20 Dec The Sun Also Rises ~ December 21 – 27, 2015
“…The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to his place where he arose…”
– Ecclesiastes 1:5
This is a week in which it is best to submit to a powerful mystical experience and enjoy the illumination it brings. The week begins with the Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere) and ends with Christmas festivities and recovery. Whether or not these holidays are religiously or secularly observed, they offer a chance to break up routines and enjoy life a little bit more. Everyone’s life is a cycle of initiation and realization, and this is a week that offers a lot of direction for that journey, no matter what beliefs or traditions you uphold.
It is true that for most people, fear usurps the lightness of life. This is understandable in a time when only facts are considered to be true and all the facts point out that every vital resource is threatened and that every mind is under siege. But the long nights of December teach that the only remedy to constant threat is the very fact of light itself. It is only light that gives life and only light that can restore unity.
“He who sees all beings in his Self and his Self in all beings, he never suffers; because when he sees all creatures within his true Self, then jealousy, grief and hatred vanish.”
On the night of the Winter Solstice, you will feel the celestial call to come forth into the radiance of the Sun, the Sovereign Light of the Divine. The laws of light guide you to share instead of hoard; to give instead of take and to respond to life with ever-increasing love.
The term “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (to stand still) because, during the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still. Your body and mind reflect the laws of nature, and thus at the Winter Solstice, you are pulled into apparent stillness for contemplation. It is a time when all the energy of nature is inwardly drawn back to its essence: that small ember of light that burns within your heart.
Christmas is a continuation of the Winter Solstice celebration, since Christ represents the divine light of God being born upon to the Earth. The unusually generous spirit that characterizes Christmas is a sign that people are becoming illuminated by the rebirth of the light within themselves.
This week, Christmas will coincide with a Full Moon in Cancer, greatly amplifying the power that this holiday has to catalyze a sea change in your attitude or perspective. Look forward to a holiday filled to the brim with the entire wealth of emotions that you possess: passions and labors and profound joy!
Monday/Tuesday: The 2 of Pentacles
Monday, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice and it is one of the most potent magical nights of the year! If the microcosm is a reflection of the macrocosm, (as above, so below) then the night of the Winter Solstice is the night when the light inside of you is also reborn. (as within, so without)
Hark the Herald, Angels Sing!
In the northern hemisphere, Monday night is the time to set intentions for the year, for in this moment of stillness your desires can be planted to grow as the sunlight grows. This can be done in any way that suits you. (prayers, candles, writing, visualizations etc…)
The 2 of Pentacles is a reminder that the dawning of the light comes with a shift in zodiacal signs, from Sagittarius into Capricorn. The sign of Capricorn is austere and inspires a new maturity of mind to take hold, guiding you to tackle your ambitions with great strength of will.
Christmas and New Year’s is Capricorn’s season, and therefore the sincerity that you have felt in the past when making resolutions has been your response to this tenacious sign’s driving force. This year, resolve to make the most of Capricorn’s strength and watch yourself climb higher and travel farther than you ever have before.
Wednesday/Thursday: The Six of Cups
Astrologically speaking, Venus in Scorpio will be in a sextile with Jupiter in Virgo on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. This aspect will magnify the Christmas spirit of goodwill and optimism. Holiday parties and gift giving should feel natural and fun, rather than mechanical and obligatory.
Thursday is Christmas Eve! An ideal night before Christmas is expressed by the Six of Cups card, which illustrates emotional well-being and the pleasure of keeping company with loved ones.
The love felt for friends and family is the experience of unity with all life. And these are the eternal gifts that do not perish, even after death. There is nothing you can take with you beyond the grave, except the love that you have shared.
Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Princess of Cups
Friday is Christmas Day and it brings the great gift of a Full Moon in Cancer! (There has not been a Full Moon on Christmas Day since 1977!) Mercury in Capricorn is also in a perfect trine with Jupiter in Virgo, lending auspicious energy for generosity and kindness to be communicated and expressed.
The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so this Full Moon will take you on a deep dive into your memories, with waves of feeling carrying you towards sunken artifacts from your life – long since forgotten.
This is the realm of the Princess of Cups, who lives in perpetual dreams, fading in and out of consciousness, always painting symbols onto your mind’s eye as you wildly search the abyss for intelligent life.
The Princess of Cups offers the gift of dreaming, soul retrieval, and poetry. It is powerfully healing and nourishing for your soul to be carried through your vast repertoire of emotions. It may be an ecstatic experience to discover how baroque your inner world truly is.
However, depending on how far you have strayed from feeling the love in your life, the waters from the deep may taste bitter and unfamiliar. Charles Dickens’ famous and popular story, A Christmas Carol, follows the character of cruel man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who on Christmas Eve is plunged into astral realms of repressed memories and visions of the future.
Though the journey is agonizing for Ebenezer Scrooge, he is forced to behold these visions in order to revive his soul, which was darkened by greed and materialism.
If you have shunned the goodness in your life and denied yourself love, this Full Moon in Cancer on Christmas Day may summon some tears of remorse. But remember, that just as A Christmas Carol ends in a joyful catharsis, so too can this Full Moon!
A Full Moon in Cancer is one that revives your soul’s intuition, your heart’s longings and your primal need for connection and unity with others. In the true spirit of the holidays, this will be a beautiful Moon under which to rejoice in whatever gifts you have been given in this life. Let your memories and your feelings become your greatest source of power and enlightenment, rather than a leaden chain of suffering.
Saturday will be a day of integration and rest from Christmas festivities. On Sunday, the Moon will enter Leo, eventually trining Saturn in Sagittarius. This will end the week with a sense of pride in one’s progress and a burst of motivation to proceed into 2016 with an improved attitude.
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