channeling your ambition and aspiration into getting the promotion or salary increase you deserve. Focus on growing your material success.
But keep in mind that mental Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn on Monday, affecting your work life and particularly communication. Make sure to triple check all correspondences, presentations, documents, and be prepared for some misunderstandings or professional mishaps while the planet of cognition is nested in this part of your chart until January.
Your ruling planet Mars enters Pisces this week, moving into your intense house of endings and inner work. With this aspect you could move into a deeply contemplative space of reassessing your life, looking honestly at non-beneficial habits and patterns you’ve been relying on, and letting go of a lot of heavy disappointment or self-imposed limitations. You’ll be able to then move forward into your action plans for life with more clarity.
Taurus & Taurus Rising: Wednesday is Winter Solstice, when the sun “stands still” and we begin our ascent out of the dark half of the year. This also means the sun will be entering Capricorn and your house of mental pursuits, putting your focus on study, travel education and self-discovery for the next sun cycle.
The planet of communication, Mercury, turns retrograde this week in Capricorn and this same part of your chart; you could run into issues at school or your holiday travel plans could crumble easily since Mercury rules communication and travel. Triple check all arrangements and itineraries, texts and emails, and other documents or correspondence and be extra patient when dealing with others.
Mars, the planet of will, moves to Pisces this week, into your house of friendship. Mars energy is all about will, power and action. Your community projects and collaborative endeavors will have strength and energy behind them now.
Gemini & Gemini Rising: Winter Solstice is Wednesday, signifying the start of our rise out of the dark half of the year. It also means that the sun moves into Capricorn and your house of death and rebirth. For the next four weeks of this sun cycle your focus will be directed to the mystical realm and subjects like sex, intimacy and spiritual transformation.
Mercury, the planet of communication, turns retrograde in Capricorn this week in this same part of your chart; you may find yourself in an argument with a lover or a disagreement over money with a life partner or business partner. Try to avoid signing any contracts during the retrograde, or joining financial forces with another.
The planet of action and power, Mars, moves into Pisces this week, highlighting your career and achievements. When Mars moves into a new place, that spot gets a resurgence of energy. This would be a good time to push for the promotion or raise that you deserve, or to head up a new creative project, or at the very least put you mind on your money and increase your financial success.
Cancer & Cancer Rising: Winter Solstice arrives on Wednesday, when the sun moves to Capricorn and your relationship house. For this upcoming month your energies should be directed to partnership and union. Creating harmony in all of your connections and increasing intimacy with your loved ones will be the work you’re tuned into. You could meet a new lover or make a commitment with your significant other.
But keep in mind that mental Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn on Monday in this same sector of your chart. That means that you should expect some tension in your closest relationships or you feel it mostly in your business connections and in general communication and correspondence. Mercury retrograde cycles always bring the past to the present, so an old flame or two could resurface now. Use caution and discernment when playing with this fire.
The planet of power, Mars, enters Pisces this week, moving into your house of philosophy and studies. Any pursuits in higher education, literature or adventure will have power behind them.
Leo & Leo Rising: Wednesday is Winter Solstice, the time when the sun “stands still” in the sky and the rise out of the dark half of the year. It also means that the sun will enter Capricorn, your house of health and service. For the next four weeks, your attention will turn to fitness, wellness, diet and mental clarity. This is the time to keep your eating habits in check and to focus on getting plenty of sleep, exercise, fresh air and relaxation time.
Mercury, the planet of the mind, turns retrograde in this same part of your chart. You’ll need to be on high alert for misunderstandings and health problems and injuries. So while you need to focus on your wellness in all aspects, you will need to start slowly and work carefully and methodically, with intelligence, rather than jumping into a marathon when you’ve barely gotten off of the couch most of December.
Mars, the action planet, moves to watery Pisces this week and brings potency to your intense house of intimacy; your sex life will get an infusion of power and you could begin to explore transformation on many levels, including spiritually.
Virgo & Virgo Rising: This week we celebrate Winter Solstice, when the sun is born in the sky and the light begins to grow. That also means that the sun is moving into Capricorn, your house of creativity and sex. For the next four week your energy will be directed to matters of love and romance and artistic endeavors. This is a good time for falling in love or deepening connections.
The planet of the mind, Mercury, turns retrograde in Capricorn and this part of your chart on Monday. That means you’ll need to be on high alert for misunderstandings in your love life and general miscommunications. Mercury retrograde cycles often bring the past back, and in this part of your chart that past returns as an ex.
Mars, the planet of action, enters Pisces this week, bringing power to your relationships. This should be a boon to your love life, Virgo, so use this power wisely. Consider carefully what exactly you want and then go get it.
Libra & Libra Rising: This week is Winter Solstice, the turn of the wheel of the year away from the darkness and toward the light. That also means that the sun will move into Capricorn and your fourth house of domesticity; for four weeks your focus will be on home and family entirely. An important male or father figure in your life will play a role in this sun cycle. You may relocate or remodel your home, or maybe your family is expanding.
Mercury, the planet of the mind, turns retrograde in Capricorn and this same part of your chart on Monday, so although you’ll feel like nesting and focusing on your loved ones, there could also be some disturbance or disharmony as well during the holiday. Christmas is here and with Mercury retrograde in this area could mean you’ll need extra patience and have to let a lot go during Christmas dinner…
The planet of power and action, Mars, moves to Pisces and infuses your well being with a new sense of inspiration and aspiration. Mars helps us get things done so use this infusion of potency wisely.
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising: Winter Solstice arrives this week, when the sun is born in the sky and the light begins to grow. That also means that the sun will move into Capricorn and your third house of communication. The next four weeks will bring you the chance to work on family ties, travel and self-expression and it could be an adventurous month.
The planet of cognition, Mercury, turns retrograde in Capricorn and the same part of your chart. With the communication planet retrograde in your communication house, misunderstandings are almost unavoidable. This isn’t a good time to make big decisions or accrue a lot of conflict in your interpersonal relationships.
Mars, the planet of action, will be moving into a new sign this week: Pisces. This will affect your creative and sexual urges positively. All things love, romance, seduction or artistic will get a boost of energy, so enjoy the ride.
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising: This week brings us to Winter Solstice, the time of the year when we begin to emerge from the darkness and stretch toward the light. Solstice is initiated when the sun enters Capricorn, and for the next four weeks your attention will be centered on finances. This is a great time to invest, save, ask for a raise or promotion, or simply to fortify your overall stability in life during this cycle.
Mercury, planet of communication, turns retrograde in Capricorn on Monday in the same part of your chart. Be mindful of your spending and any unsure investments. There may be some mix ups and mishaps with money for this cycle, so make good decisions and don’t jump to conclusions. Slowing down in general and paying extra attention are your best defense against the confusion or disaster that could arise.
The planet of willpower, Mars, enters watery Pisces this week, putting emphasis on your home life. You should feel an infusion of energy and strength in your efforts to create a loving and happy home for yourself and your loved ones.
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising: This week we celebrate Winter Solstice, when light finally begins to grow and emerge from the darkness. This also means we begin a new sun cycle, when the sun enters your sign, Capricorn. Happy solar return! It’s your time to shine. The next four weeks you are encouraged to dream big and put yourself and your desires first.
Mercury, the communication planet, turns retrograde in your sign and will certainly cause mental confusion and misunderstandings for the next few weeks. You’ll have to increase your patience and slow down with your actions. This is a perfect planning stage during this retrograde cycle, so wait until January to reveal your latest brilliant idea. Mars, the planet of dynamism, moves to Pisces this week and will bring energy to your third house of communication. Expect an increase in ambition, aspiration and will power now. Your self-expression will be strong and any plans you have to connect with extended family will be supported.
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising: This week is Winter Solstice, a magical time of year when the light begins to grow and we begin to emerge from the dark part of the year. That also means that we begin a new solar cycle, with the sun entering Capricorn, emphasizing your intense house of rest and renewal. This is your cue to slow way down and eliminate from your life all stress-inducing people and activities. Your solar return celebration is coming up next, after Capricorn season, so use this time to let go of all the trauma and disappointment from this year and prepare for better days.
Mercury, the communication planet, turns retrograde Monday in this same area of your chart, so just embrace your introversion and don’t force any social interaction.
This week also has Mars moving into Pisces, the planet of action moving into your financial house. Expect an infusion of confidence and energy when it comes to money matters.
Pisces & Pisces Rising: We celebrate Winter Solstice this week on Wednesday, when the sun “stands still” and we begin to climb out of the dark half of the year. That also signifies the sun entering Capricorn, your eleventh house of friendship and collaboration, and for the next four weeks your attention will be focused on connecting with others to attain a shared vision and planning your long term dreams.
To bring even more awareness to this area of your life, you’ll have Mercury, the planet of the mind, turn retrograde in Capricorn on Monday for the next three weeks. You could run into some miscommunication with a friend or there could be discontent within a group you belong to. This may not be the best time to begin a new project or group endeavor.
Mars, the planet of dynamism, moves to your sign this week and will bring energy to your personal dreams and wishes. Setting intentions for what you’d like to accomplish and invoke is a powerful practice for you now.